Summertime

I’m really dropping the ball with the blogging lately, as my mom so gently informed me. Sorry guys! It’s been pretty busy. Softball games and babysitting, but I like it that way. My sister graduated from high school earlier in the week, and it has made me incredibly nostalgic while making me feel incredibly old.

The devastation in Moore, Okla. left me just as heartbroken as it did the rest of the country. It was painful to watch, understanding some of the pain that community feels after such a disaster. I still have the occasional tornado dream even two years later, and they have been brought back this week. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this time. You can prevail. You will prevail.

My wonderful friend, and former professor, who experienced a more first-hand experience with the tornado, wrote an op-ed piece for the city. It was originally in the Christian Science Monitor, but has been picked up by other online news outlets. (Meredith, if you’re reading this, I think this comes 360 degrees, and you should restart the Upbeat blog. ūüôā )

Things will be slowing down very quickly though. The last day of school is tomorrow, then it’s summer! I leave for the beach next Wednesday and won’t be back for 10 days. I love the beach, but I feel confident there will be more sand in my bed than on the beach when it’s all said and done. Until again, happy almost summer!

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Last week, Chipotle opened a new location on The Strip. Thanks to awesome friends Savanna and Caleb, Tara and I quickly headed there to get free Chipotle!

 

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Tara officially asked me to be one of her bridesmaids. We’re just a little over a year away from the wedding, which leaves plenty of time for planning and fun!¬†

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After covering high school softball the weekend before last, I got the pleasure of covering the NCAA softball regional in Tuscaloosa. After covering Alabama all season long in 2012, it was so fun to be back in my home away from home, even if it was for another school. 

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Baby sister’s high school graduation. It was perfect weather, which is all you can ask for in late May in Alabama.¬†

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Cooper is a sweet kitten that loves him some naps. I don’t know what I’m going to do to be away from him for 10 days. My family might want to kill him while cat-sitting.¬†

Almost Summertime

Despite the rain on Sunday and half of Saturday, it was a fun weekend. Saturday afternoon was spent celebrating Jackson’s 6th birthday. I’ve been keeping him since he was six months old, and I cannot believe how big he is. He’s still as sweet as he was on his first day at preschool. Summer is getting closer for everyone. All of my friends are finishing up with finals this week. (Good luck to all you guys!) And soon everyone’s schedules will be much free-er and we can all hang out with no impending tests or homework looming. Summer is the greatest.

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Cheddar’s opened in Tuscaloosa last week. The homemade onion rings were demolished almost instantly.¬†

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I finally got to go into the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater for a concert last week. John Mayer kicked off his Born and Raised tour on Thursday. Even with a few classics missing from the setlist, it was a blast. 

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Wedding festivities are really picking up for John and Katelin’s wedding. We’re just a few months away!¬†

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Cooper has really been enjoying the windows-up weather.

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On Sunday, I took Jackson and his cousin, Anna, to see “The Croods.” Despite the slow start, I thought it was a very cute, very colorful movie.¬†

A Day

This weekend brought a glimpse of Saturdays in the fall. The football team held its spring scrimmage game on Saturday, bringing thousands of people into Tuscaloosa. While the masses enjoy getting a free glimpse into the 2013 squad, there was much more going on in the sports world. The softball team swept Mississippi State and the baseball team put up a brutal fight against LSU both Saturday and Sunday, losing in 16 innings Saturday and winning Sunday in the 10th inning. The men’s and women’s golf teams each won their respective SEC championship, bringing home even more hardware for an ever expanding case.

With friends in town for the scrimmage, it also gave me the opportunity to enjoy lots of good food and quality time with friends I don’t see very often. The weather was beautiful. Sunny and pleasant. And the same weather promises to return this week. Spring might actually be here now! Have a fabulous weekend!

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I used Savanna’s new Butter London polish, Jasper, and my new Sally Hansen, Pink Blink, to do a little nail art. See? Spring!

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Late night gelato with a complimentary cup.

image_2Cooper enjoys all the sun and fresh air he gets with the windows open now.

TanlgedABC Family aired “Tangled” Sunday afternoon. One of my favorite newer Disney movies.

powerrangersSometimes you find a childhood classic on Netflix and watch it with your friends. It’s morphin’ time! (Maybe this helped in nurturing the love for dinosaurs.)