Beach Bum

It’s been an incredibly long time since I’ve blogged. Sorry friends. It’s been a busy past few weeks, but also relaxing.

After celebrating Memorial Day with good friends and food at the lake and a little bingo, I packed up for a 10 day beach trip.


20130610-100208.jpgI was so incredibly close to the grand prize of $70 in the blackout round.

The first part of the trip was to celebrate Katelin and her upcoming wedding. We spent Wednesday-Saturday soaking up every ounce of sun we could. We also ate incredibly well and shopped a ton.

20130610-100649.jpg Our first stop in Gulf Shores was Bahama Bob’s. And it never disappoints.

20130610-100931.jpg Then, the best maid of honor ever took us to get our nails done. My toes were hot pink, Poptastic by Color Club. My fingers were Don’t Be A Budapest by OPI.

20130610-100939.jpg She even had goody boxes for everyone.

20130610-101001.jpg Dinner at The Hangout. Thanks for the good time, Ben.

We even got to see an America-themed light show at The Wharf. Does it really get any better than that?


While the girls packed up to come home, I switched condos. I stayed for an additional week with the Irvin clan. I’ve been part of their annual beach trips for six years now (except for one summer when I lived in Kansas City).

I got to come up during the hottest part of the day and snuggle with this sweet girl during her naps.


20130610-121500.jpgShe strutted all over the beach in her bathing suits.

This year provided a lot of entertainment thanks to the chairs next to ours. The Southeastern Conference was well represented. We made friends with Mississippi State and Missouri friends, and other Crimson Tiders as well.

Corn hole was brought out, and it got serious. Daily tournaments were played, the National Anthem was a requirement in the final round. There was a lot of good cornin’ happening.


The summer of ’13 has started off fantastically, even if I am a little burnt from 10 days of sun. Here’s to the continuation of an enjoyable summer for all. (And the hope that I don’t wait two and a half weeks to blog again!)

20130610-121600.jpg A happy jelly fish someone created from all the washed up seaweed.



Celebrating Good Times

It was a big week and weekend here in Tuscaloosa. Thursday we got snow! It snowed for a few hours and it finally began sticking. The amounts ranged from 1 inch to 3 inches and everyone loved it.

There was even a snowball fight on campus, including a few football players. Unfortunately the snow melted almost as quickly as it came, but we made the most of it while it was here.

Bryant Denny in the snow (Copyright photo by @tifany_nicole)

Bryant Denny in the snow (Copyright photo by @tifany_nicole)

The Roll Tide weekend began on Friday, when Alabama’s gymnastics team hosted its first home meet of the season. The No. 6 Crimson Tide defeated No. 5 LSU 196.575-195.525. Alabama’s on a quest to win three straight national championships, and is so far, so good with a 2-0 start.

Ashley Sledge on the floor rotation

Ashley Sledge on the floor rotation

On Saturday, Alabama celebrated its 15th national championship. For the first time since the 1992 championship, Alabama featured a parade as part of the celebration. Before the parade fans could take their picture with the three national championship trophies. But, the highlight of the event seemed to be after the speeches, when Alabama allowed the massive crowd of people to go onto the field. The entrance was roped off to lead us through the tunnel just like the football team does on Saturdays. I’ve been on the field before, but its always fun to go again.


Tara and me on the 50-yard line of Bryant-Denny

Tara and me on the 50-yard line of Bryant-Denny


Trophies on trophies on trophies

Trophies on trophies on trophies


Obie the Orange joined Big Al in the parade

Obie the Orange joined Big Al in the parade


Everyone's favorite strength and conditioning coach, Scott Cochran

Everyone’s favorite strength and conditioning coach, Scott Cochran


Heading onto the field

Heading onto the field

It was a great weekend, and its even better knowing we have a short week ahead of us.

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the full staircase, just take the first step.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.