Saturday, December 31, 2011

year in review

Every new year, our family does a "memories of _____" and "wishes for _____."  It's so fun to reminisce the next year and do it all again. So, here we go:

began 2011 in Watercolor, FL with dear family and friends. returned to school only to have a snow storm and school be closed for a week. played in the snow.  February was filled with good food including SYFAS. went on my first GORP trip as a participant to ski in NC which resulted in me now working for them. turned my dorm room into a craft room. my family came to visit. In March, I visited Ali in Baltimore. skied yet again- in Winter Park this time. hosted dinner parties.  I had a visitor from japan.  April brought a GORP backpacking trip to Springer Mountain. more arts and crafts. Bear tore up mom's hand. went to Asheville for a weekend getaway and some Panic dancing fun.  Charlie and Randy set out on the AT. babysat a bunch of 'grown' boys at the Steeplechase.  May: exams. said goodbye to my freshman year roommate. celebrated mother's day. South Africa. played teacher- more or less real life. sea kayaked in the Atlantic.  Spent June shark diving in South Africa. Nate got is driving permit.  Saw zimbabwe, botswana, zambia. bungee jumping. safari rides. tanzania. mom and I climbed Kilimanjaro. We slept in tents in the Serengeti where we woke to lions roaring. saw the big 5 plus some. July took me back state-side. spent lazy days at the lake. went to the climbing gym quite a bit. had wisdom teeth pulled. ate peanuts at Braves games. In August, we had friends from Ireland visit. took road trip to Michigan. prepare for Ali and Bevan's wedding.  picked berries. went back to school. joined a sorority- KKG. Ali and Bevan's wedding. GORP staff training expedition. moved into an apartment with Katie.  September wandered NYC with Bozz. cheered on the dawgs at football games. woke up all too early for tailgates. cried at Quiet Heroes. danced til our feet hurt at Music Midtown. officially a kappa- big/little reveal and initiation.  In October, I made lots of granola. continued struggling through jazz. spent a weekend in the NC mountains. Katie and I embarked on an impromptu weekend getaway in the mountains. the all-blacks won the rugby world cup.   I survived Ga/Fl weekend in St. Simons.  Katie decided, in November, to move to Colorado to be a ski bum for the winter. Bozz got into UGA. Katie moved. Colorado Browns and the family came for a football game. family trip to MI for thanksgiving. I turned 20.  I survived jazz. In December, I prepared to be reunited with Katie. survived all-nighters in preparation for exams.  played in a squash tournament in atlanta. said goodbye to katie's and my apartment. Charlotte and I ventured out to CO. shredded the gnar. watched GNAR yet again. went to nashville to get into the holiday spirit.  celebrated christmas with just the 4 of us. at home. – a first, I believe. was an honored guest at Liz's Deb ball.

And finished off the year dancing away to Reptar at the Georgia Theater!!

Now, wishes for 2012...
In about a month I will be jet-setting across the world to study in New Zealand, so on that note, I wish to fall in love with New Zealand. document my life abroad- and share some of it with yall. do something for me everyday.  take a fun trip with somebody. laugh. start AND finish art projects. work. play. and i wish to ride this year–I've really missed it.

For others in my family?
take a cool trip. find challenging work. focus on being happy. count blessings.

So long, 2011. Let's go, 2012.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

winter ball

My dear friend Liz is a debutante this year. {For those of you who do not know what that means, it is basically her coming out into society.... something like that? I really don't know too much either. Besides the fact that it means super fun parties!}  Back in Mayish, she asked me to be a guest for one of the balls. How could I say no?! So, I invited a high school friend to be my date and we danced the night away!

Monday, December 26, 2011

phish phood

So this must be what Phish sounds like to people who don't like them people who don't know good music...

Sunday, December 25, 2011

we wish you a merry christmas

Merry Christmas!!! 

no white christmas :( rainy in the ATL

Bear anticipating his gift

Nate's contribution = his outgrown jacket
and yet he still gets a thank you kiss
best gift ever = growler. terrapin. hand carried from Athens

Nate in his monkey suite, crushing the poor cat
new christmas clothes!
yes, he wore this all day

Afternoon Christmas brunch with family and friends!

boys and toy guns...
kid's table
beautiful Brown family!
veggies {brussel sprouts, squash, beets}. and meat.

Christmas decor
mer and I 
Sheryl taking on Ian in a friendly* game of foosball
Christmas cookies!
Coco getting some love
and what would christmas be without some Po?!

We ate til we could eat no more. then ate some more. 
Todd and I played the piano. Ian played a lot of foosball. Nate and Aaron played airsoft. Listened to Christmas songs – Carole King's new album on repeat. Watched a lot of basketball and football {and of course, Kung Fu Panda 2}.

And we all laughed and loved–because that's what Christmas is for!

Let the NBA season begin!! woohoo!!

Here are some songs from our Christmas playlist today:

Saturday, December 24, 2011

twas the night before christmas

Christmas Eve dinner party at the Brown's!  How bout some fondue?! yum, yum.

Peace on Earth

adult table

Nate doing dishes!! 

can't get a serious picture without some pinching...

Mom and her giant children
say what?!

looks like Nate, eh?

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!!!!
Hope Santa finds you tonight, wherever you may be!!

And spread some holiday cheer! But maybe not like this...

Friday, December 23, 2011

quick trip to athens

I dragged little Bazzel {who has a new blog–check it out!!!!} to Athens to help me finish moving out of the apartment and do some last minute Christmas shopping {because I had barely even started}.  We ate. a lot. shopped til we dropped–which wasn't that long. Loaded the car like a puzzle. fixed the door that Bear ate–you could call us handymen. And enjoyed Christmasy Athens!

Driving down 316 to Athens feels like I'm driving home!

lunch at clocked

Can't wait for New Years!!

dinner at the Grit

so. much. food.

my uber old Latin professor!!! love him!
good work, Bozz!
the streets covered in lights! I love it!!

Happy Holidays from the Georgia Theatre!

Within the past week, I've been in Breckenridge, Denver, Atlanta, Nashville, Atlanta, and now Athens. I may finally be ready to stay put in one place for a bit...