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Sunday, August 25, 2013

My very last ever summer break is over. :(

It's been a while! But believe me, I've had a fantastic break. Been too busy to stop and blog about everything. So, here's a recap of my break in pictures... enjoy!

For the first few days, I deep cleaned the apartment pretty well...it kinda needed it. :/ But let's not dwell on that. The first Friday of my break, Lucy and I went to Georgia to spend time with my mom. My dad had traveled out of town for some work so it was just a fun girls weekend! I spent lots of time with friends which was much needed, and I got to meet one friend's brand new sparkly baby boy! Very sweet.
Wednesday, I drove back to Birmingham and then on Friday, Adam and I packed up our stuff and went back to Georgia. On Saturday, I attended Whitney's baby shower (which was so adorably decorated, and the food was delicious!!) and Bryan and Adam took a motorcycle ride up to Dahlonega, GA. I had mentioned in a previous post that I had some DIY stuff planned for break and I was not kidding! After spending time on Google, Pinterest, and Etsy, I decided I was going to make Whitney a cute picture frame for her nursery. I really wanted it to match her colors and patterns, and what better way to display the frame than with a beautiful picture of Mrs. Preggo herself! This was the final outcome: 
I was pretty happy with how it turned out!

Here are a few other photos from the shower:
Belly shot of Whitney (Left) and Bryan's cousin's wife. In Whit's belly is either Baby Jack or Baby Callie. We don't know which yet, but we're so anxious and excited to find out!
I collected the most pins in the "Don't say 'baby'" game ... only because Whitney was winning but then slipped up when talking about a baby show she attended, and I caught her! :)

On Sunday, we loaded up the truck and met Adam's family at the beach in Pensacola. Our condo was beautiful, as was the view! We had a great time. One rainy day we went to the National Naval Aviation Museum. It was incredible!
The picture on the right is moon rock! How cool is that?!
A 360 degree simulator. :)

One morning we woke up and noticed a ship wreck! Or at least that's what we thought it was. Turns out it was a target boat for the Navy to practice blowing it up. During the storm the night before, it had somehow drifted to shore.
One afternoon we rented a boat. Tammy caught a squid and Joel caught a catfish and a shark! 
 If you notice in this first picture of Joel's shark, you can see that the shark actually broke Joel's fishing pole!
Pretty shot of a storm rolling in one day. I loved watching it from our balcony.
We also went to a Beatles cover band concern and danced the night away!

We got back to Birmigham on Thursday and then the next day my parents brought the dogs and came into town. It was so nice to just have them here and the dogs were very excited to be back home (but after spending two weeks with my mom, Lucy is pretty depressed about her Grammie leaving :( )
My dad hung some pictures for us, which makes our apartment so much more like a home!

 This, below, is something Mom and I had worked on back when I was in Georgia with her. Remember the birdcage succulent plant holder thingy I'd mentioned a few posts back? (You can find that post here.) Well our Pier 1 store in Athens is relocating and they had e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g in their store marked down/on sale. So instead of buying a birdcage, we purchased an antiqued lantern. It had glass in it but we just took that out. I love the way this looks, and I almost think it works even better because it provides more support for the plants.
I'm not completely finished with it. I'd like to add a small ground covering succulent, something like John Creech, but Mom and I both agree that I need to let the current plants root before I disturb them anymore. We found a super cute table at HobbyLobby for the lantern to sit on and I'm loving it out on my patio!

Last thing --
In my post referenced above, I also mentioned making a wreath for my SIL. It's still in the works, but it's coming along well enough for me to share with all of you!
My SIL had requested that I make her a very large wreath, and I wasn't able to find anything already that size, so I made my own wreath base. I bought some pool noodles at the dollar store and then taped them together with duck tape. Then to hide the tape/blue noodle, I wrapped the entire wreath in regular burlap. I couldn't find a pack of only blue burlap rosettes like the ones in the picture she sent me, so I decided to buy a small pack of teal/turquoise ribbon burlap and make my own. I used this post from Craftaholics Anonymous as a guide for making them. While I was at HobbyLobby for the burlap ribbon, I also bought a wooden B. With some black paint I already had, I painted it and then voila! The "toppings" of my wreath were completed. I've started adding chevron burlap to the wreath, but I'm not sure I'm 100% happy with it. The good news is, since I've pinned the chevron burlap down with floral pins, I can start over and redo it at anytime. 

Anywho, that's about all I've done this break! :) It's been wonderful! Now for my last didactic semester. Let's do this!

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Friday, August 9, 2013

As if no trouble at all, year one is done!

Ha!! Yeah right! That was hands down the most miserably stressful (yet oddly wonderful and rewarding) thing that I've ever done in my entire life. We just finished our third semester, which completes our first year of PA school. Now we're all currently on break. I went to a celebration gathering with a few peers after our last final and it was pretty funny to look around and see everyone. It was easy to tell that we were all exhausted and numb with a side of relief, a sprinkle of happiness, and a dash of pride. Here's a picture of most everyone that showed up.
Reflecting back over this past year, I'm absolutely positively amazed at everything that we as a class have been through. I can see now that it made us all stronger as individuals and as a unit. We all relied on each other pretty heavily at times. I think it's pretty safe for me to say that I would never EVER want to do that again. Sorry newbies. Y'all just need to hang on for dear life and work hard. Unfortunately it's gonna suck really badly for a while.

So I have one more didactic semester left and then I start clinicals. I can't even believe it. Surely it's by the grace of God that I've gotten this far already. Time has absolutely flown by. We don't have as much "fun" stuff this coming semester, but the topics we're studying are very intriguing for me so I'm excited about it. Plus it's the last semester! I can do it. We can do it.

Annnyywaaayyy... I'm on break! Woop woop! I haven't done much of anything exciting yet other than deep clean our apartment and start a few DIY projects. I'll do a separate post on those later when they're finished. I've decided to head home tomorrow to catch up with a few old friends that I haven't seen in a while. So if you're reading this and you're in Athens, hit me up! :) I'll be there Saturday through Wednesday! I'm looking forward to it, although I'm sad to leave Adam here in Birmingham by himself. :( He reassures me that he will be fine. ::sigh::

I guess that's about it for now! I'll be back at'cha in a few days with more updates. Lots of fun and exciting things going on this break!
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