The 3rd Saturday in October

As a life long volunteer fan I bleed orange and white. What’s strange is I fell in love with a girl that bleeds crimson.. Yes the third Saturday in October at the Glover house is one in which the husband sits on the couch in silence and the wife says, oh another Touchdown, oh another touchdown, oh my is that another touchdown? Not much longer babe, Coach Jones is on a mission, and Tennessee is the waking giant the SEC had better pay attention too.

Yesterday was Tennessee’s spring football game, known as the Orange and White game. As much as I wanted to be there, we couldn’t quite make it happen this year. Being on such opposite sides of the SEC fence as we are means that Emily likes to keep the orange and white memorabilia in the back room of the house known as “my office”. Meanwhile, i use the idea of getting her a mini helmet autographed by Julio Jones as an excuse to go to the sports card and memorabilia show.
I hope to continue to grow our competing memorabilia collections, and Emily enjoys spotting her Alabama boys at the card shows. Here are a few shots of some of the gems we have stuffed back in “my office”
ImageAt the memorabilia show last year I met Jason Witten and Julio Jones and got them each to sign a helmet. On the the other side of the Julio it says, “To Emily, Roll Tide”.. I had to pay extra for the inscription. When Jason saw my UT sweatshirt, he said hey Go Vols! and inscribed his helmet Go Vols – I didnt even pay for the inscription 🙂
ImageThis rivalry fish was a present from Emily’s sister and husband last christmas. It now has a prominent place in the office, after Emily found it behind a Robert Meachem autographed mini helmet.. don’t know who could’ve put it there.
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This is a ball signed by several members of the 1998 National Championship team that had a gala in 2008 in knoxville that my brother and I attended.. I know thats Al Wilson on the left, Cosey Coleman, Fred Weary , Jeff Hall, Will Offenhusel, and John Chavis – Cedric Wilson is also on there.
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This is an Eric Berry jersey I had signed through the mail after my mom got in touch with his mom and they became email buddies for a while. He was nice enough to sign the jersey and send a few copies of a magazine he was on the cover of signed as well! Thanks EB!
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Here is a Mark Ingram Autographed football card that Emily is very proud of, and I’m a Saints fan, so thats cool with me.
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Here is the whole shelf!
We have a nice collection going and would love to see pictures of other peoples collections! Leave a link in the comments!!
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Thanksgiving in Ohio! (Better late than never)

Note: I wrote this awhile ago and I am just now posting it. Pictures will come later!

So I have not blogged in awhile because last week we were in Ohio spending Thanksgiving with my family. It was a wonderful time! My entire immediate family was there along with both sets of grandparents. So it was fun to see everyone.

We started out our trip with a flight scheduled for Wednesday night at 10 pm. I knew it might be a mistake making a flight so late and apparently the airlines knew that too which must be why it was the less expensive option. We arrived at the airport incredibly early expecting crazy lines of people there and were surprised by about 5 people at security. We got to our gate and discovered our flight was delayed until 11:50 p.m. So we had hours to kill at the airport. We bought magazines and discovered there was free wifi so we researched dream vacations. Then all of the sudden our flight was scheduled to leave on time and a plane was there. 10 pm rolled around and we were still sitting in the airport waiting for some kind of news. Turns out we had a plane but no crew. During all of this poor Miles had gone to take a nap so he could come late to get us, then Mom woke him up and then he went back to sleep because we were delayed again. Long story short after much worry and consideration of hopping in the car and just driving we finally boarded the plane at 1 am and arrived in Ohio at 3 am, rode the hour back to the house and finally got to sleep at 4 am. So the rest of Thanksgiving day was a bit of a blur.

We had delicious food for Thanksgiving but personally my favorite food is the day after Thanksgiving. For many years we used to have Thanksmas (Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrated together) with my moms side of the family because we were never all able to get together at Christmas. So Friday was Christmas and that comes with Ham, Macaroni and Cheese, Squash Casserole and Pineapple Casserole. Lots of yellow food but can you say yum?

On Saturday we endured some rough football games (Poor Yellow Jackets) and some wonderful ones ROLL TIDE ROLL and Go Vols! I know it is shocking to see me rejoicing over the win of two SEC teams in one sentence but I must support my husbands team! We were so over the Georgia Tech game that we left to get my parents Christmas tree and got to spend Saturday night decorating it and sitting by the fire sipping on Russian Tea.

Our flight back on Sunday was successful and on time and we got home and came right back into the work life on Monday. Less than 4 weeks until Christmas vacation!!!

The end of Twilight :(

Well this weekend marked a momentous occasion, the end of Twilight. Breaking Dawn pt. 2 The Epic Finale finally came out and we were there Friday night to see it! My husband is amazing and went with me to see it! I wore my Team Edward shirt from Twilight in honor of the final movie! It was in a word- amazing. I won’t say much because some of my friends have not seen it yet but it was excellent. Probably my favorite of all of the movies. Since Friday was our 5 month anniversary we followed the movie up with a Chocolate Molten Lava Cake at Chilli’s. You haven’t lived until you’ve had one of those. It was Tyler’s first time and he now understands. Those things are divine!

On Saturday poor Tyler had to work so we can spend the week between Christmas and New Years in Georgia with family! He left at 8:30 and came home at 2:30 and said “You’re still getting ready?” I was waiting on my nails to dry. We went to Michaels and bought Christmas ornaments and stand-in stockings because I still have a good bit of work to do on our homemade ones so those will be ready for next Christmas! We did a little Christmas shopping and then went to a Japanese steakhouse we had gotten a Groupon for! It was delicious and an entertaining time.

On Sunday we did our typical grocery shopping which was much easier this week since we leave on Wednesday for Thanksgiving in Ohio!!! We had dinner with our friends Matt and Katie at Carrabba’s, delicious. Then we came home and watched the movie Battleship which was a pretty good movie! We really enjoyed it but warning you may dream about running from aliens after watching this movie.

It’s a short week of work then we get to head to Ohio for fun Thanksgiving times with family! I am so excited to see everyone!!!

P.S. ROLL TIDE!

 

So is it Fall or Summer?

I don’t know about the rest of you but where we live the seasons seem to be a bit confused. It looks like fall outside, the leaves are changing and falling off the trees too but it is 80 degrees outside. And we live in Northern Virginia so this is not typical. I’m not complaining but I am afraid that when it gets cold it’s going to be a terrible shock.

Last week I was fortunate enough to get off at 2 everyday so I was able to actually cook dinner every night which I thoroughly enjoyed. I love to cook. I tried a new recipe, Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Roll-Ups. I even made homemade Alfredo sauce. I felt very domestic. It turned out pretty good although I should have followed the previous bloggers suggestion and doubled the Alfredo sauce recipe. I will attach the link for anyone interested!

This past weekend we were our typical boring selves on Friday. We went to Olive Garden for like the first time in 2 weeks. It was delicious! Olive Garden never fails. On Saturday we decided to drive up into the Shenandoah Mountains and went for a drive on Skyline Drive where Tyler took some wonderful pictures. It was a lot of driving but we saw some beautiful fall foliage! Saturday night brought the big house rivalry to head with the Alabama/Tennessee football game. We kept it civil and the #1 team came out on top 🙂 If you can’t tell, I am the Alabama fan!

On Sunday we went to church and then came home and planted flower bulbs in the yard so hopefully this spring we will have some beautiful flowers! Then Tyler carved his pumpkin while I watched, he is the skilled one in that department. We then went grocery shopping and yeah we are pretty boring. Four weeks from today we get to fly home for Thanksgiving! Yay! I can’t believe the holidays are so soon! I need to get to working on some more holiday decoration crafts!

Hope you are all doing well and having a wonderful week! We are halfway to the weekend!

Chicken Alfredo Roll-Ups

Homemade pizza and dressing alike…

We had a pretty typical weekend. Just relaxing, I had my first full day of work on Friday which started with a 6 am alarm so I was ready to sleep in on Saturday. This week I plan to get used to waking up early every morning, driving to work, enduring DC traffic and spending all day with kids again. Oh the working life. We went out to dinner Friday, can you guess where? If you thought Olive Garden then you were correct :). We did a little shopping without spending, we are becoming pros at that. And no we aren’t shop lifting. We are resisting buying things. So I guess really I should call it browsing.

On Saturday we went shopping with Kohls cash and got some good stuff! Then as we were heading to Wal Mart for grocery shopping a massive storm hit! The clouds were crazy and super low. The wind was whipping and the rain was pouring. So we opted to stop by Giant and just pick up what we needed for dinner. I jumped out of the car at the sidewalk into about 5 inches of rain that took my flip flop. Thankfully I rescued it. We made homemade pizza on Saturday night! Homemade pizza is the only kind of pizza that I like. I made the pizza dough in the bread maker and then we halved it and each made our own personal pizzas. They turned out good except I made the mistake of cooking mine on the bottom shelf on the oven. Rock hard bottom. But Tyler’s was good! We might be needing a good Pampered Chef pizza stone for Christmas. I have also taken up cross stitch, or re taken it up. I used to do it when I was younger and now I am working on cross stitch christmas patches for our christmas stockings!

Today we went to church and it was the opening day/dedication Sunday for our church’s brand new building. It is awesome looking! The weather today is beautiful since the storm cooled it down. We did our grocery shopping, watched some football and went on a walk around the neighborhood. Earlier in the week we went on a walk dressed alike, gray shirt and red shorts, unknowingly. And today for church we both had on jeans and an earth colored shirt. We don’t plan this. It’s strange.

Hope you all had a great weekend. Oh and check out the football rankings. Both of our teams are ranked! Roll Tide and Go Vols!!! I will cheer on the Tennessee Vols until the 3rd Saturday in October. Then we will be spending game time on separate sides of the room cheering for our respective teams.

Dessert first and then dinner. That’s how we roll.

We had a wonderful Labor Day weekend with our families! First we headed off to visit Tyler’s family on Thursday night. We drove to Tennessee and then spent Friday shopping with his mom and Friday night celebrating his dads birthday! On Saturday we headed off to a lake house in Virginia where 20 of us, yes 20, stayed in one 5 bedroom house. Call us crazy but my family likes each other and seems to enjoy cramming as many people as we can into one place. There were pallets everywhere and for those of you who don’t know what a pallet is, in Ballard terms, it is what you sleep on on the floor. But we make some pretty cozy ones, lots of blankets and foam pads and there you go a bed on the floor. Some people don’t know what we mean when we say pallet hence the explanation.

Thanks to Uncle Tony we had this wonderful house on the lake and a boat with a tube, skis, kneeboard and wakeboard. It was a great time! We got to see the youngest person there learn to water ski (Lily) to the oldest of the parents ski (My dad). The grandparents weren’t up for skiing. But my dad did ski and still had swagger from his younger days. He got up and successfully was able to Slalom. For those of you unfamiliar with ski terminology that means he was skiing on two skis then dropped one and proceeded to continue skiing on just one ski. He was going back and forth over the wake. Very impressive. And sadly I didn’t have a camera with me. What was I thinking? I learned a lot about skiing but did not attempt it my self.

We ate and ate and ate. Delicious food. The first night we had dessert at 8:30 and dinner at 9:30 then the next morning Aunt Mel was pulling out dessert for breakfast.

One of the funniest moments was when a boat got stuck on the sand or mud bar out in front of our dock. It was about a foot of water then three feet of mud. The men heroically slogged through the mud and helped to rescue the group which included Frank Beemer’s (coach of Virginia Tech) cousin.

Another heart pounding high light was when the boys decided to take up cliff diving. Most of it was just the boys going about 10 feet up a rock and jumping. Except for when Miles decided to hike to the top of an 80 foot rock then make his way down the front of the rock to about 50 feet up and then he stood there as I watched him with binoculars and screamed at him that he better not jump. But he did and he survived. Almost gave me and Grandma a heart attack. But he was given three punches on his man card so he was pretty thrilled.

We were very excited to see Tennessee and Alabama win their first games of the season! That was followed by a heartbreaking loss for Georgia Tech on Monday night 😦

I think that covers the highlights of the trip. I think this may be my longest blog post yet! We had a wonderful time with our families and can’t wait to see them all again soon!

A house divided, it’s almost football time!

We have not been very interesting this week. We are still working on getting the rest of the before and after pictures ready of the house! I guess it is Monday now so I am speaking of this past week. I started my new job. My second nanny job. It is two little girls who are 2 1/2 and 6 months. I start full time next week. The new car has been great. I have not even had to fill it up yet which is amazing!

We did a little shopping this week, had a date night, and had dinner out with Matt and Katie. Matt was one of Tyler’s groomsmen and they live near us so we were excited to finally get to hang out with them!

My big accomplishment for the week was my next craft project! I am making a house divided wreath, Alabama and Tennessee, in case you don’t know our teams. I am the Alabama fan and Tyler is the Tennessee fan. I started this craft by buying a white foam wreath, pieces of felt in the colors of my choice and straight pins. I cut the pieces of felt into little squares (approx. 2.5 by 2.5inches) and then folded them diagonally corner to corner and then again. Then put a straight pin through it leaving one little flap not pinned so it left it looking fluffy and somewhat covered the pin. I proceeded to continue putting these pinned felt squares all over the wreath. I only covered the front not the back because the back won’t really show. So this is my wreath. I have a wooden A and a T which I still need to paint and add on to it. I am pretty pleased by how it turned out!

We have a shorter week this week then it’s off to visit the in-laws and then a few days of lake fun with my family 🙂