Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Last day as a 21 year old

 Tonight is my last day as a 21 year old!  Looking back on the past year...it's been a great one!
Beebe-Maham Engagement Party

Labor Day at Kiawah

USC beats #1 Bama & GT game

FSU game

SLP Tacky Sweater Party & Kiawah Gingerbread Contest

Gratz Group's Illegal Hike

Robert's signing day

Christie's birthday

Elisabeth's bridal shower trip to Ohio

Robert's HS graduation

Savannah Trip
My heart is so full! 

Monday, July 25, 2011

Date Night and Playdate

Last Tuesday I went on a dinner and a movie date...with an 11 year old :)  Grace is my friend's little sister and I love hanging with her.  Grace and I went to see Cars 2 and ate Chick Fil A in the theater (rebels).  It was cute and we had a blast!

But during the previews I 2 noitced things:
1) The new Spy Kids movie (I've never seen any of them) but in the 4th one the main character wears a hearing aid!  As a nerdy SLP student I thought this was pretty cool to see in the media!

2) The Lion King 3D is coming to theaters in the Fall!!  This was my favorite movie growing up... I know where I'll be on September 16th!

Then on Wednesday I went to my standing weekly playdate with Fin.  I swear I spend the whole time laughing at all the funny things he says or does!  This week was pretending to dip his hot dogs into his applesauce instead of the ketchup.  He thought it was hilarious to sike me out on every single bite!  

gotchya it's in the sauce!

Had so much fun hanging out with the kiddos! 

What to do when it's 150 degrees outside

-Go to the Drive in Movie Theater
clearly this sign was from 1997--no we didn't watch the Titanic
best pic I could get out of the moon roof
yes it's almost 11PM and it's still 95degrees.

The drive in was fun...the movie and the heat were okay.  The movie obviously didn't start until dark (aka 9PM) and they played 2 movies.  The first one wasn't over until almost 11:30 so we ditched before the second started.  I definitely want to go back in the fall when it's cooler and the movies start earlier!!
-Watch 3 episodes of Parenthood
Parenthood (2010) tv show photo
-Walk around the shops at 5 points...quickly move from store to store to avoid the heat
-Do a progressive dinner through The Vista

{Flying Saucer then to Pearlz for Oysters Rockefeller then to SakiTumi for Sushi}
-Make Blueberry Lemon Pancakes
They were delish, see recipe here
-Play Disc Golf

my first few tries the disc ended up in the water..

I didn't know what disc golf was until yesterday, if you're like me and curious check it out on trusty Wiki
-Picnic in the Park
smorgasbord of pantry foods
-Go see the Tunnel Vision Mural

-Borrow a friend's jet ski and play at the lake

Or maybe that's just how I spent this hot weekend in Columbia.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Charleston Weekend

Every Sunday when I get back to Columbia I vow I won't go to Charleston that weekend.  However 90% of the time I get a phone call or text about something going on in Charleston that I don't want to miss---so the bag gets packed and the car gets filled up with gas again for the all to familiar 100 mile trip that I could navigate in my sleep!

This past weekend was Catherine's 21 Birthday Celebrate. How could I miss that?!  We met at Santi's for dinner.  {The best mexican food in the Charleston area...if you live close go!! The scenery is nothing to write home about aka in an old waffle house but the food is delish!}  Then went to East Bay for a few drinks.  I am reminded every time I go downtown why I love it so much!

Saturday morning Doug and I went to grab brunch at another favorite spot, Caviar and Bananas {weird name, awesome food}  Then wandered over to the Farmer's Market in Marion Square.  Reasons #4837282 and 4837283 why I love CHS.

 It's pretty bad that I only took pictures of food and not of us or the farmers market...oh well. 
Saturday and Sunday afternoon were supposed to be spent at Kiawah...but we both caught the post wedding illness aka colds and strep.  So instead we hung out with my fam and watched the British Open/World Cup.
So now I'm back in Columbia making a rule that I won't think about weekend plans til Wednesday and I'm not driving anywhere this weekend! We shall see :)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Baby Thompson & Chicken Lasagna Recipe

On Friday afternoon I went to see Vanessa and Baby Trey.  Trey was born wedding weekend so he just celebrated his 2 week birthday!  He has changed so much in 2 weeks...

Vanessa lived with Caitlyn's family for a while and we've been friends for years.  I remember her first date with her husband, then when they got married, she graduated, and now they have a precious baby boy!  Thanks so much for letting me come over and love on Baby Trey--he is precious

Christmas at the Oenbrink's 2007
Vanessa's Graduation party
I've been wanting to try some freezer meals so I figured this would be a perfect time.  However Vanessa cooks for a living...so what do you make for someone who is good at cooking everything??  I tried the Chicken Lasagna from over at {Love My Freezer Dinners}  It was so easy and the chef herself asked me for the recipe! haha  I also made some Banana Bread (and a few handfuls of chocolate chips just happen to jump into the batter)
Dinner and Dessert pre-packaging

Chicken Lasagna
8oz package Lasagna Noodles, cooked 
1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup 
1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup 
8oz Sour Cream 
1 Cup Parmesan Cheese, shredded 
½ Cup Onion, Chopped (minced onion will do) 
½ teaspoon Garlic Salt or Powder 
4 Cups Chicken, cooked and cut up *I used rotis chicken
16oz Cheddar Cheese, shredded 

Mix Soups, Sour Cream, Parmesan Cheese, Onion, and Garlic Salt/Powder together. 
Place layer of Noodles in bottom of greased 9x13 pan. Place ½ of sauce mixture on top of noodles followed by ½ of Chicken and 1/3 of Cheddar Cheese. 
Repeat another layer of above. 

Freezer Instructions: Use heavy duty foil to cover. Layer a couple times to avoid freezer burn. 

Cooking Instructions: Thaw. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, covered. Remove cover and add remaining cheese, bake an additional 15 minutes.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday

I'm linking up for What I'm Loving Wednesday

I LOVE that Rainer cherries are back in season...and I just got a Sam's membership so I can get a lot for cheeeap
I LOVE that 2 of my classes ended so I have some free time.  {hence the increase in blogging}

I LOVE that it's Catherine's 21st Birthday!  Love you Cathy and can't wait for our NYC trip :)

I LOVE that I went on my Couch to 5K run tonight since I slept in this morning.  Robert was my trainer/motivator and gave me some great running tips AND I ran up the biggest hill in the neighborhood that I thought I for sure I couldn't do. Baby steps.

I LOVE that the US Women's World Cup game is on today.  After a few tears after the crazy game on Sunday I'm excited to watch them today
Gotta love a good keeper save in PKs
I LOVE the SEC Gameday Style post over at Jimmy Shoes and Tennis Shoes.  So cute.  One of the USC dresses defiantly went on the birthday list. 
I LOVE that Elisabeth and Andy's wedding picture sneak peek is up on the photographer's blog.  Go check them out at Chris and Cami. They are so amazing, I can't stop looking at them...you'd think it was my wedding.  {you'll even get a peek of what Caitlyn lovingly calls my 'ugly cry face'}
Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

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