Archive for the ‘Fun Times’ Category

What I’ve Been Up To…

September 8, 2011

What I’ll Be Up To This Weekend…



August 2, 2011

Do you read Gussy Sews? If not, you should. I am such a big fan of her blog. I don’t even remember how I found it or how long I’ve been following it. But, it’s a good one. I’m so inspired by her creativity and business savvy.

She OFTEN does giveaways on her blog and I almost ALWAYS enter. Well…this time I got lucky! I was at the beach house, minding my own business when my sister said, “You won something on Gussy’s blog!” I was like a 5-year-old on Christmas. Seriously…you can ask my mom. πŸ˜‰

Just a couple of days later I got an awesome package in the mail. Fun, fun, fun in the form of a make up bag, headband, lip gloss and nail polish! All of my make up fit in the bag with room for plenty more. And it took it’s first international trip last week and held up perfectly. Plus, it made my suitcase so much more cheery! The headband is PERFECTION. Seriously. I often have issues with headbands being way too tight. Not this one. I’ve worn it several times for the entire day and never had an issue with it.

A handwritten note too? πŸ™‚

Make Up Bag, Nail Polish, Lip Gloss!

Didn't take long for my make up to find its way into this!

Maybe not the best picture of me, but I am in love with this headband!

So…moral of this story? Head over to Gussy Sews’ blog and then check out her shop too. You’ll be glad you did. Oh, and, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, GUSSY! πŸ™‚

Josh’s 30th Birthday Party :: Casino Themed Dessert Table

June 24, 2011

In May, I had the privilege of helping with the desserts for one of my closest friend’s 30th birthday. Kami decided to throw a casino themed party for Josh and asked me, Dawn & Kasey to take care of the dessert table. We jumped at the opportunity. It was SO much fun! I hope we have an excuse to do something like this again. Just wanted to share some pictures of what we did because we were all very proud of it. πŸ™‚

We did everything except the cake. πŸ™‚

So fun!

Happy 30th Birthday, Josh! (I’ll try to do another post with pictures of our prep of all the desserts.) πŸ™‚

Sharing this at Something Swanky Sweet Treats Party and Thirty Handmade Days’ Pity Party.

Expedition Everest Challenge at Animal Kingdom

May 12, 2011

Several months ago, Liz asked me to do the Expedition Everest Challenge with her at Animal Kingdom. EE is a 5K run with obstacles followed by a scavenger hunt in the park. They have an option for single runners, but most of the participants are 2-person teams. The race was this past Saturday (May 7).

I went to packet pick up on Friday and stayed for the “Course Talk.” Normally, I wouldn’t stick around for those kinds of things, but in this case I’m glad I did. They explained how the scavenger hunt clues would work and also explained some other pertinent race info. They also had a sample clue to give an idea of what the scavenger hunt would be like. That sample clue was impossible. I still don’t understand the alleged answer. It kind of worried us for the actual clues.

Saturday night Liz and I “carbed up” at Macaroni Grill and then got ready for the race. After much debate, we decided on yellow tank tops and black shorts as our team uniform. We headed over to Animal Kingdom and, after a bit of a scenic tour, found ourselves in the Butterfly Parking Lot with the 3,598 other participants. We checked a bag at the bag drop and then hung out until it was time to get lined up. We were in the last wave, but we got ourselves right at the front of the line for our section. There were seven waves total, each started five minutes after the one before. That meant our start was around 9:00pm. The time went by really fast. In true Disney fashion, there were fireworks at the start of each wave and great music playing for those of us left waiting to start.

When it was our turn to start, Liz and I decided to take off. This goes against my normal race strategy, but when you’re at the front of the pack it’s kind of exhilarating and adrenaline goes into overdrive it seems. Two other teams passed us after the first turn of the race, but that’s it (as far as we know). We were flying…setting ourselves up for an incredible personal best in a 5K race. The miles were clearly marked on the course, but there were no clocks (not that it would have done us any good since we started 30 minutes after the clock did). Right after the first mile, we found the first obstacle–hay bales set up kind of like hurdles. I think there were four total, but each was only one hay bale high. Shortly after that, we entered the park.

Because the waves were set up for team type (single runners, male teams, coed teams, women teams) rather than pace, there were walkers all along the route. Not to mention, when we entered the park, there were teams who’d finished the 5K and were now reentering the park for the scavenger hunt. Mixing runners, walkers and walkers trying to read clues with very little light is far from ideal. At that point, I had several “I’m-Never-Going-To-Do-This-Race-Again” thoughts. I just wish they’d split the waves by pace and also had the scavenger hunt enter at a different point than the race.

Right after mile 2 we found the next obstacle–tires. It was right after mile 2 that we also saw some folks we knew that were in wave 5. We kicked it into high gear and passed them–still on track for a VERY good personal best. Just around the corner from the third mile marker, we encountered the last obstacle. There was a choice to be made–either climb over a net or crawl under one in the sand. I asked Liz what she wanted to do and she said, “Over!” I saw the line to go over and knowing it would slow us down, I said, “No! Look at that line! We’re going under. Come on!” We made it through quickly, but then…Liz realized her phone was missing. We searched and searched for it in the sand pit (truthfully, Liz searched more than I did, but I did crawl through the sand one more time for her). After three minutes (according to RunKeeper), we gave up and went on to transition for the scavenger hunt. Our official finish time for the 5K was 29:12. Still a personal best for me in a 5K race, but you can do the math and figure out what it could have been. πŸ™‚

Next up was the scavenger hunt. We were each given a little flashlight and sharpie marker. Each clue sent you to a section of the park where you showed your answer. If it was correct, you were given the next clue. I restarted my RunKeeper at the beginning of the scavenger hunt. We ended up traveling about a mile during the scavenger hunt. With the exception of one, the clues weren’t incredibly hard. Our second clue seemed impossible, but we finally got it. The rest did take some thinking, but we got them pretty quickly. We finished the scavenger hunt in 24:19.

Our overall time was 53:30 and we came in 9th place for the women’s team division. Our goal was top ten, so we certainly achieved that.

After the race, we got our medals and some refreshments (Powerade, water, bananas and Clif bars). We went to get our bag from bag check and then went on a hunt for Liz’s phone. We saw an employee with a “RunDisney” shirt on and asked her if we could go back to look for the phone. She made a couple of phone calls and actually found Liz’s phone! The second guy she called had the phone in his pocket! Unbelievable! Isn’t Disney the best?!

After Liz was reunited with her phone, we rode Expedition Everest (my first time) and then went to the after party. Disney had a DJ who led the crowd in dance moves. It was lots of fun! After the awards were given out, we decided to call it a night and head home.

We’ve already decided we want to do this race again next year. It really was fun…and we want to beat our time. Who wants to do it with us? Next year, only phones attached to your body will be allowed on our team. πŸ˜‰

2011 Homespun Chic Marketplace

May 4, 2011

Back over in the comments on this post, sweet Cheryl asked how the 2011 Homespun Chic Marketplace in Winter Park went. We (Kati and I, with Two Florida Girls) participated in the inaugural Homespun event last August and signed up for the second one in April. We also convinced several of our crafty friends to participate too and that made it extra fun.

Ready to go!

Β Surprisingly, the traffic at the April event was much, much less than that of the August event. It was a beautiful day (whereas in August it started pouring down rain about halfway through). I guess that could have worked for, and against, us. Nice day = people want to be outside, on the water, planting gardens, enjoying the perfect day outside. Who knows. Regardless, we had a great time and still made a little bit of money. We gave away yummy cake balls, so that certainly made us popular with everyone. Rebecca, the organizer of the event, is working to plan another one in November. We will definitely be back for round three. πŸ™‚

Part of our display.

Our fabric display (aka my nightstand). πŸ™‚

We debuted our new "Florida Love" shirt design at the show. Now available in our Etsy shop!

Our full space, with a hint of Kimberly's table over in the left corner. πŸ™‚

Kimberly is one of the “crafty friends” that we convinced to participate in the marketplace with us.

You can check out links to all the vendors from the show over at the Homespun Marketplace site, but here are links to all of our friends that participated…

Kasey with Autumn & Everything After
Kimberly with whimZy
Katie with KT Paints
Cathleen with TripleCDesigns
Kelly with Gongy & Squish

And, of course, you can check us out at Two Florida Girls. πŸ™‚

Yep, This Happened.

April 29, 2011

Yep…I was persuaded to wake up at 4:15am, leave my house at 4:30am and arrive at the Oates’ house before 5:00am to watch the Royal Wedding. As much as I resisted getting sucked into all this (often saying things like, “this is NOT real life!”), it happened.


Holly went all out with paper crowns, flags on our drinks, pre-wedding scones & tea and a full English breakfast right after the wedding started. Being that we have nothing even remotely close to compare this type of “royal event” to in our country, it was very interesting and intriguing. I ended up doing a little bit of Googling and reading tonight trying to find answers to some of my questions.

I was impressed with Kate’s brothers reading portions of Romans 12. We’d heard the commentators mention he’d be reading from “the Epistle of Romans” during the ceremony, so we figured it would be pretty solid. But, as soon as he started reading, I knew he was reading Romans 12 and I was pleasantly surprised. Nearly 2 billion people, almost one third of the humans on the planet, heard these words today…

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. (Romans 12:1-2,9-18 ESV)

And one last thing…I think American guys need to adopt the tie look that Kate’s brother and dad sported at the wedding. We all agreed this morning that we liked it. Does that have a name? Scrunched up tie? I don’t care what it’s called. I like it.

Random Randomness

April 26, 2011

1. I’ve been such a slacker as it relates to this blog. I don’t know if I’m just over it or if I just don’t have much to say. Either way, I’m feeling blah about the blog. Maybe I’ll snap out of it.

2. I booked TWO cruises for this summer yesterday. Yahoooo! I’m taking a Carnival cruise to Key West and Cozumel in July for Matt’s 30th birthday. And, I’m going to Nassau and Coco Cay on Royal Caribbean in September with three of the Chanda girls. Can’t wait! I’m ready to start packing NOW.

3. On Sunday, I was presented with the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Russia in October. I asked a few trusted people what they thought and almost all said, “why not?!” It really is a great opportunity, and one that I believe God calls us to do. It’s the kind of thing I think we should step out in faith and do when given the opportunity. At this point, I’m just waiting for the “ok” for the time off from work before committing to the trip.

4. Good thing I realized my passport was expired. I sent it off last week to be renewed–complete with a photo that makes me look 12. What’s new?

5. Last week I learned that “true southerners” (which I don’t claim to be), eat their chicken and dumplings with mashed potatoes. What?! We’ve always eaten ours with rice. I made chicken and dumplings for Easter…and I must say they were JUST AS GOOD as my Mom’s! Yum, yum, yum!

6. Kati and I debuted our newest onesie design (Florida Love) at last weekend’s Homespun Chic Marketplace in Winter Park. It’s an idea we’d had for quite some time, but we were finally able to make it a reality. And, we are, for lack of a better word, in love with it. It’s so stinkin’ cute and shows our love of all things Florida.

7. Speaking of Florida, our family has a least four generations of Floridians–my mom’s mom, my mom, Kati & me, Paul & Cadence. I kind of wonder if there’s more than that. I went on the other night, but got a little bored kind of quickly. I think it might be a project Mom, Dad and I should work on one night at the beach house. πŸ™‚

8. If I want to keep this blog going, there are some things I should write about–Palm Beach Marathon Relay (from DECEMBER!!?!!!?!), Corporate 5K, my new money savings plan, my new cake ball trick. Just to name a few.

9. I NEED to finish reading Breaking Dawn. I mean, seriously. I need to. I need to get it off my nightstand and back to its rightful owner. Seriously. It’s time. I either need to finish it or give up. But I’m so close.

10. Why do magazines put in photos of super cute clothes and then not tell you where you can get them? I’m doing the Expedition Everest Challenge next week and my teammate found a really cute top in Fitness magazine. Too bad there’s no mention of the brand/where to get it. And too bad we’ve Googled soooo many variations of “yellow mesh workout tank top” and still haven’t been able to find it. Too bad I tweeted Fitness Magazine TWICE asking where it’s from and they haven’t responded. It’s kind of frustrating. It’s in our heads now and we WANT that tank top!

Made For Sunny Days

March 28, 2011

This rain hasn’t stopped…and probably won’t for a while.


I was made for days more like this one…

Sweet Cadence enjoying a ride in Grammy's convertible.

Just Because…

February 10, 2011

I ran into this little “quiz” on a blog that I follow. She’s giving away a super cute journal from her Etsy shop just for answering the quiz in her comments. So…I did it. And, then I thought I’d post it here…just because.

1.Β  What’s the farthest place you have ever traveled? Athens, Greece (although I originally answered Praque…guess I don’t know my geography)

2.Β  Would you rather lick the bowl of chocolate brownie batter or cookie dough? Brownie batter

3.Β  Ever been bitten by an animal?Β  What kind? Mosquito…does that count?

4.Β  Ever ride a motorcycle? Yes, but just around a parking lot.

5.Β  How many {if any} times have you been in a wedding? As an adult…12 times! As flower girl? Let’s not add that in…

6.Β  What famous person would you most like to be friends with? Pioneer Woman!

7.Β  Ever dialed 911? Yes.

8.Β  Are you related to anyone famous?Β  Who? Not that I know of.

9.Β  What are two things you are wearing right now and where did you get them? “Roger That” Nike Shirt from the Nike Clearance Center and comfy comfy pants from the Gap.

10.Β  How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? 30-40 minutes…most of that is spent waking up. πŸ™‚

Learn anything new/random about me? I think things like this are fun! Who else wants to answer? Either comment back with your answers or post on your blog and comment back with a link to the post! Fun fun fun!

Random Randomness

February 1, 2011

Well…it’s just fun to do a real random post every once in a while. Here we go…

1. Downtown Celebration is so nice. Today, I took a walk from my apartment to downtown Celebration. It’s about a five minute walk and I need to do it more often. I met a friend for lunch and then walked to Starbucks, got a hot chocolate and then sat out around the lake for a little bit. There were all kinds of people out and about. Some reading, some walking, some chatting and some just watching the ducks enjoy the sunny day.

2. I love that in each of my circles of friends there are long-time jokes that cause all of us to laugh even years later. For example, if I said, “Pink Pantster” to any of the Chanda girls, they would laugh and know exactly the event I was referring to from over ten years ago. The same would be true if I said, “Five Dollar Foot Longs” to Josh, Kami, Chad, Kasey or Matt. I love that.

3. Kati made me a pot holder from Lilly Pulitzer fabric scraps. She tried her hand at some new sewing methods in the process. It’s super cute and I love it.

4. Even though I see it every day at work, I will never get “used to” sick kids. You would think that seeing kids day in and day out who are fighting for their lives would become “normal.” After more than a year of working at Give Kids The World, I can say that has not been the case for me. While most days I feel happy, rewarding feelings knowing these families are making such incredible memories in a positive and hope-filled environment, I also have days where I find myself over and over saying, “Really, God?” I had one of those days a few days ago. There’s so much about childhood sickness that just doesn’t seem fair.

5. Speaking of Give Kids The World, if you don’t know much about it or if you just want to get a better glimpse into the place I work, check out this video. It originally aired on the Today Show, but I think it gives such a good overview of the Village. πŸ™‚

6. We’ve added a new onesie design to our Etsy shop! It was inspired by our friend, and very loyal TFG fan, Babita. The “Playful Elephant” onesie is super cute and available in tons of different fabric options. We’re also still doing our Anniversary Sale in the shop (through Saturday) and there’s still time to enter our giveaway on Facebook.