Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tallahassee's Miss America(s)

There She Is.......So this weekend some of my girlfriends got together for a super girly Miss America Viewing Party.  It was a blast!  Our party was complete with crowns, sashes, scorecards, and Miss America themed food.  (Our group has a "Go Big or Go Home" mentality.)

Our pageant contestants were: 
Miss State (This was me of course)
Miss Communications
Miss Fits
Miss Behave
Miss Demeanor
Miss Fortune
Miss Take
Miss Conception (She's actually pregnant!)

Practicing our "Surprised" faces! 

Harassing the winner in true pageant style...give me that CROWN!!!!!

The food fit for a Queen consisted of: 
Na-cho Crown Cheese Dip
World Peace Pizza Dip
Bombshell Brushetta
Pageant Punch
Add-a-Cup Cakes
Talent Show Taco Bread
And The Wiener is...Little Smokies
Perky Pineapple and Swimsuit Strawberries
So Berry Sexy (chocolate covered strawberries)

The pageant was totally comical. It was quite ironic for the 8 of us to be shoving our faces while we mercilessly judged extremely fit girls in bikinis.  The talent competition was even more ruthless since we had a dancer, piano player, and singer in the room to point out their every mistake.  But hey---those girls chose to be judged, so judge we did.  We had Miss Oklahoma picked win, but somehow Miss Wisconsin took the title.  Too bad she wasn't wearing water proof mascara.  

Nevertheless, we had a great time and are already thinking about themes for next year.....80's Miss America??? 

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Wells Weekly: New Year, New Resolutions....

So I realize that it's officially MID JANUARY, but let's face it, we all feel like Christmas was yesterday.  So I'm already behind on posting my New Year's Resolutions.....I hope that's not a sign of how dedicated I will be to them.  Anyway, I have WAY too many things that I want to do this year to actually take it seriously, so I am not going to kick myself for not tackling every single one. But just for fun, here are my resolutions/hopes/ambitions for 2012:

Things I really want to accomplish: 
  • Do my devotional/quiet time in the mornings before work
  • The typical "Get in Shape"......seriously...really...10 Year Reunion in 6 months!
  • Grow in my prayer life
  • Go to Italy!
Things that I would like to do but will probably not accomplish:
  • Finish my Wedding and Honeymoon scrapbooks (um, yeah, those events occurred 2.5 years ago)
  • Learn how to coupon
  • Learn how to use my Nikon camera (so many buttons!)
  • Actually cook recipes out of my cookbooks
  • Keep my car cleaned out (usually full of....junk...)
  • Keep my purse cleaned out (usually full of receipts..and.junk)
  • Keep the pantry more organized
  • Pinterest projects!
So if you see me around, feel free to be my accountability partner and inspect my purse....just warning you...there may be a sharp object or small telling.....

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Well, we wrapped up the last of the holidays!  Christmas was wonderful....we were lucky to have several days off to relax and spend with our families.  Before we headed to Mississippi, we had our annual Wells Family Christmas here at the house.  I cooked a nice dinner and we opened gifts.  Here are a few highlights..

Manny obviously racked up on puppy toys and tested each one out for about 5 minutes until he settled on stuffed Santa Claus.  Jeremie's gifts included the Jack Cristil book, a MSU steak brander, a discipleship book, and some camo that he picked out.  I got some clothes, a necklace and a new big tote bag, since mine is about 5 years old and won't zip anymore.  I picked it up the next day (it had just come in) and the ladies in the little store were horrified that I was picking up my own Christmas present, especially since I didn't let them wrap it. I immediately went home, packed my stuff in it, and we headed to MS.

It was great to be in MS for a few days and see our families.  We are so lucky that our families only live 30 minutes apart.  I still can't get over the fact that Jeremie & I didn't meet until college, but we grew up just down the road from each other.  In fact, shortly after we met, we realized that his sister also went to my high school & that his mom & my aunt were bridesmaids in each others' weddings!!!  Small world!

Now that I've chased that rabbit trail.......the first stop was Jeremie's parents (now Nona Cate and Papa Mitch) where we caught up and got some sweet time with Baby Judah.  Next stop was the Taylors for a  family get together on my Dad's side. Then back to The Wells for Jeremie's dad's family's side. (Get the drift?) Christmas morning is always spent at Jeremie's grandparent's where we ate a fabulous breakfast (in our pajamas) and opened gifts. Lunch was spent at my Grammy & Big Jack's and we rounded up the day back at the Taylors where we opened more gifts and usually fall asleep in the recliners/couch. In the meantime, Jeremie and I split up for some quality time with our respective families.  I usually manage to squeeze in a shopping trip to Hudsons.  : )

A few of the moments we caught:

Uncle J loves Judah. He was tired from his first Christmas.
Jeremie came back from the woods bearing sweet.....
Christmas was wonderful and went by too fast.  Before we knew it, we were headed back to Tallahassee to ring in the New Year!  And that we did.  We hosted a bonfire for our Sunday School class, complete with s'mores, fireworks, and yes, our very own 2012 Ball Drop from the balcony.

I know you think this was a pricey piece of entertainment, but don't fret, it's just my exercise ball wrapped in white trash bags and Christmas lights....

The boys were completely entertained by the "pyrotechnics", especially this 30 foot flame from the Donaldsons burning Christmas tree. Oh, the dear boys....

Now it's time to kick off 2012!!!!  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!