Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Early Birthday with Friends

This past weekend, my friends threw me an early birthday party! My birthday is technically this weekend, but this past Saturday worked best for everyone to be together!

Originally, we were going to eat dinner at O'Charleys, but the line was 8 thousand hours long. My mom and dad were keeping my baby, so I needed to get back in a reasonable time. Waiting forever to be seated then waiting on food? Nope...NEXT! 

Instead, we ended up at Rotolos. My birthday dinner with this group of friends was at Rotolos last year as well and it's also where I told them I was pregnant. There were no surprises on this birthday, but we still sat at the same table for old times sake! Hah!

I somehow managed to put on  makeup, too!

They were out of my favorite wrap, so our waitress suggested I try it in pizza form. It was good, but I definitely miss my wrap!

What's a birthday without cake?!

My friends know me all too well! I loved everything!! :)

After dinner, we picked Brayden up from my mom's, then returned to my house to put him to bed and play a few games.

The Game of Things is HILARIOUS! One of my favorite group games to play with friends! Basically, you're given a topic and everyone has to write a random response on a slip of paper. The slips are given to the "reader" and the person to the reader's left has to try and guess which answer belongs to which person. SO FUNNY!

My dogs aren't spoiled or anything...

Group selfie!

We had SO much fun! I always enjoy hanging out with my friends and spending time with them!! :)

As an added bonus, we went to lunch with some out of town friends on Saturday morning. They made Brayden this adorable Mickey quilt and wanted to deliver it to him in person. I know he's going to cherish it for many years to come!

Overall, it was a great day!! :)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Top 5 Favorite Olympic Moments

With the closing ceremony of the Rio Olympics last night, so many memorable and exciting moments from these Olympic games ran through my mind. There were records set, lots of medals received, stories of overcoming great obstacles, and inspiration just to name a few.

I love love love the Summer Olympics and our TV at home has been on the local news channel the past two weeks straight! Brayden also enjoyed "watching" some of it - the swimming competition mostly! :)

There were so many moments I enjoyed, but I've compiled a list of just a few favorites below..

Number 1:

Women's 100 Meter Hurdlers - Team USA going gold, silver, and bronze...the first in that event in Olympic history! Such an exciting moment!

Number 2:

Katie Ledecky - this lady is an amazing athlete! I was wowed every time I watched her swim, especially when she set the World Record in the Women's 800 m Freestyle!

Number 3

Back to track and field, my heart went out to the ladies of Team USA in the 4x100 Meter Relay when the baton was lost in transition. I was happy that Allyson Felix used her logic in that moment to make her teammates finish the race so they would have a chance to appeal. They won the appeal and also the Gold in the final race!

Number 4:

Mo Farah! Only this guy could fall during a race, get back up, then win gold in the 5000 m! Insane and absolutely incredible!

Number 5:

My FAVORITE event in the Summer Olympics is Women's Gymnastics. I never was a gymnast, but I am amazed by the talent these ladies posses! From the individual events to the All Around and Team Finals, I loved watching our Team USA "Final Five" win so many medals, especially the one for women's gymnastics Team Gold!

Runner Up:

The Olympics always brings around lots of emotion and I love when athletes show it! This moment after the men's 4x 100 freestyle relay had me crying right along with Ryan Held! These athletes worked HARD for their gold medal moments...I can only imagine the emotions they feel!

So many additional moments stood out to me during these events like the women's 5000 m collide between D'Agostino and Hamblin - their act of unity was amazing to see. Also, Michael Phelps achieving his final Olympic gold medal, Rupp pushing through to win the bronze medal in the men's marathon (and only his 2nd marathon EVER at that!), and watching Jorgensen as she crossed the finish line for gold in the women's Triathlon after determining to come back stronger from the London 2012 Olympics. 

Overall, the Olympics held so many incredible moments and I have only barely touched the surface of my favorites! 

What were some of your favorite moments from Rio?

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