Sunday, December 27, 2009

Happy Travels

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas surrounded by loved ones and delicious food! Christmas day, like every year, I traveled up to LaGrange, GA to see my huge and amazing family. We always get together on the 26th to do a big Christmas, which I loved as a little kid because I had Christmas two days in a row. This year there were a lot more people crammed into my grandparents house as our family continues to grow. It was an especially exciting Christmas because my first cousin brought his girlfriend and while she was washing dishes so I could keep cooking, I noticed a little sparkle on her left hand. Soon after, they announced to the whole family that they are engaged! It was an exciting day and full of laughter and soooo much yummy food. BBQ, coleslaw, potato salad, fruit trays, carrot cake, snowballs, cookies, and much much more. It was also really nice to catch up with some of my favorite cousins, one of which, in true redneck fashion, invited Nick and me back up in a few weeks for a "Beaver dam blow-up" party. We have a beaver problem on part of our farm and they've managed to flood about 36 acres, and Buck is determined to blast them to the moon, so naturally Nick and I will be there to enjoy the show.
Today we made the 8-9 hour drive back home to T-ville and tomorrow afternoon I'll be getting right back in the car and heading up to Niceville, FL to see Nick :) and meet his family. It's been over two weeks and we're kind of starting to miss each other. I've made pumpkin bars, snowballs, and picked fresh grapefruit and oranges to bring up there. Basically I'm bribing his parents to like me. Hopefully it works. :)
Once again, I hope everyone has had an amazing Christmas and best wishes for 2010!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Warm peaches

Ally: "I don't like peaches that are warmed up."

Kyla: "What about peach cobbler?"

Ally: [serious face] "I do not like warm peaches. I feel like fruit should be cold."

Kyla: "What about warm apples?"

Ally: "No thank you."

Kyla: "What about apple pie?"

Ally: "Nope."

Kyla: "Not even from McDonald's?"

Ally: "No ma'am."

Kyla: "What about my homemade apple pie?"

Ally: "Exceptions can always be made."

Love, hugs, and friends that are just as crazy as you. :)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


I woke up this morning looking forward to shopping with my momma and spending time with friends, but knowing that this is only day 2 of 7 that I wouldn't be able to talk to Nick since he's on a Caribbean cruise and will be out of the country. So my momma and I went to Viera to finish up our Christmas shopping and were very successful. On the way home we picked up our Christmas cards and my phone started ringing. I thought, "Gosh I wish it was Nick calling", thinking it was my dad or someone else. But when I looked at the caller ID it was none other than the very person I wanted to talk to! I answered and Nick said, "SURPRISE! I have international calling! I thought it would be a nice little surprise for you. Well at least I think I have an international plan..." Haha, so anyway I got to talk to him for a while and am now a very happy camper. I'm choosing to overlook the fact that he's in Cozumel on a beach soaking up the sun and I'm in tiny town, Florida addressing the never-ending stack of Christmas cards.

Love, hugs, and good surprises :)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Oh Titusville, how is it that you NEVER change? Oh a little road construction here and there, sure, but the mall? Still empty. Publix? Still where you'll see everyone and their mom/cousin/2nd grade teacher. Sunrise Bakery? Still the best coffee. And the annual Christmas Parade? Still the biggest event of the whole year. Trust me, EVERYONE in T-ville will be there, including me :) Just because I poke fun doesn't mean I don't participate.

Friday, December 11, 2009


I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I'm about to head to campus for my first and last final of the hardest (and funnest) semester of my life. After sitting through a miserable hour and a half-ish I then get to sit in the car by myself and drive a super fun and entertaining 4 hours home (that was dripping in sarcasm in case you didn't catch it). But it's all good. It's the holidays :)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

We can do it real big, bigger than you ever done it...

I'm back! And this time for good. I only have one more exam and then I'm donezo for the semester so I'll actually have time to share my life with all you lovelies. So time for updates...

About a month ago I started dating a wonderful guy who I like to refer to as shnookums. (Haha jk jk). I met Nick in my advanced sports reporting class. He was my photographer and I was his reporter for the Christian Ponder story. We had to spend a lot of time together to work on the story, however we ended up spending A LOT of time together going out to Mellow Mushroom to "talk about the feature" or to parties with a bunch of friends from our classes. One thing led to another and before I knew it I was falling for him. I guess the feeling was mutual because he told me he wants to be with me and only me and here we are a month later, happy as can be. When Ponder got hurt, we had to change stories and ended up doing a feature on a hilarious volleyball player, Brianna Barry. She was a ball girl for the team when she was little and now she's the star and they're headed to the sweet 16 this week so it's pretty exciting. Here's the video!

We won "best team" (how ironic is that!?) and we tied for best overall feature of the semester, which is a BIG deal. These features air on Sun Sports every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and it has been so fun working on them, even if at times it felt like it was going to kill me. It was all worth it and I can't wait to take it again next semester with all of my favorite media production friends (including Nick). :)

On a different note, but still so so exciting... my good friend and hairdresser just called and told me that she has a beautiful baby girl with a full head of dark hair. Congratulations Shannon! I can't wait to see her!

Love, hugs, and livin' the good life...