Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Valentine's Day Family Favorites Game

So we ALL know I L-O-V-E games AND I also L-O-V-E holidays!  Valentine's day is kind of a special one for Chris and I.  Our first "date" was a group date at my friends house back in 1988 where the girls cooked dinner for the boys.  I think the menu consisted of Chicken Parmesan and spaghetti.  We were in 11th grade.  The following year I made heart shaped hamburgers for him, set up a little card table near my parents fireplace and even placed our ketchup bottle in a champagne bucket to make it fancy.  Pretty sure we have kept V-day a special holiday throughout the years - almost positive one of our four kids was a result of a Valentine's Day evening many moons ago.

Last year's was a great one.  It was a super sweet romantic night (all 6/7 of us - we had Emily our fabulous family friend over ~ CAUSE WE LOVE HER).  Ordered HEART shaped pizza from zpizza.  Got some yummy heart shaped treats for dessert.

Played this great family game I came up with.  We had so much fun that quotes from that night are still used today.  So everyone fills out one of these forms below with their favorites.  These are then kept secret - SHHHHH!
*To print right click on image and then OPEN LINK IN NEW WINDOW- print & cut in half!
Then everyone gets a copy of the family favorite chart - and they are supposed to fill out as many favorites as they can guess correct for the rest of the members in their family.  This takes a little time and a bunch of thought.  How well do you REALLY know each other?  In our family one of our favorites from that night was when my brilliant husband put down CARROTS as his favorite fruit.  To this day when I am serving carrots the kids say "look dad your favorite fruit!".  Another item that brought much mayhem was when Chris (my brilliant husband) put down Summer as his favorite season and NO ONE else did.  He was genuinely insulted - how could none of us love the season where we get to spend the most time together he said which made us laugh harder.
*To print right click on image and then OPEN LINK IN NEW WINDOW and print one for each family member!  Write in all family member's names on top row.


Thursday, February 05, 2015

The Adventure Begins at the Airport

On a recent QUICK - literally 24hr visit to South Florida to speak at my cousin Jen's Jennifer Haley Handbag's Sip Shake Shop Support Repeat event - which was AMAZING!!!  Anyway, in the Fort Lauderdale Airport waiting for my delayed flight I noticed two women sitting across from me.  It was hard not to notice them because they were so giddy - I mean REAL happy even though they had been traveling ALL day AND were hours from their final destination of New York City.  A few delayed flights, a few cancelled flights - now missing their second row audience seats for the taping of the Seth Meyers show as we spoke.  They were still smiling.  Why?

Cause they were on a Girls Trip!  Girls Weekends are incredible - that's why! (you know leave the husbands and all your responsibilities behind and get some good old fashion healing Girl Time) Still two hours from taking off they were hopeful and TOGETHER - that's the important part. In the short time I sat across from them they finished a movie they had started earlier in the day, they laughed, they cheered on a delayed passenger who was running to catch his flight to Cleveland - "RUN CHUCK RUN!!!" and laughed some more. They chatted about their plans for the rest of the night once they finally arrived. Since they missed the show taping their new plan was to get settled into their hotel then head to Serendipity 3 for a frozen hot chocolate - "the land of milk and honey" as one girl called it. They spoke about visiting the MOMA and the MET.  Doing ALL the touristy stuff.  And how much they have been looking forward to THIS trip. The land of milk and honey girl had a trip at Christmas time but THIS trip to NYC was the one she was most looking forward to. (I can fully understand that sentiment).

Serendipity 3 Frozen Hot Chocolate
I said goodbye as our flight was finally ready to board (we were waiting on a flight attendant who had gotten a flat tire - no joke - get AAA honey!).  I was a bit jelly of them.  I mean they were just beginning their adventure and so much fun was ahead of them. Magical things happen on Girls Weekends as we all know.  So I know good things are headed their way. Hoping you made it to Serendipity girls and that it was as sweet as you were!

Or maybe they ended up in Vegas?
Which was their back up plan if their flight got changed again.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Tybee Teacher Time - Teacher Girls Weekend Getaway 2014

As I prepare for our Teacher Girls Getaway 2015 in Madison, Georgia, I think back to our past shenanigans= Deception or tomfoolery on the part of carnival stand operators. (you're welcome Cotta)  It dawned on me I never posted about our trip last year.  Believe me I know there are like 100 trips I have yet to post about.  It is tricky to find the time to write.  I truly think next year is gonna be my "breakthrough banner year" where I write all the time (with our youngest finally going to kindergarten - YEAH!).

Anyway I think for this post about this specific trip I am going to let the pictures speak volumes for me AND just put some suggested links at the bottom of the post to a few great places to hit when on Tybee!  Pour yourself a margarita, turn up your heat, put on some Buffett or Bob Marley, maybe grab your favorite sunhat and enjoy!

Welcome Bag - no GW is complete without one

Charades, Left Center Right, Beach Gift Swap 

"I am sorry I still don't get it - what the h--- are you doing?"

Beach Gift Swap

fun little flasks available thru link- Amazon

Everything but the kitchen sink is in there

 North Beach Grill

A Nickel Bag if FUnk - totally entertaining! Made our night!

BYE GIRLS til Next Time!

Tybee Island, GA - http://tybeeisland.com/
Visit Tybee - http://visittybee.com/
Serenity (the awesome rental house - I have personally stayed here 3x) - http://www.onerobinsonavenue.com/
Tybee Island Social Club (AMAZING drinks! Cool brunch spot) - http://www.tybeeislandsocialclub.com/
North Beach Grill (incredible island food with a true island feel right near the lighthouse) - http://northbeachbarandgrill.net/
Tybee Marine Science Center Coastal Georgia Gallery - http://www.tybeemarinescience.org/
Tybee Lighthouse - http://www.tybeelighthouse.org/
Massage on Tybee Edie Mercado, LMT (WE LOVED EDIE!  She was the best!) - http://www.massageontybee.com/
Lighthouse Pizza - http://lighthousepizza.net/