But...as always, we had so much fun! And as crazy as it was...would do it again if we could. :)
One of my best friends, Laura, is in med school at MCG (Medical College of Georgia) in Augusta, GA and has visited Ryan and I in Durham twice since we've lived here. She's one of the friends I never have the chance to see when we go home because she's not from my hometown, so I had been wanting to visit her in Augusta for a while. So, she and I picked a weekend...months in advance due to both of our busy schedules, marked it on our calendars, and decided to have a girl's weekend in Augusta! As it turns out though, my parents' cabin is only about an hour and a half past Augusta and TJ and a couple of his buddies were coming up from Florida for the weekend, so Ryan decided to join me for the road trip part, drop me off in Augusta on Friday night and then head to the cabin to hang out with guys for the weekend. Well, that's how this whole thing started, but when it was all said an done, a few other "opportunities" came up that we just couldn't turn down. :)
So 5 o'clock on Friday rolls around and we hit the road for Augusta. Ryan dropped me off at Laura's, then headed to the cabin. First "opportunity" that presented itself was me and Laura going to the cabin too. She'd never been there and we thought it would be fun to see everyone, so after a late night of chatting the hours away in Augusta, getting up before 8 AM for a 4 mile walk/run at the Canal in the rain, and baking a cheesecake, we too headed for Hancock on Saturday morning.
Once there, Ryan and Dad had to meet us at the gate to let us in because I couldn't figure out all 5 locks on the gate...
We had so much fun hanging out with TJ, his roommate John, his friend Justin, and two of my favorite Georgia girls, TJ's girlfriend Jennica, and her friend Kelly, who we met and hung out with in Jacksonville, FL last year for the GA/FL game.
When we first got there, the guys weren't around, but a few minutes later, Dad got a call that TJ, John, and Justin were stuck in the mud in John's Tahoe, so Laura and I rode along with Dad and Ryan to go pull them out with Dad's truck. Wish I had a picture...it was so muddy from all the rain and their wheels were just spinning...but at that point, I didn't know John and Justin that well and they probably would have thought I was weird for taking a picture of them helplessly stuck in the mud, having to get towed out lol.
Second "opportunity" that came up was a trip to Athens for dinner. Being only about an hour away, we couldn't pass up an opportunity to meet up with some friends...and as it turned out, Jamie and her friend Jessica too, for dinner. We were all the way in Georgia, might as well drive another hour to get to see some more friends, right?! :) Besides, between Duke and Florida games last season, I hadn't made it to Athens in a while (over a year!)...and truth be told, I miss that place! Turns out, TJ & Co. had Athens plans for Saturday night too, to go to a sorority event with Jennica - she had even arranged dates for John and Justin - but that got rained out, so we ended up all going to dinner together at one of my favorite Athens restaurants, DePalmas - yum!
My Georgia girls!! Breanne, Laura, and me at DePalmas, where we celebrated birthdays in college and where Bre got me hooked on their spinach cheese bread sticks...mmmmm! (Can we go back already?? With Britney and Carrie next time and all will be right in the world!)
Thought it was ironic...on a couple of levels...that while we were eating, Matthew Stafford and his girlfriend sat at a table near us. Here, we've got Florida football players, including their starting quarterback, that are not only hanging out in Athens, GA, (incognito of course, lol!) but then Georgia's former quarterback/last year's #1 draft pick sits down beside us...as the draft is going on. I jokingly told John we should get a pic of him with Stafford to document that both GA's and FL's quarterbacks were eating at the same restaurant, but he said "ah, he doesn't even know who I am". Umm...pretty sure that you being Florida's starting quarterback, who's replacing Tim Tebow...and has gotten his fair share of ESPN coverage during spring football...and the fact that Stafford is the quarterback of your arch rival team...pretttttty sure he more than likely knows who you are. But, refreshing to see a college kid who's not full of himself! Thought it was also funny hearing the stories the next day of the people who recognized them as Florida players and them pretending they were not...I mean people had to have wondered what in the heck Florida football players were doing hanging out in downtown Athens, GA...in enemy territory. Ha!
Gotta get the sib pics...because I miss these two! Jamie didn't even know that TJ was going to dinner with us since that all happened last minute, so she got a bonus when she got to have dinner with two of her three out-of-town sibs! It's so fun being all together :). Too bad Matt was up to his ears in papers and studying for finals back in Durham, so he wasn't able to join on this trip...such is life I've learned - we're always missing someone!
And the latest big news...this little girl in pink is.....
GOING TO BE A GEORGIA BULLDOG!!!
WOOHOO!!! I'm so excited for my little Jamieloo! Can't wait for her to experience all the fun things and places...and even study spots that I did during my 4 years in Athens, GA!
So, after a fun night in Athens with friends and the sibs and my favorite food, we headed back to the cabin to sleep like babies through thunderstorms and a downpour under the tin roof. Pure heaven on earth for me!
On Sunday, we fished...
Martha & Dexter came down for the afternoon to hang out...it really was a weekend of squeezing so much in and getting to see so many of our favorite people!
...and hung out like country bumpkins, complete with dip cans, spit cups, and straw-chewing story telling...
Kelly & Jennica
...and because they are just two of the cutest girls to ever walk UGA's campus, I felt the need to include more versions of this already adorable picture... ;)
and while most of you know them as football players...
did you know these boys are also the billboard faces of "Ducks Unlimited"'s most recent marketing campaign?
kidding...gotta love Photoshop. :) Just couldn't resist playing with such a great picture...southern boys, muddy truck with the duck logo sticker, blue jeans shoved into cowboy boots, camo hat, all by a pond in the woods on hunting land...love it!
It was one of those perfect days you don't ever want to end...serene setting with people you love being with...
But after hanging out for as long as we could that afternoon before our long drives, we all got in our cars and went our different ways...Martha & Dexter back to Buford, GA; Justin back to Gainesville, GA; TJ & John back to Gainesville, FL; Laura back to Augusta, GA; and us back to Durham, NC.