Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Eve Tradition

Without realizing it, I started a New Year's tradition. For the past three years I've spent my New Year's with some of my closets friends.

Three years ago, when Charlie and I were dating, I started out spending my New Year's with him and then ditched him half way through the night for the Denney sisters. (Don't worry, he was with his friends...but I can only take so much engineer talk!!)  We headed off together and ended up meeting up with some different guys....what can I say...I was with Tara and Teresa?! If I'm around them, boys are bound to be close by. :)

Us with Trent, one of the guys we met up with that night.

Then, two years ago, I went to Nashville to be with my girlfriends Tara, Teresa, Maria, Brooke, and Hannah. We walked around the Opryland Hotel and were able to see all the beautiful Christmas decorations. (I had never seen the hotel at Christmas.) Then, went to eat at Old Spaghetti Factory -- which is SO good! Later, we had a crazy night walking around everywhere since we couldn't decide what we wanted to do, or where we wanted to go. We ended up downtown where they had a huge stage set up for bands and they had a ball drop at midnight.

At one of the big trees at the hotel.

Us girls at Old Spaghetti Factory.

Last year, we got our core group together again, but Charlie and some of the boyfriends, husbands, etc. joined us. Maria had a great idea to go to Chattanooga and surprise David for his birthday and we could celebrate New Year's together again. (His birthday is New Year's Eve.) This was a lot of fun. We had a big group of us show up at Big River Grill to surprise him. When he and Maria walked into the restaurant, he didn't get it at first...he just thought some of us just happened to be there. It was so funny to see his face once he figured it out! After we ate we went back to Maria and David's house to watch the ball drop and spend time together.

This is the only picture I could find of that night! This was all the girls at Maria and David's house.

This year, Charlie and I are planning to spend New Year's at a wedding. That's right, a wedding. One of my cousin's is getting married New Year's Eve in Nashville. I'm sure it will be a beautiful wedding, it's going to be at the Hermitage, plus I think winter weddings are so pretty! The wedding is pretty tie optional, I've never been to such a formal wedding! So of course, I had to go shopping and buy a whole new outfit. :)

But what about my New Year's tradition with my friends?? Well, don't worry! We planned ahead and decided to have everyone meet up again in Nashville this year. So I'll still be spending my New Year's night with my girlfriends again! After the wedding, I'll have a quick wardrobe change and meet up with them to celebrate the end of this year and the beginning of next year. Yay, for fun New Year's traditions!

So I leave you with this adorable video of Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt singing "What are You Doing New Year's Eve?" It's so cute! Plus, I just LOVE her voice.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Looking Back Over 2011

So, here we are, about to start a new year. After following so many blogs over the years it's time for me to  start a new blog! I'm planning on using it to better document things that happen in my life and to keep my friends and family up to date.
Since we're at the end of the year, I thought I'd make a top 10 list for 2011! Here are the top 10 moments of 2011 at the Crowe household....

10. I ran a half marathon! This was probably the craziest thing I did all year. When I signed up for the race, I was totally pumped -- I was so excited to train and have a great finish time! Well, isn't that the way we always feel when we set out to accomplish something? Like I said, I was all excited at the beginning, but got COLD. And their was SNOW (I'll talk about this again later). And did I run and train like I planned? The answer So, by the time the race came in February, I was not ready in the slightest. But I had paid for the race and the trip, so I was going to go and do my best! Overall it was a fun experience, and I got to take a trip to Disney, but I highly doubt I'll do it again.

This was right after the race, when I was about to fall over.

I love Disney world. :)

9. I started coaching volleyball! This was such a fun surprise for me this year. I had the 7th grade team at Madison Academy. We had a great season and I had a wonderful group of girls. They were so much fun and brought a lot of joy to my life. I learned so much with them, and found out that there's a learning curve when coaching! Coaching is definitely different from playing. But I enjoyed the challenge, and look forward to coaching again next year!

8. My trip to Gulf Shores. This year I took a trip down to Gulf Shores to see one of my best friends, Tara. I was down there over the 4th of July and found out how crowded the beach is during that time of the year! While I was there she took me out on a boat to go deep sea fishing! I'd never been deep sea fishing, and this is not like regular fishing--at all. When you fish on a lake, you cast your line, sit, and wait, wait, wait, until you get a bit. With deep sea fishing, you drop your line and within SECONDS you have a catch on your line. It was so much fun and I know that I'll be deep sea fishing again in my future!

My red snapper catch!

Our cute 4th of July themed desserts!

7. One of my best friends got married this year! I've been friends with Kelly since high school and I was so honored to be one of her bridesmaids! We all had so much fun being part of the wedding and all the festivities. Back in the spring we decided to have a surprise bachelorette weekend for Kelly. She had made previous plans to visit Lauren down at her house at the beach. Well...we knew about these plans and decided to tag along! The four of us planned this trip and totally surprised Kelly! It was a fun girls trip and a great time to bond before the wedding. :)

Bachelorette weekend!

Getting our nails done.

With the beautiful bride.

6.  My Etsy shop hit 1,000 Facebook fans and 1,000 sales! I'm now well past that mark, but I've been so blessed with wonderful fans and customers over the last year. I have a lot of fun making my hair clips and hair bows and I look forward to another great year in my shop! I also have a designated office where I can spread out and make more of my items and keep more inventory. I plan on getting more storage stuff --my office is a work in progress-- and hopefully making new items next year!
My shop can be found here:

Excuse the mess, but that's normally what my desk looks like once I've done some work in my shop!

5.  The April tornados. Again, this was a crazy year for the weather in Alabama. April 27th was a very scary day. I remember waking up with the sirens going off. Then, they kept going off, and kept going off, and kept going off. All day long they went off. Charlie had gone into work that day and I was at home for part of the morning, and I was so glad when he got home. I didn't want anything to happen while I was by myself. At one point in the day, we looked up at the clouds and could see them spinning and twisting. It was scary. But, thankfully we didn't have any damage at our house and just a couple of trees down in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, we experienced the power outage as well as everyone else in the surrounding area. Having no power makes you realize how much we take electricity for granted! We weren't planning on going out of town, but when Charlie got up the next day and couldn't have his coffee. We had to leave immediately. So, we high-tailed it to Paris, to see his mom. This was good timing because it was Fish Fry weekend in Paris. So we got to take part of the Fish Fry festivities while we were enjoying the luxuries of electricity again.

Me and the dogs on the front porch of my mother-in-law, Rita's,  house.

At the fish fry parade! We ran into some family while we were there!

4. Allison, Barton, and Cole's visit to the states. I love my sister and her family, and I have so much respect for them for choosing to live in Peru. They do awesome work down their and it definitely takes  a special person to change your entire life, move to another country, and be a missionary. Since my sister lives in Peru I only get to see her once a year, when she comes back home. This was their first trip back to the states since they moved down there and I was SO excited to see them. It had been 18 months since I'd seen them in person. (Thank goodness for Skype, we are able to video chat.) While they were here they were very busy, but I did get to spend a couple of weeks with them and I'm very thankful for that time. *You can follow Allison's blog here:

We all went to one of Nathan's baseball games one night.

Me and Cole. Isn't he a cutie??

3. The epic snow week of 2011. If you'd told me a year ago that we'd have a snow that closed down the entire city of Huntsville for a week, I'd thought you were pulling my leg!

Our house with all the beautiful snow.

Playing in the snow!

We built a snowman and a rocket. What can I say?? We live in Huntsville -- we had to have a rocket!

2. NO MORE CARPET! This was a big undertaking for Charlie and myself (but mostly Charlie). We decided to rip up all the carpet in our house and put down laminate floors. This project took months -- mostly because we decided to take a 3 month break, but it eventually got finished. And I must say, I LOVE our new floors.

Rudy checking out Charlie's progress.

1. Charlie and I celebrated our two year anniversary! It's crazy to think we've already been married two years. We had a wonderful year together and have shared many wonderful moments throughout the year. We had so much fun over the year, and I look forward to all the new and exciting things that are in store for us in 2012!