Thursday, December 31, 2009

Mehaffey-Howell Reunion in the Big Peach!

Recently we had the 1st ever Mehaffey-Howell Reunion, in the big peach. I knew it was quite important to squeeze one visit in with each other before busy season begins, or we wouldn't be able to see each other till April, and that just wouldn't cut it. The Mehaffeys arrived late on a Friday evening. Of course we had to hit up the Marietta diner. None of us had eaten dinner yet, so this time we actually hit up another portion of the menu, besides the dessert. Their menu is quite extensive so we had quite a time deciding on what to get. Of course we also got dessert... but we had to take it home since we were so full!
On Saturday morning we headed to the MARTA. What an interesting ride. There was some crazy talking all kinds of racial stuff sitting behind us. Thankfully our stop wasn't too far away. We went and hit up the Lenox Macy's. I was tempted to check out the Flying Pigs ride... but I don't think I convinced anyone else. Oh well. We even got to see the pretty legit Macy's Santa. We considered taking a picture with him, but the cheapest package was $28!!!
After Macy's we headed over to the CNN building for lunch. Inside there was a Hawks mascot that was absolutely crazy! We made sure to grab a table within viewing distance of him jumping out and scaring the bypassers and pecking at peoples heads. He came running towards me one time then fell straight on his face. It was hilarious. After CNN, we headed over to Atlanta's Centennial Park for some outdoor iceskating. Unfortunately it was covered, so it didn't feel very much like we were outdoors. It was a bit of fun, though I'm sure it would have been better if there weren't soooo many people there. I'm not an awesome skater, but I was pretty sure I could keep myself from falling... my biggest threat to that were all the people falling down in front of me or cutting me off abruptly. Even with that, I somehow managed to make it through the skating without falling. Aaron too. Impressive.
Later that night, after a much need though not long enough nap, we headed out to try a new Hibachi Grill. It seems to be a tradition. 2008 Mehaffey-Howell Christmas Extravaganza
And of course we drove back to the Centinnial Park to check out the Christmas lights at night and the beautiful tree. Unfortunately we were crazy cold... and tired... so not much more than that happened. We finally ended up back in our warm apartment, cozy on the couch watching some good 'ole HP. and I fell asleep. Imagine that.
We are so happy that Brad and Mindy were able to come visit. I can't wait to see them again, hopefully soon.

We did a lot of hanging out and waiting on the MARTA. Since it was the weekend, the trains only run every 20 mins or so... and we seemed to have horrible timing... It wouldn't have been so bad if it wasn't soooo cold!

Ice skating at Centennial Park!

Hanging out in the CNN building.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from the Howells!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Have a Tacky Christmas!

We recently celebrated the holiday season with our class from church - tacky style. I do have to say that I was quite impressed by the level of participation from our group. Almost everyone came decked out in some of the tackiest sweater/sweatshirts I have ever seen. I especially loved one sweatshirt that simply read, "Happy Birthday Jesus". Aaron sported an incredibly awesome-we were so lucky to find it -homemade sweatshirt with puppies and kittens, and glitter glue. Gold. glitter. glue.

After feasting on a de-li-cious meal and socializing with the group... we all bundled up for the coldest night in Atlanta and headed out to our truck-drawn sleigh to spread some cheer via carolling. There we even antlers and santa hats to complete our ensembles, one lucky guy got the elf ears!

We had a wonderful time celebrating the season with our new friends.

Slightly off topic - but still somewhat on topic... the last time I celebrated the season tacky style was in 2007. I had high hopes that multiple people would join me... but alas, it was myself and my sister.

Tacky 2007: Here's one of my favorite pictures from the night. Maggie and I were laughing so hard, it was nearly impossible to saddle up on the cow. Our friend Tony attempted to assist, but was quite awkward in trying to figure out how to best position his hands. We eventually made it... Tomorrow I am heading to Memphis to see Maggie, one of my bestest/oldest friends get married. I can't believe how much things have changed since 07!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

t-giving '09

Happy Belated Thanksgiving! Aaron and I headed to Memphis this year for Thanksgiving with my family. We were also able to squeeze in some time with the Howells as well. I'm so glad that we are not too far away to travel and spend time with our families over the holidays. We plan on tearing up the road over the next few weeks as we make multiple treks out of Georgia to make memories with our families!

Hanging out with my sister and cousins.

The Howell fam

Ethan loved Newton.... especially his tail.

Ethan sporting his Thanksgiving outfit. so cute.

Rachel and I getting into the holiday spirit at the mall.

So we went to see the Starry Nights... but there was a LONG LONG wait. We kept ourselves entertained.

I discovered that my family members can not keep their eyes open when there is a flash at nighttime.

Some of the lights... taken quickly, therefore blurred. The lights were viewed via the car... so I had to jump out a few times to take some pictures.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Showering with Love

My best friend is getting married, so of course we are showering her with love, laughter, fun times, and of course gifts! Recently Aaron and I made our first Atlanta-Memphis trek for a fun-filled shower weekend. It was great to be able to see some of my oldest friends. We share so many wonderful memories of our days in the youth group and college summers. Even though we don't see each other often enough, it's like we've never been apart when we do. I hope we all continue to be close forever. It's great to have a place like Gtown to reconnect. I'm hoping to start a reunion for us soon...

Her 1st shower was a girls only shower filled with all kinds of yummy food, fun games, and lots of presents.

Her 2nd shower was at our home church congregation. There were so many hostesses and gifts. I know she had a great time opening all the gifts and be loved on by so many people.

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