Finally, it's only taken 3 posts, but here are the highlights for September through December 2011. Very busy time of the year! Hehe. Hope you are enjoying the highlights I'm sharing.
We did some things this month, but the best thing we did was go to Orlando to visit friends and go to Disney (are you noticing a theme with me, yet?).
We had a Happy Hour the night we got there at Ale House near the Airport and had a great turn out! Yet, I didn't do a good job of taking lots of pictures...so here's one.
We went to the opening day of EPCOT's Food & Wine Festival! Oh my gosh, there was so much food to try...we wanted to try it all...but it was hot out and we just couldn't. Luckily we got to go back on Oct. 2nd. Also, we got to attend the first ever Mixology seminar of the Food & Wine Festival - that was amazing - maybe it was the liquor...lol.
|At the Mixology Seminar|
We went to Magic Kingdom's 40th Anniversary Celebration! We saw all the characters parade down Main Street to the Castle and tried to hear the speech being given.... It was super busy this day at the park, but somehow we were able to ride EVERY ride that we wanted to.
Went to Downtown Disney with a friend and ate at Paridisio 37...oh that was tasty and the tequila was most definitely, good. Plus, great time seeing our friend, Jeff.
October is the month we celebrated Pete's youngest sister's birthday.
I got my first Crowdtap Sample & Share for Old Navy ActiveWear and shared this is Nicole, one of Pete's sisters. See the post here.
A few of us tried out the Lexington Oktoberfest, but it underwhelmed us.
Pete & I carved pumpkins for Halloween...that managed to stay on the front porch until December. No kidding..and super mushy!
The leaves were changing color...since moving from FL, this was amazing and beautiful to me. I actually got to see a spectrum of color!
I saw my first fox...and managed to capture him in a pic..not an amazing pic, but can tell he's a fox!
A new club opened in Columbia, called Club XS. They put me on the VIP entry list, so 4 of us went to check it out. It's big, it plays decent enough music, and has 2 bars...I liked it. Of course, Pete liked it the first visit, but hated it the second.
Pete & I spent Thanksgiving eating a meal at Cracker Barrel. The meal was blah, but the company was nice. Then we saw Arthur Christmas in 3D. I thought it was super cute.
And, we put up our Christmas tree and started decorating Thanksgiving weekend.
Pete and I attended the Festivus Airing of Grievances Pub Crawl in Five Points. It started out slow, but we had a good time.
Pete's dog, Martog, had a weird episode. We think a siezure on Dec. 3rd. Scared us all, so we brought him to an Emergency Night Vet. After a lot of testing and money, they found that he has cancer in his kidney and prostate. For now we are opting to give him pain meds and just manage his condition.
I hosted an ABBA You Can Dance Wii Party that I received from Crowdtap. We snacked, laughed, and danced to ABBA songs! See my post here.
We went to Orlando again! This time no Disney visit. Instead, joined a bunch of friends at my work's holiday party. Had a great time and even won a bottle of wine.
Visited with my brother, Ed, SIL Karen, and their kids.
The next night we celebrated Pete's birthday with Steve & K at Sushi Pop and then went downtown with Paula & Fabian. Really turned into a great night!
|Awesomely made Partida Blanco tequila shot|
I hosted an Old Navy Bundle Up Winter Gear Party that I got from Crowdtap with Rebekah, Elizabeth, and Nicole! See my post here.
We had a gift exchange with Pete's SC family before we headed up to MI to spend the holidays with the other half of his family.
Christmas Eve is when Pete's MI family gets together and exchanges gifts. We ate and then a crazy time of gifts being given and unwrapped happened.
Pete & I took his twin nieces to Bronner's Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, MI. Had a great time looking at everything, taking lots of pictures and shopping! Managed to stay in budget for what I planned to spend there. :)
Pete and his niece built a snowman after midnight! There was enough snow on the ground and the right consistency...it's a good thing they did, next day it got too warm! Here's there over 7 ft snowman!
Lastly, we rung in the New Year in Traverse City, MI at the Cherry Ball Drop with Pete's sister, Kelly, and his long time friends - Russ & Melissa. This night started out slow, but turned out to be a fantastic way to ring in 2012!
Hope you all enjoyed! That's all for 2011's highlights! Happy 2012 everyone!