Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Drink the Bar Party

What do you get when you add best friends, good food and lots of cocktails? You turn a "stock" the bar party into a "drink" the bar party.

When our wonderful friends offered to throw Tim and I a shower, I suggested we have a stock the bar themed party. Of course Tim and I wanted liquor to fill our bar, but what we really wanted was just an excuse to have an amazing time with our best friends and we knew a stock the bar party would do the trick. And, well it did.

Thanks to the amazing hostesses, Carol, Lindsay, Taylor, Kate & Lauren, there wasn't a party guest who didn't have an great time. We played flip cup (of course), Tim and I danced (of course), the gals had a little too much fun with the hair spray (of course) and all in all, it was a success.

Successful not because Tim and I have a bar that is now stocked, but successful because of the memories we have from what will be known as "that wild night at Twin's house."

In all, we are so lucky to have such amazing and fun friends and are thrilled that so many of them made it out to the party!

And now more than ever, everyone is welcome to join us at our house for a cocktail - our bar is stocked and waiting for you.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Fun in Fargo

Up North (in places like Fargo), Aunts are called "Aunties" and if I must say, I have the three best Aunties in the world. Auntie Bobbi, Auntie Janice and Auntie Betsy are my dad's three sisters and they really are such inspiring women. Every time I am with them, I am always amazed with their supreme hospitality. They sure know how to host a party.

Their hostess skills were in full force just a few weeks ago when they gathered the extended Hill family and hosted an "Auntie" shower for me in Fargo. An "Auntie" shower is the traditional shower that my aunts host for all girls in the family who are getting married. They have this shower down to a science. The menu is geared toward one they call a "lady's lunch" - one my nonnie would've enjoyed in the 50's. Formal silver, china, snacks and of course champagne :)

So, the date was set for my Auntie shower and my mom and I jumped on a plane, headed to Fargo (yup! Fargo in February) and spent the weekend with the girls. We ate, drank, told stories and laughed. The occasion marked my first bridal shower & they made it so much fun. They showed so much love and support for me and Tim and I am so thankful that these Aunties are a part of my life. I can't wait to celebrate with them on June 4th.

Auntie Janice and her granddaughter Josephine "JoJo"
Me and my Aunties
Janice, Mom, Me, Bobbi and Betsy
The "Lady's Lunch"
My cousins Christine, Jennie, Liza and Jojo
Me and my Great Aunt Kay
My sweet cousins Jojo and Ava

My Maggie is in Heaven

Maggie was the best dog my family could ask for. We got her 10 years ago, I was 16. Maggie, a Brittany Spaniel, was loyal and loving. She was always by your side, always there for you and she was just a special friend. I had a hard time saying goodbye to Maggie when I left for college because I knew that I wasn't going to be able to see her everyday. But she kept my parent's company and it made me happy to know that there was no such thing as an empty nest with Maggie around. She was their baby.

Well sadly, Maggie unexpectedly passed away this weekend. We knew she was getting old, but this was sudden. Running to greet my Dad as he got home from work, Maggie just leaned up against the house and collapsed. She must've been tired and God took her to rest. It's been a very difficult 24 hours - I haven't stopped crying. My parents have been beside themselves. It just feels like we've lost a member of our family. But after accepting the fact that Maggie is gone, it makes us all happy to know that she is running free in Heaven and I can only hope that she is spending time with our family's first Brittany Spaniel, Corkey.

Both of those dogs gave our family so much joy and I know that our next dog will bring that same amount of joy to us. My parents will get another dog and pretty soon, Tim and I will get one of our one. I think it's safe to say that two new Brittany Spaniels will be in our family before the year's end.

But before we think about these new additions, this is our time to remember Maggie. Here's a few of my favortie photos of the best dog ever! Love you Mags!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Looking Back Before Looking Ahead

When we rang in 2010 nearly twelve months ago, I had no idea what the year would bring. Looking back, its been a BIG year and my goodness, its been a whirlwind. I need a moment to reflect before I run fast into 2011. So heres our 2010 highlights.

  • Successfully moved into our house and turned it into a cozy home! We decorated, organized, settled in and LOVE every square foot.
  • Spent six months searching for the perfect couch and it was well worth the hunt.
  • Celebrated Tim's 26th Birthday.
  • We hit a heartbreaking moment when Tim had to leave his job. That time made us stronger. Since then, Tim started a new job that he loves and quickly advanced into a new role. In a year he's gone from estimator to project manager and now gets to travel across the state visiting job sites. Lemons for sure turned into lemonade on this one.
  • My work travels allowed me to visit new cities and re-visit some of my favorite ones. Let's see... It started with a very memorable trip to Las Vegas, then I spent a week in Los Angeles, a week in Austin, went on a quick, but long overdue first visit to Seattle, went to Aspen for the second year in a row, spent a weekend in San Francisco, then traveled to Seattle and rounded out the year with a visit to Chicago. Phew! I'm tired just thinking about all of this.
  • But in all of it I got to attend some great events. You could find me at the Consumer Electronics Show, SXSW in Austin, the AMAZING Food & Wine Classic and the Grammys. I made some great friends along the way and even rubbed elbows with some celebrity favorites (my most memorable was Giada!).
  • I got a promotion.
  • ...and turned 25.
  • Attended the nuptials of our dear Lindsay & Chase Whitworth, Amy & Clayton Wells, my high school BFF Anna and my cousin Ashley. Congrats everyone!
  • We made it to Destin multiple times (I made three visits, Tim made it down twice). Ya know, a year isn't a good one without at least one stop at Rum Runners.
  • Took a trip to Tampa to hang out with Onnolee. It was so much fun!
  • Rode horses at Tim's mom's farm in Alabama - jean shorts, cowboy boots and all...
  • Hosted the annual Braves game outing, and managed to go on a special charter bus ride with 50 of our closest friends.
  • Our beloved Auburn Tigers went undefeated and we were in Jordan-Hare to watch them beat Clemson, Arkansas, LSU and UGA.
  • Played lots of flip cup...had too many hangovers.
  • Put up our first Christmas tree.
  • And last but by any means, not the least, we got ENGAGED!! That moment on the dock was magical and the week spent in Captiva was the best vacation of my life. We would give anything to re-live just one minute of one of those days.
But onward and upward we go. 2011 is just days away and next twelve months have so much in store. We are kicking it off spending a weekend with friends in the mountains.

Ready or not, 2011, here we come!

An Edelman Holiday Celebration

PR people know how to party. Or at least the PR people at Edelman Atlanta do. Our annual holiday soiree was a few short weeks ago, and it was quite the night out. Everyone got dressed up (Tim tried on five different outfits before making a decision), brought their dates and sipped on cocktails at the start of the evening, but by the end of the night we were all on the dance floor dancing to "Baby's got back" and learning the "Teach me how to dougie" dance. I haven't laughed so hard in a long time. It was a wonderful thing to get a group of type A professionals out of the office and into a room together. Just add liquor and a DJ and we had the ultimate dance party - soul train, dance offs, circle formations, hair flipping, whatever, we did it. Once the official party ended, the group needed more so we relocated to a bar in the highlands and made it home in the wee hours of the night. Thank goodness for the late start on the Friday morning after, I needed the extra sleep to recover!

My manager Lindsay and her always "best dressed" hubby Johnny

Chip brought the santa hat...

...that ended up on Tim.
Our GM in the middle of the dance circle :)

Tomeka was the best dressed (in my opinion) - she's an AU grad :)

Gals from the Consumer team - Mandy, me, Taylor and Lindsay

Timmy hearts Abby and Abby hearts Timmy, although we missed Dustin very much!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Baby Harper Turns One

It was one year ago that Baby Harper Wooten was born. When I first met him, he was so small that I wasn't even sure how to hold him! Well, the year has flown by and Harper has turned into quite the little man. He's walking, laughing and always smiling. Everyone says he looks identical to how his Dad Josh looked when he was a baby. And I've honestly never seen a little one so well behaved. With all of the attention on him, he never fused or got upset. He just smiled and let everyone hold him (even his future Aunt Kiki :).

The day was also very special because of a surprise visit from Tim's grandpa, Porter Ray. Porter is 85 and I just LOVE him. He reminds me so much of Tim it's scary. He's funny, kind and very handsome. But he can't travel for health reasons so he hasn't left Madison, Alabama in years. He couldn't even come to Birmingham for Josh's wedding. So it was everyone's surprise to see Porter Ray in Birmingham for Harper's birthday. Harper has no idea how lucky he is! We got a great photo with all the Wooten boys. Maybe grandpa will get a wild hair and travel to St. Louis for our wedding :)

Either way, I can't wait to celebrate many more birthdays with Baby Harper.
The Wooten Family (four generations)! Dennis, Grandpa Porter, Josh, Harper & Tim
Yummy cake!
Harper is happy as can be with Uncle Timmy & his Dad

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Windy City

I've been to Chicago countless times in my life, and every time I visit, I'm reminded how much I love the windy city. This particular trip was for work. We were launching the Starbucks holiday campaign and hosted a pop up store right on Michigan avenue - serving coffee to all of those who passed by. The day started with a wake-up call of 3:30 a.m. (yikes!) and went until the sun went down. It was super cold, but luckily my dad bought me a serious down coat just to make it through my day of work in the Chicago cold - thanks Dad! The event was successful and I got to spend time getting to know my Edelman colleague from Portland - we ended up having a great time (especially when we dined out at a quaint Chicago-style Italian eatery)!

But, the best part was staying at the historic hotel, The Drake. I never really realized how much history was at this hotel -- so many famous people have stayed there, Princess Diana, Jack Nicholson. Scenes from one of my favorite movies My Best Friends Wedding were also filmed at the hotel. To my surprise, when I checked-in, I was upgraded to a room bigger than my house. The room had floor to ceiling windows overlooking Lake Michigan, it was gorgeous.

And just to note, I do love Chicago, but only for a few days. I've been there in the cold winter months and there is no way I'd every survive living there. Way to cold! But if I get the chance to visit again, I'll be there in a heart beat.

The Edelman team (Jill, Casey, Kevin & Me) at the Starbucks photo booth. See my big coat:)

The chandelier in my hotel room!

The living room in my hotel room - if only I wasn't traveling alone. There was a full kitchen, huge bedroom and bathroom. I liked that they maintained the historic look of the hotel.

Gorgeous view of Lake Michigan from my hotel windows. I could see Oprah's house :)

Starbucks pop up store.

Inside of the pop up store.

Right on Michigan Avenue. Edelman's Headquarters is around the corner.