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Some friends and I have a bit of a tradition which involves going away for the weekend someplace at least once or twice a year or so.  In as big a group as we can get to go.  Our general thought is the more the merrier!  More people = more fun and less cost.  Both of which are really great things.  We then rent as big of a house as is necessary for those going, and the whole weekend is pretty much a blast.

Our most recent trip like this was to Lake Lure, NC to celebrate BFFL Mandy‘s 30th birthday!  We had about 12 of us, I think.  We had a nice, three-level cabin rented where we explored the “creek” behind the house, enjoyed lunch in Lake Lure that Saturday, and some shopping in nearby Chimney Rock.  Otherwise, it was just good old fashioned fun!

Here are a few pics (for some reason, we didn’t have very many of our own, so I had to steal some from facebook):

Me with my two Amandas!

Us in the morning!
Us at lunch at Larkin’s on the Lake:
Group shot (some of us, anyway) after lunch:
And lastly, I’ll leave you with this final shot of the reason for our trip.  Birthday girl, Mandy, and her sweet hubby, Stephen:
Anyone else ever been to Lake Lure?  What fun things did you do?

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Knit happens.  That’s the name of the yarn shop in Scottsdale, AZ where I just bought some yarn!  I love yarn!  All its colors and textures and types and did I say colors?  If you didn’t know, I’ve been in the Phoenix area for work for the past week and a half now, and the other day, I was over in Tempe, AZ at Tempe Yarn and bought this book.

No, I’m not pregnant!  But, I got this book because baby stuff = small projects that don’t take too much time.  So, you get to enjoy the fun of knitting without getting too bored working on the same old project that takes a long time.  It’s a pretty nice payoff.  PLUS, my BFFL Mandy had a baby February 1st, so I can knit for him!  Mandy – I hope you guys are ready for some handknits!

The book is really awesome by the way.  All the patterns in it are cute!  First up, a hooded pullover…. a hoodie!  Here is a picture of it with the yarn I bought to knit it out of.

Oh yeah, please excuse the quality of the photos…  I took them on my cell phone.

What do you guys think?  Isn’t it precious?  I hope my lil buddy Wriston will like it.

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“Never iron a four-leaf clover, because you don’t want to press your luck.”

Just wanted to wish everyone a happy St. Pat’s!  Here are a couple pics of us and some friends at last year’s Five Points St. Patrick’s Day celebration!

Hope everyone wore green today!

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Back on February 1st of this year, my BFF Mandy gave birth to a precious little baby boy named Wriston.  You can read about them here.

Anyway, he is a cute lil guy and a sweetie for sure!

He is having some professional photos taken on Saturday, and the photographer told Mandy to make sure he had a hat to wear in some close up pics.

So, last Saturday, while we were in Myrtle Beach, Mandy texted me asking how long it takes me to knit a hat.  It doesn’t take very long, and I had actually started one for him already (though I had been slacking off recently in getting it finished), so she asked if I could have it done by Saturday in time for his photo session.  Of course I said I’d try!  I asked her for his head circumference and for some pics of hats she liked so I could tweak the pattern I’d started if need be.  His head was 16″ around, and one of the hats she liked was similar to the one I’d already begun.

So, once we got home from the beach, I continued my work on the hat.  I was able to finish it Tuesday night, and here is the final product:

Additionally, I had started a pair of socks for him back at Christmas time (my first socks ever actually!), but once I had the first sock done and started the second one, I slacked off again.  So, I really wanted to get the second sock finished and have a pair done since they matched the hat, and I could mail them to Mandy all at the same time.  I was able to get the sock finished on Wednesday, and I think the pair couldn’t have turned out cuter!

I was able to get the socks and hat in the mail to Mandy yesterday, and she should get them tomorrow.  She has seen pics of them, but I can’t wait for her to see them in person!  And hopefully they fit him!

What do you guys think of the precious little hat?  And how’d I do on my first pair of socks ever?  They were knit with love, that’s for sure!

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Over the weekend we headed to Myrtle Beach to spend a night with our friends Nilly and Afner to celebrate Afner’s 30th birthday.  On our way there, I got carded for a lottery ticket, which I wrote about in this post.

We headed down Saturday morning and got there by lunch time.  After putting our stuff in the room, we headed down the boardwalk to a little oceanfront restaurant called Ocean Front Bar and Grill.  I enjoyed some clam strips, and Jake had tilapia.  It was an alright place with decent food, but nothing tooooo much to speak of.  We did enjoy the fact that the place was nowhere near as crowded as it will be in a few months.

Our next stop was the Ripley’s Aquarium over at Broadway at the Beach!  The highlights were  seeing their sharks in the Dangerous Reef and the stingray exhibit at Touch a Ray Bay.  Nilly and I actually did touch the stingrays, and they were slimy!  It was so neat, though!  Here are some pics from the aquarium:

Nilly and Afner


Jake and Scuba Steve

Lindsay and COLOR aquarium

Lindsay and shark, "RAWR"

Water Tunnel - Can you spot the shark?

After the aquarium, we spent some time walking around Broadway at the Beach and did a little shopping.  Then, we headed back to the hotel, spent some time in the jacuzzi, and got ready for dinner.

We ate dinner at a restaurant called the Sea Captain’s House, and it was FANTASTIC!  Here is what each of us enjoyed:

Me – Crab cakes and the best clam chowder I’ve ever had
Jake – Filet mignon that was an inch and a half thick and that you could cut with a fork, with vegetables
Nilly – Chicken Oscar (chicken with crab meat and sauce) and vegetables
Afner – Lowcountry Shrimp and Grits

We all enjoyed our meals!  After dinner, we just hung out together in the hotel room and watched some tv because we were so full! When we were trying to go to sleep that night, some people were being loud (playing drinking games) in the room next to us. It took all of our combined efforts to convince Nilly that she didn’t want to bang on the connecting door (or worse), instead, we convinced her to call the front desk to register a complaint about some hooligans in the next room trying to climb walls and practice MMA while playing ‘never have I ever’. Did you know John has never petted a goat? We are proud of Nilly for that exercise in control!

Sunday morning, we got up and went to breakfast together at Mammy’s before heading back home.

We had a great little overnight trip and really enjoyed the time spent with our buddies.  Thanks so much, Nilly and Afner, for inviting us down!  And happy birthday, Afner!

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So, we’ve just added a blogroll to our sidebar.  Now, if you’re interested, you can check out some of our friends’s blogs! 

A few of them are friends’ blogs about their families and home life etc, but we’ve also got everything from BFF Nilly’s blog about dolls to our friend Tommy’s hunting adventures to Carolyn’s usually entertaining thoughts and happenings.

One is a link to a friend’s Day Zero Challenge.  We have started our own challenge and will be posting about it soon, so look out for that!

Happy reading!

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