Monday, February 28, 2011

Sledge Weekend Recap

Not much has been going on around here. Well...that's not exactly true. We had a pretty busy weekend. Friday night Taylor was in Oxford, so I had a girls' night with Whitney. We sat around and talked and ate pizza. Then I came home, put on my pjs, and went to bed around 10:00. I am officially an old lady. But I love it! Saturday morning I got up, went on a walk and enjoyed the BEAUTIFUL day.....I think the prettiest things around right now are all the Bradford pear trees that are all over my neighborhood. They have those beautiful white blooms that are simply stunning this time of year. I've decided they are my favorite kind of tree. They and those giant old live oaks that are plentiful down near New Orleans. Then it was off to do some shopping for the bridal showers I had later that afternoon. My friend Jocelyn and my sweet cousin Dabbs both had showers that afternoon. Dabbs is getting married in just four weeks! Here is a picture of the two of us at my bridesmaids' luncheon almost 3 years ago:




I am so excited for the brides-to-be! We have a lot of weddings and wedding-related functions coming up in the next few weeks. Six couples we are close to are getting married in the next 5 weeks! Unfortunately we won't be able to go to a couple of the weddings because THREE of them are on the same day at the same time! Craziness! I guess that is just the season of life we're in. Next thing we know it'll be baby showers, then baseball tournaments and cheerleading camps! So I'm looking forward these next few weeks to rehearsal dinners and bridesmaids luncheons and watching some close friends make such an important commitment to each other before God and all their friends and family.

Later that night, Taylor got home and we headed out to the birthday party of the century! A good friend of Taylor's was turning 40, and his sweet wife threw a HUGE birthday party for him at our favorite restaurant in town. It was so much fun--a seven (SEVEN!) course meal, a great band, and lots of fun people. The next morning was church, lunch at home out on the patio, and then some shopping with my sweet mother-in-law.

Also looming on the VERY near horizon....is my national clinical board exam, THIS Friday. I am completely freaked out. I have no doubt whatsoever that I can do what is clinically expected of me--the procedures are ones that I have done hundreds of times--it's just the fact that things are sort of out of my hands. It's certainly an exercise in trust--I've just got to believe that the Lord is sovereign over this, just as he is over everything else.

I hope you had a great weekend too!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Real World Comin' at Ya

Y'all.

I have been working at my dad's office all this week (for those of you who don't know, he is a dentist here in town) for my private practice preceptorship, and I have to tell you, as we like to say here in the South, I am WO' SLAP OUT. And it's only Wednesday. Sweet Dad called me tonight as I was on my way home from church and asked, "Are you ok? Am I working you too hard??"

He definitely isn't working me too hard, but I have gotten a very real taste of the fast-paced working lifestyle of a dentist in private practice--and I absolutely love it! I think there will just be a learning curve when I first join the practice this summer, because right now, the nature of our education at the dental school is wayyy slower. We are only allowed to schedule patients in two or four hour blocks, and a procedure that really should only take 15 minutes or an hour gets drug out to 2 or 3 hours. That's just the way it is. I have been treating patients for two years now, and I am MORE than ready to move on to "real world" dentistry.

In other news: Whitney's wedding was BEAUTIFUL! Her rehearsal dinner was sweet, poignant, delicious, and fun, and the wedding day was a blast. It started out with a wedding day brunch at our dear friends', the Roberts, house. I actually was the Nazi responsible for pushing the bride out the door before the groom arrived (can't see each other! bad luck!!) and chauffering her to her hair appointment. I felt so bad pulling her away from all the well-wishers, but somebody had to do it! Next it was on to the church, where we primped and practiced and prayed, all before the ceremony at 6:30 that night. Everything was beautiful, including the bride. Here are a few of my favorite pics from the weekend:

Cutting the cake:
First dance:

Whittie and Mr. Johnny:

Dance floor!
We have taken a pic like this of the four of us before every major event of recent years in our lives! Three down, one to go....Hales you are next!

My bestie and me:
My other bestie--isn't he handsome?

How precious is Whit's face in this one:


Em, Nat, and me:
Dancing the night away:


And our other big news--one of our most dear, wonderful, can't even describe her with words, friends--Lauren, aka "Wade" to most of her friends--got engaged this weekend!!! Her now fiancee, Alston, surprised her with a ring right before they ran the New Orleans Marathon on Sunday morning!! She said towards the end of the run, every time she would think she just couldn't go any further, she'd look down at her left hand and think,"Weeeellll, I can make it a little further!" Ha!! I guess so Wader!

We love you and Alston and look forward to many years of friendship with the Ludwigs! Here is one final pic, of Carolyn Grace, Wade, and me, at her impromptu engagement party Sunday night--the Wades had people over for champagne and desserts to celebrate, and the house was chock full of people.


I have had lots to celebrate in the last few days...hope life has been treating you well too! Check back in soon!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Winter Sure Has Been Here Awhile Now...

I knew that it has been too long since I posted when at a family birthday dinner tonight, Taylor's sweet grandmother (Hey, MawMaw!) me that she couldn't get my blog anymore on her Ipad. I asked what it said when she tried to get to it, and she said it just kept pulling up the post from the middle of January!

So, MawMaw, here is the new post as promised. :) Happy happy birthday to you--I hope you had a great one!

Here are a few pictures from my most recent trip--Washington, D.C., for Whit's bachelorette party! I know it seems far away, but it was actually a pretty central location for all of her bridesmaids. We seem to be scattered to the four winds! Birmingham, Chicago, Jackson, Memphis, New Orleans, D.C., New York, and Baltimore--to name a few.

We all flew into the city on Friday afternoon and straggled in one by one to Adrienne's apartment in Arlington. Our friend Shannon was so sweet to pick me up from the Baltimore airport (it was less expensive to fly into Baltimore, and it's only a short drive away) on her way in. We started the night of right with...
Karaoke!

We tried to lay low Friday night and get some good sleep for our busy day on Saturday! But we ended up going to a cute little Irish pub on the main street in Arlington (so pretty!) after Whit opened her presents. There was a guy playing the guitar and singing, and we got out on the dance floor even though everyone looked at us kinda funny. Carpe diem, right?

Opening presents:

Me, Whit, and Hales in the cab on the way to our champagne brunch the next morning, courtesy of Whitney's parents!

Our little New Yorker, Emily, and me. It was COLD that day! We were all bundled up.



Strolling the Georgetown streets:

I had seen the Georgetown Cupcake show on TV and was really looking forward to having one of their famous cupcakes...but the line was down the street and around the corner! I obviously wasn't the only one! Maybe next time.


On Sunday, several of the girls left early, but a few of us stuck around and headed back on Monday flights. So we were able to do a little exploring--starting off with the Holocaust Museum. For anyone who is a regular reader of this blog, you might remember that Taylor and I went to DC back in September. We did go to the Holocaust Museum, but we ran short on time and didn't get to the last two floors of the museum. So I was really excited to be able to go again so soon. I spent a lot of time this trip on those last floors. One of them was a tribute to the people who ran the "Underground Railroad" of sorts for the Jewish people who escaped, or attempted to escape, capture by the Nazis. A well-known example would be the people who helped Anne Frank and her family as they went into hiding for what must have been the longest two years of their lives. It was so moving to read the stories of all these brave and courageous people. It was inspiring...I would hope that I would be one of them had I lived in that time and place.


Then it was on to the American History Smithsonian so Whit could see Julia Child's kitchen! I had to snap a pic of our pastry chef in front of the famous cook's kitchen:




In other news, well...really there isn't any other news. I feel like my life has been one big whirlwind. I need to stop and smell the roses a little more. We seem to pack a lot into a short amount of time! I have my day job, aka dental school, and my night job: wedding parties! I'm tellin' y'all, it's crazy. So many people getting married! Something in the water down here, I guess. I love it though. And speaking of, we are pumped about Whitney's wedding and the surrounding festivities this weekend! I will be sure to take plenty of pictures and post them when it's all over.

Tomorrow is National Give Kids a Smile Day, and everyone associated with the dental school is getting there super early in the morning to start receiving the 1,000 elementary school students who will be coming through our doors tomorrow for treatment! For a lot of these kids, this will be the only time this year they will see a dentist, so I'm really excited about giving them a good experience, so they will want to seek dental care in the future, and also assessing their needs and hopefully being able to take care of some of them.
So I guess I'd better head to bed so I will be chipper and cheery for all those smiling faces! Looking forward to that followed by the bridesmaids' luncheon and rehearsal dinner for Whitney. Hope you have a great weekend!