Tuesday, October 30, 2012

We love Fall!

It's our favorite time of year and are loving this weather (not loving our football season). Ellie celebrated with her CEE friends at their fall party! I've never been able to attend her parties in past years due to work... It was nice to contribute and attend this year. Such a cute little class. Some of these kids have been together since they were 3 months old. We are happy that 2 girls have outnumbered class bringing the total to 3... And 8 boys!

Pap and Tambry visited this weekend and we loved having no plans! We shopped, ate, shopped some more, and ate some more. The most exciting part was Jay flying in Paps plane. Ellie says she will fly next week after her nap and after her cousin John Burke flies... Random!

We also gave Ellie an early birthday present - a swing set. She LOVES it for now, but I have heard that will fade soon.

Ellie turns 3 tomorrow...

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Glad to be home!

I am so glad to be home for a while with no big trips coming up anytime soon. I have visited 40 schools since June after this college swing in the New England area, and I'm exhausted. Jay was a fabulous stay at home Dad while I have been away.

This was the perfect time of year to visit New Hampshire. The leaves were beautiful and the weather was near perfect everyday. I experienced two "firsts" on this trip... my first Ivy League school - Dartmouth and my first earthquake - 4.6! Such a different atmosphere at these schools compared to southern schools. College football is not a big deal up there... Strange to see ice hockey rinks instead of football stadiums on campus!

Coming up - fall parties, Pap's plane, Halloween, and Ellie's 3rd birthday.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Princesses, PJs, and Pumpkins

We had a full weekend of events. We started out with a trip to see Disney in Ice...

We celebrated a couple of friends' birthdays - PJ style...

And finished the day off with a trip to the Pumpkin Patch with school friends...

We are all exhausted and look forward to a good nights rest!

Sunday, October 7, 2012


I traveled this week to Denver to visit colleges and attend a conference. How refreshing it was to see that part of the country where every college campus backs up to mountains. I love Auburn with all my heart but do wish I would have had a true college search. The students are so laid back, and the weather was perfect during our tours. Once the conference started, we had highs in the 30s and light snow. That made me want to come home! It was a long week away, but I learned so much. The bonus was staying with my AU coworkers and seeing all my admission and counselor friends. Jay and Ellie had a lot of bonding time.

I think its good to get away every now and then. Makes me appreciate all Jay does and realize how much I love my family.

I heading out for another week long set of tours on Sunday... This time to New Hampshire. I have never been to this area, nor heard of some of the colleges on the tour so it will be interesting.

Not sure the what the order will be... Some before my trip and then the different campuses!