Weddings and Week 18

Week of December 7-13

December has been crazy busy and flown by!  I mean, Christmas is next week! Whaaaaat?  I had finals, then one of my best friend’s wedding, then Greg turned 30, and now boom…it’s practically Christmas.  All that to say, blogging has dropped down the totem pole of priorities.  But stick with me and I’ll get us caught up!

My final exam of this semester was on Thurs. December 11.  It was all about the immune system.  Luckily, I had a pretty safe grade going into the exam.  Even if I’d made a 100%, I couldn’t make an A in the class, but I would have had to totally bomb the final to lose my B.  It didn’t help with my motivation to study, but thankfully there seemed to be less reading material this time.  And either I actually absorbed it better than usual (ha, not likely!), or this test wasn’t as bad as the others, but I did best on my final.  So shew, another semester down.  I was sooooo ready for a break!!

December 12th and 13th we celebrated the wedding weekend of my good friend Caroline and her fiance’, Paul. caroline

Friday morning she had her bridal luncheon at one of our favorite restaurants, Nabeel’s, in Homewood.  It’s this little Greek/Mediterranean cafe where our group of girlfriends spent many many meals together during our college years.dec12

Saturday during the day, Greg and I did some MAJOR yard work.  We raked and raked and raked some more to get all the leaves up out of our yard. You couldn’t even see our grass or driveway. It was just solid brown with leaves.  We also spent a lot of time prepping the outside of the house for our tacky Christmas birthday party for Greg later the next week.  Greg put tons of lights on the house and I cleaned out and cleaned up the back porch and hung string lights,  I don’t think the outside of our house has looked this good in a long time. It was well worth the work!  The wedding was at 4, so we got cleaned up and headed out for a night of celebrations.  Caroline and Paul were married at Avondale United Methodist church.  That is a gorgeous church!  The sanctuary is filled with beautiful woodwork and wood beams in it’s high ceilings, and stained glass windows all around.

Our good friend Lauren led the ceremony. She completed seminary school at Samford a few years ago.  It was a sweet, intimate, friend-filled wedding ceremony.  The reception was at Saw’s Juke Joint, this awesome southern bbq joint in Mountain Brook.  Originally the reception was to be held at Sloss Furnaces- a historic landmark for the iron-works industry here in Birmingham, AL.  However, poor Caroline had a similar wedding debacle as we did because the reception venue has been under renovations for the past 6 months, and although they assured her the would be complete well before wedding time….they were not.  So about 3 weeks before the wedding date, Caroline was on a mad hunt for a new venue.  But honestly, Saw’s was a perfect location. They were able to rent out the whole restaurant, had a vinyl record DJ do all the music, and the food was phenomenal!! I mean, seriously…good, home-style, southern food.  Delicious!  We all had a great time. (excuse the terrible quality pics. We just use our phones these days, and I’m still rocking an iPhone 4 at the moment….so yeah.)  New phone and new camera are hopefully both in the near future.

Dec13- Caroline wedding (1) Dec13- Caroline wedding (8) Dec13- Caroline wedding (7) Dec13- Caroline wedding (2) Dec13- Caroline wedding (6)It’s always great having all our friends in town together.  Most of us live in Birmingham, but a few are scattered around the country.  Another wedding in the books, and another great night shared with these lovely ladies.

That pretty much wrapped up week 18.  The bump is still quite small. Sorry, no pic again.  December has been a whirlwind. I notice the bump, and Greg notices it, but honestly, people still look at me and go, “where’s the bump?” or “eh, it’s kinda there!”  I can still easily get away with not even looking pregnant in some of my tops.  And I’m still not needing maternity pants or anything. I just stick with corduroy pants or leggings 😉

18 week baby stats- Baby is now the size of a sweet potato measuring about 5.5 inches long and almost 7 ounces.  Bones continue to develop and harden throughout it’s body, but in particular this week the bones of the inner ear are beginning to develop. This means he/she may start to hear sounds soon, such as my heartbeat and eventually sounds from the outside world.

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