Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Pullen Family Singers

**Apparently I'm incapable of summarizing my fun, so this is another long post...**

This past weekend Jeff and I took a trip over to Orange Park/St. Augustine for a crazy busy, but crazy fun, weekend. Unfortunately, Grandpa Pullen passed away the previous week, so on Saturday, they had a giant get together for the family memorial service to honor their Dad/Uncle/Grandpa/Brother/Great-Grandpa. So we made the trip too!

We took off work Friday to drive over, and spent some time with his family in Orange Park on Friday afternoon. They were all super nice, and we had a good time hanging out with them. Then we headed on down to St. Augustine to spend the evening with my friends! We met Cally, Dani and Jeannine at their house, and then went to dinner at The Back 40 Urban Cafe, one of my favorites. And it was absolutely delish. We stopped by Red Box on our way home to rent "It's Kind of A Funny Story," and we spent the rest of the evening enjoying movie rest time. Then we all went our separate ways to our own little beds!

Saturday morning we woke up and went to breakfast at the oh-so-yummy Sea Oats Caffe on the island. We both had coffee and ONE chocolate chip pancake each. Why only one each you ask? Because these are seriously the biggest pancakes you've ever seen. In your life. They are the size of the plate, and about 1/2" thick! Super huge. And super delicious. We stopped by the dollar store for some fancy sunglasses for me after I broke my others, and a quick look into a bike shop next door. Then we headed back up to Orange Park for the memorial service.

It was again a great time spent with his family, and I really enjoyed meeting all of the Pullen's. The memorial was very touching, and I even teared up a little, even though I had never even met Grandpa Pullen. A few of them sang a few special songs, and the rest of the family joined in. And let me tell you - those Pullens can sing. We were all just sitting around the living room, and they sounded like a choir singing in 4-part harmony! It was like they were the von Trapp Family Singers from the Sound of Music or something! (Which by the way, the title up there is a word play from the movie...)

After the service, we had some lunch and put on our bathing suits for some pool time with the family! There were tons of kids, and it was fun to play in the pool with them! And actually, Jeff was acting like a little kid himself doing all sorts of tricks and dives and jumps and just having fun splashing everyone! We spent some more time chatting with family, and catching up with those he doesn't get to see very often, and had a good time.

Once everyone started heading out to go home, we packed up too and drove back down to St. Aug. I took the fastest shower ever, and was ready just in time to go to Mango Mango's with the whole group for dinner! It was so yummy, and we were very full. We went back to the girls' house, and enjoyed a fun game of 3 Round Charades! That game always makes me laugh so much, and this time was no different. Super fun and super funny.

Sunday morning, Cally made us pancakes for breakfast, and they were so yummy. Jeff and I got dressed, and drove to Crescent Beach to meet his brother Greg's family. We went on a short ferry ride to Fort Matanzas and got to spend some time exploring the little fort. Then we ate lunch back in St. Aug Beach at Sunset Grill, and went to the beach for a bit. Jeff and I then packed up all our stuff, changed clothes, and went downtown to explore St. George Street, ate yummy dinner at Cruiser's Grill, and got some "gourmet popsicles" from The Hyppo with my Groupon!

On our way home, we stopped to see Greg and his family again at their hotel, and then were finally on the road back to Tally. We listened to comedians on Pandora all the way home, and laughed like crazy at all the funny things. We finally got back late, and were both super exhausted.

Like I said before, the weekend was crazy busy, but it was also definitely crazy fun. I enjoyed meeting all of Jeff's family and getting to know them a little bit. And of course I loved spending time with all my amazing friends back in St. Auggie!

Cally, Dani, Jeannine, Jenni, Katie, Christina, Josh, Zach, Steven - you guys are way cool, and I'm glad I got to spend some time with yall, even it wasn't very much! But don't worry, we'll be back again soon, and it will be even more awesome! I Love yall so much, glad you're my friends. :)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Pumped for the Weekend

I just want to say how excited I am to be going to St. Augustine this weekend! I miss my friends dearly, and I can't wait to see them. Also, I'll be bringing along the boyfriend for them to meet, so that will be fun too. :) Jeff and I both took off work, and we're leave tomorrow morning. Currently, I have about two and a half hours of work left, and I feel like I can hardly make it through the last few hours of the day due to my excitement!

A few things I'm looking forward to, even though I know there won't be enough time for all of it: Mango Mango's, the beach, friends, laughing, stories, Cafe 11, playing games, friends, popsicles from The Hyppo, visiting Flagler, showing Jeff around my old town, friends, and FUN!

LOVE, and see yall soon!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Packed Schedule

My life is crazy busy right now. But I love it. I have so many fun, awesome, lovely things happening, and I am so blessed and so grateful that God has given me all these things! A lot has happened in just the one week since my last update, and I intend on sharing quite a bit of it. So, warning: this post will be long. :)

(last) MONDAY
Work. Lunch with Jeff. Work. Shopping with Jeff...
Monday night is always family dinner night at home. And last Monday we celebrated my Dad's birthday because my parents were out of town on his actual birthday. My family of five were there, plus Jeff and Bo, for a night of family fun. We all ate dinner together, talked for a little while in the living room, and then moved back to the dining room for a game of Quelf! It was so funny and hilarious, and we had a blast all playing together!

Work. Lunch with Jeff. Work. Zumba. Bible study. Movie rest time at Jeff's house.


First I went to work at DOC. Then I had lunch with Jeffrey, then I went out to church for my office hours for the youth. I worked on a ton of Sunday school stuff for Promotion Sunday, as well as some other administrative work. Then I had a wonderful phone call with my dear old friend Kaley to catch up on our lives! Then I took a shopping trip to Walmart to buy the supplies for Super Duper Messy Night! The event turned out great, and we had a lot of fun. And of course, we got super duper messy. A few of the things involved: baked beans, chocolate syrup, spaghetti sauce, hot dogs, flour, pancake syrup, whipped cream, baby food and squeeze cheese...yummy. And then we lucked out. It was Water Night for the children's activities, and when they were done, we got to go play on their giant blow up water slides as well! So much fun, and so super messy.

Then after Messy Night, I raced home to shower, and go meet Jeff at his house. We stopped to get some snacks and drinks to stuff in my purse, and then headed to see Captain America in 3D. And I must say, it was a pretty awesome movie. Very much looking forward to The Avengers next summer!

Work. Lunch at home (Jeff had to take his car to get serviced). Work. Home to change clothes. Pick up Jeff from his office. Dinner at Sonny's with group of awesome friends. Game night at Sara's where we played Phase 10 - with partners. Which was both fun and funny. However, I lost big time, so that wasn't super fun...

Work. Lunch with Jeff at 1 Fresh Stir Fry. (This was my first time trying this delicious place, and I loved it! I will definitely be returning this one.) Work. Triple date night out with me and Jeff, Megan and Bo, and Mama and Papa! We went to a new seafood place in town, High Tide, to see if it was any good. And it was! Service was good, food was yummy and price wasn't bad. We ordered an appetizer, and the manager brought it out pretty quick. Then there was some
confusion, and our waitress brought us another one, because she didn't realize we already had it! They let us keep both :) And, Mama had found 20% off coupons, and printed one for each couple. Awesome. It was a fun date with lots of stories and laughing. Then Jeff and I went to the cheap theater to see a late night movie after dinner, and that was fun too.

Slept in. Did laundry. Watched half of a movie. Showered. Went out to the church to do some youth work. Walmart. Target. Lunch with Jeff and his mama at their house. Target with them for SS supplies. Then Jeff and I did an array of fun activities/errands: Best Buy, Belk, Payless, Claire's, test rode new bicycles, visited two other bike shops, Bell's, dinner at Pepper's, Publix, movie rest time at home. We made some good purchases, and had a lot of fun hanging out all day! I like my boyfriend a lot, he makes me happy :)

Church. Missions Sunday/Promotion Sunday (TONS of youth at Sunday School!! YAY!). Sunday School. Hung at Newk's with college group. Home to change clothes and pack. Jeff's house. Lunch with him. Mini-road trip to St. George Island for a day at the beach!

We explored a few small towns and fun things on the way down there, and just took our time driving. Once there we set up our chairs and umbrellas and watched the waves for a bit. Then we built a pretty awesome sandcastle for a while - complete with moat and grotto. After we were too hot to stand it anymore, we got in the jellyfish infested waters (there was a purple flag flying), to cool down for a few minutes. We then got out and moved our chairs into the tide, and relaxed for a bit longer while the sun was still up. We rinsed off, changed clothes, and headed out. We took some cool pictures of course of the setting sun, and took our time driving back. We stopped in Panacea and ate at a super casual, southern-style seafood place for dinner, Coastal Restaurant. We came home and were exhausted, but of course had a bit of movie rest time before I headed home.

Work. Lunch with Jeff. Work. (Blog). Cook. Family dinner night. Fun. :)

Looking forward to whatever craziness the rest of this week may bring! And then I'm super pumped and looking foward to this weekend because Jeff and I will be going over to St. Augustine for some fun with my amazing friends! I can't wait to see yall, it's gonna be so awesome! Love to everyone :)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Plenty of Colour

Today I found a pretty cool website, and I wanna share it. If you like pretty things, and colors, and random fun things to look at, then you'll like this blog.

So check it out: www.plentyofcolour.com

Here are just a few pictures of fun things on the blog...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Profile Facelift

In honor of my 1 Year Anniversary of Penguins, Pasta and Polka Dots, I gave the old profile a face lift. Do we like? I know I certainly do! (I'm very much into all things yellow right now, and so I'm loving this new color scheme.)

For the record though, my blog-iversary was actually August 11. But I'm celebrating a few days later... :)

Much Love.

Procrastination Trumps Productivity

So, I should be doing something a lot more productive than just making a new blog post. But, my dear friend Dani, specifically requested a new blog post a few days ago, so I figured I would oblige her, and write a little something! :)

This past weekend was a blast, and I wish every weekend could be so good and could provide so much fun. Friday night started out with date night with my sweet boyfriend, Jeff. We went to an old Tallahassee favorite, Jim & Milt's, for some casual, delicious BBQ. We both got the Yankee sandwich (combo of chopped beef and pork) but he got fried corn-on-the-cob and I got french fries, and then we shared our sides. It was so yummy. And then we watched "Love & Other Drugs" which turned out to be a great, really funny movie. Definitely recommend this one.

Saturday morning I was lucky and I got to sleep in, thankfully! Then Jeff came over and we spent the afternoon lounging around the house watching movies. Saturday night Jeff and I went up to Wild Adventures for the Skillet concert - which was so amazing!! We got there early enough to ride 3 of the roller coasters, and then we met up with Robert and Jacob for concert time! It was such a great, fun night!

Sunday morning was the usual of Contemporary Worship Service followed by Sunday school. Then for lunch the whole family went over to my Grandparent's house to celebrate both my Papa's and my Aunt Q's birthdays. We had good food, lot's of laughs, and a fun time.

Then Sunday afternoon Jeff and I took a quick trip down to St. George Island. We walked down the beach and watched the beautiful sunset. (Romantic, right?!) We picked up a few really awesome looking shells, took some good pictures, and Jeff terrorized a couple crabs trying to get some good video :)

Then we had dinner at The Blue Parrot (where both of our orders weren't cooked completely but they were extremely nice about bringing us new ones!), and enjoyed the nice weather. Then we sat on the beach for a little while under the bright full moon before heading back to Tally.

All-in-all it was a great weekend. And I'm already looking forward to more fun this upcoming weekend. But first, I have a small cold that I need to get rid of. So let's hope and pray that it goes away before Friday - cuz I'm ready to have some more fun! :)

Love to you all ♥