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A Southern Twenty-Five on Friday!

Y'all. Five day weeks are rough. After a bunch of back to back four day weeks this week has gone on foreverrrrr {and then some}. Thank goodness it's Friday!

I'm hanging out again this week with April, Darci, Natasha, and Christina.

It's been nearly two years since I've had a lake weekend out at Lake Murray and I am pumped about heading there this weekend {and next!} Patrick has located my life jacket, I've picked up food from the store & farmer's market, my bathing suit is packed, & I'm ready to go.

I haven't seen this girl since November :(

We've spent the last few months catching up via text messages, phone conversations, and snail mail which is great and all but I'm ready for some actual face to face catching up time this weekend!

Meet the Little G's.

Found these guys hanging out in the backyard last weekend. They're kind of cute! Needless to say, I will not be attempting to go into the backyard any time soon. I saw what happened the last time something threatened the Little G's and I have no intention of facing the wrath of the big gator in the lagoon.

Disclaimer for all of those who think I'm crazy: all gator pictures are taken from the safety of the deck or from inside the kitchen through the window. I'm really starting to appreciate the zoom feature. I've also started dreaming about gators. Anyone surprised?? Ha!

This pizza from Thirsty Fellow in Columbia.

Chicken, bacon, green bell pepper, and roasted garlic. YUM.

That's all y'all. She's officially done teaching! After 39 years it's off to Kiawah for lots of biking & gator watchin' :)


85 days until Clemson football is back in my life again :)



  1. Do you know I live in Columbia but have never been on Lake Murray?! Where do you live to see all those Gators in your yard! Cool but scary :) Happy Friday!

  2. Congratulations to your mama!! Those gators are absolutely terrifying...should you call someone to maybe come tame them lol! Hope you have an awesome weekend on the Lake!! :)

  3. I can't believe you have gators in your backyard! That's crazy. The pizza looks amazing, Thirsty Fellow is definitely a favorite.

  4. Love the baby gators!! So precious! That gator is HUGE!! We have a few in the pond behind the beach house, but none of them are that big!

  5. Ah baby gators! That means someday they will be big gators though. I hope they find a new place to live!

  6. oooh have a fantastic lake weekend! tiny gators are the cutest!!! we had a little guy on campus in college but when he got big enough they relocated him, gee I wonder why.

  7. That pizza looks aaaaamazing, I've never heard of that place but we'll have to try it one day!

  8. NO THANK YOU to gator friends!! I only like animals with fur I think

  9. A weekend at the lake sounds amazing and those views look phenomenal! Hope you have a great time!!

  10. Looks like you had tons of fun!
    Those baby gators are too cute however I do not like what they grow up to be..
    Hello scary big gators!!

  11. How did I miss this? Looks like so much fun and lovin' you and your cute lilly! (have I mentioned that I adore your blog design?) Anyway have a great day lady! xoxo


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