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Our Wedding


On November 1, 2009, in Little Bay, Jamaica, Ken and I “legalized it,” as the Jamaicans love to say. I couldn’t be happier that we chose to have a destination wedding with close family and friends. It was everything we had hoped it would be, and quite possibly the best family vacation the Pattersons or the Nichols have ever had.

We left with a thousand favorite memories, but here are just a few of the highlights (in no particular order):

  • While I was in my room preparing for the ceremony, just about to step into my dress, it suddenly started to downpour. I was losing it – this was the first time it had rained since we arrived, and it just happened to occur when I was supposed to be walking down the aisle!? Luckily, the rain stopped in time for us to get a handful of pre-ceremony pictures. And you know what? We ended up having two huge rainbows for our ceremony.
  • The night before the wedding was a blast! After the rehearsal dinner, our friend started playing Michael Jackson on his ipod at the resort’s bar, and everyone was doing the “Billie Jean” dance. Our parents even got up on the bar and started dancing. Now I’ve heard of them having that much fun before, but never have I actually seen it…
  • Our second day in Jamaica, our group went to the Blue Hole, which is a natural mineral springs where the only way to swim is to jump – 35 feet! We all did it, or course. The coolest part about it was that it was just us and the locals, who showed off their impressive cliff diving skills. It’s currently being developed into a major tourist attraction, so we are truly lucky we got to experience it beforehand.
  • On our last night of the honeymoon, Coral Cove prepared a private dinner for the two of us out on the cliff where we got married. They illuminuated the way with torches, and decorated our table with romantic candles and flower petals. I just can’t say enough about how great those people were!

I will stop gushing, but first I must insert a plug for both Coral Cove (where we all stayed) and Ray and Erica of 35 Atlanta, our photographers. Both helped to make our wedding unforgettable.

Here are some more of the first wedding pictures! The professional photos should be ready soon 🙂 


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UGA vs. Auburn: a house divided


This past Saturday, I was able to experience something I’ve been waiting for the whole time I’ve been in college: an Auburn/ GA football game with my dad, an Auburn graduate. My family finally made the journey to his old stomping ground, where my dad enjoyed reminiscing about the toilet paper tree, eating at Guthries, his old college apartment and, of course, how much he can’t stand Georgia fans (no offense taken, old man).

My mom enjoyed cheering for BOTH teams (well, whatever team was losing at the time). Robby, who wore red just so I wouldn’t be the only one, enjoyed the funnel cake, popcorn, Dip-n-Dots and pretzels from the concession stand. And I enjoyed viewing the game from row 13 of the Auburn alumni section. Who knew they actually sit down for some of the game in the alumni section!?

Now I know the Bulldogs were “supposed” to murder Auburn rather than play barely well enough to win, but I have to say it was much more exciting than watching a runaway game. I was pleasantly suprised at how pleasant the Auburn fans were – they were even good sports about it after they lost. In fact, UGA fans could definitely take some tips from them (there’s a reason for our bad reputation).

Maybe next year I can drag pops up to Athens for the game. Then he can listen to my stories about “back in the day, when I was in college…” Weird.

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Adventures in Wally, er, Disneyworld

The last time I was at Disneyworld, I was too small to ride Space Mountain. All it took to assuage the crying that ensued was a Mickey-shaped ice cream bar. When my little sister and I asked my dad what his favorite ride had been, he said it was the monorail that took us back to the hotel. His answer explains why I haven’t been there in a while.
Luckily, I have a friend that completed Disney’s internship program and now works as a campus recruiter, so I was able to visit the parks this past weekend for free with her family! I had a fabulous time running from ride to ride, watching the shows and parades and sleeping like a baby at the end of the day. Not much seems to have changed over at Disneyworld, and this is both a good and bad thing. Here are some of my humble observations from the weekend:
  • I think it’s great that Disney has always tried to incorporate different cultures into their attractions; a few of my favorites from the recent trip were Epcot’s Food & Wine festival (selling tapas and wine samples for each of the “countries” at Epcot) and the Lion King show at the Animal Kingdom park. But maybe it’s time to update “It’s a Small World,” which neatly places each race of robot child into their respective continents.
  • I love that Captain Jack Sparrow (a hilariously much more realistic robot than the originals) is now incorporated into the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. However, adding Iago (annoying parrot from Aladdin) to the Tiki Room was clearly a mistake.
  • Unless you’re a corn dog enthusiast, there aren’t a lot of dining options in the park. This is especially true for people like me who try to eat somewhat healthy. The lack of nutritional options was very surprising considering Disney’s extremely family-friendly culture. Even walking around the parks for days couldn’t counteract the amount of fat in oneof their $6 hamburgers! But I have to give them some credit — you can now bring your own foods into the park, which is definitely a plus.
  • Interns at Disney take classes on Disney corporate culture, and how I would love to sit in on one! How they get their employees (and most customers) to stay so chipper is mind boggling!
  • Though most of the newer attractions are chock full of shameless advertisements, many of them have educational value. Definitely something to remember when I’m one of those “uncool” moms 🙂

Now, as for the strange picture above: the ride “Spaceship Earth” (inside the Epcot ball) takes your picture during the ride (judging by my mugshot, I didn’t see it coming). The coolest thing, though, is after the ride is over you’re led into an interactive room where you can e-mail these postcards to yourself. How cool is that?


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