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Invitation to our BCS National Championship watching party!

The last time Alabama was in the BCS National Championship game, 2009, we were living in Austin, TX and I wanted SO badly to go to the game.  It was in Pasadena at the Rose Bowl and I tried so hard to get us tickets.  I actually thought I had snagged us some at one point but it turned out to be too good to be true.  We hosted some friends over at our house to watch the game and I swore up and down that the next time we were in the Championship game, I would be there.  Little did I know that it would be a short 2 years later and we would be living on the other side of the country.

Needless to say, we weren’t able to make it to the game this year either.  It was in New Orleans and I’m quite sure I was one of the ONLY ones that wasn’t there out of my college friends (that is an exaggeration but it’s almost true).  I was glad the game was so close to UA because it makes for easy traveling for the fan base.  And though I was very sad we weren’t going to be able to afford to get there, I planned a BCS National Championship watching party at our house to make up for it!

Roll Tide!

I pulled out a lot of my Alabama memorabilia for the dining room table.  I wore my jersey from the last championship and invited over all my Junior League girls (luckily they are mostly SEC fans and NONE from LSU so they were all pulling for Bama!)  We had a few other friends join us as well that are football fans though it’s hard to find SEC fans out here in Oregon!

Even my sweet husband was able to make it for the second half–he’s juggling graduate school, teaching, free lance work, etc.  He’s a busy bee!  But he came in at the beginning of half time, changed into his Bama shirt and was ready to cheer on the Tide for the second half of the game!!

So incredibly thankful for this girl and her husband!
I made two fans of Yellow Hammers out of these ladies.

Because I was no where NEAR the game, I felt I needed to bring Alabama to my friends here.  I made Yellow Hammers and they were a huge hit!  In case you don’t know, Yellow Hammers are the drink that is served at Gallettes, a bar on the Strip, on game days.  I only had one of my classic Gallettes cups here in Oregon with me but I did have a bunch of Alabama styrofoam cups for everyone’s drinking pleasure.  And if you’re curious the recipe, shoot me a message and I’ll give it to you!

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Watching the game…at a commercial…
I whipped out a bunch of my Alabama memorabilia for the tables-cape!
Alabama ‘A’ cupcakes made by Ashley and her sister Jamie!

I had all sorts of treats for us to eat as well as taco soup for dinner.  AND Caitlin came through for us and made her fantastic corn bread and everyone was SO glad to see it!  (it’s amazing!)

Some fantastic ladies!
Miss Casey and I and our cups! Glad that Ole Miss grad was able to come cheer on my team! She’s so gracious!
Me and Miss Anna! (yet another wonderful JLP friend!)

Overall it was a wonderful evening filled with wonderful company and an even MORE wonderful outcome to the game (sorry to any LSU fans out there)!  I may or may not have cried at the end of the game.  And like each week, our victory was topped off with a phone call from my Mimi.  We talk after every Bama win and she and I were both in tears this year.  What a sweet victory and end to a wonderful season.  14 National titles.  You can’t beat that!  I am convinced that no one but fellow Southerners will understand how much a football victory can mean to you and your family.  And I don’t expect anyone to understand why it brings me to tears.  But it does.

Today and ALWAYS I am PROUD to be an alumna of the University of Alabama.  Even though my daddy considers it a somewhat inferior school, UA gave me 4 of the BEST years of my life.  ROLL TIDE ROLL!

–And as one more side note, if you are a Bama fan, you know THIS win was special because Nick Saban was grinning from ear to ear!

The whole gang who came to cheer on my Tide! (and Lonny who chose to wear an LSU jersey to make me mad! Ha!)
My amazing wristbands from Mr. Lonny Hurley!
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I realized this afternoon as I was plopped on the couch watching football with William how overwhelmed I am.  But not in the traditional way that you would think when someone says they are overwhelmed.  I’m overwhelmed in a strangely good way.

Today starts October.  Which starts (in my mind) fall, though here in Portland it has felt like fall for about a month now.  Keeping in mind that I’m from Texas and the weather in October there most of the time doesn’t even feel like fall, but that’s still my mindset.  Apparently it needs to be readjusted. Regardless, October enters in pumpkins, and sweaters, and boots, and my birthday, and Christmas is around the corner, AND my mind is FULL of parties and events and gatherings I want to host.  I, like every other female in America it seems, have a growing addiction to Pinterest which has just made my condition worse.

Now that we live somewhere that the weather is actually reflecting what time of year it is, I have so many things that I want to do and what feels like so little time to do it.  How much of a serious problem do I have that I am anxious about being able to host all of the get togethers that I want to before the rain sets in?  Answer: a large problem.

Not everything has a date set in stone yet, but here are the things I have planned for the next month and a half:

  • Hosting my first supper club with an amazing group of girls from the Junior League of Portland (that I have recently joined)
  • Making a trip, tomorrow actually, to Sauvie Island to not 1 but 2 amazing pumpkin farms.  And yes, William is thrilled this tradition has followed us to Portland
  • Hosting a pumpkin carving party with our newly created little “woman’s crafting group” started by the amazingly talented lady behind Always With Honor.  (side note, I was PUMPED to be included in this group.  All of the ladies are incredibly talented and I was thrown in the mix–thank God!! They are inspiring and crafty and just plain amazing.)
  • Celebrating my 25th birthday with new friends in less than 2 weeks
  • Heading to the Oregon Coast for the first time since we’ve moved here with my parents to celebrate my birthday when they come in town
  • Potentially hosting a Halloween party at our house!  I should rephrase.  I want to host a Fall Carnival.  I’m not kidding.  I’m really excited about this one.
  • Host a weekly dinner for those who are “cashing in” their wooden nickels at Dixieland Delight.  I’m going to make posts about these…I’m pretty excited about them.
  • Lastly, hosting a football/tailgating party at our place a little later in the season (might have to move into November for this one).  Our new friends up here think our passion for football is quite comical and I want to have people over for a real football party to give them a taste of what being a fan (in the South) is really about!
WHEW!  I’m telling you I could be the world’s best party planner.  Not really, but I do enjoy throwing a good party.  I am making a post about this mostly because I think getting all of my ideas out in the open will force me to see them through.  I am so thankful our new friends here in Portland are just plain fun people.  They’d totally be down for all of this.  Otherwise we’d be partyin’ alone!  Calling out to all my party people in Portland!  Get ready.  The Bryants are about to show you some fun!
I have also promised myself to post 3-4 days out of the week until the end of 2011.  Starting today October 1.  I am actually doing a little personal experiment with this.  Hoping I impress myself.  Happy Fall everyone!