my dream blogger dates come true

once upon a time, there was a girl that lived in kentucky and had blonde hair.
over the course of threeish years, she became great friends with two girls
that both lived in atlanta and both had brown hair. 

we shall call this first girl, ohhhh, i don't know... kentucky blonde? yes, we'll go with that.
so one day, kentucky blonde's little sister, whom we shall call "spam" moved to atlanta and slowly but surely, kentucky blonde saw all the stars aligning and before long, 
this happened...

yes, kentucky blonde and these other two fine ladies, that i will randomly call choose to be happy and run with me had an incredible evening full of looking deep into each others eyes, drinking, restaurant hopping, and soaking up the pure beauty of internet dating friendships through the art of blogging. 

i've been blogging for almost five years (whhhaaat!) and i will proudly acknowledge that the friendships i've created with so many other bloggers are the weirdest/most normal friendships of my entire life, regardless of the fact that we don't "see" each other whenever we want. it will never make sense to anyone that doesn't blog and quite honestly, i'd be sad if it did make sense because it shouldn't.

however, i'll also admit that if i were catfished by either one of them while i was anxiously waiting for their arrivals on that beautiful evening of two successful blind dates, my hopes and dreams would've been shattered. my heart raced a little quicker when an old man would walk within 50 yards of my table or if any teenage girl looked in my direction. i briefly imagined nev jumping out of the drum set that sat in front of me for the live band, and yes, i even envisioned my i-was-stood-up-because-i-wasnt-what-they-expected-loser-self leaving the well-lit, public area we designated as our meeting place with my tail between my legs and mascara running down my blogger-approved outfit. 

on the contrary ... i can confirm that chelsea and ashley are even more beautiful (if you could even imagine!) in person than on any instagram newsfeed. 

i also drank this concoction while i was in atlanta. we were in love.

who is your dream blogger date?


catlanta and blates

you know those times during life that everything just sucks (it's the only appropriate word) 
and you have to keep telling yourself ...
"you have to take the good with the bad" and the whole "the bad stuff makes the sweet stuff that much sweeter" 
and the internal pep talks of "there's only rainbows after the storm" 
and all those other things to make yourself feel better?

{my little baby woodford celebrated his first birthday with a cupcake.}

well right now, my life is in the sweetest of sweet stuff that i have to tuck away and remember for when some rain comes back. it's not that i won the lottery or i'm sitting on glitter, it's the simple fact of perspective. here are some reasons why i'm walkin on sunshine...

{because i have friends like cat that will dress up with me in our finest furs and take advantage of photo ops like this one at churchill downs.}

these girls came in town during thanksgiving break and we all had a giant slumber party since we hadn't all be reunited since the #foxywedding in cabo. 
{lindsey, nicole, moi, courtney, jenny}

because when girls get together and take pictures that describe each one to a tee, 
they're instant framers which is what this is.

the next night, john and i ventured to lexington with these two - 
ryan and jenny - to watch the kentucky football game...
go cats?

 which was miserable because uk is terrible but an absolute blast because of the great company and because john got to rock his brand new Dockers® pants. 
let's be serious for a second ... how incredible are these UK blue pants with the uk logo and GO BIG BLUE on the inside?  Dockers® just launched this new Game Day Khakis collection and my spoiled husband got to be one of the first trendsetters.
how did john style these pants, you ask? with the alabama/auburn game on his phone, of course. (what? it's the best i could get with a man that will never be a fashion blogger...)
dang, those are some cute buns.

for the Dockers® pants, which make a PERFECT christmas gift, go to dockers.com or macys.com and check em out on facebook.com/dockers or @dockers with #gamedaykhakis.

and then... for a brief musical snack i've put together to tease you with what happened on saturday night in the grand city of atlanta, georgia...  

not only did i hang with my gorgeous little sister, but this happened...

my very first blate, with the incredible chelsea and ashley (!!!!!!!!!!!)
 be still my heart. just be still.

and since nothing will top that, come back soon for my blate story.
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