Weekending: Super Bowl bound!

Monday, January 25, 2016

I hope everyone had a good Monday! I am a little late on the weekend recap but we stayed up late last night celebrating the Panthers win and I couldn't get my act together to post.

Rewind to Thursday night: dad took us out to dinner and we had the most delicious dinner and way too much champagne to celebrate passing my board exam. It was such a great night of celebrating… low key with plenty of bubbly!

Friday the nasty icy rain started so obviously we headed out for mexican and margs. Eastern NC didn't end up getting any snow but it was SO cold and rainy all weekend.

 Saturday we were lazy all day and hopped on the Making a Murderer bandwagon and I'm totally hooked now. I got my hair done which was MUCH needed. My sister is my hairdresser so it's super convenient that I can get it done on weekends or really whenever I have free time. For dinner Saturday night we went on a double date with some friends to Bonefish. I got crab cakes and they were decent, not amazing.

Sunday aka GAMEDAY was packed full of fun. Started with church, the gym, then went bowling with my girlfriends for my best friend's birthday. We drank beer, chatted, and bowled and it was the best time. I always forget how much fun bowling is until I do it!

Then we all headed to my dad's house to watch the Panthers. It was SUCH a great game and I am SO PROUD of those guys!!! SUPER BOWL bound!

Linking up with Biana and Meghan

FoF: passed my boards!

Friday, January 22, 2016

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If you follow me on Instagram (@mrsordavis) then you already saw, but I PASSED MY BOARD EXAM! I cannot tell you how much of a relief that is. My school has a 100% pass rate for the past 4 years so I was terrified I would be the one to jinx it, but our class kept the trend going! I am officially a certified Physician Assistant and I start my first job in orthopedics next Monday! I cannot tell you how happy my husband is I am that I never have to study again. The past 2.5 years have been rough… lots of stress and tears. And the fact that it's officially all over makes me want to sit in a corner with a bottle of champagne and cry tears of joy.

[T W O]
I had been brainstorming ways to keep old Christmas cards when I saw this on Katie's instagram. Punch a hole in the top corner of the cards, tie with a cute string, and ta-da! So easy! I did it for the past 3 years of Christmas cards we have received and I can't wait to look back at them each year.

[T H R E E]
My husband got me Jo Malone perfume for Christmas and I'm obsessed!! I had been wanting some for a while and I love it even more than I thought I would. Who else has Jo Malone perfume? What are your favorite scents? I love that these perfumes are made to mix and be worn together.

[F O U R]
I made crockpot pork tenderloin that Christina posted a few weeks ago and it was delicious!! What you need:
-1/2 cup olive oil
-1/3 cup soy sauce
-1/4 cup red wine vinegar
-juice of 1 lemon
-1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
-1/2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
-Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
-4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
-1 1-lb pork tenderloin

Like Christina said, I threw everything in a bag and marinated overnight. Then threw it all in the crockpot and cooked on low for about 9 hours. It was so tender it pulled right apart. My husband gave his full approval! Thanks, Christina!!

[F I V E]
My best friend is going through a hard time right now so I scooped up some tulips, grabbed some doughnuts from the new Duck Donuts in town, and headed to her house for a few hours of girl time. We have been best friends since pre-school… 23 years! A friendship like that is rare and so treasured. As for the doughnuts… they were good but I don't think anything will ever top a warm Krispy Kreme glazed.

 Linking up with AmandaApril and Christina

Waiting on God

Thursday, January 14, 2016

It's no secret that I struggle daily with patience. I'm not good at waiting. I like things to be done now, the second I make the decision, as in yesterday.

It seems like we are always "waiting" for something… a boyfriend, a proposal, a dream job, graduation, a baby, a promotion. When I saw this quote a few days ago it punched me right in the gut. I'm pretty sure it was made for me. You see, I've been struggling lately with waiting on God. I know His plan is the best plan, but sometimes I wonder why He can't just hurry up a little.

After reading this quote I took a step back and decided to truly embrace this season of "waiting". Whatever it is you are waiting for, I pray that we find patience and trust that His timing is the best timing. I pray that I can be happy and content in the "now" instead of when I have a bigger house, when I make more money, when I have a baby, when I make more friends, when I lose 10 lbs, when my closet looks like Pinterest, etc. etc. Let's make the best of today, because we aren't promised tomorrow!

"Those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength. They will mount up with wings like eagles. They will run and now grow tired. They will walk and not faint." -Isaiah 40:31

"He has made everything beautiful in its time." -Ecclesiastes 3:11

Antigua part 2

Monday, January 11, 2016

Happy Monday friends! Since literally all I did was study all weekend, I figured I'd recap part 2 of our Antigua trip today. Day #4 was spent with an amazing breakfast on the beach [per usual], too many mimosas, reading, napping, relaxing, etc, etc. 

Night #4 we ate at a seafood restaurant at the resort and I had the most amazing lobster + shrimp dish!

Our last full day we decided to go into town and rent a 4-wheeler. This was probably the best day of the whole trip! We spent the whole day exploring the island, riding through the rain forest, finding small private beaches, and looking like total tourists with our helmets! It was SO much fun!

For lunch we went into English Harbor where all the huge boats and sailboats come in. We had lunch right on the water with one of the most amazing views I've ever seen!

Night #5 was NYE and the resort had a HUGE party for dinner. They had every food imaginable including a sushi bar, hibachi station, make your own pasta, steak, tacos, etc. It was so yummy! They also had a band playing which was fun. But I have to admit we were lights out way before 12:00am. I did wake up when the fireworks started but we did not see the ball drop #fail

This trip was the perfect start to 2016, full of much needed quality time and relaxation!

Linking up with Meghan and Biana

Antigua part 1

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Happy 2016 friends!! This week has been so busy… doctor's appointments, studying for my board exam, taking down Christmas decorations, etc. that I am just now getting around to re-capping our Antigua trip. It was SO amazing, I did not want to come home!

We stayed at Sandals Antigua and were very pleased with our experience. The staff were incredible… super friendly, helpful, and genuinely interested in making sure we were having a great time. Our room was always very clean and stocked with everything we needed. Warning… photo dump below.

Night #1 we were super tired from traveling all day but we managed to shower and head a sushi restaurant for dinner. We are sushi snobs so I will admit that it wasn't nearly as good as our favorite sushi restaurant back home but it was decent.

Our first full day was gorgeous. Breakfast every morning with this view? Yes please. We would grab chairs on the beach for the morning and move to the pool for the afternoons. Because the pool had a swim up bar so basically we didn't move from those seats all day every day #notsorry

There was a dock with couches on it that you could sit and watch sunset. Late afternoon we would grab a drink, champs for me and rum for him, and watch sunset. My favorite part of the day hands down.

Night #2 we were a little burnt [sorry mom] after a few too many drinks are the swim up bar. We enjoyed a yummy Italian dinner with the best ever molten chocolate cake for dessert.

 The ocean in Antigua is gorgeous, crystal clear blue. And so cold!! We did a lot of paddle boarding which was super fun because it was so calm.

Night #3 we went to the pub restaurant and claimed seats in front of the t.v. to watch our Tarheels take on Baylor in their bowl game. Sadly we couldn't come through with a win but it was still fun to cheer for our team.

Check back next week for part 2 of our Antigua trip recap!

Linking up with Annie today!

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