Monday, August 26, 2013

Gator Wranglin' + Weekend

Wow! What a weekend! Jake and I are officially on vacation for 2 and a half weeks (ok so what if I have basically been on vacation all summer). Friday we said goodbye to Charleston and continued our saying goodbye journey up to Kentucky. Of course we couldn't leave SC without a bang.

Last week I posted about the alligator that has been stalking our backyard. Y'all, I did not exaggerate one bit. My mom called the homeowner's association, who then called the Gator Getters. The Gator Getters came out to do some tests to see if the alligator was a problem. The guy showed up at around 10 in the morning and the gator was of course hanging out right by our backyard. The guy knew right away the this gator was a problem. He should not be hanging out in that particular spot during the day and he should move away when humans get close. The guy knew that this gator was a danger to the neighborhood. He immediately started the process to get him out. Luckily for you, I caught it all on camera. 

The guy did a great job getting him out and even told us all about alligators. He told us that this gator had lost his fear of humans and that makes him very dangerous. I even got to pet the gator before he was hauled away. It was actually kind of sad to see the alligator go, especially since they had to kill him due to the circumstances. But, as my mom puts it, it was either the dog or the gator and we of course chose the dogs. I just can't believe we saw a gator being wrangled in our own backyard!

The rest of the day we spent getting our stuff together and then headed to the pool. That night we went to dinner and then the Hootie and the Blowfish concert on Daniels Island. Hootie and the Blowfish are from Charleston and do a concert series every year. Tons of people come out and it is a huge event. It was an absolute blast and they put on a great show! The only disappointment was that Darius did not sing Wagon Wheel. 

Saturday morning we loaded up the truck, said a very sad goodbye to my wonderful parents, and road tripped it 8 hours to KY. It was no fun saying goodbye to my parents who had been so gracious and wonderful to let me stay with them and entertain me all summer. We were so excited to get to Lexington, though, to see all of our friends and family. 

As soon as we got to Lexington, Jake's mom had a wonderful cookout prepared for us. That evening, my friend Amber came to town to see me. We headed down to a block party downtown to meet up with some friends. 

Back in Wildcat Country

What a fun night! The next day we went to our favorite breakfast place and then stopped by the Starbucks that we worked at in college. It is so weird to think how much has happened in my life since college but it is always fun to take a trip down memory lane. Later that day we headed up to Louisville for our friend Sam's bridal shower. It was great to see more friends I hadn't seen in awhile. The shower was super cute and the food was great! Unfortunately, it was the last time I will see some of these girls before our big move. 

What a fabulous weekend of fun, friends, and food! We are so excited for our next two weeks in KY and hope we can see as many of our friends as possible!  

Today I also thought I would link up with The Nectar Collective for Weekly Wishes. I have tons of wishes for this week and Melyssa lives in Japan. How cool!

My wishes for the week

To visit a few of my favorite places in town- since we haven't lived in KY since December and are not going to be back for awhile, I want to take advantage of visiting my favorite places. 

To make the most of our time in the USA- we only have a short time left here and I want to make every second count. Since we are on vacation, it will be hard to not lounge around and do nothing. I want to make sure I am out seeing people and things before we are on our way to Japan. 

To finish the last few things we need to do before we leave- I want to finish most of the things on our "to do before we leave" list so that most of the stressful stuff will be taken care of and we can enjoy our time with friends and family. There are so many teeny tiny details that go into a move and so it is so hard to get everything done. 

It is so nice to be able to put my wishes out there so I can make more of an effort that make them happen. This blogging thing gets better and better every day.

Until next time,

Sami's Shenanigans
The Nectar Collective


  1. Good luck fitting everything in while you visit! I can't imagine ever having an alligator in my backyard--that sounds crazy!

  2. Lots to comment on:
    1. Marquis did a beautiful job on your website!
    2. I have many friends who have lived in Japan and also had babies there (no pressure) and really loved it. Japan and Italy are consistently favorite duty stations. I hope you're excited.
    3. I took one look at that gator and nearly fainted. I have only seen one "in the wild" once, at Kiawah and I nearly passed out. I cannot imagine calling the Gator Guys.
    4. The Hootie concert looks amazing.

    Have an awesome week!

    1. Thank you! Yes, she did do a great job! I am very excited about Japan. Of course there is some stress and nerves but I know it will be a wonderful adventure.

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