Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Part-Time Tennesseean

Hello Friends! Life has been hectic these past weeks, mainly because I've been living between 2 states that are 9 hours away from each other. In the past month I've made 3 visits to Tennessee (2 by car and 1 by plane) to see my hubs, who is in training camp with the Tennessee Titans. Aside from those trips, I spent a week at my parents lake house in Conneaut Lake, PA...so I've really been a traveling machine!

The Titans are located in Nashville, Tennessee, and I am absolutely loving learning the city! I've explored the different neighborhoods trying to find a home for us this season. We initially wanted to be in the Green Hills/West End area, which is super trendy and close to everything, but everything that we found there was coming up a bit more then our budget. I can only justify spending so much on our place of living!!! We instead opted for the more quiet and country area of Bellevue. Patrick lived in this neighborhood last year so we know there isn't too much traffic to get there and back during rush hour - which is a huge plus in our books! We won't be totally disconnected, there is shopping nearby, just not a mall (It's only 20 minutes tops away...this is probably a good thing because it houses ALL of my favorite stores! I'd be in big trouble if we were any closer!!!) The townhouse we found is charming! God-willing we will get the opportunity to call it our home in the coming days :-)

Many don't understand how cut-throat the the NFL is. It's a business. Talented guys are let go from teams every day. These are guys who uprooted their family, purchased a home or signed a lease on an apartment, with no real guarantee of their spot on the roster. Guys are given contracts, but those contracts can be broken any day of the year. This week in particular is a big week in which lots of contracts are broken all across the league. It's quite scary actually. This is why Patrick and I have been playing it safe and waiting until he officially makes the team to make a move on our living situation.

The distance isn't easy. I miss waking up beside him, and I miss kissing him goodnight. I miss cleaning up after him (Shocker right?!) and cooking for him too. Plain and simple, I miss every little thing that I got accustomed to while living with him for the first four months of our marriage.
Anyhow, back to the trips! While in town, I got to enjoy both of the Titans home games verses the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears...


 Patrick has been playing well! It's so exciting to see him play on Special Teams again, and I'm loving his opportunities to play at Linebacker! I'm so proud of him!! :-)

On the latest visit, my Mom and Godmother traveled with me and we took a road trip to Memphis to visit "The King" at Graceland! What a cool experience! Below are some pictures of the mansion.
Us out front of the mansion

Loved the peacock stained glass windows!

The Jungle Room!

TCB Room...Takin' Care of Business

Pool room...the walls, ceiling, and couches all had the same fabric...not my favorite but neat none the less!

Elvis played at that piano the morning of his death.

Amazing to see how much one man can accomplish!

We also visited the exhibit housing all of Elvis' cars...very cool!

My second fav...gold snakeskin top and suiscide doors...pretty sweet!

Elvis' car for his mom

The last vehicle Elvis rode onto Graceland

My personal fav!

A gift for Priscilla

And we even got to tour his airplane called "Lisa Marie". Patrick would have loved seeing this! All of the seatbelt buckles and sinks in the plane were made of gold...fancy schmancy! We don't fly this fly....maybe someday!

Elvis' bed on the plane
My Mom, Godmother and I all enjoy a casino every now and then and decided to ask where the closest one was. We almost crossed it off our list when we learned it was in Mississippi. When I put the address in the GPS I found it was only 20 minutes away so it was off to Mississippi for us! I had never been there, so it was a fun experience!

My mom was the big winner. She won $120 by playing a machine that she thought was nine cents...turned out she was betting $4.50! She also won $40 on scratch off tickets in Tennessee, and another $290 on scratch offs on our way home in Kentucky! Oh, and she won $70 at my nephew, Blayze's football game 50/50 raffle prior to the trip...talk about lucky!!!

Thursday night is Patrick's final pre-season game of the 2011 season. It will be played in New Orleans. On Friday we should know if he made the Titans roster. All prayers are welcome in the meantime!!! I'll keep you posted on the results :-) Until then...Hugs!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Michigan and Tennessee Trips

Patrick and I have probably spent half of our new marriage traveling. Since March we've been to...
Playa Mujeres, Mexico
San Antonio, Texas
West Point, New York
Somerset, Pennsylvania
Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania
Las Vegas, Nevada
Ann Arbor, Michigan
State College, Pennsylvania
Narragansett, Rhode Island
Dundee and Ann Arbor, Michigan
Louisville, Kentucky
Nashville, Tennessee

Crazy right?! I love our hectic life though and wouldn't trade it for anything!

I'm going to touch on the latter three trips.

Patrick and I headed up north to Michigan so he could train with his agent, Doc. Night one we stayed in Dundee at this neat little Holiday Inn Express that was in cahoots with Cabella's...not your typical Holiday Inn right?! Kinda cool!!


I told Patrick I wish I would have counted up all the deer in our room alone lol...there was a deer border, and there were even deers printed on the tiles in the bathtub! A little overboard, but fun none the less!

We then spent a few days with our friends Christine and JJ. They have three golden retrievers that Patrick just loves! Butterscotch, Beans and Nilla are their names. Can you guess which one is Patrick's favorite??? If you guessed "BEANS" you are correct! LOL! Patrick spent most of his free time playing with the dogs. I told him he was cheating on me with three other blondes - Ha!

One day I got to go to the Art Fair in downtown Ann Arbor...very fun! My Michigan friend, Melissa, took me. See, one of the perks of traveling is making new friends! Now every time I go there I call Melissa and we hang out at least one day! It was her idea to take me to the Art Fair and I loved it! So much cool stuff...I didn't splurge but I did buy a little doodad for the yard asking my plants and flowers to "Please Grow" - lol yes, I'm that girl!!

After we stopped over at Michigan Stadium...Fun!

Our final night in Michigan, Doc gave us a gift certificate for a local hotel. We had a "poolside suite" and this was our view...

Kinda cool right?! We had dinner there that night and we were told we had to have the prime rib...so glad we did! It was the best I'd ever had!

Once home, the lockout ended and it was off to Nashville my lover went. We were 5-minute hugging it out when all of a sudden Patrick got up and ran to the computer lol. I'm sitting there thinking he just ruined our moment when he said, "Wanna come to Nashville with me?" I wasn't ready to say goodbye so I jumped on that offer! Within 20 minutes we had the car packed and were on the road. Because he got a later start then he had wanted, we stayed in Louisville for the night. The next day we drove the 3 hours to Nashville. 

I dropped Patrick off at the Titans training facility and went out to explore what could be my new home! Let's just say thank goodness I have a GPS!! I wanted a manicure so I look in the GPS for nails and I find "Anita's Nails" I then say to myself "Maybe Anita will be my new friend in Nashville"...lol! Anita's Nails was non-existent and I was in a pretty seedy part of Nashville. Lets just say I saw two people walking with no shoes on....in 90 degree weather! Ouch!!! I got myself out of there real quick. I eventually found a place that charged me $20 for a polish change...just to paint my nails! Oyi! I need to find a happy medium in that town!!! Better yet, Salon Chic should just relocate there! :-)

After a little "linner" at the Macaroni Grille (Score! They have one there!) Patrick took me to the airport and I headed home.

It's not so much fun being in Pittsburgh while Patrick is in Nashville but we're doing it. I will get to see him on August 11th which I am SO excited about!!! Until then...XOXO

Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Reinhart!

On July 23rd, 2011 my cousin Beth married her long time love, Andy at St. Francis Xavior Church. Beth was just glowing as she walked down the aisle with her brother Rob. You could tell Andy was equally excited too!!
It was a scortcher of a day and there was no air conditioning at the church so needless to say, we were all a bit swampy - lol! Patrick's entire sleeve was soaked! Beth somehow stayed radient the entire time though even in her big white gown!
The reception took place at "The Great Hall" in West View. I had never been there before and really enjoyed the uniqueness of the venue. I found out it acually used to be a church and was converted into a hall a few years back.

Beth's wedding color was turquoise so there were touches of it throughout the wedding and reception...check out their cake!

There were so many special moments...I love these pictures from the toasts! How in love are they?!

Other couples in love...

Beth and Andy's first dance was to the song "For You I Will" by Monica.

And Beth and her brother Rob danced a special dance to Faith Hill's "There You'll Be" in honor of their father...it was such a beautiful moment! I really felt Uncle Rob's presence there right then, and I know how proud he would be!

Beth and Andy had a photo booth for their guests to enjoy...always a fun time! Check out the newlyweds pre-photobooth picture!

Gotta love a good family wedding!! Below are some pictures of our crazy crew!

Beautiful wedding Beth and Andy! I wish you both a lifetime of love and happiness! Happy Happily Ever After :-)