And We Try Again

Well, well, well, last night was not a win for our dear Panthers, but ... we made it to the Super Bowl! And that is HUGE!

The last time we were in the Super Bowl, it was 2004. It was my senior year at Furman. I had never walked across a college graduation stage. I had a boyfriend (not Ian). I drove a purple Pontiac Sunfire with an ADPi sticker on the back. Sex And The City was massive, but the Real Housewives weren't even a "thing" yet. I had held a few jobs -- working at a scrapbook store and nannying. I didn't know where I was going to be living six months later.

So, a lot has changed since then! Career. Marriage. The miracle of childbirth. Japanese-made cars. And the delightful city of Charlotte is my home. I am so happy that our city's team made it as far as they did, and it was a hell of a lot of fun rooting them on this season. This spring and summer will inevitably fly by, as they do, and the next thing I know, Ian will be outside grilling wings again, blasting the 2015/2016 highlight reel through the TV and speakers, and we will be gearing up for another season of electric blue and black. Dab on 'em!

We had a small group of friends and family over here to my house to watch the game. My parents even came up from Columbia which was great. 

The game ended late, I was in bed around 11:15 and Ian and my dad stayed out in the kitchen talking (probably politics the whole time ... I turned on my sound machine app after hearing the word "socialism" -- yikes). They came back sometime after 1am. 

Even Camille got to stay up late! She went down around 8:15, right before the halftime show started. I hated for her to miss out on Beyonce, but she was looking like this and it was time:

We barely made it through Honey Bunny, which is a five-page book. 

I loved scrolling through my social media feeds and seeing some of the little girls I made hairbows for this football season. No lie, I think I've made close to 100 Panthers bows that I have sold on a local Facebook moms selling site. I'm sort of glad to move back to springtime patterns and move away from blue and black :)

So, great job to our guys! Thanks for giving us a wild ride this football season ... it truly was a blast. We had a phenomenal reason to gather with loved ones last night and enjoy sausage balls, quesadillas, grilled chicken wings, smoked pulled pork, dips, cupcakes, a keg (some people) and water (me).

And -- we will, as our team slogan reminds us, KEEP POUNDING!


  1. Heartbroken for our Panthers but SO proud of them nonetheless! Already excited for next season!

  2. I wasn't too invested in this game since my team wasn't in it, but I was glad to see a win for Peyton Manning, as I really think this was his last season. So it was nice for him to go out on a high note. I'm sure we will see the Panthers back in a Super Bowl in the near future:) Glad you guys had a good time watching the game with friends and family - your parents are too cute. And girl, you are so right - football season will be back before we know it!

  3. So funny to think about how life has changed since 2004! Congrats on your team making it to the Super Bowl. Camille is precious, and at least she made it a little while!

  4. And the panthers sure we're a fun team to watch this year! i love the wreaths you made for your front door - I need to borrow some of your craftiness!

  5. I loved seeing all of my Charlotte friends and their kiddos in Panthers gear!! The energy was so exciting!

  6. I was really hoping the Panthers would win! They had such a great season :)

    Justine @ Charm City Ciemny's

  7. I love Camille's tired face! I also went to bed right after it ended. I love your wreaths! Jess at Just Jess

  8. I was gutted that they lost. My hubby told me a colleague called in saying he couldn't come to work today as he was "mourning a loss".

  9. Perfectly worded! Can't wait for Fan Fest in August....because at Fan Fest 2015, we never thought we'd have the season we did! #KeepPounding

  10. Always the saddest day when football season is over, but look on the bright side... it's less than 7 months away! It will be here before you know it! I myself am a college football girl, so I at least have our spring practice game to look forward to in April. Enjoy your week!

  11. Despite the disappointing loss for the Panthers- it sure looks like you guys had a great time!! And turquoise is YOUR color friend! You always look so beautiful! :)


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