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Today's Gratitude

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I've been waiting for the go ahead to post this for like a week now because of some exciting news I include. It's been a good couple of weeks in the world of Abby. Here are some of the things I'm grateful for lately. 

Going to my first Reggae Sunday in St. Augustine with Dana, Martin, Will, and Milton. What a place for people watching... Old man with crazy, salsa-like dance moves all around the dock and funky smelling tent, old lady with crazy bejeweled hair net and... chest squares? It looked like she used the jewels preteens use to bedazzle their cell phones for a chest decoration. We said these two probably "came to Reggae Sunday 20 years ago and never left."
We're such "consistent smilers." 
Will and I had a Cute Niece Contest. Adaleigh won with a forfeit after one video of the precious angel baby's smiles. 

A surprise birthday dinner to celebrate Mr. Chad Baker. I've been back in Jax for like 10 months now and had probs only seen the kid for like 10 minutes. I had the most expensive but best dinner at new favorite restaurant, Black Sheep. Great boiled grapefruit calamari appetizer, best salmon I've ever had, perfectly sweet Riesling, and deliciously unique chai creme brûlée. I had written them a review before even leaving the restaurant. We continued celebrations with some drinks at O'Brothers. It was a great night with some awesome people. 
A Suns baseball game with Dana and Martin, that included a meet and greet with a player. Several dates have followed and he's been racking up the points ever since. A gentleman even the Salt Life waitresses and roommate are impressed with. (Roommate is probably more telling with his big brother-style protection). Glad we relocated to the seats near the relief pitchers... 
Paddle boarding adventures with Dana and Martin (lots of good times with these two lately) complete with yoga, dolphin sightings, headstands, cannonballs, racing, conquering shark fears, relaxing, and chicken fights. I expected it to be pretty cool, but it seriously surpassed my expectations. 

A delicious and special dinner shared with Brother Matt. We enjoyed the rooftop of Black Sheep overlooking the hip old Riverside area, (two weekends in a row), rocking shrimp and grits and a burger, and excitement over his proposal plans the following day. Grateful to have had this night with him. Crazy these happen so few and far between being in the same city! 

A successful proposal for those two love birds, giving me another amazing sister-in-law-to-be. My brothers pick some good onesMatt's engaged! Welcome to the family, Rachel!

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