people i love: happy birthday, katie!

Today is Katie's birthday! Here is an ode, in some of my favorite pictures, to my partner in crime/betch/bffl/and maid of honor.

We met and became friends through our d-group at Wesley during our freshman year at Auburn. Here we all are with Becca, our leader, at her bridal shower in Birmingham.

Junior year, we went to NYC for Spring Break and went on the Sex and the City tour (highly recommended, by the way... even if you don't like SATC it is a great tour of the city). Here we are on Carrie's stoop. This was one of the best trips ever. Katie was the angel from above who introduced me to the fabulous insanity that is SATC.

We got super cheap raffle tickets to see Wicked. Amazing show. (Also her idea. She'd seen it the year before in NYC and would not stop raving until I finally saw it with my own eyes.)

There are many reasons for Katie to think I am crazy, but this could be in the top 10 (maybe 20). All summer I'd been wanting to go to this little bar that I loved and had told Katie time and time again that it was awesome, low-key, great wine and dessert blah blah blah. So, finally we go and, of course, there was some sort of gay pride acoustic concert going on. (Before you are offended by me, I have no problem with people living a homosexual lifestyle. But we were living in a deep south college town so it was maybe just a tiiiiny bit odd to see it there, of all places.) It was the two of us girls, just looking for a relaxed wine-and-dessert kind of evening, in a room full of in-your-face gay women (and I mean in. your. face.) and I'm pretty sure it ruined any chance that Katie would ever go back with me again haha. But she is good about humoring my whims.

Here we are at our favorite little hang-out, our last semester in Auburn. Some of my favorite college times. These pictures make me miss my long(er) hair.

One of the many reasons I love this galpal? She actually encouraged this behavior and let me think I could win the best costume prize. She even used her fashion merchandising skillz to help me make the poncho. So selfless, she is.

Two words: GRAVE RAVE.

This picture almost makes me ache with nostalgia. At the Iron Bowl, 2007 (the last game of our college careers, wah).

And, the source of most of my nostalgia lately... our wedding weekend...

At the luncheon

Katie with Paul and I at the rehearsal

If you think that you had the best Maid of Honor at your wedding, YOU WOULD BE WRONG. Katie seriously bent over backwards for me on my wedding day. I mean... she was practically part of Cirque du Soleil. I did not have to worry about a single thing all day, she took care of everything. I will pretty much forever be grateful for that because I was in a glass case of emotion that day (and I am not of the emo kind).

Happy Birthday, Katie! Love you!

(please don't hurt me)


Katie F. said...


this post made me laugh and cry at the same time!! no. 1...you totally would've won best costume that halloween!!! no 2...oh my god...how could we ever forget kelly or the basketball guy!?!? no 3...i miss our football days and finding ways to sneak in good ole jim beam ;). no 4...my most favorite nyc trip ever! and no. 5...you are my best friend and i miss you so much!!

Katie F. said...

oh and how could i forget to comment on that last pic of me?!? i promise i won't hurt you...i laugh out loud every freaking time i see it!!!!!!

LJ said...

Yay!!! I love BOTH of you guys and miss you so much! Mandi, I am totally going to be checking your blog daily! Thanks for finding mine and for commenting!