Margaret (Curtis) McDaniel + Curtis McDaniel = Curtis.Squared

March 26, 2012

St. Patty's Day in Savannah

My younger brother, Ben, came to Savannah to celebrate St. Patrick's weekend with us.  It was quite a treat because he doesn't usually get much time off of work.  Curtis and I were honored that he came to Savannah to spend time with us.  Of course, we had a meal at Paula Deen's restaurant, Lady & Sons.  Here Ben and I are posing in front of a Paula Deen cut-out.
Here's Curtis and Ben posing with her!  The food was pretty good, but my favorite part is the mint sweet tea.
After dinner, we walked over to River Street to see the festivities that were going to begin the next day (March 17th).  We realized that it was going to rain pretty soon because there were flashes of lightning.
Look at what a great picture my brother took!  You can see the lightning in the background as we had our picture taken.  Wow!  On our way back to the car, we got soaked!
The next day, we woke up very early to get to the parade.  We had heard that this year's St. Patty's Day parade in Savannah was supposed to be the largest in the country - even larger than New York City!  They were estimating over 1 million people would be there.  We decided to take the shuttle so that we didn't have to worry about parking.  Look at how full our shuttle was!
We got a decent spot and made ourselves comfortable for the parade.  Notice my brother's nice wig!
And here I am with my lovely husband. :)
There were crowds everywhere!  And everyone was in green!
I also took my turn sporting the green wig!
In the parade alone, there were over 15,000 that were in it!
I heard that the parade lasted 4 hours.  We didn't get a chance to stay for the whole time but I'm glad that we can now say that we have made it to the St. Patrick's Day parade in Savannah!

March 16, 2012

3.14 is Pi Day

My little chocolate pie with the Greek letter for pi on it
I don't think I've officially announced about my new part-time job!  I work at Mathnasium - it's an after-school learning center where I have the privilege of tutoring mathematics to children in my community.  I work about 8-10 hours a week and I tutor children from 1st grade to 10th grade.  I love it here!
One of the most important mathematical constants is Pi (Greek letter π) because it is a ratio between the circumference of a circle and its diameter.  The first 3 digits are 3.14, so March 14th has become known as "Pi Day" in the mathematical world.  Of course, this is a big deal at a place that teaches Math, so we celebrated this on Wednesday. 
Here is one of the kids' pi symbols on their pie before they ate it!
This is one of the young boys that I have been instructing.  He was excited about the apple pie in front of him!
Another student decided to write "3.14" instead of the pi symbol.  The students (and instructors) had a fun and educational time!

The Warrens are Closer to Going to Ukraine!

In the beginning of March, our good friends Randy & Debra Warren headed up to Savannah to speak with some local churches about their upcoming departure to Ukraine as missionaries for MTW.  They are continuing to raise support and are hoping to leave between August and December of this year. We were excited that we had the opportunity to have them stay with us before they left, especially since we won't have this chance once they are in Ukraine!  The day was beautiful and we took this picture in our neighborhood.

*Special Opportunity: If you would like to help the Warrens get to Ukraine, please help by donating to them through the following link.  Randy & Debra Warren's designation number is 18132. 

Oh Lion-O, Lion-O, Wherefore Art Thou Lion-O?

Lion-O has become a very large kitty.  When we first got him at 4 months old, he was a tiny 4 pounds.  He now is around 12 pounds and he's only 9 months old!  (When we purchased his flea medicine, he jumped from "Kitten" size to "Large Cat" size, haha!)  Sometimes, we have a hard time finding him and I say "Oh Lion-O, Lion-O, wherefore art thou Lion-O?"  Here are some funny places that I've found him:
When we were packing for a trip in January, he was afraid we weren't going to take him with us. 
 During the Super Bowl, he decided to take a nap right under the TV stand.

And lastly, in the diaper changing table! Haha!
 He loves laying in Curtis' arms like a baby!
He loves to snuggle up to me when I'm napping!

If we get this excited about a little kitten, just imagine how crazy we will be over a baby one day!

March 14, 2012

A Savannah-Themed Wedding

One of my good friends that I have grown up with got married on March 2.  Stephanie Acheson and I have always celebrated birthdays and random events together.  Our parents are good friends and we attended Pinewood Church together.  She not only took my engagement photo pictures, but she did all of the planning and execution of decorations at both my wedding ceremony and reception.  So, of course, I had to make a special trip down to see her on her very special day!
 Stephanie looked absolutely gorgeous!  She got married at the Orange Park Country Club.  The irony was that I traveled away from Savannah to go to a Savannah-themed wedding!  Rob Burris (her new husband) proposed to her in front of the fountain at Forsyth Park in Savannah.  The bulletin had the fountain printed on the front.
 This picture isn't that good, but it has the first kiss as husband and wife!
 My dad played the Viola in this gazebo (along with the rest of the orchestra).
 Curtis was unable to make it, so I was seated at the Pinewood table without dates.  We had a great time!  Going along with the Savannah theme, each table had a different square name. We were at Calhoun Square.  Here I am with Holly & Melissa!
I thought this was a neat idea - the food was family-style.  One of my Pinewood friends, Katie, was 3 weeks away from delivering her baby boy.  She wanted more mashed potatoes so we had a whole plate delivered in front of her seat while she was away.
 Look at Katie's excitement when she arrived back and saw the mashed potatoes! :) Haha!
 I didn't see these pictures until later, but 3 of my friends took pictures with my glasses on.  Here's the lovely Melissa Wittman. She has always been a great friend and whenever I spend time with her, we are able to just pick right back up where we left off!
 Here is the beautiful Holly Tolson!  She helped out in the youth group when I was a senior in high school.  She also went to Covenant Seminary (where Curtis went) so she is a mutual friend of both of us.
 Lastly, here's sweet Sylvia Donaldson.  She was in a middle school Bible Study that I co-led when I was in college.  It's hard to believe that now she herself is in college at UNF!

Curtis didn't attend the wedding because he went to a Pastors Conference in Augusta, GA.  When I arrived back in Savannah, Curtis surprised me with a yummy piece of cake from Boll Weevill!  
This piece was called "7th Heaven" - it was filled with chocolate cake, cheesecake, ganache, and various chocolate chips!  What a fun weekend!

Pretty Flowers On A Sad Day

As most of you may know from following my blog, February 23rd was the day that Curtis and I planned to have a baby.  It was a difficult and sad day knowing that our lives were not going to be changing. I read a great sermon by George Robertson about miscarriages and that really made me cry, but at the same time, it encouraged me.  We received sweet emails, text messages, and cards from our sweet family and dear friends.  My parents sent beautiful flowers:
 It was nice to have something nice to look at and smell!
Even though the day was hard, we are filled with hope as we know that the Lord has great plans for us.  We pray that those plans include children!

March 8, 2012

My Wonderful Husband - The Handyman

Curtis would be the first person to tell you that he is not a handyman.  But I am even LESS of one than he is!  With that being said, my wonderful husband has learned to become a little more handy for us.  We have been able to get several things done around the house and most of them are because of his hard work! 

Now, a kitchen sink may seem like a minor improvement, but I think it really makes me appreciate the kitchen!  Here is the before picture:

This faucet was much more difficult to get out of the sink than one would think.  So, Curtis did get some assistance from one of his good friends, Chris.  Here is the after photo:

Doesn't it look fabulous? It is so much easier to wash larger items!

We also had our master and guest bathrooms painted!  The walls were originally just white.  I helped out a little, but Curtis was the one who did most of the work!

  We also had a little boy helping...

He was very curious about everything!

My ways of helping around the house are much smaller.  In our guest bathroom, we have a lighthouse theme.  After the walls were painted, I added these pictures from our trip to the Tybee Island Lighthouse last year.  I think it gives a nice personal touch to the room.

One of our very large projects this year was to update our sliding doors to french doors!  The seal had opened in the sliding doors and the window had become foggy.  I wish I would have taken a before picture so you could see what I mean.  Here's a picture that we took of this area when we first moved in 2 years ago.   Notice the vertical blinds, but the window was not foggy at this time:

And the after shot: 
I am so glad that we replaced the sliding door because it looks so much nicer!  We can now open both sides of the door (as opposed to only opening it halfway with the sliding doors) and it is more energy-efficient with the mini blinds.  Obviously, we hired a professional for this job!

Back to my wonderful husband...
He not only pruned our dead banana tree, but he pruned all 3 of our crate myrtles.

One of the difficulties of our house is that the previous owner was always working in her yard, taking care of the landscaping and plants.  She had created several straw beds, which included a pathway from the driveway to the front entrance of our house.  Here are some pictures from before:
 They looked very nice originally, but now the straw has thinned out and lots of weeds have come through.  We don't have as much time to focus on this, so Curtis (with the advice from his dad) weeded the beds, placed landscaping fabric down, and then added mulch.  He has been working very diligently on Saturdays and some Mondays to finish this huge task.  Here is the first portion that he did:
It looks really nice!  I wish I would have gotten a before picture so you could see all the weeds that had developed.
Here's the second portion that he did:
He didn't get very far because it was beginning to rain on this particular day.
On the 3rd time, I started taking some before/after pictures.  
The above picture shows after Curtis weeded, but before he put down the fabric and the mulch.
And here is the after!!  I think the mulch was a little moist, so it looks darker than some of the other pictures.  Curtis is still trying to plan a time to complete the other side of the front yard.  He has been working very hard, but the goal is that we won't have to worry as much about weeding each year!

A special thanks goes to Joel, Brannon & Jim for letting us borrow their trucks to transport mulch back and forth.

I am so thankful for Curtis! I couldn't have done like half the things he's been doing for our little home. :)