UF Homecoming Weekend

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This past weekend was one for the books as my family and I celebrated UF’s homecoming! Our weekend was packed with Gator football, family dinners and priceless memories!

Kev and I started off homecoming with the homecoming festival and parade. This was the first time that there was a festival, and we really enjoyed it. There were different vendors and sponsors at the festival with freebies. The highlight was running into our  sweet friends Hannah and Allison, pictured below.

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Not only was there fun carnival-like activities at the festival, but there was also orange and blue kettle popcorn! The kettle popcorn smelled absolutely delicious, but the line was very long, (and I may have been slightly impatient) so we left empty-handed.

After the carnival, we headed over to grab seats in front of the stadium to watch the homecoming parade. I have always enjoyed watching the parade; ever since my freshman year when I was able to participate in it myself. I will never forget the feeling of riding down University Avenue in the back of a flat-bed trailer spreading the Gator spirit. This year Kev and I joined our friends, Paulette and Chris, to watch.

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Next up, the UF Football game vs. Vandy! I always enjoy watching a football game, whether it’s good or ugly. This game was especially fun because I got to watch some of my friends take the field as part of the homecoming court. And even though they couldn’t hear me from the stands, that didn’t stop me from cheering.

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I’m already looking forward to next year’s homecoming weekend!


Micanopy Fall Festival

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Last weekend, Katelyn and I crossed an item off our Fall bucket list by attending the annual Micanopy Fall Festival. It’s been years since I’ve been to a fall festival and this one didn’t disappoint. This festival also reminded me of the Georgia Mountain Fair my family would attend when I was younger.

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It seemed that all of Micanopy and the surrounding area was at the fair. I think that was what made it so fun – seeing everyone together to celebrate fall. One whiff of the air and my mouth was instantly watering – funnel cakes, fried chicken, fresh, squeezed lemonade, cotton candy, to name a few.

In addition to the glorious food, there were also different vendors and a live band. There were so many vendors that it was hard to keep up with all of the sights. And the band brought back such fond memories of mountain music; the kind my Gammy would play for us.

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The crafts were the kinds that you just know took time and love to create. Katelyn and I absolutely love all things crafty, vintage and “antiquey.” It was so fun to walk along the different booths and imagine their crafts in our own homes. And of course, Kate and I left with a few new crafting ideas.

My only regret is that Kate and I weren’t able to capture the moment together. But then again, that means we just have to attend next year’s as well!