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That Help Wad she takes good care of me! Fabulous tickets + fabulous accommodations + fabulous company + a fabulous football game = a slam-up fabulous weekend! People always ask how we ended up at Auburn, and usually they think we went to Auburn from Illinois, but really we went to Auburn from Louisville, KY which is where we graduated from high schoolΒ  and spent a large portion of our childhood. We don’t always have the easiest time answering that question, but without a doubt we both always explain how wonderful it was and how thankful we were to have gone to Auburn. We LOVED it! If you, or your child, are on the fence trying to decide where to go for college we’d be glad to meet you on campus and give you a campus tour! {Just give us 2 weeks notice, provide babysitters and accommodations, and we’re there! πŸ™‚ } Erika, in fact, informed a student affairs employee this weekend that she’d like to come back and give a campus tour… I cracked up, only because campus is drastically different; she’d have to say, “When I was here, Foy Student Union was right here, and we could drive our cars on this road. And this enormous building, I’m not sure what it is.”


If you don’t love college football, I’m assuming it’s because you haven’t been to an SEC football game, and if you’ve been to an SEC game and still don’t love college football, it might be safe to assume you’ve never been to an Auburn football game. πŸ™‚

A HUGE thank you to Julie & the very generous Young family for putting usΒ  {& our friend Laurin} up for the weekend, for the wonderful hospitality, and… for the football tickets!



Pre-game we met up with our class of 1998 Chi O pledge sisters for a tailgate reunion and it was as if NO TIME had passed since we last saw each other, besides the obvious little children scurrying around the tailgate and the conversations that had nothing to do with band parties, Greek sing, or who was engaged but more to do with babies, steam mops, house renovations, and other unmentionables!


This is Sarah, she was our president and makes us all proud!!



There were several girls in attendance with buns in the oven and several who couldn’t join, two of which had just recently given birth to twins, both sets of boys! {Can you imagine two Rovers? Girls, I’ll remember you in my prayers!} One of our friend’s Allyson had her 2nd little man on Tuesday, I sent her a text and told her how excited I was that he came early and that she was now freed up to come to our tailgate {5 days postpartum}! I wasn’t totally shocked she didn’t make it! Anyway, we had a great turnout but we did miss the girls who couldn’t be there.

It was so fun to see my friend’s children… they all were precious and I was so thankful to steal a little snorgle time with each of them. It’s not very often that I’m away from my rovers and seeing little ones made me wish mine were there, then I realized that it was really nice to not have them in tow so that thought was fleeting.





In addition, to catching up, we might have laughed a little…


And snacked a little…


Anna Kate told me she was going to hide a brownie in her scarf for later.




These two girls are from Andalusia, AL and for the last 10+ years Erika and I know the “Corn, corn for old Andy high…” song, but we’re still not sure if that’s their official school song or not.


This is a fun little clip of the team entering the stadium and Erika showing her unbelievable school spirit…

You can imagine the excitement when we saw our man Cam {#2} was in!



We ran into our friend Katie who lived across the hall from us our freshman year. Katie was a cheerleader at Auburn and I have pictures {somewhere} of Erika wearing her cheerleading uniform {which is hilarious and probably could have gotten Katie in trouble}. Now Katie flies planes for Delta/ASA maybe she’s flown you around the friendly skies before!


The weather was absolutely beautiful; breezy but not cold and the orange & blue sunset created a perfect backdrop!


And the fact that my Auburn Tigers WON made the game really fun too! And Erika and I love Cam Newton so it was really fun to stick around {with the rest of the packed-out stadium} post game for the excitement!


After a while we left the stadium and walked towards Toomer’s Corner, stopping along the way to see old friends and snap a few pictures.


To celebrate every WIN we roll Toomer’s Corner. It is one of the most fun traditions {unless someone sets it on fire}.





And before we left we ran by the bookstore so I could grab Rover an Aubie hat, and I brought him home a game day program, he sat and read it for a long time today!!


To my sweet pledge sisters, what a treat to spend time with y’all! Thanks for making the effort to be there and for always making me laugh. It was good for my soul to be in the company of all of you!! And I promised them I’d post the recipe for the CHEWY PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIES with CHOCOLATE FUDGE BUTTER CREAM FROSTING, I made two batches of brownies in my perfect brownie pan and only needed one batch of the frosting! If you like peanut butter and chocolate… I recommend this recipe combination!!


The next morning before we rolled out of town, Erika, Laurin & I made a quick trip over to the new Chi O dorm/chapter room {after a quick detour to TJ Maxx :)}. The girls were getting ready for slate so we got to catch all of them in one place at one time! There are a handful of girls from our town who are Chi O’s at Auburn who occasionally babysat for the rovers over the summer, so fun to see them and hug their necks and meet some other sweet blog readers! I promise, you girls will blink your eyes and 10 years will pass! It’s funny though, I was so happy to be back on campus but I didn’t miss one ounce of the stress that college life has to offer! The social parts are mostly fun but I still have reoccurring nightmares that I show up for class and there’s a test that I didn’t prepare for or a report I forgot to do… that part I don’t miss! I do miss other parts but I am so thankful to be where I am and still have such a fondness for the time at Auburn… and I also don’t miss staying up late {my college girl friends will laugh because I couldn’t really stay up late in college either} but I think 9:30 is my limit these days {and I’m past my limit right now!}.

Thank you, sweet Sydney for the tour of the hall and the tour of the new chapter room… it is BEAUTIFUL!!!


Erika and Laurin couldn’t help but fluff up the pillows a little… me, I didn’t even notice they were lying flat on the sofa… that’s normal around here!




But… I did notice the chairs look like they have owls on the back!! The entire room was beautiful and it was so fun to see all the changes!!

Thanks again, Sister for making me your date for the weekend, for making me laugh really hard and for great memories! I love you and WAR EAGLE, let’s go to the SEC Championship next, ok?

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  • Ashley
    November 15, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Looks like a great weekend!!! As usual love all the pics you took!

  • katie
    November 15, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    It’s a rebuilding year Dusty. We’ll getcha next time πŸ™‚

  • Jenny K.
    November 15, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Looks like lots of fun.

  • Shannon
    November 16, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Must know where your tops (yours and Erika’s) are from!! LOVE them!

  • Kathy
    November 16, 2010 at 12:08 am

    War Eagle ! That was a great game. You girls are rocking the boots and skinny jeans. Great game day fashions !

  • Kathy
    November 16, 2010 at 12:08 am

    War Eagle ! That was a great game. You girls are rocking the boots and skinny jeans. Great game day fashions !

  • Cat from iBlog
    November 16, 2010 at 12:11 am

    What a good time! I love SEC football and I love tailgating and getting to go back and see everything too! Thanks for sharing

  • Amanda
    November 16, 2010 at 12:13 am

    That looks like a great time! I’ve got to say though, the ‘laughing pic’ got me laughing out loud too! Not because of you, but because of the expression on your friends face on the right side of the picture – priceless πŸ™‚

  • Kimberly
    November 16, 2010 at 12:25 am

    My favorite part of this post? All the FAB boots!!!

  • Julie
    November 16, 2010 at 12:45 am

    LOVED all the pictures! I was dying laughing at all the similar (yet fabulous) boots on all you girls. Fun fashion!

  • Tara McClendon
    November 16, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Am I crazy, or did we have those owl chairs in our chapter room but with different fabric?? I swear I remember them! And my heart did a little flip at the picture of the chairs all set up in the chapter room just like I remember them. Made me want to do the secret handshake, whisper the secret word into the model pledge’s ear, and go on into chapter. Love, love, loved this whole post…most of all I love YOU more! Pretty sure I miss you (and your perfect brownies) already!!

    P.S. Corn, corn for old Andy high was and is still our fight song…and with that, I hope it’s stuck in your head like it is mine now! xoxo!

  • Regina
    November 16, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Looks like so much fun! I love your grey sweater, where’d you get it?

  • amanda
    November 16, 2010 at 12:55 am

    I said it is great to be a Chi-Omega … loved every thing about this post.

  • Kat
    November 16, 2010 at 12:57 am

    There’s absolutely nothing in the world like Auburn and I hate that none of my friends or family understand it. I miss it SOOO much! Looks like you had an amazing time *insert major jealousy here*
    I’m a fellow Tiger and a relatively new blogger. Love reading yours!
    WAR EAGLE!!!

  • Renee
    November 16, 2010 at 12:58 am

    I have to agree about SEC football; although as a UK fan, I’m just now getting used to a football team that WINS some games. We didn’t have that for a looooooooooooong time. LOL.

  • Champagne Maker
    November 16, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Awww, I was a ChiO!!! “What is it?!”

  • Lacey
    November 16, 2010 at 1:26 am

    I was a ChiO at Auburn and just graduated this past May. All of our friends had a reunion this past weekend in Auburn too! I hope we can continue this and be like yall 10 years down the road!

  • Abbie
    November 16, 2010 at 5:56 am

    what a fun weekend!

    My littlest brother just started at AU this year & has had a great fall semester.

    {sidenote: hello Lacey, who commented above me! I just met you at Steph’s wedding. Glad you had a fun reunion wkend as well!}

  • Lisa Marie Coop
    November 16, 2010 at 6:33 am

    I graduated from Andy in 2003 and Corn, Corn was still our fight song then : )

  • Whitney Lee
    November 16, 2010 at 6:57 am

    What a great recap of a great weekend. All you Chi O ladies are so darling. I hope my reunion will be like that in a few years. You girls seem so wonderful and wholesome. I bet Auburn taught you that.

  • ellen
    November 16, 2010 at 7:16 am

    sec football is the best. hands down. although, i’m a gamecock and, of course, i think our games and tailgating are the best! we’re looking forward to meeting y’all again in december. it’s always a little touch and go with us but gamecock nation is eternally optimistic and we’re hoping for a big win!

    that was a crazy and awesome game and i’m sure it was so fun to be there. and i agree with all of the other comments, y’all looked great!

  • Tara
    November 16, 2010 at 7:46 am

    Oh this post was soooooo hard to read.

    I graduated from UGA in 1995(GOOOOOOOOOOO DAWG’S…..SIC EM’)

    My husband isn’t a sissy…but he cheered for GEORGIA and asked me to marry him at the GA/Auburn game in Nov. 95. I think we lost that night, too, but it didn’t matter cause he “put a ring on it!”

    the pictures are great…but so, so, so hard to read the post! :(((

    Okay. I’m done being a sore loser.


  • Emily
    November 16, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Oh how I wish I had good college friends like this! You’re sooo lucky! I love how coordinated you ladies are! Brown boots and skinny jeans = mandatory! Love your pics!!

  • Tara Verdigets
    November 16, 2010 at 8:30 am

    What a PERFECT day!! I wish the tailgate could have lasted ALL weekend! We definitely have to do it again! It was so great seeing everyone and catching up! Miss you TONS!! Love, 61

    PS…We are pretty hot in these pictures…”I just came out to tell ya that we’re rugged but right!”

  • Shea Ford
    November 16, 2010 at 8:40 am

    What a fun game indeed!!! War CAM Eagle!!!!

  • Dina
    November 16, 2010 at 8:58 am

    And which part did I like the best-all those high brown boots lined up in a row! Love em!
    And you made me totally reminiscent of my ZTA Days at C of C in Charleston back in the 90’s!

  • Angela
    November 16, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Is it just me or are you all an unusually cute and fashionable group of girls? Please tell me the moms in that group don’t always look that put together…because I’m the same age with young kids and heaven knows I don’t. Looks like a fun time!

  • katie
    November 16, 2010 at 9:06 am

    WAR EAGLE! What a fun fun fun post, Darby!!

  • Leiane
    November 16, 2010 at 9:12 am

    It was the perfect day wasn’t it? The weather was awesome, it was standing room only and it was LOUD!!
    You did have great seats, those are always in the shade….but I would have sat in 90 degree direct sun for that win! I was so happy to be there! Glad you had a great time! WAR EAGLE!

  • Elizabeth
    November 16, 2010 at 9:12 am

    This looks like such a fun weekend! I’m a Chi O too & I can’t wait for such a fun reunion!

  • natalie @ our old southern house
    November 16, 2010 at 9:29 am

    i got together with some of my sisters this summer–just a group of 6–now you’ve got me wanting to plan a whole “pledge retreat” (would you still call it that 11 years later? HA!) so i can see all my girls in one place instead of being spaced out at different events.
    great pics!

  • Lindsay
    November 16, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Love this post and all of yall’s cute outfits! Can you please tell me wear your jeans are from? They looked like they would stay tucked into the boots so well. Thanks!

  • Laura
    November 16, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Looks like a fabulous weekend! WAR EAGLE!!!!!

  • Amy
    November 16, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Darby, you have to take Rover to a game soon! We took our 3 year old to his first Auburn game this weekend. He had an absolute blast. His version, “I saw Aubie and he randed over and jerked me up and holded me, but I forgot to tell him War Eagle.” The smile on his face is something I will never forget. BTW, I am a huge Cam fan myself…so glad we got to see him play. War Eagle!

  • Aja
    November 16, 2010 at 9:47 am

    This looks like soo much fun!! What a great group of girls! And you are all so beautiful and festive in your school colors! And did you all plan to wear brown boots??? I love it! πŸ™‚

  • Tara
    November 16, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Thanks for sharing your Auburn weekend with special friends! Isn’t being back in Auburn so fun? Feels like going “home” to me everytime. Cute girls, boots, and clothes! (Love the shoes, love the bag, love it!—My Best Friend’s Wedding) πŸ™‚

  • Ginny
    November 16, 2010 at 10:06 am

    “Corn-corn for ole Andy High, you bring the Whiskey, I’ll bring the rye…” as TT said, that was and still is our fight song. I had so much fun seeing everyone this weekend! Can’t wait to do it again! War Eagle!

  • Jenny
    November 16, 2010 at 10:20 am

    I’m also a Chi O but from SC, see you at the Championship game in Atlanta! Best of luck to you all πŸ˜‰

  • Jenny Lynne
    November 16, 2010 at 10:29 am

    As a proud Florida Gator I’d like to say “you’re welcome” for Cam Newton and I’d also like to ask, “would you mind if we borrowed him next season?” Good luck against those Gamecocks!

  • Amanda
    November 16, 2010 at 10:30 am

    I love yours and Erika’s blogs and new you would be in Auburn this weekend. I looked so hard for you two! Saturday was a beautiful day and wonderful game! I’m glad you got to make it to a defining game!!! WARRRRRRRR EAGLE! HEY!!!!

  • Jill
    November 16, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Loved this post…there is nothing like being in Auburn on a football Saturday. I laughed at your comment about giving the tour, my husband {who was not blessed to have spent his 4 years on the plains} ask me what the buildings are and I have no clue anymore. Thanks for posting the pictures of the new chapter room…it is beautiful! War Cam Eagle! X and a Horseshoe, Jill

  • Amber
    November 16, 2010 at 10:37 am

    I graduated from Andalusia in 2005, and Auburn in 2009! So much fun, I hope that our group of friends is that awesome in 10 years you definitely made me homesick for Auburn!! πŸ™‚ “Corn-Corn” is still the song, and it is definitely in my head today after reading this blog!!

  • Karrie
    November 16, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Fun! I can almost feel the energy just by reading this post. I think you’re right about SEC football games–I never liked watching football (I went to a small university so our team wasn’t that great). Then we moved to Knoxville and since my husband is a UT fan we’ve gone to a few and it is so much fun!

  • emily
    November 16, 2010 at 10:59 am

    i know SEC football is big, but you need to visit an Ohio State game too. πŸ™‚

    also, i love all of your boots and skinny jeans. any suggestions on where all of your sisters got them? i’m looking for both the boots and the jeans!

  • Taylor
    November 16, 2010 at 11:00 am

    The picture with all the girls with their boots on the outside of their jeans is hilarious. I think I am a little late to the party on that trend. Anyway, instead of saying something cheesy like, “I was a Chi-O too,” I’ll just say, “GO Chi-O!”

  • Rebecca Davis
    November 16, 2010 at 11:07 am

    War Eagle! My pledge class (2001) was also suppose to have a reunion for the GA game but didn’t work out so it was great to read about yall’s reunion. I had no clue we had a new dorm/chapter room. Is it not Hollifield anymore?!

  • Dianne
    November 16, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Darby this was so much fun to read. Would you believe after 25 years I still have nightmares of missing class or a test that I am unprepared for? Funny the relief I feel when I wake up. ha! Rover was precious reading the program. I am going to send you a wedding pic as soon as I get the disc. xoxo

  • Abby
    November 16, 2010 at 11:25 am

    That picture of Rover made my heart melt. I can’t wait to have a little tiger fan one day. I know y’all enjoyed your time on the plains. We did too.

  • alyssa
    November 16, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Looks like so much fun! How I love college football! And as much as I love your sister’s and your blog, I must say that come December 2, we will be singing opposite tunes…will be pulling for those South Carolina Gamecocks!!
    Thanks for sharing all the pics, though. When Saturdays roll around, I always get a little homesick for USC and wish that I could be there in the flesh to cheer them on. So glad you got to go back and had a great time!

  • Jolie
    November 16, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I’ve never left a comment for but now I have to.


    I may still be a little resentful our only loss is to Auburn this season. But I have Auburn to thank back in 2007 when we won at the last second at home. That was my senior year at LSU and the GREATEST memory of football I have, even beat out being at the national championship game.

    I couldn’t agree more with you, now that I’m in grad school I was lucky to tailgate once this season. That time flew by and I wish so badly I was back in Baton Rouge with all my friends. That part of growing up is not fun whatsoever.

    I hope Auburn represents the SEC West well! That Cam Newton is a masterpiece.

  • joy
    November 16, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Great pictures of beautiful Auburn! We took our kids to the Arkansas game and even though they loved it, we couldn’t quite enjoy everything as much. Glad you got to get away without your 3 and be with Erika! War Eagle!

  • Christie
    November 16, 2010 at 11:50 am

    I am glad that somebody’s Tigers are doing well because mine certainly aren’t!! It looks like a great weekend — girls football weekends are the best! And Rover is the cutest thing in his Aubie hat!

  • Brittaney
    November 16, 2010 at 11:57 am

    It is great to be an Auburn Tiger! Glad to see y’all had so much fun (but, then again, who wouldn’t?)! We had a wonderful weekend on the plains as well, and I just posted about my buddy Cam! Oh, and Rover in his Aubie hat- adorable! My hubby has the same hat, just bigger;)

  • Julie
    November 16, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Hey Darby! I lived across the hall with Meghan and was suitemates with Katie freshman year (hope you remember me). So glad you got to see Katie at the game. She is such a sweet friend and we have kept up over the years. I found your blog because I recently found Erika on FB. Your family is beautiful and it looks like God has bless you over the years! I’m so glad I can keep up with you now! War Eagle! Julie

  • pam
    November 16, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    great post darby! loved it… brought back my own memories of penn state football saturdays, where i went. i always thought penn state fans were fanatical until i moved to the south and met an auburn fan. lordy! pam

    ps am i the only one without a pair of boots?!? must.get.a.pair.

  • sarah
    November 16, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    hootie hoot, d-bone! thanks so much for planning such a fabulous tailgate for all of us…can we make it a georgia game tradition? i loved every second! and tt, those were our chairs way back when, i think they had dragonflies on them back in our day! love y’all!

  • molly
    November 16, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    first of all, you are all sickeningly adorable. you realize that one of your homies looks exactly like Hilary Rodham Cinton, right?

  • Stefanie
    November 16, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Hoot hoot from a Vandy Chi O!!!

  • Carrie
    November 16, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I need some skinny jeans and boots over them now. How cute!

  • Emilie
    November 16, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    I am a new reader, also from Louisville and a huge SEC fan! I went to UK, and every year we take a trip up for an October game…and usually end up dragging our boyfriends and husbands for a tour of the sorority house!! Love the blog:)

  • Sydney
    November 16, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Hootie Hoo!! I’m a Chi Omega at Mississippi State πŸ™‚ It sure is a good thing isn’t it? πŸ˜‰

  • Kate
    November 16, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    WAR EAGLE! We were fortunate to visit several times this football season & were there on Saturday too. Each trip just gets better. I miss it as well & keep hoping that my husband & I are able to move back soon.

  • laurel
    November 16, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I’m a Chi O at auburn and told Anne Scott & Elizabeth it was so cool to see yall in person when yall came to the chapter room! It looks like yall had a great weekend! ps, the girl to the far right in your picture of the jumbo-tron is a Chi O! pretty funny!

  • Amanda
    November 16, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Oh, how I miss that place! I graduated in 2001. Your pictures are beautiful. I think it’s time for a road trip. War Eagle!

  • Amanda
    November 16, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Gooooooo Gamecocks! Sorry I couldn’t resist:) Love seeing the Chi O reunion pictures. I’m a Chi O alum from Furman University! Love your blog!

  • Meg
    November 16, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    You failed to mention Darby that Auburn has the prettiest girls any SEC college or ANY college in the country for that matter! I mean, I know I am biased but Auburn girls are just so stinkin’ cute! It was fun to see so many familiar faces in your pictures (Sarah married Jared’s roommate Joseph, grew up with Anna Wharton on Lookout Mtn., and so on) and all you look so great. Looks like it was a very fun weekend. WDE!!! It certainly is GREAT to be an Auburn Tiger.
    Btw, did you figure out trains for Rover???
    Ciao, Meg

  • Amy
    November 16, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Thanks for the pictures of the new chapter room. It’s silly, but seeing those owl chairs almost brought tears to my eyes. Sounds like I was a senior when you pledged. Do you know if we’re still winning Greek Sing?

  • rhonda
    November 16, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    War Eagle! You “babies” (I graduated AU in ’95- talk about the buildings changing since THEN) are so cute! The only way to truely know Auburn is to have experienced it…it was such a wonderful part of my life… you captured it perfectly.

  • Ann Foster
    November 16, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    I love your blog….have followed it for awhile. You brighten my day and I’m amazed at a few of the things we have in common. I have been involved with CBS Leadership for years, and loved your blog last year about doing Genesis (we did that study also). And, now to find out that you were a Chi O at Auburn. I was a Chi O at Clemson….my sister went to Auburn (as a Phi Mu)….but then we are A LOT older than you sweet girl. I have shared your blog with my friends, as you have the perfect amount of humor, truth, insight, great tutorials and you have a gift of incredible photography!! Just know that there is a gal in North Carolina praying for you when the Lord lays you on my heart. You are leaving a great legacy….keep it up!!

  • Lindsay
    November 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    1. JEALOUS of the fun weekend and the snazzy chapter room

    2. I never did understand the words to the “Corn Corn” song…

    3. Who had twins?

  • Sara
    November 16, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    I’ve been telling my husband I need some boots. Now, after looking at your pictures I CLEARLY need boots. All the cool girls have them! πŸ™‚ My hubs and I spent the weekend at our alma mater, Montevallo, a few weekends ago. We feel the same way about it as you do your Auburn!

  • Hannah
    November 16, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Darby! I canNOT believe you know “Corn Corn”! How funny…it is still Andalusia High’s fight song. I am currently humming the tune while going through the motions of our majorette routine πŸ™‚ It looks like you girls had a great time – I know Ginny enjoyed it. I still feel like I should be a freshman and y’all juniors. What fun memories!

  • ginastorm
    November 16, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I lived in Auburn for a couple of years and I loved it there. It’s such a beautiful town! I’m a Mississippi State grad (don’t hate me!) and I never understood SEC football until I went to MSU. Glad y’all had such a good football weekend!

  • payton
    November 16, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    War Eagle. Boy that place has changed since I graduated in 1996. Loved loved loved seeing all the pictures. Note to self:brown boots are the must have item.

  • Montye
    November 16, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    This post made me homesick… no I didn’t grow up in Auburn, but have always considered it home. I LOVE AUBURN and like you loved my time there.

    Cute pictures from the tailgate… fun fact for you… Anna Kate was my inspiration for my daughter’s name. I don’t know her very well (a friend of a friend) but always loved her name and thought she was adorable. Grace was one of my favorite names… so I put the two together – Anna Grace.

    Darby, thanks for the great post and the incredible pictures from the the most wonderful place on earth – AUBURN! War Eagle!!!

  • Karen
    November 16, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Looks like you and your pledge sisters have cornered the market on tall brown boots! πŸ™‚

  • Katie
    November 16, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    What a fun weekend! Y’all all look so cute! Love Erika’s dance moves.

  • Eileen
    November 17, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Darby, I knew there was another reason I adore your blog…besides the wonderful cooking/fashion/crafts/home/family everything…now I know it’s a sisterly bond! I am a Chi O, but went to Rollins in FL. Looks like you had a great weekend with sisters you treasure and exciting SEC football, thanks for sharing!

  • annek
    November 17, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Can someone explain the whole War Eagle/Tiger thing? Why are there two names/mascots???? You’re team is looking pretty good….the Alabama /Auburn showdown will be interesting and I’ll probably have to root for the SEC East…even though our Gators are out…but I don’t know if anyone can beat your team right now. It should be lots of fun to watch!

  • jane
    November 17, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Hi Darby, I just had to tell you that my son has decided he is going to Auburn. Hmmmm living in Michigan I didn’t know he even knew it exsisted (I think the football team has helped this) Well, we are driving from Michigan to Florida over Thanksgiving and he is insisting on making a side trip to Auburn. After reading about your weekend, I am thinking we might have to make that happen.

  • Annmarie
    November 17, 2010 at 9:00 am

    OH!! MY!!!! Darby, I have heard about Southern college football…but you really captured it with your photos and videos. We’ve got NOTHING on you there! Serious fun!!

  • Amy
    November 17, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I agree Darby, there is nothing like SEC football! I always get chills the first football game of the season when our team runs on to the field! Saturday’s Auburn game was awesome! We even watched it here after our UT Vols won against Ole Miss! Glad you, Erika and your friends had such a great time.
    Oh, and I also spent some of my childhood living in Louisville, KY. We lived near Bellarmine College on Napolian Blvd. just off Bardstown Road. Small World!

  • Kellie
    November 17, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Seriously, am I the only Alabama fan that reads your blog? I just read ALL the comments – whew!- and no mention of a Roll Tide anywhere!!! haha!!! Congrats to ya’ll – I know how it feels!:) It’ll be interesting to see how next week turns out, but I’m just grateful that the SEC is “showing out” this year again!!!! Ya’ll all looked adorable and I know tailgating is fun fun fun – we do it nearly every week – the wonderful thing about living in a college town!!!!

  • Kelly
    November 17, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Loving the boots! I dont think I’ve ever seen that many girls wearing boots all at once. Looks like a bunch of fun!

  • Jen
    November 17, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Hey, I’m from Louisville and currently reside in this great city! Being a University of Kentucky grad, I can attest that SEC football games are the best! I often say my daughter (only 5, but it’s never to early to start thinking) will end up at Auburn, because she wants to be a vet and we don’t have a vet program here. BTW, have to ask where you got your great top and cowboy boots. Fabulous outfit!

  • Susan
    November 17, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Hi Darby! I am a 53 year old mother of two daughters. I am not a first time reader by any means but this is my first time to comment. I love reading about what your family is up to and in to. You keep me in the know about what is new and in. I just commented on your sister’s soap give away. She is up to 1053 comments. That has got to be some kind of record. I could not comment on her blog and not leave one for you too. See… I do know what it is like to have two daughters! Looking forward to your next adventure.

  • Scarlett
    November 17, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Loveliest village on the Plains! Oh how I miss it. I do believe my boys may very well be disowned by their father if they do not attend Auburn! They would be fourth generations. Thanks so for sharing oyur weekend, it look wonderful and I see you ladies got the “cowboy boots” memo! Ya’ll look so tres chic!

  • Melissa (melissab74)
    November 17, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    I love your pictures! Made me feel like I was right there with y’all! You and your friends looked beautiful and so YOUNG!

  • Annie
    November 17, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    War Eagle! I love reading your posts about Auburn! Thanks for sharing!

  • paula
    November 17, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    looks like so much fun! I watched part of the game here — don’t know those teams..big ten girl myself. wonderful photos!

  • Susan
    November 17, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    WAR EAGLE! Love love this post, graduated from AU in 06 and this made me miss college something terrible! Auburn really is a magical place!

  • Melise
    November 17, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    WAR EAGLE….HEY! πŸ˜‰

  • Renee
    November 17, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    I was a Chi O at Auburn (pledged ’93)!!! We went to the LSU game this year. SOOO fun!! btw, I used your tutorial for appliques and made cute shirts for my daughter this weekend. Thank you!! WAR EAGLE!!

  • Lauren
    November 17, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    “even though we’re leaving Chi O far behind us…they’ll be many memories, they’ll be many letters, till we meet again then, we’ll have our reunion”…yay from an Eta Delta Chi Omega πŸ™‚

  • rachel dillard :)
    November 17, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    I love this! I just graduated from Ole Miss and am now a KD alum, so I totally agree with everything you say about SEC football. Totally enjoyed watching Cam beat the mess out of us a few weekends ago πŸ™‚ I’ve only been out of college for 6 months, but I already live for our little sorority reunions in the Grove. I hope we stay close and do it every year πŸ™‚ Hotty Toddy, but congrats to the Tigers!

  • Tiffany
    November 18, 2010 at 12:40 am

    I’m glad to see you all got the “wear brown boots” memo! haha πŸ™‚ It sounds like you had a great weekend with the girls!

  • kathleen
    November 18, 2010 at 1:44 am

    War Eagle. Aubie is the mascot ( a tiger) so awesome is Aubie. War Eagle is a greeting and it harkens back to a game — according to legend– correct me if i am wrong– the mighty eagle soared over the field prior to a game pitting Auburn agin Alabama and when the Eagle landed he died. Well, lets talk about rolling Toomers Corner instead.

  • Krista
    November 18, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Awww, that makes me miss my old alma mater (Penn State). You want to talk about college football craziness, then head on up to Happy Valley and check out one of those games! Darby you look georg in those photos! I bet you made all those younger gals envious!

  • kasey
    November 18, 2010 at 9:31 am

    I went to the wrong college because none of my friends look that good t;-)

  • Angie
    November 18, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Hi Darby – Over the past couple of years of reading your blog, I have learned we have so much in common: lived in Anniston for awhile (I am now living in Germany but not military-related), joined XO (although I was at UA), are moms, & LOVE photography. My whole family went to Auburn & loved it (I was the black sheep)! My former boss (Don Haisten) bought/completely renovated Toomer’s Drugs in the early 1990’s. Anyway, just wanted to say GREAT blog – thanks for the smiles!!

  • Karena
    November 18, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Darby, How fun to have a reunion and see friends that mean so much. A great event!!!

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    November 18, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Clearly we can’t be “friends” on December 4th when the SOUTH CAROLINA Gamecocks meet you in ATL for the Championship game……

  • Lindsey
    November 18, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    i personally love that last picture of you wearing your jeans over your boots with good ole boot-cut jeans:). i still can’t do skinny… let me know if ya’ll need a potty (sanity) break on your travels!

  • Jess
    November 18, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    let me preface this by saying that I live in Michigan, and i generally don’t care at all about football. Okay, so on Saturday I was at my parents and whatever game we were watching was boring but I kept seeing the Auburn score. Eventually I said lets watch the auburn game because it’s more exciting. We changed to it and I found myself cheering for Auburn. And all because of you and your sister. haha. My family asked why I was cheering for them and I explained. They thought I was nuts. Especially my dad, who doesn’t quite understand what a blog is.

  • Today's Letters
    November 18, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    rover’s wearing clothes! hot damn!

  • Sara
    November 18, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Hi Darby! I was trying to score some holiday tees but was having trouble with the link for Honey Bee Tees…is it down today? I’ll keep trying.

  • Laura
    November 18, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    As a fellow Alpha Beta… can I just say: I loved this post! There really is no place in the world like Auburn. I pledged the year after y’all graduated, I believe. How awesome are those hardwood floors in the chapter room?!

  • Brandi
    November 18, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Darby, are this pics taken with your Canon, or your Evo? They are really good.

  • Help Wad
    November 18, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    war eagle! win for auburn… power of dixieland!!!!
    it was so fun. so fun. sooooooooooooooooooo fun!!

  • Whitney
    November 18, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Awe!! What a beautiful bunch of 98ers!! I think you girls just get prettier every year!! Looks like you had SO much fun!!! Jealous!!!

  • laurie
    November 18, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    SO FUN! I wish Ole Miss would have a good year so I could have as much fun as Erika in the stadium!! haha Noticed she changed from a skirt to jeans and wondering how she maneuvered that one!! seems like something I would do!

  • Konie
    November 19, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Darby! I was a Chi O too!! Yeahhhhhhhh!!!! Ken just watched me get so excited about being a SISTER (hehehehe) to DARBY!!!!:)) I was at Samford πŸ™‚ BUT….my girls were KD’s at Auburn. That was great too:) And now along with Jess and Jenna, I’m surrounded by 4 more KD girls:) All the granddaughters will probably be Chi O’s though:)))))
    Glad you girls had the most fun weekend!!! :)))))))!! WAR EAGLE!

  • Sue
    November 19, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Oooh, how I love Auburn!! Unless you have been a part of the Auburn spirit there is no way to describe it! I can remember the magical feeling as a student as I would drive into Auburn after being away. It gives me goosebumps to relive that! Thanks for sharing your magical weekend on campus. It is good to be an Auburn Tiger!

  • Trish @TheOldPostRoad
    November 19, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    My HS senior has been accepted into Auburn’s honors college for next year and just got her acceptance to Ga. Tech, today (where her dad and I attended). We are honestly leaning towards Auburn. Tech was very difficult and stressful and is not in a safe neighborhood. I am not sure I want to send my little girl there. We are not uga people. uga=ugh. You have almost convinced me to give AU a try. Have a nice weekend!

  • jessica
    November 19, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I was a ChiO too, but at SW Tx State. Go hooties!

  • Leah
    November 22, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I’m a Chi O alum from Ohio University. I’m dying over those owl chairs… love them!

  • Sarah Armstrong
    November 23, 2010 at 11:41 am

    As an Andalusia High School alum myself (albeit one year older than the two sweet girls pictured in the post) I can attest that “Corn Corn” IS the official fight song for our school! And though the thought is scary, I believe I can still do every single move to the cheerleader routine that goes with it! πŸ™‚ Glad you were able to get away for the weekend in Auburn!

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    November 29, 2010 at 1:36 am

    I love everything about this post.

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