Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Summer Jamz

I just had the overpowering urge to write that title with a “z”…it’s what the cool kids do.

I’ve been wearing my iPhone out this summer so far playing the same songs…over. and over. and over.

When  I get attached to certain tunes I like…I tend to play them on repeat until I can’t stand them anymore. Ok, not entirely true, I always love them but there comes a point when I just get tired of them for a few months. Totally my fault…I’ll own it. Anyone else do this, no, just me? Mkay.

Here are the songs that I’m listening to this summer….are any on your playlists?

Kenny Chesney, “When I See This Bar” – I’m a huge KC fan, but the past couple of years nothing of his has really struck me as great…and finally, here comes this one and my faith in him has been restored.

 Dierks Bentley, “Bourbon in Kentucky” – Dierks is my main squeeze (behind Eric Church, of course) and this new song from a new upcoming album is a new feel and sound for him. Just my opinion. But I LOVE it. Can’t wait to hear more!!

 Charlie Worsham, “Could it Be” – This fella is new….at least I think he is. He’s one of my XM radio finds. That’s one of my favorite things about paying for a radio subscription…it’s not the same 12 songs over and over…it’s people you haven’t heard of yet, but will soon enough because they’re pretty dang good.

 Eli Young Band, “Drunk Last Night” – I’ve been following this Texas based band for several years now….their harmonies are great and the music behind the words is always catchy. Like DB, I can’t wait to hear more from the new album!
Jake Owen, “Anywhere With You” – Ok, so I’ve known this song since the album came out in 2011….for 2 years this song has been my favorite on the album and it’s finally hit mainstream radio. 2 years and I still love singing along everytime!

Lady Antebellum, “Goodbye Town” – I don’t think there’s anything these 3 can do badly. They just rock. And secretly when I sing along with them, I just KNOW I could be the band’s 4th member. Whatdoyasay Charles, Hillary & Dave? Interested?

Little Big Town, “Your Side of the Bed” – Seeing as how I just praised Lady A, I’m going to go out on a limb and say this…I believe, with all of my heart, that LBT has the  best harmonies in the music industry, not just country, the ENTIRE industry. They’re just lovely!

Looking back on what I just wrote, I realize that 3 out of the 7 referenced alcohol in someway shape or form in their titles…bar, bourbon, drunk. Sheesh…makes me sound like a lush. Which I assure you I am not, quite the far opposite actually. I don’t drink at all. The songs are catchy and I’ve taken a liking to them…that’s the point of this story.

What are your Summer Jamz for 2013?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Sweet Summertime

With another month of Summer of 2013 remaining, I think it's safe to say it can be summed up in a few words:
Wedding Prep

Allow me to explain...

It all started off pretty great. I discovered the wonderful ways of dry shampoo after reading waaay to many bloggers talk about the stuff and suddenly, I was wearing "3rd day hair"..ME. 3 DAYS! It was ahhhmazing. So amazing I broke one of my cardinal rules and took a selfie AND posted to the social media world.
We had a RAINY 4th of July that canceled so many plans, but finally a few days later the rain broke and we were able to spend a nice, relaxing time with our family. 


Then the you know what hit the fan. 

I got sick. BAD sick. Four and half days off from work sick. Plus a weekend. It. Was. Bad. 
What started as Sprite and Gatorade by my bedside, quickly turned into Gatorade and 4 prescription medicines. (After a trip to the doctor's office and a whole night spent in the ER...yeah...it was bad.)
The one positive thing, if you want to call it that, to come out of that horrendous week, I started this little addiction. 
This stupid app should've come with a warning lable. And because sometimes you JUST can't wait the ten or twenty minutes to get full lives, I discovered a little tricky trick that fixes the problem. However, it screws with the time and suddenly waiting ten or twenty minutes didn't seem like a big deal anymore...

My cousin Charity got married in July also. I managed to get ready and make it to the wedding. On that particular day, except for going to the doctor's office and my night in the ER, this was the FIRST and ONLY time I had been outside the apartment in 5 days. I made it through the wedding, but that was about it for this girl. I spent the rest of the day and the next day back in bed. 

A couple days later and 12 lbs lighter, seriously, 12 lbs...again, it was bad, I made it back to work and don't you just love coming back a trashed desk and office and paperwork EVERYWHERE. 

So I'll try to save this post and not end on a COMPLETELY depressing note, I found this tervis cup at Target...it's a flippin' mason jar! Yes, I am THAT southern. I would've bought three but we're on a budget now. Ha. It's pretty great though, I love it. RUN to Target and get one...right this very second!!
And I picked up a paintbrush for the first time in a couple of months to do an order for a co-worker. And I'm not going to lie, it felt pretty great to paint again. It was a nice break from wedding planning, unpacking shower gifts, and everything else happening to us right now.

Is that picture blurry? I just noticed this...oh well. Happens to everyone with iPhone every now and then. 

HOPEFULLY this last month of Summer 2013 will be much more enjoyable than the first half. There are lots of exciting things getting ready to happen and I can't wait to enjoy them all and soak it all up!!

Happy Summer!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Wedding In Progress

Stephen has pretty much given me full reign on this wedding thing. That being said, I still run almost everything by him, but his answer is usually the same, "whatever you want babe."

Living in a Pinterest wedding world, I've tried really hard to not let it get to "pinterest-y". You know exactly what I'm talking about when I say that. Inevitably, there are some Pinterest inspired ideas that you will see. But they definitely have my own flair added to them.

There is alot of DIY projects in progress for this shindig, and I'm not going to lie, everything's been pretty enjoyable to work on. And because we started on little projects so far in advance, HOPEFULLY we won't be so stressed in the week or two before the wedding trying to get so many things done. (famous last words)

Here are a few sneek peaks into what we've been up to...

 Any guesses on what this is going to be??
We were thrilled and blessed to have so many family members volunteer to spend a good chunk of their Saturday to come out and help us address and get our invitations ready. This was our assembly line in progress. 
We've made a trip or two to Lowes...because let's be honest, if you're going to have a DIY wedding, you're going to HAVE to make a trip or two to Lowes. This particular one was with three of our besties and we we may have had a little too much fun in our local Lowes store. (Eventhough, they all look thrilled in this picture, ha, they really were having a good time.Then there's Patrick just off in the back entertaining himself.)
After one of our wedding showers, same said besties helped us haul all our gifts back to our apartment, unload and unpack, then we got all fancy and ordered take out and gathered around the coffee table for dinner. (More on that shower later on..it was FABULOUS!)
That particular wedding shower was hosted by Stephen's family. His grandma was in charge of making chicken salad. Which meant, we were all making chicken salad the night before the shower. We ended up with 26 lbs of chicken salad. They went on the whole, "would rather have too much than not enough" theory.

....they had enough......for an army......and the navy.
My college group of friends are having me a shower next month and sent out these invitations over the weekend. I kinda love that line they added in there. The backstory is that there's 13 of us, I'm the last one to get married. 
Annnd.....Monday marked the big day! Invitations were mailed out!! I sent the future hubs this picture and text that said, "no turning back now!"
We're closing in on 40 days.....yikes!! 

Can't wait to share more with you in the coming weeks!!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Adventures In Moving...Part 2

The move is complete….with the remaining few random boxes and totes laying around that you just don’t know what to do with yet. Pesky rodents.

Stephen and I decided to rent for the time being. I know there are several who will say and have said we should’ve bought…but for us at this time, it’s just not for us. We’re fine with renting for a while and buying later on.

One great advantage of living in a college town, there are PLENTY of rentals out there. We started looking about two weeks after TTU got out for the summer…smartest move we could’ve made. Because it was the rental property companies’ “turn-around season” we scored an EXCELLENT apart for a great deal. 2 bedrooms, 2 ½ bath, large living room, kitchen and laundry room and small deck outside. New, clean, and with the new, clean smell. The company knocked off quite a few $$ for us because it was ready to go and they didn’t have any new renters shopping at that time.

We got keys and signed papers on a Monday. Got electricity turned on, cable upgraded, wi-fi set up, cleaned...all the preliminary jobs. 

Then on Friday we had some help moving in and hooking up our washer & dryer...then we just sat around and talked....in the floor....because we hadn't moved any furniture yet. #highclassfolks

So the official Moving Day was on a Saturday (June 29th to be exact) and we couldn’t have done it without the wonderful help of our family and friends. (Well we could have but it would’ve taken FOR. EV.ERRRRR. and could’ve possibly ended the relationship before our marriage. I kid, I kid.)

I had everything ready and waiting for the “movers” to come at 10a. I had A LOT of stuff. I knew this from the get go. I was prepared for how many trips it would take and how I’d have to unpack stuff. What I was not prepared for, was the emotions that would hit me like a brick to the face.

I was leaving my HOME. It hit me quick. The first piece of furniture out the door…the love seat…this was all really happening. I had to walk away. I’m such a wuss. I thought I was so prepared and organized and I was…I had been so preoccupied in preparing for the move that I hadn’t taken the time to think about the leaving part. I was leaving my home. Cue the tears.

I ended up crying 4 more times that day. #wimp Thankfully it was just me and my mom when the BIG tears started to flow. Bless her sweet, sweet heart. 
That's her.....she was a trooper and cleaned the place once everything was out. And held me when I cried like a big 'ol baby. Ugh.

 Once it was all said and done…the feeling and emotions of being totally overwhelmed sank in and I lost it again. (that was the 4th time I cried.) #wimpagain

Slowly but surely, it all started coming together and we were emptying boxes left and right. And before we knew it, it started feeling like a home…OUR home.

Fast forward a month and a half and there's still a few boxes left that haven't found their home yet. ANNND...there's ALL the shower gifts we've received. We've had two showers since we moved at the end of June and we have two more to go! At some point, once everything is put away and frames are hung on the wall and wedding decor items are gone away with, I'll post a little "home tour" for you....but be forewarned...that's MONTHS to come. 

In summary:

Packing and moving is for the birds.
You will quickly realize how BLESSED you are by the help that others are willing to extend your way in giving up their weekend to help you.
Life is better when it’s not packed in cardboard boxes.
And, home is where you make it to be. 

Annnd....if you move, do the next tennants a favor and CHANGE. YOUR. ADDRESS. For the love people. I get more mail for the girl who lived her before we did than I get of my own mail!
This was a stack of mail I accumulated for her in less than a week. Pretty sure chick just up and ran away and didn't tell ANNNYbody. So yeah, show some courtesy, change your address. 

Monday, August 12, 2013

School's In Session!

Since school is back in full swing around these parts, I dug up a few teacher canvas pictures from an order back SEVERAL months ago. (Yes, we are THAT far behind people.)

Once again, I had the very great pleasure of making Teacher Gifts for the Rich sisters, Madyson & Layah. This is the 3rd year that their mom, Emily, asked me to make their gifts and I was honored, as always.

Thanks again for the orders Emily. You're girls are gorgeous and precious! I'm sure these teachers love having them!

On a totally random note, Emily & her husband invited Stephen and I over for dinner one night last week and we had the BEST time with them. They are HILarious!! Can't wait to do it again!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Brothers & Sisters

Recently, I received a request from an old friend, Leann to paint a few matching canvases for her kids' shared bathroom.

Her mom had a shower curtain custom made and my oh my is is PERFECT for a little boy & girl. SOOO cute!!

Ok, so here's a couple photos Leann sent me after she got everything ready in the bathroom. For the LIFE of me, I can't figure out why the pictures are being turned in a different direction. I'm saving them separately in the correct position and they're being uploaded in a different direction. Any suggestions blog land?

Anyways, you get the idea...turn your head a little sideways and just admire how CUTE this shower curtain is!
My word.

 Annie is going to be a great big sister to Kace when he comes along in a few weeks!

Thanks Leann...you give me great ideas with every order!!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Ben's Bathroom

My bestie Emilee, ordered this cute canvas for her son's bathroom. Ben's "baby" bathroom and nursery are turning into Ben's "big boy" bedroom and bathroom.

Em found the saying and I really love it!

 The pictures look more green than it really is. It's a turquoise and lime combo. Oh well.
Thanks Em!! Love you all!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Adventures in Moving...Part 1

I named this "Part 1" because I'm SURE there'll be more stories to share in the coming weeks! So here's the quick version...

For the past 5+ years, I've had an apartment by myself which has been just PERFECT for me. I have LOVED it so so much. It's just right for me. But maybe not just right for Stephen & I as a married couple. Not wanting to buy a house out of the starting gate, we decided to go apartment hunting. 

We had NO trouble at all finding the perfect one for us. It was the first one we looked at and fell in love with. It's a great place to share as our first home together. We are SO excited for this next chapter in our lives to begin. 

As you're reading this, this week is "moving week" for me. We decided that I'd move first (to avoid paying rent at two places), so it's here upon us just like that. 

For the past month, I've spent the majority of my weekends, packing and organizing and purging. I made one HUGE trip to the dump thanks to the help of my daddio. Made three trips to a storage unit and about the same amount of trips to S's parents' house to store stuff there. The downfall of our new place (as is with most rentals) there is ZERO storage space, which I had ALOT of at my current apartment. So that's been my biggest challenge through all of this. I have no shame in admitting I have ALOT of stuff. That being said, it's NEVER been as organized as it is now and I got rid of ALOT of junk in the past month. 

As I've been packing for my move this week, there's been things happen or things that I've noticed that I've felt was worth sharing. For starters, when I moved in 5 years ago, I found this old hutch at an antique store, splurged and bought it. It's my favorite. Now it's empty and looks lonely...this started making everything sink in a little more. 

This was one of my 3 trips a couple Saturdays ago to the storage unit. I packed my SUV as tight as could. That little darlin' holds alot more than she looks like she would.

Over the past 5 years, I've had 3 Pampered Chef parties if I remember correctly, and thank goodness I saved those boxes...those are the BEST boxes for packing!! FYI. This is how I labeled all my boxes going to storage so that I could easily see what was in each one and go straight to what I needed.

This is part of the "ALOT of stuff" comment from earlier. I LOVE seasonal dish towels, pot holders
and oven mits. My mom is aware of this and sees the need to buy me some every holiday every year.
After this particular night of going through them all, I told her not to buy me anymore....ever.

Then I hit my medicine cabinet...and by the looks of this pic (sorry for the blurriness) you might think I have serious problems. Heck, it made me think I had problems. Rest assured, I do not. I just don't don't throw junk away.

Annnnd then, there's the bridesmaids dresses. In the past 5 years here, I've only walked the aisle 4 times, so these beauties joined the other 10 back at my parents' house. I need to get rid of these...especially the older ones that I definitely won't wear ever again. One of these black ones has been worn twice, score on that. And there's the dress that started it all...my flower girl dress from my aunt and uncle's wedding 25 years ago. I briefly entertained the idea of my flower girl wearing this dress, but have since changed my mind.

So as moving week ensues, I look back at my first apartment with nothing but love and wonderful memories. I will miss this place more than I can explain. It's taught me so much these past 5 years and turned me into the adult that I am today. I am more independent than I ever imagined being and it's all thanks to this place that I've made my home. 

Now it's time to get ready for having my first roommate...my "permanent roommate." : )