Saturday, December 31, 2011

1 year in 1 post

Wow 2011;
You were cray-cray.
I can't believe Kevin and I have actually lived in Mississippi for 1 entire YEAR!
That is huge.

Last year we rang in 2011 with some sparkling cider & some redbox dvd's, because we had zero friends here. I don't even think we stayed up until midnight!
1 year later we have been blessed with wonderful friends who are like family, and so many beautiful memories from this past year.
January & February were tough. We were newbies. 1,000 miles away from home, but it felt more like a million. Kevin started school/his new job & I started pounding the pavement looking for work. It didn't happen quickly and I was bored a lot.
(I'm sorry, but I don't think I have 1 photo to document these 2 months. Pretty sad)
March is when I started working at my old job.
March was a great month because we got to go to Orlando and see my family for the first time since our move!
Then my mom & sister came back with us to MS to see our new home!
(ps-this is not our home, this was actually at the airport. We do not live at the airport.)

April was a lovely month.
We started making more friends here.
& we met the Easter bunny!
I also got to take a roadtrip to Nashville to see some beautiful friends from home! 

In May, we got to take our first trip back to PA since our move.
It was some much needed time spent at HOME :)
 
(and Olive Garden..)

May is also when Chesapeake had her puppies!

We spent all of June taking care of them & watching them grow :)
(all 6!)

In July, Kevin and I celebrated 2 years of marriage, & 1 fun anniversary shoot :)

August is when we got to see my sweet fam again!
This time with a trip to Gatlinburg TN, where we got this classy photo taken;

Also in August- the birth of this blog!
What a great month.

September is my own birth month, & we celebrated by taking a trip to New Orleans with some sweet friends.

October was our trip to Mexico!
What a beautiful place with beautiful people. I am so happy for that experience.

November was our big road trip back home for Thanksgiving.
That 15+hour drive was so worth it.

And now, December-here we are!
I am so happy to have this blog to document our lives lately. It'll be so much fun to go back through and remember things we might have forgotten :)
2012 has a lot to live up to.
xox

Thursday, December 29, 2011

sweetness

I could use this post (1st one since Christmas) to post about our holiday, and all of the extravagant, unnecessary gifts that we gave & received. But the sweetest gift I was given was a children's book sent from my parents. It was so hard to be away from family this season, but this little book made me feel a bit closer to home & ones I love.


Wherever you are
My love will find you
By Nancy Tillman

I wanted you more than you will ever know, so I sent my love to follow wherever you go.

It's high as you wish it. It's quick as an elf. You'll never outgrow it...it stretches itself!

So climb any mountain...climb up to the sky! My love will find you. My love can fly!

Make a big splash! Go out on a limb! My love will find you. My love can swim!

It never gets lost, never fades, never ends...
If you're working...
Or playing...
Or sitting with friends.

You can dance 'til you're dizzy..
Paint 'til you're blue...
There's no place, not one, that my love can't find you.

And if someday you're lonely, or someday you're sad, if you strike out at baseball, or think you've been bad...
Just lift up your face, feel the wind in your hair. That's me, my sweet baby, my love is right there.

In the green of the grass...in the smell of the sea...in the clouds floating by...at the top of a tree...in the sound crickets make at the end of the day...
"You are loved. You are loved. Your are loved," they all say.

My love is so high, and so wide and so deep, it's always right there, even when you're asleep.

So hold your head high and don't be afraid
to march to the front of your own parade.

If you're still my small babe, or you're all the way grown, my promise to you is you're never alone.

You are my angel, my darling, my star...and my love will find you, wherever you are.

Friday, December 23, 2011

cross-country move?

I seemed to have taken an unintentional bloggy-break.
My sincerest aplogies :)
I'm BACK!! 
(fyi, I just spelled 'back' 'bak' and had to backspace & correct it.) 
yep.

Today in the lovely town of Starkville Mississippi, it was rainy and dreary all day.
You might think I would complain about the constant rain & wet condition of my feet, but I actually loved it.
I really don't know why, but I absolutely love rainy days.
I think mostly its because they are a great excuse to be able to curl up with a book and be completely unproductive all day long.
But even today, while I worked 9ish hours, I was so happy with the gloomy weather outside.
I mentioned to someone today I love it so much I think I'd like to live in Seattle one day. She asked me if I'd ever been to Seattle...
Negative.
Stupid Kevin got to go earlier this year for "work."
 pft.
Technically, he went to Portland OR, and a few towns in Washington. Not Seattle, but the general area.
Close enough, in my book.
Why on earth would I say I'd like to live somewhere that I've never even been before?
3 things:

1. As I've previously mentioned; I like rain.
I hear Seattle is pretty good at that.

2. The first Starbuck ever is in Seattle.
Obvious win.

3. It is where the fictional TV show Grey's Anatomy takes place.
(please don't judge me too hard) 
All of these reasons combined leads me to believe that I'd really like this city.
Just a glimpse into my completely ridiculous thought process :)

Have a beautiful Friday, my friends!
PS. Christmas is 3 days away!
xox

Monday, December 19, 2011

2nd edition

A few months back I wrote this post about things we were obsessed with at the time.
It's so funny to me how people and couples go through stages of things they are really into. Whether its a restaurant, tv show, or whatever.
It was so fun to write that post so I'm doing another one.
Things we are currently obsessed with; December Edition.

My Christmas Smelling Candle
Kevin got me this candle as a gift a month or so back, right when we were getting in the holiday spirit. It is absolutely perfect & I'll tell you why; we are one of the many folks who use a fake Christmas tree. Yep- that's right, completely artificial.
The tree was given to us by my Grandparents and we are so thankful for it. The only thing that we don't love about our fake tree is we don't get the lovely aroma of pine needles in our home! This is where my magic candle comes in. It literally smells like we are living in a Christmas tree farm!! It is sooo incredible. 
I sit it on our table right next to our tree and wa-la! We get the best of both worlds. Lovely smell & no real-tree mess.

Hanging with friends
You've all heard of words with friends, right? Here is another completely addicting game that's very similar, but this version is actually hang-man.
It's SO fun.
Just like words with friends you play other people in live games. I don't know what else to say about this other than it's addicting and I'm pretty bad at it. So play me!

Wikipedia
Yes, I admit, this is a weird one. Let me explain;
When Kevin and I were driving back to MS from Thanksgiving in PA, we found ourselves in Roanoke Virginia. We stopped to eat and I asked Kevin if Roanoke VA had anything to do with the lost colony of Roanoke from back in the day. I have always been fascinated by that piece of history (nerd) and wanted to learn more about it.
So we pulled Wikipedia up (I love my iphone) and we read all about the lost colony of Roanoke over our dinner. Very scholarly of us.
Anywho, the current Roanoke VA is not where the lost colony was..well, lost. It went down somewhere else in VA near the coast (For those of you who were wondering)
Ever since that little incident with Wikipedia, I have been looking up a lot of stuff on that little ole website! People used to say it wasn't very accurate, but I think more recently it has gotten a lot better.
Your thoughts on Wikipedia?

Storage Wars 
Ok, seriously-I am obsessed with this show. It is so addicting, I will watch 3 episodes before I even realize it. It's a show on A&E about people who make their living from buying abandoned storage lockers and then re-selling the contents. It follows 3 guys and 1 married couple. It gets intense at points because everyone is bidding against each other for certain lockers. AND they can't go inside the locker or dig around in it until after they buy it. I get so excited to see who will win what & what they will find inside!
Note* - A&E just came out with another show called Storage Wars Texas. Its exactly the same show but with people from Texas, and it stinks. Don't waste your time. Watch the original fo sho.

Welp, that's the end of that one. Go get obsessed with the stuff we are currently lovin'!
xox

Friday, December 16, 2011

$1 well spent

I picked up this little gizmo at our local dollar store.
Best buck I've ever spent.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

pre-teen fascination?

Last weekend Kevin and I had an impromptu Pirates of the Caribbean TV marathon. 3 of the 4 movies just happened to be on tv and we just happened to be in our lazy clothes with nothing else to do. Win/Win!
While watching these flicks I was reminded of a time in young Lindsey's life when she was so transfixed with the young actor, Orlando Bloom, she could barely think of much else.
Seriously folks, it was bad.
He was my serious pre-teen crush.
I was first introduced to Orlando (ha!) through the Lord of the Ring movies, in which he playing a cute, long haired, fighter elf.
What more could a girl as for?

The obsession grew quickly, and I soon became transfixed with all things LOTR, seeing one movie after the other. And yes, even though I hate to admit it, I was the crazy girl in the theater shreaking each time his sweet face came on screen. I sincerely apologize to anyone who might have been in that theater.

But oh yes, I had it bad for Orlando.
And if you don't believe me take a look at an old journal/diary I found from my adolescence.
Um..yeah. Clippings.
And lets take it a step further, people.
This just gives you a little idea of how far gone I was.
I mean, this is like something out of a psycho stalker movie, am I right?
Pretty sure I also made my friends call me Lindsey Bloom at some point too.

But thankfully, by the time the Pirates movies rolled around my enthusiasm had cooled down a bit. Although I would still go to sleep most nights wishing I was Keira Knightly.. (who doesn't?)
So tell me people, who was you extreme to the point of embarrassing pre-teen crush??

Sunday, December 11, 2011

a new kind of Christmas

This is the first Christmas that I will not be at home with my family.
Since Kevin and I got to go home for a whole week for Thanksgiving, we realized it wasn't realistic for us to go home again just a few weeks later for Christmas.
While this all makes sense in my head, it is still hard to think about spending the holiday so far away from my family.
My Christmas' growing up were pretty wonderful. My parents always reminded us what this holiday is truly about, and they never let us get too wrapped up in the materialistic end of Christmas. This is something I hope to make sure my own children are aware of one day.
These are a few Christmas traditions or even just re occurrences that I grew up with.

Clementines
 Clemnetines are little orange balls of deliciousness. My mom would always keep a giant bowl of them in the house during the holidays-and all winter really. They are just so cute & yummy! I bought bag of them last week at the grocery store and the girl ringing me up looked as if she had never seen them before.
"Are these tiny oranges?" she said.
haha

It's a Wonderful Life
 I still can't believe it when people tell me they have never seen this movie. It is a Christmas Classic! It's usually on tv around the holidays, and my family would always make a point to sit down and watch it. We watched it a few times on Christmas Eve, and I just love it.
Go watch it if you never have, I promise it's the best!

Driving through town looking at lights
 So I don't think the lights we drove around to see were ever this extravagant, but you get the idea. I remember being younger and riding around in the back of our mini-van, going for miles just to look at lights. Town square lights, store lights, or just random people's homes lights, they're all beautiful.
& my sisters and I would oooh and ahhh from the backseats.

Stringing popcorn
 My mom taught my sisters and I the art of popcorn stringing when we were younger, and just about every year we would do this to our Christmas tree.
There's a tutorial you can follow here if you've never done this before.
We would use cranberries too!

Opening 1 gift on Christmas Eve
I'm not sure why we started to do this, maybe because my sisters & I were just too impatient-but we started opening 1 gift each on Christmas Eve, right before we would go to bed. My parents would usually pick which one we could open, so it wouldn't be such a big gift. This would get us really excited for the next morning.
It was like a little Christmas present teaser.

With all of these wonderful traditions I know Kevin and I will be able to come up with some good holiday memories this year, even while we are far from home.
xox

Saturday, December 10, 2011

thankful


The other night I was reading back through some of my old posts, and I realized how much I wrote about my struggles with what is now, my old job. I was very open about my hatred (to put it bluntly) for my work, and many people responded to these posts. I received encouraging messages, emails, and texts from various people in my life-for whom I am so grateful. I feel I owe it to them and to anyone willing to read, to give an account of the past few weeks, and my journey from my old job to my new one. I have mentioned little snippets here and there on this blog, but I will now give a more specific account. This is, more than anything, a testimony of God's faithfulness and love to me in what was a pretty tough time in my life.
As many of you know I was struggling with my old job for a long time. I started back in February, and while I was happy to have a job at all, it was not something I enjoyed in the slightest. Every night I dreaded the thought of getting up in the morning and going. I felt completely out of my element, and each day grew harder and harder to tolerate. Towards the end, I was praying everyday for God to show me what to do. I had searched everywhere I could think of for other work, but nothing was opening for me. I was scared to quit my bad job, only to be unemployed and cause Kevin and I to become completely broke (instead of only a little broke ;)). I dealt with this for awhile and a few events and happenings lead to the point where I knew that I needed to quit my job; pronto.
So on the day before Kevin and I left for Mexico, I put in my 2 week notice. It was a beautiful day :) But even though I was thrilled to be quiting, I was also stressed out about finding a new job. It was like a tug of war going on in my head.
That very day -I kid you not- I found out about an opening that was to become my new job.
2 lovely ladies from our church (who were also in Kevin and I's small group) partnered together and opened their own store this past summer. It started relatively small, just the 2 of them in a small space, but by August they already needed to expand and start hiring people. They offer unique clothing, shoes, accessories, and handmade artwork at a fraction of the cost of their competitors, and people LOVE it! Check out their facebook page here
So I found out on Friday that they were looking for another person to come work in the store and I immediately texted them telling them I wanted to apply! I emailed them my resume, and that was that. Kevin and I left for Mexico the next day.
When we got back from Mexico, I was finishing my last days at the old job, I got the word back that they wanted me to come work at the store!
This was the biggest blessing ever- that I could roll right from my old job into my new one. I literally didn't have 1 single day where I was unemployed! This was a huge answer to prayer, and I am so thankful for God's perfect timing.
I have been working at the store now for just about 3 weeks, and I am enjoying it so much. It is my first time really working in retail, and I have learned a lot. I am constantly trying to be more personable and outgoing with people who come in. I am generally a bit more reserved, so this job is making me step out of my comfort zone a little bit and be more personable (which is such a good thing!) Also, people in the south are a lot more openly friendly and kind to each other, in general, so I feel like I'm going from zero niceness to 200%!! hahah
So this was my update. God is good. He has answered my prayers. I am so glad He cares about even the smallest details of my life, and the bigger things too, like having a home & a job. Why would I ever doubt Him?

xox

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

festivities

We went to an Ugly Christmas Sweater PARTY!!
Only, being the procrastinators that we are, we waited until about 30 minutes before the party started to find an ugly Christmas sweater. This did not prove well for us, as for some reason there was a complete lack of ugly sweaters at our local wal-mart. (who knew?!)
I, instead, picked out this little gem below- a Christmas themed embroidered button down, and Kevin landed a ladies long sleeved tee, complete with glittery cardinal embellishments.
He also though that my reading glasses went great with his outfit. 



Oh, and there was dancing at this party.

xox

Saturday, December 3, 2011

little things

Little things to be thankful for;
Being able to drive past the lovely church in Gettysburg where Kevin & I got married, nearly 2 1/2 years ago! On our way out of PA last week I asked if we could take a slightly longer route just so we could pass through town and reminisce a bit.
It was worth it :)

Getting Chesapeake dressed up for the Steelers game last week.
She's a true fan :)

Cooking with onions & taking this dreadful picture!
It's fun to laugh at yourself.
(I also posted this to facebook which caused some sweet friends to respond with helpful tips on how to chop onions without tears. Options include wearing swimming goggles, lighting a candle nearby, and chopping with wet hands.)

Beginning a Christmas countdown!!!

And now, friends, I leave you with this goofy video. 
This is from the night Kevin & I surprised our family by getting to PA 1 night early. My younger sisters just arrived home from work, & Kevin was waiting for them outside dressed in black with a stocking over his head!

xox

Aisle to Aloha

Friday, December 2, 2011

oh, haayy december!


See that creepy light below Kevin's eye?
He might secretly be an Avatar..


HAPPY CHRISTMAS TIME!!!
xox

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

probably more pictures than you care to view

Thanksgiving in Pennsylvania was wonderful.
 Kevin & I had an incredible trip, and got to spend tons of time with our friends & family.
I pretty much want to be back there right now, but pictures will have to do.
Here's a whole slew of 'em for ya :)

This is my parents dog, Freddy. He & Kevin have a special bond. 
(Kevin is actually a dog-whisperer)

After arriving in PA, Kevin wanted to surprise his mom & sister at work the next morning. We got into town earlier than we had expected and they didn't know we were there yet!
Kevin bought some flowers to take then & got all dressed up.
He's cute :)

SEE!!
I told you he's a dog-whisperer!! 

We had a bonfire on Wednesday night.

 My un-biased opinion is that PA has the most beautiful sunsets ever.
(ok, I might be a little biased)

Mario Brothers on my parents old school nintendo?! Yes please!

Dinner with my lovely home-friends!
Check out my friend Megan's Blog HERE

Aww, aren't my parents the cutest?

Shopping with my sister-we tend to get a little goofy :)

Thanksgiving day; we go to Kevin's Grandparents house in Baltimore MD. They have lived in the same house for over 50 years! It is beautiful with a ton of cool old stuff.

We then went to my Aunt & Uncles house, also in MD.
Maryland is quite beautiful. 

 This photo was taken from the tippy top point of their
A-frame house.

Thanksgiving pool game in the basement.
Kevin beat me quite badly :( 

Funny pictures with my cute cousin, Sage :)

Friday, this was our THIRD Thanksgiving!
Me & my cute Mom :)

Saturday, right before Kevin & I left, my whole family in front of my parents house.

Missin' their sweet faces already.
xox