Monday, November 26, 2012

november hike

Life over here has been a bit hectic lately, to say the least. Sometimes an afternoon hike is the perfect way to clear your head and prepare for a new week. That's exactly what we did this afternoon! My jacket was totally unnecessary, because it was a beautiful day. I am so not used to such high temps in late November!
Now we're all geared up for a new week full of packing and prepping for the move. It's also my last full week of work (eek!).
Hope you had a great weekend!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

thankful list

Thanksgiving for us was a bit different this year. It was our first year away from family (we drove back last November). Some friends of ours were kind enough to invite us into their home and join in on their family celebration. They let us experience a true Southern Thanksgiving, with plenty of food and football! It was a beautiful and relaxing day.
After catching a movie Thursday afternoon we drove back home for an early evening, because it was back to work for me this morning! I was scared for my first black Friday working retail, but it really wasn't so bad.

Just on a whim I decided to partake in a family tradition that my Mom always made us do growing up. She always asked us to list some things we are thankful for. Mine are mostly lighthearted, but still fun to remember to be thankful for the small things in life.

I am thankful for...

breakfast for dinner
a husband that does laundry
flannel sheets
a good cup of coffee

cats in sweaters
this mild Mississippi November
friends to bake (& devour) cookies with
my sweet Saviour and His many blessings

Hope you all had a lovely holiday with those most important to you.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

a short break

So, I know I've been absent around these parts lately.
It seems like lately blogging has just been one more thing to check off of my never-ending to-do list. I started to blog as a way for me to feel a bit creative and let my writing juices flow without going overboard. I think I've maintained that goal over the past year or so.
And I know it's only because there is so much craziness going on now with our upcoming move; but I just feel totally uninspired when it comes to writing.
So I'm just going to take a little break from this blog for awhile. It might be a week, it might be a month. And then, who knows, I might find something amazing to write about and there will be a post tomorrow. Only time will tell!
Thanks for reading along, and keeping up with this life of ours.
I appreciate you!
(PS- this picture was from over the weekend. Kevin is very proud of his 'stache coming in for no-shave November :))

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


I first want to apologize for the lousy photo. Thanks, iphone camera..
But really, where to begin?
Kevin has been out of town for a conference, and left me home alone. After a long day of work on Saturday me and a friend decided to go see a movie.
Simple enough, right?

As soon as I slammed the door behind us on the way out I realized my keys were on the wrong side of that door.
Kevin wasn't here to save me, and the only other person with a key to our apartment was also out of town (as fate would have it).
So instead of calling our landlord like a normal person, I took matters into my own hands. This picture shows me climbing up our balcony to try to break in. I am actually quite impressed by my own stride. I have climbed a few rock walls, thanks to Kevin, can ya tell? :)
But no matter my impressive climbing skills, because as fate would have it again (fate was not on my side that night) our balcony door which is never locked, was indeed locked.
Major Fail.

So I placed that call that no one ever wants to place.
Our landlord showed up in 15 minutes and became my lifesaver.
(Thanks, Bill!)

So now you see what happens to me when my husband leaves for only a few short days..I come completely unglued!
Anticipating tomorrow night for his return home :)
(And keeping my keys in hand until then)

Friday, November 9, 2012


On my day off this week I began the overwhelming task of packing up our apartment.
When I posted this picture, I got such a mixed response from everyone.
My PA friends were happy and excited and leaving lots of  ":)" and "!!!!"
And then my MS friends were much more sad and upset than I had ever imagined they might be.
When people ask how I feel about moving back home I tend to use the word "bittersweet." 
I am extremely excited at the thought of moving back just in time for the holidays. To be able to see my whole family for Christmas and New Years, and to start back at school in the Spring.
But when I think of saying goodbye to so many sweet friends we've made over the past 2 years, my heart sinks.

Goodbyes are the worst.
And change is never easy.
Especially big change.

Last night we stayed at church a bit late to help clean up after youth group. Nearly everyone had left and I stood alone in the lobby. I remembered almost 2 years before when we walked through the church doors for the first time.
I had no idea what a special place in my heart it would soon hold, and all of the people who would soon become our dear friends.
I thank God for them daily, because I really don't know how I would've made it this long without them.
But every good thing must come to an end, right?
This turning of a page, onto the next chapter will be a great thing for us.
I do believe that.

Thursday, November 8, 2012


Last weekend I helped throw a baby shower for a fellow small group member. 
I'd never been to a morning shower, but it was so relaxing! I'd definitely vote for one of those in the future. We munched on quiche and punch & cupcakes! Anytime you can get away with eating a cupcake before 11am is a win in my book.
And she got so many cute little gifts!
I definitely feel like I'm at that point in life where everyone is either getting married or having babies! 
Funny how that happens, right? :)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

stay home

This week Kevin and I had a cozy night at home.
It involved hot tea, warm blankets, & a Christmas movie! (It's November, so I think we can get away with it :))
I am a major homebody. Look it up in the dictionary, and you'll see me with my snuggie on the couch :) But Kevin is more extroverted and would almost alway rather be out doing something with friends.
I like to think we find a nice balance.
I've taught him to enjoy a night at home & he's encouraged me to get out more often. (hah! How lame do I sound?!)

But for the extroverts out there; staying home on a cold night with a movie and someone you love is never a bad idea.
Give it a try this week!

Friday, November 2, 2012


Happy Halloween from the early 90's!
Kevin and I dressed up as Zack and Kelly from Saved by the Bell!

I thought it was a cute idea, and it took minimal effort. Kevin's shirts and my skirt came from the local thrift shop, I got the scrunchie at Claire's and everything else we already owned.
Everything that is, except for Kevin's giant cell phone.
I made that out of an old box spray painted white and a kabob stick hot glued to the top.
Pretty realistic, right? :)

Happy November!!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

they call it a vlog

I'm going out on a limb here and posting a video blog! (vlog!)
(as you can probably tell in the video- I'm terrified)
Public speaking is my worst fear, and even though that's not at all what this is; it sorta felt like it!

Anyway, bear with me and find out what my 3 things I can't get through the day without are :)


Linking up with Erin and Ashley  today!