What's goin' on?

I know it seems like I've fallen off the face of the earth.  But I'm still here!    I just took a little break from blogging to get recharged and get my creative juices flowing again.  And believe me...it's hard! My mind is still consumed with all I'm learning for my new job.  It's hard to concentrate on anything else right now.  The perfectionist in me has been a little stressed trying to know everything way too soon.

I'm sure there's alot that's gone on, but I'll just use some pics from my iphone to summarize life around these parts lately :)  With Thanksgiving tomorrow and Christmas coming up, there will be so much to blog about....got to get caught up!

Patriot Homecoming

Y'all know I love me some high school football!  It's been another hard year for our young team, but I've enjoyed it nevertheless.

The Homecoming game is always alot of fun!  We were especially proud of our pastor's daughter, Mallory for making the court.  She's such a sweet, talented young lady.  She not only represents her school well, but she represents Christ well.

Doesn't she and her dad look awesome?!  And we won the game, so Yay!!!!

The "100 Mile Peanut Pickin Yard Sale"

Scott and I went to our first "100 Mile Peanut Pickin' Yard Sale".  It's nothing compared to "Peaches to the Beaches", but we enjoyed our day together.  We picked up a few things and I was excited to find this small file cabinet for my office area.  Only paid $25.00 for it!  You'll see a picture of it later after it was sprayed and put in its place.

We celebrated my Pepapa's 90th Birthday in October.  

Every year that we have him in our lives means so much to us.  He has been such a huge influence on our family's faith in God and I can't imagine life without him in it.  I hope God blesses us with many more years with him.

I think this is the first time in a long time that me and all of my sisters have been there to celebrate it with him.  That made it even more special :)

Lucy goes to ATL and Phantom of the Opera

Lucy went on her first trip to Atlanta to see her brother in October.  She's not a fan of riding, so it's always a challenge to travel that far.  But we made it....thanks to her anxiety meds!

Dillan lives in the middle of downtown Atlanta, so a nearby park was the closest place to potty.  Lucy didn't know what to think about all the traffic, but she liked the park alot.

The main purpose of the trip was to go see "Phantom of the Opera" at The Fox Theatre.  We had wanted to go for a long time and finally got around to purchasing tickets.  Y'all, it was so good!

While there, we also found a little time to go thrifting.  I've been collecting things to do a gallery wall in our newly decorated living room and found just the right stuff to finish it!  Pictures will be up soon.

The fun thing about a gallery wall is the eclectic mix of things you love...even things you may not think could go together.  I really liked these two blue hand painted pieces.  I thought it was neat that they found there way to Atlanta, Georgia all the way from Fall River, WI! And they look great with the other pieces on the wall!

Our high school softball team had a great season this year.  They were Region Champions and earned the right to play in the state playoffs.  

My niece, Autumn is on the team.  She is one of their pitchers and also plays left field.  I always enjoy when I get a chance to watch her or her younger sister play. I'm so proud of her and her team mates.  They were State Runner-Up!  Way to go, Lady Patriots!

Autum pitching

Halloween was on Friday night this year.  But it wasn't just any Friday night.  It was Football Friday Night!

Me & Shaana

We're big football fans and love to wear our school colors.  So when Halloween and Friday Night Football collide, we celebrate BIG!

Since the game was at home that night, our little town did trick-or-treating on Thursday night.  I don't have a little one to take, but I enjoy going with the younger kids in our family.  

Speaking of football, it's been another fun year watching our Nick Marshall lead his Auburn Tigers on the field!

There are alot of Auburn fans in Scott's family, so we recently celebrated a birthday and Auburn win all in one night.  So much fun!

Well, there's probably more I could talk about, but that's the highlights.  I'll try to get back to a more normal posting schedule.  Lord knows, I hate it when I have to play "catch up".  I always feel like I'm leaving out something important.  I want this blog to not only be a creative space for me, but a place where family memories are recorded for future generations.

I hope this will be a place where my son can go when he's feeling a little home sick and get a taste of home and be reminded of how much I love him and how proud I am of him.  Speaking of Dillan, I can't go without showing you a couple of his latest modeling pics.......

He continues to stay busy working on his acting career also.  He's worked regularly on the set of the hit show, "The Originals" and got a call-back for a part he auditioned for in a movie to be filmed next summer.

We don't get to see him nearly enough, but thankfully he's home for the Thanksgiving holiday!  I'm hosting this year, so we'll have the whole family here for lunch tomorrow and leftovers and burgers for supper.  We'll also be enjoying some Black Friday shopping this Friday.  

I'm so thankful for all that God's blessed me with, but most of all, I'm thankful for my salvation and the family that he blessed me with.  I hope each of you have a great day tomorrow with family and friends.  And remember, if you know someone who is lonely or hurting, take the time to be a blessing to them tomorrow as well.

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!


31 Days of Learning to Work from Home: What I've Learned

If you've been following along on this 31 Day Writing Challenge, you already know I fell behind once again on my daily posts.  Y'all, it's just been too hard to keep up with everything else going on.  

I went a little over half way, (well, maybe not since I combined several days..lol) so at least I was able to share some of what I've been trying to learn during this process.  But instead of giving it just half my effort, I decided to end my challenge early and work on one or two posts to share some high lights and my favorite things about working from home.  

So I'll be back in a few days with a final post or two and some pictures that I hope will inspire you if you are also hoping to be able to work from home successfully.  I can honestly tell you that I am loving it so much!  Sometimes it takes working at something a while to know what you really need and to know what will work best for you.  I think I'm at that point now, so I'm really looking forward to having everything in place and a schedule that works best for me and my family.

Until then, let's all keep on keeping on.  Whether we work from home or away, we have a big responsibility as moms and wives.  Let's build each other up and encourage one another along the way.  

Love y'all!

This is the last post of my 31 Day Writing Challenge 


31 Days of Learning to Work from Home {Day 17}: Being Available

When you're able to work from home, you don't have to worry about asking your boss to take off when you need to.  Maybe where you work, it's not a problem for you.  But over the years, I've worked in places where it seemed like being off work was frowned on unless there was severe sickness or death in the mix.

It's nice to know that I have the freedom to make my own schedule.  As long as I get my work done, it's up to me when and how I accomplish that.  So far, I've been able to be off work every Friday.  Scott's also off on Friday's, so it's been nice being able to hang out with him before we head to our regular football Friday night games.  And this week, I'm going to take my mom to her doctor appointment out of town.

So working from home will definitely allow me to be available to my family when and where needed.  I think that's a great perk!

This is Day 17 of 31 Days of Learning to Work from Home 

31 Days of Learning to Work from Home {Day 16}: Feathering My Nest

I love a clean, well organized home.  But what I love even more is putting those final touches on a room.  I love to piddle around the house, feathering my nest as I go from room to room.  I'm always tweaking things and swapping it up.  I don't think a room is ever completely done.  

You need good bones to a room and it needs to be functional, but it's the little things that really make a room speak for itself.  It's the little ways we feather our nests that give our homes personality.

My home is an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary with some retro elements.  I love to decorate each and every room ....and I've learned to do it on a budget.  

I'm a lucky girl to have a husband that enjoys thrifting, DIYing, and antiquing.  We save alot of money by doing this and have had so much fun in the process.  We do trips like "Peaches to the Beaches" and the recent "100 Mile Peanut Pickin' Yard Sale".

I'm always on the lookout for unique finds and conversation pieces.  Flea markets and yard sales are an excellent place for this and I highly recommend them.   

Because I'm now working from home, I'm looking forward to having the extra time to feather my nest.  Especially now that we've made some major changes and purchases lately.  Pics coming soon!


31 Days of Learning to Work from Home {Day 15}: Keeping it Clean

I believe there are many things that I am going to enjoy about working from home.  For one, I think the sheer fact of actually being home more will make it easier to keep up with regular housework. There's nothing worse than working all week on your paying job and then having to spend your entire Saturday cleaning house.  There are so many other things we all want to do and enjoy on the weekends.....house cleaning is not one of them.  At least not for this gal.

Over the years, I've used different cleaning schedules to try to get everything done in a more consistent way.  Even if the entire house is not spotless, just knowing that none of it is a complete wreck always makes me feel better.

The problem with these cleaning schedules is that when you work outside the home 40 hours a week, you're too tired to have to clean something that evening when you get home.  Having a family complicates that even more.

So now that I'm learning to work from home, I've been thinking about doing another cleaning schedule so that the house work still can't pile up.  But I know I need to pace myself and make sure I don't spend so much time with cleaning that I neglect other things every day.

I recently found another blog that has so much helpful information for Living Well Spending Less. And isn't that what we all want to do?  We want to help provide for our families and give them all they need and some of what they want.  We also want to have well kept homes - and we need to do all of these tasks without breaking the bank.

Living Well Spending Less is full of great household tips, easy recipes, easy DIY, and so much more. I recently found a cleaning schedule that I like more than any I've seen or created before.
I think this master list will be an excellent starting point for me to get a handle on all the household cleaning that needs to be done regularly.

I also love that there are monthly, quarter, and yearly reminders of things that should and need to be done.  So, go on over and check out Living Well Spending Less and let her help get you more organized in your household cleaning.  Whether you work from home or away from home, it all needs to get done anyway.  Why not be more organized about it and feel good about having everything taken care of?

Now that I think I've got a handle on my new job responsibilities, I'm ready to tackle this and keep my house in shape.  I'll let you know how it goes.

Happy cleaning, y'all!


31 Days of Learning to Work from Home {Day 14}: Lazy Days

I don't know how the weather was today where you live, but in my part of the world, today would have been a good day to be lazy at home!  It would have been a good day for footie pajamas!

No...I don't actually have any.  And I didn't even stay home today, but when you work from home, you have that as an option on rainy, dreary days like today.

We had severe weather alerts for most of central Georgia, so had I not had an important meeting scheduled, I would have most definitely enjoyed doing all of my work from home today.  

Luckily, the weather improved while I was out, but I'm seriously thinking about getting some of these for this winter [hee hee].  They say it's gonna be another cold one, so a girl needs to be prepared, right?  

And while we're talking about lazy days, I have to say, it's been nice sleeping until 7:00 every morning since I started "working from home".  That's late for me, and I'm sure I won't do it indefinitely, but Scott's had some different work hours the last few weeks and hasn't had to be at work until 9:00.  So why should I get out of bed when I can snuggle up with him for a little longer? :)


31 Days of Learning to Work from Home {Days 6-13}: Permission to let things go

So.  I guess you've already noticed that I've not been posting everyday in October for this series.  I've been very disappointed in myself for not doing so, but I finally decided it's ok to give myself permission to let some things go.  Even good things.

Although I'm technically working from home as of October 1st, I'm having to go through a training period to learn my job responsibilities.  This training has required me to be away from home sporadically the last couple of weeks.  And when I have been at home, I've been so bogged down with work and learning my job that I just couldn't seem to get everything on my to-do list done.

Blogging is not the only thing that I've been absent from.  You should see my house!  That's why today I made my top priority to get my house clean and back in order.  

The last two weeks have been a struggle just keeping things picked up.  I've not cooked every night...or exercised at all :(  And my devotion times still aren't what I'm shooting for.  But I'm done beating myself up about it.  Sometimes when you are leaning something new or you have a major change in your life, you have to give yourself time to get your footing.  

I've been so tired at night that I've fallen asleep at the drop of a hat.  But it's a good tired.  I'm really going to love being a support coordinator.  And although I'm having to travel a good bit this month, it's not the norm.  So I expect things to calm down soon.  As a matter of fact, I can already tell that I won't know how to act in November and December when I'm really able to be home most of the time.  
I'm looking forward to getting this "working from home' thing down pat.  And I'm looking forward to sharing the things I learn as well as some projects here around the house to help make working from home even easier.  

So, I hope you'll stop back by for a visit.    And by the way, I'm so excited about how my little office area is turning out!  I'll be done soon and share a few pictures with you :)