12/15/14

Tis the season

Tis the season for "decking the halls" and making our homes festive with everything that's merry and bright! But this year, I decided to keep things a little simpler.  I didn't unpack everything from the boxes stored in the attic....just my favorite things.  Instead of garlands and bows, I kept the mantle simple again this year with mostly white and silver.  


I downloaded some photos off my phone for this post, so they don't do the room justice.  But getting the camera out would just add to the long list of things I need to do, so this will have to suffice ;)


I'm still absolutely in love with the burlap stocking my mama made for me last year and the little white deer from Target were must-haves for me when we were shopping after Thanksgiving!




I found the little snow owl at a local store, Flint River Pottery.  I spotted them last year and knew I'd need some this year for my living room :)


The paper flower was a gift from a friend and I have it next to my log candle sticks on the foyer table next to the nativity scene.


I only put out a few of my nutcrackers this year.  I always like to add some of the small ones to this mirror shelf in the dining room.




More white and silver....I'm loving the brightness that white and soft blue make in my living room.  I still haven't uploaded photos of the living room redesign.....maybe I'll get to that after Christmas?


I love themed trees, but my favorite will always be one filled with beautiful ornaments as well as handmade ones and cute little child-like additions like elves and dolls :)  You can't take the kid out of me at Christmas!


I'm not done with all of my shopping, but the majority of it is done, so I don't feel stressed about it.  This is my last week of work for the month, so I'm looking forward to next week!  I plan on watching Christmas movies with Dillan, making candy for friends, and savoring every moment of the holiday with my family and church family.

My hope for you is that you will also take the time to think of the true meaning of Christmas and celebrate it with family and friends.  We must never forget that Jesus truly is the REASON FOR THE SEASON!


11/28/14

Thankful for simple pleasures


It's hard to beat making smores around a nice, warm camp fire!  And Scott got our new fire pit built just in time to start enjoying it for the holiday season.  



It's something we've talked about doing for a long time and I was so excited to see it done!  


We've got plans to add a wood swing, benches, and more "campy" lights for atmosphere.  But we're already enjoying having a special place to hang out outside with family and friends.  


We hosted our family Thanksgiving meal this year and roasting marshmallows around the camp fire was something the kids looked forward to all day long!  









It was a great day spent with family making memories for years to come.  I'm so thankful to the Lord for his blessings on us and I hope your Thanksgiving was just as special.  We all have so much to be thankful for.

11/26/14

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!

10/27/14

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 

10/19/14

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