Monday, August 31, 2015

The weekend I spent time in Lowe's before the sun rose....

I know I've said it on most Mondays... but this one holds new truth.

I'm exhausted. 

Like I felt like I needed to put in a coffee IV to get me to my drive into work.

Now that its dark & the sun doesn't join in on my drive to work, doesn't help.

I was on overload this weekend.  But, what's new.

Friday - I got home & was on a mission to get ahead of the game on wedding pictures.  It was like a time warp or something happened because I started working on pictures at 5:30 & stopped when the hubs brought home some Chuy's for dinner & then I was right back on the computer... before I knew it, it was almost midnight.  I made great progress though - edited over 120 pictures. Whew!  Go me.

But I will say, I had fun company editing because I watched "The Wedding Singer" (Can never tire of that movie) & "Housesitter" with Steve Martin & Goldie Hawn.  I forgot how funny that movie was.  Ricky & I actually saw that movie in the theaters... when I was dating someone else!!   Ricky was our friend & hung out with us.  Ricky & I laughed the entire movie through & the jerk-face I was dating thought it was dumb.  Red flag right there.  ... it all turned into a happily ever after anyways... but it was funny to watch the movie again & laugh through it.

all the high waist-ed 90's jeans in this movie is great!

All the editing had me up late & then on Saturday, the stupid alarm rings at 6am... thanks honey once again for making that groomer's appointment so early.

When you get to the store that early, you have to be buzzed in.  Because even stores know better then to open that early...

We dropped the dogs off & Ricky was excited because the only store open that early... Lowe's.... Lord, give me strength.

This was basically what I did for half of the Lowe's trip...


I found a rocking chair - even tucked under the shelves - sat in it & almost fell asleep.

With no make up on, my hair looking a hot mess, I know the Lowe's employees almost though I was a homeless person straggling in. 

I decided that I could take advantage of the early morning & no crowds & start on my FitBit step count so I got up & did basically a tired zombie walk around the aisles.

The bad thing about being in Lowe's to me - I want to change my whole house.  I went over to the kitchen area & just daydreamed... I want my kitchen to look beautiful like these... See, Ricky shouldn't bring me to these places

Kitchen dreams
Kitchen dreaming before the sun rises

& then, leave it to me to actually find something in Lowe's I need...

A car key.  Stupid car key.  I have had my car for 3 years & this whole time, I've only had 1 key.  It's a scary thing when you can't find your keys & know that's it - you have no other.  So I saw at Lowe's they actually program car keys - because you know, they just don't make "regular" car keys now.  They have to have chips programed & coded & blah blah blah.... this key cost me $90.00

Isn't she a beauty?
I wanted to cry.  Ricky kept telling me I needed it.

Later in the weekend, he was talking about looking for me a new car & trading mine in.  I said, "NO WAY - I just spent $90 on a new car key!"

After spending over an hour at Lowe's - I was ready to eat, get some iced coffee - get some pep in my step.  So we headed over to Panera.  We ate & then hung out for a bit... but then walked outside & mercy, the morning was just beautiful.  The outside seating was so nice & cool & we only had about a half hour left to wait, so Ricky said we could just hang out there... so out broke the knitting & it was the best part of the morning...


... & then the next best part of the morning came when our fur babies were done.

Harvey hates leaving his home... like the worst anxiety dog when traveling - so he was so happy to be home. I was so happy he doesn't have hair falling off of him in clumps. I told someone that my house had tumbling tumbleweeds of Harvey's hair lately.  No more.


Bruno came out looking handsome & smelling yummy.  Tangerine shampoo was the flavor of the day.

I had just enough time to edit a few more pictures before it was time to get ready & head back out the door.

Greenville had put on a concert to raise canned goods for local pantries & our friends were performing in it so Ricky & I went down to support them.  Always love hearing my friends sing!


It was even more exciting because we walk in & its pitch dark. I couldn't know it was my hand if I saw it in front of me - it was that dark... & I see someone looking at me & saying, 'Rebecca!'... & I see one of my favorite faces.  One of my girls from years past in the youth.  & look next to her & another one of the faces of one of the funniest guys I know.  I always call him my super hero partner because for some reason, I would have dreams that he & I were like a Dynamic Duo & we would save the world from terror & chaos.  Who knows.  But I just love these 2 so much.. & haven't seen them in YEARSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!   


Jordan popped in for the picture & I love it... These kids were a great part of a LOT of my years in youth ministry.  It's so crazy to me to know they are in their 20's now... one is married... the other 2 about ready to graduate college.... & me the exact same age, not changing one bit (cough cough)

After the concert we headed down with our friends to Wick's Pizza & just got to enjoy hanging out with each other...

Why I always love Carly
This picture is only one end of the table... there were equally as many pizzas going down the opposite side of the table... Pizza everywhere!

We ended up getting home late & by the time I got a shower, I was in bed past midnight.

I'm too old for this kinda of behavior.

Because we were back up early on Sunday to go to church.  We tried out a new church & met our friends so we could sit together. It was great.  Such a good message.  Loved being there with our friends.  Wonderful to see a lot of familiar faces.  We really do love Southeast Christian.  I'm not the biggest fan of a 35 minute drive to church when it used to take us literally 2 minutes.  But we are open to go wherever God leads us.

We ended up separating after church to run some errands.  We were going to meet back up for lunch but we got side tracked running into some friends at the store & talking & didn't catch up with them for lunch... but Ricky & I ended up spending a little bit of time together before I needed to head up to Henryville for some family photos.

Let me just say, I love this family.  This lady has been kicking cancer's butt for over 10 years... & for so long she's been wanting family pictures.  When you have a lot of people in a family, its a lot of schedules to get in order, but they made it work & we were able to get some beautiful pictures of this amazing family.

See that lady right there in the center front row?  You've never known someone like her - I guarantee it. She's the sweetest lady... I've never heard one unkind word come from her lips.  She had the most precious heart of anyone I know... & how she loves her family... I put on Instagram words that I feel like describes her so much to me - "she has a face of strength, courage & beauty"... that's exactly who she is to me. 

So glad to capture her beautiful family for her.

So you know what that means... the rest of Sunday was me editing pictures. 

My computer loves all the attention...
I love my computer for helping me make people happy...

& before I know it - its 10:30pm & I'm ready to fall into bed.


Exactly where we started at the beginning of this post.

How was your weekend?
Did you get some rest?
Do you have a love or hate relationship with Lowe's?

Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Favorites

 Favorite Drink Recipe

Clean Eating Pumpkin Spice Latte. You'll never need Starbucks again!

Clean Eating Pumpkin Latte
Link Right HERE

Favorite Yarn Craft

DIY Crochet Slipper Patterns {7 Free Designs}
I am so in love with these slippers - especially the grey Boat Shoes & those orange slippers with the 'strap' across them.  I may have to give these a try.
Link for patterns are right HERE

Favorite Recipe
Quinoa & White Bean Burgers


Doesn't that looks amazing?!?!?
I'd do it without the corn (yuck) but I'd probably add mushrooms!
Link right HERE

Favorite Reminder


Favorite Beauty & The Beast

21 Invaluable Life Lessons We Learned From Disney Movies

Favorite LaughVideo

 I still can't believe there IS such a thing as a website for married people to have affairs.... what is wrong with people anymore??? ...
but this video is a good little laugh about it for all the husbands that were good boys!

Favorite Funnies

Lml Megan!


Funny Pictures Of The Day – 55 Pics

oh my

... when my husband tells me I should be happy about my job even when I remind him I haven't had a raise in 8 years
... when the hubs cleans his dishes after dinner
... every night as soon as I get into bed for the night
... when I heard that WICKED was coming back to town in November & I asked the hubs if he wants to go

... me at 4:00... STAY OUT OF THE WAY!


Happy Friday Y'All!!!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thankful Thursday {Link up #34}

Thankful Thursday

"Even though we can't have all we want, we ought to be thankful we don't get what we deserve"  ~Unknown

This week I am thankful for:

... VENTI iced coffees on wedding days!!!  Nectar of energy heaven!

... Chasity & her calming self on frantic wedding days.  I laughed when about 2 hours in, I already had to ask her where my shoes were - to which I got the response, "You already lost your shoes?"... what can I say? I'm a country girl at heart. I kick off my shoes whenever I can.  Even at weddings. ... but she knew exactly where my shoes were at.

... a calm bride.  Some brides really get freaked out about little details on their wedding day.  & I always say a bride's attitude sets the tone of a wedding day... & I just can't be thankful enough for a calm bride who just rolled with the flow...

... a wonderful family at the wedding.  Both sides, bride & groom & the whole bridal party was just fantastic.  Kindness wins every time!

... Fun wedding receptions. I love when people just have fun. They don't care about whether they 'look funny' - they are just there to celebrate.  Chasity & I laughed so hard at all the people at our last wedding reception.  & by laugh, I don't mean at them, but with them. These people were just ready to celebrate & I love that so much.  Fun people are the BEST!!!

This is the father of the groom
... who was so quiet the ENTIRE day of the wedding...
making this moment even greater for us!

... GORGEOUS weather for the wedding day this past Saturday.  Couldn't have been better.  Even during the actual wedding, the sky had the lightest cloud cover making the sun not beat down on everyone.  The timing of it all, the humidity disappearing in August, it just couldn't have been ordered up any better.

... I'll take that a step further & be thankful for the weather ALL WEEK LONG!  It's been so amazingly perfect.  Cool days, even cooler nights. I heard its going to be in the 90's again soon & now I'm just bummed.  But I know Fall will be here soon enough.

... After missing my hubby all day on Saturday, I loved getting to spend time with him on Sunday getting coffee, having lunch & then going out to celebrate our friends Sunday evening.  He makes me happy.

... was able to get out at lunch & get in a few extra steps of walking in the gorgeous fresh air.

... my parents.  They have been such a good place of support & advice through everything going on with our church.  I appreciate their thoughts, wisdom & laughter in tough times.

... finally got to try the local coffee shop next to my work.  I pass it every day & found out that its like an award winning coffee place! Who knew?  Inside is VERY much the local vibe of a coffee shop - I may have to spend some of my lunches in there reading out... looking cool #hipster

... back roads. I live where there is one main highway in & out of town.  When an accident happen, or construction, its a nightmare getting home, getting to work, so while I hate the curvy, hilly path, its nice to have ways to weasel around when I have to.

... hair appointment days. I love having someone wash my hair, brush it & straighten it. I never understand how they magically can get my hair that straight.  Plus, I just love my hair dresser anyways.

... the end of the month at work. Doing bookkeeping, most of the bills come in at the first of the month & all the analytical mumbo-jumbo has to be done towards the beginning of the month for the previous month (blah blah blah is probably what a lot of you just heard).... but what that means, the last week of the month is usually slower then any other time & I love it.  A good catch up time for me.

What are you thankful for this week?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What's Up Wednesday

I can't believe we're at the last Wednesday of the month.
But we are...
So its time to link up with the ladies at What's up Wednesday to catch up
What we're eating this week...
 I am an utter failure on this this past week. 
Ricky & I have both been running in every direction - usually the opposite direction - with hospital visits & wedding rehearsals & running & grass cutting
... its been a lot of take out, warm up, grab what you can kinda meals

I can not tell you how much this applies to my life lately
What I'm reminiscing about...
  We found out yesterday that our neighbors dog had to be put down.  He had been struggling to breath for the past few months due to something with his larynx.  Something that happens to this breed (isn't that weird)... but goodness, how we loved this dog.  He was part of our little gang too... we are going to miss  him so much

Ernie is on the right...
the 3 of them are together again on that Rainbow Bridge :(

What I'm loving...
  The taste of fall!!!
Our temps have been in the 70's & low 80's!... with no humidity.
Why cant it stay like this year round?
What we've been up to...
... the easier question would be, what HAVEN'T we been up to lately?...
What I'm dreading...
the sun setting earlier.
I can already see the difference driving into work - I need my head lights & the sky only lightens up half way through my drive... & when it starts getting dark at night, I seriously get depressed. Not looking forward to it one bit.

... what I yell at the sunlight....
What I'm working on...
 I'm on editing overload now with my last wedding & photo sessions coming up the next 2 weekends. I usually don't schedule things for 2 weekends after weddings, but look at me adding more into my life.... sigh.....
my beautiful bride
What I'm excited about...
  Labor Day!!
Give me that day off work please!
.. & thank you!

What I'm watching/reading...
I had DVR'ed the Astronaut Wives Clubs & had a marathon of it the past few days & got through all the episodes. I so loved it & am sad that it is only a one season thing.
I loved the stories, the fashion, the ladies. To think it's a different time that really isn't that long ago - blows my mind.
What I'm listening to...
  Cant get enough of Steven Curtis Chapman's new song!!!!

What I'm wearing... 
I'm all about comfy dresses with flip flops/sandals for the office


What I'm doing this weekend...
 Oh gosh... ready for this?
We have a 7AM appointment to get the dogs groom. Thanks for making that appointment Mr. Hubs.  That means we have to get up at 6am... great.
& then from there, my weekend is booked.  I have all sorts of stops to make during the day, a concert Saturday night at church... a photo session on Sunday... add in the editing I need to do & yeah, I have a house I haven't cleaned in forever & a pile of laundry that is basically my height of 5'8...
yep.. .kinda just like my calendar looks
... breath... calm down...
I'll catch up on rest when I die - right?
What I'm looking forward to next month...
Enough Said!
... but I will still wear flip flops till the snow starts...
What else is new...
 I become a Beachbody Coach this past month!
Excited about it ... especially since I've used the products for about 3 years anyways.

What's your favorite back to school tradition?
  With no kids, for me, the tradition is to leave my house 5 minutes earlier to get a jump on the school bus coming down my road that makes about 15 stops in a 2 mile span. Fun tradition.