I'll let you know how it looks come July!
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
She was such a loyal and loving friend through college. There were some pretty complicated times for me and when other people were turning their backs on me, Raven was always and honest and reliable friend. I can't wait to see her marry long time beau, John, in June.
"If the grass looks greener on the other side,
water your own grass."
I think this is wonderful. The root of this quote is NOT about keeping up with the Jones' or constantly trying to compete with your friends. It is simply about focusing more on your own self improvement and enhancing your own life for your self and others you love and not worrying about the other "grass."
This quote spoke to me because I have been catching myself overly green with envy in recent weeks...it's an embarrassing story (or couple of stories) so I won't share but I will say that instead of being ugly and jealous, I have opted to water my own grass :-)
I've already shared that Coach and I live in a shoebox. It's a comfortable, almost stylish shoebox, but a shoebox no less. I have had the same decor in the living room for 3 years and most of it was collected through 2nd hand means. This is who I am- a collector or eclectic items I love. And garage sale-ing was SO fun for me. BUT! I am a grown up now, with a real job and soon I will have a husband. This means I'm old- I think it's time to redecorate. It's time for new items, a new look. I love my shoebox and I love its feel but rather than longing for a big place that we don't need, I'm going to spend my summer redecorating!
Here are a few photos of living rooms I'm in love with! What do you think?
Some of the items in this room look similar to our current LR. The standing lamp stand, the couch and a few chairs filling the room. I also really like the multi art on the wall and the pattern on the rug!
This room is fabulous! I love the color and the how warm it feels and I really love that it's small like our LR!
I love the cool blue colors in this room. I have neutral couches so I think that azure blue might be perfect at our place!
Love & Peace!
Friday, May 20, 2011
(Do you see that bug down there? I'm going to need to stalk it and smash it with my paw.)
(What are these "snow days" you speak of?)
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
I have not posted ANY pictures of my ring on Facebook because I have 1,500 "friends" only about 30 of whom are my actual friends. So not only do I believe that diamond ring FB posts are NOT obligatory, I believe that they are also tacky. However, considering the only readers of my blog are my BFF's, family (who have already seen my ring in person) & my followers who I have never actually met, I will this ONE TIME post a photo of my lovely little engagement ring :-)
In other news, I have really superb friends. I mean truly stellar. They have come to recognize and appreciate my absolute OBSESSION with my own birthday. This very self-absorbed interest is one of my very, very worst qualities and yet they love me not only in spite of it but also because of it. And for that, I love them more than they could ever know.
It was so much fun to drink Lillies and eat Bourbon balls with 3 of my dear sweet friends and their men.
Sara, Diane, Staci & Me. (Please pardon my porker physique, I'm working on that!)
LOVE & PEACE
Monday, May 2, 2011
The years post grad have been really great. At WKU my birthday ALWAYS fell in the middle of finals week so if I wasn't taking a MATH final on my birthday, I was studying for one- yuck. And now that college is over, I can enjoy a week with NO studying and NO tests.
As a child my parents did a GREAT job with birthdays. On my 9th birthday I had a softball game but 5 of my friends got to come along, have dinner with my family, and then come back to the house for a sleepover. My birthday party in 7th grade was pretty fun too, it had a Hawaiian theme and I remember lots of swimming in my parents pool. My 18th birthday was a DREAM. I was getting ready to move away to college and so I had 10 of my closest life long friends for a tea party at the Tampa Palms Country Club. Last year for 23, Coach and I went on our first couples vacation with my best friend and her husband, who we absolutely LOVE. We spent a couple of low key, super fun days in Clearwater- it was a blast.
(The BFF/my big sister in KD & her cute hubs)
But by far, the best birthday was 21. My Dad was coming up to take me to the Derby with my Sister and my Best Friend (Same BF mentioned above just pre-marriage). I had a dress and a hat and I got to go to Derby for the first time ever. I can remember the entire day like it just happened. (My sister, Me, and Staci at Derby!)
(My sweet Dad with his daughters.)
This year our plans are pretty simple but really good :-) Coach got me a MASSAGE! I mean, hello?? BEST GIFT EVER! I'm taking half of a personal day on Friday so that I can experience my brithday AWAY from a classroom full of kids. Then for dinner we're going to Mariah's because my favorite thing on the planet is Shrimp and Grits from that fabulous place. And then 2 of my favorite people from School and my best friend from college and their men are meeting us for drinks at 44o later that night! I am so excited I can hardly stand it.
To wrap things up I thought I would share a little birthday wish list with you all:
1. PEACE in the middle east and all around the world.
2. Wisdom for our nation's leaders.
3. Sunshine and NO flooding in SOKY.
4. Good teaching jobs for the coach and me in the fall (LOTS of budget cuts this year.)
5. As much time with my family as possible.
6. Effortless wedding planning.
7. Health and Happiness for EVERYONE.Love and Peace.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Be here is my opinion (I'm in a bad mood- readers beware) :
1. Wedding dress shopping is hard if you are any larger than a size 6...maybe 8 on a good day.
2. Still on the subjects of weddings- there can never be enough coverage of Princess/Duchess/Lady Catherine a.k.a Kate Middleton's fashion choices. She inspires me to take spinning, eat more salad and dress better, even when I'm going to the store.
3. School should have ended this past Friday. No one wants to go back tomorrow, the kids are ready for Summer, I am ready for summer and state testing makes us all very tired.
4. Beds should make themselves.
5. Weekends should be longer.
I'm really not in a completely foul mood however, as the weekend draws to a close I feel more and more disgruntled.
Love & Peace.
I'll be happier tomorrow, promise.