Hawkins leaves us again

August 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

About a month ago, my good friend Hawkins left for another tour in Iraq. Hawkins will be gone for over a year which means he will miss a lot of holidays. As you know, Hawkins loves his holidays. His girlfriend wanted to send him off with something special that would help him get through the next rough year. So, she planned a surprise holidays party with all his friends. We had a slip-n-slide, a birthday cake, Christmas decor, Halloween pumpkins, fire works and a shot was had at midnight. I really miss the guy already, but through email, I get to talk to him weekly. I am just praying he comes home safe so we can continue to celebrate holidays together as a family.


it is a birthday!

August 1, 2011 § 2 Comments

You know what you should do? Head over to Katie’s and wish her a happy birthday. This girl is superfly. She is a wonderful mother (actually wonderful is an understatement), talented photographer and marvelous friend. Happy birthday lovely! You are one in a million and such a perfect addition to my family (good job ClayClay). I love you boo!

many more years to come

July 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

After almost 10 years of friendships, many concerts, one batch of awful chicken dumplings, relationship ups and downs, blood, sweat and tears, weekly bike rides, endless night adventures, skipping class, losing our cars the same week, missed phones calls, family heart-breaks and three different school chapters closed in our lives–I am proud to say this girl means the world everything to me. I cannot even fathom what life would be like without her. She knows when I need her; she knows I will be there for her at the drop of a hat. Our lives are forever intertwined. The future godmother of my children, M.O.H. and overall just my best friend is celebrating a birthday today. However, on this joyous day, there is a mountain of stress on her shoulders. Please keep her in your thoughts, prayers and celebrations tonight, because if anyone deserve it, it is her. Happy Birthday Alyson. You truly are one in a million. Love ya guuuuurrrrl.

busy, full weekend

July 6, 2011 § 3 Comments

My firm was closed on Friday, so I had a four-day weekend! I started it off with a proper bang which included a surprise for my Mister, girl time with my Katie and lots and lots of photos. I am talking 300+ pictures! Here is a little sneak peek.

This is just a sneak peek…all the edit photos Katie did are just phenomenal. The Mister seemed to be pretty pleased with his surprise. I could tell a huge difference in both my and Katie’s comfort levels in front and behind the camera since the last time we did this. The two of us were on it that day. We were outside for 3 hours in our hometown at Katie’s grandparent’s old farmhouse. It was so gorgeous. I am talking breath-taking green hills, smell of mint in fields and old, rusted-out cars. I did not realize how exhausted I was because of all the walking, posing and changing of clothes until I got home. As soon as my head hit the pillow, I was out for the count.

I took my Gma shopping Friday morning which included surprise deals at the check out counter (cannot beat that!), new pillows and lunch. My Gma is so much fun and sassy. It was really nice to have time together, just the two of us. It has been awhile since we had a girls day. That afternoon the Mister and I headed to my older brother’s friend’s house to pick up our new-to-us end tables and tv. It turns out the end tables were originally given to Tim and Kristy (Logan’s parents) free at a yard sale years ago, then they gave them to some of their friends and now we have them! So the end tables have had a total of 4 different families that we know of right now.

With the loaded car and all, we hit up Old Chicago for some dinner then made a surprise visit to Alyson. We woke her up just in time for her to cut her grass. Finally, we went to Derek and Carrie‘s house. The night was spent with music knowledge and a board game (obviously).

Saturday was spent getting things tidy around the house for a new move. However, that night was spent with the fabulous crew again. We were looking hot, possibly two sheets to the wind and practiced our back rubs on each other in the car on the way to the bar.

Sunday was all about the family cookouts for us. We went to the Mister’s first, ate way too much, had tons of laughs, admired sunburns and discussed the Mister’s cousin’s upcoming wedding. The 40 minute drive to my family’s cookout did not help the Mister and my stuffed stomach from emptying out. I honestly think I ate enough for a small army. How was your fourth? Funny enough, of all the activities the Mister and I did this weekend, we did not go to one place to watch fireworks.


June 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

Thanks Dad. Without you, I would not have an incredible work ethic, ambition beyond my years and a weird sense of humor. I love you.

picnic time

June 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

As you know, last Friday I treated my sister to the Zac Brown Band concert. The night was spent filling our stomachs up with Taco Bell, waiting in line for an hour people watching, talking about our boys, making fun of others dancing, laughing at people, watching long hair hippies play music, enjoy some good ol’ country music and make it home before midnight. The beginning of my Memorial weekend was successful.

Saturday morning was scheduled to be a photo shoot with Katie but that was pushed back because of babies being born! Instead I made pasta salad for a picnic our friends were throwing. I was jumping up and down like a little kid in a candy shop when the Judahs told me they were planning a picnic. If you recall, it was not that long ago the Mister claimed there was never a reason to picnic because we have tables. Well we had tables for this picnic, but hey we cannot win them all. I suppose it was like a compromise? He went to a picnic for me, and I ate at a table for him at the picnic…does that count as compromising? There were so many friends there I have not seen in months, so majority of the time was spent catching up, watching a friend’s cutie pie daughter (Rowan…love her name!) and eating way too much food. I think I went into a food coma that night while playing this game called HISS with Derek, Carrie and the Mister. HISS is most definitely a children’s game…there’s no shame in my game! Not to mention, Carrie and I got way too into the game and tried to skip Derek and the Mister’s turns. We might be competitive.

Like every Sunday, we had dinner with the Mister’s family. I remember eating lunch every Sunday after church with my family and loving the chance to eat out. My family stopped doing this when some of us kiddos started getting our part-time jobs, yet I still missed that time with my family. Even now, all of my siblings schedules are so different or hectic, we have a hard time just getting together on the holidays. Sunday dinners with the Mister’s family gives me a sense of family stability that I miss in my own family because our lives are so busy. I am not saying my family would not be there for me in a heart beat if I needed them; it is just nice to have a sit down, big family meal once a week. It gives me the undying love and acceptance I need to make it through to the next week. I am so blessed to have a family of my own that is so loving as well as the Mister’s family.

Anywho, did not mean to completely change the happy-go-lucky tone there…on Monday, it was off to the track! Derek called the Mister and I in the early morning (truthfully, it was 1030am…we are not morning people) to wake us up and see if we were willing to go to the horse track with him. We decided it was not a bad idea to get out of the house and enjoy the weather on our day off. We got to the track in the early afternoon, said hello to Carrie in her office, had a few beers, people watched again (I love it!) and place a few bets. The Mister and I are not gamblers by any means; so we did not place any bets. However, it is still fun to go enjoy something different. Plus, it is always nice to have free entertainment. The weekend came to an end with a BBQ at Derek’s, some HISS at my house and then an early bed time. All in all, I had a fantastic weekend.

zac brown band

May 28, 2011 § 2 Comments

For my sister’s 21st, I decided to go all out for her. I got her (and myself) a ticket to see the Zac Brown Band in concert. I was really excited to just have a sister night were we could catch up, talking about our men and just get things off our chests all while listening to some laid back music. I do not know much about Zac Brown Band besides their song “Toes,” but I was thrilled when they began to play. (I cannot really say the same about their opening act Blackberry Smoke. They were just a little too Southern Rock for me.) To say that I saw some of the best musicians I have seen in years last night would be an understatement. Their fiddler player was phenomenal. I have never seen a fiddle played with such diversity. From classical to folk to playing the instrument like a guitar…it was amazing.

“Chicken Fried” reminds me of my hometown more than any of his other songs. It was a really good concert. My favorite part had to be the end when Blackberry Smoke and Zac Brown Band came on stage together and sang Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.” Oh it was so good. I think everyone needs to try and listen to a Zac Brown Band song. Their music is perfect for summertime fishing.

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