"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you oh Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. " Psalm 19:14

Thursday, March 6, 2014

"Sistas" Weekend

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This past weekend Jessica and I made the drive from Fairhope to Jackson for a sistas weekend. It was a whirlwind trip and we had a BLAST! The icing on the cake- we were reunited with our Bellie girl!!!

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Gosh... I miss her so much and it was getting to be that time where even the pics and videos don't justify time away from her spunky little self. 

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Of course, Jules had the fridge stocked with all different juices and sparkling beverages {our fave} and the shelves filled with cute snacks in pretty packaging... I think it makes them taste better for sure.

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To start off our Saturday we celebrated Haley {our sweet friend/chi o sister/cousin-by-marriage} at her boho baby shower brunch.  We can't WAIT to meet little Miss Liza come May!

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The decorations were straight out of Anthro and the cute little brunch bites were delicious.  

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Jackson has arrived... they have a Whole Foods now! I'm not a big salad eater usually, but their salad bar made me change my mind for a day.

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The entire rest of the day we perused antique shops and outdoor malls... We were literally shopping until Jess and I started dropping... Mine was probably low blood sugar and she was still worn out from working the day before... Julie noticed we were starting to "fade" around 8pm for heaven's sake and she quickly opened up the mini fridge at Home Goods and handed us both liter Coke's and made us chug 'em... HA! After that we were ridiculously hyper good to go for a few more hours. CHEERS!

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Sunday we rested and spent some quality time with Belle... and Mom spent the day with us too.

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We cleaned and organized Julie's apartment and I just had to take some pictures.

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I love all of the character and charm of old homes. Julie would say her little apt is still a work in progress as far as window treatments, furniture, putting pictures in picture frames and all of that goes... but it's adorable as is if you ask me! 

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I'd say Julie and Belle's little abode fits them to a "T". 

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It was such a fun whirlwind of a weekend. Julie and Belle were the "hostesses with the mostest" and Belle simply refused that we leave her!

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Have I mentioned how much I love having sisters and being the oldest ?... I know that no matter who comes and goes in my life I will always have three best friends {including mom!}. And as you can probably tell, there is never a dull moment... like EVER!

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Happy Thursday readers!

Friday, February 14, 2014

I heart February

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With our anniversary on the 7th and Valentines the week after, February is always one of my favorite months... you know, because there are a couple of good excuses to have a celebration.

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It's always nice to justify a little staycation at the beach with friends, the spa and fabulous food when you can say you're celebrating your anniversary AND Valentines! The past few weeks it has seemed as though our schedules have been totally opposite and the "quality time" has been lacking. Spending the entire weekend together was so refreshing.

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We woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed our first morning and whisked back the curtains to this lovely view. The second most lovely view was the basket of beignets we ate for breakfast.

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Our cool friends Courtney and Clay celebrated with us.

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We ate a fabulous dinner at Fisher's. If you are in the area and want a nice gourmet meal with a great atmosphere, make a reservation please. Courtney and I were drooling over the design and decor.

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Broiled oysters for an appetizer, flounder for Aaron and swordfish for me... creme brulee for desert... It was divine!

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The weather was even warm enough to lay out by the pool {out of the wind of course}... You would have never known there was snow and ice just a few hours away. I have enjoyed this cold, cozy winter but this weekend gave me the itch for spring to come.

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As for Valentines... The loverboy and I are enjoying a hot-n-ready, homemade valentine cookies and the Olympics... and I'm blogging.

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Happy Valentines readers!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Making Lemonade

It has been five whole years since my favorite day ever.

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Five years ago, I had not given much thought to what our future might hold, and honestly, I really didn't care... as long as we could do life together. 

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Well it is five years later and we have called five different states "home", traveled to and through 28 different states and two countries, underwent and rehabbed through three surgeries, made new lifelong friends, made two career changes and discovered new talents and hobbies. I get a little overwhelmed when I start reminiscing about where life has taken us and all of the changes we have been through. 

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know a little about the struggle we went through with Aaron's arm {a.k.a. his livelihood} and then having to re-evaluate what we both wanted to do with our lives... and when I say we "discovered new talents" above, one of them became making lemonade out of lemons. What I've learned is that my homemade lemonade is only as sweet as my perspective is. Receiving bad news about his shoulder, living in a hotel for a month, not having a place to call our own, not being able to see our friends and family half the year, working towards a BSN in only twelve months, Calculus III, yada yada yada... were just a few of the "lemons" {a.k.a. reality}... but the "sugar-y perspective" was realizing we had the opportunity to travel and explore America, make new and lasting friendships, discover a passion for nursing and a knack for engineering, and make so many MEMORIES that we will always cherish

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The one {and only} thing that has remained constant through all of the ups and downs, changes, whirlwinds, mountain tops and valleys is that God is faithful. As I reflect back, I see God's blessings on us even in the hardest of times. He gave us a strong support system of friends and family back home and also in each new "home" we made... He kept us safe and protected in all of our travels. He blessed us financially so that we could be together year round and never have to say those awful long goodbyes... I am truly overwhelmed with thankfulness for the last five years.

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Aaron, my home is wherever you are. You are my very best friend and no one makes me laugh as much as you do. Might I add, that at times you make me so mad I could spit. Thank you for loving me in spite of my shortcomings, as they are many. And might I add, you have a few yourself ;) I love you more than anyone in the world. You are my favorite. Here's to many more years of life together! 
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