Throwback Thursday Stories

This Throwback Thursday isn’t THAT old. But I don’t have any really old pictures on my computer right now, so this will have to do for now.

This picture is from senior year of college, round 1. Jami, Pease, and I were inseparable Senior year. It was taken after round 2 of recruitment, house tours. I was in charge of that round, Pease was the president of the sorority and Jami was VP of Member Development (I think). I bet we have over 50 pictures together from that year.

Pease hates it when you “crowd her face,” so Jami and I would give each other a look right before we took the picture and go for it. Of course, we thought it was the most hilarious thing ever.

Senior year of college is one of my favorite times of my life. We had so many good and fun memories that year. I could tell a million stories- from hanging out with Kathleen in my room between classes to Pease and Sarah Kate playing my Wii at night to our year-long bar crawl. It’s hard to believe that this August we will have all known each other 9 years. I wouldn’t trade these memories for anything.

Our Easter

Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful day for Easter. It warmed up, the sky was clear blue and the flowers were in bloom. The perfect day to celebrate our Risen Savior. Our church had four different service options- sunrise, 8:15, 9:30 and 11:15. Typically, Ryan and I are 8:45ers, but that extra 30 minutes was a deal-breaker. I think the 9:30 service was the way to go.

The flowers in the church were absolutely stunning. It looked like a wedding.

The sermon may have been the best I’ve heard from our preacher. He talked about how we go through difficult times, but God does his best work in the dark. It is easier to appreciate the good news when you look back on the journey. Life and this world kills our dreams, but God brings them back to life. This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately- the hard times are when I feel closest to God. (At this point in my life, I’ve never been through anything particularly difficult, that being said.) However, I don’t want that to be true. I want to feel close to God always. So, I’m working on taking some steps to get there.

After the service, we went outside to try to get a picture next to the Living Cross. This is one of my favorite Easter traditions.

The crowd of people around it was kinda crazy, but we eventually made our way up there and snagged a picture. It might be my new favorite of us. I was a little worried about my hair because the wind was blowing, but I think it looks pretty good.

After church, we went to Pete’s parents’ house for linner. It was delicious as always. Then we came home and I finished Divergent (um, why the heck did I wait so long to read this???) and watched The Amazing Race. A good Easter Sunday, I have to say.

Where, O Death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!

Thankful Friday: Good Friday Edition

Thankful Friday doesn’t quite have the same ring as Thankful Thursday. But I’m going with it. Only a month after I did the first one, here I am again.

1. Today is Good Friday. So it only makes sense that I would begin my thankful post with being thankful for Jesus and his love, compassion, and sacrifice for us all. One of my favorite quotes is from Barbara Johnson, “We are an Easter people living in a Good Friday world.” Amen and Amen.

2. Friends that have known me for a long time. Ryan and I have made a lot of new friends lately through our Sunday School class. We have both really enjoyed it and have loved getting to know everyone. But we had dinner with Cris and Marc last night, both of whom I have known since middle school, and there is something so nice about people that already know your history. And I know that takes time and those friendships will develop. But those people that knew and loved me through those awkward middle school years are extra precious.

3. My mom’s extended family. She has a HUGE family and one of her cousins passed away from cancer a few years ago this week. So there has been a lot of nostalgia going on over on Facebook. It has brought up a lot of good memories and reminded me of old stories and I’ve heard a few new ones. I love being a part of this family that loves to be with each other.

4. This one is a struggle, but I am thankful for pollen. Yes, it makes my nose runny, but it is also the reason everything is so green and beautiful around here, so I’ll take that trade-off.

5. My parents- I randomly got to see them on Monday and I am so thankful for how selfless and giving they are to me and to everyone around us. Plus, I got to eat stew and that is one of my favorite meals EVER.

An Apartment Tour

A few weeks ago I realized I had never done a full apartment tour, so I snapped a few pics and thought I’d share them. This is our apartment in its “natural state.” It’s on the messier side of clean in these pictures but real life is always more interesting than perfection. No one is going to pin these on Pinterest, but hopefully our kids will look back and see this tiny little apartment we shared for the first year of our marriage.

This is our entry way. We left all of the Christmas cards we got up. I love looking at them and seeing our friends and family looking back at us. There’s a tiny closet that has coats and other random stuff stuffed in it.

I received this Georgia painting for my high school graduation and it has hung in the entry of every place I’ve lived since then, minus my parents’ house. The squirrel is one of my favorites. I learned from my mom to keep my keys hanging by the door and you’ll always know where to find them. However, I should have left room for another hook for Ryan. Oh, well. We share.

Our Georgia gallery wall. A plate we got as a wedding gift from Ryan’s old boss, a picture of Knowshon and Brandon Boykin, a print of the Arch, a poster I got for Christmas several years ago from the 80s with lots of cool people in it- The Beatles, Statue of Liberty, all the sororities and fraternities, etc, a drawing from Kylie to Ryan by the guy that doesn’t have hands downtown and draws with his mouth, a small print of lyrics from “Georgia”I got from Chance for Christmas one year and the sheet music for the fight song from Aunt Suzan for my 21st birthday.

Our kitchen. It is definitely a “one butt” kitchen. I will be so thankful when we can have all of our appliances in easy reach!

I will also be thankful when I don’t have to keep cookie sheets and skillets in the oven and I can just turn it on without hauling stuff out of it first.

Another squirrel picture and a blue and white platter. My love of blue and white is at an all time high.

I love having this bulletin board above the sink. We have pictures of our Compassion kids and different Bible verses. I love looking at them while I’m washing the dishes. Maybe it gives me a better attitude about it? I also have our calender and meal plan up on the fridge. It makes it easy to access and know what we have going on. Also, if you squint really closely, you can see the Dawn dispenser I bought. Let me just tell you. Being able to pump the soap out instead of having to turn the bottle upside down is such a life saver. Not really, but you know what I’m saying. Also, so much prettier than the Dawn bottle.

Our fridge is covered in save the dates, wedding invites, baby announcements and a picture of some of my cousins. But only on the freezer portion because the magnets don’t stick very well and they slide down.

Our living room. The sofa is one Mam bought at the Habitat for Humanity store and I gave her a hard time about it, but it is so comfortable that Chance and I are now fighting over it. The Lay-Z-Boy was bought by my parents when I was a baby and Ryan has now taken it over.

The dining table is from Ikea and we never sit at it because it’s usually covered with stuff. I painted the base and bought stain for the top, but I haven’t gotten around to actually staining it. Dave Matthews posters because I am a good wife and let Ryan keep them in the living room. (But they will be sent to the office or basement when we have a house.) The prints over the sofa are a Picasso that I bought freshman year of college and still love and the circle hung in the half-bath of my parents house for years until Mama changed things up and I stole it. The coffee table is from Mimi and Papa’s and it’s too tall to really be a coffee table.

Oh, man. Things look so much more chaotic in pictures than in real life. This is Ryan’s “pitiful” March Madness set-up. The red buffet I had painted and the bookcase is from Mimi and Papa’s. When the guys moved it into the apartment, they were super careful with it because they thought Papa had made it. He was more function than form, however.

Hopefully, this picture can give you an idea of the layout of the apartment as a whole. This is the view if you are sitting on the sofa. Kitchen to the right, bathroom and the bedroom is on the opposite side of the wall with the bookshelf and buffet.

Another picture to give you an idea of the layout.

The bedroom is pretty dang tiny, but it works for us. And yes, we sleep in a double bed. It’s funny because at my parents’ house we sleep in a queen and Ryan seems so far away! The sconces have been awesome because they don’t take up any room on our tiny nightstands. Plus, I love that they add some color and interest.

I love having all of these windows in our room. It helps me wake up in the morning. And I need all the help I can get in that department. The date art is from Ryan’s brother Michael and his wife Christie for our wedding. I love it.

I’m very hesitant to add this picture. But, this is real life. This is our closet. And yes, it is kind of a mess, but it works for us. Obviously, it could be bigger, but I guess we could both get rid of a ton of clothes and other stuff. But neither of us really have that much stuff.

Tiny, but efficient bathroom. Our dream bathroom will have two sinks, but it works because we don’t ever really get ready at the same time except for Sundays.

These are the lyrics to one of our favorite songs, written by the singer/songwriter. Yes, it’s kinda weird to have the lyrics of a song call “My Favorite Place” in the bathroom. Ryan gave me this for Christmas a few years ago.

Shower curtain from college. I still love it, but it doesn’t really work any more. I wonder if I can pick out the monogram and have it re-done.

It feels a little weird to end this on the bathroom. But, that is the end. This is the most picture-filled post I’ve had in a long time. But hopefully this gave you a good idea of our first little home. It’s ours and I love it.




Top 5 Bookish Things I “Need”

1. A bigger bookshelf. My poor books are stacked 2 deep and high, spilling onto the floor. I’m in desperate need for more places to put them, although we just don’t have room in the apartment. I guess I could stop buying books, but we all know that’s not going to happen.

Really, I would adore a wall of built-ins like this. This is dream house status right here.

2. A turquoise parrot lamp. I mean, you totally need light to read by. So why wouldn’t you do it next to this AMAZING parrot lamp, right? Although most of my time may be spent staring at this light instead of actually reading.

3. Moaning Myrtle toilet decal- I know Ryan is looking at this and wondering who the heck Moaning Myrtle is. But let’s be real. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you want this. It might not go on your main level powder bathroom, but in the basement or playroom? Done and done.

4. Ribbon bookmark- I don’t typically use a formal bookmark, usually just whatever receipt or piece of paper is laying around nearby. But this little ribbon bookmark is genius and would take all of 5 minutes to make. Plus, I probably already have all of the supplies handy.

5. Big books print. I first saw a print like this on Edie’s bookshelf. How can that not make you happy?

I’m linking up with The Broke and The Bookish today for their Top 10 Tuesday. Even though I only did a Top 5.

Weekend Recap: As Perfect as It Gets

I’m not sure that this weekend could have been much better. Friends, relaxing, food, and animals.

Saturday night, we had dinner at Pease and Ross’s. The weather has been gorgeous lately and we hung out outside, throwing the ball with Sheldon. Ryan and Ross would throw it back and forth and Shelly just could not resist chasing it. We grilled chicken for dinner and had caprese salad, bean salad and corn. It was delicious. After dinner, we watched the Braves and played with Sheldon on the sofa. He loves to be with his people and thinks he still weighs 10 pounds.

Yesterday was Palm Sunday at church. Ryan and I went to early church and ran into Sarah on the way in and sat with her. At Sunday School, we learned that there was going to be a donkey at late church. I agreed with [a different] Sarah when she said they didn’t even have that in the small town she grew up in and we didn’t either. I guess donkeys are more of a novelty in Atlanta than they are in rural Georgia and Alabama. We did see it walking in to church though.

We ate lunch at Willys and came home and I took a nap while Ryan watched the Masters. I woke up in time to see Bubba win his second green jacket. I don’t love to watch golf, but I do love to watch the Masters on Sunday. Augusta National is one of the most beautiful places on earth and I love that it’s in Georgia.

For dinner, I experimented with banana pancakes. Shauna Niequist posted them on her instagram a few days ago, so I decided we should try them out. They couldn’t be easier- mash 2 ripe bananas and mix them with 4 eggs, then cook like regular pancakes. Ryan and I both really liked them and we’ll probably have them again soon. Easy, healthy and yummy. Next time, I will probably add a bit of cinnamon.

After dinner, Ryan and I went for a walk. It’s a little sad how out of shape I am, but it was nice being outside and talking with no distractions. After our walk, we watched The Amazing Race, which is one of the best shows on TV. Our least favorite team got kicked off, so at this point, we don’t care who wins. But I do still have some teams that I like better than others. :)

All in all, a great weekend!

Monday, Monday

There are times that I look down and see my engagement and wedding ring and think, “Surely I’m not old enough or mature enough to be able to be MARRIED.” But, bizarrely enough, I am. Less than a month until our 1 year anniversary. Time flies when you’re having fun.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in Australia for the next three weeks. I’m so excited for daily updates and multiple wardrobe changes a day. The Queen has ordered some changes to Kate’s wardrobe, which I’m worried means lots of below the knee dresses given her love of the short skirt. Personally, I prefer dresses above the knee, because I think they look more youthful. BUT, she has also told her she needs to wear some flashier jewelry, which I am 1000% for. You’re the future Queen of England. You have it at your disposal. WEAR IT! I love that she wears Zara and Topshop everyday and to less formal events, but when it’s black tie, bring on the bling! No black tie events this trip, but I do think we will see some more impressive jewels.

And gosh, the cheeks on that baby are adorable. Such a sweet little family.

Finally, it is RAINING today!! Allergy sufferers of Atlanta are rejoicing, myself included. Now it’s too bad I have to run a few errands today because it’s the perfect day for sitting on the sofa in my pjs and binge-watching Scandal.


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