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Thanks for stoppin' by to read my humble little blog. This is where I ramble on about my everyday life and share the funnies and the not-so-funnies. I hope you enjoy your visit!

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Old-School

When we first moved up here to East Tennessee, I found myself among the countless Americans who are unemployed. It was an odd feeling, to be sure! I never pegged myself as one of those folks who judges their self-worth on what I “did,” but it sure felt weird to not be helpin’ to bring in the bacon, as it were. Thankfully though, my hubby had already started his new job and we were able to move in with my in-laws (I know what you’re thinking about that, but they’re great. Really) so things weren’t too tight.

In any case, with no job and nothing pressing to tend to, a girl’s got to find something to keep her busy, right?

(What? Did y’all think this was gonna be a somber post about the state of America’s economic affairs? Ha! No, ma’am, I don’t think so! I try never to talk about politics if I can help it.)

Anyway, in my first several weeks here in TN, my mother-in-law showed me all her favorite thrifting nooks. At one of the area rescue missions I found a cute little school chair for only $7! I saw it’s potential right away…a good sanding & some spray paint and it would be cute as can be!!

Buster posing (reluctantly) to give y’all some size reference 

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He got tired of posing pretty quick. Ha! I sanded the wood down to get the peeling varnish off.

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I sanded the metal lightly too so that my spray paint would stick better. See the ink blot (or some kinda stain) on the front edge of the wood? It didn’t come out completely after I sanded, but I like that. Gives it some charm. 

The little manufacturer’s seal says “American Seating Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.” in the outer circle. In the middle it says “Envoy- Made in the U.S.A.”

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That skinnier bar across the back moves back & forth slightly to mold to your back a little better.

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I didn’t take pictures of the whole sanding, priming, & painting process but here’s the semi-finished product. It’s a candy apple red. Fits the school theme, don’t ya think? Since this picture was taken, I’ve stained the wood with a natural stain. It looks like the same color wood as in this pic, just a little brighter.

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I can’t wait to find a spot for it in our new house!

Help me, help me! Please?

Blogger friends, I am in a quandary.

I've been trying to upload a post for the last few days now & Blogger is telling me that I'm out of room for photos. Whaaattt??!! How does that happen? Can anyone tell me how to get around it or how to fix that problem? I haven't posted nearly as many posts as some people so I know I can't have too many photos on here. I'm perplexed! Please help!

Thank you!!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

A Little at a Time

Since it's been so long since I've written to y'all and I have about a million (exaggerating) pictures on my computer that I want to share, I figured I would just pick a photo album from my files and blog about it. Knowing me & my tendency toward OCD (I don't actually have the disorder...at least I don't think I do) I'll probably go in chronological order. And no, I won't blog them all in one post. That would be a little much for you and me!


First up is the going away party that my parents threw us before we left Louisiana in March. Several of our closest friends came to bid us adieu and we had a great time visiting with them all! A few weeks after the party, we and all our worldly goods relocated to the great state of Tennessee. East Tennessee to be almost exact.

Food, family, & friends…all crowded in the kitchen. I love that!!

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Kids playin’ in the floor

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Some of the greatest friends in the world, Jarred, Katherine, & their sweet girl, Brynleigh

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Our long-time next-door neighbors & wonderful friends, Jackie & Grace

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Our buddy, Jerome (an Air Force friend of Nathan’s) holding Paula’s little boy Duncan

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The sweetest woman in the universe, Mrs. Ruth, & her sweet granddaughter, Baylor

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Friends that are more like family, (L to R) Nathan, me holding Martha’s baby, Baylor, Martha holding Boston, Mrs. Ruth, Amy, & her new husband, Mikey 

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Un-posed shot! Love it!

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Paula, Duncan, & me! One of my closest friends, sure do miss her!

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The two of us with Paula & Duncan

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Nathan & Duncan…buddies! Don’t they look cute?!

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Mama with Baylor. She loves the little ones!!

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I wish I could remember what we were talkin’ about. It looks like it was hilarious! If Paula’s telling the story, it usually is!!

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My Daddy & Baylor. This is my absolute favorite pic of the night. So sweet!

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I found an old film camera (that had no film in it) & I thought Duncan might like to play with it. I was right! He kept blinding us all with the flash! Ha ha!

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Our sweet friend, Linda.  She’d do anything for her friends….including driving hundreds of miles so my Mom could see her mom & me!! You’re the best!

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All of these people have been & are such a huge part of our lives. We have so many memories wrapped up in each one of you and with others that we didn’t get to photograph. I’m so grateful for the friends that became our family over the years! I miss you all so much and can’t wait to see you again! Much love to you all!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Reminiscing

So, I've been looking back over several of my earlier posts and it's made me quite sentimental. Also, I really wish I'd had my "good" camera back when I first started this blog. The little mouse ornament I made would've benefited from it so much!! I can't believe how bad the lighting is in most of my old pictures! And I was always so satisfied with myself for playing around with my little Nikon point and shoot to get just the right settings. Ha! Shows how much I knew.

Don't get me wrong, that camera gave me tons of great pictures. It's just that the lighting in my old house was horrible, especially if the sun wasn't shining.

Nevertheless, there have been several changes in my life since I last wrote to y'all, many moons ago. My husband graduated cum laude (only one in his program) with a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering Technology. I quit my job as a newborn nursery/post-partum nurse. We MOVED to Tennessee (which is why I quit my job)!! My hubby started a very promising new job at a company much like the one he was working for in Louisiana. And now, we are living in my in-laws' basement until our house back home sells. I am job-hunting, although I haven't been hitting the applications too hard, until recently anyway. I've now reached the point where I'm over the whole "I don't have to go to work, I can do whatever I want" phase and on to the "I don't have to go to work but I'm bored out of my ever-lovin' mind" phase. Ha!

I have a few promising avenues that I'm praying about but nothing definite yet. I just know that I do NOT want to go back to the 12 hour shift, every-other-weekend, whatever-holiday-they-decide-you-should-work routine. So we'll see where God places me. I'm looking forward to what He has in store for our future!

Y'all have a great day!!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Georgia on my mind

At the beginning of September, my parents, Nathan, and I took a little trip down to Georgia to see my grandmother. Go-Go, as she's known to me and my sis. It was the first time I'd gotten to see her since my sister, Laura's, wedding 2 years ago and it was a much overdue trip. She's had a rough go of it since my grandpa died a few years ago. She owns a florist shop and business isn't all that great right now. I guess with the economy in the dumps, people are cutting back on frivolities like fresh flower arrangements.

She also had a scare last year when she blacked out in the parking lot of a store and banged her head up pretty bad. To top it off, she later had to have back surgery and my mom went over to stay with her for about 5 weeks while she recovered.

Now, I'm glad to say that her many doctors have given her a clean bill of health as far as the major organs go. Still, I hate the thought of her being so far away and living all alone. Given all of the above, it was so good to get to spend a little time with my spunky grandma.

Oh yes, she may live alone, but she is far from being pitiful. She is still sharp as a tack and witty, too. Can't get much by that one!

While we were there, we ate at a few new-to-us restaurants like Red Robin Cafe (gourmet hamburger joint) and Panera Bread Co. Oh, how I wish we would get a Panera here!! It was so good! We also went down to the River Walk area of downtown. It's so pretty and peaceful. There is a really nice, brick walk-way along the river and it's lit by the lamps you see in the picture below. There's an old mill at the edge of the waterfall that has an antique-y charm. The downtown area was once booming with textile mills and was called Milltown...original, ay?

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The other side of the river is actually Alabama!

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We had to take a few face shots as well. My honey has his binoculars around his neck so he could see what the guys on the other side of the river were catchin'. Ha!

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Go-Go, Daddy, and Nathan

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3 generations!

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A pretty fountain

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I liked the orange of the sign against the old architecture of this church.

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We took a drive up to Callaway Gardens one afternoon just before sunset. There's a look-out point and country store that serves really yummy food!

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Mama and Go-Go waiting patiently on the rest of us to finish looking at the look-out point!

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Pretty flowers at the entrance to the country store

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Everybody heading in for some dessert!

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It was so homey inside! We got there a little before they closed so I didn't have near enough time to look at everything! No, Laura, I didn't get to read the labels on every jar and book, much to my chagrin!

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And that's only one side of the store! I had to put the camera away & eat my apple dumpling before they closed up shop and booted us out!

Our visit was way too short, as always, but it was so good to spend some time with my Go-Go. Hopefully, the next visit won't be so far away!!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

I have worms in my fridge

See them? There amongst the leftover Capri Sun & Honey Buns from our camping trip this weekend...

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This is so wrong. Please forgive me, Mama! But my man must have fresh worms for reelin' in those big beauties!

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Ick! Let's keep the lid on shall we? Hey Honey...don't you wanna go drown some worms? Please??!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

2 Years of the best Blessing ever!

On this day 2 years ago, I married the sweetest cutie pie ever. Around this time, my bridesmaids and I were in an upstairs room of the church getting dressed and putting finishing touches on our makeup. I can't believe it's already been 2 years!! It's absolutely flown by! In honor of this momentous day in mine and my hubby's life, I thought I'd post some favorite shots from our special day. I hope you enjoy!

Me & my bridesmaids eating at Strawn's before going to the salon for hair & makeup. All of us are sans makeup!

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Hair in progress and seeing my bouquet for the first time! Daddy & his brother, Greg, in the background

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Hair and makeup is done! Now on to the church!

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Me and my sis with our Dad

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Me with Mama

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My goofy bridesmaids (Katherine does not have to go to the bathroom--she was  just showing off her pregnant belly!)

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the stage setting

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walking down the aisle

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I love this shot!

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Our ring-bearer :)

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saying our vows

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having fun at the reception (which was on the veranda of a Barbecue restaurant!)

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about to get my garter yanked ;)

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throwing the bouquet...Nathan's sis, Courtney (in black & white) caught it!

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our First Dance (please excuse the liquor banner in the background, that was an uh-oh on the restaurant's part!)

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walking in the field behind the restaurant...one of my favorites!

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leaving the reception

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one last shot with friends who are more like family!

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We had such a beautiful and fun wedding! Thank you to all our friends who helped out so much! Nathan, I love you forever!!