Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I'm still alive!! Just in case you were wondering...

It has been WAY too many days since I have posted or commented. I'm still here, but have had a few busy weeks. I have sooo much to catch you up on!! Here are some future posts:
1) My girly weekend with Dena and Annie including Disney Princesses on Ice.
2) Our Hilton Head Island vacation including the Verizon Heritage golf tournament and the HGTV Green Home.
3) Casting Crowns
4) Masters Week visitors
5) My trip to train for my new job (I am actually in Wisconsin right now), which will include pics of staying with Mike's sister and her family.
6) My trip to visit my parents in Texas. I can't believe it's been almost 8 weeks since I was there and I still haven't had a chance to blog it.
7) Speaking of not having a chance... I still haven't posted our move.
8) Or Mike's parent's visit in February
9) Or Christmas
10) Or my parent's visit in December
11) Or The Flowertown Festival with Dena and Annie.
12) Or Annie's 4th birthday party.
Well, it seems that I have tons of blogging material. Now I just need more time!!!
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Monday, April 7, 2008

I REALLY messed up!!!

This is not a new picture since it is from our wedding rehearsal 2 years ago, but I love this pic of all our cute nieces!!
This is our adorable nephew and Godson enjoying some floor playtime at Christmas.

I'm an idiot!! On Wednesday, April 2nd I did a "30 things about me" post. Number 11 on my list mentioned my nieces and nephews. What I failed to mention was the 5 nieces and nephews on Mike's side. My sister-in-law (Mike's youngest sister) pointed out that I didn't include her two children or his other sister's three children in my list of nieces and nephews. What's wrong with me?? I think my mind has turned to pure mush. I definitely didn't mean to do that because they are the most adorable children that you've ever seen. Actually, the youngest one is even my Godson. He is almost a year old. I think I spent so much time being single that I sometimes forget that I am actually married now and that Mike's family is now my family too. He does the same thing too. He never calls the nieces and nephews on my side of the family "our" nieces and nephews. Doesn't make it right. I stand corrected. I have 12 nieces and nephews, one step-niece, 2 great nieces, 1 great nephew on his way and 1 great nephew/niece on his/her way. I apologize you precious children. I love you so much, and I will NEVER leave you out of a list EVER again!!

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Saturday, April 5, 2008

It's all in the details...

Apparently, we are supposed to have our house numbers on our "neighborhood all matches and you have to purchase them from the developer" mailboxes. The mailbox sits on a really nice black iron decorative post. It should be since it cost $400.00. Anyway, I was having a hard time finding numbers because most of them are black (which obviously wouldn't show up on a black mailbox) or they are the reflective gold ones. Well, those gold ones were just not going to work out for me. So... I grabbed my SW Sycamore Tan leftover house paint and used a paper towel to paint over the black ones. Much better. Then I used the same paint to paint over our navy "South Carolina palm tree" mailbox flag from our old house. You see, we used to have a navy door and navy shutters on our old house so, of course, our mailbox flag was navy. Our friend started this mailbox flag company while his pregnant wife of only about one year was dying of cancer. They came up with the idea while he was staying with her in the hospital. She passed away along with his unborn child. He continued on to get a patent for their idea, and donates part of the money he makes to cancer research. So incredibly inspiring!

Kinda large, but I like them.
I couldn't find any outdoor pillows that I loved, so I just made some. I found these red ticking stripe napkins on clearance at Pottery Barn, and they just happened to match the red ticking stripe ribbon that I am going to put on the wreath that I am making for my front door. Since I don't know how to sew (MUST take lessons), I just safety pinned them together. I figured it was a good idea since I would need to take them off to wash them:)
They were just too darn plain, so I decided to hot glue this trim on them.
Much better, but I think I am going to have to add a big fat monogram to them.
Here's the goodies for the wreath. Notice the ribbon? I'll have to post the finished wreath later. I don't think I'm ever going to run out of projects that I want to do for my house!! I'm lovin' being crafty again!!
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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

30 things about me!!

Jennisa at http://www.jennisajoydesign.blogspot.com/ posed a challenge to do 100 things about yourself, with your hubs filling in the last 20. I was planning to do a 100 things for my 100th post, so I thought I would just do a miniature version of her idea. When I get to my 100th post, you will get to read 100 things about me. I'm sure you're waiting with baited breath:) Here's my 30 with Mike listing the last 10 things about me:

1) My favorite sandwich when I was little was peanut butter (Jif extra crunchy) and marshmellow cream.

2) I was a cheerleader for 7 years- 6 in elementary, junior and high school and 1 year of college (with a cheerleading scholarship until I transferred schools).

3) I also played volleyball for 4 years and basketball for 1.

4) I attended 3 colleges, and graduated from 2 of them. The theme of not knowing what I wanted to do with my life is not a new thing:)

5) I also have a certificate in interior decorating, finished real estate school and took cooking classes at Fleur-de-Lys Culinary Institute.

6) I have a brother, a sister and another brother who passed away 1 year and 4 months ago. I miss him terribly. They were 14, 16 and 17 when I was born (same parents). It was like I grew up with 2 moms and 3 dads.

7) The good thing about that was they played school with me all of the time and when I went to kindergarten at 4 years old, I could already write in cursive and read anything that you put in front of me.

8) I didn't want children until I was in my 30's, and now I REALLY want them and I'm having a hard time getting and staying pregnant.

9) I LOVE Barbies. Always have. I played with them until I was 13, and still have a collection of those beautiful girls.

10) I have a new pink laptop and a new pink phone.

11) I have 7 nieces and nephews (the youngest one is in high school), 2 of them beat me to getting married, 3 of them beat me to having children. I have a step-niece who is getting married this month, 2 great nieces, 1 great nephew on his way and another great niece or nephew on his/her way.

12) One of those great nieces was just born last night. Congratulations Andy and Emmelita!! Apparently, Andrea looks just like her big sister Emmarie. Her daddy is serving in Afghanistan and was not able to see her being born.

13) I have had 13 addresses- One until I was 18 and the rest as an adult.

14) I LOVE my king-sized bed. I HIGHLY recommend Simmons Beautyrest. All of our mattresses in our house are Simmons Beautyrest, and we always get compliments on how comfy they are.

15) I used to sell Pampered Chef, and at one time I owned everything that was in their catalog. Most of it I won or payed very little for it. I love me some kitchen gadgets.

16) I also love dishes, china, glasses, serving pieces, etc.

17) I was a Retail Management major in college, but have never managed any kind of retail. It was basically a marketing degree without finance classes. Retail just happened to be a specialized major at our college in the school of Applied Professional Sciences.

18) I met my amazing husband at church camp when we were in the 6th grade.

19) We didn't date until we were in college.

20) We kept in touch through the years with letters, went on a couple of "little dates" and he was the first boy that I kissed.

21) Here I (Mike) go! She is a true friend, strong believier in being positive, never gives up until it is her way and she speaks from the heart.

22) Loves her dogs more than life!

23) She can find a deal on anything and will not quit until she finds a deal.

24) She hates the morning, but loves the night.

25) She can seriously cook up a storm. Her passion for life starts in the kitchen. For those of you who have had her cooking, you can back this up.

26) She has felt upside down before, but her heart, belief in the Lord, friendships, and desire to be successful has always put her back on top.

27) She keeps in touch with everyone. If you know Leigh Ann she will not forget you. She loves everyone she meets and treats everyone equally. What a great quality!

28) If your "boat is empty" Leigh Ann will do everything she can to build your esteem to help you keep your belief that your "boat will soon be full".

29) She is always up for everything, especially if it means traveling to experience something new.

30) Her spirit, hope and beliefs make my life FULL. I could not have succeeded without her friendship, love and guidance. Everyone needs to know, love and believe in Leigh Ann.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Before & After

I got this project idea from my new found bloggie friend The Nester. I have a new cabinet that is begging for my fine china, glasses, etc. to come out of the boxes that they have been in since we were married 2 years and almost 4 months ago. I put a few things in there, but there are so many more yummy pieces that will grace these shelves. After seeing this idea, I thought that it would look great in my new cabinet.

Before: Plain Jane
After: A little more interesting
This is a bit easier to see
I LOVE my Vera Wang Grosgrain china pattern, and I can't wait to unbox it all and use it!!
By the way, that is scrapbook paper:)

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