Thursday, March 27, 2014


Today was a lovely day. When you were a kid, play days were the best days. At 24, I was still thrilled when the mom I babysit for just told me to "make it a fun day" for the precious three year old I adore babysitting. We had a fun-filled afternoon with a little bit of everything.
First things first, we picked Camille up from work for a lunch date. Bread and Co, Sweet Ceces, and Shopping.

Then a quick pit stop at my house, where Dovie plopped herself down on the porch and exclaimed, "You have a beautiful house!"

Then, we took a trip to the pet store. This was a highlight.

The puppies were ADORABLE. I wanted to adopt one so badly.

 Dovie loved "meeting the cat"…I am not sure the cat enjoyed meeting Dovie after that handshake.

The mother cat was more welcoming, probably because she didn't bother waking up from her nap.

When the sun finally came out, we made a stop by Parmer Park. My mom came and met us to join in a little bit of the fun. The new playground was quite exciting.

As requested, we had our own little nail salon where we painted our toes matching colors and put sparkly nail polish on our fingers.

If I ever need a confidence boost, Dovie is my girl. She constantly compliments me, and the "way I braid her hair is the best in the world", so, of course, I had to braid it!

Snuggles and Books. What else do you need?!

And we ended our FUN day together by drawing a few pictures for each other. What a wonderful way to spend my Thursday.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Unpredictable Weather

Nashvillians love to joke about how unpredictable the weather is here. And it's true. But I kinda love it. A warm day in January? Snow at the end of March? A chilly July morning? I (usually) enjoy the change of pace. But today it was just absurd. And this picture my mom sent our family group text pretty much sums it up.
Nashville, I love you, but you are crazy!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spectacular Saturday

After a long and emotionally-trying week, yesterday was exactly what I needed. A sunny Saturday filled with friends, fun outings, and no stress. It was an ideal spring day.

First, I slept in and woke up to the smell of Camille making blueberry waffles for the house. They were delicious, to say the least. 

After a lazy morning, Bizzell, Livvy, Camille, and myself walked to Bobbie's Dairy Dip for lunch and ice cream. Their dipped cones with sprinkles are famous for being mouth-watering delicious. It is a nice walk through our neighborhood, where we explore different streets and admire the houses as we walk and talk.

Once we returned from that little venture, Bess joined us for some front-porch sitting. My dad came by to help us fix a few things, and he brought Aunt Bea to play with us while he worked.

For a little afternoon outing, we went to 12 South and snacked on some delicious Paletas as we shopped around a bit.

After showers, naps, and cleaning up, Livvy, Camille, and I met Amy at M.L. Rose for dinner. We indulged ourselves with some outstanding burgers.

When dinner was over, I went to pick up Kate, my best friend from college, and we sat and caught up over some delicious Fido drinks.

As you have probably noticed, this day may not have been the healthiest day food-wise, but it was extremely refreshing and rejuvenating to be around so many wonderful, encouraging, and fun friends! 

It reminded me to count my blessings.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy Spring

Even though this winter was not nearly as long as last, I am thrilled to be welcoming Spring into the world today. The longer days, beautiful sunsets, and warming-by-the-day breezes have been lovely.

It has actually been a rough couple days, but the sunsets are a intricate reminder of God's faithfulness. Happy first day of Spring!

Sunday, March 16, 2014


I have been itching to travel lately. And reading this beautiful blog post did not help that desire! I think it is just the worldly ache that constantly leaves us wanting what we cannot have...

Regardless, where would you go right now if money were no object?!
I am thinking the beaches of Thailand…


Thursday, March 13, 2014

You Win Some, You Lose Some...

This was how I spent my Spring Break last year.

And this, unfortunately, is how I spent my Spring Break this year.

In life, I try to accept that some things go your while and other things do not. Some days you are the bug, some days you are the windshield. You win some, you lose some. Life's not fair. We could all use a reminder of this every now and then.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A Lovely Mountain Getaway

With the winter lasting forever, we scheduled a weekend trip to good ole Lookout Mountain. It was glorious.

 Rita and I drove up Saturday morning so we could stay for the proposal party, so we joined Camille, Amy, Livvy, and Nancy around lunchtime. 

We explored the little town of Mentone, even though most of us have spent many summers in sweet little Mentone. 


We canoed, relaxed, watched the sunset, feasted, talked…it was so refreshing.


We all returned on Sunday afternoon feeling rejuvenated and ready to start a new week.


Sunday, March 9, 2014


I feel like friends are getting engaged right and left these days…its exciting! Matt and Susan got engaged Friday night and we had a wonderful evening celebrating the happy couple.

And, of course, there was plenty of champagne, treats, and ring pops to help us celebrate! I had this great vision of a picture with all the girls holding up their ring pops while Susan flashed her new bling. So, we took some cute pics like that, then the photographer said, "Show your excitement for their engagement!" And Rita did this…

Let me give you a closer look...

Rita and I woke up the next day to a group text from Matt with this photo that just said, "Caught". Hilarious.

 Well played, Rita. And so many Congratulations, Matt and Susan! 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

[Always] Proud to be a Demon Deacon

It is no secret that I love Wake Forest, but I am extra proud to be a demon deacon tonight. Wake Forest beat one of our biggest rivals, the Duke blue devils. And not only is this an exciting victory, it means we have defeated all three of our major in-state competitors this year! Go Deacs!

Its times like these when I miss the good ole days of games in the Joel, hideous black and yellow tie dye, and carrying on the tradition of rolling the quad to celebrate victories. But, to let deacons enjoy from afar, Wake forest has a webcam of the quad! Below is the quad at this very moment. How cool is that?!

It makes me nostalgic for days like these, when I was actually running around the quad with friends and toilet paper. Here a few of my favorite quad-rolling, victory celebrations!

As always, Go Deacs!