Saturday, September 21, 2013

Wrapping up Summer

My Summer

 
Derrick was the Best Man in our friends,
 Will & Erica's, wedding.
 

 
Had a great Father's Day


Went to Atlanta with my best friends for the
 Glow in the Dark 5k!

 
The coooooolest tunnel to run through

 
The Finish Line


Dinner & a night out
 

 
Made our own swimming pool in this Alabama heat.
 


My Mother-in-law had a heart attack.
 

 
Went to Jamaica!!!
 
 
Enjoyed killer pina coladas!
 
 
Got to visit the Blue Hole
Derrick was the first to jump off the waterfall
&
climb in the cave.

 
Got to ride on the Hobie Cat down the beach

 
Full plate of LOBSTER for $20!

 
My bestie, Haleigh, is having TWIN GIRLS!!
 
 
 
 
 
Got to watch the sweetest pup, Bailey!
She's a Toy Golden Doodle
--Toy Poodle mixed with a Golden Retriever--


 
Green Ombre Hair
 
 

 
It was a great summer. So glad to be at home with all our friends and family, with us both working great jobs that we love. 
To sum up my busy summer in one paragraph---
I got to witness some of the people I'm closest to fall in and out of love. So happy for some and heartbroken for others. I learned that Derrick is super brave and willing to try everything once and will do it first. I learned that I am VERY clumsy and Derrick pretty much watches after me like I'm fragile and I'll break. We got to spend some time with our nieces and sweet little chubby nephew on a family vacay. Made some new discoveries about my health and even lost weight, just in time to leave town for the most relaxing, well deserved, vacation to paradise.
 
Can't wait for the fall and this cool weather to stay around. So excited to host a shower for Haleigh's twins, meet up with my Auburn buds, and take a road trip to see Ramsey and do some Ducks Unlimited stuff in Missouri!

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Filing Cabinet Makeover

With me not working, I have found plenty of time to work on some awesome projects. Derrick and I have been using a plastic bin that slides under our bed for all our files. I have been dealing with insurance drama for a few weeks now, and it's awful to look for important paperwork. I know it's in the bin, but WHERE in it? So, I started looking on craigslist for a cheap filing cabinet. All of the cabinets on there ranged from $50-$100. I am not spending that on a ugly filing cabinet. I kept checking back everyday until I found what I was looking for. I finally found the perfect funky filing cabinet for $5!!!

I found an idea on pinterest to make this look like a piece of furniture. If you know me, you know I love shabby chic antique furniture. We needed a filing cabinet AND an endtable so why not create both?


I ventured off to Lowe's and picked up the paint, feet, and trim.



 
Then I went to Hobby Lobby, to find the awesome knobs (which were 50% off), Mod Podge (I used my 40% off coupon), the $2.99 sponge brush set, and the prettiest scrapbook paper. I found paintable wallaper at Lowe's but they wanted $20 for a roll. I didn't need but 2 feet of the paper so I either had to find something else to put that paper on or find another option.
 
I scrubbed the cabinet with Mean Grean, sprayed WD-40 on all the sliding parts, got Dustin to beat the lock out with a screwdriver, and removed the knobs. I painted the cabinet with spray paint at first--bad idea. It left swirly marks and just wouldn't cover the cabinet like I wanted without using 10 cans. Then I used a regular paintbrush--another bad idea. It left bristle marks all over the cabinet. Louie and I used spray adhesive to put the scrapbook paper on--bad idea. It left ugly bubbles (see below) and started peeling up on the ends. I decided to use the Mod Podge which was amazingggg. I pulled back what I could and restuck it while smoothing all of the bubbles out with a glove on. Since the paper was textured, I painted it lightly to match.
 
Once everything dried, we had to drill holes in the bottom to attach the feet with nuts, then had to drill new holes for the knobs because they weren't exactly as big as the original knob holes. I then painted the trim and had Derrick's dad cut it for me. The trim was probably the quickest part of this whole process.


So now I have a fully functionable filing cabinet/endtable that is super fabulous for less than $50 bucks!


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

HOME SWEEEEET HOME

Well people, we've finally made it home! This is the first time we have lived in the same town and both had jobs! Derrick got a GREATTTT job here in Decatur. I'm so proud of him. He's very happy. As for me, I haven't been working the past two weeks, and it's incredibly fun. I feel like I'm on Christmas vacation. So far, I've watched 2 marathons of NCIS while unpacking, and hungout with a few friends I haven't seen in a while. This week I'm going to stay the night in Birmingham with a friend from college.
 I've got to hang out with my parents, play with my nieces and nephew, workout, tan, shop, go dayyyys without wearing makeup or dressing up. I can't remember the last time I just got to chill and do whatever I wanted. This will be my last week to lounge, I start working on Monday.
 
Derrick and I celebrated his birthday and moving home with a trip to Atlanta!
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 Well actually, I bought us tickets to see Rodney Carrington at the Fox theater for our anniversary. So, we celebrated 3 occassions in one trip since our life has been wild the last 2 months. We had a blast! We got a hotel across the street from the theater that had an amazing view!
 

Our room was so different than anything we've ever stayed in! It was like a page out of Pottery Barn Teen! Ha!
  This is a picture of the lobby, we got to sit and enjoy this pretty room before we went out with a friend we haven't seen in a couple of years who moved to Atalnta for Chiropractor school.

Derrick and I are incredibly blessed. We have prayed and had everyone we know pray for this opporutnity. Our dreams have finally come true. It feels good to receive favor from our good Lord above.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Dooms Day Adventure





I felt the urge to write up my story about my "Doom's Day" adventure, then realized it's been weeks since I've had that feeling. It's been a long time since I've blogged. This story is worth sharing.

December 21st, 2012.. the day the Mayans predicted the world would end. It was on a Friday, so like usual, I drove to Decatur right after I got off of work at 5. I still can't see my best at night, so driving home was stressful in all that Friday evening traffic. I finally got to Birmingham about 7:30 and traffic came to a stand still about a mile or so from "Malfunction Junction". I could see smoke coming from two cars and a gas tanker truck turned on it's side taking up every single lane. The wreck just happened. I was about ten rows of cars back. I sat in my car for about 15 minutes thinking about how bad I had to pee and how I should've pulled over before getting to Birmingham. I'm just sitting there, talking on the phone and trying to shift over a lane a few inches so the ambulance can get through to the accident. Well... all of a sudden... I see people turning off their cars and running... RUNNING.

 
 
A girl runs up to my car, taps on the window, and shouts, "GET OUT OF THE CAR! IT'S ABOUT TO BLOW!!"
 
...OMG. REALLY? It's like 27 degrees outside, I'm wearing a dress, no jacket, and I have to pee. So, I get out and start running. Derrick's at work so I can't call him and have a panic attack... this is too much for me to handle by myself. I am literally half a mile from my car, shivering, and begging for someone to tell me what to do. I am so glad that I made the decision to not change in to my Hello Kitty onesie pajamas before driving home. I would have been the first person the news people would interview just because of how ridiculous I looked. For example:
 
 
I stood around and talked to different people for about 20 minutes. One guy said, "If it was really about to blow up, don't you think they would shut down 65 South?" As soon as he said that, traffic came to a halt on 65 South... Oh crap. If you haven't driven in downtown Birmingham on 65, the interstate is nothing but a concrete overpass for miles. So, if this tanker holding 8,000 gallons of fuel decides to blow, the road has a potential to collapse. Yea, the whole End of the World idea kind of whirled around in my mind.
 
I finally got the courage to ask the emergency worker if it was okay to get back in my car because I was about to freeze to death and I wasn't about to get in some random person's car. He said that I could start my way back to my car because the the people who were 10 rows in front of me were going to have to be evacuated. They would have to leave their cars and be bussed to a central location so they could clean up the accident safely. I ran to my car as fast as I could so I could turn the heat on. The cop waves at me and tells me to put my car into reverse and do a u-turn as soon as the cars behind me are gone. I am doing a 3 point turn in the middle of the interstate in downtown Birmingham, then driving toward traffic trying to find my way to an on ramp where cars get on the interstate... I'm going down.
 
Now, I'm lost. I still have to pee. I pull over to the nearest gas station on the wronnng side of town. Sketchy establishment. Then, I drive around for an hour and a half trying to find my way back on to the interstate. This is insane. I am dead tired, and I have 15% left on my battery on my phone. I finally make my to I-20 and get back on 65. I finally make it home about 10pm. I have never wanted someone in the car with me so bad just to help reassure me of every decision I was making. Here's a link to to story.
 
Did you have a Doomsday experience of your own? What would you have done if you were me?
 
 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Goodbye, Farewelllll.

Last week was my very last week at Parker Real Estate. It didn't really hit me until Friday. I was packing up my stuff in a box.... all the Hello Kitty stuff was gone and it looked like a Blahhh desk when I was finished. They through me a Hello Kitty going away party. Equipped with a Hello Kitty bubble blower, pink zebra cake, HK napkins & plates, and pink boas. Felt like a little kid's party... but heyyy.. I'm down with HK. =]

 
I spent Friday night packing up all my stuff. I was just going to pack up my shoes and my dresser but mom and dad got in on the packing and helped me pack up the rest of the closet. Which pretty much filled up my entire car and Derrick's entire truck... even the back of it.

This is just my hang up clothes...
 
The whole fam jam went to Hard Dock Saturday night for a farewell dinner and drink.
 
 
 
 Derrick's mom bought me a pretty sweet Hello Kitty watch. (This one is similar)
 
 

I started my new job in Auburn.
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It's about a 30 minute drive from Beulah, AL. Learning new thing is stressful. Being the new person always sucks because I am bound to screw something up. I hate making mistakes. 
 
 I don't get to see Derrick much... maybe 20 minutes of the day. He's on second shift so he doesn't get home until about 10. He gets up in the morning with me and makes me breakfast (cereal or PB&J), then walks me to my car.  My job now is way more high paced then working at Parker so I don't get very much down time. I text Derrick before he goes in to work around 1 and then talk to him about 5:30 on his lunch break. I'm usually in the bed by the time he gets home. 20 minutes everyday is way better than not seeing him at all.
 
This is all of Derrick's groceries....
 
and this is how he attempts to fix his "lack of groceries" issue...
 
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I think we need to work on "living together as a married couple" not as "roomies". What you can't see is that I say, "Can't I just make you a list?"  tisk tisk... smh. It's a work in progress.. lol!
 
 

We've got some huge decisions to make pretty soon. At this point, nothing scares me... I'm pretty much ready for it all. 
 
 


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Home is wherever I'm with you.

I. Am. Moving.

There is nothing that can prepare me for this transition. It's SO bittersweet for me. I feel like I have a family at Parker Real Estate and I'm going to miss all my friends. I am scared... but I am happy! I wanted Derrick to get a job at home so bad it's not even funny. Derrick is still going to try to find a job in Decatur, if he does, then I'll just follow him...but right now, this will be good for us. A time to learn about each other in a whole new way, I mean after all, when we do see each other it's like a vacation.

We're going to have to learn to fight...face to face. We can't just hang up on each other anymore. It's very seldom when we fight, but when we do it's usually because Derrick just woke up. He is a very angry grizzly bear the first 30 minutes of waking up.

I'm about to invade Derrick's space. ALL OF IT. I hate the way he leaves everything out on the bathroom counter and he hates how I put all of HIS stuff in a drawer.

I don't like to eat cereal and sandwiches every day of my life... he does (I think because he doesn't know how to make anything else).

Mom and Dad are thankfully going to watch the animals for a few weeks until Derrick and I can get accommodated.

I also have to throw myself into a new job immediately. My last day at Parker Real Estate is next Friday and I start my new job that following Monday. Ehhhhh.

Derrick gets to come home that weekend so maybe he can help me pack my clothes. I'm not taking anything else with me yet. Derrick still has a roommate. There is no sense in me bringing furniture if I don't know where to put it. I have to admit though, my bed is way more comfy than Derrick's. I want my girly room back. Derrick has ducks everywhere. Wahh.

It really hasn't hit me hard yet that I'm about to pack up and leave everything I know to start a new life... WITH my husband. I think Derrick is scared too... he just doesn't say it. I think it would be a lot easier if Derrick and I had a little more of a stronger support system. Yes, everyone wants us to live together, but Nooo, nobody wants me to move down there. What is everyone afraid of? That we won't come back? It's not making this transition any easier for us.

I know it's not the easiest solution to our logistical issue, but God has opened a door for me, and I'm not about to shut it. It's great to have a whole nice pretty fool proof plan worked out, but God likes to make his interruptions.  I can't wait to wake up every morning by his side and not worry about how much time we have left together before one of us has to leave. Being TOGETHER is all that matters, isn't that how marriage is supposed to be?

Monday, September 10, 2012

Forgive, because it feels good.

I confess I’m the type of person to sometimes hold a grudge. It’s not that I want power over people, which is often the motive for holding a grudge, it’s just that I want all-due glory for my suffering. What I mean is, if somebody is causing me some pain, I want them to know I am bearing it for them. For this reason, it’s hard for me to forgive my enemies. If people slam me on the internet, it’s hard to forgive. If people hate me for no given reason, it’s hard to forgive, too. And for so long it seemed there was nothing I could do about it. I knew I’d be better off to forgive, but how? What are the steps to controlling your uncontrollable emotions?

I don’t fully know the answer to that question. Part of the reason it’s so hard to forgive is pride. If I forgive, it feels like I’m also saying they had the right to do me wrong. That doesn’t feel right. But it’s a real feeling. And also, if I’m having to forgive somebody who really has no idea what they did that was wrong, which is even more difficult, because you are doing the hard work of forgiving them and they have no idea they wronged you, or worse, they don’t honestly care. So why forgive?

Before I say why, I should say how. Here’s how:
Go through the stages of grief. Let the offense shock you, then let it completely hurt you. Don’t avoid the pain. Sit with it and feel it no matter how unbearable it is. Please know it will end in time. It will get 2% easier every day. Just feel it like a toothache and soon enough it will transition into something bearable.

Then let the offense make you angry. Don’t lash out or you’ll be guilty yourself. Talk about it with trusted friends but confess you’re angry and your emotions aren’t under control. And don’t feel bad for being angry. The last thing you need is anger and shame. Just punch a pillow and make it through. The anger, like the pain, will lessen over time.


Then after being angry, accept what has been done. Just accept it as a fact and don’t over analyze it. It happened. This will still be shocking at first, but in time, you will accept it as a fact that you can’t change.

From there, you’re at a place to forgive. It will be hard work, but it’s worth it. Sit and pray for the person you’ve been hating. Sit and imagine them with a good life, them coming to realize that what they did was wrong, maybe not to you, but to somebody, perhaps to God. Then be willing to love them in your heart. Want the best for them. Hope for the best for them. Stop praying for God to destroy them and pray for God to bless them. Pray for God to open up their hearts so they can receive the love that will stop them from hurting others. This is the only way I know how to forgive.

Why should we forgive? Well, there are many reasons, but I’m only going to focus on a few.
• The first is because, believe it or not, forgiveness is a pleasurable experience. No kidding, it feels much better than anger or hate. God has designed forgiveness as a powerful blessing for those who have been hurt. The experience of truly forgiving somebody can make you more happy than if you’d never been hurt in the first place.

• The second reason for you to forgive is that it removes you from being entangled in the rather dark thing that hurt you in the first place. If it was a family member talking behind your back, you get to remove yourself completely from all the complications of gossip. Forgiveness sets you free from being bogged down in knee-deep mud. Forgiveness gives you a taste of what it feels like to be God, and it’s a terrific feeling. God forgave us because it gave Him pleasure to do so. He was happy to do so. Love forgives, and so does God, and so can you.

• The third reason to forgive is that you open yourself up to amazing possibilities for a happy life. When you don’t forgive, you draw the curtains in your soul and your life gets dark. When you forgive you let the light in again, and you go on about your life in peace. And don’t you want some peace? Isn’t it time for some peace?

• The greatest thing about forgiveness is it will allow you to love again. It will allow you to love and be loved. And believe me, it’s worth it. Forgiveness is tough, for sure, but love is infinitely more valuable than the pain of forgiveness costs. No matter what you have to go through to forgive, you’re getting a steal of a deal to be able to love and be loved again. Pay the price and I promise you’ll be
happy you did.
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