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


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!
 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?