Sunday, October 19, 2014


Every once in a while I need to escape my world and speak in complete sentences so I can be more like Mary Poppins than Cruella Deville as I care for the people in my life. I have been spoiled rotten lately with day trips, weekend get-a ways and girlfriend time. I went years not taking time for me and all of the sudden, multiple reasonable opportunities have presented themselves. I am enjoying it. Kristin had to be in Nashville for a week of conferences where she works insane hours and lives on whatever finger food can be located in hotel conference rooms. We decided to make the most of the free hotel room since I am less than three hours away from her location this time and her weekend wouldn't be too crazy until Sunday.

I honestly didn't feel like a I needed time away so soon after Greg and I took our trip and missed my family immensely.  But Kristin and I had some long talks and quick walks in between her work demands. We enjoyed awesome food and a gorgeous botanical garden. I would have amazing photos from the garden had I not left my camera safely tucked away in the hotel room. Sigh.  These shots were all taken in the stunning Opryland Hotel where we stayed with a few thousand of our closest friends.

As I was leaving town, Greg discovered he needs to have a root canal on Monday. He is rather uncomfortable and can't wait to get it over with. He objects strongly to pain meds and has himself on a Tylenol and Motrin rotation until the procedure. Please keep him in your prayers. I hate to see him so miserable and realize how hard it had to be to hold down the fort while I lingered in Nashville for 48 hours.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Living Room

I referenced ordering new furniture Labor Day weekend. It finally arrived yesterday and we love it. Ty had fallen asleep on the couch in the middle of the showroom floor while we asked a few questions which confirmed this was perhaps the best of the best for our family. Greg and I had been casually looking for a few months to replace our red set. I still loved the color but it was destroyed by daily wear and tear. We are a rough crowd, apparently. Anyway, we left the showroom to measure and make sure the new would fit in our space since it was significantly larger. We had friends up to offer suggestions and eventually eliminated one bookcase and the kids' table to make it all work out. We are happy with the results. However, we got on Ashley's website to show Erin what we were going to order and couldn't find it online. I finally googled the name and ended up on Not only was the exact set there, it was significantly cheaper than the deal we were offered at Ashley. I read reviews, checked them with the Better Business Bureau and ultimately ordered from them instead of Ashley. Other than the lengthy time frame we waited, we are satisfied customers. We didn't pay sales tax and got a better price saving us $600 total. It was worth the wait.

My parents gave me a gift card for my birthday to satisfy my lamp envy after seeing my sister's new lamps. They are pretty awesome. The lamps are too. I still feel we need a square pillow with a pop of color on the couch and another on the chair and a half. Since the pillows that came with the set were large and dark, I have them tossed in the corners for the kids to cuddle with in hopes of keeping the decorative ones looking nice longer. I kid myself. Greg is working on my little end table this weekend. It sits between the sofa and the gliding rocker. It was blue and broken. (As I mentioned, we are a rough crowd) He will repair and paint it black this weekend. He too is pretty awesome.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fall is in the air

Sweaters, jeans, hot cocoa, cups of tea, chili, crisp air, colorful landscapes, evenings spent reading and cozy bonfires indicate it must be my favorite time of year. I am absorbing as much as I can.
Hint: If you happen to be a friend of mine who could possibly be considering a move to my area, I just want you to know these shots were taken in my neighborhood. Not that I am pressuring anyone, but it's pretty awesome. And I hear the walking partner potential is pretty great too. Just saying.

Ollie joined our reading time. He makes all books more interesting.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Best Laid Plans

Yesterday we celebrated the day free of extra kiddos by bowling because the forecast contained threatening weather. It was beautiful. All day. Today, we went to the park with abandoned railroad cars because we weren't expecting rain until late afternoon. Sigh. We were wet and cold within minutes of arriving. Whereas the little people with umbrellas were darling, I was grumpy and soaked. We left what Devyn appropriately named "the wet park" and ended our outing with caramel apples. All in all, the kids' knock-knock jokes that made sense to only them were the highlight. Well those jokes and these sweet faces.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bowling: Where's my Wii?

So I had the day free of all extra kiddos and wanted to do something special with Kate. We looked into ziplining and discovered the only location we could get into during in-climate weather wanted two and a half hours for a tour and $59 each person. That wasn't going to work out today so we went with plan B.

Plan B called for fun friends, lunch at Chick-fil-a and bowling. Plan B required a plan B when we arrived at the bowling alley and interrupted prayer for a very full league. Anne found a new bowling alley and we signed up for a game.

We had fun and of course loved the awesome borrowed shoes. Would it surprise you to learn Ty really wanted to keep them? I didn't think so. 
I don't want to brag but I am a pro bowler on the wii. I have the fancy star ball to prove it. As it turns out, there may be some differences between real lanes and the wii.
Perhaps Anne and I should have had bumpers too.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Erin and Justin

Erin's wanted photos as a couple for a few months. Justin didn't grow up in my house so he is not used to having a camera in his face. Needless to say, he was a bit reluctant to play along. I am beyond happy with the results. I laughed so hard with these two, my head was splitting by the end. They are hilarious.


Keeping it real:
He says he is being Erin

He insists this should be my Christmas card photo.

Justin claims New York will be calling any day now that he is "blog famous" and obviously has modeling talent. His ego is the perfect match to Erin's. Lord help us all.