Recovery, Rest and Relaxation

It is Wednesday and I am just feeling like myself again after an exhausting weekend. We spent Saturday and Sunday doing a ton of work at our house. {Work that we shouldn't be doing... but I wont even go in to that} I trimmed in all of the walls, painted the trim, repainted our columns in the kitchen and living room, painted a wall in Keating's room, mopped the floors and the list goes on.
It was a ton of work and I wasn't the only one that thought so. As I was painting Keating wanted a "nack." I gave him a little bag of cheese-its and he sat down in the corner to have a picnic. When I looked back at him, he was passed out. In case you are wondering, he does not always wear this outfit... they are his play clothes, it just seems that most photos are taken while he is wearing play clothes!
Monday morning I felt like I was hit by a bus. You know it is bad, when your coworkers tell you that you look rough as you walk in the office! I even thought about going somewhere to take a nap on my lunch break. Of course I didn't but I really contemplated for a while. So it is Wednesday and I am somewhat recovered.
This week is a short work week for me because our family, minus Brad {he has to work} is heading to the beach for an extended weekend. To say that I am looking forward to this trip would be an understatement. After lots of work, and stressing over our housing situation I am ready to unplug for a weekend. I am also secretly... or not so secretly hoping that I come home to a finished house.
I think Keating will really enjoy the beach this year. He is all about being outside and digging in the dirt... doing boy things. An atmosphere where he is encouraged to make a mess in the sand and be center of attention for the entire family will be pure heaven for him. Of course we will be cheering on the bulldogs Saturday and hoping for a winning season!
I hope everyone has a safe and happy Labor Day weekend! Hallelujah Fall is coming!!!


6 places, 5 foods, 4 books, 3 films

I have been tied up doing a lot of things at the house and completely forgot that I was supposed to be posting these! I know everyone has just been waiting on pins and needles for me to finish up! Only kidding!
6 Places...

1. Italy. I went on a trip with my Great Aunt and we travelled all through Italy. It was the trip of a lifetime. We spent 14 days in Rome, Florence, Venice, Tuscany, Sorrento, Pompei and a lot of other places. I got to dip my feet in the mediterranean, I saw amazing works of art such as the Sistine Chapel, I ate the most incredible pesto on the coast of Cinque Terre, and got a locals perspective of Rome from my aunt's Roman friends. It was unforgettable.

2. Louisiana. We moved from La. when I was three, but most of my family still lives there. I wish it wasn’t so far away, because we have such a great time when we are there. It is so nice to spend time with everyone, and it would be nice if Keating got to see his extended family more often.

3. The Blue Ridge Mountains. There is just something nice about being able to escape to the mountains for a day or even a weekend. It is relaxing and life moves at a different pace there. As a kid, we would take my Nannie to see the leaves change in the fall. In my adult years, a group of friends would rent a cabin or go tubing down the river. At Christmas we go to Brad’s family’s church camp for “Carroll Christmas” I have a lot of fond memories from The Blue Ridge Mountains.

4. Home... where ever that may be. As long as I am with my family, I am home.

5. The Beach - It doesn't matter what beach or what body of water, as long as there is sand and surf I am a happy girl!

6. Boston- We went there for a baby moon before Keating got here and it was an amazing city. So full of history and incredible seafood. I would love to go back one day when I am not pregnant to partake in a little Sam Adams sipping.

5 foods...

1. Homemade Mac and cheese.

2. Chocolate chip cookies straight out of the oven. I like them gooey.

3. Red Wine

4. Sushi

5. Homemade Pizza

4 Books...

1. Gone With the Wind- One of the best books I have ever read

2. Harry Potter – Yes there are really 7 books but they all go together.

3. Redeeming Love – I couldn’t put this book down when I read it. It is one book that I highly recommend.

4. Heaven is For Real – I read this book recently and although it was short, the story within it is quite amazing. I had goose bumps the entire time I read it.

3 Films...

1. The Sweetest Thing – This movie illustrates the relationship between my girlfriends and me to a T. It is also hilarious.

2. Harry Potter – Once again, I can’t get away from Harry Potter. I think that the movies do a great job of portraying the books (Although they do leave quite a bit out) and I am not ready to let go of the fact that the series is over. I find myself watching it every time there is a HP marathon on TV.

3. Anchorman The legend of Ron Burgundy – Every time I watch this I cry laughing. “Baxter you know I don’t speak Spanish!”


7 Wants

7 Wants…

1. For my house to be finished.

2. Frye boots. I have wanted a pair for years, and I think they would be a wise investment. =)

3. A winning Georgia football season

4. An extended vacation to Ireland or Italy

5. For each day to have at least 48 hours in it, so that I can accomplish everything that I need to do.

6. To wake up every morning and have perfect hair. I have been rocking the pony tail quite frequently lately.

7. To one day be able to work from home


8 Fears

8 Fears… In no particular order

1. Roaches... is there a nastier creature in all the world!?

2. Losing a loved one

3. Walking in the dark and something touching me. I feel like nasty creatures live in the dark.

4. Snakes… the only good use for a snake is for a pair of shoes or a bag.

5. Cancer.

6. Centipedes. I am creeped out by things with more than 8 legs. Weirdly enough, spiders don’t bother me.

7. Looking out the window at night and someone is watching me but I can’t see them. I think this comes from any classic scary movie.

8. Developing Alzheimer’s. I already have trouble remembering things and I hope this is not something I have to deal with when I am older. It is an awful disease.


9 Loves

1. Brad, Keating, Lola

2. Christmas

3. Fall

4. Cowboy boots

5. Rootbeer floats

6. Georgia Football

7. The beach

8. Photography

9. Chapstick


10 Confessions

If you haven't noticed, I have been a little lacking on the blogging material lately. I am joining up with Leggings are not pants for the 10day You Challenge. Thinking up answers for these simple categories is actually pretty hard.

10 secrets …

1. I recently took a personality quiz at work and apparently I am overly critical. I should probably work on that.

2. I love my job, but I hate the fact that I feel like I am not raising my son. I miss being home with him in the mornings and going for walks.

3. When I was a teenager, I would sometimes wear two bras because I had no boobs. This was before the day of “add two cup size” bras. I should have invented that.

4. I think that if you are going to live in America, that you should speak English. Call me closed minded, but if I moved to another country I would learn their language.

5. I am secretly jealous that my sister dresses better than I do. This may or may not be a secret since I try to copy her sometimes.

6. I hate raw tomatoes. I will eat them in ketchup, spaghetti, soup, salsa… but not raw.

7. Sometimes when I am driving by myself, I like to sing at the top of my lungs. My favorite song to sing is “I had the time of my life” It is so uplifting and reminds me that “Nobody puts Baby in the corner!”

8. When I was young, my sister and I would have campouts every night of summer vacation. “Camping out” consisted of sleeping on the floor of our living room in sleeping bags and watching our VHS recordings of Saved by the Bell and Troop Beverly Hills.

9. I feel guilty when we go out after work or on weekends. I know that having time as a married couple is important, but I have trouble balancing mom, wife and work.

10. We just traded in my gas guzzling Tahoe, and my only car requirement to Brad was that I wanted heated seats. I have been using said heated seats every morning since I got my car… in August.


The long road of renovating.

I am still here. Life has been busy, yet slow all at the same time. If that makes any sense. We are all counting the days until fall. With fall comes Georgia Football, changing leaves, sweaters, chili, the state fair, bonfires... I could go on and on... Instead, this is what we have been up to, trying to keep cool any way we can.
We are nearing the end of our home renovation and I am FINALLY seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I hope. After a lot of headaches, our wood floors have been refinished. I think it was definitely worth the wait because they turned out beautifully. You can see in the background that I started doing the lime wash on our fireplace. It is not exactly what I had in mind, so it is going to be a work in progress until I get it right. When the lime is applied it goes on transparent, and dries completely opaque. It was very deceiving how the end result was going to look. I put on way more than I needed/ wanted... so now I get to backpedal to get rid of some of it. The joys of trial and error.
Here is a view looking in from the hall. The glossy new floors make everything look so much bigger! I am getting a little antsy to get this place finished and finally make it our home. I cant wait to decorate and get our things in there so it finally feels like "ours."

I have also been trying to decide on colors for the outside of the house. I am wanting a cream base with a taupe trim and bronze shutters. Below are my "cream" colors. If you haven't yet noticed, I have a problem making simple decisions...

The dark shade is the shutter color and the two taupe shades (below the bronze and to the right) are the trim that I am deciding between. I have all of the color names somewhere, but I couldn't tell you what/where they are currently.

That's about all I have right now. I am being told that we should be in within the next two weeks. I've heard that before. All that is lacking on the inside is another coat of paint on the walls and doors and a few finishing touches. Here's to hoping that I have a house before labor day!


Prayers for Caden

If you have ever taken a gander over at my favorite blogs sidebar, you will have seen The Stanley Clan. I have known both Becca and Adam since high school and I love keeping up with their family and amazing ministry. They have moved their family to live among those they minister and mentor in inner city Atlanta. This family is a beacon of light in a dark place, where the children don't have Godly influence in their lives. Becca has an honest way of writing that describes their life and all of their experiences "in the hood" as she lovingly refers to it. Becca and Adam are truly two people, that when God says "Jump!" they say "HOW HIGH!?" They truly walk by faith and encourage everyone around them.
Their family is currently needing your prayers. Last week their newborn son Caden came into the world with a severe heart defect. I wont even attempt to explain it, because it is way past my realm of understanding. Caden came out of open heart surgery yesterday afternoon and the next few days are critical in his healing process. I urge you to pay their blog a visit. Read their story, and most importantly say a prayer for baby Caden.



Beating the Heat

We have had a scorching summer. Every year I am surprised at how hot it is... it's like you forget over the course of a really cold winter what summers in the South are like. When I step outside into the thick humid air, I think "I don't remember it being this hot last year!" Well friends, this winter when I am freezing my tail off and I start complaining, please remind me to be thankful!

Having a child that LOVES being outside, makes these hot months difficult. I have had to find ways to let Keating have his fun, without roasting. His new favorite activity is playing in this old wash tub. He has a kiddie pool, but that isn't as fun to him as an old bucket. Its always the unconventional "toys" he likes... Not the ones that we actually pay money for. Lola is a fan too.

I think we may skip on the Christmas presents this year and just give him a bunch of old junk from the garage since he seems to enjoy it more! =)

This summer Blue has also enjoyed his first ice cream cone. He was pretty impressed, although he tried eating it from the wrong end. That was messy, but he didn't seem to mind.
Every day when I come home from work, his first words to me are "golf cot." No big hug, a kiss, or even "Mama" just "Golf Cot". I see where his priorities lie. We drive the golf cot to the back of the neighborhood where it borders a horse farm.

I really have to watch him because he is not afraid of the horses one bit. Their size doesn't intimate him at all. He is a little confused between a horse and a cow. When seeing a horse he says "moo." I suppose we will have to work on that. And no, he isn't wearing pants. It has been so hot that my mom will let him play with just a shirt on. When I come home to my little redneck baby, and he has the urge to hop on the "golf cot" there is no time to grab pants.
We have also been enjoying the fruits of Shonnie and Gpaw's garden. Last week I decided to make pesto, and let Keating help me pick the basil. He now thinks that he can help out all the time by yanking basil leaves, fruits and veggies straight off of the bush. Here he is looking angelic after being busted for snatching the basil.

And picking the "balls" {grapes} off of Gpaws grape vines. This may be teaching him a bad habit... that you can just pick things and eat them whenever you want. It is probably why he felt it was okay when my mom turned her back, and he drank from the fish pond. Seriously. Why? Is this just a boy thing? At least he can laugh at himself and take enjoyment out of the small things. This kid keeps us laughing all the time. He is the light of my life.

I am ready for Fall, can I get an amen!?



I have been in love with whitewashed brick for as long as I can remember. There are a few local homes in town that have it, and once I saw Paula Deen's brick backsplash, I was smitten. I just didn't know how to go about getting it. I dont think I will be able to have a brick backsplash since it seems that adding brick would be very labor intensive... but I could always transform the brick we already have.
As you can sort of see in this photo, our fireplace sticks out like a sore thumb. It stands in the middle of our living room with all its dated brick and faux brass glory. I am thinking that a white washed look would be the perfect accent and make it a nice focal point for the room...Not just an eye sore. I am hoping it would give the room a bit of history, making it look perfectly aged.
Plan A is to use a lime wash. People have used this approach for 100's of years, I just hope I can pull it off! If it is unsuccessful I will try the painted route. I have searched endlessly online for lime washing instructions, and good detailed directions are hard to come by. So I am going to take photos in case any one else is interested in doing it as well. My experiment starts tomorrow so I will let y'all know how it goes.
Wish me luck!