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Joyfully married May 15, 2010, living in Troy, AL, Engineer and Pharmacist, "parents" of sweet puppy Gidget...

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thankful Thursday

It's been a while since I've written but we've been keeping busy! We spent a wonderful weekend in Mobile/Fairhope to celebrate Ginnie and Thomas's wedding weekend. It was so fabulous to see old friends and be able to go to the Festival of Flowers in Mobile. Here are a couple of pictures from the weekend...

Roomies Reunited!

My handsome date :)

The BRIDE withe the girls

It was a beautiful wedding and reception - and so much fun to reunite with friends!

This week I am thankful for....
- Time with great friends this weekend
- Date night with R last night :) It had been forever since dinner and a movie night!
- Time with my family this weekend
- Beautiful weather and a Saturday outside
- The rain that washed away some of the pollen this week
- Once again, DVR
- A good job
- Allegra - it helps with all of the pollen
- Cinnamon Toast Crunch - I came back around to an old favorite
There is so, so much more, but I am off to clean up our lovely home that's gotten a little dusty. It, like the blog, has been neglected for the past week :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Home Sweet Home

Well, I am (hopefully) coming to the end of our "major" home improvement posts. The inside of the house is now complete (except for the things I am going to do myself, of course). It is so nice to have a home that doesn't appear to be in the stages of building/renovation. When we bought the house a little over a year ago, I was totally freaking out about how we were going to get everything done. I was terrified that we'd go broke trying, and possible kill each other in the process. It has, however, been much more fun (for the most part) than I anticipated, and incredibly rewarding. Thanks to a VERY handy husband - who also knows when a project is out of our "specialty" level, I am no longer afraid of these projects! We didn't even really have to stress, and enjoyed having projects to do together. We were also blessed with some great folks that actually do this kind of thing professionally. They were much quicker than us, and their finished product had that professional look.
Here are a couple of pictures of the major project, our stairs...

The landing!!

The stairs completed, and much quieter :)

Gidget likes the new stairs too!

It's wonderful to have these things done and not have folks in and out of the house anymore!

The bedroom was also part of the project. With the help of my parents, we painted the walls. We then had the crown molding put in and painted, and then I painted all the other trim to finish it out. The curtains were a fabulous deal from Pottery Barn's President's Day sale, and really finished off the room.

Well, that's pretty much all the home improvement we have for now - THANK GOODNESS!!! I plan to enjoy this relaxing day off and do a little exercise as well.

I hope you all have a Terrific Tuesday! :)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

O'Thankful O'Thursday

Happy St. Patty's Day everyone! I'm sitting here in my green shirt (maybe the only one I have) trying to think of something festively "St Patty's Day" to cook for dinner tonight. That may not sound as exciting as the college days of celebrating St. Patty's Day with all things green, but I guarantee I will get more sleep tonight and eat less than we did in AU. haha I specifically remember one such holiday when Kimmie and I drove back from a summer job interview in Foley just to be back for the festivities. Good times :)
Yesterday I promised some pics of our finished deck, and have been asked for some house pics so here ya go...

R and Dad did a fabulous job - view from the back door!

View from the other end of the deck! Now we just need a dining set and we can live out here :) (just ignore the paint job for the moment - that's next)

Now for Thankful Thursday
- My wonderful family and friends - especially the weekend I got to spend with family and time this week with friends!
- That beautiful deck being completed, railing and all.
- Scheduled completion of our stairs today - pics to follow once they are done
- This amazing spring weather...which inspired this table decor
- Those lovely flowers from the "first" Millers
- Confirmation into the Episcopal church and such a sweet and welcoming new church family
- A good job that allows all of these "little" house projects to go forward
- Swiffers - they were a fabulous invention and I rely on them heavily
- The Bachelor ending - now back to my regularly scheduled life - ha
- Sunshine - a good dose of Vitamin D and better for the mood than rain
- R's back feeling much, much better this week
- Coffee...I'm thankful for it every morning
- Clean sheets, they always make me sleep better :)
There are many, many more but the Swiffers are calling my name :)
I hope everyone has a little GREEN in their life today!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Adventures in Domesticity...

I have been quite negligent in my blogging over the last couple of weeks, so I plan to catch up!
We had a great weekend with my parents this past weekend. They came up for a visit and to be here for my confirmation into the Episcopal church. Friday night we grilled out some AMAZING steaks - thanks to my grillmaster. :) Saturday Dad and R did an awesome job finishing our deck railing - I will post pics soon! While they worked hard, Mom, Abby and I did some shopping. It is what we do best, after all. It was a wonderful time for relaxing and enjoying their visit.
Also, I have to give a shout-out to a recipe I found in (of all places) People magazine. It was a blueberry pie recipe that was ridiculously easy, and so delicious that I made 2 in 1 week. I had to make the first as practice to make sure it was good, and the second for our "company" this weekend. :) I may just have to make a 3rd sometime soon - only to make sure I have perfected it of course! I had never made a pie before, and I was pretty proud of it! It also gave me the chance to use the pie-birdie Mom gave me, and it made the pie look so cute I didn't want to cut it!
Well, time for a little house-cleaning and puppy-walking. Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow for Thankful Thursday (thanks Julie J) because there is so much to be thankful for!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Catch-up and Thankful Thursday!

What a beautiful day! I am in love with spring - no matter how long it may last down here with the crazy weather changes! It's so nice to go on walks, work in the yard, and have the windows opens in the house. Last weekend was such a fabulous weekend thanks to the weather and NO PLANS for once! R and I spent the weekend painting our house (inside), working in the yard, grilling out (and s'mores on the firepit), and we even had Sonic drinks to ease the pain of our trip to Lowe's. ha It was glorious!
The week was a little more busy than the weekend but my sister got to come visit, so that was fun! And a little shopping in Montgomery with my college roomie was great! Thanks to Dillards for some beautiful shoes and a lovely dress - and thank you EarthFare for some delicious, organic food (even if it was a little expensive). :)So here are my Thankful Thursdays:
1. A fabulous weekend of doing nothing with R :)
2. Beautiful weather!
3. A sweet pup to take on my walks.
4. Wonderful friends and family and the time to visit with them.
5. Flowers - beautiful, blooming Buttercups/Daffodils in my yard and tulips on my mantle
6. Fresh fruit - love my strawberries and pineapples!
7. DVR - I love waking up and watching my favorite shows while I clean house
8. The nice folks that did such a FABULOUS job on the work on our house - they really added finishing touches that made such a difference!
9. Girl Scout cookies - I may be thankful by my "skinny" jeans are not
10. Pottery Barn Cameron drapes and the difference they make in our bedroom - and the light the block out in the morning :)
There are so many things to be thankful for but those are just a few of them! I hope everyone is enjoying this weather :) It's almost Friday!