Saturday, December 19, 2009

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

Wow...have we gotten the snow. Our area usually doesn't get it like this. It started snowing yesterday morning shortly before we awoke. I tried to drive down our 'steep' mountain road thinking I could make it to work, work a few hours and then get back home before it got too bad. Well, boy was I wrong. Shortly after pulling out of our driveway I was regretting my decision but since our road is all down hill, I didn't feel comfortable turning around. I 'slid' all the way to the bottom, turned around and up the mountain I came. It was very dangerous, slippery, steep cliffs to my right and not a great idea at all. It took me more than 30 minutes to go 3 miles (down and then back up again). Boy was my husband glad to see me pulling back into the driveway. The stress and the pressure of that (short) drive caused me to walk right into the house and fall into my hubby's arms bawling my head off. He kept saying "at least your home safe now, it's all ok". It took me a good 30 minutes to finally calm down and realize that...I had a Snow Day!!! Yeah. Our company decided to close down, something that they just don't do. Our entire county was just blanketed. I was glad to call my team members to let them know to enjoy their 'Snow Day'. It snowed all day long. We ended up getting between 10 and 12 inches. It is absolutely beautiful. We are just glad that we didn't loose power and that we had food in the cabinets. We have made Potato Soup, Russian Tea, Grilled Cheese, and best of all...snow cream. (yum) We have been snowed in for two days and they have already canceled church for tomorrow...that will make 3 days. My hubby and I have played cards, watched tons of Christmas movies, worked in our home office, I have has been a wonderful time. I am sure that are those of you who got way more snow than us but this is big, very big around here.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Wow...5 Years Already!!! Happy Anniversary to 'US'

Dec. 11th - my hubby and I have been married for 5 years. We were both married before and had been single for quite a long time before finding each other. We both belong to the same church and had been friends for almost 3 years before God let us truly 'see' each other for the roles that He had for us in each other's future. At times it feels like yesterday that we were saying 'I do' but on the other hand we feel like we have been married and together for our entire lives. We just instantly became 'Us' and it felt like we had just always been. Well we went out of town for our anniversary to the same cabin that we stayed in for our honeymoon 5 years ago. My aunt and uncle own a cabin right on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia so we took them up on their offer to stay again. We had a wonderful time. Here are a few pics from our weekend. (the ones I can share with you of Me and my honey!!! (boy and I a blessed girl)

We took our pictures at this very same rock on the Blue Ridge Parkway 5 years ago and we always make it a point (anytime we are in that area) to go by 'our rock'.

They had a snow and ice storm two days before we arrived. There was still quite a bit of snow in the area. It was absolutely beautiful.

I bet we saw over 100 deer over the three days we were there. They let us get so close (as long as we were still in the car) it was unbelievable. I bet they are use to the 'tourist' taking their photos. We were amazed at how majestic they looked.
With all the 'house here is on the market', 'I am transitioning in my job', 'we are house hunting in Virginia', and 'it's Christmas time' we needed this much deserved time away. It was truly everything that the two of us hoped it would be.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Triplet...I need your help!!!

We are getting our house ready to list for sale. My husband and I are praying about a 'big' move. I have always wanted to live closer to my twin sister and since she and her family are being stubborn about coming this way, I guess my husband and I will have to be the ones to 'take the leap of faith' and move to another state. However, God has to be in on all of this and with the job market and the housing market the way it is, if this 'works' then we will know it is God. In preparation for this new journey, we are getting ready to put our house on the market. My sisters friend Regina (our third triplet) is awesome at home decorating and staging. You should see what she did in my sisters home. Anyway, I am posting some pics here (three rooms for now...more to come later) and want her to be able to see them and give me some advice. If anyone else out there is even reading my blog and has some house-wisdom I would greatly apprecaite your input. Regina, thanks for taking the time to help me out. I love you girl and can't wait to see you.

First up is the kitchen:

Next is the Dining Room:
Now for the Living Room:

Any advice that could stage my house better I would greatly appreciate. Please don't be afraid to make 'any' suggestions. I want to take all ideas (furniture placement, furniture removal, etc.) seriously. Thanks for your input.

Monday, September 28, 2009

'Nesting' Around My House

Well, while the 'husband' is away, the decorator in me will play. My husband went to see his mother for her 74th birthday so I had the house to myself since Thursday. However, I do miss him, I have had so much fun. There is a wall in my dining room that is really 'plain' and I have been dying to pay it a little bit of attention. I have 'surfed' the blogging world and have found some wonderful inspiration photos. This is the inspiration photo that I chose to 'mimic'.

This photo is from the talented 'Nester'. (at least I think it is...I tried to re-find it but couldn't)
So on Saturday my daughter, Ashley, and I headed out shopping to find those 'must-have' treasures that I needed to re-created this in my own home. So, here's my version...what do you think? I was able to create this look for my own home for under $100 bucks. Yeah! A great look and a great price. You can't beat that. (at night in my dining room the lighting can be weird - so please excuse the less than perfect photos)
I recently go rid of the area rug under our table and I am on the hunt for a new one...the 'right' one. Haven't found it yet. Well, haven't found it yet in my price range. Still on the hunt. Thanks for stopping by and looking at my newly 're-created' space.

Now, I just hope my honey likes it when he gets home. I will let you know.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A fun Give-A-Way - to go check out

There is a fun Give-A-Way going on over at The Lettered Cottage. Take a look at this fun burlap table runner. The link to Layla's website is: Also, while over there, take the opportunity to check out the link to Grace's Etsy shop. You won't be sorry. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Weekend with my sister's family...

It's a 'twin thing' once again. When my mom and I arrived at my twin sisters house, low and behold my sister and I were dressed just alike. we both had on black shirts and khaki pants with black sandals on. We have done this on many occassions and it still 'freaks' us and our family out. It is uncanny that the two of us can live 5 hours apart and show up in the exact same clothes. Not only that we have the 'same' clothes in our closets but that we pick out the same thing on the very same day. Wow this is weird. This is my mom with Jonathan. Is is learning the keyboard and Nana was teaching him a new song.

Nana snuggling with Lyndsay

Me, Terri! and mymom at the kids soccer games.

Laura and Lyndsay with Nana at the game.

Aunt Cherri with Lyndsay

Aunt Cherri with Jonathan

Aunt Cherri with Laura

We had a wonderful time with Terri! and her kids. The only thing missing was her husband Robert. Thanks Terri! and kids for a lovely day. We love you.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Softball anyone...

Here is Sam with Sierra right after she scored her first run. My mom with Joshua

Dad with Joshua
On my way home from work tonight I stopped by the ball fields. My nieces were playing softball. Sierra will be ten this week. Tonight was the first game of this season. I was glad that I could be there. Her first up at bat, she hit a good solid hit and got on base. She stole 2nd and ended up scoring a run. Yeah Sierra!!! Here she is coming across the plate...a little blurry, I know, but I still think it's cute.
Here she is with her brother Joshua. His game is later this week.

Here is Gabrielle, who will be 5 this summer. She was playing T-ball (however, the coaches actully pitched to them). This is her very first year playing.

Here she is coming up to bat. Isn't she just adorable. I know I am partial and all, but get real. She is too darn cute!! Ok, so the bat is almost as big as she is..that doesn't matter, right?

Can't believe that I actually got the shot of the ball coming to her. I was thrilled to get this shot. She wacked it too. Way to go Gabrielle!!!

And this is her actaully scoring her very first run...ever!

It was a lot of fun getting the chance to watch them play. I look forward to the rest of the season.

Spring Break with my Son

My son lives out of state (about 4 hours away) with his dad. He is very involved in football so I don't actually get to see him a whole lot. He came and spent most of his Spring Break with us week before last. I know, I can't believe it has taken me this long to post about his visit either. We had an amazing time together. We had to make every moment count and we did. The first full day he was here we met my mom, dad and my brother for lunch. Here are some photos:

Matt with me and my hubby Mark
This is Mark, my mom, Matt, me and my dad.

My mom, Matt and my dad. (yes he is as tall as my dad...6"3" to be exact)

These are the 'men' in my life. Mark, Sam, Matt and Dad

My brother Sam can't get over the fact that my 15 year old son is taller than his is. This is him standing on something to appear taller than Matt. Sorry Sam, he has past you.

Matt, Mark and I throughly enjoyed our time with you. Thank you for helping us plant our Red Bud Trees. You sure saved our backs and muscles. We appreciated it. We love you sweetheart.