4.09.2014

SPRANG BREAK - Burn it Down Tour



David and I left off early Saturday morning to the beach for the day! We had big plans to use the tickets I gave him for Christmas to see Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, and Tyler Farr in concert at The Wharf. I was SO pumped! It's the first "REAL" concert I'd been to. David had been to one before me, and of course I have seen a few people in concert at the fair, but those don't count. Right? 



We arrived around lunch time, so we ate at Five Guys in Foley and headed on south. It was cold, a tad rainy, and just all around dreary outside, but we were hopeful that the concert would be dry. We went to the beach, to a few places we like to shop, and then back to the beach so I could use their public restroom to get "decent". Crazy? Yea, I know. However, we have been to this public beach several times and the bathrooms are spotless. So, I plugged in my hair tools, and fixed my hair! I changed in there, got back in the car to do my makeup, and David went to the bathroom to change. It worked perfectly! No one came in the bathroom while I was there, either. Ha! 


Once we arrived at the Wharf (and hour and a half early) we were directed to go ALL the way around the place to retrieve our tickets since they were on will call. I was SO nervous about this because I had used a different card to make the purchase and Ticketmaster has very strict rules about purchasing. I took everything with me that I could think of to prove I was the one who ordered the tickets except for the computer that I ordered the tickets with!
It was such an easy thing, though. They asked for my license, and since I was the "Alternate pickup  name", there was no problem. Whew! 

We had to wait for around an hour to get in, but once we did I headed straight for the front row. Not like a crazy person, either. I definitely wasn't one who took my shoes off and sprinted to the front. However, that's basically where we ended up. 


I was really nervous that David would get sick of standing the whole time, and we both did eventually, but the concert and experience outweighed our tired feet by the end of the night. 


I was so glad we got to experience it together! I will seriously cherish this memory forever! Jason and FLGALine sing so many songs that mean a lot to the two of us, so it was fun to commemorate that in real life with each other, and being at the beach wasn't so bad either ;) 

The rain held off and made for a beautiful night. It was cool, breezy, but tolerable. Of course it would have been a little sticky if it would have been any warmer because that was A LOT of people standing WAY too close for comfort in my opinion. I overcame my "huge crowd" anxiety, but I think it was because the only thing in front of us was stage {and a couple thousand security guards which also helped my spirits}. 


Tyler Farr is an up and coming artist who plays a few good songs that we like. A familiar one to most is "Redneck Crazy", and that is NOT my fave. I love "Whiskey in my Water" and a couple of his others, but he was very engaging with fans, and we even got a little high five action from him at the end. 
So we are both basically famous now! :)


I have to say, though, Flordia Georgia Line really stole the show for me. I found myself wishing we had seen more of them. They are so talented, so engaging, and they really work the crowd SO well. I love their music, their tune, their harmonies, and the way that you can tell they really appreciate where they are when they're on the stage. They really did set the stage for Jason, and if I dare say -- Jason should be opening for them. 
Wow, huh? 
Maybe I'm just obsessed with their harmonies and their rendition of "Grenade - Bruno Mars" 
because that -- will -- blow -- your -- socks -- off.


And finally, Jason. 

When he came out, after a few songs, David told me "It took me a little while to realize that we are really here. He is really there. It's just kind of surreal."

I'm so glad he thought so! 

Jason was good, don't get me wrong, but what you see him doing in the above photo is basically what he did the whole time. Stayed behind the mic, used his guitar a lot, and didn't really embrace the crowd as much as I had hoped. 

However, Fly Over States will never sound as good on CD now as it did in person. 


We left out when Jason "finished" the first time (before his encore) because we wanted to beat the crowd, and we could hear him anyway, so we started back to our vehicle and got there around 10:40. We were still sitting in our car at 11:40.
David was not happy about this. 
FINALLY, we found a peep hole through the back of the parking lot, wedged our way out of the cluster of people in the way, and cut out between two railroad ties that separated the parking lot from the ditch/road and went straight across to the highway. 
We scrounged up 3.50 in cash for the toll bridge and went well on our merry way home. 
We arrived back around 3am, but it was SUCH a fun day! SUCH a fun memory!!! 

Merry {very late} Christmas to David! 
Love you, always!


And in case you need proof - here's the video I took of "Grenade" 





Blakelyn's Baby Shower!

About a month ago, I was invited to celebrate Kristin & Matt's first baby, Blakelyn, at a shower around where David lives! It is such a blessing to me that these girls have scooped me up into their arms, into their circle of friends and have made me feel like one of their own. I truly value the friendship they have given me in this last year or so of mine & David's journey. It has meant so much to me that they make me feel just as "at home" as David does. 

ANYWAY! Back to this adorable shower. I wish I had taken some more photos, but I didn't! When you walked in, a table was set up for us to sign the guest book. There was also a station for us to write our addresses on the front of the envelope that Kristin would use for "thank you" cards. What a genius idea! I know it saved her a lot of time to have us do that. 

We played several games. One involved ice cubes and plastic babies. We all had to put an ice cube with a plastic baby frozen inside into our drink and the first person whose  baby "broke free" from the ice had to yell, "MY WATER BROKE," and I will give ya'll two guesses of who's water broke first.....
If you guessed ME, you're right. 

The other game we played involved us all having 3 clothes pins attached to our clothing and as the shower progressed, no one could say the words "baby", or "Blakelyn". I did not win that one! Ha! 


Kristin got a ton of adorable things, and she had many people there who care about her and her family. I haven't seen her in a few weeks, but I know the time is drawing near and she is SO excited about Blakelyn's arrival. I have to say, I am too! I can't wait to see her and love on her! 
Saturday we are doing their maternity session, and it's my first one to do, so I could NOT be more excited! I cannot wait!


Kristin requested this door hanger, and I decided to make it as her gift! I love how it turned out, and I think she did too.


These two ladies (and Amber, wherever she was!) were definitely the "hostesses with the mostest".  They thought of everything, and everything was perfect! The food, the decor, the games, and the thought they put into everything really did shine through. Kristin is blessed to have friends who wanted to do this for her, and I am so glad that I was asked to be a part of the day as well. These girls have really become some of my great friends, and I am thankful that The Lord saw fit to cross our paths! 

HAPPY {ALMOST} BIRTHDAY, BLAKELYN!!
so many people already love you.




3.20.2014

ODMFAY: March!



It's weird that another month has come and gone, but I find myself saying that at the beginning of every month! This month was a very low-key date because I knew we would be traveling to the beach (more on that later) and I thought it would be fun to incorporate our date into our trip! So, what better way than to find something to do on our 3 hour drive?
For this month, I found a fun "dating game" type thing on Pinterest, and it was just 39 questions that I would have never thought to ask david. A few examples are, 
.. "Who was your favorite elementary school teacher?"
.. "What's the first outfit you remember wearing as a child?" 
.. "When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?" 

It was fun because sometimes I think we loose sight of "our person," and we like to think that we already know everything about them, but the truth is -- I found out lots of new things about david, and after he answered the questions, I answered them too! So we both spent time talking, learning, and growing with each other. I always look forward to learning more about him, and I am always so surprised at what he has to say. Plus, it was fun to kill an hour talking about meaningful things rather than listening to music! :) 

I think that these dates (the ones that are free and allow us to learn more about each other) will be my favorite. Since it's only the second month of dates, it may be too early to tell - but that's my prediction! 


Can't wait to blog about our trip!! :) 



2.19.2014

ODMFAY: February

"ODMFAY" stands for "One Date a Month for a Year". This was one of David's valentines gifts that I decided would be really fun! Basically, you provide 11 pre-planned, pre-paid dates for the months leading up to the month that you give the gift. For instance, I gave it as a valentines gift, so I planned dates until next January!

This is so, so much fun because you can incorporate things you both enjoy together, things you have never done before, and even things you've said you would always do! For us, sometimes our favorite thing to do is just to grab a movie that we already have and chill. So, this gift doesn't have to cost a fortune. However, it is fun to splurge on dates every now and then, {like his birthday month}, as well as just to treat him to a little outing on me! 

This whole gift took me daaaays of planning and about 4 hours to "construct". I liked to add little objects or things that went along with the "theme" of the date as you will see in these posts! I'm so excited to share with you my ideas {some borrowed from others, and some done on my own!} I'm doing this series so that if you've ever considered doing this as a gift you will have some insight about price! I'm also doing it because it was really fun to create, and I want to document the memories we are sure to make through this during the course of this year! Before I dove off into this {and got creative} I assumed it would cost a ton! But! It doesn't have to. So, after that super long intro, here's February's Date!! 

For February, I wanted to do something simple! I knew we would be going out for a date, and I knew the tab would be on david, and even though we aren't huge fans of valentines day, I didn't want it to be all about me, I wanted to buy him something that I knew he would enjoy & I love doing personal things for him because he is always appreciative and thankful for the time I spend on these types of gifts. That makes the planning  time pay off for sure!! :) 


I found this free printable online, printed and cut it out, and used an index card to draw around it to try and create the illusion of a coffee cup! Inside the heart says, "I love you more than coffee!" 


Once you slide the coffee sleeve down, a message is revealed! Attached to the back was a gift card to our favorite coffee shop! I knew david would want to use this on our way home from our date, and sure enough, he did! So, since it was late, we didn't ride a backroad, but we had earlier that day, so that counts right? Sure it does - it's our date!! 


David also wanted to open each envelope for each month, but I told him be had to wait until the beginning of each month to do so! I'm pretty sure he's secretly excited to have something new to do every month, and I am too!! :) 


retreating to monthly updates...


Sometimes I am just too busy to blog, and other times I just don't want to. Then I think, "you're gonna wish you could remember the details about these days," so here I sit. 


For starters, I got a haircut! Well, I got bangs. I had no length cut off {because I am convinced that my hairdresser has put a -wonderful- spell on it that's causing it to GROW} and she always does exactly what I want! This was the first real "dramatic" difference that I have had done while going to her, but I love it. Bangs make me feel fun. 


Two weekends ago, Daddy set up a rabbit hunt because he wanted David to be able to go. Well, of course I tagged along! I was anxious to shoot my "new" gun. You see, my uncle inherited all of my Pawpaw's guns when he passed, but he recently told us that he wanted all of the grands to have one. So, I got my very favorite - a 20 gauge Benelli. 
The gun is a treasure, and I am grateful for it, but I will always wish I could have had the opportunity to go on at least one hunt with Pawpaw.


Matt also went, and he killed the only rabbit that was seen while we were there! 


On that same weekend, Matt wanted to try out his boat, so David & I made the run with him. The weather was nice and we enjoyed being on the water! It definitely felt like Spring.


During the week, I had to drive myself to class without Marty because she was running late, so I decided to do some thrifting, and I found this precious little gem! OH MY GAH, I can hardly contain my excitement over putting this baby in our own home one day! It's in minty condition, and I AM IN LOVE!! 


On February 7th, David & I shared 28 months together, and Mom & Dad shared 33 years! I hope David and I are allowed that many years together, and I know we will be just as happy and in love as these two are! 


I also think that cutting my hair has made me think I have a free pass to dressing like a boy and wearing Kourtney Kardashian sunglasses.. so! I guess the myth to "new hair new you" is somewhat true? Except not really because I was unsure of this the whole time I had it on! 


And next, how could we forget Valentines Day?
I sketched this Chalkboard Wednesday night and finished it Thursday evening before David came on Friday! 
I like doing little personal things for him.


For his gift, I gave him a knife he had been wanting. I also gave him lots of candy. I did the cheesiest thing and labeled them all with cute printables: 

gum: "I chews you"
Sour worms: "Love bugs" 
Jolly Ranchers: "Have a Jolly Valentines" 
Warheads: "Pucker up, it's Valentines Day!" 
Blow Pops: "Sucker for Love!" 

And I gave him the "One Date a Month for a Year." I am SO SO excited about this!! I am a firm believer in David being made to feel special and loved just as I should be made to feel that way. So, I created 11 preplanned, prepaid dates for us to enjoy, and at the beginning of each month, he gets to open the one for that month & it's his choice of when we use it! Some dates are free, and others are ones that require a small fee. I plan to blog about each month's date. Crossing my fingers that happens!


Earlier on Friday I went to Columbus to try and find a decent outfit for our date, and when I came home these were waiting on me! 
"I love you so much, Julie Bug!"
He's into calling me that lately, and I happen to think it's mighty cute!
He also got me a pair of hunting boots I've been eyeing for awhile! He listens so well, and he did way too much for me. 
Oh! And did I mention the tear-jerking card and cute little cow tin full of reese's? The guy knows the way to my heart! Sweet words, chocolate, and COWS!


We waited until Saturday to go on a date since he gets here late on Friday, and we enjoyed some japanese food, Lone Survivor {yep, I went to the theatre} and he even decided to use his February Date and we grabbed coffee at our favorite coffee shop before coming home. 
It was nice to celebrate our love, even though we try to do that every time we are together.


annnnnd on Sunday we did this!


This pew sat at David's MeMaw's house for awhile, and I have always loved it. His mom told him recently that he should go get it and bring it home, and once he did she asked where I was going to put it! So, David brought it to me this past weekend and we spent the afternoon sanding, cleaning, staining and waxing this beauty, and I will cherish it forever. It is such a sentimental piece for David, and I plan to give it lots of love in that future home that we don't have yet! :) 



1.27.2014

Happy New Year?


Is it time for an update? I'd say so! I have so much to say, and so many photos to share! Here's to hoping you're not bored.!


New Years: I should have probably given it it's own post, but then again nothing just really eventful happened! We spent the night around David's around the fire and a few good friends came over to ring in the new year. Sadly, I was SO tired by 12 that I just wanted to sleep! Ha! It was pretty cold, too, which kind of made it a little miserable unless you were packed around the fire. 


One thing that WAS great about it was ringing it in with this handsome fella! I am so blessed and excited to be going into 2014 with him by my side, and I want to spend the rest of my New Years Eve's with him -- and every other day for that matter.


Also during Christmas Break we went to see a movie...AT THE THEATER! This is a major deal because I haven't been since the Colorado shooting. I just couldn't go in one. But we did! Granted, it was the middle of the day, but it was fun - and the laughs from Madea's Christmas made it so much easier to forget about being worried.


We spent a lot of days just being outside, enjoying the cool days with the sun shining. We actually rode up to the barn and cranked up all the tractors, etc to get them prepared for the cold. We made a trip down to the pond and watched the ducks - simple day.


A few weekends at David's, his mom and I were checking their deer cameras, and we ran across this bad boy. I killed him and we scared everyone around their house with it -- and I believe we were the only ones who thought it was funny :)


We also got to see these ladies and their husbands that weekend, along with two other sweet ones that aren't in the pic for some strange reason?? Anyway - this was such a great night! The girls stayed inside in the warm, and the boys were by the fire outside, and we laughed and laughed about everything! I didn't know half the people or places that were brought up, but this group always makes me feel like I've known everyone forever. SO sweet! 


We had a few other dates during the break (my favorite are ones where we don't dress up - HA! How awful?!) But we always have a good time! 


Last sunday, mom gave us the great idea to walk the creek! We haven't done that in quite some time, but we decided  to and had SO much fun! (Even though this picture doesn't show it... we got a big kick our of both of us making the same face :) 


Going to the creek has always been something that my dad and I do together, but he was hunting with Matt, so we went by ourselves. It felt weird with him not being there, but I enjoyed taking David along to a place where I have so many great memories with my dad! 


We enjoyed the day! 

By this time, school has started back, but next week is the first week of tests. That will be the 4th week of school. It's so weird that Christmas is over, New Years has come and gone, and really we are closing in on Valentines Day! I am trying to keep that in mind so that it doesn't slip up on us. Ha!


Also, I have a recent interest. Actually, it's been an interest for awhile but I hadn't taken the plunge into it until recently. Daddy was looking for something in my grandma's old hutch and found the above pyrex pan set. I was ECSTATIC! She used to have a ton of pyrex, and since she died when I was too young to know what I would be interested in keeping, it was all given away - or so I thought. In it's original box & everything! 

Which in turn led to this....


and this... 


But there's a sweet story about the above photo too. David took me to Meridian Saturday and spent most of the day going places and looking out for pyrex for me. It's become like an easter egg hunt! I love not knowing what I will find and I can't wait to go places to see if they have any. Ha! I have always been a fan of old, shabby, rustic things, and pyrex is NOT shabby or rustic - it's actually quite the opposite. 
Anyway, I can't wait to display it in my own home someday. Until then, I can't wait to grow my collection! 


Lastly, from this past weekend while we were sighting in a gun - I just have to say that sometimes I feel so happy that I think my heart will burst. We spend so much of our time just bathing in each others presence. We laugh and share so much with each other that it's hard (SO SO HARD) for me to remember or even think about life without David. I don't ever want to. I've never known an emotion quite like this, and I don't deserve to be loved the way that he loves me, but he is such a gentleman, so respectful, and even more than that - he is a friend to me. A genuine, true, honest friend - and that's irreplaceable.

four letters & a heart.



1.01.2014

Year in Review - Two Thousand Thirteen


This year has been full of so many wonderful memories - memories I never want to forget, and some I almost can't bear to think of. However, that is life. Life is full of those unexpected moments that mold memories into our thoughts forever - some good and some bad. However, I am fully confident that without my God, family, and friends, this year would have been far worse than it could have been if I didn't have them by my side. I can't thank The Lord enough for blessing me with people who love hard, give much, and care more than I could ever dream of - He knows exactly what I need, and I am confident that He has placed all of these relationships in my life for a reason, and I am also very confident that other relationships that have faded have their reasons too. It has been a desire of mine to focus on people who care for me, instead of losing sleep over those who don't, and I feel that has been somewhat conquered this year - although I feel it will always be a struggle. 

Without anymore rambling, here's a look at my 2013 in review... 


In January, David & I shared our first snow! It was beautiful, and it was the most snow I can remember seeing around here since I was little. David rode to work & they called the day off, so instead of driving home, he came here. I was so glad he did! 

Read about it here


Also in January, we said a final goodbye to David's MeMaw, who had become much like a grandmother to me. She was kind, meaningful in words she said, a wonderful cook, and she loved David and Gabrielle with all she had in here - it showed in her smile every time they were around. She loved to garden, feed her chickens, and take care of her cats & dogs. She was a wonderful lady, and she is greatly missed here. 

Read about MeMaw here


In February, Mom & Dad shared a wedding anniversary. They are my greatest influences in love, and they are even better influences in how to strive to live a Godly lifestyle. I cherish them for always being there for me, always wanting whats best for me, and especially this year - for always supporting my decisions 110%. I won't ever be able to repay them for the lessons they have taught me - even small ones, like how to treat people when doing business with them, how to correctly use a jigsaw, and that there IS a difference in plain flour and self rising - despite the fact that I think not! 

We also celebrated Valentines Day together, our second one! It is always so much fun to shower love on David because of a particular holiday, but even more so on EVERY other day! 

You can read about Valentines Day here.


In March, our property was invaded, and my Dad handled it like a pro! I actually have several blogs written out about the whole incident, but I haven't made them public yet. This particular memory has been one that still haunts me; I saw most of it happen, and I dream about it to this day. When people say "it's your worst nightmare", it TRULY is! One that I still suffer with. Thankfully, my dad was very cautious, well prepared, and he knew exactly how to guard & protect his family that night.


Spring break was later in March, and David & I took a day trip to the beach! It was SO nice! I actually think we may have to make a tradition out of that because... well, You'll just have to read what happens in December!
We spent the day walking the beach, shopping, and eating {somewhat} good food! 

You can read about it here


I also went hunting with Matt for the first time since I was probably 9 or 10. Turkey hunting, that is! And HE actually invited me! I was secretly thrilled that he trusted my maturity enough to go since he is so serious about it! He did, however, and we had a great time. I love learning from he and my Dad in the outdoors. Truly, no greater memories are made than the ones we make as a family out there.

You can read about it here


In April, I BECAME AN AUNT to the CUTEST fur baby on this side of the Mason-Dixon! 
Jake's Colonial Tom Kelly "TK" became Matt's, and our family hasn't been the same. Everyday revolved around snuggling and teaching that sweet angel all about life on Main Street. He is the kindest dog, but he doesn't like to be loved on too much. He does love to play rough, chew rawhides, and fetch a duck, though!

You can read about TK (in basically every post) but here

Other places to find TK are here



At the end of May, our family went to the beach! David was able to go too, and we made some wonderful memories there. Some friends from David's area were there also, and we all spent time together. It was so much fun! We stayed near "The Hangout" and we HUNG OUT there most nights. We even were able to go on a "date night" at the beach which is twice the fun as a date night at home. We rode the ferris wheel, ate good food at Cosmo's, shopped souvenir stores, and ended the night with yogurt. 

You can read about the beach trip here



Shortly after returning home from the beach, I received this email! After my first year at a University College, I had been added to the Dean's List! The first year of school was HARD - way more than I bargained for, but I made it. Receiving this e-mail made me feel like I could make it through another year.


David & Matt share the same June birthday, and for their birthday they received tickets to see and meet Willie & Korie Robertson! I tagged along, but I just got to see them! It was so much fun, and I am so glad that someone is representing Christ with such a positive feedback on modern TV today. 

You can read about it here 


In July, I had the opportunity to go with David's family down to one of their friend's house who is a blueberry farmer. This is not the most common type of farming in the south, but he has made a life for himself with it, and it is so neat to see! The weather wasn't ideal that day, but I think that made it most memorable for me. I loved it! The blueberries were gorgeous. His house was gorgeous. Everything was gorgeous! 

You can read about it here 


Also in July, TK went to obedience school. It was hard for me to adjust to it, but looking back it's been a wonderful decision that Matt made for him. He has learned so much, and he's come home twice since being there, and he has retained everything! He works well with all of the commands he is given. I have a hard time saying goodbye, but I know what he's doing there is paying off by making his owner proud, and that's the ultimate gift. 

You can read about it here 


In August, I turned the big 2-2! Feels weird, and now I'm sure that I'm on the downhill slope. 23 just sounds so "OLD" to me! I was young at 21, now I'm pushing it... 
Oh well, nothing else to see here! 

You can read about my birthday here


Not much happened in September, just got ready for Hollie's wedding. It actually seemed like that month flew by! We had several showers to attend, last minute fittings to do, and even some shopping was done for it. The closer it came to time for her wedding, the more "real" it began to feel! 



And on the first weekend in October, the lights were hung, the seats were lined up, the flowers were fresh, and the burlap was draped. The men in suits and the ladies in dresses, my best friend lined up to become a wife. A childhood of imagination came to life in the back yard of that barn on October 5, 2013, as Hollie said I DO to her groom. 

You can read about it here


That same weekend, David & I celebrated 2 years together as a "dating couple". If I had to sum up what I've learned into one thing over these last two years, it's that love DOES grow & get stronger as time passes on. It does mold and change you - but only for the better. It does teach you to realize the importance of people's relationship with you because you better understand real, genuine love of a BEST friend, and David has been prime at showing me that - always. 
I don't deserve him, but I sure do wanna keep him forever.

You can read about two years together here


TK came home for a visit in October - the first time he had been home since July! It was fun to have him around for a few days, and it was even more fun to see that he has remembered everything he learned from us before he left. Smart pup! 

You can read about his visit here.


Lastly, in October, I realized what a wonderful friend I had found in Kristin. I don't know when exactly we started communicating more, but she has been such a blessing to me. She has been there for me through this past year, and I have shared her happiness in starting their new family! I absolutely cannot wait for Baby Carlisle {or I should say Blakelyn} to be here! What a precious gift life is, and I can't think of two better people to be parents to a sweet little one. Matt and Kristin have fallen into David & I's laps and we have tried to embrace their friendship as much as we can. Life is busy for all of us, but making time for friends that are special is a necessity that I always want to have. 

You can read about the weekend that photo was taken here.



In November, deer season opened back up and Matt, David, and I all went hunting. It was the first time that David sat with me to see me kill a deer. I think he was impressed although he says he never doubted that I could do it! It was fun to see him react to me killing a deer, and it was even more enjoyable that we all, including Daddy, ended up in my greenfield talking over the hunt afterwards. 

You can read about that weekend here 


Another Thanksgiving happened! Funny how they come around every year, huh? It's become a tradition to take family photos on this day, and I love it! I know they are photos we will cherish forever, and I'm glad that we were all able to be together for another holiday season. 

You can read about thanksgiving here.


In December, we baked sugar cookies! Ha! We actually did a lot of baking, but this was our first time at making homemade sugar cookies, and Mom & I enjoyed it! David arrived just in time to help roll out, bake, and decorate! It was perfect. I love spending the holidays with my family, but I love that my mom gets so "into" the holidays. She loves to decorate and bake, and even this year dad and Matt seemed into it. It makes the season "more special", hah, when others enjoy it with you.

You can read about it here


David & I made a trip to Greesboro this month, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! David was excited to show me places that he visited his family at often when he was younger. I love that he wants me to know about those memories, and I love that he shares them so freely with me. Since I never got the chance to meet his Dad, it's fun to know that I am able to know some of his family - which in essence is a piece of him, too. I love that David has so many memories of his dad, since he was so young when he passed, and that has also made me feel as if I knew him too. 

You can read about our road trip here




And Finally, Christmas! 
We had a wonderful holiday season. TK came home for a week, David gave me the most beautiful sapphire ring that I never want to take off my finger, I surprised him with some Jason Aldean tickets for - you guessed it - Spring Break in March, and my family gave me too many gifts to count! We shopped, baked, ate, loved, wrapped gifts & tied bows, unwrapped gifts & untied bows, and played Dirty Bingo on Christmas Day! 
It was great fun with great family, and I can't wait to see what kind of photos I will have to share with you this time next year! I love the smallest things in life and how they turn into big things, and CS Lewis couldn't have said it better when he said, 

"There are far better things that lie ahead than we ever leave behind," 

but it sure is fun to remember everything that made this year what it was!

Happy New Year to you and yours! 
May 2014 bring all the happiness in the world!

I am off to David's now to bring in the new year there, for the third year in a row! You can read about last year here