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So, May is almost over and I haven’t written a blog post since February (the one I posted a few days ago was actually from a post I’d written in SEPTEMBER that had never gotten posted).

Whoops.

Let’s just say that life has been pretty busy. Because it has. I’m learning what things I need to say yes to and what things to say no to and I’m pretty positive that I’ll be learning this forever. I recently saw this note that my friend Hannah wrote right before we graduated high school. She went on and on about all of our friends, and the thing she wrote about me was “who volunteers for everything so we don’t have to”. I’m pretty positive that describes me to a T. So, I’m learning how NOT to do that. Even if I might have FOMO.

Anywho.

Here are some of the things I’ve been up to lately:

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It snowed in March. Because, well, it did. 

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I went to this super cute restaurant with my friends (L-R) Emily, Lauren, and Jordan on St. Patrick’s Day. The picture isn’t perfect, but this will definitely go down as one of my favorite nights in 2017.

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I went to the Mint Museum in Uptown (marking something off my CLT bucket list) with Kelly, and her husband snapped this very spring-ish photo of us!

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Lucy visited for a week. 

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I sort of fell in love with this cute town, which is a good thing considering I’ll be spending lots of weekends there in the future. 

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I was home and managed to grab lunch with this cutie. He CRACKED me up, and I really just love time with him. 

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I also had lunch with this VERY grown up boy. Hard to believe he’s eight. He sat down with me and said, “So, what have you been up to lately?” 🙂 so big!

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We celebrated Easter and had lunch at one of my favorite family’s house. Love these people!

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I marked another thing off my CLT bucket list–going to a Knights game!

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Mom and Dad came up for Mother’s Day!

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My friend Michelle and I matched on our LAST day of teaching Sunday School this year! It was so good, but I’m thankful for the break! 

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We spent Memorial Day Weekend in ATL! So fun to spend some time with these guys. 

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Aunt Ashton can’t believe how big Scout is getting. And how cute 🙂

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We spent Memorial Day saying, “Chin Up, America!”

And I’m saying Chin Up, Ashton to myself as I finish out these last. three. weeks. of school! Happy almost summer!

 

2017 goals

Okay, I know, I know. We’re already about 1/12th of the way into the year, and I’m just now getting to this post. BUT, if you’d had the last 2-3 weeks I’ve had, you’d understand.

I told my friend Kelly at church on Wednesday that “I have no plans! No plans. I might see my parents. I might go home. I might not. No plans! For the rest of the year. No weddings. No showers. Nothing!” [Mom and Dad, I will see you.] Literally, the only thing on my calendar for the next six weeks (besides normal church activities) is to babysit one Friday night. That’s it! 

It’s bliss. 

After a really busy year, I’m honestly super pumped to head into 2017 not having tons of plans. It’s quite refreshing. And it gives me a chance to do all of the things I’ve been wanting to do in Charlotte that I never have before/didn’t get to last year. So, without much more rambling, here are my 2017 goals (because the planner in me can’t have zero plans). 

  • Go to the gym 3-4 times per week. If you’ve ever had the privilege of meeting my dad, you’ve had the privilege of meeting one of the most disciplined people in the world. I have so much respect for him in many regards, but especially that one. You know what I’m disciplined in? Reading a book in a day. Going to Gap when they have a sale. Eating a lemon about once a week. NOT going to the gym. I’m not good at it. I don’t like it, but I want to. So, here’s to hoping that happens in 2017. 
  • Go to the Mint Museum. A goal from last summer that never happened. So, let’s make it happen this year!
  • Write more. I honestly don’t think I have the emotional space to really do this, but I want to try harder to cultivate some time and space to do this. Another area where I need to be more disciplined. 
  • Budget well. Now I sound like a full-grown adult, eh? Well, it’s about time that I really try and manage this better, so here’s to hoping in happens in 2017. 
  • Make strawberry jam. Another one from the 2016 summer goals list (actually, this is at least from 2013 or 2014) that never happened. 
  • Read all of the Little House on the Prairie books. I have a whole lot of classics I’ve never read but have always wanted to. 2016 was the Anne of Green Gables year, so I’m claiming 2017 to be the year Laura Ingalls Wilder blows me away! 
  • Deep clean my condo. Something that just really needs to be done. And well. 
  • Go somewhere new. Where? With whom? Who knows? (This is super vague so that it can actually get done!)
  • Visit my people. I sure do love my CLT community, but I also really love my friends of yore. (Remember that Friends episode where Rachel only knows two time periods? Yesteryear and yore? I digress.) Anyway, I do love them all, and at some point in 2017, I’d like to visit them all. They would be: Kaila + Patrick, Kasey + Aaron + other Greenville people, my cousins, Chelsea, and Casie, Graham, Jack, and Joe. 
  • Grow in CLT relationships. I sure do love my church body. My friends here are incredible. I pray this year will only strengthen those relationships! 

2016 recap

Here are my top moments of 2016 in chronological order (since I obviously love a good recap post, why not?):

January: Turning 24; starting to host my girls’ small group at my house; weathering the winter storm with Mom in CLT; taking pottery

February: Celebrating Mme’s life in Aiken; starting young girls’ events at OBC with sweet friends (I was off social media for this month and can legitimately not remember what happened then.)

March: Becoming a member at OBC; having Kaila up for the weekend; celebrating Dad’s birthday; visiting Kasey, Aaron, and Abby in Greenville; taking Jack and Joe out for an afternoon for their birthday; my friend Maddie moving in; working the Drew Holcomb merch table with my friend Michelle

April: EK coming up for the night/our painting session with Evelyn Henson; Kaila’s bridal shower in Appling; seeing The Oh Hellos with Aaron and Kasey at the USNWC

May: Road trip to DC with Aubrey, Katie, and Maddie; Mom coming up for Mother’s Day; being on the Giddy Up, Eunice book team; Kaila’s bachelorette weekend (this month felt so busy, but I literally have no idea why)

June: Finishing my FIRST YEAR OF TEACHING; #SurpriseBestFriendTrip; surprising Dad for Father’s Day; SLEEPING IN

July: Fourth of July weekend in Atlanta; Kaila and Patrick’s wedding; spending two weeks in Augusta/Atlanta/Hilton Head; Elizabeth’s visit to CLT; SLEEPING IN SOME MORE

August: Olympics party at my condo; my friend Rachel moving in; starting my second year of teaching; Kasey’s visit to CLT

September: Visit home for Casie’s birthday/to hang out with the boys; visiting EK in Greenville; camp reunion at Look Up Lodge

October: Starting to teach Sunday School at OBC; EK’s visit to CLT; lots of time spent with family; Anthony and Kristen’s wedding

November: OBC’s The Table for women; OBC girls trip to Boone; Thanksgiving with Jordan/Sofia and kiddos in Augusta; time spent with college friend in Augusta

December: Christmas pajama party at my condo; Christmas at Oakhurst; CHRISTMAS BREAK; gingerbread house making with the boys/time spent with them plus Casie; Christmas with the fam; NYC trip

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Let’s just say this fall has been incredibly busy. So much busier than I thought it would be/than I planned it to be. Needless to say, the blog has been pushed to the furthest back burner of my mind, but I do want to update every now and then. SO, here I am for a quick (bullet point and picture) update.

  • In September, I headed home for a weekend to see my parents and to see these sweet boys play soccer. I also got to hug their mama on her birthday, so it was a win for everyone, really.

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  • The next weekend in September, I headed to Greenville to visit some of my very favorite camp friends. EK and I went to this super cute craft fair (where I got some new wall art which ended up with me redecorating a wall in my living room), and then the next day, we went up to Look Up Lodge to catch up with all of our camp friends. So fun.

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  • Emma Kate came up a few weekends later, and while we didn’t do anything super trendy or fall-ish, it was a fun weekend. We went to Davidson, stopped by a festival of sorts that didn’t meet our expectations and so we then went to JCrew and to dinner. Perfect.

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  • My grandmother recently passed away, and while handling that hasn’t exactly been a fun or easy process, it has been nice to be with family. One weekend, while she was in the hospital, we left the kiddos with the men and went out for some much needed girl time. And shopping. Always shopping.

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  • My friend Anthony, from college, got married the last weekend in October. It was super hot (shocking), but it was so good to get to spend the day with these friends. Love them so!

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September + October Reads: 

 

 

Uh, spring? Really? 

I’m not sure what it’s like where you live, but it has been one cold spring here in the Queen City. It was 34 degrees the other morning when I was leaving for work, and bless my friend Emma Kate, because she took the dog out for me so I didn’t have to walk around in that cold weather. People, it’s been so cold, I’ve even turned on my heated seats. IN APRIL.

I’m incredibly ready for some warmer, spring-like temps, but while I’m still waiting on those, I’m still enjoying this unplanned life I’ve been given.

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My friend Michelle and I worked the merch table for a Drew Holcomb concert about 45 minutes south of Charlotte. It was an interesting event, but we had a blast and got to hang out with Drew for a little bit after it was over. So fun!

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I headed down to Greenville for a little bit of my spring break, and I got to spend about 24 hours (including sleeping) with this lady. Let me tell you what, #kashtastic time is always encouraging, and I’m so glad I carved out some time to spend with Kasey and that Kasey and Aaron opened up their home for me. And guess what? I get to see them in less than two weeks! Two times in less than a month?! It’s like a Christmas miracle 🙂

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I was in Augusta for all of 2.5 seconds during Spring Break, and the main reason was to celebrate this guy’s birthday. So grateful God chose him to be my dad!

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In my whirlwind Augusta trip, I took these two out for some much needed Ash Ash time. We had a blast golfing, arcading, ice creaming, and birthday celebrating. They made me laugh so much, and I’m so thankful they still want to spend time with me!

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My parents rent their house out for the Masters every year, and in the past, they’ve just stayed with me. But, this year, they stayed with a friend and I took Lucy back to Charlotte. This was how she slept practically every day, and I’ve gotta admit, waking up to this was kinda the cutest thing.

 

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Emma Kate came in town, and we did a painting class with Evelyn Henson (check out her work if you haven’t–you’ll like it for sure!). We had a blast. We laughed at our inadequate painting skills (although, these turned out super cute), we caught up over really good food, and we fell right back into where we’d left off from camp all those summers ago. EK, since I know you’re reading this, thanks for coming, and let’s do it again soon! Love you!

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And just because…TWO MONTHS from today, Kaila and I set out on our (hopefully first of many) #SurpriseBestFriendTrip (hope you’re okay with that hashtag, K). She doesn’t know where we’re going (eeeeekkkk), and I do, and it’s been so fun planning this! I can’t wait. There won’t be as many easy going days as there were from this trip to the beach (above), but it will be great.

 

 

M-m-m-m-march!

How is it already March? I stayed at work two Mondays ago a little later than normal, and I spent some time getting ready for the next day. When I changed our calendar out to March from February, I couldn’t believe it. Wasn’t August like…yesterday? 

Anyway, fifteen–er, practically sixteen–days into the month, and it’s flowing by, too! Which is a good thing in my mind, considering the fact that spring break is the last week of March. I can hardly wait for six work days where I don’t have to get up before nine. Or ten. Or maybe even eleven.

What can I say? I like my sleep. A. Lot.

Kaila came into town the first weekend of March, and while we didn’t do anything huge, we had a lot of fun. Of course–shopping was involved. What would a girls’ weekend be without a trip to South Park Mall or the local outlets? Oh, and of course, we went on some random adventure–a Craigslist one that involved me getting a new desk and meeting some of my neighbors. Always a blast 🙂

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We tried to take a cute picture with the city in the background. This is as good as it got 🙂

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I drive past this view everyday on my way to work, and I thought it would be a good background for a picture. And it would. If we had longer arms or weren’t trying to take a selfie.

In random/fun news, I made a very large purchase last week, and it felt kind of incredible that I could. I guess this is my way of saying to my dad that I understand that saving money is really a good thing, and  all of those years of lectures about Dave Ramsey and his methods finally paid off. Also, thanks for letting me use your work discount.

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Goodbye 2010 MacBook, Hello 2016 MacBook Pro! 

I made a trip back to Augusta about six weeks or so ago because we did lose our beloved Mme. The funeral home was packed to the brim with people from all stages of Mme’s life. it was a short funeral, but full of sweet stories about Mme. I also got to spend part of the evening catching up with some of my friends from high school, which is always a plus when it isn’t the night of our annual Christmas party.

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I really like this picture I found of Mme, my friend Samuel, and myself. We were in French III during our senior year, and she took us to a cooking event for our foreign language society. I just like it so much because it reminds me of the teacher Mme was–willing to go out of her way to make an incredible learning experience for her students. 

And, just because I. Can’t. Get. Over. It.

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These boys turn FIVE and SEVEN in the next couple of weeks. FIVE and SEVEN. It just can’t be! Excuse me while I go cry for the next few days about how OLD they are…and about how grateful I am that God gave me them (and their mama and daddy).

Well, that’s all for now. Enjoy the rest of your month of March! Maybe I’ll write another time this month…don’t get your hopes up too much 🙂