Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Bedroom Project is Complete!

Remember this series of posts on my bedroom wall project? Well, I'm officially and finally finished with the master bedroom and I'm so pleased with how it has turned out!

Neutral drapes (hung as high as possible!) and rugs (although I will say this jute rug recently lost a battle to an upset Oliver tummy) add so much. This room is so small, and as much as I love the dark wood furniture, it needed some brightening up.

Onto the next project!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Way Down Yonder

Josh and I took full advantage of our day off this weekend...we packed a picnic and took the dogs down to the Chattahoochee. Buster swam, Oliver watched, we hiked and had just a grand ole time. We found a great spot just about 15 minutes from our house that we will absolutely go back to.

Buster raring to go in the water.

A little dark, but I love the picture.

It was impossible to catch Buster's craziness in the water in a picture. I should've done a video - he was all over the map and it was hilarious.

While Buster was trapsing through the water, Oliver had a mini photo shoot. He is so photogenic, isn't he?!

My little snaggle-toothed monster!

And my other monster below...just kidding!! :)

Buster drooling over the water, depressed to leave. A good time was had by all!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I love succulents

My little succulent garden! I've been dying to do one of these and it couldn't have come together faster. It should do great in the heat we have going on right now.

Aren't the string of pearls so delicate and whimsical? (Trailing plant in the left side of the pot)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Baby Pink

Last weekend, a few folks threw a baby shower for my oldest and dearest friend, Linsey, whose little girl is due in just a couple of weeks. We had such a great time putting everything together, and couldn't imagine a sweeter person to do it for. The shower was in Fort Valley, where I spent the first half of my life. It is always so fun to go back...you can pick right back up where you left off with friends there, even if months have gone by without speaking. One of my parents' good friends (The Clevelands) bought my grandmother's house there, and although it has undergone several major transformations, it is comforting to be back in that house. There were several adventures while we were in Fort Valley - the first involved a man who left Corpus Christi, Texas, in 2009 with his horse, buggy (made of plywood) and dog in search of the Okefenokee's one-eyed alligator. He has yet to make it, but has had lots of stops along the way - he camped out at the Clevelands while we were there, and I'm pretty sure he extended his stay even after we had gone. Who knows...he may still be there! Only in a small town, and I absolutely love it.

Another adventure was our wakeup call on Saturday morning, bright and early after a late night of cooking and prepping for the shower. The Clevelands have peacocks roaming through their yard, and boy, can those things scream! Again, only in a small town, and I love it.

Onto the baby brunch...everything turned out so cute, and it was so fun to see my sweet friend glowing! Preganancy looks amazing on her!

My pictures are not the best since I was hosting, but I managed to snap a couple. We served fruit, pigs in a blanket, pinnapple and pimento cheese sandwiches, mini basil BLT's, cheese and fig bruschetta, homemade almond danishes, baby quiches, cheesestraws, Sylvia's pecans, and Henri's petit fours.

I think Lin has everything she needs, and now just needs the little one to arrive!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

One Year Ago...

Now a year and a week ago...started writing this post, and then couldn't get back to it!!

It is completely unbelievable to me that today marks one year in our marriage. It seems like yesterday that we were praying it wouldn't storm as I was getting my makeup done in my parents' bedroom. I think that was the only stress I felt on that day. (Don't think my parents would say the same!) It was the perfect day...getting ready in the house that I grew up in, marrying my best friend in a place that is so meaningful, celebrating with all of our wonderful family and friends. Josh and I feel lucky to have had such a special wedding. We've had a great first year!!!

Here are some favorites from the day...

Hands-down the best photograph of the night. I love this lady!

My beautiful sister

My sweet Van family!

Lucky to have 3 grandparents...Georgia (Mot Mot) & Glenn (Grandaddy) and Mary Jane (Maughi)
I cannot believe how much Parker has grown since this picture!

Before the ceremony in my parents' yard

Leaving the ceremony and heading to the reception, scared for my life! This picture makes me think of my sister...when Rachel heard that I wanted to get married at home, the first thing she said was, "I hope you'll get a new mailbox!" That rust was part of the allure to me...yes, it's old and dirty but it just fits.
Our photographer captured amazing details at my parents' house...I have the next four images framed and hanging in our living room.


Remember this tractor? Mom almost drove it off the mountain when we first moved to NC!

A few more details...


Horseshoes hang over every door in the house - we all need some good luck!

My dad built this for us - Mom and Dad were married under a similar one at my grandparents' home 30 years ago this July!

The most amazing cookies by Linsey Freeman! We still have one of each in our freezer...they are too cute for words!

I could go on and on!