Monthly Archives: February 2013

friday night…

so it is friday night.  we are done cleaning the house and waiting on the kitchen floors to dry so i can put all the cleaning stuff up and move laundry over…(yay).  we are watching tv while the floors dry and waiting on my parents to get here.  we are thinking about baking cookies…but we might do that tomorrow….just depends on how things go in the next little bit. 

i talked to CT’s daughter in law yesterday and she was doing good.  i am going to text tomorrow morning and see how she is doing.  i am excited about going into town next weekend (if closing goes as it should) so that i can see her. 

today andy took me to work (like most days and unlike most days he took me to lunch).  while we were topping this hill (like we do each day) we can see the mountain.  i have always said if i lived at the beach i would never grow old of it.  of the salt water smell.  of the sound of the waves.  of the sand between my toes.  of long walks and sunsets.  of the immense beauty.  i still believe this.  (i know there are things that would annoy me….like sand everywhere, weather changes, tourist season).  but each morning and evening when i top this hill and see the mountain i realize that i could have said the same thing about the mountains…that i would never fall out of love with them.  the shadows and vast color.  the shapes they create in the sky.  the way the air seems cleaner.  the way the trees make the outline as a group…but still remain individuals.  the constant reminder that God did that!  there are things that still annoy me (the weather…the curves in the roads…tourist season) but i love it. 

in charlotte i existed.  i never really loved or hated it…it was just somewhere i lived.  now that i am away from there i miss things….things that i didn’t really think about while i lived there.  restaurants and shopping (obviously).  some days a long ride home was great to clear my head and to think.  i miss the familiar sights.  knowing where everything is.  i don’t miss traffic that is for sure! 

anyways while i am sitting here thinking about baking cookies i was thinking about that…..

my day….

well we found out we are closing next week and not this week.  that makes me sad. 

and i don’t know if it makes me sad or not….but the highlight of my day was that there is a new turn signal light at a busy intersection that we used to have to dodge cars through!  i was super excited about that! 

in other news people were mean today….must be a full moon because people were just crazy all day long (and after talking to my mom she said the same thing). 

CT has surgery tomorrow.  prayers that things go smoothly.

also heard that joyce is home and doing great!  prayers have been answered for her speedy recovery!

sooo….now that you will all sleep better because of the above information i think i will go to bed. 

up in the air…

so we find out today that we might not be closing until next week.  i am slightly frustrated at this seeing that i am still in my probation period and shouldn’t get any time off…but my manager is understanding…but i hate telling her well i might not be here this week…but it might be next week.  >sigh<  oh well.  so keep your fingers crossed that everything will pull together and we can close this week and not have to put it off another week.  it is all just up in the air right now.

i am so excited because tonight ncis and ncis la are new tonight…(i will have to do a blog on my tv shows this season). 

keep holding on…avril lavigne

another song that i LOVE!

“Keep Holding On”

You’re not alone
Together we stand
I’ll be by your side, you know I’ll
take your hand
When it gets cold
And it feels like the end
There’s no
place to go
You know I won’t give in
No I won’t give in

holding on
‘Cause you know we’ll make it through, we’ll make it
Just stay strong
‘Cause you know I’m here for you, I’m here for
There’s nothing you could say
Nothing you could do
There’s no other
way when it comes to the truth
So keep holding on
‘Cause you know we’ll
make it through, we’ll make it through

So far away
I wish you were
Before it’s too late, this could all disappear
Before the doors
And it comes to an end
With you by my side I will fight and
I’ll fight and defend
Yeah, yeah

Keep holding on
you know we’ll make it through, we’ll make it through
Just stay
‘Cause you know I’m here for you, I’m here for you
There’s nothing
you could say
Nothing you could do
There’s no other way when it comes to
the truth
So keep holding on
‘Cause you know we’ll make it through, we’ll
make it through

Hear me when I say, when I say I believe
gonna change, nothing’s gonna change destiny
Whatever’s meant to be will work
out perfectly
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

La da da da
La da da da
da da da da da da da da

Keep holding on
‘Cause you know we’ll make it
through, we’ll make it through
Just stay strong
‘Cause you know I’m here
for you, I’m here for you
There’s nothing you could say
Nothing you could
There’s no other way when it comes to the truth
So keep holding
‘Cause you know we’ll make it through, we’ll make it through

holding on
Keep holding on

There’s nothing you could say
you could do
There’s no other way when it comes to the truth
So keep
holding on
‘Cause you know we’ll make it through, we’ll make it through

35 years….

happy anniversary to two wonderful people.

today is my parents 35th wedding anniversary.  i am sure that they both went shopping and got each other something coral related (since that is the traditional gift for this year).

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to 35 more…i love you!


a friend of mine went to the ER and got some possibly not so great news.  she had a follow up apt and got better news…but she has to have surgery on thursday.  please pray that everything goes as smoothly as possible and that all test come out fine.

thank you.

valentine’s day 2013

so we have never really celebrated valentine’s day in a serious manner.  for a while it was who could get the stupidest animal that made noise at walmart…but after a few years of that we decided we really didn’t need any more of those!  so now we just do cards….sometimes store bought and sometimes hand-made.  we don’t need a box of candy to say how much we love each other….(and some of those boxes are really gross and it is candy roulette and that isn’t always fun).

anyways this year i was checking andy’s email (since we were waiting on an email from the realtor and andy was at a conference) and saw that someone had commented on one of his tweets.  i read it (shame on me) and saw that he made the comment on getting me a fake flower or a bag of seeds and a shovel.  i told him fake flowers would be better.  we laughed about it.  when i got home from work on thursday there was a fake flower (poinsettia) in a vase on the table next to a card.  (he went to our Christmas decorations and stole one of my fake flowers).  anyways he was cooking dinner and had picked up the house.  i read my card and went into the living room (through the dining room) and saw roses and lit candles!  we had a candle light dinner that i didn’t cook and beautiful candles, music, and flowers to make it the perfect dinner.  he really is the best valentine ever.

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i finally put out our valentine’s day flag.  we had a glass of wine (Christmas gift from Claire).

i hope that you all had a wonderful valentine’s day and told someone that you loved them.

more farm…

after church last sunday we went to the farm to help dad with the corral (ok andy helped and mom, otis and i went for a ride on the kabota).  otis was in rare form and wrapped himself around my head about 12 times.  he wanted after the cows.  he screamed the entire time.  it was so funny because mom was laughing at me while i unwrapped and pried otis from the top of my head and he turned towards her and howled right in her ear!  i hate to admit it but i laughed.  it was funny.  we rode around for a while so the boys could get their chores done.  i didn’t get any pictures while we had otis…but andy took him and we did end up back tracking and getting a few pictures.

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we love going to the farm….even though we really don’t do much.  there is always a new adventure waiting on us when we go.

home to a house….

i have always heard the phrase you can turn a house into a home…and until i had a house to turn into a home i didn’t really understand exactly what that meant and what kind of work it took to do just that.

when we bought our house we took our time to get some of the rooms painted.  andy painted both bathrooms while i was at the beach with a girlfriend.  when i got back we painted the guest bedroom (not the entire room….just a stripe around the middle of the room).  we stated to move our stuff in and unpacked baskets and boxes.  (we were lucky that we bought the house in may and i wasn’t due to move in until july when we got married.  so we took our time moving stuff in and getting each car load put up before we added too much and became too overwhelmed.  we were lucky we could take our time and get andy’s stuff situated and filter my stuff in with his).  as we started to get all of our stuff settled our house was becoming more than just a house.  we bought curtains and put up a mantle and hung pictures.  we added quilts to the beds and to the back of the couch.  we added personal touches here and there.  when we stepped back in each others arms we saw that we didn’t have just a house we had a home….a real home.  i am not implying that i never had a home because i grew up in a wonderfully crazy one.  i am not implying that the things inside the walls made it a home…because even when i would go to the home that i grew up in without my stuff – it still feels like home to me.  but what i am saying is that andy and i made a home for ourselves in this house that we bought with stuff that we combined to make this married life work.  for 5 years we had our home sweet home on clayford ridge in charlotte nc and we have so many memories of those first 5 years of our marriage.

since we have moved to greeneville we have made a new home.  it isn’t our house and it isn’t all of our stuff…but we have a home full of love while our home in charlotte sits empty.  it has been on the market and my heart breaks thinking of it just sitting there because i know how much happiness that it brought to me and to us.  it makes me so sad in fact that i haven’t been able to go back and see the house when we are in town.  (andy has gone…but i just can’t).  i have had a hard time letting go of that home and turning it back into a house.  just a house that we are in the process of selling.  just a house that filled it’s purpose while we were there but the  home aspect moves with us where ever we go.  just a house that doesn’t mean to other people what it will always mean to us.  just a house so don’t be offended when people low ball us on offers.  just a house so get ready to let it go.  just a house.

we got an offer on our first home.  it was low…we countered….they accepted.  our first home will always hold memories of good times and bad.  of happy times and sad.  it will always be a vital part of what made me who i am and what makes our marriage what it is.  our home – our first home.  if all goes well we will close this friday and our first home….with all of its ups and downs….will become just a house again for someone new.


proof that i will be true to my word and that you will be annoyed with my random photo taking.  i will share some of my randomness with you all.

otis has something freaky going on with his face….andy zoomed in on it when we were looking at it on the TV and it scared me more than bozo our freaky clown…(and look at andy’s new shoes).

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otis was yelling at andy!

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i made a banana pudding and otis and andy helped clean the bowls.  (i didn’t get pictures of andy licking the spoon…).  he loves to help.  he looked up at us when he was done and had cool whip on his ears!

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this is a soy candle i got from claire for Christmas.  once it has burned and melted the wax you use it as lotion!  best thing ever!  i love my soy candle.  the kids at the super bowl party enjoyed it and my mom loves it too!  thanks claire!

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the cows across the street were having an early morning meeting…but on closer look i think they were still asleep!

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someone hit our guard rail last friday.  we heard a loud bang and mom looked out and saw them backing out of the guard rail and driving off.  andy and i went out there to see what was going on and pulled their bumper into our yard and out of the road.  sometime the next day they must have come back and gotten their bumper.  but they left the emblem off their car…

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so there you have it….a few random posts in one big random one.  have i mentioned that i love my new camera!  stay tuned for my next updates…farm again…valentine’s day and house news…..