Sunday, October 28, 2012

Let's Give 'em Somethin' to Blog About: "My Kids Are Your Kids" Motto

Today is the first post of a series I am hoping to do.

"Let's Give 'em Somethin' to Blog About" is an effort for me to share a blog posting that I have read somewhere or an article I have found interesting. I will give my thoughts that rambled on through my head as I read them or have been marinading since then. Some I may have just read within a few hours and others may be ones that have stuck with me through the weeks, months or even years, and I want to grasp something from it and remember. Hope you enjoy!

Today's Post: Raising Kids Together

There are a few blogs that I follow religiously. One of which is Kelle Hampton's Enjoying the Small Things. She writes and words and photos just flow. Gracefully, imaginatively, and with so much inspiration. I want to be a better mom, and I'm not even a mom yet. I want to take pictures, and let's face it, that is not my strong suite (although I wish it was!). I want to take each day and enjoy the small things because those are the things that we forget so easily, but mean the most to us. 

One post that has really stuck with me that Kelle shared was when she talked about how grateful she was for the friends that are there for your family, no matter what. These friends are the ones you call in a pinch or will offer you an ear (with or without giving advice), or drop-everything-and-run to be there for you and your family and your kids. 

While KGK and I are not in the whole parenting phase of life yet, we will one day (hopefully). And we will want to thank these friends that treat our kids like their own. They will drop everything to be sure that they are taken care of. They will discipline our kids like we would, not let them eat candy right before bed, watch them after school when we just have to get errands done, or be there in times of stress when we cannot be truly present for your children. These friends are awesome. They help beyond measure. I want to remember to thank those people when I am a parent one day. I will need them, and I will be so thankful for them.

But for now, I want to be that friend. The one that plays with the kids and looks out for them. I want them to be excited to see me yet know they can't get away with shenanigans with me either. While I may not be a blood relative, I want to be as close as a relative. This is something that has been speaking to me tremendously lately. I hope I can be that friend and that I can become that for those that I am not yet. I will not do it perfectly, but being a parent isn't about being perfect either. It is about being present and doing what is best, even if mistakes happen...and they so do. 


Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday & New Series!

Photo from: here

I just love a Friday post. Pure happiness because we get to have a few days of our own time to do what we need to get done and have some fun thrown in there. 

This weekend I will have a post starting a new series titled"Let's Give 'Em Somethin' to Blog About"! 

It will be posted this weekend so check it out!

Happy Friday!


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Embracing All Things Fall-ness

KGK and I had a wonderful honeymoon. We went to the mountains and enjoyed some cooler temps and some small, mountain town loveliness. We had a beautiful view of the mountains and the river from our big bay windows and loved going through the small shops and local restaurants. I just love experiencing the smaller, quainter places. The ones that may barely make the map but are filled with awesomeness (yes, awesomeness).

In this small mountain town, they were fully decked out with all their autumn and Halloween goodness (or badness?). There were oranges, reds, yellows (oh, goodness, do I LOVE some yellows!), scarves, hot coffees, and boots. I love when I can bring out my boots! It was the perfect picture of fall all around us. Leaves were barely starting to change, but all the little shops had their decorations holding the fall-color-changing wonderfulness scene until they were ready (why is this post full of so many -nesses today? Guess it helps me set the scene:) ).

Well, all the -NESS was happening. AND to top it all off, they had a scarecrow contest throughout town. Every shop made a scarecrow, and they had a contest where you could vote for your favorite. There was one that WON ME OVER. It was love at first sight scare. It combined 3 of my favorite things...AUTUMN, OWLS, and KGK:) It was my unicorn moment @Enjoying the Small Things! It was fabulous.

The best scarecrow ever.
How are you embracing all things fall? Does it give you that feeling to use "ness" way too many times?

Happy Fall! :)


Friday, October 19, 2012

Swing of Things

Well, I now speak to you as a hitched woman! :) The BIG DAY has come and gone, and I wouldn't have traded any of it for anything. It was FABULOUS.

In my last post, I couldn't express enough all the thanks I had to those that helped prepare us for the big day and getting all those pesky little details worked out. And now, post-wedding, I AGAIN say THANK YOU. Everything wouldn't have been as wonderful as it was without ALL Y'ALL (I'm now officially southern because I've married into it!! WOOT WOOT!). :)


Now, I want to delve into some recent ideas and ramblings in my head lately, now that I am getting back into the swing of things...

-I am thinking of doing a "review" type format to some posts.  They will be a review or my insight from some of my favorite blog posts I may read on other blogs I follow. Gives me a nice way to remember ones that have touched me or given me inspiration. Now I just need to come up with a catchy name for these, like with the "Dear Future Self" posts that occur every now and then....hmmm....ideas are welcome:)

-Fall has arrived and I want to embrace all things orange, yellow, warm, halloween-ish, and involve the GREAT outdoors as much as possible. A fall hike may be in my near future...:)

-I went grocery shopping and have some awesome recipes I am eager to try. I will document and share, promise. :) I even have a HORRIBLY FAILED recipe I tried. I'll share that too...gotta keep it real, yo.

-And last and MOST DEFINITELY not least...I love being married. :) KGK rocks:)

So TGIF y'all!! Weekending is upon us!


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Dear Future Self: DIY Wedding Thanks

Dear Future Self:

If there is one thing that I have learned about preparing for a wedding, and having it a DIY wedding, is that your family and friends deserve so much thanks for all their help.  Whether it be a shower they planned, a bachelorette outing, craft help or just being there to offer a listening ear, these are the things I want to cherish during this preparation time just before the BIG DAY.

So THANK YOU to everyone who is making this chapter of our lives so FANTASTIC!! Y’all rock!