My Weekend [Instagram Dump] ▲

Monday, April 30



How does Monday roll around so quickly? And I don't even want to think about how it's May already...

My weekend officially started on Friday. I left work early to take my boss out for her birthday lunch, and then scooted out to attempt a little bit of thrifting. I didn't find much, but I did fall in love with the super cute necklace.

I spent almost $90 on dog/cat food and kitty litter. HOW is that possible?


On Saturday I hung up my wind chimes on the front porch! Moose helped.


I redid the frame wall because it was looking a little too jumbled for me. 


Mike mowed the lawn and pulled a bunch of weeds, and then came in for a well-deserved nap.


On Sunday, I slept in and then we lounged around.  Moose played with one of the dog toys and I dreamed about baking the box of cake mix that's been sitting in my pantry. Dieting sucks. Which explains why I coerced Mike into taking me to Wendy's and celebrated my week of non weight loss with a chicken sandwich and fries. Ooops...

I downloaded 50 Shades of Grey to the Kindle. I think I'll write a review sometime this week. 

A leetle gardeeen ▲

Thursday, April 26



I joined Weight Watchers online as a last ditch effort to not weigh 400 lbs by this Christmas. Does anyone else use WW? What are your thoughts? It's been three days and so far all I can think about is how badly I want to order a large pizza and eat the whole thing by myself.

So our yard is sort of a barren wasteland. Mike had a bunch of pine trees removed before I moved in, and the soil hasn't quite recovered from the acidity of 25 years worth of pine needles.

Our house sits on the corner, and our across the street neighbor could seriously win Lawn and Garden "yard of the year." They have an adorable little flower bed, complete with white picket fence and rose bushes, situated delightfully on their corner. It's admittedly precious. I decided it was time to bring our corner up to par with theirs, in turn creating a super cute GRAND ENTRANCE to our road.

I'm saving up for a brick fountain.

I don't have any decent before pictures,  but here is one I ganked from Google street view, taken before the trees were pulled.

Yawn inducing, amiright? I loathe the existance of that sewage drain, but there's nothing we can do about it. A couple of weeks ago, I went to work turning part of the corner into a flower bed. I started with a shovel, digging up the biggest weeds and trying to loosen up the dirt.

About an hour into it, my across the street neighbor wandered over and told me I was doing it wrong. I am paraphrasing. She was very nice about it and offered me one of her husband's tools to make the job easier. 5 minutes later, her husband (who is probably pushing 80) wandered over and started helping. Old man knows how to throw his weight around, and within 15 minutes, had literally torn up pretty much the entirety of the lawn where I needed the bed to be. It was the most amazing thing my inherently lazy eyes had ever witnessed.

He suggested I take the water hose to the dirt to soften it up before I dug anything else out, but who has an hour to stand around with a hose making mud? I DON'T. And apparently setting up the sprinkler was WAAAY beyond what I was willing to do for this garden.

Anyway, after a few hours of work, here is what I ended up with on the first day:

It was a long process, but I got the bad dirt dug out and put down some weed killer. After several trips to Lowe's (and still managing to underestimate the amount of mulch I needed), it looked like this:

And then after some more work, it looked like this:

And on Tuesday I finally bought the rest of the edging. We also planted our baby Bradford Pear Tree. So now here is what we have going on: (the edging around the tree is not going to stay there...it was leftover and I just needed to put it somewhere)

What I planted:

- Azaleas by the road
- Lavender
- Rising Sun Coreopsis
- Lantana
- Ritz Blue Pincushion

I should have at least one thing blooming all the way through the fall.

Also, for my birthday I got two great porch accents:

Pam got me a very pretty blue ceramic pot.

And Paula gave me this mixed arrangement! The heart-shape windchime was a gift from a family friend, and Pam gave me the little sign that reads, "where dreams are planted, miracles bloom!"

Weekending in NC - Sunday ▲

Wednesday, April 25



The day following April's birthday festivites, we had breakfast at Mike's Grandma's. After sufficiently stuffing ourselves with scrambled eggs, cheesy grits, and bacon, we wandered down to the creek on her property.


It was a great weekend!

Weekending in NC - Saturday ▲

Tuesday, April 24



First of all, HOLLA to my gurl Katherine - it's her 23rd birthday! If you feel so inclined, stop by her Facebook page and tell her your cats sent you.

So even though Friday was my birthday, we spent the weekend celebrating April's birthday. That's how selfless I am. April is Mike's cousin. We like her. Kind of...

The whole thing was a big surprise executed by her friend Zack and pulled off flawlessly! Mike and I drove up on Saturday AM with the dogs.


Once the birthday girl arrived to the party, we ate BBQ, played cornhole, and then enjoyed a bonfire (until the rain came).


My Birthdizzle ▲

Monday, April 23



My birthday was on Friday, but in true only child fashion, I started celebrating on Thursday and dragged things out for as long as possible.

On Thursday morning, I got to the office and found a present from Pam waiting for me!
Then shortly before lunch time, an edible arrangement was delivered! Thanks, Mike!

After work, I went on a dinner date with the MIL, and then came home to a bottle of wine and a good book on my new Kindle (thanks, Mom!)

On Friday, Mike took me to a romantic lunch and then to get frozen yogurt. He also surprised me with the Michael Kors watch I've been drooling over.
 Hubcap had to work on Friday night, so like usual, when left to my own devices, all roads usually point to wine.

It was a pretty super awesome birthday. Not quite sure it tops last year's, but that's probably going to be impossible.

On an unrelated note, Mike was a part of George W. Bush's security detail when the president visited Aiken last week!

A Year Ago Today... ▲

Friday, April 20



A year ago today, Mike surprised me at my internship, cookie cake in hand, and popped the question. Naturally I was more excited about the cookie cake. LAWL JK. Kind of. (He also had a bouquet of flowers and gorgeous diamond, obvi). I hiked 3 miles up a mountain before I figured out what was happening.

Sometimes I look back at the past year and just laugh. Quietly to myself, usually. It seems like only a few short weeks ago that I was having literal meltdowns about my wedding venue or griping about the awful service at Men's Wearhouse.   I totally have room to dish out advice. Listen to your mom. Don't fight it. That's all.

And now we've been married for a month after being engaged just shy of one year. People said things would change, and so far I feel like the biggest difference is I love Mike more than I did before we got married.
You can read our engagement story here. It's no high school romance, but it's a good one.

Anyway, today is also my birthday and we have a pretty fun weekend planned that I will be sure to post about.

Instagramalama ▲

Wednesday, April 18



I am terrible at remembering the link-ups I want to do. I am borderline obsessed with Jenny @ Story of My Life and she does an Instagram link-up on Sundays. I rarely post on Sunday, so I usually miss them.

BUT today I am breaking the rules and going balls to the wall. I'll be throwing my link onto the end of her list and joining in on a Wednesday, because I WANT TO SHARE MY INSTAGRAM PICS, Y'ALL!

Yesterday my sweet Shannon, Miss South Carolina Teen USA, came to our neck of the woods to do a speech at a local elementary school. Since I'm her appearance coordinator and this event was actually within a reasonable distance, I got to go see her speak. Usually I have to stay at the office while she gets to go have fun at the events I coordinate for her...NOT FAIR. I was having a bad hair day and it's 141341341 degrees here. Let's not go there.

I was rocking my FREE beaded bracelet from the Dominican Republic honeymoon at work today - it's been one month since we got married!

I have been busting my buns putting in a new flower bed in our yard - expect a full blog post on THIS adventure...

Moose is adorable.

And psychotic.

Highlight of last week? FINALLY getting my Erin Condren planner in the mail!

And last week, I got to enjoy some down time with a glass of wine and a new book. It was magical. And then Moose bum rushed me begging for attention.

Thanks for hanging in during this post! I'll be back with something interesting soon. Maybe. Not.

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