Wednesday, February 29, 2012

don't be jealous...

I got this really cool pin that I get to wear at work now because I'm on the Safety Committee.

Don't be jealous!  I know you are!  :)

It's pretty awesome, right?!

Just had to share it with you.

And I'll share these pretty flowers that I got last week that are still alive and kicking...

I just love hydrangeas!  :)

And I just wish that I could throw a party today since it's a Leap Year Day!  Too bad I'll be working 13 hours today.  :(  Maybe next time!

Hope you enjoy today! 

The Preacher's Wife

Monday, February 20, 2012

a fun little project

I worked on a little fun project this weekend.

I haven't joined Pinterest because I'm scared to.  I'm scared that I will spend countless hours looking through all of the fun stuff on the website and get nothing accomplished because of my love to craft.

I did see this one thing on Pinterest one day while I was just browsing the home page for a few minutes.

It was a frame that said "I Love You Because..." and then you could write on the glass part of the frame with a dry erase board pen and leave a note for your loved one.

I thought it was a fun idea and decided to recreate it along with a few other things that I thought would be fun to have on a board.

Here's how this all started...

I got this lovely frame below from my parent's house last weekend while I was home:

and I also got some fun crafts at Hobby Lobby....fabric, stickers, ribbon, and letters:

First, I covered the back side of the teddy bear picture with the fabric.

And then I ironed the fabric with starch to make it extra smooth.

Next I just laid out my ribbon, letters, and stickers on the board.

I knew that I wanted to have three categories on my board....
1.  Bon Appetit-I really want to start planning our meals for the week so when we are standing at the pantry and say that we have nothing to eat, we can look at our board and remember that we do.  And hopefully this will help our eating out habit that we are trying to break.

2.  Our Daily Verse- Preacher Man and I are wanting to memorize scripture more so we can quote it in times where we really need encouragement or need to give encouragement to others.  I thought this would be fun to add into the board as well.

3.  I Love you because....I thought this one was just too cute to pass up.  I'm sure this one won't always be a sappy thing for us either.  There is no telling what will get thrown on that board in our house.  :)

I cut all of my stickers out for my board and placed them in each section...

and then I straightened them up a bit...

and then I decided that I didn't need to use any of the other stickers that I had bought because I thought it would take away from the board.

My hubby also helped me with the frame and polished it up real good for me.  Thanks honey!

After getting all of this mapped out I decided it was time for a break...

so we went to the movies...

and split our Coke Icee!  It's become a new tradition for us to do this every time we go to the movies now.  We went and saw The Vow.  I wasn't a fan.  It shouldn't have been called The Vow and that's all I'm going to say.  After the movie, we went and got a big 'ol steak from the store and grilled out for our Valentine's Dinner. 

And then I finished my board:


I'm really pleased with the way that it turned out and I can't wait to use it each week!

I'm hoping this will keep us a little more organized, become better at memorizing scripture, and let us leave little love notes for one another.

I'll let you know how it goes!
Hope you have a great week!
Lots of Love,
The Preacher's Wife 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Trip Home to Tennessee :)

Preacher Man and I were excited to take a trip home to Tennessee to see our families this past weekend.  We were going to surprise everyone but we figured as soon as we did everyone would have plans for the weekend already so we ended up telling mostly everyone! 

One day we're going to surprise everyone good though!  And it's going to be awesome!!

We both took this past Friday off of work so we could get a head start on the road.
We ended up leaving before 7 AM and headed out for the long drive to my parent's house first.

ANNNND....we got to stop at Biscuitville!
I was stoked to stop here.
I had never heard of this place before until we came to North Carolina, and every time we pass by the exit for it I always say that I want to eat there.

I don't have to say it anymore though!
We stopped in and got us some biscuits!!  :)

Their sausage biscuit was delicious!!!  I highly recommend it.  It was the perfect flavor of a homemade biscuit taste that wasn't too buttery or too flaky.

My honey enjoyed his while driving.  Ain't he cute in his camo and toboggan?  It was quite chilly.

While my hubby was ordering our food in the drive-thru, I started talking about every kind of food on the menu saying "I'll take this, and that, and that...." just being silly.  And would you believe that he really ordered one of the things that I was pretending like I wanted?!

He got the cinnamon cluster...okay, maybe deep down I really did want this.  :)

take a look at this bad boy...

It was amazing!  Oh so very good!

Since we got a good breakfast we eased on down the road.  We were nervous about traffic because of the rock slide that happened in the mountains on I-40, but all was well!

I even documented some of our trip through the mountains this time...

I'd be lying if I said that these rocks and curvy roads didn't make me nervous!

Harmon Den is the exit that my husband took me too on one of our first dates.  He took me hiking to MaxPatch.  Absolutely breath taking up there!  :)  Breath taking to get up the steep hills and a breath taking view.

And the tunnels!  Gotta love these!

I always hold my breath and make a wish.  And sometimes toot the horn if no one else is in there!  Hahaha!

Coming out of the tunnel.  Please note that we didn't use our GPS one time this trip.  I think we've finally figured out the way home!  Ha!  And check out my new Febreeze car air's absolutely amazing and I highly recommend them!

I always get really excited when we start seeing mountains again...and especially when we see this sign below...

Watch out for falling rock...


We made it home safely to my parents house but before we got there we pilfered through the junk stores in town to kill time and look for some good deals.  You just never know when you're going to find $4 shoes and $12 basketball goals.  :)

Unfortunately we didn't have any luck this time.  :(

But we did get to see my family!  :)

And Dad even took me for a ride in his new toy that night when we went to go grab some pizzas! 

Meet Little Billy.  My Mom gave Little Billy his name.  That is my Dad sitting inside Little Billy.  His name is Ron.  :) 

Dad bought Little Billy to be his "town truck".  His truck for riding around on their land, hauling the garbage, and his little truck to drive in the rain...and I think he got it because he got a real good deal....and now everyone in town wants to buy Little Billy!  I can't blame them though....Little Billy is so cool! 

He has a tape deck and he's a stick shift!  I think he's just precious.  And I also think my Mom, sister, grandmother, and myself would be very sad if Dad sold Little Billy.  We all really like him.
Haha!  :)

We hung around with my family on Friday night and ate pizza and then we went up to my Nana's house to watch a movie and bake cookies.
The next morning we had a yummy homemade breakfast and then my sister and I made a trip to Hobby Lobby-my favorite store on earth! 
I'm working on a fun project that I'm so excited about and I'm glad that I got to go to HL to get my goods for it.  Annnnd I might have bought a few things other than what was on my a cute beach picture frame for my beach bathroom that I'm creating.  :)

We also celebrated my Mom's birthday!!

YUMMM!!!!  Happy Birthday Mom!

Later than night we went up to see Preacher Man's family too...they're all my family.  I don't discriminate.  I love them all so much!  :)

It was our nephew, Ethan's last basketball game so we wanted to watch him play.
We ate a yummy home-cooked meal that his sweet Mom let us pick out the menu for that night and then it was off to the basketball game...

but we did have a few minutes to play...

Aren't they cute?  I think he missed him!

And one day I'm going to learn how to put that train together without the directions!  :)

Off to the basketball game we went...

Here he is warming up....

and practicing his shot!

And he even tipped off for his team!  Go Ethan!

While the game was going on I hung out with this little one too...

We had a fun time together...

and this is hands down my favorite picture of the entire weekend...

Hilarious!  :)

Her brother did a great job playing basketball.  I was the crazy aunt that jumped up and clapped every time he scored.  :)  Yup, that was me.  :)

Go Ethan, Go!

Addie Mae has a new thing she does with the men in her life.  She goes up to them and asks them if they want to fight.  She will then play around with some punches (not actually hitting them) and they will too.  She will act like she gets hit, fall down, pop right back up, and go for it again.  It is so funny to watch!

Here's the Team Mom...

She was so sweet and brought all the kids cupcakes and juice after their last game!  BUT this isn't Ethan's last game, he got picked to be on the All-Star Team!  Whoo hoo!  :)

We had a wonderful weekend at home seeing family and friends.  And we also had a fun time going through the snowy mountains on the way back to North Carolina...

Isn't that pretty?!

Thanks for coming on my trip with me!

Hope you're having a great day!

The Preacher's Wife

Friday, February 3, 2012

Meet My Sister, Jamie! :)

Today I'm linking up with Kelly's Korner Blog for Singles Friday!

I want to introduce you to my lovely sister, Jamie.
You want to know her...I promise!
Here she is....

She lives in East Tennessee in a town located between Knoxville and Chattanooga.
The most important thing about her is that she's a Christian!
She's actively involved in her church back home.  She helps with the Children's Ministry there and loves going on Mission Trips...

Here is a picture of her when she went to Mexico on a Mission Trip...

and another one when she went to Gulf Shores, Alabama...

and here's a picture of her when she went to the Beth Moore Simulcast....

she's right there holding the sign on the left.  :)

Jamie is also a seventh grade teacher.  She went to the University of Tennessee Knoxville and went on to get her Masters in Arts and Teaching from a smaller college.

She is an AWESOME teacher!  Her kids and co-workers absolutely adore her!  I've been several times to her classroom and I can tell that she has a a great passion for what she does.

Did I mention she's really pretty too?!

This is a picture of her from my wedding in July 2010.

Family is extremely important to my sister too!
She's very close with everyone in our family.  Our parents, me and my husband, and our cousins.  Our younger cousins even call her Cousin-Aunt Jamie because they love her so much.  :)

Here she is on the right with me and my Mom when we took a Riverboat Cruise:

and here she is with Dad on the Riverboat:

and here she is with our Nana who passed away a couple of years ago:

And here we are together.  She's one of my best friends...

Friends are very important to her as well!  She loves traveling and going places!

Here she is on a cruise with one of our childhood best friends, Hailey.

She also loves going to sporting events too!  Football, Baseball, Basketball, you name it!  :)  She's a huge Tennessee Volunteers fan!

She also enjoys the movies too!  She LOVES when books turn into movies...although she always ends up liking the books better than the movies.

 My sister also lives with one of her favorite girls ever....

This girl is Lucy.  She is my sister's baby.  She's a schnoodle.  A schnauzer and and a poodle mix.  Lucy is a funny dog and she's a ball of fun to play with.

I think my sister is amazingly awesome!  She is SINGLE and ready to mingle.  :) She has the biggest heart of anyone I know and has so much love to give.  She would make a nice, Christian man a very great wife.

I feel a bit crazy doing an online post about my single sister, but I'm looking at this post as maybe a thing that could lead her to her future husband.  You never know what God might have in store on the world wide web.  :)  And obviously with Kelly's Korner, she's had quite a bit of success at linking up couples.  :)

I hope you enjoyed getting to meet my sister.  She's a beautiful person on the outside and even more on the inside.  I love her so much and hope that she will find a man to share a great love with one day!  Just leave a comment with your email address if you want to know more!  :)

Thanks for stopping by!

The Preacher's Wife