Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Day 16 - My dream house!

I actually live in my dream house - or pretty dang close. Seriously. I LOVE our house.

That picture was from last summer when we first moved in - before the bushes were trimmed, etc.  I love our house. I have a running list of things in my head I want to do to it - HOWEVER, it isn't ours. :) We are just "caretakers" of this sweet, wonderful, (my dream) house.  God just stepped in and blessed us beyond belief with this house. I feel lucky every single day that I wake up in it. It has real hardwood floors, transom windows, glass door knobs, old wooden windows, a fireplace, built-ins, everything. Everything I want. :) The MSU campus is right out of my back door. Really. We walk to Eckie's Pond (one of our very favorite places on campus) and we walk to the football games. We can hear the band practicing in the fall. The chiming from the chapel is how I keep up with time in the mornings getting ready. We have pecan trees that we spent hours under this fall with the kids (and whoever else wanted t!) picking up pecans. We have that GINORMOUS magnolia tree to the right of the house that is amazing for climbing. There are surprise lillies. There are irises. We have a porch with rocking chairs and a swing. I love our house. L O V E.
If we could stay here forever and ever I would love to knock out the wall and the closet at the end of my kitchen and extend it into the back den... I would put a bar across to separate it. I would change the counter tops and flooring in the kitchen. I would put glass in some of the cabinet doors in the kitchen and maybe even take some of them out! The electrical system in the whole house would have to be redone. I would paint all the very white walls a warmer color.  I would free up the transoms (they're painted shut.) I would paint the shutters and front door a different color. I would replace the sconces in the living room and bathrooms. I would replace the light fixtures in all the bedrooms. I would change the chandeliers in the living room and dining room and kitchen.  I would put cabinets or shelves above my washer and dryer.  So, see? Yep, it's my dream house but I definitely have a list! :)
So... if we didn't stay here forever and ever?? Well, I would probably want a new house.  Derek and I are not the handiest couple of folks  you've ever met.  We would need low maintenance. We aren't big yard people either - a little yard with a GREAT patio/deck area would suit me fine.  I love the Camel Back duplexes at Belle Grove here in Starkville, or the houses in Maison de Ville, for example.  My dream house would definitely have a bungalow look with lots of character.  Someone pinned this house on pinterest the other day, and I promptly repinned it - it is WONDERFUL!
It's a Southern Living house plan.  I just love it.  As long as I have something unique, I'd be happy.  I wouldn't necessarily like a new house that looks just like the one 3 houses down in a neighborhood with no trees. THAT would be my anti-dream house!! Character is key!! :) But for now, we're going to just keep being really happy and thankful for our sweet dream house we get to go home to everyday! We love visitors - come sit on our porch with us this spring!! 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Day 15 - A Bible verse

One of my very favorite verses -

Psalm 30:10-14

New International Version (NIV)

10 Hear, LORD, and be merciful to me;
   LORD, be my help.
 11 You turned my wailing into dancing;
   you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
12 that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
   LORD my God, I will praise you forever.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Day 14 - A Picture you Love

Now come on - I can't pick one picture! I have a TON! Going to be a long, picture filled post - some of these are random, but I'll explain. Most of them I love because of a back story of some sort.

The very first one I thought of - Josh was in RARE form one day on the patio at Pepper's - he was keeping everyone entertained. He kept raising his shirt and rubbing his belly - I don't know. But it was FUNNY. Still makes me laugh to think about it.

The very first picture ever of all 6 of us: 

This one, just because of where/when it was taken:

One of my very favorite places in Starkville - heck, anywhere - told us congrats on their sign! 

Derek took this while sitting on the desk at WCBI one night right after we got married - he was so excited to be wearing that ring. :) He is holding the green marker he always held for me when he was on air, and his hand is on his scripts. 

From just a fun afternoon at our house climbing trees... I love the afternoons we don't even leave house but have so much fun hanging out.

This picture is funny because we have a joke about Derek and Emily being BFF.  Sometimes she tries to act like she could care less about him, but somehow Emily is usually where Derek is. And they actually get along so well... it's kinda funny (she is my clone, after all!)

I mean, cause this is just sweet.... Joshy will occasionally come climb in bed with  us in the mornings when he gets up... this one morning he actually fell back asleep. 

From Super Bulldog Weekend, Dan was wandering around the outfield at the baseball game. Faba and I had to get a pic with him!! 

From our trip out to OK last summer.... I just love this pic of Jay getting to play at the science museum with Derek, Grumpsy, and Nunu... would just love it if my kids got to see them more. Such awesome grandparents! 

Just because this made my husband SO happy... and ok, me too. :) 

I LOVE this picture of Jay - I think he is just the most gorgeous little thing... my sweet boy.

The very first Thanksgiving I ever made for my sweet babies - we sat on the floor bc I didn't have a table and chairs and I had to buy aluminum pans because I had no casserole dishes and all our plates were mismatched hand me downs and we were so broke - but I was determined to make a big meal for them. It was just me and D and the kids - you could barely tell anyone had eaten when we were finished!! It was so good! I have a pic somewhere of us sitting on the floor but I can't find it! 

I love football. I especially love Mississippi State football. So getting to be at the Gator Bowl with Derek was pretty fabulous. I had a great spot for one of the touchdowns and the 3 person hip bump afterwards! So while the whole experience was pretty awesome, this is just a good pic from that trip/game.

The tornado outbreak on April 27, 2011 will go down in history as a terrible day in the south... Starkville was very lucky that day but places within 40 - 60 miles of us on any side were not so lucky.  I'll never forget that day. We were without power for awhile, but not nearly as long as they projected.  And looking out of my kitchen window that evening after work, I saw the most beautiful sunset.  God is always there, no matter what, and He's always in control. 

From the day after our wedding - sitting on the porch with all of my inlaws finishing off the keg. Seriously. But it was just so fabulous having them all here, sitting on my porch. (unfortunately Megan isn't in this picture!!) 

And last but not least - my goofy husband sent me this at work one day of he and Patty (one of the outside cats.) He bent down to pick something up on the porch and she jumped on his back! And he took a picture and sent it to me! Nut. 

Monday, January 9, 2012

Day 13 - Goals

Well, in light of recent developments the topic for day 13 doesn't seem so bad!!  I have lots of goals - LOTS. The main ones I try to achieve daily are to be happy, find joy in every day, show love, and try to raise my kids to be the type of people that focus on those things too.
I went and finalized my paperwork this morning for my classes at EMCC.  Yep, I'm a college student again.  Well, kind of - I'm only taking 6 hours and I'm taking them online.  I wish I could do more, but with my schedule it doesn't really work.  Besides that, I wanted to take classes at EMCC this semester and there isn't a whole lot out there I can take.  I am a junior Elementary Education major - but have NO desire to be a teacher. Have no desire to even finish the degree. So I am going to change it to Communication. I know I want a concentration in Public Relations - but I might also try to get a double concentration and add on Broadcasting.  So with switching up I had a few core classes that I lacked that were different for the two majors... going to try to knock those out at EMCC (since we get the employee dependent scholarship! Yay! Thanks EMCC!) before going back to MSU.  I hope to get to a point where I can take more hours and GET FINISHED.  State doesn't offer as many online classes, so I will HAVE to figure out a way to go to on-campus classes at some point.
My goal with this is to have a career.... to have a job I love and I love going to and to be proud of what I do. To live up to my potentials. To feel like my skills, my brain, my personality are all being used like they should be. And DEFINITELY to surround myself with sports!! I want to do something in sports - college SID, work in PR with a pro team (ha), etc, etc.  It's what I love, it's what I should do.  I'm VERY good at promoting things I love. I love sports. See?  I would be HAPPY! :)
It is somewhat intimidating - I'm NOT young, y'all. And this is a young field.  I am probably at best 2 years from finishing.  I'll be even less young!!! So I know there are challenges ahead of me but I am focused!
So, on January 17 when my classes start... I'm taking a step towards my goal!!!

What is a goal you are striving towards this year??