Monday, April 23, 2012

Stuff I'm Loving

These trousers for work. This asymmetrical ruched bandeau bathing suit. This herb meal (the garlic press changed my life... I can only imagine what this would do). This really fly bomber jacket (in my dreams). This water hammock (OMG!). This seersucker swim suit. These shades. This cutting board. This asymmetrical blouson swim suit (how gorgeous is that?!).

For more of what I'm loving, click here! (These are great gift ideas too :)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thirty Thursday

It has been A WHILE since I updated my 30 list. Let's see what I've accomplished recently.

        1. Learn to play guitar  I got a guitar for Christmas and have picked it up exactly one time. Working 
two jobs, keeping up with laundry and housework and raising a 19-month-old takes up every ounce of my time. I can't wait to find some free time this summer so I can get back to learning!
2. Find a job (or be on salary doing something from home) I started tutoring in January but since it is a grant-funded position, there's no way to know if they'll have the money next year. Hopefully something will happen soon!
3. Learn to sew I can do a few things like make repairs, sew basic patterns, etc. but once again, I don't have time to sew. Hopefully this summer I'll make time to sew some curtains for our sunroom!
4. Learn a foreign language (French?)
5. Weigh ____ and maintain (not telling!) I have done great with this one! I hit my goal a couple of months ago, and I've lost 5 pounds since then. Of course when you're talking about weight loss it's always "5 more pounds!" I'm extremely happy with myself right now but of course it'd be nice to lose 5-10 more pounds!
6. Have 1 more kid and be done Don't count on it, according to Chad. ;)
7. Go back to Europe
8. Go back to Cabo
9. Go back to NYC
10. Get better at PhotoShop (learn tricks, editing, etc.)
11. Start or be part of a book club
12. Become a better photographer
13. Have picnics often Hoping to do lots of this during the summer months when I'm out of school.
14. Buy a really amazing guitar with my OWN money  Got one for Christmas! But once I know how to play, I'd like to buy another one with my own money.
15. Make traditions with MaryCollis  We have made lots of traditions since moving into our house in November. The Patricks have taken over Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, and now that my parents are moving I will probably take over Mother's Day lunch. It's going to be so much fun to have MC help me cook for all of these special occasions.
16. Learn to cook important family recipes (dressing, sweet potato pie, etc.) Learned how to make a fantastic pecan pie on September 9. I invented a KILLER chicken and dumpling recipe last week. Hopefully will learn my family's dressing and sweet potato pie recipes soon.
17. Make healthy decisions and teach MaryCollis to make them too  Going fairly well. I try to be conscious of what I put in my body (as well as MaryCollis' body). She loves fruit but also looooves the carbs.
18. Grow my own garden  I planted some herbs this month, and they are growing well. Hope to start a real garden at some point.
19. Start writing letters again – 1 every month Not doing well on this one. Who has time?
20. Make or restore furniture with Chad  Who has time?
21. Drive an old car (even if I have to rent it)
22. Do something physically adventurous (parasail, bungee jump, etc.)
23. Visit a winery
24. Learn to drive a stick shift (again)
25. Take ballroom dance lessons
26. Learn to make gravy  I can successfully make gravy as long as I fry/sear something first. For example, I can make gravy from the grease I've just fried meat in but I can't make gravy from scratch. I think it's impossible.
27. Buy a bike and ride it  REALLY want to do this. But they're so dang expensive.
28. Visit the Grand Canyon
29. Go vegetarian for one month  I really want to do this. Maybe this summer.
30. Go to at least 3 concerts

Lucky Luxe Photo Shoot

Our pal Bethany of Bethany Gilbert Photography was kind enough to take some shots of us during the most beautiful weather in March. The azaleas bloomed early this year, so the timing was perfect. Check it out! 

I just love her style. If y'all are in the market for a wedding photographer, holler at Bethany!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Easter 2012

Chad and I worked like slaves to get the pool area ready for a crawfish boil on Saturday. We dug up the existing gardens, put down landscaping fabric, replanted and mulched them. He tore up the rotten deck on the northwest side of the pool, which left a horrendous mess of dirt and nails, and we cleaned that up and made it look brand new. We hung a new porch swing. He powerwashed the deck and concrete to rid it of all the pollen. We hung plants on the trellis. We worked and worked and worked. I wish I had taken before and after photos. It's seriously incredible.

Parch swang!

Ready for warm bodies!

Sissy looking cute for the crawfish boil.


Baby William was the star of the show. Cutie pie!

Sunday we dragged ourselves out of bed (after a long day with friends the day/night before) and went to church. Every Easter, we have lunch at my parents' house after church. Chad casually mentioned that "this will be the last Easter at your parents' house." It was all I could do not to lose it. My parents are selling their house.... but I'm not ready to talk about that yet. Instead I'll show you a few photos of the my family outside the place where I grew up.

My granddaddy (Dad's dad), MaryCollis, my dad and me.

The Patricks.

Sick baby.

Daddy's girl.

MaryCollis woke up a little sluggish Sunday morning. When she took a 3 hour nap after lunch, we KNEW something was wrong. I took her temperature, and it registered 102.2. There was nothing I could do at that point, so I gave her some Tylenol and put her to bed. I called the doctor first thing Monday morning, and they squeezed her in at 8:30. She was diagnosed with "the croup." Which is a short term for laryngotracheobronchitis. According to Wikipedia:

Croup (or laryngotracheobronchitis) is a respiratory condition that is usually triggered by an acute viral infection of the upper airway. The infection leads to swelling inside the throat, which interferes with normal breathing and produces the classical symptoms of a "barking" coughstridor, and hoarseness. It may produce mild, moderate, or severe symptoms, which often worsen at night.

Waiting on the doctor

Cupcakes always made it better!

I stayed home with MaryCollis on Monday and Tuesday, and she was so lovey and sweet. She was a little bit irritable yesterday, but she would sit in my lap for 20-30 minutes at a time... and I was looooving it.

Khaki gave MC a hat for Easter. Diva!

She's back at Khaki's today, and she could not wait to get in those Khaki arms this morning! I have a feeling her Khaki will be the best medicine. Long live Khaki!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Accept Mediocrity

This is probably my favorite piece of advice yet from Great with Child. I literally wanted to high-five Beth Ann after reading this excerpt. It has become my motto. This is what she says...

The second thing I want to pass on is a piece of advice I need to take myself, which is this: Accept mediocrity. Be underwhelming. You can't do everything, so choose some things to sacrifice, and absolve yourself from guilt. It may be that you can raise a child and write a dissertation - but have the ugliest lawn on the block. And that's okay. Let someone else win "Lawn of the Month" - someone with a nanny.

Your pal,
Beth Ann

*Taken from page 130 of Great with Child: Letters to an Young Mother by Beth Ann Fennelly. Copyright 2006 by Beth Ann Fennelly.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


We go to Starkville so often that I always forget to blog about it... but we got some super cute photos of MC at the baseball game, so I had to share.

Also, I went to Sunny Bun's house and discovered that she has the exact same hardware as we do (except ours is gold). I was so pleased to see that she was able to pull off a farm house sink with traditional hardware! New sink is now on my to-do list.

I also got to snuggle with this handsome guy:

Monday, April 2, 2012

19-Month Update

MaryCollis is 19 months old today. She is learning and saying new things every day. I love to hear her talk... it's like I can actually hear her learning. She has gotten so good at problem solving. She will see an obstacle (like not being able to reach her crackers on the counter) and figure out a way to get what she wants (she will push a chair over to the counter and stand in it).

Sleeping hard.

We did lots of fun things this month. We had a blast at Ana's birthday party and Kate's baby shower, we went to New Orleans and the zoo, we visited Aunt Lauren in Oxford, we went to Starkville and MC had a 3-day sleepover at Gamma and Doc's while I was at Beta Convention. March was a whirlwind for sure!

She love to pick flowers.

Her hair is getting so long and curly. She's too growny-looking in this picture!

Nightly TV time with Dad.

There was no shortage of F-I-Ts in the Patrick home this week. She wants her yogurt, so you hand it to her and she throws it on the ground. She wants "cup" so you fix her a cup, but she didn't want her cup... she wanted your cup. "No ma'am, you can't have my cup." FIT! She wants her "cow" (iPhone game), so you gear up the game and hand it to her. She throws it on the floor. She sees the garlic bread on my plate, and says "bite"so I present her very own piece but that's not what she wanted.... she wanted my bread. FIT! She wants to stay outside all.the.time. but I have to go in to get dinner ready or wash clothes so I pick her up and she flails around like I'm trying to murder her. FIT! Ah yes, good times indeed.

Mom and I were preparing for a baby shower Saturday, so we told Doc to get MC out of our hair for a while. We heard the tractor rev up and looked out the window to find this! I used to ride with my Poppa like that. MC loved it!

Loving that barbecue sauce.

She had her first taste of loco dip this week and LOVED it. Then she discovered the nearby sour cream. I believe it's her favorite new condiment... just like her Mommy!

Chad also taught her how to say "please" this week. She's not really participating in the video but it's really cute.


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