Housewarming at the New House!

Good morning!! I am away at the lake right now enjoying some down time with my family.  I hope you guys have a fun and relaxing weekend ahead!  

Let’s rewind to last weekend!  Saturday afternoon we had a housewarming party at our new house for all our family, friends, and coworkers.  We had a pretty good turnout and the weather was just perfect.  

We started our Saturday with a nice walk to the local coffee shop (our new house is very walkable… we tried to be suburb people… we just can’t do it ;)) with the pups and then walked to the park to relax a bit before the madness.  These two just live for their walks. 🙂

The “florist” aka my momma, arrived Saturday morning with a HUGE bucket full of hydrangeas.  Is there a prettier flower?  We filled a LOT of vases and scattered them all over the house.  Most of them are still hanging in there!!

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Fresh flowers just make me SO happy!

I literally did not take ANY pictures during our party, but I guess that means we were having fun!!  Well I did manage to get this picture of our besties!  

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We had such a fun time playing games outside, enjoying some food and drinks and just catching up with everyone.  After everyone left, we went to a local bar for some live music with our friends in the last picture, Eric and Rachael.  Let’s just say.. the music wasn’t the best, but the company was amazing! 🙂

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My flowers were “getting in the way” of my husband watching TV so they found a new home.  Rachael gave me this beautiful table runner that actually matches our accent chair that you can see in the very back of this picture.  So thoughtful.  

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On Sunday after lots of cleaning, organizing, running, and walking the pups, I headed over to my mom’s for some relaxing at her pool.  It was such a beautiful day.  They live next to a big horse farm.  Nature sure is beautiful!   

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I hope you all have a fun and safe 4th of July!  I am so thankful for my freedom! xoxoxo

Questions:

  1. If you had a party, what type of food would you serve?
  2. Do you like horses?  I fell off one when I was at summer camp when I was younger and I have been scared of them every since.
  3. Any special recipes that you make for the 4th of July each year?

Where Does The Time Go

Hey friends!  I’ve been trying to figure out where the past couple weeks have gone, but I just don’t know.  We have been busy getting our house all put together for a housewarming party we had this past Saturday and there has been a lot going on at work.  

I am in serious need of a vacation, which comes at the perfect time because today after work we are heading to GA to my in-laws lake house.  I cannot wait!  How are you all doing?  Anything excited going on in your world?  

A couple weekends ago, we made a quick trip up to Cincinnati for a funeral and I had just enough time for a quick lunch with my friend Dana, her fiance, and their precious baby boy.  

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Ours friends graciously let us stay with them at the last minute.  We were able to get dinner and drinks with them and catch up.  

On Saturday afternoon we drove to Indianapolis to spend the night at my in-laws.  We all went out for a delicious dinner.

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Yep, still eating salmon all.the.time.  🙂 

Love this sweet man who drops all his plans to be by my side no matter what.  I am so lucky. 🙂 

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And my sweet mother-in-law.  The sun may have been in our eyes, but the we had to document our matching outfits. 😉

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On Sunday morning before hitting the road, my mother-in-law, brother-in-law, my husband and I headed to the golf course for a quick 9 holes.  No, I don’t play… I just walked the course and enjoyed the nice weather. 🙂

My best friend Lissa watched our pups for the weekend and I got a lot of cute pictures.  I think Riley was in heaven. 🙂

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I will be back tomorrow!  Thanks for putting up with my sporadic blogging schedule.  🙂 

Questions:

  1.  What is going on in your life right now?
  2. DO you have any fun plans for the 4th of July? 
  3. Do you watch fireworks anywhere over the holiday? 

Weekend Recap Continued … Let the Fun Continue

Hey there!! How is your morning going?  When this week began, I kind of thought Friday would never come, but here it is!  Woo! 

I guess I should mention that Sunday our poor Nashville Predators had a sad lost that gave the Penguins the Stanley Cup.  We had a goal reversed (the ref made a really big mistake by blowing the whistle too early) and the Penguins scored in the last 2 minutes of the game to win.  But, even as sad as that loss was, Nashville is still singing the Predators praises!  This city really came together for our hockey team and I think next year will be another great season!  I am in the middle of trying to convince my husband that we need to get season tickets!  (Any help would be appreciated!! ;))

Last weekend Riley played with Otis’ toy the entire time.  He has a few toys that he likes, but he always loves other dogs’ toys.  They are just SO much more fun when they aren’t yours. 😉 

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Saturday night my husband got 3 dates for the concert. 😉  My friends, Lissa and Rachael, came along with us.  We had tickets in the suite again, which was so nice.  The food and drinks are great, but the private bathroom is the best part! 🙂 

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I took this picture of the venue, then realized sweet Jacob was hugging my dad.  So cute. 

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The boys came up to the suite and loved it too. 

We saw a lot of good music on Saturday night too!  One of my favorites was Lady Antebellum.  They were soo good! 

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We also saw Thomas Rhett!  He is amazing in concert!  We also saw Brett Young, Chris Young, Maren Morris, and Florida Georgia Line.  If you like country music, you should definitely make a trip to Nashville for the CMA Fest because it is always a fun weekend! 

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Love my girlfriends!!  I finally had a great excuse to wear my cowboy boots! 🙂

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My mom brought these beauties over from her house.  Aren’t they gorgeous??

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Sweet Callie usually prefers me, but I caught her sleeping next to Jon the other morning. We have come a long way. 🙂 

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You guys… I have been loving salads for lunch lately.  Usually I am not a fruit on my salad kind of person, but this week I added strawberries and they made my salad soo tasty!  I can eat a salad every day for lunch, but it better have more toppings than lettuce or I will get bored of it quickly.  This week I added: strawberries, raisins, raw corn, beets, almonds, orange peppers and tofu.  Delicious!  

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My husband and I are off to Cincinnati/Indianapolis for the weekend.  I will see you guys next week!

Questions:

  1. What do you usually have for lunch during the week?
  2. Any weekend plans?
  3. What is your favorite type of flower? 

Weekend Recap 6.10.17 The Best Weekend Ever!! Visitors, Canoeing, and CMA Fest!

Hi friends!! I hope you guys had an amazing weekend and are having a great week so far!  This past weekend was one of the best ones I have had in a while.  It was full of family, friends and FUN!! My kind of weekend.  Although, Monday and Tuesday at work were a little rough, but thankfully I am feeling like my normal self again after some much needed sleep. 🙂 

Friday morning my sister and her boyfriend flew in from Dallas (along with Otis, their doggie).  After I got off work in the late afternoon, I met up with them at our house for some drinks and appetizers and a few games of ping pong.  Did I mention my husband bought a ping pong table for our bonus room?  He literally came home with it before we even had a couch in our living room.  😉 But I will say, it has been a fun thing to have when we have guests over.  

Friday night, my sister, her boyfriend, my husband and I headed downtown to the CMA Fest!  My sister’s boyfriend surprised her with tickets and my husband’s boss took his whole office and their spouses.  We spent some time in the suite with my husband’s coworkers and then headed down to the lower level to hang out with my sister and her boyfriend.  The best thing about CMA Fest is that you get to hear a bunch of different people/bands perform.  Friday night we saw Kelsea Ballerini, Rascal Flatts, Sam Hunt (my sister and I agreed he was our fav!!), Trace Adkins, Blake Shelton, Eric Church and more!

We grew up going to concerts with my dad and it will always be one of my favorite past times.   

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Saturday morning we were up bright and early for a fun-filled day ahead.  My sister, her bf, and I headed out for a quick run before beginning the day.  I LOVE having someone to run with. 

A few hours later, we were canoeing down the river for my sister’s birthday! Her actual birthday was on Saturday so it was perfect timing to have a fun adventure to celebrate!  She and her boyfriend were in town for a wedding Saturday night so we had to pack in as much fun as possible before then!

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The birthday girl and her special hat (my friend Rachael brought it for her to wear ;))!  Yes, we brought all the dogs… 4 in all.  They loved it… kinda. 😉

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Riley sitting in Mimi’s lap… his favorite place to be.  

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We had such a great time!  The weather was perfect!  We stopped along the way to eat brunch (we brought a cake!) and drink some mimosas!  

I will wrap up this post here and finish the rest tomorrow!  Have a great day friends!! xoxoxo

Questions:

  1. What was the highlight of your weekend?
  2. Have you done any water sports this summer?  Boating? Canoeing? Water park? 
  3. What is your favorite go-to week night meal?  (I am in a little rut and need some inspiration!) 

 

Weekend Recap 6.6.17 … A Very Special Birthday and The Predators are in the Stanley Cup!!!

Hey guys!  I am spending the morning trying to play catch up with my pictures/blog from the past couple weeks.  I swear I will find a normal blogging routine one of these days.  We haven’t quite set a new routine after moving and have had so much going on in the evenings that it has been hard to find time to blog.  

This was me last weekend sanding and painting an old table my mom had.  We need something to fill up the space in a corner of our living room and wanted it to match everything else.  One we get the house completely together I will show you it’s place.  We are having a housewarming party in a couple weeks so we are moving right along with finding a place for everything.  I love having a deadline to get our house ready or else we may have been living out of boxes for a little too long.  

This was us watching one of the last Predators games at a bar.  But this last weekend, I got to watch the Stanley Cup in person!!  

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Before the game on Saturday, we headed out to Old Hickory Lake to celebrate my best friend, Rachael’s birthday.  She rented two pontoon boats for 30 of us.  It was such a blast!  Happy 27th birthday Rach!! 

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She may have had to be rescued after that picture. 😉 

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This guy was in his happy place. 

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After a few hours on the lake, we got dropped off to get ready for the game.  

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We hurried home and met up with my dad then the 3 of us headed downtown.  It was crazy downtown!! If you haven’t seen the pictures on the news, you should look them up!! Nashville really rallied together to support the Preds!!  It is days like Saturday that make me LOVE Nashville and all the people here.  

 

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We cut the end of the Alan Jackson concert then dropped my husband off to meet up with some friends.  Then my dad and I headed to the arena!

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We got these light up bracelets in our seats and I hadn’t seen them before.  My dad told me I had to put it on and I soon found out why!  The whole stadium lit up to the music at the beginning of the game.  

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The bracelets lit up different colors and different levels of the arena would light up at different times.  It was truly beautiful.  The pictures definitely don’t do it justice, but I did get a couple videos that I posted to my youtube if you want to see!  

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The place was packed and we barely sat down the entire time!!

We got a little nervous when the Penguins scored in the first 3 minutes of the game, but thankfully the Preds were able to pull it together and ended up winning 5 to 1!!!! It was so incredible to experience the crowd going nuts and all the support behind the Preds!

It was a madhouse downtown after the game!! 

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We went and met up with my husband and some friends for a drink while we waited for the uber prices to go down a bit. 🙂

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I am pretty excited to watch the game tonight!!!  Go PREDS!! 

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Questions:

  1. Are you a hockey fan?
  2. Have you ever been to a Stanley Cup game? 

 

Memorial Day Weekend… Only a Week Late :)

Hi friends!! I hope you all had a great weekend!  Mine was amazing and I will share it with you later this week, but first I need to back up to last weekend.  On Friday afternoon we packed up the car and the pups and headed south to Georgia for a long weekend with family.  Memorial Day weekend has been our annual family reunion with my husband’s side of the family.  We were so grateful they let us bring the pups since we could drive this year! 

We took a boat cruise when we arrived and were so happy to be back on the lake.  My husband and I both agree that the lake is our happy place.  Between our families we have quite a few lakehouses to visit so we are making the rounds this summer.  One of the benefits of living in Tennessee versus Dallas is that we can drive to all of them!

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Can you spy Riley in this picture?  This was probably 10 minutes after arriving. 😉  This doggie LOVES the water.  

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And this doggie loves me.  She never left my side the whole trip.  She is such a homebody and does not like to be out of her comfort zone… unless she is with her momma.  

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Riley playing on the duck!

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I just had to show you all this picture.  I think Riley wanted off the duck and saw my husband’s head as his way off.  🙂

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We had so much fun just relaxing with family at the lake.  It is so beautiful!

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This is where I spent most of my time… Life has been quite crazy and busy lately that I haven’t had much time for reading so I allowed myself some downtime to just lay in the sun and read.  It was glorious!

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We had lots of yummy food thanks to my mother-in-law and aunts!

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Love my people!! 

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I hope you all have a fantastic week!! I will be back soon to recap this weekend (I went to the Stanley Cup game :)).  

Questions:

  1. How was your weekend?
  2. Are you a lake/beach person or a mountain person?
  3. Have you tried any new recipes lately?

Weekend Recap 5.21.17… First Dinner Guests and Fresh Raspberries

Good morning!! How is your week going?  I am pretty excited that we are halfway through the week because Friday we head to the lake (my husband’s aunt and uncle’s house) for our annual family reunion with my husband’s side of the family.  I am hoping for some good weather, fun times with family and time to unwind because it has been go go go the last few weeks for us.  

This past weekend was pretty relaxing though.  We were very productive, but also had time to relax and hang out with some friends.  We have been taking the dogs to a nearby dog park a couple times a week and they love it… for about 5 minutes.  Then both of the dogs come and lay down by us… We have been standing on opposite sides of the park and calling the dogs back and forth to get them a little exercise. 🙂

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Can you spy Riley?  If we ever can’t find him, we know to look where the sun in shining… this little pup loves sun bathing. 🙂

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On Friday we got a new couch my husband ordered… all the seats recline and while I must say it is not very pretty, it sure is comfy!  It’s in our basement, which has now become our movie room.  

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I made this salad for dinner the other night and my husband and I both loved it!  You make a grapefruit vinaigrette to go on top and it is just delicious.  I added the raw corn and goat cheese because… well why not? 

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Saturday we went to my mom’s house for some raspberry picking!  Besides getting pricked by the little thorns on the plant, it was kind of fun!  Fresh raspberries are the best!  The blueberry bushes are the ones behind the fence and I can’t wait for those to ripen in a few weeks! 

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Saturday evening our favorite couple, Rachael and Eric, came over for dinner.  The girls cooked and the boys played ping pong.  They brought over their sweet pup, Cooper, and another pup the were watching, Pierre.  It was doggie heaven, which always makes me soo happy!

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We may have cooked a little too much food.  We made salmon, chicken, roasted mushrooms, a huge salad, roasted asparagus and zucchini.  Leftovers for everyone!

The even brought us some flowers!  So many that I could make two arrangements.  Don’t you just love fresh flowers?  I sure do!

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The boys and 3 out of the 4 pups.  

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After a few games of pingpong and lots of chatting, we finally said goodnight around midnight.  Rachael took our picture on our new front porch. 🙂

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We have seriously been waiting forever to be able to live close to friends and family and now that the move is finally over, I can officially say nights like these make all the stress of moving worth it.  🙂 

Questions:

  1. Go-to meal to cook for guests?
  2. What did you eat for lunch today?
  3. Traveling for Memorial Day weekend?