Life moves at such a fast pace…

Life moves at such a fast pace sometimes I can hardly keep up with my day-to-day responsibilities much less make sure I’m writing regularly and keeping everyone up to date.  So here is a quick recap of my last couple of months:

In June, I was the MOH (maid-of-honor for those of us in the wedding industry) at my friend Blair’s wedding.  Friday morning started with mani/pedi appointments with the bridesmaids and bride, a delicious luncheon with all the girls, and later that evening was the rehearsal dinner, where I got to sit beside the guy who created the “like” button.  For real. The wedding on Saturday was an absolute blast, with my favorite DJ and packed out dance floor all night long. It was fun to be able to actually attend a wedding as a guest rather than as the planner because I got to enjoy the evening of fun rather than watching from the sidelines, but I also got to hang out with alot of my Emily Weddings girls since many of them were working the event, 2 of us bridesmaids are on the team, and also the bride herself.

Shortly after Blair’s wedding, I was invited to a weekend away in the Outer Banks.  Yep, this was the weekend I met Blake. And ladies, let me just tell you. When you’re greeted at the beach by a guy laying in the water, shirt off, lookin all fly, with a drink in his hand, you’d fall for him too.

The weekend I met Blake, I had just finished a double header wedding weekend – two weddings in one weekend, one Friday and one Saturday.  To someone attending two weddings in a weekend this is exhausting, but when you’re the coordinator of a wedding, you’re putting in 12 hour days and it’s just so gosh darn HOT outside this time of year that you literally think you might just pass out the very second you walk in your front door at the end of the night.  The last wedding we had was outside (again) and the weather forecast was estimating temperatures to push past 100 degrees. No worries. We’ll send the wedding party out of the house where the wedding was taking place on the front lawn, then watch the ceremony from inside the house where it was nice and cool. Nope, Carrie (the lead coordinator) would get to watch from the comfort of the air conditioned house while I am literally stuck behind a tree manning the iPod ceremony music.

Summer is the season for concerts and after buying the MegaTicket this year for the first time, I’ve attended every single country concert since the beginning of the summer.  So far I’ve seen Sugarland, Eli Young Band, Little Big Town, Rascall Flatts, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Thompson Square, and Lady Antebellum.  Before the end of the summer I’ll also see Toby Keith, Brantley Gilbert, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, The Band Perry and my all-time favorite Zac Brown Band! It’s been a summer of music and whenever we get the chance, we’re out and about dancing our heads off at any place with live music.

A couple of weeks ago, my cousins Melanie and Nathan came into town from Nashville and we got a chance to bring their kids (Joshua, 6 and Matthew, 4) out to Blake’s station for a tour of the station.  The boys got to try on a fireman’s hat and sit in the front seat of the truck, and I got to see my man in all his gear as he left on a fire call.  My 93 year-old grandmother was with us that evening and she wouldn’t stop nagging Blake to get some of those good looking firefighters out there to talk to her.  (She’s still fiesty and SUCH a flirt!)  Nathan ran over to the 7-11 to grab some drinks for the kids and came back with a particularly “stimulating” beverage for his wife called NeuroGasm that is apparently now available in your local 7-11 store.  Granny thought it was hilarious and insisted we take a photo:

My little brother Cameron made it back home for a couple of days to play a show at a new music venue at the oceanfront.  He has been touring with his band for the last month performing at various camps and retreat weekends leading up to their 4-month tour this fall.  He rocks.  And we were super excited to watch him and the band perform!

So you already know I got a SUP board right?  Yeah, I thought I told you about that.  Well, while Cam was home with the band for the weekend, we had a pool day at my grandparents house and we brought our boards over to paddle out in the river.  It was MEGA hot and by the time we got over there we didn’t want anything to do with that murky water, so Cameron put them in the pool instead. “Try paddle boarding: Check. Now we’re one step closer to dying.”

That’s a busy month huh?  Well, I still haven’t even mentioned the week-long vacation we took last week in the Outer Banks.  I’ll have to fill you in on that one later!

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Home Sweet Home

Listening to Tyrone Wells sing Home to Me: “You feel like home to me.”

Day 143 of Lisa Congdon’s 365 Days of Hand Lettering.

Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Concert

I’m surrounded by thousands of white people doing the “swim” dance move. Perhaps I should’ve added that to the bucket list.

Miranda Lambert

Enjoying some country music on the beach!

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Sugarland fun

With the girls…

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Happy girl

…at the Switchfoot concert.

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“This is the first day of the rest of your life.”

I’ve been through quite a few changes during the last year and I have come to love the person that I am, the person God is molding, the person who stands before me in the mirror every morning. I take every opportunity that is presented and make the most of it, enjoy every moment, and really dive into friendships and relationships. Despite the last year’s worth of events, some amazing and some I could’ve done without, I wake up every morning with a refreshed outlook on life, ready to take on the day.

I know I’ve talked about this song before, but I felt the need to write about it again because it has become a part of my daily life.  When I get to work and turn on my computer the first thing I see is an icon right in the center of my screen that says “LISTEN TODAY”.  Before I read emails, before I listen to voicemails, before I return phone calls, and even before I get settled in for the morning, I click on the icon and sit down at my desk for a few minutes to just take it in.

This is the first day of the rest of your life.

The Beautiful Refrain

Listening to my brother, Cameron, on 88.5 (The Current) during his hour-long interview this morning… listening at work and spent 15 minutes trying to figure out how to play it through my computer = blocked.

play it on my phone = didn’t work.

download the app = couldn’t find it.

find it on windows media player = failed.

plugged in the old school 80’s boombox and spent 10 minutes working the antenna in a concrete building to get a signal = success.

except I’m now stuck in my chair at my desk because if I move even the slightest bit, the reception goes out and all I hear is complete static.  awesome.

Listening…

to Mumford & Sons.

Research

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So excited about my night of “research”!!!

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