Thursday, April 30, 2015

Mean Girls and The Royal Wedding

Today (April 29th) was sort of a celebration of two things that are pretty interesting and cool to me - Will and Kate's anniversary (I cannot believe it's been 4 years since I watched their wedding in my pajamas while writing a paper and STRESSING OUT because it was due in like 3 hours and I had just started) 
and April 30th is the Mean Girls anniversary, but since today was Wednesday, I celebrated because #OnWednesdaysWeWearPink.

I celebrated by wearing a royal blue shirt (for the Royal Wedding - I call it "Kate Middleton Blue") and a pink hat, sandals, and jewelry (it was hat day at work - spring spirit week!)
I made my kids' warm-up a celebration of the day as well.

"I'm a cool [teacher]".

Even the lotion and spray I used was pink - at Crabtree Mall in Raleigh this weekend with some friends, I fell in love with one of Bath & Body Works' new scents:

So I'm a little obsessed with Will and Kate but who wouldn't be? They're so beautiful and glamourous. And I cannot wait for the arrival of their second baby any minute now! 
And Mean Girls is SUCH a huge part of my high school memories. So many inside jokes with my friends and so many laughs came from that movie. And still to this day they do! 



Tuesday, April 28, 2015

I Fell in Love 12 Years Ago Today...

...with Stevie Wonder!

Here's a little #MemoryMonday post to recount how it happened.

12 years ago yesterday (the 26th), my parents accompanied me and my Latin class to Chapel Hill for the annual Latin convention. I was in 8th grade, and it was one of the happiest years of my life. The Latin convention was always so much fun. That's how I came to love Chapel Hill, especially in the spring.

The next day was a Sunday, and I remember eating at Sanibel's seafood with my family and then my mom taking me to Oak Hollow Mall (God rest its soul) to use my FYE gift card (in case anyone forgot, FYE stood for "For Your Entertainment" and it was a store where people used to buy ancient things like cds, etc. And they used to have one in Oak Hollow Mall. When they actually had stores. :( ).
I wanted to use my FYE gift card on a Stevie Wonder cd because I'd seen the Cosby Show episode that he appeared on, when the whole family sang "I Just Called to Say I Love You" and I was like "OH MY GOSH I LOVE THAT SONG I HAVE TO HAVE IT!!"
(Ahh, the days when you had to get in your car and go to a store and buy a whole cd to get one song instead of just downloading the song to your phone instantly... we are so spoiled now!)

So we got to FYE and I miraculously found a Stevie Wonder greatest hits collection. I got it home and popped the first disc (there were TWO!) in my pink and red boombox because "I Just Called to Say I Love You" was the second song on there. But the FIRST song captivated me. It was "Part-Time Lover." So appropriate for my 14-year-old self, I know. But the intro to it was all dance-y and awesome and very quickly, I had the first two songs on repeat for the rest of that sunny Sunday afternoon.

Before I knew it, my mom was using that cd to wake me up in the mornings. She'd let it play from the beginning, and if I wasn't up by the fourth song ("Sir Duke"), I was gonna be late for school.

The rest of my family got used to hearing all four of those songs in the same order every day at the same time at the same loud volume, and it became an inside joke as everyone memorized the lyrics against their will and eventually came to love the songs.

The songs on Stevie Wonder's Greatest Hits are such a huge part of my last month and a half of one of the best school years of my whole life. I played that cd so much for the rest of my 8th grade year that I'm surprised it didn't break. For that reason, any time I hear any of those songs, I automatically go back to 8th grade. To being 14 and carefree and exposed to a whole new world of friends and experiences that I'd never had before...
to Hanging Rock State Park...
to having my first boyfriend...
to getting interested in fashion again (hello Abercrombie)...
to having a whole new circle of friends that would last forever...
to eating at Libby Hill the night before every EOG because my mom calls fish "brain food"...
and hearing Stevie Wonder play IN Libby Hill!...
to Carowinds and Celebration Station (I had been to those places before, but this new outlook that I had on life made them like new experiences)...

I was finally comfortable and even flourishing at Southwest Middle School. The transition from private to public school had been so hard but SO worth it. I ended that wonderful 8th grade year with a bang.
And Stevie Wonder.

To this day, I still listen to those cds and I even paid $1.25 for "I Just Called to Say I Love You," "Part-Time Lover," and "Uptight (Everything is Alright)" on iTunes so that I can have those songs on my phone and gym to them. They are more than songs - they are links to my childhood and so many wonderful memories.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

My Monday in Snaps

I'd been dreading Monday because Mondays are so hard and when I got up this morning, today was no different. But once I started getting ready and got to work, I got in a really good mood. My planning period was productive so that was good.
I'm now an Eagles fan, thanks to them signing Tim Tebow!
I didn't even think about that getting dressed this morning. But the Eagles are more teal. But it worked.
My Facebook status today:
This morning in my time in God's Word, I loved this verse:
Monday was good. It was funny. We had some good times in my classes. I made some cool (corny) jokes. We learned.

(Or seven)
I got to go back to Bible study tonight for the first time in a month! It was very nice.

Me and Emery's Monday night ritual happened. Dancing With the Stars. Playing. Cuddling. Listening to Beyoncé and doing work...
It's been a pretty good Monday. Another one down!

Thursday, April 16, 2015


Oh, I'm running to Your arms, 
I'm running to Your arms.
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough.
Nothing compares to Your embrace;
Light of the world, forever reign.

So happy that Jesus will always be enough.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

#IAmTimehop - 8 Years Ago Today (on a College Visit at App)

Eight years ago today (April 14, 2007) I went on a college tour at Appalachian State with my parents. I was a senior in high school and SO confused about where to go from there. It was so cold in the mountains that I was wearing a Carhartt jacket. We ate at The Mountain House and that's when it was still on Hwy 321, where Cracker Barrel is now. I thought I was SO cool because the waitress told us that two of the guys that went to Appalachian and were eating there had left me their numbers (insert laughing-til-crying emoji here). But little ol me was TERRIFIED to go to college, and that fear of leaving what I'd always known kept me from going to App for undergrad. 
Later, I would grow to love High Point University with everything in me and come to realize that it was definitely the right place for me to spend my undergraduate years. 

It's so cool to look back and know that even though Appalachian wasn't the right place for that season in my life, I can see how it served a wonderful purpose later in my educational career with graduate school, when it WAS the right option. The ONLY option. I can't imagine any other experience being as meaningful, needed, refreshing, memorable, ...I could go on forever.

It's crazy how far I've come and how things have come full circle in the past eight years. I cannot believe that my brother will also be a graduate of App State in less than a month!! I tear up a little every single time I think about it...

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Weekend Recap

Friday was National Siblings Day and everyone and their brother (hahaha get it?!) was posting pictures of them and their siblings to all social media.

Here's mine :)

Friday was also a day I'd been waiting for for a LONG time... for the longest time. :)
Me and Ashley were extras for a very short time in this Nicholas Sparks movie, and I read the book and I was so excited to see it. I love Nick Sparks and his work and I was pleased with how the movie turned out. It was also really cool to see Winston-Salem and Wake Forest in the movie.
For some reason I was really weepy the whole time, which confused me because I didn't cry at all reading the book. (But it did take me forever to read it because I had to keep stopping because life got busy.)
I won't spoil it for anyone, but I will say that a big part is very different from the book, and I actually really like that it is...
I definitely want to see it again in theatres!

On Saturday, we went to the NC State spring football game and the Carolina lacrosse game and just hung out and relaxed in Raleigh/Chapel Hill. It was very nice! The weather was wonderful. I love spring.

It was the perfect night to sit outside at Carolina Brewery on Franklin Street and people watch and eat and have good times with good friends.
I've always loved Chapel Hill in the spring, ever since I was a little kid.

Sunday was my cousin's fiancee's bridal shower. It's so exciting to be welcoming Jade into our family! The shower was beautiful - at the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro. Can't wait til the wedding!


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Easter 2015

Easter 2015 was fabulous.
On Saturday night, we did our traditional egg dyeing at Granny's house. We dye eggs to go in ours and our cousins' baskets every year loll. I love dyeing eggs. I love anything crafty so y'all already know.

Easter Sunday called for lots of pictures.
Me, Mama, and Flash.
Sibling picture.
Jonathan might as well be a brother to us :)
Me and Michael were at the hospital the day he was born.
Me and JoJo.
Pic with the Easter Bunny!
(LOL sorry Cam)
Connor is clearly thrilled to be held by Ashley.
Speaking of Easter bunnies...
I realllly wish I could get emojis on here.
(insert laughing til crying emojis on all of these pictures!)
It took a few attempts to get a good pic with Emery and her ears and eggs and basket.
Sofiya saw us struggling and came to help.
Granny and Daddy
Oh yes I did.
(I got these earrings when I was little and didn't even have pierced ears and then I lost them once I had them pierced, so I never wore them. I found them the other day and decided I should take advantage of a fresh start with them.)

The birthday boy!
Emery's basket :)

Lunch and a one-year-old birthday party at Granny's, dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings with my family and Flash's, Starbucks, lots of pictures, and reflecting on the love of our Savior who died for us all and rose from the dead, and is preparing a place for us in Heaven. Sounds good to me!
Hoppy Easter!


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Hello April!

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It's April!

Yay for warm weather, flowers, not having to wear heavy jackets, beach music festivals, bridal showers, baseball games, family birthdays, EASTER, and all things Spring!

I didn't do much shopping during "Money-saving March," and I'm really excited about all the money I saved. I plan to do the same this month. Time to be responsible... student loans won't pay themselves! :)

I'm worried, though, that Lilly Pulitzer's line in Target (coming April 19th) will change all that! At first, I didn't know how I felt about Lilly being in Target, and I'm still not 100% sure. But I looked today, and the stuff is really cute! I don't typically buy Lilly, but I'd buy a few things from the Target line.

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For now, I'm just excited that it's spring break! Looking forward to relaxing, spring cleaning, celebrating Easter and birthdays, and possibly going to Boone next week!!