Friday, March 28, 2014

30A Again

Yep! I'm 30A'ing again. Yes, I was in New Smyrna, FL last month. And yes, Florida is my only vacation spot.  : D

Every now and then the girls get to slip away for a little getaway. Carlee, Debbie, my momma and myself headed down to Florida Thursday morning early. The 9 hour drive was crazy. Crazy fun, of course. My aunt Debbie has "basically bronchitis" and has coughed and talked and laughed like an 80 year old smoker. Being the kind sister-in-law, daughter and niece that we all are, we've been laughing our heads off. 

On the way down we stopped at Chappy's Deli. I found it on Urban Spoon and it was delightful! We sat outside on the patio and had a great waiter that had wonderful recommendations. I had a turkey sandwich and a bowl of potato soup (plain jane). Oh and chocolate cheesecake, duh!

This is the only pic from Chappy's. Aunt Debbie at her finest!

We got to our condo at 5ish, dropped of the sickly elder and went to Wal-Mart to stock up on groceries. We came back home and I cooked spaghetti with meat sauce and mushrooms. Soo good. 

We're staying at a condo (Adagio) rather than the beach house we normally stay at. We thought it would be a wiser choice for the 4 of us ladies.  

This morning we woke up to some scattered showers and thunder storms. Mom and I did manage to get a quick mile walk in before it started coming down hard. We cooked a big breakfast and took a good nap after. Such a relaxing morning. 

We all got ready and headed to Destin to do some shopping. We were out and about for 8 hours with only breaking once for supper. I made some great purchases and seen some super cute shops but the one that takes the cake is Ella Madison Boutique. I have been following this boutique on Instagram for a year or so and ordered several things online. I was so excited to see the things in person.

While I was shopping, I got the cutest video of Reese (my self proclaimed niece) saying she was getting a little sister! So, little sister Ella HAD to have an outfit. And  I had to be a fair auntie... So Max, Rylan and Reese also got something. :))

Rylan's outfit 
Ella's outfit and blanket
Reese's J.Crew purse
Max's Polo jams

I LOVE shopping for all of these SWEET babies of mine. :)

I also bought myself a J.Crew hat and thought of my sister-in-law who wears hats like ALL of the time. So I went and got her one, too. 

...and I took a mirror selfie pic to show her the adorable hat! In LOVE!

I ended the shopping trip with a Mrs. Field's cookie slice and sat in the car until the shopaholics were ready to leave. 

Some of our bags. We have an addiction. 

I will definitely sleep good tonight and pray for sunny weather when I awake. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

An Irishman's Birthday

Dad's birthday lunch.

My daddy turned 50 years old today! Dad is a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, friend, Christian, businessman.. I could keep going. But that would be boring. :)

Dad has always told us he was Irish and I think I used to believe him. Having a birthday on the seventieth of March sounds like fun! He has a drawer full of leprechaun pj pants and shirts. If it were me I'd probably have a clover tattoo!{gasp}

We took him out for a birthday lunch that was delish and even splurged for ice cream. Keila found this restaurant in Princeton last week and we had to try it. Adams Breezy Hill Farm and Restaurant. Yum!

My little buddy. 

I went with Keila to take Max to the doctor afterwards. Max told Keila yesterday that his ears hurt (in so many words) and that he wanted medicine. The kid has has way too many ear infections.  The doctor said his ears were fine but his throat looked bad. His strep test came back negative, so that's good. 

Max's doctor is so precious. She asked Max if he was ready to go.. He said "K" and reached for her. He thought she was his ticket out of that place! Ha!

Keila's goddaughter and my newly adopted niece (she just started calling me Aunt Whitney.. Which cracks me up because Max calls me E) is being treated for step. Poor baby. Aunt Whitney should probably get the girl a get well gift. 

Tanner was (and still is) home sick and didn't make an appearance in the birthday festivities. He's been down for the count for 24 hours now. Hopefully he starts improving soon. 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!🍀

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Unfailing Love

I am on the Encounter Kids planning team at church. A lot of my time is devoted to a wonderful bunch of children and I love getting to worship with them 3 Sundays a month. To hear them sing as loud as they can almost makes me tear up. They love My Best Friend by Hillsong United. Sweet little voices singing "Jesus, You are my best friend, You will always be, nothing will ever change that.." Yeah, one of the sweetest sound I've ever heard.

Once a month another volunteer does EK's worship for me and I sing in the regular church service. I have always loved to sing. Although it isn't much, I want to use up every bit of talent God has given me. 

I was raised listening to southern gospel, my mom sings, my brother (Jordan) can play anything he picks up (seriously). When we were kids, our bedtime ritual consisted of a bible story and dad playing guitar and mom singing. Music has always been a comforting thing to me. 

Photo credit: Brittany Zik 

God has truly blessed Tanner and I. I want to give him the credit that is due and although it's premature and there aren't any details yet I can say that we have been praying about something for several months and out of nowhere an opportunity has fallen in our laps. Undoubtedly, God has worked things out for our good. And for that I'm beyond thankful. 

We learned of this potential opportunity Friday. On Monday, I read this paragraph in my devotion:

God wants each of us to know that there is a time when He will restore in order to demonstrate His gracious hand in our lives. He is a loving Father who tenderly guides His children through the difficult places. If God has taken you through a time of leanness, know that He is the restorer of that which the locusts have eaten. Wait patiently for Him to bring this about in your life. He will do it. (When God Restores What the Locusts Eat TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1, by Os Hillman 03-10-2014) 

He never fails us. Sometimes we feel like we've been forgotten and all of our prayers are in vain. Trust me, He hears you. Don't give up. 

Sunday I am singing Unfailing Love by Chris Tomlin. I couldn't find a good youtube video to link, but I encourage you to listen to it. My favorite lyric says "And everything You hold in Your hands, still You make time for me.. I can't understand."

There are much bigger issues in this world than the things Tanner and I have been facing. But He hears and answers my prayers. He'll do the same for you. His love is unfailing. His timing is perfect. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

It's a BOY!

I could NOT sleep last night. I was so anxious about finding out what Baby Shanks is gonna be. I woke up at 6 and stayed up for the rest of the day. My stomach was upset all day! Why? I knew I had a job to do and I couldn't rest easy until it was finished. 

My job? Stuffing the big black balloon with blue or pink confetti and letting the florist lady fill it with helium. The florist closed at 12 and Carlee and Luke's ultrasound was at 11:30. {So now you see why I was so anxious} The ultrasound tech was quick and I got the "it's a boy!" text and all went well. THANKFULLY!

After my job was done, Debbie {Carlee's mom and my one and only aunt} tried her best to get the gender out of me. Even lied once about seeing "a piece of confetti that dropped". She made me crazy.. But I probably would have done the same to her if the roles were reversed. :))

Chalk board art is my speciality! 

Guest arrived and we had everyone eat first... Against their will. Everyone wanted to know the gender so bad. And I may have bragged a bit about knowing before everyone else. Ok.. I bragged a lot. 

It was finally time for the reveal and Carlee is holding the balloon and Luke has the pin in his hand ready to pop. I'm in the floor with my phone {videoing was also my job} and I'm so excited to capture this moment. Balloon popped- crowd goes wild- I get a shot of the crowd... And turn the record button off {or so I thought}. It was actually never on. I felt like a failure until I realize everyone else videoed, too! 

Blue confetti!

Everyone is thrilled with a baby boy joining our family in September. Baby Shanks will be 2 years younger than Max. They will have a blast together. 

It's been such a great day! 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Spring cleaning on a snow day

Y'all. Tanner and I literally spent over 6 hours spring cleaning the basement. Deeeeeep cleaning. The basement. On a snow day. If you know me, you know I hate my basement. I really don't know why, but I never {NEVER} never go down there. I'll stack a few items by the basement door and ask Tanner to take them down for me on his next trip.

Welllll, he was doing as I asked.... But it created a huge mess. I'm embarrassed to show you. BUT-- I will show you. Because I want to be real. I mean, y'all have dirty basements. Right?

Here it is. Don't zoom in. 

So, my Christmas tree is standing up (without the top section) because that's Tanner's idea of "taking down the Christmas tree". Luggage, wreaths, totes. Airmattress, an actual mattress, box springs and bed frame. Lots of stuff in totes from Tanner's mom's house. He brought a ton of "keepsakes" when he moved. I don't think I even own a keepsake. Ha!

We trashed a lot of things we probably should have donated or yard saled or even kept. We were just so done with it. And we filled half of a dumpster up with 2  pick up truck loads of trash. Again, I'm embarrassed. 

I swept the floors, Shark steam cleaned them {I just love my Shark, and I don't get paid to say it ((wink)) } twice, and borrowed my SIL's Rainbow for my carpets. The Rainbow is a vacuum that like suuuuper deep cleans. I was shocked to see the crap in my carpet. So gross. 

My basement is the same square footage as my main living area. Which seems crazy to me because we don't even  utilize 20% of it!  Our house was built in 1959 and the upstairs has been completely remodeled {with the exception of my horrid kitchen cabinets and my beautiful original hardwood flooring}. 

We have put a lot of work in our home over the past 3 1/2 years. New roof, we fenced in our back yard, remodeled the bathroom and back porch, and refinished the hardwood floors. In all of our remodeling endeavors, we have never touched the basement. 

The hours of TLC it received was crucial to my sanity. I am so pleased with the results. 

Drum roll pleeeease. 

Bad lighting and not-so-pretty paneling.. But clean. So very, very clean. 

Everything is in a tote and is neatly stored  away. 

All of the empty totes that previously were full of junk. I actually thought I needed to purchase totes before we got started! Boy was I wrong!

We also put up our old queen size bed in the basement bedroom. We moved it down there when we got our beloved Sleep Number California King. It was collecting dust and we had the space. So up it went. 

I also cleaned the heck out of my front loaders. I will never own another front load washer/drier set. Ever. The things are dirty! But they are now sparkling like new. 

Tanner and I went to my grandparent's house tonight for soup, sandwiches and banana pudding. Yum. I was so thankful we didn't have to cook or go out after an exhausting day. 

We are worn out and hanging on the couch for the rest of the night. My goal is to stay awake until The Blacklist goes off. My favorite show on television right now! 

Good night, lovelies! 

Sunday, March 2, 2014


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Sweet baby Shanks

Another "Aunt Whitty" post?! Yeh. I'm THAT crazy aunt. 

Last week I had the blessing of hearing the tiny little heartbeat of my future niece or nephew. It was the most precious sound. I have never heard anything like it. I heard Carlee's heartbeat then the dr found the baby's heartbeat. I laughed and teared up at the same time. 

It's amazing to think about all the little ways this baby will change and grow in the months to come. Little fingers and little toes, hair or no hair (if it takes after Carlee and myself), boy or girl! It is so exciting! 

I was 7 years old when my mom was pregnant with Hunter. And I never attended a dr appointment with her. In fact, I wasn't even at the hospital when she had him. I was sitting in my 2nd grade class and the school secretary came in and announced that I was a big sister! 

So, this experience is something new to me.  Watching Carlee's belly grow, hearing the heartbeat, thinking of baby names for a baby that's actually going to be here in a few months.. Not just for my future kids. It really is a going to be something I'll never forget. I hope this baby knows how much he or she is loved by Aunt Whitty. 

Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. -Psalms 127:3

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