Love, Fun and Football

Apr 27, 2015

Saying Goodbye

I haven't been quite ready to write this post so I've put it off, and even still I don't feel fully capable of putting into words what I'm feeling. I don't think anyone can ever prepare to write a post in memory of a loved one who has passed on. I know so many of you were praying for my Papaw and I appreciated those prayers so much. On April 16th, my dear grandpa left this Earth, much sooner than anyone anticipated and I miss him already.

As you can imagine it's been a sad, tough couple of weeks for me and my family. I feel like I didn't get to say goodbye, and that is what tears me up over and over again. I'm trying to cling to the fact that my Papaw is no longer in any pain. The cancer is no longer attacking his body and he's not suffering. It's a blessing in disguise, though hard to see it, I know it's the truth. And because of my faith I know I will see him again one day.

He supported his grandkids in anything and everything we did- I don't think he ever missed a sporting event, school play, band concert, award ceremony or graduation. He was always so proud of us. When I took my job with the Bengals I felt like there was just a little extra pride there in him... HE had a granddaughter working for that football team we all loved. He'd ask me what certain players were doing, he'd complain about an ugly loss; he'd want to know if I'd seen the coach lately and how I thought we'd do each season. I'm going to miss those talks.

I could go on for days about a million memories with my Papaw and I'd still never be able to truly describe how great he was. My dad led the funeral for him last week and he said everything so perfectly, it was a beautiful service and it honored my Papaw perfectly. Saying goodbye has been tough but it's also reminded me not to take anything for granted in life. I want to live out every day to the fullest, tell my family I love them more, be there for my friends at the drop of a hat and live a life he'd be proud of. RIP Papaw.
Comments turned off today- thank you EVERYONE for all your thoughts & prayers!

Apr 16, 2015

Birthday Wish List

I have officially finished another item on my 30 before 30 list! It's one I've been excited about for quite some time, but until we were out of debt I didn't feel I could pull the trigger on. Drumroll please.... After 6 long years with my Canon Rebel XSi, I retired her and upgraded!! I've got a Canon SL1 and couldn't be happier with it. It's a huuuge improvement over my previous camera and even better? I used Swagbucks earnings (via Amazon) to pay for more than half of it! I finally have a camera that can record video too- eek!

So basically I annoyed Jared all night snapping photos of him and various decorations around the house. And maybe a scary selfie or two that I'll spare you all from. Since I've got this new toy, I really don't need/want much else for my birthday- but what fun would a birthday be without making a wish list?! Here a few things I'm eyeing lately.

A nice watch. The last watch I had was purchased while I was in high school. I vividly remember spending my hard earned money on a Fossil watch and I wore it constantly for years and years. It's still a cute watch- but it's pretty tiny. I'd really like a larger faceplate and I wouldn't mind a nice wallet, either. I've always bought cheap ones that end up falling apart- I believe it's time to "invest" in one that I can keep for years.

Kitchen items and gadgets are always on my radar, but I'm trying to do better about only keeping the ones we actually need and use. Right now? I'd love a sink caddy and we could really use new measuring cups. Our previous ones had stickers on them that have all worn off and I'm tired of guessing which one's which and holding them all next to each other to figure out the one I need. Clearly not an expert chef over here!

Maxi dresses. Need I say more? I swear, I'd live in them during the summer if I could. We've got a beach vacation this summer and I'd love a few new dresses to take with me. As a fashion-challenged gal, I appreciate the simplicity of throwing a dress and sandals (maybe a necklace if I'm getting crazy) and feeling completely put-together!
Dress 1 //  2  //  3  //  4
Other than those things? I'll take new floors in my house, a good car detailing and maybe a mani/pedi to round out my wish list ;) Now if you'll excuse me, I've got another 4 days to scream "It's almost my birthday!"

Apr 15, 2015

Rolling With It

First and foremost, I cannot thank you all enough for your sweet words after I posted on Monday. They mean so much to me, truly. You all continually prove why the blogging community is amazing. Keep the prayers coming! Secondly, I have to wish a Happy Birthday to two sweet bloggers I know! Pinky & Carolyn both are celebrating today and I have to say, they picked a great month to be born ;)

You know what else today is? Bookmobile day! Did anyone else get excited about a bookmobile rolling up to their school on occasion? I remember feeling like I was practically royalty, getting to get inside this VEHICLE and pick out books to rent. Fun fact of the day- bookmobiles originated in the 19th century and were horse-drawn wagons with boxes of books in them. You're welcome for that bit of information today. This site is my guilty pleasure.

Speaking of books- I just finished reading Popular thanks to a recommendation by Becky. I was kinda' in the mood for a light-hearted, fun read and this book fit the bill. It's a memoir by a 15-year-old girl who decided to follow an old 1950s teen etiquette book and see what happened throughout the course of a school year. A quick, easy read and you know I love a good memoir. I'm writing one myself, after all. 

This blog post has gotten random and out-of-hand pretty quickly, but I'm rolling with it... because sometimes you just have a lot of jumbled up thoughts you need to type out and get out of your head. I've eaten cauliflower in some form for three days straight and I'm not upset about it. Roasted with garlic and oil, made into a pizza crust, you name it- I love it. Not the prettiest food to take a picture of, but boy does it taste delicious!

I gifted myself something for my upcoming bday (Monday- don't forget!! ;)) and it is currently en route to my house. I feel like a kid at Christmas, seriously. I will be rushing home to tear into that package and then will let you see my goodies for sure ;)

Jared has been making my "birthday week" so fun and I love that he gets into it so much. Little surprises here and there, notes in my lunchbox, making plans for the weekend- he rocks. Friday and Saturday he and I are celebrating, then Sunday a group of our friends is getting together to celebrate, Monday's my actual birthday and then the FOLLOWING weekend I'll see my family to party one last time. I'm aware of how ridiculous we are- and that's okay.

It's time that someone cuts me off from this blog post. Good gracious it's random. Happy Wednesday!

Apr 13, 2015

When Life Gets Tough

I've been pretty silent on the blog over the past week. I had posts lined up, things I had planned to share but with some crappy news in the past week or so, I just didn't feel up to blogging. I still don't feel like going into all the details of everything that's been going on- but the short story is that my Grandpa has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and has not been given any positive news since. It's hitting me and my family pretty hard so all that I ask is for your prayers. My Papaw and our whole family would appreciate it so much!

Last week was miserable. I just wanted to be away from that office! It's hard when your mind is on other things and it's just tough to concentrate on much else. But all we can do is take things one day at a time. When that clock struck 5pm on Friday I couldn't have been more thrilled. Despite the chaos of the week, I'd had a dinner planned with an old college friend of mine and was really looking forward to it. She drove down from Columbus and our 3-hour dinner was just what I needed. It had been YEARS since we'd gotten together, which I'm embarrassed to admit, but it's the truth. Those few hours of catching up were glorious and we have legit plans to get together for a whole weekend again soon. Sometimes life just makes it tough to see each other, but I'm tired of making excuses and want to make a better effort to see the amazing people in my life more often. Life is just too freakin' short.
Love this girl so much!

Saturday I had another fun day planned - again, I was so thankful to have some things on the calendar to look forward to after such a draining week. A sweet friend of our family had extra tickets to the Reds game and offered up their amazing seats and parking pass for the day. We made a quick stop at my office, then pigged out at the Yardhouse and enjoyed a fun game- even though our guys lost. There's just nothing like being at the ballpark on a sunny, crisp afternoon. I hope we can get to a lot of games this season!

Sunday was the usual church and lunch but once we were home we decided it was just time to start the spring cleaning. We opened the windows and went to town on the kitchen and living area for hours upon hours. It felt awesome to scrub the baseboards, vacuum every tiny nook and cranny and also start filling up another donation box with crap we just don't need. Sometimes, staying busy is the best way to take your mind off things.

So there's my little life update. Taking things one day at a time, and just trying to remember that God is in control of it all- no matter what. Thanks in advance for your prayers and love- I feel them and appreciate them so much!