Monday, January 31, 2011

The Library

This weekend was glorious! It was 72 degrees on Saturday, and there was no cloud in the sky. So...what did I do? I went to the library! I know what you are thinking...dorky huh? I haven't stepped foot in a public library since I was a little girl visiting Laman Library in North Little Rock, AR. I can barely remember the experience at Laman Library, but I do vividly remember the school libraries I visited quite often at St. Joseph's and at St. Mary's when I was in pre-school and in elementary school. I can still close my eyes and picture the layout of both places. There weren't any computers back then, just shelves of books, desks butted up against each other, and a few tables. They were such small places! I can still smell the musty books and old leather. The library at St. Joseph's didn't have carpet, and it always smelled like pine cleaner as I'm sure the nuns waxed the floors nearly every day! My favorite memory of the library as a child is going to the book fairs that were held at school. Extra temporary shelves were brought in and so many new and shiny books with the most colorful illustrated covers were on display! My parents always gave me money to purchase a few books, and I remember being so excited while in deep turmoil because I could not decide between the zillion books I wanted to read! I don't know why I love books so much. I always have and always will. I'm not biased towards any genre except I don't particularly like romance novels at the checkout counter of Wal-Mart. I will admit, though, for a while I wasn't reading much at all. Most of my time was spent in front of the tv or with a magazine. In an effort to get back to what I loved so much, I made a resolution to read more this year. I also thought it would be awesome to take a trip to the library for the first time in years. On Saturday afternoon, I became the proud owner of a Pelham Library Card! And now...I'm overwelmed with choices, and I don't know what to check out. I didn't even think about the possibility of checking out cd's, dvd's, and audio books! WOW! The first book I checked out was 1,000 Places to See Before You Die (USA & Canada). Saturday night, Michael and I kept turning the pages happily pointing out the places we've already seen, which was maybe 45 out of 1,000! Tonight, I am going to swing by after work and pick up a classic novel, and on Friday, I'm going to check out the first season of Glee and watch it all over again this weekend. I love the library!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Fort Morgan Beach

In a last minute decision on Friday afternoon, Michael and I decided to pack up and head to the beach this past weekend. So much has been going on in our lives lately, and we both wanted to get away. We both needed to enjoy a weekend to ourselves away from the day to day stuff that has been bogging us down at home! It was the perfect weekend to go to the beach with highs in the upper 50's and sunny skies both days; though it was still pretty chilly in the mornings, it was quite comfortable sitting in the sand. I am so grateful that Michael and I are able to pack up and travel whenever we want. We are very very lucky! Though I was glad to get away with Michael, I was most excited about taking Scarlett to the beach! This was her second trip to the ocean, and it is so entertaining to watch her run towards the water chasing her ball and dig through the sand! She definitely makes life so much fun. Photobucket Scarlett looking out of the window Saturday morning begging to go play! Photobucket Her first leap into the water! Photobucket So excited! Photobucket Photobucket We had the entire beach to ourselves! Photobucket Our tiny beach house called "Splash." Photobucket Scarlett being a daddy's girl! Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Time to quit taking pictures of Scarlett and take one of ourselves! Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket I love this picture of Scarlett scattering the birds! Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Now it's my turn to take a picture with my baby! Photobucket Photobucket View from our deck at unbelievably peaceful! Photobucket When are we going back?

Friday, January 7, 2011

McGreevey Makeover, One Month Later!

It's been one month since we began working on the house, and it has been 5 days since we moved in and staged the house. A sign was put in the yard yesterday, which makes me a little sad because I don't want to move so soon again, but it's gotta be sold! I'm really proud of the changes that have been made. The house looks wonderful! It looks so much better in person, but here are some pictures I took this morning to mark the one month anniversary from when the changes began. For the before pictures click here! The outside got a good cleanup and power washing. All the brass lights and fixtures were changed and the railings leading up to the front door were painted black. Photobucket! This is the basement that used to be dark blue. We staged it as a bedroom/livingroom -an updated version of how it was when Michael's bedroom was the basement years ago. Photobucket Our backsplash...I love it! Photobucket The dining room went from bright red to simple and neutral. All of the light fixtures and anything brass was changed to nickel. Photobucket Our kitchen is my favorite room! It used to be brigh red and tin! Photobucket We replaced the old electric stove with a gas stove Photobucket Our beatiful view from the kitchen...I love how it opens into the living room! Photobucket Photobucket Our living room with a view of the 2 acres behind us. Photobucket Photobucket The office space Photobucket View from the top of our stairs with the new light fixture Photobucket Light and peaceful master bedroom Photobucket Grown up guest room attached to the jack and jill bathroom Photobucket Jack and Jill bathroom with espresso painted cabinets Photobucket Photobucket Children's guest room attached to the jack and jill bath Photobucket Photobucket Michael's half of the master bath with amazing more mannequin colored cabinets and no more brass! Photobucket The house needs to sell, so I want to enjoy the limited time we have. My favorite part is the wooded neighborhood. We see deer everyday and I love the huge creek in our backyard. Yesterday, Scarlett and I watched 10 deer on our walk...sure beats apartment living!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy New Year!

Okay...I know I am 3 days late on writing my first post of 2011! I honestly meant to write on January 1, but with the crazy weekend we had, there was no way!!! We officially moved into the new place on Sunday after two full days of scrubbing things I thought I would never scrub - I don't even scrub my own toilets - we finally moved in but are nowhere close to getting settled in. I wish we could call it our home, but a sign will be going up in the yard very soon, so it's not really ours, but I will enjoy all the space while I can. I can't wait for all of you to see pictures of what we have done. I'll take some once everything is in place hopefully this weekend.

My new year started with chaos, chaos, chaos, but I hope these past few days are not foreshadowing the year to come. 2010 was a great year for me, though it was difficult at times, it was much better than 2009. 2010 seemed like it was a bad year for many of my facebook friends, and I hope that 2011 will be better for all of them! 2010 was a year of growth for me. A lot of things happened in a very short period of time, and though I had some tough hills to climb, I think I came out alright!

Among many things in 2010, we moved for the fifth time in 5 years....our move this weekend was our sixth! I guess we like change! We moved to a great city, and though the job I thought I would love has not worked out for the best, I have made many great friends and have found a wonderful church. I have grown more spiritually in the latter part of 2010 than I have in the past 10 years! Our move to Birmingham has been so great for our marriage, and I hope Michael will agree! We have leaned on each other a lot lately and have grown spiritually together. I love him so much! He has been supportive of me through some of my unhappiest times in 2010, and I have grown so much from it, and I think I am finally learning the value of being happy with me and learning to love the simple things! A simple life is a good life! I have also grown leaps and bounds with mangaging my anxiety in 2010, and I conquered my fear of flying that miraculously appeared in 2008! In fact, I don't really even feel nervous about flying to New York in May!

I hope 2011 will be even better. My only resolution this year is to live by the quote:

"Life is not a dress rehearsal!"

This is it, ladies and gentlemen! This is the only life I have been given, and it is my time to love life and live each day to the fullest by loving God, loving myself, loving others, and loving what I do! This is my only chance!

I pray that everyone of you have a blessed 2011!!!