31 December 2012

525,600 minutes....


I need to admit, I have never seen the movie Rent.... BUT I do absolutely LOVE this song.  I used to be addicted to it... sing every word, in every different voice. I (one person) could sing the song made for many to sing.... and today it seems fitting. 
525,600 minutes, 525,000 moments so dear. 525,600 minutes - how do you measure, measure a year?
In daylights, in sunsets, in midnight's, in cups of coffee? In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife. In 525,600 minutes - how do you measure a year in the life?
How about love?  Measure in love. Seasons of love.

Gracious that is a good song. Maybe I'll include the YouTube video for those of you who have never had the pleasure of experiencing it :) 

I took a little stroll down memory lane this morning and there's been so many great things that have happened this year. So many that I don't want to even try to name them but there were some highlights. 

My move to Little Rock was pretty close to the top. ONE mile away from the person I adore so much, I can't explain how fabulous this has been. And my job... it's been so great. I can for sure say this now that I'm finishing up a grants cycle.. the rewarding feeling is amazing! 

Hayden's birth. Amazing. Beautiful. WOW. I'll never forget how excited I was when Whitney said she was going to have Hayden that day. I was in Old Washington and I had a feeling that morning, I even packed a bag... just in case! I've never made it to Conway so fast in my life. We sat there and talked to Whitney up until the time she went in to labor... came back and there was Hayden. I understand it now, this miracle of life and birth and the feeling of love and amazement you get. I will forever love that child... I mean, my purse was in the room while she was born :) 

Weddings, engagements, love. This year I served as the Maid of Honor for the 2nd time in my life. To be thought of so highly by your friends is a wonderful feeling. That goes for being a bridesmaid... however, 2013 is going to be a big one! Already I know of 5 weddings, two of which I'll be standing by best friends as they say "I Do." Bridesmaid count: 7 (and I count you Whitney!!!) 

Living in El Dorado. I know, can you imagine me naming this one?! But it meant spending a lot of time with family, watching Clark grow up and developing a relationship with him and having my mom as my very best friend. I COULD NOT imagine what I would do without her.. and if you know me... you know that statement is so very true. 

Two beach trips in one May. Could anything be more fabulous than a trip to the Bahamas AND a trip to Destin? NO. 

Blogging and Crafting. I've really started doing both more this year and both give me a weird, nerdy sense of enjoyment and pleasure. 

I met Bill Clinton. AND worked for a United States Senator.... I've never really spoke about Senator Boozman on my blog since it's really more for my personal life, but he really is one of the most kind, good hearted people out there. Say what you want to about Congress and DC but there really ARE good people in Washington and he is one of them. It has been my pleasure working for Dr. Senator Boozman and really getting to know him and I hope our paths cross again someday. 

New friendships and building stronger relationships. And I think that's self explanatory.

It's been a great year and I know the next is something to look forward to. I don't know that I've ever felt this great at the close of a year.. it feels good. 


....the love is a gift from up above.  

25 December 2012

Merry Christmas to YOU and yours!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas and spending lots of good time with friends and family!! Don't forget the reason for the season :) LOVE! 


24 December 2012

Happy Christmas :)

Tonight the church choir sang this during communion, this is one of my very favorite Christmas songs. I've been listening to the classical Christmas Pandora station at work and get really happy every time this song is played. Hope you enjoy.. :)



20 December 2012

Walk Down Memory Lane: Christmas Edition

Today I decided I needed a new profile picture to go with the Christmas holiday... I ended up picking this gem...  
 I love this picture for sooo many reasons... mainly how Clark looks like a mini version of my dad... The bangs are awesome and the dress!! I LOVED it!! So much that I wore it the year before too... 
  
I've always wondered what my mom was thinking when she let Lauren pick out that dress!! And it's hard to believe Lauren is wearing a headband... she was rarely without one.. or a hat! Anyway, I figured I would share some of my favorite Christmas pictures from the last 26 years... enjoy!! 

Snow at grandmas

Snow at our Godparents house... Dede is in the background, love her to death and miss her much. 

Snow at our house (kind of..) 

Christmas morning! LOVE the look on Lauren's face.. she looks mad to be awake and I'm thrilled!

Angels in the Epiphany Pageant at Church

Helping mom decorate the tree.... or actually... Lauren dressing me up in the Christmas tree skirt

Pledge Class Christmas Party

Riding in the Christmas parade for KTVE... Baucomville Redneck Christmas Parade actually :)

friends at the capitol 

Love this picture of my dad with the Thomas girls (and Holly... my mom tells me you read this so I hope you enjoy this pic! one of my favs!)

Whitney and I at a Cowboys game before Christmas

Christmas 2010


LOVE this one!! Bojangles and Oreo

Christmas at Grandma and Nonno's... Playing with Greer

Siblings celebrating Christmas in Nashville... 2011

I leave tomorrow to celebrate Christmas in NWA with my mom's family... ready to go and spend the next week with my family :) Happy Christmas to you all!! 

17 December 2012

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

I am OFFICIALLY ready for Christmas! My house is decorated, shopping is finished and all the presents are wrapped :) So... I figured it was time to share some pictures :) (OH, and I don't know if I have mentioned this but I hope you notice the snow flakes falling on my blog!!)







  







I'm absolutely loving my apartment, it's so cozy and cute! Hope everyone is having a fabulous Christmas season and not getting stressed by having too much to do. If you are, make sure you watch the video below. And like my mom and sweet brown say, "ain't nobody got time for that!" ;)

LOVE

14 December 2012

Advent in 2 minutes....

Too great not to share. Merry Christmas :) 


07 December 2012

WEEKEND!!!

Hello! I'm soooo ready for the weekend! This week has gone by sooo slow! TGIF :) Last night I went to the Eric Church/Justin Moore concert at Verizon... so fun!!So now I'll share some pics :) 


Tara and I at the concert 

Tara, Whitney and I :) 

I was going to try to post a video but I can't figure out how to get it uploaded... anyway, hope everyone has a fabulous weekend! OH YEAH, wanted to share this too because I just saw it and love it! 



LOVE

03 December 2012

Fabulous Engineer Print

At the risk of sounding like I spend all my time on pinterst... since every single thing i post is from pinterst... I'm going to post about yet another pinterest project! 

Have y'all seen these engineer prints people are printing and hanging in their kids rooms?! SO NEAT! You can do a 18x24, 24x36 print and I think a 36x48!! And it's soooo cheap!! I've seen people print the largest size available and mount it on plywood and then hang in a kids room or something like that... So I figured I had to get it a try :)

I don't have a saw (yet) so I figured I would just buy a frame... hobby lobby 50% off! And I love it! Originally I bought a 24x36.. it was way too big so I took it back and got the 18x24. AND originally I printed a picture of friends but then it was just kind of too big and BAM when you walked in.. so I printed my favorite picture I took from Paris :) 



The hallway is soooo small it's hard to take a picture! But take my word for it... it looks great! 



02 December 2012

Welcome!

Hello!! Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! Mine was fab... date night Friday and then I spent Saturday and some of Sunday with one of my very best friends, Jennifer. She was in town from Oklahoma and I'm soooo glad we got to hang out and catch up.. now if I can just get her to move back to Arkansas. :) 

Today has been a very productive day! I got some Christmas shopping finished, bought out the whole entire Carters store, raked the yard, played with Cooper, finished a mountain of laundry and FINALLLLY finished my welcome mat!! 


How cute this this?! I love it! My front door is going to look amazing (once Christmas is over) This bright blue next to my purple door.... LOVE!! 

So I got this idea from pinterest... I saw a pin where you could buy a welcome mat that said "sweet home," which is originally what I planned to put on this rug. Do you know how hard it is to find a plain  rug like this? Almost impossible!! Luckily I went to Home Depot to pick out a drill and I found this! I've seriously been looking for months! Back to the idea.... 


I found where you could order the rug.. but then I figured I could make it myself... much quicker and cheaper than the pictured rug... and I wanted a different color.  So I bought my spray paint... made a stencil and then the rug sat in my living room for almost a month.

Until today.... I love it!! I think it's going to look so fab!

Merry Christmas!

Jennifer and I made a quick detour on our way home from dinner tonight.. had to see the Christmas lights!!  Love!! Merry Arkansas Christmas :) 
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