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Friday, June 12, 2015

Hello....I'm Baaaaaaacccckkkk!

Hello, friends!!  It's been way too long!

Where do I begin?  Life since the last time I've blogged has had some ups, downs, twists, and turns.

First off, I got a promotion at work.  I thought it would be something I would enjoy...turns out the job wasn't for me.  I spent eight months trying to make it work, but looking back on it, I wasn't myself during this job.  My faith and my family are the two most important things to me and those two things started to take a back seat when I took the job.  Thankfully I got a new job with the same company five minutes from home and I couldn't be happier!  I am so blessed to have the job that I do now and I am really happy in it.  I've turned into my old goofy self and life is much better now.  Needless to say, I feel like I'm back to being me!  It feels good!

I feel like I have to go back and recount everything that happened this past year.  I want to be able to look back on my blog and remember stuff that the Preacher Man and I did.  So here is your warning...this could be the first of many long posts recapping the last year.  Hope you enjoy!  

Here we go...

Last March we bought a new car!  First big purchase for us together!


In the Summer we went to the beach...



Ate at Lee's...


Played some night golf...



And got my very favorite ice cream cones...



We did some fishing...



Last July I got to go see Jodi, my BFF in Charlotte!  She introduced me to bo-rounds at Bojangles!


We went to the mall in Charlotte...so fun!


And ate ice cream!!! I will never turn down ice cream!!  It's my love language!! Haha!




I watched my cousin, Mason, graduate online.  Gotta love technology!


I made some strawberry jam with a hint of lemon.


And, I got a tattoo!


Just Kidding!!!  I'm way to big of a chicken!!  I did go with some girls to be moral support though!  It was my first time in a tattoo parlor.  We sure did have a lot of fun!!  

I watched Kate get her nose pierced, too!  She was braver than I ever could be!


And we had to have an obligatory picture in front of the sign!


Hubs and I went to a baseball game...





We went home to see family---

We checked out the Mennonites veggies...


And loved their cash registers!


We celebrated Ma's 90th birthday with a fun candy bar card...


And I got to meet Fisher!!  My other sister from my momma's BFF had a baby last summer and he is just the most precious thing!!


We also got to play with the Armstrong puppies!!



Cousin Bennett loved Jon!


And we hung out with these fun kids...



I made enough gravy to cover what seemed like a million biscuits for our small group!


I had my last day of work before my new job...


And my sister came over to visit and we dressed up like cows.


I'm going to stop here for now with my recap of the past year because the picture above needs its very own post.

Thanks for taking a trip down memory lane with me.  I've got quite a bit more to share, so stick around while I get caught up!

Happy to be blogging again,
Katie




























Saturday, May 10, 2014

Strawberry Picking

I went strawberry picking for the first time ever this morning!

It was so much fun and I loved every minute of it.  My friend Kelley asked me to go with her and I'm so glad I did.

Here is the strawberry patch....


And my bucket....



They were only $1.49 a pound!  That is so cheap!

I was amazed to see how strawberries grow.  They grow from the center of flowers.  I never knew that!


Kelley took her strawberries home to make jam and I took mine home to just eat 'em.  I might have to make some jam though.  They were delicious and sweet!

Here's me and Kelley...


It was a fun first time picking and it won't be my last!

Happy Saturday!

Love, 
Katie



Saturday, March 8, 2014

Happy 30th Jon!

It's my sweet husband's birthday today!

We've had such a wonderful day today!

This morning I cooked him a yummy breakfast.  Biscuits and gravy, sausage, and scrambled eggs!  It was pretty tasty...even if I did make it!


He also got to eat off of the special birthday plate!

We also went to the golf course today!


It's been a long time since I was Jon's driver at the course.  It was a beautiful day and we both enjoyed being outside so much!

I also enjoyed it when he made an awesome birdie put!  I yelled a little when he did it!  He hit a put that was about 30 feet from the whole.  I was very impressed!  

After golfing, we went and shopped a little and then went to dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse.  It is a delicious place to eat!  We ate so good and we're really excited about our leftovers tomorrow!

Jon even got a free ice cream sundae!


It's been a great day!  Within the next few minutes we will be watching the Duke vs. UNC game.  

It would be sweet for UNC to win for Jon on his birthday, but I just don't think it's going to happen!  (Sorry, babe!)

Happy Birthday, Jon!  I love you more than I could ever put into words and I hope that you've had a Happy 30th!

Love,
Katie

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Surprises & Friendship

This past weekend was one of the best weekends!

It was my Mom's 60th birthday party!  All of her friends are turning 60 this year and they've been celebrating and having fun enjoying each other's birthdays.  This past weekend, it was time for my Mom and her friend, Emily to have their party.

Jon and I didn't get to come home for her actual birthday and I was really sad about not being there.  Earlier this month I decided that we would come in later in the month so I could go to her birthday party with all of the girls.

So that's what we did.

We surprised my Mom on Friday night and it was awesome!  I got my Dad and sister to help me surprise her.  They both told my Mom that they wanted to go out to eat on Friday night.  She didn't think anything of it.  My sister went down to my parent's house after work and Jon and I walked in the door a few minutes behind her.  I walked in the living room with a balloon yelling surprise and she couldn't believe that we were there.  It was the best!

Once she got over the shock, we went out to eat at Longhorn Steakhouse.  It was delish!

Here's Mom and Dad!


P.S. They give you free ice cream at Longhorn if it's your birthday!  Their food is also glorious!

Here's me and Jon....


It was such a fun night!

The next day we got up and headed down to Georgia for the party while Jon and my Dad got to spend some good quality time together.  The party was at Pam's house, one of my Mom's sweet friends.  Her house was so pretty.  She had everything set up beautifully for the party and the entire time I was there, I was dreaming of having a kitchen just like her's one day.  It was so pretty!

Here are some pictures from the party....

Yummy sandwiches, chips, pasta salad, fruit, cupcakes and all of the fixings.  Pam knows how to throw a party! 


Hi, Cindy!  :)

Doesn't everything just look so pretty?


Cindy was so sweet and brought everyone these little Seeds of Happiness.  They were cute little clay balls with smiley faces to brighten your day.  So sweet and cute!


Now....let's take a look at the cupcakes.


I would love to have another one of those!  Yum!

Here's some of the gang....the two birthday girls and sweet cousin, Carol!  


The other side of the table...


Another view....


The birthday girls got to open lots of sweet gifts, too!


Some were hilarious...


This group of ladies are a hoot to be around.  I really didn't know what to expect going to the party, but I'm so glad I got to go.  I'd never gotten the chance to hang out with all of them that I can remember (probably when I was a baby, but I surely don't remember that).  I think we spent a good four or five hours just fellowshipping with one another.....there were a lot of laughs!


It was also fun to hang out with my sister, Hailey, and my cousin Jennifer.  We were part of the " kids" there.  Haha!


It was so sweet to see the love that these ladies have for one another.  The memories and fun times that they have shared throughout their years are so special to them and so fun to hear about.  I got to hear stories about my Mom and I also got to tell stories on her to her friends.  It was so much fun to share in the love with these precious women.  It's amazing to see that after all of these years from growing up in high school and church together that they still remain close.  Friendship is such a beautiful thing.

I even got to take some goodies home from the party....


Socks, a smiley, and some earrings that my cousin brought back to me from Tanzania.  How fun!

Here are some of the daughters from the party....


Lauren, Hailey, Jamie, and me.

And the crazy ones....


They are so fun!

It was such a great, great weekend!  I'm so happy that we got to surprise my Mom for her birthday!

Hope you had a Happy 60th, Mom!  We love you!

Love,
Katie

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