Tuesday, July 28, 2015

{Sweet Summertime}

Who am I kidding?!?  I HATE summer.  I know all of my teacher friends & friends with kiddos love it...but I cannot wait for fall & cooler weather.  And football.  I'm REALLY missing football.
What started out as a not-so-bad summer with below average temps & lots of rain has quickly gone south.  And yes, I am very thankful for the "pleasant" June we had...but July has definitely made up for it.  It's HOT and DRY...and my yard is starting to die {which kinda makes me grouchy}.  Unfortunately, I think we have many more weeks of it ahead! 
Call me crazy {it doesn't bother me}, but I have already decided that the fall decor is going up this weekend.  Kinda like the old saying "if you build it, they will come"...well maybe if I break out the pumpkins - fall will come! =)

So, other than dying of a heatstroke - here is what else I have been up to this summer...
{and yes I realize I am being a little dramatic, but you should all know my dislike for summer by now}

June was full of celebrating birthdays and Colby & Jodie's wedding!  In case you missed it - I did a blog post about it here.  Before it got so crazy hot, we went to Movie in the Park, had a few girl's nights, did a little yard work & gave Nola's hand-me-down doghouse a makeover {I'm fairly certain I was a little more impressed with it than she was}.


At the end of June, Mason started All Stars & they continued playing {and winning!} until last weekend.  They went undefeated through district, sectionals & state.  Unfortunately at this age, they can't move on, but this was the first time for the Washington County 9-10 year olds to win state.  We had a lot of fun cheering them on & I'm quite certain Mason had the largest fan club!
Of course, what would a blog post be without a few pictures of Nola!  She shares my dislike for summer so other than our nightly walk & 30 minutes or so of fetch in the backyard - she most definitely prefers to be inside.  As a "treat", I would let her nap on my bed for an hour or so before bedtime & then she would go in her crate.  Well, I made the mistake of letting her sleep in the bed all night one night & that's all it took...she was hooked.  She now thinks the bed is hers & is quite the bed hog!  Hard to believe I have had her 6 months already.
{She hasn't learned to jump on the bed yet so this is how she lets me know she's ready to go to sleep}
Probably the best news of the summer {other than the Hallmark Channel now being on U-verse} is that we are making ice cream again!  Our Sylacauga plant began crankin' out ice cream last week for a "test phase". Things seem to be going good & Broken Arrow should hopefully start up in a few weeks as well. Brenham has a little ways to go since we are so much larger, but hopefully we will have ice cream back in stores SOON!  We are ready to sell it & I KNOW people are ready to buy it...just a little longer!!  I can promise you there will be a BIG party once we have ice cream back on the shelves.

Here's to surviving a few more weeks of summer! =)


Monday, July 13, 2015

{Going To The Chapel...}

...and we're gonna get married!  Well not me - duh!  Believe me - y'all will know if/when that happens.  Or maybe not.  I may surprise everyone & come back from Vegas married one day. =) 

But, on June 20th - my baby brother Colby & now sister-in-law Jodie said I DO & I had the honor of being part of their special day.  Rehearsal was Friday night & then on Saturday morning, all of the bridesmaids met at my cousin Kelli's house to get our hair done & for lunch.  Thank you Kelli for opening up your home to us!!
{If only someone could come to my house & do this to my hair every day!}

Both the ceremony & the reception were held at the Antique Rose Emporium.  Because of all the recent rain, everything was so pretty and green.  An outdoor wedding is beautiful...but also a risk anytime of year because you just never know what the weather is going to do.  The rain chance was small on Saturday so we all kept our fingers crossed that the rain would hold off one day.  Unfortunately mother nature had other plans.  There was a heavy down pour that afternoon & then it stopped long enough for us to take pictures & to all get to the chapel.  Shortly after the ceremony was over, it started raining again...and continued to rain the entire night.  
We had good food, great music & lots of beer so thankfully no one let a little rain stop them from having fun & we partied til after midnight!  The old wives tale is that if it rains on your wedding day - you will have good luck & be wealthy....so Colby & Jodie should be in good shape! =)
Unfortunately my poor dress will never be the same. Six hours of walking around outside in the rain & mud resulted in this:
 Congratulations again Jodie & Colby...and WELCOME to the family Jodie!!



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