Friday, September 30, 2011

obsession confession

So it's really great that the weather is starting to cool off, for a number of reasons:
1. I don't arrive to my classes drenched in sweat from the walk there.
2. I can wear my worn-out cowboy boots from high school all the time. Really, I wear them too much.
3. I don't have to shave my legs everyday, because I can wear blue jeans and no one will ever. know. Who's with me?
4. I can start making pumpkin-flavored baked goods. It's such a seasonal flavor, it just doesn't feel right making pumpkin muffins and pumpkin bread in the dead of summer. I'm actually planning on making some pumpkin zucchini bread this weekend! (I'll let you know how that goes)
5. I can cuddle up in bed instead of sprawling out on top of my covers with a fan on full-blast.
6. My Patagonia's and cable knit sweaters will soon be making their grand appearances.
7. Last but not's candle season. I LOVE candles. I'm obsessed with them. And I love candles at any time of year, but there's something about colder weather that makes them not only smell good but feel cozy. I tend to light about three at a time in any given room of the house...could my room pass for a shrine most days? Yes. Is it worth it? Absolutely. Here's to my shrine of smell.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

hey stranger

Do you ever get so behind with something that you find yourself avoiding it completely? Like, you dread so much returning to the thing you've neglected for long that you keep doing it to avoid the inevitable.
Well...I'm referring to my blog. Yes, the one you're reading. And obviously so, because it has been (ahem) 18 days since I last blogged. Eighteen days. I've been avoiding that number for a while now, and saying it out loud (or writing it on my blog) makes me feel a little better. Not because it's a small number, but because now I know it won't get any bigger.
On a different note, the past 18 days have been full...
Full of friends...
A reunion with my Paris girls...finally!
Spending nights at Normal Bar, the perfect place to grab a couch and talk for hours...
Full of football...

Full of those sweet, short moments I get to spend with my family amidst the chaos that fall brings...
Dad grilling his famous chicken for me and mom Saturday night
Full of a lot of learning...
I can't even place my finger on what about, but I'm just learning. It can be hard, it can be fun, it can be eye-opening and exciting and scary, too. But God is using every single day to teach me, and I hope I never stop learning. 
I also hope I never go that long without blogging again. 

Friday, September 9, 2011

fall favorites day 5...and 6

So fall favorites day #5 came...and went...and no blog post. Whoops! I think I underestimated just how much work it would be to do a post every single day of the week; that would probably be because I've never managed to do that before. I now have even more respect for those ever-so-faithful bloggers who are dedicated enough to blog seven days a week. I'm just going to look at this not as a day missed but as a bundle of fall favorites all at once!
So you know what else I love about this season?

Fall Fashion 
Fall fashion is just so cozy. The boots, the scarves, the layers...I love bundling up! Oddly enough, I'm less than a fan of cold weather, but I still love the attire that comes with it. Here are some of my favorite fall finds I have my eye on right now:
which can also do this:
Tell me that's not the most versatile thing you've ever seen.

Love these things. It's my wallet that doesn't.

A burnt orange scalloped infinity scarf? This screams fall time.

And Baking...
I'm very aware that baking is not a part of everyone's fall routine, but it is part of mine for sure. Doesn't cooler weather make you want to hole up in your kitchen and bake cookies all day? The smell of something baking in the oven makes the scenery outside even prettier, the crisp in the air even fresher, the watching of football games more enjoyable. 
I've recently become slightly obsessed with The Pioneer Woman--I only dream of having a blog like hers one day--and there is a recipe of hers I am just dying to try. It's a recipe for Monster Cookies; please just look at this...
 they literally have everything in them

now that's my kind of cookie!

Hopefully I'll be blogging about my attempt at these sooner than later, if I don't eat all the cookie dough first...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

fall favorites day 4

So here I sit in Five Points Jittery Joe's, working my brain to a literal headache, and I realize that I have less than an hour before day #4 of fall favorites is over! My books have been set aside; it's time for a blog post (I'm getting sort of attached to this thing).
Today the fall weather faithfully returned, to my [grateful] surprise. I wore pants and my favorite button down flannel..actually my dad's...for the first time since last winter. And I loved it. But not as much as I love...
Fall Decor
I love to decorate--something I think I get from my mom--so the start of any season has my inner "designer," if you will, eagerly anticipating the chance to turn the house into a seasonal wonderland. And there's just something so cozy about hay and pumpkins and scarecrows--the good ones, of course. So you can imagine my joy at seeing the first fall decorations appear at my home:
Aren't they the cutest things you've ever seen?? I really do love pumpkins; everything about them is good. Baked pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin candies (you know, the candy corn kind), carved pumpkins--I tell you, it's all good!

Ellie Bear thinks so too! Now that is a cute fall decoration.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

fall favorites day 3

Fall HAS arrived! For the first time in months, literally, I got chill bumps during my walk to class. I almost wanted another layer to put over me on my way back home, but I enjoyed being chilly too much to think twice about it (and let me tell you, that never happens). Watch it go and be 100 degrees tomorrow just because I said that. Knocking on wood right now.
So what is my fall favorite #3?'s
The Changing of the Leaves
That sounds like the title of some tacky, melodramatic play, but it really is one of my favorite things. It's one of the many reasons I love living in Georgia; we get all four seasons every year. Here's a snapshot of Northeast Georgia in the fall:

There is nothing more awe-inspring than watching the leaves turn to their bright reds, oranges and yellows. It is just the most beautiful thing. I actually found a little tree at home whose leaves are trying their best to do this right now!
My home (home home, as in Habersham) is surrounded by trees; we like to say that we're nestled into the woods. (One great thing about that is that you can walk outside in your underwear and no one will ever see you!) So when the leaves change, it's like living in a fall fairyland. 
Lake Burton is no less magnificent. The water is as smooth as glass; everyone has taken their last boat ride for the summer. And the mountains in the background loom over the water, the colored leaves bleeding together to look like one big swirl of paint. 

There's something about it that takes me back to my childhood every time--again, my sentiment is taking over. So I'll end this before I get too mushy. I hope you enjoy the changing leaves as much as I do!

Monday, September 5, 2011

fall favorites day 2

So yesterday began my week-long journey in telling you everything I love about fall. My first was football--who doesn't love football?

Now we're onto day #2! How appropriate that it just so happens to fall on Labor Day? That's another one of my favorite things about fall--a day when all seems to stand still so that we can relax and enjoy the season that is soon approaching. However, Labor Day is not on my list of favorite things about fall. No, my second favorite thing about this wonderful time of year is...

(Actually, family comes before football in my life, so just know that the order in which I list my favorite things has nothing to do with the value I place in them). Fall brings families together--at football games, for birthdays (in my family), for long weekend getaways at the lake, for's just a family-time kind of season, and I love that. 
If you know anything about me, you know that, besides my faith, family is absolutely the most important thing in my life. Both of my parents were only children (crazy, I know), so both sets of grandparents have always been able to be there for everything: piano recitals, basketball games, cheerleading competitions, school plays, homecoming and prom picture sessions, late nights at Dairy Queen, everything. My parents, sister and I are also abnormally close--not in a bad way, of course--but in a way that is very rare. So it's an understatement to say that all the way from my childhood to now, being almost 22, a lot of my time has been spent with my family. And this is by choice; I love and value them more than anything in the world and wouldn't want to spend my time any other way. 

 My parents came all the way to Charleston last January to watch me run my half marathon. One thing I love about us is that I know we will never be less involved in each others' lives than we've ever been. I can't get over how blessed I am every time I look at this picture!

 The four of us the day after Christmas--we climbed the trail by our house that leads to the top of the hill to get this picture. The only thing better than snow on Christmas is enjoying it with....yep, family.

Everyone made the trip down to Birmingham two years ago for Morgan's  grad school graduation from UAB.

Mom, Nana and I all have October birthdays--last fall held monumental birthdays for both me and mom (she was turning fabulous 50, and I was turning the big 2-1). So we all went to the lake for a weekend to celebrate! Here's us blowing out the candles on the cake Morgan made for us from scratch. (Side note: if you want to see some more of her delicious kitchen creations, check out her blog!)

 All the ladies...

And all the guys--yes, Trey in the middle is Morgan's fiance, so come January 28, 2012 we'll have a new addition to the family!

I could keep this post going for days, but I'll end it on that happy note. Happy Labor Day!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

fall? that you?

I can't say for sure, but I think--I think--that fall may be soon approaching! I've had my doubts--who wouldn't with 98 degree afternoons that are still hanging around?--but I can just feel it right around the corner. I love, L-O-V-E, love fall; this is for a number of reasons. And for the next week, I'm going to give you a new reason each day as to why I love fall so much! Day 1:

Football Season 
Isn't there something about football season that just warms your heart? There is nothing like wearing your team's colors, hot chocolate in hand, screaming your heart out for those 11 guys on the field. (I may not be drinking hot chocolate any time soon, but it's a nice picture to paint) Growing up, I went to every single Habersham Central High School Raider football game; there was never a question as to what our Friday night plans were. By the time I reached high school, I was one of the girls down on the track cheering for our boys every week. At the time, it really was my life...yes, Raider football was my life.

Taking program pictures the summer before our senior year...yes, that's me on the pole. 
And the old pictures stop here--I'm getting too sentimental..

And then there is Georgia Bulldog football--need I say more? GO DAWGS!
Here we are at UGA's first game of the season against Boise State at the Georgia Dome this past Saturday. No, I will not type a word about the end result of that game because this post is about my love for football in the fall, and I always have and always will love my Dawgs.
 Spread the Red
 Please...don't be jealous of our seat location.

I really wanted Britt to wear this hat, and I honestly think she would have had the game been in Athens, but she eventually decided against it...

So excited about the football season that is officially in full swing--let the tailgating begin!