Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Our Bright & Warm Trip to Arkansas

Sadly enough, we are back in Virginia. 

Our trip was wonderful. We only had 5 days but we were able to see several of our favorite people! 

We flew into NWA and spent the first day with my sister and her family. John is a big, BIG hit in that family. Harry & Georgia Kelley adore him. 

They tried to wait up for us to get in on Wednesday night but we didn't make it home until midnight. 

I got my Lenny's fix the first day we were there. 

All Girl Photo! Georgia Kelley isn't exactly into taking pictures right now.

Harry looks more like John's relative than mine!

Isn't he gorgeous? He doesn't give me a lot of attention when John is around but he's still very sweet.

Uh! I believe this picture was bribed by, "we will come back on Monday!"

We went with Mom & Dad to Rivertown Barbeque for lunch!

My momma.

My other nephew, Baby Bo. He's soooo sweet.  He's also selective... he allowed me to hold him which was an honor!

My mom,  "Coco" and Caroline & Bo.

John and I went to Searcy to visit friends from college and I got to see my FAVORITE shopping buddy! Kristi and I hit up all the hot spots in Searcy! (ha!) And this wonderful friend GAVE me a bottle of my favorite hairspray by Bedhead. My hair will be super shiny and smell delicious because of her!

John's little sister, Kelly & her boyfriend Jake. We were SO excited to meet Jake! Kelly is very particular when dating so we knew he had to be a great catch... and that he was! We loved spending Saturday evening with them... so much that we didn't get back to Clarksville until LATE! I didn't want to leave!

I love him!

The college John & I met at, Harding, is also known as "The Marriage Factory" - these white swings are ALL over campus and the rumor has it that when you swing with a boy 3 times you get a ring.. "3 Swings & A Ring".  John & I had our first swing Saturday night!

My Mom painted a picture for Dezi of her dog, Izzy.

Dezi, Mom & her painting of Izzy.

I LOVE being with my Dezi!

Elle stopped by on her way back to school. We giggled because we were dressed so similarly!  We did our White Girls in Paris dance!

I love my Elle Belle! <3

While in NWA John & I were able to meet Regan on her lunch break at Qdoba! I am obsessed with her necklace. I am going to steal it if I can.


John & I hadn't seen our wedding venue until Monday! We were so excited. I cried - haha. 

We got to watch Georgie dance! SO sweet.

Every few minutes she would run to where John was sitting - she couldn't stay away from him!

That's pretty much sums up our trip to Arkansas. Only 7 more weeks until I go back!


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Arkansas update via my cell!

We made it to Arkansas! We flew out of Charlotte Wednesday evening and made it to Arkansas around 11!

Mom picked us up and we all went to stay with my sister! Needless to say, we stayed up until 2 laughing and catching up.

I've never blogged via my phone before so this may look off.

Anyway, I've had to work while here... So during the day we haven't done a lot of fun stuff but John played with Harry and Georgia Kelley. When they woke up and saw he was here they were ALL smiles. So sweet. He took them swimming while my sister went to work out. He was up at the crack of dawn playing with Harry so the rest of us could sleep. Yes, I'm bragging but I'm just grateful for his wonderful character! :)p

Here are a few photos:

Friday, March 9, 2012

Meet My 'Maids {Bridesmaids}

I'm dedicating this blog to some of the greatest girls around, my bridesmaids!

Our wedding party is a fabulous one. John's groomsmen are all SO awesome... I may even dedicate a blog to them also! 

In addition, the house party is made up of my life-long best friend and my sweet cousin. I wish it were okay to have 12 bridesmaids... {Etiquette does state that you should only have 1 bridesmaid per 50 guests! Oops...} Anyway, I shall blog on these two individuals very soon. They deserve a special blog because my relationships with these two are so special!

So, the bridesmaids. They are very important people, also.

So important that when it came down to me actually asking them to be a part of the wedding I decided I would create a formal invitation in order to ask them...

... & sealed with a reminder!

Here are a couple of the responses I received from these invitations:

How clever is that poem? My dear friend Paige played a huge part in getting John & me together - I have a special place in my heart for her!

So anyway, I will introduce them!

1. Elizabeth: Elle is my 18 year old "little sister" who keeps me in style! She is a freshman in college & is so sweet that it hurts! She knows how lonely I get here in Virginia so she calls me or texts me daily. I'm pretty sure the Lord knew what he was doing when he sent me to be a counselor at Green Valley... If there were a "which of these things does not belong" that would have been Elle & me. Applying make up & straightening our hair even though it would sweat off & frizz up in only a matter of minutes!

2. Kelly: This is John's little sister & we can see eye-to-eye on plenty because we are both the youngest of 3 and we both swerved from our families occupations to get some sort of business degree. Kelly is graduating in May and is moving to California! {& I really wish she would start blogging... I know she wants to!}

3. Christina: This is John's older sister. She is a pediatric physicians assistant and lives in Florida. She is the typical older sibling, very responsible & smart... also super thoughtful & kind. I am fortunate that John has such wonderful sisters!

4. Logan: A former roommate {the best... you should see her closet!}. She is getting married in about 2 short months. I am so honored to be a part of her wedding - I know it will be a very creative & beautiful event.

5. Amanda: My Matron of Honor, Soul Sister! She's always been my role model. Seriously, ask anyone... what Amanda says goes! Without her wisdom I wouldn't have met John! I hope when I {grow up} I can be wife & cool mom like her... 

6. Regan: My suitemate from sophomore year of college. I was a part of her gorgeous wedding that took place November 2010. She's the one you've read about.. she positively influences my shopping habits. Together we have worked hard to stimulate the economy, thank us later!

7. Paige: Friend from college, however, we did not become close until her senior year. We had a random, spontaneous trip to Destin on Spring Break exactly 3 years ago. Right now she is in law school at Alabama. She's a jewel. I'd like to think of her as a wise advisor. 

8. Maggie: {MOH} Friend from high school! I call her my "baby genius" but I won't tell you why because it embarrasses her! Oh wait, what's that? You still want to know? Okay okay, well she went to college for only 2 years and then started pharmacy school. I'm pretty sure they begged her to go even though she was only a 20 year old.  Maggie, like Elizabeth, calls me on the regggg in order to A. keep me from going insane from lack of social interaction B. allow me to proactively talk her ear off... {she's a listener}

Alright, well those are the Great Eight.

Just for kicks, I will share a special photo. 
I took this photo in January of 2010 when I was only stalking getting to know John. 

Funny how things work out, huh?

Wedding planning is going well... I am soliciting any advice however. Really, though... ANYTHING you think I should know PLEASE share! (cute ideas, reminders, etc.)

I've gotten all of the big things done {I think} i.e. Venue, caterer, photographer, bridesmaids dresses, flowers picked out,  invitations, my dress, etc. 

However, planning weddings isn't exactly my forte. & it doesn't help that I live 15 hours from the event! :/ I know there are plenty of small things that I could forget and I know most of you sweet followers have already gone through this!

I leave you with my thoughts on wedding planning:


Soliciting advice... GO!


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