First of all, I got a new niece this week. She is just as precious as she can be.
Mackendrick Grace. 6lb 5 oz.
In other news, I had 6 inches of hair cut off.
And almost immediately a fog seemed to clear. I think I had been living with a perpetual headache for months because my hair was so heavy.
On to the main point of this extremely long captivating post.
Back in during the summer I read on Melanie Shankle’s blog (BigMama) that she and Sophie Hudson (BooMama) would be speaking at First Baptist of Charlotte. I immediately thought “I want that for my birthday.” To turn 30, go on my own and hear them live in person. I followed them for years and love both of them.
My weekend started off with a bit of shopping in Gaffney on the way. To shop by myself was the greatest thing ever. Apparently I did not realize how in need I was of some alone time.
And of course because I was on my own it was perfectly acceptable to have a Parmesan soft pretzel and frozen cappuccino from the QT on my way to Gaffney because my love language is bread and cheese.
Big and Boo were exactly what I expected. They love Jesus and sarcasm, and those kind of people are my kind of people.
Appreciation for sarcasm with a southern accent must also be my love language.
After the conference Friday night, I went back to my hotel and ordered room service.
It was delightful. I enjoyed eating in bed so much I ate breakfast there too:)
During the lunch break on Saturday, I ran up to the South Park Mall.
I have always wanted to go through the Crate and Barrel.
It was amazing. LOVE their product lines and furniture. I wanted to live there.
After the last session, on Saturday afternoon I ran through Ikea with list of things I needed to pick-up.
Let’s just say that was not the wisest plan, because everyone in the Queen’s city had the same idea.
The parking lot was full of cranky people with their cheap goods.
Sunday, we went to church and heard a great message on suffering well, which immediately made me feel slightly guilty for my indulgent weekend.
But only slightly:)
Then we brunched with family at a local restaurant.
Overall it was the best weekend I have had in a long time.
I feel refreshed and no longer want to strangle everyone.
So apparently I have I started a tradition of falling when on vacation which I am going to attest to the fact that I become so relaxed that my legs just decide not to work.
And when I say “fell,” I don’t mean a little trip. I mean head and body on the ground (or riverbed).
I fell when we were in MI this summer (in a river no less), and then again over the weekend.
Both led to sore ankles and bruises (both pride and body parts).
Last Sunday while walking up to the cute bed and breakfast we stayed at I miss stepped in my 3 inch wedge shoes (I mean really, who wears heels on vacation).
My husband was still unloading the car and didn’t see me, but one second I was walking along and then next I was laying prostrate on the ground.
So much for trying to appear like sophisticated people staying at a B&B.
Anyway, we came back to the reality on Tuesday and I immediately started painting cabinets again after work on Wednesday. I am on coat three of the cabinet frames.
I am hoping that three coats will do it. Hoping, crossing my fingers, looking for four-leaf clovers (got my St Patrick’s Day reference in), and wishing upon a star.
And then I will start on all the doors and drawer fronts.
And while I have been working on the cabinets, my husband has been doing a lot of maintenance stuff outside, cutting overgrown tree limbs etc.
And we thought he would be building a new front porch here in the next month or so, but we got the quote back for the composite decking(option #1) and the concrete/brick work (option #2).
Composite decking -$3,500 in supplies, no labor included
Concrete/Brick porch -$3,100 gravel, brick, poured concrete and all labor
So we have decided to go the concrete route because #1 they will do all the work and #2 they will do all the work.:)
But seriously, I would not have believed that the brick work would be cheaper than composite decking materials.
And we actually preferred the look of a brick porch similar to the one below except on a much smaller scale.
I am so glad we did the research before we firmed up our plans.
So we will be pulling out the over grown shrubbery, and tearing down the rotting/sinking deck, working on the water drainage problem that causes the sinking deck, and then the masons will come in and do their thing.
I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL IT IS ALL DONE! I think our goal is to be done before summer, hopefully beating the heat.
And while we were gone my brother Rodney decided to propose to his girlfriend with my mom and sister’s help.
Here is the story I was told about the pumpkins. Lettering on the pumpkins courtesy of my mom:)
(you also need to understand that most of the men in my family are big hunters, and the girls play along with the outdoorsy activities)
“They were going shooting on his property. He had the targets (pumpkins) lined up far enough away that she couldn’t read them w/o looking through the rifle scope. It would be her first time to shoot a rifle (which was not yet loaded). After the scoping exercise, she never did fire it! “
So cute and creative. I am proud of Rodney for pulling it off and so happy to have Alyssa for a sister-in-law.
Meaning the thought of traveling in a plane with strangers for hours on end makes me want to curl-up in a fetal position.
So just going on this construction mission’s trip to help build a new church was a stretch for me.
Then we found out that we would actually be staying with strangers was yet another reason to curl-up in the above referenced position.
But we survived.
And made it all work.
My sister-in-law Holly and I assisted the team leader’s wife with a lot of meal preps for all the guys on the team.
And drove team members back and forth between job sites and meals.
Juneau only has 40 miles of paved road, but we put 700 miles on our rental car in ten days:)
Unfortunately the 20 guys on the team did not have the materials they needed for a lot of the work until the last two days of the trip.
But we made the best of it and found other projects to do around the pastor’s home; and my husband, my brother and the another team member built a much needed shed for church member who was not physically able to build it by himself.
And it reminded us all that churches are made up of people.
And people are more important than buildings.
Overall, we had a great time.
I can’t remember the last time I have laughed so much.
The scenery and wildlife are amazing.
The bald eagles in Juneau are like pigeons in New York City. They are everywhere!
And the snow covered mountains, beaches and glaciers are breathtaking.
Even though these sorts of trips are always a stretch personally, I am glad I went.
It’s amazing how your true self comes out in the worst ways when you lack sleep and are working in stressful situations.
But I feel like a grew a little and definitely made some new friends.