First Week of Class Craziness

Clemson officially looks like someone kicked over an ant hill. Chaos doesn’t even begin to describe our office the past few weeks. With not having a second to even breathe at work and my computer being in the shop, I haven’t done much updating. 

Yesterday, Cory told me that the only time he feels completely ready to have a kid is on the first day of school. Funny thing is, while I was scrolling through Facebook pictures of the 1st day, I thought the exact same thing. Too bad I don’t have any super cute pictures of kiddos getting ready to head off to school BUT I do have these adorable pictures of the pups looking very intellectual. 

Oh, the things we do to our dogs. Sometimes we just can’t resist. 

A little something about me -I’m a TV series junkie. It gets bad. 

Really bad.

I can watch whole series of shows in a matter of a few weeks. Once I get started, I just. can’t. stop. I will even lose sleep over watching episodes into the wee hours of the morning. 

I do this over and over again. I watched every episode of Grey’s Anatomy, Army Wives, Friday Night Lights…just to name a few. Netflix and I have a tight relationship. 

Cory and I have a few shows that we watch together but they are never “girlie” shows. They are shows like Dexter and The Walking Dead. Don’t get me wrong, those are some of my favorites but Pretty Little Liars is my current obsession favorite. Last Friday, while watching probably my 4th or 5th episode {of the night}, Cory said “I hate that I like this show.” 

Score. 

All I know is I’ve got to get caught up to the current season soon because football season starts next weekend! Between being in Clemson all day every Saturday and watching the Ravens on Sunday, there will be no time for anything else. 

Yes, football season outweighs Pretty Little Liars. Or any other series, for that matter. 

Other than Christmas, football season is my favorite time of the year. I pride myself in my knowledge of the game. No, I’m no expert but after cheering Lord only knows how many games over the span of 10 years, you come to know a thing or two about the game.

Sorry for such a random post but that’s life lately. I’ve got to get back to snuggling with my boys and watching Pretty Little Liars! 

Have a blessed week!

DIY Cupcake Stand

Remember a few weeks ago when I promised I would do a tutorial for the DIY cupcake stand I made for Kaylen’s 1st birthday? Well, here it is!

Sorry it’s taken me so long to get in on here but things were cray cray right after the party trying to get Cory ready for Africa. This past week I’ve been the clingy wife I said I wasn’t because I’ve been so happy to have him home.

Anyway…back to the tutorial.

When Jessica and I were planning the party, we knew we wanted two cupcake stands. Have you ever tried to find cute cupcake stands? They don’t exist. So, I turned to Pinterest. Of course. What it led me to was some really easy, cheap ways to make my own DIY cupcake stand.

Here’s what I used-minus the candle sticks. I didn’t have them when I took these pictures and forgot to get pictures of them. I just picked up four brass candlesticks at our Habitat for Humanity store. I got two pairs that were a little bit different in height.

I found most of the plates at Big Lots and the rest at thrift stores.

After scuffing up the plates with a Scotch Brite pad, Cory sprayed them with primer and paint. If I’m using spray paint, 9 times out of 10 he sprays for me. I always spray way too much and then it runs and isn’t pretty. 

  I’m so thankful for a husband who goes along with all my DIY attempts.

And this is where the problem started. The plate on the far left was glass and I actually found another one just like it at a different thrift store. After Cory painted them, we brought them inside for the night and when I woke up the next morning, both plates were cracked right down the middle. Since I’m no professional, I have no idea why they cracked. It was really humid outside when we Cory painted them and I’m thinking it had something to do with bringing them in the cool air condition for the night. With my two bottom plates out, my Mom saved the day and had two matching plastic platters. Cory primed and sprayed them for me and problem solved!

After the candlesticks and plates were painted and dry, I used E6000 glue to assemble the plates and the candlesticks. Since this was the night before the party, I decided to wait to get pictures of them in use. They are cupcake stands, after all.

And voila!

Aren’t they cute? I paid less than $20 for all the supplies and can reuse them for any occasion.

If you’d like to see the full party recap, you can here.

  
Hope you enjoyed my tutorial how to make a DIY cupcake stand!

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Hey y’all! I’d like you to meet my sister, Gracie.

 

Yes, you heard me right. Gracie is my sister. No, she is not adopted. Yes, we have the same mother AND father.  Yes, there are 18 years between us. To say that she was a surprise would be a huge understatement.

Want to hear another huge understatement? She may be a little spoiled.
Ahem.
Can’t really blame her, though. She’s the youngest of 5 children and sweet as sugar. Whatever Gracie wants, Gracie gets 99.9% of the time.
This past weekend she was in her first fashion show. Belk hosted the show and allowed the girls to come in last week and pick out their outfit. She and one of her friends spent about an hour trying on hundreds of different outfits.
Maybe I’m exaggerating but it felt like that many.
 My Mom and I finally decided on this adorable outfit. She loved the pink jeans from the very beginning but DID NOT want to try on the vest. I begged her to at least try it and she asked me why I didn’t just buy it?
Well, Gracie, if it were my size, I would have. It was that cute.
Once she got it on, she loved it! And the model came out in her, pose and all.

 

She rocked the runway and maybe I’m a little biased but she was definitely the most stylish one there.

 

I know the pictures aren’t great and they don’t do her justice but all I had was my phone. My camera was still with my husband, who was on his way home from Africa at this point.
Let me just say that having him home has been incredible. I have slept like a rock the past couple nights! He will be doing a guest post soon with pictures and an update from his trip!

 

He’s coming home!!!

Let me just say, I can’t wait for my husband to get home. After two long weeks, he is coming home today! 

Being that I am so Type A, the past couple days have been very stressful. See, I like to have everything laid in stone planned out. I don’t handle changes very well especially when it involves my husband not getting to come home at his scheduled time. I wish I could be more like Cory because stuff like this doesn’t bother him. Anyways, their flight from Nairobi, Kenya to Zurich was canceled due to a fire at the airport. They were told everything would be fine and they went to bed but later that evening I found out it wouldn’t be! With the time difference and spotty cell phone reception in Rwanda, I was finally able to convey the message to Cory, in the middle of the night our time. Needless to say, it was another sleepless night. 

Good news is they got it all worked out and were rerouted to Tanzania to catch their flight. I know they will be exhausted after 36 hours of travel but this will be one happy wife when I can wrap my arms around Cory’s neck!

Hope y’all have as good of weekend as I am going to have!