Slam Packed Weekend

Holy cow! What a slammed packed weekend we had at the Sloan house. I seriously tried all weekend to get a post up but had absolutely no free time. Even though it was packed, it was a great weekend!


anniversary date night

Remember when I mentioned here that Wednesday was mine and Cory’s 3rd anniversary? Well, on Friday night we got to celebrate with dinner in downtown Greenville at Larkin’s on the River. 

Oh. My. Goodness. I’m still thinking about the food, it was that good.

I was planning on getting the Shrimp n’ Grits but I’m a steak kind of girl. Once the waiter told me they were known for their steak, I had to get it.

anniversary date night
We passed the happy kind of full and left uncomfortably full but it was well worth it.
Of course, I forgot my camera and it was dark but we did manage to snap a few photos with my phone.
anniversary outfitWe had a great night celebrating our anniversary with a fabulous dinner and a walk along the river.
anniversary date night


Cory had band practice Saturday morning so I got up and worked on some invitations I’m doing for Jessica. I do my invitations on my Silhouette Cameo and it was not cooperating. I don’t know what the problem was but I worked all morning and still didn’t finish. 

Cory came home from practice and we headed to a birthday party. Cory’s cousin Leevon has little boy, Braxton, and his 4th birthday party was on Saturday. He loves Ninja Turtles {so does Cory} so it was only appropriate to have a Ninja Turtle party. It turned out so cute and Erin, Leevon’s wife, had some very creative ideas. 

ninja turtle birthday
 This is the birthday boy, Braxton, in his Ninja Turtle shirt.
ninja turtle birthday
 Of course, Cory had to dress for the party. He came prepared with a Ninja Turtles shirt and hat.
ninja turtle cake
ninja turtle birthday snackThe “Sewer Lids” were oreos, the “Dirt & Worms” were crushed up oreos and gummy worms and a Ninja Turtle party is not complete without pizza.
ninja turtle cupsErin made the mask with streamers and the eyeballs and Leevon drew the faces. Aren’t they adorable?
ninja turtle birthday toys
ninja turtle birthday toysI’m pretty sure Cory and Leevon were more excited about Braxtons gifts since they opened them and started playing before he got a chance. Just a bunch of kids!
ninja turtle party favors
ninja turtle birthday favors
ninja turtle birthday
ninja turtle party
ninja turtle birthdayHow cute is his little face?
ninja turtle balloonsHad to catch a picture of the Ninja Turtle masters boys perfecting the turtle faces.
ninja turtle balloonsErin made the balloons the same way she made the cups. I just love these!
ninja turtle birthday
ninja turtle partyThe birthday boy enjoying his gifts.
ninja turtle party favors

And of course, Cory was enjoying his party favor. 

After the party, we headed out to a camp ground that was hosting a bike rally. This is the second year that our church has fed the bikers and they have a church service afterwards. Because of the party, we weren’t able to help serve the hamburgers and hotdogs but we made it time to hear some rockin’ worship songs and our preacher, Joel, brought the word! 

The church that does the bike rally is a “biker church” which just means that most of the members ride motorcycles. I didn’t know any of the songs but it was an incredible experience to step back and watch other people truly worship. Some might not be able to get into the worship if they didn’t know they songs but it was a worshiping experience in itself just to watch others praise God. 

The service didn’t start till 7pm and it was after 10pm when we got home. We ate some {late} dinner and I finished cutting the invitations. When I got done, Cory had crashed on the couch. Even though I woke him up and he responded, he never came to bed. I wasn’t too worried about it because it was nice having the bed to myself for the night. 


Sunday evening was the big one year celebration for our church so we didn’t have our morning service. I slept in a little and was finally able to get some pictures of my fall mantle. We had the celebration at the high school auditorium and had to be there at 1pm to set up. 

ONE Community ChurchThe guys got the musical “stuff” and lights set up and the girls got the foyer ready.
ONE Community ChurchWe had brochures and handouts for all the ministries that we offer at ONE. We also had information on our ONE 2 ONE community groups that we are launching. Cory and I are co-leading one and we are so excited to start!
Cory doesn’t play anywhere without this rabbit. Don’t ask me why but he says it helps his “mojo.” He forgot it yesterday and went all the way home just to get it.
ONE Community ChurchIt was a long day but the celebration was amazing. The spirit showed up. Big time.  For the second night in a row, it was after 10pm before we got home and ate.

I snapped this picture of Einstein and we all felt this way! We. were. exhausted.

This officially is the longest blog post ever, so I will finish now! I have to finish the invitations today and work on my fall decorations post. I can’t wait to share them!  

10 Things I Love About My Husband

Three years ago today, I was getting ready to say “I do” to my best friend and partner in life.
10 things I love about husband

I often wonder why I was blessed with such a loving, caring, man of God who strives every day to make me happy. I am so thankful to have a husband that works hard to provide for his family-financially and spiritually. Thinking back to this day three years ago, I never imagined that I could love Cory more but our love has changed in the best ways possible and continues to grow each and every day.

Being our anniversary and all, I figured there’s no better day to share 10 things I love about Cory!

  1.  He has amazing blue eyes.
  2. He has a heart on fire for the Lord.
  3.  He treats me like a princess. Seriously, I’m spoiled.
  4. He loves Clemson football just as much as I do.
  5. He tells me I’m beautiful at least once a day.
  6. He works hard at work and most days will come home and help me with whatever crazy thing I’m working on.
  7. He plays guitar and looks good doing it!
  8. He is a kid at heart- he loves Ninja Turtles.
  9. He tells Hampton that he is going to sell him on Craigslist at least once a week but deep down would be lost without him.
  10. He has a servants heart. He is quick to help anyone!
If you saw my post about our anniversary tattoos here than you know that we already “exchanged gifts.” We were planning to go out of town this weekend {since Clemson plays tomorrow night} but the lady in my office who would have been here on Friday had a family emergency and will be out the rest of the week; meaning I will be the only one here on Friday {again}. We are both disappointed because we were looking forward to it but that’s life. We will relax tonight and go out to a nice dinner Friday night to celebrate!

The Cheapest Toy I Ever Bought.

I’d like you to meet ‘Blue Man’ as we’ve dubbed him in the Sloan house. This is Einsteins best friend {besides me} and most favorite toy. Ever. It just so happens that it was the cheapest dog toy that I have ever bought. 
cheap dog toy

Now, I’ve paid good money for dog toys but for the past 3 years, Einstein has insisted on playing with this one. The one that I got at the Dollar Tree for $1. 

But that isn’t the point of this post. 

Einstein is a very unique dog because he gets so attached to one toy and does not forget about it. So when we he lost Blue Man about six months ago, he went into total freak out mode for at least a week. It was actually kind of sad because he spent days wandering around the house looking for it. 

When I got up this morning, I noticed that Einstein was standing near our foot board and would not move. I had to go pick him and carry him to the hall so he would go outside. 

My weird dog {who I caught pulling the covers off the bed and licking the pillows last night} has been getting under the bed at night. I’m not sure why but he’s just started doing it. They have their kennel and beds in our room at night but nope, he’d rather sleep under our bed. 

Go figure.

weird dog behaviors

His face just says “busted”, doesn’t it?

Anyway, I guess Einstein decided that he was going to join Hampton’s party last night and must have smelled Blue Man. 

When I got out of the shower and went into our bedroom, Einstein was standing at the foot of our bed again so I walked up to him and asked him what he wanted. He took off around the side of the bed and disappeared underneath it. I know when he has spotted something and can’t get to it {he does it under our couch on a daily basis} so I crawled half way underneath the bed to see what it was. We have two drawers in our foot board and he was trying to get his head underneath one of them. I pushed the drawer out for him and voila!  Blue Man.

Oh, happy day! 

happy dog
I’m not sure I’ve ever seen him this excited. He won’t let it leave his side now. For his sake, I sure am glad we he found it!

ps- I know Blue Man looks disgusting {it is} but I’m afraid if I wash it, it will disintegrate. I can’t break his heart like that again.  

A day with the Bestie

My typical work week is Tuesday-Friday and most Mondays I get to spend the day with my best friend, Jessica! Yesterday was no different. 

Day with best friend carve on


I mentioned Jessica’s daughter Kaylen in my post here but I’ve yet to introduce her Mama and my best friend. When I say that Jessica and I have been life long friends, I’m not exaggerating. She has been my best friend for as long as I can remember {over 22 years}. We’ve been through it all and we’ve always stuck together. She always has and always will be a blessing in my life. My hope is that every person gets to experience a friendship like we have. 

Okay, enough of the sappy stuff and back to my day off. I started the day off at the doctors office for a checkup. They were really slow and I had to wait an hour before I saw my doctor but he is my favorite, so I guess it’s worth it. After my check up, I headed to Jessica’s house. Jessica is a nanny so when the kids are in school, she has mornings off. We will typically go to lunch and do a little shopping or go for a walk. We loaded up the car and decided to get a cheeseburger.

This little ham has discovered the holes in her nose. She’s a mess but I just love this little face. 

After finishing off our cheeseburgers we decided to go to Bath and Body Works because I  heard they were having a sale on their soaps. They were running their 4/$15 or 6/$20 deal so I stocked up on some fall goodness including this cute ‘Carve On’ one- I couldn’t resist. I’m sure four bottles of soap will last us two or three fall seasons but at least they were on sale! 

We left Bath and Body Works and stopped a few more places before it was time to take me back to my car so she could pick up the kids from school. I would have ridden with her but I had some stuff at home that I had to get done. Remember when I said that I still hadn’t finished one of the wreaths I was working on? Well, it was still sitting on my dining room table. I finished glittering {is that a word?} the monogram letter last night and it should be dry this evening so I can add it to the wreath and be done with it. I spent the rest of the evening editing some pictures and doing a little research on blogging which proved to be way too overwhelming. There is so much stuff out there. My brain hurt so I gave up on that and watched “Dancing with the Stars” and worked on an invitation for a baby shower.
My day off was busy but productive and the best part was getting to spend time with my bestie!