A weekend for the books!

Do you ever have those days that are so fulfilling that every time you think about them, you can’t help but smile? 

That’s exactly how my past TWO weekends have been! I feel blessed to have had a great Labor Day weekend but the weekend before was just as good!

Two weekends ago we spent the entire Saturday in Heaven my parents pool.


If you know me, you know I love. the. sun. Love it! I always feel so much better after spending a day by the pool. The sun revamps me. On a hot Summer day, I can’t think of anything better than getting to spend the day floating around a cool pool with my favorite people {and dogs}.

Gracie is just like me. She has been swimming like a fish since she was really little and you practically have to pull her out of the pool at the end of the day. 

 The dogs absolutely love my parents house. I had Einstein before I got married so this used to be home to him. He would stay there forever but a certain dog Mommy won’t let him.

Ahem. 

I can’t say that I blame them though. Unlike our house, my parents live on 20 acres of land with horses, a barn, a pond and no neighbors. Einstein had a really hard time when we first moved because he wasn’t used to seeing neighbors in their own yards and not being able to have full run of the yard. 

That being said, every time we go to my parents Einstein will take off to the horse pasture and roll around in some manure. I guess he likes the smell? 


Since he smelled AWFUL {and was green} he had to get a hose pipe bath. He wasn’t too thrilled about the cold water.

 


You can see that the dogs made themselves right at home and claimed a chair to dry off on. 

It’s kind of sad that summer is over but the good thing about living in SC is it is hot enough to swim for a few more weeks. I know one 7 year old that will be taking advantage of it!

And then there was this weekend–Labor Day weekend but most importantly the start of college football!


Cory and I tailgate with his side of the family and they’ve been tailgating longer than I’ve been alive. When I say they have it down to a science, I’m not joking. Over the years, they have perfected game days in Clemson. 


This was our tailgate this past weekend for the Georgia game. If it looks like we are packed in like sardines, it’s because we were. It started raining so we all squeezed in and tried to stay dry. Thankfully, the rain passed quickly!


I could eat another plate right now. 9:30 am. It was that good. 

Just had to share this one because he’s such a cutie.  


This game was big for Clemson. Really big! Clemson was ranked 8th and we played 5th ranked Georgia. I’ve got zero pictures from the game because I was too busy yelling the entire game. I’ve been to a lot of Clemson football games over the years and this was top 5 for most exciting. Death Valley was packed {as you can see} the entire time. If you like college football and want a crazy game day experience, come to Clemson. The environment is never disappointing. 



It was a great game. Kind of nerve wracking but both teams played very good. Thank goodness, Clemson had the most points at the end of the game. 

After the win, the stadium got even crazier!


At this point, we had been outside for 15 hours. It was a long, hot day but worth every second to see our Tigers get the W. 


Since Saturday was such a long day, we went to church Sunday morning and then crashed as soon as we got home. I very rarely take naps {unlike my husband who could sleep anywhere} but you better believe I took a long nap Sunday afternoon. We both woke up feeling run down and neither of us had a voice so it was the perfect excuse to stay in and rest Sunday evening! 

Cory and I very rarely get a weekday off together because he is normally off on Friday and I get Mondays off. Since it was Labor day, he didn’t have to work Monday. We had planned on taking a trip to Atlanta and going to IKEA but settled for Greenville when I slept too late. {Wasn’t sorry about it at all!}

We didn’t really have a reason to go other than just shopping around. I had a few stores I wanted to go to, like Charming Charlie and Home Goods, but other than that we had no plans. Days like Monday are the best because it was carefree with no stress to find something specific or be rushed. 

In all honesty, we only bought one or two things. 

{Shocking}

I did catch this gem of Cory rocking out in the car. This is a normal thing in our lives- he is always playing the “drums” if there is music on. Give him a little Joan Jett and this is what you get!



I apologize for all the iPhone photos you are having to look at but I promise to do better and actually use the nice camera I have. 
I hope everyone has had a few good weekends and enjoy the rest of the week! 


Hello, First Friday!

First Friday! First Friday! First Friday! 

Can you tell I’m a little excited about it? You may be wondering “What the heck is first Friday?” First Friday is the first Friday {obviously} of the first home game of football season. Clemson has a first Friday parade and all things football gets kicked off. 

This first Friday is special though because ESPN Gameday is in Clemson for the Georgia game. They’ve been setting up on Bowman field the past couple days and it looks like an ESPN studio out there. This weekend hundreds of thousands of people will cram in to this small college town and the atmosphere will be crazy! 


This time of year always takes me back to my days as a Clemson cheerleader. There are no words to describe the feeling of being in Death Valley, with 80,000 fans, cheering on the Tigers. Other than marrying Cory and finding Jesus, it has been the greatest experience of my life. 

I’ve told people before that although I loved the adrenaline rush of the Tigers running down the hill, the cannons and balloons, running of the flag and screaming fans what I loved most was being in the stadium when it was completely empty. On game days we had to be there hours before the game started and would head to the stadium two hours before kick off. In a stadium the size of Death Valley, you feel so small when you are standing on the field and the seats are bare. It really allowed me to put things in perspective and was always a few moments of peace before the craziness started. 

I will always treasure my time as a Clemson cheerleader. It made for one heck of a busy senior year but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. 

Needless to say, I can’t wait for tomorrow. It’s going to be a great day of tailgating, family & friends and FOOTBALL!

 Enjoy your weekend and Go Tigers!

Holy muscles.

A few months ago, I started feeling a little self conscious about my body. I’ve never been the type of girl who stressed over what the scale says but I could feel myself rotting away from laziness. I started to do some research into clean eating and when I mentioned it to Cory, he was totally game.

So I joined the gym on campus and started planning each meal with a clean menu. And then Cory’s trip to Africa got here. The week before was so busy that I didn’t have time to cook or go to the gym. Every night we had something going on. While Cory was on his trip, I think I fell into some kind of mini depression because I didn’t want to do anything, including going to the gym and cooking for one. 

Let me just say that I plan a menu because Cory and I follow a budget. I don’t do it for the fun of it but because of the benefits: the money we save by having a list of what to buy and then actually using the stuff we buy. I absolutely dread going to the grocery store and then dread cooking even more. 

With that said, I sure as heck wasn’t going to go through all that trouble for just myself for two straight weeks. 

Honestly, missing the gym for the first week was probably all I needed to throw me off the healthy bandwagon. And I had been so good for like 2 whole months {that’s big for me}.

Anyway, I finally made myself pack my gym clothes this morning so I would go to the gym after work. 

Except I forgot that now that students are back on campus, you can forget about finding a parking spot. I drove around and around the gym and couldn’t find a spot anywhere. I knew that if I was having that hard of a time finding a place to park, I could forget about getting a machine I wanted. 

So I came home. 

BUT! I did do a workout when I got home and now I think I might be dying.

This is the workout I did:

30 jumping jacks
5 push ups
25 high knees
7 burpees
10 crunches
7 squats
5 push ups
10 crunches
5 push ups
7 squats
30 jumping jacks
1 minute wall sit
5 push ups
25 high knees
and repeat. 

I was actually supposed to do it 3 times but I had already pushed myself to do the second one. 

It was rough. 

I know it’s been a month since I’ve been to the gym but my work outs at the gym aren’t a piece of cake. 

I try to go 3 times a week and do 30 minutes of cardio, stretch, ab workout, and either arms or legs. I’m typically there an hour and a half but this 30ish minute workout kicked my butt way worse.

Normally I’m not sore until the next day and then the second day is the worst. I did this work out less then 3 hours ago and I’m feeling how I normally do on the second day. Like, couldn’t even hold my arms up to wash my hair in the shower. 

For the rest of the night, I think I will curl up in bed and watch some Pretty Little Liars. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. 

Wonder if I will make it to the gym tomorrow? We shall see {but I’m not counting on it}.

Goodnight y’all. 

Saying Goodbyes

 I hate goodbyes. Hate them. I understand hate is a strong word but I think saying goodbyes deserves it.  I don’t do well with change and goodbyes typically lead to some kind of major change. We’ve known about this goodbye for 4 or 5 months but last weekend we finally had to face it as we said goodbye to Cory’s brother Caleb and his girlfriend, Anna. They packed up and headed out West for grad school. 

We are very proud and excited for them but it does stink that they have moved 20 hours away. Caleb went to University of South Carolina for his bachelors’ degree, which is about 3 hours from us, but he came home some weekends and was home during school breaks. Only being 3 hours away makes it possible to do weekend trips but 20 hours?!?! I think it will really sink in when Cory realizes he can’t do that anymore. Once they get settled in, I know we will be taking a few trips to visit them in Texas but it’s not the same as getting to watch NFL almost every Sunday with them.
We had a few going away dinners over the course of the weekend. Saturday night we met up with Caleb, Alee {Cory’s sister} and his stepdad Tim for dinner at Wild Wings. 

Sunday evening we had Caleb and Anna, Cory’s Granny Betty, and Alee over for cake and ice cream. Friday was Granny’s birthday so we did a birthday/going away party all in one. It was a fun evening and a good chance to get almost everyone together one last time before Caleb and Anna left.


Caleb always comes up with the most thoughtful, practical gifts. He noticed that Granny was keeping her candy in a peanut can so he bought her those candy jars.  Very observant, if I must say so myself.

No one is really sure when we will all be back together again so it was a good opportunity to snap a few family photos. The picture above is Caleb, Alee and Cory.  

 

Granny with her grands

Caleb, Anna, Alee, Me and Cory
The ladies. 

Hampy and Daddy needed a minute.

Brotherly love at its finest. 

Anyone who is close to Cory or me knows that we had a house guest for most of the summer. I won’t go into all the details, but Cory’s mom stayed with us for a few months. She moved to Alabama the week before Caleb and Anna left.
Not that she wasn’t a pleasant guest, but I’m happy to have my home back to normal.  Our house is the perfect size for the two of us but when you add an extra adult into the mix, things got cramped. It wasn’t always easy having her here and took some readjusting in our daily routines.
Right before she moved in, we got my grandmother’s bedroom suite for our guest bedroom but I never had a chance to get my stuff set up with the new furniture. One evening last week I was finally able to set up the guest room with our new {to us} furniture and the comforter to match the room. I’m so excited to see the final product even if it has been 3 months. 
Anyway, I digress. 

Like I said before, I really don’t do well with change and last week was a LOT of change in a very short period. 

The dogs seemed kind of lost the first couple days after the MIL left but they seem to be back to normal. It amazes me how changes to our routines affect them as well. 

Say a little prayer that our family adjusts to living so far apart!