Early Saturday Morning

Well, here we are. 7:37 am on a Saturday morning and I’ve been up for an hour already. It can only mean one thing if I’m up before dawn on a Saturday morning. 


It’s game day! Homecoming in Clemson to be exact. 

I don’t get up this early for the fun of it, I had to finish some tailgating food for today. I called it quits at midnight last night. 

My lovely husband told me we had to meet his family, who we tailgate with, at 9:00. I decided to check and be sure and it’s 9:45. 

Are you kidding me?? That’s 45 more minutes of sleep I could have gotten. When I told him, he said “I meant that was when we had to leave.” 

Uh…big difference there, bud!

Anyway, with a few extra minutes I am getting caught up on some blog reading and thought I would share his picture of Einstein smiling. 

Too cute, I know! 

Happy game day and Go Tigers!

Fall Home Tour

This past Sunday was the first official day of fall but can I tell you a secret? My house has been decorated for fall for a few weeks now.

I know, I know. I’m that person.

The person that enjoys Hobby Lobby putting Christmas decorations out in July. The person that will have my Christmas stuff up before Thanksgiving. What’s a girl to do when she doesn’t want to cut fall decorations short? She puts them up while it’s still 90 degrees outside.

Makes sense to me.

Since it is now socially acceptable, I thought I’d share some photos of my fall home tour!  

Fall Home Decor
Fall Home Decor
Fall Fireplace DecorFall Mantle
I found the idea for my mantle on Pinterest {of course}.

Fall Mantle
Fall Mantle
Fall Mantle
Fall Mantle Hurrican Vases
Fall Stove
Fall Stove Owl
Fall Stove Owl
Fall Coffee Table
Fall CandleFall Book Shelf
Fall Owl Candle HolderFall Side Table
Fall Living Room
Fall China Cabinet
Fall Wreath
These two  babies are over fall decorating but sure are looking cute. 

Even though I call it a home tour, it’s mostly my living room with a few touches of fall in other rooms. I haven’t made it to the pumpkin patch yet but when I do, I will add some pumpkins throughout the house. I also have a pumpkin topiary that I made last year to add to the front steps. I had to take it apart and touch up the paint this year and I haven’t gotten it all back together yet.

Slacker, I know.

I haven’t gotten that good at editing photos yet {or taking them for that matter} and it has taken me forever to get this post ready. There are some spots in my house that I’m convinced you just can’t get a good picture in. Nonetheless, I hope you enjoyed my fall home tour!

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!

Friday: 

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

Saturday:

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:

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
ONE CC
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!