Colvin Casa: Street View

I really am trying my best to get my act together and photograph each room in our home so that I can get an updated tour for you guys. Our style has really developed and our home is just perfectly us.  I've been working to perfect our little stoop and we recently hung an American flag and planted hydrangeas, and I may or may not pull away slowly and drive up slowly to our house to admire how darn sweet it looks. I'm a huge fan of the "all American" look. What can I say? I love our little home SO much and am really proud of it. As I think everyone should be of their home. I always joke that I'm never moving from this house, haha! I figured if I'm not quite ready to photograph the inside of the house, why not go ahead and start with the outside? I was literally in the street one afternoon after work taking pictures, I'm certain my neighbors thought I was a bit crazy. 

There's still plenty we want to do in the front yard, like finding a way to keep those bushes out front under control. They grow so.fast. SO FAST. Yard work is such an on going process and I am sure the look of this space will continue to evolve over time. On a side note, I wish we were rich folks because they very first thing I'd do is hire a landscaper.  Yard work is no joke. Also, ignore the big stain looking thing on the mailbox, the old owners had a big pet sign there...for years apparently...and when we took it off, we had this great stain. I myself think it's a great excuse for a new mailbox post...Joshua? I also wanted put stones around the mailbox and then do flowers...but one of our in groud sprinkler heads is right next to the mailbox, so that foiled my plan a bit. But, planting some pretty blooms around the mailbox works perfectly for now. 

I hope y'all have a great Wednesday, halfway through the work week! Go ahead and guess our weather today...mhmmm...rain. But Monday and Tuesday were gorgeous and the forecast for this weekend is perfect. 


Around the Table

A few weeks ago I decided that I was going to start having my two cousins over for dinner at least once a month. These two are like my siblings and my love for them is out of this world. Being an only child, I took these two over like they were my siblings growing up and we've always been very close. Last week we sat around the dinner table chatting and laughing, my heart was so full. They are growing so darn fast, I feel like I can barely keep up with whats going on in their lives. Anyone else feel like the days are long but the weeks, months and years are so short? To me, time goes in the blink of an eye and it unnerves me. I want to fill my time with meaningful dinners, conversations, laughter, love, and people. I told myself at the beginning of 2015 that I was going to fill my time doing things that matter most to me and fill my home with the ones I love. I've got a girls dinner planned for next week, and I'm already so excited to be around the table with those who mean so much to me! I can't wait to see Mackenzie and see how she is enjoying married life, and Griffyn is about to celebrate one year of marriage. Being able to share in such special milestones in others lives is so rewarding.

I've noticed that if I sit down one evening and take a hard look at my calendar and right then and there text friends or family to set a dinner date, I'm so much more likely to follow through. I've also started to sit down each Sunday and plan out meals and activities for the next week, so that I know exactly what we've got going on. This helps me to see which nights we have free and can either enjoy the night just Josh and I, or plan something with friends. Pinterest has also been seeing a lot of me lately. I've been pinning lots of recipes so that I can feed my people well.

How do you carve out time to fill your home with friends and family?

I hope you have a fantastic Tuesday...guess what? THE SUN IS OUT HERE! Insert all the praise hand emojis. 


Weekend Lovin'

You guys know how it goes around here, same old song and dance. I have a blog layout for awhile, grow tired of it and make a change. So here we are, the new and improved layout for the blog. I hope you like it as much as I do. I'll be working out a couple of kinks for a few days, don't mind me. 

How was your weekend? We had a really rainy one around these parts. But, I think I see the sun peaking out from behind the clouds this morning and I am praying, praying for a lot of sunshine this week. I had to take my hanging baskets of marigolds off the back deck and put them in the guest bathroom bathtub so they wouldn't get pounded by the rain anymore! Here's to hoping they can make an appearance outside again today. 

Saturday morning I worked on a youth building project at church, while Josh had to work. After he got off we headed to my company's first annual family picnic. I really love the idea of company picnics and being able to mingle with your co-workers outside of work. I also love getting to meet everyone's families! After the picnic we headed to the mall to run some errands and Josh racked up on new shoes and a new suit from the Belk's Mens store that just opened. He is obsessed, to say the least. 

Sunday morning I woke up with plans to check out Lilly for Target after church, but when I checked instagram and saw the lines outside every Target imaginable, I decided if I wanted any chance at all to score anything, I better get up and go. So I throw on clothes, grabbed coffee and ran out the door to drive in the pouring rain to Target...only to get in the store to find the clothing racks completely empty and only a handful of home goods left. I got there 30 minutes after they opened.  You should have seen the amount of things women had piled into their buggies. It was truly madness. I walked around Target for a solid 2 hours waiting for people to put things back or find items misplaced on different aisles...all the while knowing I should have been at church instead. I ended up glaring at a minimum 100 crazy mothers out there shopping, bought some lipstick, nail polish and string lights...which I think the string lights are going back. Can you say desperate for something Lilly mixed with buying the last thing on the shelf? Pathetic, I know. Ha! I was waiting in the line to check the return rack and the woman behind me...with at least 50 items in her cart, had her cart touching my heels and she was standing right beside me. No sort of standing in line from her, whatsoever. As we moved up I literally had to jut my foot out beside me so she was forced to stand behind me. Southern woman love their Lilly and are mixed with a touch of crazy. I kind of wish you were limited to something like 5 pieces per person and that they had more inventory. It seemed like they had small amounts of each item. 

We got a monsoon most of Sunday but in between showers Josh and I hung our American flag and planted hydrangeas in the front yard. So in love with the way it looks! The rest of the day was spent relaxing and getting housework done. Sunday evening our area got hit with some extremely bad storms, sending happy thoughts to those whose homes were damaged. We finished the evening off watching the ACMs and I tweeted too much, per usual during an awards show. My thoughts - bring back old country, let Miranda sing and win less, so wished Taylor would have performed, Brooks and Dunn are legends and Kenny Chesney will forever be my favorite. 

I hope everyone has a week filled with sunshine and a happy Monday!


2015 Masters

Happy (rainy) Wednesday, friends! We're half way through the work week, insert emoji praise hands here. Speaking of work, my new job is going great. I'll update on that soon!

A week ago Josh and I headed to one of our very favorite places to visit, the Augusta National. We were fortunate enough to get tickets to the Wednesday practice round (thanks, Mom!) of The Masters this year. If I had to guess, after Josh's love for me and Murphy, then comes The Masters, ha! We actually both really enjoy golf and slightly obsess over this tournament each year. If you ever have the chance to go, do not let it pass you by! To get Masters tickets, unless you got on the list back in the '80s like Josh's dad and grandad did as badge holders, you have to put your name into a lottery to get practice round tickets and badges. So it's always fun to get that email in the summer notifying you if you got chosen.

Lucky for us, Wednesday is the day of the Par Tee competition, which is a lot of fun to watch. The
pros usually have their kids, parents, or wives caddie for them. Tiger Woods had his kids Sam and Charlie as his caddie's and Lindsey Vonn was walking the course with them as well. Bubba Watson had his son Caleb and his wife caddying for him. While we were out on the Par 3 course, Jack Nicklaus even made a hole in one. I love to hear the crowd roar at Augusta. We also had great weather but it was a bit unseasonably warm and truly felt like a day in late May...90 degrees and hot hot hot. We got smart this year as opposed to our 2013 visit and sunscreened up before the blaze of the day.

It was so nice to have a day off during the week to spend with each other and enjoy the day on the course. While we were there I think we went in the golf shop approximately fifteen times...I'll let you guess whether we came home with full or empty wallets. The thing about The Masters is, you can only get their stuff at the Augusta National,  you can't order it. With that being said, you have to come prepared to drop a chunk of change, if you have your eye on anything. Of course we had our eyes on hats, dog collars, Christmas ornaments, prints, shirts, ties, the list goes on and on.

Another wonderful year at The Masters in our book and I hope we are fortunate enough to go many, many more times. We were so glad to see Jordan Spieth bring home the green jacket this year. He seems so wise beyond his years, is so well put together and always speaks well on camera. I think he has a very long, successful career ahead of him and I'm excited to follow along. Also to note, Josh loves... L O V E S...Tiger Woods. And although he tied for 17th in the tournament, he played decent golf last week, which made Mr. Colvin very happy. And I can't lie, I'm always giving Tiger extra cheers...despite his personal life, he is a legend in the golf world.

I hope the rest of your week is filled with sunshine ladies, we could definitely use some around these parts! 


Welcome, April! + Life Updates

I'm currently sitting on my couch, blinds open in the kitchen and the living room and the most beautiful morning sun is streaming in our house. I think it's high time for an update around here, I was a touch nonexistent around these parts in March. As you can see, just two posts ago I was welcoming March. 

I'm not 100% sure to start with life updates, so we'll just jump right in. If you're a follower of my instagram you'll notice that I recently made an announcement about a job move. If you've been following my blog for any length of time, you know that I announced a job move about 7 months ago. I left my job at the law firm and made my move into the event industry at a venue nestled on the river in Columbia. In all transparency, I knew right out of the gate that the event industry was not for me. But I stuck it out to see if my mind changed at all, and sure enough, it didn't. So when I was approached by one of my best friends about her dad looking for someone to fill a marketing position at his company, I jumped. March was a little bit of a tough month for me, job wise. I was pretty frustrated most of the month, and then when the time came for me to announce that I was leaving, I was overwhelmed with sadness for leaving my co-worker. Only two of us worked at the venue, so when you work so closely with someone and it's the two of you that make all the magic happen, it's hard to walk away from that person. However, I knew that I had to look out for myself and my family and I needed to make the move to exit the event industry. I'm so thankful that the Lord brought me this new job opportunity and I begin my new position on Monday. 

My last week at the venue I got to attend at state bridal conference and  learned so much from the professionals in the industry, had great food,  great mimosas, and a beautiful day. 
That being said, I have this whole week off and it has been so good for me. I cleaned every inch of our house on Monday and yesterday I did so much yard work, my whole body is aching today. Ha! If you can imagine me at Wal Mart loading bags upon bags of mulch into my cart, pushing it inside, then back outside to load it in the car...then I got home and put it all out. That being said, mulch is SO HEAVY. 

It's been so nice to have a few days of rest and peace, my heart and mind are in really good places and I'm ready for this change of pace with my new job. The event industry is difficult because you work every day of the week. There's not much time for rest and certainly not a lot of free time to spend with family and friends. I'm so glad for this change and to have my weekends back! Last week I got to catch up with my Columbia Creatives girlfriends and I enjoy the time we get to spend together so much! These ladies are legit boss ladies, almost all of them owning their own businesses and they are so encouraging and uplifting. Ironically enough, three of us quit our jobs within the same week! It's so nice to have a community of women to journey through life with. 

Yesterday when working in the yard I planted two hydrangea bulbs and I am desperately hoping I get two beautiful bushes out of those babies! I've also been pouring over our deck space this week and it has come together so beautifully. We use our deck constantly during the warm months of the year, so I make it as homey and welcoming as possible, like an extension of our living room. Our deck is extremely weathered and worn, and it's at the top of our to-do list this spring to refinish and stain it. I also planted new flowers in the front and back yard. I love flowers...and probably spend too much money on flowers :)...but the way they spruce up a space is totally worth it. This year we've got the inside of our home just how we want it, so we're really focusing on the yard and have a mile long to-do list that we hope to tackle, little by little.

Looking ahead, I'm over the moon to be spending some quality time with my mom on Friday, a shopping trip anyone?! And this weekend is Mackenzie's wedding, so happy to see her heart so full and ready for marriage! Then Easter on Sunday, the celebration of Easter just stirs in my heart and another reason I've been so thankful for this week off is because it's Holy Week and I have been able to start my days off slowly and in the Word, preparing to celebrate the risen King on Sunday. Next week I start my new job and we are going to The Masters on Wednesday, I'm beside myself with excitement. The Augusta National is one beautiful place and I can't wait to spend the day with that sweet man of mine enjoying some golf. Fingers crossed for beautiful weather. 

Happy April!