Friday, April 4, 2014


Randy and I took a little date night to the opening Cabela's in Greenville, where he built the rock feature back in the fall. It was so special getting to see it completely finished. I felt like we were at an art show and this was Randy's masterpiece on display. I'm so proud of Randy and all his hard work! It truly paid off! If you're ever in the Greenville area, stop by and enjoy this mountain, completely made by the hands and hard work of a few men, my husband included. :) OK sorry for the happy/proud wife talk. ;)
Randy and his crew just finished a mountain almost identical to this one in Newark, Delaware in February, and they will be starting another one in Portland, Oregon at the end of this month.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Perk Beans

It's no secret Randy and I and the majority of our family absolutely LOVES coffee. Good coffee.
 So you can imagine our excitement when my brother Kenan learned the art and science of importing and roasting coffee himself. 
He roasted some with us at Christmas time, and oh, what a fascinating process!! Can you believe that it actually smells horrible during the roasting? Yep. 
Recently, Kenan and his sweet wife Brittney have expanded their coffee roasting skills and have started selling it locally and online! 
 Check out their Etsy shop to order some fresh, organic coffee for yourself. I've already had quite a bit of it, and I love it!
You can also find them on Facebook

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

More from Washington

The pictures tell the story, but oh, what a fun weekend it was.
Randy and I are home in Greenville for the next few weeks, and then we will be going to the Portland, Oregon area for the next job, or at least that's the plan. Ha. Plans are very tentative these days, but we try to roll with it and have fun however it turns out!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Weekend in Seattle

The plan was for me to fly into Sesttle with my friend Andrea to see our friend, Angela. I was going to spend the weekend with them and then take the ferry to British Columbia to meet Randy for his three week job. However there were some complications with the job and Randy had to make the morally right choice to not go. I'm so thankful to be married to a man who's willing to do that!
We got my flight changed but I was still able to spend a great weekend with some wonderful friends I've known for the last 8 years. (We were all in cosmetology together).
A few highlights of the trip:
 -spiritually encouraging conversations 
 -getting all my hair cut off! and colored. 
 -sledding in the mountains for the first time!
 -running into my brother in law who happened to be in Seattle the same time for ultimate frisbee tryouts. ��


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Tree

As promised here a a few pictures of the tree Randy built while we were in Austin a few weeks ago. Also, I apologize in advance for any bragging on my husband that may occur in this post. 
Randy could explain this whole process way better than I can but I'll give it a shot.
They started out with a big drain pipe and layered polygem on top, texturizing as they went with brushes and other random objects for tools.
One night Randy made a "skin" from the tree on the office property to use as texture in some spots.
And then they painted it. Yep. The whole tree was entirely crafted by hand and looks incredibly real. I literally could not tell it was fake when I saw it in person. Ok so I'm just kind of amazed with my husband's skills, but that's ok right? :)
This tree will be apart of a turtle pond in a mall located in Louisiana. As far as I know, that's where we will be going after Canada.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Flower Solution

Our lives right now are on the go.
Whenever we are home, it's only for a very short time.
Now that spring is right around the corner, every time I walk into Trader Joe's, all the beautiful flowers in the front are just begging to come home with me. I would snatch up a whole bunch if it weren't for the fact that I know they'd just die once we left home again.
So... the solution: make your own!
I didn't get any pictures of the first stage: forming the clay but basically I just got one of those cheap blocks of oven bake clay at Michaels and formed my flowers, baked them, and attached them to a floral thick wire as a stem, and painted them.
I actually changed the color of the flowers once, but hey, you can do that with fake flowers.
They're definitely not as beautiful as fresh flowers, but the good part? They won't die while I'm gone, and I still have some happy color to come home to! :)