Wednesday, October 27

Natural Break

A few weekends ago, Jonathan and I drove to our hometown in Mississippi. The goal was to repair our sick vehicles, but we also spent some time with his family.
On Sunday, we visited their farm, which is about five minutes away from their home and also about five minutes away from the house where I grew up.
Luckily, I had my camera for once, so I was able to document this special occasion.
Jonathan and our niece, enjoying the perfect fall weather.

When we arrived, the cows thought it was time for dinner. Cows might not run, but they walked really fast when they saw my Jeep.

What a sweet, fuzzy face! I hoped to catch the fall colors, but everything was still pretty green. We took a walk in the woods, and Jonathan showed me the little creek that runs through the property.
We found their missing cow who was hiding out because she was about to give birth.
She'd actually already given birth -- we just couldn't tell. She brought new meaning to the words "pregnant cow." Ha!
Beautiful trees.
It's so nice to stop and enjoy nature.
It's a true reminder that beauty is all around us, if we only stop and look for it.
It was such a relaxing afternoon, and it reminded us how lucky we are that we have the opportunity to escape to such a place. Next time we'll take Porter so he can run around and roll in lots of cow patties.
That is, after all, nature at its finest!

Wednesday, October 20

27 Birthdays...

Today is my birthday. For me, this particular birthday is one I have been dreading, because it marks a personal goal that I set for myself years and years ago. It sounds silly to write it, but my mother had me when she was 27, and I always thought I would want to be a mother at 27 as well.

The truth is, 27 seemed so grown up when I thought that to myself all those years ago. It seemed so far away. Now it's here, and I don't feel like I'm even remotely ready to be a mother. Half of my friends have babies, and the other half are still single, so I shouldn't feel pressured, but for some reason, I do. I feel pressured by so many things in life, actually -- there are so many decisions, and I worry about making the right ones. Should we stay in Memphis? Should we move? Should I go back to school? Are we saving enough money? Some days I really don't want to be an adult at all.

But I am, and the days, weeks, months and years are rolling by so quickly. Ugh.

Regardless of what I feel some of the time, I have a really great life, with the best husband, a great family, sweet friends, a good job and a wonderful home and neighborhood. Memphis isn't bad either.

I am so blessed every single day, and I just hope God will guide me down the right path and help me make the right decisions. I know everything will work out. It always does.

To mark this milestone birthday, we are celebrating with Sekisui sushi and Muddy's Bake Shop cupcakes. After dinner, we're going to decorate for Halloween (finally!) and watch some old Halloween movies. You know, the cheesy ones with limited blood and guts and lots of screams. Some wine and candy corn may also be consumed.

Maybe that will get me out of this funk I've been in lately. 27 is just another birthday, right?

Until next year...

Monday, October 11

Vintage Wheels

Last Saturday, I spent most of the afternoon at a Car Show that was benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis, my employer. I was pretty excited to check out the cars because I knew most of them would be from the 50's, 60's and '70s. Jonathan and I share a love for all things vintage, but vintage cars hold a special place in his heart. He comes by it honestly -- both his dad and granddad are car enthuasists. We hope that one day we'll be able to buy an old car that we can restore. The only question is which one? Here are a few that I really like...
This baby-blue Mustang was so pretty.
The interior was just as nice...
This car won Best in Show. It was my favorite. I love that color!
The pale yellow and white matches my new bike!
The old seat belt cracked me up.
The seats were AMAZING.
Jonathan and I also loved this one.
The hula guy and the surf board on top made it perfect for the beach life we dream of someday.
I've always been a VW fan. The Love Bug was one of my favorite movies when I was young.
This 1950's Corvette was amazing. I couldn't believe it didn't win anything!
Blue interior.
Blue exterior.
Fabulous red interior in one of the cars. The restoration work on some of these cars was truly incredible.
What is your dream car?

Thursday, October 7

It feels like fall

Today we had the perfect fall morning. The air was cool but still. On mornings like this, I enjoy grabbing my camera and taking a few pictures. I do wish I had Photoshop so I could edit them. Sadly, Creative Suite 5 is still on my wish list, and it probably will be for a long time. :(
Oh well. I am clearly an amateur photographer, but this simple activity clears my head. This time of year is crazy for me work-wise, but I still try to enjoy the simple things that make fall special.
Things like pumpkins. I love pumpkins. We visited our local patch on Saturday and came back with these beauties, plus one for our next door neighbor. It's our pumpkin tradition.

Gardening ranks up there along with pumpkin picking. I will buy pansies soon. They are my favorite flower after roses. I think I'm going to choose red, yellow and orange this year. In the meantime, my little white zinnias are still hanging in there. Barely.

I love pumpkins. Did I already mention that? Our yard is full of leaves, and I only raked last Sunday. Right now, these Magnolia leaves are everywhere, but soon the Oak and Pecan leaves will accompany them. Inside we have more pumpkins and leaves, although these leaves are homemade. I'm in the process of making an autumn leaf garland, and I decided to decorate with them while they wait to be strung. I'm pretty sure Jonathan thinks I'm crazy.
In our backyard, the roses are still blooming. This is my favorite bush. It also happens to be the perfect fall color -- orange-pink. :)
More lovely roses are on their way...
The leaves are just starting to turn yellow on our Jane Magnolia.
Even the sunlight looks different in the fall....
It makes me want to drink lots of tea.
I think it's time to bake some pies.

Tuesday, October 5

Yellow. Gray. Brown. Fall 2010.

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Fall, you are such a fickle friend. You tease us with slight winds that bring the smell of wood smoke and piles of leaves. Then, all of a sudden, you dump 40 degree weather on us, and I'm suffering from a sinus infection! Not cool, fall. Can't we have a few days of moderate weather before we are forced to switch from air conditioning to heat?

I would really like to do some Birthday shopping, but depending on the time of day, I'm not sure what season I'm in.

Oh yeah.