Thursday, December 29, 2011

edley's bbq

Ever since we found out we're moving, I have been getting out around town as much as I can. Trying to be as social as possible. It's setting in that I will not have the luxury of friends nearby so I am trying to squeeze 'em all a little more often. So we made a trip to new restaurant called Edley's BBQ. The chef is a friend so he hooked us up with an insatiable amount of food. If you like smoked meat then this is the spot. Pretty wooden bar, good vibe, and really great food. and And I could barely contain myself when the fried pickles arrived. Nashville has been pleading for a good bbq spot and Edley's totally fills that gap. And one little note about our trip : our pregnant friend was past her due date ready to pop so we were all hoping the crazy amount of pork would push her over the edge. Baby Holden did arrive 2 days later.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

shop local

I know I've said it before, but I'm saying it again… if I dreamed up the perfect baby store it would look exactly like Tweed Baby Outfitters. It's pretty perfect. So I was so excited to see them get a little pub last week in the paper. If you live here and haven't been, ya gotta go support this local spot. The perfect baby gift and loads of good looking, teeny-tiny items await you.

holiday break

The presents have all been opened, the local holiday radio station has tuned back to classic rock, and even the leftovers are gone. Wahh. Is Christmas really over? That was way too fast, but Santa was good to us and we were able to spend some really nice time with the entire family. Family in Atlanta, family in Chattanooga, and family here in Nashville. We were on the road, but our little moosh was an angel. I think all of the people and all of the commotion just made her crash. It was exhausting for us all, but I loved seeing the grandparents watch her run around.
And of course, her and cousin Charles ran around all Christmas Eve and even took turns pushing one another in the baby stroller. Hi-larious. Instead of the traditional childrens table this year, momma put those of us with "babies" at the little table. Fine, fine… we had fun anyway.
Christmas morning was very relaxing and the mini Moosh sure racked up. My dad went just a wee overboard at the toy store. And I can say we officially have an elmo-obsessed toddler. "Elmo, elmo, elmo"… like she's on repeat. Oh yeah.
And here's our card from this year with Brooke's pics from this summer. Go on and tell me those eyes don't just say make you wanna melt. Babies sure are precious creatures.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

merry christmas

We're off to Atlanta, then Chattanooga, then back to Nashville for the holidays so let the merriment begin. Hope you have a lovely Christmas and I leave you with some silly babies all dressed up and waiting on santa.
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Monday, December 19, 2011

party in clemson

When we moved away from Greenville I was definitely sad to leave my friends, but I knew I'd be back soon. And so last weekend we hopped in the car and drove as quick as can be to town for Austin + Mary Frances' wedding. The festivities were actually all in Clemson, but on our way in we spent the night with the the lovely Miss Carlisle, my previous nanny. She was one of the best things that ever happened to me during our time there and I have missed her so. She saw Miriam and I through those tough days and became such a dear friend when I was feeling a little lonely. Lordy, we were lucky to have her and to think we met in the Publix. That's like some crazy story you'd hear in a southern novel, but it's true. I swear it. Anyway, we didn't stop talking all evening and I didn't want to leave. On our way out of town we rolled through our old hood, North Main, and saw some cute new stores that had popped up. Of course, they opened after I left. Typical, but good for them. And our bungalow on McDonald was just shining bright, all dolled up with lights and garland. I love to think someone is enjoying it as much as we did.

Then it was on to the wedding. It was party after party and everyone was in great spirits for the reunion of sorts. Classmates of Trevor's were there and friends we'd made along the way. My favorite buddy Kathryn was there too and we seriously had the best time catching up. I'm pretty sure I didn't leave her side all weekend and we had a ball. Definitely broke out some dance moves and overindulged in the fun. The weekend was beautiful and a big success thanks to a handful of really wonderful and inviting people. We felt like we were home and I guess we kind of were.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

in the holiday mood

Roasted Rosemary Cashews : I made these lovelies over the weekend and let me go on record - they're delish. Makes your whole house smell toasty & herby. I found them at The Afternoon Off and wanted to give them a try before gifting to some friends, but I seems to be polishing 'em off before they get out the door. Meanwhile, Miriam was busy playing dress up and stacking toys on the coffee table while watching the Sprout channel. She's all of a sudden obsessed with the TV and will even pick up the remote and point it at the tv. Uh, oh.
We've also been really getting into the spirit around here. Mini tree is up, "Michael Buble Holiday" station on Pandora is on, and tree in a candle is burning. I've been totally stressed out and exhausted, but Christmas is coming and I do love this time of year. Cousin Lauren and I went shopping with the momas last week and had the best day. All the shops were decked out and we started early, but we barely made a dent. Just maybe… our champagne lunch lingered a little too long.
xmas-girls mini-tree

Saturday, November 26, 2011

giving thanks

Even though I found myself never quite sitting down or relaxing, yesterday was a great day of thanks. The family gathered at aunt Louise's for a beautiful sunny day lunch on Thanksgiving. We shared stories, updated one another on news, and let the babies run a muck. They were wild! still managed to sip on some champers and eat some mighty good food. Brother and I competed for best side dish and uh, hmm… I think my Mac & Cheese was the clear winner. I could barely stop myself from eating an entire bowl for breakfast.What a day, what a day!
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

big news : the big d

I suppose I'm going to have to change the name of this blog soon. You see my friends, we are moving to Dallas. Let me back up… T finished grad school back in May so we left Greenville and moved back home. We've spent the last few months here, happy, but up in the air on our future plans. I've been busy with Tenn Hens and he's been busy searching and Moosh has just been plain busy. All of our belongings have been waiting patiently in storage. {side note : I have these crazy dreams that the folks from "storage wars" are going to show up at our unit, b/c we've forgotten to pay our bill, and buy off all our stuff - yikes! } Anyway, it's honestly been a little hard, but we've been positive and tried to make the best out of it. Besides, we've been home with all our friends and family.

A job that has been in the works for quite a while has finally panned out and that means we are headed to Texas. Whoa! We're a little sad to be leaving home and always thought we'd stay here, but life has picked another path for us. It's a great opportunity so I'm thrilled for T - he deserves it! And we will create a great little world around us wherever we are. So… if you know anybody in Dallas tell 'em I need some friends. Just kidding. Not really. The stressful part is we have to find a place to live in a town we know nothing about. Wish me luck 'cause we're heading down there this weekend to do just that. At least we get to stay put through the holidays while he works in the local office and get our fill of everything + everyone here. That's my big news for now so stay tuned and if anyone out there has any Dallas tips I am all ears! xo

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

web roundup

Fall, fall, fall. The leaves are falling everywhere in Nashville and we've been blessed with the most beautiful weather. Anyway, let me show you some of the sweet stuff I've been seeing on the web lately…

Two websites discovered by hubs : Back Down South. Southern street style with a heavy hand of local folks and also some good music recs.

Old Try : A Southern print shop located up North. Go figure. But, they're awesome and I adore their vibe. I'm resisting, but I really think we need those Carolina + TN prints.

Do you "pin"? It's this amazing website were you can archive all of your finds from the web. Like a giant virtual inspiration board. Especially if you're working on a project, you can save images to your boards and have one spot to reference. One small step in organizing my scattered mind - yay! Check out Pinterest (and if you need an "invite" to join, let me know and I can send you a link).

And last but, not least… To curb my pumpkin craving, I made this 2 ingredient cake over the weekend. While it won't totally rock your world, it's still pretty good. And, I don't need to tell you that 2 ingredients is umm, well, pretty fabulous. Just don't go thinking it's too healthy, because there is indeed an entire box of cake mix inside! {Note: I used spiced cake mix + no icing}
{image via pinterest}

Thursday, November 3, 2011

fall happenings

I have been seriously neglecting this blog and I'll be surprised if anyone out there is still reading, but I have some good excuses. Fall has arrived and we've been fitting in as many outside activities as possible. I went on a girls weekend to my family's house in Beersheba. It was relaxing and wonderful as always. Cooking, hiking, gossiping, playing – the whole bit.
Also, my dear, dear friend got hitched. I did my bridesmaid duty and attended brunch after party after brunch and there was no other place I wanted to be. And I was honored to design some of the elements for the wedding - here. She looked stunning walking down that aisle and you'd have never known she'd broken her nose 6 days before. That's right… broke…her…nose! She got knocked in the face by a horse and broke her nose the weekend before her big day. Scary right?! Kind of a job hazard since she's a vet, but of all times to get hurt! Yikes. Makeup, plenty of ice packs, and a little luck and she was ok. Poor thing was such a trooper. Lot's of reminiscing and clinking of glasses and photographs and plenty of dancing. My feet were aching from all the revelry, but well worth the fun.
And finally, we dressed up the Moosh and hit the Halloween trail with some friends. Their neighborhood was packed with costumed children running from door to door on sugar highs. It was nuts, but so much fun. Ahh, to be young!