Happy Fourth!

4 Jul

Friday night we took OT to see a balloon glow and a fireworks show in Ridgeland. John and I had never been to a balloon glow, and now I’m hooked. I don’t think I’ve ever been so close to hot air balloons, and I told John that if he ever wants to surprise me, he can take me up in one! The day was blazing hot (99 was the high) but as soon as the sun started to go down, the night was very pleasant and beautiful. Here are a bunch of photos!



OT was definitely a fan. 🙂






The balloons stayed inflated and glowed for about 45 minutes, and it was awe-inspiring! They slowly deflated one by one, and then the crowd was treated to a concert by country singer Darryl Worley. After his set, when the skies were dark, we had a great fireworks show that lasted over 20 minutes. OT was happy as a clam. 🙂




We’ll definitely be back next year, and next time we’ll be sure to take plenty of WATER!

Photo Friday

1 Jul


My husband often makes pancakes or waffles on Saturday mornings. Lately, there’s nothing better than piling on as many raspberries, strawberries, and Mississippi-grown blueberries as the pancakes can hold. Yum.

Happy weekend, everyone, and have a great Fourth of July! We’re going to a balloon glow/fireworks event tonight, so hopefully I’ll have photos to share!

Photo Friday

17 Jun


My husband and I did a little re-decorating in our bedroom a few weeks ago. I’d gotten tired of the blue curtains that were too similar in color to the blue walls and blue comforter. I went on a days-long, stressful hunt for the perfect curtains, and found just the right ones at Walmart, of all places. The magnolia painting, precisely what I wanted, was on sale at Kohl’s. We took off the comforter for summer and are just using the white duvet. The room makes me happy now, and every time I walk in there, I think, “It looks like grownups live here!” 🙂

I’ve reacted strongly lately against the current trends in home decorating, which seem to fall into two camps only: mid-century modern; or beachy, with lots of white, oatmeal, turquoise, burlap and sticks. Well, I don’t like either of those styles. I am very much a traditional, Southern girl. I like warm colors, rich fabrics, cozy spaces, and lots of dark wood, books, color, and the hum of a life lived together comfortably. That’s far more vibrant and lasting to me than a white porcelain bird under a clear glass cloche, sorry!

Jack Lukeman – Firework

16 May

Since I first met him in the summer of 1999, and through all the crazy, fun, and happy memories following, I’ve always said that Jack Lukeman is the best singer you’ve never heard. Still holds true. Watch and enjoy.

Photo Friday

13 May


Today’s photo requires explanation. Lately I’ve gotten off-track with reading. We got the Kindle, and I started reading lots of free stuff on it. And then netGalley’s publishers made nearly everything available for the Kindle, so I went wacky with that, too. I’ve had great fun reading, but I’ve neglected a pile of books I really want to read. I’ve also started (and usually finished) some real stinkers on the Kindle. I have to remember that even though I ADORE netGalley, and it’s opening me up to being able to read – for free – lots of books I want to read anyway, just because I can doesn’t mean I should. Just because a title’s available on netGalley doesn’t mean I have to read it! So I’m committing to reading nothing else until this stack of books is done. I’ve wanted to read these for so long, but everything else got in the way. And I haven’t really been enjoying books lately. So I’m going to use the rest of May and all of June (and probably into July) to re-orient myself. You’ll see that my Kindle’s on the stack, and that’s because some of my most-wanted to-reads are on it. So  here’s my list of what’s coming next:

Someday You’ll Thank Me for This: The Official Southern Ladies’ Guide to Being a “Perfect” Mother by Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays (first because it’s a library book)
If You Were Here by Jen Lancaster
So Not Happening by Jenny B. Jones
Trouble in Bloom by Heather Webber
Eggsecutive Orders by Julie Hyzy
I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk
Sprinkle with Murder by Jenn McKinlay
Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen (Kindle; for “reading the classics” with Tim Challies)
The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine (ordered from Amazon; June book club)
Jane Austen: A Life Revealed by Catherine Reef (Kindle, via netGalley)
The Royal Treatment by Lindsey Leavitt (e-book on computer via netGalley)
Putting Makeup on Dead People by Jen Violi (e-book on computer via netGalley)

By the way, Disney-Hyperion? You need to get it together and make your netGalley titles available for the Kindle! Come on, y’all!

Photo Friday

15 Apr


I am so thankful this book is in the world (all 740 pages of it!). And I’m more than thankful for its author. Dr. Thomas has served our church faithfully for years and will (sadly) soon be leaving us for a pastoral call in South Carolina. He preached an incredible sermon series on Acts at our Sunday evening services for so long, and then dedicated this book to the Sunday evening congregation. What a treasure this book is. Thank you for writing it, my friend.

MSU vs. USM baseball game at Trustmark Park

13 Apr

Continuing along with my “what we’ve been doing this spring” theme is our visit to Trustmark Park last week (on John’s birthday!) to see the Mississippi State University Bulldogs take on the University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagle. Trustmark is where the Mississippi Braves, the AA farm team for Atlanta, play.We had GREAT seats close to home plate. I was given our seats for free from Spectrum Events just for hosting a ticket giveaway on Twitter and Facebook! Thanks, Spectrum!

It’s pretty clear who we were rooting for. 😉 My husband and both of my granddaddies are State men! OT proudly wore his shirt and let Bully share his seat.

Nice plug for Eat Jackson!

State at bat. They took an early lead, lost the lead for much of the game, and then re-gained the lead near the end.

By the bottom of the ninth, the whole crowd was standing and nearly silent. For a college game early on in the season, it was intense!

State won! Whew! Final score: 5-4

Congrats!

The weather was gorgeous, even though I was freezing by the end. It was a great night for me and my fellas! 🙂

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