Thursday, June 30, 2011

Harry Potter tickets? Check.

Can. not. wait.

Video via Empire Magazine Online.

SO EXCITED to be experiencing the final movie on opening night! Even more excited that our Fandango tickets were FREE. Bless you and your deals, Living Social. Anybody else got a countdown going?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

23rd Birthday Weekend

My 23rd birthday was on Friday (June 24) and I am just so overwhelmed by the outpouring of love! I am beyond blessed to have the family and friends that I do. Y'all make living this life so much sweeter.

The celebration began back on Father's Day weekend at the lake house when my Mom and sister surprised me with some yummy petit fours as birthday cake substitute (totally acceptable!). Kyle and I got to take the leftovers home, and I'm pretty sure we finished them off in record time. As if that weren't enough, my mom and sister gave me three pretty new dresses (including the yellow one I'm wearing a few photos below) as well as some new earrings and a coral bracelet. Uh-mazing!

The next week I got to enjoy one of the best parts about birthdays--gettin' stuff in the mail! Snail mail is my fave. I even got a card from Doc, but don't worry, he didn't waste money on a stamp or anything. ;)

One particularly fun package came from Kyle's parents, filled with these super-cute summer placemats and coasters.

I immediately took them out of the box and set our table. They are the perfect complement to our Fiestaware!

Friday was my birthday date with Kyle, and of course the evening's events were kept under wraps because Kyle plans surprises and surprises only. He likes to keep me on my toes!

Before we left for our date, Kyle wanted me to open my gift from him and another gift from my mom because they went together. It all made sense when I opened them to reveal a duvet cover and shams from Pottery Barn. Scream! I don't think this picture conveys my excitement enough.

I had been eying the Katherine Floral duvet cover for a while because it was on sale for $69.99 (which makes anyone PB-obsessed wanna slap their grandma!), and I was getting tired of having an unsophisticated neon pink & green guest bedroom. I seriously wonder what I was thinking when I purchased that comforter set in college. Now hopefully our guest bedroom will start to look a little more like this:

After that we were on our way to our first activity of the night, which was line dancing lessons at the Country Club. Seeing as Kyle and I both grew up listening to country music in the golden age of the 90's, this was right up our alley. I am ashamed to say I don't own a pair of cowboy boots (I know, it's like a Southern sin) but I did manage to find some suitable shoes and we had an absolute blast! I already told Kyle that we have to go back. For anyone in the Augusta area, the Country Club offers free lessons every Friday and Saturday night if you are interested!


From there we headed downtown to eat dinner at Frog Hollow, which is the complete opposite end of the spectrum from line dancing lessons. But you didn't hear me complaining, especially since Frog Hollow gets all their ingredients from local farmers and they had a bevy of dishes and drinks involving peaches (aka the love of my life).


Saturday went on like a normal Saturday in the Fenton household, until Kyle came home from the grocery store and put a TON of hamburger and hotdog buns on the counter. When I asked him why he bought so many, he said they were having an awesome B1G1 sale, but I just kinda looked at him like mmm hmm. He later confessed that I had it figured out, that there would be people coming over to grill-out for dinner, but he didn't tell me exactly who. So that part was still a surprise! Unfortunately we did not snap a single photo that night, but most of the people in this picture below from our small group were there so it's a proper substitute.

As you can see, we have fun together, and Saturday was no exception. We had a great time hanging out with everyone.

At one point in the evening, all the guys managed to gather in one room and the girls in another (isn't that how it always goes?). When Kyle asked me what the girls talked about, I said babies. When I asked Kyle what they talked about, he said different times they've thrown up or gotten seriously injured. I guess boys will be boys and girls will be girls, right?

And just when you thought I would make it through a post without pictures of Doc, you are wrong. My sincerest apologies. After church on Sunday, Doc had his first play date with Sterling, Sam and Amanda's 1-year-old Weimaraner.

It was pretty hot outside, so after an initial meeting at a nearby park and playing fetch with the tennis ball, we went back to Sam & Amanda's house and filled up the kiddie pool with some nice cold water for Doc and Sterling to play in.

But Doc wasn't having any of it. We managed to get him in the pool, but he just stood there super stiff with claws at the ready to escape. Kind of like a cat. So now we call him cat-dog (don't be impressed with our creativity).

Eventually Sterling and Doc became buddies and they couldn't stop play-wrestling with each other, but occasionally I think Doc would suddenly become aware of Sterling's size and he would retreat behind a chair or under the side table. Like I said, cat-dog. But the best part was that there were two extremely tired dogs at the end of the day, which is always good news for Weimaraner owners. We are gonna have to do this more often!

Thanks again to everyone who called, texted or Facebooked to wish me a happy birthday. Y'all are simply the best!

Monday, June 20, 2011

First Blogiversary!

Well hello there, sneaky little Blogiversary! I was just thinking how it was probably around this time last year that I first started blogging. When I went to look back at my first post, sure enough, it was on June 17, 2010. Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit!

{Photo by Rachel of Millie Holloman Photography}

What a year it has been on this blogging adventure. When I think about where I was in life at this time last year, it blows my mind. Kyle and I were only married a little more than three months, I had just accepted my job at GHSU, and we were still trying to find a solid Christian community to plug in to. I started this blog with the purpose of having a creative outlet (though most of the time it's just an outlet and not necessarily creative, haha!) and to stay in touch with family and friends. But the community it brings has opened up a world of inspiration and encouragement that I never would have known apart from it! I am so thankful I started this little blog and hope to continue as long as I am able.

With that said, most people write about their "blog goals" on their Blogiversary, but since it sneaked up on me and all, I have no such thing prepared. There are a few plans in the works for this little here blog, but nothing I can share right now. Oh the suspense!

Anyway, moving on...

I am continuing the tradition of reading two books at once. I really need to stop doing that! This time the Augusta-Richmond County Library was my enabler. I was happily reading The Last Song, but went ahead and placed a hold on The Help because there was a ridiculous wait time on it.

And then last Wednesday I got this happy little e-mail saying that The Help was ready for pickup. Whatever happened to the thirty-day wait time, I don't know, but I am not complaining! I'm only on the fourth chapter and this book is already cracking me up. If you've got Southern roots, you'll especially appreciate the spot-on voices Stockett uses to tell her story. I can't wait to finish it (and The Last Song, too)!

We had lots of fun at Lake Oconee this weekend celebrating Father's Day. Doc even went swimming for the first time! I got it all on video and will share as soon as I can get it uploaded to Vimeo. :)

Make it a Monday Funday y'all!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Just A Few Things...

My Mother-In-Law and I made a Key Lime Cake last Saturday before the wedding. It was divine. And it realllly made me want to be at the beach. But alas, I forgot to get the recipe from her so I cannot share the goodness with you. But I can at least share its prettiness with you (minus my horrible icing job. I blame it on the Georgia heat!).

Leah and Matt's wedding was dee-light-ful! I especially loved everything about the decorations Leah chose. Hydrangeas, curly willow, pharmacy bottles. Loved it!
Kyle's parents, Eric + Lynn

Kyle + Isaac

The tripod wives! Brittany, Leah and me.

Doc is getting a little better at playing fetch. He will start to bring the Frisbee/tennis ball back in your general direction, but then at the last minute he veers off to the side to lay down and chew on it. What a little tease!

We are hosting our Small Group Bible Study at our house tonight, so Kyle and I have been running around like mad trying to clean the house. I've been having to constantly remind myself not to fall into the Martha-trap and be so distracted with cleaning and preparing that I forfeit time at Jesus' feet. That is the only preparation that really matters! And if you have a little second, please pray for Kyle as he is leading the discussion tonight. I'm excited about having everyone over, and hopefully I can snap a few pics of our group since we don't have any yet.
Later y'all! Tomorrow is Friday, yay!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Happy Anniversary to the A-Team!

Wishing a Happy Anniversary to my sister, Ashley, and her husband, Alan! They are celebrating three years of marriage today. I can't believe it's been that long already! Here are a few of my favorite photos from that beautiful day in June. All, of course, taken by the brilliant Shannon Belletti.

We love y'all!


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