Monday, August 25, 2014

Brittany's Graduation Party

{Written soon after Brit's graduation party, but just sharing now} You know when you plan on doing something and everything seems to go not as smooth as you were hoping? That was what our drive was like up to for Brit's party. 

First, we got a late start because Trav got out later than he was hoping. Then, he had the idea of taking a different way than we usually do. I told him that if he was going to be taking that route, there would be no way I would be even getting in the drivers seat (because I can't drive stick AND when there is a ton of traffic, there is no way I would drive). Travis still thought that although we may hit a little traffic, it wouldn't be that bad.

After being on the road for a little bit, Trav's recruiter called. He told him that at the time, the Army Reserve was already at their limit for CRNA's. We were a little disappointed, but we knew that at this time, it just wasn't meant to be. However, that since he would be one of the first ones to enter in October {earlier this week, we found out that it would be in November instead}.

After reaching Nashville, the traffic wasn't that bad, but right when we got out of Nashville, we came to stop. It was stop and go traffic for about an hour. Sadly, we found out that it was an accident on the other side of the road, where a person ended up dying. It happened at one o'clock in the afternoon, and they were still cleaning up at six o'clock while we were driving through.

After being in the car for what seemed like hours, the sun set and the pitch black set upon us. All of a sudden, some deer decided to cross as we near. I'm so glad Travis noticed it (because I probably wouldn't have), and tried to get away from the cars behind us. Travis got in the lane and put the brakes on. The car and the semi almost hit our rear end, but got away from us in the nick of time. Thankfully we didn't hit the deer either (otherwise, who would have known what would have happened) but we were only inches away. It was the scariest thing in our life. I can probably tell you that I saw what could have happened, and it wasn't pretty. 

We finally made it home, and we couldn't be more relieved.

Brit's big day arrived so fast {I'm telling you what - a weekend is not long enough to stay some place when you live out of town}. It was so nice to see friends and family. It was so nice to be able to talk to everyone in person. We missed them so.

Brittany, I am so proud of you. This is a day you will remember for the rest of your life. I am so excited for what the future holds for you.

Sweet baby Kendall, we love you and miss you more than anything. Our only few pictures with you; I cannot wait to meet you in heaven one day.


P.S. Mom, the food turned out amazing! :)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sweet Baby Kendall

God gained another angel - a very special one. Little Kendall. Kendall was only 35 weeks old and the most beautiful little baby I have ever seen. She was perfect in every single way. 

She was too perfect for earth.

My heart broke into a million pieces as I received a phone call from my best friend, Kate, at 4 in the morning that Kendall didn't make it. Baby Kendall gave Kate and Steven so much hope. 

Kendall is in such a beautiful place - far more than this world could ever provide for her. Although we wish Kendall was here physically and may never know the answers why she was taken way too soon, Kendall is beautiful and shining in heaven. 

Little Kenz Kenz (the nickname I gave her) is so lucky to have the best parents in the world, while they have the best little girl in the world. Kendall is being watched until they can meet be reunited, by Kate's mom, who is probably the happiest angel in heaven rocking her beautiful grand baby.

Kendall had a beautiful service. So many people came out to support Kendall and her parents. There were a lot of tears shed for such a precious life that will be so missed and thought of every day. 

I can't imagine what Kate and Steven are going through. Please keep Kate, Steven and baby Kendall in your prayers. 

We love you and miss you sweet Kenz Kenz.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding."
Proverbs 3:5

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Dr. Carson Book Tour

A friend invited Travis and I to the Ben Carson One Nation Book Tour in our area. Travis really wanted to go because he likes Ben Carson, but he got out of work later than expected so was unable to make it. I invited my friend, Caroline, with me because she is a fan of Dr. Carson and has even seen him speak last year.

We were pretty excited because who knows... he may become our next President if he decides to run.

We picked up his book One Nation and waited patiently in line. {I was actually surprised that the line moved pretty quickly with how many people were there}.

Then it was time. I shook Ben Carson's hand! 

So this is not exactly how I imagined my picture with the maybe-next-president-of-the-United-States. After all, I look like a cheese ball, but hey, never the less, I have a picture with him.

And now I have a book to read with his autograph. {I was planning on taking it to us on vacation to read on the beach, but I didn't want the sand to ruin it}.

Afterwards, we took some pictures next to Ben Carson's tour bus (because we're dorks like that).  

On the side of his bus it reads:
"What we can all do to save America's future"
All in all, I am excited to read his book.

If you'd like to learn more about Ben Carson or want to know what Mr.Carson is up to, you can visit this website.

Monday, July 21, 2014

This & That

I feel like I haven't posted in YEARS! Okay, so it's only been a little bit of time, but still. I have a lot of things to post, but I've been busy and a little lazy at the same time, so it'll come sooner than later :)

*Some good friends invited us to Myrtle Beach in June, so we ended up going, we LOVED it :) It was so nice to relax and not have to worry about anything.

*I'm so excited to tell you that my photography business is doing GREAT! I feel like I will be busy for a while. I have cut back editing photos on the weekend though to spend more time with Trav since we don't have that much time together. AND.. I downloaded the trial of Lightroom 5. At first I hated it because it takes so darn long on trying to figure out how to even work it, but then, my pictures looks so much better than if I were to edit them with the other editor {so I'm pretty sure that I am going to get it since I have been saving up}. Hence:
{You can see more photos at Lilley Pad Photography}

*After vacation, I did a photoshoot of the one posted above. Well, behold, I got poison ivy. That was uh, fun, I guess you could say. And because I was scared that it was spread from sweat, I took a little break from running. I finally got into it back today and I am trying to run three miles most of the time. It feels good to run again. {P.S. never in my wildest imagination did I ever think I would say that}. Oh, and Trav let me get some new running clothes. I think he felt bad that I was always complaining about how hot it was.

*I signed up for my first 5k race. I am so excited because I have always wanted to do the color run because if you look at the pictures, it looks like so much fun. I am actually going to be walking it though. Say what?! That is because I am doing it with my best friend and she would have just had a baby. My first running 5k I am planning on doing with Trav.
*We have been able to cross some of the things we wanted to do off our summer bucket list
*Trav is now a SENIOR!!!! I'm doing a happy dance as I write this (in my head of course because you can't dance and type at the same time). LOL.
*Although Trav made it to join the Army Reserve, it is full of CRNA's. They told us that he would be able to get in Oct, than they called and said that it would now be November. So we're just waiting.

{Fur} Babies:
*Travis killed a HUGE spider the other day in our house after we got back from vacation. We think it was in the house for a while because Jax hissed at something prior to us going on vacation by our laundry room. Jax never hisses and because we couldn't move the washer and dryer, we didn't see anything. Then one day we saw Payson looking at something in the middle of the night. We turned on the light, and there it was. You guys, I'm not joking, it was MASSIVE and it had such a thick body. It probably didn't help that I screamed and ran away after seeing it. But afterwards, Jax has been so content {I think he missed us while we were gone, and he especially likes loving up on daddy}
Gracie is still hiding from the whole spider incident.
*I caught Tatum checking himself in the mirror {he does that time to time because he knows he is hot stuff}, and as soon as I pulled my camera, I found Gracie checking out herself as well. Trig is just in the background, doing his own thing. LOL. Good thing Tatum can't take selfies - we'd be in trouble. Ha.

*The dogs are just so darn cute! Gracie LOVES her brothers.


*We've been watching our friend's dog, Callie.

*Callie and Trig decided that since the front door opened because Trav came home that it was apparently OKAY to run out the door and have Dad and friend, Andy, chase them all around the neighborhoods.
*Well poor Trig came back with his foot bleeding and some of his padding on his other feet pretty banged up, where he is now wearing booties. It first started out like this:

Tatum feels so bad for little Trig.

Poor Trig. He now has booties that we had in our stash of dog clothes {who said that dog clothes don't come in handy?} Hopefully though, that will teach him a lesson.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Weighing In

Travis has been wanting to join the Army Reserves for a really long time. He knew the biggest challenge would be the weigh in.

When Trav sets his mind to something - he accomplishes it. He lost over 30 pounds all together!

I was so relieved when I saw this text message the day he went to weigh in:

So what did this boy want to celebrate when he got home???! Wings of course. So wings he got.

Have you ever seen anyone happier to eat wings?

And what's a celebration without dessert? I mean it was a very special day! Instead of having something with a ton of left overs (I was planning on making him cake) that we would eat throughout the next couple days, we got shakes from Sonic.


I couldn't be more proud of him. He has worked so extremely hard. 


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