Friday, May 24, 2013

My Little Sis

I told you I was going to break out the camera. After saying that, you should know that my sister is going to be my first model. She is beautiful, and being a woman, I don't think she always feels that way. Here are some of my favorite photos of her photo shoot:

Is she beautiful or what?!

Anyways, I'm pretty excited because I'm hopefully going to shoot a couple more shots of paper later. The weather is beautiful currently, and I want to go out and enjoy every little bit of it. I hope you are all doing the same.

And yes, if you haven't noticed, there is a name of "Lilley Pad Photography". This is because people said I should put my name on the photos. My name is no longer unique as it used to be with my maiden name, so Trav came up with it since we always call our home the "Lilley Pad". And yes, I know that I am not at all a true "photographer", but I couldn't just call my photos the "Lilley Pad", so I had to add "Photography" to the end of it. As of right now, I'm new at everything, but I really enjoy taking photos of others. 

So let the truth be told: what do you think?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Pre-warning: You may not want to read this post if you get freaked out easily. 

I am so thankful that we're going to be on vacation in a few days. Travis and his classmates all have a tad of "senioritis (haha, they are just in their beginnings of CRNA school) let's refer it to as vacationitis". They study day and night, with hardly a break in between, so it is much needed. Poor things.

I am just in need time of relaxation. And I deeply miss spending time with my husband. So a vacation is much needed and I'll gladly take it. I'm also excited to see friends and family as well.

We also have been experiencing a couple things that I have been too embarrassed to tell you guys this past month, but it now causes for a good laugh.

Ringworm. It has been crazy. We have dealt with it before, but nothing like this. I first took little Payson to the vet to get his shots and I mentioned these little "spots" that I've noticed. The vet on an emergency call, and they looked at it and announced that "I should just keep my eyes on it." Yah, and a week later, Jax had it all over his face; bad. I took him to the vet, again, the vet wasn't in the office (apparently, she's on a lot of emergency calls), and someone else looked at it and said it seemed to look like ring worm. *This was not a professional, just someone in the office, and I did not pay for the service*  They told us that we could get a spray for it, but since it was on their face, that a cream would be better. So I searched for a 2% antifungal cream; Walgreens and Krogers only had it in a spray. So what is a girl to do? I got the 1% Terbinafine Hydrochloride Cream 1 % and ordered special antifungal shampoo that cost $20! Some days it would look better than others (some of the spots around his ear started clearing up and hair grew back), and other days it would look way, way worse, but after reading information about ring worm it seems to get worse before it gets better, so we continued to put cream on it. I had to sweep the carpet like crazy, put tons of spray on our furniture, rent a carpet cleaner to clean the floors and the furniture (which both look pretty awesome now), give cats baths twice a week (which is already crazy to do), wash the beds/sheets/toys constantly, and put medication on cats that want run away frantically when they see you putting gloves on. Not only were the cats going insane with everything that was going on, but we were acting like big looney's.

Bed Bug Scare. Trav and I went outside around my birthday to clean up the yard. I came in with a massive bug bite on my neck. I guess that's normal here for these parts of the woods. I put some cream on it, and it went away a couple days later (one of my co-workers remarked how white trash I was with a hickey! LOL. She was joking people, but it was pretty intense). Trav woke up the next morning and noticed huge red marks all over his back. He panicked. For some reason, he did research and thought they were "bed bugs" because days later the red marks kept spreading on his back and they itched him like crazy. He kept telling me this and naturally I freaked out, even though I insisted that wasn't it (it would be all over his back and all over me), but Trav is a nurse, so I figured he would know more than me. I probably scared a couple of people when I asked if they had anything for bed bugs, etc. My natural concern was, "What are people going to think?" "We're going to have to stay somewhere" "We're going to have to get an exterminator" "We're going to have to get new everything". It was pretty intense and pretty scary. Trav got annoyed when I told him that we didn't have them because I was ignoring the fact after he looked in our beds and sheets and found no residence of them). When he showed it to a friend they told him it wasn't bed bugs, just a bug bite. He didn't believe it and was still freaking out. He finally asked another friend who looked at it and said, "Dude, it's poison ivy. I had it a while back and it looked just like that" Bahahahahaahaha. He has to get cream, and we still have to wash the sheets, but Trav finally stopped freaking out. Good one, Trav. (I still love you). He also gets scrubbed twice daily along with a no-charge massage of rubbing some sort of poison ivy cream by yours truly. (Okay, maybe that was too much information).

Cat Mange Scare. When I realized that the "ringworm" was not going away, I freaked out even more. I looked up the symptoms of feline mange. (Not like I wanted to) and realized that our cats a different vet this time and was able to get them in. After all, the cats have been miserable, they look and feel awful. They did a skin scrape. Negative. They looked at them under the light for ringworm; negative. They then looked at Jax's tail region to look at that "balding spot" and they think it's abscessed. Which I feel terrible for not taking him in sooner. The place that I got him from said that the bald spot was from surgery and that his hair would grow back. I saw that it was growing, and again when I went to the vet, they acted like it was no big deal. So about $100 dollars later, we got steroids for the cats (since they were so inflamed probably from all the anti-fungal cream we were loading them on and the shampoo). Now that they are back home, we are under strict orders not to put any cream or give them any more baths with that shampoo. Jax also came home with some medication *Pouty face*. I'm just glad that it's not mange and the ring worm portion is over so now our babies can finally start to feel better. I mean how sad and awful they look:

And maybe, just maybe, little Jax will feel so much better, that he will bloom. He has bloomed a lot since getting Payson, but became depressed when he wasn't feeling well. When he's not in so much pain, I think he will be happier than ever. 

After all said and done, I'm ready for this vacation.

So did I completely freak you guys out? 

Also, please pray for Trav as he has one last final coming up. Thanks lovelies.

Monday, May 13, 2013

My Hubby is Sweet

Trav is incredible at remembering little things. Our seven months didn't even cross my mind - yet it crossed Trav's and I got this sweet text message this morning. I can't believe how fast this year has gone, meaning that October will be here faster than later and we will have our first year of marriage together. I'm so glad that I get to spend the rest of my life with the love of my life.

Trav's Future Predicted?

Have I ever told you about this little piece of paper?

Trav's grandma always cut out the grandkids horoscopes and sends them to us. This horoscope was dead on. For some reason, I decided to keep this on the fridge for motivation for Trav. However, we didn't look at it until later on in the year.

In April, Trav went to Tennessee for an interview with his current school. 
May through August, we found out that Trav got into school, so not only were we planning a wedding, but also planning on making out big move. We weren't able to tackle any other projects other than that. 2012 was crazy busy, and we learned a lot.
January 2013, Trav started school. This will lead him in so many new directions and will direct us in life.

Isn't that crazy accurate? 

Thanks Grandma for his horoscope, I can't wait to see what next year will hold! :)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mamma's Day Scare

After church today, I looked at my phone and realized that I had a missed call. I listened to the voice mail from my daddy who stated to call him back as soon as I got this message. I knew something was wrong when I realized that he left the message at 7 this morning. I called back. My mom answered, who sounded completely exhausted.

She told me that this morning she was in a lot of pain and there was a lot of pressure on her chest. It was so extremely painful that she cried (my mom is always a pretty strong person). My dad rushed her into a clinic, which thankfully was not busy at the time so they were able to get her in right away. They gave her an EKG test.

It came back fine. Thank the Lord. The doctor stressed that it may not be 100% accurate and that she needs to go to the doctor to get some blood work taken to verify everything is alright. They just thought it was acid reflex.

My mom is such a beautiful person and I am so blessed to have her as my Momma. She is the most amazing woman I know. She is beautiful inside and out and I hope to follow her example as she is such a great mother. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful mother. It's a pretty scary thing to know that someone you love, has something that might be wrong. Please keep her in your prayers for her blood work results come in. Thank you.

Friday, May 10, 2013

I Picked Up the Camera

 Trig is a morning puppy, so he was excited to start the day as you see in the photos, unlike Tatum who was still waking up.

One of the things that I love the most to do is photography. 

It's one of my passions.
I can tell you that I LOVE my DLRR. It's incredible. 
The picture quality is awesome.
Although I love my camera, I haven't put it through too much use.
It's big, bulky, heavy, and sadly, I only know how to use it in auto.
I decided that I want to put it back to use.
I took some photos outside of our babies, and I remember just how much I love my camera. 
And how I want to photograph more.
Instead of photographing objects and just fur babies, maybe people.
Maybe capture their moments of happiness, love, family and any passions that they may have.
When I go back to Indiana, depending on the weather (hopefully it'll be beautiful out), I have asked to take photos of some friends.
I'm pretty excited.
I want to take photos of Bri and her girls, Kate and Steven, Trav's grandparents, etc.
Now, they will be nowhere near professional. We all know that.
And I have no idea how they will turn out.
But hopefully it'll capture some of their fun personalities, and be a little more interesting than just plain studio pictures.
I even thought about taking some pictures of people in Tennessee, and I brought it up to a couple of people.
Word got around.
And I have already been asked to do some photos of someone starting a clothing line.
It's not going to be crazy amazing, but it's a start.
For doing something that I like, I'm pretty excited.
I will have great subjects to photograph, I will just now need to learn to use my camera.
And find a good photo editor.

Does anyone know a good free (as that is all I can afford right now) photo editor? I use Picasa, but I'm no where near in love with it.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

DIY Dresser Makeover

I found this beauty at a Goodwill store. We were going to put it in our room, but decided that it would look better in the guest room. 

The first thing I did was used a sander before painting. Next, I used a roller for the paint.

Afterwards, I sprayed painted the handles black.

Today it looks like:

I'm glad that we didn't paint it black because it would have hidden all the little detail.

I think it looks wonderful in the guest room. I just wish I would have gone over it one more time with a coat of paint, but I didn't realize it, until I started taking pictures.

All that is missing now is just a lamp and some curtains, but because this room is hardly ever used, I think it will be okay for now.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

A Vision From God

At church today, the pastor gave us some "homework" which including going home and reading a couple of bible verses a day to find out where exactly God wants us in life to take this journey. We will be having another church site that is intended to reach non-believers. God is taking our church in one direction, to reach those who have never felt God's presence before. Everyone is precious to God and everyone deserves to know him. We want to know where we should go from here. There are some questions that are asked. Do we need to pray? Do we need to help? Do we need to give? 

The pastor wanted us to read these verses:

*2 Peter 3:9 - The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

*Luke 9:23 - Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me."

*Luke 15:4-7 - Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, "Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep." I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who does not need to repent.

Also, we listened as he read a biography about Nicky Cruz (true story), some might know him by "Run Baby Run". 
You can learn more about Nicky here.

Although I'm not sure where God wants me to do with praying/volunteering/etc for the new church.

I do know that God wants me to help children. Children like Nicky, never felt what love was like. Every child deserves love. There is no child that is unloveable. 

Travis and I know pray that God will lead us to the right direction on what he wants us to do. We believe that God will want us to take some mission trips and help people from other countries. I also believe that God wants us to perhaps adopt/foster.

We will see where our calling lands, once Trav graduates. Whenever we settle, we do want to make plans on adoption/fostering kids that might be in need. It may be across the world or maybe perhaps within the same state, but wherever he takes us, we will follow.

Please pray for us for guidance and direction for us, the church, and others all over the world.

Tatum Turned Three!

To be honest, we really don't know when Tatum's birthday is, but we celebrate it on May 5th.

We didn't do a big birthday celebration, but it was just enough to show him how much we love him. Trav stayed home for several hours, and we went on a walk. 

He didn't get much this year, but he did get a "grumpy" bandana. We can't wait to show it to his grandparents when we go back to Indiana!

Tatum has been a little grumpy lately, but I think thats because he is missing his daddy. 

So for his birthday he got lots of kisses and lots of loving from his parents and brothers. That's all he needs.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Backyard Makeover

Flowers are starting to bloom, the smell of freshly mowed grass is starting to arise, and people are finally starting to come out from hiding - can only mean one thing: Spring is finally here!

Thanks to all the rain, our backyard was becoming a jungle. To say it needed a little  much TLC would be an understatement. We decided to not wait until last minute to fix up the yard like we did at our last house, because the new home owners got to enjoy our  yard more than we did. We want to enjoy this yard before we sell again, and hopefully it'll add a little more character to potential home buyers.

We had two major sections that needed work done, and thanks to Trav, he helped me out a lot by cutting some of the trees and branches down:



Coming along


Here's the other part of our yard.




For the first time this year, I have completed a project that I started. *Does happy dance* Now maybe I can finish some other projects around the house? Maybe, just maybe?

Another Year Older

It's already May! The other day when I looked at something to ship from online, when it said "May 6th" I was completely turned off. "How could they wait to ship it that long?"... Well duh, May was only a couple days away. Ha.

On May 1st, I turned 26. Trav took me out to celebrate my birthday a day before. I came home from work to a yard that was freshly mowed, the house cleaned and these beautiful flowers.

My husband is amazing and treats me like a princess. 

He then took me out to Cheddars (one of my favorite places to eat) and I ordered a shot, a margarita and some pasta.

I needed the shot because, even though I work retail, my customers were really rough that day, yelling at me for the smallest reasons (one because I asked for his ID because he wrote a check, another because the muzzles we had at the store wasn't good enough quality, etc.) 

So when I got home to my wonderful husband, our fur babies, and everything Trav did, my day instantly became 100% better.

I don't mind getting older (even though I think I had a melt down for my last birthday because I was half of 50). I actually like it. I feel wiser and just so much more experienced. Does anyone else feel that way, or am I just a weirdo? LOL.

Also, Travis and I will be doing a wine and canvas thing when we go back to Indiana (it's not a couple's night though, because they don't have a couple's night when we're back in Indiana). I am pretty excited about that, and these delicious cupcakes:

I am also loving this bracelet from Grandma L.

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