Capturing Moments.

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This weekend was so nice and relaxing.  Brian and I rode to Tishomingo to check out our wedding venue one last time before it's time to celebrate!  His mom and sister's family went with us and we made it a family day taking some pictures and enjoying some "off" time from wedding planning.


Aren't these boys handsome? They were so excited for our "day out" and we made some good memories.  I would really love to take them back to Tishomingo in the Spring and get some family time in hiking some of the various trails.

We, of course, took time out to get some pictures made.



I'm so ready for these sweet boys to officially be my nephews!  13 Days!

Getting To Know You #2

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During our last Getting to Know You link-up, we found out some great things about some of you ladies.  Today we are excited to bring this opportunity back!  We hope you link-up and participate with us at MS Women Bloggers!

Here’s ROUND TWO of questions…

Mississippi Women Bloggers

1. What is your favorite thing to do in your hometown?
-Corinth, MS is a good, small little town where everyone "knows your name".  I love to just go to a ballgame, see people and wave.  I love small town life.

2. What is the best vacation spot in Mississippi?
-If you are a history buff, then right here in my hometown is the spot for you.  You read about it in your history books and it is (literally) at the end of my road.

3. Tell us about the most fun date night idea in Mississippi.
-Well, living in a small town has it's advantages, and disadvantages.  With that said, the number of things to do on a date night in my hometown are limited.  We have the movies, a few nicer places to go eat, and even fewer stores to go shopping at; however, we still know how to have a good time with what we have.  So to me, a perfect date night in MS would be to go riding the backroads, listening to some good music, and then ending the night with a good movie and popcorn at home. :)

4. What is one fun fact that very few people know about you?
-I actually really love giving more than receiving.  I will give my last dollar to someone in need instead of keeping it for myself.

5. Who is your favorite sports team (if you have one) and how did it start?
-Honestly, I can't say that I'm big into sports.  I like the experience of games in person, but on television I get really distracted with my phone (Hello, Pinterest!).  But I have to pick my rebels.  I went to Ole Miss so that's where I have to honor; however, Brian is a MSU fan, so I'll pull for them too.  As long as it's not against Ole Miss. :)

6. What are your top three “Best Eats” in Mississippi?
1.  BottleTree Bakery-Oxford, MS
2.  Russel's Beef House- Corinth, MS
3.  Old Venice Pizza Company- Oxford, MS

7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
-I will still be married to the love of my life, and hopefully watching over a child or two. :)

8. If you could choose an actress to play you in real life, who would you choose and why?
-I'm not really sure.  Honestly, I don't want a lot of movies/tv so to pick an actress would be sort of hard for me.  I don't get into the "celebrity" stuff like most people.

9. What is a southern tradition you and your family have? (Note: Get your guest posts on “Traditions” ready for December!)
-I'm not sure we really have any "traditions", but Christmas is always a fun holiday around my house because ever since I bought my house in 2008 I have hosted Christmas.  This will be my first married Christmas so I'm looking forward to trying a new routine out and coming up with some "traditions" of my own to start!

10. List 5 things on your Bucket List you hope to do before you die.
1. Have a child.
2. Visit NYC (again.)
3. Cruise to the Virgin Islands
4. Visit Hawaii.
5. Finish my family ancestry.

Rules:
  1. Write a post answering the above questions, and post it today (Thursday, September 26.)
  2. Grab the button code, and add it to your post.
  3. Come back to us to link up said post.
  4. Grab a big glass of sweet tea, and meet the ladies ’round our Mississippi Women Bloggers table!

P.S.- Please start thinking about what YOU would love to know about other bloggers and submit those questions to mississippiwomenbloggers@gmail.com with the subject "Getting To Know You".  We would LOVE to include your thoughts. 


CHECK.

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Life is just flying by, ya'll.  I'm 17 days away from my wedding day and I've been recently knocking things off that massive list that I've mentioned before.  It feels SO good to cross some of those things that have been looming for months on the list officially OFF.

Just in the last week:
-Marriage license
-Picked up garter
-Picked up Jenna's headpiece
-Finished Blake, Bryce, and Brad's bowties
-Ordered the cookies
-Received the plates/forks/cups for reception
-Dropped off picture for the newspaper
-Trial hair run
-Completed all wedding items that had be built
-Started organizing the "wedding supplies"

I would say it's been a GOOD week for marking things off.  I still have several things to do, but I'm feeling better and better every minute.

17 days ladies.. bare with me.  And pray for me to make it through.  I can't wait to get to show all the finished products off on my wedding reviews.





Rain...Shoppers?

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This weekend was the annual Countrywood Sale, except this year it went  little differently....


WET.

It rained ALL. DAY. on us Friday as we tried to shop, but we didn't let it stop us.  We rode in the rain and had a blast!  Luckily, Saturday was MUCH better weather and the trip was a success!

I really should have made a list of all the goodies, but I didn't. Ooops.  But I do have something exciting to share.  Keeping Up With Kayla is getting a new home.  No, I'm not moving or anything like that.  I bought a desk this weekend that will serve as the KUWK headquarters! Unfortunately, the room that my office will be occupying is serving as my wedding storage room for now, so the pictures will come later.  I really can't wait to get it set up!

What did you do with your weekend? :)


Countdown Madness

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Time is ticking, ya'll....
 
 
Eeeeek! :) 

 


Every second counts..

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Do you know what...
  • 63,158,400 seconds
  • 1,052,640 minutes
  • 17,544 hours
  • 731 days
  • 104 weeks (rounded down)
equals?

Two years with this wonderful man.
He has seen me at my best, at my worst, and every day in between.

He has my heart, loves my soul, and completes who I am.



And we are 25 days away from starting a new timeline.  

I simply cannot wait to be Mrs. White.



It's not the end..

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One month from today, I will become Mrs. White.  I will wake up with thoughts and nerves and I will go to bed with relief and (well worth it!) exhaustion.  It feels like just yesterday we were starting this journey planning and now it's almost here.

People keep asking me if I'm ready.  My answer is always a very quick "Yes!" because I have never felt more certain about something or someone before this man came into my life.


I love our completely goofy moments, usually after I say or do something completely off the wall. I love his caring heart and the way I feel after he tells me "Everything will be okay."  He's my best friend, through good times and bad and that will do nothing more but grow stronger in our marriage.

Next week, we celebrate our "last" anniversary as boyfriend/girlfriend and fiance's. We will start a new journey as man and wife and celebrate October's for the rest of our lives.

I'm so thankful for a man who loves me, loves the little moments in life, and knows how to make a good jug of sweet tea.  (His is better than mine!)

ABC's Of ME.

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A – AVAILABLE OR MARRIED.
 
33 Days until I'm MRS. WHITE and this cutie is my husband!
 
B – BOOK.
 
All time favorite = I truly cannot pick an ALL TIME favorite.  Way too many!
Childhood favorite = Little Women, Lousia May Alcott
Recent favorite = The Help, Kathryn Stockett
 
C – CAKE OR PIE.
 
D – DRINK OF CHOICE.  Sweet tea, Dr. Pepper, or Mt. Dew.
E – ESSENTIAL ITEM. Eyeliner and iPhone 5. ha!
F – FAVORITE COLOR. Brown, teal, or black.
 
G – GAME TO PLAY/WATCH. Watch/Baseball
 
H – HOMETOWN. Corinth, Mississippi
I – INDULGENCE. Anything with chocolate on it.. yum!
J – JOBS. Currently, a bank. Future- Who knows. 
K – KID(S) & NAMES. We don't have children yet, but we have picked out some names!
L – LIFE IS INCOMPLETE WITHOUT. My God, Brian, my family, and my friends & dogs.
M – MUSIC GROUP/SINGER. Anything Christian on K-LOVE.
N – NUMBER OF SIBLINGS.  Two, both older brothers.
O – ORANGES OR APPLES. I like both, but to eat them alone I would have to go with apples.
P – PHOBIAS/FEARS.  Small spaces.  I cannot stand it. 
Q – FAVORITE QUOTE.
"Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game." -Babe Ruth
R – REASON TO SMILE. My life.
S – SEASON.  Summer, I'm a beach-lover.
T – TATOOS. One. And no, I'm not showing it.  It's a ladybug on my right lower hip.
U – UNKNOWN FACTS ABOUT ME.  Um, I'm very OCD.  I can't stand things not being put back in "their" places or knowing I've barely done something to my ability.  I like a job well done in all things I do.  I also don't really enjoy crowds or being the center of attention.  I'm very much more senstive to how people view me than most realize. 
V – VEGETABLE YOU LOVE.  Squash and Okra.
W – WORST HABIT.  I have had the nasty habit of biting my nails for years now.  I started when I was in second grade (and I'm not almost 30!).  I've tried band-aids, nasty tasting polish, etc.  Nothing keeps me from it so lately I've just been keeping my nails in acrylic nails.  It works!
X – X-RAYS YOU’VE HAD.  Dental, spine, chest.
Y – YOUR FAVORITE FOOD.  Mexican, Italian, and "soul food".  I love LOTS of cheese and bread.  ((And my hips show it.))
Z – ZODIAC.  Pisces. I'm a water baby.

My faith

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As time gets quicker with my upcoming wedding, my nerves are getting shorter.  I find that I can't rememeber anything quite like I used to, and nothing seems more thrilling than getting an extra ten minutes of sleep.  BUT, in 37 days (Yes! only 37!) until I say "I Do.." to the man of my dreams, I've relied on my faith. 

Long before Brian and I got engaged, I had this idea of what I wanted my wedding to be like, look like, and feel like.  And for the most part, it's going to be that way.  There were things that I had to cut for budget reasons, or things I just knew would be too much of a hassle since the wedding is almost an hour away from my hometown.  As a whole, my "fairytale" day is well under way to unfold on October 12. 

However, that's not to say it has been an easy ride.  I'm very OCD about things getting done and while Brian and I have had busy lives ever singe our engagement, it's been difficult to throw in those "to do" things to soothe my OCD ways.  I've had nights I've cried to sleep, I've woke up angry at myself for getting so worked up over something so simple, and yet I still get upset and nervous when I think about what all is left to do.

I've joked for awhile that my to do list is getting longer rather than shorter, but now it's really getting to crunch time and I'm seeing some major things being finalized.  It's been a rewarding last few weeks for me to see some of these things really start to "come together" like everyone promised they would.

With that said, this weekend I have several things on my to do that I am determined to get accomplished.  To make me even more determined, I've calculated it up and we have five weeks to go.  That's only four weekends to get all the rest of the bigger projects done and ready. That makes my heart have some serious palpatations, ha!  Because the scary thing is, we have three nephews playing ball all in that time period too so we have to do the aunt/uncle duties on top of our wedding duties. 

If it seems like I am complaining, then I apologize. I have loved every single moment with Brian since we started dating, and being engaged to him has truly been a whirlwind.  This whole relationship has been a whirlwind romance, but what I AM trying to say is that I'm ready to be Mrs. White.  I want to put away the bridal books and dust off my cookbooks.  I want to feel a rush of excitment knowing I have a husband at home to help with things I struggle with.  I will fuss about him leaving the water on the sink, or him "not doing the laundry right" but it's those little things I sit here and smile thinking about.  I know Brian will find my flaws as much, if not more, than I will in him.  But we are on the brink of a wonderful life together and I couldn't be more thrilled to step into the journey with him by my side.

God really has been on our side.  We have learned how to respect one another on a different level than a lot of couples because we learned to adapt from past bad to seeing the good in one another.  We became each other's friend as our relationship grew and I truly think God placed us in each other's lives for that reason.  He kept Brian and I around each other when both of us had moments of hurt and confusion, but through God's grace He taught me to understand Brian in a multitude of different ways.  I prayed for understanding when it came to how to understand how Brian and I's differences were ever going to "work out" and how we could avoid ever feeling like we were at each other's end.  And then I believe God heard me and landed me right in front of Gary Chapman's book, The Five Love Languages.  I exploded with cheer and was constantly texting Brian to tell him why I acted certain ways and he others about situations.  It wasn't that he or I were wrong, it was that we were wanting the other to look at it from OUR point of view and that simply isn't how we as humans work.  If you've never read the book, please give it a shot.  It amazed me and I can't wait until after the wedding to get some more books to read into.  Yes, I'm sort of a self-help book snob.  I love them.

So while getting to know someone who has came from a hurtful past, allowing myself to open up to someone after a hurtful past, and dealing with life's crazy moments- there's no one else I'd rather be on the verge of marrying.  Brian is my soulmate and I cannot wait to be his wife.

End mushy post. ;)


Tan suits.

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This weekend was such a good time.  Saturday morning, my mom came to my house early to start preparing for my bridal shower.  Later that day, I was surrounded with lots of friends and family who took time out of their day for Brian and I's shower.  I was amazed at the wonderful gifts we received and will always have a good laugh when I think back on the memories of some.  Apparently everyone thought I needed new monogram ideas for the house, so I got several "W" things.  After the first few, it was quite comical.  But in all honesty, I love it and can't wait to hang them all up.  I've already been looking around on Pinterest for some monogram wall art ideas.

Monogram Wall (on a much smaller scale)Monogram wall decor...only with the letter "H"

Thoughts?

After the shower, Brian and I headed over to his sister's house for a dinner and a visit with his family. Sunday we went back over there to visit with his grandparents who were in for a visit for the holiday.  It was really nice seeing them and I can't wait to officially have them as my family as well.  *39 days*

And then since I was off on Monday, my mom, Jenna, and myself all went shopping and found my dad's suit to wear to my wedding.  I could so get off on a rant here but I leave it at the world needs more tan suits.  The end.

I really dread seeing this weekend come to an end.  I love having a relaxing weekend and even though Brian and I had to do a little running around, that's what this one was.  I just can't believe we only have six weeks until we are married and all these weekend parties and showers will be a thing of the past.  It just reminds me again of how blessed we truly are.

So now it's time for back to work.  But here's a little cutie to make the day better. Happy Tuesday!