five things

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on our way back from vacation, ike and i stopped by tallulah falls gorge and went in the gift shop to get a few local gifts for our lovely fathers. as you probably know by now, i’ve called ike “bear” or “little bear” since the very beginning of our relationship. it’s an affectionate nickname that hopefully doesn’t embarrass him too much. as we headed to check out, there was a display of these cuties on the counter, and of course i picked one up. ike immediately told me to get it for my nightstand, which i thought was precious! i know it’s not his most favorite nickname, but i love that he understands me. 

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in an effort to try new recipes, i made these brussel sprouts and they were DELICIOUS. seriously. even if you aren’t a fan of brussel sprouts, i can’t imagine anyone not liking this recipe. they smelled heavenly before they were even baked. they’re super easy to make— i chose to go without bacon because we had just eaten bacon with breakfast. regardless, try these: http://thehealthyfoodie.com/2013/04/18/oven-roasted-brussel-sprouts-with-smokey-bacon/.

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last week was “five days straight” with the youth, meaning we were busy all week. any down time at home was spent napping, and i snapped this cute shot before i fell asleep. ike was already passed out, but he still held my hand. i’ve tried to focus lately on the sweet moments that otherwise may get overlooked, and this is one of those 🙂

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excuse the morning eyes, but it’s too sweet of a picture not to post! ike left for an out of state gig late tuesday night. when her dad’s gone, i let scout sleep with me (for protection and because it’s so stinking cute). she usually wakes me up around 7 to go pee, but this particular morning she slept in. i woke up and as soon as i moved, she turned her head to look at me, and then snuggled in really close. that never happens! she just laid there for a few more minutes before jumping off the bed to let me know it was time to get up.

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we never go on actual dates, like dinner + a movie. in fact, i think we’ve only done that once in our whole relationship. but when we’re in peachtree city at dinner time and don’t have any plans for cooking, we tend to go to kobe for their incredible sushi. it’s actually where we had our first date, so we love reminiscing about it. sushi dates are my absolute favorite.

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the “it” piece

i’m going to come right out and say it, i’m obsessed with furniture shopping. that being said, i’ve done very little of it in my lifetime. i’m more of a window shopper when it comes to furniture because up until six months ago, the only furniture i felt i needed was the stuff that came in a box from target/walmart. you know, the furniture that comes in about 20 pieces, plus screws, nails, those plastic things shaped like nails, etc. my college rooms were filled with the cheapest stuff that still looked semi-decent. fast forward to now, when i’m trying everyday to make our house look more like a put together home than a hodge-podge of hand-me-downs. since we won’t be living in this particular place for years to come, i haven’t bothered to buy any furniture because i’m afraid of wasting money on something that won’t work in our future homes. i know this will always be a concern, so i’m trying to move past it.

one piece of furniture that i’ve been obsessing over for many, many months is a mid-century wooden dresser like this:

i just love the square shape with the peg legs, and the simplicity of it all. well, these bad boys cost a pretty penny. in fact, there’s a similar one on ebay for around $799… 

generally, these pieces are from the company Bassett Furniture, which is probably why they’re so expensive. i scour craigslist pretty much every other day in search of something similar because not only do i love it, but ike does as well. score.

      

i’m almost to the point where i refuse to settle for anything else, so until i find a reasonably priced lookalike, i’ll keep searching. 

 

how gorgeous are they? i would love a horizontal dresser to use as a media cabinet under our TV so we could hide our cords and DVD’s. i would also love one similar to this to use as a dish hideaway:

all that being said, if you run across one, i’m begging you to let me know. i will be forever indebted to you!

six months ago

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we have officially made it through six months of wedded bliss as of today! this past week, we’ve been saying “six months ago today, we were on our way to our rehearsal dinner,” etc. and finally, today marks six months that i’ve been blessed with a wonderful husband who shows me the love of Christ everyday. 

all day i’ve been thinking about what to write here— how do i describe the past six months? how do i write about the incredible memories that we’ve already made: the laughs we’ve shared (a lot), the meals we’ve made, the miles we’ve driven, the moments where we catch each other’s eye and just smile because we’re so stinking happy? that last part probably sounds corny, but it happens everyday.

every time i wake up next to ike i’m reminded of the commitment that we made on december 15, 2012. i was so relaxed on our wedding day, and i was determined to stay that way so i could enjoy the best day of my life. we ate, we danced, we laughed (so much so that half of our pictures together are us laughing), hugged lots of people, and kissed as much as possible. ike kept whispering in my ear, “look around at everyone here for us, and soak it all in.” 

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i don’t think i’ve ever felt as loved and blessed as i did on that day. having our loved ones surround us in prayer during the ceremony is a memory that i’ll treasure forever. ike and i still talk about how powerful hunter’s prayer was.

as i was thinking about what to write, i kept thinking of ike’s qualities that i adore so much. i made a mental list of things that i wish for every girl to find in a partner. some of them are things that i didn’t even think to look for in a partner, but things that i’ve since realized i cherish.

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1. find that guy who can not only make you laugh uncontrollably, but can also laugh at himself. ike is known as a jokester to anyone who’s ever spent two seconds with him, and i love that. he can instantly lighten the mood, and he often has everyone around him in stitches. not only is he hysterical, but ike doesn’t take himself too seriously, which allows him to be light-hearted and open. one characteristic that i’ve valued in our relationship is that he isn’t prideful and receives advice well, which i don’t believe to be a common thing to find in a man. he’s taught me so much about remaining humble to ensure constant growth in our characters.

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2. find that guy who will let loose and enjoy the moment. ike and i were literally the first and last people on the dance floor at our reception. the only times we left were to cut the cake, take a few pictures, and get another beer. find a man that is easy-going, and life gets so much easier.

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3. find that guy that will look at you like this. seriously, how precious is this? and no, it wasn’t staged. i might be bragging a bit here, so please excuse me. what i mean to say is, find that person that will look at you like nothing else in the whole entire world matters one tiny bit. the look that makes you feel like you’re the only person in the universe. 

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4. find that guy that makes you proud to be his. ike makes me indescribably proud, every single day. not only am i proud of his character, his work ethic, his heart, his values, etc… but all of those things make me infinitely proud to be his wife. find a guy that makes you feel like you’ve won the partner lottery. 

5. find that guy that will pray with you and for you.  i love the times that we pray for each other, both out loud and silently. anytime i’m sick, my back is sore, or i feel a cold coming on, ike immediately prays over me. the power of prayer is so real, and i value ike’s willingness to stop and pray for me no matter where we are— for instance, in the middle of the produce section in publix. 

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the list could go on and on, but i’ll save that for another post. these are just a few things on the long list of characteristics that i cherish about my husband. after six months of marriage, i love him more today than i ever have. more than i ever thought possible. and i’m thankful daily for a Father that so carefully orchestrated this union. 

happy six months, bear. i love you lots.

five things

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last sunday, ike got home from a 2+ day trip for a wedding they played in north carolina. he managed to catch a few hours of sleep in the van, got home just before 7am, and climbed into bed after a long shower. i spent the next few hours doing some online window shopping and drinking delicious coffee. around 10:30, i decided that i’d waited long enough to see my precious husband so i needed an excuse to wake him up. homemade french toast covered in fresh fruit, warm maple syrup, and our favorite coffee (Bali from grassrootscoffee.com) did the trick. 

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we finally got to go on a vacation that lasted longer than two nights! this is lake rabun, one of our favorite places to go. we honeymooned there, so this vacation actually felt like a second honeymoon. we got out on the pontoon boat multiple times and rode up and down the lake, commenting on each incredible house, and making mental notes on what our dream house will look like… 

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and we went back to the mountain fresh grocery store in highlands, nc, where we enjoyed a beer in the same seats as we did on our honeymoon (see below). it’s a cute little store that has the essentials, along with some awesome additions such as a wood-burning pizza stove, beer on tap, and a menu including lobster. we met one of the sweetest couples there that we chatted with for over half an hour, ron and janice. they’ve celebrated 37 years together, and ike and i loved hearing their stories and telling our own.

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i rarely get to see one of the sweetest people i know, EB. she filled in for the female wedding band vocalist, and i was able to attend the gig, so we managed to squeeze in a few hours of quality time. this girl is ridiculously kind, so funny, and overall, a joy to be around. i’m so thankful we got to catch up!

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last but not least, i was able to watch my favorite drummer play! in my humble opinion, he’s the greatest there is. i loved watching him in his element with all of his friends. we enjoyed tasty drinks, danced to some black eyed peas, and spent the first saturday night together in weeks. 

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ike and i went on a somewhat-spontaneous trip to my favorite place: thomasville. i spent the majority of the time in my parents’ pool. they recently refilled it, and it was surprisingly warm and perfect. i got a nice base tan that i’m extremely excited about because i’m convinced all outfits look better with a tan.

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this is how we spent memorial day. as soon as we arrived in thomasville, our swimsuits came out and we didn’t go back in until the sun went down. my parents had our best friends, megan and spencer, over for a cookout that included massive burgers, roasted potatoes, salad, and mixed berries with cool whip. one of our favorite parts of the trip was the cooler full of tasty beer that was ice cold when we arrived. my parents are the best hosts.

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it was so good to see this handsome man. he’s so much fun + he’s always happy. and his mama and papa aren’t too bad themselves.

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we had a lock-out with our youth that included this disturbing/hysterical game that includes partner 1 feeding partner 2 cheetos with their feet. believe it or not, ike and i played this and won. i’m not sure whether to be proud or embarrassed…

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i catch myself staring at my finger multiple times a day. not only are my rings shiny and beautiful, they just remind me of the commitment ike and i made to each other a mere 6 months ago. he’s my favorite. for those of you who don’t already know, ike gave me the second thin band on the one year anniversary of our engagement. it amazes me on a daily basis how thoughtful and giving he is.