New year goals

I know it has been about 3 weeks since the new year, but I didn’t want to write about my New Years resolutions until the year had really started and I had bEen able to decide what I wanted to focus my year on.

So here they are, my goals for 2014:
1) exercise more regularly: I know this is cliche, and I am pretty regular with working out, but I can easily convince myself not to work out and end up going a few weeks without getting a workout in. My goal is to run another marathon before I turn 26, so I’m really trying to get more miles in. I also am thinking of joining a gym so I have other options besides running. Every now and then I would like to get to do a class or a different kind of exercise.

2) clean up! This is serious honesty time, but truthfully, I am a mess and I am a very messy person. I want to believe I’m not, but I am. This year I am going to try desperately to get a little neater. My goals so far have been cleaning up every night before I go to bed instead of leaving a mess and waking up annoyed, setting up a cleaning routine throughout the week, and being about intentional about putting things away after I am finished with them. So far this has been an adjustment for Nat and I, but we are doing ok, and my Saturdays aren’t spent cleaning up my mess from the week.

3) time management: this ties in with my two other goals as well as a few other miniature goals I have. I waste a lot of time and don’t spend my time doing what I actually want to do. My goal is to stop spending so much time on my phone, computer, iPad, tv, etc and more time either reading my bible (I’m trying to read through the bible in a year), working out, cleaning, doing work for school, spending time with Nat, reading, etc.

Anyway, these are my main goals for the year so I’m trying to hold tight and make them habits rather than give them up early like I usually do. Here we go, 2014!

Living Room Makeover

I think I have said this before, and if I haven’t I should have:I am a terrible interior decorator. Seriously, the idea of decorating makes me slightly nauseous and hysterical.

That being said, as a homeowner, I couldn’t ignore the need to decorate my house. It is easy in an apartment. I just kept telling myself we were only going to live there for a few months and then we would be gone. (I eventually decorated thanks to my mother and being told we were going to live there for more than a few months)

Anyway, my living room has been my priority. It is the space we spend the most time in and the space that people will see first when they walk into our house. I wanted it to be comfortable, yet simple and homey.

We bought new furniture at Rooms to Go- a couch and chair w/ ottoman. The room is a very weird space because of where the front door is in relation to the staircase and the fireplace. Anyway, we needed furniture that wouldn’t be humongous, but would also allow seating for more than 3 people.

(I was told DO NOT buy white/off white/cream colored furniture. Apparently black dogs and white furniture don’t mix. Well, I said psshh I will buy whatever furniture I like. Therefore, I have white furniture that I currently vacuum at least twice a week. I also try (unsuccessfully, I might add) to keep my dog on the floor or on a blanket if she is on the couch.)

Anyway- this is what we came up with and this is legitimately so comfortable and fits quite a few bottoms comfortably.

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The second most stressful thing in my life (next to getting dressed every morning) was buying a rug. I knew from the beginning of our time in this house that I would need a rug for this room. It was just too big and needed something to bring it all together (and it has helped the never ending sweeping event that has been going on in the last month and a half). Well, I have been staring at our blank floor with disdain and I have beens staring at rugs in stores, trying desperately to find something I would like in a few months that did not cost me an arm and a leg (we are teachers, people!).

So, the other day I went to Target to buy something I needed, maybe peanut butter or what not. But, like during all Target trips, I started wandering around not looking for anything in particular, but ending up with a bunch of stuff (not in my cart, because I try not to use a cart so I don’t buy as much) in my arms, which I kept dropping, but kept refusing to get a cart because I wasn’t getting THAT MUCH. Whatever, it happens to all of us. Anyway, I was wandering through the bathroom/bedroom aisles just minding my own business, when I ran into the rug aisle and came across a rug I didn’t mind putting in my living room.

Well, long story short…I bought the rug, got home, laid it on the ground and….I hated it.

I hated it because I bought a 5 x 7 but this room is much too big for a 5 x 7 rug.

After the failure, I sat on the couch and pouted about my horrible decision making, decorating skills, and then decided to go back to Target and see if I could find the rug in a bigger size.

As you can see, congratulations are in order. I found the rug in a 7 x 10 and ended up actually buying it (after again, not getting a cart, so I walked my happy self around while carrying this 10 feet long rug around Target. No shame)

IMG_1954 (Doesn’t Avery look majestic?)

I’m pleased so far with how the rug has pulled my little room together. I will continue on with paint color and other decor tomorrow.

Thank you, 2013



I know it may be cliche to say “I can’t believe this year is over” but, really I can’t believe this year is over. This year has been such a blessing and now, in just a few short hours, it will be 2014 and we will be facing a new set of joys and challenges. I can’t help but look back at this year and be so thankful and so humbled at where life has taken me.

In 2013,

Nat and I took an amazing trip to Disney World for our first spring break as official teachers. We finished our FIRST YEAR of teaching (something I never thought I would do). We watched friends get married and have babies. We celebrated finding out about soon to be babies. We grew in friendship with each other and with others. My family took an amazing trip overseas, which was my first time to Europe and Asia. Nat and I adopted our first dog, Avery, and we can’t imagine life without her.My family added our newest member, Sue Ann, in August. Nat and I celebrated our first anniversary. My parents officially retired to Wisconsin and our family saw a lot of change. My sister and her husband bought my parents old house and made it something new and incredible. My sister and her husband announced our first nephew, arriving in March. Nat and I bought our first house. The Rebels made it to the state championship for the first time in school history. Our family  (Nat’s side) welcomed the first nephew, grandchild, baby Grayson (on Dec 30th!).

This year has been a blessing. There has been a lot of joy and sadness, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I am so looking forward to this upcoming year. There are so many things I am looking forward to doing, changing, growing.

Well, all that to say: Happy New Year!


Waiting on 2014

I realize that I haven’t blogged anything since, um, Thanksgiving. Whoops. Sorry. Life has sort of gotten in the way and my computer has been shoved aside.

Where have I been, you ask? (Ok, you don’t have to beg, I’ll tell you.)

1. TSSAA State Championships


The Rebels made it to the championship game, which was the first time in school history! They fought hard, but sadly didn’t come away with the trophy. This season was long but so exciting and I am so proud of my husband and all of the players on the team. I am holding on hope for next year!

I can’t believe they made it and I made it out of this season without either a) getting myself committed or b) getting Nat committed. It was a long, full season filled with a lot more ups than down. Nat and I haven’t had a lot of time to get used to being home after school together considering football season ended only 2 weeks before the school year.

2. New house


We are moved in. We bought new furniture. And now, well, I don’t really know what to do. I see a lot of blank spaces and blank walls and I have hope of coming up with really cute ideas to make this house pinterest worthy. In reality, I know that my pinterest dreams will only come true if I either hire someone to come make them come true or if my sister comes and decorates my house using my credit card. I am not really a “DIY” gal. My attention span and patience run a little too thin. Who knows, maybe my big mistakes will result in some funny blog worthy experiences. And by funny, of course, I mean cringe worthy and embarrassing.

3. Holidays


IF you weren’t aware, it is currently New Year’s Eve. Now, I don’t expect anyone to read this blog post tonight considering most people aren’t 80 years old like me. I assume most people are out living life and having a movie worthy NYE party. This household, however, has taken refuge tonight in our home for the first time in over a week. We have travelled across the state twice in a week and are simply exhausted. So, the excitement for tonight has already started by a fancy dinner of Panda Express (be jealous, it wasn’t in an airport or mall- I love you Knoxville) and a rousing experience of grocery shopping at Publix (there is nothing as exciting).

We spent a few days in Johnson City with Nat’s family and then drove across the state to Memphis to spend a few days with my family. Oh, I can’t forget, we then drove all the way back across the state to Johnson City to meet the newest member of society, our nephew Grayson. It has been a great holiday season, and now I plan on getting the rest I so desperately need.

Anyway, there will be more. There will be more tomorrow. There will probably be a couple of posts. I just wanted to let the world know that I am alive (so mom, I am alive, you know that though.) Look forward to more excitement to come with the new year!


The 1st of December

I can not believe it is already December 1st, can you?

December is one of my favorite months. I love Christmas and just the great expectation that comes with this month. There is so much to look forward to and to be excited about.

Not only can I not believe it is December, I can not believe it is still football season. You read that correctly, football season is still upon us. The Rebels won their Black Friday Semi-Final game so we are off to the state championship! Never again will I make plans for Thanksgiving thinking we might have the chance to travel. I am so thrilled for Nat and for the team. What a great season it has been, and a state championship ring wouldn’t be a bad way to top off the season!

I do have to say, I am so thankful I can finally, without doubt, say that football season will be over after this Friday. I won’t have anymore Sunday afternoons alone; at least not until next year. I love that my husband loves his job, but it is a lonely world for a wife!

December is going to be busy as we conclude this semester of school, continue to move into our house (new furniture coming soon!), visit family, and do a little bit of traveling.

Anyway, I am hoping to start blogging about our house once we get our new furniture and start to make some decorating happen.

Happy December 1st and 1st day of Advent!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am writing this post with a very grateful heart today..

This is the first post from our new HOUSE. Praise the Lord, I can’t believe this is really my home. It has been (and will continue to be) a very hectic few weeks as we have tried to finalize all the things that come with the home buying process, while making it through a very intense part of the school year, and on top of that, enjoying the Rebels incredible football season.

All of that has resulted in a very different Thanksgiving in our home.

Rather than spending the week in one of our parents’ homes, we woke up in our own house today because the Rebels had a Thanksgiving day practice, which, I am learning, is a great honor. Tomorrow night is the state semi-final game. There are only four teams left in the tournament, and West is one of them. I am so proud of that team and especially my coach, my husband, Nat. He puts his entire heart into that team. Around October he starts to get exhausted, but he pushes on anyway. Being able to coach at West has been a great blessing. It has been an amazing experience, and so now we are hoping to end up in Cookeville next weekend playing for that state Champion title.

I am so humbled when I think about the last year in my life. What a year it has been. I think I will always look back on this first year and a half of marriage with gratitude when I think of all that has happened.

This morning, instead of running the annual Werre turkey trot to Pig & Whistle, I ran the Hot to Trot 10k with my friend Hayley. I am so thankful for the friendship we have developed and all of the friendships that have come out of our community group at church.

I am missing my family terribly this year; that comes with the territory of living far away from everyone. I can only think back on this year and smile (and cry happy tears). We welcomed a new member, Sue Ann, into the family in August, we got to take a once in a lifetime trip as a family, we found out we are going to welcome the smallest member of our family in March. I am so grateful for a family that loves hard and loves even when it is hard. It is not easy to live away from all of those crazy people, but it sure makes seeing each other so much better.

I am so thankful for the Scott family. I have always felt like I was part of that family, even before Nat and I were married. I am thankful for health, and for medicine and the fact that everyone is going to be there today. My heart is full when I think about how well they love Nat and I. I won the jackpot when it came to in-laws. It is so nice to know that if I can’t be with my parents, I have a great other half of my family just an hour and a half down the road.

Anyway, this is gushy, I recognize that. I am just counting my blessings today.

Happy Thanksgiving!

This Week

We are moving in a week and a half. These are my pre-moving plans:

  • Wash literally every linen we have in this apartment and any dirty clothes we acquire in the next week and a half. (I am getting every penny out of my water payment for the month)
  • Go see Justin Timberlake in Nashville
  • Eat every single freezer meal left in our freezer (We are having taco soup at least 3 times.)
  • Eat everything from our refrigerator (I am getting really creative here, people!)
  • Throw away any old/expired/gross food. I am finding cans that are from when I was in college. That is much too old.
  • Try and ignore the mess that is my apartment. I am praying I am not going to be judged by anyone for the amount of dust, dirt, and junk we have acquired as we have started packing. I’m usually really clean!
  • Buy a couch.
  • Find a refrigerator.
  • Find a new kitchen table.

And somewhere along the way I am going to grade papers, teach students, go to meetings, and hopefully sleep.

This is an exciting time! Here we go!