Tuesday, November 19, 2013

20 Things my Mom (and Dad) were right about.

Has anyone seen this on Facebook? If not, go here. The lady who wrote this, hit it straight on the nose! I wanted to share because every single one is something that came out of my parents' mouth. Word for word. 

1. You’re only 15.
Oh, what a simple statement, and ohhhh how I did NOT listen.  When I was 15, I dated a guy that was 3 years older (may as well have been 10 years older in high school terms).  He was a bad influence…. and a complete idiot.  Today, he’s even more of an idiot… Or, I’m just old enough to see what my mom always saw.  When I look back on my life, especially my teenage years, I’ve got to laugh.  There are so many things my mom told me NOT to do, and I went right ahead and did them.  Why did I not listen to my mother?
2. Nothing good ever happens after midnight.
In high school I remember getting angry when my mother (MY DAD TOLD US THIS ALL THE TIME) would say, “nothing good ever happens after midnight.” Well, thinking back on it… nothing good really did happen after 12, unless I was having a sleepover with my girlfriends.  Staying out late typically ended in me making bad decisions. I don’t know, maybe I’ll be making my child’s curfew… let’s say… 9pm? Ha!
3. I just don’t like her.
My mom liked most of my girl friends, but there were some that she just didn’t like or trust. Those girls she didn’t like, well they ended up being terrible friends! Friends that shared secrets, stole boyfriends, and backstabbed.  Should have listened to mama.
4. Don’t pierce your belly button.
If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you? I didn’t do this, but I wanted to SO badly. Looking back now, I sure am glad that I didn’t get a belly piercing, Every girl I know that pierced their belly button has a terrible scar now and regretted it during pregnancy. It’s like my mom knew back then that one day they would go out of style (that’s some true intuition.) Thanks mom for telling me no… time & time again, and for ruining my life, and for being SO lame… I appreciate it now. **I did pierce my belly button, but I don't have tattoos. Thanks to my mother!**
5. Don’t shave your arms, because you’ll never be able to stop.
Yeah… everyone I know that shaved their arms… well, they’re still shaving their arms.
6. Go change your clothes before you leave!
Once I tried leaving my house in a short skirt and a shirt that showed my stomach… my mom told me to change, and I threw a hissy fit.  I was 15 years old! Thank God my mom made me change. Now when I see children dressed like that I feel disgusted. They’re attracting older men, and it’s terrible… and they’re using their bodies! There is no need to show that much.  My mom was definitely right.
7. School is really important.
Back in high school my mom always stressed education and how important it is.  I remember hating her for making me study so much.  However, when I moved away and started college I thanked God for the discipline my mom taught me. I learned very quickly that a night out on the town isn’t worth retaking chemistry. Everyone realizes mom was right when it’s time to apply to grad school or land a job.
She was right, he didn’t back then, and he still doesn’t.
9. Don’t take shots.
My mother always warned me about taking shots.  I remember thinking she just didn’t know how to have fun…. until the first time my fun back-fired. I remember coming home from a party and being terribly sick in the bathroom, and thinking I was going to be in sooooo much trouble.  What’s funny is, all my mom said was “I bet you won’t do that again, will you?”  Guess what? I never wanted to take shots again… I learned my limit real quick. 
**No comment**
10. Wait.
We want to rush everything in our youth… We think we are so ready for everything… like relationships, sex, freedom, etc… Well, we’re not.  Waiting allows you to mature so you can actually make the correct decisions. A life of regret is not a life at all. There are so many consequences that come out of rushing your life along… Sometimes it’s better to enjoy the time God’s given you, instead of trying to fast forward ahead.
11. Read your Bible.
I remember straying so far away from God and not really knowing Him.  I was bored with religion because it was all about dos and don’ts.  I would always wonder how my mama stayed so close to God… Well, it’s because she read her Bible, and she understood that knowing God is not about a list of dos and don’ts.  It’s about a relationship with Him. The Bible is God’s love letter to you, and it is amazing.  His Word reveals truth to you, and it brings you closer to God, giving your life meaning and purpose.  I wish I would have listened sooner.
12. You won’t be able to eat like that forever.
Ain’t that the truth! Yeah… no more queso all over those nachos or fries.  Actually, no nachos or fries period.
13. Kill them with kindness.
Stooping down to someone’s level is easy. Remaining cool, calm, and collected takes class. My mama always said you catch more flies with honey than vinegar.
Don’t talk to your exes…. Yeah… That’s one everyone should take note of!
15. One day you’ll like coffee.
Gosh, I remember I used to think it was gross. NOW IT’S AMAZING. How did I live without it? Seriously.
16. Save your money.
It’s no fun, but it’s really important to have financial security. Emergencies DO come up… and when you have an emergency, you don’t want to look at your closet full of dresses and shoes and wish you would have been smarter with your money. My mom always told me that, and it took me halfway through college to learn my lesson.
17. Be on time.
I was that kid who was always first to arrive to any birthday party, and I hated it! You don’t realize how important being on time is until you’re walking in late to a job interview, rushing to the doctors office, or speed applying makeup for a date.
18. You’re only as good as the company you keep.
As much as you think that the people around you won’t influence you, they always do. Mom’s right, once again.
19. You have friends everywhere, you just haven’t met them yet.
I remember being so sad about leaving my best friends behind and moving away. I thought my life was over. Turns out, I met some amazing women all across the South. God has always brought the most amazing friends into my life, and I feel truly blessed.
20. Your true love is out there.
I wasted so much of my time forcing love. I thought I could make it work with a lot of guys… Turns out, I just needed to be patient.  When you meet the right guy, everything will fall into place, you won’t need to force it into place.

I wanted to post because I know, at some point, I will be telling Colbi these very same things. And, I'm sure she won't listen to me either. Ah, the circle of life! :-)

I do think at certain points in our lives, we need life lessons. Everyone could tell us all day NOT to do something, but it's sometimes important to learn things on your own. Like, the day I graduated college and walked across the stage, I just remember thinking to myself "Good for you. You FINALLY did it." I had to work long hours at a job I really didn't like to appreciate finishing that degree. Even though my parents repeatedly told me to finish. 

And then, there are some life lessons I'm glad I NEVER had to learn on my own. I wasn't a bad kid, or young adult really. I always knew right from wrong and what I should have been doing. But, those wrong choices (in my case, nothing too horrible that altered the course of my life) made for some really good stories and memories. I plan on keeping them to myself and never, ever sharing them with Colbi. HA!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Colbi's favorite new thing

She LOVES her rocking chair our friend Kristen made for her! I just had to share because tonight she was such a little ham. I'm reminded just how big she is getting. The holidays will be so much fun this year!

{These make awesome gifts if you're looking for something unique and personal!}

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Cindy Tamplin Memorial Tea 2013

This year the tea was a big success! 

We even had a little helper set up this year.....

She is such a mover now, just too busy to sit around. 

There were 23 tables this year. I didn't get pictures of them all unfortunately. 
This was my table. I went with a "vintage" theme, which actually resembled our wedding theme five years ago!
Mom's table....
Are those table runners adorable or what?!

This table was set in memory of our dear friend Kay Brooks, who passed recently to her battle with cancer. It was really sweet. She always made her famous strawberry cake for the auction, and it didn't go unnoticed. We miss Kay. She truly was a follower of Christ and loved the Lord with all her heart. 

Jenna's table...
Everyone enjoyed the cookies and marsh mellows afterward!

The really cool thing is, Melissa (Cindy's daughter) lives in NYC and decided to raffle off a trip to New York City for two! 
Melissa and her husband often rent out their apartment while they travel, so the trip includes two airplane tickets and a four day trip to stay in their place! All proceeds go to Brighter Tomorrow's and they will be posting information on Facebook, so anyone and everyone can purchase a raffle ticket. I bought some and hoping to secretly win. I've never been!! 

Melissa also brought her sweet seventh month old Savannah. She's a doll! 

Raffle tickets are $25 and I'll make sure to share the updates on my page

Who doesn't want to go to New York?!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Sneak Peek

Monday, November 11, 2013

Monday picture dump

I just had to post some cute pictures I had on my phone.

This is probably one of my most favorite pictures of Colbi and myself. Plus, I'm really digging those boots!

I enjoyed a nice little lunch the other day all by my lonesome. Sometimes, you need to do that. I don't really know why some women feel like they can't go eat or do things alone. It's really nice to have some quiet time. Of course, I ran into a client and ended up chatting for a good few minutes.

And then, Friday morning Colbi and I had a few extra minutes for a breakfast at McDonalds. I'm not a huge McDonalds fan, but honestly, Chick-fil-A is too crowded sometimes. :)
Gosh, I just love her. Seriously. 

She is now resting with some medicine because poor thing has a bad ear infection. Yuck! 

And, I enjoyed a few of these tonight!
Honey Roasted Pecans. OMG. Maybe the best thing I've had in a long time.

Tomorrow starts my "week" and it's going to be doozy. I'm really looking forward to it though. The Cindy Tamplin Memorial Tea is Saturday and my table is going to be super cute. And Sunday, we are going through all my mom's Christmas goodies to see what we want. 

Free Christmas decor, yes please!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Anniversary weekend

We celebrated our FIVE year anniversary this past weekend.
I can not believe it's been five years. Time flies!

We sent Colbi to my parents early Saturday and had a full day planned. The first thing on the agenda was to go see Ender's Game, which was AWESOME (read the book first if possible, or if you're like the Petty household, listen to the book. HA!), and then headed back to pack for a trip to good old Granbury, Texas. 

We stayed at a Bed and Breakfast (Dave's idea, say what?!) and the house we stayed in was built in 1870! It was gorgeous, right on the lake.

After we checked in, we relaxed a bit watching the water until we got ready for our dinner reservations at Eighteen Ninety. It's incredibly yummy if you are ever in the area!
We even got a free dessert for our anniversary. It was the best banana pudding ever, minus the bananas. I picked around them, but Dave loves bananas. Who would have thought?!

We were back at the B&B by 10pm. We wanted to take advantage of the extra hour of sleep we were going to get!

We woke up to a beautiful breakfast with strawberry crepes, homemade hash browns, bacon/sausage, and omelets. Oh. My. Goodness. Afterward, we headed back to grab Colbi (who I'm sure didn't even realize we were gone because Gigi and Pops keep her well entertained!). 

This pretty much sums up Colbi and Gigi. 

Hope y'all had a great weekend too!