Thursday, May 26, 2011

May Madness

You might have been wondering what in the world I've been up to lately, or maybe you haven't... But if you HAVE then the answer is weddings! They say May is wedding month and after this past month, I believe it. After bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and wedding ceremonies, I'm ALMOST ready to plan my own.... almost.

Lindsey Davis, a girl I graduated RCC with, started off the weddings at Castle McCulloch, where she married Wesley Hall. She was a beautiful bride and everything was enchanting, as you would imagine a castle to be.
Then Laura Yarboro, another girl I graduated with, married Tommy Lemons Jr. at Lake Tillery. Again, a gorgeous bride and a beautiful wedding on the water.

But my FAVORITE wedding that I attended this month was Kelsey Stefanacci to Michael Wilson. And I may be a bit biased to this wedding since I was the maid of honor and she's been my best friend since elementary school, but that doesn't matter. She was a stunning bride and despite the horrible night we had the night before, the day of the wedding was spectacular!
Kelsey at her Bachelorette party

Her cupcake tree
And if weddings weren't enough, Elliott has his senior prom on the only other weekend that I had free. Which got me to thinking about males and females and the whole getting ready process. I know that God created woman from mans rib, but I'm just curious if it took Him as long to prepare us as it does for us to get ready. Getting ready for Kelsey's wedding was a week long event for us, with nails, tanning, root touch-ups, eyebrow waxings and up-dos. Compared to the men who took an hour to shower and dress. The same thing for prom-goers, the girls spent way more time primping then the boys did. Seems kinda silly that females go through all those shenanigans, but we always look amazing. Ok I'm done rambling.

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who got married recently! And another congratulations to Brielle Thomas and Hal Davis on their engagement this month as well! So happy for everyone!

Where are your tax dollars going???

I just want to take a quick second to rant for a bit. Recently I filled out the fafsa form to see if I would be eligable for finincial aid for school. Well, I wasn't. Guess I should have figured I wouldn't qualify considering I work my butt off to have what I've got. And I shouldn't complain, I have been very blessed to have what I do, and I am grateful. I just think it's kinda crappy that a good majority of the people who get government assistance are the ones who refuse to work and pop out babies just cause they have nothing better to do with their time. But I came across this video and was just down right outraged! Watch this clip to see just what exactly our tax dollars are funding.
Don't forget to scroll down to the bottom of the page and pause the music player.

Is that not a load of crap??

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Hats, Tea and Tiaras.. OH MY!

Two weekends ago was the Royal Wedding in England with Kate and William. But last weekend was the Royal Tea with Megan and the residents of Mountain Top. And since the media doesn't find us as important as the Royal Family, you probably didn't see this event on the television, but thankfully you can read all about it here!

A few weeks ago I wrote about dying Easter eggs with the residents and how they enjoyed it, and how I was looking for ideas for another idea that I could do with them. Well ask and ye shall receive! My G-maw called me one night shortly after and told me of this great idea that someone at her church had just done for some of the residents at a nursing home. They got the residents all dolled up and took glamour shots of them, and they loved it. So I took this idea and ran with it.

After talking to many of the residents and getting their input and suggestions, we decided to have a "Royal Wedding Tea", the theme being, If you were invited to the Royal Wedding, what would you wear? We had a blast with it. Everyone, including myself, got all dolled up with big hats, tiaras, and dresses and came down to mingle and have a few refreshments. It was a great social event for them, and I had fun doing it. My G-maw just happened to be in town the weekend that we had it, so I invited her to come. Here's a few pictures from the event.

Preparing Cucumber Sandwiches
Mrs. Cochran went with a tacky approach.

G-maw and myself. I kept hearing, "She doesn't look old enough to be your grandmother". Well for those of you out there that are reading this and agree, she's been taking Shaklee for years. And what a coincidence, she happens to sell it too so if you want to look as young as she does, let me know and I'll get you her number...
All of us

If anyone has anymore ideas for something I could do with them next month, let me know!

Friday, May 13, 2011



In my hands I'm holding a Reply of Intent Card to Pitt Community College.
Thats right! I got accepted into the Radiation Therapy Program for this coming fall semester! I'll have to drive to Pinehurst three days a week for clinicals and have to drive to Greenville once a week for classes. I'm very excited about this new phase in my life while also being extremely nervous/scared at the same time. Thanks to everyone though for all the thoughts and prayers!
And yes, I did accept!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Giving Back

If you've every watched an episode of the new television show, Secret Millionaire, then you'd probably know why I got the urge to volunteer. The general jist of this show for those of you who aren't aware, is that a millionaire goes undercover into a poverty stricken town and looks for good organizations that are trying to make a difference. At the end of the show, they reveal that they are a millionaire and then give a huge portion of their wealth to the people/organizations that they found. After watching several episodes, I was ready to get out and help out too, even though I wouldn't be revealing myself as a secret millionaire at the end.
I tried thinking of several places in which I could volunteer, but the one thing that kept popping into my head was Habitat. I used to volunteer there a lot as a teenager through our youth group, but when I became employed, I was no longer to give up my Saturdays. I contacted the director of the local organization and she informed me I was more than welcome to come lend a hand on a Tuesday or Saturday at the Asheboro site, which just so happened to be within walking distance of my house. So that Tuesday I had off and my friend Ashley and I headed up the road with a positive attitude. When we got there, they put us right to work! We started by putting insulating tape around all of the windows. In doing so, we had to conquer our fear of heights. See Ashley crawling out on the scaffold, very afraid I might add.
We put this sticky blue tape on seven windows and then were put to work nailing stuff underneath the house.
Now don't ask me what the purpose of what this task was for (I think it might have just been to get us out of the way), but under the house we went, with our hammers a-swining away to nail things to some boards. I honestly hope the stability of the house is not dependent on that job, because if so, I'm not sure how long the house will last. We did the best we could though, while having a good laugh.
After lunch and finishing that task, we were given one last assignment: marshmallows! No not really, it was foaming insulation that very well could have been mistaken for melted sticky marshmallows. This stuff expanded and filled cracks and what not, and got EVERYWHERE! After becoming a sticky mess, we decided it was time to go home before we messed up anything. It was a great day and it was so awesome to participate in such a wonderful organization.

The director also got me to sign up for Women's Build at the Liberty House this past Saturday. Lowe's Hardware, a major sponsor of Habitat, gave 250 affiliates across the US, a $5,000 gift certificate for a women's build. That means that just women were invited to come out and build that day. There were a few men who were supervising, but women were the only ones who were ACTUALLY working. 55 women showed up for this event. What can 55 women accomplish from 9am-3pm? A LOT! By the end of the day, the entire outside of the house was painted, along with most of the inside. The crew I was in was able to lay laminate flooring in an entire room, while other rooms also had crews putting in some flooring. Electrical work was completed, and there was even an elderly woman there who swept floors and peeled stickers off windows. It was an amazing experience to see so many women come out to help! Not to mention the elderly women whom I just mentioned who touched my heart with her willingness to help. We made huge progress on that house and I became professional at laying laminate, even though I injured myself at least three different incidents that day.

After a man came in to try and "help", and ended up breaking what we had been working on, this sign became established.
Just some of the group of women

The elderly woman peeling off stickers.

The start of our room. Making sure the floor was clear to put down the foam layer.
The start of our room.
Half way there...
And my worst injury: a blood blister acquired when I hit my finger with a hammer. Ouch

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Super Woman

Biscuitville has decided to do a "Breakfast After Dark" event from 5pm-8pm. Ten percent of tonights proceeds go back to three chosen schools. Great idea, except that means I have to pull a "double" at a fast food restaurant. So what have I accomplished in the two hours I had before having to go back tonight? A lot!
Somehow I managed to make it to the tanning bed, run two miles, do a quick workout routine, run (well actually drive) to Wal-Mart to get a toilet seat, and then replace our old toilet seat. My mother was even able to wash and dry my uniform as well (thanks mom!). I've been a BUSY girl, but I still have ten minutes to catch my breath and blog about how busy I just was.
Well I owe, I owe, I owe, it's off to work I go!

Sunday, May 1, 2011


The other day I hurried home from work due to a very urgent request from one of my siblings. What happened to cause this hurry you ask? Here was the dilemma:
In case you aren't able to make out the tiny circled blob at the top of that tree, it's Cali, my cat. Apparently a random dog had chased her up there and she was having difficulties figuring out how to get down. After she had made sure that the mean ol' doggy had evacuated the premises for good, she decided to finally come down. It took her a minute or so to figure out the best strategy as to how exactly to get down, but my baby girl is smarter than your average bear.
We were safely reunited with our precious kitty who remains the spoiled queen of the household.