My family

My family

Monday, September 4, 2017

Life Lately

Hi friends! 💓

As Summer comes to a close in Minnesota, it's time to let you know what's been going on around here lately.  

Garrett and Maci found their wedding venue!  They are tying the knot at a mansion in Burleson, TX. April can't get here soon enough!!

Speaking of Garrett, my crazy man-child shaved his head a few weeks ago.  


This kid!!  I should've know something was up when he wanted to FaceTime us!! 😊

And.......he got a new car!!  He is completely stoked about this beauty!!

Delanie has had a busy month too.  

Brandi and Kevin took her to New York City for her Senior trip....

She passed her driving test!

She moved into the dorm....

And she got a new car too!

Jim and I made our annual trek north to spend a week at Maddens.  

(That's the next post but here's a sneak peak.)


The week we got back, Jim surprised me with a new coffee table.  

Y'all.....this is no ordinary coffee table!  Our neighbor refinishes Nutting carts and Jim bought one for me!!  I've had my eye on this one forever and now it's in my living room.  💚

We nicknamed it "Frankenstein" because it's a mash up of a few carts.  It is the perfect kind of vintage -- a little beat up & chewed up.....dang, this sucker is GORGEOUS!!!

Jim has a new tech-y tool.  He had the "Ring" doorbell installed so we could see who is at the door when we aren't home.  Let's be honest, we use it when we ARE home too.  😏  It has a live feed of your front door and sends you alerts if there is motion on the front porch.  

This is me sending him a sassy signal the other night.....

In August, I took a class at Wonderfully Made in August.  Isn't this mason jar centerpiece adorable?!

Also in August, I hosted a Friend-terest party!  It was soooo fun!!

Here's a look at the serving trays we made......

On September 1st , I started a #100DayChallenge.  Each day for 100 whopping days, I will create art and share it via social media.  I made the sweetest little notebook to store it all in.  

Head over to my Instagram (@southerngirlupnorth) to follow along with me.  

OK, subject change......unlike Jim, I don't drink coffee.  My caffeine boost each morning comes from soda.  And because I have the sweeeeetest husband in the world, this is what I woke up too one morning last week.  💛

And what would a life lately post be without a picture of Jim sleeping???  

Poor guy, he's never safe from my camera.  😉

Love you honey!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Life lately

Life has been a crazy combination of getting Delanie ready for her next great adventure and trying to figure out what life looks like for Jim and I as empty-nesters.  

This was Jim after the company left......LOL! 😇

Delanie spent the last few weeks practicing for drum line tryouts at UNT.  

And enjoying the Minnesota summer......

Things started getting real when she started the official countdown.  

When the day arrived for Delanie to say good-bye, we spent the day downtown Minneapolis.

First on the agenda was brunch at the Black Coffee Waffle Bar.  

Then the Mpls Sculpture Gardens......

My favorite part of exploring that day was crossing the Ashbery Bridge.  

After we said our good-byes, I was feeling a bit lost.  The house was super quiet so I curled up on Delanie's bed.  

Jim knew exactly what to do to make me laugh!! 😊

If you know me, you know that I LOVE MOVIES.  Any kind of movies.  

So that's what I did all day Sunday.

Jim checked on me during my movie marathon.  (He was in the basement playing video games.)  Instead of walking his super-fine bootie upstairs, he Face-Timed me.  😐

That guy knows how to make me smile every single time.  

Jim loves the latest gadgets.  In fact, if its on the market, Jim has it.  

Exhibit A:  The "Ring" doorbell....

Yep folks.....we now get text alerts when someone rings the door bell.  

That's my man! 💛

This is what my lunch has looked like this week.  A quick visit to the taco bar then back to my car to listen to a Creative Empire podcast.  

I've been obsessed with doodle-notes lately so this is the way I "study" my podcast notes.  

Kinda cool, right??

And finally..... summer is in full bloom in Minnesota.  

These hydrangeas are bigger than my head!! 


Well, friends.....that's life lately!