Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Happy Birthday Dad!

Today was my sweet Dad's birthday, and I just wanted to wish him a happy one on the blog! I am so blessed--I could not have asked for a more wonderful Daddy. He is one of the most genuinely caring, selfless, and giving people I know. He loves his family fiercely, works hard, and loves the Lord. I am proud to be his daughter, and I know the rest of my family feels the same way. I am so excited to be going into business with him when I graduate next month--I know we will probably have some disagreements every now and then because we are pretty much just alike!--but there is no other person I'd rather be going into business with. I am proud to be following in his footsteps as a dentist and feel blessed to be coming into a practice where so many patients have had a great experience because of my Dad!

Dad, I am so thankful for you and look forward to our new adventure in practice together! Happy birthday!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Fun

Easter weekend was a great time for us--a worshipful service and church and lots of quality family time! Here are a few more pictures from Easter Sunday.

My sister's beautiful Easter table. We were also celebrating my brother in law Lee's birthday and my Dad's birthday, hence the "you are special today" plates at either end of the table:

Olivia and me. Precious child!

My sweet! Taylor used to wear bowties all. the. time. in college and he hardly ever does anymore--so I was super excited when he stepped out of the bathroom this morning wearing this!

Olivia took my camera for part of the afternoon and ran around taking pics. I really love this one of the whole family eating together. Breaking bread, shall we say. There's something beautiful about a family sitting around a table together.

That's me icing (cool whipping?) the Hershey bar pie I made. And in the foreground is the cute little ice cream bunny cake Mom and Dad brought for the kids! It had mint chocolate chip ice cream inside.

My cousin Dabbs with Olivia. Too cool for school.

Ang and me. Fyi, I don't normally wear all black on Easter! I felt so out of place! I was on praise team this week (the group of singers that sings with mics out in front of the choir) and we all wear black pants and sweaters or blazers. I hated not to wear the Easter dress I bought several weeks back, but I will get plenty of wear out of it at spring and summer weddings--and I love singing on praise team so no complaints!

Now here is where it got a little crazy. Taylor went back into Angie and Lee's room and starting playing DJ off his ipod, and the whole family ended up in there! I'm telling y'all, I think we need to start a family band. We have a future in showbiz--just look. Here's Beth. And don't miss Catie in the background. The child was dancing up a storm on the treadmill.

Taylor DJ'ing, Anna, Beth, and Olivia all with guitars.

Dorothy. Beltin' it out.

Catie again. This child is a HAM. Can you tell? I feel like I need to go on and buy my tickets to Miss America 2026.

Anna workin' those guitar skillz.

See what I mean? I spared y'all the pic that Olivia took of me standing on the arm of the couch in the corner, breaking out some dance moves. But seriously...maybe we should start a family band! I'll play tambourine. :)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Crawfish and Family Pics

Edit: I'm not sure why this didn't post, but I had scheduled it to go up last Thursday. Hm. Anyway, here it is:

And a few more pics from the Easter weekend. We went down on Good Friday to Kentwood, LA to Taylor's grandparents' house for a crawfish boil!

Lisa and Taylor:


Taylor's grandfather showing me his beautiful roses:

We took a walk to the back part of their property, named the "Little Woods":

Taylor's grandparents:

Their HUGE garden! Granny sent us home with corn, peas, and blueberries, all from the garden. Not to mention her homemade strawberry preserves....oh my gosh that stuff is good.

And now I am running out the door because Taylor and I are headed up to Oxford for the Double Decker Arts Festival...one of my favorite weekends of the year! Pictures to come!

Christ the Lord is Risen Today!

This morning we sang one of my all time favorite praise songs--Revelation Song. My friend Sarah sang the verses and man, she blew it out of the water! It was so moving to see the Lord's gift of her voice in action and moving so many people on this beautiful Easter Sunday. I wish I could somehow post a video of it. I at least want to share the lyrics with you:

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Holy, Holy, is He
Sing a new song, to him who sits on
Heaven's mercy seat
Holy, Holy, Holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is, and is to come
With all creation I sing
Praise to the King of Kings
You are my everything
And I will adore You

Clothed in rainbows, of living color
Flashes of lightning, rolls of thunder
Blessing and honor, strength and glory and power be
to You the only wise King
Holy, Holy, Holy Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is, and is to come
With all creation I sing
Praise to the King of Kings
You are my everything
And I will adore You

Filled with wonder, awestruck wonder
At the mention of your name
Jesus your name is power, Breath, and living water
Such a marvelous mystery
Yeah! Holy, Holy, Holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is, and is to come, yeah
With all creation I sing
Praise to the King of Kings
You are my everything
And I will adore You

Here is a pic of me with two dear friends, Carrie and Lizzie. We took this in the choir room right after church. Love these girls!

And a few family pics. My brother with all his beautiful girls:

And me with all my nieces! I love getting them all in one picture! From left to right: Dorothy, Olivia, Catie, Anna, and Beth. And then that's me in the back of course.

My cousin Dabbs and her new husband Jeffery, and my Aunt Eda and cousin Gray.

And my cute Easter date:

I absolutely love Easter. It is a pure and joyous celebration of everything I believe! My heart was so happy this morning in worship that it just about burst. I am so thankful for the sacrifice the Lord made for us. I don't have children yet, and not that it would compare, but I can't begin to imagine the sacrifice of giving your only Son, not only to die, but to die for people who do not deserve it.

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he
has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus
Christ from the dead."
1 Peter 1:3

A blessed Easter to you and yours!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Spring Cleaning

Ok, so this post title is a little misleading. I haven't been so much cleaning as rearranging. I just got bitten by that bug the other day--you know when you just have got to move some things around and freshen up. Something about spring in the air!

This chair belonged to Taylor's great aunt Eris and was a hand-me-down to us. I just love it! I love the tufting, and the bones of the chair, and the weave on the wooden sides. I even love the color! It had been hiding away in the office (which we didn't use much), I guess because I couldn't figure out how to work it into the den. Decorating/interior design is not my strong suit, sadly--but I am really working on it! And I'm so proud because I found a way that the chair can now be much more used!

The doggies making sure they like the new arrangement.

I decided to take out the loveseat that had originally made an "L" shape with the couch, put it in the office, and move the cool chair to a more desirable locale. :) I really love the result! I feel like the French doors are much more on display now too. They are one of my favorite things about our house--they make the main room feel so light and airy. The rug is an indoor/outdoor rug that we got for $20 at Kroger! It's really too small for the space but it will work for now! And then later when we decide to invest in a nice rug, it can go outside under the patio furniture.

Here is the rearranged office, plus our cool new piece of art from the Juke Joint Festival! Gotta go get that framed sometime soon...

We never used the office before, and now I am sitting in here as I type! I just want to curl up on this loveseat, reach over and grab a good book, and settle in.

We moved the desk so that it's in front of the window, which makes me want to sit there much more often when I'm doing work on the computer. You may have noticed that I've blogged more in the last few days--and honestly this is why! I am beginning to understand how important a room's layout can be. We also moved this bookcase from the guest room into the office/library (I feel like I can call it that now since there are so many books in here!), and put the Lamar Sorrento painting of Kurt Vonnegut on top. We've decided that our dream house will have an entire room filled only with books!

We just got home from our supper club, where the main dish was lasagna (YUM)--we were in charge of the side dish, so I made roasted veggies--tomatoes, zucchini, squash, yellow and orange bell peppers, and onions. I figured that would go well with lasagna. We have some leftovers, so I am going to try to be resourceful and puree them over the weekend and add to some tomato sauce for pasta. No need in wasting all those good nutrients!

Tomorrow we are heading to Kentwood, Louisiana for a Good Friday crawfish boil that Taylor's grandparents are having. (And yes, you pop music aficionados--Kentwood is the home of Britney Spears!) I'll have to post some pics when we get back!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Rock of Ages

So last night was a success! I am certainly no Picasso, but I had fun nonetheless. I will definitely be doing one of these classes again. I love that we all had the same teacher and spent the same amount of time, but all of our paintings are so different! I'm glad we started with an easy one, but I think I am ready to move on to something a little more complicated for next time.

Carrie and Lizzie and I met for an early dinner at Newks right before the class. I got my favorite salad in town--YUM:

Just getting started painting. The whole time everybody was worried to death that their painting would turn out ugly ha!

Carrie's cross:

And mine:

This was mine about halfway through the process. The wall to the left displays all the paintings/classes they are offering right now!

And here we all are with our finished products! Dana, me, Lizzie, Heather, and Carrie. Dana is Carrie's sister-in-law, and Heather is a friend of theirs from their Sunday school class. I think Heather's cross was actually my favorite of all of them--her colors turned out really cute.
Overall, it was definitely a positive experience, and I plan to go back!

Today has been all over the place--I got to work/school early and saw patients, then was picked up by my BFF's mom, Val, for lunch! We went to Babalu, which is always yummy, and had a really great time just chatting and enjoying our meal. I didn't have any patients scheduled for the afternoon, so I've been running errands and now just sat down at home. I'm trying to drum up some motivation to work out before I head to church tonight--I reeeeally need to! Emily and I are headed to the beach in about three weeks and I am feeling the pressure! She and I have never done this before, but we having been planning it for over a year now--we are taking this girl trip, just the two of us, just for fun--partly to celebrate my graduation and partly just to enjoy some time off. She has just finished her first semester of nursing school and needs a break just as much as I do! We have some sweet family friends who are letting us stay at their condo at the beach, and I am SO thankful! We probably wouldn't be able to make the trip otherwise. So, all that to say, I had better get my butt in gear! Tonight at church we are rehearsing for our music program Easter Sunday. I'm excited about all the music--there are some really worshipful songs that I just love singing. I love Christmas, but I always look forward to Easter especially--it is truly a celebration of what Christ did for us!

Foray into the Painting World

So I'm making my first attempt at painting, since, oh, JUNIOR high, tonight at Easely Amused! For anyone who doesn't know what that is, it is a local business here in Jackson that offers adult painting classes. The first sentence on their webpage says, "No artistic ability required." (That's me! That's me!). Now I can make somebody's teeth look reeeal pretty and all, but it's a whole other story if you ask me to start slapping paint on a canvas.

My friends Carrie and Lizzie invited me to go, so I'm really excited. We are starting out with something easy--a cross entitled "Rock of Ages."

Now surely y'all I can't mess that up! Of course I'll do different colors than this, something a little more subtle probably. I'll have to show y'all some pics, if I'm not too embarrassed! They have some other classes coming up with some really cute subjects:

I may have to check out one of those classes too!

Well, as Picasso said, "Art washes away the dust of everyday life." So I guess I'm gonna go wash!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Juke Joint

This weekend was a whirlwind! Taylor had some business in Oxford on Friday, and I had not scheduled any patients that day, so our original plan was to head up to Oxford early Friday morning. But at the last minute on Thursday, our friend Reed called to let us know that there were still some tickets available for the Zac Brown Band concert in Starkville that night--so we decided to be spontaneous and go! We had the best time with Reed and Maris! The concert was excellent--the band did not disappoint. Zac Brown sounds in person pretty much exactly like he does on his records. Each member of the band was super talented--I think my favorite may have been the fiddle player/violinist/background vocal guy. Every single one of them was multi-talented, and each played at least two instruments.
Taylor and Reed
Tay and me just before the band came onstage. The venue was set up outside, on a big grassy area with a giant stage. The weather was perfect.

Taylor is such a hippie at heart...bless him. One of his comments during the concert: "If I were in a band, my hair would be so long I could wipe my butt with it!" I think he was pretty inspired by the music...he's picking on his guitar right now as I write this.

When the concert was over, we hopped in the car and drove over to Oxford, arriving just before 1 am. I was exhausted and I think I was asleep before my head even hit the pillow! Friday was leisurely--waking up and walking to Bottletree, doing some organizing/cleaning around the house, window-shopping on the square. I also got to hang out that afternoon with one of my best friends from college, Mary Catherine. She had a health scare recently but is now doing just fine--but I felt so much better when I could just hug her neck and chat for a while! Then we went to dinner that night with some friends, J.W. and Elizabeth, at a great restaurant in town, 208. Elizabeth is a Chi O at Ole Miss, and so was I, and she so graciously took Taylor and me to the Chi O house after dinner so I could check out the new updates to the house! Since I graduated four years ago, they have expanded the dining room and redone all the bathrooms (lucky girls!).

Saturday morning we got up and I (of course) walked to Bottletree again and picked up breakfast; then we got ready to head over the Clarksdale for the Juke Joint Festival--my favorite festival! I had a little scare myself though as we started to head out of town--I started seeing spots and then briefly lost all the peripheral vision in my left eye--so strange! It went away after about 45 minutes but then I figured out why it had happened--I developed an AWFUL migraine. If you've never had one, be thankful. I've only had one two other times in my life, and I want to keep that number as low as possible. When we finally arrived in Clarksdale, poor Taylor had been so sweet to me, but he was starving, so we parked the car and he went into the festival to grab some food while I just laid my poor aching head on the console in the truck and tried to block out all light and noise for about 30 minutes. Thankfully, after that, the headache was almost gone.

A random dude checking out one of the folk art booths.

Thought this was a cool old sign:

I was so glad to hang out with Mac this weekend! (Also, I obviously got my face painted. $1, and it took the lady about thirty seconds to slap that strawberry onto my face--hey, it's the simple things in life, right?)

We bought a really cool piece of art for just 60 bucks--and it's an oil painting! It's of John Lee Hooker, one of Taylor's favorite blues artists.

Overall, it was definitely a successful weekend! We left the festival Saturday afternoon and headed home for an engagement party for our dear friend Anna and her fiancee Blake. Then home and early to bed for me! I'm not gonna lie, I love going to bed early after a long day! Taylor thinks I'm an old lady for it, but that's ok! ;)

This morning was palm Sunday at church, and the service was beautiful. We sang one of my favorites, "It is Done". Our choir has done it a couple of times over the past year or two and it is so moving--to me, it captures the victorious emotion of Christ conquering sin on the cross. Joel, a good friend of ours, sings the solo on the song, and his voice is incredible--truly a God-given talent. Taylor and I have become good friends with Joel and his wife Carrie over the last year. I am so thankful for the friends we have made through our Sunday School class and through the choir at church.

This afternoon I got bitten by the spring cleaning/rearranging bug--and we halfway rearranged our whole house! I'm still not sure if I'm happy with it, but I'm going to just live with it for a couple days and then see what I think. Maybe I'll post some pics and get some feedback from the one or two people who actually read this thing!