Saturday, March 22, 2014

California girls...

A few weeks ago I got to have a really fun girls week in California! My friend Rochelle had some tickets to the Mississippi Grammy event in Los Angeles, a party that celebrates the grammy winners from Mississippi. You may not know this, but Mississippi has the most grammy winners of any state in the country! So, I jumped on the trip and throughly enjoyed a girls week in LA complete with delicious food, some pampering and of course some shopping! 

I was kind of obsessed with this wall in a Mexican restaurant in Malibu.... If only I didn't kill every succulent that comes into my home! 

We were there a few days before my birthday, so my friends couldn't resist this enormous candle at Sur. For those in the group who watch Vanderpump Rules, this was a big deal. I had ( and still haven't) seen the show, but the restaurant was delicious and the candle was ridiculous and awesome all at the same time!

Champagne and blowouts? Yes. Yes. Yes. This might have been my favorite part of the trip.  

All and all it was a great week. I love visiting places I've never been and LA will definitely be on my list of places to visit again. I told Lewis that He and I could have spent a week looking at houses. The architecture was amazing, I should have snapped a lot of pictures to save, but I was too busy enjoying the ride!  

Friday, March 21, 2014

Snow Day

Although today is the first day of spring, and I am welcoming warmer temperatures with open arms, I can't help be but a little nostalgic over this winter picture!  This might have been one of the best moments of winter.  We had a snow day, well, not really, but it was enough snow to warrant an obligatory first snow picture and even a little driveway sledding.  If you follow me on instagram you might have seen that video. Even though it was gone by middle of the day, it was such a fun morning. These are certainly the moments I wish I could bottle and that I hope to hold onto in my heart for years to come! 

Friday Favorites: May Books

Hello There... to those who still read this ol' blog! I haven't completely forgotten her, in fact I have many posts in the drafts section, but it's been a hectic and fun few months that haven't left much time or energy for blogging! See, back in January, I quit my job with Visit Oxford! It was a tough decision, and was a job I loved very much but I had some new opportunities pop up that provided me flexibility in my schedule and thus, more time with this girl! More on all that in another post....

How about a friday favorite? 

 May Books. Do y'all know about these? I've ordered some for myself - to help keep several projects organized and I ordered some for Mary Straton to celebrate her new job! You can customize the exterior and interior. Y'all know my favorite is an unlined page, but there are tons of other cute options. 

oh, and they are having a sale right now too! 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

A Late Recap: Christmas and New Years

So where does the time go? I had great intentions of making a Christmas post back in December,  a 2013 recap and so on, but those didn't quite happen in a timely manner but for the sake of documentation I am plowing ahead. Better late than never, I assume.

December marked Millie's 1/2 birthday, these six months have flown by and have changed our lives in the most wonderful ways. It seems six months isn't long enough for all the memories we've already made to have happened!

December was filled with many Christmas outings and activities, including the obligatory trip to meet Santa!  Our first Christmas with Millie was wonderfully fun and was filled with family and friends who are like family.

On Christmas Eve, we continued the tradition of having both of our families and some good friends over for gumbo. Millie stayed up late, and was quite the darling of the party!

Lewis' mom and my dad with Millie

Millie and "Kaki"

My grandmother, Grandma

Christmas morning was spent quietly with just the three of us at home, before we loaded up for Memphis. Santa made a stop at our house, and even though we know she had no idea what was going on, it was fun to make the morning special!

Lewis surprised me with these two paintings by our friend Chad Mars, and we couldn't resist hanging them before leaving for Memphis.

Once we got to Memphis, the Millie fest continued! By the end of the day, she was one tired ( and loved) baby girl! It really is so much fun to watch our families love on her.

Uncle Matty

My grandmother, Gaw-Gaw

Too bad we didn't get a really cute photo of our family! 
Millie in her big girl chair from Santa and the gorgeous dress smocked by my friend's mother! 

As soon as the festivities ended, my Dad, Lewis and Minnie Lou were headed to the woods for some duck hunting.

All and all, it was a really wonderful Christmas!  We wrapped up 2013 with a fun evening out with friends in Oxford, and even though we were babyless, we were still home by 10:00 p.m.

2013 was truly an amazing year for our family. It's so funny to look back and think that this time last year we were waiting to find out whether we were having a baby girl or a baby boy and our minds were reeling with the anticipation of this next phase in our lives. I used the word "joy" on our Christmas card, because although it is a season of joy as we celebrate the birth of Christ, it seemed very fitting for the way I feel about this year too!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Inspired: Sam Berns

 Have y'all heard about Sam Berns? Lewis and I recently watched a documentary called Life According to Sam on this extraordinary kid. Don't let his looks deceive you, he's was only 17 in this video. Sam suffered from a rare disease called Progeria that rapidly ages the children it effects. Clearly wise beyond his years, and full of lessons that we should all apply to our own lives, his story really touched me and when I saw this Ted Talk Sam did about three weeks before he died I wanted to share it. Check it out!  

Oh, and I highly recommend the full documentary if you enjoy that sort of thing. Sam's story, and his incredibly smart parent's story is worth watching.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Mary had a little lamb...

Where does the time go?  It seems like Halloween was just yesterday and here we are and it's Thanksgiving week. We certainly have much to be thankful for this year, as we have been blessed beyond measure with this little addition to our family.  Millie was a lamb for Halloween, and as Mississippi weather would have it, the temperatures were anything but cool. I think she spent more time in the onesie that was underneath the costume than in her actual costume!

Before heading out to her first Halloween party, Millie did get to open the door for one trick-or-treater, our favorite neighbor Knox a.k.a the Cat in the Hat.

We've all been busy, as it always seems to be during the Fall in our little college town. There has been lots of football, lots of friends and family in town and a lot of fun.

I love this picture of Millie and her favorite person! There is no question that this girl will be a daddy's girl.  This was taken after church ( and she's wearing a dress that was mine!)  as we headed to celebrate the baptism of our friend Earl and Jenny's baby, Merritt. Merritt was born the same day as Millie and it's been so much fun to watch them grow over these last five months!  And speaking of five months...

Our smiling, giggling, dying-to-sit-up girl is was five months old on the 14th. It seems like yesterday we were anticipating her arrival, but at the same time I feel like she's been ours for longer than five months. It's strange and wonderful and almost impossible to explain.

It seems there are babies everywhere in Oxford these days, our friends Emelie and Clyde (Knox's parents) welcomed baby Adeline yesterday and seeing her and Millie together made me realize how quickly she's growing!

p.s. Don't forget to check out the Rambling Road Blog. We've expanded and have lots of great things going on right now, including a blog sale

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Loving Lately: Plaid

I love plaid. I've always loved it, perhaps, because my mom loved plaid and I spent a good deal of my childhood in plaid dresses. With the first crispness in the air and a week of temperatures that warranted boots and scarves, I've started thinking about my fall/ winter wardrobe and am thinking I might need some more plaid in my life these days.


all images via Pinterest

Friday, October 25, 2013

Millie's Baptism

This past Sunday we had Millie baptized. It was such a special day to spend with family and friends as we promise to teach Millie about our faith. I can't remember a time I didn't know of God's love for me and the salvation we have in Him, and I pray that Lewis and I can shepherd Millie's heart in such as way that she can say that same thing someday. I'm certainly grateful we have such wonderful families and friends to help us along that journey! 

The Millner Grandparents...

And the Herrington Grandparents-- not sure what Lewis is doing to my hand here! I think he was trying a prom pose! 

Our Family....I so wish Millie still had her bonnet on for this photo. It was adorable and hilarious at the same time. Lewis kept calling her Little House on the Prairie baby! 

    After the service we had a brunch at our house. We all shared in the day with a yummy brunch complete with champagne, Bloody Mary's, and some Southern classics like cheese grits and biscuits!  We had the same strawberry cupcakes from Muddy's Bake Shop that Lewis got on the day we found our we were having a girl.

 My friend Lauren came from Nashville to help me get everything ready. It only took about 40 attempts to get a halfway decent photo of the five of us! This one below cracks me up!

This was as good as it got! 

The rest of the day we had one tired baby ( and two tired parents!) on hand! We all relaxed by the fire, and all went to bed early, especially little miss m. I love the photo above, after her bath. She loves to grab on to Lew's beard and touch his face, it makes my heart want to burst.

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