Wednesday, December 31, 2008

December BLC Meeting

We met at a Japanese restaurant in Georgetown for our December meeting. As always, we had a great time! Here is a picture that I stole from Ami :) Happy Holidays from the BLC!

Happy New Year!

I am leaving for WaterColor tomorrow night so I thought I would go ahead and wish everyone a Happy New Year! Sorry I have been slacking in the blog department, the holidays have been crazy this year. I will be in Florida for over a week and am so looking forward to a little break before next semester starts. See you in a week!

7 Reasons Why I'm Crazy

My friend Cameron tagged me on her blog for this "7 Things" post where you post 7 things about yourself that people may not know. Here is my list. I am not a very private person, so I'm sure several of these wont be a surprise for anyone :)

1) I would never get a tattoo. I do not dislike them on other people, but I am way to OCD and it would drive me NUTS that there was something on my body that I could not get off. Several of my friends have beautiful tattoos, so I think I will just enjoy from a distance.

2) Breck Tatem is easily the best thing that has ever happened to me.

3) I am so excited about becoming a nurse, however, I believe I was put on this earth to be a wife and mother. My greatest fear is that I will not be able to have children.

4) My new years resolution is to "go green." I am sadly very apathetic about my impact on the environment and hope to change my mindset in the coming year. (Cameron- you are the reason for this!)

5) I take a bubble bath every night, and sometimes during the day matter what

6) I have never had a new years kiss...ever.

7) Out of all my friends, Emily and I have been friends the longest. Over 20 years!...and I wouldn't change anything about that ;)

I am tagging:

Brittney Bates

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Friday, December 5, 2008

Friends Thanksgiving Pictures

Warning- if you read Maria's blog, this post will not at all interest you. I am stealing her photos that she already put up :)I have some family that read this blog and I wanted to be sure they saw the pictures too!

We had such a great time! Everyone brought their favorite Thanksgiving dish and I took care of the turkey. After dinner we all played Apples to Apples and Scattergories (2 group favorites)...I love my friends! Here are a few of the pictures...

The Spread:
Corn Pudding
Broccoli Casserole
Green Bean Casserole
Hash Brown Casserole
Carrot Souffle
Yeast Rolls
Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potato Casserole

The girls waiting to eat

The whole gang!
Back row L to R: Paul, Tim, Mark, Colin, Seth
Front row L to R: Maria, Jen, Emily, Brittany

"I do not wish to treat friendships daintily, but with the roughest courage. When they are real, they are not glass threads or frost-work, but the solidest things we know."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, December 1, 2008

Merry Christmas from Dave Barnes!

Here is his 3rd annual Christmas Extravaganza! I have also included the past 2 years installments in case you missed them.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thankful Thursday!

First off, Happy Thanksgiving! I have a few friends that blog every Thursday about things they are thankful for. In the spirit of the holiday, I thought I would also do the same. So, here is my list of 10 things I am thankful for. Some may seem small, and this is in no way a comprehensive list. I encourage you to also post this, I am curious to know what you are thankful for as well!

1) My family- from my parents to my extended family (that I dont get to see nearly as often as I would like!), I am thankful for them all. If I had to think of one word to describe my parents it would be grace. As children often do, I have really had some major screw ups in my 23 years. While I know there have been times of dissapointment, they have never failed to love me unconditionally and show me the grace and love of Jesus. I am so thankful for them!

2) Breck Tatem- I know I probably blog about that little guy more than in necessary, but he is a huge part of my life. Its a funny thing because I have always loved children, but I had no idea how much I would love my nephew. There is no question in my mind that I would do anything for him. He has already brought so much joy to my life. I am so so so so so blessed by that baby!

3) Friends- I have the best friends a girl could ask for. Friends that I could call anytime night or day to get advice from. Friends that love me unconditionally. Friends that have stuck with me through thick or thin. Friends that have accepted who I am without any pretenses. Friends that I am not sure I could do life without. I love them more than they will ever know!

4) Tallulah- for those of you who do not know, Tallulah is my dog. I know it seems silly, but I couldnt imagine my little life without this little 4 legged animal. When you are single and live alone, there isnt much better than walking into the door to an eager dog with a wagging tail! She is my bed buddy and is always excited to see me...what more could a girl ask for?

5) My Kitchen Aid mixer- Here is one that will really seem trivial to some. I got my red mixer a few years back for Christmas and it has gone down in my book as my most favorite Christmas gift of all time. I LOVE to cook/entertain and use that thing at least twice a week, sometimes even more. It is so pretty on my counter top and comes in handy when I need to whip up something. I sure do love that piece of machinery!

6) Twilight- Being in school full time and pretty much only reading books about the human body, I welcome any relief. This semester, that relief has come in the form of the Twilight series of books. It has been a blessing in many ways to come home after a long day of school and curl up next to my fireplace and dive into this book. I am now on the 3rd book in the series, Eclipse, and hope to finish them all up by the start of next semester. Any suggestions on what my next book selection should be??

7) The bathtub- I have taken a bubble bath nearly every night for the last 10 or so years. My friends even know about my love for a nice hot bath, and it is not uncommon to receive bubble bath as a present :) I so enjoy my nightly routine of taking a good bath and then curling into bed. It helps me fall asleep every night and seeing as I have class at 8 in Midway every day, sleep is a good thing!

8) My church- I have gone to Crossroads my entire life and wouldn't change that for anything. Some of my most meaningful friendships have come out that Church. I would have never even met Emily and possibly not be such good friends with Maria had we not all been in small group together! I love the staff and so appreciate their hearts for the Lord. Their wisdom and guidance has helped me become who I am today, I will forever be thankful!

9) The BLC- I have blogged about this group of ladies before but I'm at it again! They are so special to me. I look forward to our monthly dinner meetings an the meaninful friendships that we are forming. It has already been wonderful and we are only 5 months in! I can only imagine the things that the Lord has in store for our relationships.

10) Facebook- such a blessing and a curse at the same time. Although it takes up way too much of my time, it has also been such a great way to keep in touch with old friends. I don't think I would still be in contact with nearly as many people from high school without this brilliant website.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Save the Date...

3rd Annual After Christmas Party
December 26, 2008

Monday, November 24, 2008


about the digital conversion next year? I have some advice for you. Pay close attention.

Sneak Peak

Maria took all of the pictures from Friday night. I did however snap a picture of my table using my cell phone camera and thought I would share. I will blog in more detail about it when Maria uploads them all. I will say that I sure do love my friends and am already ready for next years friends Thanksgiving :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Friends Thanksgiving

This Friday night we are having the second annual "Friends Thanksgiving." My sister and her friends have done this for years and we decided to follow suit last year. I really love it. I roast the turkey and everyone brings a dish. There is just something about having a group of people you love in one room, eating around one big table together. I was just thinking the other day about how I have had the same core group of friends for so many years, that seems so rare. I am beyond blessed by my friends! We will also be celebrating that Colin is home from Iraq! Colin is a good friend from high school that has been serving in Iraq for over a year. Last year it was strange without him here with us, what a blessing that he will be here this year! Also, Mark and Maria are celebrating their 4 year anniversary this week! I love watching the two of them interact. Talk about two people that were made for each other. They are so perfect for one another its not even funny.

Hopefully I will get some good pictures to share :)


I'm hooked...just like every other person on the planet. Going to see the movie Friday during the day with Maria! I am almost finished with New Moon. So far, I actually enjoy it more than I did Twilight. I think it is because everyone had been talking about Twilight and how great it is, so I had a lot of expectations going into it. With New Moon, I hadn't really heard too much about it, so I am forming my own opinion without any bias :)
Is it wrong to be in love with a completely fictional character? I sure hope not.

Baby Blue Eyes

I met Mom, Kristin and Breck for lunch last week and snapped this picture of my buddy. How can you resist those blue eyes? I am so in love.

Happy Birthday Tim!

Today is Tim's 25th birthday! We are celebrating as a group on Friday night! I will try and post some pictures of the festivities. For now, check out this picture. He is quite the little fisherman.

Halloween Recap

The Halloween Party this year was so much fun! We had a fire pit (complete with smores), a projector playing scary movies in the backyard, and plenty of food and drinks! Everyone came dressed to impress!

The hostesses with the mostest. Em (Salt), yours truly (a witch) and Ria (Pepper). Aren't their costumes just the cutest?

I'm not sure she (Brittany Fink-White) could have looked any more like Sarah Palin, it was perfect!

I was trying to fly away...but someone grabbed my broom!

The BLC incognito! From left to right- Mary, Jineane, Maria, Ami, Emily, Jen

BLC November

As always, the BLC had a great meeting. We ended up sitting and gabbing for 3 hours! It was back to Lexington this month, so Emily and myself decided to take the crew to DeSha's downtown. We had a great little table upstairs and lots of privacy, which led to some interesting conversation ;) I sure do love these ladies and always leave thinking about how blessed I am to be a part of it. Here is our November picture...

Upcoming BLC events...

January Jamma Party- yes, we are grown women having a sleepover!

Jon and Kate plus 8 roadtrip- we all love the show and are traveling to Elizabethtown to see them speak in March! Em, Ria and myself saw them earlier this year, you can read about that trip on Rias blog here.

Of course we will also be having our monthly dinner meetings. January's meeting will mark 6 months of friendship!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

My Favorite...

picture of Breck thus far...

Kristin and Lee took him to Jacobson Park today to swing for the first time. Needless to say, he loved it! Look at that grin :)

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Social Networking Wars

80's Party!

The lovely Mary Jenkins birthday was this week and she celebrated by having an 80's themed party at Rosebuds bar in Lexington. Most everyone dressed up in their finest leg warmers, leggings and jelly shoes. It was so much fun. Here are some pictures. I had to wash my hair 3 times just to get all the hairspray out!

We all brought a gift for a "white elephant" gift exchange. I ended up with this lovely gem that now hangs on my refrigerator. It is a "mood chart" and you change it based upon what mood you are in any given day, clever.

BLC October

This month the Bluegrass Ladies Club had dinner at Southwind golf course in Winchesters. Here are a few pictures :)

The whole group (Jen, Jineane, Maria, Emily, Mary, Ami)

Ami made us all delicious cupcakes!

If you need a friendly reminder what the BLC is, check out my previous posting here.

Go Blue!

Breck watched todays game at home. He was cheering them on up to the last minute. Unfortunately, we didn't pull out a win, but we sure did put up a good fight. I'm ready for the Cats to return home and take on South Carolina next weekend!

Friday, October 3, 2008


So, a few weeks ago, when we planned the NYC trip, I started thinking about fun things to do on our trip. I got the idea to go to pretty much every major talk show website if they filmed in NYC. I signed up for audience tickets for all of them! Most shows were already booked but said they would contact me a few weeks before if they had some extras. Low and behold I come home yesterday and open up my email and find a confirmation from the Martha Stewart Show! How funny is that!?Martha was by NO means my first choice out of all the shows I registered for, actually it was probably my last choice. However, it is just too funny to pass up. Martha get ready, here we come!

Monday, September 29, 2008

If You're Happy and You Know It...

Clap your hands!

Breck starts clapping when you sing the song. We have to get a video of it soon!

In other Breck news, he got his first tooth today! Such a big boy!

I don't like being an Aunt at all, can you tell? ;) we come!

Watch out NYC! Only a few more weeks until we will be hitting the big apple for fall break! Brittney Bates and I have been several times together and this time the lovely Brittany White (Fink) will be coming along for the ride. She has never been! I am already counting down until the trip. I sure do love these girls!

This is my Friday night...

This is actual video from an 80's night at the heart is happy just watching it. I'm dusting off my dancing shoes to spin me right round on Friday night.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Office!

The new season of "The Office" starts tonight! The crew is coming over for chili, cornbread and pumpkin pie! In honor of this special day, I leave you with this...

Daniel Bible Study

Last night, Ami, Jineane and myself started the Beth Moore Bible study, "Daniel." I am so excited to see what the Lord has in store for us through this study. I am also really looking forward to getting to know Ami and Jineane better. We watched the first session last night and I did my first night of "homework" tonight. I am going to try and post at least one thing that the Lord has taught me at the end of every week. Stay tuned!

Turtle Man

Monday, September 22, 2008

Happy Fall!

Happy first day of fall!

*photo taken on my front porch this afternoon :)


Maria, Emily and yours truly