Monday, May 31, 2010

Sweet Home Alabama

Friday I left Memphis and began my trip to the real world in Alabama. As I was pulling on to highway 78 "Sweet Home Alabama" was playing on the radio, how fitting. Fletcher and I spent Saturday at the lake with his family and then on Sunday we went to Auburn to get the uhaul and load up my room. We got to Auburn around lunch time, loaded up my room, and were pulling into Birmingham before dinner. We unloaded all of my furniture and finished right as it started to rain. Unloading was pretty miserable. My room is upstairs, and hauling all of my furniture up the stairs was QUITE the task. I told Fletcher it was probably a good team building activity. There is no way I could have done it without Fletcher, I was so thankful for his help! After getting everything up the stairs we were hot, tired, and we left my room a disaster and went to eat dinner.

When we got back from dinner we began to put everything in its place and I started to unpack all my bags. Before too long it looked like this...

I don't think it has hit me yet that this is my new home. So far it feels kind of like I'm playing a part in someone else's life. And it feels very strange to be in my new room. I told Fletcher I might need to paint it nacho cheese orange in order to feel more at home (kidding). We still have some things to do before my room is finished. Both my lamps were damaged in the move, and because of the tv there is no room for any of my picture frames! So Fletcher has ideas for us to make new lampshades and to use the window sill to hang up my pictures. Even though it doesn't feel like home yet, Fletcher and his family have been so sweet in welcoming me. Fletcher and his mom put together a "Welcome to Birmingham" basket with some of my favorite things, along with some helpful things for me to get to know the city. From diet cokes to maps of Birmingham, I am set.

Tomorrow I start my new job, which is crazy. I am excited about all the new things I will learn and new people I will meet. I eagerly await the day that I feel adjusted to Birmingham. I've changed my presets and my subscriptions, I guess now it is just a matter of time before it feels normal to be here. I miss the beach house alot! But it is really nice to know that Fletcher and I are done with long distance. I'm about to go grocery shopping for the first time ever on my own dime...not looking forward to it. So that's all for now, stay tuned for what life is like in sweet home Alabama.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Coconut Joys

This was so easy and fast that there is no reason not to try it if you like coconut or more specifically if you like Almond Joys! First I chopped up the almonds, measured out the coconut, and melted the chocolate chips.

Next I mixed together the coconut, butter, and powdered sugar, then formed them in 1 inch balls. Then I took the end of a spoon and used it to make an indention in the center of each ball. After that I poured the melted chocolate into the indention and topped with the chopped almonds. I topped a few of them with chopped pecans, but most of them were topped with almonds.

Once I was finished topping each coconut ball I put it in the refrigerator to chill for about 2 hours. I haven't tried one because I'm not crazy about coconut...but SuSu gave it the thumbs up! She says they are very good!

1 and 1/2 cups flaked coconut
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
1 oz. semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips, melted
2 tbsp. chopped almonds or pecans

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Brownies and Books

Tonight my mom and I made brownie strawberry shortcakes. It was so simple and they were tasty! First we just made brownies from a box mix.

Then we mixed together 2 and 1/4 cups milk with 2 boxes of vanilla pudding mix. We mixed until it got thick, then we folded in 2 cups of cool whip.

We cut up strawberries to put in the middle and on the top of the brownies.

One brownie on the bottom, topped with the pudding mixture, then strawberries on top of that. Then brownie, pudding, strawberries, again. We made half the brownies with nuts and half without.

So far my time in Memphis has been very relaxed. I have a mile long to-do list but I just try to mark a few things off every day. So when I'm not unpacking from Auburn or preparing for my upcoming move, I'm usually just hanging out with Lacey or hanging out at home. And my time at home has involved a lot of reading. The last few weeks of Auburn I read the Redemption series by Karen Kingsbury and now I am attached to the Baxter family! The Redemption series is followed by two others sets of books. So I have now finished 6 of the 14 books. Eight to go!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Don't Stop Believin'

I'm officially an Auburn graduate and I really can't believe it. The last three days have been full of tears, boxes, and very sad goodbyes. But on the bright side, I had a great couple of days with my family and Fletcher in town.

We have lived together for four years and been best friends for twice as long. Leaving the Beach House and knowing in two weeks that we will not only not be living under the same roof, but that we will not even be living in the same states is more sadness then I can handle.

A picture of the right side of the house. Took us two years to take a horizontal picture together for the frame that has been sitting empty in the bathroom for the last two years!

Over the last two years we have done so much together and the last three days were full of tears as we packed up our boxes and spent our last days and nights together as roommates.

Fletcher took off work so that he could be at graduation. It was so fun to spend time together with him and my family.

My sweet mom who made it possible for me to go to Auburn and live in the Beach House and have everything that I grew to love so much these last four years.

Everybody got to come except for Rob and Frank!

Even Ev made the trip! Traveling across four states is quite the adventure for a three week old baby! But she did great!

The title of this post is probably cheesy, but I'm in a very sentimental mood. Today I listened to Don't Stop Believin' in the car and it made me smile as I thought of all the memories I had with my friends in Auburn over the last few years. I picture us all belting out "It goes on and on and on and on..." with all six of us crammed into one car...driving home from dinner at Laredo's. And it makes me think of Sarah singing out as she walks around the house. And when I listen to it I know that we are going to still be the best of friends. So here's to believing in Auburn and believing in the Beach House.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Day of Celebration

Yesterday was Sarah's birthday. It was a day filled with celebration of Sarah and of all things Auburn. It was a good excuse for us to all spend one of our last full days in Auburn doing fun things together.

First off we had a big breakfast together, and we finally used our mugs that Sarah and Kree painted for us when we decided to all live together in the BH sophomore year. But we missed Kree very much and we left her "k" cup out to pretend like she was there too.

Then we went to the pool, then went downtown to eat at toomer's, did a little shopping, and then came back home to get ready for dinner. And then we went to Laredo's and ate dinner and all Sarah's singer friends came too.

Then after dinner we came home and had cake. We couldn't take a BH picture without Kree. So we spelled her name with sign language. Leah was loving it as you can tell by her face!

Happy Birthday to Sarah! And as far as the countdown to graduation is going...the goodbyes have started which means the tears have started as well. The next two days are going to go by too fast!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Here I raise mine Ebenezer

Warning: This post may be wordy...I usually try not to be too wordy in my posts, but this post is an exception.

"Come Thou Fount" has been one of my favorite hymns for as long as I can remember. But it wasn't until a few years ago that I found out the meaning of the word "Ebenezer." In the old testament Samuel set up an Ebenezer stone as a sign of God's faithfulness to the Israelites. After learning about the meaning of the word I realized that I needed to be better about both documenting and sharing experiences of God's faithfulness in my life.

God's faithfulness has been a common thread throughout my entire life, and something I have rested in for as long as I can remember. Over the last few months I have been anxious and discouraged about what my life might hold after graduation. At one point I began to picture a job and a career path that seemed like the perfect fit, but the Lord had other plans. I began to realize the moving back to Memphis after graduation and continuing my job search wasn't going to be the worst thing in the world, and I tried to trust the Lord despite the significant uncertainty in my life.

Three days ago I went for a job interview in Birmingham, and left with a job offer. This morning I called and accepted and will be starting the first of June. I was so caught off guard with how fast it all happened, and am now overwhelmed with the fact that in three weeks I'm going to be moving to Birmingham and starting not only a new job, but a new chapter of life. The Lord has made himself so evident to me throughout the process and I am so thankful. The morning of my interview I read this scripture, and felt the scripture expressed in my life just hours later.

"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Great is thy faithfulness. I say to myself 'The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him'." -Lamentations 3:22-24

Thursday, May 6, 2010

This is the Last Time...

Tonight we had our last family dinner at the BH. Lacey, Kree, and Anna don't have any exams, so they made tacos, rice, and cheese dip. Then after we ate I went to take my last exam of college...elementary spanish I, kind of ironic that my last college exam was for a freshmen class.

Then for dessert Lacey made cobbler with blackberries and blueberries.

Then we had to wait patiently while it went in the oven...

And then it was finally ready to come out! Yum!

Monday, May 3, 2010

My trip to Arkansas

This weekend I got to go to Arkansas to visit Rob and Allison and the cutest little baby ever.

I ended up driving, but seeing my niece was worth every minute of the long drive. Our weekend pretty much consisted of Ev eating and sleeping. She is such a happy baby and hardly ever cries unless she is hungry. People would call me and ask me what we had been doing and that was all there ever was to tell them...sitting on the couch while Ev eats and holding her while she sleeps. It was so fun to watch Rob and Allison be parents and see how much they love her. I missed them as soon as I left and am already counting down until I get to see them again!

The only thing that would have made the trip better is if Ab had gotten to be there too!

E says she hopes we can all be together soon!