Can I tell you how much I love this store!?  Seriously, if I could decorate my whole house and stock my closet with items from this store, I TOTALLY WOULD.  Ok, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but I do love me some Anthro.  Although I would also need to make about 3x the living that I do in order to afford that kind of luxury, so….instead I’ll just daydream 🙂  So here’s some fun stuff I’m loving right now!!

Check out these rain boots.  OH MY! I love them. Perfect for when I’m garden picking!

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I hate this little card is sold out. I would love to have it framed in our kitchen 🙂  Although I could probably find it elsewhere online. It’s made by Rifle Paper Co. Love them!


Totally off the subject…but where was this dress when I was shopping for a wedding reception dress?  Gorgeous.


These little bowls make me so happy. They are so bright and cheerful. I have a few in various colors, but I will probably continue to add to the collection 😉


And I don’t have any of these yet, but they are beautiful as well 🙂


OH LOOK! These little friends are on SaLe! 🙂  Obsessed.


And I’m liking this little number a lot.

dressSo that’s my little daydreaming shopping spree 🙂

Lady of the Night

Our census at work has been crazy high, as it usually is every summer.  It never fails. Clearly there’s not as much to do during the winter, except…cough, well.  You know.  And every summer we see the results.  Babies just start popping out around the clock.  So right now between the RNICU and our unit we have roughly 100-110 babies.  We are a PACKED HOUSE.  Unrelated babies are having to share rooms, twins are squished into single rooms, and we the nurses get calls on a daily bases asking to work extra.

Anyways, so desperate times sometimes calls for desperate measures.  There are a few people on night shift out on maternity leave or medical leave, so night shift has been really short during this time.  Day shift is short also, but it’s easier to sign up extra on day shifts.  So our manager sent out an email asking if any day-shift nurses would be willing to work night-shift for a little while until we get through this busy season.  I thought about it for a day or so, talked to Greg about it, and we decided the extra pay would help (especially with our Israel trip coming up), and it would probably hopefully help me adjust for jet-lag with Israel if I’m already on an adjusted schedule.  So last week I started back working night shift and I will stay on nights through the end of August.  Boy, I forgot what “night shift tired” felt like.  It’s totally different than any other kind of tired. It’s a tired that only night-shifters understand.  It’s a nauseating tired.  And it all came rushing back by my 3rd straight night last week.  Man oh man.  That was rough.

But I’ll adjust.  And it’s only temporary.  And I’ll be on 2 vacations during July, so I can’t really complain.  So if you wonder why I don’t answer calls or texts some days, just remember I may be cozy in my bed getting my good “night’s” sleep. 🙂


Southwestern Tilapia

We have found another tilapia recipe we like 🙂  Yep, that makes 3.  I found it on a website called He and She Eat Clean, and they actually got it from the Whole Foods‘ phone app.  First of all, I didn’t know Whole Foods had a recipe app!  I will definitely be adding it to my phone.  Anyways, this one was called Southwestern Tilapia.

SouthwestTilapiaThis recipe called for 4 fillets, and we only eat 2 in a single meal.  So I halved it initially.  But then we also didn’t want it to be really spicey, so I quartered the chili powder and cayenne pepper.  The recipe below is how I altered it for the two of us!


  • 2 tilapia fillets
  • approx. 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • lime juice


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Mix spices together in a small bowl.
  • Drizzle olive oil over each fillet.
  • Sprinkle the spices mixture over each fillet.
  • Drizzle lime juice over each fillets.
  • Flip fillets over and repeat steps 3-5.
  • Bake for approx. 10-12 mins until fillets flake easily.

It was so easy too!  I mean, making sure I did the math right when measuring the spices was literally the most time consuming part.  And by time consuming, I mean 10-15mins.  Quick, easy and yummy.  Can’t beat that! 🙂

Everyday Smilies

So I was doing my usual poking-around-Facebook-and-Pinterest this morning before crawling out of bed.  Does anyone else do that?  On my days off from work, I almost always do a little internet-ing before I actually get out of bed.  Anyways, so this morning on Pinterest I was actually just poking around my own boards and things I’ve pinned in the past.  If you’re like me, you probably have so many project ideas, recipes, printables, and the sort that you’ve still yet to try.  Yeah, me too.  Although we did try a new tilapia recipe last night that I had pinned in the past!  But I found myself browsing through the things I’ve pinned to my “Makes Me Smile” board, and I decided I wanted to share a few of those things.

So, we will call this the Everyday Smilies post!  Who knows, maybe I’ll even make it a new regular post.  Hope you enjoy 🙂

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Israel Countdown

I can’t believe our Israel trip is quickly approaching!  Holy cow, it’s countdown time!  We really haven’t gotten any more information about the trip since we decided to go.  So it should be exciting! We don’t have a clue what to expect so we certainly won’t be disappointed 🙂

We have certainly been blessed with the generosity of family and friends who have helped lend financial support for us!  The trip will cost roughly $4,000 for both Greg and me.  To those who have given already we are SO VERY THANKFUL!!!!  You have no idea how much you have helped!  However, we are still about $1,300 short 🙁  We know God will provide, and we have seen His provisions already through the support we’ve received thus far.  But if you still want to help, please contact us through Facebook.  For safety reasons, I don’t want to publish our address here on my blog.  But most everyone who reads this is either friends with myself or Greg, so we can privately give you the info needed 🙂

Obviously, in addition to financial support we continue to ask for prayers.  Please pray for safe travels, not only on the plane rides back and forth but for safety while in Israel.  Israel and Syria are not on good terms right now, and although we have been assured that safety is a top priority as we travel, you can never be 100% sure.  Pray that God will put His hand over our journey and protect us from harm.  Also pray for the youth that will be attending the camps we will serve in.  It is my understanding that the children attending the camps have converted to Christianity.  Since most of the country is Jewish, with Muslim being the next highest population, many of these children are some of the only Christians in their communities.  Pray that they will find spiritual support and renewal during their fellowship with us.  Clearly there will be a language barrier between us, but I just pray that they would see God through our actions and love.  Lastly, pray for our own spiritual walk.  Pray that Greg and I would continue to grow and strengthen our own faiths.   There is a reason we have been given this opportunity.  I don’t know lessons God has in store for us, but pray that we would be open to His guidance and that our cups would runeth over with His teachings.  I want to soak up every bit of what God has waiting for us!

Thanks for sharing this journey with us!! We are getting so excited!

Swim, Bike, Run- Grandman style

We celebrated another Grandman triathlon with our family athlete this weekend.  Chuck and his friend Robbie have participated in races together several times before, and they both did the Grandman together 2 years ago as well.  The race was in Fairhope, AL (outside of Mobile).  We love Fairhope.  We lived there before we moved to Birmingham when I was 5.  It’s such a cute little town by the bay.

We drove down Friday, and picked Emily up in Auburn along the way.  Chuck’s parents and Robbie’s family came down to watch them race as well.  Friday night we all went to Wintzell’s Oyster House for dinner.  Great food and great company 🙂  Mom, Dwayne, Emily and I stayed with our family friends the Nester’s, so after dinner we went back to there house to get to bed early.  A 7am race Saturday morning meant an early wake-up call for us all 😉  Katie and Chuck brought their dog Rosco with them, so the three of them and Robbie stayed in a hotel.  We met up with everyone bright and early Saturday morning at the Fairhope pier.

Katie, Emily, and I are ready to watch the boys!June1-Fairhope (5)They started the race off a 1/3 mile swim (they jumped off the pier and swam into shore), then a 18 mile bike ride, and finish out with a 3.1 mile run.  Both guys did well. Chuck beat his time from last year and placed 4th in his age bracket.June1-Fairhope (3)June1-Fairhope (2) June1-Fairhope (4)June1-Fairhope (7)June1-Fairhope (6)June1-Fairhope (10)June1-Fairhope (11)June1-Fairhope (8) June1-Fairhope (9)After the race Chuck and Robbie’s parents headed back to Birmingham.  Katie, Chuck and Robbie stuck around for the award ceremony while mom, Dwayne, Emily and I went roaming around downtown Fairhope.  We went into a few antique shops and then down to another little pier down the road just killing time until we would meet Katie, Chuck and Robbie for lunch.

June1-Fairhope (1) June1-Fairhope (12) June1-Fairhope (14) June1-Fairhope (15)For lunch we found this really cool place.  It’s Windmill Market.  It’s an organic market with local fruits and veggies, 3 cafe’s you can order food from, and there’s all kinds of outdoor seating with live music.  There’s a giant windmill outside the building which uses wind to generate power, and I found some rain barrels scattered around which they use to collect rainwater to water the plants on the property. It was a very cool!  Birmingham totally needs something like this.  Here’s mom and Dwayne sitting out on the patio 🙂June1-Fairhope (16)After a long day on Saturday we went back to the Nester’s house to visit and get ready for dinner.  We went out for Italian at this pizzeria in Daphne.  Rachael met up with us at their house with her silly boy Lucas and they joined us for dinner.  It’s always fun seeing them again and catching up.  We’ve been family friends since before any of us kids were born.  They’re really like family actually.  Distant family, and we just pick up where we left off each time we see each other 🙂

So it was a wonderful weekend.  Another race in the books, and great times with family and friends.  Who could ask for more?

the Construction Chronicles- Bathroom is Complete!

Wow, somehow I never posted pictures of our completed hall bathroom! Whoops.  I think I was so excited to FINALLY be done with it (it was a looooong 2 1/2 months) that I just breezed past documenting the big finale.  So here it is…the bathroom that I thought would never be finished.  It’s beautiful.  And 2 years later, we are still loving it 🙂

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