Friday, December 11, 2009

grits + scrooge

I love holidays at Unboundary. Our office has lots of great annual traditions, and last night was one of my favorites. At 4:15pm a bus picked all 40 of us up at the office and drove us to Dogwood Restaurant. Chef Shane Touhy of Dogwood, along with his amazing grits, was featured as the afternoon appetizer portion of our TEDxAtlanta event. We knew we had to go back for more grits. Dinner consisted of Anson Mill's stone ground grits, chopped port, sweet tea bar-b-que sauce, slaw + Parmesan crusted flounder, oven dried tomatoes, bay scallops, thyme, cream + Chocolate creme brulee, toasted marshmallow. So yummy! (And a nice break from all of the fast food we've been eating :)

Then the bus took us to one of my favorite Christmas-time stories. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge and how he came to know the meaning of Christmas. The Alliance Theatre puts on a great show every year, and this year was just as great!

More fun to be had over the next two weeks! Merry, merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

update via lists

The D-I-Y (do it yourself) mantra sure does make things rewarding. However, it also means that things are going to take time. Especially when you work 8+ hours a day, and only have a couple of hours at the end of the day to get things done. Currently, our house is a little ghetto-fied. So, an update in the form of lists (I can't bear to put up pictures just yet).

Things we still have to get done + what they effect:
- Stain the front door = no Christmas wreath hung until then; oh, and we also can't install our new knobs until then either (which is why we have no door knob from inside)
- Stain the back deck = Porch furniture set up on our parking pad (where a huge pile of trash also lies...we've been promised our workers are coming back for it!)
- Fix the toilet in the master bathroom = I have to walk all the way to the guest bathroom to make my (at least once) middle of the night potty break
- Repair the kitchen sink faucet hose = Eating take-out for every meal (see list of take-out spots below)
- Paint the guest and master bathrooms = Makes sense to wait to get everything fully set up (mirrors hung, pictures up, etc)
- Get cable installed = Missing all my shows (w/ no way to DVR then either!) + going through all the old movies we have
- Install Racks for Master Closet = We have to go to three different rooms to put together (and find!) our outfits for the days (our clothes/shoes reside in closets, dressers, and bags in both the guest bedrooms)
- Replace dryer exhaust duct = One large pile of laundry!

However, we have gotten the following (so much!) accomplished -
- Carpets installed
- Fridge, stove/range, washer + dryer delivered and installed
- New front and back door (that conveniently lock, unlike the previous ones!)
- Painted all of the walls in the house (save the bathrooms)
- Moved all of our things from the condo to the house
- Unpacked almost all of our things
- Fixed the water heater
- Replaced + painted the siding
- Bought a vacuum cleaner and an iron

And my final list is all of the places we've eaten take-out lately (some of which I'm a little embarrassed) -
- Nuevo Laredo
- Arby's
- Bonehead's
- Publix
- Jimmy Johns
- Taco Bell
- Chick-fil-A
- Moes
- Star Provisions
- Lindsay + Gavin's (our awesome friends who have provided at least two meals for us!)
I am craving some fresh vegetables and a piece of fish!!

While I'm ready to be settled, I'm definitely trying to take the time and enjoy the fun parts of this transition period. Here's to being homeowners!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

time to take a deep breath

It's no secret that our lives are a bit chaotic right now. Chaos and lack of sleep, more often than not, leads to frustration and short tempers (at least for me). I'm not gonna lie - I have had to be very intentional to keep a grateful heart.

We are living with boxes stacked everywhere. But we have a home.
The kitchen sink is broken. But we have food.
We are sleeping on a mattress in the living room. But I have an amazing, loving husband to sleep next to.
I don't have time to put up Christmas decorations (heck - I don't even have time to unpack all of our daily things). But I have a Savior who entered this world for me.

For me. To save this world.
God. Came. To. Live. In. This. Dirty. Sad. Sinful. World.
For us.

It's just the dose of humility that I need right now. Which is why this is my favorite Christmas song right now. And possibly will be from here on out.

It's still a mystery to me
That the hands of God could be so small
How tiny fingers reaching in the night
Were the very hands that measured the sky

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Heaven's love reaching down to save the world
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Son of God, Servant King
You're here with us

It's still a mystery to me
How is infant eyes have seen the dawn of time
How is ears have heard an angel's symphony
But still Mary had to rock her Savior to sleep

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Heaven's love reaching down to save the world
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Son of God, Servant King
You're here with us

Jesus the Christ, born in Bethlehem
A baby born to save, to save the souls of man

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Heaven's love reaching down to save the world
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Son of God, Servant King
You're here with us

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

thanksgiving in photos

Part 1: Augusta

We had a blast in Augusta, with lots of food, family, friends, and relaxing. Good thing, because Part 2 isn't quite so restful!

Family Bootcamp : Thanksgiving Morning
(led by Tee on the far left)

My favorite ladies : Thanksgiving
Aunt Wendy, RA, Jennifer, & Mom

Auburn/Alabama Tailgate w/ great friends!
Grant & Micah, J & I, Baby Harris (belonging to Micah!) and Kathryn and Neal

Our favorite kids in the world!

Part 2: Jamie and I cut the weekend short, and came back to the ATL on Saturday night. There was lots of moving to be done (Sun & Mon), but we are finally, officially in our new house!

Jamie and the U-haul on Sunday

Last night at the condo : Air mattress-style

Carpet comes tomorrow (for the bedrooms), so
everything lives in our living room until then.

Perfect ending to a super-long two days!
Pizza and wine in OUR new home!

I've got tons of before photos that I'll share soon, especially when we have some after photos to share!