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8.06.2016

The Delayed Report: July


July was a month of firsts, new beginnings and being reunited with old loves.  It was a really good month and I kinda hated to see it go.  Even though August is looking pretty promising; here is what happened in my world in July…



1.  Less than 24 hours old Babe


Kennedy Rayne Dunlap was born on July 3, 2016 and weighed 6 pounds and was 19 inches long.  I was able to hold her less than 24 hours later, I drove straight home from Tupelo, MS to hold her and it was worth every minute.  Bridget and Ryan, you both are going to be amazing parents.  I am so lucky to love all three of you. 



2.  Fourth of July Group Photo


Every time I make my weekend trips to Tupelo, I always mention that I want to have a group photo taken.  We never do, and I always forget until I get in my car to leave again.  After the firework display, Colleen asked a stranger to take our photo and I love it so much - even if it's semi dark and grainy. 


3.  Beach Ball and Bad Sunburn


When I ordered my most recent Lilly Pulitzer planner, it arrived with two free things: a set of hair ties AND a beach ball.  Since I won't be at the beach anytime soon, I figure I would take it to Tupelo and one of the babies could play with it.  Well, play we did.  The beach ball was a hit and so was my skin.  I didn't apply enough sunscreen and was burnt to a crisp in a couple hours.  I may not go to the beach this summer, but I was definitely a lobster.



4.  Baby Sprinkle


On July 9th, I joined a few more girls to throw a baby sprinkle for our friend, Mandy.  Mandy is currently pregnant with her second baby girl, so we knew a sprinkle would be perfect for her.  Turns out, the weather knew the same thing.  Even though it rained a bit outside, we showered the mom to be with lots of diapers, wipes and some new clothes inside the clubhouse.  The other hostesses were the real MVP's and I can't wait to meet the newest Baby Bounds soon.  




4. ​Reunited with Friends and Food  


I woke up early one Saturday and drove all the way to Laurel to spend a pre-birthday weekend with my friend, Lila.  I immediately asked her to take me to my old college stomping grounds, Hattiesburg, to get my true love: Which Wich.  I also tried grilled corn on the cob for the first time at Conner's house that weekend.  I ate a lot of good food and spent a lot of time laughing with friends so it was a very successful weekend. 



7.  Ghost Dinner/Sunday School Sister 


After the baby sprinkle, I attended a birthday dinner for our sweet friend, Angel.  I write this as part of the events for July because this night was really strange.  Brooke kept ordering things and the waiter would just bring everything to me; he basically treated her like a ghost.  It was very comical due to the fact that her dress was neon pink; like how could he not see her.   The next morning, we went to church and I went into Sunday School for the first time in a long time.  I was reminded of a lot of things in that class and I look forward to the next one. 




8.  Body Shop Balance = $0.00


Midway through July, I was paid for the rest of the damage that was done to my car and was able to pay the body shop the rest that was owed.  Knowing that debt was paid made me extremely happy and secure in knowing the drama for the past two months was officially over.  



9.  Saw Avenue Q


On July 23rd, I went to watch a close friend be the main actress in a local play.  They reminded us that this play was not suitable for children, even though each actor had a puppet on their arm.  It was described as "Sesame Street meets South Park" and it lived up to it's hype.  Taylor was so good and I never stopped laughing.  If you ever hear of Avenue Q come to your town, buy a ticket ASAP. 




The Report is a series I post once a month to list things and events that are currently happening in my life.  Please feel free to tell me your monthly report in the comment section below.  
To read June's report, click here

7.18.2016

The Delayed Report: June


I have recently come to the conclusion that each month's report is going to be delayed, so no more putting parentheses around the word.  As almost anyone can tell, my passion for blogging is just not where it used to be.  However, I love looking back over the months and writing a reminder of what happened to remind myself of how full/active my life really is.  I tend to forget that. 



1.  My Maid of Honor Answer  


The first Wednesday night of June, I was formally asked to be Kaylee's Maid of Honor in her upcoming February wedding.  I immediately said YES! I would be honored to.  I am currently in the process of planning a few things and I am having so much fun putting the details together. 




2. ​Meeting William for the first time



The weekend of July 11, I drove to Natchez, Mississippi to hang with my friend, Cupit and her little boy, Will.  He was such a snuggler and I couldn't have asked for a better weekend with one of my best friends turned mothers.  She is doing a fabulous job balancing her career, family and friends. 




3.  Engagement Basket: Round Two 




Before I drove to Natchez, I had help from Kaylee's mom and boyfriend to help surprise the Bride.  I had so much fun putting this Engagement basket together and I will do a blog post on it if anyone wants to know what all is included, leave me a comment below! 




4.  Supported my friend/famous blogger, Kathleen 




The minute Kathleen posted about her curated collection with Morning Lavender, I was so excited to see what she had out there.  When I saw that she had the ring I've been wanting for MONTHS, I was overjoyed.  I immediately bought the ring and it was the perfect price.  If you want to see any of her collection, click here




5.  She said YES to the DRESS! 




On June 25, the bride to be said yes to the dress in less than an hour.  The Matron of Honor and I also found the bridesmaid's dresses in record time.  The Bridal Path was extremely helpful, sweet and genuinely wanted us to have a great experience.  I am hoping to lose a little bit of weight before I go back to get measured for my bridesmaids dress.




6.  My Best Friend's Birthday 



One year after his golden birthday, my best guy friend turned 29 on the 28th.  I posted on all my social media and wished him the best birthday ever.  He probably had to work, but he lives at the beach so I'm sure it was an amazing day.  Can't wait to hang out with him when he comes home next month for a visit.  



7.  One Month Later:  My Best Friend's Wedding Photos 




A month after the big day, Brooke received her magical wedding photos.  Jodye Sabatini is an amazing photographer and she made us look like models - in the Mississippi heat - so clearly she is a good one. 




8.  Rental Car Realness 






The entire process of getting my car fixed was a disaster and it only made sense to give me a hot wheels car during the process.  I have never in my life been treated like I have the past couple of months and I could only laugh when they gave me the rental car key.  I'm sure a blog post will be written on the experience……at some point. 





The Report is a series I post once a month to list things and events that are currently happening in my life.  Please feel free to tell me your monthly report in the comment section below.  
To read May's report, click here


7.12.2016

#BrookesQuickTrip



**Disclaimer:  I cannot take credit for anything that happened or occurred during this trip.  I was simply an attendee and Kara, the maid of Honor, is the real MVP.  She had everything a girl could need:  mimosas and donuts for breakfast, bachelorette bags filled with essentials, ordered the 15 seat van for us to ride in, playlists with all songs needed for a road trip, the photo props, the scheduling of burlesque dance class/a show to attend later that night and of course, booking of the hotel - which had just been updated and was so chic.  I cannot thank her enough for everything that she did for us 11 girls and I hope she knows how much we appreciated her.** 





As many times as I have been to New Orleans, I've never stayed just one night and gotten one hour of sleep.  To say Brooke's bachelorette trip was a non-stop fun fest would be a huge understatement.  I am so glad I got to attend one of the best events of the year thus far, #BrookesQuickTrip.  Her hashtag was perfect due to the fact that we were in Nola for 23 hours and that her new last name was going to be Quick the following Saturday.  


We started off arriving at the host's house between 9-10 am to get our bachelorette bags, eat donuts, and drink a mimosa (if you wanted).  I didn't partake in the mimosa drinking because I know how my body handles alcohol: it doesn't.  I am a lightweight by definition and cannot drink very much; I wanted to enjoy the day to the fullest so, water it was. 




We left the house at 10:30 am in our 15 seat van and it was just enough small/roomy once you sat down.  Each person had their own AC vent - which is what I was most worried about - and we all had the best time traveling down to Nola.  We arrived around 1:30 pm and began checking into the hotel and getting ready for our lunch/burlesque class.  


We had to rush to our burlesque class; our cab driver made it awkward and took us to the wrong place, but we still had an amazing time.  Our instructor's name was Bella Blue and she is wonderful; found out later that night that she is one of the Top 10 Burlesque dancers in the world so clearly, homegirl knows what she is doing.  I am so glad we were taught by someone who is so great at what she does.  If you want to see her website, click here: http://www.nolaschoolofburlesque.com/



After the class, we got in a cab with James who became our new favorite cab driver EVER.  He gave us his card and a new hashtag for the weekend: #CherryEleven.  We cannot thank James enough for getting us back to our hotel in one piece and I hope he made his next pick-up to which he said into his CB radio: "I want that - an easy $80.00 - all interstate."
We all squeezed into the tiny elevator and started getting ready for the night which would begin at 7:30 pm.  I was able to find out that the drink machines in the hotel don't take cash so I walked to a mini store a couple blocks up with April and Kirsty.  We came back to the hotel quickly and began prepping for a long night ahead.  Prep didn't take long for me since I got my hair styled really early that morning, so it was more about making a mixed drink and taking some selfies. 









We walked around for about an hour to find our dinner place - we didn't know what we wanted but we came across Café Soule and it was just what we needed.  Good food, great friends and even better air conditioning.  We filled up on carbs and made our way to the Burlesque Dance show -- it lasted an hour and had all of us laughing and clapping.  






After the show, we made our way to the first bar and began to notice how crowded everywhere was - which gives me anxiety.  I need room to move around.  So we sat down in a club for a few hours, laughed and spent way too much money.  Around 2 am when we left, we noticed things were much more bearable outside.  Half the group decided to go back to the hotel and the other half decided that we weren't going to sleep anytime soon.  




We went to a club and danced to rap music until they kicked us out (my absolute favorite thing to do).  We then went to The Beach and danced until they also kicked us out.   Then we went back to another sit down club and laughed even more.  When we walked out of that building, it was 6:30 am and the sun was up.  We made it to daylight, y'all.  










I was so impressed, and we were also really hungry.  So Café Du Monde at 6:45, it is.  Beignets for breakfast was amazing and so was finally laying down in our hotel bed at 7:30 am. I dozed in and out of sleep until 10 am and then got up and packed my stuff to head out.  









We ate lunch at The Corner Oyster House on the Riverside and it is always the best place to stop at before the long ride back.  I call it a Sunday tradition.  None of us wanted to walk around anymore so we left the restaurant and got back in the van and headed home.  We didn't make any stops on the way home, either.  The last thing I remember when I got home was my dad asking me if I needed anything from the store.  I told him "turkey meat" and the next thing I know it was 7 am the next morning.  


#BrookesQuickTrip was one of the best trips I have ever had in New Orleans and I cannot wait to go back down to the Big Easy.  I love that city and it never disappoints.  



6.19.2016

The (Delayed) Report: May


The month of May was filled with so many wonderful things; I just hated to see it go.  I knew going into this month that it was going to be extremely busy, and at the time, I didn't realize how much rest I would truly need.  I ended up making it the whole 31 days - even when my car was hit at the end and almost made me lose my sanity.

But without further ado, here is my report for May:


1.  Beach Birthday Bash


I celebrated 29 with two of my best girlfriends in Perdido Key, Florida.  They made sure that I relaxed, ate well, and had plenty of aloe vera for my sunburned body.  I am forever grateful for these two taking time out of their busy schedules to celebrate me turning a year older. 


2.  A "Berry" Happy Birthday


Savannah turned ONE and her party was the most adorable thing I've ever seen.  The menu included mini hamburgers and potato salad.  I don't know how the hosts knew those were two of my favorite foods, but I'm so glad they did.  I enjoyed seeing Savannah run around her party enjoying everyone and I mean, could she be any cuter? The answer is no. 



3.  Sal's with my Gals 


Tried another new-to-me restaurant with my girls for my birthday dinner with them: Sal and Mookie's.  It's a pizza joint that also has the best Green Goddess dressing I've ever tasted.  I can't wait to go back soon for pizza, salad and of course: ice cream. 


4.  #DigYourRoots Tour in Tupelo, MS


Spending less than 24 hours in Tupelo, MS was one of the best days of my life so far this year.  Florida Georgia Line puts on a great show and I may not hate concerts now.  I can't thank my Tupelo girls enough for taking me.  It's a night I'll never forget, that's for sure. 


5.  Little Lady(bug) Baby Shower


Mid-way through the month, I co-hosted Bridget's baby shower with these fabulous ladies.  I think the shower went great and I can't believe we will get to meet this sweet little lady in less than a month! 



6.  #BrookesQuickTrip

Photo taken from my Instagram: @alwaysablogsmaid


What happens when you stay awake for 25 hours straight and party all night in New Orleans?  A lot of things.  That I may tell you in another post….maybe. 
Just kidding, of course I'm going to tell you. 



7.  #QuickSayIDo



The weekend after the bachelorette party, these two got hitched.  We ate 'concession stand' foods, danced all night and then ended the night at Waffle House.  Perfect ending to a perfect day, I say.  



8.  From the Wedding to an Engagement 



As I walked down the aisle to celebrate the marriage of Matt and Brooke, I came back to my phone to see a group message celebrating the engagement of Kaylee and Edward.  I could not be happier for this sweet couple and I have already started on my Maid of Honor duties; like the party planner that I am. 




The Report is a series I post once a month to list things and events that are currently happening in my life.  Please feel free to tell me your monthly report in the comment section below.  
To read Aprils report, click here