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The Delayed Report: August

I'm not sure what I was expecting when August started, but I can officially say that this month was even sweeter (and sweatier) than July.  I tried new things, went to some new places, celebrated a lot of birthdays, and spent time with the ones I love most so it was a very successful month. 

Each month I like to re-cap what happened and thank goodness for a date stamp on the photos in my camera roll or I would be completely lost.  Put any of your monthly accomplishments in the comments below or link your blog and I'll come visit! :)

1.  Bachelorette Swag Bag Arrivals

The packages have started coming in for the bachelorette bags I am currently making for the #LeaveItToWeaver attendees.  I really appreciated how quick some of the Etsy shops have been getting these items to me.  I cannot wait to put the finishing touches on the bags this month so I won't have to worry about it once October rolls around.  If you run an Etsy shop, please leave your shop name below - I am in need of a few more goodies!

2.  Bible Study Blues

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On August 2nd, our weekly bible study ended and it was very bittersweet.  I knew it was ending soon, but I didn't want to let our time together go.  I learned so much from our study, The Search for Significance by Robert S. McGee.  I would recommend it to anyone who feels like they must prove something or do certain things to be a Christian (read their bible more, pray more, etc). 

I learned that it's really about your heart and your relationship with Jesus.  Going to church and reading your bible shouldn't just be tasks we check off of our daily to do list, it's all about a relationship with Him.  Jesus died for us, his grace is enough and his blood paid it all - everything we have done or ever will do has already been paid for, justified and forgiven.  Our significance is in Jesus alone and that's just a really great reminder on the really tough days.

3.  Bible Study Birthdays

Two of the girls in the bible study had birthdays the next day, Kaylee and Caitlin.  I both gave them separate birthday cards and birthday collages on Facebook and a separate post on Instagram.  Because are you really friends if you didn't use each social media network + a text + a Snapchat?  As Gretchen Weiners would say on Mean Girls... "I'm such a good friend."

4.  My First SuperShake & First Quarter Note

SuperShake is a type of smoothie place where it doesn't have all the added sugars/preservatives in it.  It's good for your body and tastes delicious.  I have gotten the Butterfinger twice and the Malibu once.  The only thing I find ironic is that I've gotten the same bible verse all three times.  I am starting to wonder if God is trying to tell me something - but I'm not fully understanding what it could be from just that verse alone. 

After that, I signed up to run 6.2 miles when I don't run at all.  The Mississippi Blues Marathon is held every January and I decided to get my life together and what better way than with a race on the horizon?  All of this is said with sincere sarcasm, but I hope it will keep me accountable about working out consistently.  I am currently on week 2 of my c25k plan - so miracles are happening.

5.  Baby Snuggles & The Importance of Being Earnest

The next couple of days I spent time staring and laughing.  I got to hang out with my bestie and hog her baby for a few hours - which she said I can do anytime.  I love the nights I can go over there and just hold her little one and catch up on life with her.  The night after that, I went to a small play in my town and it reminded me how much I love plays.  I love the ridiculousness of most of them and I love how much I laugh and just let go of the daily things that stress me out when I get there. 

6. Jewelry & Taylor's Birthday 


The next Friday night, I attended a jewelry party and ended up buying something very uncommon for me.  I'm more of a dainty necklace person, but I couldn't pass this one up.  I've seen other girls wear big necklaces and once the girl said "this necklace goes perfect with black" I knew it was going home with me.

The rest of the weekend was spent celebrating Taylor's birthday.  We had dinner at Outback and saw Suicide Squad in 3D.  I usually can't watch movies in 3D because I get motion sickness, but this wasn't bad at all.  I also have a prediction that a lot of girls will be dressed up as Harley Quinn this halloween.

7.  Dad's Retirement Party

Since last October things have been a little different at our house, but Dad officially had his retirement party on Friday, August 19th.  It was nice to see where my dad worked for 34 years and I hope he knows how proud we are of him.  It's not often that you see grown men say sweet things to other grown men in the corporate world, so it will be a time that I will always remember with smiles. 

I've began to notice I'm more and more like my dad: don't like to shop, hard worker, but also don't like to be the center of attention and would rather crack a joke to make everyone laugh.  That's exactly what he did at his retirement party and it was nice to see how much his coworkers appreciated him. 

8. Spiderman Birthday

Right after the retirement party, I got in my car and headed south.  It was officially time to kick off Bentley's third birthday.  When I got there it was time to bring in presents, see the kids to sleep and then head out with the girls for some dinner and to see how many items we could fit in Meredith's car. 

Saturday morning was bright and early to start Bentley's SPIDERMAN birthday party - Spiderman even showed up to save the world with the kids.  Even though it was hot, it was a blast and I'm so glad I got to spend time with my Coast family.  Nobody throws parties better than the Clark/Allen family and I come home with notes/sweet memories every time.

9.  Mug face @ McAlister's

My best friend who lives at the beach came home for a week so I was able to sneak in a little dinner with him last Monday night.  We ended up talking for a few hours and they almost turned the lights off on us.  It was such a good time to catch up with him and find out what he has been up to.  Can't wait to see him again in October when I come down to his part of town.

10. 24 hours in New Orleans

Early Friday morning, my mom and I set out to Nola.   A few weeks prior, we decided to attend our second pre-season Saints game.  I don't think we could ever afford real tickets during the actual season - we have found a nice section we like to sit in - and we have already become used to the couple that sits in front of us.  We arrived in Nola around lunchtime and I had to find a certain spot that my friend Lila had been mentioning for delicious Mexican food: La Casita.  Once we arrived - it was about a mile from the hotel - we ordered chips and salsa, guacamole, tacos and margaritas.  It was so good but the best part was that we were not stuffed like I usually am with Mexican food - it was just enough fuel to get back to our hotel and relax before the game. 

The Saints lost that night, but the memories we made were so much fun.  The next morning we walked to The Ruby Slipper on Canal Street and enjoyed a truly southern breakfast.  I still haven't tried a Bloody Mary, but I was real tempted to get one - however, we were leaving Nola within the hour and I needed to have my wits about me for an engagement party that night.

11.  Engagement party that turned into a Wedding

Around 6 pm, I got ready to head to an engagement party for a couple of my best guy friends: Jeremy and Jonathan.  This whole time they have been telling everyone that it's an engagement party and that they are eloping in Tennessee later on this year.  About an hour into the party, the music changes and the preacher comes down the backyard in front of the lake and all of a sudden the grooms do too.  It was such a surprise and it was such a sweet moment.  I am so happy for these two and I hope they enjoyed my gift.  I realized what do you get the guys that have everything? A Target gift card. 

12.  Alumni Appearance

Every year, I look forward to going to dance practice to perform at Homecoming with the Alumni Hi-Steppers.  However, this year has been off due to the fact that they put homecoming in September instead of October aka REAL SOON.  I didn't go to the first two practices, so our coach sent me an email the Sunday I got home from the Spiderman party and said "I will see you next Sunday at practice - no excuses." 

So this past Sunday I showed up and kicked my legs as high as I could.  From not working out at all, it was a disaster, but it was really sweet to see everyone excited that I was there.  If there was ever a time to prove that I'm a dancer and can get it together under pressure, this is it.  Everyone come out to the Hinds football game on September 22nd, I promise you are not gonna want to miss this.

13.  Booked a flight to VEGAS

I'm not going to Vegas until March 2017, but I am so so so excited that this is finally getting marked off my bucket list.  It's also on my 30 before 30 list and that works out perfectly before my next birthday.  If you have ever been to Vegas, please leave comments below.  I haven't flown in ten years, so I need to know all the details about everything.  

What was on your report for the month of August?

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 July's report, click here


  1. I've been missing you, my friend!!!

    PS if you need anything designed and/or any shirts/koozies/whatever made, holler at me! I'll hook ya up ;)

  2. Thank you so much, Shae! Can't believe Nashville is here - leave friday! :)


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