Big Sky, Montana

Adam and I were very blessed with the opportunity to travel to Big Sky, Montana for a long weekend.  It was very relaxing and beautiful.  I will leave you with a ton of pictures of our wonderful getaway!
Montana 2011

Until Next Time!

A New Toy

If you know anything about my husband, you know that he LOVES the water, especially the salt water.  He has been saving up his money, scrapping metal at the office….even selling his boat and motor!  All that to get this:
This isn’t just a regular surf board this is what they call a Stand Up Paddleboard!  11 Ft Long
He is so proud of his find on craigslist.  I must say myself that it is very pretty.
Of course once he got home with it today, we HAD to take it out to “make sure he was going to like it”…my response. “I sure hope you like it!  You bought it on craigslist, it’s not like you can return it silly”  So true, was his response:)  Luckily, he is very happy with it.  It is very sturdy and tons of fun!
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When my family and friends come down from Arkansas, everyone will love to play on this!  Its a beautiful way to see the water and not have to actually be in it!  Now that’s my kind of deal!
Until then,

Easter 2011

Well, the week started off with me pulling out a pen and paper and sitting the guys(Jason and Adam) down.  We “had” to create a list of “to do’s”  for the house before we hosted Easter.  I could see without a list that things could get ugly around here!  HA!  Here is what our list looked like!  I am sure you will agree with me on why we needed to make a list!
1. Finish laying tile  - Completed the weekend before Easter:  See the results!
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2. Paint Touch Ups and Electrical 
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3.  Find kitchen table – completed Saturday before Easter
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4.  Find Chairs for the new table.  I do have to brag a bit about our find.  We got all of our chairs at Waterfront Rescue Mission in downtown Pensacola for $5 each!  Just took a little work to get just right.
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5.  Find fabric to cover the seats.
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6.  Mop the floors to try to remove all of the grout haze.  See what I got to help with this!  It’s my new favorite toy.
7.  We had Jason(on his day off of course, yes I am a slave driver) pressure wash the driveway and back area around the pool.  It made such a difference.
8.  Clean, Clean, Clean – completed all day before Easter
9.  Place furniture in place.  All of our furniture pieces have been living in one of our spare bedrooms for a while now during all of our flooring processes.
10:  Decorate and get ready for the family!  We were so excited to get to host this year.  We worked very hard to get the house in somewhat of a presentable state.  I am was also very excited that my aunt and uncle from Arkansas were down in Gulf Shores and got to attend! 
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After lunch, we attended the Purdy family Easter gathering.  Might I add that this side of the family has 15 grandchildren, plus there were other families invited.  This made for a good time with tons of children running around, searching for eggs, even trying to catch them from the egg drop! 
Hope you all had a wonderful Easter!! 
Until Next time!

Gatlinburg Day 5….Abram Falls Hike

We started off this morning by waking up early (6:30ET), picked up donuts and coffee from the Donut Frier.  These were REALLY good donuts.  We got on the road and made the trip down to Cades Cove.
We really didn’t know what to expect….I actually thought Cades Cove was going to be a quaint little town, with cute little local shops and restaurants.  Very small, but functioning.  This was NOT the case.  It is a one loop road that drives through a beautiful area.  Don’t let me downplay what a beautiful place it is.  Just not what I was thinking it would be like.
Of course, Adam had checked out our hiking maps and had decided on which trail to hike.  This hike was much more pleasurable than the rainbow falls.  We weren’t in a hurry to get done before it got dark.  We just got to take our time.  Once we reached the falls, of course we had to stop and play with the camera for a bit.
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After our hike, we drove all the way up the mountain to see where there is a trailhead for the Appalachian trail.  Adam was so excited to get to see this!  It was beautiful and cold up there! IMG_0438 IMG_0439 IMG_0440 IMG_0441 IMG_0442 IMG_0443 
Once we got done, we were starving and decided to go to the nearest small town to eat.  We ate at a small country family restaurant.  Anything would have tasted great at that time.  We made our way back into Gatlinburg, rested by the fire for a bit, then got ready for dinner.IMG_0437
We went to Smokey Mountain Brewery and Restaurant.  This was by far my favorite meal of the trip!  I had the most amazing steak ever!
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Delayed post I know!  Hope you enjoyed our trip as much as we did!
Until next time!