Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas 2012

Another Christmas has come and gone and I am left feeling so so thankful for my amazing family. We had so much fun over the break!

Christmas started for Adam and I on Saturday night when we exchanged presents with each other. We always try to carve out some time before all the hustle and bustle begins to have "our" Christmas as we call it. I got Adam some State Traditions and Peach State Pride stuff, Bean Boots and PJ pants and he got me tan Tory Burch Revas : )

On Sunday we went to Christmas Eve Eve service at church and then went to Adam's family Christmas.

Christmas Eve was spent at my parent's house with my mom's family. I got this adorable spoon rest and kitchen towel from Anthropologie [and just for the record, I would really like everything in my kitchen to be from Anthro! haha obsessed!] and Adam got another State Traditions shirt. I also got a black and white chevron rug for under our kitchen table that is being delivered tomorrow.

We spent the rest of the night hanging out and putting together Carolyne-Grace's Santa loot! She racked up!! All she has been asking for for MONTHS is a toolbox. Her Daddy found her the perfect one, and even had her name put on it. She was in heaven! She also got tons of babies, a doll house, & a LeapPad2.

We opened our Christmas PJ's (Christmas Eve tradition!)
Still laughing that Adam and my brother got matching PJ's !!

My mom & I with our matching socks!

Adam and I went to his parents house to see them and exchange presents. They are paying for our honeymoon (HUGE blessing!) and gave us money to buy the ottoman that goes with our sectional. I have definitely hit the in-law jackpot.. they are wonderful!!

After a while we headed to my Memama's house for Christmas with my dad's family. Memama always goes above & beyond.. we are so spoiled! I got some clothes and a new rug for our living room! Adam got a State Traditions belt : )

Loving the way the rug looks... and it will look even better when our ottoman is delivered!!

As much as I love all of the gifts we received I am just so thankful that my Savior was born to die..just for me..just for cover all of our sins. BLESSED! I hope y'all had a great Christmas!


Monday, December 24, 2012

From Me to You...

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wedding Wednesday: Save the Dates

I have known for a long time that I wanted to have Christmas save the dates. I looked high and low for the perfect design but just wasn't finding what I wanted. I settled for a generic save the date and almost ordered them. Luckily I told myself to keep looking for the perfect Christmas one because that's what I really wanted. FINALLY I found exactly what I was looking for. Alisa Cox of Alisamariedesigns was AMAZING to work with! I made a HUGE mistake on our save the dates & not only did Alisa re-do them for me at a discounted rate she even had them priority shipped to me so that I would be able to get them out in time for Christmas. *note to all brides: when sending your designer your wedding date double, triple, a million times check that you indeed sent the correct date. I sent the wrong wedding date and didn't notice until our save the dates had been printed and SHIPPED. I was mortified. Luckily Alisa fixed everything and we were able to get them out in time : )

If you follow me on Instagram [jamielb_] you have already seen these but for those who have not here are our save the dates!!! L.O.V.E !!!

What do y'all think?!


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Blogger Day of Silence

I am showing my support for the victim's of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting by having a day of silence from blogging. 

"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." [Psalm 34:18]

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest in me." [2 Corinthians 12:9]


Monday, December 17, 2012

Joy and Sadness

This past weekend was one filled with joy & sadness. As a future elementary school teacher who has spent the last two years teaching K, 2, & 5th graders and is about to student teach in 1st grade I was overcome with so much grief for the babies and teachers who lost their lives on Friday at Sandy Hook Elem School. It's just not fair. I applaud the teachers for their heroism and can only hope I act with such grace if I am ever faced with a similar situation. I can't stop watching the news and reading every article..trying to make sense of such senselessness. All I can cling to is that my God is constant and he is near to the brokenhearted.

Our teaching Pastor Andy Stanley was on my favorite Atlanta morning radio show this morning talking about the CT shootings. I love that this radio show--which is not a Christian radio show at all--had him on to talk about this situation. It's definitely worth listening to!

Click here to listen


On Thursday Adam and I headed to Mississippi to spend the weekend with my blog BFF (now real life BFF) Nicole & her fiance Tyler. 
N + T just bought a house so we were super excited to get to see it and spend the weekend with them!

We got in pretty late Thursday so we immediately got into our PJ's and lounged around together. 

Friday we spent the day in Nicole + Tyler's hometown. We went shopping in the square and had lunch at my favorite little spot in Hernando, The Dip. I had it the last time I was visiting Nicole and knew that Adam would love it!

Friday night we stayed in and made dinner : ) Then Nicole and I decided to do a vlog. You can watch it here if you haven't seen it yet ; ) I'm pretty sure I have watched that ending 308 times..and it's still funny to me!

Saturday we enjoyed a huge breakfast prepared by Nicole and then hung out around the house until it was time for Nicole's shower! She got some amazing McCarty pieces and I soooooo wish that stuff was cool in Georgia because I'm obsessed with it now!!!

After the shower we went back to N + T's house and set up all of their new pottery. Everything looked SO perfect!! That night we went to Mexican for dinner! : )
Sunday Adam and I were up bright and early to head back to Georgia. Goodbyes are always the WORST, but luckily we will see them VERY soon at their wedding and then they are coming to Georgia for Easter & back again for our wedding in June! Love having all of these hang outs planned!

We had the WORST drive home. It literally poured down raining the ENTIRE time. Not once was it not raining. And to top it off I need new windshield wipers. It was just ridiculous. It took us FOREVER to get home. But we had wonderful conversations and honestly anytime I'm with Adam it's fun so it was fine!

I am settling back into my "winter break routine"..which includes waking up whenever I want to, slowly getting ready, going into work for a few hours and then spending my nights hanging out with Adam getting our house put together. I wish this was real life!

 *If you want to see even more picture from our trip to Mississippi you can follow me on Instagram: Jamielb_


Friday, December 14, 2012


Nicole + I wanted to do a vlog while we were together this weekend so our friend Amanda sent us some questions to answer! : ) I promise y'all will want to watch the whole thing! The fiances make an appearance at the end.. as well as some sweet dance moves on our parts.

1. I hate my voice
2. I move entirely too much 
3. I am secretly wearing PJ pants : )
4. I don't think I have much of a future as a vlogger. I suck.
5. Don't make fun of us!


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wedding Wednesday

The worst blogger in the world. That would be me. I have been SO busy these last few weeks that I have had very little time to do anything fun. Now that school is out until January 7th I will have a little more free time : )

Not too much is going on as far as the wedding goes. We are sending out save the dates tomorrow, which I am super excited about! I can't wait for y'all to see them!!

Today for Wedding Wednesday I want to talk about our rehearsal dinner venue. 

For the last (almost) four years of mine + Adam's relationship we have loved spending time on Lake Oconee together. That's our favorite thing to do in the summers and we spend most of our weekends there. When our relationship got more serious and we began talking about getting married we always envisioned getting married at the Ritz Carlton, Reynolds Plantation on Lake Oconee. It was the perfect venue!

Then... Carrie Underwood decided to get married there. & the Ritz decided to DOUBLE their prices for weddings.. so our perfect venue was out of the question. So we decided that we should do our rehearsal dinner at one of our favorite restaurants at the Ritz--Gaby's by the Lake-- since we couldn't get married there : )

Gaby's is the building on the bottom right of this picture

It is the perfect, low-key, outdoor venue for our rehearsal dinner! It is within minutes of our wedding venue and is one of my favorite restaurants ever! 

Only 192 days to go!!