Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May Days

Well, May certainly flew by. It was filled with the celebration of our wonderful Mama's, the building of a house with Habitat for Humanity CLT, a sweaty 5K in Ballantyne, and helping turtles cross the road.

Mama Love
Lucky for Jeremy and I, our wonderful Mama's are right here in Charlotte. We enjoyed a fun-filled Saturday afternoon at Piedmont Social House where we bowled, laughed and ate of course. Jessie brought her bowling A-game and walked away with a first place finish during our first round. Second round, however, was a different story. Jeremy and Reuben evidently got warmed up  and put us in our place, finishing off with a victory win.

For my mom, we spent a morning in the sunshine planting flowers and eating Nickie's delicious breakfast casserole. Oh and chasing Keegan around the house.

MetLife Women Build
She believed she could so she did.
The women in my department at work came together and took part in the MetLife Foundation Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte Women Build. We arrived that morning excited to lend our hands to help build affordable housing for low-income families. While it was an exhausting day of hard work, it was truly rewarding getting to know my co-workers in a different way. I'm not the handiest but I did manage to help install windows and prep the roof, nailing down sheathing, getting it ready for the next working phase. I was hesitant to get up there, nervous to be up that high, but after a good 15 minutes, I was walking around like a (semi) pro. It was a dirty, sweat in the eyes, making you sore the next day type of job, but so worth it.

I do not advise running a 5K the morning after helping build a house but sometimes you have no choice when events on your calendar line up that way. I always aim to run 5Ks in at least 30 minutes. I came up a little short in this one finishing at 30:03 but hey, you win some, you lose some. My next race is in July!

Turtle, Turtle.
On Apollo's evening walk, I almost stepped on a baby turtle. He was so cute I couldn't resist picking him up. I took him closer to the pond in hopes he would be safer there. Here's to hoping he lives a good life!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


I've been 30 for four weeks now and so far, it hasn't been so bad. I'm in the in-between stage where I'll still get carded when buying a drink but I also get asked if I have kids by the cashier at Harris Teeter. Either way, my 30th birthday trip was amazing and I got to enter this new decade of mine celebrating with family.

Due to some major procrastination, I had to call off my little birthday bash with friends. I didn't have it in me to reschedule and I was pretty bummed to cancel but donuts from Your Mom's Donuts and an original song sung by my boo made it all better. Later that day, we grabbed lunch from my favorite spot in Matthews while I burned off the calories chasing my nephew, Keegan, around my house.
I was so sad to cancel. Oh well. Next year!
My coworkers are the best! They decorated my cube :)

"It's your birthday and you know what that means. It's your very special day and you can do what you please."

The best donuts. Hands down.

My dad infatuated by Keegan's iPad.
Yosef! A great birthday gift :)

In the end, birthday bash or not, I had the perfect day celebrating the big 3-0.

And because I'm super behind on April posts (hello! we're already halfway through May), I'm catching up with some photos from the month. Enjoy!

I got to experience the musical, Once, at the beautiful Blumenthal Theatre.

Bye, bye 6 inches of hair.

Meet and Greet with one of my fave singer-songwriters, Dave Barnes!

Random date night to see a band I came across two days before. Also, Jeremy's first time at Neighborhood Theatre, a regular go-to spot for me.

After a 14-year Playoff win dry spell, we experienced the Hornets come to life with a fun, frustrating and exciting Playoff series! It was definitely alive at the hive. #EnterTheSwarm

Even Apollo celebrated 

That's April in a nutshell. And now I gotta catch up to May. Note to self. Plan at least a month in advance when booking a birthday evening out with friends. Don't rely on the husband to make the reservations :)