Category Archives: Adventure

what i have been up to.

well it has been a while since my last post- we have had just a “little bit” of stuff going on. we were in haiti for a week which was amazing! i am so thankful to be able to go and love on those people & in return them love on me. i have made long lasting friendships and consider most of them family. when i have a moment to collect all my thoughts & feelings about the trip i will write a more detailed blog, for any of you who have been on a mission trip before you can relate that sometimes it is hard to put all those emotions into words especially when you are sitting at your desk at work. so… here are some pictures!

me & my girls at village kanes

 

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this sweet little girl would not let cory put her down.

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tiboyo & i. love this little guy!

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makinglove and i. she is so funny- always trying to make the same faces as me.

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billy & i. he is the nicest & helps our teams out so much!

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this is my sweet sweet wilderson. i was looking forward to seeing him since i left the last time. if i could adopt him i would in a second.

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this drink was good.

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me, edner & wilderson.

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wilderson. so handsome & so so so sweet.

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this is ritchamy. he is so sweet, sincere and loves jesus so much. love spending time with him.

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i am already planning our next trip there. i miss it everyday & cannot wait to be back.

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hats are where it’s at.

hats & more hats.

i cannot get enough of them. floppy hats. baseball hats. fedoras. hats with feathers. hats with bows. all things hats.

here are some of my favorite looks with hats.

i love love skirts- add this floppy hat and bam. love it.

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i love that they paired this white dress with brown boots and black hat. so cute.

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or keep it simple. jeans, shirt, hat. so easy.

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& of course you have to carry your hat to the beach!

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since we are on the topic of the beach. i am already planning a trip in my day dreams.

have any of you ever been to St. Augustine? it is by far one of my favorites.

here are some of my favorite places there.

the castillo de san marcos

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they give ghost tours, they have amazing little places to eat, & the beaches are so nice!

booking a trip ASAP!

where are some of your favorite places to go in the summer?

 

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11 days.

today marks 11 days until i will be in haiti again. what? the time has flown by. i am driving to carrollton today to turn in the last part of our money.

cannot wait to see this little guy.

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want to pray about our trip? here is what you can pray about.

1. for rain. they need it in a really bad way.

2. for our team- that the lord would work through us in whatever way he needs too.

3 that i don’t cry my eyes out when i leave- i did a really really great job last time holding it back. when i got home i spent the next few days crying in the shower. my heart was exploding. so many thoughts and emotions.

4. that whatever we do and say there show them jesus.

 

those are just a few.

ok- so here are some new things.

i got a jeep. really excited about that one.

the day we were leaving for our mini vacation to the mountains i cracked a tooth on a scooby snack. literally in the jeep fixing to back up and ate a scooby snack and bam. cracked. so. since we do not have dental insurance i found a doctor in carrollton that i am making an appointment with to see that has this plan called “complete smile”. you pay $250 and get exams, x rays, 2 teeth cleanings, and 20% off anything you need. which would mean getting my tooth fixed.

it is finally spring. which means more of this.

sandals.

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& of course sunday is easter. what an amazing celebration. behind the cotton ball tail and chocolate easter bunnies and egg hunts there is so much more. jesus.

i cannot say i don’t like the easter baskets & chocolate.  my mom was always good with these things. we had homemade baskets, she made the best peanut butter eggs, she would use all her fancy molds and make chocolate suckers, ect. my nanny would also get those little plastic grocery buggies and fill it with candy & everything else you could imagine. i miss her. holidays are never the same & will never be the same since she is no longer here.

cheers,

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jillyvans for life

i moved from franklin county around 2006, it was a big step for our family. my nanny passed away & it was really hard for me, for all of us, she was my most favorite person in the world. i think of her all the time & i love the memories we have bc i can always cherish them.

when i moved here i also left a lot of friends, i also gained new ones. one of them being jillian.

i was working as a barista at seattles best in  kennesaw at borders (horders as we called it) she started working there in march & the rest is history. we quickly became friends & have remained that way.

we would have re unions there sometimes when it was our anniversary.

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we would take photos to celebrate her birthday

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we share the same love for bread

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she is one of the funniest people i know.

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we both love coffee

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she always supports my habits of throwing parties where i become OCD and crazy while i plan. she drove over an hr to this party

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we have been through a lot together. i am so thankful to have dates with her where we dream of the future & make plans to run our own business. she is what i like to call a solid friend. one who is there through the good & the bad. i love her heart and how genuine she is. she truly cares & i appreciate that more than she will ever know. i cannot wait for her to be auntie jill. oh & did i mention i cannot take her anywhere without guys fawning all over her.

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pool days

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she can also shoot a gun– yes jillian i stalked your photos to find all of these. this was her in her cabin in the woods, she was shooting a bear.

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we had a habit of following each other around & working at the same places. we always worked so well together. we started at borders- then went to TJI Fridays- then to woodstock coffee house. who knows what the future holds! we even took a communications class at kennesaw state university together.

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last night we took a walk to the nook to eat tater tots covered in amazing things. it was an eventful night- which included a man stalker who was there with his girlfriend but continued to tell jillian she was the most gorgeous red head he has ever seen. come on guys. are there any respectable gentlemen out there anymore, or did i get the last one?

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love you jillian & jillyvans will be around forever! so glad you are apart of my life

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wish list travel list.

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april 28th we go back to haiti (i know i have been talking about it a lot-i cannot help it) & it has me thinking of travel. so today i am going to share my wish list travel list of the top 5 places i want to go. one of them is already in the works for our 5 year anniversary & i could not be more excited.

  1. ireland
  2. spain
  3. montana
  4. california
  5. texas

ireland is cory & i’s top place to go. we are already planning to go there on our 5th anniversary. any tips from my readers out there on how to travel there the smart way- please comment! we want to see everything from the guiness factory to castles to hanging out with some locals.

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spain has always had a little piece of my heart- everytime i see something about spain on the travel channel my heart leaps a little.

montana is freakin gorgeous so why  not go right?

california. the beautiful state has so much to offer & i need to see it. my sister lived there for about a year when she had a nanny job & she was always telling me how beautiful it was.

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beautiful right?

last but not least. texas. the big state of texas- mainly austin. i never hear a bad thing about this city. music. food. atmosphere. let’s go right now!

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salt lick bbq

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home slice pizza

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these are some other places i would like to visit

where are some places on your wish list?

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dancing goats coffee bar & little man

i have been a starbucks fan for a while now. i love loading my app and getting rewards & i do love the iced caramel macchiato.

until now.

i work in downtown decatur & have been making my way over to the dancing goats coffee shop alot lately. in fact i have been obsessed with their iced caramel latte. i am such a sucker for good coffee & batdorf & bronson coffee roasters have hit the nail on the head with their coffee.

today my sweet husband called me at work, & my first thought was, something has happened… nope. he said, “come outside” i knew immediately what he had done! go outside & there he is sitting in the white rocket (our old van) with my favorite coffee.

made my day.

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last night i had the privilege of watching little man (my friends little boy) for a few hours while his parents took care of an obligation. i was so excited. i do not have any kids yet, so any chance to hang out with little ones i will take. we went to the mall for chicken nuggets- went to old navy and he found a few hats he liked.

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he decided on the top.

good choice. it fits him well. he also snagged an r2d2 toy that was stuffed with candy. i did not know about the candy, but his mom texted me this morning and told me r2d2 fell and broke his head & candy came out. woo-hoo. extra points for me. we then shared some cookies from that amazing cookie place at the mall that i cannot remember the name of. we also went to the photo booth.

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after the mall we headed to target. he helped me pick out a v-neck and some sunglasses.

first of all, let me tell you, this kid loves cars. loves them. we turned down the car aisle and he went nuts. his eyes were huge and he knew exactly what he wanted. a box with 4 cars. i even picked up a bigger car that made noises.. nope he still chose the box with 4. he knows what he wants. i can appreciate that.

also, i had gotten a coffee drink & i sat it beside him in the buggy. i was kneeling down to look at these car shoes that lit up and they were like $6. i stand back up and he was drinking my coffee. sorry jena. im sure it was like a sip. i was like seriously? you like coffee too? me & this kid are bff. anyways, i should have never taken that shoe off to try on the other one. how do you parents do it? they were like slip on shoes & i felt like i was going to break his ankles putting those things back on (not really break them, but you know what i mean). after target we had only a little time before i met his parents, so we headed to the starbucks parking lot. he had been digging his hands into the side of the car box so obviously we needed to play with them. i parked the van- got him out of his car seat and put him up front with me. took all the cars out and we acted like the cars were exploding and wrecking into each other on the dash. i am fantastic with sound effects so he loved it. he kept handing me the cars wanting me to make sounds and would do this cute little laugh & grin every. single. time.

his parents came & picked him up & he was so excited to see them. it was so sweet.

thank you jena for letting me have some time with your little guy. he is the sweetest & cutest.

did i mention she is expecting her 2nd child & tomorrow we have the gender reveal party to see what she is having! super excited.

i will be taking my new lens to hopefully capture some good moments. i will post them to show you guys!

have a good weekend!

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practice makes perfect?

i left work early wednesday- i got a fever and had some chills & i stayed home thursday bc i was still sick & didn’t want to get anyone else sick. i hate being sick more than anything, there is nothing to do and it is a big waste of time. so to make myself feel productive i downloaded lightroom5 & figured it out. i am still figuring it out, but i love it so much. i am so excited to learn more about the program &  i am waiting on my new 50mm lens to come in…it should be here on monday.

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i cannot wait to be back in haiti to practice on those beautiful people & beautiful country. april 28 is just around the corner and we only have $1000 to go, God has been so good in providing for us just like he always does & i am so excited to see what he does this trip.

tomorrow we (ronda & i) have a lovely day planned back at piedmont park to practice with our cameras and get some new photos for our upcoming project we are working on. i cannot wait to have some updated ones  for the blog and for personal use. it is supposed to be a high of 66, which means lunch in the park on an old blanket, long walks, laughs, sunny skies for great pictures and the market will be open! let the weekend adventure begin.

on a good note- my book came in. “back to basics”– it is all about traditional skills- canning- living off the land- what veggies to grow when and where- basically everything i need to know to survive off my land. my dream as you all know is to have my own little farm. so excited for the future & learning to be happy in the present.

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hope you  guys all have an amazing weekend!

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snarky puppy & penne a la vodka

before the show last night we had ike & sarah over for dinner. cory made penne a la vodka which was amazing. i am constantly surprised by my amazing husband and all his secret skills. i get frustrated sometimes because anything he does he is good at. this is one of my favorite dishes he does & it never disappoints. i remember the first time he made this dish he forgot to reduce the vodka…. lets just say we were at our worst for 3 days.

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ike & sarah are moving to nashville in april, & we are so sad but so excited for them & this new adventure. dexter is going to miss her a ton too.

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i am sure she will blog about her new adventures & you can follow her here

after dinner we headed over to terminal west to watch snarky puppy. i was blown away by the talent on the stage, at some point i was confused bc of all the technical things that were going on at the same time, my brain was being split into 8 different parts. if you have ever listened to them or seen them live you would know what i mean. i looked around at all the people & they looked like they were having a church service. like the shouting, dancing, raising the roof type of church service. it. was. awesome.

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oh & my husband is the sweetest. when he picked me up from work yesterday he had gotten me this new scarf from whole foods. i am so blessed.

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i have been praying a lot lately for our country. hearing all these stories about ukraine & what people all over the world endure everyday breaks my heart. it makes me nervous about what is to come for america but i know God is in control. lets all take a moment to be thankful for every little thing we have. hold people close and love them.

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daydreaming on a saturday

this weekend was so good. i had no plans. no where to be. i watched tv- caught up on white collar & vampire diaries. i cannot get away from that show, but i have always loved vampires so oh well.

saturday ronda came to atlanta. we walked to piedmont park- took some photos- shared some thoughts- made some plans. really exciting plans & i cannot wait to share with you. i have so much creativity i have been wanting to get out. i need an outlet & i think i have found one. yay.

these converse. i love them. i take them everywhere.

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also can we just talk about the weather this weekend? atlanta, you have made me proud. it was gorgeous. we are going back this saturday to take some family photos. we have not done photos in forever, if ever, besides the occasional give your phone to your friend and say take our picture. it will give us good practice too.

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love this picture. it was AMAZING weather.

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we ate at willy’s. i love that place. i used to go there a lot with my friend jillian. good memories in that place.

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it is so refreshing to have a friend like ronda. i love her so much. she has such a sweet spirit & such a giving heart. you should all be so lucky.

sundays are always busy for us. i didn’t go to church bc we had a group coming to stay at the mission house & i needed to be there to greet them. i walked to starbucks & walked to cvs & cleaned the apartment. it was so nice. cory got home late & we walked down the street to have a taco.

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needless to say it was a very good weekend!

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sister sunday, squirrels, & a show

this past week has been eventful. sunday i went to c-town with cory for church but ending up sitting in a coffee shop all morning helping my sister organize her life. we are completely opposite when it comes to things like organization.

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some people say we look like twins

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this past week one of my co-workers brought me some squirrel meat stew. it was so good! i have had squirrel before but not in stew.

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hey, at least i can survive in the wild right?

last night cory played guitar with a band called gin house. they are pretty awesome. this band i had never heard of before called melodime was there & then courrier.

when cory & i first got married he got a guitar tech job with a band called parachute & some of the dates they played with courrier. cory has always spoken so highly of them. great musicians & pretty decent guys all around from what i have heard and the 5 minutes i spoke to them. i finally got to hear them play last night & i lOVED them. i told cory we need to make a road-trip out to austin and see them play there & bc i have never been to austin. if you guys are looking for some good music look them up!

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