Mule Day

If you’ve never been to Columbia, Tennessee for Mule Day, you’re missing out. It’s actually not just one day, it’s seven. But we just went to one, we picked the day with the parade of course. Mules and horses as far as the eye could see, it was the best parade I’d ever seen. Then we headed over to the park where all the action was. I say we headed there but what I really meant was, we sat in traffic for an hour because everyone else who was at the parade was also headed toward the action. But it was just fine. The weather was nice and I was with two of my favorite men, my husband and my pappy and my favorite three year old, Eva. I also had the joy of taking Eva to her first port-a-potty. She thought it was “magic” that we didn’t have to flush. Oh to see the world through a child’s eyes.

Anyway.

Pappy said he’d been wanting to go to Mule Day for 35 years. So finally the stars aligned and he was down here the same weekend and Tim and I had the high honor of accompanying him to his first Mule Day. And it was the best day. We watched the mule show and the mule pull where we saw mules try to pull 5,000 pounds! Then we ate all the terrible fair food. Eva had cotton candy, a corn dog, french fries and ice cream. Sorry Brittany! 

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Oh hey mules, don’t mind us.  

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Eva wasn’t scared and pet all of the animals. She’s just like her Di Di.

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It’s a little teeny tiny mule!

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If you’re ever looking for Tim and Eva, they’re probably climbing a fence somewhere. They were watching the mule show.

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These two love each other! So sweet.

It was such a wonderful day and a wonderful memory! Can’t wait for next year’s Mule Day!

XOXO,

Di

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5 tips for having the best time at the monster truck rally.

If you look up the definition of true love, you will find that it means when your girl wants to see monster trucks, you take her to see monster trucks. Therefore, Tim took me to Monster Jam last month. Now if you’re a lady like myself, you may have a difficult time preparing for such an event. Here are my top 5 tips for having the best time at the monster truck rally:

1. Ride to the event in a jeep. Preferably one that has a loudspeaker that makes animal sounds. This way when you’re driving down the street, you can mooo at the pedestrians. It’s fun for everybody involved. You can have some good ole American fun before you even get there. That’s what we did and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

2. You don’t want to wear nothin too fancy. You’re gonna smell like dirt and exhaust fumes when you leave. I wore my airbrushed pony t-shirt.

3. Go with the right people. Friends who appreciate monster trucks and won’t judge you when you’re cheering loudly for Gravedigger the ultimate monster truck.

4. You most definitely need to be in the front row. This way when the wheels are spinning up the dirt, it hits you in the face.

5. Make posters for your favorite trucks. You know, ones that say “Gravedigger rules” etc. And be sure and use glitter. I didn’t know to do this last time but gosh 2014 Monster Jam, Imma be ready.

Hopefully this helps.

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Skillz

I’m not sure if ya’ll know this about me but I have mad dance skillz. Or at least I thought I did, until the other night when Vicky and I went to Zumba class. Here’s what went down:

We just finished Zumba-ing to a Beyonce song. I was feeling pretty good about my movez. The girl who was right behind us introduced herself.

Girl: “Hi my name is so and so, this was my first zumba class, do you guys come here every week?”

(Clearly she thought we were expert Zumba people and she wanted to get to know us because sometimes workout classes can be intimidating. We introduced ourselves.)

Girl to me: “Well, nice meeting you. I really enjoyed watching you act silly.”

(I didn’t have the heart to tell her that those were my real dance skillz, not silly.)

Me: “Oh. Thank you.” (You SYTYCD* dream crusher you.)

And scene.

And that was the end of my dancing career. I guess I’ll just stick to something I’m good at. Like walking or procrastinating.

XOXO

Di

*SYTYCD = So You Think You Can Dance

Oh, Hey October!

Ya’ll it’s October and you know what that means. It’s time for scarves and sweaters! Christmas Decorations! (at my house anyway) Pumpkin Spice Lattes! Catalyst Conference!

Today, we’ll be heading down to the ATL for the Catalyst conference and I am super pumped. Of course this required that I pack a bag for a few days, which is a very difficult task for a gal like me. And last night, I had no trouble putting off packing because there were so many other things I had to do (watch Gangnam Style 12 times/take a nap/read all 1405 of my tweets from the past two years). Nevertheless, I do in fact have a bag packed and ready to go. I have no idea whats in it but at least I’m not going empty handed. I do recall packing my airbrushed pony shirt, so there’s always that.

Who’s gonna be at Catalyst? I can’t wait to stand in line for coffee and to hear Andy Stanley, Francis Chan and Jon Acuff! And Gungor!

Mkay bye.

My super lame Saturday night.

Yesterday evening, for the first time in a long time I had nothing to do. Since I’m usually really busy, I had absolutely no idea what to do with this unexpected free time. And of course, the city is so boring.

Typically I would just rearrange my room when I had nothing to do, but I did that a few weeks ago..In my never-ending saga to find a headboard I like, I saw on a blog where someone used a mantle as their headboard and since the fireplace in my room doesn’t work, I thought I’d try it. Here’s a photo of it…(sorry it’s blurry, the lens is scratched on my phone from it’s multiple meetings with the ground.)

So then I tried again at learning the guitar, and I’m sure my roommates really loved it :). So far, I can play the chorus of “Cowboy Take Me Away” by the Dixie Chicks which is my favorite song at the moment. But once I couldn’t feel my fingertips, I thought it would be a good time to stop playing so I moved on to the next thing which was showing Libby my favorite youtube video. And then when that was over I decided to do a run-through of the cupcakes that I’m doing for a wedding next weekend and I decorated a single cupcake. That kept me entertained for about 15 minutes.

Moral of the story: it was so nice to have an evening with nothing to do.

XO

Di

step by step.

So I just decided which Backstreet Boys lyrics will go on the back of my t-shirt for the concert tomorrow night and I’m currently listening to a mix cd from high school. Based on those two facts, one may think that next Wednesday is my 15th birthday or something. But you’re wrong. It’s my 20th b-day. Okay maybe not, but a lady never reveals her age (except for all the times I’ve mentioned it in previous posts). Besides, you’re never too old for the NKOTB and Backstreet Boys concert and that’s that.

So anyway, mom and I made a wedding cake this past weekend! My cousin Noah married the sweetest gal Sarah on a farm last Saturday in Ohio. Sarah rode into the ceremony on a horse-drawn carriage and it was such a fun party! Here is a picture of the cake just taken from my phone…Brittany was the photographer so someday I will put up a real photo.

Well Mama did the bakin’ and I the decoratin’..okay so I’m still working on the jingle for our family bakery. It’s just really hard to rhyme things with words like ‘fondant’ and ‘ganache’. Just in case you don’t speak ‘jingle’, mom baked all the cakes and I decorated them. For those of you who don’t know my mama, she is the bomb dot com. Okay I’ll stop with that now. But honestly. She can bake a million cakes while she folds the laundry and take my brother to his 17 baseball games and somehow she can still have a delicious meal on the table at dinnertime. Who knows how she does it. But when I got to Ohio I was able to get right to my favorite part of the cake process, decorating! And it was alot of fun!

Well, this time tomorrow I will probably be singing along to ‘Quit Playin Games With My Heart’ and yes, I still remember all the words.

XO

Jo Bros.

This just in.  Celebrity sighting.

Okay just kidding.  But I did spot Kelly Clarkson last week at Target.

Anyway.  Back to the Jonas Brothers.  Someone told me that “Camp Rock 2: the Final Jam” would be premiering this past Friday…because I never would have known that, unless my younger brother called to tell me or something.  I mean I wouldn’t have planned my Friday night around watching the movie or anything like that…who cares if Joe Jonas is totally cute?  Me neither.

My dear friend decided to have a movie premiere slumber party for her daughter (what a great mom!!) so obvs, they needed a “Camp Rock 2” cake.  DUH.

Ya’ll.  I cut out those letters free-hand with an exacto knife.  Don’t even worry about it.

My fave part is the bottom…those little pink pearls are balls of fondant.  Not fon-DAUNT.

Survey…is it pronounced fondant or fon-DAUNT?  In my opinion, just because Buddy the Cake Boss says it don’t make it right.  Thoughts?

Well I hope that everyone had a very happy labor day weekend!  I know I did.  Now I’m ready for fall!  Bring on the pumpkin spice lattes and fall trees [fall trees=a christmas tree covered in fall decorations…my darling roommates put one in our living room..feel free to decorate your own fall tree…i love it.]

Buttercream and Ganache,

Di.