9 Jan

Obsessed is what I have become with wreaths. Darn you Pinterest, darn you. So I decided to make a wreath that I can keep up for the next few months. I went with snowflakes since they are wintery without being over-the-top Christmasy. The wreaths on Pinterest use foam forms, but our local craft store did not have those, so I actually used a hay wreath that I kept in the plastic. And away I wrapped… and wrapped, and wrapped. Being the awesome blogger I am, I took no pictures of the during process. But seriously, I spent about two hours just wrapping yarn around the hay form. I bought clearance felt Christmas ornaments, pinned them on the wrapped wreath and called it a day.

A great way to stay festive without making a ton of other wreaths!

In other news….

As of approximately 7:30 PM last night, I am a college student again. I spent 4… FOUR… hours doing math homework. I also realized last night that I haven’t taken a math class in six years. It makes me wonder how in the world I did this for four years and how quickly that lifestyle seems like such a thing of the past. I mean, heck, I’ve been out of college for less than two years and I’m telling you guys, it was brutal… well not brutal… the Moonshiners marathon didn’t help (it is real!! for real!), but it was just much different than I remember. I am taking Calculus II and Physics II this semester, and my hope is to try and take… da da dummm, Organic Chemistry I and II next semester (over the course of a year). That plan might change if a little one or two makes an appearance anytime in the near future. But my point here is that I am way out of a routine for doing homework and classes again.

So please forgive me over the next few weeks if I seem like I am loosing my mind because here is my/our to do list:
– work full time
– take 8 credit hours of classes
– work on the house hunt
– try not to stress myself out over 1,2 and 3 so that Forrest and I can focus on starting our family

So back to homeworking I go… sans Moonshiners.


A Sentimental Christmas

6 Jan

Yes, Christmas happened like two weeks ago. But Forrest and I are still celebrating! We are actually meeting up with a whole bunch of friends this weekend to wrap up the Christmas festivities. So since it’s still Christmas at our house, wanted to share some additional things that Santa dropped off.

A little back story. Up until I moved away to college, I lived in the same house my entire life. In fact, my parents still live in that same house. All of my firsts, as well as all of my sister’s, were in the home. On New Year’s Eve five years ago, my great aunt passed away. They had no children of their own, but my dad was their whole world. My great uncle passed away from Alzheimer’s a few years before she did. Their names were Daniel Benjamin (everyone called him D.B.) and Elgie Dean (everyone called her Deanie). They were two of the most wonderful people I ever had the pleasure of knowing. Deanie was one of those wonderful women that got more beautiful the older she got. My dad spent almost all of his childhood at their home. And when Deanie passed away, that home became my dad’s home. The house was tiny. Over the years, the house had been expanded, and you could see every step. For example, the dinning room had two windows that looked onto a porch. There was a room that seriously could not have been more than one hundred square feet that had three doors. Whenever you turned one light on, everything got dimmer. When my dad inherted the property, both him and my mom knew they couldn’t sell it, but that they couldn’t live in it the way it was. So two years later, “The Farm” as well affectionately call it, was renovated. It went from being around 1500 square feet to almost 3000 square feet. It now has more than one bathroom. No more windows look into other rooms in the house. The kitchen is usable… and there is a dishwasher and and washer and dryer! (none of those appliances were in the house before that).

So why all this back story? At some point, my parents will sell my childhood home and move up to the farm (and yes, it’s a real farm, although we don’t grow tobacco anymore and the cows on the property are a neighbor’s instead of ours). So a few months back Young House Love posted about how they got their parents a Cat’s Meow replica of their childhood home. Even though we have no idea when my parents are going to make the big move up to Phenix, Virginia, my sister and I thought a replica of the house we grew up in would be perfect for Christmas.

This is the house I grew up in. My dad says that an American flag has been flying since September 11, 2001 and will continue to fly until every last troop comes home. And see that dormer window… yup, that was my bedroom!

This is what the finished product looks like (please excuse my kitchen sink). We even had them put in the American flag

It was a huge hit with my parents. Now don’t get me wrong, when the finally do move to the farm they will only be 45 minutes away from us and I am beyond excited, but if nothing else, this was a great way to remind all of us where our family started.

We are off to finish up our Christmas celebrations! Hope everyone has a great weekend!

It’s Almost that Time!

29 Dec

With the New Year right around the corner, it resolution time. So without further ado:

1. Be in our own home. That’s all I’m going to say about that now, but look for more details in a month or so (last April we had an accepted offer on a home, applied for the mortgage and a week before closing it fell through. We are being much more cautious as we enter the process again, so forgive us for not providing any more details because trust me… I’m dying to share!).

2. Bring home a baby. Yup. I finally plain out said it. As of today, I am out of my probation period at work! Do I honestly think they would have fired me for getting pregnant before then. No. But did it worry the heck out of me, oh yes. We are not beating around the bush anymore, if people ask, we are telling them our plans. Forrest and I are so ready. We have been really trying for the last six months with little luck. Which is just fine, because it means the big man has plans for us. I don’t believe in sitting around complaining about what’s wrong with me, no matter how frustrating it is sometimes. I also don’t believe that I shouldn’t not ask for help. God knew when we would be ready. God made me this way, and if we are created in His image, that means he has a plan for Forrest and myself. I also believe he enabled someone out there to create the medicines that I am using. So long story short, we might need some medical assistance in achieving this goal, but we are getting the help we need, counting each day as a blessing and waiting to see what God has in store for us. (and on that note I finish the first round of the medications tomorrow!)
image from here
3. Keep working out (and yes whenever I say workout I sing that stupid song). I found out that with the condition I have (which in case I’ve never really said it, I have P.C.O.S.) there is some sort of insulin resistance kind of thing? I don’t fully understand it to be perfectly honest. Long story short, it can make loosing weight a little more difficult, although by no stretch of the imagination impossible (which is why I haven’t seen the results I would like at the gym). So in the new year, I want to make sure I stay just as dedicated to going and working out. I might not be able to loose weight as quickly as I would like, but I can sure stay in shape and help myself more by staying active.

Those are my biggest goals for this new year. What about you guys? Any fun resolutions? We hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year!

Have You Met Kate?

27 Dec

Forrest and I hope that everyone had a fabulous Christmas! Kate Spade made a few appearances at our house this past weekend, I got Forrest a Kate Spade decanter and he got me a brand new KS purse! (I’m slightly addicted and the fact that Kate made two appearances in our home was a complete surprise!). Home boy pays attention and has very good taste! We very much consider ourselves blessed that we could set aside a little money this year to spoil each other. 

Our Christmas festivities will continue this week as my parents will be coming to our home on Friday. We are cooking and opening presents here and are super excited! Even though it’s not on Christmas day, it will be our first time we get to host a holiday! So the tree stays up and it’s still Christmas at the Winks house! 

Merry Christmas

23 Dec

From Forrest, Dudley and myself, we hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas! We are unplugging for a few days and going to enjoy each other. It’s our second Christmas together, but the first time we will ever wake up at our own home Christmas morning. We will be saying a special prayer Christmas morning for all those we can’t be with their loved ones on Christmas, especially our military. We are truly blessed for everything we have been given and we will never forget the true reason for the season. Merry Christmas everyone!!!!

Luke 2:13-14
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

She Said What!

22 Dec

So we went to the doctor. And it was scary. But to provide some details without being too personal….

1. That “visitor” I thought I had, that was just an excess of hormones. Basically, because they hadn’t visited in so long, everything built up and finally had to go somewhere.

2. As of tonight, I start one medication that will make the real visitor show up.

3. Once that happens, I will take another medication to promote the visitor into dropping back by… Or for another one to live for around nine months.

I felt such a sense of relief one the doctor told me what was going on. It’s still a little scary. But it is a whole lot exciting. We are finally starting to get where we want to be. Thanks for everyone who shot up a little prayer today because it means the world to me. Really the only thing that kept me from crying at work was the fact that the men would laugh, Forrest loves me and you guys were thinking about us. Hope everyone is having a wonderful night! Ready for Christmas yet??

Tomorrow, Tomorrow

21 Dec

How convenient that three years ago tomorrow Forrest popped the question?

Where he proposed

Tomorrow is our doctor’s appointment. And I’m scared (and it didn’t help that I saw something on a website that said “All I want for Christmas is for the other line to show up”). I don’t know why, other than the fact that we are having to face some tough realities tomorrow. We’ve been trying off and on for over a year, but seriously (as in “pulled the goalie for the rest of the game”) trying for six months. Stuff has happened. Other stuff also hasn’t happened. We could go in tomorrow and they tell us that we are perfectly normal and to keep on giving it the good old college try. They could tell us we need medications… and then the good old college try. But I’m still a little scared. So if you guys don’t mind… at oh say, 4 PM tomorrow, just shoot up a quick prayer for us. Until then, I’m going to focus on house hunting and Christmas music!