Friday, March 20, 2015

Casual Fridays

Strawberry season is in full swing down here, and is there anything as yummy as a big bowl of sweet Florida strawberries?? We have an entire festival dedicated to strawberries where you can get strawberry pie, strawberry shortcake, strawberries on a stick, chocolate covered strawberries: strawberries, strawberries, strawberries! My favorite way to eat strawberries is to cut them up, pour a copious amount of sugar over them, let them sit in the fridge overnight, and then sit and eat 'em with a spoon. Heaven. This is also the way to prepare them for strawberry shortcake if anyone was wondering.

I've been jamming to Nichole Nordeman's Woven & Spun album for the past couple days. 
She's one of my favorite artists and Woven & Spun is my favorite of all her albums. 
It's one of those that I can sing every word of every song, you know?

So our backyard is like a bird sanctuary. Seriously, you can't look out there without seeing sand hill cranes, ducks, geese, the occasional bald eagle, and a multitude of other types of water fowl. I think this is due in part to the fact that our next door neighbor goes out and feeds them daily. One time, we counted at least 23 pelicans swimming across the lake. Pelicans! This week there has been a mama duck hanging out in our part of the lake with her sweet little brood of ducklings. There are at least 6 of the little guys, and they are adorable. I tried to go out yesterday and snap a photo, but if I venture off the porch, they swim out too far away for me to get a good shot.

Link Love

Cheerful Insecurity : Can you relate to the need to turn your panic list back into your prayer list? I can.

Charity Has Power : This is a great review of the new live action Cinderella movie. To be honest, I haven't been interested in seeing this movie, but my brother texted me and told me I have to watch it, and then I read this review. Now I can't wait to see it.

The Bionic Arm : Stop it.   Just. Stop. It.   You have to watch this video.


20 Years of Faithfulness : Late entry, but I'm so proud of my parents and so very thankful for Faith Baptist Church!

And now I'd like to introduce a new segment of Casual Fridays that I've decided to call Colonel's Corner. This puppy, y'all. He is too much. He doesn't just lay down, he flops down. Hard. You can hear him no matter where you are in the house. I cannot tell you how much this cracks me up. He's such a drama queen. He also likes to growl and bark at his own reflection. Sometimes it's funny, sometimes he will not shut up. We think he's the greatest. 

Apparently, I will be giving weekly reports of my thoughts on The Voice. And it's official, y'all. Forget Paul Pfau, I am so on the Sawyer Fredericks train. I mean, really?! How is this guy only 15 years old?? He is amazing. He is my official Season 8 pick. If this kid goes home, there is no justice. Check out his duet in the battle round. I like this version of Have You Ever Seen The Rain better than CCR's. And make no mistake, I am a fan of CCR. 

What about you? Who's your favorite on The Voice? (I have yet to hear anyone speak up in the comments about this show. Am I the only one watching?) Do you have a favorite artist or album that you know every song? What's your favorite way to eat strawberries or what is your favorite summertime treat?

I hope you've had a stupendous week, and I hope your weekend is even better! Check back Monday for my recap on Vanity Fair. I finished! 


  1. i want to meet your dog. i'm his biggest fan.
    chocolate covered strawberries all the way.
    seriously. go see cinderella. you will love it.
    i don't watch the voice. that kid can sing.
    congrats on finishing vanity fair! looking forward to your thoughts.

    1. Dude. He had his first visit to the vet today and everyone in the office fell in love with him. The vet came in and took a picture with him to send to his wife. Ha!

      Mom, Danette, and I are going to see Cinderella tomorrow afternoon! I'm excited.

      Thanks. I'm not gonna lie, I'm pretty proud of myself. That book is huge.

    2. P.S. Did you watch that Bionic Arm video I linked to? Because you should.

  2. That kid has a God-given gift for music. He's a natural.

  3. I've tried to comment 3 times and my phone has erased every. single. time. Grrrr...

    Anyways, loves this whole blog. I read and looked at every link, which were all incredible. Way to go. Blog is still great! Love you!

    1. Glad you like it!! Love you! Praying for lots of good rest for you this week!

  4. I love Pentatonix. And Tyler and I went to see them at Busch Gardens yesterday and I was in awe at their vocal abilities. However, I wasn't able to completely enjoy the show, because people had been waiting there for over 10 hours to get good seats (kid you not), so needless to say, we were practically in the nosebleeds. Also, they didn't perform ANY of my all time favorite songs by them (Run to You, Mary Did You Know, Say Something, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, ET). It made me sad. Plus did I mention I'm sick and that's why I'm awake and commenting on this at 3:30 AM. Ugh.

    Anyway, love your blog! I love to eat strawberries whole, because they're just so good. I want to meet Colonel SOON. I don't watch The Voice, but I wish I did. I can sing practically every word to every Shania Twain song (don't judge - I know Hannah won't, because she has a similar love for Shania - I mean everyone else, please don't judge. Lol)

    I hope I can sleep soon, because my life is ridiculous right now.


    1. 10 hours?? Holy cow!! What time was the show? I mean, were they waiting IN the park that long?? That's insane. And bummer that they didn't do your favorite songs. =( (Speaking of which, is ET the name of a song or were you starting to type "etc."?)

      Anyway, I love you and your long comments at 3:30 in the morning. I miss you and I think we need a beach trip ASAP in which we sing Shania the whole way there.

      Hope you feel better! LOVE YOU MORE!