One of these days I'll get back to truly making these weekly updates again. 😉 For now, the above quote sounds about right. And, like I do every single month, I'm asking myself how it's already the middle/end of June...
Since our last update, we went up to my late aunt's lake house (the one that passed away the day before Thanksgiving) to celebrate my cousin Trent getting married! They had their wedding in Utah (where Kaitlyn is from) and a reception here in Georgia. I went up early to help set up, spend time with family, and spend time relaxing at the lake. Me and some of my cousins even had a game of whiffle ball Saturday night - it was so much fun and now I'm obsessed. Maybe I'll start a league in our new neighborhood. Oh, and my uncle has land in Hayesville, NC and there is currently a tiny home model home parked on it...and it's for sale...stay tuned. 🙂 I posted pictures of it on Instagram Stories and Snapchat (hesheeatclean) but didn't save any on my phone so I don't have any to share right now but I will next time I go up!
P.S. Trent is a photographer in West Yellowstone, Montana. Yes, MONTANA...our favorite state!
I didn't take many pics but I did take a selfie with my sis!
I just LOVED this dessert table! The floral arrangement is one from their wedding ceremony in Utah and the banana pudding is adorable in those glasses.
We had a great time but it was also hard too. As many of you know, my beloved aunt was taken off life support the day before Thanksgiving last year. She was more than just an aunt to me, she lived next door to me growing up (yes, all of my family lived next to each other), and acted more like a grandmother after mine passed away. She spent a lot of her time in the mountains and this was the first time we walked into her house without her being there. It was tough and even makes me cry just typing this up right now. Below is the picture and text I shared on my personal Instagram and Facebook.
I've missed this place but now I miss the person who used to be here even more. It just isn't the same. Scott and her "arguing" over politics or the economy (really he just said stuff to get her going), the black and white movies playing in the background, looking at MORE land in the mountains to buy, her nursing some poor animal back to health, driving all of the grandkids around in the golf cart, and grilling out for anyone and everyone who came over.
The problem is you think you have time. If you only knew how much those little moments with you mattered to me. A thousand moments I took for granted because I assumed there would be a thousand more.
"Perhaps they are not stars but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones shines down to let us know they are happy."
On the way home from the Lake Chatuge, Scott and I hiked...you guessed it...Blood Mountain! We just love the mountain, the workout, and the people we meet on it. I posted this on Instagram but I like to also share these posts here. Tip: If you want cheese dip and chips...get it but get the smallest portion. After our hikes we usually share a side (side, not cup!) of cheese dip and chips. Restaurants (like Willy's, Moes, and Chipotle) give each person way more than one serving of chips. Ask for just one serving if you are with someone else (or none) and share! It's kind of like sweets, you don't need as much as you think to satisfy a craving.
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Last Friday night we were actually driving up to hike Blood Mountain again but there was a storm RIGHT on the mountain. We decided that probably wasn't a good idea so we just kept driving and ended up hiking at Amicalola Falls State Park. It has been quite a few years since we visited and we had forgotten how gorgeous it was! We've had a lot of rain lately so the waterfall was HUGE. We took the trail that was 600 steps to the top of the waterfall and we took the wooded trail back to the trailhead.
In between all of the hiking, I'm still doing the She Sweats Extreme 4-Week Shred! And still loving it. P.S. I extended the entry for the challenge too - you have until Friday, June 23rd to enter! Get more details here. If you are reading this after June 23rd you can still do the workout plan (or one of our many others!).
How could I forget about the project we completed?! I absolutely love it! More pics and tutorial coming soon!