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country roads, take me home

i recently took a little hiatus from the business of everyday life ...
and headed home for a week in
martinsville, il.

my trip in pictures:

7.4.10 - happy birthday, america.
my bro-in-law brandon (leigh's husband) spent the big bucks on firecrackers this year! this just happens to be a picture of the not so impressive part of the fireworks show that he and my brother ross entertained us with. once we put my nephew dayton down for the night ... the ladies pulled up lawn chairs and the boys went to town. 
we might have gotten in trouble for being too loud too late.

we traveled 15m of gravel road to moonshine for burgers ... but it was closed. we tried again later in the week ... and it was raining so hard that we didn't even attempt to get out of the car. so sad. wade and i are going to have to make a special trip to martinsville for my yearly fix.

want to know what the madness is about? check out this video of moonshine from cbs sunday morning.

luckily ... monday wasn't an entire waste.

a little story to introduce the next picture:
i went home of course to see family and to work on the wedding ... but really - i HAD to go home. it was fair week. and i wouldn't miss the martinsville agricultural fair for the world. i have been betting malone's taffy on the horse races, filling myself with tenderloins from the pork producers tent, and entertained by tractor pulls, drag races, the scramble, and the demolition derby ever since i can remember.

but history happened in that small town last week ...
needtobreathe and jars of clay performed in concert to open the week.

{this is particularly funny for me bc just last month wade mentioned to me that he really liked this band called "needtobreathe" and noticed that they were distributed through wea (who we distribute through at work). so i worked my magic and got him & his roommates tickets to see them up in boston. turns out - no magic needed ... they were playing martinsville.}

 we spent tuesday afternoon at the casey pool.
who needs the bahamas?

 luckily my sister leigh and my sister brooke's trips overlapped by one day. i got to see the cousins interact for a day. brooke has two little ones haven (4.5) and nyah (2 in a week). and leigh has dayton (2) and a little one on the way! it is so much fun having the house full for the fair again.
(i can't wait to raise my kids with the same memories.)

usually i am depressed when it's time to head home from the fair. but this year - there was a reward waiting on the other side ... 
(i guess it's time i update our blog art.)

and with his return, we opened our first 3 wedding presents. fun fun!
i thought it was hard with gift-wrapped presents in the house. ha. it's so much harder now seeing such awesome new gadgets in boxes awaiting 9.25.

we're less that 75 days out from the wedding ... and we have so much to do!!!! {luckily i warned wade up front that he needed to return with gluestick in hand.} i

hope you all have a martinsville of your own to retreat too. :)

home sweet home ...

finally a week of vacation @ my gran's house in martinsville, il. and i get the blue room with my own bathroom. yay.

ross {my little brother}, leigh & dayton {my pregnant sister & my 2 year-old nephew}, and my mom made it yesterday. leigh's husband brandon drives in today. grandma + my aunts and cousins make it tomorrow. my other sister, her husband and my 2 year-old niece and 4 year-old nephew come weds, and my dad comes thursday.

one very full ... very crazy house.

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books-a-million ...

unfortunately i'm not talking about the store ...
i'm talking about wade & my collection(s).
we have so many books.

wade's are prettier than mine ... and better to display.
while mine are all self-help books w/ cheesy graphic covers.

we've started talking about narrowing down our collections to fit our combined life ... aka 1 bedroom apartment. but - i want to decorate with some of the books, because it represents wade & his love of literature. 

aren't these shelves lovely ... simple & perfect:

ooh la la ...

earlier this week I ordered the guys' ties {and Haven's bow tie} off etsy. finally I had made a decision on wardrobe for them ... you see, i have had the hardest time deciding what the guys should wear for the wedding.

while my mom was in town a few weeks back we drove out to gallatin with the sole purpose of picking out tuxes. but once we arrived ... i just wasn't sold on anything i was seeing. mom and i googled and realized that we could find suits more in line with what i had in mind for cheaper than the rental. and the guys would have a new suit in the end.

so wade and i planned to make a decision on what the guys were going to wear once we were in the same town. {did i mention he's FINALLY home on tuesday!!!}

well yesterday i got a call from men's wearhouse about their current promotion which ends tomorrow. buy 1 suit, get 1 free.

yeeks ... it was a deal to sweet to pass up. so wade went out and got sizes OVER NIGHT and today i put in an order.

of course ... it couldn't be that easy. the suit i chose (and love) is no longer being manufactured ... so what they have available is final. and they had correct sizes for all but 1. i decided to order one size down. fingers crossed that they run a bit big. because is 1 doesn't fit - we're back at square one.

... have I mentioned I LOVE THEM. i'm now more excited about what the guys are going to wear than i am what the ladies are going to wear. {must work on that!}

{with a quick fix retouch to reflect what it should look like with white shirt and the ties!}

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