Tuesday, July 22, 2014

St. Louis (day two)

St. Louis, day two, was filled to the brim with fun! We started our day at Grant's Farm. (This is also FREE (minus the pictures we bought). Y'all. The Lou has a lot to offer!)


(The filter feature accidentally got turned on, so we're a little green!)

(A baby!!!)

Clydesdale selfie, duh.



LIFE HIGHLIGHT. I love goats. I'd already asked Jordan for years if we could have a pet goat.  But this...this basically sealed the deal! We got to bottle feed them! SWEET goats. So fun!
 



Paddleboats are a great idea, right?
Sure. If you're in shape and like to sweat in the hot sun. :)
It was a super fun(ny) experience, though!!


After Grant's Farm, we ventured over the state line and into Illinois. It was my first time in IL ever!

We went to Eckert's! They have a HUGE farm and grocery...AND one of my new favorite restaurants on the planet.


This peach blackberry cobbler was one for the record books, y'all. Holy goodness. I can almost still taste it (and that homemade vanilla custard).
 

We also got to visit the world's largest bottle of catsup! Totally massive.

We headed back to the Lou and went over to the Arch! I remember going to the top of the Arch when I was in 6th grade, so I politely declined the invitation to the top and opted to people watch instead. (What?! It's like an elevator pod meets Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century. Wasn't happening.)

How cute is my sister? BEYOND!

We ended our day at Steak 'n Shake. I'll never complain about that!



That's all for day two! Thanks for stopping by!
Love,
Jessica
@jesstinybird

Monday, July 21, 2014

St. Louis (day one)

When my parents and sister started discussing their trip to St. Louis, I remembered going there when I was between 12 and 13. Then, my friend Charity from my Influence Network community group posted something on Facebook, and her location was St. Louis! I knew I had to go! It was my first chance to meet an online friend in real life. 

We were supposed to be going to Nashville this coming weekend, but schedules got busy, and we had to cancel the trip. It was a perfect opportunity to go to St. Louis instead!

Despite an intense panic attack the day before we were leaving, and having to leave at 4:00 a.m., I still went. I'm glad I did. 




We stopped in Sikeston, MO, for Lambert's! (I've now been to all three locations!) Best. Rolls. Ever. 



Once we made it to St. Louis, we went to the Budweiser plant! Even for a non-drinker, it's a really fun tour! Best part? It's FREE!


Chandelier in the Clydesdales' stable. I mean....fancy!



The first day was a lot of fun. So thankful for my family and our time together! Stay tuned for days two and three!

Love,
Jessica
@jesstinybird

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Again.

Here I am again. Writing about a panic attack. 

I had been over a month without one. I thought, hoped, clung to the idea that it may finally be over. 

Maybe I'm over it. Maybe it won't cripple me anymore. 




As much as I hoped, it's not over. Today, a panic attack hit me like a ton of bricks. I just feel like weeping. I really thought it was over. 

This has been going on for four years. I'm tired of wondering when it's going to creep up. 

I know that a month without one is AMAZING in comparison to when I was having them constantly. 

Your girl is just tired. Weary. Please pray for me. Encourage me to pray too. I need it. 

Love,
Jessica

Let's (road) rage.

My road rage is my husband's least favorite thing about me. I get so aggressive, which is the total opposite of how I usually am. I know I'm not the only one, so I thought I would share some of my favorite things I yell.  Thinking about this now, while parked, makes me giggle at myself.
 (Note:  I should have typed these in ALL CAPS, but again, I'm not as aggressive when I'm not in a car!)


If you can't operate a car and a phone, pick one. 

Idiot!!!!!!!!

Oh. You got one of those new cars where the turn signal is an optional feature. 

A brake light is not an adequate substitute for a blinker!

Are. You. Serious?!?!?!?!?!

You have to be kidding me. 

If you're coming over, COME ON. (This is usually accompanied by crazy waving, as I want to be sure they realize that it's a total inconvenience and I'm about to change my mind about letting them over.)

And then there are times when I'm speechless (RARE!), so I just throw both hands up in the air, hoping that the other driver notices and realizes what they just did to offend me.

Please, laugh with me...and share some of yours in the comments so I know I'm not the only one!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Confessional Friday: A Day in the Life

Happy (Confessional) Friday, friends! Today is all about a day in my life - and yours, should you choose to join in on Leslie's link-up!

Monday through Friday, I hit snooze as many time as possible to still be able to make it to work. 

I get up, shower, and start the coffee!


After starting the java, I put my makeup on and do something with my hair. 


Once I'm dressed, it's out the door to work! I live about 20 minutes from my office, which actually always changes due to traffic!

I work at a state agency, and I'm thankful for my 8-5. Plus, the people I work with are THE best.




Our office moved in April, and I'm in love with our new digs! I've started bringing my lunch and a book, so I spend my lunch break either reading a book...or blogs.  :)

Once the clock strikes 5:00, I'm out the door to head home! 

Jordan's schedule varies from week to week. Some nights we hang at home and some nights we hang out with friends or my family.

I know this is SO thrilling. Please try not to be overwhelmingly jealous. ;)

What does your day look like? I'd love to hear about it!

Love,
Jessica
@jesstinybird


Thursday, July 10, 2014

I'll give you something to complain about!!



I was having a conversation with someone the other day, and it went as most conversations do. 

"How was your weekend?"
"Good. How was yours?"

And either of us or sometimes both of us, wrap up the convo by working in a complaint.  It typically goes like one of the following:  
  • "It was good, but it wasn't long enough." 
  • "It was good, but I didn't get enough done."
We end up discounting the amazing weekend, meal, day, or hour that we've had.

Why?
Whyyyyyyyyy?!!
Y'all. 
We have to stop!

I hate complaining, but trust me, I do my more-than-fair share. 

I feel like complaining is my only way to try and give people a hint that I'm wishing and striving for more. For someone who majored in communications and sees writing as her only main talent, this is such a cop out.

Complaining is a comfort zone.

There. I said it. 

I'm more comfortable complaining about not accomplishing my massive to-do list every weekend than I am with trying to cross off one thing a day to make it more manageable than massive when the next weekend rolls around.

I'm more comfortable wishing my weeks away for the next weekend than I am with trying to figure out how God wants me to use my creativity in my every day life.

So, here it is.
I'm calling myself out.
And anyone else who this applies to.
Let's try and do better.
Let's be thankful for the little things - like that amazing weekend, meal, day, or hour that we had.

Let's spend more time relishing in the good things than in the complaints we cover them up with.

You are LOVED.
Love,
Jessica
@jesstinybird


Monday, July 7, 2014

4th of July Weekend Recap

 (Please look at the super cute wreath my mom made!)

Welcome, sweet friends! I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July weekend. I certainly did! It wasn't our typical 4th of July. It's the first summer without a pool at my parents' house. Due to sicknesses and schedules, we had a much smaller lunch crowd than usual. However, it was wonderful. Family time. Super laid back. Lots of tv, volleyball, and laughing with my sister. It was a refreshing weekend!
 

(Mom made this festive Oreo, pretzel, M&M bark! So yum!)






Sometimes, I waste my Saturdays. I sit at home and don't do anything. I'm so glad mom invited my for a girls' day to the Farmer's Market to get my tush in gear! Nicole, mom, and I set out on our fun afternoon!

The colors at the market were brilliant and amazing. Here are several snaps from our outing!






After the Farmer's Market, we ventured to the downtown library! They had a couple of books I have been eager to read, and I always love a good library visit.
 

We went to Rooster's for lunch, and I'm so glad we did! It's one of my favorite places to eat! If you're ever in Jackson, be sure to check it out.


On the way home from lunch, the air conditioner in my mom's car went out. All of a sudden. In July. In the mid-afternoon. In Mississippi. I'd say we made the best out of it!


How was your weekend? I'd love to hear!
Love,
Jessica
@jesstinybird