One of the bigger goals was reorganizing all my files at home and this was no small task. Confession: I am somewhat of a hoarder when it comes to paperwork. I had held on to like, um, everything for the past 10 years that just needed to be sorted and shredded. Like really, every monthly utility bill from 2009? Maintenance receipts for cars I no longer owned? Um, time to purge! Another reason for this big spring cleaning was because it recently occurred to me: If I were to drop dead or get hit by a bus tomorrow, Zach and Allie would not have a clue where certain important things are, especially information that is only neatly tucked away in my ol' noggin. Things like online passwords, when certain bills are due, etc. I really felt an urgency to get things in super tip-top order (and in true type-A fashion, make Zach a spreadsheet of every single piece of info) - not because I am expecting to kick the bucket, but just to make sure they are taken care of in case of emergency. And if that weren't enough motivation, I went and got these new, adorable gold/blush file folders to make super boring stuff like life insurance and health records, happy and snazzy. Ta-da!
And speaking of books, I FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY finished Allie's 2015 book. Praise the sweet Lord Jesus for giving me the willpower to bring this project to completion! It has been a long time coming (4 months to be exact), but I am so relieved it is done! This was by far my biggest goal accomplished I can't wait to get it back from the printer and share it with you guys.
And now, speaking of Allie, she has had quite a busy month herself! In addition to school and youth group, she's had a lot of other exciting things going on this month. For starters, now that the weather is warm and the trees are blooming, Allie has taken to the woods just beyond our fence to create her little woodland wonderland.
Even Zach, who is usually Mr. Anti-outdoors because of his allergies, got Allie's eno hammock all set up for her and look- I even caught him enjoying it himself! Haha
In addition to staying busy in the great outdoors, Allie has had numerous special events with school this month. Can I just say, I LOVE that she is getting to have so many new experiences? It is so awesome to watch - even small, seemingly insignificant things like riding on a bus to her choral performance at Six Flags for the Southern Star Music Festival.
(A number of the photos below are taken by Allie so enjoy some of her photography interwoven with mine.)
This was really my first opportunity to meet some other parents and I am SO glad we went!
A selfie, before the wind got the best of my hairdo. Ha!
The actual program for the night included worship and a guest speaker who encouraged and inspired the girls in their faith. It was a very special night for Al and we are just over the moon she is able to experience things like this at her school. Thanks MPCS!
At the end of the month, Allie had her final chorus concert. This time, I wasn't racing home from a business trip so I was able to be there for the whole thing!
I honestly can't believe how soon this year will be over and she will be a SOPHOMORE. Holy moly! As I was sitting there - watching all the seniors be recognized it hit me like a ton of bricks: This will be her. In just the blink of an eye Allie will be the one graduating, the one moving on, the one embarking on a big, brand new season of life. Raising a teenager is just so bittersweet. I want her to grow up, become independent, and have an amazing life all her own, but at the same time I am grieved with the thought of this happening and her college-bound absence leaving a big gaping hole in our life. Ugh... PARENTING. :)
Allie, the birthday girl, and their beautiful container gardens!
Congrats Richardsons! We can't wait to see what the future holds for you. After popping by their brunch reception, we headed into town for a quick bite at Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand. They serve chicken sausage in every way - links, shredded, patties, and even between two Krispy Kreme donuts! Although we did not indulge in the KK donut menu item, we had some great stuff and their potato wedges are on point! Atop the restaurant is a shipping container (called the chicken coop) that houses additional outdoor seating.
The next day, Zach and I headed over to Ponce City Market for another rooftop event hosted by our friends, the Kyle Korver Foundation and Plywood People. See the big sign up there?
KK doin' his hosting thang.
Carver Neighborhood Market and Bearings Bike Shop. Check them out!
And of course, Zach can't step foot in the city limits of Atlanta without getting a coffee at his favorite spot, Chattahoochee Coffee Co. I never get a drink, but I love the space.
Each day leading up to my birthday I worked on the notecard project little by little - cutting paper into envelop liners, designing/printing an encouraging art print, writing the letters, etc. It was really deeply fulfilling to spend the week on something special for my friends.
I took my friend Tina to The Optimist, one of my favorite restaurants on the Westside.
Super cute outdoor area with putting green.
My birthday dinner was at another Westside establishment called BarTaco, which is just a few steps from The Optimist. I have become obsessed with this place since about 95% of the menu is gluten free.
GA Tiny Rentals had their 269 st ft. towing tiny house on display at Ponce City Market one weekend and I just had to take the opportunity to check it out. It felt surprisingly large inside with two queen bed lofts and a FULL bath (with tub!). To see the interior of the tiny house, check out their website!
The last weekend in April Zach was away leading worship in Arizona so Allie, my MIL, and I had a girls weekend! On Friday we had breakfast for dinner (Allie's fav) and I even spoiled her by experimenting with Twix pancakes.
Whitney had a few pieces on display.
visiting her studio in Brooklyn last summer and I was thrilled to bring Allie here so she can experience even more of the art world.
Allie with one of Whitney's pieces.