singin in the rain

my birthday is in july. however, my aunt is the spectacular kind and waited until today to give me my birthday present. it began with my cousin, trey, and his girlfriend, katy, picking me up after a long, hard clinical day. i was not told where we were going and after a few wrong turns and a flip of the hazard signs switch, we pulled over and trey told us we were supposed to be somewhere called “cheekwood.” (side note: i live about 15 minutes from cheekwood and we had driven about 30 minutes in the opposite direction). we finally arrived at cheekwood, a place i have loved dearly since my move to this great city four years ago. it is a botanical garden and art museum built on an old estate and mansion and every now and then they have great art installations that take over the entire property. the past couple weeks there has been an installation by bruce munro called “lights at cheekwood.” when we arrived, it was raining. and by the time we left, it was pouring.

but there’s something about rain that fills my heart. i love the tickle of the drops on my arms. i love pretending i’m a ballerina and twirling and leaping into puddles. most of all, i love singing “singin in the rain” while i’m getting soaked to the bone.

i believe that choosing to see the good stuff in life is the only way to enjoy it. so i chose to forget about how long it finally took us to get there. i chose to disregard my emotionally taxing day at clinical. i chose to love the rain. so thank you, my dear aunt and cousins, for a wonderful gift in the beautiful rain and art museum. y’all really know how to get on this girl’s good side.

[ a view of some of the lights and the mansion. this really doesn’t do it any justice. ]

[ trey and katy pre-torrential downpour ]

[ a silhouette ]



[ one of the indoor art installations was all about the concept of love. in one room, there were buttons that had quotes about the different aspects of love and each viewer was prompted to “take what you need.” ]

[ a soaked amanda at the end of the night… ]

have a happy weekend! choose to see the good stuff.



captain and sissy have a new tradition: cracker barrel. we went tonight and drooled over their meatloaf dinner plate.


so yummy! this has been our second sunday going to the barrel for a meal and i am perfectly okay with it being the way our sundays are for a good while.

Happy Sunday!
Captain and Sissy

walmart after dark

tonight, we went grocery shopping. that’s right. tonight.


walmart is an interesting place to begin with but if you want to see the real action, you gotta go at night. we went for fruit and came out with lots more than fruit. but isn’t that how it always works?

there’s certainly perks to going out at night. the moon was incredibly beautiful. and the sister bonding was quite beautiful too. 😉



liberty hill farm

today, kayla and i went to liberty hill farm. kayla works there a few days a week and i went to watch her ride. there is nothing more encouraging than watching someone be in their element. and when kayla is riding, she most certainly is in hers.

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kayla rode skip today and, though i don’t know much about horses, thought she did quite well.

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^^proof that i was there too!

hope you had a spectacular sunday!

the start of it all

i [amanda] follow blogs regularly. so this undertaking of creating our own blog is something really exciting for me. this is going to be a place where we [both amanda and kayla] share happenings in our lives, recipes, fashion inspiration, diy projects, etc. we don’t expect to become well known because of this blog (i mean, let’s be honest, mom, you are probably the only one reading this right now). however, we are not concerned with popularity. rather, we simply want to take part in the wonderful world of blogging. and here we go…