Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Free Printable

So, I am a Pinterest-aholic. No big deal. I love the printables (even the ones I don't print).

However, sometimes I find them and I want them but they won't match my house. So, I never print them. That's changing. I just made my very own printable.

Here it is:

I am thinking that I will frame it to put it inside our front door area (which is also known as the living room). If it looks good, I may just have to make some more. :)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


That's probably what you are thinking right now. It turns out that since today is officially winter, I missed an entire season in the blog world. That's right... the ENTIRE fall!

What in the dickens...
... have you been doing the last few months?
... could have made you forget to blog for SO long?
... happened to you?
... are you going to write about?

Well, here's the truth. We have been living life. Married life. Two people and a dog under one roof, sharing a bedroom and bathroom kind of life. Oh and you know, the wife cooks, husband does the yard kind of life. And did I mention that we go to work, too? Yeah, we do.

Let me summarize our end of summer/fall:
-School starts... teaching 6th grade Language Arts @ a new school. 36 new precious students. LOVE!
-Getting into a married "routine" (aka learning how to get along with someone else's habits). also a LOVE!

September & October:
-Drew has his accident and subsequent surgery, hospital, and rehab stays (See Drew's CaringBridge... this became my new "blog")... I spend more time in hospital waiting rooms than I had ever hoped for. But, I can also say I got to meet some amazing people. It makes me cry to think about ALL of the people who became so invested in Drew during that time.
- I traveled most days after work for a month to Columbia to be with Drew, friends, and family.
- We (sometimes both, sometimes just Christopher) travel to Clemson for home football games (how about that PERFECT home season... all wins in the Valley!).

-Thanksgiving in Florence... lunch at the Club with immediate family, Granny, and my uncle L & aunt K and baby cousin Caroline. Ate snacks/dinner (we were pretty full!) later with Christopher's family
-Drew's 22nd birthday

-Drew's surgery on Dec. 15th to reattach skull
-I began 17.5 day vacation from school!

I know that I will post more on all of these things in later posts. I just wanted to get "caught up" so that I can begin to blog our life again. I was thinking today that these really are days that I never want to forget!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

We did it!

In case there was ever a doubt, we got married!

The Wharton- Williams Wedding Slideshow

More pictures and info on the honeymoon to follow!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wordless Wednesday (1 day late)

Hey! It happened on Wednesday.... and it's only a day late.

And it's almost Friday!

Monday, May 16, 2011


Yes, I have 5. And I love them. I love them a lot. But, I am not talking about them. It's these ones that I am talking about:

So, I did the natural thing, and invited a bridesmaid, April, to come with me. Christopher got mad so I told him he could come, too. he wasn't that excited but I read him [parts] of some reviews that were convincing that it was not a "chick flick." (and despite the number of chicks... it is not for those that are weak in heart  stomach) I was sitting in between April and Christopher in the theater and I swear that there were times that they were both choking they were laughing so hard. And yes, I laughed out loud. So that means it was really funny. And we're already making plans to go and see it AGAIN!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Finally... it's Friday!

Well this week has been monumental...

First, there was the BIG tests....
(and NO, I did not take this picture. That would be a test security violation because I would have used an imaging device... only people who read these words four times this week or for many years know what I mean... we actually have to read that statement to our students...)

And then yesterday there was.... (drum roll please)

an offer on my house!

Great news but it means that someone will be moving out in 2 weeks! Let the packing begin (and figuring out where in the world the boxes will be delivered to... yeah, minor issue, I know!).

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Drawing a Blank

I know there are so many things that I could say on here. Yet, it isn't coming to me, so I might have to ramble for a minute. (and yes, I will be numbering my ramblings)

1. XM changed it's channel numbers. It doesn't make me mad, just drives me crazy!

2. I have decided that if I could be friends with celebrities, these would be my "friends:" 

You see, I listen to Oprah XM every morning on my 30 minute (or longer if I get behind a school bus) drive to work. And apparently Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks were on the show Friday, May 6th. Well, I didn't see the show but they had me laughing out loud (seriously) in the car on a Monday morning. And you have to be REALLY funny to make me laugh on a Monday morning. And then, I had class last night and I got to hear it again on my way home. And guess what? It was STILL funny. I am pretty sure we'd be GREAT friends. 

3.  We have state testing this week. And we didn't have it today. "Why?" you ask. Well, because it's Confederate Memorial Day (duh!) and of course we wouldn't want to test on Confederate Memorial Day (yeah, right!). Crazy, I tell you. I love the South. I really do. But, really? Confederate Memorial Day? Really? And for the record I believe that EVERY darn school in our great state was in school, not observing the holiday as our state department might believe.

4.  I miss my dog. He lives in Florence while my house is on the market. (Yes, it's still for sale!)  I need him back in my life. I am pretty sure he isn't feeling the same because he is getting spoiled ROTTEN by his grandparents. Lucky dog!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Spring break

So, I have spent the last week on Spring Break. I can't believe it's Friday already, but it is! And it has been that crazy, busy, but somehow fun kind of week.

My highlights: (and no, I am not referring to the onese I got in my hair on Saturday morning!) 

Birthday dinner at
with a great couple
because someone special
(who happens to be my fiance)
turned the big


Going to my future "work"
for the WHOLE day!

Yep, that means I am
gonna be working next year!

Sorry to be vague and boring-will share more when I am able and everything is "official."
You know how that is...


Went with my mom to

to pick up my dress from

now known as     

Let me tell you how excited I was when I found out the dress FIT!
I was so nervous. I got fitted the 1st weekend in February and a lot can happen in 2 1/2 months!
(including a half marathon, a birthday cake, etc.)

And don't worry-
we also did some fabulous shopping at our favorites
and ate some amazing food while we were there, too.


Took bridal portraits with


(owned by my childhood friend and her husband)

Oh, how I cannot wait to see (and share) those pictures.
But, it'll be on or after 5:30pm on July 16th, of course! 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Dream Interpretations

You know how some people interpret dreams? I always thought it was kind of crazy. But, lately I have been waking up in a total panic about my dreams. The crazy thing is... I don't think it would take an interpreter to figure them out.

Exhibit A:

I wake up in a total panic because of this:

Yes, a messy house! And no that is not MY house... and thank heavens I can say that it really wasn't all that messy in my dream either. But, it was a mess.And I was going to work and leaving it a mess!  

My interpretation:  My house is for sale! Everyday, I sweep, wipe cabinets, counter tops, you name it to make sure my house is spotless in the event that someone wants to come a see it, which has happened all of once at this point... I am just trusting God that He has someone for this house, but let me tell you.... I can NOT wait to meet them!

Exhibit B:

Yes, that is a monogram. Only in my dream, I gave someone a monogrammed bag with the WRONG monogram embroidered on it. The horror?!?

My Interpretation: I really don't know. But, I am thinking that if sending someone a gift is the worst thing that could happen to me, my life must be pretty good. Or I am totally stressing out about the wrong things in life. And to be honest, both of those are true.

I am sure that the dream experts would have something else to say about my dreams, but I think they are telling me that my life is definitely alright, and if those are the worst things that I can come up with, I need to say a prayer of gratitude and be a little more thankful!

Thursday, March 31, 2011


So, I turned 28 a little over two weeks ago... The only thing that stands out so far about 28 is that I only have one more birthday where I will still be in my twenties. I decided that I was going to leave 27 with a bang... and I did. Running my half marathon was truly a great way to end 27. I loved challenging myself, and I can't wait to share more about that in a later post! 

Right now, I don't feel as panicked about turning 30 as I did turning 25. I don't know what that was about, but I am glad those days are (mostly) gone. I guess, the old saying  "With age comes wisdom," is true in this case. I am so excited about all that is going to happen this yet that I can't help but to be excited that I get the opportunity to get old!

Of course, if you know the (almost) Williams, you know we love birthdays (or any excuse for a cake!). And next up is Christopher. He won't be as old as I am, which totally explains why I am the wiser one! ;)  For his birthday, he has decided that he would like to attend the first ever Zac Brown Band Southern Ground Festival in Clemson. It just so happens to be the weekend before his birthday. That lucky boy is going to get to celebrate for two weekends!

As excited as I am for Christopher's birthday, I have to say, I am equally excited about the show (and food, too!). I have seen Zac Brown cook on Paula Deen (yes, I watch her- no, I don't cook her food- my mom's a dietitian, you know!) and it looked REALLY good. I also have seen Chef Rusty (ZBB's chef) on YouTube talking about the show and it sounds delicious! (not to mention that I'll get to see ZBB for the first time live!)

Pictures will be shared!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Lazarus-like Miracle

Well, here I am updating the ol' blog... a mere 4 months after the last post. It's been tough on all the readers I know, since there are SO many of you (or none... yet!). So, our blog is just like Lazarus, right when you thought he was a goner, he came back to life. 

Anyways, the question that you're dying to know: why didn't I post? Well, I could take the easy way and say that it's Christopher's fault (I'll explain that next). Or I could say that we've been busy. Neither of those would be lies, but I don't know why this just hasn't happened.

Ok, so it turns out that Christopher kinda hates the idea of a blog. I mean, I get his point when he says "Who wants to read that?" or "Why would would we want to share that?" I get it. But, I also had a HUGE epiphany last week. (I know epiphany and Lazarus in one post- it's Lent and I need all the biblical references I can get during these 40 days, but I digress).  This is what I figured out: LIFE GOES BY TOO FAST!

Let me explain... last week as I was contemplating turning 28, I was reminiscing on my 20's. I tried to think of something I had done when I was 20, 21, etc. Well, I drew a blank at 24. I couldn't remember anything. I mean I know I taught 3rd grade for some of it, but I could come up with nothing that I had done in my personal life. I came up with tons for 23 and 25 but 24 is still blank. Sure, I know I went to some Clemson games, but they aren't standing out. I know GREAT things happened that year, but I can't remember them. And that scares me a little. I want to remember my life, even those ordinary days. So, if nothing else, I want to use this blog to keep up with the lives of The (Almost) Williams Family.

 So despite Christopher's reluctance, I am going to just blog my little heart out. And I'll include him (where appropriate) but will only say nice things about him (or the funny things that I couldn't possible stand to NOT share with you!).

Expect a lot of "catching up" over the next few weeks since I gave up Facebook for lent! :)