Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ready for Fall!

I'm so ready for fall! It really is my favorite time of year. Just the other day, my friend Kisha and I were longing for Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks which I must say are simply-one-of-the-best-things-ever-about-fall. Sorry I get passionate about them. :)

I bought these last week:

I'm not a Yankee Candle snob, but yummm, how I love their Apple Cider scent. I haven't lit it yet...but this week for sure. 

Every time I've been to the grocery store lately, Caleb has begged me for Apple Cider, but they don't have it in stock yet. Boy takes after his Mama!

I'm ready to wear lots of dresses with leggings. And boots. And scarves. And jackets. 

I'm thinking about spending a lot of time here cheering on the Eagles with my boys:

Southern Miss TO THE TOP!

I'm wondering if I'm talented enough to make this wreath like The Nester.

I'm getting excited about our 2nd Annual Antique Car Show at our store, Jack's Home Improvement Center. I hope it's a chilly day like it was last year!

I really was going to pull out my fall decorations yesterday and start changing my mantle, but I thought my husband my think it was way too early. And then I looked back to see on my blog that I did it the exact same day last year! Haha! Maybe August 23rd should be my Fall Decorating Day. :)

Is anyone else anxiously awaiting fall and it's cooler temperatures?

Friday, August 20, 2010

Cyd's Bday Partaaaay!

This post is dedicated to my bestest friend, Cydnee! I am so excited because Cydnee, Kisha, and I are going to celebrate today. We always get together for each others birthdays. It seems like that's the only time we have been able to set aside lately! Everyone is so busy that it's hard to get schedules together. Cydnee's birthday was August 11th, and I ate lunch with her here in town...but let's be honest. Lunch at Pericos is not the greatest birthday lunch. We usually head to Hattiesburg or the coast for birthday celebrations and have lunch or dinner and a movie. Today we are going to Olive Garden in Hattiesburg and then we are going to see Eat Pray Love (I think!). I'm so excited to get to spend some time with my girlfriends! They are totally my support group! Here are some pics of Cyd over the years :) 
(Kisha is in half of these too! We are the 3 Musketeers!)

Christmas 2008, after I just had Trace

Preschool Awards Day I think
Cyd's bday last year (Julie and Julia) and my baby shower for Trace

Bachelorette party for our friend

Kisha's bday this year

One of our bdays in like 2007?

Bachelorette party!

Cyd with Trace at our church picnic this year

Cyd and night with the hubbys :)


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Groupon Deals!

Have any of ya'll tried Groupon? It's a website that offers a daily deal, and there will be a certain number of people who have to buy the deal in order to get it.

For example, today I just bought a $25 Groupon for $50 worth of personalized photo cards from Photo Card Creations. I'm thinking Christmas Cards! The deal required 20 people to buy in order for it to go through. You only have that day to buy it. As I'm typing, 30 people have bought that deal and it has 13 hours and 30 minutes to go.

Many Groupons are region/city specific but a lot, like the photo card offer for Brooklyn, are not. If you have time, just click around on different cities to see what their deals are! Go check it out!

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Tale of a Legend

My Great Grandaddy bought B.B. King his first guitar.

That statement sums up one of my family’s most well-known stories that has been shared and passed on for generations with so much pride.

Let me start at the beginning…

Riley (B.B.) King lived in Kilmichael, MS, as a young boy with his mother, Nora Ella King, and grandmother, Elnora Farr. His mother died, and a year later his grandmother passed away. Riley went to live with his father, Albert King, in Lexington, MS, but he didn’t like living with his father. In 1942, at the age of 16, Riley rode his bike 50 or so miles back to Kilmichael. He was planning on staying with his family but all of his relatives had already moved back to the Delta.

A relative of Riley’s, John Farr, asked my great grandfather, Flake Cartledge, if Riley could stay with him. Grandaddy Flake picked up Riley and brought him home to Cartledge Farms. He moved into a small one room cabin that John and Lessie Farr had just moved out of. Grandaddy Flake took care of Riley; he bought him new clothes and gave him some work on the farm. Riley ate his meals at the Cartledge’s table.

A local young man named Denzil Tidwell had a guitar for sale. Riley asked Mr. Flake if he would buy the guitar for him and let Riley work to pay the money back. Grandaddy Flake agreed and paid the $15 to buy Riley his first guitar. Before that Riley had put nails and strings in the wall of his cabin and would play them like a guitar. A local minister, Archie Farr, helped Riley start to learn the chords, but he really more or less taught himself to play. This was the humble beginnings of the King of Blues, B.B.King.

Wayne Cartledge

My grandfather, Wayne Cartledge, was 9 at the time Riley came to live at the Cartledge Farm. I don’t know that you’d call them “friends” as there was a 7 year age difference, but my grandfather followed along behind Riley as any younger boy would do. Riley was the one who taught my grandfather, Wayne, how to ride a bicycle. They remained friends for life. Every time Riley was in town, he contacted my grandfather. The relationship was something that my grandfather was so proud of. He would always talk about B.B. and force us grandchildren to listen to B.B.’s blues music. Looking back, I can appreciate it, although I must say that at the time I often plugged my ears.  Too young to understand good blues I suppose.

Papaw showing the documentary crew around the farm
Photo Credit Suzi Altman

Several years ago now, BBC sent a crew from England and author Charles Sawyer also came to the Cartledge Farm to gather information for a documentary and book on B.B. King.  My grandfather loved entertaining the documentary crews and driving them around our family’s property showing them the spot where B.B. lived. "You can still drink from the creek B.B. drank from when he worked here as a young boy."

My grandfather, Wayne Cartledge, died suddenly in December 2006. One of the most meaningful things we received was a huge bouquet of flowers from B.B. himself. He was out of the country at the time, so he was unable to attend the funeral, but his gift meant so much to my family. My grandfather would have LOVED it. We placed them right beside the casket.

Photo Credit Suzi Altman

The B.B. King museum recently opened in Indianola, and my family received a special invitation to attend the pre-opening ceremonies. The picture taken above was taken when they were filming a documentary that is in use at the B.B. King museum. One of the exhibits are donated items and artifacts from the Cartledge family and a video interview with my grandfather. Since he’s no longer here, it’s my job to carry on the family story of how my Great Grandaddy Flake bought B.B. his first guitar.

*Some details paraphrased from Charles Sawyer’s The Arrival of B.B.King. Other details obtained by oral interviews of Jocleta Cain Cartledge and Marshall F. Cartledge, II.

Thursday, August 12, 2010


This photo is a little teaser for tomorrow's post. 

This is blues legend B.B.King and my grandfather, Wayne Cartledge. 

Wanna know the full story? Stop by tomorrow :)

Photo Credit Suzi Altman

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

First Day of School!

Brayden and Caleb on their first day of school this year. Their school just started requiring uniforms. I really think I'm going to like it though! It's not super strict; they have a choice between red, white, or royal blue polo shirts and khaki or navy shorts or pants. The hardest thing so far has been finding solid colored shoes.

Bray is starting 2nd grade and Caleb is starting Kindergarten.

Caleb was so excited to go the first day, but he cried when I dropped him off! I think navigating the school overwhelms him. Their school ranges from K to 8, so from his perspective, there are a whole lot of people who are a lot bigger than he is! I'm so glad that Bray is just down the same hallway and can walk him to class every morning. It's so great to have a big brother! 

Monday, August 9, 2010

Where I've Been- Part 2

Oops! I didn't exactly show up the next day as promised did I? SO sorry. I've got to get back in a posting routine! On with June and July...

We hosted The Current at our house for an event called "Back in the Saddle". The Current is our young adult ministry for ages 18 to thirty somethings at Northwood. We had a blast! The day started out with a huge thunderstorm which dumped a ton of rain, but we still had over 20 people show up. Jeffry had penned up a calf and greased a pig...I can't even begin to tell you how hilarious it was to watch everyone!
A pic of some of The Current group

Jeffry and Micah, our youth pastor, playing on the trampoline

On June 9th, Trace had his 2nd eye surgery to correct the strabismus in his eyes. I wasn't nearly as nervous this time, having gone through it once before, but I was still anxious. Jeffry and I prayed over him before he went in, and the surgery went really well. He has healed up even better than expected. We actually go back to the eye doctor tomorrow for another checkup.
On his surgery bed, waiting to go back!

Sleeping off the drugs after surgery

Hooked up to his IV. His poor little face got super red from a reaction to the anesthesia.

A couple days after surgery. You can see how red the outer corners of his eyes were. But SO straight!

The boys spent a week at Vacation Bible School at FBC Wiggins. They had a great time, and I got to see their "performance" that Friday at noon. That's actually where the above picture of Trace was taken. I also got to celebrate one of my besties bdays a little early! We met in Picayune, got pedicures and had lunch with her family. It was a great day!
Me, Kisha, Cydnee

Jeffry and I celebrated our 8th anniversary in Jamaica again! SO relaxing. We left early on a Monday morning and came back on Saturday around noon. People keep asking us what we did, and we say NOTHING! Haha. We really love Sandals resorts because you can stay completely on the property, have great food and entertainment, and just relax and enjoy each others company. Can't wait til next year!
We came home from Jamaica on Saturday, stayed the night at home, and then loaded up our camper to take the boys to Flint Creek Waterpark on Sunday the 4th. Flint Creek is not too far from our house, so it's like a vacation, but we can still go to work during the day. Several of our friends were out their with their children, and the kids would play for hours. We actually stayed for just over 2 weeks! I was so ready to be home by then, but the boys had a blast. It was our "family vacation" since we skipped the beach this year. 

Bray, Trace, and Caleb in the camper getting ready for bed

Caleb chomping down on a Smore!

Bray with his Smore

Trace playing in the camper

I think that brings us through the end of July! I will post the boys pics of the first day of school next!