Thanks, Emma

I just finished reading the Harry Potter series for the first time ever. I was one of those people who was proud that somehow, they were never exposed to the brilliant movies or novels that are so popular to pretty much the whole world. I was proud that I missed out on it because it was so rare that anyone, by now, would not have read or seen them. Which now makes no sense to me. How could I have gone this long without those books??

Anyway, there’s a character in there that I really like. No, not Harry. (Although secretly I want to marry him.) It was Hermione. I freakin loved Hermione. Here’s how I realized that I really liked her: my mom came into our den while I was watching the fifth movie of the series. She asked me about Hermione; just a simple question that wanted a short summary of who Hermione was. As I was giving her that answer, I described her like this: Hermione was a poor little Mudblood, constantly mocked for her “impure” heritage. She was shamed for not being from a long line of wizards. She went to Hogwartz determined and positive about who she was, and worked so hard that she was better than the majority of her class. She never bragged about her success, though.

Hermione is great because she resembles someone who didn’t mind that she wasn’t the accepted, respected standard. But, instead of fighting against all of her haters and throwing back mean insults at them, she remained a humble, bright person who helped Harry SAVE THE WIZARDING WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Same, by the way.)

This is one of the many characters that Emma Watson has played so far in her career as an actress. As I thought more on what other movies Emma was in, I realized she’s in a lot of my favorites. Harry Potter, of course. Beauty and the Beast. Perks of Being a Wallflower. And then, I stood there and thought on this for a while: Emma represents women really, really well. It seems to me that she was very intentional and wise in playing each of those roles.

In Perks, Emma is a beautiful, broken teenager who symbolizes one of the most accurate statements that I have ever come across: we accept the love we think we deserve.

maxresdefault

In Beauty and the Beast, Emma is a kind, intelligent girl who falls in love with someone not because of what they could offer her, but because of what they held in their heart.

emmawatsonbelle

In Harry Potter, Emma is known to support herself and her ambitions by taking actions to improve. And when Hermione was ridiculed for being half-wizard, half-normal, she never tried to fight against it in anger or sorrow. She chose to believe that her label would not be included in the things that determined who she was- and when that decision was made, the label immediately withered away. When people made fun of her pursuit to free the house-elves from obeying their masters unconditionally, she poured even more work into her dream of freedom for them.

0ab939007e5bb8cbf2589364ec949dcc

Emma Watson plays characters who stir something up inside of me. She played someone who was broken, someone who looked beyond the surface, and someone who changed things. Good for you, Emma.

One thing I’ve noticed after watching a few of her speeches about feminism on Youtube: Emma gets it. She understands the negative connotation that the word “feminism” brings up, and she explains to the people something that I really respect: it’s not all about the women, and it’s not all about the men-hating. It’s a goal to create a world where, as she puts it herself, “both men and women feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women feel free to be strong… It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum instead of two opposing sets of ideals.”

Isn’t that so true? Really soak in her words. Emma has this gift of being able to say so much with only a few sentences. I want to leave you with one more thing about Emma. Martin Luther King, Jr. said something similar when he was writing his infamous later from a Birmingham Jail. She says this quote: “All that is needed for the forces of evil to triumph is for enough good men and women to do nothing.” Emma realized “if not me, who? If not now, when? All I know is that I care about this problem. And I want to make it better.”

It inspires me that Emma chose to pursue things that make an impact, simply because she cares about them.

Link to her mentioned speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9SUAcNlVQ4

That’s all. Love, Katie

Advertisements

what a year it was

Welcome to my world of random Katie thoughts. I am so excited to write, because this year is a very large and fulfilling topic that I think a lot about.

This year has been so changing. I feel really different, in good ways. I feel older and wiser and happier. Throughout this year I’ve thought to myself “How do I do this”. Honestly…sometimes I wonder how I can (and how we all can) push through so much of our schedule. There were moments this year, whether it be from school or other responsibilities, that really tired me out. I’m sure that you can relate. But after all the studying, all the planning, and all the experiences, I’m really glad that I was able to leave this year feeling accomplished. Isn’t it so good to be able to look back at everything you did and feel like you made it. I did it.

Here is a list of things I’ve learned/pictures to show you what I’ve been up to. Some deep, some not. Here we go

  1. I need to do things that make me happy. Saying yes to everything removes me from being able to develop dreams that I truly want to reach. I don’t have time for doing things just to do them. Eventually, I have to realize that some things just don’t stick around forever. And they weren’t really meant to anyways…so it’s okay. For me, this meant no longer pursuing a sport. It also meant spending more time alone with myself to step back and breathe. Before this, I always thought I could do everything with everyone and come out strong and successful. But the hamartia is that I am a human (who needs sleep). By narrowing down what I do every day, I believe it will help me see my passions more clearly.
  2. I have got to take breaks. And not just once a month, or whenever I have time. No. I mean making time to (like I said before) step back and rest. Towards the end of this year, I’ve started to pay more attention to myself and the fact that I need some good ole me time. In 2017, I’m going to keep that up. I’m going to continue to make time for myself to just sit and recharge and think over things.
  3. I need to accept my flaws instead of refusing to have them. And I’m not really talking about my body here, more like my flaws as a person. I have this terrible issue  of misplacing things, forgetting things, or planning things out badly. I know that it’s always been such an inconvenience for other people, not only me, so I always try my hardest to not be so forgetful and scatter-brained. But the other day, I ended up leaving my wallet in Zaxby’s, and I didn’t realize it until I was about to leave and go get dinner with friends. So….after thoroughly searching the house, I had to drive to Zaxby’s, sheepishly ask if they had a gray wallet, and drive back late to dinner with my friends. I know it’s a dumb situation that was fixed, but for some reason I was just so hard on myself. I forgot that I make mistakes, and it’s okay that I make mistakes. Now, I know that whenever things like that happen, I need to forgive myself immediately and realize that it is what it is. This is just a mistake, and I’m going to fix it and keep on moving.
  4. You are most happy when you give your life away. My friend Clark told me that. A few weeks ago, I got to be a part of a weekend work crew that helps put on retreats for YoungLife. I totally love going on trips or retreats with people to hear sermons or experience cool things. But the quote I said at the beginning is so true. By getting up early, serving people their meals, and spending hours setting and cleaning up for them, I got to know a very new perspective of service and fulfillment. I’ve never had to do the dirty, behind-the-scenes stuff. I didn’t earn much recognition. I was never rewarded for doing the things I did. But I felt so happy to be so unnoticed. I felt like through my work, I was able to point directly to God without people looking at me, first. I realized who was really doing the Big Stuff. And that for me was so incredibly fulfilling. I loved each and every kid I served, even though I didn’t know much about them and they didn’t know much about me. Here are some pics from that:
    IMG_5019.JPG

    My girl Gini and I waiting for the campers so we could serve and get to work.


    img_5018

    Behind the scenes in the kitchen…BEFORE WE SERVED THE FOOD!!!!!!


    img_5004

    We were so excited to bring ’em out.

  5. I love feeling like I’ve made someone feel better…like I touched them or changed them somehow. I bet you’ve heard that phrase a million times, and since you have, it’s become an insincere, cliché group of words. But I just want to let you know that I think that about myself now because I’ve seen it happen. I’ve always wanted to help people and love them somehow in my life, and I thought that if I was kind to people and spent time with them, I could begin to do that. After this year, I knew I was right. I’m just really happy to know that I don’t have to take on the whole world and change it. I don’t have to create this huge organization that fixes everything. I do a lot by showing up and living for God. Here are some examples of people I have an impact on:
    img_4844

    The FCA life


    img_8654

    IMG_4763.JPG
    Being a co-small group leader for some crazy seventh grade girls…


    img_1882

    Spending Sundays with my own group 🙂

    All in all, I’ve been lead to be a part of such good things. I hope these pieces of life that I’ve learned will help me as we hit 2017! Bring it on.

Love, Katie

MOM. 

To begin my happy-birthday-mom post, I would like to say a few words about my INCREDIBLE, UNCONDITIONALLY LOVING, BEAUTIFUL, FUNNY, and TALENTED mother. Mom, I love you so so so so so much. You are my best friend, my mentor, the person I laugh with, the person I cry with, and the person I hope to be. You’re relationship with the Lord is amazing, and thank you for helping me grow closer to Him and become a person that is founded on a strong faith. You have some A1 mom skills, if ya know what I mean. (That means you’re really good at being a mom.) Somehow, you know all the teenage language I use, like swag, baller, ball is LYFE, fam, bae, Bruh, etc. You are so good at keeping up with my life and caring about me and Conoly. You help me through all the hard things I’ve delt with in life, and you’ve pushed me to become the best version of myself. Which, I think, is a pretty huge accomplishment and all I hope to be when I am a mother. So, thank you for that. Thank you for being a real, genuine, imperfectly perfect human that doesn’t judge me, but loves me. And without further ado, here comes the collage…

Thank you for being such a comforting, strong mother to me, Conoly, and the hurricane Katrina fam.  

   
Thanks for showing me how to be a great friend… (You’re welcome for uncovering some classic 80’s and 90’s pics of you) 

    
 Thank you for encouraging me to try new things, cheering me on, and telling me how proud you are of me. 

    
   
Thanks for putting up with me, my stitches, and my habit of breaking down crying every time you tried to get a cute pic of me 🙂 (lol) 

    
   
Thanks for being a beautiful person who taught me “the higher the hair, the closer to Jesus” 🙂  


  Thank you for your hugs and kisses, and for fitting into my friend group like you’re one of us hahaha…

 
  

  

  

Thank you for showing me what a healthy, happy, and loving marriage looks like…  

  
And for being a part of our happy, messy, full-of-love family.   
  

So there you have it. Happy birthday, mom. I love you more than words. Thanks for inspiring me.

Love always, KK

HONEST.

I’ve always wanted to write about something like this, but whenever I start I can’t think of what I want to say, and when that happens I start thinking about food or how much I want a boyfriend or all the homework I should be doing. But TODAY IS NOT THAT DAY PEOPLE. Today, I want to share with you (and share with myself) whats going on with me. My problems, my insecurities, my worries, and my fears. Read if you want, but this one is a little different than my other posts. Here we go…

Pressure sucks. It really does. I’ve got a lot of that in my life- doing well in sports, getting good grades academically, being involved in a bunch of clubs, getting people to like me, all of that stuff. My mom told me one time that I’m really good at getting really good. Like, if I want to be good at something, I work really hard until I am. I like this about me because I know I can do anything, but it also makes receiving help and being rejected that much harder to accept (because I feel like I should be able to do everything on my own successfully).

And that really has come to light in these past few weeks of school. I’ve tried out a few new things and been put under pressure, and most of the time I’ve failed. I had a terrible volleyball game last week that really shook my confidence. I tried out to be a host for my school’s morning news show and I didn’t make it. I don’t feel successful right now in a few of my classes.

I’m not asking for anyone to feel sorry for me when I share this kind of stuff. It’s life. Everyone deals with stuff like this.

I just know that my confidence has decreased a lot because of all those issues. I don’t feel athletic, I don’t love my body, I don’t feel smart in some of my classes, and I feel like everyone looks at me like I am weak and untalented. Don’t worry, I am totally okay and happy, I’m just going through some stuff.

At first, I didn’t make the connection that maybe God is using this to make me stronger. Instead, I felt really bad about myself and questioned God all-together. But I realized something.

GOD LET RUTHLESS SINNERS PIERCE THROUGH HIS PERFECT SIN, BREAK HIS BONES, WHIP HIS BACK, TEAR HIS HEAD, AND SUFFOCATE HIM SLOWLY. ALL BECAUSE HE LOVES ME.

GOD WATCHES ME DO THINGS THAT PROBABLY MAKE HIM CRY BECAUSE IT SEPARATES ME FROM HIS LOVE. BUT HE STILL LOVES ME.

GOD CARRIES ME THROUGH EVERYTHING AND COMFORTS ME CONSTANTLY WITH AN INDESCRIBABLE PEACE. ALL BECAUSE HE LOVES ME.

And hear I am bitter about petty problems in my life and pouting at God. Seems really crazy. I’m just happy that it hit me now so that I can go through all this stuff with God not against Him. God tells me that everything is going to be okay. Nothing can touch Him or me when I continue to trust Him. El Salvador taught me that I can trust God. Actually, more like I WOULD BE FOOLISH NOT TO TRUST GOD. Coming back home I didn’t have a problem doing this. Now is when things get a little tougher, but I know that I am not making a mistake.

A real struggle though is what people think of me. This has really come up in my life recently, now that I’ve got new friends and people that I want to impress. And failing makes me feel so, so worthless. The people I try to impress aren’t, and it is just so embarrassing. Or, I disappoint myself, which is even worse, because I am my own worst enemy. To try and get these thoughts and feelings out of me, I try and get words out of people that make me feel better. But sometimes you can’t mask tough things. You accept them and you shake it off. I am too FUNNY to feel boring. I am too AWESOME to think I am lame. I am too much of a HARDWORKER to feel useless. I am too SMART to feel dumb. Other people are too focused on their own insecurities too pick at mine, or if they do, it’s their own problem. What matters is what you think of you.

All I can do is work hard, do my best, and let God do the rest. I also really wanna try and have fun instead of being hard on myself and putting pressure on myself. Ya feel????

So I hope to remember this whenever I get insecure or feel like God is nowhere. And I hope you do, too.

Love, KK

BRB social media…

Disclaimer: After about a week of no social media, I decided to get back just my Instagram. After spending a week at a church camp with friends, I realized that I can still have social media without it being the center of everything I do. Anyway, I have one source of social media to see if I should keep it or if I should still take a break without it.

I’m sure you can relate to those nights when it’s midnight and you’ve decided to quit watching Gossip Girl and try to fall asleep. Well, that happened to me last night. It’s weird, in those moments I always come up with really intruiging things that I want to change in my life. Or I should say that God puts those intruiging things into my head. After these epiphanies, I go straight to my journal and write them down. I have several journals that each have a purpose. One is for every daily devotions and things that aren’t life-changing or I want to really remeber. The other journal is one that will hopefully be read by my kids and always kept in a nearby drawer where I can remember the things I hope to do and have already done to change my life in some ways. Pretty high expectations for that one little journal. Anyway, I recorded this thought on my special journal. Here it is: ((btw, if you can’t see the words in the pictures, try screenshotting them and reading them from your camera roll. Sorry:///))    

   So there we go. I hope this encourages me to do what I want to do. Not as many distractions will be a big change…but it is so worth having time to spend with God, family, friends, and myself. Wish me luck 🙂

Feed Your Soul

Hello. I’m sitting here thinking and looking at Pinterest. If I’m honest, this is how most of my posts begin- a good dose of creativity. Anyway, I found this really striking quote on Pinterest:

 This really appalled me and I just like to talk about it. So if you don’t mind getting a little deep, keep on readin. OH, also! I feel like you would fully enjoy this post by getting some popcorn or tea or something and sitting somewhere quiet. Then you can really get what I’m saying. Anyway, let’s delve into my mind for a lil. Get ready…it’s pretty messy in here.

Recently, I’ve been all about being kind to yourself and loving yourself. Seeing so many people become successful because of their confidence and security has proven my hunch. For example, North Point Community Church had a night called Delight. All high school girls were invited, and it was a very inspiring, detoxing, fun night of songs and friends. Three women spoke to us about labels, who you are, and that you deserve love. These women all came from a past that had its ups and downs, but they used these experiences (planned by God) to turn into women of grace, kindness, and love. I really enjoyed what they had to say, and I think anyone could benefit from their wise words. I know it’s hard to just decide to love yourself. For me, it made a huge difference when I stopped looking and listening to what the world has to say about what you should look like, and started listening to what God says you should look like- your complete, true self.

This ties into the quote I showed you earlier: “She sprouted love like flowers, grew a garden in her mind, and even on the darkest days, from her smile the sun still shined.” Without recognizing your worth and beauty as an individual, you can never accomplish what the girl in this poem accomplished. I think it’s so important to love yourself, because YOU ARE WHO GOD SAYS YOU ARE. He says we are…

“You are altogether beautiful my darling, there is no flaw in you.” ~ Song of Songs 4:7

“She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed.” ~ Proverbs 3:15-18

“Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.” ~ Psalm 34:5

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” ~ Ephesians 2:10

Another thing I think is important in order to “grow a garden” in our minds is TRUSTING and COMMUNICATING with God. Ya know, part of being a Christian is having faith and believing in God. But we can’t do those things if we don’t trust Him. Your life is not in your hands. Weird, isn’t it. Your life is actually just a big, metaphorical pond of murky water. You don’t know what’s in there. But God’s got us! God is teaching us and planning everything out precisely to where it needs to be. I think this is really important to hear when we’ve got pain and struggles in our lives that seem to consume us. Just remember that God has got you. Now, as much as God is in control, you have to do YOUR PART in order for Him to do His. Think about it like this: How can you get an A on a math test if you don’t study? In the same way, how can your relationship with God grow if you don’t invest time to talk with Him? These two things are what makes our mind at rest.

The last thing that gives us a smile to have even on the worst days is investing time to ourselves to find peace in the Lord. I always keep a ridiculous amount of books and journals by my bed to just clear my mind of anything that either needs to come out or needs to be remembered. I sit for a good 20 minutes before bed, just reading my Bible and writing. It really eases your mind from anything stressful or busy and gives yourself a chance to unwind and rest. Your mind sort of plants seeds of inspiration and peace when you start to do that. And, as long as you keep watering them, you’ve got your very own “garden”!

See, our minds really aren’t that scary. We don’t have to be afraid to be alone. If you’re like me, you used to be scared of yourself. You were full of doubt and insecurity and wariness. But by treating yourself to doing these few things, you begin to see the You that God made. Beautiful, Brave, and Radiant.

DON’T FORGET: This does not happen in one day. As a young girl, I am so grateful that my church has taught me these things. But I fail constantly. Everyone does. You don’t have to have your life together every moment of everyday. You are human. It’s part of what makes you beautiful.

Love, Katie

Pics from Delight: 

      

Highschool Happenings

Welcome to “Highschool Happenings”:) I hope your day is going really well, and if it’s not, that’s okay. It makes me feel better to have tea/eno/look at cute puppies/ talk to someone. Anyway, since onegirlwonders is kind of like my little journal to talk about random stuff, I decided I have lots of things I would love to write about and share with you today!!!

First// high school drama. Now, I am not one to be shy. I’m just one of those people where being shy isn’t really in my genes. However, I have really found it quite difficult in some of my classes to be comfortable with the people there. Like, I’ve never been afraid to say what I think and make mistakes. But goodness, there are some severely judgmental people at Johns Creek. I have never heard so many insults and gossips about something that is so petty. Teenagers find anything to judge so they can make themselves feel better. Now, I am guilty to this also, and I don’t like it! I feel like we all have our guards up, trying to stay cooler than everyone else.  But it really is so sad. Like what is this??? I have definitely had my share of awkwardness/uncomfortableness at JC. And I guess it is just a part of life. High school is very interesting.

However, there are so many perks. I have freedom to hang out with my friends after school at Starbucks or Romeo’s. I can eat lunch in a hallway, I can go to the Media Center and study, etc. I just like that I can do a lot of things I couldn’t do before. This year, I have met some people who are diamonds in the ruff. They are wonderfully kind, smart, hilarious, charming, and just fun to be around. I realized that having real friends is much better than having fake ones (even if they may get 200 likes on Instagram).

High school makes you experience a little bit of everything- break-ups, friend problems, working hard, learning, having fun, growing relationships, ending relationships, and a lot more. It molds you into who you will be.

Next// Goooooood (the bae). If I am completely honest with you, God has been in the back of my mind since school started. Sure, I’ve pulled out my Bible, read a verse, and put it away, but that is not nearly enough. Something I’ve learned is that you must prepare your heart for Jesus (by praying) before you invest your time in growing with Him. God is so cool. Now, I fell in love with Him all over again, and I can’t wait to start talking about Him.

Think of God like your perfect best friend- He loves you unconditionally, He is always there for you, and you share every moment together. God promises something that nothing in this whole wide world can give- a Promise of perfect peace, love, happiness, and security. I had a little teary-eyed moment when I was singing the most beautiful, passionate song at church. It’s called Sinking Deep by Hillsong. Please do me a favor and listen to it.

IMG_8896

Sorry, if you view this on your phone you can prolly see it way better, THis is basically just the first page of 1 Peter. Check it out!!!!!!!

No matter how many times you abandon God’s arms, He will always have them open; waiting for you to run back to Him. He’s a really nice guy. You should talk to him some time. He’d love it. Here are a few things I think you should see:):IMG_0783IMG_8906

Oh my gosh I just love discovering things that give me a different perspective. Anyway, Here are verses and quotes that I hope you find just as interesting as I do.

MY CHALLENGE TO YOU: Let your faith be bigger than your fear. Let your faith be bigger than your intimidation of people, fear of the future, fear of right now, fear of sickness, any of that. Because YOU, my friend, have A GOD that is so big we don’t even realize it. Don’t let an object or disease or person seem bigger than a Guy that is bigger than the UNIVERSE. Gosh, God’s the bomb.com.

Last//EL SALVADOR!!!!!!!!!! Guys, I am about to go on a mission trip. MISSION TRIPS ARE MY CALLING, so, I am very excited about it. I am so excited to see God in an entirely different way, make new relationships, grow with the ones already here, and just love. The verse on the third pic of a page in the Bible is 1 Peter 1:22. It basically says to love each other deeply and with all of your heart. And I am so excited to do that. Love yawl so much, thank you for reading. You rock. Much love.

-Katie.

HOMECOMING

First off, to begin this post, I am about to say something totally off topic: I HAVEN’T WRITTEN IN 3 MONTHS. I feel so sad about that. This blog is like my little journal of advice and experience and memories that I give to the public (“public” being like 10 people hahahah) and I want this blog to become so rich with information and stories and pictures. So, to add to the content of this blog, I have a rather exciting thing to talk about- homecoming! Without anymore ranting, here is my homecoming experience for you all to…read about, I guess, haha.

First off: the date. That boy on the left asked me to homecoming, and I didn’t even pay him to do it or anything! His name’s Baxter, and he was so sweet and fun. If you’re wondering, my dress is from Delia’s (believe it or not) and the jewelry and shoes are from random stores in the mall. Oh, and I would like for you to notice how epically preppy we are. We were a pretty good-looking couple, not going to lie:)

Here’s a random picture of my sister and me- she looked so beautiful!IMG_7566

Okay, so Baxter and his mom (who was so nice!!!!) picked me up at my house and we drove to the AAC (Atlanta Athletic Club) for dinner and pictures. Every one of my friends looked absolutely stunning. Our group wandered around the picture-taking area and chatted. We also, of course, took A LOT of photos.

IMG_3560

So these are all the girls in my group- and can I just say- THEY ARE HOT. I am so happy I could be a part of such a sweet group of girls for homecoming; it really made the whole experience that much more enjoyable.

This is the whole group I went with. They were loads of fun:)

So I don’t have many pictures of the actual dance, but let me just say a few things I thought were pretty cool.

1. There was a TRAIN. It was called the Hogwartz Express (our homecoming theme was Harry Potter) and it was like those tiny trains parents take there kids in at the mall. It was so fun!

2. The dance itself was wonderful. I danced hardcore; like I dropped it low. Like they say, private school kids drop it the lowest.

Now, after the dance, we went to the after party at Julia’s house. We ate a lot of food, we watched Hot Rod, we danced, we played ping pong…the list goes pretty long. One of my favorite moments was when we all sat around the bonfire and just talked about nothing. Honestly, I find those talks the best. When you talk about nothing, you tend to learn everything about the person you talking about nothing with. I feel like I got a lot closer with some people I never really talked to, and that always brings me happiness.

So, that was my homecoming. I had such a great time, and thank you all who made my night so special:)

A Day with some Cool Girls.

Hello everyone! Today I wanted to talk about a pretty recent adventure with some really pretty girls. I had the best time with them, and I wanted to share a few snap shots of the adventure. This all happened because I slept over with my friend Sarah. Sarah told me that we would be going to Lake Lanier with two other girls from her school. At first, I was kind of intimidated. I had never met these girls, and I was going to pend a whole day with them! Anyway, we had to make a change of plans, because the weather said that it would not be a good day for the lake. So instead, Sarah and I made a plan to visit some really cool places in the ATL. In the end, I had the best time getting to know these sweet girls. Their names are Hannah and Rachael. Enjoy these pictures & captions!:)

First stop: The Fickle Pickle. It's this really yummy place in downtown Roswell, and the girls and I stopped there for lunch! Here's a blurry picture of my food!

First stop: The Fickle Pickle. It’s this really yummy place in downtown Roswell, and the girls and I stopped there for lunch! Here’s a picture of my food!

Next, we walked to a fun place called the Bilt House, which was absolutely adorable. It had turquoise cowboy boots, and flowy, patterned shorts. Love!

Next, we walked to a fun place called the Bilt House, which was absolutely adorable. It had turquoise cowboy boots, and flowy, patterned shorts. Love!

One thing about downtown Roswell is you can walk on a little cobblestone sidewalk, run into a bunch of tiny stores, and people think it's normal. I think it's so fun! We don't have that in the suburbs. Anyway, while we were walking, we ran into a store with a bunch of random stuffed animals in the front of it. So naturally we took a pic with one golden retriever. Hannah wasn't in this picture, but Rachael is on the left and Sarah is on the right. I'm the awkward one in the middle.

One thing about downtown Roswell is you can walk on a little cobblestone sidewalk, run into a bunch of tiny stores, and people think it’s normal. I think it’s so fun! We don’t have that in the suburbs. Anyway, while we were walking, we ran into a store with a bunch of random stuffed animals in the front of it. So naturally we took a pic with one golden retriever. Hannah wasn’t in this picture, but Rachael is on the left and Sarah is on the right. I’m the awkward one in the middle.

The next store we walked to is called Go With the Flow, and it is the perfect store for Southern Belle's and Beau's. You can get a bunch of preppy car stickers and preppy shirts. You can also get Chacos, Water Bottles, Wallets, and other outdoor stuff. You have to visit it! This is the store dog they had. She was a beautiful black lab, and she would run around and take items for sale and chew on them. Adorable. I forgot her name, though!

The next store we walked to is called Go With the Flow, and it is the perfect store for Southern Belle’s and Beau’s. You can get a bunch of preppy car stickers and preppy shirts. You can also get Chacos, Water Bottles, Wallets, and other outdoor stuff. You have to visit it! This is the store dog they had. She was a beautiful black lab, and she would run around and take items for sale and chew on them. Adorable. I forgot her name, though!

This is a few of the SkyView Atlanta ferris wheel from Centennial Olympic Park. The Ferris Wheel was an awesome time of thrilling heights and cool views. Love!

This is a few of the SkyView Atlanta ferris wheel from Centennial Olympic Park. The Ferris Wheel was an awesome time of thrilling heights and cool views. Love!

The view of the majestic ferris wheel. I had never been on one before, so this was pretty cool. I don't love heights, but I could do it, so it wasn't that bad. This is a view of Downtown ATL. My city.

The view of the majestic ferris wheel. I had never been on one before, so this was pretty cool. I don’t love heights, but I could do it, so it wasn’t that bad. This is a view of Downtown ATL. My city.

Here is all of us (including Sarah's mom) in a box on the ferris wheel! So fun!

Here is all of us (including Sarah’s mom) in a box on the ferris wheel! So fun!

Centennial Olympic Park is a grand place. It has beautiful scenery! (Perfect for a wedding proposal.) Here is us on a wall.

Centennial Olympic Park is a grand place. It has beautiful scenery! (Perfect for a wedding proposal.) Here is us on a wall.

I love this huge street/path thing in Centennial. It goes throughout the park, and I just love how the trees hug the path and the benches frame it so well.

I love this huge street/path thing in Centennial. It goes throughout the park, and I just love how the trees hug the path and the benches frame it so well.

Us laughing in Centennial.

Us laughing in Centennial.

A fish tail I did on Sarah while we went to Lenox Mall! Random, I know, but I was so proud of it that I had to put it with these pics.

A fish tail I did on Sarah while we went to Lenox Mall! Random, I know, but I was so proud of it that I had to put it with these pics.

This is an artsy pic that Hannah took of me at the top of Stone Mountain! After we walked around at Lenox Mall, we drove to Stone Mountain. We climbed it to the top! It was awesome!!

This is an artsy pic that Hannah took of me at the top of Stone Mountain! After we walked around at Lenox Mall, we drove to Stone Mountain. We climbed it to the top! It was awesome!!

This is Stone Mountain at sunset!

This is Stone Mountain at sunset!

This is us at the top of the Mountain, celebrating that we made it to the top.

This is us at the top of the Mountain, celebrating that we made it to the top.

The rock looks like its glowing! I love this picture of the sunset that I took. God is the best artist I've ever seen.

The rock looks like its glowing! I love this picture of the sunset that I took. God is the best artist I’ve ever seen. I hope you enjoyed these pictures! I had an awesome time with these girls!

St. Simons Island

St. Simons Island

BACKGROUND INFO- this is part two of what I have been doing for the past two weeks! Part one (the post above) was about my trip to Amelia Island. This post is all about my trip to St. Simons Island.

FUN IN THE SUN- So, St. Simons can be described in one word- cousins. My sister and I spent one week with five cousins ranging from baby to second grader. I loved every minute of holding the babies to playing Marco Polo in the pool with the “big kids”. We stayed in a condo that looked out on the beach and pool. It was so beautiful! During high tide we played in the waves, and during low tide my sister and I played volleyball on the beach. It was a BLAST! When we weren’t on the beach or in the pool, we were at The Village, which is St. Simons’s version of a shopping center. I bought a Life is Good hat and a St. Simons shirt (I’m wearing the hat in the picture). We rented a golf cart and drove around the island, where we saw a lot of adorable beach houses, cute stores, a farmer’s market, and a lot more. One quest we went on was finding all of the tree faces located on the island. These are trees that have carved faces on them that are located in random places around St. Simons. We also stopped at Zu Zu’s, our favorite icecream spot:). It is delicious! I can’t wait for next year’s trip!