Wednesday, October 27, 2010


I bought this album today at Target. Lalalala I am happyyyyyy! Taylor will now be serenading me everywhere I drive. I feel partly (when I say partly, I mean mostly) responsible for her making it big time. I introduced her to all of my friends. Basically, I practically discovered her (at least in Knoxville). Can't wait to sing along at the top of my lungs!

P.S. After she was on Saturday Night Live I watched her SNL Monologue Song over and over.
And this rap? I know it all.
They still make me laugh out loud.

I'm not sure, but I think Taylor and I would be pretty good friends, given the opportunity. Maybe she'd even write a song about me...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Rain is a good thing!

Days like today I just want to wear pajamas, drink coffee, curl up on the couch, and watch movies. (Or hide in the closet in the basement and pray the entire house doesn't get blown away or sucked up in a tornado. And the national weather service interrupting every channel with warnings wasn't super comforting.)

Red Saile got a coffee maker, so all I need
now is to learn to actually like coffee.

He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth; he sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.

Psalms 135:7

This huge storm today was just another daily example of how powerful our God is. Our God IS an awesome God.

Monday, October 25, 2010

We share our name

I gotta brag on my little sis for a minute... Meet Addie.

She's the giggly, thoughtful, sassy, OCD, loving, genius, talented, girly-girl, crazy, athletic, non-stop cleaning, ultimate organizing, witty, beautiful, attention-seeking, hilarious, total-opposite-of-me, ten-year-old I get to call my baby sister. I prayed from the time I was seven until I was ten for God to give me a little sister (Drew just wasn't cuttin' it), and he gave me the most wonderful girl of them all! Addison Claire Crawford. (aka ACC, after Daddy's school North Carolina. Go Heels) I always say we look nothing alike (I'm so jealous of her huge blue eyes and naturally curly blonde hair), but others say differently, like all six of us (even my parents) are clones of each
other- weird.
This girl is the fourth best elementary school cross country runner in the state of Tennessee.
A mile in 6:08, not too shabby. Not only that, but she's on the second best soccer team in the state.

They lost to the number one team on Sunday 2-3.
Their first loss of the season.

Girl Power is their team name and they are all-stars. Seriously, they are incredible. Afterall, how many kids are 28-1 their ten year old season?

Not only is Addie super athletic, but she is stunning. All the boys are already crazy about her. And she is so smart. In fact, she's never made anything but A's (or are they E's in elementary school??) on her report card.
Can you say "Best All Around"??

I always say I'm glad I'm the oldest because I'd hate to have to follow in her shoes. She can thank me and Drew for setting the bar low. :) But really, I am just SO proud of her. And oh so thankful to have her as my baby sister. Life just wouldn't be the same without ya, Add. Wish I showed it more, but I love you more than you know.

Oh, and Sam? Well, he definitely has good looks going for him. Isn't he such a stud?! As long as we're giving out superlatives, "Best Looking" class of 2020.
Here he is ladies and gents!

“Always remember, there was nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name.”
-Avett Brothers

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Whata weekend

This was a traumatic weekend.

I learned a lesson... When the little orange needle gets below the E, it's time for gas. I've been driving the same car since I was 15, so that makes 6 years of never, I repeat, NEVER running out of gas. And I've had some close calls. (As seen in this picture- which is actually from a trip to Auburn, freshmen year, when there was a gas shortage and we could not find a single gas station that had gas). But I was not so lucky this fateful Friday afternoon. I knew it was coming too. Basically, I'm a dumb dumb. Fortunately I ran out of gas right across the street from my friends' house. Eight guys living in one house, lucky me. One of them came, gas tank in tow, drove me to the gas station, filled up the can, dumped in the gas, and got my little Camry movin' again. But all eight found out... So much for trying to keep my little blonde moment of the day a secret... Now I'll never live it down.

Traumatic event of the weekend number 2:
Getting stuck in a bathroom.

My friends had a tailgate before the Bama game at their house, The Brown Cow. Side note: I have no idea where it got this name, it originated before I came around I guess. Anyway, we had literally trekked from one corner of the Fort to other, drinking Diet Cokes, so Abby and I made a mad dash for the bathroom as soon as we got there. All went as planned until when we were trying to make our exit from the spacious Brown Cow bathroom. The doorknob fell off the door. Literally it just came right off in my hand. We tried and tried to fix it, but eventually we had to face the facts: We were stuck. Trapped in the bathroom. Fortunately, since we ran straight to the bathroom I had my phone. I started off calling the people we'd walked over with, no answer; moved on to the other girls we'd seen briefly while we were running up the stairs, no answer; my last option? that same house of boys. Had it been any other situation, I would've sucked it up and waited it out for a friend to call me back, or notice we'd been gone too long. However, claustrophobia started kicking in, and after banging on the door (Note: that is useless when on the second floor of a house with a million people downstairs making tons of noise) and taking out the screen of the window, only to see it was way, way too high up to jump I curled up on the floor, focused on breathing, and started making my way down the house list, finally getting rescued by the same guy who saved me from the side of the road the day before. I'm sure he appreciates that he's now made it to the very top of my "who-to-call-in-the-very-likely-case-of-an-unusual-emergency list."

To top it all off, my Vols lost to Bama. Big time. And I HATE Bama. And the guy in front of me kissed me on the hand.

Oh what a wonderfully strange, memorable, funny, damsel-in-distress type of weekend.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A Happy Quote

Be in the moment. Enjoy THIS day. Hug a little tighter; share a smile with someone around you. Give yourself permission to let something else go and make a memory you'll cherish for a lifetime. Even if it means staying up past bedtime and going a little over the top to make the memory extra special.

"This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."
Psalm 118:24

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

You da man time!

Rocky Branch- What, what?

My teammates. Trying desperately to win our cabins prizes and "you da man time"... but all failing miserably.
Something Halls does not have? Victorious leaders.

Girls dominating the boys (duh)

So excited for field games!

Casualty of flour bombs.
Poor sweet, little Jessica.

Love, love, love these girls!

I loved getting to know these precious girls this weekend. I'm so thankful that I get to share life and share Jesus with sophomore girls at Halls High School.

Had to include this picture. So YoungLife. So Windy Gap. So great.

Friday, October 15, 2010

T-2 hours

Off to the most wonderful place on the planet this weekend...


Oooooh I cannot wait for 48 hours of delicious food, lots of laughter, Cheerwine slushies, sweet high school friends, singing loudly, playing games, and conversations about Jesus.

Get me on that bus!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

If I lived in the O.C...

In honor of all the hours I spent this summer watching the best TV series ever...

Seth Cohen aka Adam Brody. I'm not sure if this is the time or the place, but will you marry me? Please?

Pumpkins, Haunted Houses, Roller Coasters. Oh my!

While most people went to the beach or the mountains for our so great but oh so short two day fall break, we went to Dublin! That's right folks, the beautiful city of Dublin... Ohio that is.

Side note:
What is the friendlies state?
(Shout out thanks to my friend, Becca for the witty joke)

Really, though, Dublin is such a cute town. And the weather was absolutely perfect fall.

These are our friends, conveniently both named Tyler and both from Dublin, who let us come home with them for FBX. I promise they don't always look so sad. Tyler Rosenbaum is the one on the right. He and I were in first grade together at A.L. Lotts. Then he had my mom in third grade. Then his family moved away. The only communication we had was through our families' annual Christmas cards until he came back to UT for school. I always tell Addie to be nice to the boys at Lotts because fourteen years after they meet (wow, that's a long time) she could be going on roadtrips with them.

Here's a visual of our time in Dublin:

We went to a real-life pumpkin patch and picked our perfect pumpkins off the vine. There were doughnuts and delicious apple cider slushies too.



The whole group. What a good lookin' bunch!

We went on a bike ride around Tyler's "neck of the woods." The best thing about biking in Dublin? No hills!

Either I was named after a restaurant brewery, or it's a coincidence that me and Columbus Brewery Company share initials.

Here are the boys demonstrating
another one of our favorite things to do... Sleep. The Rosenbaum's basement was perfect for move watching and napping. One of my favorite things about fall break was just that, having a break from it all to just do nothing if we wanted.

And this is all of us after the 7th scariest haunted house in the nation. I'm not sure how they rank they rank haunted houses, but it sure was scary! But it was worth all the screams and occasional shedding of tears for the huge amount of laughter we got from reminiscing after we got out.

But the real draw to Ohio was CEDAR POINT! Saturday all ten of us (notice: we skillfully brought an even number so no one ever had to ride alone) took the park by storm. I had heard rumors of the greatness of the roller coasters I'd find within the gates and I most certainly was not disappointed. Although the lines were long and our feet were tired by the time they closed the park and made us leave at midnight, we were as happy as can be after conquering the greatest amusement park of all time.

Taylor and Kacey praying for the people stuck on Mellinium Force.

Me and Kacey seeing
a Great Lake for the first time!

The even number perfection.

I wish this did it justice: Top Thrill Dragster.

So many roller coasters!!!

And SO much fun. Cedar Point. Check.