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Save Time, Get a Mail Box!

Yeah, I have no clue what this picture was meant for. I guess many years ago you had the choice whether or not you had a mailbox? I’m not sure, but I LOVE my mailbox. It’s a little on the silly side (keep in mind we’re renting so I took no part in the choosing of the mailbox), but I love that it has bluebonnets painted on it. In case you didn’t know, bluebonnets are the Texas state flower and since that is where Mr. Fancy Pants and I grew up, it warms my heart a bit.

I snapped a little picture of our mailbox! Bluebonnets. Check! Dirt. Check! Rust. Check!

The other reason I love my mailbox is what comes in it. Nothing brightens my day more than a card from a friend or a package from my mom. AND of course there is the occasional (or not so occasional) online purchase that I am waiting anxiously for. Postman (mine is a woman), UPS man, FedEx man…they’re all my friends.

This past Friday I had what I would consider an exceptionally good mail day. I’m not sure which is better–receiving a little surprise everyday or receiving them all at once. Man, both are good. The best are the unexpected arrivals. On Friday, I had 2 unexpected arrivals. Both from friends back in Austin. Made. My. Day. Here’s what arrived:

  • Lightbulb from Jessica and John (I’ll explain in a bit)
  • Gift certificate from Mary Kathryn–the genius behind Loretta Flower
  • Return address stamps that Mr. Fancy Pants designed for me
  • MSU/UA koozies designed by a precious family friend who runs Polka Dot Parties
A little something to brighten our new home!

Now seriously, how creative is this?! Jessica and John are two of the most fun and creative people I know so this clever gift did not surprise me. I still had never seen this idea before and thought it was precious. On top of being a clever idea, it’s a great gift! These vintage and Edison inspired bulbs are some of my favorites and we have them in several spots in our house! She knows me well! Now all I need is a new side table lamp to put the bulb in (Mr. Fancy Pants is rolling his eyes right about now…women can justify just about anything. It’s a gift).

Gift certificate to Canoe courtesy of our sweet friend MK

Our next surprise was a gift certificate to Canoe from our precious friend Mary Kathryn! They have some of the BEST housewares around and are a great fusion of mine and William’s styles. This was the most perfect gift for us! And such a personal touch that MK took the time to send us to someplace local. Mary Kathryn is the amazingly talented lady behind Loretta Flower (no kin to my cat). She makes some of the most beautiful floral designs you’ve ever seen. When we moved out here, I commissioned her to design some dried floral arrangements for 3 clay pots we were given as a wedding gift. They are stunning. I will be doing a whole post in the near future on Loretta Flower. So STAY TUNED!

New return address stamps from Mr. Fancy Pants himself!
I realize that blurring out our address severally hinders your seeing the stamp in its entirety but I don’t want strangers showing up at my house.

These gems also arrived on Friday. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll remember that I used Paperwink to create my return address stamp when I lived in Austin. (read about that here). When we moved, of course we could no longer use the stamp with our Austin address on it. Mr. Fancy Pants decided to give it a go with the design of our return stamps. I may be biased, but I think he hit the nail on the head. He designed two (upper left hand corner) and I couldn’t decide between them so he had both made. He threw in the Dixieland Delight stamp for grins to surprise me. I was so excited to see these when they came in. So excited in fact that Friday evening I sat on the couch for an hour and wrote about 10 cards to friends and family. One to say hello, but mostly to use my new stamps!

REVERSIBLE KOOZIES!
IT’S GENIUS!

Last but CERTAINLY not least, the long awaited, double sided, MSU AND ALABAMA koozies arrived! I have been so anxious to get these in the mail. We are such HUGE football (let me narrow that by saying SEC) fans! Mr. Fancy Pants’ family is from MS and he went to Mississippi State. Mine is from Alabama and Arkansas and I went to Alabama for school. We’re a house divided! Ha! We’ve gone back every year for a game and we’re trying to make the UA/MSU game a tradition. Some of our best friends, Landon and Julia, live in Mississippi and are nice enough to let us stay with them when we come down. Last year we weren’t able to make the MSU/UA game but we went to the MSU/Georgia game and had a BLAST! (Here was my post on that weekend). THIS year, we’re headed down November 11th to see my Crimson Tide play the Bulldogs!

A sweet family friend of ours from Texarkana owns a company called Polka Dot Parties. She designs and sells stationary, invitations, personalized gifts…anything under the sun! When we moved up here to OR we invested in Directv so that we could host football game watching parties at our house on the weekends AND catch all of the SEC games. As a little housewarming gift, my mom had Whitney @ Polka Dot Parties make these AWESOME cups that have MSU on one side and Alabama on the other!

Reversible styrofoam cups!

And to take it one obnoxious step further, I asked Whitney if she could do the same thing with koozies. And guess what, she could! So Friday marked the arrival of the dual-sided MSU/UA koozies. We are READY TO TAILGATE now! Both William and I have friends that will be in Starkville for the game in November so it will make for fun pictures to have everyone choosing sides by their drink koozie. I have a good feeling I will be out-numbered. OH well! Please check out Polka Dot Parties‘ website. Whitney is fun, talented, and everything I’ve ever purchased from her has been amazing!

I am sure you noticed that I did not mention my Portland Power & Light or Qwest bills that also came in the mail on Friday. The doom that came with their arrival was thankfully overshadowed by the goodness that came in all of the other packages! All this to say, the surprises in the mail on Friday made my day! If anyone is interested in having a pen pal, I think I’d sure make a good one! I’m accepting applications now… ūüôā

Backyard on NE 34th St. in PDX!

Here’s our lovely backyard in the rent house in Portland! ¬†We’ve never had a backyard before! We’re going to be doing some MAD grilling/hang out there while the weather is nice during the summer and fall!

In the spirit of bringing the South out West with us, I grabbed these on Amazon.com for $10!! ¬†A little ‘house divided’ SEC action!

For Mr. Fancy Pants, a maroon Mississippi State flag! Hail State!

For me, a beautiful crimson Alabama A!

I also want to have some backyard games for when we have people over. And to be quite honest, Mr. Fancy Pants and I will probably play them ourselves mostly. Still fun!  I am going to try and find one of these bocce ball sets:

St. Pierre Bocce balls and horseshoes!

And I’m going to ask my incredibly talented grandfather to make me some bean bag toss boards to that we can recreate the fun these people are obviously having. (this picture made me chuckle to myself)

Family clearly having the time of their lives playing bean bag toss

I am also going to try and figure out how I can hang some of these in the back yard. ¬†I haven’t quite figured it out yet. ¬†But I’m going to.

Great outdoor lighting

The next things on my list are a grill and table and chairs. ¬†I have found several that I like but, well I don’t have a million dollars so I am looking for the economy version! ¬†I keep telling myself that everything is an “investment”. ¬†Which in actuality may be true but also may be what Mr. Fancy Pants likes to refer to as me justifying spending money. ¬†Any suggestions on a place to get a cheap set of outdoor furniture and/or grill?

On a completely different note, I am pretty excited that we will be reducing our footprint on this oil consuming country by downsizing to one car for our move to the Northwest. ¬†We are selling Mr. Fancy Pants’ car and keeping mine to share. We both want to bike as much as possible and that was a key factor on the location of our new place in Portland. A few things are on the docket for car upgrades. ¬†A bike rack and having an iPod dock installed (both William’s requests). ¬†More than anything, this will be the biggest testament to our marriage. ¬†My car is kept, for the most part, completely empty other than a few CDs in the door, my GPS, and a bumbershoot–translation if you’re not from Arkansas–umbrella. ¬†William, on the other hand, LIVES out of his car. ¬†He has running clothes, weights, gym bags, athletic balls of all kinds, cleats, towels…the list could go on and on. ¬†I’m going to give him a basket. ¬†In the trunk. ¬†Whatever he can fit in the basket he is welcome to carry around in the car. ¬†We’ll see how long that lasts! ¬†I actually think it will be good for me. ¬†I need to get over the idea of a well kept car before we have kids throwing Cheerios and boogers everywhere. Ha!

Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant the most legendary coach of Alabama football

I love football season. ¬†I also love SEC football. ¬†More than that, I love Alabama football. ¬†Mr. Fancy Pants is a Mississippi State alum and fellow SEC football lover, but one day a year, we are enemies. ¬†Sadly, I am not going to get to make it to a UA football game this year (unless we make it to the National Championship again–which I will NOT miss) so I’ve been watching our intro video that is played at the beginning of every home game. ¬†Seriously, brings tears and chills to me every time I watch it. ¬†THIS IS ALABAMA FOOTBALL!!

First Saturday of college football in the Bryant/Sarrett families. An Arkansas, Alabama, and Mississippi State fan!

Here is my dad, William, and I last weekend on the first Saturday of college football this season. ¬†We are one big SEC family–Dad the Arkansas Razorback, me the Alabama Crimson Tide fan, and Mr. Fancy Pants the Mississippi State Bulldog. ¬†All three of our first games of the season were on at 6 p.m. which posed quite the problem. ¬†In the end, MSU was on in the den, Alabama in the kitchen, and Arkansas in my parent’s bedroom with the three of us running back and forth between each game. ¬†It was a good day–all of our teams were victorious!

Soon, Mr. Fancy Pants and I will make the trek to Starkville, MS to meet up with our friends Landon and Julia for the Mississippi State vs. Georgia game. ¬†I can’t wait to see our friends, some of William’s family, tailgate, and see some SEC football! ¬†Such a silly problem, but I cannot find a good MSU tshirt to wear to the game. ¬†BUT I did snag these amazing scarves from Amazon to sport for the season. ¬†Not sure I’ll need it in September in Mississippi when it’s 400 degrees, but hey, at least I’ll look cute!

Jersey scarf- Mississippi State University

Jersey scarf- University of Alabama

Of course we can’t leave Avey cat out of all of the fun. ¬†I wanted to make him a University of Alabama football player for Halloween this year, but it was pointed out to me that that might not be quite fair to assume that he is a UA fan. ¬†He was after all born in the big city of Starkville, MS. ¬†So, being a true diplomat, Avey will be sporting both MSU and UA football jerseys this fall. ¬†I know he will hate them and they’re made for little puppies, but how great will the pictures be?!

Mississippi State football jersey

Alabama football jersey

I will post pictures of the Fancy Pants family in all of our football get up as soon as Avey’s gear comes in. ¬†Hooray that fall (which brings football) is FINALLY here!