Wow. Who’s the biggest blogging slacker in the history of bloggers? ::Raises hand:: Sorry y’all. How have I been over the last SIX MONTHS you ask? Life is great, I really can’t complain. I have been a busy little bee, working hard and finding new artistic loves. Ceramics have taken over my free time. I find myself daydreaming about my wheel. I am obsessed with glazes and mud tools. I physically miss the feel of clay under my hands during the day. What can I say? I’m addicted to this new love of mine, ceramics. Our city has a wonderful art resource for all ages and levels of expertise. One of the many classes they offer is beginning ceramics. I enrolled just after the first of the year and have been in love ever since. I had a rough start, lots of lumpy, goofy pots, but I’ve loved it from my first class. I had the privilege of taking group pottery lessons with my cousins and siblings as a small child from the legendary, D.X. Gordy. I remember being fascinated by all that is ceramics even as a small child, but like with most things in life, life just got in the way of my pursuit of it over the years. I took 12 weeks of classes in a group setting and have taken off with it. I am by no means an expert in any capacity, but I am improving and learning every day. I’m making pieces these days that are useful and beautiful and that I’m proud of. It is an incredible feeling to sip a hot cup of coffee from a mug you created from a ball of clay. It is such a rewarding passion, pottery. I purchased my very own wheel a few months back and have enjoyed practicing at home, when I can’t make it to the studio. I’ve come a long, LOOOOONG way since that first night in class in the studio and I still have SO MUCH to learn. I am excited and thankful to have stumbled into this new passion of mine.

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Life outside of the studio is wonderful as well. My wonderful husband just added a HUGE deck off of the back of our house. I know we will enjoy having the added space and the entertaining opportunities more space brings. I foresee myself spending many an evening reading out under the stars on our new deck. The business is so busy. SO. BUSY. We are incredibly thankful to be busy, but it can be a bit exhausting keeping up with everything. I am a proud sister, as my “little” brother will be graduating from the police academy in just a couple of weeks. He has been one of my closest friends, my confidant & my partner in crime since infancy and I couldn’t be prouder of him. I am so excited to see what God has in store for this exciting season of his life. He’s an incredible person and I am thankful he has found something he will enjoy making a living at. My sister gave birth to her fourth little one the end of April. My newest niece is precious and a joy to know. Life is great. We’ve recently returned from visiting family on my husband’s side of the family. Our nephew on his side just turned one and is absolutely precious. We had a great few days of seeing his mom, stepdad, two sisters and their families. We are blessed with great families on both sides. All of the furry kids are well, thankfully and adorable as usual. Stay tuned for updated biographies of our little ‘furry family’. I know, I know, I always say that. I promise, I am typing it as soon as I finish here. :)

Well, I need to go switch the laundry and get ready for a brand new week. I am thankful for a new week, a new chance to get it right, make it count. Until next time, y’all.



Well, this is awkward. Nothing like not posting for almost four months. WOW. Don’t I have a bit to catch up on? Let’s see –

  • The husband and I celebrated our one year anniversary on October 5th – YAY! We spent a great and unexpected weekend in Orlando at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure (HARRY POTTER!!!!!!!!!!!!). We drove down Friday morning, visited IKEA for the first time – AMAZING! Overwhelmingly large, but amazing. I found my next project table / desk. Looking forward to visiting again. Did the city walk at Universal Friday night, had a great dinner at Jimmy Buffets Restaurant and then drove to actual downtown Orlando for a drink and to sight see. Saturday morning dawned bright and comfortable. We visited Universal Studios first. It was great – TRANSFORMERS is a MUST! Poor hubs got motion sick on The Simpsons ride and had to take it easy for the rest of the day. We saved the best for last – The moment I had been waiting for –The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Islands of Adventure was a great! My wonderful and patient husband,  lovingly walked from attraction to attraction with me, even thought he felt terrible. I’m a blessed girl to have him. I can’t say enough about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Lunch at the Three Broomsticks was so cool – the details are amazing! Butter beer (both variations) is SO DELICIOUS! I have to say, I believe I enjoyed the frozen variation best. Oh and for anyone heading there – The Every Flavour Beans really are EVERY flavour beans. I had the misfortune of biting into a vomit flavored one. Eww! It was a great weekend full of wonderful memories. More than anything it was great to get away for a couple of days with the love of my life.
  • I started working full time with my husband – He and two friends own a pet cremation business. Yes, really. More on what we do to come. It has been exciting, challenging, trying (haha), but mostly rewarding working with him. It has its moments when it gets me, due to the highly emotional nature of what we do, but it is nice to know that we are able to bring peace and closure to families that are or have recently having to say goodbye to their furry loved ones.
  • FALL is here (even in Florida) and I couldn’t be happier. October is my most favorite month, followed closely by November. Pumpkins everywhere! Cooler weather – YES, YES, YES! Boots, tights, flannel – YES, YES, YES! Fall is so fun!
  • All of the furry babies are doing well – Sushi is currently purring in my lap as I type this post.
  • There is much going on behind the scenes here at KellyElizabeth.org and I can’t wait to talk about it all. I have so many ideas that I am looking forward to putting into place very soon. I know, you’re probably thinking, “riiiight,” but I promise!

This is me signing off for the night.  Have a great week!

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It is our choices that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities.

Well, I may as well admit here and now. I, Kelly, author and creator of KellyElizabeth.org am addicted to all things Harry Potter. You can look forward to countless quotes, references and extreme displays of nerdism in the future. Now that that’s out of the way… I happen to agree with the above statement wholeheartedly. It is our choices that dictate and decided the life we lead. Yes, we are all dealt a different hand of cards in the beginning, but it is ultimately up to us to determine the path we take. Bad choices, bad life. Good choices, good life. Certainly despite making a habit of choosing wisely, bad things will happen and that’s okay. Life is full of bad things, but bad things in the end are what make us grow. The bad things force us to deal with change, shaping and rearranging us into the person God intended us to be.

The world would be a better place if we as humans could all get our acts together. Seriously, I know that statement might come across as a little silly, but there is truth in it. The choices we make have consequences. For every action, a reaction, blah blah. Think before you act. If we all just stopped and asked ourselves, ‘Is this a good choice or a bad choice? How is this going to affect the people around me? How is this going to impact my future?’ , it would go a long way in improving the human race and the relationships we hold. Our choices, each one of them, no matter how small or trivial they may seem have consequences. Our choices affect those around us. At times, they affect others in ways we never imagined.

::Steps down off soapbox::

Well, now that I have that out of my system. Today is going to be a long, but good day. I woke up, I have air in my lungs and my heart is still beating. That is enough for me; everything else is just a bonus. Tonight is my late night at the animal hospital. I actually enjoy late nights with the crew on Wednesdays. Always fun and a bit crazy at times, but I love every minute of it. Thursday will be an early day, but a day spent in a mandated meeting. Meh. Friday is my OFF DAY! A day in which I am free to do whatever it is my creative little heart desires. Over the next few weeks, you will be reading about the 65th Wedding Video project I am working on for my Mamaw and Papaw’s anniversary party the end of June. My little sister is coming over on Friday afternoon to help me organize pictures so we can start putting it together. Well, we are actually adding on to it. My brother and I put the original video together 5 years ago for their 60th anniversary celebration. It will be work, but work well worth the time it requires. Well, the time has come for me to finish up things around the house before heading off to work. Have a great day all!

 

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