mississippi sash

– heading to my childhood home in Mississippi for some R&R –

kids runningmountain brook family photo

– visiting my sister in Alabama and impromptu photographing her adorable fam –

playbill art

– my mom’s Playbill collection… and this isn’t even all of them, she just ran out of space! –

black and white cat

– snuggle time with the newest family (and attention-loving) pet, Piper –

hanging birdfeeder

– loving all my mom’s birdfeeders and missing ours on our OC patio –

Happy Friday from Mississippi!  It’s been a year since I’ve visited and I’ve been in the South for a week so far.  I’ve already made it to three states and six towns.  I love making my rounds when I’m home.  When you split up a week or two and visit many spots… it often ends up feeling like a much shorter trip than it really was.  Clearly, I’m going to have to come back!

Christian was here last weekend and was sent back to San Francisco. I know he’s jealous of all the good Southern livin’ I’ve been doing, but I know Bailey and Lula were so happy to see him.  I’ve been requesting daily photos as if he’s the temporary caretaker, and it appears all is going well. Ha!

This weekend I’m in Oxford, where I went to college (and where I met Christian!).  I’m looking forward to going to a basketball game and seeing all the updates on campus – it’s wild how so much can change over the years!  My parents also went to the same school, so they have a home there and are at a lot of the University activities.  There’s always so much going on in a college town which is really fun for them.

Other than that, I’ve really been trying to enjoy utilizing all the free laundry, home-cooked meals and easy living.  I’ve been watching my Bravo! TV shows from the treadmill, sleeping in and trying to keep myself motivated to work along the way because honestly I just want to be lazy by the fireplace and read a book.  I think I’m almost too comfortable… thriving in my #backhomeballer life.

Are you like that when you visit home?  I think because of the nature of my job, I’m actually the most relaxed when I’m home and not traveling. This is like the ultimate vacation for me – no responsibility, no stress over shooting photos, no stress.  I’m already thinking I need to come back and visit in March!

Thank you so much for reading and sharing – XO –

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  1. I LOVE the way your mom displayed her Playbills!! Mine are in storage right now, but as soon as I get them out, I’m going to do something similar! Brilliant… enjoy your time at home, nothing compares. 🙂
    xo h

  2. If you get back to Columbus on Sunday, Ole Miss girls basketball vs State at the Hump, 2pm

  3. Then go back in March! We love seeing all this. I could see a nice little travel piece. Show your readers The Graduate Hotel in Oxford or maybe Hotel Indigo in Hattiesburg or the Westin and all the fabulous new restaurants and food hall in Jackson! 🙂

    1. Oh girl, when I talk about going home it’s to kick my feet up. My mom is always trying to show me this or that or take me to Oxford… I just want to stay home and relax!

  4. It definitely feels so good to be home (at least that’s how I always feel). I loved seeing a glimpse stay at home down south. I’m from New York and visited the south only twice, but fell in love. The food and people are so incredible!! Enjoy your stay and your family!

  5. Oh my gosh the south sounds so charming and homey. Sounds like a time. I too am a lazy bum when I’m
    Home and I definitely eat too much and work too little, but it’s a joy to chill out in my childhood home, visit my old stomping grounds & spend time with family. Hope the rest of your trip is just as lovely!

  6. Is that a pic of you and Eli Manning on your shelf? If so, please share the details. #shamelesscreeper

  7. My husband is military and we went back home to Washington last weekend to see family. I was truly living my best #backhomeballer life. MIL making me breakfast and driving me around? I will take that any day.

    Seeing the Mississippi sashes… have you ever thought of competing again?

    1. I LOVE IT. Sometimes that #backhomeballer life is so needed! Oh no girl, I’m a married lady who is majorly aged out – a thing of the best!

  8. Welcome back! I’m a Mississippi girl! I wound up in OC too and now St Louis. I love visits home!

  9. I can’t wait to try your mom’s salad recipe I saw on your stories! When will you post?

  10. Very nice Kathleen! Family and hometowns are the best! Fortunately, my folks followed me when I moved so my hometown has changed but with family tagging along behind. I definitely have a better appreciation for it because I now have my own. Enjoy the no stress living and definitely all the home cooked meals. Gotta love those!

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