Saturday, June 5, 2010

My Birthday, Band Boys & the Beach House!

Today I'm celebrating my 36th birthday with my 35 year old husband.

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And by "celebrating", I mean looking at, and laughing with him all day!

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And doing his laundry for him while he tells me about his trip.

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Ya see, I haven't seen my Mr. for an entire month.

And man has it been one verrrrry loooooong, verrrrrry lonely month.

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He's been recording a rock n' roll record some 700 miles away (in Michigan) from our Lettered Cottage (in Alabama) since the beginning of May.

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I'm so glad he's finally home today....even if he brought a hundred dirty socks home with him.



Here's a sneak peek at some behind-the-scenes footage the guys shot while they were recording...



From what I understand, the label hopes to release the record in September, so we're excited to see what happens with it!

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Tomorrow, we'll be gearing up for our trip to Tybee Island, Georgia.

We leave bright and early Monday morning- so look for a blog post Monday night or Tuesday morning with the first ever "before" shots of the beach cottage we're re-decorating!

Ooh!
That reminds me!
The Mess Hall actually houses two vacation rentals under one big roof.

"Mess Hall A" has already been fully decorated (by the lovely and talented Jane Coslick), and is currently available for rent through Mermaid Cottages.

"Mess Hall B" (the side we're gonna decorate) will also be available for rent, as soon as we're finished doing our thang.

But instead of just calling "our side" Mess Hall B, Diane (the woman who owns the place) asked if we'd hold a "Name the Cottage" contest here on our blog!
(Just to make sure there's no confusion between which side is which.)

We'll post more details about the contest later next week, but in the meantime, be thinking about some killer beach cottage names.
The winner will receive a great prize package courtesy of Mermaid Cottages!

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Now if you'll excuse me-
I've got an incredibly handsome, incredibly tired-from-driving-all-night-so-that-he-wouldn't-miss-my-birthday-this-year, husband to go look at and laugh with.

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Best birthday present ever!



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78 comments:

Craftify It! said...

I'm 28 & my husband is 27...I think it is good our men can hold up with our maturity;)

Can't wait to see pics of "Mess Hall B"...soon to be a "________ Cottage"!

I can't believe Kevin was gone a month. My husband is leaving for a week & I think I'm going to die! Good luck to him and his band, that is so exciting!

AND....hope you have a WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY! YOU DESERVE IT!

Craftify It! said...

ALSO...you guys LOOK SUPER AMAZING & YOUNG! I wouldn't have ever guessed your ages! I love the 1st pic of you two!

Cheryl said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! I want you to know that I adore you, your husband, and your blog. What an inspiration you are to me. You are a beautiful person and I wish I had 1% of the creativity that you have. :) You are a class act and I have used so many of your ideas. I hope you have fun looking at and laughing with your cute husband. You two are precious.

{The Classy Woman} said...

Happy Birthday Layla! You both look too young to be the ages you are. :)Love that first pic of you guys.

Enjoy your time with your hubby. The longest I've been apart from mine is 3.5 weeks, it gets so quiet when he's away. Thankfully it doesn't happen too often.

~Karla

Kerri said...

Happy Birthday! and seriously ... I live like right in Canton! :) that's too cool!!

k. davis said...

happy Birthday!! And I will start the brainstorming right now for a name ;)

Karena said...

What a great looking and talented young couple!! It is so good to see you both having fun!!

Karena
Art by Karena

Frau said...

Happy Birthday! You two are such a cute couple!! I hope you had a nice celebration...continued success on his release I can't wait.

Leanne said...

Happy Birthday! I'm glad your guy made it back for your birthday. I'm sure he wouldn't miss it for the world. Have a beautiful day!

Bine´s "White love" said...

Dear Layla, happy Birthday!
Greetings from Germany, Bine

Ruth P. said...

Happy Birthday!

Samantha2818 said...

Happy Birthday Layla - hope you have a great day and glad Kevin could make it home to be with you.
I'm 3 months older than my husband and when I hit 40 he laughed at me for being 'so much older than him' - I told him I should be the one laughing as I was in my 40's yet was with a guy in his 30's!!
I'm so excited for you decorating the mess hall - you could change the name to 'the get away from it 'all! - just kidding!

~Sam

Debra said...

Add me to the list of those being older than their husband. I am 14 months older.

How exciting about the record! I know how lonely those times can be when they are away. I am a military wife afterall. ha!

Have a wonderful trip!

Katty said...

Ciao Layla,
Felice compleanno!!!!!!!
Sai anche io il 05 Giugno ho festeggiato il mio 38mo compleanno e anche mio marito ha 2 anni in meno di me (36).
Che coincidenze!!!!!

The Weekend Island said...

I really love that laundry photo... Beautiful work! Glad you've got your man back in town, enjoy it ;-)

Kasey said...

Happy birthday Layla!
xo

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Layla!! I hope you have an extra-special day celebrating with your adorable Kevin! And to get to go to Tybee now. What fun!!! Loved your pictures. Have a wonderful day doing lots of fun things! Love & blessings from NC!

Olde Common Scents said...

First, HAPPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I just read an article about Tybee (love that name, I could say, "Tybee" 5,000 times in a row). Author, Mary Kay Andrews owns the "Breeze In" there. Her article was just in Better Homes and Gardens. Have you heard of her? Check out her article and her summer home re-do on the island! I can't wait to read her new book, The Fixer Upper-A fiction novel. Congrats to your hubby as well! Tybee ;)

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Happy Birthday, Layla! Love the pic of you and your DH! I am also the older wife.... almost 4 years older than my dh. I hope your cute hubby enjoyed being in MI - Canton isn't too far from me. Glad he made it home in time for your birthday and I wish him all the success in the world with his record.

ebonn + gregory said...

HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAYLA! I love seeing couples that are so happy and in love! I hope you had a great day and were able to spend some wonderful quality time with the hubs :).

Vanessa said...

That's great! Happy Birthday to you Layla!

duchess said...

Happy Birthday to you!! Enjoy having your man back home and can't wait to see what you do with the beach cottage.

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

Happy Birthday Layla!!

Teri said...

Happy Birthday!
You two look so made for each other!
Small world though, I live 20 minutes from Canton! Hope your Mr. felt at home and enjoyed himself while he was here!

Carrie said...

Happy Birthday. I will be 37 while my hubby will remain 36 for a little while longer. Kinda fun being the "older lady" for a short while. :-)

Enjoy your work trip.

Kelly said...

Happy Birthday! Have fun on the island!

Kelly

Meredith said...

Happy birthday Layla! Have a great drive to Tybee Island together. There's sometimes nothing better than being on the road together with nothing to do but sing, talk and stop for really bad driving food. :) Can't wait for more Tybee!!

Margitta said...

Gratulerer med dagen! (Norwegian for Happy Birthday). You two look so cute and young together!

KK said...

Opps! Guess I busted out my suggestion a little too early! You can hold it & not post, if you'd like.

Happiest of Birthdays to you, Layla & glad you two are back home together!

Nicole said...

Happy Birthday!

And.... OMG!!! You're in CANTON? I'm in Jackson.... HOLY MOLY I thought you were in some southern, historical town near the ocean or something. Now I need to find some of these awesome flea markets you go to... mind sharing where they are?

I have been a follower of your blog for awhile and am in love with your decorating style. Thank you for the inspiration!

Anita said...

Are you sure it's not 26 and 25?? Have a great birthday!

Casey said...

HAPPY Birthday my dear friend!! You and Kevin look so happy and I am delighted you are going to be together! Enjoy your special day Layla!!
BTW...I am in absolute bliss with your decorating style!
I think you need you own show!! :)

xxxx

Amanda said...

What a sweet post! Happy Birthday to you...you share it with my hubby (or he shares with you, lol). Love your blog!

Lee and Beth said...

Happy birthday, Layla! Hope you have a great day with your hubby! I'm not sure how you made it a whole month without him. The longest I've been without my husband is 15 hours! Not kidding!

Laura said...

Happy Birthday!
blessings
~*~

Cookie said...

Happy Birthday!! I am glad your man is home to spend it with you!! Have a wonderful day today...You two deserve it! Your the best!

Nicole-Lynn said...

Aw so sweet. Love the pictures. Enjoy your birthday!

cherry said...

Big Happy Birthday greetings to the lovely Miss Layla from Savannah, Georgia. I can't wait to see what ya'll do to the Mess Hall .. I know ya'll are going to have a ball while here cause there is no place like our quirky little Tybee ..

hugs from Savannah, Cherry

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

Happy birthday Layla!

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

Happiest of Birthdays!!!! Janell

Gail said...

Wow. A month IS a really long time. I'd miss my hubby incredibly, too! I hope you have a fabulous birthday (yay 36!) and that you feel rested for your trip tomorrow.

Now go laugh your heart out....

-Gail

Jacki said...

happy birthday Layla!You look younger than your age!

BaseballSmith said...

Happy Birthday and thanks for blogging like you do. You guys are the best! Look forward to reading and watching your post from Tybee. What a great deal!! Hope you have a blast!

michelle said...

Happy Birthday! You guys are adorable and your love for each other and what you do shows! I am so glad that I found your blog, I am enjoying all that you have to offer in your inspiring posts and pictures!

Annie said...

happy birthday Layla! I love reading your blog!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Happy Birthday! Can't wait to see the cottage you're fixing up--and to hear Kevin's CD in the Fall. Congrats to him. That's exciting! :-)

Susimac said...

Happy Birthday Layla. Glad you got the bestest present ever with Kevin making it home to celebrate your birthday

Su -UK

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

That is a REALLY long time to be apart! Happy Birthday though!!

I can't wait to see the before photos!! :)

dunfordorama said...

enjoy your birthday, you cougar!! hahaha

geri said...

Layla& Kevin.
I don't know who is more excited about your fantastic trip, new music being recorded,you both being together, or another birthday. hehe
Happy Happy Birthday. geri

fairfieldhousenj.com said...

So happy you and Kevin are together to celebrate your birthday (psst mine is in June too!) So excited about the journeys you are both on -- Kevin's music and Decorating the Mess Hall.

Happy Birthday, my friend.

Deborah

Teri said...

Happy Birthday!

Enjoy your birthday snuggies.

Cara @ Whimsy Smitten said...

Happy Birthday! Glad you got to see your hubby and can't wait to see the photos of the beach cottage.

Enjoy!

Marianne@Songbird said...

Happy Birthday!!

My guy was gone for four days and I already missed him like crazy, so I can imagine what a month must feel like. Glad he is back into your arms again...

Crafty in Paradise said...

Hey! We're twins! I turned 36 on Saturday as well! I'm glad you had a fun birthday. :)

Dondra said...

HaPpY BiRtHdAy LAYLA! Enjoy your day....sounds like a GREAT beginning to a wonderful summer for y'all. Looking forward to the posts from the beach house.

Cheers!

Stevie said...

Happy Birthday.. you and your husband are so freaking adorable and I love you blog/your life. LOVE! xoxo

Sugar said...

Happy Happy Birthday- Man, you guys are one hot couple. I can say that, right? I hope I look as good as you in four years!

vosges paris said...

seems like a great birthday ;) I also enjoyed the little movie at the studio .... but hey bringing 100 dirty socks back home isn't very Rock & Roll ... so be sure to write clean socks on your wanted backstage list once you are touring. mister LC ;)

Kathy said...

You two are adorable :-)

Enjoyed seeing the band paly keep your blog readers posted on when the record is released

My Cottage Charm said...

Happy Birthday my friend, hope you have a great day! My bday is tomorrow...I'm gonna do some decorating.(that's my idea of a good bday!)
Love ya!
Melissa

JunkySouthernGurl2 said...

Happy Birthday Layla! Love the pictures of y'all...:-)

paperjunk-lc said...

I hope you're doing more than looking at each other...wink wink!
Happy birthday Mrs. Palmer I hope it's been a great one.

A Bungalow Project said...

Happy Birthday... :) I'm a Gemini too! (June 3)

As a newlywed and newlyhomeowner, I'm really enjoy reading your blog!

You've helped me realize that working on a house doesn't happen over night, that it takes a little bit of work day by day... night by late night!

Cote de Texas said...

Happy Birthday and many many more!!!

www.kevinandamanda.com said...

Happy Birthday, Layla! :) Gorgeous pictures! :)

Rupert St. said...

Happy Birthday! I read your blog every day, you are so talented and a great, smart, funny writer. Hope you have a fantastic 36th.
xo Krista

Pony Girl said...

Happy birthday Layla! I remember when I was 36! I loved that age. It's like the perfect age. Now I'm 39.....gulp. I am glad you got to see your sweetie and I hope you had a wonderful day. The video was fun- love the music, can't wait for the record release!! So exciting!! ;)

Melissa said...

OMG! I am so super excited about this! I LOVE your style, and I LOVE The Mess Hall! We always stay there when we stay on Tybee, and I can't WAIT to see the other side now! This is awesome!

Amy said...

Tybee Island...you HAVE to check out this book...Savannah Breeze...cheesy, easy read about a lady fixing up her old broken down inn on Tybee:) I'm finishing it now...fun summer read!

Amy
WWW.SweetBaby-Z.com

sara said...

We share the same birthday! Happy Birthday to us both! Sara

littlebeachbum said...

Happy (belated) birthday, Layla! I love reading your blog every day!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Hope you had a wonderful birthday celebrations, Layla. And that you are enjoying yourself on Tybee Island. I'll be putting the final coat of varnish on my kitchen counters that I just painted black "faux" stone. xo Lidy

MilkMaid said...

Layla.

36????

There is no way you are 36...you look like you are about 20...sheesh.

Hope it was a happy birthday!

Barbara said...

Best wishes for a Happy Birthday to you. Enjoy your blog and projects. You are a handsome couple.
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Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Layla
I LOVE your blog. Your work is amazing. You are an inspiration.
I hope you had a good birthday.
You don't look 36 at all. My daughter (age 14) was shocked she said you look more like 26. You are so pretty.
We both can't wait to see what you do with this interesting property.
Best Wishes from England.
Lindsay
x

Brooke said...

LOVE your blog! LOVE your style! LOVE your energy and inspired ways! And love that you aren't afraid to break rules or take a chance! I want you to come to my house and transform it, please. Just wave your wand, if you would.

I'm ready to move into the cottage you're working on. It's time to retire and this duck has to be near water.

Brooke

Cassandra Lynn said...

I hope you had a fantastic birthday! You have a pretty inspiring blog. I am the fiance' of a rock and roll star myself, and I know, It's tough. Weeks and months spent home alone while he's on tour is incredibly lonely, so I just wanted to say that I feel your pain! I wish there were some sort of "wives and girlfriends of touring musicians support group" out there!