Leslyn's Lovely Life: April 2013

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Story of Us. Part 3

You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

After meeting DJ, I immediately thought he was the nicest guy. He was always in a good mood, and was positive all the time. The group of hoho's got together once a week to discuss song selection for the show (we started this in March, and the show wasn't until October. I told you this was a big thing at OBU). I noticed very quickly that we had very similar tastes in music, so he automatically was cool in my book.

We never really hung out outside of those meetings. In fact, I hardly saw him around campus. When you're a music major, you never leave the music building. So I only saw him in those meetings, and we would just engage in small talk.

Summertime came, and we didn't talk at all. I was in Missouri working at a camp (one of the most life-changing, wonderful things that ever happened to me), and I got to the point where I was so satisfied in the Lord that I came to the conclusion that I didn't need a man to make me happy. I was seriously to the point where I didn't care about dying single. I decided at that moment, I would stop looking for relationships and focus on mine with the Lord. There was nothing more satisfying to me.

Hoho's have a certain privilege of moving into the dorms a week earlier than all of the other students. This gave us extra time for dance and vocal rehearsals. It was so much fun. We all hung out with each other all the time- we went to the lake whenever we had the chance (one time. Haha), ate together in the caf (because non of us felt like eating with the athletes who were already on campus) (OBU tries to call their cafeteria "The Commons". It will never work, OBU. It will always be the caf). Once school started, and we had rehearsals every night. It was nuts trying to balance classes, homework, friends, and Tiger Tunes. But I somehow made it work.

There was one rehearsal in particular where DJ was rehearsing his solo (trust me... there will be video of it next week), and the rest of us were watching him. I remember so clearly thinking to myself "DJ is such an incredible guy. Whoever he marries is going to be one lucky girl."

Yup. I thought that. Again, let me reiterate- dating was NOT on my radar. It never crossed my mind that I might want to date him (let alone MARRY him). I guess it was one of those moments where I realized that I had so much respect for him. Crazy, huh?

Before we knew it, it was show time.

Check back for part 3 next Thursday. :)

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Story of Us. Part 2

You can read Part 1 of this series here.

When I transferred to OBU, I only had one goal in mind (besides graduating and all...). That goal was to be a tiger tunes hostess. In the weeks leading up to the audition, I was trying to decide what I was going to sing for my audition. I called on a former hoho, and asked his opinion of me singing the song. He said it was perfect.

I was so excited when audition day came. I could hardly stand it. I actually stepped out of a rehearsal for about 15 minutes so I could do my audition. I played for 3 of my friends, and then I sang "You Found Me" by The Fray. It really wasn't my best performance. It was actually kind of terrible. I walked off the stage, feeling like my goal just slipped through my fingers. It was over. I went back to class (which was in the recital hall), and tried to move on with my life.

Every year, there's an international food festival at OBU. They serve really yummy, delicious treats, and then they decide to go all crazy on you and throw in gross things like cow intestines or snakes. Yup. Anyways, one of my best friends Maggie and I were there. Well then she got a phone call, and she found out she was a hoho!!! I was so proud of her! Then I realized that I didn't have my phone with me. Of course, the panic set in, and I HAD to find my phone. At that very instant. So we left our plates, and ran. I remembered that the last time I used the phone was in the recital hall, so I ran over there with Maggie. When we got there, a guy walked out of the recital hall (we actually ended up dating for a couple of months after this incident... but let's not go there right now), and I asked him if he had seen my phone. He grabbed it for me, and I saw that I had several missed calls from an unknown number.

I made it.

Maggie and I did a happy dance.


Then my roomie joined us in the happy dance.


A few hours later, I got an email (and I still have it) listing all of the hoho's. I recognized all of the names. Except for one.... Some guy named DJ.

Obviously I had to facebook stalk him to find out what he looked like.


Y'all. That boy was fiiiiiine.

A couple of days later, I saw him walking across campus with one of my friends.

"Hey, DJ? I'm Leslyn! We're hoho's together! I'm so excited to finally meet you!"


To be continued.
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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Where it all began...

I'm going to take a break from the 10 random things posts, simply because I'm experiencing writer's block. Instead, I am going to tell you the sweet, sappy story about me and the hubs. Plus, I've had this empty "Love Story" tab at the top of my blog for a LONG time now, so it's about time that I fix that.

So here we go.


You're probably thinking to yourself "What the whaaa? 1994?!"

Yes. It all starts there.

A bouncy, chipper 6 year old little girl is about to watch her oldest cousin perform. It's this little thing that all Ouachitonians love. It's called Tiger Tunes.

Every homecoming, alumni gather and watch this incredible performance where the fraternities and sororities social clubs (gotta love the Baptist schools) compete against each other. It gets pretty intense. Just YouTube it, and you'll be blown away.

Anyways, there's a group of hosts and hostesses that performs between every act. Basically, if you become a host and hostess, you're a celebrity the week you find out you made it (February), and then you're a celebrity the week of Tiger Tunes (October). In between those two events, people don't really care. So my cousin was a Host (or as we affectionately call them, HoHo's. Not the most Baptist name, but whatever).

That fateful evening, I was watching the HoHo's sing Bonnie Raitt, do some weird hula limbo thing, motorcycles came out on stage, and I knew.

I was going to be a HoHo someday.

We videotaped it, and I watched Tiger Tunes on a daily basis for 2 years.

I'm not exaggerating.

My brother and I even memorized the HoHo's dance moves, and performed in front of the TV.


We were those kids.

Fast forward 12 years.

I go to Belmont University... The place that doesn't have Tiger Tunes. And there was this little part of me that was sad about it. After all, it was my DREAM to be a HoHo. But I told myself I would be able to perform.

In Nashville...

Yeah right. Unless you have some kind of deal, nobody wants to hear you.

Anyways, I left Belmont. Begrudgingly. But then I transferred to OBU in 2008.

To Be Continued....
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Monday, April 8, 2013

Weekly Outfit

Hello everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful, happy weekend!

Here's my outfit of the week:

Dress: Everly // Boots: Belk (similar) // Necklace: Etsy

This is one of those dresses that I'm always nervous to wear, but I really think it photographs beautifully!

Have a fantastic day! :)


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Saturday, April 6, 2013

My $40 Mantel Makeover

Hello Darlings.

This photo has been circulating around Pinterest for a while.

Super cute, right? 

Well, I have been longing for the day where we would own a home so we could mount the TV and do this.

Friends, the time has come. We own a home. 

My crazy AWESOME father-in-love (you know, the one who built our island?) made this BEAUTIFUL flower box for us. And it's made out of wood from DJ's great-grandparents house. So pretty, right? 

Once he built the flower box, the hubs and I basically sprinted (or drove... you know... same difference) to Garden Ridge to pick up some fake hydrangeas (Y'all, I'm not about to ruin my white mantle. Sorry I'm not sorry), and two amazing candle holders that were on clearance!

Here's the finished product:

I'm in love with it. 


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Monday, April 1, 2013

Easter Dress

Hey everyone!

So my mom is super awesome, and she took me shopping a few weeks ago when I was in Houston. She got me this adorable dress for Easter, and I am in love with it! I can't wait to wear it this summer, and then layer it with other fun stuff when the weather gets cooler... And I may or may not have planned out the potential outfits. Haha!

Dress: J Crew Outlet // Necklace: Mary's Boutique (similar here) // Shoes: Nine West (similar here) // Earrings: Nine West // Lipstick: MAC 

I hope that you all had a wonderful Easter weekend! 

See you tomorrow? Same time, same place?


P.S. **SIDE NOTE - I totally had a wardrobe malfunction, and had to make a last minute change for my Easter outfit. Of course there will be a post in the future. 

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