Friday, March 30, 2012


I've already professed my love for Instagram and I must tell you, I am as addicted to it today as I was when I first got my iphone.  I'm amazed it took me this long to link up on Insta-Friday at Life rearranged.  

Here's a look at our week through Instagram.

Grocery Day!

Spring Flowers

Our first car accident! : /

Hamburgers and Ice Cream

A Saturday evening stroll

Strawberry Season

Bath and Barbie

Mommy/Daughter Double Date to Disney on Ice

Link Up:
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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Random Stuff

Our internet and cable went out for a good 36 hours starting yesterday.  I called this morning to find out what the deal was and they informed me it would not likely be back on until Friday when they could send someone out to look at it. Unless they figure out if it's an outage, then they'll just turn it back on.....seriously, that's what the guy told me. I asked how long it takes to figure out if it's an outage, considering it had been out for over 24hrs, and I got no answer.

I had little doubt it would be back on anytime soon, but surprisingly, it magically turned back on about an hour ago.

I can live without cable, I however start having issues when the Internet is down.

I'm sure David was saying a little prayer of thanks that he wasn't home this morning and only had to listen to my rant over text message.


Last night, Olivia and I got the special treat of attending Disney On Ice with Nicole and Josie. It was my first time taking OK to anything like that and I'd say she did pretty good. She was memorized, but it was too loud for her, so she sat with her ears covered the entire time. She only had one antsy moment, but evidently the child was dying from thirst. Once I bought her a pricy drink, she was still again for the last hour.


Olivia's favorite part was Minnie Mouse. My personal favorite was The Little Mermaid scene.

I had several people say to me "get lots of pictures!" and I ended up not getting hardly any because we got stuck in traffic and ended up being rushed for dinner and getting in the show.  Y'all know that just completely threw me off for the rest of the night. It always seems like that happens when people tell me to take pics.  Nic took lots of pics and I'm sure will be posting them soon.

We've held out on taking her to any kind of event like this because I knew she wouldn't be able to sit through, after last night, I told Dave I'm excited to take her to more of those types of events.  We'll definitely be hitting up the circus next year when it comes back to town. 

My running has been sketchy these past few weeks.  Due to all the issues I've had lately, I've run off and on, but nothing consistent.  The few times I have ran, it was torture.  This morning I got back on the track and had the first good run I've had since the beginning of the month.

It felt good to be back out there.

We finished the Beth Moore James bible study yesterday.  I was sad for it to end.  I swear that every week it was like she was talking straight to me.  Lots of stuff she talked about was stuff I've been struggling with lately. 

Yesterday, she talked about boundaries we need to set with people in our lives.  It was something I've been struggling with for some time now and felt like I was getting mixed advice from different directions.  For some reason, the way the way she explained it clicked with me and it was exactly what I needed to hear.

If you ever get the chance to do the James study, jump on it. 


Have I mentioned how crazy I am for this kid lately???

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Strawberry Season

You all know by now that I am no gardener and I do not keep up with the growing seasons and that such stuff. I know some of you are shaking your heads, but its just not my thing. 

So, my bestie Nicole has taken it upon herself to inform me of when its time to go pick something healthy for my child to eat.  She just looks at me and says "its time for strawberries, can you do Monday?" That's how we roll.  I have decided that I like the actual picking part, just not the planting and taking care of part.

She informed me last week it was already time to go pick strawberries, so we loaded up and head out to pick yesterday.

Dave happened to be off for the day and joined us.  


The best part of the trip... 

I may have gotten a little carried away with picking and lets just say 10lbs. of strawberries are quick to pick, but forever to cut up.

For you locals:

Monday, March 26, 2012

Embracing the Blue.

Two years ago when we moved in our home, the first room we painted was the kitchen. We origianlly went with a chocolate brown because I love the color and thought the kitchen was big enough to pull it off. After a entire night spent painting, we both agreed we hated it and it immediately had to be repainted.

The second time around, we went on the complete opposite end and went with Rain from Sherwin Williams.

At first I liked it. It was bright and one of my promises to myself when we moved in was that I was going to decorate more brightly.

After a few months, I decided I didn't like it and wanted to repaint. I've been talking about repainting it for over a year now. David however said that I had to do it by myself because he refuses to repaint a room three times in less than two years.

Ironically, its the one paint color we get the most complements on.

So this weekend when I was about to make a decision on what color I wanted this time, I stopped myself.

I'm embracing the blue instead.

Instead of throwing the money into another paint color, I'm going to save up for curtains and accessories to match (though we could throw money in for a back splash, honey!).

I've decided I like the bright.

It makes me happy.

I remember that sometime during our first year of living here, a guest once made the comment that my whole house was going to be blue.

Maybe that comment was what made me suddenly want to paint over the blue?

Today though, I'm thinking so what?

I like the blue.

And I may even paint our bedroom blue too!


I have to share that within the last 14 days, I've had four teeth removed, gotten pink eye in both eyes, been bitten by a spider, and my head has exploded from the pollen (at least it feels like it has).

I may or may not have had a meltdown Saturday night before bed about how I was falling apart and I hadn't even reached 30 yet.

I mean seriously, isn't all that kinda ridiculous?

Saturday, March 24, 2012


I feel like I have been intoxicated with her lately.

I feel like for the first time, I'm really trying to soak in everything about her.

The softness of her skin. The stinky little kid smell after playing outside all day. That soft little voice singing in the back seat of the car. The way it feels when she wraps those little arms around my neck.

I can't get enough of her.

For so long, it felt like I was just trying to get through the day and to that next stage.

After two years of trying for another baby, it hit me a few months ago, that she may very well be the only baby God has planned for us.

She may be the only little person I get to cuddle up with in the mornings. The only little person who I get to hear call me "mommy" a thousand times a day.

The other night, David was working and it was just her and I. I put her to bed and after about 15 minutes, I went and got her back up just so I could have more time with her.

There are still moments when she drives me crazy, but even in those moments, I now find myself stopping and laughing at her crazy ways.

I think we can all agree, it's way too easy to get wrapped up in the everyday things and forget to stop and really soak them in.

So instead of wasting my energy on wanting the next one to come along (like I have for the last two years), I'm finally soaking in the one right in front of me.

And its intoxicating.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Yeah, I'm that cheap....

Last week when my mom was here on baby duty, one of her jobs was taking and picking OK up from school. The morning of the surgery happened to be a day when OK had school, so being the type A that I am, I had already set out something for me to throw on her the next day before school.

That evening when I had somewhat emerged from my post anesthetia fog, my mom told me that she thinks OK had picture day at school that day. It immediately hit me that she did in fact have Easter pictures that day, but in my anxiousness over the surgery, I had totally forgot.

Not that I had planned on actually buying the pictures, I just wished I would have sent her in something a little nicer or at least "Spring" appropriate. I'm sure when she got out in the carpool line, a few were shaking their heads and thinking "mom forgot picture day."

Yesterday afternoon, I go to pick her up and she is overly excited about something and trying to tell me all about it. We're kinda at that point were she's trying to talk in more complex sentences and its getting kinda hard to understand her at times. Well, this was one of those times. I couldn't understand a word she was saying.

I get her buckled up and we start off towards home and whatever she's excited about is in her folder. She rips through her bookbag for her folder, pulls out a piece of paper, and then proceeds to tell me how "livia is on this paper." This is hilarious to her. She talks about it the entire ten minute ride home.

It takes me a minute to figure out what she's actually looking at, but when I do, I started thinking that maybe I would buy just one because evidently these pictures are the funniest thing Girlfriend has ever seen.

But then we got home and I saw the price list.....

Say what?!?!?

So I look at the a la' cart prices, but notice the fine print....


So, instead, I did what every cheap mom would do.

I cut out the proofs and handed them to her.
Now she can laugh at "livia" all she wants and I didn't have to pay a dime.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Hello Spring.

Almost a week after my little surgery, I'm starting to feel more back to normal. On Friday, I ate something I could actually chew for the first time since Monday. I have been working my way up to more. I go back tomorrow for my post-op check up, so fingers crossed for a good report.

However, I still haven't had a Chick-fil-a sandwich yet. Your jaw natural kinda locks itself up to heal and they said it could last up to a few weeks after the surgery, so though I'm no longer in pain (and not on pain meds), I can still barely open my mouth to eat. I'm waiting till I can full enjoy it.


These are the newest obsessions in our house.

Can you guess what their names are?

The hair color should be switched if that helps any.

She even puts them in my purse to carry around when we leave the house.
Though I really don't need more junk to care in my purse, I still think its sweet.


We have seemed to skip right over spring and head straight into summer. I've already heard lots of complaining about how hot its going to be in a few months and I have to be honest, I'm not that concerned about it. I know I'm an anomaly, but I like it hot. I think my cousin KP is one of the few who never complains about the heat like me. We're the only ones with facebook statues saying "8o degrees...heck, yeah!"

We went to Old Navy this weekend and stocked up on a summer essential.

I cannot tell you how excited OK is to wear "real" flip flops. She wanted so bad to wear ones with no straps last summer, but they didn't make them in her size. She even stole a well-worn-way-too-big pair from Josie at the end of the summer and refused to take them off for a few weeks.

I decided to not waste money on a bunch of fancy cute sandals this summer, so I bought one pair for special occasions and we're sticking with $2 flip flops for everyday wear.

She hasn't taken them off since I brought them home.

I decided it was safe to go ahead and clear out the boots from the shoe basket.

The only boots to remain are rain boots.


My Mother-in-law will be proud of me. I actually grew something.

She gave everyone in bookclub a blub last year. I planted it but did not expect much because I have a tendency to kill anything green, I was surprised when I actually sprouted and bloomed a couple of weeks ago.

It makes me want to plant more.


There have been a couple of hiccups in our big 30 vacation plans. We're in the process of trying to figure out what we're going to do. Either way, I'm determined to celebrate my 30th in the sun somewhere, preferably by a ocean or by a pool in the middle of the ocean.

I feel like I'm kinda running dry on blogging material lately, so after studying my blog stats the other day (and wondering if I really do have on average 80 hits a day), I decided to be brave and throw this out there....

Any questions you want answered?

If you have something you've been curious about, leave a comment, shoot me an email, or contact me through facebook. Heck, you can even remain anonymous if you would like. I'm a pretty open book about our lives, so there isn't much I probably won't answer. However, if its plain out rude or something Dave and I have agreed I cannot talk about on here, then I won't answer.

So, the floor is yours now......for a moment.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

This week.

Hi. Remember me?

I kinda failed to mention last week that I was having my wisdom teeth removed earlier this week and most likely wouldn't be around.

Though if you follow me on facebook, you already know because I have been successful in complaining about it all week long.

Though I really shouldn't complain, because over all its been a relative easy experience, even though I had all four removed. However, I am pretty tired of the left side of my face being swollen and looking like a chipmunk.

And I really want to eat something that I have to chew. I've pretty much have been living off of mashed potatoes, ice cream, jello, and oatmeal the last three days. I'm dying for a good ol' Chick-fil-a sandwich right now.

David has been on vacation this week and we usually plan our Spring vacations to be stay-cations in order to try to get some stuff around the house done. Besides having my teeth removed, our big project this week was to get our garage cleaned out and the 2nd garage door in working order. There was just enough room to park my car on one side of the garage, but the other side, you couldn't even see the floor because there was so much junk. I should have taken a before picture to show just how bad it was.

After two years, the right side garage door was opened for the first time since we moved in. We had to replace the entire door and buy a new opener, hence the reason it took over two years to fix.

It was kinda weird to see them both open like that.

We did manage to get a little fun time in on Monday before my teeth removal. We took Olivia for her first Build a Bear experience. Of course, she was afraid of the stuffing machine and the washing station because they made loud noises, but I think overall she enjoyed it.

Daddy was just thankful she picked out the cheapest bear they offered all on her own.

Of course we had to go with the "kitty" outfit. I swear the kid is a cat lady in waiting.

I was so grateful that my mom got to come down Monday to help out with Olivia over the last few days. I didn't get any pictures of them together since I was pretty much out of it, but I know she got spoiled the past few days. My mom headed back to Tennessee this morning while Olivia was at school and I'm sure its going to be a let down when she gets home and realizes Grandma is gone.

So, that's what we've been up to this out garages and having wisdom teeth removed. Such a luxurious life I lead! : )

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Next Taylor Swift?

We've been questioning this child recently and just where she really came from....

You see, this child has suddenly become quite the little performer. For the last month, she's been singing and dancing nonstop. This has come as a surprise to David and I because neither one of us are performers. We can't dance. We can't sing. We've never been interested in any type of acting. We both grew up with talents in sports, so this is all new territory for us.

I've even caught her several times watching those tween Disney dance like movies on Netflix. To be honest, I'm not quite sure if she should even be watching those, but I have yet been able to stomach more than a few minutes of them. I'd take classic Disney any day over High School Musical. I normally just make her turn it off, but evidently the little bit she's been watching has already stuck with her.

You've already seen some of her dancing moves here, but you haven't yet had the pleasure of seeing a full out performance which even includes a microphone.

This is the last 59 seconds of an eight minute performance Nicole and I got last Friday.

Before you watch, there are a few disclosures:

  1. You have to turn the volume up to hear her sing. However, when Josie comes on the scene, TURN THE VOLUME BACK DOWN. I'm seriously about that, just keep you finger on the volume then entire time because sister is loud!!!
  2. Please excuse the shakiness of the video and my hyena laugh.
  3. We are firm believers of when the kids fall, not asking if their okay until the tears start to fall. Evidently, she was okay.
  4. Yes, we believe in telling the other kids to get out of the way so we can continue laughing at the other. Don't judge us!!!

All I have to say is watch out Dance Moms, we're coming for ya in a few years!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

I can't even make up this stuff.

I had all intentions of sitting down and writing somewhat of a more put together post today, however, my day kinda went down hill after I got ran over by a 90 year old man's electric cart while standing in the check out line at the Piggly Wiggly.

I'm not talking he clipped my heals kinda run over, I'm talking he came out of no where, tackled me from the left, and knocked me to the ground.

I somewhat caught myself on the counter and jumped up to ask if he was okay. I seriously thought he was having a seizure or a heart attack or something, because why else would you knock someone over with an electric cart? After he asked if I was okay, he yelled over at the manager that "somethings wrong with this thing!"

Sure, Wild Bill. Sure there is.

Apparently that's his nickname the manager had given him. I think we could all agree its time Wild Bill's electric cart license is taken away.

(which is ironic because its the same nickname my Grandfather had)

Thankfully, I was alright and once I convinced the manager and cashier that I was okay (i.e. not going to sue them), I went out to my car and laughed till I cried. Because can you not laugh about getting ran over by an electric scooter?

And I thought the highlight of my day was a thirty minute argument with Olivia before school over the fact she couldn't wear her nightgown to school.

To answer the number one question I've been asked all day.....I was at the Piggly Wiggly because it is the closest store to us and I was buying diet coke and wine.

Maybe I should have taken that as a sign and just limped out of the store empty handed?

I swear this stuff only happens to me.

I think I'll be staying out of the Pig for awhile.

Monday, March 5, 2012

The Big 30.

This weekend was full of birthdays for us.

We started out Saturday afternoon, celebrating my Mattie Frans third birthday.

She got a super cute new haircut the day before, click over to Amy's, so you can die from the cuteness along with me please.

After her party, we went to pick up Dave and head downtown to celebrate Dave's and my Uncle George's birthdays.

The guys decided to keep it easy and greasy this year. We celebrated with the Varsity and followed up that with Krispy Kreme donuts.

If your not familiar of those two, basically we all ate a weeks worth of calories in one sitting.

Its amazing no one had a heart attack over the weekend.

(We missed you KP!!!)

Birthday man...

Birthday boy....

We were sitting right behind the orange sign, I promise Dave does not normally look that orange.

We thought our Varsity/ Krispy Kreme birthday was so original, only to see two other birthday parties at both the Varsity and Krispy Kreme. At least we weren't the only ones singing happy birthday with candles stuck in a donut! : )

Even though it was his big 3-0, he decided he didn't want a huge shindig, though I tried to push one on him.

Dave and I have decided to keep the 30th birthday celebrations low key, in order to celebrate in a big way just the two of us in a few months, but more to come on that later.

We still had to do something on his actual birthday, so we headed over to his parents and they cooked him one of his favorite meals last night.

Of course we topped it off with his favorite.

He even had key lime pie for his grooms cake at our wedding.

I guess this one has finally made it to enough birthdays that she knew what to do with the candles.

Happy 30th Babe!!!
I hope this is your best year yet! I'm excited to see what our 30's bring us!!! Thank you for being the wonderful husband and father you are. We don't deserve all you do for us!!!
Love you more.


Oh, for how we're celebrating our 30th....

Final reservations are being made this week and in July we will be sitting on the beaches of the Dominican Republic, ringing in our 30's with just the two of us.

So far, 30 is looking pretty good.