Sunday, January 18, 2015


Our Friday, as usual, started out with the kids going to their grandparent's house and Brad and I getting a date night.  First stop was dinner at Momma G's and then we took a stroll through Sam's.  I'm glad we did b/c they had Luv's diapers on sale for $10/box which is insanely cheap, so we stocked up :)

Early Saturday morning I started a new bible study/fitness class.  As I was walking out to my car afterwards, I noticed at least 6 deer walking across the street.  There were a couple of fawns and they were so cute.  It's not unusual to spot a deer out where we live, but I'm not used to seeing that many at once.  If you look closely in the picture you can see them...

I needed to run a few errands, so we all loaded up and headed out.  I had mentioned to Brad that I wanted to put shelves above our washer/dryer, so we stopped by Home Depot to get the supplies he needed.  Our laundry room is kind of small, so there was stuff just piled up.  This included cleaning supplies that were just sitting in a box on the floor.  I knew we needed to get those out of the kids (mainly Jack's) reach, so I needed a shelf to put them on.  Here is our final result...(still a little messy and excuse the two hampers full of clothes, but it looks SO much better than it did!)

I would have preferred cabinets, but we went with the less expensive option.  Jack is bummed the brooms/mops are actually put up out of reach now.  He has been known to just go in there and disperse them all throughout the house.

Usually on the weekends I like to go go go, but lately I have become a home body.  I would rather stay in my pjs and get things done around the house.  We have SO many projects that need to be done, I'm going to try to work on one project a week.  Next up is cleaning out the drawers/cabinets in our bathroom.  I have accumulated so many beauty supplies that probably should all just be thrown away.  It's a mess.  Our big project that will hopefully be done in the next few months is having our den/dining room/downstairs hallway painted.  We will be hiring someone to do this task for sure!

This morning we went to church, came home for lunch and then Jack and I took a long nap while Addi played and Brad rested.  We took the kids over to Honey and Da's to ride their cars b/c it was so pretty this afternoon.  Meanwhile, Brad and I did some grocery shopping together.

After a wonderfully relaxing day, I made a huge pot of taco soup and meal prepped for the week.  I'm about to catch up on some Downton Abbey and call it a night!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

18 Months (Well, almost)

After re-reading my previous post, I want to address some things: 
  1. I’m NOT perfect and I don’t ever claim to be.  I don’t think I’m the perfect friend all of the time.  I don’t call/text/e-mail my friends enough to check on them like I should.  Life gets in the way sometimes and I get that.  I’m constantly striving to be a better friend to the ones I have
  2. I just wanted to make it clear that I don’t want to replace the group of girlfriends I have – I love the very very much! Mwuah!
  3. There were some people in our small group who did reach out and try to plan things.  They made an effort.  I didn’t mean to make it sound like no one cared.  All I meant was that we aren’t connecting the way I/we would like. 
  4.  We don’t want to leave just because we aren’t getting that connection we are longing for.  There are other things going on as well that we aren’t pleased with.  I would never intentionally try to hurt anyone’s feelings; however, I’m not going to lie either.  The thoughts on my previous post were just that – my thoughts.  Sometimes the truth hurts.

And that’s that.  Now on to an update on my sweet boy…

Oh my sweet Jack Jack.  This little man is THE cutest thing ever.  Although, sometimes he can be pretty dramatic for a little boy, we love him so so much.  Over the Christmas break, he began talking up a storm.  He can repeat anything and is learning new words every day.  He’s still a climber and will try to get into any drawer or cabinet if we aren’t careful.   He definitely keeps us on our toes!

Eating – He’s a pretty good eater.  For the most part, he just snacks a lot and is always hungry.  Most fruits and yogurt seem to be his favorites.  Tuesday night, for dinner, I tried to trick the kids into eating cauliflower.  I cooked it and mashed it up like potatoes.  Jack fell for it (Addi, however, did not)  It’s pretty hard for him to sit still to eat anything, so we still have to strap him in the high chair at home so he will eat, even though he would rather be sitting at the table with Addi.

Sleeping – He currently goes to sleep around 7:00 and sleeps until we have to wake him up around 6:00.  When he gets sleepy, he loves to carry a blanket (or two) around the house and he rubs his lips with it.  That’s the sign he gives us to let us know he’s ready for bed.  I think naptime is a little more difficult for him to fall asleep b/c they aren’t allowed to have paci’s anymore (I still give him one at night).  His teacher said he rolls around on the ground to help him fall asleep – haha!  I guess that’s self-soothing?

Likes - He LOVES his sister.  If she’s not at home, he goes all through the house saying “Addi? Addi?” He constantly wants to know where she is.  TJ is also one of his favs and he gets so excited when he sees Winnie (the cat) looking in the house through the window.  He love bath time, being outside, climbing on anything and everything and his momma!

Dislikes -  Being still.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


I know it’s already the middle of January, but I thought it was better late than never to kind of recap my thoughts on 2014 and give a little update on what’s been going on with us so far in 2015.

If I had to sum up 2014 with one word it would be “blah”.  The year seemed to pass by in a flash and to be honest; I couldn’t wait for it to end. 

One thing I learned in 2014 is that GOOD friends are hard to come by.  I have a fantastic group of friends and have known some of them for 25 years; however, we all live in different cities and states (one even lives in a different country).  We are all in different phases of our lives and while we make every effort to all get together, sometimes it’s just hard.  I have really struggled with finding good friends around me who are in the same stage of life that we are in right now.  I’ve learned there are some people out there who only want to be your “friend” if they need something and then that’s it.  I don’t like throwing the term “friend” out there for everyone I meet.  Texting back and forth a few times doesn’t mean we are friends.   I want to get to know you and for you to know me.  It’s been a learning experience trying to figure out who to put time and effort getting to know.  I guess I’m still trying to figure it all out. 

Another struggle of this past year is finding a church home.  I have been at the same church for my entire life.  On Father’s Day, Brad was even baptized and joined our church (finally :)).  There have been some changes that I’m not crazy about, but the main reason we need to leave is we aren’t finding the connections with people our age.  Growing up in this church was wonderful.  I always felt like my friends were family.  My parent’s Sunday school class ALWAYS did things together and they acted like they truly cared about one another (b/c they did).  The day my dad passed away, my parent’s home was filled with Ridgecrest people.  They brought food.  They cleaned up.  They loved on my mom and our family.  Maybe it’s just a generation thing, b/c people mine and Brad’s age only seem to care about showing up on Sunday mornings and MAYBE Wednesday evenings and that’s it.  They don’t want to put any effort into getting to know one another.  All they do is complain about not ever doing anything outside of church, but then when something is planned, they don’t show up.  Um, hello, you can’t get to know people if you don’t show up.  We have been visiting another church for the past couple of weeks and we really like it.  It’s people our age who actually seem to want to be around each other at other times besides Sundays.  To be honest, we are still trying to figure out what we need to do.  Even though we haven’t really been involved in church the last couple of months, I’ve definitely felt closer to Jesus these last few months than I have this entire year.  We are just relying on Him to show us what to do.

On a more positive note….my babies turned 4 and 1 this past year.  They are growing so fast.  I have learned so much being their mommy.  One thing I have learned is that I need more patience.   But, I do love them more than ever!

I turned 30 in December.  It’s just one of those things that I wanted to skip over and ignore.  Thank goodness my birthday (Christmas Eve) is usually overshadowed by Christmas anyways

2015 started off with a bang...Addi broke her collarbone.  She was lying in our bed watching TV while I was folding some laundry.  She was rolling around and I just wasn’t paying attention and she fell off the bed.  She now has a sling/ace bandage thing she has to wear until we go back to the doctor on the 28th.  So far, she has done fabulous only using one arm and she doesn’t mind the sling at all!  Praying for good news on the 28th!

Also coming up in 2015….

I’m going on a girl’s weekend to the beach in a couple of weeks and I’m so excited about spending some quality time with friends, good food (maybe a little wine) and SLEEP!!!!
Brad and I will be heading to Vegas in March.  My days will be spent at a conference, but I’m super excited!!!

My baby turns 5 and will start to Kindergarten this year.  I’m sad that she’s old enough to start school, but my wallet is happy b/c we will be saving about $500 in daycare fees/month – whoop, whoop!

Jack Jack will turn two and I’m just not ready for that either.  He is talking up a storm and doing new things daily (which is why I need to blog more in order to keep up with it!!)

I’m not sure what else God has up His sleeve for us this year, but I’m looking forward to it.  

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Welcome to the South

My friend Lindsay moved to Canada a little over a year ago.  Every time she comes home to Alabama to visit, we try to get together with our group of friends.  This visit, she brought a boy home with her  He was born and raised in Canada and has never been to the south before, so we planned a southern pot luck full of our favorite foods for him to experience.  Our menu consisted of BBQ, macaroni and cheese, fried okra, baked beans, potato salad, banana pudding and sweet tea to name a few things. 

Addi had a great time playing with Lydia.  Two little girls running around our house squealing is LOUD – haha.  They had the best time playing and then they piled up in Addi’s bed with popcorn and Despicable Me. 

It was a great night getting to know her boyfriend and to spend time with one another.  These are some of my favorite people! (I wish I would have taken more pics)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Weekend Happenings

Our weekend started out just like usual with Brad’s parents picking the kids up from school and us taking advantage of the alone time with a date night.  We went to Logans for dinner and then walked around a few stores.  Brad NEEDS clothes, but he couldn’t find anything he liked in Belk.  It’s best if I just do the shopping for him.  Plus, he’s super easy to shop for – all he needs is about 10 short sleeve polo tops in solid colors (I get wild and throw in some stripes every now and then) and some blue jeans and he’s good to go.  I have tried really hard to increase the variety of his wardrobe, but he likes what he likes and there’s no changing it!

Saturday morning we all woke up early and went to Waffle House and Wal-Mart and the rest of the day was spent hanging out around the house.  I got all of the laundry done (Whoo-hoo!!)  Brad left for a bachelor party that night, so the kids and I just spent some quality time together playing and I had them both in bed and asleep before 8:00!

Sunday, both Jack and Brad weren’t feeling that great, so we slept in (well, Brad slept in ��).  Jack is teething something awful, so he spent most of the time wanting to be held.  Around 10:15 Brad woke up to the sound of me screaming for help b/c Jack puked all over me – fantastic.  It must have just been a fluke b/c he was fine the rest of the day (except for the extra whiney-ness from the teething).  Once I laid him down for a nap, I managed to take a 2 ½ hour nap and it was wonderful!  It was so pretty outside when I woke up, so we decided to take the kids to a local fall festival.  Addi decided she didn’t want to be Elsa anymore and instead she wanted to be Sofia again.  I put Jack’s costume on him, but he wasn’t thrilled, so he went in normal clothes.  Plus, he would have burned up dressed as a snow man b/c this Alabama weather hasn’t gotten the memo it’s fall and it was in the 80’s.  Addi had fun playing a few games and getting some candy.  We didn’t stay very long before heading to Subway to get dinner to go. 

Poor Jack Jack just wasn’t feeling well at all.  Brad didn’t like the fact that he ONLY wanted his mama!  I secretly loved all of the cuddle time I got with him this weekend.  After some orajel and ibuprofen, he finally crashed.  Hopefully these four teethies will hurry up and come in so he will get back to normal.

Our weekend wasn’t super exciting, but it was a nice low key weekend together with the fam!  I hope everyone has a great week!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Confessional Friday

I confess that I’m wearing actual heels today for the first time in about five years.  I stopped wearing my heels when I found out I was preg with Addi.  Since then I have just worn wedges which give me the height I need, but with more stability.  This morning I put on a pair of pants that were way too long with my normal black wedges.  Instead I decided dig deep in the back of my closet and pull these babies out….

Yeah, BIG mistake!  I can’t even handle it.  During my 40 minute drive into work I had to take them off.  I think I’ll stick to my wedges from now on.

I confess that a couple of months ago I signed up to run a 5k….well, the big day is tomorrow and I’m skipping out.  I will be going by to pick up my t-shirt and other items this afternoon and will be sleeping in instead.  I’m just not prepared to run it and I know if I go and try I won’t be able to move for the next week. 

I confess that I’m thinking about taking the CPA and it seriously freaks me out.  I have never been a good test taker.  My anxiety takes over and I forget EVERYTHING.  I guess that’s one of the reasons I never pursued my CPA.  Well, currently, I’m at a point in my career where I think having it will really help me in the long run.   I would love to have more flexibility in my job and I’m thinking this is the route I need to take to gain that flexibility.  It will take months of studying and preparation, but I think I can handle it – we will see!

I confess that I only bought these cute Carhartt overalls for Jack because I knew Brad would love them, but I have actually fallen in love with them as well.  Today is farm day at school and I just think he looks so cute.  Addi didn’t want to dress up, so she were her pumpkin shirt her class made since they will also be having a pumpkin patch.

Be sure to link up with Leslie and get to confessing!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Community Helper Week

One thing I LOVE about Addi and Jack’s preschool is they do so many “hands on” things.  Along with their regular curriculum, they really encourage learning through play.  They have different themes each month and always have activities scheduled.  Addi does a lot better with interactive play versus table work as I’m sure most 4 year olds do.

Last week was Community Helpers Week.  They had visitors from the fire and police departments, a veterinarian, and dentist.  Addi told me the “yellow fireman” was her favorite. Jack's class went out to see the fire truck, but because they are so young (and probably hard to sit still, they skipped the other activities)

Last Friday was career day, so they were told to dress up as what they wanted to be when they grew up.  Addi chose to dress as a mommy.  I think the main reason she did this was so she could take her baby to school.   Here are a few pictures from her week…

Addi with the vet and her cat Minnie Mouse

In the big yellow fire truck 

Taking her turn brushing the monkey's teeth 

Hopefully the only time she will ever be in a police car ��

Addi and her baby