Sunday, November 18, 2012

This may get sappy...

So this weekend, actually about May, my cheerleaders and I started a journey that we'd never taken before.  We decided we'd give this competition thing a go.  About 2 weeks ago, I was wondering if we'd lost our minds.  Last Monday in the middle of a 6 hour practice, I called B and told him that I was really worried about this.  However, by the end of that long practice, I had decided they'd pull it off, somehow.

I won't tell you that cheerleading is life, but for most of these girls, it's their talent.  It's what they're REALLY good at.  And they're my girls.  Some weeks I spend more time with them than I do with my husband and my own child.  They teach me A LOT.  They tell me things I don't want to know.  They make me laugh.  They make me mad.  Friday night, when they surprised me with a baby shower after checking into our rooms, they made me cry.  They are great.

Yesterday, I was extremely emotional when they finished their routine.  I was SO PROUD of those 15 girls.  I was proud because they set their minds to something and they pulled it off.  They have put in countless hours of hard work for 2 and a half minutes on the floor.  But it was important to them and they did it.  They were ranked 3rd out of 7 squads.  I think they are often overlooked, so I wanted this post to be about them and what they work so hard for.  You represented ZC so well.  If no one else realizes what you've accomplished, I DO.  I love you, girls.  Super proud of you and the goals that you've reached.  Also, a big thank you to Ms. Monica, Adria, Paige, and Shanelle at gymnastics.  You're the best!

Now, on to Thanksgiving week.  Two fun days at school and 3 days off.  I'll take it.  Have a wonderful week.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

A Little of This...A Little of That

Well baby #2 is...........a boy!  I was more pumped about this than my husband.  You see, the plan I have is never to do this pregnancy thing again.  So I knew we either got a boy this go round or we had all girls.  On the way to Dothan Monday morning, I talked myself through all the reasons 2 girls would be great .  I wanted to be prepared either way.  He was extremely cooperative, and we were told immediately that it was definitely a boy.  Off we went for a little birthday shopping and celebrating.  We spent a couple of hours at Chuck E. Cheese that afternoon and had a blast.

I had a workshop in Troy Wednesday-Friday and I officially decided if there were a Hardees in Elba, I'd be in serious trouble.  Yes, I had a biscuit. every. morning.  Yes, they were great.

We had Ella Kate's 2nd birthday party yesterday, bouncy house and all.  She LOVED it.  I'm not sure how many adults she convinced to get in there with her, but I know there were several.  So thankful to all the people that came and loved our baby girl.  Last night we watched Bama crash and burn.  B needed a little cheering up, so we broke out Christmas Vacation.  It was nice.  I told him it was almost like we were dating again, except for the 2 year old climbing all over us throughout the movie.  It was a great Saturday.

Today we visited Newbia Church where they honored our football team and coaches.  It went well until Ella Kate attempted to take a few bills out of the offering plate during the offering.  I've always heard, "if you need some, take some", but I'm not sure who shared that with her.  It was a nice service.  We've had a lazy afternoon.  We made home made pizza for supper, and Ella Kate is trying out all of her new toys.

Next weekend, my girls travel to Hanceville to compete in the State Cheerleader Competition.  I'm nervous, although probably not as nervous as they are.  They have put in SO MUCH hard work.  I'm super proud of them and we hope to make our mark in Hanceville next Saturday.  Love you girls!

Hope you all have a super week!  Here's to 6 more work days, then Thankgiving Break!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Ella Kate turns 2!

Two years ago today we were on our way to Dothan to prepare to meet our baby girl.  Wow, how time has flown.  I'm watching she and her daddy share a piece of cheesecake as I type and feeling so thankful for them both.  Pregnancy with EK was pretty scary for a short period of time.  But she entered this world just fine.  One of her favorite phrases lately is "I love you guys!" We're not sure where she's heard it but she uses it often.  She's as tall at 2 as I was at 3.  And she is NOT interested in moving to the big girl bed, the big girl room, OR using the big girl potty.  I mentioned to her that we might put a tv in the big girl room and she said, "I just watch yours".  I give up.

The ultrasound that was to be last Thursday did not happen.  So we're off to the doctor tomorrow to give it a whirl.  We'll be celebrating Ella Kate's 2nd birthday in style...Chucky Cheese, here we come!  I don't know about her, but tonight I'll be dreaming of pizza and skeeball.  B and I have always said we couldn't wait for her to be big enough to go so we can play too.  We may be a little rusty, but I figure it will all come back to us.  And if I remember correctly, that pizza is awesome.

It's a busy, busy week at our house.  We have a party to get ready for.  However, my sweet husband gets to come home right after school again, and I'll have lots for him to do.  Now, let me get started on that list...

Monday, October 29, 2012

Another Big Weekend

It was another big weekend at the Bowers' house.  Friday's ballgame was a nail biter and we came up a little short.  That means this week will wind up football season at our house.  It's really flown by, but I prefer to never experience the first trimester of a pregnancy during football season again.  Ha.  Who am I kidding?  I prefer no more first trimesters.  They're rough on this girl.

Saturday morning, my friend, Chelsi and I met in Troy to celebrate the upcoming arrival of Miss Emma Maness.  Emma's parents have longed for this day for so many years.  Their story is quite an amazing one.  Andrea is due in December, and we enjoyed the morning at her shower.  Don't tell Bradley, but after the shower we hit a few stores on the square before coming home.  I topped off the morning with a big order of McDonald's french fries and my radio blaring 90's on 9.  Yes, it's the little things.

I may have mentioned that back in the summer, I sold our bedroom furniture.  All of it.  We bought an old dresser and painted it.  We picked up a bed frame.  Other than that, we've been roughing it.  Last weekend my parents picked up 2 night stands that I sanded and they painted. B had them all moved in when I got back from the shower so we set to work organizing all our junk that's been laying the floor of the spare bedroom since before school started.  That room is soon to become Ella Kate's room.  She's not in agreement yet.  But I feel like when we go pink in there, she'll change her mind.  She will, after all, be 2 a week from today.  Yes, seriously.  She needs a big girl room.

We got to visit with Uncle J, Uncle G, Aunt Courtney, Papa, and Gigi Saturday night during the game.  It was a great visit.  Sunday, G and Courtney joined us at church then we headed to the family reunion afterwards. After a little nap, Ella Kate and I took off to our church's fall festival.  She loved it.  I think we picked up ducks 54 times and raced cars at least 32 times.  It seemed like a lot.  But she had a ball.  Tomorrow is Pumpkins on the Square.  EK will be sporting her busy bee costume and if it's as cold as they're saying, we'll be bundled up tight.  I'm planning on putting chili in the crockpot in the morning.  I don't eat it, but it sure smells good.

Thursday, we're planning to have "the ultrasound".  Boy or girl?  I'm trying to remain neutral.  But I'll post ASAP.  Have a great week!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

A Wonderful Weekend

We kicked off the weekend Friday with a ballgame in Luverne.  I miss my friends there!  They were always a blast.  It was so nice to see them, even if it was briefly.  With that being said, I was really, really, really proud of our guys.  They played hard all night long.  And I'll leave it at that...simply because if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.  Tough loss.  B tried to become The Deer Slayer on the way home from the game.  He's fine.  His truck is not.  We'll know just how "not fine" it is after tomorrow.

We started Saturday with my Grandmother's 99th Birthday lunch at the lake.  99 years???  Can you imagine???  She's still looking good and seeing Ella Kate give her a big hug and try to pull her to the swings was entertaining.  Rarely get to see that side of the family.  I hate that because they're lots of fun.  Ella Kate had all the fun she could stand, and she crashed about 5 minutes from home.  I took advantage of a lazy afternoon at home and napped as well. I think we slept for hours.  I finally pulled myself out of the recliner and made a chocolate chip pecan pie.  BEST. EVER.  I've attempted this several times, but this one was definitely the most successful.  Made it yesterday and it's gone.  Uncle G, Courtney, and Gerald came last night to hang out and spend the night.  We sat around the outdoor fireplace watching football and chatting.  We finally moved the party inside and hit the sack around midnight.  It was nice to sit around with breakfast and coffee this morning.  I don't drink it, but I do love the smell.  We all went to Maw Maw's for lunch after church.  Ella Kate loves G and Courtney.  She's pretty fond of Gerald too.  The visit was great and I hope it happens again soon.

Congrats to my friend, Allie, and her husband John, as they got to meet their 2nd baby boy yesterday, Nolan Timothy.  Such a sweet time for them.

It was one of those weekends that leaves you feeling extra blessed. My energy is slowly returning, and the nausea is slowing fading in intensity (I hope).  This afternoon I hung up some clothes that have been laying in a pile in our bedroom for at least 2 weeks, sanded 2 nightstands, and hung some pictures that I bought 6 weeks ago.  I know.  Watch out. I'm on a roll.  I've even fixed my hair a couple of times.  This is big.  I was living with the bun for at least a month.  Never fear.  It was a stylish bun!

Hope you all have a week that leaves you feeling extra blessed.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Relief! I see it!

I think relief is in sight!  That's the thing about "pregnant sick".  You don't know if it's going to end, at least anytime soon.  And it becomes, for me, a little depressing.  But I've had some better days this week and it continues to improve.  I am SO thankful.  Unless you've experienced this, you just have no idea how thankful.  With Ella Kate, I'm not sure it ended until she arrived.  She was worth it, no doubt.  But I've been really concerned it would be the same way again.  We are super thankful for this baby, no matter what.  We realize, from personal experience, that there are many people who would give their right arm to experience this gift, even if it does come with a little sickness.

Homecoming Week was great.  In my opinion, the best ever.  I saw some precious nerds and hippies this week.  I even heard a few songs in the hall.  Always entertaining.  We held our first ever black light pep rally Thursday night.  I was nervous about this...and a little stressed.  My father in law made a Walmart run Thursday because I woke up that morning in a panic that I might not have enough lights.  Thanks Papa! It turned out to be a hit.  The gym was full and there was plenty of entertainment to go around.  I loved it.  I will attempt to upload a clip to facebook soon.  So proud of my girls.  They were up and back at school bright and early yesterday morning for the annual homecoming breakfast.  Coach Robison gave a great devotion about finishing well.  Finish well they did...ZC ended the week with a huge win last night.  I did not grow up in Jack, but B and I love working at Zion Chapel.  We've got some pretty awesome kids, parents, and teachers.  Homecoming each year makes me feel extra thankful to be a part of a great place.

Got to see a far away friend for a few minutes last night.  And hoping to have dinner with she and her husband tonight.  Ella Kate and I are hanging out in our pj's and  watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  I'm blogging and she's trying to inspect my teeth.  She keeps telling me to "open mouf".  Happy Saturday!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

I Have An Announcement:

I worked in the yard this morning.  Yes, after a month of accomplishing NOTHING due to a lack of energy and constant nausea, I stepped out into the yard this morning and trimmed the shrubs.  I also cleaned out the dog pen, AND potted my mums.  I know.  As EK says, "I so pwoud of you.".  I feel so accomplished.  My kitchen still looks like a bomb went off, but I'll tackle that later.  I was so certain I would continue running while I was pregnant. Ha.  Not going to happen.  I have been doing better than I did the first go 'round.  I refuse to gain 60 lbs this time.  She was worth it though.

Ella Kate is growing up everyday.  She keeps us smiling.  She told B this morning when we picked her up from my parents', "Hey, My Daddy".  Precious.  She is a prissy little thing.  She's all about her sparkly Bob's or her new "boops" aka:  boots.  She tells us, "So pretty!"  She's all about some clothes.  And cleaning.  Absolutely. My. Child.

There is not one thing on the agenda for us today.  Oh, I LOVE it.  A Saturday at home.  This time of year is  super busy for us.  I'm sure it's that way for everyone.  It was after midnight when we rolled up last night.  And homecoming week is upon us.  There are dress up days, banners to make, shirts to sort, and pep rallies to hold.  It's not as much fun as it was as a student, but I always like a little break from routine.  Homecoming Week?  Sure.  Bring it on.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Bowers Party of 4

Yes, we're expecting!  And we're excited.  Ella Kate is convinced the baby is in her tummy.  Based on the number of times, I've hugged the toilet, I'm convinced she's wrong.  This will be worth it.  This will be worth it.  That's what I keep telling myself.  The little person patting my back and tell me "sorwy!  I sick too!" reminds me that it's worth it.  Either it's not as bad as it was the first "go round" or I am handling it better.  Maybe both.  B always says I can't keep a secret to save my life.  He's right.  But we kept this under wraps for almost a month.  I did good, didn't I, Bradley? EK and I had a conversation this morning about how she might want to consider using her potty now, since the baby will need her diapers.  She looked at me, sighed, and said, "No, hanks", and went about her business.

It's been quite a week, some good, some bad.  I've done a lot of thinking this morning about the previous week.  I'm definitely thankful for it all, and I say that with all sincerity.  Sometimes what we need and what we prefer are two different things.

Happy Saturday to everyone.  Now if I could just summon the energy to get out of this chair...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A few reasons I enjoy my job...

1.  Our "4H Lady" was encouraging our kids to learn their addresses.  She told them this was important.  "What if your house in on fire and you have to call 911?  How will they find your house???"  A kid near my desk speaks up and says, "I'd tell them to look for the smoke!"

2.  I've been helping my students with their math during Intervention.  Last week, it was Order of Operations.  They had been taught this previously.  We were reviewing.  I read the notes and said, "oh yeah!  Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally." A student said, "what's wrong with her???"  I, confused, said, "who?"  She replied, "your aunt Sally".  I. Give. Up.

Seriously, we have a great bunch this year.  Enjoying their personalities.

Can I say have a good weekend when it's only Wednesday?  I think so.  Enjoy the next 2 days AND the weekend!  Goodnight!

Monday, September 3, 2012

A Day at Home= BLISS

Life has been a bit of a whirlwind the last couple of weeks.  We've gained a new sister in law and watched Ella Kate dance her heart out at the reception.  We've been to a football game or two.  It's been busy.  But this morning B left for football and Ella Kate and I are hanging out at home.  It's GREAT.  I love being at home.  She's serenading me with her Cookie Monster Keyboard as I type.  Earlier she was pretending to "bacuum" with her rolling golf bag.  That's my girl.  We do love a clean house around here. She is no exception.

Back to the wedding.  Ella Kate decided as we were leaving the cabin for pictures that she needed her hair in a "tail" like mommy's.  It took a little convincing to get her to settle for the head band that Gigi got her. She can be a little "strong willed".  I was not concerned that she'd be shy.  I WAS concerned that she'd stop to speak to each person on her way down the aisle.  She did neither.  She bounded down the aisle yelling, "I coming!  I coming too!" while dragging the ring bearer with her.  The weather was perfect.  It was a beautiful wedding.  EK loves to dance, and we had to hold her to keep her off the dance floor while G and Courtney had their first dance.  She almost joined them one time. If no one else enjoyed the reception, she did.  Congrats G and Courtney!  We're happy for you.

Football is in full swing around here.  I was super proud of my girls Friday night.  I really enjoy them. They keep me laughing...never a dull moment for sure.  EK and I are getting lots of girl time at home.  Sometimes we enjoy it.  Sometimes it's TOO much girl time.  We miss B.  But we appreciate him that much more when he's home.  This morning, we've done our toes and hid under the sheet too many times to count.  I'm not sure who we're hiding from, but she thinks it's great.  I love this age.  She is hilarious.  So thankful for her.

Hope you have a great Labor Day and an extra good week.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

I survived!

I survived Tuesday:  back to work and leaving Ella Kate.  She was fine.  I was fine.  I got all worked up over nothing.  The week went well.  I enjoyed seeing everyone on Tuesday and getting to catch up.  Ella Kate only cried when I arrived each afternoon to pick her up because she wasn't ready to leave.  I'm sure that's MUCH better than her crying because she didn't want me to leave her.  Each day went fairly well.  I worked almost nonstop Thursday and still wouldn't have had it all together if it weren't for my coworkers and  a sweet visitor who helped staple papers at the last minute.  But it was finished and Open House went smoothly.  I thought I had it "wooped".  One more day and it was Friday...I could make it.  Ella Kate had other plans.  We were up more Thursday night than we were asleep.  I had flashbacks of when she was a newborn.  I was exhausted.  B left early to drop EK off so I could have a few extra minutes.  I got in the car with my Coke Zero and had extra time to spare before I had to be at school.  I was feeling better.  Until I got a few driveways down... and the warning light on my dash came on and my car refused to turn.  No power steering and something else I don't understand.  I did what all really tired women would do in this situation.  I switched it off and cried.

It could definitely be worse.  I have a loaner until it's fixed. School starts Monday, the first football game is this week, and my brother in law gets married on Saturday.  Just thinking about it makes me need a nap.  But we'll survive, and we'll enjoy it.  All of it.  And THEN we'll take a nap.  Here's to a busy week.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Honesty is the best policy.

I'm going to be very honest this morning.  I feel sick about having to leave Ella Kate bright and early Tuesday morning to go back to work.  It's not that I don't love my job.  I do.  It's not that I want to be a "stay at home mom".  I don't....well, only if my husband were rich and EK and I could shop all day.  That's not happening, so I prefer to work.  I love teaching (most days).  I enjoy my kids.  I enjoy my workplace.  I don't normally spaz out about having to leave her.  But I've gotten used to laying in bed with her in the mornings while she watches "Mickey, pease".  And I've gotten used to letting her fly like an airplane on my feet and putting diapers on her baby dolls all day.  I've gotten used to putting all 497 of her movies back in the tv cabinet EVERY SINGLE TIME she pulls them ALL out.  I am thankful I've had the opportunity to be at home this summer and do all these things.  But I also I know that once we start back, there will be very little of that for a while.  It makes me sad.  It makes my stomach feel sick.  I'm not normally like this.  BUT such is life.  I'll be fine once I get there Tuesday morning.  On a positive note, my classroom has NEVER been as organized as it is right now.  I have done some major cleaning out this summer.  I always have intentions to do this, but I'm always afraid I'll need it later.  Every cabinet, closet, drawer, and shelf has been cleaned.  I am READY.  But I'm not ready to leave that baby girl.

So our plan is to soak up the day today.  The weather is perfect this morning.  It almost felt fallish earlier.  We're headed to church in a bit.  Then we're doing sandwiches and spending the afternoon at the pool.  The house is clean.  The yards are done.  Oh, I wish for today to pass ever so slowly.  Here's to one more day of summer.  Happy Sunday!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Slow Down, Summer!

I've spent the last week or so attempting to simplify and organize my classroom and my home so that I can have a smooth school year, free of stress.  I get like this...every year.  Frantic to get it all in order before the madness begins.  It never lasts long.  My to do list only gets longer.  I check something off only to add something on.  We've been buying old furniture to paint and put in our bedroom.  I'm a little concerned that when August 14th rolls around and I have to go back to the real world, my dresser will still be sitting on my patio unpainted, and I'll be choosing my outfits from the piles in my floor.  My classroom, though less cluttered than it's been in the couple of years, looks like a tornado has passed through it.  As I type, I'm thinking I need to write myself a note to order ribbons and tattoos for football season.  And in the midst of all the chaos, I'm trying to soak up every minute with the funniest toddler I know.  Nothing is as good as a "big squeeze" and her saying, "I got you, Mommy!"

I don't remember the last time I blogged.  But I think B and I celebrated our anniversary since then.  We had a few childless days at the beach.  Ahhhhh.  A book, a cold Coke Zero, excellent company, people watching, naps, and a tan.  We enjoyed it.  I'm so thankful for B.  I often think about how things played out in God's timing.  He's the sweetest husband and a great daddy.  He's just right for me.  He keeps me calm and sane when I don't feel calm OR sane.  He gives Ella Kate her bath on the nights when I just need that 5 minutes to myself.  I'm not telling you he doesn't make me really mad sometimes or that he's perfect.  But he is top of the line and I'm thankful I get to be his wife.

It's thundering and raining and it's almost my bedtime.  So with all the frantic "get it all done" feelings I have swirling in my head, I think I'll just make a list for tomorrow and hit the sack, and enjoy going to sleep listening to the rain.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A Flea Market Run, a Visit to Pop's, and 1 E.R. Trip Later...

Cheerleader camp was a huge success!  I am sooooo proud of my girls.  They competed in Home Pom, Camp Champs Cheer, and Camp Champs Xtreme Routine and placed first in all three!  They also received the leadership award for camp!  They have WORKED this summer and it was evident.  It was a great week and I'm so happy to be showering without shoes again.  

Yesterday we spent some time in the pool before B headed off to football.  Ella Kate and I decided to hit up a few flea markets and found ourselves in Opp.  We found nothing special so we decided to swing by Pop and BeBe's before coming home.  All was well until Ella Kate took a little spill and hit her head on the couch leg.  There was blood...lots of blood.  She was screaming.  I was trying to hold it together.  See, I'm a calm person for the most part.  But something came over me and I began to gag and feel faint.  My daddy drove us to the emergency room.  Ella Kate and I rode in the back.  Both of us had a wet washcloth...seriously.  I thought we were going to have to pull over for me to hurl.  I knew she would survive.  It was just the combination of her being upset and the blood coming from the gash in her head.  I'm not sure how long we were at the hospital, but it was long enough for my husband to leave Goshen and get back to Jack to pick up his truck, then drive to Opp.  A little glue and some steristrips later, we went back to Pop's to eat chicken, per EK's request, and came home.  It was quite a night.  We all slept til 9 this morning.  

She's fine this morning and we're getting ready to go for our first haircut.  Hopefully, I'll handle that better than I did the transition to the big girl bed.  Happy Tuesday!

Friday, July 6, 2012

A Week-Long Staycation

This week has been extra marvelous.  On Monday, B and I spent the day shopping while Aunt Mary Sue kept Ella Kate.  We were happy.  Ella Kate was happy.  And I'm certain Aunt Mary Sue enjoyed herself too.  It was a win/win situation for all parties involved.  We enjoyed the day together, but felt like we were forgetting something every time we got in the truck.  

We grilled streaks on Tuesday with the family.  B grilled in between hail storms.  Literally.  Wednesday, we struck out bright and early for the beach with B's brother, Garret, and his fiance', Courtney.  Ella Kate was pumped about the "beach" and about the company.  All looked well until we arrived and the thunder began.  And continued.  And continued.  So we caught up on Kendra re-runs until it quit raining enough to get out on the beach.  We stayed several hours.  Ella Kate loved playing with "G and Corney".  Thank you for entertaining her.  We're taking you from now on.  We had dinner and started home with hopes that Ella Kate would be out for most of the trip.  She did go to sleep but it was somewhere between Opp and Elba.  

Thursday, we visited with old friends in the friendliest city in the South, Luverne.  Oh, how I've missed The Chicken Shack.  And my friends.  Dinner was great.  And I thoroughly enjoyed riding around town before we came home.  It made me a little sad.  I made some really good friends while I was there so visits are always bittersweet.  I could do a whole post on how good those people were to me when I moved there fresh out of college, knowing not a soul...My first year of teaching was one big blur and I felt like my kids were a science project of trial and error.  My administrators were the BEST.  And my colleagues were way fun...(is that a phrase?)  We also loved our church family.  So going back, even if only for dinner, brings back so many memories.  Life was definitely simpler then.  But life brought changes, most of them for the best.  Still, I am grateful for my time spent there.  It was just what I needed at that time in my life. 

In closing, a little shout out to my "husband of the year" who snorkeled around the pool until he found my missing pearl earring this afternoon.  They're just earrings, but they were his gift for me to celebrate Ella Kate's arrival.  I was slightly upset when I realized I'd lost it.  But he snorkeled until he found it.  I think I'll keep him.  

I'm off to camp next week.  I'm certain I'll have good stories to share when I return.  Until then...

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sentimental Post Ahead...

Night #2 in a big girl bed...really????  My mom informed me earlier this week that Ella Kate was attempting to throw her leg over the rail of the crib.  So I put her in the bed that night and told her to go for it.  She didn't bat an eye.  She threw that leg up and over.  So, sadly, the crib was converted to a big girl bed last night.  I cried.  When did this happen?  I feel as if I just brought her home from the hospital.  I'm tearing up again as I type.  I wouldn't say I'm overly sentimental.  But I'm having issues about this bed.  My husband in the middle of my tears says, "and next it'll be a full size bed".  I didn't find that very comforting.  She's done well.  There is no rail so last night we put the bean bag beside the bed.  That's where we found her about 3 this morning...sound asleep.  I was worried she wouldn't stay in bed.  But at this point I'm not sure she knows she can get out.  She is quite the sleeper these days.  Based on her first week in this world, I would never have expected this.  She's in bed around 8 and sleeps until 8.  It makes for a happy mommy and daddy.  I LOVE being home with her this summer.  She's changing so much so fast and I don't have to miss least for a few months.

Next week is a full week off at our house.  No practice.  No workouts.  No plans.  Nothing.  YES!  And then it's off to camp for a week.  Summer, slow down.

I sat out back one night this week watching B and Ella Kate play in the yard.  I thought as I watched them how different life was just 5 short years ago.  It was kind of a rough summer where I was wondering if God had any big plans for my life or if I should go ahead and join the convent.  But, my how things have come full circle.  We've been married almost 4 years, and it's far from perfect, but it's fun (most days).  And being a mommy is one of the very best things I have ever done.  It sure threw a kink in our orderly little lives the first few months, but she's so worth it.  I get stressed.  I get tired.  I get tired.  Did I say that twice?  I meant to.  I get mad.  But my cup is so full tonight.  (I think it's the big girl bed thing.)  It's not that it's perfect.  It's that it's far more than I deserve.

Wishing each of you a relaxing Fourth of July holiday with your families...

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Birthday Fun

We kicked off a big birthday week on Thursday with B's 30th.  We celebrated by going to swimming lessons, and he headed off to football workouts.  EK and I did make him dinner and a birthday cake.  He also got a candle in his cinnamon roll that morning.  Because birthdays are a celebration of a life, I'll take a minute to tell you that I am so thankful for Bradley.  He came along at the perfect time (although at the time I  thought he was late).  He had a ton of patience in the beginning when I told him I couldn't handle him calling everyday or coming by all the time.  He stuck with me, and I'm so thankful.  He is the most patient man I know.  Often when I expect exasperation from him, I get a joke or a smile instead.  He probably couldn't say the same about me.  You are an awesome Daddy and the sweetest husband.  We're thankful for you.

Friday was my 31st birthday. (Yes, Bailee D., I would be considered a cougar.)  We had a lazy day of swimming lessons and pool time at Papa's.  I got to sit outside all by myself and read during naptime.  It was interrupted only briefly when our child ate her diaper rash cream, forcing us to call poison control.  She's fine now.  For a few minutes B and I were not.  We had dinner with my parents and my brother at a little place in Defuniak Springs called Mom and Dad' Italian food you will ever eat.  We laughed ALOT and went to Walmart because we never go to Mom and Dad's and not go to Walmart.  It's just a given.

Saturday, the birthday celebrations continued with a trip to Mobile for B and I.  We stayed at The Battlehouse downtown...loved it!  We ate some great seafood when we arrived at lunch and hung out at the pool until our room was ready.   That night, we headed off to a surprise 30th birthday party for our friend, Morgan.  Morgan and B grew up together and shared a birthday celebration at VBS each year.  I got to know Morgan for the first time when she sang in our wedding.  A couple of years later, I started teaching with her Mom.  We text occasionally, and we say that if we lived closer, we might actually be good friends.  She's precious.  So when we got the invite for her party, we decided to make a weekend of it.  I laughed so much last night my cheeks are still sore today.  I witnessed my husband singing Friends In Low Places karaoke style with Morgan's husband (who is also a coach).  I'm not sure, but I would bet they talked sports at some point last night.  They did a good duet!  I'm thinking we may take them on the road soon.  Seriously, I was impressed.  We had a blast, Matt and Morgan.  Oh, I wish we all lived closer.  We ended the night sitting in our hotel room eating McDonalds at midnight just because we could.

We drove home this morning, and we all really need a nap, although someone who shall remain nameless is being less than cooperative about this.  It was an extra good weekend.  Here's to a good week as well.

Monday, June 11, 2012

A Whirlwind of a Weekend

Ahhh...a quiet Monday morning.  I mentioned in my last post that we were planning a small get together from B's brother and his fiance'.  I did not mention that it was going to be held in our backyard with an 80% chance of rain.  On Friday morning we rented a tent (just in case).  It was a good thing.  It rained off and on all day, but about 2-3 hours before the party, the bottom fell out.  And it came to a stop just in time.  We thoroughly enjoyed it the night.  

I guess it was sort of a weekend of celebrations.  On Friday afternoon we headed to Auburn to attend T and Sally Ingalls' 50th Wedding Anniversary reception.  When I moved to Troy, there were some issues about where I was going to live.  This sweet couple took me in and became like family to me.  I spent a little over 2 years with them.  They have since moved to Auburn.  We still visit occasionally.  They're so special to me, and I always enjoy getting to see them and their family.  We had a blast.  Ella Kate was loving the dance floor and wanted to go "back" each time she came off.  She never meets a stranger.  B and I aren't sure where she came from, but we enjoy her and her little personality. 

It's back to the grind (somewhat) this week.  Cheerleader practice and football workouts resume.  Swimming lessons continue for EK.  I love my job.  And I love having time off in the summer.  It's all around the BEST.  Happy Monday!  

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Welcome back, Summer!

Summer has arrived in full force at our house.  We finished a busy last week of school.  B and I finished our 3rd year at ZC.  Have we really been here that long????  And we were off to the beach to celebrate.  If you have facebook, you know this because we posted a ton of pictures.  Ella Kate loved it.  We took Cheyenne along to babysit.  We learned our lesson last year.  And a good time was had by all.  Even Uncle J joined us one day.  We were more than glad.  Ella Kate did NOT want to come out of the water (ever) so we took shifts.  Everytime Uncle J tried to bring her in, she cried and he would turn around and go back in the water.  It gave the rest of us a break to sit and take a tan.  Someone was asking me this week about our trip, and I told them the beach isn't nearly as relaxing with a baby, but watching her enjoy it beats relaxing any day of the week.  She rose before the sun saying "going to beach?"  and she cried each time we got out of the water.  She said the wet sand in the bathroom floor was "nassy" and she referred to the sea weed as "weed".  We made a lot of memories.  We are so blessed.

Just because it's summer doesn't mean we sit around and eat bon bons in our PJ's all day.  We are still busy, but it's a fun kind of busy.  Ella Kate started her second year of ISR swimming lessons yesterday.  I'm so excited and she's all about learning to swim.  She refers to the pool as the "beach" and she was unhappy about the end of her lesson yesterday.  She loves the water.

We have weddings galore to attend this summer, which means we have showers as well.  Bradley's brother is getting married in August.  We thought this would be a good reason to have lots of people over and celebrate.  I also see it as a chance to use all that stuff I've pinned on Pinterest (#addicted).  So Saturday we've invited way more people than we originally planned (that's how it goes, right?)  to celebrate Courtney and Uncle G's upcoming wedding.  We're excited and super busy trying to finish all these yard "projects" and house "projects" that we've talked about doing for months.  We're looking forward to it (and hoping for no rain on Saturday).

I just got back from a run, and I'm getting quiet time before everyone else gets up.  It's 8:00 and EK is still asleep...never thought I'd see the day.  Happy Summer!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

I'm slowly becoming a once a month blogger.  Summer is a'coming and I'll try to do better.  The fact that summer's coming is the problem.  I'm drowning in a to-do list that never ends.  Deadlines abound.  But relief is in sight.  We have a fabulous vacation ahead and I can't wait!  The beach is calling my name.

Since I last blogged, softball season came to a close.  Bradley's girls played in Gulf Shores last weekend in the Regional Tournament.  Because they predicted rain, the games were pushed up and his girls finished their last game sometime after 4:00 Saturday morning.  Ella Kate couldn't hang, and we were back at the hotel.  Truth be told, I probably couldn't hang either.  I like my sleep.  B's proud of his girls.  And he's enjoyed it.  He's also learned alot...alot that he probably didn't want to know.  He says they'll say just about anything.  Preparation for Ella Kate, maybe?

I attended a retirement reception today for my school neighbor, Mrs. Stinson.  I'm so sad to see her go, but I'm excited for her to get to spend time doing things she enjoys.  She's kind of like my "school mom".  If she says it's ok, then it's definitely O.K.  My friend, Joni, used to work in my position, and she always said Ginger and Melinda were the best colleagues you could ask for.  She thought ALOT of them both.  I'm with her.  They are the best.  I appreciate you, ladies.

Field Day T-shirts are delivered.  The stack on my desk is smaller than it was this morning.  Progress?  Maybe.  Field Day is Friday, and then I play to spend Saturday drinking Coke Zero, playing with Ella Kate, and laying by/in the pool.  I have 2 new magazines, and I'm about to download a new book on my Kindle (I read during naptime or while she's watching "Melmo").  Yes, life is good.  And summer's still ahead...EVEN BETTER.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Happy Saturday morning!  It's so quiet at our house right now.  Ahhhhh.  I'm the only one up.  I enjoy this time of day.

We spent the last 2 days playing softball from afternoon until night.  B's girls were in the area tournament and finished as runners up.  They will continue to regionals in the coming week.  They fought so hard yesterday.  I was exhausted from watching.  I can't imagine how exhausted they were from playing.  Proud of you, girls.  And I'm proud of you too, Bradley.  I think you do an excellent job of keeping their heads up and motivating them to play with heart and class, all at the same time.

I just read a post from my friend, Joni, about her baby boy, Kaleb.  They've been at Childrens in B'ham for several days and seem to finally be getting some good results.  I read her post this morning and was struck by how tired and emotional she must be.  Yet, with God's help, she somehow holds it together.  She always finds the positive.  I'm super-proud of you, Joni.  So many people are watching your journey and you are making a positive impact on so many people...of that, I am certain.  I've always thought one of your greatest purposes in life was to be a mommy.  You're an inspiration.

The previous 2 paragraphs are about such opposite situations.  But it helps me put things in perspective.  I read the following quote a few minutes ago, and thought it applied to these situations, but so many more:

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."

It's never what we'd choose, though, is it?  But when we learn though it and allow God to teach us from it, our faith grows stronger.  I've had some concerns this week.  When I have concerns, I roll them around in my brain over and over and over...and over.  I choose to believe this morning that God is in charge.  I struggle with this.  I'm a worrier.  But I'm making a choice for today to let go of all that control that I think I have and enjoy this day and the things that matter.

I have a new book on my Kindle, a large supply of Nutella and animal crackers, AND a case of Coke Zero.    All 3 of us are home and have no where to go.  If the sun will just come out, it's going to be a nice, relaxing day at the pool.  Happy Saturday.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A girl can dream, right?

I dream of a day at home with my Kindle to sit in the sunshine and sip Coke Zero.  Really.  I also dream of summer and being able to wear running shorts and t-shirts all day, every day + no makeup. I don't wish for much.  But for now, we're trucking along.  I have 2 or 3 different "to do" lists and I'm certain there are things I've forgotten.  Some days, I think my mind is going.  Last Wednesday, I lost my keys.  I searched everywhere.  I looked all through my classroom, investigated the garbage bags, and tore my car apart.  No keys.  I had a spare and used it to head home.  I called B at home, and I'm in tears.  He said, "Are you looking for the ones on the black keychain?  They're here on the bar".  I drove to school with my spare and never even realized it.  On Friday, I was halfway to Zion Chapel when I realized Ella Kate was still strapped in the backseat.  I wanted to cry.  Or nap.  Or cry, then nap.  But instead, I turned around and took her back, put on a smile, and went on to work.  It helped that it was Friday. This condition is called "too many irons in the fire".

The weekend was not necessarily easygoing, but it was still the weekend.  There were places to go...lots of places to go.  My in-laws took Ella Kate to the lake with them Friday night (Thank you, Gigi and Papa!).  B had softball Saturday and I had to make a family trip to Pensacola.  We enjoyed Homecoming at South Luverne on Sunday and lunch with some sweet friends.  Before we knew it, it was back to work bright and early Monday morning.  A busy weekend, is still a weekend, and we'll take it.

It's Friday afternoon, and and we have very few official plans for the weekend, AND the weather is supposed to be NICE.  Bring it on.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A Bad Saturday

still beats a good Monday. Are bad Saturdays possible? We hooked up the trailer Saturday morning and took off to Kinston for a pallet of sod or 2. We got one and stopped by my parents' house. Ella Kate decided to hang out there a while and we came home to lay sod. I've never taken on that task, but I thought it couldn't be that bad. Whew. That stuff's heavy. We moved pretty fast and got the first pallet out. B had to go to Enterprise to drive our Power Lifting Team back to school, so I decided to take the trailer back to Kinston by myself for another load. I've never pulled a trailer, but I can drive a school bus. I thought I could handle it. I left Bradley in the back yard pulling up a few leftover roots. I wasn't 2 miles down the road when he called to tell me he'd hit the gas line. GREAT. I hit END and put my phone down when the truck started shaking. I looked in the rearview mirror...tire was going EVERYWHERE. So I pulled over and called him back. The trailer had a blowout. He couldn't leave because the gas company was sending someone. His parents were out of town. My daddy was out of town. So I sat by the road a while. The sweet daddy of my "bestest friend" saved the day. He picked me up and took me home, took the rim to Opp and got a tire, brought it back and put it on. My brother in law drove me back to the truck and I went on to get the sod. I made it home with no more mishaps. It definitely could have been worse. But for an hour or so, I was beginning to wonder. Our back yard looks marvelous. Now, if we can just keep the grass alive.

Ella Kate seems to be Miss Independent lately. My mom helped her put her pants on last Saturday, but because she didn't do it herself, she wanted them "off". Where did she come from? We love her and she keeps us on our toes.

Looking forward to seeing the First Grade Play tomorrow night in Luverne. Can't wait to see some long lost friends. Happy Hump Day!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Back to the Grind

Spring Break came and went. And it was back to the real world. You know the one. The one when you run around like a crazy person and feel like you have waaaaayyyyy too many irons in the fire. That's my world lately. I had a break from cheerleading from the middle of February until April. But when we get started, we really get going. We had tryouts yesterday. I now have 15 Varsity Cheerleaders. I'm wondering if I've lost my mind, but I'm excited to start the new season. They seem to be sweet girls, and I'm looking forward to getting to know some of the new girls. Our goal is to compete this year, and if you'll check back with me about November, I'll be wondering what we were thinking when we decided to do this.

Bradley has successfully removed all the shrubs from our back yard. We have 2 pallets of sod ready for pickup on Saturday morning. Yes, he's a good man.

We ran another 5K a couple of weeks ago. It was tough. I won't lie. I think I started off a little too fast. I finished in 34 minutes. When I told a fellow runner my time last week, she said, "well at least you finished". What????? Yes, I finished. And I didn't pass out or die. AND I wasn't last. I call that success.

I'll close on a serious note. My daddy has an older brother who is very, very sick. Growing up, I thought he was the best. He had no children of his own, so he was always up for a tea party after he let his "food settle"...his famous line. When we visited him in Pensacola, we would park on the back 40 at the mall because "those women would sling their doors open and hit the car". And he was all about an all you can eat buffet. I'm not sure what happened. Life I guess. But I haven't talked with him in about 5 years. I share this in hopes that you won't let things that don't matter steal the time that you could spend with people you love. I debated on blogging about this, but decided it could be a good lesson to share. I did get to see him on Sunday and show him a picture of sweet Ella Kate. But it doesn't make up for all that time. It makes me sad. But it's also a lesson in life.

Hoping the weekend brings some good times and a little rest to us all.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Hello, Spring Break!

Let me preface this post by saying I do love my job. It's just that I need a break in a bad way. I am pretty certain my students are going to like me better when I return from spring break.

We kicked off spring break with prom last night. Ella Kate stayed with my mom and dad, and B and I got to dress up and watch everyone break it down for a few hours. We loved it. We even slept past daybreak this morning. Then we did what all the cool people do the morning after prom...we headed out to Lowe's where we spent a small fortune and returned to work in the yards. We have a fairly large patio out back and it's surrounded by shrubs...tons of shrubs...layers and layers of different shrubs. I announced my plan to remove these about 2 weeks ago. My husband, knowing he would be the "remover of the shrubs", shook his head and said nothing. But being the fine man that he is, the shrubs on 2 out of 3 sides are gone as of today. He worked HARD all afternoon. I told him thank you, but if you could see the shrubs piled by the road, you would understand. A "thank you" kind of seems inadequate. Ella Kate and I appreciate you, B.

We have other "fun" projects planned this week along with B's softball game, Uncle J's baseball game, and a beach trip for a day. We might even throw in some lake time. It's nice to have a week ahead without a schedule and tons of time to play with Ella Kate. Happy Saturday!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

A Coke Zero and Nutella Kind of Day

Ahhhh. Saturday, you've arrived. Don't we all love a break? I feel like we've been running in a hundred different directions lately. I don't typically "freak out" about things. But stress tends to sneak up on me. Like this week...I've had that headache/neckache that really is just tension from trying to keep everything straight this past week. I'm not sure when it came on, I just know it's not comfortable. Maybe I need a massage. Or Spring Break.

Today has been nice. I ran before daylight because B had a softball game and left home just after 6. I knew if there was to be ANY Hope time today, it had to be before he left. I even got a quiet 30 minutes on Pinterest with a Coke Zero in hand before the princess woke up. We played outside and worked a little in the flowerbeds. Then we headed to Andalusia in search of fabric (no such luck), but I did get my rings cleaned and we stopped off by Gantt to see Gigi and Papa and have a quick lunch. We've since made stops at a baby shower and a birthday party where EK had a slight meltdown because Barney was present. She will outgrow this, right?

We are finally home. Ella Kate is down for the count. B is still coaching a softball game. I have another Coke Zero AND some animal crackers and Nutella (BEST SNACK EVER). Life is good and that tension in my neck might be easing off. Hope you've enjoyed this perfect weather kind of day. Happy Weekend.

Friday, March 9, 2012

An update from the previous post: My friend's little boy was diagnosed with a Wilms tumor which was Stage 2 cancer. He received a port yesterday and his first round of chemo. This will continue weekly for 6 months. Her updates remain positive and they are thankful that he's done so well. Add them to your prayer lists, as the road ahead may be long. Joni is an amazing mother, and I don't mean that lightly. She sets a godly example in the midst of her storm for so many. I hope you get to sleep in your own bed tonight, Joni : )

I leave bright and early tomorrow for a wedding. For many years in high school and college, I had the best summer (and spring break and Christmas break) job EVER. I babysat the Parkers. Loved it. What was not to love? They slept late. When we did get up, we ate lunch, and then went to Grandmother Ann's for a swim. I think I was told at one time I more of a lifeguard than a babysitter. Ashton and I might have slid down the stairs in the laundry basket a time or 5, while Garret was the more responsible one. He wouldn't even join us for the ceremonial "licking of the bowl" after we made brownies. He did teach me a few things, including how to make a great grilled cheese sandwich, and possible how to boil eggs for Ashton's tuna fish. I am realizing I could go on and on as I am starting to remember things I'd forgotten. I hated mixing that tunafish, Ashton. Do you still eat that? I loved spending time with the Parkers. Tomorrow Garret gets married. I'm still not sure he's old enough for this ; ) Congratulations. May this be one of the best things you've ever done.

On a lighter note, it's Friday. And I have a workshop. In Troy. Hardee's biscuit? Yes. I just ran so surely a biscuit is in order. The last mile, I might add, was in the rain. And it was NICE. Happy Friday!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Dear God:

For the last few weeks, I've felt a little whiney. Ok, ALOT whiney. For no apparent reason. But this week I learned something that I've known all along- Things could be much worse. And I should be grateful for the way they ARE.

I didn't meet B until I was 26. I spent many Friday and Saturday nights alone. I have a friend who I went to high school with, but didn't know very well until later. The way we got to be friends...I won't go there. But it's an amusing story. We spent many nights trying to stay out past 10:00, and guess how many people we would see at Walmart that we knew. The person who got closest without going over won. We shared lots of dinners and conversations about what our husbands would be like one day, among other things. We dated different people and shared tears when things went south. As I type this post, I am smiling thinking of the stories we have from dates we went on. She was always an encourager, sending cards during hard times. She felt called to be a mommy and raise a family. She's fulfilling that calling. And she's amazing at it. Her husband also coaches, and on the afternoons that I am tired of being home alone, I call her to vent and to remind myself that if she can manage with 4 kids, surely I can handle my 1.

Last week, my friend found out that her baby boy has a tumor on his kidney. He just turned 1. He will have surgery to remove his kidney on Monday morning. They have been told that it is likely cancer, but will know more after surgery. I can't imagine what this experience is like for her. I don't post alot of "pray for" posts, simply because I think sometimes we take prayer too lightly. We read the post and go on with our days, treating the post as more of a source of information, than a tool. But I think so much of my friend. She is a blessing. When she says she'll pray, I believe she prays, even when she has 4 kids to chase after. So I would like to ask you to take time to sincerely pray for this sweet family between now and Monday. Pray that they will experience God's presence in the midst of this time.

May we all remember that when life gets us down, there are many who have it much worse. May we look at what's right, instead of what's wrong. And may we know that God is in the midst of it all.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

They call it LIFE.

Disclaimer: This post is a bit "all over the place".
I'm not sure the funk is gone, but I'm attempting a cheerier blog post this week. I've spent some time mulling over the funk and trying to figure out the source of it. Every reason I come up with just sounds like whining so I'll spare you.

Ella Kate is repeating most words we say. Scary, huh? She is hilarious. Everything is "gone" according to her. One of the girls who rides to school with us suggested I teach her the word "here" as well. Funny. She tells everyone and every animal to "shhhhh". B says it's because we're teachers. It's in her genes. She makes us smile. And laugh. Often. Love her.

In other news (caution: not cheery), do you keep up with Alabama's Lawmakers and the decisions they're making? I do. They have a lot of say about education among other things. WSFA reported yesterday that they may be getting a cost of living raise. Seriously? The report said the average salary was $55,000 a year. WOW. Most teachers don't make that for a full time job. They make me sick. And angry. Moving on.

I have a Pinterest addiction. If you don't, you should. B says it's costing him money. However, it's feeding him well. I've been trying out several recipes. I recommend the pizza roll and the Cracker Barrell chicken tenders. GREAT. Next round, I'm going for the cinnamon rolls. I'll let you know how they turn out. Pinterest has given me lots of projects. I want new curtains for my french doors, a calendar from a picture frame, and a dress made from a tank and 2 yds of fabric. Along with about 100 other things.

Have a great week.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Let's Be Real for a Moment

I'm in a funk. I think. Just disgusted, frustrated, mad. I know that I'm very much. But I'd be lying if I typed out some oh, happy day blog tonight. A little over a week ago the stomach bug visited our house and several other houses of our friends and family (sorry!). It was BAD. At some point I called my mother crying and asked her to please leave work and come help me. At some point I called B's mother (like around 2a.m.) and asked her to please come over. They both did. (Thank you!) It just was not how I envisioned last weekend. We were supposed to have a date complete with a babysitter. Instead we ate jello and tried to recover. And that's where the funk began I think.

I'm frustrated with people. I'm frustrated with life in general. I'm concerned about changes that seem to be coming whether I like them or not. It's just life. And it seems to all pile on at once. I am more than blessed. More is right with life than is wrong. I just get discouraged from time to time. If we're honest, we all do, right?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Spring has sprung?

Wow. Is it Spring already??? I am loving this weather. But I'm wondering if it will be this nice when it's actually spring. Makes me want to break out my white pants and sandals. Or at least go shopping for new white pants and sandals. ( I'm kidding, Bradley. Don't panic.) We got the cards today that tell how much our car tags are. Looks like I ain't gonna be buying nothin' for a while ; ) I know that's incorrect grammar. But it makes it so much more dramatic.

We enjoyed dinner with a friend of B's Saturday night in Dothan. We didn't plan to have dinner, but we ran into them while shopping. It was a nice surprise.

Basketball is drawing to a close. How nice it will be to come home in the afternoons. I can nap, stalk people on facebook, read, sew, look at Pinterest, cook, do my nails. Ha, who am I kidding? We'll be blowing bubbles, taking wagon rides, and watching Mickey Mouse. And that's fine by me. I must keep a better eye on her though. She brought me 2 pieces of dog poop on Saturday while we were outside playing. On Sunday, I dozed off after changing her diaper. We awoke to find her in the floor playing in it like mud. Hence, the reason we missed Sunday School. She had also walked in it. We were cleaning carpets AND Ella Kate.

Looking forward to seeing old friends and celebrating the upcoming arrival of a new baby this weekend. It's been too long. Hope you all have a great Friday and an extra great weekend.

Sunday, January 29, 2012


Here are the rules: 1. Post these rules. 2. You must post 11 random things about yourself. 3. Answer the questions set for you in their post. 4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer. 5. Go to their blog and tell them you've tagged them. 6. No stuff in the tagging section about you are tagged if you are reading this. You legitimately have to tag 11 people.

11 Random Things about Me:
1. I don't do condiments, sauces, dips, etc. I do PLAIN.
2. I just got a sewing machine. Now if I could just figure out how to use it.
3. I love my job. Some days I want to choke them. I'm sure some of them would like to choke me. But it is SO rewarding.
4. We only do Walmart once a month. Or that's our goal. We spend way to much in there.
5. I get really excited about lunchroom steak nuggets.
6. AND fish nuggets.
7. B and I got married 9 months after our first date. When you're old like us, you just know.
8. I don't like my food to touch and I've been known to "mop" my plate with a paper towel.
9. I've always had fairly short hair and I'm currently trying to grow it out. This is hard for me. I'm not sure why.
10. I have grown to really ENJOY my morning runs. It's my "Hope time". And even better is the 15 minutes afterwards when I get to sit in the recliner and look at Pinterest.
11. I bought 3 cases of Coke Zero today. You would think this would get me to the end of February when I'll make my next Walmart trip, but chances are, they'll be gone long before then.

Mandi's questions for me:
How long should you know/date someone before marriage?
Before I met B, I would have said at least a year, but in reference to #7 above, if you know, you know. Do it.

What is your favorite memory of me and you?
I'm going with the lunches during those awful internship meetings.

What is one book that everyone must read?
The Help. Absolutely. I didn't have to think about this one.

Which is better, a rainy day at home watching movies or a sunny day outside?
Do I have to choose????? I love being lazy, so if I MUST choose, I pick a rainy day. Naps, PJ's, and plenty of movies and books. Yes, I'll take it.

What do you remember most about your childhood?
How my brother ALWAYS got the middle cinnamon roll. I'm scarred for life.

Biggest pet peeve?
Lazy people who raise their children to be lazy people. Also at the top of that list would be people who act nice, but really aren't.

Favorite weird food combo?
Combo? I'm not combining anything. Reference #8 above.

Sonic or Dairy Queen?
Wouldn't it be nice to have a choice? I guess Dairy Queen.

Favorite name for a boy? Girl?
Harrison for a boy/Ella Kate (obviously) for a girl

Outdoor/church/other wedding?
Church Wedding

Most effective diet exercise plan you've tried?
Running. It works. And it makes me feel good.

My questions for my friends:
1. Lake or ocean?
2. Favorite season?
3. Do you talk to people you don't know (for example: in the grocery store, WalMart, etc.)?
4. Favorite movie of all time?
5. Silver or gold?
6. If you could drive any vehicle, what would you choose?
7. What is one quirky thing you do?
8. Do you tend to arrive places early or late?
9. What do you have for breakfast most mornings?
10. Do you consider yourself a tidy person?
11. What is one thing you're thankful for?

I tag: (I'm not sure I know 11 people with blogs???)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I WILL blog more than once a month.

I WILL blog more than once a month. I WILL blog more than once a month...I'm blogging and EK is...I'm not sure. Probably swishing her hand, toothbrush, arm, etc. in the toilet. It seems to be her favorite past time. Which means: FLUSH. ALWAYS. She is so much fun these days. I love it. And it's exhausting. B picked up softball this year and this is the one month that it overlaps basketball. This means we're both on the run. I come home, pick her up, take her back to school, only to hand her over so he can bring her home after softball while I camp out at the basketball game for a while. Good thing she's social. Or maybe that's WHY she's social. I'm not sure.

We made our first sick visit to the doctor on Monday. I say 1 in 14 months ain't bad. She seems to finally be better today. We're thankful. She's been talking up a storm. We understand some. She seems to think we should understand all. It makes us laugh. My favorite is please which sounds more like 'peas'.

I'm planning to attemp my next 5K at the end of February. I'm just hoping the path is well marked. If not, it's only in Troy. I lived there a couple of years so if I do get lost again, at least I can find my way back without any trouble.

I'm making an attempt at some mexican food for dinner tonight and no, I'm not going to make a Monterey's run. It's homeade chicken nachos for us tonight. I'm looking forward to it. Chicken nachos, my Kindle with The Help downloaded (really enjoying that: the Kindle and The Help), and maybe a fire. Ahhh...yes. I enjoy busy, but I do love time at home.

Happy Wednesday!