Tuesday, February 20, 2018

40 Years!

On this day 40 years ago my mother-in-law gave birth to my handsome hubs and then she and my father-in-law worked hard every day after that to instill in him good morals and values.  Because of them, the man I married ten years ago turned out to be kind, caring, honest, patient, loyal, hard-working, and funny… all of the qualities that anyone could ever want in a life partner. 

I’m so thankful every single day that the stars aligned and we were able to meet and fall in love almost 15 years ago, and I’m even more thankful that I get to do life with this handsome hunk!  If we can raise our own babies to be half the person he is, then I know we’ve done a great job!

Now, some photos for your (and everyone else's) viewing pleasure... 

Oh yes I did.


I wasn’t there for your first 25 birthdays, but I sure hope I’m around for the next 40 and then some!

I love you, B!  Happy 40th birthday!


Your Much Younger Wife (thankfully)  ;o)

P.S.  And sorry you have to work and the kids have school and soccer practice and too much other real life stuff on your actual special day!  I’m glad we were able to celebrate yesterday!

If you want even more Brian facts, click here to read last year's birthday post where I list 39 facts about him!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Our Weekend - Simplifying, Fresh Air, & the First of Brian’s Birthday Celebrations

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We had a weekend filled with fun, family, and productivity, and I was pretty sorry to see it go.  Although actually today the kids are home with me for President’s Day so it’s almost like a three-day weekend, but Brian had to work so not quite.  Womp womp.

I picked up both kids from school Friday afternoon and we met one of my friends and her kids at the playground downtown for a play date.  It was soooo warm, y’all, so the weather was just perfect for playing outside, even though it was cloudy.  We turned the kids loose for over an hour and they ran and played and tired themselves out. 

We headed home after that where B was already home from work and waiting for us, and then our little family of four headed out for margs and Mex for Friday evening dinner.  When we got home we watched the University of Georgia gymnastics meet on TV and both of the kids were completely enamored with it.  Both of them loved it!  My margarita got the best of me and I ended up dozing off for a bit while we watched and then I had to wake myself up and get going to get the kiddos in the bed. 

Once they were in bed, we watched a couple of episodes of Friends from College.  It’s a Netflix original, and if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.  I have been hooked from the very first episode.  All of the characters are soooo loveable and they play a great old 90s song in every episode.  If you haven’t yet seen it, do check it out!  It is hilarious.  And the episodes are only 30 minutes so you don’t have to commit a ton of time to each one.  We just started and we’re already almost done with season one.  It’s been picked up for a second season and I can hardly wait for it to come out!  It stinks that we’re going to have to wait for so long!

Saturday we had nothing going on, so the kids and I headed upstairs to do some cleaning since both of the kids’ rooms and the playroom were so awful.  Well, about 15 minutes into our cleaning I got the wild idea to go ahead and rearrange the furniture in Jacob’s bedroom and start purging even though I’m still not done with my office.  While I love the set up of Jacob’s room, it’s not very functional right now with the bed smack in the middle of the room.  The kids’ bedrooms are pretty small in our house so the bed takes up a huge chunk of the room and having it placed in the middle of the room left no space for Jacob to play.  I thought if we put the bed up against a wall would be a good idea, and boy, was I right!  We should have just done that from the get-go!


We pushed the bed up against the far wall, put the bedside table on the other side of his bed, moved the bookshelf to the same wall as the bed, and moved his desk where his bookshelf was.  The dresser stayed mostly in the same spot, but it had to be pushed a foot or so to the left on that wall, and then, of course, all of the wall hangings had to be taken down and rehung.  It was a big job, but we managed to get everything but the purging done Saturday.

We stopped in the late afternoon to get ready and go to church where both kids behaved like little angels.  This is becoming the new norm and I’m so thankful for that!  After church we headed to our favorite little pub with my parents for dinner, and then it was home for bedtime for the kids and more Friends from College bingeing for us.

Sunday morning I got Jacob’s entire room purged and cleaned while the kids watched cartoons and then I also got that new closet extender that I mentioned on Friday put up.  It took all of 30 seconds to get it up, only cost $10, and now my man can reach his own clothes.  And all the mommas said AMEN.  If you’re looking to create a lower hanging rack in your kid’s closet without having to install something complicated, BUY THIS!!!!  It’s awesome.


We had lunch at my MIL and step-FIL’s house where we celebrated Brian’s birthday.  He turns the big 4-0 tomorrow so it’s a big one!  We had a Blizzard cake from Dairy Queen for dessert and the kids helped him open presents, and then we spent some time in the back yard.  The weather was super warm again and the kids seem to already have spring fever so it was good for them to get out and tear around the back yard for a bit and burn all of that energy. 

The kids picked flowers because they are starting to bloom (EEK!) and Olivia even got to pick a carrot from Nana and Poppie's garden.  She was very excited about it even though she doesn't like carrots.  Haha.

Sunday evening was dinner with my parents at their house like always, and Momma made her famous spaghetti with salad and bread, and we all enjoyed a bit of wine and enjoyed each other’s company before it was time to head home to get ready for Monday.

Today the kids and I are running a few errands and hopefully spending aaaallll the time outside.  It’s going to be another pretty day!

Happy Monday, y’all!

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Five on Friday - Valentine's Day & Other Favorites

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This week has been busy, exhausting, kind of weird, and a little sad.  Fortunately all of us here in our little family are all healthy and well, but this world we’re living in today sure could use a band-aid. 

Wednesday started out rough as there was a fatal accident on our route to school.  Two pedestrians were hit and killed and the police kept the scene “active” for the majority of the day while they investigated.  I ended up having to drive by it six times that day and four of the times I saw some pretty disturbing things that I haven’t been able to get out of my mind.  Later that same day, the school shooting in Florida occurred so my heart was even heavier after that.  In addition to those things, the weather has also been dreary every day this week, so that makes it even harder to be cheerful, ya know?

I try to stay positive here on the blog, but sometimes bad things happen and I can’t just let it go by unacknowledged.  All I know today is that I’m very thankful for a healthy and happy family, and I pray every single day that none of us are ever in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Now that you know my true feelings about this week, let’s touch on some of the happier things that happened!

O N E – Valentine’s Day With My Lovies

Since Ash Wednesday fell on Valentine’s Day this year, Jacob’s school celebrated love day on Tuesday.  (We are Catholic, and Ash Wednesday is a very somber day so we don’t typically celebrate on this day.)  Tuesday also happened to be Fat Tuesday so in addition to the Valentine’s celebrations, his school also held their annual Mardi Gras parade. 

I volunteered to help with the class party.  The kids did a couple of crafts, ate some sweet treats (including a King Cake for Mardi Gras), and exchanged Valentines, and then the kids paraded down the sidewalk outside in Mardi Gras masks.  The older kids handed out beads to the younger kids and everybody danced and paraded around to traditional Mardi Gras music.  The kids had a BLAST.

Wednesday was actual Valentine’s Day so I left out Valentine’s cards and a couple of little goodies for the kids to come down to at breakfast.  They are both obsessed with PJ Masks right now, so they each received a PJ Masks mug with gummies inside and a plush PJ Masks character.  Jacob got Catboy, and Olivia got Owlette. 

We made breakfast for dinner that evening and I made homemade waffles with Valentine’s Day sprinkles.  We don’t ever really make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day, but it’s fun to celebrate a little.

T W O – Closet Organizers

Both of our kids have closets that only have one hanging rack all the way across the top.  We hang all of their clothes because I don’t like putting them in drawers since they get wrinkled, but since both of them are still teeny tiny neither of them can reach their own clothes.  We have been working a lot on independence lately, but since neither of them can reach their clothes, neither of them can get themselves ready without help from Brian or me. 

I have been wanting to customize the closets and add some lower hanging racks that they can reach themselves, but because of time and money I have been putting it off.  I just so happened to come across these hanging closet rack extenders this week and I was intrigued so I ordered one for each of the kids.  They add an extra bar down low while also still leaving space to utilize the top rack.  I haven’t set them up yet, but I’m hoping to do it soon.  They are only $10 so I figured it was worth a shot to try!  Once I get them up and get the closets organized I plan to do another post to let y’all know how I like them!  

Amazon also has a few options as well and some of the pictures of how they work are better on Amazon.  These here look like the best option.

T H R E E – File Boxes

I finished up cleaning out and organizing my old school papers this week, and I wanted something to store them in so they would all be in one place.  I found some hanging file boxes and I loved them so much I got one for each person in our family.  I am making one file for each grade, plus files for report cards, awards, and important test scores, and that’s where each person will store their entire life’s worth of school stuff.  I was able to fit my entire school career (Kindergarten – College) in this one box and I will be doing the same for each of our family members.  Whatever doesn’t fit is getting tossed!

I can't find the exact boxes that I got online, but I did find a few options on Amazon that are similar, like this one, this one (which I've heard people rave about), and this one.  I love that the hanging file folders can actually hang in there and I love that they are sturdier than the typical cardboard banker’s boxes that are typically used for paper filing.  Once I get all of our boxes organized and labeled I plan to do a more in-depth post.

F O U R – This Post About Organizing

And speaking of organizing, did you catch my post about how I stay organized yesterday?  If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s staying organized!  I provided LOADS of information in this post, so if you missed it, you can find it here.

F I V E – Olivia and My Old Baby Dolls

This past week when I was doing some cleaning out/organizing, I pulled out some of my old baby dolls and Olivia was so excited to see them.  She wanted to hold my old Cabbage Patch doll and my favorite “real” baby doll and it made my heart so happy seeing her with them!  Both of them smell really old and musty, though, so I don’t think she’s interested in playing with them all the time.  Haha.

Alright, friends!  Have a great weekend!

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