Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy Birthday to My Favorite

We are still weekending today for President’s Day, so our weekend recap will be up tomorrow, but that’s good because today is a special day… it’s Brian’s birthday!  He is 39 today which means that one year from today, I will officially be married to a – gulp – 40 year old.  EEEEK.  Good thing he’s way older than me and I still have a few more years to go!  ;o)


In honor of his 39th birthday, I wanted to list 39 facts about him since I don’t often go into detail about him here on the ol’ blog.

1.    His family is originally from Minnesota, but they moved to here to Georgia when his mom was pregnant with him so he’s the only sibling in the family who was born and raised in the south.
2.    He is very athletic.  He played soccer for ten years and he has played (and still plays) tennis since he was eleven years old.
3.    He’s very competitive and he doesn’t like to lose.  I’m even told by his mom that when he was younger, he used to get mad and break tennis rackets.  Say what?!  You would never believe that if you knew the Brian that I know.  He has definitely mellowed.
4.    Aside from breaking tennis rackets, he also had a terrible temper when he was younger and he used to break video game controllers.  I just still can’t believe that.
5.    He has blue eyes, and Olivia inherited hers from him.  I hope hers stay blue forever.  Dark hair + blue eyes is always such a gorgeous combo.
6.    He was towheaded when he was little.  In all of his childhood pictures, his hair looks white.
7.    He was always really small for his age until college… like really small.  I’ve seen home videos of him when he was 16 and he looked like he was 10.  Now he’s 6’2”.
8.    The same lady has been cutting his hair since he was four years old.  #NotEvenKidding
9.    He played the trombone in junior high.
10. He graduated from University of Georgia the same year that I graduated high school… class of 2000, baby!  #AndLetsNotForgetGoDawgs
11. My dad knew Brian before I did. 
12. He’s typically pretty quiet, but when he does talk, he’s hilarious.
13. He never complains.  Like never.  You probably remember this from my Valentine’s Day post.
14. He also doesn’t get frustrated easily.  He’s always pretty much just go with the flow.
15. He also doesn’t seem to worry about much.  Must be nice.
16. He doesn’t cook, but he can bake like nobody’s business.
17. The one thing he does cook is eggs, and he makes them way better than I do.
18. He used to cross-stitch when he was little and we still have several of his pieces of work.  (And he’s probably going to kill me for posting this, but hey, can you blame him?  He has two older sisters!)
19. He’s been working with the same company since he graduated college in 2000 and his co-workers all adore him. 
20. When he’s out in the sun he never wears sunglasses, and during the summer, he gets tan lines where his eye crinkles are.  It’s one of my most favorite things ever.
21. He loves beer and he likes trying all of those fancy/weird/unique craft beers.
22. Pizza is his favorite food.  He would eat it at every meal if he could.  His first job was working at a local pizza place when he was in high school.
23. He likes cookie cake almost as much as I do.
24. He is a steak snob.  He will only eat filet mignon. Before he came along, I was perfectly content with sirloin, but his eating habits quickly converted me to a steak snob as well.  This is also why I have never once tried to cook a steak in my whole life.
25. And while we’re talking about being snobby, he is also a hotel snob and has turned me into one as well.  As a matter of fact, I might be worse than he is now.
26. He is a world traveler.  His job (and our vacations) have taken him all over the world – London, Paris, Cypress, Ireland, Prague, Brazil, Bermuda, Toronto, and tons of different cities in the U.S. – NYC, LA, Chicago, DC, Vegas, Maui, NOLA, Malibu, etc.
27. His home office is still in the same state that it was the day we moved in our house 7 years ago – moving boxes everywhere, crap everywhere, nothing on the walls.  #IWashedMyHandsOfItYearsAgo
28. He collects coins.
29. He took my daddy to lunch and asked his permission to marry me before he ever proposed.
30. He is a math whiz!  Thank goodness because I suck at it.
31. He’s had the same best friend since junior high.
32. He loves music just as much as I do, and he loves going to concerts.  He’s seen tons of different bands live… most of them with me.  :o)  His favorite bands are 311 and 2 Skinnee J’s… they go waaaay back.
33. He has excellent relationships with both of his parents.  He has lunch with his dad every single Friday and we have lunch with his mom almost every Sunday.
34. His mom washed and ironed all of his clothes until we got married.  And we didn’t get married until he was 29.  And he didn’t even live at home anymore.  #HasNeverOncePickedUpAnIron
35. He sings or hums all the time.  I love it because he always sounds so happy.
36. He rarely says anything bad about anyone and he never gossips.  #MakesMeLookBad
37. He had only held one baby (his niece) before we had Jacob and he had also never changed a diaper before Jacob was born.
38. After Jacob was born, I had some injuries from childbirth and was pretty much out of commission for the first few weeks, and he picked up caring for a newborn like a BOSS… he dressed Jacob, changed ever diaper, cleaned his belly button around the clock, brought him to me when he needed to be fed, and loved and comforted him when he cried.  It was amazing.
39. He loves our babies and is the absolute best Daddy I could have ever wanted for my children and he supports me and loves me so good, and we are so thankful to have him.

Happy birthday to my favorite person in the whole world.  You deserve only the best today!  The three of us love you!


Friday, February 17, 2017

Five on Friday – Favorites

Well hello there, Friday! 

We were originally planning to go to Atlanta this weekend, but decided against it due to several different factors.  Since we decided not to go at the last minute, we have nothing else planned, so it should be a nice weekend of relaxing and catching up on some things.  Oh, and did I mention that it’s a three-day weekend?!  Thank you, President’s Day!

O N E – Strawberry Cupcakes

I’m sure you saw this on Insta already since I posted pictures of cupcakes twice this week, but these Strawberry Shortcake cupcakes from Gigi’s are the very best cupcakes I’ve ever had in my whole life.  It doesn’t get much better than fresh strawberries baked right into the cake.  If you have an event coming up that warrants sweets, get these.  You will not be disappointed.  Unless you don’t like strawberries… if you don’t like strawberries then you’ll probably be disappointed.  ;o)




T W O – Lauren Conrad’s New Book

I finally had some time this week to start this book that I got for Christmas.  My initial plan was just to thumb through and check out the pictures, but I got completely sucked in and I’ve found myself reading every word as if I were reading a novel.  I just love Lauren Conrad and I highly recommend this book if you like throwing parties and entertaining.  Or if you just like pretty things.



T H R E E – Our Valentine’s Day 

Valentine’s Day evening we made breakfast for dinner – eggs, grits, and bacon.  I had originally planned on making confetti waffles, but decided against it since I had picked up the cupcakes.  I figured the kids didn’t need waffles with sugary syrup since they had already had treats at school and were about to partake in cupcakes or candy at home.  Boy was I right.  Turns out they were both crazy without the added sugar of the waffles.  We had a few calm moments after dinner and dessert and they were excited to open their gifts.  We read Olivia’s new book and Jacob put together his new Valentine's Lego Doggie… he was so busy he wouldn’t even look up for our family selfie!  

Once it was time to go upstairs to get ready for bed, all hell broke loose and both of them were whiny, sobbing messes.  B and I even put them to bed a few minutes early because we just couldn’t take it anymore. 

Once they were in bed, B and I exchanged gifts, and we enjoyed our cupcakes and cookie cake that he had surprised me with while watching This is Us.  Not too shabby for a Tuesday.




F O U R – Trays, Trays, Trays

Speaking of my gift from B…

He got this three-tiered metal tray that I have been wanting from Pottery Barn!!!!  


And funny story, the day before VDay, he walked in to two other tiered trays sitting on the kitchen counter.  I had been wanting one so bad and had finally pulled the trigger with my Amazon gift cards leftover from Christmas.  Well, lo and behold, the tray that I ordered from Amazon actually turned out to be two trays... no wonder it’s so expensive… you actually get two!!!! 

So B was all down in the dumps when he saw the trays because he had already gotten me the metal one, and he ended up telling me about it the night before VDay.

Well, everything turned out OK… I love tiered trays so much that I just decided to keep all three!  They have already been placed in their new spots and I could not love them more! 

And B is relieved that he doesn’t have to repackage the metal one and send it back.  :o)

F I V E – A Movie with Momma

Wednesday night I had a date night with my favorite lady, and my littlest bro (who works there) let us in for free.  Since I didn’t have to pay $18,000 for my ticket, I splurged and bought myself a glass of cabernet. 

Side note – hats off to whoever finally decided to start selling alcohol at movie theaters.  I applaud you.  It was so nice kicking back and relaxing with a glass of wine while watching the movie.  It was like I was at home.  But with a much, much larger screen.  And a louder sound system.  And I wasn’t in my PJs. 

We went to see Hidden Figures and it was an excellent movie.  If you haven’t seen it already, definitely do.  The ladies in the movie are so endearing – you will fall in love with all of them – and also, you can never go wrong with Kevin Costner.  He just gets finer with age.



Oh, and just for fun, we showed up in one more picture on the photographer’s website from the ball that we attended last month.  Love!


Happy weekend, ladies!  

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Confessions {2.16.2017}



It’s been a hot minute since I’ve participated in the confessions link-up so today… it is on!

I confess…

… that I have been eating aaaallll the Valentine’s goodies this week.  I am usually good about having self control, especially during the day at work, but this week, nope.  I’ve been treating myself.  And if I don’t stop soon, I’m also going to be treating myself to some new pants because my current ones aren’t going to fit anymore.

… that I am really exhausted with Instagram.  One of my goals this year is to hit 5k, so I’ve been working really hard these last few weeks to find my stride and really engage with others.  But you guys, trying to increase your following on Instagram organically is basically like banging your head against a wall.  Remember that Paula Abdul song Opposites Attract?  Yep, it’s just like that… two steps forward and two steps back.  No, make that two steps forward and eight steps back.  Sigh.  I know that you can get lots of followers very quickly by playing the follow/unfollow game, but I just can’t bring myself to do that.  I can, however, bring myself to ask for followers, so if you’re not following me on there already, click here and help a sister out!  I promise I’m really interesting!  Haha.  #NoShame

… that I am also exhausted with Twitter.  #SameShenanigans  #IDontEvenCareIfYouFollowMeOnThere  #OKMaybeALittle

… that I hate Twitter anyway so I’m not that mad about it.  #CanEveryonePleaseJustStopUsingIt

… that I have just not been motivated to do a lot of things ever since January and February hit.  I have a serious case of the post-Christmas “mehs”, and I’m just ready for them to pass.  I don’t like feeling like I’m only operating at 80%... because usually I operate at least 110%!

… that Brian and I put the kids to bed a few minutes early on Valentine’s night because they were both acting flipping crazy from too many sweets.  Class parties with cookies and at-home parties with cupcakes and candy on the same day do not a happy ending make.

… that last night I went to a movie with my mom and I was totally stoked about not having to be there for the kids’ bedtime routine.  I used to hate missing it because it was always my favorite time of the day getting to snuggle each of them, but now with Olivia’s bedtime antics, I’m happy to check out occasionally.

… that I secretly love when Olivia comes and gets in the bed with us at night… as long as we’ve already actually gone to bed, though.  Several nights last week she tried to come in there when we were still awake.  Sigh.

… that I’m really dreading getting rid of Olivia’s paci.  I just know it’s going to be awful, but also, that was the point at which Jacob seemed to grow up instantly.  No more baby.  :o(

… that I took one bite of a breakfast bar that someone gave me at work this week and I threw the rest of it straight in the trash.  I hate wasting food, but you guys, it was just awful.  #BorderlineGagworthy. 

… that I want all the spring things!  This cold shoulder tie sleeve top, this cold shoulder bell sleeve top, this off shoulder swing top, this dress, and these heels… I’ll take one of each, please!

… that I wish I could take one month off from work (or heck, just quit altogether!) just so I could clean out every single inch of our house at the same time.  The bad part about cleaning out whenever I have the chance is that I can’t ever just have the entire house clean at once.  What good is it to have a cleaned out, sparkly kitchen when your living room that’s right next door is a disaster?  #OCD

… that I am feeling completely overwhelmed by clutter lately, and while last year I was able to eliminate a ton of it, I just can’t seem to stay on top of it because it accumulates too quickly when you have kids. 

… that the older I get, the more of a minimalist I become.  #FutureTinyHouseOwner  #JustKiddingILikeToHaveMyStuff

… that the older Beyonce gets, the less and less I like her.  I mean, what the heck was that Grammy’s performance??  And why did the Grammy’s people even give her that much time?!?!  I didn’t think it was ever going to end.  #JustPutEdSheeranBackOn #AndBringBackDestinysChildWhileYoureAtIt

Happy Thursday!

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Things to Remember About Right Now

Life flies, you guys.  In just ten short days my youngest baby will be three years old.  Three.  I’ve been all kinds of sentimental these last few weeks even thinking about it, and I’m at the point where my brain and heart are in a tug-of-war over wanting another baby since we officially have no babies in the house anymore.  Spoiler alert – not going to happen!  ;o)

While I sure miss the leg rolls, the coos, and that sweet newborn scent, not having babies in the house can be all kinds of amazing as well!  We now have two potty-trained kids so – no more diapers!  And not having to carry a diaper bag in addition to my purse has been the best these last couple of weeks… my shoulders and arms are thanking me.  On top of those things, we now have two kids that can (mostly) communicate their needs, (mostly) entertain themselves if need be, and they (mostly) don’t need to be watched every. single. darn. second.  Plus, they’re actually lots of fun to be around (mostly).

I guess you could say that it’s liberating no longer having a baby in the house.  It does sadden me to know that those days are behind us, and I know that the little things in life will be forgotten all too quickly, so I want to capture them here in this little space of mine, so I can preserve them for years to come.

O N E – Having a Changing Table

That little changing table area on Olivia’s dresser… we officially took it down a couple of weekends ago and it has been replaced with a picture frame and an Elsa pillow.  We haven’t used it in a long time – months actually – but for some reason I just couldn’t bring myself to get rid of it until now.  And it’s still killing me.


T W O – Having Other Baby Gear in the House

Last year we sold most of the kids’ old baby gear, but I had been holding on to the Pack N Play and the kids’ shared high chair.  Both have been collecting dust for some weeks, months if we’re talking about the high chair.  Last weekend I finally decided to put both up for sale and wouldn’t you know that the Pack N Play was snatched up immediately, with a possible sale for the high chair already as well.  We will be sending them both to their new owners soon and I can hardly stand it because once those items are gone, all of the baby gear will officially be gone as well.  

T H R E E – Olivia’s Outfit Flat-Lays

Olivia has always been extremely independent, and she has been dressing herself for nearly a year.  She does not let me assist her, therefore, she puts everything on herself.  During these last few weeks she has taken to laying her clothes out on the floor before she puts them on.  And she has to do that.  If you don’t let her lay them out, she throws a massive tantrum and refuses to get dressed. 

As soon as she pulls them out of the closet and drawers, she meticulously lays out each item and even takes care to spread them out so there are no wrinkles.  It’s like she’s doing her very own flat-lays!  Haha.  Maybe we have a future blogger on our hands?! 

And for the record, I know what you’re thinking…

And no, I do not do that with my own clothes so she did not get it from me!  Haha.


F O U R – Jacob Wears His Sunglasses… in the Dark?

Y’all, I know I’ve mentioned this on here before, but it just never gets old.  Jacob is not a morning person.  And he hates bright lights when he first wakes up.  Or ever for that matter.  So I kid you not, each morning when I come down the stairs, Brian, Jacob, and Olivia are all sitting around the breakfast table in complete blackness, and Jacob is almost always wearing sunglasses.  I mean, I have no idea how he can even see anything because I certainly can’t see anything and I’m not even wearing sunglasses!

F I V E – Raspberry Fingers

You guys may have already seen this on Instagram, but I had to mention it here to keep it safely stored in the blog archives.

We eat loads of fruit in our house so we always have lots of different things on hand – strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, grapes, raspberries.   When it comes to raspberries, both kids must be served exactly five because they both put one on each of their little fingers and wave them around.  As they get eaten, they shout how many are left (FIVE!!… FOUR!!… THREE!!... THREE, MOMMY!!!!… TWO!…DADDY, TWO!!... ONE!… ZERO!), and by golly, you better be paying attention because they will shout over and over again until you listen. 

I know all too soon they’ll be eating raspberries just like everyone else, so this is something that I never want to forget.

Olivia

Jacob


S I X – Olivia and the Bread Crust

Every morning when I make Jacob’s lunch for school, I cut the bread crusts off and pile them up on a paper towel right next to the sandwich.  Every morning Olivia walks over, grabs the whole pile of crust, and then proceeds to carry it around with her for the rest of the morning until she has eaten them all.  Girl loves crust!  Most little kids won’t even eat it attached to the sandwich, but she loves it completely by itself.  It makes me laugh every time.

S E V E N – Jacob’s Sleeping Bag

For several months, Jacob was waking up in the middle of the night (occasionally) and he was creeping into our room and climbing into bed with us.  Lately, it has tapered off, and instead, it is now Olivia who is creeping in during the night.  Since there’s not enough room for four in our bed, we decided to lay out Jacob’s sleeping bed on the floor in our room, so when he does come in, he can have a comfy and warm place to sleep.  It rarely happens these days, but I love that his little sleeping bag is a permanent fixture in our room right now.  It may be an eyesore, but gosh, I’m going to miss it one day!

What are some things that you are going to miss?

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

My Loves

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

In honor of national love day, I thought that I would share with all of you my loves.  I know I have some new readers around here, so it’s probably a good idea to give a little bit of background info on our family anyway since I haven’t done anything like that in a while.

Brian

My first love.  My favorite person in the whole world. 

Brian and I met back in 2002 through a mutual friend, but we didn’t start dating until August 2003, a year and a half later.  Pretty much from the moment we got together I was smitten and I knew that he was the one.  He fit right in with my family and my friends and he made (and still makes) me the happiest person in the whole world.  I feel like I’m a better person because of him.  I really do. 

We were married in December 2007 and that was the best day of my whole life.  Never once did I question anything or feel like I was making a mistake… it was the easiest decision I ever made to marry him, and to this day I have still never been so sure of anything in my entire life.

He is the calm to my crazy.  The quiet to my loud.  The positive to my negative.  The funny to my… oh wait, I’m hilarious, too.  ;o) 

But seriously, I’ve never ever met a person who complains as little as Brian.  We’ve been together for almost 14 years and I’ve probably only ever heard him complain like five times.  When there’s something tough that needs to be done, he just does what he has to do without so much as a frown or a sigh.  Some days I wonder why he still puts up with me in all of my complaining glory. 

He loves me and our babies oh so good, and he goes along with all of my crazy ideas.  He is my biggest supporter and he even reads my blog every single morning first thing when he wakes up so he can alert me if I’ve misspelled a word or made a grammatical error just so I can get it fixed before the majority of people read the post.  That means more to me than he will ever know. 

Oh, and he makes me laugh every single day.  Ladies, if you are ever looking for a man, please, please make sure that he’s funny because there’s nothing better than laughing every day with the person you love the most.

Now don’t let all of this mushy gushy stuff lead you to believe that our relationship is perfect, though, because of course, it’s not.  We have our share of ups and downs just like everyone else, but fortunately for us, it’s mostly up.  And most of the time, our relationship is easy.

He could definitely stand to brush up on his listening skills a bit, though… ;o)

Brian’s face right now:  -_-

Babe, are you still there?  ;o)




Jacob

My sweet, sweet rainbow baby.  I prayed for him every single day for so long and he was the answer to some of my most desperate prayers during one of the hardest times in my entire life..

At five years old (or five and a half, he would say if he was reading this) he is as smart as a whip, already reading entire chapter books and comprehending things that I had no idea that a five year old could comprehend.  His intellect absolutely amazes me and we just know that he is going to eventually use it to do something great. 

He is extremely literal, he is overly cautious about every little thing (just like his Mommy), and he is very shy around people he doesn’t know… he is never the kid singing loudly and proudly in the front row of the school Christmas program, nor do I ever think he will be.  He loves music and is already well versed in many different genres due to Brian’s and my eclectic tastes.  He is every bit as funny as his Daddy and he makes us laugh every day as well.  When he’s quiet, we never have to worry because we know that he’s doing something constructive… reading, playing with toys, or building Legos.

He is teeny tiny, and I adore that about him because it just means that I can still pick him up and snuggle him like a baby.  And he still lets me. 

Some nights when I’m patting him to sleep, and I’m marveling over the smattering of freckles on his little nose and cheeks I wonder how in the whole world I got so lucky to have him.




Olivia

This girl.

Our spunky little gal. 

From the moment I was old enough to even think about being a mommy I knew that I wanted a baby girl.  A sassy, sweet, girly little girl.  And all of my family and friends used to tell me that I was going to end up having 4 or 5 boys just because I wanted a girl so badly.  (I would have been one of those people who kept trying and trying for a girl even after we had six boys.  Haha.)  So I had always just assumed that I would have all boys since I was conditioned to think that way.  Well, in 2014 we were blessed with Olivia and some days I still can’t believe that we do have a little girl.

But I digress. 

She is always singing.  Always singing.  Or humming.  Or talking.  Or yelling.  Or making some kind of noise.  Always.  Always.  Always.  Even in her sleep she’s loud.  From the first night that she slept next to me in our hospital bed, I knew that she was going to be the loud one. 

She keeps us on our toes.  She’s sneaky and she’s mischievous, so when she’s quiet, you better run and check on her because she’s getting into something!  She’s constantly causing Jacob to get into things that they both know they shouldn’t be into and he does it because she’s so persuasive!  I just know that she’s going to be a leader someday.

She has a heart of gold.  She loves fiercely and she hugs me so hard sometimes that I can barely breathe.  She’s creative and hilarious and oh so much fun and she keeps us constantly entertained.  She’s wacky and wonderful and frustrating and lovely and our lives would be utterly boring without her.  Sometimes I think that we should have a third child simply because she would be the quintessential middle child. 




Maui

Our first baby.

In the fall of 2009, just after we moved into our newly built house, I convinced Brian that we needed a dog.  He had never really had many pets growing up, so it was pretty much up to me to make the decision of what to get.  We searched for months and none of the puppies stood out until we met Maui.  She was the runt of three puppies and her brother and sister were both twice her size, so I fell in love with her instantly. 

She is now seven years old and has maxed out at 4 pounds.  She smells and sometimes acts exactly like my dog from my childhood who had just passed away one year prior to when we found her.  Sometimes I swear she is Bill (my old dog) reincarnated. 

She loves our babies so much and she never showed the least bit of hostility to either of them when we brought them home from the hospital.  She also never makes a peep.  No barking, no growling… nothing.  It’s actually kind of weird, but also really nice.

We just love her so much!



Other Loves

My extended family.  My friends.  Dave Matthews Band.  Wine.  University of Georgia football.  Fashion.  Friends (the show).  The color pink.  Chapstick.  Hearts.  Cookie cake.  Fall.  Pumpkin everything.  Fancy coffee like overpriced Starbucks lattes.  Paper goods.  Office supplies.  Blogging (duh).  Curling up with a good book.  Feet rubs and back scratchins with Brian.  Sleeping late.  Donuts.  Dark chocolate M&Ms.  My new letter board…

…Don’t say you didn’t see that one coming! 

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!  I hope that your day is full of love and laughter with all of your favorite people!


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