Friday, April 30, 2010

All My Bags Are Packed....

I'm ready to go.... in the morning!





Goose's cousin's beach house... believe me, we definitely could not afford it if we didn't get the "family" discount ;)


I don't know how much I will be on the computer next week
(they do have wireless internet, but I don't know if Goosers will let me use his work laptop after breaking 3 of my own, ha!)


I hope everyone has a fabulous week!

I am sure I will have a lot to catch up on when I get back~ =)


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Lily and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day






I stayed up way too late and overslept which made me wake up with a terrible headache. At breakfast Ty spilled Reese's cereal which cause Reese to FREAK. Then right after I cleaned up the mess... Ty spilled his full cup of milk... all over his clothes so he had to get dressed... again. I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

I think I'll move to California.

As I was washing a cup in the sink, the water just
shut off. So I called my lovely husband and asked why the water stopped... his response? Oops. He forgot to pay the water bill... So instead of a much needed shower... I brushed my teeth with a bottle of water, cleaned my face with a baby wipe and pull my greasy hair in to a ponytail.

It was turning into a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

I told Goose I was moving to California.



On the way to pay the water bill, I forgot the address. I took a wrong turn and said "Dang it" and then had to endure a 15 minute lecture from my 4 year-olds on how we don't say, dang it.
"That is not a nice word mommy." I finally got to the place and payed the bill... along with a $30.00 reconnection fee. I hate paying extra fees.

Next week, I'm on my way to California.

I dropped the kids off and realized Reese had two different shoes on and I didn't bring any extra diapers for him... I worked for a couple hours then remembered Goose said I had to get the oil changed. So I went to the Nissan dealership and waited for an hour as they change it. The lady checks me out and says ok, that will be $36.oo. After explaining that it is included in my plan I had to wait another 45 minutes for them to redo the paperwork... which had me leaving in rush hour traffic to drive home.

I hate rush hour traffic.

I was definitely having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.


I stopped by the store on the way home and Nolan yells in front of everyone, "Mom I am about to POOP in my pants. Right now!!" So I run them into the bathroom and let Nolan go as Reese gets on his belly and tries crawling under the door into an OCCUPIED stall.

I told the lady I was having a
terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day...

she didn't seem to care.



They were out of the 3 items I went in to get (green cabbage, Inviga, and wheat bread... seriously.) I bought headphones for my MP3 player that were the wrong size and I couldn't go running because it started raining on my way home. perfect.



I wonder if it's raining in California.


I finally made it home and wanted to catch up with some blogs and check my emails. My laptop wouldn't turn on. It is broken. Goose said I am no longer allowed to touch any of his computers. I said don't worry,


I'll find one to use in California.


My favorite show (LOST) didn't come on, the scale said I gained 2 pounds, and I went to bed with the same headache I woke up with. I told Goose it was terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.



He said some days are like that.



Even in California.









My favorite kid's book... =)


Sunday, April 25, 2010

What Difference do it Make?


I can not tell you how excited I was to get this book in the mail.

If you have not read the first book,
Same Kind of Different as Me, I would absolutely recommend it. It is an amazing story of redemption, kindness, and compassion. It follows the experiences of 2 completely different men: Ron, a rich, white art dealer, and Denver, a feared, homeless black man. They become connected when Ron’s wife gets her husband involved in volunteering at a homeless shelter. The two men meet and completely change each other's lives.

What Difference Do it Make? continues the story of Ron and Denver, but also tells the stories of many others who were touched by their first book. It illustrates the ways God has led people to make differences in their own communities.

Homelessness and addiction are things that hit very close to home for me, and this book made me see things from a completely different perspective. It is always easy to turn your back on people who are, in your mind, hopeless. I have sometimes thought, selfishly, that if they really wanted help, they could get it. But a government program or a welfare check is not going to change someone.

People need love.

They need to know someone, anyone, actually cares about them.

It isn't a difficult book to read, but it will make you think.

It reminds us that it is not our place to judge. It is our job though, to love unconditionally, and to care for those who have nothing… those who are sick, hurting, addicted, offended, or lonely; those who are sometimes completely undeserving of our love.

In the book, Ron opens up about his father who was a alcoholic and all around mean person his entire life. As far as Ron had come helping the down-trodden, he still withheld compassion from his own dad. Sometimes we are able to sympathize with strangers, but continually hold grudges against family members and friends who have hurt us. The story really opened my eyes to the meaning of true, unconditional love, and helped me to see where I was denying it to people in my own life.

As Christians, we should be the most loving, compassionate people on Earth, yet so often we turn our backs on the very people who need us the most. I have been guilty of this myself so often, not even knowing where to begin. This book shows us that it doesn't matter who you are, or how many resources you have, we can all make a difference.

Read it. I promise you won't be disappointed.

Matthew 25:34-40(NASB)

34"Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

35'For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;

36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.'


37"Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink?

38'And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?

39'When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?'

40" The King will answer and say to them, '
Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'



Thank you to Thomas Nelson for sending me this wonderful book to review. All opinions are my own.


Friday, April 23, 2010

Workin Hard for the Money

I don't have a long Friday post because today I am a workin' mama... (tryin to make some extra cash for our trip)...


But I will leave u a few pics from this week...


Reese's pieces... in his own little world :















Caught ya, Dad! (yes, Daddy took these pics... He must have had a sentimental moment... I was so impressed!)




And one just for fun...





(take no notice of Mr.Goose... he doesn't know how to take a normal picture)



Happy Friday Everyone!!

Friday Follow

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

10 Days!



So I didn't do my blog "spring-cleaning"... I was too busy dreaming of this...












10 Days till the beach!!



...and I am so excited my Aunt Steph is going to be with us!
(she is the fabulous photographer of the family) =)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Potty Blues and Tattoos

So I didn't forget my NOT me Monday post, I just didn't have time yesterday... I was doing some very important things...


Like giving Nolan full-sleeve tattoos after him telling me for an hour that he wants "those things like Uncle Daniel has" (Uncle Daniel being Goose's BFF who needless to say... has lots of tattoos)




these included several Star Wars characters, a portrait of himself, a flower (with the stem and leaves mom!) and a cat face....





and of course Reese wants to be just like Nolan so he got "inked" too...





Then, Ty and Reese needed haircuts which is always a good time...


Reese loooooooooooves getting his hair cut ;)



(could he BE any chunkier?)



And I was potty-training all day, which went absolutely NOWHERE! Reese is way more stubborn than the twins were... He loves to talk about the potty, but won't actually use it. ughhhhhh.



But mostly, I was taking care of my little Tybo, who has been having serious reactions to all the pollen...






...and he had a fever so he slept for most of the day... Rough stuff, I hate it when my boys don't feel good!



Anyway, Gooser's has band practice tonight so I am thinking of doing some blog "spring cleaning" which includes actually finishing my page tabs up at the top and maybe adding a facebook page... I was also wondering if I could change my blog URL or would that totally mess up everything?? Maybe I should do a little research before I actually do it ;)


Happy Tuesday Everyone! =)


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Spiritual Sunday Night- How We Are...



Most of you know, I like to keep my blog lighthearted. I try to focus on the good, the funny, and the uplifting aspects of my life. I am not a very serious person, so sometimes it is hard for me to share when I write about "serious" subjects...

Today, we went to Evie's grave site to plant some flowers... It was such a beautiful and quiet afternoon... I know that some friends and family have wondered how we are doing, and sometimes it is hard to see because Goose and I aren't very emotional or "open" about things that might be painful to us...

Grief is such a personal and varied thing. Everyone handles it differently, but one thing I know from going through losing loved-ones, is that it is never “over.” I still miss my Granny and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t wish Evie was here with me.


Life goes on, the bad days get farther in between, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t moments where it hits me like a truck…


Those moments are… suffocating.


I hurt and sob and feel helpless all over again... my heart aches and I just long to hold her again.


But then, there are the moments when Nolan waves his arms and yells, “Mom. Mom. look at my awesome new jump!” Or Reese comes barreling over and wiggles into my lap and says, “love you mama, kiss” or I look in the rear-view mirror and Ty is playing the air drums, singing at the top of his lungs while Goose and I are cracking up and I know…


I am blessed.


The hard moments will come and I let them. Goose and I talk about Evie a lot with each other. We don’t shy away from the subject...
(I have finally learned after 5 years of marriage that keeping stuff in makes me a nutcase).

Seeing all the new girl babies being born and celebrating all my niece’s
(I have 6) birthdays does make me think of Evie. I mean obviously, I am human, of course I will think of what it would be like to have my daughter here… a little pink in the sea of blue… but it doesn’t make me bitter. It actually makes me look at all these little girls and be thankful. I don’t want to miss an opportunity to celebrate their lives because every day we have is precious and should be cherished.

The older I get, the more I realize life is hard… there is always going to be “something.”

But how you choose to handle it is up to you. Will you let it overtake you? Or will you trust that God has everything under control?

One of the biggest things that has helped me not to dwell on the pain is simply the fact that this life is temporary and fleeting. That I will be spending eternity with God.

I ask myself often… how do I want to spend my time here? Mean, depressed, angry? Or do I want to be happy, laughing and joyful?

I choose to laugh, even if it hard sometimes... I choose to enjoy the life God has given me and take full advantage of all the opportunities He has given me to do good while I am here… and that means looking outside my personal circumstances.

Hopefully, I will be able to raise a daughter one day, but even if I don’t, I know that God wants the best for me. I take comfort in the knowledge that even if it doesn’t now, one day
everything will make sense.


So how are we??


happy... loved... missing her yet continually trusting in Him.


I read this devotion today from Luann Prater and I loved it,

“...The road to get here was not easy; in fact, those lines in my face were earned. Every gray hair represents a tough time of losing a loved one, stressing over finances or crying over a wayward child. The main lesson I've learned along the way is everything in life is temporary. Deuteronomy 31:6 says,
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you" (NIV). Whether I'm on the mountaintop or in the valley, neither will last but He will always walk with me.

Today,
I choose to laugh and let the lines dig in a little deeper because this is the only day I am guaranteed. We are but dust, here today and gone tomorrow. Besides, my grandson just gripped my face in his sweet little hands and said, "Grandma, you're beautiful." His view is better than the mirror...”


Thank you all for your caring thoughts and prayers over these past months~ =)

Friday, April 16, 2010

Fashionista. I am not.

Our date night got canceled cause the babysitters (i.e. Grandma and Grandpa) were already booked for the night.


Lameness, but I did have some extra time to finish the closet!


Woohoooo!


I went a
little crazy, and got rid of about 75% of my wardrobe.









So I have a lot of extra space now...





(Goose's clothes are on the top, mine on the bottom)


I probably should go shopping.


But that leads me to my next dilemma and...


Confession #2


I have NO sense of fashion.


Once in elementary school… I wore two different shoes to school without even realizing it. Then, upon noticing this fashion faux pas on the bus, I just shrugged and went on about my day… That pretty much sums up my effort towards my wardrobe lately.


If you have seen me in the past few years, I was probably wearing one of these:





HOODIES!!!


I am so. sick. of hoodies... Hoodies and t-shirts. That is all I wear... and I am starting to feel like a frumpy mom that just doesn't care anymore.


But it is not that I don’t
want to look nice; I am just not good at it…

I used to be! I still get lucky from time to time and am able to put a decent outfit together, but it usually takes me an hour of trying on everything in my closet and getting so frustrated that I don't even want to go out when I am done.

I don't know how to dress anymore...

I am 25. I am a college student, but I am also a wife and mom. I am short and stumpy petite so there are a lot of styles I just can't pull off.

And the stores are not helping!

Most department stores have 2 female sections:
Juniors and Womens.

Usually, the styles go straight from teenybopper to senior citizen, with no room in between.

I don’t want to look younger or older than I am. I just want to look like a 25 year old with a little style. I went into a store the other day and the check-out lady thought I was
SEVENTEEN. Seriously. I do not want to look like I am seventeen years old, walking around with my three kids.

So, that is why I am giving away most of my wardrobe... because some I have had since I
was a teenager... (yep, 16 in this pic and I STILL wear those pants)




and also because I wear the same outfits over and over and I am pretty sure folks are going to start donating clothes to me if I don't update soon ;)


I know clothes aren't very important in the grand scheme of things... I just need a few nice outfits to wear to church
(our church isn't particular about clothing but I like to look decent).

...and maybe something to wear on "date" night so my husband won't look like he's taking out his little sister.


So fashionistas, where are all the cool kids women shopping these days? Any favorite stores?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Out of My Closet

I am still in spring cleaning mode and today I am working on this monstrosity:







Confession: I wear about 5% of what is in my closet. The other stuff is just junk that is taking up space, or that I for some reason don't want to part with...


I have clothes that I don't wear, but are for some reason "sentimental" so I keep them.


Like this:




Tube-top belly shirt that I bought when I was like 15...

I think I've kept it so I could laugh
(and cry) about the stuff I used to wear...



Then there is this:




I don't know what made me think I could pull this shirt off??? seriously??




Never rocked this one either:




Disco fever anyone?? I don't even know if this is supposed to be a dress or a skirt!


It's outta here!



Then there is some sentimental stuff that I have to keep:



My hubby's cut-off Led Zep shirt...



and an Anthem (Goose's old band) shirt:




awwww, I just can't part with them!



Then there is... my "skinny" outfit...



(you know what I'm talkin about)



The clothes that you have in your closet...


taunting you...


just waiting there for you to lose that last few pounds.






The shirt is a size 0... believe it or not, I was able to fit into this outfit once before...


I haven't actually wore it out
(I mean where am I supposed to wear that anyway? sleeveless red animal print... anyone?) but I just want to fit into it...


Do other people get attached to their clothes like this???



Okay, gotta stop procrastinating... back in I go.


Hopefully, I will have a fabulous "after" picture to show y'all when I am done =)


Monday, April 12, 2010

He did NOT do this...




This was an extremely busy week... which caused me to be a terrible blogger...
so I will NOT be spending a lot of time today catching up on all my favorite blogs =)



My little Tybo (normally the sweet and quiet one who is very laid back) takes the title of

"Trouble Maker of the Week"


Now for those who know my little Ty, you know that he loves light switches and levers and buttons of all kind...


He can not keep his hands away from them.


Which definitely did NOT lead to this incident:


I usually load up my boys about once a week and take them to get a few groceries by myself.



So on Wednesday, we went to Kroger and after we shopped, we stopped in the entrance way to drop off the cart and grab our bags...


I take Ty out of the cart.


I turn around to grab Reese.


A lovely lady next to me says, "ummm, excuse me, I think he's messing with that switch."


I turn and grab Ty's hand and say, "oh thank you!" as Reese is trying to run out the door
(constant chaos) and finally get Nolan and our bags and we walk out to the car.


I load 'em up and we drive out of the parking lot.


As I am sitting at the red light in front of the store I hear a familiar sound and see a fire truck pass by...


then another one...


and a police truck.



Then I see them turn.






crappers.


So apparently Ty wasn't just touching the "switch" - aka - the fire alarm.


He pulled it.


And me being the scatterbrained, always-in-a-rush mom that I am didn't even notice that it was actually pulled down...
(although, it was strange to me that it didn't make a noise when he pulled it, unless it was inside the store and I didn't hear it)



So I turn back into the parking lot and I am contemplating, "Do I go inside and tell them it was my child who pulled the alarm and wasted all their time?"


But they started to leave so I left too... and gave the boys a lecture on "pulling red switches in public."



this is why I keep a camera in my purse ;)



Of course, Nolan was like,


"So Mom, if we pull the alarm, all the fire trucks will come?"



uuuuggghh, I could just see the wheels turning in his head, making big plans...



Seriously, do all kids do stuff like this? ...or am I just
extra lucky?



Happy Monday Everyone!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Countdown Begins...

I decided to join in

Photobucket





Basically you are supposed to post a picture of something that makes you happy...






Can you guess why this picture makes me happy?


Well if you are one of the lucky family members going with me...


We will be at the beach in exactly... wait for it...


25 DAYS!



Oh yes, I am sooooooo ready for this vacation... all for one thing.



Those pesky 10 pounds...


But the countdown is on.


And I am a very. determined. woman.



Soon to be called...


the incredible. shrinking. woman.




30 day
25 Day Shred, Here I come!



Monday, April 5, 2010

NMM: Stone Mountain and Spray Tans



Go check out MckMama's blog for more Not Me Monday fun =)






This weekend was NOT exhausting to say the least! we were non-stop going, going, going from Friday afternoon until Sunday evening... but it was fun and we got to celebrate A LOT!


We did NOT celebrate THREE birthdays this weekend...


My niece's bday party on Friday night...



We took some fun pictures = )



Then we had my other niece's party Saturday afternoon...



So sweet!!




My BFF came in town and we went to dinner to celebrate her 26th bday...




That is NOT me on the left... I did NOT dye my hair... again... and it will probably NOT be a different color next week...


...and Jess (on the right) definitely did NOT get a spray tan right before dinner... this definitely did NOT make her look like she rolled around in in a barrel of cocoa powder...


There was NOT many jersey shore references made throughout the night.



On Saturday,



We decided to climb Stone Mountain because it was such a gorgeous day.

There was a buzillion people there because of the holiday weekend and spring break...


We did
NOT act like tourists and take a ton of pics...








I, of course, would
NEVER make fun of my husband for wearing FLIP-FLOPS to climb the mountain...





Later, I did
NOT try to be Super Crafty Mom and make Easter baskets with the boys out of milk jugs...






They did
NOT have so much fun making their baskets!(and NO, Nolan's is NOT painted pink and purple with silver glitter... he is way more manly than that)




At least he added some Monster truck stickers to it...







Oh, and one more thing definitely did
NOT happen this morning:



Scene: Me in the office checking my email...


I hear one of my little boys walk into the bathroom across the hall.


He turns the fan on
(yeah, he's courteous like that)...



2 seconds later, I hear a yelp, followed by a splash, followed by


"Mooooooooooooooooommmm!!"


I jump up and run to the bathroom to see my 4 year old son with his pants down struggling to pull himself out of the toilet...




soaking wet.




Yep, Nolan got his first official lesson in "putting the seat down" ;)




Happy Monday!




Friday, April 2, 2010

E.MER.GEN.CY





My Little Life

~Head over to Mama M.'s to join in Five Question Friday
or here to join in Friday Follow~




1. Do you sing out loud in the car when you're driving?


oooooooh girl, it's like American Idol up in there... (only the first few episodes though, you know, when everyone sounds like a dying cat).


2. What would you never be caught doing?


blogging...

never.


3. Will you go #2 in a public restroom?


Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. gross. it would have to be an E.MER.GEN.CY.

But, obviously there are plenty of women who don't have a problem with it (speaking to you old lady at Mcdonald's last week)


Can a girl get a courtesy flush?


thanks.


4. Have you ever broken a bone?


Only One... and it was totally worth it.

My family and I play on a flag football league every year... We were playing the #1 team. I caught the ball and took off running. Made it right to the goal line...

and I dove.

heard a crack.

and didn't get back up.



yep. broke my collarbone.


BUT, I totally made the touchdown! =)


Exhibit A:




I spent the championship game on the sidelines, which was totally lame.




That's my uncle in the middle, trying to look big...bahahahaha...








5. Do you prefer cooking or baking?


Neither.... Why?... because both involve the stove which apparently I can not use without burning myself... I have FOUR burn marks on my hands right now, all from different incidences...

Last night I burnt the palm of my hand so badly that I called goose and made him get me some burn cream on the way home. I had to finish dinner one-handed.

Needless to say, the meal was not. so. good.



BTW~ for those who read yesterday's post... his laptop turned on this morning!! Woohooo!! Goose did read my blog, and thought it was an April Fool's joke... I think I'll just let him believe that ;)



Hope Everyone Has a Great Weekend!