Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Life Lately

Hey there friends!  I hope everyone is having a great week.  Here is what we've been up to lately...

A few weeks ago we got to travel to Columbia, SC to attend a wedding.  We had so much fun, and it was nice to just get away from the house for a little while.  The ceremony went really well, the food was amazing, and the kids did great. 

Clarice loves wearing "sparkly" lipstick...
Jen Hatmaker...God bless her.  That woman is so funny.  I'm so glad I stalk the library website every night looking for the next great read!  I picked up the audio version of this one and was listening to it the other night when Matt walked in and said, we only have gallon size plastic bags and I need to pack my lunch.  I paused the CD, looked at him and said, "I know, and I'm perfectly ok with that."
And speaking of good times, I went to the eye doctor today...for the first time in fifteen years (I only went then because I got sand in my eye).  I can't seem to read the ingredients or directions on boxed cake anymore.   I was relieved to get there and find out they wouldn't have to shoot air into my eye (thus, the fifteen year wait).  Instead, they numb your eye and then slowly but surely poke your eyeball with a hard piece of plastic.  This is how I spend "me" time.  Anyway, stay tuned next week for lots of selfies WITH my new reading glasses.

Love wearing scarves and boots in these cool temperatures!
Talk to y'all soon!



Tuesday, March 13, 2018

very humbled

This afternoon as I sat on the front porch waiting for Lance to get off the bus, I was able to talk to a lady in my neighborhood who was walking by.  I'm not even sure if she lives in my neighborhood.  I told her that I have two young kids and that I had my youngest when I was 39.  She said that gives her hope because she does not have children yet and that she is 48.  She then went on to tell me that the reason she isn't sure if she'll have children is because some bad things happened to her physically as a child.  I was heart broken to hear her story.  As she walked away I just prayed, Lord Jesus, please help that sweet baby.  She is your child.  She is your baby.  Her name is Tonya if you want to pray for her too.  I don't think it's an accident that we crossed paths today. 



Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Book Review: Even if it Kills Her

Title:  Even if it Kills Her

Author:  Kate White

Published:  2017

Pages:  428

A few months ago I listened to The Secrets You Keep by Kate White which I really enjoyed.  But now I'm completely head over heels for her on this one...Even if it Kills Her.  

Writer Bailey Weggins runs into an old college friend at a book signing, and a cold case starts to heat up.  Her friend, Jillian Lowe suffered through the tragic event of losing her entire family during her sophomore year in college when they were all murdered.  Fueled by a nagging guilt that she wasn't there for her friend all those years ago, Bailey reluctantly takes on the case. 

This book is suspenseful and hard to put down, but my favorite aspect was the humor laced throughout....

Now that I had the chance to focus on her, I saw that she'd been fighting time with the same determination the Ottomans had mustered during the siege on Constantinople.  Her face clearly had been buffed, Botoxed, dermabrased, and Juvedermed into something that looked natural only if you were squinting at it. 

If you need a good suspense novel and plenty of laughter, be sure to check this one out!


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Don't miss it

I heard a radio DJ recently say that you can either capture the moment or you can experience the moment.  I don't believe that.  I think it is fun to capture moments on camera and then be able to look back on them.  This is a picture I took the other morning as the sun was coming up.  Glad I did...the sky looked totally different a few minutes later. 

And here are more moments that I'm glad I didn't miss...

And speaking of missing things...I'm glad I was open and available to babysit for a good friend of mine one day last week.  Clarice and I got to play with baby Abraham for three hours.  I'm glad I didn't miss this opportunity!  This is a picture with him in the background.  I sometimes feel funny about photographing other people's kids, but I still wanted to take some sort of a picture.

One day last week Lance was having a rough time at Speech/OT.  His OT teacher had him color a picture and hand it to me in the waiting room.  It was so cute.  Thankfully he started having a better attitude and did great the rest of the session.

And be sure to stay tuned for our February project.  You don't want to miss it!  I'm working on the bonus room shelves.   Here is a picture of Clarice sanding some wood.

Talk to you all soon!


Monday, February 19, 2018

The Language of Mommy

Here are a few terms that may have meant something to you before children, but take on a whole new meaning after the kids come along.

Manicure  Stepping out onto the back porch to trim you nails in one minute or less.

Laundry  A casual weekly task before kids that turns into a daily routine involving a pre-wash and tears. 

Vacation This will be your weekly turn to soak in the bathtub while listening to the little darlings screaming in the hallway the entire time.

Weekend  What was once a time for binge watching your favorite reality tv shows has now turned into a frantic time to not only care for the needs of your children, but your spouse too.  It can also involve an attempt to make up for your long list of chores piling up for the week.

Hot oil treatment   The mommies may have the upper-hand in this one since we only get to wash our hair once a week anyway.  The oil buildup is real and helps aid in humility.  

Advice  The one thing you easily dispensed to your best girlfriends after they suffered another break-up.  Advice is now the one thing you most dread.  Tip:  unsolicited parental advice is the one thing that can ruin a mommy's day.

Ha, ha!  Hope you all enjoyed these.  Have a great week!


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Book Review: The Woman in the Window

Title:  The Woman in the Window

Author:  A.J. Finn

Published:  2018

Pages:  427

I blew right past the six month (probably) wait on hold at the library, and went ahead and bought this one.  It is already topping the best-seller charts.  The Woman in the Window is being made into a movie and has been reviewed and endorsed by authors like Stephen King and Ruth Ware.

The Woman in the Window is about a thirty eight year old agoraphobic woman named Anna who thinks she sees and hears something terrible across the street from her New York city home.  

A scream, raw and horrorstruck, torn from the throat...I stare at the house, my eyes flicking between the kitchen and parlor....

But Anna, the alcoholic pill-popping recluse is not being taken seriously by the police.  How will she get the answers that she feels she deserves?  

I fell in love with this unreliable narrator.  Anna's heart, her wit, and her love for old black and white movies really won me over.   I certainly hope to see more from A.J. Finn soon!




Tuesday, February 6, 2018

All is well

Thankfully everyone in our house is all better.  Lance had a fever on and off for a few days and missed a couple of days of school last week.  He is back into Lance mode, and we are happy about that.  Here is a picture of us when all he wanted to do was cuddle.

 Clarice and I went to the Winter Wonderland at her preschool last Friday  night.  She had so much fun.  I just stood at the door to each classroom and let her just go crazy.  

On Sunday  night Matt and I watched the Super Bowl.  I couldn't stay awake and went to bed a little after halftime even though I was all sugared up with this cake from Publix.

I am happy to announce that Clarice's room is now completely done.  
 If you want to see the video I made, you can click here.

Hope you all have a good week!


Life Lately

Hey there friends!  I hope everyone is having a great week.  Here is what we've been up to lately... A few weeks ago we got to tra...