Thursday, October 31, 2013

3 Reasons

3 Reasons: 
Why It's a Good Idea to Move
(Because "The Reasons Why We Shouldn't Move" would be too long
&  too sappy) 
1. I'm less likely to run into people from Middle School. This reason specifically addresses my 8th grade English teacher. I've probably seen her every year since the 8th grade and considering that that was thirteen years ago, that's a lot of times. I've always resisted the urge to walk up to her and say, "You never taught me how to diagram sentences! You're the reason I'm not a writer!" But if I happen to see her after I move, I'll take it as a sign and invite her out to lunch...where she might just teach me how to diagram sentences.

2. It's a ritzy, upscale place. We're moving to a place where people are well off. Yes, there will be drawbacks to this and I probably wouldn't pick it if I had a choice (but that's a blog post for another day). While there will be drawbacks, there is one obvious advantage....ritzy, upscale people who donate nice things to thrift stores and Goodwill! Can't wait to fill my new place with lots of things I probably don't need. 

3. Kent's new job. To say that he's excited is a total understatement. It's a full time position as a Youth Pastor at a church that he wants to be a part of with a staff that he wants to do ministry with. After his initial visit, he  talked more about his trip in a 24 hour time span than he has in the 9 years that I've known him. I'm learning that his excitement can trump almost my entire "Reasons Why We Shouldn't Move" list. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

{C's} 10 Recent Discoveries

1. If I cry instead of falling asleep, no one will come to rescue me
2. BUT if I cry at that place called "the church nursery", my Mom will rescue me AND feed me 
3. The shiny things dangling from my Mom's ears are fun to grab
4. If I hit two of my bath toys together, it makes a fun noise
5. Flapping my arms up and down and moving my legs at an incredibly fast pace is great cardio exercise
6. If I open and close my mouth over and over again, but don't say anything, I'll still make a noise. And it makes me look like a baby dinosaur.
7. The carpet feels nice
8. If I shimmy to right, shimmy to left, stick my bum in the air and reach, I can grab what I want
9. The big man with glasses magically appears a few hours before my bedtime and when he does, everyone (except me) starts saying "Dadadadada". 
10. When my Mom comes near me with the small, silver shiny thing (the thing with the apple on it), I'm supposed to smile, talk and laugh. Something about sending it to Grandma & Grandpa...

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

SC State Fair

Here's me and Baby Suits before the 2012 State Fair. My goal was to make it out of the fair without throwing up in public (I didn't throw up!) I was excited to show off my growing bump.
Here's me and Baby Suits before the 2013 State Fair. My goal was to make it out of the fair without a screaming, hungry child (I did!) No pictures to prove it, but we ate...1 slice of pizza, 1 elephant ear and a fried combo which included the following items fried: snickers, oreos, reese's and cookie dough. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Shopping Trip

 During today's grocery shopping trip...

1. Chicken Little sat in the cart for the very first time- surrounded by some old towels
2. I got a little choked up in the produce aisle when I saw her sitting there- I held it together

3. She ate part of the shopping list- as in, slobber, bite, swallow
4. I realized I need to work on my finger "hook and grab" ability- to grab things out of her mouth before it's too late 

5. The cashier leaned over and said, "I gave ya $2.99 on milk- Walgreens is havin' a sale"
6. I was tempted to lean back, wink and say, "Thanks honey" in a matching southern accent- but refrained with just a "Thanks!"

7. I realized I should price match items from different stores- to save a couple of bucks
8. The peanut butter fell out of the cart on the way out of the store- and the same sweet cashier said, "Was it the eggs?" 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Fall Fun Weekend

We held the first annual Fall Fun Weekend over the weekend. It was fun and much needed! 

Things You Would Find at the Fall Fun Weekend: Anna, 3 chick flicks, a walk along the river, a library book sale, frumpy clothes, nail painting, velveeta shells & cheese, ice cream, pumpkin spice coffee, pumpkin kisses & peanut butter m-n-m's.

Things You Wouldn't Find at the Fall Fun Weekend: Boys, homemade food, a schedule & judgement (as in, how much ice cream you cram into your cup)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Find of the Century

Shout Out to all my Thrifty Moms out there- woot! To avoid becoming a hoarder, I'm starting to thrift less {insert Kent raising his hands up to heaven, doing a dance and thanking the Lord} & I've become pickier about what I buy (With the exception of baby girl clothes. At the rate I'm going, her clothes will fill up all of our closets and we'll be running around buck nekkid) The question that I ask myself when debating a purchase is...

Am I willing to drag this all the way around the Western Hemisphere? 

I asked myself that question when I layed eyes on this little beauty and I immediately said YES. I lay pretty low in life when thrifting. No bargaining or anything crazy, but when I saw this play kitchen, I picked it up, dragged it to the front of the store and bravely said, "Can you stick a SOLD sign on this?" 

I was totally stoked and although Kent tried to be excited for me, I was missing my Thrifting Mentor, Shelly. I so wished that I could sit in the parking lot, call her and say, "Guess what I FOUND!"

A lot of people these days are building play kitchens from old cabinets like here & here. Starting from scratch would be stretching my handy-man ability so this play kitchen is perfect. It needs a little TLC- some paint and girly touches before it's ready for little Miss Suits to whip up something tasty for us.

{Just typing that out--the thought of Chicken Little being big enough to play "house" made my eyes fill up with tears. Emotional, much? I'll be the Mom hiding in the bathroom stall with 3 boxes of tissues at graduation.}  
BONUS: it was full of food and cookware in great shape. See the red crayon marks on the left side?
Here's our before photo. Check back in about a year to see how it turned out! 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Letters from Little Miss

Dear shoppers at Walmart, sorry I can't smile at you on demand. Don't take it personally- I'm like, one blink away from a deep, deep sleep.

Dear Mom, it's one thing to change my diaper in the parking lot. It's a whole other thing to yell, "POOPYYYY!!" in a high pitched, happy voice. Wait! I think I just saw something fly out the window... Oh, never mind, it was just my DIGNITY.

Dear nursery workers, thanks for feeding me the rest of my prunes yesterday. 

Dear prunes, thanks for the colon cleanse.

Dear my own voice, I didn't know I could make those sounds! Let's keep practicing.

Dear Patch, all I give you is smiles and you return the favor by eating two of my socks. What gives?

Dear Dad, thanks for not letting Mom put me in daycare so she could take a substitute teaching job. You even offered to quit your job instead. I owe you one.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


What September Taught Me
1. Always renew your library books before going on a trip. If you don't, you'll find yourself laying in a tent at 11PM yelling, "DANGITIALWAYSDOTHAT!"  You'll also owe $5.25 to your local library.

2. Right when you accept cutesy sayings like, "I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be" and really mean it, deep down in your soul...something will change {Updates coming in the next few weeks. Stay tuned}

3. Spit up happens. In your hair, down your arm, on your pillow, on the couch, in the crib, on the cute baby outfit, on your cute outfit, on the clean baby. Just let it happen.

4. Never balance the Tervis Tumbler full of coffee on the couch, against your hip. You'll forget it's there.

5. Bake this chocolate chip pumpkin bread recipe again
 6. Double check every recipe and use self-rising flour if it says to. If you don't, you'll end up with a super flat {but edible} carrot cake
Welcome, October!! 

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