Monday, April 28, 2014

Coffee Date

If I had you over for a coffee date, I'd probably invite you around 10AM...if that worked for you... And if all the parenting stars aligned, you'd arrive {and softly knock on the front door} right after Caris went down for her morning nap.

If you came this week it'd be too warm to sit outside by 10AM. I'd mentally tell myself, "Listen to Kent when he makes his argument for a house with a pool!" I'd offer you coffee, tea or water. If I'm on top of my game, I'd have {store bought} sweet tea too and maybe some homemade bread- pumpkin? banana? zucchini?

I'd triple check the coffee mug to make sure my lame & lazy dishwasher did its job- before handing you your drink.

I would drink water, if I didn't know you that well.
I would drink hot tea, slowly slurping it, if I knew you.

You would probably ask me about Florida, as most people kindly do. Are you settling in? Have you gotten involved? How does Kent like his job?

Surface level I'd tell you, "Yeah, we're adjusting. Settling in slowly". I'd say that yesterday was a good Sunday. And if you read my blog, you might be surprised, but it was. If you dug a little deeper and looked me straight in the eyes, I'd explain that usually Sundays are the hardest- a reminder that everyone already has their group of friends and their husband by their side- chatting and laughing. My eyes might get a little watery.

To avoid crying, I'd launch into a story and tell you about the church lady that asked one question too many a few Sundays ago- how I started crying right then and there at the church brunch.

We'd laugh about it, because I can now. I'd say, "I know, RIGHT??"

We would talk about Kent's job as the Youth Director. About how much he loves it and about how I'm trying to keep my big, fat mouth shut at least 75% of the time- to listen and not give {so much} advice. I'd tell you that he's usually gone a handful of nights each week which can make the 5-7 PM parenting time slot less than fun.

Of course a coffee date wouldn't be complete without talking about Peggy Sue.

How many random nicknames can a child have?

You might say that she looks like me- I'd agree. You might say she's just so adorable- I'd agree, most of the time. I would rattle off a few recent developments- how she's so close to walking, how she doesn't cry in the church nursery anymore and how much she loves grapes. Talking about her would make me miss her (pathetic, I know) and I'd want to hug her tiny little self.

And before we knew it, we would have talked for at least an hour and Little Miss would be stirring in her crib.

Until next time!
CaRis wuz herE ;)
 Found Mr. Suits' gadgets lined up like this after work one day. Precious. And quirky.
 The Forgotten Pears 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

This Morning

My alarm went off at 6:45
Caris slept til 7:20
I made a cup of coffee
The dog pooed in the garage
Caris watched TV
The dog was never fed
I left a {slightly folded} dirty diaper on the floor
The kitchen sink was left {slightly} running 
The TV was left on
I was late to church
My daughter was delivered to the church nursery barefoot

...all by 8:30 am

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thankful Thursday

It took ONE LARGE PACKAGE (thanks BJJL!) to remind me that I had dropped Thankful Thursday.

I am thankful for surprise packages filled with fun things and familiar handwriting
For finding notes that are 2 (or more?) years old in our South Carolina house 
For my keen fashion sense
and for comfy clothes (Also known as, The Clothes I Want to Be Buried In) 
And I'm thankful for my squirt tail goober girl who has kept me on my toes lately. 
I could eat her up with her a small spoon.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Lady: "Aww, what's his name?"
Me: "She's actually a girl- I know- all grey- no pink- Her name is Caris!"
Lady: "Harris?"
 {Recent trip to SC}

 {Watching the Masters two Sundays ago}

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday {Frugal} Find

What: Phillies "Quick Dry" Shirt
Were: Goodwill 
What'd it cost:  $3.69

Filed under: Things you don't expect to find in the middle of Florida

Saturday, April 12, 2014

April 12

Day 12: On my left
breakfast, lunch & dinner
and her left {cheek}? ...a noodle

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday's {Frugal} Find

Warning: If you thrift the majority of your child's nursery library, you're likely to find her cruising around the house holding an Olan Mills (classic!) portrait of two random kids that she found while tearing up reading a book. 

April 11

Day 11: 3 of a kind
3 different baby seats used to host 2 families for dinner last night
...and that's the best I could do for "3 of a kind"

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April 8

Day 8: Hobby
Hobbies are done for fun 
Cooking (new recipes! new ideas!) is my hobby-in-progress
It's not always fun & relaxing... 
usually I find myself staring at the oven 
pacing back & forth in the kitchen
But the results are sometimes worth it
tonight's meal

Monday, April 7, 2014

April 7

Day 7: Where I'd Rather Be
On a distant island swimming with the fish
instead of
being alone, at 6PM, with a cranky 1 year old
watching them on tv 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

April 6

Day 6: A Taste of Spring
Spring in Florida, that is...
The inside of my car @ noon today

Saturday, April 5, 2014

April 5

Day 5: Not Mine
A screen shot of a pizza crust tutorial
using Kent's iPad
which belongs to our church
{so I guess it really belongs to..}
The Lord 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April 1

I have a love-hate relationship with social media

Love it: Wanna share every.single.detail. of my life
Hate it: Wanna delete every account that I have

and become a hermit.

But instead, I've decided to post 1 picture each day for the month of April. 


Fat Mum Slim, whose blog I stumble upon every once and awhile (WOAH. Before you click on that link-  I don't know enough about her to endorse her blog. I do know that she's Australian so if you read anything, read it in an Australian accent, please) does a monthly photo challenge that Anna and I did a few years ago. 

I thought, "Do I want to commit to a photo a day for month? It will be lame and no one will care", but then I saw that Day 1 was ALREADY painted on me SO, I bring you...

April 2014 Photo A Day* 

Day 1: Purple
better known as: my favorite color 
*All pictures will be random ideas with a touch of bad quality & fuzziness 

You've been warned.

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