ABC's =)

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Today is a fun day!


A - Age: 27 (and holding!)
B - Bed size: Queen.
C - Chore you hate: Mopping.  (Wet floor + two dogs = useless efforts.)
D - Dog: Two weenie doges- Reagan Jensen & Roxie Jane!

Roxie & Reagan as young babies!
E - Essential start to your day: Coffee. Need I say more?
F - Favorite color: Green.
G - Gold or silver: Silver
H - Height: 5'6" ish?
I - Instruments you play: None.
J - Job title: Teller
K - Kids: None
L - Live: Northeast Mississippi
M - Mom's name: Kathy
N - Nickname: Bugg
O - Overnight hospital stay: Never (Well, since I was born..)
P - Pet peeve: Bad drivers & people who flaunt themselves and their "pity stories".
Q - Quote from a movie - "Get busy living or get busy dying."
R - Righty or lefty: Righty.
S - Sibling: Two. Kevin & Shawn.
Kevin & Shawn & myself, Christmas '09!
T - Time you wake up: 6:00 A.M.
U - Underwear: Black today? LOL
V - Veggies you dislike: I could name several.. I'm way picky!
W - What makes you run late: Roxie My sweet sweet dogs.............
X - X-rays you've had: Um, my back I believe.. Other than Oral X-rays.. HATE THOSE!
Y - Yummy food you make: My enchiladas are normally a hit.
Z - Zoo animal: Monkey!


"Never make permanent decisions on temporary feelings."

Hello Mr. Friday!

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I am SO GLAD to see Friday.  This has felt like the longest week to me for some reason.  And I am TIRED (more on that in a minute!) so that isn't helping things.

So, last night was the Season Finale of Jersey Shore.. I am so sad and don't know what to do without it.  Yes, it is my guilty pleasure (along with Teen Mom 2 on Tuesdays..)

If you have never watched it, or don't watch it, the best way to describe it is - DRAMA AND LAUGHS.  I live alone and I sit there laughing hysterically at it.
And I just might be obsessed with Pauly D...

MMmm.. :)

Okay, seriously I do have a life outside of television. AND I hope it doesn't rain this weekend because I have some projects that I need to get started on.  [Hints: master bedroom, kitchen, and a "happy".]

I REALLY want to show pictures of one I am going to start, BUT I cannot right now.  Someone who reads this blog is the recipient of my efforts!
Speaking of this person- HILLARY you need to blog sweetie.  Yes, I just linked your page.  I warned you several weeks ago this was coming.  SO, BLOG! =)

Now, back to my being sleep deprived- there is a reason.  Soooo.. maybe I've had company several nights.  Don't get too excited.  He is my ex (from high school mind you) but I have been hanging out with him some the past two weeks.  I wouldn't want to say there IS something going on, or even that it WILL be going on, all I want to say is that it is NICE to have someone around that is NICE to me.  I think I let myself start believing that I wasn't worth that in ways after how [situation] talked to/treated me so many times over the last 6 months. 

I'm starting to finally understand just how blessed I am to be OUT of that situation.  Yes, I love him.  I always will in ways, but I can't let it change ME.  I never have before (and never will again) bow down and let a man make me feel like I have to change myself to please him.  No one that makes you feel that way is worth it.  While he taught me that it was okay to fall in love, he has also taught me that it is okay to fall out of love.  I'll always hold a special place for him in my heart, even with all the hurt that came with him.  But I am slowly closing that door and moving on.  I even had the nerve to tell HIM that.

So, with that being said, I have decided it is time to get my very, very tall wall down and see if there what else life has to offer.  Whether my "Mr. Right" is out there or not is not what I'm worried about, I just simply want to get back in the swing of enjoying life and not worrying about jerks.

Okay, that got me worked me up.  Let's add a smiling, beautiful face to this mix!

My mom took a week's vacation this week & has kept Jenna.  I [of course!] have been going by during my lunch hour to see her and play with her.  This is a shot from today.  I love that child!  And the smile?- I honestly looked at her and said "Jenna, do you wanna smile for me?" and this is what I got.  Sweet.

1:30pm.- Only  3 1/2 more hours of work for me this week.  THANK GOODNESS.  I'm ready to start my weekend!  I got lots planned, but I'll leave that for next week's blog posts! ;)

Hope you all have a good weekend!!

"Love is a gift.  You can't buy it, you can't find it, someone has to give it to you.  Learn to be receptive of that gift."

Explanation.

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Look up "slacker" in the dictionary and my picture will be shown next to it.  Or at least it should be.

I'M SORRY.

Does that make it any better?  Yep, didn't figure so. 
Well, let's see- WHY haven't I blogged lately? Well, I honestly do not have a clear cut answer.  I have been here and there and everywhere in between it feels like for the past two weeks.  I am just slacked.  I can be honest. =)

You all should know that there will not be many posts without this face...

I love this little munchkin! =)  She is now 7 months old and just amazes me more every day at how much she is learning to do.  MELTS my heart. =)  She is sitting up all by herself, but hasn't crawled yet.  In fact, she doesn't act like she even wants to.  But that's okay- some babies don't.  In fact, I didn't!  If she can look like me, why not act like me too! ;)


Can you see me now?

Did you notice the Minnie Mouse pjs?  This child L-O-V-E-S Minnie Mouse.  She gets the biggest grin and laughs when she sees her.  Precious.  And yes, her first birthday party [which I am already buying for] will be done rightfully so in MM herself :)


Yes, she will kill me one day for this.

I laughed again just looking at this.  HA! Jenna LOVES the water too.  Mom was keeping her one day and needed to give her a quick bath so she threw her in the sink.  I saw it as an awesome opportunity for some future blackmail and spiked that hair up and made her look.  Wahlah! :)  Senior year ad maybe? :)

This is Jenna and my mother.  I honeslty don't know who loves who more... It is beyond sweet to watch them two together.

Okay, I'll hold off on the pictures for a few minutes & and update you otherwise.  I [sadly] do not have a picture of my next project(s).  Ever since the warm weather has come upon us, the yard sales have begun!

[insert BIG smiles here]

I have picked up two fabulous pieces that will soon be in my house!  I promise to get a picture of these and post them ASAP!  It turns out I have slacked taking pictures too! ha!
But in the meantime let's just say I need some scrapbook paper... and I have my Modge Podge ready to go!

This past weekend, other than yard sales, was the first tractor pull fun day of the year.  The first actual pull is not until May this year.  If you do not know me personally, and have no idea what I am talking about then feel free to jump to youtube and search for County Line Pullers.  This is my dad's passion for now and it has become a family thing.  My mom & I along with a friend are the "brains" and keep the men in line :)  Daddy and his friends spend hours working on these machines and then pull them down the track.  Like I said, you may have to just watch a video to understand.  I have several posted on there of my father. 

Meet Cash.  Or as I refer to him, "CASH MONEY! "  He is my dad's friends new pit.  He joined us at the tractor pull Saturday. =)  What a sweet baby he is! =)

Well, it is Monday and I need to do some actual work, so this is all for now folks. I promise I won't let another two weeks roll around before I post again.

"We must use time as a tool not as a couch."

Been a surf the 'net type of day.

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Hey ladies! :)

I promise I AM in fact still alive.  I just have not had the time to write lately.  I just checked & my last post was last Wednesday.  I AM slacking.    I didn't do much last week (worth blogging about anyway!) so I can't even remember a high point to tell you.

I admit lately my mind has been going in about 5 different directions and I honestly am mentally wore out! Lot of it has to do with [the situation] and my moving on process from him.  I don't care who they are, if you don't think an extended break up is hard on you, then you need to tell me what kind of medication you are on! ha!  I'm joking, kind of. :)

I'm STILL missing the beach, especially since all it can do now is rain here.  Have I mentioned how much I HATE rain? I know is is necessary and all that jazz, but this little girl just wants to crawl in bed and sleep until my friend, Mr. Sunshine, comes out again. =)

This is turning out to be a totally random post..... LOL.

On a much more serious note, I had to be off work this past Monday.  My aunt (on my dad's side) lost her husband.  It was such a sad day and truly makes you realize just how short life can be.  He was only 52 years old.  It honestly scares me to think about it much because that is younger than both my parents.  And to think of the day I lose either of them- I will be devastated. 

Now, back on a lighter note- Yesterday was my birthday!  27!  I think this will be my last one.. :)

Yours truly :)
My mom and dad took my out for dinner (and I stuffed myself completely!) and then I went and played with one of the best presents to ever come into my life.. JENNA! :)  I didn't have time for a photo shoot with her.  She was wound up and I took advantage of her being in SUCH a good mood and laughing and playing.  I am sure you know what she looks like by now anyway! :)

And for MY birthday, I want to say a big thank you to my wonderful parents. 


My precious daddy.


My #1 Fan- My mother!
 "You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith."


Post-Beach Life.

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Can I begin with saying that I MISS THE BEACH!?!??!
Well, I do.  And I'm very sad without it.  
      [I videoed the waves coming in, & yes I have watched it several times since being back in MS!!]

Let me just start with last Wednesday:

I got off at 4:30 and RUSHED like a mad woman to my brother's mechanic shop.  Some of you know that a around a month ago I was trying to go to Amory for the weekend and I ended up stranded on the side of the highway, in the pitch black.  So, anyway, I just wanted to go to Kevin's shop to let him "check" and make sure everything still looked good before I hit the road again. 

After all was okay'd by my big brother, and I said my goodbyes to my parents and my precious furbabies- I hit the road wide open!  I made excellent timing and was at Tammy's house by 7:30!  She had cooked breakfast for dinner and had me a plate waiting.  Yes, she is that sweet.  We spent the remainder of the night packing her bags and making sure I had all I needed in mine.

Thursday:

Departure time- 5:00 A.M.   Normally I would be dead to the world and rather ill, BUT since I knew I was headed toward the beach I was NONE of the above.  I was wide awake around 3:30 that morning and set on go.  I wish now I would have taken a picture of the luggage we piled into Bridgett's car.  Let me just say- three women and a baby do NOT travel lightly. :)

We made a few stops along the road for gas/breakfast/bathroom breaks before deciding we were going to take an unplanned route.  We decided to head toward Dauphin Island and ride the Ferry boat across to Fort Morgan.  If you have never rode one of these, I encourage you to do so!

Sometimes when I get near beaches I tend to take on the traits of a child, and this was just my thing.  I had never rode one of the ferry boats before, and honestly did not know there was anywhere near here that allowed you to do it.  It has always been one of those things "in the movies.." ha!  But now, mark that off the bucket list! =)

This is a picture of the ferry..
Ferry Boat & Dauphin Island

It was SO much fun.  Along for this trip was Tammy, Bridgett, Landin, & myself.  [For those that do not know, these are all members of my ex-boyfriend's family, but we are friends outside of our relationship (or lack of)] 

Landin was eager to get on the "big boat" and ride & and honestly, I think I was about on his level as far as excitment goes.  I told you I'm a kid really.  
Tammy, Landin, Bridgett, & myself





















Bridgett & me on the ferry!

I have to include one more picture from the ferry ride.  Bridgett snapped this photo of me & and it now known as my "free picture."  Without going into the whole ordeal of mine and the ex-boyfriend's situation, this trip was meant to be a "healing trip" for my broken heart.  She was snapping pictures left & right (like myself...) and she got this one and said immediately she knew I was feeling better about life (and him.)  So here it folks... I'm free. :)


Contining Thursday..
After a stop for lunch, we made it to the beach.  Instantly I could feel my whole entire body relax.   There is just something about me and the beach that makes that happen.  I always have & and always will say I was born to live on a beach. (And one day I will.. okay, maybe not.  BUT I WILL TAKE A LOOOOONG VACATION THERE YEARLY!)

Soon as we got there, we immediately walked straight to the water.  I mean where ELSE would you go!? =) While we were there I snapped a few pictures of Landin & this one just melted my heart... Just like HE does!


Landin

We did a few odd & end things until it was time for dinner.  Thursday night's choice: Bahama Bob's
I had ate here on my girl's beach trip back in 2009 & and fell in love with the place so I suggested we have dinner there.   It was equally as good again.  Two thumbs up to this place!  Check it out!  BTW- I linked it if you want to check our their website/menu.

After dinner we enjoyed a night in the hot tub.  Can we all say "Ahhhhhh...."  I seriously need a hot tub like that at my house.  I would turn into a wrinkled little old woman though because I'd overuse it, but hey.... =)

Thursday was a long, GOOD day... I was "at home"... I slept like a baby.

Friday:
Shop 'til you drop!  That was our goal & and we accomplished it.  We got up early and hit the Tanger Outlets!  I got SO many good deals that I cannot possibly name them all here or you would be reading for awhile (and you already are since I don't know how to shut up.. )  They had everything marked so cheap in order to get rid of it and make room for the real "summer" things.  SCORE! 

Landin & myself while at Tanger!
We ended up doing a lot of shopping Friday so there's much else to "tell about"... except dinner.  OH.MY.GOSH.
LuLu's!  Okay, I usually don't go on and on and on about a restuarant, but people... GO THERE.   It seriously was one of the best experiences of my life as far as a restuarant/entertainment area goes. 

We ate, listened to a live band, played in a sand pile, danced with Landin AT THE STAGE, and took plenty of pictures.  (No I won't bombard you with all of those.. )  We were there for like almost 3 hours I believe.. I can't wait to go back! 

OH, and did I mention it was 81 degrees that day?? =)  We talked to people back home and they were all inside and freezing... we were in tank tops and enjoying life... :)  Another good day & another good night's sleep!

Saturday:

We got an early start that morning.  We were headed to Orange Beach to meet up with someone for lunch. She was a really sweet lady that knew Tammy from years ago and they wanted to have lunch and catch up while we were down.  So we traveled over and did that and did a little more shopping. 

When we got back to the hotel, we all changed into bathing suits and hit the beach!  The weather was WONDERFUL again.  Landin had a great time playing in the water/sand and I think we all took part in helping build him a huge sand castle.  Precious memories that I will hold for a lifetime. 

We spent a good while out there, and all ended up with a little sunburn- yes, sunburn in FEBURARY. =)

After that, more shopping! (yes, we did this a lot!) And then rode around just looking at the scenery.. and I captured our wore out little man... Isn't he precious?

We took an afternoon stroll on the beach, where I snapped this picture.  We were all looking for "tar balls" to bring home to show everyone.  [& sadly, yes they are still rolling onto the sand. ]


Let me take a mintute to talk about Tammy.  This woman is awesome.  I am here to tell you that if me and her goofy son EVER figure our lives out and end up together, then I will have the BEST mother-in-law a girl could ask for.  She has been there to listen/console/cry/& laugh with me through all of the issues between Anthony and myself.  She is an angel to me and I love her as my own.  We even actually refer to each other as such.  I can say without a doubt that this woman was meant to be in my life and will forever be an inspiration to me.

Saturday night's dinner: The Hangout.  Okay, I didn't link this one.  I was not impressed.  I have heard so many other people saying they were, but we just weren't.  Just word of advice: When you see the word "spud" there, please don't assume its a baked potato [LIKE THE REST OF THE WORLD..] because it isn't... Anyway, blah to the hangout.  We all dreamed of Lulu's again.. hehe!

Sunday:

The dreaded day- going home.  I always hate to go home from the beach...
It just makes me so SAD and down to see it on the last day. Anwyay, I snapped this..


Now, tell me how someone cannot LOVE the beach?  That's beautiful as it gets. 

We all had SUCH a good trip & and I believe we all grew even closer in our relationship.  I never imagined you could, but I think we did.  I know they are my ex-boyfriend's family, but they are one in the same to me.  Those two ladies have been there through lots of heartache with me.  I love each of them dearly..

Home:
Once I knew I was hours away from the beach, it sets in to just be home already.  When I got to mine (after being jumped on repeatedly (& peed on by Roxie) I got to see my beautiful Amish rocking chair I had been so eager to get prior to my trip. 


I LOVE IT!

So, to sum all this up- I have had the time of my life with some of the sweetest people to enter my life.  I am so thankful for God to allow me all the opportunities that He does. 

Now, it is back to the real word, & yes I am already looking into plans of my next beach trip....

"Ain't life grand, sitting in the sand..." - Quote taken from a sign hanging in Lulu's :)