Hi! Remember me?

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I’m back!!!!!!!!! But I’m sorting through a ton of pictures…
So, no post today except for a sneak peek!


The love of my life.


Hopefully later this week I’ll be back on track!

I got a question..

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Did you love all the girls who so kindly guest posted for me this week?

Then now is your chance to go show them love if you didn't already...

You know you want to.

And a big, big, big thank you to each of you!!   You girls rock!!!

Happy Mama!

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Ladies, I cannot tell you how excited I am to have Mallorie on board today.  She is not only my blog friend, but my real friend.  I have read her blog for forever it seems like and remember being so excited when she got married and then just anxiously awaiting her sweet little girl's arrival.  So thank you Mallorie, thank you!
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Hi y’all! My name is Mallorie and I am the author of Happy Home. I am a graduate of Baylor University {Sic’em!}, wife to my amazing hubby, and mommy to our darling eight month old daughter Emma Claire. I am also a fur-momma to Dixie and Gracie. Right now I’m staying at home with Emma Claire but in the future I plan on going back to teaching.

Here’s the most recent picture of our little family. This was taken on the day that we bought our first home {obviously} ha!
As I tried to think of things to write in my guest post I literally drew a gigantic blank. Have I ever guest posted before? No. Do I have endless blog topics in mind? No. And then it hit me. I didn’t know what to write about in my guest post because I basically talk about one thing on my blog. Emma Claire. And then it hit me. I’ve turned into a full force “Mommy Blogger”. Wow. Now I don’t see the title of Mommy Blogger as a negative thing and never have. I just never thought I would become one, I’m not sure why I thought that, but I did.
So there you have it, I’m a mommy blogger without anything to guest post about. Or so I thought. If you have ever read my blog then you know I never have a shortage of pictures of Emma Claire. In fact I probably take TOO MANY pictures. I get asked all the time how I take so many pictures. So today I’m going to share with you exactly HOW I make sure that Emma Claire’s little babyhood is well documented!
1.       Keep your camera handy.
I keep my “big” camera {aka my Digital SLR} in our end table. That way I can grab  it whenever something is going on. Or when she is just being extra cute, which is…all the time!
2.       Keep your phone handy.
I think it goes without saying in this day and age that most of us have great cameras on our phones. I have captured many great moments on my phone.
3.       Don’t take just one picture.
I’ve already established that I take lots of pictures but I didn’t specify…I take at least 10-15 pictures each time I am documenting something. That way one of them is guaranteed to turn out. If I just took one or two then I might not get exactly what I’m looking for. If it’s a “big” event, monthly pictures, milestone, photoshoot, etc…I can take anywhere between 200-700 pictures.
1.       Make taking pictures part of your daily life.
I take pictures every day. I think by doing this it becomes more of a habit.
2.       Don’t be afraid to ask someone to take YOUR picture.
I’m guilty of not following this rule very often. There are TONS of pictures of the hubs with Emma Claire because I’m constantly taking them. If I want to be in a picture I {usually} have to ask for it to be taken. It doesn’t bother me, I’m the photographer in the family so I just have to make it a priority to be IN the pictures!
So there you have it. My little tips and tricks for baby documentation. But seriously, you can apply these tips/tricks to anything. Trust me, before Emma Claire came along my dogs were the most photographed dogs on the planet ;-) Thanks for having me, Kayla!

It's Megan's turn!

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I have got SUCH a treat for you ladies today! Megan is one of the funniest blogs, I promise. And her love for her hubby? Obvious. So, if you don't already read her blog then you will know after today why she is one of my faves!



Hi there friends! My name is Megan and I blog over at Mackey Madness


I'm not exactly sure why I'm volunteering this information, but today I'm going to share a little story about my most embarrassing moment. Or should I say "one of" those moments...because let's be honest, there's been several.

Let me take you back to the first grade. We were in the middle of taking a test when my poor young self had to go to the bathroom. I raised my hand and asked if I could go quickly and my teacher said that I could hold it and to wait until the test was over. 

Five minutes passed. Again, I raised my hand and said that I really needed to go to the bathroom. And again my teacher told me to hold it. By this time I was squirming in my seat and getting a little sweaty and trying to squeeze it as tight as I could. That's when it happened...I couldn't hold it anymore and the pee just started coming out. It came slowly at first and I tried to hold it in, but it just kept coming. It started dripping down the desk and spreading across the floor.

Being the smart first grader that I was, I tried to use my book bag and extra papers to soak it up. But of course, one of the other students raised her hand and told the teacher that there was something wet on the floor. My heart raced as the teacher walked over to our desks and looked at the floor. I blushed. I looked down at my test and pretended to know nothing. 

She got someone to mop up the floor and I sat in class with wet pants. Eventually they dried and my teacher and I both pretended like nothing had happened. I was so grateful that she didn't call me out about it in front of the whole class. And yes, I really do remember that much detail about something that happened in the first grade...I was SO embarrassed. 

Oh, and I learned to always pee before class and at breaks. : )

Now share your embarrassing moment in the comments so I won't feel so alone. Puh-lease. 

Thanks for having me, Kayla!

Do you see why? Ha!!!  Go check her blog out!  She is a hoot!  Thanks Megan, your the best!

My little sis!

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No, I don't have a real sister that I've neglected to talk about. But I do have a little sister, Haley.  She started blogging a little while back and she and I have hit it off great!  We have discussed meeting up one day and I'm crossing my fingers and toes that we can make it happen!  So here she is.. :)

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Hey hey hey there, all you lovely Keeping Up with Kayla readers!! I'm Haley, and I blog over at I Can Only Imagine. I'm a true to heart southern girl, born and raised in the same little town of 1,400 people in North Carolina, and I'm currently a junior at UNC-Chapel Hill!
That's me!
If you're reading this, then you must consider yourself very lucky. Nooo, not because I'm writing it ;) but because that means that you must know Kayla and that, my friends, is a ball of luck all in itself! I've told K this before, but now I'll tell y'all: she is basically my blogging big sister. She has helped me so much with getting my very new blog off the ground and I love her to death for it! 

Sweet Kayla asked me to guest post for her while she is on vacay soaking up the wonderful sun, so I thought what better to talk about than vacations?! I very recently returned from a blissful 11 day getaway to sunny California and while I would love to share that with y'all..I just realized that I haven't re-sized any of the 834 pictures I took so it's taking them forever to load. Therefore, I'm still so excited to share some of my favorite past vacations with y'all! 
Hope you enjoy and don't forget to hop on over to my blog and check it out! I'd love to meet y'all! xo
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 I have been to NYC twice in my life, once freshman year of high school with friends, and then again my junior year of high school with my brother and my dad! We went December 16-21, 2008 so we were able to see NYC in all it's Chrismas-y glory and it was unbelievable. AND it snowed. Nothing more beautiful than NYC in the snow. Trust me.

Snowed the DAY we got there. Super cold, but super worth it.

Love that big, beautiful Christmas tree.

Atop the Empire State Building. Talk about freezing!!

Mmm..Central Park in the snow!! 

New York has my heart and always will. Can't wait to go back again!!
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One of my favorite vacations (excluding California ;)) was our trip to Cancun back in 2009! My dad's friend Pam's daughter Kelly (who just so happens to be one of my best friends) graduated from high school that year and her present was a trip to Cancun and we all got to tag along! It was the first time I had ever been out of the country and it was amazing. I loved every bit of it. We went snorkeling, ate super weird food, and got tons of sunshine ;)


 Kelly and myself en route to Isla Mujeres

The whole crew!


I could've lived there forever. Seriously.

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 Next up: our trip to Snowshoe Mountain, WV. 
My family has always, always, always enjoyed skiing and snowboarding. We've taken numerous trips up to Snowshoe and Wintergreen Ski Resorts in WV but our most recent one (Winter 2010) was my favorite! I am personally a snowboarder, I like to feel a little bada$$ if ya know what I mean :P

 Snowshoe Village. So picturesque.

Hunter (my brother), Kelly (great friend), & myself atop the ski lift

Takes my breath away every time.

My dad, myself, & my brother

The mountains are so relaxing; I find them to be almost as relaxing as the beach. Cozy fire, hot chocolate, good movie..mmmm. Love it!

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Well, my new friends..that's all I have for ya today! I hope you've enjoyed getting to know me and I hope to meet you all very soon over at my blog!

Have a fab vacation K, and y'all have a wonderful and blessed day! xo
 
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Now get over to her page and follow this girl.  I SAID SO. Thanks Haley! :)

I'm going to miss her..

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Right now I should be happy. Should be getting excited about this being my last day of work before vacation starts.

But right now in this moment my heart is broken into a million pieces.

Right now as I type this, her sweet little life is coming to an end.  Princess got hit yesterday by a car and the back portion of her body suffered.  My dad used to raise dogs, so knew what signs to watch for and was feeling hopeful last night she would be alright.

But this morning she is shaking and in shock and cannot eat/drink because she cannot use the bathroom (and I assume knew this just out of common sense she had) and refused to eat/drink anything so my dad bit the bullet early on. 

And this sweet face is no longer with us.  Is my heart broken? Yes. 
Does it dampen my spirits? Yes.
Do I know she deserved to be put out of her misery rather than another day or hours of pain? Yes.

But it still hurts.

Anyone who knows me can tell you I take it to heart when a dog is injured or dies.  A part of me dies with them.  

The same for today, and right now. 


Sweet dreams, baby girl.  And welcome to Doggy Heaven. 

Leibster #2!

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The shock is genuine.

I just not nominated for a second Leibster award.  Awesome.  Seriously.


Since my first was not too long ago, I shall direct you here to see that. 

But I do want to play along again since Stevie went out of her way and nominated me.  So...without further ado..

Stevie's Questions:
  1. What's the best advise you have ever received?   --   To never give up on love.
  2. Do you have dreams that are too far to reach?    -- I hardly ever dream, but when I do they are very realistic.  Example, Monday night I dreamed B was in a wreck and died.  Not cool.  At all.   I woke myself up crying.
  3. What is your biggest pet peeve about restaurants?  -- After you drink order is taken, they go get the drink and are back within two minutes and have to ASK who got which drink.  WRITE.IT.DOWN if you need to.
  4. Flowers and a movie or rock climbing and a picnic?    --How about picnic and a movie? :)
  5. Do you think you have changed this year if so how?   -- I have.  I found out who my true friends were and found the man that completes me.  My life is full.
  6. Favorite old TV show?  -- Saved By the Bell.  yes, I took it back OLD.
  7. Do you think you are what people perceive you as on your blog or different?   --I think I am the same.  I am me, that's all I strive to be.
  8. What is your middle name?   -- Leann
  9. What do you think of Kourtney Kardashian naming her daughter Penelope? -- I personally don't care for it.  at all.
  10. Do you believe there is one person out there for everyone?   --I think there are many people out there for everyone.  You have to go through good AND bad to figure out who you are as a person, and then in the end you find a person who compliments you and makes you feel the best you can.  That is when you find the one person for you. 
  11. Have you tried everything you said you would when you were 16 in life? Do you plan on trying everything you ever wanted to do or have those things changed since then?    --My life is way different than I thought it would be at 16.  But that's okay.  It's part of life's journey.  And my goals are still the same, just taking a lot longer than I thought they would.
Thanks Stevie!!

Rant.

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Okay.. let me rant. 

So this morning I woke up, got ready for work (TWO MORE FULL DAYS, Thank you Jesus!) and I was hungry.  Well, I knew I had nothing to snack on in my drawer at work so I planned a quick run in the Dollar General for a box of pop tarts. 

Sounds simple enough, right?  Wrong.  I get there about 3 minutes before they open, so I sat in my car looking at Facebook and waiting on 8:00.  I noticed the whole time I was sitting there that a girl who works in there was standing outside, looking around.  When I got out of my car she told me the girl who was supposed to been opening the store this morning had not shown up yet. 

Okay, I got back in the car and thought she must be running a few late. Still not a big deal at this point.  Then she comes walking over to me and asked to use my phone to call one of the other girls.  I said sure and let her.  I knew from the phone conversation that no one was coming anytime soon.  And at this point there was other customers besides me trying to get inside. 

I left because I had to get to work.  And now I'm sitting here starving my butt off. 

Not good. 

[Dear DG girl.. I hate you.]

In other news, B's ballgame got rained out last night so we ended up having dinner with my parents.  I think it worked out because we needed to see them before we leave on vacation because we have been not seeing them near as much as we should have.  After vacation, I really want us to do something with my family so they don't get their feeling hurt and for B to be around my side more so.  I want him to have a relationship with Jenna and she needs to see him more often than she does for that to happen. 

But anyway, it all worked out yesterday.  And I am completely worthless at work. 

In fact, I could care less.  Sadly.

My brain is on beach time. 

I am..

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Soooo tired. 

The guys had games kind of late last night and I didn't get home until almost 10:00. 

I'm not used to it.  And my old body feels it. :S

I just keep repeating beach..beach..beach... haha.

Speaking of.. what's some of your favorite things to take on a beach vacation?  I've got my list made, but would love to hear of something I might have forgotten!!!

I need to apologize..

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For the great possibility that my blog posts will SUCK this week.  My brain is already on vacation. 

Yes, people, the countdown is on.  In 5 days I will be heading my sweet little self to the beach where I can plop my butt in the sand!

Isn't it funny how vacations come when you MOST need them in your life?  This is all the truth for me and mine right now.  It just seems like my "daily" life is on my nerves lately. And I for sure need a break from work.  I think my drive thru is getting smaller by the day.. 

So, again, I apologize for the stupid posts for this week.  And I might mention the beach every.single.day.

Get over it. 

But let's change up a bit and recap my weekend.  Not that there is that much to tell about, but hey.. everyone is nosey to a degree and I like reading about y'all weekends so here's a glimpse into mine..

Friday: Soon as I clocked out at work I went and picked up B at work.  We then went to daycare to get his youngest nephew, Brad.  Bethany was taking the two older boys to something that the little one wouldn't get to enjoy so B and I watched him while they were gone. 

I can't speak for B here, but I had SO MUCH FUN.  That little man is a hoot.  And when he grins you cannot help but melt.  SO precious.  I wish I had gotten my camera out and got some pictures, but hey, we were too busy playing.  And building those precious memories. 

Saturday: Lazy bones was my name.  I seriously was laaaaaaaaaaazy.  But there are very few Saturdays I don't have anywhere to be, and with this being the one before vacation and I know how busy this week is going to be, I took full advantage of it.  I got up with B at 7 when he went to work, but then ran to town and buy a few things for vacation before the crowds got out and about.  Then I went back home and back to bed. 

I told you I was lazy.

After that I got up, moved to the couch, and proceeded to catch up on some shows I'd missed on the last few weeks.  Finally, I got up off my tail and B and I went and got dinner and browsed around town a little before coming home.

Sunday: LAZY was not even the word.  I slept like all day long.  Then it hit me that I won't have time again this week to clean my house before we leave and let's be honest.  I'm a freak about my house being clean and I CANNOT think about coming home to a dirty house.  So I got some of it mopped and cleaned yesterday and will try and do a little each night to get it all done and put away. 

SO that was my weekend loves.  It's nothing fancy, and nothing special. But I love it. 

And in 5 days when I'm heading to the beach with my man and other family then I will be smiling and thanking God for what all He has blessed me with 

What did YOU do this weekend??

Today..

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How..

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I've made it through the last year....


When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed outwardly or inwardly. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend, and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrong -doing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up or out and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and it is now time to move on.

When people come into your life for a SEASON, it is because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn. They may bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it! It is real! But only for a season.


LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons; those things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person/people (anyway); and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.


**Today is July 12th.  For most of you this is just another normal day, just another day at work, at games, at home, etc.  But for me and B it's anything but a normal day. 


A year ago today our lives changed.  And we didn't even know each other.


I try not to talk too much about our past on the blog because for one, it's private, and secondly, WE try not to talk about it ourselves.  It's poison in ways.  It can make you feel anger/sadness/jealously even when it's about something you weren't even around for during the time it was occurring.


With that said, I think most of you know that B was married before he and I started dating, and most of you know that I was in a string of bad relationships, with the last one being the most mentally challenging.  I think both of us were mentally abused, but in different ways.  


Regardless of HOW it occurred, it did.  And we felt like WE were the problem.  It isn't a good feeling to know you are going above and beyond what you can do to keep a relationship turning, and still be told you are doing everything wrong and you are useless, crazy, psychotic, and stupid.  Not to mention the names I won't dare repeat.  It was pure hell. 


So, why July 12th?  Well.. That's the day that I made A pack the very last of his things and leave my house.  This was after the last stunt he played on me when he publicly announced his mistakes he had made to me and toward me and "this time would be different" and I took the biggest chance and let him return to me and my home.  And he did much more harm to me in that day than he did in the whole year leading up to that day.  My soul was crushed.  My heart was broken.  


But don't feel sorry for me.  My inner Madea got her groove on and the fire lit under my ass and I showed him the door out.  I got to speak my mind and my heart for the first time ever.  And I left NOTHING out.  I wanted him to know he was a complete jackass to me, my family, my friends, my whole world.  I wanted him gone.  For good.  Dead in my head.  


B was a few miles down the road packing his stuff from his home with his ex-wife and going through far different emotions.  He was sad.  Very, very sad.  I don't think it was over her, but over the disappointment of becoming "a statistic" like everyone else.  Again, I won't go into many private details of his situation, but he stood by and took a lot more than I think any one of us would have.  He remained in his marriage even when it was not a marriage, but merely roommates sharing a home.  


July 12th was his day of his inner strength too though.  He packed and moved out of their home.  He changed all his bills, accounts, etc. before hand and had his mind made up that Tuesday, July 12th would be a day of change for him.  


Yes, I'm saying that he and I both ended our "relationships" on the same day.  


And want me to make this even cooler?


It was within two hours of each other.  No lie.


He was probably pulling out of his former driveway about the time I was just being faced with A after he got off work.  


I know, I know.  It's bizarre.  I can't make this stuff up. :)


So... with that said.  B and I have decided that July 12th is OUR DAY now.   Freedom day.  


The day that led a good-hearted, love beaten, dependable beyond measure, emotional guy to eventually send a cautious, scared, emotionally drained girl a friend request on FaceBook that would change both of their lives.   


Is it weird to celebrate the day of your former life being "over"?  Maybe.  But not when I know that the man I have celebrating with me has come down just as long of a road from hell as I have.  And together our life is going to be in a direction that neither of us have ever known or experienced. 


So, we may be pushing down 30's door.. but happiness never ever comes too late.  Never.


B, baby, you are the love of my life.  You saved me when I am not sure I could have saved myself.  You have shown me that life still offers a beautiful road after a few miles in the blackest days.  You are the perfect example of the man I have dreamed about since I was a little girl.  You are the sunshine in my days.  You are the first person that I go to in a crisis or exciting moment.  You are the father of our future children.  You are the sweetest face I've ever kissed.  You are the best snuggler in the world.  You make my house feel like a home.  You bring about a family full of love.  You are God's creation-for me.  And I can never thank Him enough.  I loved you before I knew you, I am in love with you now, and I can't wait to be 80 years old, holding your hand and still feeling the butterflies in my stomach that you still cause to this day.  You have my soul.


So, if there is anyone out there reading this, feeling like you've been alone in the world and you might not ever find your true love.  I'm living proof you need to hang on.  God has NOT forgotten about you.  Promise.  Just give Him a little time.  After all, it takes a detailed selection to find a woman/man who meets the pure love you need. 

If you want to see our whole story, click the Love Story Tab above!





Monogramm my life

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Well, my future life...

Lately I've been racking up on some new monogram items! 

I mentioned B got me the toiletry bag for vacation.  I think it was record speed getting it done.  I dropped that bad boy off at 1:00 yesterday and was told it would take a day or two.  By 2:30 they had called me to come pick it up. 
It looks SOOOO good.  The hot pink against that black really makes it pop! And not to mention this bag is going to be SO handy for vacation.  My man sure knows how to please me! :)

I also participated in a Koozie Swap.  My partner sent me this koozie..


Yes, again, my future initials.  I figure if you know you are going to spend the rest of your life with someone then it's safe to go ahead and get it on my things.  Right?

I'm so thrilled to see that W on all my things.  And I truly cannot wait to legally be a W. 

That's all for now kids.  I'm going to go practice writing my new name.. ha! 

RoadTrip Weekend

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This weekend was a GREAT one.  I got to spend some time with B and his brother, Ben, and their mom, Donna.  Donna's parents' were having a fish fry at their house in Cairo, Illinois so this year I loaded up and went with them for the trip.  B wanted me to see where his family is from, and I wanted to take the chance to meet some of his family that I might otherwise, not meet. 

They picked me up at 8:00 at my house and we had good conversation in the car on the way there.  I just love getting to hear stories, and there was no shortage of them on the car ride there.  And just a odd fact on the side, we discussed his mom's wreck that occurred not long before B and I met.  The funny thing is, that was our first conversation on the phone.  Topic: Death.   How romantic, huh? :) 

Everyone at home thought I was taking a real over night trip since Illinois sounds soooo far away from home here in the Corinth, MS.  But really it's not a bad trip.  I think it is somewhere around 3 1/2 hours.  Even me with my back problems did fine.  Of course, I popped a pain pill too.. ;)

We crossed the point where the Ohio River and the Mississippi Rivers meet.  Now I know why they call it the "Muddy Mississippi" for sure.  That was neat to me to see something I've heard/read about.  I know B and his family probably think Cairo is nothing, and it is a run down town now.  But I was looking at those buildings just thinking and imagining how pretty I bet it used to be. 

They also showed me some brick roads and I got a chance to see Magnolia Manor.  I think (forgive me history buffs) this had something to do with Ulysses S. Grant during the Civil War time.  Pretty cool to me.  I have this fascination with older buildings/homes like that. 

I stole a picture from Google for you to see.. ;) Sorry, Google.

Anyway, back to the family fish fry.  We arrived and immediately ate.  B, Ben, and Donna all said the fish was nothing like it usually is.  And I can't speak for that.. but what I CAN say is I think I will crave those hush puppies.  I kind of already do.  Talk about GOOD.. and I'm SO picky about hush puppies.

After we ate, we all gathered in the living room and talked for a few hours.  B's grandmother ended up bringing out old family photos so we all got some laughs out of those.  We also heard the story of how she and B's grandfather got married.  Ladies, it's just priceless to listen to old stories like that.  I was just sitting there thinking as she was saying how they were only 16 and 18 years old that I just hope B and myself have such a long lasting love too.  Don't get me wrong- I don't have any doubts about us.  I just see older people and even if they fight or can't hear one another anymore, you can still see the love and dedication.  That's what I hope our grand kids and great-grand kids see one day.  Complete love and devotion. 

We left their house and B wanted to show me where his other grandmother "Nannie" lived so as we were driving by we noticed she was home (she had been in Texas with B's uncle and aunt) and so we stopped for a surprise visit.  So I ended up meeting more family than I even knew I would.  Such a good thing and feeling to be able to see B's heritage.  I wish every day he could have met mine.  They would have all loved him.  Grandparents' are so precious.  No one realizes how much until it's gone and too late. 

It's a trip I will never, ever forget.  I've mentioned it on the blog before a couple times, but some of you might not know.  B was married before and so since he and I started dating so quickly, no one had time to really know what happened with her and then how he and I met.  So that story was told over and over and over again.  I'm comfortable with B and his being married before me.  I know what happened and why the marriage didn't work out and it was before my time.  I know he likes to shield me from the topic, but there was no way out of it Saturday.  I know he felt odd and yes, after about the 4th conversation I did too.  Even his brother, Ben, apologized to me twice for how much was being brought up in front of my face.  I just want to take a moment and address it though.  No one wants to hear about their future husband's ex wife and their past.  But I think it just goes to show how strong I am to be able to sit back and listen and not let it effect me and B.  I know I am the woman he wanted for life, not her.  And I'm not saying that selfishly.  She wasn't the woman he thought she was and I truly believe he and I stare a bond that we both wanted a long time ago.  And never found. 

[So B, baby, please don't take offence to what your family might have asked or said in front of me.  They are purely wanting to know for the benefit of knowing how this all came to be.  And don't overlook the fact that after every single time it was brought up that you were told how proud of you they are and how happy they are that you have found happiness and wish US luck.  It meant a world to me that they accept me this quickly into the family and made me feel 100% welcome from the time I got there.  You have a wonderful family and I cannot believe I am getting so lucky once again to be a part of something so great.  So thank you to you, to your parents, to your brother/sister, grandparents, uncles/aunts, and cousins for standing behind you and US for OUR happy ever after.]

After the visits, we headed back home and made a stop in Jackson, TN for Target (Who doesn't love Target!?!?) and dinner at Outback.  I had so much fun with B, Ben, and Donna.  It gets me even more excited for vacation and getting to know the family more than just the length of a ballgame or movie or something.  To REALLY get to know each other. 


I also want to take a minute to brag on my baby.  He had something up his sleeve and he pulled one on me.  He ordered me a travel bag for vacation for all my toiletries.  He did it on his own, with no help or persuasion from anyone.  Talk about a good boyfriend.  He is always thinking and planning something for me.  Always.  I just still wonder sometimes how I got so lucky.

Tonight his and Ben's ballgames start, so I'm sure I'll be talking about that in the next few weeks a lot!  Bare with me.  I'm a proud, devoted girlfriend and I am going to broadcast my baby!  :)

 

Friday's Letters #1

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This is my first time doing this link-up, but I figure a little change never hurt anyone, huh?

Dear Work, I am sooooo glad it's Friday and I get a break from you.  Lately you are on.my.nerves.

Dear Vacation, can you please get here sooner than 15 days??!?!?

Dear Beach, when we meet, please suck me in so I can never come back home.

Dear B, you are hands down the most amazing man I've ever met.  Seriously.

Dear ladies, I will not apologize for babbling over B all the time.  That's my dream man I got and I'm going to talk about it. 

Dear blog, thank you for allowing me to make new friends.

Dear new friends, you girls ROCK.  Seriously.

Dear cell phone, thank you for the hours of entertainment you can provide me when I'm bored.

Dear weekend, I'm looking forward to you.  In a big ole way!!!

Dear yard sales, don't miss me too much this weekend.  I'm not coming... shock!

Dear B's family, please like me :)

A 4th kind of day..

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I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday yesterday.  I know I did. 

I woke up to my sweet Jenna bugg.  She spent the night with me Tuesday night, so we woke up and I took her home.  I came back home and laid on the couch and was lazy.  Hey, I was taking full advantage of my day off. :)

And then I decided to rearrange a bedroom in my house.  Why I can't just BE ENTIRELY lazy I have no idea.  I always have to get up and do something.  It's sort of annoying to say the least. 

Anyway, back to the bedroom.  I want to take the bed down that's in there, but sometime in the few weeks after I get back from vacation I want to get new flooring put into that room, so I am going to tackle that project then.    I want the space to be more of a home office because usually when people stay with me it's just easier for them to stay in my Marilyn Monroe room anyway. But I'm definitely prone to change my mind on this taking the bed down thing, for sure. 

I'm going to try and get some pictures of this when it all gets how I want it.  If that ever happens. 

Last night I went out to eat BBQ and watch fireworks with B and his family. It was fun!






I think it's safe to say we are ALL ready for vacation.  I cannot wait!  16 days!!!!

Lord knows I NEED to see a beach.  :)

The weekend recap!

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Hello, ladies!

I hope each and every one of you had a good, relaxing weekend!  I know me and B did and it was SO nice.

But the highlight of my weekend was getting to see my friends!


Meredith's sweet cousin threw her a baby shower since this was her last visit to town before baby Henry arrives!  It was so good to see her and get to see her sweet belly!  Keep in mind the last time I saw her was right after she found out she was preggo and there was no belly.

It is just precious to see my friends pregnant.  And might I add that Mert looked SO cute as a pregnant woman.  It definetly suits you, friend!

Other than that, I didn't do much besides try and clean out my extra bedroom (to make room for my DIY wedding take over, ha!) and I went to the movies with my mom and the future mother-in-law.  We saw Madea's Witness Protection.  It was so funny!  But who doesn't love a good Madea moment?  We all have a little of her in us, or at least I do. ha!

That's all for me today, enjoy your Monday!