Friday Favs

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1. These nachos. Yesssssss.

2. I’m eating this oatmeal almost every morning. It’s amazing and delicious and amazing.

3. Flatbread pizzas. I could eat these beauties every day of my life.

4. I’m obsessed with mugs and this would be great for my ever-growing collection.

5. Speaking of needing things, this burger. SERIOUSLY.

6. This shirt...because every mermaid needs to be saved.

7. I love me some sangria. Yum.

8. I NEED this sign for my house. NEED.

9. Looks like I need to learn to make sushi. This roll looks ah-mazing!

10. These breakfast sandwiches need to happen immediately.

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Monday Morning Coffee Date

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If we were having coffee this morning I’d tell you that I was a complete mess last week. That life is absolutely crazy right now and I typically wake up exhausted just knowing what has to get done on a particular day. And last week, was just a bad week for me. I’m not sure I even recognized myself but then I found out that my sister-in-law was having my sweet baby niece and I realized that the chaos is part of life and I can either cry about it and be a complete wreck or I can embrace it.

I’d tell you that my new baby niece is absolutely perfect. She has 10 fingers and 10 toes and the most pinchable cheeks in the world. I know we’re going to have the best adventures together because I’m her aunt and that means we can do what we want.  I can’t wait to watch her grow and see the interaction between her and my minions. And she still has that new baby smell. I love that new baby smell.

I’d tell you that I finally made it to my happy place, the place that soothes my soul, makes me feel refreshed, and instantly happy. I laid in the sun, listened to the waves crash against the shore, and to the sound of my kids laughing. As my man Zac Brown says, “I put my toes in the water, ass in the sand, not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand, life is good today, life is good today” 🎶

If we were having coffee this morning, I’d tell you that I finally took a leap of faith and did something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time now. I’m taking my blog and moving it from its home here  to its own little website. In the next week, I’ll be working hard on making this new website my blog’s new home and I hope you’ll follow me over there. But until next Monday, you can still find me writing here. It’s a big step for me, something I’ve been dreaming of doing for years now and I’m beyond excited!

If we were having coffee this morning I’d give you a huge hug because I wouldn’t want you to leave. I wouldn’t want this coffee date to end. We’d talk for hours about everything from our favorite TV shows, to the songs we love, to how crazy and scary our world is.  We’d laugh until the coffee shop was closing and we’d have to go home. And then I’d pose the question, “Wine?” To which you would respond “My house or yours?”

Tuesday Wrap-Up

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I woke up this morning and thought it was Friday. So there’s that.I mean, I legit thought it was Friday and when reality hit me that it’s only Tuesday, I truly just wanted to pull the covers over my head and go back to sleep until Friday rolls around.

Things have been hectic around here. I’ve started about 7.25 posts and as soon as I sit down to finish them I get a, “MOOOOOMMMMM!!!!” or a “MOM! So and so is doing such and such to me.” It’s awesomely frustrating. I swear I’m going to duck tape the two older minions together so they learn to love each other. My parents are loving this because it’s definitely karma for how my older brother and I acted. Man we fought over some silly things. There are times when K and Big C are fighting that it reminds me exactly of my how we fought when we were minions. Karma people. It’s real.

I’ve been playing Ashley Monroe’s new single,” On to Something Good,”  on repeat lately. It makes me happy. And Drake White “It Feels Good” Oh and ANYTHING Eric Church. ANYTHING.

OH! I almost forgot! I implemented the first (Of many) family yoga session on Saturday.

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I mean, it was awesome and the minions LOVED it. LOVED IT! I was, of course, trying not to laugh the entire time because it was so adorably hilarious. Definitely the first of many family yoga sessions.

Took the kids to see HOME this past weekend. ADORABLE. So, so cute. And the fact that Sheldon Cooper played the little alien dude 😍   And yes, I cried. Twice.

We’re officially on Baby watch. My brother and sister in-law are expecting their first and I’m beyond excited. Like, as soon as I get the call I’m going to grab the kids and the husband and drive immediately to the hospital. I need that new baby smell in my life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday Randomness

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1. I’m sick. Like kick you in the ass sick. And it came out of nowhere, sort of. I’m not going to name any names but I’m pretty sure my sister from another mister gave me the sickness.

2. I’m the kind of person that buys tons of notebooks and then uses them for a million different things instead of having a separate notebook for each thing. Which means I write down all these things, like things I want to do, goals I have, dreams I want to start pursuing, and then when I’m ready to do all these things, I can’t find the list. I wrote down my meal plan for the week yesterday and I can’t find it anywhere. Organized I am not.

3. I’m LOVING Zac Brown Band’s song Homegrown. LOVING. It makes me want to immediately drive to my hometown and grab all the people I love, drag them to the river with a couple of boats that I don’t own and just hang.

4. Shhhhh. Don’t say anything but I’m pretty sure we’ve hit the preteen phase with K. I mean, the attitude, the HORMONES. It’s not pretty. I’m pretty sure she’s going to be shipped to her ya-ya’s house in the near future because WOW. I’m totally not prepared for this.

5. I have some things in my head that I need to put on paper (paper that I don’t lose) and hopefully, soon, bring them to life. I always say this and I never do them because I lose said paper in one of my many, many, notebooks. I’m thinking, if I write them here, I’ll actually do them. Because it would be amazing if I could pull it off and as my man Walt Disney said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Monday Morning Coffee Date

 

 

If we were having coffee this morning I’d tell you that I am in desperate need of a beach day. A beach day complete with a fruity beverage with an umbrella in it. A beach day complete with my kids running around, building sand castles, and laughing. I’d tell you that the beach recharges my soul and my soul could use a good recharging.

I’d tell you that everything seems to go wrong the moment the husband leaves for his work trips. The handle on the sliding glass door breaks, I cut myself who knows how many times when I’m cooking, and the dog decides that he no longer wants to go outside to go to the bathroom and that he wants to phantom bark all night because he’s anxious and wants to protect his family. He’s not a bad dog, just a dog who misses his dad.

I’d tell you that the kids are good, they’re great, and we’re so blessed. But just because we are so blessed with them doesn’t make parenting any easier. They make me crazy both in happiness and in frustration and I don’t think that will ever stop. I’d tell you that you were doing an amazing job parenting YOUR child the way that’s best for YOUR family and not to listen to anyone who tells you otherwise. Society can be mean when it comes to parenting. And a know-it-all. A giant know-it-all. And I’d tell you to listen to the new Kacy Musgraves song because it’s the perfect pick-me-up on a day society trys to beat you down.

If we were having coffee this morning I’d tell you that I miss my friends. Most of my best friends are scattered all over the world and I miss them. Even the friends that are only a couple hours away…they’re so close yet so far. And of course we call and we text but it’s not the same. They are all a part of my family and I (selfishly) want them to follow me wherever I move so that I always have them near.

I’d tell you that my heart hurts and cancer sucks. That we need a cure for this horrible disease. I’d tell you to please pray for this family. Her husband lost his wife and best friend and their children, they lost their mother. She was an amazing person and will live on in so many hearts but that doesn’t make it hurt any less. I didn’t know her personally, only followed her words and she was an inspiration. Cancer, well it needs to go and we need someone to find a cure. Anyone.

And we’d grab a second cup of coffee and maybe even a third not wanting to return to our realities of screaming children and laundry piled up for days. We’d talk about the world and how broken it is and how I don’t want my classes to start this morning but they do and you’d tell me I’m going to rock those classes even if it means staying up late every night to get my work done. And we tell each other our biggest wishes and our dreams hoping if we say them out loud that one day they’ll come true.