Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Instagram Vol. 7.

1//Me & Eleanor #bestfriends
2//Me.  I wore this outfit once before I ruined the skirt that I just made.  I somehow got a stain on it and it wouldn't wash out.  Barf.
3//Cheesin' with my boy.
4//Eric & I at Krispy Kreme.  Gotta have those donuts.
5//We take carselfies alllll the time.
6//I made this map of the US out of fabric scraps.  Angels sang from Heaven when it was finished.  It's just that good.
7//Eric & Cooper "sharing" a smores milkshake at Steak & Shake.
8//Little burrito boy.  He comes to me and says "Mom, wrap me up!"  I'm not kidding.
9//See #5.
10//Sophia in her Frozen dress.
11//My sewing space.  #bestever
12//Cooper thinks a great way to top off a "workout" is by getting a slush that negates doing a workout at all.
13//My sweet boy colored a caterpillar!
14//Sister shopping day, otherwise known as Friday.
15//It was a good hair day.
16//Every time we go to Target Cooper begs to go to the "kitchen" aka the Target Cafe so he can get blue, aka a slushy.  Having a child is like having a secret code that only you can understand.

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"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Friday, November 14, 2014

5 Things.

A little "Top 5" for the day if you will.

I just like this picture, outside the capitol building early on a Sunday morning when even the security guards were wondering why we were there instead of Georgetown Cupcakes.

1. They say that things can't make you happy, but I don't know.  Having a new flat iron would make me something akin to happy.  I'm pretty sure.  That and my old one is a cheapo from Target and it's just not getting my hair super straight anymore, and if that isn't the point of having a straighter I just don't know what is.

2. I can't believe I'm about to write these words, but I actually think I ate too many cookies yesterday. I know, your jaws just all collectively hit the floor.  Believe me, I was just as surprised as you are.  Fret not, today is a new day, it's a whole new chance to eat more cookies.

3.  Last week I stole some of my kids Halloween candy.  Actually I'm not sure stole is the right word, after being pregnant with them and giving birth to them I'm pretty sure I'm entitled to whatever candy I want out of those weird little jack'o'lanterns they use to collect candy.  Anywhozels, I had a Butterfinger.  Here's the thing; when I was a kid, my mom would let me have Lunchables every once in a while.  The pizza kind that she bought me usually came with a tiny, fun size Butterfinger.  So every time I would finish up with my pizza, I would eat the Butterfinger.  Even though I haven't had a Lunchable in, oh, over 15 or so years, every time I taste a Butterfinger I can still practically taste the pizza sauce from those Lunchable pizzas.  Is that weird?  

4. I went to the gym twice this week so I'm starting to feel a little less guilty about the shamefully large amount of cookies I ate yesterday.  

5. Gilmore Girls is funnier now that I'm older.  My friend and I were talking about this a few days ago.  I watched it when it originally aired and I remember loving it and all it's humor and wit, but I don't know.  Maybe it's just being older, wiser, and a little more mature, but it's even more hilarious with age.  Just like cheese.  And we all know how much I love cheese.

I hope you enjoy your weekend as much as I know you enjoyed these random facts about my current life.  And if you didn't enjoy them...I feel sorry for your weekend!  #justkidding #kindof 

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

My Experience Is Not Your Experience.

I recently read this post of Bon's and it just hit me at the deepest level.  So much so that I had to write my own response.  Really I wouldn't call it a response, because I don't disagree with anything she said.  But I just wanted to write about how true and relevant I think it is for today.

My experience is not your experience.
Your experience is not my experience.

Just because you went through something awful, doesn't mean that other people will suffer the same fate.  I constantly, mostly on FaceBook, see people warning others of their bad experiences.  Maybe they feel a sort of calling to do that.  Like if they don't share them, others may endure the same heartache.  For others I think it may be purely therapeutic.

Sometimes people's astounding meanness brings me almost to tears.  I have seen many so-called Christians call other people out, assign them their opinions and then do it all in the name of Jesus.  It breaks my heart.  I cry for these people, their experiences are not my experiences but for whatever reason, they try to make it that way.  Just because Jesus tossed some tables at tax collectors doesn't mean you have the right to treat other people badly when you feel they've been wrong.

On the other hand, just because you experienced something good doesn't mean it will be good for other people.  Just because you go to a great restaurant, for example, doesn't mean that everyone else should or will like it there.  I like to rave about a local place called Gianna's, but maybe that's not the best pizza in town to someone else's taste buds.  And you know what?  That's okay.

Maybe there is someone in your life who has done you wrong.  And when that happens, we all have that one friend we vent to.  But social media isn't a good place to talk about people.  You never know how it affects others.  Here's something you should remember, that person who treated you badly, that person you don't like...that person is someone else's person.  That person is someone's parent, spouse, co-worker or friend.  There are people who love that person.  And their experience doesn't line up with yours.  But now that you've made your experience so public, you hurt their experience.  And then those people start to think badly about you.  That might not hurt your feelings, but it hurts theirs.  

Be kind.  Even when people are mean, be kind.  Even when you don't like them, what they say, or they choices they make, be kind.  My experience isn't your experience isn't your experience and that's perfectly okay.  Let's keep it that way.

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Friday, November 7, 2014

Style: Plaid & Stripes.

Shirt: Target, sold out (similar), Skirt: Handmade (similar) Belt: Apt. 9

I'm just not the kind of person who can spend major money on clothes.  See, the thing is, I love clothes.  Like, love them.   And I love having lots of them.  Hey, we all have our weaknesses.  And I know what you're thinking, if you love clothes so much, shouldn't you invest in pieces that will last forever?  And to answer that, I would say no.  No, because I like changing things up.  If you want a small wardrobe of staple pieces then investing in expensive clothes is a good idea.  And for me, it's not about being trendy, but it is about being able to change.  Change my style, change what I like, I always need to have room for new things.  New, inexpensive things.  Which is why I bought this shirt on clearance, this belt with a coupon/gift card, and I made this skirt with fabric I bought for $10.  It's also the reason I make so many of my clothes, that, and it's fun.

Melissa told me she didn't think this outfit matched, but when I wore it to church I got compliments, so, good enough.

Happy Monday! 

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, November 3, 2014

Halloween Recap.

1//Cooper with his pancake 2//Sophia & her friend from school, two cute little Elsa's 3//Sophia & I waiting on pancakes.
4//Auntie & Eleanor 5//MEOW! 6//Uncle Eric and Eleanor 
7//Two Elsa's and an Anna 8//Sophia was SO excited about her pancake 9//About to hit the streets for candy.
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So, Halloween morning my mom sends me a picture of herself as Pete the Cat.  She wore an all black outfit and had some kitty ears.  I thought to myself, if she can do that so can I.  So I went to Claire's and bought myself some kitty ears and then some cheap eye liner from Target for the nose and whiskers and volia.  I was a kitty.

We started off the day by having Scary Face Pancakes at IHOP.  It was a last second decision.  I got an email the night before saying that kids 12 and under could get a free pancake so, yeah, it wasn't a hard decision.  Plus I'll use just about any excuse the snazz up my favorite meal of the day.  The kids LOVED eating them and we managed to get Sophia to school just in the nick of time to not be tardy #winning.

When she came home from school we had dinner and went trick or treating.  We quickly ran into one of Sophia's best friends from school and I am SO glad we did!  Sophia had a blast trick or treating with her friends and Cooper had a pretty good time too.  I think he thought it was pretty legit.  Run up to someone's door, grab some candy, and ditch them with an adorable thank you.  It's a pretty good idea if you ask me.

We headed to church after that for a trunk or treat and there were games, food, and a cake walk to keep us occupied for the rest of the night.  Eleanor was there and she was the cutest little batgirl you ever did see.  We were all worn out and totally sugar high by the time we stumbled back into the house.

I hope you all enjoyed your Halloween just as much as we did.  My Thanksgiving decorations are out in all their glory and we're already planning on when our Christmas tree should go up (hint: soon).

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Saturday, November 1, 2014

November 1.

Let's be honest.  We all know what November 1 means.

I love Thanksgiving and I plan to put out my harvest, non-Halloween-y pumpkins, cornucopias and my Publix Pilgrims out today, but make no mistake, Christmas is upon us.  And I love it!

Happy Saturday :)

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

These pictures are far, far from my best work, but my kids are pretty cute, so you know.  That's enough.

My original plan was for the kids to be Little Red Riding Hood and the big bad wolf.  Sophia had the best dress too.  But Frozen came out on DVD this year and so obviously Sophia just had to be Elsa.  Cooper hates costumes so we're going for comfort with this embroidered shirt my mom made him.  Maybe next year he'll want to go for a costume again.  We'll see :)

Love these cuties!  Come back Monday for a recap on how our Trick-or-Treating went.  Maybe I'll even share a photo of Eleanor, AKA, the world's cutest little superhero.  Happy treating!

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11