Wednesday, June 24, 2015

5 Things I Do Awesome.

Today I give you, five of my talents.  

I couldn't find a cute and fashionable photo of myself, mostly because right now that doesn't really exist, so I settled on showing you a slightly awkward photo instead.  I swear Cooper really does love me.  Also, this photo was taken before I broke my arm, in case you were wondering.  *End scene.

1. Sew.  I mean, I'm not a genius at sewing, but over all I feel like I mostly nail it.  

2. Cook food in the microwave.  I might suck at assembling ingredients and cooking them, but I'm pretty daggum good at the microwave.  Every time I see a recipe I'm always like, do we really have to do it that way?  Is there a shortcut?  Do we really need alllll these ingredients?  Are substitutions okay?  No wonder I'm not good at cooking, haha!  But I rule the microwave!

3. Decorating.  Since I've moved into our new home, I feel like I'm killing it with decor.  I'm not sure I'll get a job with Better Homes & Gardens or anything, but I feel like I'm doing pretty good right now.

4.  Driving.  My husband would disagree, but this is my blog and my world and here in Michelle Land, I'm a pretty boss driver.  

5. Giving advice.  It's actually like my life long dream to write an advice column.  If you hear of any openings, let me know.  In the meantime...I would love to give you advice!!  Leave in the comments or write me an email.  I'm so dead serious.  I want to give you all the advice.  

"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

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Blog with Pictures.

Hey guysss!  Long time no see.  We've been pretty busy around here!  Let me show you :)

Sophia turned 6! Seriously, where has the time gone?  I made her a dress for her tea themed party and she was very involved in picking out her cake (mint green frosting, a name "banner", gold candles, lemon flavor) and the activities.  She picked out her own hairstyle from the extensive collection of Abby videos (from Twist me Pretty) that she loves.  Curls with "roses".  You'll have to go check out the tutorial to see what I mean. We made headbands and all the girls got to take one home as a favor.  It was kind of a big hit and one of Sophia's friends told me that it was a REALLY fun party.  So, #winning!



Easter was the next day.  I've always hated dresses with half slips so imagine my surprise when I pulled out this dress to wear for Easter and discovered when I put it on that it only had a half slip.  I just decided to roll with it because it's really hard to find another Easter dress when you are supposed to leave in half an hour.



It was somebody's first Easter!  I love this little girl!


My mom asked for a new picture of Cooper and this is what I got.  #nailedit


My mom made this dress for Sophia so the day she wore it I took her outside for a quick little sesh before church.  These are now some of my favorite photos of all time.  Seriously.  The flower crown just puts it over the edge.


Eric's cousin Amanda was here for a class and she came over to see us.  She told me while she was hear that she found out she was having a girl and a boy for her twins, so of course I had to take some photos.  She used these on FB as a gender reveal for her husband and all her friends.  I love how they turned out!


And then, one of the worst days of our lives.  We were going out for some light Sunday afternoon shopping at the beginning of May and while crossing an intersection, another driver ran a red light and hit us. It was horrible.  He didn't even slow down.  He totaled our car.  Eric has been limping around due to some bruised bones, but he is getting better.  Cooper only had some bumps and scrapes, thankfully.  Sophia broke her clavicle and I broke my arm.  I had to have surgery to stabilize the break.  We ended up having to postpone Cooper's birthday since it was originally scheduled for the day after my surgery.  I felt so bad.  Psychically and emotionally.  Actually my physical pain was so bad it was a little hard to feel anything else.  I had to redirect all my emotions to deal with that.  Anyhow, we are all on the mend now!  My mom came to stay with us for a few weeks and I don't know what I would have done without her!  My sister helped me by taking some pictures of Cooper for his big day.  By the way, this little man is four now and the smartest little four year old I know.  He reads like you wouldn't believe.


Please excuse the mess. #yikes This kid insisted on having birthday hats.  He would not let it go and he made all of us wear one.  I had no idea little kids could be that into birthday hats!


Somewhere before the accident I got these photos of my littles.  Absolutely love them!


Sophia graduated Kindergarten! This makes me happy and sad.  She got the "Braves" award for getting the honor roll all year.  I'm so proud of my little smartie pants!




And that brings us up to now!  

Are you reading this summer?  We are!!  Check your local library to see if they have any programs for kids.  If you are local to my city, you can check ours out here.
Also, Barnes & Nobles is doing a program where if you log the books your child is reading (or you are reading with them) they can earn a free book!

Our plans for this summer are going to include lots of time outside, at the library, and maybe even a few summer movies.  We are going to Florida for two weeks in July.  We have two VBS's that we are doing.  Playing with neighbors and friends. Playing in our kiddie pool and sprinkler.  Basically, I want to make lots of memories.  Last summer we spent the summer looking for a new house, packing, and moving.  We didn't have time to do any fun summer stuff so I'm packing it all in this year!  What are you summer plans?  I'd love to hear all about them in the comments!

"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, March 23, 2015

It's A Zoo Out There.


This is going to be a photo dump kind of post.  A few months ago I bought some Zoo tickets on Groupon.  We didn't go until this past weekend because it's been much too cold.  Saturday morning Sophia (without knowing where we were going) put on a t-shirt with a Giraffe on it watching an ice cream cone.  She asked what we were going to do that day and I asked her what was on her shirt.  She looked down and screamed "Ice cream! We're going to get ice cream!"  I said "Well, no. What else is on your shirt?"  She said "A giraffe!" Then I said "Where can you see giraffes?" And she said "We're going to get ice cream at the Zoo??"  No, but we did go to the zoo!


Excuse the poor quality, but this guy was sitting right up next to the window.  He looked sad.  I love how expressive their faces are.




Cooper insisted on wearing this hat he got from the Easter bunny almost all day.



Look at the little tiny arms clinging to mama!  *I die!*
















"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, March 4, 2015

Hello There!

I love this blog, but with all the cold weather (and mountains and mountains of snow we've had lately) well, the truth is I've just been too lazy to write.  All I can manage anymore is random facts/tidbits I hear around so here's the latest installment.  Who doesn't love these kinds of things anyways.  Notice that was no question.  Everyone does.


Melissa and I outside a Vera Bradley Outlet store this weekend.  I got an iPad mini case for $11, boo-ya!  Follow me on Instagram here :)

First things, first, you should definitely go read my post about my 5 best decorating tips on Jacy's blog.  Do it now!

Blake Lively named her baby James.  Really?  The baby is a girl.  A lot of people are saying it's cute. For the record, I actually do love the name James.  Little known fact, if we hadn't given our son the name Cooper he might have been named James.  That was our second choice.

Apparently there is a legal loophole that allows the government to view any email that is over 6 months old.  In 1986 a communications law was added to the fourth amendment (remember, that's the one about unreasonable searches and seizures) that protects any communication fewer than 180 days old.  After that time, it is considered "abandoned" and can be viewed without a warrant by the federal government.  While I can understand why this might be an issue for shady people, I say if the government wants to see everything I bought from Groopdealz last year and all the pizzas I ordered, help yo' self.

Let's talk about the gym for a minute.  My gym has free Wi-Fi (translation, I can make endless play lists of music on YouTube and watch/listen to them without sucking my data dry).  It has a a Chiropractor's office that offers detox (don't really know what that is, but I like the option of being able to get it), massages, and, of course, adjustments.  It has Child Care.  You guys.  I have discovered the secret to going to the bathroom, taking a shower, and fixing your hair without your kids getting on your last nerve.  Join a freaking gym.  I can work out, pee, shower, change, and fix my hair all at the gym while someone else watches my kid.  Then I go collect Cooper and we run our errands.  I'm telling you, it's life changing.  Life changing.  Will it cost you money?  Yes.  But if you're like me, you won't care.

Speaking of the gym, how many of you take Zumba?  Because when I do I feel like an elephant in a Disney movie.  I am so uncoordinated.  I hear they have a Zumba class that isn't as "high intensity", but it's before Child Care opens, so, obviously.

In other news, FB now allows people the option of choosing a legacy contact.  And if you're thinking that sounds like something you would use in the event of your death, you are correct.  I'm not sure I want people posting for me after I die, but if I do, they better be posting jokes all. day. long.  Seriously.  I want to be remember as funny, or at least funny adjacent.  I'm thinking about making one just so I can write someone a hilarious email to read after I'm gone.

And that's all she wrote.  Just so you know, I've been waiting for it to be warm for ages and today it's actually supposed to be warm.  I'm thinking about taking Cooper to the park just so we can be outside.  Tomorrow it's supposed to snow and so I'm thinking about writing a snow rant tomorrow.  It could be epic.  Later!

"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, February 9, 2015

The Weekend.

So....I took Eleanor's photos this weekend!  #myprecious


She was a cute happy baby for these and then when we went back out to take some in her dedication outfit she was just not having it.  I had to go inside and breakout some backdrop paper for her to sit on to get more of her smiles.  I don't think I got any of her doing the side eye she's so famous for, but that's okay.  These were supposed to be sweet ones anyway!  Haha!

I also took this gem.  Self timers work guys.  Although I still really want a remote.


I think I'm going to make this the background on my computer.  Also, I totes want to take the yearly family photos we do every year with my parents.  Anyone think I can convince them to let me do it?  I made that suggestion to my mom and she asked if I was reasonable and I responded by saying...when am I ever reasonable?  I kid, I kid.  I am occasionally.

P.S. like my FaceBook page here!  Do it!

So I don't think I ever wrote about this, but a few weeks ago, Eleanor scratched my sister in the cornea.  Melissa hurt so, SO bad and was basically legally blind for a few days.  She's all healed up now.  I'm watching myself around that baby though.  I mean dang.  She obviously inherited my sharp nails.  I'm glad she got something from her Auntie, but maybe Melissa's next kid could get my sense of humor or something.  I told Melissa she's never going to live that one down.  I mean, we all have our crosses to bear, Melissa busted her head wide open while wearing a hand smocked dress one time when she was a baby, I ate a spider when I was a baby (true story).  All babies do crazy things once in a while.

We went to the Babies R Us trade in event.  Don't get me wrong, we were only in the store for like 10 minutes so it wasn't a party or anything.  Add that to the fact that Cooper fell asleep in the car and is basically felt like the furthest thing from a party.  Cooper is starting to grow out of his car seat and he'll need a booster soon so we traded in my kids old stroller to get a coupon for new baby gear.  We had that stroller since Sophia was a newborn so part of me was sad to see it go.  But then again we've lugged it around for six years now and it's pretty dirty and takes up a lot of space, so when I thought about that it really wasn't that hard to hand it over.   I'm kinda sad this is probably our last time doing it (they do it twice a year, fyi). My kids are getting so big.  And in case you were wondering, this baby factory is CLOSED.  The event is still going on if you want to participate!

Eric actually went to church with me this weekend.  He loves going, but he's been working so many insane overtime hours that he never gets to go.  I always like having him there with me.  You know, to love Jesus and help me with the rugrats he helped make.

Random facts about me:
-I mentioned this on FB the other day, but I find the smell of Carmex absolutely disgusting.  Like, you can't even imagine.
-I hate vacuuming more than most any other chore.  I don't know why.
-My second most hated chore is unloading the dishwasher.  That one sucks because you have to do it SO often.  #barf  On the upside, it doesn't take as long as vacuuming.
-I actually really like to iron and I love the sound that the hot iron makes when it hits the water you spray on your clothes to help create steam.  Like, I love it.
-I used to be so scared of shooting manual on my camera and now that I've learned how to do it, I literally can't bear to shoot anything in automatic anymore.  I guess when they say once you learn manual you'll never go back they weren't joking.  I don't know who "they" are but "they" certainly do seem to know everything about everything don't "they"?

Love you!

"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, February 6, 2015

I Confess.

So how about it?  It's been a while since I've done "I Confess" and I feel like now's a good time to get some things off my chest.



I confess...I've gained 10 pounds.  BOO.  I just can't get it together to lose it.  I need to buckle down and lately I keep promising myself I'll do it tomorrow but then tomorrow rolls around and I just don't have the self discipline to do it again.  It's sad because I used to be SUPER disciplined, like it annoyed everyone around me, lol.  I need to get back there!

I confess...we've been playing a lot of music around the house lately.  I used to do it when I was alone before and after I got married and I loved it.  Now I'm enjoying passing on my love of loud music to my kids.  I may regret this one day, but I must admit for now I'm having a lot of fun.

I confess...I don't know if I'll ever get tired of listening to Cooper sing and dance.  He used to haaaate music.  It was like a trigger for him, he hated it.  So the fact that he loves it now is something that makes me smile like woah.


Cooper's favorite song right now.

I confess...I've been getting a little more bold lately.  I used to always be scared of some of my sewing projects, now I feel like, why be afraid of doing something wrong?  I feel like I have a fear of making mistakes and honestly that's really ridiculous.  People make mistakes.  By default we are human.  I feel like I'm less afraid of learning.  It's making me a little less of a perfectionist.  Sometimes I feel like if I can't be the best I don't want to do it and that's just dumb.

I confess...yesterday Cooper played on his iPad for 4 hours.  Yep, you read that right, 4 hours.  The truth is, Eric sleeps in the afternoons.  Sleep is basically a major commodity for him because he goes to school and works.  Twelve hours a day at work alone.  I'll basically do whatever I can to keep him quiet so I gave him his iPad yesterday and he was so good and quiet I actually forgot he was there for a little while.  Part of me feels guilty I let him play for that long, but part of me is so relieved I had an afternoon to myself without him crawling all over me.

I confess...I haven't had a cookie in a week.  I know, you are all shocked.  I'll give you a moment to pick you jaw up off the floor.

I confess...part of me is still surprised Cooper loves Eleanor so much.  When Melissa was pregnant he hated any mention of the baby.  Sophia loved it, of course.  So it's so cute and sweet to me now when we go through Target and Cooper says "Mom, that is cute for Elwenoor"  :)

If any of you have anything you'd like to confess to leave it in the comments, or if you blog about it leave me a link so I can read them.  I'm always up for a good dramatic confession.  Come back next week to see pictures of my niece and her little chubby cheeks!

"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, January 28, 2015

Lately.

I wish I had an outfit picture to share with you.  But I don't, so I'm just going to show you this instead.


I am dying for the cuteness.

Lately...

I've learned that are some real jerks on FB (and real life).  But when I found some real jerks, all I did was feel sorry for them.  Because if all you can do with your life is put down others, that's a pretty sad and crappy way to live.  Why not try being kind and making a real friend?  It works if you do it right, I promise.

I've realized I eat too many cookies.  I need to lose a few pounds, haha!

I have loved these past few months of holidays and decorating my home with seasonal stuff.  Currently I have a house decked with pink and red and we all love it.  

I am obsessed with printables.  I swore in my next home I would decorate with them more and ever since we moved into our new rental I have been going nutters.

I am addicted to making felt flowers.  Like, I need rehab.  I'm probably going to do a tutorial soon, if that is something in which any of you are interested!

I have been giving all my friends sewing lessons and I realize my optimal day job (let's be serious though, I haven't had a 9 to 5er in over 5 years) would be to be a home ec. teacher.  That only teaches sewing and never any baking.  Or balancing a check book.  Or sex ed.  Because I don't know anything about cooking or baking.  Or money.  Or feel like talking about sex with teenagers.  Because...weird.   So just sewing, and maybe some light organizational skills.  Then Eric would have to let me finally get a label maker and we would both go crazy.

^^That escalated quickly.

I am still 100% obsessed with Groopdealz.  Seriously, kill me now over this anchor bag.  I needz it.
#justkidding I totally already ordered it.

And that concludes today's session kids.  What are you doing lately?



"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