Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A BFF Baby Shower: Yellow & Gray

Heather and I first met when we were about 3 or 4 at our babysitters (Mrs Jo's). We have pretty much been best friends since. So you could literally say we are LIFE LONG friends. We've been through everything together: cheerleading, dance line, first day of kindergarten/middle school/high school, heartbreaks, proms, weddings, babies...I could go ON and ON. We've been friends for about 26 years. And in that 26 years, I think we have only ever had one disagreement. Sure we went through our times where we weren't as close (I went to Auburn, she stayed in our home town) but we have always been there for each other, supported each other, loved each other. We have so many memories and inside jokes it's not even funny. Adam says when we get around each other that we have our own "language." And we do. We say things that mean different things and unless you are us, you won't get it. We laugh SO much when we are together, I can't even explain. Heather is good for my soul (and my abs). In more ways than one, we are like sisters. Neither of us have a sister, so we fill that spot. Her mom was always (and still is) like my second mom. This family means so much  me. I am so blessed to call Heather my friend.
Heather went through a devastating early pregnancy miscarriage a year ago. But she is strong and she made it through it. And a few months later, she was pregnant again. Now in about 6 weeks, we will get to meet William Jasper. I can't wait to hold him, kiss on him and tell him how much I love him. I will, no doubt, be his "cool auntee." Heather is Addison's "Auntee Headuh." (You have to know us to get the "auntee" thing). Heather is so good to Addison. Always giving her "prizes" and spoiling her. Addison is so lucky to get to have Heather in her life, and so am I.

Now on to baby shower deets. When we talked shower, I already knew that Heather isn't a "frilly" shower kind of gal. She is modern and funky and loves different things. I already had in mind what I wanted to do, I just needed her to tell me what colors she was doing his room so we could play off of that. She is doing gray and yellow in his room so BAM, that was it. And I LOVE it. I am kind of obsessed with yellow and gray after this shower.

Here's me and the mom-to-be and me and the grandmother-to-be.



So here are the deets:

Shower theme: Yellow & Gray with hints of birds.
Love these invites from Cadence Paige on Etsy

Place where we had the shower:


Gift table:


Food: Pasta salad, Chicken salad croissants, spinach dip, petit fors, cheese straws, dipped pretzels, monogrammed onesie cookes (made my moi) & fruit

Drinks: Amazing punch and lemon water

I put a picture of Heather and her husband Dale as babies along with Jasper's 4-D sonogram picture, in the middle of the food table.





Center pieces: I gathered sticks from my yard, spray painted them all white and stuck them in mason jars with sand in the bottom (only to keep the sticks from moving). I bought tiny little clothes pins and spray painted them white too. I designed and made the little signs to go on the sticks.





Above the centerpieces: I made "mobiles" to go above each table. Used spray painted sticks and hung them with twine. I scanned and made copies of Heather and her husband Dale and glues them back to back, punched a hole in the top and hung them from the sticks. (This was one of my favorite things)


Candy buffet: Another one of my favorite things... pics speak for themselves.







Onesie Banner: I saw a very unique banner on a blog once and I fell in love. So I asked Kelly (another hostess) to create her own original version of it. I sent her pics of the ones I had found and she did a phenomenal job. It was cuter than I could have imagined.


My mom and I went in together for Heather's gift. We gave her several outfits and a Scout. But my favorite thing we gave her was her "Recovery Kit." I designed the "explanations" for each thing in the recovery kit. I was doubled over just writing it. See pic.




This shower was SO fun to give. Not just because I love Heather dearly, but I have a heart for event planning. And when you work so hard on something and see it all come together so well, all the work is BEYOND worth it.

Sweet Jasper was showered so well. He has more thanenough clothes. Some of the cutest stuff I have ever seen. The only problem here is...Heather is an Auburn fan and Dale is an Alabama fan. So people bought Auburn and Alabama stuff. Poor Jasper will be so confused but his "Auntee Wensy" will set him straight! :)



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

McMommy Happenings

I decided when I transferred from All Things Fluffy, Fashionable & Famous... that this blog would be for ME. To record the happenings in my life. The things I am currently "into." My main reason for blogging these days is so that one day, Addison (and our future children) will get to look back at what I was thinking, liking, feeling, etc. and have a sense of who I am (was) at this (that) very moment.

I am thankful for the readers I have and the comments I get because it will be easier to explain to her the friends I have made and the sense of community I feel, thanks to blogging.

So today is a hodge podge post.

- We got a new king bed! FINALLY!! What have we been waiting on?? This thing is awesome. I wish we had gotten one a long time ago. We have been waiting for the right financial time to invest in this... and we were finally ready and we found an amazing offer so we jumped on it... now we are both sleeping so sound and peaceful! WHEW!

- I am in full on party planning mode. Addison's 2nd birthday party is in less than two weeks and I have some decisions made but not much executed so I am a busy lady and will be VERY busy the next week or so. Lots to do.

-  My 10 year high school reunion is this weekend. We have a meet up at 5 on Friday and then we are all going to the football game at our alma mater. Then our reunion is Saturday night. I am quite excited. I bought a dress for my reunion, it's not very ME, but I love it. I tried to find a pic online but I couldn't. But plenty of pictures will be taken at the reunion so you shall see soon.

- Fall clothes. Yesterday I started the twice annual "switching of the closet." I hate it but it must be done. I have WAY too many clothes and not a big enough closet... so a switcheroo must be done twice a year. It gives me a chance to get organized and get rid of some things I don't need/want anymore.

- Fall decorating. Thanks to Pinterest... I have big plans for my fall decorating. Now whether I get them all done, we shall see. Budget is tight, and time is scarce so we will see. I have decided to focus on about 4 or 5 little things to do. Excited to show yall what I do.

- Birthday was an amazing success thanks to my wonderful husband. I finally got the laptop I have been wanting SO bad. I went with a PC because, honestly, it's what I know. He also baked me a cake and got me a "my favorite things" box, which was just precious. In it was 4 of my fave magazines, wing sauce (that's a whole nother post), gum, twizzlers, doritos...and a few other things. It was so sweet. He really put some thought into that one. I am a blessed woman to have the husband I have. He is SO good to me. I am so undeserving but so very thankful.

- Two of my dear friends are having babies in November so I am super excited to meet these sweet boys (Jasper and Grayson). It's no secret that I have baby fever so I can't wait to love on these little chunks!

- Addison is SO smart. And I don't mean it in the "all mothers think their kids are so smart" kind of way. She speaks in full sentences. And you can understand her. A couple of her newest precious things are: 1) she will yell "DADDY!" and if he doesn't answer or come running she starts yelling "ADAM!" I die every time. It's so cute. 2) She still says "Ambigator" but she also now says "Aminals" 3) If she wants me to hold her she says "Hold you!" Sounds crazy right, well, every time I think she might want me to I said you want me to "hold you." Smart girl. She just says what mommy says.

- Auburn football is tough to watch this year. Being the National Champions, people (and fans) always expect a lot. But we lost A TON of our guys last year. Our defense is just not good. And our offense isn't much better.  I am also a little disappointed in our coaching...but whatever, I love my Tigers and always will. But doesn't mean I can't give "tough love" when critiquing games.

Have a great week!



Saturday, September 24, 2011

Football FUNday 1: "Auburn Creed"

I'm going to start a "Football FUNday" post series. I am going to post a football related post every Saturday. Now before you run away and x-out the little red box in the top right corner... stick around a while and see what it's about first. It might not ALWAYS be about Auburn.


One week it might be inspirational...while the next it might be me reminicsing about my college days with some embarassing pics (see I told you not to run away yet) It might even be something I like about another team (GASP!). Could be about football fashion (for all you fashionistas out there that could care less about football itself). It could spotlight a mother/son from another team. You never can tell! But whatever it is... I promise it will be football related :)

This is just my way of showing my love for my college alma materand the game of football. Happy Saturday ladies. Happy Football FUNday. Enjoy your time watching football. ALL DAY.

Even if you are not an Auburn fan, read this...let it sink in. Everytime I read it, I get chills. And not just because my heart belongs to Auburn.

AUBURN CREED
I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count
only on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work.


I believe in education, which gives me the knowledge to work wisely and trains my mind and my hands to work skillfully.

I believe in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot
win the respect and confidence of my fellow men.


I believe in a sound mind, in a sound body and a spirit that is not afraid, and in clean sports that develop these qualities.

I believe in obedience to law because it protects the rights of all.

I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all.

I believe in my country, because it is a land of freedom and
because it is my own home, and that I can best serve that
country by doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly
with my God.


And because Auburn men and women believe in these things, I believe in Auburn and love it.

- George Petrie (1945)        

Friday, September 23, 2011

Forgiveness

Do you want a SHINING example of what God's grace and love looks like? Do you want to see just a minute FRACTION of what He deals with forgiving us awful sinners everyday? Please take a moment and visit my friend Amy's blog and read her last several posts (if you haven't already).
It was a very ironic (but not really) day yesterday. I was coming fresh off of SUCH a high from my birthday the day before. My husband made sure that my birthday was EXTRA special this year and he did an amazing job (more on that later). But around noon, my day took a turn for the worst. I got some VERY BAD NEWS from my friend Amy. The irony (or lack thereof) was that I had actually sat down to record a video that I had been asked to do explaining what Amy and DW meant to me and my family. I couldn't wait to ramble on and on about how awesome they are, how much we love them, how much they mean to our family, what a big part of our spiritual growth they've been... And as I am setting up my new laptop (birthday present) to record it, I get a text from my friend Anne. I hurried to Amy's blog to read the devastating news. The anger I felt over the "loss" and unreality of everything was actually overshadowed by Amy's resilience and grace. The forgiveness that she extended before even having her answer was amazing. She is a shining example of God's love.

I immediately sent Amy and email and then I sat down to do my Bible Study (A Woman Who Reflects the Heart of Jesus: 30 Days to Christlike Character by Elizabeth George) that I am doing and you will never guess what I was to study that day... "Faithful, Focused, Forgiving". My heart skipped a beat. I have to admit when I first read Amy's post, I didn't immediately feel forgiveness, I felt anger/hurt. But after thinking about it for a while and doing this study, I too felt forgiveness. But I still feel so much hurt for Amy. And I think that's ok. I don't apologize for feeling HURT because my friend is grieving a loss.

After doing the study and digging deep into what forgiveness really means for us Christians... I HAD to share some of the things that I took away from the chapter on forgiveness. If definitely changed the way I think!

"I forgive you." Three words. Three words that are somewhat easy words to say. Three words that are extremely hard to mean and live. 
You know what normal is, don't you? It's the response we instinctively leap to when we're hurt. Whether our injury is emotional or physical, we move into retaliation mode. Normal thinks, you hurt me, so I'm gonna hurt you. This kind of response is the natural, normal pattern of the world. It's no secret that forgiveness is not the normal or human response. We are to give the supernatural response.
If the person who hurts you or devastates your life never repents...or acknowledges the pain caused to you... or never asks you for forgiveness...or never even says "I'm sorry," you are still willing to extend forgiveness. Forgiving that person will free you of a heavy burden of bitterness!
Forgiveness isn't about THEM, it's about YOU. And your connection with God.  
Our Savior's plea, issued to us all those centuries ago, was to imitate His heart of forgiveness. As He pointed out, our love and forgiveness would be-and is- a sign to the watching world that we march to the beat of a different drum. We follow the Lord Christ, not our emotions, or what we see or read, or what we witness all around us or are told to do. When we love and forgive others as Jesus did, we shout to the world that we are God's children. Truly, forgiveness is a mark of Christian love.
Forgiving other's is not an option. It's not up for debate. A Christian's forgiveness is based on realizing he has been forgiven. 
Jesus never asks anything of us He did not do Himself. He asks us to forgive. He expects us to forgive. He enables us with the power and ability to forgive. By His all-sufficient grace, you CAN forgive! 
Prayer on Forgiveness:
Lord Jesus, thank You for forgiving my sin, and help me in turn to forgive others. Search my heart for situations in which I'm not fully forgiving a wrong inflicted upon me. Whenever I recall the injury, pain, or memory of that hurt, let the beauty of Your forgiveness wash over me. Give me the love to forgive seventy times seven. Amen.

I would encourage you all to get this book, study and reflect on it. It's very eye opening about the heart of Jesus and the love He has for us all.

Have a great weekend!

 


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Last year in my 20's

So this is IT. Starting today. The FIRST day of my LAST year in my 20's. I thought I would probably be crying and pitching a fit like my almost two year old as I wrote this post... but I am actually ok. Next year will be another story. I actually feel older for the first time EVER. That's weird, but my life is so absolutely wonderful, the best it's ever been, GREAT. I can't be "depressed" today about getting older. I just can't. I refuse.


I turn 29 today. Yip skip. Looking back over my 20's, a lot has happened that I should be proud of:

- I interned with the Motorsports Hall of Fame and met lots of NASCAR drivers and alumni
- I graduated from Auburn University
- I got my first "real" job
- I moved to a new town where I knew no one
- I got engaged (then called it off-yes I am VERY proud of this)
- I got engaged again
- I got married
- I finally found a new church home/family
- I lost 25 pounds
- I then gained 65 pounds (yeah I am proud of that because of the next on the list)
- I had a precious baby girl
- I quit my job to stay home and raise our child(ren)
- I grew SO much spiritually
- I made several GREAT friends (some through blogging)
- I learned a lot about myself and my life

Of course with those "proud" moments come some not so proud moments that I will not list on here. I had a little too much fun in my early-mid twenties. Not proud of that (at all) but it was a season and boy am I glad it's over. I look at like so differently than I did at 20. My life is so different. I am getting older. I look older. I have wrinkles. My body isn't shaped like it once was. But you know what, I really am ok with it. Sure, I complain about wanting to lose weight. Sure I wish I could run out today and get some Botox. But I really do love me. You know why? Because I am who I am, made in God's image. So turning 29 isn't the worst thing that could happen. I am still here, still kickin', kickin' and a changin'. Always for the better (or at least striving to). So HAPPY BIRTHDAY to me. And thank God for all I learned in my 20's. Here's to growing wiser in my last year of 20's and praying I don't have a major meltdown when I turn 30.

HOLLA!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Beach-tastic

My mom had promised us a beach trip sometime this year. We decided that later would be better so it wouldn't be so hot for Addison. Of course we picked hurricane season. Other than a little Tropical Storm Lee, the weather was perfection!

We left out for the beach on Friday, September 2nd for a WEEK LONG TRIP. It was the first time that my mom and I had been at the beach together since 2005. Adam joined us later Friday evening and stayed until Wednesday morning.

The first 3 days we did hit the beach for a little while but the weather wasn't great. Lee was hitting in Louisiana and we got some rain, but it was really just off and on and never got too bad. The last 4 days were great! Perfect weather. No humidity. It was awesome.

We went out to eat a few nights and cooked in a few nights. Adam and I had one date night alone. But this trip was really designed for RELAXING! I never got super dressed up. I never stressed about what to wear or what I looked like. I actually completely lost track of what day it was, and THAT is exactly what I needed.

We took Addison to Pier Park. She LOVED it. She got to ride on a Choo Choo Train and on a carousel. It was precious. She danced around to some music. She was in heaven, getting to run free and wild. We did a little shopping but not much. It's hard to do with a toddler that HAS to be moving at ALL times.

I have to share one HILARIOUS story. (Try to picture this as you read-it makes it funnier) It's a long story but I am going to do my best to shorten it! So we decided we wanted to go to Shell Island. And we decided we wanted to rent a boat instead of doing a tour. We were going to rent one while Adam was there but because of the waves, they wouldn't let us until Wednesday and he was gone. So we decided to anyway. After all, we used to have a boat and I know how to drive one. We got the pontoon boat, drove about 20 minutes to Shell Island. Addison was exhausted so she napped on the beach for over an hour while mom and I relaxed and looked for shells. We rode around on the boat, we saw HUGE jellyfish, dolphins, sea turtles. It was an awesome day. Addison was amazed at all she saw. It was precious. So things were going smooth right? YES! UNTIIIIIL... we had to have the boat back at 5:00. So at 4:40 we headed back. Well, my mom thought we needed to go right into a channel or water and I said left. But I went with what my mom said because, well, I am directionally challenged. WRONG DECISION! We are driving along... probably 200 yards away from the shore line and BAM we hit bottom. Bad words might have flown out of my mouth! I PANIC! And those of you that know me, can only imagine how bad this panic was.When I tell you we hit bottom... I don't mean we SCRAPED bottom, I mean our pontoon boat was now SITTING ON SAND! So my 62 year old mom and I get out and push the boat for probably 20 minutes. In the ocean. No telling what's in their swimming around my feet. I lost one flip flop and blew the other one out. I then stepped on something that gashed my foot open. My foot is now bleeding all over the boat. GREAT! But we are on the move again... whew! About 100 yards of driving and still about 200 yards off the shore, in the MIDDLE OF THE CHANNEL... BAM. BOTTOM. AGAIN. You have got to be kidding me!!!! No. Not a joke. (Insert more bad words here)! Back out we go. Into the water, with the unknown things all around my feet. This time, we are FOR REAL stuck. No amount of pushing or rocking was helping. So we call the boat people (who are now just like 200 yards from us) A girl comes out anchors her boat probably 50 yards from us and walks to help us. Then thank goodness a patrol boat stops and helps us. After 40 minutes of pushing and rocking... we were moving again. At this point I am a nervous wreck because I am scared we will hit bottom again! The ocean is SO different from a lake. There are no bouies to tell you what's shallow and what's not. And there are sand bars all over the place. It's HYSTERICAL now but it was NOT funny then. My mom handed the college girl $20 for keeping her at her job an hour late. This girl acted like it was $100. So I didn't feel too bad after. What a day. But it is a memory that I will NEVER forget!!! And remember, we had a toddler on the boat the whole time we are all out pushing and rocking this boat. Interesting doesn't begin to cover it! Go ahead, laugh. Make fun of me. Yeah yeah I ran the boat up onto sand TWICE in less than 30 minutes. I am a genius! But I need to point out that this MIGHT NOT have happened had we gone the way I said in the first place!!!

Overall, the trip was great. A HUGE thanks to my wonderful mother for taking us. Without her, the trip would have been ABSOLUTELY impossible. You're the best mom!

Here are some (unedited) pics from our trip. There's a lot but I happen to think my kid is so dang cute, so it's picture overload. Enjoy :)