Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween Weekend!

What a week. What a weekend this will be.

Halloween.

I feel some pressure each Halloween with the whole costume thing...it is self-inflicted pressure, I admit.

This year, Will's costume is a skeleton. He showed it off here. He couldn't wear it to church for Awanas so we had to come up with another option. I was baffled...then it hit me...A NERD! He pulled it off great, I think. He was worried everyone would laugh (that may have been because I laughed uncontrollably when we got the whole outfit on) but he ended up winning best costume so he was cool with it.

Caroline wore Kalyn's (Kalyn is Chachi's daughter) snow white costume from when she was five. Oh the memories...not for me...I did not know them when she was five...but Chachi and Lynn had some come flooding back. :) The costume was made by Chachi's mom. I know. It was a sweet moment.

Without further adieu: Snow White and her...uhhhh...Nerd!



Happy Halloween! Stay safe and I hope good candy for all of you!

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Oh Happy Day Lonnie!

Today is my big sis's birthday. I won't post her age...the only thing that is important is that she is older than me. And always will be. :)

But other than making me feel young (because I am younger and clearly not as mature), she has been the best biggest (oldest...not largest) sister a girl could ask for.

Leigh Ann is woman of few words. When she speaks, you listen, because she does not often speak. :) Well, maybe that is not all together true...she speaks significantly less than I do. And she is not goofy or immature...that's me...and I know I irritate her with my silliness and all my hugs...cuz she is not a hugger either! She got stuck with an annoying little sister but I am so glad I was blessed with such a great one!

She has always been an amazing sleeper. You could drive a motorcycle through her bedroom wall and she would simply roll over and keep on snoring sleeping. Because she was such a great sleeper, when she would come home from college I would always wait until the morning (when she was in a deep, deep sleep) to ask her if I could wear her clothes. Amazingly, she always said yes, but never seemed to remember it in the afternoon when I came home with her clothes on! :)

Thanks Leigh Ann...you kept me looking good in middle and high school!


When I left for college, my parents moved 12 hours away from me (I tried really hard not to take that personally). Thank goodness, though, my sister got married that year and moved 2 hours away from me. I spent many, many, many, many a weekend at her house. She cooked for me, took me out to eat, took me shopping...she made me feel loved--even after I had been such an annoying little sister.

Oh! And she is a puzzle-solver extraordinaire. And with such a chipper attitude.
She has three GREAT kids. My kids love her kids.

Her kids love her because she is such a great mom...


The only thing she may have spoiled beyond repair is her dog...Georgie. Georgie gets carried around like a baby wherever she goes...especially during thunderstorms. She is lucky she is such a sweet dog...
Leigh Ann, I hope today is a great day for you! You deserve it. You are an amazing woman of God, an awesome wife, a killer mom and the best biggest sister ever.

I love you!

Happy Birthday!

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

What I Wore Wednesday

I love What I Wore Wednesday that Lindsey hosts each week. Link up and check out the other outfits. Or if you are not so brave-check out the cute outfits for inspiration...

I had wild hair this day. I let it dry by itself the night before and it has some crazy wave stuff going on...so I curled it up (which Caroline told me she hated). Since I got wild and crazy with the hair-I went wild and crazy with cowboy boots and a dress. I think I may be too old for this...

Long-sleeved t-shirt: Gap
Dress: Steinmart
Boots: Ariat (from Ebay)--close up below
Jewelry--Silpada...love my turquoise!


Yes, this day I mixed up my animal prints. Is that allowed?

Black t-shirt: Gap
Zebra shirt: NY & Co
Belt: ???
Jeans: Buckle
Shoes: Naturalizer
Incidentally, I got home from a long day at work and was gathering the fam to head to the school fall festival and Mark said my shirt looked like a lampshade...I almost died. Then I changed. He has been digging himself out of that hole ever since. :)
We had a cookout and hayride this day...and it was chilly.
Shirt: Belk
Jeans: Loft
Boots: Uggs
Hat: my grandpa's
Well, it wouldn't be a week in WIWW without a jean skirt from Ann Taylor, would it? :)
Shirt: Ann Taylor Outlet
Scarf: Old Navy
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Naturalizer
(can't see it but I have a petal drop necklace on from Lindsay)

I have a "what you should NOT wear" picture for you. Caroline decided to change up her outfit a little...she had on the shirt/tunic with pink pants for the day but when she got home she chose this...
pink tunic: target
red/black skirt: ebay
socks: target
shoes: hand me downs



Lord help me...boys' clothes may be boring but at least they don't argue so much about getting dressed. For Will, it is a pair of athletic shorts and a t-shirt. For Caroline...it is complete drama!

Happy Wednesday y'all!

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

50 Things We Love




Today is the 50th birthday of a very special person in our lives. Our pastor is more than just a pastor to us. He is like family--though he would say he is thankful he is not blood related to us (well, at least to me!). There is a nurse, though, at our local hospital who thinks he is my dad. That memory always makes me smile.

When he first came to our church, we did not have kids. We would begin our friendship when Will was born, because Charlie's wife was my long-term sub while I was out on maternity leave. When I returned to work, his wife told me to call her whenever Will got sick and she would help me out. I thought she meant as a sub. She meant as a babysitter! :) She would watch Will for me anytime--which would mean that Charlie would watch him too. He even went appliance shopping with them while they were building their house. Charlie has loved my family from the beginning. And we totally love him!!!! When Will was finally able to speak, he tried to say Charlie's name, and it came out as Chachi. That has been our name for him ever since. He is our Chachi and we are so thankful for him!

Because we love Chachi so much, we sat down as a family and made a list of 50 things we love about him.

Here it is: (I put a name beside some of them, because I did not want anyone questioning anything! He is our pastor after all!)

1.You are the greatest pastor ever.
2. You are my greatest friend (Caroline).
3. You have a pretty house. (Caroline)
4. You make me smile. (Caroline said it first but Will totally agreed)
5. You look handsome. (Caroline, again)
6. You have great toys at your house. (Will and Caroline)
7. You are the smartest person I know. (Will)
8. You rock from toe to heel while singing in church...everytime.
9. You have a clean car. (Caroline)
10. You are funny with the things you say in church. (Will)
11. You tickle me (Will).
12. You love the Braves. (Will)
13. You chase me and make me laugh. (Caroline)
14. You picked a good wife.
15. You raised awesome kids.
16. You made Caroline's day when you waved to her Sunday at the beginning of church and told everyone how old she was.
17. You are the first person Will wants to call when he asks a spiritual question I don't know the answer to.
18. You pray for us.
19. You have a good name--Chachi--it makes me smile. (Caroline)
20. Your hair doesn't move...ever.
21. You wear tennis shoes with pajamas.
22. You let our kids hug you each Sunday in front of the whole church as they leave for Children's Church.
23. You have a great color of hair. (Will)
24. You shared comic books with me and no one else. (Will)
25. You can eat more than any other human being we have ever seen.
26. Your house has the worst plumbing ever.
27. You like to watch football. (Will)
28. Mark is jealous that a 50 year old has more hair than him. :)
29. You are a great cook. (Will)
30. You like pink Christmas trees on your front porch.
31. You like to eat at Welcome to Moe's.
32. You occasionally let us call you Chuck.
33. You go with us to Pappasitos.
34. You are a safe, senior, driver.
35. You love kissy fingers.
36. You are friends with someone named Ms. Kitty.
37. You never mow your own grass.
38. You were willing to go pick up Caroline from preschool when she was having a hard time.
39. You plowed the wrong field on your dad's farm and told us all about it--showing us you are not perfect, but human.
40. You are the only man we know who has drowned twice and lived to tell about it.
41. You loved all 2 tons of my peanut butter fudge.
42. You put up with my sarcasm.
43. You are serious about praying for revival.
44. You chose to be a pastor instead of a used car salesman (though some days we think you might question that choice) :)
45. You are going to be at our church for the next 50 years. :)
46. You have an uncanny ability to remember people's names after only one meeting.
47. You had a hilarious slip of the tongue in the pulpit regarding alcohol. Mark and I can't remember the whole story but we laughed hard thinking about when it happened.
48. You are willing to open up your home for Bible Study even after a long week at work.
49. You are usually the last one to leave the church anytime you are there.
50. You are wise and kind and caring.

We love you Chachi! Happy Birthday!

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

What I Wore Wednesday

I just love What I Wore Wednesday that Lindsey hosts each week. It really does give me some great ideas for "new" outfits. Link up and check out the other outfits. I only have three outfits. There are reasons I did not take pictures other days, but does it really matter? I thought not!
So, here it is:

Long-sleeved white tee: Target
striped shirt: Steinmart
Black Skinnies: Gap
Shoes: Lindsay Phillips

Long-Sleeved tee-Old Navy
Tunic: Belk Department Store
Pants: NY&Co
Shoes:Aldo
Purse (because I was late and walking out the door): TJ Maxx


Shirt: Belk
Belt: Kohls
Jeans: LOFT
Shoes: Lindsay Phillips

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Truthful Tuesday

Ok...here is my race post. And as a warning...this may be tmi for some of you.

Friday night was Homecoming at the local high school and we were out kinda late. I had an early wake up call for Saturday morning. I was nervous about running the race. I did not want to come in last and I did not want to make a fool of myself.

I figured I would not sleep well Friday night, by lo and behold, I slept great! I got up early on Saturday and was getting ready--totally in awe of the fact that I was not nervous or having to go to the bathroom (and here begins the tmi).

I was almost ready to go and my stomach began to rumble...

To spare you all the gross details, I was in the bathroom for a long time...almost passed out...wanted to die. I told God, if He really wanted me to do this (and I was totally willing to stay home from the race) He would have to take this feeling away.

And there it went.

So I left for the race. And half way there, the feeling hit again. Now I should interject here that I gag at the word port-o-potties. G-A-G! But as I arrived at the race, I began a frantic search for the line of portable toilets. I never thought I would use one in the middle of my town or almost leap for joy when someone coming out of one said, "I was the first one to use this one. I have never been first before!" I was back and forth so many times to that area of the race that one time a friend followed me and began cheering me on.

I thought I was ok...until about 10 minutes before the race. Then that feeling from first thing in the morning came roaring back. I ran back to my new favorite place and thought, "Oh no. I am going to pass out." I prayed and cried (literally, I cried) and begged God to just let me go home. I just wanted my bed. But I said again to God--if you want me to do this, take this feeling away. And there it went.

So I lined up to race. And then the race began. I was overwhelmed with the encouragement being shouted to us, the clapping, the smiles, the cheers. I cried at the beginning of the race. Who does that? Me.

I ran the race with only one time where I had to stop and walk (I thought I was going to have to run into a store and use the restroom). But, of course, the feeling passed.

I ran it in 35:51 (not great, I know...) and was so thankful that it was over. Of course, as soon as I crossed the finish line, I headed to my new favorite place for a little rest. :)

I then went home and spent the rest of the day close to the bathroom, having cold chills and major stomach pain.

But I ran. Ran for God. And He gave me EXACTLY what I needed when I needed it, he stretched me out of my comfort zone and He showed me just how powerful He is. His timing is perfect.

I am so thankful for the push to run this summer...so thankful that running for GOD made me stick to it....so thankful that my running days are not over.

I am not so thankful for the mini-triathlon anonymous wants me to do with her next October. But on the bright side, I have a whole year to find that excitement! :)

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Happy Birthday Precious Caroline!

OK--I know I owe you all a post about Saturday's and it is coming, I promise. I am trying to find a picture of me crossing the finish line...I am sure you are anxious to see it too.

I have been dealing with a slight stomach issue which is why I did not post Saturday about the race.

And today is Sweet Caroline's birthday! So race talk will be later! For now...enjoy these photos of Caroline from then til now!

You were a big baby in comparison to your brother. You weighed 8 lbs 9 oz...the doctor almost dropped you because everyone had been thinking you would be about 6 pounds! I love that from the get-go you have defied the odds.
You kept us on our toes from day one. You had a pretty high bilirubin count and had to go under a jaundice light. For reasons I do not wish to go into on this blog post, a jaundice light scared me to death. Your grandma and I took turns sitting up with you all day and all night while you were on the light. We called you our little glow worm. You really slept well on the light. Once the colic started, I was wishing you would sleep like this again. I love that you required a lot from us right away!
KK came to visit you right away and has always loved on you. She has been patient and loving and caring toward you. Even now, you broke her heart with your crying over preschool and she has made it her job to pick you up at 2:00pm every day she can so you don't have to wait "after all the other moms have come to get their kids." I love that you love her so much still.

I love that you have always been your own person. You march to the beat of a completely different drummer. I hope you are always so strong and independent.
I love that while you do not want bows in your hair, you are totally into make-up. I love that this MADE your day!
I love that your excitement was felt all over the store as "Miss Caroline Elyse" made "Miss Caroline Elizabeth" feel like a queen.
I love that you squealed when you opened your birthday present. I love that you buckled her into your seatbelt to keep her safe.
I love that you asked me if you would be "straight five or just five" on your birthday. I still don't know how to answer that.
I love that you boldly announced in Walmart that everyone should love Jesus because He has given everybody everything. I love that you didn't even care that people stopped to stare at you.

I love you sweet girl. Happy Birthday!

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Dreading Saturday!

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...oh wait! That is Star Wars! My bad.

A long time ago, I signed up for a class called Run for God. It is a program where you use your running to witness to those around you by sharing His love and grace with other runners, walkers, etc. I struggle to do that while running as I am breathing so hard and focusing on not passing out or throwing up, but I have been asked several times about it. I feel honored to be able to share with anyone all about the ONE who makes life so worth it!

Most people who know me, know I HATE to run. Hate may not be a strong enough word. Which is exactly why I signed up...read more about that here. I really never thought I would stick with it long enough to make it to October 16th where I had to run in my graduation race. But alas, I have. And I have to. Tomorrow.

TOMORROW!?!?!?!?

I do not think I will sleep tonight. I am a nervous wreck. Just thinking about it makes me want to throw up. Seriously.

And to top it off...my running buddy has hurt her leg and can't run. :(

So if you think of it...Saturday morning....8:30am....say a really long prayer for me. I will need it. I just really don't want to come in last---like I did in the third grade---in the last race I ran--where my running buddy (Anonymous--that was you) backed out on me at the last minute.

AHHHH! He is faithful though...even when I lack any faith. Can't wait to share with you how He shows up tomorrow.


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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

What I Wore Wednesday

I just love What I Wore Wednesday that Lindsey hosts each week. It really does give me some great ideas for "new" outfits. Link up and check out the other outfits--you can thank me later! :)


Long sleeved black shirt: gap outlet
Tunic: Old Navy (last year)
Black Skinny Jeans: Gap
Shoes: Lindsay Phillips
Jewelry: Silpada

School Spirit Shirt: do you really care?
Jeans: Levis
Shoes: Sketcher Mary Janes
Shirt: local boutique (not really, I just wanted to say that...it is from Belk Department Store)
Skirt: Ann Taylor (I REALLY love this skirt)
Shoes: Naturalizer
Jewelry: Silpada
This was my South Carolina beats Alabama outfit...and was taken at the hotel.
T-Shirt that says "Gameday on the 'Shoe" (which is really the Horseshoe--an open area at South Carolina where ESPN set up their set): got it free Friday night while walking around the 'Shoe.
Jeans: Buckle
Shoes: flops from Old Navy
Sweater: LOFT
Shirt: Ann Taylor
Jeans: Buckle
unpacked bags on the floor behind me: just keeping it real
Jewelry: Silpada (love this necklace!)


Tank (that you can't see) Kohl's
Shirt: Belk
Skirt: (embarrassed but...) Ann Taylor
Boots: No idea...had them forever.
Hat: was my grandpas!
Jewels: Silpada


I almost made all week with shoes on...oh well. :)

Happy Wednesday!

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Big Weekend!

We went to the Alabama-South Carolina football game this weekend! And what a game it was!!!

I feel I should correct some people's thinking (Brandi)...I was NOT cheering for Alabama.

I do cheer for Alabama unless they play South Carolina (which is where my husband went to school)...

I just needed to get that off of my chest.

Enjoy the video of the weekend. The beautiful music (mom, you will hate it) is called Sandstorm and the whole place danced to it after touchdowns, time outs, commercial breaks, etc. I got a little sick of it while there but strangely found I missed it once the game was over.






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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

What I Wore Wednesday

I am thinking up with Lindsey over at The Pleated Poppy for some fashion fun! Come join us!

I should 'fess up...I was not so good with the camera and my outfits this week. We went to a wedding this weekend and I managed to stay out of all photos. Amazing how that happens...must be because I am behind the lens so often. Oh well...here are my few photos!

Shirt: TJ Maxx (last year)
Pants: NY&Co
Shoes?? I am going with Naturalizer
Shirt/dress: Old Navy (this year)
Belt: Gap (this year)
Jeans: LOFT (spring--still have them though)
Shoes?? I believe I wore flip-flops from Old Navy
Jewelry: Silpada
Tank: Costco
Sweater: NY&CO (last year)
Leggings: Walmart
Shoes: Uggs---love them!
I had jewelry on but in the effort to keep it real--I totally put this back on last night to snap the picture because I realized I only had three days worth! :)
Shirt: Old Navy (don't like their long sleeve tees as well as Gap...Old Navy necks tend to stretch-that is my humble, worthless opinion)
Sweater vest thing: Ann Taylor outlet (last week)
Pants: LOFT (two years ago)
Shoes: Belk (last year)
Jewelry--Sildpada...close ups below.

OK...it has turned cold here...like freezing cold (for me) for October. I am at a loss for what to wear so I need some inspiration...so go link up and show me some fashion love!!!

Happy Wednesday! My son told me that he was so excited it was Wednesday--it meant he had PE but not only that, he also gets to go to church! Love him! :)

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