Friday, November 1, 2013

Happy Halloween!!

Your obligatory Halloween post starts now.

I'm sure your feed/reader/bloglovin is FULL of kiddos in their Halloween bestest so why shouldn't I add one more?

Wednesday night, my sister and I took our little goblins to the mall to trick or treat, all dressed in their Halloween best. I know, I'm a failure and only got a couple crappy cell pictures of Noah (and not one good one of Quorra, but, she was a ladybug... and was the cutest one ever. FYI).

Anyway, back to the story - the mall -  it was awesome and fun and the kids loved it but it was also horrible because I'm pretty sure the entire state of Virginia was packed in our tiny little mall to get candy. BUT, as a parent, I make sacrifices for my kid and I braved it with a smile on my face and my BFF Lindsey... and left with a happier, sugar crazed, dancing pirate. All in all - it was a good night despite the crowd!

The next day, the real Halloween, I dressed my baby boy back in his same pirate costume and sent his little tush to daycare. They tell me he left his hat on ALL day and cried when they tried to take it off of him. Noah is one dedicated pirate, that's all I can say! 

After work, we drove out to my in laws, gathered up some treats there and hit up our church Trunk or Treat to see my mom. 

It was so much fun seeing my little dude going around saying "Treat!" and then signing "thank you" to each person that gave him candy.

How was your Halloween?? :)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


It's been a while my friends and I'm sorry about that! Life is crazy. Crazy hectic. Good crazy and bad crazy, unfortunately. To keep this short and sweet, here's why:

My husband works for the federal government and was off work without pay for the last few weeks. To say things were tough around here would be an understatement. Some people think we still got paid and my husband just got an extended vacay - but no, he didn't. He actually MISSED our Fall vacation because of the stupid furlough. :(

Like I said above, my family went on vacation last week!! It was wonderful and relaxing and just what the doctor ordered. We had a few days of sunny weather and I got sun burnt, which I'm totally not complaining about because that rarely happens mid-October!

However -- vacation was not completely and totally relaxing because on our very first day there, my uncle fell down the deck steps at the back of the house and broke his leg. In three places. And had to have surgery.

The poor guy drove 16 hours from Massachusetts to come spend time with us on vacation just to break his leg the first day? THAT SUCKS

You read that right, we moved. Things aren't set entirely in concrete... but we're in and I'm in desperate need of furniture. I didn't have an eat in kitchen or dining room in our old house... and I do in our new home, so tables will have to be on order soon!!

Stay tuned for pictures and lots of painting progress and DIY projects!!

My calendar is completely and 100% booked for this Fall. I'm beyond thrilled that business is picking up but's taking away from family time and blogging time and twitter time and all my other social activities! Not to mention I've been working on my new website for my business and I can.not.wait to show it off! I still have a few glitches but here's a tiny sneak peek (click the image to enlarge):

So I think that just about sums things up!! I'm sorry if I'm MIA for a while... I promise, you can't get rid of me for long! ;)

Have a wonderful week friends.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Five on Friday!!

Linking up again this week with DarciAprilChristina, and Natasha for Five on Friday! 

The number of my nieces that have a birthday today!! I can hardly believe that Quorra is already two. Wasn't it just yesterday I was crying in El Charro when my sister told me she was pregnant and couldn't drink on vacation that year? (I was probably  more upset about the latter. She's a great drinking partner.)

Happy 2nd birthday to the little girl that made me an aunt. I didn't know I could love so greatly until you came along.

The number of pounds I lost again this week, which is shocking considering I ate fried chicken and cupcakes for dinner last night. We were in a rush and I didn't have time to cook so my husband picked up some fried chicken. The cupcakes? Well, I have no excuse for that. I was baking them for this weekend and I had to taste test them right? RIGHT?! Quality control.

The amount of weeks until vacation!! I can't wait to get back to the Outer Banks and unwind. As I've mentioned before, it's been a hectic, stressful few months around here and I'm so ready for life to slow down. Unfortunately, we have a lot to do before and after vacay so vacation will be more like a pause in the crazy. 

The number of  Sookie Stackhouse books I finished in the last two weeks which means I finally and reluctantly finished the entire series. It's always kinda sad when you finish the last book in a series you love and let me tell you -I LOVED the Sookie Stackhouse books, especially the last three. Things really came together and got interesting for me, the middle books were starting to make me yawn, but I'm glad I pushed through because the ending was fantastic. I only wish the producers of the show would take some of the storylines from the books! The whole fae war would have made an amazing edition on True Blood. 

The amount of babies that will be together this weekend to celebrate Quorra (and my cousin Nicole's!) birthday. It's always so much fun when my cousins come to visit, they're two of my best friends and the fact that we all have babies close in age makes our bond that much stronger. I can't wait to hang out with all these cool kids!

OMG, they're all so tiny!!! Now Brody and Quorra, on the left, are TWO! GAH!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Mani... Tuesday?

After the first coat of this bright green color, I wasn't thrilled but once I added my gold accents and wore it for a few days, it's grown on me! It's bright and fun and kind of perfect for Christmas now that I think about it. Might have to repeat this mani in December!

Have you done any fun combinations on your nails lately??

Friday, September 20, 2013

Five On Friday!

Linking up again this week with DarciAprilChristina, and Natasha for Five on Friday! 

Things are moving forward in our house hunting adventures and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that an end is in sight. It's been a stressful few months weeks and I can only hope and pray that we can get moved soon. I know this is all very vague but I'm trying not to get my hopes up over here. Stay tuned, I'm hoping to have lots of updates for you soon! 

A girl that also works for the county school system here was selling these old blue Mason jars this week and I HAD TO snatch a few up. 

Pinterest is probably to blame but so is Jacin at Lovely Little Details (said entirely with love J!!). I would have bought the whole lot she was selling if I could but I wasn't sure what I'd use them for. Rent them out to brides? Decorate the entire house with them? I dunno but in the end, I purchased three half-gallon blue Masons and I'm elated. I'll probably just use them as vases around the house for now but do tell if you have any other creative ideas!!

I'm incredibly excited to have nothing planned this weekend. As I said, the last few weeks have been nutty so I'm glad to be able to relax and do a whole lot of nothing before things pick up again next month. October is packed full of photography sessions, birthday fun and hopefully moving! 

Last week, I signed up to participate in a weight loss contest here at work. I'm not one to post sweaty, gym pictures or my weight but to keep myself accountable, I might mention my progress every now and again. This week, (despite not hitting the gym as regularly as I usually do) I lost 2.4 pounds. I was SHOCKED and pleasantly so!!! A few friends have stepped up their workout/eating routines so I hope we can keep each other motivated. My goal was to do a 10k in the Spring... but we'll see. ;) What are you doing to stay healthy these days? 

My biggest motivator, Maria, and I after one of our many 5k adventures :)

Several of my friends have such good news to tell lately and it makes my heart so happy. I can only hope the good news continues for some more loves in my life. I'm anxiously awaiting on engagement and baby news from several friends. All I can do is pray!

Happy weekend and TGIF! 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Five on Friday

Today is dragging. It's putting the "fried" in Friday (see what I did there?) and I'm so ready for the weekend. We have a low key few days in store, cleaning around the house and my BFF's barbecue on Sunday, which will be fun. Otherwise, I'm excited to be lazy with my boys!

Linking up again this week with DarciAprilChristina, and Natasha for Five on Friday! 

It's already September (how?!) and the weather is already cooling off here in Virginia. The sun isn't up when my alarm goes off and my windows are foggy and coffee tastes extra delicious. Everyone's making pumpkin spiced goodies and I've already seen glimpses of leggings on Instagram. All of this means Fall is officially here and before you know it, it'll be Halloween! I've got no idea what Noah will be yet but I am leaning toward a pirate in a pirate ship (made from a wagon). 

Fall also means football season is here.... and I feel left out because I'm so not  a sports girl. My husband is a big college football junkie and avid Virginia Tech fan so I root for them to make him happy but otherwise, all I know is that football means tailgating and tailgating means good food and beer and really, that's what matters right?

This morning on the Elvis Duran Morning Show, they were asking listeners to play "Do, Marry or Kill" and the options were Miley Cyrus, Amanda Bynes and Justin Bieber. Basically, you have to do one, marry one and kill one... um, tough call because I'm not a fan of any of them at the current moment!

Which would you do, marry or kill?

September is "birthday month" in my family. Looking at my calendar right now, there are seven birthdays within two weeks alone. This week, I made my friend Kristin her birthday dinner which consisted of meatloaf, mashed potatoes and the Pioneer Woman's green bean casserole. I was a little hesitant making a cheese sauce for my green beans but I kid you not - my life has been changed. I wish I had been making my green bean casserole this way my entire life.

This is her original version that contains pimentos and onions - both of which I omitted - and I used french fried onions like I normally would. Let me just tell you, I will never make green beans with cream of mushroom soup again!!

I'm officially out of topics... so... have a good weekend!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Weekend Recap

Sometimes it feels like long weekends go by faster than regular ones. Why is that? Time flies when you're having fun I guess!

Saturday morning, I was about as lazy as I could get. Drinking my coffee watching the Food Network while my toddler terrorized the house and the dog. And you know what? I didn't care a bit. As long as he's not breaking things or hurting himself, sometimes it's best to just leave it be and relish in the quiet!

Saturday night I hit the town with my sister for her ten year high school reunion!! Her husband had to work and I know most of the people she graduated with so I tagged along as her date for the night. It was fun to slip into a pair of high heels, put on some lipstick and curl my hair - things I don't do often enough. Sometimes I need to remember that I really can wear more than just sweatpants and sports bras!

After a few too many beers at Three Brothers Brewery downtown, I realized just how OLD I've gotten. I'm one year from my own ten year reunion and all the memories from high school came flooding back. 

I thought back to the Friday nights at Spotswood High School, snuggled with my girlfriends under a blanket, barely watching the football game while we gossiped about the other people in the stands. My mornings weren't spent chasing a toddler around the house, they were spend in the hallway outside Ms. Casetta's room drinking our 7-11 coffee - always trying to get to school early so we could spend ten more minutes with our boyfriends. I remember sleeping in Mrs. Ballew's class when we were supposed to be reading and skipping my "Library Assistant" period to go have lunch and Friday night football games barely paying attention to the field, instead, my girlfriends and I were too busy gossiping to know what was going on. The night really had me reminiscing and got me super excited for my own ten year reunion. 

Sunday morning was spent at church, as usual, followed by lunch with my family and a quiet (HA!) afternoon letting the three toddlers run around my sisters house. 

I was feeling pretty icky all day but chocked it up to the beer I had on Saturday night but little did I know, I caught the stomach bug that was going around. After I got in bed around 10 on Sunday night, it hit me and I don't think I ended up getting 3 hours of sleep that night. 

Even though I was exhausted, I still got up, showered and rode with my girlfriends yesterday to Richmond for a day out of shopping and dinner at Maggiano's. Yes, I'm stubborn and probably should have stayed home but I had a great time after I perked up a little and enjoyed celebrating Kristin and Angie's birthdays - the first of many birthdays this month! :)

What did you do this weekend?!