Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Conversation You Might Have Overheard In My House Today

Our fridge has been smelling a little funky because of some raw chicken that wasn't used in a recipe and it was forgotten for a week few days

Me: Have you ever cleaned a fridge before?
Brent: Yeah at my parents house.
Me: Oh Ok. What did you do when you lived by yourself?
Brent: I cleaned it about every other week, but when James lived with me I had to clean more often because he always spilled random crap.
Me: Oh Ok.
Brent: You know all you have to do is ask me to do something.
Me: Oh Ok. It's just amazing that when you lived by yourself you just.........cleaned.
Brent: Well I did the laundry by myself today.
Me: Oh Ok.

It is amazing the little things in a house a man must think the cleaning fairy does. That fairy is an awfully busy woman with all of the microwave wiping, coffee maker water refilling, sweeping, vacuuming, dusting, watering, and oh so much more. I do have to say he did empty the bathroom trashcan yesterday which was a first in our house. Maybe I should start leaving feminine products in it all of the time. Maybe I should start leaving feminine products on all of the things I want him to clean/throw out. This might me a genius idea! Maybe if every woman everywhere leaves things out that men don't want to see they might just move it and or throw it away! We could start a revolution!

My man really does help a lot around the house. He is usually the laundry man, takes out the trash, cuts the grass when our lawn mower is working, empties the dishwasher, diaper changer, baby feeder, baby re pacier, and so much more. I really can't complain because I am really lucky that someone even wanted to put up with me for the rest of their lives.


This has nothing to do with cleaning. I just had to show the little bit of crazy I live with everyday. No I did not hand her the beer. She literally ripped it out of my hands. No I did not let her drink it because that would be wrong, but I did snap a picture making it look like she was drinking it.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Going To The Chapel

Kellye and Jerrub are gonna get married!! I am about to head out the door to swing by my aunt's to pick up some flowers and head to my parent's house because today my mom and I are arbor decorators and bustle artists. I have googled both of these acts and am still not sure how to either, but gosh darn it I will try.

These are the arbors, but I did not do the decorating.

I will post some pictures tomorrow. Who knows maybe arbor decorating and bustling things are my true calling.

We arrived at Maple Grove Farms a little before 2 and immediately started unloading all of our supplies. We decided I would be the ladder climber and my mom would be the plant preparer. Almost everything we used was supplied by my mom or friends. I believe we ended up spending  maybe $70. Thankfully my mom had ordered some greenery from Sams Club because that is what we mainly used to create the decorations and then we filled in with flowers.

The signs walking down the aisle created by Kellye's daddy Terry.

The Program/Guest Book table. The photographer they had originally wanted to shoot the wedding backed out just a few weeks before the big day (I would have killed him), but he was nice enough to create a beautiful guest book out of Kellye and Jerrubs engagement pictures.

The arbor entering the ceremony sight. We used leather leaf for the main greenery and I believe the flowers are a type of hydrangea (I will have to ask my mom to make sure).

For the main alter arbor my mom took down the white fabric hanging in her bathroom and I am so glad she did because it made the whole look come together. I think it would have been really plain looking without it.

I am really really happy with the way everything turned out

The back of the first arbor. We wanted to make sure you couldn't see the stems and oasis sticking out the back.

The signs walking back

These wreaths hung on the reception hall doors.

The groomsmen

The Bridesmaids

Precious flower girls and ring barer. We didn't think he was going to make it down the aisle, but he made it with the sign tucked under his chin.

I wish this hadn't turned out so blurry because it is such a precious picture.

Mother of the bride

Father of the bride

Jake does clean up nice

The caterer was a family friend who also turned out to be an amazing decorator! The food was DELICIOUS! and the buffet and table decoration were AMAZING! I absolutely loved this main center piece. Sadly my camera does not do it justice.

All of the vases were decorated by the triplets. Just in case you didn't know My MIL came in a set. Jean, Jane, and Joan be thar names. Jane happens to be the brides mama.

Mr. and Mrs. Hammrich

A little June bug montage

I still can't believe the wedding is finally here and Kellye is married! Everything was perfect and I am so happy for these 2 kids. I wish them many many years of happiness.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


I am saying a few extra prayers tonight for those that I love that are sick, hurting, tired, have lost someone, or are just in need of a little guidance in their journey.

Just the other day I was walking through the halls at school and the piano teacher was playing  in our cafeteria and it was really pretty and it took me a minute to realize what it was. I hadn't heard this song in such a long time and it just so happened to be one of my all time favorite songs and I started to cry because It made me think of so many people in my life right who were hurting and my heart just broke because there was nothing I could do to help them. I prayed for all of them that night.I prayed for peace, no more pain, understanding, strength, healing, guidance. Life is just so strange sometimes. It goes by so extremely fast and it seems like  only when something bad happens or goes wrong the days drag on so slowly and only then do we really slow down and think about what is really going on. 

I wish all of my people lived on my block and no matter what they needed or were going through I could just walk down to their house make some coffee and just be there. I want my people near me. I feel like a part of me is missing right now because everyone is too far away and I can't get my hands on them when they need me. I really miss my people right now. My friend Rachel and I were texting back and forth tonight and she recently lost someone special to her and I said I wish we were all still in Knoxville so we could be there when someone needed us and what she texted me back made me miss everyone even more. 

"I wanna meet Mckinley and watch Gibson chase imaginary bugs. I want to smell Chris walk in a roombefore I see him and hear Whitney yell at him for using the "good" paper towels. I wanna crawl into bed with Cary at 11 in the morning and have her interrupt me while Brett plays on the computer. I want to pretend not to like your People magazine and watch you paint your toes for the third time in a day. I want the toaster to catch on fire and to eat stuffed zucchini 3 times a week. 

Why are my people so far away from me . I need my people. 

Be Not Afraid

You shall cross the barren desert, but you shall not die of thirst. You shall wander far in safety though you do not know the way. You shall speak your words in foreign lands and all will understand. You shall see the face of God and live. 

Be not afraid. I go before you always. Come follow me, and I will give you rest. t_a
If you pass through raging waters in the sea, you shall not drown. If you walk amid the burning flames, you shall not be harmed. If you stand before the pow'r of hell and death is at your side, know that I am with you through it all. 

Be not afraid. I go before you always. Come follow me, and I will give you rest.  

Blessed are your poor, for the kingdom shall be theirs. Blest are you that weep and mourn, for one day you shall laugh. And if wicked men insult and hate you all because of me, blessed, blessed are you!

Be not afraid. I go before you always. Come follow me, and I will give you rest. 

I am going to hold onto my husband a little tighter tonight and give my Baby Love an extra blessing while she sleeps. 

You Know You're a Preschool Teacher When

You reach into the box to get a new tissue, and pull out one that is partly used.
You come home with blue fingernails because the food coloring spilled.
You come home with red fingernails because the water colors spilled.
You come home with glue all over your fingers because someone squished the top back on the glue stick without rolling it down.
You find yourself using "We" when you talk to your class (“We all need to catch a bubble, we keep our hands to ourselves, we use walking feet, etc…..”).
You come home from work with smears on your shoulder from the child who cried on it that morning.
You keep losing your pen only to find 5 stuck in your bun.
You hair started out cute at the beginning of the day then transformed to a messy pen filled pony tail.
You have ever uttered the phrase "We do not call our friends pickles, Baby Diaper, or tell our friends they can't come to you Birthday."
You see at least 2 bottoms per day. Either running to the bathroom or nonchalantly hanging out with a hand or 2 upon it. 
You pull out toilet paper tubes out of the trash because you know you will need them in class.
You have at least one piece of light-up, holiday, character, sea.sonal jewelry.
You come home at the end of the day with only your midsection smeered with dirty hands, markers, and paint.
You find yourself humming Tootie Tah, Days of the Week, Skinamarinki Dinki Dink
You find glitter in your hair, stuck to your skin, in the bottom of your bag, in the upholstery of your car, in every article of clothing you own, in the carpets at your house...basically everywhere you've ever been! And no matter how many times you shower you are still covered in glitter!
When leaving the room to use the restroom, you tell people that you need to use the potty.
At the store, you dig in your pocket for change and pull out beads, legos and a marble.
You tie your shoes in double knots.
You have clothing for every season.
You know that the last puzzle piece is hidden under the rug or shelf.

You can name 5 techniques for unjamming a zipper.
You carry extra tissues and hand sanatizer wherever you go. 
You can continue reading your story with a straight face midst toots and giggles.
You have an extra set of clothes for emergencies. 
You can read an entire book upside down while showing all pictures.
You go to to the store and realize you are still wearing a fruit loop necklace that was made for you earlier that day.
You find stickers in very interesting places.
You can hear 25 voices behind you and know exactly which one belongs to the child out of line.
You get a secret thrill out of laminating something.
You know each child's individual sneeze, cough, and other strange noises they make
You walk into a store and hear the words "It's Ms/Mr._______" and know you have been spotted. And then the child won't even look at you because they are freaking out that you have actually LEFT THE SCHOOL!
You have 25 people that accidentally call you Mom/Dad at one time or another.
You can eat a multi-course meal in under twenty minutes.
You've trained yourself to go to the bathroom at two distinct times of the day: lunch and planning period.
You start saving other people's trash, because most likely, you can use that coffee can or plastic butter tub for something in the classroom.
You believe chocolate is a food group.
You can tell if it's a full moon without ever looking outside.
You believe that unspeakable evils will befall you if anyone says "Boy, the kids sure are mellow today."
You feel the urge to talk to strange children and correct their behavior when you are out in public.
You spend more money on school stuff than you do on your own needs.
You can't pass the school supply aisle without getting at least five items!
You ask your friends if the left hand turn he just made was a "good choice or a bad choice."
You find true beauty in a can of perfectly sharpened pencils
You are secretly addicted to hand sanitizer or as we call it magic soap.
You choose the scent of tempra paint over victorias secret "angel" any day
You know all seven verses to "I'm Bringing Home a Baby Bumble Bee" because you made three of them up yourself
You can make paper chains with a perfect pattern in your sleep
Everywhere you go they find you with the children

You go home with rubber bands on your wrists.
You are in the grocery store and tell a child who is running to show you their walking feet
You have mulch lining the cuffs of your pants.

I can't think of anymore 

Anyone got anything to add

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I Wish I Was A Little Bit Taller I Wish I Was A Baller

I wish I had a super duper cool camera that I could take even more pictures of my bebe with. 
We are kind of poor and I would NEVER be able to afford anything more then my little Canon elph. I love my little camera and it has done a great job, but it isn't going to last me too much longer and just today as I was reading one of my favorite blogs they were hosting a giveaway and today is the last day to enter! Ehh! Seeing as how I have been out of touch with the internet world I felt like maybe today was my lucky day and I needed to enter. I would give my right arm and possibly a few toes, and maybe an ear to win something like this. All I have to do is edit one of my photos using CameraBag and seeing as how the site I was using to edit my pictures has since been removed I need somewhere new to edit pictures of Baby Love. I guess I need to chose a picture now. Sadly I don't have that many to chose from since I haven't had time to re save all of my pictures I lost in The Great Computer Crash of 2012!

I knew what picture I wanted to use because when I took it I knew it would be a really good one.
The first picture is the original. I took it at the zoo on a very special trip. It just so happened to be Kinley's first real zoo visit and we got to spend the day with my sister, her new boyfriend, his sister and her 3 little boys. We were watching the grizzlies play in their pond and one of the little boys pressed his tiny little hands against the glass to watch the bears swim around and play. The colors the water created and his little outline against the glass just caught my eye.

Once I downloaded CameraBag I started looking at all of the different ways I could edit my picture. I have to say CameraBag is super easy to use. I have used other editing software and it was all Way too hard for me to figure out. I like that CameraBag lets you chose different ways to edit. I like the preset favorites and my absolute favorite was Tunnel Vision. I like how it kept the blue colors of the tunnel and the water and how it darkened the picture and made it a bit grainy.
I played around with the light and saturation, but I didn't like messing with the Tunnel Vision settings. I liked how it looked without too much fine tuning.

So here it is my CameraBag edit. I love how easy it was and I absolutely love how my picture turned out.

Mistakes and a Little Bloglovin

I accidentally deleted 3 friggin posts from this week because I am a super awesome idiot! Here's a quick recap of stuff no one probably wanted to read anyways. Everything broke in our house (my sad computer is on the top of that list). Fast forward everything except the lawn mower has been fixed or replace because I am awesome and have become my own Geek Squad. I now know how to replace a hard drive, sweet talk and At&T guy for a free wireless modem and u-verse for $24.99 for a year (he told me to call back in 6 months and tell them I want to cancel my service to get another free year). Plus he taught me how to hook up my phone to the modem and never use my phone data while at home.

Now for my post baby body deleted post recap. 
I am down to my pre baby weight and I am going to get really healthy again. I plan on starting weight watchers again and I will be doing Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred along with some running, P90X, Pilates, and yoga mixed in. I still can't believe I gained and lost 50 lbs. in 18 months. Like they say 9 months on 9 months off. I really do feel lucky because nursing/pumping helped me lose most of the baby weight. I also feel very lucky that my body let me nurse/pump as long as I did. Now that I look back and how much I was actually making when I did finally stop I kind of wish I was still doing it, but we are done and I can give myself a nice pat on the back for working as hard as I did and hopefully next time I can nurse even longer. Back to my plan to get this mama body back in shape I plan on doing a post Monday or Tuesday on my progress and I will include some awesomely embarrassing photos of myself and I will include my losses, gains, and stats. This will be purely to keep myself accountable to sticking with it and I am hoping putting everything out in the public on the internet will actually make me get off of my lazy butt and get moving. Since I have nothing, but time on my hands this summer (please pray that my child keeps her long nap in the mornings) I am hoping to lose at least 5 more lbs. and tone up this bod a little. Please feel free to antagonize and yell at me if I miss a post because obviously like my birth when my doctor was practically yelling at me for not working hard enough I need someone to kick my butt and make me work!

Last, but not least I wanted to show a little love for a good friends Super Duper Adorable Blog, but I once again am a freakin idiot and deleted that post too. Her name is Nicole and she just so happens to be a good friend and fellow 4K teacher. She has started  a blog all about preschool and the awesome stuff  we do. Preschool isn't all playtime people.We work our butts off everyday and these kiddos are wicked smart and we have to come up with more stuff each and everyday to keep up with their little spongey brains. Nicole has done as awesome job keeping up with the different crafts and activities that go down in 4K. If you have a minute or need some super cute ideas for your classroom please pretty please go check out The
Pre K Diaries.

So that's what you missed because I am a complete moron. I learned my lesson about changing labels on different posts. I am still not entirely caught up with all of the changes on blogger. I am sure no one really wanted to read those post anyways and hopefully it won't happen again. How about a little Kinley to make up for it.

A Little Popeye Lip

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