Monday, October 17, 2016

One Word

I have only one word to describe our weekend: party!

Thursday night I had to go see my Big Girl. She didn't have a good week at practice and was "in her feelings" as she likes to say. She needed her mama to cheer her up!  I can't tell you how proud I am of this Girlie. Our relationship is still a struggle at times, but I wouldn't trade being her mom for anything.

Friday morning Alise and I were up early for the Pink Out Pep rally. Baby Girl finally got her chance at flying and she was so nervous.  She didn't have a good week at cheer practice, either, and didn't nail her stunt all week.  Until.  Until, the pep rally! I didn't get a good picture, but I could not believe how she bounced up twice in the stunt and never faltered. She was so excited! 

Our first official party was during Alise's reading hour. Her class got to celebrate a book they've been reading by having a tea party.  All the kids dressed up and they drank tea out of real china tea cups. The moms provided the sandwiches, cookies, and brownies.

I ran to work in time to celebrate another party for a co-worker.  I was a sandwich making lady that day!

I had promised S on Thursday that I would go to her open practice on Saturday. Since it was ULM's homecoming, a few of her teammates' parents were there and I got to meet and talk to them. I thought she had a great practice, but she is forever so hard on herself.  It drives me insane.  I just don't get it. She also had a cold and wasn't in the greatest mood - I've learned to keep my distance when she's being hard on herself or they have a loss. So after a quick good-bye, I went home to watch the Alabama football game with Wayne and help Baby Girl get ready for her first ever middle school dance!  Eek!

I can't tell you how many times her costume changed. We went to the Halloween store TWICE to find a costume - and to return the one we picked out the first time! She really wanted to be a red devil because she liked the sparkly costume, but she said, "Moma, I feel so guilty about being a devil because I have Jesus in my heart." Happy mom moment. She ended up going with a simple black cat costume that we pieced together. She did her makeup and hair all by herself.  There was a "pre-party" at a local Mexican restaurant and then the dance started at 7 o'clock. It broke my heart that she and her best friend, Aden, wouldn't let me walk them in and take pictures. I mean, literally, my heart was breaking as they got out of the car. Wayne and I joined friends at a local restaurant to kill time until the dance was over.  She had a great time and I loved seeing all the pictures on her Snap Chat!

We went to church on Sunday, went to lunch, and invited Brooklyn to spend the afternoon with us. She needed a little fun time away since her baby brother was born a few weeks ago. We went to get ice cream, made and decorated cookies, and she and Alise hung out upstairs in the the theater room.

I tried a new recipe Sunday night that was really, really good and I'll be sharing it soon.  I cooked all afternoon with plans of taking food to Steph and her teammates, but alas! They went to the Japanese Steakhouse and my new chicken recipe just couldn't compare I guess. They missed out on chocolate cake, too.

I was so proud of myself for actually getting up and hitting the pavement Saturday morning.  I got two miles in and fully intended to walk Sunday, but cooking got in the way. I'm still not over being sick. Didn't feel like myself all weekend and now suffering from the effects of being on a high-powered antibiotic for a week. I also haven't had a Diet Coke in two days. Baby steps. Hoping and praying that this is a better week for all of us!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday Favorites

Hello Friends and welcome to Friday! It's been a long week, but a good one, I guess if you overlook the fact that a week ago, I was dying with a double ear infection and strep throat. Thank goodness for another weekend! And hopefully a sick free one, too! Be sure to catch up with all of us at Momfessionals to see what everyone is faving today!

{one.} You may have seen a lot of the fashion bloggers sporting this bag this season in their pics. I'm in love. I'm not even quite sure what this pattern is? It reminds me of a baby deer - and that's probably not the most appropriate description, but whatever! And when I found out that the bag wasn't really fur, I was slightly disappointed and began - once again - looking at the leopard St. Anne Tote. I've had that sucker in my cart forever and let's just say that after spending the day home on Monday recovering from a double ear infection and strep throat, I thought I finally deserved it! A woman should not be left recovering at home alone with a laptop!

{two.}  I happened to find these snacks a few weeks ago in our Neighborhood Walmart and I love them! They're only 150 calories, quite tasty, and I may or may not have even eaten them for breakfast a few mornings! So yummy!

{three.} I wasn't the only one in love with Mrs. Trump's hot pink blouse this past Sunday night during  the Presidential Debate. Social media went NUTS over it!

I've been surfing the internet trying to find one in my price range because - Hello! Gucci! $1,100? (which is the one Mrs. Trump wore) - I really do expect them to become a hot item on into spring. I remember my mother had one in the 70's or 80's and I thought it was the ugliest thing I had ever seen. Her blouse was white and I hated the bow.  Back then, they were called "secretary" or "teacher" blouses, contrary to the modern day name. You'll have to google that one!

{four.} I ordered my first Christmas gift this week and I'm so pumped about it!  I got a good deal and someone in our family is going to be oh-so happy on Christmas morning! I wish I could share more details about the purchase, but I can't because of inquiring little minds!  Ha! This is our first Christmas when "she knows that I know that she knows" and it's breaking my heart. You moms with littles out there, enjoy those precious years of them believing in Santa! 

{five.} Alise won THIRD PLACE in our middle school's reading fair this week!  She was so excited!  The very first project she did completely by herself! 

{six.} I picked up this LBD this week when I decided to do a little retail therapy before heading into the office one morning. Surprisingly, I've had some pretty good luck with Target lately after nearly a year of not being able to find anything I liked. Key hole and floral dresses have been on my radar this fall and I just haven't been able to find the perfect floral print yet. But this lace key hole dress will be on repeat all season! 

{seven.} Wayne and I are traveling to Baton Rouge later next week and I can't wait to stop in at one of my favorite little boutiques located in St. Francisville, Grandmother's Buttons. They have the most gorgeous antique and unique pieces around. My best friend, Angie, bought a necklace that she wore at her son's wedding and the piece was just amazing! You can read about Grandmother's Buttons' story by clicking HERE and if you're ever headed south in Louisiana, I certainly suggest stopping! I mean, isn't this picture gorgeous?!


{eight.} Baby Girl has her first EVER middle school dance this weekend and I'm torn between feeling sad about it and being excited for her. The dance is casual with a Halloween costume theme and I'll be sharing pictures next week...don't want to give anything away right now, but suffice is to say that I may be feeling a little overly dramatic about the whole thing! Oh my gosh, where has the time gone?! While the kids are dancing the night away {for two hours!}, the parents will be enjoying a cocktail hour at a restaurant. I hope I don't cry in my cosmo!

{nine.} Something that I'm REALLY loving these days...a few weeks ago, we took the plunge and got Alise an iphone. It was the same time that Wayne got me the new iphone 7 - which I'm learning to like a little more each day! I was REALLY having a hard time with deciding to get her one, but I feel like we can trust Alise and so far, we have our bluff in. So, anyway, I have SO enjoyed getting texts from my daughter on her way to cheer or waiting for a ride, or even from her bedroom while I'm soaking in a warm bath. It has opened up a whole new world for us. Does that sound strange? I mean, I certainly don't want to take away from us actually having a conversation, but it's nice and weird to get a text from your eleven year old in the middle of the afternoon.

{ten.} I told y'all a few weeks ago that I spent a Sunday afternoon making freezer meals and Wednesday night, we tried one of the new recipes. I have to report that it's a winner!  So easy to make and really, really good! Definitly a freezer repeater! Here's the recipe for Easy Baked Ziti.

We have a very low-key weekend planned.  No high school football game tonight, so we're free to watch one of S's friend's volleyball games, so we'll be at our second home for the next six months, the colesium.  Now that the reading fair is over, Alise has a little more free time on her hands and her daddy plans for it to be spent practicing basketball.  I plan to actually get outside and walk this weekend!  If you can believe that! And then, of course, there's the school dance on Saturday and church on Sunday. Whatever you're doing, I hope it's fun and relaxing!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

My To-Read Book Shelf

I'm excited about some new books that I've recently added to my "to read" shelf on Goodreads. And if you're not currently using Goodreads, you might consider giving it a try!  I love it and enjoy seeing what all my friends are reading.  You can read book reviews, rate books and even give your own review of a book. It's actually where I find most of the ones I read these days. So on with the books!

Restoring Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti. I actually found this book on someone's blog a few weeks ago. I usually like to try and read seasonal books around the holidays to put me in the Christmas spirit {and I highly recommend Mistletoe Kisses}. There's nothing I enjoy more than reading a good book in front of a warm fire!

Here's what Amazon has to say: "Alexis Blake has one chance to land her own show on the Home Project Network and nothing, not an uncooperative client, a job site without indoor plumbing, or a challenging videographer, is going to stand in her way. Elsie, at seventy-plus, is far from the ideal client, but she knows exactly what she wants her fieldstone house to look like, and no designer can tell her otherwise. Gabe Langley, the man with the camera, is caught in the middle and it is his wisdom and warmth that just may be the bridge that will bring these two women together. Can they restore more than just a house and bring about special, almost lost forever Christmas memories?"

The One Man by Andrew Gross. One of my favorite authors! I really enjoyed 15 Seconds. I like his writing style and suspense and this book grabbed me because of the historical setting.

The Widower's Wife by Cate Holahan. New author for me.  I found this book on my friend, Vicki's blog , last week and I'm really excited about reading it!

Here's what Amazon had to say, "Ana Bacon, a beautiful young wife and mother, tumbled off a cruise ship into dark and deadly waters. Ana is gone--leaving behind her wealthy husband and adorable daughter--but not everything about her disappearance adds up. What secrets did she leave behind? Investigator Ryan Monahan is a numbers man. So when his company sends him the Bacon case, which could net a ten-million-dollar payout, Monahan doubts that her death is just a tragic accident. But the husband has a substantial alibi and a number of witnesses claim to have seen Ana fall, and the official ruling seems to hold up. Still, the more Monahan uncovers about Ana’s life, the more he realizes how many people would kill to keep her secrets hidden. And the closer he gets to the truth, the greater the odds grow that he, too, will take a fatal fall."

Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge. This is the first book of a series that I would like to begin and I discovered it because the latest book, Little Boy Blue, has just been released. I'm always game for a great new series! If you love murder and mystery, I highly recommend the Women's Murder Club series by James Patterson.

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines. No fixer upper fan can pass up this long awaited read! Can't wait to get my hands on this one! I just know it is going to be a good one!

And last but not least, I'm considering giving Mr. Sparks another shot. His latest book, Two by Two, has just been released and I'm still on the fence.  Even though Mr. Sparks and I have met in real life and he was oh-so dreamy, my love for his books have wained over the years and I have not enjoyed them as much.  My BFF Leigh is actually reading his latest now and I'm waiting to see what she has to say about it before I jump!  Love you Nicky!

Would love to hear what's on your to-read shelf! What have you read lately that you just couldn't put down? What fabulous book should I be reading, too!?

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Spiel The Beans

I'm joining my BBFF Shelly for Spiel The Beans Tuesday over at her blog today and the question is... "How Do You Stay Fit During The Holidays."

My answer: I don't.

Stay with me.

Last Thursday night, I went to S's apartment to help her with an online test. She's taking this class about women in their 60's - I can't remember the name of it - but her mid-term was ten essay questions about empowerment, physical fitness {ahem!}, chronic illness, age sterotyping, blah, blah, blah.  I was a little offended when she told me early in the semester that she was going to need my help in this class. I mean really!

So when we got to the physical fitness questions, we had to list three barriers that women face related to physical fitness. Well, one was a no brainer because it's my biggest issue and it's simply time!  Yes, I use to get up at 5:00 in the morning and face the blackness of our neighborhood and argue with Wayne every single morning about how I didn't need to be walking alone in our neighborhood and no, I didn't need to carry a gun for protection {it sounds like we live in a horrible neighborhood, but it's actual more rural with few houses on acreage instead of actual lots} and then I broke my foot last summer and my physical fitness routine just hasn't been the same. And believe me, it's starting to show.

So needless to say, we nailed that question even though I was getting the stink eye from Steph.  She's constantly on me to resume my walking routine and I know. I get it. But life is in the way right now and I told her that if she wanted to continue the lifestyle that she has gotten accustomed to, then she will quit pushing my buttons when it comes to exercise. She's the athlete. Not me.

And when you bring on the holidays, too, well, exercise is just totally non-existant. Even when I was walking two to three miles every morning, I normally stopped in November because it was too cold to walk that early and I still don't believe in buying clothes to stay warm while exercising. I thought your were suppose to sweat!  Ha!

So anyway.  That's my take on it and how I tied all this up with a pretty red bow. I sure hope we make an A on our "exam."

Thanks so much for all the texts, emails and comments about my sickness. I'm feeling much better after taking an extra day off from work yesterday to rest. Alise has her reading fair today at school and I'm excited for her. Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Weird Weekend of Sickness

Let me start off my saying, that if you need even the tiniest bit of motivation - or just a swift kick in the pants to get something done - I highly suggest a shot of Rocephin and Decadron. Trust me. Once these two shots actually start working, it's all the motivation you need!

So my weird sickness started on Friday afternoon.  I went to lunch with some co-workers and then met Wayne and Alise back at the house.  It was homecoming at our school and Alise got out a half day, so I convinced her to lay down and take a nap with me since she had been up early to get ready for the pep rally and would be cheering the entire game. When I woke up around 3:30, my throat and left ear were killing me. I had not had any symptoms before my nap.

Now, I'm not one that gets sick very often, however, when I do, I'm dying. Literally. I was dying Friday afternoon.

Wayne and Alise left early for the game because he and another basketball coach were selling bowls of jambalaya as a fund raiser, so I headed to Urgent Care. I was the only one there, which was good, however, my experience was horrible. Long story short, I was swabbed for strep and it came back negative. I was told I had fluid behind my left ear, and was brought two ibuprofen to take and got a script for Allegra! Are you &%$*!# kidding me?!?  I think I was so shocked that the Mother Ship actually had physicians on the payroll that were so conservative when it came to treating illnesses, that I was in a fog as I made it back to my car. I mean, you just swabbed somebody for strep and you prescribe Allegra?? I texted Wayne and Jennifer to let them know that I wouldn't make it to the game and went home to go to bed.  I didn't even pick up my wonder drug, Allegra. I was proud of S though because she figured out a way to the game to support her little sister by getting a ride with a teammate. She doesn't go many places without me.

I didn't sleep at all Friday night because my throat hurt so bad. When I woke up Saturday morning, I felt even worse, but I managed to help Alise with a few things for her reading fair project. And then I went back to bed. Steph woke me up after she got out of practice asking if I would take her to our local aviation museum so that she could get extra points in her history class.  I had already promised her earlier in the week that I would, so Alise and I picked her up and spent about an hour at the museum.  When I got home, Wayne still wanted to go on our "date" and I still really wanted to see the movie, "Girl On A Train," so I decided to suck it up and get ready.  I didn't want to disappoint him since our date had already been postponed three times before. We went to a restaurant on the bayou and sat outside enjoying the view. It was so peaceful and quiet.  Nice to have adult conversation without interruptions. As far as the movie, I thought the book was better.

Sunday morning, I woke up and I still felt horrible and had started to run a fever. Wayne said, "That's it! Get up! We're going to XXXX Walk-in Clinic. I'm taking you!" I didn't even brush my teeth, y'all. I know that's gross, but that's how bad I felt. If I had worn long pj bottoms to bed, I swear I would have went in my pjs, but I threw on my glasses and some shorts and froze all the way to the clinic. The day before it had been shorts weather. That's Louisiana weather for you! My ear "fluid" from Friday had turned into a double ear infection, my fever had gone higher, and I was swabbed for strep again. Still no strep, but when I was asked, "Do you want a shot?" I nearly fell off the exam table and begged. So that's where the Rocephin and Decahedron came in.  Wayne sent Alise a text {she stayed home} that I was getting two shots and she sent back the smiling crying face emoji twice. Do ya feel the love? We picked up my scripts for antibiotics and cough medicine and I went back to bed and rested.

By four o'clock, the shots began to kick in and I would have scrubbed bathroom toilets if the maid hadn't come on Friday and done it herself already! I was feeling so much better, but not great! I made a new twist to a family favorite for supper by adding shrimp and frozen stir fry veggies to this Pinterest win! It was delish!! Gone were the body aches and my throat was feeling better because I was eating everything in sight! If only the shots had kicked in a little sooner, I may have made and big dent in my woman cave! So anyway. That was my crazy weekend and I am so thankful to be feeling better.