Monday, April 21, 2014

The Horton World

Here's what's been going on in our world for the last week and a half {and in no particular order}:

1.  The Horton version of the Oreo Bomb Cake: Alise and I made our's the exact same way, only I added a layer of chocolate pudding.  Soo yummy!!  And Alise had so much fun dunking the cookies in milk!  We made a miniature version of the recipe (I was running low on Oreos), but the dessert was gone in TWO days!

2.  I am in love with this dress! MARCIE Women's Dress  I plan to buy it soon.  Very soon!  I don't know why, but I'm in love with floral prints this year!  I wish I had found it earlier, because it would have made the perfect Easter dress.

3.  THIS - Ladies & Gents - is my 2,000th post!!  I feel like I should be celebrating and throwing a party or something!  That's 2,000 scrapbook posts!  Yay, Me!!

4.  And speaking of scrapbooking - and because I haven't posted a picture of Alise in like, FOREVER - here is a picture of her on Psalm Sunday in her new wedges {Heaven help me!}.  She had seen all the pictures on IG of her Big Sis and other high school friends all dolled up for Prom, so she insisted on getting her pretty on for church. Don't know why the picture is so blurry.

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5.  For inquiring minds, the Easter Bunny did NOT leave a rabbit at our house!

6.  I'm debating on whether or not to read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  The movie starring Ben Affleck comes out this summer.  I read her book, Sharp Objects, and I didn't enjoy it because it was a very strange and dark book, to which, I'm not a fan.  But I kinda wanna read it before the movie comes out just to compare.  Just indecisive.

7.  Remember the table runner from Pier 1 that I mentioned a few weeks ago?  I made it to the store to check it out and although I really liked the colors, the sizing is small and to me, totally not worth the $40 bucks.  Disappointed.

8.  I did not get a single picture of us celebrating Easter. No picture of us all dressed up {and I actually bought a new dress this year and Wayne even wore a suit to church!}.  No picture of Alise with her Easter basket.  Truly, I am ashamed.  That is so unlike me, but I just simply forgot.  We went to my parents' house to celebrate with lunch.  Mom outdid herself!  I'm not normally a ham person, but this year, I couldn't quit eating it!  I made Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits {again!}.

9.  Wayne vacuumed the pool yesterday afternoon and Alise was begging to get in.  I just wanted some peace to finish a book, so I told her to do whatever she wanted to do.  Of course, that means free reign. She had her new swimsuit on in a matter of seconds and jumped in!  I have no idea how cold the water was.  She played and swam for about an hour and I got to finish my book.  She's out of school {again} this week for Easter break, so I foresee some more sunny afternoons around the pool and swimming in our future.

10.  On Good Friday, we took Alise to see the movie, "Heaven Is For Real."  She loved the movie although it was a little slow to me.  I read the book for book club a few years ago and liked it.

11.  Tomorrow Wayne and I celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary!  I'm already looking forward to our Hawaiian cruise next year!  It's been a really sweet weekend remembering our wedding and looking forward to tomorrow.

12.  This weekend we went to Jackson to buy chairs for the theater room.  After we finally left the furniture store, Wayne treated me to get my pasta fix at Olive Garden.  If you remember, our restaurant burned at the beginning of the year and I have missed it badly.  I ate so much spaghetti and it was oh-so good!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Holy Week


In the spirit of Holy Week, I have decided to take a week off from blogging in order to focus on My Savior and his unfailing love for me.  This week and Easter Sunday is the foundation to the Christian Faith.

If you would like to follow the Holy Week timeline that leads to Christ's Cruxifiction and Resurrection, go HERE.

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall be saved." - John 3:16

Friday, April 11, 2014

Royals & A Little Fashion

Attention all ROYAL WATCHERS!  Lookie what I found this week (courtesy of Big Mama)!!  Click HERE!  Who knew??  Where was the internet when Princess Diana was alive {God rest her soul}?  I mean, I do love Kate, I really do, but I grew up in the Di-era, so I guess that's why I am so partial to her.  I don't follow Kate and William like I did with Charles and Diana because...well...I'm older now, and a wife and mother, so I no longer have the luxury of spending my time in the book and magazine section of K-Mart looking at glossy picture books of "What Diana Wore" while my mother shopped.  Oh, the days!!

And just let me state for the record that Prince George looks SO much like William did when he was a baby (not necessarily in these pictures below, but more so at the age George is now)!



In other UN-royal news, I'm loving this table runner from Pier 1! I haven't seen it in person {yet} but I'm thinking the turquoise is just the color I need in my dining room to POP! with the red walls!

So then I got to thinking that I wanted to do a tablescape for Cinco de Mayo.  Which caused me to look at the calendar to see what day of the week Cinco de Mayo fell on and good grief!  A MONDAY!!  Who wants to drink margaritas on a MONDAY that isn't a Monday Night Football night??  Get real.  So yeah. That tablescape idea got shot down.

But I'm still gonna take a look at that table runner when I get a second.

I mentioned Cyndi's blog before, but now she's decided to make some dough helping women style their outfits!  What a neat idea!!  Check it out HERE!

LAST CHANCE for the Style Me Challenge!  It ends at midnight tonight!  Check out Alison's post today HERE and you can also sign up for the challenge there as well.

So just for the heck of it, I decided to wear my new scarf today that I bought for the Style Me Challenge. I'm not a scarf person!  They stick out a little too far and drive me crazy, but I decided to wear it with a navy ruffled blazer, a white tee, khaki ankle pants, and leopard flats.  Just so you get the picture.

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I was worried that it may be a little too orangey for me and that someone would mistake me as an Auburn fan, but it didn't happen.

One last thing, if you received Ulta's 20% off coupon in the mail, it ends TOMORROW!!  This includes name brand products and not just the cheap stuff.

Happy, happy Friday!!  Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Heaven Help Me

Alise wants a rabbit for Easter.

Sister is out of luck.

{Truth be known, she's lucky to get an Easter basket at this point.}

This past weekend, we finally got around to having Bo's funeral.  I know. We're horrible parents to put off letting our child bury a box in the back yard {just in time for the monsoon of a life time to hit and float the thing off in the yard like a colorful ark}.  However....life has been busy and we thought she might eventually forget about it, but nope!  It didn't happen.

Saturday morning, I asked Alise to help me put up the groceries.  We have an outside refrigerator in the cook shack and I asked her to take the cokes and tea to that refrigerator since I didn't have room in the one in the house.  Lo and behold when she came back inside, you woulda thought someone shot her!!  I mean just this awful wailing and boo-hoo'ing.  She missed Bo.  I thought she was beginning to get over him a little bit, but I was wrong.  She said she always talked to Bo when she went to the cook shack {his pen is nearby} and that he wasn't there anymore and she wanted him to come back. So I spent the remainder of the afternoon, consoling Baby Girl and praying that Wayne would hurry up with his own errands so that we could have Bo's funeral.  Maybe closure will help.  She made be promise that we would never, ever move again because she didn't want anyone else to have Bo's funeral box.  She spent the remainder of the afternoon and evening looking for a grave marker for Bo.  

Heaven help me.

My monthly weird dreams continue.  This week I dreamed that Christy Jordan and I were best friends and she cleaned my house!  The problem was, she lived in North Carolina and so she DROVE to. my. house. every Friday to clean it.  What a friend, huh?  Now, there are a few things you must know that probably pretty much inspired this dream: 1) I follow Christy on Instagram, and a picture she posted was the last thing I saw before turning out the light, 2) We have FOLDED, CLEAN clothes scattered on the living room floor because it's not Thursday night yet, so it's not time to pick them up before our REAL life maid comes on Friday, and 3) Alise began studying states and their capitals this week and I keep getting North and South Carolina mixed up, so my third grader has to correct me.  And just for the record, she keeps calling the capital of Kentucky, FRANKFART!!  

Heaven help me.

Is it just me, or didn't everyone else begin learning the states and capitals in like fifth or sixth grade?

And speaking of school...we also started studying the human body in Science this week.  Try explaining to your third grader what a small and large intestine is!!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Hodge Podge Wednesday


Join us over at From This Side of the Pond for Hodge Podge Wednesday!  I've started looking forward to these weekly posts!

1. April showers bring May flowers, or so the saying goes. When did you last 'shower' attention on someone or have attention 'showered' on you? Did you love it, or did all that attention make you squirm?
The last time I had great intentions of showering someone was HERE!  I say "intentions" because I really, really wanted the shower to be nice, but Mother Nature had other plans!

2. Share a favorite 'spring break' memory. Not talking about just the 'college spring break' thing, but any favorite spring break memory you'd like to share. Keep it family friendly please!
My favorite Spring Break would have to be two years ago when we took Alise to Memphis for Easter.  We went to the zoo on Easter Sunday and Alise loved it!  She was so disappointed that we didn't get to see everything because we needed to head home {Unfortunately, her parents had to work the next day!}.

3. It's National Pecan Month...are you a fan? If so, what's your favorite dish that calls for pecans?
I'm really surprised by this one because I wouldn't have thought that it would be the month of April.  When I think of pecans, I think of the Fall.  I guess because that's when I use them in recipes.  My favorite dish would have to be my mom's Pecan Pie.  It's a Thanksgiving and Christmas tradition.  I also tried a recipe last fall, Pecan Pie Bars, and Wayne really liked them, too.

4.  'Put all your eggs in one basket', 'egg on your face', 'rotten egg', 'walk on eggshells', or 'a good egg'...which egg-spression could most recently be applied to your own life?
Not an egg person as far as consumption.  I mean, I eat them IN things, but not like "over easy" or anything like that.  Certainly not for breakfast.  I would have to say that I normally "put all my eggs in one basket."  

5.  In my experience___________________________________.
Never frost a chocolate cake with white icing.  Never say, "never."  Except for the first sentence.  That's a true statement.  But, honestly.  I've had to eat my words way to many times!!

6. What's a  favorite song with the word rain in its title or lyrics?
I'm thinking, "Rainy Days and Mondays Get Me Down," even though I'm writing this post on Tuesday. We've had two major storms in the past five days and today it's raining again.  I'm trying to think positively in that at least the rain is keeping the pollen washed away!

7. What does the word hope mean to you?
Expectation.  I am so thankful for this question today.  I needed to be reminded about my Faith and what I truly believe in.  So thankful for the HOPE I have in Jesus Christ.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Okay.  Hissy fit time.  Girls, girls, girls!  Please!  For all that is right in the world, DO NOT send someone a wedding shower invitation and then NOT follow up with a WEDDING INVITATION!!  And don't try to tell me that you decided to elope at the last minute, because I know better!  Heaven help us!  What is society coming to?