Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thursday Thoughts No. 1

Kudos to me for posting two days in a row! What's up with that?! I thought about doing something a little different today simply because I've got so many things running through this crazy head of mine! I've decided to pass on a Friday Favorite post and just simply share these thoughts with you. My audience is my psychiatrist today! Ha!  Not that I really even go to a psychiatrist, but still.
I just want y'all to know that next Tuesday will be ONE MONTH since I've had a Diet Coke. This is the longest I've ever gone without one.  Lots of water, a little juice, and lots of frozen lemonades from Sonic are the only reason this life style change has been successful. Planning to keep it up.

Got some sad news this week that Stephanie's dad won't be able to attend her graduation. {sigh} Yea. There have been lots of tears shed. And maybe a few mama/daughter shots tossed back, too. 

She decided to let a college friend who is working on his photography skills take her senior pictures. {Crickets.} This was after I had already scheduled a "nice photographer" for an hour at $125 plus all the pictures. {Cue the crickets.} Said college friend has only sent her one - ONE! - "senior" picture and I thought it was awful. {Chirp, chirp.} So I don't know what's going to become of this endeavor, but I do know that her cap and gown pictures should turn out pretty descent if they would just get here.

And speaking of college, what $@&$% prof assigns a FIFTY SLIDE power point presentation two weeks before a comprehensive final??!! And I'm not talking about throwing five words up on a slide, either! I don't even go to MEETINGS with that many slides in a pp presentation and I'm a freaking professional!! 

Got our pool up and going again!  We've had some issues with the filter and discovered - out of lots and trial and error because Mr. Horton doesn't believe in calling a pool guy! - that we had not one, but TWO of these bad boys clogging up out filtration system. And...we've only seen one snake {you might have seen it on SC} this year {so far!}

Sweet Gum Tree seed pods- Set of 12

Another middle school dance this weekend. We're going retro 80's - which makes this Mama's heart proud! - for the decades themed social.

I made Mississippi Roast this week and may have forgotten to turn the crockpot on for a few hours. Oh, well.  We still ate it and lived. 

Mississippi Roast 

A friend of mine mentioned how much better this roast is the next day in between Hawaiian Rolls and the gravy for dipping. Holy Mama!  I think I like it better like that! This is my favorite roast recipe.

Baby Girl did it!  She was chosen as Student of the Quarter for her sixth grade class at school yesterday.  And although Wayne was there to see it, he is not even in a single picture.  I feel horrible! 

I have a new doctor; a primary care physician, which is something that I haven't had in quite a while. Like YEARS, peeps! But I had the nicest follow-up phone call after a recent visit to the clinic and they helped me find one. So last week I went in to be established as a "new patient." I like my new doctor, but I still have to go back to have lab work. Ugh! I hate to fast. I don't like to starve. She told me, "You're the healthiest patient I have!" That's good.  I had my crazy tucked in. Oh!  But my whole point to this was, she put me on calcium and Vitamin D. Really?  I JUST started being able to remember take a vitamin every day and now this?  Wayne swears he's going to buy me an old person's plastic pill box.  I told him what he could do with that plastic pill box.

Speaking of my main man, did I mention that he tried to burn the house down this week?  After I went walking and opened the door, I smelled smoke.  He had BREAD in the oven on 500 freakin' degrees!!  WHO puts loaf bread in the oven?! He says he was making "toast." We have a toaster. His bread was charred!

And these babies?!  They're the bomb dot com.  And I'll just leave that right there!

That's all I've got today!  Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What's Up Wednesday ~ April 2017

Hello, Friends, and welcome to What's Up Wednesday!  It's the last Wednesday in April, so I'm sharing what we've been up to.  I sat this one out in March simply because I feel like so much of these posts are "repeats" - since I already blog about our everyday life! - but whatevah, right?! I mean, you can read it or you don't have to, but hopefully I'll share something new today. 

What We're Eating This Week...Crawfish, crayfish, however you want to pronounce it, it's what's on the menu this weekend when we entertain friends with them and all the trimmings! The kids are gonna swim, the parents are gonna relax, and it's just gonna be a great evening for everyone {How many times did I just say, "gonna"?}!

Image result for crawfish

What I'm Reminiscing About... There will never be another April that passes by that I don't think about our anniversary cruise to Hawaii. I mean, seriously. Last week, a post from two years ago showed up on my FB feed and brought back such sweet memories of that awesome week! I can't wait to go back in a few years!

What I'm loving...Baby Girl is being recognized this morning as Student of the Quarter for sixth grade and I am so happy! She deserves it! Or at least I do! Ha! I'm especially loving the fact that Wayne will get to see it, too!

What We've Been Up To...Speaking of our anniversary, Wayne and I stealed away this weekend to where it all began...Natchez. When we got married, we were broke and I had just started a new job so I hated to ask off for a very long honeymoon. I've always loved the antebellum period and the huge plantation homes, and so I'm kinda glad that we decided to stay somewhere that wasn't very far away because we've gone back to Natchez on several anniversaries in the past.  It's kinda "our little spot" and we love it. Here's one of my favorite pictures of us sharing a huge wedding cupcake!

And another favorite pic from Fat Mama's on Friday evening. We had our fill of "knock you naked margaritas" and tamales and we met some amazing new friends from South Louisiana that were actually staying at the same B&B. We went on a ghost tour that night. I apologize for any bad language I may have had on my SC that evening, but I was definitely skeered! 

What I'm Dreading... Nothing.

What I'm Working On...Motivating my girls until the end of school. Both of them have projects and papers due in the coming weeks and they have become slackers. Alise has never been one to wait until the last minute - unlike her big sis! - but even she's pushing my "get-it-done" buttons. 

What I'm Excited About...Stephanie graduates in less than three weeks.  I'm excited for her and the decisions she's got to make in the coming weeks. She's stressed, I'm stressed, but it's still an exciting time in our lives.

What I'm Watching & Reading...So you may remember me mentioning last month that the girls and I attended a book signing by one of our favorite authors.  The signing was for the last book of Greg Iles' three-book trilogy and I was the only one in the group who hadn't even read the first one! Well, I remedied that this month and read Natchez Burning in about two weeks. It was over 800 pages, y'all! 

Natchez Burning: A Novel (Penn Cage Book 4) by [Iles, Greg]

Despite what the critics are saying, Stephanie and I are watching, 13 Reasons Why. It was her pick because she said everyone was talking about it at college and on social media. Alise wants to watch it, but I told her that I had to watch it first. She and I are on the final season of Gilmore Girls. The new season of Bosch is out on Netflix, so Wayne and I are enjoying it! 

What I'm Listening To...Nada.

What I'm Wearing...I searched high and low for a new dress to wear for our anniversary and was so disappointed to be leaving town without one. However, as luck would have it, I found one at a boutique on the way to Natchez and I was so excited! I am in love with this dress!! I am such a sucker for white dresses - I own several! - especially in the summer. Had to make a special trip to the mall in Natchez for a slip and strapless bra. Do you know that slips are so hard to find these days?!

What I'm Doing This Weekend... I have a Mama/Daughter Pre-Graduation Party with Stephanie and all her friends, along with their moms to attend this weekend. Somehow, I got rooked into doing all the "pre-party" appetizers before we head to the party {whoever heard of "pre-parties"?}, but I enjoy it so I'm not complaining too much. I love it that she includes me and I'm looking forward to meeting some of the other moms. Graduation is May 13th! Eek!

What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month...Alise's birthday is coming up next month and I can't believe that I'm about to have a full-fledged teenager on my hands in just another year {thinking ahead!}. But until then, I'm looking forward to celebrating her special day with her and family in Alabama. 

What Else Is New...Jack bit Alise last week during Spring Break. Can you believe it?  Our beloved schnauzer? She had left a piece of Strawberry Poke Cake on her bed beside her while she was playing games on the computer and he tore into it while she wasn't looking. She reached to grab the plate and he bit her. It broke the skin on her finger and was bleeding rather badly.  I was worried that she might need stitches. We took her to the doctor and all she ended up needing was some high powered antibiotics for five days. Lesson learned: don't mess with a dog and his food. Especially while he's eating it.

Linking up today with Mix and Match Mama and Queen In Between.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Favorites

Hello, Loves, and welcome to Friday! I can't decide if it's been a short week or a long week, but at least the weekend's here, right?! TGIF!! Let's get this party started. Here are some of my favorites this week!

{Favorite Facebook Post.} My dentist - NOT the one who did my root canal! - posted a few weeks ago that Matthew McConaughey was staying at the same hotel she was at in New Orleans and when she saw him in the lobby, she couldn't bring herself to go up to him and ask for a picture!  What the what?!?! I texted her and said, "What gas are you on?! Have you lost your mind?! You go HUG THAT MAN!" Good grief. 

{Favorite Bermuda Shorts.} Walmart.  Go to Walmart and buy these shorts.  They're a little dressy, but they are SOO comfortable!  They stretch, too, and I just love the fabric! I bought three pairs! And I've even rolled the hems up to make them shorter to fit the occassion. Bermuda shorts are going to be so popular this summer! 

George Women's Millennium Pull on Short

{Favorite Bayou Pic.} Wayne and I went out to dinner a few weeks ago and I got this shot while we were sitting out on the deck of the restaurant watching the sunset. 

{Favorite Siblings.} So April 10th was National Siblings Day. I remember being so shocked last year when we were in the car and Stephanie asked Alise, "Alise, do you want to take a National Siblings Day picture?" She agreed and Steph posted on her Snapchat. I wanted to cry. This year?  Not so much.  I got a pic of their backsides while we were walking that night. Ha!

{Favorite Easter Basket Item.}  Look what hopped in my basket for Easter!! Eek!  Y'all know what a girly girl and shabby chic sista I am so I was SO excited!! 

CUSTOM HANDSTAMPED CUFF - bracelet - personalized by Farmgirl Paints -  floral "shabby rose" print leather cuff

Remember how I told y'all I was on the blush/rose gold kick?!  Whell!

{Favorite Breakfast Food.} I've NEVER been an oatmeal kind of girl, but I mentioned that I'm counting calories again. I don't know what persuaded me to try the individual packs of oatmeal, but I'm glad I did! Although the honey and almond flavored are my favorite, the apples and cinnamon flavored aren't bad either.
Quaker Honey & Almonds Instant Oatmeal 1.76oz

{Favorite Wedding.} Tomorrow, these two love birds celebrate twenty-two years of marriage. I can't wait for the next twenty-two! This man is the love of my life and the most caring and hardest working man I've ever met. He's a loving husband and a devoted dad. He's my best friend and I am so happy that God answered a college girls prayers all those years ago and blessed me with such an awesome husband!  I love you, Wayne!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Rose Gold Love

I am SO on a rose gold kick this spring! I've never really cared for the color until now, when it seems like it is EVERYWHERE these days!  So today, I thought I'd share a few of my rose gold favorites and maybe spark some inspiration for Mother's Day {hint, hint!}!

Iphone// Some of you will probably remember that my Samsung Note fell in the pool last summer and I had the hardest decision about getting a new Samsung or crossing over to the dark side with the iphone. I ended up crossing over and chose the rose gold Iphone 7 plus.  Am I happy with it?  Yes. Do I think it's the best thing since slice bread? No. But that's my opinion. It's a phone.

Apple Watch// And...most people wouldn't agree, but I think I love my watch more than I do my phone! It was one of my prizes while we were in Memphis recently. And if anyone knows some great apps for it, please let me know! 

Mossimo Huarache Sandals// I recently ordered these from Target and I love them! They are so comfortable and remind me of my teen years in the '80's when I wore these same style of shoes in white {I hardly ever wear white shoes now}. Just goes to show you that everything does come back around in style. 

Anastasia Lip Gloss// I've mentioned how much I love this lip gloss recently despite the one negative review from Macy's. If you are a lip gloss wearer and like wearing nude shades, I highly recommend this cosmetic brand.

Kate Spade Crossbody// Steph recently treated herself to this KS purse and I'm so jealous. 

Michael Kors Adrianna Sunglasses// I desperately need new shades, but I can never keep up with them. That's why I don't normally buy expensive sunglasses, but hey!  These are nice! Truth: The pair that I'm wearing these days came from the Dollar Store. I have an Apple Watch, but I wear cheap sunglasses! What can I say?  

MicroSmooth Sculpting Contour Trio// I'm moving on up in the contouring world price wise.  I've been practicing with less expensive kits and this is the latest one I've bought to practice with.  Contouring really is fun, but you have to have the time and most mornings, I simply don't. 

Beats// We got the girls matching Beats for Christmas as a big surprise. Stephanie was actually the one who wanted a pair first, but little sister wasn't going to be trumped.  Especially on Christmas!

Petite Diamond Hoop Earrings Well? Diamond are a girl's best friend, aren't they?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

I'm Baaaaccckkkk!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! Ours was very low key with church and a late lunch with my mom and dad. In lieu of an Easter basket this year, I bought Alise a pair of shoes on Good Friday while we were out fighting the crowds and nearly died when I got to the register and they were $150!!  What the what!? So no chocolate bunnies in her Easter basket this year, but she was fine with it. 

Our church service was actually in the coliseum where we spent most of our winter watching the girls play basketball. It was a little surreal to not be sitting in our usual game day seats - they were hidden by big screens. I hated that Stephanie was on Spring Break with her friends and didn't get to join us, but her cousin was actually in town a few weeks ago for a sand volleyball game against ULM and she and her aunt and uncle came to church with us. We went to lunch afterwards and it was so much fun getting to meet them.

So stinking proud of this Girlie!  She has been accepted to the scholar's award banquet at her school and her dad and I couldn't be happier. Only three more weeks of school for us and we're counting down the days until summer! AND! This week is Easter break for us! 

My whittle ham turned out fabulous for our Easter lunch!  I made the pineapple/brown sugar recipe that kept popping up on my FB feed and that I linked to a few weeks ago. It was perfect for our Easter lunch and I even broke out my China for the meal.

I was missing my Grandma on Sunday so I made the salad in one of her pyrex bowls. So special. Out of all the keepsakes I wanted when she passed away a few years ago, it was certain dishes that I wanted and I love vintage pyrex. 

So.  Let's see.  What all has happened since I last blogged. 

There was a funeral for one of my mom and dad's closest friends. They were neighbors of ours back in the "hood" {when we lived in a neighborhood} and my dad still hunts with Mr. Freddie. Melinda was one of my best friends back in those days when we use to ride our bicycles until the street lights came on. It broke my heart that she lost her mother and I couldn't help but think how I would be sitting in her shoes one day. The good news is that my brother came in town for the funeral as well and daddy took us all out to eat for lunch. I can't remember the last time it was just the four of us.  

There was the week of both a UTI and a kidney infection that I literally thought I was dying from. Oh, and the breast cancer scare, too.  All in the same week! That was a week from HELL!

And I just knew as soon as I spilled the news about Stephanie, God was gonna bring something else to pass. All I can say right now is that I'm thankful she got up off her boo-tay and finished her highlight video. She is back in negotiations and we will just keep praying and see what happens. She had cap and gown pictures last week and her senior portraits are scheduled for later this week. We gotta get this girlie graduated!

I had GNO with my girls. Little did we know that it was prom and so we enjoyed our drinks and appetizers while we "discussed" the dresses we saw. Probably the most disrespectful thing I saw was two guys wearing tuxes with converses and baseball caps on backwards. I don't know what the deal was with the backward caps, but I wanted to go over and slap them both on the back of the head and tell them to take their caps off at the table.  Apparently I hadn't had enough to drink yet, but that just ticked me off!

I'm back on the diet train.  I'm counting calories and using the My Fitness App to log everything I eat. I'm also back to walking six miles and I haven't had a Diet Coke in over two weeks {the only good thing that came out of that UTI and kidney infection!}. The first week, I lost five pounds!  I know that's crazy and that most of it was "water weight," but it gave me the motivation I needed to stay on track. I'm making better food choices but the hardest thing to kick are the frozen lemonades from Sonic. Ha!

Wayne and I will be celebrating twenty-two years of wedded bliss later this week.  We're going out of town and already taking bets on which kid is going to call us first! 

But I'll save that for another post!