Friday, September 30, 2011

Dear Weekend,

Please be good to me. This past week has kicked my ass. Between freak allergic reactions that left my face blotchy and swollen, and moving into our new house, and a sick and snotty toddler, I can't handle anymore. I've hardly eaten anything since Tuesday because of this nausea and stomach ache that I can't shake (no, I'm not pregnant) and my face looks like it's been run over and put through a meat grinder. I'm exhausted and every inch of my body hurts. To make matters worse, I *still* don't have everything moved from the old house. So please, Saturday and Sunday, I'm begging you, be kind. Don't kick me when I'm down, because I'm not sure I can handle much more. I'm going to take a hot shower, and go to bed early tonight. I hope that when I see you tomorrow morning, you've got a genuine smile on your face.

Love,
J

And to all of my fabulous readers, I love y'all! Hopefully you've had a better week than I have, and your weekend rocks!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Fun with Our Phones Monday!

Why, yes, I *am* posting twice in one day! I wanted to link up for the Fabulous Fall Blog Challenge, but I also wanted to link up with Savanah and Erin for

because I'm pretty in love with these photos from last week. Look, it's my blog, and I'll post as much as I want, got it!? Sorry, didn't mean to shout. Aaaaanywaaaay...

Here's a glance at how we started our Monday:


We ride our ponies first thing in the mornings.


Then we strike a pose.


On Wednesday I found this little hole in the wall store in the town that I work in that has the most amazing Halloween and fall decorations! I picked up a few of these adorable bubble bath pumpkins for my niece and cousin's Halloween treat bags. They also had ghosts and skeletons, but these were definitely the cutest!





On Thursday Baby Butterbean decided to lose the bow and wear bunny ears to keep her hair back. She insisted on putting them on herself. She obviously nailed it. (Please excuse our messy playroom!!)


Later on that evening we went out to dinner where she discovered her new favorite food: ribs!!

Now, head over and check out the rest of the Fun With Our Phones posts!!

And, in case you missed it, I wrote a Where I'm From
post over the weekend! Go check it out!

Fabulous Fall Blog Challenge - Day Six

Happy Monday, y'all! Wait,... Is there such a thing as a happy Monday? Anywhoddles, I'm back from a weekend filled with packing and moving, (read: exhausting weekend) and once again, I'm linking with with these two fabulous ladies for their fall blog challenge!
Fabulous Fall Blog Challenge

Today's topic?

{Fall TV Shows}

If you know anything about me, you know that I'm a *huge* film and television buff, which leads to frantically searching movie bins at Target and my DVR constantly being full. So, once fall rolls around, I get so excited that all of my friends favorite shows come back!

I have many favorites coming back this season, but some of the new shows that are premiering look really good!






I caught "2 Broke Girls" and "New Girl" last week, and both of them were sooo cute!


And yes, even though it's a teem drama, I got sucked into Secret Circle a couple of weeks ago.


Last night was the Pan Am premiere, which wasn't nearly as good as I thought it would be, only because it had so many back stories! But, I'm sure I'll stick it out for a couple of weeks to see if it gets better.





I'll be catching The Playboy Club and Hart of Dixie tonight, and I've got high hopes for both!

Ok, y'all, now it's your turn! Are any of your favorites coming back this season? What new premieres are you excited about? Is there something else I should be watching?

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Back Where I Come From

I saw this over at Jessica's and I absolutely loved it, so I knew I had to write my own!! You can find the original prompt here.

I am from a football field on Friday night, from Lone Star Beer, and swimming in Cummins Creek on hot summer days.

I am from the two stop light town, with the old men sitting outside the barber shop, and with the water tower that welcomes you.

I am from the bluebonnets and the big oak trees.

I am from Sunday lunches with the whole family and German hips, from Delores and Doris and Bill.

From the over the top holiday decorating and weekly phone calls full of small town gossip.

From "always stand up for what's right" and "take pride in your family name".

I am from Sunday morning service in a country church pew. From reading the bible until it falls apart, and thanking God for all of my blessings.

I’m from Texas, by way of Germany, from chicken 'n' dumplings and my grandma's potato salad.

From the woman who met her true love at a 4H picnic, the woman who bent over backwards for her family, and the man who always stood tall for what he believed in.

I am from mantels filled with old photos, gun cabinets filled with family heirlooms, dusty old saddles, and knick knacks placed where all can see them.

I am from a family that's now broken, but somehow manages to not let go.

I am from a mom who would do anything for her kids, a dad who always hung the moon, and grandparents who loved us like there was no tomorrow.

Today I'm from a house filled with love. From "I lub you, momma"s, finger painting, and juice cups. I'm from endless laundry and movie nights on the couch with my soulmate.

Everywhere I've been has made me in to the person I am today, so I couldn't be more proud than where I'm from!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Fabulous Fall Blog Challenge - Day Five

Blogger apparently hates me, because I tried to post yesterday and the day before (Fabulous Fall Blog Challenge Days 3 & 4), but it wouldn't let me! So, I'm trying again today to link up with Neely and Amber. Hopefully Blogger cooperates and I don't end up losing everything like I did on Wednesday.
Anyway, I'll do a mini post on day 3 & 4's topics.


{Day Three}
What do you do for Halloween/a Halloween memory
The first year that B and I were married, we threw a Halloween party, but the next year was my niece's first birthday, so that tradition was scrapped pretty quickly. Up until this year we always spent Halloween with her, but this year we'll see her a few days early, and since Baby Butterbean is old enough, we'll go trick or treating.
These are from Princess R's (my niece) birthday last year.

Halloween Baby
Baby Butterbean and her cousin

{Day Four}
Fall Decorating

Y'all, I looooove decorating for fall! And this year I'll decorate even more, thanks to Pinterest! Here are a few ideas I'm currently loving.

Holiday Printables
Source: etsy.com via J on Pinterest

Painted & Monogrammed Pumpkins

DIY Adorableness

OK, now on to today's topic!!

{Day Five}
Things You Look Forward to for Fall

-College Football!! You probably shouldn't talk to me during a Bama game!
-County Fairs
-Warm Apple Cider
-Halloween!!
-Sweaters, boots, and scarves
-My birthday!!
-And the best thing, the cooler weather! Granted, it's still hot as hades down here, but at least it doesn't feel like we live in the devil's armpit anymore!

So tell me, what excites you the most about fall finally being here?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fall Blog Challenge - Day Two

It's day two of Neely and Amber's Fabulous Fall Blog Challenge!!

Fabulous Fall Blog Challenge
Today's topic? Fall fashion. Aka, the second best fashion ever. The best is winter fashion, obviously.

As far as my fall makeup, I don't do much different. I only wear tuned moisturizer, a little concealer, and mascara normally, but I may do a bit of eye shadow in the fall and winter months. I do rock the darker fall colors on my nails though, and I have been known to dye my hair a much darker color once it starts to get cooler.

Now, as far as fashion, I'd love to say that my daily fall fashion is amazing sweaters, and scarves, and boots, but it's not really. See, it's still in the 90s down here during the day, so I can't bust out the sweaters until around November. I wear my cowboy boots a bit more once fall hits, because it's fair season in my neck of the woods. I also have a few lightweight scarves that I can pull off with tees when it's still warm out. I try to incorporate as much fall fashion into my wardrobe without passing out from heat exhaustion.











These are perfect examples of what I could wear here!

I add more darker colors back into my outfits, and maybe a bit of animal print here and there! And I put the flip flops away and bring out the flats.





Isn't this lovely?

And, since I have a little girl, I get to dress her in her fall fashion as well! She's very prissy, so she loves to wear skirts, so I pair them with tights and boots.





Last year's fall photo shoot. Skirt? Check. Adorable denim vest? Check. Tights and boots? Check check.

I also pull out my cardigans and boyfriend blazer. I really need more of those, because I lurrrrve them!

Alright, now it's your turn! Tell me, what is your must have fall fashion staple?

All photos (except my baby!) can be found here

Monday, September 19, 2011

Fabulous Fall Blog Challenge - Day One

Um, I haven't blogged in nearly two weeks. How is that possible!? It seems like I just blogged yesterday! Apparently raising a toddler, working part-time, and painting, packing, and showing your house take up a lot of time. But! We will be moved in 10 days. Just one and a half more weeks, and we'll be in our new house! And then I'll breathe a sigh of relief.... but then I'll have to unpack. Shoot.

Anyway, I figured I'd drop in today because the oh-so-fabulous Amber and Neely are hosting a two week fall blog challenge, and I had to join in!

Fabulous Fall Blog Challenge


Today's topic is Fall Traditions.

We only have two fall traditions.

Our first one is decorating. We go all out on our fall decorations. We put out the fall themed things September 1st, and then put out our Halloween decor on October 1st. I fill my house with pumpkin smelling candles and bake all kinds of pumpkin flavored goodies. My favorite is my mom's pumpkin delight pie. It's the shizzy, y'all.

Our second tradition is heading out to the pumpkin patch to pick up a bunch of pumpkins and gourds. This is by far one of my favorite traditions. It's up there with picking out our Christmas tree.

We took Baby Butterbean for the first time last year, and she loved it!


That is, after she got used to the pumpkins that were bigger than her!


Picking out her own pumpkin.


She picked out the little yellow one next to her, and wouldn't put it down!


How about this one?


Taste testing.


Cheese!


There's also a petting zoo, which she went absolutely nuts for, and a hay ride that takes you around the farm. We love going to the pumpkin patch.

So tell me, do y'all have any fall traditions?

Friday, September 9, 2011

Ten Years Later: May We Never Forget

I'm not going to ask you where you were ten years ago, and I'm not going to tell you where I was.

All I'm going to say is that my heart, just like many other Americans, is heavy this weekend. And that, for the last ten years, the 2,819 victims have never left my mind. They've been there, in the shadows, maybe out of thought, but never fully gone. My heart hurts for the loved ones left behind.

That day shaped the rest of my life. It's the reason I wanted to become an EMT. And the truth is, that day changed all of us.

We are all different than we were before that horrible day, even if it's just in a small way. The biggest change is that it has divided us as a country.

I won't go into my feelings about what our country has become, because that's not what I'm trying to do here. I just want everyone to see, that no matter your race, gender, religion, or political party, we are all Americans. We should always stand united. We should care for each other, and support one another.

I hope that as you hug your friends and family this weekend, you remember that day. That you remember what you felt when you heard the news, and that you remember the feeling that all Americans had for a few weeks after the attacks. We stood together, we were one. We were all brothers and sisters. And then, just like that, it was gone.

I wish, for my sake, for your sake, for my daughter's sake, that we could stand united once again. That we could stop bickering with each other long enough to realize that we live in an amazing country, one that we should take pride in, not be ashamed of.

So please, even if it's just for this weekend, put aside your political beliefs, put aside your religious beliefs, put aside your hatred for others, and love your fellow Americans. Because you never know what will happen in the next second. 2,819 people had no idea they would die on 9/11/2001, and you don't know when you'll go either.








May We Never Forget





Monday, September 5, 2011

"Revive From Ashes and Rise"

Y'all, my beloved state is burning. There are fires all around Texas, including one in the county that I currently live in.
The worst is in Bastrop County, which is the county we lived in before moving to where we are now. Friends and family are being evacuated, I have some friends that have already lost their homes, and we have friends that are fighting the fires there.
My heart is breaking for everyone effected by the fires. I'm dying to help, but there's nothing I can do at this point.
Please, if you're the praying type, say a prayer for it to rain in Texas. If you aren't the praying type, just send some good vibes, or wish some rain our way. We Texans are a strong breed, and we can handle a lot, but right now, I think we're at our wits end. We need rain, desperately.

Friday, September 2, 2011

What Were You Born To Do?




Y'all? Parenting is hard. Why didn't anyone tell me!? Apparently, people have known this for *decades*, but no one decided to tell me. Thanks for that.

I find myself saying things on a daily basis that I never thought I'd say. For instance, "stop sticking your hands down your pants" (remember, I have a *girl*), "don't yank on the cat's tail!", "don't put that in your mouth" and the grossest one to date, "we don't touch the dog's butt!!" I also say "no" and "stop that" eleventy million times a day.

Also? Potty training is going to kill me. Baby Butterbean gets the idea. She goes potty in her big girl potty very often. But, she'll say "I potty!" and we'll rush to the potty and then sit there for three hours. Five minutes after getting up, she screams, "I potty, I potty!!" and we rush to the potty, only to find that she was simply telling us that she peed in her diaper.

It's hard work, yo.

Plus? Those cute little babies turn into toddlers. And toddlers? Back talk. You tell them to do something, or stop something, or to go somewhere, and they look you in the face and tell you "No!" And for someone who needs to be in control of every aspect of her life, that shiz is hard!

They also go from being fabulous eaters, to eating nothing but fiddle sticks and blueberries over night. They will be perfect angels at home all day, and then pitch a fit the minute you go out into public for dinner. They want to sing the Itsy Bitsy Spider a billion and one times a day, and read The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round a billion and two times a day. They get obsessed with a certain tv character or two *cough, Olivia and Blue, cough, cough* and want to watch them all day, every day.

They obsess about coloring nonstop, and want to "help" with everything you do. Only, their helping isn't really helping. You end up having to fold the laundry three different times.

But, despite all of these things? Despite desperately needing an ice cold Shiner at the end of most days, I wouldn't trade this for any amount of money in the world. I love my little Baby Butterbean more than anything and she makes me beam with pride every day. One minute I'm pulling my hair out because she just. won't. listen, and the next I'm snuggling her and singing You Are My Sunshine. Motherhood is the toughest, most frustrating, most stressful job I've ever had. But it's also the most rewarding, and by far my most favorite.

And even at the end of my most challenging days, when I kiss my little girl goodnight, and she says "lub you, mommy", I know that all the blood, sweat, tears, and extra loads of laundry are totally worth it.

I was born to be many things, but above all things, I was born to be a mother.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Well Hello There




Via

Hey there, September. It's been far too long, and you sure are looking good. Can I take you out sometime? *eyebrow wiggle*

Sorry, that got a little inappropriate.

Well, September is here, and even though it's still hot as hades here in the devil's armpit Texas, I couldn't be more excited for autumn.

I'm itching to decorate, but I know that would be a bit silly, seeing as how we'll be moving at the end of the month. But, if I can't decorate, I can at least put pumpkin scented candles everywhere! Plus there's the return of college football, and my beloved fall tv schedule. Not to mention (slightly) cooler weather, and boots and scarves!!

I absolutely love fall. It means the holidays are right around the corner, and that always makes me feel warm and snuggly. The holidays bring good food, and good times with loved ones.

So bring on the fall fashion, the nights spent snuggled up watching new shows, the Saturdays spent cheering for my Bama boys, pumpkin scented *everything*, and hot chocolates from Starbucks, cause this girl is beyond ready!

What about y'all? Are y'all just as stoked for fall as I am?

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