Pregnancy Brain Farts

Pregnancy Brain Farts

The day before Thanksgiving while Bean was at daycare and Chris was at work, I was in my kitchen baking biscuits to use in my dad’s stuffing recipe.  I put the biscuits in the oven and then sat down to make my grocery list because I had forgotten to buy a few things.  When my list was finished, I grabbed my purse and my keys, threw on some shoes, and ran up to the grocery store.  When I pulled into the parking lot, it was naturally packed since it was…

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What a Day!

What a Day!

Thanksgiving this year was – in a word – wonderful.  Really, really wonderful.  Chris’ mom, Jackie, and her boyfriend, Charles, came down from our hometown of Pensacola and his sister (who lives here in Orlando) had two days off of work to hang with us.  It was a really nice, relaxing weekend of food, family, and catching up. Jackie and I (pictured above with a very serious Bean) spent Wednesday preparing and cooking and then Thursday, Chris joined in the fun as he prepared the turkey. Note the Band Aid…

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Wedding China

Wedding China

When Chris and I were engaged, the biggest fight we got into was over our wedding china.  First, I didn’t really want it.  I was 20 years old at the time.  What did I need fine china for?  But Chris was adamant that we registered for not just china, but crystal and flatware, too.  And he had very specific thoughts on what our china looked like, too.  He didn’t care about bath towels or kitchen appliances.  But when it came to the china, he was there.  With opinions. At the…

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Preparing a Feast with a Beast

Preparing a Feast with a Beast

Last Thanksgiving, Bean was tiny. I think he made that Thanksgiving better for me because he was a real, live, breathing something to be so thankful for. But he couldn’t really do much yet. This year not only was he that something for me to be thankful for, but he was able to actually participate in the Thanksgiving festivities. He peeled potatoes with me. He read stories with his Aunt Annie on his Grandmomma’s iPad. And while we waited for the turkey to cook, he read books with me in…

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I am Thankful

I am Thankful

I am thankful for a roof over my head, a job that makes me happy, and food on our table every night. I am thankful for medical insurance and even more thankful that we haven’t had to use it yet. I am thankful for cool, evening breezes and for bright sunny days. I am thankful for my dogs who seem to love me even when I don’t make time to love them back. I am thankful for palm trees and sandy beaches. I am thankful for each person who comes…

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The Company You Keep

The Company You Keep

In college, I met my best friend, Emily. She hired me at the law firm where we ended up working together all four years of school. What I love about Emily (one of many things, actually) is that we lead very different lives. We always have. She dated around in college and I was talking about marrying my high school sweetheart. She’s always been very health conscious and I prefer to deep fry my Twinkies. She is spiritual and earthy and embraces a little from most religions and I’m Methodist…

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Life Changing

Life Changing

If you should know anything about me, know this:  Laundry is my nemesis. Laundry and I do not get along.  I neglect it and in turn it multiplies like rabbits and takes over my entire existence on this earth.  I often ask myself how our laundry situation gets so bad.  I mean, there are two and a half of us.  How could we possibly generate this much laundry?  It just ain’t natural. But I’m coming to realize that most of our laundry isn’t clothing.  It’s all that other stuff.  It’s…

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Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

A few weeks ago, I blogged about how Bean was entering the terrible 2’s a little early by enacting the Limp Noodle game in our house. Yeah. That’s been fun. But now I think we’re venturing further into the terrible 2’s.  I call this latest game, “BOLT!”  This is how you play:  Whenever your mom or dad asks or tells you to go somewhere, you BOLT! in the other direction.  See?  Pretty easy, right?  Let’s practice. You and your mom are going for a walk around the neighborhood and when…

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WARNING: This Post Will Self Destruct

WARNING: This Post Will Self Destruct

This may be my last post ever. After posting this information, I may disappear into the Blogger Protection Program (BPP) for my own safety. That is because I am about to share with you super, top secret, life changing information that will threaten my life once it hits the massive place that is the internet. But, I’m willing to jeopardize my life and that of my family’s in an effort to give you this information because I feel you NEEEEEED it. You really, really NEEEEED it in your life. I’m…

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How We Chose Our Daycare

How We Chose Our Daycare

I’ve been asked this question before and I was asked it again just today over on Bean’s page. I’ve been hesitant to answer because choosing something like a childcare service for your child is so incredibly personal and I’d hate to set unrealistically high expectations or dangerously low expectations for someone. And then I realized that most new parents just want to know that someone else has gone through it and that they aren’t overlooking some GLARING warning sign in a childcare facility. So, what the heck? Here goes… THINGS…

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