My No Phone Zone Pledge

My No Phone Zone Pledge

I am a talker.  Its just my nature.  I talk to feel closer to people.  I talk to keep up with things.  I talk to get projects done.  I talk because no one else is talking.  I am a talker. Naturally, I have had my fair share of high phone bills.  In fact, when I was in high school and still living at home, my parent’s cell phone bill which included my sister and me was often delivered in a huge file folder.  And, one time, in a box.  Cell…

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True Confessions of a Stay at Home Mom

True Confessions of a Stay at Home Mom

As you all know, our living situation right now is kind of funked up.  We moved from Connecticut to Florida about two months ago to be closer to family.  When we were still in Connecticut, Chris was hired as the production manager of a local theater here, but because we weren’t sure we could sell our house in time, he pushed the starting date on his contract back to May 17.  When we sold our house in 7 days, that left us with only one option:  we would move to…

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A Boy and His Swing

A Boy and His Swing

Since the first day we came home from the hospital, Bean has been in love with his swing.  That first week at our house with Bean was exhausting and if it hadn’t been for that swing, I don’t know if I could have made it through. And as the months passed, Bean’s love for his swing only deepened. But Bean is now almost eleven months old.  The kid weighs 20 pounds.  He’s practically shaving.  I think its time to kick the habit. We have continued using the swing for so…

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Southern Weddings: Managing Your Marriage and Your Money

Southern Weddings:  Managing Your Marriage and Your Money

Hey guys!  Come visit me today over at my favorite wedding magazine, Southern Weddings. This month I answered a reader’s question about managing money when you first get married.  Its complicated.  Its tricky.  But, hey!  Its only money, right? And while you’re there, be sure to check out the delicious wedding details the lovely ladies of publishing are highlighting this week.  My personal favorite?  The gospel choir at the South Carolina wedding.  Made me say, “AMEN!” in my living room. Also, if you’ve got a question about marriage or weddings…

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Bean vs. Mickey

Bean vs. Mickey

Some friends of ours from Connecticut are vacationing at Disney this week and they invited us to meet them for breakfast at their hotel. But it wasn’t just any breakfast. This was a character breakfast, where the Disney characters walk through the restaurant and dance and play with the kids. My friend, Ann, told me that her son, Nater Tater, had seen the characters this week while they’ve been at the park and so far he had been a little under impressed with them. “This guy again?” So, I was…

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Paparazzi

Paparazzi

A few months ago when we were in the process of moving to Florida, I had a lovely blog reader contact me.  She was a photographer in the Orlando area and offered to do a photo session for our family when we finally got here.  Last night, we met up with Jenn Hopkins and her sweet mother for our first ever family photo shoot. I had stalked Jenn’s photography website and spent days staring at her photos of engaged couples, brides, weddings, expectant mothers, newborn babies (my favorites!), families, and…

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Wedding Weekend Extravaganza, Part IV

Wedding Weekend Extravaganza, Part IV

The wedding reception was at Apple Annie’s in Seville Quarter in Pensacola, Florida. See those martini glasses in the bottom right corner there? Those were for the MASHED POTATO BAR!! My mom made the topper for the wedding cake. Underneath it she inscribed the Bible verse they had read at their wedding ceremony. This was the candy bar. There were Chinese take-out boxes that said “How sweet it is to be loved by you” on them and guests got to fill their container with all the candy. This was also…

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Wedding Weekend Extravaganza, Part III

Wedding Weekend Extravaganza, Part III

After hair and make up, all the bridesmaids met back up at Ginny’s BFF’s house for a light champagne lunch… I can’t believe my baby sister is a BRIDE!!!! And such a pretty one. At first, I thought I would wing it with my toast because I couldn’t ever write anything down. But at Michelle’s house, I panicked and locked myself in her closet and wrote it out. The many faces of a Bride… Its really too bad that Ginny is so shy… Maybe the champagne was a bad idea….

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Wedding Weekend Extravaganza, Part II

Wedding Weekend Extravaganza, Part II

The rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding at the Pensacola Yacht Club… Bean having dinner with me and my Aunt Joan Part of the wedding party Michelle, Ginny’s best friend since 6th grade, getting ready for her toast These three girls have been best friends since 6th grade and somehow all managed to get engaged at the same time! Their weddings are within 3 months of each other. My dad, me, my sister, and my mom. (Please ignore my frizzy hair. Humidity sucks.) I LOVE this picture of my…

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