#MCrenovation

#MCrenovation

When we bought this house, one of the things that appealed the most to us was this extra living space downstairs.  Our house has a split floor plan, with bedrooms and two full baths upstairs, a living room, kitchen, and dining room on the main floor, and then an extra bonus room downstairs that walks out into the backyard.  We knew that as the kids got older, we would really love having an extra room to use. Originally, we planned to turn this extra room into a playroom of some…

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Family Labor

Family Labor

This past weekend, Chris’s mom and her boyfriend, Charles, came to town for a quick visit.  We hadn’t seen them since January, and it was time for Grandmomma snuggles. Coincidentally, the day before their arrival, two pallets of sod were delivered to our house for our backyard. How convenient! I think it was pretty darn kind of us to save such an honored task for our visiting family. I mean, that’s, like, noble of us or whatever. Chris’s granddad and sister came over to help later that afternoon. Well, actually,…

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My Blooming Husband

My Blooming Husband

Last week, Chris was in tech rehearsals almost every night, which means he didn’t get home until about 11:00.  And I was fighting a cold, so I was going to bed when the kids did around 8:00 every night.  Chris and I basically saw each other over breakfast in the mornings, and that was about it. (Have I mentioned how much I hate tech weeks?) On Thursday night, I was finally feeling a little better, so I stayed up late to see him when he got home.  We sat in the…

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Boyhood Knows No Age

Boyhood Knows No Age

On Easter Sunday, my children were actually easy to get ready.  Talk about an Easter miracle!  They put on the clothes I laid out, didn’t complain when they had to wear a belt or church shoes, and even brushed their teeth and hair with minimal complaints. “This is going great!” I thought to myself, as I headed back to my bedroom to get myself ready for church. Standing in the middle of my bedroom was Chris.  He was wearing beautiful gray slacks, nice dress shoes, and a white oxford shirt with…

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Middle of the Night Shenanigans

Middle of the Night Shenanigans

Around 5:00am this morning, there was a bump in our house.  It sounded like something plastic falling and it came from downstairs. I immediately sat straight up in bed and whispered, “What was that?” “Dunno…” Chris mumbled as he rolled over. “What WAS that?” I whispered, kicking Chris in the leg because everyone knows that “What was that” in the middle of the night is wife code for, “Go look and see.”  But Chris only grunted and went back to sleep.  So, I got up and did what I always…

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The Man I Didn’t Marry

The Man I Didn’t Marry

When we were in high school, I loved him because he didn’t care what anyone thought.  He didn’t care what he should or shouldn’t do.  And I loved him for that freedom because when I was with him, I felt free, too. In college, he began to love me as an adult.  Not a perfect adult (are there any perfect adults?), but in that “I will love you for the rest of my life” way.  And I loved him for that promise of what was to come. In the earliest…

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Ginny vs. The Birthing Ball

Ginny vs. The Birthing Ball

So, my sister and I were talking this week and she told me a story that made me wet my pants.  Seriously.  I laughed so hard that I peed my pants.  I figured if that wasn’t blog-worthy, then what was? Ginny is currently eight months pregnant.  I think.  Maybe.  I’m not really sure because I’m a terrible sister.  But she is due in early January, so I think that’s probably about right. Anyway, for the birth of her sweet Baby Faith (is that not the sweetest name?!?!  We’ll have a…

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Hi. I’m Married to a Five-Year-Old.

Hi. I’m Married to a Five-Year-Old.

Chris has two jobs on school-day mornings. He fixes the kids breakfast while I get dressed, and he takes Bean to school after Gracie and I leave at an earlier time. Easy peasey. No big deal. A few weeks ago, Bean randomly throws out at the dinner table, “I was late for school AGAIN.” “LATE?!” I screeched. “AGAIN?!?” And Bean, being the five-year-old boy that he is, sneered and pointed his finger at Chris. “It’s his fault, Mom.” “CHRIS!” I screeched. “It’s not that big of a deal…” Chris laughed….

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Weddings + @Instagram = #truelove

Weddings + @Instagram = #truelove

Chris and I went to a wedding this past weekend that rocked my socks.  First of all, it had a crucial element to all successful weddings:  A happy couple.  Ashlyn and Josh are the sweetest, kindest, nicest, down-right-perfect couple. Example:  Last year when I was going through a rough time after my dad had died, the two of them decided they wanted to do something to give our family a day of pure happiness.  So, they showed up at Chris’s office one morning and gave him four tickets to Sea…

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