A Little (totally inappropriate) Story

A Little (totally inappropriate) Story

This story actually happened about six months ago.  At the time, I was too embarrassed to share it.  But it has become legendary in our family and I think it’s one of the funniest things ever, so I begged my sister to let me tell you all.  She finally agreed today. My sister, Ginny, started a book club with some of her friends in her Sunday school class.  They were all sporadic readers, and thought that maybe a book club would help them read more regularly.  The book club actually…

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Hair of the Blog

Hair of the Blog

When I was in Atlanta with my sister a couple weekends ago, I did a series of videos with her on her fashion and style. Mostly it was about her hair. A lot of blog readers ask about Ginny’s gorgeous hair when they see pictures of her, so I figured we’d go right to the source and ask her to walk us through her hair routine. It wasn’t as complicated as I was expecting. Which frustrates me. I wish she’d said she used some rare, ultra-expensive product that made her…

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Gone a-Visitin.

Gone a-Visitin.

We all had so much fun in Atlanta this weekend. I wanted to spend some time with my sister before her baby arrives this August and before all the pre-baby festivities begin and we are separated forever by diaper cakes, shower games, and mountains of baby blue onesies. Not really. But it was fun to spend some time with her and her hubby all the same. We drove up on Friday after a morning doctors appointment for Gracie (her ears were fine, by the way… she was just cutting four…

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What Will It Bee?

What Will It Bee?

This past weekend, I ditched Chris and the kids and hitched a ride with my parents to Atlanta to visit my sister. Ginny and her hubby, John Michael, just moved into their new house, and so they threw a big housewarming party. First of all, their house is AMAZING. If Ginny and John Michael were a house, this is the house they would be. It’s classic and open and warm and perfect for hosting lots of friends and family. I especially loved the front door and porch. I wanted to…

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Tiny Miracles

Tiny Miracles

I know you all are wondering where my Costa Rica posts have been, and just as soon as I manage to pull myself out from under the 400 pounds of vacation laundry I’ll have those posts up. We had a wonderful trip and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. But first, some news on the baby front… Not MY baby front. It’s my sister’s! GINNY’S PREGNANT! I have been dying to tell people, but Ginny and John Michael were both very cautious this time. She’s 20 weeks…

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Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son

One of my mother-in-law’s favorite stories of Chris and his sister, Annie, is from when they were really little. Annie and Chris are four years apart and when Annie was a baby, Chris used to wake up early in the morning and go crawl into her crib with her. They’d play in there until Jackie woke up and she’d find them happily entertained. Still to this day, Chris and Annie are incredibly close, so that story doesn’t surprise me at all. This Sunday morning, we skipped church because Bean has…

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How My Sister Gives Me Strength

How My Sister Gives Me Strength

On Friday, Chris, me and the kiddies will pack up and head to meet my parents, my sister, and her husband, John Michael, at the beach for a long weekend together. It’s been planned for months and I’ve really been looking forward to it. But now, as the weekend approaches, I have to tell you that I’m a little nervous about it. Actually, I’m not nervous about the weekend. For the first time in my whole life, I’m nervous about seeing my sister. Two weeks ago, my sister miscarried. She…

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(SQUEAL!)

(SQUEAL!)

Ya’ll. Hold on to your baby booties. I have such good news! MY SISTER IS PREGNANT!!!!! And since we all know how much I like to focus on myself, the REAL news here is that I’M GOING TO BE AN AUNT!!!! I’m so excited and happy for her and John Michael. I can’t even contain myself. Seriously. Since she told me, I just keep walking around pretending like I’m nibbling baby toes. Num, num, num… I practice on Gracie. Since that’s the sound I impulsively make whenever I think about…

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Operation BWYP: Things My Sister Taught Me

Operation BWYP:  Things My Sister Taught Me

My sister is coming into town today.  She and her brand, spankin’ new husband, John Michael, are flying in to celebrate the 4th with all of us.  Chris and I are picking her up at the airport tonight and then we’re all heading up to my parent’s house for the weekend.  I’m so excited!  I haven’t seen her since her wedding extravaganza in April. Ginny and JM on their honeymoon in Maui. My sister has always been one of those people who lives a crazy life.  At least, compared to…

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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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