Sunday, December 7, 2014

Our Weekend

This weekend was the complete opposite of last--full of relaxation and lots of time at home.  It was so nice...although it doesn't make for a very interesting or exciting blog post.  Ha!

Saturday was cold and rainy--a perfect day to spend at home.  We spent the day in our pajamas.  We watched Christmas movies, played with Aniston, and had a really great day.  That evening we got ready and met B's parents for dinner.  We went to Cracker Barrel, which used to be one of my least favorite restaurants (except for breakfast).  My parents always did (and still do) lots of home cooking, so I could not for the life of me figure out why anyone would go out to dinner for that kind of food.  Ha!  Well, now I'm the one in charge of dinner most nights, and I most definitely don't cook like that, so I loved Cracker Barrel last night.  We made a quick trip to Target, then opted to come back home and do some Christmas shopping online rather than go from store to store with Aniston in tow.

Today has been a regular Sunday for us.  B went to church, but Aniston and I didn't get ready in time so I tuned in online.  (I love that the online option is available, by the way.  I miss worship when I'm not there, but it's so nice for those days when you just can't get it all together.)  Today was what we call "Mamaw Ruth Sunday"--the first Sunday of the month--so we had our regular lunch with Mamaw Ruth, Papaw Burl, and my mom's side of the family.  We had it at our house this month, and it was a fun afternoon. 

Now we're preparing for another Monday.  Only three Mondays until Christmas! :)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday Confessions

Happy Friday!  Today's confessions are all of the Christmas variety since that's what is constantly on my mind right now.

I feel like the biggest Scrooge in the world when I'm decorating for Christmas.  I love the decorations once they're up, but, man, I hate doing it.  We spent last Saturday and Sunday decorating, and I'm glad it's over.  I'm also very Scrooge-like when I'm wrapping presents. It's definitely not one of my favorite things.

I can't believe Christmas is 19 days away.  I have a million things to do between now and then.

I bought coordinating monogrammed Christmas shirts for Aniston and me.  Go ahead, judge away.  I used to, too.  Haha! :-P

Aniston's Elf on the Shelf is still crammed in the back of one of the kitchen cabinets...where it has been for the last year.  The elf may come out this weekend...or the week before Christmas...or maybe the day before Christmas Eve.  I know my limits and am well aware of my shortcomings as a parent.  I will decorate and force myself to wrap presents (whether they'll be presentable or not is questionable, but whatever), but moving an elf every day is asking a bit too much and definitely not something I could start the day after Thanksgiving or the first day of December.  Also, as we learned last year, my elf-moving skills are not very reliable or creative. Haha! Aniston will never talk to her friends about what her elf did because she has (and always will have) the most boring elf on the planet.  Bless her heart!

And that's it for today.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Thanksgiving and Such

I'm sitting in the living room in the light of the Christmas tree, and my house is quiet.  B is at band practice, Aniston is asleep, and the schnauzers are settled for the night.  It's rare this happens all at the same time lately, and even more rare that I'm able to steal a moment for myself and the blog.  The stars have aligned this evening, though, and I'm taking time to catch up. :)

Our Thanksgiving was wonderful.  If you've read the blog in years past, or if you know me in person, you know Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  It always has been.  Really, what's not to love about it?  It's a day filled with family and food, and very little stress.  No gifts had to be purchased, no difficult decisions about said gifts had to be made, and no wrapping is required--and there are very few things in life I hate more than wrapping Christmas presents.  It's a pretty perfect holiday.  As always, we had lunch with B's family and then hosted my family for dinner.  A good time was had by all, and we went to bed that night with very full stomachs and hearts.

B was off work on Thursday and Friday, and the band didn't have any gigs last weekend.  I was thrilled to have him around so much!  We went shopping on Friday, and then went to get our Christmas tree on Saturday.  We debated putting up our artificial one, but decided to forgo the easy way for the sake of continuing what has become a tradition since Aniston was born.  We spent most of the day in the mountains.  It was beautiful.  Snow was still on the ground from earlier in the week, but the temperature was warm for late November. 

B snapped a quick picture when we were on the hayride at the tree farm.  When we looked at it after we got home, we died laughing.  Aniston's expression is just priceless.  I promise she wasn't that miserable.  She just hates having her picture made!


Aniston was very excited to decorate the tree this year, and was lots of help...even though she wanted to put all of the ornaments in the same place. :)  She has been telling people that our tree is pretty, but it's still not finished because there's not an ornament on every branch.  Ha!

On Sunday, B played in the band at church.  When he's scheduled to play, he has to be there early (7am!) for rehearsal.  The first service is at 9:30, but Aniston and I are more 11:00 kind of girls, so we always attend the second service.  After church, we usually go out for lunch and then do any shopping we need to for the week.  On weeks when B plays, though, we have two cars there so he and Aniston go home after lunch and leave me to shop by myself.  Now, keep in mind that it's just grocery shopping--nothing too exciting--but it's quickly becoming one of my favorite times of the week.  No impatient husband, no three-year-old begging to get out of the shopping cart, no rushing.  Just me, leisurely marking things off my list and often sipping a warm drink from Starbucks.  It's the little things, y'all. 

After I got home, we worked on the decorations for the outside of our house.  It was a busy afternoon, but I'm so glad we got everything finished before I went back to work on Monday.

And, now that I'm caught up on last weekend, I'm looking forward to this weekend. :)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Our Weekend

Our weekend has been wonderful--a perfect balance of time spent out and about and time spent at home.  B's band had a gig on Friday night, but didn't have anything booked for Saturday night, which meant he was home on a weekend night for the first time in forever.  We had a date night, and it was so nice.  I couldn't remember the last time we went out, just the two of us.  We went to Logan's for dinner, then did some Christmas shopping.  We finished almost all of our shopping for Aniston, which is a huge weight off my shoulders.  (Sadly, we couldn't find a real unicorn.  We did pick up the other things she asked for, though, so I'm hoping she won't be too disappointed when she realizes we're missing a unicorn on Christmas morning.  Ha!)
Today we had a leisurely breakfast here, then headed to church.  For the past few months we've been attending a different church, and we love it.  We had always either gone to the church I grew up in or the church B grew up in, and we were never very involved either place.  We wanted to find a place that was ours, but never took the step until recently.  And after some searching, I think it's safe to say we've found it. :)  Aniston goes to children's church during the service, and that was an adjustment for all of us.  She cried the first couple of weeks, but always had a good time after she got settled.  Since then, she's improved weekly and today she didn't even look back at us after we checked her in and walked her to her classroom door.  The ladies who volunteer in children's church are wonderful, and I think Aniston is benefiting from being away from us a bit...especially since she doesn't go to daycare or preschool right now.  The service is very contemporary, and they have a full band every week....which, naturally, B is now a part of most weeks.  It just feels like a good fit for us all the way around, and I'm thankful we've found a place that feels like home for our family.  

After church, we let Aniston choose where to go for lunch.  (She chose Bojangles, which wasn't a surprise at all because that child would eat at Bojangles every day if she could.)  Today has been cold and rainy, so after lunch and visiting with Mamaw and Papaw, we spent the rest of the day at home.

I can't believe it's Sunday night already (why do weekends always go by so quickly?!) but I only have two days of work this week!  I'm excited to have a few days off, celebrate Thanksgiving with our families, and decorate for Christmas.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Confessions

Happy Friday!  Even though I was off on Tuesday for Veterans Day, this has felt like the longest week ever.  Maybe because it felt like it had two Mondays?  Anyway, I'm so thankful it's Friday! 

Now let's confess, shall we?

I almost wanted another baby yesterday.  (Almost.) After seeing some pictures of Aniston as a baby on Time Hop, then having my blogger feed full of pregnancy updates and announcements, I admit I had a moment when it seemed like it could be a good idea. 

I really do need to blog more often, if for nothing other than to have a place to write all of Aniston's antics.  We're constantly in stitches over stuff she says and does.  She says she's asking Santa for a unicorn for Christmas.  When we asked if she meant a stuffed animal, she replied, "Nope.  One that flies."  Good luck, Santa.

I feel a little panicky when I see all the pictures of Christmas trees and decorations on Facebook and Instagram.  Even though I'm a stickler for waiting until after Thanksgiving, I feel behind already after looking at everyone's pictures.  Which leads me to...

Even though I vowed I would do Christmas shopping early this year, I haven't bought a single gift yet.  Not one. 

I was so excited when a colleague mentioned this to me today!  Oh, Starbucks.  You've made my weekend already. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Random Tuesday Post

Things have been going well here lately.  We've been busy, but happy, and that's what counts. :)  I'm learning (slowly) to cut myself some slack in several different areas.  I tend to be a little OCD at times and give some things more attention than they really deserve or need, and I've realized that I probably need to stop.  I've been making a conscious effort to do that.  I'm also making more of an effort to focus on the really important things.  I hate to use the phrase, "Don't sweat the small stuff," but it sums up what I've been trying to do.  I'm finding balance in my life (which is something I've always struggled with), and I'm happier than I've been in a long time (or possibly ever).  It's nice.

Aniston has a cold, and has been pretty miserable for a few days.  We realized she was a little 'off' after lunch on Sunday when she kept crying over little things or for no reason at all.  Sure enough, she started running a fever yesterday.  Today, I had planned to leave her with my dad, but she was so pitiful this morning.  She cried and begged for me to stay, and that's what I ended up doing.  I always feel so guilty when I take a day off work, but I'm thankful I did.  She came first today, just like she always should. 

I just can't stop thinking about how blessed B and I are.  Aniston is rarely sick, and has only had the typical childhood illnesses--never anything major.  I'm so, so thankful to have a healthy child.  She seems to be feeling a bit better this evening, and I hope she's back to 100% soon! 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Our Weekend

It's been over a month since I last wrote a blog post.  I've taken an unintentional break from blogging lately.  I love writing, and I love to document all we're doing through the blog, but, unfortunately, it's always the first thing to go when I'm short on time. 

And isn't everyone short on time these days?  Sigh.

 It seems like there's always something that just has to be done.  Most days, I feel like I'm barely keeping up with just the regular day to day stuff.  And anything extra--like blogging, reading for fun, catching up on tv shows on the DVR, and such?  Forget about it.  I've tried to use the weekends to catch up on cleaning and laundry, but that doesn't leave much time for fun either.

This weekend, I decided I was going to forget that and just go with it.  Who needs a spotless house, anyway?

Friday night, B's band had a gig, so Aniston and I were on our own.  Not wanting to cook since it was just us, I introduced her to the joy of having cereal for dinner.  Since she loves cereal as much as her mama, she thought it was fabulous and such a treat!  Afterwards, we had a movie night and watched Pocahontas II for the third time in the last week.  (I'm not a fan of that movie at all, by the way.  Pocahontas ends up with John Rolfe, not John Smith, and I'm just disappointed even though I understand that it's somewhat historically accurate.) (At one point last week, B and I discussed Pocahontas II.  Because our lives are just that exciting.)  

My mom came to visit on Saturday morning for the purpose of giving Aniston an Elsa dress that she just knew she would love.  She, along with a couple of other ladies she works with--all grandmothers, mind you--giddily bought these dresses for the little girls in their lives on Friday night.  I'm fairly certain that her giddiness was completely due to the fact that, a) the dress sings, and b) the dress would not be kept at her house.  Aniston, of course, loved it and played the song no less than fifty times in the span of an hour. 

We ruined her life later on that day when we told her she had to take the dress off to go grocery shopping.  (Being three is hard, you know.) 

We had lots of family time on Sunday, which was so nice.  We went out to lunch, then to a saltwater fish store.  We added two fish to our aquarium, and I'm crossing my fingers that they make it.  We spent the rest of the evening relaxing at home and visiting with my grandparents. 

It was a really great weekend. :)