Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday Confessions

I confess...

...Aniston said "no" to us for the first time this week.  It makes me cringe to think of what's to come.

...Song Pop is addictive.  As in, black hole of time kind of addictive.

...I haven't cooked dinner all week.

...I started watching Gossip Girl on Netflix.  Um, where have I been??

...Bradley and I have never been baby talkers, but I realized this week I add "-ies" to all kinds of words.  I would like to say that this only happens when I talk to Aniston, but I'd be lying. 

...the schnauzers ate the inside out of one of my shoes.  They were kind enough to leave the outside untouched though.  Lovely.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Pumpkin Patch

A couple of weekends ago, Bradley and I took the princess to a pumpkin patch.  We had so much fun!  A friend had told me about a really great place, and she was right--it was wonderful! 

We took a hayride to the field.  The people working were SO nice and friendly.  Most of the people had strollers or wagons, and they were so helpful getting the strollers on and off the trailer.  (By the way, Aniston didn't stay in her stroller much, but we did use it for carrying pumpkins.  Haha!  We weren't the only ones--I'm pretty sure that's the reason most families had strollers!)

There were huge containers of corn kernels for the kids to play in.  I admit, it sounds strange, but Aniston (and every other kid there) absolutely loved playing in the corn.  I guess it was a sensory thing? 

There was a little playground.  Aniston played for a little while...and so did Bradley. :)

The petting zoo may have been Aniston's favorite thing!  She was so amazed at all the animals up close.  She petted two goats and a little pig.  Bradley was a nervous wreck while she was petting the animals. (See him hovering in the pictures?) Poor Aniston was Wet Wiped to death! 

We all picked pumpkins before we left.  Bradley chose one right away...after I insisted that YES, we were each getting a pumpkin because we had PAID for the pumpkins already since it was included in the cost, and WHY ELSE would we even be at a pumpkin patch if not for getting pumpkins! (Seriously, who goes to a pumpkin patch and doesn't get a pumpkin?)   I looked and looked for the perfect pumpkin--round, bright, smooth.  Meanwhile, Aniston's method of picking a pumpkin was pretty simple: She walked up to a pumpkin and tried to pick it up.  If she couldn't, she moved on to another one.  Haha!  It took awhile for her to find one, but she did!  

 Just for fun, this is a picture from Aniston's trip to the pumpkin patch last year.  Time is flying!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Our Weekend

Our weekend was wonderful!  My only complaint is, like always, it didn't last nearly long enough.

Bradley and I went on a date on Friday.  He arranged for his parents to keep Aniston for the night.   Our date consisted of going out to dinner and grocery shopping.  I never imagined I would consider dinner and groceries a "date".  It made me feel a little sad and really old, but also very...content.  Oh, how life changes as you grow up!  Haha! We had a great night together.

Aniston had fun with Papaw Barry and Mamaw Sandy.  She went out to dinner, went toy shopping (where she didn't get anything because she pushed everything away), and had her fill of all sorts of yummy stuff. When it was bedtime, though, she decided that she was not going to go to sleep.  Ever.  Bradley called to check on her and she was crying.  Bradley's parents are wonderful, and I know Aniston would have been perfectly fine, but it broke my heart to know she was upset. After thinking about it for half a second, we abandoned the idea of having a night to ourselves and sleeping in on Saturday. We went and picked her up. She ended up sleeping in our bed and woke up at 7:20. Instead of grumbling, we snuggled her and talked about how blessed we are. That beats sleeping in any day.

The church Halloween party was on Saturday night.  We dressed our little ladybug up and had so much fun!  We learned that cocktail weinies (the ones in ketchup and grape jelly and all sorts of other weird stuff) are a favorite of Aniston's.  Our sweet girl had a great time and was a super sticky mess by the end of the night.  Last Halloween she didn't know anything about candy. This year is a different story.

At church this morning, we sat with Nana and Papa.  Church is always an adventure with Aniston.  You never know whats going to happen, and you have to be on your toes!  Between trying to keep Aniston from diving under the pew to snatch Chelsea's bag and Papa rolling a toy to Aniston to which Aniston responds--loudly--"Roll, roll, roll!", today was no exception. I just think about when Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me," and hope that everyone else is thinking the same thing! She's just a happy little girl who doesn't understand quite yet that there are times you have to be quiet.  During Sunday school, Nana and Papa had the nursery and little Sunday school class.  That's just one more way Aniston has changed my daddy--I never, ever thought he'd be the church nursery type.  We spent the rest of the day playing and watching football. It wasn't too exciting, but it was so nice to have a do-nothing kind of day.

I hope y'all had a great weekend too!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Friday Confessions on Saturday

I confess....

...I'm writing my Friday confessions on Saturday night at 11.  I know I say it all the time, but, seriously, life is too busy.  I'd ask when it was going to slow down, but I'm pretty sure the answer would be never.

...if Lucy wakes me up one more time because she jumped off the bed and needs to be picked up (because she won't jump back on the bed if anyone is in it!), she's going to become an outside dog. 

...the above confession will never happen.  I threaten all the time and never follow through. 

...I lack follow through in a lot of things.  Namely Pinterest projects and anything else that takes an attention span of more than fifteen minutes.

...I wonder on a daily basis if I will ever be as organized and together as I once was.  Sigh.

...I also wonder if my house will ever be as clean as it once was.  Sigh.

...when I complained (and sighed) to my mom about that, she was quick to remind me that back when I was organized, together, and the owner of a spotless house, I wanted a baby so badly I couldn't stand it. 

...I look at Aniston and know that I would take her over organization, togetherness, and a spotless house any day. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Prayers for a Family

I logged in to Blogger this evening planning to write about our weekend, but then I checked my blog list. I saw the titles of several posts, and realized something terrible must have happened since I last logged in.

Julee lost her husband, Matt, over the weekend in a car accident.  Their daughter is less than a year old. 

I don't know Julee personally, but I follow her blog.  Through her posts, I feel like I know her.  That's what is so amazing about the blogging community.  It is made of people from all over the world who will, more than likely, never meet, but are still invested and intertwined in each others lives because of blogging.

My heart breaks for her.  I could not imagine losing Bradley, or Aniston growing up without her daddy.  The thought of it makes my stomach twist into knots.  Julee is caught in the middle of what must be every wife and mother's worst nightmare, and I can't imagine her sorrow. 

As Bradley, Aniston, and I had a regular, normal night at home--dinner, playing, Aniston's bedtime routine--I thought about how blessed I am.  How blessed we all are, if our loved ones are close and safe.  I'm too quick to complain sometimes.  My words are often too sharp.  I get caught up in the little things of day-to-day life and don't take time to enjoy the day.  I'm guilty of sometimes thinking there will be another chance, another opportunity, another day when, truthfully, there may not be.

Life is beautiful.  It passes quickly, and is sometimes much too short. I'm praying for Julee and Preslee, and I hope you'll add them to your prayer list too.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Friday Confessions

It's Friday!  I'm linking up with Leslie today for some confessions.

I confess...

--Aniston only napped for an hour and a half today.  This evening has been one meltdown after another.  Thanks for that, Papa.  ;-)

--Remember the washer I mentioned the other day?  The washer guy (what would his title be?) came last night to work on it.  Turns out, the whole problem was caused by a certain princess' sock. 

--I'm glad the washer is fixed and we didn't have to buy a new one.  That was not how I wanted to spend our money.

--Somehow I managed to over pluck my right eyebrow the other morning.  Y'all.  It is bad.  I am crazy embarrassed about it.  How in the world did that happen?!  Thankfully, I have bangs on that side and I've been super careful to keep them in place.

--Bradley thinks my plucking mishap is hilarious.  It's not.

--I've spent hours looking at Halloween costumes on Etsy for Aniston.  I have to keep reminding myself that there is no reason to spend $50 or more on a Halloween costume.  No reason at all.  (They're all just so cute though!)

--I could watch Duck Dynasty for hours.

--For about five minutes the other day, I thought having a second baby was a fantastic idea.  Then I thought about it a little more.  I'm pretty sure we're just fine with our little family of three.  :-P

--I'm planning to register for my first 5K soon.  Eeeek!  Just the thought of it makes me so nervous, but I'd love to prove to myself that I can do it. 

That's it for today!  I'm off to enjoy a great weekend! :)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

What I'm Loving Wednesday

I'm linking up with Jamie for What I'm Loving Wednesday!

--I'm loving that it's October!  Don't get me wrong--I'm a summer kind of girl.  I love warm weather, sunshine, and long days....but I love fall, too, and I'm ready for it. 

--I'm loving that I took time last weekend and made a meal plan for the month.  Life is so much easier when you don't have to figure out what you're having for dinner.

--I'm loving that I'm caught up on laundry...especially since our washing machine stopped working when I threw in a load of towels before work this morning.  I'm hoping for a simple, easy fix. 

--I'm loving my job.  I couldn't imagine doing anything else.  When I realized I would get to teach one day next week because my student teacher won't be there, I got so excited!  As in, butterflies in my stomach excited.  I'm so blessed to have a job that doesn't really feel like a job. 

--I'm loving that we got to spend time with baby Clara tonight!  (And her mommy and daddy, too!)  The girls were precious.  I can't help but think of all the fun we're going to have as those two grow up together.  Of course, their mommies are looking forward to lots of shopping trips, manis/pedis, and sleepovers.  Their daddies may be in for some trouble though. :) 

Our Weekend: Fishing, Shopping, and the Fair

I'm always amazed at how quickly weekends pass!  It seems like I blinked and it was Monday again.  We had a great weekend, though....even if it didn't last nearly long enough!

My brother, Eric, is on the bass fishing team for UNC-Charlotte.  He joined the team shortly after he started college, and he has done really well.  This year he qualified for the FLW College Fishing Southeastern Regional Tournament (wow, that's a mouthful!) and it happened to be at a lake that was only an hour or so away from home.  The tournament started on Thursday.  Aniston and I went down with my parents on Friday afternoon to see him weigh in.  My grandparents were there too.  We had a great time!  Aniston loved playing at the lake and watching the ducks and geese. 

With Papaw

With Papa

Funny girl

With Uncle Eric

On Saturday morning Aniston stayed with Bradley's parents while we went out to breakfast and shopping.  We both love having Aniston with us (of course), but it was really nice to have a little just-the-two-of-us time.  Bradley filled in for a bass player in a band on Saturday night, so Aniston and I went to dinner with my mom. 
Aniston experienced the fair for the very first time on Sunday.  The animals were her favorite.  (Clearly, she needs a miniature horse.  Or donkey.  Or both.)  She had her first taste of cotton candy.  She smiled and giggled the whole time, and we all had so much fun. 

Playing at Mamaw and Papaw's on Sunday evening