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I received this award from the amazing Jessica at ATLmomguide. (@atlmomguide) Thanks Jessica!!

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1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award and insert a link to their blog.

2. Pass on the award to about 15 other bloggers who you recently discovered and think are great!

3. Contact the other bloggers and let them know they have been chosen for this award.

4. Say 7 things about yourself.

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7 random things about me:
1. I love numbers. If wish there was a language that consisted of only numbers, I would speak it fluently. I love algebraic equations, doing taxes, trigonometry problems, etc. No wonder I’m majoring in Accounting!
2. Basketball is my favorite sport. I played for 8 years. I was the co-captain 10th and 11th grade. I held the record for most 3-pointers in a single game and in the season when I was in 10th grade.
3. The south has corrupted me. I was raised on unsweet tea and hated the taste of sugar in my tea. THEN I moved it GA, and now it’s completely the opposite. Sweet tea is one of my fave drinks… can’t stand the unsweet anymore.
4. I’ve known for 7 years what I am going to name my baby boy, granted I have a boy. When I met and told Alex the name, he actually liked it. If I end up with all girls like my mom and gma… I will adopt a boy someday. I am going to have an Elijah James one way or another! ūüôā
5. I have never had my tonsils or wisdom teeth pulled, but my doctor and my dentist tell me I need to. I just hate the idea of having surgery, no matter how minute (my-noot, not min-it) it may be. Freaks me out just thinking about it!
6. I play guitar. Not that well, but my hubby says I’m great (he doesn’t count though… he’s suppose to say that). I led worship for the youth group at our old church for about 2 months while we were in between worship leaders. That was extremely difficult for me because I hate being on stage, I’m not comfortable with my singing voice, and I was up there by myself!
7. This was really hard to come up with random facts about myself. Hope you have an easier time!

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To all the guys who’ve ever broken my heart,

I hate you. My heart has never been the same since you took a piece of it with you. Sometimes it was small, sometimes big, but the result remains the same… I hate you for what you did. It was my fault to give you control, but still. Ugh!!!¬†Some girls may thank you for making them who they are today, but not me. I despise you for it. I regret ever giving you the time of day.

The point is… it’s hard to love someone fully when your hearts been broken, even just once. It’s hard to trust a guy when so many have disappointed you. My husband loves me and sometimes I feel like I do a sucky a job at loving him back. He’s the only guy worthy of my love, and after 4.5 years, I still suck at being selfless and loving him. I don’t know why I feel like this, but I owe some of that to you. I know I was stupid and niave to let you in heart in the first place, but I still share the blame with you for doing what you did.

I’m not bringing this up because I’m dwelling on the past. I have already forgiven and forgotten all you lousy guys. It’s just been on my heart lately because, at moments, I really feel like a terrible wife.

So… I hate you. The end.

Goodbye for good,
Brittany

P.S. I rarely use the word “hate”, I usually go for the “strongly dislike” phrase, but it just doesn’t have the same affect in this case. So yes, I hate you.

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This week has been a rough and tough one. It started out fine and dandy until Tuesday hit.

Adaleigh and I we’re already in the house most of Sunday and Monday because of the cold weather and having absolutely no spending money whatsoever, but Tuesday was Alex’s payday! So that afternoon we got ready, got in the car to head to Target and then make plans to visit family in South GA… and absolutely nothing happened when I turned the key in the ignition! Ugh! So I waited til Alex got home from work that night at like 11pm and begged him to stand in the freezing weather and try to jump start my car. Still nothing. Then I begged him more to take the battery out and bring it to O’Reilly Auto Parts the next day. Ha! That didn’t happen! He didn’t get around to taking the battery to the store until Friday!!! Yes, Friday! I spent 4+ days at home with Adaleigh with no form of transportation (except when Alex was home late at night and I was too tired to go anywhere). I thank God that it was just the battery though. $85 later and my car is good as new (sort of).

Tuesday was also the day that my battery charger on my computer died. WTH. Yes, ladies and gents… I was home all week without a car AND without¬†my laptop! Thank the Lord for my iPhone.¬†You can only imagine how much cleaning I got done, how many times I had to play dress up with Adaleigh, read books, and do everything else I should do on a regular basis but I don’t because I have the internet and shopping to distract me! LOL. Not sure if that’s funny, but I’ll laugh to make light of my addictions. Unfortunately, I still don’t have a charger… I ordered one off eBay. I’m crossing my fingers it’s a good one because I got it for $30 instead of the retail price of $80. Hey, I gotta do¬†anything to save money at this point! In the meantime… I have Alex’s laptop at night to catch up on my TV shows (another thing we don’t have… cable).

Anyways, as much as I just complained about the inconveniences I had this week… it was quite refreshing. I totally realize that I’m addicted to my computer and spend way too much time on it. And I’m definitely hopeless without getting out of the house everyday. BUT nevertheless, I enjoyed my time spent with Adaleigh just hanging out all week. It was, in fact, wonderful!

But Thursday came too soon. I got a phone call that morning¬†from my MIL who was staying in South GA with her stepdad (Alex’s grandpa Bud) who had been in the hospital since before¬†Thanksgiving. I missed the call and she didn’t leave a message, so I assumed she was just checking in. That afternoon I¬†called Alex while he was at work and he informed that Bud had passed away that morning. My heart sank. And to be honest, I’m not sure my heart has come back up for breath yet. Like I said, Bud had been in the hospital for 2 months and we never got a chance to go down there and visit. We thought he was doing better and was gonna get out so we held off while Alex was working 24/7. Then, when Bud took a turn for the worst last week, I planned to take Adaleigh with me to visit him… but of course we were negative on our bank account (so embarrassing to admit! This NEVER happens, though I can totally blame Alex because I don’t touch our bank account since I quit¬†working in Sept. LOL) until Tuesday’s payday. And you know what happened on Tuesday… damn my car!!!

So as I type this, my eyes are full of tears. I’ve already broke down twice, today alone. I can’t believe I didn’t manage a way to get to the hospital to say goodbye. I feel absolutely terrible. Bud was such a great guy…¬†only 66 years old.¬†I wasn’t really “close” to him, but we saw him once every 2-3 months. We always hung out at¬†my in-law’s house… watched TV, went out to eat, just sat around. There were so many opportunities to get to know him, but I never did. So for that, I am sorry. It’s so easy to take the people around you for granted because you know you’re gonna see them¬†again, but sometimes it doesn’t work out that way.

Adaleigh with her great grandpa Bud... Aug of '08

This is one of Bud's high school pictures.

Bud was an awesome racer. This was his passion. Can't you see it on his face? He loved it!

I remember¬†soon after Alex and I started dating in college (in FL), ironically one of Alex’s other grandpa’s had passed away and he had to leave for GA to make it to the funeral that weekend. I remember him having to drive through the night, so I planned to stay on the phone with him for most of the drive (we would’ve stayed up all night talking even if he wasn’t driving). Well, Alex made it 2¬†hours away and his car broke down. I don’t remember the technicalities, but I just remember him saying he had to go so he could call his Grandpa Bud. He said Bud would know what to do… he knows nearly¬†everything about cars. That was the first time I learned about Bud. His passion was racing cars. I thought that was so neat. Sure enough, it was something wrong with the clutch and Bud knew exactly what Alex needed to do to rig the car enough to make it¬†to GA, but told him he needed to get it fixed professionally¬†later.

One of the best memories I have of him, though, was October of 2008. A bunch of us rented 2 cabins in South GA off Lake Blacksheer. It was a great weekend!¬†I remember him always wanting to fish off the dock the whole weekend, but most of us stayed inside. Right before we were about to leave, we were looking for everyone to say our goodbyes. Of course, we found him out on the dock by himself,¬†cane pole¬†in hand. Alex, Adaleigh,¬†and I went to say goodbye, but instead we stayed out there on that dock for¬†nearly an hour. We really had to get on the road, but I just couldn’t leave yet. I just knew it was making his day that someone actually wanted to fish with him. So we all¬†sat, talked, and waited for a bite. We didn’t care if we caught a fish (and I don’t think he did either)…¬†he was just so glad we were spending some time doing what he loved and wanted to¬†do. It was so relaxing, so beautiful out there.¬†It was wonderful, so peaceful.

So thankful my MIL had this picture of him!

That’s how I will remember him… on that dock, fishing… so at peace.

http://www.tiftongazette.com/archivesearch/local_story_015234109.html

Bud, you are loved and missed. Tomorrow we will celebrate your life and all the joys you brought to ours!

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Ooo baby, I am very impressed I still have visitors everyday at my blog. Thanks everyone for not bailing on me! I am terrible at keeping up with it. I have been super busy this past month with traveling and the holidays, but that’s really no excuse.

Christmas was wonderful this year… I thought it was going to suck because of the move and not being able to go to Florida AT ALL (my first year not going… sad story), but it turned out alright. I enjoyed staying in LaGrange with my in-laws and getting to spend some time with my sister-in-law and her hubby. This was the first year that I got to go to all the Georgia Christmas get-togethers… 3 all together. Then when we went back home to Tuscaloosa, my parents and one of my sisters came to visit so we could have another Christmas with them. The movie “Four Christmas” ring a bell?

Adaleigh was so excited for Christmas this year! Love it!

My parents and sister planned to spend New Years in New Orleans, but guess who invited herself along? Me!! HAHA. They didn’t mind though… and were so thrilled that they got to spend more than a day with Adaleigh. So we hopped in the car with them and took off. Would you believe that I came home with more money than I left with? No wonder I used to love family vacations! My dad won $600 in the casino… and gave me $20 to gamble with… and I definitely doubled it! I walked out of Harrah’s Casino with $40. I felt like a winner… so I bought some cute boots and a pair of earrings at a cute little boutique on Canal St. One of the nights we were there we stayed at the Waldorf Astoria… absolutely beautiful!! Especially the lobby with all the Christmas decor!

I heart the Waldorf Astoria!

I’m really glad that the Sugar Bowl was there that week though, because we got lots of free stuff and a free Lady Antebellum (one of my faves) concert at the Sugar Bowl Fanfest. Good times.

Bourban Street!

Fast forward to today… I’m in LaGrange and showing our house to 2 sets of people that want to rent it. I’m stoked! It would seriously be a blessing if it worked out because I really want to get rid of this house. I’m ready to move on. I pray it goes well and works out. I have a great feeling about the first couple that came though. They want to rent to own… praise the Lord! And, they offered to fix the leak, the ceiling fan, and do all the painting. Exciting!

That’s all for now… until next time. Aren’t you glad I didn’t have any drama to post about? I love having a drama free life, but I know it’s only a matter of time… ūüėČ

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Christmas Survey

I stole this from Ah… My Married Life.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? – Wrapping paper with pretty ribbons and bows!
2. Real tree or artificial? – Artificial this year, but we tend to flop back and forth.
3. When do you put up the tree? – I usually put it up the day after Thanksgiving, but it wasn’t last week. ;(
4. When do you take the tree down? – Most likely New Years Eve.
5. Do you like eggnog? – Yeah, especially when it’s spiked. haha.
6. What about Fruitcake? – Not me.
7. Favorite gift received as a child? – My teacup chihuahua named Baby when I was 13 (she’s still around, but was adopted by my parents when I moved away for college in 2004).
8. Do you have a nativity scene? – Yeah, a little bitty one made out of glass. Can’t even remember which relative gave it to us. lol.
9. Hardest person to buy for? – The guys… brother-in-law and dad-in-law
10. Easiest person to buy for? – My daughter. Duh!
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? – Ugly, ugly clothes.
12. Mail or email Christmas cards? – Mail!
13. Favorite Christmas movie? – Miracle on 34th Street!
14. When do you start shopping for Christmas? – Procrastinations my middle name. Sometime in December.
15. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? – Shhh.
16. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? – Mom-in-laws milk chocolate coconut balls (a lot like Mounds only better!)
17. Clear lights or colored on the tree? – We have color lights that have different settings where they chase each other, fade in and out, etc. Beautiful!! ūüôā
18. Favorite Christmas song? – Don’t laugh… All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey.
19. Travel for Christmas or stay at home? – Wish I could stay home… have to go to the in-laws this year. Not that I don’t love them, but next year we are starting our own traditions in our own home. ūüôā
20. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeers? – Yeah, I was just talking about that with my hubby today. He apparently couldn’t. Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, RUDOLF!
21. Angel on the tree top or a star? – Angel.
22. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? – Christmas morning.
23. What is the one present you want most this year? – I honestly don’t know… didn’t ask for anything specifically.
24. Most annoying thing about this time of year? – Nothing… well, maybe the crazy drivers! and the fact that we are on the tightest budgeted Christmas yet. ;(
25. What I love most about Christmas? – Everything! Family time. Pretty decorations and lights. Delicious foods. Funny movies. The feelings in my heart and love in the air. Okay, I’m starting to sound like a Hallmark card. The end.

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Lets Say Thanks to Our Troops!
This literally will only take less than a minute. You get to pick a card online, say thanks to a soldier, and Xerox will mail it for you. It’s completely free, so why not take a minute out of your day to make someone else’s brighter? I did!

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I can’t believe I haven’t updated in over 2 weeks. I’ve been super busy, and to be completely honest, not in the mood to blog AT ALL. I’ve been avoiding blogs all together. I must say that I’ve missed it though, but my heart was just not wanting to reveal its feelings and issues that I’ve been dealing with. And we know that when I write, I tend to get personal, sometimes too personal and too open.

In case you wanted to see a little bit of my cousin’s wedding in Florida, here is the video I made. I wasn’t intending on making this so the footage is kinda terrible, but it still turned out half decent. The wedding was fabulous though. It was suppose to be a beach wedding, but it rained all day, so they had to change the plans last minute and do the ceremony in the reception hall, but it was still gorgeous and romantic. Congrats to Bethany and John Eric!

Anyways, life is good. We are almost 100% in AL. Alex finally finished his training and is officially a district manager now! Wewt! I’m excited for him, but the long hours ahead of him and opening 2 stores in less 1 month during the holiday season is going to be rough. He just informed me that on his birthday (Jan 18), that the 4th store will be opening in Northport. That means he will be working from 7am til midnight, if not longer, on his bday. Poor guy. I know it’s going to be worth it in the end though. After these first few months, things will get a lot better.

Someone buy our house! Or rent it! Because it’s so stressful to have it just sit there empty while we pay the effin mortgage payment every month. I hate it. I sure hope it sells sooner rather than later… I’d hate to have to wait a year or more (which is average in the market these days). ;(

And Adaleigh… gosh, something’s gotten into that child. She’s got major separation anxiety lately with me. Maybe its because she’s been with me 24/7 for the past 2-3 weeks without any babysitters, grandparents, etc. HELP! She’s always been a good sleeper, and has been great at going to sleep on her own at night, but the past 4 nights have been H-E-double hockey stick! She will scream her lungs out for hours if I let her… she won’t go to sleep without me. It’s so weird. I know some of you might completely disagree with me, but I used the cry-it-out method when she was younger, and it totally worked. She learned how to soothe herself to sleep and was always fine. But this week, her cries were different. They were like “I’m gonna die if you leave the room” kind of cries. Sometimes to the point where she has trouble breathing. So, for the past 4 nights, she’s fell asleep in my arms and then after a while I put her in her bed. Granted, I looove the extra cuddle time I get with her and my heart just melts when I hear her say “hug” or “hold” with her little finger pointed right at me, but I sure hope this a phase, I very short one. Any advice from you moms out there would be appreciated! ūüėČ

Meanwhile, today I tried to snap some pictures of Adaleigh on our balcony… she didn’t want anything to do with it. BUT I managed to get one good one. I think it’s Christmas card worthy.

Christmas sweater from great grandma

I love her ‚̧

And her new obsession is this CareBears DVD that my mom gave her. She absolutely adores it and always asks for the “bears”. She would watch it all day if I’d let her. Bad thing is… our TV is still in LaGrange so she has to watch it on my laptop. Good thing is… I can bring the laptop to whichever room I’m in and she will sit or lay on the floor quietly. Like this afternoon when I was putting away the laundry, she laid down in the middle of the hallway and was a happy camper for about 15 minutes until I was done.

Care Bear lover

My a-ma-zing kid!

That’s all folks. I’m exhausted and ready for bed. Night!

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