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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… 😉

Caught Blue-Handed

Wordless Wednesday

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!! 🙂
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. 🙂
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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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! 😉

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!

This past weekend, Alex was home for a couple days, and during that time we got to hangout at his parent’s plant nursery, “Adaleigh’s Nursery” (yes, they named it after my daughter). Adaleigh absolutely loves it there. When I was a working momma… she spent lots of time there. From her swing and bouncy seat, to the pack-n-play, to crawling, to her walker, to walking, and everything in between, she learned a lot of that there. Once I quit my job at Starbucks and decided to stay at home with her, customers started to ask my in-laws where Princess Adaleigh was. The nursery was her Palace. She was their little sales associate, always making friends with the customers.

This is Adaleigh with one of the original signs for the giftshop that was laying around in one of the greenhouses.

She loves smelling the flowers. One of her favorite things to do.

Just for old times sake... this is my mom, Adaleigh, and I soon after my in-laws opened the nursery.

While everyone, especially my husband, was consumed in college football on Saturday night, I had the privledge of meeting former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee. I am proud to say that I voted for him, even though I knew he didn’t really have a chance, but I am still a supporter. I enjoy watching his show on Fox News and listening to his views. After meeting him and seeing how down to earth he is, and just a very humble guy… I like him even more. I can’t wait to start reading his book, A Simple Christmas.

I'm so glad that nice officer snapped this {awful} picture of Mike Huckabee and I on my iPhone. I am forever grateful.

And yesterday, while Alex was at an appointment, I snuck out and took Adaleigh to the park. It’s amazing how fast she is growing. Only a few months ago, she was so scared to climb up the playground without me, and now she’s a pro! Can you believe she will be two on Saturday? My, oh, my!

Adaleigh's smile makes my heart melt. ❤

Hope you enjoyed my little picture post… now I’m off to bed. Tomorrow my sister and I will be driving 7 hours to my parent’s house in Florida for my cousin’s wedding and we’re staying for Thanksgiving, too! Yay! I can’t wait.

After having been approached by two of my real friends (not that you online friends aren’t real, LOL) about my last post, I want to clear some things up. I am usually not one to complain about my life… my life is good. Really good. In fact, I think I am pretty spoiled and I know that I am very fortunate. The last post was raw and uncut (okay I cut a little bit) emotion. I was very upset and hurt and just needed to vent. Yeah, posting it on my blog probably wasn’t my best idea, and it definitely was NOT a cry for help or sympathy. I just thought by being real with y’all, it would show you that my life is not perfect. Maybe, in some weird way, someone out there is struggling with the same things and just needed to know that they are not alone.

My husband and I fight (like 99.9% of couples do). It’s been hard, but what relationship isn’t? We (mainly myself) have made a lot of mistakes and have done things to hurt each other. But at the end of the day, we know we still love each other and want to wake up next to each other everyday for the rest of our lives. Anyways, I miss him. He’s been gone for 2 days, and besides seeing him for a few hours on Monday late Friday night until Sunday, we won’t be see each other until after Thanksgiving. This will be our longest separation and the hardest, I’m sure. The first Thanksgiving without him. ;(

With all that being said, I am sooooooo excited about moving to Tuscaloosa. This transition has been stretched to it’s max. I can’t tell you how many times people have asked me what I’m doing in LaGrange, how long I’m in town for, and how everything is going in Tuscaloosa. I just look at them and laugh. I never moved to Tuscaloosa. Alex did. Not me. I have been slowing packing up and trying to downsize from a 3 bedroom house to a 2 bedroom condo that’s half the size.

Three years I have lived in this town and I have been begging to get out, and now that the exit is in sight, I realize that I actually grew to love this place. No wonder I have been very resistant to the move until now. I was clinging onto things that I need to let go. This little town has become my comfort zone. My home. And now it’s being taken from me time to move on. I will miss the friends that I have made in LaGrange. I know that I will still keep in touch with some of them, but I have to be honest with myself… I SUCK at long distance relationships. I’m actually surprised that I still have two good friends from Florida. (Love you Brooke and Tia!) It’s gonna be hard to not see the familiar faces that I have grown to love. I will miss having my in-laws 5 minutes away. I am gonna miss those delicious southern cooked meals that they makes us every Sunday. I will definitely miss having a FREE babysitter whenever I need a break or a date night. I will miss college football seasons and spending almost every Saturday with them. And I’m gonna miss the relationships I have developed with them.

So what now? I am ready to start a new chapter in my life. I am ready to have a new home. A new beginning. I am looking forward to being a better wife and mom. Not that moving to a new city will really change my habits, but it is motivation to start over. I am so excited to finally be a stay at home mom (yeah, I know I have been for 2 months already). I am determined to cook dinner almost every night, even if it’s something quick and simple. I am going to have a smaller home with less upkeep, so I have NO excuse for it being messy all the time. I am going to be organized, even it kills me in the process of getting there. Maybe I have high aspirations, but I know I can do it and I will do it. Eventually.

Oh, and one more thing… I am ready for baby #2. I have been for a while now AND Alex has been, too. But, I think it’s time. Adaleigh will be 2 next week, so it’s about that time, right? I’m really excited for our family to grow. I can’t wait……..