Friday, July 25, 2014

Five on Friday

1. Jolly Ranchers


I haven't had jolly ranchers in forever.  They remind me of my grandmother.  When I was little & I would go to the nursery/kindergarten that my aunt owned & my grandmother worked at, during nap time, she'd take me over to the 5/10 store (which doesn't even exist anymore... I'm old....) & she'd get me watermelon Jolly Ranchers.  When my grandmother passed away, I put watermelon Jolly Ranchers in with her.  Never know how long that trip to heaven is - she may have needed them :)

But can we talk about how horribly disgusting the blue flavored jolly rancher is? 

I tried one the other day & I thought I was going to puke.  The worst part?  The flavor doesn't EVER leave your mouth.  I kept eating everything & drinking everything to get the taste out of my mouth... nope.... that disgusting flavor of death lingers.  Those things should be banned.

2. The Royals

I can't believe that Prince George is 1 year old.  How precious is he?  I think he looks so much like his daddy... & yes, I remember when William turned 1 year old & those photo sessions of him on the lawn with Diana & Charles.  I can never get enough on William, Kate & George.  Such a fairy tale come to life.

I'm also loving the Queen showing a little 'umph' with her photo bombing some selfies.  Good to see she's not 100% stuffy... maybe just 98%?

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3.   Dolls in your yard?

Dolls Resembling Young Girls Placed Outside Their Homes in California
no no no no no no no no no AND no

Did you hear about the lady in California who was putting porcelain dolls in the front yards of people....

& it gets even worse...

& the dolls look like the little girls that live in the house!!!


I'm sorry - porcelain dolls freak me out anyways.
If I were to walk out & see one on my lawn that looked like me, I'd run inside & never come back out... ever... again...

4.  I'm walking

As of today, I am 9 days of getting over 10,000 steps on my FitBit.
I've become obsessed with trying to hit the 10,000 mark every day & can't believe I've made it 9 days in a row.
I usually leave work at 4:00pm & have only had like 1,500 steps.  That is sad. And so bad for your body to sit like that all day.
So I've been moving every hour at work, adding in more walking at night when my work outs are more strength training, I've been moving...

I'm excited to see how many days in a row I can go.

5. Michael Jackson

I have always been 'iffy' on Michael Jackson's songs, either love them or hate them, but his new one they released, "Love Never Felt so Good" - I so love that song.  It makes me depressed that it's on car commercial though.  So not a Michael Jackson thing to do.
But I think this song reminds me of his old stuff.  It's so catchy.
Plus, Justin Timberlake?
He can never do wrong in my eyes...

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

#ProjectThankful14 .... with a Birthday!!!

Before we even get started on my things I'm thankful for this week, I'll start it off being very thankful for a birthday today...

Mom practicing her duck lips

my Daddy's Birthday!!!!!
& just like I missed Father's Day because I was snapping pictures, I'm going to miss seeing him tonight because I have a wedding rehearsal to go to... so I'll be celebrating with him tomorrow.
Happy Birthday to the first man I ever loved in my life :)
OK... moving on with my #ProjectThankful14
07.17.14 50 years
I feel proud to say my parents have been married 50 years
... good to have someone to grow old with in life...
07.18.14 Chasity is back!!!!
I had an event to photograph & look who was back to assist?
Chasity!  She left Emerson for 2 hours to come help.
I'm sure it was tough for her.  But she's really going to be back this Saturday with the wedding.  That's usually a good 10-12 hour day.
I keep telling her to get a baby carrier & we'll just tote her along with us :)
07.19.14 Favorite Food lately
Toasted Ezekiel Bread, with avocado & tomato?
Yes please... every day
Why didn't I know about this sooner in life?
07.20.14 A Husband who loves animals like I do
Ricky loves his dogs... especially Sydney...
I've seen him walk barefoot onto ice to carry her out to go to the bathroom.
I've seen him carry her up & down the steps a dozen time in an hour because she wants to be with him
I've seen him stay up all night to hand feed her
I've seen him cancel plans so he can make sure Sydney was OK
This picture, Sydney had gone back to the gate to see why the other dogs were barking... she was having a hard time walking back to the house so Ricky went out & brought her back.
... his love for our fur babies is one of the reasons why I love this man...
07.21.14 Birthday Boy
Look who turned ONE YEAR OLD this week!
I can't believe it. 
I told him its time for him to stop tearing things up now
... he laughed & went into ripping that bone apart...
He's got another year of puppy in him.
That's OK... they get old too quick so I'll enjoy every pit of puppy energy he has.
07.22.14 A Study of Justice
This is the first She Reads Truth study where I bought the packet that goes with it.
I have to say, it makes me happy.
It made me excited for the study to kick off this week.
I enjoy the space in it to write for notes & the prayer journal side of it.
I'm really going to have to get more of these for the studies I'm interested in.
07.23.14 Our Fighter
I'm sure I've had this as a Thankful thing throughout the year
... I'll continue to be thankful...
Sydney is such a fighter.  We're getting ready to near 7 months since the diagnosis
... we are valuing every day with her like never before.
She has recently been finding ways to lay with her head propped up.
Whatever works. I'll walk around with a pillow to hold her head up if I have to.
What are you thankful for this week?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Half way there people.. half way there...

1. When I look at the sky I feel _____________________.

.... amazed....

2. If you had to run for political office, which one would you run for? Do you have any real desire to actually do this?

Oh Lordy no... I can't even begin to touch this question..

My reaction to anything political

3. What scent makes you think of home?

Snuggle Fabric Softener...

Know how every home has 'a smell' - like a unique smell.  A smell you don't smell but everyone else does?
It's funny because growing up, my best friends house always smelled like hair spray (hello 3 teenage girls living there!)... & she always said my house smelled like Snuggle Fabric softener.  So now, when I use it on my own clothes, it makes me think of home.

Fun fact - my grandma's house always smelt like corn on the cob... don't ask me why...

4. How often do you take a step back to think about where you're headed in life? Do you need more or less self-reflection?

Every day of my life... I totally need less self-reflection.  I worry too much about where life is headed.  Is that a good thing I do that or a bad thing?  Is that going to lead me to having an ulcer?  Is it going to mess me up in the future?



5. July is National Ice Cream Month...besides a cone, what's your favorite food item to top with ice cream?

I'm not a big ice cream fan... but I'll go with the basic chocolate... & caramel... & cherries.

OK - I may not be a ice cream fan, but I guess I'm a sundae fan

6. What might your autobiography be called?

Life After the Movie (The True Story of Belle)

7. Your least favorite mode of transportation? Why?

Planes!!!! .... Nothing else gives me diarrhea more in life....

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I know I keep posting it on Facebook & Twitter... but just in case that one person hasn't seen it... have you checked out Steven Curtis Chapman's new video for "Glorious Unfolding"?  It's fantastic... this really is one of my favorite songs he's ever done.  I have watched it over & over.  there are 44,242 views so far on the video on YouTube... I'm probably 41,238 of them :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Life in 6 words....

I always loved 6 word Saturday... describing your life or day in 6 words.
So I figured it'd be fun to do every now & then just for a life update...
Let's see how hard this will be... this may be the last post like this :)
Harvey is one year old now
Gearing up for a wedding weekend
Excited to start Bible Study today
Justice //
My laundry pile wont stop growing
Ricky cleaned the flower beds out
Completed 1 week of 10,000 steps
House of Cards Season one ... done
Orange is the New Black next
Dad's birthday is in 2 days
I want to go to Disney World
Dreamt I was in Broadway's Aladdin
Summer heat and humidity is back
Can't believe half way to Christmas
This post makes your mind work
& BAM!! That is 6 words too! :)
How is your life going lately?
Tell me in six words... please
(See what I did there?)

Monday, July 21, 2014

The weekend that had me playing Rummy for hours....

This was a busy weekend that actually had bouts of slowness... yahoo!  I think this may be the last weekend for me to do that until November... so yeah, I took advantage of it.

Friday had me with a camera in my hand.  Doing photos on a Friday REALLY messed me up. I was a day off the rest of the weekend.  I kept thinking Saturday was Sunday.  But the best part of Friday's session?  Chasity was back.  Can I get a Whoop whoop!

It was actually an event to photograph, which I love!  I think people forget when there's a function happening, you forget to take pictures because you're too busy taking care of everything.  & then with guests, who wants to worry about pictures.  So enter us & we'll take care of it for you. 

This was one even the coolest because it was a 10th anniversary of a Pet Insurance company & they encouraged policy holders & employees to bring their pets with them. Photos AND pets around?  Best gig ever.

Is this dog smiling at me?

I got home & had drank an iced coffee going to the event... well, I was wide awake all night.  I was on full edit mode.  Nothing like editing at 1 am ... I felt like a crazy teenager or something.

Saturday, we had plans to go celebrate with Ricky's family for my mother in law's birthday.  Ricky got the time wrong & we headed over that way about 2 hours too early, so what do we do?  We go shopping in some of the stores that we used to shop in every week when we lived out that way.  Whhhooooo... talk about a time warp feeling. 

Going back & seeing things where you used to live & how they change is freaky... seeing how things stay exactly the same as 15 years ago?  that's even more freaky...

I did find a new store out that way though that wasn't there when we lived out there & it had thousands of books in it.  Ricky finally just left me there & went to another store.  I can get lost in books for hours if you let me.

We headed over to my sister in laws & the gang all was there...

it was such a beautiful day for July.  The breeze actually would get cool at times.  I'll say it again, Summer Vortex, you are my best friend of summer.

Ricky ended up doing what he does best when he gets with this gang - play corn hole. 

I'm good at other games, so break out a deck of cards.  Me, 2 of my sister in laws, 1 of my brother in laws & my 13 yr old niece decided to play Rummy.  Now, let me tell you, teaching a 13 yr old to play Rummy is just interesting.  You forget how complicated a game can be when you've played it for years... & then having to explain how it works.  I was impressed how fast she caught on.  & by the end of it, she was saying, "THIS IS MY FAVORITE GAME EVER"

It was the craziest game though too because I guess playing with 5 people changes things up.  We kept running out of cards in the 'draw' pile.  &  kept running into situations none of us had ever run across in some of our 30+ years of playing Rummy.  I'm a big fan of making up my own rules when need be.

In the end, I was the winner!  YES!  I never win playing Ricky so I felt like a champ walking away with the win.  My niece wanted to play another round, but I knew better. My momma taught me to walk away a winner :)

Sunday had me up to teach in Merge about dating & love story... how each person you date, you crush on, who breaks your heart, they all are part of your story, having the power to change the person you become... deep subject.

We started off with a game that had the boys come up with questions for the girls they didn't think they would know... & vice versa.  The boys had us when their first question was, Who is the quarterback for the 49'ers?  I totally showed my age when I was like, Joe Montana....  At least the girls got in a question about Vampire Diaries that stumped the boys. 

I had left for church without my iced coffee & goodness gracious - I now see I'm fully 100% addicted.  I was a slug the whole afternoon. Driving home from doing some chores, I honestly didn't think I could hold my eyes open.  I got home, laid on the couch, still in my skirt, & I fell asleep. I NEVER NAP.  I HATE NAPPING!  Let me rephrase. I don't mind resting, or getting in a quick snooze.  But those deep naps?  They mess me up...

I woke up feeling so funny & "off" the rest of the day...


Lesson learned... keep an iced coffee IV drip nearby at all times.

So all in all, it was a great weekend ... no complaints... except that dang nap... but now I know .. & knowing is half of the battle.

I GOTTA find this shirt for Ricky!!!!!

How was your weekend?

Friday, July 18, 2014

50 years ago my parents were a bride & groom....

Now that I do weddings, & get to hang out with brides & grooms all day long, its funny to think back what my parents were like ... because today, 50 years ago, they were a bride & groom.

Yes, they are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

Mom dad

It's not something you really hear of a lot anymore....

But my parents have stuck it out.

My mom said she wishes this was in color so you could see the beautiful blue color her bridesmaids wore

I have seen my parents laugh together
I have seen my parents worship together
I have seen my parents make vacation for us fun
I have seen my parents get frustrated with each other
I have seen my parents make a happy home for us growing up
I have seen my parents go without so me & my brother could have
I have seen my parents struggle
I have seen my parents content
I have seen my parents take care of each other after surgeries
I have seen my parents in loss of their parents
I have seen my parents become grandparents

Mom dad
My parents with their parents
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I have only been with my parents 42 years... but they have been together longer then even I have seen.

I always laugh when my mom tells me stories of my dad having to sign her report cards because she was under 18 when they married & he became her 'legal guardian'... it was the times & how it was... oh how times change.

Mom dad

I wanted to throw my parents a party, or celebrate in some sort of big fashion.... it's not their style. I was actually threatened to do anything big or flashy.  I may go over & just throw confetti on them for the heck of it.  A little bit of flash in their day.

I asked them what 50 years felt like & my mom just laughed & my dad said, "Can you come over here & hold this pole"... he's working on building a ramp to their front porch.  Mom then just said, "it's just another day"... I think that's what makes 50 years work for them.  It really is just another day.


Another day of knowing they're going to make it through the day together... whatever that holds.
Better... or worse.... sickness... or health... richer... or poorer....
its just another day

There's got to be something in the fact of knowing that someone has stuck with you for this long... through everything life has thrown at you...

I'm proud to say my parents have been together for 50 years.
It gives me an example.


I've heard my dad say about marriage before, "hard times come. You just make it through it"... & I honestly believe that's the key.

So won't you join me in wishing my parents a happy 50th wedding anniversary...

here's to many more years ....

Our wedding was many years ago. The celebration continues to this day. ~Gene Perret
My wife says I never listen to her. At least I think that's what she said. ~Author Unknown
Love is patient; love is kind.
Love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way: it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice in wrong doing, but rejoices in truth.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
And now faith, hope, and love abide,
and the greatest of these is love.