Thursday, November 29, 2012

Prissy's Birthday

So I just realized I never blogged prissy's birthday. Thats one downfall to instagram, twitter, facebook: everything is shared instantly and sometimes i forget to sit down and share it here...

Prissy was born the day after my dad's birthday. My birthday is 1 week after my grandpas and we always do a birthday dinner together. I have a photo of us with our cake every year. Never missed one. And it's so special to me so I knew it would be something I wanted to do with them.

I had a big party in my head. But with my sister's complications in her pregnancy, my sucky last minute work schedule, and money situation those plans got pushed off. We ended up just doing their lunch. I was disappointed with myself at first. But at the end of the day, it was soo nice! There was no stress, no prep, no posing or hosting or anything else that comes with planning. Prissy was so happy, she was with the people she loves that loves her & it was all about her & her big papa :)

I'm sure I'll have parties in the future, but the simplicity of this year was so perfect. I'd like to say it will become our new norm. We will see, next year will come sooner than I'm ready for!

So here's just a few photos from our afternoon. She was SO excited for her new Dora panties & her baby doll. But I don't think she liked anything as much as the box the baby came in that she used as a chair & the empty bags she carried like purses. Go figure!

In Good Company

This year brought a lot of change. That is an understatement... I had a lot of bad. But I don't want to take away from all the good this year has brought me... More on that later.

They say a person is the company they keep... And in the divorce/break-up department, I am surely not short on company...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Apple Butter Cupcakes!

I found this recipe on pinterest. It linked to an original recipe that required me to make everything from scratch...

Homegirl don't play that

So this is a crazy simple, crazy yummy recipe!
Box of vanilla cake mix, Kroger apple butter, buttercream frosting.
Spoon full of batter. Spoon full of apple butter. Top off with batter. Bake as normal. Top with frosting. Add cinnamon if you like. (I did to the first few but it didn't sprinkle pretty so I left the rest alone. Didn't notice much difference.) I skipped the nuts too from the original recipe because only like 2 people at our thanksgiving table liked them.


http://bakeitinacake.com/post/1403351487/this-cupcake-tastes-like-fall-its-apple-butter

Monday, November 26, 2012

Independent Woman

All the women who independent, throw your hands up at mee....

This afternoon my daddy gave me a lesson in being a single woman.

I have always had my daddy, grandpa, or a husband. They handle things. I haven't had to. They didn't mind doing things. My husband even pumped my gas- for 4 years I never had to stand at the pump! Now? I don't have a husband. My grandpa is 5 hours away. My daddy works on the road.

I need to be able to handle things. I need to show my daughter that a woman doesn't NEED a man. Not for status, not for self worth, not to feel beautiful, not to measure her success, and not even to change a tire. That's right y'all, 3 months before my 25th birthday, I learned to change a tire. I got on the ground. I got my hands dirty. I was sore. I had to JUMP on the lug wrench to even budge it. But you know what? I did it. On my own. It felt better than I thought. I wanted to scream I AM WOMAN, HEAR ME ROAR! I was totally feeling all girl power.

It's the little things...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

In anticipation of the 2nd birthday Sunday...


 




Photos by Scarlett & Stephen

Monday, November 19, 2012

Things I'm Loving


MayBooks!
I ordered one of these planners when I started back to work. I love that it fits perfecftly in my purse. It's not too bulky and doesn't have all of those extra bells and whistles that I really wouldn't use anyways probably.
This is the one that I ordered. I love it! The only thing I wish were different is maybe a little more room for notes/lists. And I wish the cover had some kind of protective layer because since mine is usually just tossed in my purse, my water bottles will sometimes "sweat" and the cover had bled a little bit. But that's nothing that would stop me from buying again in the future. In fact, someone on my Christmas list may have gotten one this year ;)
They have notes now too which I will probably be picking up for myself after Christmas so I don't have guilt about spending on myself.

 Goody Quick Style Paddle Brush

Now, maybe it's just because I haven't bought a new brush since I was in High School (yeah, think about that. The poor thing had seen better days..) but I don't think so. I am telling you, this thing is awesome. It helps dry your hair faster and detangles. I don't know what the detangling trick is, but it's obvious how it helps dry quicker. I'm obsessed. But I will say, I feel like I need a "normal" brush for my touch ups during the day. I don't know why, I just do. Or maybe that's just my excuse to stock up in brushes in case it's another 10 years until I buy new ones again!

elevenone creative etsy shop

I like to support women, and fellow mama's. This shop belongs to a fellow blogger mama Meredith Tichenor. I ordered the gingerbread girl and the nativity scene. I can't wait to get them! These were the first purchase for the home I will live in with Miss Priss just the 2 of us. I will pretty much be starting over when it comes to furnishing when we do move out of my parents' house. I figure what better purchase than a fun holiday pillow to start our new home, right? (=




I guess I should ad this.. this post was not sponsored. None of the businesses or blogs mentioned above are in any way affiliated with Bogs and Bows and did not endorse this post. Just me and my opinions here, y'all.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Cheesy Chicken & Rice

Everyone here knows my living situation. You can imagine, it is not always easy. We are trying to each find our roles, get in a routine & respect everyone else's needs and space. One of the things I've been trying to do is help out with dinner on the nights that I'm home. During my marriage, I remember what a relief it was on taco nights (he-who-shall-not-be-named made the BEST tacos. I miss them) when he would cook for me. So I know that something so little makes a big difference.

However, I'm not much of a cook- I have caught a few pots on fire. And my parents are crazy picky, so I'm easily frustrated when I put a lot of effort into a meal and they crinkle their nose and have to force themselves to eat it & request I not make it again. So to avoid fights, and a major disaster, I turn to the crock pots.

Sunday, my dad dispatched at like 4am and my mom was traveling all day, so it was the perfect opportunity to surprise them with dinner already prepared when they got home.

My mom's favorite is chicken and rice. But my dad thinks it's kind of bland. So I turned to this recipe for cheesy chicken and rice to hopefully satisfy my mom's favorite AND add a little extra something for my daddy.




I'm really not great at "presentation" as displayed by my classy paper plate lol but you get the idea.

It was really good. My dad said there was plenty chicken so he felt like he was actually eating chicken and rice instead of rice and chicken. My mom loved the added cheese. I think just simply the yellow rice (I used New Orleans Style) added more flavor than the plain white rice. They both agreed the corn was fine in it, but they weren't sure what it added, the meal would have been fine without it. But we are feeding a 2 year old as well, so it certainly doesn't take anything away from the meal so why not go ahead and sneak in the extra veggies, right?

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Randoms

In my usual bullet point fashion...

  • Thinking of cutting my hair. I know it's cliche but I feel like everything else is changing. Time for my look to catch up.
  • I got priss some of those dipping snacks. She loves them but only if I let her eat them in the floor- picnic style. Weird kid...
  • My paternal grandfather passed away Tuesday. Leaving my dad without any living parents. My heart hurts for him. I don't have the words & he isn't much of a talker anyways. It's a tough situation.
  • Seems like everyone is obsessed with ferris wheels. In the past, it seemed like nobody gave it the respect it deserved. Now? They won't stop posting pictures of the stupid thing. Is fair season almost over?
  • Struggling to find a Christmas gift for priss. We have NO room for anything else in this house so that axed my play kitchen plan.
  • Planning Thanksgiving dinner. Hard to do though since my sis is due & we may not all be together... is McDonald's open?
  • I've become obsessed with FB resales! I love getting "new" clothes for A for little more than cost of shipping- which  is cancelled out when I sell her things. Score!
  • I'm ready to be divorced officially. It's strange straddling two worlds. I don't know how to act or what to call it or how to refer to him/his family.

So theres a totally random Sunday brain dump.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

So What Wednesday


I am linking up with Shannon for SWW!
 
Today I'm saying SO WHAT to
  • I got a little emotional making a meal that used to be his favorite.
  • I am deleting FB friends by the masses. They're dumb.
  • I let A stay up late. I cherish my nights with her now. Even the ones when she acts CRAZY
  • I don't agree with someone. It happens. You don't get to kick me out of America, dummy!
  • I'm not in a rush to get an apartment. I'm terrified of living alone.
  • I look forward to my dad being gone overnights so I can sleep in their bed. You're never too old!
What are you saying so what to?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Our Weekend

Aubrey Jo & I had the pleasure of spending the weekend with Scarlett & Stephen. I knew we would enjoy ourselves but wasn't prepared for what God had waiting when we arrived (or when we returned home).

Let's start with the pictures...

 The guest bedroom is BEAUTIFUL! And that bed? A cloud! Unfortunately though, we came in & dumped our things before I snuck a picture. But Scarlett has blogged about the wallpaper & will soon have a full room post. As you see, Violet is the only one that took advantage of DST!
 She was exhausted!
 Their home is right in town, but the view from over my coffee cup could make me feel a million miles from the real world.
 Disney Store fun.
We also did her 2 year photos while we were there. Scarlett IG'ed this from the back of her camera... Can NOT wait to see them (=


Matthew 18:20 says "For where two or three gather in my name, there I am with them."
And WOW did I feel Him there with us. In the little and the big. S&S are such wonderful people and I'm not even sure they understand all the ways He is working through them. I know I'm not the only one touched by them. But mine is the only experience I can speak to.

Top 3 moments of the weekend that will stay with me (in bullet points of course)
  • After A went to sleep, S&S took my hands and prayed with me. Prayed for me. This was the first time anyone has done this. Ever. It was intimate, personal and intense. A powerful experience. I felt so... loved? safe? reassured? comforted? strengthened? refueled? prepared for the next step? All of the above. Some of the most peaceful minutes in the last months. Many, many months.
  • I sat between Scarlett & her mom at church. I offered to swap so they could sit together. I was glad they didn't take  my offer because one moment, one whisper, touched me forever. At one point, her mom leaned across to her and whispered "you are just the most beautiful woman in the world." Scarlett just smiled & said thanks. This seemed like such a natural exchange. Like they were discussing weather. Don't get me wrong, my family compliments. But they are in teasing tones. "you clean up nice, got a hot date? Your hair looks good like that, you should brush it more often" that kind of thing. I never thought much of it. I knew they loved me. This is just how we communicate. Until I saw this. The way it made me feel. I knew then that I would be changing.  I may not be able to change how anyone else communicates, but I can change me. I can change how I give compliments. And you know what else I can do? I can start now raising a daughter that knows how to accept a compliment. And show her how to give them. That is HUGE! That is a change that will affect generations!
  • Their pastor said something Sunday.  I am just going to repeat the sentence & let it sit with you a while. "Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone."
Do for ONE what you wish you could do for everyone.......
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