Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Liebster Award


Thanks to Sarah Beth over at Rainey Kind Of Days for nominating me for the Leibster Award!  This looks fun, so I thought I would participate!

Liebster is a German word and it means, sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome. The award is given to followers with less than 200 followers.

First things first, i'm supposed to share 11 random facts about me...

1.  I used to be extremely shy - I pretty much just had to get over my shyness during college.  I've since overcome it and can talk to pretty much anyone about anything :)

2.  I'm an only child and despite what my hubby says, i'm not spoiled rotten.  (He's an only child too)

3.  I'm an accountant.

4.  The last time I was in New York, I was fortunate enough to eat lunch with Regis Philben - no lie!

5.  I used to HATE my freckles, but now I love them b/c without them I would be even whiter than I am now.

6.  I love making lists, but they usually just pile up in my purse never to be looked at again

7.  I'm obsessed with buying clothes for Addi

8.  I love the Lord with all my heart and soul

9.  I STILL don't know what I want to do with my life (career wise)

10. I don't like disappointing people

11. I can honestly say I have 5 best friends that I wouldn't trade for anything.
 
That was harder than I thought!  Now, I have to answer the following questions Sarah Beth came up with.  Here it goes...

1.  What is the number one played song on your ipod? "Bring Me Down" by Miranda Lambert - LOVE her!

2.  What is your LEAST favorite chore? Vacuuming, hands down!

3.  What is your favorite quote/Bible scripture? "Be still and know that I am God" Psalm 46:10

4.  What is your favorite food to eat? to Cook? I love chinese food, so I'm going to say Palace is my favorite to eat.  To cook?  Baked salmon and roasted squash, zucchini and asparagus.

5.  What is your favorite sound? Addi talking

6.  What is your favorite "ME TIME" activity? Anything to do with a spa!  Love me a good massage!

7.  If you could go back to any age what would it be? Probably 18 - there are some things I would like to do differently.  I don't have any regrets and I believe everything happens for a reason, but there are definitely some changes I would like to make!

8.  If you could witness any event (past, present, future) what would it be?  Wow, that's a hard one.
  
9.  What are the first three words that come to your mind?  I am hungry!

10.  What is your favorite book?  I don't necessarily have a favorite, but there are several I like a lot - Crazy Love by Francis Chan and What Women Fear by Angie Smith are two of my most recent favs.

11.  Which movie can you watch over and over and it still "gets you" every single time? For some reason, I love the movie A Walk To Remember.

Here are the blogs i'm nominating for the Liebster Award:

1. Heather @ Bridge to Birmingham
2. Allison @ The Burleson Blog
3. Sandy @ The Table
6. Cari and Cortnee @ Two Sasters
7. Amber @ Bamber's Blessings
9. Rachel @ Her Threaded Needle



Questions from me:

1.  What is your favorite TV show?
2.  Where is your favorite place to vacation?
3.  If you had 1 million dollars to give away, what would you do with it?
4.  What was the first concert you went to?
5.  What is your biggest pet peeve?
6.  What are you afraid of?
7.  Is there something you could not live without?  If so, what?
8.  If you could meet anyone, who would it be?
9.  What is your dream car?
10.  If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
11.  What is your favorite Olympic sport?

Rules for the Liebster Award are as follows: 
(1) Post 11 things about yourself, (2) Answer the questions that your nominating blogger has set for you and then create 11 questions for your nominees, (3) choose up to 11 blogs to nominate and link them in your post, (4) go to their respective blogs and let them know, and (5) no tag backs! 


Nighty Night


I've been swooning over these mirrored nightstands since I first saw them in Z Gallerie several years ago...
 I LOVE them, but unfortunately their price tag kept me away from making a purchase.  I've been on the hunt for a more affordable look-a-like ever since.  TJ Maxx has carried them before, but they were always too small or had something wrong with them (like a huge crack down the side - no thank you!).  Thank you Craigslist for allowing me to find and purchase my favorite pieces of furniture to date!  My patience finally paid off and these were half the price of the Z Gallerie ones I first fell in love with! 


Unfortunately, my hubby hasn't been feeling too well, so these are sitting in my living room right now until his ankle goes back to it's normal size and he is able to move our old furniture out and these beauties in. :)  Addi loves them as well...every time she walks by them she has to stop, look in the mirror and sing a song or make a silly face - haha!

I'm slowly but surely making progress in our bedroom makeover.  The walls have been painted grey, black curtains have been hung and nightstands have been purchased.  Now I'm on the lookout for a black/grey/metal king size bed and a dresser to match.  I've played around with the idea of buying some Annie Sloan chalk paint and painting the dresser we have, but I've decided that's too much work and I would much rather buy one already complete!  Back to Craigslist I go!


Monday, July 30, 2012

Vegas - Day Three


You can read about our first two days here:

We kicked off day three of our trip with a trip to the Bellagio buffet.  The boys ran into the bartender at the buffet the day before and he told them in order to skip the HUGE line, just walk in the exit and see if there was room at the bar.  So, that my friends, is exactly what we did and we were able to avoid the long wait!  This buffet was full of so many different options and it was really overwhelming.  Needless to say, we all left with full bellies!

After filling our tummies, we went to walk it all off.  It was really hot, but it was no where near as humid as it is in Alabama that's for sure.  We walked through the Monte Carlo, New York New York and then took a tram to Mandalay Bay.  We check out the roller coaster in the New York, New York, but it was kind of pricey and had a long wait, so we moved on.  




We went to the Shark Reef Aquarium in the Mandalay Bay.  We were able to see them feed the stingrays which was kind of cool.  Here are a few pics...




Our feet were KILLING us by the time we got finished, so we took the monorail back to our hotel to rest and get ready for our plans that night.


Taylor is performing at Bally's this summer, so we made sure to attend his concert.  It was a great show and I'm glad we went!  Since we had the hook up, we were able to spend some time with him after the concert - so that was pretty cool too!  I only took some pics with Brad's phone and they didn't turn out very well, so I'm not even go to post them.  I also failed at getting our pics made with him!  

After the concert, we went out for a late night dinner at the Bellagio Cafe.  On our way out of the hotel, we were able to watch the last fountain show for the night - gorgeous!  

{this pic was actually made our last day}

I will try to re-cap our fourth and final day tomorrow!



Thursday, July 26, 2012

Addi-isms



Addi is talking more and more these days.  Her speech therapist is very pleased with her progress and said she has the best little personality.  She still continues to see a therapist twice a month. Some of the things she is saying and doing lately that I want to remember:

"Hold you?" - hold me

"I pray, ank you for mommy, daddy, Addi, honey, da, nana, kitty amen" oh and we have to clap after we pray lol

Last night she said "I pray" and then busted out singing Deep and Wide - haha

"Night, night, see ya!" - she says this every night when we put her in her bed

"I sorry"

"Mommy play? Cook pizza?" - She loves "cooking" pizza in her kitchen :)

She will say her ABC's over and over and over again until you tell her that's enough - hearing them sung repeatedly can get old after hearing them approximately 50 times in five minutes!

She loves counting to ten - hearing her say "7" is my favorite!

The Wheels on the Bus is prob her favorite song to sing b/c she loves doing the motions

I got a little teary eyed the other day when she was singing Jesus Loves Me

EVERYTHING is "mine" - "my truck" "my kitty" "my shoes"

She loves saying "I love (fill in the blank)" The other day she said "I love toodles" (from Mickey Mouse) 

She is starting to put more words together to form sentences.  Most of the time I can only understand a few words out of her sentences and I can figure out what she's trying to say, but other people would probably say she's just jabbering.

It's also funny how literal toddlers take everything.  Her teacher told me the other day they were walking in line to lunch and Addi was dragging her feet.  Her teacher told her to pick up her feet.  What did Addi do?  She literally took her hand and picked up her foot - haha!  At least she follows instructions well? :)

She still loves sitting on the potty and she's gone several times at school, but we still haven't mastered it by any means.  I try to get her to count or say her ABC's when she first gets on the potty hoping it will keep her there until she does her business.  We are going to try a little more hardcore this weekend - we'll see how that goes!


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Vegas - Day 2, Part 2


Our second night in Vegas was my favorite!  Lindsey used our trip to help surprise her hubby with the best 10 year wedding anniversary present ever - renewing their vows at the Graceland Wedding Chapel with none other that ELVIS!  SO much fun, I tell ya!  I absolutely can't wait to see the pictures and the video...i'm sure I'm laughing hysterically as she is being walked down the aisle (and being sung to) by the king! 

Lindsey did such a great job of keeping this a surprise.  She didn't tell him until a couple of hours before the limo picked us up.  To make it extra classy, she bought the guys tuxedo t-shirts to wear for the occasion.  Here are a few pics while we were waiting for the limo...




Once we arrived at the chapel, Elvis greeted us (jumpsuit and all).  Of course we also purchased some souvenir Elvis glasses.  Sadly, we couldn't afford the ones with the sideburns attached, so we opted for the plain ones.  No photography was allowed in the chapel itself, but I managed to get a few shots before we went in.



As I mentioned before, Elvis walked/danced and sang her down the aisle.  He sang several songs throughout the ceremony and they recited Elvis and Priscilla's wedding vows.   Best. Wedding. Ever.

I'm gong to tell y'all that Lindsey and Wes are one of the most fun couples I've ever been around.  I wish I could "let loose" and have as much fun as they did that night.  They played right along with Elvis and had the best time.  I'm so glad we were able to share that moment with them!


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Vegas - Day Two


After a great night of sleep, we all got ready and then went to eat brunch at Hash House A Go Go.  Word of advice - if you are planning on eating here definitely consider splitting a plate.  Brad, Wes and Lindsey ordered the chicken and waffles while I went with roasted chicken hash.  Everything was super yummy!  

SO much food!

It was raining after we ate breakfast so we caught the monorail and went to Bally's.  We hung out there for a little while and bought our tickets to see Taylor for Saturday night.  Then we made our way to Paris.  I loved how everything inside looked like we were outside - so pretty!  We meant to go back to the Eiffel Tower at night, but we just ran out of time.  It's on our list of to-do's for next time.  
 Cousins
Paris

Next stop was the Bellagio.  This hotel was my absolute favorite that we saw.  Everything about it was elegant and grand - I loved it!  We roamed around some of the shops and Brad refused to buy me a Louis Vuitton bag - don't think I didn't ask for one!  We made our way around to the conservatory.  It was beautiful!  Here a few pictures from the Bellagio...





Chocolate!

Lindsey had read about a "secret" pizza place in the Cosmopolitan.  It doesn't have a name and there are no signs telling you where it is.  I forget which floor it's on, but you just walk down this hallway and there it is.  It was kind of an adventure finding it :)  It was delish too!  I really liked the Cosmopolitan as well.  It had a very modern and posh feel to it.

We then made our way to the MGM Grand.  We couldn't wait to see the lion exhibit, but after wondering around the hotel and a few Google searches, we realized it closed earlier this year - bummer.  However, we did see Brad Garrett walking through the hotel (very quickly).

By this point, our feet and legs were hurting so bad from all of the walking we had done.  We decided to go ahead and take the monorail to go see The Venetian because we knew if we went back to the hotel for a nap, we wouldn't feel like going later.  The Venetian is a beautiful hotel. It reminded me a lot of Paris.  We shopped around for a while and made our way to the gondola ride.  I really liked the gondola ride.  It was kind of pricey considering it didn't last very long, but it was nice to just sit down for a few minutes.  Our Gondolier told us that about four couples a day (i'm guessing on a weekend) get married on their wedding gondola - that's way more than I would have guessed!
 Wes and the live statue
 Inside The Venetian
 The tree people
 Such a sweet couple

After all of that walking around, it was nap time!  The rest of day two needs it's own post...I will tackle that tomorrow :)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Vegas - Day One

Brad and I both worked a half day Thursday because our plane didn't leave until 5:40 pm. We met up with our friends Wes and Lindsey and off we went!  I haven't flown in about 6 years, so I was a little anxious.  After the plane took off, I was good to go and everything went smoothly.  Vegas really is in the middle of nowhere.  Looking out of the window before we landed all we saw was what seemed to be desert - we had never seen anything like that before.



We took a cab ride and went to get settled in our hotel before our dinner reservations at 10:00.  We stayed at the Imperial Palace and it was definitely not the nicest hotel by any means, but it was cheap and in a perfect location!  We weren't in the room much anyways so it didn't really matter.  Thanks to Lindsey's "sandwich technique" at check-in we were able to get a room upgrade which included the biggest bathtub I have ever seen (inside the room itself of course - classy!).

We freshened up and went to our dinner reservations at Mesa Grill - yum!!  I enjoyed a baby romaine salad and the mango + spice crusted tuna steak while Brad ordered the black angus new york strip steak and we split an order of mashed potatoes.  Lindsey ordered the grilled chicken and Wes ordered a steak as well.  Everything was delicious, but after taking a bite of Brad's steak I wish I would have ordered one for myself.  We don't normally go to really nice restaurants at home.  The "fanciest" place we normally eat at is Olive Garden - haha.  I can't believe my cheap loving hubby remained seated at the table after viewing the menu, but i'm glad he did b/c it was worth every penny :)





We roamed around Caesars Palace for the remainder of the night and then headed back to the hotel for a good night's sleep!


Monday, July 16, 2012

Home Sweet Home


Well, we are back from our short, yet fabulous, trip to Las Vegas!  I'm not exactly sure how i'm still awake right now.  I don't have a ton of vacation at work and what I do have mainly goes towards anytime I have to take off with Addi, so I'm at work right now running on about 2 hours of sleep b/c we didn't get home until around 2:30 this morning.  A large caramel mocha from Mickey D's and some chewy sprees are the only things keeping me from falling out of my chair.  

Even though we didn't get to see everything we wanted to, we still had a great time!  We have already started our "to-do" list for the next trip.  I haven't been on a "big" vacation in about 6 years and it was much needed.  I felt really guilty leaving Addi at home while Brad and I went on a vacation, but we really needed the time together.  Plus she was in great hands with my mom and his parent's.  I can't wait to see her this afternoon!   

In order to remember everything we did, i'm going to be posting a little bit about each day we were there. Stay tuned :)