Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Weekend and Some Randoms

I spent Friday and Saturday at dotMOM here in Birmingham.  I loved it and learned so much!  One of my favorite speakers was Jen Hatmaker - LOVE her!  She talked about how we, as parents, need to just relax and trust God more.  Instead of always praying for safety for our children, we need to be praying that they follow God's will and become disciples.  We shouldn't want our children not to do something because they are scared.  My favorite quote from the night was "Scared moms raise scared children, but brave moms raise brave children".  Wow, that was definitely something I needed to hear!  I know that my family has come closer to God during struggles and trials and if it takes Addi going through tough times to be closer to God, then it's all worth it in the end.  That's something that is very hard to swallow, but I do want her to be a disciple and not afraid to follow God's will for her!  This is only a tidbit of what I learned - I have pages and pages of notes!  I'm so glad I went!

I met back up with Brad and Addi Saturday at a friend's house for some football.  I was SO tired and Addi was to since she didn't take a nap, so we headed home.  She was asleep by 6:30 and I was asleep by 7:30.  I think we both needed the 12 hours of sleep we got that night.

She was in the best mood Sunday! We went to church and then to the grocery store and she sang at the top of her lungs at the store!  Now, I have no clue what she was singing, but she was VERY into it! That night, we went to a new CLG and we took Addi with us.  We loved it, but I think Addi loved it more than us!  She laughed and played and just had the best time!

Some more randoms...

Here's something funny thing that I want to remember...At dinner last night, we were sitting at the table saying the blessing and Addi, with her eyes closed tight, grabbed a hand full of corn chips (while peaking w/one eye) and crunched on them throughout my prayer.  I finished praying, but it was too funny and so hard for us not to laugh at her. :)  She's one funny little girl!

I joined e-meals again and so far it's made my life so much easier.  Plus, I only spent $70 at the grocery store and $20 of that was on pull-ups!  They give you recipes and a grocery list for 7 dinners, but we normally go out to eat 2 days out of the week, so I just pick 5 out of the 7.  Plus, Brad is kind of picky and I know he's not going to like every meal.  I'm used to spending over $100/week on groceries, so hopefully this will help us save some moo-lah!

I'm on the last chapter of Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst and it's definitely a must read.  At first, I wasn't going to read it b/c I thought that it wasn't geared towards me b/c I NEVER come unglued, right?  Yeah, that's what I thought until I started reading it and I realized that EVERY single chapter was about something that I have either faced before or am struggling with now.  I highly recommend it!  Next on my reading list is Jen Hatmaker's book - 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess Although, I have to admit I'm a little nervous about reading it!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Speech Update

Today, I attended Addi's speech therapy appointment.  I try to make it to one of the two meetings she has each month.  She was really good today and her ST was proud of her improvement.  She has definitely come a long way in the past year that she has seen her!  She starts occupational therapy in October, but it will only be once a month.

During our visit, she played with several apps on the iPad, worked on puzzles, flash cards and colored.  She didn't really care for the flash cards, so instead she kept pulling things to play with out of her ST's bag :)

Addi definitely talks a lot more when it's just two or three people in a room.  She gets quiet when she's around a big group of people, especially if she doesn't know them.  She still struggles with saying what she wants to.  Her ST said that it's like she has so many words in her head that she wants to say, but when she doesn't know how to communicate them and they just come out jumbled.  We do know that she WANTS to be heard.  I think this is why she repeats everything she says until you say it back to her.  

She's 2 1/2 and is about 6 months behind where she needs to be with her speech and communication.  This is definitely something that can be worked on and improved - right now we are making certain decisions and measures to make sure this happens.

I still struggle with comparing her to other children her age.  It's hard for me not to at times, but then I just have to remind myself that things could be worse.  After having a traumatic brain injury at birth and the only thing she really struggles with is speech?  I should be thankful that's all she struggles with, especially considering they told me she might have major delays and even a type of blindness!

I will never forget that day.  Brad had to go back to work (this was about a week after being born) and I was just sitting by her bed waiting for the neurologist to come and give me the results of the EEG/MRI.  As I was sitting there, the hospital's chaplain came up to me and gave me his card.  I had no clue he was there to sit with me while I got the news, I thought he was just making his rounds seeing all of the babies who were in there.  The neurologist came in and gave me the news that even though the swelling had decreased some, it was still there and there was some damage to the occipital and temporal lobes of the brain and began listing the effects of this damage (NOT something I wanted to hear!).  I don't know if I was just "cried out" or I didn't exactly understand what he was saying, but I never shed a tear.  I remember the nurse telling me it was ok to let it all out, but I never did.  I always waited until I was alone for that - I usually had a major break down at least once a day!

Sometimes, I feel like I have to explain to everyone what happened b/c I don't want anyone judging her.  Really, when you get down to it, it doesn't matter.  All that matters is she's a healthy little girl who is always melting our hearts!  The past is the past and God made her the way she is for a reason and that doesn't require an explanation to anyone!  

Monday, September 17, 2012

Weekend and Dancing Queen

Our weekend started out with a much needed date night for Brad and I.  Addi was spending the night with his parents, so we took advantage of our alone time and went to a local Japanese restaurant - yum!  We really need to have date nights more often b/c it was great sitting there talking to him without hearing "mommy! daddy!" over and over again.  Don't get me wrong, I missed that little booger, but it's always nice to have adult conversation every now and then!

Saturday morning I went to a consignment sale with my sweet neighbor who is expecting her first baby next year.  I wasn't too impressed with the sale, but I did walk away with a few outfits for daycare since almost everything was half off.  I did spot this beauty...

I had to take a picture b/c I knew if Brad was with me then he would have bought this outfit - haha.  In fact, I showed him the pic of it when I got home and he said he couldn't believe I walked out of there without that outfit in my hand (being dead serious!).

The remainder of Saturday was spent cleaning, cooking and watching football with good friends.  

Addi LOVES our friends little boys Jacob and Colyn.  Jacob, or Tacob as Addi calls him, was spending the night with grandparents, but she had a great time playing with Colyn!  When he saw Addi he said "There's my girlfriend!"  So precious!  Here are a few pics of them together...

Sunday, after church, we went to lunch w/mom and then made a Wal-Mart run for a new weedeater.  While we were in wally world, I wanted to buy Addi the movie Annie.  Annie was my favorite movie growing up and I thought she would like all of the music and dancing.  Luckily, I found it in the $5 bin!  So far, she loves it!

Tonight was dance class #2.  She did much better and participated a little bit more.  We are still going to give her a few more weeks before I decide if she's too young or not.  I think her favorite part of dance class is getting a sucker at the end :)

Friday, September 14, 2012

SUYL - Show Us Your Favorite Beauty Products

I thought it would be fun to link up again with Kelly over at Kelly's Korner for SUYL - Show Us Your Favorite Beauty Products.  First of all, I love love love Sephora and probably spend way too much money in there, but I just can't resist!  I have way more products than I will ever use, but these are my "go-to" items.  FYI - i'm no make-up expert at all. and I seriously lack in eye make-up knowledge b/c I feel like i'm horrible at putting it on!  Also, one of my favorite ways to discover more beauty products is through Birchbox.  I look forward to getting it in the mail every month!

I always start off with a primer on my face.  I use the Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting primer.  Because I have red hair and really pale skin, the redness in my skin tends to really show up.  This primer helps smooth out the redness and allows for a "clean slate", if you will, for your foundation.

I prefer a more full-coverage foundation to help cover freckles, break-outs, etc.  Right now I'm using the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation.  I like the coverage, but the color i'm using is a tad too dark for my complexion (even though it's the lightest color they offer), but I plan on using the entire tube until I try a different one b/c it was kind of pricey.

Eye Primer:
I have trouble keeping my eye shadow and eye liner from ending up in the crease of my eye b/c I have smaller eyelids.  I use Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion to help everything stay in place.  

I received several Stila eyeshadow samples in my Birchbox one month and I fell in love.  I ended up purchasing the Stila In the Moment Eyeshadow Palette.  This palette came with "how-to" pictures, which really helped me!

For mascara I use the Maybelline Falsies Volume Express.  I really like the waterproof b/c the only way it will come off is with actual eye make-up remover.  I have blonde eyelashes and have to really make sure I cover them up, or it looks like of silly :)

I love the shimmer I get from using Benefit's Girl Meets Pearl.  It's just the perfect amount of shine!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Dance Class and Potty Training

Monday night Addi had her first dance class.  She wasn't very thrilled to be going into the room without me, but after I walked out she was fine.  After the class was over, she came out grinning with a blue sucker!  They said she did fine, but didn't really like to stay in her spot :)  The class starts at age 2 1/2, but I wanted them to tell me if they thought she was too young.  The whole reason I signed her up was b/c I actually thought she would enjoy it and have fun meeting new little girls.  I'm not going to push it if she doesn't like it or causes a scene - haha.  These are the only pics I took of her in her leotard. She was refusing to cooperate with me!

Even though Addi is one of the youngest in the class, she still towers over everyone.  Everywhere we go, someone always comments on how tall she is once I tell them her age.  I never really notice it unless we are around other kids her age.  Who knows, maybe she will be a Rockette or Volleyball player one day?

We are still working on the whole potty training thing.  I'm not pushing it at all and figure that when she is ready we will work on it.  She still likes to go and sit on the potty at school and at home, but most of the time nothing comes of it.  Although, last night, she came up to me and said "I poo poo".  I checked her and she was still clean, so Brad took her to the potty and she poo-poo'd in the potty for the first time!  She was SO proud of herself!  I danced around like a crazy person did a little dance, sang a little song and gave her a pack of gummies as her prize!  I'm not holding my breath that she used the potty at school today, but we will see!

Monday, September 10, 2012


Our weekend started after work on Friday when I met Brad, his dad and Addi for dinner.  Addi and I then convinced daddy to take us to Yogurt Mountain.  This little girl LOVES her some YM! 

Saturday's in the fall are ALL about football in our house.  I even noticed myself getting into the Arkansas and Georgia games and I NEVER am one to pay much attention or even comment about what's going on.  I think Brad liked the fact that I was actually getting into it :)  Whenever we watch football together he always asks me which team I'm pulling for.  I usually glance up at what they are wearing or just randomly pick a team in order to give him a quick answer - haha.  Saturday night, however, we were both pulling for Arkansas and Georgia to win.  (OK, I can't believe I just wrote a whole paragraph about football - haha!)

I missed watching both Alabama and Auburn play early that afternoon b/c I went to one of my very good friend's wedding.  Brad thinks it's a sin to get married during football season, so I left him at home and took my bff Sadie as my date :)  It was such a beautiful wedding and reception (which included fried pickles - yum!).  I failed to take any pictures, but the photographer was able to capture our entire group of friends (minus Lindsay and Shannon who both live out of state) with the bride.  I'm so happy for Heather and Wes and I hope they have a wonderful time honeymooning in St. Lucia!

We did the usual Sunday thing at the Alston house - church, grocery, pizza, naps and laundry.  I still have SO many more loads of laundry to do until i'm all caught up.  I think it's never ending!  

Tonight is Addi's first dance class!  I hope she likes it and does well, but if not, we will try something else :)  I hope everyone has a great week!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Fill in the Blank Friday

I thought I would participate in Fill In The Blank Friday this week.  I have never done this before, but it sounded fun :)

1.  My favorite grade in school was   I really enjoyed all of high school (minus the whole going to class and homework thing).  I was on colorguard and had a big group of girlfriends.  We were always together and it was such a great time! 

2.  My favorite teacher was   I loved loved loved my third grade teacher Mrs. Pharis!    because,  there was just something special about her.  She was always SO kind and I just loved her!  

3.  The highest level of education I have completed is    I have a Bachelor's degree in Accounting.  Although, I'm planning on going back to school next spring in order to sit for the CPA exam - yikes!  I have two more accounting classes to take in order to take the exam and I'm both nervous and excited about going back!

4. School lunches for me were usually     My momma always packed my lunch :) Of course, every now and then I ate school pizza and fries w/ranch along with everyone else!

5. The amount of money you'd have to pay me to go back to high school would be   I would love to go back!  There were a lot of things I would have done differently such as certain relationships that would have been terminated a lot sooner than they were!  But I loved going to the football games every Friday night and always being with my best friends.

6. A few things that will always remind me of going back to school are:  School supplies, seeing everyone go back to school clothes shopping, lunch boxes, Friday night football games, etc.  .

7.  The first day of school was always   Nerve racking!  I would always get super nervous, but after that initial first day, I would get more relaxed.