Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Welcome to the South

My friend Lindsay moved to Canada a little over a year ago.  Every time she comes home to Alabama to visit, we try to get together with our group of friends.  This visit, she brought a boy home with her  He was born and raised in Canada and has never been to the south before, so we planned a southern pot luck full of our favorite foods for him to experience.  Our menu consisted of BBQ, macaroni and cheese, fried okra, baked beans, potato salad, banana pudding and sweet tea to name a few things. 

Addi had a great time playing with Lydia.  Two little girls running around our house squealing is LOUD – haha.  They had the best time playing and then they piled up in Addi’s bed with popcorn and Despicable Me. 

It was a great night getting to know her boyfriend and to spend time with one another.  These are some of my favorite people! (I wish I would have taken more pics)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Weekend Happenings

Our weekend started out just like usual with Brad’s parents picking the kids up from school and us taking advantage of the alone time with a date night.  We went to Logans for dinner and then walked around a few stores.  Brad NEEDS clothes, but he couldn’t find anything he liked in Belk.  It’s best if I just do the shopping for him.  Plus, he’s super easy to shop for – all he needs is about 10 short sleeve polo tops in solid colors (I get wild and throw in some stripes every now and then) and some blue jeans and he’s good to go.  I have tried really hard to increase the variety of his wardrobe, but he likes what he likes and there’s no changing it!

Saturday morning we all woke up early and went to Waffle House and Wal-Mart and the rest of the day was spent hanging out around the house.  I got all of the laundry done (Whoo-hoo!!)  Brad left for a bachelor party that night, so the kids and I just spent some quality time together playing and I had them both in bed and asleep before 8:00!

Sunday, both Jack and Brad weren’t feeling that great, so we slept in (well, Brad slept in 😉).  Jack is teething something awful, so he spent most of the time wanting to be held.  Around 10:15 Brad woke up to the sound of me screaming for help b/c Jack puked all over me – fantastic.  It must have just been a fluke b/c he was fine the rest of the day (except for the extra whiney-ness from the teething).  Once I laid him down for a nap, I managed to take a 2 ½ hour nap and it was wonderful!  It was so pretty outside when I woke up, so we decided to take the kids to a local fall festival.  Addi decided she didn’t want to be Elsa anymore and instead she wanted to be Sofia again.  I put Jack’s costume on him, but he wasn’t thrilled, so he went in normal clothes.  Plus, he would have burned up dressed as a snow man b/c this Alabama weather hasn’t gotten the memo it’s fall and it was in the 80’s.  Addi had fun playing a few games and getting some candy.  We didn’t stay very long before heading to Subway to get dinner to go. 

Poor Jack Jack just wasn’t feeling well at all.  Brad didn’t like the fact that he ONLY wanted his mama!  I secretly loved all of the cuddle time I got with him this weekend.  After some orajel and ibuprofen, he finally crashed.  Hopefully these four teethies will hurry up and come in so he will get back to normal.

Our weekend wasn’t super exciting, but it was a nice low key weekend together with the fam!  I hope everyone has a great week!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Confessional Friday

I confess that I’m wearing actual heels today for the first time in about five years.  I stopped wearing my heels when I found out I was preg with Addi.  Since then I have just worn wedges which give me the height I need, but with more stability.  This morning I put on a pair of pants that were way too long with my normal black wedges.  Instead I decided dig deep in the back of my closet and pull these babies out….

Yeah, BIG mistake!  I can’t even handle it.  During my 40 minute drive into work I had to take them off.  I think I’ll stick to my wedges from now on.

I confess that a couple of months ago I signed up to run a 5k….well, the big day is tomorrow and I’m skipping out.  I will be going by to pick up my t-shirt and other items this afternoon and will be sleeping in instead.  I’m just not prepared to run it and I know if I go and try I won’t be able to move for the next week. 

I confess that I’m thinking about taking the CPA and it seriously freaks me out.  I have never been a good test taker.  My anxiety takes over and I forget EVERYTHING.  I guess that’s one of the reasons I never pursued my CPA.  Well, currently, I’m at a point in my career where I think having it will really help me in the long run.   I would love to have more flexibility in my job and I’m thinking this is the route I need to take to gain that flexibility.  It will take months of studying and preparation, but I think I can handle it – we will see!

I confess that I only bought these cute Carhartt overalls for Jack because I knew Brad would love them, but I have actually fallen in love with them as well.  Today is farm day at school and I just think he looks so cute.  Addi didn’t want to dress up, so she were her pumpkin shirt her class made since they will also be having a pumpkin patch.

Be sure to link up with Leslie and get to confessing!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Community Helper Week

One thing I LOVE about Addi and Jack’s preschool is they do so many “hands on” things.  Along with their regular curriculum, they really encourage learning through play.  They have different themes each month and always have activities scheduled.  Addi does a lot better with interactive play versus table work as I’m sure most 4 year olds do.

Last week was Community Helpers Week.  They had visitors from the fire and police departments, a veterinarian, and dentist.  Addi told me the “yellow fireman” was her favorite. Jack's class went out to see the fire truck, but because they are so young (and probably hard to sit still, they skipped the other activities)

Last Friday was career day, so they were told to dress up as what they wanted to be when they grew up.  Addi chose to dress as a mommy.  I think the main reason she did this was so she could take her baby to school.   Here are a few pictures from her week…

Addi with the vet and her cat Minnie Mouse

In the big yellow fire truck 

Taking her turn brushing the monkey's teeth 

Hopefully the only time she will ever be in a police car 😬

Addi and her baby

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fall Weekends

The fall is my favorite time of year.  Our weekends always seem jam packed full of things to do.  Of course football is always a top priority every Saturday.  Our Fridays almost always start with a date night.  Brad's parents normally pick the kids up from school so we can have some one on one time together.  So, this past Friday started out like any other...Brad and I went to a steakhouse right down the street from our house and we made our weekly trip to Sam's - real romantic :)

Saturday morning I helped out with a friend's adoption yard sale and that afternoon we hung around the house and had some friends over to watch football.  Here are Addi with some of her buds.  They were busy playing while all the parents rooted for the Tide.

After the ball game we ate some hamburgers Brad had grilled and then got the kids dressed up for Boo at the Zoo.  Addi was Elsa, of course (along with every other little girl).  We took Jack to Brad's parents since it was going to be a late night and a little chilly out.

At first, Addi was terrified of The Hulk costume.  She even went and hid in her closet.  She eventually got over it and began having a blast with Colyn and Jacob.

 They had a lot of fun trick or treating at the zoo and riding the scarousel :)  It goes backwards and plays Halloweenish music.  She was out before we hit the interstate...

My BFF was in town and she came with us, but we didn't even get a picture together.  I was SO happy to see her, but I was sad we didn't get to spend much time together.  Next time.

This morning we got up and ready to go get Jack Jack and head to church.  Apparently I lied in my previous post about Addi freaking out over wearing her ruffled pants.  This morning I put them on her and she declared "I love these pants".  One day she hates them, the next she loves them - life living with a four year old!

After church, we ate lunch at my mom's house so Brad could help her cut a tree that had fallen in her back yard and then we came home for naps.  When we woke up, Addi and I made a trip to Wal-Mart.  EVERY single time I go to Wal-Mart I realize why I don't normally shop there, but for some reason I keep going back haha.  We spent two hours and way more money than I would have liked to spend in there today.  For some reason Addi felt the need to dress up as Elsa for our shopping adventure - why not?!?

Now that the weekend is over, I need to focus on the busy week I have ahead of me.  I've already made countless to-do lists and will hopefully be able to cross a few things off before the week is over.

I hope everyone has a great week!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Confessional Friday

I  confess that I have had Starbucks every day this week (shhhh – don’t tell Brad!).  It’s just been one of those weeks and with the cooler weather, I just love having a hot cup of coffee in the morning or the afternoon when I can’t keep my eyes open.  Especially when the coffee at the office is less than stellar.  I have alternated getting a skinny PSL and skinny salted caramel mocha – yum!

I confess that I dyed my hair – dark!  I will have to take a pic this weekend and show y’all Monday b/c I’m not digging the selfie I attempted to take this morning :)

I confess that I have given Addi a lunchable every day this week for lunch.  I’m having the hardest time getting my act together in the kitchen.  Maybe I can do a better meal plan for next week. Even though my kids don’t mind eating oatmeal, hot dogs and PBJ for dinner!

I confess that I’m officially addicted to Matilda Jane.  I joined a Matilda Jane for under $30 group on FB and I check it WAY more often than I should.  I haven’t let myself buy too much yet, but I did snag a few pieces this week.  I’m having a trunk show in November and I’m SO looking forward to it!  My wish list keeps getting longer!  I mean how cute is this MJ dress Addi has on?? LOVE!

I’m really looking forward to this weekend b/c my best friend will be in town.   We are taking the kids to Boo at the Zoo Saturday night and that should be fun as well.  All of that along with a little football and good food thrown into the mix should make for a great weekend!

Happy Friday and don't forget to link up with Leslie with all of your confessions for the week!

Thursday, October 16, 2014


When Brad and I first found out we were having a baby girl FIVE years ago (CRAZY how time flies), I was so excited!  The first thing I thought about was how fun it was going to be to dress her up.  I mean let’s face it, girl clothes are WAY more fun to shop for than boy stuff.  I even planned a day off the day of our ultrasound to go shopping and began filling her closet.

One of my favorite things to buy for Addi has been ruffled pants.  I just think they are so cute.  I’m a sucker for ruffles, so those are the type outfits I migrate towards.

Fast forward five years and I now have a very opinionated little girl who no longer likes those precious ruffled pants.  In fact, she spent a solid 30 minutes this morning screaming and crying because I put them on her.  She would much rather wear leggings, jeans or shorts.  In the end, she won.  I put some other pants on her and off we went.  This isn’t the first time she has freaked out over her clothes (and shoes are a completely different battle – much WORSE) and I have now realized that I need to put the ruffles away.  As much as I love them, it’s not worth it in the end. 

I have a new Matilda Jane obsession and have bought several pairs of the big ruffles.  I guess I need to sell the ones I bought.  Even though I’m going to keep the bigger sizes I bought JUST IN CASE she changes her mind and wants to wear them next year :) 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Way Out

I have recently joined a women’s bible study.  I have only been twice, but let me tell you, it has been such a blessing to me so far to be a part of this group.  They dig deep in God’s word and I love hearing everyone’s perspective on what the Word means to them and how we can each apply it in our lives.  In the past I have struggled with keeping up a steady bible study b/c I have done it alone and 8 times out of 10 I read a passage and I’m like “Now what in the heck does that mean?”  That’s why I think group bible studies are so important.  Everyone has such a different point of view and may see things in a way that I don’t. 

Last night our focus was on Psalm 77.

My big take-away from this is that a lot of times we are so focused on our problems and our need for God to answer us that we forget all of the great things God has done and will continue to do.  We need to put our eyes upon Him and reflect on all of the wonderful things He has already done for us.  The main verse that really stuck out to me was verse 19:

“Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters – a pathway no one knew was there” Psalm 77:19

I just love this verse so much. 

When the Lord was bringing the Isrealites out of Egypt and Pharoah began catching up to them, they panicked.  They wanted to quit and head back to Egypt to be slaves b/c they thought there was no way out of their situation.  Until the Lord ordered Moses to hold up his staff and part the Red Sea.  I can’t help but wonder what was going through the Isrealites minds at the time.  I’m pretty sure that they probably weren’t predicting God would lead them THROUGH the Red Sea. 

They couldn’t see a way out, but God could.  We serve a big and mighty God who is greater than anything we ever have to face.  That’s why I love verse 19 so much “a pathway no one knew was there” – you see we can’t even fathom the path God is leading us down or how He is going to get us there.   We just have to trust Him and remember all of the great things He has done!

If you ever feel discouraged, just remember the God who parted the Red Sea, turned water into wine, healed the blind, loves you and WILL fight for you!

Monday, October 13, 2014

I'm a Whole30 Quitter

Right after Jack was born and I was able to exercise again, I began running and I changed my eating habits.  Over the course of a year, I have lost roughly 60 lbs.  Initially I would allow myself 1-2 cheat meals where I would just eat whatever I was craving for the week.  I didn’t go crazy with it, but it allowed me freedom to splurge every now and then.  Around this past June, I started allowing myself to “cheat” more than usual.  1-2 cheat meals turned into 3-4 and so on.  Now I’m back where I started as far as eating is concerned.  I have gained about 5 lbs of the 60 back.   I can definitely tell a difference in the way I feel (blaaahhh is a good way to describe my feelings right now). 

As far as the running goes, I slacked off with that as well.  I haven’t run in a month or so and I’m pretty sure I would be winded if I just took a walk.  I signed up for a 5k (which is in two weeks by the way) hoping it would give me the motivation I need to start running again.  Yeah, that hasn’t happened yet.  I truly enjoyed running while I was doing it.  It also helped that Brad and I were running together.  Due to knee/ankle problems Brad hasn’t been running either.

A couple of weeks ago I set out to start a Whole30.  I was super pumped before I started.  I went to the grocery store with a list that went right along with my detailed meal plan for the week.  I did really well (and felt REALLY good) for the 9 days I kept it up.  Then I quit.  It’s not that the program is that hard, but it requires a lot of preparation and apparently I had not planned my meals that well.  I cheated one small time and then I just felt like I had blown it, so I quit.  I’m SO aggravated with myself.  I feel like I’m doing worse than before I started the program.  I just want to eat EVERYTHING.  It’s insane.

I even feel super horrible b/c I talked someone into completing Whole30 with me.  She's doing AWESOME by the way!  I feel like I have let her down.

I’m hoping I can go back to what I was doing before when I lost so much…just limit carbs and eat lots of protein, fruits and veggies.  Allow one cheat meal a week and exercise.  I always feel so much better after I exercise, but for some reason I can’t get my booty into gear.  Actually, I do know the reason - TIME.  It’s so hard finding the time to slip away and do something for myself.  After cooking, cleaning, bathing and getting the kids in bed, I’m exhausted and I don’t feel like running.  It would be wonderful if I could just get up earlier, but I have trouble resisting the urge to press snooze!

Sorry for the complaining and whining, but I just needed to vent :) 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Weekend Fun

Our weekend was pretty low key.  Saturday, we went to Homestead Hollow, which is an outdoor arts and crafts show.  The kids had fun riding along in the wagon and Brad, my mother-in-law and I had fun browsing all of the vendors.  

Addi and Jack also LOVED the pony rides.  I thought Jack might be too young to ride, but the guy in charge of them told me as long as someone stood next to him and held on, he was welcome to ride.  So Brad walked with him and he had a huge grin on his face.  Until he had to get off :(  Then, he screamed.  Bless him.  He just needs a pony!

After church this morning, we went to do some grocery shopping and then my hubby came home and built me this blanket ladder...

I still have to stain it, but I LOVE it!  He did such a great job!  He also built me a table.  We are currently in the process of making over our dining room, so I will wait until it's complete to show you the table.  It's slowly but surely coming together.  

I hope y'all have a great week!

A New Addition

I knew it had been a while since I last posted, but I didn't realize it had been two months!  Life has been chugging along like normal.  The only thing that has really changed is we have added a new member to the Alston family...Meet TJ (as in Yeldon, of course)

He's about 6 months old and we love him.  Addi and Jack love him the most though.  Even though we have to constantly tell Jack not to kiss him and Addi not to hold him by the neck or tail.  We are also STILL working on house training him - not fun.

Over all he is a great addition to our little family!

I'm planning on updating this more regularly.  We'll see :)