Thursday, March 16, 2017

Karen’s Pirate Life…Where are they now?

Lenzie – Totally neglectful blogger who spends all of her free time with her sweet boy, Porter.
Yes, it's a snapchat filter! Snapchat filters are life! Seriously y'all, it's like some type of wizardry. 

Jacob – Still utterly ridiculous and churning out quality Jacobisms on the daily.
He bought a tractor, Lord help me.

Porter – New boss of the house. It’s his world and we are living in it.
This nugget is perfect. I know that I'm completely biased and he can totally be a wild animal, but he's too cute!

Milo – Neglected older brother of the golden child Porter
They're "best friends", if your best friend constantly terrorizes you and takes every opportunity to block your path and/or hide your bone. 

I’m coming back! I need a creative outlet after taking a couple of years off and I have lots to share. I’ll start with my birth story and continue from there! See you soon!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Things You Should Never Say To a Woman Buying a Pregnancy Test

I’m back! I know I mentioned in my last post that I would share what made my pregnancy test purchase outing such a disaster. I went to our local Dollar Store, it was the closest store to my house and like I said, I am impatient.  That was probably my mistake to assume that I would get respectable customer service at the dollar store. . . Also, apparently pregnancy tests are stolen quite a bit as they keep a cardboard cutout that you have to take to the register to get the actual tests. Weird! These are not the digital tests that are really expensive. These are like 5 dollars for 2 tests, pretty cheap where pregnancy tests are concerned. So after walking around the store and making sure no one else was checking out at the time, I finally took the cutouts to the register. The lady checking me out looked to be about 60 years old and may have been on drugs at some point in her life. Not judging, just stating the facts based on her voice and appearance. Upon entering the checkout line the following conversation occurred:


DS Clerk: “Uh oh, is this an accident?”

Me: “Excuse me?”

DS Clerk: “You had the same idea as a lady who just left. She bought two tests.”

Me: *Blank Stare*

DS Clerk: “So, was this planned?”

Me: “Well it wasn’t unplanned, but still scary.”

DS Clerk: “Well I would NOT be bringing a baby into this world. There is too much evil.”

DS Clerk: “Thank goodness I had my babies when I did.”


As if buying pregnancy tests aren’t scary enough, it only makes it worse when you’re verbally accosted because you may or may not be pregnant! Maybe my hormones were a bit out of whack, but I do NOT want to be one of those overly sensitive girls who cry when anyone says the word baby. Get ahold of yourself people! I decided that the lady was just dumb, simple as that, or high, that is also an option. Moral of the story – DON’T SAY A WORD WHEN A WOMAN IS BUYING A PREGNANCY TEST- a simple how are you, and thank you will suffice!

Have a great day!

It Just Got Real, Y’all!

Milo is going to be a big brother.

I’m freaking out a bit!

This post won’t see the light of day for a while, but I have to write this down or 1. I’ll forget and 2. I’ll forget.
I’m sure you all knew about my 30 year “agreement” with Jake. When we got married at 21, I asked him to give me until I was 30 until we started having kids. He disagreed and said BY 30, toh-mot-toes, tomat-toes.

We have had multiple friends who had trouble conceiving and we did not know how long it would take us to conceive. It could take 6 months or a year or even longer. We honestly were worried that something might be wrong with one or either of us as we had not been on any BC for almost 4 years. That is a long time to be protection free and no pregnancy scares. Go Me! So in November we decided that we could give it the “ole college try” in December. That would give us a fall baby. Why a fall baby? Well the weather isn’t too hot or too cold and you can have a summer style birthday party or a fall birthday party! Is it weird that I would plan a baby around birthday parties? No, it isn’t, moving on.

I’m really regular so we knew when the “magic” should happen. Well the “magic” did happen and apparently there is nothing wrong with us. I was a bit OCD on taking pregnancy tests and let me tell you, they are EXPENSIVE! Seriously, for something you pee on it is a bit ridiculous. I started taking them like 8 days after conception. I’m an idiot, but sooo impatient. You all know that I do NOT like surprises. I want to know asap. Well they all said negative, but after reading a million inserts they all said that it might be too early. Most tests don’t show a positive until like 4 days before your expected period. So we waited and waited. Finally on day 4 before my expected period I took another. Only about 56% of tests will show a positive, but like I said, I’m impatient. Well it was a faint positive or so I thought. Jake said it was not so we were still unsure. I thought I only had the same brand as my back ups (I had already taken 5) so I had to wait until I had more tests and I was not in a hurry to go buy more after the last incident. That will be my next post. Just wait for it.  That is scary stuff! I felt like a teenager who was trying to sneak around from my mother! It was mortifying! So I had ordered some from Amazon and we decided we should wait until they are delivered. The next day I looked in my “pregnancy test” stash and found a different brand. This one would deliver two pink lines if positive instead of a purple plus sign. Again it was faintly positive. I sent the picture to Jake and he said, “So no?”. Maybe we should get his eyes checked. I told him I would go buy a digital test so this questioning would be solved once & for all. I went to Walgreens and bought another 7 tests, (told ya I was a bit OCD). I took it as soon as I got home and it said Positive . . .

So here we are, the girl who has been anti-baby, is now pregnant. Oh Heavens! I’m terrified. Stay tuned, I’ll updated as I’m probed and prodded. . .



Tuesday, July 2, 2013

What I Know About Kids

Hello Readers! Happy Tuesday! I’m back in the mix of things as we returned precious Laners last week to his parents, boo! We miss him already!  We had a great time last week. We went to the zoo, the fire station, to ride the train at the park and we swam and played a lot. I wanted to share a few things I’ve learned about kids. I’m sure most of you are now rolling your eye and thinking, “Lenzie, you don’t have kids, therefore, you must know nothing about them!” Well, you’re partly correct, I do not have kids, but I have learned a few things about them from being an aunt and I thought I’d share them.

1.      Kids do NOT like to hear the word NO, or any form of the word. You could be saying, “Don’t poke yourself in the eye”, but just by saying DON’T it evokes such a strong “reaction” to the word it is better left unsaid. Please note that I am the AUNT so I can give in a bit more easily than a parent. Instead of NO, DON’T, STOP, NOT we say let’s do this instead or just distract away from the initial action. That seems to work so far. I do not like to hear the word NO either, so I can’t say that I disagree with the sentiment.

2.      Kids are surely a bit bi-polar. They can go from Happy to Meltdown in 0.2 seconds and for no particular reason. These are some of the reasons I’ve made precious Laners cry/whine this week:

a.      We had to drive through the tunnel to get to the zoo instead of going to the zoo and then the tunnel.

b.      I would NOT let him roll the window down while driving through the drive thru safari while an emu looked right at us with a death stare.

c.       The same thing happened as (b) but with a deer, a zebra, a crazed monkey and a buffalo.

d.      I would not let him stick his hand inside the Monkey cage to feed the monkey for fear of him being bitten.

e.       We made him leave the zoo to go eat at his favorite Chick-fil-A.

f.        The game was not downloading fast enough for his liking.

g.      His burp cloth had chocolate on it.

h.      I wouldn’t allow him to staple his finger.

i.        He didn’t want to see the Fire truck he had talked about seeing ALL day.

j.        He didn’t want to leave the Fire station he cried about visiting in the first place.

k.       I called his muffin blueberry instead of black olive.

These are just a few of the occurrences of the week. We had such a great time with that little man, even though we made him cry/whine a few times.

3.      Bubbles can solve all problems. I’m not sure if there are drugs in bubbles or if they are just that much fun, but once you start blowing bubbles, either in gum form or soap form, everything is forgotten. Is the kid upset because he can’t go swimming, no problem, just push the trigger on that bubble gun and everything is just fine!

4.      Kids HATE sleeping. I don’t understand why they (Laners) feels the need to wake up at 6:20 AM on the weekend, but he did. He also does not appreciate it when you tell him to go back to bed. If/when that happens, he will almost tear down the blinds to show you that, “It’s light outside Lenlen” so that makes it totally ok to be awake. . .

5.      You can’t have anything nice with kids. These are just a few things that were destroyed/broken while precious Laners was visiting:

a.      Our cream microfiber bar stools. They now adorn chocolate grave stains and ketchup marks. This wasn’t even the stool he was using. I was unaware you had to create a splash zone for toddlers while eating. I also found a piece of macaroni lodged in the stool yesterday. I’m sure I’ll find more surprises later.

b.      Lane somehow pulled up a rock from our shower floor. Our floor is river rock tile.  How he did that, I have NO clue, but he was in the shower and said, “Lenlen, a rock” and showed me the one he pulled from the ground. Haha

c.       Maxi dresses, apparently they make the perfect napkin/tent/bridge. Not only did Lane love it, but precious Jace also initiated me with a projectile spit up. . .

d.      Ipad screen protectors. It looks like my ipad was dragged through the mug and attacked by a wildebeest. I’m not sure how it happened, but otter boxes are a must with kids.

e.       Jeans with holes in the knees. Lane thought that it was a perfect place to hide toy cars, bouncy balls, fake spiders, ect… The holes are now stretched about twice their original size. I’m sure they’ll shrink up once they’re washed.


We had a great time with precious Lane and baby Jace and we did not want to give Lane back, maybe just for a day or two so I could catch up on my sleep, but then we want him back. We sure WISH that they would move closer! We miss those precious boys! Here are some pics from our fun filled week!

Precious brothers

  So EXCITED to be in OKIEhoma
  See, Bubbles cures all things, maybe except crazy faces!
 Aquarium Fun!
   Would NOT take his glasses off!
   Splash Pad Fun
   This is my fun in the sun outfit
 Uncle Jake loved cuddling baby Jace
Have a great 4th of July friends! Be safe!  

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

What Happened to May?!

Hello Readers! I hope you all had a fabulous May! It went by sooo fast, probably because it was jam packed with fun things! Jake & I LOVED South Carolina! It was sooo pretty and peaceful! It was a nice change of pace from our usual Vacations!

 Hunting Island, South Carolina
 Hunting Island, South Carolina
 South Carolina
 South Carolina
 Tried the panoramic option on the Iphone and found that my hands were a bit shaky...

Other exciting news in May, We got a new nephew!! Jace Thomas was born on May 31st! We are so excited to meet this little man next week and to, of course, spend some quality time with big brother Laners. 

I will be sharing lots of pictures when Laners visits and when we get to meet Mr. Jace. I hope you all have a fabulous week.

Friday, May 3, 2013

May is Exciting, Y'all!

Hi Readers! Happy tres de Mayo! I hope you all have had a fabulous week! We have experienced Spring, Summer & Winter all this week! Seriously, it has been like 90° and 30° this week. It is crazy!! Jake & I are sooo excited for May. These are our super exciting things happening this month.

1.      It is the start of the summer travel season, not that we only travel during the summer, but it is warm and we are ready to explore!

2.      We are headed to South Carolina!!

3.      We are getting a new precious nephew! Carlos Jr, or Baby Jesus as Lane calls him!

4.      It is the beginning of our Summer Milkshake Challenge!

Now most of these are pretty self-explanatory except the ice cream challenge. Oh, the ice cream challenge. I realize that this challenge is in direct competition with my lose weight challenge, but when a choice between ice cream and running arises, you ALWAYS choose ice cream. If you live in the Northern USA you might not be familiar with Sonic Drive In. I am OBSESSED with their unsweet tea with a tiny bit of raspberry. Aside from their million drink options they have a new summer milkshake menu! Jake & I have made a pact to try all 25 flavors of milkshakes by the end of the summer. This may mean more running and eating less, but it will be worth it! The only catch to this challenge is that we have to try them together. This means 25 trips to Sonic together. I usually only visit alone during work. I’m so excited! These are the flavors:

1.      Hot Fudge Shake

2.      Peanut Butter Shake

3.      Peanut Butter Fudge Shake

4.      Peanut Butter Cookie Shake

5.      Peanut Butter Banana Shake

6.      Peanut Butter & Jelly Shake

7.      Peanut Butter & Bacon Shake, yep you read that right! SOOO Excited for this one!


8.      Strawberry Banana Shake

9.      Chocolate Covered Strawberry Shake

10.  Chocolate Covered Banana Shake

11.  Chocolate Cream Pie Shake

12.  Coconut Cream Pie Shake

13.  Banana Cream Pie Shake

14.  Strawberry Cream Pie Shake

15.  Cheesecake Shake

16.  Chocolate Cheesecake Shake

17.  Strawberry Cheesecake Shake

18.  Cherry Cheesecake Shake

19.  OREO Cheesecake Shake, Jake wanted to try this one at 8:00 AM this morning. . .


20.  Vanilla Shake

21.  Chocolate Shake

22.  Strawberry Shake

23.  Pineapple Shake

24.  Fresh Banana Shake

25.  Caramel Shake


I realize that this is such a fat girl move, but I’m excited regardless. I hope you have a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

DIY Corkboard Map Tutorial

Hey Y’all! I thought I’d share my first EVER DIY post. I am very skeptical of DIY posts as I am a terrible teacher. Just ask anyone who has ever asked me a question. Seriously, it is just easier if I do it for them. Hopefully you’ll all be able to make your very own Cork board map. Like this one below. I found some like these on ETSY and a few other sites, but they were soooo expensive. Who wants to pay 50 bucks for a 12” x 18” map?! Not me!! My map only costs about $15.00 and it is 20” x 30”!



·         24x36 cork tile – Mine came from Hobby Lobby, it was only $16.99 and I used the 40% off coupon.
·        Dremel Rotary Tool- If you don’t have one hopefully you can borrow one!
·        Hot glue gun & glue sticks
·        2 Picture hanging backs (They look like shark teeth)
·        Ribbon ½” thickness– About 1-1.5 yards
·        Tracing paper
·        Sharpie (any color- I used black)
·        Ball point pen or mechanical pencil
·        Scissors
·        Tape
·        Straight Pins
·        PowerPoint map or large wall map would also work.

If you don’t have Microsoft PowerPoint you can purchase a paper map and cut it out. If you do have access to PowerPoint this is how you can print your own map template. The first thing you need to do is find a picture of the continental USA or whatever country you wish to create. Hawaii & Alaska meant more cutting so I axed them from the plan. You can simply Google “USA Map png” and tons will show up. Find one that you like, preferably with all the states outlined and save it.

Creating Your Map Template

·        Create a new presentation in PowerPoint.
·        Click the DESIGN tab and open PAGE SETUP.
·        Change the Width to 30 inches and the Height to 20 inches and press OK.
·        Insert your saved map picture.
·        Scale the Map Picture to fit inside your slide.
·        Go to the FILE tap and press PRINT.

·        Scroll under PRINTING SHORTCUTS until you find POSTER PRINTING and click.
·        Under POSTER PRINTING pull down the drop down menu to select 3x3 (9 sheets).
·        Click OK and then click PRINT.

This should print your 9 paged map that you’ll then cut and tape together. One you have your map pieced together you are ready to ROLL!

Lay out your cork board and pin your map in place. Take your sharpie and outline the map onto the cork board.  *TIP: I didn’t worry about any outlying islands or crazy cuts. Remember you’ll be cutting this with a power tool, so make it easy on yourself!

Once you’ve got your map outlined, remove the pins and put the map to the side. This is where the dirty work occurs. I would suggest that you should cut your cork board outside; however, I was hardheaded and it was cool outside so I put down a sheet to protect my living room from sawdust. Slowly and cautiously begin cutting out your map. *TIP: Please follow all safety precautions listed in your Dremel User Guide.

 Jacob took this picture. Notice his finger over the camera?

Once you’ve got your cork map cut out you should sand your edges. At least clean them up a bit. I then took the map outside to use a handheld broom and brushed all excess dust from the map. *TIP: Florida, Maine, Michigan and Texas are pretty fragile. DO NOT HANDLE just those states or you’ll need additional hot glue. . .

There she is, all cut and ready to be cleaned!

 This evil cat was "helping", if by helping I mean rolling/walking in the saw dust and tracking it ALL over the house. . .
Told ya it makes a mess! Thank goodness for the sheet we laid down to catch the dust!

The map all cleaned and ready to be traced.

If you don’t plan on tracing the states you can skip this step. Place your tracing paper over the cork. Place the paper map on the top of the tracing paper. Make sure the paper map and the cork map are aligned before pinning the paper map and the tracing paper in place. Use the ballpoint pen or pencil with no lead to trace around all the states. *Tip: If you can’t remember if you’ve traced the state, trace it again just in case.


The state lines from the tracing paper.

Once you’ve traced all the states remove the paper map and tracing paper and make sure the entire map transferred. If it did, GREAT JOB, if not, re-trace what needs to be traced. Once all the states are visible, use the sharpie to trace over the graphite lines and around the edges of the map.

The map with the lines drawn in sharpie!

Hot glue the picture hangers on the back. You’ll want to make sure the ribbon will not cut across any of the fragile land masses (MI, WI or MN). Hang that awesomely cheap and awesomely cute map up and get to traveling! We are only pinning places that we have travelled together. I plan on painting a canvas with a cute travel quote, but I'll add that later.

Have a great week readers!