Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Pictures!

Hi Readers!
I have been seriously sucking lately at blogging. I’m sorry! I am trying to post more often starting Now! Yay!

I wanted to share some of our Christmas pictures that Jacob, Milo & I recently took. Jacob & I had not had our pictures taken since we were married 6 years ago. Basically I refused to take pictures after that because I had gotten fluffy (Side Note- Fluffy is code for chunky) and I was basically grossed out by pictures of myself. Jacob & I have been on a diet/lifestyle change and we have both lost about 30 lbs so I thought it was a great time to take family pictures. I will write an entire post on our transformations later. I have been saving it for a while. Haha!

Jacob & Milo were thrilled that I was making them take Christmas pictures. I made Jacob practice his smile multiple times because he kinda smiles like a weirdo (love ya Jake) and I was pleased with the outcome, haha! I hope you all are getting your Christmas gifts bought and I hope that you are not too stressed yet. I have found tons of holiday recipes on Pintrest lately. I think I want to make a million desserts for all of our parties this year! Good luck shopping and have a Merry Christmas Y’all!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Peek-A-Bootique GIVEAWAY!!

Hello Readers!! I hope you are all having a fabulous week so far! Have some of you started Christmas shopping yet? I may or may not have already bought some things for precious Lane!  

I wanted to tell you guys about my Mom’s new shop. I think I mentioned that she retired from being a speech pathologist in December so she could spend lots of time with precious baby Lane. You see, as long as I can remember, and even before I was born my mother loved to sew and craft. She always made our Christmas dresses, Halloween costumes and Easter dresses! She has ALWAYS wanted to open her own shop and sell her crafts. Since her retirement she has had extra time to craft! She finally launched her website and Facebook page! We are just getting started and we are trying to gain more fans. What better way to gain more fans than by having a GIVEAWAY!! Yay! Giveaway! All you have to do is become a fan on facebook and have all your friends become a fan of Peek-A-Bootique on facebook and leave a comment saying that you sent them! We will announce the winner Friday, November 18th! SO go get on facebook and send your friends! The winner will get their choice of personalized T-shirt, onesie or burp cloth!

Our own Baby Lane in his tie made by Peek-A-Bootique

Our onesies can be made to match any theme and also personalized!

This is precious Sophia in her Onesie, Tutu & Bow made by Peek-A-Bootique

Our burp cloths can be made to match any theme and personalized!

These are our capes! What kid doesn’t want to be a superhero or a princess? I want to be both!

This is me at the craft fair in Indiana!

This is Jordan at the craft fair sporting our Capes!

We hope you have a fabulous week and don’t forget to enter our Giveaway!  

Thursday, November 3, 2011

My Not So Feel Good Moment

Hi Readers! I know it has been a LONG time since you’ve heard from me and I am sorry! You see my blogging usually takes place during my working hours and we have been really busy lately. Well, to be perfectly honest, I have been struggling with an addiction, a Pintrest addiction. I can’t help myself. That site is both the best and worst thing ever! It is the best because there are a million great ideas with lots of free templates and instructions, but it is the worst because I can’t seem to stop pinning things and I get a little ambitious and want to craft ALL THE TIME! I feel like I need to attend a Pinners Anonymous meeting. . .

Aside from my personal demons, I hope you all had a fabulous Halloween! I hope you didn’t eat too much candy or watch too many scary movies. I watched Hocus Pocus & Casper so I filled my Halloween movie quota for the year! We had a few trick-or-treaters this year and most in boring costumes! What happened to being creative with your costumes? And the scream mask, really that is still around! Milo was a squirrel this year. He loves to chase squirrels and his aunt Kenzie bought him his costume. Look how cute he is!

I wanted to share a funny story that happened to me not so long ago. I feel like this is my equivalent to a Jacobism.

I received a phone call from my cousin Theresa a few weeks ago. She wanted to read an essay that my little cousin Payton wrote in class. I immediately start to dread what was coming next. You see, Payton, has mentioned me at her school in the past. The same school where my entire family attended and I still have family members who work there so I always get wind of what is said. During Show & Tell, when Payton was in kindergarten (She is in fifth grade now), she told the entire class that her cousin Lenzie lived in a trailer park. . . Jacob’s aunt happened to be her teacher and knew that we lived in a trailer while we were in college and knowing my embarrassment about living there in the first place and then having it told at show & tell was just the icing on the cake. You can find that post here.

Payton & Gracie doing their cheer routine. They looked thrilled! haha

You can imagine what I was expecting to hear next! Only, what I heard next was that Payton had to write an essay about someone she knew that she was the most alike, the least alike and someone she aspired to be like when she grew up. I immediately start feeling like I am such a good role model for her & her sister Gracie. I have spent a lot of time with the girls and kind of think of myself as their cool young aunt. I am literally giving myself a 5 minute “feel good” pep talk as Theresa is explaining that the essay was for an English assignment for a teacher, whom I never have really liked. This made me feel even better that she would write that she wants to be like me when she grows up and has to turn it into a teacher who is not exactly a fan of mine. After I finally stop complimenting myself and begin to listen again to Theresa I realize I may have been overly ambitious. It seems that Payton did not choose me to be the person she aspires to be like when she grows up, but instead she chose me for the person whom she is most alike. This is also a good thing. Payton is a great kid; she does well in school and we both LOVE Taylor Swift. We both love the color pink and neither of us are very athletic. I guess we do have a lot in common.

I asked Theresa to read the essay so that I could hear all the wonderful traits that Payton & I share. This is what the essay said, “Let me tell you who I am most alike! Well I am most like my cousin, Lenzie.
I’m like Lenzie because we are both about the look. Well we are both really pretty, and love glitter. People say that I look just like Lenzie. We both have beautiful blue eyes that sparkle in the light. I guess another way we are alike is we are somewhat airheads. We are both blonde and have our moments.
Without a doubt me and my cousin are obviously the same!”

 This is the actual essay. It is a little hard to read.

Talk about a rollercoaster of insults and compliments. Haha! It is hard not to feel good about being called pretty and being told that my eyes are beautiful and sparkle in the light. It is also very true that I LOVE glitter!! What makes me not feel so good is thinking at an 11 year old thinks that I am a superficial airhead. Maybe I am not being the best role model for those girls. I will admit that I do have my “blonde” moments, probably not any more than any brown, red or black headed person!

I guess the moral of this story is to, “Not count your chickens before they hatch!” Maybe I should also listen to an entire statement before making an assumption. I think I should also express how important it is to have an education, morals, manners and other admirable traits instead of just loving glitter and fashion to my impressionable younger cousins. . .

I hope you all have a fabulous week! I am going to visit my best Fran this weekend! Yay! I am also thinking we should have a giveaway soon. I have stumbled upon TONs of new things I love and want to share with my favorite followers! Peace out Girl Scout! 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Failbook. . .

Hello Readers! Are you all in shock that I am posting twice in one week? I have shocked myself as well! I have a favorite website called Failbook. You should totally visit the site if you never have. It is rather hilarious. It basically takes all the funny, incorrect and ignorant posts from Facebook, Twitter and any other social media and shares them with the world. I have my own version of Failbook that comes from just my bank of facebook friends. I know I haven’t written about the gems that I have found on Facebook lately, but I have one stored and I think it is time to share it with my favorite followers! Please check out my first post on the craziness you find on facebook here.

I want to first start by sharing a few pieces of facebook etiquette.

1. Facebook should NEVER and I mean NEVER be used to announce to your baby’s daddy that you are pregnant. This is an actual occurrence and it needs to be stopped. If he doesn’t already know, maybe a phone call would be more appropriate. At least maybe then you could have adequate proof that he is full aware that he is the father in child support court. At least that is how I think it works on Teen Mom.

2. Facebook should never be used to exclaim your involvement in any type of crime. If this happens to be you, you’re in idiot, not only for committing a CRIME, but then bragging about it over such a public platform.  Check out these stories of such instances:
Moral of this story: Do NOT break the law!

3. If you or a facebook friend types like this please seek psychological attention or delete that person as soon as humanly possible.
·         It is unnecessary to type like this: “HeLlOoOoOoO FrIeNdS!!! I aM HaViN SoOoOoO MuCh FuNnNnN oN vAcAtIoN!!! WiSh U WaS HeReEeEe!!” This legitimately gives me a headache and you can be certain that I am de-friending you AsAp! Please also note that I am full aware of all spelling and grammar mistakes in that sentence!
·         Please Stop abbreviating your words. You are not saving the 1/10 of a second it takes to type the extra letter. These are not even actual abbreviations: “Gues wat?!!!! I finly gt my drivrs permit!! Woop Woop! Watch out peeps on the rode!!! Cant w8 to gt a carrrr!!!! I rlly wnt a convertable!!” This was tough for me to type! Not only because Word automatically corrects the misspelled words, but also because I had to tap into a 15 year-old girl’s brain, or lack thereof. I apologize for lowering your IQ at least 30 points for reading that example. . .
This is possibly one of my favorite facebook posts, courtesy of Failbook.

4. Users must learn the difference between a wall post and a direct message. This will save both parties embarrassment if one is mistaken for the other. A wall post is available for ALL to see. Every friend and every person you have not blocked using your privacy settings can see what is posted. A direct message on the other hand is private. It is only viewed by the sender & the recipient. Please do not make the mistake as identified in the post below:

Now let’s focus on this post breakdown.
·         This post clearly violates the direct message/wall post rule. I am assuming that they are new to FB and do not know the difference yet. They should look into that soon, like now!
·         Who says, “Stiffy”?! I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.
·         Or “king kong dingalonggg” for that matter?! Is this real Life?!?
·         I am not a fan of the F word in any instance. It just sounds trashy.
·         From what little FB stalking I could do, I am gathering that this couple was married and then separated and apparently they are back together.

I feel so dirty having just read this post! I hope this will help us all make better decisions on what is acceptable to post on facebook. I hope you all have a fabulous week. I am going to pour bleach in my eyes. . . 

Monday, August 1, 2011

New York City Part 3: My name is Lenzie and I’m a Speed Walker

Hi Readers! Can you believe it is August already? When I was younger I would dread this time, because who really wants to go back to school? I would apprehensively await early August when I would have to start waking up early and sleepily get dressed to head to that dreadful institution called school. College was fractionally better as you can choose your own hours and you do not have to go everyday! Please don’t get me wrong, I completely understand that school is an absolute requirement, but it doesn’t make waking up early any easier! Now that I am older and living in “the real world”, I really could care less about August! It is still ridiculously hot outside and I could really skip hearing all the kids whine about getting back into the swing of things. If I have to work everyday, they should go to school everyday! That would make me less bitter toward children! Haha

I CANNOT believe it has been a month since we left the city that never sleeps. I miss it immensely, especially since it is SO hot here! This is my last post on the big apple and it will sum up the remainder of our trip. You see, I happen to be a speed walker or as some may call it: a native New Yorker! I tend to walk fast and with purpose. I don’t lollygag or walk aimlessly. 

Look at how tired Amber & Hanna were every single day! They called me a "Slave Driver" for most of the trip! I just wanted them to keep up the pace! Haha

When we are heading toward a destination, I am going to get us there. Unfortunately for me, my trip companions are what you would call “slow as molasses walkers!” You would assume that my long legs would be the reason behind this difference, but we are all roughly the same height. I just think some people are not crazy fast walkers.

The streets of NY must not be that scary. I mean this couple stopped in the middle for a photo op! Amber & Hanna should have been at ease!

Our very first night we were all very cautious. We would not cross a crosswalk unless we had the green light and even then we would look both ways about 10 times. It was at this point that I mentioned that I wanted to get honked at by a cab. This would be a tough feat if we followed all the rules and always crossed when we had the green light. After the first night I started pushing ahead with the crowd. I was “going with the flow of traffic” or people in this case. I would cross a crosswalk when we didn’t necessarily have the green light, but it would still be clear to walk. The majority of my trip was spent with me looking backwards trying to find Hanna & Amber.

This is Hanna & Amber at the Irish Hunger Memorial. It had a winding road leading to the top. This road was not very long, but I still ended up 2 turns ahead of them. . .

I cannot tell you how many times I would be stuck on one side of the street and Hanna & Amber would be on the opposite because they had missed the light.

This was on the way home from the Top of the Rock where I even gave them an option to take a cab. They both declined stating that it was only a few blocks away from our hotel. I then informed them that I did not want to hear another word about how much their feet hurt or how tired their legs were. I had to stop about 4 times to let them catch up!

I did end up getting honked at numerous times! In fact, I felt like a native New Yorker, crossing streets and taking names, until I remembered that Hanna & Amber were 50 yards back and I had to wait for them to catch up.

I loved, loved, LOVED that city and I cannot wait to go back. I am already planning that return trip! I think late spring would be a fabulous time to go! Christmas would also be lovely with all the lights, but it will be cold there, like really cold and being from the South, I don’t really do cold temperatures!

I am also waiting for Lou to email me her address so I can send out her bitty bites from the last contest!

I hope you all have a great week followers! Stay cool outside in this gross weather! 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

New York City Part 2: Where’s Hanna?

Hello again readers! I hope you are all having a fabulous week. I hope it has been cooler where you are than it has been here! We are having 108 degree temperatures with the heat index into the 110s! That is too hot for me!

 I also wanted to remind my winners from the NYC Giveaway to email me your mailing address so that I may send out your prize!

This may be one of my favorite memories from our New York City trip. I think I mentioned in my last post how much I loved the subway system!
Amber was constantly yelling at me to stand away from the track even though I was clearly behind the caution area. We completely changed rolls during this trip, I am usually the worrier and Amber is more care-free. Look how far back I was! No need to worry!

 Although some stations smelled of urine and possibly decaying bodies, the overall experience was fun! It is much cheaper than taking a cab everywhere we needed to go and we felt relatively safe. Please note that we only visited the nice areas of NYC. We did not ride the subway to the Bronx or any other area that is mentioned in a rap song. We stuck to Manhattan, more specifically the Upper East & West Side, Times Square, SoHo and the financial District; we did not visit Brooklyn, Queens or New Jersey!  
This should help give a general idea of where everything is in NYC!

We did visit Chinatown, which wasn’t scary per say, but it was a little crazy! Our only problem was our inability to read a map. Luckily one of Amber’s friends had given her a map of Manhattan and the subway system. This became our LIFESAVER, but it only worked when we knew which direction we were heading, which rarely happened!
This is when I ask Amber if she has seen the movie Bone Collector. I told her this looks just like the movie! She then had a small panic attack!

We had a great tip from one of our friends telling us about this TKTS stand. It is a small stand that sells discounted tickets for Broadway shows playing that day. Since we had such a great experience at How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying starring Daniel Radcliff aka Harry Potter, we wanted to try to see another show. How to Succeed was amazing!

 You should definitely go see it! Especially while Daniel Radcliff is the lead! I really wanted to see Wicked, but they were completely sold out weeks before we were there! The TKTS booth we were going to try to find was located in the Financial District. Our hotel was basically in Times Square. We decided to take the “blue train” Which in New Yorker is the A, C or E train. (Side Note: We asked our hotel what would be the fastest way to the blue train and he just started laughing and told us that the route on the map is blue, the train is not called the blue train it is called the A Train!)
This is the map from our hotel to the TKTS booth. It is almost a straight shot, or so we thought. . .

We finally get to the station and take the C train. We are heading toward a stop that we still haven’t decided if we wanted to exit and walk toward the booth or go past the booth and walk back. Once the train stops we stall for a minute deciding if we want to exit. We finally decided to get off the train! Unfortunately once we start exiting the train the doors start closing. Now for future reference if the doors start closing on you, you just have to forcibly push them open. It should also be noted that you can not step back and wait for them to close and then try to open them, which will not work. We found this out the hard way, with Amber & I on the platform and Hanna on the train. We immediately tell Hanna to get off at the next stop. Amber & I take the next train, which was an A train and exit at the next stop. We look around and we do not see Hanna. This is the part when I start to panic. I just lost my underage sister-in-law on her first trip anywhere.

Amazingly I had cell phone service on the platform, which is crazy since we were 2 stories underground and I haven’t been able to get service on the subway this whole time! My phone started ringing and it was Hanna. She asked where we were and we told her that we were on the exit we told her to take. I asked her the street name where the train stopped and she said she didn’t know.
All subway exits have signs on the wall telling you where you are. Like this one for the Natural History Museum.

 We then decided that the C train must have skipped this stop since she was clearly not on the platform. Amber & I take the next C train to the next stop. This is when Hanna calls again and asked where we were. We told her we had just gotten off at the next exit. Hanna then tells us that she is on the corner of 6th and Greenwich Ave. (Pronounced GREN-ich, not Green-wich (Amber!)). (Side Note: This happened to be Pride Weekend! Greenwich Village happens to be the birthplace of Gay Pride. Hanna comes from a VERY conservative family; this was not an area we wanted to expose her too so soon on her first big trip!) 

See, this was the advertisements for Pride Week in Greenwich!

Hanna had gone above ground that is why we did not see her at the first exit. Now we have to backtrack to find her. I finally decide that it would be faster if we just hailed a cab! So we take a cab 8 blocks to Greenwich and 6th! What we did not realize is that there is a Greenwich Ave and a Greenwich Street. We were apparently on Greenwich Street. This happened to only be a few blocks from where we hailed the taxi! So now we have to go back 8 blocks plus the 3 to the actual Greenwich Ave. In the meantime, Hanna keeps changing her location. She keeps moving to different corners and we are apparently having a problem with directions so I eventually tell (and by tell I mean yell at) her to stop moving!  After multiple wrong turns we finally find Hanna, in the middle of Pride weekend in the middle of Pride Central. I should also share that Greenwich happens to be a very nice neighborhood. If you are going to lose a 17 year old girl, Greenwich Village would be the place to do so.
Washington Square Park, the heart of Greenwich

After our reunion, I asked Hanna if she had told her Mom or Jacob, her brother-my husband, that she was lost. She exclaimed there was no way she was telling her Mom or Jacob because she didn’t want to get in trouble for not keeping up. I completely agreed with this assessment as I did not want to be in trouble for being “irresponsible” for leaving Hanna on the subway. Afterward we had a good laugh that Hanna got lost on the subway! We then decided that one of our funniest times would not be able to be told for fear of retribution from her parents or Jacob, not that I am scared of either!

After reaching the TKTS booth we decided that we had wasted too much time getting lost that we would not have time to see another show and to see all of the landmarks we had wanted to see. So we headed uptown to get a few touristy things accomplished. Shortly after that incident we implemented a new subway safety rule. If you get left on a train, take the next exit and just go directly above ground to call. Luckily we did not get lost or lose one another for the remainder of the trip!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! I want to wish my precious sister a Very Happy Birthday this weekend! Love you seester!
Happy Birthday Jordan!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

New York City, We’re Famous NOW!

Hello my favorite little nuggets! I hope you all had a fabulous Fourth of July! We did not shoot any fireworks this year mainly because it has been so dry and we were just issued a burn ban, but a little because the fountains and smoke bombs lost their appeal when I was 8 years old and the really great fireworks are so expensive! I would much rather buy something I can use, like a Harry Potter wand! Ok I did not buy that, but I will be purchasing one soon. As soon as I go to Harry Potter World!
 Just arrived in NYC! So excited! Hanna, Amber & Me!

I wanted to share some fun stories from our NYC trip. This will have to be a 3 part series, because I have a few stories that need their own posts. I am starting with my favorite story. The one where I became FAMOUS!! AHHH! Well I keep telling people I am famous, but no one really believes me. On to the story. . .

When planning our trip to NYC we knew we wanted to attend some type of live taping. Unfortunately we were unable to get tickets to anything, but then I remembered that every Friday, during the summer, Good Morning America has their Summer Concert Series. 

This is a totally free event, which is fabulous because that meant more shopping money. Plus the artists are high profile! Just this year they have featured Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Selena Gomez, Nicki Minaj, Brad Paisley and Miranda Lambert! We were so lucky to be there the week Florence & the Machine was performing! If you don’t know of Florence & the Machine, check them out here, they are pretty amazing!

 Florence & the Machine! 
 Florence & the Machine!
Florence & the Machine!

The down side to the Summer Concert Series is that you have to be in Central Park at 6:15 AM! That is 5:15 AM central time, which is the time zone that we run on! That meant getting up at 5:00 AM ET! Now I can count on 1 hand how many times I have chosen to get up that early, to be honest I can probably count on a few fingers because I never get up that early! But we really wanted to experience a live show so this was our only option. We called the hotel front desk for a wake up call at 5:00 AM. Our phone rang at 5:00 AM on the dot, they were pretty accurate! I have to quickly explain our sleeping arrangement so that this story will make sense. Upon our arrival to our hotel we were told that the roll away bed we had requested did not exist. Only the suites had roll away couches. They were out of suites for that night so they “upgraded” us to a room with 2 twin beds instead of 1 full bed. Please also remember that there were 2.5 adults in this room, myself, my best fran Amber and my sister-in-law Hanna who is 17! Upon entering our room we used a little southern engineering and pushed the beds together. This gave us a king sized bed.
Our Lovely and surprisingly comfortable bed!

Still small, but it would work! Since I was the common link between all of us I volunteered to sleep on the crack. So Hanna was on the outside closest to the wall and Amber was on the outside closest to the rest of the room. Since Amber was the only one with any clear path to the phone she was volunteered to be the answerer. Amber was apparently still asleep she couldn’t figure out how to answer the phone. It eventually stopped ringing and she climbed back into bed. About 3 minutes later it started ringing again and she ran over to the phone and she still didn’t figure out that she had to push the line and then pick up the phone. So the phone eventually stopped ringing and she crawled back in bed. We were all lying there debating if we really wanted to go to the concert or if we wanted to sleep in when all of a sudden there was a knock on our door. Apparently the front desk thought we slept through the wake up call. Amber then exclaimed, loudly I might add, that she was not getting up again, therefore I shouted, “We’re Awake!” and the hotel staff squeaked out an “ok, thank you” and hurried down the hall. Our morning was not starting off so great, not to mention that is was raining & dreary outside. 
Look how gross it was outside!

We decided to get up and head to central park despite the rain and despite the fact that it looked like we just rolled out of bed. Hanna & Amber had no make up on and it looked like my hair was housing a small colony of rats! We finally arrived at central park and stood toward the back where we see they are setting up 2 tables with what looks like food will be served. We were hoping for breakfast! What we thought would be food turned into a segment where 2 families cut into cakes to find out the gender of their baby. I should also mention that I called it; I said they would both be girls and they were in fact both girls! I have ESP! We were right behind the families, but they were on a platform so you couldn’t really see us on TV. People started leaving and crowding the stage to see Florence

See, these Mystery Chairs? We could touch them! Nothing between us and the chairs!

We heard some whispers that the “stars” would be sitting there. We were thinking that the “stars” would be George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer.

My favorite of Lara Spencer! You never know when you will have your picture taken, haha! She was really sweet and sooo skinny! 

Josh Elliot, Yum! 

 It would be totally fine if Josh Elliot was sitting there, he is so handsome. . . Sam Champion was on location in Florida so he would be missing, that would be the 4 chairs, right? Nope, that is not who would be gracing us with their presence. It would be the stars from the upcoming movie Horrible Bosses! This is when we realized that Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day were going to be directly in front of us! This also happened to be when we realized that we had put ZERO effort into getting ready that morning and were about to be on national television. . 

We were of course star struck! They were adorable and really nice, not like some stars that completely ignore their fans. So the entire interview lasted about 7 minutes. You can watch our television debut here

Look how excited we were! Haha

Although we looked a little rough we had a blast. We even interacted with the guys. In fact, my best fran Amber even said this to them, “Do you guys like action?” To which I responded, “Wait, what?!” Apparently she was a little tongue tied and meant to ask, “Do you like getting this reaction from fans (like the crazy old lady screaming her head off)? Luckily the guys laughed, yes they laughed at us! 

Here are Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day laughing at Amber!

The concert was great, but the highlight was getting to see these handsome guys!

Charlie Day

Jason Bateman

Jason Sudeikis

It was also nice for our parents to see that we were still alive! Haha we were so thankful we rolled our lazy butts out of bed in time to make our TV debut!

Here is Hanna in the Subway with our new best friends! 

I hope you all have a fabulous week! I will be blogging the next part in this series next week. It may or may not have to do with our inability to read a map and the subway system. . .