Wednesday, July 27, 2011

busy busy

I'm still here. I started my new job on Monday and I'm officially exhausted. It is completely overwhelming at times, but I absolutely LOVE it. The kids are adorable, most (99.9%) of the parents are nice/welcoming and the staff has been really friendly and receptive. I've been working 12 long hour days, so by the time I get home I don't really want to get on the computer. I'll be back to normal hours next week, so hopefully I'll be back to my ole self.

All in all, I LOVE MY JOB!

Can't wait to catch up on all your blogs....but first, I must catch up on my sleep! ha!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Bad News Bears

or in our case the Bad News Twins...

Part of the reason I jumped at the chance to move back to Nashville was to spend more time with my sweet Nephews. They seriously grow too fast and I've hated to miss everything.

Saturday was Will's last tee-ball game of the season, so I had to go. My parents and brother warned me how comical the game would be! I was literally laughing so hard the entire game.

The game was busted open with a home run bunt, followed by 188 errors, 32 hits and at least 3 kids who would have rather just played in the dirt!! My brother is the coach and apparently has the patience of a Saint.

Will taking instructions from his dad
good game

love my Twin!

Bubs and Will with their game faces on.

Drew was itchin to get on the field. He's a natural.

I cannot wait to watch more of his games. Maybe one day he'll even get in to the pros and buy his favorite Aunt a nice pressure Will!!! ha!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Life is Good

As my moving/new-job date approaches, I've become overwhelmed. There's 9 million things to do and zero time to do anything. To say I'm stressed is an understatement. I've been stressed about: leaving my sweet kiddos and co-workers here, packing all the miscellaneous crap we've accumulated in the past three years, getting the house market ready, starting on things for my new job, worrying about getting last minute things done, and other personal things. It's frankly enough to drive me to the nut house! ha!

But this too shall pass. This last week, I'm trying to appreciate just how good my life is....

1) I have an amazing, supportive husband who is genuinely sad that I'm "leaving me all alone" (makes my heart melt and break at the same time). Even though this move wasn't in his plans, he has been nothing but encouraging, supportive and proud.

2) I have two dogs who think I'm pretty great. They'll be staying here until I get things settled in Nashville. I'm not really sure how I'm going to live with out their slobbery kisses and makeyafeelgood greetings, but it's for the best at the moment.

3) I have a pretty awesome family (and in-laws) who have been nothing but helpful in this entire process. Of course they're ecstatic that we're moving home, but didn't sway our decision one way or another.

4) I have the sweetest friends here in Memphis that I know will be "forever friends". I'm already planning looking forward to visits!

In the midst of all the stress, I am surprisingly at peace with the whole decision. I believe 110% that this is what God wants for us, and am thankful that He has blessed us more than we deserve.

Life really is GOOD!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

So pinteresting!

I'm officially hooked on Pinterest.  Whoever came up with this site deserves some sort of medal. I'm still getting the whole flick of the site, but it's so fun!

Here are some of my favorites:

How precious is this? Would make a sweet announcement...
genius idea for under sink storage.

sweet way to capture a baby's growth

LOL! I love this one.
I'm so putting something like this on our door.

Are you on Pinterest? I am and I'm sure everyone else is too!

It really is so Pinteresting! ha!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

ch ch changes

A few weeks ago, my boss approached me about a wonderful job opportunity. I immediately was sold but texted Ben to see if I should even consider the job. He texted back in the affirmative, so I told my boss and left it at that.

The job is to be a Director of a Child Care Center/Preschool. The pay would be way more than I'll make as a pre-k teacher, benefits are better and all around it would be an awesome experience for me.

The only catch is: it's in NASHVILLE.

The owner of the Center in Nashville lives here in Memphis. Long story short, but it was his grandparents and now he's inherited it and needs someone to run it. The owner met with me for an interview two weeks ago and I GOT THE JOB. Oh and I start in 2 weeks. Yup.....two weeks. Craaaazy.  (I talked to Ben, at length, before I agreed.)

I truly believe this is a God thing. B and I had discussed moving back to Nashville, but just didn't know when the right time would be etc. I was not looking for a new job or to move any time soon and this literally fell into my lap. I prayed for the Lord to show me in HUGE signs if I was making the wrong decision. As of yet, He hasn't!

Ben is really excited for me, but he can't get over how fast it is all happening (quite frankly, neither can I). He applied for the Nashville Police Department and will continue to live here in Memphis until he gets hired on( Praying for a quick process) . We've done the long distance thing before, so at least we know what to expect.

 Our realtor is coming tomorrow to go over what all we need/have to do before we list our house. I had so much planned for this house, but don't want to put more money than need be. I've started packing some of the miscellaneous items and clothes and it just feels weird. Thankfully, the Preschool center's property has a house as well, so we can live there rent free, until we sell this one and find one up there. Truly couldn't have worked out any better.

I am a walking emotional roller coaster. I'm beyond excited yet really sad to leave. I HATE change (it's that second born child thing), so I'm kind of in a funk. It's a nice funk to be in, but still a funk. ha.

I cannot believe we're moving back to Nashville. It took me so long to appreciate and accept Memphis as my home and now I'm actually sad to be leaving. 

Wish us luck as we go through these major changes....

(sorry to ramble)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

A sweet date...

One of my sweet kiddos and I share the same love of frozen yogurt! Before he graduated, I asked him if he wanted to be my date one day and go get yogurt. His face lit up and said "yeah, I'll ask my mom".

After checking with his mom, I decided today would be an excellent day for our date. I picked him up and we were off to get our treat.

They didn't have our favorite (white chocolate mousse), so we had to sample all the flavors. He loved the watermelon sorbet but wanted to mix it with strawberry. He then put Trix, Reese's pieces, sour gummy worms and graham crackers on top. Yuuuck.

He immediately took a huge bite and said "this is DELICIOUS!" I'm sure glad he thought so!

We spent a while talking about all the important the DSI he wants for Christmas, his brother bothering him and his new cat! He was such a good date, even if I had to pick him up and pay...ha!

Our date was just what the doctor ordered and really ended the week on a high note!

Friday, July 8, 2011


(video from the Sea of Blue tribute. Over 500 police cars from all around to pay their respects to Offc Warren. Touching...)

Today was the funeral for fallen Memphis Police Officer Timothy Warren. It was a truly heartbreaking, chilling yet touching service and one I'll never forget. There were 100's, if not 1,000's, of Officers from all areas (even as far as Chicago), Firemen, elected officials, dignitaries and citizens who just wanted to pay their respects.  
a touching way to honor a Hero
(A group of officer's known as the Peace Makers, sung a beautiful yet incredibly sad song. Listen to it here)
The Mayor quoted Ronald Reagan who said "when evil attacks a Police Officer, it isn't an attack on the one individual, but an attack on the society which he serves and protects. (loosely translated)"  This tragedy has shown me just how true that statement is.

I've heard all about the "brotherhood" or the "thin blue line" and how powerful it is, but never really understood it. Today I witnessed it first hand and it was in short, amazing. I never felt so proud to be a small part of it. We're a family and this tragedy has really hit us hard.

I continue to pray for Mrs. Warren and their adorable children. Words aren't adequate to describe what they're going through and my heart is truly broken for them. I pray for peace and strength, now and always. 

"In valor there is hope." -Tacitus

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

I wish...

Here's a deep conversation I had with a sweet 4 year old recently:

M.R.: "Mrs. have a husband, right?"

Me: "yes... Mr. Ben."

M.R.: Oh yeah...Do you have any kids?

Me: "no, not yet. Just the two dogs"

M.R.: "well, do you want any kids?"

Me: "of course I do..."

M.R. "well....why don't you just go out and get you one."

Me: "like, from the store?"

M.R.: "yeah, you could just go and pick a baby out that you like!"

Me: " I think that's against the rules and Mr. Ben would have to arrest me."

M.R. "oh....I guess you can just keep your dogs."

I literally died laughing after this conversation and quickly changed the subject! So funny yet innocent.

I wish "getting" a baby were that easy!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


1. Thanks for all your prayers for Officer Warren's family. I'm sure his wife and two young children can use any and all prayers and good thoughts. My heart is broken for them.  It had really been a rough couple of days. B has taken this really hard and we're working through it one day at a time.
Onto lighter topics:

2. I'm craving home made ice cream. Like bad. I haven't had it in a few years and I think it's due time to make some. Hopefully Tarjay has a machine in stock because I need my fix. ha!

Anyone have any yummy recipes?

3. I'm so OVER these annoying fireworks. I like 'em, but  I don't like it when people shoot them 4 days in a row and late at night. It's ridiculous.   Poor Dixie Belle is scared to death of them (just started this year...weird) and refused to go outside at night all weekend. Bless her heart.

4. Before I received the terrible news, I decided I wanted to get festive and make something cute for 4th of July. I made patriotic marshmallow pops!

You need: marshmallows, almond bark, Red and blue sprinkles, and sucker sticks (to make it a "pop"). You melt the almond bark, dip the marshmallow in it then add sprinkles. Easy, cute and tasty!

Hope y'all have a nice week!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

A sad reality

It has been a rough, emotional night.

A Memphis Police Officer was killed in the line of duty tonight. It hit me like a ton of bricks. I try not to think or worry about B's job, but this just makes it all to real. This reality sucks.

Please pray for the fallen officer's family. I cannot even fathom what they're going through right now.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Friday, July 1, 2011

my own kind of paradise

Today's blog challenge over on Chelsea's blog is about Happiness.

Happiness is:

Gonna put the the world away for a minute
Pretend I don't live in it
Sunshine gonna wash my blues away

Wishing I was knee deep in the water somewhere
Got the blue sky breeze and it don't seem fair
Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair

Sunrise there's a fire in the sky
Never been so happy
Never felt so high
And I think I might have found me my own kind of paradise

Mind on a permanent vacation
The ocean is my only medication
Wishing my condition ain't ever gonna go away

Knee deep in the water somewhere
Got the blue sky breeze blowing wind through my hair
Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair

Sunrise there's a fire in the sky
Never been so happy
Never felt so high
And I think I might have found me my own kind of paradise

Come on in the water it's nice
Find yourself a little slice
Grab a backpack of lies
You never know until you try
When you lose yourself
You find the key to paradise

91 more days til we are back in paradise! 
(yep, I'm counting)

lyrics by Zac Brown Band