Tuesday, November 26, 2013

I can never make up my mind

Can someone make up my mind? I have all these random thoughts going on today.

The plan: spend this week in STL with friends and family. Black Friday shop in STL, head back to LR spend the weekend putting up the Christmas tree. (which by the way, I am so excited to put the tree up, I would have put it up last week, but M has this thing about celebrating holidays one at a time and in order..blah blah blah)

What really happened: Because H is still fighting nasty cough, the nasty weather and the fact that M can't make the STL trip. I decided to spend this week at home. Possibly hosting a Friendsgiving. It's really a win win for everyone.

So that my friends is the only decision I have made so far. (After bugging the shit out of M asking "should I stay? Should I go?" I don't know why I make things so hard)

These are the other 302,342 random thoughts/decisions running through my head

Is it too early to send out Christmas cards?

Should I buy a real tree or a fake tree for H's room? Fake small tree is the way to go right? although how fun would it be to go cut a tree down?

Do I REALLY have to run 20miles on the treadmill today? ugh, I know the answer to that. It's rainy outside and this girl does not do rain.

How the hell do I cook this Tortilla soup everyone is talking about?
Note to self: look on pinterest for a recipe

I'm pretty sure I know how to work the fireplace. It's  perfect day for a fire. BUT just in case, maybe H should wait outside. And maybe I should have my phone with me just in case.. Do we have  a fire extinguisher ?

Should H's big gift be a power wheel or bike? I think bike. She's not really old enough to REALLY appreciate a power wheel.

whew, all of these random thoughts are making me exhausted. I think I'll go take a nap.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Low Key Weekend

This may come as a shocker, but we had a pretty low key weekend.

Does anyone miss your college weekends? You know what I'm talking about, the weekend that is full of casual lunches, shopping with the girls, day drinking. Then you go home power nap, get dresses up and hit the bars. Roll in around 3am, sleep in the next morning and do it all over again?

This girl does not. I'm officially in my 30's. When that rare occasion does show up and we get a night out it's all fun in games until the thought " H will be up in 6 hours, if we leave now I can get 5 hours asleep" lame I know.

I digress

Our poor little H has been sick READ: no one has gotten sleep all week. When Friday night rolled around we were exhausted. We planned on a movie night (with wine of course) We started watching "How the Grinch stole Christmas" P.S. H is scared of the Grinch. So we ended up watching Sophia the first for the 204,083 time this week. But hey I can watch anything with a glass of wine. next thing I knew we were out! all three of us. GONE. it was glorious. we all needed sleep.

Saturday, H had a birthday party to attend. It was a "Sophia the first" party.  Right up her alley. It was adorable.  The girls made princess wands and played dress up. They were all given little crowns, they were in heaven. 

We ended our night at The painted pig. I am a sucker for homemade ornaments. Perfect for Christmas gifts.

Sunday, This girl had to work. BUT totally worth it! I don't have to go back until Dec 2! winning!

What did you do this weekend?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


This week I’m saying SO WHAT

• If I still have pumpkins on our front porch! Pumpkins say Thanksgiving right?
• If I took H to the post office with her PJ shirt on and her pants inside out. GIRLFRIEND was in a mood and so was I.
• I splurged and put high lights in my hair. I need to get my random spending out of my system before M and I have the “pre Christmas” budget talk
• I’m thinking about going back to school. I’m bored with these mediocre jobs. Plus my shopping addiction is suffering.
• I slept in H’s room last night. H isn’t feeling well. So I decided to lay down with her at bed time. I was out like a light. At one point it was me, H and our boxer in her twin bed. Then they slowly left me and went to sleep with M our king size bed. TRADERS.
• I bought Home Alone. That is a Christmas must see movie.
• If I’m afraid to start a fire in the fire place. M say’s it works just fine but I have a vision of it blowing our house up.
• If our family can’t make the trip to AR for Christmas. I have a “no travel rule” on Christmas day. It will be sad not to have family around but it will be nice for it to be just the three of us.
• I want to host a “FRIENDSGIVING” How fun does that sound? Too bad Thanksgiving is next week and I’ll be in STL. Maybe next year.
• My Christmas list has mostly running entry fees/ running socks and GU on it.

Cara Box Reveal

This is my second time participating in CARA box. I have to say I’m hooked. I love the idea of meeting new people and encouraging mommies/women. We need that.

This month I was paired with Ashley over at Mrs. Mama

She is incredible sweet, funny with a side of crafty. Bonus: She lives in the same state as me. I’m hoping we can meet up one of these days and become “face to face” friends.

Now for the big reveal. The theme was “fall” (my favorite season) she hit it on the head!

1.She asked about the décor of my house. I thought, hmm...Does barbies, dog toys and laundry baskets count as decor? My house is my sanctuary. It may be a small Cracker Jack box but it’s ours. I LOVE decorating for every holiday. I have so many pumpkins around my house it looks like a pumpkin patch. This little gem fit in perfectly.

2.This pillow, I love. It screams fall. It looks adorable in my living room.

3.I have been eyeing these cups at Target. It’s a soup cup with a lid. Perfect for fall soup, chili or a big ass cup of coffee. I use this every day.

4.WINE. Need I say more? Does this girl know me or what? In her sweet letter to me she wrote “ I also enjoy your love of fun, sometimes it’s family fun and sometimes it’s wine fun” #truestory

5.Who doesn’t love a fall dish towel? This goes right up there with decorating for every holiday.

6.These socks are a little piece of heaven. They are incredible soft and PINK!

I love all these things in this cara box, but most importantly Ashley wrote me the sweetest most encouraging letter. I took it to work and when I am filling like Debbie Downer I read it and it puts a smile on my face.

Thank you so much Ashley for my Fall Cara box!

Head on over to Wifessionals and check out her Cara Box Tab.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

the good, the bad and ugly

The good, the bad and ugly

I stumbled across this post at this hysterical blog and thought to myself “you know that would be a good post” Cause this girl is fresh out!

The good
I am a giver. I will do anything for anyone. I love to help people. You need help moving? Call me, organizing and packing items make me excited.

My word is good. If I say I am going to do something I will do it. You don’t have to ask me twice. I treat people the way I want to be treated.

The bad
I’ve develop this crazy anxiety. Just ask M, he says I FIND things to worry about. It’s crazy; I often have to tell myself to STOP. TAKE A DEEP BREATH. EVERYTHING WILL BE OK.

Sometimes I forget to stop and smell the roses. I get too busy doing the “not so important stuff, like cleaning, cooking, organizing etc” when I should stop and just enjoy my family.

The ugly
I can’t save money to save my life. This drives M crazy. He’s all, “let’s save for a year and build up our retirement”. Me: hey I found 20bucks lets go spend it! I mentally spend money before I get it. Don’t get me wrong. I make sure bills are paid and we have food on the table, but what’s left you better believe I’m buying something. Thank GOD I have savings come out of my check and I never see/touch that money.

I can be a little mouthy. If someone cuts in line, you better believe I’m saying something. Of course I say it politely with just a touch of sassiness, but I’m saying something.

Small story: On a girl’s weekend trip to FL. We had to take a cab home after a long night of bootie shaking and maybe one too many red bull vodka’s, My really intoxicated friend happened to get a little “sick” in the car. When we arrived home the cab driver tried to charge us an insane amount of money because of a little barf on the door.
Drunk or not, my mouth piped up and I think the words that FLEW out of my mouth were “ THE HELL YOU ARE?” as I grabbed a napkin and begin cleaning it up. I’m pretty sure the cab driver was still talking to me when I escorted everyone out of the car and sent the driver on his merry way.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Christmas Card Dilema

Am I the only one who feels they are late ordering the Christmas cards?  There are so many great coupon codes out there right now. Offering free shipping or 50% off.  Which sounds wonderful IF I had a family photo to use. Every year I stress about what picture we are going to use. I usually have a picture at this point but this year I am drawling a blank. We have a busy schedule coming up which means no time for family pictures. Did I mention M HATES getting his picture taken?
I had planned on taking outside pictures this weekend, but the rain put a stop to that.  Then I thought, maybe I can just put H in the picture.
Is that weird? Sending a Christmas card with just your child on it? I guess people do it all the time.
I found these ideas on pinterest and minted.com
This is adorable, but I wonder how it will turn out with H's curls.
How sweet is this! It's going to take  A LOT of hot dogs to keep my dog still for this picture.
This maybe the only family picture I can get M to agree on.
Have you ordered your Christmas card? Do you go picture or no picture?

Weekend Wrap Up

This past weekend was our last "we have no plans weekend". What is it about the holiday season that brings on craziness. Seriously we have something EVERY weekend until Christmas. #shootmenow

I was determine to do nothing this weekend. Friday,  after work my mom wanted to go to Michaels to use a coupon that didn't start until Monday. Bless her, girlfriend needs to read the fine print. So we went to Hobby Lobby instead. After a little light shopping we went home and M and I hung out and watched a movie for the rest of the evening. I know this probably seems boring to most people, but I love it. I love being home. My home is my sanctuary.

I got up bright and early for my group run, only to find out it was raining. I don't run in the rain. sorry, can't do it. So I took my happy butt back to bed. I did manage to get my long run in. However I stopped at 12miles because of rain. I'm in trouble if it starts raining during the marathon. You will find me on the side of the road trying to hitch a ride to the finish line...with a grocery sack on my head.

Sunday, we went to church, then attended the 2nd service (READ: Went to a Mexican restaurant and had lunch/margaritas)

Then M and I went and got pedicures.

All in all it was a great/slow/boring weekend. Just in time for the madness to start next weekend. #holdme

Friday, November 8, 2013


It’s finally Friday!

Let me just share a few things with ya today

{ONE}I think it’s time to invest in running safety light. Last Saturday, when I ran with my running group, I got lost (shocker) and it was dark. I think it’s also time that I start getting the map and taking it with me (details). Do you know how dark it is at 6am these days? It’s real dark. I always thought running flashers were for 85 year olds, I was wrong. I sure wish I had a flasher when I was lost and running for my life. Thankfully it wasn’t Freddy Krueger it was just my shadow.

I’m headed to STL next weekend for a baby shower for my college roommate. I want to put together a “Hospital Survival kit” It’s been a few years since I’ve given birth. (Plus, I’d like to block out those twelve hours of labor) I can’t seem to remember the things I wish I had at the hospital during delivery. I need ideas. What are some of your must have items?

{THREE}I’m in love with this new shirt that I got from In Bloom Boutique. This weekend I’m off to purchase some yellow skinnies, so I can make this outfit happen.


Is it crazy that I and considering putting my Christmas tree up before Thanksgiving? I’m so ready for Christmas. I love having the tree in the house, the pine smell, the lights, the baking…agh… It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Sing it with me now!

{FIVE} I have a huge window in my office. I’ve spent most of my morning looking out the window. I was slightly embarrassed and shocked when a guy appeared outside the window for cleaning purposes. You’d think I’d stop starring, NOPE. I’m pretty sure I looked like this. “Hi, my name is Amie and I’m the nosiest person in America”

Thursday, November 7, 2013


With Thanksgiving approaching us, I like to remind myself to be thankful for the little things in life. Sometimes we (READ: I ) forget to stop and look at how my life is truly blessed (in a non-financial materialistic way) I always thought it was cheesy when people said “I am rich with blessings” The older I get the more I realize how much that statement applies to my life.

What does Thankful mean?


adjective \ˈthaŋk-fəl\
: glad that something has happened or not happened, that something or someone exists, etc.
: of, relating to, or expressing thanks

What the bible says about being thankful

1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV / 983 helpful votes
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Me: Give thanks in ALL situations? How is that EVEN possible? How do I give thanks when my three year refuses to go to sleep, or when my dog chews up my new UGGS, or when I get a rude email at work?
After thinking about this, I realized I’m asking the wrong question. It’s not HOW we give thanks it’s WHY we give thanks. You give thanks in ALL situations BECAUSE it’s the will of God. It’s almost like that Parent/Child relationship. We do it because our FATHER said so.

Colossians 3:15-17 ESV / 465 helpful votes
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

This has always been one of my favorite verses. Going to a Christian school we had to learn a bible verse every week. I remember memorizing this verse. My first thought was why is this verse so dang long, Gesh, I’ll never memorize this in chapel. Yep, I was that kid, memorizing her bible verse during chapel instead of listening. It’s amazing that I still remember this. BUT this verse is so good. “Let the PEACE of CHRIST” rule in your hearts.
I don’t know about you but sometimes “letting” the peace of Christ rule in my heart is just plain hard sometimes. I am a worrier. M always says I find things to worry about. Why do we do that to ourselves? Why can’t we just be at peace? For the love of Pete, God is in control… He’s got this.
Ok, I’ll get off the pool pit and continue with what I really meant this post to be about.

What I am thankful for:

1. I am thankful that I can be born again Christian, go to church, carry a bible, and not be persecuted for it. Not everyone can do that
2. I am thankful for my hard working, faithful hunk of burning love husband.
3. I am thankful for my sassy, strong willed, beautiful healthy threenager.
4. I am thankful for my job.
5. I am thankful for my AR friends; they truly have made AR our home.
And I’m slightly (extremely) thankful for: wine, running groups, Oreo’s and the fact that my co-workers pretend not to see my playing on the internet at work.

What are you thankful for?

Halloween Memory Lane

I realize I’m about a week late on the Halloween post, better late than never right?

The older H’s gets the more excited I get for holidays. I mean I can get a little crazy with the Halloween plates, place mats, and if I can put orange food coloring in it, you better believe I’m making it orange. For the love of God I went to three stores just so I could make these. Who knew Halloween peeps would be so hard to find.

We pulled out our spooky Halloween décor October 1st and began scouring the party city ads for H’s Halloween costume.

Why are costumes so expensive? Not to be a cheepo but really? 70 bucks for a Halloween costume? That’s like 5 bottles of wine…I kid I kid, it’s more like 4 big bottles and one small bottle. (And who said I wasn’t good at math?)

Normally, M is the reasonable one when it comes to money; he was all “Babe, She’s only three once” Can we say “WRAPPED AROUND FINGER” So with that being said we threw all things Tangled into our shopping cart.

I figured she’d get lots of wear out of it. READ. We are going to every Trunk or Treat in town and any and every Halloween party we see. Needless to say, we got our 70 bucks worth and that glorious blond hair wig is now ratted up with the crown stuck in it.

Can we just take a quick trip down Halloween memory lane?

Her first Halloween. The cuttest little Ducky I've ever seen.

Lady bug

My favorite, the Dinosuar

This year, Tangled. She is all girl!!

Hope everyone had a great Halloween!