Friday, July 24, 2015

Oh Friday - July 24

I've been in kind of a funk this week. Extra grumpy and blah feeling. Probably not enough vacation time last weekend, I'll share our fun Memphis trip later. I'll snap out of it. So instead of a high five Friday it's just an oh Friday. Ha!

1. My drivers license is about to expire. I sent this picture to Matt with the caption this is how I feel about my new picture. 

Lol!  It's really not terrible. But compared to my old one that's how I feel about it. Here you go, the old one and the new one (that's the temporary one).

2.  When I was at the dmv the line was out the door. But it's so hot we all crammed in without regard to our personal space. A heat wave will do that. I was at the tail end of the line. There were 4 workers - 3 for car tags and 1 for drivers licenses. I got so lucky because even though I was at the tail end I was the second person waiting for a new license. I skipped right ahead. Score!

3.  Another funny from the dmv, besides my picture. She read the info on my old license and when she said the weight I had to have her repeat it. Apparently, I haven't changed my weight since I was 16. I was sure I had upped the number at my last renewal. I just laughed and moved that number up. It really tickled me!  

4. I did a little retail therapy and got a walk in at Costco today.  I walked every aisle to get a little exercise in stopping for only the good samples. And 3 pounds of chocolate chips.  Among other things. 

5.  Joey fixed my iPad!  I was sure that thing was dead. But he did it!  Yay and thanks brother!

6.  We have tomatoes!!!  There are 3 little green tomatoes on the plant. There are some flowers that I hope will become cherry tomatoes too. 

Family time in Memphis

Last weekend Matt, Pickles, and I drove down for a long weekend with the fam. It just so happened that Johnny and Sonia planned to go the same weekend. Extra fun!  

Pickles gets a little nervous when there are lots of big trucks around. 

We stopped in Hardy, Arkansas to walk around and check out the little shops. Antiques, junk, crafts, home goods, and a couple of diners. I really considered this purse. It's in my favorite color and has a characatuer of my favorite dog. 

We had a great time hanging out with the whole family.  

We checked out the new Bass Pro Shop on Sunday. It was super hot so it was nice to get out but be cool. 

Pickles was happy to see her cousins. She loves kids so much!  Jack shared his daddy night night with her. She's prepping for a belly rub in this picture. 

Pickles loves her daddy so much, too. 

Baby giggles are the best. Evalyn is starting to walk on her own. Stop!  

We all left on Monday. The Reagans headed down to the beach and the Vaughans headed home. But not before the obligatory stop for meat and cheese. 

It was a great weekend!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Friday Fun Day!

We have had a busy summer. Between Matt working and going to school on the weekends we have hardly had any time to spend a day together. No complaints because I'm so grateful and proud of how hard my sweetie works. 

First stop was McDonald's. Ha!  I know exciting. But Matt had a paper due and our internet was down. We had free wifi and lunch. 

It was a rainy day. We went to The Roasterie for the tour of the coffee factory. 

It was very interesting. 

We sat and enjoyed some coffee afterwards. Then we decided to go to the City Market. 

I just love that place. I love all the different foods and the produce. There are some cute shops there and some great restaurants. I don't know why we don't go there more often. 

We stopped at a little restaurant called Beignet.  We shared an order of beignets. They have all kinds of yummy smelling Louisiana cooking. A must visit again. 

It was a really fun day!  When we got home I was still riding a caffeine and sugar high. 

Yep, me and my vacuum. 

Even Steven!

July 6th our third niece was born. Clover Rain came in an exciting hospital Code Gray during a tornado warning. Jill and Aaron have an exciting story to share about their fourth baby. 

Matt and I were there for a coupe hours and I held her as much as possible.  New babies are so precious. They are just so snuggley and Clover is a little love bug!

She looks just like Oakley when she was born. A lot of dark brown hair. Now we are even Steven with three nephews and three nieces. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

I did a cleanse!

Yes. I have gone crazy!  I did a cleanse. Three days of smoothies full of fruits, vegetables, and other healthy stuff.  
How and why, you ask?  

How - I had been chatting with a friend one week about weight loss and feeling healthy. The next week I saw her and she said she and another friend did this cleanse and she felt great. It's Dr Oz's 3 Day cleanse. 
Why - because I felt icky!  And I just needed a kick in the pants. 

Here's how it worked:
Breakfast was a smoothie with raspberry, lemon, water, banana, spinach, flax seed,  and almond butter. It was pretty good. Tart but good. Then you take a probiotic and your daily vitamin. When I read about why people take probiotics, I felt like I really need that in my life. 

Lunch was just gross, but I chugged through it. Celery, kale (but I used spinach), lime, green apple, avocado, almond milk, coconut oil, and pineapple. On day 3 I ate that as a salad. Much better!

Dinner was blueberries, mango, coconut water, flax seed, kale (again spinach for me), lemon, and cayenne pepper. The cayenne was op much. I also ate this as a salad one night.  Matt even liked it. 

During day 1 I felt very tired all day. Day 2 I had a headache and felt tired. Peppermint oil helped a lot. Day 3 I felt great!  Overall, I feel like I've gotten a handle on my over the top sugar cravings and I've lost some weight. So it was a good thing. 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Pickles for the win!

Look at that sweet face!

She's such a sweet little girl. 

Pickles is such a joy. A furry little love. 

She's also smart and incredibly funny. Every month we give her a heartworm, flea, and tick pill. It works great. But we have to sneak it in a treat. 

Pickles favorite treat for medicine taking is to smother the pill in peanut butter and then wrap it in pepperoni. It took us a while to find that perfect combination. It never fails if we get it just right. 

It's pill time today and we don't have any pepperoni. But we do have cheese. She loves cheese. So I tried the same trick with a peanut butter covered pill wrapped in cheese.  

Three times she took the treat, ate the cheese, and spit the pill out. Not to be deterred by a 28 pound beagle mix I tried hand feeding it to her.  Again she spit it out and licked the peanut butter. 

I tried again with fresh cheese. I could feel her nibbling around the pill in my hand!  I gave up and mixed the pill in with her dog food. 

A few hours later, Pickles went to eat her dinner. I could see her nosing around her bowl. She was pushing the food around until she found the pill. She picked up the pill and put it on the floor. Then she chowed down on her food. 

I picked up the pill and mixed it back in with her food. What do you think she did?  Yep, she put the pill on the floor again and finished her meal. 

Guess who will be buying pepperoni this week?  

Pickles for the win!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Decision Made

Matt and I had some big decisions to make last month.  We did a lot of praying and talking and listening.  Listening to our family, friends, and each other.  But mostly listening to our hearts, specifically what God had put on our hearts.

We are not going to do IVF.  WE ARE NOT GOING TO DO IVF!!!!  That's how excited I am about this decision.

I mentioned in my last post that our small group prayed over us.  They prayed for clarity and for our decision to do IVF or not to be a godly decision.  While they were praying, I felt a calmness and a peace around this like I can't even explain.  I clearly heard that IVF was not for us and we don't need to do it.  I kept it quiet, I sat on that knowledge for a couple weeks while Matt prayed about it.  Matt wanted me to tell him what I knew, what I had decided.  But I kept it in, urging him to be patient and wait for God to reveal to him what He had decided for us.  

When Matt had come to his understanding, he kept it to himself because he was afraid I wouldn't like his answer.  (Such a sweet and wonderful husband, never wanting me to be unhappy and wanting to give me everything my heart desires.  Thank you God for this man.)  Matt looked me in the eye and said, "I don't think we should do this.  This isn't for us."  The exact words God put on my heart.  

Now the weight of trying to get pregnant is off our shoulders.  We still want to have a baby, we still want to be parents, BUT God is in control.  This is His, we are His, our family is His.

Will we still have tough moments while we wait for God to reveal His plan?  Absolutely!  I've already been there.  I focus on our God who is faithful, loving, and so so good.  Pray for us to be protected in those moments of humanness.