Friday, January 25, 2013

Trendy McTrenderson

If you're wondering why I sometimes write these lists, start here.  Then commence with the hysterical laughing. Or at least, maybe, a smile?

There are trends that I would rather not say I participated in.  Purple overalls. Beanie Babies.  Saying "no duh." Abercrombie and Fitch. You get the idea. Of course hindsight is 20/20.  I mean, why did anyone believe that Beanie Babies were going to be worth millions?? Well, I feel like I've learned a few things in all those years of being swayed by the moment.  Therefore, here are some things I'm proud to say I did not take part in...

*Disclaimer: No shame on you if you did these things below.  We all make mistakes, you know?

5. Furby. Just say no to creepy, talking animals. Though, I hear they're making a comeback, so I'll have to make sure Harper steers clear, too.

4. Pirate pants.  Or Aladdin pants.  These were basically modern culottes. Like this:
They were made of jersey cotton which I will admit probably made them comfortable, but even that did not sway me!

3.  The Simpsons/Beavis and Butthead/Southpark.  I'd actually like to thank my parents for not letting me watch these.  I have always loved that I have no idea who these people are, or what makes them so funny. I'm pretty confident that I didn't miss anything.

2.  Doc Martins.  Ok, I'll be honest.  I really wanted a pair of these.  Buuuuut I didn't get any.  So now I'll just throw it in your face that I didn't stoop to paying a million dollars for shoes that probably messed  with your posture. So there. But if you still have some laying around...

1. The Lady Gaga/Katy Perry/Nicki Minaj/Kesha/Rihanna trend.  I just don't think that being weird and edgy for weird and edgy's sake should make you famous.  I'm sure they all have talent, but I can't tell because the pink wigs and bacon dresses are blurring my vision.  I don't really think Rihanna is that weird or edgy but I just don't want to hear about how she found love in a hopeless place ever, ever again.

Any trends you're proud to say you abstained from?


Monday, January 14, 2013

A Weird Milestone

This tiny lady has been out here...
 for longer than she was in there.

I didn't know exactly how to celebrate, but I wanted to share it with you. This has been the fastest 8 1/2 months of my life and I don't anticipate them slowing down a bit. I love watching Harper experience life and there is nothing better than hearing her laugh! Happy Alive-longer-than-gestation Day!   


Friday, January 11, 2013


I've never really done New Year's resolutions.  I like setting goals and making lists... duh, but I actually can't remember a year where I made resolutions... or followed through with them.  So, I'm not doing it this year either.  BUT I will improve, move forward, and use the newness of the year to my mental and organizational advantage. So here are some things I want to do or reup in 2013.

5. Fix my hair. I have been blessed with curly hair that can air dry and look awesome (right?!?).  So I do that most days, but this year, I want to fix my hair more often.  I think I straightened my hair twice last year, so that means I thought about my hair twice... And this is not a vanity thing.  It's more like a grown-up thing.

4. Throw stuff away.  I have hoarder tendencies.  Part of it is the fact that I am laid back (thanks Mom!).  Part of it is that I always think I might need something later.  You know, like the chocolate I got for Christmas.  Sure I could eat it today, but then what happens when I need it in a week?  Or those t-shirts from all the shows I went to in high school?  Those could one day be vintage and though they will never fit me again (or maybe never did?), my kids might need them. See my logic? Alright, fine. I'll get rid of the shirts.

3. Sing.  Not because I love the song, but because I love to sing.  It's fun, can be funny, changes moods, passes time, and more importantly brings glory to the Lord.  Thankfully, Harper really likes it when I sing and since she's with me pretty much every waking hour of her day, she'll get a lot of it.

2. Be a better friend.  I have the most amazing friends and family (referred to from now on as "friends").  Seriously.  Nothing illuminates how awesome your friends are like having a baby and moving in a 2 month time period. I would like to return the favor this year. I want to encourage, bless, love, and support all of you amazing people!

1. Thrive.  If I'm being honest, motherhood is not always full of life.  Sometimes, it becomes about survival.  I just need to make it until naptime and then I'll be ok.  And then the babe decides not to nap.  And then I start calling everyone in the house crazy and singing, "y'all gonna make me lose my mind, up in here, up in here."  Instead of this downward spiral, I think I'll thrive in every moment.  Harper doesn't want to nap? Ok, we can spend time with God together instead. I just need to let go of attaining perfection in my day, chunking it to the wind when I don't, and just thrive in the moment by moment.  I can do that.

Happy 2013 everybody!


Monday, January 7, 2013


Our holidays were just delightful.  It was a sweet time of firsts. First year in Baton Rouge, as a church, with Harper, and first ACC Wobble. Very fun and exciting! Here, let me show you.

 Family pic!

Jake's stocking. He's so happy.

 First Christmas tree!

 ready for "cold" weather

 Our young adult lifegroup

Jake and his girls!

 Christmas jammies!

 Looking good in the Christmas dress

 Our first Christmas together!

 Harper's goods

 Welcome to the best year yet!

New Year's baby

We are so grateful to be doing what we are doing, with whom we are doing it, and with the support of all of you! We are looking so forward to what God has in store for us this year and hope you'll come along for the ride!


p.s. most of these pics were taken with my phone.  I know you all were wondering what kind of equipment I use...