Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Taking a Break

I need a break.  I think sometimes you need a vacation from things so you can come back to it, refreshed and better than ever.

So, I'm going to take a break from blogging.  And I hope to be self hosted when I come back.  So please bookmark the blog in case I mess up!

I love each and every one of you, and I'll be visiting!  I just won't be writing here (unless I just have something that needs to get out)

I'll leave you all with some things that made me smile this week, insta-style:




my friend Renee's two little boys.  they are all kinds of adorable






Praying everyone has a wonderful Wednesday!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Hey, It's Okay!

It's only Tuesday and I'm already ready for the weekend.  Even though I have a lot to do before the weekend gets here.

I’m linking up with Amber at Airing My Dirty Laundry, One Sock at a Time and telling everyone what I’m Okay about this week.  Hope you can join us!!

This week, It's Okay:

To not be officially celebrating Valentines Day.  Jon is sick and Christen has a soccer game tonight.  No big whoop.  As long as I get some chocolate, it's all good. Even if I have to buy it, I won't complain.

To blame Jon when my throat started hurting last night.  I took some of his meds and don't feel worse today.  I don't feel much better, but at least I don't feel any worse.

To be making Christen's Senior Memories Book.  Do you know what this is?  It's like a scrap book.  You can purchase them through the school or Herff Jones, but I decided I could find one cheaper.  I was wrong.  Now it's too late to order one, so I'm making hers.  And no, this is NOT the cheaper route.

To have not blogged my second installment of "Music Monday".  I just wasn't feeling it.  It will happen next Monday.  I hope.

To be sad about Whitney Houston passing away.  I really love her music. I grew up listening to her.  I know she had some rough times, but I hope her family will remember her fondly.  I pray her daughter will be okay.

To be addicted to Pick Your Plum and Mindy's Minute Market!  Seriously, I should own stock.

To not have a picture that applies to anything in this post.  So enjoy this random pic of Christen from last soccer season:

She's the one w/ the ball.  :)


Hope everyone has a happy Valentine's Day!!




Friday, February 10, 2012


It's Friday! And it couldn't come at a better time.

I feel like I'm going in about 30 different directions at once.

Christen's game went really well.  So well in fact that the ball only got near her about 3 times.  And only one of those times did it get past her defense and she had to stop it.  So, one kick on goal and she saved it.  (She's the Goal Keeper)

This weekend is jam packed with barely any breaks.

And that being said.  I need to remind myself so I'm going to put it out there.  Don't judge someone because you NEVER know what all they are having to deal with.  I really need to let go of what others think of me.  Or really, what I THINK they think of me.  Does that make sense?  Yes? No? Anyways...

Some times I just have to remind myself and everyone else that life isn't perfect.  But because I serve a perfect Lord, there is hope and I have joy in my heart.  I may not feel that joy all the time, but it's there.

Okay, on to the instas.

I'm linking up with Jeanette from Life Rearranged and sharing the snap shots of my week via camera phone.  You can link up too!  Just make sure your pics are from your camera phone.

Web conference at work.  Christen's note there get me through many a tough day at work.  (along with prayer too)  This conference was actually informative.  Until the end, when people were asking questions that, if they were listening in the first place, they would know the answer to.  One person stumped the trainer though.  And I've yet to find out the answer.  I'm on pins and needles people.

If Brandi had her way, there would be no books and only snuggle time.  Here, I was studying my lesson for Mission Friends.  She was not impressed.

She got Beckam in on the pity party too.

I caught this on my way to work Thursday morning.  I didn't even notice the huge bird until I uploaded the pic here.

It's soccer time people!!!  Our girls scrimmaged Sherwood Academy (yes, as in the same Sherwood that produces those awesome movies like "Courageous" and "Fire Proof".  They need to put some of that movie budget $$ into getting more training for their soccer program.

Well, in all seriousness, some of their girls were younger than our girls.  So I'm sure they are good.  Our Varsity girls played first and we won 4-0 I think.  Then Sherwood's coach wanted to try another formation and we played them again for 10min and we beat them again 3-0.

Somebody's got a new nickname!!  The seniors made signs for each other.  This one is too cute.  See, there's Christen in the goal holding the ball.  :)

There were a lot of people in Christen's cheering section!  She has such an awesome support system and so many awesome people in her corner.  We have great friends and family!

Praying everyone has a great weekend!!
life rearranged

I'm also linking with these parties, come check them out too!

Happily Mother After

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Soccer Season Kick Off

Well, today is the first day of Christen's last High School season playing soccer.

I've got my shirt ready to wear.

Our cheering section continues to grow.

And I'm praying I can hold back the emotions until Senior Night at least.

And I'm praying for NO injuries.  Nada...  NONE!

Go Boogie Go!!!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Pin-Ter-Vention Party Time!

Is it just me, or does anyone else sing the title to this blog post to the tune of "peanut butter jelly time"???

Please tell me I'm not the only one??

This week...

I won't actually be linking up with Steph and Nicole for the Pin-Ter-Vention.


But I did want every one to know about it.  So just b/c I'm not linking up, doesn't mean you can't go check out what everyone's doing.

I just haven't had time to document things I've been doing because I've got a new venture going on.  I've been getting ready for this venture, which has been hard b/c most of the weekend I really didn't feel very good.  And to tell the truth, I'm still not up to par right now.

I'm not ready to announce anything yet.  Just because I don't think the time is right.  It's nothing super secretive or anything.  I guess I just don't want to "talk" about it.   I want to "do" it, then write about it.

So, instead of sharing something I "did" from a pin on pinterest, I thought I'd give you a sneak peek at what's been taking my attention lately.

Yep, that's a lot of stuff...  A lot to get done...  But I can do it.  I've got a GREAT support system!!

Now make sure to go check out what Steph and Nicole and everyone else has been doing!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Music Monday!

Today is the first official installment of Music Mondays!

I've been pondering and thinking and pondering some more about who/what I should write about first.

I kid you not when I say my love of music is very far reaching.  Seriously, I love just about any kind of music.

But I guess if you had to press me, my favorite kind of music would be "LIVE" music.  There's just something about going to a concert or even a small gathering and listening to a live band.

I've been blessed to see a couple of legends live, like B.B. King and George Jones.  I've also seen Bon Jovi, Willie Nelson, The Judds (I was even called to be on stage w/ the Judds), Martina McBride (gosh, this is A LOT of country artists), my buddy Jason Bozik (who I'll be featuring NEXT Monday), Sister Hazel, Drivin' & Cryin', Charlie Daniels Band, and so on and so on...

But one live performance by Kirsten Underwood just totally took me by surprise.

I'd heard her sing a few times in church and each time is just really awesome.

Then put her on a stage, with a band and an audience and I was just blown away.

Such amazing stage presence at such a young age.  (when I first saw her perform, I think she was only 19)

But really, she blew me away!  She owns the stage and sings effortlessly, conveying all her emotions in a way even Idol judges would have nothing to complain about.

And she's such a good person too.  Like, genuine and personable and bubbly and cool.

The State of Georgia loves her too.  She's won many awards and she was selected to the Top 12 for the 2011 Georgia Country Female Artist of the Year.

I may be a little biased, her Momma is one of my good friends and I love Ms. Natalie with all my heart.

So, lets get down to it shall we??

Here's two of the many videos where you'll find Kirsten performing live.

So..  make sure you check her out at her website:

and her FACEBOOK

and of course, go to youtube, type in her name and all kinds of great live performances will come up.

OH YEAH, she's starting her own radio show today!  She'll be interviewing local artists and you can catch it online today from 10am-2pm est at WTIF.  The link to listen in is HERE.

She's a great girl and no matter what she does in life, she'll be successful.

Oh yeah!  Want a free song??  KLove has a new free download.  Check it out HERE!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Monday!

Friday, February 3, 2012


It's Friday!!

I'm really looking forward to this weekend.  Watching my niece play basketball tonight, hopefully hitting a flea market tomorrow, dinner with friends tomorrow night and of course time for church on Sunday.

Oh yeah, congrats again to my giveaway winner Nay!  She should be getting her prize pack today!!  Yay!   You all should go check her blog out.  I love it, and I know you will too!


I’m linking up with Jeanette from Life Rearranged again to share my moments of the week via iPhone pics.  I’d love if you linked up too!  They can be from any kind of cell phone, just as long as they are cell phone pics.

The Publix is coming right along!  I can't wait for it to be complete so I can do some REAL grocery shopping.  Oh Publix...  I love you so...

This was my view on the way home for lunch last Friday.  REALLY made me want to play hookie from work.  It was REALLY hard going back to work...  REALLY hard!

Brandi has a great knack for showing disdain and general contempt for those around her.  Gotta love her...

I know you all are probably tired of me hinting around about this detox I'll be starting soon.  Well, come to find out, I'll need juices, soups, tea and water on hand at all times.  So I got two of these pack-it lunch box things.  It's suppose to keep stuff cold for 10hrs.  I hope it works!!

Oh yeah, Brandi is also the master of the pouty lip.

This is a printable I made, it's a saying I've been seeing around the "internets" lately.  But I've been knowing this saying for as long as I can remember.  My Grandma would tell me this all the time.  I say it to Christen.  I love it.

I realized I hadn't uploaded any instapics of Beckham all week.  I felt pretty bad.  You know how it is when you have more than one kid.  You can't do more for one than you do for the other. ;)  So, here ya go.  He's looking up at Christen here.  Just waiting on her to show him some love.

Make sure you come back Monday for my first installment of Music Monday!!
life rearranged

I'm also linking up with these great parties too!  Check them out!

Happily Mother After