Monday, August 3, 2015

No Way I'm Gonna Beat This Summer . . .

I actually felt a little sad on Saturday morning. August 1st. August means school starts (NOT that I'm upset about that) and summer is drawing to a close. DOES IT REALLY HAVE TO END?!?  This has probably been the very best summer of my life.

Oh well, no use being melancholy. We still have several weeks of hot weather and good times left. And, I mean, FOOTBALL is coming soon. (Not going to lie, though, I'm going to want to PUNCH IN THE FACE the first person who posts a picture of their pumpkin spice latte before it's even freaking September.)

My weekend officially started Thursday night. Kendra and I haven't had a GNO in, no lie, over six months. So we met for Taco Thursday to split a pitcher of margaritas and just catch up with no men or kids around. 


It was awesome. We even closed down the restaurant. I mean, it was only a little after 10:00 but still.  The restaurant was closing. 

My kids think Friday = zoo. So we got up and went, once again, Friday morning. I think we've been something like four times since buying our membership at the first of July. Money well spent. 
 
(They had to take this picture because they're in front of the grizzly bears ... The Memphis Grizzlies.  This then led to a ten minute discussion on what a poopoo head Steph Curry is and how it's all his fault the Warriors beat the Grizzlies in the playoffs.)

The kids wanted their big sister to go with us this time so she went along. They don't get to spend as much time with her as they used to so they really love it and soak it up when she's around. 
 

(Side note: Z and I are pretty much the same height.  I might have an inch or two on her.  But look at where J stands next to her!  He's going to be taller than me by the time he's in fifth grade.)

Friday night, boyfriend and I had a kid-free date for the first time in ages. Okay, so it was only like three weeks but it felt like ages! His friend Anthony was in town so we drove to Southaven to hang out with him and attempt to drink all the beer in Mississippi.

I was initially a little nervous about meeting this friend because I knew boyfriend had really talked me up to him and, I don't know, I just wanted to make a good impression. Well ... we ended up having a great time.  And drinking most of the beer in Mississippi.


We started off at Hooter's (and, ugh, there were shots there.  I AM TOO OLD FOR SHOTS.) then made our way to The Thirsty Lizard for dinner and more drinks. One thing about having a partner who is so much like you and you have a ton in common with: you end up having the same taste in friends and, therefore, liking all their friends. Anthony was a hoot and we really had an awesome time. 
 

And notice those bottles of Busch? We were ready to leave before our bucket was empty so two of those ended in my purse ... I successfully smuggled beer out of a bar!
 
Blurry pics are the ultimate sign of a good night, amiright?

This was the first Saturday in a while we had absolutely zero plans. Nothing. It's really been too hot here to do anything outside unless there's water involved. So the kids and I used the day to take care of things around the house. We also met boyfriend for lunch at ... Sam's. As in Sam's Club. As in home of the $1.50 hotdog combo that J thinks is the best thing on the planet. 


We ended Saturday playing outside with the neighbors then watching the boys' newest favorite movie ...
 

GOONIES NEVER SAY DIE!
 
I love it!

This is what my Sunday looked like:
 

This - THIS! - is what I'll miss when summer draws to a close. Cold beer by the pool, happy kids splashing around, my man on the grill. 


We had such a great time. We always do.  And the meal - the meal! - steak, shrimp, potatoes, and onions on the grill. Boyfriend also made the best cucumber salad I've EVER had. Seriously, best meal I've had in a long time. 


I know it's only August 3rd but ... I'm already feeling the pang. I'm not ready for this summer to end. Here's to more weekends like the one that just drew to a close ...

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thursday Things

1) I registered my baby for kindergarten the other day.  I'll still have to go to the school next week to give them hard copies of her birth certificate and other information.  But . . . my baby.  She's registered for kindergarten.  Hold me.  Or not.  I'm still not 100% sure how I feel about this!

2) Part of our trip to Hot Springs included a visit to the Arkansas Alligator Farm, this total tourist trap thing. Of course, the kids LOVED it.


Well, to be honest, Karis ran out of the alligator house and refused to go back in. But other than that ...

3) I took my three brats and Boyfriend's son to Mud Island last week. We try to go once a summer so we can now cross it off our list.  To be honest, the kids seemed pretty underwhelmed with it; they've seemed to enjoy it more in years past.  They were all in funky moods and on post-vacation letdown.  I'll chalk it up to that.


 4) Song love, mainly because my baby girl sings VERY LOUDLY to this song and it always makes me grin.

By the way -- who remembers Rhett Akins, the country singer from the 90's?  He sang things like "That Ain't My Truck" and I don't remember what else because I always get him and that guy who sang "I'm Still Dancing with You" mixed up.  ANYWAY.  Thomas Rhett is Rhett Akins' son. 
 
5) The other night, the kids were busy building a fort in the living room. I came in to check it out and this:


Karis made a spot for all her stuffed animals. I love her!

P.S. That raggedy looking Care Bear was mine circa 30 years ago

6) It's that time of year again: THE NEW LAYS FLAVORS ARE OUT! Seriously, the kids and I get so excited. #lamesauce
 

We tried these two flavors and both are YUM! Probably like the Rueben the best though. We'll pick up the gyro flavor next time. I don't know about the biscuits and gravy though ... as a southern girl, it really feels sacreligious to put that on a chip!

7) Dunkin keeps discontinuing my favorite flavors! *Insert crying emoji* First they didn't carry Irish cream this spring (I mean, speaking of sacreligious!) and now there's no more butter pecan. Ugh. Luckily, the lady who took my order yesterday was super awesome and suggested I try a swirl of hazelnut and caramel. It was so good! Very, very close to the butter pecan. 

8) Just because. 


9) I snapped this pic yesterday:



It actually said 115 when I started the car. It's hot, yall! (But, no, I'm not ready for pumpkins and hoodies and fall!)

10) This is so me:

Funny enough, this is one way boyfriend and I really differ. I picked him up from the airport after a business trip earlier this summer and as soon as we got to his house, he opened up his suitcase and put everything in the washer. I was shocked.  I mean, people actually do that?!?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Entitlement

If you asked me my biggest pet peeve, I would tell you hands down, with zero hesitation, it's the sense of entitlement in today's society.  It bothers me more and more the older I get.  I feel like it truly emphasizes all the other little - and big - things that bother me about other human beings: a lack of respect for others, a lack of respect in general, rudeness, selfishness, I could go on and on.  I can't stand the entitled attitude.

The other night, I was getting gas at Kroger.  Cars were parked two or three deep so it was already a sort of maze to get in and out of the gas pump area.  This heifer in a very nice - very new looking - Chevy Tahoe pulled up and parked, completely blocking one entrance to the gas station.  She sent her kid out of the car to get something and she just sat there . . . again, SHE WAS COMPLETELY BLOCKING AN ENTRANCE/ EXIT.  She was still sitting there when I was ready to go and, for a moment (okay, more than JUST a moment) I wanted to go full on "TAWANDA!" on her.  Get over your entitled ass and go park somewhere that's not blocking everyone else just for your convenience.  Asshole. 

I feel like Memphis is, for whatever reason, a hotbed for entitled jerks and it seems like almost every.single.day I'm seeing a display of some sort of rudeness and total lack of respect for other people.  It's almost like there's this prevailing attitude of, "Who cares?  It's not like I know this person or people I'm intentionally pissing off."

I'm also going to say something that might not be a popular opinion but here goes: we've seen a lot in the news lately about police and racism.  I think it has a lot less to do with racism and a lot more to do with an overwhelming sense of entitlement and lack of respect.  Don't get me wrong: I totally believe racism is an issue in some of these cases (look at Sandra Bland!) But we also have an entire generation who truly seems to think they're above the law, they're above respecting those in authority, they're entitled to whatever they want whenever they want just because they exist

I mentioned last week, that recently there was a teenager (who happened to be black) killed by a cop (who happened to be white) here in Memphis.  It was a routine traffic stop but the kid had two warrants pop up against him.  Instead of being taken to the jail and facing his consequences, he attacked the officer and end up gunned down in the process.  To put it in the most simple of terms, he died because he didn't respect authority.  Because he didn't respect.  I know that's not the case in all of these situations but it seems like a lot could be avoided if we got out of the "me me me" frame of mind and started focusing a little more on others.

I worry about raising children in a society like this . . . for a lot of reasons I worry about raising children in a society like this.  But words you'll hear said around my house all the time are, "it's NOT all about you!"  I try so, so, so hard to raise children who are compassionate.  Who think about others.  Who realize that the things they do, the ways they act, the behavior they participate in . . . it absolutely can affect other people.  And I hope they'll always take that to heart and not just act out of impulse.  Mama ain't raising no entitled assholes!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Not a Worry in the World, Cold Beer in my Hand

My kids go back to school TWO WEEKS from today. Two weeks! The summer is practically gone. We're trying to make the most of what's left, though, and this weekend was amazing.

Boyfriend had some friends in town from Chicago and we took them to the zoo on Friday. 

The kids got to touch a snake!


It's Memphis in July so, of course, it's about 80 billion degrees outside. The fountains were the highlight of the day for the kids.


After the zoo, we went home for naps (or we were SUPPOSED to) then headed over to Central Barbecue for dinner. We sat on the patio and sweated our asses off but ... live music. It's worth the sweat, right?


See what happens when you don't nap after the zoo??

The band leader was amazing and really interacted with our kids. They even got to go up and help with a song! 

The little guy in the front stole the show! And, by the way, three of these five boys have an -Aidan/ Ayden name. You'd think they were born in the 2000's or something ...
 

After dinner and the band, it was on to the drive-in because ... Minions!
 

You'd think such a big day would wear the kids out but ... nope. They were all still raring to go well past midnight. The adults sat in the garage and gave kids free range of the house. We didn't get to bed until about 3:00 which ... I mean, hello. Too.old.for.that.shit.

Saturday was another scorcher so ...


 
Karis made a buddy and apparently they even kissed at one point?!?
 

Boyfriend's friends (and I now consider them my friends as well) were back on the road early Sunday morning. I'm so glad I got to meet and spend time with them. They were great. We'll see them again in October when boyfriend and I make a trip to Chicago.

The kids and I spent Sunday being lazy and catching up on laundry and house-cleaning.  Sunday Funday for sure.  Now it's back to reality . . .

Friday, July 24, 2015

Party in Slow Motion . . . Out Here in the Open


Sunday was the day I was most excited for and it did not disappoint.

We rented a pontoon and spent the day exploring Lake Ouachita.  And by "exploring," I mean drinking beer and tubing.  DOES LIFE REALLY GET ANY BETTER THAN THAT?!? 

 

We packed the car full to take to the marina.  It honestly looked like we were leaving the hotel.  Coolers, bags full of stuff for swimming, a mini-grill, food for days.  I was driving a rented Dodge Durango for the trip but with the third row up, we couldn't fit everything in the back hatch.  We ended up putting a bag of grilling tools and utensils at Karis's feet.  And realized we'd left the bag in the car . . . when were about half an hour from shore.  That was literally the only mishap of the entire day and it didn't end in an argument (in fact, we both apologized to each other for leaving the bag . . . "my fault, I forgot about it."  "Nope, I should've grabbed it.  It was all me.") so I'm considering it a win.  It did make grilling interesting though!  
 

At the last minute, we decided to rent a tube also.  Best idea ever.  Seriously.  My kids had never been tubing before and they LOVED it.  We could totally be lake people.

 

The boys went on the tube first and . . . I'm not naming names, but one of them fell off and lost his pants in the process.  THANKFULLY, he grabbed them and they weren't sent to the bottom of Lake Ouachita.  Seriously, though, I don't know if I've ever laughed so hard in my life.  


Surprisingly, Karis decided she wanted to go tubing as well.  She's pretty timid about unknown situations so I really didn't think she would do it.  We put her in the middle of the tube between Kyan and boyfriend's daughter.  We told them no less than eight times, "if you fall off, don't freak out.  You have a life jacket.  You can't drown.  We'll turn the boat around and come get you."  Uhhhh, yeah.  They were on the tube approximately two minutes before they all three fell off . . . and all three freaked out.  To Kyan's credit, his sister was holding onto him and clawing at him for dear life and he really thought she was going to drown them both.  They were rescued but Karis was done with the tube.  The big kids, however, had the time of the lives.

Including the biggest kid of all!

Lake Ouachita has a ton of little islands and we decided to beach at one for lunch.  The kids explored, boyfriend grilled, we all swam and just had a great time.  



After lunch, we spent the rest of the afternoon on the tube.  Boyfriend and I both took turns riding on it . . . he made me fall off so, of course, I had to do the same to him! 



It really was just SUCH a great day. My favorite people, fun times, beautiful scenery. The smiles on all the kids' faces said it all. Really gets no better!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thursday Things

1) Over the weekend, a black kid was shot and killed by a Memphis police officer who happened to be white. He was shot and killed AFTER HE ATTACKED THE OFFICER which means I have zero sympathy for him and not even much for his family. How about we go back to teaching our children to respect authority? Why don't we try that before screaming racism? I swear, if Al Sharpton shows up in my city ... Though to the credit of most Memphians, the overall sentiment seems to be "it's too hot to riot."

2) Why is everyone surprised by the Blake Shelton/ Miranda Lambert divorce? The only shock should be they lasted as long as they did. Apparently there are rumors she cheated? I thought he was a serial cheater. However I could totally see her kicking his ass ...

3) A friend of boyfriend's is a member of the local Jewish Community Center. Last Thursday he invited us to come out for movie night at their pool. The pool area was awesome. 


Slides, a lazy river, baby pool, diving boards. It was like a little water park. Too bad the membership is out of my price range!

4) Took this picture over the weekend.  It's blurry but I LOVE it. 
Working out plus sexy man plus my baby girl!

5) Song Love!
 

6) YES!
 
7) Speaking of the whole "life is short, have an affair" thing (and GROSS, by the way), boyfriend and I were discussing our "lists" a few weeks ago. I quickly rattled off, "Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake, Andy Samberg (NO JUDGING!), Matt Damon (for 17-year-old Brandi), Eric Church." His was more like, "I dunno, Halle Berry? Maybe Angelina Jolie if she wasn't so sanctimonious ..." Is it really that hard for men to come up with their list??

8) I was out in the hot sun all weekend. And it was HOTTTT. My sun allergy didn't flare up at all, not a single bit. Yesterday, I took the kids to Mud Island -- temps in the high 80's/ low 90's (a good ten degrees cooler than the weekend) and ... I broke out. What the? Not cool. It's fundamentally unfair that the SUN makes me break out. 

9) In news of the "wtf" variety . . . how in the world is it already July 23rd?  My kids go back to school in just two and half weeks.  Where did the summer go?  Dang. 

10) Yup!

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