Friday, October 31, 2014

Flashback Friday: Halloween Style

Hey, it's one of the best days of the whole entire year! I LOVE Halloween! People dressed up, free candy, and an excuse for me to "Flashback Friday: Halloween Style."

2006: J was three weeks old, I had been out of the hospital a few days, and we both just wore our Halloween shirts.  Also.  I CANNOT BELIEVE this was eight years ago!

2007: This costume still KILLS me. A skunk! 

2008: Jaidan and Kyan both went as bats. And seeing as I'm barefoot, apparently I was rocking my Arkansassy roots for Halloween. 

2009: Jaidan went as a pirate. This is probably one of my very favorites. That beard!

2010: A bat, a Tinkerbell, and a vampire. TimeHop reminded me that this particular year was the one where I was convinced Kyan was going to have to go as a 2.5 year old boy. 

2011: Best picture I have of all three. That Mickey costume was adorable and this was obviously the year my boys began their descent into superhero costumes. 

2012: Notice Kyan is wearing J's costume from the previous year ...

2013: Again with Kyan in the hand me down costume. I swear he's not wearing a hand me down this year! And I also swear that those years he genuinely wanted to wear those particular superheroes!

One more thing: Eric Church - ERIC CHURCH!!!!!!! - is in Memphis tonight. And I'll be trick-or-treating. The free candy is worth it ... the free candy is worth it ... the free candy is worth it. Aw, hell, no it's not. 
 
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Don't forget to take a shot every time you see an Elsa or a Ninja Turtle!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thursday Things

1) The Grizzlies had their home opener last night and this girl was there for it! The Grizz are the only pro sports team in Memphis and the games are so.much.fun. They played the Timberwolves last night and it was a little closer than anyone was anticipating.  But the Grizz pulled off the win and it was a GOOD game.

 
That's Yo Gotti - and someone else I'm not cool enough to know about - performing at halftime


2) Both my boys received awards last week for Principal's Honor Roll (straight A's), Citizenship (All E's in conduct), and Perfect Attendance. Proud Mama over here!

3) They opened a Cheddar's in my part of Memphis over a year ago but I'd never been prior to earlier in the week. I like trying local places and I have, like, one or two chains that are my go-to's.  If I'm going to try something new-to-me, I generally want it to be somewhere that I can't eat anywhere else and that's not a chain. HOWEVER. I checked Cheddar's earlier in the week and it was really good! Like, REALLY good. And there's your chain restaurant report. 

4) Still haven't had any fast food since Labor Day weekend. Unless Chipotle counts. It totally doesn't count, right? Anyway. Over the weekend all I could think about was ... Taco Bell. Taco.freaking.Bell. Honestly, the only thing that kept me from hitting up the drive-thru was the thought that if I could go one more week I'd be two months fast food free. 

5) I've made so many ebola jokes the past couple weeks that I now have a nagging, annoying cough that I'm pretty sure was delivered to me by karma. Sigh. 

6) Speaking of jokes ... Can we talk about Ole Miss football? Like, you can beat Alabama then not LSU? 

7) Alabama. This is the greatest thing I've ever seen:
 
I sent it to a friend who is known to send me the occasional "Roll Tide" text. Her response? "That's rich coming from someone from Arkansas." Touché, my friend. Touché. 

8) If you're handing out candy tomorrow night:

9) How bummed am I that the Royals list last night? Boo. Sad face. Pretty sure it's because I missed the game . . .

10) This:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Some Parenting Things


1) The other day, a friend was over. She was shocked that, when J asked for a drink, I poured it for him. "He's eight-years-old! Can't he do it himself?" The main reason I pour his drink for him is I keep the kids lemonade in a heavy glass pitcher that he's still a little unsteady with. But also? The kid is becoming more and more independent every day. He can make his own sandwich and help out with dinner and gather laundry and a whole assortment of other stuff. I don't think "babying" every once in a while -- or even all the time when it comes to certain things -- is setting up your kid to be super dependent, clingy, or entitled. Of course, my oldest kid is only eight and I won't know how well this theory works until they're grown so there ya have it. 

2) Me: I love ya more than my luggage.
Kyan: Duhhh. How much could you love a suitcase?
Next day --
Me: Do you know how much I love you?
Kyan: Yeah, yeah, more than your suitcase. 

3) J is in second grade so this is his third year at his elementary school. There are 200 kids in second grade alone; there is no way to know all of them. But I recognize many of them from his classes or programs. The second grade honors program was last week and as I recognized some of the kids called on stage, it struck me as just how much they've changed physically in the years since kindergarten. They've gone from babies to that awkward pre-pre-teen stage of knobby knees and crooked teeth grins. Also? Second grade appears to be the year when the girls start towering over the boys. Unless it's my boy who seems to remain the Jolly Green Giant of second grade. 

4) Finding a superhero costume for a little girl that is not pink and is affordable is one of the most frustrating things ever. Also -- why does everything for a girl have to be sleeveless and short? 

5) Do you ever - upon hearing someone's pregnancy announcement - think, "damn, that's going to be one ugly baby?" Yeah, me neither. 

6) Barbie clothes are expensive. I mean, not expensive necessarily but more than I want to pay for something that's going to  end up lost in a matter of time. Here's a tip: Dollar Tree Barbies. Their hair will fall out, their arms and heads will pop off. But they come dressed in clothes that can go on other Barbies ...

7) I think this is probably the most true quote about parenting ever:
 

And I've found that the older my kids get and the further I am from those early days, just how little that stuff matters to me anymore -- things that was so defensive about or felt were important enough to argue over. And now I'm all "meh" and rolling my eyes at 90% of first time moms (I was you though, sister!)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday Things

1) I'm busy. Which means, basically, I'm also bo-ring. Which also means this post is going to be an Instagram regurgitation.

2) I mean el-oh-el

3) Boys got their school pictures back the other day. Please just try and show me two more handsome boys in Memphis, Tennessee. JUST TRY. 


Gah! I just can't with that cuteness. I'm just as in love with Kyan's toothlessness (and, really, HOW first grade is that smile?) as J's chicklet teeth smile. Heartbreakers. 

4) Oscar de la Renta passed this week. That legitimately makes me sad. 


Not that I could ever afford anything he designed but ... that's never stopped a girl from wishing. 

5) I tried a new-to-me restaurant Sunday night and ordered a beerrita because, duhhhh, I love beerritas. 
 

It was as big as my head. 

No lie. 

Serious two person beerrita. And also? Los Reyes on Covington Pike and Stage gets two thumbs up from this beerrita lover (I could write up a whole review on it but, basically, my friend's fajita mix nachos were better than my chili relleno. But they had monst-ah margaritas.)

6) Took the children to a fall festival over the weekend. 

They played roughly 5863674 games, jumped in bouncy houses, and the only thing my girl child is still talking about is the puppies the animal shelter had out there. 

Also? We saw a pig wearing a tutu. Totally the highlight of my Saturday. Particularly given a certain football game that I DO NOT WANT TO TALK ABOUT.
 
7)  I love:

a) Ebola memes
b) that Americans are collectively big enough assholes to crack jokes on the fear-mongering concerning infectious disease. God bless America.


Omgcantstoplaughing. Favorite Ebola meme. Email me if you don't get it so I can smack you with a Mean Girls dvd, high five myself, and be all "you go, Glen Coco!" to ... myself. 

8) My girl and I voted on Friday.


This election is super important to the people of Memphis beee-cause ... we're voting on the sell of wine in grocery stores! Yes, my friends, welcome to the Bible Belt where you can't buy a bottle of your favorite Pinot Noir at the local Kroger. 

Seriously, though, that was (is) on the ballot as is the governor's race, a handful of other political offices, and Amendment One (amongst other amendments.) If you live in Tennessee, I urge you to please research Amendment One. Don't just blindly follow yard signs.
 
9) Last Thursday - October 16th - was the eighth anniversary of the day I was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis. 

My mom declared me a miracle and I figured surviving NF was reason enough to pick up a bottle of my bff Deep Eddy Grapefruit and engage in some Thirsty Thursday. 

10) Finally, these were not Instagrammed but, as I said earlier, Ebola memes are currently amongst my favorite things. Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, Ebola mee-eems and warm woolen mittens ... Obviously, I have to share a few favorites.



 
I can't help but wonder what Kanye and Mama Kris think about the Kardashians and Ebola being linked in the minds of the public.  They're probably proud.

 

I actually made this one ...


Because I was sent this one ...


Happy Thursday!  (And, P.S., I had to edit this post on my kids' computer because my laptop is being an asshole.  Apologies for any weird spacing or abnormally large pictures.  It's totally the fault of the computer and not the operator.)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Happy. And Not the Pharrell Song.

(Warning: Sappy post that was written with the aid of my friend Riesling.  I'm just sayin'.)
 

There are so many cutesy Pinterest-y quotes out there about going through hard times, life throwing you a curve ball or giving you lemons, things just not going as planned. There are so many of these because ... duh ... that's real life. It's messy and doesn't always (like, pretty much never) work out the way you planned or envisioned. 

My favorite of all these quotes is this one:

Real talk, am I right?

I'm not at "the end" of my hard time, this changing point in my life. But you know what? It's okay. I'm at that point: things are okay. Maybe even better than okay. And, most importantly, I'm happy. 

One year ago, I probably had a different vision of where I would be in life right now. I'm not there yet. For starters, I drug my feet on going back to school the fall semester and missed the cut-off. Maybe next semester I can major in procrastination. I'd totally ace those classes ...  That's just one example of not being exactly where I thought I would be. But -- every day I'm taking steps to get there. Maybe they are baby steps but they're in the right direction. And even if I'm not where I thought I'd be a year ago, I am inifinitely more proud of myself than I ever imagined I could be.

I'm happy. 
My children are happy. 
What more could I ask for? (I mean, besides a million dollars, firm thighs, and an SEC win for the Razorbacks?)



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Back on Track: Balance


The other day, I pulled on a pair of jeans. They'd just been washed which, of course, meant they would fit tighter than after a couple wears. I put them on, zipped and buttoned, and realized ... they fit just right. Even after a week of hardly working out and not tracking my food. My jeans fit. Perfectly. Even directly after being laundered. 

And that's the moment when I decided to stop chasing a number on the scale. I needed to lose weight at the end of the summer in order for my fall clothes to fit. I did lose that weight and now my clothes do fit. I feel great. So why keep chasing a number on the scale? That number doesn't matter, not in the least. 

With that said, I'm no longer actively trying to lose weight. I'm not tracking my food though I am still keeping my eating in check (i.e. not eating ALL THE THINGS.) I work out but don't kill myself to get to the gym in the evenings. The weather is gorgeous right now -- too gorgeous to work out indoors when I can be out walking or, more likely, stopping every few feet to collect acorns with a certain four-year-old. 

I've also decided I'm going to try very hard to kick my "scale habit." I've been a habitual weigher for a long time and often let my moods feed off that number. There's no sense. I stepped on the scale last Wednesday and I plan on that being the last time for at least a month. I put my scale in the closet so I won't be tempted to weigh myself.  I'm hoping I can keep to it.  And I'm also hoping this isn't just rationalizing to myself a way to eat like an asshole and skip the gym . . .

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thursday Things

1) Last Friday, Jaidan turned eight. Eight! He had lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings. We went to see Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day (loved it!), and came home for cake, presents, and playing with friends.

Saturday evening his dad took him to do this:

I'd say he had a pretty good birthday weekend! I still can't believe the boy is EIGHT!

2) Arkansas lost Saturday. Something not all that unexpected but still a bummer. Especially since they pretty much beat themselves. We still have a year or two until the program is back (thanks, Bobby!) but we're getting there. Regardless, it's a pretty good time to be an SEC fan. Mississippi State is ranked #1 for the first time in school history and,with the exception of Ole Miss, I think most SEC fans are all "hail State!" I mean, until their school plays them obvs. And speaking of Ole Miss -- they're ranked third which is something I hear about eighty bajillion times a day since I live an hour from Oxford. And I'm calling it now: Arkansas upsets Ole Miss this season. You heard it here first, folks. 

3) Does Chipotle count as fast food? Because if it does, then I broke my 1.5 month streak of no fast food the other day. I NEEDED a burrito bowl. Besides, it's definitely better than something like McDonald's or Burger King, riiiight?  That's what I keep telling myself.

4) I had to go to the mall to go to Chipotle. Aaaaand ended up buying these:



Seriously.  A month and a half of no fast food?  That definitely paid for those boots!  And I NEEDED some low brown boots even more than I needed that Chipotle burrito bowl.

5) So I went to see Gone Girl a couple weeks ago. 

First things first: the book is always better. 

Now that that's out of the way -- I enjoyed the movie but ... I don't even know. The thing is, the movie follows the book really closely so I wasn't surprised by the twists. And I'm still not sure how I feel about how Amy was portrayed in the beginning of the movie.  I thought it was funny, though, listening to the people around me who had never read the book. 

6) Get this. Totally got carded to see that movie! Ya'll. I'm THIRTY FOUR AND GOT CARDED TO SEE AN R-RATED MOVIE. That was maybe the best day of my whole entire life. 

7) Boys got report cards this week. Straight A's and excellent behavior all around.  So proud of those guys!

8) I know that everyone has heard about Brittany Maynard, the young woman with brain cancer who has chosen to end her life on November 1st.  I understand that this is a total controversial issue and there are going to be all kinds of opinions.  But some of the things people say just hurt my heart.  I've seen people say she's selfish for wanting to avoid further pain.  And I just . . . I can't EVEN!  Who wants to suffer?  And, a step beyond that, who wants their family to have to suffer along with their suffering?  I feel like, in a lot of ways, she's being incredibly compassionate to those left behind.  Can you imagine being the mother of a brain cancer patient, watching your daughter waste away in pain and agony? 

9) One of the things I love so much about October is all the sports, sports, sports everywhere.  Football. Preaseason basketball.  Aaaaaaand - playoff baseball!  I love it!  Even though the teams in the ALCS this year just don't feel right.  (But, hey, go Royals!)

10) I laughed so hard at this:



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