taz + belly: October 2011


26 October 2011

I'm sure you've picked up {especially if you watched the vlogs} that I attend a weekly Bible study/fellowship time with a group of local girls. These are women that even six months ago I might not have classified as my "friends", but today I could not imagine living life without them. I have learned more about myself and my relationships and my heavenly Father since June that I might have ever known before. He is teaching us and growing us and forcing us to think outside of the box. 

We started by reading The Purpose Driven Life which helps you to evaluate yourself and what you are called to do as a Christian. Then we read Outlive Your Life where we learned how we fit into the world and how we can and should make a difference in what is going on around us. Currently, we are reading Living on the Edge: Dare to Experience True Spirituality by Chip Ingram. It is a book about Romans Chapter 12 and how to be the Christian that Paul describes there. It is challenging and is making me re-evaluate my relationships and how I respond to God. 

Perhaps the thing that spoke to me the most this week was from Chapter 8. Chip is talking about marital intimacy and how your relationship cannot thrive when one partner is unfaithful. He says, "No relationship can be sustained when one member of the relationship pretends to be devoted to their mate while secretly living a double life. We can tolerate any number of imperfections in our spouses; but there is one area where we draw a line in the sand... 'No Other Lovers!'" Umm, wow. He goes on to say that when God tells us not to be conformed to the world that what he's doing is "...giving us a command concerning spiritual fidelity." I won't lie and tell you that it didn't sting to read those words in black and white. We're only two weeks in and I'm already learning so much about how poorly I'm following His commands for my life. I'm letting worldly things consume so much of my time, that I'm not only ignoring my responsibilities to my husband and children, but I'm ignoring my commitment to Christ.

As a Bible study group, we have committed to a media fast beginning tomorrow. We didn't set specific guidelines on how long we would fast or how restrictive it would be, because each of us have different vices and are in different places in our spiritual walk. I am so convicted about the amount of time I spend in thoughtless pursuit of information that I am cutting out all forms of social media. I won't be blogging or reading blogs, I won't be on Facebook or Pinterest and I will be greatly reducing the amount of time I spend texting and emailing, with the exception of work-related conversations.  I'm not watching television or movies and I will only be listening to Christian radio. I'm not telling you my plans so that you can pat me on the back and congratulate me on my efforts, but so I can be held accountable and so you'll know that I haven't fallen off the face of the planet. I don't know if I can make it 24 hours, much less 7 days. I am, however, looking forward to a life unplugged. I plan to work around the house, get some things organized, spend time in the Word and in prayer, play with my children, read a good book and spend some uninterrupted time with SD. I'm nervous, but excited to see how God will use this "quiet" time over the next week. If you are a believer, please pray with me that God would change my thinking and that I can become spiritually faithful to him. If you aren't a believer, I'm praying that this challenge would open your hearts and mind to the Christ who loves you and wants so badly to be a part of your life.

Below are some scriptures which really spoke to me during this week's study and which I'll be working towards memorizing in my "quiet" time. All scriptures are from the NLT translation, emphasis added by me.

Romans 12:1-2 "And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them a living and holy sacrifice - the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect."

Phillipians 4:8 "And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise."

1 John 2:15-16 "Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving of physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world."

James 4:4 "You adulterers! Don't you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God."

I'll be back next Wednesday with a full report and, hopefully, lots of cute Halloween pictures!

Bama v UT

23 October 2011

Saturday was a LOT of fun.

I was particularly fond of my gameday outfit... which is always a plus!

Roll Tide!

I drove to Tuscaloosa by myself and it was a nice, QUIET drive.

We tailgated at my cousin's on-campus apartment, just moments from Bryant-Denny.

I had fried cheese from the end-zone concession stand and a very large Coke.

There was a fighter jet flyover just after the national anthem that was awesome.

The pilots were in stadium later in the night and unbuttoned their jumpsuits to reveal Bama tees.

After a frustrating first half, the boys redeemed themselves and SD starting 
shaking his keys at the UT fans. It was time for them to head home!

Time to head home :)

We sang a rousing' round of Rammer Jammer after the game.
{Please forgive my squealing at the end... the iPhone is notorious for magnifying my already ridiculous volume}

I rode home with K and attempted to give SD directions to my car.

It took us over two hours to cross 2.7 miles and reach the interstate.

We ate Arby's in the car at midnight and laughed until we cried.

We watched countless youtube videos and recounted funny stories.

Time from Bryant-Denny to I59. This momma is. SO. TIRED.

We pulled into the drive at 2:30 this morning and fell into bed.

AND we get to do it all again in two short weeks. Roll Tide.

what today looks like...

22 October 2011

Our SD is already in Tuscaloosa this morning. We had a lazy morning and watched some Spongebob while we ate our breakfast. Both girls were up at 7 o'clock this morning {this is sleeping late} and believe it or not, that made 13.5 hours for Sophie! She fell asleep at 5:30 last night for a "nap" and never woke up.

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If you look closely, you can see my Watermelon coffee mug :)
I folded a trillion loads of laundry, drank two yummy cups of coffee and watched a few movies this morning.

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The girls built a make-shift fort behind Sophie's dollhouse and made her piggy bank squeal with some spare change.

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I planned my gameday outfit... new skinnies, red turtleneck and my puffy vest. I'm definitely taking a scarf and my fingerless gloves for today. It is perfect football weather!

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I thought about working on Ella's Halloween costume for a bit, but it never happened.

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This is Ella's new hamper which she is pretty impressed with. I picked it up at a yard sale a few weeks ago for $20. It reminded me so much of these from Serena & Lily that are way outside of my price range!

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Speaking of that yard sale... I got this really cool brass pineapple that I keep matches in and this great solid wood dresser for the dining room. I debated painting it, but after living with it for a month I really like the stain. It matches our floors pretty perfectly and is a nice change of pace from all the other painted furniture around here. We filled it with stationery and craft supplies. Now Ella has easy access to her things, but Sophie can't really wrangle the drawers quite yet... thank goodness!

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See those pretty botanical prints? I found a site on-line where you can download them for free {copyright + royalty free} and just printed them on cardstock at Kinko's for less than a dollar each. I framed them in the white IKEA Ribba frames we used for SK's birthday pictures and called it a day. I really love how they look above the dresser.

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I bought a Groop Deal several months ago for a gallery wrapped canvas and somehow managed to forget about it. I finally ordered our family portrait last week and we are in LOVE with it. Now to decide where to hang it. Concrete walls don't make for quick decisions.

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That just about covers what's going on around here. I think I'll eat some cold pizza, drop the girls off with their Garan and head down to Tuscaloosa. It's time to track down my hubby and get my game day on. Roll Tide!

How is this for random?

21 October 2011

Why don't you watch this little film before reading ahead. I'll bet you're pretty surprised to see how it ends!

So, I realize that I don't usually post about restaurants or healthy eating or organic farming on a regular basis. Around here we're usually talking about princesses and tea parties and football. When I tell you something about Chipotle, it's generally within the context of "guess what lucky girl ate a burrito for lunch today?" kind of thing. Well... I randomly stumbled across these three videos on the interwebs this afternoon and found them incredibly intriguing. The the two below because it is the perfect example of turning a tiny little dream into a revolutionary idea. The first is a bit more philosophical, incredibly beautiful and beyond though provoking. If you don't have 13 more minutes and aren't interested in the business behind my favorite Mexican restaurant, you can skip this one, but I was too impressed not to share.

Is it weird...

17 October 2011

that we have family weenie roasts? If it is, I am SO glad we're weird. My parents have a rock fire pit in the back yard with big tree stumps to sit on. We had chili and potato soup and giant sticks to roast weenies and marshmallows. Revelation of the night? Roasted marshmallows are sticky... just ask Sophie!

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phone dump friday: beverly hills

14 October 2011

This week's phone dump is a little different! I didn't take nearly as many pictures this week {and some of the ones I did I'm not ready to share yet}, so I decided to post some of my favorite images that SD sent me from Beverly Hills and surrounding sites. Pretty, no?

Rodeo Cowgirl

13 October 2011

This week, Ella got to enjoy her very first fall festival as a student. As luck would have it her dance class also performed in the rodeo themed show and did a tap dance from her first year as a dancer. It was beyond adorable to see them line up and dance for their friends - she was so excited knowing they were watching her. I was more excited about the fact that the booths were running out of candy and goldfish while my little one was strutting her stuff!

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{Campbell, Natalie, Ali, Ella, Ella, Kynnedi and Paige}
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And just in case you were wondering how well Sophie's lip was healing... Here she is bouncing away in the moonwalk, oblivious to the gaping hole in her face. You would never have known she was four years younger than the other participants. She was running, turning flips and squealing at the top of her lungs!

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Little Nugget

11 October 2011

My first face paint...

Since I'm not doing monthly posts now that Sophie is one, I decided maybe we should do a little update on what's going on in her world. It would probably make more sense to wait for Friday since she'll be officially 18 months old, but what's a few days, right? She was too sweet today and I couldn't wait to write about her.

First up, stats...
  • She weighed right at 21.5 pounds yesterday at the emergency clinic, but I'm not sure how tall she is. We have an 18 month well baby visit next week, so I'll be interested to see how she measures up.
  • I still think of her as tall and skinny, but she is finally filling out. She has a round little belly and long legs. She can wear 12 months tops and dresses, but is in 18 months pants for sure. We have a few things for fall that are 24 months and I was surprised to see how well they fit.
  • She is still wearing a size 3 diaper and I doubt we make it to a 4. Ella wore a size 3 until she was potty trained at 2.5 years old and Sophie is significantly smaller than her at this age.
Sophie loves to eat. LOVES. As soon as she is up for the morning, she is reaching for her high-chair. Her favorite snacks are bananas, fruit pouches, applesauce, yogurt and goldfish. She loves her milk, but will occasionally take some water if she's really thirsty. Juice? You can forget it. She isn't interested in anything "flavored". She is by far my best eater. She will try anything once and usually likes it. So far, the only things I can think of snubbed by Sophie are rice, raisins, strawberries and watermelon.

She loves to play with her toys and books. Her favorites right now are a Fisher Price princess castle and a sweet baby doll. She wraps her up in a blanket, feeds her a cup and pushes her around in the stroller. We discovered this week that Sophie likes taking a ride in the stroller herself sometimes!

We've also discovered just  how tough she is. She was so brave at the doctor yesterday and barely cried when she was hurt. She just wants to get back in the action and is always climbing onto something. I'm kind of surprised we made it to almost 18 months before our first "emergency"!

Her language is vastly improving. She still has a funny voice and pronounces the "eee" sound with an "n" at the end of it, but she asks for things by name, tells us what she wants and can pretty much communicate whenever necessary. I've been trying to keep a running list of all that she has been saying and this is the most comprehensive one I can come up with. Hang on... it's long!

FAMILY (I know you won't care about most of these): mamma, daddin (daddy), ebba (ella), beemer, pocky (poppy), nine (garan), K, Cory, mom-mom (granmom), pop, Heidin (Heidi), Jojo (Joel), Jared, Justin, Heather, Phillip, Karson, Kalli, Kassidy, Heath, Susan, Jessica, Halin (Haley), Mollin (Molly), Hopie, Jay, Nana, Granpa, Bull-Bull, Caycie, Bebba (Bella)

FRIENDS AT SCHOOL: Ca-nine (Caroline), Mad-nine (Madeline), May Kate (Maley Kate), Macy, Preston, Carsen, Addn Grace (Addy Grace)

MEALTIME: pup (cup), ma (more), non-non (gone gone), cha (chair), nana (banana), sandwich, chips, pish (fish), chicken, fenfies (french fries), bite, up (which means done at mealtimes), uh-oh (if her tray gets too messy), pizza, donut, fruit loop

Now for all the random things she says in no particular order... door, outside, swing swing, pool, babin (baby), princess, book, ball, wagon, blocks, Dora, backpack, pone (phone), night night, tacin (paci), hairbow, bow, hair, nose, eyes, mouth, cheeks, knees, legs, belly, belly button (which sounds like blatherblather), hiney, toes, teeth, toothbrush, water, bathtub, spoon, farmer, cows, bed, diaper, bag, Bible, Jesus, boo boo, mama's truck, daddin's truck, nine's truck, k's truck, car, slide, up, no no, mecine (medicine), action (lotion), brush, scat cat (when somebody sneezes), shoes, shoes on, clothes on, 'jamas on, I love you, bye bye, hello, light, trash, socks, airplane, ice cream, go, dance, jump, hand (as in, hold it), taddel (towel -- interchangeable with blanket), bird, dog, cat.

It is unbelievably hard to believe she's a whole year and a half old! It's weird to be thinking about "big girls" things in the same thought as Sophie. I don't want her to be two or to be old enough for Disney World or to be sassy and not want to snuggle her mommy. It is such a fine line between loving her as a baby and daydreaming about the little person she's becoming. She surprises me and makes me laugh out loud every single day. She has the biggest sense of humor and is ALWAYS into something. She likes to climb, is a daredevil and never slows down. The last 18 months of my life have been THE best. Being a mommy to two little bits is my favorite. They are so happy and so am I.

{and just as an afterthought... hello, welcome and THANK YOU to all of the new followers! I've been watching recently 
and it seems there is someone new everyday. I really appreciate the kind comments and emails and love to visit your blogs, too. 
I'm always flattered that you stick around and enjoy reading stories about the rock house and our little princesses!!}


10 October 2011

Our first "ER" visit... no stitches and one super brave baby and we're on our way home!
{her "bracelet" from the emergency room}

Today was eventful. SD is working in Beverly Hills this week {I guess since he posted that on Facebook today, I'll share it and remind you that I have a really large dog and a very protective father, so please don't visit me in the middle of the night!} and I was up at 3 o'clock this morning taking him to the airport. That comes pretty early in the day and I was exhausted by the time I got back home. A combination of the early morning airport run and Columbus Day causing Ella to have no school today, prompted me to work from home. Luckily, she had her cousin Molly over to play most of the day and I had a very productive work day from the comfort of my own bed. Thank goodness because this little bitty took a tumble this afternoon that landed her in the ER.

As Soph is prone to do, she was crawling through the rungs of Heidi's dining room chairs when she slipped and hit her mouth. At the time we weren't sure if she bit all the way through her mouth or not, but it was clear there was a deep wound on the inside of her mouth and a quarter inch laceration just below her lip on the outside of her mouth. She was mostly irritated that we were caring for her, but didn't act like she was in pain.

{reading a book while we wait for the doctor; pointing out her boo boo!}

My mom was nice enough to ride with me to our Children's Hospital's after hours emergency location to have her examined, just in case. They told us over the phone that we might be transferred to the hospital to meet with a plastic surgeon, but luckily the tear was already mending itself by the time we reached the office. The doctor told us that it would scar minimally and to watch for infection, but all in all it was just a $35 sigh of relief and a few hours to spend with Garan. As wild as today was, it was nice that our first visit to the "ER" didn't amount to much!

friday phone dump

07 October 2011

Sleepy, happy baby
{sleepy, toothbrush+bathtub, mommy's shoes, prince charming}
Cutest piggies ever... Hollywood
{school spirit, white donuts, thrifting is good, hollywood baby}
Baby love Boxed Mac n cheese and a DP... It's what's for dinner
{tired shopper, out like a light, butterfly belt, dinner of champions}
Wild Woman Guess where I am?
{escape artist, baby Eli, big brother Alston plays the trumpet}

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