Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ten on Tuesday - A Thank You, A Guilty Dog, and a Viral Husband

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one. Got to be honest. I was feeling pretty unsure of myself when I hit the publish button on yesterday's post. Thank you thank thank you to all the ladies who left me kind words.

two. This weekend was such a good one! Shopping with K, a sweet friend's beautiful butterfly themed wedding and church and running around with K and Mom Sunday. At Kaylen's request we visited Steel City Pops after lunch. I had never been. K got Vanilla Cream and I got pomegranate.
mother daughter, sister, sunday afternoon
#SundaySelfie
three. Chris and I FINALLY watched The Great Gatsby all the way through. Clearly I remember NOTHING from reading the book in high school because it came as a shock to me when he died in the end. And Chris is now determined to bring back the expression "old sport".

four. I've got a major case of spring fever. I just want to be outside wearing sandals and sunglasses all. the. time.

five. Today is not only the dreaded tax day, it also marks 102 years since the Titanic sank. I realize this is only a big deal to nerds like me...

six. It's a dead giveaway:
guilty dog, sex scandal, politicians

seven. Speaking of spring fever I got a new swim suit over the weekend. Kaylen took me to this magical place called Everything But Water. It's the bees knees and has SO many options. After trying on about ten different styles I finally decided on one.

eight. After our two go over the rainbow bridge we will only have hairless cats because the amount of time it takes to sweep and vacuum the fur out of this house is silly.

nine. After going to Wrestlemania in New Orleans LAST weekend, Chris went to Raw in Birmingham last night.  He got a few seconds of air time but didn't quite go viral in the wrestling world like him and his buddies did a few months ago:
You'll know when you see it. He's far right black shirt. I'm so proud.

ten. Hahaha!
comic sans, the emperors new groove







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Monday, April 14, 2014

Why We Don't Have Kids

[For the record, Gus and Dixie do NOT approve this post and were actually highly offended. They suggested I change the title to "Why We Don't Have Human Kids". Obviously I didn't take their advice and they are currently not on speaking terms with me.]

It seems like I get this question at least once a week and if I'm at a social event, several times in an hour. Either from people I've known forever or someone I've just met who finds out Chris and I have been married for (almost) seven years.

"So when are you going to have kids?"
That question NEVER bothers me. It just doesn't, so if you've asked me that before please don't think it bothered because it didn't. My answer is usually "just whenever it happens". It's only when I'm told my "clock is ticking" that I get perturbed.

Then there's the more direct (and somewhat rude) "and WHY don't you have kids yet…?"
That's a longer story.

Robby's Lady Photography, couple, blue eyes
Robby's Lady Photography
We got married when I was 19 and he was 20. Just babies. We went straight from the honeymoon to where he was stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC. The three years we were there, while fun and exciting at times, were a roller coaster. A lot of that roller coaster ride we were broke. Sometimes it was "how are we going to pay the water bill" broke and at points it was "we need to search the couch cushions for change so we can put gas in the car" broke. We were ten hours from both of our families and for the last year of our stay there our tiny apartment was party central.
In short, babies were not on the brain or in the cards. We didn't NEED kids then.

When we left Lejeune AND the Marine Corps and moved home in 2010. It wasn't the easy transition we had planned on. We moved in to my old bedroom at my parent's house and Chris was on the job hunt for months. It was like we were starting our life from scratch and the past five years in the MC had been erased and no longer mattered. Ropes that were already thinning completely snapped and before 2010 ended everything had fallen apart. And when I say everything, I mean everything. Lowest point of my entire life.
Cleary, we didn't NEED kids then.

Mercifully, thankfully things got better. Things got better than they'd ever been before. We were on track again. We bought our house and everything had fallen right into place.
This is where telling the story gets tricky. I never want to go all TMI here. I'll just say sometimes things take longer than you expect them to. I expected we'd already have a little Cooper or Tallulah by now. (Yes, the Tallulah battle still wages on.) Honestly, I always pictured that I'd be pregnant by the time Kaylen graduated…two years ago. But please don't feel sorry for me and don't think I'm a sad bird. I LOVE my life. I LOVE where we're at now. We both want kids but I believe God's timing is perfect. He or she will get here when he or she gets here.
And for right now that's enough.

couple, black and white

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Ten on Tuesday - Divergent, TSwfit and The Duchess

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one. The hubs and his bromance went to New Orleans this weekend for Wrestlemania. I was SO proud of myself because I slept at the house by myself Friday night. Perhaps because I knew I was sleeping on a 9mm or perhaps because I was so tired I didn't have time to be paranoid before I fell asleep. Whatever works.

two. I finished reading Divergent Saturday morning and went to watch the movie that afternoon with Kaylen and her bestie Allison. I LOVED it. It's so cool to see a story you've only imagined in your head come to life with characters you can put a face to. It's also cool when one of those faces is so good looking it should be illegal.
Theo James, Four, Tobias Eaton

three. I don't know what's gotten into me lately but I've just really felt like shopping.  Maybe it's spring fever.  But anywho I scored and found a pair of cute combat style boots for....$14.99.  Forever21 of course.  First day it's not raining I'm breaking those bad boys in.

four. Did anyone see my homegirl, TSwift at the ACM Awards?  I've said it before but I'll say it again.  Girl should be a model.  A job where she doesn't have to open her mouth.

five. This weekend, while awesome, was the most unproductive weekend ever.  Not one dish or piece of laundry was washed.  And I'm cool with that.

six. Hahaha.
cat hair extensions

seven. It rained SO much Sunday night that I had to take a detour to work yesterday because of flooding.  FLOODING!  That never happens here.

eight. Did you see my actual homegirl, Kate on the royal tour of Australia and New Zealand?  I'll take that coat in a size six, thanks.  And prince George is so handsome!  Looks just like Will.
duchess kate, kate middleton, new zealand trip

nine. This seems to be happening more and more to me....
stop talking, awkward moment

ten. 266 until Disney.  That's a total copout because I don't have ten things!  Bad Alyssa.







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Monday, April 7, 2014

Rainy Day Links

home tour, colorful home, bright home, monday links, colorful kitchen
Bright and beautiful home tour.   What a dream.
Morning, all.  Today is officially day of the living dead since I got no more than two consecutive hours of sleep with the weather that came through ALL NIGHT.  Hello, April, how I loathe thee.

Anyway, here are some links from Webland to get the new week started off:

The Joy of Serving in a Marriage.  Excellent post.

Very moving.  Women who are dealing with infertility, miscarriages or TTC should read this.

The 25 Greatest Unscripted Scenes in Film.

The stories Disney movies were based on.  Sleeping Beauty's is particulary disturbing.

I had a dream we had a bar cart in the living room.  I don't really even drink but now I feel like I need one.

Want to know how many weeks, days, MINUTES old you are?  I thought so.

I've found a new favorite blog.  And if you don't look at anything else today, check out this girl's wedding photos.

I can't even handle this.  Bittersweet father daughter "wedding" photos.

Wist list: this dress,  this phone cover, this scarf,

10 Ways Your Cats Love You.  My cats love me.  I can die happy now.

Nursing Home residents in Germany recreate classic movie scenes.  Prepare to go "Awww!"

THIS is an "alternative lifestyle" now?  Heaven help us.

When Actors Relax.  Behind the scenes candids from famous movies.

Gees louise, so many beautiful baby nurseries!  Can you say BABY FEVER??

The Madonna Inn.  I want to stay in every single room in this hotel.  Pink rooms!!  With waterfalls!!!!

25 Wet Cats Who Will Seriously Never Forgive You For This. Poor #12 might be my favorite.

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