Monday, January 31, 2011

Forget about it.

Day 21.
A picture of something you with you could forget.
I had to think about this one for a while. What do I wish I could just erase from my life? Would it be deployments? No, because I want to remember that forever so I can remember how great it felt when he came home. Would it be a particular person who betrayed me? No, because then I'd have to forget all the fun times we had with him and what a great friend he was.
I choose nothing. A. Everything, good or bad, builds you into who you are. B. If it's some of the things I wish I could forget most, it's nothing I'd blog about. And C. Why in the world would anyone have a picture of those things?
I'm having a real blah day. Wearing sweats. That's never good. Maybe it's a case of the Mondays. Tonight is Speedy's (the best taco place in town) and some movies with Chris. Maybe my week will start getting better tomorrow.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Day 20

Last night we went to the circus! I looove the circus. The animals are my favorite part. And it made my night when they brought out the big cats. Last time we went five years ago they had house cats. HOUSE CATS! Granted they were cute but it's just not the same as white tigers.
Day 20:
A picture of a place I'd like to travel.

Paris. Easy. It was between this and Africa. But I want to go here first. Shopping first. Safari second.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A letter.

Day 19:
A picture and a letter.

"How do I love thee let me count the ways. You know that our love is a one of a kind. I find it hard to believe that I was lucky enough to find the one I am supposed to spend the rest of my life with at such a young age. I wish I could be home to pamper you and to treat you the way my princess should be on Valentines Day. Without you my life has no meaning or purpose. I am put on this earth to love you the way you deserve to be loved. You're my one and only my everything. I love you honey. -Your husband."
-From Iraq, Valentines Day 07

Monday, January 24, 2011

Rough day

Today hasn't been the greatest. Justin's funeral was this morning. Which for a funeral it really wasn't that bad. His own father gave an invitation at the end of the service. That's just divine strength right there. I don't understand how his parents are standing. Much less talking and smiling. Justin was an eagle scout so at the grave site they folded up the flag that was draped over his casket and handed it to his mother. I lost it. My goodness.
After the funeral I changed into sweats and went back to work and got stressed out.
After work I ran home and got ready for Kaylen's football banquet. I got the bright idea to wear a corset under this tight dress. MISTAAAAKE!!! I was in pain the entire time and I didn't even sit through half of the banquet. I watched Kaylen do her thing and then split. I was ready to either pass out or throw up. Good grief.
So here I am relieved of my cage and finally in the bed, where I've wanted to be all day.
Maybe tomorrow will be better.
Day 18:
A picture of my biggest insecurity.

My smile. So it's not my biggest insecurity but I don't feel like posting a picture of my biggest insecurity so eat it. I don't particularly like my smile because it's "gummy". Every time someone pulls out a camera I catch myself trying to fix it. But this is my natural, big smile!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Day 17

I've missed about 5 or 6 days on my challenge but it doesn't say "30 consecutive day photo challenge" so whatev.
Day 17:
Something (or someone) that has had a huge impact on your life recently.

This guy again. I recently had an epiphany. I've been married 3 years and I realized the difference between being "in love" and loving someone. It's easy to say "I'm in love with him/her". That ooey gooey feeling. Flowers and roses and rainbows. Yada yada. Really loving someone is different. It's saying "I love you so much I'm willing to work through all the bad to get to the better. I love you unconditionally and there's nothing you could do to make me love you any less."

That's it.


I've missed a few days. It's been a little chaotic. Things are picking up for me at work getting transitioned into my new position. Then Thursday we got some (extremely) bad news. One of the guys that work in the warehouse died that morning. He was 16 years old. Third teenager from our little town to die in the past few months. His family goes to my church and I'm sitting here debating whether or not to go this morning. I know it's going to be really sad. Ugh. The visitation tonight and the funeral tomorrow are going to be in the gym of the church. I assume because any sanctuary in town won't be big enough. It's always like that when it's a kid. Especially one that was as obviously well-liked as Justin was.

It's really hard to try and NOT ask God "why?' It's hard to not ask what His plan is in this. Someone that knew him well posted in their facebook that Justin is probably watching and saying "Why is everyone crying?? I'm home!" That's the only thing that we have. We don't know what he going through here on earth but he's with God now and he's doing better than any of us.
RIP, Kid.

Monday, January 17, 2011

You're the Inspiration.

Day 16 of the photo challenge is "a photo of someone who inspires me". The first person that came to mind is my grandmother. Or as I call her "Maw". Maw is 87 years old and has cancer. She first found out she had ovarian cancer right before my wedding. She was told she needed surgery before she could start chemo. She told the doctor that was fine as long as she'd have time to recover before the big day. After treatments the cancer went away only to come back maybe a year and a half later. She decided that she wasn't going to do anything about it. She's happy with her life and from the beginning she's never been scared. She knows where she's going and she's completely at peace with whatever happens. Until recently you'd never know she had cancer. And she's still not scared. I hope that when I know my time is coming that I can look it in the face and say "ok. I'm ready." I lived amongst Marines for 5 years and she's the bravest person I know.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The most wonderful time of the year!

Yay for award season!! I must say last night was an interesting night for fashion. It seemed to me like simple elegance was the theme (well for the most part). And here are my humble opinions on some of the nights looks:

Slinky. Sexy. Angeline Jolie. Loved it. Perfect yet unexpected color. And kudos to Ang for not wearing black!

I love Helen Mirren but I've seen her look so much better. And I'm not crazy about the hair cut either.

This photo doesn't do the color of Claire Dane's dress justice. I thought it looked great on her.

Tilda Swinton. What else would you expect from her?

Dear Halle Berry,
Thank you for reminding us again that you're 40 something and hot.
We appreciate it.

Kristen Hendricks just can't get a bad dress.

Michelle Williams is so cute! Such a flattering fit and I love the little daisies!

Tina Fey. Wrong. Wrong. All wrong. This dress made her look 20 years older and 20 lbs. heavier.

OMG. Perfection from Anna Hathaway! (My pick for best dressed.)

While I appreciate Jenny from the Block's attempt at modesty I wasn't crazy about this. I would have like it if the lace and sparkles were on the dress and arms instead of on a weird shawl thing.

Just no, Heidi Klum. Just no.


Hello, Sandra Bullock! LOVED IT! And loved her haircut!! (Which is not that much unlike mine).

I ADORE this look on Catherine Zeta Jones. The color is perfect for her and I'm a sucker for a ball gown.

I actually really like this look on Leighton Meester. It's so old-fashioned but so sexy.

Hottie Mila Kunis. I'm dying to see Black Swan now.

I'm never impressed with Julianne Moore.

Scarlett Jo, of how I love thee in all your old Hollywood glamor glory.

I hope I wasn't the only one asking "what in the heck happened to Emma Stone?!" Lay off the fake baking and sue whoever colored your hair.

If I could have any face in the world, it just might January Jones'. And the body's not bad either. And the dress isn't bad on it!

Cutest pregnant woman ever! This was the perfect dress for Natalie Portman. I love the red rose detail.

I'm not a Lea Michele fan (I've heard she's a little diva), but I love this sweet sweet dress. This is something I could see myself wearing...ya know...if I was famous.

Helena Bonham Carter.
I wouldn't love her any other way.

Kaley Cuoco, this isn't prom, sweetheart.

Olivia Wilde! An edgy, sparkly ball gown?! Yes, please!!
Crap! I forgot to tape Fashion Police!

Planes, TRAINS and Automobiles

Day 15 of the photo challenge:
Something I want to do before I die.
I want to go on a long, luxury train ride like this:

Preferably somewhere like this. I've only been on a train once and that was in kindergarten and it sure wasn't luxurious. I want to travel but I don't particularly like to fly so this is perfect! I could just see myself eating breakfast while traveling 100 mph through the Rockies with him beside me.
Tonight is the Golden Globes and I'm so excited! I love award season! Tomorrow will undoubtedly bring a Globes fashion post! Can't wait!

Friday, January 14, 2011


Photo challenge day 14:
A photo of someone I couldn't imagine my life without.

Him. Always.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Not that long ago...

It doesn't seem like it was that long ago that I turned 17. I remember that day perfectly. I went into the hospital that morning because my blood sugar dropped. Fun times. After being there all day my family took me to eat at Outback that night. My cake was decorated with Disney princesses. The waitress saw it and said to my mom, "awww! How old is the little girl?!" She's 17. Ha.
But that was 6 years ago and today my baby sister turned 17. I could sit here and cry if I'd let myself. She's not a little kid anymore. She'll graduate high school in a year and a half and go to college. Her cake was even cuter than mine! Two layers with orange, green and pink icing. Perfect for her. I felt like such an idiot when I was picking out her card. I picked one up and thought "well that's stupid". I read the next one and started to tear up in the drug store. I bought that one! Happy Birthday, Kaylen!

Now before I start to blubber I'm going to proceed with day 13 of my photo challenge:
My favorite band or artist.
My preferences in music change occasionally. I have a bunch of bands that I like and have a lot of songs from: Paramore, Disturbed, Breaking Benjamin, Metric, Imogen Heap, Flyleaf, Journey, ACDC....
But there's one girl I've loved forever:
Celine Dion. I've been a fan since first grade. She was my first concert in 5th. Titanic came out the year before which of course lead to one of her biggest hits. If you know me you know I love all things Titanic. She closed the show with that song. Seeing and hearing her belt that song in person was a feeling I'll never forget. Her voice is flawless. She doesn't need to use frills and ruffles. When she hits a note, she HITS it. And it stays there. In my mind she's untouchable.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


I was browsing the swim suits in VS and found this little gem! It's perfect! Perfect shape and color! I know it's 18 degrees outside but I want this now!

Cat Lady

Day 12 of the photo challenge is a happy one:
A photo of something I love.

Especially Mine!

When I was a kid I used to say that I wanted to have a ranch by myself and have 10 cats. I could totally be the cat lady.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Happy 1-11-11! Whatever that is supposed to mean.
How appropriate. Day 11 of my photo challenge is today!
Day 11:
A photo of something I hate.

Storms. I have been scared of them since I was a little kid. After an F5 in '98 and a bad experience when I was 13 that fear just got worse. It seems like here in Alabama a tornado can drop out of any of them no matter what time of year it is. I don't freak out everytime it rains now but they still put my stomach in knots.

Monday, January 10, 2011

"Mama? Are all white girls that crazy?"

Hee Hee. That's one of my favorite quotes from Remember the Titans.

Day 10 of the Photo Challenge is a little difficult for me. It's "a picture of the person you do the craziest things with". I've never drove drunk, done drugs, gotten arrested, snuck out of the house... It had me wondering what in this case is the definition of "crazy"?
Whatever the definition this group popped into my mind first. We had so many fun times! Some more than a little crazy. They became our family in our time in the Marine Corps. Life at Lejeune just was not the same after they moved on and I miss them so much!

Ankle Breakers

I thought of a New Years Resolution I should have made...ya know...if I made any. All I wear is flats. I live in them. Partly because they're so comfortable and partly because I'm hopelessly clumsy. I also have a weird thing about guys being a lot taller than their girls. I'm only 5'3 but Chris is only about 5'9. When I wear heels I can't stand how tall it makes me next to him. I have about ten pairs of nothing but flats. I have a few heels but it's been so long since I wore them they're kind of out of date. My pair of black suede Steve Maddens are my faves. I only bought them because they were on sale and they've been through a lot. It might be time to replace them. One thing I should do would be to replace them with equally awesome heels. Like these:

Steve MaddenSteve Madden

Steve Madden


I don't know if I can handle all the height.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Day 9 in the Snow!

Today has been a very relaxing day in. We were told Friday that if it snowed and iced like it was supposed to, to assume we would be closed at work tomorrow. Well low and behold it finally arrived. My mom found a ton of old VHS videos and we've been watching them for the better part of three hours. We went back to the days where me and Kaylen did karate (black belt thank you very much.) We've seen church get togethers and skits and seen some sweet old friends that have since passed away. My favorite so far has been when Marissa and I rode the Sky Coaster in Gulf Shores when we were 14. I screamed all the way up and back down again.
So I guess tomorrow will just be a bunch of laying around and if it snows through the night we'll get out and play in it. We have to take every opportunity since we don't get a whole lot down here. One to photo challenge:
Day 9:
A picture of the person that has gotten you through the most.
I couldn't pick just one. I picked several for different reasons. They've all gotten me through SOME difficult point in my life and I love them for it.


My mom, dad and sister.

David and Tracie.

My husband.


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