Monday, June 30, 2014

My Favorite Things to Do in Gulf Shores

In honor of our trip to beach TOMORROW NIGHT and since my “favorite things to do in Gatlinburg” post is one of my most-pinned posts, I thought I’d roll right along and tell you about my favorite things to do in Gulf Shores!

Shop at Souvenir City:
Souvenir shops are on every coner but this is by far the best in town. It’s huge and filled from wall to wall with beachy little items to remember your trip by. Plus no matter how old I get it’s cool to enter the store through the giant shark’s mouth.
Souvenir City
 Eat at Sea-N-Suds:
This place is a Gulf Shores staple. It’s super casual and sits right on the sand. If your condo is close enough you can walk up from the beach and enjoy your crab legs or raw oysters (no thanks). It used to sit over the water but after a hurricane nearly destroyed it and swept away the beach it was on, they had to expand the sand out a good bit. Plus they have cute t-shirts in every color of the rainbow.
 Ride go-carts at The Track:
When I was little this was my favorite thing to do. It was really a coming of age moment the first year I could drive myself without riding shotgun with Dad. If go-carts aren’t your thing there’s also bumper boats, a good sized arcade, mini golf, and if you’re feeling SUPER adventurous, the Sky Coaster (which I've done by the way).

Take family pictures on the beach:
This is pretty much obligatory. It’s also obligatory that you wear matching (or at least coordinating) colors. I'm told this year our colors will be navy, white, and coral.

Walk on the beach at night:
You just can’t beat the soft, sandy beaches of the gulf coast. There’s really nothing like them. Walking at night is just so peaceful, and relaxing. And if you’re not freaked out by creepy crawlers you can grab a bucket and flashlight and look for crabs!

I've been talking about the beach for weeks now and I'm so excited to finally go!  I've never dealt well with heat and since I got pregnant I haven't even been able to take hot showers.  So this girl might be spending most of her time under the shade or in the pool.  Even if I'm on the balcony all day, I'll still be at the beach!
See you tomorrow for Ten on Tuesday!

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Pregnancy Unicorn

First, thank you so much for the outpouring of love we received Wednesday. It makes me feel so warm and blessed that people are excited for us!

The whole first month feels like it was more shock than anything else. Especially the first two weeks. We planned for this, I prayed for this, there are three sticks with big ole POSITIVE signs on them, but I still couldn’t believe it actually happened and there was something there.

I haven’t been sick. That makes me feel somewhat like a unicorn. I’ve felt bad and a little nauseous and my head has been spinny a few times but that’s about it. My theory is God took pity on me because He knows what a wuss I am. Most days I’m hungry and eating all day long. But then again there are days like yesterday where nothing sounds good and the only thing I want to eat is saltines. I’ve only had two real emotional outbursts. In one instance I threw a pregnancy magazine at the wall just because I didn’t like what it said. I’m really shocked my mood hasn’t been more like a rollercoaster given how emotional I am anyway! So I’ll take my two moments and be happy.

Aside from the days where I don’t feel so hot and the fatigue all. the. time. I feel pretty good!
I’m 12 weeks today and I have a just noticeable little pooch under the belly button so that’s pretty exciting. Every reflective surface I pass I look at it.

Chris is being amazing. He calls or text a few times a day just to see if I’m feeling ok. He’s always making sure I have everything I need or want and that I’m eating and staying hydrated. He’s been great helping in the house too doing dishes or laundry and even cooking since when I get home after six I don’t feel like doing jack. I’m ready to eat and crash on the couch watching Game of Thrones as soon as I walk in the door. Seeing how much Chris already loves him or her makes me love him even more. I didn’t think that was possible.

It feels soooo good to be able to talk about it on here finally! The first trimester has been pretty good to me and I can’t believe it’s almost over. Eight more weeks and we’ll be halfway through this pregnancy. WEIRD.

Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the congratulations since we announced. I’ve said before and I’ll say it again: my cup runneth over.

I've got a busy weekend coming up and my mind is running a million miles an hour. The bug guy is coming today so I'm cleaning this morning (nothing like the last minute), working tomorrow and Sunday I'll be doing laundry and packing for the beach Tuesday night!
Happy weekend, friends!

PS. In case you missed it, here’s the picture CHRIS used to announce our wonderful news. Haha. I laugh every time I see it.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Opposite of Jinx

What’s the opposite of a jinx called? Usually when someone “jinxes” something it’s negative.  Sort of a speak of the devil and he shall appear situation.
But what’s the OPPOSITE of that called? When you’re not expecting something good to happen but after you’ve mentioned it, it happens shortly there after. Does that make sense?

Whatever it’s called. I think I backwards “jinxed” us. When I wrote one of my most viewed posts ever, Why We Don’t Have Kids, I was newly pregnant and didn’t know it.

I’m pregnant. I’m PREGNANT! 11 weeks to be exact.
We had our 2nd doctor appointment yesterday and heard its quick little heartbeat.  My sentimental husband wanted to wait until today, our 12th dating anniversary, to announce it.

Sunday, May 4th, I had a hunch (well, a couple of hunches actually) and took a test on a whim. The last test I had in the drawer. Two pink lines. I can’t tell you what went through my mind. My heart rate skyrocketed. In an instant I thought baby, we have to replace the bathtub, the cats are going to be pissed, I’m going to get huge, can we afford it, I better sleep as much as possible starting today, how long will I be off work, how do I tell Chris, what if it’s twins, omg I’m going to have to push a human out, can I eat tuna, crap I had sushi for lunch, I'm going to be a MOM, I just bought four boxes of tuna, ect, ect….

I skipped right over the cute reveals you see on Pinterest because I just couldn’t stand to keep it from Chris for one more second. I cornered him in the kitchen while he was fixing the kitties’ water bowl. This was his reaction. It registers at about the 4 second mark:

I told you I had a slight hunch. For a few days I thought “hm…maybe” but didn’t get my hopes up. But Sunday was the first day that I thought this could be the real deal. I went to church that morning with Mom and Kaylen and was spacey through most of the service. It was week five of a six week sermon series called Four Cups. Pastor Chris was talking about finding our spiritual gifts and that we’re all born WITH one. He said God created us with a purpose in mind. He didn’t make us and then think “now what am I going to do with this one?” He had a purpose and made us FOR it.  He quoted Psalm 139:13: "You made all the delicate inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. Thank You for making me so wonderfully complex!"
And I cried in my seat because I just knew.

I told you couple of weeks ago that I've been in a blog slump and maybe I'll have a lot to talk about soon...and I do! I'm SO glad to finally be able to talk about it here!

I said in my Why We Don’t Have Kids post that he or she will get here when or she gets here.
Jokes on me! He or she was already here!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Ten on Tuesday - Disney Kick, Pinterest Nails, and Lots of Excitement

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One. I worked Saturday. Usually I’m off on weekends and the last Saturdays I worked (which were months ago) I felt like my soul dying and I was aware every second of the day that it was Saturday and I was missing my day off. Not the case this time. I was totally cool as a cucumber and almost chipper even. Not sure what was wrong with me.

Two. I've been on a Disney kick lately. Last night I watched Aladdin. I wanted a Rajah so bad when I was a kid. Instead I got a Gus.
Three. Sunday after church we pulled California Pizza Kitchen from the lunch jar. It’s one of my favorites for ONE reason: Four cheese ravioli. My favorite dish from just about anywhere. Imagine my surprise, panic, and pissed offness when I ordered and the girl said they were….out.

Four. I’ve been pinning cute nail designs on pinterest like I’m EVER going to try them.
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Five. Did yall watch Rising Star Sunday night?! We did and even participated. It’s pretty cool! My favorite from the night was the kid that sang “I Put a Spell On You”. I didn’t care for little Macy Kate but everyone else seemed enamored with her.

Six. The power went out at work yesterday. And my office has no windows. Commence momentary panic.

Seven. It makes me strangely happy when someone posts something stupid or a ridiculous picture that they think is “cute” on facebook and NO ONE responds. Not even a like. I am a horrible person.

Eight. They opened a Hot Topic in our mall a couple of weeks ago. Sixteen year old Alyssa would be LOSING HER MIND. But twenty-six year old Alyssa still bought a Beauty and the Beast tank top. No shame.
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Nine. One week until the beach!! Woop Woop!!

Ten. I’m a little excited for my post tomorrow. =)

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Friday, June 20, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars....and Free Donuts

I told you Friday night the sister and I went to see The Fault in Our Stars. Have you heard of it?
Of course you have. You’ve probably heard about how sad it is, how it’s about kids with cancer, or how it’s taking the place of The Notebook as the most romantic and tragic movie of all time. Ever. Yes. To all of the above.

We went to the Friday night 6:45 showing prepared. Since the movie time completely ran through supper time we decided to hit the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru for some sandwiches that we could sneak in my purse. Don’t judge me. A hotdog would’ve probably been nine freakin bucks. Ain’t nobody got time for that. (Is that joke over now?) We ordered two chicken salad sandwiches, my favorite and really good for coming from a donut place. The man through the drive-thru speaker said “well we only have one croissant left but I can put one on texas toast if you like”. I turned to Kaylen and asked nicely if I could have very forcefully told her that I would be getting the croissant and told the man that texas toast would be fine for one. No big deal. We get to the window and he apologized about the croissant and said to make up for it he would hook us up with two free donuts. This man is an angel. God bless you, giver of free donuts. This presents a problem. My already full purse now has to smuggle two sandwiches and two squishable donuts. I started throwing junk out of my purse like it was cool. Hair clippies, receipts, glass cases and gum packs that haven’t seen the light of day in months went flying through my car. Anything for donuts.

At the movies with the contraband in tow, Kaylen bought us coke icees since I supplied the tickets. We don’t mind paying out the wazoo for those.

I should also mention we went by Target beforehand to buy a box of tissues, you know, because the movie is sad.

We ate our sandwiches and donuts (slightly flat but who cares) without getting kicked out and got ready for the tears that were surely to come.

The Fault in Our Stars was everything I hoped it would be. It followed the book very closely, which always makes me happy. It was perfectly casted and I really loved Laura Dern as Hazel’s mother. She is one of the saddest characters to me. In the narration Hazel says something along the lines of “the only thing worse than biting it from cancer is having a kid bite it from cancer”. That line along with a pretty intense flashback scene that made me cry while reading the book pretty much explains her character. The most amazing scene in the whole movie for me was the Anne Frank house scene. If you’ve read the book and know what I’m talking about, the way they translated it to film was genius and very moving. I was so proud of myself. My eyes welled up a few times but I never actually cried until close to the end. After one particularly sad scene there was no stopping the water works. All I could think about was losing Chris. Kaylen and I looked like a couple of hot messes when we left the theater and when Chris called on the way out to ask how it was I cried all over again. It was amazing to watch but I honestly don't know if I could watch it again. This movie punches you in the gut and makes you so happy to be alive.

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So go see it, even if it's just once.
Okay? Okay.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ten on Tuesday - The Weekend, The Beach, and Taco Belle

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One. I hope everyone gave their hard working daddies a good Father’s Day! Dad had to work Sunday so we did gifts and taco night Saturday night at his request.

Two. I actually ended up going to the movies twice this weekend! K and I went to see TFIOS Friday night (oh so amazing and heartbreaking) and Chris wanted to see 22 Jump Street Sunday. Meh. Not as good as the first one I didn’t think.

Three. Gees this is perfect:

Four. Speaking of which, I have really been feeling like watching Disney movies lately. I think I'll start with Beauty and the Beast.

Five. After a few weeks of crap weather we finally had a gorgeous rain free weekend!

Six. I feel like this would happen to us:

Seven. One episode left for us of OITNB! I sincerely hope V dies. We spaced it out as much as we could…which wasn’t much.

Eight. This had me cracking up. Prepare for cuteness:

Nine. TWO WEEKS until the beach! I’m already planning on what I’m going to order at each restaurant. =)

Ten. If I don't blog anymore ever again it's not because I gave up on blogging.  It's because I threw this useless, works only when it wants to, maddeningly slow computer out the window.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

What's Been Taking Up My Time

Hello, all. I’ve been somewhat absent as of late. I’m going through a spell where a) I have absolutely nothing to say and b) there are other things that I’d rather be doing than writing a blog post. Here’s what’s been taking up my time:

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OITNB: We WERE on a Game of Thrones kick and ended up a few episodes into season two. But when Orange is the New Black started back up we officially took a GOT hiatus. Litchfield trumps Westeros. Every night this week after supper we’ve gotten through at least one episode. Maybe two depending on how sleepy I am. This girl needs her sleep. So there goes a couple of hours a day lounging on the couch with Chris and Dixie binging on our new favorite show. Gus refuses to watch it or really participate in family time but I think Dixie really likes Crazy Eyes.

Reading: I’m STILL on Insurgent. About fifty pages left and then it’s right into Allegiant. When I’m not reading the Divergent trilogy, my nose is stuck in my favorite check-out line tabloids. No shame.

Family: I never blog on weekends and that’s usually because I’m spending my free days with the fam. Saturdays are for goofing off with Chris or Kaylen or just lounging around the house and maybe doing some cleaning. Sundays are church in the AM then lunch and errands/goofing off with the whole clan. My favorite day of the week.

Sleep: Duh. You know this woman and you know how much she likes to snooze. Sleep > blogging.

So that’s what I’ve been up to. Absolutely nothing productive but all things enjoyable. Maybe in a couple of weeks I’ll have a LOT to talk about but for right now, I’m kind of enjoying being a blog bum!

Happy Friday, yall!

PS. K and I are going to see The Fault in Our Stars tonight. I WILL talk about that later and how many pieces my soul has broken into.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Ten on Tuesday - Storms, Sharks and Singing Cats Oh My

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One. Alas I did NOT go see The Fault in Our Stars this past weekend. The weepfest had to be put off until this coming weekend.

Two. The weather here has been somewhat of a downer lately. Very stormy and ugly. Saturday night after Dad and I watched a lightning show from a couple of counties away on their front porch, I ended up at the bottom of our stairs with a flashlight reading Insurgent while the wind and rain passed by. I HATE storms.

Three. Me watching other people’s drama on facebook. And it has not been in short supply lately!
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Four. I finally watched Gravity! Dad and I watched it before said lightning storm. Good movie! Different, but good. If you can’t decide whether or not to watch it, ask yourself if you liked Castaway because one person carries nearly the entire movie.

Five. Got a new dress from Target! Woop woop! It’s a bit long but I’m hoping it’ll shrink a tad in the wash.
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Buy it.

Six. Jaws, even though it’s one of my favorites, has scared me since I was a kid. Now THIS is happening. THAT is where we’re going in July. Know who WON’T be putting her toes in the water? This girl.

Seven. Ugh. Last night there was yet another round of storms and even though it wasn't as bad as Saturday night, the power was knocked out around 9:30 and didn't come back on until 3:30 this morning. So no sleep for Alyssa. Too dark and too quiet. Oh, and guess what's going to happen this evening! More storms...

Eight. This had me crying!! Kudos to Chris again.

Nine. Any GWTW fans?? I'm sure Vivien Leigh would be proud.
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Ten. 21 Days until we leave for the shark infested beach.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Ten on Tuesday - Elie Saab, Blushing Brides, and Dancing Dogs

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one. Would you look at that. Getting Ten on Tuesday posted on TUESDAY. Go me.

two. I dreamed all night long Friday night and I swear in one of those dreams I got to wear this dress.  I have no idea why I was wearing it but that's not the point.
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That's Elie Saab. Just FYI.

three. Haha.  Caturday night...
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four. Kaylen and I went to American Eagle Sunday after church and they had such cute stuff with bright neon colors! Too bad a lot of it seemed to be cut for a-cups.

five. I present to you the most ridiculous thing you'll see all day. Yes, that is a baby attached to the blushing bride's train:
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Here's the story behind it.

six. Speaking of moronic brides, did you see the pictures from the big Kimye wedding? I'm glad she didn't go the fairy princess route this time around.  I give it eight months.

seven. I wish my job was professional bed sheet tester.

eight. Who's ready to bawl their eyes out with me while watching The Fault in Our Stars this weekend?!

nine. Is it just me or does the workday go by slower in the summer time?

ten. Can you handle this?  I can't:
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Monday, June 2, 2014

Things I'll Never Understand

Everyone has things that perplex them. Things they just don't get. Things that make them go...
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These are mine:

Why people say “I don’t mean to offend anyone BUT…” and then proceed to say something really offensive but think that little disclaimer makes it all ok.

How a person can sit and eat a tomato.

Why people don't use their turn signals. Seriously. It's so easy.

Why Gwyneth Paltrow even bothers speaking anymore. Point one and point two.

Why in the world the good folks at Oreo quit making my beloved cakesters. RIP.


What exactly the big deal about Luke Bryan is.

Clog shoes.

How half the people on the radio got recording deals in the first place. Looking at you, T-Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Florida Georgia Line...

Why people TRY to get pregnant when they can't afford the babies they have.

Why Leo doesn't have a freakin Oscar yet. I mean, is the Academy doing it on purpose now to keep the joke going?

Math. Like at all.

Why people (and it's usually adults) think it's such a fabulous idea to air their dirty laundry on facebook for all of their friends and the world to see.

Anything Lady Gaga does.

Why cats get such a bad rap.
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Actually, that I can understand.

Rant over.
Happy Monday.

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