Thursday, December 18, 2014

I hate you more than the word.



This morning was a little different, and a little similar, to most mornings in our house. I woke up, got ready, then woke Madi up. She pitched a fit about what she did and did not want to wear. And here is where it gets a little bit different – I wasn’t in the mood this morning. I just was not up for her “these are too tight” and “I don’t like those socks” and the never-ending helpmepickoutmyoutfitsoicansayidontwanttowearthat routine. So, perhaps it was my attitude that escalated things but regardless it escalated.

For 45 minutes I heard how much my sweet, innocent six year old HATES me. I heard how “if there was a trophy, you would win the worst mom in the world award!” I was told she hates me “more than the word” and “if I had something to throw, I would!”

{Had these words come from anyone other than my child or my step-child, I can’t say that the following would have taken place.}

As we got to the carline for drop off, Madi asked me to park so she could wipe her tears. I circled around the parking lot (because parking is just a hassle) and she wiped her tears, but she was still visibly upset. As she was getting ready to get out of the car and walk into school, I said to her “I love you no matter what you say to me. No matter what you do, I love you.” Then it struck me – that is pretty powerful. Someone just told me she hates me, kicked me, screamed at me, and hurt my feelings for 45 minutes and then I respond with “I love you.” The love we have for our children is so incredible. I wish I could say I would respond that way to a “friend” who did the same or a person on the street, but I can’t say I would.

I don’t have a profound conclusion to this except that God loves us a million times more than we love our children…that’s a heck of a lot of love. Madi may give me a run for my money most mornings, but no matter what she does, I will always love her. And no matter what we do, God will always love us.

After I dropped her off I called Paul while ugly crying in my car. Having him to lean on is so so amazing and I wouldn’t trade him, Madi, or Addi for the world.


Next time someone is mean to you, try being nice to them instead of retaliating. I think you will be shocked by the outcome.  

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Let's go buy 100 doughnuts!



  • Feed 28 homeless people with a delicious Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich.
  • Buy 100 items from the dollar store.
  • Put $100 in the Salvation Army bucket.
  • Buy those pretty monogram earrings you’ve been eyeing.
  • Give 100 people $1
  • Buy yourself a luxury day at the spa! (Can you believe that I’ve never been to a spa??)
  • Buy a drink from Starbucks (kidding…kind of)
  • Fill up your gas tank twice.
  • Out-do your neighbors’ yard for best holiday lights.
  • Ride the carousel at the mall 50 times.
  • Buy a ticket to Carowinds.
  • Gift 2.5 people a star in their name. (really – who is in charge of naming the stars anyway? I’m going to start a “name a tree” website and make a bagillion dollars.)


If you haven’t figured it out yet, that is a list of all the things you could do with $100. Yeah, some are a little crazy but seriously – what would you do with an extra $100? Doesn’t seem like much but when you break it down to all the necessities you buy all year long, $100 can go fast – and be missed quickly.

Wanna save $100 a year? Buy your razors from Dollar Shave Club! It’s only $3 a month!!! AND you get HIGH quality razors– not those cheap plastic 1 blade razors – and grooming supplies delivered to your door!

It’s not just for guys, y’all. I’m pretty sure us ladies shave more than guys do anyway. We deserve nice razors too.

So, take your $100 and march right over to the Krispy Kreme and buy yourself some doughnuts. Because, you’re awesome. And who doesn’t like a good doughnut, or 5?






Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Four Survey

I know I've done this befour (ha get it? Yes, I realize I'm childish) but my answers have probably changed. And if not - you won't remember my original answers.

Four names that people call me other than my real name:
  1. Babay (Paul calls me this)
  2. Britt
  3. BAM (gonna have to change that to BAC!)
  4. Brittany (this is done by morons who cannot read)
Four jobs I’ve had:
  1. Accounting Assistant
  2. Supervisor 
  3. Waitress 
  4. Cashier 
Four movies I’ve watched more than once:
  1. The Devil Wears Prada
  2. Annie
  3. Troop Beverly Hills
  4. Home Alone: Lost in New York
Four books I’d recommend:
  1. The Escape Artist by Diane Chamberlain
  2. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  3. Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin
  4. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
Four places I’ve lived
  1. Anchorage, AK
  2. Virginia Beach, VA
  3. Irmo, SC
  4. Lexington, SC
Four places I’ve visited:
  1. Orangewalk, Belize
  2. Iquitos, Peru
  3. NYC
  4. San Francisco, CA
Four places I’d rather be right now:
  1. Outerbanks, NC
  2. Australia
  3. Italy
  4. The Greek Isles
Four things I prefer not to eat:
  1. mushrooms
  2. peas
  3. seafood
  4. rice pudding
Four of my favorite foods:
  1. pickles
  2. french fries
  3. cheeseburgers
  4. bacon
Four TV shows I watch:
  1. Master Chef
  2. House Hunters
  3. Grey's Anatomy
  4. Hart of Dixie
Four things I’m looking forward to this year:
  1. spending the holidays with my HUSBAND for the first time!
  2. snow
  3. ice skating!
  4. summa time
Four things I’m always saying:
  1. for real?
  2. omgah!
  3. that's crazy
  4. i'm hungry
Four people I tag to answer these questions:
  1. you
  2. you
  3. you
  4. you ... I don't feel like picking people! everyone can do it!
and because this is completely 100% awesome:




Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Let's Play Catch Up

I have been thinking about posting so much lately and guess what? I'm finally doing it!

I'm a married woman now and a step-mom! Last weekend was the best weekend of my life.  Our wedding was so much FUN! I am going to wait to post about the wedding because I want to use the professional photos. But for now - it was truly amazing!

Madi has been doing well. She is in kindergarten and loves her class. She has quite a few good friends and is learning A LOT. She got her first report card last week. She is reading and writing above grade level. She also got Advanced Proficient in Math. (she did not get that from me...ha!) So proud!

We are home today - she woke up with some bad asthma symptoms. I took her to the dr and now we are home resting. She has sinusitis and her asthma is acting up. It tends to do that when she's sick. We got some medicine and have her inhalers so all is good.

Paul and I are happy newlyweds! We all really enjoy living in Virginia Beach and I just feel blessed that we live in such a great place.

Here are some recent pictures ... ya know, since I haven't posted in a while. :)

My Bachelorette Party

My ninja and me for Halloween

Halloween - 7 days before our wedding!!

This summer 

Madi & Addi's 2014 school pictures

Monday, August 4, 2014

3-0!


I turned the big 3-0 on Saturday!!! As said here, I'm thrilled to be 30! This year is going to hold great moments and memories. :)

I admit, I was a bit sad to be celebrating such a milestone birthday away from the majority of my friends and family. I think Paul knew that, without me saying so, because he made me feel extra loved on my birthday!

Saturday morning I opened my gifts from Madi & my mom. Madi gave me such a thoughtful gift - pearl earrings. I dropped my only pair down the drain about 6 months ago and she remembered that. She also drew me a picture and her grandmother took pictures of her "modeling" and framed them for me. My mom gave me a gift card to one of my favorite clothing stores and wrote me a note that almost made me cry. Almost!



Since Paul & I are spending every extra penny on our wedding (and since I don't NEED anything) I told Paul all I wanted for my birthday was my car cleaned out. He did that for me and did an amazing job!! My anxiety level seriously decreases drastically when my car is clean. I'm in it SO much that it's really important to me for it to be clean.  <3 doing="" for="" him="" nbsp="" p="" that="">
Madi, Paul, and I went to IHOP for breakfast. I normally don't eat there but when there is no Lizard's Thicket in the same state as me, the alternative is IHOP. It was very nice having breakfast with my loves.  Unfortunately, I felt absolutely awful the majority of the day so after breakfast I lied around at home until we went bowling. Paul had that planned and our friends Jeff & Pam met us there. We played a good, competitive 3 rounds. Madi beat me in round 2 and Paul killed us all in every round!

Madi & Pam "cheering" for Paul during the girls vs boys game & Jeff's finger is photo bombing



After bowling I did some more resting, then I thought we were dropping Madi off at Jeff & Pam's so that Paul & I could go out to dinner buttttt my sweet fiancĂ© had a SURPRISE party waiting for me!! Boy was I surprised! Pam decorated her kitchen and had a very nice spread of appetizers for us. She also made me that fun 30 sign in the picture at the top of this post. She put all my favorite candy on the board and little gifts and things that happened the year I was born. So crazy to see how things have changed in 30 years! 

What blew me away was that people I've known less than a year, some less than a few months, came to spend an evening to celebrate my birthday with me. I really felt like I'm somewhere I belong and like I have family here. I never expected to have people so openly welcome my daughter and me into their circle of friends and treat us like family. It was really amazing! 


one of my birthday gifts

Enough sappiness - we ate my fav - cheeseburgers and french fries! And cookie cake!!!! Yay! :) It was a great day/night. And my friends & family back home didn't forget my birthday either - I got some great cards in the mail and love that I'm getting snail mail now that I live in a different state! 

Cheers to being 30! 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tidbits & A Giveaway

I'm hereeeee. 

I've missed blogging. Truly. Sooooo here I am again.

Not much to say - just adjusting to life in VA Beach, my new job, and wedding planning. Okay so all of that is actually A LOT.

I am loving living here. It's such a fun town. I feel like I need a cruiser before I can officially call myself a Virginia Beach resident. EVERYONE - young, old, tourist, resident - bikes around here. There are sidewalks everywhere so I guess people just assume why not bike? It's pretty crazy. 

Work is going well. I am enjoying the job and catching on quickly. The days go by pretty fast which is always nice! I will be learning more this next month so hopefully I'll continue to catch on and won't break too many things!

Wedding planning is about to make me lose my mind. How do people do this for a living!??! I seriously can't sleep at night sometimes because I have so much I need to be doing. It's fun, don't get me wrong, but it's also a big headache at times. And crafts - oy. Crafts are not my thing and crafts are inevitable for a wedding. That's where I count on my mom, Pam, and Paul's family to do it all help! :)

Sooooo all of that being said - I wanted to share this snazzy giveaway going on over at Stroman Studios. Stefanie is turning 30 on August 21st and like me, she's excited about it!! Props to her for being happy about growing a year older! 



She is giving away 30 items to celebrate turning 30! All the details on her tumblr page found here! You can check out the daily gifts on her instagram page - @stromanstudios.

I've worked with Stefanie before and she's truly a wonderful designer. She designed by best friend's wedding invitations and I also took a calligraphy class from her a few months ago. Remember? 

Go check it out! Or don't... more chances for meeeeee. ;)



PS. 3 days until I'm 30!!!!! 


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Almost 30

It irks me when I hear people complain about getting a year older. Would you prefer the alternative?? No. I’ve lost quite a few people in my life who went way too early, so I appreciate the years I am given. Yes, I’ll be out of my twenties soon but I’m sure the thirties will hold many new, just as exciting experiences.

 

So, don’t whine to me if you’re getting older. It’s a blessing. Be happy and grateful!

 

Oh, and buy me a birthday present. (August 2 is in 22 days… you have time) :)

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