Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Butterfly Bush

My Butterfly Bush started blooming.  It's so pretty.
  I just love this time of year.  I love the freshness of the season. 
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Monday, May 30, 2011

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Lake Poodle

Ally has loved all the attention she's been getting this weekend!
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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Favorite Place on Earth

My view for the next few days! A little peace if heaven!

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Friday, May 27, 2011

John's Last 21st Birthday

I thought I'd already posted this.  I guess I was wrong.  So here it is 3 weeks later...
We celebrated my baby brother's last 21st birthday to start the month.  His two requests were a moon bounce and an keg.  We managed to have both the things he requested.  So many friends came to help him celebrate.  It was so special!

Three of John's good friends! 

The siblings.  Patrick, Me, Elizabeth and John.

The family minus the babies and my Patrick, he had to work :(

The birthday boys.  John Maxwell & John Mackey.  It was John Mackey's pure day.  (I didn't realize until this party that my family was apparently the only people that use the term "pure day" to describe your actual birthday)

The cake. I failed to get a good picture of the cake.

Then we re lit the candles for the other John to blow them out.  It worked out nicely they were both named John!

Enjoying the moon bounce.

I pulled out some of my old cheerleading moves.

Pinata time.

Celebratory beer shower.

More bounce house fun.

John and his former identity. 

It was a fun night shared with some of my favorite people.  I wished Patrick could have been there too but we are so thankful for his job so we try not to complain much. 
Happy Birthday baby brother.  I hope you had as much fun at your party as we did!

Happy Friday

Beautiful sky... Hopefully a preview for a beautiful weekend!

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Bootcamp Round 12

I completed Round 12 of Bootcamp tonight! It's been an amazing year!
I know this is a terrible picture.
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Mom's Birthday Party

Yesterday we celebrated Mom's birthday!  It was a fun night with the fam.  We started with burgers at Mugshots.  You all know how much I love Mugshots so an invitation to dinner there was hard to decline.  Even if it would mean I would exceed my calorie intake for yesterday and today too!  After dinner we headed back to the house for cake and American Idol.  I've been watching AI off and on all season.  Lauren Alaina has always been one of me favorites.  (Ever since they showed the clip of her falling down the stairs in the house she's had a place in my heart.) Her single made me ball like a baby.  I like Scotty too.  Lets be honest they both will have amazing careers. 
Back to the birthday.  My sister made a chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting.  I didn't try any.  I figured I didn't want to go into Friday's calories too just for some cake!  It received rave reviews from the guests so I may have to go sneak a piece at some point today!

Nana with the grand babies.  (Mom I'll have you know this was the first shot.  I think we are making progress on the TakeAPicturePhobia.)

Make a wish. 
Harper was practicing since her birthday is next!

It was a great night celebrating the matriarch. 
Hope there's many more!
Happy Birthday Mom!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Happy Birthday Mommy!

Today is my Mom's birthday!
Happy Birthday! I hope you've had a wonderful day!

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

New Do!

I got a much needed hair cut. It felt so good. It doesn't really look much different but it is 4-5"shorter!
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Monday, May 23, 2011


I've never been a real gamer.  I downloaded this game that Patrick said was fun and I can't stop playing.  I'm stuck on this level and it is driving me crazy!
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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Weekend Review

Are y'all ready for a post with actual words?
I've had a pretty good weekend.  Friday I headed over to my parents to welcome them home from the beach.  They'd been gone for a week and I was happy to see them.  We enjoyed sitting on the porch and hearing all about their trip!  They had such a good time.  It made me anxious for our trip next month! 
Saturday morning my sister headed to Pepper Place market in Birmingham.  I'd never been.  It's basically a farmers market and they have some really neat (expensive) antique shops.  I bought a fried apple pie and Elizabeth got some goat cheese.  I enjoyed just walking around taking it all in!  After I got my nails done and some grocery shopping done I headed home.  Later I headed back to my parents to play wii with the kiddos.  (Although I never actually played I just watched Ava dance)

Me and Elizabeth at Pepper Place
This morning I went to get my little brother for church and Miss Harper was not happy with me.  She and Porter wanted to go to church too.  We went in John's Miata so there was no room for the babies.  I love a convertible.  I could ride for hours and hours with the wind blowing my hair.  It's so freeing to me. 

Isn't she cute!  We call her Miss Attitude.  We were cleaning out my old closet and I found some old purses and gave her one.  You would have thought she just won the lottery!   She was so excited!

Also this week I finished Something Blue.  I'd read Something Borrowed  about 2 weeks ago and was excited to read the next installment.  It was good.  I enjoyed them both.  I can't wait to see the movie but I'm cheap and waiting for it to come to the dollar theater. 
All in all it was a pretty great low key weekend.  We're excited for the upcoming holiday this weekend.  Can't wait to head up to the lake!

Am I to old...

To wear jelly shoes?

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Pepper Place

My sister and I went on a little adventure this morning.

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Skinny Girl

Mom and Dad brought me a surprise from the beach. I love Bethenny Frankle of Bethenny Ever After and the SkinnyGirl brand is not available in Alabama so they brought this back for me. I have to admit... It wasn't as good as I'd hoped it was going to be!

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Decorating 101

Patrick has been working hard since Sunday and he finished most of it today! I am so excited with how it turned out! I'll do a full post when we get all the little details finished!

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Healing Nicely?

My foot 2 months later! It's looking much better!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011


I don't function well in chaos. This is the state of my living room right now. Hopefully it'll be all worth it by the end of the week!

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Uggs in May

In Alabama!

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Handy Man

Working on a little project!
Hopefully soon it'll look like people actually live here!

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Date Night

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Porter's 4th Birthday

On April 30th we celebrated Porter's 4th Birthday with cake and a moon bounce. Porter has never been one to thrive in the spotlight.  He'd much rather sit back and let someone else soak up the attention.  Last year he cried when we sang.  This year when we got the cake ready we had to go find him.  He'd run off and gotten in his sister's bed.  It was pretty sweet. 

He struggled with that 4th candle. 

This picture makes me smile.  When we put them the right feet it never fails that he falls down.

Since Elizabeth missed the 30th Birthday Big Wheel Rally she decided to give it a whirl at the 4th birthday celebration.

Final shot of the moon bounce.  We had a ball jumping with all the kiddos.  They had a blast!
Happy 4th Birthday Sweet Porter!

Worth Every Calorie

and the 40 minute round trip drive!
I heart Mugshots!
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