Friday, June 29, 2012

4 year pictures

This morning, I took the girls to have pictures made for their 4th year.  A friend of mine, Brittany, is trying to get into photography and is doing free sessions to build her portfolio.  You can check out her Facebook page HERE.  She took pictures for an hour or so and believe it or not, my girls were really good and cooperated with what we wanted them to do.  Being able to draw on the chalkboard was definitely their favorite part though.

I haven't seen Brittany's finished product yet, but here are 2 pictures I snapped with my phone before she got started....

She looks so sweet and innocent.... Bahahaahahahaha!!!!

Diva in every sense of the word!!!! 

Blood Drive for Jake

Tomorrow, The Blood Connection will be in Ware Shoals to do a blood drive in Jake's honor.  If you're around this area and want to help out Jake in some way, this is the perfect opportunity.

Hope to see you there!!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Date night!!!

Well, kinda anyway.  Several of my friend-girls and I are going to the midnight showing of Magic Mike in a few hours.  All of us are beyond excited and can't wait to see all the hotties in this movie half naked.  :)


Lawd have mercy!!!!










And just because I literally laughed out loud when I came across this on Pinterest the other day:

Beach Day 8 - Coming home

To say I was less than thrilled to leave the beach is possibly the understatement of the year!  The girls became total beach bums and loved being in the sand and playing.  I hated to see our trip come to an end, but part of me was ready to get home and check on my house.  It's just unfortunate that my "house" isn't situated at the beach!!!

I had intended to get pictures of everyone before we all piled up to come home, but that never happened :(  Oh well, there's always next year!

Beach Day 7

Beach Day 6

Trying to transport ice cream on a golf cart at the beach proved to be a bad idea!!!

Beach Day 5

Eating at Duffy Street Crab Shack

on the SkyWheel

Beach Day 4

We opted out of the beach thing today and decided to go shopping instead!

Shopping is ROUGH!

Sure was missing a sweet little boy this week!

Beach Day 3

Ready! Set! Smoosh!!

Beach Day 2

Better late than never right!!!

I was obviously more concerned with enjoying the beach on this day than I was about taking pictures.  Oh well!!!

The golf cart died on us 10 blocks from our house :(  We had to call and get another golf cart.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Midweek Confessions

Linking up again with Elizabeth over at E, Myself and I for midweek confessions....

- If I had the opportunity to live at the beach, I'd pack up all my stuff in a heart beat and move!

- I'm a little too excited to be going to see a movie at midnight tomorrow.  Even if Channing Tatum and Matthew McCougnahey (I can NEVER spell his name right!) are gonna be half naked!

- I swear Sienna and Kaitlyn swapped roles the second they turned 4.  Squealing at the top of your lungs, kicking and throwing things are NOT the way to get what you want Miss Sienna.  I had a massive headache before I even got home yesterday.  I was done with both of the girls before 8 p.m.

- I love having my own money, but after spending 10 days with my girls, I sure do wish I was a SAHM again (even after days like yesterday)

- Kyle is trying to find another different job with benefits.  I'm a nervous wreck about it.  Again.

- It's supposed to be close to 105* on Friday.  I'm a little bummed that we don't have access to a pool.  I'm not a fan of being held hostage in my house because of the heat and/or cold.

- I won more tickets on WSSL on Monday.  I'll be going to see Brad Paisley and The Band Perry in September :)

- I can't believe that June is almost over.  The year is past halfway over.  Unbelievable.  Even harder to believe that my sweet boy should be turning 8 in two months. :(

- I really want to plan something big for his birthday, but I'm terrified that nobody really cares anymore and therefore, it'd be a big bust and nobody would show up.  The fact that his birthday falls during Labor Day weekend has something to do with that too.  I feel like people aren't going to fore-go their last hoorah before summer is over for my dead child.

- The blood drive for Jake is this weekend.  I'm excited about it and somewhat ashamed that this will be the first time I've given blood since I was a senior in high school.  1998 for those who are wondering.  Bad Ashley!!!!

- This is waaay too many confessions for one post!! LOL

Wordless Wednesday

Beach Trip, 2010
Beach Trip, 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012

Happy Birthday, Jennifer!

Today is my sister, Jennifer's, birthday.  She's a year younger than Kelley, so that makes her 39!!! Ha!  I love rubbing that number in her face.

I feel like I haven't seen her in forever - even though she only lives right up the road (45 minutes away actually), but with her traveling pretty much all summer long and me working during the week, there just isn't enough time left for us to get together.

Happy Birthday, Jen.  I hope you've had a great day!

*I hate this post is picture-less, but my pictures are on my external hard drive, which got left at work today :(

Saturday, June 23, 2012


Not only is Papa not here to celebrate another birthday today, it is also bittersweet because one year ago today, Woody joined Erik and Papa in heaven.

Finding Woody laying in the garage on the morning of 06.23.11 broke my heart.  He was a wonderful dog and knowing that he was no longer suffering is the only thing that got me through that day.

Woody & Annie, 2007

Our last good picture of him :(

I know that Erik is taking good care of him and that they are having a ball.  Doesn't stop our hearts from hurting though.

We miss you every day Wood-dog!!
07.17.03 - 06.23.11

Happy Birthday, Papa!

I only wish I knew what the birthday celebrations were like in Heaven.

Today, Papa, is enjoying everything about a Heavenly birthday.

Reading with Erik on Christmas Eve

Best Buds - celebrating together today and everyday!

Papa & Kaitlyn - his birthday, 2008

Papa & Sienna - his birthday, 2008
Papa at Erik's last birthday party - September, 2009

I can’t say I wish you were here to celebrate instead because I know your earthly life fails in comparison to the life you are living now.  But it would be nice if the girls got the chance to know their "Papa".  I hate that you had to go, but I'm so grateful you were there to welcome Erik with open arms.  I know that that 2 of y'all are having fun and I hope you're staying out of trouble!!!

Happy 84th Birthday Papa!!! We sure do miss you and your contagious laugh!!! Do me a favor, if you can get Erik to slow down long enough, give him a kiss for me!