Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Things I Love About Being 30

Yes! That's right! I have been the "Dirty 30" for almost a year now and I love it. Honestly, I think that turning 29 bothered me more than 30 because it was the last birthday in the 20's. I should've stood on a mountain top screaming and shouting "Peace Out, Holla" and whateva else to the 20's. Those were some not so pretty years for me.

Here are some reasons why I have loved being 30 and am looking forward to my 30's in no particular order...

1.  I am FINALLY at a point in my life where I am financially stable. I know what it's like to come home with a baby girl in arms and the power, water, cable, etc. are cut off. I know what it's like to eat ramen noodles and spaghetti o's for dinner. I know what it's like to just about lose all your possessions when you didn't really have them to begin with. If you don't know what I'm talking about consider yourself lucky! My mom and dad did the best that they could to help me when I was in my early 20's but they could only do so much because they had bills too. I will never forget those days and they made me who I am today.

2.  I own a home and couldn't be prouder. Home ownership is an awesome thing. It's part of the "American Dream" for crying out loud. We rented for a few years while Brian's house up north was on the market. Renting sucks. Sorry, but not really. When I was 8 months pregnant with Caleb our landlord informed us he was filing bankruptcy and we had 2 weeks to get out. Thanks, Jerkface! What'd you do with all that rent money we gave you on time every month? It all worked out but I don't want to worry with that anymore. I don't take a single day of owning this house for granted. Even though we worked hard for it we can lose it just as quickly as we got it.

3. I can cook and bake a little too. I can't tell y'all how many times I called my Meemaw all upset over cooking disasters. I learned the hard way that if you're gonna fry up some chicken you need to let the grease get hot. I know how to add egg whites just perfectly. My Meemaw drove across the field to show me one day because it was too hard to explain over the phone. Lol! Cooking is actually something I enjoy. My family seems to enjoy my food and it brings joy to me to see them eat and enjoy my food. Sounds silly but it's true.

 My first Chocolate Pie
 I make some mean fried chicken
Not the prettiest Coconut Cake ever but it was delish!
 Brian's favorite! Chocolate oatmeal cookies.
Oreo Truffles!
4. I know when to keep my mouth shut or just walk away. I spent years and years being a little "hothead." Things that used to bother me don't really bother me so much anymore. Not everyone is going to like me. If you don't like me, I will try really hard to persuade you to like me but after a couple tries I'm so over it. I do still get my feelings hurt easier than I should at times but nothing like I used to.
5. I pretty much know who I can trust and who I can't. I also believe that it's ok to love people and cherish memories but know when enough is enough. If you give someone an opportunity to be part of your life and they compromise your trust in them or stab you in the back it's best to just cut ties. Some may not agree and that's fine. I just don't want to spend my time with someone that I know is going to tell things that I confide in them and tell others how I live my life.
6. I know that children are the greatest gift ever. I am blessed to have 3 and wouldn't trade them for anything in the world. I am also blessed to be part of babies coming into the lives of their parents as my job. I had a dad tell me the other day that I really knew how to pull on his heartstrings by knowing how much I cared for and loved their baby when they had to go home. These parents consider us NICU nurses a blessing but I feel like they are blessing me.
7. I feel like I finally know who I am. The old saying "be comfortable in the skin that you're in"...yeah that applies to me now. I have daily routines, a style that I am comfortable with and several other things. I think I spent a lot of time in my 20's trying to figure out who I was and at the same time I was trying to be what others wanted me to be. What you see is what you get. Take it or leave it. I know there's always room for improvement but I am not going to be changing the way that I am just to make someone else happy.
8. I know that life is precious and can be gone within a second. I know this from my own personal experiences but I work in a hospital with the only Trauma Center within a 150-mile radius. I have walked up the sidewalk and seen family members screaming and crying over sudden death. Be sure that the ones you love most know it. All it takes is a trip down the street to change your life forever.
9. I finally get what all my family members in their 70s and 80s were talking about at my wedding shower when they all said "don't go to bed mad." I was thinking ok, is this really the best marriage advice that you have? If you don't get it, refer to number 8...
10. I know who my "real" friends are and, let me tell you, "real" friends are hard to come by. I have lots and lots of acquantances but very few that I really call true friends. I think most of y'all know what I am talking about.
I could go on and on but 10 is good. Haha!
Now for a little update on what we've been up to since Friday. On Friday, I had lunch with my cousin, Natalie, at a little place on the courtsquare in my hometown. I haven't seen her in a few years so it was good to catch up. We did a little shopping afterwards, of course. I mean, in our defense, the cafe is in the same building as a store.
I wore this! One of my favorties this winter has been brown and black. Sorry you can't really see the shirt but it's a simple black and white stripe long sleeve shirt. Sorry Instagram friends...I know you've seen some of these already. (linzlee1982 on IG)

 My friend is selling some super cute clothing at her boothe in a local store. I bought a new Piko style top and a necklace. Follow her on Instagram at Ophelia503!

After lunch and shopping we had cupcakes from Confetti Cupcakes. They were delicious. This one is Chocolate Chip Cheesecake. Just divine! If any local people want more info on how to order these let me know!
Brian and I went to the shooting range Friday evening. I am learning to be a better shooter and not be so scared of guns. I will def use it if I ever have to.
I worked all weekend.
Monday we took the boys to Cracker Barrel for breakfast after I got in my run for the day. Yummy! I am weak when it comes to their biscuits and hashbrown casserole. I have a similar recipe that I will share sometime this week. Tuesday was a lazy day. I did my legs and butt exercises. Lol!
Today I ran 3 miles at one of our local walking tracks. Not gonna lie, a few small 30-45 second breaks were taken. Oh, and I can't forget the break to wipe my snotty nose due to cold air and another break to get my shades because the wind was making my eyes water. Yes, I am the chic running on a cloudy day with shades. Hahaha! I think I got a little windburn on my face. It wouldn't have been so bad if the wind hadn't been blowing. I didn't run any last week. My feet and ankles were killing me. I wasn't sure if it was the new shoes or the pavement in my neighboorhood. It was def the pavement. I live in a new subdivision and they haven't done the final paving since so many heavy trucks are coming in and out to build new houses. Add bad pavement to a few hills and I overdid it.
That's all for now. I know this was kinda long. Sorry bout that! See ya tommorow!


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Am I Getting Old?

I haven't blogged in a week. I have some small projects around here that I have been working on and I am just freaking tired, y'all. All the sickness in this house this had made me tired. When I blog I wait until after the kids are in bed but I've been passing out. Whateva!

A little weekend recap now that it's time for another freaking weekend..ha! We had dinner last Friday night at Texas Roadhouse for my hubby's birthday. You may have seen some pics on Instagram. These are the ones that you didn't see...
What is wrong with him? He hates pictures! He is so attractive yet he never smiles in pics. And this ugly face! Lol!
No, Carter, put down Pop's phone and say "cheese." Lol! Kids and these phones...
Chubby Cheeks here will take a pic with his mommy!

I didn't run any this week. My feet, ankles, and my right knee (old softball injury) have been hurting. Over the weekend it seemed to hurt worse when I would sit and got better when I walked. It is awful though when I walk and carry the baby.  What the crap is wrong with me? I guess I am getting old. My feet feel best in my Dansko nurse clogs. Wouldn't that be a sight to me running in those? Haha! Today they feel much better but I really would have called in at least once last weekend if I could have. I am not sure if it's the new shoes or running on this awful pavement we have going on in my hood. I think I need to start going back to the track. Maybe I overdid it with the hills and uneven pavement or maybe I am just old. I have still been doing cardio and pilates though.

I do pilates with this annoying chick on YouTube. I really can't stand her. Sorry, but not sorry. Thing is she is making me look a lot better though. I just wish she would shut up and count for crying out loud. All this chit chat is not necessary while I lay on the floor trying to keep up and not hyperventilate. I noticed that my abs are priming up for bikini weather. I did make my 4 year old take a pic. Ha! I've worked hard and I am kinda proud but that won't last long. Good ole Type A personality here.
Latest abs and spray tan! Thank you, Jamie!

In other news, I am planning a birthday party for Aubree. She is turning 11 in a couple weeks. She had to go and make this kinda difficult for me. She wants a Duck Dynasty themed party. She is so country. I've ordered Pink and Camo Mossy Oak plates, cups, and napkins. I don't even watch Duck Dynasty. Isn't that the shock of the century? I met Phil Robertson years ago at a Ducks Unlimited Fest. This may possibly be one of the most interesting parties we've had. Lol!
She's growing up! She came downstairs wearing my old OR scrubs and a work shirt the other night. She will NEVER be a nurse though. Blood makes her faint.

The weather here has been so BLAH this week. I am soooooooooo ready for Spring. We had a couple thunderstorms here yesterday. What do little boys do when it's storming outside?
They dance for their mommy! Lol!
Well, that's about all I've got for now. I will try to do better next week with the blog. Have a great weekend!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Buddy Holly and About My Fridge

Ahhhhh...Valentine's Day. Such a commercial holiday, don't you think? It's cute and all for the kids but it can be a little ridiculous. I don't hate it but I don't love it either. Maybe I am being a bit of a hater because I have stopped eating sweets like I used to. Who knows?? Who cares??

Brian and I have a history with Valentine's dating back to the 7th grade...about 18 years ago.  OMG I had no idea it was that long ago that I was in middle school. Breathe in, breathe out!!! 

Everyday from the beginning of the 6th grade up until the night before Valentine's when we were in the 7th grade, he would call me up and ask "Will you go out with me? I like you so much."  I would always say "no". He drove me crazy yet I would spend hours talking to him on the phone even when he was grounded and my MIL was at work. His dad would let him call me. (Sorry, MIL, I had nothing to do with it! I always knew when you got home from work! LOL!)  Anyways, I finally said "yes" the night before Valentine's. He was so happy. He brought me a Weezer CD to school the next day for my gift. You know, the one with Buddy Holly and Undone: The Sweater Song. I think that was one of the greatest Valentine's gifts ever. Ha! He was my boyfriend for a while and then he switched schools and we just kinda split. I think he took it harder since he gave me ugly looks anytime I saw him afterwards. Oh, and anytime I heard Weezer, espcecially Buddy Holly, I thought about Brian Smith.

Let's fast forward to the next Valentine's Day we spent together. I will cover the years in between some other time. Maybe around our anniversary.

We had been dating a while when our first Valentine's rolled around. He was living in Wisconsin and working in Minnesota. I woke up at 4 AM to get ready to catch a plane to Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) to see him and spend 4 days together. I didn't feel so hot. I got in the shower and RAN back to bed because I was so nauseated. It was that if you don't lay down quickly you're gonna hurl everywhere feeling. I called him and I was upset. I told him there was no way I could fly in that condition and how sorry I was. There was dead silence on the other end and then he said "I don't care what you have to do, get on that plane and get here" and then he hangs up. Ughhhh...excuse me. This man has clearly lost his mind. 

I ate a few crackers and was feeling better and I did miss him and was just gonna pretend the phone conversation never happened. His dad picked me up and I was chugging Gatorade praying I didn't get sick on the plane. That would be awful. 

I flew into MSP and he picked me up. He told me were flying to Chicago later that evening and would spend a few days there. He had worked the night before and needed to sleep before we left.

Well, what do you think happened about an hour after we got to his house? He was puking all over the place. Sick as a dog! Ugh. I don't want to say that was karma but to say the least we were both sick and he was much worse off than I was. We traced it back to his youngest sister. Lol! Sorry Carrie! He'd been home the weekend before and I think you brought home college cooties. Hahahaha!

He had planned on proposing to me that evening in Chicago. So sad. He couldn't wait and revise plans to have a redo so he asked me to marry him in his bedroom where we both laid feeling like death while a blizzard took place outside dumping 3 feet of snow. It doesn't sound perfect but it was. 
About a week after we got engaged
And for Valentine's 2013...

 Carter with his box of chocolates and Caleb with some new sippy cups. Haha!
 Green polo, aviator shades, and Godiva truffles for Brian
New Nike shorts for me
It was nice outside and the boys felt better so we went out. Honey Boo Boo, you ain't got nothing on Carter in his Carhardt jacket with an orange and white robot shirt, Angry Birds pajama pants, and cowboy boots. Lord have mercy! LOL!

Holly mentioned yesterday that she was going to do a "What's in Yo Fridge" linkup tomorrow since some of us gave her a hard time about her empty looking freezer. Hahahaha!

My fridge is looking pretty bare since it's the end of the week. Beer and Milk on top. Eggs and usually meats on second shelf. Caleb's soy milk, OJ, and Wine on shelf 3. Drawer 1 is full of cheese and bacon. Drawer 3 Capri suns and Jello. Drawer 4 usually has carrots and lettuce which are all gone. In the door I keep condiments, jelly and jam, pickles, flour, yogurt, and chocolate syrup. 
The freezer. Here we have some Vodka on top with frozen biscuits, frozen pizzas, fishsticks (ugh), an emergency pack of bacon, and some Ben & Jerry's ice cream. Next shelf is a box of frozen pigs in a blanket from Sam's that aren't that good...need to throw them out and some Blueberry waffles. Last shelf is a ton of steak, chicken, pork from Omaha Steaks that I am saving for a blogger cookout/blate with Lora, Janessa, Laura and any other locals that want to come this Spring.  The bottom is a storage area for frozen veggies. In the door on the top shelf we have some Tequila, and boo boo buddy for those bruises and bumps. Second shelf, well...well...well, we have some frozen breast milk that I just can't seem to throw away. I am sure I pumped it while taking a quick break from extremely sick babies at work around 3 AM so no, I am not throwing it away. Someone else can! Oh and there's a burrito next to the breast milk. Nice combo.
Next are some popsicles and on the last shelf is a bag of tater tots. Interesting enough??

I mentioned my friend, Cari, last week. She is having a Thirty-One giveaway with a cute thermal tote. Go say hello!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

So What, Random, Whatever...

I am in a total funk, y'all. Ugh! My boys have been pretty sick. It could always be worse. I try to think that some parents go through much worse with chronically ill kids when I feel like I am about to explode but I still get frustrated.

To make this situation as humorous as possible I am linking up to a few awesome bloggers. This will be random like most of the time.
So What Wednesday
So far this week I am saying SO WHAT if...
  • I nearly choked to death on my dinner the other night at the table when Carter announced "oh gweat...I have got to have diawwhea again"
  • I have only washed my hair once since Monday and have not put makeup on either
  • Caleb puked a little bit on his shirt while we were at Kroger and I zipped up his jacket and finished my shopping. First of all, it did not get on the shopping cart that I have a cover on anyway and we have to freaking eat! This was his way of letting me know Carter was kind enough to share the flu (yes, we had all had our shots, except Brian) with him.
  • I didn't do a freaking thing for Carter's class for Valentine's. He isn't going anyways. Aubree is with her dad this week and I know her step-mom handled it for her. Her dad gets all pissy if I interfere during his week. Whateva!
  • I made chocolate cake for my little loves while they're sick. I feel bad for them and chocolate makes me feel better too when I am stressed. 
  • I am stressed and paranoid about sending Carter back to preschool since he gets sick every freaking week! Seriously!!!!
I have managed to run once this week. Let me ask y'all that have done the C25K...did you ever feel like the little lady that says "start walking" has forgotten you? Geez! J/k...kinda. I am still loving it. I've only gotten to run once this week because I had a class on Monday and Wednesday it was raining. Back at it Thursday. Just realized by the time I am done typing this it'll be Thursday. Whateva! 

 Don't you love when the Tylenol kicks in and the fever breaks for a while? It's like they go nuts! Ha! They were both spinning until they would get dizzy and fall down. I remember doing that as a child. The fun and innocence of childhood...memories.
Carter felt well enough today to dress like a cowboy/mechanic. Ha! Look at those boots on the wrong feet. He told me "Mommy, Cowboys don't fart". Thank you, son. I had no idea! Lol!
Caleb is obsessed with saying "cheese". If he sees my phone he starts saying cheese. Totally ignore his mommy with no makeup and funky hair, ok? Haha!
Cake I made for the boys. I may be a good cook but a baker I am not. Looks like someone took a small bite out of the heart. 

Happy Hump Day to y'all that work Mon-Fri!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Home Tour Part II and A Picnic

Today I am going to share my second favorite room in my home. It was an absolute selling point for me. My favorite room is my closet and I did a post on it a while back. You can check it out here.

I absolutely love my dining room and it is one of the only rooms in this house that I consider to be completed for the most part. I still need to find some things to hang on the walls by pictures that look bare. We moved in this house early last Spring. Considering that and the fact that I have little kids, I don't have it fixed and decorated the way that I would like. I am kind of doing a room at a time. It's more cost effective and gives me plenty of time to be indecisive. 

 You can enter the dining room 2 ways. This is the entry from the kitchen.
This is entry 2 from the main entry of the house.
Antique buffet with lots of pics of the kids and antique mirror. 
Pictures of my boys. Carter is on the left and Caleb is on the right. I bought the little blue outfit that they are both wearing after I found out that Carter was a boy. Caleb had a pose done exactly like Carter's and I almost bought it but honestly you could barely tell a difference between them and I thought it would look odd  and when I get old and forgetful I wouldn't be able to tell them apart. Ha!
Antique desk with pic that my MIL had of Carter taken for me on Mother's Day 2011. This desk has a chair that the kids destroyed. Lol! I have considered painting this piece and the buffet but they match my table so well that I will probably just leave them the way that they are.
Aubree's wall. This is a wall that is def not completed. It really needs something on both sides of her picture. I have yet to find the perfect things though.
My table and chairs. Love them! I have nice plates, etc but I don't dare leave them out. Wonder why? Haha!
The ceiling in the room is a different color from the walls. The kids call it the tic-tac-toe ceiling. I love it! It def gives the room character. 
The dining room and the office are the only rooms in the house with hardwood floors. Love them and will probably end up taking the carpet out of the living room one day and replacing it with hardwood or stain the concrete. 

The next part of the house that I'll probably do is my kitchen. It is pretty much set up like I want it minus a few small things. My cousin bought my kitchen table last week and we bought a new one. We finally have enough chairs for all 5 of us as Caleb was hating his highchair and no more glass top table covered with finger prints!

Carter Bug is sick. He has been sick just about every week since he started preschool. I am so frustrated! I knew that he would have a few colds but my goodness! He stayed up all night following his first day of school with an awful stomach bug. He can't seem to catch a break. He has a cold I guess. You know us nurses don't take our kids to the doctor until we are absolutely sure they need antibiotics. Otherwise, it's a wasted trip full of exposure to other nasty viruses. Anyways, he stayed home yesterday and was so worried about his lunch that I'd already packed him so I told him we could have a picnic since it was almost 70 degrees. We did and he loved it. He kept hugging me and telling me thank you mommy. He is such a sweetheart. 

Enjoying his PB&J

Caleb could have really cared less about the picnic. He was too busy running around to eat much. I am not sure how much grass he consumed. He should be safe though...look at Les Miles...he seems to be doing just fine. 
Carter was cleaning some grass off Caleb's face. So sweet!

The picnic would not have been complete without Carter walking over towards the swing set only to pass it and walk right over to the fence and pee on it. Ugh! Boys! Hahahaha!  There were several conversations today between he and Aubree that were totally worthy of being shared but I have already forgotten them. If you ever hear people say, you'd better write it down or you'll forget, believe me it's true! I need to get better about that. 

I went for a nice run yesterday morning. It was around 65 degrees outside. I broke a serious sweat. I have yet to figure out why the second day of the week is always the most difficult for me. At one point I thought I can see the house and I am tired so I'm quitting but I didn't. Just being honest.

I want to tell y'all about my friend, Cari. Her blog name is The Crazy Kents. She is a nurse too and doesn't live very far from me. We are totally gonna hang out one of these days. Listen to this, like I said she's a nurse and her husbands name is Caleb and she has a son named Carter. This gets funnier, her full name is Cari Ann, like my SIL Carrie Ann and both of their husbands are nurses too. Anyways, I love her blog and she has a great personality. She sells Thirty-One and has a link on her blog if you want to do some shopping. I don't know about y'all but I love Thirty-One and I desperately need a new bag! Check her out!

Tasha, at A Sunshiny Day, is also a blog friend that lives near me. She is a fairly new blogger and is going to do a giveaway when she reaches 25 followers. She has 2 of the cutest little girls ever! Go visit her blog and tell her that I sent you!

We were supposed to be going out with the fam for dinner tonight to celebrate Brian's birthday but since Carter is under the weather we will just stay home and keep our germs confined to our house. It sure would be nice if errrrrrrrbody did the same! 
Happy Birthday B-rian! I lurve you!

So since it's my hubby's birthday weekend and I have to work, such a shock, I am requesting that y'all keep your "It's finally Friday" "Yay for the weekend" shiz to a minimum! Ha! J/k...I did sign up for it after all!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

What's Your Motivation?

We all have things that drive us and we all know that motivation is a HUGE aspect in our lives. Unless you are new here, you already know that I started running again. I love it. Today while I was running I thought of what motivates me most to run. You see, when I was younger and played softball, running tended to be a form of punishment. If you had a crappy practice, bad attitude, showed up late, coach heard that you smoked a cigarette you were made to run. I hated it.

The number one reason that I run is my Dad. Yes, my ole greasy truck driving daddy. I kid...we always said that about him because when I would tell my friends that my dad was a trucker I guess they thought he was gross and greasy. My dad is actually a very nice looking man. Several of my friends had little crushes on him...still weird to me. Anyways, my dad is not my motivation to run because he is in shape and runs...NO WAY! Since I was 16 years old, I have watched him roll back to the cath lab I don't know how many times. He has had blockage after blockage. He has 12 stents. He doesn't smoke but he doesn't eat like he should, he worked night shift for many years, and he doesn't work out. He is set in his ways and he works all the time. I don't want to end up like that. It is hereditary and I have no choice but to get up and get in shape and establish a good routine that I can follow for the rest of my life. I also have to set a good example for my kids so that they will know how important it is to stay in shape. I want my kids to think it is totally normal for mommy to run in the mornings and workout again in the evenings while they jump around and try to keep up or I should say while Aubree whines about how bad squats hurt. Ha!

Another huge motivation for me is all the friends that I have made in the blog world. Y'all are awesome! It makes me so happy to see so many determined ladies! I hope that I will be able to catch up to you guys! I think it's wonderful that so many people have come together and want to have healthier lifestyles. I may still be sitting on the couch talking about how I need to start running again if not for all of you posting pics of your Garmin's! Ha! Thanks y'all!

Yesterday was my first day to run since the car or should I say baby truck accident? I felt so much better when I woke up. I went for a run in my neighborhood for the first time. I have done plenty of walking here but not any running. It was good. There are some hills but that's ok. I pushed through. I felt even better after my run.
I love my new shoes! I think I am gonna end up being a Brooks girl after all! 

It was 60 degrees here yesterday. I took the boys outside to play. They love the outdoors which is another reason that I am counting down to Spring. We spend so much time outside in the Spring and Summer. 

 I snapped this pic while we were outside. I am gonna have to print and frame this one. I love it! I never figured out what was so interesting on the other side of the fence. 

Ended the day with some more cardio per Aubree's request and abdominal workout. Like always, she wimped out on me. Ha! Oh...the day would not be complete without a couple of my kids random thoughts!
At the table tonight...
Carter: Aubree, I am glad that Groundhog's Day is over! Ugh!
Aubree: Why?
Carter: Because Groundhog's get on my nerves and make me want to poop in my pants! 
Aubree: Mom, he is so gross!!! Make him stop!

I hope that you all have a great day! 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Oompa Loompa? What Is That?

First, I would like to give a HUGE thank you to my SIL, Laura, for doing a guest post for me yesterday! Now I want to get busy bikini shopping! I am so very ready for Spring!

Let me do a little weekend recap for y'all!

On Friday I got my mug and Target gift card that I won in a giveaway at Grimm Tales! Yay! Go visit her and tell her that I sent you!
It's time for this mommy to go to Target!

I know most of you saw this pic on Instagram that I posted at 5 AM Saturday morning while I was getting ready for work. I had to go outside like this with rollers in my hair to crank the "baby" truck in the weakest snow I've ever seen. Seriously, I don't even want to call it snow but it was white and flaky! If you don't know about the baby truck, you can read about that here
VS bathrobe with Uggs and rollers! I feel a trend coming on!

Well...unfortunately, after this pic, things did not go as planned. Ugh! I had an accident on my way to work. I hit some black ice while crossing the Loosahatchie (tell me that ain't country) River Bridge. As soon as I began to cross it I lost control of the baby truck. I did some spinning and sliding before heading toward the concrete barrier head know the thing that is separating the bridge from the water wayyyyyy down below. It happened quickly but I had enough time to wonder if I was going to bounce off the wall or plummet into the river. Thank God, I bounced off! It was one of those "life flashes before your eyes moments." Anyways, other than a sore neck, arm, knees and a lingering headache I am fine. The baby truck, however, is done/toast. I have made fun of that truck so many times but it saved my life. Yes, I lost control because it is so light weight but it also probably bounced off that wall the way that it did because it was so small. So, RIP baby truck! You were good to us! Now time to foot some heavy bills for driving a Tahoe to Germantown twice a week and Brian driving a huge diesel to Memphis 4 times a week. Does anyone have a baby truck for sale? Ha!

I went to work Sunday without any problems on the road except a small panic attack while crossing the bridge! Afterwards, I headed down to Southaven, MS (only 10 minutes from big road trip) to see some of my friends that I used to work with. It was so good to see them all! We had fun catching up! I don't think I watched a full minute of the game. I have really missed my friends.

 Some of the old NICU crew from the NBC! Miss y'all!
One of my BFF's, Anna, and Ben, whom I have known my entire life, and me sporting some scrubs! Ha!

Just before I left, one of my other BFF's, Joyce, gave me a gift...Charlie and The Chocolate Factory! Hahaha! Why?? Because I have never seen it! One night during a 3AM conversation at work a couple years ago, someone said something about a oompa loompa and I asked "what in the world is that?" You would have thought I'd said something really bad because there was dead silence followed by lots of questions and laughter. She saw this movie on sale the other day and thought of me. I plan to watch it this week. Don't judge me...I grew up in a home where I was led to believe that "Smokey and The Bandit" was the greatest movie ever!

I have been in class the rest of the week at work so we have been off our normal routine here but hopefully we get back on track today. I am going to try to run today. I wasn't as sore from the accident yesterday as I was the first 2 days afterwards. I don't want this to be something that gets me sidetracked from the hard work I put in last week plus I love to run. It is such a great way to relieve stress. 

Anytime I have my phone out Caleb looks at me and says "Chee"! So cute!

Me and Aubree, my mini-me!

That's all I've got for y'all today! I'll update on how my run goes today with my broken down body! Ha! Have a lovely day!