Monday, April 23, 2012

Auburn and a party

This weekend was a pleathora of fun events. Friday night was a date night for me and The Brent. We went to see UA's production of Chicago which was fantastic, by the way. This was directed by our friend Stacy, who just so happened to be the director of the production of "Spelling Bee" that I was in in November. Saturday, we headed over to her daughter, Evy's birthday party. Good times were had by all.
I left from the party to head to Auburn to see my BFF in her AU Singers Reunion Show. We had so much fun in the 24 hours we were together in Auburn. I miss this place so much. I did not want to cart my huge camera all over, but Lenzie and I walked around downtown for a bit and I got some fun shots. Once I get Molly's pictures, I will add more details and more people.
And for those of you interested in the current condition of the Toomers Oaks, here is a picture. Much, much better than I expected. Still rocking and rolling!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


We had some fun visitors this weekend. Brent's niece, Heather, and her family came to town for A Day and stopped by for a visit with their two little girls. Barbara, Rick and Grandmother came too.

Baker and Addie were so cute together.

Within 5 minutes the house looked like this:

This was right before B hit Paige with his Auburn bat and said "War Eagle". Not really. That didnt happen, but it looks like it did.

"You're next if you don't stop the smack talk"

That won't make anyone in Brent's family laugh at all, but it is hilarious to me. Moving on.

A recorder concert

We had more fun visitors, The Reigals, later in the day and we all went to Cypress Inn and had what was my favorite Cypress Inn experience to date. Outside eating, by the river, good conversation, crab claws, you know..heavenly.

After dinner we got to see our friends in "Smoke on the Mountain" which was great. Sunday we took another trip to River Road Park and Baker made a new friend.

All in all, it was just a great weekend. Not a snake in sight!
Hope yours was too.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


I finished a little project for The Bakes a few weeks ago. I keep meaning to post it. I thought it turned out cute.

Its basically letters that I painted and then "distressed" and different scrapbook paper covering squares, hung with ribbon and attached to a curtain rod.

As seen over his big boy bed.

While we are on the subject, this bed falls under the category "USED" since I've challenged myself to only buying Used, Consigned, Refurbished in the year 2012. The bed, I found off of Craigslist. Its shabby and rustic, which I love, but I wish the headboard was bigger. This side of the room is more bare than I would like for it to be. Curtain panels or a valance would help, but its still missing something.

Bedding is from PBK. Need a cute decorative pillow as well.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter 2012

We had such a great time this weekend celebrating Easter in Dothan. Baker Man loves going to his grandparents house, especially when they buy him dinosaurs. He ran around saying "ROARRRR" 90% of the time. The other 10% he had 2-4 of them in his arms wherever he went. So, needless to say, his obsession with dinosaurs has grown since collecting these plastic guys.

The girls had their annual egg hunt for money eggs. Its always a good time...

Until you realize you are not alone.

Mom saw a snake and I'm telling you this ordeal I have the willies just typing this, but it was dramatic. This is what my nightmares are made of.

Brent said he felt sorry for the snake since he didnt make it to Easter. He probably had his little snake suit ready and everything.
I have to laugh to keep from crying.

As you can see, we moved the action to the front yard. Baker was asleep for the snake drama, thankfully. So, we did a little egg hunting for him in the grass where there was no question.

As you can see, B was still cautious.

We dyed eggs

We got to see our long lost friend, Greg Hagler!

Of course the Easter Bunny made an appearance and brought "supwises".

We had a wonderful lunch with Hank and Regina after church too. Its always great to see them.

I'm so thankful for the gift of Easter and what it means. I hope you enjoyed time with your family as well- minus snakes.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Good Friday

Its hard for me to think of Good Friday as being good, but my church has a Good Friday service that is good..and relevant..and emotional. I love going to it to appreciate the true meaning of Easter. My facebook status today was borrowed from our college member who said:

The Joy of Easter can only be as deep as the devastation of Friday.

And that rings so true. We cannot celebrate Easter without first recognizing the weight that Friday holds.

With that being said, Baker had a sweet egg hunt and party at school today. They made their "baskets" and had fun in the courtyard.

Everthing was going well until I saw Baker get something from the ground,eat it and then spit it back out. It was a jelly bean that had already been chewed up and spit out. Happy Easter!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Baby Brinkley & a Break

Friday started my "child-free weekend" thanks to my mom. I was having a baby shower at my house on Saturday and she had some curtains of mine made in Dothan so she came to Tuscaloosa on Wednesday with her friend, Sharon (who is a saint, btw) to hang my curtains and spruce up my house to get ready for the baby shower. It was wonderful! In addition, she took Baker with her on Friday and he is coming home tomorrow. So, it has been a busy, but fun and relaxing weekend.

First, let me document the baby shower. It was for a friend and co-worker, Emily, who is having a baby girl any day now, really.

We had awesome food, by Mary Beth Brannan. What a jewel to offer to cook everything!

You can see my curtains from this shot. The picture does not do them justice. I LOVE LOVE LOVE them. They have done wonders for this room!

We had a few shower games which I normally loathe, but it seemed fitting for Emily and turned out fun.

Emily is always so great to honor us for birthdays at work and she goes the extra mile to decorate our offices and bring desserts etc..It was nice to be able to give back to her and the little life she is about to meet.

Moving on, Its amazing what all you can accomplish without a toddler. Don't get me wrong, I would not trade my life as a mother for anything in the world, but a few days to be "me" was awesome. I went shopping for a lengthy time, not just a few minutes on my lunch hour. That was great! I knocked out alot of things I wanted/needed. Then, Brent and I packed up and went to Birmingham for the night to meet up with some friends that we never see and just have fun. It was great. I havent seen some of these people in 2 or 3 years!

We went to brunch on Sunday with Meg at Homewood Diner and then headed back to Tuscaloosa. We were supposed to go see the Blue Angels but I decided that laying around and watching a lifetime movie sounded a lot more fun...and I think it was.

We decided last minute it might even be fun to play putt-putt. Hmmm, I think my relaxed brain just didn't care what we did. I have never put putt putt on the top of my list of things to do. Anyway, the course was terrible. Run down, weeds, just bad shape. So it was fun to make fun of that, really.

Tonight I am going to Zumba and other places that don't include rushing home to do dinner and baths and bedtime stories. Its feels weird not having that to do. BUT, we get him back tomorrow and I'm super excited to see him. Little man has been thoroughly entertained at Shug and Daggy's though. He might not even want to come home.
I am so thankful for my mom and dad for being willing to take him for 5 days! Especially mom who did SO MUCH at my house before she took that on. We are very blessed.
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3: 12-14