Happy Monday.

I think it's going to be a great Monday. Other than my entire (long) post just deleting itself before I finished, it's been a great morning so far. When I cranked up my car this morning to take my son to school my favorite jam {Justin Timberlake's Not A Bad Thing} came on then when I got home and took our garbage to the curb I found TWO 4 leaf clovers and TWO 5 leaf ones. That's got to be good luck for a while, right?

Now I'm getting a few minutes of me time; sitting here, blogging, drinking Strawberry Moon Peacock Tea {it's as amazing as it sounds}, and washing laundry (to be folded later). My weekend was amazing, the perfect pre-cursor to the week ahead.

Friday night my honey bought the new Plants vs. Zombies game for the X-BOX one, he and our boy couldn't wait to play so on the way home from Best Buy we stopped at Popeye's and bought a bucket of chicken. We came home ate chicken, played PvZ and I crashed on the couch. Saturday my honey had to go get the oil changed in his truck so I took the opportunity to go to the mall to get my engagement ring cleaned (my amethyst ring and necklace got cleaned, too). Now, my honey knows that anytime I go get my jewelry cleaned I come home with a wish list. This time was only different because my wish list wasn't @ the jewelry store, it was @ Macy's. I was dragging my son around the mall getting my shop kicks when I saw it; the most beautiful bag ever. Big, Feminine, Turquoise and since I'm always carrying my honey and our son's belongings in my bag when we're out BIG is important. I have a Dooney that I love but I carried it for a year and a 1/2. What!?! That's forever in girl world! So I have been looking for a new bag lately but I'm kinda picky about what kind I want. It's not often that I find something I feel like I can not live without but this bag was all of those things. When I got home I tried to tell my fiancée about it and even pull it up on the website to show him but no luck, it's not posted on the website. I pre-faced it with "Mother's Day is coming up and I found a new purse I really want, it's $100, that's cheaper than a Dooney! Long story short, our boy spent the night with his Mimi and Pa Saturday night so my honey asked what I wanted to do. Going out to eat was an obvious {O'Charley's it was. That's usually a no brainer, it's where we had our first date}. Margaritas and Chicken Fingers for me and it was delicious. Anyway my request was that after dinner could we go to Macy's so I could show him this bag, his answer? Yes! So we did and he totally surprised me by buying it for me right then. I'm sure I stood there in the aisle holding the bag, looking at him like a deer in headlights but he said "get it, you never ask for anything." And that was that. I'm now the proud owner of this beauty.

And the Dooney? She's safely locked away in an air tight container on top of my closet for now}. That brings me to my next topic for the weekend. My closet. She got a makeover. Shoe rack at the bottom for all my every day shoes, wire shelves for all my tanks, hanging compartments for other clothes that refuse to stay on hangers, and 3 hard plastic containers at the top of my closet. 2 for winter clothes (HELLO SPRING) and one for purses. I'm in love! All in all it was a wonderful weekend. Here's to the rest of the week!

Game over.

This morning, on the way home from taking my son to school, I was listening to the radio when a song came on about dating. It was then that I realized my dating days are behind me. It's not like I didn't know this was happening, I just didn't think about it. I'm not complaining at all. In fact, it's the opposite. I'm relived that those days are behind me now and that from every day here on out I know who I'm returning home to every. single. night. I love that more than words can say. I've finally found the person who makes home "home" and makes me want to stay.

No more awkward first dates! Dating game-over! Married life begins. Woo hoo!!

The Fault In Our Stars

I just read this book, "The Fault In Our Stars." It was a good book, different than I usually read but it was what my soul needed. It was more than a laugh out loud book, it was emotional and it left a place in my heart. It was full of thought provoking quotes. These are some that made me feel something.

☆"The weird thing about houses is that they almost always look like nothing is happening inside of them, even though they contain most of our lives."

☆"That's the thing about pain. It demands to be felt."

☆"Some infinities are larger than other infinities."

☆"You say you're not special because the world doesn't know about you, but that's an insult to me. I know about you."

☆"You're going to live a good and long life with great and terrible moments that you can not even imagine yet."

☆"I fell in love with the way you fall asleep; slowly and then all at once."

☆"My thoughts are stars I can't fathom into constellations."

☆"You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you."

☆"The real heroes anyway aren't the people doing things; the real heroes NOTICING things, paying attention."

☆☆This book is one I'd recommend to anyone. If you haven't read it yet do so. You won't regret it.

Happy Things.

Ah, Wednesday. Hump Day! Good things about today...

❥1. It's Wednesday! 1/2 way through the week.

❥2. Gorgeous, sunny 82 degree weather.

❥3. Sales, Sales, Sales today @ Kohl's.

❥4. Pretty new gold heart bracelet.

❥5. Time for my baby to get off work!

❥6. Bloggin'. I've had this blog for about 4 years and just now have gotten really into it.

Happy Day my lovelies.

Getting back in touch with myself.

Are there ever days when you wake up feeling out of sorts? Today was that day for me. I guess because my honey was going back to work after two days of jury duty. While I'm grateful for his job and the hard worker he is it was nice to be able to sleep next to him until MY alarm went off @ 6:45 and it was nice that he had an hour long lunch break and he got to come home and spend it with me. I truly loved those moments.

I was determined not to let my funky mood keep me down all day so I hopped in the car, turned the tunes on, windows down and set out to Kohl's for some retail therapy. I had a $20 coupon + a return for a shirt. All in all I ended up with $46 dollars to spend {and they were having a good sale.} my buddy needed clothes so I bought him a new outfit.

They also had these adorable signs on sale for $4.99 so I bought my honey one that says "a cluttered desk is a sign of genius" for his desk @ work and I bought myself a tiny, feminine gold heart Lauren Conrad bracelet for $8.00. Score! Something for all 3 of us!! After that and driving around with the windows down and music jammin' I felt considerably better. Then I got my hour alone in the car while waiting on my buddy to get out of school. With that time I was able to finish reading my book "The Fault In Our Stars." It was a good book but more on that later.

Now I'm sitting at home with my buddy, waiting on my honey to get off work and I feel much better. I just needed to get back in touch with myself today, a little sunshine never hurts either.

About diamond rings and milkshakes.

❥1.If you could only accessorize with one type of accessory, which would you choose? My engagement ring. {he liked it so he put a ring on it} That totally counts, right?

❥2. How would you describe your perfect date? At the beach, even though we're miles from the nearest beach. So let's pretend we're at the beach. Dinner and margaritas @ Margaritaville, lots of flirting, laughing and great conversation. Kisses and hand hand holding, and whispering I love You to each other followed by some shopping in some beach side boutiques. After that, a long walk on the beach (since the sun is obviously setting), just talking and enjoying each other's company.

❥3. If you could only pick one food to eat the rest of your life, no matter the calories, what would it be? Sushi. Easily sushi. The rolls though, the cooked kind.

❥4. What is your favorite thing to do in your free time? Pinterest, Facebook and sitting outside reading, walking around looking at pretty flowers or just soaking up the sunshine. It's really good for your soul.

❥5. If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it? Buy a new SUV, build my fiancée and son our dream home in the middle of the woods surrounded by acres and acres of land and save the rest. Okay, so I'd go to the beach, too and plan my magnificent (but small) wedding then save the rest.

❥6. If you had one wish granted, what would it be? I feel like I'm pretty blessed so nothing materialistic. I think I would wish for Heaven to have a phone though and oh, Facebook so I could keep in touch with my loved ones in Heaven.

❥7. What is your favorite go to hair product? Some Got2Be shine serum. I can't think exactly what it's called right now but and I'm not feeling like going up to the bathroom to check.

❥8. What is your favorite designer handbag? My multi colored Dooney & Bourke.

❥9. Where is your favorite place to shop? Target. I'd rather go to Target than the mall most days.

❥10. If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Princess Diana, My Grandpa, My Great Grandma.

❥11. What are the top three most played songs in your iTunes? All Of Me-John Legend My Songs Know-Fall Out Boy That Girl-Jennifer Nettles

❥12. What are your guilty pleasures? Buying the same clothes & shoes in multiple colors. (If I like it I NEED it in every color) organizing Buying nail polish & lip gloss Oh and milkshakes

And cookie butter {that stuff is like crack in a jar}.

22 Questions.

Here's a fun little "about me" post without the awkwardness of actually trying to figure out what I want to say about me. Enjoy. 1. What made you start blogging? I felt like I needed a place to share what's in my heart and mind. What inspires me, what makes me happy.

2. If you could give any tip about blogging, what would it be? Write everyday, even if you think it's ridiculous. Write whatever is on your mind.

3. What is your favorite food? It's easily sushi but not sashimi. I like cooked sushi rolls, not the raw kind. Bleh!

4. What is your favorite thing to do during your spare time? If it's warm and sunny, I'm all out in it! Reading a book or just sitting on the deck, thinking and soaking up some sunshine. Sunshine is good for the soul, you know! if it's not warm and sunny then odds are I'm in the house on Pinterest or Facebook catching up on all the latest happenings.

5. Do you have any pets? Yes! 4 to be exact.

6. Can you tell us about one of your favorite childhood memories? I have so many it's hard to choose just one. There was a lot of fishing at my great grandparent's lake which always involved my grandmother making us a picnic complete with Bugles and Balogna sandwiches. There were the times by brothers and I and all the neighborhood kids would build bicycle ramps and jump them for endless hours on end. There were a lot of cardboard forts made in the front yard. Christmas mornings when I would sneak into my brother's room and wake them up then we'd send Tyler (the youngest) in to wake mom and dad up. Trick or treating with the neighbors....I told you I can't pick just one!!

7. Where do you see yourself in five years? Married, with another baby, living in our dream house that my fiancée and I plan on building in the middle of the woods, hopefully I'll have my teaching degree and be teaching elementary school. Living the American Dream, y'all.

8. What is your favorite holiday and why? Christmas. Traditions, traditions, traditions. I love the feeling of happiness and closeness we all get at Christmas time. The decorations go up, the spirits and moods go up with it. I'm a big time sucker for good old Southern traditions, too. Cooking in the kitchen with my parents, shopping with my mom, decorating, wrapping presents, looking at Christmas lights, singing carols. I love it all!!

9. What kind of music do you like listening to and who is your favorite artist? I listen to everything, it just depends on my mood. Right now I'm digging Lorde.

10. If you could pick one place to live for the rest of your life, where would you pick? Put me on a beach and I'll be a happy girl!!

11. Who is your favorite author? I don't really have a favorite. I read a variety of books.

12. Name a song that best describes your life right now? John Legend-All of Me or Pharrell-Happy

13. What is your dream car? Hmm..Something that flies since I'm not a fan of traffic. That would be pretty awesome.

14. What do you like to do in your free time, other than blog? Pinterest, Crafting, Cooking, Fairs and Festivals, going outside to explore.

15. Where would you want to live when you grow up? In a house in the middle of the woods with lots of land and maybe a small lake.

16. If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be? A tiger. I doubt anyone would mess with me then. Or and owl, I love owls. Donkeys are pretty cute, too.

17. Who would you say is your role model? My mom. She's pretty darn tough and would give anyone the shirt off her back.

18. If you could have any superpower for a day, what would it be? Flying. Yeah, I told you I don't like traffic.

19. Which fictional character, from a book or movie, would you want to become? Allie from the Notebook. No explanation needed.

20. Are you a beach, city, or nature person? Beach, Beach, Beach!!!!

21. If you could have any job, what would it be? I've always wanted to work with the Make A Wish foundation. That would be pretty amazing and fulfilling.

Thankful Thursday.

Thankful Thursday.

There are a million + reasons why I love that man. The one who completed my life when I had convinced myself I was complete on my own. He is truly my best friend, the love of my life, my other half, my better half, my happy when I'm sad, my safe place, my silly, my calm, my wild, my rock but more importantly than all of that, he's my son's father. He loves my son, our son, as if he was his own. That's exactly what I was searching for in a man, a future husband and I found it in him.

Everyday that we're together is a dream come true and I fully expect to wake up from it any minute but I hope not to. I know what we have is real. It's that thing I never felt with anyone else, the kind of love that everyone says "when you know, you know." The kind that makes me want to be a better person even though he loves everything about me just as I am. He understands that I want to finish school and get my degree in Early Childhood Education but that my passion is him and our son. I want them to be as happy and loved as two people possibly could ever be. I want to be the mom and wife that they both deserve, he understands that and lets me be. He doesn't pressure me to get a real job or do something with my life. He knows what I do matters. A lot more men should be that accepting and appreciative of their wives, girlfriends, significant others. A lot more relationships would work out that way.

Maybe there's something special about being friends for so many years before dating that makes our relationship so much easier or maybe it's the little things we both try not to take for granted. Laughter is key. He makes me laugh everyday by taking my hand and dancing with me in our kitchen in the middle of cooking a meal and by singing the Spice Girls "If You Want To Be My Lover" with me. The other morning we had just woke up and were laying in bed still when he made me laugh by impersonating Willie (Robertson) who was impersonating Nacho Libre. He told me I was the best "In the world". That was one of those you had to be there moments but to me it was a highlight in my day.

There are those moments when he is my rock and does his best to cheer me up when I'm feeling down like the night I was laying in bed crying about stupid stuff and he just laid beside me and sang Bob Marley's "3 Little Birds" to me. Anytime he sees my eyes welling up with tears he grabs me in a big bear hug and lets me cry while I bury my face in his chest and stain his T-shirt with mascara. That's true love at its finest, I feel like.

There are the moments when I'm going on my crazy obsessive cleaning sprees and he'll stay out of my way for a while, until I'm on the verge of a break down. That's when he'll make me sit down, snuggle up, and watch t.v. while he hold me tight and everything else melts away.

I know, without a doubt, that my favorite moments though are the ones when he's doing something with our son. Times like those are what I've always dreamed of and long before he was in my life, romantically, I dreamed of those moments with him in them. They're just as magic, maybe even more so now that he's really in them. He has such patience and love for my son, our son that my heart swells with pride and in those moments I know that this is where my life should be. This is our new beginning as a family of 3.

I love the moments when we talk and dream about our future together. How many more kids will we have? Names? Boys or girls? Our dreams of building a house together and making it our home. The dreams in my mind can probably never compare to the real life but I know I have a beautifully blessed life now and it can only get better as time goes on. He always told me never to settle so I listened and never did. It's a good thing, too because now we're right where we both {secretly} wanted to be all along. God had a plan for all three of us and I had faith that HE would bring me to the right man, little did I know he would bring me to the one man I wanted the whole time.

I've been with my love through all the seasons now and that's entailed some loss and heartaches but also a lot of celebrations and more happiness than sadness. I know that we can weather any situation together and that "For Better or Worse" doesn't just begin when the vows are said. It began when we decided we wanted to be together. I love this man more than he'll ever know and I'm definitely more than thankful for him. Thank you baby for being my the calm in my storm, my safety when I'm weak, my happy when I'm sad, the balance in my life and the half that makes US {all 3 of us} complete.

Enjoy The Moment.

I got engaged two days before Christmas. My fiancée and I didn't rush like mad and start the wedding planning. It's not because we aren't happy and crazy in love, we totally are {he gives me butterflies on a daily basis, still}. We decided not to get married until 2015. WHAT?!? Yes almost two years between getting engaged and getting married. Everyone asks why are we waiting so long? The answer is simple. We're happy with where we currently are in our relationship. We're content to slow down and enjoy the moment, soak it all in and not rush through life.

As soon as a girl gets a boyfriend (or vice versa) the questions start rolling in. So, will you get married? When? Have you thought about babies? How many babies? (Or in my case, since I already have an 11 year old) How many more babies? It seems we're living life in the fast lane, all to eager to move ahead instead of being still and enjoying the present. It's a gift you know, the present, that's what it's called that. I know our family and friends are excited for us, that's why they have so many questions about the next steps in our lives together. That means the world to me, really it does but I want everyone to celebrate the ordinary, daily life with us, too because this is my happy right now. This is the season of life I'm in and I'm okay with living an ordinary life. We'll get to the bigger picture. We will. I promise. There will be weddings and birthdays and babies galore in our lifetime together and our families and friends will be invited on every part of that journey but let's stop wishing life away. Find the happy in the most ordinary days of your life and let's celebrate those things until the grand moments come along.

"There is more to life than increasing its speed"-Ghandi

Favorite Things {9}

I've not been great at doing this favorite things post on the day of I guess because I get caught up with my honey and our boy at the end of the day. I enjoy those moments together, just us, no interruptions, no distractions, nothing but US :) US makes me happy, happy, happy. I feel like my life is complete at the moment. Just the thought of this post makes me realize that I have a lot to be grateful for. So maybe I don't post daily but I'm thinking about my blessings daily and it keeps me grounded, helps me stay happy and focused on the positive side of life.

Yesterday's favorite things were:

❥1. Spending time with my parents. It's refreshing to be back home with them sometimes.

❥2. My buddy went back to school after his week off from Spring Break. That's not my favorite but the silver lining in that is that I got my hour, while waiting in school to be dismissed, to read a book and eat spoon fulls of White Chocolate Peanut Butter. That is my time to restore myself, I feel like.

❥3. My wonderful, amazing fiancé. He's the best dad in the world. After he got home from work last night we realized Easter is this Sunday and we didn't have our sweet boy anything yet so he went with me to get everything we needed.

❥4. Snuggling with my honey last night, falling asleep in his arms.

Today's Favorite Things:

❥1. Good morning kisses from the most amazing fiancé in the world.

❥2. Dropping my sweet boy off at school, having confidence that he's going to rock the CRCT these next two weeks.

❥3. Coming home and crawling back into bed and sleeping for two more glorious hours.

❥4. Spending the afternoon curled up in bed, watching a movie.


My family. They are my strength, my love, my laughter. My happy place. My calm, My wild. They are my everything. It's not often that we all get together, in fact, really, we never all get together anymore. Just some of us here and there, usually having dinner and hanging out at my mom and dad's house. Yesterday was one of those days when some of us got together at mom and dad's and grilled out, enjoyed the sunshine and the company. It was refreshing. Lots of food, laughter and company. Perfect Sunday afternoon and so for my favorite things post for Sunday, this is it. ❤

Favorite Things {8}

I absolutely LOVE Saturdays. It's family day, it's relaxing day, it's having fun day and today was no exception for these reasons.

❤❤ 1. Sleeping in.

❤❤ 2. Spending the mornings playing XBOX One with my honey

❤❤ 3. Got to see my cousin and his fiancé and their dogs. Dylan made a new friend (puppy friend) named Bentley.

❤❤ 4. My honey and I cooked a delicious dinner for my mom and dad to thank my dad for all his help painting our house last weekend. He made steaks and his mom's infamous BBQ chicken and I made corn casserole, garlic bread, baked sliced potatoes and rice krispie treats.

❤❤ 5. Ending the day kicked back on the couch watching my buddy play video games while my honey napped.

❤❤ It's been an amazing weekend so far. More to come today!!

Favorites Things {7}

Today has been a glorious day so far. I feel like my soul is being refreshed by the sun shine, the flowers blooming and a good talk with my neighbor. Plus I've been pretty productive. I need more days like today. These simple things are making my day today.

❤❤❤ 1. Sunshine and warm weather.

❤❤❤ 2. Talking to my neighbor on the front porch this morning.

❤❤❤ 3. Phone calls from my mom.

❤❤❤ 4. The beautiful flowers blooming in our yard.

❤❤❤ 5. Touching up the paint in our {still} beautiful living room and hallway.

❤❤❤ 6. Laundry. Yes, because it means that I have a family.

Favorite Things {6}

Today's Favorite Things have been:

❤1. Lunch with my Mom and my sweet boy.

❤2. Hobby Lobby with Mom. She bought me the cutest sign for our house.

❤3. Time alone @ Garden Ridge, adding to my wish list.

❤4. My buddy spending the night with Mimi and Pa. So me and my honey have time alone tonight.

❤5. Spring Break, baby!

Favorite Things {5}

Today my favorite things are...
❤ 1. Spring break=sleeping in (until 10 a.m.)
❤ 2. Rainy day. Perfect for coziness at home. Not perfect for motivation though.
❤ 3. Enjoying our beautiful new living room.
❤ 4. Blogs, Facebook, Pinterest, WeHeartIt
❤ 5. The fact that our house hasn't flooded with all these rains/flash flood watches.
❤ 6. My hard working Honey and My Dad who made our living room look so amazing over the weekend.
❤ 7. Coffee. I've needed a lot of it today.
❤ 8. Jesus because he's always in my heart.

Currently I'm...

+Watching Eric and Jessie: Game On and swooning. He's hot, She's hot together they're adorable. Plus their new baby girl, oh my heart! Jessie's baby shower is gorg!

+Drinking my cup of Kahlua coffee because I need motivation and energy @ 4:44 in the afternoon.

+Talking to my honey on his way home from work.

+Keeping an eye on this crazy weather and the river that suddenly is running through our back yard!

+Listening to my sweet boy laughing like crazy.

+Enjoying our newly decorated living room. It's gorg, too!

+Loving that It's Spring break and we can have lazy, rainy days @ home sweet home.

+Ready for snuggling on the couch with my honey.

Quieting the Noise

I just read one of my favorite blogger's new posts. That was her title. It fits where I'm at right now in my life so I thought I'd use it, too. I'm feeling under-whelmed and un-inspired these last few days. I'm trying to find inspiration and the happiness in every day but my head is spinning and I can't concentrate. I feel stuck as I sit here with my second {glorious} cup of Peach Cobbler coffee today, watching the Fabulist on E! (it's really on to drown out the noise of the dishwasher), surfing the internet for something that piques my interest. Most days I'd find tons of stuff. Not today.

It's okay to feel this way sometimes. I feel like these times are preparing me for something amazing to come. Afterall, not every day is sunny (in our souls and in life around us). Everything good, bad, happy and sad makes us who we are. I think today I need to get un-plugged and reconnect with God and my life.