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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
After 5 days of a snotty nose and rounds of Tylenol, I broke down and took Wyatt to the doc today. When I called to make the appointment, the nurse said, "Now, what are Wyatt's symptoms." Not trying to be a no-it-all, I proceeded to tell her that Wyatt had an ear infection. Being that my child has had a monthly ear infection since he was 6 months old, I'm pretty good at diagnosing them myself. However, I don't have a fancy medical degree so it wouldn't look too good if I attempted to write him a prescription. Actually, I'm pretty sure that I would get taken to jail for that, so I sucked it up and paid the co-pay.
Just what I thought. It's an ear infection. His right ear is consumed with blisters. The pediatrician said she hasn't seen a child with such a bad ear infection this time of year. She suggested we see the ENT again, and schedule tubes ASAP.
My poor baby.
Being that I knew EXACTLY what the problem was beforehand, I took him to Sonic before our appointment and we shared an ice-cream cone. In my little head I guess I thought that would make him feel better. Well, actually, I guess I was trying to make myself feel better because I knew what they were going to suggest. We had seen an ENT in May, and he told us if Wyatt had another one he would recommend putting in tubes.
He was such a good boy. He enjoyed his ice-cream, and when we made it to the appointment he was just an angel. He sat ever so still and let the doctor look in his ears. I know it had to be so uncomfortable.
I feel so blessed to have such a good baby. I know I get frustrated at times, especially when he is sick, but he really is so good. I have known for the past few days that he wasn't feeling good. Usually he is so independent, but lately he has been so whiny and clingy. I hope the antibiotics work magic until we can get in with the ENT again.
Monday, June 29, 2009
I think I may have actually talked my hubs into one of these!
The camping trip started off to a good start. Our friends showed up at our place around 2 o'clock to head out on our little excursion.
Included in our trip were:
1. Jeff and Whitney, our wonderful neighbors who have become the best of friends. These two are hilarious, and canoeing with them was a hoot. Keep in mind, Jeff had fussed about this trip for 2 weeks because he is NOT a hot weather guy. He's a generator mechanic for the CAT dealership here. I believe his quote was, "I work in the heat all day to pay for A/C when I get home, so why would I want to go camp in this weather." Whitney, on the other hand, grew up doing this, so I was pretty sure there was going to be a marital dispute if he didn't agree to go!
2. Heath and Christy. Heath was my bro's roommate before he joined the army, and I became really close friends with Christy while they were dating. They have two kiddos, and were leaving the baby for the first time. They are our original camping partners. We all used to take trips when we were newlyweds with no kiddos.
3. Derrick, Morgan's BFF (he would DIE if he knew I referred to him as that)! His wife wasn't able to go, so he made the trip solo which worked out great because my BFF......
4. Christy had to go solo too! Her hubby had to work this weekend. She was also leaving her little man for the first time overnight. She and Morgan basically planned this trip. She LOVES to go, although I don't really understand why because she ALWAYS gets hurt! More on that later :)
5. And lastly, us. Keep in mind, I do this for Morgan. If I were planning a trip for myself, it would include air conditioning, prepared food, clean clothes, a shower, and probably some sort of hair dryer/straight iron. *Which, by the way, is why there is no pictures in this post. You have do retain some sort of dignity!
We headed out north through the backgrounds of Alabama to the foothills of Tennessee. Our destination was the Buffalo River in Waynesboro, TN. Now, don't get me wrong, we are country folks. I mean, seriously, we live on a farm but it doesn't get anymore backwoods than where we were. I've been quite a few times, but it always surprises me for some reason. I tell Morgan it seems like we step by in time when we cross the state line! We had to make a pit stop in Pulaski to purchase things for our wonderful supper that night. I'm not quite sure why ALL of us were involved in this, but when you get 8 crazy adults away from our children for the day it can get pretty wild. So, an hour later, we are back on the road. What should have been an hour and a half trip took 3 hours! It was all in good fun though.
When we got there, we were surprised to see how many "primitive" campers there were (yes, the sign actually said "primitive" which reminded me very quickly why I was born in 1984, not 1884) Oh, let me back up, about 15 miles from our destination, it proceeded to rain cats and dogs. So, we had to search for our "perfect" campsite in the rainstorm. I was NOT at all excited at this point. I mean, my hair started to curl before I even got out of the car! Anyway, we waited about 20 minutes and it just stopped. It was the strangest thing. Not only that, but the temp dropped from 95 to about 73. I told Jeff that it was a sign from God that he wanted him to have a happy trip and not complain! He didn't buy it :)
As we unloaded all of our gear, and set up camp the guys decided to start the grill for our burgers. Remember, there are TONS of people camping around us. So, Heath unloads his handy dandy mini grill, opens it up, and there it is........no grate!!! Seriously, like nothing to put the meat on but charcoal. Oh heavens, could it get any worse?!? What to do now? The closest store is a good 45 minutes away. Christy (being the go-getter that she is), decides to go ask people if we can borrow theirs. Would you believe that NO ONE we could find had a grill? I mean, what were they eating, beanie weenies? Well, no one that is until we spot our neighbors. There it was, the most beautiful little black grill I've ever seen. *At this point, I was so hungry, I was ready to dive in the river and catch my own fish to roast over the campfire. Anyway, the grill was there, but the neighbors weren't. What were we to do? Borrow it. I, for one, wasn't about to be the culprit, so we made Christy do it. She made a pretty good point, "It's a lot easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to ask for permission," she said. Quickly, the guys put the burgers and dogs on, cooked them, and returned the grate. The poor people didn't even know it was gone! Later that night, they returned but no one said anything. Certainly, my non-confrontational self wasn't about to fess up.
After we eat, we hang out for a while, laugh at our fellow campers swing off of a rope into the river (I'm fairly sure alcohol was involved, since he told his buddy to hold his beer and, "Watch this." Famous last words.). It was quite entertaining, but we decided to go to bed around 10:30 since we had to get up at 7 to head out for our canoe trip. At 11:30, the security guard came around asking us for our $5 campground fee. Now, they wouldn't let us pay when we arrived. The lady assured us that someone would come around later to collect. She didn't say 11:30!! Oh, we were soooo mad. Christy and I shared a tent, but I don't believe the poor girl slept a wink. At one point, I woke in the middle of the night to her staring blankly. She said she couldn't get comfortable. I don't blame her, that air mattress doesn't much compare to the Sealy at home. Around 4 am, we were awoken to a car alarm going off. The neighbors (who were so kind to loan us their grate, without really knowing), had gotten into an argument, and were packing up to leave. It was awful. After that, I don't think any of us were able to go back to sleep. Finally, at 6:30, we all got up and packed up camp. We headed to the rental place to get our canoes.
When we got there, I asked Whitney to request plastic canoes. For any of you who have ever been, you know that the aluminum ones are much more prone to flip. Plus, that metal on your booty doesn't feel too good on a 5 hour trip down river. Well, the rental guy let us know real quick that they didn't have plastic canoes and if we wanted a plastic canoe we better find another company! I guess he told us. haha. Whatever, we made the best of it and got our aluminum canoes and headed upriver. The drive in the bus made me a little queezy. I don't do well in the backseat of cars, but when you put me in the back of a big ole van with no a/c and mildew seats, that just about put me over the edge. After sitting on the bank for about 10 minutes, and a couple of Whit's pepto tablets, I was good to go! The guy assured us we could make it down the river in 4 hours. Let's add this up, we got in at 8:30 and got finished at 2:30. HELLO......that's NOT 4 hours.
The trip down river was quite humorous to say the least. Jeff (who I thought would HATE it), was so funny. It was all I could do not to fall out of the canoe laughing. He kept doing 360 degree circles in the water, running the canoe into grassy spots, and nearly flipped 3 times. He probably had a better time than any of us. I think Whitney was glad he had fun too. They were quite a site to behold! About half-way down the river, Christy stands up in the canoe to adjust herself, and about that time the canoe runs over a log underwater. The boat shimmied and Christy tumbled over the edge, headfirst! It was funny at the time, until we realized that she had a baseball sized bruise on her thigh from hitting the boat. I'm pretty sure she is hurting today!
I couldn't even begin to tell you all the sites we saw. At one point, there was a man floating down the river, by himself, in a canoe, sitting on a lawn chair. I'm not really sure how you even begin to do that, but he was having a blast! You see some interesting people when you add cheap fun with probably a lot of alcohol.
So, all in all, the trip was a success. We made it safe, hung out with great friends, got some pretty rockin' tans, and have lots of interesting memories to be told!
What a weekend :)
Friday, June 26, 2009
This is what we'll be doing.......
In something that looks like this......
This will be our supper tomorrow night......
Before we head out in one of these Sunday......
I'll be spraying lots of this........
And praying I don't have to say this........
*Can you sense the sarcasm? Needless to say, I'm somewhat of a girly girl, who married an outdoorsman. It's been 6 years and I'm still not quite sure what I've gotten myself into!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The dress I will be wearing to my brother's wedding in October!!
*Thinking about putting a cute chunky belt around it (yes, I'm taking cues from Jillian)...... we'll see :)
I'm super stoked about the whole thing. Not only have I never been to Maryland before, I have a feeling this is going to be a really FUN wedding. Considering my bro and his fiance' are HILARIOUS. They truly are a great match!
So, anyway, I wanted to be swanky for the occasion considering I am a MOM but I don't have to look like one! I found this super cute dress at Ann Taylor online. It was on sale for $59! What a steal. Usually I wouldn't pay that much for an everyday dress, but you can't beat that for a wedding. Anyway, they were sold out of my size online, but I called my local store and they had my size there. So thrilled! Since the closest Ann Taylor is like 10 minutes from my parent's, I sent my mom to pick it up tonight. Her exact words, "Well, honey, it's bold, but I guess it's modest." haha. I LOVE it! She is so funny.
The colors of the wedding are navy and periwinkle. Of course, not wanting to stick out like a sore thumb, I wanted to get something that would flow with the other colors. I'm sure pictures will be made, and I refuse to not coordinate in some way. So, here I go, in my BOLD dress! Look out Baltimore, here I come. This baby totin', southern talkin', country music listenin', purple dress wearin' girl is on the way!!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
2. A new Canon 5D Mark II. I'm trying very hard not to covet this, but it is definitely something I hope to acquire in the next year!
3. A Yukon Denali XL. I never thought I would outgrow my regular Yukon with just one child, but with carrying all my photography equipment around, I'm thinking the next vehicle will be a total "Pimp Ship", as my hubby says!
4. Bachelorette's Jillian Harris' wardrobe. Is it just me, or does this chick have some killer style?! I LOVE everything she wears. I'm thinking it isn't just me, since I've run across many blogs dedicated to her fashion choices.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Last Friday night, I had a little get-together with some of my girlfriends from grade school. We were glued at the hip back in the day! We all went to elementary and middle school together, but in high school we all seemed to go our separate ways. Not that we ever stopped being friends, but you know how it is, boys come in the picture and it's never the same!! I left to go to another school the middle of my 10th grade year, but we always kept in touch. Although we didn't see each other much, we always knew what was going on with each other.
After the passing of Misty's (in the blue) dad last fall, we decided we needed to do better about getting together. So, that is just what we did! I sent the hubby away for a few hours, and we just sat around, ate, and had girl talk. It was GREAT. It seems as though, after all these years, nothing has really changed. We've all gotten married and had children, but we still love each other like sisters. It was so fun to talk about old times and what's new in our lives now. We've decided to make this a monthly event. I can't wait to see them more often. It makes you realize just how important "real" friends are!
I hope everyone of these girls knows just how much they mean to me!!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I am so blessed to be married to the greatest father I have ever known. I'm aware that he is my husband, and I am supposed to think that, but I'm pretty sure he is the greatest ever. Morgan can be quite a shy man, but when it comes to his family and his son, he would stand up to a giant. He loves our boy more than I believe he ever thought he would, and it amazes me everyday to see them together.
Some of the reasons I love him so:
1. He is the leader of our home.
2. He puts us before anything else.
3. He works hard to provide for us.
4. He would rather spend his time with Wyatt and me than do anything else.
5. He is caring.
6. He loves elders, and learns from them.
7. He doesn't like nonsense, nor care to be around people that are full of it.
8. He gets up with Wyatt every morning and lets me sleep (this alone could keep me happy for many years!)
9. Wyatt squeals everytime he hears the 4-wheeler because that means "Daddy's home".
10. He shares the same dreams for our future.
11. He is so good lookin'!
12. He says I need a daughter, so we have to have another child (I know this is out of our hands, but he says we can always try)
13. Everyone respects him.
14. If he says he is going to do something, you can bank on it.
15. He is NOT a procrastinator, unlike me, who puts things off until the last minute.
16. He is my perfect balance.
17. He doesn't care about the frilly things in life, but knows I do, so he lets me do them.
18. My parents LOVE him.
19. He watches chick-flicks with me..... and secretly likes them!
20. He believes in me.
This list could go on forever because there are so many things I love about him, but these are just a few. It is so important to love and respect your spouse. I think without a healthy marriage, you can't raise a healthy child. I hope Wyatt understands how much his parents love each other. His Daddy is a great man, so I know he will be a good example for Wyatt.
So, since my internet was down for a few days recently, I have quite a few pics to share. I definitely narrowed it down, because it would've taken FOREVER to upload all of them.
Wyatt's 1st Haircut
Last week, my sweet baby got his first haircut by none other than is Mama! I have a little shop at my house, but I didn't have a child's drape, or a booster. We decided it would be best if we went to my friend, Whitney's salon and did it there. It worked out well because the girls kept him entertained. I wasn't too sure how he would do, but with a bottle of water, I think we could've kept him there all day! He was perfect, and his little hair looks so much better.
My Family Reunion (Dad's side)
Last Saturday we had a family reunion on my Dad's side of the family. It was so fun to meet up with all of my distant relatives, and especially fun since many of them hadn't met Wyatt before. We had lots of fun. It was a beautiful day, with lots of good food!
Monday was our first official meeting of the "birthday club". My friend Christy came up with this great idea to get all us girls together once a month to celebrate each other's birthdays. Well, this month, we didn't have any birthdays, but we got together anyway for a little girls night out! It was lots of fun. We ate at a nice little mexican restaurant in Athens. It was great until the tornados came through. Fortunately, it didn't hit near us, but they were all around. Gotta love Alabama weather!
RC Cola and Moonpie Festival Bell Buckle, TN
Ok, so me, my aunts, and my grandmother get together a few times a year and go to our favorite little town of Bell Buckle, TN. If you haven't been, and you like good food, boutiques, and antiques, you must visit! It is so much fun. This past weekend, they were having their annual RC cola and Moonpie festival. It was so much fun. Hot as a firecracker, but fun. We had the best time, and actually were able to talk my 15 year old cousin into going. She is usually too cool for us, but she was such a trooper. I totally understand that age, I remember it so well. It wasn't the greatest thing in the world to spend time with family. I'm glad she came, she is such a good girl.
While we were there, I found some really cool things.
1. A vintage grain sack (I'm collecting them for a neat art project)
2. A cute painting of a little cowboy for Wyatt's room
3. A really neat 3 strand pearl necklace
4. And my favorite of all, a birdhouse made out of salvaged lumber and metal tiles. It is so beautiful. It looks like an old church. I already found a place for it on my mantel!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I have literally been going crazy since Saturday. Why you ask? Well, due to the massive storms that came through late Friday night, we have been without internet service for 5 days now! I have been about to go out of my mind. Seriously.
I never realized how much I rely on this piece of technology to get me through life. This was how it went:
1. Wyatt's first haircut Friday....... couldn't post pics, no internet.
2. Family reunion on Saturday.......couldn't post pics, no internet.
3. Wyatt's check-up Monday....... couldn't write about it, no internet.
4. Our 1st official "birthday club" dinner...... couldn't post pics, or write about it, no internet.
5. Needed to book vacation reservations...... couldn't, no internet.
6. Needed to order prints for a client....... couldn't, no internet.
7. Needed to set up proofs for a client...... couldn't, no internet.
As you can tell, this could go on forever, but hallelujah, it's back on!! Needless to say, I'm not particularly thrilled with our internet provider, but right now I'm so happy, nothing could get me down :)
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Yesterday we had a great time with Molly and her sweet baby girl Anna (Wyatt's future wife) at the Atlanta Bread Co. It was so nice to sit and catch up, and let the little one's meet. I guess with everything going on, I completely forgot to take any pics while we were there. Remember now, I had my camera and everything in the bag! Ugh. I was so mad when I realized what I had done. Anyway, Molly took a couple, so I might have to steal hers when she posts them!
Anyway, after lunch, I took Wyatt by my Mom's office to see her for a little bit before heading home. He LOVES going to see his Nonni!! He loves to go out in the shop and drive the "Vroom, Vroom" (fork-lift.......not literally, we just let him sit on it and hold the steering wheel). While we were there, the bottom fell out of the sky and a huge storm came through. Needless to say, it was getting close to nap time so we had to get out in that mess and drive home. It all worked out ok, just a little frizzy hair!
Today was such a great day! More rain was expected, so Morgan spent the day with us. This doesn't happen much, but around here, rain means "family time" since not much farming can be done! We were pretty bored just sitting around the house, so we headed north to Pulaski, TN. It is a small little town, so I thought we might could find a cute little diner, or something to get into. Well, we didn't!! After driving around for about 30 minutes, my growling stomach got the best of me and we just decided to go to Legend's and eat. It's a good place to eat, and Wyatt had a great time flirting with the waitresses...... this happens most places, my little man LOVES the ladies!!
When we got back home Wyatt and I took a good nap, and when we woke up the weather was gorgeous! We headed outside and played for a while. The rain had filled up Wyatt's kiddie pool, so he decided he would go in- CLOTHES and all! I stripped him down to just a diaper, but then realized that wasn't really working when it started sagging down to his knees from all of the water. What's a girl to do? "Let him skinny dip", Morgan says. So, that's just what he did. And might I add, he had a BLAST!!
We are going to have to have a talk about this when he gets older. He has to know this isn't appropriate for anyone over the age of 3!! haha
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Yesterday I had a photo session with my friend's kiddos at the college in our town. Since they are great friends, and Morgan was in the hay field, I took Wyatt along with us. We had so much fun, and he was so good. One of the last stops of our shoot was at the fountain in the middle of campus. Wendi gave all the kids change to throw in, but Wyatt had other ideas. He tried so hard to break away from the stroller and dive in. Needless to say, this didn't happen, but it was so cute I had to snap a couple of pics of him! He is a mess, and definitely a water baby!!
On another note, I am so excited about tomorrow! One of my BFF's and fellow blogger Molly and her cutie pie (whom I haven't met yet) are in town, and they are meeting us for lunch. I've already packed my camera in my purse so I can take some pics of Anna and Wyatt..... who knows, we might could arrange a marriage for the two someday!! That would be just fine with me :)
BTW, I am totally aware that I am the worst mother in the world for not cutting Wyatt's hair yet! He so needs a haircut, but since I am the family's sole hairstylist, it is hard to find someone to take pictures of the special occasion (ok, lame excuse I know). Anyway, it will be done soon, because as you can tell he has the beginning stages of a "baby mullet".......I refuse to let that happen!!! Just thought I would give you the scoop since I posted this picture :)
Monday, June 8, 2009
This weekend we had the best time hanging out at our friends river house. It was so much fun. Whitney (on the left) and her husband, Jeff (driving boat) have to greatest little house on the river. Jeff is an amazing cook, and so we ate great and had a wonderful time hanging out with friends.
I was just thinking today how blessed I am to have such amazing girlfriends. Christy (middle) and I have been inseparable since kindergarden. There is nothing I wouldn't do for her. It is crazy, growing up I think I spent more time at her house than I did my own. We were ALWAYS together. I feel so lucky to have someone like her in my life. When I was 19 I had a bad car accident. I lived about 30 minutes away from her at the time, but she would come to my house, help me bathe, fix my hair/make-up and just get me out of the house for a while. She is truly the epitome of a best friend. We've been together through divorces, boyfriends, moves, children, and everything else imaginable.
I didn't meet Whitney until Morgan and I started dating, but I knew right away that we would hit it off. Morgan and I were out riding 4-wheelers one afternoon and we met up with her and her husband. Morgan had known her for years (they are our neighbors), but I had no clue who she was. As a matter of fact, I wasn't sure we would mesh too well. She was out in the middle of the woods with all her make-up on, bright red fingernails, a big ole ring, and her hair done up. I thought for sure this chick was HIGH MAINTENANCE!! I couldn't have been more wrong. She was just a hairdresser (talk about the pot calling the kettle black!). Turns out, she thought the same thing about me.......mind you, I didn't have the nails and jewelry going on quite as much as she did! Anyway, we have become the best of friends over the past 6 years. Her husband and Morgan are close also. We get together at least 3 times a week for supper. She jokes to everyone that I am their "other wife". haha. I'm a little more domesticated than she is to say the least!
Don't get me wrong, these are just two of my great friends. All of my girlfriends are very important to me and I know I could count on them for anything. It is so important to surround yourself with women who understand you and support you in everything you do. There are so many times I meet girls who say they "don't like" other girls. Well, that just isn't the case here. I LOVE my friends, and they mean so much to me!!
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Ok, so last Wednesday, my fellow photog friend, Apryl, and I got together to do a couple of shots of each other. I was needing one for my website, and I asked her if she would mind shooting them for me. Well, needless to say, I would much rather be behind the lens than in front of it! It gives me a whole new respect for my sweet clients. I realize now how uncomfortable it truly is. I mean, I've had family pictures made recently, but it is completely different when it's just YOU!!!
These are my favs from the session. *BTW, these have been edited like crazy!!! I mean, if they have to photoshop Gisele, there was NO WAY I was gonna turn these over without a little touch-up!
I am completely aware that I look SOO MEAN in this picture. I look like I could KILL someone!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
For those of you who have never heard of this clothing line, you must check it out! They have the most adorable little girl's clothes, but guess what?! They have big girl stuff too! My first purchase actually arrived today.
This super cute dress was out of stock at the company, but I found it on ebay for the same price and it was new with tags! I've already tried it on, and it is so stinkin' cute!
I contacted our local trunk keeper to order this dress. It isn't here yet, but I can't wait to get it!
This top was listed out of stock online in my size, but I'm checking into ordering too. I think it is so pretty and feminine!
Of course, their little girl's clothes are the cutest! I am ordering this dress for my friend's little girl for her birthday in July. I can't wait to see her in it! I'm definitely going to be taking some pics!