Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Friday, December 25, 2015

Burger King on Christmas

There are so many more things I could be posting about, but I just felt like telling this story.

Went to Burger King today, and while I was in line (among a dozen others) I noticed an old man at the front waiting, having already placed his order. When his ticket number was called, he walked back to the counter with short, shuffled steps. 

He reminded me of my Papa, who had a degenerative nerve/muscle disorder towards the end of his life. Papa had the tendency to fall a lot because of his disorder, so he walked in the same short, shuffled steps. 

I heard the worker behind the counter tell him his drinks were over on a table where someone had apparently fixed them for him at the self service drink counter. I thought to myself, "Drinks means more than one. He's not going to be able to carry more than one drink." I looked over to the table the worker pointed at, and there was a drink holder with three large drinks in it. Immediately, I thought, "No way is he going to be able to carry that." I knew he was going to need help. But I hesitated. 

Yep, I hesitated. I figured someone from the restaurant would help him, but I heard no one offer to do so. Then I thought about losing my place in line and how long the line would be by the time I got back if I helped him with his drinks. 

But I just knew, remembering how my Papa was, that if he reached for that drinks carrier, he was going to drop it. So I left the line and walked quickly over to him just as he was grabbing the drinks. And he nearly dropped it. He would have if I hadn't caught it. In fact, I heard an employee in the restaurant say, "Ohhhh..... shew...." anticipating the drinks falling, then relieved when they didn't. 

So I righted the nearly dumped over drinks, then told him I would carry them to his car. Then I walked with him, very slowly, out the door and to a waiting vehicle. I noticed there was a woman in the driver's seat. I assume she was his daughter, as she was older, but not as old as he was. She was just chatting away on her phone, and for a moment, I was like, "Seriously??" I couldn't believe she had let this man go into that fast food business by himself, knowing he would have to carry a big order back like that. He could barely balance himself, much less food and drinks. 

I went over to the passenger door with the drinks and opened it, then leaned in to hand the drinks off to the lady driving. And she said, "Bless your heart, he insisted on going in by himself."

And I knew that was probably true. Because my Papa was the most stubborn person I'd known. He was the same way, insisting on doing things himself, even if it took much longer or had to be done again. Heck, he even drove until my Granny was forced to take his keys (after knocking a side mirror off the car by side-swiping a tree on the road they lived on).

Anyway, I simply said, "You're welcome" then offered a Merry Christmas as he got into the car. When I went back into the store, the lady who was behind me in line graciously let me back into my spot. I felt so sad for that old man, but also proud that he still tries. Knowing that it probably wouldn't turn out the way he planned, he tried. 

I don't really know if I had a point for this story, just wanted to share. It made me feel good to be able to help him. It also broke my heart a little bit that I was the only person who stepped up and offered to help. We need to be more aware of what is going on around us and help where we can. It might only take a couple minutes and you'll probably make someone's day in doing it. 

Merry Christmas, folks. And Happy New Year! 

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Goodbye, Facebook!

So yeah. Dixie and I said GOODBYE to our Facebook accounts. And it's been pretty refreshing.

For a while, Facebook was a good thing. And for a lot of people, I'm sure it still is. But for me, it was just full of negativity. It became a place for people I know (or used to know) to blast all their personal dirty laundry for everyone and their mama to see, and I just don't care anymore. 

So I figured the best thing for me to do was get rid of Facebook and seek out some actual face to face time with the people in my life who actually mean something. There are so many people who I used to call "friends" who just aren't anymore, and that's okay. People change, move on, and go different directions with their lives, and there's nothing wrong with that. But I felt like I was using Facebook to hang on to a lot of friendships that just weren't there anymore. 

And please don't be offended if you feel like that applies to you. I know that friendship is a two way street. I wouldn't trade anything in the world for the friendships I have/had with some people who absolutely shaped the person I am today. 

I have simply decided to chose personal interaction rather than virtual. So if you want to, get my number from somebody. Give me a call. Come hang out. 

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Cooper : 3 1/2 Years Old

My firstborn has crossed the three and a half year old threshold. Here's what he's up to lately.

Potty Training

We are 100% potty trained! Cooper was about 75% trained right before Colton was born, and as expected, we hit a rough patch and he had a major regression. We basically started over from scratch. Training for # 1 was smooth sailing the second time around, but # 2 was NOT. But we are there now! I honestly can't even remember the last time he had an accident. What we are working on now is his aim. He no longer wants to sit to pee-pee, but he hasn't really mastered his aim yet, so we're working on that. We are also working on making sure he understands that he isn't allowed to pee-pee in the bathtub instead of the toilet. I feel like I'm in one of those "Bleach-able Moments" Clorox commercials sometimes.


Cooper is wearing a size 11 shoe, and I don't think it'll be long before he goes up to 12. Kid has big feet!


He is mostly wearing 4/4T stuff now. His 3T pants/shorts fit him pretty well still in the waist, but the are way too short. And I guess 3T shirts still fit, but we've been buying all 4/4T. Which means he's no longer in the baby/toddler section of the store. It was a pretty big moment for me when I realized I had to go over to the big kids' section to find his clothes. He's just not a baby anymore!


Ugh. We've made like, no progress on this. Our saving grace is peanut butter crackers. And saltine crackers (or "regular crackers" as he calls them). He gets his vitamins from supplement drinks, and we are trying everything we can to get him to try things. He'll go a few days and he'll eat certain things, like chicken nuggets, without much of a fight, then overnight, it's like the nuggets are poison. I can't figure this out.


He's getting the most sleep of anyone! He has been in his own room for over a month now, and he's a pro! In the afternoon when he gets sleepy, he just goes into his room and gets in the bed. Sometimes he's in there playing, then I notice it's been quiet a few minutes. I go to check and he's in his bed, under the covers. At night, we tell him it's bedtime and he may argue a little bit, but usually it's no problem at all. He has had a handful of nights where he's had a bad dream and come into our room. Dixie just takes him back to his bed and sits with him for a bit then he goes back to sleep.


We were considering sending him to a local Headstart, but we've decided against it. Right now he is learning so well at home. We are really, seriously considering home school for him when he gets to school age. We've been researching and talking to some other home school families, and we are really looking at heading in that direction.

For learning at home, he counts to 20 (although sometimes 15-20 are out of order). He says his ABC's and can identify by sight nearly all the letters. His vocabulary is out of this world, and sometimes I'm blown away by the conversations I hear him having.


Last time he was weighed (about a month ago) he was 39 pounds, and I honestly can't remember his height. His weight puts him at about 97th percentile for his age. As for his height, he is at least a head taller than several other kids his age that we know, so I'm pretty sure he is off the charts on that one.


The kid loves to SING! He likes to watch Youtube videos of nursery rhymes and kid songs on our phones, and he has them all memorized. He is always singing something! Old McDonald, B-I-N-G-O, something. He also still loves Thomas the Train, but he's gained interest in other cartoons too. Aside from Thomas, I would say his favorites are Super Why and Team Umizoomi.

He has such a big imagination, and boy, does he use it! He likes to carry conversations between toys, and he even changes his voice for different toys. It's so fun to listen to.

He loves books, and his favorite right now is a book about a dragon who doesn't breath fire called, "Not Your Typical Dragon."

He still has no concept of strangers and there isn't a shy bone in his little body. He loves on everyone that comes to the door, whether he's met them or not. In the grocery store, he waves and says, "Hi, I'm Cooper," to anyone who will stop long enough to listen.

And he loves his baby brother, and Colton loves him just as much. I can't wait for Colton to get a little older where they can actually play together.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Tuscaloosa Air Show 2015

This weekend was the Tuscaloosa Air Show. We are super lucky to have such great friends that live really close to the airport, so we went to their house to cook out and watch the show.

It was super cold, which was a bit of a downer, but we had a good time. There were several kids there, so Cooper had a blast. Although, he isn't a fan of the cold, so he stayed in the house most of the time and missed most of the show. I didn't take any pictures, so these are courtesy of RaRa (my sister's mother in law).

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

30 Before 30

I'm jumping on another bandwagon. I'm going to ditch my 101 in 1001 list and go with a "30 Before 30" list instead. In case you missed it, it's 30 things to do before I turn 30, which is just under two years away. A lot of the things are recycled from my 101 list, so it's not exactly new, but I feel like it's a more realistic list of goals to meet. Also, now that I've changed it, I don't feel quite so much like a failure for the lack of checking stuff off the bigger list. 

Here's the list! You can also refer back to it if you ever find the need (as if...) with the link in the navigation bar above. (Look up ^)

1. Run in a 5K race.

2. Visit a state I've never been to.

3. Join a church as a family.

4. Crochet a whole blanket.

5. Get down to 125 pounds.

6. Go see a movie in the theaters.

7. Start a recipe collection.

8. Have a real girls night out - no men, no kids.

9. Donate blood.

10. Go to a zoo.

11. See a play.

12. Go on a double date.

13. Go to a concert.

14. Meet James Spann.

15. Paint something at All Fired Up.

16. Volunteer somewhere.

17. Get 30,000 views on my blog.

18. Read five new books.

19. Get a couple pen pals.

20. Learn Spanish.

21. Go to an Alabama sports event.

22. Make a Christmas wreath

23. Have family pictures made and framed.

24. Host a party, shower or other gathering.

25. Go to a restaurant I've never been to.

26. Get Cooper ready for Kindergarten.

27. Make a dramatic change to my hair.

28. Get a planning system and keep up with it.

29.  Get contacts.

30. Celebrate my 30th birthday in STYLE!

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

What Are You Watchin' ?

I don't get a lot of time to actually watch television in the evenings, but thanks to our On Demand service, I'm able to keep up with "my shows" each week. I've got a few I've been watching this season.

I'm pretty sure Grey's Anatomy is my favorite. I've been watching it since the very first season, and this season is pretty awesome. I was pretty sure this season would be lacking something with Sandra Oh not being in the case anymore, but it's not. The writers have tackled some pretty tough stuff (Jackson and April losing their baby, Derek moving to D.C., Maggie being Ellis and Richard's secret love child) so it's been really interesting to watch this season.

I didn't start watching Scandal when it first came out, but I binge watched the first two seasons on Netflix right before the third season started and have kept up with it since then. The first half of this season (before the winter hiatus) was really good, but the last few episodes weren't all that great. They just weren't juicy enough for me. I've seen the promo's for tonight's episode (which I'll probably watch sometime tomorrow), and although I'm sure it's going to be pretty good, it's basically a play on the whole Ferguson thing (black kid killed by white cop) and I'm pretty much over that. 

As you can tell, ABC pretty much dominates in my TV watching. I LOVE Nashville. (It is pretty close to knocking Grey's out as my favorite.) It's just as juicy as Grey's, but with a Southern accent and country music. The plot lines this season have been amazing, and I'm super curious how the next few episodes are going to play out. Juliette about to give birth, Rayna vs. Luke record labels, Layla finally getting signed, Deacon's illness. Oh, it's going to be so good. 

I am also a sucker for the Duggar Family and have been since they first came on TV when they only have 14 kids. It's just such a wholesome show, and so much fun to watch. I'm so excited to see the new episodes now that there are some in-laws on the show to make it more exciting.

Very similar to the Duggars, I love the Bates family too! They had a show on TLC that only lasted one season, but now they are on UpTV and I've had a ton of fun watching their new show. I like this one because it showcases not only their family, but the new families of their three children (so far) who have gotten married and moved out. 

 So that's pretty much what I've been watching. There are a couple shows I catch here and there, like "Our Little Family" on TLC. And of course, I watch "Wheel of Fortune" every. single. day. 

I could win us so much money on the Wheel. Seriously.

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