Monthly Archives: June 2011

This post will be annoying…

because I’m going to post a bunch of pictures AND videos! The first picture is the photo of today’s challege – fruit!

The second photo is of something I made! I found this blog and it is amazing! I’ve been dying to try making a crotchet flower, but up until yesterday, hadn’t really found anything that was very helpful! This post was great! She linked to a video that was extremely easy to follow. I watched it a couple of times and got to work! Here is the finished product:


Umm…I’m excited! I decided to make this little beauty into a hair clip for myself instead of a binky clip for Harp (that’d be a little weird, but I did just see that she linked to a binky clip for boys – a bow tie!). The flower was actually a lot easier to make than I thought it would be and it doesn’t take long AT ALL!

and here are the videos:

This one is just because. He makes fart noises all the time and I love it…

This one is just…adorable. Love his goofy laugh.

and this one is just Harp talking and being silly. He seems to be making new noises now that his teeth are in!

Okay. That’s it for the videos on this post. Sorry to overwhelm you guys.

Oh…and guess what! I’ve had SIX people directed to my blog after searching for “teething gums” so my post the other day was a success! Yay…there are other crazy moms out there who Google everything – just like me! I can’t remember where I saw this, but I ran across someone’s blog yesterday that was titled “Googling My Way Through Motherhood” – LOVE IT!


98 Degrees

Since it’s 98 Degrees in our apartment, let’s take a moment to remember and honor the band 98 Degrees. Remember them? I do (cherish you – that was too easy). I was never really that into them because I was a Backstreet girl. Speaking of Backstreet Boys, they were on TV the other day with New Kids On the Block. It…was…terrible, but I couldn’t peel my eyes away from the screen. It sounded so bad that my ears were in pain, but I couldn’t stop watching. Maybe that was their goal? I’m still a BSB girl. Always and foreva.

Today’s photo challenge was to take a picture from a low angle. Since our air conditioner is out, we’ve been spending A LOT of time outside (believe it or not, it is cooler outside than it is inside the apt). Benji was playing with Harper so I decided I’d make that my picture of the day. Here ya go:

I love his little chub chub legs in this photo! We’ve pretty much been keeping him naked since we got home yesterday since it’s so hot. If he wouldn’t pee everywhere, I wouldn’t even bother putting a diaper on him (I bought size four and they are WAY too big!). I can’t imagine wearing a diaper with it being so hot! Yuck! Poor Harp. This hasn’t even phased him though. He has done nothing but laugh and play all day, even though he is obviously burning up!

Benji and I have been calling and harassing our landlords for nearly 24 hours now. Having Harper around has helped to improve our mood a bit, thankfully. You can’t help but smile when you have Harp making all these faces at you…

Photo Challenge

I took a picture yesterday, but I didn’t have time to post it. It was a crazy day! I drove to Tuscaloosa from Pleasant Grove and went to meet my friend Misty’s new baby – he’s awesome! Afterwards, I shopped around with my pal Susanna for a couple of hours. After that, I helped prepare/set up for a bridal shower honoring my dear friend Katie. After that, we threw said bridal shower. After that, we went out for drinks for her bachelorette party! See…I told you it was a busy day!

I almost forgot about the photo challenge. The challenge was to take a picture of something green. It was about 11:15PM when it hit me that I hadn’t taken a photo for the day. Lucky for me, I was sitting in front of a wall that had a lot of things written on it – and most were written in green marker! Most were also too inappropriate to post on the blog. I did eventually find something that wouldn’t make you folks cringe. This:



Today’s photo challenge was to take a photo from a high angle. I’m not going to lie. I got a little lazy with this one. We drove back to Memphis this morning, and realized that our air conditioner had broken sometime while we were gone (it is currently 95 degrees in our apartment – yay!). This is the third time our air conditioner has broken in less than a year – the units are at least 30 years old and just need to be replaced! Needless to say, I’m tired and I don’t feel like going out and finding some high up place and taking an artsy photo. I settled for lying on the ground with Benji and Harper and holding the camera above us while making it look like I was picking Harper’s boogers. Enjoy:


Misty, I just now looked at all the other photo challenges and realized they get harder! I actually had to Google one of them (bokeh…what the crap? I’ve never even heard of that). Some of those really are going to be challenges. Fun times.

Beauty & Devastation

Today’s photo challenge was to take a picture of clouds. When I first went outside this morning, I thought I’d have to get a little creative because it was way way ugly outside and there wasn’t a cloud in sight. Benji and I took a trip to Hobby Lobby, and by the time we got home there were clouds everywhere. I decided to take a picture of the road going into my mom’s neighborhood. She lives in the Highland Forest area of Pleasant Grove. Our house missed being damaged by about 500 feet – it was a close call! Highland Forest only has one road to get in and out of the neighborhood, so everyone that lives there has to see the damage whenever they leave or return home.

I’ve had mixed feelings whenever I’ve seen a beautiful, sunny sky behind the destruction in Pleasant Grove and Tuscaloosa. I don’t know. It just seems so contradictory. When I went home the weekend after the storm, I got angry when I saw the beauty behind the devastation. I remember telling someone that I wanted to punch the sky because it shouldn’t have been that beautiful after so much loss. It was almost like the sun was laughing at everything.

When I drive through Pleasant Grove now, I appreciate the sunny background. It may not reflect the landscape, but it certainly reflects the spirit of this community. “Knocked down, but not destroyed” – that phrase always comes to mind. It’s so true of Pleasant Grove (and T-town). As it turns out, I’m thankful that the sky doesn’t match the landscape – can you imagine if it did? Yuck!

I hope you guys enjoy this photo as much as I do. It’s a beautiful reminder that while Pleasant Grove and Tuscaloosa will never be what they were, they will be beautiful again!

It’ll just be a new kind of beautiful!


Let me see ya grill…

Everything reminds me of a rap song these days. Harper now has a second tooth coming in – whoa! His first tooth is taking its sweet freakin’ time coming up, but the second one is moving a lot faster. I’m going to post a picture of what the teething process has looked like for him, but before I do, let me explain why. I Google just about everything. I was always curious to know what teething gums looked like. I read all about them, but I am a very visual person and I needed a picture. Anytime I tried to find one on Google, I couldn’t! It was always something like this:

I don’t know…it was just annoying. Anyways, I decided that when Harper started to cut teeth, if I could actually tell what was going on, I’d take a picture of it and post it to the blog. I figured if I posted it to the blog and said “teething gums” a lot in my post,  some other crazy momma on a quest to find teething gum pictures may be directed here. Who knows. Here are the teething gum pictures:


Looks a little gross doesn’t it? Yeah…I know.

I noticed his tooth for the first time on May 18th. It was so faint in the picture that I had to draw an arrow pointing to it. I was so excited about Harp getting a tooth that I e-mailed a picture of it to Susanna and my mom. Can we say dork? I actually wasn’t even certain that it was his tooth coming through, but I took a picture just in case – now I’m glad I did!

Everything I read about teething proved to be true for us. He was really fussy about two weeks prior to the tooth actually coming through the gums. For about three days straight he was irritable, would wake up just about every hour at night, wanted to be held constantly, refused food, etc.  That was the only time he acted like that though. He hasn’t fussed at all while they’ve been coming through the gums. I guess the hard part is just when they are coming through the bone? Who knows. I’m just glad to know what teething is like now!

Photo Challenge: Day 2

Today’s photo challenge was to take a picture of what you were wearing. Well…my outfit was pretty boring (they usually are) so I decided to take a bunch of different pictures of it and then piece them together. I figured that’d make it a little more interesting. Anyways, here is the finished product:

I was wearing a brown tank top, jeans and silver sandals. Boring. I have about three sets of arms in the collage 🙂 I took all of these myself. I tried to be in different locations when I took them – that’s why there are so many different tones, angles, backgrounds, etc. It’s funny how you can look really tan in one area, and then really pale in another (notice the difference between my arms and neck). Anyways, today was fun and super busy! I took bridal portraits for my dear friend Katie who is getting married later this month! It was blazin’ hot – gotta love Bama – and this outfit served me well! Thanks, boring outfit! I will forever by grateful to you!

Nite Nite.


Well, since I gave up Facebook, I’m going to be posting more pictures to the blog. I’m putting them in collages so that I don’t overwhelm everyone. Benji, Harper and I went to the park a little while ago. We were going to go earlier today, but it was way too hot! We finally went at about 7PM and it was PERFECT! The lighting was great so I brought the camera along. Unfortunately, Harper was in a terrible mood, so he didn’t crack a single smile while we were there. I sill got some cute pictures though:

My friend Misty found this neat photo challenge on Pinterest. I decided to join her in the challenge, since it only lasts for 30 days. The challenge for Day 1 is to take a self-portrait. Here’s mine:

I’m pretty bad with the whole “take a photo a day” thing, but I’m hoping that since this is only 30 days, I’ll be able to stick to it. We’ll see.

I’ve decided that I’m going to have one day a week devoted to crafting on my blog. I’m going to call it “Oh, Crafty Day!” and I’ll be featuring not only stuff that I’ve made, but also some things that my crafty pals have made too! I think I’ll have it on Mondays! So…if you have something that you’ve made that you’d like for me to show off, send me pictures at!

Have a lovely night folks!


I found this amazing jewelry holder on Pinterest the other day:

I couldn’t get it off my mind, so I decided to make one for myself! I love yellow and gray, so those are the colors I went with and I must say, it turned out quite lovely.

I went to Michael’s and bought canvas, paint, ribbon, and a package of yarn flowers. I got the drawer pulls from Lowe’s. The canvases came in a set of two so I have enough of everything to make another one of these, which I will probably do tomorrow. Benji and I are staying at my mom’s house for the week, so it’s nice to have a little craft to work on while everyone is at work for the day.

I also randomly got the urge to learn how to crotchet the other day – I went ahead and bought yarn and crotchet needles while we were at Micheal’s. I’ve always thought crocheting was neat, but it looks extremely confusing, so I’ve never really gotten the nerve to try it. Last night, with yarn and needle in hand, I watched a YouTube video on crocheting.  Big surprise…it WAS confusing! The lady in the video was talking and moving way too fast, so I ended up turning it off and just trying to figure it out on my own. It took me a while, but I finally got the hang of it this morning 🙂 I decided to make a baby blanket for Harper. Here is what it looks like right now:

We already have a blanket similar to this that a friend’s mother made, and we love it! It’ll be nice to have another one around the house. Now that I’m making this type of blanket, I have so much appreciation for the one our friend gave us! It’s amazing how much work must have gone into that thing!

Next on the list of things I need to learn how to make:

My friend Kristy sent this to me, and oh…my…lord. I died laughing. I MUST have this for Harper.