Thursday, September 18, 2014

happy birthday! (to me...of course)

that's right! i'm totally the birthday girl today! september 18th, 1983 is when magic happened and i took my tiny place in the world...or something like that.

i never would have thought at 31 my life would be where it is, but i couldn't be more thrilled.

thank you to my farmer for making me blissfully happy every single matter how much i complain these days...which is a lot.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

a look at me in high school + guest post | eat, drink, + be mary

sooo...i have a little confession. i wasn't cool in high school. like...not at all. 

luckily, i was under the illusion that i actually was cool. like...part of the popular crowd. but really i was living in a state of blissful unawareness in my mom jeans and knock-off doc martens. i had no clue there were mean people. i didn't know there was drama. i certainly was oblivious that people were partying every weekend.

i would say this resulted in high school being an enjoyable experience. i just bopped along boyfriendless...with my biggest concern being whether or not i was going to get asked to the next dance and how many pages i had to read in a lame book for AP english. 

i was the girl with zero tardies and zero absences. yep...that girl.

to give you an even clearer farmer confessed that he NEVER would have gone for, ever. 

being blissfully oblivious wasn't a bad way to spend four years...especially after hearing stories of how people actually spent high school. that's rough. i mean...i could never have dealt with the grown-up issues some gals had to deal with.

the good news...we grow up. we grow up, get smarter, and turn into delightful, beautiful bloggers like mary of eat, drink, + be mary

miss beautiful is taking over my blog today and telling us all about things she'd rather do than head back to her mid teens. 

get it girl.
In high school I was one of those girls. The girl who doodled in her notebook instead of listening to the teacher.  Who passed notes and went googly-eyed for several boys. In high school,  I was like any other girl who had no care in the world. That was until my junior year when I started dating a guy who flipped my world upside down. A guy who went to a different school and later turned out to be a pathological liar, distancing me from my friends + making me hate high school.

Luckily, I got a grip a little less than two years after I fell under his spell and broke it off.  But my memories and high school experience were left marred and with bridges burned.  Today I'm sharing with y'all fourteen things I'd rather do than relive to high school.  

1. Boycott bagels for a month.  Talk about a struggle for a carb-lover like myself.

2. Slap Myself.  Let's face it, at times I deserved it.

3. Not drink my morning coffee.

4. Comment on a blog that has captcha.  Whyyyyyy?

5. Not be able to watch the Food Network for a week.

6. Check my twitter feed only to be responded with the awful spinning wheel that seems to never end.

7. Be in a nightmare and not be able to wake up.
I had braces and edited pictures and posted them on facebook like the one above; I mean come on
8. Be banned from Pinterest.

9. Have an inbox full of comments, just to see they all say "nice blog, I'd love if you checked out mine".  Well, its quite obvious you didn't actually read my post.  That just hurts.

10. Drink a tablespoon of hot sauce without anything to chase it with.

11. Attempt to eat a spoonful of cinnamon.

12. Eat Oysters.  YUCK!

13. Have a pimple under the skin.  Those suckers hurt!

14.  Not be able to use emojis ever again.  I take that back, that would just be too far.  
Maybe for different reasons, but I'm sure MANY of you can agree - you'd rather do a number of things rather than go back to high school.  What would you rather do than go back to those days of spending 8-3 in that building?  What/who is the reason you never want to relive those moments?

Stop by my blog to learn more about the girl I was in high school with "If You Knew Me in High School." 

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

fall decor | chalkboard complete

this is 100% my very most favorite time of year...starting with september. 

first we have farmer and my birthdays four days apart in september. 

we roll that into our turtle's birthday on october 30th...and soon to be turtle 2.0's birthday month as well! pile on some halloween fun and october doesn't shake out to be a bad month either. 

next we have november...and i think we can all agree that it's oh so fun to bust out the scarves, riding boots, cozy sweaters, spiced lattes, comfort food...and pumpkin everything. hello...thanksgiving! 

to top it all of with the creme de la creme...december. and presents. and good food. and presents. presents are my love language. 

roll december into ski season...we're in good shape. yes...fall and winter are my very most favorite seasons, which is exactly why i've started decorating for fall already. 

today i'll sneak peak you the start of my decorating with our little chalkboard i change up each season. 

i started off by choosing my words and fonts in photoshop. decisions decisions. here is what i came up with:
then i just keep that little file pulled up on my computer so i can zoom in and out on each letter and word.
with my computer and supplies gathered, i painstakingly draw out each letter. and trust a non-artist, this is indeed a painful process. but i so so love the way these cute chalkboards look, i insist on doing them.
my farmer watches from afar wondering why i would spend the better part of two hours working on a chalkboard.
at some point during the artistic process, my best gal wakes up and insists on helping. she says "pretty" a bunch of times and even kisses it. this is how i know i'm on the right track. a turtle seal of approval.
but eventually all the letters are complete and i just have to add the finishing touches, straighten a few lines, and dot some "i's."
i'm here to tell you, you absolutely do not need to have an ounce of artist in you to pull off a cute chalkboard. just a little time and the ability to look up and down and up and down to check your work. so yes, mainly time...and patience.

Monday, September 15, 2014

34 week stats | farm gal #2 + my farmer's birthday

is it crazy sounding that i'm 1.5 months out from having this second kid? when i mentioned that to my farmer he had a mini panic attack. the only one not on edge these days is kaye...and that might be because she's in a permanent state of "wild-animal."

regardless, there is a baby coming and we have a lot of stuff to check off our of those being celebrating some birthdays.

my main man, hottest farmer i know, my farmer turned 32 yesterday. and of course, he's totally getting better with age.

and what with me being the best wife and all, i totally planned a nice, cozy celebration for, no i did not. i had big plans to make a casserole i know he likes and a cake. that's it. luckily, amy texted and asked if i wanted her to throw together a bbq for russell's birthday.

in the words of my farmer, "is a fat dog heavy?"

the answer is yes.

upon arrival to their farm we were greeted with balloons, a birthday banner, and just the sweet touches that every backyard, bbq, birthday should have. amy...she outdid herself.
as always when we get together with amy and her famers, we all have too much fun. maybe it's the farmer in us...or maybe it's the location and we just have to figure out different, off-the-cuff ways to be entertained, but it's clearly rubbing off on our children. 
this picture makes me nervous because kaye is clearly eyeballing brody. we have trouble brewing. in addition, it was the first night in recent memory that these two didn't fight like brother and sister. and while it was wonderful for all of us to not have to police them, i don't think any of us want them to get along too well too soon. these are the facts.

moving on. while amy may have outshone the love for my farmer, i brought the heat with a little layer cake. it certainly got the stamp of approval from kaye who couldn't be bothered waiting for the candles. i'm with her on that one. 
after everyone was amply sugared, amy busted out a piƱata. yep...amy for the win...again.

and who doesn't want to see a pregnant gal swing for the fence?
and the children had their shot...
but obviously the birthday boy had his time to shine. candy. everywhere.
the bat didn't get put away there, though.

amy and her farmer have a sweet little apple tree that produced plenty of apples this season...but apparently aren't the yummiest. we took it upon ourselves to play some apple-crushing baseball. i played pitcher...because after i swung and missed 47 was time to let others have a chance. the belly was obviously in my way.

but these guys...they had no problem making contact.

i'm pretty sure my farmer had an awesome birthday. (it was probably the cake.)
but why would i want to talk about my farmer's birthday any longer when i have so much complaining and crying to chat about? let's get to it...
don't ask me why my eyes are closed.

34 WEEK STATS | farm gal #2

WEIGHT GAIN | I'm up 13 pounds according to the doctor's scale. but please! i was wearing a sweater and shoes when i got weighed...and a heavy necklace. and sunglasses. and and...they should really let you take all that stuff off. 

but in all honesty, i'm really happy with the way the weight has gone on. i'm right on schedule to be about 20 pounds up by the time this gal arrives which will make the recovery process that much easier. 

it's getting harder to eat normal sized meals, so i find myself snacking a lot throughout the day. kaye and i even had a snack dinner the other night of cheese, crackers...and some cereal may have even found it's way out. it's hard to get motivated to make an entire meal when your farmer isn't going to be home for dinner and your turtle probably won't eat what you make i feel justified. 

SYMPTOMS | heartburn. crazy mood swings. tight tight belly. these are par for the course. i remember these exact feelings with kaye. my belly is just going to get tighter and more uncomfortable. it's going to be not fun to sit for long periods. i'm short of breath all the time. and the worst one of's hard to carry kaye. 

temporary. it's all temporary.

SIZE OF BABY | we're at the cantaloupe size and nearly five pounds. 

SLEEP | just like last week...sleep eludes me. a few nights ago i was up at 4:30 am and couldn't get back to sleep. and then again last night, i was up from 2:30 - 4:30 am. it's rough, people. the sleep-struggle is real. especially when you throw in the bathroom breaks. 

the good news - i literally remember sleeping better after kaye was born...even with the nursing. it's just so much more comfortable...and your insides aren't getting the shiz kicked out of them.

WORKOUTS | i'm 100% done with running. i accepted that fate late last week and i don't regret it. it was getting to the point that if i ran on tuesday i couldn't do anything on, barely walk. it was terrible. but now i try to get in three miles of walking every day and that suites me and my boo-tay well.

CLOTHING | i think it's pretty obvious how this conversation will go. nothing fits. i stand in my closet with a sad face daily. i can't wait to wear my "fall" clothes and put away my maternity jeans forever...and ever.

GENDER | girl. and the good news is i FINALLY got around to girl-ifying the nursery. i had to get strategic because i didn't want to completely start from scratch. 

when i painted for kaye's room we went gender-neutral with thick, navy blue stripes. so with turtle 2.0 being a girl too, i just added some pink paint to the stripes and called it a day as far as the painting is concerned. 

a preview:
i'm in the process of adding art and pictures and i'll be happy when everything is together. 

also, in case you're new around here...i posted some gender reveal cupcakes AND pictures a few months ago.

CRIES THIS WEEK | i had a solid cry a few days ago because kaye was being so terribly terrible. the fits, people. the total defiance. girlfriend really knows how to push my limits.

PURCHASES | i'm starting to pull together some goodies for kaye's birthday...and don't tell my farmer but i bought her some uggs. they are practically a necessity. they slip on. they are brown. they'll go with most everything. 

oh...and i may have made it rain at baby GAP the other day. did you know if you're a cardholder AND you shop on tuesday you get 50% off when they are running a 40% off sale? it was basically like i HAD to shop. plus kaye needed new clothes like...yesterday. she's not even two and all the clothing i bought were 3T in size. girlfriend has long legs...just like her farmer. 

happy monday, friends. send good, cry-free thoughts my way. 
i call this one: swing and a miss.


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