Monday, November 28, 2011


We've been so busy I feel like I'm never going to catch up!

A few things- Carsyn's turkey dress is Kelly's Kids and reversed to the pumpkin she wore to the pumpkin patch. I love that little dress and she really got the wear out of it. Also, thanks for all the sweet comments on her birthday party! We're already planning next years! I promise to get to your questions soon!

We took a trip to Gatlinburg before Thanksgiving to do a few fun things with Carsyn and a little relaxing for mom and dad.

Here's a few highlights:




The Aquarium..


I realized while taking a few OOTD pictures I've been sporting the leggings quite often lately(exhibit b). Perhaps this has been the reason I missed a little extra junk I've also been rocking (exhibit a).


When I slipped on my JCrew minnies and took a pic I was feeling good-confident even! They're my skinny pants and don't give me the dreaded muffin top like my skinny jeans do. To my dismay I realized they weren't miracle workers when I snapped a pic. I know its not the pants fault- its my reluctance to get on the treadmill when it gets cold..and well indulging in this too..


Your eyes do not deceive you. Yep, Tracy is back in my life. Oh how I've missed your perky exuberance and flat abs. I guess I should also add I ran around the mountain every morning like a crazy person. At least the views were awesome and I had no bear sightings.

My goal is to work out a few days a week until January, and then its back to the same old New Years Resolutions.

We had a great trip! If you like the outdoors and have kids its a great little destination.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

please cast a vote!

Chatting with my pal Laura the other day I realized two things- (1) I'm old and (2) I'm musically out of the "hip" loop. Why? Because I can't bring myself to buy the Bieber Christmas CD. I'm all about Holly on Sirius and they play a wide variety of Christmas music. I just happen to prefer the classics and frankly I'm just a little too rock and roll. I'd rather listen to the Rat Pack Christmas or Kenny and Dolly. I even like U2, the Eagles, and of course the Boss. I just can't bring myself to listen to pop music anymore. Am I old? Does anyone else feel this way? Thanks to twitter I found Megan and Kristen who love the boss as much as myself so I figured maybe there's hope. I also love that this gal rocks out to Led Zeppelin :). I imagine she even serenades those sweet twins with Going to California for a bedtime.

What do you prefer to listen to for Christmas?

Do you like pop music?

Lastly, I leave you with 2 youtubes. Which do you prefer? Be honest, Santa's watching ;)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Weekend Recap & My Little Turkey

If you follow me on twitter you know the babe has been sick- as in stay in all weekend sick.


Some notes-

A mass load of laundry was washed and sorted- on my kitchen table-ick. Did you know my next home will have a huge laundry/mudroom?

So I might have feigned sleeping with baby girl and snapped a pic. We did take a snooze togther but the hubby was doing stuff and too busy to capture the moment. I tell myself someday when Carsyn is a teenager and hates me I'll show her this to remind her a) we used to get along b) how I took care of her when she was sick and c)she used to be my baby girl.

Carsyn literally "read" a book for 20 minutes this weekend. She jabbered and turned pages and squealed doggie and baby. (I'm aware its upside down-kid is clearly a genius). I couldn't find any doggies in the book, but I'm sure they existed.

Are y'all ready for Thanksgiving? We're wearing our turkeys around here!



I love my baby girl!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Carsyn's UK Tailgate Party- Part II


We were so happy with the amount of guests we had-so many family and friends were able to make it and kids were running around everywhere.










This party was bascially a brainstorm of myself, my sister, my SIL, my mom, and my MIL- They are such creative women and Carsyn is so blessed to call them family. Of course my hubby and their hubby's contributed also ;)
Thanks y'all!


Birthday banners, Water bottle labels, football cutouts,and favor boxes: 5M Creations (Melissa was amazing to work with-if you are planning a party and need any decor at all contact her- I promise you will not regret it)

Plastic Drink Bottles, Straws & Chalkboard Stands: Pink Lemonade Shop

Football Pinata: Shindigz (I honestly thought this would be a waste but it was the hit of the party!)

UK face paint and blue beaded necklaces: College Football Store

Popcorn Boxes, Football necklaces & Mini Footballs: Oriental Trading Co

Bouncy Houses: M & M Inflatables

Catering: Holly Hills Mall Restaurant, The Mousetrap, also friends and family

Carsyn's Cake: Pattycakes Lexington, KY

Cake Pops: The Blu Sash

Carsyn's UK Tailgate Party- Part I

(Finally...I got all the pictures together from Carsyn's party. Prepare for picture overload-sorry!)

I think I knew when Carsyn was born amidst football season we'd for sure be having some tailgate/UK themed parties.

I contacted Ashley of AB Designs to design Carsyn's custom invitation and she did not disappoint. I love her work so much and she's such a sweetie to work with.

My SIL came up with the idea to add painted pumpkins and pots to the decor and we gathered at my MIL & FIL's on weekends and painted.

We displayed Carsyn's monthly pig pictures on the fireplace and decorated the mantle with pots, pumpkins, and framed photos.


My MIL and FIL were so gracious to host Carsyn's party at their home-its a fantastic place to entertain. They had plenty of room for bouncy houses, guests and food.


Since the majority of the guests were kids we had face painting and tattoos in addition to the obstacle course and velcro wall. My MIL also has a neat popcorn machine we set up and most of the kids ended up going home with a small bucket- I'm sure their parents loved that!



The food tables were divided up into main courses, appetizers, drinks, and desserts.

The dessert table:





The main food table included hot dogs, hamburgers, wings, chicken tenders, mac and cheese, and pasta salad:


Appetizers & Drinks:


A few details:



(Part II- Guests & The Birthday girl coming soon)

Friday, November 4, 2011

I Got Nothing...

For once I'm kind of speechless and if y'all know me you know that's a rare occasion. So that being said here are some random thoughts...

**I'm ready for Christmas- I've already watched White Christmas once, I'm planning to watch Mrs. Miracle on the Hallmark channel tonight, and I'm stalking the Sirius website to see when Holly starts. That being said, it will be the day after Thanksgiving before my tree goes up-its tradition and that's how I roll.

**I've come to realize I'm the most sensitive person on the planet. My feelings get hurt over crazy stuff and I constantly feel like people don't like me. I like a simple thank you if I do something nice or an acknowledgement of my existence also, is that too demanding?

** I have a heytell addiction. This combined with my 45 minute commute to work means I'll likely be scraped off the highway someday.

** Because I like telling stories-here's the story of when my hubby fell in love with me(so he says). We were in the car on a sort of first date and we passed a 1978 trans am. I said "look, its the bandit" and the hubby laughed and replied "you like the movie?" to which I replied with some classic movie quotes. Yep, we fell in love over a trans am. I'm so redneck. I also want to do the bandit run someday and have been known to throw bandit parties with dr pepper and diablo sandwiches.

(this would be me as the snowman after someone stole my trucker vest).

**I love blogging and still get thrilled if someone leaves a comment or I get a new follower. I enjoy running into friends and family hearing them tell me they love the Carsyn updates. I could literally read blogs for hours a day! Unfortunately, I have work and laundry and a child which stand in the way ;) Thanks to twitter updates and the iphone I often read blogs at red lights and have not been good at commenting lately. I'll do better!

** Speaking of blogging, my sister from another mister told me about Blissdom. I literally know nothing about it but I'm dying to meet some of my blogger ladies in real life! You might see me there!

** I need a staycation-you know.. a week to stay home and get things in order. I also need my child to behave and take lots of naps during this time frame. Can you arrange this for me please?

** Did you know I'm 32 and roughly the same age as this momma?

I love RHOA and love watching Kim and the rest of the girls. I've been thinking lately I'm old. I'm always thinking of myself as being young but I'm Kim Z's age and she has a teenager...weird.

**Lastly, I've been reading lots of Q & A blogs and figured I'd join in. So, here you go...ask me any question and I'll answer.

Happy weekend friends!