Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Time has flown!

I cannot believe it's been over a year (nearly 2) that I last posted.  Not entirely sure why I stopped...maybe the stress of life, the business of life, family, friends, church...whatever the reason, I've decided to start again!  The good thing is, if you don't like what I have to say, you don't have to read it.  :)

For those of you who USED to follow/read the blog...here's a little catch up.

1. We found a good church
2. I had another baby in April :)
3. Ellis deployed 3 short months after
4. Eli turned 5!
5. Business is booming
6. That's it!

I'll be posting later with pics from our recent trip to SeaWorld. :)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

It's been a long time

The last few months have brought quite a bit of change in our life!  We PCS'd to Texas...for those of you civilians, that means moved. :)  We found a great little duplex and started unpacking...again.  That my friends, is the life of an Army wife.  Being able to pick up and move with only a few months notice.  Some only get a few days or weeks notice!  Being an Army wife is having to pack and unpack a bazillion boxes...or what seems like a bazillion boxes.  It means up and leaving everything you've known for the last three years and just starting over.  Acting like everything is okay, putting a smile on your face, and pushing forward.  This is not normal...and yet, this is MY normal.  This past move was really hard on me.  I still miss my church. I don't think that will ever stop.  We found an amazing home while we were there...not just our house, but it truly felt like home.  The only thing that is great about this place is that we've met a couple of couples :) that are really great.  Now all we have to do is find a good church... here's prayin!

So...lets play catch up.  Again.  Ellis is doing great with work, he applied for special forces...we will be hearing shortly when he is going for an assessment.  I am just staying at home with Eli.  We work on school things, play, watch movies, go for walks, and whatever else we feel like. :)  I also have a little group on facebook that I make felt centers for on my embroidery machine.  I love it...it feels like I have a job. :) 

I was recently nominated for Military Spouse of the Year.  Voting was 2 days ago.  To those of you who voted for me, thank you.  I really appreciate your love and support.  We will find out tomorrow who won for each military base/post.

Pretty sure that's all we have really been up to...tomorrow is a huge day for us.  God has, yet again, shown himself great.  We are signing on the house tomorrow...such a huge financial burden will be lifted.  Thank you Jesus for your provision!!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Virginia Beach Aquarium

I wrote this blog a week ago (the 10th) and haven't been able to post it until today due to crappy internet...so here ya go! Our trip to the aquarium, a week later :)

Today Eli and I headed to the aquarium with "Miss Becca"...a friend of mine from church.  We got there around 11:00am and headed right in.  Eli and I have been there a few times so I knew what to expect cost wise.  As soon as we met up with Rebecca, she mentioned to us that we got to go in for free because she had a membership!  That was such a blessing! (thanks Rebecca!)  We saw so many things including kimono dragons, sharks, turtles, sting rays, and sea horses!  Eli loved touching anything he was allowed to.  We ate lunch there around 1:00 and then headed over to the river for a boat ride.  We headed home after the boat ride before heading out to dinner with my friend Mel.  We got back "home" aka Natalie's house around 8:00pm and got ready for bed!  (we are house/pet sitting for Eric and Nat while they are in Florida)

Okay...so now that you have a little snippet in writing, I'll show ya the pictures that I was able to snap.  Eli didn't really hold still long enough for anything, but thankfully I was able to get a few! :)

Eli pushed the lever up and down over and over!

He loved pushing the button and watching the volcano erupt.
This was taken in a tunnel through the huge tank...Eli loved watching all of the fish swim around him.

"Oooh, Look at that one Mommy!"

Eli would run back and forth from me to the turtle

He kept asking the turtles "where are you going?"

Eli was so obedient when I told him to touch the starfish and crab with one finger.

Eli and Becca

We now know where he gets his adorable face from :) Me! haha

Pure joy on this boy's face!


So...there ya have it, our trip to the aquarium. I hope you enjoyed the pictures!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!

First off, I want to say Happy Easter!  He is risen! He is risen indeed!  We had a wonderful service today at church...actually we had a wonderful service last night (Saturday) and 3 wonderful services today! :)  I was blessed to be able to direct our amazing choir in an awesome song written by one of my very best friends!  I love it when God pours down his presence on us! :) 

After church, Eli and I headed over to grab some soda from the store.  I pulled into the parking lot of Food Lion and parked the car.  As I got out, I noticed that there was an infant and a young boy in the back seat with no adult.  For a minute there I was reminded of the show "What Would You Do?"  For those of you who haven't seen the show, they take every day things or issues and then stage a setting...for example, They would have an actress acting drunk, about to get into a car, with a baby in the back seat...then they would film every day people reacting to the situation...

Anyway, I felt like I was on that show for a second!  I saw two young children in the car, no adult anywhere in sight...WHAT DO I DO!?  I walked toward the grocery store, stopped a woman, and asked what she would do...I asked if I should call the police...She recommended I tell management and see what they say.  So I talked to the manager, she said we could call the police or have her paged.  I didn't really want to get her in trouble, I just wanted to make sure her kids were okay.  By this time, I had probably been there for about 15 minutes.  I told the manager that I would go back outside to see what kind of car it was and to see if the kids were doing okay.  I asked the little boy how long his parents had been gone and he said "I don't know, a while..."  I asked him how old he was, he said he was 7.  SEVEN!  I waited next to the car for about 5 more minutes trying to figure out what to do.  I started walking back into the grocery store to let them know that I was going to call the police. Right before I got into the store this woman came up to me and asked me what I was doing talking to her son.  I told her that I just wanted to make sure they were safe.  I said, "I saw two young children in the car by themselves and got worried."  Oh man...that set her off.  A long list of racial slurs (toward me) came out and I'm not gonna lie...I almost lost it.  She told me "people like you need to mind your own business"  I told her, I hope that wasn't a racial slur...b/c obviously my child is mixed.  She told me to take care of my son and leave her alone...ooooooh man, I was LIVID.  I was trying to make sure HER children were safe and she's chewin me out?!  I told her "I do take care of my son, I take him with me!"  She went on and on, telling me that she had the keys, that no one was gonna steal her car, and that it was my opinion that leaving the kids in the car was wrong.  My only thought was, yeah Lady...no one will steal your car, they will steal your children!!!  I ended the conversation (on my part at least) by saying "I'm pretty sure the police will agree that leaving your children in the car unattended is called child neglect"  Then I told her she was a poor excuse for a mother.  I probably wouldn't have said that on a normal basis...I mean, I understand if you leave your 11-13 yr old in the car, but an INFANT!?  Like a baby baby...YIKES!  I told her I was going to write her license plate number down and call the cops...which I did, as she drove away calling me a racist _____. Fill in the black with whatever you want, b/c I was called it at one point or another.

In total...her kids were in the car, by themselves for about 20-30 minutes...and that was AFTER I pulled up.  I'm sorry, but you cant "run into the store for a few minutes" and walk out with 4-5 grocery bags full of stuff...

After she left, I went back into the store to grab the sodas, got outta there, and headed over to Eric's parent's for Easter lunch and an Easter egg hunt!  Eli had a BLAST!!!  We had such a great time with good family friends. :)

Anyway, from here on out...if I see ANY young child in the car without an adult, I'm callin the cops.  And to the lady who drove the car with the license plate Jay&EJ...  I don't care if you are black, orange, red, blue, or purple...If you leave your children in the car, I will get upset.  I'm not racist, you just aren't very smart...and you're probably upset that you got caught.

Okay...enough of that.  Let me tell you about the cuteness that is sittin next to me. :)  He took of his shoes and socks, and now is saying "piggy, piggy, piggy, piggy, piggy, weeeee!" and playin with his chunky cute toes. :)

Alrighty, Time for me to get off of here!  I hope you all have a blessed evening!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Applebee's Brownie Bites

So just a quick update on tonight, I will post another one tomorrow to let you all know about the MAJOR blessings that God has poured out on us, but for tonight just a little something.

So, Eli and I went to Applebees tonight after choir with his "Auntie Beffy"(Beth) and "Tia Yee-Ah"(Leah)  We had great appetizers and conversation.  Top the evening off with some yummy brownie bites...or so I thought.  On the way home, I was talking to my mom and pulling up to a red light when I heard choking sound.  Mommy instincts or previous life guarding kicked in... In one motion I pulled the car over/up to the shoulder, told my mom I had to go, turn on the emergency lights, and opened the door...I got Eli's door open in time to swipe his mouth...and for him to puke.  He had put his fingers down his throat, thrown up a little b/c of it...then started choking on his throw up.  GROSS!  Anyway, we are both safe and sound now.  It's times like that, that I am blessed to have training!  My heart is racing a little...but we are all good.  Now its bath time for puke boy and then sleep for mommy.  Whew! :)  I hope you all have a blessed evening! :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Fresh Starts

Wow...have I been slacking on the blogging or what!?  Lets give this another whirl...maybe I need to have someone to remind me about this.  Any takers? :)  Well, here are some of the fresh starts in my life right now.
-Ellis just headed back to the sand box.  I guess this wouldn't be a fresh start, but we have to start this whole learning to be apart thing all over again.
-My new Etsy store...check it out, I mean if you want. :)
-My new Facebook page...check it out too, I mean...if you are already checking out they Etsy store, why not? :)
-Let's not forget the blog!

I guess I don't have as many new things as I thought...oh well I suppose.  I do need to be going but I will have a picture update soon of the last few months.  I figure that would be easier than trying to write it all out. :)

Take care and God bless you.



Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sweet success

Ahhhh...that's all I can say after the day I had today.  A HUGE shout out to Leah and Kasey for helping me today.  So folks, ALL, I mean ALL of the laundry is done.  All of the linens, towels, Eli's clothes, my clothes, Ellis' clothes, absolutely EVERY piece of fabric in this house has now been washed and dried.  And no...I haven't looked at my bank account to see how much it cost me. :)  All I can say is AHHH!!!  I'm so happy it's done and I don't have to worry about it now.  Everything is put almost put away. :) 

After we finished and got the laundry home.  Eli and I both took showers, put on fresh clean clothes, put his laundry away...he even helped me by opening the drawers and "re-arranging" them. :)  We headed over to Payless Shoe Source to return a pair of shoes, grabbed some "healthy" fast food, then headed to choir.  Most of you know that I stopped eating junk...or most junk.  I stopped eating fast food, excess sugar, soda, etc etc...  Well, today I did have fast food (twice!)  I had a grilled chicken sandwich from Chikfila, NO mayo, ketchup or anything...just chicken, salad, tomato and bun.  Then for dinner I had a chicken burrito with fiesta salsa.  If you guys like pico de gallo (or however it's spelled) you will LOVE fiesta salsa!  Same thing...different name! (and fiesta salsa is easier to spell!)

Anyway, we had a good time at choir. (for the most part)  Eli was running everywhere, acting all kinds of crazy...but what can you expect from an almost 2 year old??? :)  I CANNOT BELIEVE HE IS ALMOST 2!!!  I'm sure I'll say that about every birthday.  Well, now its 10:38 pm, I'm tired...not exhausted tonight, just a little tired, and I'm ready to relax.  I feel like today was just the start of turning my chaos into order.  And no worries...I'll be posting about the changes :)  It's like venting! :)  And no one can say anything about it b/c it's my blog...if you don't like it, don't read it! :)

BTW...I wanted you all to know that I will be splitting BGR Designs into 2 pages...one for Jewelry (BGR Designs) and one for all of my hair stuff.  (B's Bows)  Please look for B's Bows soon, I have a lot of new bows, flowers, korkers, etc...I cant wait to show you all! 

Have a great evening/night/sleep (morning for Ellis) and God bless!

p.s. if you haven't seen my husband dancing yet..go check it out on Facebook, he's amazing!