Monday, February 27, 2012

I spy a zebra!! Wait...that is me!

Yikes. I can not believe I did this to my hair!! I should have known better. I DID know better.

It all started on Saturday. I decided on a whim that I needed my hair cut. This was true. The last cut I had gotten was when I was still pregnant with Donovan and let's be was a tiny trim not a cut. My hair had gotten pretty long. It would take forever to wash and dry and straighten and usually not 10 minutes later, I would have spit up, peanut butter or smushed crackers all in it. I don't have to tell you how bad spit up formula smells.

Needless to say, my hair usually ended up in a ponytail most days. I wanted a change! Something less time consuming and fresh. So off I go to the salon Saturday. As the guy was shampooing my hair he asked, "Are we doing a trim or some major cutting today?" I thought for a moment and figured why not. Major cutting it was. I thought I was going to pass out with that first snip but as he continued to cut, the better it felt! I loved the end result. It is a lot shorter than I had planned but it is cute. At least this is what I'm telling myself. My hair grows quickly. Not a big deal.

Fast forward to last night. We needed groceries and diapers and decided to take a trip to the place I love to hate, Walmart. I ended up on the hair color aisle with a box of Frost and Design highlights by Loreal. The box said "caramel highlights".

After dinner I excitedly opened the box and put on that horrid cap with the holes and started the tedious process of pulling hair strands out with that crochet hook thingy. Two hours later, I was ready to frost! I slapped that goop on my head and set the timer on my phone and sat down to watch the Oscars.

An hour later, everyone is asleep except me and my hair is ready to rinse! I go in the bathroom and look in the mirror and about fell out. It was ugly. I'm talking tears in my eyes ugly. I had a feeling this would happen. But I ignored my better judgement. My hair was brown with yellow/orangish stripes. Oh my Gah.

I was so mad and tired so I just pulled it up and went to bed. Crying.

This morning, Josh was laughing at me when I woke up. He started laughing harder as I got more upset. Apparently, me looking like a zoo animal and bitching about it is hilarious.

I am going to dye it back to plain old brown tonight and I am praying (begging) that it goes back to normal. I will let you know.

Because I love embarrassing myself, here is a pic of my hair this morning. I'm still in denial.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

And you thought you knew me...

15 things you don't know about me:

1) I have a tattoo

2) I am deathly afraid of clowns (thanks to Stephen King's "It")

3) I am divorced

4) I hate broccoli

5) I love to read. Like a lot.

6) I had my 3rd baby naturally (this was by necessity rather than choice, I am lucky that I made it into the hospital without him falling out)

7) I adore ham and pineapple pizza on thin crust

8) I use way to much creamer and sugar in my morning coffee

9) I have to straighten my hair. Otherwise, this girl would be rocking a super frizzy, kinky hair do! It doesn't help I live in the South where its almost always 100%

10) I tend to over incorporate the use of smiley faces. :-)

11) I am a girly girl but love me some mud riding!

12) I don't like to drink milk. Even as a kid I didn't like it. Weird, I know.

13) I love to swim and was on swim team when I was younger and also life guarded.

14) I have not worn a bikini since becoming a mom for the first time in 2003 and after three kids, I never will again.

15) I am always running late. Sad but true.

So, there you have it. Fifteen things you never wanted to know about me. You're welcome.

Three months!

And one week. Yeah, I'm a procrastinator. Here are some pics of your first three months in this crazy world.

You were born.

You had your 1st Thanksgiving.

You celebrated Christmas and met Santa.

You took lots of baths!

You napped on Mom's shoulder

You took lots of naps

You had tummy time

You celebrated your first Valentine's day

You went on a shopping trip with Mommy and Daddy in AL

You spent time swinging (more like napping)

You got loved on by your sisters

Happy three months sweet boy! Love you to the moon and stars!


Saturday, February 18, 2012

4 wheelin' and arcade gamin'

Yesterday Hayley's school was closed for a teacher in service day and Josh was off so we had a fun day. Since it was a gorgeous, warm day we rode the 4 wheeler around. Hayley is terrified when I drive but fine when Josh drives. She says he's more experienced. Right.

Then, we got cleaned up and went to the arcade to slay some aliens.

Followed by Chick-fil-a for dinner. No pictures there because sweet baby boy got fussy. Then, after we got home we watched a Selena Gomez movie and ate kettle corn. Busy but fun day!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Calling all Stepford wives

It seems each time I log on to Facebook or sometimes just browsing through various blogs that I come across them. You know who I'm talking about. They are perpetually happy with their perfectly done hair and makeup. In designer duds. At 6 a.m.

Please tell me your secret! How do you have kids and have the time, the energy, the money to look perfect all hours of the day?! Do you have secret clones of yourself and you are selfishly hiding them from us "good enough moms"? How else can you be up, dressed and serving a homemade full breakfast before you home school while making organic, gluten free, wheat free banana bread? How do you keep spotless kids, pets, homes, cars while cloth diapering and volunteering for all church and school activities?

I promise, your secret is safe with me. Wink, wink. Do you also whip up a big batch of meth and not sleep...ever? You probably don't even need something as frivolous as sleep, do you? I admire and loathe you in the same breath.

My kids are sticky and snotty most days. I don't adore cooking a four course meal from scratch every night. I love my crock pot. I don't own an apron or a sifter. Some days I'm lucky to get a chance to shower. I might get to microwave some left over spaghetti up while holding a poopy, screaming infant. I drink way too much Diet Coke and my favorite nights include take out food and a bottle of wine on the couch.

It must be exhausting to keep up appearances all the time. You make me tired just reading about your life. Kuddos to you though.

For myself, I will take being imperfectly me. I will keep a home that feels like a home (not a pristine museum), I will have sticky, snotty kiddos but they will be loved and sticky and snotty. I think it is not having perfection but balancing. I don't want to be a martyr mom. Gasp!!

God made us all unique. While you may be artistic and imaginative, your neighbor may be Betty Crocker come to life. But none of us are perfect in all ways, all the time. Except maybe the Stepford wives.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Love day 2012!!

I had a new Valentine this year! Isn't he precious?!

My sweet Josh brought home some wine and made dinner for us. Donovan even napped in his swing and let us eat. Josh did a good job!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Fun weekend!

We had such a wonderful weekend! Friday night I made chicken enchiladas and Mexican rice and gave the dogs a much needed bath. Josh got home late because when he got off work, he went to buy a 4 wheeler! It is an older (97 Honda Fourtrax) model but we have already had so much fun with it. Tonight, when Donovan was napping we rode around on our land and had a blast!

Saturday night we got a babysitter for the first official date night since Donovan was born. We went to La Fiesta and ate some yummy Mexican and I enjoyed some margaritas. It was so good and relaxing! Then off we went to bowl. I was horrible (I'm sure it was because of the margaritas and Bud Light I enjoyed at the bowling alley ;)).

When we were done bowling we decided to check out this local karaoke dive bar. It was so much fun! We danced and laughed and I'm pretty sure Josh dirty danced with an older woman named Gail. Haha. She had the hots for him big time! We stayed out way too late but it was some much needed adult time. I am already looking forward to our next night out!

Sunday we had a nice lazy day. Josh went to meet his friend Clay for lunch and Donovan and I snuggled on the couch and watched Lifetime movies. I started to read "Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins on Sunday afternoon and I could not put it down! I ended up finishing it Monday because it was so good. Sunday night was the Superbowl and we ate some goodies and hung out at the house.

Donovan also turned 11 weeks old last week. He is growing so fast.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Superbowl Sunday ya'll! (yummy recipes)

I am excited about this Sunday and watching the Giants vs Patriots. Ok, ok....I'm more excited about the FOOD that goes along with the game. ;)

Here are some of my fav recipes for the big day:

Brown Sugar Smokies


1 pound of bacon
1 (16 oz.) package of little smokie sausages
1/2 cup of brown sugar (or to taste)


1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2) Cut bacon into thirds and wrap each strip around a little sausage. Place the wrapped sausages on a toothpick and set on baking sheet. Sprinkle them with brown sugar.
3) Bake until bacon is crisp and brown sugar is melted.

Stuffed Mushrooms


16 large fresh mushrooms
2 tablespoons of olive oil
4 cups of Ricotta cheese
1 1/2 cups of grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese


1) Preheat  oven to 375 degrees
2) Wash mushrooms, remove stems, hollow out and then brush inside & out with olive oil
3) In a medium mixing bowl, combine cheeses, reserving 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese for later. Stuff into the mushroom caps and arrange on cookie sheet. Sprinkle mushrooms with reserved Parmesan cheese.
4) Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is bubbling and brownish.

Catie's Easy Chili


2 pounds ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
2 1/2 cups tomato sauce
4 1/2 tablespoons chili seasoning
dash of hot sauce (if desired)
1 (15 oz.) can of light red kidney beans
1 (15 oz.) can of dark red kidney beans


1) In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the ground beef and the onion and saute until meat is browned and onion is tender. Drain grease.
2) Add the ground black pepper, garlic salt, tomato sauce, hot sauce, chili seasoning mix, and kidney beans. Mix well, reduce heat to low and simmer for at least an hour. (the longer, the better!)

Serve with shredded cheese and sour cream if desired. This tastes even better reheated the next day in my opinion. :)

Hot Mexican Spinach Dip

1 (16 oz.) jar of salsa (I prefer hot)
1 (10 oz.) package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 cup of shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 (2.25 oz.) can chopped black olives, drained
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar (optional)
1 can of corn
1 can of black beans, drained
salt and pepper to taste


Throw all ingredients together in crock pot and simmer on low for at least 3 hours. Easy and yummy!
Serve with tortilla chips.

Enjoy ya'll!!