Thursday, September 15, 2011

A Robbery and No Pictures.

Good Morning friends. I've been completely missing in action due to some slight technical difficulties. Those difficulties are called, two robbers broke into my house and stole my laptop difficulties. Last week, I returned home from a few errands with Eli and we headed in the front door while two robbers headed out the back door. It scared my pants off, but we are all safe and okay, and thankfully, they only made it out with good ole' STUFF. They stole my laptop (otherwise known as my daily connection to the outside world) and with it took EVERY baby picture and video I've ever taken of my sweet babe. I'm glad in times like these I have stayed up to date in ordering pictures and blogged about them, however, I didn't ever transfer the videos to a dvd, so I'm afraid all my baby videos are gone, and that breaks my heart. I remind myself that I still have the real thing here in my house, and that's one million times better than home videos. :)

Just wanted to let you all know why I'm not here and why I won't be for awhile. No pictures to go with this post unfortunately. I hope those two thieving kids enjoy all my home videos.

P.S. Two very nice policeman knocked on my door at SIX this morning to let me know they caught the guys last night. They said they didn't find my laptop, but we're glad they are now in custody.

P.P.S. Don't worry, the alarm system is already in progress. Hope y'alls week has gone better than ours! :)

Friday, September 2, 2011

25 randoms- 2009 vs. 2011

Well, today I was waiting on Eli to wake up from his nap so we could run some errands, and came across this list on FB I wrote in 2009. Remember these 25 random lists? I thought it was funny, b/c most of this is still very true, and some of it has come true! So, here it is again. I think you all should write a list too, and so can read yours!

1. I love making lists...I make lists for everything. This includes the grocery store, my ten year plan, furniture I want to buy, future baby names, future baby shower invites, and I'm not having a baby. Matthew finds these lists around the house and questions my obsession to plan. (2011- still making lists)

2. I used to write all the time--mainly poems. I don't even know if I could anymore. I think I wrote when I was not happy, but now that I'm super happy, there's not much to say. (2011- by not happy, i mean teen angst.)

3. I love my's true. He's the best man I know. He is such a good complement to me--When I'm serious, he makes me laugh. When I'm sick, he's the best caretaker. When I'm mad, he makes weird faces and chases me around the house until I can't be mad anymore...which makes me mad. Most of all, he's my best friend and loves God more than me. (2011- still a good man, but goodness, how we've grown and molded to eachother's needs over the past two years. A baby will do that, I think.)

4. I sometimes love my job. Highschoolers are a different bunch--they are insecure, immature, awkward, and try to pretend that they aren't. I am very glad I'm not in high school anymore. (2011- different job, different challenges, although I can say now I LOVE my job)

5. I am horrible at communicating and keeping in touch. I love my friends, and need to be better at it. I have good intentions to call them weekly, but then it becomes two weeks, three weeks, etc. (2011-still very true)

6. I've never heard my dad pray out loud...not once. This is only to say another reason why I love my husband--he prays all the time, out loud, to himself, and with me. He's definitely a good man. (2011- still no prayers from dad, but many prayers from my hubby.)

7. I can't wait to have kids. Matthew needs to get on board, which is why I'm not pregnant right now, but I can't wait for it to happen. I need to stop watching baby shows b/c I get more terrified every time I watch the labor, but I still can't wait. I have all four names picked out already. (2011- one baby down, three to go. My baby name list is a'changing a little. One was taken (cough, Corinne, cough). :)

8. I love my brother. He is a sweet, sweet man and so is his wife. My mom used to always say that John and I would always be able to have eachother, no matter what else was happening. I'm glad I have my big brother to talk to...usually about my crazy parents. (2011- John and are totally different, but are okay with that now that we're older)

9. My favorite place to travel is the beach. This can be any beach, anywhere. I love simply lying on the sand, listening to the waves, and roasting in the sun. I know that it's horrible for me, but I love it. I'm already planning our summer vacation... and yes, I'm making a list. (2011- still my favorite place, but not a lot of laying and roasting going on with a baby)

10. I want to do something bigger with my life. I want to be able to work for God every day. My job has lots of perks, but lots of paperwork and trivial tasks and behavior issues that don't always make me feel like I'm in it for Him. (2011- still true)

11. I hate the winter time. I don't like the cold, or big heavy clothes, or winter wind. Spring, summer, fall--those are all great, but I just can't stand the winter. I hope that spring gets here soon. (2011- still so true)

12. I love to dance. I've only recently started liking it; I guess b/c I stopped caring what I looked like. If you've seen me dance, then this makes sense. I'm not very good at dancing, but I love to do it. My favorite is when Matthew dances with me. He's equally as bad, maybe even worse, but we do have fun. (2011- we haven't gotten any better at this either.)

13. I want a dog. We now own a cat, and he's wonderful. What I really wanted was a dog, but we settled on a cat for our apt. Now that we have a house, I'm ready. I'm pushing for a golden retriever, although Matthew wants a lab. Once we settle our disagreement, we'll be getting one. (2011- we got two dogs, and the cat went to live with his grandparents for awhile)

14. I've always wanted glasses. When I was younger, I would buy the reading glasses at Walgreens and wear them to school. I felt cooler wearing glasses. I still am a little envious when I see someone who actually needs glasses and wears a really cute pair. Maybe one day. (2011- still want them; still don't need them)

15. I wish I could sing. I love songs and lyrics, and singing to them. Unfortunately, God did not grant me this gift. I am forever amazed at the sound that comes out of my sister-in-law's mouth when she sings...don't get me wrong. I still sing, sometimes the loudest I can, but I can't do it well. (2011- still true- have y'all heard Kelci sing? ridiculous.)

16. My mom is irrational, nutty, flaky, and drives me crazy. She is also loving, fun, goofy, and very smart. I get lots of these traits from her. I lose my keys about once a week, and many other random items. I'm messy, and without fail, will spill something on myself whenever I eat. Thanks mom. (2011- she's still nutty and i lost my favorite bracelet just yesterday)

17. My dad is stoic, unemoting, and a horrible conversationalist. He's also rational, sane, organized, and very handy. I get a few of my traits from him. I think I'm a decent balance between the two of them..I hope. (2011- still unemoting, but has been awesome at our home repairs)

18. I love my in-laws. It's true. I guess some people don't, but I do. They are generous, loving, smart, and fun. Plus, they raised my husband to be an intelligent, fun, loving, christian man. (2011- still love 'em. They're coming today actually.)

19. I love owning a house. We hardly have any furniture, and it's constantly messy, but I love it. It makes me feel like a grown-up, which I'm realizing I am. I can't wait for spring to be here, so we can do yard work and play outside. We have a weather vane and a mail box, and it's all ours. Sometimes I wish it was in Franklin, but it's our first home, and I can't wait to have a little family in it. (2011- we've bought some furniture, but still have a long way to go. Houses are a lot of work!)

20. I'm addicted to coffee. I have been sick all week and drinking tea, and I'm craving some caffeine. My favorite drink is a non-fat grande vanilla latte from Starbucks, sometimes with an extra shot of espresso. I think I will go get one today. (2011- same addiction, same fave drink. Maybe drink them even more now that Eli is here, and I've discovered PW's iced coffee recipe.)
21. My pet peeve is bad grammar. It must be the teacher in me, but I sometimes cringe when I hear the word "ain't". (2011- still so true.)
22. I've learned a whole new language since marrying into the Bills family. They have phrases and saying that I've never heard of. For instance, my husband calls his dad and greets him with, "What you know good?" Then, my father in law will respond, "Not punkin'." Or, my mother in law will say the store had a "blue million" of an item. These are some of my favorites. (2011- still a lot of redneck sayings going on between those three, although I don't think leah and anthony partake, just my redneck husband.)
23. I hate grocery shoppping. Before we got married, I was very excited about going grocery shopping together and then I envisioned us cooking all of our dinners together while we chatted about life and how much we loved eachother. Ha. We still talk over cooking, but mostly now I grocery shop alone. (2011- still hate it, but have definitely gotten better at speed shopping, and cooking meals.)
24. I love any form of potatoes. Mashed, fried, roasted, scalloped, baked, etc. I love them all. My favorite are rosemary red potatoes. Slice them thin, drizzle them in olive oil, salt, and rosemary, then bake for 40 min. So good.... (2011- mmmmmmmm)
25. I love to cook. I have been getting tired of cooking the same meals, so I've been branching out lately. Got a good recipe? Send it my way! Whew...25 things is a long list! (2011- still love cooking, and matthew does too, so we like cooking and trying new things together, and eating out twice a month for dates!)

Okay, ready.....go!


Thursday, September 1, 2011


Just a quick drop-in today. Wanted to tell you about a friend of mine who just started her own website. Go check out

Caity makes just about the cutest wedding invites I've ever seen, and makes me want to get married all over again just to use hers!!

She also designs precious stationary that make me want to write thank you notes and sweet hellos all day long.

Caity also makes her own hair pieces and jewelry. Seriously, she does it all. Go check her out!! she's also doing a pretty sweet give-away:
Caity's Awesome Give-away