i heart taxes

Tax REFUNDS, that is! Right after Christmas, tax time may just be my most favorite time of the year. I do our taxes and thoroughly enjoy it. Probably mainly due to the fact that we never have had to pay in, and due to our decreasing wages (due this being the first year for us to file where I didn't work a single day) and increasing number of kiddos, the IRS just keeps giving us more and more and more. I am one happy girl tonight.



Do you see that?! Forget about the steadily falling temperatures forecasted from Sunday until Friday. Today we've got a gloriously beautiful Sunny and 66 day! And, trust me, we will take full advantage of it! Off to the zoo we go!! Hurray for the winter, because makes us extremely thankful when Spring starts to peek through!


it's about time!

Sorry for the lack of posting these past few weeks. It seems like when you go a few days without posting, it's really easy to turn it into a few more days, then a few more without even thinking about it. So what have I been doing with all my free time?

Well, actually quite a lot! I recently started doing some work for my mom, which has taken up most of my "computer" time that I have during the day (aka: time when both kids are asleep, and I've already done things like laundry, dishes, showering, etc. that I usually do when they're asleep... so, yes, computer time is often few and far between).

And then, there's been the gym to occupy my mornings. This has actually proved to be something I LOVE! It's been such a nice thing to be able to go do! I mean, trust me, I DO love my sweet kids, but it really has been a nice thing to have an hour break and get to do a fun workout class! Even if the inches don't start melting away, I'm really enjoying it! But, don't get me wrong.... I REALLY do hope they start the melting process soon! =)

I've also been spending lots of time with P & A! Allie is so into playing right now and has been a lot of fun! She is all about the Princesses (which in her mind are all named "Rella"... you know, short for Cinderella...) In fact, aunt Breezy bought her a Rella barbie today, and she is one happy girl! The past month or so she's been talking in phrases a lot more, which is fun. She is also a singer at heart (like her momma, but maybe she'll actually have a singer's voice, instead of just the love to sing! ha!) Her favorite is Jesus Loves Me (belted at the top of her lungs - especially when we're in the car or I'm on the phone...)!

This past weekend Ang and I were able to go visit my grandfather in Florida, as he is in his last days before going home to be with the Lord. It was a very sweet visit. Emotional, but very good. We brought both babies along for the ride, and they did absolutely GREAT! I was a little nervous about taking Pierce on a plane, but he slept the whole way up and back. I'm sure when people saw us loading the plane together with 2 infants they were a little nervous, though!

So, there you have it. That's what we've been up to lately.


$25 CASH!

I know most of you know that my mom sells Premier Designs jewelry and has been for the past 20+ years. Just wanted to let you know that she is offering an AWESOME special this week (this one is for those in the Memphis area)....

She'll give you $25 CASH just for meeting with her for 30 minutes at Starbucks to hear about the business opportunity! Even if it's something you've never considered, you can't lose anything by hearing about it. She'll give you $25 just for coming and listening. No strings. No obligations. No pressure.

Premier really is a great company! In my opinion, there's no better "hostess plan" or earning potential in a direct sales business than what Premier offers!

But, HURRY, because this offer doesn't last forever.. To get the $25 cash, you must email her by the end of the week (by 1-15-11) to set up your meeting! Her email is Jeweljan16@aol.com.


Snow Bunny!


Day 1

Today I joined a gym.

Prior to a few days ago, I never really envisioned those words coming from my mouth. I mean, I like working out as much as the next stay-at-home-mom (with 2 kids under 2 and NO spare time).

I mean, it's not that I didn't feel like I NEEDED to work out. TRUST ME, when I look at this war torn body in the mirror (and by war torn, I mean a body that has basically been ripped apart piece by piece during those 18 months of being pregnant in a 2 year time period), I am ALL TOO aware that it needs some major working out. It's simply that it didn't really feel like an option. Not unless you're one of those people, who simply live for working out, and would do whatever it takes to get babysitters, pay a fortune for gym memberships, buy top-of-the-notch double running strollers, etc., etc. to do what it takes to make it happen.

In case you couldn't tell, I'm not so much one of those.

But, luckily for me, I found out about a gym this week that has come to my rescue! Central Church has an amazing gym, whose membership fee of $100 dollars/year includes FREE childcare Mon-Fri from 9:15-11:30, FREE classes (which are my very fav thing to do, working-out-wise), and awesome facilities. I mean, for $100/year, it's well worth it in child care alone! Have fussy kids? Stressed out and need a break? What better motivation to go to the gym than to be able to drop off your kids and get a break!? (Just kidding... sort of..)

At any rate, I am very excited about my new endeavor, and while I won't be so brave to list my weight so bravely and publicly, like Candace, I will say, that even though I'm basically back to my pre-Pierce-baby weight, I still have a ways to go to get back to pre-Allie-baby-weight. Between gaining an unsightly amount in that pregnancy and only having 6 months between pregnancies, I just didn't have the time to work it all off. So, here's to a successful new year as an official gym-goer. Maybe, just maybe one day this body will be back to normal! =)

Oh, yeah, and I should add that I am quite confident that I will not be able to move tomorrow!


You Know You're Adjusting Well When:

You find yourself walking into Target, both kids in hand (yes, that's right... Allie in one arm, Pierce in his carseat, in the other), diaper bag on one shoulder (overflowing with an extra outfit for each kid, diapers in both of their sizes, wipes enough for both, a bottle and sippy cup, oh, yeah, and of course my wallet, keys, etc.) and all the while, happily carrying on a phone conversation with the phone perfectly wedged between your ear and shoulder, so it doesn't drop.

Yes, when you feel like this scene is normal, you have officially adjusted to life with 2. =)

(I should mention here that it wasn't until I got the kids loaded back into the car that I realized that I failed to get the diapers for P that were the whole reason behind the trip to Target in the first place)