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Hey I'm Jamie. Christian. Wife. Foodie. New home owner. Mommy of a 4 year old little boy, who fills my life with wonderful chaos.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Family Pics!

A couple weeks ago, we went on a trip to Dauphin Island Alabama, with MY whole family.  My parents, 2 brothers, sister in law, and my husband and 3 yr old.  It has been a GOOD while since we were all together, probably around Christmas :) BUT, we were all in one house on an island.  To say the least it was interesting. I did the typical wife/mother things and packed clothes for my family to take some pictures on the beach. I sure am glad I did because these are the only ones we have since Christmas and those weren't nice to me haha.

Of Course we don't have a great one of all 3 because we have a 3 yr old who refused to look at the camera so we had to improvise. But, I can't complain, some actually don't look awful.

 E has grown so much this year. He didn't even have a plain white shirt that still fit.

Of course he had to show Giggy his "SHE-SHELL" and we talked about our "BIG OLE BELLIES"

E was throwing sand and got in trouble but then wouldn't smile for anymore pictures.

The look Hubby gets 90% of the time from me (of course he isn't even listening) haha. I'm pretty sure we have an engagement picture just like this too.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Words of a Wildman!

ME: "Hey bud, we are gonna go to the eye dr. to make sure your eyes are ok and you can see before you start to school"
 E: "(in shock) But mom, I don't need new eyes. I have good eyes so I don't need new ones because dese work good."



I got up early this morning, did my bible study and now feel so prepared for the day. I can't believe I let myself skip out on a quiet time most mornings. Everything runs so much smoother if I get some one on one time.  Well, I got half way through my bible study before a little person ran around the corner and tackled me from behind.

I read about Esther today and I LOVE HER! She's probably my favorite woman in the Bible.  I know I should say Mary is because she is Jesus's mom but I really like Esther (sorry not sorry). I was reminded that God will put me where I am supposed to be so I can fulfill HIS purpose. Not mine.  So, even though I am stressed with changing jobs and may or may not be going to school this semester, it's so I can do something FOR HIM.

So, back to changing jobs.  YES! I got a new job. HOoRAY!!!!  I will be working a daytime job at a bank.  WITH DAYTIME HOURS!!!  <---- Can you see how excited I am that I will be sleeping the same time as everyone else in the house.

Praise the Lord for answering prayers!!

I may not be able to go to class this semester because I did not get all my papers turned in to be accepted into the Education program until a week before school starts, but with this job I was just planning on taking two classes anyway. I am actually not too bummed, I feel like this summer I have done nothing but work all night and go to school all day.  My little boy is almost 4 and I have missed it.  :(  I need some time to just focus on him. Even though he will be starting to a 3-preK program just right up the road. I feel like he is so ready for it. Even if I cry the first couple of day ha.

Now, that I am on a non-vampire schedule I decided to sign up for a bible study that I haven't done in a while. It is called HELLOMORNINGS.  It is super easy to sign up for and stay accountable because it is all on facebook and twitter.  You sign up for a group by going to
Christian CommunityHelloMornings <---Clickhere.  
You can read all about it and sign up right here. :) I love this because they email me my bible study so the whole group is doing the same book.  I also signed up in the Women in Education class. I figured since I am studying to be a teacher and I am in actual school that qualifies me for both aspects of that group. HA!

ANYWAY, Hope you have a fantastic week! I have one more final and two papers to write before Wed. Pray for me as I finally finish this semester.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

What I learned in July!

OK.. this is my first time linking up to this fun post from a lovely Mrs. Freeman at Chatting at the Sky. But, I have a few friends who have done this so I thought why not, I can think of 12 things I learned.  Boy, I didn't know how difficult it was going to be to just have time to sit here and think, much less type up all these thoughts roaming in my head. But, I will try.

what I learned July
Here we go...

1.  I am no good at waiting. I have no patience.  I have to have things in order and when my order is messed up I FREAK OUT.  I have a routine, don't mess it up!  I can not wait for the outcome of an event if I haven't thought out all the possible outcomes and prepared myself for each and every one of them.  It stresses me out to just sit and wait... in no mans land for information, news, or anything.
Which brings me to number two...

Photo: Do not be anxious about anything!

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2.  I have severe anxiety.  HA I guess I didn't just learn this. I have known about it a while I just do not like to admit it. HERE I AM, admitting it.  I had 2 panic attacks this month :/.  I have had a hard time with school this summer because of a very difficult class, in which I had to stand up and give a presentation.  Last time, I gave a presentation I threw up.  I actually made it through this one but I stuttered, turned red, and had to just read it straight from paper. I'm pretty sure I didn't even look up.  This scares me as an Education major.  I have decided I will do this everyday of my adult life! WHAT have I been thinking?!? But, I do want it so I will do it :) (look at me motivating myself )  It helped to turn to my bible and find some things like this amazing bible verse Phillipians 4: 6-8.

Also I heard a song on the radio. It says, "Hold me now. Till the fear is leaving. I am barely breathing" I know it's kind of depressing to some  people but I sing this a lot when I am freaking out/ hyperventilating/ scared. and I feel better. It helps me remember that God is right there with me ALWAYS. He knows exactly how I am feeling and is probably sitting there laughing like... "why are you scared? I know exactly what is going to happen and it isn't going to be bad. Im right here holding your hand"

3. ANYWAY, on to a less depressing realization. :)  It's hard work to lose weight.  I spent the last month using Advocare. I definitely fell off the wagon MULTIPLE times. But, all together I lost weight 11 lbs.but, I gained back 5 lbs because of #4 but I would take that any day. :) I just can't seem to get into the habit of exercising because my schedule is RIDICULOUS.

4. I learned I can do anything I actually decide that I want to do it.  I HAVE OFFICIALLY QUIT SMOKING.  Not very many people know I was a smoker. Well, I am here to announce I was a pack a day smoker since I was 18. I have quit MANY times before and started back. I WILL NOT START AGAIN! It has been over a month and I couldn't be happier, yes everyday struggle but I want to do it so I will. :)

5. Potty training is not just a week long thing.  I don't know about other people but for us, we have been potty training for almost a whole year.  E has finally gotten the hang of #1 and some days #2.  I don't know when I will feel comfortable taking him out of the house in big boy pants but in the house we wear big boy pants. HOORAY!

6. I am not a very avid blogger. HA! I haven't written a blog post in a while.  BUT, as an excuse I am very busy taking summer classes and working.

7.  I have a love/hate relationship with my job.  Don't we all! I love being able to run around and talk to so many people but it is hard work and late nights for very little money.

8. E will start to preschool in 12 days.  ---<PARTY DANCE>---

       I am so nervous, excited, sad, and all other emotions someone feels when their only baby starts to go to school.  BUT, at the same time.  I want him to learn and grow and make us some friends (notice how I said us!)

9.  I love to sew! I realize this is a lost art form for most people and I am proud to say I know how to sew NOT well, but I can hem my own pants and can make E some! I hope to move up to making some skirts and dresses for me. BUT, until I find the time....

10.  I learned I want another child.  No, we can't afford to have another one but that doesn't mean I don't long to have another one.  E is not a baby anymore and I feel the need to just hold one/have one ALL the time.  It hurts my feelings and to say the least I'm super jealous that all my friends are having kids and we aren't.  Yet again, I realize I have to wait (something I at terrible at) and just trust God!

11.  Adam West does voices ALOT! This guy is in almost every animated film! He is in Family Guy, Jake and The Neverland Pirates, Kim Possible, The Simpsons, Chicken Little, and is even on a movie we are watching now, Meet the Robinsons. Of course he was the original Batman! So if, there is a Batman cartoon he is the voice of Batman.  UNBELIEVABLE! This guy has been acting since 1966. And his voice is so distinguishable. haha

         FINALLY, 12!!  I learned that I can actually think of 12 things that I learned this month.  :) GO ME!

Hope you enjoyed! 

Just so you know,  #HELLOMORNINGS is starting up a new Fall bible study! Sign up is August 5th. It is a community based Online quiet time. Super Easy and free! I love to try it every year SO... tell your friends and sign up!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Colassal Coaster, E's first VBS.

Well, We are breezing through June. Hooray! Last week was a very exciting and exhausting week. We had VBS every morning last week, How exciting right?!?!?

 E woke up yesterday asking if he could go back. I realize he needs some sort of schedule and stability where he can interact with other kids. Not just mom time. It hurts me and makes me want to cry, to realize he is growing up so much.  I missed that little guy every morning and couldn't wait until lunch to get him back, but I have decided to start looking into preschools for August. :( He just thrives when he has friends and people to play with, in a structured environment.  Anyway, he keeps asking about his sweet teacher, "Mom, can we go see Ms. Meeshell" or "Ms. Bwue shirt". Apparently, she wore blue a lot!

 Isn't my sweet boy cute sitting on the pew.

I just loved getting "presents" that he made every day. He painted a beautiful sign that says TRUST and it is now hanging on my fridge. (Proud mom moment).

Then on Sunday night, his little class sang 3 songs in front of the church. He sang a few words and did about 3 motions but I'm still happy he didn't just walk away or tear something down.  The other little guy in his class CUT A RUG! I was laughing so hard, I was crying. The kid was doing some power squats. HAHA! Luckily, because everyone was focused on the other little kid, they missed the nose picking that E did. But, of course mom saw it.

Check out my little guy, sitting, and hiding. Love it!

SO, today is Tuesday and it is my first day of summer classes. HOORAY! I'm so pumped to go back to school. Of course I am strange, and just love it. Today is my last, first day of summer school.  Next year I will not (well, should not) be taking summer classes. I am taking 2 classes, Survey of Contemporary literature and Trig.  My trig class should not be difficult because I took a harder math last semester. Literature, on the other hand, I'm not sure about. I have 9 books to read during an 8 week course. I figured so I wouldn't be stressed I should start early so I have already read 2.

I just started reading "A Clockwork Orange" by Anthony Burgess. Apparently, it was made into a movie. I'm only 30 pages in but, So far, I believe this should be a requirement read in high school. The fact that every other word is made up, really makes you use your context clues to figure out what is going on. It is really good practice for ACT. Not that you will ever see these words on the ACT (because they aren't real words), but it is good practice.  I was always taught to read the sentence before and after to figure out what a new word meant so, I actually understand what they are saying, sometimes.... 

    It seems very different though, but after I read it I hope to watch the movie. :) Looks sweet!

That is about all for today! Wish me luck at school tonight and tomorrow. Hopefully, I can make it from 6-10 tonight without falling asleep.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

What I'm Loving Wednesday!

Hooray! It is officially hump-day. I can not tell you how exciting that is this week, for a VBS worker. Halfway through the week! I have always wanted to try one of these linky things especially with someone who has a fabulous name, Jamie.

Anyway, I am loving....
Vacation Bible School. This is E's first official bible school and he is loving it. He made a cross yesterday, and said it was the color of a T-rex.

I am loving.....
My new nook! I got it used from a wonderful friend for $35. I can't wait to get my first book on it, but first, I have to read the 9 books that I have for school.

I am loving....
These adorable vintage bathing suits.  Now, if only I could find one.

I am loving... my spark energy drinks.

I am loving.....  my advocare challenge. I am on day 14, so only 10 more days and I already feel nice and thin. tee-hee.

I am loving..... 

 Miss Rudy Rue. She is 12 weeks old today and only 7 lbs lighter than my 3 year old.

and I am always loving...
  These two wonderful boys.... who got to meet the Mayor.

Hope you enjoyed!

Monday, June 3, 2013

First week of June :)

Good Morning, oh I guess it is afternoon now. When you wake up as early as I did today you feel as if the day is never ending.  Today is day 12 on my 24 day challenge. I LOVE IT! I feel so much better, with so much energy, and just an overall great mood.  Mark has even noticed. Well, he said my fuse wasn't as short as usual. HA. I have finished the first 10 days of the cleanse and now I am constantly putting in vitamins :) That is it! I feel great because I am actually taking my vitamins. Easy right! I also just want to eat fruit, ALL THE TIME, like ALLLL TTHHHEEE  TTIIIMMMEE! I can totally see how people decide to go plant based after this. It is what you crave and want to eat. Anyway, I have lost weight! My shorts fit, my collar bones are coming out and my waist is smaller. But, I'm not telling how much yet. Anyway, I have lots to tell so get ready.

Saturday, I took off work and we went as a family to go see a baseball game.  I have never enjoyed watching paint dry... I mean watching baseball so I was not too excited but, both boys were.
E was so pumped... until he realized it was a 2 hour drive. :)
Anyway, once we got there, the game before hadn't even ended so we had to wait to go inside. For some reason, E felt the need to pee in the grass! I had to tell him every 5 mins "NO, don't pee right there, let's go to a bathroom". He didn't even have to go when we would go to the bathroom, he just wanted to pee in the grass, on a college campus, with 1100 people around. Yeah, life with a boy.   E loved all the people cheering and it really wasn't too bad of a game. Mark even teared up when E started yelling, "Maroooon", even though he was pretending to be a wolf while he said it.Of course MSU won, Go Dawgs!

Sunday we actually went to Sunday School and church. It has been a couple months since I have made it to both. I know I should force myself to wake up after 5 hours of sleep every Sunday for church, but sometimes I just can't. Ok, Most times. The sermon was wonderful! Preacher-man taught us about having a biblical marriage. Mark and I realized we both came from VERY different lifestyles and family upbringings, so we decided we are going to have to work at our marriage. We both have different views on how a household should be run, we are going to try to get on the same page :) We both want E to look at us and know, "My mom loves my dad, and my dad loves my mom" so he will have a foundation, for when he gets married. I also decided that I have to plug myself into the church, so I called yesterday and asked if I could help during VBS. I figured if I was going to be sitting at home most of the week, I should just go to church in the morning and meet people that I should already know.

Finally, TODAY! I made it to VBS, on time, after working last night till 12.  Yes, I was exhausted, but I made it.  I am actually disappointed. I thought I would be able to meet women my age and actually get to know mothers in the church this week so I can make friends, but I don't think that will really happen.  Needless to say, my anxiety was at an all time peak this morning. I just about hyperventilated and talked myself out of going. I was so nervous to be stepping out of my comfort zone. But, the Lord knew exactly what he was doing.  As always... I got put in the nursery, with two older ladies. Not my age but I don't care because I don't really have to talk to much to them :) I don't feel nervous at all with a bunch of little babies.  We had 6 under the age of 2 so I will definitely get my baby fix by the end of the week. I can not wait till tomorrow. Playing with tiny babies is so much fun.
 Oh, and E had a good time :) This is his first official VBS. Where he actually gets to go to music and craft instead of just hanging out with everyone like usual. He was so excited his miss Ali was there and his teacher seems super nice.

Here, is just a tidbit of fun to leave you with! It is about a year ago, but I just love it :)
Sorry but, you have to turn your head sideways! Not sure how to rotate it.