Not Me Monday


Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.
Last week was sooooooo long. This week is Spring Break, and sometimes it felt like I was never gonna make it.
But I did!
Mom and Dad came over Friday night and spent the weekend with us. We went to see Alice in Wonderland on Saturday night. It was really good. We saw it in 3D IMAX, which was even better.
On Sunday, I cooked lunch (tortellini with pasta sauce) and helped my dad make dinner (steaks with mashed potatoes and green beans). Mom helped me make M&M cookies — I’ll post the recipe later. It was delish.
And here’s what I did *not* do: I did *not* have a dirty kitchen until my totally awesome mom helped me was all the dishes and clean all the countertops. You see, dishes are my least favorite chore.
Since I hate to wash them, there are *never* more dishes than I have room for in my dish washer, so I *never* leave the leftovers to clean on another day. And, as you imagine, I *never* got around to doing them.
Wanna see what it looked like after?
Look at those clean dishes! Aren’t they fabulous?
Mom and Dad left this morning. Mom flew to New Mexico to visit my sister and nephew. Dad went on a fishing trip with some friends.
So, we’re “babysitting” their puppies for them.
And here’s where my next confession comes in. We totally do *not* let our dogs sleep with us. We are *not* those people. Yeah, right.
We got a King-sized bed as a wedding present from my boss. He’s a great man. So you would think that with a HUUUUGE bed, I would have plenty of room at night, right?
Imagine this pup…
Curled in a little ball on my right side.
And this one…
Right beneath her up against my legs.
This one…
Likes to sleep behind my legs in the bend of my knees.
And finally, this one…
Insisted on being right up on my pillow behind me.
All of them had to touch me. Including my husband. At times, it felt like I was a mummy, wrapped inside my blanket. The pups, except for Kaylee, all slept on top of the covers, preventing me from moving very much.
So, you can imagine my night.
I’m a little sleep-deprived.
Well, that’s all for me. Happy Spring Break!

Fetch 101

This is Kaylee. She *loves* to play fetch.
So, when it’s beautiful and sunny outside, we like to oblige.
There are two things you need to play fetch. The first is a willing dog. The second: an Alfalfa spike.
Kaylee runs as fast as she can to go get the ball.
Sometimes she brings it back.
But not all the way.
And then she’s off again!
Sometimes she has more fun entertaining herself.
She’s ready for anything!
Georgie likes to watch.
Bella did, too. For a while…
But soon, she was ready to go back inside.
It was hot, so we agreed. But only after Kaylee had one more run:
Isn’t she cute?

So excited!

Not sure if this qualifies as a Nerdy Things Thursday post, but what the hey…
I am *so* excited to go see this movie this weekend.
Why? Robert Pattinson’s hotness, of course. Oh, and to see the new Eclipse trailer on the big screen.
Last night, I found the 10-second teaser and about died. I squealed! James thought I’d seen a mouse or something. When I told him I was just excited about the new Eclipse trailer, he just rolled his eyes.
“I’m going to fight for you … until your heart stops beating.” 
This morning, a longer version was released…


Wishful Wednesday: Gown

I have a thing for blog carnivals this week. I guess it’s because it gives me something fun to post about without having to think too hard, haha!
Anyway, this week’s Wishful Wednesday topic is:
‘I wish’ …. I could wear/could have worn _____ dress on my wedding day!
Well, I’m going to be kind of boring here….. I *loved* my wedding dress. Loved it. I wouldn’t wish for something different — it was perfect for me!
It was from the Galina collection at David’s Bridal.
I remember the day I found it — I was with my mom and as soon as I put on this dress, I just knew. I know that sounds really cliche, but I really did have this just wonderful feeling. I started crying, and she did too. It was a wonderful day!
Here’s the full-length view from my bridal portraits. The beading is so beautiful, and I love all of the lace. I especially love the small train at the back! Squeeee!
This is my favorite bridal portrait — you can’t really see the dress, but I couldn’t resist posting it!
My favorite thing about this dress? It’s not trendy. I think it’s very classic and timeless. I could see passing it down to my daughter to use for her wedding day. Even if it’s just a piece, like Tess did in 27 Dresses. :)
So, how about you? What wedding gown would you love to wear? Head over to Kelsey’s blog to see what everyone else lists!
Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday’s List: Spring Wish List

 I need a pick-me-up after the long, grueling day I’ve had. What better way than to make some wishes?
A while back, I posted a Wish List of things that I’d love as presents to make things a little easier on The Nerd. Well, that just happens to be the topic of this weeks’ Tuesday’s List over at Love From Texas.
I’ll play along!
This spring, I’d really *love* some new accessories for my camera:
#1 – Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 Medium Telephoto Lens


This lens would be great for photographing fun events this spring and capturing my nephew’s first birthday party later this summer…

#2 – Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash

This flash would be fantastic for inside — to make my photos not be so yellow and washed out. :)
Gotta have something fun to carry it all in, y’know…
It may be asking a lot, but a girl can dream, right?
How about you? What are your Spring Wishes for? Head over to Jessica’s blog and see what everyone else is wishing for!
Happy Tuesday!


Today, I am frustrated.

Frustrated by so many things. Like how I never seem to have enough time to catch up on all of my work. There’s always something else to do. So, things get neglected.

Like my blog. I haven’t had much time to write about my life these last few weeks. I have so many things I want to share with you, and it frustrates me that I just don’t have time to write the posts.

My health. I have wanted to work on eating right and exercising regularly. I’ve been to the gym one time since I made that commitment. One time. I just don’t have time to spare to go to the gym. There are e-mails to answer and questions to figure out. Books to publish. You know the drill.

My family. This weekend, I got to spend lots of time with my sister and nephew. It was so great. I’m frustrated because they live so far away — New Mexico. My brother and his daughter live in Denver. My parents live nearby, and we see them pretty much every weekend. But I wish there were some *babies* here that I could dote on.

See what I mean? Wouldn’t you want to be around that cute baby all the time?
Nanna likes to tickle him. His giggle is so infectious!
He loves trucks! What boy doesn’t?
But — things are looking up! Spring Break is next week. And hopefully, I’ll have some time to get my head on straight. I just feel so stressed out and …. frustrated.

One final cause of frustration: I was *supposed* to start a Wilton Cake Decorating class tonight. But the wonderful Michael’s store in Frisco canceled the class and moved me to the Saturday morning class without *telling* me. So, now I have to give up two hours of my Saturday for the next four weeks. Ugh. I hope I learn lots.

I was really looking forward to getting away from everything for a few hours and learning something new and creative.

Instead, here I am….frustrated.

Spring is Here…Sort Of

You may have noticed… my blog has a new look! I worked long hours into the night, but *finally* got it looking how I wanted it to!
I thought the old look was a bit too “wintery” and wanted to change things up a bit. Plus, I read online recently that blogs should always have a white background because it’s easier to read. And I noticed that all of the “professional” blogs I read have a white background. So I thought it would be a good time to change things up a bit.
This weekend has been a lot of fun. My sister and her baby, Hyrum, came to visit my mom. So, James and I packed up and headed to Mansfield for the weekend!
It was so nice and sunny yesterday, we took advantage of the great weather and went to the Dallas Arboretum to take some “spring” pics of the baby!
Isn’t he a doll?
He’s such a happy baby.
Always smiling and laughing.
And he’s a wiggle worm. Nanna had a hard time holding on to him!
He’s such a momma’s boy, too.
The flowers were just blooming and were so bright and colorful!
Hyrum was curious about everything — including this fountain!
We had a good time, too!
I wish they lived closer so we could hang out with this happy baby all the time. He has such a sweet spirit and personality!
Happy Sunday everyone! Protection Status