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Friday, September 30, 2016

Blog-tember - A letter to my 16 year old self..

I have really had a lot of fun linking up with the Blog-tember 2016 Challenge this month.   It definitely made my step out of my comfort zone a little and create some special posts and I am actually kind of sad to see it go.  Today’s challenge was to imagine that  you've been stopped on the street by the photographer of Humans of New York, and he asks, "What advice would you give to a large group of people?" However, I got to blog hopping and found out last year during the challenge they wrote a letter to their sixteen year old selves and since I already shared the one thing that I think is the most important to share with everyone a few days ago, I decided I would stop my 16 year old self on the street and give her a little advice today instead..


To my sixteen year old self…


Look how cute you look waking down the street in your size 4 denim mini skirt and spaghetti strap tank top with those new Birkenstocks on your feet… be sure to hang on to those shoes when they go out of style in a few years because they will come back in and you will be too cheap then to fork out 100 bucks for them.







That boy you like right now is very special.  He will break your heart next year but don’t worry, it all works out.  Just hang in there and enjoy your time with your friends.  You and that boy will share lots of firsts together.  You will go to lots of ballgames, waste a lot of time browsing through sporting goods stores, and watch a billion movies from Blockbuster while eating Taco Bell.  You will go to lots of fun places and share a lot of great memories.. especially the one where he gets on his knee and asks you to marry him.  See, I told you it would work out!  





You will get marry that boy at his church that will become your church and you will fall even more in love with him than you can even imagine.  You will love him so much as he stands by your side holding your hand in that delivery room when you finally deliver that sweet baby girl after 18 hours of labor.  He will be there with a big huge smile when the second baby comes in a hurry.  And those babies will both look just like him.  He will be your teammate in raising those little girls and you will learn to depend on each other on a whole new level.  He will be there when you get let down. He will be there when you write the bills and when you complain about the laundry.  He will be there when you reach your biggest goals with a big high-five and tell you how proud he is of you.  He’s definitely a keeper.


Keep doing well in school.  I see you over there making sure you’ve got all your homework done first thing.  Always work hard and strive to do your best and take pride in studying and being smart even when it is not always so cool. It will pay off for you.  You get a really great job that you love.


I know basketball is your thing now, but stick with softball.  It will bring you some of your most special friends and memories you can ever imagine.  Not to mention, a free college education.  I’m sure that isn’t a top priority to you right now but it’s kind of a big deal.  Plus that feeling when you hit that grand slam in that close game is unbelievable!  You will never forget it.  Calhoun isn't so bad.  Really it will be two of the best years of your life.   



Worry about your reputation but not your popularity.  Don’t compare yourselves to others.  There are far more important things in this life than a big house, fancy car, and expensive clothes.  Some of those girls you see will never learn that, but you will, and you will experience so much more joy for it!  Be kind to everyone!  



Keep going to church even when all your peers abandon it.  You will grow as a Christian more and more but always feel like you have a long ways to go.  You will seriously be in awe of what all Christ has done and will do for you and realize the importance of making him the center of your life. Stay faithful.



There is so much I wish I could say to you but you will figure most of it out pretty well on your own.  Stay honest and true to yourself.  Don’t always follow the crowd and always be proud of who you are.  Savor the moments and make sure your loved ones know how much they mean to you. Time will fly by so fast and you will be sitting here at this little desk writing blog posts, journaling in your Bible, and helping your kids with their homework before you even know it. Try not to worry so much.  It goes by way too fast but I promise it all works out pretty well for you!   




Thursday, September 29, 2016

Blog-tember - Favorite Bloggers

Today, I am sharing a couple of my favorite bloggers!  I don't really read blogs on a daily basis but I do like to sit down every once in awhile and catch up on my favorite bloggers. I have followed and unfollowed many blogs over the years but these are some of my current favorites...


But first, stepping on my soap box-- I don’t care too much for a blog full of sponsored posts and product pushing.  I get blogging is how some people make a living but I just don’t feel like they are very genuine and tend to be very staged. My favorite blogs are normal everyday blogs from real life people that I can relate to. I have found some really awesome new bloggers through this challenge and I love reading your post every day! I really love peeking into your lives and seeing your family and friends and how you spend your time! --


Kelly’s Korner - This is one of the first blogs that I ever read.  My sister introduced me to Kelly’s blog when her first child was born with some medical issues.  I would read about her everyday and prayed for that baby so much!  Now that baby is in the second grade and Kelly is a mom of three!  I love following Kelly’s little family and their busy life and I really love that she strong in her faith and has a passion for sharing that with her kids and others.  Her posts are so honest and encouraging.  She also hosts some really fun Link Ups that I like to join in on every once in awhile.


Taz + Belly -  I just found Kristen’s blog a few months ago when Kelly shared about LiveWhole365 while doing her Whole30.  Turns out, LiveWhole365 was started by a few ladies from Birmingham.  And after reading just her bio, I discovered this girl is so much like me.  She is married to her high school sweetheart, has two little girls who also love to dance, lives in her small Alabama hometown, and bleeds crimson and white!  It is almost a little weird how much alike we are. Her posts are all fun and so relatable to me and she has some really great printables and fun ideas.


My “famous people” blogs I like are  Lauren Conrad, Rory Feek, and Rachel Cruze!  I guess some of these are really more of websites but I tend to check them pretty regularly.


My friend Dana has a fun blog.  She is the one who really inspired me to get back to blogging.


I read Gracie’s fashion blog every now and then too.  She went to high school with me and I enjoy reading her posts!


And I love checking out Modern Mrs. Darcy for some great book posts.


I always love finding new blogs to explore so I can’t wait to read everyone else’s posts today!  I have really really loved some of the fun blogs I have linked up with during this blog-tember challenge and have "met" some really awesome ladies!


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Blog-tember My Year so Far...

Today's blog post is to share five pictures that sum up my year so far...


So I have gone through the thousands of pictures I have taken this year and it was pretty much impossible but I finally cut it down to five...


 I have been super committed to my quite times each morning.  One of my goals this year was to start every day in the word in some way and I have pretty much stuck to it for the most part.  I have discovered new ways to study God's word through Bible journaling, daily devotional books, podcasts, and study groups and I cannot say enough good things about it all.


For several years, I have told myself I was going to run a half marathon.  I couldn't tell you the amount of times I started thinking about it and never went through with it.  On December 31st, I officially signed up so I wouldn't back out and talked a friend into joining me.  We had some AWESOME support and I am super proud to say that back in April, I completed my first Half and actually did way better than I expected!  It was so much fun and I was so thankful for our fans!

http://www.laceyslittlespot.com/2016/04/131.html



 
Hunter Claire turned three this year.  I love love loved my girls being babies but this stage in life is just so much fun.  We can finally go and do without having to load up four bags of baby stuff and it is just a little easier to actually be able to sit down at a table and go out to eat or to the store without having to worry about a toddler climbing up the walls and screaming.  However, we have also started the stage of life where the girls have learned to "fight" and are daily having to remind them about being kind and sharing with everyone.  HC is sooo different than Hadley was at this stage and I am absolutely amazed at how much she still surprises me each day. 
http://www.laceyslittlespot.com/2016/03/happy-birthday-hunter-claire.html


I would definitely say that one of our biggest adjustments we have faced this year was Hadley starting Kindergarten.  It was super tough on my emotionally and logistically but we are finally in a new routine and have found our new normal of getting up and ready everyday, homework, and all the other fun stuff that comes along with "real" school that we get to enjoy for the next decade or so.

http://www.laceyslittlespot.com/2016/08/back-to-school-2016.html

 And I couldn't talk about this year without brining up these few people.  We met our friends Jared and Meighan a couple of years ago when they started coming to our church and quickly became the best of friends. I am so blessed by their friendship and they really have no idea how special they are to both Jarrod and me.  The girls adore them (mainly because they buy them ice cream and junk from the dollar tree) and I adore our long talks and fun times we have shared.  They have become such a huge part of our lives and I could not be more thankful!


Okay... so I lied... I have six...

I can't end this post without mentioning my husband.  We have been together for what seems like forever but this year, we celebrated seven years of marriage.  And I know this sounds so cliché but each year really just gets better and better.  I am so thankful for Jarrod and all he does for us.  He is so supportive and helpful and I am still so glad to call him my very best friend.  I truly love doing life together.





Monday, September 26, 2016

Weekend Wrap Up

Man we had a busy weekend! But the girls had a blast!

We had TWO birthday parties on Saturday. The girls little daycare friend Addison had a fun My Little Pony Party followed by a fun party for Mason at the indoor play place. They both had so much running and playing with their little friends but were seriously pooped by the end of the day. 





Sunday was a special day at AWANA! Hadley got her award for finishing her Appleseed book and HC got to hold the flag during opening ceremonies. I know I've said it a million time before but we really love our AWANA program at our church. If you want somewhere fun to take your kids to learn about God's love, come see us at FBC Tanner!



It's been a fun HOT weekend but we are looking forward to the cooler temperatures coming this week!


 




 


 


 

 


 
 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Blog-tember - Book Reviews

Today's challenge is to review something so I am reviewing a few books I have been reading lately.  (Sorry for another book posts-- well not really sorry -- I love books).

Sum It Up - Pat Summitt
This book is Pat Summitt's memoir that she wrote shortly after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's a few years ago.  Coach Summitt lost her battle with Alzheimer's this summer but I am so glad she left us this memoir.  Her book is so great.  She talks all about growing up on a country farm in Tennessee, facing the struggles of playing women's sports in the early 70's, and her outstanding career as a coach at the University of Tennessee.  She had such a passion for the game and cared so much for her players.  Growing up, Pat Summitt was definitely an idol of mine.  I was lucky enough to meet her a few times and loved watching her coach and attending her camp.  She is a true lady of courage and strength and will greatly be missed in this world but her influence will live on for a very very long time.  This is an inspiring and motivational book about a super tough woman who juggles both being a superior coach also while raising her son and caring for her family.  It is a great read whether you care anything about basketball or not!


Heart of the Matter -   Emily Giffin
I have had this book lying around all summer.  I loaned it from my mom a few months back but just now got around to reading it.  I have read several of Giffin's novels and enjoyed them all (even though almost all of them have included some type of cheating/sneaking around).  This is a story told from two women's perspectives.  Valerie is a lawyer who is a single mom and Tessa is a new stay at home mom and housewife trying to adjust after leaving her career.  The author did a really great job pulling me into the story and I had a hard time putting it down but overall, it wasn't my favorite.  I didn't really care for some of the characters.. *spoiler alert* especially the husband who I wanted to punch in the face... and I felt like they all were a bit whiny and poor pitiful me at times.   However, if you like these kind of stories, it is a pretty good read.  The characters are very real and relatable.

Guilty Wives - James Patterson
I listened to the audiobook version of this book on my drives to and from work.  I really enjoy Patterson's style of writing and find myself really sucked into his stories every time.  I was intrigued by this one first considering it is a story about a group of friends headed to Monte Carlo for a husband-free, kid-free weekend.  But, things go bad when someone winds up dead and the women are framed for the murder.  The women are arrested and brutally tortured over something they say they didn't do.  I figured out who did it about half way through and caught myself actually getting angry at the characters in the book for the lying and conspiring.  This was a great read if you like the murder mystery action packed type book and I would definitely recommend.

And in honor of her powerful memoir, a little throwback to my twelve year old self with Pat Summitt from the time I went to her basketball camp at Tennessee..












Saturday, September 24, 2016

Cheering on the Golden Eagles

Hadley had a wonderful time at cheer camp this year.  She has gone to the kiddie cheer camp at the high school the last few years and has loved it so much.  She really had a great time this year considering all of her new school friends joined her!






We went to the football game Friday night so she could join in on the cheering fun before the game. The girls all did such a good job and felt like such big girls on the field with the real cheerleaders before the game.  They even got to run out of the footall helmet and cheer for the guys in the spirit line.  Plus, I was pretty excited to get to go to a football game at my old Alma Mater.  I am still having to work on getting Jarrod to love the black and gold as much as we do but I guess we have a few more years to convince him on that.

Sorry my photography skills really stink but she is smack dab in the middle of the group somewhere!  I should probably start saving up for a better zooming lense..








And HC looooved the band and said she really wanted a sparkle dress like them.



I used to love football season in high school so much and it definitely brought back some great memories last night.  We had a great time and I look forward to many more in the future... maybe watching our little Golden Eagle babies marching on the field one day!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Catching Up

I am taking a little break from Blog-tember today to catch up on some life happenings.  How is it even possible that we are just a week away from October?  September has been full of fun for us but it has seriously flown by so fast!  And why is it still so hot?  I am dying to bring out my booties but considering it is still in the mid 90’s outside, the summer sandals are still staying on repeat for now.


So for a little September catching up…

Hadley saved up her money to buy a mermaid tail.  She had been wanting one for weeks and the $5 from the tooth fairy finally put her over the edge a few weeks ago. She has been thrilled to get in a few more pool days as a mermaid this month.



We are so excited to back to AWANA regularly this month.  The kids really have a lot of fun and Jarrod and I both really enjoy helping with the kids.



Dance is back in full swing and both of the girls are loving their classes and teachers this year.  And I really love that their teachers share some fun pics of the girls in action with me!




Hadley is doing so awesome in Kindergarten and still really loves going every day.  She has made some of the sweetest little friends and is having a blast learning new things.  They got to have a pep rally last week for the football team and made signs for their “Adopted Eagle.”  She was super proud of her sign she made for him.  I got to enjoy lunch with her one day last week as well.  I love watching her interact with all of her new friends.

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HC is loving preschool as well.  They got to have visits from the police and are learning all about shapes and colors and writing their names.  Bless her heart, a 12 letter name is tough for a little one but we are getting there.



I ran the Swing Through 5K at Calhoun last weekend. It wasn't my best time but considering it was extremely hot and I have been training for the 10 miler at a much slower pace, it wasn't too bad. I still finished in under 30 minutes and it was fun running on my old stomping grounds. Man did I hate those campus runs back in the day... they seemed like torture! My softball friends would call me crazy if they knew I voluntarily signed up for a campus run!

I love this time of year so much.  Everyone is back in the full swing of things and it seems like life is pretty much back to normal… well as normal as it gets around here.  Football, a few cool(er) runs, busy school days, and some extra time with friends are on our agenda for the rest of the month and we are all looking forward to all the fun stuff we have coming up in October as well!



Happy Weekend my friends!!