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Hi! I'm Lacey!

I am a full-time working mom from North Alabama. I love my family, my friends, and my God!

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

And then you were Thirty...

On this very day, thirty years ago, I was welcomed into a world full of bright colors and big hair.  Whitney Houston’s I Want to Dance with Somebody was playing on the radio as Ronald Reagan prepared his “Tear down this wall!” speech.  Lethal Weapon was playing at the movies and all the grown ups just wanted to go to “where everybody knows your name” while all their kids wanted to be a Cosby Kid.  

My first decade was spent playing with Barbies and baby dolls and arguing with my sister on who got to the be the mama.  I learned to love to read and how to throw a ball.  I put lots of miles on my bike and roller blades and dreamed of growing up to be Alice in Wonderland or a meteorologist.

I loved school and my teachers and spent my days learning about clouds, letters, cursive, and multiplication. My biggest goal in life was to be the AR winner. I spent my Friday nights watching Full House, Step by Step, and Growing Pains.  I vacationed at the beach, visited Disney World, and even got to go to the Olympics.

I entered my second decade right as the world was mourning the loss of a Princess.  I welcomed a new Millennium and discovered the amazingness of instant messaging.  I watched the towers fall and learned to drive. My love for sports grew and I loved the feeling of competition and playing on a team.  I spent most of my days in the gym or on ballfield. 

I learned that girls can be really mean but I also learned that girlfriends are the best. I fell in love with a boy.  I listened to Backstreet Boys and Tim McGraw on “burnt” cds with my portable CD player and watched lots of Baywatch and Saved by the Bell. I ended my teenage years with some of the very funnest days of my life.

My third decade was welcomed in with a sweep in the new softball stadium at Calhoun (finally).  I spent my days with some amazing friends having lots of fun together.  I went on a few super memorable trips and spent most of my time going to school, babysitting, or lazing around by the pool. 

I graduated college and started my career in a job that I really loved (and still do).  I got married and became a mom. I discovered that life isn’t always easy and that I can never make it without leaning on my God.

I learned the importance of family and said good bye to some really special people.  I spent my days being a grown up and contributing to society all while balancing checkbooks, ball games, school work, chores, and saving a little time to spend with those I love the most.  I witnessed tragedy and heartache up close but also experienced indescribable joy. I have accomplished big goals and set lots more.

So here I am at another chapter of my life and I am so happy with where I am.  I have lived and loved and cried and laughed (and changed hair colors at least 45 times).  I have traveled to some amazing places, met some wonderful people, and shared so many cherished memories over the years. 

 I can only imagine what the next thirty years have in store.  I hope to grow more, learn more, and achieve even more.  I hope to share more love, more laughs, and more joy than I can even begin to imagine.  So here's to you Chapter 30... let's keep writing this story. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

What I've Been Reading

So I have done a horrible job at keeping up with everything I have been reading lately.  I try to track all my lists on Goodreads but I have been falling behind on that one.  I had fallen off the reading bandwagon for a few weeks because .. well life... but I just recently signed up for Audible and it is amazing.

I have a pretty long commute back and forth each day and I get super tired of scanning the radio channels so I like to listen to audio books instead.  I also get bored with music and I lose interest with podcasts so I have really started listening to more audio books while I run.  And thanks to Audible, I can get just about any audiobook whenever I want it. 

But back to what I have read lately...

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Reid Jenkins
I really liked this one!  This book was a fun read about a girl, Hannah, who was trying to get her life together.  In concurrent storylines, we see how Hannah's life plays out based on one decision she makes one night.. to go home with her friend or stay at a bar with her old high school boyfriend.  I loved the way each story played out and the characters in her book was so great and relatable.  The only thing I didn't like was at the end, I wanted to know which one really happened...

In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner
I have had this book lying around my house for years and just never got around to reading it.  This book was so fun to read.  It was about two sisters who were polar opposites of each other and their relationship with each other as well as their estranged grandmother.  This was probably my favorite book of Weiner that I have read so far.  I loved the relationship between the sisters and the grandmother and her friends reminded me so much of my own.  It was a good light read with a good ending.

The Royal We by Heather Cocks
This was pretty much a fictional telling of William and Kate (or at least a version of their story).  I loved the whole American girl (Bex) meets British Prince (Nick) and falls in love.  It was fun to see what it was probably like from the Princess's side of the story and really made me feel a little bit sorry for them.  It's got to be tough to be in the spotlight like that.  It was a really fun story though and I enjoyed the read.

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
I read this book with every intention of going to see the movie but that hasn't happened yet.  I love reading true stories of people.  I also really love books based back in the Civil Rights era.  And I love books about space exploration and rocket ships plus I am also a "mathematician" so this book was right up my alley!  I loved reading the stories of these women and how they overcame obstacles and discrimination to be some of the most influential people in NASA.  Their stories are inspiring and powerful.  I think this would be a great required reading for school kids!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Easter 2017

I have decided Easter may be one of my most favorite holidays.  It is kind of like a little laid back mini version of Christmas but still just as much fun... and a lot more enjoyable outside!

I was so thrilled to be able to skip a few hours of work last week to join Hadley for her class egg hunt at school.  A few of us parent hid what we thought were a ton of eggs and the kids proceeded to pick them all up in a whole 2.4 seconds but it was fun while it lasted!  I am always so amazed to watch Hadley's teacher and how great she is with 17 little ones and am so thankful to have her to teach my baby each day.  After the egg hunt, I got to stay and enjoy lunch with Hadley and her class.

Hunter Claire also had her egg hunt at school on Thursday so we had to divide and conquer.  I sent my sister and dad to her party while I went to Hadley's.  The Easter Bunny stopped by for a visit and apparently, HC was not a fan.  But she had fun hunting her eggs and eating popsicles.

The girls were out of school Friday so we enjoyed a day getting our hair done (Praise the Lord) and running around town a little bit.  After dance, my mom and I took the girls to the movies to FINALLY see Beauty and the Beast!  It was really good and we all loved the movie and our $40 worth of popcorn and coke (insert eye roll emoji here).

On Saturday, our church hosted a fun egg hunt and cook out.  I volunteered Jarrod to run the grill so we were busy cooking hotdogs for most of the morning while the kids ran around playing games and such.  But we still all had a really great time.  It was a fun time with our church family!

Saturday evening we went to my sister's house for a little egg hunt with some of our long time friends and their babies.  I just can't get over how big all these babies are getting!

After we settled down Saturday night, we finally got around to dying eggs with our little kit we bought like a month ago.  This was my first egg dying experience at our house and if you don't count the half dozen eggs we dropped or cracked before we even got to dye them, it was a pretty successful event.  After the egg dying, Hadley requested that we read the Easter Bible story and then all go around the room and say "He is risen!"  Oh how I so admire that child-like faith.

We woke up Sunday morning to overflowing Easter baskets and our freshly dyed eggs scattered around the house.  After indulging in a little chocolate, we got dressed in our fancy Easter frocks and went to breakfast at our church.  I always love seeing everyone on Easter Sunday!  It is always such a special day for our church.

After church, we went to my mom's house to do Easter with my family this year.  We hunted more eggs and ate a few plates of food and indulged a little bit more on some special treats and the girls even got to have a little fun in their swim suits and new flip flops.

It was one of my most favorite Easter weekends ever.  I loved getting to share so much time with our family and friends and each other celebrating our Savior's love for us!