Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

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Like Mother Like Daughter? 

I think YES!

Top 10 Favorite Books on Monday Listicles

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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Top 10 Favorite Books

I LOVE reading!
It's seriously one of my favorite hobbies.
For the longest time I didn't want anything to do with it... until I got pregnant.


Here are my favorites that I've read in the last 3 1/2 years in no particular order.

1. The Twilight Sage - Stephenie Meyer

Patiently waiting for the last movie to come out!

2. Sookie Stackhouse Series - Charlaine Harris

To all the True Blood fans:  If you haven't read the books... you need to!

3. The Bride Quartet - Nora Roberts

I obviously read this serious during my engagement to Steve.  

4. White Oleander - Janet Fitch

The book and the movie are GREAT.

5. The Shopaholic Series - Sophie Kinsella

Great reads!  Loved the humor in them.

6. Remember Me? - Sophie Kinsella

FAST read.. just the way I like it.

7. My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult

What a tear jerker.  I still need to watch the movie.

8. Dear John - Nicholas Sparks

I honestly liked the book better than the movie!

9. The Hunger Games Series - Suzanne Collins

A-Freaking-Mazing.  The Hunger Games movie was so much like the book!  I can't wait for the other two movies to come out.  I think I read this series in about a month.

10. The Lucky One - Nicholas Sparks

You can't got wrong with a Nicholas Sparks book.  I look forward to seeing the movie and not just because of Zac Efron... well, that's a very small reason why.

My husband asks me, "Why do you like to watch those love stories and read those kindsa books?  It's not real!"

I told him...

"It keeps me loving you."


Confessions Of An Undercover Cigarette Smoker

Thursday, April 19, 2012

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I started smoking at age 14...  
It didn't turn into a full blown habit until the age of 15 when my parents separated.  I pretty much got away with murder at that point.
Yes, I was a Bad Ass... or so I thought.
I had older friends so it was no problem getting a hold of cigarettes.
I started working in a pool hall at age 18 and was up to a pack a day (along with other things but that's a whole other topic for another time!)

Years went by... life happened and then I met my husband.  I could tell he wasn't a smoker... unless you got him drunk!  But I kept doing my smoking thing.

I got pregnant.
I kept smoking.  I cut down a TON but didn't fully quit until the last couple of months before Briana was born.  
Steve wanted me to quit, I didn't listen.  After three months of maternity leave I went back to work and started up my habit again.
Just for those that don't know, I work three days a week Friday through Sunday and I'm off four days a week to be home with my babe and help out with our family business.  I've never smoked around my child.  I would always wait until I got to work.  I've been at my job for almost seven years and it's been seven years of the same routine.  When I get stressed or mad or upset... or just needing a break.  Also, going out drinking is my downfall.  Drinking makes me want to chain smoke like a mother f*@%$^ !  I haven't intentionally smoked in front of my husband............ unless I was wasted.  Let me say, that was never good!  It would totally piss him off and he just had to make himself get over it.

I've been a hidden closet smoker for almost three years now.  So all in all, I'm just as bad as a parent that smokes full time around their kids.  I definitely don't deserve a Mommy of the Year Award!  I've never judged them (and don't plan to) and never thought I was any better.. just to clear that up!

I was even wondering if it was a bad idea or not to do a blog post.  Steve's family does not know that I smoke (well some of them anyway.)  At this point, I could care less since I'm trying to better myself.

I have obviously been good at making excuses my whole life about not quitting.  I promised my *baby daddy* that when we got married on March 31st I would quit.  OOPS!  I lied again.  I waited until Friday, April 13th.  That morning as I was on the way to work I thought to myself, "I have no cigarettes on me.  Let's try this out."
I felt it would be smart to tell my boss, managers and the rest of the staff that way they could keep tabs on me.  I'm glad I did because they were happy for me and gave me positive encouragement.

The process on that first day was literally. Painful.
I paced back and forth.
I was angry.
I even teared up a few times.
I fought with myself, telling myself that I could start the next weekend when I got back to work.
I debated on going to 711 to buy a pack.
I snapped at people... I even punched the bathroom door!

And then the day was over and I went home to my family.
I was so proud of myself!

The next day I still had reservations on quitting.   BUT, it was easier then the day before.
I didn't debate with myself on going to buy a pack of smokes.

On Sunday (the third day) it was even a little bit easier.

I have to admit, I'm nervous about going to work tomorrow.
But I have to remember how that first day felt... I don't want to go through that ever EVER again.  
Nicotine has been my BFF for twelve years.
I've officially broken up with it!  I knew it wouldn't go down without a fight.
But I'm ready to stop living a double life and become a more healthier person.  This is the first step to making myself a better Woman.  A better Mommy.  A better Wifey.  It can only get better from here... Right?

Maybe this year I can start workin' on that Mommy of the Year Award.
I think I could be a great candidate now.

Not So Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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This week has been extremely productive when it comes to picture taking!  
First off, I wanted to share a picture of the new townhouse we'll be moving into next Thursday...

WAHOO!  I can't wait to decorate you.

I feel like I haven't been showing off my little lady much lately with the wedding and all...

Briana and I had a wonderful play date yesterday with our friend and her cutiepatootie.  Perfect weather and perfect for some picture taking!  All credit goes to Younkins Photography.

My pretty babe!

Drop dead gorgeous eyes...

Can you tell I love this baby!?

Bridal Party- Our Right Hand Men & Ladies

Monday, April 16, 2012

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I do have to say... I think Steve and I had the most beautiful Bridesmaids and handsome Groomsmen!

While the girls were getting ready to go, the boys had a mini photo shoot...

Don't they look sharp? 

My ladies were absolutely gorgeous in their dresses.  I gave them matching necklaces that added a special touch to their outfit.

.... And all together now!

Never a dull moment...

I think this is when our photographer told us to say, "SEX!"

Next up!  Ceremony Photos. 

Until next time...