Tuesday, December 14, 2010

so long...

How has it been a month since the last time I posted? When I first started blogging I felt like I had so much more to say. Now, I'm so busy hurrying from one task to another that, while I still read blogs, the thought process seems to have escaped me as to writing my own blog posts! I have been swamped with weddings (which I am very thankful for), the Hubby has yet another new job (which brings me even more happiness!), I have 3 children (which brings me the most happiness), but all of these things combined make it where I barely have time to clean my house...or decorate like I want for the holidays. This past year has brought MANY struggles, but it feels like we are moving forward and upward and it feels so good. I hope to pop in a little more often over the next few months, but know that even if I'm not writing, I'm still reading!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Ok, I have tried and tried to comment on several blogs and blogger keeps telling me my password is incorrect! Is anyone else having this problem?

Thursday, November 4, 2010


Tonight I put to bed a baby boy. Tomorrow I will wake up to a "big" boy. Where did the last year go? How is he already one? And how can I be so happy about his milestone and so sad about knowing there will no longer be an "official" baby in the house? (sigh)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Just because...

he is the cutest little Tiger in the whole wide world!! Thank you Tiffiney Photography for being such a talented bestie and going along with all my photo op ideas for the little Faithfuls. Macho Man will be sporting this exact same jersey for many, many years during this time of year for a photograph so we can show the progression of how he grew to be a big, strong and handsome Tiger!!

You can visit www.tiffineyphotography.com to see some more of her amazing work!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


I am so extremely grateful that one of my readers commented and let me know that she too has been going through some of the same issues with her daughter being bullied. It makes me feel like I am not alone in this and I am validated in my feelings. It is so hard to pin point female bullying. It's not like little boys where they hit and push. It's more of an emotional battle field. And they start sooooo early. That has been the most shocking to me. Maybe I had my head buried in the sand believing I wouldn't have to worry about this until middle school, but I really thought I had a while. The manipulation, the lies, the exclusion. It is exhausting and heartbreaking and when talking to other parents it is so hard to describe. I have read several articles about female bullying and every single one of them describes what this child has done to mine. What makes it worse, the bully's mother is a teacher at the middle school Lovebug will go to one day. And she is one of those mothers that full heartily believes her little girl would never be mean to another. And it makes me want to scream....especially since I have witnessed the behavior with my own two eyes! Now, do I think Lovebug could have done some things differently in the past. Abso-freakin-lutely. And I have gone over what she did wrong and how I thought she could have better handled it. I have shut out so many of my neighbors because of this because I refuse to be near this family and the drama that somehow unfolds around it. And to be honest, I feel myself being a little bitter towards my neighbors that they either don't see what has happened or they are turning a blind eye. What to do, what to do?

Monday, September 20, 2010

status update

I wish I could blog in status update increments. Today mine would say, "Mamas don't let your daughters grow up to be bullies." or "New chapter officially begins today!" or "How is my baby boy already almost a year old?!". Obviously, we are experiencing a lot of highs and lows right now, but if the only low is the little bully then we will survive. Lovebug is just having to learn at a very early age that some girls are "mean girls" and we are going to adhere to the "rise above it" motto, even if I want to let the "mean mommy" have a earful!

Saturday, September 11, 2010


Always Remember.

Friday, September 3, 2010


Just a little excited to kick off Tiger football tomorrow!! Took Macho Man and Birdie to the First Friday parade this evening (Lovebug was too busy with her own social scene to squeeze in time for this little family outing!) and Macho Man loved it! Can't wait until tomorrow! Let's go Tigers!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

out of the mouth of babes

"When I have babies I am going to have to borrow one of your bras Mommy."


Saturday, August 14, 2010


Dear Oldest Child,

Please, for the love of God, stop being such a grump to your little sister and I. You are only 8 (and a half) and I am not prepared yet to deal with such teenager-ish behavior. Please let me have a few more years before dealing with the mood swings and I will promise not to scream like a crazy person anymore. Deal?

Your Frazzled Mommy

Friday, August 13, 2010


of the world is slowly lifting off my shoulders. More to come later.

Saturday, August 7, 2010


Visualize this space transformed into a winter wonderland with the help of an abundance of candlelight, feathers, bulb flowers flown in from Holland and many, many other natural elements. And this cute little couple will be saying their vows right there in front of that fireplace with their nearest and dearest in attendance (and my two lovely ladies flanking them as flower girls!). We're gonna make magic happen!!

Thank you to Tiffiney of www.tiffineyphotography.com for once again for fantastic job! Looking forward to heading to Dallas for the bridal portrait!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Stopping in

Don't know if I even have a single reader left since it has been many moons since I last posted. Life has been busy with the little people in my life and wedding season. I just got back from doing a wedding in Jacksonville (which my family was invited to as well--whoo, that put a whole new element on things for me!!) and fell in love with the city! I seriously think if and when I am ready to expand that may be the second locale for my business. The San Marco area is fabulous for shopping and eating and I was lucky enough to work with some fabulous vendors. And added bonus, it is a beach city....not that I had time to get in a bathing suit and head there this time, but knowing it was there was great. If you are a bride to be in the Jacksonville area: Contact me! I want a reason to come back!! Now, off to re-evaluate that 5 year plan I had.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


This is hilarious!! Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Reality television

We all know by now that reality television is my version of crack (well, that and Dr Pepper), but I have to admit some of this stuff I've been watching lately is just plain Crazy with a capital C. First, let's talk about the Real Housewives of New Jersey. Danielle. Danielle's thugs in waiting to "protect" her from the Manzos. And the craziest of all, Kim "G" dancing on that pole. Ewww. Second, this crazy train that I am watching right this very moment, Toddlers and Tiaras. For one, I will never be a mom that is ok with the fake tanning, flippers (fake teeth!) or fake lashes on toddlers. Then the behavior of all these folks involved. Unfortunately, I am not talking about the children. Will these shows be the classics on TV Land when our children are adults?

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Life Lesson

I have learned a little life lesson over the past year or so that I have been reminded in the past fews days of it's truth: When you don't engage, people become enraged. This is referring to all those folks out there that love to live with the drama in their life. When you refuse to engage in their behavior they truly become enraged. As life marches on I keep reminding myself that these are people you cannot reason with so (no matter how tempting it may be) just to not engage them and they will move on.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Am I still a blogger?

I have to admit I just haven't been feeling bloggy lately. Life seems to be going at a frantic pace and some days I feel like I am just trying to keep my head above water.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Perfect day

What are the elements to a perfect day?

1. Sitting in church with your oldest child's head resting on your arm. Or better yet, listening to her sweet little voice singing the hymns with you.

2. Brunch. Need I say more?

3. The lovely ladies and I going for a ride in the car and singing our hearts out to some Taylor Swift. Birdie even does her little hand motions with the songs to give them that little extra something! After "Fifteen" goes off she tells me, "I am Taylor Swift!!".

4. Sitting on my front porch rocking my sleeping Macho Man and watching my lovely ladies and Hubby play in the yard.

5. Taking in some country music eye candy while watching the ACM awards while eating one single, small scoop of strawberry ice cream.


Monday, April 5, 2010

My family

Me and all my lovelies Easter evening. I look tired, but don't care as this is the first picture of all 5 of us in months!!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Easter

From the Faithful family to yours, we wish you many Happy Blessings this beautiful Easter weekend.

Saturday, March 20, 2010


Last weekend my girlfriend and I are scooping out the location for her art show to brainstorm some ideas. While we were there the wife of one of the gentlemen in charge of the facility saunters into the room all weird like and proceeds, without even introducing herself, to rub my belly. (pause to note that even when I am at my MOST pregnant this is a pet peeve of mine as MY belly is not public property.) She then proceeds to not just stick her foot in her mouth, but to ram it so far down that I thought it'd poke on out where the sun doesn't shine when she asks me, "so, when is your baby due?". Oh yes she did! Girlfriend and I look at each other and try not to crack up as we both know what just went down. I tell the crazy lady that I am, in fact, not preggers, but rather I just had my 3rd child 4 months earlier...all the while SHE KEEPS RUBBING MY BELLY! WTH?! Bless my sweet girlfriend, as she tried her best to make a recovery or at least an easy out for crazy lady with a "I had my baby 8 months ago and I still have a belly" comment. Crazy never apologized, noted her error, NOTHING. Which leads me to this public service announcement: You know what they say about assuming things....It makes an a$$ out of you and me. Now excuse me while I can find a piece of chocolate to make myself feel better.

Sunday, March 7, 2010


I am sorry I haven't posted much lately. Besides my normal everyday busy life I am currently working on 3 charity projects (1 of which is a VERY large event in the Upstate) and 2 weddings. Once I come up for air I will be back in the bloggy world. Lord knows that between raising 3 children and watching my smut television (to relax, of course!) I should have plenty to write about!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Please visit www.laylagrace.org. Every since I came across this blog this family has weighed heavy on my heart. This little girl has made me appreciate my own babies even more and hug them a little tighter. Have your kleenex ready.

Monday, February 15, 2010

tic tacs

Tic Tacs go in your MOUTH not your NOSE!! Ok, Birdie?

Friday, February 5, 2010

There she goes...

8 years, 3 months, 1 week and 3 days ago I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. She came into this world wide eye and extremely eager to take in everything around her. So eager, in fact, that her Daddy and I seriously wondered if we would ever sleep again. From the very beginning of her days she has been an "old soul". Observant of her surroundings and ALWAYS picking up more than you'd think for a child her age. We've been told many times over by every educator that crosses her path how extremely intelligent she is. Then you add in the beauty of her. She really is something to look at. Always has been. But she is also extremely beautiful on the inside. Wanting to make everyone around her happy. Tonight my "old soul" went on a date with her Daddy. It's not their first date by any means, but tonight I really saw the young lady my baby girl is becoming. There was a new aura around her. I started teaching her the art of anticipation tonight, not letting her Daddy see her until she was completely ready. Right before her appearance I whispered "she looks beautiful" and then she walked into the room. His eyes misted over, as did mine. He put her corsage on her and they posed for their pictures before heading off to meet the other Daddy's and Daughters for dinner and the dance. All the while I felt my heart ache a little knowing that in a few short years it won't be "cool" to get excited about going on a date with your dad. That in a few short years there will be another boy as the apple of her eye. That in a few short years a young man will be standing before us ready to take my precious cargo out the door for her first "real" date. That in a few short years she'll be walking out that door and into the world on her own. And as she got into the car with the first man she has ever loved all I could think is, "there she goes..."

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Book Reviews

The past week and a half I have somehow managed to read not one, but two wonderful books. The first, Sarah's Key, was fantastic. Not fantastic in that warm fuzzy kind of way, but because you leave it more aware of actual events that have taken place as they are intertwined with a fictional storyline. I recommend picking up a copy. The other book, The Last Song, was delivered to me yesterday morning and by bedtime I had finished it! Every nap, every nursing session, every spare minute I had yesterday went into this book. I cried the entire last hour of reading it! I loved the way Nicholas Sparks lets all the characters have an opportunity to narrate the story as it is unfolding. If you haven't read it already go get a copy now...and pick up some kleenex with it!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sprouting grays

Today I found two, count 'em, TWO gray hairs! The Wife isn't happy. Having a hard time deciding if it's Macho Man's lack of desire to sleep on his own which equals zero sleep for me when Hubby is traveling or if it's the day to day drama of the Lovely Ladies or if it's the shocker I got grocery shopping this week. At the favorite grocery store grocery shopping by myself for the first time in months (and yes, I was very excited about this opportunity. Sad I know, but whatever!) and I finish up and go check out. Now, Hubby will aggravate me about my ability to stock pile on supplies at the grocery store. But this wasn't one of those trips. I got what was on the list plus 2 or 3 extra items. Imagine my surprise when I look at my total and it was almost $300...for hardly any groceries! I almost stroked out!! Problem? They didn't close out the sale before me and my groceries were just adding onto that person's total! Lesson of the week? If something doesn't seem right ALWAYS speak up even if you feel like it's a little embarrassing. The cashier tried to tell me that my steaks and small can of formula were the problem. Hello, that was $30 worth of merchandise! And having to deal with the stares of all my fellow customers wondering what in the hell was going on in my check out lane as every.single.one of my items had to be voided off the bill and re rung was fun times. Really not. Had I waited until I had gotten home there would have been no recourse for me, but since I made the cashier go through my receipt to discover why it was so expensive I was able to save myself over a $100!

Sunday, January 10, 2010


I've got it and it hurts like heck! I started noticing the symptoms yesterday and by this morning they were in full effect. I can't even bear to have Macho Man up on my chest as it hurts so bad. I've tried the warm shower and expressing milk and I've nursed him on that side several times. If any of you have any other suggestions please feel me in. I feel like I have the flu with achy muscles, fever, the whole nine yards. Not a fun way to spend my Sunday!

Friday, January 8, 2010


Is it strange that I love, love, love to see snow, but I hate, hate, hate to play in it because I despise being cold?

On a completely different note, this Susan Powell story is so sad. Her husband is guilty! Sorry if you disagree, but the facts (that the police do actually have) do.not.add.up!

And another thing, Happy Birthday Elvis! Love him!!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Hello, My name is...

the Wife and I am addicted to Jersey Shore and any and all of the Real Housewives. I feel my brain turning to mush as I type this.

eta: Just saw on the Huffington Post that Simon has filed for divorce from Tamara on the basis of infidelity. Interesting....

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

2 months

Today Macho Man is two months old. I absolutely can NOT believe he has been with us that long, but at the same time I am at that place where memories of a time without him are fuzzy. He is picking his sweet little head up and trying to look around at the world around him and figure it out. His favorite time is spent without clothes on--Lord help us as he gets older! He is also quite the ladies man, always saving the big smiles and giggles for his Mommy. And his sisters ADORE him! Birdie had such a hard time when she came to the hospital and met him for the first time. She truly had her heart set on having a baby sister and as soon as she found out we had a boy she wanted to go home. She wouldn't even come give me a hug or barely touch Macho Man. It broke my heart!! Now she is big sister extraordinaire. And Lovebug is just a little Mommy looking out for him. Macho Man is a fussy little fella when the sun goes down and he is not a fan of sleeping by himself. And I am convinced that if I had 10 children every single one of them would have reflux issues that would be a source of great stress for me!!! Regardless, he is so super sweet and like a lump of sugar for me to love on.