sometimes you need to cry with them.

Obviously this isn’t our first rodeo with moving (in fact, it will be our 8th city) so I feel like in a lot of areas I’m bordering on “expert” or at least “extremely experienced”.

But today I had a huge kick in the gut when talking to my Rory.

She just all of a sudden spilled the beans today. She had so many questions and concerns about the move.

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It was heartbreaking.

“Mom, why do we have to leave our beautiful house and beautiful yard and beautiful pool?Will our new house be like this one? Will it have a pool and lots of yard?”

“Mom, why do I have to leave my friends? I won’t ever get to see Lexie anymore. Lexie is my best friend and I need to see her. And then all my other friends! I love all my friends at school.”

“If we move we will live so far away from Gigi and Grandpa and Mimi and Papa. Will I ever see them? Will I be too far away to get to spend the night with them?”

I cried the whole time she asked. I just couldn’t help it.

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There are so many situations where, as a mom, I keep my composure and don’t cry or show fear in front of my children even if I really want to. For example: at the dentist with Rory today- I smiled and looked in her eyes while she was afraid so that I could show her she was doing a great job and didn’t need to be afraid… or with Ryder at her doctor appointments, I put on a brave face so she doesn’t see fear and feed off of that. I want them to feel my energy of security and trust that God will take care.

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Then there are times as a mom that you need to just show your kids (especially your girls) that it is okay to be sad. It is okay to have questions and concerns. It is okay to cry.

So today Rory and I had a good cry together. I told her that I hope she always asks me questions and I hope I always have answers. I told her that things will be different and new but that I promised to make it fun and beautiful no matter where we live.

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We talked long and hard about how God had called us to move and opened this door and that we are obeying Him and He will bless us for our obedience. (No, we aren’t called into “THE” ministry, but our lives as Christians IS a ministry and each move we are called to brings great responsibility in that.)

Rory and I cuddled up together and talked for a good thirty minutes (which is an eternity in 4 year old world) about some changes we will be making and the process of everything. I made sure not to make any promises that I couldn’t keep.

I did promise that we would make new fun friends. I promised we would find a new fun church where she could worship and make great friends. I promised we would find a new fun school. I promised we would find somewhere to swim and go to the park. I promised we would still see grandparents often. I promised that she could help make our new house/apartment/who knows beautiful with me.

I promised her over and over that no matter where we live we are all going together- Mommy, Daddy, Ryder and Rory. And as long as we are all together it didn’t matter what our house looked like or where we lived, we would make a happy, fun, safe, and beautiful home together.

This part, having a child who is deeply affected by change, is definitely creating a new moving ballgame. It is so hard, but its a precious time of getting to share with her in a deeper way.  I love that it gives me the opportunity to open my Bible and show the girls verses about God’s promises to us.

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I would love so much to be able to keep them in a bubble where they can always be carefree and have no harm come their way, but that isn’t real life. So, instead, I want to teach them that through ANYTHING they can come to me and cry with me and tell me their fears, worries, problems, excitement, victories. And I hope that I teach them that they can go to God just as freely as they can come to me with anything they are going through and that He will always have the answers.

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July Ipsy Glam Bag and other makeup obsessions.

Y’all. I have a problem.

I may or may not… or okay yes I most certainly do… have an addiction to makeup.

My whole life I have bought drug-store/Walmart brand make up and never had any complaints.

Then I started dabbling here and there into name brand, therefore more expensive, makeup.

And now I can never go back into my hole of no makeup knowledge. I am in love, y’all. In love with makeup.

ME! Low maintenance Tiffany! And the best part is my makeup still only takes 5 minutes to apply (no for real only 5 minutes) but it looks so much better.

I really liked this month’s Ipsy Glam Bag. I especially loved the actual little bag- it has been my favorite one so far.

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1- 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow by BareMinerals : okay, so I am not always a fan of the cream eyeshadow because it tends to smudge and not stay put. BUT I will say that I’m kind of in love with this eyeshadow. It stays on so well and is very lightweight for such good coverage. I’m really impressed with this product. I also love the color- but the package didn’t specify what it was and that has me a bit puzzled. I think it is Divine Wine but could be Barely Nude?

2- Tints & Sass Cheek and Lip Stain in Cherry by Elizabeth Moss : First I would just like to say maybe I am a prude or whatever but I’m not a fan of the name. I know I should get over it but seriously when I say it even in my head I say something different and y’all can figure that out. ANYWAYS. I do so love this product. I lurve the color on my lips. I haven’t tried it on my cheeks, but maybe I will get out of my comfort zone and give it a try. I love that the lip stain is buildable. So I can put just a dab on for some color that looks natural or I can apply it generously for a bright pink color. Also, it smells like cherry and well, who doesn’t love a good smellin’ lip stain?! Lip stain is kinda my thing (I will do a whole blog post on my addiction soon) so I was really excited to try out this brand and it is definitely a good product even though I HATE THE NAME.

3- Vanished Clear Spot Treatment by Clear Clinic Laboratories : I am excited to try this out and see how it does. I have only put it on once on one little blemish but don’t have anything to report yet. But I did like that it didn’t burn at all on contact.

4- Straight Up Color nail Lacquer in Mango Rita by Nailtini : I pretty much jump in complete joy when I see a full size bottle of nail polish in these bags. I mean- COME ON! So, naturally, I was just so excited to try this out. I love the nail polish, but I’m not a huge fan of this particular color. I feel like it isn’t right for my skin tone. But it has a nice little glimmer in it and the girls LOVED it on their fingernails so it is a win for them! I think it applies great, but just not a fan of this color on me.

5 – Dark Tanning Oil by Hang Ten : Well considering it is July and I have a pool I am excited about this. Except that it is July and COOL. Yes. In the south. I wish I had a jacket right now kind of cool. I don’t even know where I live anymore. I’m hoping it warms up fast so we can enjoy our pool a little longer before we move and so I can test out this tanning oil!

So there you have it for the Ipsy Glam Back for July.

But wait! There is more!

I went into Ultra yesterday to get my foundation (Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundaton) and noticed they had a BROW BAR.

BROW BAR, PEOPLE!

Now, y’all know I have man brows FOR DAYS, so when I saw this I was intrigued. So I got my brows done right there in Ulta and THEY LOOK BETTER THAN THEY HAVE IN YEARS. YEARS, I tell you! It didn’t hurt and they left them full and lovely. I am so impressed I can’t even tell you.

Well the Brow Bar is sponsored by Benefit cosmetics so I started browsing around their display….

when I found it…

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They’re Real Mascara by Benefit Cosmetics

This is the kind of mascara that will change your life. CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

Okay. So I put it on this morning and thought I might fly away because my lashes were so out of this world long. I can’t stop batting them either. Even just to myself. I can just tell they look so much longer and fuller.

My coworker said they looked like fake lashes they are so long, and I was all “THEY’RE REAL”!

GET IT?!!!!!!!!

I also go the They’re Real Push Up Liner and I’m kinda obsessed with it too because I can make a mean cat eye with it. It is liquid without being too liquidy. Does that make sense? It goes on smoothly and easily. I think I’m in love.

So, naturally, I took some selfies and am a total goober but whatever! I had to show you!

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In these pictures I have on the lip stain and eyeshadow from the Ipsy bag. My liner and mascara is the They’re Real Mascara and Liner by Benefit.

Blush is my other new obsession (I TOLD YOU I AM ADDICTED NOW TO MAKEUP) Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Blissful. This blush is AMAZE. I mean. It lasts ALL DAY LONG but it isn’t too loud. It is subtle and soft. Oh how I love it.

Now. Let me go back to where I say that I’ve been buying more expensive makeup. I’m not talking about grossly expensive, just about $10-$15 more on a product than I used to pay at drugstores/walmart. These products last so much longer and don’t need to be reapplied throughout the day and OH MY MERCY my skin has changed so much and is clearer than ever. I’ve never had serious acne, but I would have the occasional breakout. Now it is rare to get any and all I did was start using better quality makeup! Who would’ve thought?!

So – question, dear readers - do you like seeing these beauty/makeup reviews? Is this something you would like me to keep up? I am loving giving them to you, but just wondered what y’all thought. Let me know!

our new adventure.

*I apologize for this post in some areas- most of this comes from my journal that I keep and I wrote it over the course of about a week or so and I just kind of copied that and added some in between.

On June 18th, Andy came home and said, “Well. I got a call about a job today.”

I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. We have officially moved every two years or less since we have been married. I can hardly keep up anymore.

My mind immediately went into overdrive. I asked Andrew approximately 1000000 questions. He knew maybe 8 answers of those because, hello, he had no more info than that at this point.

The problem with these weeks of limbo between the initial call and the interview (which took longer to set up because of 4th of July holiday) is that life goes on but also stops. People start talking about plans in the future and all you can think is how you might not be around anymore.

But, at the same time, there is no guarantee from one phone call that you will move or that it will work out. So you try and stay connected and involved (and in my case this time still trying to make friends here) even though you aren’t sure it is worth the effort if we will be moving. (That sounds harsh, but I don’t know how else to say it.)

So, basically, these last few weeks have been very much hurry up and wait. We have kept completely silent minus immediate family and very, very few out of town friends.

We finally went to Cleveland (aka our Chattanooga family vacation…) and Andy had his interview. The company bent over backwards to ensure we were set up and had a great experience. Andy rocked his interview, of course, and they verbally offered him a job that day. Wednesday we got the official paper work in. We said a lot of “this is really happening!” to each other. Tears were shed. Giggles were fluent. We were ecstatic.

Honestly.

It is hard to believe we are facing this again.

A move.

Andy got the call about this job exactly two years after we moved from Texas to TN. When we accepted the job at the Counce mill and moved to Tennessee we thought this would be it. The very last move.

I also said and thought I’d never live in (and especially LOVE) Louisiana and Texas. So. Clearly I have no idea.

I have such extreme mixed feelings about this move, just like any other move.

Thinking about living my work FAMILY has made me shed many, many tears. LOTS OF SOBS. I would lie awake at night thinking about how I would never make it through telling them we were leaving without sobbing. I just can’t imagine leaving them, leaving my job, leaving “my” patients. I just love my job and work family so very much.

And of course, the friends we do have here mean so much to me as well and I hate leaving them too.

The hardest part is definitely telling your friends goodbye.

But, y’all know I am also so excited about this new adventure. Moving is always hard in some areas but if you know me you know I love and crave change. So I’m completely ready for our next adventure as a family. (Adventure is the only word that can describe it- I think of every move as just that. A beautiful, new adventure God has given me.)

This has very much so come out of no where. Andy and I had zero intentions to move. Andy especially planned to live in Savannah forever.

So, as with every move, we are overwhelmed with bittersweet feelings.

We will so miss living THIS CLOSE to family. That has been such a wonderful treat after not having it. I wouldn’t trade a single second here because my girls finally got to know their grandparents, aunts, and cousins so well. And I’m so glad we won’t be TOO far so they can continue to build these beautiful relationships with them.

We know God has placed this amazing opportunity for Andy and our family exactly where and when He sees fitting best. We are just so excited to see the plans He has for our family in a new location.

Also, let me say this: I am overwhelmed with pride for my sweet husband. Andy is the hardest worker I know. He has reached every single goal he has ever wanted. He is so driven and gets what he wants because he earns it. I couldn’t be happier for him for this awesome promotion and for all the accomplishments I’ve been by his side to see.

He makes every single move worthwhile.

We cannot wait to see what Cleveland, TN has to offer the Harris family and what WE have to offer Cleveland.

I  just don’t think they can prepare themselves for the Harris family…. ;)

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***update: as predicted, lots of tears were had at work today when I told my boss and coworkers. LOTS O’ TEARS.

 

actually living.

About a week or so ago, I heard a remark somewhere (honestly cannot remember where I heard it) and it went something like this:

Are you actually living your life or are you living it through your phone?

Besides Instagram, despite what it might seem, I really don’t log onto social media much. I post everything through Instagram and then I occasionally get on the facebooks to give a status about my boringbuthilarious life. So it really isn’t the social media thing making me not live my life…

It is my camera.

I’ve lived a good part of my life now through the camera on my phone. Constantly trying to capture that perfect picture and spending time coming up with the perfect caption.

Now, don’t get me wrong… I don’t regret a single picture. I’m so proud and thankful I have captured so many details of our life through pictures because it sets our family up to never forget anything. I know my kids will immensely enjoy having so many pictures of them growing up. No one ever regrets taking too many pictures.

What I DO regret is the times I’ve been more concerned about taking the picture than with what is actually going on. I’ve missed out on a lot of fun and gotten frustrated for no reason because ALL I WANT IS A FREAKING PERFECT PICTURE or ALL I WANT IS TO CAPTURE THIS BEAUTIFUL (I think? because I’m not really living it…) MOMENT.

So, the past couple of weeks you’ve seen less pictures because I’ve “challenged” (hate that word, but whatever) myself to maybe give up a few pictures to actually LIVE in the moment instead of living through my phone.

Most of all, I want my children to remember me as a mom who enjoyed time with them and not remember me for only trying to get a picture to enjoy.

Is any of this making sense? Do any of you struggle with this as well?

So this post is, GASP, going to have a lot of very imperfect/not-so-good pictures. And, even more shocking, I AM OKAY WITH IT.

Last week we took a little mini-vacation to the Chattanooga area. To say we had a good time would be the understatement of the century.

Friday night we met with our friends Amber and Bill and their three boys for dinner in Downtown Chattanooga. It was so good to see them and see their boys. Amber and Bill went to my dad’s church when I was a freshman in college. They married a week after Andy and I and we have kept in touch (thank goodness for the internets!) ever since. We walked to the park by the river and let the kids play. It was so cute seeing them play together. Rory and Will (and Ryder a little bit) played tag and it was so cute. Amber is such a good, fun mom and you can so tell just being around her kids. They have great imaginations and are so fun.

(The “funny” thing about not taking so many pictures is that the girls did much better when I did want their pictures taken… interestingggg.)

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We did our normal Hotwire thing and stayed in the Chattanooga Choo Choo for about 1/4th the price you could book it online. HOLLA, Hotwire, HOLLA.

Now. I will say the hotel wasn’t a 4 star retreat. But it was clean and had great outdoor pools and the room was very large. So, what else do you need?

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The girls absolutely loved seeing the trains. They were so cute soaking it all in.

Rory was obsessed with “The Big City”. She kept saying, “Mom. When are we going to go back to The Big City? When can we go explore The Big City?” It was so cute.

One of their favorite parts of the entire trip was riding the free shuttle Chattanooga has that runs downtown. They seriously thought it was the.best.ever.

Saturday we rode the shuttle to the Tennessee Aquarium. The girls hadn’t been to a real aquarium before so I knew it would be really fun. But I had NO IDEA how awesome it would be to experience them seeing it and taking it all in. I just had no clue.

They were so cute and thrilled and EXCITED the entire time. Everything blew their minds. Watching them made me (and Andy!) laugh and giggle and it was just such an overwhelming blessing to see our kids enjoy something so much. I know it is just the aquarium but y’all don’t even understand. I literally cried watching them enjoy it so much. And because I kept my phone put up and on silent, I got to truly soak in every second of it.

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Their favorite part was the sharks for sure. Rory loved touching the sting rays too. It was such an awesome experience. I cannot wait to take them back, and now I’m definitely taking them to the Atlanta aquarium as soon as I can!

After the fun morning, we walked to Coolidge Park. Walking in heat never ends well with Ryder. Her legs most certainly stopped working. But we FINALLY made it after some tears and a lot of sweat. The girls and I rode the beautiful carousal and then the girls played in the fountains while mom and dad took a rest in the shade.

(Rory is practically a TEENAGER in these pics! wahhh!)

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The girls loved staying in hotels for a few nights. Only one night they slept decent though. We decided to do two double beds instead of a big king bed. I’m not entirely sure that was the best choice, but who knows. All I know is that it seemed like we did A WHOLE FREAKIN’ LOT of playing musical beds. We started off one way and woke up in totally different beds every night.

(Musical beds is a lot like musical chairs except there is no music and mommy ends up with no sleep.)

But, the girls were so cute snuggled together at the beginning of each night.

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Y’all. We had an amazing weekend.

I took some pictures and most of them are poor camera-phone quality.

And I don’t even care.

I enjoyed every second with my family (no for real- like every second) and the girls got to have their mom sans phone.

It is the best thing I’ve done for my girls and for myself

Sometimes you need to actually live your life instead of trying to make it fit into your camera. Am I right?!

a light-hearted post about how I feel about potty training. on opposite day.

Well. It seems as though I’m in the hellish place called potty training again.

And yes. That is exactly how I feel about it. Thankyouverymuch.

I’m not really sure why but it is some sort of sick joke that I get two kids who have NO INTEREST at all in the potty training business.

You don’t remember Rory and my trials with her?!

Let me remind you:

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There are more, but I feel like two reminders about poop is enough for this hour.

So here I am, now with Ryder, tackling this horrid task called potty training.

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Or coaching labor.

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Ryder’s attitude on the situation is this:

Me: Ryder, ready to go potty in the big girl potty??? You are three now! You get to be a big girl and not wear diapers anymore!!!!!!! Isn’t this AWESOME?!!!!

(I MEAN, REALLY. I deserve an award for the amount of enthusiasm I muster up at 6:00am about poop.)

Ryder: Nope! I fine! I just don’t need nuffin’ but my diapers! I fine! I good! I not need princess panties!

Me (to myself, of course): %$#&*@&@!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ALL OF THE WORDS! ALL OF THEM! ALLLLLLLL OF THE WORDDDDSSSSSSSSSS!

I even went as far as to create a POTTY FAIRY. What is my life coming to?!!!!!

The potty fairy (who by the way is an a-word because she brings the prizes but doesn’t stick around to do the WORK that is involved) brought lots of undies and M&M’s and books about how princesses poop in the potty too!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SHE DOESN’T CARE!

Doesn’t even care that the poor potty fairy did so much work trying to prep us for the hell of this week.

Whatever, kids, whatever.

Go ahead. Be hard on me. Don’t move up in the big girl class. Don’t hesitate to stink up the whole house with your nasty 3 year old poop diapers.

GO FREAKING AHEAD.

I’m also naturally irrationally angry at Andrew.

I mean. I can’t even look at him right now.

There he goes. Off to work. While I’m already cleaning up the first pool of pee on my floor at 6:15am.

GO AHEAD TO WORK.

It is currently 7:42. I’ve been up since 5:15 with the children who will not sleep past that terrible hour of the day.

Ryder has peed once.

ONCE.

Hateful child.

(HA)

And let me just say one more thing…

WHO CAME UP WITH 2-3 BEING THE PERFECT AGE TO POTTY TRAIN A CHILD?

Everyone knows three year olds are THE WORST. And you want to throw potty training in with the mix of it?!

WHO CAME UP WITH THIS?! BECAUSE I AM FULLY PREPARED TO OVERNIGHT THEM RYDER’S FIRST POOP IN THE POTTY TO THEIR DOORSTEP!

And I don’t want to hear all of your crap (haha) about how I can make it easier on her. She has no idea I feel this way- hello that is why I have a blog- I am miss potty party girl up in this house.

I AM DOING ALL THE RIGHT THINGS.

I just happen to have heifer children who COULD CARE LESS if they crapped their pants for the rest of their life.

I’m  not being dramatic or anything here.

This is just how I feel about potty training.

AKA THE WORST PART OF PARENTING TODDLERS.

I must go now. The SUPER FUN POTTY TIMER has gone off on my phone and I must torture encourage Ryder to go potty now.

Donations to my coke, chocolate and possibly alcohol fund can be made at any point.

(KIDDING, MOM!)

Happy 3rd Birthday, Ryder!

Three years ago today Ryder came along and completely rocked our world in the scariest and best ways possible. From the minute we found out we were having her up until now we have been hit with one surprise or shock after another.

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God has been so good to us and has let this little girl grow and thrive despite everything she has been through. We couldn’t possibly be more thankful for the things He has done for her and for us in these past three years.

At three, Ryder is a total MESS. She has been giving me a run for my money in the last few weeks and we are having to relearn some basics about obedience and being respectful. Gotta love a three year old, right?!

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Rory and Ryder still adore each other and I love that. They also fight like cats and dogs, but most of all they love each other fiercely.

Most of their fights stem from Ryder being a complete aggravator. That’s right. She can’t help herself. She is the aggravating queen around here. She gets much joy out of it!

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Ryder still sleeps pretty great and is a great eater. She actually usually eats me out of house and home. She still LOVES sausage and chicken nuggets. She would eat those two things alone for the rest of her life, I believe. She also LOVES sautéed onions. I mean, the child devours them when we get fajitas at the Mexican restaurant. She’s not a huge veggie eater, but she does try everything at least once.

One thing I love about my girls is that they are SO different. Rory is very compassionate while Ryder is very level headed. They are going to make a great team! Ryder is very rational and easy to compromise with. She is carefree but not adventurous, she is a bit fearful of heights. She wants to be in control of any kind of movement (swing, wagon ride, etc) – she doesn’t like feeling out of control.

She is most certainly the class clown/family clown. She makes us laugh all day long with her facial expressions alone. She is very quick witted and quite the prankster and jokester already.

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Ryder loves Barbies so much. She has a wild imagination. She can make up a story like nobody’s business and she loves to pretend with her Barbies. She gets VERY dramatic and it is hilarious. I feel like if anyone in life could make a successful actress, it would be Ryder (and I say that in a good way). She isn’t dramatic when she’s really hurt or in pain or sick. She’s just very theatrical in how she tells stories and sings. But. If she gets hot, you better forget it because girlfriend’s “WEGS WON’T WORK”.

And yes, it is true, you are so your mother’s daughter.

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When Ryder was so sick, a lot of the doctors told us she would probably be delayed and that she would always be about six months or so behind. Well. That is so not the case. She is right on par with everything. AND the potty fairy came last night (don’t judge me) and brought panties and books and M&M’s. So I’m sure we will be potty trained in no time. (Please, Lord, have mercy on me and let it be so!)

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Happy Birthday, Ryder! Daddy, Rory, and I love you so much!

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Sweet Ryder,

I couldn’t be more thankful for your little life. I have been so amazed by our God and by your strength during your life. It seems like every year we have some sort of obstacle that arises and I do hope for one year without any worries. But if I didn’t have these times of worry for you, I wouldn’t have ever learned how to rely solely on God to lead us through and depend on Him to work miracles in our lives. 

Nothing could have ever prepared me for the love I feel for you and your sister. I love you both so completely, it is hard to believe I have room for all this love in me. 

You are so precious to me. Your smile could light up the darkest room. I love how you make everyone laugh. Your tiny voice is so sweet.  I can’t imagine my life without your giddiness and your joyous spirit. You are such delight to your dad and I, and everyone else you meet. 

I can’t wait to see what this year holds for you. Three is such a big number! I cannot believe how quickly it has come. 

I love you my sweet sunshine. Forever and always.

Mom

Ryder’s 3rd Birthday Party

Ryder’s birthday isn’t until Tuesday, July 1st, but we had her party this past Saturday. Since we have a pool, it is a given that Ryder will always have a pool party. ha!

I had a whole lot of ideas and GRAND PLANS for this elaborately decorated party. Then I realized- you know what? I am stinkin’ tired. And kids don’t care if there is a large gazebo made of beach balls, floats, and kiddie pools. They really don’t.

So I decided that I’d throw a few decorations up and CALL IT A DAY. It is amazing what well planned snacks and a couple of clever signs will do for a party, too. I mean- could it have been any easier or simple?!

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I think I have found my new calling in life. I mean. LOOK AT THESE CUPCAKES. You can’t get better than that.

(side note: I couldn’t find my cupcake stand so Andy had to go buy a cheap one at WalMart… all they had was hello kitty. whatever, walmart. you failed me again.)

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okay. maybe you can. hahaha! I have laughed so dang hard over these teddy grahams!

thanks, pinterest!

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Ryder got kinda teased when we sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to her and it was cute to see her shy since that is not something that happens often.

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When all the guests arrived it was POURING. I was starting to panick because what in the world do you do with toddlers/kids if the pool party gets rained out?

And y’all know I don’t do planned activities, so I was getting a little nervous. But we had cake first thing and by the time we were done it was sunny and perfect for the pool.

Addison – Ryder’s little BFF

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Cute James- he had the funniest faces!

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My little water bug, Rory

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Ryder was in heaven. She kept saying after the party was over, “I love fwimmin’ with my fwriends, Mom! Let’s do that again!”

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We actually got a couple of decent group pictures. Miracle!

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Caden was the the youngest one there, but one of the bravest for sure.

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Kaleigh Grace was so brave- jumped right off that diving board for the first time!

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Here Ryder and Addison were saying to each other, “I love your bathing suit” “Oh but I like YOUR bathing suit!” Sweet friends.

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Now I’m going to show you a montage of photos of Ryder jumping in the pool. Because, y’all know that this child is NOT adventurous. She is very “I will let my sister do the crazy stuff and I will encourage and laugh and think she is awesome and crazy”. But suddenly, mere weeks after she declared her legs didn’t work so she couldn’t ever swim and DON’T YOU DARE GET MY FACE OR HAIR WET EVIL PEOPLE OF THE WORLD, she has decided she loves to jump off the steps, head first, into the water.

She jumps off the steps and literally sticks her butt in the air and her face down in the water and she shakes her head around in the water before she pops up grinning EAR TO EAR. It is so hilarious and astonishing.

Let me show you because I know y’all aren’t believing me right now.

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I mean. COME ON. Is the booty up in the air not the cutest and most hilarious thing you’ve ever seen in your life?!

This final montage of pictures is called “Ryder Is Precious When Opening Gifts”.

With pretty much every single gift, she did this “OH MY GOSH THIS IS THE BEST THING I’VE EVER SEEN” face and it was so precious I couldn’t hardly stand it.

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She had the most fun and I can’t wait to celebrate her more tomorrow.

brought to you at 2:48am

Want to know what is so awesome and not creepy at all?????

Waking up to the distinct sound of a child running through the house, saying “hi” in a whisper voice, then disappearing.

I was just laying in bed waiting on a kid to start climbing in the bed because I was woken up to footsteps and heard “hi”. I waited and waited for a kid to come in the bed.

Nothing happened. I opened my eyes and the door was open. I go in the hall and the girls’ doors are closed and they are both in bed.

Listen. I’m not going crazy. One of those children of mine ran in my room, said hi, then got back in their beds. I know for a fact my door was not open.

Those kids. Always playing with my mind and creeping me THE HECK OUT.

Dang, man.

In other news, I got my hair done today for the first time since March. March!!!!

I called and scheduled it, wrote down the time, and was all set to go.

Today I show up at 2:00 like my calendar said. I see that two people are waiting on the same girl and I’m all “dang… she really packs this place out and does many at once…”

I’m sitting there texting my friends like “y’all. What am I even going to do?! This is insane! She better not have overbooked this much!!! I can’t wait 4 hours!” I mean I’m getting tore up about it.

Finally the girl is able to get away from the girl in the chair. It’s about 2:30. She says, “Tiffany what is your last name?” I reply. Then she says…

“Honey, your appointment isn’t until 4:45….”

Hahahahahaha

I mean. This is my life, y’all. THIS IS MY LIFE.

I need a personal assistant ASAP.

Said assistant needs to be able to explain why my kids are so creepy and be able to book appointments and remind me of the right time.

The good news is, I do loooove my hair. I went all in with the red and now I don’t know if I can ever go back!

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A couple of more things you should be aware of concerning my creepster children:

- Rory is swimming like a champ without her floaties. Ryder, as per usual, can’t decide if she likes the water at all. She’s good for about 30 min. After that, she’s pretty much done and miserable and her WEGS WON’T WORK. Lovely.

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- Jasmine and her tiger are really giving me lots of trouble these days.

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They do this on beds, other furniture, but most of all, to get on the kitchen counters.

- I’m going to have to put a lock on our pantry soon. Stinkers have decided they have free range of whatever food they can reach (or hoist each other up to reach as said in #2).

Sunday while we were getting ready for church, they ate five bags of chips, some cereal, 5 granola bars, and 3 pop tarts. It was incredible.

- Rory has become one with the role of big sister. She is hilarious and says “now Ryder, I am the big sister so I need to do this first to test it for you”. It’s super cute and Ryder, bless her content little heart, let’s her do whatever she wants.

One thing Rory is doing a lot these days is carrying Ryder. Ryder will say “I can’t!” about who-knows-what/everything in life and Rory chimes in with, “yes you can little sister! Let me carry you and show you!”

This delights Ryder to no end because she doesn’t have to use her legs. Because THEY DONT WORK half the time anyway.

It is uber uber adorable and Ryder clings to Rory like a spider monkey.

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Bless Rory’s sweet proud big sister heart.

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Look at them. My creepy precious children.

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Happy Wednesday? I don’t even know because it is 2:48am and now I cannot sleep. Thankyouverymuch to whichever kid came into my room tonight. Ha!

June Ipsy Glam Bag Review

So I haven’t done an Ipsy review since my first one probably because I am the worst blogger on the face of the planet right now.

I got my Ipsy bag in the other day and I really liked it! None have been as good as the first one, but I still am really enjoying this subscription.

June Ipsy Glam Bag

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1- Dream Waves Beach Spray by Marc Anthony : I’ve used this twice. I can’t decide. It gives me big hair, which we all know I love, but the ends look fried by the end of the day. I think if I mixed it with my favorite it’s a 10 spray (review below) it would work better for me. It definitely gives you big beachy waves though!

2- For Her by Realtree : If you know me, you know I am not one on scents. I tend to get migraines with even the slightest perfumes. I will say, though, this scent is not strong and is a nice scent. I’m not sure if I could wear it or not because of the migraines, but I do know that Andy liked it and so did my coworker!

3- Butter Gloss by NYX : I love love love the feel of this “butter gloss”. It goes on so smooth and not thick or heavy. My only complaint is that it needs a bit more pigment. Nude lips aren’t my thing, ha!

4- Universal Eyebrow Pencil by OFRA : Lord knows I need some brow help around here, and I am really liking this eyebrow pencil! So far it is doing the trick of filling in and making them more shapely. Now if only I could learn to pluck regularly or have the money to go get them waxed every week because MERCY THE MANBROWS ARE ALWAYS OUT OF CONTROL.

5 – Lash Out Mascara by Be A Bombshell : Y’all. I am in love. This mascara is marvelous. My lashes look so long and IT DOES NOT CLUMP AT ALL which is my biggest pet peeve. I do wish it gave a tad more volume, but I can live without just because of how much I love the way this mascara goes on. It is A DREAM.

I really wanted to take a picture to show you all how wonderful this mascara looked. Well. Obviously I ended up looking like a big ol’ goober. But whatever! Look past the imperfections and wet hair and LOOK AT MY LASHES! (I also have the eyebrow pencil and butter gloss on!)

selfieNothing like a selfie to make you conscious of ALL THE WRINKLES and scars and moles and LORD THAT NOSE. whatever.

I will say though, I look EXACTLY like my mother. I sent this picture to a friend and she said “holy cow! you look just like your mother!” Which is pretty much the best compliment ever, by the way.

Okay, before I go- One more review!

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it’s a 10 miracle leave in product

This has been a game changer in my hair. Especially my straight hair.

My hair has been looking amazing between cuts (meaning… it has been A LONG TIME since I’ve cut it) because of this. My hair has been revived, y’all!

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your rear end is leaking.

To say this has been a trying week for the Harris’ would be an understatement.

Whew.

Yours truly had a birthday on Monday and it came with the news that all plans for the week and weekend were off because of some complications at Andy’s work.

We were supposed to be going to Texas tomorrow and now we can’t. Can I go sob in a corner now? Oh wait. Already done that.

Yesterday we found out Andy was having more car troubles than we assumed so a few thousand $ later…. I’ll go cry in a corner again.

Today I got all of us ready to go get donuts and walked outside to NO CAR (had totally forgotten) and we all wept for a good hour. HA. I felt like the worst mom in the world.

It is only 8:30 as I type this and we are all in our bathing suits just waiting until it is warm enough to go swim.

Please, Lord, let us be able to swim today! (I seriously need a nap time today. ha!)

So yesterday was the day that I had to take Andy’s truck in the shop.

They called me that afternoon from the car place and told me what was wrong.

I called Andy and he answered and it was LOUD and he was clearly in the middle of the mill with the machines. So in order for him to hear me I had to shout. At work. With all my coworkers around.

Me (shouting): IT’S YOUR REAR END. IT HAS A LEAK.

Andy (lots of noise and him shouting): WHAT DID YOU SAY?

Me (shouting even louder): YOUR REAR END HAS A LEAK. YOUR REAR END IS LEAKING ANDY. YES. IT HAS A LARGE HOLE AND IS LEAKING REALLY BAD. YES! YOUR REAR END!

Now, just imagine ALL OF THE LAUGHTER going on right now in my office. Midway through this conversation with him I realize everyone is laughing really hard in the office and that what I’m saying sounds like Andy’s actual rear end (butt) has a leak.

Let me just say.

I needed that laugh.

I mean, I was crying from laughing.

YOUR REAR END HAS A LEAK ANDY!

Gah. It was hysterical.

Speaking of rear ends and hysterical things- check out this awesome car Ryder made Andy :

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I think Andy may have a hard time showing his face at school for a while.

But can we just weep a little over the preciousness that is “he is my best friend”. So sweet.

Now excuse me while I hold on to hope and pray for a miracle that SOMEHOW we can still go to Texas.

Because I have fabulous friends and a fabulous bed (yes we ordered a bed there to be picked up this weekend) and a fabulous hotel room (nonrefundable) waiting on us.

*wail sob wail sob wail sob wail*

happy sobbing thursday!