Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Amber Randoms 2.0...

Last year I did a little post called Amber Randoms where I listed a bunch of useless information about myself. Today I thought I'd give it a go again and add to that list of useless information. You're welcome?

  • I have terrible road rage. Don't ride my tail or I will slow down to 15 mph.
  • I have one small tattoo on my left wrist. I got it as a "reward" for losing my first 30 lbs. I would like another, but I don't know what or where.
  • I have to say "I love you" before getting off the phone with B, my mom, my brother, and my Grandmother. Have to. I usually say it to extended family and close friends as well. There was a time in my life where I would call someone back if they hung up without saying it. 
  • I always have a ponytail holder on my right wrist just in case I need to pull my hair back.
  • I tend to ramble.
  • I want Sprite when I'm sick. Sonic ice is a bonus.
  • The "S" word is my favorite cuss word. The "F" word is a close second. 
  • I am obsessed with making my eyelashes longer/fuller and I always use 2 mascaras. My favorite combo right now is Benefit "They're Real" and Maybelline "The Falsies" (totally didn't know there was a "The" in front of "Falsies" on that mascara until just now)
  • I love gossip.
  • I'm an excellent secret keeper.
  • I love watching crime shows and documentaries; even if they feed into my paranoia.
  • I don't like the heavy contouring makeup trend. Call me crazy, but I think your face should look like your face when you're done with your makeup.
  • My feelings are easily hurt.
  • I've never had Nutella.
  • I'm addicted to Chapstick and have them lying around everywhere. 
  • I have to sleep with Breathe Right Strips every night...lucky B to wake up next to that every morning.
  • I hate seeing a personalized license plate that I can't decipher.
  • I was born and raised in Alabama and love living in the South...most of the time.
  • I can't wear high heels longer than 15 minutes without feeling like my feet are going to fall off.
  • I think hashtags should be used sparingly and I hate when people hashtag entire sentences. You're doing it wrong!
  • Sometimes I think about going back to school, but I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Also, school terrifies me.
  • Shopping is therapy for me...and so is eating.
  • I have zero tolerance for hateful people.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Weekend of Happy...

Y'all, this weekend was great!

Friday I went painting with one of the BFFs. First, in the words of Dr. Mindy Lahiri...
It's true.

Neither one of us have cats (anymore), but we both have a thing for Grumpy Cat, so when we saw this painting on the Spirited Art calendar, we knew we had to do it together!

She was so fun to paint; not near as stressful as my coffee cup paintings. After painting, we stood out in the parking lot and talked for like two hours! I love my other Amber and I'm so glad we got to spend Friday night together! We both have coffee walls set up in our kitchen and I think Grumpy Cat fits right in :)

Saturday morning I got up around 6 to get ready to head for Nashville. Holly was running the Country Music Half Marathon and I nervously agreed to meeting her and a couple of others for lunch after the race. I left early so I could meet one of my friends from high school, Ashley, for coffee beforehand. She took me to a (in her words) "crazy hipster" coffee shop, Barista Parlor, and it did not disappoint on the hipster promise! Lots of plaid and some amazing facial hair...let me tell you! I had an Iced Salty TN Whiskey Caramel Latte that was just as amazing as it sounds! I was running late, per usual, so we didn't get to chat as long as I would have liked before I needed to head over to The Pharmacy to grab the table for lunch. There was a bit of a wait for a table, so I stood out front and waited for the girls to get there. I was looking at my phone, most likely on Instagram, when I heard an "Amber!" from the left and looked up to see Holly, Kira, and Kelli heading my way. We hugged, chatted for a minute and headed in where we ran into sweet Lauren who had met everyone for dinner the night before. Alyse, Faye, and Aubrey Leigh and her husband joined us a bit later and we lunched and talked and had a great time.
Picture big boyed from Aubrey Leigh's Instagram!
Aubrey Leigh, Alyse, and Faye left for home around the same time, so we all hugged goodbye, I told Aubrey Leigh that I was obsessed with her eyelashes and then her husband and I had a Ginger to Ginger conversation as they headed out. Holly, Kira, Kelli, and I hung out a bit longer to talk before they had to start their 5.5 hour drive home.
Holly...in my mind, we're well on our way to the best friends tier. I wish they had been staying in town Saturday night because I'm pretty sure I could have talked to her all. day! Alas, she was absolutely exhausted, and rightfully so, and they had a long drive ahead of them, so I had to let her go. One day (SOON), I'm getting together with her and Jenn...it's happening.

After lunch I got back with Ashley and spent the rest of the afternoon with her, her husband, and their dog Mo. Ashley is my number one favorite person in the whole wide world. Really...I have a favorite people list and she's on top! I could sit here and talk all day about how amazing she is, but words are not enough. Everyone needs an Ashley in their life!
We're already talking about bringing B and the babies up for a day at the zoo and other fun Nashville stuff. I can't wait!

On Sunday we had plans to go to Grandmother's like we always do. B woke up feeling kind of tired and cruddy and Little Man had a cough and a runny nose (still), so we decided to leave the boys at home while Sissy and I went to Grandmother's for lunch. Juuust kidding. After breakfast, Sissy felt warm and was acting really pitiful. Then it happened...puke. Ugh! So Siss and I headed for the bath while Daddy did the dirty work and cleaned up. Usually getting dressed after bath is quite the battle with her, but she was too sick to care yesterday. She was shivering from getting out of the bath and having a fever, so we got pjs on and snuggled up on the bed for a little while. I didn't want to let her run around with a wet head, so I got the blow-dryer and hoped she would let me get some of the water out of her hair. She sat there and let me blow-dry and brush her hair for at least 20 minutes! I even got to do her first little braid :)

B said I should still go to Grandmother's and to make sure to bring him a plate home. Smooth move, Daddy. So the sicklings laid around the house and watched TV and napped while I went to spend time at Grandmother's. Sissy was still really, really pitiful at bedtime and fell right asleep when I put her in her bed, which never happens! Looks like I'll be making a call to the pediatrician this morning. I just want my babies to be well!!

So that was my weekend. So much good and a little bad with my sick little ones.

How was your weekend? Is there a blogger you just know you would love in real life and would like to meet?

OH! Don't forget that the Origami Owl party closes on the 30th. My cousin is donating every cent of her commission from this order to The Autism Society of Alabama in honor of Autism Awareness Month. There is absolutely no pressure, but go HERE if you'd like to order pretty things for a good cause :)

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Coffee or Wine...

Holy. Crap.

What a morning! The kids are at school again today and if it was socially acceptable to have wine at 8 in the morning, I still wouldn't do it but I'd be tempted! Sassy and I had one of our biggest fights yet over getting dressed this morning. I'm still tense and sore from wrestling her! That little miss is too strong for her own good...physically and willed. Little Man, on the other hand, is the most chill kid around. He's also very sensitive. For example, I yelled at Siss this morning and he cried...sigh. Mommy needed a timeout after this morning, so thank you, Jesus, for school today!

I did have a little NSV this morning when I talked myself out of stopping for a fast food biscuit and hash browns on my way home and I'll be having my oatmeal instead. It's little, but it counts for something...about 600 calories!

I honestly don't have much to talk about, but I thought I'd touch a bit on something I struggle with. The mom funk.

I don't have to get dressed most days, so I don't. Recently though, I've stopped putting in any effort even when I leave the house! I am one of those tired, disheveled moms all. the. time. Tuesday, I met one of my girlfriends for dinner and I just did not feel like doing anything to myself. I knew she wouldn't care (she was coming from the gym anyway), so I debated throwing the mane back in a ponytail and wiping the mascara out from under my eyes and calling it done. Who cares?? I thought about it though and remembered Megan's post from just that morning. Since staying home with sweet baby Aiden she has mentioned a few times that making a little effort and getting pretty helps her attitude toward herself and everyone around her. So I recurled my hair, redid my eyes and left the house feeling much peppier than I'd felt all day.
I may still not get dressed when I'm sitting at home all day, but I need to shake the mom funk and make an effort for myself and the other patrons of Target. Thanks for motivating me to be a better version of me in more ways than you know, Megan! Now give me some of that workout mojo!

Any other moms in a funk? Let's put some mascara on and pull ourselves out of it together...some days.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Coffee or a Nap...

The kids are at school and I couldn't decide if I wanted to take a nap or drink coffee and blog...

The nap may still come later!

I feel like I have nothing to say and so much to talk about all at once. First, my cousin sells Origami Owl...wait, don't check out just yet...and she opened an online party in my name and is donating every last cent of her commission from this order to The Autism Society of Alabama in honor of Autism awareness month and my babies :) There is no pressure, but go check it out HERE if you need some cute stuff and help out a great organization in the process! Here's my Origami Owl necklace. I love it so much!
An A for my initial (duh), the angel wing is for my daddy, a little elephant because I love them, pink and blue footprints for the babies, a cameo because I love them as well, an aquamarine heart to represent the month that B and I got married, amethyst for the babies' birthstone, a coffee cup because duh, and a sweet little Autism heart :) The order will be open through the 30th and your items will be shipped straight to you. Easy peasy!

We have had a rough couple of weeks with sickness! The babies had to miss school all last week, Sissy had to miss dyeing Easter eggs at Grandmother's last Thursday due to a little fever, and she was up coughing at 5:30 yesterday morning! I took her to the doctor yesterday and he isn't concerned and says that she's just working it out herself. Our pediatrician is super old-school (he was my pediatrician) and doesn't prescribe medication unless it's absolutely necessary, which I am totally on board with normally, but I was hoping he could give her something to make her better yesterday. Ah well. I really just wanted to make sure that her cough wasn't something to be concerned about, so I'm glad we went. Since they are fever-free and the cough sounds worse than it is, we're attempting school today and I'm hoping I don't get a text from their teacher. Since they are in the special education preschool program and they get so much out of school, I hate for them to miss it if they don't absolutely have to.

How was y'all's Easter?? Ours was really good and we had some pretty big moments for the babies! I've spent the last almost 2 years of my blog "protecting" my kids (or me?), but now that I've opened up to y'all about some of the challenges we face, I feel like I can talk about them a bit more. I LOVE holidays and all of the fun festivities that come along with them. The babies usually don't "get" things quite like typical children do, so their lack of interest in "fun" holiday things is always a bit hard for me. Remember me talking about me needing to be fixed, not them? Well this is one of those things I struggle with. Anyway...we all went to Grandmother's on Thursday to dye Easter eggs and I felt a bit defeated before we even got there because I knew that Little Man just wouldn't "get" it. We all sat around the table with the kids and started dropping color into the water. The wonder from my cousins' kids as they watched the water turn was both heartwarming and difficult for me. My family is ridiculously close and we all love each other's kids like our own, so their joy is contagious to all of us, but I struggle with the disconnect that my own Little Man has. Notice...I struggle with it...he's perfectly content. I took Little Man's hand in mine and my Aunt gave us a color tablet to drop into the water...and he tried to eat it :) Oh the constant battle of keeping things out of their mouths haha. When I pulled his little hand away from his mouth, he dropped the tablet and it fell on the floor. My aunt handed us another, and we tried again. He didn't quite "get" what we were doing, but with a lot of hand over hand stirring, the water started to turn and he got into it! He loved stirring the water with the spoon and the hand over hand was no longer needed. When it came time to drop the egg in the water, he wanted to keep stirring, but I took his little hand again and we dropped the egg in. After that, he got it and was so much fun to be able to watch him and let him have a bit more control (less hand over hand) on the next egg.

On Sunday we all went to Grandmother's for lunch and to let the kids hunt the Easter eggs that we colored. My cousin and I hid the eggs and told the big kids to leave the "easy" eggs for the little ones. Again, I was already feeling a bit defeated because I knew that my kids would have very little interest in this activity. B took Little Man and I headed out with Sissy. Little Man picked up 3 eggs and was over it. I pointed an egg out to Siss and helped her put it in her little bucket. I pointed out another and she put it right in the bucket with no hesitation and was ready to "find" the next egg. She gets it!! It was so much fun to experience that with her and it was another humbling moment for me. Do NOT underestimate their abilities, self. They are growing so much and surprising me left and right. A couple of other big things for Sissy was that she wore her bunny ears the entire day and she hunted Easter eggs barefoot with no problem. We have some sensory challenges, so the barefoot thing was huge! She was a bit hesitant at first, but was willing to try and soon forgot about the grass and leaves completely.
It was such a fun day with family and a day full of happy moments. As we got ready to head home, I noticed Sissy's hand was BLUE...and her mouth! Remember that color tablet that Little Man dropped under the table on Thursday?? We couldn't find it when he dropped it, but miss priss found it and and ate it...sigh. Kids!

The last week has not been without challenges, but I choose to focus on the good today and share our happiness :)

How was Easter for y'all? Did you color and hunt eggs? Did your kid eat a dye tablet too? No? Just mine? Ok...

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hey There...

It's been a while, so I thought I'd recycle some Instagram pictures and ramble.

We're all sick with colds/sinus issues, so I've been doing a lot of shots...of NyQuil. I've got about 20 minutes in me after taking it before I'm falling asleep sitting up. Thanks, NyQuil...no, really.

B has been the least affected by it and I'm getting lots of extra baby snuggles :)
This shirt from Three Little Numbers is so him! I got 4 shirts from there for the babies to share, and this one has been designated for Little Man. I put it on Sissy one morning and I almost changed her before we left the house. Not that she's not awesome, because she is...she just...well...drama. I need to get THIS one for her. So appropriate!

I needed to run a drive-through errand yesterday, so we took our sick selves out in our pjs. I did put a bra on (in case of emergency), so at least there's that.

My cousins and I have a tradition of going to Creed concerts/Scott Stapp concerts (when Creed is broken up). My cousin, Allison, is obsessed while her sister, April, and I are only semi-obsessed...though I'm pretty sure the obsession grows with each show. I can't explain it. You have to see him live to get it. We went to Atlanta last Wednesday to see Scott Stapp and had the best time!
This picture cracks me up!

The concert was at 8 and we stopped for Waffle House afterward like any good concert-goers should. We made it home at like 3am maybe? Totally worth it.

The kids had school the next day, so I was out of the door by 7:15 to drop them off and then met the BFFs for a walk and lunch. I could have stayed home to nap, but friends and fresh air are good for the soul. I could (and did) sleep later!

My mom watched the babies on Friday night so that B and I could meet one of the BFFs and her husband for outside live music, food, and drinks at a local arts & entertainment center. They host "concerts on the dock" during the Spring and Fall. This was our first time going and, while we spent most of the time waiting in line for food, we loved the atmosphere and will probably be taking the babies (and our own food) this week if the weather cooperates.

My scale is still in hiding, and will be for the foreseeable future, and I haven't counted calories in quite some time. I don't know how it's affecting my weight, but my heart is happier. I feel like I'm staying pretty steady size-wise and I'm ok with that for now. Even though I'm sickly, I made it to the gym last night for RPM Xpress, BodyPump, and CXWORX and it felt great!
I'll probably be lazy today, or I may do a naptime workout, but I hope to make it to the gym for a repeat calorie burn tomorrow night!

I hope y'all are well and have a great day!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

100 Happy Days...

Have y'all seen the hashtag #100happydays floating around on Instagram? I have and I got the gist of it, but I didn't know where it came from or how to start.

Yesterday, Val (@fabchickgetsfit) posted that she and a few of her blog buddies (one of them being my little New England love, Candra {@camonlipstick}) were going to start their #100happydays today and invited us all to join in, so I am. She gives the details in her blog post HERE.

Here's the breakdown: Go HERE to register (or don't, whatever) and see the details of the movement. Share a picture of something, anything that makes you happy everyday for 100 days. Make sure to hashtag #100happydays and, since we're joining in with this fun-loving crew, add the hashtag #blogwives100happydays. That's it! I would definitely suggest you put the day that you're on in your caption if you think you'll get lost like me!

Since my big goal for 28 is contentment, the timing of this is too perfect to pass up!

Come join me as I join Valerie, Candra, Alicia, and Aubrey Leigh to find the warm and fuzzy in everyday!

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Friday, April 4, 2014


...Birthday to me yesterday!

First, thank y'all so much for all of your sweet comments on my post on Wednesday. I will be replying to every single comment in the next few days. If you don't get a reply from me, it's because you're set up as no-reply blogger, meaning your e-mail isn't connected to your comment. You can fix that by following the instructions HERE so that I (and all your other favorite bloggers) will be able to reply to you in the future! Thanks for sharing that link, Holly, so that I could pass it along!

Yesterday was my 28th birthday and I couldn't have asked for a better day! I took the kids to school and came back home to spend my morning drinking coffee while watching Wendy Williams and Steve Harvey. I met one of my best friends for lunch before heading to pick up the kids and we even squeezed in a Target trip.

B wanted to get the family together for a birthday dinner, so we all met up for Mexican. There were about 18 of us and we had the best time. I love an excuse to get the whole family together and eat! They put us out on the patio, which was perfect because the 5 kids could run around some without annoying everyone in the restaurant.

Apparently my cousin slipped the news that it was my birthday at some point because this happened...

I love, love, love my family and there's no better way I could have spent my birthday!
With my brother, my cousin, and her husband's hand...I think.
My Grandmother wasn't able to join us for dinner, so a few of us headed over to hang out with her after dinner. Her birthday is the day before mine, so she needed some birthday love too :) Everyone headed home and Grandmother and I sat at the kitchen table watching The Big Bang Theory and talking until almost midnight!

I made it home just in time to catch my birthday cake on my Polar HRM and then headed to bed.

It was a very special day filled with very special people.

Thank you, B, for filling my day with love!

Typical family photo attempt

This morning I enjoyed a piece of my birthday pound cake from B (the man knows what I like) with my coffee and it was amazing.

My goal for 28 is contentment with lots of time with family and friends...the important stuff!

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