7 Quick Takes

1 ||  This is my first seven quick takes and I’m in it to win it!!  That’s right, Jen’s book has officially been released, and I’ve been dying to read it ever since I heard about it a year ago.  I know you’re probably thinking, but Liz, you’re not Catholic, and that’s okay because I’m telling ya, this book will be a NY Times bestseller.  You watch.  I have good instincts about this sort of thing. 

Her book is all about how she [Jennifer Fulwiler] went from being atheist to Catholic.  If you want more information about it then you can visit her website for all the deets.   You can also buy it here!  I’m really, and truly excited for her.  I hope this book opens many opportunities for her and her family.

2 ||  ::::Warning::::  I’m going there.  I’m about to complain about the weather.  All northerners who just endured the longest winter of their lifetime this year, you may want to strangle me if you read this, BUT…  It’s so h-o-t guys.  Hot, hot, hot, as in you better make sure the windows in your car are cracked open otherwise you’ll risk a heat stroke kind of hot.  You would think after a total of 27 years in Texas that the heat would be no big deal to me, but it’s not.  I have officially been counting down the months until Fall and Winter arrive.  I’ve been pleading with God daily: please let it be a short summer this year.

3 ||  Sickness has finally left the house.  After two trips to the doctor, Bubba was told he had strep throat, a virus, and an ear infection.  It was pretty nasty.  I went into serializing mode for the entire week.  New toothbrushes! No kisses! Disinfectant spray bonanza! Wash hands! Scrub, scrub, scrub! Quarantine! It was stressful, but after many prayers, God’s amazing grace kept the rest of us healthy.  Amazing!

4 ||  I’ve been trying to think of a few summer activities to do this summer and so far I’ve only managed to come up with the beach and botanical gardens.  Any other ideas?

5 ||  Gardening this year has been a real doozy.  An unexpected freeze in mid April had me replanting and then a massive storm blew through washing half of my hard work away.  It’s been a lot of work with minimal results.  However, my garden is beginning to show signs of life!  It may even constitute an actual garden post.  : )

6 ||  Yesterday was one of those days I was begging to end.  I’m sure you can use your mom chaotic visions and get a good idea of what my day was like.  Of course, a chaotic day would not be complete without gasoline spilled onto my foot at 9:00 PM at the gas station with a long and fume-y ride home!  At least I had a good workout and we were all healthy and safe.  Those are the important things to remember!  

7 ||  Annnnd lastly, Bubba took his last final exam this Tuesday.  Hallelujah, the semester is over!  I wish I could say it is an easy breezy start to a long summer of R&R, but it’s not.  His summer courses begin in a mere two weeks putting us back into stress mode.  But at least we get two weeks.  Better than nothing. 

Now, skip over to Jen’s blog where you can find much more witty and insightful posts. 

p.s.  tomorrow morning, come back and enter to win some cash. i’ll be co-hosting a giveaway. xo-liz



Sometimes I like to jot down the little things that are just for me (us!) on here.  This is one of those times.  It won’t seem like much to others who read it, but it will be a cute moment for Bubba and I to roll our eyes about one day.

Earlier today, while Bubba was enjoying his bowl of ice cream, I grabbed the sheet of paper that had been left from when the kids were coloring.  I picked up the blue map pencil and scribbled, “I Love You!” across the paper.  Then I held it up for him to read it.
He smiled, casually took the paper and map pencil, and jotted down, “Dido.”

I couldn’t help but crack up laughing.

I said, “It’s D-i-t-t-o, not Dido. You spelled it wrong!”

We laughed about it, cause we are dorks like that.

A Walk

Lately, all I have wanted to do is get out and about.  I don’t care where or when, I just want to do something that will break up our daily routine.  And that’s just what I’ve been doing.  Last week we revisited Reed’s Gold Mine (post coming soon)  and treated ourselves to a hole-in-the-wall hamburger joint.  It was so gooood. 

But, after the church sermon was over and the kids already becoming restless, I decided to take us for a stroll to our downtown area.  It was difficult to take pictures with two little ones in tow.  I assure you that the downtown area is actually very pretty and not just dirty alley ways, ha!  I just wasn’t able to stand on the sidewalks and safely take photos with the kids.  I could only let go of their hands in front of the courthouse and the alley.  

Any hoo…

I think it was a nice change of scenery that we all needed because the kids were little angels for the rest of the day.  Hallelujah. 🙂

Btw: the little kiddos were freaking out a little because of a very loud motorcycle that was driving by, hence their expressions.

at night

Tonight, I emerged from my four walls and treated Nathan and I to a movie. The movie theater that is. It is the first movie I have ventured out to see since the first Thor came out—like two years ago.   Anyway, I chose“Noah”, thinking it would be action enough for a 12 y/o boy along with a good dose of biblical history. To bad the biblical history wasn’t so accurate. I contemplated leaving during the middle of it, but I figured since I paid 10 bucks to sit there—then I was going to sit there and get my $10 worth. Actually $16.50 since I paid for both of us. It’s not to say that the movie didn’t have its moments, but I was disappointed.  It wasn’t my taste both on a Christian level and a regular movie goer level.

It was to late to do anything after the movie (10pm) but I did take the long way home so we could enjoy the night drive.  Simplicity can be nice.  : ) 

What is the last movie you went to see at the theater?

…an oh life reminder

Have you ever heard of Oh Life?  It’s pretty cool, but I’ve been lazy about using it lately.  Naturally, I received an email today saying that 176 days ago I had written this:

// Wouldn’t you know it, my pen ran out of ink while in the midst of writing a letter to Peggy, and of course, I only managed to find a bright green pen to use for the rest of the letter.

It’s been a rough day today, so I don’t really want to talk about it. I just want to pretend it didn’t happen. Ha! I’m sure I will by tomorrow. Or maybe tomorrow will be much worse and I’ll wish to relive this day instead. It can go either way. //

I never claimed I had an exciting life! Haha. 🙂  Here’s to a great weekend everyone! 

winter | please stay

I’m not eager to let winter go yet.  I wish it would stick around longer.     

I’m aware this statement just caused a rampant amount of foul language under the breaths of my northern friends who are still sitting in ceiling high piles of snow drifts and wearing two pairs of pants just to chip ice off their cars:  but…I can’t help it.  The summer months in the south are long (6 months), humid, and sweaty.  Even in the air conditioner I sweat because it is so humid.  It’s ridiculous! 

In fact, I was scolded yesterday for having the air conditioner running.  I couldn’t help it!  It was 74 degrees in the house and if you know me, anything that surpasses 70 is cause for a fan or air conditioner.

My entire neighborhood emerged from their winter holes this weekend too.  We all had squinting eyes from going awhile without the sun last week.  This is a tell-tell sign that the south has told winter to move over and welcomed spring in its place.  

With that being said I suppose it’s time for me to wave farewell to winter.  The longer days and the already ten degrees hotter than average weather says spring has arrived.  

But a girl can always wish. 

Here’s to a toasty 76 degrees today!