The Compliment & Five Fact Friday

Telling me bye bye

Sorry... I'm just excited about the hair growth.

After Ryder's bath tonight, I grabbed his towel out of the cabinet and spotted the robe he got as a baby gift.  I thought I remembered it saying 0-12 months on the tag so I thought I would try it out after I dried him off to see if it fit.

It doesn't fit.

Aren't robes made to hit the ground?

Who's ready for some FOOOOOTBAAALL??

This dude is...

And I bet you he wears his belt to every game

The case of the cabinets.  This has been going on for nearly a month now. 
It's his obsession.

So I felt real bad when he started playing with our newest purchase, (more Safety 1st cabinet locks). 
Little does he know his new "toy" will lock him out of all his favorite cabinets.

And his newest hobby... shutting me out of the room. 
And screaming bloody as soon as the door closes.

This has been a very busy four weeks for John Michael. Mortgage rates are down to the ground, so he has gone into work at 7 am'ish and stayed until 8 pm'ish, e-v-e-r-y-s-i-n-g-l-e-d-a-y. Well yesterday he decided he would leave early no matter what the work load was, because he needed a break...TO GO PLAY GOLF. What?  You mean he didn't want to use his only early day off to hang out with the fam?  Okay, I know it has been a stressful many weeks, so I was glad he could do something fun.
When he got home from golfing, I guess he might have felt a little bad and wanted to be really nice and compliment me... so here is the story.  Yesterday afternoon I told him that on Saturday I wanted to go to the furniture place in Star, MS that makes custom table/chairs for kiddies.  I guess he remembered last night because after he had been home for a little while he made the comment that we would do whatever I wanted this weekend, including go to Star to get that furniture.  Then he proceeded to tell me that since we would already be in Star, we could eat at Faith Hill's restaurant (??????)  And then I guess he thought he would make my night by telling me I sing just like Faith Hill.  And finally, he ended by telling me I look just like Faith Hill.  Nice try, Hun.  The things they will say to get out of the dog house.


1.  I am a really good impersonator.  I didn't know this until shortly after John Michael and I met.  Apparently, I impersonated alot of people, and he would tell me how much I sounded just like them.  Well now he makes me do it all the time.  i.e. If we are out to eat and have a waitress who is kind of "funny", JM makes me impersonate her when we get to the car, he thinks it is hilarious.  You never know, I might have impersonated YOU at some point!  If I type the word impersonate one more time I will barf.

2.  When I get home from work, I pick my mascara off my eyelashes.  I don't know why, but I guess it is what you would call a nervous habit (except I don't do it when I am nervous).  JM thinks it is gross.  He always tells me he doesn't know how I have any eyelashes left.  And to be honest, I don't know either.  But somehow I do.

3.  I don't relax when I am at home.  You will never EVER find me on the couch when I get home from work.  I am very jealous of people who can just chill, because I can't.  The only time I am off my feet is when I am asleep.  Daily routine:  When I get home from work I play with Ryder WHILE washing bottles, cleaning the counters, sweeping the floor, folding clothes, dusting, throwing the ball to Peanut, holding Ryder on my hip while I dust some more, pushing Ryder in his "car" while I am sweeping along the way, etc. etc. etc.  Ryder is not your average snuggler, so he would rather be on the floor playing with his toys than being attached to my hip any day of the week.  By the way, I know who I get this non-relaxation lifestyle from, and she is my mother. 

4. When I was younger, I thought it was really cool to have stairs in your house. Our first house had stairs, but I was too young to know how cool they were. Our second house didn't. I'm not real clear on the specifics of this babysitter situation, but I remember when I was either in kindergarten or first grade, a girl would drop me off at my house. Actually, she may have even babysat us so that means she had been inside our house.  I remember like it was yesterday, the first time she dropped me off I decided on the way home that I wanted her to think we had stairs. So, assuming she was still watching from outside to make sure I got in (like any good babysitter would), when I went inside the front door I squatted to the ground and did a fake stairstep. Like I crouched real low and walked myself higher and higher. I haven't thought about that in a long time, but it crossed my mind not too long ago and I thought it was really funny.

5.  I love to make someone's day.  Yesterday at work, I talked on the phone to a grandfather who was calling to get information on Mississippi College because he grandson will begin there in a couple weeks.  First of all, how cute is that?  He wasn't his daddy, but his grandaddy.  And he wanted to make sure his grandson was going to be in good hands here in Clinton.  I knew that asking him a few questions about his grandson would make his day.  And it did.  We talked for 15 minutes and you could hear in his voice how proud he was of that boy.  To hear a grandparent talk about his grandson like that made me so excited about the future of my children.  They are going to be (Ryder already is) SO LOVED by their grandparents!  I was never lucky enough to have grandparents who lived close by, but John Michael was.  I love to hear stories about how his granddaddy went to all his MC football games, even if they were 12 hours away.  John Michael and I are so happy to have both of our parents close by, so they will get to be such a part of our children's lives.

"Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." - Norman MacEwan


  1. haaaaaa i laughed out loud when i saw that he's STILL carrying that belt around!!! hysterical!! and as for the stairs story...hardest ive laughed in a week!! bout to tell shelly that in 5 min!

  2. so so precious! we have to get the boys all together to play! miss yall! kisses to ryder!