Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Also with a cherry on top.

I am trying to get ready for the next few weeks.

A milestone is approaching.

There will be GIVEAWAYS.

Yes, plural.

I also hope to come up with a crazy thing called content.

So please be patient.

And please come back.

Pretty please?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Monday, April 26, 2010

Monday Minute. Or my version of sticking my big toe in the water.

Did you know I took over a week off of all things computer-related?  All things.  No blogging, no reading or commenting on blogs, no Facebook, no e-mail.  I even turned on the TV to get the weather rather than go to  True story.  So now that I've gone a week without, I feel like I'm staring into the deep end of a really big pool, especially with close to 500 posts in my reader.  So I'm going to grab my floatie (floatie = Mark All As Read), and thanks to Ian and his scary little General Zod, I have a way to stick my big toe back into the blogging pool (sticking my big toe back into the blogging pool = Monday Minute).

Monday Minute

1 - What drugs have you done in your life?
Sorry to be a bore, but only the kind prescribed by doctors.  For actual ailments.

2 - A/S/L? 
*runs around shaking the heebie jeebies off*
I'm okay now. 

3 - Do you pick your nose?
Nope.  It's always a scratch.  I'm a lady.

4 - What's your favorite childhood cartoon?
JEM!  She was truly outrageous.  Truly, truly, truly outrageous.

5 - List the URL, of what you believe to be the best blog post you've ever done.
I seriously have no idea.  But this is one that I like that came to mind:

Oh, and by the way... That picture from my last post?  The little kid in time out?  Not my kid.  I yanked that off Google Images and didn't pay attention to where.  *smacks self on wrist*

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Top 3 Thursday: Mulligan!


Yeah, that's right!  I'm declaring a DO-OVER for myself!  Because I am afraid I have obtained a new level of freakdom in my previous list.  I went to the links that others had put at Confessions From A Working Mom and The (Un)Experienced Mom, and I saw very few celebrity crushes that anyone should really feel GUILTY about!  They were absolutely, positively normal!  So NOT what I dared to profess in my list!  I mean, McDreamy?  He has that nickname for a reason!  Classics like Sean Connery?  Of course!  My saving grace was The Verizon Guy!  (Thanks, Kearsie!)

This is my mulligan, people.  My celebrity crushes that don't make me blush, because they are perfectly normal and are easily admitted to!  (PSA: As hot as they are, they do not hold a candle to The Husband.  He is, and always will be, my biggest crush.)

So, quite simply...

#3. Josh Holloway as Sawyer.
I'm sure that came as no surprise.  Well, maybe it did if you haven't read me for very long and since I had McGee and Donny Osmond in my last list.  I'm a mystery wrapped in a riddle.

#2. Hugh Jackman.
Good-looking, check.  Accent, check.  Sense of humor, check.  Can sing, check.

#1. Orlando Bloom as Will Turner.
Kearsie, you can keep the elf.  I'll take the pirate.

I feel much better now.

Top 3 Thursday: Don't Judge Me

From Confessions From A Working Mom and The (Un)Experienced Mom,
this week's question is:
Who are your Top 3 "guilty" celebrity crushes?
This topic was suggested by yours truly.
I'm thinking it wasn't such a good idea, since now I have to put these in writing...
Don't judge me.
#3. Special Agent Timothy McGee.
I know if you watch NCIS, the obvious choices for heartthrob are Gibbs or DiNozzo, and those are fine choices, they are!  But I've always been more of a McGee kind of girl.  He's cute, he's sweet, he's brilliant, he's funny, and you'd always know that your hard drive was safe with him.  (That was not a euphemism.  And if you thought it was, you're trying too hard.)  I also think The Husband looks like him.  You would, too, if you saw the pictures of The Husband dressed as McGee for Halloween last October.  But you can't, because he doesn't like his pictures on this blog.  You'll just have to take my word for it.  I had my very own McGee.
#2. Jason Taylor's backside.
I can't elaborate on this.  I'm blushing too much already, and I still have one more to go.  And honestly, do I need to elaborate? 
#1: Donny Osmond.
I said don't judge me!  I am aware that he is old enough to be my dad.  I am aware that he's a little bit cheesy.  (But not a little bit country, because that was Marie, right?)  I remember when "Soldier of Love" came out, and they did the whole "mystery artist" thing.  Then they announced who the singer was, and I had no idea he had been a big teen idol right around the time I was born.  I just remember liking the song, and seeing the video and thinking he was cute.  I remember I was 13 at the time.  13, people13-year-olds are silly!  ...Of course, I was 33 when he was on Dancing With The Stars, and I may or may not have voted for him every single week a few times.  And I may or may not keep Mulan saved on our DVR because when the girls were first watching it, I was drawn to the living room every time "I'll Make A Man Out Of You" came on, and I was so entranced by the voice that I had to Google whose voice it was. 
And I may or may not still be blushing.
Tell me who your blush-worthy crush is!!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Happiness Project: Happy Nappy


I'm scheduling this post,
hoping that while both girls are at school
I will be able to look just as content as Snickers.

I don't even care if my tongue sticks out.

For more Happy, clicky-clicky:

Monday, April 12, 2010

I'm The Empty Vase

Translucent beauty...

My vessel so empty with nothing inside.

Yep, that's from the poem that Julio wrote for/about Monica in The One With All The Jealousy

But today, it's me.

Well, the empty part anyway.

One of the definitions for translucent that I found was permitting the passage of light.  I want to permit the passage of the Light.  But some days, like today, I just don't feel like I would do Him justice. 

On top of that, I'm a wee bit tired. 

Tired enough to spend about five minutes trying to figure out why I couldn't delete a period.  

Turns out, it wasn't a period at all. 

It was a spot on the screen.

True story.

The week before Easter was our Spring Break.
Then my sister and her family were here for their Spring Break.
We had a marriage conference this weekend.

In the past two weeks, there have been emergencies.
In the past two weeks, there has been drama.

There has also been love, laughter, family, friendship and fun.

You take the good, you take the bad.

Then you take a nap.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Note to Self: U Can't Dance This Edition

  • Yes, you did it again.
  • WHY?!
  • There are no cute 6-year-olds dancing this week.
  • No dogs ready for their close-up.
  • Just you, channeling your inner fly girl.
  • Or... your inner Molly Ringwald a la The Breakfast Club.
  • You went to detention once.
  • You were late to your math class in 8th grade.
  • You were late because a bird pooped on your sweater and you had to clean it off.
  • You took the detention instead of telling the teacher and the class why you were late.
  • True story.
  • In the 8th grade, you turned 14.
  • The year was 1990.
  • MC Hammer was big in 1990.
  • And you've come full circle, because the song this week was... U Can't Touch This.
  • You were going to be all dressed up for this.
  • Except you did this for way. too. long. and all the bling and the hat and jacket got hot.
  • And you're hot enough as it is.
  • Did you seriously just type that out loud?!
  • Just post the video, fly girl.
Just Dance Your Bloggy Off

  • You whispered, "This is the best I can do."
  • Which was 4686
  • You whispered because The Husband was asleep on the couch while you did this a couple hundred times.
  • His big toe makes a cameo, though.
  • At least his big toe is cute.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Top 3 Thursday: Aged to Perfection

From Confessions From a Working Mom & The (Un)Experienced Mom,
this week's Top 3 Thursday question is...
What Are Your Top 3 Favorite Ages?
(or your top 3 favorite ages for your kids?)
So far, I haven't found an age I haven't liked with my girls,
so I'm going to talk about my Top 3s.

Age: Twenty-Six.  The age I was when I met The Husband, married The Husband, and got pregnant with Big Sister.  All in that order, and all in about the amount of time it took for you to read that.  It was a really great age for me.  Naturally, that means one of The Husband's Top 3 ages would be 24.
Age: Nineteen.  I lived with my Granny, I worked part-time.  I had great friends and a nice boyfriend.  I also lived my life focused on what God wanted for me.  Sure, I was a little quite dogmatic, but I was pure and and I really did have good intentions.  Life was fun and good and largely uncomplicated.

Age: -4 Months.  C'mon now.  Safe and comfy floating around in the womb, not a worry in the world?  Easily one of the best times of our lives, even if we didn't know it.

What was your best year?

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Happiness Project: We. Are. Fam-i-ly.

November 2008


My sister and her family are in town this week for their spring break,
meaning my girls get to play with their cousins,
meaning there's lots of laughing and squealing. 

And the kids can get pretty noisy, too.

Got happy?  Link up at Leigh vs. Laundry!


Monday, April 5, 2010

Super Man of the Month!

It's that time!  Actually, it was that time a few days ago, but I thought it might be confusing if I posted about a Super Man on April Fool's Day!  So now that all the foolery (both on the 1st and the 2nd, if you saw my video) is over with, I can properly announce our Super Man for the Month of April!

Let's hear it for...

~ JOHN ~

I have known John and his wife, Heather, for a long time.  Actually, Heather and I go way back. When she was just an adorable red-headed spectacled sweet little girl, she was buddies with my little sister.  I think I was there for her first roller coaster ride... Heather, have you been on one since?  I also believe she went with us to our first New Kids on the Block concert.  And now, she's all grown up.  (I guess that means I'm supposed to be too, huh?)  She and John are serving in North Carolina, where they live with their precious daughter.

Here's what Heather has to say about her Super Man...
My husband is the best. I know, you think yours is but you'd be wrong. There are so many great things he does. He is very unselfish which is so refreshing after spending your days with a 2 year old. He helps out so much at home. He is not a stranger to cooking or cleaning. He also helps out with our daughter. He meets me at the gym each Monday because there is a class offered only on that day at 12 and so he takes Addyson to lunch while I get to go. He gets up at 5 each morning so he can have his quiet time before he goes to gym. I appreciate this for many reasons. First, I know his walk with Christ is very important and this makes me want to have a stronger one. I also appreciate that he works out early so he can come straight home to us in the afternoon when he gets off instead of going by the gym. He is NOT a morning person so I know this is a sacrifice.

One of the best things he does is he knows my love language and he totally tries to show me in that way he loves me. My language is gifts. So unflattering. But really, it is and he knows this. Unfortunately, a pastor's salary doesn't give us the money for him to buy me the most expensive so he gets creative. One of the best examples of this was on my 30th birthday. For the 30 days leading up to the big, somewhat dreaded day he gave me a gift each day. Sometimes it was just a sweet note, sometimes a flower, my favorite milkshake, a CD I had been wanting. But some of the best gifts were free time for me to read a book, or go shopping at Target by myself. It was a great birthday and he made it last for a month.

He does have his faults, but I am so lucky he's mine.

Congratulations, John!  (That birthday month was a stroke of genius, by the way!)  And thank you, Heather!
Do you think your husband is a Super Man?  Tell me about him!   Send an e-mail to baptistness(at)gmail(dot)com and see his name in lights... Or at least, proudly displayed on this here blog!
And... If you think your husband is a Super Man, you probably also think that he rocks!  If you do, and you want everyone to know, check out Union28 t-shirts (see how convenient that little button on the left is?) -- and right now, I get to offer my readers (that's you!) a code for 10% off your purchase!  I love all their products, and I love how easy it is to brag on The Husband just by wearing one of their awesome t-shirts! 

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Note to Self: Dancing Baptist Edition

  • The time has come.
  • Today you are entering the "Just Dance" Your Bloggy Off contest hosted by Things I Can't Say and Adventures of a Wanna-Be Supah Mommy.
  • You did not know that you would have a couple of co-stars.
  • You don't normally put pics of your girls here.
  • However, you did not know that Big Sister would get up and dance behind you.
  • But she did.
  • And you didn't even realize it.
  • She's lucky you didn't run into her with your booty shaking.
  • Of course, you don't have much of a booty to shake, so...
  • You also didn't realize your dog wanted in on the action.
  • She was ready for her close up.
  • You had to use this video though, because it was your highest. score. EVER.
  • And that score was 10,545!!!
  • Besides, Big Sister and the dog may add to the cuteness factor.
  • Also, they might distract from your "dancing". 
  • Are you stalling because you don't want to post the video?
  • You have to if you actually want to enter.
  • And The Husband got this for you knowing it was mostly for this contest.
  • Just take a deep breath.
  • Let people watch the Baptist girl dancing... 

  • Ask your readers once they're done laughing...
  • Any time now...
  • .....*sigh*.....
  • Okay.
  • Ask them if they have any Hammer pants for next week's contest...

Have a great weekend, and HAPPY EASTER!