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Never Grow Up...

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
First of all... I am feeling completely and overwhelmingly appreciative for all of you for following our new blog! Thank you for all of your love! We SO appreciate it and are SO excited to continue to develop and grow! :) If you haven't checked it out yet, go on over to www.ourcupsrunnethover.com and see what you think! :) While you are at it, sign up to follow us through e-mail subscription, on Facebook, or on Twitter and register to win a $100 AmEx card! The drawing will be on March 17th!

Anyway... it has been a very busy and very long week (and it's only Wednesday and we had Monday off - haha!) and I could curl up in a ball and sleep until Monday.

Yes, you are on the right blog... I am still me... the insomniac, but I am really just ready for some downtime tonight. :) 

But I couldn't rest without telling you all about how precious my kids are to me. Yes. Again. 

Last night, I hooked my Ipod up to my aux connection in the car (oh yeah... a perk I totally shopped for) and the kids and I jammed out to the Taylor Swift CD on our way home from our last basketball practice of the season. Bailey loves it, but hasn't listened to all of the songs, mainly because I haven't taken the time to learn how to burn CDs from my Ipod downloads (yes, this is something I'm planning to learn, among other things). Anyway, we got to a song that Taylor Swift supposedly wrote for her niece (or nephew, I can't recall). The song (lyrics to follow) is basically telling this child to never grow up, thus the title Never Grow Up. :)

As it came on, I told the kids I liked this song because it made me think of them. About halfway through the song, I look in the mirror and see my sensitive daughter wiping away tears. I didn't say anything, because I could see that she didn't want me to see her. It touches my heart so much that she is so sweet... that she is growing up so much and already understanding such emotion and love. I hope she treasures our relationship as much as I do.

Aww... how I really wish she never would have to grow up. :) 

For those of you who would like to read the lyrics, here ya go! 

Never Grow Up:

Your little hands wrapped around my finger
And it's so quiet in the world tonight
Your little eyelids flutter cause you're dreaming
So I tuck you in and turn on your favorite nightlight

To you, everything's funny
You got nothing to regret
I'd give all I have honey
If you could stay like that

Oh darling don't you ever grow up, don't you ever grow up
Just stay this little
Oh darling don't you ever grow up, don't you ever grow up
It could stay this simple
I won't let nobody hurt you
Wont let no one break your heart
No one will desert you
Just try to never grow up
Never grow up

You're in the car on the way to the movies
And you're mortified your mama's dropping you off
At 14, there's just so much you can't do
And you can't wait to move out
Someday and call your own shots

But don't make her drop you off around the block
Remember she's getting older too
And don't lose the way that you dance around in your PJs getting ready for school

Oh darling don't you ever grow up, don't you ever grow up
Just stay this little
Oh darling don't you ever grow up, don't you ever grow up

It could stay this simple
No one's ever burned
Nothing's ever left you scarred
Even though you want to, just try to never grow up

Take pictures in your mind of your childhood room
Memorize what is sounded like what your dad gets home
Remember the footsteps, remember the words said
And all your little brother's favorite songs
I just realized everything I had is someday gonna be gone

So here I am in my new apartment
In a big city, they just dropped me off
It's so much colder than I thought it would be
So I tuck myself in and turn my nightlight on

Wish I'd never grown up
I wish I'd never grown up
Oh I don't wanna grow up
Wish I'd never grown up
Could still be little
Oh I don't wanna grow up
It could still be simple

Oh darling don't you ever grow up, don't you ever grow up
Just stay this little
Oh darling don't you ever grow up, don't you ever grow up
It could stay this simple
Won't let nobody hurt you
Won't let no one break your heat
And even throuhg toyu want to, please try to never grow up
Don't you ever grow up
Just never grow up

An Exciting Announcement

Monday, February 21, 2011
So, I know I hinted around that there would be a great announcement soon. 

Have you been sitting on the edge of your seat? I just know you have. I just know it. :) 

Without further ado... 

Three of my best friends (see here for full description of how much I adore these ladies) and I are launching a new joint blog! What started out as a joke, to a certain extent, evolved into an idea that we fell in love with. We teased that a joint blog would be a wonderful thing for us to do together... and it became something we quickly realized we truly would have fun with... an idea that we could really pull off together. All of us have different backgrounds. We blog about different things (well, except maybe me and Dawn - we tend to blog on the same nights and sometimes about oddly similar topics - it's somewhat scary). We all love to blog. We all have full lives... and (most of the time) we wouldn't have it any other way. Living life to the fullest is something that we are all inspired by. The idea of learning and doing and enjoying everything we can in life is really what we all hope for. Thus, the name... 

Our Cups Runneth Over

No, we aren't talking about our breasts. Sorry for all of you male readers that were hopeful this is where that was going. :) 

Instead, we are talking about anything and everything else. We have plans to feature some incredible guest bloggers. Some of them have already submitted posts for us... they are truly wonderful. We have plans to talk about parenting. But, you don't have to be a mom or a dad to enjoy our blog. We all love our babies (present and future), but we all love having independence, too. We will talk about marriage. We will talk about arts and crafts, sports, photography, food (of course - c'mon... you know I'd have to talk about food), and fashion (don't worry - I will be the blogger that is reading this one more than writing it - hahaha!). There will be short blogs and long blogs. You might like my posts. You might not. You might find that Cilla or Dawn or Rebecca write in a way that you just can't stop reading (I know I can't). 

In any case, I think you should check it out. We are launching today. We are so excited... SO excited. :) Jump off a hay bale excited. :) 

Please cruise on over and read. And, sign up to follow us through e-mail or on Twitter or on Facebook. Do it early... we are going to give away a $100 American Express card to one person who signs up to follow us. The drawing will be held on March 17, as we culminate our "week of green" celebration for St. Patty's Day! 

As always, I love you guys and I'm so appreciative to have you reading. I'm not going to stop blogging my personal journey on here, so no worries. I'm just hoping to have fun blogging with some awesome other ladies on Our Cups Runneth Over, too! 

Please pray...

Thursday, February 10, 2011
So, this will be quick. 

Please follow this link: 


Please read the story. 

Please pray. 

Understand that I'm asking as a friend. I'm asking as the daughter of a breast cancer survivor. I'm asking as a woman who has a HIGH risk of being in the same position - needing prayers related to breast cancer. I'm asking you to just whisper a prayer for this lady... this mom of a baby boy. 

Thank you for your prayers. :) I love you all... and know that through God we can move mountains (just another life lesson, right?!).

Life lessons...

My favorite lessons in life: 

Life isn't fair. Get over it. Totally my dad's favorite comment to me when I whined as a kid. 

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. I learned this one from Granny Dale, the eternal optimist. However, we usually made things with lots of chocolate.

It's better to be a bitch than a doormat. Haha... I think my mom actually wrote this one... and it is by far my favorite one to use. :) Just ask my poor husband. 

Time waits for no man (or woman). Deadlines taught me this one. College deadlines. Work deadlines. There is a reason they call them DEAD lines. 

Sleep is overrated. Insomnia gave me this one... as did my mom, who also believes in living life to the fullest and has boundless amounts of energy.

Plastic is NOT the same as cash. Anyone want to take a guess on how I learned this one?

Killing people with kindness works (although I have not chance at knowing that from  experience).  Cilla has this one down better than anyone I know.

Patience is a virtue (a virtue that I don't have). Hmmm... Brad, maybe? I don't want to give him too much credit, but I guess it would have to be something I could say that I admire about him. Odd that I also hate it about him, too. 

Why am I writing this? 

I don't know. It just popped into my head that I say these things all the time... usually to myself. Isn't it scary that you know the inner workings of my brain? 


I wonder why I say these things to myself all the time. I wonder if I say them to the kids... if they will learn them and repeat them to themselves later. Or will they go the opposite and hate these "lessons." 

Or will they have a list of lessons that I taught them... maybe "Nobody likes whiny babies or tattle tales."  Or my most recent favorite for Bailey... "Would you say that to a friend at school?" or "Would you talk to your teacher that way?" or "Would you treat your friends that way?" Bailey is the perfect angel to her friends and teachers at school (which I'm thrilled by), but tends to forget how to be nice when she wants something at home. 

Jake's lesson would definitely relate to threatening things. He likes to tell Bailey he will "punch her in the face" if she doesn't do what he wants. Fortunately, he hasn't performed that action (at least not when we are looking), but the threat sounds horrible. lol. Hilarious... but horrible all the same. 

What's your favorite life lesson? 


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

While I normally would say something more along the lines of "Eat now, eat early, eat often" or even "Drink now, drink early, drink often," this phrase completely applies to what I'm thinking about today.

And, no it isn't politics! I won't go there, in fear that you will disagree with me and stop following. :)

I'm thinking about the Baby Bundles of Lexington Model Search contest! The contest winner in each category receives a photo shoot with my best friend, photographer, Priscilla Baierlein. Since you ALL know how much I love my best friend and her work, you MUST know that I HAD to enter this. Plus, it would be really awesome to see my little man's photos all over Lexington, promoting a great new kid's clothing shop.

So, I entered Jake. I couldn't enter Bailey because she was already out of the size range of clothes the store has to offer.

Jake is in the Boys 2T-4T category. Please go to Facebook and "like" Baby Bundles of Lexington. Then, proceed to their photos section, select the album named 2T-4T Boys Model Search, and find Jake's photo. "Like" his photo to cast your vote.

And, just so you know what photo to look for, I'm listing it here:

While you are on there, please vote for these three adorable little boys, as well...

Jackson, who is in the 4-6X Boys category:

Carson, who is in the 0-24 months Boys category:

And, Joseph, who is in the same category as Jake (2T-4T Boys):

If you need help, let me know... and if you want to forward this on to EVERYONE you know, it wouldn't hurt my feelings in the slightest! :)

Thank you and love you all!

Busy Busy Busy...

Monday, February 7, 2011
I know you have missed me. :) 

I just know it. 

And I just know you are dying to know what I've been up to... and what the rest of our clan has been doing. 

So, let me show you. 

Don't pass out... I know I haven't posted a picture in 2011, so you might actually think something crazy is going on here. 

Trust me... I think something crazy is going on here. I'm actually downloading photos. Something just isn't right in the world. 

We have played basketball... lots of basketball... at practice. At ball games. At the YMCA on nights when I need to get in a run and bribe the kids with something they enjoy. Lots and lots of basketball. And, it's paying off. Bailey is really "getting" it. She's improving each time. She still ducks or covers her head when the ball is passed to her or when she needs to be rebounding the ball, but she is not one bit scared to take the ball from another person when playing defense. 

Jake is still our tough one, but he, too, is improving. No, I'm not really referring to his ability to play basketball. Instead, I'm referring to his ability to listen to his dad and Dawn while they coach him. And, his ability to stay on the court instead of just declaring that he is done and sitting down. He even followed his teammates up and down the court in Saturday's game, which seems to indicate that he does at least know that he's supposed to follow them. haha. We are hopeful that he might attempt to get the ball at some point before the end of the season, but are very happy that he's at least just making an attempt to play. :) 

Then, there's the other thing we have dealt with this winter. A lot. 

Snow. This has pretty much been the view from our front door off and on for the past two months.

Leaving us with this view IN the house: 

And, then, there's the other thing we have been doing a lot of. 

Oh yeah... already talked about that... 

Basketball. :) 

Of course, there are other things included in our lives. 

Girl Scouts. Need cookies? Let me know. 


Play dates. Spending time with new and old friends, going to birthday parties, Super Bowl parties, etc. 

Running. Last week, I ran 8 miles for the first time. I was super-thrilled. More than halfway to that half marathon now. I'm feeling like it can be done. :) But only if I play Cake's The Distance on my iPod on repeat for the entire run. lol. 

Brad's basketball team(s). He looks like someone beat him up... bruises all over the place. But apparently, he isn't any worse than the other guys. One poor guy had a dislocated arm/shoulder because of my "sweet" husband. Nice. It wasn't his fault though... it never is. :)

And Bailey is playing tennis after school on Thursdays. She tells me, "I can't really get the hang of it. I'm horrible." 

She is. But, she enjoys trying... and I encourage her and tell her we can practice. Her response is classic Bailey, "I'm not sure it will help." :) 

Life is busy. 

And, I just have to say, it's only going to get busier. I know, is that really possible? 

I am so excited about an upcoming project. Just wait... I'll have more details on it VERY soon. Suffice it to say that I am super-excited... extremely excited... jump up and down excited.... or maybe, jump off a hay bale while trespassing on a local farm... excited. :)  Stay tuned... 

A fun play date... sans photos

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
I was going to start off this post with a picture of three amazing children having a blast at Monkey Joe's. Those three kids were adorably dressed (all color-coordinated in brown, all unplanned). The before picture would start out the evening with clean hair and hands. The after picture would show them sweaty and red-faced from a full evening of fun. (Add some red and blue lips from the Icees they had and you'll get a full mental image). 

There would also be a picture of me and the mother of the adorable girl, Allie (who Jake calls his girlfriend and spent the whole evening following around like a little puppy). We would be chatting it up at a table, talking about all the things that women talk about when they have kids that are around the same age, or if they've worked at the same place before, or if they know each other's families, or if they just need to laugh about something they've done or said or seen. 

Yet... something happened to prevent those photos from actually being taken.

And, no, I didn't lose my camera again. 

You know that little beautiful girl, Allie, that I was talking about? Well, her mom and I had so much fun just talking and enjoying ourselves... that we, well, completely forgot to take pictures, lost track of a couple of hours, and proceeded to practically shut Monkey Joe's down. In all seriousness, we left a good 45 minutes before they closed. So, we didn't really shut it down. I was exaggerating. :) 

My point is... I love having kids this age. I love that they are running and playing and jumping and shouting and having a blast. Meanwhile, I am talking and laughing and commiserating and catching up with one of my sweetest friends in the world. And only once or twice did we have to stop our conversation to check in on the kids. Monkey Joe's was a ghost town, with only about 5 other kids in the entire building. And Kristyn and I just got to hang out and enjoy and catch up. 

And it was fun. Lots of fun. For everyone. And my son now has his first real crush on a girl. And, I have to say, both of my children have great taste. :) Although, Kristyn and I are concerned about any future marriage... not because of the relationship that could exist, but because we know that Allie could in no way take Jake's last name. 


Unless she is a basketball star... which could totally change our perspective.