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Friday, October 21, 2011

TARGET GIFT CARD WINNER!

Here are your random numbers:

17 13 4 21 8 20 4 8 2 12 19 3 1 12 1 17 4 15 2 17 13 9 

Timestamp: 2011-10-22

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And the winner is....

I am soooo obsessed with Pinterest! And I love the glitter pumpkins! I think we are going to make blue glitter pumpkins for our side porch and silver for front porch...and MAYBE even some for the back porch! Oh and candy corn M&Ms...don't even get me started on those!!!

COUNTY FAIR BIRTHDAY...

We went to the biggest birthday party ever this weekend for our friend Max as he celebrated his 3rd birthday party. His mama outdid herself. She made me look like an amateur! Seriously. It was a county fair theme. And I mean a real actual FAIR with rides and games and the whole nine yards!

My kids had a great time eating! Here is Griffin on his 3rd corn dog. I had to cut him off. He was like a drunk at an open bar wedding.


Paisley was, too. She had approximately 3 helpings of cotton candy. Sorry I didn't get a picture of her. I was trying to keep Griffin away from the real live animals.

SO this party was unreal....


This might be my favorite cake ever. Made with love by Puffy Muffin...

This party was held in Cross Plains, Tennessee on a farm and it was gorgeous...The party guests received empty prize bags and circus hats when you arrived thru the gates and there were about 10 games under individual tents set up, and the kids got to participate in each one for prizes. Under the big tent were tables and chairs and a balloon clown on stilts. He made lots of jokes and balloons. His name was Tiny the Clown.
Down the hill were the rides. Yes, you read that correctly. Actually Tennessee State Fair rides. There was also a motorized train that the kids had so much fun riding. They took them all over the farm and down by the lake. Griffin loved it!

After that, we went to the petting zoo. They had about 50 animals that we got to hold and pet, and at the end they released two doves.

The food was ah-maz-ing. Corn dogs, cotton candy, hot funnel cakes, hamburgers, fries, and cake from Puffy Muffin. They had an actual fair food truck! Unbelievable!

Sorry my pictures aren't better....this party was one for the books!! Thanks so much for inviting us!!

XOXO-
KJ



Thursday, October 20, 2011

RANDOM THOUGHTS...

1. I really hate Pinterest. And by hate I mean secretly love. I find myself pinning workouts, then tutorials on how to build furniture, chalk paint it, and then embellish it with a cake stand that I can make with materials from the dollar store, and finally a recipe on Chocolate Rolo Cookies. I am a complete pinterest schizophrenic. I have been to the dollar store about 14 times in the past month. I have made something new for dinner every night (my husband loves it, my grocery bill...not-so-much), and I want a Cricut and a sewing machine for Christmas. Ahhh, the craziness. I need to hurry and write this post because I need to pin a few more tonight. Tee hee. I kid. Not really.

2.I am loving being home with my babies. I love the time we have together everyday. I love the fact that I am reading to my kids in voices and singing and playing crazy games like "Let's-lock- mommy-in-the-closet-and-let-her-open-the-door-and-scare-us" and they laugh until they can't breath. Or "Candy Land", where we play with real candy and it goes from calm to out.of.control. I thought Griffin was eating candy and he was actually eating Lord Licorice. I never did find the rest of the pieces.Who knows where they are? SO we now play with Disney princess figurines and a Chuck E Cheese figurine piece from a birthday loot bag. I just go with it.
And my house is a disaster. No, seriously. It is. Dog prints, footprints on the floor and wall, toys everywhere, and all I do is clean up messes all day and they make another one. And then they eat all day, and then somebody poops. And I clean that up. And usually even change my clothes or his. And then they want to get out colors and markers and crafts. And then they want to go outside. I am not gonna lie...I am a mess. I am so tired by 8:30 I could cry. I live for gym time and outings. Is that bad? It is a different hard...Not deadlines and stress, but just constant nagging. And ohhh, the arguing over stupid toys.HAA. Please don't vote me for Worst Mom Ever. I am trying hard...just an adjustment...
(a picture of Paisley and Grace from Monday)...
3.I have a MAJAH crush on Jimmy Fallon. The End.
4. I have another crush on Daniel from Revenge. Anyone watching that show? OMG. SO good.
5. We leave for Disney in 14 days. YEEEEEEHAWWWWW!!!! How cute is this autograph book I found on Etsy? I love it. I cannot wait for y'all to see all her outfits for everyday. So cute!
6. Griffin watching a movie. A modern day miracle. Thank you Lord Jesus.



7. I am loving Herman Cain. I love that he is unpolished and real. Exactly what I want in a candidate. If you like him, give him a donation. Fridays are $5 Fridays on his website. He needs cash to run this campaign...Help him out if you like him. And PS-Don't leave me hate comments if you don't like him.
8. Who is ready for November 18th? I heart Jacob.
9. Walden Farms opened the pumpkin patch early for Grace Monday and me and Pais went and played with her. That is the nicest pumpkin patch in Nashville!! Thanks Heather and your staff for your generous hospitality. Check out Walden Farms!!
10. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!
XOXO-
KJ

PS-SO many prayer requests right now....
1)Brenda Clark (my BFF Cara's mother) is suffering from pancreatic cancer. Please pray for her.
2) Grace is in isolation right now. She had a good report this week but they are all tired and stir crazy. Keep them in your prayers, also.
3) Sawyer Dykman is a sweet baby who just received a kidney transplant from his dad, Matt. There is a link on my blog to his family's page, The Dykman Family
4) Praying for my sweet friend Kim as she and her family are preparing to adopt a sweet baby girl
5) Praying for The Smith Family as they are adopting their 6th child, a little boy from Ethiopia named Eli.

Please leave any prayer requests you might have. I will certainly pray for them...

XOXO-
KJ

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

REST IN PEACE...

I have been clinging to this verse all weekend as I have cried and sobbed and boo hooed like a baby...."He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever." Revelation 21:4

My good friend Craig Noone passed away early Friday morning from a car accident. Craig was 32 and was on top of the world. For you Mississippi folks, Craig opened the hugely popular Parlor Market restaurant in downtown Jackson. Parlor Market (also called PM) had recently celebrated its 1 year anniversary. In the short time they have been open, it has won 25 awards, becoming the most delicious place in town to eat. Craig served as owner and executive chef.

The craziest part of this story is that I talked to Craig Thursday night about eating at the restaurant. I kept joking that I needed a monkey to entertain my children and asked when he was headed to Nashville to open a spin off? Who would have known he would be killed later that night. I seriously cannot express how much guilt I have about not going to eat Thursday. I wish I would have hugged his neck one last time.

Craig was not married and leaves behind no children, but he leaves behind a large group of extended family, high school and college friends, and an entire restaurant staff that is devastated. Please pray for them in the days ahead as they figure out the next steps and how to continue blazing a trail in downtown Jackson.

We will miss you Craig. You were handsome, sweet, charming, and a total Eddie Hascal. HA!
You could make anyone feel good about themselves. Even me....look at my eyebrows. They were HIDEOUS. I will get you back Gaye Ragland. Remember I pick your nursing home...

Seriously, Craig was my date to numerous formals, swaps, and parties because of his ability to close down the dance floor time and time again, and to treat me like a lady.

Fall Formal in 1998.
Halloween 1999. Craig went as Ludacris. He was so proud of his corn rows.
We had so much fun on so many different occasions.


I will miss you sweet friend....
Please meet me at the pearly gate with some roasted pork belly....

1979-2011.
Tears,
Katie Jane

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

SO MUCH FUN IN MISSISSIPPI....

Sorry I have been MIA..I have been in Mississippi for the past week with my sweet family...
We had such a nice time and Griffin and his roasted ear of corn had a great time, too. Bless his heart he likes to eat as much as his mama...

And Paisley had the time of her life...She jumped and jumped and jumped and jumped!

Stephen drove down with us on Friday and stayed until Sunday. After that, he left to go back to work and I was solo the rest of the week. Yikes!!! My mama and daddy helped me tons but they also had to work all week...

On Saturday, Griffin had a nice time being naked and eating a Fudgesicle...I love his little booty shots!

We also ate at Hamil's on Saturday night. It is the best Meat and 3 ever ever ever! We had so much fun hanging out with our family! I am so excited to go back for another 2 weeks in November. Anna Blaire and Joe stayed with us most of the weekend and we played a lot of Scrabble and Uno! I love my nieces and nephews. They are precious...



And here is a picture of a warm biscuit from the fair...

Another one of Paisley jumping....



Hope you are all doing well and I will update more tomorrow!
XOXO-
KJ

Friday, October 07, 2011

Sophia Grace Brown


Hopefully this little girl doesn't even know what she is saying much less singing about. But this is pretty amusing. I like her back up singer personally. She is hysterical. I thought you all could enjoy a good laugh on Friday. We are heading to MS today! YAY!!!!!! Love you all and Happy Friday!!

XOXO-
KJ

Thursday, October 06, 2011

WEDNESDAY HUMPDAY REVENGE DAY

First of all, RIP Steve Jobs. Isad.

Second, my little girl looks so grown! TEAR....

How cute is she? I know I am partial but I love her so much....

Mommy got my hair did yesterday...way darker. A little too dark for me but I am trying to roll with it. Darker means fewer colors, which means I save some money. Ugh. And that's all I have to say about that!
And sweet Muffin got his hair cut today. He did so good. But he is WILD. Busted his lip open in two spots and cried like crazy. He's a bit dramatic. It runs in the family. Ha!

And lastly, are you all watching Revenge? Such a great show!! I love it!! Happy Wednesday. Oh wait, it's now Thursday! One day til Friday! YAHOO!

XOXO-
KJ

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

A WEDNESDAY LAUGH....



How true is this? HA! XO KJ

Monday, October 03, 2011

MONDAY RANDOM CATCH UP, THOUGHTS, AND UPDATES!

This is just because I love Hugh Jackman and WOWZERS! He is cuuute!
But not quite as cute as this one! Sweet Muffin kicks.my.tail. Thank GOODNESS he is cute, sweet, kissable, lovable, and has some ooh la la dimples!!
Griffin was 18 months on Friday! I cannot believe how big my baby boy is growing.
SOME FACTS ABOUT GRIFFIN:
-He loves to hug and kiss.
-He calls most things daddy. Or dah-dah.
-He has a FULL set of teeth. I think he is only missing two!
-He loves to eat chicken legs, muffins or doughnuts, fruit, yogurt, macaroni, peas, scrambled eggs, goldfish, pretty much everything you put in front of him!!
HE LOVES TO BE OUTSIDE! loves. loves. loves. He stands at the door all the livelong day and asks to go swing. It will be a LONG winter!!
He also throws temper tantrums and this is NOT fun, but kinda funny. When he becomes truly angry he will bite himself and bang his head on the wall.
He.is.fearless. He will climb up a 6 ft. wall at Monkey Joe's and never look back. I have had to climb in there twice and remove him kicking and screaming.
He also LOVES to dance. As in, goes crazy. He loves to break it down!!

Total Opposite Direction:
I freaking LOVE this Cupcake Maker. It is awesome to make cornbread muffins for dinner and also little blueberry muffins in the morning. I use it at least twice a week. Just thought I would share! Ha.


I told y'all this was a random post! Paisley has been taking swimming lessons for the past 6 weeks with a wonderful lady named Kennette Pyles. She is probably one of the coolest people I have ever met. She has been teaching Infant Survival Swimming for years, ever since she lost her own son at 18 months old at a lake. Can you imagine? My greatest fear in life is losing one of my children and she lost hers in the water and she gets in and swims every single day. What a testimony! Anyway, she is so great. Paisley absolutely hated the water and if you splashed her face she would cry and cry. Now she BEGS to swim everyday. She is jumping off the side, swimming under water, holding her breath, it is truly unreal. Be warned, it is a big commitment but a good one! You swim every day for 10 minutes for 6-7 weeks. You read that correctly. Every day. Call Kennette! She is on Facebook or Prairie Life Fitness can get you in contact with her. If you want to take next year, CALL NOW! She is nearly booked for next April.
I also had to share this darling hat I bought at Nordstrom's for Paisley. The kiddie section is to die for!!
I love this picture of Paisley and her little friends. These two sisters had the cutest birthday party at Divas and Dudes. We miss the Goddard School but it is SO fun having her home with me!

I also love this picture from my phone of Paisley helping me make cupcakes in a Tinkerbell costume! Staying home is so different in so many ways!! I still find myself waking up, applying make-up, styling my hair, and wearing jewelry! ha! I still make to-do lists and try to have some sort of a schedule. I am also trying to make sure we are home in the afternoons for the kids to take naps!

The things I am struggling with are definitely guilt of not working, and the fact that I don't want Stephen lifting a finger. I feel like my responsibilities are everything else. Which is hard. I need a break from the kids, too. Thank goodness Grammy and Pappy keep Griffin one to two nights a week, which is so nice! It helps me do the things I cannot do when he is here. They live far enough away that the overnight makes the drive easier! I am also spending lots of time eBaying and also working out (whoop whoop!!!) I am doing so good! I am working out hard on cardio M,W,F and then usually Pilates or Zumba on T, TR, Saturday. I love Prairie Life. I thank God for that place. I love the nursery and the food is divine. I am thinking about a possible 10 sessions with a trainer to get back to my goal weight. So far, I am down 50 pounds post baby. I would love to be in a 6! That is my goal. I am about 25 pounds away. And the dieting...well I have good days and bad days just like anyone!

I am trying to remember that I didn't gain it all in a day and I am not going to lose it in a day. And I usually do crunches and sit ups while the kids play. That is, until Griffin jumps on top of me and thinks I am a dinosaur.
In other news, pray for Grace still! You can visit her Caring Bridge page at www.caringbridge.org/angels4grace. Amy, Grace's mom, had a huge project she had committed to long before Grace was diagnosed. It was for the Writer's Symposium and it was to plan and organize the visit and performance of Maya Angelou.
Here is Amy before presenting her. This was held at The Curb Center at Belmont which is so nice!
Maya was absolutely beautiful both inside and out! Her stories were fascinating and she spent most of her childhood as a mute. She escaped through poetry and was heavily influenced by William Shakespeare. Such a fantastic lady.
Amy's support team! We had such a great time! And also keep praying for Grace! She is in terrible pain right now from chemotherapy and steroids. We are hoping after October things will start looking up Aren't they beautiful?
And this one is a MESS! She is my little shadow right now. She never gets more than 2 centimeters away from me. You think I am kidding? I am not. She is in my face from the time we get up until we go to bed. And she holds me around the neck while I pee. And she stands outside the shower and talks to me. Hysterical. I love her so much and I am so glad we spend every waking moment together. I wouldn't change it for anything.
Her boots are Minnetonka and they came from Nordstrom's also. I love that place. It's big trouble for me!

Griffin is wild like I said before. Here he is riding his zebra bare back. Yes, I cloroxed it off.
Here is the look of guilt. He just did something he was NOT supposed to. I am sure of it! Ha.

But those dimples save him!
Here he is at Monkey Joe's playing around!
And this is the day I had to call the cops on the Barbie's. Things were out.of.control. over at the Dream House.
And here is Paisley playing Lady Gaga. Thank goodness she doesn't even know who that is, but I think this picture is hysterical. What has happened to Lady Gaga? She has gone nuts. She is now wearing a prosthetic penis out in public? Gross. What happens to these people? Brad Pitt? He hates his parents for raising him in a Christian home? You can kiss me good-bye. I will never pay to see one his movies again. Okay, I am off my soap box.

And I love decorating for Halloween. These are some mobile pictures of my favorite decorations. My sister bought me this candy bucket years ago from Target and it is my FAVORITE thing ever!!
I also have this pink glitter skeleton that I adore and I some how managed to just delete the photo. I will repost later! It is pretty cute, too. I always shop for decorations at Kohl's, Cracker Barrel, Michaels, and Target. Also Dollar General had some cute stuff, too! TJ Maxx and Marshall's always have great stuff as well.

Paisley passed her swimming test and ate off the You Are Special plate. Do you have one of these for your kids? I love this idea! We had growing up and it was a HUGE deal! You can find some really cute ones on Etsy.

I also organized the pantry this weekend and what a chore! It only took 2 days and 3 trips to the Dollar Store for all the buckets! HA! I love it though! It is so easy to see what I have and what I need. My next project is chalkboard painting the back of the door for a grocery list and also one wall for the kids to draw on. I am LOVING all these Martha Stewart like projects!! Pinterest is fantastic!!!
This past Sunday we tried out a new restaurant in Cool Springs called Brixx. It is a spin off of CPK and it is great! Wonderful pizza and salads, and great whole wheat pasta...It was yummy...

I snapped this cute picture of Stephen and Paisley. They are little twins!

And Professor Plum here...
I love me some Cookie Monster! He is my boy!!

Well, I hope you aren't asleep. Maybe my longest post EVAH. Ha. Glad to be back blogging more frequently!! Leave me some comments! You know how much I love them!!

XOXO-
KJ