Sunday, July 31, 2011


To my pleasant surprise, Josh, Ellee and Declan came down for a couple of days. It's been a little bit since I got to see my nephew. I was pretty excited. It was also fun just getting to spend the day shopping with Ellee.
Here's a cute pic of the cousins together... I just like saying that... cousins :P
Aren't they just cute? The only one missing is little Sam. :( Maybe next time. I think it's hilarious because Declan is about a month older than Owen and Owen looks like a big fat chunk compared to him. lol.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Voice

As most of you know, Ben LOVES music!!! It is his passion!! He loves to sing and play the piano, the drums, the bass, the guitar, you name it, he can probably play it and he's pretty good too. For his birthday he signed up to go audition for the new show on NBC, The Voice. They were holding open auditions at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, so down to Nashville we went. It was HOT!!! As soon as we got parked in the parking garage, we headed over to the autitorium. Unfortunately, Ben only got to go back by himself, so that meant that I got to walk around downtown Nashville by myself... torture? Just a little bit. :P I was a ball of nerves walking around waiting for him to call me or text me and let me know how it was going. We texted a couple of times back and forth, but still there was lots of waiting...
To pass the time... I walked around and took random pictures...

Ernest Tubb is a inside joke that Ben, my dad and I have, so this seemed just right.
How random is this? Yes, this is a REAL dog!! I think I've seen it all!
And just for Allie, me with The King.... Elvis! :P

Well, several hours of walking and obviously taking random pics, I finally received a phone call saying that his group was next up. I can't even imagine how nervous he was, because I was a ball of nerves. After about another hour of waiting, he finally came out. He didn't make it. :( He was grateful for the experience and I heard several others say as they came out that the judges were pretty tough. Only one person out of Ben's group made the call back list, so she would have to come back Monday and sing again and if she made it past that round then she would get to go to the first round on the show.
It was a really neat experience. We were both a little bummed, but I know and believe that everything happens for a reason and in my book, this is just for you honey,
You are the winner of The Voice, American Idol and any other singing competiton. I know that I'm usually your biggest critic, but believe me, I'm also your biggest fan!! I love you!

Monday, July 25, 2011


Sorry for the blogging lull, not a whole lot going on, just living day to day with my crazy little fam. However, we've had a huge event happen in our family, wait for it, wait for it, BEN IS THIRTY!!!!!
I think he has dreaded this day, well, forever! I'm not really sure why. He just keeps saying he can remember when his parents were thirty. No clue what that has to do with anything. I've wanted to throw him a surprise party to take the edge off since he's dreaded this day for so long. Thankfully, Candie and Robert (a couple from our church) have a swimming pool and they graciouslly let me invade their house with a few of our friends and throw a great surprise party! We had such a good time. We had some great food and great cake from The Cake Lady (of course).
Aren't we just cute? :P
My sweet family!!! I can't get over how much Olivia and Owen look alike in this picture!
Ben's parents came to the party too. :)
Austin and Ben thinking they're cool. LOL!
And again with Sean... I guess the guys never grow up. :P

Happy Birthday to my best friend and the love of my life! I know that we've had our ups and downs, but I can't imagine my life without you being in it. You're a great husband and an even better father! I love you with all of my heart! Happy 30th Birthday! I can't wait to spend the rest of our 30 years together!!

Friday, July 8, 2011

V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N ... well, a S.T.A.Y.C.A.T.I.O.N.

It's about time... our little family has finally had a week off with one another. We didn't go out of town or anything like that, but we went up to the lake and stayed at my parent's house. We had a great time. We got to watch fireworks, eat, get out on the lake, play in the water, eat, I guess you can get the picture. lol! I wasn't sure how well Olivia and Owen would do in the water, but we took them to sandy beach and they LOVED it!

Little Sister ready to get in the water and play
Playing with daddy... oh what fun we have together!!
Playing with the sticks
A little pooped. ;)
Ready to get back and take a nap. A fun filled day with the family at the lake. Life couldn't get any better!!