happy campers

Friday, July 31st, 2015

A couple of weeks ago I introduced Wells and Graham to The Parent Trap. I never went to summer camp, unless you count pretending to be at Camp Inch for three summers straight. (I also pretended that I had a long lost twin, but I’ll save that for another day.) Before I started the movie, they told me they’d already seen it. I explained that we were watching the original and that Lindsay ain’t got nothing on Haley Mills. Wells loved it, but Graham lost interest when he realized Lohan wasn’t in it.

“Why do they look like boys, Mama?”

Because they are wholesome, Graham. That’s why.

To fulfill my childhood dreams, both boys go to summer camp. Graham went to day camp during June. He wasn’t very excited.


He signed up with his best bud Keaton. The camp is called Twin Lakes, so it just felt right.



One morning on the way to drop off, we were discussing healthy choices. Graham said, “Whatever. I see you smoking cigarettes in the garage while dad is inside eating brownies.”


I promise I don’t smoke. You’ll have to talk to SK about the brownies.

(The other night I told him it was bedtime, but he didn’t want to go to sleep. I explained that I was really tired and needed to go to sleep too. He said, “Mama, when I go to bed you stuff ice cream in your face and watch movies. You do. I saw you.” There is no telling what this kid shares with his teachers.)

Last year, Wells came home from camp wearing only one shoe. This year, Graham came home one day wearing someone else’s shirt. His shirt was in his bag. He really felt bad for the shirtless kid.



The last night of day camp is a spend the night. Last year, Keaton and Graham declined and slept in their own beds. This year, they decided to stay.



That night, we took Wells out to dinner. When the waiter asked what we were celebrating Wells responded, “being the only child for a night.”


Graham survived the night and even managed to come home with his own clothes.


He also came home with four dollars in quarters plus the money we sent with him. When we asked him where the extra came from, he told us he sold his snacks for money.

“They were begging for food. I had to do it.”

We told him he could’ve just shared his snacks. He said he didn’t think of that.

being a hustler will wear you slap out

being a hustler will wear you slap out

In July, Wells went to overnight camp. He had been to day camp for three years prior, and was ready to stay the week. I, however, was not ready. After several discussions about hygiene, ticks and sharing vs. selling snacks, we dropped him off at camp.




Hayden showed me his full size can of Axe body spray, so I felt much better about the hygiene situation.


I spent most of the week pretending Wells was in the bathroom. We couldn’t talk to him while he was gone, but we did send him letters every day.


And we waited patiently to receive one from him. Patient like a mental patient waiting by the mailbox. I was so happy to finally hear from him.


The camp did post pictures once a day, so we got to see what he was up to. And that he was still in one piece.



We were so happy to see him when we picked him up from camp. But G was especially happy.


Wells had a great week and managed to bathe, change clothes and wash his hair. He came home with zero dollars. When we asked him what he bought, he said he paid to cut in the “super long” cotton candy and popsicle lines.

Oh, and despite my warnings, he came home with a tick. In his hair.

If you need me, I’ll be smoking in the garage.


Friday, July 17th, 2015

Thank y’all so much for all the blog birthday comments… I loved reading them. Also, congratulations to Samantha! You are the proud new owner of a breakable berry basket. (Graham chose the winner so the rest of y’all can be mad at him, not me.)

Remember how crazy I get before we go on a trip? Well, we are heading out of town soon so instead of packing I am posting photos from early spring.

In July.

I know you have been impatiently waiting for this day.

We celebrated Easter…

Bunnies in sunnies

Bunnies in sunnies

We made a FROM SCRATCH carrot cake.  Our icing game was weak, but we didn't carrot all.

We made a FROM SCRATCH carrot cake. Our icing game was weak, but we didn’t carrot all.




Literally Dye-ing

Literally Dye-ing

Easter Lily

Easter Lily

Bros in Bows

Bros in Bows

My Peeps.  Graham loved his "dispenders."

My Peeps. Graham loved his “dispenders.”


Wells turned nine. As in, halfway to eighteen. I am still in denial. He is still on a sugar high…



He had a laser tag party to celebrate…





And then wrote thank you notes because nine year old boys LOVE to write thank you notes…


There was lots of baseball…



Some tooth losing…


And garden planting…


Insert your own hoe joke here

Insert your own hoe joke here




Dress up days…


Carpool Cowboy

Carpool Cowboy

Purple Reign

Purple Reign

Prince of (uh, on) Wells

Prince of (uh, on) Wells

Wells’ last day of third grade…



And last but not least, a kindergarten graduation. Graham said he plans to attend college at “the Saints” and major in soccer. He also requested the Empire State Building as his graduation gift.




Procrastination posting at its finest. Maybe if I travelled more The Wowie would be updated in a timely fashion.

Until then, I wish you and your family a very happy Easter.

friday five {years}

Friday, July 10th, 2015

The Wowie just celebrated its 5th blog birthday. It was a huge deal. Everyone wore white, drank too much Veuve and passed out on my lawn.

I’m sorry I didn’t invite you. To make it up, I am having a birthday giveaway.


The theme this year is “Stuff From Anthropologie That Looks Cute Together And Is Small Enough To Fit In This Container.” It includes a Capri Blue “Coastal” candle (Made in Mississippi… holla), Smith’s lip balm in Minted Rose, Barr-Co Soap in Marine and a ceramic berry basket. Because let’s be honest, everyone needs a ceramic berry basket.

For a chance to win, leave a comment below. A winner will be randomly selected next week. Speaking of random, one of my best friends from high school won the lottery earlier this year. THE FREAKING LOTTERY.

You better hope she doesn’t enter.

If you are super bored at work today, here’s some prior year birthday business…one, two, three and four .

Thanks for sticking with me the past five years. Y’all really are the best.

friday five

Friday, June 19th, 2015

It’s Friday! It’s summer! It’s time for a summer Friday five.

1. Rosé Colored Glasses


I picked up this Billette Rosé at World Market on the way home from the beach. I’m no wine expert unless wine experts choose solely on the basis of the bottle. Fortunately, this wine tastes as good as it looks. Unfortunately, it is not sold in Mississippi. Guess I’m just gonna have to go back to the beach and stock up. Boo.

(A great one that is available locally is Broadbent Vinho Verde Rosé. It is much like my beloved Broadbent but in a punchier, pink version.)

2. Easy Pea-sy Pasta


(not pictured, peas)

This is the easiest pasta salad. Cook one package of ditalini according to package directions (make sure your water is nice and salty). Heat three tablespoons of olive oil over medium low heat. Add a tablespoon of chopped garlic and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Sauté for a minute or so and pour into a large pasta bowl. Drain the pasta and toss it with the olive oil. Add one package of diced prosciutto. Next, dump one package of frozen green peas into a strainer and run cold water over them until they defrost (it only takes a couple of minutes). Mix the peas in with the pasta, and then top it with loads of freshly grated parmesan cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste and a little more olive oil if you need it. You can serve it warm or cold, but I like it best at room temp. I call it alliteration salad (pasta, prosciutto, peas, parmesan). It makes a lot, and is a real crowd pea-ser.

3. HomeGoods Is My Homeboy


So, I came across these $19.99 beach towels at HomeGoods. They are thick and huge, and I really like the groovy pattern. (Do people still say groovy? Wells loves to watch Scooby Doo, and they say it. A lot.) Some nice folks at the beach said they liked the towels and asked the brand (Pendleton). After we got home, I tried to find a link for a friend and saw they range from $60-80 EACH online. I hope those beach people don’t think I spent $70 plus shipping on beach towels. The moral of the story is you should shop at HomeGoods.

4. No Hassle Tassel


Last year, I got a wood bead tassel necklace that I loved. And then it broke. And then I got another one. And then it broke. My friend Lesley fixed it, and all was right in the world. Until it broke and hundreds of beads dropped all over the wood floor of our vacation rental. They were camouflaged, and we slipped and slid on them for three days. All that to say, I have a new one, and I love it. I ordered it from my Instagram friend @foxdendesigns. The beads are super heavy (not plastic… bone, I think), and it is so well made. Check out her page… she also makes great tassel bracelets and custom pieces.

Side note. I could never be a fashion “#liketkit” blogger. First off, who takes those photos? I felt like the biggest a-clown when I asked SK to take the one above. Do they have a photographer on staff? I need to know. (Maybe if I like it…) Second, I don’t know what to do with my arms/hands. I looked around for a Starbucks cup, but all I found was an empty juice box. I thought about reaching up and touching my hair, but that made me feel even worse about myself and the situation. I also tried one of those open mouth “just heard the funniest thing ever” laughs, but ended up looking like one big, flared nostril. Third, why is my head so large?

Focus on the necklace. We will get through this.

5. If You Like Piña Coladas


I wanted a piña colada but didn’t have any cream of coconut. I did, however, have a box of Outshine Creamy Coconut bars and some coconut rum. Necessity is the mother of a pretty, ridiculously delicious, perfect for summer invention.

If you have any great, two-ingredient recipes, please share. I’m thinking about writing a two-ingedient cookbook, and I will be sure to credit you. 😉

Be sure to check out all the Five on Friday posts. Have a great weekend!