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Friday, October 17th, 2014

1. If I had a million dollars, I’d buy this outfit to wear to the Mississippi State game. Not that they have one this week. And not that I went there. But, this is a very hypothetical post. Let’s just have fun with it.

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2. I also need this for the Ole Miss game…

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Pretty sure that is a Janessa Leone hat. Pretty sure a million dollars wouldn’t cover the cost of the head reduction surgery required for me to wear it. You know what they say; large head, hats don’t fit. Or something like that.

3. I’d also buy every color in this pant (the AG Stevie). I would call them jeans, but I like to wear them to work. And, well, we can’t wear jeans to work. I have a couple of pairs already, and they are the best. Not low rise, not high rise, not too stiff. They are the perfect length to tuck in boots or to wear with booties or flats. Closest thing I’ve found to pajama jeans. Er, I mean pants.

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4. Please don’t think I am going to leave y’all out. I would buy everyone a pair of these Sam Edelman booties. Very cute and oh so comfortable. Nobody wants their bootie to hurt. Plus, you can flip them up or down to accommodate your jeans or dresses.

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Or your work pants. So, what would you spend your million on? Please don’t say world peace or a cure for ebola because that would make me feel super bad about my choices.

Have a great weekend!

Close enough

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

I didn’t do a good job keeping up with the old blog this summer. Busy, busy, blah, blah, blah. A few of y’all asked for a “day in the life” post. How bout a summer recap instead? What? It’s fall you say? Come on. I need some closure before I can move on. And I really need to make some room for the iPhone update.

Keep in mind this is only the really fun and/or good stuff. I simply forget to take photos when I am doing laundry after work while my kids are fighting and complaining about being bored. Or, when I’ve over soy-ed and am swollen.

And The Church Lady said, “How convenient.”

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We took a trip to North Carolina to visit Mawmaw Cecilia. We left on the 4th and stopped for the night in Atlanta. We caught the fireworks and festivities at the hotel.

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Ever since Graham caught wind that Wells got to go to Legoland, he’s been begging to go to California. Lucky for him, there is a Legoland (Discovery Center) in Atlanta. Close enough.

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After that (and a quick detour to Howell Mill Road), we headed to Asheville. Long road trips are nothing new, but this one felt especially looooooooooooong. We were all a little delirious by the time we made it.

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Don’t judge me. You don’t know what it’s like to ride 300 miles in my seat.

But, it was worth it to visit with sweet Mawmaw.

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We stayed at The Grove Park Inn for the first time and kinda loved it.

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At the end of July, we went to Perdido for a weekend. My family was already there, we needed to return Mr. Krabs and some very gracious friends offered their condo.

I know what you are thinking. Way to stick out pet ownership for almost a month. Listen, the crab wasn’t happy with the situation either. Can you imagine living at the beach and then someone throwing you in a tiny plastic cage? He had every reason to be crabby.

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On our last day, we had a little going away ceremony for the crab. Ozzy Ozbourne performed the special music (Mama I’m Coming Home), and Graham said a few words. It was very touching. We will never forget, uh, what was his name? Crabman?

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Wells did a tiny scene in The Hollars. It was filmed in Jackson, and John Krasinski was the director.

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Wells didn’t appreciate the awesomeness that is Jim Halpert. One day, when he is old enough to watch The Office, he will understand.

Speaking of movies, SK and I attended the Get On Up premiere. I loved the movie, and I’m not just saying that because I am in it for a fraction of one second.

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At the beginning of August, we went to the Justin Timberlake concert in New Orleans. (AKA an excuse to go to Felipe’s for nachos.)

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Unrelated, if any of you want to get me an early birthday gift, this will do…

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I promised the boys that I would take them camping before school started back. One thing (taking the crab back) led to another (bringing sexy back), and I ran out of time. Plus, it was 10 degrees hotter than the surface of the sun during August. I’m not one for breaking promises, so we moved it inside.

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Close enough.

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Friday, September 19th, 2014

It’s Friday, and you know what that means. Tomorrow is Saturday!

And I feel the need to share some things I’m digging this week.

1.Big Little Lies

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My sassy friend Kara turned me on to this book. I have stacks and stacks of unfinished books to read, so the last thing I needed was another one. Luckily, this one has sucked me in, and I am (gasp) nearly done with it. There are tons of characters to sort through, but once you get past that it is a good read. A little mystery and a lot of catty mama drama… I can’t wait to finish it.

2. Jackson Metro

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These Metro Jackson “Metro” note cards & and prints by Laurel from The Lovely Bee are just the cutest. Such a creative idea… definitely not your mama’s boring monogrammed notecards. Local gals, Laurel is offering a 10% discount for Wowie readers (Hi mom!). (Oops. I, uh, really didn’t mean that about your notecards.) Check them out over at her Etsy shop. Use the code WOWIE10 at checkout.

3. Anthro Shower Curtain

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I ordered this shower curtain for the boys’ bathroom, and I:

(a) am obsessed with it
(b) can’t even
(c) am literally dying
(d) none of the above

If you chose (d), you are correct. If you selected another answer punch yourself in the face for thinking that I would say any of those things.

But, I do sort of love it. Even the bag it came in is cute.

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I know all you girl mamas are like, “Ew. Bugs.” But guess what? I will take bugs over robots or fire engines or mutant turtles any day.

Why don’t you just go buy some really cute pink stuff, and leave me and my bugs alone. Ugh.

4. Jamberry

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Yaya was wearing this polish, and I loved it. It’s called ‘dusk’ and is the perfect putty grey for fall. Jamberry also carries nail wraps that you apply using a hairdryer. All these are sized for little girls, and would be great for a “spa” birthday party. (Girl moms, I’m sorry for what I said earlier and am trying to make it up to you. And you can make it up to me by inviting me to the party.)

5. MG Kimono

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I went shopping with Kailey and Lily a couple of weeks ago, and they talked me into buying this kimono. I named it Eileen (get it?), and have gotten at least 50 compliments on it. Or five. Either way, it is super comfy, and I promise I was wearing bottoms in that photo.

Have a great weekend!

Mr. August

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

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Graham landed a month in the Mississippi Children’s Museum calendar. He likes to refer to himself as “Mr. August.” Actually, he likes for everyone to refer to him as “Mr. August.” I think he and August are a perfect fit because he has really given us some words of wisdom (and a lot of material) this month.

Graham has grown quite fond of his hand-me-down robe. Sometimes he just shows up out of nowhere wearing it.

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The other night, after he was done with his bath, he put it on. He took a brush and began to comb his hair straight back. He told me that he was Elvis, and that I should call him “the King.”

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He also told me he “really likes clothes” and asked if he could pick out some new things. When I asked him what he had in mind, he said a blue jacket and some headphones would be cool. And he is popping his collar 80% of the time.

One night when we were tucking him in, Graham said “I wish there were two of me.” We asked him why, and he said “So I could hug both of you at the same time.” SK and I were both about to nominate him for kid of the month when he threw in “and if someone was handing out candy, I’d get two pieces.”

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G lost more points when he asked me if he could have our house when I move to the nursing home. He also asked for a camera. When I asked why, he said “So I can take a picture of you and when you get older and older and then die, I can show it to my kids.” Waaah whaaaa.

We were having breakfast about a week after school started, and Wells and I were discussing the new school year. I asked Graham if he liked school, and he replied “Yes, but how much longer until summer break?” He wasn’t happy with my reply.

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You really can’t blame him because kindergarten is hard. When I quiz him on a sight word he doesn’t know, his default answer is always “sushi.”

I guess we spend too much time at the Japanese place because he also requested a steamed gyoza at Starbucks last week. (He really wanted a steamed milk.)

Graham heard someone mention textbooks and later asked me if those are books that teach you how to text.

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When I picked them up after the first day of school, Wells told us that a first grade gal told him she likes G. Graham replied “well, I hope you told her I already have a girlfriend.” Wells said no, and Graham informed him “that will ALWAYS be the answer.”

Graham has also turned into a little prankster. One day I walked in to him dumping out all the toys in the playroom. I asked him what he was looking for, and he said “my whompy couch” (whoopee cushion). And then there’s the roach. Not sure how we ended up with a plastic roach, but G’s full time job is to scare people with it. In the last few weeks, Kailey, Lily and I have woken up to it on our pillows. When my mom came for a visit, he slid it under the bathroom door while she was getting dressed. He also put the roach in my makeup drawer, next to my car keys and in the pantry by the coffee.

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Just between you and me, Mr. Roach’s days are numbered.

And my very favorite Mr. August quote-

“Thanks for taking care of me mama. I’m glad you’re not one of those mamas who leaves their kids on the sidewalk.”

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Me too, G. Me too.

And I will be sure to remind you of it when you try to throw me in the home.