Conversations with Jason

One of Jason’s favorite places to be is my moms, or his nonnies. He stayed with her last night and they had a fun little conversation this morning. While sitting at breakfast Jason was tapping my moms arm. 

J: are you getting old Nonnie?

Mom: well, yes, why?

J: cause your skin does like this, old people smoke. 

Mom: what do you want Santa to bring you?

J: a skateboard 

Mom: but you don’t have a driveway to ride it on (our driveway is dirt)

J: yes I do. And I was skis, you know the kind you go on snow with. 

Mom: do you want anything you can actually use?

J: a water jet pack
😂😂 this kid is something else. He’s also going to be VERY sad come Christmas morning. 

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If you’ve never owned a pair of these moccasins you’re missing out! We got Ellie Graces before she was born and I could not wait for them to fit her. When she finally grew into them I paired them with everything because they are THAT cute!! It was summer then and I told myself I would get her a pair for winter.


Those are a few outfits she wore them with. So versatile. 

Well the people over at FP were nice enough to send me a free pair AND give me a pair to give away! How awesome is that?? I picked the coyote, but it was definitely not an easy decision because they have so many cute prints and designs. But I wanted something that was a little more “fallish” that could transition into winter. 


This is how we styled them today ( I had to wait til she fell asleep to get a picture, her sass was too much today). The last pair she had she wasn’t yet walking but they were light on her feet just the same for when she crawled, they weren’t bulky and they didn’t throw her off when she tried to go from sitting to crawling and back. Now that we are walking she’s really loving these! She can run, climb, whatever she wants without the added weight. Seriously the best shoes ever! I’ll be sad when she outgrows all their moccasin sizes. 
Here’s the fun part… 

if you would like a chance to win your own pair of FP moccs absolutely FREE just SHARE this post to your FB (make sure you make it public so I can double check the winner) and comment here which style is your favorite. ( YOU MUST DO BOTH TO QUALIFY) Feel free to tag others when you share it, but it’s not required. Good luck guys! ❤️

May the odds ever be in your favor (yes, that was a hunger games reference! I thought it was appropriate 😂)
PS this will run until Saturday, October 29th at 6 PM. Will announce a winner around 8 PM

Motivation Monday


This post isn’t my normal funny story or even what we have been up to recently, however I have been tossing this topic around in my mind for a good month now so here we are. Maybe someone else needs this message as much I did. 

Psalm 143:8, “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” (NIV)

Sadly, for the past year and a half, give or take, all I’ve been looking for in the mornings is more sleep. Between staying up after everyone settles down for the night to finish whatever chore(s) I feel HAS to be done before I can sleep, getting up every 2/3 hours with Ellie Grace (yes, still) and just giving everyone all I have all day I’ve put myself on the back burner. I don’t pick up my bible as much as I should or spend much time in deep prayer, mostly they are short, sweet, and to the point asking for his grace in whatever situation or thanking him for his mercy when it arises. And it has left me rather worn out and empty feeling. And it’s like a domino effect from there, my patience is thinner, my attitude is worse, and I just continue to go until I absolutely can’t anymore. 

After walking in from a hectic afternoon at work to a chaotic house and needing to cook dinner when all I felt like doing was curling up in bed I decided to send Jimmy outside to play with the kids while I cooked so I could get a few minutes of quiet for myself. While waiting on water to boil I picked up my phone and surfed Facebook, that’s where I came across the image above. A sweet friend had shared it at just the right time not knowing I needed it. That’s when it hit me, if I wake up even 10 minutes earlier than the alarm and put time into myself (reading my bible, praying, getting that quiet I long for) then everything else will fall into place. 

I have let God fill my cup before I can fill anyone else’s. 

And the old saying comes to mind “You get what you give” and since I’m giving my minimum to God, I’m getting the minimum out of the relationship, out of my day. 

And that’s my motivation for you guys today. 
Happy Monday ❤️

Happy birthday Jason!!


Is this real life right now? My baby is no longer a “toddler.” Like, how did this even happen? Where did my 7 lb 7 ounces 20.5 inch baby go? I feel like they were handing him to me for the first time 2 weeks ago.

And now he’s 5! This ball of energy came bursting into our lives faster than a natural disaster strikes (literally). And our lives have been full of laughter, love, frustration, tears, and prayers (lots and lots of them) since. I’ve shared so many numerous stories with you guys over the last 5 years, not just here but on my Facebook page, and if you’re lucky enough to be close friends of ours you’ve gotten the REALLY good stories in person that I didn’t share on social media, or have gotten to experience one first hand. (That’s where most of the tears and prayers come into play, the stories I don’t share). He’s got such a sense of humor and quick wit, for example, on the way home from dinner the other night he asked if he could eat a piece of candy he had. I told him no because it was late, he could have it the next day after school. When we got home I noticed the wrapper was empty and asked what happened, I really didn’t expect the answer I got. He looks at me with the biggest eyes and most sincere face he can muster and said “but mom, it fell out of the wrapper and I needed to eat it so it didn’t get all over your car”. Now, mind you, this was a starburst and it didn’t just “fall out” nor was it going to get all over my car. That moment was one of the hardest ones to keep a straight face yet. He’s to quick. 



This kid is also the most loving, kind hearted child I’ve ever met. He never meets a stranger and wants to include everyone in everything. There are so many times he doesn’t judge someone on their appearance, he just talks to anyone like they are his best friend. And in those moments I can’t help but aspire to be more like him. 


He has also become the BEST big brother, and to be honest, I wasn’t real sure how that was going to go. I mean he did say Ellie Grace could not live with us and had to find her own mommy/daddy and nonnie/poppy before she arrived. He also is sure to get a treat for Ellie if he gets one, he tries to put diapers back on her after she rips them off to keep her from getting in trouble, he loves to play with her, anything from dinosaurs to dolls. The other day he turned a baby show on his tv in his room for her to watch instead of kicking her out. He protects her, makes sure she’s doing something to hurt herself, I could go on forever. 


Though he may push my buttons, test my limits on purpose, and make me “lose my religion” now and then I would not want him any other way. He has brought so much joy into our lives and while I was teaching him lessons he taught me more. 


Happy 5th birthday baby boy! May this day be as magical as the world is to you ❤️

Jason goes camping

So Jimmy is the best daddy EVER! Okay, I may be a little biased. But still, he never ceases to amaze me on the things he does for our children. 

So anyways, they pulled the tent out, built a fire, made peanut butter s’mores (courtesy of my mommy who surprised Jason with the stuff), watched Netflix courtesy of the app on Jimmys phone , and man stuff. Because they couldn’t convince me to come out there even with the twin size matress they drug out to sleep on. 

He was so excited he invited his two best friends from school over to his camping party. I asked if he told them where we lived and he said “yeah mom, in Tifton” like he was 13. 

And now he can not wait to go again. Instead of curing the fever we just added fuel to the fire. But knowing Jimmy I’m sure they will be out there again soon. 


That’s the best pic I got. I didn’t want to be held hostage by getting too close 😂😂

The boy who cried “poop”

There once was a little boy who loved school. He wished he could go to school 6 days a week, not 7 because we have to reserve one day a week for Nonnie and Poppys house and we are not allowed to stay the night on a school night. Well the school nurse called one day and said the little boy was not feeling well nor was he acting like himself and thought his mommy should pick him up. So his mommy went and got him. Since he really didn’t have any other symptoms he could return to school the next day if that continued. So the next day he got up and got ready for school. As soon as they reached the bus stop he cried poop. His daddy brought him back to thre house where he said he was just kidding, he just didn’t want to ride the bus. So his punishment was to stay home since he was “sick.” Which meant not going anywhere “fun” (which is anywhere other than the house) or to Nonnies house to swim. And he had to help clean and do laundry all day. And he was NOT happy. 

In case you’re confused, this little boy is Jason. 

Catching Up

We’re back! I have really missed blogging the last few months so I decided to resurrect it! So much has happened so here’s the run down. 

1. Ellie Grace turned 1! Say what?!? I feel like her first year went by way faster than Jason’s did. We had her birthday the same weekend that my brother graduated from high school so all of our Florida (and  other out of state) family could help us celebrate. Her theme was tea party and it was absolutely precious. Lacey Culpepper did an amazing job with our cupcakes and perfectly executed my vision. 

Gosh, just looking at those pictures makes me want to cry! She is already so much bigger than she was just a few months ago. 

2. June and July were pretty quiet, it was watermelon season and Daddy was pretty busy. We did a lot of swimming at my moms but that’s about it. 

3. We spent the last week before school started at the beach with my parents. It was Ellie’s first trip and she loved it. She also loved eating sand and drinking the ocean water. 


Oh and the picture of Jason… the kid ripped a doves tail feathers out. Talk about a life with Jason moment. He decided he was going to catch the bird and he actually got ahold of it! 

*the bird was fine, just tail-less 😂

4. JASON STARTED PRE-K!! I didn’t cry, surprisingly, just some watery eyes. He is loving it! And insist on riding the bus. He has also caught the attention of quite a few little girls in his class, he, of course, is not complaining. 

5. Our friends in Germany got to visit! Jason was so excited when we got to Rylans grandparents house, he didn’t know they were back. They had a blast but it went by far too fast. It wasn’t near as hard as I anticipated when they left to go back, thankfully. Now we are just more excited for their next visit! 


I think that’s about it! Hope you guys had a fantastic summer as well!

The massive clean up

So what happens when your mom tells you for three days, literally, to clean your room and you only drag more out? You lose EVERYTHING. I tried to be fair, I really did. I told him yesterday that if it wasn’t clean by bedtime I was gonna start taking stuff; bedtime rolls around and I let it slide. Then today I told him an hour at 1. Then an hour later I told him an hour again. Then I told him next time he came out of his room, then I told him when I start cooking. I guess it’s partially our fault, the kid has everything, including a slide and recliner in there. But enough is enough. I bagged up FOUR 30 gallon trash bags to haul out. That’s not including the slide, tent, and recliner. So the next step is to clean out and sell some, that way it can’t get that bad again.

His life is just FULL of hard lessons lately.

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Excuse the mess, I literally just tossed the stuff in Ellie’s room as I drug it out.

Broken Walls and Tough Lessons

I send Jason to the bathroom to get ready to get in the bath. I hear a clatter, much like the sound of the toilet paper holder hitting the tile. Not a big deal, ours are weird and kind of hang so they get knocked off easily. I walk into the bathroom to find his towel bar half ripped out the wall. Jason knew he was in trouble. I bathed him and sent him to bed, we’d talk after his daddy got home.

Jimmy gets home, checks the damage, I tell him what happened and he laughs, I did not find it that funny. Jason decided it would be fun to stand on his toilet and jump so he could hang off the towel bar. After deciding how to handle it we sat Jason down for a talk. We made him tell Jimmy what happened and explain to him his “punishment.” Sunday he has to help his daddy fix the wall. He took that mildly well. Then we told him we were taking a dollar from his piggy bank to help pay for it and the meltdown began. I’m talking alligator tears and snot bubbles. He loves his money. So we gave him an option of a spanking or giving us a dollar and he proceeds to cry “neither because neither are fun!”

I don’t know what to do with this child.

New bath toys. (I promise you’ll wanna read it)

We had a fun filled day with playing outside. Which resulted in sweaty babies and Jason with some battle wounds that required a good cleaning. Basically, him and Tank, our 90 pound bulldog, were both trying to catch the Frisbee and collided mid air. They both rolled multiple times and came out with cuts and scrapes, but don’t worry, both will be just fine.

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Meet Tank. This picture does not do his size justice

So anyways, back to our story. Per Sunday normal we ate dinner and either I will clean the kitchen and Jimmy will bathe the kids, or vice versa. Tonight I put the kids in the bath and sat right outside the door while they played so I could talk to Jimmy while he cleaned the kitchen. As I went back in the bathroom to bathe them I noticed something that did not look like their froggy bath toys. As you’ve probably guess by now, Ellie pooped. And poor Jason was sitting with his back to her and didn’t even know. All I could do was laugh and yell for Jimmy. Now Ellie notices it and is PLAYING with it. Jason is trying to climb the wall, I’m laughing even harder, and Jimmy is washing Ellie’s hand and draining the tub, all while hollering for me to get a towel. Its a three ring circus y’all.

I finally quit laughing long enough to bathe them and get them out.

Never a dull moment around here, never.

*side note: it was funnier than it should have been to me because Jason pooped in the tub on me twice when he was little so this was payback*