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A Hodge Podge for This Friday

I’m sorry for the radio silence since Monday. Blame it on first week back to school exhaustion PLUS 26.5 weeks pregnant exhaustion PLUS planning a trash/junk birthday party for a certain little almost two year old {not really that big a deal–we’re keeping it small} has left me all sorts of tired by about 8:30 at night.

If it’s okay with you I thought I’d show you some pictures of what we’ve been up to the last week. I promise to get back to the regularly scheduled program soon–I’ve got some great things to show you like MM’s quilt she made (mostly) by herself that’s almost finished, nursery things I’ve started ordering (eek!), the baby’s quilt that is currently at the quilter (double eek!), etc.

Last Saturday our sweet little cousin turned 2 (he’s 9 days older than Lala) and he had a farm party at the farm. The kids had a blast, especially Lala who loves all birds (he calls them “gee” as in short for “geese”).

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And then here’s the same sweet little boy when I asked him if he had pooped {TMI, sorry}. He scrunched his nose and said shook his head no.    …he had.

Moseby went on his first trip to Durhamtown with his daddy and godfather. They rode their four wheelers all day and he only fell off once. Man, he’s growing up!

See this gorgeous salad? Less than 6 grams of net carbs and less than 300 calories (not watching calories are anything while pregnant, but this would be a great meal for those that are–remind me to tell you about the guacamole, best I’ve found!). Take that, gestational diabetes!

I can still button my pants so some days I don’t think I look pregnant. And then I lift my shirt up at the gym to change clothes. Yep, there’s a 14″, 2 pound baby in there all right!

Moseby is rocking kindergarten and so far has gotten up every morning with a smile (this is HUGE!).

The oldest two took a kids’ yoga class yesterday for the first time. I joked on Instagram that Moseby was so relaxed from yoga he couldn’t hold his head up afterwards. Actually he’s probably so relaxed because MM told me he pooted every time he bent down. Y’alllllll, between Lala’s secret pooping and Momo’s public tooting, I’ve got my hands full! Boys are so stinky!

Hope you all have a good weekend–I can’t get over my little fella is going to be 2 on Sunday. Absolutely blows my mind that two years have gone by since this because I swear it was just yesterday…and a lifetime ago at the same time.

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Back to School Teacher Gifts

I’ve mentioned before on here that I love giving teacher gifts.

Specifically themed gifts (I posted about teacher Easter baskets here and their end of the year baskets here). I just can’t help myself–I love a good theme and I’m an elementary school teacher myself so I know how fun it is to GET gifts.

Last night was MM and Moseby’s open house at their schools. We brought in two giant bags of school supplies each (with mermaid labels for her and pirate labels for him on them), but we also brought each teacher a basket. At their schools the grade level puts down a wish list (markers or paper towels or stickers, etc.) so we made sure to get each item from the wish list for their teacher plus a little more.

Moseby’s teacher was also MM’s kindergarten teacher and so I knew what she liked (chocolate turtles are her jam) and also what her room theme was (paw prints). I send a little questionnaire into my kids’ teachers (homeroom, specials, counselors, administration–everyone!) the second week of school to get to know them better–I’ll have to post the form I use on here next week for you–but I wish I knew more about MM’s teacher(s) so I could fill her/their basket with a few more personalized goodies because compared to Moseby’s it’s small. #sosad

Here is Moseby’s teacher gift.

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The baskets came from Target and I had a friend do the vinyl decals. The paper plates, Ziplock bags, magic erasers, and reward sticks were on the wish list. Everything else I got because it was fun–lots of fun-colored Sharpies and Expos, fun tape, copy paper, the teacher’s favorite reward candy, pawprint-themed items, and masking tape (because she asked for that specifically).

This is MM’s teachers’ baskets (she has a homeroom teacher and another teacher that teaches two subjects).

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If you’re a teacher what’s your favorite teacher gift to receive? Mine is fun colored Sharpies or felt tip pens. Though card stock is pretty sweet too!


A Hodge Podge Picture Post

Because it’s Wednesday and in the lazy days of summer and because I wanna, you get random pictures from the last few weeks or so.

You’re welcome. 😉

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{You know you’re getting old when you start wearing a rash guard to the lake yourself.}

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{I burned 200+ calories in 20 minutes on this thing…and I was WORN SLAP OUT. How do kids do it for hours?!}

{He got his first “big boy” haircut at my grandmother’s house the other day while wearing his too small pajamas.}


Weekend Instagram Round-Up + Summer Beach Vacation Ideas…and Other Suggestions Needed

Since 2009 we have gone to Tybee Island every year for our week-long family beach vacation every summer.

This year I want to change it up.

And I’m hoping maybe y’all can help me (pretty please with sugar on top).

This is our wish list:

  1. Must be at the beach (duh). Can either be Gulf or Atlantic, we’re not picky about that.
  2. Must NOT BE touristy or overly commercialized. The ideal place would be one with no fast food restaurants (Tybee has an Arbys and that’s it), but with lots of people on bikes or golf carts, and little to no chain restaurant/stores.
  3. We want to fish or pick up shells or rent a boat. Or all three.
  4. We have to limit the car ride to six hours from Atlanta because I have three kids. And I want to have all three when we arrive at the beach (their limit is currently right at four hours in the car).

So….where is this magical place? Please help.

In other things I need help with, we’re taking MM on a little trip to Dallas next week for a couple of nights. We’ve pretty much decided to go to the Fort Worth Stockyards and the Perot Museum, but would love more suggestions (particularly places to eat or places where my old soul (and only well behaved) child would enjoy. Oh, and girlfriend LOVES to shop…like her mama. 😉

Thank you, Texas friends!

Here’s a little Instagram roundup from this weekend. Wasn’t the weather perfect, local folks {minus the pollen, of course}?

My father-in-law turned 65 this weekend so we had C.’s family over on Friday night. He loves yellow cake with chocolate frosting for his birthday every year and this year I made his cake using this recipe. It was really yummy! I didn’t get a picture of him blowing out the candles though. Grr!

I used my 6″ cake pan set to make a five layer cake. {With the amount of batter this recipe made, I could have had at least six layers, but the set only came with five.}

Here’s the cake stand I have and love.

After they left, Lala and I hung out on the front porch while his sissy and Momo played with the neighbor kids. I looked down and he was holding on to my shirt sleeve & watching/smiling at them the whole time. I’m telling y’all, he is so sweet I could eat him with a spoon!

The boys spent a lot of time bonding/fighting/hugging/wrestling this weekend as well.

I also took all three to Sams (if you already follow me on IG you saw this one). Always an adventure. 😉

And this evening I went on a walk and had this as my view.

Hope you all have a good week…now give me those suggestions on vacation places and Dallas must eats! 😉


Friday Round-Up: What’s Going On ‘Round These Parts

~I haven’t mentioned the dining room or master bedroom this past week, but they’re both coming along. Actually, they’re both finished minus the drapes in the dining room (BUTTTTTTTT they’re in the process of being made at least!) and hanging mirrors/artwork in the master bedroom. Hopefully soon I’ll be ready to do a post on each. Until then, here’s a sneak peek of our new bed. Oh y’all, it’s dreamy.

~Lawson got his first haircut yesterday at 18 months old. I put it off as long as I could as he is my last baby {I know, I know, never say never} and his firsts are hard for me because they’re my last firsts. It’s hard to explain, but hopefully other been there, done that mamas know what I’m talking about.

Anyway, his hair was too long. We had resorted to man buns around the house to keep it out of his eyes and people always just assumed he was a girl (he is “too pretty” to be a boy, if I do say so myself, haha).

My friend/hair stylist, Jessica, cut his bangs and about an inch off the back. It was important to me not to lose his curls (we cut Moseby’s off at his first haircut just assuming he’d always have curls. Uhm. NO. They never grew back. I’m not making that same mistake with Lala).

And look how cute–and grown up!–he looks. I’ll have to get some pictures with my camera this weekend. He definitely is looking more and more “little boy” and less and less baby. #slowyourrolltime

~Today I took the boys to the pediatrician for their well checkups. It was an experience. Which translates to: something I never want to do again. 😉

Lawson got his shot, didn’t cry at all, and as soon as I made a silly face afterwards he laughed out loud. This is his personality to a “T”. {And gosh, he looooooves that brother of his.}

Momo on the other hand? I’ll just leave you with this picture and say that he refused to put on pants for over THREE HOURS after his shots in case they might brush against his bandaids. I also had to carry him out of the pediatrician’s office like a baby (while also holding Lawson and my purse and my diaper bag). Lordy y’all. Lordy.

(His shirt is his St. Patrick’s Day shirt for this year. It says, “I Pinch Back”. …Lawson got one that says, “Irish I Had a Mustache”. I’ll have to take a photo of the two of them tomorrow and post it on Instagram.)

~Speaking of St. Patrick’s Day, I made Irish Soda Bread on Tuesday and it was good! It tastes like one giant buttermilk biscuit, I guess you could say. And it was super easy to make! You can find the recipe here.

~Do y’all remember me mentioning that I was hosting a couple of sign painting parties? One was at the end of February and the other was the past Sunday. Y’all, it was so fun! I can’t recommend PK Decor enough–you can go to her house and paint (she has room for about 15 people in her studio) or she can come to you. …and if any of y’all ever host a painting party yourself you better invite me because I have about ten more signs I want to make, ha!

Here’s two I made–a Fourth of July truck and a goat that looks like our pet/show Boer goat, Oreo (because…well, why not?!). MM made a castle for her bedroom door all by herself (girlfriend even added her monogram); her classmate/friend made a cute owl. My mom made a vase of cotton.


~And, that’s all I got! Today is not only the most favorite holiday for all the reddish-haired pale people out there, but it’s the 37th birthday of someone pretty dang special.  And what better way to celebrate than going afternoon bowling with three kids! HA!! {Tomorrow night we’re going to his favorite restaurant (Hals) after he has an afternoon massage so I promise he will have some fun! 😉 }


Things I’m Loving {Friday Five}, #1

Hey y’all, thanks for stopping by! I thought I would share on Fridays what I’m loving, hope you enjoy.  Up this week: SNS nails, monogram necklaces, happy helpers, hand towels, and a meal that reminds my husband of his childhood. How’s THAT for random?!

My nails!

I did gel nails for a couple of years, but didn’t like how they made my nails peeled. Back in the spring my manicurist told me about a new thing called SNS which goes on your nail like a powder. She’ll swipe your nail with clear polish-like stuff and then dips your finger into the powder. She’ll repeat the process several times and voila!, your nails are finished–no need to let them dry or sit under the UV light. The polish lasts a solid three weeks, but usually I’m good for a month.

I will say this, you don’t need to leave them on for five months like I did though! After five rounds my nails got very thin {I think it was also the electric file they use each time} and I had the polish taken off back in September and just now are my nails healthy enough to try it again. I’ve been on Nature’s Bounty Hair Skin and Nails gummies {two of them at bedtime} for four months and can tell a HUGE difference in the quality of my nails…and my hair too, it’s growing like crazy!

Anyway, this is the polish I’m rocking right now.

This is color 161: ‘Sweet Dreams’ {note: my nail place calls this number 223 (they have all the color choices painted on these faux nails with numbers that are attached on a big clip–I know you know what I’m talking about) so if you like this one you might want to remember the name instead of the number or you might get neon green with fuschia sparkles. 😉

My new necklace!

Santa brought it to me {I was on the ‘nice list’ this year it seems!}. I like how detailed the monogram {click the link to see just how intricate it–my pic doesn’t do it justice!} is and I like the longer chain length. I chose to get a 2″ pendant size and an 18″ chain length. It’s from Lina’s Jewelry on Etsy.

This laundry helper!

We go through so much laundry (#bigfamilyprobs) and only have an apartment-sized washer and dryer because it’s the only thing that would fit in our old house make-do laundry room–it’s so bad that C. even suggested {like REALLY meant it} that we put a full-size dryer on the back porch and then just cover it with a tarp when we’re not using it. Uhm, no. I’m sorry. I just can’t.

But at least I have this little fella to help {can you call this help? maybe entertain is a better word} me.

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New Towels!

We have been using the same tired {and pulled and stained} Pottery Barn hand towels for, gosh, nine years? When I look back I even see them in pictures on this blog from 2008, ha! So it was definitely time for new ones and y’all, I’m in love. I just happened upon these Taupe Christina Hand Towels at Cost Plus World Market a few weeks ago and they are the bees’ knees.  Not only are they getting softer and softer the more I wash them, but the color is perfect for hiding stains. And I love how they have this great vintage chenille look.

And have you ever heard of the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie? Well, it’s kind of like that for me–if you give Natalie hand towels, she’ll need a new shower curtain, and if you give her a Green Paisley Cordelia Shower Curtain, she’ll need a new
Round Cotton Bath Mat
 (in ivory). Lord, someone stop me! …but please don’t really because I REALLY do love them all. And I’m thinking I now need some Taupe Christina Sculpted Bath Towels too so it can all match. Eek.

This Recipe!

You know how we all have recipes that bring us back to childhood, that remind us of our mamas? Mine is poppyseed chicken and vegetable casserole. When I think of my Mamaw it’s fried roast beef or her biscuits. {wow, just realized how “southern” all four of those dishes are–bet you can guess where I grew up} When C. thinks of his childhood he remembers chicken wrapped in dried beef, meatloaf, and chicken divan. So whenever I’m feeling nice {meaning once a year or so–I kid! I kid!} I make him one of his favorites, my version that is. 😉

And this is my take on his mom’s chicken divan (which I’ve never had so I’m totally going by what he tells me it tasted like) that I made on Monday night.

Chicken Divan

Modified from Paula Deen’s version


1 1/2 cups of broccoli, steamed
6 cups shredded chicken, cooked
2 (10 3/4-ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream (I usually use more sour cream & less mayo)
1 cup grated sharp Cheddar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon curry powdery
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup cooking white wine
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1/2 cup soft bread crumbs (I usually use more; I also use Panko bread crumbs)
2 tablespoons butter, melted


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Put the broccoli into a casserole dish that has been sprayed with a cooking spray, either an 11×7 dish or 2 (9″) disposable aluminum foil pans. Add the shredded chicken.
In a medium bowl, combine the soup, mayonnaise, sour cream, Cheddar, lemon juice, curry powder, salt and pepper, to taste, and wine. Whisk together to make a sauce. Pour the sauce over the broccoli and chicken. Mix well with a spatula. Place on top of the broccoli. Pat down evenly and smooth with a spatula. Combine the Parmesan, bread crumbs and butter and sprinkle over the top. I usually throw some more cheddar cheese on top ’cause can it ever really be too cheesy?
Bake for about 30 to 45 minutes. Serve on top of jasmine rice.  *Note: this makes a lot. Usually I’ll either cut everything in half OR I’ll make one and give one away*

*Oh, and I’m trying to figure out a way to make these recipes more user friendly and printable. Stay tuned!*


And that’s a wrap for this week, folks! I’d love to have you join Old Southern House’s Facebook and Instagram pages–in less than a week there are over 300 followers on FB and over 200 followers on IG and I am thrilled–the more, the merrier! I’ve also added a Bloglovin’ icon in the sidebar to the right if you would like to follow me on there. Hope you all have a great weekend–we’re in Houston right now visiting a certain little fella’s birth mama and siblings!–and I’ll see you back here on Monday.



The New Blog

There were two reasons I stopped blogging. One was that I felt like I got in a rut and all I did was talk about my kids. Two was that stuff happened that I didn’t want to talk about. And then time just passed and something that was important to me–this blog (I’ve been blogging here and on Xanga {anybody remember Xanga?! Good lord!} since 2004)–just fell by the wayside.

And don’t get me wrong, my kids are great. Most days. In small doses.

But you probably don’t want to hear about them three times a week–am I right?

So I’ve decided to post about whatever I want. If I had to guess that would be mostly about:

  • fashion: because now that I can wear clothes in (pretty much) any store in the mall I like clothes again. Random fact: I was voted “Best Dressed” my senior year of high school so that totally qualifies me to post tons of clothes pics, right? HA!
  • baking: I bake minimum twice a week. Sometimes as much as every day (depends on how stressed I am).

One of the probably ten types of cookies I made for Christmas. Peppermint Pinwheels.

  • old house stuff: because let’s be honest, there is ALWAYS something going on with an old house. Like this morning when my mudroom lights wouldn’t turn on. Is it a tripped breaker or faulty wiring? Who knows just yet!
  • beauty: let’s just say that skincare has become a MUCH bigger part of my life as I’ve entered my late 30s!
  • my kids: they are pretty cute/funny/frustrating, just look at these little faces!

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{And yeah, he totally got his curls from me. I FINALLY got myself a curly-headed baby!}

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Poor child, he’s got absolutely no personality.

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I think I officially have a “tween-ager”. Yikes.

  • traveling/dates: they’re my love language

High Roller

Us in September over the Vegas Strip in the Highroller.

  • random memes: I currently have 81 stored on my phone. Here’s one of my favs. You’re welcome.


So that’s the game plan of what I’m going to do on here. I have no rhyme or reason about what I will post or when I’ll do it. I’m giving myself complete freedom to do any old thing I like–you’ve officially been warned. 😉


Resolutions. Checked This One Off.

So every year I make at least one resolution {even if I don’t admit it}. Most have to do with lifestyle/health and have a “less than” feeling.

As in: “I will eat LESS therefore I will weigh LESS.”

But that’s no fun for me. I really am a MORE kind of person, ha!

2017 Resolutions

  1. Do MORE Zumba and MORE yoga. I’m a gym nut. Even before losing 95 pounds I would go five or six days a week and do cardio {to lose weight it’s all about what I eat…or don’t eat unfortunately}, but I was too intimidated to do a group class because of my size honestly. In August I decided that was ridiculous and asked for recommendations on Facebook. I now do Zumba, spin (RPM), and yoga every week–I can’t imagine my life without classes now. Zumba is so fun for me–I go three times a week and it is completely normal for me to burn 1,000 calories in an hour (I use the Polar A300 Fitness Tracker and Activity Monitor with Heart Rate (Black) if you’re in the market for one–love it). It’s insane. And more yoga ’cause it’s just so relaxing that I honestly look forward to going. And major plus side(s)? I have baby {ittty bitty baby!} abs AND I can do a pretty mean plank now. And since adding classes to my gym routine I’ve lost an additional thirty pounds.
  2. Take MORE photos of my kids being kids. Because childhood is fleeting and I’ve not been doing the best job of documenting their lives lately. Especially my third kiddo, sorry Lala.
  3. Go on MORE dates & weekend trips with my husband. So that I’ll actually like him and want to keep him around when our kids grow up and leave {I kid, I kid…kind of}. 😉 Seriously though, we’ve made “us” a priority the last couple of years and it’s made a world of difference.
  4. Make MORE bread. I am a huge baker. It’s my de-stresser, it’s the way I nurture, it’s my love language, but bread baking {with yeast}? I’m not going to lie, it intimidates me. (Disclaimer: I already started on this resolution by making homemade croissants last weekend and I’ll be doing a post about those soon! Synopsis if you can’t wait: time-consuming, but delicious)
  5. See MORE of our {Moseby and mine} birth family. The goal is travel to see his birth mom, birth dad, and my birth mom by the end of the year which is pretty big since two live in different states and the closest is 5.5 hours away! First up: a trip to Texas to see his birth mama next week! If you have any must-do, must-see, must-eat ideas for Houston, hit me up! C. & I are just taking Moseby so we’re wanting to do very “boy things” for him and make this weekend all about him and the people that love him.
  6. Post on my blog MORE. Technically, I guess that means I only have to post every two years, but look at me–posting twice in a week. Watch out, world!


A Picture Post for Funsies

Oh my, May is a crazy month for sure. Warm weather, school endings, weddings, birthdays, Mother’s Day, etc.

It’s only the 9th and I’m already worn slap out.

There has been so much playing outside. The red faced, sweaty, happy kind of play.

Side note: How wonderful would it be that every time you were hot from playing you just got to take your shirt off?  Boys are so lucky! Not fair.

And boating. At least once a week, but often times more, we spend some time on the lake. It’s getting warmer and the kids {C. included} are itching to get in the water. I’m not really a lake fan {my parents have always had a pool so I’m a bit of a lake snob I’ve been told, ha!}.

We’ve had play dates at the fountain park near our house. We’ve played in the creek *many* times at the farm {MM talks to herself while Moseby throws rocks. Typical.}

MM had a Doughnuts with Dad morning and yesterday a Muffins with Mom. We decided to dress alike and wore white dresses, our little diamond earrings, Noonday bracelets, Michael Kors sandals, and headbands. We were a sight…and she loved it. {And I have a feeling she won’t always want to dress like me; I’m right, aren’t I?}

We’ve taken my dad to the Gwinnett Braves game {it’s the Atlanta Braves AAA team in our town} and sat for three-plus hours in 90-degree heat {no lie}. The kids got tshirts, and baseball hats, and foam fingers and had just a grand old time. Me? I’m still recovering.

And we still have three more weeks of this month to go. WOAH!  There’s MM’s PreK graduation on Monday (say it ain’t so!), my dad’s birthday, our anniversary, tap recital, and sweet, glorious summer break to begin.

How are y’all holding up?


Thoughts on Adoption Fundraising, Pukey Kids, Netflix, & Big Boy Rooms

…because these are the things running through my mind on this random Wednesday.

  • Adoption Fundraising. I’m torn. We did a little with our last adoption (like $800 of the $28,000 we spent on the adoption) with a dish drying mat fundraiser, but I felt so strange asking for money and so this time we weren’t going to do it at all.  But then I did this little sketch while watching ‘Scandal’ the other night and posted it to Instagram.

The response was surprisingly pretty dang cool.  Then people said I should put it on a tshirt {granted, it needs A LOT of work} and I kinda like that idea.  I mean, who doesn’t love a crazy soft tshirt with a feel good saying on it?  And earn a few extra dollars to bring our next child home…well, I’m thinking about it.

  • And I’ll save you the details on the “pukey kid” thoughts I’m having tonight, but man, that’s one part of this parenting gig that’s just no fun {can I get an amen?}.  Literally half of MM’s preK class was out today with this bug.  But it’s now been 9+ puke-free hours and two popsicles, some Gatorade, and one piece of toast have been kept down. Keeping my fingers crossed that it’s over and no one else gets the crude.
  • When we were going through the adoption process with Moseby {three years ago–do what?!} we cut off our home phone and satellite TV to save money.  We save like $160/month or something crazy.  Now we do Netflix and I just wanted to pass on a couple of great series we’ve found.  Dexter is currently on there {it comes & goes} seasons 1-8. House of Cards is great. Currently we are *obsessed* with The Following.  Have y’all seen it?  Ohmyword, y’all, ohmyword.
  • And finally: big boy rooms. MM moved into her big girl bed the night of her second birthday and did great.  Moseby is twenty-five months old today {tear} and I don’t know when he’ll be ready. I mean, kids can go off to college still sleeping in a crib, right?  We’ve tentatively said that his new room {he’s moving across the hall and his room is staying the nursery for the next baby} will be ready in the summer. But I don’t know if he’ll be ready then.  Mamas of little guys–when did YOU put your fella in a bed {with rails, of course}?

And that’s all I got, folks.  Random, crazy thoughts of an over-all-the-puking mama. Peace out.


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