Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Football ~ Tailgate Birthday Party!

I need to give a little background before I just dive right in and elaborate on these photos!  When we arrived at the park to set up for the party (Carolyn, if you're reading this, thank you SO much for helping me!), there was a big, dark storm cloud.  The wind blew.  It kept getting stronger and stronger.  I was praying for that cloud to turn the other direction....or at least hold off until his party was over.  We almost made it through the whole party.  About 30 minutes before it was over, the bottom feel out!  We all got soaked!  Anyway, when we first set the cake up (before anyone even arrived), a big gush of wind came and blew something over on to the cake!  So, it was perfect before I took these pictures.  Oh well!

The invite told all guest to dress to cheer on their favorite team or come dressed in their team's colors.
{oh, and we're just going to pretend my son's names aren't in some of these photos....they just wouldn't have been as cute if I had blurred them out}

The inspiration for the cake came to me when I saw this photo on another blog:

I came up with this:

{as you can see, the wind messed up the swirly line}

Everyone got a Spirit Button to wear on their shirts that had the #3 on them.  I used an old picture of him when he was 1 at his first football/tailgate and a recent picture of him that I love.


John Taylor made a toddler size football goal post out of PVC pipe and I hung festive bunting across to blow in the wind.

I also had a basket of footballs for the kids to play with.

My mother-in-law made these veggie cups with individual packets of Ranch.  We had tailgating type food --- chicken nuggets, chicken salad sandwiches, chips with bean dip,  & PB&J sandwiches for the kids.  My mom made the bean dip and I plan on sharing that recipe soon.  It's out of this world!

We also had cake and cupcakes, of course!

Football helmet and football shape PB&J sandwiches.  I used cookie cutters.

Here is the table.  The wind kept blowing the table cloths!

The party favors were Spirit Poms.  In white, to go with any team colors.

For the containers, I just covered cylinder glass vases with brown gingham fabric and had a little sign made to sit next to them.

The party favor tags were probably my favorite little detail.  I used a picture of Jack at his first football tailgate.  It was a picture of him from the back and you could see his name spelled out on the jersey.  The tags said, thank you for playing and then Love and his name on the jersey was under Love.  I personalized them by printing each child's name on the tag.

A great time was had by all.....especially this big boy!


Invitations: 29:11 Creations, my friend Emily
Cake/cupcake stand: Kiwi Wood Werks
Cupcake toppers: 29:11 Creations
Tiny bunting around cake stand: Me, using solid craft paper from Hobby Lobby
Spirit Buttons: Designed by 29:11 Creations, printed by me.  Plastic do-it-yourself buttons - Hobby Lobby.
Football applique t-shirt: Tailgating Tots, my friend Kristy
Gingham bunting banner: j u s t   p r e t t y
Mini football goal post: Made by John Taylor out of pipe from Lowe's
Stickers on cups: 29:11 Creations
Spirit Poms party favors: Here
Party favor tags: Designed and printed by me
Party favor sign: Designed by 29:11 Creations, printed by me
Party Favor containers: Glass cylinder vases from Hobby Lobby covered in brown gingham fabric from Hobby Lobby

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Patiently Waiting......

I know you are patiently waiting on birthday party and baptism pics, but it will just have to wait a little longer.  :(  My baby girl is sick.  She did so well during the Baptism.  Well, except that the look she gave me when I handed her off to our Pastor.......it was a combination of fear and get me the heck out of here!  Oh, and then he sprinkled water on her head.  Priceless.  Anyway, then Sunday night she wouldn't eat good and wouldn't drink all of her bottle.  Then, she started coughing.  And it sounded horrible.  Bless her little heart.  I took her to the doctor yesterday and she has some sort of virus and has blisters in the back of her throat.  I feel so sorry for her.  She got to cuddle in our bed last night until she feel asleep.  She's our little cuddle bunny.  So, that mixed with me being totally worn out from last week and this past weekend has left me with no motivation to post.  Or edit my pictures.  I need a few days to recoup.  Sigh.....

So, I'm just being lazy.  Very lazy (you should see my kitchen!) and browsing around on home sites.  Our house in Birmingham was shown yesterday.  I sort-of given up on getting my hopes up when they show our house.  They call to say they're showing it, I hang up the phone, and don't think about it again.  But, there is a little part of me that wants to get my hopes up.  Maybe.....just maybe.....these people are "the ones".  I'm praying.  Perhaps I wanted to get my hopes up this time because Sunday night after church, riding in the car, John Taylor made the following statement:

"As soon as our house sells, we're getting the heck out of here....."

Me: "What do you mean?"

"I mean, I'm going to start looking for a job, any job, in Charleston.  So we can move there......"

Long pause. (I'm wondering if he sees the big smile across my face)

....."Maybe the business will be doing well enough that I can just get a part time job and work on my frames during my time."

That's the first I've heard of HIM saying all this.  But, I'm not complaining.  :)

So, with that being said.  I got my hopes up a tiny bit.  And, did what any girl that has a house on the market that's been on the market for almost 2 years and it's being shown today would do ---- I looked online for house inspiration.  Here's what I found:

Turning One Room into Multiple Rooms | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh  kids
A.P. House contemporary kids


Home Farm 1 traditional kids


living room from Coastal Living tropical living room

Kitchen Farm Sink traditional kitchen


Cow Hollow Residence traditional kitchen

another angle of great kitchen  kitchen

Hope you enjoyed!  My little Button is waking up from the shortest nap ever so, ta ta for now!

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Sneak Peek....

I'm going to be busy, busy today getting ready for out of town company and my 3 year old's birthday party Can't wait to share everything with you.  I love all the party stuff sitting around the house and can't wait to see it all come together.  Here is a sneak peek....


Oh, and did I mention that Doodles is getting Baptized on Sunday?  Yea.  I'm crazy.  All in one weekend.  She is wearing a gown that all seven grandchildren have worn in our family.  It's linen and you know how I'm obsessed with linen!  Eeek!  Would you believe I haven't even tried it on her yet!  How horrible is that.  I held it up.  It'll fit.  It HAS to!  :)

Happy Friday! Lot of pictures to come next week!

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

This week, I'd like to thank the inventors of.....

I haven't done a "thank the inventors" post in a while, so I thought today was a good day.  :)  How much fun!

First, before I start, I wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the prayers and comments on yesterday's post.  It really put a smile on my face.  It feels so good to know I'm sharing this crazy thing we call life with other women and they're walking the same walk I am.  I'm praying for you.  I know how hard all our lives have been hit by the whole "economic issue" that we have.  I won't get into politics because 1) I don't get into politics that much....just makes me mad and steals my joy and 2) Does it change anything anyway?  No.  But, I don't know one person that hasn't been effected by our economic issues.  There is job loss everywhere I turn.  It has hit us....John Taylor was laid off in December.  It has hit our family members.  It has hit my friends.  I'm praying for all of you by name today.

Second, before I start, I'd like to tell you that I did find out the color of the blue in Pottery Barn's image!!  It's called 'Newburyport Blue', by Benjamin Moore.  They had a page by page color chart on their website!

Now!  Thank you inventors of:

International Delight Hazelnut coffee creamer.  You know, since I'm not a big coffee drinker (yea, it went from 'I don't drink coffee' to 'I'm not a big coffee drinker'), so this makes coffee taste SO good to me!


Hobby Lobby craft store.  If you don't have one of these in your town, you're missing out!  I've gotten so much there for my son's birthday party that's this weekend!


Yes, we're teething.  :(  We'll "we're" not teething, but the Button is. 
{For those of you that are new, "Button" is my baby girl.  She is tiny and has the cutest little button nose.  So I call her Button.  And sometimes Doodlebug.  Or Doodles.}


This is a cleaning sponge:


This is a cleaning sponge on crack:
Any questions?
I don't even think these need an explanation.  If you've used them, you know.  If you haven't, you need to know.


Our sound machines beach simulators.  Sure, these are great to set on the rain setting when the kiddos are going nite-nite.  But, I'm just going to go ahead and admit -- lately, I've been setting in on the ocean setting while we're playing in my son's bedroom.  I try to pretend we're sitting in the sand and playing on the beach.  It sounds so real!  I'm having major beach fever.  We usually go in October.  No tourist.  Perfect weather.  Water is the perfect temperature.  Condo rates are lower.  I'm telling you, if you go to the Gulf in October, you'll never go in the summer again!

And last, but certainly not least, I'd like to thank the inventors of this:



My friend Missy is one of the greatest moms I know.  I mean it.  Spend 5 minutes are her and her baby and you will know that God called her to be nothing but a mother.  She struggled to get pregnant, but thanks to a little medical help, she finally did get pregnant with her second baby.  Or, should I say babies......

{this is not her sonogram picture, just one I found that looks just like it}

That's right.  Baby "A" and Baby "B".  I am so happy for her and her little family.  Yes, I'm trying with all my being not to be jealous.  ;-)  If anyone deserves these babies, it's Missy.  If anyone can handle these babies, it's Missy.  This is a very exciting time in their lives, but Missy has been very, VERY sick.  Will you please join me in praying for her.  I'm not talking about a little bit sick.  I'm talking about sick.as.a.dog.  I'm talking about, had to ship her 2 year old to her moms because she was actually unable to care for him.  Please pray for rest and comfort.  Please pray for health.  Please pray for strength.  And, please pray for those babies!!!

And please hop of to Missy's blog and congratulate her!


*all images via Google images

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Words to live by this Wednesday - The Serenity Prayer

Why does life have to be so complicated sometimes? 

Why can't life just happen and why can't someone else deal with all the feelings that come along with life? 

Well, if that were true, I would not get to experience the good feelings, so I guess I actually wouldn't want life to be that way.

Let's put it this way.  My life is complicated right now.  I won't go into details --- partly because I don't want to bore you with the details and partly because I like to keep some things about my life private.  No reason to worry.  Just normal stuff.  Some bad.  Some good.  Some ugly.  All complicated. 

I debated on writing this but it's heavy on my heart.  I would love for every day to be grand and to post about wonderful, beautiful things every day.  But, some how I feel like a sham.  That's not real.  And I want to be keeping it real here on my blog.  I want to share with you the good (more often than not).  I want to share with you the bad.  I want to share with you the ugly.  I have made a lot of really great friends through blogging.  Although I haven't met all my blog friends, I feel a strong bond and connection with them.  I would love to share life with you --- any ups or downs you're experiencing.  I would love to pray for you.  If you've been reading for quite some time (or you know me in life), you know I'm a firm believer in the power of prayer.  Please, share your prayer requests with me.  And, I would appreciate your prayers at this time too.  Although I can't give you specifics to pray for.....please just pray for me by name.  For strength.  For patience.  For rest.  I thank you a million trillion times for it.  :)
Have you ever been going through a hard time and noticed that you do something off the wall?  For example, you cut your hair short.  Or, go on a cleaning frenzy?  I do that sometimes.  The day I found out I was pregnant all three times (I suffered a miscarriage in November of 2008), I cleaned the whole house.  Top to bottom.  Frantically.  As if the baby would be here the very next day!  I guess I deal with things that way.  You know, things I can't control.  If I can't control who likes me, what's happening in life, when our house sells --- I seem to start doing/changing things that I CAN control.  Like how long/short my hair is.  How clean my house is.  I feel sort-of dumb admitting that.  I would really feel better if some of you do the same thing. 

Right now, things in my life are changing and maybe I'm not ready for those changes emotionally.  I'm not ready for my little baby boy to start another year of preschool because that just means he's one year closer to the "K" word.  I'm not gonna type it because I just might start crying.  My baby girl is turning 1 in less than three weeks!  And our house still hasn't sold and Lord only knows when it will sell......

Like I said, I can't control these things.  I can't control the fact that my baby boy now weights 39 pounds and I don't know when I won't be able to pick him up anymore, but I know it's coming soon.  So soon that I have stared remembering every time I do pick him up and holding him a few seconds longer because that might be my last time.  I can't control the fact that the Button is taking steps and will be totting around any day now.  I can't control the fact that it may rain this Saturday during my son's birthday party at the park.  I can't control the fact that the Button is really starting to look like my husband ;) (which is fine, he is a beautiful person, but my goodness can't one child look like me!!!).  So, I what do I do.  I clean.  Perhaps that is really why I want to clean my whole house this week.  That and because family is coming in town this weekend.  But, it's my way of facing these things.  Does that makes sense?  What's your way of facing things that maybe you're just not ready to deal with? 

I got this Bible verse in my inbox last week. I flagged it.  I wonder why......

"Look at it this way: At the right time, while we were still helpless, Christ died for ungodly people."
Romans 5:6

On that same day, I had written my Pastor asking him for his prayers.  He wrote me back and this was at the bottom of his email:

Remember, you have been bought at a high price, are a new creation, an ambassador of Christ, and have been given his righteousness

Wow.

I need to remember that.  Yes I do.

I wanted to share with you today the Serenity Prayer.  I used to have a pretty little card with this printed on it and I had it taped to my bathroom mirror.  I need to find that little card.  I hope this prayer helps you in some way in this complicated life.  :) 

Blessings,
Cat

The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.


Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.
--Reinhold Niebuhr

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, My Man Is Working So....

The title, don't ask.  I have no idea.  I blame coffee....I drank some this morning.  (oh no, she's at it again!)
On a related note, I bought some Crest White Strips.  :)

I walked outside the other day and saw this:
What does he think, we're running a frame shop around here or something!

And the stack has gotten bigger since that day.  I'm just super-de-dooper excited that 3 of the frames in this stack are going to be MINE!  ALL MINE!  I'm a little ashamed to admit that I am a photographer and my husband builds frames, but yet there is NOTHING hanging in our home.  Partly because we're living in a rental house right now.  The colors aren't what I want.  Nothing goes together.  And, I love to hang pictures and don't want to put a bunch of holes in their walls. 
I will reveal once they are finished.  :)

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Remember a few posts back when I showcased our wine cork collection in two vases on top of our fridge???  Well, you  may not be able to tell from the picture, but there was A LOT of dust up there and in the vases.  It disgusted me!  So, I took everything off fridge....took all the wine corks out.....washed down the fridge....washed out the vases.  They sparkle and shine now.  But, this clean fridge somehow just didn't go with the sticky finger prints on my cabinets....so, it led to me getting out the yellow rubber gloves......filling up a bowl of soap and water......wiping down every single cabinet in our kitchen.  Which led me to wipe down all the base boards.  Which led me to wipe down the whole kitchen island.  The bar stools.  The table.  The four chairs.  The tile back splash.  Which then led to me cleaning out the coat closet in our kitchen (where we keep our trash can).  Then the pantry.  Then I had a Bud Light Lime.  :)

But, all this has led me to realize that they kitchen is THE cleanest room in the house now (and where I want to spend all my time).  This can't happen.  So, I've come up with a game plan to do one room a day this week.  Oh Lord.  Here we go......

But, I'm gonna feel SO good when I'm done. 

And to think....all because of one little picture of two little vases I wanted to show you all.  I think it would be safe to say this is all your fault.


:)

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Things I'm Loving

I received a new Pottery Barn magazine this past week.  Actually, it's probably not new.  It's been sitting in our PO Box for a while now, I'm pretty sure.  But, it's new to me.  Here are a few things that caught my eye this time.  And, a few things I would just love in my house one day.  What's that?  I don't own a house.  I know, I know.  A girl can dream, can't she!  ;-)

Burlap lamp shades

This dining table and chairs.
For so long, I've told JT that I wanted him to build me a farm style dining table and stain it and I wanted chairs covered in linen with a "M" monogrammed on them. Imagine my surprise when I saw this image.

This work space.  Yes, a girl can dream....

This wall color.  Of course, it was the one page that didn't site what BM paint color they were using.  And, I love it with the black table.  Our bedroom furniture is black....hmmmmm....my wheels are turning.

This white sofa along side dark tones and earth tones.  For so long, I've wanted a white slip covered sofa, but always thought my other furniture and accessories were too dark.  It's working here, right?  I mean, after all, it's in Pottery Barn.......

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And now you all must click on over to my sister's blog!!!!  It seems her blogger's block has been lifted!  Show her some comment love and tell her if she goes this long without posting again, I'm going to post pics of her with permed hair ---  yea, her school picture from 1992 ---- yea Beth, the one with the black turtle neck and red shirt over it.....you know the one!  (wink wink)


images, Pottery Barn

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Party Planning

Have I mentioned that my little Stinker is turning 3 soon?!  THREE people!  How can this be happening?  The bigger question is, how the heck am I going to get everything done in time for his party next Saturday?  You see, I'm a bit of an over-achiever (and I know those of you that know me in real life are laughing a little.....ha, a bit?).  I have written all these posts about the Button's birthday party because it's her first, but haven't even mentioned his.  I know.  But, I didn't need inspiration for his.  I've known for 3 years what I wanted to do for his 3rd birthday.  Seriously.  It goes a little something like this.......

::The day I find out I'm pregnant, I already know (and it usually depends on my style at the moment ---- what's in style all around me + a little bit of my own style thrown in there) what I want the birth announcement to look like.  But you don't know boy or girl, you're saying.  Easy.  I have a design in mind for boy AND one for girl. 

::By 1 week later, I know pretty much how I want the baby's nursery to be decorated.  We have to factor in that I'm making this decision early in pregnancy when my hormones are crazy, any and every smell makes me run to the bathroom, and motherly instincts are kicking in big time.  Which eliminates all trips to fabric stores.  So, while I have an idea in my head, it can't play out until the 2nd tri-mester.

I think you're getting the picture here.....

SOOO.....when my son was born in Birmingham in fall of 2007, I knew his first birthday would be at the Birmingham Zoo.  I just knew.  That never happened.  We moved back home 10 months later and no offense Jackson peeps but the zoo here ain't that grand and the fee was entirely too much.  So, we had a Safari party right at home!  It turned out wonderful.  I'll post pics one day soon. 

Here's the thing.  Since he was born in the fall, right before football season, I always knew I wanted him to one day have a tailgate / football party.  For those of you that don't live in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, or any other state that the SEC conference plays in --- football games and tailgating are a big deal to us.  I mean, we wear Louis Vuitton to games and have chandeliers hanging in our tailgate tents.  It must be a big deal, right?  By the way, I was joking in that last sentence.  Sort-of. 

But here is the other thing.  I wanted to wait until he was at least old enough to know what football is.  I didn't want to waste a party that could involve creativity on such a grand scale on a baby birthday party!  No!  We had to wait until he was a big boy!  And y'all....big boy he is.  (tear.....)

Hence the reason he is having a football / tailgate party THIS year!  Next Saturday!  I am he is so excited!  Here are a few of the details and I will be posting pictures after the party.....

::All the guests were told on their invite to wear the colors of their favorite team!  So, the party theme won't necessarily be our team colors, just football theme in general.  But, we will be wearing Maroon & White!  :)

::The invites are adorable and the cake!  Oh my word!  You're gonna die.  And I promise, it's nothing that you'd EVER think it would be. (did that make sense?)

::We are having it at the local park.  The actual party will be under a pavilion, but there is a big grass area around it. (I woke up at 5:00 am this morning with thoughts going through my head....oh my, so much to do.....gotta email so and so.....what if it rains......)

::JT is making football goal posts (toddler size) out of pvc pipe and I'm going to have a little basket with footballs in it! 

::The decorations are going to be adorable!  Because I didn't make any of them myself!  Ha!  Everything came from creative friends of mine or bloggers or their etsy shops!  So excited to show you those.

::I'm wearing a cheerleader uniform.  I'M KIDDING!  JUST SEEING IF YOU WERE STILL PAYING ATTENTION!

::Did I mention the cake?  Oh my word!

I better go because I have lots to do today!  Hope you all have a wonderful and blessed weekend!

XOXO,
Cat

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Elvis, 8.16 + Universaries

Hello!  I decided to take a little break from the computer for a couple of days.  The website is really about to send me over the edge and I had to step back to take a few deep breaths and count to ten.

I'm back.  But, I'm going to take a break from the website for a few more days.  I have to.  It's going from something I loved, I was so excited about, something I was proud of to something I'm dreading, hating and resenting.  So......

Step back.  Deep breath.  1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 and 10.

Whew.  That's better.

Now, for something fun. 


That's right people.  Elvis.  My blog world friend, Holly Mathis, blogged about her recent family vacation to Mississippi through the Mississippi Delta.  I know you Mississippians are wondering why the heck someone one want to actually spend their vacation in the Mississippi Delta.  Well, there's a lot of history there.  And, turns out, Holly and her hubs are history buffs.  So, there you have it.  As I mentioned before, I was going to meet Holly (and snap a picture with her),  but my babies got sick and I was unable to.  :(  We emailed a lot and I gave her suggestions on where to visit in Vicksburg and the Delta.  They were thinking of going to Memphis to see the Peabody, but decided against it when they heard of the annual Elvis festival week going on.  They did go to Oxford (for those of you that don't know, Oxford is a quaint little Mississippi college town right below the Tennessee line).  Holly and her family had the pleasure of meeting this man (above) in a park in Oxford.  Lucky them! 

I knew as soon as she told me about the Elvis festival that it was in honor of his death.  I know he died on August 16th.  No, I'm not an avid Elvis fan.  How do I know?  Well, you see, on August 16, 2003.....in a little gray Presbyterian church in Mississippi....that looks like a castle.....two VERY young love birds were getting hitched......


Yes, we got married on the anniversary of Elvis' death.  No, we did not plan that.  And, yes, we hear Elvis songs all day on the radio on our anniversary.....which we like to call our "Universary".  Don't know why.  We're dorks, I guess.  And yes, I know my husband was hot back in the day...like boy band hot!  He still is, but he was such a baby then.  We both were.  Back then, he got told a lot that he looked like this celebrity.

John Taylor and I have been through a lot together.  The good.  The bad.  And, the ugly.  As you can imagine, the past 6 months have been stressful and that in turn effects our marriage.  Job loss, financial struggles, two small children, two house payments.....all those things can make one sometimes forget the importance of why you're together in the first place.  Sometimes you just want to throw your hands up and give up.  But, we're still together.  That, I'm proud of. 

You know, marriage is hard.  But you know what.  It's one of God's greatest blessings.  I'm thankful for marriage.  God is not through with us yet.  And, if what He's done in our marriage the past 7 years is any sign of what is to come, I can't wait to see what He has in store. 

We had a pretty low key anniversary.  Our babysitters my parents are out of town, so we stayed in.  John Taylor cooked my favorite -- Shrimp Scampi with white wine sauce! 
Mmmmmm! 

This is him cooking while I enjoyed a class of wine:

This is his "look interested" face....trying to look like he is really into his cooking and not my taking pictures.  :)

Our wine choice:

JT's new wine glasses thanks to his mom!

Just a little side fact --- we save all our wine corks.  Have every since we met.  On special occasions, we write on the botton with a sharpie the date and occastion.

After a few Oreos for desert, we got silly.....






I thought the card John Taylor gave me was so sweet.  He expresses how when he looks back on our marriage, he can honestly say he wouldn't change a thing.  Neither would I.  We would not be where we are now as a couple if we had not endured what we have.  So thankful for God's lessons...even if we don't really "get" them at first.  We will totally understand later.

And, I just had to share this one last shot from our wedding night.  Look at that hair!  It took hours to get it like that.  I don't have that  much body in my hair!  Love it!

Happy Universary, Mr. Moore.  I'm so glad to call myself Mrs.  And may The King rest in peace.  ;)


Elvis image, here

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