myspace flashback

My friend Kaylin posted this on facebook, and said that it reminded her of MySpace.  Who here had a Myspace?

CAN YOU FILL THIS OUT WITHOUT LYING?

1. What was the last thing you put in your mouth? smarties candies

2. Do you sleep naked?   Yes I do.

3. Worst physical pain you have had?  ovarian torsion (google it)

4. Favorite place you have been?  too many to name, but I love Banner Elk, NC.

5. How late did you stay up last night? 9:30 or so I think.

6. If you could move somewhere else where would you go?  Michigan to be near family or NC to be near family.

7. Which of your Facebook friends snores the closest to you?   Well, this is a weird question but the answer is Jake, sleeping next to me.

8. When was the last time you cried?  Last night while we were watching “All or Nothing” on amazon (it’s about Michigan football).

9. Who took your profile picture on facebook?   Jake did.

10. ——- I mean, ?

11. What’s your favorite season? Summer

12. If you could have ANY career what would it be?  PGA tour wife.  Kidding (sort of).   I’d go back to college athletics and so something with player character development or life skills development.

13. What was the last book you read?   Detroit, An American Autopsy (excellent book)

14. If you could talk to ANYONE right now who would it be?  my grandmama

15. Are you a good Influence?  Depends on the topic.

16. Does pineapple belong on a pizza?  NO!

17. You have the remote, what channel would you be on?  Destination America

18. Last concert you attended? Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

19. Favorite type of food? Mexican Food!

20. Your MySpace profile pic?  It was of my family at my brothers wedding, and it has my now ex-husband in it.  Boo!

 

tuesday tunes

It has been awhile since I have posted about the Tuesday tunes.  I got to thinking that I never did post about what songs we used in our wedding!   Despite the fact that I did NOT tear up on that day (I didn’t want to ruin my makeup that Allison spent an hour doing), I tear up now when I hear them!    

I walked down the aisle to “Marry Me” by Train.  Originally this was supposed to be played on guitar by my dear friend Tyler, and sung by him as well.  2 weeks before the wedding, he was hurt training (jujitsu) and was unable
to play the day of.  We opted to just use the song as it was originally done by Train.  Jake still cannot listen to
this song without tearing up.

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The song we did our first dance to was “Today” by Brad Paisley.  I just love this song, and I think it fit us perfectly. 
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The father daughter dance was to Southern Style by Darius Rucker, when I sent this song to my mama, she said my daddy really liked it so we went with it.  It fits me so much!   We had a harder time with a song for Jake and his mom, and we finally settled on My Wish by Rascal Flatts – it wasn’t overly lovey, like some of the songs that had been suggested to us.  Some of the suggestions we were given were more for a husband-wife than a mother & son!   

dear PaPaw

Dear Papaw,

I’m going to call you that because to me, you look like a “Papaw” and I’m sure you’d tell me if you didn’t like it.  Secretly I think you’d absolutely adore it, because it comes with that twang in my voice that Jake loves.   I never got to meet you, but you are mentioned often in our home,  and for that I am thankful. Your photo decorates my fridge, and in other places in my home.   You know, I married your grandson last year.

I’m thankful to be a part of the family you raised.  Your kids & their spouses are a tight knit, sweet and amazing family.  More so, your grand kids are some hysterically funny folks.   The cousins may make fun of my accent, and how I call the “party store” a liquor store – but all in all, it’s good.  I hope you would be proud of the women your grandsons married – Jess, Jeanie, Taylor, Hannah, Sunghee and me.   I just tried to count up all your great-grandkids (and stepgrandkids) and I think the count stands (as of today) at 9. Right now it is more girls than boys.  I hope we can add a few more to that count in the next few years, and continue to grow the Acree clan.   I think if you were here (and boy do we wish you were here), you would enjoy the banter between Jake and I during football season.  How much he loves Michigan, and I think you would have so many comments about Coach H.   I think you would laugh at how my eyes glaze over when it comes to hockey, and how I love baseball (although I was raised a Braves fan – sorry).

Really in writing this, I wanted to say thank you.  Thank you for helping to raise my husband.  Helping to mold him into the man he is today.  He takes such good care of his family, of me.   His fierce loyalty to his mama, and his family amazes me because I didn’t think (aside from my own daddy), that existed in anyone else.   Thank you for the love of golf you instilled in him (side note, he still thinks he needs a hole the size of a dinner plate to putt into), and while I don’t love to play,  I  do love to watch golf.  I keep trying to get him to go to play more (still pretty sure he is in awe over the fact I encourage him to go play often).   But seriously, thank you.

We know we will see you someday, and until that day – we love you.

Love always, your granddaughter (in law),

Lori

Wordy Wednesday – Thieves Cleaner!

Have you tried Thieves Cleaner yet? If you have not, you need to RIIIIIGHTTTT NOW! Seriously, lets talk about getting you some! Life.Changing. but if my word isn’t enough to make you switch…let’s get into the nitty gritty!

Why switch to toxin free household cleaner?
According to the EWG there are thousands of hidden toxins in household cleaners! Even the ones that are labeled “safe” “natural” “green” or otherwise deceiving marketing! That’s SCARY and that leads us to have to be our OWN advocates for our families. There are cancer causing chemicals, asthma triggering chemicals, HIGHLY toxic chemicals (NOT cool around anyone but especially our littles ones and pets! NO WAY!) and even hormone disruptors in these products and no one is saying anything! WHY! Did you know that one of the causes of major health issues in children is environmental exposures. These toxins are in our houses right there to expose to our children. It’s our jobs to be empowered mamas, dads, grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, foster parents…adults in general and do our part to keep our kids healthy!

Curious what is in your household cleaner? Here’s how to research!
1. Download the Think Dirty App on your Smartphone! This is an easy way to look up what you’re using and how bad it is for you!
2. Want to go more in depth and check out the ingredients? Go to the EWG website and you can research each individual ingredient in your cleaner!
http://www.ewg.org/research#.WW7d1RiZPVo

What to expect when switching?
When you make the switch to Thieves you’ll be surprised to know that it is a concentration! You get your bottle for $25 BUT you dilute it! There is a dilution chart right on the side of the bottle and it only takes a capful or two to make one bottle of cleaner for you ENTIRE HOME! Yes…you can use Thieves cleaner in place of ALL of your cleaners! Carpet, windows, walls, floor, counters, toilet, shower, bathtub, car interior and exterior, you can even use it as a stain remover!
You get to throw out ALL of your other cleaning products! ALL OF THEM!!!

When Jake and I went through to clean the house we just bought – we used this for everything – baseboards, walls (house had been vacant for 6 months), mirrors, counters, etc, etc. We even put it into the carpet cleaning machine we rented from Lowes! It also smells amazing – some call it Christmas in a bottle, it isn’t an overly chemical smell that makes you gag – like traditional cleaners do!

Price difference in switching?
The price break down of Thieves Cleaner goes a little somethin’ like this….
One bottle + shipping= approx $30
If were factoring on the low side, you get about 60 capfuls out of your one bottle.
30/60= $0.50
This means that ONE bottle of cleaner that you use in your WHOLE HOUSE costs you $.50
You can throw out the windex. You can throw our the toilet bowl cleaner. You can throw out the bath tub scrub. You can throw out your floor cleaner…YOU DON’T NEED IT!
So that right there shows a MASSIVE amount of money saved when switching to Thieves Cleaner!

Pro tips & hacks!
1. If you miss the scrubby cleaners for the tub or toilet you can make your own! Baking soda plus Theives cleaner and lemon is SUCH a great tub scrub!
2. Don’t stress yourself out over meaning the actual caps of water. Pour 1-2 caps in your spray bottle depending on how big it is and how dirty your typical cleaning ventures are and then fill with water. Simplicity is my motto in life.
3.You can buy a spray bottle at the Dollar Tree for one dollar. True story!
4. Add 2 caps of Thieves Cleaner with hot water in a bucket and scrub your walls! SO CLEAN!!!
5. Give your kids the spray bottle and a towel and let them help clean! I LOVE that I can help teach my kids good cleaning skills without risking their health! YESSSS PLEASE!

Alright! So after all of that, who has already switched? Who hasn’t? What’s your favorite thing about Thieves Cleaner? What are you most looking forward to?

Have questions?! Let us help!
*thanks to my oily boss lady Allissa for this wonderful breakdown!*

comfort reading

I have blogged many times about my love for reading, and often share my book choices here.  Lately life has handed us some lemons, and I needed to just escape for a bit.  I wanted to read something that was an easy read and something that was a “feel good” read.   I decided to go back to a set of books that I have read at least 10 times each previously.  The set originally belonged to my grandmother, and I believe they are now at my mom’s house.   The books are the Canadian West series by Janette Oke.  She is a Christian writer from Canada, and writes several series of books that are amazing.   These are the “starter” books for what eventually became “What Calls the Heart” series on Hallmark Channel, but more about that later.

The set started with the book “What Calls the Heart“, which is when we meet Elizabeth Thatcher, who heads west to stay with her brother & his family (his wife & children) and teach.  The books progress to her living alone in the “wilderness” and the adventures of teaching.  She then meets Wynn Delaney, a Canadian Mountie.  That’s where I am going to end the descriptions, because I don’t want to ruin the surprise.   The series continues with When Comes the Spring, When Breaks the Down, and then When Hope Springs New.   Many years later 2 additional books were written called Beyond the Gathering Storm, and When Tomorrow Comes.   You can see the entire 6 book set here:   The Canadian West Series

The series on Hallmark Channel follows Elizabeth Thatcher, but this time it is the niece of the original Elizabeth Thatcher from the first set of books.   I have not yet watched any of this series, mainly because I just don’t have time to add another show.  But, I know that I can get the different seasons at the library if I ever choose to watch them.

I was able to get all the books on loan from my library, in the e-book versions.  I am so glad that our library has this option available.   The links above are to amazon, where you can also purchase the books.  The series was just what I needed, and a week after starting I am part way through the last book.  I was so glad to discover a few years ago that books 5 & 6 were written, because I had missed the characters and I wanted to see how things turned out.  Don’t you hate it when you become so emotional invested in a character only to have the books end and you have to sit there and wonder “what in the world happened?!?!”

I hope you enjoy these books as much as I do.  Let me know if you choose to read them!

 

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baseball life.

It is spring time again, which means we have baseball games and practices on our schedule again.  Not only do we have that, we actually had a coaches meeting at our house yesterday.  It was neat to listen to Jake and the other 2 coaches talk strategy.  You can tell by listening they love these kids, and love coaching.   With baseball games and practices comes late night dinners, fried pickles at the canteen (just to hold me the few hours), freezing hands and sunburned noses (depending on the time of the day).  We no longer have weekend games (with the exception of opening day), all our games are on week nights.  It is nice because it frees up the Saturday for family stuff, but it also means lots of meal planning, and working out the logistics of whose getting which kids when and how we can all make it there on time.

The day of our first game I was able to test out the new lens on my camera that daddy had given me at Christmas.  The parents seemed to appreciate the photos a lot, and I am happy I got so many good shots.  Here are a few of my favorites (Jonathan on 1st, Jonathan in left and Jake talking to one of our pitchers).

 

the one about losing my sh**

You know the expression “I’m going to lose my shit?” – yep, that was me last week.  Do not read if you are not comfortable with lots of acronyms having to do with trying to get pregnant, or with a little too much TMI.

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It all started 2 weeks ago when my period didn’t come.  We are trying to get pregnant anyway, so a missed period is like a giant party.  Then a week went by and still no positive test, so I called my doctor.  She said wait a week and then come in, so I did.  I waited a week, called them back and said “ok, I’m ready for that appointment now”, only to have them tell me they won’t see me unless I have a positive pregnancy test.  OK – what the hell people, you told me to call back in a week if nothing had changed.  So after 2 emails to my doctor, I finally get an appointment to see the “first available” for Thursday the 8th.  I’m nervous because I want answers, so I don’t sleep well the night before.

Get there on Thursday at 9:30, a full 30 minutes before my appointment at 10.  I have new insurance and a new last name, and I want to make sure to allow adequate time for paperwork.  At 10:15, they finally call me back in the room after nearly 35 minutes of not being able to get my new insurance information into their computer system.   Then a few more minutes in which I talk to a nurse to input all my medical information in again (because they have a “new” computer system), pee in a cup and wait.  Finally a midwife comes in to the room, as she is who I am seeing versus my well loved doctor Beverly.  I need some answers, why am I this late (14 days at this point), what’s going on.  She listens to me talk, glances at my chart a few times and then says in a voice that can only be described as condesending….

I think you have your dates mixed up on when you are supposed to start your period.

What. The. Actual. Hell.   I have been tracking my period for years, I know when I should start.  I have been regular as a swiss watch since last fall when my IUD was taken out.  How dare you tell a woman who knows her body pretty well that “i think you have your dates mixed up”.   I literally can show you on an app on my phone every period I have had for the last 7 months (and the one I still haven’t had!).  and then came some frustrating comments from her along the lines of:

It took me two years to get pregnant, I just had to relax and then it happened when we went on a beach vacation.

I had to ask twice for an HCG blood test, and she finally said “would an HCG test make you feel better?” (again in that semi-condescending voice).   At this point, I was so frustrated over her lack of empathy or what seemed like a brush-off that I started to cry.  I ended up having to come to this appointment alone, so there was no one there to continue to advocate for me as I essentially shut down to the outside world.  I silently nodded yes and she hands me some tissues, as the tears can no longer contain themselves.  She again repeats that I need to wait a week and come back again in a week, and at that point they will do a referral to a fertility specialist.   She then dismissed me from the room with instructions to pick up my lab orders and go have a blood draw.

I get to the lab (still tearing up), and have to sit in a very crowded waiting room with 5 people who are at least 90 years old each, who all smell like Vicks and garlic.  I hand my order to the nurse, who pats my arm as she talks to me cheerfully.  She tries to make me smile as she quickly takes a vial of blood to send off for testing.  She reminds me what the doctor said, that the results will come in 24 hours or so.

Fast forward to Friday, I get a call from the midwife.  I answer the phone excitedly, praying she is going to say “I was wrong, your HCG levels are so high, come back in for an ultrasound so we can find out what’s happening” – instead I get a “your HCG level is a 2, do you have any questions”, in a smirking tone of voice that seemingly screams “I was right and you were wrong”.   I still don’t know why I’m late.  You would think that after looking at my chart, my history of ovarian cysts and one extremely painful ovarian torsion that she would have said “let’s do a quick U/S to find out if something is blocking”, or anything.  She did no physical exam at my appointment, nothing.

So here we are – still waiting on answers.

FBF – when there were only 2

This photo is from the last camping trip we went on as a family before I had Natalee in 2009.  I was like 30 months pregnant (really, I was 8.5).  I love how sweet they look.  We were in Columbus, GA at a local park before heading into the space museum.

my daily song

Our family is so busy right now, with two full time jobs, a small business, 3 kids – it seems like we are always on the move.  Especially with Jake coaching Jonathan’s baseball team.   But with all that busyness comes a feeling sometimes that things are out of control, a feeling I do not like.  The first song (Spirit Move) is one that I cling to, and always have.  It was a song that we originally heard when we were attending Shandon Baptist, and oh how I miss their worship band (we are still getting used to the worship band at our new church).  I have posted about this song before, because it is so powerful.    The second song (It is well) is one that I find myself singing to myself during the day, and is another that I cling to when things make me weary.

for now, these my daily songs.

 

Swago!

The digital rewards site Swagbucks is offering big payouts during their “Swago: Spring Edition” promotion, which runs from now through Monday, March 12th at 9am PT! Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you’re filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you’re thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. Here are a few tips:

  • Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores!
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Monday, March 12th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value. Once you’ve achieved a pattern, the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • Each activity you successfully complete on your Swago Board will give you anywhere from 1-20 spins on the Spin & Win Wheel. PLUS, when you submit your board for a bonus you’ll get additional spins. The number of spins will depend on the pattern you complete. The wheel has all sorts of great prizes that you can win, and each spin is a winner!

The Spin & Win Wheel will be available all throughout Swago and you have until 11:59pm PT on Monday, March 12th to use all your spins.

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points – if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus, which is enough for a $5 gift card from the retailer of your choice.

Click here right now and click “Join” to get started! If you don’t already have a Swagbucks account, you’ll be able to quickly sign up; PLUS, if you earn 300 SB before the first of April, you’ll get a bonus 300 SB!