August 31, 2011

What I’m <3ing

I’m linking up at this kind of love for What I’m Loving Wednesday! :)


-I’m loving my new fans at From Bottoms to Bows!
-I’m loving the fact that my baby boy goes to bed so easily these days.
-I’m loving that my daughter has so much personality, if I bottled it all up and let it out, the world would explode with glitter and bubbles.
-I’m loving my husband for giving the kids a bath tonight when I had a migraine. (And I didn’t even ask him to!)
-I’m loving all my Clammies on Cafemom!
-I’m loving how I can easily brush things off my shoulder these days.
-I’m loving how it’s starting to not be so humid! Yayy for good hair days!
-I’m loving that I found this blog hop because it’s reminding me of all the good in my life

August 24, 2011

Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday

Oh, Pinterest. 

If you were a drug, I would be in rehab.

Yeah, it's THAT serious. =

I’m linking up with The Vintage Apple. You should, too!


*Next week, I might try to do a “theme” for my pins. Like a color, or something. We shall see.*

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August 23, 2011

Tears of a Mother

Can someone please explain to me why bad things have to happen to people, especially children? 

It brings tears to my eyes every time we leave LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, just because I know there are children inside that aren’t going to make it, and parent’s who know that. How do you hold it together? How does someone be that strong?

And then I think, what if that was me? What if that was Kenzie? Tucker? What if I KNEW their lives were being cut short? And how innocent they were, and had no clue. THAT’S the hardest part. They don’t know any better. They come into this world knowing nothing but their mother’s love. Why should that be taken away from them? And why should a parent have the greatest love ever, be taken away from them?

I honestly think I would not have the strength to keep it together. I am nothing without my children. Nothing would matter with out them. 

Why does stuff have to happen to little children? I just don’t understand…

I don’t even know what brought this post on, but I’m bawling my eyes out right now, at ten till midnight. I think I’m going to go snuggle up with my baby girl tonight.

ps- I do believe in God. And I pray every night for my babies health and well being. I thank God for them every night. I pray for all the children and families in the world. And I feel bad for asking "why"...but in a world so cruel, I can see why some people doubt. Heaven may be a more wonderful place, but the pain left behind in this world for others to carry , is almost evil.

August 22, 2011

Rambling [wo]man

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Did you know that? 

Because I do.

I have some really important news that I’m not supposed to share with anyone, so I won’t.    ]]]Sorry =

BUT, I can share that thanks to my Clammie from Cafemom, I have a “business name” that will come into effect as soon as some bills are paid off and I am able to buy the supplies I need to start making my sweet little goodies to sell! EEP! = I’m stoked. And I don’t want to share the name because it’s one of a kind and I don’t want someone to take it from me :(

Also, I’m going to try to talk the hubbs into buying me a desk/table I saw on Craigslist so I can get my Aunt’s sewing machine! I need to learn how to SEW! I mean, think of all the possibilities I could make if I knew how to sew =
 Here's the desk. With a little TLC, this beast will be a beauty for all my sewing/crafting needs!

I've started my Christmas gift list, too. It's never too early for that, ya know. It will be here before you know it! And mostly everyone will be getting DIY gifts this year..I think those are the best kind anyways=

Well, that’s all of my babbling for today…maybe. lol

August 18, 2011

Another Tucker update–something “new”

*figured it would be easier to blog this instead of putting it on Facebook*

IAs we all know, Tucker has had a pretty rough 13 months, bless his heart. I know there are some children who have it WAY worse than he does, and I pray for those sweet children every night, but it’s always hard to see your child go through stuff that you wish you could just take away.  

Here’s a little backdrop on T’s medical history:
*at 6 weeks old, he was hospitalized for an unexplained fever. They had to give him 2 catheters, 2 IV’s (because he ripped one out) and the worst part – a spinal tap. Broke my heart.
*at 4 months old, Tucker started having staring spells. We took him to a neurologist at LeBonheur  in Memphis and they diagnosed him with
Absence Seizures. Then at 6 months old, he had a general seizure (so scary). So they diagnosed him with Idiopathic seizures. He has to take medicine twice a day for two years. But on a good note, he has been seizure free since January!! 
*at 7 months old, he had to be hospitalized for
RSV. I know that’s pretty common but he was so pitiful. :( 

And today we took him to see a Urologist at LeBonheur in Memphis. At birth, they couldn’t feel one of his testicles. So they did an ultrasound, and it was there. The doctor said usually by a year old, the testes will have dropped on it’s own. Well Tucker’s still hasn’t. 

+You can read more about undescending testes HERE+

Today they couldn’t feel the testes so it may or may not still be there. There are some cases where they just disappear and some cases where they just get stuck up top.

They are going to have to do surgery on him :( This will take place in October. They will make an incision in his abdomen to find the testes. If it is normal and healthy, they will “pull” it down to the scrotum and somehow “clamp” it there so it won’t move. If the testes is NOT normal, they will have to remove it completely because it’s just damaged tissue and will cause long term problems.

+You can read more about the surgery HERE+

But even when they do all this, he is now at higher risk for testicular cancer. My baby. Is at higher risk for cancer.

Dear God. I’m crying just writing this. All I know to do now is pray. I pray everyday for both my children, but now I will pray that God doesn’t let this happen to Tucker. As a mother, you can only be so strong when it comes to your children. I hope God knows my breaking point. Because if something ever happened to my babies, I’m not sure I could function.

I don’t even understand why this happens to him. It only happens in 5% of full term children. 

I’m asking all of you who read this to please keep my baby in your prayers. Like I said earlier, I know there are some children who have it WAYYYY worse than my baby, but he is MY child and I hurt for him.

August 17, 2011

lots of random.

This post is gonna be filled with a bunch of randomness.

But aren’t you used to that already? =

Let’s start with my 10 Day You Challenge

(4) Books
 (I know...the last 2 were mutiple books. But I like!)


             out of all these toys…  
this is what makes them happy...balloons. #thesimplethings

And also, I found some SUPER funny quotes on Pinterest today lmao!! Makes me think of no one in particular.

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Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday

Yayyy! It’s Wednesday! 

Time to link up with The Vintage Apple for…

Check out MY Pinterest, too! = 

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And Happy Hump Day!

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August 15, 2011

10 Day YOU Challenge–Foods.


(5) Foods

1. Pizza. I love pizza. I could eat it everyday. And I have never met a pizza I didn’t like = But my favorite pizza is pepperoni & jalapenos!

2. Chicken enchiladas. Amazing. Especially the ones that I make. But Doug doesn’t eat them so I don’t make them too often :(

3. Chicken Rotel. If you have never had this, it’s amazing. Noodles, chicken, rotel, Velveeta cheese. What more can you want?!
ps-I can totally give you the recipe for this=

4. Brownies. Especially when they are gooey and hot…with some ice cream. Drool.

5. Egg Rolls. Yumm. I could eat like 12 of these little jokers lol.

August 13, 2011

10 Day YOU Challenge #6

AHH! I totally forgot I was doing a challenge lol!


(6) Places

#1 – My bed= I love sleeping.

#2 – Destin, FL
#3 Paris, France...who DOESN'T want to go there?

#4 A high school football game – memories.

#5 Bonfire, anywhere.

#6 Disney World!!!!

August 11, 2011

It’s my first time:)

…being featured, that is! = You can find me at the Sit & Relax Weekend Blog Hop with Heartfelt Balance Handmade Life!

Come check it out & link up!

Hope to see you there=

The ABC’s of ME


A. age:  22.5=

B. bed size:  Queen as for right now...but most of the time that's not big enough lol. We NEED a King size!

C. chore you hate: washing dishes!! This house was not equipped with one but we are looking to buy a portable one.

D. dogs:  Dogs? what the? ok......I like dogs. Dogs are nice. Dogs say "woof". ]]]]haha jk:) I do love dogs, though! We have a pretty doggie named Lucy who is a full blooded mutt and is one of the best dogs we've had! But my fav breed of dog is hands down a chihuahua! =

E. essential start to your day:  Peeing. Then squirting contact solution in my eyes because I never take my contacts out :/

F. favorite color:  pink! and turquoise!

G. gold or silver:  silver for sure - as in jewelry. But I like gold decor.

H. height: I THOUGHT I was 5'6 then my husband pulled out his measuring tape the other day and I'm 5'5...

I. instruments you play:  I can play piano/keyboard by ear. I don't know how to read music but if I listen to a song, I can pretty much play it.

J. job title: Mommy. Babysitter. Awesome person in general. =

K. kids:  Kenzie Lane (3) and Tucker James (1)

L. live: in a old house, in the country,  in West Tennessee

M. maiden name:  Cupples. And it's A LOT easier to say than my married name - Loeffel. Its pronounced Leffull. The "o" is silent....blahh.

N. nicknames:  I used to be LC in highschool=

O. overnight hospital stays: When I gave birth to my children. I've had to stay overnight with Tucker twice.

P. pet peeve: when people say they will do something and they don't.

Q. quote:  "Everything happens for a reason"

R. righty or lefty:  Righty-tidy

S. siblings:  I have an 18 year old brother, Hayden; a 4 year old half brother, Ryder; and a 6 year old half sister, Olivia=

T. time you wake up: When I'm babysitting, I get up at 6:45am. When it's just me and the kids, I wake up around 8:30 or 9. When the kids aren't here and I get a chance to sleep in, I wake up around 9am or 3pm....depending on what happened the night before haha!!

U. university attended:  I am attending a community college that has a small campus here in town! After I'm done with my basics there, I will transfer to The University of TN at Martin for Teaching K-6 =

V. vegetables you dislike: Brussel sprouts. They smell like dook.

W. what makes you run late: The kids. Me not waking up in time. My husband rushing me (that just makes me mad lol).

X. x-rays you’ve had: Teeth. And of my back when I pulled a muscle.

Y. yummy food:  Pizza!! I could eat pizza everyday. And Mexican food - mmmmmm!

Z. zoo animal favorite:  Pandas. So cute=

August 10, 2011

Oh How Pinteresting Wednesday!

Totally forgot it was Wednesday!! Time for some Pinterest show-offs! =

Be sure to link back up at The Vintage Apple!


10 Day You Challenge (#7)


(7) Wants

 #1 ]

-I totally want a body like this $

#2 ]
-I'm over the Nissan Murano. I want a Ford Edge!

#3 ]
-front porch swing. Will get one soon!

#4 ]

-I don't necessarily want THIS camera, but I would love something similar *wink wink* $ 

#5 ]
-some cowgirl boots! I can't believe I don't own a pair. I'm not a country girl but I AM southern. So these are a must in my book$

#6 ]
-a craft room! And I'm pretty sure I could totally do this in our huge hallway closet/pantry...if I can talk the hubby into it!

#7 ]
-a kitty kitty$ I love cats. They are so funny lol. We need one for the outside anyways to keep away creepy crawlies. And Lucy (our dog) needs a friend!