The Night Owl’s Dilemma

All my life I've been a night owl. Even as a kid, I would stay up late reading books or drawing because my creative juices flow fastest at night. During the early morning and late afternoon my brain turns to mush, but during the middle of the night?? I am ON. As I was going through my Google Analytics looking for my top 10 posts of 2017, I noticed something about my blog that I thought was interesting. Most of the posts in my top 50 best posts were actually from 2014. It took me quite a few … [Read more...]

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Briskets, Beetles, Kayaks, & Chaos: Our 2017 Christmas Recap

Christmas 2017 is in the books, and I'm coming down from my holiday high by cleaning house, purging 7,000 old photos from my iphone and trying to find a place to squeeze all these new toys in the playroom. Seriously, look at all this stuff. Sanny Claus went a little overboard this year. On Christmas eve we headed over to my in-laws house for brunch, where Garrett got a kayak to take down to their new lake house.  He was over the moon excited about this one, since he spent a lot of hours … [Read more...]

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So Close to Amazing

I come by it honestly. My artistic abilities didn't just materialize out of thin air. Both of my parents are artsy and/or craftsy. When my dad was in high school he painted an entire backdrop for a school talent show that made the audience literally gasp when they saw it. It was painted to look like a funeral parlor with a steep staircase and a creepy owl in a tree outside the window. He also starred in the play, so I guess you could say he was theatrical as well as artistic. (and … [Read more...]

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Our Great American Eclipse Recap

The Great American Eclipse happened yesterday. It was awesome. At first I was skeptical. When my dad asked if we wanted to go see the eclipse in totality, I didn't really understand what that meant. All the eclipse maps put Birmingham at about 98% totality. Wouldn't 98% be just as good as 100%? I mean, it is THE SUN, so it's pretty much visible from the entire Western hemisphere, right? Turns out that nope, 98% is not AT ALL like 100% totality. Not even close. Every single thing I … [Read more...]

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Dear Diary: Confessions of an Old-School Blogger

In an effort to get this here blog chugging along again, I have decided to post more updates of the behind-the-scenes parts of our lives like I did in the olden days of blogging. I'm ignoring the rules and going back to my roots. Unskinny Boppy will turn twelve years old this year. TWELVE. That means I have been sharing our lives here for a dozen years, which seems impossible when you consider social media was barely even invented back then. In the early days this blog … [Read more...]

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Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More

You guys. It's been over a month since I put my fingers on this keyboard and typed out a blog post. A MONTH. Why are you still here? Wait... IS anyone still here? I'm sure I'm talking to myself in a big empty room at this point.  If you're old and country-fried like me then you know that the title of this blog post is also the title of a song written by a little band called The Allman Brothers. Except it was actually written by Gregg Allman after the other brother, Duane, died in a … [Read more...]

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Perhaps Today {a free printable}

For as long as I can remember, my Grandma had a little plaque in the window above her kitchen sink that said "Perhaps today." My grandparents lived in Kentucky and I grew up in Alabama, so our visits were limited to once, maybe twice a year if we were really ambitious. She was a plump and pretty little lady whose favorite colors were purple and dusty rose, which were woven throughout both her home decor and her wardrobe with great frequency. My grandfather spent his life as a coal … [Read more...]

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Healthy Living is Hard

I walked up and down the grocery store today and estimated that there are about 10 gajillion calories and fat grams in those aisles, give or take a jillion. All of those options yet so many of them are TERRIBLE for me. I shouldn't even give them a second glance, but they taste oh so delicious. Healthy eating is hard, y'all. I know it because I live it, and now I'm helping my mom try to figure it out as well. My mom was discharged from the hospital one month ago after open heart surgery, … [Read more...]

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Safe in the Arms of Love

As I wheeled my mother through the Kirklin Clinic last week in a metal contraption that was half-wheelchair, half-grocery buggy, I couldn't help but notice the difference between her and all the other patients. The main difference being that she was post-op, and many of them were pre-op. For her, the worst part was over and for them, it was a fearful unknown that was yet to come. She was there for a checkup with her cardiac surgeon, hugging her little heart-shaped pillow and smiling happily … [Read more...]

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Serious as a Heart Attack

I keep saying that my life will slow down after I get over the next big hurdle. "After I get home from the Haven Conference, I'll have more time to blog." "After Caroline's first birthday is over I'll be able to focus on blogging again." "After school starts I can definitely get back to blogging." But then, I jump over those hurdles and bigger obstacles land squarely in my path. Last week, after Caroline's first birthday party was over and Garrett's first day of third grade came to a … [Read more...]

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