Lori V.

Sep 052014

reading:  An Ex to Grind in Deadwood.  Amazing series of books by Ann Charles, based in Deadwood/Lead area of South Dakota.  In the 5th book in the series, the ex of the main character is back and plotting!

writing:  this post, and probably something for work (since this was technically posted in advance and I’m at work now!)

listening:  obsessed with 2 new songs - Bang, Bang by Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj and I am also loving Taylor Swift’s new song Shake it Off and Iggy Azalea’s song Black Widow.

  about our trip to Charleston tomorrow,  bills, what’s for lunch, buying new sheets for my bed.

smelling:  my Aruba Coconut body spray.

wishing:  that someones week at work will be better today, and he can relax some this weekend!

hoping:  that this day will fly by and I can get a good nights sleep tonight.

wearing:  Jeans (cause its Friday!), a Carolina tshirt and tennis shoes.

wanting:  chickfila – always.

loving:  Friday tea time at work, lovely ending to each week and a nice wind down too!

needing:  to vacuum this house, but homework with the babies comes first!

Sep 012014

In honor of Labor Day, I’m going to give you a little snapshot of my job.   I work on a college campus, I make no secret about that.  My job title is Administrative Assistant.  However, I am also the CFO of the department, and by CFO I mean Chief Fun Officer.  I love making people laugh, so I strive to do that on a daily basis (as well as give myself funny titles, like CFO).  But…..After some discussion with HR, we think that I should concede the Chief Fun Officer to Nadine, and in turn I am the other CFO – Chief Finding Officer.  Mainly because everyone thinks I can find anything and everything.  Allison says I’m the chief of google.

My job however is varied.  For example, last week I assisted with setting up the graduate student reception (thus all the food on carts).  Note about that, pushing a cart laden with cases of soda and trays of food across the uneven bricks of the horseshoe is hard..especially in heels.  And well, its also hysterically funny, especially with the CPO (Chief Puppet Officer) – she knows who she is.   Other random things I do – find stuff (office supplies, rooms, etc).  I’ve gotten good at giving directions. For example, student comes in asking where 321 is, well its on the 3rd floor.  Student asks “how do you get there?”.  I reply with as little emotion as I can possibly conjure up that “you take the stairs to the 3rd floor, or the elevator”.  In the kids defense, they had taken the particular set of stairs that only goes to the 2nd floor, then you have to come into the main hall and go through another door that will take you the rest of the way up.   Other things include finding a home for all those keys, arranging flowers for the office, and picking out black & white prints for the walls.

But here is a little bit about my first few months as Ms. Lori – the history department admin!


Aug 312014

Finally things have calmed down enough I can post these!  The first week of school is under our belt, and everyone seems to be liking things so far!   

Katie is in 8th grade, Jonathan is in 2nd grade, and Natalee is in kindergarten.  I was able to walk the 2 little kids to their class the first 2 days of school.  Jonathan walked Natalee to school the next 3 days, and the teacher told me they held hands and he made she she got to her classroom.  I am so worried she will get lost and forget who her teacher is.  She is so tiny, and I worry about her!   Yeah, yeah – someone told me the other day I have to let her grow up…but I’m going to whine and say “i don’t wanna!”

So, here they are – my beautiful and amazing kids who keep me going everyday!

PicMonkey Collage



Aug 302014

If you remember these were my goals I wrote about earlier this month, things like finding a church, taking the kids to the beach, etc….  Yeah…about those.  Totally FAILED on all counts.   It seems like August just got away from us.  The kids came home from “camp grandma” around August 4th.  Then it was time for meet the teacher, shop for school supplies, trips to their dads, and boom – school started.  Wait, what?   

So I have some done planning for our family photos. If planning constitutes looking at pinterest for outfit and posing ideas.  We will have to plan for a Sunday afternoon when Allison is free to take the photos, and when we (of course) don’t have baseball.  Yes,it is time for that again – but we did have most of August off from that.  Even better is that our games today aren’t until 1 & 3ish.  I get to sleep in (should my body’s internal alarm clock allow me to!).  

Patrick and I were supposed to take our anniversary trip last weekend, but we postponed it until after Labor Day. Cheaper hotels that way.  He has let me do some planning for this trip, and mainly I have used pinterest again.  I found a list of “100 free things to do in Charleston” once, and its all things we had planned to do anyway.  For example – the battery, waterfront and the market.  All things I LOVE and he does too.  We had also talked about going to the Firefly Distillery and Charleston Tea Plantation, which are both actually free.  Firefly has a tasting available, and of course stuff for sale.  Same with the tea plantation.  I am excited about seeing both, since they are more “adult’ things and something we wouldn’t necessarily do with the kids with us. 

I do have some exciting things coming up on the blog, reviews from Mabel’s Labels, One Direction Makeup and Harvest Snaps.  I am going to try to get back into a posting routine now that I have a good long lunch break everyday, and Patrick gave me the laptop back!  

Goodbye for now!



Aug 112014

I always try to get photos of the kids on their first day of school – and this year (a week from today) will be no exception!   This year I want to try the “trend” of having them hold a sign that says “first day of ___ grade” (2nd for J, 8th for K, and kindergarten for N).  I searched and searched pinterest for printables that I could use for each kid, but could not find a thing I liked!

So…what do you do when you can’t find something that works for you?   You make it yourself!  So, once I was done creating, I thought I’d share them all with you!





Just click on the “Back to School Printables” graphic above to take you to the Google Drive download site!  Enjoy and feel free to pass them along! 




Aug 052014

I’m ready for a slow down…..

all the weekends of baseball, eating concession stand food, and sitting in the freezing cold & blazing hot came down to last weekend, when Brayden’s team went to the USSSA World Series in Spartanburg.  I am incredibly blessed that I got to be a part of this with him.  The moms were amazing, and included me in everything – which is huge to me.  I am a little sad that it is over, but I’m ready to have a few weekends back to ourselves, get back into going to church and trying to squeeze in a few beach days down at Folly with Patrick and a our kids.  And of course, Jonathan and Brayden will both start fall ball in a few weeks, so this baseball mama will be back at it soon!

The kids have been at “Camp Grandma” for the last 2 weeks, so I don’t have many new photos of them.  We will remedy that in the coming weeks!


Recent favorites…

shrimp & grits from Ford’s Oyster House

my grey yoga sweatshirt Patrick bought me at Target

the song “Dirt” from Florida-Georgia Line

August goals…

find a church that we can ALL enjoy

get the kids to Folly at least once for the day

work out a reasonable budget & stick to it!

not cry on Natalee’s first day of kindergarten

plan our family photo session!

Recent pics…

PicMonkey Collage

Left:  Coach Patrick…
Top Right:  Hank’s Mamas, Bottom Right:  Brayden squaring off to bunt.

PicMonkey Collage2

Jonathan, Kyler & Natalee….cousins & best friends!

Jul 242014

My kids are gone for the next 2 weeks to “Camp Grandma” (aka:  mom needs a sanity break).   The love it, they go to the pool, the beach and other random fun places like the fort and the CG station.   They play with all mine & my brothers old toys, and happily this year will get to play with their cousin Kyler who now lives just down the road. 

Meanwhile, my life since they left is boring.  Monday night, I went to bed at 7:45pm, and laid there reading for 2 hours.  I was bored out of my skull.  No dinner to make, no laundry to catch up on, no kids, no boyfriend.  Seriously….I am so used to chaos and “busy” that I tend to feel lost when I have “nothing to do.”  The no boyfriend thing is especially frustrating for me, since the last two months or so I felt like the only time we spend together is on weekends at the ball field.  I’m trying VERY hard to be supportive of all his big projects at work that are keeping him from date nights & nights on the couch watching TV, but its damn hard!   I want a date, where we pick a place to eat and we go, and we talk, and no one is checking their email every 5 minutes, or having to rush home to have a skype meeting with someone overseas.  Yes, I’m being whiny, I’ll admit it – BUT….sorry I’m not sorry.


Tuesday morning I made coffee at home, which I don’t normally do.  I was absentmindedly putting sugar in awhile singing along to the radio, then I took a sip of it and nearly choked.  Clearly, I put like 1 cup of sugar in it.  It was gross and turned me off coffee for the rest of the morning.   At least it was sugar and not salt.   And the fact that I am reliving this moment is keeping me from wanting to drink the coffee I just made myself…ewww!

Tuesday evening – friends came over for hot dogs & to go to the pool.  Aka:  if we can swim in your pool, we will feed you – which I am totally cool with.  Free food, friends to laugh with – I’m all for it!  It was a nice middle of the week giggle fest with 2 fabulous ladies, their boys and Patrick.  Tuesday evening, I also vacuumed a lot after they left. I vacuum when I get frustrated or feel like things are out of control (keep in mind, there is a difference between the chaos I thrive on, and feeling out of control).  Something about vacuum lines making me feel like I have control over something, and I will repeat over and over the same spots for an hour.   I just had a lot on my mind.  Do you have any weird habits when you get frustrated?  

Wednesday – sort of a silly day at work, we all ended up leaving at 4:30 to go to Cantina 76 for 2 for 1 margaritas.  We split some apps and talked and talked.  It was good, and I enjoyed it.  I love Cantina’s tacos too…Peruvian shrimp with sweet slaw is delicious!   

What’s your week looked like?