Couple’s Survey…

Saw this on facebook and thought it was funny.


What are your middle names?
Allen and Ann

How long have you been together?
almost a year

Who asked who to date?
I don’t think anyone actually asked the other, we just sort of knew.

Do you have any children together?
My 3 kids and 1 cat.  Maybe someday we’ll have 1 together.

Did you go to the same school?
No – from 2 different states

Who is the most sensitive?
Definitely me

Where do you eat out most as a couple?
Chick Fil A and El Paso Mexican

Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple?

Who has the craziest exes?
Hands down – him.

Who has the worst temper?
Probably Jake

Who does the cooking?
I do most.

Who is more social?
We are about the same

Who wakes up earlier?

Where was your first date?
Chili’s – but if you ask either of us, the 2nd date was the best one and sort of “sealed the deal” for us both. When you know, you know.

Do you get flowers often?
Once for Valentines.

How long did it take to get serious?
Not that long at all.  We just clicked, and just knew.

Who eats more?

Who does the laundry?
We both do.

Who’s better with the computer?

Who drives when you are together?

Who cries more?
Me, hands down me.

Three Things Tuesday

About a year ago, a fellow blogger was challenged to write three things down every Tuesday that are good in her life.  I loved the idea and I thought I would continue with it on my own blog.

1 – kids into a routine.  For the most part, my kids have gotten into a decent routine when it comes to school.  Katie has taken to waking herself up with an alarm too!  It doesn’t buy me any additional sleep, but it does buy me less “hurry ups” in the morning.

2 – Jonathan fall ball – Jonathan is playing fall baseball this year.  He didn’t play spring ball, and was sort of bummed about it (after originally telling us he didn’t want to play).  I’m not sure who is more excited about it though – Jake or Jonathan.

3 – football – the Gamecocks home opener is on Saturday, and I am so excited to tailgate with friends, and introduce Jake to southern football.


Whatcha watching?

The amount of TV I watch has gone WAY down in the last 9 months.  I guess I can partially thank Jake for that (haha!).  We watch a few things together on the weekends we are at his house, but my TV at my house rarely gets watched.  I don’t have cable, and rely on the antenna.  We are lucky and get about 25 channels total with it, in most rooms.  I used to turn it on when I got up, so I could hear the weather and traffic report.  However, for some reason I can no longer get NBC to come thru, and well I’m just an NBC girl and don’t want to watch any of the other stations in the mornings.

I am however, excited for shows coming up this fall!



This is Us – when the trailer for this came out, I tagged Jake in it and said “we need to watch this”.  Some have tauted it as the replacement for Parenthood.  I just think we can relate to it a bit.  I also love Mandy Moore and Sterling K Brown (who also starred in Army Wives).  It premieres on Tuesday the 20th on NBC.



I cannot wait for Scandal to come back, but its looking like I am going to have to wait a bit longer for it.  Supposedly, filming has been delayed due to its lead actress Kerry Washington being pregnant.  If that’s true, I’m thrilled for her – but bummed the show is being delayed.

We watch House of Cards, but that’s more of a “snuggle on the couch in the winter” show.  We need to start season 2, we just finished season 1 before the summer started.

I’m also looking forward to Madame Secretary (need to catch up on the end of last season).   I love the cast on this one!

Lastly my little “guilty pleasure” show is Lip Sync Battle.  I just love LL Cool J as the host, and the celebrities they get on the show make it so fun and entertaining.  My favorites have been Terry Crews (singing Vanessa Carlton), Jenna Dewan Tatum (battling husband Channing) and Snoop Dogg doing Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing”. It is the best.

What are you guys looking forward to watching this coming fall?  Leave me a comment and let me know!


September Goals



Its been awhile since I have made one of these “goals” posts.  

1 – Read at least 2 books

2 – Budget – and stick to it.

3 – Write out and schedule “WW” posts, and maybe some “throwback” posts.  Try to plan out what I want to write and write them in my planner.

4 – Prep meals on Sundays as I can to help me not be so stressed during the week (and so the kids aren’t eating at 7pm!)

What are your goals for this month?

Gameday #2

   13529040_10210235643831390_8824241320274004140_n I am so excited to share this football season with you Jake (even if we are a house divided!!!).  This was taken back in June when we went to visit Jake’s family in Michigan.  Yes I am wearing a sweatshirt, it was windy and I was cold (I am willing to bet the temp was like 75).  The stadium is huge, and there is a lot of maize and blue going on.  I sort of look like I am being held hostage in this photo, but I assure you I was not.   Michigan takes on Hawaii at noon today in the big house in A2 (Ann Arbor, MI).  

So while a girlfriend and I are celebrating SC Pride Week, Jake will be home watching football.   

Happy Gameday to the Michigan Wolverines!

the one about the couples quiz

So as I mentioned before, Jake and I started a couples class at our church. Its a 6 week long “nearly-wed/newly wed” class.  It is great, I am glad we are doing it.  Some drawbacks – we are at least 8-10 years older than every other couple in there.  We are looking at marriage #2, and they are all looking at their 1 and only.  Believe me when I say, we don’t wish divorce on anyone – but we are both glad we are divorced and found each other.  We have a different outlook on things I think.

Before the class started, we had to take this assessment/quiz thingy (yes thingy is the technical term for it).  I took mine one week, and Jake took his a week later.  We didn’t discuss anything on it, I didn’t tell him what was going to be on it.  We just took it and waited.  And waited some more, since our first Sunday school class meeting was just a breakfast & ice breaker meeting.  We had to wait a whole other week to get to the 1st part of the assessment.  

So that week came, and it was on communication.  Jake likes to point out that we started talked on January 15th and haven’t stopped since.   So it was no surprise that when we got the assessment back for that first part, we answered all but 1 thing the same.  Our answers were identical.  We did a little exercise in class on active listening.  We had some homework to do over the week, and once or twice did call each other out for not paying attention.  I called him out once when he was watching golf and trying to facetime me at the same time (it wasn’t working well).   It really does change things when you are conscious about making that effort to really listen.

pray about itThis past week was on conflict resolution.  Again, no surprise there that we scored a 100 on it.  We had one thing we answered differently (which was mostly just interpreting the question differently).  We do not fight.  We have had one minor disagreement (that I don’t think actually counts).  We talk things out (see above paragraph…ha!).  One of our leaders sat down with us and said “how’s it going” and Jake said “we don’t argue” and I followed up with “we have both been married before, which is a blessing in terms of knowing what we do and don’t want to do”.  We sort of talked about our scores then got our homework for the week.  

Homework for the week – say a one sentence pray for each other WITH each other every night.  I think this might be my new favorite bedtime routine.



Its been almost a month since I wrote, as I tend to do in that last month of the summer.  We have been super busy, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

So here is a recap of what’s been going on lately!

  • We became members of the Riverbanks Zoo.  We had wanted to take the kids when Jake’s mom came to visit, and we found it was cheaper for us to get a family membership versus getting in for 1 day.  The family membership lets us get in as many times as we want, 1 free admission to the Lights before Christmas at the zoo, and visitors passes for friends or family who come to visit.  I am excited because its good until next summer, so we can visit the botanical gardens during different seasons.
  • G-Mac/Memaw (Jake’s mom) came to visit and meet the kids.  We had a great time, and enjoyed showing her around our home and all our favorite things.  We took her to church with us, which was special to me…because our church is so special to us.  She loved getting to finally meet the kids, and the kids loved her as well.  They did some crafts together while Jake and I were at work, and ended her visit bowling as a family with their “Uncle Robert”
  • Jake and I started a couples class at church.  Its a five week long “enrich and prepare” class, and I am so glad we are doing it.  Its actually called the “newly wed-nearly wed” class (no, we aren’t engaged…yet.)  I really do love our teachers, Rachel and Michael and I am looking forward to learning from them.  We actually have already benefited a little from what we learned just this past Sunday.
  • The kids started school, so pics of that are forthcoming.  Katie is in 10th, Jonathan in 4th and Natalee in 2nd.  This week starts their second full week of school and we are slowly getting the routine down.

Posts coming up – photo dump from Disney and first week of school, more about the class Jake and I are taking, some new recipes we have been trying and of course – college football!


a song for saturday

We’ve all been lied to
We’ve all been liars
Nothing’s perfect in this  world
Everybody’s been burned by the fire
Guess I’m learning
That  what breaks you, makes you grow
But I’m not hiding where I’ve been
Gonna  let the light shine in
What I don’t need
Gonna let that, let that, let that go

The above lines are from an old Gary Allen song called “Pieces”.   I always joke that I wish I had a soundtrack to my life, and typically that soundtrack contains country music mainly.  I love that the first lines are “I’ve been broken, torn and scattered” because who hasn’t felt like they were broken at one time or another?  

I know I talk a lot about the last few years before we moved to SC being super hard for my family, and how last fall was a trainwreck for me.  However, the last 7 months I have made a lot of changes, and I guess the “theme” for the year could be change.  This year has been life changing in so many ways, and I am tremendously blessed at all the opportunities that have come my way.  I have an incredible job where I get to work with some of my favorite people in the world.  I have a church that I have grown to love, and I am excited to be an active part of.  The kids and I have Jake, who has changed our world in so many ways.  

Every struggle I’ve been through has brought me to this place, and every piece of me that I gave away has shaped the course of my life.  There is no script, that’s all in God’s hands, but believe me I am going to enjoy this ride and this life he has given me.