Crayons in my coffee

New Blog Address November 23, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vanessa @ 1:45 pm

Sorry! I know what a pain it is when someone moves, but I’m going to be here now:

Please update your readers, bookmarks, short-term memory databases, etc. and join me there!


Destin 2011 November 6, 2011

Filed under: family — Vanessa @ 10:11 am

We’ve made the summer trek to Destin every year for a few years in a row, but my  new job put a wrinkle in those plans this year. Now that we’ve been there for Fall Break, that is my new favorite time of year to go! The weather was absolutely perfect, the water was a clear turquoise, and no one got a wicked sunburn.


When we arrived, Andrew and I made a few trips back and forth to the car, and in that very few minutes, Baby Girl located her swimsuit, changed, and started the demanding to swim rightthisveryminuteplease.


We didn’t do much. That nothing was the best part. We grilled out, swam what seemed like at least 3-4 times a day, and just generally sat around and enjoyed having zero access to the internet. This was a good thing for both of us, I assure you. We visited Andrew’s two “must-go” restaurants (Pompano Joe’s and McGuire’s), and we ate all the rest of our meals at the house in peace and (relative) quiet. I love a good restaurant meal, believe me, but this plan was just right this time around. Baby Girl’s allergy-induced cough got even worse in FL, but we managed anyway.

I really, really need to live closer to an ocean. Need.


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And last but not least, I also got to finally meet Gileah and her three lovely kiddos. Chris and Andrew are old friends, but Gileah has been having a baby pretty much every time I’ve tried to see her on my FL visits! Her girls went wild with my girl, and now SHE wants to live closer to the ocean, too. Good girl!


Spraypainting Projects

Filed under: DIY,home decor — Vanessa @ 9:20 am

I know I’ve neglected the blog a lot lately, and that’s probably not going to change anytime soon, but I have found some time to paint a few things. I love taking all these old things and making them useful.

Really, the true appeal of spraypainting is that I can suddenly decide to do something, get set up in about 5 minutes, and be DONE within about two hours. That is my kind of project.

Here are a few recent thrift store makeovers (all the photos are dark because they’re from my terrible phone-camera, apologies):

Okay, this one was pretty bad, I’ll admit. I bought it (for 4 American dollars) because it had that really nice new knob on it, and I happen to know that particular drawer pull alone costs $5.99 at Hobby Lobby right now. If I didn’t like the nightstand once I got home, I could take that and chuck the rest, right? This bad boy weighs at LEAST 50 pounds.

I didn’t really know what I was getting into. Someone had clearly started to paint this and abandoned the idea, and I eventually came to the conclusion that it was seriously painted with nail polish or something equally NOT intended to paint wood. I had to break out a power sander to get it off, whatever it was! Anyway, it was for Baby Girl, so she got to choose the paint color. Oh, how I had to force myself not to stop her from picking this color. It’s certainly not my style, but she adores it. I think it turned out pretty cute in the end.



And one other nightstand that ended up finding a home with Andrew’s sister:

It looks like this now:

And last but not least…a changing table. This one’s not for me either, obviously.

It was a nice cherry finish before and was in great shape, but Erin’s new nursery is white and the Yankee was nice enough to toss it into her van so we could haul it over here. White paint is now my least favorite thing to match! I ended up with Rustoleum Heirloom White, favorite and adored spraypaint of the blogsphere, but I don’t find it perfect it in exactly the way they seem to. I do love it on this, though.

More to come!


Baby Girl’s Birthday Preview

Filed under: Baby Girl — Vanessa @ 8:00 am

My friend Karen took some photos that I’m sure are much better than mine, so until I get those…this should give you a pretty good idea of what kind of party it was.


BBQ Shrimp and White Cheddar Grits

Filed under: cooking — Vanessa @ 8:00 am

File this one under “Recipes that don’t photograph well, but YOU WILL NOT CARE.”

Andrew said this would have been the meal that caused him to propose, if we were not in fact already married. He felt the need to clarify that last part for me, by the way.

This also assumes I knew how to cook when we were dating, which is not even close to being at all true.

I didn’t change anything about these two recipes, so I’ll just link you to it here. I didn’t actually grill the shrimp, which would only make it even more awesome.


Pretend Makeup November 5, 2011

Filed under: DIY,I'm cheap — Vanessa @ 12:22 pm

Baby Girl has been into my makeup constantly lately, so I was looking for some alternatives for her. I found this and gave it a shot. I really thought she was probably way past the stage of fake makeup, but she has LOVED this for months. Yay! This would be a great gift for little girls. Just plan ahead, because it takes a few days (maybe as much as a week) for the nail polish smell to disappear, even after it is totally dry. You want to have time for that to happen before you turn it over to little hands.

I’m so cool that I even let Baby Girl do most of the pouring, despite the fact that she mixed some horrific colors together and got glitter all over pretty much everything. Kid Fun–1, Perfectionist Monster Mom Tendencies–zip. Yay again!



More of September!

Filed under: Baby Girl,family,friends — Vanessa @ 12:09 pm

Alternate Post Title: The Month I Was Wearing the Same Dress in Every Photo Taken Ever.

I’m so sure you and my grandmother are finding all of this riveting–but this is the only journal I have! Therefore, everything goes here so that one day I can sit back with my chai tea and my senility and fondly remember all these events. Conveniently, my blog only documents the fun things. I rather like that about my blog, don’t you?

On the first weekend of September, we celebrated Izzy’s 6th birthday. I distinctly remember that it was 103° on this Saturday, and that by Monday I was wearing suede boots and a sweater. Welcome to Tennessee!

It was a really nice party, and I know Amanda was missing her mom every minute of it. However, I’m sure Penny would be proud that I defended my annual cornhole championship title. I did so despite the fact that Gary (see the crazy looking dude below) typically just tackles you if you start to pull ahead of him.🙂


And then yet another month went by, and WordPress ate whatever the rest of this post was going to be. So…I need to get caught up so I can actually enjoy this blog again and not think of it as a poorly-paying JOB. I’d also like to, you know, WRITE SOME CONTENT sometimes.

So, here’s a superfast rundown of what else happened, according to the times I remembered to bring my camera…

Baby Girl went to school dressed like this for the Nursery Rhyme Parade. She was the cat from Hey Diddle, Diddle–and thank goodness there actually IS a nursery rhyme with a cat in it, because she was going to be a cat no matter how persuasive I was. Costume credit to Erin. She wears this outfit and makeup now at least once a week.

At home.

Not to school.

Because her attire is weird enough already.

We also got to see Gabe Dixon at the newly revamped 3rd & Lindsley with old friends Thomas and Liz. He was so good (seriously, I can’t understand why no one is paying me to write music reviews). Liz and I went to meet Gabe after, and he was just the right endearing amount of uncomfortable to be meeting fans waiting in line to see him. I made the mistake of handing my camera to a stranger who was about 4’11, so we sort of look like giants here.

I have a feeling Liz might have immediately cropped me right out of this photo so she could pretend this was a special moment just between the two of them.

SO–I just realized I’m wearing this green dress in both of these sets of pictures, and I’m going to be wearing it in the NEXT photo I wanted to post, too. Apparently, this is the only thing I wore all month. I should be writing a fashion blog  as well, clearly.

Anyway, I’m not proud. I like that dress and it was $15 at Target and I’m reasonably sure I washed it between all these various photo opportunities.

How cute is that pregnant belly? Erin’s FL friend Allison came up for a visit, and we ate a lot of Puffy Muffin food and drank lemonade from Mason jars, and then I learned that crazy straws ARE NOT dishwasher safe. Allison also sent me an original NES Duck Tales game, which I’ve been searching for for years, so I’m pretty sure that is going to have to have its own blog post later.

The End.