Crazy 8’s $3.99 and Up Semi-Annual Sale!

Woo hoo – it’s time for $3.99 and up Semi-Annual Sale at Crazy 8! I wait for these sales every year to stock up on clothes for Lucy – you can’t beat the prices!

I’m loving this adorable bikini, which is only $5.99! I don’t think I’ve seen a bathing suit priced that low yet this season!

crazy 8 bikini


And, this super cute stripe knit skirt is only $2.99! $2.99!!!! I am totally getting this for Lucy. She wears nothing but skirts and dresses!

crazy 8 stripe knit skirt


On the boys side, there are a bunch of t-shirts ranging from $3.99-$5.99. I am loving this striped tee!

crazy 8 stripe tee


And check out these adorable cargo shorts – only $5.99! These make me wish I had a boy in addition to my little girl!

crazy 8 cargo shorts


I’m thinking about getting some long-sleeved shirts for Lucy for the winter. She’s so tiny I can pretty much gauge what size she’ll be wearing then, and that will save me some money later!

What items are you guys loving??

The One in Which my Husband Kind of Saved a Kid

So, last weekend, we went to the community pool for my nephew’s birthday party. It’s actually a really cool facility with a pool, splash park, and and inflatable slide and obstacle course in the deep end of the pool.

The three of us were hanging out in the 4-foot water when we heard a boy start screaming, “Help me! Help me!”

He was wearing a life jacket, so he wasn’t in danger of drowning, but something certainly scared him. Maybe he felt like he might go under? Or, he didn’t think he could get back to the side of the pool (we were in the middle of the section)? In any case, he felt like he needed help.

While he was screaming, a lifeguard walked right past him on the walkway between our section of the pool and the kiddie pool. He didn’t even glance over at the boy. Now, I understand he wasn’t drowning (he surely wouldn’t be able to scream if he was), but if you’re a lifeguard and you hear a child screaming for help, I would think you would, you know, HELP said child.

Not this guy. So, Joe swam over, grabbed the boy and helped him over to the side. The lifeguard came over and told the boy, “If you can’t reach the side, maybe you shouldn’t be in this section of the pool.”

I’m pretty sure if that was my kid, I would have let the lifeguard and his supervisor have it. Sure, he was probably correct, but he was really rude AND he couldn’t even be bothered to do his job and help a child who needed it. I’m just glad my hubby decided to step up and do something.

Belle of the Ball

Lucy went on her first date last night. With her Daddy.

The prince and princess went to their first Daddy-Daughter Ball. Lucy was SO excited – it was all she could talk about all day yesterday! Joe came home from work early and, while he bathed Lucy, I ran to the store to get a bouquet of flowers for her. We wanted to do this right! After Joe got dressed, he went out to the car and then knocked on the door to pick Lucy up.



We took the obligatory date pictures, and then they were on their way!



They had a lot of fun! There was dinner (chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, and tea sandwiches), coloring, crafts, horse and carriage rides, and, of course, dancing! And, there was a red carpet to walk! How fun is that??




I’m so glad they had such a fun night together. It’s important. I think this will be an annual tradition!

Everyone asks what I was going to do all night by myself. Uh, watch TV shows that aren’t cartoons and go to the bathroom by myself! It was pretty much awesome! 🙂

Goodbye, Nap Time?

It’s a very, very sad time in our house. I think we are at the end of nap time.

It’s been a week since Lucy has napped. I know she’s tired in the afternoons because if we’re out and about she falls asleep in the car, but I cannot get her to sleep at home. Maybe this is just a phase and soon my dear friend nap time will return. But, I’m not holding out a ton of hope for that.

One of my friends said it best – the “I think we’re dropping naps” stage is worse than living without naps. We’re kind of in limbo right now still since it’s only been a week, and it’s tough not knowing every day whether or not she will nap. This stage definitely is worse. I like having a plan; not knowing just sucks, for lack of a better word.

So, we’re going to be starting “quiet time”. My hope is that she will end up falling asleep in her room. Hope, hope, hope. But, I know quiet time will be a struggle, at least at first. She is adamantly against it. But, Mama needs that time every day, time to myself. It’s so incredibly important.

I guess that if we *are* done with naps, I should be grateful that they lasted until Lucy was 3 1/2. I have friends whose children dropped theirs around age 2. I’m grateful for the extra time I got.

Have your kids dropped naps? What age were they? Do you do quiet time? How does it go over with your kids?

Yes, I Was Attacked by Bees

Today, my dad sent me this story about a man who died after being stung 3,000 times by Africanized bees. This is pretty much my worse nightmare. Why? Because the same kind of thing happened to me when I was a child.

I haven’t really told many people this story because, well, it’s pretty darn awful. When I was growing up in Maryland, we had a weekend house in Virginia. Nestled in the woods, our house was the perfect getaway. My brothers and I had a ball exploring the woods and going for hikes around our property.

One day, my family had taken a walk down the trail to the creek that ran below our house. As we were returning, I was running ahead of my dad and grandparents with my grandparents’ dog, Dempsey. As you may or may not know, Yellow Jackets typically nest on the ground and Dempsey, unknowingly, stepped right on top of a Yellow Jacket hive. And, since I was right behind him, I was the one they attacked. I don’t know how many there were, but I have to think there were hundreds. There were so many bees on me that I couldn’t move and could barely scream for my dad.

When my dad got to me, he picked me up and carried me the rest of the way up the trail, yelling for my mom, who had stayed home with my brothers. They put me right into a tub of water to try to drown the bees but, since I had such long hair (down to my rear end), they had a horrible time getting all the bees out of it.

I developed an allergic reaction to the numerous bee stings and, now, I freak out if I see a bee, even if it’s one that doesn’t have a stinger.

So, I feel for this man and know just a little about what his last minutes were like. And, his death is one of the most horrible ways I can imagine going.

What are your thoughts on this story? Have you ever been attacked by bees?

Dino Car’s Visit to Tellus

Lucy got QUITE the surprise yesterday when this picture was sent to me via text message:


Dino Car, which she had been eyeing at Kroger, was AT DADDY’S WORK! WHA???

And, that crazy dino didn’t just hang out at Daddy’s desk. Oh, no. He took himself on a little tour of the museum!

He checked out the other dinos in the Fossil Gallery. He really enjoyed meeting Stan the T-Rex.


Then, he went off to have some fun in the Fossil Dig and Gem Panning areas. These are Lucy’s favorite parts of the museum, too! See, they’re soulmates.



Dino Car finished his visit with a stop at the coin vortex, another one of Lucy’s favorite things. He loved it just as much as she did! Lucy was really hoping he didn’t fall in!


Maybe one day Dino Car will go back to Tellus WITH Lucy!