Wednesday, February 27, 2013


-Poor Millie still had a little fever. 3rd day of this fever bug, whatever it is.

-Despite her sickness, we spent a few hours at the church this morning setting up for New Beginnings. The show must go on, right? Millie was so good until she hit her breaking point. And then we quickly left.

-We got locked out today. For a really long time. I popped some muffins into the oven and then we went across the street to check the mail. We have a little keypad thing on our door where you just type in a code to unlock it instead of carrying around a key, so I never have a house key with me! Very convenient when the keypad works, very inconvenient when it doesn't. I didn't have my cell phone either, since we were just going across the street. The keypad thing decided to continue not working after a gazillion tries and prayers and jigglings. Then the timer for the muffins went off, and I just knew they were going to burn! I remembered that we left a house key with Tyler's parents just in case, but I hoped it wouldn't get that far. After being outside crying and praying and jiggling and trying to break in for a good 35-40 minutes, we gave up and drove the 12 minutes there and the 12 minutes back with the key (insert Hallelujah Chorus here- thank goodness for spare keys and wonderful in-laws). Did you count those minutes? My house smells really bad now. It was probably one of the most stressful hours of my life- the smell of muffins wafting out of the house, Millie crying {her binky was, of course, inside}, the keypad beeping at me, my phone ringing inside, wondering if the house would set fire, the microwave timer beeping, it was just all too much. Not to mention by the time we got back and inside the house I had 20 minutes before I was supposed to leave for New Beginnings! Things like that always happen on the worst possible days, right?
Inedible. I need a pickaxe to get these out.
-New Beginnings was awesome. It was the culmination of a ton of hours from all of the leaders, and we were so happy with how it turned out. And I think the girls were too, which makes it all worth it! 

-It is 10:24 pm and there is no sign of a hubby home anytime soon. Right now our only hours together are spent sleeping, and even then it's less than 5 hours a day. 

I'm going to go eat cookie dough in the bathtub while I watch something mindless. Can this day just be over please?

To end on a more positive note, I love it when Millie "helps" me with laundry. And that she is figuring out how to put clothes on! Watching her learn is my favorite right now.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Dear Daddy,

You requested a picture of us today. You said it was because you miss us, but we suspect it's because you need confirmation that we do, in fact, get dressed for the day sometimes. That's understandable, because you only see us between the hours of midnight and 6 am, when we're in our pajamas! Now you have proof.

We want to say thank you for working so hard for our little family. Sometimes we miss you terribly and secretly wish you could skip work and come play with us! But we're so grateful that you have a job and that you're so good at it. Thanks for being the man in our lives. We love you so much!!

Learning to fold our arms for prayers/church

Love, your girls

Friday, February 15, 2013

5 reasons to be happy

1. Tyler got home from work at 8:15 last night! A little Valentine's Day surprise. So what did we do to celebrate? We let Millie stay up until 9 to play with Daddy, ate frosties and fries, and fell asleep watching Hawaii Five-O. Which, by the way, is exactly my idea of a great Valentine's Day!!

2. Millie is really into giving hugs lately. She's never been a cuddly baby, but if I treat it like a game, I get hugs all day!! It's the best. Also, she's more interested in her dolls. Pushing them around in her shopping cart, stroller, putting them in her rocking chair, etc. It's adorable.

3. I got my first Etsy shop sale this week! P.S. the giveaway on Kerri's blog ends today, winner announced tomorrow. 

4. There are finally some pictures hanging up in our house. I've had major decorating paralysis, but I love seeing something on the walls- makes me feel like the house is really ours!

5. The rain has stopped and the sun is out again. I got to mow the lawn yesterday and Millie is so happy to be able to play outside! That girl needs sunshine, just like her momma.

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A giveaway

So you heard that I opened an Etsy shop, right?

Well, Kerri at Love Always is having a giveaway- and she (who happens to be my sister-in-law) is giving away one of the hats from my shop! So sweet of her to host this. It's a fun way to spread the word about the shop opening, and to get rid of one of the bajillion hats I have lying around! 

To enter, go HERE. Wow, this is a linky post! The contest ends Friday, with the winner announced on Saturday. There may or may not also be a little discount to anyone who uses the code in Kerri's post this week, but you didn't hear it from me!

Monday, February 11, 2013


-I was looking forward to mowing the lawn today (truly I was), but as I was opening the garage to get the mower it started pouring outside. So instead of mowing, I did some sewing. What a poet I am. The rain made Millie take an extra-long nap, so I got to start AND finish a table runner! Sucess!

-We finally figured out my phone situation! I'm so relieved and feel a little bit safer now. And in touch, holy moly. 

-Millie is making the funniest face these days- the smallest-mouthed look of surprise ever. At my own expense, I share the following photo with you:
My face is doing what hers normally does, and she is pretending she has no idea what I'm doing. Sneaky girl.
-The focus is broken on our camera, so until I get my booty in gear and take it in to get fixed, you either get no pictures or lovely photobooth/video camera pictures like the one above! Awesome.

-Thanks to price matching at Wal-Mart, I scored a tub of Blue Bell for only $3.79 last week {this may not be a big deal to some of you, but it's normally $6+ per tub, so that was a deal}. Every night the last few nights, Tyler and I have stuffed our faces! I would feel guilty, except for the fact that we never buy ice cream, let alone Blue Bell, so this is way rare. And yummy.

-Saturday night we had a family date! We went to Gander Mtn. in hopes of finding stuffed animals and other stuff Millie might find cool, like at Cabella's. Unfortunately, it was nothing like what we thought it'd be! But we had fun playing in the tents and showing Millie some freakishly real-looking rubber ducks. And then we got Chili's to go, which is never a bad idea. We treasure our time all together since it's not as frequent these days... we are all very excited for summer!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

To brighten this gray day

I dare you not to smile!!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Grand Opening

I have opened an Etsy shop! Not really sure what I'm doing, besides crocheting a lot. But it's fun. 

That's what I'm selling for now. Actually, the blanket and owl hats aren't even listed yet, so lucky you for seeing them first! You can click the "Shop" tab at the top of the page, then click one of the pictures to go to the real-deal Etsy shop.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Book Review: The Middle Place

Sorry about the Amazon button- clicking that picture will not take you "inside" haha
I didn't expect to be done with this book so quickly! It was a good and quick read, only took me a couple of days. This book is about a woman who is diagnosed with breast cancer, and her father is diagnosed with cancer also. Kelly Corrigan talks about the place between being a mother and a daughter, and balancing those relationships I guess. It was a good book, very relatable. If not for the frequent use of a specific naughty word, it would be a great book.

*Note: I am not specifying in these book reviews whether or not I recommend a book, because I don't want to be responsible for anyone reading something I've read and then having negative views of me because they didn't like a book I liked! So read at your own risk.*

Sunday, February 3, 2013

February Goals

Just because it isn't New Years doesn't mean we can't set some goals!

Camille's goals:
-No Pinterest in February. It would be no social media in February, but I recently dropped my phone in water and the internet is my only way of communicating with my husband and the world! Plus, I've got a hankering to decorate our house, and our decorating money is going towards other things right now {like food, clothing, and shelter}, so I'm cutting out Pinterest to help resist that urge.

-Try 4 new recipes. With all that time not on Pinterest, that should be easy right? Riiiiight.

-Do something I've been meaning to do for a long time. {Some options: Finally get my Texas driver's license, finish sewing Millie's dress, crochet that chevron blanket for Steph, etc.}

Tyler's goals:
-Be the best-looking auditor ever. {Check!}

-Work 80+ hours a week. {Check!} Maybe this isn't so much a goal as it is the current circumstance. Not only is he the best-looking auditor ever, he is also the best auditor ever!

-In all seriousness, he did mention to me yesterday not tinkering with his phone when he gets home at night, with the exception of Church calling stuff.

Millie's goals:
-Eat as many fruit snacks as humanly possible.

-Escape Mom's grip and finally run out into the street like she wants to.

-Thwart any and all efforts to be clean and orderly.

Looks like we have our work cut out for us this month! Wish us luck.

Unintended and funny family picture.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

My Blue Bell baby

When I was about 10 weeks pregnant with Millie, we went to the Juergens Family Reunion. Part of that reunion was visiting the Blue Bell factory in Brenham, TX! {This remains one of my favorite places to visit. A tour AND free Blue Bell? I'm in!} If you didn't know, Blue Bell is the best ice cream in the whole world. Hands down. Anyway, so I was newly pregnant and only our immediate families knew about it- we were going to break the news to everyone else towards the end of the reunion. As we wandered through the gift shop, I saw a little shirt that said "blue bell baby." HAD to have it, because duh, our baby would obviously be a Blue Bell baby. We had a dilemma- pink or blue? Since we obviously didn't know that Peanut was a girl yet, Gigi and Poppy got one of each, to be safe. I couldn't imagine at the time that little Peanut would ever fit into that shirt {because she was after all barely even the size of a peanut}, but now she does!!

Also, I think it's awesome that we can wear short sleeves this early in the year. I'm glad to be a Texan!!