Merry Christmas from Destin!





Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!! Just a brief recap from our house to yours of the past few weeks.

I love the Holidays so here are a few of my favorite moments…






















Field of Poppies…


Ok, so what you do not know about me – which is probably quite a bit, but I studied Interior design in undergrad and LOVED art history – my absolute FAVE!!!  I studied under the college of architecture and it is still my heart – WHICH- is probably why I have migrated into real estate and away from the practice of law.  Oh well, I digress, but yesterday after a year of debating (and no I am not kidding, I take this very seriously) I decided we needed the field of poppies, after no one other than my Poppy.  Now we just have to wait for him Justin Gaffrey  to make a blue moon and or a red bird to remember baby Michael – although I do believe, he has made a red bird in the past….hmmmm.  I love his “you are my sunshine” too – just amazing and fun and it changes colors throughout the day, but always makes me happy!!!  Check him out and if you visit this summer be sure to stop by his studious because I can not possibly do any of this justice here.  





Sometimes you will see the darndest things at garage sales…  now understand I NEVER go to garage sales – as a rule, I just do not need to add to my already pretty large pile of STUFF, but this particular weekend, I was left alone with 2 babies and my 11 year old and well, I probably should not be left alone, because I knew my husband would be so excited to come home to a large metal sculpture in my yard…  Well at first glance no such luck, because the guy wanted $500.00 and while I thought Fernando was pretty awesome, $500.00 would not make him all that funny, so we sadly left and went home.  After much thought, my 11 year old REALLY wanted Fernando (we named him – because after all how could you not name such greatness) so we went back, but they were gone already, however, we could see Fernando was still there.  The next morning bright and early Morgan (my 11 year old) took it upon herself to walk down to this garage sale man and ask him if he would take $100.00 for Fernando – he reluctantly agreed and well heck,  now how could we pass that up -right???    blogger-image-1643718213

So my neighbor helped us get Fernando home – he must weigh more than I do, so getting him in the truck and out of the truck was not simple so thank you Bob my awesome neighbor, my husband will so love it!!!  Anyways here he is in his new home!!! in all his glory…blogger-image--1378036122


Look at how BIG he is!! My daughter is about 5″4″


Now I am sad to say the reaction I was anticipating from my husband was sadly someone disappointing.  We hid out in the office so we could see him pull up from his nice long weekend away.and he shook his head and walked in the house and said nothing 😦   Perhaps, his love of Fernando will grow in time…he just needs some more time…

Juice boxes, baby sneezes, car alarms ~ Oh My!!!

Ok, soooo – this is how my day started, THAT is an orange gooey something stuck to my ceiling.  Yes STUCK – I say this because it took tongs and a chair for me to retrieve them, but if that is the worse that happens I am ok, right???  I love my life I promise, but I question my abilities as a mother each and every day…




Today was a bit more shall we say under control? That may not be the best way to describe it only because there is not much you can do to control a 16 month old toddler.  Late afternoon, I took Morgan to get a pair of shorts for school and decided to stop and get a drink from Sonic on my way home, so I got Trey a nutritious snack (don’t judge) of chicken fingers and he liked, but this is what happened…




This is chicken on my shoulder from a sneeze – it was all over my skirt and legs too 🙂 I love him, I do, but having a toddler is a humbling experience.



This just makes me laugh – our neighbor came over to play with Morgan and agreed to help give Trey his bath  – because – you should never ever give a toddler a juice box, if you do, he will either squeeze it and it will explode OR he will blow in it and it will explode ~ either way, it is NOT a good idea, also, never give a toddler your car key fob, because he WILL set off the car alarm, which I never know how to turn off – this happens a LOT…
Fast forward to the end of the day – SUSHI, yum I got the Mango Tango from Sushi Moto and I LOVE this place – a reward for making it through the day perhaps.




Favorite quote of the day…
“I wonder if in hell they just give you a bunch of babies and say – watch this”
~Morgan Ketchersid, age 10

Today was a day!!!

Today was a day and that may be all I can say.  It started out like any other and, well, it progressed and then after lunch, yes it was after lunch, things happened – and it turned into toddler mayhem.  There are many benefits to being an older mother like knowing how fast they grow up and appreciating the little things a little bit more maybe, but let’s face it I am an older mom and they are stinkin cute and killing me!!!  So after lunch the cute little one you see sleeping here – well first of all understand he is asleep on a mat on the floor, because he throws himself OUT of any crib and so it is what it is – he sleeps on a mat on the floor.  So, today after lunch in his cute little voice as we passed the cookies on the counter I heard “Peep” which means please – so it began, I gave in because he is cute and I am weak.  A cookie turned into a raving mad toddler – it progressed to screeching for really what seemed like hours but maybe it was 30 minutes (and time out is futile on a one year old for the record) then as my older children got home – I was of course running late because I also have a newborn at home and he was fussy and decided that today he needed to be held ALL day and of course nurse ALL day – so we get in my (what used to be a nice) SUV and the one year old dumps an entire bottle of milk in the way back of my car all over himself and his car seat and the little one fills his shorts.  By the grace of God, we were only about 10 minutes late to older child’s tennis.  So after driving around while my older child is playing tennis, I realize I hadn’t nursed for awhile so I actually pull out my breast pump and pump while my one year old starts the screeching all over again, soon the newborn chimes in and so I decide to take them both out of the car for some fresh air (I know shoot me). So as I get the stroller ready – the little one poops AGAIN and I realize the one year old does not have shoes – so I put the one year old in the stroller and the newborn wants no part of that so I am actually holding the newborn pushing the one year old. So the lesson ends and we head home, thinking hooray Dadem – which means daddy is home, relief is in sight – right? Well, kind of, Dadem takes the one year old to the bank while I go inside (to nurse again) and 20 minutes later he comes in and shows me  a half empty vial my one year old found in his car and consumed and my husband has no idea what is in the vial – really. So I made my husband eat some of what was in the vial, only to find out it is artificial snow  – really???  So, we google and looks like he will be ok, but as I am holding the newborn, the one year old is riding on my foot and he proceeds to throw up down my leg – which may be a good thing? kind of? So I pick the baby up to burp him and he throws  up down my back – so I am going to bed, only to try this again tomorrow…