Saturday, May 31, 2014

May Favorites

I am excited I have always wanted to do favorites before but never really had the chance or the time to do so this month it's officially happening. It's also been exactly two years since I started this blog! How awesome is that? I am so honored by all of the support!

Make Up Favorites:

Lip Venom Haute Chocolate - Vanilla - I have really really enjoyed this. I always enjoy Lip Venom products. I feel like they really know how to make lips look sultry. Plus they always taste amazing (if that matter to you!)

Tanya Burr Lip Gloss - I love this gloss she has come out with! Tanya Burr is UK blogger. Yes it took the gloss three weeks to arrive at my doorstep but it was well worth it. I love the shades I got Vampire Kiss and Champagne toast! 

Isla Sirena by DuWop Sea Shell Compact Eye Dual - I have been obsessed with Mystic Waters and Greedy. Mystic waters is a perfect pool or beach color since the colors a are pale coral with shimmer and aqua green color with shimmer. The Greedy compact is my favorite though I love the moss green that is super pigmented paired with the deep plum beside it. Great products!

Tarte Amazonian Clay Mineral Bronzer - I love this. I never worry about it looking too crazy or too dark. It lasts all day long. With or without setting spray. I just take a Sigma F40 to apply it and it goes on like a dream. I also like their matte water one. I did try the Too Face with the whole chocolate thing bronzer and I just didn't like the texture to me it was too chalky.

Skincare Favorites:

Glamglow Powermud Dualcleanse Treatment - I cannot believe I paid this for a jar that is smaller than my deodorant but hey it works and it works amazing too. I do really enjoy using this because I have really noticed it pulling the leftover make up that my facial brush and that my old cleanser misses in my pores.

Kate Somerville Detox Daily Cleanser - I have really enjoyed this. I feel like it cleanses better than my old cleanser. This is a great cleanser. I really do feel like it lifts my face and makes it less dull. I am so excited about this product. 

Bioderma Crealine H2o Cleanser - I love this stuff. It is the best cleansing water on the planet. I refuse to use anything else now. I had been using a different cleansing water but I finally tried this and I refuse to go back to anything now.

Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains For Face - I was skeptical of using this. Chris suggest I use it. I use this in addiction to my Michael Todd exfoliating facial scrub and I think I do see more life to my skin.

Josie Mara 100 percent Pure Argan Oil Light - I was really really weary of using an oil on my face but this is amazing stuff and I am super glad that I got the light because I think the original might be a little too heavy. I like that it takes off the rough patches.

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream+ Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face - I have been on my honeymoon in Florida and I needed sun protection and making sure I didn't turn into a lobster for my husband. 

Body Favorites:  

Polyjuice Potion Sugar Scrub - I cannot get enough of this smell (or the name) and I was so excited to see it in the scrub this time! 

Polyjuice Potion Body Wash - I figured why not get the body wash as well. There was a deal to get the scrub and the wash together for a lower price. 

Snap with Embrace Razor from Gilette Venus - I know +Jessica used this in her favorites and I know +Hunter plans to as well add it to hers. It is just so amazing no more buying travel razors or worrying about taking my razor and leaving it. This is just awesome! I love the size, comfort and close shave!

Hair Favorites:

Blow Pro Blow Out Spray Serious Non-Stick Hairspray - This is an amazing hairspray! I don't feel like I should be hanging up in a garden somewhere scaring birds away with how my hair feels. This makes it stay and not straw.

Oudad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel - Um I'm in Florida and this has been a lifesaver! I love this stuff 100%! Humidity is usually what kills my hairstyles. 

Food Favorites:

Krave Grilled Sweet Teriyaki Pork Jerky - Chris and I both love Krave jerkys but this is our favorite at the moment. It tastes so good for an afternoon pick me up snack.

Ossau Iraty - Delicious! I love these cheese! It reminds me of being back in France during the fall while sipping cinder. 

Awkward Favorites:

Yes water-based Organic Lubricant - Sometimes you just need a little extra glide after a few times of rolling in the sheets. I love that this is organic and not putting some kind of chemicals and dyes inside me or on him.

Riding Crop 26" with Rubber Grip Handle - This is very whippy. It's small and can get to an specific area that's small. It's not very bendable.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Fresh Start Challenge Day 23: Hit You With the Real Thing

Let's Get Ready to Rummmmmble!!!!!!
1) I could dance all day to Westlife or at least listen to them.

2) Besides literally working out and dancing, my favorite way to exercise is yoga, pole dancing, and jump rope.

3) I have started having an obsession with paper straws. I love them!

4) I love eating potato chips around Chris because it apparently how my mouth moves when I am eating them turns him on.

5) I want a vintage car. I just don't know what.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Together We Are Kicking the Bucket


Chris and I are known for our bucket list but we have forever now and that isn't long enough for us.
Today has been amazing for us. It felt amazing being his wife because I still blush at the sight of him in a tank top or even shirtless. Yes, yes it's been two years of dating and countless trips and nights where I have seen him shirtless. But he is ripped and the world knows it there for I will continue to blush. Anyhow we are going take over the world one goal at a time together. And this is just Part 1. As we grow and complete this list I am sure Part 2 will surface.

  1. Be the couple everyone is jealous of. For the record Chris says this is ongoing goal.
  2. An hour of naked time together a day.
  3. Write a book about God and dating together and have it published.
  4. Play naked Twister. 
  5. Do a couple's journal.
  6. Gondola ride. Seriously how many times have we been in Italy together and not done this?
  7. Help pursue each other's dreams. Technically we have and will continue to do this as our dreams change and evolve over time.
  8. Food Passport! We will write down 50 local places we've never been and then visit one per week for the year as a date.
  9. Make out with pop rocks in our mouths.
  10. Run the Grand Canyon in a day together.
  11. Carve our names into a tree.
  12. Bury each other in the sand.
  13. Beat him at a thumb war.
  14. Spend the afternoon having Mario Kart Tournament.
  15. Candle lit bath
  16. Disney dates
  17. Let go of 100 balloons filled each filled with a Bible verse inside.
  18. Go on mission trips together
  19. Give Odette rainbow roses.
  20. Stomp on grapes and make our own wine.
  21. Knock him down unexpectedly down in the front yard and tickle him.
  22. Get revenge on her for the above goal.
  23. More PDA.
  24. Stand on the equator together.
  25. Be on all 7 continents together.
  26. Play baseball together.
  27. Make love on six different continents. 
  28. Do a fitness challenge together
  29. Go on a dark date. (This has always been an interesting idea to me.)
  30. Make our own sex tape. Yes we went there
  31. French kiss at the top of the Eiffel tower.
  32. Stroll through New York while it's snowing
  33. Go on a flea market date.
  34. Sing Karaoke together and publicly (not at church)
  35. Dress up as Derek and Odette and go around town.
  36. Eat spaghetti without utensils.
  37. Play Cranium together while eating candy
  38. Ride the tallest roller coaster.
  39. Ride the tallest drop ride
  40. Christmas movie marathon on July 25
  41. Try hot yoga
  42. Play Super Nintendo all day
  43. Read all day together.
  44. Going roller skating.
  45. Take a week long road trip.
  46. Shave each other.
  47. Dance on his feet in the kitchen. 
  48. Build a fort out of boxes and blankets.
  49. Buy land in Washington State.
  50. Have a Happy 50th Wedding anniversary... See you soon 2064! 
  51. Visit all 50 States together. 
  52. Be caught on the kiss cam
  53. Go skinny dipping
  54. Build a huge fort out of legos
  55. Matching pajamas!!!
  56. Dance down the road
  57. Scream from a mountain top how much we love each other.
  58. Go cliff diving together.
  59. Spend a week on a houseboat.
  60. Go sailing
  61. Kiss while skydiving
  62. Get matching underwear.
  63. Pick out each other's clothes for a week.
  64. Watch 26 movies in 26 days, each starting with a letter from the
  65. Build a cottage the New England coast.
  66. Going skiing together.
  67. Do the Husband does my make-up Challenge
  68. Do the vice versa from above.
  69. Play in a sandbox together.
  70. Join the mile high club.
  71. Play naked hide and go seek in the dark.
  72. Learn to spin plates together.
  73. Spider swing on many playgrounds and parks.
  74. Paint or draw each other naked.
  75. Renew our vows at Disney World for our 20th anniversary.
  76. Either learn a new language together or strengthen our other languages together.
  77. Have a year where each month is themed "Titanic" "Egypt" "Dr. Seuss" 
  78. Try and break a Guinness record together.
  79. Visit all the Wonders of the World.
  80. Go to the Olympics together
  81. Go back to the place where we had our first kiss and make out.
  82. Craft things together for the house or for gifts.
  83. Go on a couples retreat with church.
  84. Attend a retirement seminar and plan accordingly.
  85. Once every six months read a book separately then discuss it over coffee.
  86. Do things backwards... Wake up at night and start the day there by going to IHOP.
  87. Go to a war memorial together.
  88. Trace our families to see our family come together.
  89. Take photography classes together so we always have awesome family photos.
  90. Take a helicopter ride together over volcanoes. 
  91. Play bossaball.
  92. Go to La Tomatina
  93. Ride a cable car.
  94. Prepare our wills.
  95. Create a family crest and use it.
  96. Go shopping on Rodeo Drive.
  97. Pray together every morning before we get out of bed.
  98. Give Jackjack 8 siblings.
  99. Create a family take over list.
  100. Grow old together but stay young.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Fresh Start Challenge Day 22: Future

What if today was my last day?

That is a thought I think almost daily. It's that thought makes me want to check on everyone in my life. I usually do is what is bad. I guess it's the big heart in me, because of the thought of dying and someone never knowing how I felt about them makes me extremely sad.

I want to make sure that people know I love and care about them. Yes you all can piss me off but I still love you all to death. You may not deserve it but that doesn't stop me.

Besides making sure everyone knows I love them. I try to pray for everyone as well. Even the ones that seem strong because Lord knows that they need strength and guidance like I do.

I try to do something new or different every day as well. Sometimes I do forget but I do try to do something new almost every single day.

And now I am going to shock everyone with the next blog so stay tuned.

Fresh Start Challenge Day 21: Let Me See That Thong

Getting ready to go work on an outdoor event and I started getting dressed. Yes I realize it's a cool day for spring in Alabama, but I wanted to be comfortable because I knew I would sweat. So I put on cheerleading shorts and tank top. Enter Chris.

"You are not wearing those shorts."

My inner Goddess and subconscious is still sore and shocked from last night to acknowledge what I am having to listen. I went on putting on my socks. He kept right on looking at me. I just grinned at him and bent over. I know they show a little bit of butt. But I am married woman now. It's allowed.

He tries to pin me to the door and give his famous glare but I reached up and kissed him really deeply. Which resulted in me having to change into a tshirt unless I wanted the kids at packet pick up to see my hickey.

Friday, May 16, 2014


When I first started blogging I wrote a post about my future engagement. It's interesting to know that almost two years ago I didn't want Chris to propose to me. I was content with him just loving and I believe that's how it should be.

Finding love at a Jimmy John's will and always be crazy to me. Yes I had met Chris before but alone and speaking to him not out of being polite was life changing. What if I had decided to eat at Subway or Quiznos? What if he hadn't been upset about his just ended relationship ended with his ex being pregnant by his brother? What if I had went to a different Jimmy John's location? What if I had been determined to return to Jeremy? What if I had turned Chris down from shyness? But the fact remains God put us there and it wasn't by some crazy meet up website or dating website. This was God's plan all along.

We were strangers, starting out on a journey
Never dreaming, what we'd have to go through
Now here we are, I'm suddenly standing
At the beginning with you

We started out on a courting relationship. It was beautiful we had the best times. Even on May 24, 2012 when he gave me my first kiss of my life from a guy I knew Chris was special. We let God lead the way but you all know our story if you have been reading my blog for the past two years. We were completely crazy about each other but we kept the Lord at the center. We prayed together all the time, and nothing has changed at all. I mean how many times does a guy take a girl clear across the world to see a group that she loves last concert before they disband? How many guys find the grandparents she hasn't seen since she was 4 years old?

No one told me I was going to find you
Unexpected, what you did to my heart
When I lost hope, you were there to remind me
This is the start

Then Chris moved to Huntsville himself to live closer to me. Then Jackjack came into the picture and we settled into a relationship of quick kisses, diapers, playing, and taking Jackjack to one house one night and the other house the next night. Jackjack is my half baby brother in reality. My stepmom died and my dad was in no condition to take care of him. So we became parents and took those ropes easily. A small little family.

You're the answer when I prayed
I would find someone
And baby I found you

Then December came for us... We were at Chris's brother's wedding at Disney and Chris says he would like to make an announcement in the middle of our solo dance. I was figuring it was a speech to the couple like normal people do at weddings. Key word: normal, and Chris just isn't that. He told everyone he wanted to tell me something specifically. He proposed right then and there in front of all of Erica's wedding guests (so much for a small quiet engagement right?) The moment he slide my great grandmother's ring on my finger I just cried and cried. We danced and danced that night. I think I could have danced forever that night.

All I want is to hold you forever
All I need is you more every day
You saved my heart
From being broken apart
You gave your love away
I can't find the words to say
That I'm thankful everyday
For the gift

Dancing... This word means the world to Chris and myself. We love to dance. I have come to the conclusion I will never have thin thighs because I have muscle things between regular dancing and pole dancing. But Chris says they are amazing. Dancing to us is the movement of love. We have the sexy wild dancing for releasing energy and anxiety. Our slow dancing can either help us when we are sad or when we are in a romantic mood.

Our lives continued as an engaged couple into the year 2013. We discovered Jackjack's cancer had returned. Being back at St. Jude's was difficult because I wasn't going through those doors as his sister but his mommy. But like his Daddy Chrissy he showed cancer who was boss and my little man is strong as his daddy.

Chris and I did have the wonderful amazing opportunity to travel to Israel together. If there is anything that makes you feel like you are a couple meant to be it's when you touch the bottom of where the cross was together. I felt like this strong force was holding me there and the urge to grab Chris's hand took over me and what's amazing? He was already holding his hand out. We prayed there together.

There's a laugh in my eyes 
There's a waltz in my walk 
And it's been such a long time 
Since there was hope in my talk 
If you never knew 
What it is that's new.. it's you
And now,

We are married. Our big wedding hasn't happened and Lord no I am not pregnant. Chris decided that after someone told him that girls were still thinking they could move in on him that he wanted to show the world who had his heart. He scared the daylights out of me before he told me he was getting us married at midnight. Our wedding date is May 14, 2014. It's a beautiful day. We got married on the same ground and same spot as our first date two years ago.

'Cause when your hands are in mine 
You set a fire that everyone can see 
And it's burning away 
Every bad memory 
To tell you the truth 
If it's something new.. baby it's you

My grandmother from Paris laced up my dress. Lisa (Chris's stepmom ) placed my diamond necklace on me. Mary Ann did my make-up and Hunter did my hair. My daddy being the weirdo that he is insisted  that he was going to put on my garter. And my grandpaw helped me slide on my shoes. My veil was fastened on by Mrs. Greene who helped Chris's mom raise him because she was his neighbor. My daddy drove me and my grandparents.

The world's a different place 
Where nothing's too hard to say 
And nothing's to hard to do 
Never too much to go through 
To tell you the truth 
Everything that's new.. baby it's you

My bouquet was the most gorgeous bunch of white and red lilies. And I felt so gorgeous when I stepped out of that car and my daddy slide my arm through his and told me that he was so proud of me and that my mom would have been proud of me too. He had not spoke of my mother without me bringing it up since I was eight years old so I instantly was ready to cry anyhow and then we walked further and everything came alive at once. Candles where hanging in the sky and in the trees.

So if I get to grow old (oh if I get to grow old) 
With many years behind me (many years behind me) 
There's only one thing I want (aahh) 
One thing I need beside me 
For all that you are 
For everything you do 
For all that you've done 
Just for showing me the truth 
It's you 
It's you 
Baby it's you

Dani was my bridesmaid, Chris's littlest sister. All four of my older brothers where beside Chris and each one of them their lapels were sporting a different Hogwarts house color. I started crying when Jackjack walked in front of me and went running to Chris, who scooped him up and handed him over to my brother Jared.

When it was my turn to walk towards Chris the music that bellowed from the speakers was that of Patrick Doyle's Magic Works. I started crying thinking about the date two years ago dancing in my living room (before we started taking lessons). I felt my daddy start to tremble as he walked me to Chris and when Daddy lifted my veil I kissed him and thanked him for raising me and my poor daddy lost it. He started crying so hard. "My only baby girl." And when Wayne, our minister, asked who was giving me away. My daddy barely whispered, "Her mother and I do." I was bawling. 

We both slid off our True Love Waits rings and placed them a long white candle as Christina Perri's A Thousand Years started playing which was the first song we danced to in the same spot two years ago. This is to burn the night we make love for the first time. Even though Chris isn't a true virgin he is a secondary virgin. We both had soil from our childhood yards and we planted a small bush together. We tied a knot in a rope.

We both had wrote our own vows ages ago and sadly being the perfectionists we are we both had our memorized or well enough to not look at the notes we were able to look if we wanted to do so. We both said poems and Bible verses. Wayne added many Bible verses that we didn't say. Wayne said the traditional "Do you Odette Belle Diana Molyneux take this man Christopher Allen Ryan Raposo to be your lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold, in sickness and health, to love, honor and obey, in good times and woe, for richer or poorer, keeping yourself solely unto him for as long as you both shall live?" I didn't hesitate at all.


Chris's eyes grew big and then the humor shown in them. Wayne himself had humorous tone to him as he continued to Chris. 

"Do you Christopher Allen Ryan Raposo take this woman Odette Belle Diana Molyneux to be your lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold, in sickness and in heath, in good times and woe, for richer or poorer, keeping yourself solely unto her for as long as you both shall live?"


"If there be anyone present who may show just and lawful cause why this couple may not be legally wed, let him speak now or forever hold his peace."

We exchanged rings saying, " With this ring, I give you my heart, I promise from this day forward, you shall not walk alone, may my heart be your shelter, and my arms be your home."

Then Wayne and Chris exchanged a look.

The next thing that happened shocked me to the very inside of me.

Wayne took out a wand and told Chris to take my right hand. We held hands while looking into each other's eyes. He tapped the wand on our joined hands.

"To Odette, these are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and vibrant
with love, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as he promises
to love you all the days of his life.

These are the hands that will work along side yours, as together you
build your future, as you laugh and cry, as you share your innermost
secrets and dreams.

These are the hands you will place with expectant joy against your
stomach, until he too, feels his child stir within you.

These are the hands that look so large and strong, yet will be so
gentle as he holds your baby for the first time.

These are the hands that will work long hours for you and your new family 

These are that hands that will passionately love you and cherish you
through the years, for a lifetime of happiness.

These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your
eyes: tears of sorrow and tears of joy

These are the hands that will comfort you in illness, and hold you
when fear or grief wrack your mind.

These are the hands that will tenderly lift your chin and brush your
cheek as they raise your face to look into his eyes: eyes that are
filled completely with his overwhelming love and desire for you."

"And to Chris these are the hands of your
best friend, smooth, young and carefree, that are holding yours on
your wedding day, as she pledges her love and commitment to you all
the days of her life.

These are the hands that will hold each child in tender love, soothing
them through illness and hurt, supporting and encouraging them along
the way, and knowing when it is time to let go

These are the hands that will massage tension from you neck and back
in the evenings after you've both had a long hard day.

These are the hands that will hold you tight as you struggle through
difficult times

These are the hands that will comfort you when you are sick, or
console you when you are grieving.

They are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you
through the years, for a lifetime of happiness.

These are the hands that will hold you in joy and excitement and hope,
each time she tells you that you are to have another child, that
together you have created a new life.

These are the hands that will give you support as she encourages you
to chase down your dreams. Together as a team, everything you wish for
can be realized."

"Will you both hold cherish the hands that are holding during the storms of stress and the dark of disillusionment and be sure that God blesses these hands Keep them tender and gentle as they nurture each other in their wondrous love. Saying Always is making the unbreakable vow."

We both said in an unison, "Always." And gold sparks went up behind Wayne. 

"You may kiss your bride and update your Facebook."

Chris dipped me backwards as Westlife's version of "Ain't that Kick in the Head" started playing. 

So Snape married his Lily with an Unbreakable Vow. Now maybe some of you will understand why Chris was so upset the other night. 

Now we are still having our big wedding celebration in October. So there will be another wedding day post! 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Fresh Start Challenge Day 20: Just Let Me Talk to You

“A woman's heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.”
― Max Lucado

He can run faster than Severus Snape confronted with shampoo.

The mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure. Thoughts are not etched on the inside of skulls, to be perused by an invader. The mind is a complex and many-layered thing.

“If you cannot win at the game, if you cannot solve the puzzle, you are just a loser”-Near

The consequences of our actions are so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed.

In dreams, we enter a world that's entirely our own.

Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.

"There were times of hardship when people forget the courage they need to keep fighting; and survive. But I think as long as we have something to believe in; to keep close in our hearts, courage will never truly leave us. We only have to reach deep in our heart to find it."
— Sakura

"A bird that has lost it's feathers can no longer sail through the sky's. And a person who has lost her memories can no longer find her way through the world she once called home. But still, I keep my faith. But as long as I have my life, new memories will be carved into the sand of time. "
— Sakura

"If you could have one wish, what would it be? We all have hopes and dreams that we do almost anything to make real. And if we get lucky, and our wish is granted, maybe that's what we call happiness."
— Sakura

For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace...-Romans 8:2-8

“Love yourself first and everything falls into line”
- Lucille Ball

"God has a most wicked sense of humor."
- Maureen O'Hara

I just wanna be right here with you
I don't want to see, see us apart
- Westlife

Boss women are classy, strong, independent, loyal and lovable. They know what they deserve and they go for it.

If she has a job, her own car, pays her bills, and manages to live comfortably before she meets you, Understand that she wants loyalty not you're money. She can finance herself.

A Strong independent woman wouldn't ask a man to do anything for that she couldn't do for herself.

If you want me it takes more than a wink more than a drink and more than you think.

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'. 
Erma Bombeck

A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell. 
C. S. Lewis

Monday, May 12, 2014

Fresh Start Challenge Day 19: Never Fails

It used to be a true passion for me but I did get away from it for the most. I still dabble in here and there. As of lately though I have found a new surge for doing it. Those days spent in Hunter's foyer were the most peaceful to me in a long time. I felt like my old self. The one that was shy of Chris and blushed when he looked at me a certain way. It felt like starting over. It does the soul good to do that. So I have requested to paint murals at work. It will be amazing for me this summer to spend hours working on something that will be admired for years to come. And just in time for the next chapter in my life to begin.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Fresh Start Challenge Day 18: Which Path

I can remember this was a spur of the moment idea for me. I wanted to let some steam off and honest? Brag a little. I wanted to get things off my chest about my life. And I have done and I feel comfortable about that too.

I only have a few that I consider inspiration to blog and that would be +Bridgitte+Erica , and Miss Jen. I have spent countless hours thinking of what to do with this blog since then. I love working on it. It's a work in progress but all good projects are just that.

To start back blogging after adding an addition to my life my inspiration was +Hunter and +Mary Ann  these girls inspire me to push myself more and more.

And the man behind everything (or so it seems) +Chris  inspires me in everything I do. He truly believes me and tells me so all the time.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Fresh Start Challenge Day 17: Winter Summer Fall or Spring, I See You in Everything


Baseball Season starts
The pastel colors.
The flowering blooming
My birthday 


Riding horses
Farmer's Markets


Football season
Raking leaves
Apple everything


Christmas music

Monday, May 5, 2014

Fresh Start Challenge Day 16: It's In Print

I am in Paris writing this and I am already crying with just the first few words. I can finally write this. Our wedding is this year. It is in black and white, well actually in crimson, black, and gold. I, Odette Molyneux, am getting married! Never in all of my life would I believe I would be so overcome with joy about walking a measly 30 feet to someone. Though, never in my life did I expect to fall in love an Italian guy over and over.

I am overwhelmed with love from him all the time. I know he doesn't stray from me and with his good looks that is truly amazing. This puny girl who lived a life of geeky nerdiness and Harry Potter has attracted one of the most blessed gorgeously blessed creatures on this planet. Sometimes I swear I could be pregnant off of his smile and laugh.

All of these crazy amazing feelings will never go away even after I walk down that aisle because he won't let them go away. He will spend the rest of his life trying to surprise me and that makes me smile more than any flowers or stuffed animal ever could. Because at the end of it it's not the gift but the amount of time he spent thinking about me. He could say he thought about me all day but having the surprises lets me know he really means it.

The best thing is seeing the date and our names in print on 400 invitations.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Fresh Start Challenge Day 15: How Do I Love Thee, 15 Ways!

Loving myself is something that I have struggled with but I have gotten there and I am proud of it.

  1. The Lord is my Savior and has always been.
  2. That Chris and I have had God at the center 
  3. I can ballroom dance. Yes totally true I put more than 15 hours into that a week.
  4. I am a mom to the cutest boy on the planet. He steals my heart from his daddy all the time. They are working on sharing it though.
  5. I can run 10 miles in an hour!
  6. I am working towards my cosmetology degree while working on getting my teaching degree and I love it.
  7. I have learned not to be ashamed of my body.
  8. I have perfected how to put on my own lipstick.
  9. I have accepted being a bride.
  10. I grew a back bone.
  11. Learning that I can be sexy without feeling ashamed or dirty.
  12. I have kept up drinking eight glasses of water every day for two years now.
  13. I have learned 72 Bible verses by heart since dating Chris.
  14. Agreeing that Chris and I should incorporate certain this into our relationship.
  15. Being a strong confident person.

Fresh Start Challenge Day 14: The New Soap on A Rope


Mrs.Humpal's Room

Simply begin by cutting a sponge to fit a plastic container and pour in and around the sponge. Kids can press whatever they are trying to glue on the sponge and glue goes on easily. No more wasted glue or glue hands. Okay so some kids still like to push their hands on the sponge and make glue hands. Okay some teachers too. They don't get gross or smelly at all. So I love this!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Fresh Start Challenge Day 13: Dreams Come True

I am extremely lucky. There is no denying that. My first date with Chris made me positive I was going to marry him or dang well die while trying to marry him. (A Rose For Emily, anyone? Sorry.)

I am not that desperate, and I don't have to be. Dates with Chris are truly something to behold.

First date with wine, cheeses, meats, and fruit in the woods watching the sun go down in his vintage car.
Second date was a drive in movie dressed in vintage clothing and dancing. That is still my favorite date.

I love our bowling dates because he is so cute when he bowls. He does this little wiggle and I just love it.

I have two dates that haven't happened yet though.

One is simple; I want to have the same meal we had on our first date inside our garden we have. I love the swing and the cobblestone paths. Just stay there all night talking and eating.

My other one of course is to go to Viva Weekend. Or a vintage weekend ordeal. Or a WWII party would be awesome as well.