Don’t Disturb the Phoebs

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She lays like this every night and if Bryan moves or talks too much, she will look up at him with laser death eyes daring him to keep it up. And yet he loves her more than most things. I really cherish these moments actually. We call it our “couch time” where we watch tv together and lay around (on separate couches no less) relaxing each night. I know things will change when the kids come, but I’m hoping we can hold onto this as much as possible even through the craziness. Love my little family.

Love, Alex

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What We’re Wearing Wednesday (Volume 4)

What We're Wearing Wednesday

Are you ready for the most boring WWWW? Ugh.

So I haven’t posted a WWWW in liiiike 2 weeks? Yeah, 2 weeks. Y’all. Coming home from work is so much more overwhelming than I thought it would be. So much free time and like a zillion more things on the to-do list. I think I’ll be writing about it soon. Yep.

Anyway. Today I was in sweats and doing stuff on the computer for our photography company (We have new specials on fall family photos! Hit us up if you’re local!) until well past noon. I had to run some errands after that, which is the only reason I am wearing real clothes in these photos. Errands aren’t good enough to get jewelry out of me though. Sorry, errands.

Bryan


So since Bryan has to have separate work attire like a real adult, I decided to get both of his outfits, which is why this is being posted so late. WARDROBE CHANGE!

Pants: Express| Pullover: VZW Swag!

Pants: Express| Pullover: VZW Swag!

Shoes: Madden (I promise he has other dress shoes, these are juts his favorite because they're "the most comfortable.")

Shoes: Madden (I promise he has other dress shoes, these are juts his favorite because they’re “the most comfortable.”)

Look at that baby face in his badge. They haven't made him change it since  like 2006. Orange hair, smooth face, lady killer.

Look at that baby face in his badge. They haven’t made him change it since like 2006. Orange hair, smooth face, lady-killer.

T-Shirt: Concert tee from his favorite bluegrass fella, Del McCoury | Jeans: Express

T-Shirt: Concert tee from his favorite bluegrass fella, Del McCoury | Jeans: Express

Shoes: Tretorn from The Mustache Wears and Goods

Shoes: Tretorn from The Mustache Goods and Wears

Mustache Goods and Wears

Tretorn Shoes

Watch: WeWood from The Mustache Goods and Wears

Watch: WeWood from The Mustache Goods and Wears

The Mustache Goods and Wears

WeWood Watches

Alex


I’m not even kidding, you guys, I’m so over being pregnant. I am being extremely vulnerable by posting these photos. Any shred of thinking I was pretty in photos is slipping away. Ok, I’m done being lame now.

Jeans: Old Navy Maternity | Tank: Target Maternity

Jeans: Old Navy Maternity | Tank: Target Maternity

Shoes: Nine West ballet flats. Also, if any of you have ideas on how to clean these, I'm all ears. I have even tried a magic eraser I kid you not. BUT THEY'RE STILL CUTE SO WHATEVER MAN.

Shoes: Nine West ballet flats. Also, if any of you have ideas on how to clean these, I’m all ears. I have even tried a magic eraser I kid you not. BUT THEY’RE STILL CUTE SO WHATEVER MAN.

I just had to show this off because of how ridiculous it is. I am at that phase of pregnancy where, lest I have my ring cut off in the near future, I just need to take it off until post-Grady. I got this at Walmart for ( bucks and called it a day. STILL MARRIED, MAN.

I just had to show this off because of how ridiculous it is. I am at that phase of pregnancy where, lest I have my ring cut off in the near future, I just need to take it off until post-Grady. I got this at Walmart for 9 bucks and called it a day. STILL MARRIED, MAN.

And that’s all she wrote for Wednesday!

Love, Alex

What We’re Wearing Wednesday (Volume 3)

What We're Wearing Wednesday

WWWW is upon us again! 

As many of you know, I am now unemployed from the regular nine to five. Although my baby isn’t scheduled to arrive for another few months, we decided that i should come home early to get the house and our lives prepped for newness.

Now some people may have thought that unemployment might mean that today’s photos would consist of yoga pants, and if this was What We’re Wearing Tuesday, you would have been correct. However, today Bryan and I went to a studio space to do some filming for 6th and Burnside and some voice-over work for me, so real clothes were somewhat required.

Check it out!

Bryan


Shirt: Verizon...Do you really want to know where you can get it? Didn't think so.|Pants and Belt: Express|ID Badge Pull: just kidding

Shirt: Verizon…Do you really want to know where you can get it? Didn’t think so.|Pants and Belt: Express|ID Badge Pull: just kidding

Shoes: Madden

Shoes: Madden

Alex


Top: Target Maternity|Shorts: Motherhood Maternity

Top: Target Maternity|Shorts: Motherhood Maternity <– Judge me all you want, but these are the kind that pull up over your belly and I LOVE THEM.

Necklace: Jane.com

Necklace: Jane.com

Bracelet: I honestly can't remember. It was probably a gift.

Bracelet: I honestly can’t remember. It was probably a gift.

Earings: You guys, these came with the necklace and just whatever about fashion rules. I was in a hurry and I knew they matched. Allow it?

Earings: You guys, these came with the necklace and just whatever about fashion rules. I was in a hurry and I knew they matched. Allow it?

Shoes: Big Buddha. These are by far my favorite shoes EVER. I love them so much and I will probably cry actual tears when they are no longer wearable.

Shoes: Big Buddha. These are by far my favorite shoes EVER. I love them so much and I will probably cry actual tears when they are no longer wearable.

One of These Days We Will Learn

Before and After

We have a wonderful groomer that we love and that adores our children dogs. The problem is, a lot of other people love them too and they are relatively well-priced, which means they book out like 2 weeks at least. So right around the time our prissy, bratty Bichon Frise’ starts looking like a swamp rat is when we get wise to the thought that maybe we should schedule her an appointment at the ol’ beauty salon.

This irresponsibility leads to another 2-3 weeks of Phoebe looking like a dirty ragamuffin (is that redundant?) and a corresponding few weeks after said appointment of people thinking we must have brought home a new dog. Because this beautiful creature couldn’t possibly the one that had grass stuck in her hair last week. In other news, both Jeckle-Phoebe and Hyde-Phoebe seem to eat poop, so there’s that.

Are we bad parents? Is this signifying how we will treat our human children? I hope not.

Love, Alex

PS: I think Bryan loves Phoebe and Mali more than he loves me sometimes, so our dogs are in no way mistreated. But srsly, that dog could do a rendition of Lady and the Tramp as a one-woman show.

What We’re Wearing Wednesday (Volume 1)

What We're Wearing Wednesday

New Segment alert! 

I’m a big fan of Pinterest. I have it. I love it. I use it. (Follow me! There’s a handy button up there! To the right. Yeah there!)

We all know that Pinterest can turn into a dreamworld if we let it though, amiright? Everyone looks wonderful and is always edited to perfection. If I were a crafter, which we all know I’m not, I would feel all kinds of depressed after looking at beautiful Pinterest creations.

So, in efforts to show what a real family looks like on regular days of the week, I am starting this segment. Sometimes you will catch us wearing cute clothes. Sometimes you will catch us in our PJs. Always you will catch us in relatively cheap clothes, because homegirl doesn’t pay full-price for stuff. It’s the Alex way.

Bryan


Shirt: Express|Jeans: Express

Shirt: Express|Jeans: Express|Phoebe: photobomb

Shoes: Vans-probably from Journey or something

Shoes: Vans-probably from Journey or something

Alex


Black Ruffle Dress: Jane.com|Leggings: uhhhh Rue 21?

Black Ruffle Dress: Jane.com|Leggings: uhhhh Rue 21?

Necklace: Gift from my Mimi I think

Necklace: Gift from my Mimi I think

Earings: Smaller ones are always the cheap card packs from Claire's!|Bottom ones were a Christmas gift from my sister.

Earings: Smaller ones are always the cheap card packs from Claire’s!|Bottom ones were a Christmas gift from my sister.

Shoes: Toms from my friend Dia! Such a good gift!

Shoes: Toms from my friend Dia! Such a good gift!


That’s it guys! Join me next week for volume 2.

What are you wearing this week?

Love, Alex

This Is Why I Don’t Bake.

 

pie disaster 1

 

I think  I’ve made my feelings clear on baking vs. cooking. I love cooking, like a lot. And I’m pretty decent at it. It doesn’t require that you follow directions, and it’s much easier to be creative. Baking, however locks you into a specific formula. It’s science, man, and I was always an English/history girl.

You may remember that pregnancy made my cooking frequency dwindle.  Because of the smells. And the effort. Recently though, I excitedly picked up the cooking again, and I dove headfirst. In addition to my cooking I have tried my little heart out to up my baking game. I made brownies and frosting and TRES LECHES CAKE from scratch, y’all. 

It was all fun and games until I got too cocky and went for the fried pies.

I made dough. (Successfully!)

I sprinkled flour and rolled out said dough.

It all went downhill from there until the remains of my project ended up here. Where dreams go to die. There are probably a few of my tears in there too.

Is it sad that one of my major concerns here is that I had to throw food away?  I mean, look at all of this wasted shortening. Those are the charred remains of pie dough and my dignity floating around in there.

pie disaster 2

I’m coming for you fried pies. I will conquer you.

Until then, want to come over and I’ll make you a wonderful savory dish?

Ugh.

Catching Up

**Remember how on my last post I said that the post I had all typed and ready was lost forever and I was ready to sing a Celine Dion song about it? Well it turns out that WordPress is much smarter than I gave it credit for, and it saved it! So here it is guys. Keep in mind, I typed this over a week ago and am too lazy to reread it right now, but here ya go. :)**

 

I swear I will get better at this, ok? This week/weekend has been CRAZY. Like, the craziest in a long time. I’ve been taking it surprisingly well, although I expect a full-on meltdown in the works soon. I’ll keep you posted on all of that…because I know you’re dying to hear more.

For now, I’ll share a recap of the Phoebe photos you’ve missed while I’ve been MIA. A good Phoebe Photo will always brighten the day.

After Phoebe’s worst nightmare of having to share her house and bed with my parents’ dogs this weekend, she rolled into Bryan’s bear blanket, which he shares with no one except for Phoebe apparently. She looked like she was swaddled like a baby. So pitiful.

I included an arial view so you could fully enjoy the patheticness.

Phoebe has all the energy necessary to play, but she doesn’t know how. I kid you not, she gets all excited and acts like she wants to play, and then when you try she will cower like a scardy cat. The only thing she does with toys is destroy them. Don’t even get me started with fetch. So when Mali is playing fetch with her tennis ball, Phoebe just requires a lot of attention to feel adequately and equally loved. This is usually the result.

Just ignore the letters drying in the corner there. I’m hosting a baby shower at my house this weekend with 3 other ladies and since I am craft-illiterate, my friend Dia, who is in charge of decorations, gave me the simplest job she could think of, and I love her for it. Oh, and I found a way to mess even that up. If you need an ego boost on craftiness, hit me up. I’ll tell you about my failures and make you feel better.

Finally, We are hosting Kanakuk Kampout counselors this week, which means we have 3 college guys in our house. Thankfully, we got some cool ones. They even did my dishes last night. Shortly after their arrival, Phoebe had them in her good graces, especially this guy, who asked if he could hold her like a baby. I told him she prefers it that way.

 

That’s a wrap guys!