Wednesday, April 30, 2014

I made a mistake.

I've made a giant mistake. 

I've started watching the first couple of seasons of Game of Thrones. 

.... and now I am addicted. 

I have never had any desire to watch the show before even though I'd heard about how amazing and in depth the story line is and how it was full of twists and turns, and yes lots of sexy stuff mixed in with some fighting and gore. I was like "meh, I am already way too committed to other shows". 

Well, two weeks ago I was home struggling with some of the worst all-day nausea I've ever experienced and thought, "hey, maybe I'll watch a few episodes online" and then I laid on the couch for 6 hours doing nothing but that. And now I can't stop. I watch it on my iPad in the mornings while I get ready, I watch it while I'm on the elliptical at the gym (as long as no one is behind me because man is it NSFW) and I watch it while I wash dishes or clean the kitchen.

I've gotten almost to the end of season two now and I have fallen monumentally in love with one character in particular,  Daenerys Targaryen, a fierce female and a major HBIC. There are a TON of strong female roles in the show and I love that women are leaders, each in their own way, throughout the series.

... I'm also kind of in love with her man, Kahl Drogo (Jason Momoa). Hey boy hey.

Anyone else a little obsessed with Game of Thrones? Am I the only one that was late to board this train?

Monday, April 28, 2014

Tornadoes, Bunnies and Kate's New Digs

This weekend started with a tornado sighting as I drove home from work Friday afternoon. I, along with several other vehicles leaving ECU, came over the bridge on highway 43 and spotted a giant black cloud dropping down out of the sky. Almost simultaneously, we all put on our turn signals and whipped into the gas station hoping to avoid driving through the cloud. We all watched from our vehicles as the cloud started rotating and funneling, turning a lighter gray color. My car rocked, the wind blew and it sounded like a train as coming by it was so loud. Thankfully, it blew right on by, but sadly it damaged a lot of homes in neighboring towns. 

I finally made it home safely and we spent Friday evening eating dinner with my parents and playing with my sister's dwarf lop-eared bunny, Flopsy (that she got for Easter).

Sawyer "hugging" (aka smothering) poor Flopsy as his mema supervises

Saturday we headed to Cary for a house-warming party for our friend Kate. Her mom planned something super cool for the occasion. Our friend Samuel owns a landscaping business (Cardinal Wood, check it out), so Kate's mom Kathryn encouraged each of Kate's friends to pick a plant from Samuel's landscape plan to purchase for Kate in lieu of a gift, and we all came ready to plant our chosen flowers, bushes or trees (and by "we all", I basically mean the guys).

Kate & I
(blurry selfie on Josh's pitiful phone since mine was super dead)

Even Miss Ella did her part.

Ella resting with Josh after her "gardening"
We enjoyed a delicious taco bar and had a great time breaking in Kate's new house, which is too precious. She did all kinds of crafty things and painted a TON of furniture to make it her own. Not to mention she chose to turn the smallest bedroom into a "dressing room" which I adore.
the dressing room, I stole this pic from Kate's facebook, but the room now also has a rolling closet thing with clothes as well beside the tall, glass-front cabinet
Living Room (and LP's hiney)
kitchen (totally stole this pic from Kate's facebook)
office (seriously orange top, white legs, home girl painted everything)
precious (but blurry) gallery wall and table she painted with recovered stools
enjoying the backyard

We ended Saturday night with Josh falling through Kate's beach chair. 'Twas classic.

Friday, April 25, 2014

adding a member to the Pirate Nation

Josh, Sawyer and I (and Sookie who wouldn't cooperate for a picure) are excited to announce that we're going to be adding a member to the Pirate Nation come November!

Baby Edmondson numero dos is due November 20 and we loved being able to tell Sawyer he's getting a little sibling.

He has already named it "Rocky". 

Just like last time I was pregnant, I can assure you that my blog will not become baby central. I won't be doing bump updates on a weekly basis (not because I don't enjoy reading other people's but because I am basically too lazy to take a picture and look blog-worthy once a week) and you'll probably only get a good baby-type post on special occasions like when we find out what this nugget is, or when I do crafty things for a nursery. However, you may get an angry pregnant lady post every now and again, just a warning ;)

So far, I have sadly been super sick from late afternoon until about bed time and have struggled to find things I want to eat (which is a huge change considering I will usually eat just about anything you put in front of me). I've also not been able to tolerate many meats for some reason, so that's been an adventure. Thank goodness for peanut butter & banana sandwiches and dry toast!

My biggest prayer is not only that baby #2 is healthy but also that this time around is preeclampsia-free. Sawyer's delivery and the last 10-12 weeks of that pregnancy were a little traumatic and scary and I'm praying that we can avoid that with this one!

Other than that things have been pretty good and we are anxiously waiting for the excitement to really begin!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Our community had a tragic accident last week that resulted in the death of a 24 year-veteran Tarboro police officer named Charles Johnson.

On Tuesday morning Officer Johnson was off duty and driving his family's van when a Department of Transportation excavator truck crossed the yellow line and slammed into the roof of the van, immediately killing Officer Johnson.

It was a horrible, horrible accident but while it has caused a lot of pain and suffering, it has also really brought the town together. 

The police station shut down so the officers could mourn the loss of their brother and the Edgecombe County Sheriff's department stepped up to help out.

Charles' police car was parked in our town square where officers and citizens alike placed flowers on the hood in memorial and a fund was set up at a local bank to help his wife and two children and to aid in the funeral costs.

But the biggest showing of respect and honor came on Friday afternoon during his funeral, which had to be held in the auditorium of our local community college to accommodate the amount of people wanting to pay their respects. The road from the college to the cemetery was shut down and citizens lined the streets waving flags as the funeral procession drove through and two fire trucks held a huge American flag that everyone drove under.

At the graveside service, the police officers did a "final call" for Charles over the radio saying:
“Central to all units.  Standby for last call for forty-one. Patrolman Charles Johnson of the Tarboro Police Department ended his watch April 15, 2014. Forty-one is ten-forty-two. Rest in peace brother. We'll take it from here.” And according to my husband, who was at the funeral, there wasn't a dry eye among a single one of those tough police officers or any other person there.

Please continue to pray for the Johnson's and their family and also pray for Allen, the driver of the excavator and his family as well.

Monday, April 21, 2014

a nice long weekend

We had a nice long weekend that ended up being exceptionally busy! On Good Friday, Sawyer and I picked up my daddy (who had back surgery 3 weeks ago) and took him with us to run some errands. He doesn't get out of the house that often since he hasn't been released to drive yet, so I decided a "short" trip to Target and to grab some lunch would be perfect for him. Sadly, my Jeep was not perfect for him and he had a really hard time getting in and out of it, oops.

Saturday morning Sawyer & I made the rounds visiting grandparents and picking up his Easter treats (and enjoying my Mema's amazing grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch) then hit the Easter egg hunt at church. Sadly, the rain and cold resulted in an indoor hunt, but the kiddos had a blast any way. 

my friend Dana reading the Easter story to the group... can you tell she's a first grade teacher?

how is my kid this big?!

Colton showing off his chocolate egg

Sawyer "won" the Easter egg hunt by finding 22 eggs and was pumped that he got a special prize ... which you totally can't tell by his blank stare here

little dare devils

Cheetoh dust everywhere.
Sunday we woke up and Sawyer got a great a silp-n-slide from the Easter bunny (that Josh & I are equally excited about)! After putting on our Easter outfits and heading to church for a great service we ate lunch at church, then ate more at Josh's Uncle Jack & Aunt Beth's before heading to Josh's grandma's for our regular Sunday dinner. 

I hope you and yours had a great Easter weekend, it is wonderful to get three days to spend with our families and celebrate our risen Savior (and enjoy some delicious Easter candy too).

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sookie vs. the neighbors car

Sookie got hit by a car Monday night and thankfully (being the beast that she is) wasn't horribly injured or killed, but instead got a nice battle scar with some staples up her leg and lots of road rash. However, it was certainly a terrifying experience.

Monday night around 9:30 p.m. I was laying in bed with Sawyer trying to make him go to sleep. Josh was at his town council meeting so I let Sookie hang in our fenced-in backyard so she could have some extra freedom until Josh got home from the meeting and would let her in for the night (she sleeps in the laundry room).

Around 10 p.m. Josh finally got done with his meeting and came in the bedroom laughing and saying, "Sookie got out, and was just hanging in the front yard when I got home. I just got her inside." I thought nothing of it, she has managed to pop open our double fence gate before and we've had to chase after her in the car with a box full of bones to get her home, what I can say, she's a wild chocolate beast.

Just as Josh was getting settled and out of his work clothes, someone came knocking at our front door. Josh grabbed Sawyer's little aluminum baseball bat from the playroom and ordered me & Sawyer to stay in the bedroom, because you never know what is about to go down that late at night when someone is at your door.

It was our elderly neighbor, Mrs. Owens and her boyfriend and they were absolutely distraught. I heard Mrs. Owens say, with a shaky voice, "Josh, we hit Sookie with our car...".

Josh was so confused at first, and said, "Are you sure? I just put her in the laundry room".

They quickly informed him that they hit her around 9:45pm as they were slowing down to turn into their driveway. I heard Mrs. Owens' boyfriend say, "She just came out of  nowhere and she's so dark and fast!". She had apparently gotten hit, and limped back to the yard and that is where Josh had found her when he got home, but hadn't noticed anything wrong with her since it was so dark.

Josh told our neighbors not to worry, that we didn't blame them and that we would get their information so we could fix the boyfriend's Buick (which was dented up pretty good).

Once they left, I came flying out of the bedroom with Sawyer in tow to check on Sookie.

Now that we could really get a good look at her it was obvious she'd been in an accident. She had road rash all over her face, legs and abdomen and her leg had a nasty gash in it that went from her "knee" area to her foot. She was also limping pretty good, which Josh hadn't noticed when he'd carried all 100 lbs of her inside (he didn't have a leash, and she is a fast one).

We immediately called the emergency vet in Greenville and they told us to bring her on in so they could check to make sure nothing was going on internally. We grabbed an old comforter to put in Josh's backseat and Sookie and her daddy headed to Greenville while me and Sawyer waited at home.

Sawyer did fine during all the activity at home, but the second that door shut and Sawyer realized that Sookie was going "to the doctor", he fell to pieces.

He cried and cried (and I did too) saying, "Is her going to die?!", "Why can't I go with Sookie and daddy?", "Why was she 'bweeding'"?".

Sookie is Sawyer's best friend and he just couldn't handle the fact that she was hurt and he couldn't do anything about it.

I didn't know what to do at first. I couldn't guarantee she was going to be okay because we had no idea if her insides were injured or not. So, I told him, "Let's say a prayer for Sookie!" And he immediately said, "Jesus, 'pwease' don't take my Sookie to Heaven, I need her to stay with me."

He calmed down and I held him until he fell asleep then I stayed up reading and constantly checking in with Josh.

Then Josh's phone died and I had no idea what was going on at the vet.

Finally, at 1am Josh came home. Sookie was fine. She got several staples up her leg for the worst gash and they had shaved her hair off around the road rash and treated it. She was a little loopy after some pain meds so she was stumbling around the laundry room sporting a "cone of shame" to keep her from biting and licking the staples and wounds but was doing great otherwise.

So now our chocolate beast is on a round of antibiotics for a week along with some pain meds and anti inflammatory drugs, but she is fine.

Sawyer woke up yesterday morning and the first thing out of his mouth was "Where's Sookie!?!".  He ran to the laundry room and loved on her for awhile then told her "don't die." before heading off to daycare.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pirate Fest weekend

This weekend was the annual Pirate Fest in Greenville, so of course like any decent member of the Pirate Nation, Josh, Sawyer and I headed downtown to meet up with our tailgate crew and enjoy the festivities. Pirate Fest has tons of things for adults and kids to enjoy from the international fair down by the river to vendors and yummy food on Evans Street and then a beer garden and main entertainment area in the middle of everything. Not to mention our spring football game in the afternoon.

Sawyer obviously not into the picture...

After brunch at Winslow's the ladies and babies (except Sawyer who said, "I don't want to go with the girls!") headed to UBE to stock up on some Pirate apparel, as if we needed any more.

When we returned from our shopping trip, I found my poor ginger baby ready to go home and already turning bright red from the heat despite several layers of sunscreen. We convinced him to stick around awhile and listen to the music and enjoy watching the people dressed as pirates.
my guys watching the music

loving the fierce shade Kate is throwing here for snapping a picture when she wasn't ready

By about 2:00 Sawyer (and his daddy) had enough. Sawyer didn't want to ride in his stroller anymore and it was way too hot to walk around holding him. We headed home and decided the perfect way to cool off was to play with the water hose in the backyard and also bathe the chocolate beast.

I just observed from the hammock...

Monday, April 14, 2014

road weary and college observations

Hi, it's me. The girl at work who is rocking a dirty pony tail (and not a cute one either), an old maxi dress and a cardigan that doesn't quite match the dress. This past week was quite the adventure and I am still recovering.

If you follow me on instagram, facebook or twitter you know that I traveled to five colleges in four days last week for the NC Health Career Expo tour, where colleges that offer graduate and doctoral degrees in health career fields visit NC colleges to promote their programs and recruit students.

Thankfully, I was able to stay with my sister in Wilmington Sunday night for the early morning UNC-W leg of the tour on Monday and with my mom's college roommate, my "Aunt" Denise on Tuesday & Wednesday night for the UNC, NC State and Wake Forest University trips.

I not only heard from some great potential students, but also learned that a lot of things have changed since I was in college....

1. When did Teva velcro sandals become a thing again?

I remember rocking these things as a kid in the 90s but last week I saw a TON of college kids wearing them.

2. No matter how big of a rivalry there is between two schools, students are still smart enough to know even their "enemy" school is also the best option for some programs. 
With ECU offering the only state-supported physician assistant studies program (every other one in NC is at a private school), I was pleased to see that student were very interested in attending ECU for the program, no matter who they pull for during football/basketball season.

3. Advisers apparently aren't telling students that these kind of shorts are not acceptable for medical, or any, career fair.

Seriously, those are her butt cheeks. Wear them all you want to on the weekends or at the beach, but not to meet the person representing the graduate program you want to attend, especially when want to be a dentist. Get it together girl.

4. Students (and adults) don't care about your information as much as they care about your cool giveaway items.
I had more students take our ECU College of Allied Health Sciences pens/styluses than I had students actually taking information about the eight programs we have to offer. Come on folks, at least pretend to read something or take a program sheet when you snatch a pen!

5. Leggings, an over-sized long sleeve t-shirt or spirit jersey with Tom's or Jack Rogers and a North Face backpack or Longchamp Le Pliage bag has become the new college uniform. 

Every preppy girl I saw was wearing some form of this outfit, with most of the t-shirts being from a southern-tee company (i.e. Lauren James, Southern Tide, Southern Proper, or Fripp & Folly). I must admit, if I had the legs of some of those girls I'd be rocking the look too, as long as my t-shirt was big enough to cover my legging-covered hiney.

Another lesson I learned while on the trip? No matter how detailed your "out of office" reply email is, people will still send you emails and expect immediate answers or action. So, excuse me while I go answer 56 emails (which are in addition to the ones I actually answered while on the road) and 12 voice mails.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

moments like that

I wrote a post the other week about regrets and those moments you wish you could change (or skip all together). This made me think also about the moments I would give anything to re-live, the same way over again.

My last high school soccer away game
I've talked before about my amazing "Back of the Bus" crew that I rolled with in high school but my very last away game as a senior is one for the books. We cried and sang "I Go Back" by Kenny Chesney on the ride home and talked about all the moments we'd had together. We sang "My Creech" (to the tune of "My Girl") to Coach Creech since it was our last moment with him too. We had lost miserably (again) but it hadn't mattered (as usual) and we had an amazing ride home celebrating our last time together on that bus and enjoying those fleeting days of high school that remained.
most of the B.o.B. crew except Hopey, who had graduated 

The day I got saved. 
I grew up in church and surrounded by a Christian family so I don't have an "exciting" testimony about love and loss and crawling back to God. Instead, I have a great moment of feeling that pull towards the alter at the age of 11 and that amazing feeling of peace and forgiveness that comes with accepting the Lord. Despite mistakes along the way as I got older, I will always remember who has my heart and when it happened.
When we beat UNC this year. 
Even though this is a fairly new memory and there are several other amazing games I've had the pleasure of attending to cheer on the Pirates, this year's game was truly unbelievable. I've never felt so proud to be a part of the Pirate Nation and to stand in that stadium after that win and to sing our fight song and Alma Mater with nothing but purple & gold left in the stadium was an honor I don't take for granted. 
being "directed" by the band director and our quarterback, Shane Carden

Our honeymoon
While repeating the wedding would be nice, that day was more hectic than fun and too hot to want to replay. Instead, I'd like to repeat that entire week in St. Lucia before "real life" began, before my knee surgery, and while that new-ness of being a married couple felt like the best feeling that could ever exist. 
I'd also love to repeat being that tan and thin again please. 
Our second night as parents
The first night in the hospital was pretty atrocious with me coming down off the magnesium and recovering from the whole adventure of being induced/giving birth a few weeks early, but the second was pretty awesome. Josh was an amazing helper and while I thought I couldn't love my husband any more than I already did, my love for him grew leaps and bounds when I saw him as a daddy. Sawyer was a hungry little ginger baby and kept me pretty busy to the point that Josh had to hand-feed me my potato skins I'd begged my in-laws to pick up from Logan's Roadhouse for me while I nursed our baby. It was a memory I'll never forget and while I don't desire to repeat those hospital stays, I wouldn't mind reliving those little moments that happened there. 

Do you have any moments you'd love to relive?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

#wcw obsessed with cara

I have a weird obsession with Cara Delevingne. 
She is so versatile and you never know what you're going to see her in. 

Unless you've been avoiding ads, television and magazines, you've seen her face and her super recognizable eyebrows. She is HUGE on social media and is the face of brands like Mulberry (which she also designs for) and you have probably seen this amazing gif of her dancing at the Victoria Secret fashion show:


This is where I discovered how much I like her. Look at her, not afraid to be hilarious and silly while the other models are doing little half dances with their arms in the air while Cara is going all out. She also exchanged a butt slap with Taylor Swift at the show:

While she is beautiful and unique looking, she also loves to just be a a 21-year-old girl.

I love that even her stress-induced psoriasis didn't keep her from rocking the Versace runway and that she isn't perfect looking all the time and doesn't seem to let it faze her.

And she is pretty short for a super-model who does runways, standing at 5'7 but is still showing all those tall girls who is boss.

But most of the time, she is perfect-looking: