Friday, January 16, 2015

Cast of Characters III

#3 Omar 
AKA Spawn of Satan, Damien, Snuggers


After our beloved Mac went to doggie heaven, we decided to become cat people.  Of course the adorable tiny, orange kitten we chose would turn out to be possessed.  We all walk around with the scars on our calves and ankles from his unprovoked attacks.  He does not enjoy being cuddled, held, or loved on.  He only wants food and water from humans.  We have seen him literally climb walls, raise up his back and fur over invisible beings, dive into full bathtubs, and scuffle with stuffed animals.   He hides, waiting for an unsuspecting victim to walk by so he can jump out and cling to their limbs with his claws.  No one wants to sleep with him because he likes to wait until you fall asleep and then bite your feet.  The neighbor kids beg us to put him in the bathroom when they come to play.  And yet, we love him!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Cast of Characters II

#2  Porter Charles Barnes
AKA Pork Chop, Porky, Bro


9 years old, first born, sports enthusiast, carries the world on his shoulders, my worrier, so responsible, true Mama's boy, the kid has a six-pack, small in size, but big in heart, still thinks girls are gross, currently obsessed with football.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Barnes Yard 2.0 Cast of Characters

#1 Brooklyn Blanche Barnes
AKA Brookie, Blanchie, Sissy, Sis

8 years old, 2nd grader, singer, song writer, dancer, aspiring Disney Channel star, crafter extraordinaire, wants to be a police officer or a hair stylist upon growing up, has grown some teeth after two years of being toothless, loves being dramatic in all situations, never at a loss for words. 

Brooklyn is the classic middle child.  She's right between two boys and it's always her against her brothers, against her parents, against the world.  We're really looking forward to puberty around here.  She has a knack for knowing the perfect situation to say something inappropriate.  She likes to reveal embarrassing things about her family to make people laugh.  She has a strange obsession with bras.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Barnes Yard 2.0

The new year is coming.  
You know what that means? 
Yep, I'm going to lose weight.  
Or at least try.  
Whatever. 
Anyway

Over the last year, I've received emails asking if I'm ever going to get back to regular blogging and if I'm still alive.  Thanks for caring!
I want to!
The thing is, I'm not the same girl that started this blog in 2007, 2008, when the heck was it?
In my late 20's, I was a lonely, stay at home mom with two toddlers, and the biggest part of my week was story time at the library.  I started the blog to connect with other moms, document my kiddos' lives, and have an outlet for everything I wanted to talk about.  I also did a lot of crafts. 

Fast forward to age 35.  
I've now got big kids.  As in nine years old, eight years old, and I'm back in the trenches with a three year old.  I get out a lot more than just the library now.  I'm also not as crafty.

My goal for 2015 is to bring back the Barnes Yard

I feel like I need to reintroduce myself.  I'm not the same mom you used to know.   

This is me:
I wake up every morning with at least two children and a cat entangled around me, and want to immediately go back to sleep.
A world without caffeine would be a very scary place for me. 
New flip-flops smell so delicious that sometimes I want to bite them. 
My favorite binge food is Angie's Politely Sweet & Spicy Kettle Corn. 
I get embarrassed for people when they spell words incorrectly. 
Burlap and chalkboards should always be incorporated in decorating. 
My kids drive me to the brink of insanity, but I feel sick to my stomach when they aren't within my arm's reach. 
When I have an hour to myself, I can never decide if I should take a nap or do some sort of housework.  I usually go with the nap. 
With enough Diet Pepsi, I could rule the world, or maybe just my household.  
I hate wearing socks or coats. 
I should thank Jesus more often than I do. 
Making lists is a favorite pastime of mine. 
I love all things Housewives (except Atlanta) and hate all things Kardashian. 
I often have to remind myself how lucky I am that I got to be what I wanted when I grew up.
I'm your average, obsessive, minivan driving, Mommy of three...and wife to the big Daddy that lives here.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wedding dress tradition: year 8

Each year, I'm even more thankful I decided to do the wedding dress tradition.  My gorgeous girl is 8.  I can't believe it's been 7 years since the first picture. 


Friday, October 17, 2014

Brooklyn turns 8!

My girl turned 8 last week! 
We celebrated over the weekend in POP STAR style-chosen by Brooklyn, of course!





These girls know how to ROCK OUT!


Oh, Brooklyn Blanche, 
how are you already EIGHT?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Halloween sign

I made a craft!  I did!  I did!  Something came over me and I felt compelled to do something crafty.  It's the first crafty thing I've done since we moved to the new house!  
Rumor has it, this is THE neighborhood for Halloween, so I felt like I needed to up my game in the Halloween decor department, you know?  

 I found this super nice cutting board that was brand new at Goodwill.  I thought it would be perfect for a sign because it already had the handle for hanging.  $4.99 y'all!  I was hoping green was the half off color of the day because that would be a sa-weet deal, but it wasn't.  Oh well. 
I painted it with chalk spray paint and then added vinyl for the witch and ghosts.  This was my first experience with the chalk marker and I'm never going back to the old school chalk!  The marker is AWESOME!  I was thinking...eh,six bucks for two?  But they are well worth it!  Can't wait to write on more stuff!  Then I just tied on a ribbon and it was done!  The best part is, when Halloween is over, I can take everything off of it, and use it for a different kind of sign.  
I've got some more to do, but it's getting there!