Sunday, April 19, 2015

Meeting Jessa and Ben Seewald!!

Yesterday, Mom and I went out to the Southern Women's did thousands of other people!  We've been planning on going for months--since I heard that Jessa Duggar Seewald, from TLC's 19 Kids and Counting, was going to be there!  I remember watching I think their first TV show, 14 Kids and Counting, and then season 1 of 17 Kids and Counting started back in 2008, and it's kept on going since, keeping the title of the show changing.  

2 Christmases ago, Mom gave me the book Growing Up Duggar, written by the 4 oldest girls: Jana, Jill, Jessa and Jinger.  I thought going to the Southern Women's Show and getting my book signed would be a great idea...and even though it was a LONG day, it was still a good idea! haha.

We got in line at 12:05--she wasn't even going to be speaking until 1:00.  But, we did have some good entertainment.  From 12:00-12:30, they had a really neat fashion show.  Everything the models were wearing were found at Goodwill!  We definitely love going shopping at Goodwill--you can find some really great stuff...even name brands with the tags still on! We've both been lucky to find those great deals!  I can't remember what the program from 12:30-12:45 was called, but it was about "adopting" or funding a child in another country and helping provide food, clothes, etc. for them and their community.  Finally, at 1:00, Jessa and her new husband, Ben, came out to talk!  The announcer on stage, I believe it was Chris from Lite98, asked them a few questions, and then it was opened up to everyone for Q&A.  It was neat to see how laid back they are, JUST like they are in the interviews during the TV show.

Here we are waiting in line.

This is in the line in front of really wasn't too bad, to be honest, and a lot of the people you see in this picture are sitting down watching the shows.
Compared to others--who were in line OUTSIDE--we had a great spot in line! haha
We stood in line for a total of 2 1/2 hours. But, like I mentioned, there were other acts going on on stage, so it made the time go by!  We were also fortunate to have really nice people in front of us and behind us.

We had a really great spot/view for the show.  However, I had to zoom in to keep the people in front of us out of the pictures..they felt it was necessary to continue passing a baby back and forth pretty much the whole time.  (okay, mini rant over, haha)

This nice lady below had a gift for Jessa.

Almost our turn!

Mom pointed out this girl in front of us in line!

We finally met them!!  They were both so sweet and kind to talk to!

(And next year, can the Southern Women's Show staff choose a better employee to be in charge of taking that will make sure you can SEE everyone! I was so upset when I looked at the picture right when we left their table.)

And here's my book! So exciting! :)

The TLC camera crew was also at the show, so when they finally air the episode which includes Jessa and Ben at the show, you know I'm going to be looking for Mom and me! It shouldn't be too hard since we ended up dressing alike, haha.

If you're interested in catching an episode of the show, it comes on every Tuesday at 9:00pm. At that time each week, I'm already in bed for the night ready to watch!

Friday, April 3, 2015

2015 To-Do List: 1st Recap

So, it's time to see how good of a job I have (or haven't) been doing on my 2015 To-Do List!
#1. Every month, try one new idea found on Pinterest.
First, in January, I made Bubble Pizza, which was pretty good!  We may not have it often, but it's still a go-to meal to have ;) In February, I tried 2 things off Pinterest: a new way to organize my nail polish, and a way to try and clean the kitchen sink.  One was definitely more successful than the other, haha.  Last month, of course, were the delicious Jamaican Jerk Chicken tacos we made! That was definitely a Pinterest win!!

#2. Read these 9 books. (see here for the list)

I'm not doing as good in this category as I'd like to be.  I've read one full book from the list-- Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown.  I can't recommend this book enough! It honestly did have great tips, and a few recipes! Even though it might be weird if I laughed out loud while reading, there were parts that were so funny and entertaining, I couldn't read fast enough!  I did start reading, The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman, but I read a few chapters and still couldn't get into it, so I had to put it down.  Now, I'm currently reading Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin.

#3. Watch five consecutive episodes of Doctor Who with Matt.
We haven't watched any episodes yet.  But hey, there are still 9 months left in the year!

#4. Find more ways to organize anything.
I had to start the new year with a planner, so that was the first thing to check off of my to-do list for my 2015 To-Do List........too much there?
Like I mentioned above, I organized some of my more used nail polishes.  I love having this jar on the counter now!

I also did a really big clean out of my closets, and got rid of a TON of stuff! (Oh, by the way, there will be another big yard sale at our house this Spring! Date is TBD :)

And, because every blog post needs a picture, I thought I'd share this funny one, rather than pictures you've already seen from the above topics!  When Matt and I both saw this, the first thing we each said was, "That's SOOO Maple!!" haha She is not a fan of water!!

Happy Good Friday :)