I have always tried to find “treasures” at goodwill or thrift stores. Not antiques or anything worth money, but home decor, clothes, furniture, toys, etc. that are in good condition. WELL- I live close enough to a Goodwill store that I could walk. This part of Asheville tends to have some pockets of money and big houses, so often times you can find things at this Goodwill that are really REALLY a treasure. My sister Rachael is the Goodwill QUEEN. She is super “city” as someone said once, haha, meaning that she is very trendy, well dressed, in tune with style and glamour, and somehow someway she finds these clothes at Goodwill that are DESIGNER NAMES and BARELY WORN! It blows my mind seriously.

I have looked before, several times, and didnt find anything. So I tried my hand at it again with Ana one day while Jason was home and Lexi was sleeping. Ana was a bit crazy in the store, but I felt like I did good. I found a nice shirt from Forever21 that as really dressy and trendy, very little wear to it. I also found a skirt that was blue red and white plaid that is going to be cute in summer. Spent $13 (only cause the old lady at the register said the long shirt was a dress…..silly old lady). ¬†The next day Rachael comes by with her treasures: JCREW sweaters, Ann Taylor cardigans WITH TAGS, DOnna Karen skirts, etc. It made me SICK! Immediately i started asking her how to find these great pieces and if she would just go with me. I thought maybe she knew the secret places in the store where they put out these clothes of awesomeness….

We went on Thursday, this time I went without any kids (thanks to Jason) cause Rach said you really have to pilfer through the rubble. SOOOOOOOO I dont even have words to say right here……THE CLOTHES I FOUND ARE RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME AND FIT PERFECT! I am SO SHOCKED AND AMAZED. I may NEVER BUY NEW CLOTHES AGAIN!
I found a pair of designer jeans (fit like a glove so comfy and like new!), a pair of dress pants WITH TAGS originally $89.99 from Cache, JCREW cardigan and tank set, button sweater- very trendy- WITH TAGS, gap shirt with embroidered design, a dressy skirt, 2 more sweater/jackets/shirts NEVER WORN, a nice shirt from New York and CO, a paisely print tank, a white embroidered dressy tank, and a couple more items. All of them looked like they were maybe worn once or NOT at all! As i said, a couple had the tags on them still! And my total- this is the kicker…….$60. That includes tax. YAAAAHOOOOO and you can also return anything with a receipt! HA! I think I calculated my average cost per item to be $5.

The crazier thing about all of this too- 1 sweater was too big, but the rest fit me LIKE IT WAS MADE FOR ME! SO crazy! This is a feat for any woman, but especially one that just had a baby 5 months ago and who is really difficult to comfortably clothe. PLUS I have no buyers remorse. ūüôā

All I can say is- come to the Goodwill on Hendersonville Rd in Asheville. ITS WORTH IT! I will be going back that is FO SURE! I may just replace my wardrobe….do a trade you know? lol


Not skipping this BLOG!

Just finished rocking Lexi to sleep….drift off while holding her….so tired…but no tired enough to skip out on blogging! I was brainstorming all of the things I wanted to say here and then slowly got too cozy while rocking her….

ANYWHOOOS—>great story to tell you about dear Ana Claire. She loves Taylor Swifts song thats oober popular right now…not sure what its called, but it goes like, “i remember how we felt sitting by the water, you put your arm around me for the first time…”etc. I have the CD and its #1 so it plays often. She likes it so much that she will shout ME ME ME when I touch the radio to find a station or a song i like. If i dont land on her song, so will continue with the ME ME ME thing trying to get me to turn it to HER song. ha ha ha. As soon as I did yesterday, she started bobbing her head up and down, passy in mouth, and looking out the window. It was naptime, and we were leaving Papa and Gaga’s house to go be at home for nap. I thought i would have to play the song a time or two and then she would be snoozing. Each time the song ended she would remind me with her ME ME ME alarm and i would skip it back. At the start of the 3rd round she had her eyes closed and told me ME ME ME and when the song started she laid her head back in her car seat and bobbed it a little slower, but nonetheless keeping the beat. Ha. At this point she stopped requesting the song be played over and over, but every few minutes I would look in my rearview mirror to see her bobbing her head in her sleep! So funny. We got home and I opened her door to carry her in to bed and she was bobbing her head the whole time I was unbuckling the seatbelt. What a character that lil lady. I have found that her and Jason share 2 main things very different from me (and Lexi)- their weird sleeping (talking , movements and noises, etc while sleeping) and an affinity for walking around the house in tighty whities. ¬†Yes folks, drop in anytime but be sure and call if its prior to 10am. ūüôā

Something I thought of while rocking Lexi tonight, on a more serious note; she was wrapped in a receiving blanket that is a bit too small and her feet were hanging out. Both my girls have had trouble with this as they have been CRAZY long kids. Poor cold feet. As I was trying to stretch the blanket as best I could I thought I would just go get a heavier one ¬†that was bigger cause she was cold too. Those receiving blankets are pretty thin. As I said this in my head it occurred to me how blessed we are to have that option. To be able to say, oh i will just go get another blanket that is warmer and bigger for her” seems so insignificant to me, to us. But something stopped me this time, the holy spirit i guess, cause right then I thanked God that He has blessed us with such abundance that I have the option to just go get another blanket. And have it be a clean one too. I looked at Lexi and thought about all the children around the world who may be cold tonight, and said some prayers. Cant help but get teary thinking of a child shivering while mom holds them and as best she can tries to keep them warm. Makes me want to do something about it. I HATE having such deep compassion and empathy and not doing something about it.
I was thinking I would at least go through all the baby stuff I have and get rid of a bunch and donate it to the crisis pregnancy care center here in Asheville. The thought even crossed my mind to volunteer out there sometime. I assure you one day I will.


Sitting in my living room, all is quiet, and its nice. I am still wondering though how I have the same pot and pan from last nights dinner dirty in the sink after two loads of dishes today. Hmmmm. Note to self: use different pans once in a while so that it feels like you actually did do what you did today. ūüôā

Mayfield’s Birthday

Mayfield…Caleb Mayfield that is. He is 24 today! YAY for being 1 year older. We are so blessed to have a friend in Caleb. He makes killer popcorn and is very sweet to Ana and Lexi, so we like him.

Best wishes to Caleb!

CrAzY God Knows

Today has been a crazy day…..crazy in a good way! Yes, there is such a thing.

We have been a productive little family today- as of this morning our carpet is spot free. I shampooed each spot individually and for those with children you can understand the diligence and time it takes to do this! Then we vacuumed under everything, yay. It looks amazing in here.

Also done today, our TAXES! WOOO HOOO this deserves an entire bottle of wine or one of those fantastic margahritas from La Carretta in celebration of the fact it is done ON TIME and BY US! Jason is a single owner LLC or 1099 depending on what paperwork i kept up with….well i did a GREAT job (yes i can say that) keeping up with all the details.We actually were positive this year, even though we did have to pay in. Unlike most, we start with a negative number when we file our taxes because we do not pay them throughout the year. BUT due to my excellent homework and bookkeeping we were able to write off plenty of items, plus claim our TWO children leaving us some money in the black…not red. Trust me- we are used to red when it comes to the IRS ha ha ha.

Also done today- laundry, sheets changed, and an even greater accomplishment than taxes- BOTH girls ate 2 meals today, finished them ALL and have been in GREAT MOODS! My facebook status earlier today was going to be “i feel like I can take on the world right now” but I couldnt find my phone to update my status…

My blog title is due to this CRAZY day of getting things done, but mostly due to this: i was feeling very invincible today with all these positive things happening, so the thought crossed my mind, “gosh i wish i could see a friend today. it oul dbe like the cherry on top of my ice cream sundae of awesomeness today.”but most of my friends are busy, working during the day, or live far away and I have to really gather myself to get out there. ANYWHOO- GOD HEARS EVEN OUR DEEPEST LONGINGS.

HE HEARD ME UTTER THAT THOUGHT! Lisa Loftis called me and said she was in Asheville with Branton on an appointment and wanted to come by. She had Abbey with her too- YAY! God heard my little thought and followed through just to show me He is ALWAYS listening. So neat….ANa can officially say ABBEY and said it 500,000 times while they visited with us. Lisa looks great almost 36 weeks now and so beautiful. It was great for us to catch up cause we were both able to brag on what God is really doing for us and our families andalso reveal some areas of much needed prayer. GOTTA LOVE GIRLFRIENDS! And boy do I think God for Lisa. ūüôā

So its now 230 pm….what will the rest of the day hold? (definitely some American Idol tonight)

Transparency NEEDED

I have been spending a lot of my quiet time reading about TRANSPARENCY in our Christian journey. I have learned quite a bit, but I have mostly learned that it is one of the most essential elements to our complete freedom….and that most people (even myself) have a serious battle with being transparent.

You can only worry about you. Be real- by that I mean, be transparent

trans·par·ent [trans-pair-uhnt, -par-]  Show IPA


1.having the property of transmitting rays of light through itssubstance so that bodies situated beyond or behind can bedistinctly seen.
2.admitting the passage of light through interstices. sheer as to permit light to pass through; diaphanous.
4.easily seen through, recognized, or detected: transparentexcuses.
5.manifest; obvious: a story with a transparent plot.;¬†frank;¬†candid:¬†the¬†man’s¬†transparent¬†earnestness.
7.Computers . (of a process or software) operating in such away as to not be perceived by users.
8.Obsolete . shining through, as light.
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Here’s a great link and article- be sure to read it, super good.¬†

All on its Own

I have been wanting to announce it here but wanted this announcement to be all on its own- nothing else to clog up the blog. so here goes:

Kathleen is getting married August 20th! seems like old news to some, but it still is so exciting to me everytime I think about it. For her to have found the one fella who loves her through and through- and she is so deserving. And that fella- he’s pretty swell to have landed a gal like Kat. ¬†They are coming to visit so we can dote on them ūüôā yay in just a week WOO HOOO!!!!

Saw some pictures of dresses she likes via email, thank the Lord for the people who invented the internet. They look beautiful and it made me get a little misty. Its a big deal to sign your life up with another name different from the one you have had your whole life to that point. And for a woman- to depend on a man to be HER man, thats a whole nother level of “big deal”. I am so happy for her and John. It truly is special and it will certainly be a special celebration on August 20th, 2011. Not to rush it, but we need some more grand kids on the Speier side! ha ha


to all of the single folk reading along- dont say to yourself, “oh another person has found the love of their life, but not me” and feel down. Trust me- I may only have 5 years under my belt in this whole marriage thing, but it is SERIOUSLY not something to rush. Let it happen on its own time (God;s Time). Its not something you want to mess up. ¬†Plus, being single can be a wonderful time of finding out who you are….and you need to know YOU before you can promise YOU to another person ūüôā Be happy for those who have found it and know you will too.

Private pooper

you’re liking my catchy blog title arent you? ha ha. although I am a private pooper, being pregnant taught me to get over myself so I am no longer. After all what privacy and/or dignity do you have left after you have a kid? lol

NO- my blog title is not about me. Its about Otter. He’s a private pooper. I have been walking him in the mornings and some evenings to get out of the house and have some (for real) alone time. I often take a cup of coffee with me and make sure I finish it before I come back. THat way I am fueled and ready ha ha. Back to Otter- he is such a great dog. I do not know how we are ever going to replace him. It makes me sad that dogs dont live as long as us. Especially when you have one like O-boy (what we call him sometimes) or Bo Bo (thats what Ana Claire calls him).

On our walks I have found a spot that he is sure to drop his load everytime. He has a couple places, but this is our place. Its in some thick brush and trees, high weeds and sticks. Well tonight, I wanted to see if i was correct in that Otter was a private pooper- so I stayed in open areas. Well friends, he refused to go until he couldnt bear it. I caved in a stopped near the bushes and tall tree in front of our door. In order to get the MOST private spot he pulled me deep into the bush as he was attempting to find the spot. It made me laugh as he nestled in and turned around to face outward…always in “watch dog” mode. ha ha. SO yes, Otter is a private pooper, and it made me smile today.


Since the kiddos have been sleeping, and even though Jason is home, I am feeling a little sad tonight. Not depressed, not crying sad, just like “reality hit me that life is happening” sad. I have been praying that God would help me to daily value each moment as if it was the last moment I had….I guess its working! Its so easy for me to understand now when you hear an elder person say, “you wake up and youre kids are grown and youre old”. At the same time its hard for me to imagine Ana being 5, Lexi being 2…..and this is in the mere future! ¬†This kind of feeling makes me want to hold Ana or Lexi (or both) all night long even if it means I fall asleep in the recliner or rocking chair. I just dont want to let go of these memories so quickly….

I always seem to find a song that correlates with how I am feeling or what I am reading that day. Here is todays- its super good…¬† The lyrics are below. Its a great song, way to Go Taylor Swift.


Ok thats it for today. Love to you all ūüôā


Never Grow Up lyrics
Songwriters: Swift, Taylor;

Your little hands wrapped around my finger
And it’s so quiet in the world tonight
Your little eyelids flutter ’cause you’re dreaming
So I tuck you in, turn on your favorite night light

To you, everything’s funny
You got nothing to regret
I’d give all I have, honey
If you could stay like that

Oh, darling, don’t you ever grow up, don’t you ever grow up
Just stay this little
Oh, darling, don’t you ever grow up, don’t you ever grow up
It could stay this simple

I won’t let nobody hurt you
Won’t let no one break your heart
No, no one will desert you
Just try to never grow up, never grow up

You’re in the car on the way to the movies
And you’re mortified your mom’s dropping you off
At 14, there’s just so much you can’t do
And you can’t wait to move out someday and call your own shots

But don’t make her drop you off around the block
Remember that she’s getting older, too
And don’t lose the way that you dance around
In your PJs getting ready for school

Oh, darling, don’t you ever grow up, don’t you ever grow up
Just stay this little
Oh, darling, don’t you ever grow up, don’t you ever grow up
It could stay this simple

No one’s ever burned you
Nothing’s ever left you scarred
And even though you want to
Just try to never grow up

Take pictures in your mind of your childhood room
Memorize what it sounded like when your dad gets home
Remember the footsteps, remember the words said
And all your little brother’s favorite songs

I just realized everything I have
Is someday gonna be gone

So here I am in my new apartment
In a big city, they just dropped me off
It’s so much colder than I thought it would be
So I tuck myself in and turn my night light on

Wish I’d never grown up
I wish I’d never grown up

Oh, I don’t wanna grow up, wish I’d never grown up
Could still be little
Oh, I don’t wanna grow up, wish I’d never grown up
It could still be simple

Oh, darling, don’t you ever grow up, don’t you ever grow up
Just stay this little
Oh, darling, don’t you ever grow up, don’t you ever grow up
It could stay this simple

Won’t let nobody hurt you
Won’t let no one break your heart
And even through to you want to
Please try to never grow up

Don’t you ever grow up
(Never grow up)
Just never grow up

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