Let's hear it for the boy

7.21.2014

I am not even really a fan of that song but last week marked the first time in a long, LONG time that Big Kid and I were together by ourselves. Probably since The Engineer went overseas in 2007 for work. Little was born in January 2008 and since then if M. traveled, both kids were here or if one child was gone, he was here. So what does one do with a ten-year-old boy?


Sno Cones, a trip to Barnes & Noble to buy books for the car ride to Nana's, a Waffle House stop, dinner at Red Robin and a little shopping for Mom, which required some bribery. Gramma took him to the movies and the Space & Rocket Ctr. while I was in work Monday and as you can see above, there were several Pokemon games with his "bros," as they are known around here. Toss in some swimming and another trip to the movies with his day camp and everything was coming up Big Kid last week.

(That is actually not an alcoholic beverage above. It is a Freckled Lemonade from Red Robin and it is the best thing that I have ever drank in my life.)

The Engineer returned home on Friday, unpacked, packed again and then we all headed to his hometown in Tennessee for his 25th class reunion. By the end of the day, he had traveled through four states.

Confidential to Paris, TN: Hey Becky! :D

Pics are a little blurry due to the low lighting. M. has a core group of friends (if you were my son you might refer to them as his "bros,") that he has been tight with since they were kids.


They are all scattered across different cities and states and we don't see them often, but when they do get together, it is as no time has passed. They are a great group of guys and it was a fun weekend. Not meeting The Engineer until he was 29, I am always interested in getting a peek into his younger days. He was already established into a career and a pretty confident guy when we met so it is always fun to see pictures and talk to people who knew him when he was a sweet, shy teenager.

In other Team Skelley news, the response to Name that Hound has been epic with people IGing, texting and Facebooking their picks, in addition to voting here. Even the college kid who mows our yard put in his vote for Watson this evening. As of Monday night, Fletcher is in the lead, but you have one more day to vote!

Happy Monday!


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Name that hound

7.19.2014

If you follow Team Skelley on Instagram (@teamskelley) you might have seen this photo last week:


This is Curtis. He is three and a happy fellow who loves kids, dogs and just having a good time. Our friend Mary sent his picture to us a couple of weeks ago and I immediately had this feeling that he was supposed to be a Skelley hound. So I talked to the medical coordinator at Basset Hound Rescue of Alabama, which is where we adopted Baxter and submitted an application. He has been with his foster mom for a year and really needed a forever home. We lost Baxter only a month ago but have known since spring that he would not be with us for much longer, so we have had several months to grieve and accept the inevitable. Even though the kids are very excited about having a new dog (Little Kid doesn't know what it is like to have a young dog), I have talked to them about it being okay to still miss Baxter and how Curtis is not a replacement dog.

Last week I exchanged texts with his foster mom Brandi to get a feel for his personality. His description reminded me so much of Baxter, who was also around three when we adopted him. We passed our home visit Wednesday and made plans to pick up Curtis next week.

But we have a problem. What will be his name? I don't think I can have a dog named Curtis. No offense to any dogs named Curtis out there, but that is like naming your dog Kevin. Or Tim. We need your help! These are some names the various members of the family have floated around. We need you to vote for your favorite below or submit your suggestion in the comment section below. The winning name will be announced on Wed., July 23.

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Editor's note: Due to technical difficulties embedding the poll in this post, the poll is in the sidebar of this page under the social media icons.

Thanks for your help!


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Top 2014 Nordstrom #NSale Picks

7.17.2014

I came. I saw. I shopped.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opened up last week to cardholders and I was perched and ready to go. I found out last year that the #NSale is a great place to go for Back to School and it did not disappoint again this year. Yes I know that I am on the cusp of 37 and a pair of nude pumps is not a back to school purchase but Katie needed some work shoes. And sneakers. And a watch. (Needed? asks The Engineer all the way from Boston, where he is on a business trip. Yes, needed.)

Today the sale goes live everywhere! After a week of perusing and shopping and placing items in my shopping cart and then removing them from my shopping cart and then placing them back in my shopping cart because that is how I roll, I have gathered up my faves from the sale to share. I receive no compensation from this post other than the satisfaction of sharing a good deal with friends. Here we go!

Animal Print Nikes: $72.90/$110


Did you know that you are supposed to change out your sneakers every three months? Do I do that? No. And with these bad boys, I will probably less likely to change them out because they are cheetah sneakers, gang!


I have not owned a watch since I have had a smart phone, but I know The Engineer gets tired of my asking, "What time is it?" when my phone is not close. This is my solution - I am a long-time fan of rose gold. It arrived yesterday and it is glorious. Happy early birthday to me!



I have been looking for a pair of nude pumps for work for over a year, I could not pass these up.

Gramma's pick - Michael Kors peacoat: $149.90/$228


When it comes to shopping, I learned at the feet of the Master, aka my mom. This was her big splurge from the sale.

Ugg slippers: $79.90/$119.95


These will be perfect to relax in after a long day in those VC pumps. Word to the wise: Don't buy slippers from Victoria's Secret. Mine lasted three months. Uggs might cost more (a lot more) but they will also last forever. But - learn from my foibles, don't put them in the washing machine!



The back is what makes this a must-definitely click on the link to see the back. It is in my shopping cart but I have not pulled the trigger. I did the exact same thing last year and ended up buying my leopard Michael Kors loafers for full price after the sale was over. Again, learn from my mistakes. 

Nico super-skinny black jeans$99.90/$160


Usually super skinny jeans are no bueno, but the reviews (which are 5 star) say that these have a lot of stretch and to even size down.

I did not purchase everything from the list above because I like to avoid situations where my husband asks me, "You spent how much on what? But if I could wave my hand and declare, "Money is no object, dah-ling!"then this is what I would have purchased. Some will be in my hot little hands soon and some are just happy shopping dreams when I go to bed at night.

My only disappointment this year was with the girls selection. I found it to be very small and there just wasn't anything to get excited about. I did not include my BTS purchases for the kids in this post because this weekend is bananas and I have two assignments to finish for the paper - one of them being an archaeology story whose remote location damaged the paint on The Engineer's car. Yesterday was not a good day. But if you are shopping the #NSale for BTS - check out their Nike selection, I found the shoes and clothing selection to be excellent and both kids received several items for school and fall soccer.

Joining up with: Friday Favorites

Happy Shopping!


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