77 In Life

Heavenly Day


Can someone queue Patty Griffin ‘Heavenly Day’? It would accompany this post so well! Our time with Sloaney Bologna and her mom and dad was so precious but quite possibly the shortest visit ever known to man! I’m only slightly bitter about their brief time here. Even though it was short, it was really good… and hilarious. Which is no surprise to me.


What would have made the picture above more enjoyable is if she were wearing the straw hat and had her shorts {which weren’t near as short as they look} pulled up higher.

I’m convinced that my beautiful, content, and happy little Sloane may never be the same. I would dare guess that her time around other young children has been limited. She seemed to be in complete shock as the little rovers ran laps around her. We finally convinced Erika and Chance it was okay to let her on the floor to interact with her cousins! 🙂 This picture was taken right before he pulled out his weapons on her. Please Lord, send Erika a rover next.


And then for some reason we thought it would be a good idea to take a picture with wet hair and no make up… and then they left.

The end.

And she unfortunately didn’t leave her iPhone here which she used 7 of the 8 hours she was here to take pictures of me while I a) picked my face in the visor mirror while {unbeknownst to me} the woman bringing us carry out stood at my window with our pizza and waited for me to stop picking to pay. {while Erika exclaimed loudly from the passenger seat “you are so BUSTED!“}. And b) while I scavenged through my neighbor’s trash for a really cool rolling cart that I hope really was trash {going to have to check on this}. And c) while I ordered Tropical Sno’ for my children.  The only reason I really want an iPhone is so that I can do the same to her one day! 🙂

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  • E @ Oh! Apostrophe
    April 19, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    How very awesome to have a fun sister! (And an adorable Sloaney niece!)

  • Donna
    April 19, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    What a great visit! It makes me miss my sister!!!

  • Ashley Eiler
    April 19, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    OMG…i love her legs….sloaney that is!!

  • lauryn
    April 19, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    I love the second picture!! Haha, its so cute. Surely something to use to embarrass him one day!

  • Kristy
    April 19, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    What a fun post! I so enjoyed the pictures and your recap! Aren’t sisters the best?

  • sarah
    April 19, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    One day please have some ugly people in your blog! 🙂 Geeze!
    What a hansom family.

  • paige
    April 19, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    oh my!

    & i love her legs
    erika that is…. ( har har ashley)

    can’t wait to meet you
    have i said that 4 gazillion times already?
    yes, figured so


  • kasey
    April 19, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    so much fun!!!

  • Whitney
    April 19, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Y’all are gorgeous! Wish I looked like that with no makeup!

  • stephanie
    April 19, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    you two are so pretty!

  • krista
    April 19, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    sounds lovely! p.s. you both look beautiful, no make up and wet hair!!

  • Rachel P.
    April 19, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    My all time favorite song. It went lovely with the post. Sloane is just as cute as your little rovers.

  • Lacey
    April 19, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Where did Erika get her shorts? So cute!

  • Jennifer @ a Fine Romance
    April 19, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    So, I read the post pre-music and it was fine…cute, but fine. I read it a second time with the music playing and holy floodgate of tears batman. What the? Anyway, super cute post. Sisters are the BEST. And the two of you are possibly the absolute prettiest women ever sans make-up and wet hair. 🙂

  • Lacey
    April 19, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    So cute. I want Erika’s entire outfit. Where’d she get those shorts?

  • Lacey
    April 19, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    sorry for the multiple comments about Erika’s shorts that are making me look like a stalker…I thought my first comment didn’t go through. Oh operator error! Why always me?!

  • erika (mommasis)
    April 19, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Lacey, my shorts are Target last year… and they are out of the little girls department. Embarrassing, but true. And they really aren’t short… it was the angle. 😉
    Darby, I love you more than there is room for words in this comment box. But you already know that. See you soon.

  • Dianne
    April 19, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    I love you both for sharing so much of your life. It’s a joy to behold. I know this short visit was delightful. Sisters are the best! I have two. Sloane’s little chubby legs are precious.

  • Lauren
    April 19, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Love the black and white photos~too cute!

  • Lisa @ lists in my pocket
    April 19, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    The pictures are beautiful, hope you guys had a great time!

  • Tiffany Radtke
    April 19, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Love the pictures of you and your sister. I grew up with brothers. I have 2 daughters. I hope they have a close bond like you and your sister!!

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  • jo
    April 19, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    oh. my. goodness! that picture of darby and rover is to die for! those buns!

  • Katie
    April 19, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    How fun! Y’all look beautiful! I’m sure a good time was had by all! 🙂

  • Mott @ The Courtyard Gate
    April 19, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Such a fun time together for sisters and cousins! Glad you got to see them, Darby. I know how much you were missing them! I feel the same way about seeing my great-niece (and any of my family, actually). The time seems to fly and then they’re gone. Great pictures, too!

  • maria
    April 19, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    I love how you are all on the kitchen floor in the first photo, so often where mom’s end up!!! Beautiful photos and sisters are such incredible gifts!! thanks for sharing!

  • lauren
    April 19, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    i only wish i looked as good as both of you with wet hair and no makeup! cute pics! love the blog:)

  • Alli
    April 19, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    you both are beautiful! and both have great legs! haha. I looked at you’re sisters blog and saw the great pictures of you picking through the trash, haha.

  • laurie
    April 19, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    those pictures are “AWWWW”ESOME!! so so cute!!

  • Ashley Buchanan
    April 19, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    ok seriously in the first pic I almost couldn’t tell ya’ll apart and that Sloane is adorable!

  • Cat Moore
    April 19, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    prob the only one that will comment on this, but i LOVE blue moon. 🙂 my favorite adult beverage at the moment. oh, and your kids (both your kids) are adorable!

  • Megan
    April 19, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Oh GOODNESS. Loving the rover booty picture! I can only imagine how hard you were laughing. And, if I knew my future baby girl would be as pretty as Sloane, I’d JUMP on having kids!

  • jo
    April 19, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    oops….i meant erika and rover…not you darby 🙂

  • sloan
    April 19, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    reading stories like this makes me ache for a sister of my own – lucky you! even though it was a short visit, looks like you guys never stopped laughing … thanks for the post, loved it!

  • Kasey
    April 19, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    you guys could be twins! Great pics. Sister time is always so fun.

  • diane
    April 19, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Reading this makes me SO excited for my daughters to have each other. And, my husband called me on his way to work one day to tell me about a very cool metal laundry basket on wheels, that he had seen in our neighbors yard. So I jumped in the car, with a dear friend visiting me from out of town, to go grab it from their trash. In the cart was a bathing seat for elderly people to sit on while bathing….ewwww. It kind of grossed me out, but my friend, who I am ever so grateful for, removed the bathing seat and helped me load the laundry basket in the car. Sweet stories.

  • Brooke G.
    April 19, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    You guys are TOO cute! I have a twin sissy too and I LOVE when we get to hang out. Isn’t it the bestest ;D

  • Eleanor Oser
    April 19, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    LOVE it! So much fun!!

  • Ashley Williams
    April 20, 2010 at 6:58 am

    I really, really, really love you two McFursons! I understand the bitter too when she left. It’s kind of like….for real? that’s all I get??? SO Glad y’all had a fun day!!

  • Helena
    April 20, 2010 at 7:36 am

    fun photos, gorgeous family

  • Abby Maddox
    April 20, 2010 at 7:57 am

    You’ve got a cute lil a**, so it doesn’t matter, but I would KILL KILL KILL my sister if she’d put pictures of my bent-over butt all over her famous design blog 🙂

  • cousin
    April 20, 2010 at 8:07 am

    I wish I were there with you all for the quick get together! Miss you all so much! Love you.

  • Christy
    April 20, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Could y’all BE any cuter?????

  • elizabeth
    April 20, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Looks like a fun weekend visit. I too would kill my sister if she posted pics of my behind…..and then to top it off branded me with a tramp stamp like that:) Love the black and white pics!

  • Louann
    April 20, 2010 at 9:39 am

    As the mother of the only grandson in a family full of granddaughters, I definitely agree – all mothers should have at least one rover!! 🙂

  • Connie @ Sogni e Sorrisi
    April 20, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Looks like fun!

  • alison g. (brazil)
    April 20, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Oh, this makes me sad that I don’t live close enough to my sister to be able to have a last-minute fun weekend together. I completely understand wanting more of these kinds of moments. Ya’ll are great – love the images (real and envisioned). Take Care!

  • Katie
    April 20, 2010 at 10:32 am

    So cute! Love sisters!

  • Bailey@peppermintbliss
    April 20, 2010 at 10:33 am

    This post just made me so very happy. I love mommasissies and best friends. I think that picture of Rover and Erika might be my new favorite! Glad you got to squeeze them, even if it was only for 8 hours!

  • Emily
    April 20, 2010 at 10:54 am

    I love this post and Erika’s too! The pic of Erika squeezing Rover’s little biscuits is the best! We come from a family of pinchers so I totally get it! Darby… your tatoos are hilarious BTW. One of the nfunniest family memories we have is of all 5 of us in our ratty old Volvo out for a ride to look at scary old houses (yes, this is what we did for fun as a family on a Friday night!). Suddenly my dad saw “a treasure”, as always, in someone’s trash. We were in a ritzy neighborhood and all of us were mortified! We were all ducking down in the car, screaming for him to get back in! I think my parents still have the toy truck in their basement! Glad you had so much fun together!

  • Emily
    April 20, 2010 at 10:57 am

    PS – you girls have amazing genes! I just took a look at the back shot of me while I was working out and thought “um, why can’t my bum look as great as Darby’s???” and I have not one child! Good for you! Erika’s legs are to die for (I am sure yours are too!) and what I wouldn’t do for skin like that! Lucky ladies! Girls with such great spirit and love for their families should be beautiful though so you deserve it all!

  • Laura
    April 20, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Read your take and Erika’s and laughed through them both! Glad you had such a wonderful visit!

  • Tara
    April 20, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Maybe Erika is getting back at you for posting that funny breast feeding post that I didn’t get to read. Her post was hilarious! It is just like my sis, she has the iphone and I dig in peoples trash (the storage unit trash is the best!) Except we don’t have the most beautiful skin like you lucky two.

  • Ashley
    April 20, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Oh, how I love your blog! And this just makes me want a sister and a house full of kids even more so. You and Erika are beautiful and your kids are to die for! p.s. I was looking through your tutorials and decided that this weekend I’ll be attempting those fixed roman shades!

  • Kelly
    April 20, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    I have been reading your blog for a while (I am still getting used to the voyeurism that is blog reading) and I just had to comment. I really appreciate how much you and your sister love each other. I have one sister and there is just something so special about a sister. Also, I love your blog and your sense of humor. If I don’t read any other blogs on my reader, I always check your posts. 🙂 I’m starting my own and I hope it will be half as entertaining. Thanks!

  • Melissa
    April 20, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Love the fun photos and also loved reading your sister’s blog for the recount. Her refrence to your mickey t and your refrence to her short shorts were cracking me up. Looks like a great weekend.

  • mary katharine
    April 20, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Y’all are awesome! So I keep wondering when the Today show or Fox and Friends will have you on! :):):):):):)

    Seriously, I don’t have a sister, but I have five daughters … this makes seeing them grow up a little less difficult. Oh the fun times they have ahead of them!

  • D
    April 20, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I ADORE that song and you and your sis are so cute!

  • heather@ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com
    April 20, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Beautiful family and photos, as usual! Glad you got together and got the cousins together. It’s so nice when they can grow up being close to each other.

  • kat
    April 20, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    The pic of JM and Erika is priceless! His bare little bottom and her facial expression are hilarious!!!

  • Courtney Walsh
    April 20, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    awww, what a sweet visit! You guys are so beautiful…wet hair and no makeup or not!:)

  • Konie
    April 21, 2010 at 7:19 am

    I have laughed and laughed reading yours AND your sister’s blog!! Of course all 4 kids are absolutely adorable, but how can they NOT be!!:)Watching you in the neighbors trash is something some of my friends would do. I have several that turn “trash to treasures” and I mean treasures!! I go into their home looking to see if I can pick out the “trash”, but CAN’T!!! It’s definitely a gift, and not one I have. If I picked it off the side of the road, you’d DEFINITELY know….because it would be in a clutter under my deck with everything else I picked up!!:)) Thanks for making us laugh and smile today:)

  • lizziefitz
    April 21, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Bummer! I don’t have any sisters . And I could never look that rockin with wet hair and no make up! Seriously it looks and sounds like a super fun time was had by all:)

  • jade
    April 21, 2010 at 10:35 am

    a heavenly day. perfect. going to borrow this song if you don’t mind. you girls are gorgeous!

  • Brandi
    April 21, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    You two are the cutest sisters! Erika’s post was hilarious. That tat looks good, you should go for it 😉 I can imagine it is hard being so far apart.

  • Denise
    April 21, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    what a beautiful picture! You both are so blessed to have each other! Darby, I ordered my daughter and I the brownie pans with dividers. We LOVE them! Thanks for sharing about this wonderful invention. No more trying to cut any dessert in squares. It is wonderful!

  • andi
    April 21, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Y’all are too cute!!!!! LOVED, but LOVED the cheesecakes today. Yes ma’am. Would be forever in your debt if you would share the recipe with me. 🙂 Made a party in my mouth! By the way, the shaving cream on Rover is too much! I bet you were so glad he was safe! That was a priceless picture! 🙂

  • Design Darling
    April 21, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    i just found your blog via your guest post on peppermint bliss and wanted to say that you and your family are GORGEOUS! you are too cute and i can’t wait to catch up on your blog 🙂 so happy i found it!

  • Ashley
    April 21, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    yall are too cute!! loved erica’s post too!!!

  • Andrea @ TheTrainToCrazy.com
    April 22, 2010 at 4:54 am

    Oh, this just brings a smile to my face! These photos are BEAUTIFUL!

  • Melise
    April 22, 2010 at 10:04 am

    I’m with you on the short sister visits. Mine’s been here for 4 days and it feels too short! She’s leaving today sniff sniff! I saw that picture of you and the Sno on FB! NOW I get it! Girl, get an iphone and get her back! Cute pictures!!!

  • Bethany
    April 22, 2010 at 11:26 am

    you totally crack me up.

  • Becky
    April 22, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I second all the praises from the other commenters, but I must say that if I weren’t a mom and didn’t know that was a Bumbo seat in the first picture, I’d wonder why the heck y’all took a group shot with a potty chair!

  • Ellen
    April 23, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    I almost just wet myself! I just bought that suit!!! HA! I love you and Erika!

  • Melanie Gore
    April 25, 2010 at 7:30 am

    You two are gorgeous! Glad you had a fun visit.

  • Kristin
    April 26, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Ummmmmm, cutest pics EVER! I can’t wait for sister to become a mama so our kiddos can play together!

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