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I’m home…


I’m home and I’m pooped! I had a wonderful weekend with new friends {& old} and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. I made a slight diversion from the original plan and spent an extra day/night in Birmingham… which meant I was away 4 days and 3 nights, I do believe that is a record for this mother of 3.


The drive was peaceful and quiet and I didn’t have to climb in the backseat until I arrived at my destination and that was to apply deodorant because I was so nervous the whole way up I sweated like I was working out {which I don’t do but attempted this weekend and isย  why my arm in the first picture won’t go down}!

When I finally arrived home yesterday my kids didn’t recognize me.


And welcomed me with blank stares.

I introduced myself as their mother, the tender of all their needs, the picker-upper of all their toys and it finally jogged their memory.


And they said, “We missed you, we love you, we are so thankful for you. What did you bring us?”

I cut John Martin’s hair before I left on Friday. Have you ever cut or trimmed the hair of a 21 month-old BOY? It’s extremely hazardous and difficult {even with candy incentives}. Well, I did the best I could but realized upon completion he slightly resembled Jim Carey from Dumb & Dumber but even better than that, Justin {my anthropologist/archaeologist husband} has been calling him Yanomamo. <—- click on that!

Can’t wait to share more about my weekend! It was a combination ofย  time spent with 10ย  beautiful women that I’d never met {which is why I sweated the whole way to Birmingham}, a trip to the spa, a photography lecture and session, a wonderful time of worship, a trip to an art fair/wine tasting, and I wrapped up the weekend up by attempting 5 minutes of P90x… once my muscles are no longer confused I’ll be back.


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  • Tara
    April 27, 2010 at 8:07 am

    I have been stalking your blog for the last 5 days, and I must say it is truly inspiring. I apologize if my many many visits to the blog have disrupted your tracking system. If you see the same IP address a MILLION times… sorry it’s just me pretending that I don’t have my own little 18 month old Rover to look after.

    Love the Blog. Love your family, and so happy you had a wonderful time away.


  • beckyBrodbeck
    April 27, 2010 at 8:10 am

    You are so funny! I love the one arm up because of p90X…The weekend away sounds wonderful,what a great combination of activities! And the Yanomamo link made me laugh out loud! Have a great rest of the week!

  • Helena
    April 27, 2010 at 8:17 am

    hahahah fun post, he looks gorgeous no matter what!!

  • Sara Jane
    April 27, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Haha he does have hair like that. Hilarious.

    I’ve been praying about a move to Birmingham and it’s exciting that there’s so much going on over there. Can’t wait to hear about the fun places you went!

  • Cousin
    April 27, 2010 at 8:22 am

    I am laughing my butt off. You are hilarious. You need to layer that do up a little! Comb the top middle up and cut about an inch off then blend it out to the perimeter. It’ll look a lot less D&D. Do you have texturizing shears? Those would help too. I love you!!! Trying to find a week to come down still! XO

  • Bethany
    April 27, 2010 at 8:23 am

    great tshirt wording ๐Ÿ™‚ and everything else was hilarious.

  • elizabeth
    April 27, 2010 at 8:32 am

    I’m anxious to hear about where you visited…..maybe a photography class? Fun!

  • beki
    April 27, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Oh, I can’t wait to hear all about it!

  • Lauren
    April 27, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Glad you had such a great trip! Love the faces of the children in the pictures!

  • Cat Moore
    April 27, 2010 at 9:07 am

    ok, I LOVED this post and Darby doll. second, I’m so jealous of your time in Bham AND the fact that you didn’t have climb in the back seat the whole way there. yes….sometimes I just turn sideways and stay in the backseat until we arrive at our destination because it’s easier than climbing back there repeated times. (plus, when i take my seat belt off up front, it makes this beeping sound until I’m out of the seat an it drives my husband in sane!) Anyway, glad you had a good time. May we ask more about what you were attending in the “ham” and are you going to blog about it!?!? So excited to hear! Thanks for sharing!!! Oh, and I did P90 while engaged leading up to our wedding and have never been in better shape in my life. It kicks your butt!

  • hannah
    April 27, 2010 at 9:13 am

    this was my favorite line! hope they got some fun surprises!

    And they said, โ€œWe missed you, we love you, we are so thankful for you. What did you bring us?โ€

  • Lillian - Domestic Simplicity
    April 27, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Love the blank stares and the good dose of Darby Doll:) So glad your time away was rejuvenating!

  • Ashley
    April 27, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Darby, this weekend event DOES sound fun and inspiring and sweet! Can’t wait to hear more. The pictures are looking just fabulous, by the way – isn’t it so much more fun to shoot pics outside w/ good light instead of inside?!! I’m glad for warmer weather and outdoor pics ๐Ÿ™‚ Welcome home!

  • emily
    April 27, 2010 at 9:52 am

    wow . . . the weekend away sounds so great! i can’t wait to hear more about it!!! i would love to do something like that . . . i could use a refresher weekend and break from our 4 little peeps!

  • Bailey@peppermintbliss
    April 27, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Ohhh my GOSH YANOMANO I am DYING!!!!!!!! Jon Bon Martin is the cutest little tribesman I ever did see! Glad you had a good weekend, and glad Justin survived sense of humor intact!

  • kristen
    April 27, 2010 at 9:59 am

    hope you had fun and are refreshed! loving the picture of kids when you return home..don’t they all look so different to you after being gone a few days..the few time’s that i’ve done it i can’t believe how much they (my kids) changed!! it’s good to get away!

  • Ashley
    April 27, 2010 at 9:59 am

    BAHAHA!!!!! Clicked on the picture and about peed my pants so funny!!!! Thanks for such a much needed laugh this morning haha!

    Did you use a pattern on the dolls dress? PRECIOUS!

  • Beth
    April 27, 2010 at 9:59 am

    I absolutely LOVE your blog. As a mother of 3 little girls under 3 1/2 I can totally relate to how wonderful your weekend away must have been. There is nothing like the support and friendship of amazing women. p.s. I cut my girls hair too…doesn’t always turn out exactly how I imagined it looking ( I figure they won’t be traumatized until they hit school age) ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great week!

  • Kristyn G
    April 27, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Gotta love those P90x workouts! They are a killer! I was dying during the first warm-up, but thank goodness your body gets used to the torture! Glad you had a wonderful weekend-looking forward to hearing more about it.

  • Tara
    April 27, 2010 at 10:07 am

    How funny! My boys hair is black and has looked like those kids hair before, lets just say I’m never cutting his hair agian. (wish I could show the pic I have it here at work on my desk and now I am going to have to change it) Your trip sounds great. you have nothing to worry about meeting new people, they will love you.

  • Dianne
    April 27, 2010 at 10:09 am

    The blank stare picture is priceless! I am so glad you got away for a few days and enjoyed yourself. See everyone was still alive when you returned. I cannot wait to hear about it. xoxo

  • Leslie
    April 27, 2010 at 10:25 am

    LOL yanomamo!! Also, I exercise almost everyday and I can run six miles at like a 30% San Francisco incline without much trouble but I can’t do even 2 minutes of P90x. That video is for like navy seals. I can’t believe you thought that was a good place to start!

  • Shireen
    April 27, 2010 at 10:35 am

    That IS a long time from home!!! Glad you had fun! (I did 5 months of P90X, pulled a groin and hate it, now! :))

  • Kathleen Cox
    April 27, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Could it be the children have been to the “dark side”– their holiday has come to an end -maybe the were in the front seat driving. Now they will have to be in the back seat. Did the anthropologist husband document the “lost week end” in pictures . for your eyes only.?? My first thought at the blank stares or was it shock — now I have to take a bath.. now I have to eat vegetables– “Don’t Stop the Carnival ” Jimmy Buffett

  • sloan
    April 27, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Hilarious! Love that Darby doll so much – and the yanomamo link?! laughed out loud, so funny ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • natalie @ this old southern house
    April 27, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    my husband is moving to birmingham for work in june (he’ll come home on the weekends). would love to hear more about all you see and did! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jessica
    April 27, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I LOVE Birmingham…went to Samford (on Lakeshore Dr…maybe you passed it?) my freshman year of college. I can’t wait to hear more about your trip – sounds like a lot of fun!! ๐Ÿ™‚ yanomamo made me crack up! JM is the cutest yanomamo I’ve ever seen.

  • Julie M.
    April 27, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    I’ve been cutting my 22 month old’s hair since he was seven months old. JM looks great. Maybe just take a little bit more off the sides. Every hair cut I say will be my last and that he’s going to a professional, but I keep trimming his hair every 3-4 weeks. I think I’m getting quite good at it! Keep it up. Maybe just take a little bit more off the sides – tailor it to the ears.

  • Bre B.
    April 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Your blog is absolutely hilarious and I leave reading it. That picture of the Yanomamo had me laughing out loud at my office desk! Thanks for all your wonderful posts!

  • Design Darling
    April 27, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    the bit about your kids’ reaction kills me. and the haircut?! the link was too funny but he’s still a little dreamboat.

  • Sarah
    April 27, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Darby –

    The doll…I forgot about the doll! I thought I saw you sneak her into your bag as we were leaving for the spa. J/K. By the way, JM’s hair looks fine, now would you please come up to Knoxvegas and give Jake’s hair a trim? I’d even settle for a “Beauty school” tutorial. Thanks! Great meeting you this weekend. What a blast.

  • pam
    April 27, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    You have the cutest kids ever!!

  • Tara
    April 27, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    I love JM’s vintage Auburn Tiger shirt…so cute…War Eagle!

  • Suzanne
    April 27, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Hilarious. Love Darby Doll, love your kids, love you.

    Your posts keep getting funnier and funnier. And I hope you were teaching that Photography Class! Your pictures are incredible! I swear, they get better with each post too.

    One last thing – I am VERY impressed that you did P90X! That’s hardcore! Which video did you do? I nearly die whenever I try to do one of my dvds. Tony Horton rocks though!

  • wendy
    April 27, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Love the t-shirt! The haircut is adorable–just like the boy– the good news is that at his age, he moves around so much that nobody is going to notice a few short(er) pieces!! I’m a new follower to your site and I just love it! You inspire me to have a lighter view of life! So thanks!

  • Rachel
    April 27, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    I just started P90X two days ago and I am DYING! I know the pain is good though and it will get better (hopefully)..love your blog too..I always look forward to your new posts!

  • MommaRa
    April 27, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    I clicked the link and almost spit out my drink! That is so funny. Sweet baby has a tribal cut. Glad you had a great trip. Can’t wait to hear the details.

  • alison g. (brazil)
    April 27, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful Mommy-weekend – can’t wait to hear more!

  • Chrissy
    April 28, 2010 at 6:57 am

    I love when you use Darby doll in your posts!!!!!!!

    And P90X is a killer, isn’t it? I was following the workouts until the third week … I had a simple pinched nerve and continued to work out for the next two days. During yoga – THE MOST PAINFUL YOGA I’VE EVER DONE – I wrenched my neck sooo bad that I was out of it for the next three weeks.

    And no … haven’t been tempted to go back. It’s a killer!! :o)

    Can’t wait to hear about the rest of your trip!

  • melisa
    April 28, 2010 at 8:46 am

    the key to cutting a 2yr old’s hair (i did this yesterday) is parking them in front of a video! no need to thank me ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • kelly
    April 28, 2010 at 9:31 am

    I love the traveling doll. so funny!


  • Anne
    April 28, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Do you ever wonder what people think when they see this doll posing around and being photographed. Hahaha The one in the rear view mirror…funny!
    Glad you had a good time.

  • Kristen
    April 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Glad you had a good trip! The pictures of your kids are so funny! Can’t wait for the post on your trip.

  • Courtney Walsh
    April 28, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    have been toying with the idea of cutting my two year old’s hair. I call him “The Hobbit” because he seriously looks like he lives in The Shire…which should tell you I probably can’t make it worse, but I am still nervous.

    I think you did a fabulous job, though!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you had fun on your weekend away! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • noni
    April 28, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Welcome back! I think you may need to brush your hair. ;o)

  • Emily
    April 28, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Your babies must have missed you so much! The haircut part was the best – love the link! P90X is awesome but I cannot, for the life of me, get through the yoga video! I actually layed down on my mat at about 30 minutes to go and fell asleep once – just like that! I love the Kenpo and core videos… enjoy! (PS, if your body hurts to the touch after 3 days, don’t worry – it goes away. That was my Easter!)

  • Emily
    April 28, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    You have such a cute blog! I am a daily reader…so…visit my blog to get your award! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • farah
    April 28, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    I laughed out loud several times reading this one. My sister and I were reading it together and talking about you as if we knew you personally. I wish we did. You are such a hoot!

  • Melanie Gore
    April 28, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Glad you’re back and I can’t wait to hear all about it.

  • Kelly
    April 29, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Hahahaha!!! Love it and please let me know what you think of the P90X as I have been thinking about buying it?

  • Valerie
    April 30, 2010 at 9:32 am

    I took that same class at Auburn and still have the book about the Yanamamo. It was very interesting (and disgusting)!

  • Kathryn
    April 30, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    So neat that you got to spend an awesome weekend in the ‘ham! We just moved from there and miss it terribly! I laughed till tears when I clicked on Yanomamo (sp?)!!! And love your little warrior’s War Eagle shirt!

  • Glass Coffee Table
    December 3, 2010 at 11:09 am

    i learned all my yoga skills just by watching yoga videos online and just immitating what they do ”’

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