July 27, 2012


You know that feeling you used to get in school when somebody in class would do something wrong and then everyone would get punished for it?  That's how I felt this morning.  My alarm is the guilty party and I paid the consequence.  She (for whatever reason) chose NOT to buzz at 5:30 am.  And when I finally woke up, I immediately thought. "Uh-oh, it's too light in here." and then I looked at my clock. 7:10am.  Blast! Oh well. At least I got some needed sleep. AND after missing the sunrise this morning, I realized how much I've grown to love it! Blogging accountability aside, I actually miss the fact that I didn't have those quiet morning hours to myself. Sooo, perhaps this date with the early morn will continue.  Who knows.  I hope so.

Sooo, instead, of a pic from this morning, here's a picture I took from the beach this winter at sunrise.  Beautiful eh?

Annndddd.... here are some awesome pictures sent in from some fellow early morning risers this week! 

 Pictures from Maddie @ Thriftary
 Picture from Sara at Team G Shock
Picture from my mom's dog Lulu

Alright friends, it's been fun and it's about to get even more fun because we have a special guest coming to stay with us this weekend AND I've got an amazing woman posting on my blog one day next week. You're going to love her. So go have yourself an awesome weekend and I'll see you next week :)

Much Love, 
PS- Are any of you Downton Abbey lovers?  Tell me you've seen this spoof by Jimmy Fallon.

It's amazing. 

July 26, 2012


Today I give myself a B+.  I did get up to see the sunrise, (see exhibit A) but then I wandered back inside and found myself under the covers in about 2.0 seconds.  I blame the NyQuil I took last night.

Exhibit A

Considering the nasty cold I've had all week, I'm actually thrilled I got some good sleep. 

Also, I've been getting some photos of YOUR sunrises in my inbox.  Woohoo!! Send them my way and I'll publish them and link them back to your awesome blog :)

You guys rock!


July 25, 2012

Day 3 & Sophia Grace and Rosie

Well, I can't believe it.  It was a little cloudy (sun is hiding behind the clouds in this photo) but, nevertheless, I was awake for it...

and after going to take care of our friends' dog, I came back, painted my nails, and brewed a pot of joe.

Meanwhile, this chick was having none of it.  In fact, she is STILL sleeping. 

I may be tired, but this Sunrise Series has so been worth it.  

I hope your week has been going well!


PS- Have you seen this video of my girls Sophia Grace and Rosie backstage on Ellen?  Whatever you do, don't miss Sophia Grace's tap skills at minute 2:03.  

Love it!

July 24, 2012

Day 2...


and boom...

(I was craving hot tea instead of coffee this morning...)

Woohoo!! 2 days down.  So far, the Sunrise Series 2.0 is going great!  (And for those who asked if I went back to bed yesterday, I'm proud to say that I did not.  Despite operating on just 3 hours of sleep, I somehow managed to stay awake all day...) 

However, I'm tired.  Sunday night I got 3 hours sleep, last night I got 5... but if the pattern continues, tonight I'll get 7 and by Wednesday I'll be on a real grownup schedule :)  

I think I can, I think I can. 

mae mae

July 23, 2012

Day 1: Success

Plus this:
Equals a pretty good morning.  
Day 1 of the Sunrise Series 2.0? Success. 

At 1:45 this morning, I was still tossing and turning, headphones in, flipping through my iTunes, watching YouTube videos, reading blogs, and all the other things you do when you can't sleep. I even listened to my sleep machine for about 2 minutes, thinking that was the "mature" response to insomnia... "Just listen to the waves and the rain..." I told myself. "Breathe in... breathe out...." But about two minutes later, I abandoned the solemn sounds of nature for the poppy beats of Katy Perry and Beyonce... My body wasn't used to falling asleep before 2 am and it was pushing back... big time.  But, eventually I fell asleep, and just a few hours later I awoke to the sound of my alarm.  (To those of you who thought I lived at the beautiful ranch you saw in Friday's photo, I do not. I believe my husband took that photo one morning on the road.  I don't really remember...)  However, our back yard is a pretty place to be, especially in the mornings.  And despite my lack of zzzz's, I was excited to get up, sit outside and enjoy the sunrise. I even managed to make a pot of coffee before the sun popped over the horizon. I know.  I'm impressed too.

To those of you who get up at this hour everyday for work, I feel you.  For years I woke up to my alarm buzzing at 5:30 am, but I always marched myself straight to the coffee pot, or the closet, or the shower, and the first time I looked outside was when I was running to my car to zoom off towards the interstate.  I never took a minute to just go sit outside and watch. A sunrise is God's free therapy session to us.  And He knows I'm pretty cheap... so it looks like this whole sunrise thing may stick after all :)

For now, I'm off to go tape my eyes open, drink that cup of coffee, and begin my day about 5 hours ahead of schedule.  Perhaps tonight I'll be ready for bed a little earlier...  We'll see.

... I will not go back to bed right now.  I will not go back to bed right now.  I will not go back to bed right now...