Tuesday, November 20, 2012

1, 2, 3


1. So last night, I was making my dumb headbands again. And I was at my grandmas because she has one of those four-thousand dollar sewing machines and I have a tiny little one from Sears that is haunted. So there I was, upstairs, by myself, craving chocolate and sewing and missing everyone- so I went downstairs to check on them. Jax was sleeping on McKay, grandma and grandpa were sitting next to each other, and everyone was just happy and talking, watching Dancing With the Stars. So then I hauled myself back upstairs and wined inside and sewed some more. And while I was sewing I had a sort of an epiphany. I don't have to make headbands. And I felt powerful for just a second. But then I remembered that I need a camera. And for the camera I need $$. And for $$, I need to sell something. And there are maybe two things in this world that I am capable of making (and who even buys homemade cards anymore??). So then I just told myself, back to the sewing machine, lady. 

2. When I was a freshman in high school, I went through a Taking Back Sunday phase. I had gone to New York the summer after middle school and one of my friends showed me the band Brand New. I liked them, so for the next year I dabbled in some more "rocker-ish" stuff and I loved Taking Back Sunday the most. At night while I got ready for bed I would switch between Taking Back Sunday, Lonestar and Rascal Flatts- which totally went together and flowed in my then-current, figuring-out-who-I-was state. Now fast-forward to yesterday, when after a long night of sewing, I entered McKay's car (through the passenger side because his door handle fell off) and cranked the key. Earlier that night, McKay had taken Jax home in mine and had left me to drive home in his- his car that he had obviously been rocking out in earlier that day- because when the car started and the stereo light came on, Taking Back Sunday began blasting through the speakers. And in that moment, I realized, like I had so many times before, that McKay had to have been meant for me. And that freshman girl who thought about love and happily-ever-afters had a boy, far-away in Idaho, who would give her that one day. And he would be patient while they dated, and love her when she made mistakes, and laugh at the CD she entitled "Emo"- containing Taking Back Sunday and Creed. And he would propose at a cabin in the mountains. And he would become her best friend, and know what she loved and what she hated and what she needed. And he would make her laugh and smile and he would talk to her- about everything. And he would fold all their laundry sometimes and kiss her everyday before he went to work. And when he went to work, he would sometimes listen to Taking Back Sunday. The same stuff that he listened to when he was a senior in high school and that she listened to when she was a freshman- at the exact same time, five-hundred miles away.

3. Speaking of five-hundred miles, tomorrow we are embarking on the glorious driiiiiive to Idaho! With us and Jax. Lovely. My grandpa suggested last night that we not be afraid to give him some Benadryl. So we will not. We will load that boy up on Benadryl. Just kidding! He is actually pretty good on road trips- as long as he can't see us. Actually many times you would hear McKay say, "Ali...don't look at him...he's looking at us." 

54 comments:

  1. Haha! During our road trips, that's me, telling Mr. M ... "Don't look at her!" or, if she suddenly wakes, "Don't talk to me! She can't hear my voice, or she'll freak."

    Best of luck on your drive! Safe travels!

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  2. Ali, you are just SO awesome! Your hard work will pay off and you'll have that fabulous camera before you know it.

    It's always fun thinking back to the different things that we and our spouses were doing back in high school. I was a freshman playing on the tennis team while my husband was a junior playing in a rock band.

    You and your husband are so cute together, and your little one too!

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  3. lol- this post was so cute :) I love that you guys were jamming to same the music miles and miles apart and years before you met.

    Have a safe trip, hope it goes well... and a lil Benadryl never hurt nobody ;)

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  4. where in idaho? come visit me :) haha

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  5. the second one gave me fabulous goosebumps and a great reminder that we are truly meant for the person that we end up with. i actually sighed when i finished reading it - one of those swoon-isn't-love-great sighs. keep sewing! how great to know what you want, make a plan, and follow through. so many people never do this! including me, often. way to go!

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  6. Okay your #2 like melted my heart. So stinkin sweet. And that hat in your picture? I almost bought it 3 days ago. Love!!

    A little Benadryl won't hurt him ;)

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  7. your hat is so cute!! and your headbands are amazing...your hard work will pay off and in your hands the lovely camera will go! happy thanksgiving :)

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  8. I love that hat I have my eye on it!

    xo,
    eelsay

    www.theluxuryrehab.com

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  9. Love that jumper! Can't say I'm jealous of you doing all that sewing - not my favourite thing! But it'll all be worth it when you get the camera :)

    Life etc

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  10. Oh my, I love thinking how much people are meant to be together even when they don't know each other yet, God is preparing them for each other. Thanks for reminding me of this today, Ali! Have a fun & safe drive, I love roadtrips so much.

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  11. I just love you. You are too funny. :) How is your sewing machine haunted?? Drive safe, tomorrow!!

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  12. don't look at him....hilarious! have a safe trip and happy thanksgiving!

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  13. I love this post! You are too funny! :)

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  14. where in idaho, hmmm?? because maybe we need to hang out...

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    1. In Boise :( so far away from you! I wish I was closer so we could!

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  15. Haha! I love this, Ali! And I think handmade cards are awesome, just for the record.

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  16. you look so cute, i need that sweater! lol, I'm going to MS with the Fiance, my sister and Polo and the vet gave us some anxiety meds for him and they are a God send! lol. safe travels and happy thanksgiving!

    Chioma
    C's Evolution of Style

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  18. seriously you are so funny, lol @the car handle falling off, you remind me of when i was in the secondary school, my dad will drop me off at school and when am about to get off his car, his car wouldnt open so i had to go through the front door of the car, my dad will never allow me sit beside him when his driving he prefers me to sit at the back seat lol. love all activites going on in your post, i laughed and smile all through, am sure your little boy will be fine.By the way you look awesome, nice hat babes!!!http://rock4less.blogspot.co.uk/

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  19. Awww that second one is soooo cute! You guys are definitely made for each other. Have fun on that road trip to Idaho and don't forget to crank up the volume a little when that favorite song of your comes on. =)

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  20. this is the sweetest:) hilarious about the benadryl, i just read a mom confessions post and this was in it!

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  21. Yeah, keep sewing lady- the world needs headbands! Hehe.

    Have fun in Idaho x

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  22. Haha, maybe you can sell headbands to finance your camera!
    -Kati

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  23. Love this sweater!
    xoxo

    novelstyle.blogspot.com

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  24. I love reading blogspots about real life. That is the cutest thing your husband. My boyfriend and I constantly are amazed by the songs we both like. He will be in the car with his ipod and tell me not to look and play a song he just knew I would love and low & behold it was my favorite way back when. Best wishes on the drive to Idaho & your headbands! =)

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

    Ergo - Blog

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  25. I love that TBS story! They definitely played a part in my "finding myself" stage! & good luck on your roadtrip! Happy Thanksgiving

    xo Jackie
    ...livingaftermidnite

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  26. love this hat and also your blog! It's so nice!!! I follow you!
    Pass to my blog and if it likes you follow me too, I will be so glad :D
    kisses
    http://francescagiusti.blogspot.com/

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  27. First of all, I love your hat in this picture. And I love #2, what a sweet story. And I totally laughed at #3. Grandpas know all, benadryl solves all problems, haha! Happy Thanksgiving! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  28. hahaha girl, I love your writing!!! And OMG YES, I definitely had multiple mix cd's titled "Emo" when I was in high school, too! I LOVE Taking Back Sunday! :) I love that you found the boy who is perfect for you and loves them too! Oh, and I also love your hat and your sweater. So. Yes. Lots of love over here.

    Happy Thanksgiving, lady! Safe travels and all that!

    xo

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  29. Have safe travels!
    Also, i went through a HUGE Taking Back Sunday phase...still have a few jackets with their logos all over the place...and girl i went through a crazy emo phase...dog collars, chains, black everything...it was...inspiring?! :)
    Yay for headbands...even if its just a YAY for money! :)

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  30. Haunted sewing machines! My mom's, which I (try to) use isn't haunted, just cursed with my lack of sewing skill! At least you're adorable so all is forgiven.

    SIDEWALKCATWALKS.com

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  31. Oh my goodness, this post made me laugh! I absolutely know what you mean about being stuck at a haunted sewing machine, getting frustrated, and just wanting to eat chocolate. so accurate.
    Your guy sounds so sweet! I loved that story :) My husband and I have a similar experience, only with The Backstreet Boys hahaha
    Good luck on the long haul!! I'm sure Jax will do great :)

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  32. Your jumper is great and the colours especially!

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  33. Love your outfit hun, so charming and the hat looks great. thanks for scratching out the word dumb in he first paragraph. I know you're going to do exceptionally well as an entrepreneur! Ahhh yeah..I remember Taking Back Sunday, thats such a sweet story!

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  34. Love that hat soooo much! Good luck on your drive to Idaho, that's quite a trip!

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

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  35. #2 is adorable!

    Have a safe trip! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  36. Have a safe road trip and great thanksgiving!

    I need that sweater in my life!!

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  38. Great outfit and i love your hat!

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  40. Aw, I love number 2! What a sweet story.

    And I also love your style. Like, I want to steal it. :)

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  41. Wow. I Love it! You have so so great blog! <3

    Would You like to follow each other? :)
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  42. Good luck with the making and selling headbands! I hope you will be able to get your camera very soon! The story with Taking Back Sunday is so sweet. Have a fun and safe trip!!!

    Liz
    chewylove.blogspot.com

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  43. hahaha I wish I could've seen your face when you had your epiphany! I'm picturing a radiant smile! then suddenly sad face. :( haha xD
    You can do it Ali! Each penny counts :)

    xo

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  44. #1: good for you for keeping on keeping on, I totally know how that feels and I'm sure it will pay off. #2: so sweet. My hubs is my best friend too, it's amazing to have someone understand you like that. #3: good luck! :-)

    xo

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  45. Loving your sweater! Best of luck making and selling headbands! xx

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