Dead Until Dark


First, I love the show True Blood. Second, I was having a terrible time getting through my current book club book, To the Moon and Timbuktu (which I still haven’t finished and we are meeting tonight), so I decided to start a new book. I could get this book from the library right away, so I thought I’d give it a go. Here’s a synopsis if you haven’t read the books or seen the show:

Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out….

Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn’t such a bright idea.

There’s a lot more that happens and the first book was the whole first season of the show. Normally I don’t like reading books where I have a face to put with the characters, but since I love the show and the people they have casted for the roles, I was fine with it. I didn’t remember some of the things that had happened in this book because it was so long ago since the first season of the show aired.

Overall it was a quick read and a fun read at that. I have already downloaded the second book to read until my book club book for August becomes available. Smile I definitely liked this more than I liked the first book in the Twilight series.  So if you want characters that aren’t just vampires and werewolves, but like the vampire-type books, you should check this one out.

Happy reading!


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Word Crimes

I’m admittedly not much of a Weird Al fan, but Chuck said I should watch this video and I’ll admit, I found it funny and laughed quite a few times. If you get upset with grammar misuse, you will definitely appreciate this video.


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MOPS Calendars

I haven’t been posting these monthly MOPS calendars (because I kept forgetting), but here are the last couple months. I thought you still might be able to find some fun ideas in them if you are looking for things to do with your kids/friends/family.





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I finished Divergent a couple weeks ago. I was really excited for it because I liked some of the other young adult trilogies in the same genre (The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner) but for some reason I was having a terrible time getting through this one. It could have been because I had just finished the final book in The Maze Runner series or it could have been because I was in another reading slump. First, here’s a summary:

One choice can transform you. Beatrice Prior’s society is divided into five factions—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Beatrice must choose between staying with her Abnegation family and transferring factions. Her choice will shock her community and herself. But the newly christened Tris also has a secret, one she’s determined to keep hidden, because in this world, what makes you different makes you dangerous.

I thought the majority of the book went pretty slowly (again, possibly due to my reading slump), but by the end of the book, I was very intrigued and really excited to read the next book (which I will admit I haven’t started yet because I have had other books that needed to be read). Overall, it was an interesting idea and I will read the other books in the trilogy. I just need a little time to recover from young adult thriller trilogies first.

I have heard that it was a pretty good movie. I will probably watch it at some point since I have read the book and like watching movies that go with books. Smile

Have you read this one? Finished reading the series? Seen the movie?

Happy reading!


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It’s a…….

BOY!!! I am still in shock. Last night we found out that baby #3 is a boy. I was sure we were going to have another girl. On Wednesday morning we had my 20 week ultrasound. The baby was healthy and everything looked great. We had the ultrasound person put the gender in an envelope for us again (like we did with Dannie) and we gave it to Chuck’s sister, Paige, to do something for a reveal. (I’ll tell you all about that after I upload the pictures.) We had the reveal party with family last night.

The end result of Paige’s game gave us blue playdoh and this cute little picture!


I was really surprised and after having a day to sleep on it and let it sink in, I’m really excited! So wish us luck, and wish the little guy luck with two big sisters! Smile


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Dancing Queen

For the last couple months or so, Maddie has been asking (and asking and asking) if she can take a “bannerina” (ballerina) class. So I found a local place that had some summer sessions and signed her up. To say she was excited would be an understatement. 

Here are a few pictures. The parents can only watch through a window that has a sheer curtain on it, so I apologize for the quality of the pictures. (She’s wearing a purple leotard in all the pictures.)









This dance studio has a nice play area for siblings during dance class. The first night we were there, Dannie played in it. Now she would prefer to sit next to me, watch Maddie and be silly.


After her first night of dance class, we came home to dinner on the table and Daddy brought a treat home. He brought ice cream and toppings. It wasn’t just her first day of dance, she also started a sports class the same day (which I will blog about soon), Chuck got her a treat for trying two new things that day. She was pretty excited!


Dannie was quite happy to enjoy Maddie’s treat, too. (And let’s be honest, I was the most excited of all when I saw Chuck got me Butterfinger ice cream!)


Maddie has continued to like dance class. She’s gone for three weeks and has one more class this session. Then two weeks off and another four weeks. If she is still interested, I’ll sign her up for fall. But we will play it by ear. As long as she is having fun and wants to go, I’ll keep signing her up. I think she would be just adorable all dolled up for a recital!!!


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More Twitter

First, I will start by saying that I’m a bit of a freak. I knew that one day I would want at least three kids. So when I made a Twitter account for Maddie (@microhays) I knew that I should make one for possible subsequent children. Not knowing what the future would hold, I created two more accounts….One for “Maybe Baby #2”, AKA, Dannie (@nanohays) and one for “Maybe Baby #3”, AKA, Baby #3 (@picohays).

All this to say I added a link on the right hand side to the new baby’s Twitter feed and it will show the most recent post there as well, just like the other Twitter accounts.

So there you have it. I’m a nerd. The next name in the list of metric prefixes is “femto”. Not nearly as cute as the others, which is why I haven’t created another account. We will see how 3 goes. Then I can assess the possibility of any other Twitter accounts. Smile


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For June, my book club did a “choose your own book”. Covet was my pick. This book is by Tracey Garvis Graves. She wrote On The Island and I really liked that book, so I had a feeling I would like this one as well. Here’s a little about the book:

What if the life you wanted, and the woman you fell in love with, belonged to someone else?

Chris and Claire Canton’s marriage is on life support. Downsized during the recession and out of work for a year, Chris copes by retreating to a dark place where no one can reach him, not even Claire. When he’s offered a position that will keep him away from home four nights a week, he dismisses Claire’s concern that time apart could be the one thing their fragile union can’t weather. Their suburban life may look idyllic on the outside, but Claire has never felt so disconnected from Chris, or so lonely.

Local police officer Daniel Rush used to have it all, but now he goes home to an empty house every night. He pulls Claire over during a routine traffic stop and runs into her again at the 4th of July parade. When Claire is hired to do some graphic design work for the police department, her friendship with Daniel grows, and soon they’re spending hours together.

Claire loves the way Daniel makes her feel, and the way his face lights up when she walks into the room. Daniel knows that Claire’s marital status means their relationship will never be anything other than platonic. But it doesn’t take long before Claire and Daniel are in way over their heads, and skating close to the line that Claire has sworn she’ll never cross.

First, I really liked this book. It was a fast and easy read. I felt like I could have been reading about anyone in my neighborhood. With so many stay-at-home moms who have husbands who travel, I could see them in this situation. It made the whole book more “real” in that way.

Second, I liked that Graves continued with her writing style of having different chapters by different characters. The main character, Claire, had the majority of the dialogue with some dispersed chapters that were a few pages long, from the view of her husband and her cop friend.

My one gripe, which I only noticed after reading the book, actually has nothing to do with the book at all. It’s the first sentence in the synopsis.  “What if the life you wanted, and the woman you fell in love with, belonged to someone else?” POSSIBLE SPOILER. This was from the view of the cop friend. It originally led me to believe there would be more about this. But there really wasn’t. And I only noticed it later on. It just seemed strange to catch readers’ attention with this line when it really wasn’t the main focus of the book, in my mind.

Oh well. It really takes nothing away from the book. I just found it odd. Again, I thought it was a great book. I really like this author and I can’t wait for her to come out with more books. If you want a nice summer read, pick this up!


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Big News at the Hays House

baby announcement

Yep! This is happening at our house! We are really excited!

And note that I cannot take any credit for the above photo. I slept on the couch while Chuck made this beauty!

I went to my doctor appointment yesterday. We had an ultrasound and confirmed that yes indeed, there is a baby in there (I never believe it until I see an ultrasound!). The due date I was thinking was November 30th. Since I have c-sections (here’s why), I was planning for a birthday the week of Thanksgiving. Maybe not ideal, but you don’t get to pick when you’ll have another baby.

Well, I went to the appointment and my doctor decided to move my due date up by 6 days (to November 24th), which would have a surgery date of the 18th (because that’s the day she does surgeries). Which means that we will have a very busy November….My birthday and our 10 year anniversary is on November 6th, Dannie’s birthday is November 13th and this one will be born the following week, then there’s Thanksgiving the week after. Phew!

So I’m now 13 weeks instead of 12. Nice little bonus there! There’s a small chance my doctor will call and adjust that date again, but she was pretty confident of the change due to the measurement of the baby.

Speaking of baby….what a little cutie! It is quite the little mover in there and I am still astounded that I can’t feel something that 3 inches long moving inside me! The baby had its hands snuggled right up by its face.

12w us 1

12w us 2

12w us 3

So there you have it. A third baby is going to be added to our brood. We will be finding out if it’s a girl or boy the second week of July. We will probably do something fun again like we did for Dannie.

I’ll do what I can to keep some updates coming!


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18 Months


I can’t believe how fast Dannie has been growing up. I feel like I blinked and BAM…she’s 18 months old. Wow.


D has been trying to talk a lot more. She has a bunch of words and signs now and seems to be very happy that she can communicate with us better.


She dotes on her sister ALL the time. She follows her around and wants to copy everything she does. It’s really sweet. Sometimes I need to remind Maddie that Dannie is always watching her and she needs to make sure she doesn’t teach Dannie bad habits…like standing on the picnic table or playing on the stairs.


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They love holding hands and I can tell that they are going to be such good friends. They also fight and bicker and Dannie is really starting to hold her own with Maddie (and other kids).



Dannie is my little daredevil. She isn’t overly crazy, but she definitely takes more risks than Maddie did.


She LOVES shoes. Not just a little bit. A LOT. She will bring our shoes to us, wear our shoes, put her shoes on, wear her sisters shoes over her shoes, etc. She is also particular about which shoes she wears. If I pick the wrong ones, I will get a big head shake and a toddler dashing off to find the ones she wants.


Which brings me to the fact that she is getting quite the personality. She’s becoming strong willed and definitely has opinions on things. She is also as silly as they come.






Dannie’s current favorite book is “Pout Pout Fish”. She really loves it. She wants to take it to bed and carries it all over the house it her. She walks around saying “blub blub blub” (which is a phrase from the book).


She is the sweetest little girl and is my snuggler. She wants to be in my pocket a lot of the of time. She gives hugs to everyone. She gets so excited when dad gets home and runs to the door. And she will give her sister kisses and hugs.



Happy year and a half birthday my sweet squishy face! We love you!



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