Owning It

EEK!!!  It’s here!  This is absolutely my favorite day of the month in blog world!  haha!  I love getting to share these honest, crazy moments with friends, other bloggers, and readers!

Today, one of my besties, Narci, is here Owning It!!  Narci and I met about three years ago when we both signed up to teach preschool at our church/the kiddos’ school.  We started meeting up for play dates and totally hit it off!  Since then she’s become one of my closest friends!!  She’s always funny, but girls today…she did NOT disappoint!  I started reading her crazy and was laughing out loud!  Hope you girls enjoy!!  Here’s Narci claiming her crazy…
Look how cute she is!!
Hi, it’s Narci over at Grace & Love Blog and Narci D Photography!  I am a mama to 3 precious babies, obsessed with SEC football, and  a Dallas-area photographer.    I was so excited when Erika asked me to own it and claim my crazy!  Mostly because I love Erika like family….but also because cataloging my crazy for this post came super easy to me.  I’d like to think it’s because I am a little quirky in a charming, Southern/Texan way…but you can go ahead and make your own judgement after I lay it all out there! πŸ˜‰  

How cute is this picture??  Narci’s adorable kiddos…Luke, Jackson, and Presley

1. That time I drew my kindergartener map on the first day of school
When our oldest, Jackson, started Kindergarten, his baby brother was only two months old. Can you imagine a better crazy-cocktail than sending your first-born to Kindergarten and being hormonal and sleep-deprived?  Anyhow, of all the things on the planet, I was super concerned that he would get lost on his way back from the bathroom, and he’d end up outside the school and walking down a major thoroughfare. So y’all, because I was thinking CLEARLY and LOGICALLY, I drew him a very detailed map of how to get back to his classroom from the bathroom. Really. Like on a blank sheet of copier paper, I used my ruler and colored pencils…and drew him a map to use the potty.  
Oh, Lord have mercy.
Aren’t we all surprised that my sweet boy turned out to be so well adjusted? Also, aren’t we surprised that his kinder teacher didn’t put “crazy mother” on his permanent file? 
You should know that when our 2nd son, Luke, went to Kindergarten this year, I handed him a pop-tart in the car and said something to the effect of, β€œLuke, son, I love you. Now go and be a man and figure out where your class is, because your sister just unbuckled herself and is hanging from the handlebars in the 3rd row.”  And, just like that…I slowed to a roll, gave him a gentle nudge out the door, and went to breakfast with my girlfriends.  

Narci told me this story when Ebby Lee started kindergarten to make me feel better.  I think with my emotional state of sending my girl to school I didn’t realize how funny that story really was!!  I am not missing out this time!  Girls…she drew him a MAP!!  hahahaha!

2.  I don’t like surprises
I just don’t.  I prefer the anticipation of knowing what is to come…which brings me to my next point….

3.  I read the end of every book first
I know I lost a bunch of y’all here, but I am just keeping it real!  Girls, I will read the first few chapters, and then usually I am just ANNOYED with the plot until I skip ahead to see how it ends.  Once I know that Annie DOES pick her true love instead of the high-powered banker, then I can sit back and enjoy the book. 

How have we been friends for years and you have NEVER mentioned this??

4.  I am crazy scared of tall Highway overpasses and bridges over bodies of water.  I have 3 windshield emergency hammers in my car for the off chance that we fly off the road into Lake Lavon the next time we cross it.  Y’all laugh because you know it’s crazy, but I am getting myself and all 3 kids out of that car if something like that happens! haha! 

Okay, I seriously was laughing out loud on this one!!  That is so funny and I’m so glad you admitted it!

5.  I have an obsession with being in a viral Youtube video.
I am not particular–I’d be down with one of those lip-syncing Taylor Swift videos or singing with Jimmy Fallon.  #Jimmycallme  
Also, speaking of videos….

6.  I made a video once in college…
During my senior year in college, I decided to try out for Survivor.  Right now, my college girlfriends are dying because they KNOW where I am going with this story!  Anyhow, I decided that it would be a fun project to make and enter a video for the show!  So, we borrowed a video camera from my boss (Thank you, Dr. Reithel!!) and video taped me around the Ole Miss campus.  We did lots of super cute things like make up funny dialogue, visit the sorority houses, and video taping me “working out “, etc…However, at some point, we decided that me eating an earthworm in my bikini would really set my entry apart.  So, I did.   Survivor never did call me BTW.  

7.  Thug Rap Music is my fave.
When I am in the car with the kids, we listen to Christian radio with a little top 40 mixed in for good measure.  However, when I am driving by myself, I am just a regular thug and listen to Eminem and Lil’Wayne. πŸ˜‰ My favorite thing ever is to pick up my middle schooler with this music playing and dancing hip-hop style as we pull away.  It mortifies him, but we always laugh so hard afterwards!  IF you have to go through the awkward years of middle school, you might as well laugh a little along the way, right? πŸ˜‰
Thanks again, Erika, for having me!  Love you, friend!! XOXO N 

Narci, sent me this yesterday and after I read I hopped in the car.  I listened to Nelly in her honor!  πŸ˜‰
That was SO much fun!!  Narci, thank you SO much for sharing your crazy with us!  It did not disappoint!!  Make sure you check out Narci’s blog HERE

Also some other posts in the Owning It series…
you can read Fancy Ashley’s HERE.
you can read Kelly @ Redhead on the Run’s HERE.
you can read Shay’s HERE.

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  1. 12.11.14
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    Narci is always so funny!! I love this series! It's my very favorite!

  2. 12.11.14
    Dani {Adventures of a Pharm Girl} said:

    Ok I am dying! A map? The video? Lil Wayne? Hahaha this post had me laughing out loud. This girl is HILARIOUS! Thanks so much for sharing! And Narci, you go girl hahah. Happy Thursday πŸ˜‰

    • 12.11.14
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Wasn't that funny?? The map story gets me. Every time! πŸ™‚

  3. 12.11.14
    Susan said:

    We have some of the same issues! I really don't think you have to worry about Lake Lavon right now. I get depressed with how low it is every time we drive across it.

    • 12.11.14
      Erika Slaughter said:

      That was the funniest one to me! I agree!! Can't you see the ground where water should be? Hahahaha! Narci is prepared though!!

  4. 12.11.14
    Anonymous said:

    #3 and #4 are me to a tee!! Love it!!

  5. 12.11.14
    Unknown said:

    Great series! Loved her "crazy"!!! I also am terrified my car will fly into a body of water…crazy. TNever thought of the hammer thing. I need to do that ASAP!! Hahaha. I often read the end of a book, too. Just to make sure everyone is happy πŸ™‚

  6. 12.11.14
    Kimm said:

    I laughed throughout they entire post. I absolutely loved it. Love this series girl

  7. 12.11.14
    Andrea Munding said:

    Y'all are both such cute moms! And I also read the endings of books first because I hate surprises!

  8. 12.11.14
    dresselfamily.blogspot.com said:

    oohh I.laughed about the map, Ruler and all.. funny how we are with our kids!…

    I hate bridges, hate them.. I think the mallet idea is genius.. I want one for my car, thigh I live inn the prairies in Canada, if there are no bridges, there might be a moose lol.. just kidding!!!

  9. 12.11.14
    Renae said:

    I love these owning it series you have done! This one was great!!

  10. 12.11.14
    Jenny said:

    I always read the end of a book after reading the first 3-4 chapters! Usually for the exact same reason Narci does…..I need to know they are going to end up happily ever after! My family thinks I'm weird….glad I'm not the only one!

  11. 12.11.14
    Amy J said:

    Thug music haha! I am pretty diverse in my music library, but I definitely went through a phase (and still love some) great rap music. Some would probably never guess I was a tiny white girl from the Midwest if they got a hold of my iPod!

  12. 12.11.14
    Liz/ said:

    SO funny!!! I love Narci even more than I did before!

  13. 12.11.14
    live compassionately said:

    The map!!! So funny!

  14. 12.11.14
    Unknown said:

    I think Narci and I are souls sisters and I've never met her! I think she just wrote that about me!

  15. 12.11.14
    Shelly @ The Queen in Between said:

    Oh my gosh….already thought she was so fun and now I'm hooked for life! That was hilarious.

  16. 12.11.14
    Unknown said:

    Erika I love your blog! your post inspired be to "claim my crazy" on my blog today! I would love for you to check it out. http://shewholongstobe.blogspot.com/2014/12/claiming-crazy.html

    • 12.11.14
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Checking it out now!!!

  17. 12.11.14
    Meagan Ruse said:

    I love you even more now Narci! I have a secret love for rap, myself. I just scream really loud when something inappropriate comes on πŸ™‚

  18. 12.11.14
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    NARCI! I'd eat an earthworm before I would appear in a bikini on national t.v. Does that make ME crazy?!? πŸ™‚

  19. 12.11.14
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    Love this series Erika!

  20. 12.11.14
    Anonymous said:

    Yay! I had so much fun!!! Thanks for having me!! ❀️

  21. 12.11.14
    Sarah said:

    I think we might be long lost sisters (i am adopted…it could be true…haha) I have a fear of overpasses over a body of water too. I have that same window breaker/selt belt cutter in my car too! You just never know…cause I might drive into the ocean (the closest body of water to me), I got made fun of big time in my family for that one. Also the reading the end of the book, YES! I do the same with movies, I will read online what happens. Or when my husband tapes his sports stuff and is watching it hours later, I'll go look online to see the outcome so I'm not there biting my nails with him. Bottom line, you're not so crazy πŸ™‚ The map thing though, hilarious and so something I would do!

  22. 12.12.14
    Liz | Ellie and Addie said:

    This is seriously my favorite blog series! So I always read the first chapter of a book, read the last three pages, and then finish the book! Crazy, but I just have to know how it ends, I can't control myself! And who doesn't love to rock out to Nelly in the car?!!?

  23. 1.16.15
    Penny (A Penny For Your Thoughts) said:

    I just read this and want you to know Narci that I believe we were cut from the same cloth in personality. I too am crazy paranoid of the overpass/bridge thing and embarassing your middle schooler with the dance music!! Love it!