The time I counted all the way to 60 at Walgreens

It's been so long since I've written that I forgot my own blog address. That's embarrassing.

Why have I been absent? Just busy. And my computer is about to quit on me. It's very slow and just thinking about turning it on gives me a headache. I'm on Brent's now, but the keyboard is funky and I don't like typing on it. But here I am, because I have a story to tell.

I need to post pics of Scott's first birthday at the beach.
I need to tell an amazing story of how God provided for us in big ways.

But those are for another day with more energy than I have tonight.

Tonight, I have a story about Walgreens. And math.

Yesterday, I ordered our Christmas cards and two 8x10s via Snapfish and had them printed at Walgreens. The order confirmation said the pictures would be ready at 3:09 pm. I gave them an extra hour and didn't leave my house until after 4.

I got to the photo counter and waited for the cashier to finish with a customer at the beauty counter. Who knew Walgreens had a beauty counter like it was a department store? I didn't. But I'm also very loyal to my Bare Minerals so I don't have a need for the Walgreens beauty counter. Also, I don't think the employee that is specialized at the photo counter can be equally specialized at the beauty counter. Seems like a lot to handle.

The employee asked for my name and I gave her both my maiden and married name because I think my Snapfish account is still in my maiden name (7 1/2 years later). Turns out I'm right. Or Wright. Ha!

Anyway, I gave her both names and she starts rummaging through a bunch of envelopes and boxes on the counter. I see my name and pointed it out to her. She seemed confused until I put my finger right on my box and said, "That one is mine."

"Oh yeah. We called you." (there was a handwritten note taped to the box)
"You called me?"
"Yeah. We called you."
"And...?" I needed a little more info, considering no one from Walgreens had called me.
"We left you a message."
"No you didn't. I don't have a missed call or message on my phone."
"Well, this is the number we called." (she proceeds to point to my phone number on the box...which contains an area code other than the one in which I live).
"Did you dial the right area code?" as I point to it on the box
"It doesn't matter. Why did you call?"
"Our printer is down."
"Oh ok, when will it be working again?"
"See that's the thing. We don't know."

At this point I'm still in a fairly good mood. I usually don't get my Christmas cards printed until well after Thanksgiving. It's okay that the printer isn't working. I've still got some time. I was about to leave the store when I noticed a stack of my cards sitting on the printer behind the counter.

"Those are my cards behind you. Can I at least see how they turned out?"

She hands me a stack of cards. I hold them in my hands and it was a good chunk of cards. I only ordered 60 and I started thinking that maybe all of them were in the stack. I didn't need all 60 anyway, so even if it was short a few pictures, I could still take them.  There didn't seem to be anything wrong with them, so I asked her...

"I'm confused. Is there something wrong with the picture? Why can't I have these?"
"We don't know how many pictures the machine actually printed."
"Ok, but the pictures are okay?"
"Oh yeah, the pictures are fine. We just don't know how many were printed."

She shows me the printing on the back of the picture. Some of them say 1/60, 34/60, 28/60 and so on, all in the wrong order. She explains that the number shows how many have been printed out of the total number ordered and since they are all out of order she has NO WAY OF KNOWING HOW MANY PICTURES ARE IN THE STACK.

No way of knowing.

Like, counting to 60 is completely out of the question.

So I asked her very hesitantly, "Can I count them to see how many printed? I don't need 60 cards so if it's close, I would like to go ahead and buy them."

And she doubtfully says, "If you really want to" like I just suggested I count to 6,000 while saying the alphabet backward in Chinese at the same time.

And I got all sarcastic..."All I need to do is make 6 stacks of 10"
What I'm suggesting is totally doable and reasonable. 

So I began making stacks of ten like I was hanging out with my first graders. And lo and behold, I had six stacks of ten and one stack of nine! The printer that stopped printing in the middle of my order printed more than I ordered! Well hot dog, problem solved!

She gathered the whole stack of 69 cards, then removed nine cards from the stack.

"Wait...hold on. What are you going to do with those extra cards?"
You can't resell them.

"Umm. I don't know."
"Well if you are just going to throw them away, can I have them?"
"Umm, sure"

She neatly packaged up all 69 cards and counted 69 white envelopes and packaged them up in their own box. And she also remembered that I had two 8x10s in the same order. I wasn't counting on those being ready, but they were! And they looked great! So all this was for nothing! She should have counted to 60 before she called the wrong number and left a message with the wrong person telling them that their order wasn't ready...when actually it was ready all along.

Oh, but it's not over.

Because I ordered from Snapfish, there was already a receipt ready to go with my order of 60 photo cards and two 8x10s. However, those nine extra cards that the printer accidentally printed? Those were not part of the total.

So the beauty/photo counter employee pulled out her calculator and price sheet ready to punch in the amount for one photo card times nine. I really didn't expect her to charge me for pictures she was just going to throw away...but whatever. I thought it would be a nice gesture to just give them to me since this photo situation was kind of taking a lot of my time...and precious math skills. But she was going to charge me.

And she started to get confused because the price for photo cards was not on her price sheet and her manager was working on the "support queue" for the printer. I could tell she was getting a little frustrated, so I just told her, "Look, if you are going to charge me for these extra photos, then don't worry about it."

Again...I was thinking she would just forget about it too and give me those nine extra pictures. Instead, she cut open the box she so carefully packaged, counted nine pictures, removed them from the box, and set them on the counter.

Finally, I was able to pay for my 60 photo cards and two 8x10s. Done. Thank you. Turned around to leave the store.

"Ma'am, I'm going to need to see your box!" she yelled at me before I stepped outside.

I turned around, made sure she was talking to me, and walked back to the photo counter. She held those nine extra cards in her hand, looked in the trash can (like she had already thrown away the nine cards, which I never saw her do), and placed those nine cards back in my box.

I was extremely confused at this point. I had no idea how many photo cards I was actually leaving with.

So let's do some math. The way I see it, I was leaving with either 60, 69, or 51 cards. I think 51 is the least likely amount due to the nine cards she placed back in my box after she yelled at me to come back to the photo counter. I think 60 is very likely, because that's the amount I ordered. But I think 69 is the most likely because I don't recall her throwing away any cards, so the cards she put back in the box were the nine extra.

When I got home I counted the cards and I have SIXTY ONE cards. It's a Christmas photo card miracle! I can send one extra person a lovely picture of my family this year.


Scott's 12 Month

What?! Wasn't this just a couple of seconds ago?

I have no words, bud. We just love you to pieces. God is so good to entrust you to us. You will never know what a special little guy you are. 

Firsts: Mandarin oranges, apple slices, and cucumber; breakfast at Waffle House;nuggets and playing at Chick Fil A; VBS Agency D3

News Headlines: I'm not sure why I keep this category on here. All news, national and local, is beyond me. If I don't read it from the people I follow on Twitter, then I don't know a thing about it. 

Favorite Toy/Activity: eating at Mexican restaurants so you can dance to the loud, fun music; Daddy's matchbox and hot wheels cars (you almost always have one in your hand and it's the first thing you ask for/point to when we get you out of bed in the morning); rolling around on the couch, bed, or pillows; playing in your sister's princess tent (you call for it, saying "te, te, te" until we pop it up and put you in it); all musical toys; moving furniture around the room; watching the "daw" (dogs...or every animal that exists) on the screen saver for the Apple TV; drums or beating on things; the phone, which is a means to talk to dada (I guess because that's really the only person I talk to on the phone)  

Mommy's Favorite: I love that you start to dance every time you hear music, you are a FUN baby!  

Daddy's Favorite: You are obsessed with "dadow" or "dada" or "da" (Daddy's cars) 

Lily's Favorite: She's really excited about celebrating your first birthday! 

Milestones: You finally have two bottom teeth barely peeking through and it took you a grueling 3 weeks for them to finally make an appearance, you can drink from a sippy cup and have officially made the switch to cow's milk (for whatever reason you were really fickle about the sippy cup but you just decided one day recently to start drinking out of them. See ya bottles!), you pull up and walk all over the place holding onto furniture but no standing or walking without holding on yet, size 4 diapers, 12-18 month clothes

Words: You are saying several words now: daw (dog) was definitely your first word that you used in the right context; dada (which is used to refer to Daddy and cars); dadow is your word for Sanibel (we thought for a long time this was your word for everything, but we've realized that it's your word for Sanibel), daw is also your word for down; uh-oh; yeye or something like that (Lily); te for tent; you point and grunt or say da (that) when you want something

Weight/Length: I'll update after your one year visit, but I'm guessing you are still 24 lbs

Like Mommy: You are pretty grumpy when you go several days without getting enough sleep

Like Daddy: You love cold treats, like ice cream and popsicles 

Like Big Sis: You like to help us get dressed. You will crawl around our room and in our closet and hand us things like shoes, belts, socks. Lily did the same thing. 

Best Memory: Riding the train at the kiddie carnival 

Biggest Challenge: Those 3 awful weeks of teething. You wouldn't eat or sleep, so that just made for a super fussy and clingy baby. 

How We Spend the Day: It's summer! Doing a bunch of nothing. And I'm not sure what your routine is since it was totally thrown off by your weeks of teething. You go to bed anywhere between 7 and 9, up in the morning between 6-7, and I push for two good naps a day. You will sleep at both naps, but they aren't always long. Your afternoon naps are usually 1 1/2 hours. You eat 3 meals a day and have snacks in between. 

Nicknames: Little Bud, Buddy, Scotty 

Funniest Moment:  Pretty much everything you do makes us laugh, from dancing, to talking, to playing, to learning, it all makes you a fun little rascal.

How We Celebrated: At the beach! Which means Mommy didn't have to decorate, clean, cook, or anything! That's the best kind of birthday party if you ask me. Zero prep, just a celebration of YOU! We did, of course, have cake and you got to dive into your smash cake. And the best part is it worked out for (almost) everyone to be there! 

And here we go with a ton of pics! 

Rockin' in the hardware store 

Grocery shopping driving 

We got you a water table for your birthday and you love it! 

Kisses from Mommy!

Summer days

More summer days

You like to hold Lily's hand in the car

You and your buddy Noelle at church 

Trying on the hats in Target 

Playing with the cars

Father's Day with your wonderful daddy 

Giggling with Granddaddy 

The aftermath of a popsicle 

Playing at CFA

Horrible pic, but you were a secret agent for a week at VBS! 

First trip to Waffle House, and if it's up to me...it's also your last trip. 

Notice the car in your hand...they make you happy :) 

Fun at the popsicle picnic...until the fire ants found our melted popsicle

You and your buddy Parker! 

Summer time means Kiddie Carnival time! 

First time on the merry-go-round 

Trying to convince Parker that he should ride the train with you

Lily showing you how to properly ride the train

You loved it! 

Our handsome little man!

We love you Scott!!! Happy birthday! We've had the best year with you and pray God gives us many, many more! 


Lily is 4 1/2!


Lily you are joy. This time last year we were soaking up our last few days with you before little man arrived. We were stoked about seeing you as a big sister, knowing you would be a wonderful one. We were so right! You have so much love for your brother and it's not just in your words, it's in your actions. You are a servant. You jump at the chance to help us and you do it with enthusiasm.

You are our little entertainer. You love to be the center of attention. You welcome yourself into any adult conversation because you just can't stand to not be a part of everything that goes on. You love all things music and dance, always have. You have quite a wild and creative imagination. You remember everything. You are learning to read. You are hilarious. You are generous. You love to surprise others with pictures you have drawn. You are bright. You are confident. You can be shy sometimes, which we totally didn't see coming.

We think you have your first legitimate crush on a cute little boy named John Tyler. And it might be mutual. The only reason I am putting this here is so we can remember this in several, SEVERAL years when you get married. We are certainly not encouraging it, and I kindly ask my readers that know Lily to do the same :).

You will be FIVE in less than a year. I've said it countless times, but it's unbelievable how fast you have grown. I feel like once you hit kindergarten time is just going to run away from us and it will be your college graduation in a matter of seconds. I'm going to enjoy this last year I have with you before you hit this big milestone.

Lily we love you more than we could ever express to you in words. More than anything, we want you to know and love Jesus.  Always know that He loves you with a perfect love, like no other. He is always working for your good and His glory. Trust Him at all times!

Favorite Toys: Plastic princesses

Favorite Movie: Tangled and Frozen

Favorite Show: Bo on the Go

Favorite Chore: Cooking

Favorite Song: Let it Go (are there any other songs?)

Favorite Food: Hootin' Annies (recipe here) and Beast's Quiche (just a quiche with broccoli, bacon, and cheese from her Disney Princess cookbook)

Best Friends: Laney, Dusti Jo, Davis, Logan, John Tyler, Cooper, and Irianna

What You Want to be When You Grow Up: Police Girl

Mommy's Favorite: Your joy and enthusiasm for all things, your servant's heart, your love for Jesus, your wild imagination

Daddy's Favorite: ditto

Scott's Favorite: When you squeal at the top of your lungs

Biggest Challenge: Arguing and talking back, but even that isn't a big deal. You are usually well-behaved as long as you get enough sleep. You also have become a picky eater, which you used to not be.

Make Believe Friends: Toni is the one you talk about the most. Your relationship to her is always changing even though you call her your sister. I laugh every time you talk about "Sister Toni" because she sounds like a nun or a sketchy psychic. The other sister you have is...get this...Dirt Coconut Scott-Kirkland. You don't talk about Dirt as much as Toni, but she hangs around every once in a while.

Funny Moment: When you wrote "Funny Butt Fart" on Grandma's patio with sidewalk chalk

First slumber party with Laney

First homework assignment

Taking care of Scott

Playing with your princesses

Family band

You still rub your eyelashes to fall asleep

Still working on riding that bike. It's not your favorite thing to do, but we still encourage it! 


Mommy's bundled babies

Those plastic princesses that Mommy spent $2 on. You play with them every waking hour. 

Rapunzel hair. Almost an everyday thing for you. Funny, because Mommy used to wear sweatpants on her head for long hair. 

You are beautiful! And you look really grown up in this pic, by the way. 

With Daddy on Valentine's Day. He took us to the Auburn/Alabama gymnastics meet

Got your shades on at the dentist 

Play, play, play

And play some more

Frozen and licking the brownie bowl. There is nothing else this girl needs.  

Driving with your buddy in Lowe's

With Logan at your first soccer practice. We won't be doing soccer again, ha! Not your thing.  

Where all our warm, dry days are spent 

Mommy Daddy kisses are your favorite 

Making chocolate chip pancakes

Reading to your brother in the early morning 

"Rose from the dead rolls" as you like to call them. You love these so much we don't save them just for an Easter treat. 

In the middle of a sneeze. HAHA! 

Playing Guess Who. One of your favorite games. Also one of Mommy and Daddy's favorite games when they were kids! 

Helping Daddy and TBone with our first garden

Playing with cow poop 

Princess everyday

You and the fabulous Mrs. Connie at award's day. She gave you the kite award for always soaring above! 

Clip on earrings from a yard sale

We celebrated with a donut date! 

And I saved the best for last. All the words you can spell (thanks to your dad) written on Grandma's patio. "funny butt fart fog" 

Happy 4 1/2 years Lily! We love you!


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