Tuesday, October 10, 2017

I have an ambassador and a growing baby.

Y'all, I've been out of this blogging game so long I don't even know how to title my posts anymore. But I don't even care. I'm just proud to be posting again!

M2 went to her very first Bama game (at Vandy). It was a hot and humid day in Nashville, which we knew would make for an interesting experience. Though I was optimistic, I was quickly reminded that toddlers don't care where you are -- they want what they want when they want it.

As soon as we settled down, right before kickoff, she wanted to nurse. Not just a quick nurse, but the "I'm soooooooooo sleepy, I want to nurse NOOOOOW" kind. 😩 It had already been a long day for her as we drove up that day and hung out for a while before the game. In other words, there was no distracting her away from her goal. And while I'm not really shy about breastfeeding in public (in a corner usually), an already-tight, someone's-already-sitting-right-over-your-shoulders situation wasn't ideal. Nursing in a stadium -- already a hot, sweaty mess -- not my thing, so we went into Vandy's coliseum and handled that. (The people at Vandy were SO NICE. Upon arrival, they saw me with a little one and told me that they had a nice quiet place for her to nurse should the need arise. And it did.)

Anyhoo, we had a great time. Bama won. My in-laws and the kids left the stadium to watch in a cool setting. The coliseum (next door) had TVs and sitting spots in the common area. DK and I braved it for a half, then went and joined our family in the cool. We stayed the night in Nashville. DK and I even stepped out for a minute and had some adult time on the Broadway Strip.

That next week M1 was inducted as a Tech Ambassador for her school. While I admit I don't know what all that entails just yet, she is proud to be one and we are proud OF her. The kids will even wear these adorable blazers when they are partaking in their ambassador duties. 

They were inducted at the school's open house night, which also happened to be Book Fair night. That Minecraft book she's holding has nothing to do with Tech Ambassador-ship, but I guess she was so proud to have talked us into buying more from that doggone book fair (we'd already sent her with money to school 😒).

We have since also gotten her first progress report and standardized test scores, of which we're also proud. I try not to care about the standardized test scores (I have my opinions about them), but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't proud when we got hers. While she's "gifted" and makes good grades and standardized test scores, I know that stuff doesn't mean much in later grades. She's got to have the work ethic. THAT is what I pray she continues to have more than any of this.

And this little thing is growing and becoming more curious and funnier every day. We recently went for her 15-month appointment. She's in the 50th percentile for weight and 75th percentile for height. With the exception of a little eczema, she's a healthy little thing. She's saying so many words and learning new ones every day. She runs through the house following us or her sister from room to room. She loves reading, songs and "running and hiding," most of which she gets from her grandmothers. I think she's done everything (milestone-wise) before M1 so far. I care much less about that kind of stuff with this second baby, but I can't help but notice: are second babies typically faster with this kind of stuff?

She still wakes up in the middle of the night though, y'all 😡. Even though she goes right back to sleep after we pick her up, it's still no fun. I thought when I stopped nursing her in the middle of the night, that middle-of-the-night waking would cease...but it hasn't yet, y'all. Fingers crossed that at some point during this school year, I can start getting a full night of sleep.

These pictures to me are the sweetest. M1 is just smitten with M2, and I'm smitten with them both. Put them together and my heart could just burst. 

Anyhoo, YAY for another blog post. I still have lots of catching up to do, but I'm so happy to be moving forward with the present.

Hope everyone is doing well. Until next time...

Peace and love,

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Life and Stuff

Hey, y'all! It's been a long time! I'm sitting here at gymnastics with Big M and decided to try to update this little spot. I've been fairly productive at work and have nothing huge hanging over my head, so a blog update it is!

Y'all. Last year when I was supposed to be updating my blog more often because of our new baby (now a 15-month old), I was busy trying to keep my head above water. I was a HOT MESS my first year with two kids.  I went back to work when Little M was 3.5 months. I felt constantly behind at work AND home. I was pumping twice a day, which made my work day super tight. At home I was set on spending time with my family in the evenings, which meant that house stuff and everything else would be neglected. We had lots of help -- our mothers are WAY TOO GOOD to us -- and I STILL felt like I could never catch up. I was finally able to somewhat catch my breath over the summer.

Despite that constant feeling of being behind, it was an amazing year. We were able to experience that new baby love and watch her big sister blossom into this amazing protector. Big M is just over the moon with her baby sister - even more now that she's a toddler. Seeing my girls together makes me so happy.

My blog is like a gazillion months behind (okay, YEARS), but hopefully I can slowly regain some momentum here. I still have hope for me and this blogging thing...

Y'all, I remember a time when I would digitally organize my photos and have them ready for blog posts. Now? Ha! I have THOUSANDS of pictures on my phone and this crazy belief that one day I'll go back and post them all and their stories on the blog. But for now, I'll go back a few months and focus on a few random days. No particular order, either.

This was the chirrens one day at home. I'm sure it's the weekend 'cause Big M's hair isn't combed (hair doesn't get combed in my house unless we have a reason to comb it). When I think of my girls, this is what I think of. Us at home being lazy, having fun, dancing and singing, and probably driving my husband crazy.

We went to the library as much as possible over the summer for the free shows (like we have every summer since Big M was tot).

It was fun watching Little M discover the library playroom. It's still one of Big M's favorite places to go. Little M LOVES to read, by the way, thanks to her grandmothers. I don't read to her half as much as I read to Big M when she was a baby (second child syndrome is soooooo real, y'all), yet Little M is more interested in books than Big M was at this age. Thanks to the grandmamas, no doubt.

Morgan still does gymnastics. She'll be inducted as a Tech Ambassador for her school later this month, and is in the gifted program. She loves school. Can you believe she'll be NINE soon? Oh. My. Gosh. She sometimes has the attitude of a teenager and I seriously wonder every single day if I'm doing this parenting thing right. 

Summer is our favorite time to try new restaurants and frequent our favorites. I'd forgotten about how hard it is to eat out with a toddler, though. This was us one day at Five's Sunday brunch. (Big M was with her Kimble grandparent's house, where she spent lots of time over the summer.)

Here we are at that same restaurant, but when the baby was a little younger. Oh, how I miss the stage when they napped or played by themselves while you ate! 😪

There were lots of bike-riding, wagon-pushing, and park days in the spring and summer.

We also went to Chicago back in the spring for one of my conferences. I was mostly in sessions all day while M and her daddy tried to see more of Chicago (we went a couple of years ago for the same conference). That included a Cubs game, which I thought was cool.

I couldn't go with them during the days, but I was able to do more unstructured things with them like visit Millennium Park.

And now football season is upon us.

We're excited as always. 

This little thing is loving it already. It's in her blood. And of all the words she says now, Roll Tide is included. Y'all know I'm not kidding. 

Oh, and I cannot forget that we went to Punta Cana over the summer with family. We've got lots of memories to share from that, including a tan mark on Little M's face that we're starting to think is a permanent scar from the Punta Cana sun! 

I'll be back to share some pics from that. But that's all I have for now, and that's better than I've done in forever. I don't even care that the post is all over the place. Y'all be patient with me. 

Woohoo to putting up a blog post! I hope y'all are doing well. Hope to be back soon!


Thursday, December 29, 2016


Y'all. I'm gonna get it together one day. I know I said that I'd be back to blogging more now that our family is growing by one. But "what had happened was..."

WE HAD A BABY. And I apparently forgot what that life was all about. These tiny humans need lots of snuggles, playtime, feeding, diaper changes, and all that jazz. Good times, for sure, but times that require you to prioritize every minute of your day. And this ol' blog here just gets pushed to the bottom of the list, along with many other things. I also promised myself I wouldn't do anything with this blog until I finish writing thank you cards (still not done -- shame, shame -- I know). But when I realized that 2017 was days away and I had not even recorded my own child's birth on what is my main family memory collection (this blog), I felt pretty inadequate. 

So, without further ado...

Y'all, we are so in love. I'm sure you can imagine.

Yes, she's six months old now, but I still want to post the birth story (including how I ended up back in the hospital after her birth) and how life has been since she's gotten here. To sum it all up, we are SO VERY THANKFUL. More later. 

I wish everyone a Happy New Year! Be back soon!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

We're back as a family of (almost) four!

Hey, good people!

It has been nearly a year since I last blogged. It has been so hard to keep my head above water the last year, but today I'm jumping back into the blog life. I started blogging for the first time eight years ago when we were weeks away from having our first child. Today I'm starting again because we are weeks away from having our second child. And to me, that's JUST AS CRAZY.

You see, we were that couple that had one child and were fine with it (despite everyone -- especially our parents -- asking when we'd have a second). We'd gotten comfortable in our lifestyle and really didn't see a need for another baby at the moment. Plus, babies, childcare, preschool -- all of that stuff is expensive. We finally got to a point (kindergarten!) where we weren't paying almost $900/month for preschool tuition, so we were GOOD - ha! 

But then we started getting older. I started getting older. M was older. I started wanting a sibling for her. And I realized that if we wanted to add to our family, it was time. 

And here we are. I'm nine months pregnant with M's little sister!

So let the blogging begin again! Time to start back adding to my little online scrapbook/journal. In fact, I have some catching up to do. Over the last year, we've:

Gone to Disney.

Gone on a family beach trip (24 of us)!

Had another exciting football season!

 I've traveled for work.

New York City (four-day school field trip).

Chicago (six-day student conference).

Kingsport, TN (three-day PD conference).

And Vegas for a five-day PD conference.  

Presenting a session at seven months pregnant isn't the easiest thing to do, but it went well. Afterwards, folks came up asking where I get all my energy, so I guess it wasn't too obvious that I was close to passing out up there.

And of course there's the everyday stuff I used to blog about.

Like M and her hobbies (math, Legos, gymnastics, etc.)

Family time.


And fun stuff around town. 

I plan to go back and blog about these things. If you followed my blog before, you know all of this would have been written about back when it happened. But the way my life is setup these days...

These days I'm not only doing my everyday jobs (teacher, wife, and mommy), but I'm also teaching a class online and I started a business last summer. Can you understand why blogging hasn't exactly been a priority?

But that's about to change. Life is slowing down a little, and we're preparing for our new addition. And I hope that means I have more time for blogging. And what better way to pick up than to start with the present: a beautiful baby shower we had a couple of weeks ago.

I especially wanted to document this because with M, we had three baby showers, none of which I have pictures of on the blog. I promised I wouldn't let that happen with this baby.

Anyone who knows us knows how incredibly fortunate we are when it comes to family. Our parents and siblings are amazing. They pulled off this beautiful baby shower that I knew very little about (besides the date and location). My husband and daughter even kept secrets.

Imagine walking into this. 

I was just in awe of the decor. And it was one of the few times where all sides of our family were in the same place at the same time. It was an amazing feeling.

And my best friends!

They helped me with the gift-opening (always overwhelming, so I was grateful for that.)

This is the look you have when one of your best friends gives you a big box full of stuff that could quite literally get you through your baby's first year. I mean there were multiple packages of diapers, wipes, cereal, dishes, lotion, baby soaps, bibs, etc.

It was the perfect day. I am so grateful for all the love and time shared with us.

With my aunt and mother.

With my sister-in-law and sister. I'm missing my other sister, who is also weeks away from having baby #2. She was too close to delivery to travel! And my brother, who couldn't be there that day, sent tons (way too many) gifts in his place! 

With my niece (who is hanging on for dear life), nephew, and M. My dad and stepmom's three grandchildren (soon to be FIVE).

My sweet Babycakes. She's loving this big sister thing, and is already in love with her baby sister.

Getting practice with her newest little cousin (who was born since my last blog post)!

I wish I'd gotten pictures with everyone. :( The shower flew by!

So as you can see, a lot of things have happened since the last time I updated this spot. But I'm back now. Ready to share our new lives as parents to (almost) TWO. Here we are one Sunday afternoon at the park.

This wasn't exactly a planned photo (hence the t-shirts DK and I are both wearing), but I had my camera, I'd just hit eight months pregnant, and I wanted to get something with the three of us. And M is being her normal silly self. :)

But this is where we are now. In 3-4 weeks, our lives will be very different. I look forward to sharing some of that here. Feel free to pop in anytime. 

Thanks for stopping by!

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