Friday, June 17, 2016

Lately - Parties, Parks, and Fave Products

Summer is officially in full force, and when I say full force, I really mean full heat!  Is it sweltering where you are too?  I went outside yesterday and my sunglasses and phone completely fogged up.  Yuck!  Thankfully, we have a lake trip and a beach trip in the next couple of weeks to hopefully cool us down!

We've been staying completely busy over the last few weeks, and it's been a blast!
Dinners with friends, outdoor parties, swim lessons, vacation bible school, birthday celebrations, and much more!  Here's a little snippet of some of our summer festivities!

{rooftop pizza with some of our favorite friends!}

{the most perfect "welcome home" party for our friends who recently adopted!  this night was one for the books!}

{party prepping!}

{an outdoor lawn birthday party - how amazing is this backyard?}

{we finally visited the epic "tree top" playground at our local park - it is awesome!}

{Andrew started swim lessons - and has LOVED it!}

{I took a quick trip to Nashville - and loved every minute of it!  Especially QT with one of my besties and her fam, meeting new babies, and seeing family!}

And I have to mention my new favorite baby product that I have been using every day for the past couple of months.  This Covered Goods multi-use nursing cover has not left our side!

It's a nursing cover....

A car seat cover....

A grocery cart cover....

A high chair cover....

An all-around perfect blanket for getting every job done.  If you're expecting a baby, already have a bundle of joy, or just received a baby shower invitation, you must click out of this blog (it's OK, I understand), and click on this link to get one of these amazing (and comfortable and cute!) covers.  They have tons of prints too! You will not be disappointed.  Promise.

Hope y'all are having a great week, and gearing up for an even better weekend!

{huge thanks to Covered Goods for sending my cover to review!}
{huge HUGS and PRAYERS to everyone affected by the tragedies in our country over the last week.  I am heartbroken and I am lifting you all up.}

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Ellie - 6 Months

Dear Baby Girl, 
I don't really know how it's possible, but our love for you grows more and more every month!  Each new smile, each new coo or giggle.  A milestone reached, or a new skill achieved.  The more you interact with us, the more we fall in love with every teeny bit of you!  Your personality is shining and blossoming, and I can't wait to wake up each morning
(preferably after the sun comes up) to see what new ways you will wrap us around your tiny fingers.  You are truly a delight and joy, and have been the sweetest and most wonderful baby!  

This month, you celebrated Mother's day with me!  It was the most special day!  What an honor and privilege it is to be your mother.  I can't wait for the bond between us to grow and grow as you get older.  The relationship between your "Mimi" and I is one that I've always cherished and one that I hold so close to my heart. 
 I dream of the memories and experiences you and I will have together :)

You also visited the Zoo with friends and family, took a lot of walks in this gorgeous spring weather, were carried all over the city in the search of our new house, tried new foods (sweet potatoes, pears, peaches, and green beans), and got your first exersaucer, which you love! 

At six months, you are reaching for everything, pulling Mama's hair, putting anything and everything into your mouth, and you have begun to scoot!  You do a one-arm body drag, which is quite hilarious to watch.  You'll be crawling in no time!  

Things you love: 
"Scooting" across the floor  
Your Rock N' Play (still!)
Tummy and neck tickles, especially from Daddy
Mirrors and other babies! 
Bathtime and getting your hair washed

Things you don't love: 
The pack and play 
Sleeping through the night (you stopped this month!) 

15lbs 10oz 
26 inches long 
Sleep: 3 naps a day.  12 hours (and 1 feed) in the night. 

We love you so much sweet girl!
(And so does your big brother, who insisted on being a part of this photo shoot!) 

Happy 6 months!

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Monday, May 9, 2016

A Weekend of Celebrations!

What a weekend!  I really hope y'all had a wonderful time celebrating the special Mamas in your life.  Our busy weekend started off on Thursday with a joint birthday party for my littlest nephew, Isaiah, (who turned 1!)...and yours truly!  It was the most beautiful night and everyone had a blast playing in the backyard, opening presents, and enjoying every bite of my favorite cake in the world (thank you hubby!) 

It was so special to be with family!  Living so far from family and friends for the past 5 years was so difficult in times like these.  Birthday parties and family get togethers were something I missed more than anything - just to be able to celebrate these milestones with loved ones is a priceless gift.  

Friday, we had a play date at the park with my sweet mama friends and their kiddos - how cute are these baby girls all just 3 weeks apart?!

I did a little shopping (and napping!), and then later that night we celebrated my bday again with a group of amazing couples!  And believe it or not - we had way too much fun, and forgot to take pics! 

Saturday comprised of a morning Pure Barre class, followed by lunch with old friends, and house hunting in the afternoon!  Grilling out for dinner - and then a 9pm bedtime for this mama capped off a busy but fun day!  

Sunday was such a special day!  
We spent the morning dedicating precious Isaiah (nephew) to the Lord!  It was a beautiful and memorable moment to have John's dad (and Isaiah's grandpa) do the baptism.

After church, I managed to get a family pic (which are rare these days!) And we are all smiling!
   So incredibly thankful and blessed to do life with this bunch.  They fill my heart with such joy. 

The afternoon was spent with the fam again!  The kids had a blast as always, and the dear husbands provided the most wonderful meal for all the mamas!  It was an amazing day. 


And just a quick little note before this post ends...
I want to look back and remember how this Mother's Day felt as a mom of {now} 2 precious children.  
I feel honored.  I feel humbled.  I feel blessed.  My heart has never been so full. 
I also feel exhausted. 
There are moments when I think I could just pack a bag and fly to Fiji, {alone} and never look back.  The days when my keys end up in the toilet, there are a hundred blueberries strewn down the staircase, there is peanut butter (or wait... is that poop?) in my hair, and I can't find a shirt to wear that doesn't have a spit up stain on it.  I find myself cleaning some form of surface (carpet, counter, table, high chair, noses, faces, hair, clothes), about 75% of the day.  There are tears, sometimes mine, shed on the daily, and the time out corner is occupied more than I'd like to admit. 

But only by the grace of God, (and coffee....and cake) we make it through those days.  A new day starts, and I find myself truly in awe of the love I feel for them.  In awe of God's sovereign hand, and faithfulness.  
Of His love for me, and for them. 
I see their sweet faces, and I feel my heart beating for them.  Their smiles light up my life, and their tiny hands melt me into a puddle of mush.  Hearing the word "Mama" is something I'll always be grateful for - for it is something I have prayed for since I was a little girl myself.  I am so thankful that God has entrusted me to carry, raise, teach, and love these tiny blessings.   My whole life changed on the days that they were born.  And I'll gladly and proudly don that
spit-up stained shirt and sticky hair, because they're mine.  And I'm theirs.


And to my beautiful mother. 
You are truly the greatest gift to me.  I am forever grateful for your unconditional love, support, understanding, generosity, thoughtfulness, compassion, and wisdom you have given me over my life.  I never realized how gracefully and beautifully you lived your life, and raised us kids, until I became an adult and mother myself.  You are an inspiration and a role model to me, and I am honored to be your daughter.  Thank you for loving me SO well, and ALWAYS being there for me.  I am so lucky. My hope is that I am half the mom to Andrew and Ellie as you have been to me. 

And to my precious mother-in-law.  I cannot express the gratitude I have for the acceptance and love you have given me.  Since the day I met you, I knew that you had the most gentle and kind heart. You radiate God's love, and I look up to you so much.  You are the epitome of grace and selflessness.  Thank you for your support, and especially for taking us into your lives and home during this season.  I'll always look back and remember this as such a sweet time of growing and learning.  You are such a blessing. 

Happy {belated} Mother's Day :)

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