Finally Fall

Fall finally decided to show up in Mississippi this weekend. It was gorgeous and sunny Saturday and Sunday with lows in the low 50’s and highs in the 70’s. For our third year and a row, my dad took Emma Kate to the classic car show in our city and out to lunch at McAlisters. This year was the most challenging because last year she was just learning to walk and the year before she was only a month old!

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How cute is this display?

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It’s fun to walk around a free event checking out all the cars. It helps when the weather is beautiful! We are all about free things to do.

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There were rows and rows of classic cars of all different colors.

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We walked over to McAlisters and sat outside for lunch before walking over to our yogurt shop for dessert.

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Saturday night we had a fall get together with our life group from church. It was at my friends house who lives down the street, so we just walked over. We had chips and dip, chili, soup, and caramel apples. Emma Kate had a blast playing with all the other kids. I didn’t take any photos, but if you saw my Instagram story then you saw Emma Kate wipe out on some playground equipment (she was fine).

Then some friends came over and watched part of the LSU/Ole Miss game. I went to bed at 11:00 because the game didn’t start until 8:15, so it was way past my bedtime.

Sunday we went to church and then had the annual fun fest at our church. It’s a free community wide event with games, candy, and lots of fun!

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How adorable is she?!?

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We went in the bouncy house about five times, watched the puppet show, and helped with the photo booth. She slept like a rock that night!

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It was our third year at fun fest and it is something I will definitely miss when we move.

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QOTD: Do you go to any community or church fall events?

Mother’s Day Weekend

Happy Monday! The weekend went by so fast, but it was SUCH a great one, I wish I could do it all over again. I want to tell you all about it, and I hope you had a good one too (especially all you moms out there!)

Friday did not start out very good for us though. Unfortunately, Emma Kate was up all Thursday night with a bad cough. I tried holding her upright in the rocking chair, giving her water, etc. and nothing worked, so no one in our house got much sleep. Even though she was acting like her crazy self and didn’t have a fever, I decided to call the doctor because, just my luck she would get worse on Saturday. They were able to fit her in Friday morning so I missed boot camp, but it was worth it to make sure Ek was ok.

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Checking out the doctor’s chair during her appointment.

Thankfully her ears and lungs were clear, but she had a significant amount of drainage so we were given some meds to help her out. I decided to take her to the park after since she was so good at her appointment. It was a gorgeous day, and lucky for us this weather would continue all weekend.

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Friday afternoon was spent cleaning up the house because we had some friends coming over for dinner to BBQ with us. Also, sometime during the afternoon, I got a text from my mm asking if they could stay for the weekend. They had gone up to the Biltmore for a few days, and didn’t feel like driving all the way back to New Orleans in one day, so they ended up arriving late that evening after our dinner guests had left.

On Saturday morning, mom and dad watched little bit so Bobby could go to the gym and I went on a five mile run.

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We took my parents out to Livingston for lunch, they had never been out there and I told them then needed to come back during the week so we could take them to the Farmer’s Market. We walked around the shops after lunch and then headed to the house so Emma Kate could nap.

Bobby had to be up at the yogurt shop for a birthday party, so my dad and I drove around looking at open houses while my mom hung out at the house relaxing while EK napped. My dad and I share a love for looking at beautiful homes, so we randomly drove around to different neighborhoods an found about 12 houses to go into (our area has TONS of new construction so they were easy to find!) Check out this gorgeous house on the water. I loved the kitchen.

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It had a huge screened porch and a deck. Heaven.

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We went back to the house after the baby woke up and then the four of us piled in my SUV and we took my mom back to our two favorite houses to show her (one being the one in the above pics, of course.)

Then we surprised Bobby at the yogurt shop and grabbed a snack there before heading back home. The weather was so beautiful we were able to sit on our screened in porch and drink some wine while we waited for Bobby to come home so we could eat dinner. Then we just relaxed and watched TV that evening. It was the best relaxing day!

Sunday morning we hung out and got ready for church, and when the three of us went to leave, my mom and dad headed back to Louisiana. It was so great to see them, especially for Mother’s Day. We took the opportunity to get some family photos before they left which was fun.

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After church we came home and I worked on my laptop on the back porch. Trying to soak up this low humidity while I can! Bobby’s sister babysat for us last night so we could go out to dinner for Mother’s Day. We went to eat at my favorite Mexican restaurant and then grocery shopping (very exciting).

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Looking at the flower section made me laugh, totally wiped out for Mother’s Day!

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On or way out of the grocery store in the parking lot, Bobby was goofing off with our cart (we had one of those short half carts) and he hit a hole and the cart flipped over forward and the momentum threw Bobby over top of the cart. Groceries EVERYWHERE, and I was dying laughing. A man jumped out of his car and came over to help us and I just couldn’t stop laughing. Poor Bobby. He hurt his shin, and his pride. We are tempted to contact Kroger for the surveillance footage just so we can watch. Sadly some of our eggs busted during the whole ordeal!

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Such fun memories from this weekend, can’t wait to do it again!

QOTD: What did you do for Mother’s Day?

Time Marches On

On Sunday, our church had it’s senior recognition during the service Bobby and I attend. They did a great job (they had a video play while each student brought a rose to their parents), and our pastor preached a great sermon geared towards the high school seniors. I was admittedly a little distracted by a couple of things that I kept thinking about during the service that I thought would be appropriate to share here.

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The first thing I kept feeling was a little bit of regret. I remember the spring of my graduation from high school clear as if it were yesterday. It was such an exciting season for me. We had the senior trip, graduation, I had a graduation party, then a fun summer working and hanging out with friends. This was to be fllowed by shopping for my dorm room, college orientation, and then finally moving away to college. So much going on, so much to look forward to, with my whole life ahead of me.

But, there is something else that I remember during that time as well, and it was that all I wanted was for time to speed up. Hurry up, let’s go, I have things to do! I wanted to hurry through graduation to get to summer, then hurry through summer to get to college. Once I was in college, I wanted to hurry through that to be a “grown up” and be “on my own”, you know, adulting and all that.

Oh, how I wish I could go back to 17 year old me and tell myself to SLOW DOWN. That this was such a fun time of life that I would never be able to get back, and that I would wish so hard that I could get back to it when I was older. Not that I dislike my life now, but let’s be real, the end of high school/going to college is a fun, carefree time for most. I watched as each of those seniors brought a rose to their families, most of the moms were crying, and the students were grinning from ear to ear. I knew EXACTLY the excitement they were feeling in that moment, and I felt the urge to reach out, grab their shoulders, and tell them to slow down.

College will come and go so quickly, and then you are left adulting for the rest of your life, and yall, it’s hard. The decisions, the responsibilities, I  know we all feel the pressure. Some days I wish I could get a college “redo” and really soak it in instead of hurry through it. I want them to all savor the moment and really make the most of it. I envy them all, having a chance to start from the beginning.

The second thing I kept thinking about that was bringing me to tears over and over again was the thought that this will be me in 17 short years. I will be the mom, crying uncontrollably, accepting a rose from my grown up daughter as she smiles excitedly, ready for her future.

Yall, I am so, so guilty of wishing time away. On rainy days when I am stuck inside with a hyper toddler, on days when I have a ton of work to do, and on days when my house is a mess, I just want to get through it and on to the next day. But I know if I keep wishing these days away, then I will blink, and Emma Kate will be on the senior video in front of the church. Baby dedication is in two weeks, and it was exactly this time last year we dedicated our little girl. A year. A whole year has passed. I only have 17 more and she will be gone.

It really is true that the days are long, but the years are short. I pray that in these hard seasons of being a mom, that I will not forget to embrace each moment, and that I will not wish them away for something easier. Time marches on, whether we are ready for it or not. We have a choice, if we will make each day count, or long for something else, something different, something further down the road.

I pray for those high school seniors, for my baby girl, and for myself, that we would hold on for just a moment longer, stop and take it all in for another second, and be content in the place we are, for this season. For it will be gone all too soon, and we can’t get it back.

Easter Egg Mania

On Sunday, our church held an open to the community Easter Egg hunt for kinds K5 and under. Unfortunately, the weather was not great. It was about 48 degrees and SUPER windy. However, the show must go on, and we weren’t missing Emma Kate’s first egg hunt!

They had a bounce house and slide, face painting, popcorn, cotton candy, lemonade, and balloon animals as well as a professional photographer. They started with a little “show” and also to show off the brand new preschool playground that was just built.

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They did a little story about the true meaning of Easter and sang a song, it was really cute. After that, it was time to get some eggs!

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They had it organized really well. There were roped off areas for 4-5 year olds, 2-3 year olds, and baby-23 month olds (the babies were in the new playground area). It was hysterical to see all the other parents of kids Emma Kate’s age trying to take pictures and get them to put eggs in their baskets. The kids just stood there very very confused.

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After showing Emma Kate what to do a few times, she finally got the hang of it and would put eggs in her basket.

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Then she would get distracted by the grass, other kids, you name it.

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I don’t know if you can tell, but in the below picture EK is saying “ooooo” because she just discovered she could open the eggs and that there was something inside! (Thankfully, she has no idea what candy is).

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After a few minutes Emma Kate played on the playground and then we got in line for her picture.

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Baby girl didn’t eat much at lunch so she was hungry and cranky so I gave her some popcorn. When I tried to take the bag from her for the photo, she FREAKED OUT, so I had to give it back. Not the best photo prop, but at least she’s not screaming.

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Of course, as soon as we came home, all the eggs got dumped out all over my floor. I have a feeling this will happen all week long!

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The Easter egg hunt was a success, and we had a lot of fun. A huge thanks to Broadmoor for putting it on!

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QOTD: Did you/will go go to an Easter egg hunt this year?

Photo Dump November 2014

Apparently my phone refuses to backup because my storage is full, so I did one of the things I for some reason dislike doing (time consuming? Not sure?) and dumped my photos off of my phone, so I thought I would share some with you that haven’t made it onto the blog or Instagram (I don’t think).

Adorable bib from a friend

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One of the few times of the year I wear gloves to run. It was 32!

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The night after she got her shots. She was ssooo sleepy

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Big smiles in the morning

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Game day

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When my mom came to visit when EK was about 5 weeks old

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Mom and dad back for a visit at 7 weeks

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Late night feeding

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Women’s conference my mom and I went to at my church. The girl who played on the show the Facts of Life spoke!

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QOTD: If you dumped pictures from your phone what would they mostly be of?

On The Move

Hey guys! We are actually down in Biloxi today. The movers are here picking up all of our stuff, although we won’t be moving into the new house until next week. The closing on our old house got pushed back (NOT our doing!) but we still decided to come down and get everything moved on the original date. So, here I am, at the house I lived in since February 2010, for the very last day.

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Not going to lie, I have mixed emotions. On one hand, I have wanted out of this town since the day we moved in, but on the other hand I still have a lot of good memories in this house. Bobby and I designed/built it together, and it was home during some of the most difficult parts of our married life. We dealt with job and family crisis, loneliness, and confusion about where we were supposed to be. But, we made it through, learned a lot of valuable lessons, and I am more than happy to close this chapter and open a new one back in “our town”.

It’s hard to believe we packed up our first home together in Madison, MS nearly four years ago, and now we are coming back! That move was quite stressful because we ended up getting ripped off by the moving company (another lesson learned, always get a guaranteed price!) and our closing had been moved back twice on that house before we finally got to move in. I was living with my parents while Bobby lived with some friends in our new town as we waited for our home to be complete.

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Ooohhh the boxes. Not looking forward to that again! We eventually got settled in, and truly enjoyed a lot of the aspects of our home and neighborhood.

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In the end, the area wasn’t a great fit for us and we longed to be back in Madison. We were very thankful to have a beautiful home, but I learned a very valuable lesson during our time in Biloxi: You can’t make up for lack of friends and relationships or a good church home just because you really love your house. The newness will fade and you will still feel very lonely.

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Our years in that house may have been very trying, but I believe it taught us the importance of relationships, being plugged into a great church, and that “things”, while nice, won’t keep you happy for long. We have already started to invest ourselves in our church and community, and cannot wait to raise baby M here! Now, we are praying that the closing goes through on the 31st, then I think it will feel more real and official once it is all done, and then I will share more about our new home and some other things going on with us! I just don’t want to jinx anything until papers are actually signed. Smile

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I will be back this afternoon, but doubt I will have time to blog, so just hang with me as things may be a bit sporadic as we go through this process.

QOTD: Do you have bittersweet feelings when you move out of a house? How important is the area in which you live in comparison to the home itself?

Saturday in Pictures & Workout Recap

 

Yesterday, my Sunday school class and their families went to the place my husband works to do a mission project. They have some older buildings that needed repainting and we agreed to do it for them. The day started off gloomy and windy but turned to be beautiful and a great day for painting. (Although, I must say my shoulders disagree that it as a perfect day, very, very sore!)

Here are a few pictures my lovely friend Gina took of the occasion.

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walking to our project, ready for painting!

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So, you may be wondering where I am in these shots. The above picture is the only one I made it into. You can see a bit of my gold shirt and blue shorts. Can you find me?

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Bobby with a paint sprayer. Oh boy.

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I am going to start doing a run down of all of my workouts from the past week on Sunday’s instead of trying to remember to post what I did every day. I still may mention workouts, but will compile a list on Sunday was well.

Sunday: rest

Monday: ran 5 miles, upper body weights, 25 minutes elliptical

Tuesday: leg, ab, and upper body weights, 20 minutes elliptical

Wednesday: 1 hour yoga class, 10 minutes upper body weights

Thursday: ran 2.5 miles, upper body, ab, and leg weights

Friday: rest

Saturday: painted the outside of buildings (4 hours) moving long run to Monday (will be 6 miles)

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QOTD: Do you like to paint? What is the biggest painting project you have ever done?

Christmas Eve Recap 2011

 

As I mentioned last year, today is one of the most sad days of the year for me. I am obsessed with the Christmas season, so the end of it is just so depressing. We usually leave our decorations up until New Years, but honestly, I am just ready to put everything away because it makes me so sad how far away next year is from now. I had a great weekend with my family and it went by SO FAST and I don’t want it to end. January and February are my least favorite months of the year. Christmas is over, and It’s just cold outside! Ok now that I have bummed everyone out, here is what we did on Christmas eve.

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I woke up early to get into the kitchen. I had a LOT of baking to do. I always give our relatives (aunts, uncles, cousins) a bunch of baked goods for Christmas. I made the Snickers cookies I make every year, fudge, reindeer food, and pretzel candy. My mom was baking as well, so it was fun to just hang out in the kitchen all day listening to Christmas music. The boys could come in and out from playing the Wii and watching TV. (They also had to make a quick trip to the grocery store for me for pretzels!)

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My dad cooked some prime rib that we were going to eat for dinner, so we had to smell it all day as it cooked. Delicious!

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I took a couple breaks to take pictures and watch the boys for a few minutes.

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she wouldn’t look at the camera!

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neither would she!

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We had pizza for lunch, then that afternoon we headed into New Orleans to visit my grandmother and my uncle. Unfortunately, the only picture I took was of Bobby holding my grandmother’s obese dog. You can’t tell from the picture, but this dog is massive.

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We ate an early dinner over there before heading to church.

Side note…anyone ever heard of Jessee Duplantis, the televangelist? Well, he just built his “new house” down the street from my grandmother….it’s over 31k square feet and has a bowling alley. He “preaches” on TV and begs people to send him money in the name of God…and then he lives in this. Makes. me. sick. DO NOT SEND HIM MONEY! HE IS A FRAUD! here is his house:

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I wish I was kidding. Ok, back to happy thoughts! So we headed to church at First Baptist New Orleans (my parents church), which is where I got married almost 5 years ago.

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It was a great service. We were all given candles, and at the end, we all lit our candles by passing the flame from person to person all around the church. Then we stood up, raising our candles with all the lights off in the sanctuary, and sang silent night. It was absolutely beautiful and such a great moment. My favorite part was when we sang this verse, all holding out candles:

“Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth “

It was just one of those moments you would love to just freeze in time. So very cool. After church, we came home and had a delicious supper.

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I used those new stick on nails strips. So far they are holding up well and look cool!

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We made a fire and chatted for awhile.

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Then, my sister and her husband came over and my dad read the Christmas story from Luke 2 and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

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He has been reading out of that book since I was a little girl. Smile

We were all pretty exhausted, so it was off to bed so Santa could come!

QOTD: What did you do on Christmas eve?

Christmas Weekend Happenings

 

It’s Christmas Eve! It’s Christmas Eve! Bobby and I (and the girls) are at my parents house for a few days to celebrate. Today will be lots of baking, lots of Christmas music, and of course, a fire in the fireplace. We are going to visit my grandmother and then go to church later this evening, and then my sister an her husband will probably come over. I can’t believe the holiday snuck up on us so fast, I’m excited but also sad that so soon it will all be over. Yes I am one of “those” sentimental people.

On Thursday night, Karen and her husband Jason stopped in for the night at our house on their way back from Disney World. We took them out to our favorite Mexican restaurant, and Karen and I did a lot of chatting until late into the night. It was great to catch up!

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Please ignore my wild hair and no makeup.

I was sad they had to go so soon, but we also had a lot of packing up to do to get to my parents!

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Last night, we did a lot of chatting and catching up by the fire, followed by a game of scrabble flash. We ate our favorite pizza from a place called Marco’s, and then all watched The Santa Clause. So far it’s been a great holiday weekend, and I can’t wait to have some more Christmas fun!

I hope wherever you are, that you are enjoying time with your loved ones. I love y’all!

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QOTD: What are you doing today? baking? visiting family? share!