Tuesday, May 28, 2013

iPhone photo dump

In no particular order....

We did a bit of swimming with KK & Chandler to celebrate Memorial Day...followed by a yummy Pasta Bravo dinner {thanks to KK ;)}
Chloe showing us her moves!

& Carter just being cute!

I'm so thankful these 2 love the water...and are fairly self sufficient.  Makes my time at the pool a bit more relaxing!

A visit to the park w/ Haven & Baby Robert ended with Chloe looking like a flower child! 

A visit to 5 Guys Burgers & Fries w/ my 2 favorites!
{by the way, when I snapped this picture, Carter was in mid dance move...wish the picture could have captured how into it he really was}

A doughnut date with these 2 as well...

Tiny fingers enjoying the pretty weather and windows down!
{these are Carter's fingers for the record}

More pool fun...this time enjoying a sweet treat!

"I'm a race car driver, Mom"

Some much needed inspiration on Sunday morning from our previous Pastor at Grace Community Church.

This sweet girl is now officially a 2nd grader.
I received her report card in the mail--straight A's to end the year.
She only had 1 B the entire year...and it was a 91 in Reading her first 6 weeks.
Incredibly proud of her!
{photo taken on her last day of school}

A quick photo of me before work last week...I'm in love with this bright yellow tunic from Kikilarue! 

Finally, I was planning to be out of town this last weekend but it didn't work out.  So, I was able to take part in the Memorial Day CrossFit Event!  It wan incredibility intense.  The event could be done by yourself or with a partner...of course, I needed a partner to split all this craziness up with...so Amanda & I did it together!  Couldn't as for a better work out buddy...she keeps me motivated and pushes me harder than anyone ever has!  By the way, she is 6 months pregnant ;)  Here is a before and after from the day!



Thursday, May 16, 2013

Mother's Day & More

I wanted to start this blog out with this picture because it was taken just days after I became a Mommy of 2 {I think Carter was 12 days old}.  Though I feel like I struggle everyday with Motherhood, I am truly blessed with the sweetest, smartest, most beautiful children I could have ever asked for.  They love me unconditionally no matter what and for that, I'm so grateful!  I'm so proud to be their Momma! 

This past Sunday I got to celebrate my 7th year as a Mommy!!
{I am also counting when I was pregnant with Chloe...cause it counts ;) }
We started out the day at Church, followed by lunch, and then a trip to the Zoo. 
The weather was perfect for our 1st visit to the Zoo this year.  Sadly, we were called out of Church because Carter said his head hurt-long story short-Blake took him home to give him some Tylenol and he got sick in the car. He took a quick nap while Chloe & I ate and then we headed to the Zoo.  He was so good all day even though it was quite apparent he didn't feel good.  He made it all the way home before getting sick again.  Poor little guy :( 

{this is pretty much how he looked the entire day}

{my first born...she made me a Mommy}

{Chloe & Chandler Kate in front of the purple iris's at the zoo}

I was given several sweet treats...perfect for me and the things I have going on right now!  I'm most excited about my Dick's gift card...who would have ever thought I would say that...I'm on my way to owning my first pair of Crossfit shoes!!  Speaking of, I have started doing Crossfit on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with Amanda!  I am IN LOVE!  Even though she has to bully me into going every morning...I am always so glad I show up!  

{our ridiculous conversations at 5am via text}

{my first WOD I ever did took place in Amanda's garage...it killed me and kept me sore for 4 days}

{a few sweet treats from my girl}

Last Friday, I was invited to Chloe's Class for a Mother's Day Celebration.  The kids sang to us, served us donuts and juice, and gave us several very sweet hand made treats!  My favorite thing of all is my sweet little plant that is currently sprouting on my window sill! 

{the kids singing us a Mother's Day song}

I had a great Mother's Day thanks to my sweet family...very appreciative of a nice relaxing day!
In other news...in no particular order:

Today, Chloe had Field Day!  All week she has been telling me how excited she is about Field Day, but she was not looking forward to the sack race!  Well, coincidentally  I received this picture this morning from her teacher...Chloe ready to take off during the sack race!

And guess what???  She came in 3rd!  So proud for her!!

Carter has been extra snugly lately so I snapped this picture of him while we were watching the Lorax together!

Ms. Kemmer sent me this picture of Chloe & Rebekah during Technology Day!  The girls also brought in their American Girl Dolls so they could play together :) 

Just an old picture I came across...Carter was 9 months old.  I can't believe how fast time has gone by.  I really wish we could go back to when he was a baby...I would freeze him just like that if I could...well, let me take that back...I am absolutely in love with this 2 1/2 year old stage as well...yes, he sometimes likes to be a stinker and let his terrible 2's show...but overall, he is so funny, sweet, loving and amazes me every day with how smart he is! He is my sweet, sweet boy! 

I had some free time recently so I took the kids to the park that is right by our house.  They both love it so much because it is right next to 3 baseball fields...they love watching the other kids play!

And finally, Chloe got this project from school because the whole class was good!!  She started working on it last night, quickly finished it, and decided she wanted to give it to her teacher, Ms. Kemmer!  Sweet girl!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

a little pick me up

even on the worst kind of day when you are so busy you can't see straight, seeing them this happy and loving each other is priceless and something I will forever cherish.  they truly love each other and it shows {most times!!}

Derby Bunco 2013

Derby Bunco 2013 is in the books.  
We had so much fun last night....everyone sporting their Derby hats made everything that much more festive.
Haven & Ameila did a great job with the food, decor, and gifts.
We actually played this year, which is definitely a nice change!

Sadly, I didn't win any of the amazing prizes, but I had a great time nonetheless!

The Winners:
Shelby, Ashley, Brittnye, Brittany, Jean, & Haven

Brittnye and I sporting our Derby hats 
{mine will double as my pool / beach hat this summer...I didn't feel so bad spending the money when I thought of it that way!!}

When it was all said and done, I came home to this sweet girl! 

Thursday, May 2, 2013


Well, I guess I just haven't been snapping as many pictures lately.
I realized that when I went to finally update the 'ole blog and realized I didn't have many captured memories. 
One thing I wanted to jot down was how funny Carter is right now.
He is a little over 2 1/2 now and as funny {and rotten} as ever.

Both kids recently had hair cuts.  This was the first time that Carter sat in the chair by himself.  I couldn't believe it...thankful for the toy dinosaur that kept him somewhat occupied.  Hoping next time it goes even smoother.  He was in desperate need of a trim.  I didn't get an after picture, but here he is sitting nicely in the chair for Laura.

He looks a bit apprehensive!

He is currently OBSESSED with his matchbox cars....
as you can see: 

In the top picture, he told me "Momma, they are going to the gas station!"
He always lines ALL of them up, facing the same direction.
He has taken my OCD traits to a whole new level; I thought Chloe was particular.

I need to take a picture of it, but he currently sleeps with about 15 stuffed animals in the bed with him including a monkey pillow pet that he calls Riley.  This is on top of the 4 blankets he needs in the bed at all times.  He knows if anything is missing...he is very on top of it.  Whenever he find a stuffed animal around the house {generally they are Chloe's stuffed animals}, he immediately takes it up stairs and throws it in his bed.  He doesn't realize that he needs room to actually sleep in his bed too!

I have yet to change his bed to a toddler bed for fear of him not ever staying in the bed.  We didn't change Chloe until she was 3 so I'm hoping to hold out a bit longer.  He is also in the throws of potty training-to be honest, he does great at daycare {dry ALL DAY} but then he gets home and I slack...so I hear things like "Momma, I just peed..."  GREAT!  I need to be more on it so we can get him out of diapers already!

The other day, I headed to Nashville with Brittnye, Chloe, Carter, and Austin.  We were quite a sight dragging 3 kids around Green Hills Mall.  Well, because we were gone most of the day and Carter refused to miss a second of Team Umizoomi in the car...he never napped.  We sat down to eat dinner that night and when I looked over at him...this is what I saw.  He was sacked out before he even got more than 2 bites down.

I snapped this picture outside of Cindy's the other day. He looked so big and handsome {check out the new hair cut}.  9 times out of 10, he is a good boy, but he certainly can have a sassy mouth.  He likes to test me right now, but I know that is completely normal.  Like when he through a fit in Walgreens the other day because I wouldn't give in to him and buy the bag of M&Ms...he proceeded to lay out in the middle of an aisle and scream.  Thankfully, my big girl was there to help me out--she pushed out my cart and even loaded the few things I bought into the car for me.  So grateful that she knows when to step in without even being asked.

Speaking of Chloe, she got a new hair cut as well.
Per her request, Laura cut off 4 1/2 inches.  EEEKK!
I had to hold back the tears, but as you can see by her smile, she was so excited!
Her new thing is that she wants to do her own hair...I have a hard time letting go!

On our way home from school the other day, I looked at Chloe in the back seat and just couldn't help noticing what a beautiful young lady she is turning into...most of the time, she is so sweet and obliging.  I really take for granted how sweet she is.  Proud to be her Momma for sure!