Friday, June 28, 2013

the breaking key

So the other night Emerson and I were coming home from running an errand. Normal outing, normal night, until... I stuck my key in the door to unlock it. Rather, I should say, I tried to stick my key in the keyhole. The key would not fit. I didn't have the wrong key, the key just wouldn't go in. I wiggled and jiggled and shoved and jammed the key in the hole and it refused to budge. To anyone walking by our house I'm sure it looked like I was trying to break in. I wasn't. I just couldn't get in my own house! I stood fooling with the key for at least ten minutes. Nothing worked. But I'm not a quitter, especially when it comes to getting into my own house, so I kept trying to get the key in the hole. When all of the sudden I hear a little "crick" and look down to see half of my house key. The other half was stuck in the key hole.

How does that happen?! I didn't even know that was a thing. Who knew your house key could break in half? Not me, that's for sure.

I called Landon up and told him he would never guess in a million years what just happened to me. He didn't guess and he only laughed when I told him I broke my house key and was stuck outside. At least he was able to look on the bright side of things.

Thankfully we have a great handy man and he was able to come over that evening and get the other half of my key out of the door. Needless to say, we have a new lock and key. I just hope this new one doesn't break!  

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

the best cookies you will ever eat

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I tried a new cookie recipe. Well, the time has come for me to share that with you. You are welcome :) It is super simple, easy, and they cookies are absolutely irresistible! They are little puffs of goodness.  [please excuse the poor lighting in these pictures. I made these one night and knew the cookies wouldn't last till morning when I could snap a better picture :]

Gooey Butter Cookies

You will need: 
1 yellow cake box mix
1/2 cup butter
1/2 tsp vanilla 
1 8 oz cream cheese pkg
1 egg
powdered sugar

Mix butter, vanilla, egg, and cream cheese till fluffy. Mix in cake mix. Chill for 30 minutes. Drop spoonfuls of the batter onto a cookie sheet. Dust with powdered sugar. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Sprinkle some more powdered sugar on top. Enjoy! :)

original recipe found here with much prettier pictures :0

See? Easy peasy! Now go make you some :)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

visting on the front porch

This past weekend Emerson and I got to go visit my grandparents in Tennessee. Even though we really don't live too far from my grandparents, this was the first time we went to visit them since we have lived here (horrible, I know). It's a shame too, because we are moving further away from them so who knows when the next time we will be able to visit will be. Perhaps that's what made this visit so special.

We got to spend most of the time just sitting on the porch chatting, sipping nice cold glasses of water, watching the neighbor's chickens peck around in the yard. Life seemed to slow down. Nothing seemed urgent or important. Nothing mattered more than just spending the evening together watching the day go by. We were even so lucky to watch the Super Moon for a while, it was so bright and beautiful!

 just chillin' with his great-grandma 
 happy baby 

 he even got to meet one of his great aunts and her kiddos. 

 I love my grandparents. They are some of the best people I know.

  watching a flag football game with grandpa

My heart feels full after visiting my grandparents. My grandpa truly is one of the best men I know. His heart chases after the Lord and it is evident to all around him. I pray that Emerson grows up to be the kind of man my grandpa is.

Monday, June 24, 2013


Lately I have been trying out the whole world of coupons. I have used coupons occasionally in the past, mostly at stores that send them to me in the mail like Bath & Body Works [love their coupons! I refuse to buy anything at that store without a coupon in hand] and Ulta being some of the main contributors. I used coupons occasionally when it came to grocery shopping, but not every time, and I wasn't sad if I didn't have any coupons. Recently I have been wanting to save us more money [it might have something to do with us becoming dirt poor in the next month or so] on my shopping trips so I started looking for and clipping coupons. To no extreme mind you, just here and there, if I saw a good coupon I would cut it out and put it in a little folder. The last few trips to the store I have had an envelope full of coupons to had over at the register. With the coupons and my store card I have been saving quite a lot of money on our groceries, which I happen to love. My savings are nothing like they are on "Extreme Couponers", but it is enough to help me see a difference and celebrate the little savings. 

But my coupons have run out, well, almost and I'm not sure if I should continue couponing like I have for the past few weeks. Even though I love seeing the price drop at the register and seeing the little box on my receipt that says my total savings for the trip was $24.51 [or something] I'm not sure if I should keep it up. This is why: we bought a paper [and they cost a lot more than quarter] but about half [maybe  more] of the coupons were for products we don't even use. So while I used a handful of the coupons included, the others weren't helpful and just went to waste. I like to get certain products, if the coupon is for a sports drink [even though it's a great deal and will save us money] I won't use it because that is not a product I use.

This is why I can't decide if it is something I should try to keep up or not. Yes, the coupons help save us some money, but a lot of the coupons are for products we don't even use. What do you do? Spend a lot of money to get the coupons but then only use a few or not use any coupons at all?

I know there websites that have coupons and such, but so far I haven't found any helpful or good coupons from these sites.

Do any of you coupon? Why or why not? What's your strategy?  Have any tips? Am I the only one that has this predicament?

Friday, June 21, 2013

Emerson - 5 months


Today you are five months. I know I say this all the time, and I will say it again, you are getting so big! I can't believe you are already five months old! You have done so many things this month, like going to the beach for the first time, rolling over, trying out some cereal... I LOVE spending my days with you and watching you grow and learn. Every day is full of new and fascinating things for you and it makes my heart to happy to watch you watch the world around you.  

You love being held on my shoulder so you can look around and see everything. Sometimes when I hold you it seems like you are giving me hugs - your little arms wrap around my arm and neck, it is the sweetest thing. 

 You have started taking pretty good naps during the day. Your first nap of the day is always the longest (well, usually). This nap usually happens any time from 10-12, whenever you get your second feeding of the day and usually lasts from 2 - 2 1/2 hours.
Your personality is really shining through! You are such a happy little guy, you smile all the time and love it when people talk to you. You have such a sweet giggle. It comes straight from your belly and sometimes is seems like it hurts you, you are laughing so hard. It's one of the cutest things!  

 Playing is on of your favorite things to do. It doesn't matter if it's peek-a-boo, holding your ball or other toy, being kissed on your belly... you love to play. You smile the whole time and laugh your little belly laugh. Of course I love to hear the laugh so much that I pretty much do anything to hear it. 

 Those little legs of yours are getting stronger and stronger! You love to stand up when I hold you. You will stand in my lap and smile at the world around you like you have conquered it. I help you stand of course, but your legs get stronger each day. When you have had enough of standing you just plop your little buns down in my lap and sit for a while. Then you start the whole thing over again. 
 Bath time is one of your favorite things. You love sitting in the bath and getting all clean. You don't even seem to mind too much when I dry you off and rub lotion on you, however, you don't really enjoy getting your pajamas put on. Maybe it's because you know that after pajamas comes bedtime and you are still not a huge fan of bedtime.
 You love to cuddle and I'm happy to oblige. Holding you is one of the sweetest things. You especially like to fall asleep in my arms at nap time, it's so hard to lay you down because you are so soft, sweet, and snugly.

Tummy time is getting more and more bearable for you. You still don't love being on your belly for too long, but you last a little bit longer each and every day and are able to really hold your head up now. 

You have rolled over a few times now, from belly to back and back to belly. It takes a lot of energy so you don't roll over too often. 

You love playing with your toys now, and anything else you can get your hands on. Though, it all goes in your mouth these days. You also like to grab things: toys, blankets, burp cloths, my hair, my face... it's all the same to you :)

 Sitting/laying for too long makes you really bored, so we spend a lot of time playing. You like to be able to roll around on the ground and go wherever you like. You scoot up and down and all around and look so happy while you are playing, though you are sure to let me know the moment you are bored playing. Then we move on to something else. 

You LOVE looking in the mirror! You like to stand and smile and giggle at the baby you see looking back at you. It makes you instantly happy. You also love holding my hand. You grab my fingers in your tiny little hands and hold on for dear life. Sometimes you even hug my hand.

  You are just growing so fast and getting sweeter each and every day. I am just so glad that you let me be your momma, it makes my heart happier than you will ever know. You bring so much joy into our home. You are loved very very much, Emerson. We pray that you will grow in this love and in the love of Christ. I love you sweet little handsome pants man of mine! 

Your Momma

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Our Breastfeeding Journey part 2

In case you missed part one of our breastfeeding story you can find it here.

Starting somewhere around month 2 sometimes while Emerson would be nursing he would just pull off and start screaming for what appeared to be no reason. I would burp him, try to soothe him, rock him, but to no avail. He usually ate for 50 minutes but he started screaming after only five or so and act like he didn't want to eat any more. I knew he was hungry so I just kept offering him milk. He would scream for the longest time and after a while finally calm down and eat. It wasn't every time that he would scream like this, just most of the time. I thought he might have a dairy allergy and I cut dairy out of my diet. It didn't help. I talked to his doctor and they said it could be a number of things: gas, slow or fast let down on my part, he's uncomfortable, I ate something he didn't like.... but of course they weren't sure what was causing him to scream and cry while he ate. I kept nursing and he kept screaming while he ate. It seemed to get worse and worse. I didn't know what to do to help him feel better or what was wrong with him so a lot of the time I just ended up crying along with him, praying for him to calm down and eat.

At one point during this time my milk ducts became clogged which made it more painful for me hold and nurse Emerson. I felt like even though he nursed and nursed it didn't relieve the clog. It was so painful. I read about all kinds of different ways to help relieve the pain, but really the only that worked for me was time. It took a few days for the pain to go away. Then it would happen again and again.

Then it got worse. I found out I had Mastitis and a new pain was being added to the mix. Whenever Emerson would latch on it felt like hundreds of tiny pins were piercing me. My nipples felt like they were burning and ripping all at the same time. I cried when I knew Emerson needed to nurse because it hurt so much. I didn't want to nurse him. When he latched on I cried. If he pulled off and then latched back on the pain would start all over again. The painful burning sensation along with the mastitis made me not want to hold Emerson even when I wasn't nursing him because my boobs hurt so much. I never used to give a second thought to my boobs, but not a moment went by that I wasn't painfully aware of them.

it is a good thing he's so cute!
I soon realized this burning pain wasn't only when Emerson nursed, it was intensified when he nursed, but it was present all day and night. It even hurt to dry off with a towel after my showers. I was in a lot of pain and didn't know why or what to do about it. It was horrible and I started battling with the decision to just start bottle feeding with formula because even pumping was too painful. I cried every time Emerson ate. When it finally got to be too much to bear and when I was about to call it quits I did one last desperate internet search. Come to find out Emerson had thrush and so did I.

We were both treated immediately and the relief was so sweet. My boobs and nipples didn't hurt all the time. I didn't cry when it was time to feed Emerson and he eventually stopped crying quite as much when he nursed. He was on medicine for well over a month to get rid of the thrush. 

Only now, nearly five months later, we have seemed to figure out the whole nursing thing. Emerson doesn't cry like he use to and the pain for both of us is gone. I wouldn't say it's perfect now. Although, it is tons better. He has figured out how to latch on properly and now seems to cry and scream only when he is gassy. But who knows... I'm just thankful it is bearable. I still can't nurse very well in public (with a cover) because he flails his arms like crazy which moves the cover and all sense of privacy is lost. Apparently he doesn't like being covered up. So, I try to avoid that at all costs.

But there it is. Our breastfeeding journey. I hope none of you have the experience I did and that your time nursing is all rainbows and butterflies! I heard so many women say, "nursing is so wonderful..." I truly do hope it is for you!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

bittersweet change

You may or may not remember me mentioning that lately life in our home has been a little crazy. Not crazy as in there are a dozen children running around, screaming, and spilling red Kool-Aid on the white carpet. Crazy like there have been some big decisions we have been making/talking/praying about and all of the what-ifs that go along with those decisions.

This is it: we are moving. In a month and a half we will be packing up our home and the life we have here in Louisville and moving to Champaign, Illinois. Of all of the moves I have made [and there have been a lot] this one just might be one of the most difficult ones to make. We have lived here for almost four years exactly [a long time for me, believe it or not] and in that time we have built some incredible friendships, found an amazing church, found a Small Group that we truly love, and have Landon's family nearby. This is where we started our family. This is a place I have grown to love. Leaving Louisville, our friends, and family is bittersweet. We are sad to leave what we love and know, but we know that moving to Champaign is what God wants us to do.

I feel so relieved that I was finally able to tell you this life changing piece of news [we thought it would be best for me to wait to say anything until after Landon told his boss]. If you think of it or feel so inclined, your prayers for us in this time of transition would be most welcome. I'm so thankful for the friendships I have with you all, I know that they will continue to grow as we move [that's the great thing about blogging, it doesn't matter where you live or move to, your friends get to come along :]

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Our Breastfeeding Journey part 1

Before Emerson was born I knew that I was going to breastfeed. There were a few different reasons for this decision: it's best for baby, it's healthy for mama, and it's free. I know that not all mamas are able to breastfeed or even have the option, formula is a great alternative; I'm just thankful we were able to. I wanted to be as prepared as possible and know what I was getting myself into before Emerson was born, so I signed up for a breastfeeding class at our hospital. But, we never made it to the class as it was a week after Emerson was born, we weren't expecting him to come three and a half weeks early. His early arrival just meant that we would learn together at the hospital.
Breastfeeding was never simple or easy for us. From the time Emerson was born up until now it seems like it has been one challenge after another. At the hospital he had trouble latching on correctly and I really didn't know what I was supposed to do or how to get him to latch on correctly. The lactation consultant came in a few times to visit and check up on us. Sadly she wasn't very helpful as she only talked about me learning how to pump and did not help me figure out how to get a proper latch. After having quite the discussion with her during one of her visits and trying to explain, yet again, that I was only going to nurse she stopped pushing me to pump. But she also didn't come and help me again. humm. Thankfully I had some pretty incredible nurses who were able to help, one in particular was simply wonderful. She stayed in the room with me one night helping me get Emerson to latch on, giving suggestions and encouragement. It was only after her patience and help that we were better at it and I felt more confident that I could nurse him fine at home.

We left the hospital with creams, ointments, and a pretty good handle on how to latch on. For the first month or so he would nurse and the latching on got a little better and easier. Though it was not perfect because I had very bruised and cracked nipples which made it painful for me. I used a lanolin cream and it helped me feel better, but it still hurt when Emerson would nurse. I knew breast milk was best and wanted to keep trying for both of us.

At his one month appointment we found out he had breast milk jaundice so we battled that for two or so weeks. During that time I had to pump in order to maintain my supply as we had to supplement with formula. It was a huge relief once he got over that. It was such a struggle to feed him a bottle and then pump. It felt like that was the only thing I did all day. It truly was exhausting. Yet, I still wanted to keep on nursing.


The next month I thought things were fine. He would eat and most of the time fall asleep while he was eating. I'd change his diaper to wake him up and he would finish. I still used the lanolin cream for soreness, but thankfully we didn't have to supplement with formula any more. But as soon as I thought we were both getting the hang of the whole nursing thing is when it suddenly seemed to get worse.

Monday, June 17, 2013

on staying at home

Two years ago I was blessed with a teaching position. My days were then filled with lesson planning, grading, meetings, teaching, reading, trying to think of creative and fun ways to teach, writing, and more or the same. Getting my teaching job was a complete whirlwind - probably it had something to do with being hired right before school started. Anyhow, teaching has been my life for the past two years. The year or so before that were stepping stones for me starting to teach: student teaching, subbing, being a teacher's aide.

During those two years I learned a lot and was stretched beyond what I thought was possible. My second year of teaching I found my grove. I was able to plan lessons the week before I was teaching (huge accomplishment!), stay on top of grading, and really teach my kids. My second year of teaching was so much better than the first. I didn't come home every day wanting to pull my hair out or in tears. I actually enjoyed being in the classroom and loved spending my days with my kids.

When I started teaching this past fall I knew I was pregnant, though I waited quite a while before I told anyone at school. I also had a pretty good idea about what the future held for us. I knew that I would take the rest of the semester off after the baby was born and my principal was very supportive of me. I was able to find a certified sub to take my place while I was on maternity leave, making my time at home so much easier and more enjoyable.

While I enjoyed my second year of teaching and finally started thinking that it was indeed something I could do for a long time, I also knew that I would be starting a new job as a stay at home mom and not be returning to the classroom. Thankfully my staying at home is something that Landon and I both agree is important and where I need to be during this time in Emerson's life. We can also financially afford for me to stay home. I know that this is not an option for everyone, but am so thankful it is something we are able to do right now. I absolutely love spending my days at home with Emerson and "teaching" him new things every day.

I'm not sure what exactly the future holds for us, so for now I am especially thankful for this time I am able to be with Emerson at home.

Friday, June 14, 2013

5 on friday

Last Friday I joined in the fun and shared five things from my week .... and I thought I would do it again on this beautiful Friday morning.

one. I finally got Emerson's birth announcements and mailed/gave them out. Shutterfly gave me a coupon for free birth announcements, and I figured I might as well get them since they were free. I am really pleased with how they turned out. I just love him more and more with each passing day.

two. We have made it through two weeks of sleep training. Although, that doesn't mean Emerson is putting himself to sleep very well. He still cries for about an hour (at least) before he falls asleep. I just hope he learns soon. Some of you guys recommended "Moms on Call" to help with sleep training so I have checked it out from my library. I'm just waiting for it to come to my branch so I can go pick it up and start reading! I am hoping it helps!

three. I am excited to celebrate Father's Day with Landon this year. We are both pretty low key and simple so we won't be having or doing anything fancy or wild. But, Emerson and I will for sure celebrate the wonderful Daddy he has!  

four. We have a new critter around our house. A little chipmunk has made his new home in our flower bed. It's not as cute as you might think. He dug a hole deep in the flower bed and as he was digging he dug up at least two pounds of rocks. We didn't even know there were rocks under the flowers, that how deep he dug. Oh, Chipmunk, please find a new home (though, you are pretty cute).

five. I have managed get my laundry done this week. All of it. Not just the washing and drying, but the folding and putting away part too. This is a huge accomplishment for me as normally it takes about a month to get one load of laundry put away. It's amazing really. Hopefully it's something I can continue doing.

There are my five things. I hope you all have a great weekend! Enjoy celebrating the Fathers in your lives!


Thursday, June 13, 2013

baby monitor

Before Emerson was born I was on the lookout for the perfect baby monitor. Naturally I looked at dozens of monitors and was smitten with some of the fancy video monitor ones. I read all about dozens of different makes and models trying to pick the best one for us. In the end I settled on one of the simple ones with just the sound. I got it because it was cheap and it would work just fine. No cameras, no sensory pads, no fancy or difficult to use buttons. Simple. And also very budget friendly. I was satisfied. But then after Emerson was born a friend sent us a very generous gift of money as a baby gift. I was talking to my mother-in-law about the monitor and mentioned a sensory pad monitor I had looked at. This particular monitor detects movement and sound and an alarm goes off if no movement (even as light as breathing) is detected after 20 seconds. It sounded great. As a new mother it was sure to give me peace of mind for the nights Emerson would sleep in his crib. She thought it sounded wonderful too and encouraged me to return the simple monitor I had already and purchase this new fancy one. So I did.

We got it fixed up and installed in the crib, though we have only just started using it really recently. This monitor is nice. And fancy. And it works. The only problem is that it works a little too well (which I am very happy it does!). You see, Emerson likes to move in his sleep. I lay him down in the center of the crib and he almost always immediately rolls over on his side. But, after a few hours of sleeping in the center of the crib he scoots towards the very side of the crib and smashes his little body against the crib slats (poor little guy). He doesn't seem to mind this, and neither do I. However, him scooting to the very edge of the crib makes the alarm go off. Naturally this startles me awake, I run in his room to make sure he is ok, and he is (thank that Lord). But the alarm continues to go off every minute or so. There is no way I am going to move him back to the center of the crib for fear of waking him and I know he is fine. I just don't want the alarm to keep going off...

So I turn the sensory movement part off and use it like a regular old monitor. Like the cheap one I had at first but took back so I could get this fancier one. I feel like I shouldn't turn the sensory part off since I have it, but at the same time, I know he is fine and I don't want to keep hearing the alarm go off. It sort of makes me feel like I should have just stuck with the original monitor I had. Not that this one isn't nice. It is. The fact that it detects movement is very nice, but I feel like it stresses me out a little more than it should.

Oh well. There's nothing I can do about it now. At least I have a monitor and it works. I'll just know that if (when) we have another baby (no time soon!) that I can stick with the simple. Simple is nice, easy, and cheap. I like simple. So I'll stick with what I like and am comfortable with.

What type of baby monitor(s) do you have/use? Do you like it? not like it? If you were to recommend a monitor to a new mama-to-be what type would you suggest? (....I probably should have asked that a few months ago, but eh, now I'm just curious.)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

just a little shellac

For Mother's Day my sister-in-laws treated me to a manicure and pedicure. They were so sweet and thoughtful to surprise me with this little gift. We all met up a few days later and went to the nail salon. While I was having the pedicure done I was asked if I wanted shellac nail polish. I had no idea what that meant so both the people at the salon and my sister-in-law, Lauren, explained what it was to me. Lauren told me it was great and I should have it done for sure. It stays on for two weeks! It sounded pretty great so I said sure and had them fix my nails up.

What I didn't think to ask was, if it will stay on for two weeks with no smudging, how will I get it off? I should have asked that question. Because come to find out, it doesn't come off. Not unless you pay to go back to the nail salon or buy some special potion that would only be used once. I'm too cheep for either so I just have nails that look like this these days...

Nice, right? My method for getting the shell shellac nail polish off is to pick and peel. Ugh. I just wish it didn't take so long to pick or look so unbecoming. I'm pretty sure this is the last time I will have my nails done this way. I'd take the smudges from regular nail polish any day, at least I can wipe it off when I want to.

Anyhow. That's what's been on my mind today. just. come. off.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


Recently a friend of mine invited me to a little Thirty-One party. It was just a few of us girls, which is the perfect kind of gathering for me. I'm not much for large groups of people, especially people I don't know. Anyhow I went to the party with a pretty good idea of what I was going to get. In case you don't know this about me, I am one of the worlds most indecisive people. Often times I will see something cute or something that I like while walking around in a store. I'll pick it up, admire it for ten minutes, sometimes I'll try it on if it is a piece of clothing, then put it in my basket and walk around the rest of the store. All the while I'm walking around thinking about if I should actually purchase the cute item in my basket. The entire time I'm in the store my mind is having a great debate. "It's cute, I know I'll use it. I need it. It's on clearance...  No, I don't need it. I don't need to spend my money on this. But it's so cute! ...." and on and on it goes. It's really quite sad and pathetic. Usually by the time I've walked up to the register I have decided not to get said item. ... at least I'm saving money, right? It's a curse. Really and truly.

So, see. I'm indecisive. Because I know myself so well, I knew I needed to know what I was going to order before going to the party. So I looked closely through the online catalog and priced everything. I had a limit. I wasn't going to exceed the limit. I had been told that if I spent $31 I would get a nice big utility tote for just $10. Score. I could do that. I had my items picked and was set.

But when I got to the party I discovered I had to spend $35 to get the $10 tote. Ummm... I wasn't planning on that so my whole order was messed up. I hate it when that happens. I just picked something and didn't get the tote. But when I got home I kept thinking about my order and sure enough ended up changing my mind. I was excited though because I got two presents for a great deal! I think they are too cute!

Thermal Mini Zipper Pouch
Party Punch

Monday, June 10, 2013

this weekend

This weekend was kind of crazy and went by so quickly! Thankfully in the midst of the craziness we were able to go to the park and take a little stroll as a family. Even puppy who does not like to go on walks (as in when he is tired of walking, which is usually two minutes into the walk, he will lay down in the middle of the road and refuse to budge. Unless we turn around to go home he won't move. He's such a lazy dog! I mean, what dog doesn't like to go on walks?!) Anyhow, we all went to the park and took a nice long walk together. Afterwards we met up with some friends for some frozen yogurt. Yum!

Sadly, that night Emerson decided he couldn't (wouldn't?) sleep. Landon went in and held him for a while but to no avail. So after an hour or more of him crying I went in held him for a while. We just sat in the rocker and cuddled for the longest time. While I don't want it to be a nightly ritual, it was very sweet just cuddling with him during the night. I know those moments are fleeting so I try to cherish every one I have with him. He is my little love bug.

Friday, June 7, 2013

five things

It's hard to believe it's already Friday. This week has just passed by so quickly. I'm going to join the fun and share five things from this week.

one. I got Instagram! Actually, I signed up for it forever ago but never really used it at all. But one of my sisters has been asking to see pictures of Emerson and I knew she had Instagram, so I caved and started taking (putting?) pictures up. Now I just have to figure out how to share those pictures on here. If you know how to do that I would love a little lesson! :)

two. I went to a Thirty-One party and got a great deal on some gifts! I even got a Christmas gift. One down, a bunch more to go!

three. We are selling our car so we've been working on getting it cleaned up and shiny. We're hoping we are able to sell it fairly quickly and get what we're asking for it. We decided that the three of us and Boady (our dog) are pretty squished in our car when it's time to travel. So we are getting a new car! Well, new to us at least :)

four. I made some cookies this week for our small group. They were incredible. Keep your eyes open for the recipie for the best cookies ever in the whole wide world. Then make them and share them with your friends and family. Or not. I think I could have eaten the whole batch by my lonesome. I didn't, but I think I could have.

five. Sleep training is still in the works. The first two nights were pretty rough. Emerson cried for about an hour and a half. Then I broke down, went in, held him for a bit and he conked right out. The next two nights he fell asleep pretty quickly but was rudely awakened. The first night by Boady and the second by poor hubby. Oh well. Landon felt terrible about it and has at least learned his lesson. Boady, not so much. Here's to hoping tonight and the ones to follow are much much better.

Happy weekend y'all!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

a trip to the beach

Two weeks ago we took a lovely little vacation to the beach. We had been planning this trip for a while and it came upon us suddenly. It was such a wonderful trip. The weather was perfect as was the place we stayed. We are thinking about going back next year it was so wonderful! We drove 10+ hours to go to Predido Keys, Florida. We left in the early morning after Emerson's early morning feeding and drove until 7am at which point we stopped for baby E to eat again. The drive wasn't too bad. We just had to stop every three hours for baby E to eat. While I fed him in the car everyone got to go inside and eat a meal of their own (or just walk around if it wasn't time for breakfast, lunch, or dinner). We managed to only stop four times. It could have been three, but we were having some troubles with the little turtle carrier thing on top of the car. So we had to make an extra stop which meant we had to make another extra stop for baby E to eat. But, it worked out well and didn't feel like the 12 or so hours it ended up being. 

We went with Landon's family. It was nice to be able to spend a week with them. I know they Loved seeing baby E as much as they did and they loved the fact that they could cuddle with him inside the room when it was nap time or too hot for him outside or to give me some free time to enjoy being at the beach or pool. I was pretty nervous about having Emerson in the sun too much as he is only four months and I wasn't able to put sunscreen on him (babies aren't supposed to wear sunscreen until they are six months). So he stayed covered up with a light cotton blanket when we took him outside and then stayed in the complete shade of the gazebo. He really wasn't in the direct sunlight very much at all and if he only got in the pool as the sun was setting. Needless to say, he didn't get a sun tan this year, which is exactly what I had hoped for :) 

I'll leave you with some pictures of our trip.

 oh, how I love this little cutie! 

 God has truly blessed us! 

 First time with his toes in the sand. 
He didn't seem to mind it that much. 

 Putting his toes in the ocean for the first time... 

 Waiting for the water to come up... 

 his toes got wet and ... 

 he didn't really like the ocean all that much. Can you tell? 

 all tuckered out after a day at pool/beach/outside.
 I love my boys! 

 the family

 my little beach buddy and poolside pal. 

 going swimming for the first time. He had tested the pool waters before, now to swim with daddy... 

 deciding if he likes it or not... 

 still thinking.... should I cry or giggle? 

 a half smile, I'll do that :) 

 drying off in the setting sun 

taking a snooze 

This boy has captured my heart completely.