Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

I have never been so excited for Halloween. At least not that I can remember. And definitely not in the last 15 years (gosh, I'm old). But I have been looking forward to this Halloween for a very long time. What is it about babies that just make holidays so much better and more fun?


Last year I was about 24 weeks (I think) along with my little Gooseberry and could only imagine how fun the holidays would be once he arrived. 

I did so much imagining that while I was shopping with my oldest sister on Black Friday last year I found his costume. The moment I saw it I knew he needed it and I had to get it for him. Plus, it was an amazing deal. How could I not get it for him? Plus, they had his size (what I hoped would be his size anyway). His costume is the first thing I purchased for him. And I am so glad I got it. 


Though, I could never imagine just how cute he would be while wearing it!


See my little raccoon's top two teeth? It's nearly impossible to get a picture where you can see his tiny toothers.



He is such a little wiggle worm that it is nearly impossible to get a good (read: not blurry) picture of him.


Cutest little hinny!  


This boy makes my heart melt.


I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween! Enjoy your last October day :)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

apple picking

 On Sunday afternoon we bundled up and headed to the apple orchard. We met with some new friends and spent the afternoon walking around, showing and telling them about apples and Fall and Halloween (the new friends are from China and it will be the first American Fall for the girl), and just having a good time in general.




Emerson bonded with my new friend, Joy, and cuddled with her pretty much the entire afternoon. I'm not sure who loved it more, her or him. He was so cozy and she just kept smiling and loving on him.


Walking in the apple orchard we not only picked a bunch of apples, we also saw a lot of wasted apples. The whole time I kept thinking about all of the wonderful and many things that could have been done with these fallen apples. So wasteful. So sad.


Poor apples. I would have made you into something delicious. Or just enjoyed you as you were. 


We found Emerson an Emerson sized apple. It made his day.


Oh, how he loved that apple.


He loved it so much he held onto it nearly the entire afternoon. Clutched it so tight in his tiny little hands. Even when he fell asleep.


We're just a regular apple picking family. Well, for an afternoon at least.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

a little halloween party

On Friday evening Landon's department at the university had a little Halloween party. I was mostly excited about the party for one reason: it would give me a chance to dress Emerson up in his Halloween costume. Also, it gave me an "excuse" to bake some yummy cookies. 


While the cookies cooled I mixed up the icing to frost them with, I will share the recipe for the cookies in a day or so.


Emerson organized the pantry while I frosted the cookies.


And then off we went to meet Landon and have a little party. There was a pumpkin carving contest and everything. We didn't carve one, but Landon helped some Chinese students who had never carved a pumpkin before.



There were a lot more babies than I expected to find at an engineering party.


Emerson made a new friend, what a friendly little guy.


Melt my heart. This little raccoon is too much for me!

I heart these two so much.

All in all, it was a nice little night. Though, we felt a little old when it was 7:00 and had to go home because it was bedtime (for Emerson).

Happy Halloween Week! :)

Friday, October 25, 2013

five on friday ...

one. this happened this week.


That's right, Emerson learned how to pull himself up in his crib. He looks super happy and excited about it here. But let me tell you, he does not like it come nap time, because apparently he can't lay down any more. He just stands up and hasn't figured out how to lay back down. Poor baby. This new "trick" of his makes for nonexistent nap times.

two. This evening we are going to a little Halloween party at hubby's department. I'm mostly only going so I have an excuse to dress Emerson up in his little Halloween costume (pictures to come after the party :) Though, I do look forward to seeing other people and maybe even talking to some of them...

three. I get to make some pumpkin cookies to take to the above little shindig. I'm pretty excited. You should be too, cause I will be sharing the recipe next week :)

four. Emerson went to the doctor for his nine month check up this week! I still can't believe he is a whole nine months old!


It's nearly impossible to get a picture of him being still, he is such a little wiggle worm! But I had to get a picture of his sad and sweet little "battle wounds" from his visit to the doctor. Could his little legs get any cuter?!

five. Due to number one above, pretty much the only sleep he is getting is in the car. So not very much, since we rarely go out. But he fell asleep for a little bit and I just had to capture his little face!


I hope you all have a great weekend! I'm going to go get some cuddles from my little man who is currently crying in his crib because he can't figure out how to sit/lay back down. ...oh, being a baby is rough.

Go link up with Natasha for five on Friday if you like!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

on starting solids. part 1

When Emerson was four or five months old our pediatrician said it would be ok if we wanted to start giving him some cereal. I wasn't crazy about the idea, I always had in my head that we would wait until he was six months before we started solids. But she said it could possibly help him sleep through the night (it didn't). After a few weeks from when the doctor said it was okay, I gave him his first rice cereal. It was mostly milk with a tiny bit of cereal in there. Think 2 oz milk : 1 tsp. cereal or something like that. I carefully fed him his milk-cereal with a spoon. But he didn't really seem to take to it so I didn't give him cereal much longer.


Then, when he was six months and acting more hungry all of the time I thought the time was right. I got out the rice cereal and started feeding him the cereal just like I had before, really soupy/milky like. I just fed him cereal once a day as a mid-morning snack.

A week or so after eating only cereal I introduced a new food: sweet potatoes. I made the puree myself so I tried to make it really soupy (though in retrospect it was probably not soupy enough...). Emerson loved the sweet potato. From the sweet potato we slowly started introducing other foods: peas, avocado, apples, carrots...


The most important thing to remember (and do) when you are introducing new foods to baby is to wait 4 days or so before introducing another new food to see if they develop any kind of allergic reaction to it. It might seem like slow going, but I didn't mind; I liked knowing that Emerson could only have sweet potatoes, peas, and rice cereal. I knew that he would eventually start eating more foods, but that it was important to take it slow.

It's also important to introduce the new food to baby in the morning if you can, like for a mid-morning snack or lunch. That way if baby does have an allergic reaction to the food you will be able to see it and know as soon as it happens. Whereas if you feed the new food to baby before bed, you won't be able to monitor baby as closely because they (and you hopefully) will be sleeping.


Gradually I started making his cereal thicker (1 oz milk : 1 tablespoon cereal) and after a while I started mixing some of his foods together: sweet potato and prunes or something like that. As long as all of the foods have been previously introduced to baby it is fine to mix them together.

One thing that you might not really think about when starting solids is that baby's poop is going to start changing. It will no longer be the sweet little baby poos you get while breastfeeding (I'm not sure what formula poos are like). So yeah. Just don't be alarmed when you see something a little different in the diaper :)

We have gone the more "traditional" route and given Emerson purees and gradually added finger foods (which I will talk about later :) as opposed to what seems to be the fairly popular baby led weaning method. For us though, purees and cereal work best.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

some thoughts and tips for new mamas

Recently it seems like all of my friends are having babies, which is pretty amazing and wonderful (and only makes me feel a little old). In light of all the new mamas and babies I know I thought I would share some things that I found to be helpful when I first had Emerson. Obviously, I am no expert, but I thought I would share some things I found to be helpful just the same.

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1. Rest as much as you can. Let your body recover, you just birthed a baby! You need time to heal so you can take care of your sweet tiny new little bundle. I know it might seem difficult (if not impossible) to find time to rest, but even a few minutes here and there will do you a world of good. Because the truth is, you will be so tired. I had never felt so utterly exhausted and tired in all of my life. Learn to let yourself lay on the couch or in your bed and just rest.

2. Accept help from friends and family. If you are blessed enough to have family and/or friends nearby let them help you, even it means they hold baby while you take a little nap or take a shower. Let them fix/bring you a meal, don't feel like you have to entertain them. Chances are, they really want to help you with whatever you need (and if that means they get to hold the baby, all the better for them :). This one was probably the hardest one for me, but I had to let go and let people help me. Life is better for everyone when you do.

3. Lanolin will be your new best friend. If you are breastfeeding that is. Use it. A lot. Just trust me on this one, mmk?

4. Breastfeeding can be difficult. Don't beat yourself up if baby doesn't latch on perfectly at first, or if everything seemed fine at the hospital but once you are at home nursing it's not so great. It takes time for you and baby to learn how to nurse. Just be patient and keep trying (if that is the route you are going).  Most hospitals have lactation specialists you can call to help you or you could contact someone from your local La Leche League. I wrote about our breastfeeding journey here and here.

5. Get dressed every single day. In real clothes. Even if they are your maternity clothes, because let's face it, you won't be fitting into your pre-pregnancy clothes for a few weeks (months). When you put on real clothes it will help you feel better about yourself. There is only one day I did not change out of my pajamas and I felt like crap all day long. Not that I was feeling great to begin with, but I could have at least felt a little better had I put some clothes on. Plus, wearing regular clothes will help motivate you to loose that baby weight quicker! (at least it did for me :)    

6. Take a shower. every. day. Find time. Make time. Just do it. It kind of goes along with wearing real clothes. But I think to an even greater extreme. You feel fresh after a shower (and you smell much better too :). Feeling fresh = happy. So, shower = happy. If this means you have to shower during one of baby's naps, do it then. Maybe you'll have to take a shower at night after baby is sleeping. It doesn't matter when you shower, just take one.

7. Eat.  I feel like this is pretty self explanitory. Personally, I cannot live without food (well, technically none of us can...). I love food, so it was no big thing for me to "remember" to eat. The hard thing is to eat healthy, well balanced meals. Eh, just so long as you aren't eating doughnuts for every meal, you'll be good. Eating will also help you build up your milk supply. So, there's that too.

8. Drink lots of water. It is so important to keep yourself hydrated, it helps you heal and keeps you healthy. It also helps your milk supply. So drink up! 

9. It's okay if the house isn't perfectly tidy. Enjoy this time with your newborn. Let other people help you with laundry. Dishes in the sink? Eh, leave them be. They can wait. The thing that is most important is taking care of yourself and baby. Let your hubby, friends, and family help with everything else. No one can heal your body like you can.  

10. Cuddle with your baby! Everyone says it because it is true, time passes so quickly with a baby. Cherish each and every moment.

11. Get out of the house. Once you feel ready and can walk again. Even if it's just a short little trip to Target or a restaurant. Seeing other people is refreshing and can make you feel like a "normal" person again.

12.  Establish a routine. Not everyone does well with routine, some just feed baby whenever and are very go with the flow like. Not me. I thrive with structure, so it was incredibly helpful to develop somewhat of a routine. Granted this took a while to establish. At first it was pretty basic: nurse (which took about an hour), sleep, maybe eat or read or something, repeat. After a few months routines are a little easier to develop and keep. I'll share what ours was like in an up coming post.

13. Go with your gut! Listen to the advice of doctors and family, but you know your baby best, so go with what you think is best for your baby. I know when Emerson was just a wee one he had breast milk jaundice which caused more tension than I would have liked (long story short: doctor said to supplement, family said not to...). We did what we thought was best for our family and for Emerson, that's what's important. You will know what is best for your babe too.

14. Buy a few new tops (or pants) and bras (a must!) that fit and make you feel cute. Purchasing a few new items helped me feel pretty again and not like a big blob. It is worth it have a few non-maternity clothes that fit you during this transitional time. Bras are a bust because, well, your boobs will be huge!

15. Savor each and every day with your sweet new babe. The times goes by too quickly! One minute you are holding a newborn in your arms, and the next you are looking into the eyes of a curious little eight month old (or two year old, but I have yet to experience that :).

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That probably seems like a mouthful, but hopefully some of you find it at least a little bit helpful! Good luck new mama! :)


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Emerson: 9 months

Emerson,

I know I say it all the time, but I just can't get over how big you are getting! Today (yesterday... didn't get it posted in time. woops.) you are officially a nine month old baby.

*sniff

Anyhow, you are doing so much these days! You really are one active little guy. You rarely sits still and are always on the go with things to do and toys to eat/play with. 

You are still army crawling, but man, you are fast! Sometimes you will get up on your knees and hands like you'll crawl, and you'll rock yourself back and forth a few times. But you always end up on your belly army crawling to where ever it is you want to go. 


We have started eating in the living room because you do not like to be still. I'll feed you your dinner and then Daddy and I will eat our dinner. Daddy makes barricades with the couch cushions and pillows and puts some of your toys on the floor, and then you just play while we eat dinner. 

You have started pulling up on things. At first it was mostly me you would pull up on and climb over, you think that is such a fun little game. While you are climbing over me you love to grab my hair and eat it. (It is not so much fun for me when you do that). The other day while we were eating dinner you decided to pull yourself up onto the cushionless couch. You stood there, turned around, made sure we saw you, and then your whole face lit up in a grin. You were very proud of yourself. 



You are still nursing a few times a day, but it's kind of sporadic and when ever you want. Typically you go 4-6 hours between nursing now, but it just depends. I don't mind, I just hope that this crazy nursing schedule doesn't affect my supply and we can make it to one year before you stop nursing. 

Meal time makes you happy. You are eating three meals a day, still mostly purees but some finger foods as well. You really like Mum Mums, but I think you are allergic to an ingredient in them because you had a little rash while you were eating them. I am trying to figure out what it is that you are allergic to because I would really like to give you your Mum Mums again. You also really like Gerber Lil' Crunchies. You eat those things like it is your job. But I think there is something you're allergic to in those as well, so I'm trying to figure it out. You have started eating little bits of banana, avocado, carrots, sweet potatoes, and peas. You especially love the peas. But your face lights up when I put the food on your tray at which point you grab the food and stuff it in your mouth. 


You are still wearing size 2 diapers and 6 month clothes are the perfect fit for you. You have pretty much out grown your 3 month clothes but are still wearing some 3-6 month clothes.

The teething fairy has been back to visit you and now you have your top two front teeth. Four teeth! holy. moly. Cutting those teeth was miserable, you were not a happy little guy (I can't say that I blame you though). Now when you grin I see tiny little pearly whites poking through. 



Nap time is awesome! You are a great napper. When you start getting fussy and tired we read a few stories and then I lay you down. You might talk for a little bit (rarely will you fuss or cry) and then you sleep like the sweetest little baby in the world. Your naps are typically 1-2 hours long. And you are starting to just take 2 naps instead of 3. 

Bedtime is a favorite time of day for you. Once you are tired, you want to sleep. now. You nurse before your bath and then you play for a little bit in the bathtub. This week you started bringing a toy with you into the tub, one day you got in with one of your socks... not sure how that happened. But you will not let these toys go!


Sleeping through the night is not one of your strong points. As in, you don't sleep through the night. I've come to accept that as a fact of life and tell myself there are few of these nights left where you want/need me to rock and nurse you. Recently though (since last week) you have been waking multiple times in the night. Oh, dear... 

Sometimes you act a little bit jealous of Girly, especially when I am feeding her you scoot over to me and then pull up on me and try to get in my lap where she is eat. It's kind of funny. As soon as she is done eating you go back to playing by yourself and only look over at me every once in a while. silly boy. 

You have started waving and it is too cute! You only wave when you want to, but are getting better about waving when Girly leaves in the afternoon or when you see Daddy or me. 

Changing your diaper is quite the challenge. You do not like to lay still for very long at all. Tis not good. I even give you a toy to occupy you, but it doesn't always work. 

Wednesday afternoon we have your nine month check up (with a new doctor, which makes me sad because your old doctor was seriously the best doctor ever) so we will see how much you are growing!

You bring so much joy into our lives, Emerson! I love being able to watch you learn and grow. You are such a happy baby and always have a grin to share. We are so blessed to be able to call you our own and raise you in our home. I love you even more today than I did the day you were born (I didn't think that was even possible!), you have worked your way deep into our hearts and are the best blessing we could ever imagine. I love our little family so very much! Thanks for making me your mama! I love you turkey!

Love, 
Mama

*note to self: take more pictures! :) new goal for this month: a picture a day (minimum! :) 

Friday, October 18, 2013

5 on friday ... a little bit of everything

one.
I am thinking about switching to cloth diapers. I really don't want to, but I really want to save money. And I could get the diapers for free (!) from my sisters who both cloth diapered. I just don't know. Honestly, I'm a little scared of the whole cloth diapering thing. I know it would save us a ton of money, and it's great for the environment and all... but I just don't know. Thoughts? Have any of you cloth diapered? Do you stick to disposables?

two. 
On Monday I will officially have a nine month old baby! Where has the time gone?


three. 
I kind of just discovered all the awesomeness of Picmonkey. Apparently I have been living under a rock or something... 

four. 
Halloween is just around the corner and I couldn't be more excited. Typically I could care less about this particular holiday, I'm not one for going out, partying, and getting al dressed up. But this year I have squishy little munchkin and the cutest little costume to dress him in. His Halloween costume was one of the first things I bought for him. I found a crazy awesome deal on it when I was shopping after Thanksgiving with my sister, naturally I had to buy it for him. It's so stinking cute I can hardly stand it... but you're going to have to wait until Halloween to see what he is. 

five. 
This weekend I have grand plans on doing a little bit of baking, taking a walk, and spending time with my boys. My favorite way to spend my days. I hope you all have a great weekend too! 



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Thursday, October 17, 2013

a little book shop

The other day Landon had a meeting with someone, so after dropping him off at his meeting Emerson and I walked around a little bit. The meeting was downtown and I hadn't walked around there yet, so it was fun to do a little bit of exploring. One of the first things I cam across on our little adventure was a used book shop. Naturally, I was drawn in. There is something about used book shops. Maybe it's the smell of old books rich with stories and knowledge waiting to be exposed one more time. Maybe it's loved look on the spine covers. Maybe it's the comforting fact that you are being invited to make a new friend. 


Regardless, I love used book shops. Though, I didn't take a new pal home with me (cause lets face it, we have a library where I don't have to pay a penny :), I quite enjoyed making new friends with all the books I happened upon.


Oh books, how I love you. Have you read any good books lately? I'm currently out of ideas for books to read. What are some of your all time favorites?


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

finding peace and quiet

The past few months I have been struggling with having quality quiet times. I have allowed other things to get in my way and to use them as an excuse. One of my biggest excuses being that I don't have time and I can't wake up early in the morning, because I love sleep. Well, no more!

Remember when I joined a Bible Study? While I'm still working my way through the study ("No Other Gods" by Kelly Minter) and am still trying to really figure out what the god(s) in my life is; one thing is for certain, my quiet times are getting better. I think a large part of this is due to the fact that I have direction and am being held accountable by the other ladies in the study. I know what I am going to be doing during my quiet time each day and it's more than just reading Scripture. 


Up to this point I have only been reading Scripture, which is a good thing, but I needed a change. I've been reading through the One Year Bible for the past four years now, but I was just reading. I wasn't challenging myself any more or spending time in prayer about what I read. Being in a new study has helped challenge myself and has me excited about getting in the Word. 

Another thing it is making me do is get up early in the morning. Each day this is a battle, I want to sleep for as long as I possibly can, because well, I love sleep and I haven't slept through the night since Emerson was born. I have been using that excuse a lot. But I felt compelled to set my alarm and get out of bed before Emerson woke me with his babbling. So I did. And it was horrible getting out of my warm and cozy bed. But you know what? I had an amazing quiet time and my day just seemed brighter. 

It has always been that way for me; if I wake up early and spend time in the Word my days just seem better than if I hadn't. Is it that way for you guys or is it just me? 

Anyhow, my point is (if I have one) having some alone time, some quiet time, before baby (or before you have to start your day and go off to work) wakes up is so precious and valuable. I feel refreshed and am happier to see Emerson when he wakes up in the morning after I have been up for a bit. I would encourage you to try it. I mean, if I can drag myself out of bed in the morning, you can too!  :)


Thursday, October 10, 2013

these days are blessed

 Today I thought I would share a few snippets from our life lately. It's pretty chill around these parts, and that is perfectly okay with me because I love a quite little life.

bedtime cuddles with daddy.
I just love these little pjs of his and will be so sad when he outgrows them...  

playing in the morning sunshine  

 he is constantly on the move! 


I love his squishy little face! 

Like I said yesterday, I just love these days. I love being at home with my little man loving on him and watching him grow! We are truly blessed! 




Wednesday, October 9, 2013

just the two of us

Yesterday the baby girl I watch stayed home with her mamma which meant I got to spend the day with just Emerson. Oh, it was the best of days. It's crazy how much quieter your days are with just one baby as opposed to two. I don't know how mammas of two, three, or four babies do it! I'm struggling with one and a part time baby!

Emerson and I went to story time at the library and stopped by campus to see Landon. We were even able to go to the store and get a baby gift for a friend who is having her baby next month.

Productive and restful. I love days like that.

I cherish days like that.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

new girl

One thing I have really been missing since we moved to Illinois are the friendships I left behind. We were so blessed and had wonderful friends and a great small group. Meeting each week for fellowship was one of the highlights of my week. Since we have moved, I really haven't had very much fellowship. Sure, we've been to church, but we don't know any one at the churches we've gone to. It's been really hard and makes for a lonely week. I don't have friends I can just go visit with for a while any more. Really the only person I see is Landon, and while I love him, seeing only him is just not filling that little void in my life right now for friendship.

So after visiting a handful of churches we decided to just go ahead and pick one. We decided on a church close to home; not the church where the fire alarm went off or the church we went to and the nursery was full so I stood outside in the foyer with Emerson the whole time (which apparently having a full nursery is a weekly thing). The church we are going to now doesn't have small groups like what we are used to, which makes me a little sad. I enjoyed spending time with Landon as a couple and with the other couples that made our group. This church is really big on men's and women's Bible studies, within those studies they split off into smaller groups. Different, yes. But I decided to be brave and get involved with the women's Bible study.

I went to the first week and tried to decide if it was what I wanted to do, if it was for me. Childcare is provided, which is a blessing as Landon is not always home to watch Emerson, so I didn't have to worry about finding a sitter for E. But after the first meeting I picked E up from the nursery and he was so tired and so cranky and just wanted to be in bed. I can't blame him, he was in a strange place with strange people, not his cozy bed. As I drove to pick Landon up from campus that night I just kept thinking, "This won't work. I can't join this study."

The next week I didn't return.

But during the days that followed my initial visit to the Bible Study and deciding I wasn't going to join this fall, the thought "why not?" kept poking around in my head. "Why won't you go to Bible Study? Why won't you take an hour and a half a week to spend in fellowship with other believers? Why? What's your excuse? Emerson? Landon? Your ever so 'busy' life?"And I knew that these thoughts were from the Lord. Satan was trying to convince me to stay at home, that now wasn't the right time to participate in a Bible Study, and that this study was the wrong one for me.

So one afternoon I took the plunge, wrote the lady in charge of the study and asked if I could join this fall. Of course she was super nice and responded immediately, welcoming me in. Wednesday evening I  made sure to get to church on time and I spent the next hour and a half in fellowship with other ladies. Not that I talked a lot... if at all, but still, it's a start. It's where I know I need to be.

One good thing about this study so far? It has me spending more time in the Word daily, is challenging me, and is making me think on things I wouldn't otherwise be thinking about. I'm not exactly sure where this study will lead, but I am glad I am going even though I am the new girl  in town and don't know a soul at this church.

God's plans are always bigger and better than ours, right?

Friday, October 4, 2013

five on friday ... happy anniversary

Today marks five years of marriage for me and my hubs. It is hard to believe that it has been five years since we got married. We have had so many fun adventures together and I cannot wait to see where the next five plus seventy years take us. So for today I'm sharing five things about us/our wedding.


one. This is quite possibly one of my favorite pictures of us. You bring so much joy into my life, I don't know what I would do without you.



two. I love that we were able to share our day with so many friends and family. 



three. I love that we got married in the Fall. It truly was the perfect Fall day.



four. Our cake was seriously one of the best cakes I've ever eaten. I'm still a little sad that I didn't get to sit down during our reception to properly enjoy a big piece of it.

Here's a little story about our cake: We ordered our cake well in advance, paid the deposit, gave directions and an address of the church where it was to be delivered, as well as the time we wanted it there by - 11:30. Our wedding didn't start until 2 and the reception wasn't going to start until around 3. Getting the cake in the first place was a big deal, I thought it was ridiculous to spend so much money on a cake. But in the end we decided it would be our second big splurge (the first being the photographer, who was still really cheap all things considered...). The week of the wedding I called the bakery to confirm our cake, the date, time, and address it was to be delivered at.

Saturday rolls around and minutes (and I do mean minutes) before we were getting ready to walk down the isle I noticed Landon was acting really strange. Naturally I asked what was wrong and why he was being all weird. He said he didn't want to tell me. Tell me!! So he did: the cake hadn't arrived yet. Naturally I said, "Eh... oh well, right?" and we proceeded to get married (that was the only thing I really cared about that day. I really didn't care about the cake). After the wedding the cake still hadn't arrived. An hour and a half into the reception and the cake still wasn't there. What the crap. I wanted some cake. People were leaving and we had a huge cake coming. Finally the cake guy gets there. Brings the cake in, not at all apologetic that he is late. Apparently the ladies helping in the kitchen chewed him out big time and told him he had ruined "that poor girl's day," and apparently he was just like, "I don't give a flip."

The cake was delicious, what little I did eat, and we had a lot left over. While on our honeymoon my new mother-in-law called and talked to the owner (who was the delivery guy, know no but me knew that the day of the wedding) and really gave it to him. Like, really really. In the end we got a free wedding cake out of the whole deal, so, not too shabby, right?



five. I love that I get to spend my life adventuring with my best friend, these past five years have been some of the best ones, I know that the years to come can only be better. Thank you for making me your bride.




*All photos were taken by our amazing photographer Jen who now lives in Nashville and runs a successful photography business with her husband. If you live in the Nashville area you really should check out Jen and Chris Creed, they are amazing!


That's my five for today. Happy weekend!

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