Wednesday, December 31, 2014

a look back at our year

This day only comes once a year [I suppose every day only comes once a year, but this being New Years Eve and all it feels as though it's a little more rare -just like the other holidays...], so instead of doing a "regular" post [whatever that is] I thought I'd do a little review of our year. 


We celebrated Emerson's first year of life as a family of three and then later had a little "party" with Landon's parents and one of his sisters. I had fun making his cake and wrote a letter to Emerson for him to read one day when he's older. 


I shared what a day with three babies was like and I also developed a horrible toothache that I thought might lead to a root canal, but the ache went away so it was forgotten about. Thank goodness, right? My sweet sisters-in-law sent us a Valentine's Day gift -a treat for me and a gift for Emerson.  


Spring Break came around for both Landon and myself at the same time, it was nice to be off at the same time. We took a little trip to visit Landon's family in Kentucky and my sister and her kids came to visit us for the week. The sun also popped out one day so we got to enjoy some precious sunshine at the park


April brought with it lots of fun. I co-hosted a baby shower for a friend and we were able to see our small group from Louisville. That same weekend we also got to attend the wedding of one of our friends; her wedding was beautiful and it was fun to see her marry her sweetheart. We enjoyed Emerson's second Easter at home as a family of three. Landon was award a Fellowship [so proud of him!] and I was able to quit babysitting the second baby. It was a good month. 


May wasn't quite as busy as April, we stayed home and did this and that. I celebrated my second Mother's Day [crazy!] and Emerson was sick a few times for reasons unknown to us. It will forever remain a mystery. 


Landon enjoyed his second Father's Day at his parents house in Kentucky, we went on a little trip to visit his family for a few days and it was so nice. We also enjoyed being outside -a lot.


We visited lots of family and Emerson got to meet his grandpa [my dad] for the very first time! I turned one year older, enjoyed long Summer days outside, and went to the park - a lot. We also went on a vacation to the beach and spent a week in the sun and sand. 


I shared about our trip to the beach. I reflected about what I would be doing if I were teaching and how I missed it. August also marked one year of our living in Illinois


After a few weeks [or months?] of thinking about and working on a project I finished it. My laundry room/work space was complete. Landon's parents came in for a visit and we visited the pumpkin patch with them. It was the perfect way to start off our Fall fun. We also spent some quiet days at home and outside that I never want to forget. 


Landon and I both had Fall Break at the same time and we had lots of fun surprising his mom at her office and then his dad at his office. We spent the weekend visiting his family and enjoying time with them. Remember that toothache from February? It turned out to be really bad and I needed a root canal and a crown. fun fun. We also carved our first pumpkin as a family! And I found out I was pregnant with baby #2! 


I shared our Halloween adventures and a few weeks later we had an unwelcome visit from a mouse  but then enjoyed a visit from Landon's parents and one of his sisters. And the mouse died. It snowed for the first time this Winter season [even though technically it was still Fall] and Emerson loved it! We celebrated Thanksgiving with some students in Landon's program and then a week later we enjoyed spending the holiday with my sister and her family. 


We enjoyed a very happy little Christmas with family and were able to visit friends. In addition to enjoying a merry Christmas we finally shared our exciting news: baby #2 is on the way! 

It has been such a blessed year and I am so looking forward this coming year. It will be full of fun and change! 

Happy New Year you to you! 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

our Christmas week // a recap

First, thank you all so much for your sweet comments and wishes on yesterday's post! We are so excited and I can't wait to share more details with you soon.

I mentioned last week that we stopped to see some friends of ours in Louisville. And then Christmas came around and I spent my days enjoying time with family and friends. We had a busy but restful week. And this is just a little long recap of our Christmas, with lots and lots of pictures. 

On Monday Landon's parents both had to work, so we spent the day hanging out with Landon's sisters, playing with Emerson, and visiting some of his family. Tuesday we stayed at his parents house again, playing, resting, and visiting with family who stopped by to see us Emerson.

Then the festivities began. On Christmas Eve Landon, Emerson, and I went to my sister's in-law's house. It may sound strange, but nearly every Christmas since moving to the states I've seen her in-laws. They live in the same town as Landon so we go there to see my sister for Christmas Eve and sometimes it's the only chance I have to visit her. We were able to visit her and her family for a few hours and then we headed back so Emerson could get a nap before Landon's family came over that night.

Christmas Eve night Landon's dad's side of the family came over to the house for dinner and a little gift exchange. Emerson's great-Mamaw gave him a red Radio Flyer tricycle. It was a big surprise to him [and us], but I think he will love riding it to the park this Spring and Summer! It was nice seeing that side of Landon's family and some of the little baby cousins. Emerson wasn't quite sure what to think of them, one is a little older and quite bold, and one's a baby. But it was fun to see them together.

I was so excited for Christmas morning, and even though we couldn't be home for it we were able to have our own little Christmas together before we joined the rest of Landon's family. I always remember how fun it was to wake up at home on Christmas growing up and open our stockings and gifts... the little things we did that made it Christmas. Even though we weren't home I felt like it was important to share a little family time before joining Emerson's grandparents and aunts.

our tree at home before all the presents were packed up

Landon's sister's tree that I took over :) 

When we stay at my in-law's house I quickly fall out of routine. I don't wake up early and do my quiet time [we sleep in the same room as Emerson and there's no way I'm setting my alarm because I want him to sleep as long as possible] or get ready like I usually do at home. But on Christmas morning, maybe because I was so excited, I did. It was the only morning I woke up early and slipped quietly out of bed, got ready, and did my quiet time [there is something even more special about that time on Christmas Day]. I also stuffed some stockings.

Once Emerson woke up on Christmas morning we read a few Christmas story books, his "The First Christmas" book, and prayed together. I want him to know the reason we celebrate Christmas and that it's not all about presents and things. Afterwards he opened his stocking and we opened our few gifts as a little family.

I know it's blurry, but this captures his excitement of the morning so perfectly.

After we had finished our own Christmas we went upstairs and enjoyed breakfast with the rest of Landon's family: eggs, hash browns, ham, ham and cheese breakfast casserole, biscuits and gravy, apples, and all kinds of other foods. Once that was cleaned up we went back downstairs for our "second" Christmas with all of Landon's family.

This year Emerson really enjoyed opening gifts, he was so excited just taking the wrapping paper off of a box had him dancing and cheering. Once the paper was off a box he would clap and cheer and when he saw what was in the box he would clap all over again -it didn't matter if the gift was for him or someone else. He wanted to unwrap gifts and it was so fun to watch him.

helping his great-granny open her gift from him

We spent the morning playing, reading, and laying around. Emerson ran around and played with anything, everything, and everyone that he wanted to. His Gigi, Pop, and aunties were all too happy to oblige. After lunch Emerson laid down for a nap, as did most of the rest of us.

That evening Landon's mom's side of the family came over for Christmas. More food, more family, more chatting, more kids, more gifts. By the end of it Emerson was worn out and had to go to bed before anyone even left the house.

Friday was a quieter day. That night Landon and I went out with some of his friends from high school. Emerson stayed with his Gigi, Pop, and an auntie, and played the night away. I thought I might be able to get home in time to put him to bed, but in the end his auntie put him down. I loved peeking in at him later that night, seeing him sleep so sweetly.

Saturday morning we packed up our bags and loaded the car. Emerson's great grandparents came over to play with him that morning before we left. The big game was on that day: Kentucky vs. Louisville. So after lunch Emerson laid down for his nap and the rest of us watched the game. We had a quick dinner and drove home. We figured Emerson would sleep for part of the trip home, but he didn't sleep -not a wink. After I laid him in his own bed that night though, he rolled around and grinned the biggest grin and went right to sleep.

We had such a sweet time with family. I'm so glad we were able to spend Christmas with them and visit with friends and family while we were in. I hope you all were able to enjoy Christmas with family and friends. It's hard to believe it's almost a new year!!

I have some fun things to share with you later this week and I can't wait, so come back ;)

Monday, December 29, 2014

a little Christmas gift

I am so excited to finally share our sweetest Christmas gift with you all . . . 

Our family is growing! We will be welcoming a new baby into our arms and home in June and we couldn't be more thrilled! 

More details to come soon!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

weekend Christmas fun with friends

It's almost Christmas! Tomorrow is Christmas Eve! It's exciting stuff I tell you. 

On Sunday we got to visit some of our friends in Louisville. We had a little shin-dig: hung out, had a pot-luck dinner, played games, visited, chased toddlers, held babies, you know, the good stuff. It was such a sweet way to spend the day. Amidst all of the fun and friends [and chasing toddlers] I didn't take any pictures [also because my camera battery died]. I'm so thankful we were able spend the afternoon visiting. 

That night after dinner and games and babies were vocalizing their sleepiness, we got back in the car and drove some more to see some family. I'm looking forward to the time we will get to spend with family this week. Maybe not everything I had hoped to get done before Christmas is done but I still have a day, right [and it wouldn't be the end of the world if we did a Christmas craft after Christmas would it?]? 

I may or may not pop back in this week, but if I don't I hope you all have a very Merry and Jolly Christmas and are able to enjoy time with family and friends. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas break, more baking, and crafting

It will be Christmas in less than one week! I am so excited. It seems like it has come so quickly this year!

Anyhow I thought I'd share five things because I like to, it's fun, and it allows me to be a little random.

one. My Christmas break started early this year. Wednesday Bee [the little girl I watch] didn't come over to play. Emerson had had a low fever the day before [that lasted all of two hours - I think it was due to teething as I saw the very beginnings of a little tooth poking out of his gum line after his bath] so her mom kept her home. And also because I think Bee's mama needed a mental health day. I feel like that is something most teachers want right before the end of the semester. I never took one, but I know of teacher friends who have. Then Bee got sick and stayed home both yesterday and today. Her mama told me she didn't want us to get sick before Christmas and traveling and visiting family and such. She is very thoughtful like that. So far, we are good.

two. Because of the unexpected days off Emerson and I have been hanging out and running a few errands. We went to the library on Wednesday, made a trip to Target [fun!], and stopped by the post office [not as fun]. It's been fun spending the day with just my little guy, even though I'm home with him other days, it feels different when it's just the two of us at home. I like those days.

three. I have officially started packing for our Christmas trip! At least one of us is nearly ready to go. Somehow, no matter how much I plan and try I always end up packing most of my things last minute. There's always that pair of jeans I need to wash right before we go or that top I want to take but also want to wear before it's backed up. Anyhow, I'm doing laundry right now so hopefully I'll be able to have most of my things packed up by tonight.

four. Tomorrow is another day of baking for me! And I can't wait. I'll be making some cookies and some Buckeyes. Buckeyes are my absolute favorite Christmas treat to make. I make them every year and it doesn't feel like Christmas without them. Growing up my sisters and I would help my mom make them, among other candies and cookies, but Buckeyes always have and always will be my favorite.

five. I have yet to do a Christmas craft with Emerson. I try to do at least one little craft for each holiday with him. I need to get a move on. There are several fun crafts I've seen, I'm not sure which one I'll end up doing, or if we'll do more than one. But that is one thing on my list that I do want to do before Christmas comes [and probably before we leave for our trip so that it's sure to be done].

sorry for the lack of pictures this week -I'll do better next time ;)

I'm linking up here with Darci and some other sweet ladies.