Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tuesday Tidbits

I have lots of things on my mind this morning so this is going to be one of those random posts...
  • I've been thinking a lot lately about the foods we eat and how it affects our bodies. Has anyone tried clean eating? Where you cut out all processed foods? I can't even imagine where to start. I'm not a person who loves to cook. I love to eat but I don't really enjoy being in the kitchen making complicated meals. My go to meals are casseroles, crock pot soups and stews, and whatever hubs wants to cook on the grill. School will be starting in a couple of weeks and we will be back to packing our lunches and I want to come up with some healthy meals for our family. I know that Pinterest has a zillion recipes so I guess I can start there. I did make a sun-dried tomato vinaigrette pasta salad last week. 
  • Is anyone else as hooked on The Bachelorette as I am? :) I am not thrilled with her choices now... I preferred Zak and Juan Pablo but now I'm not sure whats going to happen since the guy she was going to choose decided he wasn't in love with her. I'm tempted to look up the spoilers online.
  • The weather lately has been awesome... the mornings have been cool... like in the 60's. I sat out on the deck yesterday doing my devotional and this morning Em and I went on a long walk. We will probably go see my parents this afternoon... maybe even go for a little canoe ride on the lake. The view from their new house is amazing... it sits right on the water... Dad is basically in heaven there... he loves the outdoors and was so excited about all the wildlife that he's seen so far... a deer drinking from the lake, a family of ducklings, 14 geese... This is the lake... you can't really see the house that well in this picture but you can definitely see how awesome the view is!
  •  I have finally been able to get in my classroom and do a little work. I basically pulled every muscle in my body moving all of the heavy furniture around but at least I was able to get started. As much of a pain that it is to switch classrooms, I am kinda glad that I did because it allowed me to clean out a bunch of stuff (that belonged to teachers before me). I feel like it's a fresh start.  
  • I have a much more serious post that I've been working on coming up. Things that have been on my heart and mind (that actually matter, unlike the random thoughts of this post). I haven't quite finished it though. Hopefully soon!
Have a great Tuesday!

Friday, July 26, 2013

5 on Friday

I love Five on Friday's because I can empty my mind of all of the random things that I've been thinking about.
(One) Yesterday Emerie was pulling on a cord that was plugged into an outlet and I pulled her hand away and said "No, Emerie... don't touch, that will hurt you." She laughed at me. Oy. If this is a snapshot into what discipline is going to be like with her, we are in trouble! She thinks things are called "no". She pats outlets, pulls on cords, and plays in the dogs bowls and says "no, no, nooooooo!" That kid.
(Two) Greek yogurt. Yum. I've been eating the Dannon Oikos Banana Creme like crazy. So good.
(Three) I can't believe we go back to work in two weeks. Where did the summer go? My classroom isn't ready yet and I'm freaking out a little. They clean the rooms before we can get back in them to do our summer work days. My room hasn't been cleaned yet.... I had to switch classrooms this year so I have a lot more set up work to do and I'm trying not to panic but I've usually done my three work days by now! Prayers for me friends.
(Four) I have been feeling guilty about the amount of time I spend on social media lately. Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin, email, and Instagram. Ashamed to admit it, I spend more time on social media than I do reading my Bible and praying. I hate that. It's hard to change though... those things are so addicting and the Bible is complicated (but every word of it is more important than the words I read online). I think I need good devotional to help guide me. I'm thinking about getting One Thousand Gifts Devotional by Ann Voskamp. Do you have a favorite devotional?
(Five) I know tons of people have posted about the royal baby and honestly I didn't really follow along.... but I was relieved to see her post baby belly... She didn't try to hide it and she still looks beautiful. You don't leave the hospital looking like you did before pregnancy... you still look about 6 months pregnant and she owned it! :)
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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Books, plans, and camping

Emerie took a nice long 2 and a half hour nap yesterday so I had plenty of time to relax on the couch and finish the book I was reading on my Kindle.The book was called Happiness Key by Emilie Richards. It was a slow read at first but then I got hooked and read the second half of the book pretty quickly. I enjoyed it... it was a quick, easy read... good for summer. I've already put the second book in the series on hold for my Kindle through the local library. Are you reading anything good?
Hubs and I have been talking about putting our house on the market in January. We probably won't begin thinking about adding to the family until around then, so we decided that would be the best time to sell it. The layout of our current house isn't as conducive to having children as I would like (the bedrooms are not all on the same level). There are still several things we need to get done to the house between now and then so I've started to make a list. Hubs and I decided we probably wouldn't take a vacation this summer... we will just use that money and get things done around the house that need to be done before we put it up for sale. My parents are moving this weekend... they sold their house and haven't found one they want to buy yet so they decided to rent for a year and possibly build a house during that time. The house they are renting has a lake so hubs and I are planning to leave Emerie with my parents in the house and take their canoe out onto the water for some fishing. :) I'm looking forward to that. We usually take a trip out to the lake at the end of July but one of my sisters is doing an internship at Yellowstone so my family is waiting camp until she returns (probably Labor Day weekend). Not sure if we will go along this year or not... has anyone been camping with a 15 month old? Torture? We took her when she was just a few months old and ended up leaving early.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Summer Fun

Emerie and I had friends over yesterday for a little pool and water table fun. The babies were all very cute and well behaved until Em reminded me that she skipped naptime, so Daddy took her and put her to bed while I hung out a little while longer.
 (the babies were constantly on the move, so this was the best I could do!)
We also went to a first birthday party at the local park this weekend... Hubs and I spent the entire party chasing Emerie around trying to prevent her from picking up cigarette butts (ew!). Life has definitely changed since she started walking. She is everywhere and into everything. I can't believe she is 14 months old today! My little baby is growing too fast!
Speaking of too fast, where did this summer go? One of my co-workers reminded me that we go back to work in three weeks! :( I am going to miss my slow mornings with this sweet family of mine. I will definitely have to make time for blogging in the evenings after Emerie goes to bed... I've loved being able to blog while drinking my coffee in the mornings. Speaking of coffee... I love love love this print and want it for my kitchen!
I first saw it on Darci's blog and it definitely speaks the truth! The print is sold on Etsy by Evan Nicole Designs
Hubs, if you are reading this... go ahead and surprise me with it... the links are in the post... no excuses! :) 
Happy Tuesday friends!

Friday, July 19, 2013

5 on Friday

(One) I got my hair cut yesterday and added some bangs. They looked really cute after being professionally styled... It took me a little while to get them styled the right way and I'm not quite used to them yet but I think I like them. :)
(Two) We are hoping to have a baby pool date next week. I have lots of friends with kids around Emerie's age and we invited them all over to swim at our house (I need to get the house somewhat clean this weekend, Hurricane Emerie rolls through on a daily basis and things look disastrous most of the time)!
(Three)  I am trying to decide between the Coastal 5K (Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon) and the Buccaneer 5K (OBX Marathon Weekend). The Coastal 5K is towards the end of October and the OBX race is the beginning of November. I think it will be warmer in SC in October than it would be in NC in November. Have you done either of these races? Wonder which course is most scenic!?
(Four) Is this not the cutest?
(Five) This summer I've been seriously slacking in the book department. I love to read but I just haven't had anything suck me in this summer. I'm reading Happiness Key on my Kindle right now (checked out from the library). I will be surprised if I finish it before my library loan runs out! What are you reading this summer? I would love suggestions!!
Front Cover

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Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Feeling Good

I woke up this morning with contraction headaches and as I laid in bed I had this nagging feeling that I needed to get up and run. So.I.did. Yeah I know, I can't believe it either... out the door before 8 a.m. sans baby.... just me and my music running down the deserted street. Can I confess something? It felt good. What?! I know.... running and I are so love/hate. Today it felt good... aside from the fact that I couldn't get over my butt... seriously, it felt like I had two big buckets of jello bouncing around back there. It didn't use to feel like that! I blame the baby. Haha. Emerie gets credit for all of my body problems. Bags under my eyes? Getting up with the baby 5X last night. Sore neck/back? Picking up the baby too much. Jiggly posterior? Emerie force fed me two bowls of ice cream every day this summer. :) (by the way, at 14 months old are they still called a baby? toddler? and how long do you use months to measure their age? I don't want to be the mom that's all "yeah my baby is 73 months old".) I digress.... I don't want to get ahead of myself but I've been looking into 5K's for this fall... I have decided that I am only going to run in 5K's at the beach. Myrtle Beach, OBX, VA Beach, etc. If I am going to run, I should at least get a mini vacation out of it shouldn't I? Some people run for the medals, some run to beat their personal best times, I run for a weekend at the beach. :)
 My first (and only so far) 5K at the beach (in the blue shirt and black shorts, #1379)
Your blogs have inspired me to take better care of myself. Thanks for that! :) I even did my morning devotional before writing this post, because shouldn't I be opening my Bible before opening my computer? That's another area of my life I am working on. We finally found a new church and have been going to it for a little over a month now and it's awesome. The staff is so friendly and helpful and we are already starting to get plugged into areas to serve. My family was very involved in the church I grew up in. Finally finding a new church to call home makes my heart happy.
I'll be back tomorrow for 5 on Friday! Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Time Flies

I never wrote a post/letter to Emerie for her first birthday (cue the mom blogger guilt). She will be 14 months old next week and has been doing lots of adorable things lately. So here is the latest on our sweet baby girl, in letter form, along with a few birthday shoot photos. :)

Dear Emerie,
You get cuter every single day and I can hardly stand it. I know I'm your mom and I'm supposed to say things like that but it's true. You have such a good personality. You love the dogs and laugh at them constantly. You also try to "sit on their laps". It's really precious. You took your first steps on June 18th but it surprised you and you waited until July 4th to really take off. Now you are walking everywhere on those chubby wobbly legs. You think it's hilarious for people to smell your feet and you love to stick your foot out for people to smell and say pee-yew!
You are also talking up a storm. You try to repeat everything that we say and love to talk to everyone. Whenever I am on the phone and I say "talk to you later" you start yelling bye bye!!! Usually I am on the phone with Nonni or Papa and they love to hear you say bye. You love the water and enjoy splashing in everything... your water table, the bathtub, the pool, even the dogs water bowl. You look adorable in your bathing suit too.
You still only have two teeth but your top ones are coming in. You look more and more toddler like everyday and it makes me sad (and happy b/c you are healthy and growing). You are a pretty good eater. You love yogurt, cheese, avocado, chicken, hamburger, stroganoff, spaghetti, and alfredo. Those are your favorites... you won't eat veggies like carrots or potatoes unless they have been cooked in meat (like a hobo pie on the grill or a pot roast). Daddy says you are a girl after his own heart. :)
You are still learning to share and be separated from Mommy and Daddy. You cry off and on in the nursery at church and usually throw a major fit when we leave but they can distract you with books. You love to read (a girl after momma's heart too!). You would rather play with books than toys. I love that.
You sleep through the night off and on. Sometimes you just need a snuggle (and a snack) with Momma in the middle of the night and I don't mind! You are still nursing but only at night, in the morning and sometimes right before nap time. I'll be sad when our nursing journey is over... I love that special time together. 
You bring us so much joy sweet girl. I could kiss your face off all day long. I love watching you grow and change. We love you.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Workin' on my fitness

I need something. I'm a goal oriented person. I like to have goals to focus on and get excited when those goals become a reality. One goal that I would really like to meet is a fitness goal. I would love to improve my overall health and fitness. I just can't do that. Not without some sort of commitment at the end. The only time that I have really stuck to a fitness goal is when I was running and that's because I was registered for a race... and lets me be honest, I registered for that race because it was at the beach I wanted to meet that goal for myself. So what should my next fitness goal be and how can I make sure that I commit to it if there isn't an organized race or something to work towards? My main concern is improving my health. I have been so achy and tired lately and have been getting a lot of headaches. I definitely need to start drinking more water. Some days all I drink is a cup of coffee. I am not trying to lose weight or anything like that. I'm just trying to better myself. To take better care of myself. I have gotten so wrapped up in taking care of those around me that I have kind of neglected myself in the process. I have a physical in a month and I would like to go into that feeling healthy. What do you do to stay motivated and in shape?
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Friday, July 12, 2013

5 on Friday

One. -how cute is this? Emerie loves our golden retriever and tries to sit on her "lap" all the time!
Two. -we are planning a short vacation for the end of this month... Deciding between Sunset Beach, OBX, Va Beach, and Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg. Suggestions?
Three. -I am in desperate need of a haircut... What do you think of this?
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Four. -we are going to a connections lunch at church on Sunday... I'm looking forward to getting more involved at our new church... I think it's important for us to be involved and hope Emerie will get to be part of lots of fun things in the future like VBS, Sunday School, and youth group.
Five. -toffee crunch ice cream (Great Value brand) is ah-mazing. I may or may not have eaten two bowls a day for the past month! :)
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Happy weekend!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Why I ended my relationship with the gym

I used to work out. I spent an entire summer training, for a 5K mind you, I'm not a distance runner, training was necessary. Did I love it? No but I felt good about myself. I made myself run 4 days a week. I ran wherever we were. We drove from Virginia to Oklahoma to visit hubs' family and I ran in hotels and through the streets of random subdivisions in Missouri (with hubs by my side of course, no way would I run alone in an area I am not familiar with). I ran while we were there through a local college campus that was adjacent to his aunt's house. I felt good. I didn't feel good while I was running though... I felt hot and out of breath all the time. Haha. I told you I'm not a distance runner! I met my goal though... I started running mid-June and in September ran my first (and only) 5K in Virginia Beach. I ran the entire thing... super proud (stop laughing all of you marathoners!). After that I stopped running. I didn't love it. I just stuck with it long enough to meet the goal. Hubs and I joined a gym and I tried a variety of classes. I've decided that classes are for the already physically fit. I was sore for days on end after completing a class. And not a good sore, an I can barely stand up on my own two legs sore. So I gave up on classes and started going to the gym and using the machines. Mostly I would wander around feeling out of place. I gave that up too. Then I started going to Pilates. I loved it. It was challenging and fun and I felt like I was getting something out of it. Then one morning I woke up with more back/neck pain than I could stand. I had to leave work early that day and go to the doctor who said I probably pulled a muscle. I felt like I was dying. I laid on the heating pad for weeks. I even went to the emergency room one morning (I had never been to the emergency room before!). It was miserable. For months after the injury I suffered from contraction headaches and neck pain. I have no idea how I did it or what happened. I went to Pilates on Tuesday and when I woke up on Thursday I felt like death. They said it could have happened in Pilates or it could have been from lifting Em in and out of her crib. Either way, that ended my run with the gym. I cancelled my membership this summer. Why am I telling you all of this? Because today I felt a similar pain (that quickly went away) in my back and it reminded me of the misery I suffered through. It also reminded me that I need to find some sort of work out to do that will help me get my body in stronger shape. I want to lead a healthy life and be a good example for Emerie and I need to find a way to increase my strength and tone my body so that I am better prepared for all that life may throw at me. Will it prevent injuries from happening? No, but it could help lessen the injuries effects and speed up recovery time should something like that ever happen again (praying that it doesn't!). So what should I do? I am afraid of the gym now. Afraid that I will get hurt again... seriously... it rivaled labor pain, and I feel qualified to say that because I was in labor for 25 hours! So now I'm on the hunt for a gentle, effective way to exercise... whether it be swimming, running, walking. etc. What do you do to stay in shape?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Midweek Randoms

  • Emerie is walking all over the place now and it is so cute to watch. Her little chubby cheeks jiggle and I just want to kiss her face off. 
  • Hubs and I are trying to sell our hot tub... crazy I know, but we rarely use it and I can think of a million ways we could use the money we get for it. Vacation anyone?
  • I finally have a list of books I want to read this summer and hope to make a trip to the library today. I am always looking for more suggestions so if you've read anything good let me know! Right now I am reading Happiness Key on my Kindle.
  • We took up our area rug in our living room and my mother in law surprised us and bought us a new one that I had been looking at online. I'll take a picture of it once we get it down. 
  • I'm going to make my fav chicken spaghetti casserole for dinner tonight. You can find the recipe here or on my pinterest
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Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

To new beginnings and guilty pleasures

New Beginnings: This afternoon I'm going to dinner with some coworkers to celebrate (and maybe cry a little) the promotion of our Assistant Principal (to her new role as Principal at a different school). They are extremely lucky to have her... she is an amazing administrator and will be missed at our school.
I'm looking forward to hanging out with everyone again and catching up on everyone's summer so far. I can't believe it's already July... We've yet to take a vacation but hopefully that will change before the summer is over!
Guilty Pleasures: Did anyone else watch the Bachelorette last night? It was one of the more boring episodes of the season. She basically said she was in love with Brooks which kind of made me lose interest. I like trying to figure out who they are going to choose in the end and she basically told everyone... although given that it's reality television, I'm sure that her choice will change before the end of the season. I always look forward to Monday nights because this is the only reality show I watch during the summer!
Have a great Tuesday friends.... :)
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Monday, July 8, 2013

On Baby #2

We've reached that point in life.... Emerie turned one in May and immediately people began asking when we were going to have baby number 2. Hubs and I have always wanted to have 3 (he says 4, haha) kids and I want them about 2 to 3 years apart but are we ready yet? I don't know. I miss the smiles of a sleeping baby, that sweet milky smell, and even that tiny baby cry. However, I'm enjoying seeing my sweet baby toddler marching around the house on those wobbly legs, hearing her repeat everything we say, and watching her in amazement as we ask her what sound a sheep makes or where her belly is and seeing her say/point to the right thing. It's hard to decide when the right moment is to add to the family and divide the attention between our first baby and the next one. Can I still enjoy my sweet baby while pregnant with another one? While exhausted and uncomfortable and through morning sickness (I was lucky and didn't have any morning sickness with Emerie but that doesn't mean the next pregnancy will be the same). I know people do it all the time. I also know how long it took us to get pregnant with Emerie, and I pray it doesn't take us that long next time.
I come from a big family, I have three sisters and we are pretty close... especially the sisters that are closest to me in age. I want that for Emerie as well. I want her to have siblings close in the age so that they can play together and grow up together. There are so many factors that go into having another baby... financial stability, and feeling ready emotionally and physically (lets be real, having a baby isn't easy on the body, women are amazing!). I know that if we were to get pregnant right now, Emerie and her sibling would be almost 2 years apart and she would be a little more independent that she is now (who am I kidding, a 2 year old is still demanding!) and it would be hard (okay, probably really hard) for awhile but both kids would be loved and adored. So I am torn between wanting to be selfish and savor Emerie by herself for awhile but the thought of adding to the family isn't far from my mind. We have a list of places and things that we want to take her to see and do with her but I am realistic enough to know that we won't be able to accomplish all of those things before adding to the family! So I guess we will see! :)
Me, Emerie, and my sister Holly at the beach last year. :)
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Saturday, July 6, 2013

4th Recap and Weekend Plans

I had every intention of blogging yesterday but didn't get around to it because I was busy laying around the house all day! I woke up with a splitting headache and spent the day trying to recover from it. Thankfully Em took two naps yesterday... and she seemed to have no problem with the fact that she was in her jammies all day. :) She has been walking like crazy around the house now. So stinkin' cute. I tried to upload the video but blogger wasn't cooperating this morning... I'll try again later.
It's so adorable to see her toddling around now. She looks so funny because it's so unsteady but hubs and I can't get enough of the cuteness! She is growing up so fast!
In other news, we were in our town's 4th of July Parade and Emerie was such a ham. We rode in this convertible....
 With this cutie....
 She was a natural...
 And clapped and waved the whole time....
After the parade we went home for awhile and then went to my grandma's house for a cookout. Hubs was sick the entire day but other than that we had a pretty good 4th. This weekend we have a 1st birthday party to go to and hopefully hubs and I will get to have a long overdue date night! Have a great weekend friends!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Baby Must Haves

I must have read a million blogs while I was pregnant... trying to decide what we would need most for our sweet little bundle of love. This first year has flown by and there are several products that I would not want to have been without!
Here is the list of our baby must haves!
1. Johnson and Johnson Hand Wipes- We still use these things every day! It's hard to wash a wiggly baby's hands and when they start crawling they are into everything! These wipes help wipe the germs away to keep your little one nice and clean!

2. Munchkin Bottle Brushes- I got a few of these at my baby showers and I took several of them back because I thought since I was nursing I wouldn't use that many of them. Wrong! After I went back to work and had pump parts, bottles, and pacis to wash every night, I realized that I would be buying these frequently! I have tried other brands but I found that some of them broke easily so I've stuck with Munchkin.

3. Board Books and Indestructibles- Emerie loves books... she "reads" all the time! At first she just liked to chew on them (and board books can get nasty that way) so we got her two Indestructibles  (books that baby can chew on, non-toxic, won't tear, can even be washed in the washing machine or dishwasher!!). She loves them and still plays with them. They aren't very expensive and are lightweight. We love them!

4. Boudreaux's Butt Paste. I really don't need to say too much about this... it's amazing for diaper rash!
5. Fisher Price Rock and Play Sleeper. We loved this... In fact, we have two of them (one for home and one was for our sitter's house). It has an incline so I didn't have to worry about Emerie choking during the night (she spit up frequently the first several months). She slept really well in it... it was cozy and it stayed right by our bed for the first 6 months (until we transitioned her to the crib). 

 Well there you have it! The top five things that we loved during the first year of our sweet little Emerie's life! What baby products do you love?

**I was not compensated in any way for these reviews, I just really love these products!**
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