Sunday, April 29, 2012

Fun with Friends..

On Saturday, we went to a first birthday party for sweet little Noah.  It was a sock monkey theme and my friend Christy did a great job on the decorations.  It was too cute.  His cake was too cute and he loved his little smash cake.  He had it all over the place and just ate and ate it.

These are my two best friends from high school and they are both named Christy.  Christy with a C and Kristi with a K.  Our kiddos were born about 6 weeks apart (April, June, August) Its crazy!  It was so good to see both of them and their kiddos.  We all keep in touch on facebook but we don't get to see each other as often as we'd like so it was especially fun to see them on Saturday.  

Kristi and Jonah, Christy and Noah, and me and B
Burkleigh, 10 months, Noah, 1 yr and Jonah 9 mo.
The last time we got together was in the summer and heres the babes then.
Jonah, Noah and how time flies!

B had a great time at the party and got to try a few firsts.  
Tasting a ring pop..
And eating ice cream..she loved it!

After the party we headed to Crestline to meet our sweet friends Rebecca and Kyle and Lily for the Funky Fish Fry.  It was a hot afternoon but we had a good time just hanging out on the lawn listening to music and chatting.  The girls had a good ole time playing and eating snacks. They couldn't get enough.  
I'm so thankful for this sweet friend and our girls.  Becca truly is an answer to prayer and I'm so thankful  for her.  When I decided to be a stay at home mom, I prayed that I would find another stay at home mom to connect with and Becca was definitely an answer to prayer.  Now, our girls have music class together and we get together for play dates almost once a week.  I'm so thankful the girls will get to grow up if we could just talk them into moving in our neighborhood.  =) The girls are too sweet together and I just love sweet Lily to pieces.  She is a doll!  
eating yummy snacks and playing..

Sweet girl..
Silly girl..
B loved crawling on the soft grass.  She doesn't like our grass but this grass was so soft she didn't mind.  She  was soo good too.  I didn't know how she would do coming from the birthday party with no nap but she was great and even passed out in my arms around 5.  Never fussed one bit..she loves to be outside!  It was a great weekend.. a hot one though and this week is supposed to be in the high 80s and 90's.  Crazy!!  Becca and I are already taking the girls to the pool this week.  I think we're in for another HOT summer.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Iphone picture dump..

We've had a pretty good week.  B has been teething REALLY bad and night times have been pretty rough the past few nights.  Oh my goodness... being a first time mom is so hard.  You just don't always know why they are crying out.. in pain, mad, hungry, teeth, ear, and the list goes on.  Monday and Tuesday nights were some of the worst nights we've had yet and I think the two top teeth are to blame for that.  They have finally broken through and you can see a little bit of them.  Whew!! Sleep in general was rough for her.. she wouldn't nap either.  I was debating taking her to the dr. to see if she had an ear infection.  (she's had two already) but she's finally sleeping better now.  Nobody can prepare you for motherhood.. it's all a learning experience. Hopefully, we're on our way to happier days..
Monday morning "talking" to Oscar.  She was just grunting and making the funniest noises like she was talking to him. Too funny!
Then, she would look back at me like "why isn't he doing anything?"  

Mom and I made a new spring wreath.  I think it turned out cute!  B refused to take her am. nap so I knew she was going to be a pistol when we went out to run errands and of course by the time we got to the store, she fell asleep in her seat.  So, mom and I took turns running in the store to look at things.  

Little Miss Hollywood..
We've been taking lots of walks..she loves them!
Snack time..dumping them all out!
Tuesday, we had a play date with Lily.  B was not a very good friend.  She was soo tired from being up from 2:30-6 the night before that she was extremely fussy and irritable.  We had to call it an early day and of course she feel asleep in the car on the way home.  Then, she was fine!
Just a swinging..
Thankful for a big smile!

Wednesday, we had music class.  I meant to take a picture and forgot.  We were late getting there because the night before B wouldn't sleep either. I finally gave up after getting up so many times and being sleep deprived that I put her in the bed with us (I know, terrible) but you do what works when you are exhausted and she slept like a charm.  Poor thing.. slept till 7 and then played in our bed and went back till 8:30.  She was a tired girl.  I was all worried that I was starting a horrible thing and she was never going to want to sleep in her own bed again but thankfully last night she slept in her bed like a charm. Those stinker teeth..she just needed some extra snuggle time with mommy!
After music, she actually took her am nap and slept for 2 hours and she took an afternoon nap for a little bit. Slowly, she is getting back to her old sleeping habits.

Today, we ran to Target and the mall and one of my favorite clothing stores for B and got a few things.  I found these tommee tippee cups( which we love) with straws.  B really likes drinking out of straws so we'll see how she likes these.  
I got B this music set since she loves music class.  

The egg shakers that she has learned how to throw.
She loves to throw her balls and I guess she thought those were new balls..oops!
She still loves her books!

I got her these cute "play" clothes today too.  I thought they were too cute! cute is this birth annoucement?
I ordered one from etsy for a baby gift and had to get one for B.
What a great keepsake!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Zoo and a carnival

We've had a busy weekend around here!  But, its been fun! Since Jamie  has been off this week, on Friday we took B to the zoo for her first time.  It was a lot of fun.  Thankfully, it wasn't too hot either so it was really nice to be outside and walk around.  The zoo was really crowded but I've never seen it when its not.   We went around lunch time so it wasn't too bad.
Me and my girl after seeing the kangaroos

 This is not the best picture because of the glass but she LOVED the monkeys.
I'm not surprised since her favorite book is Eight Silly Monkeys.
They had a Africa exhibit and this is one of the African Elephants.
Looking at the lion..he was so close to the glass
Taking the lion in..
Burkleigh the lion..
Seeing the pretty zebras..
Love this sweet face! Waiting in the line for the train.
All aboard the train!

We had a great time and B absolutely loved it.  She never fussed not one time.. until we got in the car to go home.  =) She loves to be outside and watch people (just like her mama) so it was the perfect day.  I think we're gonna have to get a zoo membership since it cost a fortune for Jamie and I to get in.  ha!

On Saturday, we went to Family Day with my dads work, Alabama Power. It was a lot of fun too.
We didn't realize what a big shin-dig it was until we got there.  There was a ton of people, lots of carnvial rides, FREE food and it was yummy, Jim N Nicks, funnel cakes, candy apples, snow cones, you name it they had it.  They had bands, a kid stage with a magician and a puppeter, a petting zoo, a kid play area, horsey rides, train rides and the list goes on.  There was so much to do.  Next year, B will really have a blast on all the rides.
She waved and waved to the bear and when we got close she wasn't so sure.
Pops and B
Feeding the lambs.
She loved the grape sno cone.
This picture makes me laugh.. She was all about the lion from a distance and when Mimi got close she jumped back..ha!

Today, Jamie got the garage all cleaned out and I even had a dinner date with a sweet friend.  
It was a great fun weekend!
Here's to a great week!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Family Beach Pictures..

We attempted the all white beach pictures..and this is what we got.  It's times like this I wish I knew how to operate my camera from the auto mode.  And I've even taken a class and I still don't know what I'm doing.  Maybe one day...But, its precious memories!

My two loves!

Mimi and Pop 
3 generations
My precious baby girl, 10 months
So sweet!
Waving to everybody..

Friday, April 20, 2012


*I've been trying to get birthday stuff done and ordered for Burkleigh's 1st birthday party.  My to do list seems to be getting longer and longer.

*I'm working on a DVD slide show and it has taken me forever to figure out how to make it and then my computer savvy brother came to my rescue and told me how easy it was to just use the DVD program that came with my computer.. really??? who knew it came with one?  Not me.. but I do now and it is really easy.  I'll be doing these every year on her birthday as keepsakes for our little family. Love!!

*I'm also making her a baby book on shutterfly and I'm hoping to have it done so I can have it at the party.  I've got lots to do..

*I've been a little sad about having to go back to work next year.  I definitely have mixed feelings about it but I'm hoping it will be a good change for all of us.  B will be in good hands.. with my mom and my sister in law so that makes it a little easier but its still not gonna be easy.  Don't get me wrong.. there are many days where I wish I was working but many more days I'm thankful to be a stay at home mom.  I'm just gonna try not to think about until August.

* I enrolled B in mothers day out for the summer and fall and she starts right after her first birthday and will go 2-3 days a week in the summer for 6 weeks and then start back in the fall going 2 days a week to give Mimi a little break.  I'm hoping this summer will help transition her for the fall and will give me some time to work in my classroom and get it all ready again.

*Our neighborhood has been building more houses lately and our little culdesac is getting lots of new hosues. I know this is selfish but I'm praying for a family with little ones so B will have some friends nearby and I'm really trying to talk some of our sweet friends into moving in next to us.  It would be so fun!

*I've been missing my niece and nephews in Ohio and wishing they were closer.  Hoping to see them soon!

*I really need some new spring/summer clothes but I am still not where I want to be weight wise and I don't like buying clothes right now.  I'm trying to get my butt in gear.  There are some really cute things out there. Why does it have to be so hard?? Geez...

*So.. I got the app myfitness pal and I love it.  It really helps you be accountable for what you are eating and it tells you how many calories everything is.  Its so neat!  I love it!

*I got these super cute flip flops at the loft a few weeks ago and I love them.  They are now my go to shoes and they go with everything.
*I'm thankful that Jamie is off this week so B can have some extra daddy time and I can get some things done that I don't usually get to do.

*I just finished reading Nicholas Sparks latest book, The Best of  Me. It took me forever to read it. I just can't find the time like I used to to be able to read and that makes me sad. I love a good book.  Like always, it didn't disappoint and I'm ready for his newest movie, The Lucky One to come out. I am a big Nicholas Spark fan.

*I can't tell you how long its been since I've been to the movies.  Seriously..too long.  Jamie and I need a date night soon so we can see The Hunger Games. He read all the books so he is anxious to see it.

*I am loving this weather we have been having although now I have a nasty springtime cold and it is just annoying.  My nose is just dripping and its no fun!  I wish it would go away!

*I'm excited to take B to the zoo today.  It will be her first time.  Yay!

*I really wish I had a maid.. seriously.. how does this house always seem to stay dirty and messy!! I will be getting me one come August when I go back to work.  I will be treating myself for sure!

*I still can't believe in less than 2 months I will have a one year old.  I know everybody says it but where did the time go?? It flew...

*I am loving the new season of Guilliana and Bill.  Are you watching?  I just love them so much and pray that one day she will have a little baby to love.  I heard on the Today show this morning that they have a special annoucement that will make a lot of people happy!  I can't wait to hear what it is!! I'm guessing.. adoption but who knows.

* This post from Kelly's Korner and was  just what I needed to read.  If you don't already read her (I'm sure you all do) you should.  Love her!

*I've been trying to think of soft things that B can eat.  She doesn't want her baby food at all.  I would love some suggestions from all the mommy's out there of their kids favorite things.  She only has her 2 front teeth so anything soft.  She's been eating what we are eating but not very much of it.  She loves all her snacks though.

*I need to do better about taking vitamins.  I feel so sluggish and some days I feel like I have no energy. I guess I need a B 12 pill.  Any suggestions??

*Yesterday was my daddy's birthday.  Happy Birthday to the best daddy in the world.  We love you!

Happy Friday everyone!  Hope your weekend is great!  We're gonna spend our Friday like we normally do cooking out and watching Shark Tank.  Our favorite show!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Beach 2012

We had a great time at the beach!  The weather was perfect.. a little windy but not too hot.  This was Burkleigh's 2nd beach trip but her first one to touch the sand. Her first trip she was 10 weeks old and spent most of the time inside with her Mimi.  This time she loved it!  She wasn't so sure about the sand on her hands.  But I think she warmed up to it on her feet.  My parents went with us and we stayed at a friends penthouse condo in Gulf Shores.  It was perfect!  So nice to get away and get a little sunshine.  It did us all some good.. vacations are always good for the soul!  =)
Warning:  Picture overload..
Touching the sand for the first time
Having fun playing in the condo
Story time with Pops.  I love this picture. 
 B sits with her little legs crossed a lot of the time and this reminds me of school sitting on the rug reading books to my kindergarteners.  So sweet!
Our little family of 3 at The hangout for dinner
Having fun at dinner 
Sweet little bit.. ready for bed.. with lovie and sucking that thumb

Lunch in the condo
Dinner at LuLu's

B loved her dinner.. mac and cheese and peas and carrots and a few french fries.  =)

B with mimi and pops

Playing at Lulu's

She tried out the water.. it was a little cold but she loved it when I was holding her and bouncing up and down.  The pool was a zero entry so that was nice and she loved playing and splashing.

Snack time on the beach
Sitting on the sand for the first time..
Not too sure about the ocean..

Taking it all in...

I think she's gonna be a beach baby just like her momma and daddy.  I'm already ready to go back! 
B is fighting a nasty cold and as soon as we got back I got it.  Boo!! 
Hoping we all feel better soon.. thankfully daddy is home this week to help out!