Friday, September 23, 2016

New Space

I am now blogging HERE.  Please follow along!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Italy - Part 2

The next morning, Brad and I woke up early to catch the bus to Sorrento.  A month or so before our trip, I scheduled a food tour with Sorrento Food Tours.  I highly recommend them if you are traveling to Sorrento.  We just did the regular food tour, but they also have wine and cheese tastings and other options as well.

Our guide was American, so that definitely made things a little easier to listen and understand as well :)  She took us to several different restaurants and I think we sampled about 13 items total.  We also went to a lemon grove (all the lemons had already been picked, so that's why the trees in my pics look so barren).   Everything was fantastic!  

Here are a few pictures from our tour...











Our favorite was the Saltimbocca (first picture).  This pizza place was great - we ended up going back for dinner before we headed back to Positano!

We LOVED Sorrento and would definitely go back again one day.  Most of our time after the food tour was spent shopping and staring at the beautiful coast!






Friday, September 16, 2016

Italy - Part 1

When your best friend says she's going to get married in Italy, you immediately book tickets for a flight, right?!  That's what we did!  As soon as I found out my BFF was getting married there, I told Brad I wanted to go (i'm not even sure at this point if we were ever really invited, but I knew I wanted to be there during her special day!).

Fast forward to September...The time had finally arrived and we were ready to go!  Let's stop for a second and discuss how much work goes into leaving your kids in someone else's care for a week.  A LOT.  The week before we left, I made a huge Sam's trip to buy food for them to eat and made sure all of the laundry was done (thanks Mom!).  I put each complete outfit they would need in individual gallon sized Ziplocs in order to make it easier on my in-laws.  I went over homework and what needed to be signed and returned to the school each day, etc.  Made a list of phone numbers, insurance and anything else I could think of before we left.  It was already enough for them to care for our kiddos for 8 days and I wanted to make it as stress free as possible.

Ok, here we go - we left Thursday, Sept 1.  We had three flights.  Here is Brad before our longest flight - it was about 9 hours to Paris.  When I first bought our tickets, I apparently selected a seat for me and not for him (oops!).  So, we joked that he wouldn't have to sit next to me for a full 9 hours :)  Well, much to his surprise, we were seated together.  Because he was going to be annoyed by me the entire time, he was happy to sit next to "Le Bar".


I spent most of my time sleeping, watching TV or playing Sudoku...


Finally arrived in Paris - too bad we couldn't leave the airport to explore!


If you look close enough you can barely make out the Eiffel Tower...


We arrived in Naples on Friday around 11:00AM.  After an 1 1/2 hour van ride, we made it to our final destination - Positano.  Here is a view from our villa.  Obviously, the picture doesn't do this view justice.  It was AMAZING.  Unlike anything I have ever seen.  



I didn't take any pictures of the inside of the villa, but here are a few I took of the outside.



We were staying with two other couples that we had just met and the bride and groom.  Both of the other couples' luggage didn't make it to Italy (it didn't arrive until Tuesday!!!!).  I'm so thankful we didn't have any luggage or flight issues - what a pain!  After everyone got settled and a few phone calls were made to the airline, we went to dinner.  This was our first Italian meal experience.  I got something similar to Manicotti.  I didn't do a very good job of documenting where exactly we ate or what we ate, but this was delish!


We did a little post dinner shopping and headed back to rest up for day two...





Tuesday, September 8, 2015

What's Going On?

My last post was Easter weekend and a lot has happened since then.  I'm not even sure where to begin...

I'm currently studying to for the CPA exam.  I have one test on under my belt and i'm not sure how I did (hopefully, I will get my score this week).  The MCQ's weren't as hard as I expected, but the simulations kicked my tail.  October 15th is my next test and i'm not near as motivated as I was for the first one.  Studying on top of a full time job and keeping things afloat at home is exhausting at times.  Brad has jumped in numerous times to help out.  He puts the kids to bed most nights so I can knock out a few lessons.  I'm thankful for such a supportive hubby!

Work is crazy.  There are a lot of things going on right now and i'm not exactly sure what the next few months hold (the company I work for has filed bankruptcy).  As of right now i'm holding on to see what happens unless God puts something else in my lap.  I love my job and would like stay put :)

What I like to call "The Great Church Tour of 2015" has finally ended.  After visiting many churches, we joined a church about a month ago.  I have had a hard time with leaving the church I grew up in, but both Brad and I knew it was the best thing to do for our family.  It's such an emotional decision for me and it was a lot harder than I thought it would be.  People aren't as friendly and welcoming as you would expect them to be and it's tough to leave a place where you knew everyone to a somewhere you don't know many people at all. 

Addi started KINDERGARTEN.  Y'all, I just can't even believe it.  When she was first born I couldn't even begin to imagine our baby starting school, but with what seems like the blink of an eye, she is.  I have been worried about her being able to keep up, but so far she is doing great!  
Our Jack Jack turned TWO!  He is so talkative and has grown so much.  I forgot how the lovely age of two brings more tantrums and I hear the word "NO!" more than I would like to, but I know this too shall pass.

I haven't decided whether or not to continue this blog or not.  It started off as a place to update friends and family about Addi's NICU stay and then turned into a place for me to jot down all of our memories.  As much as I would like to, I just don't have the time to update it like I want to.  

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Weekend 2015


I realize I haven't updated in a while and maybe one day I can go back and catch up, but for right now I thought I would start with our Easter weekend.

Mine and the kiddos weekend started Friday morning with a trip to the zoo.  Daycare was closed for Good Friday, so I took the day off to spend with them.  We went with my friend and her little boy who is in Jack's class at school. 

We hit up the choo choo train first, which Jack loved!  I think we managed to see all of the animals except the sea lions.  They enjoyed petting the goats and riding the carousel too!






After the zoo, we thought it would be a good idea to go visit the Easter bunny for a quick picture.  I'm not sure if Addi was just tired or hungry, or both, but she was horrible.  I almost said forget it, but we went ahead anyways.  She refused to sit with the Easter bunny and Jack fell asleep in the car and somehow managed to sleep through his visit with the bunny.  So...here is our 2015 Easter bunny pic...


It wasn't exactly the picture I was hoping for, but he sure is cute isn't he??

Saturday, Addi had a soccer game.  For the most part, she just runs around and follows the other kid's lead.  If the ball got anywhere near her where she would have an opportunity to kick it, she just looked at it before someone else would run up and she would miss her chance.  Well, during the game Saturday (while she was sitting on the sideline) she got mad b/c someone else had her ball.  The coach asked Addi if they put her ball in the game, would she kick it and she said "yes!".  Well, that's what they did.  Guess what?? IT WORKED!  She finally kicked the ball when she had the chance.  After she kicked it, she just looked at us and smiled really big.  Now we need to work on kicking it in the right direction and not stopping to smile at us until she gets a goal - haha!  At least she's making progress :)

Saturday night we went to Gadsden for a little surprise birthday celebration for my mom.  She has a group of friends that she met at a grief support group after my dad died and they have become really close.  They surprised her with a trip to her party - mom was shocked they were there!  It was a great night with family and friends.

Sunday morning the Easter bunny came to our house before church...


We have been visiting churches for a while now and even though we haven't made an official decision, i'm pretty sure we have found the one we want to join. We went back there this morning for their Easter service.  After the service was over, we all went outside and the children released butterflies (Addi LOVED this!)  

After church and lunch at Brad's parent's house, the kids stayed there to play and Brad and I (well, mainly Brad) did some much needed yard work.



Of course the best part of our weekend was celebrating our risen Saviour! He's ALIVE!

I hope everyone else had a Happy Easter weekend!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Weekend

Our Friday, as usual, started out with the kids going to their grandparent's house and Brad and I getting a date night.  First stop was dinner at Momma G's and then we took a stroll through Sam's.  I'm glad we did b/c they had Luv's diapers on sale for $10/box which is insanely cheap, so we stocked up :)

Early Saturday morning I started a new bible study/fitness class.  As I was walking out to my car afterwards, I noticed at least 6 deer walking across the street.  There were a couple of fawns and they were so cute.  It's not unusual to spot a deer out where we live, but I'm not used to seeing that many at once.  If you look closely in the picture you can see them...


I needed to run a few errands, so we all loaded up and headed out.  I had mentioned to Brad that I wanted to put shelves above our washer/dryer, so we stopped by Home Depot to get the supplies he needed.  Our laundry room is kind of small, so there was stuff just piled up.  This included cleaning supplies that were just sitting in a box on the floor.  I knew we needed to get those out of the kids (mainly Jack's) reach, so I needed a shelf to put them on.  Here is our final result...(still a little messy and excuse the two hampers full of clothes, but it looks SO much better than it did!)



I would have preferred cabinets, but we went with the less expensive option.  Jack is bummed the brooms/mops are actually put up out of reach now.  He has been known to just go in there and disperse them all throughout the house.

Usually on the weekends I like to go go go, but lately I have become a home body.  I would rather stay in my pjs and get things done around the house.  We have SO many projects that need to be done, I'm going to try to work on one project a week.  Next up is cleaning out the drawers/cabinets in our bathroom.  I have accumulated so many beauty supplies that probably should all just be thrown away.  It's a mess.  Our big project that will hopefully be done in the next few months is having our den/dining room/downstairs hallway painted.  We will be hiring someone to do this task for sure!

This morning we went to church, came home for lunch and then Jack and I took a long nap while Addi played and Brad rested.  We took the kids over to Honey and Da's to ride their cars b/c it was so pretty this afternoon.  Meanwhile, Brad and I did some grocery shopping together.

After a wonderfully relaxing day, I made a huge pot of taco soup and meal prepped for the week.  I'm about to catch up on some Downton Abbey and call it a night!





Thursday, January 15, 2015

18 Months (Well, almost)

After re-reading my previous post, I want to address some things: 
  1. I’m NOT perfect and I don’t ever claim to be.  I don’t think I’m the perfect friend all of the time.  I don’t call/text/e-mail my friends enough to check on them like I should.  Life gets in the way sometimes and I get that.  I’m constantly striving to be a better friend to the ones I have
  2. I just wanted to make it clear that I don’t want to replace the group of girlfriends I have – I love the very very much! Mwuah!
  3. There were some people in our small group who did reach out and try to plan things.  They made an effort.  I didn’t mean to make it sound like no one cared.  All I meant was that we aren’t connecting the way I/we would like. 
  4.  We don’t want to leave just because we aren’t getting that connection we are longing for.  There are other things going on as well that we aren’t pleased with.  I would never intentionally try to hurt anyone’s feelings; however, I’m not going to lie either.  The thoughts on my previous post were just that – my thoughts.  Sometimes the truth hurts.

And that’s that.  Now on to an update on my sweet boy…


Oh my sweet Jack Jack.  This little man is THE cutest thing ever.  Although, sometimes he can be pretty dramatic for a little boy, we love him so so much.  Over the Christmas break, he began talking up a storm.  He can repeat anything and is learning new words every day.  He’s still a climber and will try to get into any drawer or cabinet if we aren’t careful.   He definitely keeps us on our toes!

Eating – He’s a pretty good eater.  For the most part, he just snacks a lot and is always hungry.  Most fruits and yogurt seem to be his favorites.  Tuesday night, for dinner, I tried to trick the kids into eating cauliflower.  I cooked it and mashed it up like potatoes.  Jack fell for it (Addi, however, did not)  It’s pretty hard for him to sit still to eat anything, so we still have to strap him in the high chair at home so he will eat, even though he would rather be sitting at the table with Addi.

Sleeping – He currently goes to sleep around 7:00 and sleeps until we have to wake him up around 6:00.  When he gets sleepy, he loves to carry a blanket (or two) around the house and he rubs his lips with it.  That’s the sign he gives us to let us know he’s ready for bed.  I think naptime is a little more difficult for him to fall asleep b/c they aren’t allowed to have paci’s anymore (I still give him one at night).  His teacher said he rolls around on the ground to help him fall asleep – haha!  I guess that’s self-soothing?


Likes - He LOVES his sister.  If she’s not at home, he goes all through the house saying “Addi? Addi?” He constantly wants to know where she is.  TJ is also one of his favs and he gets so excited when he sees Winnie (the cat) looking in the house through the window.  He love bath time, being outside, climbing on anything and everything and his momma!



Dislikes -  Being still.