I'm usually a planner. All week I've been asking Eric if I can go to Montgomery this weekend because Lizzie, Campbell, Adeline, Walker and Emily will all be there. All week he's told me no, that he didn't really want me to go. So I told him that was fine and we made plans to do a couple of things this weekend. Last night right before we went to sleep he tells me that he thinks I should go! Ha! Men! I asked him why and he said he has 3 quizzes, 1 test and 1 project all due next week, as well as needing to mow 6 yards (his side job). He didn't think we would get to spend much time together, and he really needs to do well on his school stuff next week.
I didn't mind not planning this time! Of course I'm super excited to head to Montgomery! I got to work this morning and had to ask my boss if it was ok if I took off Friday. She's super nice and said yes! WOO HOO!! So little Laney and I are leaving today at 4:30 to go to Montgomery! We're so excited! Especially Laney, she just kept saying how happy she is to get to see Sissy again! haha.
We love going to Birmingham for the weekend! It's less than 3 hours away from Nashville and we get to see everyone on the way.
Our stop at Chick-fil-a...
Hanging out on the back porch...
Sissy brought us some yummy snacks from Nancy Paterson's...
(mango chutney with homemade croutons)
Sunday morning we went to church with Walker and Emily. They are members at Brookhills where David Platt preaches. It was so refreshing. He really is such an amazing teacher of the Word. AND! even though I had to step out of the service to nurse Laney, they have a nursing room right off the auditorium with speakers so you can continue to listen to the sermon. Talk about convenient!
We had such a great weekend! We can't wait to go back in a few weeks with Eric! It's his fall break, so we hope to get some good fam time in. Ever since he started school last year he rarely gets to go out of town with us. So I'm really thankful that he'll be with us next time. We sure did miss him!!
Last weekend Laney and I drove down to b'ham. On our way there we stopped in Athens, AL at Chick-fil-a to eat with Lizzie, Campbell and Addy. We had a great time visiting, but more on the weekend later, I have a story to tell.
Here's the deal. We were all done eating and Campbell wanted to play on the indoor playground. Lizzie got up and walked her over to the area to let her in to play. At the time there were two other little girls in there, they were probably a little older, they might have been 3 or 4. Sweet, precious Campbell walks up to them and pats one of the girls on the arm to say "hi." The little girl turns around, hardly gives Campbell a glance before she shoves her away!! Campbell sweetly took a few steps back, crossed her little arms in front of her body, and gave them a sweet little grin. IT. BROKE. MY. HEART. I wanted to walk in there and tell that little girl a thing or two! It hurt my feelings! The rest of the time the two little girls kept calling Campbell a baby, and even blamed their pee-pee accident on the steps on her! They kept saying, "that baby in the polka dot pants peed on the step!" It was awful. I finally looked at Lizzie and said, "we gotta get outta here." She agreed.
As I pulled away from Athens and drove for the next hour and half I just kept thinking about the situation. My insides were still fuming from those girls. The Lord gently spoke to my heart to try and calm me down. He is such the perfect Father. He sent His perfect Son to the earth and he was completely "rejected and despised." I can't imagine the way the Father's heart broke for His perfect Son, and yet I know His heart broke for His imperfect little Campbell. I am so thankful for a God who understands.
I'm sure Campbell hardly noticed the way those girls treated her. She's so resilient and just went about playing. I know there's many more mean girl days ahead of her, but I'm thankful that God understands.
This is Emily. She is SUPER hard to surprise. She loves to be in control, ahem, plan things, so she's usually never surprised. Well, with the guidance of E.blue we got her!
This past weekend was Emily's 10 year high school reunion. That meant all of her friends would be in town. It was the PERFECT time for all of her bridesmaids to get together with her just to celebrate her recent engagement to Joshy-poo. Elizabeth planned the whole thing. She asked Emily if just the two of them could get together for dinner Thursday night. *Side note- E.blue lives in NYC and she's a comedian/cupcake maker/something else. She's SUPER DUPER funny. Watch out for her, she could be the next star of SNL. Also, she somehow managed to not be in a picture. :( Ok, back to the surprise. The rest of us gathered at Taco Mamacita and waited for their arrival. She seriously didn't see it coming. In fact she almost walked right by us as we were yelling "surprise."
We had a lot of fun. Laughed a lot.
We love you, Em! Can't wait for March 26th! Whoop! Whoop!
You are growing so quickly it's hard to believe! A couple of weeks ago you rolled over for the first time and just over the weekend you started making all sorts of new noises! You've started squealing and I think it's hilarious. I usually laugh at you a lot and you think you're really funny. Your favorite position is sitting up. You love to see everything and everyone around you.
Daddy thinks your really cute and when I take you away for the weekend he tells me I'm mean because I've stolen his baby. You guys really like each other because you get to hang out every morning for a few hours while I go to work. It kind of makes me jealous, but I'm really happy you two have bonded so well. You love to watch the football games with him on Saturday. It's real cute. He wants you to like Ohio State, but we all know you're going to end up being an Auburn girl like your momma. :)
School is going ok for you. You don't like to sleep there, which makes it really hard when we get home in the afternoon and you're SUPER tired. They tell me you like to talk to your teachers and you smile a lot. You love to swing. You're the youngest in your class and I think you're going to learn all sorts of new tricks from your friends.
You just got your first cold. You had a really runny nose and it was hard for you to sleep at night. I'm hoping you end up with a really strong immune system.
We really like hanging out together. We usually dance and sing. You especially love it when I sing songs to you because I make funny faces and dance with you. We laugh a lot. You can't totally laugh yet, but you're trying really hard. You have the BEST smile and it melts my heart every time I see it. Every. Single. Time.
I found this disc full of old pics that Emily (SIL) gave me after she put together the slide show for our rehearsal dinner. Strangers always say she looks like Eric. My family thinks she looks more like me. Now that I've found these old baby pictures of each of us I'll let you decide!
This is my friend Angela. She recently moved to Singapore with her husband, Nathan. Nathan does something important (code for I can't begin to explain or really quite remember what he does) for apple (you know ipads, iphones, etc. Yeah, that little company). They used to live in San Fran and recently moved to Singapore for Nathan's job. Angela is SUPER creative and very talented at many things. Which is why she just opened up her very own esty shop.
I love all the sketches! I've been wanting to buy one, but haven't because I can't decide which one I want!! I really love the windmill.
Anyway, she says she could do more specific things if contacted directly. So I just thought I'd put it out there. :)
I'm all about the advertisements lately. This for Angi-ho and this one for my mom...hehe (by the way...she's still available...contact me if interested firstname.lastname@example.org)BA-HA! She's going to kill me again! :)
I'm sooooooo glad it's Wednesday!! The past two weeks have been short weeks for me (Monday's off), so this week seems to be lasting for FOREVER!! Weeks always go by slower when you're REALLY looking forward to something fun over the weekend.
Laney and I are headed to b'ham on Friday to stay with Walker and Emily! Sissy's coming up too! With a little pit stop at the Chick-fil-a in Athens to see these two crazies (and their mommy, of course).
We are SOOOOOOO excited we can hardly stand it!
(hehe...I must have said something really funny!!)
I seriously sit at my desk and think about her all day long. I get to see her several times throughout the day, but I still miss getting to be with her at home all day.
(yes, she has started sucking her thumb...)
She's learning and growing so much everyday! Over the weekend she rolled over for the first time!!! I told her she needed to slow down! I caught it on video tape, but I've yet to figure out how to upload our videos on to our computer. The camera is pretty new (thanks to nana and grandpa judge) and catching her latest trick was the first time we've used it. Ha! As soon as I can figure the thing out I'll upload it, because I'm sure she's dying for you all to see her show off! :)
Last weekend Sissy came up and spent some time with us. We had SO much fun! We spent some time in downtown Franklin.
(can we quickly talk about how cute my mom looks in this picture! and for the record she's on the market! If you know any Godly men in their 50s or 60s you might want to do them a favor and introduce them to my mom. :) -your welcome, mom. ha!)
Ok, back to the weekend. We had lunch at 55 South. If any of you saw the article in September's issue of Southern Living, they talked about this restaurant and two others that have the same owner in downtown Franklin. It was SOOOO good! We shared the fried green tomatoes with gulf shrimp remoulade and the NOLA BBQ shrimp over blue cheese grits. I wish I had taken a picture, but I don't think a picture would do justice to the deliciousness of these two items! YUM-MY!
Of course we had to hit up some sweet cece's. The one is dt Franklin is by FAR the cutest one. I wish I had taken some pictures of the inside (the women's bathroom has the CUTEST wallpaper!).
We did LOTS of shopping. We both ended up buying this from anthro. It's really adorable and super comfy! I got the purple and mom got the brown.
And we can't forget about this little bit.
She spent all 7 hours shopping with us, like a little trooper. She's awesome. Have I mentioned that before?
Mom brought her a little surprise. A pumpkin hat! Isn't it hilarious!? Our little pumpkin head!
Ok that's all for now. Happy Friday night. Eric and I are about to watch "Date Night" on our date night! :)
This has been my first week back at work. I would have blogged about it sooner, but I don't know if I could have even written about it because I was so upset. Yeah, I basically sobbed myself to sleep Monday night. But, Tuesday came and we made it and I was ok. I'm really lucky that she's in the day care at the church I where I work. I go visit her a few times a day, and I'm nursing so I get to go get her at 10am, 1pm and 4pm for her feedings, which is really nice! Also, I've never been so happy to have 1/2 day Fridays! WOO HOO! It's really worked nice with Eric's school schedule that most days Laney stays home with him and he brings her up there at 10.
I'm a little late on Laney's two month post, considering she'll be 11 weeks on Monday, but here are her stats... weight: 10.10 lbs (50th%) height: 23 in (35%) She's seriously the best baby. We're SUPER spoiled. I know all our kids won't be this easy. Her sleeping schedule has been AWESOME! At about 5 weeks she started sleeping from 10pm until 5am. Now she sleeps until about 7. She actually slept until 8am one morning before I started back to work. Thank you, Laney! I can tell now that she's wanting to go to bed sooner than 10, but I told Eric the other night, I'm going to be really sad when she starts sleeping 12 hours a night. He looked at me like I was crazy! But, I'm sure you working moms understand, we only get to see our babies awake for a couple hours a day!
Don't be jealous. You know you all wish your hair looked like that.
She doesn't love tummy time, but she will tolerate it.
In other news, after taking a little 3 month break, I'm sewing again. I've started a few projects (the bag below) and a couple of winter time outfits for laney.
I don't have an embroidery machine yet (maybe one day, eric says), but this will get monogrammed in the hot pink color of the ric rac and I'm still working on the ruffle pants to match.
Also, Sissy is coming up this weekend!! We can't wait to see her tomorrow! She's at my sister's right now and she's meeting me in downtown Franklin tomorrow to stay until Monday! Yay!