Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter 2013

Ready for a mom fail? 
I did not take one picture of the girls in their Easter dresses.  I also did not even take ONE picture of Finley, all day.

See also?  I suck.
I know that Easter is not about pictures and dresses though.  I know the real meaning of Easter.
But, still.

We went to church and then to celebrate with our families.
Hunting eggs with cousins…

Opening Easter baskets…

Mia with Nana and Aunt Terri.  And oh wait, I did take one picture of Fin!  Finley with Papaw!

Playing outside…

“And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified.  He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him.”  Mark 16:6

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.””  John 11:25-26

Our Lord is risen!  He is ALIVE!!
Happy Easter everyone!!

Monday, March 25, 2013

The “Social Media” fast

How appropriate that this was the verse of the day on my iPhone bible app…

james 5-16

With that being said, I feel the need to confess to everyone my social media addiction.  It may sound crazy to call it an *addiction* but I feel like it is one of mine, along with sweet tea.  I feel this way because I have been feeling very convicted of the amount of time that I am spending social networking.  You know, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter?  All of which I have so conveniently on my phone that I can check whenever I have a down minute.  The apps that I compulsively check multiple times throughout the day.

That, is an addiction, to me.

When I started thinking about it, I realized how much time I was wasting, checking in to other people’s lives instead of actually being present in MINE.  My kids deserve 100% of their mommy, my husband deserves 100% of his wife, my friends and family deserve 100% of my attention, and mostly, God deserves 100% of His child.  And 100% is NOT what I have been giving.

Hence, the social media fast, for the whole month of April.

People who know me in real life, hold me accountable??…

I’ve given myself a physical, emotional and spiritual checkup.  And I’ve made changes in the “physical” category.  I’ve started eating better and working out.  Now it’s time for my emotional/spiritual change.  In the amount of time that I was spending in social media, I will now be spending that time in The Word, praying, quiet time and reading books that I had started reading but never finished. I will be spending more time IN the moment with my kids and husband.  I will be more focused on my physical health.

The books I will be finishing…

And that?  Feels like a breath of fresh air.

It’s going to be a hard month, no doubt.  But what I am hoping is that at the end of this (the last day of April), I will feel refreshed.  I won’t chronically check all social media.  I will be in better physical and spiritual health.


I will still blog, because this is basically our family story book.   Other than that, I will see you all in a month!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

I’ve created a monster

Every since Mia was Finley’s age, we have always been on the go.  We would go on lots of “play” dates.  Even if it was to the mall with my friends while she sat in the stroller, oblivious to what was going on ;)  And speaking of mall, that is one of our favorite places to go.  We get to go and walk around, window shop, get a cookie and a lemonade and throw coins in the fountain.  Cheap entertainment.

Some, or most, of those times, little lady got something.  Even if it was something really little.  That is my favorite thing to do.  I would rather wear the same clothes over and over and buy for her wardrobe.  It’s just more fun to me.  I say all of that to lead me to the point of the monster I have created.

I caught her on the laptop and I asked her what she was doing…


She said “I’m looking for a cute bathing suit!”
I am SO in for it! HA!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Can you say busy?

Yesterday was so crazy busy for us, me.  Like, a whole bunch of running around.  My day started at my 4:30am wake up call for work. Got ready, nursed the babe and headed to work.  Worked until 11, came home, got the girls ready and fed and then headed to lunch with Dana and Addy.  After lunch we decided to go to the mall to walk around for a bit.  I totally should NOT have went because my girls were being, ahem, less than pleasant.  We actually had to cut the trip short because of the behavior!  I thought I may have to stop by the local mental health institute to commit myself on the way home ;)

How could this face be anything but angelic??

And of course, as soon as we got in the car, both girls fell asleep.  We got home, I pulled in the garage and let Mia finish her nap.  There was no way I was waking the sleeping monster angel.  I took Finley in, got her fed and bathed, let the dog out and fed her.  Finley and I got back in the car, Mia still asleep, and drove to church.  I got the girls out of the car, into church and Mia to her AWANA class.  Finley and I headed back to the car because we took the High School girls to Starbucks for small group lesson.  After our girl talk, we went back to church, ran in and got Mia from class and got back in the car to head home.  By this time it’s 845.  We get home and Finley and Mia are both hungry.  I let the dog out, put Finley in the bumbo and Mia in the tub.  While Mia was playing in the bath, I picked up some, fed Finley and watered the dog.  Get Mia out of the tub, feed her and get the dog in.  I had more cleaning and laundry to do, but I decided it could wait.  I was exhausted.  One of the HS girls told me that her mom said “You’re not a mom until you have TWO kids!”  I now agree.  I didn’t realize just how EASY it was with just one kiddo!!


But I wouldn’t trade it for the world!!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

How does this happen already??

Seriously baby girl.  Stop it.
Someone please tell her she is only 9 weeks old.



So big. So fast.


Monday, March 18, 2013

Finley at 2 months!

Finley, you are a whole TWO months old!  You are an absolute joy! 

Weight: 10lbs 9oz.  50%
Height: 21 3/4in. 20%
Head circ:15 1/4. 25-50%

You are wearing size 1 diapers and 0-3 month clothes. The newborn clothes are officially done and the newborn diapers are like little thongs on you!  HA!  You are chunking up so fast!!

You now smile at us when you see our faces or when we talk to you!!  You are cooing and “talking” to us more and more.  You are a pretty content little lady.  You have officially turned into not liking tummy time.  You tolerate it for a few minutes, but you are quickly over it, and let us know about it!  You still have not shed one tear for bath time. 


You have started sleeping in 6-6.5 hour increments at night.  When you wake up, I put you in bed with me and you nurse right back to sleep. It’s such a special time for us!  You are super cuddly :)


You nurse every 3-4 hours throughout the day.


I love you so much it hurts.  You are such a happy little baby!  I am so thankful for you Finley Claire!

Only God could love you more…

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Finley 6 week pictures

Can I just start this post with a warning? 
The following are pictures of gorgeous children. I know I am their mother, and maybe I am biased, but God was really showing off when He made them :)  I am amazed that I get to call them my daughters.  I am more thankful than I can express and more blessed than I deserve.














I tear up just looking at these beautiful girls that are mine.  How did I ever get so worthy of having them call me mommy?!
My heart is so full.