i've got an overload dose of CHRISTmas spirit.  if you happen to pop in at our house, our little satellite television will be whistling to the dandy tune of Christmas cheer.  my all time favorite is hark how the bells.  well, that and the drummer boy, silent night, deck the halls, o christmas tree, jingle bells, and i'm dreaming of a white christmas.  and...have yourself a merry little chrismas, away in a manger, and we three kings. and not in any particular order. this past august, nathan, lucy, and i went window shopping.  we stumbled upon a whole bunch of Christmas decorations at one of my favorite consignment shops.  a snowman, a santa clause, a mini-tree complete with little red bows and bells, and some reindeer antlers.  nathan was so excited to see all the decorations.  i saw the look on his face.  his little mind was remembering last year.  he got it. ...

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thanksgiving day was fabulous.  i missed my mother the most yesterday.  sure, i talked to her forty-seven times the night before to verify how to cook the turkey, and a good nineteen times on thanksgiving day for gravy tips, and "i miss you so much" kind of talk.  but, i wouldn't have changed a single thing about our little intimate thanksgiving this year. yes, it's wonderful to be around the table having seven different conversations at one time, all while chewing your food with your mouth wide open, and shouting over the noise just to be heard.  yes, i missed that.  especially when i was being passed around the room via telephone trying to make out what each family member was saying due to the ruckus.  that is when i gave myself a moment to wish for a minute that i could hug all those necks and have that all-to-important small talk that i treasure the most. another thing ...

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since i can barely contain my excitement for tomorrow, i thought i would blog while my collard greens simmered.  i'm a procrastinator by nature.  i dilly-dally around and then at the last minute, i am unstoppable.  i always finish.  barely. yet, times like this...i am johnny-on-the-spot.  holidays make me eager.  i'm certain that the holidays have only gotten better since i am the hands and feet behind all the little things.  little things that will matter greatly to my babies.  i think it will matter that nathan wakes up tomorrow having to bust through streamer.  the little details of the streamer being brown and orange in honor to thanksgiving is, well...a bonus. i'm awfully antsy to see his face in the morning.  back to me being johnny-on-the-spot during (and only during) the holidays.  i have had all the ingredients sitting and waiting patiently in the fridge since monday.  this will be my first-ever feast that i ...

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i vowed to take on an excellent challenge with my children for the month of november.  it is 30 days of intentional acts of kindness with your children.  this week i wanted to plan out a few of our specific acts of kindness, but then i also wanted to just be on the lookout for ways to be kind.  come to find out, it's so easy to spread kindness if you are in that mind set.  nathan is definitely grasping this concept and lucy is enjoying all the comings and goings. here is our week 1 re-cap: here is our week 2 re-cap: read on for our week 3 re-cap. day 1 like i had mentioned above, i was being a little more laid back in our 'acts of kindness' this week.  i was wanting to run into more opportunities to be kind instead of mapping them all out.  while i was at the dollar ...

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waking up friday morning to the reality of being 12 weeks pregnant was, umm...awesome.  and by awesome, i mean good writtens to my nausea and fatigue.  you will not be missed.  i'll take my energy back with a slice of cheese pizza.  and...i'll take that to-go. in the meantime, grow baby grow.  i am already daydreaming about having you swaddled tightly in one of those receiving blankets from the hospital.  i can't wait for my first whiff of your precious baby's breath.  i want to hear your newborn cry and see you try to make your eyes lock with mine for the first time.  you, my sweet child, make me smile at your very thought.  are you going to be a little brother, or a little sister?  i will definitely find out.  those people who wait until the baby is born amaze me.  how?  how on earth do they have such will power? this week had ...

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we have polished off another week of our 30 days of intentional acts of kindness.  saturday's act of kindness really made this challenge so real to me.  i'll get to it, i promise. day 1 nathan assisted an elderly lady to her car by carrying her small bag of purchases from the dollar tree.  nathan simply asked "can i help you to your car?".  to which she giantly smiles and says "you sure can...how sweet." (this wasn't a planned out act.  when i saw her, i nudged nathan to ask her the question.  so i didn't have my camera handy.  bummer.) day 2 while we were at the dollar tree the day before, we gathered up a few things that we needed for day two and three's act of kindness.  lucy might be all of 21 months old but homegirl has a bff.  we just had to make something special for our little lily.  i ...

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i have this little problem.  if there is any fun to be had...you can rest assure that i will be in the mix.  you can also bet that i will be the last one awake...just to further seal the fact that i didn't miss out on anything. if you think for a second that first trimester fatigue slows me down...well, maybe a little.  granted, i was slap wore out and i caught myself holding my eye lids open with my bare hands a few times this weekend.  but,  i was in it to win it.  i will be the last man standing.  this weekend, i had it baaaaad.  real bad.  husband's brother was flying into town to sing at a good friend of our's wedding.  did you catch that?   two reasons to be overly excited for the fun weekend in store. my husbands brother, austin, is my favorite out of all his brothers.  well,actually...it's his only ...

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wanna know what kind of stuff makes me proud? it makes me so proud when i can be the one to teach my son the funniest way to eat jello.  because, let's face it...there is a method. first you take a bite.  then you push the jello back through your teeth-using your tounge.  it squirts out through the cracks of your teeth while making a squooshy sound.  it's...like, a blast. every single bite called for it's own round of laughs.  i felt so proud to introduce such nonsense.  ** another proud moment this week was two mornings ago.  i heard from across the hall the sound of some serious brother and sister at-play going on.  there were squeals, cackles, and some down right partying in lucy's bedroom.  since i do not like when people have fun without me, i had to go spy on them to see what on earth was so much fun. they had taken all of lucy's clothes from her drawer ...

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i posted a few weeks ago that i was going to do 30 day's of intentional acts of kindness with my children.  we-among a great group of other mom bloggers, are participating.  so far, we are off to fabulous start. i've been loving making good happen to others.  knowing that you are the cause of someone else's delight is just  a wonderful feeling.  the best part is that all these random acts of kindness is centered around my little people.  what an appropritate month to GIVE such kindness.   thanksGIVING.    here is what we have been up to. day 1 this was the day after halloween and we were still in north carolina.  nathan and lucy hand picked some of their halloween candy out of their pales and placed them in a zip lock baggie.  i told them to hand the bag over to my grandpa (their great-grandpa) when he comes over.  it was such a small little gesture that went such a long ...

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i am actually writing this post because i have placed myself in time-out.  and yes, i'm talking about the kind of time-out that i put my children in to think about their choices.  because my choices need a little tweaking lately. so, here i am.  in time-out.  thinking about some of my hormone provoked choices.  and you best believe that i am blaming those atrocious hormones.   i am at that place in my pregnancy that the extreme fatigue is wearing out it's welcome.  i am fully aware that my energy comes flooding back around twelve weeks and this really is a short lived season.  but, since i am used to having energy that is equivilent to an ADHD five-year-old...this is a little a lot hard for me.  first trimesters aren't for sissy's. i do find it pretty amazing how my body grows every single organ and body part during these first few months.  and deep down ...

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