Archive for ‘Adventures’

August 12, 2011

This is me as of now.

When I first started this blog I was so excited to write every single post. I was motivated and determined to chronicle my (and Little’s) life in this new way. I thought about my blog while I did the dishes or read a magazine and considered what I would share next.

And I still want to do that. I was going through some old stuff that I wrote in college the other day and really enjoyed reading about my life at that point. Sure, that wasn’t too long ago. And yes, I have pictures to remind me of my days past. But there is something about reading my own words that is different from anything else. Please don’t misunderstand me to say that I think there is something especially unique or inspiring about the way I write! I’m simply stating that reading about my life is pretty cool. I like it; and therefore, I want to keep sharing what’s going on in our little family so I can read about it later. Ha!

I’ve mentioned it before, but the summertime and my blog do not always agree with each other. There is just so much going on that it’s hard for me to take the time to slow down and type it out. But like I said, these are some awesome times in my life that I want to remember (in detail) in the future! So here is what’s going on with me and my family right now.

Mr. T graduated from a 22 week police training academy just over two weeks ago.

 

He started the process to join the police force over a year ago just after getting his college degree. Finally in March, the actual training program began. It was a hard road (much harder than I will ever realize, I’m sure), but he stuck with it.

We are all so proud of him! He’s now in the field but will ride with a training officer for the next six months. Please keep him and all of our police officers in your daily prayers!

The day that Mr. T graduated just happened to be my birthday! I was more than happy to share my day with him, but he did something special for me the day before. About a week before my birthday, we started watching the Harry Potter movies. Now if you know me at all, you know that since the HP books and movies have been around, I have had zero interest in them. But my husband is a persistent guy and after about seven years of poking I finally succumbed to the pressure and dove in with both feet. And I’m so glad that I did. I’m hooked. A little late to the game, I know, but about three days after watching the first part of the last movie, Mr. took me to watch the final part in theaters at our local drive-in. Pretty awesome, if I do say so myself (and I know I don’t!).

Little Miss enjoyed her first VBS experience at our church a few weeks ago.

We did a one day event, and while Little Miss was the youngest one there and spent much of the time goofing around with her daddy, I think she had a great time. The theme was “Saddle Up with God,” and the kids looked so precious in their boots and cowboy gear.

 

And finally, last weekend I sang and danced the night away at the Keith Urban concert.

My good friend Emily has her birthday just a week after mine, and after thoroughly enjoying myself at the CMA fest with her, we bought tickets to Keith’s show to celebrate. A long-lost high school friend who we haven’t seen in about six years made a weekend trip from PA, and she and my sister joined us for the concert. It was amazing. My sister and I were on the floor with seats much better than I had anticipated. To make it even better, Keith came into the audience for several songs and was about five rows from us at that point!

 

I’m an even bigger fan of Keith (and Jake Owen) than before!

 

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July 19, 2011

Busy is what I like to be.

When I was a kid, the summer always seemed to fly by faster than any other time of the year. I guess it’s kind of like the weekend…or Christmas break. When you’re not in school, time zips right by leaving you longing for the days when you didn’t have to worry about multiplication or spelling tests. Nevertheless, the summer always ends too quickly and you once again find yourself stuck in a classroom with twenty-something other kids who wish they were at the pool.

Maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit here. I always liked school and was, for the most part, ready to return when the time came. I say all of this because it is already the 19th of July, and school will be starting in no time. You may be thinking to yourself why this would concern me now. I’m not in school, and Little Miss has quite a while before she will be starting either. Thank goodness. I guess I still think about it because my mother is a teacher, and it always seems as if right when her summer break begins, it’s just about time to head back! And did I mention that Little Miss and I spend a lot of time with my mother during the summer? She lives just two minutes from my house.

Anyway, enough with the rant about school days. Since I’ve become a grown woman with a husband and a daughter, my days just continue to fly. Not just the summer days either. Every. single. day. Except for those days when the house is a mess, and Little is screaming, and Kona and Moose are driving me insane wanting to go outside every five seconds…

The past couple of weeks have been so busy, which I love. But everyone knows that when you have a busy schedule, time really starts slipping away. And now I have nearly a months worth of activities that I need to pack into one post before I forget something!

About a month ago, my mom, dad, sister, Little, and I took a 15-hour road trip to Pennsylvania. My grandmother turned 80 at the beginning of June, and my dad’s whole family (six boys and one girl plus spouses, kids, and grandkids) surprised her with a party.

Daddio didn’t get to go because of work, so he stayed home and took care of the dogs. Little Miss got to meet her great Gramma at my sister’s high school graduation, but I was so glad that we got to see her again. And Pennsylvania is a beautiful state! My dad was very excited to be back where he grew up for a visit.

For the 4th of July, Daddio, Little and I (plus the dogs) headed to Kentucky to stay with Daddio’s grandparents.

My parents and sister and Daddio’s parents also came to visit, so we had a great time relaxing and visiting with everyone. Little Miss loves going to Kentucky for all the good food, the exploring, and of course the extra attention!

Daddio and I had our anniversary on July 11th. Did I mention that thing about time flying by? I love you, Mr. T.

Other than all of that, we’ve been spending our days getting haircuts, going to the pool, cleaning house, going to birthday parties, shopping for groceries, and seeing old friends. I just finished reading The Help, and I’ve got to say that it was one of the best books I’ve read in a while. I’m not going to spoil anything for those who still want to read it, but I do want to say that my favorite part of the story was seeing Aibileen and Mae Mobley’s relationship develop. It was so neat to watch what began as innocent, pure love turn into something deeper and stronger as Mae Mobley grew. I laughed, gasped, and cried throughout the whole book. Feel free to leave your thoughts on the book, too.

Happy summer!

June 13, 2011

Whoa-oh, Whoa-oh, Stuck like glue.

We had a busy but very fun weekend around here. Our weekends are mostly spent hanging out around home just enjoying our time together, but this past weekend was packed full! On Friday night I had the absolute pleasure of enjoying a night at the CMA music festival. My dear friend Emily who I went to high school with got four-day passes. She mentioned several months ago that she wanted me to go with her for one of the nights, so I’ve been excited about it for quite a while. And in one word, it was amazing. Now I’ve already written a post chronicling my first time at the zoo, so I’m almost embarrassed to admit that Friday night was my first real concert! Oh well. At least I can now say that I went to my first concert before Little could!

Being a true southern girl, I wanted to look the part when I went to the festival. Emily told me that she would be wearing a sundress and cowboy boots, but alas, I do not own a pair of boots. Luckily, my fashionista sister came to the rescue and let me borrow her boots. And her jean skirt. Have I mentioned that I buy clothes for Little a lot more often than I buy for myself?

Before the concert, Emily and I went to a restaurant close to her office called BrickTop’s, and it was so good! I felt kind of silly walking in to the place in a jean skirt and cowboy boots, but luckily I think most of Nashville was buzzing about the music fest, and I was forgiven. We headed over to LP Field and got to our seats just in time for the music to start. The line-up was so good for Friday night! We got to see Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Sugarland, Keith Urban, and Reba. There were also smaller artists that performed in between the bigger ones. I love all of these artists, but my favorite of the night was Sugarland. I’ve seen them on TV for award shows and have always loved their entertaining performances. But on Friday they were ten times better because it was live! I still haven’t stopped jabbering about the whole night to Daddio. If you’re reading this Em, THANK YOU for inviting me. You’re a wonderful friend, and not just because you invite me to fun things like the CMT music fest. 🙂 Maybe we can be concert buddies from now on. I’ve got a feeling that I’m not going to be able to quit now!

(Photo courtesy of CMT.com)

To continue our fun-filled weekend, Daddio and I actually went on a date sans Little on Saturday night. My parents came over to sit with Little Miss while she slept, and we headed to a wood fired pizza place called Brixx. We sat on the patio, ate our pizza, and just talked (probably a lot about the music fest…). It was so relaxing. I love spending time with my sweet husband at home, but it’s an extra treat when we get to occasionally get out of the house together. After the pizza, we walked over to Barnes and Noble to browse the books. Random fact about me: I love the way bookstores smell. I checked out the best-sellers shelf and am about the start The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.

Sunday morning we went to church. I just started teaching the 2-4 year-old class with Loren, another dear high school friend. I love doing the class, and Little Miss has been coming with me even though she is still six months away from two. I’ve been pleasantly surprised with her reaction to the class. I think she is so interested in the older kids that she just sits in her little chair and behaves (for the most part!). Of course, her favorite part of class is the snacks. Who doesn’t love cheez-its? I also left her in the nursery during service for the first time on Sunday. I’ve always stayed with her, so I was a little worried she might get upset when I left. But she did great! I will admit that I’m pretty attached to my daughter…but I spend every waking moment with the child, so what can you expect? :)Sunday night we went to Nana and Poppy’s (daddio’s parents) house for dinner. Daddio’s grandparents were also there, and we shared a great meal.

Whew! I’m tired just typing all that out. Like I said, we usually do a whole lot of nothing during the weekend, so it was kind of funny that we packed so much into three days. The long days of summer are here, and I am loving the hot sun and relaxing nights. I can’t wait for lots more fun to come!

April 8, 2011

Meet Moose.

A couple of weeks ago I promised that I would introduce big boy Moose in his very own post.

Then I got busy. And it got really warm and sunny outside. And quite frankly, I didn’t care to sit down with  the computer and type away about our new pup.

But today is the day. Meet Moose.

He’s nine months old and already weighs over 100 pounds. I mentioned before that Moose is my brother’s dog. He’s in Kuwait, and that is why Moose has joined our family for the time being.

It took a little adjusting for all of us, but I think we have finally gotten into the swing of things with Moose. He still tries to swipe things from Little’s highchair and has knocked her down (always unintentionally) several times, but I often remind myself that Moose is still a baby. He may not look like it, but he still acts very much like a 9 month old puppy. And did I mention that our house is small? If Moose comes into the bathroom, he actually has to back out!

He loves to play with sticks and trots around proudly when he plucks a fallen tree limb from the yard. I’m serious; Moose seems to seek out the biggest sticks he can find! To my delight, he also loves water. I’ve always wanted a dog that likes to play in water, but Kona is definitely not that dog. She keeps a safe distance from the hose while I’m watering the plants. That might be why I was so surprised the first time Moose tried to put the sprayer in his mouth while I was watering. He’s also gotten in the creek that runs next to our local greenway.

I’d say the member of our family who has bonded the most with Mr. Mooser is Kona Bear. It took her about a week to come around, but Moose didn’t give up, and one day I walked into the living room to find them rolling around together. Moose likes to put Kona’s head in his mouth, and Kona likes to nip at Moose’s feet. They play tug of war with sticks, and Kona runs circles around Moose in the backyard. They’re good pals.

I need to get a picture of him next to Daddio or Little so it’s easier to see his massive size. This picture definitely doesn’t do him justice! Moose is a big, sweet baby that allows Kona to boss him around and Little Miss to play with his ears. I’m glad that in just four weeks he has adjusted so beautifully!

March 3, 2011

Adventures of Mamma, Little and Kona

It was an eventful morning at our house to say the least, but the good thing about an stressful exciting morning is that it gives you something to write about in your blog!

It started after breakfast. Little Miss ate a clementine, a whole egg (hardboiled) and a handful of cheerios this morning! I’m always tickled when she eats every single thing I put on  her chair. She’s  a pretty good eater, but she knows what she wants and when she wants it. And sometimes I’m not as good of a mind reader as I know I should be.

After Little demolished her breakfast, it was time for a bath. I  often take her into the shower with me because it saves time, and she likes to sit and play with her toys while I bathe. We’ve done this since she was around seven months old. When she first started showering with me, I would plop her in the bumbo and put it in the shower. Now she just sits on her bottom and plays.

After we finished our bath, I wrapped Little in her towel and took her to her room. Here’s where it gets interesting. I had to put Little down because I hadn’t picked out her outfit yet. Big mistake. She ran(yes, ran) out of her room and into the hallway. Oh my goodness did she look cute though! She was naked except for the hooded towel, and her little belly was poked out so far. I asked her to come back to her room, and she did. The hooded towel had fallen off at this point. Little decided that she wanted to sit in her pink chair, so she climbs her little naked bottom into the seat and turns around victorious. The mamma in me wanted to run for my camera, but that same mamma reminded me that I needed to get a diaper on that naked  bottom before…too late. Just as I was about to pick Little up I looked down, and she was sitting in a pool of pee in her chair.

Strangely, the pee didn’t soak into the chair.  It just kind of sat there in a pool so that I was able to clean  it up pretty fast with a towel. No big deal although I did wonder out loud why Little decided to wait to pee in her chair after being free of the diaper for a good fifteen minutes in the shower…

After getting Little diapered and dressed, Kona was hounding me to go outside, so we came to the living room and let her out. I don’t like to leave her outside for too long because we live on a pretty busy street, so after a minute or two, I called for her to come in the house. She came bounding into the house and immediately threw up yellow bile on the carpet.

I believe I promised in another post that I would tell of Kona’s vomiting adventures (just what you want to read about,  right), and now is the time! Kona is an all around wonderful dog, but she does have her flaws. She barks  at strangers, is easily excited, and is picky about her dog food. We buy her kibbles, chunks and chews of which she picks through and only eats the chunks and chews. It’s quite impressive, actually.

So apparently her bowl was full of two days worth of kibbles this morning, and she decided not to eat. Did I mention Kona has another flaw? When she doesn’t eat breakfast, she throws up her empty stomach contents by 9:30  am.

And there you have it. I cleaned up baby pee and doggie vomit all before 10 this morning. Just call me the mamma-cleaner-upper. Oh well, all in a day’s work.

And speaking of work, my wonderful husband just got a job with the Metro  police department. Woo hoo! He is in his third day of training, and I’m already so proud of him. I know that he’s going to do a great job and will be a wonderful addition to the department. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers as he continues his training. And pray for him after that too, if you don’t mind!

 Daddio on our honeymoon.   Siesta Key, FL

February 17, 2011

What does the zebra do? Dance, dance, dance!

I remember doing all kinds of fun stuff when I was little. I think back fondly of my childhood and the many memories that my parents helped me make. We played in the rain, helped cook dinner in the kitchen, swung on the tire swing, and played Barbies (a personal favorite).

But I never went to the zoo. Not even once.

What kind of person has never been to the zoo? Well me, until yesterday. My dad has never liked the zoo. I think he feels bad for the animals in the cages. He must have had a bad experience or something though because I’m already wanting to go back for more. Yes, I will admit that it’s a little sad that the animals don’t get to live in their “natural habitat.” But when would Little Miss ever get to see a lion or meerkat if it wasn’t for the zoo? Maybe never. Plus, the zoo we visited was very nice. The animals had large areas to roam. It definitely wasn’t the stereotypical zoo of Goodnight Gorilla!

So, I’m just going to try to ignore the fact that the elephants and giraffes would most likely rather be in the Savannah and appreciate the opportunity to see them. My favorite thing was the flamingos; they were so beautiful! When we first saw them, they were all in the water cleaning themselves and squawking at each other. After making a loop to see some of the other animals, we saw them for a second time. They had made their way out of the water and were basking in the warm sun. Such a neat experience!

Daddio’s favorite was the gibbon. They weren’t out when we arrived, but after looking at some of the other animals, we could actually hear them playing from quite a distance. They put on an impressive show jumping and swinging from the branches. And boy, did they make a lot of noise!

I’m not sure what Little enjoyed the most, but we’ll just say it was the giraffes since they had a baby on display the day we went. It was so sweet to see the mother nuzzle her little (big) baby!

Here are some pictures from our little adventure. I hope to go back very soon!

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Side story: Little Miss got a Melissa and Doug safari animals puzzle for Christmas. One day I was sitting on the couch when she brought me the little wooden zebra. I took the zebra and oohed and ahhed over it. Then I set it on the arm of the couch and said, “look at the zebra dance, dance, dance” as I moved it across the couch. Completely silly. I thought that was the end of it. The next day I was folding laundry, and Little Miss got that zebra and took it straight to the arm of the couch to make it dance. She has done this every single time she gets the zebra since. My little sponge. Anyway, when we saw the zebras at the zoo, we of course said, “What does the zebra do? Dance, dance, dance!” She thought it was hilarious.

January 16, 2011

Sweet summer time.

It is January 16th, and I’m already craving the warm air of summer.

Little is ready, too. (Photo taken last winter.)

I’m one who enjoys every season in one way or another. Fall is cozy with its crisp air and crunchy leaves. It’s so comforting to snuggle up with your favorite blanket and eat a big bowl of chili. And of course, there is Halloween! This past Halloween was one of the best I’ve ever had. Yes, Daddio and I were those parents who carried their ten-month-old around for candy. No, Little Miss does not eat candy. Yes, we ate every piece that she collected. But I promise we didn’t take her around for the candy. We just wanted to show how cute she looked in her pink kitty costume!

Winter brings hot chocolate and the Christmas season. I love the entire month of December and the feeling that hangs in the air. I’m not talking about the feeling of your toes freezing as you wait outside Target on Black Friday either. Children at school color pictures of snowmen and Santa Claus as they anxiously count down the days until Christmas morning. Also, the food. Need I say more about that? And obviously, the winter season will always be special to me because I brought Little Miss home in the cold winter of 2009.

Spring means new life. How amazing is that? Everything is brown and cold and…ugly, but then out of nowhere the buttercups bloom and a fresh heavenly scent greets you every time you step outside (I won’t mention the dreaded allergies that also attack me around this time every year).

But out of all the seasons, I think it is safe to say that summer is my favorite. Sure, by the end of September I am tired of the 110% humidity and 90+ degree temperatures, but all the fun activities keep you almost too busy to notice…almost.

I can’t wait for this to summer because Little Miss will be able to do so much. I want to go to the park and play with her on the activity set. I want to take Kona on long walks where we are both exhausted and thirsty when we’re done. I can’t wait to swim like a fish in the long summer afternoons. We’ll eat watermelon and drink lemonade mint tea.

But alas, we still have at least two months of cool weather left before spring even arrives. Christmas is over, and now it’s just cold and dead outside. I always welcome the change in seasons when the time comes, but I’ve never anticipated it this early. I can’t wait for the crisp mornings of spring time and then especially those hot summer afternoons. What are you looking forward to in the coming seasons?

January 13, 2011

Home again, home again.

Last Friday, we packed our bags for an impromptu trip to Kentucky where Daddio’s grandparents live. Now I must tell you, I am not one to drop everything and go. As I often tell my husband, I like to “prepare my mind” for most things. I’m just not much for spontaneity. And now that we have another little person to pack for (and a fur-baby), it’s even harder to hop in the car and hit the road. 

But last Friday I didn’t mind. We don’t get to see Daddio’s grandparents very often because of the distance between us. When we were dating in high school, we would visit them on weekends and during the summer and always had such a great time. This visit was no different!

We arrived late Friday afternoon and planned to stay until Sunday. Needless to stay, we didn’t come home until yesterday! Work is slow right now for Daddio, so with nowhere else to be, we gladly accepted the hospitality (and wonderful food) from “Mamaw” and “PaPaul.”

Little Miss loves her great-grandparents so much and relished the constant attention she was given. While we were in KY, she perfected her ability to blow a kiss and did so before bed every night. She is also walking the majority of the time now. She slept beautifully (to my delight), and ate like a champ as well.

Kona stayed outside or in the garage during the day and was permitted in the house at night to sleep in her cage. I think she is a farm dog at heart and loved the table scraps she was given, but I did miss her constant companionship while we were there.

Here are some pictures from our trip. Enjoy!

Little Miss loved this Big Bird chair. I think she likes any little chair that she is able to crawl into by herself!

Once she got hold of PaPaul’s iPhone, it was all over! He let her play with it, and they will remain friends until the end of time.

Like I said, best friends. She liked looking at the pictures on the refrigerator.

We watched the birds every morning while we ate our breakfast and visited at the kitchen table. Kona continuously chased them away, but they kept coming back.

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