Monday, December 13, 2010

Selah Grace's first SNOW DAY!

Today we were home with 4 inches of snow just waiting for us to play in.  WE LOVE SNOW DAYS!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

 Andrew, Selah and I stayed in Nashville this Thanksgiving. We ate more than we needed to.
Shana and I hosted our 2nd Annual Cookie Exchange on December 5th and it went off without a hitch.  I made three of these peppermint topiaries.  Aren't they amazing looking?
 We had two Thanksgiving meals.  This was the first.  Yummy!
Andrew and I had a dressy Christmas party to go to and these were my shoes for the event.  So sparkly and felt like death. 
Travis came down for Thanksgiving.  I pumped him full of fatty foods and sent him on his way. :)

Bring on Christmas!!!  12 days and counting!


I have been such a slacker on blogging these past two weeks.  I do have an excuse though... I had to leave my 6 week old baby to go back to work. sigh.

And what an adjustment it has been.  Adjustment might not even be the right word.  Insanity, craziness, sheer chaos... those words might be a better fit.

I am a little OCD, so when things get out of my control or a little messy... I kind of.. have a melt down.  To all you working mom's out there, I applaud you!  Your work TWO full-time jobs and you still remain alive at the end of the day.  I feel like I deserve a gold star at the end of my day. 

I wake up at 4:30am and my head does not hit the pillow again until around 10:30pm... if I'm lucky.  Good news though, Selah is only waking me up once a night - if that - to eat.  It makes it easier to get up and go to work when you were not up all night with the baby.  Having a newborn = your life is not your own anymore.  You tend to have different priorities when your world revolves around a nine pound pooping/eating/sleeping machine.  You find yourself talking about yourself in the third person to a squirming little human in a very high pitched tone.  And no, this is not only women who do this.  Men do these things as well.  I found myself cracking up laughing when I heard my brother, Travis, and Andrew talking to Selah over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Get your high pitched voice ready... "You love your Uncle Travis don't you.  Ah-Boo boo boo boo.  Why, yes you do."

Are you guilty of this?  Of course you are!  You can put a baby in the middle of a group of cynical old men and in five minutes you'll have them melted like a bunch of marshmallows over a campfire. 

It has taken me a solid two weeks to be able to leave Selah with the babysitter without bawling my eyes out.  Of course, the first day was the worst.  I could barely drive I was crying so hard. 

Selah Grace is growing so fast right before our very eyes.  She is already smiling and is on the verge of full-blown laughter.  She is a drama queen and very sweet.  I am drenched by the time her bath is over.. she fully enjoys the warm water.  Whenever we are in the car and she is throwing a fit, all I have to do is start to sing... she stops crying immediately. She's my world.  I never thought I could love something so much. 

So yes, we are adjusting... but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

New Pictures!

The grandparents have been requesting some new pictures of Selah Grace.  So... I took Selah outside after church and started snapping away.  If any families in the area want some Christmas pictures taken then let me know.  You can email me at  I am willing to do a $50 flat rate for 10 edited photos on a CD for you this holiday season.  I hope you guys enjoy the new photos of my 6 WEEK OLD!  She is getting so big.. yet she is so tiny :)

Also, Pray for me.. I go back to work tomorrow.
Lucky girl.  She already has her own personal transportation.
 I can't wait until she starts giggling!
Sisterly Love.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Christmas is coming!

This week is my last week of maternity leave.  Just talking about it makes me tear up so I'll now change the subject.... CHRISTMAS IS COMING! 

So... I started decorating for Christmas this past week.  It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside when I see Christmas decorations.  Andrew thought I was crazy to decorate before Thanksgiving but I wanted more than 4 weeks to enjoy it. And I don't think I am the only one decorating before Thanksgiving.  In fact, Andrew called me one day this week on his way home from work to let me know that I wasn't crazy... he was seeing lots of people put up their Christmas lights. 

I haven't gotten everything out yet.  Just the big things.  Christmas tree, garland,  table centerpiece, etc. I'm not going to tell you how many lights I put on my Christmas tree this year.  You will really think I am crazy then :)
 I love the memories our Christmas tree holds.  Like the snowflakes we used in our wedding.  Or the letter "S" ornament that Andrew found that matches the "T" and the "A" ornament for all of our names.  And of course the "Just Married" ornament that we got while on our honeymoon in the Smokey Mountains.  This year we get to add the "Baby's First Christmas" ornament to the bunch. 

Monday, November 15, 2010


Yesterday, was our Friendsgiving lunch at church.  I had my friend Shana take a quick picture of Andrew and I since we were color coordinating as a family.  And let me tell you... it took SEVERAL tries to get both Andrew and Selah face looking peaceful and smiley. :)

Then after lunch, I chased the kids around to snap some pictures of all the fun.  Also, yesterday was adoption Sunday.  Now that I am a Mom myself, adoption tugs at my heart more than ever.  Our church is participating in Operation Christmas Child with Samaritan's Purse.  I encourage you to participate as well.  What a blessing we can be to those children that do not have a home during this holiday season.

Back to the beach...

3 and a half years ago, Andrew and I met at Mathis Lake near Corpus Christi Texas.  At a college event, I fell head over heels in love with that curly headed country talking guy.  He drove up in that black truck... windows rolled down and that curly hair blowing in the wind.  Sigh.  My heart still goes crazy whenever I think about meeting him for the first time.  He was so shy.  So cute.  I called my Mom that afternoon and told her, "Mom, I have met the man of my dreams.  I am going to marry him someday.  Just watch!"  True story.  Ask her if you don't believe me!  She laughed and said, "well, OK."

Fast forward to about two weeks ago and there we were... that cute curly headed man and I with our three week old embarking on a big ole trip.  Back to the place where we fell in love.  My Dad's parents flew Andrew, Selah and I down to visit.  They just HAD to meet their first great granddaughter.  We were able to see lots of family and friends.  It was a tiring trip but so good to see family.