Thursday, January 28, 2016


Baby Boy on his birthday morning.
Reading: I started Pride and Prejudice again. I began it a few years ago but just couldn’t get into and honestly found the language too hard to understand. Since then the 2005 version of the movie has become one of my favorites so I thought I’d give it another try and I’m enjoying it MUCH more this time around. I made a goal for myself at the beginning of the year (a goal NOT a resolution) to read one book a month in 2016. That doesn’t sound like much but since Cooper’s been around I’ve read three. Three. That’s pathetic. So when I finish P&P I’ll hit up again for my next load!

Watching: As far as TV shows go, not much of nothin’. Just waiting for The Walking Dead! Can I get an amen.

Wishing For: Black moto boots. A book/DVD shelf for the living room. Subway tile in the kitchen. A conceal carry purse. Red flats. More leggings to be worn as pants!!

Dealing With: A baby with either hand, foot, and mouth or chicken pox. He was exposed to HF&M at his party and since then another little girl at the party has had it. Even after his fever broke, he continued to get new bumps and they were spreading up his legs and on his trunk. Chris took him into the doctor and he wasn’t even sure by looking at it. He said it could definitely be HF&M but he could have also contracted chicken pox from the chicken pox vaccine he received last week. The doctor said about 5% of babies get it from the vaccine itself. They took a skin sample but we won’t know until some time today which it is. Such weird timing that it could very well be either one! So this week Chris and I have been tag-teaming work and staying home with Cooper since we have to keep him out of daycare in case it IS CP. This is weird for us because he’s such a healthy baby this is the first time either of us have had to miss work other than for the usual check-ups. He was miserable for a few days and super whiney. You could tell the little fella didn’t feel well. But the past couple of days he’s been more like himself, more like my happy baby. And that makes Mama happy.

Loving: My newly cleaned and organized bedroom. Cooper standing by himself. Instagram (always). The cold weather. Mini cherry pies. Quiet time at night after baby goes to bed.

Looking Forward To: I can’t believe I’m saying this…but I’m looking forward to going to Monday Night Raw live in Birmingham. Chris got our tickets months ago and supposedly our seats are in a prime camera area so look for us on TV. I don’t know who will fan girl more: me over Roman Reigns or Chris over…everybody else.

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Since The Last Time We Talked...

Hello, friends! Remember me? I don’t blame you if you don’t.
I had ZERO intention of taking a “blog break”, it just kind of happened that way. But really and truly with the craziness of the holidays, working so much because of said holidays, and planning and executing a first birthday party, there was very little time for blogging.
So much has happened since I last posted!

Since the last time we talked:

…We celebrated Thanksgiving. And Cooper was really excited about it apparently.
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…There was a terrorist shooting in San Bernardino and I once again prayed for Jesus to come back soon.

…We successfully transitioned CT to his crib and it’s amazing. This was HUGE for me.

…Steven Harvey crowned the wrong girl at the Miss universe pageant and gained several enemies in Colombia.

…I turned 28. No biggie.

…Cooper had his first Christmas and aside from the little trip to the tornado shelter and his mother having a little panic attack, it was SUCH a wonderful day.
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…Alabama won their 16th National Championship and the haters continued to hate [Chris].

…The Golden Globes took place and my first husband won his category, was bumped into by Lady Gaga, and made the cutest “oops” facial expression ever.

…Alan Rickman died and I was more upset over the loss of Hans Gruber than Severus Snape….and then a few more celebrities died.

…Cooper turned ONE and we celebrated with a lumberjack party. Pictures to come later!
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Yea, I’ve been on a hiatus for a while. I hope everyone had a WONDERFUL holiday season. After Christmas, and weeks of party planning I feel like I’m still trying to de-stress and get out of “I have so much to do, and plan for and not enough time, and what should I do next” mode. Luckily, this girl got the most spot on birthday gift from a husband in the history of ever: a gift certificate for a massage. Yes, please! That will be used SOON.

So here’s to a new year and [hopefully] more blogging!

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Dear Cooper - Your First Birthday

Dear Cooper,

Happy Birthday, my beautiful boy!

I’m so excited to celebrate you and the fact that you’re a healthy, growing boy, but at the same time I’m sad because this special year is over. You’re looking more and more like a toddler and less and less like my little baby. I nearly cried when you cut your top teeth because I would miss that gummy, babyish smile so much. That smile lights up my life and one of my favorite times of the day is when I pick you up at Nanny and Poppie’s house and you see me walk through the door. That big grin greets me and you’re quick to give me a kiss (if I ask for it). My other favorite time of the day is when I’m getting you to sleep and I’m sitting on the bed with you cuddled up to my chest. Sometimes I just sit there with you long after you’re in a deep sleep and I could easily lie you down in your crib. I sit and listen to you breathe with your little hand resting on my shoulder. I know one day you’ll be a stinky teenager and you might not want to cuddle with Mom so I’ll take advantage as long as I can.

I’m not the only one who’s crazy about you. You are your daddy’s boy and you’re everything he always dreamed about. Never doubt that he adores you.

I can’t believe it was a whole year ago you came into our lives. But then again it feels like we’ve known you forever. You were our missing puzzle piece. Today we not only celebrate your birth, but we celebrate the day we became a family. We celebrate the day you completed us. You are so smart, and loving, and more beautiful than I ever dared to hope you would be. I love watching you grow.

Happy Birthday, son. I love you more than words.

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