Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Hilton Head, SC

Back at the beginning of May, Hadley got to take her first trip out of state!  We went with Matt’s parents to Hilton Head, SC and stayed for a week.  Here’s a quick photo recap of our trip!

I’ll start with the plane ride.  We had 2 large suitcases, 3 carry-on bags (2 bags + diaper bag), a carseat/travel bag and an umbrella stroller.  It sounds like a lot, but it really wasn’t too difficult!  IMG_2247

Ready for her first plane ride!  Before:



{Overall, Hadley did pretty well on the 2 1/2 hour ride.  She got a little restless on the way there, and the way home she was SUPER cranky b/c she missed her morning nap due to the time of our flight, but miss social kept herself busy playing peek-a-boo with the people around us.}


After: {Get.Me.Off.This.Plane.}


We spent our week playing at the beach and pool, visiting the children’s museum on the island, going out to eat, playing put-put and riding bikes! 

(Sorry for the photo overload from our first day at the ocean.  Baby’s first time to feel sand between her toes and play in the ocean = major photo op for mom!)











And one final picture from our over-tired, exhausted baby girl on her way home…


Other than not enjoying being confined, Hadley didn’t seem to be bothered by the pressure on the plane at all, so we’re happy to know she’s a pretty good traveler!  That said, it was so good to get home – I’ve heard it said that you don’t “vacation” with kids, you just take trips.  Very true!

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Friday, May 25, 2012

An Update of Sorts

Umm, where did the month of May go?  Seriously, y’all.  I think an entire week was lost somewhere.  I’m going to try to remember what we’ve been up to the past couple weeks and hopefully get back on track!

  • First and foremost – Hadley had her first trip out of state!  I’ll save the details and photos of our trip to Hilton Head, SC for a separate post.
  • Hadley had lots of catching up to do with friends when we got back – her “aunt” Courtney was begging to see her, as was her nana, aunt Katie (although that hasn’t worked out yet!) and Hadley was dying to see her neighbor/bff Camry.
  • Hadley got her first busted lip – x2.  She busted it on our hardwood floors, and the next day, re-busted it in the exact same place.  I had to bust out (pun intended) the stain remover for multiple outfits.  Bless her heart.
  • We celebrated my second Mother’s Day!  Seems hard to believe!
  • This momma got food poisoning.  I’ll spare the details, but I have seriously never been so sick in my life.  It’s been about a week and certain smells are still making me queasy.  It was a great way to lose a quick 6 pounds, though!
  • Thankfully, my mom was in town for a couple days when I was sick – I seriously don’t know what I would have done without her.  It would have been hard enough caring for Hadley, but add in the fact that the next day I had promised to watch my friend Sarah’s little Hadley again and there is no way we all would have survived without nana. :)  She definitely got a bit more than she bargained for that day!
  • Thanks to the aforementioned sickness, Hadley is down to one nursing session a day (right before bed).  I never really intended to keep nursing this long, but given all the benefits (for both of us!), I’m really proud that we’ve made it so long.
  • I’m thinking about signing Hadley up for swim lessons this summer.  There’s an indoor aquatic center not too far from us and I think it would give us something fun to do during the week outside of our usual. 

And I’ll leave you with an iPhone picture dump to finish “catching up!”

Poor girl with her swollen, busted lip…


Drivin’ with “aunt” Courtney…


Her first real pig-tails!  Such a big girl!




Mother’s Day with my sweet girl!


And last… doesn’t every kid have to have a picture in the dishwasher?  It’s some sort of right-of-passage, isn’t it?


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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Easy Housewarming Gift

A good friend of mine recently moved into a new apartment and Hadley and I wanted to go check it out!  I brought her a small housewarming gift that I made (thanks to Pinterest!) and thought I’d share it with y’all!

First of all – I have to give credit to my inspiration.  Chelsea at TwoTwentyOne created a B-E-A-U-TIFUL tray/liner, and her pictures and staging look WAY better than mine.  Check out her post here.

And here is my version – (the monogram was supposed to be an aqua blue, but when I had it printed, it came out with more of an aqua-green tint.  The fun thing about this project, though, is that I can make Courtney extra liners to switch out as she pleases!


I stuck a notepad and matching pen in the tray as well and voila! Instant personalized housewarming gift!  If you’re a close friend and are moving soon, pretend you didn’t see this because I will likely use this idea again!

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Oh Happy Day (x2)

I thought it would be fun to share a little about the bride & groom along with the pictures of their big day!  I grabbed their “About Us” section from their wedding website to share with y’all while you browse the pictures (mainly thanks to Two Times Photography and Julie Fisher).  They wrote about each other, so Katie’s “about the bride” was written by Eric and Eric’s was written by Katie – such a fun touch to see their personalities shine through their love for each other.

ABOUT THE BRIDE  Katie is...

pretty much, hands down, the most amazing woman I've ever met.

beautiful, but the attraction goes way deeper than just looks (though she isn't hurting in that department).

a great listener.


an encourager, but not afraid to speak truth and put me in my place.

a woman that loves Jesus way more than she could love me, which is awesome!

a leader, but willing to be led.

a giver.


passionate in whatever avenues she pursues.

gifted (seriously, there's nothing this girl can't do, except maybe play basketball).

not super affectionate, which is the complete opposite of me, but I believe I may have cracked the surface :)

a "pinterest-aholic" (Maybe most girls are these days? I can't complain though; I've been the recipient of some pretty awesome recipes she found on there).

a strong enough woman to put up with me (it takes a special woman).

organized (and I'm not).

punctual (and I'm not).

passionate about dance (and I'm not, though I'm trying).

clean (and I'm not...this should be interesting).

simple, low-maintenance (That's a compliment; I love that about her. She's content with spending quality time together rather than go out to a five-star restaurant any day of the week).

understanding (For example: she knows how much I love watching sports, especially the Longhorns, and there really hasn't been a time where she's made me change the channel or do something else... That day's probably coming).

from Minnesota.

a proud Aunt, pronounced Ont not Ant. "An Aunt (Ant) is a bug" according to her. Must be a Northerner thing.

a city girl (I'm still working on getting her to go hunting).


tough (she broke her arm as a child and didn't see a doctor for about a week).

strong willed and firm in her convictions.

a great picture of what a Godly woman looks like.


a forgiver, she knows and lives by the way our Father has forgiven us despite our shortcomings.

patient (especially with me).


The list goes on and on and on. I absolutely LOVE this girl and cannot wait to spend the rest of our lives (on this earth) together. If you haven't had the opportunity to meet her, just trust me, she is awesome!


a lover, not a fighter.

devoted and faithful to pursuing the Lord far beyond anything else. (including me)


affectionate. (...opposites attract?)

gifted with words. (sometimes a little too gifted, if you know what I mean?) ;)

a devoted Longhorn fan.

who God created him to be...and he doesn't back down to whatever God may be challenging him with.

a triplet. (which he forgot to was more of an afterthought, as we began to get to know each other)

a leader.

a small town guy.

"blessed with hair" (at least I think that's how he phrases it). Never in my life did I think I'd find facial hair attractive...but oh does God change the hearts of those who least expect it.

bold about his convictions.

always finding time to serve others.

actually a really good listener - not just for a guy. (I almost didn't put this on here, because I don't want to admit it; BUT he hears me way more often that I think he does. Don't get me wrong, he's still a male and a sports do keep him "humble" in this area)

absolutely the most encouraging and loving person I've met. No really. To be honest, I've had a difficult time understanding the JOY behind the whole "wives submit to your husbands" thing...BUT,

the more Eric presses into the Lord, the more he's able to reflect the love of Christ;

the more Eric equips himself, the more he's strengthened to lead us with truth and discernment;

the more Eric let's go of his plans, the more He's able to accept God's plan for us;

SO I'm constantly reminded that I submit to Eric, because He submits to the Lord - and that's something to find joy in knowing.

I love this guy. Whether you know him or not...I pray you're just as encouraged by him as I am.

Okay, on to the pictures!

Kisses for aunt Katie! Happy wedding day!!560998_10100586766118087_29625495_50498127_1300978225_n

Operation: Get Hadley into her tutu!





This is how Hadley entertained herself throughout most of the ceremony…



Runaway flower girl!  In the middle of the ceremony, while Katie & Eric were taking communion, Hadley decided she wanted to be front & center and took off towards the middle of the stage.  Daddy had to come take her back to his seat after that. ;)






The triplets :)




Katie’s friend Julie painted this tree for them!  (To use as their guest “book” – guests left their fingerprints and signed their names)



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