February 13, 2013

Continuing my relationship week in honor of Valentine’s day. Today I want to highlight grandparents. Andrew is very fortunate to have all 4 of his grandparents still alive and well. My dad’s parents passed away in 2005 and my other grandparents are sadly in poor health. We hope to spend time with them when we move closer. My grandfather is still mentally very with it and I’m sure he would love to get to know my mister. My grandmother sadly is mentally not well, it’s like Alzheimer’s, but it’s not. I wish Andrew had gotten to know her like I remember her. I told him the other night that I always thought of her as the quintessential grandmother. She cooked great home style farm meals, baked better than anyone, sewed my dolls clothes, played the piano with me, and was just awesome.

Ellery is so lucky to have the grandparents she has. I was thinking about how funny it is that when grandparents babysit they want you to go out during the day so they can spend time with them and everyone else hopes your kid goes to bed within the first hour. It’s very interesting to become a child that bears a grandchild, you become chop liver!! Your conversations suddenly revolve around what your kiddo is doing and you don’t matter so much. That’s alright, this is yet another thing I will understand someday if I get to become a grandparent. My mom frequently says it’s weird that her daughter has a daughter, I think about this often when I’m feeding Ellery that someday she may do the same for her child.

I hope that with technology and travel Ellery can grow up knowing her grandparents and she will always feel connected to them. My M-I-L got an iPad for Christmas and we love to FaceTime on Friday mornings when all the great grandparents are over for coffee. Before we know it she’ll be talking back to them!

I found this quote kind of funny: “The best baby-sitters, of course, are the baby’s grandparents. You feel completely comfortable entrusting your baby to them for long periods, which is why most grandparents flee to Florida.” – Dave Barry




February 12, 2013

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I’ve heard before that you don’t fully appreciate your parents until you become one, I now agree with this fully. I now understand that my mom had to say “be careful” every single time we left the house. Every. Single. Time. How in the world did my parents never once complain about how much we cost them? I had to get a tooth implant that cost $3,000 out of pocket. My parents didn’t have that kind of coin laying around, but they paid it and never once said a thing about it. Braces, surgeries, college, books, arm brakes, prom dresses, a wedding dress, AN ENTIRE WEDDING. Not only do they provide so much over our life time, they also provide tons of emotional support too. Sometimes you need your mom, like when you find out you are having a baby in 4 days instead of 3 weeks. Sometimes your dad is just what you need like when you find out you are going to need to practically mortgage your house to pay for the birth. The biggest gift my parents gave us was roots and wings. I know that sounds cheesy, but seriously all of us feel confident and comfortable to live far from them, but we all feel like there is nothing in the world quite like going home. Andrew and I hope to give this gift to our kids. We want to raise independent kids that enjoy coming home to visit and know that we are a safe place for them. Share some love with your parents this week! There is no human on the earth that loves you the same way they do!

A Very Special Day

January 28, 2013

Today is a very special day. My best friend in the whole world was born on this day 27 years ago and I’m so thankful! So many people thought we’d never make it. We are opposites, and I’m not gonna lie we used to fight, kinda like sisters. But we’ve made it and she is my family. Ellery and all subsequent children will know her as Aunt Steph and they’ll probably always wonder exactly how we are related. This sweet friend of mine has been sharing her struggles with infertility over on her blog and through it all she handled my pregnancy with such grace and love I cannot even express to you what it meant to me. I can’t say I would have been as awesome as she was. She flew down here after Elle was born, bearing gifts, bought my weeks worth of groceries and cooked for us every night. I’ve shared most of my life with her. We stood beside each other as we married our sweet husbands, hugged and cried as I moved 1000 miles away and have some how managed to become closer as we’ve put miles between us. We’ve been there for each other on our best and worst days and I look forward to all our years ahead. My sweet friend Steph, you are simply the best! Happy birthday.

Here are a few blast from the past pictures, sorry for the picture quality, they are iPhone pictures of pictures.






Merry Christmas

December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas from our house to yours!!




Family Date Nights

September 30, 2012

Andrew and I have started family date nights. We do this about every other Friday and then Andrew and I go out the other weekends by ourselves. For family nights we pick someplace cheap to go, we spend about $10 for the whole evening. The first time we went out we went to Freddy’s which is a fast food place where we got buy one get one free meals. Then we went to Target to buy baby wipes and got a free redbox (thank you pinterest codes!) and cookie dough from Papa Murphy’s. This week we had a free birthday pasta bowl at Noodles and Co. We went to dinner and then to kohls to use a $10 coupon. So our whole evening cost us $9 including the kohls purchase. I know, it sounds super exciting! The point is we get ready and we go out as a family. We are setting aside intentional time to spend together and our hope is to do this as our kids grow up. It’s also fun for me to get a little dressed up and dress up Ellery to go out. I really don’t care if I’m overdressed, I’m dressing up for my husband and people can stare if they must. The other amazing thing about date nights, NO DISHES!!! When Ellery actually eats our date nights will change to go wherever kids eat free. If you don’t already do so I encourage you to go on dates, alone and as a family. You won’t regret it.

This list makes me cry everytime I read it, I thought it was just the pregnancy hormones, but I read it again today and I cried even harder so it’s just from being a mom.  I am so blessed to be married to an awesome man who will be an incredible dad to our daughter.  I was going to tell which numbers I really love, but honestly I can’t choose.  I will say #14 won’t be chucks, she’ll be rockin the topsiders.  37 and 38 are pretty awesome.  And how true is #50, I can’t read that one without getting grossly choked up!

When I say all my friends are having girls I am not overstating this.  In our small group, I just had a girl, AS had one the next Saturday.  KH is due anyday with a little lady and JH and CD are due with girls on the same day, December 30th!  It’s a wild year and I’m so blessed to be in this group with these couples and experiencing this part of our life together.

Happy Mother’s Day!

May 13, 2012

Thanks for being such a great mom and giving me an example of how I want to be with Ellery! Happy Mother’s Day to an awesome mom and a wonderful friend.  Wishing I could be with you to celebrate.  Love you so much!

Happy Mother’s Day Mum! We had a great weekend with a few moms in my family – my mother, aunt, and grandmother. It’s great that distance doesn’t keep us too far apart!

The Privilege

November 15, 2011

Whenever we go to Bryan and Amanda’s house I always hope we get there in time to see Hudson before he goes to bed.  We all go into Hudson’s room and ask him who he wants to put him to bed, then we all quietly hope that he picks us.  The past few times we’ve been there he has picked me like 80% of the time…not bad.  Bed time is the BEST time of night and I can’t believe Amanda let’s anyone besides her put him to bed.  I bathe him, which is just so nice.  Then we do his chore chart (this is new and honestly is a little bit annoying because the whole time it is his goal to procrastinate going to bed).  We feed the dog, which is one of the funniest things I see all day.  He screams, “not yet Grace” at her if she tries to eat any of the food before he is done. Then we go to his room and he picks a book.  Sometimes I pull an AUNTIE move and let him read more than one book, shame on me.  Then we pray: which his prayers are super sweet and he then picks a song.  It’s usually Old MacDonald, but sometimes it’s Bingo and the other night it was Jesus Loves Me which I really enjoyed.  Then comes the moment we all wait for…kiss time.  I don’t know how I really feel about kissing on the mouth, but since his parent’s do it, I by default kiss him on the mouth because I don’t want him to think I don’t love him.  Kiss time is fun because he gets to pick what kind of kiss he wants: butterfly, Eskimo, or smooches.  With me he almost always asks for butterfly and then he says smooch after I give him butterfly.  For a while he would ask for a big smooch and then a little smooch, ahhhh so sweet.  I love bedtime routine with big H and until I get to have my own kiddo to put down I’ll keep secretly hoping he picks me! Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrating a Lovely Woman

November 9, 2011

My Sister-In-Law had a milestone birthday this year and with all her amazing parties she has thrown we couldn’t let her birthday go by without doing something beautiful for her.  My original thought was to do a vintage theme because she loves vintage stuff.  The problem is I didn’t really have vintage stuff so I worked with what I had and it turned out to be more of a feminine garden party.

Napkin rings made with homemade tissue paper flowers

Placecards made very simply with paper and letter stamps

Paper Doilies made up the table runner

Used salsa, jelly, spaghetti jars and yarn to make votive holders

Coolest yarn ever: I think it's called Bunny Tail and I'm definitely getting some to decorate my tree for Christmas. Saved me a lot of time making a garland for their huge dining room.

More Like Her

October 25, 2011

I’m becoming more like her everyday.  My Grandmother, Katherine Burks Russell.  She passed away February 28, 2005.  Since then I’m reminded of her often through the jewelry I inherited, she was one trendy jewelry wearer.  I’m reminded by my nail beds, how random is that?  I literally look at my fingernails and realize that I have the same hands.  Age spots, yep they started showing up last year, I remember she had quite a few and they have definitely popped out in a patch on my face.  Unfortunately this week I found out that I inherited her high cholesterol too.  It sent me in to a bit of a tailspin because I’m very dramatic.  I believe I told Andrew that I was probably dying…can you imagine me saying that?  Then I googled some stuff and I am trying to figure out what I’m going to eat and trying to commit to working out everyday.  It turns out that it’s just another thing that I’m going to have to fight against to not be chemically medicated.  I need to drop it 33 points…blek, that’s a lot, I think Cheerios is supposed to drop it a whole 3 points. If only I had inherited her tiny figure too…