Tuesday, December 9, 2014

christmas family pictures.

even though carter made her job a challenging one, cara by nothing short of a miracle, still managed to get some really good pictures of my little family.
i decided to get my hair done for pictures this time for the first time ever, and i highly recommend it. it was nice to have a little pampering on photo day and not feel rushed getting myself ready. and it definitely helped me to feel more confident with how i looked.
and can we talk for a minute about how precious carter's sweater is with it's toggle button and leather detail on the shoulders? i found it at target, and knew right off that's what he'd be wearing in our family pictures. dressing him is seriously SO much fun.
i left out my very favorite picture, the one we chose for our Christmas card- because i will be sharing it on the blog soon. 

thank you cara, once again, for delivering awesome pictures of my family. it's such a blessing to have a photographer who loves my baby and tolerates my husband's photo-induced grumpiness ;)

can you believe how different carter looks compared to last year's family photos?? 
it absolutely blows. my. mind.

Monday, December 1, 2014

25 days of christmas books

this year i wanted to start a few new traditions for carter to look forward to every Christmas season... and since carter LOVES books i decided 25 days of christmas books would be something that he would enjoy this year.
i found most of the books at 2nd and charles- a new and used bookstore that recently opened in town... so most of them only cost a couple of dollars! mimi and nana also gifted us a couple, so the whole collection was actually pretty affordable.
1. the story of christmas
2. christmas pop up peekaboo
3. the grinch who stole christmas
4. llama llama holiday drama
5. little blue truck's christmas
6. christmas in the manger
7. reindeer's christmas party
8. merry christmas curious george 
9. olaf's 1-2-3
10. jingle all the way 
11. the jolly christmas postman
12. the very snowy christmas
13. snow place like home
14. i want a dog for christmas, charlie brown
15. i've seen santa
16. bear stays up
17. one night in bethlehem
18. christmas is here
19. charlie and the christmas kitty
20. a star so bright
21. frosty the snowman
22. carter's night before christmas
23. merry christmas (pop up)
24. rudolph (look and find)
25. santa clause funny face book
they're all wrapped and ready to go! i am SO excited to have carter open up his first book tonight... i also think that it will help to practice opening presents before Christmas day is here.

what are your favorite family Christmas traditions?

Sunday, November 30, 2014

late to the party.

i know everyone is over thanksgiving and posting all of their wish lists and gift guides... but i'm a little behind, so humor me for this post and i'll hop on the christmas train next week ;)

for thanksgiving went to gainesville to have lunch with greg's aunts, uncles and cousins. unfortunately, earlier this year his cousin lauren, who is my age (blonde in the center of the picture) was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer so it was very important for us to spend time with them this year. {she is currently going through chemo and hoping to have surgery in the near future, and i am sure she would appreciate your prayers.}
we had a good time eating at the country club... and we decided that eating out is definitely the way to go thanksgiving- no prep and no dishes to clean up!! after that we spent some time at greg's aunt and uncle's house playing pool and scattagories. i love that greg has so many cousins close in age and we always have a good time with them.

i especially loving seeing carter and his cousin, madeline (who is just 3 months older than him) together.
i hope that you had a happy thanksgiving and spent some wonderful quality time with your families eating lots of yummy food.

Friday, November 21, 2014

on being a better mom.

it's so easy to get caught up in the day to day frustration and exhaustion of being a mom... our whole family has had colds, and unfortunately carter's turned into an ear infection {his fourth}. he has been fighting me as i try to suck his snot with the nose frida (being a mom is gross sometimes). in his free time, he has been enjoying gnawing on his crib, thanks to the SEVEN teeth he's cut in the past two weeks... the canines and the molars! (i hear- and believe- that they are the worst).
my independent, hard headed strong willed boy has realized that he has opinions on how he wants to do EVERYTHING and has decided that he wants to feed himself with NO help from the adult folk- getting oatmeal (or whatever other sticky substance) in his hair- and everywhere within a spoon-fling away. baby sign language didn't quite catch on in our house, so instead carter just does the windshield wiper motion- knocking all unwanted food and drink on the floor to indicate that he is finished at the end of every meal.

... and i'm tired. i think i'm going to be tired for the rest of my life. {and my baby is a good sleeper!}

but just as i'm having one of those days... carter throws ol' mom a bone and does the sweetest little things. THREE times last week he fell asleep on me in the glider {which as it turns out, was a sign of the ear infection- but still a sweet gesture}. and the other night after we read our bedtime story, he reached around and hugged me tight laying his head on my shoulder. the unprompted kisses and the way he squints his eyes and laughs when you tickle his back and belly? probably my favorites thing in life.

the other night while carter was asleep, hinny up in his crib, i read baby boy bakery and hot tears roll down my face. tears of heartbreak for Jacqui having to navigate life without her son. and i feel guilty for ever being frustrated at my sweet carter baby.
and then i went to bed determined to be a better mom tomorrow than i was today because every day is a blessing with my boy and i am so thankful that God chose me to be his and him to be mine.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

cheers to 30 years.

today is this guy's birthday... we celebrated a little early last night because unfortunately greg is in the middle of working a 15(ish) hour day right now. i surprised him with a date night in atlanta- going to see cirque du soleil (amaluna) and eating dinner at the melting pot. it was some good, much needed quality time with my man. 

and for your birthday, i have decided to list 30 things i love about you...
1. you love being a daddy, and spending quality time with your boy.
2. you tolerate family pictures. and i think you may even secretly like them now...
3. you get up with carter and let me sleep in on your days off. 
4. you like to cook and don't mind fixing dinner sometimes.
5. ... but you rave on the dinners that i cook, too.
6. you're not afraid to admit you're a cat person.
7. you do the dishes.
8. you understand the need for retail therapy.
9. ... and giving me some mama alone time.
10. you work hard to take care of our family finacially.
11. you're cute.
12. how animated you are when you read carter a bedtime story.
13. you will do anything and everything in your power to fix all of my problems.
14. you look good in a uniform.
15. you genuinely care about people.
16. how you pick up little surprises for carter while you are out of town.
17. you compliment me often, even when i'm not dressed up or looking fancy.
18. you take the baby on publix runs.
19. you look good driving a big truck.
20. you are honest, trustworthy and protective.
21. that you're not afraid to act silly to make carter laugh.
22. you are my favorite travel partner.
23. you understand the importance of a good lazy day.
24. ... and a need to be productive day. 
25. you are respectful of others and a natural leader.
26. you find my phone all 27 times a week that i lose it.
27. your passion for georgia football.
28. you are always down for a fun family outing.
29. you have pretty eyes, a good smile and a cute butt.
30. most of all, i love how you love me.

happy birthday to the best husband a girl could ask for. i'm happy i'm looking forward to spending the next 30 years with you!

carter and i love you very much!

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