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 rolled down my face. tears of heartbreak for Jacqui having to navigate life without her son; and i felt 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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