Sunday, November 19, 2017


we've had a busy few weeks.
like, really busy.

applebutter day with the fam.

a trip to springfield with my sorority sisters.

a wedding.

3 birthday parties

a baby shower

AND our ninth wedding anniversary. (look how young!)

its not slowing down either.
every weekend until january,
we're booked solid.
it's all fun thanksgiving and
christmas things so i'm 
looking forward to it.
i think ronnie is tired already. 

the girls both had pink eye last week,
so i worked from home one day and 
my parents came up another. 
they've also been busy at school with
their book fair, thanksgiving feast and
brette is in 'happy feet' (soccer) and 
'shining stars' (theater).
i signed her up for soccer but i have
no idea how she ended up in theater.
she has a little play coming up where 
she will be the cow. 
we have a real star on our hands, i'm sure.

we're gearing up for thanksgiving in a few days,
which seems crazy that its already here.
we head out to illinois on wednesday and 
will spend the holiday with ronnie's mom.
i'm baking a pecan pie and pumpkin pie cake.
my dad donated homemade rolls to the cause.
i'm excited. 
i have my fingers crossed that books, movies and
a long ass nap will make the 7 hour road trip bearable.

hope you and your family have
a wonder thanksgiving too!

Thursday, November 2, 2017


halloween is so fun with kids.
a lot of work, yes.
but still fun.

brette decided to be lippy lips from
the shopkins toys.
so i decided for reid, that she could
also be a shopkins character.
i like it when they coordinate.
i made her strawberry kiss.

i had grand plans of making both
costumes, but time got away from me
and in the end i made brette's and 
bought reid's.
(i actually bought reid's on oct 29th 
and prayed that it arrived in time.)
ronnie was in charge of brette's lipstick headband,
and i took charge of the rest.
and knowing ronnie, he spent WAY TOO much time
on a 4 year old's costume, who then told us
it was uncomfortable on her chin and didn't
wear it trick-or-treating.
what. the. hell.
i will admit that i was hot gluing reid's headband and
the face on brette's skirt at 9pm halloween eve, while
ronnie was downstairs spray painting.
procrastination nation.

but they turned out super cute and 
were a big hit at school.

i took a little time away from work so i could
to both girls' classroom halloween parties.
they started off with a big costume parade through
the grade school so the littles can feel really special.
then i was in charge of reid's, so we did a little cookie
decorating, read a few halloween books, and 
ended with a craft. 
easy peasy.
brette's was literally the same thing.
i just love their school so much and all the kids are adorable.

i picked them up from school and headed to my brother's.
since he only has his girls every other year, 
i wanted to take advantage and get the four girls
together for trick-or-treating.
my mom & dad picked up ronnie on their way through town
and we all met up around 5.
we walked a little shopping center and then up and down
brian's neighborhood.
it was way too cold to do much more than that,
so we ended around 6:30 - in time for 
dinner and jammies.
we were home and had the girls in bed by 8pm.

a perfect night!
(i'm hoping next year is a little warmer)

happy halloween!

Friday, October 20, 2017

school pics

so my girls took super super cute
school photos this year.
i was in arizona for a conference so i 
trusted others to get them ready.
(yes, i killed me)

but i just love them.

Monday, October 16, 2017

(a look back)

so yester was pregnancy and infancy loss awareness day.
i went back and read some of my blog posts that i wrote
before i had announced my 2nd pregnancy - - and then,
once we lost the baby, i never posted them.
this was my first post after finding out
we were pregnant in july.

aug 6 2014

i'm pregnant! (happy)
again. (ahhh)
its my worst nighmare and
my dream come true.
i truly truly hate being pregnant.
but like every mom in the world says,
its worth it.
ronnie and i decided that we were going to
for sure have a second kiddo pretty soon
after brette was here.
i'd say we made the decision when she turned 6 months last december.
nothing like christmas to make you want more kids, i guess.  
and i knew that i wanted brette's brother or sister
to be close in age.
brian and i are only 19 months apart
and that's what i wanted for her too.
we waited a few months and then "tried" in april with no luck.
(i was secretly thankful so i could have
the vacation of my life in mexico without
turning down all the free booze.)
we skipped may and june because i didn't want a kid
in february or march.  (too many family birthdays already)
and started trying again in july for an april birthdate.
and yep, got pregnant again within the first week.
apparently, i should be thanking my lucky stars
that ronnie and i were so careful the first five years
we were married or we could have easily had kiddos
way before we were ready.
i've known for a couple weeks,
but i had my doctor's appointment yesterday to confirm.
and guess what:
my due date is march 28th. 
i guess your first two weeks pregnant are before you even conceive.
i didn't realize that with brette, but yeah.
they go off the date you started your last period.
which puts me at the end of march.
i swear, i can't plan a due date for the life of me.
oh well.
late march sounds like a perfect time to welcome another
little wonder into this family.
tomorrow i'll be seven weeks.
only 33 to go.
is it over yet?

it's weird to read how nonchalant i was.
i went another 5 weeks before i lost the baby.
crazy enough, reid was conceived not even a month after that.
i'm very lucky.
not even a year later, i was holding another baby girl.
and even though i'm at home right now with two sick kids,
i couldn't be more grateful.

prayers for all the mammas still waiting on their babies.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

so september is over?

i am slowly but surely blogging less and less.
i think it's just because i spend my days on a computer now,
so i don't come home at night and get it back out again.
but i know i miss snippets of our lives and the 
whole point is to give my girls something to look back on when
they're older since my baby books are both seriously lacking. 

so here's a little recap.

i turned 34. ew.
ronnie had to work later (of course) but
my parents happen to be in town so the girls
and i went out to dinner with them at red lobster.
i discovered that both my kids  l o v e  seafood.
ronnie is officially outnumbered, yesssss.
i see salmon and shrimp and tilapia in our future.
i did get some pretty cool presents,
(probably bc ronnie felt bad he worked late)
since we normally don't do gifts, but it was all stuff i've been 
wanting, but didn't want to spend our money on.

i've been trying to take the kids to an apple orchard for weeks.
it's either been raining or we've been busy.
i THINK we're going to go this weekend as long as 
the rain holds off.
fingers crossed. 
brette has a field trip planned at school to go to the 
pumpkin patch next week, so I took off work for it.
i'm going to grab reid out of her class so we can all go.
i'm excited to get these fall festivities started.
speaking of which, i wore sweat pants and made chili last night.
that's has to make things official.

we took family photos last weekend.
i wanted to wait until later october for the leaves to change, but
our photographer is due in october so was only scheduling 
pictures through the end of September.
big mistake.
it was 90 degrees outside and i made
everyone wear long sleeves.
i wanted FALL pictures for the Christmas card,
instead i got sweaty faces and children not willing to cooperate.
by three surely reid will be able to function like a human 
for family pictures, right?
next year will be better?
there's something about them that makes her lose her mind.
we did get a few cute ones, but i don't LOVE any of all 4 of us.
eh well. 
we tried.

oh another little update?
reid has started biting.
shoot. me. now.
she has bit the same little boy in her class twice.
she doesn't leave a mark - thank god - but i'm sure
this poor little boy's mom wants to hulk out on the 
evil little redhead abusing her son and i totally don't blame her.
then she bit brette on saturday.
that went over well. 
brette now bosses reid around everyday about being nice and
reid says "you be nice" and then brette responds until they are
both screaming and fighting with each other to BE NICE.
its awesome.
please, don't swarm with all my parenting awards at once. 
i've been reading articles online for suggestions and i bought
a board book that reid and i can read together.
her teacher isn't really concerned and says reid is just frustrated that
she doesn't have all her words yet, but i still hate life.  
let me know if you've dealt with this and what worked for you.
(unless your suggestion is for me to bite her back. i just can't, ya'll.)

here's our new book.

so there's my little update.
hopefully i'll be back here again soon 
with the girls' school pics!

Sunday, September 17, 2017


ronnie and i talked my parents into watching
both girls and dogs over the weekend so we
could take the Harley down to eureka springs with
two other couples for a little adult trip.
two weekends out of town, which is normally
not my style but this sounded so fun, we couldn't pass it up.  
i had never been, but ronnie had, and he's literally
been talking about going down there for years.
his friend invited us and at first, ronnie
didn't think we should go, but i'm glad i talked
him into taking some time away.
it was very pretty,
perfect weather and
such a neat little town.
it kind of reminds me a little bit
of estes park and branson.
it's tucked in the trees and the hills
which makes it a fun ride on a motorcycle.
we shopped around, did a little day drinking
and i was in bed by 10:30.
the next day we headed out to branson, where
we stopped for lunch and hit up the outlet mall.
(i forgot i was traveling on a harley and bought
a huge bag which had to travel on our friend's bike - whoops.)
i was definitely tired when i got home, but
it was fun to get away and have a short weekend
without the kids.
i guess i can consider this an early birthday gift.

we've already decided that we need to schedule
another trip to the smokey mountains or nashville.
i love traveling.
i can't wait until the girls are a little older so we
can go on fun family vacations that don't require

Monday, September 11, 2017

the end of the season

over labor day weekend we loaded up
the camper and the kids and went down to the lake.
i told brette way too early in the week about
our plans so every morning we had a talk
about how much longer until she got to go camping.
next time, i'm telling her the day before. 
it was amazing weather.
a little chilly at night, 
hot during the day.
perfect for evenings around the campfire
and afternoons on the boat. 
i could tell a big difference in reid since we had 
gone last over memorial day weekend.
it's crazy how much she has changed in 
just three months.
every time we go, i think it gets a little bit easier. 
i'm still running around taking girls to the bathroom,
making drinks and trying to inforce nap time,
but there's a lot of freedom when we go camping too.
not to mention, that the girls still go to bed around 8:30
when we're out there, so ronnie and i have 
the rest of the night to hang out and have some adult time.
(aka - drinking beer around the fire)
we also played the most fun game,
i'm ordering it online because when I went to Wal-Mart
(yes, I actually went inside for this thing)
they were all sold out, but I found it on amazon.
it's called "spike it" - pictured below.
so fun.
go buy it.
the second day, i went out with another family on their boat
because when everyone else left, reid was still sleeping. 
they go tubing a lot and i'm trying to talk
brette into trying it.
i finally negotiated her going, as long as me, ronnie and reid all went too.
by the time i got her convinced we were ready to go home
for the days and we were going to try it out the next day, but i 
never made it back over to their boat. 
its my new mission next summer to get the girls on the tube.
i know reid we absolutely love it - - she's going
to be my little daredevil.

it was such a nice weekend.
i know i complain about campering a lot,
because it IS a lot of work too, but
we end up having a lot of fun and the girls
love it so much, i'm almost sad to see the season end.

until next year... 

and this is not campering but i just love the pic.