Climbing, Sliding, Jumping, Riding!

Boy, did we have fun the last three weeks that the carnival was in town! It was only supposed to be here for two weeks, but its next location got rained out so we lucked out with an extra week of fun!

We took Lucy 3 or 4 times, and the last time we went, we got Joe and Lucy wristbands for the day. My kiddo had a BLAST! Her favorite ride? The roller coaster! She is a girl after ┬áher Daddy’s own heart! She also loved the Scrambler and the 30-foot slide, among other rides.

I didn’t go on any of the rides because I’m scared of roller coasters (even the ones like this one that was only as high as I am tall), and I get sick on other rides. But, I had SO much fun watching Joe and Lucy have a blast together. Seriously. It was awesome.







What’s your favorite carnival ride??

Losing Nana


Wow. I can’t believe it’s been a week since I’ve posted. It’s been a whirlwind in our house and, since last Wednesday, I think I spent a total of 5 minutes on the computer.

Last Tuesday, just before 7 a.m., we got the call that Joe’s grandma, Nana, wasn’t able to get much oxygen and that this likely was it. We rushed to the hospital in Atlanta – rush being a figure of speech here since it was morning rush hour – and hoped to make it on time. She was hanging on when we got there, and Joe’s entire family spent the day with her at the hospital. She couldn’t talk to us, but I think she enjoyed just having us there and hearing us talking.

I left around lunch time to take Lucy to a friend’s house because we honestly had no idea how long we’d be there. When I got back to the hospital, Nana had just passed away. I felt awful that I hadn’t been there but, in retrospect, I think it was nice for just the four people in Joe’s family to be there (our brother-in-law had left to pick up their kids, too).

And, when did Nana die? You guessed it – right before evening rush hour. She timed the whole day perfectly, and she would have thought that was hilarious. Seriously. She had the best sense of humor. Wednesday was spent packing and getting everything ready to go here, and we headed out of town Thursday morning for South Carolina, where we laid Nana to rest on Friday. It was a busy trip that ran the gamut in terms of emotion. We were incredibly sad for the reason we were there, but we also had fun seeing the rest of Joe’s family and doing things like going to the zoo.

It’s still hard to remember she’s gone – I keep catching myself asking Joe if his mom had visited Nana and how she was doing. Nana was just like my own grandmother. I loved her and will miss her very much.

trip to nana's-peach picking


Thoughts on Being a Homeowner

I love being a homeowner. Sure, there are definitely downsides (I REALLY miss just being able to call the handyman when something breaks and having it taken care of for me), but owning our house is great because it’s OURS!

When we bought our house, we bought a starter home. We didn’t have a ton of money, and we didn’t want to overextend ourselves, so we figured we’d spend a few years here and then upgrade. But, the economy had other ideas, and a few months after we closed on our house, it and the housing market went downhill.

While we don’t have as much space as we would like (to have a second child), we’re happy with where we are. I hate cleaning, so it’s nice not having a large house to take care of, and we are planning to close in our carport and turn that into a family room/playroom, hopefully within the next year. This is just another benefit to owning our home – we can renovate!

I’m hoping that when we add on, the value of our house will increase so we won’t lose as much as we would now if we tried to sell. I would love to buy a bigger house in the next five years or so or, even better, have a house built for us! The benefit of that? Getting everything we want in a house! I’ve already started my list for house #2 – lots of closets (we have one per bedroom now), an open floor plan, a large kitchen with an island and granite countertops, a separate dining room, three bedrooms, a playroom and a family room. I’d also love a fenced-in backyard, and maybe even a pool!

What are or were your must-haves in a home? Share them with us in the comments!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Bunnies, Eggs and Friends

We had a fabulous Easter this year. It was a pretty busy morning, but it was a ton of fun.

It all started out with Lucy getting her Easter basket! She was super psyched about everything in it, but I think the sidewalk chalk was her favorite. Girl loves to draw!



Then, we headed out to have Lucy’s picture taken with REAL bunnies! I had put off taking her to see the Easter bunny, and I’m so glad I did. This was SO much more fun, way cuter, and Lucy wasn’t freaked out like she normally by the creepy Easter bunny! In fact, Lucy wanted to bring the bunnies home with us. Lol. I can’t wait to get her picture this weekend!

After having her picture taken, we swung by the store to grab some munchies for a picnic and then headed to an Easter egg hunt with Lucy’s Sabbath School class! It was SO much fun! Lucy was staking out the eggs she saw as we walked from the car to the barn where the picnic was going to be held.

And, you guys, she ROCKED this egg hunt. For realz.





This is when she shouted, “YAY! EGGS!” Because she’s crazy like that.


After lunch, we picnicked with friends whose daughters are Lucy’s BFFs, and we all had a blast! We got some ridiculously cute pictures of Lucy and Macy. Seriously.





See? They are so stinking adorable! When we left, we went to Outback since we were still hungry and kids ate free, and then we came home to relax. And, count Lucy’s eggs, of course! Girl got 50 EGGS! She’s an egg hunting monster!


Of course, we had to dump out all our loot, just like on Halloween!


And, because I love it, a shot of Lucy with baby Belle. So cute!


I hope you all had a wonderful day as well!

Week in Phone Pics ~ 10/52

So…it’s been a few weeks since I’ve done this. Sigh. I have been so incredibly busy with some new VA work and spending time with the kiddo (more on all that later). Hopefully, I won’t miss any more week!


Last week we:

  • Dressed up like Ariel
  • Snuggled with AJ
  • Did a jigsaw puzzle
  • Had a lunch date with Mommy
  • Threw pennies into the fountain at the mall
  • Went out to dinner with Mommy and Daddy
  • Made leaf angels
  • Went to church (and insisted on pics as we left)
  • And, drew with chalk.


We also:

  • Played at McDonald’s (and had to wear their ridiculously big socks since we forgot ours)
  • Visited Lucy’s great-grandmother in the hospital
  • Played at the park
  • And, made Kool-Aid!

I’m linking up with Living Like the Kings.

Mommy-Daughter Date

Whenever I go to my rheumatologist, it ends up being a several hour affair. I’m still getting used to my new doctor who really takes his time during appointments rather than rushing through as my last doctor did.

I had Lucy with me today, which really isn’t a big deal – unless you have to get x-rays done. And, guess what I was told had to happen after my appointment? Yeah. Obviously, Lucy couldn’t go in with me, so we set her up in the infusion room so she could watch cartoons. She was A-OK.

I was kind of stressed out during the x-rays and the bone density scan because, you know, I couldn’t see her. She wasn’t crying, which was good. I was sure she was OK.

When I finished, I found her curled up in one of the big infusion chairs, her hand over her head. I thought she was sleeping at first, but when I got closer, I saw that she wasn’t. I asked if she was watching TV.

“No. I scared. I hiding from people.”

Broke. My. Heart. I seriously felt like the worst mom ever.

After we left, we headed across the street for my lab work and then trekked back home. Lucy fell asleep not long into our drive so, instead of stopping to eat like we had discussed, I phoned in a take-out order to Chili’s and quickly ran in to get it.

But, when I got back to the car (I parked in front of the door and kept my eyes on it the entire time), Lucy was awake and adamant that we go in for our mommy-daughter date. So, after having just picked up a meal, we went in to eat. I was kind of embarrassed since, you know, there were only two servers working, and I’m pretty sure they recognized me, but my kiddo was SO happy to be on a date with Mommy. That outweighed all the embarrassment.

And, we had a GREAT time. I can’t wait for another actual lunch out together!