Celebrating the 4th

We celebrated the 4th of July by having Lucy participate in her first parade! My radio station co-sponsors the parade with a local civic group, so I had to be there for the festivities. And, this year, they included a wagon parade for kids at the front of the parade, so we entered Lucy. We decided on that at the last minute, so the decorations on her wagon weren’t great. Oh well…we’ll do better next year!




Lucy was pretty enthralled with everything going on.


Tigger and George came along for the fun. There were hugs.


Apparently, they were not very well-behaved.


Get back in the wagon!


We got there about an hour or so before the parade started, so by 9 a.m., Lucy was D-O-N-E with the wagon.


Daddy had to hold her. And, yes, he had to carry her for the entire 2-mile parade. Best Daddy ever.


I have a lot to catch up on. Next, I’ll tell you all about the NKOTBSB concert!

Father’s Day Recap

We had a great Father’s Day weekend and, while we did a lot of driving, we got to spend time with both our families, which made it worth it.

We headed up to my parents’ house on Saturday morning and had a fun lunch with everyone. Lucy had a blast playing with her cousin, Harrison. Then, we left from there and drove through the Ocoee River area to get to Joe’s parents’ cabins in the mountains. I always love going up there. I can just feel the stress melt away as soon as we hit the mountains. We got up there in time for dinner. Joe’s parents made “Happy Meals” for the girls, which included mini sliders and toys.



Lucy wasn’t a huge fan of the burgers. She’s becoming such a picky eater! She won’t eat burgers or hot dogs. But, she had fun picking at it, and at least she ate some baked beans.


That night, Lucy did NOT want to go to sleep, which we think is probably a combination of a late nap in the car and being in a new place and a new crib. We brought her into our room around 11 p.m. to see if she would lay with us and calm down. Yeah, that didn’t happen. She was WIDE awake.

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I was having a hard time keeping my eyes open, so Joe took Lucy out into the family room. I woke up around 2:45 a.m., and Joe wasn’t back. I went out to the family room, and this is what I saw:

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The only way Lucy would sleep was on Joe. She would pass out, and the minute he tried to put her back in her pack n play, she would wake up and flip out. Joe wasn’t complaining, though. There are worse ways to ring in Father’s Day. 🙂

Around 6 a.m., Joe brought her into our room, and she slept in our bed until 8 a.m. This was the first time we’ve ever done that, and it will be the last. We figured it was OK for one night if it meant she would sleep. And, seriously, how cute is she with her arm around her Daddy’s neck??

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The next morning, we got going slowly. The dads and daughters did some coloring.

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And some bubble blowing.

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On our way home, we stopped at Mercier to get Lucy a latch board and to pick up some apple cider and fried pies. Lucy was so tired that she slept the whole time — and we’d only been gone from the cabin for about 20 minutes!

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And, we grabbed some lunch at Taco Bell where Lucy proved me wrong when I told Joe that she wouldn’t eat her tortilla. She tore into it like a wild animal!

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Oh, and for Father’s Day, I made Joe a mug with a picture of Lucy as a Braves player from a Jib Jab dance that I had created. It was super cute, and Joe loved it! I always have such a hard time coming up with ideas for gifts for him, but this was great. Much better than getting him a cigar humidors or something.

What did you all do for Father’s Day?

Monkeys and Pools

So, let’s catch up, shall we?

Memorial Day weekend was full of firsts for Lucy — her first trip to the zoo and her first pool party! We spent Saturday night at my parents’ house and got to go on a date to see Bridesmaids (hilarious!). The next day, my family headed to the Chattanooga Zoo to celebrate my grandma’s 84th birthday. That was what she had requested to do.

We started out with a picnic lunch. Lucy had to eat her PB&J with a fork because she has to eat EVERYTHING with a fork.

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My mom made mini cupcakes to celebrate Bomma’s birthday. They were a big hit.




My parents brought all three kids boxes of animal crackers. How did they know that’s Lucy’s favoritest thing EVER right now??


It was REALLY hot, which made me sick. But, aside from that, it was fun, especially pointing out all the animals to Lucy.





On Memorial Day, we went to a friend’s house for a cookout/pool party. Well, a pool party for the kids, that is. We got Lucy changed quickly into her ridiculously adorable bathing suit and plopped her in the pool. She promptly slipped and went under. But, she stood right back up (after freaking out for a minute, of course). But, I think that scared her because, even though she loves water, she did NOT want to be in the pool after that.

But, being the great parents that we are, we put her back in anyway. Hey, she has to face her fear, right?? She played with some toys.



She laughed at her friends.


She slipped again and went under, but once again, stood right back up.



And, she reached numerous times for me and Joe to get her out of the pool. Joe took pictures of it. I know, we’re mean.



When she wasn’t in the pool, she was getting in and out of this car repeatedly. Seriously. She could not leave it alone.

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It was a great weekend, and we really need a weekend to recuperate from it. Maybe next weekend…

They Say it’s your Birthday

Last weekend was my birthday. I turned 31. And, while turning another year older wasn’t fun, my birthday was a blast thanks to my awesome hubby and family.

My birthday celebration started on Friday morning with our traditional breakfast at Wes-Man’s, a favorite local place of ours.


The owner of the restaurant has a truck outside that he paints every day with peoples’ names and other messages. Every year, Joe calls to have my name painted on the truck. For the last two years, it rained and the truck wasn’t able to be painted. This year, the weather was clear, and this is what was on the truck:


Yes, the name “Cody” is supposed to be mine. After two years of not being on the truck, my name was spelled wrong! Yet another funny story to tell. Lucy made sure to point the mistake out to us.


On Saturday, we headed to Chattanooga to see my family and, since Joe had to work on Sunday, his parents made the long drive up as well. We had a lot of fun, and Lucy had a blast playing soccer with Harrison. I love seeing her spend time with her cousins.

Oh yeah, and there were presents. Joe got me a Pandora bracelet, which I have been wanting FOREVER, along with a bear charm to represent Lucy. His parents got me a cat charm to represent our three monsters.

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And, my parents gave me enough money to cover most of the cost of a Silhouette SD cutter, which I plan to use for my new side business (more on that coming soon!).


I was pretty shocked and surprised with everything.


Poor Lucy was in the corner, and I didn’t realize she was trying to see what I was opening!


I keep telling Joe I don’t know how he will beat this birthday next year. But, I know he’ll think of something. He always does. 🙂

Wordless Wednesday: Family


Chuck E. Cheese’s: Where Babies can be Fussy

Last weekend, we took Lucy to Chuck E. Cheese’s for the first time. Joe’s parents wanted to get together with both grandkids, and we thought it would be a fun place to go.

There was a fun toddler area with lots of cars for kids to ride on, and Rivka had a blast. It took a while for Lucy to come around, which we thought was because she was tired from the time change. We found out after we got home that she had a fever. Poor girl. This was her when we first arrived:


But, after she got some pizza in her little belly, she had fun. We couldn’t keep her off the Bob the Builder, Chuck E. Cheese and Barney cars. Seriously. If we tried to take her out, she would cry. So, we let her keep riding. We wanted her to have fun!







The Rugrats ride wasn’t working (it was too full of tokens), but that didn’t detract Lucy from having fun playing with the steering wheel.


We also got a family sketch made. Guess who wasn’t happy about sitting for the 2 seconds it took to take the picture.

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Of course, the biggest highlight was meeting Chuck E. Cheese. Lucy had to give him a high-five!




And, of course, I had to introduce her to skeeball, my favorite game EVER. I seriously rock at it, and now Lucy has a nice start to her collection of tickets.

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I cannot WAIT to take Lucy back!