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?

Mother’s Day

I had such a wonderful Mother’s Day. It all started with Joe taking Lucy to McDonald’s when she woke up so I could sleep in. They came home around 9 a.m. and brought donuts for breakfast. Yum! My wonderful little family gave me some great gifts — Lucy got me a book for us to read together, and Joe got me a little girl charm for my Pandora bracelet.

After a nap for Lucy and Joe (and some relaxing “me” time), we headed out to lunch at Armando’s, one of our favorite restaurants, and then took Lucy to the park. We went to a little pocket park that we’ve never taken her to before, and she had a blast!






And, no Mother’s Day would be complete without a big hug and kiss from my sweet girl. Yes, she gives open-mouthed kisses. They’re the best.



After returning home, we relaxed the rest of the evening. Such a wonderful day.

Easter Fun

After two Easter egg hunts, I think Lucy is all egged out!

The fun began last weekend with an Eggstravaganza with other kids from Lucy’s Sabbath School class. Her assistant Sabbath School teacher hosted it at her parents’ house, and it was a lot of fun.




This morning, Lucy woke up to find her Easter baskets, one from us and the smaller one from Joe’s parents. Our basket to her was a “B” basket because it contained books, balls and bubbles — three of Lucy’s favorite things. She was super excited!






Later in the morning, we had a little Easter egg hunt in our front yard. Lucy was pretty good at picking out the eggs without a whole lot of help from us.





It’s been a fun couple of weeks. Next, I’ll have to tell you about meeting Jars of Clay!

Happy Easter!


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. 🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day, You Have Strep Throat

Instead of going to work today and getting Valentine’s gifts delivered by my husband, I’m at home. On the couch. Wishing I could die.

Ok, so maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but I’m pretty darn miserable. It all started last night when my sinuses began acting up. I figured it was the beginnings of a sinus infection (which I get quite often), and went to bed hoping a good night’s rest would help me feel a little bit better.

But, when I woke up this morning, I felt worse. I really wanted to put off going to the doctor until tomorrow since Lucy’s babysitter is sick, too, but I was miserable enough that I decided it was worth it to go with the girl who fusses.

As is usually the case, Lucy was great for a while, and then she got tired of being restrained in her stroller and started to fuss. And fuss. And fuss. I finally gave in and took her out and, as soon as I did, they called me back. Because that’s exactly how it happens, right?

Back in the stroller she went, and let me tell you, the girl was NOT happy. She had a meltdown while I sat and had my blood pressure taken and the nurse glared at her (which was after a woman in the waiting room glared at her for fussing). She’s a baby, people. Deal with it. My blood pressure? 146/90. Not really surprising.

I finally saw the nurse practitioner and expected to be sent on my merry way with my usual prescription for a sinus infection. Nope. She took one look at my throat and said, “Yep, you’ve got strep.” She offered to do a test but said that since I had white bumps all over my throat, she was going to treat me anyway.

Sigh. So, I’ve been on the couch all day because I’m nauseous and just feeling miserable all over. Lucy’s been allowed to watch as much PBS Kids as she wants. I know. I’m “Mother of the Year”. But, when you’re sick and have no energy and just want to sleep, what are you going to do? At least she watched educational shows. 🙂

Tonight, Joe and I will celebrate Valentine’s Day by exchanging gifts (his will be unwrapped since it needed to go in a card, and I was planning on buying said card today until, you know, I got diagnosed with strep) while sitting a good distance away from each other so I don’t get him sick. Romantic, I know. At least we went out to dinner on Saturday night.

Next year, we will fulfill this year’s Valentine’s night plans of having a romantic, candlelight dinner at Waffle House. Because that’s how we roll, and how many other people can say that’s where they had their romantic dinner? Next year.