Monday, August 18, 2014

AND NOW AN UPDATE ON THIS WHOLE MOVING BUSINESS...

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a few weeks ago, i wrote a little something about how we're moving and i'm nervous and excited and scared and incredibly anxious to do this.  to start a new chapter, to jump on the bandwagon of the unknown.  we put our house up for sale a few weeks ago and now we have been waiting.  and waiting.  i feel like this is the worst part of the whole process.  and i know it's only been a few weeks but when you're waiting for an offer or something to happen, a few weeks can feel like a decade.

friends and family have asked us where we are in the process and have we found a house yet and they want to know know know.  i look at them and give a little eye roll about the whole thing and then laugh.  because you know, i want to know too.

we can't put an offer on a house until we sell our house, we can't sell our house until we actually have someone interested, and we can't really start looking for a house until we have an exact location of where we can go because it's possible the area could be changing again.

oh we will certainly still be moving to alabama but where in alabama is beyond us.  and that's the frustrating thing.  it's not like we can just drive around and get a feel for neighborhoods or anything.  so i've simply stopped looking.  until we know for sure at least, i have closed up the discussion and put "until further notice" on it.

it's okay though.  we will get there.  it's going to take time and if you know me you know i am the least patient person in the history of all people. so.  poor andrew.

now to keep me busy, i am going back into nesting mode.  yes it's real post pregnancy.  it's also known as my word for 2014.  i am going back to the basics and simplifying.  i am once again sorting through my closets and drawers and in the last two days i've accumulated a few more bins of things i'm going to donate to goodwill.

a few dresses here, some hats there, t-shirts that i didn't even know i had anymore, purses that i haven't used in ages but i had to keep them because you know, that one occasion this purse will be perfect for.  it's all going.

to me, less is more.  and the more we can get outta here, the less we have to deal with in the end.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

HAPPY HALF BIRTHDAY BABY GIRL!!!

Dear baby girl,

You turned six months on Saturday. And in another six months, you will have been with us for a year already. Where did the time go? It’s easily been the fastest time of my life and to see you grow and learn and change over your short time here has been nothing short of a miracle. You are so amazed at everything. You are so curious about everything. Your eyes get really big when you are interested and you make the goofiest faces I ever did see. Lately you've been into mimicking people, especially grandma when she says “Can you blow me kisses?” You twist your lips into a O shape and try so hard to do the same thing we do. This weekend you started this head tilt thing and it is the silliest ever.

You’re still nursing like a little champ and at the end of July you cut your first tooth and the second followed shortly after. I figured once teeth came, we would be done nursing but it’s still been going well and I’m very grateful for that. After your four month doctor appointment, we started you on rice cereal and you weren't a big fan so we switched you to oatmeal cereal. You liked that but it still didn't seem very flavorful. A week and a half ago we tried avocado and you loved it! I was hesitant about starting you on real food before you turned six months but you were oh so ready. Last night, we tried peas. You weren't sure about those but we’ll keep chugging along. I’m sure you’ll like them sooner or later. I’m excited to put my baby food maker to good use!

I’m still squeezing you into six month clothes since you have so many. Honestly, I don’t know how it happened but your closets and drawers are literally bursting at the seams. The funny thing about that is we don’t have a lot of nine month clothes for you. I’m kind of excited about that because now I can go shopping for you! Up until now, almost all of your clothes have been gifted to you by our wonderful family and friends (but mostly both your grandmas who spoil you rotten).

You are daddy’s girl through and through. You light up whenever you see him, which sadly hasn't been too often lately due to work travel. But it just makes the time with him that much more special and sacred. He loves you more than you’ll ever know and I hope you know he thinks about you every day and is constantly asking about you and requesting pictures when he’s away. He is a really good daddy and you two have the best of times together acting silly and pretending to drive tractors or motorcycles.

Sometimes when I look at you, I can’t believe how we have ever been blessed with you in our life. You have only been around for a little while, but you have grown both your daddy and I and have changed us in so many ways for the better. I want to be a stronger person for you. I want to capture all of our times together and hold them in a little jar to open on a rainy day. I want to wipe away all your tears and hurt and remind you that you are so loved by everyone around you. Know that when times get bad, God is always by your side and He will never leave you. He will lead you down the right path if you follow Him.

Happy six months my beautiful darling girl. I can’t wait to see where this life takes you.

Friday, August 8, 2014

8 TIPS FROM A NEW DAD

For today's post, I'd love to talk about new fatherhood.  Over the last six months, Andrew and I have talked about things that we were surprised happened or things we didn't think we would do before we had children.  He revealed some funny and good tips to me.  Here were his eight tips about being a new dad in his words...

1. You can plan, plan, and plan but you will never follow your plan once the baby comes.  You may read every book and think you have it all figured out but when the baby hits your arms it changes things. Its hard to explain how and why but your perspective adjusts.
2. Don’t plan on ever leaving at a certain time but rather plan on a time range. You are on baby time, just accept it.
3. Take the help.  People want to help and would like to have their own moment with your kid so take the help and go out or catch up on that to do list.
4. Happy family = Happy Baby.  If you are stressed and over mange your baby your kid will sense that and not be happy; just go with the flow
5. It’s okay to be a PROUD DAD.  Show off those pictures.  Having a baby is a great conversation starter with people (most people can relate)
6. LIVE LIFE.  We took our two month old hiking in the Smokey mountains.  We take her anywhere we go, DON’T SLOW DOWN.
7. Do what you think is best.  There is no manual for kids.  If you listen to someone else and it fails now you are mad or disappointed with their advice, but if you do what you think is best then you have no one to blame but yourself if things don't work out right.
8. Have fun.  She may not remember what you do with her in the beginning but you do and that is important.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

HAPPY WEEKEND

What are you up to this weekend?  I am meeting up with a ton of family that I haven't seen in ages and can't wait for a weekend of drinking, catching up, and lake action!  I have a really awesome post coming at you tomorrow and then I won't be back around these parts until Tuesday.  Be sure to come back tomorrow for an awesome post by the Campbell husband!!  Hope you all have a really great weekend and here's some links I've loved lately...

Celebrities and their historical look alikes.

I just want to hug her...this music video is perfect.

I want watermelons on my feet.

On average people spend four years doing housework (and other fascinating time comparisons)!

The wee ones.

We've been traveling a lot lately and this list has helped out tremendously.

Things that happen when you become a parent.

This broke my heart to watch.

Maternity pictures of a man...cracks me up!

Some great summer hostess gifts.

Summer meals while it's still summer.

This week was breastfeeding week so naturally...

What to include in your carry on.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

JUST BECAUSE IT'S TUESDAY


First things first, I'm a realest.  But for real I have had this no good very bad sore throat turned major stuffy nose turned nasty cold since the 20th of July.  You guys.  That's like three weeks.  I'm pretty sure I'm dying from this...whatever this is.  Lest you think I am exaggerating...well I am always exaggerating.

In other news we took our five month old to the zoo.  She probably would have had an equal amount of fun staring at the same toys for hours on end but instead we took her on a train ride and shoved her face into wooden cutouts and we called it good.  Nothing like playing with a real life doll and acting like a kid looking at the animals.

Best part is she stayed awake for the whole thing.  And when she got a little sleepy, we would overstimulate her to the max so she would stay awake.  Because you just cannot sleep through the zoo!

And now for some photos because that's how this blog thing works.


^^Doesn't this monkey look like an old grandpa?!!  I love it!!


^^Be sure to visit the baby giraffe that will be born in 2015 at a Milwaukee County Zoo near you!  (Jeez...our timing couldn't have been better.) (Note Addison clutching Sophie the giraffe for dear life.)


^^This bear cracks me up!


^^We're those parents.  #sorrynotsorry




^^And that just about covers our entire day.

Mother Teresa over and out.

Monday, August 4, 2014

DIY BLOGS

My last segment for favorite blogs is the creative handmade classic DIY Blog.  There are holy soooo many DIY blogs out there but these six are the best of the best.  I promise, they won't let you down.
Ann Marie Loves Paper // This darling girl has the prettiest blog ever and her DIY projects are out of this world.  Especially the baby album she is making for her sweet little one (due ANY day).  I want to do this for my second baby (who are we kidding, I never even did anything for Addison before she was born).

Elise Blaha // Elise is definitely my go to for anything I want to be inspired by.  She's the jack of all trades when it comes to home projects.  They always turn out so dreamy, especially these floor pillows.  Can I please get myself a sewing machine already so I can attempt these?  Good gracious I love em!

Oh Joy // Not only is Joy my idol in all things book related (she's a super good writer) but she always creates the most colorful DIY projects.  This family station I for sure plan on doing in our next house and this table runner would make for such a fancy decoration for a fancy dinner!

A Beautiful Mess // Okay so if there was ever one blog I had to pick to only read for the rest of my life it would be this blog by Elsie and Emma.  They literally have everything under the sun but their DIY projects are my absolutel favorite (probably because they have so many!).  Seriously though, check out their archives because if you can't find even one thing you don't like or would want to make you probably just hate life.  Kidding.  Actually no I'm really not.

Ali Edwards // Ali holds all my inspiration when I work on my Project Life book.  For those of you wondering where all those updates have been, I'm still quite behind on that project so I wouldn't hold your breath on getting updates any time soon.  Ali has created so many projects and she holds so many good ideas on her pages she creates.  It blows my mind.

Meg Duerksen // This site has some of the most fun looking crafts and DIY projects for kids!  I got so excited when I saw the above project that I wanted to make one myself!  I can't wait until Addison gets older and we can start making these fun things together!

What are some of your favorite DIY blogs?  Any I must know about?!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

MOVING

Lots of things have been happening in our little world lately.  They’re crazy and exciting and scary and some of it doesn’t even feel real.  I’ve mentioned talk about a big change in a couple previous posts and I can finally tell you the first big thing happening in our world is that we are moving. 

Leaving our home is a lot more that leaving a home.  It’s a house of redemption, a home filled with memories, with our stories in its walls.  It’s a home we got engaged in and planned our wedding in.  It’s a home we became husband and wife in and a place we settled in with our new puppy.  These walls have seen the tears of fear and excitement as we learned we were pregnant and these walls could tell stories of the things that were witnessed during Addison’s first weeks of life.  We have changed and grown and built and broken down and built up and loved here.

The second big thing is we aren’t buying a house a few miles or towns away but we are soon picking up our lives and moving to Alabama.  Andrew and I have never lived anywhere but Milwaukee and with a recent job promotion came a relocation opportunity that we couldn’t pass up.  This has been a long time coming (this process started back in February) and we have been waiting for what our lives would look like for the past several months but we at last have a job offer with a destination.  It’s scary and exciting and completely different and I have gone through every emotion possible.  I’ve been all over the place with my emotions the past few weeks but I’m now taking it step by step.  A day at a time, a month at a time.  Because if I think about the upcoming changes in one big picture happening in our lives I get overwhelmed.  So step by step it is.

I’ve been feeling God pressed on my soul since all this came about.  He has made it clear that this is His desire for us and who am I to argue with that.  I am slowly learning what peace feels like and am accepting our upcoming adventure with an anxious heart and a baby who has no idea she will be turning into a southern belle.

Our home and Wisconsin has seen me at my worst and yet seen us change into who we are today.

It’s a beautiful piece of us and will forever be held closely in our hearts.

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