Count your blessings…

Did you know my just shy of 2 year old daughter can count? Yes, I’m completely amazed to but I’m also her Mommy and that makes me incredibly biased. 🙂  Today’s rap sheet include my daughter counting!  I’m not sure where 6 went during this session but I decided who needs 6 in our lives today anyway!  So so proud of my girl and all that’s she’s growing into.  While she was counting and also expecting a chocolate tasty treat… I was counting my blessings and E being the very first on my list. How special it is to love someone so little so very much.

This video was captured on October 9. 🙂

Until We meet again,


Emilyn goes to dance

This month E had her very first of many to come dance classes. Once again it left this momma, oh so proud.  Because I am a stay at home momma this has really been her first (big sized) interaction with a group of kids where she doesn’t get to hold mommy’s hand the whole time. We have lots of play dates with friends and cousins but this was such a big thing for her! E is definitely a mommy’s girl and I’m excited to see her grow on so many levels through dance!! E was so timid at first and we had quite a burst of tears but she finally came around… I think she will do excellent as time goes on and she really begins to understand what it’s all about.  Since her first day she’s constantly “practicing” at home and has even added a few moves of her own. She will be playing and suddenly announce “angelina!!” (this comes from her love of the show angelina ballerina, thus all ballet she calls angelina) then she quickly asks “mommy watch me… pleaaase!” She does her ballerina turns and points her toes and bounces her knees. She’s learned so so much already. 🙂



The coolest part of dance is that she is starting where i spent 18 years dancing myself, starting young and dancing til I graduated high school. It’s such a sweet blessing to know and love her dance teacher Mrs. P who taught me all those years.  She impacted my life in countless ways and I’m so grateful E will get a chance to be loved by her.  Even more awesome?? E’s aunt A also teaches their and she gets to be taught by her favorite aunt. 🙂 What a wonderful opportunity and so much fun for her.  Thanks Mrs. P. and Aunt A for your incredible patience and loving my sweet girl.  She truly truly loves being a ballerina!! 🙂



E’s adorable dance bag came from an awesome shop on Etsy.  The owner of this shop is so very talented and her craft includes more than just adorable bags. 🙂 Check her out here and if you purchase something tell her that I sent you just for fun. She was so easy to work with and I really appreciate all she did to accommodate my needs for specifics and time frame.

Until We meet again,

We love fall!!

Last day of October is upon us today and wow did it approach quickly! We haven’t done as many fall things as I hoped to do but we did make it to the pumpkin patch!! 🙂 I am going to let the pictures speak for them in this post. This day was absolutely a day for memories and had this momma in sweet tears seeing how much growing my sweet baby girl has done. Wow, does time surely fly the older we get.  Stay little, sweet girl, please stay little as long as you can.


E and the pumpkin patch – 2013

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E and the pumpkin patch 2012!



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Until We meet again,

Side effects.

Today I woke up and had no chin. Side effect 2455311 of new drug. 😦 As a woman who is already insecure with her looks this just makes me feel defeated. I knew it was coming, but to have to get dressed and see my reflection is a-whole-nother story. I shed tears and then faced the facts that this is necessary. Its the only way right now.


My clothes are too tight. My face looks like a balloon. My hands are chubby… but I did it. I got up. I got dressed. I put make-up on and tried to feel good about being alive today. Then I headed out for the upteenth million doctors appointment.  And just before I walked out the door.. my sweet girl looked at me and in her sweetest voice said “pretty mommy.” I’m sure its because its the first day I’ve washed my hair in days and she hasn’t seen me dresses outside of pajamas in even longer than that… but to the only person in the world, I was pretty. And in that moment as tears welled up yet again this morning, I remembered how blessed I truly am.

Making Memories

This is coming late to you as per my usual self… but nonetheless today’s post deserves a spot on the blog. 🙂  If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’ve made quite big efforts to make the most memories on a daily basis. It doesn’t always have to be a big thing, but I try to capture the things we do through pictures and journaling every day. I love the idea of waking up each day ready to make new memories, it’s kept my heart light and spirit joyful even on the not so fun days. It really has been a fun way to approach the day and I’ve learned that I cherish that view of waking up almost as much as I cherish my wake-up snuggles with E.

This week E-bug went to her very first concert. 🙂 We almost didn’t go, but because things lined up just right we were able too. My mom, sister, myself, and E piled in the car for a fun night of country singing and expensive foods! E was amused by the music for all of 15 seconds and then wanted to run around all over the place. Being the smart mom I am and knowing my kid doesn’t sit still long, I packed the IPAD for our journey. E found ample opportunity to use it.  She LOVES the games she gets to play and can work it all by herself.  Kid’s are seriously way too smart.  She took breaks during favorite songs and was mostly drawn into the music when the piano was playing… I’m positive there’s reasons for that – but will save that for another day. 🙂


E crashed just before the headliners came on and missed about 45 minutes of some of their greatest hits. I definitely didn’t mind her snoozing because she kept me warm with snuggles. Her nap gave her a little burst of energy. She was ready to dance with Mommy, when she woke up, and that’s exactly what we did! 🙂

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Even though the concert was fun and absolutely worth it, I definitely paid for going. By the end of the night I felt pretty terrible. I slept well into the afternoon the following day. (SN: I’m incredibly grateful for my mom. She has been there every moment helping with E in every way she can. It’s such a blessing to be surrounded by the people who love you most on a regular basis.)  One of the worst side effects of the new drug I am taking is how achy it makes me feel. And by achy – I actually mean feels like my bones are being ripped completely out of my body over and over and over again. When we left for the concert I was having a fairly good “bone day,” but by the time it was over I could hardly move. I should have been more wise in my standing up with E and bouncing around but it was about the memories we were making that was important, even at the smallest costs. All in All it was a really good night…. we had lot’s of smiles and E really had a great time. So blessed to be her mommy.

Until We meet again,

Lazy Baby

 If you’ve met E then you are fully aware of her spunky and comedian-like personality. She loves to play and is constantly trying to get your giggles… and normally she’s pretty good at doing so.  This week she has followed in my steps of lazy days. She has been especially snuggly. It’s funny how little ones can have such keen awareness of their surroundings, for E it’s been the recognition that Mommy is a little more tired today.  Her gentle spirit has certainly made my days easier. E knows how to love just the right ways and as a mom that amazes me more than anything. So here’s our “take on today.”  We are moving at much slower speed than our usual days, but I think we’ve both enjoyed the snuggles and cuddles.


     Lazy days come with lazy faces too. 🙂  
No make up today and we just don’t care. 



    “The soul is healed by being with children.” –  F.D.   I couldn’t agree more. 🙂

Until We meet again,





I Scream. You Scream.

We all Scream for Ice Cream!

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One thing I’ve realized since becoming “Mommy” is that I’m no longer anyone’s favorite. NO seriously, I used to be really loved. My dad would surprise me with slurpees and ice cream cones and the works. Well last night was finally proof that I was most certainly forgotten and my sweet daughter has taken over the life and heart of my Daddy. He walked through the door with only ONE ice cream cone. ONE. and you better believe it was not for me… it was for my monster of a child who get’s just about anything she wants, even Ice cream at 930 at night. Dad, there once was a day you bought me ice cream, too. 😉

BUUUUT there was nothing better than watching E indulge in this fantastic once in a while treat from Grand-daddy. It was love at first lick and she did not miss a beat. She so enjoyed it and I so enjoyed watching her stuff her face. Yes, with a sugary treat at bed time. What gives… it was from Grand-daddy and I’d let him treat her every single night if he wanted too. 😀  Even if he did forget about me!! Such is life.

Until We meet again,

Happy Birthday….

to the spunkiest 4 year old I know! 🙂


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Madison Jade, oh my where has time gone. I couldn’t be more proud of the sweet girl you are. You have made me laugh more than any grown adult and your quirky, spunky personality is absolutely irreplaceable. I have marveled daily as I’ve watched you grow from a precious baby to a beautiful toddler and then to a gorgeous 4 year old little girl that you are. You’ve surprised me time and again with your smarts and even more with your “I’m serious” talks. 🙂 I absolutely cherish the minutes we share and am grateful that we get to spend hours drinking chocolate milk and singing silly songs. You showed me first the importance of remembering to have a childlike faith and the easiness of imagination. You are such proof that there is no such thing as boring… simply lack of imagination sometimes. 🙂

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E wanted to make sure that I told you “Happy Birthday Maddy!” just from her. 🙂  You two are so funny together and I love watching how you love each other. From best friends to sisters you are perfect together. Even in your arguments over who gets what color necklace and who gets the last marshmallow from the lucky charms box – you always manage to hash it out smiling. I’m so so glad that you two are growing together.  I think you’re friendship will be something you each cherish through the years… just as I cherish my friendship with both your mom and daddy.  I can’t wait to see where life takes you Madds… but I’m also looking forward to your “older sister-like” guidance for E. She already looks up to you and the years ahead will only prove that to be a good thing.

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Happy Birthday MJ. I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate today with you. It truly is so hard to believe that it was 4 years ago that we waited anxiously for you and that I tortured your momma with pizza she couldn’t even eat! I couldn’t be more proud to be your god-mother. You make our life so much much fun and I’m am so very grateful!
I love you sweet girl!

We’re baaaaack…. :)

So I know it’s been about a week (ok maybe more) since you’ve been oh so surprised with a daily blog post but let me just tell you that I literally didn’t have time to sleep last week and stopping to write for even a mere few minutes seemed impossible.  That said I did not forget to take pictures of our daily memories. So here goes in no particular nor a no drawn out order. 😀


Yes, Peanut Butter and Jelly time. 😀 We took advantage of a nice day and picnicked in the backyard. A perfect treat on a sunny day. We even managed to catch some rays and get a little Golden (ooor half tomato red with a tint of peach but still).  I’m realizing more and more that it’s about these precious moments. I don’t really mind taking time out of the busy rush for these. This is what I want E to remember… and this is what I want her to treasure.  Oh how I love making daily memories.

IMG_20130530_012926Now this may not seem like a big deal to many of you but this picture is a huge thing. This room was hardly walk-in-able at the start of it’s day – NOT because it was the toy room – but because it was a guest room that had slowly metamorphosed into our laundry room, our coat closet, our hamper, our storage unit… it was “the whatever we needed it to be” room.  NOW it’s back to a guest room but half of it also serves as E’s toy room.  I still have some things I’d like to do in here, including creating a perfect reading nook for her, but this is a perfect start. And don’t start, I know my child has far too many toys – she also is very loved by her maw-maw and aunts and uncles.  We have a rule in our house that we are only allowed to take a one toy in the living room to play with at a time… when we’re done playing with that one we take it back to her toys and pick a new one out.  Trying hard to keep her organized early. 😀  No one needs to play with more than one thing at a time anyway! 😀

This is a small blip out of my “Mother’s Story” journal.  I was gifted this book at Christmas time by a very dear sweet friend of my family. At the time I will admit to liking the idea of the journal at Christmas but nothing like I am in love with it today.  The journal exists solely to answer questions that your kids are too young to ask just yet, but know they will want to know about later on.  It’s a fabulous Idea. I actually journal to E often. It’s weird, I know but I want her to have it if ever something happened to me. I started her journal when she was born and wrote to her every day til her first birthday. Now I write to her when she accomplishes a big something or hits another milestone or I’m just feeling extra mommy-y and full of advice or encouraging words for her.  This “Mother’s Story” journal is a great way to give to your little ones future. Tell them the story of you. I strongly encourage that you find one at your local bookstore! And if you have the time… every once in a while write a letter and seal it up for later and tuck in it a box for your kids. You never know when they are going to need to hear your voice and you won’t be their to give it for them.

Then there’s the day we spent with Aunt A at the children’s museum in downtown. We had so much fun and I don’t know who laughed more out of the three of us.  E danced, played in bubbles, laughed at an elephant, and ran free all over the place.  I couldn’t credit the children’s museum enough – we truly had a ball and  ran out of time and energy to explore everything there was to explore. Yes…  All three of us. 🙂


BUBBLES!!!! When I did rotationals at the children’s hospital during my short lived moment of becoming an occupational therapist (yes… I wish I did too. No. I didn’t finish school because I decided I needed to get married and have a family — btw college kids- DONT DO THAT — though I wouldn’t trade my life for anything despite having my bachelors I wish I would have continued and completed med school) anyway – during that shortlived moment of becoming an occupational therapist I learned that I truly couldn’t blow bubbles. Absolutely STUNK at it. I’d try so hard for the kids and then there were none.  Whatever the children’s museum makes their bubbles with… they BLOW!  whoop whoop. Worth going back just for that. 🙂

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I had the privileged of working backstage at the dance rehearsal and recital again this year.  They fall on back to back nights and though exhausting, it is always so much fun.  I love seeing the itty bitty ballerinas get jazzed up and step out on stage to do their thing and the seasoned dancers shine at what has turned into an established art. I look forward to recital every year and anxiously await my backstage orders.  I’m biased to this recital because I danced here under my favorite dance teacher for 15+ years and now my sister teaches dancing babies here (yes, she dances too!).  By the looks of it E will find her place on stage next year too! 😀

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IMG_7982 (2)And the other reason I am totally biased to this dance recital… these sweet dancers are all related to me in some way, shape, or form.  It’s so fun watching them dress up, make their way backstage, and then onto the big stage to do what they’ve been working on all year!  I love these girls so so much and love watching them excel in things they love.  You all did GREAT and loved your quick feet and sweet smiles on stage this year.

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There’s precious moments where you get to sneak in pictures with the best dance teachers in the world and I happen to snag the best daughter in the world and have her backstage at the perfect time to do it.  Mini photo shoot in the middle of “All that Jazz.” KooDoos to these two and their many many friends and family. What a great year it was and beautiful perfect blast from the past. (If you went to recital you know that blast from the past was the theme and I’m not just being a nerdle here.) 😀

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Then there’s the moment you get a break and have a mini-shoot with your daughter. 😀

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We had a really great week and even though it was full and busy to it’s core… it was full of memories too!  Hope you enjoyed peeking into our lives!!  Stay tuned for more duplicate day updates as I’ll be catching you up on some of the happenings of this week too.


Until We meet Again,

To the Beach as We Remember


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We spent our day at the beach today! 🙂 It was our first trip of the summer and E had such a fantastic time. It was another one for the memory books. When all was said and done we had enough sand in the car to build a small island. E LOVED playing in it and she loved even more pouring it all over top of her Aunt A and myself. We were covered from head to toe in the “beach” and the water was far too cold today to jump in and rinse off. E built sandcastles, ate goldfish, drank coke (eeep bad mom alert), and sat in her very own chair… she even tried to steal a couple of toys from the kiddos down beach.  Silly girl. It was a great day and we had such a fun time. Early bed time around here!


Let us not forget that today is also memorial day. It’s the reason we remember. The reason we take a day off work. It’s the reason we have BBQs (btw – veteran’s have BBQs too!). And it is one of the most well respected “holidays” that we as American’s get the opportunity to celebrate. No one said it better than James Garfield…”For love of country they accepted death.”
I am always filled with humility on this date. I’m filled with incredible amount of gratitude. I’m filled with grief. I’m filled with respect. I’m filled with praise. Today marks the day that we honor and praise those who have gone before us. We remember those who never came home and those who are still serving as POWs. We Honor those serving or have served any part of their life to make this country the great country it is today, in so so many ways. We Honor You. We Honor your Families. And we are so incredibly thankful for you.

Today our pictures also honor you!  Sporting our Red, White, and Blues to celebrate those whose lives have impacted our nation most. You are our heroes. Thank you!




Until We Meet Again,