Stories of E

By 8:00 AM , ,
I have said it before but I will say it again…our two year old is two going on twelve. He has a crazy vocabulary and puts together very long sentences that are not typical for a two year old. You just never know what he is going to say...he pretty much keeps us laughing all the time. I just know my grandmother is right…if I don’t write these stories down I will forget them so with that being said I am long overdue for another segment of “Stories of E,” in which I share with you some of the funny things (that I can remember) that our two year old says.

**Last night we were reading his Veggie Tale version of The Nativity Story which features all the characters from Veggie Tales as Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, the wise men, etc. (you get the idea). I was reading him the last page in which Baby Jesus is born in the stable and said see the wise men (which were Bob the tomatoes). He responds “No, no, Mommy those aren’t wise men. Those are tomatoes.”

**He is WAY into football. It is his favorite thing right now. However, he refers to all football as “Go Dawgs” (hey, what can we say we are raising him right aren’t we). He asks us every morning what time the Go Dawgs game starts today to which we have to respond that it is not on until Saturday. He asked me today as normal what time the Go Dawgs game is coming on and I told him the season is over and they won’t play again until their bowl game to which he responds by bawling his little eyes out. On the same note our daily battle right now is that he only wants to wear Go Dawgs clothes. The child has two full closets and two full dressers (no lie) full of adorable clothes and if it doesn’t have a bulldawg, football, or G symbol on it he doesn’t want to wear it. In order to get him to wear some other clothing we have told him that Mommy went to college with the go dawg guys and that all the other clothing is what they would wear to classes. So now if he is wearing any “normal” clothing he will say “I am wearing my Go Dawgs college shirt today.”

**The other day I picked him up from school and he tells me “I pushed my friend (insert friend’s name here).” I of course respond with “What? Why? We don’t push our friends!” He says, “He is always trying to talk to me and he doesn’t talk very clearly and it is frustrating.” Uh…excuse me but did you just say that?

***He loves singing and is ALWAYS singing. His favorite movie right now is Frozen and he walks around our house singing “Let It Go” all. The. Time. Other favorite songs of his include “Twinkle, Twinkle,” “Baw, Baw Black Sheep,” “Jesus Loves Me,” and “ABC” but he will also make up his own songs using the names of any of his friends or family members.

**Most all of his buddies in his class either already have a baby brother or sister at home or are about to have a baby brother or sister. E has decided he also wants one and has been telling everyone he is going to have a sister (NO I am not pregnant and YES it is super fun when your son goes to school at your work and tells everyone you work with he is going to have a little sister). Even though we have told him over and over he isn’t right now he will argue with you until your blue in the face and say “Yes I am!” We told him that is something he has to ask God for so he has been praying for a sister and the other day he says “how come God hasn’t brought my sister yet?”

·  **He absolutely loves his two older nephews and is in to anything they are- hence our Star Wars and dirt bike obsession. He walks around the house in his Storm Trooper mask and will “shoot you” with his light up gun and then will pull his mask off and say “here I am! I missed you!” 

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Christmas Traditions

By 10:20 PM , , , ,
I love Christmastime. I think one of my favorite things about Christmas is all the many traditions it brings with it. Below are 8 of my favorite Christmas traditions:

1. Christmas Cards
There is something so very sweet about getting old fashion mail. I love sending and receiving Christmas cards. I actually have a fun tradition where I hang ribbons up on all my kitchen cabinets and hang each card that I get in the mail on the ribbon with clothes pins. They stay that way until after Christmas so I can look at all of them everyday and then I take them down, punch a hole in the top of them, and make a book out of a ring binder for them. We spend the next year praying for one family from our binder book each night. It's such a fun way to remember to pray for our friends and family.

These year our Christmas Cards came from Tiny Prints. Tiny Prints has such an amazing assortment of Christmas and holiday cards to choose took me a long time time to decide on which one I liked best but I ended up with the below and could not be happier with how it turned out.

2. Christmas Light Hayride
Every year we start the Christmas season off with a hayride on a trailer behind my dad's truck on Thanksgiving night through a drive thru light display at a house near my grandmother's. It's such a fun tradition. 

3. Santa
We love our Santa tradition. Our neighborhood has the best Santa that our HOA brings in every year to our clubhouse. This Saturday is the day Santa is coming and we couldn't be more excited. You simply show up at the clubhouse and put your name on the list and then sit down and make Christmas crafts and have snacks and they call your name when it's your turn. Perfect for little ones sense there is no waiting in line. 

4. Elf on the Shelf
We have a love/hate relationship with this guy. And by we I mean my husband and I. He returns to our house the day after Thanksgiving and it is a daily victory for my hubby and I to remember to move him. The way it works in our house is the first day he comes he brings a small present (this year he brought the Little People Nativity) and then every day after that he simply moves. I try to do 5 or so days a little more creative but usually we are doing well to just move the guy. However, it is so magical to see the Elf on the Shelf through my little guy's eyes. We watched the movie last night which I highly recommend by the way! 

5. Decorating our Christmas Tree
My husband is the Clark Griswold of Christmas tree decorating. We always go and pick out our perfect tree and then my hubby comes back and makes it his mission to up his record as far as how many Christmas tree lights he can get on a tree from last year. This year he managed to get 2400 lights on our tree. It's crazy. Then we decorate our tree as a family. We collect ornaments from all the vacations we go on and from milestones throughout our lives so we have a pretty fun collection to put up. We also every year get an ornament that is a photo frame with the year with a pic of our family to put on the tree so it's fun to see how we have changed throughout the years. My husband's grandmother started a tradition with her grand kids were every year since they were a baby she has given them one ornament a year and she gives them their collection once they get married so we have all of those to add as well. 

6. Nativity
I have awesome memories growing up from my childhood of playing with the nativity we kept on our hearth so I spent the last two years in search of the perfect nativity that would allow my kids to do the same. I finally found it. It sits on our hearth and our little guy loves to play with it. My father-in-law made the stable for my birthday gift this year and the figures I found at a local antique shop. 

7. Local Christmas Story Drive-Thru
Every year a local church puts on a drive thru nativity. We love to all get bundled up in our Christmas jammies and bring hot chocolate and go drive thru the nativity. We usually follow it up with driving through local neighborhoods looking at Christmas lights. 

8. Christmas Eve 
There is nothing quite like Christmas Eve candle light service to me. I just love it. When my husband and I first got married my mother-in-law came up with the genius plan to do Christmas on Christmas Eve so we don't have to run from house to house. It works out so great. We get two Christmas mornings! We spend the entire day from early in the morning until late in the afternoon with my husband's family and then go to candle light Christmas Eve service at church. We always do dinner with some close family friends and then go back to my parents house to spend the night. 

What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions? 

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Knee Pain Can Make You "Hit Pause"

By 8:44 PM , , , , ,
This post was sponsored by DePuy Synthes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Several years ago when Zumba was all the rage I was all about it...I went to Zumba class at least twice a week and loved every minute. That is until one day when I somehow managed to injure my knee while working out. The crazy part was it didn't hurt when I inquired it but I quickly realized (when trying to lift weights a few days later) that something was not right. Now, over five years later (and still not even 30 years old), it still causes me pain and I have to be very careful on what activities I participate in and which I choose to pass over. That means that I can't do any weight assisted squats and I have to be very careful when hiking which is one of my favorite weekend activities. 

Unfortunately, many like myself with hip and knee pain, can miss out on a lot when sidelined by their join discomfort. Simple activities like hiking, swimming, or dancing at a party may become painful and those with knee pain may feel like their life is on pause. Even in your everyday life the pain can be so severe that it causes you to say, "I'll just sit this one out" or, "I'll catch up with you guys later." Or, possibly worse, causes you to choose not to exercise or be as active as you should or would like to be. 

Thankfully we don't have to spend our life feeling like we are on the sidelines. You can "Hit Play" on your life and rejoin your friends and family doing the things you love. Don't keep missing out but instead talk to your doctor about treatment options today. Through therapy thankfully I am slowly but steadily working to regain the muscle in my knee and slowly increasing my activity level but I still have to be very careful and pay very close attention to when pain starts so I can stop it at the get go. Pushing it too hard has the reverse effect. You can find out more at regarding finding a physician in your area who can talk to you about potential solutions for your hip or knee pain. 

Watch the below video and visit the “Physician Locator” after the video ends.

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Constant Balancing Act

By 11:54 PM , , , ,
Life would you slow down some? Pretty please...

Don't let anyone ever tell you that you can't do it all. It can all be done. Just not all at once. 

Life is a constant balancing act. It is a constant battle of picking which aspect of your life is the lowest at the moment and working to pick it back up. 

For me the last few months of my life have been spent pouring in to my full time job that has become more like a job and half over the last several months. Because of all the time and effort I am pouring in to work I have had to be even more intentional around doing everything I can to make the precious time I get with my sweet hubby and baby boy count (I know he is 2.5 but he will always be my baby boy, ok). I so look forward to our weekend full of fun family memories and crave those precious hours when I am not traveling that I get to curl up with my baby in my lap and say prayers, read books, and sing songs. That night time routine is one of the best moments of my day and I really miss it the days I am traveling. 

That being said I know this is just a phase and am oh so thankful to work for a company I love and am passionate about and to be surrounded by work "family" that truly is my extensive of family outside my immediate family. But at the end of the day my family always has and always will be my number one priority. That being said I feel like the blog has taken a back burner over the last few weeks and I am sorry. 

Just a great reminder to lean on God because He is the only one who knows the plans for us and the only one who can feel you up. 

I have so much to share with you sweet friends and so little time.

So why not start with what our life has looked like outside of work lately.

* We are in the VERY beginning process of designing our dream farm house to build on the land I grew up on - to say I am excited is an understatement - it is funny how your prospective changes over time, you would have asked me five years ago if I ever thought I would want to build on and raise my family in my forever home on the land I grew up on and my answer would have been an abundant "no." Now, there is nothing I would love more. We still have a lot of variables to figure out including timing, etc. but have just about settled on a house plan (hubs drew it himself) and are already falling in love with dreaming of our future in our own family compound in our dream farm house. 

This picture was taken a few weeks ago when we were out staking out where our house will go. This is our little two year old playing in the Little Tykes house I played in when I was two. It is over 25 years old! Pretty good plastic I would say. ;) 

* E, our two year old, has discovered raking and jumping in leaves and it is his new past time. This kid cracks me up. 

* Hubby's truck broke down (like literally stopped running) on the interstate in Atlanta this weekend with E in the back seat. HUGE praise they are both ok but we are bummed over the cost associated with repairing this new truck that we have already poured a lot on money in to this year. Goodbye vacation. Hello same money sucking pit of a truck. Hope we enjoy you as much as we would have Hawaii. 

* This past weekend we headed up to our family lake home for some much needed R&R. My grandmother recently purchased a new pontoon and we all approved. 

Well that's life for now. I am writing from a hotel room in San Antonio and falling asleep so must end for now. Goodnight friends. 

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Fall Family Photos

By 7:00 AM ,
Our amazing fall family photos were taken by Alena Hart Photography

Please vote on your favorite for our Christmas card in the comments.

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