Friday, February 17, 2017

Love is All Around Us

"I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes" - I love the movie Love Actually, and the soundtrack even more, thank goodness for Billy Mack in that movie. I just left a meeting this morning and one of the business consultants reminds me so much of Hugh Grant. As I was thinking of a title for this post - Love Actually just made sense. Christmas themes in February? Why not!

We're wrapping love week around here and it's been a good one folks. Lots of looks at Love, ALL around us!

ONE

Living behind PaPaw and GoGo is nothing but love for my littles. As much as we want to be in our new home and we're chomping at the bit to finish these renovations I'm trying to see all of the good mixed in with this crazy chapter of life. Bitter-sweetly this is likely the last REAL time I'll ever get to "live" with my parents again. It was unexpected, it wasn't planned, but it's here. Last year's diagnosis, if nothing else, taught me how quickly life as we know it can change and how our time here is limited. So seeing my littles walk to the path to play (likely too often) with their grandparents brings my heart joy. How lucky we are to have family that loves us, and wants to be with us. The days of living in the little house behind my parents are numbered and I know when the kiddos are older we'll all look back on this time and remember it fondly. 

TWO

Pre-school love and Valentine parties. I was a room mom in Bennett's preschool class Monday and helped the littles craft and celebrate all the love they have for their little friends. So sweet to meet his new pals and get a glimpse of what he's doing while he's away from home. Teachers hold such a special place in my heart. For one, their patience ... I simply admire it. And two, to think they wake up every morning to show my little love and compassion so I am able to have a break is nothing but LOVE! 






THREE

Newbie love!! Meet the newest addition to our family, my sweet niece, Brighton Marie, from my sister from another mother, MaKenzie!! This sweet nugget! The FIFTH sister in their little clan - happy and healthy and ya'll - MY NAMESAKE!!!! Katie Marie, Brighton Marie ... talk about love. Whew. So amazing, and precious. I can't wait to see her spunky little personality as she grows. 

FOUR

Valentine's Day! Of course, the Hallmark holiday to really shower the ones we love with LOVE! Our dining room table resembled Christmas morning somehow by complete accident this year! I bought the kiddos a few items earlier last month and planned to give them the plates and some candies ... but then I went to Target the day all of their adorable spring stuff arrived and splurged a little. So rather than putting it straight in their closet I added it to their VDAY spread and it warranted some amazing reactions! Score!


 And because Lainey is a girl through and through, when you get special heart shaped pancakes you should probably wear only your new shoes to eat them :)
 And a heart shirt all day.
 And then per tradition, six years running - a homemade heart shaped pizza for dinner!



 Hubs also scooped me up and took me out on a hott date once the kiddos were in bed, again score for Grandparents being in the backyard!

FIVE

My gals. We celebrated our annual Galentine's Day - full of fast food, cheese and wine. Along with hilarious games and one with quite the specktical for an ending that we will all remember for a long time. #RealTearsFromLaughter
 And that wraps our week around here. A great week full of love and laughter. So excited for a weekend filled with springlike temps and lots of fun in store! Have a great weekend gang!

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Life Lately

It's been a while since I've shared a round up of life lately, and my oh my has it been busy. I was telling Shane last night, I now remember one of the reasons we loved Nashville so much -- because as busy as we were, life was relatively slow. Being back in Louisville, we're rooted in history, relationships and family. And therefore, with all of that comes a very full calendar. I'm not complaining, because our personalities are more "go-go-go" than "chill-chill-chill" but we've got a full plate that's for sure and life is busy, busy!

We've been driving all around Papaw and GoGo's property and taking advantage of these spring like days.
 We've picked out some delicious after school snacks.
 We've visited the zoo and had so much fun with the animals!



 Because my parents live on a farm like setting, when we head over the GoGo's for a "we ran out of eggs, do you have one" kind of stop ... we all pile in the front seat and take turns driving. (we're going like 2 miles an hour ...)
 We celebrated sweet little Maple who will join our gals group next month!


 We've had some playdates and my children have proven to be monsters.
 We've rocked our USA pajamas.
 We've snuggled sweet Maggie who is now LOVING her new space.
 We've had sleepovers with our cousins.

 We snacked and partied and watched football last Sunday. I love party food.
 We had our 3 month doctors visit in Nashville (no scans this time around, so it was pretty uneventful - which is just how we like it!)
 We gathered supplies for Bennett's homemade "You're one in a Minion" Valentines.
 We've shared treats (perks of living behind your grandparents).
 Our Lainey gal had her 15 month check up. {Length: 32.75 ~ 98% | Weight: 24.5lb ~ 70% | Head: 48cm 95%}
 Bennett had his last basketball game of the season and SCORED during the game! The whole family showed up to cheer him on, and he was SO PROUD of himself! He earned his medal :)
 And lovingly let baby sister wear it!
 After the game we shared Valentine's with the grandparents.
 And then Sunday we surprised the kiddos and took them to the Circus!




 There were hundreds of things you could get your picture taken with ... a snake, spiderman, the ring leader, the camels, the elephants, you name it ... and yet Mister Bennett saw the pig and had his heart set. (Because he LOVES the three little pigs of course). He met the farmer and pork chop the pig and his life was complete. God love his sweet heart.

 Little sister came away with a purple monkey and her day was made.
 And we wrapped the weekend with homemade chocolate covered strawberries and snuggled up to watch the Grammy's and start of Love week with full bellies and fuller hearts!
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