Friday, September 16, 2016

Thirty Brings a Slight Change of Plans

Hey there kids. I just laid Lainey down for a nap, ate some avocado because it's about the only thing in this house (go to the grocery store and stop typing your feelings Katie), big brother is at school, Hubs is out of town for meetings, I turn thirty Monday, The View is on in the background solely so I can roll my eyes at Raven Simone's daily hairdo (I literally loathe this show, but it comes on after one of my favorite morning shows, Live with Kelly + <insert new cohost name here>, so inevitably it always ends up on in the background) and a realtor just called to come walk through our house. So I really need to pick up the playroom ... buuuut instead I'm just over here like what in the world is happening?!

Yep, you read that right. A realtor. Because our home is for sale. And that means we're moving. And not just down the block. But back to our old Kentucky home. Moving states, AGAIN. Ya'll I can't even deal anymore. You know the saying, "If you want to make God laugh just tell him your plans"? That saying literally could not ring more true in our home. This year has BLOWN ME AWAY with it's ever constant reminders that He is in charge. It is His plan and we have to trust, have faith and find a way to wake up everyday with a smile. And I turn thirty Monday and that means a new decade to start.

You may remember a few short two years ago when I told you about moving to Nashville and the essence of change in our life. Remember that?  It was all about coming to terms with the change. About how I was built for it. About how much I was going to embrace it and love it. And newsflash: I did exactly that. We planted roots. We bought a home. We made friends, that have become our family away from family. We've fallen in love with Nashville. We battled and dug our heels in to make the best of an unfortunate diagnosis. We brought our beautiful daughter into the world. We found Bennett a preschool and fell in love with the ministry. And we were starting to feel settled and make this our home.

And then, right when we were starting to feel like we were ready to take a breath and settle into a lifestyle we'd come to fall in love with and are accustom to ... Shane got a job offer he couldn't pass up. To be completely transparent: We cried. I cried a lot, Shane cried a little :). We fought. Real authentic discussion; not a battle, but a "I'm standing here on this issue and how can you not come to my side even a little" type of fight. We weighed our pros and cons. We prayed. Heavens did we pray. We talked. And we talked some more. And then we talked some more. And then we stopped talking. And then we talked some more. And then we listed every reason it was the worst decision we could possibly make at this point in our lives (uhm, hi doctors that will be with me for the next five years, IN NASHVILLE).  And then we listed every reason it was the greatest decision we could ever make. And then we talked some more. And then we came to a place where it was time for us to trust. Trust each other.  Trust our marriage. Trust our family. Trust His plan. Time to put our faith first. Time for us to have faith in one another. Time for us to have faith in God's plan. And time for me to start a fresh new year and us to move back home.

It was always on the table. From the moment we left Louisville, the concept of moving home was always a possible reality. But, neither of us could have imagined it would have come this early. We had always left it on the back burner, and said we would talk more seriously about it when Bennett was ready to start real school. Which to me meant 2-3 years from now. So, to feel as though we are just finally getting settled here, only to pick up and leave seems so surreal. It's the final item of a year in which our world seems to be spinning off it's axis, that finally throws our world completely off the axis and into outer-space. Just orbiting out there all alone. Oh, and I turn thirty Monday. Are you catching on to my mellow drama yet?

The thought of packing up this house. The thought of finding another home and working to make it ours (this time with TWO little munchkins running around). The thought of re-entry. The thought of life without our Nashville buddies in our everyday. The thought of Bennett being the "new kid" at school. The thought of figuring out another grocery (Oh the HORROR!). Starting a new decade of my life next week. All of it. Too many thoughts. Too much too soon. A slight change of plans that has me throwing up my hands.

A new decade comes with a a lot of new. But, in the words of The Band Perry, I'm a Comeback Kid (legit that is my anthem right now, LOVE that song).  Not sure it actually applies to this conversation, but thought I'd share that I love it. And we're moving forward, again. And we're moving, again. And I'm turning thirty, starting a new decade, growing older.  A privilege denied to many. And that actually is awesome. My husband has a job he loves and is going to knock it out of the park. We are moving closer to our friends and family. We get to raise our kiddos in a city we know, love and trust. Life is moving forward, we have many new, bright, exciting things on the horizon. Lots to look forward to and much ahead.  Bring it on thirty. I'm ready for you.

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Roadster Romance

Our anniversary weekend came and went way too fast. Good weekends always do. It's true what they say...time does fly when you're having fun! 

Friday night we met up with some friends at Local Taco in Sylvan Park.  Then headed home to let hubby get his weekly jaw clenching session in during the University of Louisville football game. He is SO intense during these games y'all! We call it his "couch focus" and it makes me laugh. And Lainey was feeling dapper in her new dress, so that makes me smile. 
Saturday we woke up and headed to snag some yummy breakfast bagels before Bennett's baseball practice. After practice we got cleaned up and headed to little miss Caroline's first birthday party! 

And then later that afternoon hubs rolled up in this dream ride.  He's such a hopeless romantic. he rented it for our anniversary date night. My dream car since I've been like 16 is a 1956 Jaguar XK 140 Roadster (also known as he Cruel Intentions car) and this car was really similar.  It was an Excalibur roadster and so fun. A total head turner. Just like Shane ;) (wink wink - I'm so sly).

Hubs planned to have a sitter for the kids and he whisked me away in the sweet ride! We took a scenic drive to enjoy the car and the company before heading to Germantown for a few celebratory drinks and a yummy dinner. We stopped at SILO first and then rounded out the night with City House and that belly ham pizza with fresh egg. Yummmmm. 

Sunday was a bit of a slow start, but once we were up at at em I took the kids for some Sunday BBQ while hubby had an appointment. After our bellies were full, Bennett carefully selected a Popsicle from his favorite 12 South spot, Las Paletas, and then we wrapped our afternoon at Sevier Park
We came home, took a family nap (yes you hear Angels singing - AHHHMAZING) and then got cleaned up for a fun dinner at Jack's house. 

So much food. So much fun. So many friends. So much family. So many laughs in the roadster. 
Shrimp/Crab boils are the best.I need someone to host one every weekend. Who wants to call dibs on next weekends? Just let me know what time I should plan on coming over!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Five Years

Tomorrow I'll wake up and I'll have been a wifey for five years. Shane always says he doesn't understand why birthdays are cause for such large celebrations, all you have to do is stay alive and you get to celebrate. He says the real celebrating should happen at anniversaries. Anniversaries are product of real effort. Tangible days, items and effort put forth to work at something, build it up and make it last. While, we're only a mere five years in ... you can bet we're celebrating.
Reminiscing about what I mentioned last year on our anniversary, it only seems right to catch ya up on the Cliff Notes of the last five years.  There was this boy ... I knew him when we were in our teens, but was never interested in him. And then one day, many years later in college he asked me to his fraternity's fall formal and I was hooked. Even later I saw him on campus in sweatpants and a backwards hat and he made my heart skip a beat (ask my mom ... she went to class and slept through biology with me that day, ha!). Then I moved to Italy thinking that'd be the end of it ... but I proceeded to call him and fall in love with him and his skype renditions of 90's boy band songs. He showed up on the porch of my college house with a Subway sandwich and a gas station rose and asked me to be his "for real girlfriend". He later told me one afternoon before English class he loved me. Then, after we graduated from college he put together an elaborate plan and proposed. 16 months later we tied the knot in Louisville, KY and it's a day I want to relive over and over again. We purchased and renovated our first home together. A year and a half after that we gave birth to our son. Then we packed our bags and moved to Nashville, TN. Two years after our son, we gave birth to our daughter.  This year, we traveled to hell and back and there was no one that could have stood by my side better than him.

And now nearly 9 years of love nonsense later later here we are celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary, and he's still the one. The one that makes my heart skip a beat. And the one I pray every night God continues to let me wake up to every day for forever. He's the real deal ya'll and I love him with my whole heart.
Today we celebrate my love. The day. The best day. Our Wedding Day. September 10th, 2011. Five years ago today: The day I married HIM.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Lainey Lou ~ Months 9 and 10

Hey there gang. I'm here to check on the little miss! Poor girl, I skipped another month and totally flaked on her 9 month post, so I'm combining months 9 and 10 -- but wow! I just went back to check out the 8 month post and holy hair! Her hair has grown so much!  To check out all of her updates you can see everything unfold in these previous posts:

Lainey Lou ~ A Birth Story
Lainey Lou ~ Month 1
Lainey Lou ~ Month 2
Lainey Lou ~ Month 3
Lainey Lou ~ Month 4
Lainey Lou ~ Month 5
Lainey Lou ~ Months 6 and 7

Here you are at 10 months old sweet girl (9.1.16)! You have really grown into more of a spunky little miss and we are slowly leaving behind the "baby" phase. I have seen big growth from you these past two months!
 You are most certainly crawling - EVERYWHERE. You are officially into anything and everything and try your dangdest to keep up with your big brother.
 And you will stop at nothing to get what you want. You are incredibly vocal (read as you are a true girl and can cry on cue to get what you want). And often after you get it, you give us a little snicker. You little rugrat!

 And those eyes. Whew baby we're in trouble.
You're starting to really play with us and want to be involved and it's hard to remember life without you. You're pulling up and walking along furniture, but thank goodness you're giving us a little break and not fully walking yet.

 And once you realize you can't get there fast enough you're back to racing on the ground and crawling as fast as you can.

As long as you are included, you are the happiest little. And your smile is SO bright.
 You're clapping, waving, kissing, "talking" and making noises to communicate. And you refused to sit in your chair this month, so next to it will work just fine 
 And look at them chompers! We've officially got two teeth!
 And you worked hard for them daggone it! So you're proud to show them off!

Two more months of being our baby and you'll officially be a toddler! Shew! Here's what else is happening in your world lady ...

How Big Are You?
You had your 9 month check up last month 7.26.16 and your stats were:

Weight: 19 pounds 6 oz ~ 74%
Height: 28 inches ~ 75%
Head: 17.75 ~ 88%

What's Your Temperament?

You are the happiest nugget. You want to be talked to and paid attention to, and constantly fed. Focus on the being fed :) But as long as those requirements are met you are 100% satisfied. You still, have yet to meet a stranger and smile at just about everyone. You will let just about anyone hold you too. You love being the center of attention and make sure to include yourself in conversations :)

What Are You Eating?
You're eating 2 bottles a day (only down to a morning and nighttime bottle) and 3 meals a day plus snacks. You LOVE to eat. Love love it. You're for the most part officially off baby food and onto real food and real fun! Yumm!

Food schedule is currently:
  • You eat an 8oz bottle when you wake up in the morning
  • breakfast - usually a scrambled egg or banana/peanut butter/yogurt mash up 
  • lunch - whatever we've got (Chick-fil-A, fruit, cheese, peas, etc)
  • a midday bottle or snack (yogurt, soft snack bar, puffs, etc)
  • whatever mama made for dinner - you're such a great eater!
  • and then you have a nighttime bottle before bed and sometimes only eat a couple of ounces before snoozing off to dreamland
What Are you Sporting?

You were rocking Pamper's swaddlers and now we're headed to cruisers. And of course, still Pamper's people. We're also still adding in baby dry diapers for nighttime because you were soaking through your diaper, your clothes and sleep sack mid-way through the night. 

You're in 9 month and some 12 month items; but you're mostly in 12 month items. You still rarely wear shoes, but have started sporting some baby mocs.

How Are You Sleeping?

You're a great sleeper and beyond ready for bed at night. Our only frustration with you is you are an EARLY riser. Occasionally you'll let us snooze until 7 am, but for the most part you're up before 6 o'clock. Happy as can be and eager to start the day!
You're wearing a sleep slack at night and you are a belly sleeper through and through. We lay you down on your back in hopes you'll stay that way but within minutes you roll over and you're knocked on your belly. Your routine goes a little something like this (it can vary plus or minus an hour depending on the day ... but this is pretty close):

6:00am wake up - so happy and smiley - 8 oz bottle
8:00am - nap in crib 1.5 hours
9:30am - breakfast (yogurt, scrambled egg, banana, etc)
12:00pm - lunch (banana and peanut butter, small cut up berries/veggies, etc)
1:30-2:00pm - nap (alongside you brother - yay for freetime!)
3:00pm - snack
5:30-6pm - dinner - table food if possible
7:30pm - bath time, pj's, sleep sack
8:00pm - bedtime - 8 oz bottle - sleep in your crib

Lainey Likes + Dislikes:

  • When the food is all gone :(
  • Not being part of the action
  • Post bath/pre-bedtime bottle - you are hungry and sleepy
  • Avocados (it's just about the only food you don't love) 
  • Crawling and getting where you want to go! You're a brand new kid now that you can meander around!
  • Food! Oh my does this girl like her food. 
  • Bath time/the pool
  • Being talked to and played with
  • Your hands!
  • Your big brother, you think he is so funny
  • Maggie, you've started taking a big interest in the dog

Fun Moments, Favorite Notes, Lainey Quirks + Milestones:
  • Crawling + pulling up, you're a mover and shaker!
  • You headed to Chicago and had a blast!
  • You've got 2 teeth!
  • You're waving and clapping. 
  • Pulling up/standing up and getting grooving
  • You've been saying Da-Da and right at the beginning of month 9 you started saying Ma-Ma and on September 1 you started saying Bubba (Bennett) and he LOVES it! It's so adorable :)

And that's a little update of what's been going on these past two months with our sweet Lainey Gal! Being your mommy is the greatest! Love ya monkey.