Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Turing 28... Wasn't So Great...

So, I'm back, finally! All the travels have been put on hold for a few weeks, so I finally have time to get back to my bloggy. Yesterday was my big birthday... another year closer to 30- yikes. I decided to give you all a rundown of my birthday weekend. Let this be a great example of why making plans are usually a waste. 

This past Friday (6/6) I planned a small birthday dinner, I had sweet friends come in from out of Lexington, my sister traveled up from Knoxville, and hubs and I got my mom to watch Baby Girl overnight. I was SO EXCITED. Harper had been battling an ear infection... the same one from 3 weeks prior... and had a small fever earlier that day. The fever broke, the ear infection seemed in control, and mama needed a night out. I got all dressed up HUGE DEAL and we headed out the door. 

We made it to dinner, had a great time with laughs and long stories, then I got THE phone call. My mom called and told us we needed to come get Harper, she was throwing up and running a fever. Cue the dramatic flip out by yours truly. Our amazing friends picked up the dinner tab so we could rush out. We got to my mom's and decided that it was best to take her to the ER and have her get looked at by another doctor. This was all around 10pm. When we got to the hospital Harper's fever was 104.8... to say that was scary is an understatement. We were seen by an amazing doctor who said she had been misdiagnosed with her latest ear infections and actually had an upper respiratory infection. (They look the same in babies) 

AT 3AM WE FINALLY LEFT THE HOSPITAL. So in all fairness, Harper did want to make sure I got a full night out for my birthday celebration. The rest of the weekend was spent nursing Stinker back to health. Today is her last day on the antibiotic and she is just a spoiled as ever. Although my birthday was ruined, having a healthy baby was the best gift I could have gotten. 
The only picture from my birthday extravaganza.
Snuggled up with Boo on a hospital bed. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Catch Up!

It's been so long since I've tended to my sweet bloggy, I don't even remember my last post! Yikes!! So since Easter Weekend, we celebrated my first Mother's Day, went to North Carolina, Boo Bear got pink eye in both eyes, an ear infection and croup. We haven't had much going on except for life!! Here are some pictures of the past month. I promise to catch you all up more, but probably not for another couple weeks. May has been a whirlwind of a month but I wanted to check in and let you know I'm alive and well... just sleep deprived, on family overload, and a little crazier. :) 
Hubs and me at my cousin's Confirmation

Sweet Girl at the Confirmation. She was not feeling
the greatest. 

Us with the Confirmandant

Boo Bear and her namesake, my Gram :)

At a petting zoo on Mother's Day (full post to come)

It was almost 90 degrees outside. Boo was soaked in 
water, not sweat ;)

My whole reason for being. She's the best in the world
even when she's cranky. 

It's been a crazy few weeks, well over a month since I've blogged. I promise as summer progresses I will write more. I hope all my sweet readers (all 3 of you) have had a great start to the late spring/ summer seasons. Pools open this weekend, Yay!!!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


So last night I made this my facebook status: "I'm always tired, constantly covered in baby goop, and usually don't have time to blow dry my hair. That being said, I have a beautiful, smart, and healthy baby girl that I would do anything for and a husband that has embraced my new sweatpants wardrobe. I've definitely hit the jackpot in being blessed."

Everything about this status is true. I neglected to mention; I haven't dusted in I don't know how long, I only spot clean my house now, and I often opt to spend time with my little family during the week instead of doing dishes. The laundry is piling up (both clean and dirty) but I am so happy I could care less. 

Welcome to parenthood, readers. I would love to have a spotless house, I often envy the pictures I see on Instagram and FB of peoples' beautiful houses while I have a list of important things I would like to get done. Spring cleaning and de-cluttering desperately need to happen in my house, but I keep putting it off. And wouldn't you? When your baby girl wants to be by your side and play with you, cleaning can wait. I personally am so happy living in my den of clutter with my little family. 

Yesterday I saw this article about a baby, a nine month old little boy, who can't open his mouth. Doctors are baffled by this poor little boy and my heart broke. I have this amazing, healthy little girl at home and I sometimes worry about what people will think of our house or what we have? That is so dumb. So yes, my house is a mess, I drive a Honda, my clothes are usually discounted and messy looking (I do clean up nicely), I rarely dress for my husband (he insists he loves my sweats), my kid sometimes stays up all night, and I couldn't be happier. To say that I am so grateful for this life is an understatement. I am so blessed and happy. 

One day I'll get our house presentable. I probably should sooner rather than later since Stinks is mobile. But for now, I'll just keep looking at those pictures of clean houses and compare them to my little clutter castle and smile. Our house is lived in, it's a home, and the stories the walls could tell are enough for me. 

I'm stepping off the soap box for now. I just want other mommies to see this and realize that as long as our babies are being loved, cared for, and are happy we can't be doing a bad job. A lot of us are taking on 2 full time jobs and when we come home after being away from our babies all day, it's perfectly fine to neglect folding that dryer full of clothes for some snuggles. Folding clothes, having to clean, and doing dishes will ALWAYS be there, the time our kids want us around all the time will be gone before we know it. Ugh!

Monday, April 21, 2014

This Past Weekend...

Was HUGE in our house... Boo started crawling! I am trying to figure out how to post the video, but I'm technologically dumb so once I figure it out I promise an adorable crawling baby movie. Until then, here are some Easter pics. Easter is pretty laid back in my fam. My little fam (Hubs, Harper, and myself) went to church then lunch at a Mexican restaurant. After lunch we went home for a hot minute and went to my grandma's and then Hubs' aunt's house. It was a long day but it was a great one. Although I failed at all my Lenten promises this year, the importance of yesterday was not lost on anyone in my little fam. 

We also celebrated Stink Bug turning 8 months old. 
She was over the picture taking portion of the day. 

I hope you all had an amazing day yesterday! Spring has finally sprung in the Bluegrass!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Flashback Friday!

I've been slacking on my #tbt posts so I decided to throw in a little #fbf today. I'll treat you all to pictures of my awkward youth. Thank me later ;)

If this video loads, it's baby Harper
kicking the beejesus out of my stomach!

I was an 80s baby through and through. Happy Friday!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

All About Me

I figured I've been doing this bloggy thing for about a month now and I should let you all in on some random facts. I know most of my readers know that I love all things Maryland, the beach, my husband, and baby girl. I feel like I owe you all more than that. So here you go 20 random facts about me.

1. I love Bruce Springsteen. Like I'm totally obsessed. I've seen Bruce 11 times in concert. I've gone as far as Washington, DC to see him (and family). 
2. I've met Bruce Springsteen. Thanks to my bestest friend, Lauren, I stalked him down at his daughter's horse show and got a kiss on the cheek and this picture: 

3. I've been on "Ellen" at the Inauguration for Obama, I was dancing. It was awesome. 
4. I had my chance to meet the President before he became the President. It didn't work out, but I still got to stand on stage behind him and because of that I can now say I was within spitting distance of Barack Obama (woo!)
5. I love my job. I work in Admissions for my Alma Mater, Transylvania University.
6.  My gram is my best friend. She and I are ridiculously close. I can't imagine my life without her. 
7. I've been with my hubs for over 10 years.
8. I took way too long to graduate college.
9. I'm a proud member of Chi Omega Fraternity
10. Because of number 9 I force all owls on my daughter (legacy)
11. My sister is my other best friend. She lives up the street from me. Not for much longer
12. I've known my best friend (not by blood) since we were 6. We transferred into grade school 4 months apart. All total flukes. 
13. My husband and I went to Hawaii for our honeymoon and talk about going back almost daily. 
14. I used to still do say I would be on SNL when I grew up. I idolize the women that have been on that show. 
15. I majored in history in college.
16. I do nothing related to my degree now, other than enjoy it. 
17. Gettysburg, PA is one of my favorite places in America.
18. Harper came 11 days early... I loved her impatience. 
19. I took a personality test and my top trait is "Woo" it means I have an easy time making people love me... hehe
20. I am the oldest of 20 grandchildren. I like to run the show. 

So there you have it. 20 facts about me. More to come on another day. Also, one more day until the "Scandal" finale. Fun fact #21: I LOVE "SCANDAL"

Monday, April 14, 2014


Hi my sweet friends! I am sorry I've taken some time off. I just haven't been in the place to write lately. Nothing too shocking... just sheer laziness. :) I'm finally back today with the mindset to make an honest effort to write more AND to wish my amazing hubs a happy anniversary. We've been married for 2 years today (together for over 10.. yikes) and I can't think of a better way of letting him know how appreciative I am of him other than blasting it all over the interwebs for the world to see. Monks, I love you more and more each day and I am so SO blessed to be your wife. You have been an amazing husband, my best friend, and the best daddy Harper could ever ask for. You keep your divas so happy. We love you. So in order of celebration I'm going to give everyone a little flash back of what our first 2 years of wedded bliss have entailed! Enjoy ;)