Monday, May 29, 2017

Seat belts everyone!

Hello, proud owner of a school bus checking in. We found a great deal on a Toyota Sienna, and I have embraced van life. For reason's unknown Echo calls it the School Bus and is OBSESSED with it. So, just call me Ms. Frizzle.

This past Friday Jared and I took our second overnight trip away from Echo. While she lived in up with her aunt and uncle, we went to see Beach House and catch the first temple session of the day. I'm 19 weeks pregnant today and have reached full pot belly Is she pregnant? phase.

Had to stop by an old haunt after the show- Grits and Gravy nights are something I still miss! Of course I-Bar wasn't even open yet because we sauntered by at the crazy wild hour of 9:30. PS I was already exhausted.

Jared's true natural reaction to my secret selfie attempt says it all.

Of course we missed our sweet E, talked about her often, and discussed the new gummy cub on the way as well. I am so happy I get to be her mama.

Friday, May 12, 2017


Life is busy for everyone, but 2017 seems to quite possibly be the busiest year of my life. Every 2 weeks or so we seem to be thrown some kind of curve ball.

Of course these interruptions are a great excuse out of many things, blogging included. Today someone mentioned trying to find my dusty old blog and I quickly discovered that my URL had been completely taken over by some weird sweat shop clothing ads. Bummer. I also flipped through a few old posts and was immediately reminded that I remembered SO little of what I had written. I didn't remember that Echo used to try and put her hands in my mouth when she was nursing, or use my palm to cover her face when she was falling asleep. But boy do I want to remember!

Anyway, enough of waxing poetic. I give you 2017 AS WE KNOW IT:

Jared and I celebrated 5 years of Holy Matrimony with a trip to Disney (thanks Beth) and Pizza. Jared and Echo continue to have the same ocean blue eyes. I also had a really early miscarriage and felt like I was losing my flipping mind for a few weeks.

Come on, y'all knew I was a dark sider. ^
The new-ish neopolitan pizza place in EPCOT has been our go to in the parks. The pizza is delicious and as long as you're in the mood to share a pie, it is super affordable and well above and beyond Pizza Planet. 

Echo turned 2, and on the day of the party fell down a steep staircase. She ended up throwing up and nearly passing out a few hours later, so we had a crazy stressful trip to the ER. Graham and Lacey were able to come and be with us, and give Echo a blessing. About an hour after arriving she was diagnosed with a mild concussion and was back to her old self, trying to climb the bed railings and jump off.

 On her actual birthday Aunt Lacey and Uncle Graham brought her some awesome gifts (ring pops are where its at) and our beloved Gilligan was attacked by another dog! He had a nice little gash ripped in to his side by a particularly mean pit bull who pulled away from his owner and ran Gill down. 

This month I also got to take off on a girls trip! Yes truly! With my best Jacksonville girls. We are spread all over the place these days and had a wonderful time eating and dancing and talking for hours and hours on end.

We also had a wonderful time at the Scottish Highland Games and we found out I was expecting again.

This month was especially hard. I love my sister in laws very dearly. One of them experienced a very personal and tragic loss, and the other nearly lost her life in a horrible car accident. Moments like these really shake you to the core, and I am so grateful for my family. 

I turned 28 (lets be honest I feel 30) and we went to Oahu! I was also sick as a dog for most of it :) 

Easter! The older I get, the more I love and cherish the Easter holiday. I love what it represents, and it seems a lot easier to focus on Christ at Easter. of course I/m never above a good cousin egg hunt. Sadly I could not convince Echo to wear a bonnet. End of an era folks.

Also - termites started taking over Echo's daycare! Ugh, what a saga. Lots of working the afternoons at home with my little helper.

Jared caught up with me on this side of our late 20's, and he had a great 28th birthday- if I do say so myself. We are only 12 days in to this month and on Monday I went and got myself rear-ended on I-10. My car was totaled, and it was pretty terrifying, getting in a wreck with a 2 yr old in your backseat. So....looks like the tail end of this month will end with minivan shopping. Below please see some photos of Echo and her friend Hazel. Or as she calls her: Beezle. 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Overwhelming Every Day

Echo at 15 months

Echo is officially a toddler. A a crazy one at that. This picture was taken back in May and my brother's pre-wedding festivities.

I haven't been blogging and as time seeps on I start to panic about losing detail or getting to far from an event for it to matter (Echo's first birthday?!)

So for now, here is a little post on my dear sweet E. I will give her birthday a proper post.
Echo at 17 months

So- Blueberries. The best possible explanation of Echo at GASP 18 months, is her complete devotion to blueberries. She's always been a great eater. She's getting a bit more dubious of veggies lately, but if she see's anything that even looks a tiny bit like a blueberry, she goes ape. She begs and pleads and whines and will eat half a pint in one sitting. Other favorites are oatmeal, plain greek yogurt with a little pure maple syrup (and blueberries obvs), scrambled eggs, sweet potatoes, grilled chicken (she won't eat fried), edamame and pad thai.

She hates sitting still, she loves water. Even the simplest sprinkler elicits oo's and awes. She says about 30 words, including Mama, Gilligan, Rory, Daddy, Thank You, All Done and Shoe. She dances wildly at any music, and sings softly to the more sombre tunes. She folds her arms for the prayer, and loves to take walks. She can handle even the biggest slides at the park all by herself. Her favorite person is probably her Grandpa Alexander, though she rarely meets someone she doesn't like. She also loves to smack her parents which we are working on....

So other then a toddler consuming my life, what's up? Jared is almost 6 months in to being a scribe at UF Health North, still chugging away towards PA school. And I, after a year of working "part time" 35 hrs a week, am going back to full time hours. We've been enjoying our time having just about no social life beyond Netflix ha! Although we have been l o v i n g Broadchurch and Stranger Things lately.

I've been back on my fitness grind. I've dropped 13 lbs! I am really proud of myself. The last year has been hard in a way that it's difficult to describe. Just so much change, and growing up, frustration, loneliness, heartache and trial countered with pure joy, support, love, bravery, and hard work. Just the overwhelming ever day that most of us endure.

We also got to go on a great family vacation to Vancouver. Blogging it is on my list!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Better late then never

* This has sat in my inbox for 3 months!!! So may as well post it right? I have a bunch of updates to slog through but you gotta start somewhere**

I just had a thought of Echo at 8 years old and my breath caught in my throat. It makes my eyes well-up to think of her journaling, reading Anne of Green Gables for the first time, writing in her friends yearbooks, and checking out book after book after book on dogs or chinchillas or whatever she is obsessed with. Maybe she won't do any of that stuff, but I sure did. Looking at Echo really makes me think about my own childhood and how imperfect it was, but also consider the fact that for most of it I was so earnestly happy.

Echo at 11 months is climbing stairs up and sliding down again and again. She started wobbling around at 10 months and is now trying her hardest to run, often falling flat on her face. She grabs a trophy: a whisk, a lego, a sock, and carries it around. Walking back and forth, exploring every nook, and now climbing anything she can. After a walk the other day I bent to unleash the dog, and in a second she had pushed the stroller to the front door, scampered to the top and started grasping for the doorknob.

Shes also had a cold for weeks and is the snottiest kid on the block. Ever tried to give cough syrup to a congested spider monkey? *update she had- and still has!- RSV*

A few first steps.

We got a new behemoth car seat. It looks launch-ready and I'm certain she will be the cutest thing in lunar orbit. With the new car seat came a realization that holy crap we have 0 space in our car so....something else? Wanna buy a Ford Focus? The minivan looms in the distance, but my wallet and ok a tiny bit of my pride isn't quite ready for that yet. People are very passionate about minivans, did you know that? They are even more passionate about giving a 1 year old the right to face forward and see the wide open road for what it truly is! She deserves it, darn it! But I say through gritted teeth that she is very petite and install the car seat rear facing just the same, while feverishly reciting the Consumer Reports study I poured over in my head. I try to think of all the unwanted advice I have been given and swallow my opinions as often as I can, which is not easy for me. *update- we got a CR-V*

When I think about why it's been so hard for me to blog lately, I look to the last few paragraphs. My life is work and Echo and Jared. Not so many fun little romps lately. In fact, many really boring romps! Many treks through adulthood. But still nuggets I want to remember and a life that I am so grateful for.

Our family turned 4 on January 21st. Jared and I, and Echo. My team. Jared is a really good dad and a great partner. I love him a lot and I still have a big crush on him.

Friday, January 1, 2016

2015 In Review

2015 I successfully brought a bright little soul into this world.

I was blessed to be able to have 3 months full time with her, months that seem seconds long in retrospect. 

We traveled to Washington D.C., Chicago, a lake town in Georgia, and  introduced Echo to Disney life and Harry Potter.

I breast fed on planes, trains, in museums, resturaunts, bathrooms, and on many many park benches. I grappled with the loss of that connection and then reveled in Jared enjoying his share of 3 am feelings thanks to formula. 

Jared graduated! And then delved right back in to studies, preparing for his grad program. He has busted his butt all year and gotten an A in every class. 

Fate smiled on the Hendricks avenue ward giving us amazing lifelong friends, who almost moved away from Jacksonville. Luckily social media and cell phones make it nearly impossible to escape eachothers lives, sorrynotsorry.

We moved down to Mandarin.

I rung in the new year with some of those friends, all of whom will move on in 2016. I can't help but wish and hope we will join them at some point. Maybe not with a move but with a change and hopefully an acceptance for 2017. 2016 will be a big transitional year for us no matter how you slice it, and I look forward to breaking it wide open. 

We had our early toast at 10:50 pm, introduced some peeps to black eyed peas (yes there are people who have never had these) and I gave the New Year baby a kiss for luck- and her dad, too.