Monday, May 19, 2014


                                 A happy scene from this weekend.  Water blob break!

Oh this weekend.  It was rough ya'll!  We woke up on Saturday morning thinking we were thrilled Rowan was feeling better only to find out that Rylie had the same virus.  We were home all weekend playing nurse and janitor to a very sick girl.  Sunday I felt bad all day, just worn down and worried I'd get sick.  Thankfully I took it easy on the couch for a few hours solo and it was refreshing.  I'm doing everything I can to continue to stay well and I hope I do.  I'd say I feel 80% we're getting there.  I can't handle the whole house being sick, it puts me on edge.  What about you? What do you do when your kids get sick (go into a panic like me?). Monday and I'm trying to regroup.  This is what is currently on my mind today.


Listening: Dishwasher running, Rylie watching something on the ipad and a kitty meowing.  The kittens want in the office and out and in and out.  It's a fun game (for them).
                                             Hi! Let me in and out and in and out and in and out. Please?

Rylie and I like to spend Rowan's rest time chatting and computing together.  When I'm done on the computer we usually get the markers out and draw. She's an awesome artist.

Eating and drinking: A cup of coffee and a handful of chocolate chips.  Coffee and chocolate are my go-to items when Rowan is down for a rest.  I don't keep large amounts of chocolate in the house because you will find me in the closet finishing them off.  Coffee is a's a food group in this house.

Wearing:  Chambray shirt (Old Navy), black leggings (they're workout pants ya'll), pansy print Toms (a gift from my little sis), and jewelry from the wonderful Hannah Singer. I am not a fashion person.  I dress for comfort and function.  I'd LOVE for some to teach me how to be slightly fashsionable someday.
                                       Hi! I'm the unfashionable!

Feeling:  Hopeful that I won't get sick.  Grateful for my husband, he handled this weekend like a champ. Excited because it's Rylie's last week at school and we will have fun this summer!  Beach week countdown is ON.
                                                She's thinking about the beach!

Weather:  77 degrees and Sunny.  The high on Wednesday is 89.  Lord have mercy.  I've lived here my whole life but I will never be totally prepared for the hot Georgia summers, they are brutal.

Wanting:  All things beach trip related.  New beach toys, extra swim suits for the kids and one for me, at least one pair of shorts (I don't own any), anything related to the beach!  It's been so long since we've been to the beach as a family (we've never actually been as a family of 4), I can't wait!  I'm also currently wanting more time to craft.  When do I do that?

Needing:  A babysitter for Saturday night.  Saturday it will be 8 years since I met Jason in person.  We technically "met" online.  We met in person on May 24th, 2006 and got married June 24th, 2007.  May 24th is often a bigger anniversary for us for some reason.  I had no idea what I was doing but that day that I met him it all changed. We had coffee, laughed, talked and the spark was there.  Anyways, we need a date on Saturday!
                                                      This guy is such a hunk!!

Thinking:  1. Wow, Rylie talks a lot.  2.  How much longer until I get Rowan up.  3. What am I going to get Rylie's teachers for the end of the year? 4. Should we go outside after Rowan's rest?  I am a scatter brain ya'll!

Enjoying:  This clip of Rylie singing the F.U.N. song with her Dad.  She loves to duet with him on their guitars.  I only caught 7 seconds of it because my phone storage is shot, but you can get a taste.  I cannot get enough of her singing lately.

I hope ya'll had a great weekend!  Let's get this week started!  Much love!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Coffee Date with Me

Hi friends! Happy Thursday! Today is Rylie's Friday because she doesn't have school on Fridays so we are doing the happy dance. I've seen several people do coffee date posts and I love them mostly because coffee dates with my friends are so wonderful. Here we go!

If we were having coffee today I'd ask you to please meet me out somewhere and not at my house.  Rowan threw up 3x in the night and I've Lysol'd the whole house and put every applicable essential oil possible on all of us and the diffuser.  He seems to be cheerful and has kept down a piece of toast and sprite just fine so I'm hoping it's just something he ate.  I wouldn't want you to have coffee here unless you enjoy an intense Lysol smell =)

If we were having coffee this morning I would tell you that I'm so happy Rylie's last day of school is in a week but also super anxious about school next year. Rylie has had such a journey in the early intervention program for our county. It's located in the elementary school in walking distance of our house. She has grown so much and we adore her teachers. After 2 years with them I'm SO sad to be moving on to regular kindergarten and nervous about a million other things that go with moving on.  I am a creature of habit and sentimental and I have a million what if's.  I trust that God is the author of Rylie's story and I can't mess it up by making the hard choices I have to make about her education and therapies.  He has her in his hand, I do trust that but I still worry because that girl is such a gift.  She's also stubborn and thinks she is the chief and we are all indians...but we're working on it. 

If we were having coffee this morning I'd ask you for your best non-salad lunch ideas that were healthy.  I feel like it takes too long to make a salad for lunch and heaven knows I rarely have time for a few hours of food prep each week so I end up eating sandwiches and fruit or tuna salad most of the time.  I hope when it gets hotter that salads sound appealing but for now they just don't.  I loooooove working out but passing up anything like chocolate or cupcakes or donuts or brownies, well I stink at saying no to those.  Yep, I'll workout at 6am, drink a smoothie, eat a sandwich and fruit and totally share a brownie with Rowan.  It makes no sense and I'm not gaining weight because I workout so consistently but WHEW would you see my muscles if I could say no to drugs...I mean SUGAR.

Well, it's been a nice chat.  I have to go check on my sort of sickie and see if he wants to do anything fun, I'm not sure what that would be, but we can come up with something certainly. Have a good almost-Friday ya'll!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Just like riding a bike.

Everyday I open up my Time Hop app and get a daily dose of what I was doing last year, 2 years ago, or even 5 years ago on this very day according to the internet. I enjoy the chubby faced pictures of baby Rylie and pictures of family outings I forgot we had but when I see old blog postings I get so sad! I let life get in the way of blogging about our family. We moved, Rowan became mobile, Rylie went through a rough time and these days we are running all the time. I've started blog posts 15 times catching up on where we left off, why I've been so busy or trying to come up with cool content. Turns out I'm not that girl. I'm the one that likes to use this space as a visual memory book. What did our weeks look like,, what did the kids enjoy, remember that recipe because it was a hit. That's me. So instead of trying to catch up, explain how much life has been lives since my last blog post or coming up with a new plan I'm going back to basics. Blogging several times a week about our everyday. I want to remember this. It's hard and beautiful and fun and full of laughter, tears and such a beautiful mess. If blogging is like riding a bike then I'm strapping on my helmet and kicking off the curb. Let's ride!