A Shower for my Little Guy!

I really have the most wonderful, wonderful friends here in Texas. It's been so special to celebrate such an exciting time in our lives with ladies that I love so much :) 

Here are a few photos from the SWEET shower that they threw me last month!


Did I mention that I love these gals? 

And for the record, Bo is still baking. He seems to be pretty content. Can't say that I blame him! He's got one more day though and then we're coming in after him :P


Counting Down the Days

finally got out of my gym clothes and garden working clothes and ... whoa... even wore a little makeup! Couldn't pass up an opp for a belly pic since my pregnancy days are quickly coming to an end!

We were so blessed to see little Bo one more time today via ultrasound before he comes to us! And boy is he a CUTIE! A spitting image of his big sis as a newborn. 


13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven togetherin the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand
    when I awake, I am still with you.
{Psalm 139:13-18}


Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep {Bo's Nursery!}

Many hands made light work for Bo's nursery! Thank you to my sweet hubby and hard-working tot for their great teamwork :) 
Here is the finished product!


consider how the wildflowers grow (or are made from cupcake liners!)

Spring is finally here in Texas! And what better way to celebrate than with a little crafty fun. This tot woke up at 6am yesterday, which is pretty early for her, so we set to work on our flower fun...

Smock = messy fun!

Leftover cupcake liners sure do come in handy!

We have this big wall space next to our dining room table... my plan is to fill it up with some seasonal tot art work!

And I think we're off to a great start :) 

I'm so proud of my little Chick's hard work! Didn't she do great? 

I was planning to add a Bible verse to our little flower garden here. I think one from this passage will be just perfect... 

 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Luke 12:27-34

Happy Spring, everyone!


On a personal note...

On a personal note, life just hasn't slowed down!

Here is a little recap from our trip to visit Bart's family in Alabama...

Visited the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola. What tot doesn't love some planes?

Enjoying the view from inside. It was COLD out there!

Every tot has those emotional moments. Mine is not exempt!! Although I do give really hard directions like, "Stand with Dad and smile for me!" Ugh. Life is hard when you have to stand and smile.
We also had the chance to visit Bart's uncle's farm. Papa (Bart's dad) was very sweet to arrange Chick's very own pony ride. And this isn't even at the fair! It's real, bona fide country-girl style!

Bart gets BJ

A is in heaven

Dad really needed some help from the pro.

Well, the ride didn't quite end as planned. She did make it on the horse. But no real cowgirl-riding. That's ok. She still talks about it like she did ride him. We'll let her think she did.

And then some of the ladies from Bart's family's church threw a wonderful shower for Mandy and me! A Tea for Two :) So fitting since Mandy is in England and we're both expecting. So glad we got to enjoy this special evening together.

The ladies were SO generous.

Family photo before the men left. With an emotional tot. Noticing a theme among these photos?

So blessed!
We so enjoyed our time with Bart's family! It's sad to live so far away from family, but it does make the time together all the sweeter. And we know that God still has us here for a reason, many reasons, I'm sure! And we are still so thankful to call Texas home.

And now we're at home busy getting ready for baby boy's arrival! The nursery is coming together! We've decided on an aviation theme. Not cutesy little boy airplanes. War planes. He's not going to be a wimpy little guy.

Bart's old poster from growing up. Perfect!

A little entertainment for the little guy.

More photos to come! 

Well, as you know, we love nicknames, so I'll start referring to baby boy as Bo here on the blog. Yep, in honor of the beloved Bo Jackson. 


our much-improved library time!

So chasing a tot around at the library can pose a challenge! I found myself coming home with sub-par books for a while- quickly grabbing a few books off the shelves that looked halfway decent so I could chase a busy gal around. When we got home and sat down to read our books, I was less than impressed with my selection at times! Either there was too much text for my little gal to sit through or the story-line wasn't as quality as I had hoped. As much as I would have liked to sit and study my options and carefully select each book, well, this just ins't the season of life for that!

I've discovered a little trick that has made our library trips much more productive for tot and for mom. Can't wait to share my little tip!!

So I've found some great websites on Pinterest that list out great book themes. I've been choosing a theme and then I'll go to our library's website and search for the titles and reserve copies of them. Poor librarians- I make them do all the hard work. They gather my books, and then I receive an email when they're ready for pick-up. All I have to do is go to the library's designated shelf, pick up my awesome books, check them out and then go back to wrangling my tot.

It's a win for everyone!! My tot gets to play and explore, mom gets to actually enjoy time at the library, and we come home with great books.

Here are some great websites for book lists:
No Time for Flashcards
What Do We Do All Day?
Boy Mama Teacher Mama
Busy Bug Kits


the last 7 months

So much to share!

Well, we're all settling into our new home here in the sweet little town of Georgetown, Texas. Every now and then Bart and I look at each other and say, "How in the world did we end up here?!" Well, we know exactly how- God has led us here and that is a good enough reason for us

Here is a Cliff Notes version of our last 7 months.

May: Moved into our new little home nestled into the sweetest little neighborhood. Many thanks to many friends and Nana and Papa who helped us with our move!
exploring her new backyard

Boxes and furniture are in the house- now on to the FUN work- the GARDEN!

Chick makes a fab assistant

June: How else do you spend hot Texas days? At the pool, of course! Chick and I got a membership to our little Rec Center Pool and boy did it pay off. We also spent many-a afternoons playing in the sprinkler in the backyard. Blessed!

The backyard never gets old

The only time for the park is early in the am!

July: Papaw (my dad) came to visit! The Texas heat didn't stop us from getting out and celebrating the 4th! Georgetown has the best small town festivities. We were able to go down to the San Gabriel Park for the 4th Festival. And with Papaw's help, Chick was able to ride her first pony! Way to go, brave gal!

Patiently waiting her turn to ride the pony. 
Fishing on the San Gabriel

Dad doesn't care that his pole is pink with princesses on it! He just loves to fish!

Chick enjoys her first fishing trip. 

Two peas in a pod

August: We made a trek to Cincy to visit my extended family and then went to Tennessee to enjoy time with Gigi and Papaw and my sister's family!

I should have took more "blog" photos from our Cincy trip! Here is Chick walking Cici with Auntie Kristen and Aunt Wendy.  We're on our way to ice cream! (or "i- kees" as a certain tot calls it)
Chick gets to know her 2nd cousin, Maria!

Aglamesis Ice Cream! My grandmother grew up going here for ice cream- it was such a treat to get to experience a little of my grandmother's childhood.
Back in TN! We were able to cheer Mason on during his baseball games! 
The Gunckels: Love that family.
Papaw and Gigi have been working hard on building their new home. Chick gives herself a tour on wheels.

Petting the "no-keys"

September: Our new church plant, Redemption Hill Church launched! I cannot even express how much I LOVE our new church family. I don't have any photos on hand. I should work on that.
We also celebrated Bart's 31st birthday

Of course we celebrated by going HUNTING! 
We didn't get many shots this season- we're already looking forward to Dove Season 2014~

Chick also started a music class at Dolce Music with Mrs. Bebe. One of the highlights of our week!

The girl loves, loves, loves music. And "Queen Treble"
This has nothing (but everything!) to do with our summer. But I just had to throw out there that Chick is totally enthralled with this machine at our grocery store. We talk about HEBuddy, sing songs about him, draw pictures of him. He's just one heckovah guy.
HEBuddy. Need I say more?

We were also able to enjoy a glass bottom boat tour in San Marcos. Crystal clear water with some pretty incredible species!
Aaaaa...gotta loves those pig tails. Or "piggies" as we call them :) 

Chick and I enjoy the view at the bottom of our boat.

Fish! Turtles! Salamanders!


Nana had the chance to come out and visit us! She got to celebrate Bart's birthday a little late and Chick's birthday a little early! The highlight was absolutely Sea World (Chick's birthday present this year).

Driving south down 35, a stop at Buckee's is a MUST! 

Dad and Chick get a close-up at Sea World

Feeding the dolphins!
Bart had the chance to go see his beloved Auburn Tigers play @ A&M with his good friend, Jacob. It had been about 5 years since he had seen them play in person! What a great time (on so many levels!)
Bart and Jacob get a pretty good view of warm-up before the game!

While Bart was in College Station, Chick and I went to out to Marble Falls with our church family to enjoy some fall fun at Sweet Berry Farm. This is quickly becoming an annual tradition for our family.

Chick picks some lovely flowers at the farm. 

And of course, we a great time on Halloween. Living in a little neighborhood filled with kids makes celebrating holidays even more fun!

Minnie and the little peacock are off to trick-or-treat with our SWEET neighbors!

One last wave to her trick-or-treating friends!
And one last highlight! I now have a new work-out buddy!!
I was missing my old one, so I had to get a replacement.

We're expecting baby #2!! Our due date is mid-April and I'm so glad to enjoy this pregnancy in much cooler weather this go-around. We are just so, so blessed to have our little family growing. God is so good to us. Even though I have been super sick (well into the 2nd trimester now!), I love it. There is nothing like having a little one growing inside. It is truly a miracle. One that we certainly don't take for granted!