Wednesday, November 30, 2011

wordless wednesday:: thanksgiving photos


Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

I have a tendency to put a lot of pressure on holidays and such. It's true. If you look back at about half of my holiday posts in the past, I'm sure most of them start with that statement. They are also all followed by "but I'm not going to do that anymore". Ha. I do it every single freaking time. You would think I would learn.

So true to form, I put a lot of pressure on Thanksgiving. I was just really, really looking forward to a big family Thanksgiving with lots of kids running around for BG to play with. Unfortunately, our family plans got cancelled kind of at the last minute.

So I pouted for a few minutes hours and then I moved on. I sent Mr. P a text with a list of grocery items I wanted him to pick up and we decided that we would just do a nice little Thanksgiving at home.

And that's just what we did. Mr. P got up early with the little one and cooked while I slept in. Then I got up and watched the parade with my sweet girl. We ate a delicious lunch and then BG and I spent some time outside playing in the leaves.
After nap time, BG woke up in a mood. So I took her out for some fresh air with the intent to take some pictures of her in some leaves. She wasn't really having it and whined the whole walk. She didn't want to be put down and didn't want to leave my side.

Then we got to the leaves. I watched her jump around and laugh as she threw leaves in the air, covered me with them and ran and played chase with me. Man, the littlest things make this child so happy.

It was perfect. It was quiet and small and everything opposite of what I thought I needed to make it a successful Thanksgiving. But then I realized, you don't need the big plans. I needed this day more than anything. A day to be quiet and just focus on what I'm most thankful for.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

I'm about as full as they come at the moment but I had to pop in and wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

While this year has been nothing like I expected, I am so, so thankful for so many things. But most of all? I'm thankful for my precious family and the fact that we're healthy (somewhat at the moment) and happy. I'm thankful we have a roof over our head and jobs to put food on the table.

But most of all I'm thankful that even though some things don't seem to be working the way I'd like them to, that I serve a God who will get us through our tough times.

Hope you're enjoying this time with your family. I've spent it chasing a toddler who is on the loose big time. Where did my tiny baby from last year go?!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


How on Earth is it the end of November? I'm serious. Halloween just happened. I feel like my life is freaking flying and I am not. a. fan. Where is the pause button?!

Baby Girl has been battling a "cough" for months now. And a double ear infection for about a month or so. We have not had a full night of sleep in weeks. When she goes to bed easily, she still wakes up multiple times a night crying or screaming or just basically unhappy. We've let her sleep on our chests, in our bed, on the couch with us; whatever gets us all some sleep. At her last appointment last week, we found out that she STILL has that ear infection and that blasted cough. Thank you Reactive Airway Disease. So now, we get to see this sad little sight multiple times a day.

I am SO ready for her to feel better.

The little one and I made the trek down to Savannah for the weekend. I can't tell you how good it was to get home and spend some much needed time with some of the best girls I know. I thank God that I've made amazing friendships in my life. It is so good to be around the girls who know me as well as I know myself. It does my soul good.

We made plans to come home about 3 on Sunday. I wanted to get back to South Carolina in time to get some stuff down that evening. We were doing so well and making great time until I got about 2 hours down the road to Columbia and realized that I had left all of BG's meds back at my best pal's house. Not even kidding. I was so upset. We stopped in Cola to eat and then headed back down South. Fun right? Fortunately, fortunately, fortunately, my friends boyfriend met us halfway with the good. Still, it took us eight hours to make a four and a half hour drive. Megan for the win.

I am so frustrated with so many things going on in my life. I feel like so much is out of my control right now and I HATE it. This frustration is showing in other areas of my life; my lack of blogging, my lack of tweeting, my inability to keep up with things. It's getting bad. But my thoughts are just stuck on other things. Freaking hate it.

I am so excited for Thanksgiving this year. I just can't wait to see BG running around with all the other eight million children in Mr. P's family. She's so different from how she was last year. I don't think his family has an idea what to expect.

Probably because of the sickness, but BG has developed the saddest way of saying "Mommy" over and over. And it kills me. But at the same time, it makes my heart swell that she loves me so much. She is so awesome.

I think that's all I've got. I'm so ready for life to be normal again.

Monday, November 21, 2011

project 365: week 45

Behind much??

Sunday, November 6th:

She was getting her babies ready for a quick ride around the house. She melts me.

Monday, November 7th:

All dolled up for school. Girl loves her accessories.

Tuesday, November 8th:

She is ridiculous hard to take pictures of.

Wednesday, November 9th:

Is there anything sweeter than a sleeping babe?!

Thursday, November 10th:

A picture of the five minutes a day she sits still. I love watching her play by herself.

Friday, November 11th:

You mean your child doesn't watch tv on the coffee table?!

Saturday, November 12th:

She is just so full of joy. I love her so much.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

cabbage patch land.

So my bff has been ridiculously excited to head to the Cabbage Patch Babyland Hospital pretty much from the minute that little pink plus sign showed up on my pregnancy test. Good thing I had a girl. Figuring we had made her wait long enough to head down there, the three of us girls packed it up last Tuesday and made the short drive down to Georgia to check it out.
I find the whole idea of babies coming out of cabbage a tad creepy (and a whole building for this!?), but I'm all for taking one for the team so my daughter got to go. She better love me.

I have to say, pretty amazing. They were setting up for Christmas so the trees and all had been pulled out but weren't decorated. We were there on a weekday, so we pretty much had the place to ourselves.

BG wasn't sure what to think of at first. We walked through some of the front rooms and checked out the dolls that were worth thousands of dollars. This girl had checked out the prices of the dolls before we went. I was not about to let BG get her toddler hands on a doll that I would have to pay two hundred bucks for!

Once you get to the back of the hospital, you get the chance to watch a baby be "delivered". AP and I watched as this college age guy (poor soul...) came out to perform the delivery. I could not stop laughing. AP was horrified but y'all, they come out. of. cabbage. And the jokes? Oh my soul.

BG wasn't sure what to think. However, once the "doctor" took the baby off to be "measured" and "weighed" and stuff, she was fascinated. She took off to the window and just stared and stared. Every now and then she'd look back at us adults that had gathered and just smile. She was loving it!

BG and another little girl that were there got to name the baby. Her name is Ella Marie. BG picked Ella. Duh. It's one of the only names she can say ;). The other little girl that was there picked Marie. So if you go and adopt little "Ella Marie", we named her. Fun huh?

After she was "cleaned up", the doctor brought her out for the girls to hold. Oh my sweet soul is there anything sweeter than this?

I was afraid that BG wouldn't give the baby back (this is one of those two hundred dollar dolls y'all) or that I would soft Mama heart the situation and buy the dang thing if she cried, but she didn't; she was such a big girl as she handed the baby back. When did she get so big?!

Once she finally tore herself away from the window, we walked around a bit more and checked things out. BG had to go up to each doll and say "baby!", so it took a while for us to see everything.

And just in case you thought I was awful for not letting her "adopt" a baby of her own...

That's right. We did it. BG's the proud Mama of a baby girl named Sonja Irene. We call her Suri.

All in all, such a fun day. Totally worth the drive down. The best clue that the day was a success?

In five minutes. That's a record y'all.


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