The Easter Bug

The Easter Bug

For Easter this year, we were celebrating with my mom and Grandma on Saturday and at our house with friends on Sunday.  It was supposed to be a great weekend.  Easter is my favorite holiday, and I was ready! But then Friday night, about 15 minutes after we put Gracie down, we heard her calling to us.  And as soon as I scooped her up in my arms, she threw up all over me.  And then all over her bed.  And then all over her floor.  It was horrible!  I…

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Easter Baskets, 2013

Easter Baskets, 2013

This year, the Easter baskets runneth over for my kids.  Both grandmothers and I all made Easter baskets, so we are doling them out at various points throughout Easter weekend.  Grandmomma’s baskets will be opened tonight at our house.  She made them and stashed them here when she was visiting for Gracie’s birthday.  Chris and I will bring them out tonight for the kids.  Tomorrow we are having Easter lunch with Nana and my Grandma, and we’ll open Easter baskets from her then.  And, of course, the Easter Bunny will…

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10k On-the-Fly

10k On-the-Fly

I’m slowly getting back into running again.  I’m up to three or four times a week, and it feels so good.  Well, mentally, at least.  Physically, I’m freaking sore!  My calves are throbbing, my back is aching, and my thighs feel like they’ve been put in one of those paint shakers at Home Depot.  As my dad always said, getting old is hell!  But, I’m doing it one step at a time.  If I don’t feel like running on a day when I planned to run, then I walk.  If…

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In the Silence

In the Silence

I’m in the middle of an eight-week small group Bible study at my church.  Our ministers asked a group of people to participate and go through this sort of training period, so that when they open small groups up to the congregation next fall, we will be the small group leaders.  I’m super excited about it.  I love small groups when it comes to spiritual reflection.  I think I get more out of a group of 6-10 people than I do in any other form of worship. The method of…

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Potty Training, Step Three: Potty Camp 2013

Potty Training, Step Three: Potty Camp 2013

We are deep into Phase Three of potty training at our house.  Potty Camp 2013 has officially begun.  I’ve been chronicling the steps that we use in our house to potty train, so if you’re interested in Step One or Step Two, be sure to go back and read them.  This week we started Step Three – Potty Camp 2013! Potty Camp is what I call the official, traditional, tied-to-a-potty-for-several-days potty training period.  Once Gracie first showed interested in going potty, we transitioned into practicing on the potty in Step…

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What Makes My Heart Melt

What Makes My Heart Melt

When Gracie was a baby, she was too small for Bean to play with.  He would occasionally bring his toys over and play next to her, but that was really the extent of their relationship.  That and sneaking her pieces of cheese when she was entirely too small to have chunks of cheese in her mouth.  Almost gave me a heart attack several times. About six months ago, they went through this very frustrating time when Bean realized that Gracie was now able to play with the toys, which meant…

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Another Happy, Happy Birthday

Another Happy, Happy Birthday

Gracie turned two yesterday, but we celebrated on Saturday with family.  It was a pretty low key celebration, which is just the kind of party that Gracie likes.  She’s not big on the crowds and action, so hanging out with grandparents, aunts, and uncles was perfect for her. But even the low number of people in attendance made our living room look like Christmas morning! Gracie wanted a Minnie Mouse themed party, so we had little Minnie Mouse decorations hanging from the ceiling in the kitchen (which I did not…

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Happy 2nd Birthday, Gracie Girl!

Happy 2nd Birthday, Gracie Girl!

I should wait until tomorrow to post our annual birthday video for Gracie, but I just can’t do it! I can’t believe our sweet Gracie is two years old on Monday! Where has the time gone?!?! We love you so much, Gracie! You’re our little firecracker that keeps this family on its toes. You bring us sunshine and happiness every day, sweet girl. We love watching you grow, and can’t wait to see what the world has to offer you. We love you to pieces, Mommy, Daddy, and Beanie ****…

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Running Out of Time

Running Out of Time

So, I casually mentioned in a blog post last week that I signed up for a 10k. And no one is freaking out about it, so I thought I would say it again to give people ample time to die laughing. I SIGNED UP TO RUN A 10K THIS WEEKEND. This is funny and terrifying on several levels. Level One – I have never run a 10k before. Ever. In fact, the farthest distance I have ever run was 8 miles. And that was at my peak last year. Level…

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Look What I Found! Butt Paste!

Look What I Found! Butt Paste!

One of the first baby products I ever received was a big, giant tub of Boudreaux’s Butt Paste. I remember it so well. Ahhh…memories… It was at my very first shower when I was pregnant with Michael, and a girlfriend gave it to me as a joke because it had “butt paste” in the name. (You know you’ve had children too young when phrases like “butt paste” make you explode in fits of giggles!)   Michael hardly ever had diaper rash. Like, ever. In fact, I don’t think he had…

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