Wednesday, August 24, 2016

US Olympics 2028

Your future Olympian awaits...she is obsessed. And in case you were wondering, she just got asked to be in the ADVANCED 3's class.




That's how we roll...or tumble, or swing. :)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

1.5

Our little firecraker, Maggie, is 18 months. 1.5 years. A year and a half. While it seems like she has been here forever, it also seems like she was just born! She is spunky, and sweet, fiesty, and snuggly,  sassy, and loving. She keeps us ON our toes, loves big, and has a mind of her own. We love her so much it hurts. 


She makes us laugh until we cry. She is so dang funny, even in her difficult times. She is extremely strong willed and will let you know if something is NOT going the way she had planned. 

Teething is NOT her best friend, and it has been a nightmare for us, but thankfully she now has 16 in her mouth, after lots and lots of torture. 


She hates having her diaper changed, clothes changed, and hair brushed. She loves bath time, any time involving food, and dancing. Her favorite spot is in her mama's lap. She loves her sister big, but doesnt show it well with her hair pulling and hitting these days. Working hard on that. Mama is at a loss. 


She loves to have her toes painted by Nonna only, if Mama does it she wants it off. She loves to get into drawers and make HUGE messes anywhere she goes. She is messy when she eats, plays, and lives. That's how we like her. 


She is really able to repeat any word we say, but usually mama and daddy are the only ones that can understand her most of the time. She loves to go to the pantry and find her own snack. She loves to do ANYTHING big sister does. She loves books, having her ear rubbed, snuggling, her pink blanket, and shoes. 


Her personality is to die for. She is always on point. She has the squarest, chubbiest little feet I have ever seen. Between a 4-5 shoe size currently. Her hair is wild, un-tamable, and curly. It is a mullet when it is wet, but shrinks up when dry. Daddy calls her "curly cucumber". 

We have sat on the potty a few times, because she sees mommy and big sis do it, so we are hoping it happens sooner than later. She tells me when she goes potty and hates a dirty diaper. 


At her 18 month check up, she was 25 lbs. The doctor said "she might have been the easiest 18 month old appt. I have had all week!" 
SEE, she can be sweet! 

She is a mama's girl. And I Love it. 


We love you little Margaret Ryan! Can't wait to see what God has in store for your life. BIG plans, I just know it!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Cuh-RAZY

This past month has been CRAZY, with a capital C. (hence the zero blog posts). We came back from our 10 day road trip to Charlotte, and Jax, and hit the ground running. We have had playdates, spend the night parties, birthday parties, pool days, neighborhood get togethers, and even more traveling.

When we got home, I hosted our neighborhood's first BUNCO at my home. We had a blast with fun, laughs, drinks, apps, and meeting new neighbors! Since then, we have had our 2nd BUNCO night and they are in full swing and so fun! Love our new neighborhood.



The Next week, we had VBS at our church. I loved getting love on children and tell them about the love of Jesus, and the girls loved getting to go, too! Church of the Highlands has been such a big part of our lives in the past 10 years, but since moving back, we have really committed to getting involved and Jesus is showing up big time in teaching us so much as a family!



We had some of our great friends from Auburn come into town to visit and spend the night. We ordered food at the food truck that was in our neighborhood and played yahtzee (our St. Clair/Harbuck tradition). Mae and Scarlett are the same age and they had a blast. The only picture I got was of sweet baby Walker taking a bath in our sink!



I left for a girls weekend to surprise my childhood friend who got engaged! She is the UF cheerleading coach and he proposed on the football field and then had all of us upstairs watching and waiting after. It was a weekend I will never forget and am so honored to be including in all the festivities!





The week after I got back, I got to take my sweet girl Mae to Tuscaloosa to see the UF cheerleaders compete at UCA cheer camp. I don't know if I was more excited or Mae. She wore my outfit from when I was little. Growing up and living in Florida, I got to do the same thing. So seeing her do it may years later, was heart melting. The cheerleaders couldn't have been sweeter to her!



Daddy has been out of town a lot lately for work, so we spend our time wisely and go get free food at Chickfila and dress up like cows! (Mama cow and baby cow not pictured)


The next week, Ryan surprised me with a sitter and a date night at my favorite, Bottega:



We had a beach trip planned for last week, but my poor mother in law got shingles and is having horrible complications from them now that the shingles are gone. She was supposed to keep the girls half of the week, and then my parents, so we canceled. It was so sad for us to miss out on our couples beach trip with friends from Charlotte, but we did enjoy some much needed relaxation from being on the go. Praying BB feels better REALLY soon! We miss her!

My mom did take the girls for one night (my dad was out of town on a fishing trip) and they had a sleepover: pizza, nail painting, coloring, included! Ryan and I packed a cooler and ventured to the pool. Then, cooked out steaks and SLEPT IN! Hallelujah!

I have accepted a position to teach at Mae and Maggie's Mother's Day out, one day a week. I am excited to get back into the teaching world by slowly going into it with one day a week. Plus, I will be up there when my girls are in school that day so it will be so great to all be together and get to know the teachers more! I have had teacher meetings and been working in our new classroom. I am excited to love on some other 3 year olds and teach them lots, especially about Jesus!

We had a fun weekend trip with some family friends, who have now become Ryan's new boss. We had a great trip with them and their older girls were great sitters and distractions for my girls!


My brother took the girls to the McWane Center and to lunch last week. He really is the best uncle ever. He sent me this: 


One of my former students in Auburn, has moved to Birmingham and lives down the street from us. His mom and I got really close, share a birthday, and have stayed in touch. They have been so sweet to invite the girls over to play lots and they have even come to our house to play and swim! The girls love their "jump-jump"!



My friend Heather gave me this book and I am halfway through: 


I think its working. Got rid of all of this!


I put my "Decorating Doll" hat back on and finished a clients house yesterday. I have been working with my neighbor as well, more pics to come on that soon! Really enjoying this little side gig!


With gymnastics, an 18 month check-up, teething, dealing with the summer heat, and trying to keep order in this crazy life of ours, so much has been going on, but we wouldn't trade a thing! Looking forward to a great school year for the girls and football season around the corner! War Eagle!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Road Trippin'

Me and my girl set off for a 9 day road trip leaving Bama, heading thru Georgia, South Carolina, and up to Charlotte, NC. We had some talks, laughs, songs, stops, sleeps, and fun on the way up!




We finally made it to see the York family. The girls and "Big" Jackson picked up right where they left off! They fed us a yummy dinner and the kids played their little hearts out! 


The next morning we ventured to meet baby Davis and see our friends Natalie, Avery, Luke, and Shelby. Mae was in baby heaven. 





We then ventured to our old neighborhood and saw our old house before stopping at neighbors for a few days. It was bitter sweet. It looked the same and made us miss living there, but happy for the new place we are in now with new memories!


We finally got to "baby Jackson's" house and they couldnt have been any happier. We baked, walked, talked, played, cuddled, painted, and played some more. 



  

We crammed in lots of visitors and visits throughout the week and sadly didnt get pictures with everyone. This was Mae's Charlotte grandmother, Mrs. 'Brina. 




We sadly packed up our things and headed back down south to Florida to meet up with our better halves, Maggie and daddy. 



Love pulling into my aunt and uncles house, our wedding spot. 


Mae loved time with her uncle Mark and aunt Debbie. 


We made a day trip to see Aunt Cindy and cousins Jonathan and Aiden. 


We had lots of fun in the pool, boat, fishing, and in the sun!





Mommy and daddy got to venture away for a day date to Ponte Vedre Beach Club and then to ride the boat with my bestie from growing up, Cort and her boyfriend, Billy. 




The girls could not have had more fun. 







Headed home with happy hearts!