the friday post – volume 5

c5113b95-942c-427b-b933-8a54cea82d86Oh me, oh my! It’s Friday! Hooray! It’s a very special Friday for me because it’s the Friday that officially begins SPRING BREAK! We’ve had a whirlwind of a few weeks with an unexpected trip to Pittsburgh for a funeral (Mike’s grandpa), the stomach flu for Charlie, and I don’t even know what else. So I’m playing a little bit of catch up here on this little old spot on the inter webs .


Our weather has been absolutelyΒ divine the last few weeks. The air is crisp in the morning and in the evenings, but still warm enough to hit the beach during the day. We have been loving it. Spending as much time outside as we can. The trip up to Pittsburgh (brr) made us a little more thankful for our weather, so we’ve been taking serious advantage. Not to mention daylight savings! That extra bit of sun just really makes a difference for walks after dinner and back porch hangs.


Charlie’s going to be 5 months old next week which is hard to believe. He has such a fun little smiley personality. We lucked out. He’s started solids now (loves avocado, isn’t sure about sweet potato) which is such a fun adventure. Still going strong on nursing too! I’m making all our baby food which I LOVE. Totally my kind of thing.

March madness has started so I’m sure I’ll be doing lots of reading the next few weeks. I’ve started getting ebooks on my phone which has really upped my book intake! I can read a book on my phone while nursing, pumping, holding Charlie much easier than a real book. I’ll always prefer the print version, but these days it’s just nice to be able to read one way or another.

We don’t have any concrete plans for spring break! I’m taking a test for my teacher certification on Wednesday, planning on deep cleaning a few rooms in the house, a couple beach trips, getting a passport for Charlie, and a whole lot of happy hours. Perfection. Why go anywhere when we live in a spring break destination anyway? Happy Friday all! Enjoy your weekends!

the friday post – volume 4

Happy Friday, friends! This week was a short one for us. Last night we drove over to Bradenton on the gulf side to visit friends from college for the weekend. Their baby is two months older than Charlie, so we had a meeting of the babies this morning when they both got up. It’s been such a fun weekend to look forward to, and I love thinking about raising these boys at the same time. Two months is such a big difference when they’re this little! Next year no one will even be able to tell who is older. Little friends from bump to birth! Mike has a few meetings over here today which is the real reason for our visit. We’re heading home on Saturday, so we’ll still have time to do all those weekend essentials on Sunday before the week begins again.

This week flew by. Valentine’s Day came and went with a bang. I swear it seems like Valentine’s Day is a bigger deal than Christmas at my elementary school. So many cupcakes, chocolate and talk of crushes and notes of friendship passed between boys and girls. There was even a plot for a fifth grade boy and girl to hold hands in gym class, but those plans were intercepted before they happened, thank goodness! We made a pasta bake at home on Tuesday paired it with a little glass of wine, Samoas, and the newest episode of The Bachelor. Call me simple, but nothing could beat that in my book.

Charlie’s started blowing raspberries like crazy this week. He’s like a constantly running open faucet now. He goes through a couple outfits a day now from being soaked through with saliva. In rolling news – When we lay him on his back on the ground now, he almost immediately flips to his tummy but hasn’t quite figured out how to get back to his back. When he gets tired he just puts his head down and sucks on his hand.

There’s a new girl at daycare this week who is a week younger than Charlie. The daycare ladies are so funny about it. They’ve made up this whole story about Charlie and Lucia being boyfriend and girlfriend. One lady told me when I picked him up yesterday that Charlie was trying to hold Lucia’s hand, but she wasn’t interested and that the day before that she was trying to hold his hand but he wasn’t interested. Hilarious. I told them Charlie’s not allowed to have a girlfriend until he’s 18.

I’m sitting here holding my napping baby on a comfortable couch with a mug of coffee next to me feeling so grateful today for this life. I’ve been holding Charlie a little bit tighter every day after the terrible school shooting this week. The high school is about thirty minutes from our house so it has hit way too close to home. I have so many fears and what- if questions swirling around my head, especially working at a school and as a mother. I can’t even imagine what those families and kids are going through and am praying so hard that these fears can somehow be eased over the next few years. I don’t have any solutions, just the feeling that enough is enough. I just want to leave you with this quote from Mother Theresa, “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.”

On that note, I’m going to enjoy the heck out of my long weekend with my family and friends. Counting my blessings over and over after this week of both love and the worse kind of hate. I hope you enjoy your weekend too!