Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Happy TWO Year Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary to my boo!  It has been a crazy and full year with so many great memories.  
We (me) got pregnant, we both continued to travel non-stop for work, took some fun trips, made lots of memories with dear friends, bought a house in Knoxville, almost made me move to Texas,  took a job in Charlotte and put that recently bought house back on the market....just to name a few!

Through it all, we have continued to follow the challenge Nathan gave us on our wedding day and follow the 3 C's.
1. Never stop COMMUNICATING with each other. Even after long days and when we are angry.
2. Never stop CONFIDING in each other. Remain best friends with Jesus first and then each other, keeping the freedom to confide fully & without shame.
3. Never stop COURTING each other. Your family & job are demanding but continue to date each other.

Mike arranged for us to have a date night tonight complete with a babysitter!  Anderson loves Brenda (he is a sucker for spanish speaking women) and I know he will be just fine.  I might have an extra glass of wine at dinner so I'm not stressed about leaving my 7 week old.  But I am counting down the hours until I get to dress up, not smell like spit up and have a quiet dinner alone with my husband.
 Happy 2 Year Anniversary to my best friend and partner! 
**we had 2 showings today and 1 of the couples is coming back tomorrow for a 2nd look.  Praying that "2" is a lucky number and our house sells quickly!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Blog Name Change

We wanted to put something in Anderson's nursery that represented our love for Charlotte.  I found this on etsy and knew it would be perfect.  Charlotte holds a special place in our hearts and we truly feel like it is "home".

Mike and I have had A LOT of discussion and prayer over the last few months about what we want for our family and what our careers will look like going forward.  That led to Mike looking at a few different job opportunities, lots of interviews, research on different states, pro/con lists, tears, more discussion and lots of prayer.  In the end, Mike decided the job in Charlotte was the best decision for our family during this season of our life.  It goes without saying that I am SO FREAKING EXCITED!!!  We LOVE our house, neighborhood, and of course our sweet friends here in Knoxville, but are excited to be back in Charlotte.  Couldn't I just make our friends move to Charlotte with us?!  But in the end, we know moving to Charlotte is the right decision.
There's nothing like having a 6 week old, trying to sell your house, looking for a new house and trying to figure out a move!  There is a lot going on but we feel very blessed to move closer to family and friends. Stay tuned for more updates and a new blog name. Here we go...

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Road Trip

Last week, we took our first family road trip.  It is no surprise that I was a little anxious about how the trip would turn out considering Anderson isn't in love with his car seat.  
We hit the road Friday at noon and Anderson fell right to sleep.  We stopped about halfway through the trip so I could feed Anderson and he could stretch.  I tried to have "playtime" once he hit the road again and Anderson was out 5 minutes later.  He basically slept the entire trip and was ready for family time when we arrived in Tuscaloosa.
 Mom couldn't get her hands on A fast enough and Abby was not far behind.  It was so precious to see how much Abby loved on Anderson the whole weekend.  She is so motherly already and couldn't stop touching, kissing and singing to him.  Abby sings "Jesus loves me" 24/7 (seriously) and loved singing it to Anderson...or anyone that will listen.
Friday night we all hung out and ate a delicious meal that Em cooked.  We headed back to the hotel that evening to set up the pack'n'play and put the little nugget to bed.

 Cousin make-out session
 Lora is seriously the best aunt ever and of course the kids love her!
 We all had a good night and woke up ready for Nate's 5th birthday party.  Nate's party was Power Ranger themed and Em did a great job as usual with all the decorations.  I was on camera duty part of the time and tried to capture Nate and all his friends having a ball.  Lora, Mike and mom were great about entertaining Anderson so I could take pictures.  

Near the end of the party, Mike and I headed back to Em's house to put Anderson down for a nap  (schedule nazi over here).  For the rest of the afternoon, we just relaxed at Em's house and watched Nate open all his gifts.  He was so cute opening the gifts.  He got so excited about each gift and took his time to open the gift, play with it and then move on to another one.  That evening, we all headed to Iguana Grill for dinner and it was so good.  My sisters made me drink a little too much so I could loosen up and relax!  We passed Anderson around as usual and tried to over stimulate him so he would sleep really well.

Sunday morning we hit the road to head back to Knoxville.  Anderson did a great job again and slept almost the whole way.  I'm hoping he got the memo that we like to travel and he needs to get used to it.

I always love hanging out with my family and it was nice to get out of town for the weekend.  I can't wait to do it again in 2 weeks!!!  Labor Day can't get here soon enough.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

One Month


I'm a little late (no surprise) with this post but you have been keeping me pretty busy.
You have survived ONE whole month with us- that is a huge accomplishment.  During the first 3 weeks of your life, you had lots of visitors staying with us.  Nanny, Poppy, Aunt Em and Aunt Bones were here for a while and were a HUGE help.  They cooked, cleaned, grocery shopped, let mommy nap and took care of you.  It was heaven to have so much help during those first few weeks.  When everyone left, I was scared and didn't know if I could do it on my own.  When things aren't routine or predictable, I have a hard time.  To say your mommy isn't flexible or easy going would be the understatement of the year.  

But you and I are starting to get into a daily routine now that everyone is gone.  Some days are better than others and I long for the day when you are sleeping more.  I spend most days thinking about the day before and what we could do differently to ensure more sleep.  I will hopefully learn to let it go and just enjoy you being a cute little newborn.  

You are eating like a hoss and have continued to grow more chins.  I asked the doctor if I should limit your food so you wouldn't get too fat and she laughed at me.  Don't worry, I won't send you off to fat camp yet.
I took you to the doctor this week because you seemed to have a little cold or maybe an allergy.  At the appointment, you weighed 9lbs 12oz so we are not worried about you growing.

sorry this picture of you isn't great, but I wanted to see if the outfit fits you now.  I can't believe how much you grew in 3 weeks!
For some reason, you don't like to nap.  You could sleep in my arms all day, but don't love to nap in your room.  We're working on it though and I am determined to make you fall in love with nap time.  You are eating every 3 hours and we'll hopefully stretch that to 3.5 hours in the next few weeks.  During the night, you wake every 3.5-4 hours to eat.  A few nights ago you had a 5 1/2 hour stretched.  I woke up in a panic and ran into your room to make sure you were still breathing.  Sure enough, your butt was in the air and you were in dream land.  I have already put you on your stomach to sleep (I know, everyone says not to do it).  But you HATED to be swaddled and on your back...so we made the executive decision to put you on your stomach.  You seem happier and there have been fewer tears and screams.

You have started to smile this week!  We're pretty sure it's because you love us and not because of gas (although you are a farting machine).  It blows our mind how much you continue to change every day.  We can't wait for you to get older so we can sleep more, but I know we will miss all the newborn stuff.  I can't get enough of your sweet chubby face when you fall sleep on my chest or the funny noises you make all day long.  We are enjoying your cute old man expressions and are looking forward to seeing your personality develop.  
We love you little man!