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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Spring Break '13!!!

Wahoo....what a week!

WE have been super busy this week.  We had planned weeks ago to go visit some very dear friends in Alabama and go to the zoo.  We have been planning for weeks to see each other and things kept falling through.  So, we finally picked a date and we were going.  Then, it rained.  So, we cancelled the trip - I mean, the zoo isn't any fun if it rains, right?

Well, I get a kick in my step (is that the right phrasing?) Who knows...

I make a list.  It's a big list.  It's a fun list, work list, honey-do list, everything we (I) wanted to accomplish while Kraig is off of work.  I left little room for rest and school work, my bad :(  I am feeling real bad right about now.  Although, he did get to play golf one day and play basketball multiple times.  It's ok.  He's had fun.

Well, Monday rolled around and when we were supposed to be driving to Alabama, we get the word that our friends are coming here!  YAY!!!!  Nothing like a wonderful change of plans.  I was pumped!

So, I get an even bigger kick in my step and put our Spring Break list in to overdrive and we get to work.  The house was a disaster and the spare room needed an overhaul, well, let's be honest, the whole house did.  I also had a few projects I had started and needed to finish.  We started around 11 on Monday and didn't stop until we met our friends on Tuesday for lunch.  We got the majority of my list done on Monday.


I needed Kraig to help hang some family photos....


I finished painting my new storage box for under the T.V.  It also hides some ugly chords that hang under the T.V.  This was such an easy and practically free project.  Thank you Pinterest.


We finished painting my coffee bar area.  Excuse the bottom drawer - it is getting fixed and/or replaced.  



Sorry for the ugly glares from the lamps but this is a finished picture with the painted box (under the bottom shelf).

We also cleaned the whole house and moved furniture around and then we crashed for the night.  

Once our friends came, we were able to enjoy their company.  We also had some other friends in town and we invited everyone over for a taco night.  We had a blast talking old stories and laughing.  I cherish those moments.  I miss my friends from college so much sometimes.  I miss those times.  

On Wednesday, we had a big youth bowling competition.  The girls lost.  That's all I can say about that.  

Thursday and Friday was a blur of family times, running errands, getting stuff ready for a yard sale, more cleaning, golf, basketball, and keeping a teething baby happy.  

Tonight and tomorrow if full of more family and Easter festivities.  :)

Tomorrow though, I hope we can rest a little bit before Kraig goes back to school.  I have so enjoyed him being home this week.  I will surely miss him when school starts back.  

Here are some pics of Rett from this crazy week.... ENJOY...


O we also got a new car last week, Rett and I are playing in the mirrors waiting on Kraig while he test drove the new car.


Rett loved the play place at the mall...


He wasn't sure about the grass at all...right after this he started crying and wouldn't go back down on the grass....he had to stay in my lap (I didn't mind at all) 


Rett and his Gpa at church tonight.  I'm not sure Rett understood the message, we are still talking about it with him.  :)


At dinner, he played peek-a-boo with his Gpa across the table.  


Silly faces

Next week, Rett's Honey is on spring break, so I am sure she will come visit and we may make a new list...maybe a relaxation list from our spring break '13 list....are we tired, or what!?!?  

Hope you all enjoyed your spring break or hope it was very productive like ours.  Either way...we had a lot of fun and got a lot done.  I'm thankful.  I have a good man.

Now, if the weather would cooperate and actually be spring-y....




Tuesday, March 19, 2013

What are you doing?

Growing up, I never had a plan.  I guess I had the mind set that we aren't guaranteed tomorrow.  Which I still kind of live by this thought however - I try to plan a little bit more.

While a lot of my friends knew what they wanted to be when they grew up, I had no idea.

They knew the colors of their weddings and the flowers and where to place them, I didn't even know if I would get married.

They had their kids names picked out and how many they would have.  I didn't want a kid.

I did know that I wanted to see the world.  That was the extent of my plans.  I didn't know how I would do this but I knew I wanted to see the Sistine Chapel, Rome, where Jesus walked and lived, and every state in the U.S. of A.

I have enjoyed seeing my friend's plans come full circle.  They are having the weddings of their dreams and having their kids, white picket fences and 2 car garages.  I love it.  :)

WOW!!!  Have things in my life changed.  I have seen a lot of states in the USA.  I have visited many places and met many new people.  It has been an amazing adventure.  I haven't seen near as much as I want but I hope to continue to travel and fill my travel void, slowly but surely.  I got married.  I also had a kid.  I settled down.

Yesterday, our pastor posed the question/challenge, "What are you doing for Jesus?"

So, although my life hasn't gone the way I had exactly planned, it has gone exactly the way the Lord has planned.  Now, my job has changed.  I still long to see the Pyramids and travel the world, but now I long to take Rett and Kraig with me.

I still question what I am supposed to be doing with this life the Lord has given me but in all reality I know what He wants:

TO LOVE OTHERS.

That is what I hope to do.  Whether that be here in good ole' Chickamauga, GA or in Alaska or China.

I have a job to love my family, share Jesus and love on my kids at church.  I hope I can do that and I know I can with His help.

And now, I will aspire to do those things with my 2 car garage, my husband and my light of my life - Rett.  I now realize once again that the Lord has better plans for me and I look forward to the next plan He has for me.




Thursday, March 14, 2013

It's always something

I had a friend tell me a few weeks ago, "It's always something."  

She was talking in regards to her child...meaning there is always something happening.  Whether we go from tooth to tooth to tooth or from tooth to sickness, or getting into everything or learning to walk - it's a process and it is constantly moving...there's no stopping.  I truly believe this more than ever.  Rett is even more constant than before, he goes non stop...he is probably weeks from walking and days from crawling.  Although, if you count army crawling - HE'S CRAWLING.  He goes all day long.

SIDE NOTE - for all of those praying for us and our sleeping habits - we are getting it under control and we are seeing some huge improvements.  :)  Maybe another blog later but for now, I just pray it keeps working.

But anyways....It is always something.  That's true for real life too.  Not just kids.  I was thinking a few days ago about Kraig and my first apartment.  Sometimes, I miss those days.  It seemed so slow and peaceful during those days.  I don't know what it was but we were just taking things in and enjoying married life ~ not to say we don't enjoy it now, because we do....felt I should reassure you.

So, where along the way did we go from peaceful to fast paced.  It truly is always something.  We finally made progress on school loans SO we decide we MAY want to try for another vehicle...or we MAY go on vacation....or we MAY do work on the house....but the point is, we were thinking we were going start saving the money but now we think we will just put it into another vehicle.  Or to the house or SOMETHING.  We are praying for guidance.

Not only with kids but with life, things are always going to happen.  We may go through dry spells like our apartment life but something is bound to happen to get life going again.  Yes, I miss the quiet days but there is something about a crying baby that makes it all worth it.  Even the lack of sleep is fine when I watch him figure something new out.  The lack of sleep is unimportant.  We are cutting some more teeth so that exciting.

He is eating more and more real foods.  He doesn't have a peanut allergy so far...he loves peanut butter toast.  We tried mashed potatoes and they weren't a winner but we will try again.  He loves yogurt and sweet potatoes.  And he loves the Gerber Puffs.  I enjoy watching him try new things.  There is an unspeakable joy that comes with motherhood.  One I would have never imagined.  It is truly always something....

Here's some photos for your viewing pleasure :)


He got a new big boy car seat a few weeks ago.  He's growing too fast.


Wearing Daddy's OCA hat in Academy :)


"Look Mom, I can crawl from the living room to the kitchen"


I love to eat babies in the mirror.


I see you.  


Sleeps like his Daddy


Showing off those pearly whites


Loves to drink out of Mommy's cup


Sick baby this week...watching VeggieTales in Mommy and Daddy's bed

So, I look forward to what's next.  I sit in anticipation.  I also try to guess...that's always fun, right!!  Maybe we will get a time of rest and just be watchful.  One could be so lucky.  

Hope you all are finding peace in this crazy life.

Monday, March 4, 2013

I drink my coffee black

Ok NOT REALLY!!!

Since Kraig and I have tried (and failed) giving up cokes, I have become an avid coffee drinker.  I don't know if its the little extra kick that I need in the morning after a sleepless night or just the social aspect of it.  Originally I started drinking coffee just with Kraig when we went out but now, I drink it almost every morning and sometime throughout the day.  We did go about 2 months without a soft drink and we will try to go another 2 months.  We will just take it a day at a time.  And drink more coffee.  So, last week, we had run out of milk...I had made my coffee from our trusty Keurig, I go to the fridge, low and behold, NO MILK.  I couldn't let my freshly brewed blueberry coffee go to waste.  I just put some sugar in that bad boy and drank it like there's no tomorrow.  I say that to say...I have got this mommy thing figured out.

***I figured out that all babies are different.

***I have figured out that diapers are so expensive.  After almost 6 months of not having to buy diapers (NEW MOMS, HAVE A DIAPER SHOWER!!)  We bought diapers over Christmas and so I no longer change a diaper if he just pees once.  I got to make those things last.

***I have figured out that schedules are for the birds.  I'm sure it would be different if I wasn't a stay at home mom, I am sure I would be more ritualistic about his schedule but since it's just us during the day, we just play, nap, eat...sometimes in that order, sometimes not.  :)  It works for us, it's a pretty good routine and he doesn't complain.

***I have figured out that I can get most of the housework done when he naps or when Kraig gets home.  Or if it gets done...I have come to terms that it is ok if it doesn't get done because sometimes I need to nap when he naps...

The MOST important thing I have figured out is that I have a son.  The Lord has entrusted me with him.  Kraig and I have a huge responsibility in his future.  So, if things do not get done, if we decide to play all day, if we want to sleep in or go to bed late, it is what is best for us and we are trying to take advantage of every opportunity while we have him for this short time on this earth.  We look forward to this time, hard as it can be and sometimes overwhelming, we are excited for the times ahead.

But let's be real - I don't have anything figured out.  I read a lot about what other moms do, I take as much advice I can take and we pray a lot.  We talk a lot about what could work and new ways to do this parenting thing.  

So, as much as I don't think I am in survival mode anymore.  A good cup of coffee, even if it's black, in the morning is much needed sometimes.  Especially after those sleepless nights - we are teething....

I wouldn't want this any other way.

Moving on....we have many plans for the spring.  Baseball has started.  WAHOO.  I'm excited to get out and watch Coach Givens give it his best shot.  
We have many plans for the summer, one being the grandparents are coming for PA!  I can't wait.  It's always such a blessing to spend time with them and have Rett be around them.  Visits to PA and from PA are so few.  
We have other trips in the works and hopefully some will work out.  Hopefully, we can get this teething thing under control.  DOUBT IT but one can hope :)  
We start our March Madness workout tonight, HA...and hopefully we can do without soft drinks this month.  We will see.  
We have babies coming, friends getting married and vacations in the works.  SO EXCITED for the upcoming months.
I look forward to seeing pictures of your trips and am excited to hear what you all will be up to this spring.

Can't wait to see the sun and warmer weather!
ashleigh