Sunday, May 26, 2013


As much as I dread Aniston growing up, and as much as I can't believe she's not a baby anymore, I love that we're able to do so much with her now.  Everything is a new adventure for her, and it's so much fun to take her places and see her experience things.  Yesterday we took her to Tweetsie for the first time.  (For those of you not familiar with Tweetsie, it's a Wild West and railroad theme park.)

We told Aniston all week we were going to Tweetsie on Saturday, so as soon as she woke up, she was ready to go!  (Hearing the way she says "Tweetsie" is precious, by the way!)  We met Brooke, Reid, and Kennedy at Bojangles' for breakfast (Because what kind of adventure could begin without breakfast at Bojangles' first?!) and then we were on our way.

The weather was cool and windy at first, but warmed up quickly.  There wasn't a cloud in the sky, and it was a beautiful day! 

As we walked in, Aniston saw the train and was absolutely fascinated.  All day, she looked and listened for it.  When we rode the train later in the day, she had the best time waving at all the people as we passed.  There were cowboys and indians, and she loved the whole thing.

The petting zoo was a huge hit with Aniston and Kennedy.  We bought food in ice cream cones and the girls (and their daddies) had fun feeding the animals. 

As soon as the girls saw the baby goats that were wandering around, they were on a mission. Those poor goats were loved on and stuffed with so much food!

We rode lots of rides.  Aniston is such a daredevil!  Until yesterday, she had never been on a ride other than the carousel and the little train at the park.  (Her daddy wouldn't let her even touch anything at the county fair.  Poor kid.)  I wasn't sure she would like the rides, but she did!  She jumped on all of them without hesitation, and rode some of the faster ones with us.  I loved listening to her squeal and giggle!  She wasn't afraid of the chairlift at all either.  (Meanwhile, I was a nervous wreck trying to hang on to her!)



The guys managed to have fun, too. :)

We saw two shows while we were there, one with characters and one with can-can girls. Aniston loved both. She sat sooo still while she watched the dancers. 

Of course, we had to visit the gift shop.  Aniston zeroed in on a stuffed pig right away, and couldn't be talked into anything else.  When Bradley tried to sneakily put it back, she said, "No! Cry!"  I'm not sure if meant the pig would cry (her stuffed animals cry all the time) or if she was threatening to cry, but, in the end, we came home with the pig.  Bless.
We didn't leave until around 4, so Aniston was exhausted.  (Her mommy and daddy were pretty tired, too!)  She fell asleep as soon as we pulled out of the parking lot.
We made so many fun memories!  It was a perfect day!

Sunday, May 19, 2013


We have had such a great weekend!  It has been a nice mix of both doing stuff and relaxing, and I LOVE weekends like that. 

On Friday night we went to a local restaurant for dinner with Brooke, Reid, and Kennedy.  We had planned to take the girls to the park after we ate, but made a last minute decision to take them to the playground at the school where Brooke and I teach instead.  It's open to the community after 6, but is rarely used anymore since a new park opened a few years ago.  That turned out to be a great decision, because we were the only ones there!  The girls had SUCH a good time running and playing together!

At Michem's with the pig!

I can't believe how big she is!
Saturday ended up being a stay-at-home day.  I've had things to do for the past two Saturdays, so it was nice to be at home all day.  I cleaned and did laundry--not very exciting at all.  I made chicken quesadillas for dinner.  I am in love with quesadillas.  I've been making them all the time lately, with all sorts of things. 

Today was homecoming at church.  We had a great service, and an awesome lunch afterwards.  I love covered dish meals at church.  There are some amazing ladies in our church who can really cook!  We spent the rest of the afternoon napping and playing.  Bradley's parents came for dinner, and we enjoyed spending time with them. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Mother's Day 2013

Not a day goes by when I don't think about how blessed I am to be Aniston's mommy, and Mother's Day was no exception. 


This little girl and her daddy are my whole world, and I'm just so thankful.  I had a wonderful Mother's Day.  After church, we went to Logan's for lunch--my favorite!--and then spent the afternoon together.  Last night we had my family over for dinner.  Bradley grilled chicken, and it was delicious!  It was so good to spend time with everyone, but especially my mom. 

As I was getting ready yesterday morning, one of my favorite hymns kept running through my mind.  "Great is Thy Faithfulness" sums up my Mother's Day--and my life. 

So blessed. 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Friday Confessions

I love Friday nights.  I read somewhere that studies say people are at their happiest at 7-something on Saturday, but Friday night has to be a close second!  The workweek is behind us, the weekend's just a perfect time.  :)

And, of course, Friday means Friday confessions!  So let's confess, shall we?

1.  My little brother graduates from college this weekend!  It's been a long (ah-hem) five years, but he made it!  I like to give him a hard time about that, but, in all honesty, I am so, so proud of him. 

2.  We're not actually going to be able to see him graduate, though.  He's skipping graduation to fish in a tournament in Alabama.  It's all about priorities.  ;)

3.  Having a toddler in the house has made me realize how few family-friendly tv shows there are now.  I remember growing up and being able to watch tv with my parents and Eric--and everyone enjoyed the show.  Full House, Family Matters, Step by Step...I miss ABC's TGIF from the 90s!  Why don't we have shows like that anymore?

4.  Speaking of shows I miss from my childhood--Double Dare.  Do you remember Double Dare?!  I always thought the obstacle course looked so fun.  And all those cool prizes?  To die for.

5.  I planned to write more, but got too caught up in watching Double Dare videos on YouTube and now I'm out of time.  Ha!
Have a great weekend, y'all! 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

A Simple, Magical Thursday

Bradley had band practice tonight, so the princess and I were on our own.  This afternoon, I decided tonight was just going to be about her.  She's growing up so quickly, and I just wanted to be with her and share some quality one-on-one, mommy-daughter time.

We had a picnic of pizza and breadsticks (one of her favorite meals) on the living room floor.  I'm pretty sure that made her day--she thought it was so funny that we were eating on the floor!  After dinner, I asked what she wanted to do and (of course) she replied, "Play!" (Which sounds more like "pway" and is one of the cutest words she says.) 

And so, we played.  We played with toys.  We played babies.  We played outside (she insisted on wearing a tutu) and I showed her the wonder of sidewalk chalk.  (By the way, she does not understand the idea of chalk on the driveway--as I was showing her how to draw with it, she just watched and then said, "Clean, clean, clean!"  It bothered her so much that I just left the pictures there and didn't clean them up!  Ha!)  She ran, drove the Cozy Coupe, played with the schnauzers, and laughed.  Oh, how she laughed tonight!

When we finally came back inside, it was almost bedtime.  We went through the regular bedtime routine, but tonight I didn't rush her.  She always wants to crawl to the bathroom to brush her teeth (I have no idea why--she never crawls otherwise), and usually I'm fussing at her to get up and hurry--but tonight I didn't.  I let her move at her own pace.  I blew raspberries on her tummy as I changed her into her pajamas and listened to her giggle.  I let her pick her bedtime story--and even though it took forever for her to make a decision (she's definitely her mama's girl!)--I didn't get impatient.   We read the book she chose--it was about the Disney princesses--and then we talked about her day and said our bedtime prayers.  She always squeezes her eyes shut so tight, but then peeks after awhile to see if I'm looking at her.  I took time to appreciate that.  Sitting beside her bed, my heart was just so full.  She is such an amazing little girl, and I'm just in awe at how blessed I am to be her mommy. 

I'm so thankful for this simple, magical Thursday with my sweet princess.