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Tess's 1st Birthday Slideshow

Friday, July 31, 2015

Today Tess is ONE. Whew. It's hard for me to even say that! We are having a fabulous  day celebrating our precious girl. As always I put together a slideshow for this big event! It has pictures that cover Tess's entire first year of life (at least up until her party this past Saturday!). We are so blessed to have Tess as part of our family and hope you enjoy this slideshow I put together in honor of our baby girl! Free slideshow design personalized with Smilebox It's crazy to think a year ago we didn't know if we'd have a little boy or little girl! Tess fills our lives with so much joy and I'm so thankful that God blessed us with her!

Ann Monograms Giveaway!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Back in the day when I could actually become "Facebook Friends" with blog readers (oh the glory days before stalkers and catfishers ) I met Ashley. We've never met in person but I know she's a real person ;) Y'all know I have a passion for supporting people who follow their  passions and I have been AMAZED at how her monogram business has exploded . She's SO creative and comes up with THE cutest ideas. Plus everything in her shop is totally reasonably priced and she runs all kinds of great sales and discounts and such from time to time too!  When we paid off our van and it made OURS I really wanted something to represent the big achievement. Something to make it mine . Hello monogram! Ashley sent me a cute, simple pink monogram decal that really fit what I was looking for. I finally got my van washed and applied it recently and love it. Sure I'm still totally a "van mom" but at least I own it ;)  I also saw on her IG a pictu

Summer Recap: Week 2

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Week two of our summer fun kicked off on the day we got back from Hilton Head (May 25th). That next day Kye started his football camp for the week so it was a busy time for us going back and forth to drop him off and pick him up. He LOVED it and I'm so glad we invested the time and money for it!  One of the days driving home I about FREAKED OUT when I saw this yellow bug parked in a parking lot. Like I didn't even hesitate. I  immediately  turned around to pull into the parking lot to look at the car. It was one of those moments where I was just flooded with memories and was so excited. Call me lame, I'll take it :) I haven't seen that car since college and I was over the moon about being reconnected with something that was so special to me! The fact that it was the same year and color and had the same rims was like destiny ;) You can see my beloved bug here! When I was pregnant last summer with Tess I was a little nervous how this summer would go. Doing t

Babywise Blog Network Week {Day 5}

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Oops! I dropped the ball yesterday and failed to post this! But we wrapped up the big baby wise blog network topic of sleep yesterday! We had two awesome bloggers as our spotlights and I want to make sure to give each of them a shout out :) First up we have Elaine from Faithfully Infertile . Her post is something I strongly agree with. Sleep is so important for our babies and making it a priority, especially during the first year, is a personal goal of mine as well. Read more about prioritizing sleep on her blog! Next we have Claire from My Devising . She gives a great post on how to drop the morning nap! Dropping the morning nap can be a tricky transition and I love her way of explaining it and tips to make it smoother! I hope everyone has enjoyed this week and has found some new blogs to follow. Be sure to check in with all the spotlight bloggers from our topic of sleep this week! Monday: Valerie at  Chronicles of a Babywise Mom Tuesday: Shea at  The Moses Home

Britt School Work ~ Spring 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

Britt had a fantastic  first year of school! Zach and I are both so very proud of her! She made so many friends and had so much fun. Most importantly she behaved so well and never had a single disciplinary action at school. It was so cute to see her come home with her work every day. She was always very proud and I could see an improvement in her coloring through the year. She learned a lot this year and I know she'll continue to love school this fall! At the end of the year her teacher filled out an evaluation and here is how Britt did: She pointed to all the correct shapes except when asked to point to a rectangle, she pointed to a triangle. When the teacher held up different shapes and asked Britt what shapes they were she answered all correctly except for rectangle she said "door" Britt pointed to all the correct colors and answered correctly when showed a color and asked to say which color it was.  Britt counted objects all the way up to 10 (whic
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