Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Happy Birthday Grandpa!

Today is my Grandpa's birthday.
He would have been 83 years old.

Six weeks ago, the Lord called him home.

A great man with a strong faith, he stood up for what he believed in & never backed down from what was right. With unwavering love & support, he taught us that we could do anything with the right mindset & some hard work. 

We know he is no longer suffering, but he is certainly missed every single day here on earth. 

Happy Birthday Grandpa!
We love you!

Monday, July 14, 2014

swimming lessons :: session 1 complete

Addison's first day of swimming lessons was fabulous!  

Unfortunately, the second day was rained out. 

Any excitement that was felt on the first day was gone by the third day.

I had high hopes for fourth day since she was having fun watching the class before swim; however, that didn't last long. This time there were no tears but still very limited participation.

At this point, I didn't know what to do. Each day when I would pick her up from school, the first thing she would tell me was "I don't want to go to swimming lessons." I felt like I had wasted the money and honestly debated on whether or not we should just drop out & try again later. The instructor had suggested that I wear my suit the next day & get in the pool with her. I wasn't crazy about the idea but figured it couldn't hurt at this point.

Well, what do you know?! It worked!! From then on out, she was excited to go and did everything the instructors asked her to do. The session ended three days later. I've been debating on whether or not to enroll her in another session before the end of the summer, but I have been hesitant to do so. The thought still crosses my mind from time to time, but our schedule is pretty full for the next two months. There's still time, though, so we shall see.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

wordless wednesday :: fun at maw maw peggy's

My parents made a last minute trip into town the Friday before Father's Day because my grandfather's health was rapidly declining. While they were here, Addie and I visited with them for a little while. She always has the most fun with them, and you can tell she definitely put a smile on their faces too! 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July Goals

How is it even possible that this year is halfway over? It seems like just yesterday we were ringing in 2014 & making resolutions, goals, plans or whatever it is you want to call it for the coming year. Truth be told, any goals that I may have made at the beginning of the year have sadly fallen by the way side. I can't even remember if I made resolutions for this year. How sad is that? I haven't been to the gym in months. We haven't been eating like we should be. And more often than not, I am doing what needs to get done at that specific point in time and feeling like I'm constantly trying to catch up. I plan to follow up with these goals at the end of the month to see how well I did.

1. Cleaning & Organizing :: I spend a lot of time thinking and planning instead of just doing which then leads to that overwhelming feeling of everything having to be done at the last minute. If I take care of household chores during the week, even just for 15-20 minutes each evening, they will not build up & leave me with hours of housework on the weekends.

2. Move more :: I've gained some weight. I am not consistent with exercise. I could give a list of excuses but that's all they will be are excuses. I feel better both physically and mentally when I make working out a priority.

3. Eat better :: With the craziness of life lately, I have not been doing a good job with meal planning & I am going to get back on track this month. I really believe that is the key to less stressful evenings as well as better food choices. We love to grill and tend to add more healthy meal options with veggies to our plates when we do. Another advantage of grilling this time of year is not using the stove or oven keeps the kitchen cooler which is huge with the NOLA heat & humidity.

4. Date nights :: We have not done a good job at scheduling date nights to our calendar with the exception of special occasions. We talked about this during our little weekend getaway and we are going to try to plan for at least 2 date nights a month. I'd love to do weekly but let's start off with twice this month and go from there.

5. Blog more :: I started this blog while on bed rest as an easy way to give my family and friends updates while pregnant. It has since turned into a great way to keep up with Addison's milestones and our daily lives. I enjoy looking back at old posts and reminiscing about those times. I want to be better at posting things as they happen before I forget those little details that make the moments memorable.

And last, but certainly not least, I am looking forward to celebrating a very special little girl's 3rd birthday at the end of the month. I cannot believe she is going to be 3!!

Monday, June 30, 2014

anniversary getaway

Earlier this year, we started talking about taking a trip for our anniversary. We have talked about it every year but there was always a reason why we couldn't go. We wanted this year to be different. My parents so kindly offered to watch Addison for us & to just let them know when we wanted to go. At first, we were really considering an all inclusive resort in Mexico (which is still on my must visit list!) but then decided our first time taking a trip without her shouldn't be out of the country. In the end, we decided to spend a few days at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, AL.

We left on Thursday afternoon and checked into the resort a couple of hours later. There was a corporate convention going on so it was pretty crowded, but it seemed like every time we turned around, a staff member was there checking to make sure we were doing ok. Our room was located in the spa building with a balcony overlooking the resort.

After we got settled into the room, we decided to try out a local Italian restaurant for dinner. Neither of us had eaten much for lunch so we headed out to an early dinner. We stopped at Gambino's Italian Grill. We ordered eggplant sticks for an appetizer, and I decided on the classic Chicken Parmesan for dinner.
Michael ordered the Taste of Italy dinner plate with a sample of pasta alfredo, chicken parmesan, chicken cannelloni and lasagna. Everything tasted fine until he put his fork in the lasagna. The bottom was terribly burnt & ruined the entire meal for him. When the waitress finally came back to check on us, he mentioned to her what was wrong, along with the fact that she left a tray of trash right next to our table for the entire dinner. She was very apologetic and immediately ran back into the kitchen to get him a plate of fresh, perfectly cooked lasagna. She also offered us dessert on her. So, while our dinnertime experience was less than desirable, the cannolis we had for dessert were simply divine! 

After dinner & dessert, we walked around the entire perimeter of the resort to get a feel for where everything was. We hung out on the fishing pier for a while watching a couple of 10-12 year old boys share their fish tales with anyone and everyone who would listen. 

Friday morning, we slept until 8:30. I seriously cannot remember the last time I slept that late! We watched the Today show while drinking coffee and leisurely got ready to go to the pool. It was so nice to sit out by the pool to relax and not worry about chasing a toddler around. Although every 20 minutes, I'm pretty sure one of us said "oh, Addie would love it here."

We spent a couple of hours at the pool reading and enjoying nice, frozen adult beverages. 

After our time at the pool, we grabbed a late lunch at a local seafood restaurant called Big Daddy's Grill. The portions were HUGE & we both left feeling extremely full! We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing and enjoying the peacefulness of the resort.

By Friday evening, we were both missing our baby girl. We were able to FaceTime with her for a few minutes and honestly felt a little lost without her with us.

We really needed a few days to disconnect, and although we both were missing Addison after only a day of being away, we enjoyed our time away. I'm hoping there will be more weekend getaway trips in our future! Now it's back to reality and countdown to our annual beach vacation!