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Things I hope I never forget

– Yesterday Zoe took a really long nap in the afternoon. We’re slowly getting rid of her morning nap {at her request} and yesterday was one of the days where she didn’t take it at all. On top of that, she’s been sick the past several days. Teething. Again. My child gets a pretty severe cold with every tooth that she cuts. At least I know what to expect now, although hearing her cough and looking into her sad watery eyes never gets any easier. My point is, she slept. Hard. And for like 3 1/2 hours. I was so ready to get her when she woke up… it’s crazy how much you can miss your baby when they’re taking a nap, while at the same time loving every single second of silence. At her first cry I raced upstairs and swooped her up in my arms. She cuddled right in to my neck, wrapped both hands around me and up in to my hair, and then she twirled it like she does 5,000 times a day. It melted my heart.

after nap

– While we’re on the subject of Zoe. I hope I never forget her expressions in this age. They are so dramatic and so freaking hilarious. One of my favorite, and the picture I’m about to show you isn’t the best example, is her eyebrow raise. Those eyebrow muscles must be the strongest muscles in her entire body, because she works them out hard every single day. I love it. I love her little personality, or her BIG personality in a little person’s body.


– I hope I never forget what it feels like to have such a tiny little body snuggled up as close as possible, with a little tiny hand on my forearm as we read books together 538 times a day. It’s just the best.


– I hope I never forget the example of friendship that Ann showed us this weekend. Ann was my sister’s best friend when she lived in Kuwait. Originally she’s from Canada, but she’s been teaching internationally for 5 years now. This year she’s teaching in Korea. When she found out that Jessica was getting married she went to her principal to get time off. She flew from Korea 19 hours to spend 2 days with Jessica and 1 day shopping, and then she flew <em24 hours BACK to Korea…. just to be at her friend’s wedding…. First of all, do you know how much that trip costs????? Secondly, do you understand the amount of jet lag that she’s going to experience? Third, can you imagine how much that meant to my sister? She cried for days when she found out that Ann was coming. Everybody needs friends like Ann in their life.


– And finally, I hope I never forget that Christmas starts the day AFTER Thanksgiving! People, seriously?!?!?! What is the deal? All over Facebook I’m seeing status updates of people who have already decorated their house for Christmas {I know some of you are reading this post…don’t get offended, please, I mean no offense}. I know one family who’s tradition it is to decorate the week before Thanksgiving because they’re pastors at a church and the holiday season is b-u-s-y at church. I get that. But, for the majority of Americans? We’re just jumping the gun. Let the big department stores jump the gun…that’s annoying enough…buy your Christmas cards early, buy a few decorations early…sure. But, the beauty of Christmas is that it’s a special time…it’s this short window between Thanksgiving and New Years where everything is magical and lights twinkle in the night. We’re going to lose the magic if we jump on the November bandwagon. Don’t get me wrong, I love decorating for Christmas. I love my Christmas decorations. I buy snowmen so that I can keep them up through the winter after I’ve put the “Christmas Christmas” decorations away {After New Year’s}…but I decorate during that long weekend. And it’s special. And it’s magical. And it’s wonderful… and I hope that it always stays that way. For 2 more weeks, this is all the decoration you’re going to see at my house…and it’s only because she’s just so darned cute!


Happy Tuesday Ya’ll!

PS…Seriously, please don’t be offended if you’ve already decorated for Christmas. Chances are, if we were having a face to face conversation, I would tell you the same thing…you would say, “Yeah..but I like them out. And I just wanted to do it.” And I would laugh and say, “Well…alrighty then. They’re pretty!” And then we would talk about all your favorite decorations and deals that we found in stores.

PPS. I’m opinionated…but I truly don’t really care what you do. Whatever floats your boat…you know?


Oh Happy Day!

It would take FOREVER to tell you all the details of the wedding “weekend”, so instead, I’m just going to tell you my top 10 favorite memories of the ordeal.

10) Getting a bridal party mani/pedi the day before the wedding. It wasn’t the nicest of spas, in fact, it was just a nail salon at the mall…but, it was great to be pampered just a little bit. I splurged and went for a shellac french manicure! It was a pretty penny…and I can’t say it was completely worth it…but I do love my nails.

mani-pedi collage

9) Jon and Liz being in town for 4 days and not having to go to drill. We always love hanging out with them when they’re in town, but drill takes up so much of their time. So, it was nice to just be with them. Brad and Jon are pretty close. Jamielynn says that Brad “comes alive” when he’s around Jon. I would say that’s true.


8 ) When the photographer asked if she could hire me as an assistant! I immediately said “You can!” and everybody laughed. I don’t think she was expecting that…but I’ll take whatever break I can get to learn more about photography.

wedding party 1

7) When Zoe arrived at the church with Liz. I had to leave before she woke up, so I didn’t get to see her all day long. The moment I saw her, nothing else in the world mattered except getting her in my arms. I’m constantly amazed at how deep my love is for her…just because I never knew you could love somebody that much.

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6) Seeing Jessica’s face when she showed up at the house we were getting ready for. She was absolutely bursting with happiness.

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5) Getting to hang out with my sisters for 2 days straight. We don’t ever get that much time together these days. It was awesome to just be with them.

sister collage

4) One of my very favorite moments: When Jamielynn handed me my dress to get ready and it wouldn’t go over my hips. I thought, “Oh Lord, I wonder if she{the lady who made the dresses} took it in too much” and then tried to get it over my head. It got stuck on my boobs. Jamielynn was tugging and pulling, trying desperately to not rip the dress. I was stuck with my hands over my head and a dress tight across my boobs…not going anywhere…telling her “You’ve GOT to get me in this dress!!”. We were freaking out. I told Jamielynn I couldn’t breathe and she told me to stop being dramatic. I said, “No. Like…I really can’t breathe. You’ve gotta get me OUT of this dress.” At that point we reversed the tugging, I got even more stuck, something ripped a little bit, and finally I was free. It was in that moment that we realized Jamielynn had given me HER dress…a mere 6 sizes smaller than mine. And then we died laughing.


3) Watching Zoe at the reception. She thought that it was her party and everybody was there to shower her with attention. She worked that room like it was that last thing she was ever going to do. She conned numerous people into giving her their chocolate kisses. More than once she dominated the dance floor. It was an absolute riot watching her in action.

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2) Giving my sister a toast, I LOST it. Like, I almost started hyper-ventilating, lost it. I’d held it together for the most part all day long, but then I stood up to tell the room how much my sister means to me, and I just crumbled into a mess of tears. I’m crying now, just thinking about it. She’s seriously the best big sister you could ever ask for… I hope the room got that message in the midst of my meltdown. It didn’t help that I was looking at her and tears were running down her face too.

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1) Watching my beautiful sister, my best friend in the whole world, marry the love of her life.

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Happy Monday Ya’ll!

PS. One more: The wedding happened on Friday and Brad took off Thursday to help with the last minute details, which meant that when the wedding was over we still had a full weekend with NO PLANS!!! It was fabulous.

PPS. Zoe’s favorite part: lfewc eercr3rt****/82222222*8*9+++++0+322222222222.