Thursday, June 20, 2013

Our Addison Joy!

Today's post is going to be a quick one. I hope you don't mind! My mom is such a talented photographer and took some awesome pictures of Addie while they were out here this weekend so I thought I'd share them here with you! :)

My dad actually took this picture while Addie and my mom were laying down for a nap one afternoon. She looks so sweet and innocent in this picture! Don't let her fool you though! :)
These next few photos were taken one afternoon while Addie, my mom, and I were outside playing. I love that Addison's hair is a complete disaster and she has a messy face. That is totally my girl! :)

And finally, this photo was taken after she had gone swimming for a little bit. She got out of the pool and decided she needed to lounge on our deck swing. She is just too cute!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Father's Day: A Tribute to My Husband

Our Father's Day was kind of crazy because we not only had my parents out for a visit, but we also had to attend a wedding that afternoon. Thankfully the wedding was short and sweet (it was an outdoor wedding and the weather was certainly not ideal) but it was beautiful.  We would have liked to have stayed longer but our family was leaving that evening and it was Father's Day!

We did enjoy a nice relaxing lunch with my parents before they had to head home though and then that evening, Nick decided he wanted to head down the mountain for a little family time! :)
One of our favorite things to do as a family is walk along the river in our nearest city. It is such a beautiful area and there are always neat things to do there! Now that it's getting hot, we try to do it in the evenings, and the weather on Sunday was PERFECT! 

I love this man so much and am so proud to call him the father of my children! He loves us unconditionally and always puts us before himself. He works so hard to provide for us and even after putting in so many hours at work, he makes sure to spend some quality time with Addison before she has to go to bed...and that usually includes a very energizing play session which she literally looks forward to all day long!

The best thing about my husband is his love for the Lord. It is apparent to all those around him! His heart of worship is so beautiful and I absolutely love hearing him lead the worship on Sunday mornings because it is so genuine. His devotion to God is what makes him such a spectacular husband and father!

I am so blessed to have found this man and oftentimes take him for granted. He really is my rock and I don't know what I'd do without him. I love and adore him so much!

Thanks for allowing me to brag on him a little! I don't do it enough. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

My 3rd Mother's Day!

Sorry for the delay in these posts. I had every intention of posting but my amazing parents decided to come out for a surprise visit! They literally told us they were coming an hour before they left their driveway. It was such a great surprise! Anyway, I wanted to make sure to get all the time in with them that I could and posting on my blog was out of the question. I hope you understand! So back to my (newly) normal posting schedule.

Well since Father's Day was this past weekend, I figured I'd better blog about my Mother's Day first! :) This year marks my third year of being a mommy (which seems so surreal still) and I love it! I am not sure I can squeeze any more love out of this heart but I keep hearing that with each child, your love somehow manages to multiply!

I had such a fantastic Mother's Day! My husband pampered me all day long and I felt so incredibly special! :) I literally did not have to change a single diaper. It was AWESOME! He asked me what I wanted to do after church and, besides taking a nap, I said I wanted to do something outside with my family. So, since this was before the fire ban, we decided it would be fun to have a picnic and campfire up on our property in the mountains!

Addie loved sitting around the campfire in her "big girl camp chair". She thought the fire was pretty neat!

I loved watching my handsome husband start the fire and keep it going. What is it about a mountain man that is so attractive??? :)

We even brought our ornery dog with us since he is part of the family! He loved running all over the place and smelling out new things!

He and Addie had so much fun playing together. She would throw him some rocks and he would chase them...for some reason he never had an interest in returning them to her though!

I love our little family of 3 (4 counting our dog) so much but I know these next few years are going to be even more precious as we gain another sweet little girl!

Stay tuned tomorrow to hear about how we spent our Father's Day! :)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

So Much Has Happened...

Don't ask me why it has been so long since I've posted. I guess things got a little hectic and then I just plain ol' forgot about my poor blog! Anyway, I really don't have a good excuse as to why I haven't blogged but I seriously didn't think it had been that long until I realized my last post was about Halloween. SERIOUSLY??? Sorry about that! I guess I had better get you all caught up on what's been going on since then!

So a few of you have been asking about my weight loss journey. Yeah. That had to stop back in November because...I found out I was pregnant! :)
We were beyond thrilled to find out we were expecting another baby! :) We also found out while visiting our families in Iowa so we were actually able to tell them in person instead of over the phone. It was amazing! We did find out that we are going to be having another girl and we are so excited about that! I am really thankful that Addison gets to have a sister because that is an experience that I never had and always wished I had. Don't get me wrong, I love having a brother, but there was always a part of me that was jealous of my friends who had sisters too! :)

So here I am, 33 weeks pregnant and am going to be having this little one via c-section on July 22! That is crazy close! We've been bustin' our behinds trying to get ready for her arrival this past month because I feel like it has kind of snuck up on us! We almost have the nursery ready, there are just a few decorative pieces we need to finish and hang. We also have purchased most of her clothing by either shopping the sales racks or second hand stores. Once Upon a Child had a 70% off sale this past weekend so we seriously stocked up! Unless it's something that is so cute I can't pass it up, I will hardly ever pay full price for baby clothing!

Moving on to other areas of life. A lot has happened there too!

In January, our little Addie turned 2! That was quite the surreal moment for me. I never thought I'd see the day when I had a two year old and yet, here we are! We were able to have a birthday party for her back in Iowa so we got to celebrate with our entire family!
We have a little diva on our hands! She LOVES to be at the center of attention so this birthday party was a lot of fun for her! :) She's grown up so much and gets more beautiful every day!

Moving on a few months. In March, we gained a new member of our family because my little brother got married! He definitely found his true match because she can out argue him! :) I love that about her! She's seriously perfect for him in so many ways though and I love having her as my sister-in-law!
The wedding was in Georgia so we traveled down there since all three of us were part of the wedding party! 

We then traveled to Alabama to visit some of our dear friends who will soon be moving to Costa Rica! It was so great being able to spend time with them again!

Well, obviously that's not all that's been going on, after all, it has been 8 months since I posted anything! However, I'm going to cut this short so it doesn't take you 8 months to read! :) I have tons of pictures that I'm excited to share throughout the next couple of weeks though so I will be back soon!

To those of you who are still around, thanks for stickin' with me! :)