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The Snowy Day

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Today we experienced what I am hoping was “Winter’s Last Gasp!” Around 6 inches of snow fell in our area last night and all local schools were closed today! The extra snow day was bittersweet as it means that we will be in school an extra day in June, but it also meant I got to spend an unexpected day snuggling and playing with my girl.  After being sick with strep throat over the weekend, it was nice to relax around the house and especially nice to finally be feeling healthy again! I’m crossing my fingers that I have experienced my last bout of winter illness that can come with being a teacher.  After today, I am officially ready for spring! (Who am I kidding, I have been ready for spring for a while!) This little gal and I are ready to get outside and enjoy the warm weather and all that spring has to offer as soon as possible!

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Our day started off pretty simple with us all just hanging around in our pajamas.  Rachel has a new found fascination with my phone and spends a lot of her free time trying to pry it out of my hands so she can use it.

Rachel and my phone

They may have been some dabbling in piano going on this morning.  We’ll have to work on her formation later 🙂

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My husband and I decided to have a seafood feast while Rachel was napping.  We agreed that if it was going to be cold and snowy at our house, we were going to pretend like we were someplace warm and sunny! We had shrimp, clams with butter sauce,  crab chowder and some fries.  A perfect lunch, if you ask me!

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The rest of our day was spent playing and having fun with sweet Rachel.  She is walking all over the place now, and it seems as though she has some road-runner blood in her.  She is on the move!

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We might not have done anything extra exciting today, but it was so wonderful to spend the day with my husband and little one while we waited out the storm.  I can’t think of any one else I’d rather spend my days with than these two.

IMG_1284Ah, yes, her beloved duck puppet.  She loves when he “comes alive!”

 

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Of course, what day would not be complete without a little “jam session” from our favorite musicians!  My girls loves her some Avett Brothers.  🙂 The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree, I guess!

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Have a great rest of the week, everyone!

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! It is the last of the “first” holidays for Rachel, and with that comes a bit of nostalgia and sentimental sappiness that I seem to get every so often when I realize that my girl is growing up! All in all, Thanksgiving was a great day for us. This year our family has a lot to be thankful for, and a lot of it has to do with our little girl! She has brought us so much happiness and we are thankful for her every day. All the sweet giggles, smiles, belly laughs and kisses from our babe bring us such a sense of peace and contentment, it’s a wonder that life ever felt complete before!

I have been keeping a log of things that I am thankful for during the month of November. While I try to maintain a thankful attitude throughout the year, sometimes we can get so busy with life that we forget to sit and really reflect on things. This November I tried to find one thing every day I was thankful for. Some days were easy, some days were a challenge. Here’s what I have so far 🙂 Sorry if this is a little long…

November 2012 “Attitude of Gratitude” Challenge

November 1st- Today I am thankful for having heat in our house! I am also thankful for a speedy plumber who came to our rescue when our furnace decided to stop working!

November 2nd- I am thankful for our special breakfast spot and the memories Rachel and I are making there each week!

November 3rd- I am thankful for having the opportunity to catch up with good friends to remind me what life is really about!

November 4th- Thinking of where I am in life today and where I was not so long ago, I am thankful for the clarity and acceptance only faith can provide. Psalms 27:13

November 5th- Grades are in! Wahoo! Today I am thankful for officially surviving the first marking period of the school year. Next up- to get all of the report cards stuffed and sent home with students 🙂

November 6th- Today (and many days) I am thankful for supportive classroom parents! It is such a blessing to have such great families to work with. I have been very lucky this year and every other year to have wonderful people helping to create a true partnership in their child’s education process. We are in this together! 🙂 Afterall, a parent is a child’s first and most important teacher! So, a big THANK YOU to any parents reading this (past or present) and know that when I think back on my classes and reminisce, I think of you too! 🙂 You are all wonderful!

November 7th- Today I am thankful for the two lovely ladies who watch my littlest lady while I am at work! It is comforting to know that Rachel is in good hands while I am away from her. If it can’t be me, I’m glad that it is them! 🙂 I know she is very well loved and very well taken care of. That’s all I can ask for 🙂

November 8th- Today I am thankful for the advancement of modern medicine. Putting my girl on this antibiotic for her ear infection has made her seem more like herself! I am sure she is more comfortable too!

November 9th- I am thankful for a three day weekend after a stressful week!

November 10th- Today I am especially thankful for my husband. He doesn’t mind if the laundry isn’t done, never says a word when the house looks disastrous (much like any house with a curious 11 month old in it!) and could care less what I make for dinner. He loves to play with our girl, go for walks as a family and lets me sleep-in most weekends. He is quick to overlook my faults and just as quick to offer encouragement when I need it the most. I love him and am so thankful to have him by my side. Thanks for working so hard for us Tim, you are the best!! ♥ Solomon 3:4

November 11th- I am thankful for all the veterans of our country!

November 12th- I’m thankful for a happy and healthy baby!

November 13th- I am thankful for my grandfather! My “PopPop” has always given me advice when I asked for it, guidance when I needed it and shown me love unconditionally! He is fun to talk to, always willing to help when needed and values the importance of spending time with and loving others. He has accepted and loved my husband since day one and is so sweet with my baby girl. He is a great role model and has achieved so much in the 83 years he has been on this earth! The world is a better place because of him! I love my PopPop and don’t know where I would be without him!

November 14th- I am thankful for the few extra hours I got to spend with my baby girl today! 🙂 Life is good!

November 15th- I am thankful for my dog! We have had some fun times together and some sad times together, but no matter what, he is always by my side! He dances around the house with me when I’m happy, and lets me cry on him when I’m sad. He’ll come running inside if you even mumble the word “cheese” within earshot and he loves to play fetch in the yard. He might not be my “baby” like he used to be, but he’s still the best dog I’ve ever had! For his loyalty and companionship, I am very thankful.

November 16th- Today I am thankful for surprise breakfast dates with my little lady and some wonderful coworkers!

November 17th- I’m thankful to be able to spend the day celebrating with Courtney and Josh as they start their new life together as Mr. & Mrs.! Congratulations to you both!!

November 18th- I am thankful for fleece pants and fuzzy socks. Doesn’t get much better than that… 🙂

November 19th- I am thankful that my husband has no problem jumping in to help out when things start getting a little hectic!

November 20th-I am thankful for my brothers and my little sister! Life’s not always easy, but it’s nice knowing that there are people out there who know your whole story. I love you all and want you to know that I look back on our times growing up together with fondness….except for that time you guys stuffed me in the toy box 🙂 And that one Good Friday episode. But other than that, fondness for sure.

November 21st- I am thankful for my best friend! She always knows what to say to make me feel better and knows when to just let me vent when I need it most. She always puts other people first and will not hesitate to swoop in and save the day just because she can! She has the kindest, most sincere heart of anyone I know. She doesn’t mind if we go weeks without talking, and always makes time to come visit or go on random last minute trips! We may be very different (just take a look at the inside of her car and you’ll see what I mean 😉 …but all in all, we really aren’t! Love ya Kricket! And I am so thankful to have you in my life! Our friendship has come a loooong way since our first class together freshman year!

November 22nd- I am thankful for the most precious gift I have ever been given–Rachel! She has brought so much happiness into our lives throughout the past year and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for her as she grows older! 🙂 ♥

All I need in life is what I already have–a loving husband, a sweet sweet daughter and our love that makes our house a home. For all this and more, I am very thankful. What are you thankful for? Happy Thanksgiving!

Little Red Corvette!

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My father-in-law loved Corvettes. My husband loves Corvettes. So it only makes sense that my daughter would love Corvettes too! From the time my husband was a little boy until the time my father-in-law passed away several years ago, they would spend their time taking care of “their” ’87 and ’69 Vettes.

My father-in-law with his first Corvette

Not only did they spend weekends driving them, or cleaning them (for fun, I might add…strange, I know!) they also would spend time together visiting Corvette shows around the area and even entering the cars into competitions. The ’87 Corvette was usually the car chosen to take to shows and enter in competitions as it was the easier of the two cars to maneuver and drive any significant distance.

My husband and father-in-law circa 2007

However, the ’69 with all it’s loud rumblings and nostalgic throwback feel to it has always been my favorite of the two. She (yes, I call her a “she” because she is so pretty in my eyes, it seems to flow better than “he” in conversation) is harder to start and more difficult to drive so it is always a treat when she makes an appearance. This past week she has been at our house for an extended stay in our garage while my mother-in-law’s garage was getting some new appliances put in. For as much of an inconvenience as it was to have my car moved out to the driveway, it was a pretty sight to see every morning in my garage.

Seeing that old Corvette always reminds me of my father-in-law and I smile to myself because I know how proud he would be of my husband and how happy he would be to see us now. I also think he would be pleased to see our ’04 Corvette sitting right beside it in the other garage bay! I can almost hear the chuckle now. I know he is still around us and it’s times like today when we have the Corvette out and are putting air in the tires and are revving that old engine that I can really feel him around.

I know my father-in-law would love everything about this little babe!

Some people are surprised to hear that we have three Corvettes. Two were inherited and one was purchased as a celebration for getting my first teaching job. Some people have dinner to celebrate, we buy a Corvette. That is what I signed up for, I guess. Corvettes. It runs in the family. It flows through the veins. And instead of tears, the sound of a loud rumble makes my baby girl’s arms start going and her voice start squealing! She is her Daddy’s girl through and through!

…And so the tradition lives on for at least another generation. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Welcome Fall!

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Fall is here! Mums, candy corn,  and pumpkin scented candles are in abundance at our house this time of year.  Summer is by far my favorite season, but I can not help be lured into the season of fall and all the coziness that it has to offer.  There is something about putting on that favorite cozy sweater and sipping on some hot apple cider that is just so….beautifully simple.

Rach is getting so big these days and she is definitely growing into her own little person! The battle of the headbands has begun, I had hoped we would be able to avoid it by all of my diligent efforts to make it seem customary for her to wear one.   …We’ll see who prevails in the end 🙂

This weekend we are going to the pumpkin patch with a very good friend of mine and her husband and also their adorable daughter who just happens to be Rachel’s best friend! 😉  I can’t wait to soak in all the sweetness that Fall has to offer and spend some quality time with a dear friend and our girls!

Happy Fall!!

Girls Week!

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While my husband has been away on a golfing trip the past few days, Rachel and I have been having some fun hanging out just the two of us.  Unfortunately she get her first cold a little over a week ago (yes, I was a mess that my baby was sick for the first time!) which gave way to an ear infection during the middle of last week and she has been recovering ever since.  This ear infection business really put a damper on our girls week plans.

Excited for a girls week!

Although her sickness kept us from having “fun” in the traditional sense of the word, I know I had a great time getting snuggled and slept on at the end of each day.  Having a baby fall asleep on your chest is the best way I can think of to end the day! If only she didn’t have to be sick for it to happen…but I’ll take it when I can get it! 🙂 So for our girls week we spent the week playing and snuggling and learning how to blow her nose.  We’re still working on that last part!

Please keep little Rach in your thoughts as she fights off the last bit of this cold and ear infection!

“Mama”- The Sweetest Word I Have Ever Heard

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So much of life lately seems to be rushing by me.  It seems as if I am rushing around trying to get everything done and worrying so much about getting in enough “Rachel Time” that it is sometimes difficult to really take in everything going on around me.  Is she sleeping enough? Is her runny nose just from teething or is it more? Should I put her in a sleep sack or just use a blanket? Is she getting too big for her car seat and should I get a bigger one? These are just a few of the thoughts racing through my mind at any point during the day.  Like right now I’m sitting here wondering if her baby food has enough variety or if I should go and buy some more..the thoughts never stop.  I never stop wondering, thinking, analyzing and planning.  It’s a blessing and a curse at the same time.  I am a list person, a planner by nature and nothing about having a baby is conducive to this!  I have been thrown out of my comfort zone to some degree, mainly because I never know what the day will bring.  It seems my days tends to revolve around the successes or needs of my little one’s nap schedule for the day.  But at the same time, since becoming a Mommy I feel more in my comfort zone than I have ever been.  Confusing, right?

Have you ever had someone say something in passing and you know they did not intend for it to be so meaningful to you? It happened to me the other day as  I was talking to a friend about getting our girls together to play.  I confided in her about my return to work and how I feel like I am missing out on so much “Rachel Time” so I try to be sure we get to play together every day.  We talked a little bit about what things our girls like to do when they play and that I was trying to make our time together worthwhile and meaningful.   She mentioned to me that any time I spend with her is meaningful.  It doesn’t matter if we are constructing things to do or playing with blocks on the floor.  What matters is that I am with her and enjoying the time that we do have.  What she said was exactly what my heart needed to hear in that moment! She was so right! Thank goodness for friends who know exactly what you need without you even having to say it!  The planner in me and the list person in me has been going into overdrive trying to prepare for our evenings together.  I have been putting so much pressure on myself that I wasn’t even giving myself enough of a chance to really soak up the innocence and love found in everyday moments.

Since then, I have made an effort to be more present in each moment.  It doesn’t matter if what we are doing is super fabulous or downright boring.  Any time we spend together has the opportunity to be meaningful.  One example of this is when I am changing Rachel’s diaper I make more of an effort to make eye contact and smile.  Isn’t it precious how babies stare at you when you change their diaper? Before a few days ago, I knew Rachel was usually looking at me when I changed her but I never really noticed, it’s almost as if she was waiting and wondering why I was not smiling back at her! While the task isn’t the most pleasant, it’s still a time that gives the opportunity to connect and show love.  Instead of rushing through her kicks and squirms on the table I used it as an opportunity to pretend I was chasing her feet with my mouth to give them kisses.  Which brings me to my next thought–is there anything more innocent than hearing a baby laugh? I can think of few things, if any.  So while Rachel and I are together I want to make more of an effort to soak up every smile, every glance, every look of surprise and excitement across her face, every giggle and all of her sweet little words that come out sounding so amazingly precious.  (Hang on, am I starting a list here?!…I told you! It never goes away!) But in all seriousness, that’s part of the reason why I started this blog, to be present, and to remember all of these moments that happen in the blink of an eye.

That’s why tonight when Rachel said “Mama” for the first time, I stopped what I was doing and reminded myself to be totally present in the moment.  I knelt down on the floor with her and asked my sweet baby to say it again so I could hear her better.  She squealed and said “Mama!” and was quickly followed by the sweetest kiss she has given to date.  What a moment….What a sweet, sweet gift from God is my little blessing of a daughter.  Reminding me again to slow down and smell the flowers! 🙂 She was so proud and I can not think of anything I would rather have been doing than kneeling on the floor, looking into her little green eyes and sharing that moment together.  This is the life…and I am so thankful that it is mine.

Tee Time With Daddy

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Excited for her first trip to the driving range!

With the weather being so hot and humid lately it has been difficult to really spend much time outdoors enjoying the summer sun.  I might be a little paranoid about having her out in the heat too long, or getting a sunburn or all the other things new Mom’s worry about, but I’d rather be safe than sorry! We have spent the last few days cooped up inside playing (very happily, I might add!) with our toys.  Summer time is winding down and I am enjoying every bit of my time with my sweetie before school starts again in a few weeks.  Tim has been wanting to stop by the driving range for quite some time now, so tonight Rachel and I decided to tag along with Daddy for an evening trip to the driving range.  Rachel had a great time watching Daddy play golf while also playing with her toys.  We brought her dinner along and she had her first “picnic” dinner while we were out.  All in all, it was a great time and I’m sure this is just the first of many golfing trips with Dad! ❤

Smile pretty, Rachel!

Watching Daddy practice

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Have a great week, everyone!