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“Room, Rooms!” and a Daddy Day!

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It’s that time of year again! Every summer my husband prepares for his annual visit to a local Corvette show that just happens to be one of the biggest ones in the country! If you remember my blog post from last year about Corvettes, you know that a love of Corvettes is something that I married in to. Much like families are known to be “beach people” or “snow bunnies”, we are a family of “Corvette people.”

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My husband and daughter spent some time Wednesday preparing our Corvette for the journey to the show this weekend. It was sweet to see my husband and daughter working together (although Rachel spent more time playing with the bubbles than actually washing the car) to get the car as shiny and sparkly as it could be. As with most things related to Corvettes and the car show, I can’t help but think of my father-in-law during this time of year. I know he was smiling down on us as Tim and Rachel washed the car together, much like Tim and his father used to spend days preparing their cars for the Corvette show together. I’m sure he would love to see that tradition be passed down and carried on between the two of them. To hear Rachel run over to the Corvette every day and say “room, room Daddy!” would just melt his heart. What can I say? It’s in the genes and she is her Daddy’s girl…

Don't worry safety friends...my husband was given strict instructions to only put the top down just before he turned onto our street! Rachel LOVED it!

Don’t worry safety friends…my husband was given strict instructions to only put the top down just before he turned onto our street! Rachel LOVED it!

My husband and daughter spent an entire day together at the Corvette show while I stayed home and continued to prepare and rest for Baby #2, who will be joining us any day now. I have to admit, I was pretty surprised when my husband suggested he wanted to take Rachel somewhere for an entire day by himself. With Rachel expressing her independence more frequently these days (as most toddlers do at this stage), outings can sometimes be hit-or-miss experiences. A wonderful time was had by all, and I was left wondering why I was even surprised by my husband’s insistence that they go together. Could it really have happened any other way? Not in this family…

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year! 2012 was, in many ways, the best year of my life. We spent most of the year getting to know our sweet little babe and growing together as a family.  My daughter and my husband are true blessings to me and I hope they know how much they are loved.  I can not imagine life without them!  I am excited for what the future holds for us and have no doubt that many more great things are in store for our family in 2013.

My New Year’s resolution is to focus on what is important and meaningful.  Life is about loving others and being good to those around you.  Too often we can get bogged down by the small things that, in the grand scheme of life, don’t really matter.  Focus on what matters…family, friends and love. Don’t sweat the small stuff!  🙂

Enjoy some of my favorite pictures from the past year.  When I think back on 2012, these are my “happy thoughts.” 🙂 Sorry it is a bit long, I had a hard time choosing only a few happy times!  Guess it’s not a bad problem to have.  Happy New Year, friends!

 

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!

Five Years Later

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Today my husband and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary! We had a great day spending time together and doing little “extras” to show that we care.  I know we should do those things all the time, but sometimes (especially when you have a baby!) other things take precedence in our minds.  It’s nice to be pampered a little bit every once in a while!

I gave Tim a balloon bouquet with a card attached to each of the five balloons.  Written in each card was a summary of the major events from each year we have been married.  Surprisingly, I had something to write for each year! Turns out we are not as boring as I thought!

Each balloon has a card attached to it. Written inside each card is a reminder of things that happened that year.

Rachel loved to play with the balloons and of course wanted to help Daddy read each card.  She is one curious little girl!

Rachel helping Daddy read his card.

That evening Tim and I went to a charming restaurant in our town and we both had fabulous meals! It was so nice to be able to talk to each other and enjoy time out just the two of us.  Although, I must admit, the whole time I was wondering how Rachel was doing at home.  I’m still not used to leaving her! I hope that will get easier in time.  Until then we will still try to make “date night” a priority even if it’s just for a short amount of time.

Rachel loves to play with balloons!

In the first five years of marriage we:

-Bought a house and lived together for the first time! (what an experience!)

-Welcomed a sweet 9lb. black lab puppy into our family!

-Bought 2 new cars.

-Dealt with 2 surgeries.

-I graduated from college with a degree in Elem. Education/Early Childhood Ed.

-Lost my father-in-law to cancer.  This is one of our most heartbreaking times we have faced as a couple.  My father in law was a great, great man! Infact, he was the inspiration behind Rachel’s name.  They share the same initials.  

-Faced a few adversities that are far too complicated to write in this blog…

-Both of us started new jobs!

-Became pregnant

-Bought a new house (while currently waiting for our old one to sell! Please keep fingers crossed for us, folks!)

-Had a baby!

-and much, much more!

Wonder what the next 5 will bring!? I can’t wait to find out!

Splish! Splash!

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The weather here recently has been extremely hot and humid! With the threat of thunderstorms today I thought we should hold off on a trip to the pool and  set up Rachel’s inflatable pool to cool off instead! So after blowing up her inflatable pool (which was a job and a half, let me tell you!), and carrying buckets of warm-ish water out so she wouldn’t have to “swim” in freezing cold hose water (I know, I know…what can I say, I’m such a sucker!)…we finally got to relax and play in the pool! Rachel had a great time playing with all her water toys.  She had a funnel and some cups, links to chew on, a rubber duck and some water books.  And with all of those wonderful toys to choose from, she was particularly mesmerized by….a leaf that had fallen in the pool.  Go figure.  😉

Rachel enjoying some pool time!