Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Fall is exciting.

It brings cooler temperatures, the best fashion accessories (scarves and boots - I'm talking to you!), and anticipation of the holiday season ahead.

While Thanksgiving is easy to overlook, I think it's important to stop and think about how lucky we truly are.  The freedoms we have in this country.  The privilege that we take for granted.  How each day we live to walk the Earth is a gift from God.  Since having Sydney (almost 9 months ago now!), I've been able to truly reflect on this gift of life that I've been given.  Not only hers, but mine as well.  

If you follow me on Instagram (seriously, go follow me: @jenna2027), you'll notice that I've been doing some hand lettering, just for fun.  This Thankful illustration I did turned out pretty cute, so I thought I'd share it with you!  You can right click on any of the images below to save as and use them however you want!

What are you thankful for?  Anyone else addicted to the Hallmark Channel and its endless supply of cheesy holiday movies?!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A little fall

I've been meaning to post some photos of Fall around our house, but you know, life and stuff.

I'm kinda digging my fall mantel this year.  I used this tutorial to create it and it literally took 30 minutes.  I used a genuinely old book (an old Reader's Digest from a thrift store) rather than the aging method she used, but other than that, I followed her instructions.  I think it turned out so cute and FLUFFY. (name that movie)

Oh, and I threw some gourds in a wicker bowl and called it a day.

Yeah, so I didn't do a ton of fall decorating this year.  In fact, I didn't even pull out the Halloween bins. I'm attributing that to the fact that our house has to stay showing-ready at all times and I figured that a bunch of black paper mice scurrying along the baseboards probably doesn't do that much for resale value.  Yes, our house is still on the market.  No, no offers yet.  Crossing our fingers that it happens soon!

Monday, October 27, 2014

8 Months

Miss Sydney was 8 months old last Tuesday!  She is the absolute light of our lives.  I really don't know what we did before she was in the world.

You know, raising children is such a huge responsibility.  I always knew this in an abstract sort of way,  but as I was rocking her to sleep last night (unsuccessfully, I might add), it really and truly hit me.  This little 16-pound person is my responsibility.  And Steven's, of course.  The person she will become relies hugely on how we mold and shape her and teach her and love her.

After these heavy thoughts, we sang "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid.  

I don't know why that's relevant.  I guess it's not.  It's just that this is us now.  Caring for a tiny human, singing to her and telling her daily just how much we love her.  Then singing Circle of Life or My Favorite Things or reciting Chicka Chicka Boom Boom from memory.  

Anyway, on with her 8 Month update!

The biggest development of her 8th month was her TWO TEETH.  She has two of them now.  As in, more than one.  When she cut her first tooth, she ran a 102ยบ fever and had to stay out of daycare for a day.  Of course, the pediatrician says that there is no correlation between a fever that high and teething, but there was nothing else wrong with her so I tend to believe that it was the cause.  It was a little scary and poor girlie was in pain, but as soon as it popped through, she was fine!  The second tooth went off without a hitch.  Not even a moment of fussiness and no fever at all.  So crazy.

She is still crawling and pulling up like crazy.  No first steps yet, but she's trying!

She says dadadadadadadada, but doesn't know what it means, even though Steven answers her every time she says it.  Still no mama, unfortunately.

We are looking forward to Halloween on Friday and seeing our girl as the cutest little pumpkin there ever was!

Have a great Monday, y'all!

Friday, September 26, 2014

7 Months

Sydney turned 7 months old on Sunday - unbelievable!  She is growing and changing with each passing day, but I have to say, her 7th month was FULL of milestones.  She:

• Eats solids.  We haven't found any baby food that she doesn't like.  She just gobbles everything right up!  However, I now know that pureed peaches smell like stinky feet… why is that?
• Crawls all over the place.  No more scooting for this mobile girl!  …Unless she's feeling lazy or is in too big of a hurry to get her knees under her.
• Can easily get into a sitting position from lying down.
• Can pull herself to standing!!  That was quite a shock when we figured that one out. :)
• Is laughing more and more.  
• Sleeps in her room by herself!  And for the past few nights, has even slept through the night!!

No teeth yet, though, but we think they're coming soon.  The daycare ladies say she's been really fussy, but we haven't really noticed it at home.  I'm honestly surprised that she doesn't have any yet because we noticed teething signs months ago!

Her nickname of the month has been Bunny, most of the time shortened to Bun Bun.  I don't know where we come up with these things.

We love our big girl!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

life lately

I don't have anything huge to share today.

In fact, I don't really have much to share at all.

Life has been moving right along in my world.

We took Sydney to her first App State football game.

Then we went to the beach.

By the way, a vacation with a baby isn't really a vacation.  I had it easier once I got back to work… whew!

We've been married for 7 years now and Steven bought me this beautiful Lisa Leonard necklace to mark the occasion.

We bought Sydney a set of alphabet blocks, because we figure every kid needs some.

Oh, and she's sitting, crawling and pulling up on things now.  We went into her room on Sunday (when she was supposed to be napping), and she was STANDING in her crib.  STANDING, y'all.  We promptly lowered the crib mattress so she couldn't tumble out.  She went from barely sitting to sitting, crawling, and now STANDING in the span of 2-ish weeks.

Our house is still for sale.  We haven't had a showing in over a month now and are starting to get anxious about it.  I would love to start thinking about our new house but it's really hard when we're going to be stuck in our current house indefinitely.  I don't want to get too antsy for the NEXT BIG THING so I'm just trying to be chill.

Instead, I'm thinking about Syd's first birthday party (only 6 months away - I need to get started!), and a couple of gifts that I need to DIY.  If only I could make time to go to Hobby Lobby.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

6 months

Our baby girl was 6 months old yesterday!

She's *almost* sitting up unassisted and I'll be surprised if she's not crawling all over the place this time next month!  She gets up on her hands and knees and tries SO hard, but just can't quite master it.  She's eating rice cereal for breakfast at daycare every morning and drinks mostly formula now, which is honestly freeing.  Breastfeeding was great and I loved it, but it was hard too.  She wears size 3-6 month clothes now, FINALLY.  No teeth yet, but she chews on anything and everything, so maybe soon.  Sydie is such a morning person, it's unbelievable.  She's at her best when she first wakes up.  I have NO idea where she gets that from, because her mama and daddy are not like that at all.  In fact, at about 4:30 the other morning, she decided it was time to wake up so she rolled over and gave us the biggest giggle ever.  It was adorable, but we were too exhausted to truly appreciate it - ha!  Oh yeah, she's still sleeping in our room because she wakes 1-2 times a night still.  Hopefully she will drop those night feeds soon and we can transition her to her crib.  I have to say that even when she does sleep for long stretches (she has slept through the night - 11-12 hours straight! - a couple times), I still wake up every couple hours to reach over and make sure she's breathing.  I wonder when the constant worry about her breathing will go away.  Hopefully sooner than later or I will end up gray-haired before my time!

Anyway, onto some more cute pictures!

We love you Sydie-girl!


Monday, August 18, 2014

A Big Girl

Miss Syd will be 6 months old on Thursday, say whaa?

I feel like she's getting so big so fast now that it's hard to keep up with her milestones.

Y'all.  She is SO CLOSE to crawling.  We're trying our best to get her first crawl captured on video, but so far, she can just move one knee forward.  When she tries to move the other one, she face plants, haha.  She supports herself completely on all fours, though, and as I've mentioned before, is a champ at rolling every which way.

I'll post her 6 month picture later this week, but for now, here are a couple of cute ones from last weekend.  Note to self: break out the good camera more often!  These were the only ones I got for her whole 6th month.  Stupid iPhone and its stupid convenience! :)

Sitting in her Bumbo.  She still can't sit up completely by herself, and although I'm not a huge fan of this thing, it does have its uses.  But good grief her chunky thighs get stuck in the leg holes which makes getting her out a two person job!  She does like being able to sit up and see everything though.

We tried rice cereal for the first time last weekend and she gobbled it right up.  Now they feed her a few tablespoons of cereal or oatmeal at daycare every morning and say she does great with it.  Maybe I'm alone here but I was NOT excited about starting her on solids.  From what I've read, most people are thrilled to start feeding their babies solids, but not me.  Not because I want her to stay a little baby forever, but because all I can think is MORE DISHES.  Ugh. :)

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