It's my birthday alllll day!! I am one year older --- 30 to be exact. I can't believe it's here. WOW!!! Time flies when you're having FUN!!! My childhood birthdays were filled with family, friends, balloons, hats, pizza, cake, ice cream, games, presents, and goodie bags ... oh what fun!! Nowadays, my big girl birthdays entail ... the same essentials! Ha!! ! I really did have an ice cream party with my closets friends. Also, my family was SOOO sweet this weekend. Mamatella made me the delish cake and my in-laws, SIL, and BIL came in for the day. My sweet husband gifted me flowers and a wonderful date night. I believe everyone should get the chance once a year to close their eyes, make a wish, and eat way too much cake (I had THREE pieces: king cake, chocolate cake, and oreo cake - oink oink)!! Indulge a little today too!!! Xoxo-BLC
PS: I think THIRTY is big so here are thirty things I am thankful for:
1. My God 2. My husband 3. My baby girl Squeak 4. My god Stewart 5. My family 6. My friends 7. Good company, like you! 8. My church family 9. College BFFs that transport me back my early 20s 10. Our couple friends - the best! 11. Our town 12. Our neighborhood 13. My job 14. My husband's job 15. Balance 16. Chocolate 17. Walks with Stewart 18. Instagram 19. Daily devotions 20. Faith talks 21. The Way FM 22. TCSK - still fun as always 23. Traveling. Take me anywhere but here! :) 24. Seasons. I love summer, fall, winter, AND spring ... 25. Red wine 26. Zoo visits 27. Tennis time 28. Good causes 29. HAPPINESS!!! 30. Lilly Pulitzer. DUH!
Happiest of half birthdays with baby Squeak!!! I cannot believe she is six months old. We are half way to the one year marker --- that is just wild. She is the most fun. She laughs and giggles and smiles and coos. It's all just too cute for words. She can almost sit up without tipping over and rolls both ways. She started sleeping on her side, stomach, and back (formerly just her back), which is scaring the daylights out of me. She is eating tons of fruits and veggies (loves pears!) and drinking water in addition to her formula. Squeak's chunky legs are so squishy and loveable. And good news: that bald spot is filling in with gorgeous hair. We love you more than words baby Squeak!!! Xoxo-BLC
It's my dad's 60th birthday this week!!! He didn't want us to make a super fuss about it, but we couldn't help but c-e-le-b-r-a-t-e!!!
Baby Squeak loves him! His beard provides endless fun and it helps that he is super funny.
We found another baby whisperer - my sissy!!!
Furbaby Toby and Squeak had a BALL together.
She even shared her toys. :)
Gigi sure is fun too! All smiles.
We look a lovely walk around their neighborhood.
Most of all, we just enjoyed each others company.
Gigi hosted a sip'n'see and it was so fun having her friends meet baby Squeak!!!
Is there anything sweeter than a baby laughing!?! Many thanks for such a lovely weekend to my parents and wishing my daddy the HAPPIEST 60th BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!! Xoxo-BLC
You have heard me RAVE about my college bestie Ash Hoffman mannnny times on TCSK, but I just can't stop. She is so talented and I am so proud of her - she isn't afraid to follow her dreams and that is just the best. She made Squeak a monogram necklace and its to TDF!!! We even tasted it and mmm mmm its divine. Many thanks for sending my way and we (yes, me too!) promise to sport it well!!! Xoxo-BLC
I play this silly little game with my Lilly agenda: putting God in the mix. Take February for example: the agenda says, "He loves me ... of course he loves me." Mine says: "God loves me ... of course He loves me!" That's with the help of a PINK sharpie. :)
Valentine's Day is just more fun with baby Squeak!!! My cousin-in-law told me about Smocked Auctions on Instagram (I am slightly obsessed) and when the Valentine's Day smocked dress appeared, I couldn't help but get it for her. She was too cute for words all dressed up. Her classroom had a little party that was so much fun and she gifted little valentines to her classmates. Oh so fun!!! Our Valentine's Day celebration looked a little different this year: we picked up take out from our favorite Italian restaurant and spend the evening with our loves ... Squeak, Stewart, and us! Valentine's Day will always be a little more special: one year ago today we told our families that baby Squeak was on the way!!! I hope you had a love filled day with your loves. No matter how many or how few loves you have in your life, remember Gods always loves you. Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours!!! Xoxo-BLC
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. —John 15:13
Soooo much snow!!! And ice.
Another snow day!?! That smile says it all. Our neighborhood watch:
Down here in Dixie, snow isn't really in our vocabulary. Normally everything shuts down the moment we *think* we might get snow. But we missed all the cues this time and it was a total lock down. I am so thankful I work close to Squeak's day care so I could walk to get her. I am so thankful my husband works close to us and we were together quickly. I am so thankful for all wheel drive. I am so thankful for friends that let Stewart out when getting home wasn't looking possible. I am beyond thankful we were safe and made it home. We thoroughly enjoyed our snow days in the warmth of our home. Squeak thrilled us with rolling over which was HUGE and so fun. Missing work is hard, but the stand-still of time has been so lovely, refreshing, and necessary. We are enjoying every bit of it. Xoxo-BLC
Time could not move any faster! Squeak is FIVE MONTHS!?! How did we get here so fast!? She is just the most fun. Four months was my favorite month thus far, but I feel like it keeps getting better and better. We have fought our second baby cold - so sad, go away germs. She can sit up on my lap and reach for things. She also can roll both ways ... almost. :) We loves colors, lights, Stewart, and laughs. She is chomping down on those fruits and veggies (wearing most of them, but oh well)! We are beyond thrilled that she is our baby girl. We love her to the moon and back!!! Xoxo-BLC
Happy Monday!!! Look who came to visit me at work!?! It cannot be a bad Monday with a visitor like this. She was such a cute, tired, butterball ... I would have taken her home if she wasn't already spoken for. I've been back to work for three months now and still love being a working mama. It's tough, but very good. I have to plan a little better (prepare bottles and lay out clothes the night before) and be more protective of my time at work (less watercooler chit chat). Otherwise, its just about the same as before. Working moms: do share ... how do you make work work!?! Xoxo-BLC
These days I live for our sweet, plain, ordinary days.
After we put the baby to bed, Stewart curls up with me on the couch.
His toys litter the room and, even if for just a moment, I try to be still.
Sit still and savor that even though we are sort of a mess, I love our ordinary days.
I am a busy body, worker bee, fun-seeker by nature.
But this year, of all years, I want to slow down. Be ordinary.
This verse is the call of my heart:
Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
I am so glad someone reminded me that "babies don't keep."
I laid Squeak down on our bed to snuggle for a minute and she fell to sleep.
She had me pinned. Normally I would do laundry, dishes, housework, etc.
But I just laid with her through her whole nap. Stewart did too.
I need to be still more often.
These two are besss fransss. See Exhibit A (top left): Squeak grabs for Stewart. See Exhibit B (top right): Stewart looks at Squeak. See Exhibit C (bottom left): Stewart thinks Squeak needs some sugar. See Exhibit D (bottom right): Stewart lays lots of wet ones on Squeak. She just squeals with delight. Meanwhile, I say "nooo Stewart." But really, I love it. Xoxo-BLC
We had what I consider a "first of many." Baby Squeak has Sophie, Stewart wants Sophie for himself, Stewart snatches said Sophie when no one is looking, and next thing we hear ... Sophie dying and Squeak crying!!! I am certain this will not be our last causality and why not learn sharing a little early!?! Good news for Squeak: I had an extra Sophie stocked away just in case. Xoxo-BLC
PS: Update: RIP Sophie II ... we are currently on our third.
As a working mom, unexpected doctor trips are hard. I take Squeak to day care and my husband picks up. We have a loose deal that if she is sick in the morning, I take her and if she is sick in the afternoon, he takes her. After our ski trip, I was worried about her lingering cold and the possibility of an ear infection. So we woke up bright and early for the first available doctors appointment. Good news: she is a-okay (phew) AND we made it to day care/work at our normal time. That's a small miracle! I am so thankful for a wonderful pediatrician who sees us just because and, most of all, for a healthy baby Squeak!!! Xoxo-BLC
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day to you and yours!!! To commemorate the King, let's talk about dreams. My dreams include: honoring the Lord, growing old with the one I love, a houseful of children, and serving other's in every way possible. Also, I dream of a green, peaceful earth where humanity lives without conflict. Those are my dreams!!! So, do share: what do you dream about? And I #regrammed Lilly Pulitzer's MLK quote on Instagram and Lilly favorited it ... how dreamy is that!?!!?! Xoxo-BLC