Little Moments

Asheville

Caleb and I went on our belated anniversary trip this weekend. It was phenomenal. We traveled 2 1/2 hours to Asheville, NC and absolutely fell in love. Something about us and mountains on our anniversaries. We love it. We spent two days enjoying the HUGE downtown, walking for hours, trying new foods, amazing restaurants, insanely talented street musicians, and the cutest bed & breakfast I’ve ever seen. Two days, child-free can do wonders for your spirit. It’s a freedom we haven’t experienced in 3 years. Although we missed her to pieces, we needed some time for just the two of us. It was greatly appreciated – thanks mom and dad. So I made a little video montage of our trip, showing you bits and pieces of what our weekend looked like. Enjoy 🙂

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Our Vow Renewal, In Photographs

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These photos are from our five-year vow renewal we did earlier this month. It was such a special day for us, and our friend Ally did an AMAZING job photographing for us. This was a huge deal for us, because we have very few photos from our wedding because the photographer we hired lost them all before we got them. Heartbreaking, I know. This made up for years of longing for photos of our special day. I will hold this close to my heart forever and ever and ever.

Thankful.

This life takes us on twists and turns and bumps. It’s confusing. It’s heartbreaking. It’s beautiful. And through it all, my God is great, always seeing us through. Thankful is the one word that always rings true in my mind when I reflect on my life. So so thankful. I look at this beautiful family of mine and remind myself that it doesn’t get better than this, and I must always cherish that. This is life:

 

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A very special video

This is the beautiful video our friend Josh made for us of our vow renewal. This is such a special thing for us, and we will treasure it forever. We celebrated five years of marriage in a very big way, and I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day. We were surrounded by the people we love and ate delicious food – a nacho bar!!!! It was the perfect day. It was the perfect place. It was simple. It was lovely. It was ours. My dress was so special to me as well. It was a vintage find that I altered, and it turned out more beautiful than I ever imagined. Going from barely having any photographs from our wedding (it’s a long story) to this, it’s a dream come true. I hope you enjoy this very special video.

Birthday Snapshots

For Olive’s birthday we had initially planned on taking her to the zoo, like we always do on her birthday, but this year it was very rainy when we woke up, so we had to change our plans. We woke up and I made special birthday cake pancakes, with candles and all. Then she played in her teepee I made her for a little while and her papaw came over to visit. We loaded up in the car around lunch and headed toward the city. We took Olive to my favorite little diner that I used to eat at almost every day when I was in college. I don’t get over there much anymore because we just never go to that area, which makes me a little bit sad. I swear to you, this diner has THE BEST grilled cheese you will ever eat in your life. The best. Is it hilarious to anyone else that after not coming in there for almost two years, the waitress (who is still working there!) realized who I was once I ordered ranch and honey mustard for my grilled cheese and fries. Does that say something about me? Probably that I am the only person who has ever come in there and ordered ranch and honey mustard for a grilled cheese. hahaha. It’s a must have. Anywaaaaays, back to the birthday day. After lunch we went to the movie theater to see Wreck It Ralph. Olive got her little kid combo, because she HAS to have popcorn every time we go. She loved the movie, so did mama. It was very very funny and I always love trying to figure out the voices in animated films. There were some good ones in this film. Once the movie was over, Olive pleaded to watch it again, and we tried and tried to explain to her that you can only see it once. Then promised to buy it for her when it comes out on dvd. Gotta remember that one. Every year for her birthday she gets a coupon from Barnes and Noble kids club for a free cupcake from the starbucks inside the store. So we took her to get her HUGE cupcake, and while we were in the bookstore she played with the Thomas set up they have for a little while. Once we were back in the car she devoured almost the entire thing. I may have sneaked a bite. That’s a good cupcake. Then we had to head over to a different town to get to the restaurant early enough to put our name in for a table for 14. We knew that one would take a while. It did. Almost an hour and a half. Oh Mellow Mushroom, why can’t you take reservations? Olive’s loves pizza, and we actually took her there for her birthday dinner last year. The kid’s got good taste. She enjoyed pizza with some people who love her a whole lot, and we had lots of laughs, as usual with our group of friends. I took her home (Caleb had to go straight to work from the restaurant) and she passed out instantly in the car. Long day? Yes. She woke up briefly when I got her out of the car, but only long enough for me to change her diaper and she was back asleep. Bless her little birthday heart, we wore her out. It was a great day of fun, and probably one of my favorite days of the year. I love celebrating her and making a special day that’s all about her. Being a parent is so rewarding for so many reasons, but just seeing her face light up is one of the most rewarding things in life. Here’s some snapshots of our day:

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^^^her teepee^^^

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^^^birthday pancakes^^^

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^^^in princess attire, always^^^

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^^^ready to go^^^

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^^^mama was excited to be at Alex’s^^^

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^^^playtime with Thomas^^^

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^^^arriving at the restaurant^^^

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^^^looking at herself in the glass^^^

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^^^loving on aunt lizzy^^^

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^^^such a long wait for a 3 year old^^^

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^^^hey, there’s daddy^^^

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^^^boys standing outside^^^

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^^^love my girl^^^

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^^^uncle jacob^^^

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^^^aunt jenny^^^

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^^^uncle justin, with a jenny photobombing^^^

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^^^uncle b^^^

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^^^mamaw love^^^

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^^^hey guys^^^

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^^^my loves^^^

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^^^hey, presents^^^

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^^^let’s open them^^^

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^^^anna & jenny, with a photobombing kev^^^

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^^^she makes some crazy faces^^^

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^^^playing with her new toy^^^

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^^^cheeeese^^^

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^^^woooo^^^

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^^^love my husband^^^

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^^^pizzzzzzza^^^

Three Years Old

Hello my sweet girl. Today you are 3, and mommy can hardly believe it. You are growing up so fast right before my eyes, and every day I look at you and just wish I could freeze you for just a little while. I can still remember when you were a tiny lady that I could hold in one arm, balancing you while your head rest in the palm of my hand. Oh, how the time has flown by. Now you’re sleeping in a twin-sized bed and I can sling you over my shoulder to carry you around. You’re talking to me in full sentences and making friends. You’re singing Disney songs with me and having tea parties. Playing dress up and reading Pinkalicious. I love the person you’re growing in to, and I know that everything you touch in life will flourish and be beautiful because you are nothing short of perfection in my eyes. Sure, you are insane at times and you scream at me. You throw your toys and you threaten to hit me with them. But just know how much mommy loves you, until my last day, and I would move mountains for you. I love you, my little (wait, BIG) Olive Emily. You will always be my princess, my boo boo.

And here comes the huge photo explosion of my little lady’s journey through life so far:

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY OLIVE!