August 31, 2008


I am so thankful to be safe in my home tonight. I have watched the coverage of Hurricane Gustav almost all day. I found myself with tears in my eyes as I watched people boarding planes and buses as they were being evacuated. I'm thankful that they are being transported to safe places but I'm sad for them because they have to leave their homes and most of their belongings behind. I realize that material possessions can be replaced but I can't imagine having to leave my home and not knowing if I will be returning to it because a home is very different than a house. A home is a place of warmth and fond memories. My prayers and thoughts are with the people of New Orleans and the surrounding areas. As I drift off to sleep in a few minutes, I will be thinking about how fortunate I am to be in my home with my family because it is something I sometimes take for granted.

August 28, 2008

Granddaddy Celebrates

Tuesday was Granddaddy's special day. Jax and I met Granddaddy, Mema, Uncle Jay and Uncle John at Cracker Barrel for a birthday breakfast to celebrate his day. Jax loves his Granddaddy so much. His little face lites up when he sees him or just hears his voice. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast and shared a few laughs too. It was a fun morning.

Yesterday, Jax and I had a lazy day. We read, played and enjoyed being at home. A few chores got done too.

My "husby" is going to be off from work tomorrow because of a dental appointment in the morning. He needs a driver so Jax and I will be taking him to the dentist. I look forward to having him home for a long weekend.

Monday is the Franklin Classic 5k. I'm looking forward to it and I'm hoping to improve my time from my last 5k. My brother Jay and I have a great time participating in these races. It's a fun time for us to spend together. I'll let you know how it goes.

August 24, 2008

Bye-Bye Curly Locks

I get my curls from my Mommy!
Thanks Daddy! Great job!

Last night John and I gave Jax his first haircut. Actually, I watched as John cut my sweet baby's curls. We had talked about cutting his hair but had decided to wait until Sunday. During bathtime we changed our minds again so John grabbed a pair of scissors and starting cutting. Jax was so good. He just played with his bath toys as usual. I was a little sad when I realized what we were doing but I've already tucked a few locks safely away in Jax's baby book.

Today has been a lazy day for us. We went to church this morning and went to the mall this afternoon but not much in between. We watched the closing ceremonies of the Olympics. Incredible! We are going to miss watching them each night.

August 21, 2008

My Gold Medalist

What a fun day! Jax and I went to Gymboree today. This was our second time so Jax was familiar with his surroundings. We had so much fun playing together and with the other children. At times he would just sit and watch the other babies with a look of fascination on his face. He loved Miss Jenna's musical box. He definitely received a perfect "10" on his floor program today!

After Gymboree we visited with Mema and Granddaddy for a little while. Jax was a trooper for letting Mommy stop by the grocery store before falling asleep a few minutes from home.

August 19, 2008

Family Outing

This afternoon Jax and I met John at Green Hills Mall for a quick stroll and then we went to Pizza Perfect in Hillsboro Village for a quick bite. John had hockey practice at Centennial Sportsplex so it was a wonderful reason to travel to Nashville for the afternoon. Jax and I have been homebodies for the past week so it was nice to get out. Pizza Perfect is a favorite place for us. When John and I were dating we ate there almost every Sunday after worship. It brings back a lot of happy memories.

My home is very quiet at this moment. John hasn't gotten home from his practice, Jax is sleeping peacefully and Coco is just hanging out with me. I miss John when he is away but I enjoy my quiet nights.

August 13, 2008

Girls' Night Out

Last night, I had a fun night (early evening) out with a dear friend. We had a delicious dinner at Chili's. Our time together always goes by too quickly. We talk about everything from school happenings (she is an elementary school principal) to our wonderful husbands. We are planning a bridal shower for another friend so we had fun making plans for a special day for her. My sweet friend is always so understanding so when I said I wanted to get home to kiss my baby boy goodnight she smiled and said of course. I'm very blessed to have her in my life and I cherish the time we spend together.

August 9, 2008

Getting It All Done

I'm a planner. It drives my "husby" crazy because he's not. I like to know when something is going to be done and I want it done by then. After Jax came along my planning got a little more complicated. The one thing I was struggling with was housework. It seemed that I never got done what I wanted done in a day. Finally, I took the time to make a schedule. Wow! What a difference it has made! I no longer try to do everything or too many things on a given day and I've given myself two days off a week (from household chores that is)! I have so much more time and I'm definitely a lot more productive each day. It is amazing how taking a few minutes (which I didn't think I had) to map out a plan has changed my world. I may actually get to scrapbook wedding photos after all.

August 6, 2008

Brave Boy

Jax went for his one year wellness visit today. He was very brave as he received his vaccinations. He has the sweetest pediatrician. He is very gentle and patient with Jax. We are enjoying a quiet afternoon after our busy morning.

August 4, 2008

A Day of Celebration

Welcome! I'm so excited to begin my blog on this very special day. One year ago today God blessed John and I with a beautiful baby boy. The past year has been filled with happy moments, tired days and nights and more love than either of us could have ever imagined. Yesterday, we had a wonderful birthday celebration with our loving families. It was an afternoon filled with lots of laughter and fun. Jax loved the attention and lit up when everyone sang Happy Birthday to him. He has many new toys and books to keep him busy.

Today, John and I took Jax to Build-A-Bear Workshop. Bananas is the newest member of our family. Jax loved watching his new monkey come to life and he squealed with delight as I dressed him. I believe that he and Bananas will be the best of friends. John and I enjoyed spending the day with our precious baby boy. He is truly a delight and we feel so blessed.

I look forward to sharing a glimpse of our little part of the world with you. Please visit often.