Filled with Love

Mother’s Day weekend was beautiful and filled with lots of special family time. . So thankful for my beautiful girls, amazing husband and sweet parents!

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morning snuggles

emandelIn the morning we have a pretty good routine going. Ella Grace gets her morning fill usually before Emalyn wakes up then drifts back off for a couple of hours giving me time to get Em breakfast etc. The weekends are the best because Daddy is home to share morning coffee and make the best healthy waffles with.  (I wish every day started with an “S” :))

daddy and ella

This week we are back to our usual routine. Ella Grace hit 6 weeks and that meant it was time to return to the gym! For some taking the baby anywhere at 6 weeks is far to soon and I respect that, but I go insane if I don’t get out at least once a day. We are seriously lucky to have the people we do in child watch at the gym they are all like family. They love on our girls and treat them just like their own making me feel so comfortable leaving them to get my endorphins flowing for a little while each morning. I’m a better mom and wife for it! It makes such a difference in my day. I have about 10lbs to go and a lot of toning before I will feel like my old new self again. The 6 weeks spent at home really did go by fast but it was hard for all of us to stay at home as much as we did. It reminded me of when I first had Emalyn and I thought to myself oh’ boy am I really cut out to stay at home all the time. Eventually we found our “outs” and ways to socialize with others by going to the gym or to MOPS at church etc.

ellasmilesLook at this smile, now this melts my heart!  Emalyn is still so sweet with her, when she cries she quickly wants to rub her head or cover her with a blanket etc. She loves to hold her on the sofa and snuggle. The other morning I gave Ella Grace to her and she started doing what we call the woody wood-pecker action on her chest and I about died laughing when Emalyn quickly pushed her back to me said “no-no-no” and proceeded to button up her shirt. No milk is coming from her ha-ha!

Emalyn changes by the week. She is so smart and loves to doemalyn her own thing, very independent! She loves to play outside and takes care of the dogs for us. She lets them in and out of their crate, feeds them and tells them to “stop” when they lick her sister to much. Her vocabulary and understanding of things has also grown. Its crazy how once a baby arrives your older baby becomes such a big girl in comparison. This weekend Daddy picked out some new sandals for her and you would think he bought her the world. This girl LOVES shoes… We are in trouble 😉



Tis’ the season

ImageCan y’all believe thanksgiving is 4 days away?!? I can’t!!! Not only is Thanksgiving on Thursday but it is also my sweet husbands birthday. Every few years his birthday lands on Thanksgiving Day making the weekend extra special. 🙂

This weekend we enjoyed one last trip to our friends beautiful mountain house before the holiday festivities begin. The girls did some shopping in Blowing Rock while the boys hit the trails biking.

Since I’ve been enjoying some of Starbucks yummy seasonal Lattes lately I thought I would share 10 drinks that won’t pack on the pounds while enjoying the pretty red cup with warm yummy goodness!!

*All of these are based on size tall*

  • Skinny peppermint mocha ~ 100 Calories
  • No-whip gingerbread latte ~ 190 Calories
  • Nonfat, no-whip pumpkin spice latte ~ 200 Calories
  • Skinny cinnamon dolce latte ~ 100 Calories
  • Nonfat green tea latte ~ 150 Calories
  • Nonfat chai tea latte ~ 160 Calories
  • Skinny caramel macchiato ~ 100 calories
  • Nonfat cappuccino ~ 60 Calories
  • Skinny vanilla latte ~ 90 Calories
  • No-whip peppermint hot chocolate ~ 280 Calories

Enjoy with no Guilt!! 🙂



Puppy love

20121113-083945.jpgWe have a new baby in the family named Charlie! She is a beautiful Brittany spaniel puppy only 7 weeks old. My parents brought her home yesterday so of course we had to ride over and introduce ourselves. Lucky for us my sister also came home for e night from college!! It really doesn’t get much better than the smell of a new puppy or baby. It made me realize another reason why we will probably end up with a house full of children (God willing) all so I can smell cuddle and hold the babies!20121113-084030.jpg Not to mention the fact that I do enjoy a little chaos in the house, reminds me of all the many blessings life brings us. Ill save more on that for another post! Emalyn loved on Charlie and was so gentle like she knew she was fragile and it was sweet to watch.20121113-084012.jpg


How sweet is this….



Emalyn’s current cuteness


  • Shoes is “shees”
  • Da da is now “daddy” and boy does it make daddy melt 😉
  • Mom is “maaaa” just waiting on the “where’s the meatloaf” LOL
  • Thank you is “tank-you”
  • I love you is “I you”
  • She can sing a,b,c,d then it gets a little choppy
  • Se can also count 1-2
  • ball

She gives the baby in mommy’s tummy kisses and hugs (picture to come I need gabi’s help on that one)

20121113-084044.jpgAfter she gets annoyed with her spoon eating cereal each morning she decides to just put the bowl to her mouth daddy style and thinks its the funniest thing EVER! 20121113-084057.jpgProbably because I laugh at her A LOT, it’s good she seems to have a great sense of humor.

Yesterday at the gym she had a fit because she didn’t want to leave and to think I used to feel bad leaving her because she would get upset.

Her favorite things to do:

  • Slides at the park
  • Drawing on anything and everything and she is really pretty good at it her scribbles remind me of Picasso 😉
  • Move furniture (no she’s not Hercules only her baby furniture)
  • Play with doggies
  • Eat cranberries
  • Ride in her car
  • Read her Doggies book

I’m sure I could keep going but those are the favorites at the moment! Today we are off to the gym for spin and pump followed by one of my super awesome protein shakes. Thank you to all who gave me new suggestions they were all so helpful and I look forward to mixing things up.