Monday, August 13, 2012


So I got a job... which is why I have not even attempted to blog in years!

I am teaching 1st grade at a local elementary school!

I am beyond excited and can't wait to meet my kiddos on Thursday... yes, this Thursday... no, I do not have my room done... no, I have not planned out the first day... yes, it will all be ready by Wednesday night {for meet the teacher}...

Oh and I am almost 26. Is it just me or does that seem super old? Not like, old, but old as in almost 30! Goodness, where did the time go?!?

Monday, June 18, 2012

18 months

Brynlee Anne is now 18 months old! I really can't believe it! Here are some new things little miss is doing...

New Words: help, thanks, car, ok, stop

- climbing in and out of the bath and wagon
- running everywhere
- imitating anyone when they laugh
- walking on her knees
- coloring
- still loves to dance
- getting really excited when she sees pictures of other family members... it's pretty adorable
- helping mommy in her classroom
- no more highchair
- sliding is slowly becoming the favorite over swinging

You are one precious baby girl chickie-pea! It is pretty clear  you are not a baby anymore. I feel like any day you are going to break out into full blown sentences! You are so much fun these days. You love to play and dance and have fun! We love you!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Prayer Need

So it's been a while and my only update today is to ask for prayer...

The daughter of a dear friend of mine was found yesterday at the bottom of their neighborhood pool while they were swimming. She is 2 1/2 yrs old. Her name is Rosalie.

To the surprise of the doctors and medical staff they were able to revive her on the way to the hospital. After hours of no brain activity she is now responding to her parent's voices by squeezing their finger. Although this has only happened a couple of times in the last 24 hours this is hope for recovery.

So far the amount of progress she has made has been miraculous! Please pray for her and her family. Pray for comfort for the family, wisdom for the medical team and that this sweet baby girl will keep fighting!

Please share this with anyone who is willing to pray! 

Friday, May 4, 2012


Lately we have been going on a lot of walks, going to the zoo, playing soccer and generally living outside! I am not a huge fan of 80-90 degree weather in April, but I love that we can spend the whole day playing outside! Brynlee is definitely much happier that way. It will be a sad day when it is too hot to prop the door open for her to play inside or outside- whatever she wants.
Brynlee has added a ton of words to her vocabulary lately. Among the new words are, "watch" "walk" "up" and officially saying mommy and daddy again. It is pretty funny because mommy is actually nommy and when she says daddy she always yells it. Usually it is in the same tone that I may yell say "James" from across the house.
Oh and my least favorite new word: "no". I was so excited when we breezed by her first birthday without her every uttering this word. What makes it even worse, she is completely sweet when she says it. She doesn't yell, or scream or even say it with any conviction. I will say "bath time is over" and in the sweetest, most passive voice you can imagine she says "no" and pushes my hands away. I have a feeling this won't last very long. Once she realizes her sweet disposition is not getting her what she wants, it may change. All that to say: she is growing up way to fast. But who am I to complain- everyone warned me this would happen...
We are gearing up for the busiest season of our year. And by us, I really mean James. He is typically gone anywhere from 4-8 weeks throughout the summer with multiple evening events on the weeks he is actually home. I don't know how some wives/mothers do it with husbands who travel all the time. Summers tend to be a little lonely with him traveling so much and spending so much time with students. But it is just a season of the year. Then things will calm down a bit when Fall rolls back around- that is unless I am able to get a job this year!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Easter Weekend 2012

Our Easter weekend was very full and fun! We started out the weekend on Saturday at my parent's house. We colored eggs, did an Easter egg hunt for Brynlee, Grace and Graham and then finished off with dinner and dessert.
 Because there had been torrential downpours all afternoon, the egg hunt was inside in the living room and kitchen of their house. Brynlee actually got into it! She ran around picking up the eggs and putting them in her basket. Of course, once she got about three she was more excited about dumping them out and putting them back in. So Grace helped out by putting some extra eggs in B's basket! The best part of the egg hunt was afterward. We put animal crackers in most eggs, with a select few filled with fruit snacks. Every time I opened an egg for her she would get SO excited to see the crackers!

Dinner was wonderful as usual. We had a special dessert cake Saturday night. My parents had celebrated their 31st Anniversary earlier in the week so we did our own little celebration through cake and ice cream.
Graham was loving that Grace had laid out all of her animal crackers within his reach!
Sunday we went to church, had lunch at my parents house and then went to my sister-in-laws for dinner and an egg hunt. This time Brynlee was not so much into the hunting. I think she was a little distracted by all the running room! Oh and we had an egg toss contest! It was really fun to see my nieces and nephew get into it!

Overall, we had a great weekend celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ! 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Brynlee Anne 16 months

Brynlee Anne is now 16 months old! My how time flies! It's crazy... so here is what she is up to these days:
She is constantly repeating words. I don't even think I could write a comprehensive list without missing something! My favorites right now are when she says "back" to Hadlee and kick or walk. Mostly she asks to go on a walk about 25 times a day. Oh and my absolute favorite thing is when she just says one word right after another like she is practicing or looking for a response from anything! 
chatting it up with miss Aurora
She still weighs around 25lbs and is 32 inches. Brynlee is wearing mostly 18-24 month clothes. That is in everything but shorts, in which we are wearing 2T and 3T. That's a diaper booty for ya! 
She is still a pro at sleeping. Although right now her naps are different each day- there is still a nap! So I am thrilled with that. Plus, she sleeps 12 hours every night. 
cleaning the brownie batter off the spoon! Don't tell daddy
We play outside ALL day, every day! Most days I prop the back door open and leave it {unless it gets too hot}. She loves playing with Hadlee, kicking the soccer ball all over the backyard, and playing with bubbles! 
She is growing up so fast and while it is sad, I really love it. I love that she will sit on our laps and watch movies or read books. I love love love the way she puts her hands out when she wants to be held! She is one special little lady! 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Half Marathons...

So a couple of years ago I wanted to run a half marathon. Then I found out I was pregnant. 

So the next year, I thought I could do it- four months after having a baby. Yea right. 

So this year, I was doing it! I started running after Christmas and slowly worked back up to around 4 miles. Then took the 6 weeks before the race to "train" up to 13.1. The most I ran before the race was 12.25 in a little over 2 hours. 
I was very excited to talk both of my sisters into running the 10k that was taking place at the same time as the half! This way I would have someone to run the first 3ish miles with. Although that was great and all... it made the next, oh 10 a little lonely!
All in all, my goal was to finish, without walking a significant amount. I did not walk until mile 11 {for .25 mile- after feeling like I was going to puke for the previous 2 miles}. So I did finish. It took a whopping 2 hours and 37 minutes. A little longer than I had planned, but does that really matter? 

I am pretty proud of myself and my sisters for doing this race! I thought after doing it I would be done and not want to do one again... but I really want to do another one!

Oh and thanks to my friend Morgan who saved me at mile 11! I am pretty sure had she not been there, I would have been walking the last 2 miles! 
 So we'll see. I think next on the agenda will be the Tulsa Run in October which will feel like nothing at 9.3 miles!