Monday, October 20, 2014

The Last For Now {Weekend Review}

But first, I'll have to remind myself to do this. Sad to say, it didn't come naturally for me.

Today, I have a very thankful heart. This weekend was B's last scheduled work weekend on his Ortho Trauma rotation. Hallelujah, Amen! He is off next weekend and the weekend after that. Two in a row. It's a record. The week after that, he will begin an Emergency Room rotation. He will still work weekend days and nights on that rotation, but his hours will be shifts - which should be no longer than 10 hours at a time. Should being the key word. The weeks upon weeks of 16 hour days have really gotten to both of us. Regardless, we are looking forward to a month that's a little less traumatic than the last couple of rotations have been. Lord knows we are going to need it, as B goes back onto Ortho Trauma for the month of December. Let's just say I am NOT looking forward to that...

Ahem. Moving on.

This weekend was a busy one. Friday was full of errand-running and housework. It was a long day with just the little man and me, as B worked a full day and then volunteered as the assistant doctor at a high school football game in the Atlanta area on Friday night. It's always fun for him to get to be part of these games, as it gives him 'real world' experience when a player gets hurt and is brought to him for immediate diagnosis and treatment options. Nothing like being the person in charge to make your profession start feeling real.

Saturday, B was up bright and early to head to work. Caleb and I slept in for a bit, and were then up and around to get ready for the day. We had cinnamon toast for breakfast, watched some cartoons, and cleaned up around the house before heading to lunch with my sweet Momma, sister, Aunt Lisa, and cousin Ryan. My mom and sister had been wanting to see Caleb, and my aunt's birthday is this week, so Saturday was just a good day to get together to catch up and celebrate. Caleb loved getting to see his Mimi and Aunt Jen. And of course, none of us thought to grab a camera to snap some pictures. How is it that I can seem to think to take pictures of Caleb while running around the house eating breakfast in his pjs, but seem to totally forget to take pictures for rare get togethers with loved ones? Total fail. After lunch, we paid a visit to our local HomeGoods store - where I picked up a couple of small Christmas gifts for the little man - and Michaels, where my mom needed a few craft items. Around that time, I got a surprise phone call from B, letting me know that he was on his way home. Great surprise! Not long after that, my family and I hugged goodbye, and Caleb and I headed home to spend some much-needed time with Daddy.

Saturday night, the three of us headed to B's grandparents' house to watch the last half of the Georgia game, and to spend some time with B's aunt, uncle, and cousins, who were in town from Savannah for the weekend. We noshed on some white bean chili, and watched Caleb run around with his sweet little cousins, Landon and Stella - who are a couple of years older than he is. Landon would run by, followed closely by Stella, and then a few seconds later, Caleb's little head would go running by. He was giggling like a mad man, and loving every second of it. Every so often, we could hear both Stella and Landon saying, "Come on Caleb!" and waiting for him to catch up - it was so sweet that they really enjoyed playing with him. And Caleb's joy was palpable; his little grins were just splitting his sweet face in two. It melted my heart. Once the game ended, everyone headed outside for a fire pit and s'mores. I honestly can't remember the last time I had s'mores. Especially the homemade, marshmellows roasted on coat hangers kind. And they were go-oood. Let's just say, Caleb was a fan.



Sunday morning, B was once again up and out the door before the crack of dawn. And Caleb and I were also up early to get ready for church. He was looking super cute in his fall sweater vest get-up, so I did what any sane mother of a toddler does. Perched him on the bathroom counter to brush his teeth, handed him the floss to keep him distracted, and proceeded to snap a photo. Hey, he's not looking, but for once, the picture is not blurry. So I call it a success.


 This week, we decided to attend earlier so that we could meet up with B's family to celebrate Pawpaw's birthday. Caleb went to the nursery, and I headed to Sunday school. And after that, we headed out to a big birthday lunch at a local Mexican restaurant near us. Once again, we got a wonderful surprise when B called and let us know that he was on his way home, and was able to join us for lunch. This little guy is always excited to get to spend time with his daddy. Especially when it involves quesadillas. Once again, I managed to get absolutely no photos, aside from this one of Caleb sitting in his highchair. My photog skills need some work. Otherwise, we'll have no real memories of anything or anyone when Caleb grows up. Just random photos of him at various events, with no shots of anyone else.



After lunch, we headed home. The little man napped while B and I watched Home Alone. Yes, Christmas movies are fair game in our house almost all year long. But especially in October, November, and of course, December. It was so fun to watch one together, snuggled up on a lazy Sunday afternoon while Caleb snoozed. Soon after the movie, I came down with a splitting headache, and wasn't feeling well, so B scooped up Caleb and they headed to the grocery store to give me some time to rest. The headache persisted even after they returned, so I stayed down for most of the afternoon. And my sweet hubby picked up my slack, no questions asked. He did laundry. He folded laundry. He cooked a yummy spaghetti dinner. And he kept Caleb quiet and entertained while I attempted to rest. All in his few hours of 'off' time. No complaints. I'm telling you ladies, I am one lucky girl. God really broke the mold with my man. And I am oh, so grateful for him.

Hoping that you all had a lovely weekend! Happy Monday!
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sometimes...

Recently, my sweet friend Amy did a post that she called, "Sometimes..." I loved it, and thought I would recreate it for a post of my own here on the blog.

Value Of A Moment #memory

*Sometimes...I'm too tired to make dinner for Caleb, and then do it all over again for B and I (I try to wait and eat with him when possible). On days when I'm just too tired to do it twice, I end up eating chicken nuggets and applesauce. You could say I have a mature palate.

*Sometimes...I wish I could burn my husband's t-shirt collection. He may be a doctor, but you would never know it when looking at him on his days off.

*Sometimes...I forget what life was like before I became a mom.

*Sometimes...I avoid checking my email because I know it's super backed up, and looking at all the emails needing responses stresses me out.

*Sometimes...I do the same thing with voicemails.

*Sometimes...I look forward to bedtime early in the day. As in, the minute I wake up. 

*Sometimes...I completely forget to do the little things, like shave my legs or paint my nails. Mama's got priorities. And apparently, grooming has moved down a space or two on the list.

*Sometimes...I get lost in Target and end up with a basket full of things I don't need.

*Sometimes...I eat small dinners just so I can have dessert. 

*Sometimes...I miss having a reason to dress up every day. Nowadays, no one cares if my hair is washed or my jeans are clean. 

*Sometimes...I avoid running errands for days because carting Caleb around is just too much work.

*Sometimes...I miss being able to sit down with a good book any old time.

*Sometimes...The laundry sits in the dryer or the laundry basket for 2 or 3 days because I just don't feel like folding it. 

*Sometimes...I purposely avoid blog trends because they date themselves so quickly. Remember the bubble necklaces from a few seasons ago? I had two of them. And never wear them now because they are so out of style. 

*Sometimes...Staying at home is far preferable to being anywhere else.

*Sometimes...I squeeze my boy for as long as he'll let me before running away. I know my days of snuggles and hugs are numbered, so I plan on soaking them all up for as long as possible.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy, Happy {Weekend Review}

Can I tell you all a little something? Something that feels so freeing to say?

This weekend was the best. 

Gosh, how long has it been since I've been able to say that? Honestly, this weekend was the first time that I remember feeling really and truly happy - happy all the way to my core - in a long, long time. Since B started residency, these moments have been few and fleeting. I've been running on fumes, always feeling like I've spread myself too thin, and then falling asleep worrying about what I could have done better. But this weekend was different. This weekend I enjoyed every minute to the fullest. I didn't wish I was anywhere else. And for once, I didn't feel like I was the only one suffering through every minute without the man I love. 

B was home on Saturday and Sunday, and we had the very best time. Despite the fact that he worked until 12:30 am on Friday night (er, Saturday morning), we were up bright and early on Saturday to head to a family yard sale that we were helping out with. We packed up the little man, stopped to grab breakfast, and were on our way. We enjoyed helping out for a couple of hours, and were able to make some 'fun money' getting rid of a few things that we didn't need anymore. Around 11, we were feeling the late hours on Friday night (I'm never able to sleep well until B is home safely on nights that he works late). So, we headed home for a family nap, and were back up within an hour to watch the Georgia v. Missouri game. Go Dawgs! After lunch, we headed back over to B's grandparents' house to help pack up what was left of the yard sale before calling it a day and heading home, tired but cheerful.

Saturday night, we ordered a pizza with extra cheese on it, rented a Redbox movie, and settled in for the night around dinner time. During our cozy little dinner on the living room couches, I remember looking around at my little family and just glowing with happiness. Knowing that I am just where I am supposed to be. How blessed I truly am. I have a loving, hardworking husband, and a beautiful, happy son. Who was running around the family room, giggling his chubby little cheeks off with joy. Joy at getting pizza for dinner. Joy at having mommy and daddy both home. Joy at getting to stay up a little later than normal to play. Such simple things, but he was oh, so happy. I could stand to learn a lesson from my son, that's for sure. 

Sunday was just as happy as Saturday. We got up and around to prepare to head to church, but I started feeling unwell about 15 minutes before we were supposed to leave, so we ended up staying home. I laid down for a bit with C, and then got up to get some house chores done while he continued his nap. He ended up sleeping from a little before 11 until about 1:30. Which is almost unheard of - normally he is the child that doesn't sleep. After he woke up, we grabbed lunch and then headed out to meet Pops (B's dad) at the pumpkin patch. Which is actually part of a large farm attraction here in town. The farm does season-specific activities all year round, so right now, they have the pumpkins. They also have a general store with local honey and homemade jellies and jams (among lots of other things), piggy races, a petting area with horses, goats, cows, bunnies and chickens, giant slides, corn maze, a hay ride, corn chutes, flower gardens, and a bunch of other fun things. Caleb was a bit young for a lot of the activities, but he enjoyed the piggy races and loved the little cow train that he rode with B. I took some pictures on our camera, but haven't uploaded those, so here are a few I snapped on my phone.






It was super hot - about 85 degrees - so not what I had in mind (weather-wise) for our pumpkin patch visit. Caleb's cute little fall outfit had to be switched out for a t-shirt and shorts and we had to apply sunscreen before we headed out. We were sipping fresh lemonade while we were there, and munching on homemade peach ice cream. I'd imagined it being more of a hot apple cider and caramel apples kind of thing, but what can you do when Mother Nature decides not to cooperate? Despite his little nose beading up with sweat, and his cheeks being fire engine red, Caleb still had a good time. He loved running through the pumpkin patch, 'helping' Mommy pick the perfect punkin. Getting a picture of him while doing it? Well, that was a challenge of its own. Toddlers.




Sunday night wrapped up with the return of the Walking Dead and hot chocolate chip cookies. But the happy doesn't stop there, my friends. Oh, no. Because I am one blessed girl in the friendship department. On Saturday, this sweet package from Lynn and Pinky showed up in my doorstep, full of goodies for both Caleb and I (and I won't lie, some of the candy didn't make the picture due to it already being stuffed into my mouth). Caleb has been carrying his little "Stuffy" (from Doc McStuffins) dragon around, loving on it. So cute.


We also got the sweetest Halloween card in the mail from my dear friend Amy, and her precious son, Cash! Mail delivery was super exciting this weekend.


And...in one final bit of happy news: my best friend (since we were 12) Erin, is coming to visit Caleb and I today. We are so excited, and can't wait to see her! It's been a few months since our last visit, and I am in desperate need of some friend time. Yay for time spent with people you love.

Hoping that the high from this weekend will keep me going for the next 12 days - because that's how long it's going to be before B has another day off. Wish me luck!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Loves {And Link Ups!}

Happy Friday, ladies!

It's been a busy week for us, but I am happy to be back on the blog today to participate in some of my favorite Friday link-ups. So let's get started, yes?

1. We've had a little more time with Daddy this week than normal, and we have been loving it! He was home most of the day on Wednesday since he worked the night shift that night, he was home most of the day on Thursday since he was post-call, AND he has this whole weekend off. So thankful. Our weekend is full of fun stuff like a yard sale today and the pumpkin patch on Saturday or Sunday. Can't wait! (Y'all have to help me remember to be thankful since after this weekend, he will work the next 12 days straight before getting another day off). 

Just look at my two peas in a pod. Lucky girl, right here.




2. I've had my eye on a few things for fall. The very well-know plaid blanket scarf, which was first sold by Zara, is one of the them. Heart & Home is selling a similar one, and I am wondering whether or not I should pull the trigger and purchase it. Anyone have it? Love it? Thoughts? 


Plaid Blanket Scarf - Multi/Cream – Heart & Home

3. One purchase I did make this week? This necklace. From Target. Yep. Good ol' Target strikes again. Lately, all the jewelry that I've purchased has been gold. It's been a while since I've purchased a silver item, so I thought this piece was a nice one to add to my jewelry box for fall and winter. Bonus: if you have the Target Cartwheel app, all jewelry is 20% off right now. And there are several other awesome coupons, so if you don't have the app, get it here now!


Women's Bib Necklace with Stones - Black/Clear/Silver (17.5")

4. My fantastic husband made monkey bread last night. If you've ever had monkey bread, you'll know that a cinnamon-sugar, bready confection like that just can't be ignored. It's one of those desserts with a siren call that shrieks, "You must eat me 'til I'm gone." My husband is the best. My hips don't thank him.

5. Weekly update on the little man: The curls are gone. Gulp. I tear up just writing that. Caleb had his beautiful ringlets for almost 17 months. Other than a bang trim here and there, the child has never had a haircut. Yesterday, I decided it was time. So I took him into the salon, put on my stoic mom face, and watched his precious ringlets fall into my lap. He did very well with the cut. And came away looking three years older. Which literally broke my heart into a million tiny pieces. But, oh, how handsome is he? 










Today, I am linking up with Karli of September Farm and Amy of The Farmer's Wife.


 

Also linking up with Darci, Christina, April and Natasha for their longstanding Friday favorite!


THE GOOD LIFE BLOG




Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Blank, White Spaces

It's 10:30 pm. 

I'm just sitting down to my computer, and am currently staring blankly at a blinking cursor. Wondering what in the world to put into this blank white space. Words tumble through my brain, like water through a sieve, none of them quite right for how I feel. My hair is unwashed. There's unfolded laundry piled up on the guest room bed. My cranky 16 month old finally fell asleep a few short minutes ago. My husband has been fast asleep on the couch since before 9 pm; his attempt at putting Caleb to sleep having worked well on only one of them.

And I am feeling drained.

The days right now are loooong. But the evenings? Well, they are just not long enough. My precious nighttime hours - the ones I used to rely on for the sake of sanity - have slowly been siphoned away until, like recently, it feels as if they don't exist at all anymore. The time between 8 and 10 pm slips by every evening in a haze of late dinners, dish cleaning, baby soothing, toy sorting, husband updates, household chores, and personal hygiene. And even the personal hygiene has been sorely neglected as of late - I would be mortified for any of you to see the state of my toenails right now. Let's just say, it's hard to tell whether they were painted red at one point or not.

Most nights, I don't even get a chance to glance at my computer. Much less actually sit down and come up with thoughtful, engaging, interesting blog posts that would be worth your time to read. Any time spent on my computer during the day is used for the jobs that I've taken on. Which I am very grateful for, don't get me wrong. They are such a blessing. But let me tell you, being a stay-at-home/part-time-working-from-home mom is tough. I haven't found my balance yet. Let's pray that I do soon. Because right now, I feel like I am doing a lot of "things." But not doing any of them 100%. Know the feeling? It's not a good one.

If you're still with me, bless you. I have no plans on quitting the blog at this time. I just need to find the time to devote to it that it deserves. I love blogging. It's the one thing that I do "for me" in this crazy season of life. In fact, I might just go crazy without it. So, although I might not be posting here every day, I will be here. I might not be commenting on your posts as often as I used to, but I am reading them and enjoy keeping up with you. You might not be getting responses to your comments on my posts, but please know that I read them all, and appreciate each and every one of them. I still love you all, and look forward to interacting again soon on a more consistent basis.

We've got a long going on. I look forward to sharing more soon. And appreciate your thoughts and prayers during this time. Thanks for letting me vent here today. 

French Press Mornings - 2 Timothy 4:17  #encouragingwednesdays #fcwednesdaywisdom #quotes

Friday, October 3, 2014

Fa, La, La, La, Fall Friday

So, it's Friday. It's October - so, officially fall. It's cool outside. My new boots have arrived. Pumpkins are everywhere. What's not to like? 

DIY Falling Leaves. These are 2 of my favorite things and I'm totes making this happen this fall.

Answer? Nothing. So, let's get to our Friday happy place. Also known as our fun Friday link-up. Where we talk about five things from the week. And then link up to share with each other. Scroll to the end for the info on the blogs I am linking up with today!

1. Schedule Managing
I'll be honest. It's not going well. I am treading water right now trying to figure out how to manage everything. I've taken on more job responsibilities, and now need to find a way to manage it all while spending time every day with Caleb. Juggling these things leaves very little time for anything else. Hence the reason my toenails are in desperate need of a pedicure. My girlfriends haven't heard from me in weeks. And my blog has been somewhat neglected. Hopefully things will start evening out soon...I'll keep you updated.

2. Baby Girl Shopping
For a sweet friend of mine who is expecting a little one in November. While I love shopping for my precious boy, it was so fun to go to the other sides of the stores for once, and peruse the aisles of soft, fluffy, pink things. I mean, I can't even with some of that stuff - it's probably a good thing I don't have a girl right now. Here's just one little peek of one of the items that I chose. Could these little booties be any sweeter?

3. Fall Staples
I've been hinting at it in my last few posts, but I do truly have a fun blog post in the works. A post about fall staples that every girl needs in her closet. That will be up on the blog next week, so be looking for that!

4. Gone Girl
The hubby is working this weekend. Sigh. But, that's not preventing me from hoping that he may get home early enough one night that we can slip away and see Gone Girl. I just finished the book, and am so looking forward to seeing the movie. I think it's going to be good. And even if it's not, well, it's 2 hours spent with Ben Affleck. It's a win-win.

5. This Sweet Little Ketchup Face
You all have already seen this photo once, I know. But honestly, could it be any cuter? He's so busy lately, it's an absolute chore to get a photo that is not blurry. So that ones that I do get are precious, indeed. Ketchup and all.


And that's a wrap. This week, instead of participating in just one link-up, I am a lucky girl to get to be part of two! If you'd like to join in, feel free to visit Karli of September Farm and Amy of The Farmer's Wife.

 

Or, pop over to any of the sweet girls listed below to be part of their fun link-up (which has returned after a summer hiatus).

THE GOOD LIFE BLOG


Happy Friday!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Busy, Busy Bees

Hello October ♥

First of all, happy October. We have officially entered into my favorite months of the year.

We're only a couple of days into the week. And yet, Caleb and I have managed to pack a lot into these last 48 hours...

On Monday, we visited The Children's Museum in Atlanta. We signed up for the Cooking with Colors class at 10:30 am, so the little man and I headed out around 9:30 to get into the city and find our way into the building. We met two fellow resident's wives and their daughters - who are within a few months of Caleb's age - for the class. I wasn't sure how Caleb would do, as I have never taken him to an interactive class like this before, just assuming that he was too young to have any interest in participating. Although he appeared to be the youngest one there by a few months, he did really well and had a good time. I was so impressed! The kids were given special knives (that were not able to cut skin) and cutting boards, as well as an assortment of vegetables to cut up. I "helped" Caleb with his. And by help, I mean, held his hand on the knife to cut through the vegetables. He does very well with utensils, but was not quite ready to wield a knife on his own.




The instructor whipped up some teriyaki chicken with ginger, water chesnuts, carrots, mushrooms, and garlic and we wrapped the veggies and cooked mix up in butter lettuce leaves for yummy, healthy lettuce wraps. Caleb and I each got our own. I won't lie - Caleb wasn't too interested in eating the lettuce wrap (which I wasn't surprised by). But he did eat a couple of slices of raw yellow pepper, so I consider that a win.

After the class wrapped up around 11 am or so, Caleb and I made our way out into the museum. I purchased our class tickets via a Groupon deal (for just $14) and thought that they were only for the class itself. But they also included museum admittance, so that was an even better deal than I'd expected. For the next hour, Caleb got to run around inside the museum, playing with balls, sand, play groceries, legos, and more. He had a blast. We will definitely be making a trip back there sometime soon.





After leaving the museum to head home, we stopped by the hospital to visit B. We had not had an opportunity to stop and say "hi" at any point until then, so Caleb and I enjoyed getting a mini-tour from Daddy, and meeting some of the people that he works with. I was thoroughly appalled at the state of the orthopedic conference room, where all of the residents hang out in the brief bursts of downtime that they have. Let's just say that you can tell that only men hang out in there. And we'll leave it at that. We grabbed some quick chicken nuggets at Chick-fil-A before bidding B goodbye to head home, where we hung out for the rest of the day.

Yesterday, we were up bright and early once again to get the Caleb to preschool. After dropping him off there, I headed to a meeting with B's dad. I've mentioned before that I have been doing some part-time work for him on a weekly basis. So far, it hasn't amounted to all that many hours (like 10 or so every two weeks), but the additional money has definitely been much appreciated and it's nice that I can do the work from home. Recently, an opportunity opened up for additional part-time work, done remotely, with a company that B's dad worked for, so he threw my name out there as an option. I met with the owners of the company yesterday, and they immediately offered me the job. It will quadruple what I've been bringing in so far, so it is a huge blessing. I just hope that I can keep up with the amount of work that they need done. Caleb is - and always will be - the priority. He is the reason that I stay home in the first place, so hopefully it will all work out so that I can continue to spend quality time with Caleb every day, while also helping to support our family while B is in residency. Prayers would be much appreciated as we navigate the next few weeks!

After the meeting, B's dad insisted on taking the little man and I to lunch. We headed to Shane's for some chicken salad sandwiches (me), grilled cheese (Caleb) and fried chicken (B's dad). Normally, Caleb loves grilled cheese, but as you can see in the pictures below, yesterday, he was all about sucking the ketchup off of his french fries. He ate approximately none of the grilled cheese. But hey, ketchup has tomatoes in it right? And fries are potatoes...Sigh. Toddler meals are really challenging right now.




After lunch, we headed home for a nap - and I admit, I joined in. Mama needed it. But only for a short while. Caleb slept from 12:30 to almost 3:30. I was up before 2 to get some things done around the house. And whipped up a crockpot chicken tortilla soup. Have I mentioned that I love my crockpot? And fall? Because crockpots and fall go hand in hand. Love, love, love. It's so nice to not even have to think about dinner when 6:00 arrives.

And that's what we've been up to so far this week. Busy, busy bees. So far, this fall is off with a bang. Looking forward to what's to come. Including a few fun posts here on the blog!:)


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