Weekend in the Mountains

We spent three days in Blowing Rock, NC to celebrate our anniversary.

On the way up, we stopped at the outlet mall in Pigeon Forge and I got to do some birthday shopping. Nick brought home some bags from the Tool Store, which is probably not the official name, so we both got goodies. We spend money on completely opposite items!

We took advantage of our time and slept in and ordered room service since that isn’t on the agenda anymore. We weren’t completely lazy and did a hike on Friday morning. It was in the 40’s when we headed out, so we were bundled up in sweatshirts and jackets and I still froze. It’s amazing how quickly you adjust to warm weather!

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At the top of the hike was a tower where they used to watch for fires in the area. I made it up about two flights of stairs before I turned around and fled for safety! The wind was blowing the tower AND the sides barely had a railing. Heights give me heart failure and Nick doesn’t even try to convince me anymore. I watched him enjoy the view!



I forgot to charge my camera, so right when we had set it up to take a shot of the two of us, the battery died. Cell phone to the rescue!

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Did you know your cell phone has a camera timer on it? I’ve had a cell phone for 10 years and I didn’t know that. It’s a good thing I married a smarty pants engineer who keeps me informed.

Shopping for me + hiking for Nick = happy couple

Six Years Ago

Exactly six years ago, we were getting married! I can’t resist looking at our wedding photos. I would LOVE to plan another wedding; Nick would not agree with that statement.

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I’ll admit the wedding ceremony is a blur. I remember walking down the aisle with Daddy; not being able to get my candle out of the holder and Nick having to help me; our preacher talking about the Jewish tradition of marrying under the huppah; and saying our vows.

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The reception was a blast! It’s one of my favorite days ever.

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Another thing that stands out about the wedding is the candy bar we had. Nick and Kayla both mentioned how cool they are a few weeks later and didn’t realize we had had one. Losers.


I love you, moose!

P.S. I totally thought about wearing my wedding dress today. Nick would have thought I was a total loon if I came out in it, but the thought has crossed my mind. The day isn’t over yet!!

“My grace is all you need”

I’ll admit, there was a bittersweet part to Mother’s Day this year. I had a great time with Nick and Carson, but I had a hard time not focusing on what was missing. I’ve been doing much better in the past few weeks over the miscarriage, but I still felt sad that I wasn’t getting to celebrate becoming a Mom for the second time.

It’s a constant range of emotions. I’m so glad that we didn’t have time to get excited and then lose the baby because I miscarried on the same day that I found out I was pregnant. However, it doesn’t stop the sense of loss over never getting to hold that baby or learn whether it was a boy or girl.

I was having a very hard time and just couldn’t focus on anything else and finally found some peace during a recent church service. This verse really just stuck out to me and finally just made me start to feel some peace about the situation.

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 

So on Mother’s Day, I wanted to focus on the fact that I do get to celebrate Mother’s Day and have a healthy baby boy.

Carson gave me a great gift and slept until 8:30-awesome!-and then came walking in with Nick and handed me a card. It was the sweetest thing and completely melted my heart! They had traced his hands and dated it, so it’s now in my office and one of my favorite things to look at. Nick also spoiled me with new baking items and a breakfast of french toast.

There are still certain times where I get jealous when I see a pregnancy announcement on Facebook and have to not think about how many weeks along I would be now. However, I am so grateful that God chose me to be Carson’s Mom. I feel like he’s the perfect little complement to our family and he’s taught me so much about patience, love and laughter. Most importantly, he’s taught me to slow down and enjoy life more, instead of constantly checking off my to do list. I love hearing his little voice say, “Hey Mommy!” and getting a kiss or hug. I also get tackled or climbed on, and while I don’t always appreciate it, I love that being his personal jungle gym is enough to send him into uncontrollable laughter.

I’m so glad that he’s the child God chose to make me a Mommy.


Carson James-TWO

When Carson was first born, I feel like the days crawled by in a fog of worry over this little tiny human that had been entrusted to us and a lack of sleep. Once we started figuring out life as new parents-if you ever really figure that out-it seems like the days have sped up and are flying by. His second birthday arrived entirely too fast, yet it also seems like we’ve always had this busy little boy in our lives.


We went to Nashville for Carrie and Anthony’s graduation for their Master’s degrees, so we didn’t have a big birthday party. We did sing “Happy Birthday” with two candles. I was curious to see what he would do after crying last year; this time, he just watching us with a curious expression and then dove into the icing. Priorities.

Carson, here are some of the little parts of your personality that I never want to forget:

You definitely have a sweet tooth like your mama! Fruit snacks are the greatest thing in the world in your eyes. When I sit down in the love seat with a big bowl of ice cream, I quickly have a little friend beside me who wants to share.




Going outside is probably your favorite thing to do, no matter what the weather is. However, coming back inside usually results in a meltdown. As soon as I grab my running shoes, you say, “go see the ducks!” I’m so glad you still like to get in the jogger. You prefer going at a run; if I start walking, you say, “I walk.” I guess you are helping me stay in shape!

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You also love to help Daddy on his projects around the house and love when the tools come out. Daddy is building a fence and you “help” him shovel the dirt. Using tools and playing in the dirt is great fun, but you don’t like for your hands or feet to be dirty and will say, “towel!” You also do this at the table. My parents said I was the exact same way as a child, so you are welcome for those genes!

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Your vocabulary is huge and you are speaking in three to four word sentences. “My help,” “I get it,” “Where the turtle go?” “Mommy, look!” “I play outside,” and “Where Gigi go?” are things we hear constantly. You recently learned to say your name and how old your are. We taught you your name by pointing at each person and saying our names. I didn’t realize I would always say my name and put my hands on my chest until I would ask your name and you would slap your chest with your hands. It’s hilarious and you still do it when you say Tarton! Lily is Yiyi and Roxie is still Rodie, Kayla is KK, Uncle Anthony is T, Maeve is Mae, and Grandmama is Mama.

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When you are home with us or the people you see the most, you are always talking and laughing. When we go somewhere else and have new faces, you take a while to warm up. You can be very quiet and will entertain yourself for hours in your playroom. You also have a stubborn side and timeout is becoming more frequent when you don’t get your way! When you are on a task, such as scooping water into buckets, you go into “super focus mode” as we call it and will tune everyone else out while you complete your mission.

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Some of your favorite things are animals, especially cows, chasing Roxie, who doesn’t appreciate the attention, your bike helmet from Papa Stan and Grandma Janet, reading books repeatedly, swinging outside, playing with Lily, splashing in the bath, watching Wild Kratts and Paw Patrol and eating fruit snacks. You also LOVE being naked and have started a phase where you take all your clothes off. Last week, we kept watching you on the baby monitor and had to go put your clothes on twice before bed. You are obsessed with wearing pajama pants lately and the world about ends when you have to change. You always have a pair of shoes on, usually ones that are too big, or a pair of ours. You come out of my closet all the time in heels! It’s funny to watch your personality develop and you constantly have new interests and words that seem to come out of nowhere.

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Carson, I say this repeatedly, but I never imagined how much joy I would get from spending the majority of my days with you. You can turn my mood around in seconds, sometimes in a bad way, but also lift my spirits when you unexpectedly run over and throw your arms around me. I love exploring the world through your eyes and finding cows, worms, ducks and bugs. Your big belly laugh is my absolute favorite sound in the world. I wish I could package that sound up and store it forever. Happy birthday, buddy!

Easter Eggs

Carson woke up on Easter morning with a 103.6 fever, so we had to stay home from church. We did celebrate the “holiday” part of Easter a week early with the family and dyed Easter eggs. The kids had fun and only a few ended up cracked. That’s a success!

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Heather and I were ALWAYS sick on holidays as kids, so it looks like I have passed those genes on to Carson. Lovely!

Two Year Photos

I feel like we just got done having Carson’s one year photos taken, but I’m sitting here looking at his two year photos! I remember when we did his newborn session and thought it was so stressful, but it’s nothing compared to a busy boy who doesn’t want to sit still. That’s why we pay a professional! Amanda is fantastic with him and always snaps great photos, so matter how much he runs around.

We went to a local barn for these photos and she had a real bunny rabbit. Carson just kept asking why there were no cows in the barn!

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