Thursday, March 30, 2017

Life in the Land of Bo


 This boy is smart enough to ask for "Mommy's bed," and cute enough to get his way! I mean, how am I supposed to say no?!? He'll be 20 soon.

 Celebrating Colby's birthday a few days late. Bo loves to blow out the candles & sing!

 My people. (Making it a goal to take more group pics.)

Colby's dad's birthday is 7 days after his. So, on Friday, we celebrated Poppy turning the big 5-0.

 We love cousin Heather! (Bo did have shoes on, but he was convinced they had ants in them, so we took them off. He says 'ants,' anytime something hurts his feet.)

These 2 cuties played SO well together the other day! I think they only snatched and hit like twice. #sharingiscaring


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

What's Up Wednesday: March 2017


I think blogging has made time move even faster in my world! I can NOT believe it's the last Wednesday in March already. Summer is only 7 weeks away?!?

What We're Eating This Week
Whatever we can. It's the week before Spring Break so I'm a little slack in this department. I see lots of leftovers and take out. :)

What I'm Reminiscing About
This wonderful day! I'm planning on sharing our wedding day (April 5th is our anniversary!) so come back and check it out! 

What I'm Loving
Did someone say Spring?! Winter is okay, but I love spring and summer; lots of outside time! (Ella's face cracks me up in this pic. She's like, "Fine, read the book, I already know my shapes.")

What We've Been Up To
We've been celebrating Colby's birthday for a solid week now. The actual day was last Monday, but Sunday night, he came down with the virus. Before he was sick we went to sushi, and then after he was sick, we celebrated with the Hutcheson's. Finally, this past Sunday we celebrated at my mom's. Do I get this long to celebrate my birthday?!

What I'm Dreading
Not a thing at the moment.

What I'm Working On
End of the year odds and ends. Pre-K graduation is a BIG DEAL. :)

What I'm Excited About
Umm, Spring Break?! Last year our spring break was a bust, because all 3 of us were sick with the virus. YUCK. Poor Colby had the luck of waking up with it on his birthday, but Bo and I have managed to avoid it thus far. Fingers crossed we manage to stay healthy & do a few fun things that we have planned. (Which may or may not include something that starts in B and ends in EACH. !!!)

What I'm Watching/Reading
Now that HTGAWM is done until fall, Survivor will take it's place. This is the other Colby and Bailey show; we never watch it out without the other. We really liked Malcolm and were ticked he was voted off last week! I don't know who our favorite is at the moment because we liked Caleb, too. Aubrey is pretty cool, and Ozzy is in our tops, too. 

What I'm Listening To
I mentioned this podcast about a few weeks ago, and I'm still listening! It's about Tara Grinstead, a beauty queen/teacher, that went missing from a small town in south Georgia 12 years ago. The case was pretty cold and then this podcast happened and 6 months later, 2 arrests have been made. I live about an hour from Ocilla and have always followed this case. Listening to this and having the events play out in present time is pretty crazy. If you are interested in true crime, I'd definitely recommend this. 

What I'm Wearing
Nike shorts are my summer yoga pants. I live in them. They are comfortable and cool and I own too many pair to count. #sorrynotsorry
What I'm Doing this Weekend
It's Uncle G's first prom! 

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month
Courtney and I have a girl's weekend trip planned for the end of April. The last time we did this, we looked like that up there. This is long overdue. ;)

What Else is New
Nothing comes to mind!

Happy Hump Day!! 

This post is part of a link up done with Shay, Sheaffer and Mel!























Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Show and Tell Tuesday: Favorite Pictures


I think this Show and Tell Tuesday topic is the one I've been most excited about. I LOVE pictures! When I make a new friend I want to see pictures of their entire life; babyhood to weddings and everything in between. I can't wait to look through the link-up at everyone's pictures today! A picture is truly worth a thousand words. 

And I should tell you that I'm not abiding by the 'Top 5 Picture' rule. 
Sorry. :)
There is no possible way I could limit myself to 5 favorite pictures. I mean, I could, but that decision would come after days of deliberation. Sooo, I have made 2 categories for today.
Category 1: Top 10 Professional Pictures (All taken by Brandi.)
Category 2: Top 10 Personal Pictures
And these are just Bo pictures. I couldn't throw in childhood, college, and wedding, too. (I do admit I have a slight problem when asked to pick my favorite anything. Except fast food. My favorite is always Chick-Fil-a.)

Top 10 Professional Pictures
 I have this on canvas in black and white. I will forever be wishing to go back to this cuddly newborn for some more sweet snuggles.


 The blanket that is in the basket was made for Bo by my grandma. I have numerous outfits sewn by her and one of her traditions was sewing a blanket for each grandchild. The blankets were always kept secret until the babies were born and then she would gift them at the hospital. I was so excited to see what Bo's would look like. I'm so very thankful that he has one. 

 Bo at 8 months.


 Something I love about Brandi is that she always manages to capture "Bo." The little finger is in his mouth, the expression in the picture above-are just so him at that age. And we were only there 30 minutes!! She's magical. 


 Bo at 1 year. 

 His hair was so long and those curls....


I could kiss the fat right off those cheeks! 

Top 10 Personal Pictures
 This was taken while I was still on maternity leave after a poop that required bathing to be cleaned. I have it framed in my living room. If I absolutely had to pick a favorite, it would probably be my #1. I can't believe I was able to capture this moment. (And it was taken on my phone!)

 Our Christmas card 2015. 

 Easter 2016

I love this for so many reasons.
1. It was taken on our first Mother's Day.
2. It was also the day both babies were dedicated to the church.
3. Courtney and I showed up in almost identical dresses. (They were the same color.)
4. Look at those babies smiling at each other! Total love.

 Another totally spontaneous and can't believe I captured it moment. "Where's the bird, Bo?" 

 My favorite family picture to date because we are all smiling. First time for everything!

 And I melt...

 Going for a Christmas card in 2016....I love it!

And the next 2 are my top 2 favorite funny pictures. Because you always go for the perfect, smiling, everybodylook, wearealmostdone shot, but these turn out to be the ones you look and laugh at most. 

 Ella did NOT want to sit by Bo anymore. She was done. And instead of rescue her, we laughed and took 10 more pictures. Bo just didn't understand.

This is real life. Well, actually, no it's probably not. If it were really real life, only one grown up would be smiling. And it wouldn't be a mom. 

So, those are some of my very favorite Bo pictures. I'm still having a hard time committing to this as the final decision. I hate picking favorites!! But I loved looking through all my pictures from the past year and a half and laughing and reminiscing. And Thank the good Lord I have so many, because if not I may not remember half of it. 


This post is part of a link up done with Andrea!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

And then I met Bo...

I had never washed and dried a remote/diaper/pair of glasses/sippy cup.
I didn't know what good insurance was.
I didn't know singing 'Twinkle, Twinkle' as loud as possible could ever bring peace (or sleep!) to another.
 I didn't know Mickey Mouse had so many friends and songs.
I had never fished a toothbrush/hairbrush/remote/paci out of the potty.
I didn't know there were so many tasks I was capable of completing in the dark.
I never imagined I'd worry about my kid's feet.
I never imagined I'd worry so much about everything.
I didn't know the real struggle of Daylight Savings time. (On a real note, when is a President gonna do something about THAT dilemma?!)
 
I never thought I'd opt out of simple things like TGIT shows and eating in favor of sleep.
I wasn't aware the human body could actually function on so little sleep.
I had no idea the beach would be so much better experiencing it with my baby.

I had no idea that every experience would be so much better with my baby.
I didn't expect something as simple as going to Sunday School would pose such a problem to a little person. (Boy has WAY too much stranger danger senses. Whatever, he just really loves his mama.)
I had never experienced heart burn. (Well, actually no, I hadn't met him yet.)
I never knew there were so many things that ended in -itis.
I never thought someone so small could teach me so much.
I didn't know that another person would deepen my love for my husband.
I didn't know so much of my heart was missing.

And then, I met Bo. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Weekend-ing.

 Like every other afternoon, we spent Friday outside and visited some of Bo's favorite things: the chickens. He's holding a 4 week old chick here and it just cracks me up!  He looks so big and so serious about it. He ran after those things for 10 minutes determined to catch one before Colby helped him out. Our little chicken man!

 Saturday was slow and easy...just how I like it! We ran errands as a family and while I was doing something or other, Bo and Daddy were being 'Cool Dudes.' That's what Bo says now when sees sunglasses, "Cool dude!" And then insists that he wear them. 

 Sarturday night we celebrated a friend's 30th birthday. Courtney and I were party/potty partners. Friends don't let friends go alone. ;)

 While we were gone, Bo spent the night at Oma's. I got this snap from Uncle Buddy when I asked if Bo was asleep yet......
Apparently he was on his way to sleep when the Uncles interrupted and deemed him ''not ready." 

And because we never take a pic without a kid; we did just that! Love these people.

Short & sweet but isn't every weekend?!
Courtney and I saw Beauty & The Beast on Sunday and yes, I teared up a little. 
And the tale as old as time in the Bryant household continues to be that a sickness hits on a Sunday...
Colby came down with the stomach bug Sunday night. (Just in time for his birthday yesterday!)
Fingers crossed Mr. Bo and I skip out this time. 
 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Workin' It Wednesday: Balancing Life

Holy cow, I can't believe it's time for this link-up with Erika and Shay again! I really enjoyed reading through everybody's posts on Marriage last time, and I'm looking forward to reading through today, too!



My 'job,' is being a teacher. As this little graphic says, we are all a hot mess! I in no way 'have it all together.' And while the rules I have listed below work well for me, they may not for many fellow teachers. I spent my first year at the school until 5:00 or later many afternoons and was constantly planning, prepping, or pinteresting. When I got pregnant, I knew that that wouldn't work when baby came, so I started really working hard on Rule #3 listed below. I got into a good routine and just have stuck with that.

And just FYI, I have not changed grade levels since having Bo, and I think that has been super helpful, too. My lessons and what needs to be done are second nature to me now, so prep time is a little less daunting. I'm sure I'll be rebooting my teacher brain when I'm assigned a new grade level. Still, I plan on following these little rules:


1. Family First- A few weeks ago on This is Us, Beth called 'marriage,' during a discussion with Randall about whether or not he would be at their daughter's chess tournament or his work meeting. I kind of have this rule for myself as well..the 'family' rule. No matter what, my family comes before everything else. Bo is sick again? Well, he's going to need his mom and I'm going to have to unfortunately be absent from school. (And miss the Valentine party, like I did 2 weeks ago!) Yes, I was very sorry that I couldn't be there with my kiddos at school, but my baby needed me more. While parent conferences, parties, and staff meetings are all very important, the flu can't be rescheduled. Which leads me to rule #2...


2. Grace yourself- Give yourself grace. You are not going to have the cleanest house, healthiest supper, and all your work completed every day. Something's gotta give...and that's grace! Forget the clean house and play 'Giddy Up' with your baby. Supper seems too daunting tonight? Pick up Mcdonald's instead. Work load giving you a head ache? Get some sleep and start again tomorrow. It'll still be there. The babies turn into big kids way too quickly.

3. Have a plan (Organization)- While I do 'grace myself,' I also try my best to stay on top things. I have a plan for how I lesson plan and do data/grades at school. This is how my work schedule goes:

On Mondays & Tuesdays, I work on lesson plans.

On Wednesdays and Thursdays I enter data (grades) into the system.

Fridays are left over days..whatever needs to be done to prepare for the next week, I do it.

If there is a little extra stuff, I take it home with me to work on over the weekend. I try to use my planning & after school as wisely as I can.

At home, I try to follow this little schedule for cooking:

Sunday through Tuesday, I cook at home.

On Wednesdays we usually have a play date with Ella at our house or hers & pick up something to picnic on.

Thursdays I cook again and Fridays are always take out.

Saturday is take out or finish any left overs.

Also, I try to grocery shop during Bo's nap time on Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

Now, my cleaning schedule is a little different. We pick up every night before bed, and I do my best to start a load of laundry every morning before work. As far as the deep cleaning goes, it happens when I can fit it in. (I grace myself a lot in this area.) I used to have a need to clean the whole entire house from start to finish in one morning. But after Bo, it just wasn't going to happen. Because I like to sleep or sit down if that's what he's doing. So, I just fit in different chores here and there when I can..no certain schedule.

4. Ask for help- This was something I had to learn to do because I thought I should be able to do it all myself. Clean the house, take care of baby, cook supper, grocery shop, work, and then be happy when my husband got home from his work day. Yeah, no. Colby works late during the week, so I'm on my own for crunch time right now. (Crunch time is 5-until bedtime.) Thankfully, my mom is next door so she or my sister is always around for back up if need be. Also, I have learned how to 'schedule' other things that have to be taken care of when Colby is home rather than try to do them when he is not.


Mom Guilt Bingo, anyone? This is where my biggest struggle is these days. How do I balance being wife, mama and me? I love spending one on one time with my hubby, but I always feel guilty about leaving Bo. It never fails as soon as we are in the car, I'll think about how much time I've spent with him that day/week or if he's having fun wherever I've left him. But then when Colby asks if I'd like to go somewhere just us two and I opt for staying home as a family instead, I feel guilty about that. Because how much quality time have I had with my husband lately?? Not to mention when my girlfriends come up with a fun something or other to do and I'm all in at first but then thoughts of what I'll be missing out on at home creep in. And how can I justify going and doing something for myself when Colby and I haven't had a date night in a month? It's just a give and take..all the time.

I don't think there is some secret to ever escaping the wife/mom guilt game, I think you just do the best you can. (If there IS a secret, please share!) ;)

Here's to a great week!