Wednesday, May 31, 2017

What's Up Wednesday: May 2017


{What We're Eating This Week}
I used Mix & Match Mama's Memorial Day Menu for a couple of things this week.
The  Tortellini Pasta Salad is super good & just as Shay said, the perfect summer lunch. I made it Sunday night and have eaten it for lunch since. 
I also made her Mama's Corn Salad for our Memorial Day cook out & it was a hit! 
Tonight, I'm making Chicken Chili Tacos and I've got high hopes for that as well. :)
 
{What I'm Reminiscing About}
A few things actually...
 Courtney and I had the best time during our Weekend Away.
It's amazing what 2 nights of good sleep and a few meals with no interruptions can do for a Mama's brain!
 Also, SSI 2016 trip is on my mind because...
VACAY in 9 days!!! 

{What We've Been Up To & I'm Loving It}
Swimming, swimming, and more swimming. This little dude is a fish and just loves it! We are already loving what summer is all about; sunshine, a little extra sleep, and lots of swimming!

{What I'm Dreading}
Not a doggone thing!

{What I'm Working On}

I mentioned last week that I got a new job, which means new classroom! I'm working on ideas for the new decor and my first purchase was that teacher life sign from That Inspired Chick! I'm 99.9% I'm going to be ordering a sign or two more before school starts in August. :)

{What I'm Excited About}
Umm..Vacay. In 9 days!!


{What I'm Watching/Reading}
Now that all my TGIT have ended until fall it's time for...
!!!!!
 And I just finished this goodness. Aaagghh! 
Love. Love. Love. It'll be in my next book post.

{What I'm Listening To}
Yep. Still this. 
I finished Serial, and while it was definitely good, UAV is my #1. 
This case is crazy!!
{What I'm Wearing}
It's a toss up between Nike shorts and my bathing suit. 
 
{What I'm Doing This Weekend}
It's our sissy girl's 2nd birthday celebration! 
She's not mine (but she kind of is) and I honestly have no idea where the time went.
I mean, this just happened. 
{What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month}
Beach. Beach. Beach.
{What Else Is New}
Nothing comes to mind! 


{Favorite Vacay Spot}
Obviously, we love SSI. I've only blogged about it twice now, and we are headed there at least twice more this year. It's the perfect home away from home; it's not a long drive, it's a small town feel, and plenty to keep the babies happy. 
However, I do miss the white sand and crystal clear waters of Destin, Florida! Growing up, our family's vacation destination varied from Destin to Panama City. Not a huge difference in beach, but a difference in atmosphere. I would say Destin has a more family friendly atmosphere. Anyway, our plan is to *hopefully* visit Destin again next year; it's a long haul & tackling that drive with Bo just doesn't seem fun quite yet.

Happy Last Day of May!
(Where IS the year going?!?!)

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












Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Splashing into Summer!

 Hey there, Summer 2017!
We have been living in the pool on the weekends, and now, we'll be there all week long.
Good thing this boy loves it! I expected Bo to enjoy the pool because he loves anything outside, but I had no idea he'd love it so much. So much so that he cries sometimes when I make him get out. And he seems to have no fear; he's already been off the diving board and loves to jump off the side and do his 'trick' on the 'floak.' (Trick being rolling off the float head first into the water.)
 Something that is also cool is his love to play fetch with himself. He will grab any toy that floats, throw it in, and then jump in to get it. Shouting the entire time, "I do it! I do it!" And then when he gets whatever toy he's thrown, he screams, "I did it!"
He also loves to tell me that it's, "Mama's turn. Mama get in."
And of course, I oblige.  
As you can see, he's a little bossy. :)
He loves the swim out, too. Its perfect for him to stand and walk on, and he can jump off of it and climb right back on with no help.
The puddle jumper is as much of a necessity as diapers and food around here. I thought he may not like it, and it did take him a time or two to get used to it. He kept falling forward in it. But once he figured out the freedom it gave him, he was ALL about it!
 This boy of mine. 
I'm so excited for the summer of fun ahead.




Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ending or Beginning?

Tomorrow, I will graduate from a very happy place for the fourth and final time. 
The picture above was taken 22 years ago. It is of my co-worker/friend/cousin, and I sitting in our Pre-K classroom.
My first classroom as a student, and my first classroom as a teacher.
Pretty great, right? 
Shannon and I were a part of the first Pre-K class to graduate from our little school, and God worked things out so that we were able to teach at the same school together 22 years later.
This was the first place we were students.
 The first place we were teachers.
I will be forever grateful for our boss, (our once Pre-K teacher!) for hiring us as newbies 3 short years ago. 
Both Shannon and I had a difficult time finding jobs right out of college because everywhere we went, they wanted someone with 'experience.'  
But then we came back to the place where it all began...
It's been so fun. Really, my job is fun.
I don't dread going to work.
I don't wish it by too quickly. (Well, most of the time. ;))
I have loved this little school for the last 3 years and I am going to miss it so very much.
HOWEVER...
I'm a fan of change.
I'm SO excited for this new adventure.
Getting a job in the local school system has been a prayer of mine for the last 3 years.
Before I did my student teaching, I was weary of grade level above 3rd. The age of the students kind of scared me, not gonna lie. 
Then I was notified I'd be completing my student teaching in a 5th grade Math & Science classroom.
I almost cried. 
I was afraid.
Math was not my favorite subject.
But GOD, God knew better!
Those 5th graders became my absolute favorite. I LOVED the personality and the independence they brought.
And teaching Math? Teaching math was pretty fun, too.
(This note was left on the board as options for students after completing a task. One student added that last point. 15 weeks I spent with them, and they still couldn't spell my name!) After graduating, I dreamed of being a 5th grade teacher, but I would've taken any grade offered.
But GOD, God had a classroom for me already picked out, I just had to wait for it.
The waiting is the hard part, amen?
So while closing the chapter on the little school where I had many beginnings won't be easy, I'm continuously thankful for God's plan.
His are always so much better than mine!
God is good, all the time! 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Laryngomalacia

Bo was born a perfectly healthy baby and continued to be a perfectly healthy and thriving newborn. 
However, his breathing was a little different.
He never turned blue.
He didn't struggle with reflux.
He was always gaining weight and growing.
He just had noisy breathing. 
I noticed it when he was around 2 or 3 weeks old, and my mom mentioned it, too. He didn't make the noise all the time, mostly when he was sleeping and on his back. 
When my mom made mention of it, my response was, "He just needs to clear his throat." 
(LOL)
No.
That is what it sounded like, though! 
So, at our next doctor's appointment, I asked some questions. Of course, Bo wasn't breathing noisily, then.
I kept asking the doctor at each visit up until he was 6 months old. At his 6 month check, he was making the noise while we were in the office. 
His doctor then asked me questions about frequency and when I noticed it most. 
She told me she was almost 100% sure it was Laryngomalacia (Lair-in-joe-malaysia) or a "flimsy windpipe." 
She told me he would grow out of it. 
However, she also suggested we visit a lung specialist to have a chest x-ray. 
Bo was scheduled to have tubes placed in his ears for recurring ear infections and she wanted 100% certainty on his lungs being strong and able to handle the anesthesia.
Also, Colby had childhood asthma and Bo seemed to be a 'cougher,' already. 
We agreed that we checking his little lungs would be beneficial, because babies and anesthesia isn't something to be taken lightly.
So, off to the lung doctor. 
Praise the Lord, Bo's lungs were given 100% clearance and this doctor also said he, too, thought Bo most likely had Laryngomalacia. He told us to mention this to the ENT as well and he could do a quick check while placing the tubes. 
So, we did.
 
The ENT looked down Bo's esophagus while he was under and said that indeed, Bo's little larynx was a little flappy.
Thankfully, Bo never suffered any discomfort or had any major problems with Laryngomalacia
He was just a noisy breather, and yes, he did grow out of it! I noticed his breathing was less noisy around his first birthday and then I kind of just quit hearing it. 
It's funny because I've met 2 other moms who've mentioned that their little boys have 'rattles in their chest,' but no cough or drainage.
One was told it was acid reflux and the other just talked about the noisy breathing. 
 So I told them what we learned. 
I've also met a mom who's little boy was diagnosed with Laryngomalacia and had to have life saving surgery to correct it. This little boy would quit breathing and turn blue and it took several months to reach this diagnosis. After the surgery, however, no more problems! 
My purpose in writing this post is to put Laryngomalacia on someone's radar that has a baby with 'noisy breathing.' I sure had never heard of it, or heard of anyone who was diagnosed with it. I've learned that it is a very common thing, and is most common in Caucasian males. (Check, check!)
I've learned that more often than not, it self-corrects, or babies grow out of it. 
I've also learned that it can be difficult to diagnose, if you don't really know what you're looking for and your doctor can't hear or see it!  
Isn't it crazy the things you go your whole life not knowing?!
A baby truly changes everything. :) 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday Favorites

This time next week, it will be my FAVORITE Friday of the year. THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!! Hanging on by my fingertips, but hangin' on.....
Now for this week's favorites!

{ONE}
I'm a known lover of books, so doing a review over the ones I've read lately was one of my favorite things I did this week. You can read that post here. I love reading and am always on the hunt for the next good book!

{TWO}
I ordered this teacher life sign from That Inspired Chick's  Etsy shop for my new 5th grade (!!!!) classroom. New classroom means new classroom decor!  I CAN'T WAIT!!


{THREE}
I owe this favorite to my fabulous co-worker, who is always on the hunt for a deal! Brace yourselves, but they are on sale for $13.59. YES MA'M.
Just go ahead and click here.
While I was it, I swooped these up, too.
Get them here.
You're welcome.

{FOUR}
I feel like I won the lottery with this little Jon Jon. I'm part of several FB groups that re-sale smocked clothing and had inquired about a Jon Jon similar to this one. (Actually, it was last year's "Oh, Toodles.") However, the girl who was selling it went completely MIA and never responded. Boo. So I did some research and found the company who originally sold the Jon Jon. An email and a day later, this baby was on it's way to me! 
Bo is ALL about Mickey and friends and I just thought this was the cutest thing, so I'm really excited he'll get to wear it this summer. 
If you're in need of any kind of cutesy clothes, I can't say enough good things about The Smocking Bug. Super customer service!!!

7 more sleeps til Summer!!!

Happy Weekend! 














Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Books on My Shelf

One of my goals this year was to read more. Once upon a time, Bailey read books all the time.
 And then Bailey had a baby...
Now baby is bigger and I have a bit more time and freedom and free hands to hold something besides baby. 
Anyways, on to the books.
*Note: I'm one of those who has to hear from 5 people how good a book is before I can commit. And then, if the author lives up to the hype, I'm all in. That's why, this month, I read only Colleen Hoover and Taylor Jenkins Reid.

First up, It Ends With Us. I realize that almost everybody and their mama has read this book by now, but if you happen to be one of those who has not, stop whatever your doing and read it now. This book was my favorite out of the group I read over the last few weeks. (I found myself sitting by my shower at 5:30 one morning because I just had to know what was coming.) I had 0 expectations when I started it and I think I experienced every emotion while reading it. It made me blush and then made me fighting mad and then I was just melting into the floor. Hats off to Hoover for ending the book in a real way. (I was on a Team, but I can't say who for sake of someone who has just gotten back from Mars with me and not read this book yet.)

Hopeless didn't disappoint, either! While I wasn't completely attached to the characters in the first chapter like I was in It Ends With Us, I was definitely interested. Again, didn't really know where this was going, though I had more of an idea, and was really surprised and happy with the way it all played out. There were some curveballs! (Lesslie made me really sad. Anyone else?) This book comes in 3rd out of this group, but only because of how great the next one was...
Emma Blair, I feel so sorry for you and yet I want to be you! One True Loves came in close behind It Ends With Us; I was sucked in by the end of the first chapter. If you don't know, a girl loses her husband, and then is engaged years later to find out Hubby is still alive. I didn't know how I wanted this to end when I was in the middle of it, but I was completely satisfied with out it turned out. There was no #TeamJesse or #TeamSam. I loved them both. 
 Forever, Interrupted was different than all the rest, but still in the same category. It was love story but you knew that sad ending from the very beginning. When I was telling Courtney about it, I compared it to Steel Magnolias. We all know what's going to happen and yet we can't save ourselves and stop watching before the big ugly cry parts. This book was like that. I felt kind of overbearingly sad while reading it. Sure, there were happy parts and a sweet love story, but I couldn't shake the sadness. I think this book was very well written and it wasn't one of those I struggled to finish, I just don't think I'll be reading it again.


Next Up:
This is on it's way to me now! I told you, once the author wins me over, I'm committed. I've heard some pretty good things about it and Hoover is up 2-0 with me, so I'm excited to get into it.
And apparently I've read every book of Kristin Hannah's EXCEPT this one.








Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Show and Tell Tuesdays: Memory Lane

I consider my childhood to have been pretty sweet. I grew up in the country with plenty of open space and fresh air and plenty of people to keep me company. (I'm the oldest of 4.) 
I was also born in the early 90's so I got the best of the boy bands and Britney. I'm really glad that I don't have to grow up in the modern technology world. I know my younger sister doesn't really know the difference and neither will my children but I'm thankful to be in one of the last generations to experience a more *organic* childhood, maybe? 
Anywho, these are some of things I loved most. 

{Playing School}
From the time I could talk, I wanted to be a teacher. I went through a short stint of wanting to be a Veterinarian and even had my own Pet Vet kit, but I always came back to teacher. This desire stemmed partially from my skills of bossing and also because I like summer. Kids are okay, too. I remember Santa bringing me my first chalkboard and it was one of the most used toys in our house up until I was like, 14. (My brothers enjoyed it as well.) I'd turn our entire play room into a school and my brothers, no, brother, Briley was my class. G wasn't one to really listen or be inside very much. Teachers would ask at the end of every year who wanted to take home worksheets that they had left over and books that were no longer in use. My hand always went up. And Briley went to Pre-K writing his name and knowing some things, thank you very much. 

{Playing Babies}
The only thing I played more than teacher, was playing mama. I LOVED my baby dolls. I had 3 Lee Middleton babies and each one had their own name. None of their names changed, ever. (Abby, Katie Claire and John Carter) They also could fit into real baby clothes and my MawMaw would spoil me by taking me to Wal-Mart to get new outfits for them from time to time. And as my mom had babies and didn't need the extra supplies, she would give them to me. So these dolls were pampered with actual car seats, diapers, bags, bottles, etc. I played with my babies until I reached double digits. More than 10 but less than 13. :) They are now packed up in their boxes for my future daughters.

{Dress Up}
 I also had a pretty stellar dress up collection as little girl. It consisted of all Halloween costumes, old clothes of my mom's and my MawMaw even made lots of costumes for me. (Including that bridal gown!) My MawMaw kept a drawer at her house of my favorite dress up items and I would get dressed and walk down the sidewalk pretending to be in New York and convinced none of the 50 cars driving by would even notice. (I was in high heels, big hats and flouncy skirts. Also, the only one on the sidewalk. A zebra would have blended in better.)

{Shania and Britney}
It was no secret that I adored everything that was Britney and Shania. I was completely dedicated with Britney key chains, Britney posters, a Britney book..
 ...aaanndd even a Britney Spears costume for Halloween. 
I loved Britney dearly up until Slave for You came out and that's when I think my mom started an intervention.
I also remember wishing that Shania Twain's tour bus would break down or have a flat tire right in front of my house so she would have to ask to use our phone or ask us for help. (That could seem  weird, but I was like, 8.) 
 
In 3rd grade my best friends and I were treated to a Shania Twain concert for good grades. We had terrible seats, but it was the best thing that had ever happened to us. 

{N*SYNC}
Hands down, best boy band. Backstreet was a close 2nd, but they were indeed 2nd. My best friend Ginny loved JC and named her cat after him. (He's 19 and still kicking!) For my 11th birthday, my Uncle took me and 4 friends to an N*SYNC concert. He tried making us leave before they sang Bye Bye Bye in an effort to beat traffic. Obviously, he had never been anywhere with five 11 year old girls and a boy band. 

{Now & Then}
I watched this movie approximately 765,345,987 times between the ages of 7 & 10. Teeny was my favorite teen girl and then when the girls grew up, I wanted to be Chrissy because she had the baby. I knew every word to this movie and it still makes me smile when I watch it today. 

{Homeward Bound}
 
Oh my word, how I love this movie. I still cry happy tears when Shadow comes over that hill at the end. For years, I asked my parents for a golden retriever and then when I was about 14, I got my wish. I named him what else!?! Shadow. :)  
FYI: Homeward Bound II is also very good! Not the typical sequel.

{Harry Potter} 
In elementary school, I would get in trouble for hurrying through tests so that I could have time to read in class. Harry Potter was hands down my favorite. I read Chamber of Secrets in 2nd grade and was totally hooked, and then read The Sorcerer's Stone and Prisoner of Azkaban the following year. I felt like I grew up with Harry; in the books he was the exact age that I was as I read them. (My roommate gave me the illustrated version of Sorcerer's Stone as a baby gift and I am now going to collect the entire series in those versions. I can NOT wait to read them to my children!)

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



Monday, May 8, 2017

Life in the Land of Bo

Life in the Land of Bo has been pretty sweet lately. Lots of sunshine and lots of smiles. 
We are teaching Bo such wonderful table manners. Here he is hiding in the umbrella on top of the table.
He's so cute though! Who cares if he stands on tables for a little while?!
Posing with Sissy Girl! Still in shock that this happened.
Bo loves to play in this little tree house and as you can see, is really learning to pose on command! (When he feels like it.) Oma told him to lay down and put his hands together and so he did! He looks 4 here and I'm not sure if that's ok.

My baby is doing SO well in the water! He loves to jump in whether anyone is there to catch him or not and he will kick his legs like a maniac laughing the entire time. The puddle jumper is a MUST. It gives him his independence and me a little peace. It's pretty comical to watch him walk around in that thing, too! The arm swimmies can be a *little* restraining.
Boss lady Ella B.
And he gives it right back to her.
Rub-a-dub-dub 2 cuties in the tub! 
Aside from the finger pointing, these 2 have been getting along very well lately. A little more sharing, a little less hitting and some delayed reactions have helped. Knock on wood. ;)
 Courtney and I both agree that the more time they spend together during the week, the better they do. Ella can be kept happy if Bo lets her feed him and give him his juice, and Bo can be kept happy with juice and food so it's a win-win.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Weekend Away

For the past several years, Courtney and I have made it a tradtion (or tried to) to take a weekend for ourselves. Our place of peace? St. Simons Island. I grew up traveling to this sweet little beach and I just love it. It's familiar, but it's different. It's such a neat little place to me and it's just easy living; exactly what vacation should be!
We arrived late Friday afternoon and after unloading we headed to eat in the village. Unfortunately I didn't get a pic of our restaurant of choice, Mullet Bay, but it was so good! As a kid, this was always my first choice when deciding where to eat because you get to draw on the tables. And now as an adult, I still love it for that reason, but also because the atmosphere is fun and the food is good. 
I had fish tacos for the first time ever and I think it was my favorite thing all weekend! After eating, we walked to the pier, which is where I took the picture above.
 Saturday morning we slept late, got breakfast, did a little shopping and headed to the beach. Not having to carry our lives with us to the beach is something I appreciated a whole lot. It's been quite a while since I've been to the beach without baby and all belongings.
 Courtney and I talked a little and read a lot. I just finished It Ends With Us and passed it off to her, and I was knee deep into Hopeless (which I loved, too!)
 Right after this picture was taken we, or I, got some free entertainment. St. Simons has a dog friendly beach and usually there are several (well behaved!) dogs around. This day was unlike any other; several dogs around on their secured leashes. Until the owner of the biggest dog on the beach took said dog's collar off. On purpose. Chaos ensued. This dog was friendly, big and WAY excited to be free. He ran through people's things, around people's stuff, and then. 
Then, he peed on Courtney's chair.
While she was sitting in it.
I couldn't breathe and she was unsure how to respond. 
The dog's owner mumbled,"My bad," as he went chasing after crazy dog and Courtney just stood there. Finally, crazy dog was caught and leashed again and the only harm done was the drizzle of pee pee on Court's chair. 
I wish I had it on video.
 That night, we got all dressed up and ate at Crabdaddy's. This is always a restaurant of choice for us when without the babies, because it's one of the nicer restaurants and while I've seen small children there before, there isn't an abundance. It's just a more grown-up type restaurant to me. So, Courtney and I enjoyed breathing between bites and indulging on whatever we wanted. Crabdaddy's never disappoints!
 My wonderful plate of food. I'd love to tell you how great so many things are at Crabdaddy's, but truthfully, I've only ever had the crab cakes. I mean, they are so good that I have to order them every time I go. Crab is also my favorite seafood and if anybody does Crab well, it's Crabdaddy's! The green bean casserole was also delish.
 After supper, we went straight back to the condo, put on our pjs and read our books. I finished my book fairly early and was asleep by 10:30. Courtney was still in the middle of Lily Bloom's life, so she kept on reading. We really cut loose!
Sunday morning we woke up and headed to grab breakfast, but encountered a small delay. Apparently the night before I pulled to far over the parking spot's little stopper thing at the front, and being that we were in a low car, the little stopper thing proceeded to rip off some of what we think was the under bumper if there is such a thing. 
I wish I would've thought to snap a pic of us in the midst of this unfortunate situation, but because the situation was a little stressful in the beginning moments, it slipped my mind. After a few facetimes with Canon, Courtney and I actually fixed the car! Minus the pieces you see in our hands. We weren't sure where those pieces went or how to get them to stay up under the car, and the car looked and drove like it was supposed to, so we were good.
We may or may not have double high-fived each other once or twice after fixing the car. I'm still super proud of us; we did it without a man! Yes, Canon did give us a few tips, but the last thing he said was, if you can't figure it out, just cut off whatever is dragging and we'll worry about it later. Hallelujah, the car returned home with all pieces intact, or at least in or on the car and Colby and Canon righted our wrongs. We decided after this endeavor we should definitely compete on The Amazing Race.

It's funny because when the weekend started, I thought I'd probably skip blogging about it because all we were doing was eating, reading and sleeping. Fear not! We like to keep things interesting.