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My parents watched Molly for us last night while Jim and I headed into the big city for dinner at a new {to us} restaurant, 5 Church.  The food was yummy, the atmosphere cool and the company fantastic. The best part was that Jim was home before the sun set, so I felt like we spent eons together. It was nice.

Or maybe the best part was that we were home by 10 and in bed shortly thereafter? Lame? Maybe, but there’s only so much to do uptown when one is pregnant.

We continued our great weekend today with a pretty lazy family day – a.m. cartoons, a walk to Starbucks, checked out the new playground, sold a desk on Craigslist, lunch at East Blvd Bar and Grill {Molly loved the round fries, even though she doubted us at first!}, naps all around and then banana and chocolate chip pancakes for dinner.

Molly even chose the Kevin Henkes book A Good Day for one of her bedtime stories because it was indeed a good day. How cute is that?


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This past weekend, we traveled to Virginia to meet up with Jim’s brothers and their wives plus one nephew and another babe on the way, plus his mom, aunt, uncle and grandmother. It was nice to see everyone, especially since we won’t be traveling this holiday season due to baby #2’s arrival. There’s a picture of Molly with her cousin Wrigley that I will have to post, but I think it’s on Jim’s phone, so I’ll have to track that down.

The three of us were sharing a room and we brought blankets to create a pallet for Molly to sleep on, but as expected, she wanted none of that. She also didn’t want us to leave her when we tucked her in. You would think I would have embraced a 9 pm bedtime, but that would have only been if she had let me sleep. At one point, Jim and I were hanging on for dear life on the edges of the queen size bed while Molly sprawled horizontally across the bed.

She had a fever and what we now know is bronchitis, so her sleep was restless at best. Non-existent at worst.

On Saturday night, I thought she had fallen asleep, so I tried to slip out of the bed to get some water and visit with my brothers-and-sisters-in-law. As I was slowly sitting up, Molly slid her hand up my arm, grabbed hold of me just above the elbow and said, “Gotcha.”

I could hear the grin in her voice.

“Lay down Mom.”

And all night long, she maintained a grip on me. My arm, my shirt, even my ponytail at one point. As uncomfortable as the nights were, I loved how needed she made me feel in this time of testing boundaries and exerting independence.

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Spring break, 2012…that phrase has a different meaning for a preschooler, although I’m pretty sure Molly had a blast!

I still had to work, so Renee and my mom helped out on the days that I taught, but Molly and I were both super excited that Jim was able to take some time off last week so we could have a fun family day! I’m not sure if Jim was more motivated by the idea of an easy, fun-filled day or by the fact that Molly and I don’t exactly see eye-to-eye on well, anything. I think he was secretly worried about Molly and me surviving the week!

Tuesday, we stayed in our pj’s until late that morning, then headed to Freedom Park, which is a park my parents used to take me when I was growing up. We took a bag of bread to feed the ducks and proceeded to ignore the warnings that it was against the law to feed the waterfowl. Molly was *so* excited as we were walking to the pond. She could see the geese and ducks in the water and she yelled out, “I’m coming to FEED you!” After walking her all over the park, we went to get bbq for lunch and headed back to the house for naps. Unfortunately, Jim was the only one who got a nap that day.

Seriously, who is this kid in my pictures? If I hadn’t been AT the park with them, I would have sworn Jim took pictures of a five year old instead of our two-and-a-half year old.

I can’t remember what we did the rest of that day…the no-nap situation kind of makes me lose my marbles everyday.

But on Thursday, we went to Mandy and Devin’s to dye Easter eggs and Molly thought that was so cool. Guess what color *all* of hers were?

Yep, pink.

So on Friday, we dyed some more eggs and Jim managed to break  more of them than Molly.

Saturday night, Molly attended a private party in her crib that lasted until 11 p.m. so Easter Sunday was an awesomely fun time. She bawled pretty much the entire time in the nursery at church {but later when we asked her about church, she said it was fun. Weird.}. Then we went to Beverly’s for lunch and hung out on her beautiful porch to watch the Masters. We tried without success to get Molly to take a nap, but she didn’t. Jim and I didn’t take any pictures with our camera during the day, but all the cousins had a great time together. It’s so fun to watch them interact with each other and to see Jackson and Benjamin’s reactions to the girls.

Molly and Addison had the most adorable conversation before lunch about their {matching} dresses and their boo-boos. They had their own special table at lunch which Beverly had bravely set with flowers. Addison kept touching the flowers and Molly would shout “No ma’am!” Just watching them run and hop and roll around, sometimes laughing and sometimes arguing made us think about twins. It’s like they’re siblings when they’re together. Then we chuckled and thought of my friend Julia who actually has twins and we determined we probably had no idea!

The Easter bunny was super generous to Molly and visited multiple times. Between us, the grandparents and Bev & Ben, Molly is set for spring and summer!

She’s trying to decide if she’s going to share a jelly bean with me or not…she’s such a sweet girl that she did decide to share one of her prized jelly beans.

I enjoyed the week with Molly and our extra time with Jim, too. It was nice to not have to rush out the door every day and just let our moods dictate our activities!

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Molly is super excited about Easter this year. We have several Easter books, and I’ve tried to read the Easter story to her from her Bible, but it’s a tough one to wrap one’s head around. I’m not stressing too much on the meaning of Easter yet – just hoping she’ll realize that it’s a holiday and we’ll be with family!

She wore her smocked chocolate bunny dress to school today. I cringed a bit when she picked it out (it’s white, after all!) but then figured why have the clothes in the closet if she can’t wear them? She’s only going to be this size for a little while!

Of course she lost one of the bunny’s cotton tails at school, but that’s ok. At least it was the middle one, so it kind of looks balanced.

Just for fun, this is Molly a year ago tomorrow at Graham’s Easter party:

Holy cow, she is such a KID now. There was still some baby in her this time last year, wasn’t there?


This afternoon before nap, Molly and I were reading the book Meredith gave Molly for her birthday – I Like Fruit. It’s one of Molly’s favorite, because well, she loves fruit. And she feels like *she* is reading it because she recognizes all the fruits and tells us what they are. Every once in a while, she’ll forget what one of the fruits are, like the cantaloupe or the plums. Today, she pointed to a picture in the book and said, “What’s that, Mama?”

I asked her, “What do I call you?”

She thought for a minute and said, “I love you?”

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We had a very fun and busy holiday season! We enjoyed lots of great time together as a family; I am so grateful Jim was able to take some time away from work. Molly and I are going to miss him dearly when he goes back to the office next week!

The week before Christmas, we had a cookie decorating party on Tuesday and celebrated Jim’s 36th birthday on Thursday. Molly and I took Jim out for burgers for lunch, and Nana kept Molly so Jim and I could go out to a nice dinner to celebrate.

We visited Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens to see the Christmas lights {will post *cute* pictures in a separate post!} and took Molly to McAdenville, aka Christmas Town USA. She loved it and has been asking about it ever since.

Jim and Molly decorated more sugar cookies on Christmas Eve and we went to the carols and candlelight service at church. Then, we dressed Peaches in her Christmas pj’s, put out the reindeer food and cookies for Santa, and read the Christmas story before putting Molly to bed so Santa could visit.

And what’s the best part of baking? The bonus, of course!



My parents went to church with us and stayed for baked ziti, salad and sugar cookies.

On Christmas morning, Molly woke up around 7:30; we opened gifts here and then went to my mom’s house. Beverly, Ben, Jackson, Benjamin and Addison also joined us for breakfast and gifts. My dad always makes eggs and sausage, and it wouldn’t be Christmas morning without sausage balls! We came home for naps all around and then headed back to my parents’ for dinner. Christmas night dinner has always been my favorite: We always have a good spread of yummy sandwiches and snack foods. This year we had bbq sandwiches, ham delights {a personal favorite!}, sausage balls, chex mix, buffalo chicken dip, mac & cheese, baked beans, and parmesan bacon dip.

We also had cupcakes and sang “Happy Birthday” to Jesus after dinner.

On Monday evening, we all went to my Grandma and Grandaddy’s for dinner and then on Wednesday, Jim’s parents came to visit to wrap up the Christmas celebrations.

My little family had a wonderful Christmas season. I am so fortunate to have a loving husband and a beautiful, sweet baby girl to celebrate with. It meant a lot that Molly enjoyed the story of Jesus’ birth and searched for nativities all over town. She loved looking at Christmas lights and our Christmas tree. Seeing the holiday through a child’s eyes – MY child’s eyes, at that – brings a new meaning to the holiday. I wanted this to be a special time for her, and I truly think it was a magical two weeks. She was excited to “hang out” with us, ate too many sugar cookies, stayed up too late and was incredibly exhausted, which made for some trying times; however, the fun and sweet times outweigh those more difficult moments and I hope we were able to create some wonderful memories and beginnings of lifelong traditions for her.

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For the first time in I don’t know how many weekends, no one at our house was sick.

We had a great weekend together and enjoyed the beautiful weather – Mexican food Friday night, the park (for Molly, Nana, and me) and golf (for Jim) on Saturday, dinner with friends Saturday night, errands and lunch on Sunday, and then Beverly and I had a Sweet Birdie’s Nest meeting.  We wrapped up the weekend with family dinner at our favorite pizza joint, Hawthorne’s.  I felt like we actually had a good mix of productiveness and fun.  {Although for me, productive and fun usually go in the same sentence!  I’m a dork like that.}


The park in our neighborhood is situated right by the railroad tracks and this weekend, I have a whole new appreciation of that train.  Usually, I’m annoyed because it’s so close to the house and it never fails to come when I have no time to spare.  And then it’s really hard to turn left off our street.  Or, I remember when I had a 45-minute commute home from work and I’d be 30 seconds from home but the lights would start flashing as I approached the tracks.  However, watching Molly watch the train speed past was one of the coolest things I’ve witnessed.  Mind you, we see the train every day.  She can see it from her crib in the winter when there are no leaves on the tree and I’m worried we’re going to lose the blinds on her window because she pulls them back and chants, “Choo Choo” or “Twain Twain” while she’s supposed to be napping.  And she sees it on a regular basis from the car.  But she saw it up close for the first time on Saturday, and her mouth formed a big “o” and she pointed and gasped and then ran the length of the park like she was chasing the train.  It was pure wonderment and I loved it.


I know I’ve mentioned this before, but there’s a Dairy Queen less than a mile from our house.  It’s one of the “old fashioned” ones where you stand in line outside and order from the window.  My parents used to take us there as children and now I love that I get to take Molly.  Well, usually I love it.  I gave up sweets for Lent, but Jim and Molly didn’t.  After pizza last night, Jim wanted ice cream, so I sat in the car while he and Molly shared a Blizzard.  A Snickers Blizzard, which is my favorite.  I have a feeling Lent is going to be a loooong 6 weeks this year!


I’m wanting to make some small changes to our house; we’ve lived here five years this month and with the exception of a few new pieces of furniture and Molly’s room, everything has stayed the same.  I really want to freshen things up and organize the house so it works for us.  It’s so funny because Jim thinks we’ve made a lot of changes {which we have done a lot, mind you, it just depends on who you ask as to HOW much we’ve done!} and I think it looks the same as it did when we moved in, except for the paint colors!  But anyway, my first priority {well, today’s first priority – it could change tomorrow!} is to paint the family room and update some of the accessories.  I bought new pillows for the couch last week that I love and we tried out two paint colors.  Jim likes the one we currently have on the wall, and while I do too, I think the room will seem bigger if we go lighter.  And, as you can tell, we will obviously – eventually – do something, since we already started the job.

I’ve already decided which one we’ll use but could probably be easily swayed…want to vote?  Let me know “left” or “right” in the comments.  I’d love to see if your opinion matches mine!

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What a gorgeous weekend!  We were busy, of course, but made some time to spend in the sunshine.  Molly loved swinging in her swing and figured out how to climb up her little slide and then get her feet under her so she could sit down and slide down the slide the right way.  Once she figured that out, it was a constant up, down, up, down.  She loved being outside and made sure to let us know that she didn’t want to come in.  She did learn a new word this weekend:  dirty {although it sounds more like “dooty”}.  She would fall and her dirt or grass on her hands and she was quick to say, “dirty.”  At one point, she was swinging and she pointed to the porch light filled with bugs and told Jim, “dirty.”  {That’s my girl!}  The daffodils and crocuses have bloomed, so Molly got a good lesson in being gentle with the flowers.  She had fun walking to each one and saying “ye-yo” and “pu-ple.”

Jim had to work on Saturday, but when he got home, I was determined that we were going to start at least one project, so we recovered the dining room chairs.  I loved the fabric that the chairs were covered in, but after five years, a dog, and a toddler, the silk was looking a little worn and there were water stains on all of the chairs.  My mom found this purple velvet fabric on sale over a year ago, so we finally got around to the using it.  I missed the stripe at first, but think the solid looks great and will hopefully be easier to care for.  And that just means I can incorporate a pattern with some new drapes!


Old fabric - that I found out Jim didn't like!


Like new!



And finally, on Sunday afternoon, a years-long search for a new television ended.  {You think I’m kidding about the years part, don’t you?  Well, I’m not.}  So of course Jim wanted to hook it up right away, but we haven’t decided if we’re going to wall mount it or find a console with drawers or cabinets underneath and we haven’t gotten rid of the old tv.  Lucky me, I’ve got TWO tvs in my one family room.  But I’m excited about the new tv – it is not near as bulky and visually-imposing as the old one and I know in the long run {once the old one is gone!} the family room will seem much larger!

All in all, it was a productive weekend.  I can’t wait to tackle a new project next weekend!


This kiddo just makes my day!





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