September 30, 2017

September 2017 in Pictures

 Wedding Ready
 Skylar with the Groom (knight in shining armor, literally)
 oh how I love these girls
 Sea shell hunting
PCB 2017 with Mom
Onyx baby!

 my new THM cookbook!
 Library Day. That's 44 books!
 I've taken up coloring. 

September 2017 Update

September was kind of a blur.

We popped down to Bham for my step-brother's wedding on the way to the beach. Hurricane Irma kind of dampened the first couple of days but then we had fantastic weather and shell hunting, which is Skylar's favorite. I didn't get to snorkel a lot but we still had a blast.

While we were at the beach, I had the grand idea to start an online deal sharing service. I love saving money and I love shopping from my couch so it only made sense to start sharing the things I find with everyone else. You can follow Online Deal Alert on Facebook. Be sure to find the pinned post at the top and let me know if you are looking for anything in particular and I'll keep an eye out. I've already helped several people check things off their list - at a discount!
While we were away, Mike held down the fort but we missed our pup so much. I was SO surprised at how much she had grown during the week we were away. At her first check up in early September she weighed 15 pounds but we can tell she's gaining quickly Y'all. I don't really enjoy the puppy stage at all (#BecauseBaron), but this girl is so sweet and laid back. She has been the perfect addition to our family and she has made a great farm dog so far. She's happy and content to hang close to the house and doesn't really wander at all. We most often find her lounging at the back door or under a shade tree. She even puts herself to bed at night in her kennel outside. I can't get over how gentle and calm her personality is. She's really smart but she's also pretty lazy (thank you pyranees). The lab part makes her really friendly so it's like the best of both worlds. We have joked that we hit the jackpot with this love bug and are so happy to have her here!

We've also added 2 new chickens to the BFF, Dot + Freckles. I call them "the twins." They stick pretty close to each other and I really can't tell them apart. They've had quite a time trying to acclimate to the rest of our brood but things are finally starting to get better. Everybody went on a laying strike for a while but I think we've gotten the pecking order in line now.


I was able to help a postpartum family earlier this month. I literally watched a baby go from 36 - 48 hours old and it was so precious. I also had a repeat client deliver at the end of the month. It's such an honor to work with a family again.

Stay tuned for October. More September pics here.

August 31, 2017

August 2017 Update

August was crazy town.

After the car accident last month things went a little bezerk. For someone who is a homebody it sure felt like we were going somewhere every single day. And I was not a happy camper. Between orthopedic doctors, physical therapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, car shopping, and court, having a day at home was rare. Ugh! Did I mention that I'm a homebody? So, not only was I hindered in my work because of my hand, but then there was the time issue to boot. To my own surprise I think I've managed to keep all of my clients happy and projects moving forward but it hasn't been easy. For someone who likes to finish projects ahead of schedule, I felt behind most of the month. I still do. Type A. Sigh. I can't help it.

We did finally get "car" checked off the list. Man, the used car market is HOT. Kinda like real estate in Nashville right now. We literally had 2 cars sold right out from under us. Frustrating! We finally found a Limited Toyota Sequoia that I absolutely love, so it all worked out in the end. It's the first non-American car I've ever owned in my entire life. It kinda feels like I'm cheating or being disloyal somehow. Do I miss my Mountaineer, Starry Night? Yes! But I'm loving my new heated seats, sunroof, bluetooth phone connection, weather teck mats, back up camera, and DVD player. I didn't know what I was missing out on. LOL! Now, if I could just come up with a name for her.

We also started 5th grade. We were a little delayed from our original plan because of the car accident. With my hand messed up, I couldn't quite handle anything else on my plate. But my girl BEGGED to start school so we kicked off one week after Metro. In TN, 5th grade is technically "middle school" but I just can't even admit that we are here already. Our co-op starts up next week but in the meantime, we've been working on things at home. My girl's curiosity to learn and creativity amazes me sometimes. It's such a priviledge to be her mama and learning facilitator.

One super exciting event this month was the Solar Eclipse. Our new home was right in the path of totality. We had 60 friends join us at the BFF for one of the coolest things I've ever seen. It was so eerie to see it get dim during the middle of the day and then go to complete darkness when the sun is in the middle of the sky. We saw stars and our flood lights came on. The sun's corona was whispy and beautiful. We didn't get a chance to listen for crickets because we were all cheering and chattering away. It seemed like the fastest 2 minutes and 8 seconds ever! I'm definitely planning to travel for the next one in 2024. Once you've experienced it, you wouldn't want to miss it again. Check out this awesome timelapse that Josh Rowe captured.

Mike and I also celebrated our 12th anniversary this month. I don't think it's any surprise (and we will fully admit) that our entire marriage has just been hard. But I finally feel like we are getting to the sweet spot. This 2nd decade has certainly been immensely better than the 1st and it feels good.

We also have an exciting addition to the BFF. Meet our new pup, Onyx. She's a black labrador/pyrnaees mix and she is the sweetest thing. After Baron, I thought I was ruinned on puppies forever but this little love bug has stolen my heart. She really is precious! I've read good things about this mix and we are hopeful that she will be a good guard dog for our chickens and farm while also being a family friendly pet. We all adore her already. Skylar made this awesome video to announce her arrival.

Mike has been traveling for work this past week, although it's more fun than work. He has worked so hard over the last few months to earn this trip and I'm glad his best buddy from work earned a spot too. He comes home tomorrow but they are having a blast.

That's about it for August. For more pics, go here. Next month is our annual beach trip with my mom. I sure could use a vacation!

August 2017 in Pictures

Be sure to read the full August update here
 Me and my girl went to see Little Mermaid at TPAC. 
It was just the motivation I needed to start driving again.  
And when you go to TPAC, you also have to go to the TN State Museum.
A bench that Skylar designed, measured, cut, and built.  
 1st Day of School pancake tradition
 On the 1st Day of 5th Grade we studied dinosaurs.
 Voted in a special election for our new district. 
 Happy 12th Anniversary
@Fin & Pearl
 Crusing in the convertible with Grandma & D-Dad.
 My cousin came to town for the eclipse and took us to the Opry. So fun!
Solar Eclipse Party at the BFF
What a fun day!
 Mike's new headshot for work. I love it!
Very happy to be done with car shopping! 
First non-American car I've ever owned. Eek!
New car. Same old habits. 
My ALL American girl. 
 Welcome Home, Onyx!
 Sweet pup!

July 31, 2017

July 2017 in Pictures

4th of July Celebration with Mimi & K-Diddy 
So excited to visit with my Bham bestie!
All of the princesses
 When the kid is in Bama...
 Hiking with Angie & Coe
Swimming at Uncle Bennie's
 Cracks me up that Skylar found the Free Book Bin even in Bama
 Getting to know District 33
 Happy to have our girl home.
 Three Generations of Look Alikes
 BFF patriotic upgrade
 She's got braces! Isn't she adorable?
 We found the cutest little neighborhool library up the road. 
 How we landed after flipping 3 times. 
Driver's Side 
The other vehicle
At the tow yard
I got a splint and some stiches as a souvenier
Pretty narly looking and hurts like the dickens. 
I'm getting pretty good at typing with only 7 fingers.