Friday, June 29, 2012

Wesley's First Haircut

I cannot believe our little man is old enough for his first haircut. Granted he's only 5 months old, but given the hair his parents have, I'm really not surprised. I'd wanted to trim his hair for days before I finally got Jarrod on board. We weren't looking for anything drastic, just cleaning things up a bit. Wesley's hair had begun to curl around his ears and stick out like horns. It didn't lay flat on top no matter what I did and was getting VERY long. Basically every time we left the house I was embarrassed by his ragamuffin hair.
So on a sunny Saturday morning we put the little man in his bumbo chair and Jarrod got out the clippers. We agreed on what we were going to cut and went at it! Jarrod took about an inch off all the way around. No one is going to mistake him for a girl now!
It's amazing how much hair we took off...
Look at all of that sweet baby hair... Jarrod and I (and Wesley...) were brave through the hair-cutting experience. We didn't cry and held strong to the goal - a good haircut for our little man.
This is our first "after" shot. We immediately got Wesley in the bath to make sure everything looked good. I didn't capture a photo of the real after on my camera, but did get this awesome one with my phone.
Our sweet little man looks so grown up with his big boy haircut! It's still very long for a 5 month old. In fact, most people at church the next day made comments about how much hair he has, not knowing we'd cut it off the day before! I love the cut because now his hair isn't the first thing you see. He's a beautiful little boy with tame hair now.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wesley's 5 month video

Wesley has started rolling as a form of transportation. I know we'll forget this season so I made a video. I edited this down, but it's still fairly long. Hopefully you enjoy Wesley playing around. A few highlights: Wesley playing with his feet, Wesley rolling over on Sophie the Giraffe, and Wesley playing with his crinkle block, especially when he plays with his feet.


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Tuesday, June 26, 2012


I saw this bouncing around on the internet recently. I was intrigued. Frankly, the test is long and involved, but I'd recently had my blood and vitals taken for our health insurance policy, so I drew on that for things like my HDL and waist measurement. I may have estimated up on the exercise, but I'm shocked that my real age is 13 years younger than my actual age. I'm also surprised it did not ask me my water intake. I always tell people that the amount of water I drink is going to be what makes me live forever. Perhaps I'm wrong...

Actually, I think the three elements that will help me live forever are getting sleep, walking everyday, and drinking lots of water. Eating healthy and non-processed will probably help too. And a positive attitude. Attitude is everything and age is just a number, afterall.

I can't tell you if this test is worth the time it takes to fill out, but if you're looking to kill 15 minutes and are interested in your health, check it out. It has some helpful hints on how to stay young and healthy. I completely ignored them because it already gave me 13 years - I don't need to go much younger than 17 thankyouverymuch!

What's your "real age"? How old do you feel? What do you think are the key elements that will keep you young. 
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Monday, June 25, 2012

Really Tough Day - Financial Implications

Here are my thoughts about the financial impact of what we went through last week with Lucy. As I wrote, Lucy was very sick and I rushed her to a 24-hour emergency animal clinic. While we were there I learned she needed at least one day in the ICU, plasma infusions, fluids, antibiotics, and lots of care. After 24 hours we were sent home with cans of special food, two different kinds of antibiotics, anti-diarrhea liquid, and probiotics. 
Before I was able to leave Lucy in the ICU I needed to pay a deposit that would cover two nights in the ICU. I won't give you the total, but I'll tell you that there were 4 digits to the left of the decimal point. It was more than 3 times the out of pocket cost of giving birth to Wesley. I uttered, "Wow" before telling the doctor that it was fine - whatever they needed to do was fine. Take care of our baby girl.

Was this a little bit insane? Perhaps. She's just a dog, but she's our baby and we needed her better. We knew that paying this would make her better - it wasn't a wish or hope, we knew she needed to be rehydrated. And honestly, I knew I wouldn't be able to care for her at home alone. Lifewise, we weren't buying a new TV, car, or spending on some other large, unnecessary expense.

I handed over my debit card and thanked God that it was the 15th - I knew our paychecks had hit our account that day and we'd have plenty to cover Lucy's ICU stay. I knew that we had room in the budget, once we moved things around, to cover her care. Would we do this every month? Absolutely not. Am I thankful that we have a budget because it brings us peace during emergencies.

I recently wrote a guest post for Money Saving Mom. The following section brought some negative comments.
Having a budget means having peace — things will happen outside of your budget. Children get sick, windows break, and cars break down. A budget takes the emergency out of these situations. It brings peace into the financial inconveniences of life.
 I couldn't clearly articulate a response to the folks who said that in order to make this work you must "rob Peter to pay Paul." Perhaps that's what we did with Lucy's bills. The fact is, we won't pay much, if anything, extra on our student loans this month because we reallocated that money to cover the emergency. But we won't touch our emergency fund and except cutting back where necessary, our budget won't change. We'll still pay our rent, buy groceries, and won't lose any sleep over paying for Lucy's care. And next month we'll go back to paying extra on our debt, just like the month before.

I cannot tell you how much peace it brings to me knowing that finances didn't add to my stress or anxiety when Lucy was sick. I was already worried about my sweet puppy, my traveling husband, caring for our little man, and cleaning the mess left in our house. I'm so thankful that I didn't need to worry about how we were going to pay the bill.

This is not a post about how much money we make, although I'm thankful that we make a good living. This is a post about how having a budget really assisted in bringing peace to my life. Having a budget meant that Jarrod and I aren't fighting about how much money it cost to care for Lucy. We didn't have to worry about paying our rent after paying for Lucy's care. Having a budget also means that each dollar means a lot to us - we know what else that money could have been used for and how it would have brought us a month closer to debt freedom. But for one money, because of this freak emergency, we hit pause and took care of our family. And I'm so thankful.

If your family had an emergency, would you have the cash to cover it? How do you determine what an emergency is?
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Friday, June 22, 2012

Really Tough Day - Part 2

If you missed part one, check out the first part of the story. We ended that story with me in a diarrhea-filled exam room, a sick puppy, and a wild-haired baby in his jammies.

I cried several times, thanked everyone, and tried to get myself together while I waited for Lucy to be examined. I spent the next hour or so locked in a small exam room full of diarrhea. Thankfully this is not my first poop rodeo. Wesley was a champ and didn't even seem to notice the smell. I filled out paperwork, nursed Wesley, spoke with a technician, and eventually a doctor - yeah, I nursed in an exam room full of diarrhea... Everyone was so nice and made me feel sane - not like the crazy person I felt like. At some some point I made the decision that no matter what, I wasn't leaving town. Wesley and I were supposed to leave the following morning to go to Louisiana to meet up with Jarrod and visit some friends. I was sad, but knew that just wasn't going to happen.

The doctor came in and examined Lucy. The doctor was very thorough, asking lots of questions - was she around any new dogs? Did she have new food? Did she know the person watching her? Did she get into any chemicals?  She was a rockstar and around 7:45pm she was taken back to have tests run. By 8:30pm the doctor came in to update me. The important tests came back and were negative but Lucy was severely dehydrated. The doctor predicted that they could rehydrate her and her bloodwork would go back to normal. He wanted to keep her in the doggy ICU for 2 days while she received plasma, antibiotics, and fluids. He gave me the estimate of work. We're taking serious cash to keep our first baby in the doggy ICU. The doctor explained everything to me with patience and compassion.

I signed away my life, carried my little man to the car, and left Lucy in the capable hands of Dr. Smith and the team at I-20 Animal Medical Center. I cried the whole way home. I updated Jarrod and he was fantastic - telling me I did the right thing and was so sad he wasn't there with us. It was a tough night. We didn't have food in the house and I ended up having a slice of toast with butter and a glass of wine for 10pm. It was sad to be home alone without Jarrod and Lucy. I wished that my sister or husband could have been with me to help with Wesley so someone could really focus on Lucy. I felt very torn.

That night I checked on Lucy and spoke with Dr. Smith again. He patiently told me Lucy was okay and explained what they were doing with her. He didn't talk down to me but did explain things with great detail. I was still very worried about her. Dr. Smith ran a few more tests including heart worm and an x-ray - nothing we got back explained why she was so sick. But thankfully, the day was over. The next day would be brighter and also bring me one day closer to Jarrod coming home!

The next morning I spoke with a technician who said Lucy was doing much better. She was eating, drinking and keeping things down. She was getting fluids and her test results were normal again. The doctor would call me later. I finally began to calm down. While we still didn't know what was wrong, we knew what it wasn't and she was getting better. Dr. Smith called early that afternoon and apologized for not calling sooner. He told me Lucy was doing great and that he thought she could come home that evening. He told me I could come around 6pm - she'd be done with her round of fluids by then. I was thrilled.

At 6pm I arrived to get Lucy. The ladies who were so gracious yesterday were thrilled to see Wesley and I. They asked how Lucy was and said that they were just wondering how I was doing. They'd asked about Lucy but hadn't heard if she was doing well. They were so kind. The doctor spoke with me again with patience and compassion, completely explaining Lucy's care and the purpose for each of the medications he was sending home. He took his time with us and told Wesley and I about his one year old daughter. He politely corrected the technician that referred to Wesley as "she". (To her credit, he was in the bjorn facing in - all she could see was the back of his crazy-headed hair!) I couldn't believe how attentive and compassionate everyone was.

After explaining Lucy's 4 prescriptions, getting some cans of wet food, and helping me to the car, we were off! I had all the kids at home in time for dinner - perfection!
I navigated giving Lucy her new medicines, watched her very closely, and let her sleep in bed with me that night. I still wasn't completely peace-filled because Jarrod wasn't home, but I was feeling much better. Through the whole process, I kept thinking that things weren't fun, but could have been so much worse. The people were so nice, Wesley was so good, Jarrod was with someone who had great experience at this specific animal care system, etc. Thankfully, I didn't have anything pressing that I needed to do this weekend and was able to devote all my attention on Lucy and Wesley...and laundry!

I'll write more tomorrow about the financial implications of this difficult day. Naturally veterinary services are quite pricy, but living on a budget means that wasn't added stress.

Do you have any pets? Are they family like our animals? Do you talk for them like we do?...wait...nevermind... 
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Really Tough Day - Part 1

I try to write about real life with a positive spin. I do my best to check the complaining at the door and look on the bright side of even the most difficult circumstances. This blog post bounced around in my head all day while I had one of the toughest days of my life. This post will be long, lack pictures, and definitely divulge too much information. Consider yourself warned.
I am going to be as detailed as possible because I like to pretend my life is a reality show. If it were, this day would definitely get great ratings. I wish I had pictures. Wait, no I don't...
On Friday morning I woke up after a delightful night's sleep in a beautiful hotel. Wesley coughed after his breakfast and I found myself completely covered in spit up. Not a big deal, but not an ideal way to start the day. After cleaning up, we were headed home. We drove about 3 1/2 hours to Courtney's house. About 2 hours into our 3 1/2 hour drive home from Courtney's place Wesley started freaking out. He wouldn't calm down so I stopped at a truck stop to see how he was doing. Even though he'd had two HUGE poops the day before, he'd pooped again. And I only had one wipe left. Yeah, it was awesome. After cleaning up, we continued driving. We got home just before 6pm - nearly 10 hours after we left Arkansas. Jarrod was out of town and I was looking forward to doing laundry and relaxing for a few hours before we hit the road again on Saturday afternoon.

I placed Wesley in his crib to play while I unloaded the car. I noticed that the house smelled bad but I had heard Lucy was sick earlier in the week and figured it was just leftover. I unloaded a huge suitcase, several smaller bags, a pack 'n play and several bags of dirty diapers before going to get Lucy. I opened our bedroom door and knew something was drastically wrong. Our room smelled terrible. Lucy had messed in her crate. I was exasperated. I grabbed Lucy and started the bath. I got Lucy going in the bath and threw her blankets into the wash.

After a good bath, while I cursed Lucy for messing with my relaxing night, I locked Lucy in the bathroom while I cleaned out her crate. When I got back I realized things were even worse than I expected... Lucy had diarrhea all over the bathroom - this was not like our Lucy. I called Jarrod hysterical. He was driving through torrential ran in Tennessee but was able to calm me down and got me the number to an emergency 24-hour animal center.

I did my best to clean up myself and the house, wrapped Lucy in a towel, got Wesley in his carseat and raced to the veterinarian. I did my best to keep Lucy calm and clean while we drove the 25 minutes in rush hour traffic.

I arrived to the animal care center - enter lunatic without makeup in workout clothes screaming and holding a pooping dog. Lucy was wrapped in a towel but did not have her collar because it was in the wash and she wasn't on a leash. Who brings their dog to the vet without a collar or leash?! Me. Yeah.

I held Lucy in her towel while she had diarrhea all over the floor of the entry. My life is glamorous. I was yelling to the technicians that my baby was still in the car and I needed help. One of them graciously ran to the car to sit with Wesley while the other took me back to a private room. Lucy was still perky, but was having diarrhea all over the room. I continued to ask about Wesley. Soon (or what felt like 95 years!) a technician brought Wesley to me. They had turned off my car, locked it, and carried my smiling boy to me while I waited with a very sick puppy.

Check back tomorrow to learn more...but for now, picture me crying with a pooping puppy and a wild-haired baby!
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Monday, June 18, 2012

Quick and Helpful Tip for Bloggers {HTML code for opening a link in a new window}

I'm back after a very crazy week and weekend. I'll be updating you slowly on some of the chaos going on in our world soon. I'm also going to cut back on blogging every week day to blogging on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays - at least for the summer. I'll be able to put more time and effort into those three posts rather than worrying about content and rushing through things to get 5 posts out a week. 

One thing that irritates me is when I'm exploring a website, having a great time, and I click a link. That link takes me to a new website and I lose my place on the initial website. I love websites that have the link open in a new window. Several years ago I decided I needed to learn this HTML code so that when people were visiting my blog and clicked on a link they didn't lose their spot but a new tab or window would open with the link.

A little googling brought me exactly what I was looking for - the code to open a link in a new window. I realized this code is a very simple fix. Normally when making text into a link the html code looks like this:

It's important that the html code is copied exactly. All of the symbols and spaces are very important.

If you want the link to open in a new window, there's just one little change. Here's what that code looks like:

Notice the change is the target="_blank". That is what signals your browser to open a new tab or window.

Of course blogger makes this easy for you simply by checking a box.
This can be very helpful for people visiting your blog, especially when you have links that take visitors away from your blog. By opening a new window, you are sure they aren't leaving their spot on your blog!

What's a helpful html tip you've learned recently?

I'm linking up at One Good Thing
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Thursday, June 14, 2012

My Food Dicotomy

For the past few days the idea of going completely processed-free in our house for a week or month has sounded really appealing. I talked it over with Jarrod a few nights ago and he seemed agreeable. We'll see if it's something that we actually take on or not. I don't know that it would change many of our meals - we eat mostly non-processed foods anyway, but it would be an interesting challenge. Especially in the ice cream department - I'd love to make our own!

While this was bouncing around in my head, I also began thinking about my secret junk food. While we do eat very clean, there are a few things that I dream about. Wesley and I were home without Jarrod earlier this week and I was thinking about making junk for dinner just because I could. The list of things I contemplated might surprise you...
  1. Hot dogs and baked beans - Jarrod calls this beanie weenies, but my mom used to call it hot dogs and baked beans, so that's the name. She used to buy a can of baked beans and a package of hot dogs. She'd cook the beans on the stove, add some brown sugar and ketchup, and toss in the sliced hot dogs. Cook that until warm. I've only made this a handful of times since I moved out (12 years ago) but when I do I tend to use vegetarian baked beans and turkey hot dogs. I'm sure my mom didn't do that. I also do not add brown sugar or ketchup - the beans are plenty sweet themselves. This is probably the only dish I've ever made that literally contains zero vegetables. If I were to healthify this meal, I'd probably make the beans from scratch and use an organic sausage. But that's not what I crave - I crave the can and cheap hot dogs full of things I cannot pronounce. 
  2. Cookie dough - It should be no surprise that cookie dough is one of my most favorite things to eat. I've been known to purchase a roll of tollhouse from the refrigerated section of the grocery store and finish it off in 3 days without ever making cookies. In fact, I did that this time last year when I was pregnant with Wesley and Jarrod was out of town. When I make cookies I would never consider purchasing dough. But I do have a weakness and a special place in my heart for this processed delicious goodness.
  3. Stouffer's Macaroni and Cheese - Sure I could make a delicious and creamy version from scratch with whole wheat pasta, butter and cream...but then I couldn't deny the fat and calories. I can't pronounce half the ingredients on the frozen version and choose to ignore the nutrition facts clearly pasted on the box. This delicious treat is an incredible weakness - one that I refuse to yield to unless at a church potluck. You know there's always macaroni and cheese at a potluck!
  4. Coke Zero - Let the judging begin! Unlike the other items on this list, this one is something I do partake in regularly... I know I shouldn't drink caffeine while nursing. I know sodas ruin your teeth. I know I shouldn't drink something if I cannot pronounce ALL of the ingredients. And yet, I find Coke Zero to be nectar from Heaven. I limit myself to no more than one coke a day, even on the most difficult days. If someone can teach me how to recreate coke zero for cheap using all natural ingredients (including packaging!) I'll be a convert. Until then, I'm drinking phenylketonurics. 
  5. McDonald's Chocolate-Dipped Cones - I love McDonald's ice cream. I'm not a fan of any of their food (although their diet coke is delicious!) but I do love a good vanilla cone. When I went through the drive-thru for a diet coke a few days ago and discovered that their dipped cones were back I knew I needed one - even though I'd not yet had lunch. I don't know what is in the ice cream (probably stuff I cannot pronounce) and really don't want to know what's in the magical chocolate that hardens when it touches the ice cream, but I'll eat it! 
Although not an exhaustive list of my guilty pleasures by any means. This is just a simple list of random processed foods that I crave from time to time. 

What processed foods do you crave? Do you give into the cravings or do you find a more natural, whole foods alternative?
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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Walking Update Wednesday

Hopefully you're well aware that I'm a walker. I walk 60 miles in 3 days to raise awareness and funds because I believe in a world without breast cancer. Each week I am updating folks on Leanne...the Walker about my training and fundraising thus far. Because I've been traveling for the past two weeks training has been slow. But I've still managed to walk at least 6 days a week, even just a few miles. I'm excited to be home for a few weeks starting next week and I can really kick training into high gear.
This year I am going to raise all $2,300 necessary to participate by September 1st. In addition, I'll also be walking 300 days in 2012 in order to prepare. 

I'm really excited to see my boys cheering me on with Lucy in her pink!

Here's my walking update for last week! Want to help me reach my goal of $2,300? Donate today!

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Five Months

Yesterday Wesley turned 5 months old! I can't hardly believe he's been here for 5 whole months. We love him more and more each day and are so blessed God chose us to be his parents.
Dear Wesley,

You have entered the most fun phase by far this month. You roll over like a champion, rolling across the room with ease. You play with your toys and really respond to us. You love blocks and crinkle toys. You play peekaboo and laugh. Laughter is the most beautiful sound I've ever heard. Your dad and I spend all of our time trying to get you to laugh and smile. Your dad discovered that you are ticklish on your lower back and loves to tickle you.
 You have different laughs now - you have a fake coughing laugh, a real belly laugh, a silent laugh, and a fake giggle laugh. We model different laughs to you and you laugh back. It's amazing.

It was a very busy month for us. Mama left you overnight for the first time. You did a great job and mama survived too. Daddy and Momo watched you and you did a great job. I missed you so much. After my weekend away, Daddy brought you to Waco and you experienced your very first Annual Conference. We stayed in a hotel and you went to childcare for the first time. Daddy stayed with us for a few days and we stayed alone for a few days. You made lots of new friends and were a fantastic baby. You loved watching people and were passed around the young delegates especially. You brought a lot of joy to Annual Conference.
You sleep through the night and have dropped the 10pm feeding. You sleep straight from 8pm until 7am most nights. It's absolutely glorious, but we really miss you in the evenings. You are a great sleeper at night but still struggle through naps during the day. Some days you take a few good naps and some days you just don't sleep at all. Even on the no-nap days, you are still a very happy baby.

I've been incredibly impressed with what an adaptable kid you are. You play well by yourself, are really adaptable, and love to be with people. You are a very happy and healthy baby. You travel well, sleep in your carseat, and are really good at restaurants. While our life has changed in really dramatic ways, it's still somewhat the same. We still go out, have fun, and enjoy time with friends. You've simply enhanced everything in our life.
On one hand we cannot wait to watch you grow. Teeth, crawling, and food are all milestones we're excited about. On the other hand, I cannot believe our little baby is growing up so quickly. You have a personality and are growing into a sweet little man.

Your daddy and I thank God every day for you. We love you more than we ever thought possible.

Love you, little man.
Mama and Daddy
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Monday, June 11, 2012

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Aunt Courtney got baby Wesley the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom at one of our baby showers. It was one of Courtney's favorite books as a child and she knew that our baby would love it. What she didn't know was how much Jarrod would like it!

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is one of our favorite books. Jarrod reads it several times a week to Wesley and has gotten very good and animated with the book. All three of us really enjoy the book.

Jarrod left today for a week-long work trip. He's really sad that he's not going to see Wesley (or me) for several days. In hopes of easing the blow on Wesley, he recorded a little Chicka Chicka Boom Boom song for us to listen to while he is gone. I knew immediately that I'd share it with you. :-) Enjoy!

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Friday, June 8, 2012

2012 Goals - May Update

I cannot believe we're now well into June. I had ever intention of writing this earlier, but it just didn't happen. I cannot keep my days straight, let alone months. I love writing these monthly posts because it encourages me to examine our goals regularly. If we're falling off track, we can easily get back on.

Family Goals

  • Become debt free in 2012 - This month we paid over $2,700 on debt. This brings out 2012 total over to $25,000 down on debt! We have $22,000 left and we're doing everything we can to hit the December goal of being debt free! It'll be close!
  • Have 10 date experiences in 2012 - We had another date night in May.We drove to Jarrod's alma mater for a choir concert and got milk shakes. It was delightful! This brings our total up to 4 dates so far in 2012. I don't know how June will go - we're very busy this month!
  • Have 10 family days in 2012. - In May we took Wesley to the park. This was our third "family day" this year. We haven't had the opportunity to much family time outside the house, but will definitely get more intentional about it. 
Leanne's Goals 
  • Hit pre-pregnancy goal weight by April 1st and maintain it throughout the year - I amended this goal in March to be 5 pounds above pre-pregnancy until I finish breast feeding and gave myself until June 1st to hit that goal. I'm excited that I lost the remaining 4 pounds and hit my adjusted goal! 
  • Walk 300 days in 2012 in preparation to walk all 60 miles in the Susan G. Komen 3-day for the Cure - So far, I've walked 104 days in 2012. That's 69% of days. 300 days is 82% of the year. I am up from last month and know that life will settle down in the next couple of weeks and I'll get back into a good habit. 
  • Finish fundraising (raise $2,300) by September 1st - This hasn't been as easy as years' past. I'm waiting on garage sale donations to hit my account, but I have a long way to go! Donate today
Jarrod's goals
  • Lose 10 pounds. - Jarrod has stopped weighing himself. He's not quite as militant about goals as I am... 
  • Get content ready, publish blog, and gain some notoriety. - He's rocking the blogging! If you're not subscribed already, get yourself over to the Liturgy Nerd! There should be a very exciting announcement made soon! 
  • Try one new exciting recipe a month. - We cut the restaurant budget and tried to eat very simply this month. However, for Memorial Day, Jarrod made delicious carnitas! 
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Thursday, June 7, 2012

My Crazy Life

The past few days have been really crazy in the Johnston family. I got home late last night with suitcases full of dirty diapers and dirty laundry, a fussy baby not at all on a schedule or routine, and boxes of papers and notebooks. Here's a recap:

  • I left Wesley for the first time overnight in the capable hands of Jarrod and his mom. Wesley was fine, I was a nervous wreck. 
  • I facilitated a very successful leadership retreat for 20ish teenagers.
  • 30 is too old to sleep on the floor.
  • Being a full-time mom and a full-time youth minister is hard work. 
  • Speaking in front of hundreds of people really intimidates me but seeing my husband on the front row calms me right down.
  • I have so much hope for the future because of beautiful people like this girl.
  • Wesley rolled off the bed onto his face. #momfail
  • I lost my keys at the hotel on Sunday afternoon and didn't realize it until Tuesday morning. Thankfully, they were at the front desk...
  • My job is fantastic and the people I am blessed to work with are remarkable.
  • Wesley is incredibly loved and a very adaptable baby. 
I did 4 loads of laundry last night after being gone for 5 days. A few more to go and I'll be packing again! Jarrod is preparing for choir tour and I'm preparing to visit mission sites in Missouri and Arkansas. Wesley will be traveling with me and I pray he's as wonderful as he was this week! We're all home for the next few days but by Monday morning we'll be off in different directions again! 

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Memorial Day Recap

What a difference a year makes! Last Memorial Day we invited our family over to see our new place. We were sharing this photo of our growing baby. It's amazing how much has changed over this year!

Here are some photos I snapped of the cousins on Memorial Day this year.
 Wesley is so exciting! Everyone wants to play with Wesley!
 Let's make silly faces, Wesley!
 Look at Wesley, he's so big!
Okay, I'm done playing now, this kid doesn't really do anything...
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Monday, June 4, 2012

Wesley's Latest Trip to the Park

Our last trip to the park was over a month ago so we decided to take Wesley again! He's still too little to really enjoy it, but we have fun showing him the swings and other park fun.

This is just our neighborhood park and it's in the sun. Because it's now well in the 90s every day, it's difficult to stay at the park for very long.
In a few months we will venture to the city park. It's a big wooden park with lots of shade. We know Wesley will love it!
Wesley didn't know quite what to make of the swings but I think he's really going to love them in a few months!
This is my favorite picture because it shows an impressive trait that Wesley got from his daddy...sticking his tongue out at random!
I don't know that we'll be going to the park much until September so I'm glad I got some good shots this time.

Notice the sweet onesie he's wearing. It might look familiar from when we announced we were pregnant!
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Friday, June 1, 2012


In light of this story from last weekend, I thought I'd share with you something awesome from SMU! My dear friend, Skye, has done it again! You'll remember she made Courtney and Philip a beautiful sign as a wedding gift and a fantastic sign for our family also. Skye also makes fun collegiate signs and cards!
Not a Mustang? That's okay! She has signs and cards for Aggies,

and lots of others at her shop Thumbprint Designs. I don't know why I didn't think to post these sooner - they would definitely make fantastic high school or college graduation gifts!
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