Category: Family

oh how things have changed!

Andy and I used to pack up and go at a moment’s notice. We’d plan last minute trips- sometimes just the day of or day before. Oh how things have changed!

We leave Wednesday to head to Florida for Ashley and Drew’s wedding. I’ve been making packing lists, organizing and packing for days already… and I haven’t even started with my stuff! ha! While we are so excited to go and show her off for the first time to family and to celebrate Ash and Drew- its also very stressful since its our first big trip with a baby. Fourteen hours is a LONG drive with a 7 1/2 week old! ha! Luckily Rory has loved her car seat and riding in the car so far! Hopefully it’ll stay that way until at least after the drive back!

Andy and I went to church for the first time with Rory for Easter! She slept almost the whole time, but did decide to make some “embarrassing noises” during the sermon… I could have died! And once I start laughing its hard to stop so you know I was shaking the whole pew trying to contain myself. Kids are sent to embarrass us starting at an early age apparently! 🙂 We had our wonderful friends, Josh and Carly, over for a late lunch. It was so nice to stay home for a holiday for a change and have our own little Easter!

Here are a couple of pictures we took this weekend. We realized we didn’t have many family pictures at all!

I have Rory SO many cute outfits that will be debuted in Florida- AND a lot of cute shoes 🙂 I will post pictures as soon as I can after we get back. I’m having surgery on Tuesday morning so it might be a little while but I will try! Also, Rory turns 2 months old in Destin (such a hard life!) so we’ll be taking her pictures down there!

sometimes life gets in the way…

… of blogging! I had this cute idea for a blog post for this week and well, life is getting in the way of me being creative so far this week.

Yesterday my adorable, sweet six week old baby was replaced by a whiney, needy baby. I feel so sorry for you moms out there who have these babies everyday. I don’t know what I’d do if Rory was like that all the time. Every single time I’d put her down after I’d rocked her to sleep, she’d pop those eyes open and cry/scream. Oh my goodness, it was a LONG day. But, thank goodness, today she woke up smiley and sweet once again.

I’m pretty sure this is why Mondays are so hard for the stinker.

Her daddy spoils her to death on the weekends. I’m not complaining one bit and can deal with Monday Blues from the baby girl if that is why she’s upset. I am so thankful for a husband who is an absolutely wonderful dad. I know there are women out there who do it completely alone, heck I know these women personally in my life. I am beyond blessed.

Rory ADORES her daddy too. She smiles and just stares at him when he holds her (as you can see from above picture).

Let me just tell all you mom-to-be ladies out there- the “My Little Lamb Cradle n Swing” from Fisher Price is a life saver!!!!!!! Here she is in it when she was just a few days old:

And here she is now at six weeks old:

She loves her “friends” as we call them- the lambs on the mobile. She just “talks” to them and smiles at them, its too cute! I wish I could actually get a smiley picture, but babies smile REAL quick its so hard to get one on camera!

Life outside of baby has been crazy for us too. I’m having to have surgery as soon as we get back from Florida for Andy sister’s (Ashley’s) wedding. I’m having my gallbladder taken out and maybe/most likely a cyst removed. Lovely! Good news is that my mom is coming to help take care of Rory and I am SO EXCITED for her to be here again! (Andy is too- he gets her good cooking! ha!) So needless to say, the next couple of weeks are going to be busy. Hopefully I can still blog in the midst of all of it! 🙂

I’m One Month Old!

Can you believe I’m one month old?! Mommy keeps telling Daddy she can’t believe it! Doesn’t seem like a month to me either- I’ve done a lot of sleeping through everything!

Today Mommy got me all dressed up (with nowhere to go, might I add!) and took my pictures. She’s so funny because she put on a “casual” outfit and a “dressy” one. She also kept saying funny things like “smile with your eyes, Rory!”… like I know what THAT means! She makes funny noises when she wants me to smile but I don’t fall for that!

This is me in my casual outfit. Notice how its getting a little too small- thats because its a Newborn size and I can barely fit in those anymore!

Mommy forgot to put in a bow, but I was getting angry so she gave me my paci to make me feel better.

And now for the “dressy” outfit. I loved kicking around in this dress. Its a 0-3 month size and fits so good! Mom says that I’m her “chunky monkey”. It doesn’t hurt my feelings because Mom and Dad say chubby babies are the cutest!

Here’s me hanging out with my friends. My Papa gave me this bunny when he came to meet me for the first time. The Bear is from my Grandma and Grandpa. I love my stuffed animal friends! (sorry I’m a little cross-eyed, I’m still learning to focus)

I’m still a good baby, if I do say so myself! I sleep pretty good for Mom and Dad and I’m on a good schedule. I’m eating more and more so that I can grow big and strong. I love my swing, but I get really mad when the music goes off! I also LOVE taking walks outside with Mom during the day! I look forward to the weekend all week long so that I can have lots of time with Dad!

I don’t want to brag….

but this kid of mine is pretty stinkin’ awesome.

(Note: I realize this could change, so I’m ‘knocking on wood’ as I’m saying all of this.)

Ever since the day she was born she has had a sense of schedule. Every 3 (now 3-4) hours she wants to eat- its almost by the minutes. She eats around 10 or 11 at night and then sleeps until 2 or 3 in the morning and then again about 6. So that technically means she only wakes up ONE TIME in the night. ONCE, people!

The only time she ever cries is when she’s hungry, dirty or has a bath. I told my mom when she was here that I worried because she never cried. She laughed. I can put her in/on her little Boppy and she will put herself to sleep just kicking and making little grunts.

If I could be sure that all of our babies would be like Rory, I’d have six! ha! I’m now scared to death to ever have another child because what if they are like normal babies and cry and fuss and not sleep at night?! 🙂

In other news… I’m getting a little cabin fever crazy. There is only so much cleaning/ washing/ tv watching that a person can do! Andy said he will keep the baby for me to go out and shop this weekend and I’m so excited!

And one last note: did I mention how AMAZING my husband is??!!! On his days off he lets me sleep in and takes care of her in the mornings. When he comes home he grabs her up and snuggles her. I can’t even begin to tell you how wonderful he is with her. He hasn’t had any experience with babies but you’d never know. He’s so confident with her and it melts my lil’ heart!

alright, I’m ready.

I am officially as ready as I think I’ll be (mentally) to have this baby! I read some birth stories on The Bump today and they didn’t horrify me, surprisingly! I’m just so ready to see what/who Rory looks like (warning: my family has strong genes… I’ve been identical to my mother since birth). I wonder if she’ll look anything like my niece or nephews did or if she’ll look more like Andy’s family. I’m dying to see if she has a head full of hair or if she’s going to be bald. Either way I KNOW she’ll be perfect in every way.

On another note- Andy is loving his job. How do I know this? He has talked a lot about it. Again, this is huge. More importantly though, this is Andy’s perfect job. Here’s why: 1) he can wear jeans every single day, 2) he can wear his boots that he wears constantly, and most importantly 3) he can wear a hat. Yes, thats right, he can wear a hat every single day if he wants to. Pretty sure he’s in job heaven. 🙂

Andy has also made a friend at work. He’s a fellow engineer that he had met before coming here on some training trips. Its really cute because they are SO much alike, as all engineers are. They even set up for us to hang out this past weekend without any kind of pressure from the wives, ha! His wife is adorable and so funny. We got along wonderfully. As much as engineers are all alike, I think the women who marry them are alike as well. They are new to the area too and haven’t met anyone around here either. Anyways, we had a wonderful time together and I can’t wait to get to know them better.


Well I have neglected our blog for quite some time. There have been several times when I wanted to write but there was always something going on. One of my new year goals is to write on the website two times a week. Hopefully I can achieve this and then after things start settling down (aka after baby madness!) I’ll try to do three or four times a week.

I am currently trying to re-vamp our site- New year, new look, and a fresh start! So stay tuned for a fresh new look and more posts!

Okay I guess its time to update on the past couple of weeks (sort versions, I could write a book on our recent adventures!).


  • In the beginning of Dec. we found out that we were moving to OK/TX. Andy is working at the mill in Valliant, OK and we are going to be living in Paris, TX. We fell in love with Paris on our first trip and new this was going to be a wonderful place to live and for Rory to be born.
  • We bought a house! We came back to Paris for a quick house hunting trip and found a wonderful house. We are so excited about it and feel so blessed that we were able to find something so quickly.
  • Andy’s mill closed down Dec 16th and he worked until the Monday before Christmas. After that he had almost a full month off of work and it was FANTASTIC!
  • We went “home” to TN for almost two weeks for Christmas. It was a wonderful visit but we realized it was too long (sorry family that are reading this!). We are so used to just being home and all that back and forth between houses and keeping up with families was hard. By the time we got home I was having major contractions and was dilating already. Scary!
  • Tucker ran away. Guess he found a new home somewhere near my parents’ house. Miss the stinker so bad.


  • Our last drive home from TN to Alexandria. Bittersweet.
  • Preparations in full swing to move! Movers came the 11th and packed us up! Off to Oklahoma for our temporary home for two weeks before we close on our home in Paris.
  • Shock at the false advertising on the website for our temporary home. I won’t go into detail. Just pray that this OCD/uber-hygenic 9 months pregnant woman makes it through… or maybe you should pray more for Andy. Yeah, pray for him. ha!
  • Andy started his new job TODAY! I could tell he was really excited to go (I would be too if I were putting up w/ a crazy hormonal person 24/7, hehe). I’ll let you know how he likes it!

We close on our house the 28th of January, yay! We’re both dying to get in there and get organized. Its hard to be between houses for so long.

I’m now 36 weeks pregnant and having inconsistent contractions all the time. I’m hoping she’ll hold on in there until we close on the house- then she can come anytime. Andy and I are getting so excited to meet our little nugget, Rory!

Okay! Keep checking back for changes. I’m excited to getting back to blogging regularly. Pictures will come soon too.

And its official- finally!

Andy got an official offer today to go to Valliant, OK with his company. We will definitely miss this little house and the friends we’ve made here & I’m positive if it weren’t for pending baby I’d be having a harder time saying goodbye. We will be moving the first of January and Rory’s due date is Feb 17(ish) but my doctor insists I won’t make it that long. We shall see!!!!

Andy and I have been blessed to be able so far in our marriage to make it home for every major holiday- until this year. God’s timing is impeccable as always because it was a welcomed quiet Thanksgiving just us. We slept late, went to Cracker Barrel (no cooking or cleaning! yay!) and did some shopping. Of course we missed our family so much, but it was really nice to not have to stress and worry over packing, driving, seeing everyone, etc.

So this is late but here are some things I am SO thankful for this year:

  • God’s faithfulness to us! For a couple of weeks we had no idea whether or not Andy would have a job and He provided exactly what we needed @ the right time!
  • An amazing husband who goes out of his way to make me feel loved everyday and who provides for our family. I could not ask for more, he is so wonderful! I can’t wait to see him with Rory and being a great father to her.
  • Little Rory Eve- our little miracle! Her timing is perfect and she is well loved already. We can’t wait to hold her and watch her grow!
  • Our wonderful families. We have supportive parents, great siblings, and fantastic niece and nephews. Through this huge transition and wait game of Andy’s job we’ve seen our immediate family and extended go out of their ways to give advice, love, listen and most importantly PRAY for us during the unknown. Thank you guys for being our rocks here on earth!

Of course there is much more I am thankful for- I could write all day! I will continue to update as we know more about the move. At 30 weeks pregnant this week, we’re ready to get the ball rolling!!!

big changes coming…

Well to say the very least, we’ve had a whole lot going on the past few weeks. Long story short (will update on another post soon), Andy’s plant here in Pineville is shutting down so we will be moving. It looks like we are getting transfered, and as of today it seems like we will be in Oklahoma. Again, everything is up in the air and when we know something for sure I will update our site with the details! I am just ready to find a new doctor and find a home to bring this little girl home to!

We have had two amazing showers in the past month and we are feeling beyond blessed by all the gifts we have received. Rory is one spoiled little girl already! When everything is settled down I will post some pictures from the showers.

My friend, Lauren Wood, took this picture of me at one of the showers. I am 26 weeks in the picture. She did an amazing job taking pictures and decorating! My friend Jodi hosted it at her house and it was so fun!


Now we’re getting to the fun part!

Throughout my pregnancy so far I have found myself feeling guilty because I’m not “glowy” or feeling fantastic. People talk about how wonderful they feel and honestly I just haven’t. The first trimester I lost 14 lbs because of sickness, not to mention our lovely trip to the ER. It just wasn’t a great experience for the first trimester. Up until two weeks ago I was still getting sick at least twice a week so I still hadn’t felt as glorious as everyone else says they feel. 

BUT!!!!!!!! Now I am feeling FANTASTIC. Sure, I still have my moments of nausea/sickness and my back is starting to give me fits, but I am really feeling great as a whole. 

Why the change?!

First of all, we know we are having a tiny sweet girl in a few short months. We can buy and plan and decorate the room. This has been so much fun for us. Even Andy is into the shopping- every other day I’m getting emails from him showing me cute things to buy her. We’ve also begun to stock up on books for us her. Andy and I have selfishly been getting some of our old favorites off amazon – ex. we bought a couple of “collections”: Dr. Seuss, Little Bear, and Little Critter. We are really excited about getting them all in! 

Even more fun than that though is Andy is FINALLY feeling the kicks. Granted, he could have felt them several weeks ago if he had the patience… I would call him over and he’d put his hand on my stomach for a total of three seconds and say, “She doesn’t like me,” or something to that affect and walk away- HA! So finally they are strong enough there is no mistaking it. And tonight, the most fun thing of all as far as the kicking goes happened. When my sister, Telena, was pregnant with my sweet niece Jacy over ten years ago (ahhhh how can it be?!), she would put a remote on her stomach and we would all sit around and watch for her to kick it. I can still remember how fun that was for me as a first time aunt then. Well tonight I put my cell phone on my stomach and BAM!! it knocked right off. I then put it back on to make sure it wasn’t a fluke and little sweet ninja Rory kicked at it for 30 minutes. Andy and I just watched in anticipation the whole time. 

I’m starting to forget (or at least its getting hazy) all those terrible days of sickness now. We’re having a precious little girl who is obviously VERY active. I just can’t wait to see her and love on her!