Rain Puddles

August 22, 2013

Lately as I stare at my precious little boy and I think about the pace of life; I wish more than ever time could slow down so that I could see his smiles more, hear his laughs more, and enjoy the little moments more often. Unfortunately, life isn't always fair when it comes to the daily busyness of working full time and being a full time wife and mama.

However, I’ve come to realize that it’s up to us to stop, slow down, and take moments to enjoy the little things.

My goal the last few months after reading a blog about taking time to stop and smell the roses and stop rushing our children, has been not to rush Mason in anything he does. Granted sometimes he needs a little push in the right direction, but when we’re walking to the car and he sees a bird or the moon or the teeniest of bugs and he wants to stop to check it out, I let him.

This morning as we were running late as usual, we were getting out of the car at daycare when I happened to see a big rain puddle from the storm last night and I decided to stop rushing and enjoy a precious moment with my munchkin.

I got him out of the car while telling him there was a big rain puddle I wanted to show him. We got over to the puddle and he said “it’s rain mama!” and I replied “yep it’s a rain puddle; do you want to jump in it?” Without hesitation he took a giant leap into the puddle, giggled, and continued to head inside.

Though it lasted but a few moments, it meant something to me as a mother who is constantly trying to be a better mother, a mother who’s trying to slow down and enjoy every minute of life, a mother with baby #2 on the way who’s trying to savor each second I have alone with my 1st born who is the light of my life, a mother just trying.

I dropped my little boy off at daycare, left with several hugs and kisses goodbye which is my fave, and then headed back to my car. I came up to that puddle my little boy just jumped in and I said to myself “it’s my turn” and took a giant leap in that puddle.

Today I encourage you to stop, take a moment, and take a giant leap into a rain puddle. No matter how young or old you are or where you’re at, take the leap. It will make you smile; I promise. J


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OBX 2013

August 19, 2013

Completely in awe. It was an honor to be there over Memorial Day Weekend.

Our hot tub. We jumped in as soon as we got there. 

Our pool.
Ahh...the breakfast nook.

The kitchen where my hubby cooked most of the meals.

View from the 3rd floor deck.

My view every morning.

He loved the sand.

Loved having a private beach to visit every day.

Buck Island turtles.

Oh my goodness how I miss vacation.

Earlier this summer we were able to take Mason on his first big vacation. We decided to choose a place that wasn't too far of a drive and somewhere we could lounge on the beach all week.

I have been a huge Nicholas Sparks fan as long as I can remember and a lot of his books are set out of North Carolina and several out of the Outer Banks. Well, like most romantics, I had fallen in love with the place I read about and have been dying to visit the Outer Banks for years.

Well, this year was the year! The Outer Banks was more than I expected and though different from our usual pace during vacation; it was perfect. There wasn't a ton do to around us, but it was just what we needed to relax and enjoy time as a family.

We drove to Washington DC where we stayed one night and enjoyed some of the sight seeing around the city and then headed straight to our little paradise for the week.

We rented a beautiful home in Corolla, NC called Harmony's Haven. It was perfect for us. There was so much space that we could've fit 2 other families in there. The home was in a beautiful gated community, it was so close to the beach, and there were several places around us to visit. It was absolutely wonderful. The house had 3 levels, several bedrooms and bathrooms, a hot tub, a pool, movies, books, a grill, a breakfast nook (which is one of my heart's desires), and the owners were the sweetest ever. I couldn't recommend a better place to stay if you ever visit the Outer Banks.

Our days consisted of waking up, making breakfast, heading to the private beach until lunchtime, heading back to the house for lunch, getting Mason down for a nap while Jordan & I lounged by the pool all afternoon, then we'd cook dinner, and do absolutely nothing but relax the rest of the evening/night. Absolutely perfect! We'd visit local shops in the evenings or talk a walk around the community where you could feed turtles or play on the playground.

From Duck Donuts (oh my heavenly deliciousness) to Bad Bean Taqueria to the delicious welcome cake from Bacchus Wine & Cheese to the beautiful beach to the wonderful community to the perfect house to rent to the wild horses to the wonderful OBX people to....well...the list could go on and on. I think you get my point. I loved it! :)

Mason is such a good traveler and LOVED the beach! It was so precious!

I cannot wait to go back!

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Whoa Baby!

August 16, 2013

Whoa baby is right for my crazy attitude these days. Holy hormones! I'm so moody it's terrible.

Part of my journey throughout this pregnancy is to be open and honest and say the things women want to say when they're pregnant and just don't. So, today it's I feel like I could rip out people's eyeballs more often than not these days. Hey...it's just a feeling...I really won't rip anyone's eyeballs out.

When I was pregnant with Mason I was so joyful, happy, and carefree. This new little munchkin has turned me into what feels like a ticking time bomb and my niceness....well...it's hiding or the baby is stealing it all. ;)

I can do a pretty good job of holding back some of the hormones I'd like to release at times, but there are times when I'm less than friendly and I apologize for all those who have to endure my moodiness on a daily basis.

I'm sure I'm not as fun as normal, but I promise it's only temporary. Well, I pray it is or we're all in trouble. LOL!

Here's hoping to these moody hormones to bypass quickly.

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4th of July

August 14, 2013

Thankfully this year the weather was kind enough to allow us to enjoy our annual trip to a local golf course to watch fireworks. Well, everyone but Mason & I stay to watch them. I’m pretty strict when it comes to Mason’s routine especially on a Sunday night. Nothing is worse than a cranky toddler on a Monday morning when it’s no one’s fault but my own. So, we avoid that by staying for all the fun until it’s time to head home for bed. ;)

From snacking on foods, visiting with friends, and playing yard games; it’s always so much fun.  Mason got a balloon this year and that kiddo loves balloons.

Daddy showed Mason the “green” and they took a little walk to see how cool it was. My hubby and golf; I just don’t get it.

The boys played Bocce ball while the girls sat back and giggled at how serious they get. Such competitors.

Though extremely tired and enduring morning sickness the whole time; it was fun and I can’t wait until next year when I have 2 little munchkins to share the tradition with.


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