Thursday, April 24, 2014

Meeting the Easter Bunny

What would Easter be without the oh so typical picture with a scary looking bunny? It's not that the pictures are anything amazing, but there's just something fun about dressing your cute baby up to remember the holiday. Especially when it's free! 

On Good Friday, we headed to Bass Pro to see the Easter bunny with my college best friend and my new mommy friend. Emory was all dressed up in her bunny outfit and ready to conquer the picture! 

Emory loves her Aunt Candy so much! She always gets the biggest smile when she sees her! I'm so blessed to have such great best friends that love my baby girl so much.  

The line wasn't too terribly long and we enjoyed watching all the kids and chatting with each other. Justin kept her entertained and walked around with her some and she was loving being out and about with all the kids. We laughed at the kids who cried when they had to sit with the bunny and I wondered if that was what Emory was going to do. She has been in an "I want my mommy" phase lately, so I figured she wasn't going to love getting passed over to a big hairy bunny. 

She kept pointing at the bunny and saying, "See." We thought maybe that was a good sign. 

But then, when it was her turn, this happened:

Haha! Isn't that the funniest thing ever?! I have to admit, I totally love it much more than a smiling one. I was secretly hoping we would have one like this to keep forever. Let's just say, this year Emory was not a fan of the Easter bunny - not one bit. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Emory's Easter Outfits

There are SO many great things about having a baby, particularly a baby girl. One of those things is...the clothes! Oh wow, how I love to dress this baby girl. Grandma loves to buy cute outfits, too! 

The week of Easter, Emory got to wear all of her adorable outfits and I just couldn't stop snapping pictures of her. She is so stinking cute! It has been hard for me to get good focused pictures now that Emory is walking, but we've finally worked out a good routine in the backyard. Sometimes it takes 5-10 minutes of me just snapping away, but we always get a few gems, for which I know I will be forever grateful. 

These are from the days leading up to Easter, with Emory bringing a little Easter fun to everyone around! 

When I sit down, she wants to sit down, too. It's the cutest thing. I mean, hands on her knees and everything. So adorable! 

This was her "meet the Easter bunny" outfit and a favorite of mine. I have a weak spot for bubbles and I want her to wear them every single day! 

Look at that little bunny tail! So cute! Thanks for the precious outfit, Grandma! 

Isn't she just too cute?! I can't even handle it. I love my sweet baby girl - in clothes or in a diaper. She makes our world a happier place. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Scenes from the Week

I love taking and sharing these random daily pictures because y'all, I seriously am SO thankful to be at home with my sweet baby girl all of the time. This time in her life (and my life!) is priceless. We can NEVER get it back. I would not want to be anywhere else. I'm so thankful that Jesus has blessed us with the ability to let me be home with her. And also grateful for my sweet husband who works so hard so that it can happen. He is the best daddy! 

Emory loves the dishwasher and I just thought this picture was SO "teenage" Emory. I mean, no, stop getting so big so fast! But really, how cute is that romper?! Love it. 

So one of my favorite parts of our bedtime routine is when I say "go get your paci" and she takes off for her room, grabs it, and comes running back into the kitchen with the biggest grin. She is so excited to get her paci and there is really nothing better than a happy baby running towards you, wanting you to pick her up. 

After lots of rainy days last week, we were so excited to have some pretty sunshiney days this week. Emory loves wagon walks. She sits contently the whole ride, just holding onto something (a toy or the garage door opener) and chatting away. She just loves to be outside. 

Grandma bought her these new fancy shoes and we went for a test drive in the backyard. She loved stomping around in them and even got a little dirt on them right away. Eeks! I love these pictures of her walking with her sweet belly sticking out and leading the way. Plus, that crazy blonde hair is too sweet! 

On a serious note, please say a prayer that we sell our house soon! We want land and space and I long for more room for her to run around. We are trusting that the Lord wants us to be here for now, but we are praying earnestly that He is opening up a door for us to move soon. 

I babysat for one of my friends this week and I have to admit - it was nice having two! They entertained each other and were so cute together. They chatted back and forth and tried to steal each other's toys. Emory is not the best sharer, so that's something we have to work on. She just doesn't understand why she can't snatch it away! Haha! It was so cute seeing them playing together and I started thinking, "I can totally do two!" ; ) It also made me really want to cherish all of these moments when I only have one baby. Right now, I can play with her, rock her, sing to her, etc for as long as I want with no other baby needing my attention. Such a precious time. 

This picture cracks me up!! Obviously in her jammies/play clothes and totally mismatched, but she didn't care. She was having a blast! We hooked up this inflatable sprinkler for her today and turned it on for her to play in and she HATED it. Like immediately started bawling crying and freaking out. Haha. So I guess next year will be the summer of the sprinkler?! Apparently we aren't ready for that yet. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Scenes from the Week

This week has been a good one! In the last few weeks, we have gotten really involved in a little "mommy and me play group" and it has been a blast! We are enjoying being "busy" and meeting new friends. 

The beginning of the week was full of chilly days and rain. We were cooped up in the house on Sunday and Monday and little missy was so anxious to get outside and play. She absolutely loves being outside and will go and get my tennis shoes and bring them to me. I think she has associated those shoes with going on a wagon walk. It's so cute! I'll also tell her to go get her shoes and she waddles off to find them. She usually brings back just one shoe, but hey, that's halfway there. Haha! 

Emory loves to climb up on the dishwasher and "help" mommy unload it, whether it's clean or dirty. I think it's so sweet that she sees me doing something and wants to do it, too. She loves being a kitchen helper. She also was still recovering from a sunburn in this picture - on her right cheek. Total mom fail. : ( 

A few nights ago I cooked spaghetti and this girl tore it up. She loves pasta and apparently spaghetti is a big favorite. She couldn't shovel it in her mouth fast enough. She has a bad habit of rubbing her head while she eats, which of course makes a huge mess everywhere! I thought it was so funny that she left a perfect spaghetti handprint on her forehead! I was getting ready for work as she was eating with daddy and I walked back in the room to find this:

All done! Clean plate award! I think she wants more! 

After the rain finally stopped, we resumed our wagon walks. Our neighborhood streets flood really bad, so yes, the boots were necessary! Emory doesn't care what the weather is like - she just wants to be outside. 

Wednesday we went to story time with some new friends and then had leftover spaghetti again. Side note: three cheers for me cooking routinely! Whoop whoop! 

I just love her sweet little face. Also, I was thinking how this is truly a picture of innocence and naivety, in a good way. She doesn't care that her face is covered in spaghetti or that she's all messy. She's as happy as can be. I hope I can continue to teach her this - that it doesn't matter what people think about you as long as you love Jesus. 

On Thursdays we have been going to a mommy and me swim class. It is SO much fun and Emory enjoys it more and more each time. In the beginning, she clung to my arm so tightly. Now she isn't as scared and plays and splashes around. It's so fun doing things with other mommas and their babies. We get a little workout and talking in and the babies get to play, too. Plus, she usually takes a big nap afterward! 

Aren't these the cutest swim babies you've ever seen?! 

This picture is a little blurry, but I thought it was so cute how she just sat there intently studying the movie case, as if she could read it. I was melting at her little inquisitive stare. Babies are too much fun. 

Today we headed to the park with one of our new friends. Our play date didn't last long though. Emory had been swinging for about 20 minutes when she just started throwing up. I have no clue what happened. Of course I didn't have a change of clothes or anything prepared. Once we got home, she acted like she felt fine and ate a good lunch, so hopefully it was just a one time thing. She's napping now, so I'm praying that she wakes up feeling 100% normal. I felt totally clueless on what to do! Time to go make sure I have a change of clothes in the car. Lesson learned. : ) 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Triumphant Return

Well hi there. As the title would indicate, I am hoping to make a "triumphant return" to blogging. I have missed this space in the last few months, but it has also been a relief to be free from the pressure (from myself) to blog. It has been freeing. 

But I do miss writing and sharing. I love writing about what we are up to these days and obviously talking about Emory, so I'm ready to get back in the game. 

Warning - if you've read my blog in the past - it will be different from here on out. I will be writing about our family and what we do, day in and day out. I want this to be a place where I share our memories and where we can come back to read and look at them later. If that's not something that you want to read, I have no hard feelings. I understand. We all grow and change at different times and sometimes that involves saying goodbye. 

With that being said, welcome back. Thanks for being here. Thanks for reading, supporting, and loving us. It feels good to be "home." : )

Monday, February 24, 2014

We are OPEN

So remember my last post where I said we were opening up an online women's clothing boutique?! 

Well exciting news! We opened our online store today and we are ready for business! 

We have some super cute things for sale and I'd love y'alls feedback. 

Browse our store, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter

I so appreciate all of the love and support that y'all have given me so far on this journey. It's unreal how awesome all of my blog friends have been!! I love y'all! Thanks for supporting me! : ) 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Big News - Ruby Cross Boutique

I've been keeping a major secret lately (no, I'm not pregnant!) and I'm so excited to finally be able to spill the beans. A lot of y'all might have seen it on Instagram or Facebook, but just in case you haven't heard...

My best friend and I are opening an online women's clothing boutique - Ruby Cross Boutique

We are so excited and cannot wait to see how the Lord uses our boutique. A lot of people want to know how we decided to do it and all the details, but really, we just started talking about it one day and decided to go for it. We've been working on things for a few months now and are so excited to finally be able to share it all with everyone. We chose Ruby Cross because we wanted our faith to be evident and forefront. We love clothes, love looking cute, and love Jesus! : ) 

We will be doing weekly sales and our first one starts today! We've been sharing previews all weekend on Facebook, so if you haven't checked it out, please do. Here's a few of the items for sale today:

We would so appreciate it if you would like our page and spread the word! We get excited about every single new like! : ) Thank y'all for always being so supportive and great!

Now come shop!