trip to chattanooga + week in review.

Four years ago we lived in Maryland, I worked in DC, Tommy in Rockville.  Tommy traveled a lot.  He spent some time in Chattanooga.  I was pretty jealous because he was so close to our family and friends while I was up in DC.  While he was in Chattanooga he met Casey.  She lives and works in Texas but spent a lot of time in DC right around the time when Jack was born.  Casey and her husband Brian are great.  We got to spend some time with them while Casey was in DC.  They had also pretty successfully convinced Tommy that we should move to Texas. 

Casey and Brian have the cutest little girl, Emery.  She is something sweet.  And we got to meet her for the first time in person yesterday.  Casey is on business in Chattanooga, and her mom came with her to watch Emery while Casey was in training.  So yesterday, I picked Jack up from preschool and we hit the road.  We picked Tommy up at work and then went to Chattanooga where we got to see Casey again and meet Emery and Casey’s mom, Amy – or Mimi as she’s probably more commonly known as now. 


We had a pretty awesome evening for 2 little ones.  Dinner at Cracker Barrel, playing in their hotel, and then swimming.  Jack was loving it and loving his new friends, too! 


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Nikon D3200 923 I told Jack and Emery to look at the camera and smile.  Jack closed his eyes and refused to smile.  0 for 2 buddy. 


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It was so fun to see our friends again.  We’re hoping to get to see them, plus Brian, and more of their family again in September. 



This week has been pretty crazy with sickness at our house, so it’s kind of slipped away from me.  It’s been a good week on the interwebs – lots happening. 

First of all, the web address for my blog has changed a little.  We are now officially !  You can still get to the site with the old address, but it’s not necessary any more. 


On Monday, I shared over on the Knoxville Moms Blog a little about my experience feeding Jack as a newborn and baby


On Wednesday, I was back at KMB where I shared some Valentine’s treats and snacks, including some healthier options. 


And today I’m sharing some thoughts about spending time on my Mamaw and Papaw’s farm when we were little over on Jenny’s blog.  Her writing is lovely, so I’m happy she asked me to share there today.  Head over and check it out. 


I hope you have a very wonderful weekend!    Thanks for being here and reading. 

pretty things.


 porch flowers   

Beautiful flowers my friend, Becca, left on my front porch in the morning on November 5th – six months after our Gabriel passed away. 




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 grave flowers 

Beautiful things my sister, Lindsay, left at Gabriel’s grave on Nov 5th. 





Sweet picture left by my friend, Amy, on Gabriel’s grave on Nov 5th. 







Beautiful bracelet handmade by our pediatrician’s wife and given to me by them. 




I’m swimming in beauty over here, reminding me that I am loved, my baby is loved, and helping me celebrate our G every day. 

girls’ night.

This week I was able to get out for a much needed girls’ night.  Between busyness in life, a sick kid, and a million thoughts running through my head, I needed a fun night.  So thankful for good friends! 


We headed downtown for a good dinner and then followed it up with some gelato.  There’s nothing like a night of great conversation with women who love me, challenge me, love my kid, make me laugh, make me think, and provide the best company. 


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