Friday, January 27, 2017

Five on Friday

Five on Friday- Go link up with Natasha at Hello Happiness! 

1. Olivia's growing vocabulary.
Little one says new words everyday I feel like. She recently has an obsession with "Let it go" from Frozen or "got go" as she says all the time in a singing tune. When she says water, it is so cute. She pretends to go night night too and loves babies!

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2. Planning trips for the summer.
We have a few trips we are starting to plan. A beach trip that coincides with Hubs and FIL's golf trip to NC and a lake long weekend with my fam!

3. New recipes.

4. Family. I absolutely love my family. My hubs and little girl are my world! I love how much she loves her mommy and daddy and how she shows us her love. I love how she fold her hands to pray and how she says "may-man" for amen. My heart turns to mush when I see Hubs snuggle up with little girl to watch "let it go" for the 7 millionth time or takes her out to shoot "ball ball".  I wish I was able to see my parents and brothers/sis in laws more often but the drive to wv is still a little hard on Livi/Mommy. Especially if daddy can't come with us. We love to FaceTime with Grammy (woo woo/woof woof) and papa j. But in all honesty, she wants to see Tanner, the golden retriever. I'm so incredibly proud of my brothers. My brother Jacob has a fantastic job working for the Toyota plant and my brother Adam is in his rotations for PA school and will graduate in August. They have given me two sisters that I love so much! I adore the family I married into, as well! I do get to see my inlaws everyday! They are building a house right beside us and my sis in law, bro in law and nephew are building beside them. I love how much they all love on Olivia and take care of us too! Olivia loves her cousin, Ze, so much! It is adorable to see them laugh together.

5. Fun with friends.
I am so blessed with some wonderful friends! From my girlfriends who keep me sane and we can pick up where we left off if it's been awhile that we've gotten together to my friends who also stay at home with their kids to give us play date breaks, adult convo, and lunch dates out.

What would be your top 5 things that you love or are thankful for this Friday?

Thursday, January 26, 2017


Hi! My name is Tiffany! I'm back!
I've been off the blog world as a writer for a long time now but I'm ready to try to make a comeback!
My last post was over a year ago about Olivia's birth story. I also just realized I had several posts started about the day we found out we were expecting Olivia and a 6 month in post but I might just keep those as drafts. We are almost 20 months in and I'll post updates about my sweet, joyful and crazy toddler! 

A lot has happened since then. I'll make a bullet list to update y'all!
*Taught kindergarten for my 7th year teaching Olivia's first year of life.
*That was an incredibly hard year of trying to balance it all while nursing/pumping.
*We started building our house on the farm September 2015.
*I had a kidney stone attack (for the first time) December 2015 and then had surgery to put a temporary stint in in January 2016. Both painful/uncomfortable.
*We moved into our forever home on the farm at the end of Feb 2016.
*Derek took a job at Rotogrinders in Nashville in March 2016.
*Olivia's first Easter!
*My official first Mother's Day!
*The end of May brought the end of the school year and I took off my school teaching hat and put on a new stay at home Mommy hat which I wear with so much gratitude and joy, even on the hard days!
*We celebrated Olivia's first birthday with lots of family and friends for a little lamb theme!
*We had play dates, zoo trips, lunch dates, 2 trips to WV over the summer! She loved the pool!
*Olivia also started walking in July!
*We celebrated our nephew/cousin's birthday over the summer at a park!
*We had a Fourth of July cookout at our house, celebrated my 29th birthday and Derek and I celebrated our 7th anniversary with a fancy dinner at Kayne Prime steakhouse!
*We had lunch dates with daddy in Nashville a few times, went to the library for story time, went to the discovery science center in Murfreesboro, the Williamson co fair, an indoor swimming pool with a kids zone.
*A Labor Day trip to Moorehead KY to meet Olivia's great grandparents at a family reunion (Sandy,Derek's mom's, parents), Mommy and daddy had a night away in Nashville for Daddy's work event for the kick off of NFL season!
*We had a couple different sets of friends come and stay with us this year at our new house!
*we hosted our 5th annual family fall festival! It was a huge hit! So much fun!
*We went to Chattanooga to a cabin to celebrate GiGi's (MIL) 60th birthday!
*played at the park, went to trick or treat at a few libraries, we were sick with the stomach bug so no trick or treat and no pumpkin patches this year. :-(
*Went to WV for Thanksgiving!
*had a wonderful Christmas season with seeing the lights at Opryland, visiting santa, decorating our home for the first time for Christmas, reading a Christmas book a night to count down to Christmas, advent season at church, a super fun Christmas morning for our sweet girl (although I battled a sinus infection for the few days before Christmas and on Christmas Day), went to wv for a few days after Christmas and my parents came back with us for the new year weekend, we hosted a low key nye party at our house!

The start of 2017 has been snowy, then warm, then rainy. Olivia and I are having fun going to Mrs. Amy's Tiny Tots preschool to teach her class while she is on maternity leave. I'll talk more about that in a separate post.

I am glad to be back and I hope to keep it up!"