Sunday, April 13, 2014


Last Sunday, before church, we made an early trip to base to play on the playground & the beach.
Norah loves... that's an understatement... I mean LOOOOVES the playground.  We spend most of our days playing on the swings and slides.  Take your pick... this area has TONS of playgrounds to choose from!
This particular playground is right next to the beach, and when we went with our friend C last week, Norah spotted it as we were getting in the car to leave.  I promised her we would come back to play on it soon... so, we did!

When we finished up on the playground, we headed down to the beach with shovel and pail in hand...
Norah & Daddy scoped out the ladybugs on the driftwood & Daddy panned for gold in the ocean waters.  Norah is learning about new animals and bugs everyday!  She loves mimicking them all {her fishy face is the best}!

Monday, April 7, 2014


When we first moved to Lexington Park there was this teenie tiny baby that used to sit a few pews in front of us at church.
We would talk to his parents here and there & would just melt every time we saw him.
Then, almost a year after moving here, we joined the CrossFit gym, only to find out that sweet little boy's Daddy would be my coach.
And, since the boys practically live there, his Mommy & I became great friends.
She has really been one of my best friends here in Maryland.
Between the kiddo's schedules, Brad's work schedule, and the cold, snowy winter we got this year, we didn't get to see eachother much {thank goodness for texts to stay in touch everyday}.  We used to go to play group together every Thursday, but when it relocated to renovate the community center, we both stopped going.
They brought it back to our development this past Thursday & we were so thrilled to see C & his mommy there!!
The hour of play time was just not enough time to catch up on the past couple of months, so we packed the cars and headed to the beach to watch the planes fly overhead and share Goldfish.
We love this family & will be so sad when we all part ways for sunnier weather.

Thursday, April 3, 2014


Spring is slowly making an appearance here in Southern Maryland.  We have been waiting a long, cold & snowy winter for this nicer weather.
Every time the sun makes an appearance we run out the door to burn off some energy 
and soak up the vitamin D.
Norah loves playgrounds.
She had her first meltdown yesterday when it was time to leave the playground {because the sun was setting} & every time we pass one on our walks she points and gets so excited to go play!  It's nice to know her life doesn't revolve around what is on TV.

Norah is terrified of the moving bridge on the playground.  She loves it & wants to go across frequently, but she is very cautious!

She has graduated from the baby swing & right into the big girl swing.
It makes me nervous!  I'm waiting for her to jump off without warning and landing face first into the mulch...

Gymnastics has clearly paid off because she turns everything into a balance beam... but, again, very cautious... always holding Daddy's hand!  Is it obvious that her concerns are my fault.  Thank goodness we had a girl first.  We would have raised the wimpiest boy ever!

Friday, March 7, 2014


When I don't pay attention to what is going on in the other room & Norah is so quiet until I call her name, I get a little suspicious.
When I walked into the dining room to see what she was doing I caught her coloring on the floor... I mean the actual floor {thank goodness for Magic Erasers}!!
So, after I provided Norah with a piece of paper to do her coloring on,
I captured a few shots to freeze these moments in time.  

I love watching her do her own thing.  She was always the type of baby who could entertain herself.
While I was working from home I never had to worry about her.  She was so self sufficient.
But, since I stopped working she has been attached to my hip.  She has needed a playmate most of the time.
Seeing her relax in her own space where all seems so steady makes my heart smile!
There's just something about these peaceful moments... I cherish them!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

We're Moving

It was inevitable...
we knew we were only going to be here in Maryland for 2 years.
We moved here when Norah was two weeks old...
her 2nd birthday is right around the corner {I know... I can't believe it, either}.
It is time to continue on our Navy adventure.
We have been sitting on pins & needles waiting for Brad's orders to post & they finally did last week.
We got ahold of all of our brothers, sisters, & parents to give them the big news, so we can finally share with the rest of our friends and family.

So, are you just dying to find out where the Navy is going to take us this spring??

Of course it wouldn't be official until I tried to get Norah to pose for a picture or two.
I have a great deal of admiration for toddler photographers.  Norah won't do ANYTHING I ask of her.  I'm lucky she stayed in the chair long enough for me to get this picture:

So, ummmm... Any ideas??

Let's see...

* We're staying in the continental U.S.A. (maybe we'll get Europe next time). ;)
* We're moving to the 28th state in the nation
*The state bird is a Mockingbird
*The state flower is the Bluebonnet
*It falls 2nd in a few categories... 2nd largest state, 2nd most populated {but, don't tell the natives that... they like to be the biggest in the nation}
*They do, however, rank #1 in the most Tornados, Bats, & Republicans... {YAY!!} ;)
*Brad's sister lives there {which will be fun & so convenient when it comes to holidays & family gatherings.  Norah can FINALLY meet her Aunt, Uncle, and cousins}

Any ideas, yet??


Here's a picture of their state flag:

Well, if you haven't guessed it yet, this family is moving to......







And, honestly, we are SOOOOO excited!!!
My #1 wish was to send us even further south & that is what we're doing!

After a big snow storm yesterday I am very excited to get further away from the snow & cold.  I'm not even sure Norah will miss this weather.

See you in a few short months, Texas!
The organizing and sorting of our belongings has already begun.  
We have A LOT of work to do & a lot of people to see before then!
Our big move will be here before we know it.

Thursday, February 27, 2014


Norah has been running around naked for the past few days.
She has shown all of the signs of being ready to potty train without any extra encouragement from us.  Actually, I wasn't quite ready to start this project all over again.  We were having really good luck with her first introduction to the potty back before Thanksgiving, but with the hustle and bustle of the holidays we found we were constantly putting diapers on her.  So, when we tried again, we were back at square one, but this time Norah wasn't at all interested.
So, we took a few steps back & just kept her potty visible to her for the past few months.  She rarely looked at it, let alone used it.

Last week she started sitting on it fully clothed or telling us she had already gone potty in her diaper.  And then, one day, she didn't want to wear any clothes.  I almost wish she would have started this project in the summer, but I'll just keep cranking the heat so she doesn't freeze.
Really, I don't think there is anything cuter than a naked baby running around the house all day.

Tonight, I caught her watching Sophia the First, coloring in her Sophia coloring book {with a purple crayon, mind you because Sophia is all about the color purple...}, and wearing her princess crown.  This girl loves Sophia the First & Doc McStuffins.  She just can't get enough.
Disney Junior also has little clips of Nina Needs to Go.  It's a show about a little girl learning to potty train.  From the day they aired she couldn't keep her eyes off of the TV.  I think we have Nina to thank for this new found interest.

We definitely aren't rushing this potty training bit.  There will be no "potty training bootcamp" in this house.  If it sticks, then GREAT.  If not, well, she's not even 2.  We have plenty of time.
I'm just very excited that she takes the initiative to put herself on the potty & tells me "yes" and "no" when I ask if she has to go.
AND, we have had VERY few accidents!  She's a pro at this!!
Talk about a proud Mommy/Daddy moment! 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Ahhh... Valentine's Day.
What can I say... my husband is so good to me!
After working a day shift, he came home early with beautiful white roses for me & Norah.
Norah & I continued with our tradition of giving Brad a picture of Norah.
I started this when I was still pregnant & this was our third photo shoot.  She wasn't too keen on it this year, but I was lucky enough to get a few smiles out of her for Brad's card.
I can't help but giggle when I look at those teary eyes.  A heart breaker, she is!