Saturday, August 23, 2014

Currently...

Anticipating some upcoming play dates! I joined a meetup.com play group and they have soooo many play dates scheduled! We're going to kindermusik next week. :)

Dreaming of what the future holds.

Feeling so grateful to be back home. Traveling with a baby whose waaay off any kind of schedule is rough. 

Hoping that Joseph won't have any middle of the night wakeups. I'm pretty sure that's delusional of me though. 

Listening to podcasts! I'm new to podcasts but I'm loving them. My current fave is the New Moms New Babies podcast.

Making a lot of baby food. Roasted yellow & orange bell peppers, local green beans, blueberries, strawberries. Yum! Joseph loves to eat and has quite the appetite lately. 

Watching An Idiot Abroad. We came across it on Netflix yesterday and watched a few episodes. Hilarious!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Grand Memories | Emily of Keepers of the Orb

I think I first met Emily through swing dancing. She's also a girl Boy Scout (so much more so than me!) and she's married to my best friend's (Note: I miss you Anne Marie!) younger brother. As for Emily's blog, Keepers of the Orb? It is fantastic. Like, really fantastic. She started drawing comics to chronicle her first pregnancy. It is hilarious and cute and filled with very accurate, non-glamorous glimpses into life as a mother. I am excited to an embarrassing degree to have one of her comics on my blog. If you're a mom, or a mom-to-be, her blog is a must read! This comic is currently resonating with me right now!
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Hi everyone! I’m Emily from Keepers of the Orb, an illustrated blog about my adventures in parenting. I’m a mom of two girls, Lucy and Amelia, who provide me with no end of comic material. I’m so excited to be doing a guest post for Tiffany, whose blog is so full of sweet and stylish morsels (like Joseph!).

When I was a kid, my Nanna and Poppop’s house was like Disney World and the Amazon rainforest rolled into one. I imagine this was true for many of us: a magical land of exploration and adventure, where surprises hid under every leaf and no one ever said “no” when the ice cream truck swaggered down the road. Going back as an adult, first with my husband and then with my own kids, I was amazed to see the differences in this childhood Candyland. Distances that once seemed like intrepid half-day adventures turned out to be simple five-minute walks, and beloved landmarks (like Rocky) that once felt so remote actually afforded views of the neighbor’s garage, if you cared to look. But as a kid, everything felt bigger and wilder.

Rather than be disappointed in this, though, it makes me excited for the experiences my girls are going to have. It makes me want to see the world through their eyes. I wonder if the playground I take them to on a weekly basis seems, like it might have to me, to be endless, stretching on forever and ever. I wonder if my own parents’ backyard, which is big enough but not THAT big, seems like a whole subcontinent to them. I’m so glad I had those gallant childhood adventures at my Nanna and Poppop’s house, because it’s helped fuel my love for adventure and storytelling, and it’s helped me always look for those little surprises tucked away in the corners. Tinkerbell’s fairy house. A toy sailboat in a pond. Moss so deep and thick you can run across it in bare feet like a shag carpet. Tiny little chapters in a storybook to pass down to my own kids. Thanks, Nanna and Poppop!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Grand Memories | Stephanie of Finding My Yellow

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Stephanie and I met via the Cara Box Exchange. It was so much fun to get to know her and connect with her. Aaaaand, she went to Clemson (which is just about 30 miles down the road from me). Y'all, sweet Stephanie is having a little baby soon. So right after you read this, head over to her blog to see all the cute photos of her belly and baby clothes and all the fun stuff that comes with being a mom-to-be. :)

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Hello! My name is Stephanie, and I blog over at Finding My Yellow. I blog about being an Army wife, a soon-to-be mom, my two boxers, and the crafts that distract me from all that life brings. I hope to see you over there sometime!

I hope that Tiffany is enjoying her trip! Thanks for letting me take over for the day.

I don't know about yours, but my grandparents always provide me a good chuckle.

Here are just a few of examples of things they have said over the years.

When my grandma first suffered her stroke, my grandpa was looking for anything and everything to provide her comfort and bring her back to him. They were a real live version of the "Notebook." I was showing him pictures of my dog Grace, and he starts asking me what shelter I got her from. Note, he lived in South Carolina and I lived in Iowa, which is where I got Grace. He then decided that having a dog was the only thing that would bring my grandma back from her coma and that the shelter in Iowa was the only place that could help, never mind both of them were in hospice care. He talked about that miracle dog for days.

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I'm sure he is thinking here that a dog is the perfect medicine!
When my husband was getting ready to deploy, my grandma kept asking when he was getting deported. She never did get it straight and always was concerned about his deporting date.

The same Grandma calls me at least once a week now to check in on my pregnancy but also to see if I am now having twins. She had twins her first pregnancy, and was surprised by this when she gave birth. It was the 40s so their technology never found that there were two girls in her belly until she was delivering. So she is convinced that this is what is happening to me now. She says that having twins is so fun and she wants me to experience that greatness.

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And that just tips the iceberg of things I have heard over the years. I just love them to pieces.

Have your grandparents said silly things?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Grand Memories | Tracie of Tracie Everyday


Tracie is another friend met via Cara Box. (Seriously, I miss that exchange!) If you love GIFs and funny photos, you will certainly love Tracie's blog, it's very fun and lighthearted. Also, she recently got married (congrats!) and she was a stunner in that dress, so go check those photos out as well. ;)

Fun fact about Tracie, she was the only person (other than Mike and I) to know any detail about Joseph's name before he was born. Because she made him the cutest blanket with a J on it!

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Hey guys! I’m excited to be over here while Tiffany is away. I’m Tracie from Tracie Everyday and I can’t wait to hear about Tiffany’s trip, where baby J gets to meet his [great] grandma for the first time!

When Tiffany told me she wanted a little snippet focusing on grandparents I knew exactly which tidbit I wanted to share. But in order to do that, I have to let you guys in on a little secret… I was a bed wetter. Legit until I was like 6. I was fine during the day, but sleeping? Nope.

You want to know how this little secret relates to my granny? Well, I have to tell you, I have the best grandma in the world. I remember when I was little I would sleep over at her house and she never made me feel bad, ever. I would fall asleep in her guest bedroom, have an accident, and she would wake up with a little wet ragamuffin in bed with her. Did she ever complain? Nope. Do you know what she did? She figured it out. She started putting trash bags under the sheet, not only in the guest bedroom, but also her own bed so that I could still run in and sleep with her. Best grandma ever.


The other awesome thing I remember? She had a Mickey Mouse phone. How cool is that?!



Come visit me to read more embarrassing stories like this, find out what I’m currently loving right now, and anything else that is going on in my everyday life. But before you do that, what are some of your favorite memories of your grandparents?

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