I’m Still Here

Well, I took a little an unplanned break from the blog, but I couldn’t stay away forever!¬†We’ve been busy, so here’s a little peek at what we’ve been up to.

1. I’ve added group fitness instructor to my resume! I’ve been interested in this for years, but was afraid to take the plunge. I finally contacted the local gym in town and I just started teaching a class called Max Muscle.

On the first day I taught, I saw a post about it on Facebook and got SO NERVOUS. I think I was jittery the entire hour! The second week felt much better and after the first month, I’m finally starting to get more comfortable. I did read an article recently that said most instructors suck for the first year, so I hope that isn’t the case!

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2. I managed to curl my hair with a wand. I burned myself at least 3 times.

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3. On the baby front, well, we don’t have one. ūüôā When I started my period last month, I just broke down and lost it. I felt much better after that-sometimes you need to cry it out! I think the stress of the last year had just built up and¬†I needed to get some of the emotion out. I can be on Clomid for 3 or 4 more cycles and then we are going to see what we want to do. We did look up some general information recently on fertility and surrogacy and we both about had a stroke.

4. Nick bought a bike and a trailer so they can ride while I run with Tenley. It makes for a nice little family date and it’s nice to not run alone all the time. Carson is like his parents and can fall asleep anywhere.

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5. We’ve had lots of time with family!

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6. Tenley is HUGE, but thinks her 75 pounds fits nicely in my lap. Now that she isn’t chasing cars in every direction, she’s the best little running partner.

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Life Lately

I’ve been trying to stay warm and focus on the fact that spring is coming very soon! I’m done with cold temperatures, ice and snow. Take note, mr. weatherman.

Even though we’ve mostly been inside,¬†2016 is off to a great start and has already surpassed 2015 on these terms. More to follow on this thought.

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I’m so proud of this girl!! She started working out a few months ago and loves it! I love having a workout partner!

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I can’t believe that I just got this girl ready for a cheerleading competition. She was only 18 months old in our wedding!

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Cheer coaches!

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Anytime I see a DQ on the interstate, it’s mandatory to stop and get a blizzard.

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Carson is obsessed with flashlights, so the lights are always being turned off in our house.

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Each time we are in the shoe aisle in Target, he checks out these fireman boots. I bought them a few weeks ago and they have been heavily used.

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Roxie and I have the same opinion on winter.

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Off to school, this time in cowboy boots that are 5 sizes too big. I pick my battles.

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A snow day isn’t complete without hot chocolate with marshmallows!

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Tenley has been inside lately with the cold weather and it’s always funny to watch Carson with her. He bugs Roxie, but plays with Tenley.

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After children’s church last week, Lily tried to carry Carson off the stage. We also forgot to put a belt on him and his pants started falling down while up front. It was hilarious.

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Valentine’s lunch with my love.

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Some days, I feel like I’ve ran a marathon before I arrive at work.

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It’s never too cold for ice cream.

Celebrating 90 Years

When you turn 90, you deserve a party to celebrate! We had a birthday party planned for Grandmom last weekend, but the snow quickly changed those plans. Luckily, most of the family could still come this Saturday, so we put our party pants on. No surprise party though…..that’s a little risky for a 90 year old.

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This photo took a few attempts with the timer, but ALL of us are looking, even the kids. Amazing!

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Grandmom and Aunt Hattie, her younger sister. Colby had fun giving her a hard time about being an Auburn fan. Between Tennessee, Alabama and Auburn, football is always a fun subject in our family.

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This boy loves his Nana!

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Twinning with Aunt Steph.

It was a beautiful day, so the kids spent most of it outside. A shovel, stick, dirt and water and they were entertained. And messy. Carson had to change pants twice from falling in the mud before he could come back inside.

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It gets confusing figuring out how this next generation is related, so everyone is just a cousin.

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Weston was just passed from lap to lap, so he was a happy camper the entire day.

Callen ended up in his Spiderman costume and showed us his superhero tricks. I said, “Carson, look, Spiderman is at the house.” Callen looked at me and said, “I’m not really Spiderman, it’s just a costume I got for Christmas.” One of my favorite quotes from a child.

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We had such a fun day celebrating Grandmom! We didn’t put 90 candles on her cake because it seemed like a bad idea for someone with heart problems and that many candles!!

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A Week In Dubai

I spent the first week of December in Dubai for a work trip. Other than the 16 hour flight home, it was a really great experience. Oh wait, I lost my wallet, credit card and cash while I was halfway around the world without my husband. So there were a FEW bumps in the road. Luckily my co-workers didn’t let me starve and I survived.

This was the view from my hotel room.

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We spent an evening at the Dubai Mall and here were a few cars parked outside. I can say until this trip, I had never seen a Rolls Royce at a mall. Or a cop driving a Mercedes.

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Once we walked inside the mall, there was a giant aquarium. Just your average mall attraction!

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There was also an ice skating rink. Another section of the mall also had a full dinosaur fossil set up.

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Here was another feature in a different part of the mall. I heard everything in Dubai was about showing off and I have to agree with that statement!

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By the mall is the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. The fountains at the base are choreographed to music and play every 20 minutes. I was expecting traditional music, but heard Enrique Iglesias instead.

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We ate at a local restaurant and all the food was fresh and delicious. I stayed away from the  spices!

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Half of the stores in the mall were all high end-Chanel and Jimmy Choo-while the others were normal clothing and toy shops. I told my family I finished my Christmas shopping in one spot:

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The food was a mix of Indian, Mediterranean, and Asian.

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We had a free day on Thursday before we flew out at 11 p.m., so we got to explore a little bit. The metro system is the cleanest, nicest I have ever seen. It was a definite step up from the DC system.

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I never saw a section of town that was in terrible shape, but where we went to the market was definitely not as nice as our hotel area. It was mostly locals and we got to browse some shops and barter for some goods. More people were in traditional dress here than where we stayed. Once we started talking to people, you could start to tell where they might be from because the clothing style is slightly different from each country. I can think of people we met from Saudi Arabai, Iran, Afghanistan and Iraq. There were several local mosques in the area, so it was interesting to hear the call to prayer and watch people going in.

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This guy was from Afghanistan and I bought a few things from him. Everyone wanted to sell you something for “a very good price.”

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Dubai was somewhere I never thought I would have the chance to visit, so I jumped at the chance to attend this conference. A week there gave me a good flavor of the Middle East, but it’s definitely more modern and relaxed than other countries. I heard people refer to it several times as the “Middle East Vegas” and that captures it perfectly. There were things I noticed, such as no alcohol at public restaurants, and I never saw women wearing revealing outfits. Some of the couples at the mall were holding hands, but you don’t see people kissing; everything I read said you can go to jail for public displays of affection. Another thing that really stood out was men tend to walk along holding arms or hands, even if they are just friends. You definitely don’t see that here!

I don’t know if I can top 2015 in terms of travel-3 countries in 4 months will be hard to beat!

Christmas

Christmas flew by this year. Or maybe it was because we were wearing flip flops and tank tops for the month of December, so it didn’t feel like Santa was about to arrive.

But even though it was warm, we packed a lot of jolly activities into the month!

We decorated the tree.

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Elsa the Elf came to visit from the North Pole. Carson has never even seen Frozen, but being around Lily constantly obviously rubbed off because he named the elf Elsa. And said it was a boy.

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We made Christmas cookies with the cousins.

We went to Springfield and stayed with Nana. This is what you get when you take a picture with three boys. Chaos.

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Dad and Janet sent Carson a bubble machine, so we had a bubble filled Christmas. He is obsessed with this thing and doesn’t take his finger off the trigger until we say the shark needs to “rest” to blow more bubbles.

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The entire family was actually together on Christmas Eve and Day this year-a Christmas miracle!

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Carson asked Santa for a horse trailer and truck and was so excited when it showed up on Christmas morning. So excited that he didn’t want to open any other gifts for the rest of the day! Next year, it’s one gift for him.

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We also had a monsoon and our backyard creek flooded. Nick’s attire is the latest fashion trends for 2016. The dogs had a blast.

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Christmas is over, so bring on spring!

 

Things I’ve Asked My Dad

Have y’all seen this video?

I love it! It made me think about all the things I have asked my Dad over the years.

Here’s a few that came to mind:

During college, I just had a fancy ol’ flip phone, so I had to depend on myself or MapQuest to navigate around Nashville. Both of these options normally resulted in me getting lost, so I typically would call and say, “Dad, I am driving through Nashville and the Batman building is on my right. Which way do I go?”¬†Luckily he always managed to get me to my destination.

My roommate Kristen and I were headed home for a weekend on the lake, I couldn’t get around a tire that was on the interstate and hit it, which caused us to go across the median and onto the other side. We were on the other side facing oncoming traffic, so I sat there, called Dad and just started crying. Probably not the best first move, but we survived.

I worked at Cracker Barrel in college and was driving¬†home when a car t-boned me at an intersection. Guess what my first move was? “Dad, a car just hit me. What do I do?” Oh, I was crying of course during this phone call.

Dad, how do I do (insert any number of things) this on my Mac?¬†This started in college when I had to use a Mac for the first time and thought it was the spawn of Satan. Since I bought one last year, I have made this same call multiple times…and probably more to come.

I was leaving Murfreesboro one night after cheerleading practice and my car wouldn’t shift into fifth gear. Solution-call Dad! “Dad, my car won’t go into 5th gear and I’m on the interstate, what do I do?” This resulted in him driving to Murfreesboro the next day to take me car shopping.

“Dad, my boss just called me and here’s what he said. What do you think?”

Upon landing my first grown-up job, “Dad, I get a retirement account and need to decide how I want to invest. Which one should I choose?”

I’m sure this list will just continue to grow!