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Originally, I was going to post about our visit with our good friends and their babies (which I still plan to post some photos later). Then, I changed my mind and decided my post would be about an environmental friendly house to make up for missing my weekly green day. But, at last that wasn’t really doing it for me either (although, that link and information will come.) Thing is, nothing has really been that intriguing to me lately in the form of writing about it. Call it what you will, writer’s block or plain laziness or one very active child and one very tired Momma. Either way, that’s what has been happening.

Of course, I thought to myself, ‘I can make something and post it on the blog’. And, so I made something. I made a Butternut Squash Soup. Yep, but I’m not going to post the recipe (not that it wasn’t any good, rather because that isn’t wasn’t doing it for me either.) Again, I continued to ponder. I searched my thoughts. I read other blogs. I thought about everything going on today. The economy. The election. Still nothing.

I can’t say why it wasn’t coming to me, but I do know I have been trying to balance more things in my life, start less projects, yada.yada.yada- you know that old song and dance. I have been somewhat sad I guess. I want so much for my blog to be a part of my life because I get such a release from it and from reading other blogs. Yet, somewhere in the last two weeks I realized- I need to be more concerned with watching Garrett grow up. As I was reminded earlier this week, to simply be still and watch because this first year flashes by and before you know it, the baby becomes a child. I can’t remember the exact words, as it was in a Baby Magazine. One of the 15 I subscribe to or somehow landed, the ones I never have time to read anymore.

That’s where I have been though, with my head in the clouds. Thinking how fast this all is going to go and trying desperately to savor every waking moment. It hurts a bit even now to think how precious time and life really is. It makes me sad to think of moments wasted, used up, dried up and gone. And it makes me want to do every little thing possible now. In our waking hours together. Probably, too many things at once- which I am already notoriously ADHD (starting and stopping projects on a whim.) Add to the mix, a crawling and babbling baby and my hands are really tied. Getting Garrett dressed is a full 30 minute ordeal with about 60 rolls in-between.

And just like that, he briefy waved goodbye to his Daddy. We have been practicing. (Him saying Momma was most likely a fluke because I can’t coax it out of him again to save my life.) We do have a raspberry blower. He did this repeatedly today as I showed him my belly! I am amazed at the things he is putting together. I have found that Garrett and I are both creatures of comfort. He has found his way back into our bed. SHHHH…don’t tell anybody.

And then, finally when I sat down to type, it came to me- how fast it could all change. 

Call it feeling blessed or even lucky…whatever it might be, it’s the reason for my stupor, my stink, my slowness here on the net. I just need to take the beauty of my baby and this life in for a few more moments. And then I will be back.

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Is it just me or does Target have WAY TOO MANY handicap parking spaces? Now, don’t get me wrong…I don’t have anything against handicap folks or the need for handicap parking spaces, but come on is it really necessary to have sooooo many?

Call me crazy, but I think that Target is a bit excessive in their attempt to appease the handicap population. It makes me wonder if they were once sued for not having enough parking spaces for the handicap. I mean seriously I counted 20. TWENTY. SPACES.

It never fails that when I arrive I can never find a parking space closer than 5 spaces back. (Although, ironically tonight for the FIRST time EVER, I did find one 2 spaces back….so I guess I should retract that comment.) No, on second thought, this has to be a fluke. Sorta like a slap in the face from God for being inconsiderate and counting out all the handicap spaces. I should be ashamed of myself, but seriously in all my time visiting the Target here, I have never been able to park very close to the entrance. Until. tonight.

Now, this never really matter much to me until I was pregnant. (An expecting parking space sure would have been nice. Of course, who cares about us mothers!) And, then in the first 4 months before I braved using the Baby Bjorn, hauling his car seat over to the cart across the parking lot and adjusting it to the unwilling seating area was painful enough to say the least. It was an ordeal that took a good ten minutes. Then, I worried relentlessly that his car seat may suddenly fall off the cart if a sudden move occurred or say, I let go for more than two seconds. No make that one second. Yes, I am a bit compulsive. I know this and I admit it. 

But, hey this isn’t about me and my tendencies- so, let’s get back on point. I think the biggest complaint I have from the parking spaces are that they are usually empty and the other twenty non handicap spaces that are located sparingly around the handicap spaces are ALL full. What would this tell the logical thinking person?

On a happier note, I did purchase a pretty red ‘green bag’ from Target with a cute design on it. Isn’t it cute and only .99 cents. It’s just as roomy as my others, too.

Target_bag

So, I guess this means we’re even. I will take my bag and succumb to the overwhelming number of handicap parking spaces for the sake of being green. And, while I am at it, I will be THANKFUL that I do not need to use one of those parking spaces. So there, hopefully I have redeemed myself for being so unkind. 😉

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There are a number of things I miss about our hometown, one being the changing of fall leaves and the crisp autumn nights and breezy sunny days. It has been years since I was home during this time of year, so it was a real treat and truly made both, Bryan and I realize just how gorgeous our sleep little town is year round.

Bryan’s parents have been hard at work building his mother’s dream house this year and it was FINALLY completed this week (well, other than a few minor details) and it was actually inspected the day after we arrived. Talk about close calls. It is truly a beautiful house, inside and out. His parents are trying to convince us to move home and live in their old house, which a few years back would have been taken with a grain of salt. Now, with a baby and no family nearby, the prospect seems tempting. If only there were a few jobs that beckoned with that offer we might actually take it serious. I wonder though, how strange would it be to live back in our hometown? Would it be ok, fabulous or utterly horrible? And there in lies the problem, the unknown of it all.

This is God’s country.

Here’s a taste of the simple life- courteous of the Whitetop Mountain Sorghum Molasses Festival. Whitetop is about 45 minutes from my hometown and even smaller than it. But, it brings old memories and spectacular scenery to mind that I wouldn’t trade for anything in this world.

We flatfooted to some bluegrass, ran into longtime friends and had old fashioned ice-cream to boot.

If that wasn’t enough, we bought maple syrup and apple butter to bring home and remind us of that simple time and place. Bryan and I have always said that if we were to ever move home, Grayson County is where we would want to live or at least have a small piece of land. I mean who wouldn’t want to live in such a beautiful place?

Oh, how I miss home. I could have sat listening to that bluegrass for hours or sat looking into those rolling hills until sunset.

 

The more things seem to change, the more they stay the same. Oh, don’t you hesitate.*

*Song lyrics by Corinne Bailey Rae’s ‘Put Your Records On’

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We have returned!!

'What do I do, now?'

'What do I do, now?'

I can’t say I am ready for a full fledged blow by blow of our trip, but I can give a small peak into what all it involved…cloth diapers on a trip, a sick baby, way too many people and places to see, more things to bring back in an already over-filled vehicle, maple syrup, apple butter, fall leaves, bluegrass, lots of family, love and the prospects of moving back home (being contemplated once again).

 

 

'Look at me, Momma!'

'Momma, look at me!'

 

I plan to post more about the trip, along with photos as soon as I have more than 20 minutes to myself to do so, but I have a ton of things still to unpack and put away. And, that little man of ours is craving ‘mommy’ more than usual since we have returned.

 

 

 

Thinkin' about it...

Thinkin' about it...

 

As for his 6 months stats, I am HAPPY to report that Leanne was the closest  to his actual weight- he was 17 lbs. and a VERY, VERY LONG 28 and 1/4 inches. Yep, we officially have a skinny little man on our hands who is already on all fours and ready to take off.

 

 

 

 

Thinking some more...

Thinkin' about it some more....

He’s been rocking back and forth since the day we left! Here’s some pictures to prove it. (Since I missed my Tuesday pictures…ekkk, I think two weeks in a row?) He has also learned to give KISSES/SUGAR upon being asked and has started saying ‘Momma’. I wish I had some type of appartus to record it with to show everyone proof!

 

 

 

'I'm tired, Momma!'

'I'm tired!'

 

He was at my feet this morning pulling on me and I asked him to say ‘Momma’ and I would then pick him up (nothing like bribery, eh?) and low and behold the words came out something like ‘Mom-ah’. I am smitten. What a wonderful little man I have.

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I have been meaning to share this link for the last week or so, it’s a post by fellow blogger Becky.

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M.I.A.

I thought I would give you guys a heads up that I may end up M.I.A. for the next few days. We are headed out of town and I have a ton of things to get accomplished before we leave. Although, I will have internet access while we are gone, I’m not for sure how much ‘me time’ or ‘internet time’ I will be able to scrape up. No fear though, when we return I’m sure I will have plenty to talk about since we are heading home to visit our families.

Oh, and for anyone that was wondering- I LOVE COMMENTS and just wanted to say thank you to all those wonderful folks that post comments, whether you do so once in awhile or are a regular. Each COMMENT makes my day- no matter how big, small, or how frequent. It’s sooooo much fun to hear how others relate to what I have to say and it helps me gain a greater perspective on my own thoughts and reflection. So again, thank you very much for brightening my day. 🙂

I almost forgot!! Garrett’s stats….oh, wait…I think I will hold off a few more days, least there might be a few others out there thinking about putting in a guess on his weight? His weight might surprise you guys and by the way, I won’t be upset if you guess less or more than what he actually weighs. I swear I did not type the above thank you to solicit more guesses (at least, not at the time I was typing it!)

One more thing!! I completely forgot- the contest that I was running last month, ended with 2 WINNERS (irregardless, if they were their were only 2 that entered it. Sniff. Sniff.) Those two folks were Becky and C. Beth, both fellow bloggers who’s sites you should check out. I have learned a great deal from these two ladies in my short six months as a mommy. Anyway, ladies- your prizes (a green bag and party products for 8 kids) are being shipped out TOMORROW. (That’s one of those tasks I have to complete before we leave!) As for anyone interested, C. Beth is running a contest of her own for a VERY cute little bear she made herself, so enter the contest and let her know I told you about the contest and we both might win a bear!!! Not a bad deal, indeed. So, what are you waiting for- go check her blog out and enter the contest!!!

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Since we didn’t get to go out to our anniversary dinner Monday or get to take a trip to the winery we planned to visit, I wanted to revisit our wedding by posting some pictures. It’s amazing that it’s been a year since we were married. It seems like it was just yesterday. It’s also hard to believe that I was pregnant with Garrett at the time. Or that it took Bryan and I, thirteen years to get to our wedding day. But, looking back I wouldn’t change a single little detail along the way.

I have tried to condense the number of pictures to share, there are so many I love…these are a few of my favorites. There are so many more I would LOVE to share…I’m not going to bore you guys, though!

The birds were even chirping!

The birds were even chirping!

First time seeing my Daddy.

First time seeing my Daddy.

Almost to 'I Do'

Almost to "I DO"

Swept Away...

Swept Away...

Our 1st Dance- "Into the Mystic"

Our 1st Dance- "Into the Mystic"

Our wonderful wedding party.

Our wonderful wedding party.

Our photographer rocked.

Our photographer rocked.

So pretty.

Probably one of my absolute favorites.

I miss my HAIR!!

My handsome husband.

My handsome husband.

Thanks for looking. 🙂

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