Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sick, Silly, and Spring Break!

The past two weeks have been SUPER busy at the Glade house! After Pops left following the baseball games, we had the pleasure of getting a wonderful visit from Andrew's oldest brother, his wife, and their 3 children. It made for a busy house, but it was great to see everyone and we loved every minute of it! Maddux LOVED getting to play with his cousins...

The following weekend was B-E-A-Utiful weather, so we decided to go for a family jog (my first jog since November...I know...I have been B-A-D about getting in runs). It is always difficult for me to get runs in through the winter. Having winter and lack of sleep as an excuse this year made it especially difficult....With a little prep, Maddux was ready to go.. The good news is, he now loves the jogging stroller and passed out in no time..

Following the family jog, we cleaned up and were ready to cheer on the Hogs! It was a beautiful day for Razorback baseball!

After a few innings of cheering hard, Maddux and I went to go catch up for my friend Lynn for a bit. I was introduced to Lynn by my cousin Jennifer when we first started training for half-marathons a few years ago. Lynn taught us SOOOooooOO much about running. She is an AWESOME person and we are so blessed to have her in our lives! Maddux was soon pooped!

The Razorbacks won, so it was a GREAT day!....Until about 8pm that night when I came down with the HORRIBLE stomach bug. It lasted about 24 hours and it was awful!!!

To say that Maddux is now mobile is an understatement! He is everywhere!!! My first visit from a caped crusader happened this week. I have a feeling this is the first of many capes that Maddux will be sporting around the house.

Daddy LOVES that Maddux is more active now because that means they can play more.....


Our cat "Sadie" is still trying to figure out what is going on....Maddux has been crawling now for about 3 weeks...She is starting to figure out that a good distance is a necessity if she doesn't want some rather rough affection.

Andrew was on Spring Break last week and so were several of our friends. Our friends Jason and Kristen came to visit with Maddux's future prom date/their daughter Peyton who is 2 months older than Maddux. They had to keep a close eye on the kids because Maddux was already trying to put the moves on Peyton in the car seat...See them trying to hold hands below..

I had to work last week while Andrew was able to take Maddux on his first trip to the park. He sent me pictures and I worked hard to not cry about it....I just kept telling myself, "we will go to the park again." It was tough, but I was so glad the boys were finally getting some time together.

Unfortunately, it wasn't long after this that Andrew came down with that same stomach bug I was telling you about earlier. We were blessed that neither Maddux nor Peyton came down with this illness. Unfortunately, our friends Kristen and Jason did come down with the illness. I feel pretty certain that we are going to have to bribe them back to the house! We did offer to come visit them the next time they are sick so they can even the! No, I'm sure that will not be needed and I think they already have another trip to visit planned, but we will be sure to SUPER sanitize the house before that!

The following weekend, my friends Erin and Tara came to visit myself and Alex for a girls' weekend. I was SOOOooooOOOO in need of a girls' weekend. Andrew was so awesome to take care of Maddux on Friday night and all day Saturday so I could have some time away. He is such a great dad. I'm not really sure how I managed to get so lucky in the "daddy" department with Andrew, but I am so thankful for him. Even though it was super cold, this weekend, we persevered and found lots of great deals. See the picture below. The "Best Shopper" award has to go to my friend Tara who managed to find an amazing pair of boots that were originally $80 for only $10!!! Yes, the shopping was great, but the best part was just getting to hang out with this amazing ladies.

Soooo, all in all, the past couple of weeks have been really busy, but loads of fun. In the coming weeks we have Mimi coming to visit, I have to make some big decisions concerning possibly pursing a doctoral degree (I know...nuts to even think about..., but I would really appreciate some prayer for this decision), Pops coming to visit, more friends coming to visit, and possibly Peepaw and T'Sah coming to visit soon too. Spring and Summer is always busy for us, but we wouldn't have it any other way. We LOVE that we live in a great community and are fortunate enough to be blessed to have the opportunity to house lots of visitors. We love having a busy house and continue to be amazed at how God blesses our family. We are blessed and are so grateful to be blessed by those who visit!

Do you have any fun spring or Easter traditions? I would love to hear about them if you do. I am always looking for neat traditions to start with Maddux and our family. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Ups and Downs...literally!

Have you ever just felt like rather than having a "no good, very bad, day" you were having a "no good, very bad, week"? That is how I felt this week. It started out with me running late and ended with me still trying to catch!

However, by Saturday evening, I realized that I need to get off the "pitty potty", stop being selfish, and be grateful for all the blessings in my life. So, this week I am thankful for... (in no particular order)

1. Sunday naps with my "little" man

2. A healthy baby boy...5 days into crawling, Maddux is pulling up on furniture....pretty sure we need to take "baby proofing" the house a bit more seriously....

Maddux starting to pull each and every toy he has from the boxes to spread all across the living room

Maddux playing "hide-n-go-seek" with with his favorite puppy toy!

3. A wonderful family who is supportive and loving...A husband who is compassionate, considerate, and makes every effort to be the best father to our son...

Family snap while eating at "Grubs"...If you haven't tried the "Grub's Sauce", I HIGHLY recommend it!

Daddy holding Maddux so Mommy could eat....

4. Andrew's dad ("Pops") who, even in his mid-70s, finds time to come and visit and play with Maddux often. We are so grateful that he puts such a high value on family time.

5. An amazing job through Arkansas Children's Hospital where I get to work with families who have children and loved ones with hearing loss. I love building relationships with these families and children. I am so grateful for the family support organization Arkansas Hands and Voices This weekend they held their Northwest Arkansas family meeting at the University of Arkansas Speech and Hearing Clinic. I am always amazed and encouraged by these families' stories, courage, and strength. I hope I can continue to have the strength and energy to serve these families for years to come.

So, all that being said....there are so many things to be thankful family's health, the amazing examples of living by faith so many of my family member's are, the many blessings God has and continues to provide for our families....I could in no way name all the things I need to be thankful for....I do plan to make a better effort at trying to remind myself of these things rather than letting negative thoughts creep in my days. No more "pitty potty" for this young lady!!

What about you? What are you thankful for? Do you have scriptures or "go-to" songs/books that you seek out for your "no-good, very bad, days"?

Sunday, March 3, 2013

On the move and super dad!!

Guess what Maddux decided to to this weekend?! He turned 7 months old last week and this weekend...he is crawling!!!

Of course he thinks this is hilarious!

He is also really starting to chat...check out this quick clip..

I must also share about how lucky I was to find and marry Andrew. He was such s trooper to stand in the cold while waiting to get in to Rhea Lana's this weekend. Then, he carried and sorted the stacks of clothes for Maddux. This was no small task and I could not have done it without him. He was amazing! Then, after lunch he tells me...."You need to be ready at 5:45. We are going on a date and I have already arranged childcare."


Can you say "luckiest girl in the world"? I think so. Yes, we likely will not have another opportunity to go out on a date until June since baseball is now in full swing. (He helps coach the high school tram at Fayetteville); however, tonight was great!

He was also being a super dad when we shopped at Sam's this weekend...He an Maddux raided all the free food samples while mommy finished all the shopping.

So, any ideas on how I might be able to surprise him for our anniversary in June?? This year will mark 5 years of marriage and 7 years as a couple!! Time has flown! I'd really like to do something sweet for our anniversary, but I will definitely be on a budget. Any ideas? How was your weekend?

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Rhea Lana's!!!!

Our house has been super busy this week. Rhea Lana's is this weekend and I spent my Monday evening after work helping to set up for the event to earn a worker's pass to shop early. It was sooooo worth it!
Check our the great stuff we were able to snag for Maddux!