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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Nine Years and Closing Chapters

I've been blogging for nine years now. Nine years today, in fact.

Looking back, I told Jason we must have gotten home from our honeymoon, and he put me to work blogging. ;)

I started a blog for Freddy at the same time, too, and it has been so much fun. There were stretches where his blog had lots more views and comments than mine ever dreamed about, and I always had some big plans for his online presence.

But our life has changed a lot in the last nine years.

Jason and I are working on a new project together {not a baby} that really deserves everything "extra" I can give it right now {you know, outside of full-time work, school, and parenting}. Anyway, I can't wait to share more with you as that develops, but, for now, it seems to be time to close the chapter on Fred's Follies, especially since these are the kinds of pictures I have of him these days.
{Fred is, however, still causing all manner of trouble on Facebook if you fancy a follow over there.}

I anticipate some changes to my blog as well, but I'm still thinking through what those will be. For now, the best way to keep up is to subscribe through a service like Bloglovin' or scroll allllllll the way to the bottom of this page, and enter your email address to get new posts in your inbox.

There is so much more to say, but I feel like the word "quiet" has been branded on my mind, heart, and soul during this season.

So, for now, I'll just wish myself a happy nine years of blogging and a fond farewell to Fred's blog.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Happy Birthday, Nina!

So much to say, so little time.

I didn't expect to spend our Nina Girl's first birthday in the hospital having my appendix removed, but I did. But I am recovering, and she got a great report from the doctor at her one-year check-up. (She's tall! 96th percentile!)

Lots of life happening around here that I intend to write about soon, but, until then, I finally got a chance to finish her video. (This is what I do instead of scrapbooking.)

So, happy birthday to our Nina--our not so tiny, still smiley, darling girl. What an amazing blessing she is.


{"Five Days Old" was used with permission of the absolutely fabulous Laurie Berkner Band, which deserves a post of its own.}

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

One Month to One Year (Again!)

Time's a flyin' with our Nina Norris...and just in general. It's been a really intense month here, and I hope to get back to "regular" posting soon. But I thought I should at least do her last pre-year monthly update! ;)

At 11 months, she is 20 pounds and thisclose to walking. Seriously, we're like any day now surely.

She has been going through a bit of a clingy phase, not wanting us to leave her at church and such. The extra hugs and kisses are nice, but we're hoping she gets back to her friendlier self soon!

Otherwise, she is sleeping a bit better, eating very very well, and just being a generally happy, sweet, adventurous girl.

Bring on the one year celebration!

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Daily Laundry

Along with the monthly meal plan, daily laundry is kind of saving my life right now.

I have always been a "Saturday is laundry day" girl. I guess that's how we did it growing up?

Anyway, it has never been a problem until having two kids and the amount of laundry that goes with them. I was managing to get it all clean and dry every weekend, but it was not getting put away. It had just gotten so overwhelming!

After four {shameful} weeks of sifting through the giant laundry pile at the foot of our bed every.single.morning, I had had enough.

So I made one big push to get it all done and put away, then started the next week with a load a day.

And I can't believe it, but I love it.

Here's how it works for us.

I start a load before I go to work. Takes 5-10 minutes to gather, sort, and treat for stains.

As soon as possible after getting home, I put it in the dryer or hang the clothes up to dry. This takes less than 5 minutes.

{Bonus: So far, the loads have somehow been smaller, so I've been able to use the dryer a bit less.}

If the clothes are dried, I put them away before I go to bed. If they are hanging to dry, I put them away the next morning. Again, 5-10 minutes.

That's it!

Another bonus--I can more easily toss something into the next day's load if we really need it rather than having to figure out an "extra" load through the week or waiting until Saturday.

It's working so well! Now if I can just figure out the ironing...

Monday, May 05, 2014

Double-Digit Nina

Nina Norris is 10 months old...and one week...and a few days...

She is standing, cruising, and trying so hard to walk...

She is much more engaged and interested in what's going on around her this month...

She will eat just about anything you put in front of her {three more teeth on the way in to help with that}, and she weighs around 19 pounds.

She completely lost interest in nursing this month, so I went ahead and weaned her. No problems there on her end or mine. ;)

Sometimes she sleeps through the night. Sometimes.

She is doing her best to give me grey hair and make all of Jason's fall out because she is a daredevil. So adventurous--especially compared to her cautious big sister!

She is happy happy happy, and we are so happy she's here.

Friday, May 02, 2014

Lemongrass Salon: The First Local Spot

I've been wanting to start a series on the blog for awhile now called The Local Spot featuring different businesses and places I like to go around Fort Worth. Nothing fancy or formal. Just a chance to practice taking pictures at businesses I use and recommend. {I'll be clear if I'm ever compensated for a post.}

The first place was an easy choice.

I've been going to Lemongrass for six of the seven years we've lived here. They have a few other locations, but I like the one at University Park Village, so I can window shop at Ann Taylor, Madewell, and the Apple store after my haircut.

The mood is calm and quiet, and it smells as heavenly as every Aveda product does.

They offer you tea or water as soon as you walk in, and they always seem genuinely happy you're there.

My stylist gives me a head and neck massage when she washes my hair, and she always explains what products she's using and why. They also give you a hand massage while you're getting your hair done, so by the time I leave, I feel a little wobbly {in a good way}.

Despite the fact that I never fix it these days, I'm actually pretty particular about my hair. I try to make sure it's in good shape, and I usually have a lot of questions and thoughts about it to discuss. My stylist is always patient and fun to "talk hair" with.

The only drawback? I have to save my pennies, so I don't go as often as I would like {every week, preferably}.

Let me know if you check out Lemongrass and enjoy it as much as I always have!

Thursday, May 01, 2014

May Day Mayday!

Life has been a little crazy around here lately! There is a lot to say, but, for now, I'll just send out a cryptic call for prayer and catch you up on our Easter festivities {mostly in photos}.

We had an egg hunt at our church the weekend before Easter, so we put on our tutus {OK, I just wore a full skirt} and had some fun gathering eggs and riding the train.

It's time for pretty Spring dresses!

We hit the early Easter service at church, so Nina was the only one in her class. She loved the attention!

Have I mentioned I'm teaching C's class at church? She is often the only girl, and we have two sets of twin boys. It has been a learning experience for sure!

Sidenote: We had two men volunteer in the class that day, and I could not believe how well the little guys responded to them. It's a shame that working with kids often seems to be considered "women's work." If that Sunday was any indication, having both men and women as leaders in class can be a really positive experience.

We recycle a lot of stuff from our Easter baskets, but there were a few new surprises. And Peeps of course!

Smiley Nina and Serious C...

Hope you had a great Easter!

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