Nolan is 6!

I don’t know what I’m more emotional about. The fact that my baby is SIX or that my baby just lost his first tooth. It is all too much! How is time slipping by so fast?!

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Nolan is and has always been such a bundle of energy and emotions. He is fiercely competitive and loves anything he can win at. His love for sports and games has grown so much this year. He is a constant sweaty mess and goes hard all day long. His rough and tough personality is perfectly balanced by his love for his “puppets” (stuffed animals and blankies) and snuggling. His wild mop of blonde hair can never be tamed, nor can anything else about Nolan. He challenges us and makes us laugh every single day. His love for debauchery and shenanigans make him more like a frat boy than a Kindergartner. When I asked him what he wanted to do on his birthday, he simply replied, “Tailgate.” He is sweet, shy, and rowdy all at the same time. Life is more fun and more interesting with Nolan in the world. We wouldn’t change one thing about him. Love you, Bubba.DSC_0929DSC_0943DSC_0948DSC_0950DSC_0952DSC_0957DSC_0962 DSC_0938

Check out Nolan’s 5 year old exit interview:

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This Christmas season was busier than ever. Between school functions, church performances, work events, and celebrating the holidays with family, Christmastime flew by. I managed to get some photographs to help us remember all of the fun and craziness!

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Fun times at the Donuts with Santa event put on by the St. Augustine Moms Blog. 

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This was my first picture ever with both boys smiling on Santa’s lap!!! (Nolan is finally not afraid!) They asked him for Star Wars Legos and a Nerf football. 

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We love Aunt Claudia’s annual Christmas party at the beach!

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We always love to make it down to downtown St. Augustine to check out the Christmas lights!

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We somehow managed to fit in Christmas cookie decorating!

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Brady was SO excited to get a letter in the mail from Santa!

We did a quick trip to Savannah before Christmas and had so much fun going to see the Christmas performance at the Savannah theater downtown with Grandpa and Nana. We also did our annual visit to the Botanical gardens to check out the beautiful Christmas lights.

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Our Christmas Eve and Christmas were relaxing. We went to to church and ordered pizzas with my mom and Aunt Claudia. We stayed in our jammies all Christmas day. It was so fun to see the kids soaking up the Christmas magic!

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After Christmas we went on a road trip to the Atlanta area to visit Chris’s grandparents.

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Brady (and Sailor!) loved Grandaddy’s horses.

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The boys and their Great Granny (and her 3 puppies!)

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Brady fully embraced his great grandparents country cowboy vibe. We had to buy him boots and a cowboy hat and he wouldn’t take them off!

We had a great Christmas season and are looking forward to a fun new year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brady’s Birthday Celebrations

Summer is a busy time for our family. We have so many celebrations between birthdays, anniversaries, and Father’s Day. We still find time to party hard for our kids’ special days. This year was no different. Brady had a special day on his actual birthday, a party with his friends at the movie theater to see Solo, and a family party. Here are some pictures from his celebrations.

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Brady is a blessed little boy to have so many friends and family who love him and love to celebrate him!

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The holidays with a 4 and 6 year old boy have got to be just about the sweetest thing ever. Yes, life is busy and chaotic, but there’s something about a child fully believing in the magic of Christmas that makes you want to slow down and enjoy every little moment. I love all the traditions that we’ve created with the boys that they now have begun to remember and look forward to. I love that we are now closer to extended family so we can share these moments with them. I even have started to love that freakin’ Elf on the Shelf. (Well, I love how much my kids love it!) Here are some pictures from the last month of all our festivities and adventures.

Decorating- this took forever this year…especially with the kids “helping.”

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Chris’s handiwork on the fireplace looked so pretty with Christmas decorations.

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My aunt gave me this hutch this year and it was my favorite spot during the holidays because of how pretty the Nativity looked on it!

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Under the Christmas tree- any cat’s favorite spot.

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Watching Rudolph, decorating the tree, reading Christmas books- all the holiday magic at once.

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Putting up our Gator ornaments in the dining room. Look how nicely I ironed our table cloth. Ha!

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That’s it. Stare at the T.V. while putting on ornaments. No big deal…I’m going to re-arrange them all when you go to bed anyways!

The Elf…man, did my kids love looking for her every morning.

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Fun traditions…

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Picking out our Christmas tree at our church tree lot.

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Nolan’s first time on a horse at our neighborhood’s annual Winter Fest.

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Neighborhood’s Winter Fest…Brady’s face! lol

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Our family’s Christmas party at my Aunt Claudia’s beach condo.

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Brady hard at work helping to build a sandman.

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Nolan focusing so hard to paint our thank you cards for our annual St. Jude fundraiser.

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Making Christmas cards for classmates. This was the first year Nolan could write his name on all the cards!

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Decorating Gingerbread houses. AKA icing/candy eating game.

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“Baking” Christmas cookies. Thank you Pillsbury! (When you’re busy, some things have to go. Homemade cookies weren’t happening this year.)

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One cookie for Santa, four for me.

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Nolan’s Pre-School Christmas pageant. Look at his little nervous face! But, he rocked it!

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I could EAT him up!

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Using up our Sea World passes before they expired. The boys love it there.

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Nolan’s class party. I am going to miss these sweet parties with crafts and cookie decorating SO much! Sidenote: Why is his stuffed dolphin at the party? Who knows!

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Celebrating Brady’s half birthday. 6 and a half!

Christmas week events…

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My dad and Pat came to town before Christmas and we enjoyed some really warm Florida temps!

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On our way to Christmas Eve service. 

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My boys walking into church.

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That time Nolan “accidentally” took the whole box of candy canes when the pastor was handing them out. 

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Turns out I bought ALL of the cheese at Publix for the holidays. Oops.

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Keeping our pizza on Christmas Eve tradition alive!

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We made Ina Garten’s “Easy Sticky Buns” for Christmas morning. How easy is that?

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Brady’s Christmas theme- weaponry and adventure. Sigh. 

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You’ll shoot your eye out, kid. 

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Chris being every dad on Christmas, assembling toys.

After Christmas moments…

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Just being goofy

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Two of my college besties came to visit us!

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Gator girl kiddos are the cutest!

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Cute couple alert! Brady was in love with my friend, Lucila.

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Ikea during the holidays….whoa.

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A few lazy moments here and there. (She’s not allowed on the furniture. Oops.)

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Chris loves making pasta with the boys when he has time off!

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Chris loves eating pasta all the time. 

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New year’s eve dinner. Who’s ready for 2018 and carbs?!

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Daily chaos and weird stuff going on. 

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A little NYE apple juice toast/chug.

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It got COLD in Florida!

The holidays did not disappoint this year- I only wish they could have lasted a little longer. Now onto those New Year’s resolutions- just as soon as we finish all the pasta leftovers.

2017 Goals

So it’s already February (that first month of the year went FAST) but I still thought it was important to take a moment to jot down some of my goals for the new year for our family and myself.

Here’s my new mantra for the year…

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Sounds hippie dippie, but it really covers all the bases. Whether it’s taking care of your physical health, finding ways to give back to the world, or creating time to improve your spiritual and emotional self, “finding what feels good” encompasses it all.

With every good goal, you have to have specific ways to achieve it. There is no way I could possibly brainstorm every way to “feel good” but here are a few that I’m focusing on.

*Yoga- Recently I’ve become a little addicted to doing yoga. I’ve always tolerated working out, usually sticking to walking or running on my treadmill, but I’ve never felt super awesome afterwards like I do when I do yoga. Whether it’s the reminders to BREATHE or the fact that I’m made aware of muscles I forgot I had, yoga has been my jam lately. I’m hoping I keep it up, because it feels dang good.

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I need this shirt in my life.

*Balance- We all feel messed up when life is out of balance. If you’re all work and no play or all health food and no treats, life just doesn’t feel right. This year I’m focusing on balancing productivity/responsibility with laid back/carefree. If I am working all day at a school, you better believe I’m going to spend my kid-free time later in the day drinking a glass of wine and reading chic lit. If I’ve eaten salads all week for lunch, there is no way I’m turning down tacos and donuts on the weekends. If I’ve done the dishes and folded laundry, the dirty toilets and floors can wait. Ain’t nobody got time for spending their life stressing about every little detail and chore.

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Taco Bell for lunch after a bike ride at the park. Balance people!

*Find your happy place- This one is so important for me! Not only should you find your happy place, you should go there! For me it’s the beach. Every time I am at the beach with my family, I can literally feel myself breathing deeper and my mind clearing. It’s next to impossible to be stressed on the beach. It’s where I feel God’s presence and where I cherish hearing my boys laughter the most. So, this year you will be seeing just as many, if not more, beach pics from the Smiths.

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Don’t let them fool you, that water is FREEZING in January. #parentoftheyear

*Do good stuff- Seriously. There’s a lot of terrible, ugly stuff going on this year. (If you haven’t noticed.) A lot of people are just plain mean if you don’t think like them, vote like them, or believe like them. I can’t change people’s mind (try as I might) or force people to have compassion (try as I might) but I can show them what it looks like to be a decent person. I can donate my clothes to a charity. I can give spare change to a homeless person. I can pick up someone’s trash. I can make small talk with a stranger. I can bring up my neighbors trashcan. It’s not hard to do good. And, it really feels good.

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*Notice and Give Thanks- Finding small reasons to be happy is the key to my joy. I hope 2017 is my year to notice the little moments and cherish them. Whether it’s Brady asking me to help him with his Lego creation (huge honor!) or Nolan holding my hand walking into class (see, he’s still my baby!) I hope I notice it. I hope I notice when Chris refills my wine glass without me asking. I hope I notice when my favorite song comes on the radio 3 times in one day. I hope I still get excited when I see a rainbow, sunset, or dolphin. Being present feels good.

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Even little dudes need yoga!

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Muah!

 

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That rainbow! That cute kid!

 

Here’s to a year that’s full of stuff that feels good. I hope this is the year I think back on as the one I traveled someplace new, ate the best pasta ever, became stronger, got thousands of hugs from my kids, read tons of books, grew in my faith, laughed til I snorted with my husband, and made someone else’s life a little sweeter. Namaste y’all!

Thanksgiving!

For our first Thanksgiving back in Florida, we decided to host dinner at our new home. We had my Aunt, cousin, his girlfriend, my mom, and Chris’s brother and his family join us. It was a very relaxing day full of food, football (Thank you Jesus for letting the Cowboys win for Chris) and fun. The kids played outside in the bounce house while we got to have adult beverages and play corn hole and enjoy the perfect weather.

Here are some pictures from not only Thanksgiving day, but also a few from the Thanksgiving celebrations at the kids’ schools.

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Please note the little turkey in orange and blue who is blowing kisses to his mommy and daddy before his performance!

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Look at that little Indian! Side note: Nolan put down an embarrassing amount of chicken nuggets at his school feast.

 

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Thank God he used the non-Fitbit arm. Ain’t nobody got time for a fitness tracker in their turkey.

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It just doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving without Grandma Dot’s pumpkin bread.

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Me, Aunt Claudia and mom

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Brady all tuckered out after a day of food and fun. (Again, obsessed with sleeping pictures!)

The day after Thanksgiving we went to Savannah to spend time with my dad and Pat. We got to hang out downtown, see Santa, go to our annual Christmas light event at the Botanical Gardens, and watch the Gators get destroyed by FSU (boo.)

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The only Santa lap Nolan will be sitting on this year!

 

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So much to be thankful for, today and always!

 

 

 

 

Halloween!

This Halloween was one of my favorite with the boys. They got SO into it! Trick or treating was super enjoyable because the boys are finally at an age where they can walk on their own and go up to houses without our help. (We stood on the sidewalk sipping our adult beverages reminding them to say thank you.) We also got the benefit of having my mom nearby so she was able to participate in Nolan’s Trunk or Treat event at his school and hang out on Halloween night.

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Our not-so-elaborately decorated trunk. We’ll step it up next year! (Maybe.)

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We loved spending the morning at Nolan’s school on Halloween. Little stinker.

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Spoiler alert: the boys have already been talking about their costumes for next year. Nolan wants to be a, wait for it, mosquito.