June 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Baby!

This past weekend we celebrated the birth of one Mr. David Agustus Smith, "Gus". Gus is a very special little boy; Chris and I both love him like our own family. Chris went to Highschool with Gus' dad, Stephen. They were not good friends then, but as chance had it they ended up working together in USI at FedEx. They became good friends and soon introduced Libba (Stephen's wife/Gus' mommy) and me. From there we all became fast friends. Not very long after, Chris and I got to know Libba's twin sister Sarah (collectively we make up "The Sarahs"). Within the year Sarah met (or I guess "re-met") and married the love of her life Jason Taylor. We've also met (and now have the pleasure of calling our friends) most of the people we regularly hang out with through Stephen and Libba. They have honestly and openly welcomed us into their "tribe" since day one. I cannot imagine life now without Stephen, Libba and their two boys and Sarah and Jason. They are the kind of friends you fiercely call family; the ones you unflinchingly and unabashedly share the truth of your life with, even when the truth isn't pretty. They are the ones who you know better than people you have known your whole life because you habitually share the ins and outs of your life with them. They know the minute details that are lost in the hour long catch up lunches or coffee dates oftened shared with other close friends. In the tapestry of our life their threads are woven in gold, rich, shiny and indelible.

Now, on to Gus' party!!! Wow! What a fun day! This year the theme was "Little Buckaroo". There were pony rides, a water balloon toss, a pinata, a TON of food and drinks such as "Tijuana Tarantula Spit" and "Mississippi Moonshine" (really just coke, of course). I got to Holly Springs early to help Libba and Sarah set up for the party and Chris arrived with Evie a few hours later and was the official photographer so mom and dad could enjoy the party!

Gus's BIG present was a John Deere Hot Wheels Tractor! He was so excited to see it! This little boy is obsessed with lawnmowers! If he just hears one you will soon hear happy squeals of "MONMOWER! MONMOWER!". He rode around on it immediately and then woke his dad up at 6:50am Sunday claiming he had to "teetee", when really "teetee" is code for "ride my new tractor"! He is such an adorable little boy, which is easy to say when I'm not the one woken up at 6:50am! I have been completely head over heels in love with him since they moment I first saw him! He is the most high energy person I have ever met, but he is so easy to love because his heart is so sweet.

As chance would have it on Sunday Stephen had to take Libba to the doctor (she hurt her leg pretty badly on Friday night, but being SUPERMOM made it through Saturday even though she could barely walk), so Chris and I got babysit their other son Leo. Leo is 18 days younger than Evie so we got to experience a little bit of life with twins. It was great fun, and I even managed to bathe Leo and change his diaper without getting sprayed! I think Chris also enjoyed the gender support!

Here are some photos of Gus' birthday party!

Gus with his Daddy as he rode the pony into his party


Gus and me! He was high fiving Chris!



Friends and Family Visiting




Baby Brother Leo!


Seeing his tractor!



Riding his new tractor!



Evie and her uncle JJ



Family Picture



Evie hanging out with Daddio on Sunday morning




Leo came to visit and hung out with Uncle Chewis too!



SUCH a happy boy!



*Special thanks to Libba Smith for allowing me to tell the story of her baby's party and share pictures of her beautiful boys!*




June 22, 2011

Mark It Down!!!

Ok I haven't mentioned this here yet because I didn't want to jinx it. I'm not normally superstitious but on this one I am! I wanted at least one week on the books!

Evie has slept through the night for a whole week now!

This has also coincided with three developmental milestones! She is learning to sit on her own (still working on this one but she is pretty good at it). She is learning to roll from her back to her tummy; she has only flipped from tummy to back once and this is strange because usually babies learn and master tummy to back first (the movement from back to tummy takes a lot more coordination and strength), but of course, not my daughter! She also just went through her 12 week growth spurt! Usually all of these things disrupt a baby's sleep cycle, but again, not Evie.

Now when I say she has slept through the night, I don't mean five and half hours; I don't mean eight hours. I am talking about we put her to bed between 8:30 and 9:00 pm and she sleeps until 7:30 or 8:00 am. 11 hours! Praise the Lord! We thought this day would never come!

June 20, 2011

Father's Day!

On Sunday we celebrated those wonderful people we call Fathers! This year I was lucky enough to celebrate three amazing men, my daddy, my father-in-law and my husband, Chris. There are not words to say how blessed I am to have my Dad as my Dad. He has always been a strong influence in my life and has always put my mother, brother and me first. No matter how old I get I will always be Daddy's little girl. Family is the most important thing to my Dad and I love that about him. My father-in-law is also great! Basically since the moment Chris and I began dating he has taken me in as the daughter he never had. He does so much for Chris and I. We are so grateful to him! They are both fantastic wonderful grandparents and are totally in love with Evie Bug! It makes me so happy to see their eyes light up when they see her!



Sunday, we also celebrated the wonderful man who is my husband and the father of Evie. I can't begin to tell you how grateful I am to have had Chris by my side these past three months. He is an incredible father to Evie and has been the one to be so strong and hold me up at times. There are times when I look at him when he is holding Evie and I feel so lucky to have these two people as my family. Words cannot express how grateful I am that God picked him to be my husband and father of my child. I could never ask God for more than I have already been blessed with.

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!











Evie's First Road Trip

This is going to be a long post, consider yourself warned! :)

So, last week we spent the week (with our 12 week old) in Destin, FL with my momma, daddy and little brother. Wow. What an experience that was. It was a ton of fun; but it was an experience!

First of all, let me say how impressed I am with Evie's traveling ability. Despite a few fussy moments on the drive home, she was a CHAMPION traveler. I was really worried because the last time she was in the car for over an hour and a half was on the way to Florence, AL to visit my Aunt Diana and she was a screaming hollering banshee the whole time. However, she did great!

Friday afternoon we got all of our stuff gathered in our front room and simply GAPED in AWE of the amount of STUFF that a baby adds to your luggage! Between the diapers and swim diapers and the stroller and the pack-n-play and the car seat and the THREE bags full of NECESSARY stuff we barely had room for our measly 2 bags and the dogs' crate! It was NUTS! Eva Pearl was packed to the gills but we made it work!

Friday night we left for Alabaster, AL (about 15 minutes outside of Birmingham) where we planned to stop for the night. However, just outside New Albany, MS the A/C in my pretty much brand new (not even three years old) Nissan Rogue busted. It was cooling the air and as long as we maintained a decent speed it forced cool air through and into the car. It was a just a little but at night it was very pleasant. We didn't really have a choice so we kept on. We finally made it to Alabaster around 11:30 pm. We had planned on sleeping in a little the next morning, but we could not do that because we had no A/C in the car and our two schnauzers Maggie and Peyton were with us for the trip, and we had no other way of keeping them cool. So we got up on Saturday and Chris went ahead and checked all the fuses, but none were blown. We decided to press on before the day got really hot.

Quick Diaper Change in the Middle of Nowhere, Alabama!



We drove and drove on Highway 331 almost all the way into Destin. IT. WAS. MISERABLE. It was burning up hot and there was a TON of Destin traffic keeping us from maintaining a speed high enough to force the air to circulate and cool off. Like I said though, Evie was a champ. She fussed a tiny bit b/c it was hot, but once we got a cool rag on her face she settled down. I was getting really worried though because those car seats don't breathe much to begin with and her face was getting very flushed. I was worried she would over heat. She hung in there, however, and was just as happy as we were to reach the cool bliss of the air conditioning! The schnauzers were also super and hung tough! We gave them a bone once we arrived! Later in the week we took my car to the Nissan Dealership in Fort Walton, but I won't go into that because it's pretty boring. Long story short, they fixed my car!

Then we spent a week sunning and funning (for the most part) in Florida! We took Evie to the beach 3 times. Once at dusk and twice during the day. She did ok during the day. She napped for about 30-45 minutes on the beach each time so Chris and I got to actually get in the ocean (don't worry she wasn't unattended my mom and dad kept an eye on her)! She loved the swimming pool! It was a really tiny party pool so it was pretty warm and she liked to just float around and splash. She really and truly LOVES the water! She is just like her dad and me! She also really enjoyed getting to spend a lot of time with her Nana, Grampa and Uncle William. Although, I think she enjoyed her uncle the most! She has really taken a shine to him and likes to grin and goo at him. Maybe one day he will consent to a poopy diaper change! Haha! Fat chance!

Spending some time in the pool with Daddy!



Getting ready to go to the ocean for the first time!





Daddy and Evie on the beach!



Family Picture on the Beach



Napping on the beach!





Hanging with Uncle PDW!





On Monday Chris and I celebrated our second anniversary! The original plan was to drive somewhere nice for dinner, but my car was in the shop and we didn't want to leave Momma and Daddy car-less with the baby so we opted to walk about a quarter mile down the beach to Pompano Joe's for dinner. On the walk down there we saw a huge angry storm cloud headed our way. It was so dark that it was practically black. We made it to the restaurant before the bottom dropped out; however, we did not make it IN the restaurant and ended up standing outside in the cold rain for an hour waiting for a table! We laughed about it though because we knew that we were making memories!

The storm coming in...



Wednesday Momma and I met my best friend Erin and her mom at the outlet mall to do some shopping. They were staying in Pensacola and made the drive over for the day. We ended up shopping for way longer than intended and practically limped home. However, I got some really cute stuff for me and some new Polo T-shirts for Chris. I also found some super adorable stuff for Bug! Evie really racked up from her Nana too! She got lots of cute outfits for later on this Summer and into the early Fall!

On Thursday Daddy chartered a boat to take Chris, William and himself deep sea fishing, and they came back with quite a haul! They all three caught their limit of red snapper, trigger fish and king mackerel. William also caught a barracuda! I was quite disappointed to learn that they left the barracuda with the captain of the boat, but he said he really liked it and they still brought back a TON of fish! That night I made dinner for everyone that consisted of red snapper and trigger fish which were pan fried and topped with a lemon butter and white wine reduction; cheddar, parmesan and garlic mashed potatoes; steamed green beans with sea salt; fresh homemade bruschetta and a homemade key lime pie. It sounds fancier than it was, although it was pretty tasty. We ended up with a TON of fish leftover and Chris and I got to take some home, along with a pound of gulf shrimp! Yum! I LOVE Red Snapper; it is arguably my favorite fish out there so I am super excited! We are already planning on fish sandwiches later this week!

The Catch of the Day!

*the barracuda is the fish to the right of the third red snapper on the top*


Saturday we headed back home to Mississippi in our lovely air conditioned car! All of our stuff barely fit, but we made it!

All in all it was a great trip! Evie was a fantastic little road-tripper and did great in a new environment! She had her fussy moments but mostly I knew how to handle them and get her calmed down so it wasn't that big of a deal! She's really turned from a super fussy INCREDIBLY high maintenance baby into a really happy little girl! We have had so much fun with her these past three weeks and are so grateful she was so good on our trip! We are so looking forward to next year!!!

June 13, 2011

730 Days...

Today Christopher and I celebrate our second wedding anniversary. 2 years, 730 days, 1,051,200 minutes. It seems like just yesterday I was putting on that beautiful, beaded white dress and peeking through the sanctuary doors eager and terrified of the first moment we would see each other on that Our Wedding Day. Each day thereafter has been an adventure. The road is not always smooth and has it's bumps and potholes, but it's nice to know even after all this time (five and a half years!!!) he is still my very best friend and the love of my life. I love you Christopher Harrison.

June 9, 2011

Jitters and Jolts

Here it is my third cup of coffee today and it's not even noon yet. Hello, my name is Sarah and I'm addicted to coffee.





Lately, I've been drinking way too much coffee. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too much when you consider that according ALL of my GI doctors coffee is a huge no-no on the ARD/GERD/IBS diet. But I just can't kick the habit and lately I've been so exhasuted after going back to work that I can't turn it down. I walk into the break room kitchen, ostensibly to get that big glass of water I should be drinking. And there it is. Staring at me, the coffee pot full of liquid so alluring to me, it's like the nectar of the god's. And usually I break down. One last cup my inner monologue reasons, one more cup. And it's goooood. Hot and steamy. I clutch the cup (a brand new clean one since I resolutely rinsed my cup from my first two cups and stowed it in the dishwasher) in my cold fingered grasp and it's almost as if I am absorbing energy along with the warmth.

I know I should switch back to the box of caffiene free Earl Gray that sits in my office or possibly to something more trendy, shall we say, like green tea but I can't I just can't.

I need my jolt and I just can't quit the coffee.

June 8, 2011

Milestones!

It is so hard to believe, but yesterday at 11 weeks old Evie sat up on her own several times and once held it for close to a minute.


I can't believe how fast she is growing up. On one hand she is SO SO much more fun now that she is smiling and on the verge of really laughing. I really love interacting with her! One the other hand it makes me sad to see her growing up so fast. Gone already are the days when she would sleep snuggled up to my chest her little breath on my neck. It's bittersweet to watch your child grow up. I mean, what's next? Highschool graduation?

June 1, 2011

When I'm With You

When I hold you in my arms, Love
Something changes
It's the strangest feeling
The things that used to matter
They don't matter to me
When I see you
And you're smiling
How my heart aches
So full it is about to break
You make me believe in love



I could never count all the ways
That you change me, Baby
Every day the sky is a deeper shade of blue
When I'm with you
When I hear you, and you're crying
It resonates, Dear
In a place I didn't know was there
You make me believe in love


Beautiful baby
You're sweeter than strawberry pie
Just like the morning
Your smile brings the sunshine



I could never count all the ways
That you change me, Baby
Every day the sky is a deeper shade of blue
When I'm with you