Friday, January 22, 2016

Kelly's Korner Link Up

I am linking up with Kelly's Korner to talk about my sweet friend, Ashley!

Ashley and I have been friends since college, and she is not only one of the sweetest girls I know, but she also has a great sense of humor and she's so fun to be around!

Ashley is from and currently lives in Birmingham, Alabama where she has worked as an accountant for the past 10 years.

After she graduated from college, she worked for a short time on a ranch in Wyoming, which is where she cultivated her love for the outdoors. 

Ashley treasures her relationship with the Lord and she is looking for someone who shares her faith and love of the Lord.

She enjoys hanging out with her church group and friends, checking out new restaurants, practicing calligraphy, and going to garage sales, among other things!

Ashley is a fun-loving sweet girl who is looking for someone to share her faith first and foremost and also her interests for a full life. 

Thank you for stopping by and meeting my sweet friend!

Kelly's Korner Link up

Today I am linking up with Kelly's Korner for singles day to talk about my amazing friend, Michelle.

Michelle is a thoughtful, kind, and devoted person and friend. She is crazy smart and hard-working, but also witty and fun! She is an avid traveler, and is looking for a partner in life, someone to join her on her next adventure!

Michelle is the oldest of three girls and loves to spend time with her sweet family. (she's the one in the stripes :))

Michelle loves her friends and family deeply, and is active in her church community as well. If she's not at the lake water skiing or grilling out with her family, you'll find her spending quality time with her longtime friends (ahem ;)) or her church community.

Michelle is from Dothan, Alabama and currently lives in Birmingham and works at UAB hospital. Her work schedule is often challenging, but outside of work she enjoys going to the gym, reading, attending her Bible study group, and dining out with friends.

Did I mention she likes to travel? ;)


Michelle is looking for an honest, driven, and conscientious man with a positive outlook on life, a man who can see the joy in the little things as well as the big things. She hopes to get married, have children, and live life its fullest! So direct your fantastic eligible bachelors this way, and thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Life Lately

Life lately has been mostly about getting back into our normal routine. As much as we loved our time off doing fun things like eating out

and playing games,

we were ready to get back into our daily routine, because as crazy as it is sometimes, I love routine, and I really like ours.

It sometimes includes morning poses.

Afternoons of homework and reading.

Play time.

And as much relaxation as we can squeeze in before bedtime, then we wake up and do it all over again!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Show and Tell Tuesday: Introductions

I am linking up today with Momfessionals (who I love and adore!) for Show and Tell Tuesday. Today is all about introductions, so, allow me to introduce myself.

Okay, that picture is from three years ago, this a much more realistic picture.

My parents are immigrants, but I am Alabama born and raised. I'm a dentist, a wife, and a mom to these two fun-loving sweet babies, Z and Lu, that I thank God for every single day!

It all started with this guy.

We met on New Year's Eve of 2004 (in Nasville), got engaged 7 months later, and then on December 16, 2006, a beautiful and unseasonably warm day, we got married!

I started this blog when I was pregnant with my son (who is now 6(!)) not really to document my pregnancy or family life, but just because I felt like writing. Of course, it quickly turned into a family blog because that's what my life is about!

As for resolutions, I'm really not that big on them, but I would like to finish decorating and furnishing my house (or at least the one room on the main floor that has been empty for a year!) and cook more variety and more often. Nick and I also want to try and have more date nights and go to at least one concert again this year (that was one of our goals at the beginning of last year).

The main thing I strive to do this year and every year is be present in the moment and in life. Parents tell me all the time to enjoy my kids because they grow up so fast, and maybe that's another reason I blog, because I feel like it lets me hold on to a fleeting moment just a bit longer. I know it goes by fast, and I never want to look back and think of how much I missed out on because of worry or fear or anything else trying to steal the moment from me.

So, that's it, in a nutshell. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll come back check in to my little world again soon!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas Break

We had a family and fun-filled Christmas. I'm going to keep it brief and let the pictures do the talking.

Nana came down the weekend before Christmas, so we did more fun activities around town and at home. 

had a much needed date night

 Then, Z came to the office with me the Monday of Christmas week. He was happy school was out!

Nick's vacation started on Tuesday, but I had to go to work (boo!). Wednesday, I finalized my preparations for Christmas Eve and we started preparing some of the food for Christmas Eve dinner. We had a welcome break from preparations when my sweet friend (shout out Michelle) came over and brought the kids some goodies and us a present (a selfie stick, which was used to take all of the following pictures! (So fun!))

Christmas Eve was at my house, and it was a (chaotic) blast!

Christmas morning was really great! Nana and Tata and Nunna and Jido made sure the kids had everything they could want and then some! They were so excited, and we had a wonderful rest of the day relaxing, eating leftovers, and playing with their new toys.

After I went to the gym and the grocery store Wednesday, I didn't leave the house again until Sunday afternoon, when we took a family library and grocery trip! It was fabulous, and I can't wait to do it again this week. Amen!

Happy Holidays 2015

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

School Parties, Two outta Three Ain't Bad

Last week, Z and Lu both had their class parties and Lu had her dance party. Nick and I ended up making it to both of their school parties! I wasn't sure I'd be able to make it to Z's, but it turned out I was able to, and I was so happy!

I actually got to his school a little early and watched him and his friends "playing" on the playground (it looked more like tackling/wrestling to me, but I digress). For the party, they had a special snack, did a little craft, and then played sight word bingo. It was super cute!

We spotted Z's artwork on the way out.

 If I were a snowman at night, I would.... have a snowball fight, play a football game, and sled down a hill doing cannon balls, and karate kicks. I mean, how cute is that?!

Thursday afternoon was Lu's party, and they were doing a little program, Christmas songs with jingle bells and maracas and such. We'd talked about it several times and sang all the songs in the car. I just knew she was going to delight us with her singing, and then I walked in, and then she started crying, and then she never stopped. The.Whole.Time.
Not exactly what I had in mind.

She was sitting there in the front for the first two songs, then her teacher got her to sit next to her, but it didn't help. As soon as the torcherous (apparently that's not a word) singing was over, she was happy as a clam, ate all her pizza and cookies and acted silly, laughing and having a good ol time. She was like a different child. #itainteasybeingthree

Nana came into town Thursday evening, so she and I got to go to Lu's dance party on Friday. Needless to say, I was worried about how she'd "perform" after the school party debacle, but once she got past some initial jitters about going in, she had a great half class, then we got to go in for the performance, and she was awesome (mom bias). She was dancing, cheesing, waving. I was so proud!


After the performance, they had a special snack, and sister was serious about her snack.

After dance, we walked around Homewood and ended up at O'Carr's for lunch. It was a beautiful day, and we had a perfect girl's morning out! It more than made up for the lackluster performance the day before.