Dear Aubrey — 11 Months


Dear Aubrey,

I can’t believe that in less than a month you’re going to be 1-year-old. You will have been on this Earth for an entire year, blessing your mommy and daddy’s lives, as well as so many other people. Do you know how loved you are??

December was a big month–we celebrated your first Christmas! We were so excited to celebrate the season with you. We wanted to show you the lights and such. Mommy and daddy took you for a road trip to Lexington, Ky., (your birthplace) for a weekend. We were hoping to show you the Southern Lights at the Kentucky Horse Park and visit with friends, but unfortunately you wound up being very sick on the way down. Your temp spiked when we arrived, so we stayed in the hotel room the first night. We missed out on the lights, but don’t worry…we plan to continue our yearly tradition next year.

We did take you to see Santa. You didn’t mind him…until mommy walked away from you and Santa. Then you cried. And cried. We had then pose as a family with Santa, and you were a little better then.


You were so spoiled on Christmas–everyone wanted to give you toys and celebrate. Your favorite toy was probably the rocking horse momma and daddy got you. As soon as we put you on it, you started rocking it! Definitely a little equestrienne in the making!


You’re still doing your swim classes, and you still love them. I hope we can continue your classes for a while.

You started to get your first tooth this month. It hasn’t fully popped out, yet, but it’s there.

You are talking so much now, it’s a lot of fun! You say “Mom-Mom”, “Dada”, “Neigh Neigh”, “Hat”. Plus a lot of other babble sounds. You’re army crawling like a crazy girl and starting to get into so much stuff!

A couple rare warm December days meant doing one of your favorite activities--swinging!

A couple rare warm December days meant doing one of your favorite activities–swinging!

You spend a day or two with “Aunt Brooke” while mommy’s at work, where you get to play with Claire (who’s just a couple weeks older than you) and Kendal (who’s 3). You always have lots of fun.

We’re already making plans for your first birthday. It just boggles my mind that you’re soon to be one. You enrich our lives so much, baby girl.

Love you!



Yuletide Greetings!

Can you believe it’s Christmas already?? This month has flown by so quickly with everything going on, it’s been hard to get into the Christmas spirit, but we’ve tried!

We took the pups (and the cats) to our favorite humane society that was having photos with Santa. So here, for your entertainment and holiday cheer, are our fur kids wishing you a very Meowy, Appy Christmas!

Sean and Sarabi

Sean and Sarabi

LaMesa and Dallas Mae

LaMesa and Dallas Mae

Silent Nights…It’s a Little Quiet Over Here

Just a quick note to let y’all know I’m sorry for being so quiet lately. On top of me starting my new job and getting used to a whole new schedule (and new stressors), M and I are currently packing up our house of 3.5 years and moving to a new house this week/weekend. Every afternoon I have come home, walked the pups, then started packing things. By the time I stop, I’m too exhausted to even want to read some of my favorite blogs, let along write in mine.

So I hope you understand! I’ll be back after we get a little more settled and I’ll update you on everything. I hate to feel like I’ve dropped the ball, but hopefully soon that’ll be rectified.

Until then, have a great week! Stay healthy! And enjoy as much Christmas festivities as possible! (And then tell me about it!)

Seeing Santa is old hat for Dally, however LaMesa's not too sure about the fake beard...

Last year’s Santa photo with the pups. When I can get ours back from this year, I’ll share them!

A Christmasy Weekend

I hope everyone had a great weekend…can you believe that next weekend is Christmas??

After a fun Friday in Louisville with a great college buddy (and one my bridesmaids) for a girls’ night, M and I enjoyed a fun morning of holiday drinks at Coffee Times Coffee House, a fun local coffee shop that has some awesome drinks and great service. They also have a massive selection of coffee. We got my brother-in-law some coffee beans and a grinder for Christmas last year and he loved it, so we decided to do the same this year, only add a couple of different flavors.

Then we went to Bed, Bath & Beyond to spend some of our gift cards we got from our wedding, as well as the store credit we received when we had to return some stuff. Unfortunately we didn’t really get much from our registries, and there were things we really needed, so we decided to treat ourselves. After about an hour or so, we walked out of the store with $350-worth of stuff…and we didn’t pay a dime! It was pretty fun. We got a new mattress pad, some new cookware, bathroom stuff (so excited about that, so I’ll show pictures soon), and I got some new bakeware. We still hope to get some stuff for Christmas, though, and still have quite a few things that we need and would like to get.

Then we took the girls to go see Santa at PetsMart. The girls were so excited about the chance to go shopping, but LaMesa wasn’t too sure about going to see Santa. The poor little thing was shaking like a leaf and wasn’t too sure about the man in the beard. I barely got both girls to look towards the camera at the same time. I chose this photo because M and I got a kick out of the look LaMesa was giving Santa (meanwhile Dally was just waiting for her treat).

Seeing Santa is old hat for Dally, however LaMesa's not too sure about the fake beard...

Seeing Santa is old hat for Dally, however LaMesa’s not too sure about the fake beard…

That evening we went to a friend’s house for a party and Dirty Santa. I lucked out getting the last number (28–there were a lot of people at the party!) and wound up going home with a bottle of Evan Williams and some eggnog. The eggnog is pretty ironic considering M and I had said talked about eggnog and how neither of us had never had any. Looks like we’ll have to have some to celebrate the holiday some time this week… (I took a little Christmas decoration and made some of my dark chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, which I’ll post the recipe soon.)

Today’s activities included a long run (56* on Dec. 16??) and agility training with the dogs and my dog friends. I tried a new cookie recipe, which I’ll post later, and whipped together some turkey chili–home run!

Now it’s time to relax, watch a little “The Devil Wears Prada” (who doesn’t love that movie??) and icing my foot… Ready to tackle Week 4 of Elf4Health!