Thursday, April 21, 2011

Love Tank

If you were to ask me what I am most proud of in my life, I would say my marriage. Although I must also add that this past year’s new additions have definitely made it challenging to keep our priorities, including our marriage, in check. When we first got married, we attended a marriage seminar in Hawaii where we learned that our lives are a triangle. God is the top peak of the triangle, while the husband and wife make up the other two points on the bottom. As long as we keep our focus “up” at the peak, our marriage will be held and covered by the hands of God. “Sign me up for that,” I thought! Looking back at our 3 years in Hawaii, it was actually pretty easy to follow this model, given the low stress levels in our lives, and the fact that it was just Casey & me…all of the time! Wow, things have changed to say the least…

This year the Lord has blessed us with many, many gifts. We prayed and prayed for all of these things, and God heard us and answered each and every prayer. We purchased our first home, moved from Hawaii to California, opened our Chick-fil-A restaurant, and welcomed Haylee Ann…all in 5 months. I can totally see God’s sense of humor in all of this. I remember having many conversations with Him, negotiating, begging and pleading for my wants/desires to be fulfilled (a baby)…on my timing. He always reveals to me who is really in control.

One day this week, Casey spent the day with us instead of at Chick-fil-A…we had a much needed family day. Although Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays, we had yet to have a commitment or work–free Sunday in over a year. So, can you see why this was so special? We took Haylee to her “Parent & Me” swim class and then we went to Fuddrucker’s for lunch. For the first time, Haylee Bug slept and let Mommy & Daddy just enjoy each other over juicy cheeseburgers and milkshakes! Normally, when we eat, we are prying napkins, forks & knives from her hands or she’s spilling water on her Daddy’s cell phone (really happened recently). It was such a blessing to be able to focus on our marriage and our family, and I’m smiling as I’m typing this and thinking about it. For those of you who have read “The Five Love Languages”…my love tank is full! I’m looking forward to more family days and more time spent focusing on our marriage…

Daddy & Haylee Bug at "Parent & Me" swim class

Haylee's swim instructor, Miss Brittany

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a big...splash!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Daddy started this...putting me in bed to cuddle each morning!

My 1st trip to San Diego to see the Barrys...
Kate & Momma-to-Be, Laura, with Baby Owen in her belly!

My 2nd bath with Daddy...I definitely prefer bath time with Dad over Mom!

This is how Mommy does laundry up & down the stairs!

My 1 month photo shoot

I love my Auntie Ro...she gave me this outfit!

Haylee Bug: 3 Weeks

Daddy burping me!

Haylee Bug: 2 Weeks

At my 2 week doctor's appointment, I was 8 lbs. 4 oz.

Grammy & Me

My 1st Bath

National Grandparents Day 9/12/10

Friday, September 10, 2010

Haylee's Arrival: 9/2/10

Haylee Bug 1 Week Old
The night before we went to the hospital: 9/1/10
Sweet Grandmas...Grammy & MeMe
Auntie Ro
Casey preparing to bring Haylee home
7 lbs & 13 oz...and everyone thought she was going to be so small (:
Daddy & Haylee right after delivery
Mommy & Haylee minutes after delivery: 4:43 PM
MeMe & Haylee Bug
Auntie Ro
Grammy & Haylee Bug
Auntie Ally Ann
Auntie Heather
9/2/10 in the hospital.
Preparing to go home...Mommy dressing Haylee: 9/4/10

MeMe & Haylee napping
Daddy & Haylee

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Our Last Getaway as a Family of 2!

Casey & I went to Palm Springs this past weekend for some R&R before precious Haylee arrives. I am 37 weeks pregnant in these pictures.