Monday, September 1, 2014

13 Years of Marriage

Happy Anniversary, Nathan!
engagement | 12.31.00
wedding | 9.1.01
here we are, 13 years and lots of fun later! :)

13 year photo by Joanna Brown Photography

Sunday, August 31, 2014

My Birthday Month!

August was my birthday month and like normal, I tried to soak up all of the hype about my day! :)  Well, the self-imposed hype!

Nathan was a sweetie and took me on a date to St. Elmo Steakhouse downtown.  It was fun to wear and pretty dress and go out with my man.  We hadn't taken a date since Christmas so a little time to just talk with my man was nice.  

...and then after our date, we went to Sam's Club and went grocery shopping.  We're crazy like that!! :) 
We spent time with our friends that weekend and had a lovely meal prepared by Jen.  I love our pictures now compared to our teenage snapshots.  The kid craziness that always comes when we are together just makes me laugh.  I love our lives and that my closest friends are friendships I've had from my teen years on.

Thank you God for another year, for good health, time with my family & friends - and for giving me so many things to be thankful for!

...and PS, 30's are much better than my 20's!  :)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Chase is 15 Months!

I don't know when it happened, but all of a sudden we have a big boy on our hands!  He is still so fun and adventurous.  I've said this with every stage, but we are loving this one as well!
We went to the State Fair this past month and Chase enjoyed seeing all of the animals, eating the yummy food and people watching! 
Chase is full of hugs and kisses lately.  We enjoy all of the lovin' he gives out!
He is always on the move and practically runs.  He loves wrestling with Daddy, reading books, playing ball and being outside.

He likes to "talk" on the phone and apparently mimics Daddy & Mommy walking around with his hands moving all around while he talks :) 
Great Grandma Herring made a blanket {blue on back of chair} for Chase's birthday.  It is soft and just like the other blankets that Chase loves.  Thank you so much, Great Grandma!
When it comes to nap-time, Chase wants his blanket {he has a certain kind that he likes} and normally his bottle.  He will take juice out of a sippy cup and we are working on transitioning his milk into a sippy cut as well.

Chase loves fruit and has been on a big blueberry kick lately.  He says, num num when he wants more and he gets very aggressive about it :)

Chase normally takes just one nap a day.  He is ready for bedtime around 8:00 pm.  On the weekends, Chase gets to come to our bed in the morning and cuddle with Daddy & Mommy while he takes his bottle.  We love that time with him and I think he likes it too!  Sometimes I will turn cartoons on and he is starting to pay a little more attention to them.  Up until now, he hasn't paid any attention to movies or cartoons.

Chase is trying to talk more and more.  He says shoes, blanket, Mamaw, Papaw, Momma, Dadda, dog-dog, hi and is trying to say so much more!

Chase is a tough little guy.  When he gets hurt, he wants his Momma but he seems to get over it pretty quick and he doesn't want pity.

Chase is wearing 12 months clothes and size 3 shoes.  He goes to the doctor for his 15 month well baby visit soon and we are excited to see how much he has grown!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

My Closet | August 28, 2014

 My husband asked me, "does that really go together?" when I walked out this morning.  Now I'm wondering if I should have worn a darker shirt...
outfit details:
chambray shirt, walmart | skirt, down east basics | wedges, old navy

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

My Closet | August 27, 2014

Summer colors are still here.  I know as soon as I begin piling layers on this Fall I am going to long for summer to return.  I'm just not even going to think about that right now! :(

We are thoroughly enjoying summer - the garden, the evenings out with friends, ice cream, sunglasses, sandals, car windows down and just the carefree feeling that summer always seems to bring me.
 outfit details:
blue leather bag, f21 | coral pencil skirt, old navy
bird tee, target | mint green cardi, target

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My Closet | August 26, 2014

outfit details:
gray denim skirt, old navy | sequin tee, old navy
cardi, target | navy flats, target | handbag, target 
 I had mentally transitioned into Fall last week and then it got HOT in Indiana!  Hot and muggy!  This soft and breathable denim skirt was the perfect option for a casual day in the office as then as I transitioned into Mommy mode during the afternoon-evening.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

My Big Promotion

I may have mentioned before that my employer is -hands down - the BEST! Now if someone wanted to pay me to cuddle my baby/lounge with my hubby/sleep/watch TV/shop they might win the award for best employer, but since I haven't come across that place of business yet, I'm thankful for the next best thing! 

I work with a group of people that are like family to me - even in your family there are some you like a little more than others, right? Haha!! This past winter my boss sent the ladies that I work with to dinner and then to see Wicked. We had our company picnic this summer and went to an Indianapolis Indians baseball game together.  The cherry on the sundae is that he just sent the ladies to brunch and an afternoon at the Spa! He tries to do special things like this in recognition of projects we've completed and things like that...and let me tell you, it is SO appreciated!
I started with the company back in 2008 and have been able to work in several roles and grow with their business... which is more of a blessing than I ever could have anticipated!!  On the side of the business I work now, I have worked as an Account Representative, Account Manager and now Director of Client Services.  

Getting out of the the day-to-day client work and working with internal processes, program development and marketing has been such an exciting change.

I worked for a large family owned company and then a large corporate company previously so I know how blessed I am now.  I am so thankful to come to work and not have knots in my stomach because I hate my job so much and my working environment is miserable {I've been there before too!}.

My boss also confirmed at my annual review that my Fridays working online from home were still ok - that is basically what makes me able to function the rest of the week knowing I'll have that long weekend at home and with my baby! 

So there is some exciting news and a praise all wrapped into one!!!!