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Tonight Parker went to her first basketball game. To watch her favorite basketball player of course. She even dressed up for this special occasion.


We found out that apparently, Parks has a lot of number one fans herself. Freshmen girls might be a bit obsessed with her.

I think I might understand, I mean I can’t get enough of this girl:)


In other news, on the way back from the game we found out Audrey got accepted to Vanderbilt. We couldn’t be prouder. Parkie can’t wait to go visit her in Nashville!



Well, it finally happened – after almost 3 years we actually got snow (and boy did we get a lot of it!)  On Sunday the weather man forecasted 1 inch starting after 3 but by the time we left church at 1:15 there was at least 4 inches on the ground (note to self: wearing Birkenstock clogs to church on a day when its supposed to snow = not a good idea).  Unfortunately, that meant a 3.5 hour ride home for us:(  Then again, early Tuesday morning they skys opened up again.  This snow was much more exciting because:

a. we were all home and able to enjoy it falling without needing to drive anywhere or do anything2013-12-08 14.04.33

b. Andrew got to work from home

c. Since it was still daylight,  Parker got to play a bit in the snow (I’m not sure she found this quiet as exciting as I did)2013-12-10 11.57.58 2013-12-10 12.02.22-2

d.  this cooped up momma finally got a little exercise in shoveling the snow (we can talk about my severe lack of workouts later, ok?)

e.  The roads were plowed and clear by late afternoon, so Parker and I were able to run off for a quick Starbucks date with my sisters so Andrew could have the house to himself for a conference call2013-12-03 17.25.16

f. I got a bunch of Christmas shopping done (online of course)

g.  This snow still looks prettyIMG_3752

h. (I totally almost labeled this one 9 and then realized I wasn’t counting – epic fail) The dogs love the snow and have been playing outside for hours = exhausted pupsIMG_3753

i.  Everyone off of school means rapid fire group texts

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Did you get snow where you live?

What do you like to do on snow days?

Favorite christmas Song?

Parks has 2 new best friends. Well not exactly new, but newly best. They eat together, share food, snuggle and wrestle together. They also provide her with more entertainment than any one or thing else. They are her pups. Check it out:







We’re working on being gentle with our pups, but they (especially chase, our normal pain in the butt) are so patient and sweet with Parkie while she learns. And I can’t say he minds the extra attention


Plus they’ve been waiting for a third best friend for their pack for some time now, it’s so fun to see their friendship develop!

I’ve been totally slacking on the blog posting this week. I’m sorry, sometimes I think you need a vacation to take care of everything you didn’t take care of while on vacation. The past few days have been filled with laundry, house cleaning, bill paying and more laundry. I promise to provide you guys with a better post tomorrow. In the meantime enjoy these pictures of my little one enjoyingdevouring her first cheesesteak.




Definitely a Philly girl at heart (and stomach:))

do you like cheesesteaks?
-umm, definitely yes

pats or genos?
-Pats all the way

what’s your favorite hometown food?
-Philadelphia soft pretzels

This sweetie pie turned 8 months yesterday. I honestly can’t believe it. People keep asking me how old she is and I always have to catch myself and remember to say 8 months- how is that possible?PL-18


This little monkey has definitely changed our lives in a completely indescribable way.  She totally lights up our world and I can’t imagine what life was even like without her..

So, a little glimpse into what life with her is like…

Parks has begun to eat real food.  We don’t do really organized meals, but she picks at our breakfast, lunch and dinner.  We’ve pretty much followed baby lead weaning and have loved it.  It makes prep so easy and our meal times so pleasant!  Currently, she’s totally in love with oranges.  She loves sucking the juice out and then throwing the rest on the floor (unfortunately, the dogs aren’t so fond of the leftovers).  I shouldn’t be surprised considering the one thing I had to have every day during pregnancy was orange juice:)



She also still loves her Starbucks. This pic is from a few months ago, but the sentiment hasn’t changed.  She’s truly a girl after her mama’s heart.

She’s also as fidgity as her mama.  Not a fan of sitting still all day.  She’s sitting, standing, crawling, climbing and “hovering”(that’s what I call when she stands without support for 3 seconds before she realizes she’s not holding anything and gets worried and sits back down).  She’s going to be walking in no time.


Parks loves trips out.  She loves smiling and then hiding from new friends at the grocery store, target, park and of course Trader Joe’s.

Thankfully, she’s started into a regular napping routine. And are working towards longer sleeping sessions at night (I honestly don’t know how long, because I’m totally not interested in looking at the clock anymore when she wakes up.)  Right now, I’ve chosen just to enjoy the extra snuggles and time together while she still wants it (even if it is in the middle of the night)!

She’s also very chatty.  Her favorite “word” is babbabababababa and we’re pretty sure the “who” sound she makes is in reference to the dogs (she almost exclusively uses it when she sees them or another dog around). I’m working on getting her to say mama, but so far no luck;)

She does a great job leaving me to spend the day with her Mimi or go the church nursery.  That is until I walk past, or she hears me, or I don’t acknowledge her when grabbing something from the nursery – then she screams until I come pick her up.  Little girl knows what works…


Well, I feel like I could write about Parker for days, but this is already pretty long.  Plus since just about every other post I write is about her – I’m pretty sure you get the jist of it!


It’s Friday! At least for another hour and a half or so. And I can honestly say it’s been a great Friday so far. So, time for a random string of fun facts!

1. Someone is teething (finally!) I got my first tooth at 8 months and it seems this little one is following suit(she’ll be 8 months in 2 days). The runny nose started yesterday and when I noticed the drooling this morning, I checked and found a little bump forming:) thankfully, she hasn’t been very cranky, just a little bit extra chewy. And her fav chew toy of the day – her big toe haha.


2. Yesterday, we got our new furnace and ac installed. I had to be at church, so my mother in law stayed at the house while they did the install. She got bored, and decided to clean the house:) apparently is much more fun to clean someone else’s house than your own? Either way I’m not complaining – it was totally amazing to not have a cleaning project to take care of today…

3. Someone is obsessed with organic matter – sticks, leaves etc. if she gets her hands on it it’s going in her mouth, and you better but try to take it away…

(Photo credit plum speckled photography


4. I ate 4 of these cookies today. In less than 10 minutes. Still amazing.


5. We decided on a Christmas card picture. Can’t wait to order and send these out!


6. Did I share this picture with you before? At the end of the photo shoot for my moms birthday, Parker ate a rose petal. Which ended up making her spit up all over me. And this beautiful picture was taken. Probably the most accurate representation of the past 8 months.


7. This girl loves selfies. Oh dear.


8. I finished “Allegiant”. Still can’t decide how I feel about it. Definitely had a hard time putting it down, but still trying to process the ending…

9. This is the oldest photo on my phone. From the night we got chaser a little over 4 years ago. Can’t believe this goober has been with us that long. While he drives me crazy almost every day, I can’t imagine life without him


10. In 5 days, Ill be watching this

20131122-231128.jpg. Absolutely can’t wait.

what are your thanksgiving plans?

What is the first photo on your phone?

Food your obsessed with right now?

Remember when we had family pictures done? We had a set done with my mom and sisters as a birthday present for my mom and then a shoot of just Andrew, Par and I. I wanted to share a few of the FABULOUS photos taken by plum speckled photography!














Now the hard part, what to choose for a Christmas card? help!! Which one(s) do you like?


This one trying to shove a million veggie sticks in her mouth all at the same time.

These cookies. I picked up a bag of peanut butter and milk chocolate chips this week and made a batch of chocolate chip cookies. Now my cookies are usually pretty good, but these were he best I’ve ever had – definitely try these chips. Ahmazing

Two quick runs. Life got in the way this week and running just didn’t work out. I managed to squeeze in a quick one on Friday (I had exactly 15 minutes otherwise we wouldn’t make it in time for Starbucks holiday buy one get one). It wasn’t long, but it felt good to be speedy again.

Tired pups. Our fence was FINALLY finished this week (it’s been a long process) and we can now leave them our without worrying. They love spending hours outside nosing around in the yard. And I love how tired they are when they are done!

Old family photos.

New family photos! I’ll share more with you tomorrow, still having too much fun going through them right now:)

what was one of you week highlights? What are you looking forward to this week?

1. Waking up and crawling all over Mom and Dad. When she wakes up in the morning, we pull Parker into bed and she crawls over, around, and on top of both of us as we take turns squeezing in a few extra seconds of sleep.

2. Veggie sticks and puffins. Nuf’ said.

3. Chatting (probably my favorite too)

4. Feeding people (and doggies). Today she realized she could give us (and the pups) food and we would gobble it up- absolutely adorable.

5. Making this face

And… Her least favorite thing:
1. Diaper changes. That is if I can keep her still long enough to actually get a new diaper on her. This girl is as slippery as a grease monkey (I know bad reference – who’s ever seen a greasy monkey?). Changing her diaper is close to next to impossible. If I manage to get the diaper off without her crawling away, or she doesn’t pee on the carpet I count it as a win.

So as I mentioned earlier, we use cloth diapers & wipes. I thought I’d share a little how to on how I make our wipes(and why I absolutely love them!).

When we decided to use cloth diapers, I realized that cloth wipes come right alongside. It makes more sense to have something that goes in the same diaper pail as the diaper, rather than having to keep a separate trash can for wipes. I researched for different recipes and ingredients and finally put this one together (it combines my favorite parts of all the ones I found, and smells great).

I use baby kicks wipes. They’re pretty large and have one side of soft fleece, while the other side is a textured hemp to clean up yucky messes. They’ve worked great so far!


  • organic olive oil
  • Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap
  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Chamomile Essential Oil
  • Water
  • Directions

    1. Stack all wipes and place in a large ziplock bag
    2. Measure 2 cups of water
    3. Add 2 tablespoons Castille soap, 1 tablespoon Olive Oil and 10 drops of each essential oil
    4. Mix

    5. Pour the solution over the wipes in the ziploc bag and let sit for at least 30 minutes(to let the wipes soak up the solution)

    6. Keep your wipes in the plastic bag or in a wipe warmer(my favorite!)

    I love these wipes because:

  • I know exactly what’s in them
  • They smell amazing
  • They do a much better job of cleaning up the dirty diaper messes
  • Less waste for the environment
  • I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

    do you cloth diaper? If so, do you use cloth wipes? What system works for you?