New Year's Eve, How are you here?!?

December thirty-first two thousand fifteen. You came out of nowhere!

Seriously, this year flew by. We did so much in December alone that I can't believe how much blogging I didn't do. We went to Disney World and Universal and Virginia and Christmas is over and tomorrow is the start of a new year. And that was just December! It's insane.
I'm not usually one for resolutions, but I do have a few goals for the year:
1) Liam and Emery will both be potty trained. Liam asap and Emery before she's 2 [hopefully].
2) Both kids will sleep through the night--I'm looking at you Emery!
3) I will blog more!
4) Be healthier, i.e., drink less. Haha.
I seriously miss blogging and I hope that the kids are at an age where I can sneak away to the computer for a while and actually get something--anything--done. Wish me luck!

Craving Change

I am really craving a change in the weather around here. Charleston is finally not humid so it's fun to be outside again (sans water activity), but I really need Fall. Autumn is my favorite time of year and not getting to see the leaves change and need a cozy sweater when I'm outside is really making me bummed out.

I just want to take my kids all bundled up to an apple orchard and pick apples and pumkpins and take pictures of their rosy cheeks. I want to share the amazingness that is an apple cider donut with apple cider on the side and apple pie with cheddar cheese.

Today I made a hot coffee instead of iced so I could pretend it's cold outside when really I'm sitting in the air conditioning listening to the 'Your Favorite Coffeehouse' playlist on Spotify and just trying to get out of this rut.

I'm just ready to live somewhere with seasons.

Please Pay Attention While You Drive

Last night my future brother-in-law was rear ended on his motorcycle. He was turning right and the truck behind him didn't slow down so he was hit at 55-60 mph. He saw that the truck wasn't slowing down so he tried to speed up and get into the left lane, but he wasn't fast enough and was hit. He flew into the right ditch while his bike went into the left. Luckily he came out with minor injuries--a broken collar bone, 7 stitches, and a whole lot of road rash--and my sister wasn't on the bike because the outcome could have been much different.

There are so many factors that could have made the accident much worse, so we are just grateful that he's alive, but please, pay attention while you drive. There is no reason to check your text messages while driving. It can wait. That Facebook notification can wait. That Snap can wait. We don't know if the kid who hit him was texting, but we know he wasn't paying attention, so please pay attention while you drive.

the sunday currently

reading I just started reading a new book the other night but I have no idea what was going on so I haven't picked it back up again. I plan on it, I just haven't felt like confusing myself lately. lol. I'll keep you updated.

writing this... obvs. ;)

listening to Anthony Green. He's my absolute fav. If you haven't heard of him you need to check him out. He was the lead singer of Saosin, is the lead singer of Circa Survive, and has done various other projects. TJ and I are currently listening to his solo stuff, but he's good whatever way you listen. His voice is just amazing.

thinking that I can't wait for Emery's birthday party. I know it's over a month away, but planning has me so excited. Since she's an October baby I've decided on a "Little Pumpkin" theme. I'm so excited. She's going to be adorable.

smelling nothing really. I just ordered my favorite fall scent from Bath and Body Works though and I can't wait for it to come in. I'm going to save one for Emery's birthday because it's the perfect smell for that day: pumpkin cupcake. Love! (They have a sale going on right now, so it's the perfect time to stock up!)

wishing that I could sleep for more than an hour solid at a time. Emery is sick and hasn't been sleeping well at all even if she's in bed with us and it's really killing me. I honestly just need a solid night of sleep and I think my whole life would change. Hahaha.

wearing cozy Sunday attire.

needing a new planner. I looked at Erin Condren, and while they look great, I cannot justify spending over $50 on a planner. Are you kidding me? I think my last one was from Target so I'll probably check there again unless someone knows of an Erin Condren knock off. Let me know!

feeling like the kids are probably too quiet right now. Hahaha.

clicking my friend's Etsy Shop. She just opened it up and she has some great printables. She designed Emery's birthday invitation and I'm in love with it. She's planning on adding invites to the shop and if she does I'll let you know, but for now check out her other designs. My favorite is her Hocus Pocus one. I need this on my fireplace mantle!
Get it here!

A Day in Downtown Charleston

TJ doesn't work a typical 9-5 job so he can get off early sometimes, but if he does we usually run a few errands or just relax at home instead of doing what we actually should do--every once in a while you just need to take a day in the middle of the week and do something fun and enjoy the amazing weather.

On Tuesdays I usually take Liam and Emery to an open gymnastics class, but this week I did not want to start getting ready, so I decided we were going to skip it. Or so I thought. Ha! TJ has been wanting to go for a while and watch so of course the day I decided to stay home he called and said that he was going to be able to meet us there. Since I was running late he met us at home and then suggested we go downtown afterwards since it was so beautiful outside. Charleston is finally cooling down (if you call low 80s cooling down) and not deathly humid, so it sounded like a great plan. 

We went to gymnastics and once the kids were tired we jumped in the car for naps as we headed downtown. TJ received a gift card from his students to Ruths Chris a while back (it our place) so we decided to go there for lunch. Normally we try not to take the kids to such quiet places, but since it was a weekday for lunch in a not too touristy season we figured it would be dead and we were right. We were the only people in our section and even if it was busy the kids were amazing. I guess they're both at a good age to go out to eat again which is nice because it meant we got to have a nice meal and didn't have to find a babysitter (knock on wood, hahaha). It was a great meal and a good time so I'm really happy we went. They're just getting so big. Both kids were keeping our server entertained. Emery has started to play peekaboo herself and it's adorable. I only got it on video one time, but it's so cute...
After lunch we walked around a little bit, grabbed an iced coffee, and headed to the fountain to play. Liam wanted nothing to do with it because it was loud, but I couldn't keep Emery out. I didn't want her to plop on her butt and get all wet so I went in with her.
charleston fountain
She is just too big and kills me in those overalls. Seriously, I die every time she wears them.

We decided that since the kids were so well behaved that we have a lot more exploring to do around Charleston before we leave next summer, so hopefully I'll be posting about more of our adventures soon. 

What do you like to do when you have a day off during the week?

My 10 Month Old Walks

I know they say girls are more mature and that second children do things faster to keep up with their older sibling, but seriously, Emery needs to slow down! She took her first steps when she was 9 months old and was legit walking around at 10 months and 4 days. This girl is crazy.
Everybody kept telling me that once she was walking my whole world would change, but honestly that ship sailed when she started crawling. I've already been chasing two around so Em walking hasn't changed much. If anything it's slowed her down a little because she wants to walk everywhere so if she falls she stands back up. I have no complaints. She's absolutely adorable!

the sunday currently

Long time no blog! It's been a busy summer around these parts and I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things soon. I always love the sunday currently with Siddathornton and I haven't posted one in forever so I figured I'd jump start this blog with a new edition. Here's my Sunday currently:
reading Little Big Lies by Liane Moriarty. I read The Husband's Secret recently and I couldn't put it down so I figured I'd give another of her books a go. So far so good.
writing nothing, but I am hoping to start blogging more again soon. My children will eventually allow me time to write blog posts, right?!?
listening to kids playing and the shower running. My brother in law is in town with his wife and son and there is never a silent moment.
thinking that it's nice to be sitting in the next room and the kids not know I'm in here taking time out for myself. I swear if they knew I was in here I'd never be able to finish this post. Hahaha.
smelling my delicious beer. Leinenkugel's never disappoints.
wishing I had some ideas for blog posts so that I could work on them.
hoping that everyone stays healthy this week so we can get out of the house and stay busy.
wearing cutoffs and a tank top.
loving my new glasses! I ordered them from for $43 and I'm seriously in love.
wanting the kids to ignore me today. Hahaha. The guys went golfing this morning so hopefully they'll watch the kids so I can blog this afternoon.
needing a mommy time out. Do those exist? I need to pause time to get things done and then restart time. There aren't enough hours in the day.
feeling happy. This beer is exactly what I needed.
clicking around on Pinterest, looking for (p)inspiration. 

Hopefully you're having a great weekend and get to enjoy another day off tomorrow! How are you spending your Sunday?

Emery's First Beach Day

A few weeks ago we met up with some friends and took Emery to the beach for the first time. She loved it. She ate sand like it was one of the main food groups and napped like a dream with the ocean crashing in the background. Success.

Liam wasn't too sure about the beach at first. He's a lot more cautious than he was last year and it takes him a while to warm up to things. After he warmed up he was hilarious. He wanted more water from the ocean so he just started walking towards it and once he got about 15 feet away he'd turn and look at our friend Dani and say "come on." He was a sand castle building pro before we left.

The beach is definitely a lot of fun, but it's a lot of work with two kids. I take them to the pool on my own all the time, but I just don't think I'm ready to take them to the pool by myself. Maybe by the end of the summer. Do you have any advice for taking two littles to the beach?

Our Weekend In Pictures

I'm not sure if you can tell from the pictures, but my kids love bath time. Ever since Emery started sitting up well we've been throwing them in the tub together and they love it. Friday night TJ was in the bathroom with them while I was cleaning up dinner and he was making weird noises and the kids were cracking up. Emery dipped her face into the water and came up looking like Colonel Saunders and Liam can't help but force his face into any photo op. These kids are a riot.
Have I mentioned that Emery is way too advanced for her age? She's 7 months but I swear she's doing things Liam was doing at 10. She just wants to keep up with her big brother. She already crawls like a pro (and has been for a while) and now she's pulling herself up to stand. Here she is in the tub.
She will be the kid we're in the ER with all the time because she has no fear. I'm already mentally preparing myself for this.

Saturday was our first scorcher of the summer. We've had a mild summer according to SC standards so far, but that all changed this weekend. Hello 90s. We let Emery get into the pool for the first time and she loved it. Luckily I only put a tiny bit of water in there though, because she was trying to chew on the air part and there was no stopping her.
Unfortunately the happiness only lasted half an hour for both kids and I didn't even get to sit and enjoy it so we decided to just go back inside. It was early in the day and there were a few things I wanted to accomplish so I decided to go run some errands instead of sitting inside all day. I took Emery and we did a little shopping and while I was gone my amazing husband cleaned the house. He's amazing. Seriously.

Yesterday was way too hot to do anything so we decided to bum around.
I honestly accomplished nothing. I did wash (but didn't fold) two loads of laundry and TJ smoked salmon, so it was a pretty good day and a pretty great weekend. I hope yours was great, too!

At Home Date Night

TJ and I don't get out much. It isn't because we don't want to--trust me, we want to--it's just that we don't have family close by to watch our kids for free and babysitters make a killing these days! (Plus, we can only ask our non-parent friends so many times before we start to feel bad that we can't watch their kids for them, too.) So we improvise and have dates at home. I'm not sure most people would call them dates, but we take what we can get and call fun nights at home dates.

Now that it's summer it's bags season--or "cornhole" for you weirdos who insist on calling it that (is that a geographic thing?). Most of the time--read 99% of the time--I sit on the sidelines entertaining children while other adults have fun playing bags, but every once in a while TJ and I make time to play together, just us, and it's a little at home date night.
TJ just added that little area for the grill and smoker and I swear
it's opened things up so much it feels like a new backyard!
The nights that it feels most like a date night are when we make dinner together. We prefer something on the grill so the kitchen doesn't turn into a mess. Also, I don't man the grill, so less work for me. Haha. After dinner we get the kids occupied doing something that won't require us to stop every 3 minutes. Usually for Liam this means setting up his mini boards. We actually had a friend make a kid sized version for him so he would quit walking on the boards during games and/or wanting to be held by TJ while playing. They're so cute and the kids love them. We set Emery up on a blanket with a few toys and then I make some drinks while TJ sets up the boards and turns on Dierks Bentley.

My current signature cocktail is a Moscow Mule. They're light and refreshing and seriously way too good for my own good--aka they go down wayyy too easily. Here's what you need:
  • limes
  • mint leaves
  • vodka
  • ginger beer
  • ice
  • & TJ swears you need a copper mug
Squeeze the juice of 1 lime into a copper mug (TJ swears the mug is necessary, but I'm not so sure. I just like the handle) and add a few mint leaves. Muddle. Add ice, 2 ounces of vodka, and 4 ounces of ginger beer. Drink. It's amazing.
Some nights we just have a couple beers instead. Then we play a few games of bags. I'm not going to lie, I almost always lose. I'm not that bad, TJ is just better. It's just fun to do something with TJ while Liam runs around and Emery eats grass plays.

I know this may not sound super date night-y if you don't have kids, but trust me, if everything actually works out they way it's supposed to it's just as much fun.

What do you do for at home date nights?

High Waisted Shorts? I Can't Get Behind 'em

Behind 'em, get it, ahahaha.
Anyone else having a major problem buying shorts this year? I don't know about you, but I'm about thisclose to pledging my allegiance to leggings and call it a day, er summer.

I know I don't speak for everyone, but the shorts that are "in" just don't work for me. High waisted and shorty-short? No. I feel like the high waist looks like a grandpa, but at the same time my (extra long apparently?) butt cheeks are hanging out. I mean, I know I need to do some toning, but I just can't get behind it. Then I go to another store and their shorts claim to be mid-length, but they're tight as hell! No. Please. Why can't my ideal shorts just appear in my closet?

I went to PacSun today and they had a short called Mom Shorts, right..? The smallest size they had was a 5. Sorry, but no. I am a mom. I'm probably even considered a skinny mom, but I don't fit in a 5. Get it together PacSun. Don't have a mom short that won't even fit the tiniest of teen moms.

Anywhoosies, a few weeks ago I discovered a low-rise boyfriend fit online. It sounded perfect, exactly like what I think I want, but I just can't order shorts online with the state of the shorts that are "in" this season so I passed. They were on sale and technically I can return them, but I just don't trust ordering online. So today I went to the mall with the fam and I decided I had a little bit of time to try on shorts. I grabbed a few different styles in a few different sizes and hit the dressing room. High rise? No. Sorry. I'm a mom, I can't have my ass cheeks hanging out that much. Low rise? Only in one cut and color, otherwise inappropriate. There was another style I tried on... festival style or some shit? No. Basically high rise, but shorter and even more ass cheek. Where can a --what I imagine as average size-- 20-something year old mom go to get shorts? Even a 20-something non-mom?!?

Well apparently a few weeks ago when I found those low-rise boyfriend fit shorts online I found my match because they were exactly what I needed, but I honestly can't believe how difficult it is to find shorts that are comfortable and flattering. I know that a size 00 (those exist?), 0 (again, those exist?), 1, 3, and maybe even 5 look good in midriff shirts with low rise shorts and their pre-pubescent ass cheeks, but really, why do those cut of shorts even exist above a 5? No one I know that's above a 5 could pull those off without their cottage cheese ass and self-esteem hanging out, so why even shatter the self-worth of people that size who even dare to try them on?

My advice? Drop your kid off at the babysitter, have a couple drinks at the mall bar to get the edge off, and try on any and every short you can get your hands on. I finally decided that those low-rise boyfriend fit shorts were about as close as I could get to looking good and appropriate for my body type so I came home and ordered every color they had of them online.

I sincerely hope that buying shorts isn't as difficult as I make it out to be, but I swear that I can't be the only one who feels this way. I just want shorts that make me feel good and look good.

Where do you get your shorts?

it's my birthday

Happy birthday to me! I have some pretty shitty birthdays under my belt--I got dumped on my 18th birthday, spent the day with my uncle getting surgery my 19th birthday, and spent birthdays 21, 22, and 23 with TJ gone on the sub to name a few--but today has been one of the best I can remember. It hasn't been anything extravagant, but I feel special.

In all of my years as a Navy wife I've never really had as great of friends as I do right now. I'm not saying that I haven't made friends before these girls, these girls just make me feel like they care and make me feel special.

Lori and Anna and I have become close over the last year and they really blew me away for my birthday (just like they did with Emery's gift after she was born). To start they came to my house at 8:30 this morning with my favorite Starbucks drink. That alone is the way to my heart. And as if that was not enough, they got handed me a beautiful bag full of goodies and some mini cakes and a chocolate covered strawberry. 
The reason it made me feel special is that every gift they gave me was specifically for me. This wasn't a gift bag tailored for just anyone, this was full of things they knew I would love and that is more special than even receiving anything at all.

I told TJ that all I wanted for my birthday was smoked salmon, Moscow Mules, and to relax. TJ smoked my salmon last night, but we were busy all week and didn't have time to get ginger beer so TJ and Liam went out and grabbed some things. They went and got stuff for my drink, picked me up some lunch and Liam came home with this:
Oh my gosh, nothing could be sweeter than a card that I know Liam picked out and that he obviously signed. It's the cutest thing he could have given me.

So I must say, my family and friends delivered. I was relaxing and drinking a Moscow Mule and reading a book at 1pm. What could be better than that?
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, my mom sent me a book (Toddlers Are A**holes: It's Not Your Fault) and hid an awesome pedicure kit in Emery's room while she was here, so that was pretty awesome, too.

Thanks peeps, for making this birthday awesome. xoxo

A Lil' Q&A To Start Your Day

What’s in your bag:
You mean besides diapers? An extra set of clothes for Emery inside a quart zip lock bag in case she has a blowout. The baggie is to protect my bag from the poop clothes ;). I always have goldfish, my EOS chapstick, a lip gloss, Thieves spray, and a few Origami Owl catalogs.

How do you stay sane:
I'm not sure that I am sane...

Sweet or savory:
It really depends on my mood. I love chocolate to death, but recently I've been craving more of the savory things in life: meat and cheese trays, smoked salmon, pimento cheese on toast. It really depends.

Yes, I love to explore new places. We are ready for a new and exciting adventure.

Can’t live without:
Coffee. errysingleday

Walking out of the house in:
Today will be splash pad attire.

The Last Supper:
My last supper? Pizza from Costco.
Last supper before I die? Ruths Chris.

Favorite Book:
Harry Potter. The Night Circus. I am dying to reread both. Time is my enemy.

Currently can’t stop:
Falling behind. There is so much that I want to get done around here, but so little time. Again, time is my enemy.

Beauty Secret:
A spin brush. My skin has been so clear since I started using one. I don't know if it's because of that or because I'm finally outgrowing puberty...

Gets Inspiration Flowing:
With a little alcohol. =P

Words to live by:
Stop to blow the dandelions. -me

What would you tell the 14 year old you:
Don't stop dreaming. It's going to happen.

In another life I will:
Travel the world through my 20s. Though that's our plan when we're in our 40s after TJ retires and our kids are in college. Seriously. Not even joking.

Movie you could watch a million times over:
Harry Potter. Spirited Away. 

Who would you cast yourself as in a movie about your life:
I don't know. Someone who can really pull off goofy. Like Emma Stone.

Whats your sign:
Gemini. Through and through.

books lately

I've read quite a few books over the last few months that I've been meaning to write reviews about because I received them from Netgalley for my honest opinion. I think I can be a hard critic most of the time because very few of the books I read receive 4 and 5 stars. It's probably because my star scale looks like this:
1 star - No.
2 stars - It was okay.
3 stars - I liked it.
4 stars - I really liked it.
5 stars - Harry Potter.
But seriously, I don't hand out stars like crazy, it has to be earned. That being said, here are some of the books I've been meaning to review.

Ten Tiny Breaths--2 stars--This book would have received higher stars from me if I liked the main character even just a little bit. I didn't like Kacey at all. I thought she was an annoying narrator and is probably the kind of person who exaggerates about everything and thinks that whatever happens to her is 10x worse than anyone else it's ever happened to in the history of the world. I know people like that in real life and I just can't deal with it. I thought she was whiney and dramatic and insensitive to almost everyone around her. Another major problem I had with this book is that Kacey basically kidnapped her sister and was raising her and her aunt and uncle never tried to look for them? She signed her up for school with her legal name and information but lied about having custody and that was never addressed. It's hard for me to believe that the aunt and uncle would have done nothing. I just couldn't get past it. I will definitely not be reading any other books in this series.

The Here and Now--3 stars--This book is about people from the future coming back in time to figure out what happened to make the future a dark place full of mosquitos and a plague. I started really liking this book because I felt like Prenna was questioning the rules that were forced on the time travelers and she wanted answers--plus I like a good rule breaker. The travelers aren't supposed to be good friends with the locals--or whatever they called them--and she had a guy interested in her. She never talked to him at all and then suddenly they were lovers. It was kind of weird and unrealistic. A story that I think had a lot of potential just fell flat for me. We finally find out what started the plague and it's just like, really? No. There could have been a lot more there, but I just feel that a lot of what is going on happens right at the end and there's too much fluff throughout the beginning of the book.

The Sound of Glass--3 stars--This book caught my attention at the beginning because there is a plane explosion and a suitcase that falls from the sky with a letter, but we won't know what that letter says until virtually the end. That suitcase connects two women who lived in different generations and it was interesting to learn about the events that happened. I thought that the step-mom Loralee's storyline was a little weird because the main character Merritt hasn't spoken to her in years and she just happens to show up at a new house the day after she gets it with her 10 year old half brother. I found it somewhat unrealistic. Loralee was also very obsessed with looks which seemed kind of shallow to me. Sure Merritt could use a makeover, but reading all about how much she cared about what she looked and wore was exhausting. I also felt like there was some weird stuff going on up in that attic and I just didn't get it. I started out really liking it but too much unbelievable stuff happened before we found out what the letter said that I lost a little bit of interest in the book. Also, is beating your wife genetic? I didn't think so but they sure made it seem like it.

More book reviews to come!

Let's Go To the Malllllll

It's funny how some days things affect you differently than they would another day. Take yesterday for example, the kids weren't extra cranky or anything, I was just in a mood so their antics were affecting me more than usual. At 9 am I already knew that I needed to do something to change my negative energy towards the day, so I decided to go do something that I knew would improve everyone's mood: go to the mall.

Okay, I'm sure you're thinking taking two kids to the mall will improve everyone's mood, no, but yes, it does around here because Liam associates the mall with one thing: choo choo train.
There are dozens of rides at the mall but I swear he cares about this one 99% to the other ones combined 1%. He will watch a video of himself riding this train over and over. There are two other seats on this carousel and he's never been on them. Choo choo train or bust! Plus, how can I be cranky when something so simple puts a smile on Liam's face like that?!?
There's also a little play area there with a little slide and things to crawl around and over, so we spent a little time in there (because that train ride is $1 each time!). Emery sat on the floor like a big girl for the first time and she loved it. She's just getting too big.
Liam did decide to ride another ride for once, but I think it was because it was stars and stripes. That kid loves flags. 
So we went to the mall for a couple hours and while I tried a a few things on (can I just say that I hate shorts shopping and wish I could wear leggings we left there spending less than $10--it is possible people ;)--and with renewed attitudes.

And speaking of Emery getting too big too fast, she discovered Liam's goldfish the other day and now she loves them. She was seriously still gagging on puffs the day before this, but she can eat goldfish. Go figure. lol.
PS - Sorry for the pictures being blurry. I'm still trying to figure out my new phone's camera and squirmy children makes it a little difficult to focus. =P

I Just Can't

Some days I just can't.

I can't make two kids happy at the same time.
I can't get 5 minutes to myself. 
I can't take a shower.
I can't get my toddler to eat.
I can't get my 6 month old to nap.
I can't get the house clean.

Honestly that's most days, but today I just can't.

I woke up at 6 am with TJ so we could start the day with a workout. We have a garage gym that I almost never get to use because when can I use it? Only when both kids won't need me. So we decided that before they wake up is the best time. So at 6 we got up, got dressed, and went to the gym. By 6:40 both kids were awake. There's the end of that workout. It was barely a warm up.

I've just been so annoyed lately that I can't catch a break and I think that waking up early is the key and today--the first day of trying--it wasn't. So instead of just sleeping--where both kids would have slept until at least 8--I got up just so they could get up, which probably means it'll be just another day of can't... but with 2 more hours in it.

Today I just can't.

Life Lately

As a stay at home mom I feel like time flies by because I'm so busy, but I look back and think what was I busy doing? I feel like I'm always running around but accomplishing nothing. Please tell me I'm not alone!

Emery recently started having trouble napping. She wants to fall asleep nursing but as soon as I move to put her down she wakes up. If I try to not let her fall asleep nursing she doesn't sleep. It's a lose/lose unless I want to sit on the couch and let her stay on the boob [which also doesn't always work because Liam somehow always manages to wake her up]. So once nap time rolls around we're cranky because we haven't had a nap and we remain cranky because we won't nap. I'm exhausted.

In other news we still haven't received a definite yes or no on whether we're staying in Charleston for another year or moving at the end of the month. So that's fun. And stressful. And annoying. I mean, I'm afraid to go grocery shopping because I don't want to have more than we can eat in the next 2 weeks, but we're out of vegetables and meat and milk. Living life in limbo equals no bueno.

And then there's this. Typical dinner at our house. And if you look closely at the Life Lately image above you can see that it was taken from this picture. Cool huh?

Dear blogger users,

I used to receive emails whenever someone commented on my posts. I still have everything set up correctly--I even added an additional email to receive the comments--and I haven't been receiving a notification for the comments. Do you know what I'm doing wrong? I've tried to get ahold of blogger but they're deleting my question posts saying that this issue has been resolved on other threads, though those other threads they're directing me to have nothing to do with this. Please help!

Thank you!

A sad blogger not receiving comment emails. ;)

When Grandma Comes To Town

My mom is amazing. Since we moved to Charleston over 3 years ago she has made it a point to see us every 3-4 months. It may have been a little longer once to twice, but she's always here visiting us. We have gone to IL a few times, but she does a majority of the traveling and we appreciate her visiting us so much. Another thing we love about grandma visiting is the grandma paparazzi--the grandmarazzi if you will. She takes a million pictures and I actually get to be in some! Hahaha.
This is Liam pre big boy haircut.
The water was freezing, but we took grandma to the pool anyway.
Off to a Riverdogs game!
Liam meeting Charlie the mascot. He was pretty nervous at first, but what kid doesn't love a high five?
Mom and I used to be movie buddies so whenever she comes to town we try to go see a movie. We brought Emery with us and she was an angel. This was actually her second movie because she went with us when grandma, Aunt Kaurie, and Aunt Riley were here at Christmas. 
You can really see Liam's haircut here. We actually cut it shorter before grandma left and he already needs another one.
Liam's new shoes! We wanted to see if they fit and once they went on he would not take them off. He knows that daddy loves flag stuff so he does, too. Every time he sees a flag he gets excited and points at it. Now whenever we are ready to go somewhere he sprints to the front door and grabs his shoes. 
It was a fun visit with grandma. The kids already miss her and love when we FaceTime with her. And it's funny when grandma takes all the pictures because then she isn't in many of them. Hahaha.