Saturday, March 29, 2014

This weeks extras.

Here are a few pictures that didn't make social media this week....

Sunrises at the farmhouse have yet to get old...


We made a "welcome home" sign for the neighbors...



Of course the wind blew it off and ripped it in half before they made it home to see it :(


 Some days I still can't get over we have two...


 Farewell committee...


 Most four year olds fit in a jogging stroller, however, my four year does not...


 And after two weeks....it was good to be back in my spot....


Have a great weekend! : )

Friday, March 28, 2014

Farmhouse life: two months in.

A lot of people have been asking, so here it is....a farmhouse update.

I have been postponing because I kept waiting for that moment when the farmhouse was magically all clean and picture perfect.  Then I got honest with myself and realized...it wasn't happening anytime in the near future, so here you go....farmhouse update real life edition.



A lot of the time I get grief about how much I rearrange furniture, especially after we first move anywhere.  Believe it or not, there is a method to the madness.  I like to see how we live in a room first.  I usually have a general idea on how to initially place furniture in a room, but 90% of the time, I see that we live life in that room differently than I imagined and it gets moved around.  So, that's my advice when it comes to decorating....decorate a room according to how you live life in that room, not on how you think it should be decorated and never be afraid to turn a rug in the opposite direction! ; )

That being said, the biggest change in two months was that we took out the sitting area out of the kitchen and made it one big kitchen/dinning area.  We still have a few projects to make this transition more complete, but so far, we're loving it much better than the original arrangement.


We never sat on the loveseat and it essentially just ended up collecting junk.  Also, our table fit the other way, but it felt too crowded.  The light fixtures now need to be reversed, for now the exersaucer sits under them so no one hits their heads.


David's dad has been recruited to build me a new bigger island that includes seating.  Now if I can just remember to send him the plans, hopefully we'll have it soon.

Yeah, I still need to do some curtains for under the sink and we are planning on making all new doors for the bottom cabinets so all the doors can match. 


Originally, I planned on putting "kitchen" stuff on the bookshelves, but after living with it like this for a few weeks, I actually like having the random everyday stuff we use on it, even if it is in the kitchen.  I still need to "style" the shelves, but for now the bottom pretty much holds toys/books/puzzles for the girls.  The top is pretty much whatever I could find to throw on there and some school stuff that needs to be out of little sisters reach.


The loveseat got moved to the living room.  It makes things a little tighter but I like having the extra seating.

The gallary wall isn't finished yet.  I'm still looking for a piece or two to finish off the right top corner. 

We're also still in need of a rug.


Curtains need to be hemmed.



An updated picture of the girl's room is here. I don't have the energy to repost them.

Here's what the playroom is looking like these days. Obviously we still need a globe for the fan light and I'm still planning on painting the room a lighter color this summer.

 
 

Our room is one that won't change much while we're here.  There's not too much room to move the king size bed around.  We will eventually get new "matching" dressers on each side for our nightstands.
 

However, the tv is on the wall this round, but we still need to put the cords behind the wall.
 

Ignore the dirty mirror. I have a four year old who is in love with herself.

We also got a few shelves in the linen closet. He still has one more to go, but he was getting frustrated and I had to tell him to step away.

Once again...a curtain needs to be added. My towels don't match enough to have it open. 


We've also done a few things outside...excuse me...David has done quite a few things outside. 

David cut down a few big branches that needed to be removed after the winter storms we had.  He's also trimmed whatever is supposed to be trimmed at this time of year....y'all know I have no clue about that stuff.   He also filled a few of the really bad pot holes in the drive way.  I won't bore you with picture of gravel though.

The biggest thing is we added slammer doors!!!

In case you don't know what a slammer door is, it's a screen door on a tight coil that slams it shut automatically.  I said something about them on instagram the other day and a couple of people had no clue what I was talking about.  Most of the country probably just calls them "screen doors" but we call them slammer doors down South because of the loud slamming sound it makes when it shuts.



I love all my houses to have open doors and windows.  We didn't have any on the last house because it didn't go with the style house at all, so adding screen doors was a priority. 

Being that we can let the kids go play on their own over here, having the doors helps to be able to still keep an ear on them.  Plus, I don't have to yell "shut the door" a hundred times a day.

 

Now the question is what color do I paint them?  They are plain wood and need to be stained or painted to withstand the outdoors.  I originally thought white (safe choice) but now been debating staining them a dark stain maybe? Or maybe a fun color?

Suggestions?

In case you forgot, here is what the farmhouse looked like two months ago.  

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Ten glorious hours.

Olivia has never been a great sleeper.

We gave up naps long before Amelia came.  She can stay up as late as any adult and still be up before the sun rises.  She's just one of those people that can get away with only a few hours of sleep and still function.  She gets it honestly though from several members of our family, her daddy being one of those.  She does not get it from me.

When I was pregnant with Amelia, I can't tell you how many times I heard "this one is going to be the complete opposite....this one is going to sleep!"

Well, they all lied...

Or, they jinxed me.

Amelia seems to be an even worse sleeper than Olivia is.  Once again, I'm sure she gets it honestly. 

Here we are over eight months old and Amelia is still getting up 3+ times a night.  Yes, for almost nine months now, I've been getting up with her 3 or more times a night.

Y'all I'm beyond tired these days. I'm pretty much living off of caffeine.

When you only have one, it's easy, you sleep when the baby sleeps.  When you have two, that's just not possible.  School/lunch/whatever the other needs, has to be done during those short....very short...windows of time.

Which speaking of naps....Amelia only naps for 30 minute incraments.

I'm serious.

If you get her to sleep over a 40 minute nap, you celebrate.

With both kids, I've done it all.  All the tricks and tips.  I've read the babywise and happiest baby on the block books, but nothing those books have suggested help my kids sleep.

I've come to terms my kids just aren't sleepers.  However, the no sleeping deal doesn't get easier till a kid is about 3 years old, which means we have a long way to go with Amelia.

This week, we've had a couple of rough nights....okay, more like five rough nights in a row.  Tuesday night, Amelia got up at least six times.  She had everyone up at 3am.  It was so bad, we had to bring Olivia in bed with us because Amelia kept waking her up with her screams...not crying...screams.

So David has decided he's taking on the responsibility of getting her to sleep through the night.  Yes, it's going to involve crying it out.  There is no way around it. I personally can't do it.  Olivia was much older when I finally just let her cry it out, but it was a lot easier because she was only getting up once a night from 6 months on and she was all the way on the other side of the house.

In case your curious, since the girls are sharing a room, we've decided the only way to do this is have Olivia sleep in our room with me and he sleep in Olivia's bed until he accomplishes his goal.

Last night was the first night and he said she was up for the majority of the night, but  he did manage to get her to make it down to only one feeding.   I laughed though when he was stumbling around and could barely get himself together this morning....feeling my pain yet, honey?

I on the other hand got ten glorious hours of uninterrupted sleep.

TEN HOURS OF UNINTERRUPTED SLEEP!!!!

Y'all I cannot remember when the last time that happened. I'm pretty sure that didn't even happen while we were on the cruise. 

It was wonderful!!!  I seriously woke up feeling like a new person.

However, David looked like he was going to gave a rough one.

So say a prayer for him and that night two goes much better.

I'll be off conquering the world today!


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Slowly but surely...

Like the rest of the country, we rejoiced last Thursday when we saw it was the first official day of spring on the calendar.  
 

I know it's been said a thousand times or more already, but this past Winter was a long one.
 

It's so nice to finally see some color again. 


 

We enjoyed our first Spring weekend by spending majority of it outside.



Some of us literally soaked up the sun. 

Don't worry, she was only still for about 2.5 seconds before she up and back to digging.  Digging is a farmhouse favorite. 

It seemed like we were all celebrating Spring this past weekend.




Don't worry, he's not dead, just soaking up the sun too.
 

However, Winter is refusing to go away for good and of course, it's been cold all this week. We've tried no to pout about it, but we're ready to be outside for good.



Supposedly, it's supposed to be Spring again this weekend.  Praying it's not just another tease and it's here to stay.

Come on Spring...we're more than ready for you!



Friday, March 21, 2014

My biggest parenting fail exposed.

I wouldn't consider myself a veteran in the parenting department by any means.  I've only been playing this game for a little over four years.  However, I have learned a few things.

One of those being that all of us parents have that one secret....you know the one...that thing that you do or let your kids do, knowing others will judge you on it, but yet you continue to do it. For some of us it may be that we drive through the McDonald's drive thru several times a week and throw a happy meal to the backseat.  For others it may be you let your child stay up way to late or watch R-rated movies, or maybe it's that you only bath your kids once a week...wait, that's just me and y'all know I've always professed my hatred of bath time.  Anyways....that one thing that you think "parenting fail" each time but you just keep on hoping and praying no one finds you out.

Well, my personal my parenting fail was exposed in the past month. Twice.

Even better, by the grandparents.

It all started about a month ago, when Davids parents were over for dinner one night.  Things were all good when during the middle of dinner Olivia piped up and asked "Mom, can we have a dance party like we always do after dinner?"  Que a silent table and all eyes on me.

Me (trying to act like she's crazy and that I have no idea what she's talking about): "Nooooooooooooooo.....Nana and Pawpaw don't want to have a dance party." 

"Sure, we do!!!"

However, my kid cannot stop.

"Turn on the booty shaking music so we can all dance!!!"

(Palm to the forehead

So yeah, my parenting fail is exposed.

I let my four year old and baby listen to music that I know I shouldn't.  We have "booty shaking" dance parties after dinner each night (I use the "booty shaking" loosely...we are a bunch of white girls).

Y'all.....I've tried.  I really have. I've even bought several "child friendly" cds that are pretty much just collecting dust in the glove department now.  I just can't take any kind of music that may be more "child appropriate."  I several times have even turned the tv on one of those preschool music channels, only to feel like I needed to claw my eyes out after five minutes.  Don't worry, I quickly turned it back to the top 40 channel.

Thankfully, my in-laws weren't too concerned and proceeded to join us in a "booty shaking" dance party without too much judgement.  I walk away from that night thinking my secret it still safe.

Fast forward to a few weeks later...we've gone on our cruise and got into the car to return home.  First thing I do is call my mom who's been caring for the girls all week.  We catch up for the first 15 minutes, I talk to Olivia for a few minutes and then she hands the phone back to my mom.  My mom then nicely breaks it to me....

Mom: "not sure where she heard it from, but we got in the van one day and all the sudden Livi starts loudly singing "I CAME IN LIKE A WRECKING BALL!!!"

(Palm to the forehead)

In other words, my child who is only allowed to watch Disney Jr. and PBS, knows all the words to Katy Perry's "Dark horse" (true story) and could probably sing the rest of iTunes top twenty to you if asked.

If they become the next Miley Cyrus, I take full responsibility. 


So there you go..my parenting fail exposed.

Feel free to share yours.

No judgement, only hugs and a "I feel ya!" here. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

And other weeks are just hard.

It's funny because it seems like we have been dreading the surgery for years now, we never honestly put much thought into what came after.

This week has been hard. A lot hard than I imagined it would be.

I told my mother in law, someone needs to write a book on how to handle these situations. We know the standard words/phrases to say when a friend has a loved one pass away. It's hard to find the words when your best friends baby is in so much pain after a surgery like this.  To say I feel like a broken record to Nicole by this point is an understatement. 

The beginning of the week seemed to be nothing but two step forward, three steps back.  However, he's just one day shy of being a week from surgery and he finally seems to be hitting a stride of only moving forward.

As of this morning, Gabe has overcame most of the biggest obstacles he needed to overcome after surgery.  They have a couple more issues they need to figure out before he can come home.  We're hoping to figure out today what's going on, so they can get home.

We've been up to the hospital pretty much every other day and it's been amazing to see his progress as the week has gone by.
 

Nicole has been documenting every step of the way. I don't want to repeat her words and she explains much better than I ever could, so you can read her updates here if you're not already keeping up. She's also been asking for specific prayers of things he needs to overcome.

In between hospital visits, we've been trying to go one with life like normal.  Which has been hard since life is pretty much anything but normal at the moment.


I had a cute picture to go here, but my computer is refusing to download it.


 David had a quick trip out of town, so the girls and I were on our own for a couple of days. As much as we hate having him gone, those trips are getting easier to survive.  I told him I think I can now handle the next move up.  The farther he moves up in the company, the more and more he's gone from home.  For the first time, I feel like we'll survive.

School has pretty much been put to the side for the moment.  My mind can't handle it at the moment with everything going on. We continue school throughout the summer, so she'll have plenty of time to catch up on things. However, we started an art class last week and we're loving it! 


I love homeschooling her (most days), but it's fun to watch her interact with other adults who are teaching her. Plus, it's nice to see she can follow directions without fussing or fighting....something that obviously happens on a daily basis when we do school.

And this kid is just getting to be too much....

I can eat her up.

She seriously gets cuter and cuter with each passing day. 

Happy first day of Spring! : )

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The big move in.

Thank you for all your sweet words and prayers for our Gabe.  I'm happy to report he's having a awesome day today!!! David has already been up to see him today and I get my chance tonight.  I promise to keep you all updated! :)

We've been in the farm house for almost two months now.  For the most part, things were working out well, but it seemed like we were having a hard time adjusting as easily as we normally do when we move (because y'all know how we love to move!

For a week or so, I chalked it up to the horrible winter we've been having and the fact that we had pretty much all been sick since we moved in.  Yes at one point I even contemplated the idea if it was the house making us sick, but after some research and a talk to the girls pediatrician, we decided that wasn't the case.

Anyways...I started to realize it was our setup for sleeping arrangements that was making life hard in the farmhouse. 


 If you remember, Amelia was sleeping in the little alcove room.  It didn't have a door or any way to really close it off.  So, we pretty much tiptoed around anytime when she was asleep. Olivia would be banished to her room to play or to watch tv quietly in our room.  As soon as the kids went to bed at 7, we'd retreat to our room and stay put for the night.  It was hard to get anything done after the kids were down and it was just plain annoying to never be able to sit in the living room and be able to watch something besides cartoons. Oh, and it was really hard to sit there and listen to her scream while putting her down to nap or bedtime.  There was nothing to even muffle the sound. She's not a big fan of sleeping.

I honestly started admitting to a few people that the farmhouse may have worked better for us if Amelia was just a little bit older.

Right after we moved in, I started Googling "tips on siblings sharing a room with babies" and was honestly amazed how many people have siblings sharing a room with a baby.  Yes, babies who still get up multiple times a night. Not to sound silly, but in our neck of the woods, its rare you hear of a sibling sharing with a baby.

Amazingly, those blogs swore it could be done. 

Around that same time, I had a homeschool mom friend post on facebook about how her two month old was sharing a room with her two year old! I was intrigued and one day at storytime, asked her a thousand questions about it.  Once again, she swore to me it could be done without that much trauma for everyone involved.

But then I got scared and decided to keep putting it off. Neither of our girls are good sleepers...they get it honestly, and I was scared to screw up what little bit of sleep they were getting.

However, the week after we got back from the cruise, I was over constantly tip toeing around and told David "let's do this!"  So, we moved Amelia into Olivia's room.


Y'all, I cannot tell you how wonderfully it's working.

Everything I read or heard said it would take at least a week for everyone to get adjusted, so we prepared ourselves for a week of rough nights, but the girls did awesome from the very first night.


It's almost like they have both started sleeping better since they know they are together.  Which I guess shouldn't surprise me since Olivia has been begging for Amelia to sleep in her room since before Amelia was born.

Amelia still gets up twice a night (yeah, let's not talk about how she's almost eight months old....I'm a sucker for that kid) and believe it or not, Olivia has only woke up once to Amelia's two a.m. cries. She sleeps right through two night feedings every night.


Since Olivia doesn't nap anymore, it has actually helped Amelia to nap better.  Olivia still has full reign of the house while Amelia sleeps and I'm not yelling at her to be quiet 100 times a day. Plus, since Amelia has to scream anytime you put her down to sleep, it's easier to deal with since we have a door to somewhat muffle the sound.  When she was in the alcove, we would usually quickly get tired of the screaming and cave into picking her up which usually then resulted into no nap. 


After a few nights, David and I agreed that it finally felt like the farmhouse was working out for us all.  It was finally starting to feel like home. 


Amelia didn't need to be a little bigger, I just needed to get over my fears.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Some weeks are hard to put into words.

If you follow on facebook and instagram, you know it's been a big week around here.

It's been something that we've known was coming for three and a half years now.  We've known an exact date for two months now, but the day finally rolled around and our best friends/neighbors four year old son Gabe had his third open heart surgery on Friday.


This past week, I've been pretty emotional about it and honestly, trying to figure out my roll/place in this all...which has obviously resulted into a quiet blog.  In fact, I have been so emotional about it, by Thursday I was ready for Nicole to tell me to just not come on Friday.  Thankfully, I got myself together when it was go time.

Tonight though, I'm happy to report that we're now on the other side of surgery and hopefully through the worst of it all.  Gabe still has a rough next couple of days, but he is so far making a great recovery and amazing us every step of the way.  

He's our own little superhero!
 

Nicole has done an awesome job of documenting his surgery for other parents who may be possibly going through the same thing (crazy as it sounds, there were two babies in icu yesterday who were just born with the same heart issues as Gabe).  So if you're not already following and would like to learn more about their story, you can find her blog here.

Here are detailed post about the surgery...
Pre-op
Fontan Surgery~1
Fontan Surgery~2
Fontan Surgery~3
Inside the ICU
Half a heart, twice the fight

Obviously, Gabe's surgery has been the only thing on my mind for the past week.  Along with that, I've been thinking a lot about my place/roll in all this.  It's not my story, but one I am apart of and have been for years now.  Though they cannot by any means be compared to what Nicole and Andrew have been going through, I've had my own emotions/thoughts about watching Gabe go through all this.  All day I've been jotting them down in a different post that I want to share another day.  Think of it as "open heart surgery from a best friends view" kinda thing.

It's one thing to have a friend ask you to be apart of one of the happiest days of their life.....it's another thing to have them ask you to be apart of one of the hardest days of their life.

Can I just say that it's way more of an honor to be apart of the later.

 And speaking of Nicole and Andrew....
 


I cannot tell you enough just how amazing these two have been these past two days.  Nicole has been pretty honest in her feelings of whether or not they had what it took to make it through this whole deal. Which I think is a totally natural thing as a parent.  Watching them yesterday and talking to her all day today, I am so proud to call them friends.  They have been amazing and so strong for Gabe.  As blessed as they are to call him son, he is just as blessed to call them mom and dad. 

I know I posted it on facebook last night, but yesterday was a long and emotional one.  It was also one of those that puts things in perspective.  Being a visitor in Cardiac ICU last night held such a range of emotions.  It was such elation to sit there and see our boy doing so well after such a major surgery.  We were celebrating his stats, numbers we had never seen pre surgery, while we were surrounded by parents who were in tears over their babies.  Some of those babies who would never make it out of the hospital.

As a parent, I can't even begin to imagine.  Needless to say, I walked away feeling humbled and thanking God for my two healthy girls.  If it wasn't ten o'clock at night and the fact their Nana had probably just spent an hour trying to get them both asleep, I would have driven right over and hugged them for the rest of the night.

Thankfully, tonight I got to do just that.  I tucked my big girl into bed and hugged her a little tighter tonight. I got to rock my baby girl to sleep and gently kissed her face probably a hundred times before putting her in her crib.  Yeah, some days are rough, but I am so grateful for the both of them and today even more grateful for their health.

(All photos have been stolen out of love from Nicole's blog or facebook)

Friday, March 7, 2014

Cruise questions....because I'm such the expert...and a little dose of reality.

I meant to post this the other day, but the week got away from me.  I know this might not come as a shocker at this point, but I came down with some weird virus or something in the wee hours of Thursday night.  Thankfully, Thursday night I started to feel back to normal and so far, everyone else seems to be steering clear.  Hoping we all stay healthy since we're supposed to finally get some nice weather this weekend!

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Since I didn't share many details, I've been getting a lot of questions about our cruise.

So, I thought I'd oblige and answer a few. If you don't care about anymore cruise talk....come back tomorrow and I'm sure I'll be talking about my crazy baby again!

Yay! I know you can't wait! 

~Where did y'all go?

We had two days at sea (first and last) and then we stopped at Royal Caribbeans private island Labadee, Haiti and in Falmouth, Jamaica.  We have cruised to Jamaica previously and did the popular thing to do on that trip, so we decided to just walk around the secure shopping area, got back on the boat after about an hour, and spent the rest of the day by the pool on the ship.  We did however love going to RC's private island Labadee.  It was beautiful, clean, and since it's supported by RC, it felt a little more secure.  Plus, you could use your sea pass cards (cards everyone gets when boarding you use to buy stuff with) for anything on the island.  They have private cabanas that could be rented and would be great for a big crowd, but since it was just the two of us, we were happy with the complimentary pop up cabanas.  Also, on they provided a bbq lunch for everyone that day.  When in Jamaica, you were on your own for lunch.



~How did you like Royal Caribbean?

We had only sailed on Carnival ships previously, so this was our first Royal Caribbean cruise.  Though we have no problem with Carnival, Royal Caribbean did seem like a totally different cruise. First off, personally, we thought the ship didn't seem as ummmmm......cheesy. The ship seemed much more classier than the Carnival ships we had sailed on.  Though they both seemed just as clean as the other, for some reason the Royal Caribbean just seemed to be nicer. Our room was for sure much nicer than anything we've had on Carnival.

The biggest thing we noticed though was that there were way more kids on Royal Caribbean than Carnival.  My personal opinion, Carnival cruises always seem like one big party (and I have no problem with that) but Royal Caribbean seemed much more family orientated.  I've already told several people, but there were a good number of small children on our cruise.  I'd say small children made up at least 30% of the cruise population.  They renovated the ship a few years ago and when they did, they put in a huge kids splash pad/pool area.  It was really nice. Every time we walked by, we'd talk about how much Olivia would love it. Also, we heard from several other parents that they had a great kids camp that was free of charge.  They also have the characters from Shrek and Madagascar on the ship all week and kick off the cruise with a Dreamworks parade. Obviously they are trying to compete with Disney, though we all know that is pretty much impossible, I think they did a pretty good job for the much lower price. Personally, the kids didn't bother us and to be honest, it made us miss the girls even more. However, do expect small kids to be at dinner and the shows.  So, if you don't like kids, I wouldn't recommend this ship.


 All that being said, we really enjoyed Royal Caribbean.  The service all week long was exceptional.  Anything we asked for was in our hands in minutes.  We'd recommend them and plan on cruising with them again.  In fact, we're already talking about taking the girls on the same ship next year.  However, if we were to take another cruise with just us, we'd probably go with a different line or a different ship.





~Were you worried about the sickness going around lately?

Royal Caribbean has been in the news lately for viruses going around and getting entire ships sick.  Yes, I'll be honest, I was a little concerned.  As you all know, our immune systems have been kinda weak all winter, but we were past our refund date and too many arrangements regarding the kids had already been made.  So, we couldn't back out on the possibility that we could get sick.  I just was kinda hoping for the best.  Royal Caribbean though was on top of it in my opinion.  There were hand sanitizer stations everywhere on the ship.  Everywhere !!! They always had at least 8-10 stations before you walked into any dining area and multiple crew members who soul job was to stand there and make sure anyone who walked through the doors sanitized their hands.  I seriously saw them turn back several people who did not sanitize their hands and refuse to let them enter till they did.  By the first day or two, it was second nature for everyone.  So much so, we were all sanitizing our hands even when we walked out of the dining area.  From our knowledge, we didn't hear of anyone on our ship getting sick.

(Just under 6,000 people on the ship...that's always crazy to me)

~Did you do any of the drink packages?

In the last year or so, several cruise lines have started offering drink packages.  If you're not familiar with cruises, that is how they make their money...drinks. I'm not just talking about alcohol either. Cruise ships usually offer tap water, unsweetened tea, coffee, and lemonade for free. Anything else, even coke, you have to pay for.  We originally weren't going to purchase a drink package, but we had been on the boat for two whole hours and had already spent $30 in drinks (only two drinks for each of us), so I quickly talked David into getting a drink package for the both of us.  It ended up being worth it for us.  We went with the next to last drink package for $55 a day and that got us all the mixed drinks, beer, wine, coke, and bottle water we wanted all week.  It was nice because past cruises we've had to keep up with what we had spent all week and let's be honest, that can be a little difficult after a few days of vacation. This way, we knew what our bill was going to be at the end of the week with no worries. It was so nice to just walk up to the bar and get something without having to worry how much had we already spent.  In case your wondering, yes, we both got our $55 worth of drinks each day.



I think that covers the questions that I keep getting asked repeatably.  If I missed anything you're curious about, shoot me a message and I'll be happy to answer.

Oh, and because you know I like to keep things real....

Seriously y'all, we had a great time.  I am so thankful we got the opportunity to go and spend some time together without the kids and I can't wait to do it again.

But.....our marriage real and it isn't sunshine and rainbows all the time.


We did realize that we can't spend more than four days with just the two of us.  After four days, we need a buffer.  Though the majority of our week was awesome, reality....we fought most of the day on Friday.  Yep, we were in the middle of paradise and we were fighting.  As usual, we were fighting over something that a week later we couldn't even tell you what we were fighting about.

That's not to say we're heading to divorce court or that we don't love each other any less, it's just the reality.  Someone made the comment that our trip seemed to be perfect and it was wonderful, but it was real life too.

Which usually comes with silly disagreements! : )