Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Hello! Hi! We're still here!

I know it's been like 3 months since I've been on here.  I haven't even checked it.  I've thought about it a little here and there, but sometimes I didn't know what to do with it anymore.  The whole reason I started this blog was to keep in touch with my family in Georgia, let them see what we were up to in St. Louis.  Now that we are back in Georgia with our families, I wasn't sure about this little place. I was just flipping through some older posts from earlier in the year and i'm glad that I posted what I did, it was fun to see Rose when she was younger and some of the happenings.

A lot has happened since my last little post.  We spent most of August packing up and on Jeremy's birthday, August 31st, we hit the road after the movers packed up our stuff.  Of course not without getting pinkeye first (for the second time this summer) and having to go to the eye doctor.  I had to wear my 10 year old glasses that didn't fit and hurt my head, with itchy, watery red eyes to drive from St. Louis to South Georgia.  It wasn't terrible though, once the eye drops started working.  After saying goodbye to our neighbor we hit the road.  It was sprinkling and almost rush hour.  Since we were driving separately (Jeremy and Ziva in the truck, me and Rose in the car) we followed each other.  Well i did the following.  I thought i would be really sad and cry a little when we were heading out of town, but the rain and traffic had picked up and I could hardly see, so i was pretty focused on the road.  Later on I was sad that i didn't get a proper goodbye to St. Louis (I did remember to look at the arch and kinda wave on our way out, but only barely).   We had walkie talkies.  Oh yes, we sure did.  At one point that evening we saw the biggest darkest red moon either one of us had ever seen.  It was massive, right in front of us and blood red (and not this orange-y "blood red"...I mean it was dark!).  Really cool and kinda creepy.   We stopped just outside of Nashville that evening.  The next day we made it to Valdosta.  Our new home.

We had never been inside the house before.  Our moms walked through it for us and we did some Face Time and they took some pictures, but it was hard to tell the lay out and size of it in just pictures. Our moms said it was really nice and that was good enough.  Plus we know the landlord. The first few days we didn't have our stuff or hot water.  Just some clothes, pack n play, air mattress and few other necessities.  I kept trying to picture our stuff in the house and where i wanted things and since this house is bigger, what stuff we will need to get.  It's an older house.  The floors creek, the lights sometimes flicker when the air comes on, it takes forever to get hot water in the kitchen, The shower drain gets clogged every couple weeks (even after I started yo put my hair up on the wall - yuck) and we get these little clear house geckos, but we really like the house!  It also has a lot of cool features too like lots of windows and natural light, hard wood floors, big fenced in yard, storage shed, living room, dining room and a den, and big closets.  I like older homes with quirks and character.  It's what we both grew up in (although Jeremy would probably put quotations around quirks...because sometimes the quirks aren't always good).  It's kinda funny, we're just a few blocks from my parents, two houses down from my brother and a 3 minute (or less) drive from Jeremy's parents.  Well, we wanted to be closer!

Another funny thing is is that Jeremy's sister, Lindsey, who is also one of my best friends moved down from north Georgia and is only 30 minutes away.  Her daughter is only 7 weeks older than Rose and we have had several play dates (for us moms and babies!).  We may or may not have planned all of that (babies close in age and moving).  My brother and his wife that lives 2 houses down also had a baby girl right after we moved and so Rose has some cousins near by to play with!

I have to say though, as much as i wanted to be closer and am definitely happy to be back, I'd be lying if I said i didn't miss St. Louis.  Right before we moved i wasn't too sad about leaving.  I think it was because i was so busy with packing.  I told Jeremy that give it a couple weeks after we move and i realize we wont be going back.  And that's was happened.  We were driving in the car one night going out to eat and Jeremy said that he was misses St. Louis.  I said me too.  A few times we've referred to St. Louis as "back home".  It definitely holds a special place in our hearts.  I do hope that we can someday visit, maybe when Rose is a little older and can do all the fun things and show her where she was born and lived for the first year of her life.  It really is a great city and has so many cool things to do and see.  If you ever have the chance to go or are thinking of going or driving through, don't pass it up!

Anyway, we're pretty much settled in the house and back in town.  We still need a few furniture pieces to get.  We got a dining table last weekend and will hopefully pick it up soon since we didn't have the truck with us when we bought it.  Still need another couch and dresser and a few little things.  Maybe some more decorating.  We've got 2 fireplaces and  mantles that I've just been at a loss with one of them with how to decorate it.  I guess Christmas will be here soon and I can liven it up some with Christmas decorations!  I may wait to post some pictures after we at least get the new (old) table in and situated.  Also Lindsey dyed my hair red (first time doing hair color for me!) and took some great pictures of me and Rose yesterday.  I will probably post some of those soon too, a long with some other fun pictures from lately.  I may also have some exciting things happening with my flower arranging next year!  More on that later too.  I'd still like to keep this little blog up and going occasionally.  My friend Nikki asks every now and then if or when i'm going to post something so I guess I need to keep it up better.  Like i said's also been fun looking back at it too!

Friday, October 16, 2015


Jeremy sometimes laughs at me when we go for a walk and i see a tree or bush with any sort of berry on it.  I get all excited and say how i'm going to come back and snip some.  

Everything in this arrangement was foraged except the 3 carnations! 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

life lately

Since Rose is still napping and I just uploaded a bunch of pictures off of my phone i'll post a few...

these two beggars 

enjoying a breezy morning

summertime fun


backyard arrangement

too much cuteness going on!


working on a little walking

found on the trail

4th of July!!
excuse my silly was really bright outside

went back for those berries

i probably shouldn't be buying things before we move
buuuut i did


check out those 2 teeth!

bath time for Ziva
she smelled like she rolled into something dead

chubby feet!

a few shells from our trip to Florida in the morning light

Our trip to Florida

I know I haven't been keeping up with my weekly photos this past month, but I may just have to call it quits for the year. I made it almost half a year. It's just going to get harder for me to keep up with it during the move I think.

I've been wanting to get on here and post some pictures and write about our trip to Florida.  I don't seem to remember things as easily these days so I need to write this down, it was one to remember!

We were really going down to Florida so Jeremy could interview for a job. We decided to take the week and make it into a vacation.  I was a little bit nervous to fly with Rose, but I kept thinking I was glad I wasn't doing it by myself.  When we got to the airport and got our tickets printed we realized that Jeremy and roses tickets didn't get printed. It was like the receipt and all of mine. So I went ahead through security while Jeremy went back to get them printed. It turns out that Travelocity put us in the emergency exit row and that is against the law to sit there with a baby. So they told us to let the people know at our gate. We rushed over as they were boarding and we got new seats.  Unfortunately they weren't together. I did get to sit in first class for the first time, but I couldn't even enjoy it cause i was so stressed about Rose being a little fussy. I felt bad, thinking that these people paid extra to sit in first class, I'm sure they don't want to listen to a crying baby.  Rose really only will fall asleep in her crib, carrier or carsest, not in your arms very easily. So I could tell she was tired, but she wouldn't go to sleep, which meant she was fussy. It was only a couple hours and while I felt that it was the worst thing ever, I'm sure it wasn't that bad.  When we landed we stressed for a few minutes cause we weren't given a tag for our carry on bag and It didn't come out when you first get off the plane. We knew had to get new tickets again so we were afraid we were going to miss our flight, or not find our bag (which had all of roses things in it). They said it would have gone to our final destination, but we weren't sure about that. One of the guys was nice enough to go down and get our bag for us. We had to get new seats for the second flight again, but we asked someone if they could switch with us so we could sit together.  She had fallen asleep in the carrier for a little bit in between flights so she slept for the first part of the flight. It was much easier being able to pass her off between the two of us if she got squirmy.  Finally we landed and we had all of our bags.  We got a car to take us to our hotel in Delray Beach.  Once we got to the hotel we decided we didn't want to go anywhere. It was almost supper time anyway, so we ordered room service and called it a night!

Hello! We made it to Florida!

We were just a couple blocks from the beach so the next morning we woke up and walked down for a little bit. Rose loved the beach! Jeremy took her out and she just splashed and rolled her wrists....which is some weird thing she does when she's about to get some food and is excited or wants to be held.  Her sound machine in her room is the sound of the ocean so we said she was like being at home.  After some time at the beach we headed back to our hotel for some lunch and a nap. We got cleaned up and walked around town some. We pretty much did this for a few days.  We found out our hotel had a private beach and they had a shuttle that would take you there where they had their clubhouse with a pool and restaurant. We took advantage of it after the first day!

Rose loved being out in the water
I didn't go in too far because i'm a chicken and i'm afraid of the ocean
(side note: i saw somewhere online that later that day there was a bull shark that was either caught or washed up to shore...not too far from where we were playing at)

"I got dis mama!"

First time on the swings!! 

Morning walk on the beach and around town

view from a restaurant 

worn out after fighting her nap
those little hot rosie cheeks

There was a really cool aquarium in the lobby of our hotel
Sometimes we would look around in it for awhile

a picture from a photobooth...this was the best one!

The first part of the week was our vacation time.  The second was my birthday, Jeremy's interview, and then checking out the area.

On my birthday we drove to Melbourne, where Jeremy was interviewing.  Once we got there we wanted to explore a little and see the area, but it was pouring rain so bad that we could hardly see the roads while we were out, so we decided to head back to the hotel for awhile.  Our hotel was right on the beach and our room had huge windows floor to ceiling.  Me and Rose sat on the floor for awhile watching the storm roll in, and dolphins swim by.  I think the best part of the day was when we went out for supper this elderly couple told us how good Rose was being and that we must be proud of her.  She did so good on this trip in all the restaurants we ate at.  I was always just waiting for her to start fussing, but she never did!

view from our room

The next morning Jeremy left for his interview and me and Rose walked on the beach for awhile.  She napped in the carrier and i looked for shells.  His interview lasted most of the day so we just hung around either by the pool, the hotel room or back on the beach.  The next day we went downtown and walked around a bit.  We had set up a meeting with a realtor to show us around the area and she took us to a few houses.  We went back to the hotel afterwards for a quick nap, then went back to the downtown for their Friday Fest.  We walked on the docks for a little bit and watched a couple manatees splash around.

Looking for seashells

there were so many shells here.
a lot of them were whole shells too and not all broken up. 
i brought home several pretty purple ones

Our last day we had an early walk on the beach and then packed up to head to the airport, but not without stopping at Zaxbys first ;).  We wanted to make sure we got to the airport in plenty of time in case there were problems.  Everything with our tickets were good and we got seats together.  The flight was only supposed to be 3 hours, but flying to Chicago there was bad weather.  We kept having to circle around and there were a lot of planes in the area waiting to land.  We had to make a fuel stop in Milwaukee. (Jeremy was afraid we were going to run out of fuel, I was afraid we were going to crash with another plane since we were all waiting to land)  This all added about 2-3 more hours to our flight.  Rose wasn't too bad.  She had her usual meltdown trying to nap in our arms.  She kept smiling and flirting with the guy behind us.  Jeremy took her to the bathroom and change her diaper and when he came back he didn't have her.  I was like where is she???!!  One of the flight attendants held her while he went to the bathroom and she said she would hold her for a few minutes.  I saw her slowly walking up from the back stopping and talking and letting Rose smile at everyone.  It was kinda funny!  She did start to get kinda fussy when we stopped for fuel, but can you really blame her.  I think everyone was starting to get fussy!  We also noticed that she was getting in her first tooth.  I know that couldn't have felt good.

Once we finally landed in Chicago at about 10:30 pm, we had missed our flight to St. Louis.  I think a lot of peoples flights were missed cause of our delay.  We got in line to see what to do next and we saw this guy started running.  Someone asked where he was going and what gate and he said St. Louis, so we started to run and follow him.  I felt like this was like a scene in a movie.  Running to catch a flight that was boarding.  Jeremy had Rose in the carrier so he couldn't run as fast and I ran ahead.  I mean i was running!  Whizzing by people trying to dodge them (it was quite busy for 10 at night) and I was out of breathe once i finally got to the gate.  We got our tickets squared away and made it on the plane.  It was just a short flight to St. Louis 45 minutes maybe.  Rose didn't put up a fight this time to sleep.  I was a little worried our luggage (mostly car seat so we could get home) wouldn't have had a chance to get switched over to the new flight, but everything arrived.  We thought that this long day was over, but when we took the shuttle to our car, first off we couldn't find it.  We had written it down, but for some reason we couldn't find it.  Once we did find it our car battery was dead.  It was midnight and our car battery was dead.  We just wanted to get home!  Since it was so late it took us a little while to track someone down.  We talked to a shuttle and they called a maintenance guy.  It took a little while for them to get the cords to reach since there were other cars all around us.  Poor Rose, i was holding her and was also holding the hood up and when they started it the car alarm went off.  I think it scared us all.  She was crying and I tried to walk away from it as fast as I could.  Finally we made it home.

Overall it was a great trip.  There were a few times where I would ask myself "what have we done" because the stress would get to me, but looking back I really don't think it was that bad.   The trip was mostly for Jeremy's interview.  He actually got an email from Valdosta right when he was finishing up his interview asking if he was still interested to contact them.  I think it through us for a loop and we had a lot of think about since he had offers from both groups.  Obviously from my last post we decided to move back home.  I'm pretty excited about it!  We still don't know exactly when we'll be there, but i'm hoping by the first of September.  

Monday, June 22, 2015

We're moving back home!

Yes, you read that right, we are moving back to Valdosta!  We are excited to be going back home after being in St. Louis for almost 5 years.  I have to say though, I will miss St. Louis a lot and it will be bittersweet to leave.  I remember when we found out we were moving here and would tell people they would either reply with a confused look and ask why, or told us that we were going to love it!  It was the people that had actually been or lived here that told us that we would love it.  We've had a lot of great memories here, our first place, living downtown, getting Ziva (don't get me started on moving down south with  Ziva., I do feel bad for's the one thing I felt hesitant about moving ), and of course Rose was born here.  I know it will be a pretty big difference from St. Louis to little ole' Valdosta, and sometimes when i think about it i get this knot in my stomach.  Are we making the right choice?  I think so.  I've wanted to move closer to home for a little while.  We may not live in Valdosta for forever, but for right now it's what we want.  My whole family is currently there, and Jeremy's parents and some extend family is there too.  Two of his sisters are in North Georgia.  We have friends there and the ones that moved away do come back to visit every so often.  I want Rose to grow up knowing her family.  I didn't know my extend family very much...we lived in different places.  Jeremy's family had Sunday dinners and always did things for the holidays together.  For us, it just makes sense to be home right now.

We aren't sure of the exact moving day, but sometime in the next 2-3 months.  That's what we've been told it could take for paper work to go through. So until then, we are going to try and soak in everything we can about St. Louis and enjoy the mild summers they have ;)

Rose helping me do a little packing

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Face the Foliage

A few years ago I was at the grocery store looking at some magazines and wanted to pick up a decorating/house magazine (i can't think of the name now).  I picked one up and flipped through it real quick to see if it was something I would be interested in.  I came across a few pages of this house and I knew I wanted to look at it more so I brought it home with me.  She calls her house the Jungalow (a Jungle and Bungalow).  It was kind of a bohemian/worldly style with lots of plants. Anyway, fast forward to a couple more years and she started something called Face the Foliage...making faces out of foliage and sometimes stories to go with them.

A few months ago, on Earth Day actually, I decided I wanted to give it a try so I went out and picked up a few twigs, maple leaves, and things off the ground while on a walk.  It was fun trying to figure out when would work as her lips, or her eyes.  Finding a twig with enough curve to make her chin. I never came up with a story for my lady, but I'm not really good with that kind of stuff.  If you type in Face the Foliage in google you'll find a lot of much cooler faces!  Maybe I'll try again soon being in a different season and maybe use and find different things.

The lady with the Jungalow is Justina Blakeney.  She has a book out now called The New Bohemians, that I have enjoyed browsing through when I have a free minute.  If you're looking for some inspiration check out her blog
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