It seems like only yesterday...

May 02, 2021

Today we celebrated a very special day. Today marks the 10th anniversary of our first date. I know people may think it’s strange that we celebrate this anniversary after so many years and even after we have married but we find it important to always remember when we first fell for each other. We spend May 1st every year not doing extravagant things but focus on being in the moment with each other. You see our first date was also the first time we ever met in person after connecting on an online dating app. We texted and then chatted for a little over a week before Wyatt suggested that we meet up for a date. At first I was reluctant to meet so quickly but one of my friends reassured me that sometimes in life you have to be willing to take a risk to find happiness. She also suggested that if this guy was crazy that she would call me with a fake emergency to get out of the date. Lucky for her, I didn’t need that emergency. Ha! By the end of that date, I knew that he was the one but didn’t dare say it out loud. Wyatt later confessed to me that he felt the same the moment he saw me step out of the car. Exactly a year to the day we met in person, Wyatt asked me to marry him as he presented me with the same ring his father had given his mother when he asked her to marry him. May 1st reminds us of how precious life is and how taking a chance can bring you more than you could ever imagine.

Just a little spring surprise

Apr 18, 2021

Wyatt is such a giver and is always trying to surprise me with acts of love whether it’s by doing an extra chore around the house or making dinner on my night to cook during the week so that I can relax a little longer. He doesn’t have a selfish bone in his body. Friday I decided to surprise him with a cookie delivery just because full of his two favorite flavors- chocolate chip and snickerdoodle- after he texted me that the rainy weather was making his customers irritable and as a result he was having a tough day. I wanted to give him a pick me up, so I ordered the cookies to show up by dinner time. To see his eyes light up after a hard day at work was definitely worth it. After dinner we munched on some warm cookies as we watched one of our new favorite shows.

Springtime fun

Mar 29, 2021

We had such beautiful weather this weekend in our area that we were able to go to the park with our niece and nephew. We haven’t been able to do this since before the lockdown since all the parks were closed so the kids were so excited to let loose. Uncle Wyatt was a champ pushing on the swings because “Uncle is so strong that he can make us touch the sky!” We had a blast at the park and then the kids hung out at our house blowing bubbles and riding scooters outside after a crazy game of Uno. Things are finally starting to feel somewhat normal with being able to have family time and visiting with our littles.

Spring break fun

Mar 19, 2021

One of the greatest things about being an educator has to be still enjoying Spring Break. Teachers are technically contracted employees and our spring break and summers are not part of our contract and are unpaid but the breaks are great opportunities to refuel and relax. This spring break I took it easy while I was needed to be home while we had contractors doing jobs on the house and went to different appointments but Wyatt and I did have a wonderful date day midweek and I had a girls’ day with my sister-in-law and niece. We got our nails done, had lunch, and then chatted over Starbucks. My sister and I used to do this just the two of us but now that N is older, she loves to be included in girl time. As we caught up, N noted that some of our conversation was boring (apparently 8 year olds don’t want to talk about school on spring break) but other than that, we had a blast. N reminded me that she just can’t wait for her new cousin comes home because they will be so cute and that she wants to have sleepovers and fun outings with a little cousin. Sweet momma, I hope you know how very much you and your little one are already on our minds and grown in our hearts. Not just Wyatt’s and mine but our whole family.

Oh just another crazy holiday in the books

Jan 24, 2021

We blinked and December and January flew by before we knew it. As with everything this year, our holiday was anything but normal. We spent our date nights in December driving around looking at Christmas lights and even went to one of the big drive thru events in the area to kick off Christmas week. We tried to keep some of our normal traditions alive with added safety precautions to keep us and our family members safe and were able to see everyone at some point through the holiday season.

We brought in the new year with our close friends that live down the street and their little ones. After tucking the little ones in bed, the adults spent the night playing Cards Against Humanity trying to outdo each other. We laughed and reminisced on past New Years reflecting on how far we have all come as friends. It was surreal sitting there with my best friend of over 15 years with our husbands. At 20/21 our biggest joy was getting together to catch the latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy; now we get together with the littles to play hide and seek, game night with the husbands or the two of us sneak off to Target to sip Starbucks and walk the aisles chatting.

Wyatt and I recently started renovating our guest bathroom. It now has a bright fresh coat of paint awe will soon install a new vanity and storage unit.

Life is just flying by but we are enjoying the journey together. I’m sure before we know it it’ll be Spring Break.

 

Happy socially distanced Thanksgiving!

Nov 27, 2020

This year Thanksgiving looks VERY different from our normal Thanksgiving. Usually we switch off years between our parents’ houses and have a huge family get together with aunts, uncles and lots and lots of cousins. After seeing the numbers of positive cases rising in our state, we made the tough decision to forego our normal plans with family to play it safe at home with just us and the cats.

We wanted to maintain some of our favorite traditions and dishes for Thanksgiving. Last night we baked my dad’s pecan pie along with a pumpkin pie and then today we made all our favorites including Wyatt’s mom’s honey cinnamon carrots and my mom’s cornbread stuffing/dressing.  Our meal was a success and we are thoroughly stuffed. We may have missed all of our loved ones, we made our own memories. 

Happy Halloween!

Nov 02, 2020

Last night we had so many neighbors stop by with their little ones trick or treating. We set up a table with candy and toys that we packed into grab and go goodie bags. Kiddos were so excited to do something remotely normal even if it meant wearing masks and using hand sanitizer. We saw some pretty cool costumes and met many people from different parts of the neighborhood. As the night wore on, we moved inside to feast on our annual pumpkin face pepperoni pizza and watched fun Halloween movies.

October tradition

Oct 26, 2020

We just love fall time and all the activities that this time of year brings with it. Last week we picked out our pumpkins and while exploring all the possible carvings we could use we came across the painting set that fit our Halloween decoration theme perfectly. We decided to have a date night in and spent our evening last night painting our pumpkins. Wyatt got a little frustrated that the paint wasn’t cooperating the way we would like it to. In his defense, the paint that was included was not the best quality, but we made due with what we had. The pumpkins turned out better than we thought and we now have matching pumpkins on the porch.  We have a few last minute props to set up before trick or treaters come Saturday but treat bags are made and ready for a socially distanced night. 

There’s a little musician in all of us

Oct 21, 2020

Last week we were able to get Wyatt’s piano from storage. This piano belonged to Wyatt’s grandmother and several cousins had their very first piano lessons on those keys sitting next to Nana as she guided their hands in the proper position. While Wyatt never was much of a piano player, his love and talent for music made it a simple choice for her to pass the family piano onto him. He can dabble a short tune here and there on the piano and he excels on the guitar and trumpet. With the addition to the piano in our home, Wyatt looks forward to relearning how to play.  

I am quite excited as I never had a piano and always wanted to learn. I played violin in school and was in choir. In college I took a music appreciation class that helped me understand how to read music more in-depth and how that relates to the piano. I am excited to start learning. I have a new music book in my Amazon cart and plan to start learning on my own once we get the piano tuned later this week. 

As you can see in the picture above even the kitties are excited about the music. In our free time Wyatt will bring out one of his guitars or I will bust out singing so music is such an important part of our family that even the cats are excited about the new ‘toy.’ 

We hope to instill a love and appreciation of music in our home as we know that it has great benefits in creativity and brain development in young minds. Hopefully our children will ask us to take music lessons whether it’s on the piano, guitar or any other musical instrument or even voice lessons. 

Sometimes you just need to stop and recharge

Oct 03, 2020

Last weekend we took a trip up to Oklahoma to relax and reconnect with one another. We picked out a well known camping area and stayed in a cabin. The sights were breathtaking. While we didn’t go fishing, we did manage to go on a few morning hikes and hung around our cabin relaxing. We even lit the fire pit and made hot dogs and s’mores! We definitely want to go back and create new memories with our little one.

Back to school...sort of

Aug 25, 2020

With August in full swing, I am back in school mode, but my back to school looks very different this year. Usually I spend the last part of July hitting the back to  school sales stocking up on supplies for my classroom and then as August begins, Wyatt meets me up at school after he gets off of work to do my heavy lifting and climbing up on ladders to hang posters and anything else I need. This year there were no long Target receipts or mad frenzy to change the bulletin boards Or hang new decor. Instead every room in the house serves as part of my classroom. I usually meet with my students while sitting at the kitchen table and when I’m not actively on video with them, I move from room to room giving myself a change of scenery. My two “teaching assistants “ have differing methods. Diamond has waited until my meeting begins to climb on top of me and cry that she needs to go outside for an adventure while Edward will take up his post nearby on a chair or at my feet and watch me work. When I get up, he likes to explore my space. Once I got up to let Diamond out and he entertained the class by swatting at the screen. I’m sure these two furry assistants are showing me what it will be like when a little human requires my attention while I work from home. It truly has been a blessing to be able to work from home during the pandemic. While it has been less than ideal to adjust to online learning the way that we have, I have taken it with as much optimism as possible. While Wyatt still leaves home to go to work, we have been able to utilize even more family time with the flexibility my new schedule gives me. Just today we had a delicious lunch together in between classes. While I look forward to the day I am back on campus I am enjoying the time I have with Wyatt and our two teaching assistants. Pictured above is Edward taking care of my lesson plans for the week. :)

Another addition to the bookshelf

Jul 11, 2020

Today we got up bright and early to complete everything on our to do list before it got too hot outside. We ventured to the farmers’ market where we picked up some fresh granola and fruits for the week before heading to breakfast. After breakfast we headed to the bookstore for some birthday presents. While wandering through the children’s section, Wyatt came across this book and insisted that we bring it home. He remembers reading this book over and over again at bedtime growing up and it is one of his favorites. We both strongly believe in instilling a love of reading at a very young age and have been steadily adding to our library every time we go to the bookstore. We can not wait until we get to share all of our favorite stories at story time.

Summertime =pool time

Jun 01, 2020

When the sun gets hot, we love to spend our free time in the pool. While we do not have a pool at our house, Wyatt’s parents have a beautiful summer paradise in their backyard. Our family loves to get together to swim and then grill out. This weekend we had a wonderful picnic of hamburgers and hot dogs poolside while we swam and played pool basketball. It was an extra special day because Wyatt’s brother was able to come to town and brought his son to have some family time. Even ‘Pop Pop’ (Wyatt’s dad) enjoyed some time in the pool even though he prefers to stay in the shade. The water was just so refreshing! We can’t wait to return next weekend!

Babyroom

May 18, 2020

Wyatt has been painting the baby room all day making touch ups. This is our first try at room painting and are quite impressed with the outcome.  We chose a cool/warm gray named network gray that would be light and welcoming for the little one.  All of our parent friends recommend a calming color for the bedroom to help them sleep well at night and at nap times so that it's not too overstimulating.  Once the paint drys, we intend to move everything back into place and then start organizing books, clothes and decor.

Unpacking and decorating the nursery

Apr 06, 2020

Saturday we spent the day putting up window treatments and setting up the big furniture in the nursery. When we began the adoption process, we discussed what themes we would like to incorporate in the nursery. Usually when we have to make a decision we each have to come up with a list and then negotiate our way to a choice but the decision for a Harry Potter nursery was unanimous. We have picked out some wall decorations and think we may paint the room too. Check out the nursery photo album to see how we add to the room.

Packing and social distancing

Mar 20, 2020

What a crazy world we live in today. We officially made our move into our home last week but have been slowly going back to the townhome cleaning it up and taking the small weird items we left behind. After Wyatt chased me all around the place trying to steal a kiss that I refused in the name of “social distancing” I proceeded to plop a box on my head to maintain my personal space.

We are quite the pair and never pass up a moment for a good joke even in a quite serious time in the world. And yes, he did eventually get that kiss. ❤️

We bought a house!

Mar 09, 2020

We are now the proud owners of our first home and are very eager to officially move in tomorrow morning! Our new home is in a premiere school district with so many programs available. Our home is situated on a quiet street with several young families and down the block from the elementary school and a huge park with bike trails and a massive playground. One of the great things about our new home is that our close friends all live in the the area and they all have young children that would love a new playmate. Once the chaos has passed, we will post an album with updates of the inside of our home including the room we have picked out especially for the nursery. 

Why Adoption?

Feb 20, 2020

Even when we were dating, we knew that we wanted to grow our family through adoption. Early in our marriage, we tried to conceive naturally but were faced with infertility issues. I, Amanda, suffer from PCOS so we turned to my doctor for help. After failing to conceive with their assistance, we took a step back to pray about our next steps. We felt God leading us back to our early conversations of adoption. We prayed, talked to our priest, and most importantly, talked with each other about pursuing adoption. It was then that we decided that we were ready to begin the journey to grow our family in whatever way God had planned for us. Wyatt's best friend and his wife adopted through Gladney seven years ago, so we spoke with them about our decision to adopt and ultimately decided to visit Gladney. Once we walked through the doors, we felt at home and at peace.

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