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Thanks for Mama

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My mama is a woman of dignity. She does right, even when it practically kills her. She puts everyone on this planet above herself. She loves people, especially those hurting or in need…even if she thinks she doesn’t.

She has taught me so many life lessons with words & by her actions. With words (that were stored and later understood) she taught me:

“Life isn’t fair. Don’t expect it to be.”

“No one MAKES you do anything. You make your own choices.”

Along those lines: “You pay the consequences when YOUR choices aren’t good choices. Again, no one made you do anything.”

“You choose your mood.”

By her actions, she has taught me:

“When you’re knocked down, get back up.”

“Life won’t be easy, but smile & keep going.”

“Just because it’s hard doesn’t mean it’s not possible. With hard work, anything’s possible.”

“A mother loves her child, even when they’re unloveable.”

My mom has been there for me my entire life. When I was knocked down (or self sabotaged), I would look up and see her there. Did I deserve it? Absolutely not. That’s just the kind of mom she is. Even when I didn’t believe in myself or self worth, she did.

Today for my 30 Days of Thanks, I’m thankful for my mom. The woman that has taught me what being a wife, mom, & friend is all about. Love you, Mama!

Mayah Taylor Anderson

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I have a new niece!!! Mayah Taylor Anderson was born at 1:51 am on Tuesday morning. She weighed 8 lbs. 12 oz. & was 20 inches long. Congrats to the new parents, Kacey & Nathan!!

I simply could not be more excited about this little girl joining our family! She is blessed by two Christian parents that already love her more than words could describe. It’s amazing to watch a family of two so quickly become a family of three. Plus, she’s pretty darn cute! I’m so thankful that I could be there in the hours and days after her birth. There is no where else on earth that I would have rather been than greeting this sweet child into our family!!

Here are a few pictures of Mayah:

Mayah Taylor Anderson

Mayah & her daddy (my little brother)

Paw Paw & his new granddaughter

Paw Paw & his girls

Very Proud Aunt!!

Thanks, Nathan & Kacey, for letting Sydney and me be a part of your special moment! It meant the world to us! Love you THREE!!

Sydney’s First Fishing Trip & Mother’s Day

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Sunday was pretty close to horrible. Being around my family is the only thing that made it bearable. It was like Sydney *knew* it was Mother’s Day. She was rotten!!! It didn’t matter what I said. She was determined to do the opposite. Since that was the case, we decided it was definitely a nap day. Her nap was a really long nap! We ended up waking her up so we could go see Pops & Deeda. When we got there, we realized they were heading out to church shortly. 😦 Both Ryan and I forgot about church that night!! We are so out of the habit of going to church on Sunday nights because our churches in Dallas, Elizabethtown, and Reidland don’t have a Sunday night service. I think it’s been about 5 years or so since we’ve been to church on Sunday night! Anyway, that cut our time short with Pops & Deeda. But you know, that was just how the day was going. We headed back to my parents’ house & vegged. At that point, I had to almost unplug. It just hadn’t been the day that mother’s dream of for Mother’s Day…not that I need Mother’s Day to be an awesome day! It was just a not-so-fun day.

Mothers' Day 09Four Generations on Mother’s Day (and the ladies that kept me sane that day)

Saturday is the day that I will choose to remember as Mother’s Day. It was an awesome day!! When we got up, the guys went to the gym to workout. My mom, Sydney, and I went to Reidland High School’s greenhouse (which is amazing, by the way). All of their flowers were gorgeous! (I have been to several places in Etown since returning on Monday & can’t find much of anything that compares!) There, we picked out a flower for Grandma, one for my mom, and two for me!! 🙂 Plus, the sweet high school student gave Sydney her first flower!! As promised, we planted it yesterday in it’s own pot.

After the greenhouse and gym, we headed to Hillman’s Ferry Campground. If you know me well, you know that much of my childhood was spent at that campground. My grandparents and aunts and uncles had campers. I’m sure there were times that my grandparents went without Nathan and me, but there weren’t many. They were so good to let us tag along. We rode bikes, hiked, played in the woods, and sat around campfires. It really gives me a warm fuzzy feeling just thinking about that place. So, taking my daughter to my old stomping ground was really cool.

We headed up there because my parents CARE group had planned to camp out the night before. Unfortunately because of the rain, only one family decided to tough it out and go. It turned out just being John & three of his boys, my parents, and my little family. I’m sure it would have been great with the others, but it was a great day with just us.

Not too long after we arrived, we ate lunch. After filling our bellies, we headed down to the lake where the boys were fishing. Since we don’t have fishing licenses, we couldn’t fish. Sydney could, though! She did so much better than I thought she would!! She talked about “fishing with a pole” for a long time afterward! Thanks, John, for teaching her how!! We got some precious pictures, too! I think it has Ryan’s mind spinning now! Who knows, we may end up being a fishing family…well, they might. I might take a good book along!

Philip & Sydney concentratingSydney and Phillip concentrating…

John & SydneyJohn helping Sydney

Philip & SydneySydney and Phillip patiently waiting

The guys ended up going on a hike while us gals went down to the playground. We took Sydney’s sand toys so that she could play with the rocks at the campsite. It turned out that there was sand at one of the playgrounds! Score! Gigi taught Sydney how to make sandcastles! It amazed both Gigi and me that Sydney already knew what sandcastles were! Gigi made one & Sydney said, “Sandcastle!!” We’ve only been to the beach once & Sydney was 10 months old…no sandcastles made then!

I think I can speak for everyone in saying that we had a fun & relaxing day! Since that’s how I would like for most Mother’s Days to be described after they took place, I will count Saturday as my Mother’s Day!! 🙂

Christmas, Christmas

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This year is by far my favorite Christmas. As I said in my last post, we had Christmas with Ryan’s parents the weekend before Christmas. Ryan worked Monday-Wednesday. On Wednesday, he got up at 4 AM so that he could go to Louisville to work, go to the gym, and be back home close to the time we get up!! How amazing is he?! When we got up, I called to see what kind of day he was having. He said he was already back in E-town & working out at the gym. He said he was almost done & would be home soon. Now, until that point I didn’t realize how early he had gotten up & why. It melted my heart that he was willing to work extra hard to get back home early to have the whole two days with us! Thanks, Ryan!!!

Christmas Eve, we went grocery shopping & then hung out at the house. That night, we ate a delicious meal & watched How the Grinch Stole Christmas…again. It was a ton of fun!! At about 8:30 pm, we put Sydney to bed. Then came the fun! By the time we were finished helping Santa, it was 11:30 pm!  We quickly headed to bed since we knew that she would be getting up early.

Christmas morning was magical for me. Sydney strolled into our bedroom saying, “Look at me, guys! Look at me!” Why was she saying that? She got to sleep in her “Christmas dress” (gown). She was so tired the night before that she had forgotten she was in her “dress”. She crawled in bed with us & we had a few precious moments cuddling & playing. With our schedules lately, that is a rarity. While Ryan and Sydney played, I got everything ready. Once Sydney came around the corner to see what Santa brought, she lit up! She LOVED her kitchen set! That was the one that I was worried about. We found a kitchen set at ALDI for $29! It wasn’t the kitchen set that I had really wanted to get her. There are really cool kitchen sets at the gym she plays with & at other places. So, I was worried that this one wasn’t going to be good enough. Dumb me. She’s a kid. Of course it will be! She has played more with this $29 kitchen set than she has played with any other toy she got!! That made this mommy happy.

Christmas afternoon, Gigi, Pawpaw, & Grandma arrived!! Sydney stood at the door saying, “Come in, guys!! Come in!!” She was SO excited to see them! She then proceeded to show them her presents from Santa as well as her fish. It was very cute. It reminded me of when I was a little girl. We use to open presents from my parents & see what Santa brought first thing in the morning. Well, after Dad got the camera set up. That always felt like it took forever! Now as the parent, I look back & giggle. After presents were opened, my dad started breakfast (his one time of the year he always cooked) and we were told to call Grandma & Grandpa. They would walk down (they lived 3 doors down) & see what all we had gotten. That was every year. So, this year felt very reminiscent of my childhood years.

That night we curled up and watched Ice Age 2. The fact that my dad suggested it was quite surprising! He has definitely turned into a Pawpaw!! 😉 It’s so cute to see!

Friday, we watched TV, played on computers, cooked, and enjoyed the day together. It was a very relaxing day. Absolutely perfect, if you ask me!

That night, Nathan and Kacey arrived. Once they were here and settled in, we opened presents. Sydney got more fun toys while Ryan and I got a Wii!!!!!!!!! Whoohoo!! We have played that thing soooo much since we got it. It has served as exercise (We got a free Wii Fit with our points through our bank. It had been sitting in the closet waiting for us to get a Wii!) as well as wonderful entertainment. It was the perfect gift to get while company was here!! Thanks, Mom & Dad!!!

Saturday was filled with more Wii activity along with great food!! We played, ate, and chilled all day. After watching Back to the Future II, Gigi, Pawpaw, and Grandma had to leave. They got caught in a horrible storm around Calvert City, but luckily made it home safely. Nathan and Kacey stayed the night. Of course, more Wii was involved!

Sunday we went to church here in E-town, ate at Rafferty’s (YUM!), Kacey and I shopped at Old Navy, and played more Wii…of course. They left around 6 pm.

We had a GREAT Christmas. It was refreshing to be home the whole holiday. It did make us feel guilty since that meant that it put everyone else out. We all decided to meet here since we were half way between Nathan and Kacey and Mom & Dad. That was their choice. So, it shouldn’t make us feel bad, but it did. We were very thankful to have Christmas Eve & Christmas with our little family. Seeing Sydney’s face as she looked at what Santa brought was priceless. It is a memory I will hold forever.

It was a wonderfully special holiday. Thank you to all of our family that drove to be with us. We are very grateful for you!

Christmas is My Favorite Time of the Year

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Christmas 2007Christmas 2007…Wow! It’s already been a year!

It is so hard to believe the picture above was taken a year ago! Man, time really flies. It’s going way too fast. There are SO many times that I feel like I’ve missed out on what Sydney’s accomplished just because I wasn’t paying attention. Since I’m a stay-at-home mom, I should probably get off my own case because I’m able to be here much more than other moms. However, this year has taught me to start paying more attention & realize that the little things aren’t going to last forever. If I don’t notice them now, I’ll never get that time back.  I guess this year has taught me to be more aware.

I’m excited about Christmas this year. Sydney is very into “Ho Ho” (aka Santa). She loves watching shows about him, waving at him in the mall, and talking about him. It is really neat to see her eyes light up when we start talking about him. I guess I was excited about Santa when I was little, but I don’t remember being as engrossed in him as she was. I’m having a blast just seeing Christmas through her eyes this year!

Speaking of this year’s Christmas, it’s going to be quite a bit different. Normally, we head to Paducah. We try to allow both families to keep as many traditions as possible. By the end of Christmas, we are exhausted. This year is a year for new traditions. It will be a weird year (because we’re not with family) and an exciting year. I am looking forward to starting traditions that our little family can keep up. It kind of feels like we’re finally grown-ups with our own family! ;o)

Ryan’s parents are going to start off Christmas. They are coming the weekend before Christmas. Since they’re going down to Atlanta to be with baby Zoë and her parents for Christmas this year, we get them a little early. We’re going to open presents, eat a great Christmas meal, find some cool houses with lights, and enjoy our time together. 

As I said earlier, it will just be the three of us for Christmas Eve and Christmas. We’re planning on watching Christmas movies, baking cookies for Santa, waking up to see what Santa brought, opening presents from us, eating Christmas morning waffles, and being lazy. Sounds like a very cool Christmas!

The weekend after Christmas, we’re hoping my workaholic brother (jk Nathan) can get off long enough to make the trip from Indy down to E-town. We plan to spend that time with Nathan and Kacey, my parents, and grandmother. It will be interesting to see how everyone fits in this little house! It will be fun, though!! I’m really looking forward to it.

To sum up, this Christmas will be different. There will be those we will miss (Kit, Laura, and Zoë and Jon & Corena), but we know they’ll be having a great Christmas, too. Although it will be different, it is going to be a Christmas filled with love, happiness, and new traditions.

Tuesday in the Park

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This past Tuesday, my grandmother called and suggested that we take Sydney to Noble Park for the morning. We let her feed the ducks (although you’re not supposed to…we saw that after feeding. Oops!) and play on the playground. Grandma had fun playing on the playground, too. It was a great morning!! After playing, we decided to take our hungry tummies to Dairy Queen for a little lunch. It was a great morning, and I’m so thankful I remembered to take pictures!

Movin’ On Up

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Last weekend my parents, Randy Bridges, Ryan, Sydney and I moved Nathan and Kacey from Nashville, TN to Indianapolis, IN! Well, actually Saturday we moved them. Why do I make that clarification? We packed up bathroom & other little things left to pack, vacuumed carpets, cleaned bathroom & kitchen, packed the truck, drove 5 hours, and unloaded the truck in ONE day! WHEW! It makes me tired again just thinking about it!

We were so blessed to have Randy come down to help. I honestly don’t think we could have gotten it done in one day without him! He and my dad were booking it! They literally didn’t stop until they were completely done. They might get a sip of a drink, but that was the longest they stopped. They had that truck loaded as quick as you can when you’re walking a football field length from the door of the apartment to the truck!!

We picked Ryan up in Elizabethtown on the way. He flew in from New York on Friday night & got to bed about midnight. He then loaded up with us Saturday afternoon and helped unload the truck in Indy. (Have I ever told you fellow bloggers how amazing he is????)

Sunday morning we got up & met Nathan and Kacey at Bob Evan’s. YUM! I haven’t eaten there in a long time, so I couldn’t really remember what it was like. It was delicious!! After breakfast, we said our good-byes. It’s a little harder saying good-bye when you know you’re going to be 5 hours away from someone. So, I think it was a little harder than normal for my parents. I am still the same distance away & can pop up there to see them on the weekend if I want. Good-byes are never fun, but it was a little easier for me.

From Indy, we headed back to Louisville to drop Ryan off at the airport. He flew back to New York for another week of training for the Navy. Then we headed on to Paducah. Since we had to get Ryan to the airport by noon eastern, that put us in Paducah at 2:30 central. Not too bad! 

It was great seeing Nathan & Kacey. It was also a treat to see Ryan since we didn’t think we were going to get to see him for 2 weeks! All in all, it was a wonderful weekend…exhausting, but wonderful. :o)

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In other news, Ryan and I are taking a mini-vacation this weekend to St. Louis for our anniversary. We have a few ideas of what we want to do there, but nothing set in stone. Any ideas? Any good places to eat? We don’t want to do a ton of the touristy things. Our goal is to have a fun & relaxing weekend. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.