Happy New Year!

A few days late, but Happy New Year from our family to yours! I thought I’d share our most recent family photos that we took between Christmas and New Years.

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We had an exciting end to 2016 and are looking forward to slowing down in 2017. Looking back at my personal goals for 2016 I met some of them and some of them are getting added to the 2017 goal list.

Here was my list from 2016…

  • Read 3 Books(I’ve managed to read one in the last 15 months) SUCCESS!!
  • Hang pictures on our walls SUCCESS! (Even on our new house!)
  • Work at becoming fitter. I’ve gotten back into crossfit, but I need to put more motivation and effort into it. SUCCESS, even while pregnant! 
  • Make my 2014 and 2015 family album books. Adding it to 2017!
  • Start my own photography business. Hopefully I’ll have more on this soon! Success, but I now I need to re-vamp because we’ve moved. 

2017 Goals-

  • Continue with my fitness and wellness journey.
  • Print personal pictures to hang around the house.
  • Make family photo albums.

Welcome to the Family: Matthew James


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On December 12th, 2016 at 9:24 AM we welcomed Matthew James to our family. Addy calls him “Bubba”, we’ll see if it sticks. He’s named after Taylor and his brother. Matthew is Taylor’s brothers middle name and James is his middle name.  He arrived 2 weeks early and in all honesty we were not prepared for his arrival yet! Oops! He weighed a healthy 8 pounds 6 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. From going into labor, the actual delivery and the hospital setting his arrival and birth were completely different experiences than the birth of our daughter Addy.

For a few days prior to his arrival I had been having weird pregnancy dreams and just felt blah, but went along with our normal activities. On Sunday evening, I sat down to paint my toe nails and felt like I had peed my pants when actually my water broke. It took me a bit of time to realize that I just didn’t have a little “accident” because I was in denial that he was coming two weeks early(especially since I was preparing for him to be over due like his sister.)

Sunday Morning Before my Water Broke

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Our initial thoughts went to what are we going to do with Addy. My parents were planning on being here the following week, but not this early! My parents quickly got a phone call that they needed to head south sooner and thankfully, Taylor’s brother Ryan moved last spring to Houston and was an hour and a half a way to help. He headed our direction, we packed bags for the hospital, and one of our friends here helped watched Addy until Uncle Ryan arrived. Uncle Ryan stayed two nights with Addy and my parents drove down to Texas in one day from Chicago to help out. We love our family and friends!

I labored through the night again(ugh, it’s rough!) and Matthew arrived Monday morning. The labor was physically very different than Addy and my epidural did not fully work, but I surprisingly felt way better afterwards than with Addy.

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Post Epidural

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Addy and Uncle Ryan came for a visit later that afternoon. Addy loves being a big sister!

Meeting her Brother for the first time

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On Tuesday, my parents came and met Matthew. We decided that we were tired of being interrupted and ready to get home so checked ourselves out of the hospital early!

Meeting Nana

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Nana and Grumpy

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Going Home!

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We’re enjoying being a family of four and adjusting to a lack of sleep! 🙂 Nana and Grumpy have been helping out a lot around the house and entertaining Addy. Sorry for not updating the blog lately, but the month of December was crazy! Addy and I participated in our 25 days of Christmas that I had all intentions of sharing weekly, but it looks like it will be an all in one post of our fun in the next few weeks! Plus, I have Addy’s two year pictures to share, Matthew’s newborn photos, and our recent family photos so stay tuned(and be patient!)


Summer Lake Day

Back in July we celebrated my Uncle’s 50th Birthday with a trip to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. We camped at Taylorsville Lake State Park and spent a full day on the lake on a pontoon. It was so much fun!

Here’s pictures from the day!

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Boat rides=Nap Time!

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Birthday Boy and Uncle Phil!

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She was an excellent driver!

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Learning to fish from Uncle Phil

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Relaxing in the tube with Nana

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Nap time, again!

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Looking at the huge fish by the pier!

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Relaxing by the fire

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Our Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

We enjoyed a quiet day celebrating just the three of us which was much different than the house full of family we had last year. Of course, we cooked way too much food, but it was all delicious.

Addy helped with some Thanksgiving prep and cooking. She loved watching the Macy’s parade and of course eating pumpkin pie!

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She’s a great pie crust helper!




Way too much food! We had biscuits, cranberries, broccoli, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, and a turkey that we smoked on our new smoker.



Someone could not wait to dig in!









Adventures on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

This past July, we celebrated my Uncle’s 50th Birthday with a trip to Kentucky visiting distilleries, camping and spending a day on the lake. While I was unable to partake in the drinking aspect of the outing, it was still fun seeing the distilleries and learning about the Bourbon Trail. Addy also loved it, especially if the tasting involved chocolate!

We visited Heaven Hill, Woodford Reserve and Buffalo Trace. Others in the group visited some other distilleries, but Addy was cutting her 2 year molars so wasn’t the most cooperative. My favorite by far was Buffalo Trace. Our cousin works there and we got to see some behind the scenes action and extra touring of the area.


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It was a lot of work taking care of all these adults…snack time!


Guess the only part Mommy and Addy got to try!



Addy and her Great Uncle, the Birthday Boy at Buffalo Trace








Root Beer Tasting


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Next post I’ll share more about our lake day!