Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Last night I went to my very first Zumba class!!  I realize I'm probably a little behind when it comes to the zumba craze, but I've been a little busy the past year or so.  The class was smaller than I thought it would be and it was a little more aerobics than dance (although there was a good amount of dance mixed in).  I know all instructors are different and have different routines and styles.  That being said, I really liked it.  It's most definitely going to be something I'll keep up!  It felt so good to work out again.  I haven't really worked out since before Peyton was born...with the exception of walking.  I used to take aerobic classes and work out at the rec center religiously when I was in school, then I got lazy. 

We're hoping to try out some other classes in the area and see what different instructors and classes are like.  It's a little difficult because I need a Monday night class.  That's the only night that works every week with Edwin's schedule.  At least I know there's a Monday night class close to me that I can get to if we can't find any others that we like! 

Friday, June 24, 2011

5 Years of Wedded Bliss

5 years ago today I married the love of my life!  I couldn't ask for a better husband, friend, or father of my child.  It takes a real man to deal with me, and he does it effortlessly (for the most part). 
 I love you with all my heart!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Swing Set

I just got a text from my husband telling me that Peyton's "new" swing set is sitting in a trailer at our house waiting to be put together.  I'm so excited! 

Some good friends of ours have 3 kids and they're all older now and don't play on their swing set anymore.  So being the wonderful people they are, they gave it to us.  Our friend told us it needs to be power washed and stained and the slide is faded so we may want to buy a new one, but that small amount of work is worth it for a free swing set. 

Hopefully Daddy can get it at least put together (they had to cut it in half to move it, so they have to bolt the halves back together) in the next few days! 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Little Bit of Nothing

Once again I've been slack on the blogging, and once again I'm starting my blog with this same line! 

There isn't much to report, we've just been crazy busy.  I'm chasing (literally) a toddler around everyday and she's starting to assert herself and every now and then we'll get a wicked temper tantrum.  It's usually because she either wants to go outside, wants to walk up and down 100 times some set of steps, or wants to me to hold her hand so she can run through the house (she isn't to the point of running yet, but she loves to do it.  So she wants me to hold her hand constantly so she can run through the house).  Luckily she's young enough so I can usually distract her with something else and she's over it in a few seconds, but every now and then she throws a massive one.  I'm talking head thrown back, arched back, on the floor, tantrum.  I must admit they're pretty amusing.  She's such a diva, I have NO idea where she got that from ;) 

I still get surprised when I'm standing at the kitchen counter and I feel someone tug on my pants and it's Peyton standing up behind me.  It blows me away to see her walk everywhere!  It's very bittersweet.  I will say it's so nice that she can walk around when we're outside or when we're walking back across the yard from my Mom's house and my hands are full.  She's a good mix of independent and needy right now and I'm eating it up.  She still wants to cuddle and give hugs and kisses, but she's good with playing in another room and occupying herself while I cook or clean. 

I'm STILL having a hard time getting back on track after vacation.  Luckily we'll be heading back to the beach at the end of July, so I'm just trying to look forward to that!  Maybe I'll have something more interesting to blog about later this week!


Wednesday, June 15, 2011


This post is going to be all over the place, so I apologize in advance!

I'm super excited about our weekend coming up.  Ever since we got back from vacation, I've had a really hard time getting off "island time".  I miss everything about Ocracoke, as I do every year.  I'm meant to live by the water, I just know it.  Maybe that will happen for us one day.,,but back to our weekend (see what I mean by all over the place)! 

Edwin works every other weekend, so we really try to make the best of the time we do have together.  Which, by the way, is something most "normal" couples seriously take for granted.  Friday night I have a tentative girl's night planned, hopefully that will work out because I sure do miss hanging with the girls.  Saturday we're getting up and heading to the mall to get Edwin's requested Father's Day gift.  He wants a nice pair of sunglasses (cops are very particular about their sunglasses). 

Saturday evening we're having a date night to celebrate our 5 YEAR anniversary!  Our actual anniversary is June 24th but you guessed it, he has to work.  So we're celebrating early and doing a dinner and movie night.  A week at Ocracoke was our anniversary gift to ourselves, so we didn't plan any kind of get away.  As much as I would have loved to get out of town for a few days, I still can't stand the thought of going out of town without Peyton! 

Lately I've found myself thinking back over the past 5 years and realizing how fast our lives have completely changed.  When Edwin and I met in 2005, I had just graduated from ECU and we were both living it up.  I had been interviewing for jobs in New Bern because (as previously stated) I was determined to live closer to the beach.  But that wasn't in God's plan.  Edwin was offered a job at a police department right by my home town, so as soon as he graduated BLET we moved back.  I swore I would never move back, I loved everything about Greenville....there was always something to do, a 45 min drive to the beach, you could pretty much walk everywhere (which came in handy with all the partying we did), and I loved that relaxed feeling the town had.  But as I got older and stopped partying so hard, my love of Greenville started to waiver.  I started doubting this was the place I wanted to raise a family...after all it is a college town.  The move was hard on me.  I had to leave all of my friends, my job, my life.  I missed being able to call up one of my girl friends and say "hey lets go out for drinks".  Edwin started with the PD as soon as we moved, so I was alone most of the time without any of my friends and no job.  Needless to say, it was a rough few months.  Getting used to a police officer's schedule is not easy for anyone.  But I got a job pretty fast and our police family embraced us and it started to feel like home again.  Next thing you know 5 years have passed...we have a beautiful new home....and a 1 year old daughter!  I'm so thankful to have our parents so close, especially now that we have Peyton.  I understand now what God was doing when he moved us back here.  But my heart is still further east...only time will tell. 

Again I'm jumping, but BACK to our weekend!  Sunday we're having a birthday/ father's day fiesta.  My Dad's birthday is this week so we're combining everything and having a small gathering.  My in-laws are coming, as well as us and my Grandma.  We'll be grilling out, drinking some wine (it's not a family gathering if we don't), and just enjoying time together.  I have a few surprises for Edwin that day as well since it is his 2nd Father's Day! 

I hope you all have a great rest of the week, and if you read this far I'm seriously impressed!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Finally Got a Video!

After a few weeks, I finally had my cell phone handy when Peyton was walking.  She's just really starting to walk a lot on her own, and it's so exciting for everyone!  This isn't her best work, but by this point she had been walking around all morning and was getting tired.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

I'm Back...Sort of

Well I'm back from 8 glorious days in Ocracoke and I'm still suffering from some serious post-vacation depression.  I won't go in to every detail of our trip, but I'll just say that we couldn't have possibly asked for a more perfect week.  The weather was in the 80's all week, sunny, with a nice breeze.  Our friends loved their 1st Ocracoke experience, so much so that we're already talking about our trip next year!  The house was amazing, and Peyton LOVED the beach.  I can't even stress enough how much that child loves the ocean.  She enjoyed herself so much, I don't think I've ever seen her so incredibly happy.  She adjusted to the new house perfectly and slept like a champ.  I won't go on and on, so here are some pics!