Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 {Our Year in Review}

We moved! Boxes, chaos, crying at church {both Caris & me} and meeting new people
We took a total of 8(!) trips back to South Carolina. The second one was to meet our nephew/cousin Cruz! 
C Baby turned ONE!
We thought we sold our house so we took a "Here, take a picture of me jumping off the front steps looking happy" picture. We still own that house.
We celebrated Bennermen's graduation from USC! 
Caris learned to walk! And talk and climb and count (one, dooo, phree!) and eat big girl food can one kid change and grow so much in one year? 
So many new things! Like brushing her teeth!
She enjoyed her first airplane ride to Philly to surprise the Hiatts and meet Baby E! 
Speaking of babies, we saw Baby #2 for the first time! 
We took two large family vacations: the beach and the lake. Screaming toddler in the sand, screaming toddler in the lake.
We celebrated 10 years of dating and 5 years of wedded {usually} bliss! 
Kent became a pastor! 
We perfected the top knot and she perfected the tantrum
And a few more exclamation points !!! just because! 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


Q: What do you get when you travel and hang out with extended family?
A: A sick child {We are on day 6}

Q: What do you get when someone beats the phone/internet box thing outside of your house to a pulp and takes all of its innards?
A: No internet 
 Q: What do you get when you pair a housewife with no internet?
A: All of the travel bags unpacked in record time and all of her shoes pulled out of the closet
Q: What do you find .005 seconds after opening the new snot sucker that you just bought?
A: The old one

Q: Who rescues a dresser from the trash on a Tuesday afternoon?
you guys...
details to come

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Pregnancy Update

Because I like reading them and maybe you do too?

You may have noticed that I stay pretty quiet about my pregnancies. It's me, not you. Whenever I think to write about it, I find that there really isn't much to say and it'd be easy to complain, but how can I complain when I've been given the opportunity to GROW A LIFE?

Buttttt, if you cornered me in a dark alley and threatened to beat me with a wet noodle if I didn't complain, I'd tell you that I have heartburn and reflux (Pass the Tums, please) and by the end of the night my back and feet h-u-r-t.

I've experienced more of the "normal" pregnancy symptoms with Baby #2. I started to realize that Caris hardly ever moved because she had no space and this baby moves all of the time. It's a crazy feeling.

Thankfully, as of now, we're on track to have a healthy baby and end to this pregnancy. With Caris I was  in the hospital at 32 weeks and we've passed that mark ,with an ultrasound to check. Everything looked okay.

I'm glad, so so glad, not to be teaching. At this point with Caris, I was still pacing the gym floor at 7AM trying to get 250 3rd graders to stay silent. Taking care of a toddler isn't the easiest, but I have the freedom to stay in my bathrobe until 1PM 9AM if I want to.

Although it feels like I've been pregnant for forever (And not in the bad way. In the, "Wow, babies take a long time to bake" way), it's hard to believe that we're nearing the end (1.5 months to go). Kent and I were watching TV last night and I turned to him and said, "I just need to tell you. I am about to FREAK OUT." There's so much left to do. And no energy to do it. But first. Christmas.

a few months ago. stretch this picture a lot little bit
and it'll be more accurate 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Merry Toddler Christmas

I had some lofty ideas of what Christmas decorating would be like with my 21 month (today!) old. I pictured us both oohing and ahhing over the tree, the lights and the decorations and then all coming together for a GROUP HUG.

And... cue real life 

Here she is running with the string of lights in the opposite direction. It might be tempting at first to put on your best stern Southern Grandmother voice or stern 1st grade teacher voice and say, "Um, no m'am. Lights are for trees. No m'am."'s Christmas and she's a toddler. It'd be a long, uphill battle for 25+ days. So, I whined a little and then packed up half of the decorations with hopes that they can reappear in ten years or less. Our tree has bald patches where ornaments once hung and nativity people are scattered through out the house. 
She liked pulling things out of the boxes for a little while. There was hope! 
And then I found her like this. It's getting framed and displayed for years to come. She inherited her Dad's disdain for decorating. Whaaaat? But she was digging the Rudolph socks. 
I found this in the midst of unpacking boxes. Love YOU, Ma! 
I emailed a video of Caris pulling on ornaments (just to watch them bounce around on the limb) to my parents and my Dad's response was, "Isn't payback great?"  

If you live with a toddler (God bless you) I hope you're able to enjoy Christmas with all of the toddler-ish-ness and for my friends who have toddlers-in-training (Not to be confused with Toddlers and Tiaras), start scouting out places to decorate that are 33 inches or higher.
Yes, that is a gingerbread dog toy

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Dear Santa

All I want for Christmas this year is...

1. A cute accessory to hold my Tums. Perhaps a locket? Or a fanny pack?

2. To sleep through the night

3. An all access pass to local restaurants so I can stuff my face as needed

4. For someone to follow me around my house and pick up things off the floor

(Or just a Nifty Nabber Pick Up Tool)

5. Two energizer-bunny-worthy hands that will rub my feet without stopping. This may sound creepy, but think of it in a magical Harry Potter sort of way...

Friday, December 5, 2014

Our Trip

When packing for South Carolina, I took all of our long sleeve shirts and pants and threw them in a suitcase. I'm (finally) almost done with the laundry and it will get folded up and put back into the same suitcases. Super simple!

So far I've skipped on buying Miss C a winter coat or fleece. We're making it work with layers. 
We were able to meet up with Becky and (finally) meet her sweet boy, James. He is a cutiepatootie and makes me wanna whisper, "Excuse me while I get a spoon so I can eat you up" I love that our kids are making the same annoyed face in this picture. 
We stayed at Caca's (Aunt Casey) house for a few days where we watched too much Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and only broke one thing- a tin turkey. 
We ran away to Asheville while Kent's mom watched Caris. The trip included shopping, dinner at the Grove Park Inn and a zipline course for Kent.
Patch came with us and stayed outside the entire trip. This is how I found him for the entire day when we got back to Florida..thawing off in the sun.

Monday, December 1, 2014


Wes and Sara hosted and we're getting pretty good at our Siblings Only Thanksgiving! Everyone contributed tasty food for a delicious feast. We followed it up with a lazy afternoon. We had a lot to give thanks for this year...

Cruz's birth and adoption
A graduation
A new job
A pregnancy announcement
A new school adventure 
An ordination service
Thankful for my two turkeys! 
(Even the one that won't smile)
Playing Slide-A-Ring with Uncle Ben
(Anna was there, but you'll just have to take my word for it)
The Mamas feeding their babies 
Cruz' first taste of his Mom's infamous apple pie! 


Making: A handful of Sunday School lesson plans for our church  Cooking: Y'all...I made spaghetti noodles with scrambled eggs and gre...