around here.

around here big brother Brady brought down his toy computer for Hadley to play with. 
around here we went to a BBQ and Blues festival, the kids got to feed the goats.
around here we checked out a new place called Main Event Entertainment which I won tickets for! The kids had so much fun.
around here we played our last volleyball game. 6-2 record!
around here we got to meet our cousin baby Adalynn! So cute and tiny!
around here met an old co-worker for lunch! Miss her so much!
around here we are starting to use the reading nook before bedtime. She loves it!
around here went to dinner to celebrate my sister-in-laws birthday! Aunt Cindy joined us too =)
around here went on my first run with the jogging stroller, so awesome!
around here had Aunt Cindy stay with us before her early flight home.
around here played some softball in this beautiful weather!

Thank GOD it's Friday! What a long week it's been for real. Ready for the long holiday weekend to just relax, soak up the sun, and have some fun! Have a great weekend everyone!

softball.

Once a week I play softball and it's so much fun! I haven't played since grade school so it was a little nerve racking playing the first game. I was so nervous. After a few innings it wasn't so bad.  
My husband still had his softball equipment from when he used to play, a bat and batting glove so it was nice to have that to use.
I use a Wilson glove from grade school, it's my favorite! All worn in and everything. I had it autographed by someone but cannot remember who or make out the name! My friend Jonelle plays on the team also, it's her second year.
My Dad came to watch us play, and it was a great thing because he was a good distraction for Miss Hadley. The first two games she cried and cried because she could not be with me. This game was 100% better, she was happy and playing and walking around. Thanks for coming Dad!
Happy Hadley at the game! Playing with her bubbles.
Got on base twice, it's a nice workout running the bases and running in the outfield. Playing softball is a good time, and I enjoy it each week. Something fun to do that is a little bit of exercise, and a way to get out of the house too!

52 weeks of Hadley : 21/52.

I'm going to be taking one photo of Hadley every week for a year in 2016. Nothing fancy.
No background setups. No fancy props. Just Hadley in everyday life.

Photo 21 of 52.

so what do we eat?

Yesterday I shared a little bit about our weight loss journey so today I thought I'd share a little bit about what we eat on a daily basis. We are creatures of habit when it comes to food, I could eat the same thing all the time! It took a little bit to get used to newer foods, but now we have become accustomed to it very well.
Breakfast is always eggs or apple fritters. Eggs are the easiest, I like mine cajun styled! Apple fritters take a little more time to prepare, so we usually make up the mixture the night before and then make them in the morning on the griddle. We use this recipe.
Mid-morning snacks are usually fruit. Strawberries, grapefruit, oranges, apples.
Some mornings I'll have a cup of tea if I'm freezing or starving before lunch. My favorite flavors are Lipton Green tea Blackberry Pomegranate and Lipton Cinnamon Apple.
Lunch is always meat or fish for a protein, with lettuce, celery, or asparagus. And watermelon, orange or an apple for a fruit.
Between lunch and dinner is a mid-afternoon snack. Either pistachios, almonds, or a fruit. If I'm really hungry, sometimes I'll have tic tacs or gum throughout the day.
Dinner is my favorite part of the day! We love our steak and eat it quite often. Or we'll have chicken, hamburger, or fish for a protein. Asparagus or broccoli for a veggie.  I have gotten pretty good at grilling steaks! I never thought I'd be so comfortable with the grill but it's easy now that I've got the hang of it.
Everyday all day I drink lots of water. I've never really counted how many times I refill these big cups, but it's a lot of water. Definitely helps.

We usually do not have dessert, but if we do sometimes we'll make these dark chocolate truffles, which are so so good!

So yea it's pretty boring. but I am a habit girl and do enjoy it. When we go out to dinner I'll eat whatever sounds good, either fish or steak and a veggie. Just like at home but with a beverage of course!

100 days.

Today marks 100 days of our weight loss journey! Can't believe it's been that many days, but when you are on a journey like this, the number of days surely matter for me at least. Getting started on this weight loss plan was a huge decision and investment for my husband and I. It started out with 44 days of super strict eating. And I mean super strict. Nothing for breakfast, a protein, veggie, and fruit for lunch, and a protein, veggie, and fruit for dinner. That is it. No alcohol, pop, just water, tea, or coffee to drink. It was tough at first, but it got easier. We drank water with minerals in it, and took mineral supplements that were all organic and natural. Once we arrived to the 44 day mark, we had to maintain that weight for 2 weeks.  After the two week mark, we were free to do whatever we wanted. We know what our trigger foods are that makes us gain, and know how to get our weight back down to where we want it. We are continuing to lose weight right now, and it's the best feeling in the world! Well...besides being at the beach and listening to the ocean waves, it's still a pretty good feeling!  I am so glad my husband and I did this together. Doing things together makes it so much easier to do. I'm not sure I would've been able to do this solo.
The before and after photos amaze me. I need to print them out and hang them up around the house to give us constant motivation.
Some days I still feel like the old version of me with all that extra weight I was carrying, but then I look in the mirror and just smile. It's such a good feeling!
One thing that has been a little different is going through this journey with family, friends and coworkers. At work, we have had people that we don't even know come up to us and say the sweetest things. Same with family and friends. We have people text us super nice things, or see us randomly in public, etc. It's so nice and comforting to hear that from people in our lives that support us and are truly happy for us.
And then, you'll have some people who you are close with whether it be family, friends or whomever, that say nothing. Nothing at all. Isn't that weird? I find it so weird! People are the way they are for a reason I guess. We are still the same people on the inside, but with some added self confidence. Just take it with a grain of salt and keep moving forward! I always say, "take care of you!"
Buying new clothes has to be the most exciting part of all of this! We have bought a few new things, but we really need to buy more. Sort of wearing what we currently have because it can cost a pretty penny buying all new clothes!
My husband and I are extremely proud of ourselves. We are constantly supporting each other everyday. It takes a lot of work to be healthier! We plan our meals every single day. You have to or you will not succeed. It takes a lot of planning, and expensive shopping to go through with it. It's crazy expensive to eat healthy! But soo worth it. For those of you trying to lose weight, keep striving towards your goal. I know it can be a challenge, but if you stick with it and take it one day at a time, you can accomplish anything!

(Images via : Google)

dear hadley : 18 months.

Dear Hadley,

Tomorrow, you will be a year and a half years old!  You are half way till you turn TWO! 18 photos for 18 months of life.

This is by far my favorite age! Here are some fun things about you at this age that I want to remember...

You love music and dancing. When we turn the radio on or when one of your toys plays music, you will shake your hips if you are standing up, and if you are sitting down you will move your little body to the tunes.

You love to help do laundry. When you're in the basement with me you will put clothes from the washer into the dryer. One by one, but you do it.

We call the weather channel on the phone and you love to hold the phone up to your ear like the weather man is really talking to you.

Within the last few weeks, you started wanting your blankie right before bedtime, and after you wake up. I've never really pushed the idea of having something to go to bed with, you sort of developed this on your own.

When your Dad or I pick you up from the sitters house, you are waiting by the door and when you see us you run right to us with the biggest smile! One of the best feelings.

You love to open the screen door on the front porch, and then once you get outside you get so excited. You want to get off the porch and walk all around the front yard. We desperately need to get a lower lock on that screen door or you'll be out the door in no time.

When I use the vacuum, you tend to follow me all over the house playing with whatever toy you might have, but one thing you are not afraid of is the vacuum cleaner.

You love our tiny small kitchen. Every night when Dad or I are cooking dinner, you are right there in the middle of the floor playing, snacking, whatever it is you are doing, right in the middle of wherever we are. You know the oven is HOT as we say hot hot hot as we open the oven door.

Your favorite meal at home is fajita chicken or steak and mashed potatoes. You love chicken and steak! Peanut butter and jelly is a favorite too, you love to lick the jelly if it falls off the sandwich. You are not the biggest fan of veggies, we try but you aren't a fan yet. You will probably grow into them in your late twenties like your mama did. (haha)

Your favorite meal out is Chipotle! You absolutely love their chicken and rice, and you love to eat inside. The music is loud, you people watch, you sit in the chair like a big girl, and eat your food.

Your Grandma and PaPa taught you how to do "cheers" with your cup, you always want to do it with PaPa on facetime.

Definitely a fan of Grandad and Papa, both Grandma's get the shaft.

You have tons of teeth, it's so hard to count them all when you won't open your mouth! And the softest locks of blond hair.

Keep growing babe, you are perfect at this age. I cannot wait to see your personality bloom even more the older you get.

Happy half birthday, Hadley Mae.

Love, Mama

share the love : may.

keep collective bangle, mud pie flamingo suit, home depot boston fern, old navy compression crops, west elm polka dot towels, jim beam apple candle, target ballet flats, gap short-sleeved top,

Found a new site for cheaper bracelets that you can make your own, looks pretty cool. Is that not the cutest pink flamingo bathing suit for Miss Hadley? I desperately need to get her one for the summer. Been thinking about getting some hanging ferns for our house, some gray and white leggings for summer, polka dot towels for the bathroom, Jim Beam candle we actually smelled during our trip to Louisville, already have those shoes in blue but they come in other fun colors, and a fun summer tee for the babe.

Happy May folks!