Thursday, May 30, 2013


Just for fun, one of these babies is my Gray... and one of them is me...

Ok, so it's a little obvious. The poor quality scan of the little girl in the frilly shirt is me (haha!) but definitely a little resemblance! I came across this picture of me while I was packing, and couldn't believe how much it reminded me of Grayson. When I showed Asher, he said, "Look! It's baby Grayson!" Pretty fun!

(We are both around one year old in these pictures.)

And another fun comparison, here are my buddies at two years old, side-by-side...

Apparently squinty smiles run in the family...

This is not Gray's official two year portrait, but I picked this picture because, well... they match. :)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Duck Pond

We had the treat of visiting the duck pond on Virginia Tech's campus on Sunday. 
It was a perfect way to spend the evening.

Picnic Dinner!
Feeding the ducks

Throwing bread to a Mommy duck with her three ducklings!
So cute!!

It was such a peaceful way to spend our day of rest!

Sneak Peek

We went to Farmville to sign the contract for our upcoming lease, and I got to take a few little snapshots of the house we will be renting next school year. Here's a little sneak peek into our new home!


I'm standing where our table will go.
You can see the entry and our living room.
We've discovered that the shag carpet is hiding lovely pine floors throughout the entire house. We're hoping to receive permission to remove the carpets on the main level... wouldn't that be gorgeous??

Here's my cute little kitchen!

I'll be spending a lot of time in here!
Off the kitchen is a little porch that they closed in. Right now the plan is to use this adorable space as a place to keep my desk and perhaps add some shelves for pantry storage.

Angled ceilings and window dormers make for lots of character!

And I'm so excited to get my hands in this overgrown garden!!

 The yard is huge, and we're so excited to be able to spend lots of time outside playing!
Time is flying by. Our move (which will happen the second week of July) will be here before we know it! We've already begun packing...

I would have taken a picture of the huge stack of boxes upstairs, except that Riley got them from our local liquor store because they're so sturdy, and I didn't want to give people the wrong idea... heh.

Change is on the horizon!
Good thing I was prepared for a crazy adventure when I married my handsome husband!


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Celebrating Two! (Grayson Style...)

So, I forgot to blog about Gray's birthday. In all fairness, it wasn't a big ordeal with lots of cute pictures, so it didn't provide the typical blogging inspiration I usually have, but it happened and was very exciting for a two year old!

I was planning a Cars birthday party for my little car-lover, but when it was looking like the cousins would have a hard time coming here because of sports and busy school schedules, and considering the fact that I swore to never again pack up a birthday party after Gray's first birthday party in Lynchburg, we decided to simply enjoy our little two year old just the four of us. It was perfect!

He woke up to this:

We enjoyed cinnamon roll pancakes, and then he opened a couple of gifts. 

The boys played with the new toys until lunch at Chick-Fil-A!

We tried to introduce Gray to his first taste of gluten (the nuggets!) but he was so distracted by the play set we couldn't get him to eat a bite! We stretched the celebration through the whole day. He would open one gift at a time and play with it for awhile. Have a treat here, do something fun there. It was the perfect speed for his little two-year-old frame. 
That evening we enjoyed pizza for dinner and then I served an angel food cake with chocolate ganache. (Yum!)

His face says it all!
Then, the next time we were in Lynchburg we went ahead and threw a little party for the two April birthdays, Gray (the 6th) and Ian Jude (the 24th)!

I provided the cake, and it was definitely showing signs of travel, but it was still cute!
They really are double trouble!
Actually, the youngest four cousins are all boys, and getting them all in the same room together is breeding ground for equal parts mischief and laughter!
It was an excellent celebration of two years of Grayson goodness!
We're so thankful for this little guy!


Monday, May 6, 2013

A house for a home...

It seems we've found a house to make a home next year...

That's right! A house!!! With a yard. And a storage shed. And lots of space to run and play.
We're so excited!

It is actually located in the town of Farmville, less than a mile from the hospital Riley will be working at.
(We're hoping he will be able to come home on his lunch breaks!)
The neighborhood is lovely, with sidewalks and beautiful historic homes and pretty gardens.
It will take about an hour to get to Lynchburg for church and Asher's preschool co-op we'll be joining next year, but we're thankful that we've found a house so ideally located for Riley's work, and we're thankful we found a house!
Searching for rentals has proven to be a little trickier than we had anticipated, since it's such a rural area. We are most thankful to have found such a lovely little spot, and a house with so much character inside! 
It was built in the '50's and has a pretty funky layout, lots of fun little nooks and crazy hallways, and some pretty fantastic brown shag carpet in the main living area. I told Riley not to worry, I always love a good decorating challenge!!
I'll post pictures of the inside once I get some better ones.
And this brings me to my second point... I have yet to see it in person!
Riley drove to Farmville this past Saturday by himself to meet the landlords and check it out. He said he liked it, and I completely trust him.
He picked out the past two places we've lived in without me, and he did a wonderful job both times. No reason to fear!

It's so exciting to begin to visualize the next chapter of our crazy journey!
In a house all to ourselves!!!