Friday, April 1, 2016

Celebrating our Boys!

This past weekend, Anna Ruth and I went to Knoxville. My sister and friends wanted to host a shower for the boys. It was just what I needed! I've always said that the only time you really have all those you love together in one place is either for a baby, wedding or funeral. It was a wonderful morning with some of my dearest friends and family. Thank you ladies for helping us get ready for these boys!

Cute shower game

 25 weeks

Friday, February 26, 2016

It's a BOY...x2

Look who is going to be a big sister to two brothers! Allowing this little lady to keep her title as the family princess. Clint and I both were totally fine with whatever the genders ended up being but I really like the idea of them both being the same. Hoping that will allow them to be closer, especially as they grow up together. We are very excited about our boys!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Our Big News

Shamefully, it's been a few months since my last post. But, we have been so busy with the holidays and our big news that I'm just now getting time to write. Most everyone knows by now (especially, if you have seen me lately) that we are expecting TWINS in July.

Anna Ruth practicing for 2 babies

In November, Clint and I went in for the first ultrasound. I was so busy praying to hear a strong heartbeat that I almost missed the ultrasound technician say it looks like 2 babies. Honestly, we have been walking around in a fog since, ha!

Pregnancy is such a blessing and trying to imagine what life with twins and a (almost) 4 year old will look like can be pretty overwhelming. We have both said repeatedly that the Lord would not have blessed us with these babies if we could not (somehow) handle it. My goal from the beginning has been to take this journey one step at a time. I'm not allowing myself to think/worry about what it will be like once they get here. I'm focused on doing everything I can to get these babies here safely. While pregnancy is a blessing it can also be scary. So many things can go wrong and when there are 2 it can double those things. But, I am relying on God's peace.

It's funny what people say/ask when you are pregnant. One thing that bugs me is when someone ask if we had them naturally. Meaning, did we do IVF. We didn't, this was all the Lord's doing. But, what does it matter. What if we had? Would that make it less special? I realize people's curiosity speaks before they really think and some may simply wonder if there are twins in our family trees (and we do). And maybe one might also ask because identical twins are not hereditary. But, we are told our babies are fraternal and that can be based on the gene.

Either way, I so excited to begin feeling kicks, hiccups and movements of two little ones. We should find out gender soon, if they corporate! Please remember us in your prayers as we await their arrival.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Big Girl Bed

You might remember that Anna Ruth got a big girl bed for her birthday. We found the actual bed on Craigslist. I knew a white bed would look better in her room. Clint did a great job sanding and painting it. Now it's perfect! Earlier in the year I scored one of my all time favorite fabrics on eBay for a HUGE steal. I wanted to use it somehow for her bedding. We were so blessed to have a very talented lady sew the (long) bed skirt and pillow sham. I still have a few more finishing touches but I just love the way it all came together.

She even "quilted" the pillow!

Friday, October 16, 2015


No typo here...GatlinBURGER is what Anna Ruth calls it. Recently, we took a long weekend and headed to the Smoky Mtn. Of course that meant a visit or two to Dollywood. With season passes (thanks Joe/Lo) we have turned into a DW family. Clint and I probably love going as much as AR does now. We also took at drive up in the National Park and saw the gorgeous fall foliage. We had a great time!

Dollywood day 1
Anna Ruth's DW show debut. She interacted with the cast so much during the performance that they brought her up during the last song. Our girl isn't shy to take the spotlight!
Group photo with the cast
And of course, felt the need to hug them!
Moving on to our scenic drive up the Smoky Mtns.
This is what AR saw on the ride up...
And was a wee bit upset when I told her to take the sucker out for a picture.
"Fine, put it back in..." Notice the switch in mood that occurred in less than five seconds! Ahh, 3 yr olds!
Back at DW- day 2, season passholder's breakfast
Happy Fall Y'all!

Fashion Show

It's defiantly not a secret that I love dressing up Anna Ruth. Clint calls it one of my hobbies--I'm fine with that! My absolute favorite is dressing her for church. And just like with everything else, I have to take a picture before we leave the house, to document her cuteness! 😀  Some of my recent favorites:
Of course I loved this tulip dress so much that I had her pictures made in it. Everything from the color to the style is so sweet.
Vintage dress I found--I think I can let the hem out of this one and get another year of wear.
Custom smock dress--again, should be able to wear next year too. I love Swiss dot fabric!
Earlier in the summer. This jumper has hidden pockets which always get the seal of approval from AR. Like her mama, she loves a dress with pockets!
This is another favorite. We have worn it multiple times. "Happy as a Lark"--my Nanaw's favorite saying. Look for this dress to make another appearance around Halloween.
Clint's mother made and smocked this dress for his sister. It's going to AR's new cousin Gwyn next so she can wear!
This wasn't a church outfit. I bought this vintage pinafore off eBay. It has a really sweet story that I'll have to share sometime. I love little girl's vintage dresses!
She has her church bag and is ready to go!
By far, this cherry dress is one of my favorites!
Explaining parts of the leaf to me...cute AND smart!
Again, not church but an everyday outfit. I love her in pink!
And this is for my records to have proof that there is still some blonde in her hair!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Silhouette Love

I've been wanting a silhouette of Anna Ruth for a while. And not just any silhouette, I wanted one from Tim Arnold. He has been cutting silhouettes for over 30 years and I knew I wanted to get while the gettin' was good (so to speak). Not only is he from Tennessee (extra points) but he has cut silhouettes for George H. W. Bush's grandchildren (extra, extra points). If you know me, you know I love the Bush particular Laura. So, add those together, TN native and good enough for a president and I am sold!

Also, I purchased the traditional black oval frame from the company he recommends, Wright Frame Company- also a local TN neighbor- and it's stunning!