My First Week Back to Work


I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I was officially returning back to work after 6 wonderful years as a stay at home momma. At that time I didn't know when I would start but I got the call with my start date a few days later.
I officially started this past Monday! The first 3 days were filled with training at Human Resources. They were pretty uneventful except for one major thing: Emerson was SO sick. It started out on Monday and by Wednesday we learned that she had the flu. (She is the only one in the family who didn't get a flu shot. I intended to take her but it didn't happen and I feel completely horrible about it!)
As I'm sure you can imagine, having to go to work and leave my sick girl was not easy. I have always been there for her when she isn't feeling well and it broke my  heart not to be there when was the sickest she has ever been. Luckily, Jesse was able to take off and stay home with her.
Adelyn started in her new class (and new school) on Monday as well. She went from a part day Toddler class to a full day Preschool class. That's a huge change and I was honestly worried about how it would go. Of course, she jumped right in like not a thing had changed. The first day I picked her up she told me that she loves her new school and she wants to go there every day. Good thing because she doesn't really have a choice! ;)
I officially started at my worksite on Thursday. Although I have done this job before, a lot has changed in 7 years! Let me just say that I have so, SO much to learn. I can also tell that I will be incredibly busy. The good news is that it is in an area that I am truly passionate about! I feel honored to be serving military children in this way and I know that I have a chance to really make a difference.

As far as the adjustment to this new way of life goes, I think we did pretty well. I feel like we are already getting a routine down and starting to adjust to our new normal. I definitely missed both girls during the day but it made our time together in the evenings that much sweeter. I've been getting in as many snuggles as I can this weekend, too!
We'll see how it goes this week with Emerson back to school and my first full week at my site. Hopefully everyone will stay healthy! :)

Adelyn's ORANGE Birthday


For the last year all Adelyn has talked about is how she is going to have an orange birthday. It's her absolute favorite color so I knew I had to pull it off. We planned a very small party with just cousins and a few neighbors.

I took Adelyn shopping with me to pick out all of her decor. She was in orange heaven at Hobby Lobby.  She even picked the paper for her birthday banner. I have to say this is probably the easiest party I've ever had because she literally wanted everything to be plain orange. No stripes, no polka dots- just orange. What baby girl wants, baby girl gets!

Another 4 in the Corps


Last week, Jesse re-enlisted in the Marine Corps for another 4 years. This will take him to just under 20 which means it could very possibly be his very last enlistment before retirement. We're both kind of awe in when we think about it because I swear we were JUST the young kids brand new to the Marine Corps way of life.

I've been there for a couple of Jesse's promotions but this was the first reenlistment I've attended. It was fun to watch and I even got a really nice Certificate of Appreciation.

I'm so proud of Jesse and the years of dedication he's given to the Marine Corps. Let's hope these next 4 years are as good to us as the last 16 have been!

Adelyn is THREE!!!


Three years ago yesterday, we met the baby girl that would complete our little family. She is our little spitfire, the messiest thing I have ever met and a total love bug. She certainly keeps us on our toes and I can't imagine our family without her.



And now the big three!

Here's a little bit more about Adelyn at THREE:

Height: 38 inches
Weight: 33 lbs.

Shoe Size: 9
Clothes: 3t

Sleep: She rarely naps and when does she's up way too late. Her normal bedtime is around 7:30 and she's usually up by 6:00. She still wakes up during the night at least once a week. Usually one of us lays down with her for a few minutes and she goes right back to sleep.

Favorite Sayings:
What in the world?
That's making me nervous.
I'm getting frustrated.
Nobody knows
Play with me, sissy.
You nice, momma.
Can I play just two minutes?
Will you lay down with me?
I want to watch nothing else or I want to watch nothing on your phone. (I don't have the heart to tell her it's something but I think it's just the cutest.)
I'm sorry, momma.

She calls peanut butter peter butter.

She can say the P sound most of the time but sometimes substitutes it with a T. She says Penny just fine but calls Parker Tarker.

More about Adelyn:
She is pretty much impossible to photograph. She closes her eyes and puts her chin up or moves to much that the entire pictures is a blur.

She can't eat a meal without getting it all over her clothes, the table, and possibly the wall.

She has to eat breakfast the minute she wakes up.

She's known to sneak into the pantry for snacks throughout the day. We've honestly been considering getting a lock for it because our snack stash disappears in a matter of days.

She loves to help in the kitchen. She puts silverware aways and loves helping me cook or bake.

She has two small pieces of a swaddle blanket that she calls her blankies. She has to have them for bedtime.

When she plays she has to dump out the entire bucket of toys.

She can recognize about 5 letters of the alphabet and has no interest in learning the rest.

She plays rough and rarely gets hurt. We always tell Emerson she better be nice to her now because once she's bigger she'll be able to beat her up.

She can be quite stubborn and once she makes up her mind about something there is no going back.

She is wild at home but she is usually more shy and reserved around others.

She loves to go to Target and walk around. She usually behaves very well in stores as long as I let her walk and look at what she wants to look at.

When she's tired she gets wild and rough.  We've learned not to go out to eat or run any errands after 4:30 if she hasn't had a nap.

Her favorite shows are Daniel Tiger, Curious George and she loves kids videos on You Tube.

Her favorites foods are oatmeal, cheese, carrots, and pretty much any kind of snack you can buy.

playing with Little People and busy book figurines
baby dolls
the color orange
her big sister
riding her bike
playing outside
swinging at the park

using napkins
being told what to do
cleaning up
taking pictures
 That girl is just a mess but man do we love her! She has a heart of gold and the funniest little personality. She brought a whole new dynamic to our family and it has been such a blessing watching her grow. Happy, Happy Birthday sweet Adelyn Elise. We love you to the moon and back!!!

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