Sunday, May 19, 2013

Austin James

Austin is so smart. He turned one in April and here I am to brag-- he's been walking since he was 9 months old. He even has his black belt in karate. And speaks Mandarin. 

For real, this kid fits in so well with our family. He and Jack are the purest form of brothers I have ever seen. They'll bug each other and wrestle to the ground, sweaty and rosy-cheeked, and then lay next to each other to watch Spider-Man while sharing a bowl of grapes two minutes later. 

One day I hope Austin will be able to let me use the restroom by myself, but until then I will be content. I'll even let him stand in the dishwasher while I put items away and pull out every nail polish in my bathroom because one day that huge headache will be gone and I know I'll miss it. 

He has the sweetest, toothy grin and lights up when his brother comes into the room and when he hears his daddy at the front door. 

People say that your girls are the ones who will "stay" and bring their children over to be with you, "A son is a son until he gets a wife, a daughter is a daughter for life." So here's to hopefully having amazing daughter in laws! I love these boys of mine too much to let that horrible adage come true. 

6 months will remain a mystery

There's no way I am going to catch you all up on what I've been doing since that day at the zoo. Just imagine bounce houses, walks, fits, and trips and that will bring you up to date. 

This week I had the lovely privilege to watch my nieces and nephews while their parents went to Mexico. Seeing my boys bond so well with their long-distance cousins warms my heart. It means so, so much to me, because my nieces and nephews are so close to my heart. Sometimes I just look at pictures of them when I am in New Orleans and tear up-- there was literally a point in my life that they were appendages to me (not to discount their parents in any way!) and to not be with them felt like I was missing an arm. So I love being with them and to see my kids fit right in is the best feeling a mother/aunt could have. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

audobon zoo

Today we played with friends at the zoo. The weather has been so nice-- it would have been a crime to have stayed inside all day.

At the top of "monkey hill" at the zoo there's a spider web-like net that the kids can come down. Not even lying, Jack was singing the Spider-Man theme song while climbing on it. (He should know all the words-- we only watch it every. night.)

And random, crazy fact-- monkey hill at the zoo is the highest point above sea level in all of New Orleans. I think it's something like 27 feet above sea level. What?!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

jazz half

My good friend Lauren and I ran the Jazz Half this Saturday. It was Lauren's first race and she couldn't have done better! It was pretty cold but that turned out to be in our favor near the end. My only wish was that there were more water stations. But we had a great time just chattin it up and running. I also love that my sweet boys came out to see us cross the finish. (Pics are not in order. Blogger app is lame.)


Friday was our monthly What The Fit Friday workout at The Parks. Because it's almost Halloween (and because we're in New Orleans, hello) we all dressed up to add a little spice to the circuit routine. I absolutely love this gym and the amazing people that come with it! It's always a party!

Sunday, October 21, 2012


Last night was Boo at the Zoo! It's a great event that raises money for the Audobon Zoo in New Orleans and it's a sell-out event. The boys looked so cute in their mummy costumes. And we had fun in the toddler-friendly haunted house, seeing the dinosaurs, making puppets and pumpkins, and trick-or-treating on trick-or-treat lane.


Last weekend was busy between our convention in Las Vegas, RJ's Tough Mudder in Utah, and my marathon in San Francisco.

I am so proud of my husband for not only competing but the fact that he LOVES the TM. He thinks it's "fun" to get shocked by electrical wires and crawl through mud. Gross. But I guess I am just as crazy to enjoy running for hours on end. (Also, photo cred to Megan who sat in the cold to watch RJ and Lindsie race! I love you Megan!) RJ is a beast and that's all I can say.

The marathon was everything I was hoping it to be and more. The course was great, not too many hills, and the weather couldn't have been more perfect. I also made it in my goal time which is huge since my marathon in Nashville last year wasn't so great (remember my knee blowing out?) and it was the perfect quick vacay: dinner in San Fran, a movie, wake up to workout and get a Tiffany's necklace from a SF firefighter when you're done. Relax on a plane and come home to your two sweet boys and a huge banner and welcoming party at my inlaws'. Grateful for such a challenging but extremely rewarding experience.