Thursday, February 28, 2013

spring is in the air...

Monday, February 25, 2013


auntie jess came into town and surprised both lyla and abby while at school. first, she visited lyla's classroom by being the "mystery reader" for the day. lyla was so excited to see her and listened as her auntie jess read the book, "me and my dragon." here is a pic...
after visiting lyla's classroom, auntie jess headed over to the cafeteria where she surprised abby by eating lunch with her. the look on her face when she saw her was the sweetest thing. jemma and i also came to eat lunch with abby as well and we all really enjoyed ourselves. what a great day for surprises. here are some pics...

Saturday, February 23, 2013

P!NK concert

heather caught wind that pink was coming to the bridgestone arena in nashville so we all decided that it was definitely deserving of making a fun girls' trip to go see her live in concert. we always have a blast in the music city and knowing that it's only a couple hours away, we were ready. we spent the weekend at the hilton which is conveniently located in the middle of everything. in fact, you could see broadway street from our window. the forecast called for snow, but luckily the flurries never stuck and our travels were safe. we had so much fun bar hopping from one great band to another on friday night and then enjoyed the concert on saturday night. pink was amazing!! she puts on a fantastic show and i highly recommend seeing her in concert if you ever get the chance. as usual, i had a blast with you ladies! until next time, here are some pics...

Friday, February 22, 2013

mommy's little helper

Thursday, February 21, 2013

OLS cheer 2013

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

wordless wednesday

Monday, February 18, 2013

our chicago cousins

uncle ian, aunt sally, trevor, and terri drove to birmingham to be with family during the whirlwind days of nan's passing. it was so good to see them despite the circumstances. the girls really enjoyed playing with terri since she is older and oh so very sweet. they are both some great kids. much love to you all. here are just a few pics during their stay...

Sunday, February 17, 2013

the day heaven gained another angel...

february 8th, 2013 is a date that will forever be remembered in my mind. it was the day that we surrounded sweet nan as she took her last breath. she left us here on earth, but finally got to embrace the love of her life in heaven. nan was an absolute amazing woman. family meant everything to her and in our minds, she was a huge role model to us...the "glue" that held the family together. when our kids have kids, i can only hope that i can fill the shoes she wore and try my best to organize dinners, etc. so that everyone can remain intact and active in each others lives. we'll never forget the happy times we always had with her. love you so much, nan. and miss you more with each and every day. xoxo.

"meet the vet"

jay attended lyla's "meet the vet" assembly at school where the wee-k program listened to mrs. west son (who is a veterinarian) talk about his job and how he helps animals. dr. west brought some for the kids to pet and he even let a guinea pig run throughout the crowd. jay said lyla and her classmates loved it and squealed in delight. here are some pics...

Saturday, February 16, 2013

happy 40th, steve!!

jay and i headed out to gray bar for a date night in honor of steve's 40th birthday party. we had so much fun chatting with friends. later, we ended the night at starz karaoke with jenn and matt. it was a much needed fun night. sorry the quality of these pics are horrible...they were taken on a friend's phone and pulled off facebook. happy happy 40th, steve!!

lyla's soccer pics

Friday, February 15, 2013

a friday funny

Thursday, February 14, 2013

happy love day 2013

valentines day morning, the girls woke up with goodies from us in honor of the special love day. they were excited to receive candy, balloons, hugs, and kisses from us. i was also very excited to see the beautiful creations that they had made for us as well. lyla's heart made of different scraps of paper and things is one of my favorites. i'm planning to frame it in a scrapbook frame and hang in her bedroom. it's so cute. here are some pics...

lastly, auntie jess was currently in town and staying with us so we got lucky with having someone there to watch the girls for us while jay and i ran out to dinner at the bright star. we were excited because we haven't eaten there in over 10 years and they are always delicious. the last time we ate there was at a family gathering with nan. it was bittersweet to look around inside the place and remember the memories. hope everyone had a wonderful valentine's day! here are some pics...