First Day of Spring 2014

Happy Afternoon!

Being the first day of spring, I thought it so appropriate that the sun finally came out & we have clear blue skies! This last week of frigid rain and wind has been the dumps. Our Georgia winter has been so unpredictable this year. I’m glad it’s over. *finger’s crossed*

Other than the weather, this last month brought a lot of unpredictable news. I received news that my dear uncle passed away in a car accident – an early AM drive home in the weavy-windy mountainous roads of Arizona took him from us.Β  It was shocking and emotional news to hear, but what a blessing to know my uncle’s heart and have so many wonderful memories! Apart from the burnt remains of the vehicle, only a little slip of paper was found close to the wreckage – written in my uncle’s script, Philippians 2:12 and “Have Christ in my thoughts and actions…today.” Some of my aunt’s family had it embroidered on a handkerchief for the immediate family.

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My Uncle Andre was my mom’s youngest brother – 58 years old. Born and raised in Mexico, he was a farm boy, hard worker & lover of life! The man had the ability to make friends with everyone he came across. It was heart-warming to see the hundreds of faces that showed up at the funeral proving that to be true. I still get emotional thinking about it today & how much he genuinely cared about everyone – especially as a niece of his. He would give the shirt off his back without a second thought.

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(^^Grandma and her brother, Gary^^)

He brought smiles and joy into every room – – and I can’t help but smiling when I think about the two things he loved most… babies and food! Andre’s business partner and workers insisted on grilling carne asada and a meal to go with it for everyone at the funeral. EVERYONE! They staked out in the parking lot for a few hours cooking it up. It was delicious and perfect… exactly what Dre would have wanted.

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I am very blessed to have been able to make it to AZ for the funeral. Funerals are always beautiful family reunions! Only a few cousins couldn’t make it. We enjoyed family time, sharing memories, getting caught up, and of course…. good Mexican food all weekend!

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My heart is full of love, appreciation, and admiration for my Uncle Dre.

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When in AZ, I can never get enough of my sister’s little Conrad! Him and his Papa Tutt ….

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While I was in AZ, I also got to find out some exciting news! My dad’s brother is an OBGYN & was very excited about his new ultrasound equipment. He invited my sister and I to come in and take a peek at our babies! We found out that Tamaron’s little one is due only TWO days after my baby! – August 3rd for her. We also found out that she is having her second little boy : )

When it was my turn, I had to be sure to record all of the ultrasound videos on my phone so that James would be able to see. He does NOT like missing things like that! My uncle was the best to also take a peek at the gender, but not tell anyone. He wrote it down and put it in an envelope for James & I to open together. Having to wait to open that envelope until I got home was killing me! After picking me up from the airport, and laying together in bed that night around midnight – we opened it. Our unexpected news:

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I say unexpected because I was SO SURE we would have a girl. That first night I had trouble falling asleep (the time change didn’t help) because, as I told James, I wasn’t prepared for it to be a boy. Haha! I was excited and AM excited, but I needed time to change my thought process from baby girl to baby boy. I spent the next day at baby stores looking at all things little boy. We cannot wait for our little bundle of joy to come this summer!

Today, the first day of SPRING, I had James take a picture for me… at 21 weeks… Apart from the photo above, I haven’t taken any “belly pics” and I suppose I should have a couple, right?

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As of the last couple of weeks, I am officially a stay-at-home mom-to-be. It has been great to have time to keep the house in better order, actually stay on top of laundry, and get caught up on photo editing & projects. I had the opportunity to teach a photography class at a Women’s Conference for church this last Saturday. I’m glad I had the appropriate time to get that together. It was blast a to do and by the compliments I received, I’d say it went very well!

With spring approaching, I’ve been antsy to play with Mother Nature. Unfortunately with the cold weather lately, I’ve had to dabble in my own ways. I decided to start some herb, veggie, and flower seeds. I’ve been having to pull them in and out from the weather.

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Some daffodils have found their way up, and I’m LOVING my cheery snapdragons. Having color and plants is my latest obsession, so I’m hoping the weather cooperates!

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James is staying busy with work and school. I often find him here, doing his thing…

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Kitty also love the warmer weather. I find her playing around the windows and patches of sunlight all day long…

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Cinnamon Banana Streusel Muffins

Ingredients

    • 1 egg
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature (though I used salted & ended up over-melting mine in the microwave and it still turned out!)
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 2 overripe bananas, mashed (I used 3!)
    • 2 cups all purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Streusel Topping:
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted (my butter was salted because it’s all I had)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

In a large bowl of a mixer, beat together the sugar, egg and vanilla until combined. Add the butter and mix until smooth. Add in the milk and bananas.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon. Slowly stir the dry ingredients into the wet until all the flour is incorporated.

Spray a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray – or use paper liners. Recipe yields enough to make 12 full muffins.

For the topping: Combine the sugar, flour,Β  & cinnamon into the melted butter. Using a spoon, crumble the mixture over the batter in the pan. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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This week I attempted starting a baby registry at Buy Buy Baby. Can I just say that it is more overwhelming than fun? Yikes! The amount of baby products, paraphernaliaΒ  and brands is unbelievable. I feel like so much of it is unnecessary too. I’d prefer to not have a baby gadget for every little thing filling all the space in my home! So to you mom’s out there… what couldn’t you live without? What brands do you recommend? Or any thoughts for a first-timer would be appreciated! Thanks πŸ™‚

love,
Whit

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4 Comments

    1. Thank you Thank you! I am thrilled that Spring is finally here in our parts … and that the little one is soon on his way πŸ™‚

  1. I would suggest sucking it up and buying a nice stroller. Travel systems are fine but once number 2 comes along they are useless and you end up buying a double. That’s the mistake we made. I would suggest the city select baby jogger. It comes as a single and you can buy a car seat adapter and when number two comes along you just have to buy a second seat and eventually the glider board. It is seriously the best stroller out there. It’s expensive but strollers are worth it if you like getting out and about πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you for the advice! There are so many stroller options it gets overwhelming. Recommendations like this are much appreciated! xoxo

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