Thursday, January 18, 2018


Hi friends! We have yet another snow day around here. My boys have not been to school a full week yet in January. I really love snow but what I don't love is lack of routine. And that's what we've had since we went on Christmas break. I am over it and ready to get back and start a new month! So with that being said I thought it would be fun to reintroduce myself around here. I love getting to know new bloggers and hearing from new (and old) readers!

I am Emily! Wife to Patrick and mama to the two sweetest red heads around Jack (4) and Graham (2)

I recently did 10 random facts about me that you can check out here!

I am a lover of blogging, entertaining, reality tv, barre class, getting my nails done, shopping, kids clothes, all things monogrammed, keeping it real and so much more!

In keeping with the "keeping it real" theme I'm going to go ahead and tell you that I don't have it all together. Really never, but currently majorly! This season of life is hard. {my sanity is thanks in part to my girlfriends with toddlers} You know how they say "terrible twos?" Well did you also know that four is terrible as well. So basically I am listening to someone pitch a fit or throw a tantrum at all hours of the day. When one is crying the other is blissfully happy and then switch. Now I love these little boys with all of my heart but I could do without so many tantrums right now. Add in the schedule that has lacked since before Christmas break and we are all about to go a little crazy. I am praying that next week brings about a routine that will continue for longer than 2 days. You will usually find me being totally honest with how hard mom-in' is when reading this little space.

 I want to be super transparent on here and not seem like everything is rainbows and butterflies, because we all know that's not real life! Thanks so much for stopping by, I love to hear from you, and while my replying isn't always the fastest you can count on a message back from me! One of my goals for this year is to be better about replying to comments that same day. So grab a cup of coffee and sit back and watch my crazy life unfold!

*Linking up with Danielle and Owen

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Chinese Lantern Festival

Hey friends! For Christmas we gave my FIL tickets to a Chinese Lantern Festival. I had never been to one and was really intrigued about what it would be like. Saturday night we all (Patricks brother and son too) met for Chinese food for dinner, because when going to a Chinese lantern festival it only makes sense to eat Chinese food for dinner! We then headed over to the amphitheater where it was. I had no idea this was such a popular event, I am so glad that we got tickets ahead of time because the line was wrapped around.

It was so cold but we all bundled up and began walking through the exhibit. I'm so glad we thought to bring the stroller because it was so crowded that I would have been terrified of one of the boys running off. We all walked around and enjoyed looking at each exhibit.


It was like something I've not seen before, I really enjoyed this but I think next time I'll leave the boys at home. They were so cold and really not super interested in seeing the lights.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! This week has thrown me all kinds of off. We started the week with two snow days and are ending it with 70 degree temps...I just don't understand NC weather.

My favorites for the week...

O N E | Last night some girlfriends and I went to hear Adrian Wood {Tales of an Educated Debutant} speak and then went to get Mexican for dinner. It was a fun girls night. Adrian is just as hilarious in person as she is on her blog. If you don't follow her I highly recommend it. She keeps it real which is one of my favorite qualities of a blogger!

T W O | I got this Tarte eyeshadow pallet for Christmas and I'm loving it! Not only is it the perfect neutral colors that can go from day to night it also has a yummy smell to it.

T H R E E | I had been on the hunt for a new mascara, I've been a benefit gal for as long as I can remember. I saw another blogger post about this Tarte mascara and decided to give it a try and I am loving it. It really makes my lashes so full and long!

F O U R | We recently planned a Disney trip. It's forever away, not until November. But the travel agent  (Traveling Ears) we are working with has been amazing. She answered a million of my silly questions and helped us get exactly what we were looking for. And that was just for the hotel. We haven't even gotten to the point of booking dining and fast passes, and I know she will be just as great! So you can I'm surprise and excitement when this Disney encyclopedia came in the mail this week. I thought it was the sweetest touch and got me even more excited for our trip. We are bringing my FIL along with us and I know he is going to have so much fun seeing it through the boys eyes! Now to hold off talking about it in front of the boys until November because we all know children have no concept of time and I can imagine Jack asking "are we going to Disney today?" every single day from now until then.

F I V E | One of my favorite things about having the boys exactly 2 years apart is that Graham can wear all of Jacks old clothes. So when I saw a picture of Jack pop up wearing the sweetest longall I knew that I wanted to put Graham in it that same day just two years later! I love how much the boys look alike yet both look so different. Jack is definitely patricks twin and Graham is the boy version of me!

I hope that ya'll have a great weekend! We have a few fun things planned and hopefully the weather will get back to a normal winter temperature and not this humid rainy 70 that is today.

*Linking up with April, Katie and Andrea

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

10 Facts about Me!

I love finding out more about people so when Erin's 10 on the 10th link up was announced and the first one was 10 random facts I knew I wanted to participate! Although, thinking of 10 random things was a bit hard for me..I guess i'm pretty #boring.

ONE | Steel Magnolias is my all time favorite movie. I can literally quote it from start to finish. My best friend and I love to text each other back and fourth with quotes.

TWO | I did a foreign exchange program when I was in 5th grade. I went to France for 3 weeks and lived with a family and then the daughter came back and lived with me for 3 weeks. (This was part of a program and there were probably 20 of us who did it). I can't imagine letting either one of my boys do this in Fifth grade! I guess times have changed.

THREE | I spent every summer but one (when we moved to NC in 7th Grade) going to summer camp. From the time I was 6 until pretty much I graduated College (I worked there all through college)

FOUR | I love trashy tv. Anything on Bravo...I watch it!

FIVE | I am a natural blonde

Six | My sisters are 9 and 6 years older than me. My college entrance paper was on how I grew up in a family of 5 and a family of 3..I was almost like an only child for most of my life.

SEVEN | Patrick and I met on and my sister and her husband did as well.

EIGHT | I sleep with 2 baby blankets. {judge away} I took them with me to the hospital when I gave birth. If I forget them at home when we go out of town I can't sleep....My middle sister also sleeps with a blanket. We both forgot them on our recent trip to Charlotte. It was funny.

NINE | I always have polish on my nails. Its my guilty pleasure. A fresh manicure does wonders for my attitude

TEN | I come across as a very secure person but in reality I am very insecure about everything.

*linking up with Lindsay and Erin

Monday, January 8, 2018

TBB Asks-January

Happy Monday! We have yet another snow day here today....I prayed for snow and now I'm ready for it to be gone. We've got to get back into our routines! I always love linking up with The Blended Blog each month to answer the series of questions she provides. It's such a fun way to get to know me and for me to get to know others who participate!

1. Resolutions or No Resolutions? Resolutions... which i don’t ever seem to stick to. Maybe this year! 

2. Love snow or No Snow? Love it! (For like a day... we are going on 5 days and I’m over it and 
ready for our routine)

3. Name a New Place you want to go this year? Savannah (going the end of this month!)

4. Would you rather have a new Hair cut or Hair color? Color... I don’t ever cut more than just a trim. 

5. Name one special thing you want to do for yourself this year? Work on my fitness and eat cleaner 

6. Least Favorite thing about January? Cold mornings 

7. Most Favorite thing about January? New beginnings

8. When do you take down your Holiday decorations? It was the day after Christmas this year. 

9. Do you diet in January? Trying to.. but this snow storm has thrown me for a loop and all I want to  do is eat all the things.  

10. What area of your home do you want to organize the most? Downstairs guest room closet and The boys bedrooms and the upstairs bonus room. I’ve done most of downstairs already and need to work up. 

11. Favorite Winter Comfort Food? Any soup! 

12. Favorite Guilty Pleasure? Taking a mid afternoon nap when my boys nap. 

*linking up with TBB, and Lindsay

Friday, January 5, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Fri-Yay!! Whew this week has me all kinds of out of whack! With New Years being on a Monday I was already thrown off and then add in the snow storm we got last night and it's felt like the never-ending weekend..also, cabin fever is real ya'll!

On to my favorites this week.

O N E | My sister gave me this Devotional Book and I had several people ask about it when I posted on my IG stories. I am loving it so far.

T W O | Snow Day...Of course this is a favorite this week! The boys have had so much fun in the snow. Jack was begging to go out all day yesterday. We had to do it in spurts because man it was brutally cold. I don't think we've had significant snow like this since Jack was a baby. I love one good snow and now I'm ready for it to melt so I can get back to my regular routine.

T H R E E | For Christmas I got a Silhouette and finally sat down this week to figure it all out. It only took me the better part of an entire day and several mess ups but I've figured it out and now nothing is safe in my house! So far I've put monograms/names on all of the boys water bottles.

F O U R | I am loving this poncho sweater. It's perfect for cold days and so cozy, definitely something I've been living in for the past week. Unfortunately it's sold out but this one looks super cozy and comfy too!

F I V E | Patrick and I are planning a weekend get away the end of this month to Savannah! I am so excited, we have never been. If you have any suggestions on places to eat or things to do send them my way!

Have a great weekend!

*Linking up with Andrea and April

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Life Lately

Whew it seems like my blogging break has caused major writers block for me! I still can't believe christmas has come and gone. We had such a busy two weeks that Instead of recapping each thing I'm going to do a life lately photo dump of it all!

We started off Christmas with Church and dinner with Patricks entire extended family on his dads side.

 My FIL making fun of the way girls pose in pictures...while wearing Donnas apron

The only family photo we got the entire weekend

We opened presents with Patricks brother and nephew

Jack left the funniest note for Santa which included something about (i'm the leader of the boys and I like to chase girls)

Santa stopped by leaving the boys far too many toys!

 Jack experienced the magic of Christmas morning and it was the best time watching him!

Graham wasn't too sure of it all and went and sat on the sofa after about 5 minutes

 But he did love this camera!

We ended the night with a viewing of The Polar Express and Grandaddy got in Grahams sleeping bag to watch with Jack.

We quickly recovered from Christmas, took down all the decorations and packed our bags to head to Charlotte!

 I snuck away for some girl time with my first born niece! I have told her that she is going to have to take care of me when I'm old and my boys no longer want anything to do with me.

I paid these two to go up and down the stairs with Graham dozens of times over the course of 4 days.

We celebrated this precious woman turning 95 (a few days early)

The original 5 plus our Mimi (my moms mom and my last living grandparent)

I caught these two snuggling in the dog bed.

We had to tell our cousins good bye and see you later! (From oldest to youngest)

We celebrated New Years Eve with friends!

I taught her how to use a filter

This boy was so tired and not feeling his best but he made the most of it, until he had a meltdown over some loud music and we took that as our cue to leave!

It has been a wonderful two weeks full of family time! But I am definitely happy to be getting back into our routine and ready to take this new year on!

*linking up with Annie