Category Archives: Friends

Baby Buds

Today I has the joy of visiting with my good friend Sara, her sister Natalie, and baby boy Jairus.
Natalie is the friend that took my beautiful maternity pictures for me.

While hanging out at Sara’s I couldn’t help but think we looked like a group of crafty homemakers. With 2 babies eating, cooing, rolling, and napping while we ladies were sewing, pinning, and sharing what the Lord is doing in our lives (while also snacking on cookies)!

During all the fun I was able to snap these pictures, and had a blast while doing so:

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Sarah is exactly 2 months older than Jairus. She was fascinated with staring at him, which was so cute to watch!
Babies are such fun entertainment. Sarah enjoyed showing off her new rolling from back-to-tummy trick several times. If I has to guess she was probably showing off for Jairus.
It appears she’s following after her mom and has a thing for younger men ;)

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The Return of Double Dating

Last weekend Stephen and I went on our first double date since having Sarah. We went to lunch and then to a movie with our awesome friends Brandon and Nicole. We didn’t go to just any movie either, we got to go see the last (and best in my opinion) Harry Potter movie. I wasn’t sure how it would be, being away from Sarah for 4+ hours, but we had an absolutely fabulous time. At first I felt kind of guilty for having such a good time without our little girl, but I know it’s healthy and needed to have “grown-up time” with friends and each other.

In order to go out my parents offered to come over to our house to watch Sarah for the afternoon. They also had a great time :)

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Nicole & Brandon

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Stephen & I

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We met Brandon and Nicole at La Hacienda and filled up on some yummy mexican. I definitely ate my fair share of chips and salsa! After lunch the guys dropped us at the theatre so they could go get some snacks. I actually baked chocolate chip cookies the day before and *might* have brought a ziploc baggy for each of us :)   We got there over an hour early and it’s a good thing we did. Nicole and I picked out some great seats and we watched the theatre fill up every seat. Before it started filling up we snapped a picture of us while we excitedly awaited the movie to start.

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We had such a wonderful return to the double-dating world. It is so great to know that we have great friends and family nearby to help us laugh and relax.

I know we will have many more fun outings to report about, some with Sarah, and some without. We are enjoying this new adventure so very much. The Lord is good!

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A Weekend Update

Whenever I hear or read ‘Weekend Update’ I think of the SNL skit. Not the new ones, but the classics where Chevy Chase and Norm McDonald were the anchors. Oh the good old days… [kidding kidding, this is where Stephen would call me old and ask when he can use my AARP benefits].

I truly am here to write a post about our weekend though, so the title to this post does actually have meaning.

On Saturday morning our friends Sara, Jordan, and Baby Jairus came over. We were going to the Blackwater Farmers Market and they met us at our house. It turned out to be more like the Blackwater FarmeR Market because there was only 1 stand, and his prices were not so good: $1 per tomato?!? Yikes! But I did get some yummy peaches, eggplant and squash. There’s something more exciting about fresh and local produce, other than the bonus that it’s hormone-free and pesticide-free. It somehow makes me like vegetables more. Weird, I know. Next time we are going to hit up the downtown farmers market on Palafox St. There are a lot more vendors, which means more options and price negotiating! After we got our goods we parked the cars and got out the jogging strollers to walk around downtown. Turns out downtown Milton is a lot like downtown Pensacola, there isn’t much to do, especially things that are kid/baby-friendly. We ended up going to an Antique Store/Restaurant. Jordan scored some books on sale and we decided to stay to eat some lunch. It was a nice excuse to stay in the air conditioning! After lunch we headed back to the cars to get home before our veggies and fruit melted in the car.

It was a lot of fun hanging out with the Bush family, it always is. While I’m sure the guys would have preferred staying home and playing video games they were sweet husbands and came with. It was especially great for Sara and I since it involved being outdoors and in the sun, with our cute hubbies and adorable babies to top it all off. Our favorite people and favorite activities, definitely a good start to the weekend!

The weekend was also a fun-filled time for our family. My grandma came down to visit for a few days, so we had a lot of great family time (which also involved a nice amount of delicious food!!) On Saturday my dad BBQ’d chicken and Judy and Uncle Tommy came over from Fort Walton Beach. After dinner, and some delicious cheesecake, we watched “The Green Hornet”.

Our Sunday morning started with our little girl giving Stephen a funny card and new woot shirt. Sarah loves it when her dad picks out her outfits, he always does a great job!

A lot of our church has been in Brazil on a mission trip so our pastor asked Stephen to preach on Sunday. It was his first Fathers Day as a new dad and he was able to share a wonderful message about our Heavenly Father. He did a wonderful job. Sarah was actually content (while awake) through the entire service. Afterwards I realized that I think it’s because she was able to hear her daddy’s voice the whole time, so she was relaxed and calm. My parents, grandma, and mom-in-law came out to FBC Bagdad to hear Stephen speak, it was so nice having them all there.

After church we went to my parents for lunch and then to Stephen’s parents for dinner. In between meals we got to sneak a nap in while my sis-in-law Kelley played with Sarah. It was soooo nice!!!

Here are a few pictures from the weekend:

Saturday lunch at the Antique Store:

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The Bush family at lunch

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Me and our growing-like-a-weed little girl

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Sara and I with the kids

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Grandma and Sarah

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Fathers Day after church

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It was such a great weekend. Although hot, it didn’t rain. I wish every weekend could be rain-free and family/friend/nap filled throughout the entire summer. I’ll keep my fingers crossed, you should too!

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All the Way from Texas

One of the things I love most about holidays, graduations, and weddings is that people come into town that have moved away. Most recently are our friends Kelly and Brian. They moved to Texas a few years ago and I absolutely LOVE when I get to visit with them. Kelly, Brian, and I graduated in the same class (although Brian went to a different school), and then we all moved to Tallahassee to attend FSU. The both of them stayed and graduated, while I was only there 1 semester. I’ve often thought that if Kelly and I had roomed together at FSU I would have stayed, but God had different plans for me and they didn’t involve staying in Tallahassee. Heck, if I hadn’t left FSU and gone to Troy State, and then decided to move back to Pensacola to finish school, I never would have met Stephen. I love how God’s plans are always so much bigger and  better than our own, it just takes listening to Him and following a path that sometimes we aren’t sure about.

Well this past week Kelly’s little bro, Nick, graduated high school. It’s weird to imagine him graduating because he was in elementary school when we graduated… time sure has flown by! It was so great seeing them both, even if it was only for a short visit. I got to go and visit them and see their house when we visited Houston last July. One of the things I love most is that we always pick right up as if no time has passed. I secretly pray that God will move them back to the Panhandle/East coast, preferably Pensacola, but I’ll take anything that is closer than an 8-hour drive!

Here’s Kelly and Brian with Sarah :)

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Kel is a natural ;)

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It’s always so exciting when people come into town. Now if only I could work it out to where we all lived in the same town…!

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A New Arrival

I wanted to say a big CONGRATULATIONS to my friends, the Bushs’. They welcomed their sweet little boy, Jairus, into the world yesterday morning.

The Bush Family

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Sara & baby Jairus
(aka: our Sarah’s first little BFF!!)

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Sara’s sister, Natalie, with her new nephew
(Natalie was the wonderful photographer that took my maternity pictures)

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I’m so excited for this new family and can’t wait to kiss those sweet little baby cheeks. Sara was such an encouragement to me throughout my pregnancy, and it was SO much fun to have a close friend to be pregnant alongside me.

Congratulations Bush family, we can’t wait to meet that precious boy and for all the fun play dates we will have!!

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The Shaws

This past weekend was a celebration of events. On Saturday our amazing friends Stephen & Sarah tied the knot. The wedding was in Houston, where they both live, and on Sunday they flew in to celebrate with their Florida friends & family.

The weather was absolutely perfect, and we could not be happier for two people. I was especially excited that Shaw & Sarah were able to meet our new addition. Baby Sarah slept through the entire reception, even while being passed around between the guests. Sunday was also Shaws birthday, so it was a combination of happy events. Now he definitely doesn’t have an excuse to forget his Anniversary in the future ;)

Here are some snap shots we got, hope you enjoy them!

The Happy Couple

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Sarah meeting Sarah :)

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With the Shaws

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The Ringls, Shaws, and McKenzies

the Girls

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Nicole with Sarah

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Our sleepy little girl

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Congrats again to Shaw and Sarah Shaw!!  We love you guys.

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