things i love thursday! (august 16, 2012)

My baby boy is four weeks old today! They grow up so fast, don’t they? Ha. Anyway. This week has been great. Here’s why…

THINGS THAT MADE ME SMILE THIS WEEK:

  • Taking Dax on excursions.
  • Sleeping at night (even if it’s only in 2 hour increments).
  • Snuggles.
  • Sweet Emily coming over and making dinner for us, washing our dishes, falling victim to Dan “forcing” her to eat Marble Slab, and holding my baby WHILE giving me a massage. (Seriously. This lady is talented!)
  • A1 sauce.
  • Onion rings.
  • Having Hamlet sleep with us each night.
  • Bath time!
  • Discovering (and then watching the entire series of) “Up All Night”. YOU GUYS IT’S MY LIFE. SERIOUSLY. I AM WATCHING CHRISTINA APPLEGATE AND WILL ARNETT LIVE OUT MY LIFE kind of.
  • Sweet texts from friends.
  • Mail! Lots and lots of mail! INCLUDING international mail! Baby Dax is sporting some sweet London swag, y’all!
  • Tori visiting from out of town!
  • Being encouraged by my husband via Twitter.
  • Catching up with friends on the phone, even if it’s long overdue!
  • Having friends over for lunch.
  • Blowing through Mad Men.
  • Returning to bible study! And bringing Dax! (He was so good!)
  • Buffalo chicken and grilled cheese.
  • Meaningful conversations.
  • Meaningful conversations… with my cats.

What about you?

things i love thursday! (june 28, 2012)

Happy Thursday, my loves! This week has definitely been a crazy one — I thought I was in labor at one point! I’m not, don’t worry. But it won’t be long now before we turn this little bump into a little BOY!

THINGS THAT MADE ME SMILE THIS WEEK:

  • Getting a pedicure! Nothing like it when you’re pregnant.
  • Meeting my husband for dinner.
  • Seeing Kelby at work! Even though that was, um, unexpected.
  • Working from home, horizontally.
  • Fun triage nurses.
  • Saturday morning bible study, complete with delicious breakfast and challenging conversation.
  • Securing the nickname “Contractions McGhee”.
  • A last minute maternity photo session with Sammie and Zack! Even though it was roughly a thousand degrees outside. (See photo.)
  • Being awkward.
  • Seeing Nora and Zack play music.
  • Lazy and quiet Sunday mornings.
  • Going to my “happy place” via a full body massage from Emily! (I HAVE SEEN HEAVEN.)
  • Homemade cookies.
  • Long naps.
  • My friends.
  • Chicken wings.
  • Sleeping 12 hours. No but seriously that happened.
  • “Nesting” kind of. I guess. Not really.
  • Being able to watch my husband succeed.
  • Free food.
  • S’mores brownies. Yes, you read that right.
  • Being complimented on my writing.
  • Fantasizing about getting my “sexy swagger” back.
  • Seriously though. I have the best friends ever.

What about you? Love it up, people!

things i love thursday! (june 21, 2012)

And another week is in the books, folks. Only five more weeks until I’m due to be a mommy. Despite the very real darkness of the week, I’m so blessed. And happy. Truly. I couldn’t ask for a better life.

Even the week of Father’s Day has been incredible. Check it out!

THINGS THAT MADE ME SMILE THIS WEEK:

  • SEEING CATIE for the first time in YEARS! Holy reunion, Batman! She is so wonderful.
  • Iced french vanilla soy lattes. (Yes, I’m “that girl” with a snooty drink order. Deal with it.)
  • Seeing a car seat in the back of my car. Eeep!
  • Free coffee.
  • A dinner date at Carrabba’s with sweet Emily. Oh, how I love that girl!
  • Hearing my sweet baby boy’s heartbeat. Never gets old!
  • Being “forced” to rest.
  • Having Zack and Sammie over for dinner and Sherlock. Amazing!
  • Shrunken pork.
  • Pool parties!
  • Having the Hooker family over for dinner and nursery organization. Thanks to them, we’re almost ready for this baby!
  • Watching baby Isaiah eat. Ha.
  • Being productive but still relaxing on Father’s Day.
  • Being able to buy presents for my husband for his first Father’s Day!
  • Actually having a reason to celebrate Father’s Day despite… you know… all the crap associated with it.
  • Imposing margaritas on friends who clearly “need it”.
  • “Graduating” from our childbirth class. Very bittersweet!
  • Non-alcoholic champagne. Delicious!
  • Pizza and baby snuggles with the Menendez family!
  • BABY ISAAC IS SO SMALL and he took a nap on me!
  • Getting my hair done by Ejoy on my lunch break. I love that — not only do I get to go back to work looking fabulous, I also get to spend time with a good friend during the day!
  • Good bible study discussions that may or may not have veered dangerously off course.
  • Raiding Eric and Shana’s pantry without shame.
  • Engagements, pregnancies, life changes, oh my!
  • Scheming for office birthdays.
  • Morning snuggles with my love.
  • Having the best husband/baby daddy a girl could ask for.

That’s it for me. This week was awesome. Was it awesome for you? Tell me so!

things i love thursday! (june 14, 2012)

Happy Flag Day, y’all! (Is this seriously a thing?)

I’ve had about a week of good, solid, 8-hour-long sleeps, and I feel GREAT. Today is one of those days I want to turn on some really cheesy music and dance awkwardly around. Life is pretty great.

Here’s why!

THINGS THAT MADE ME SMILE THIS WEEK:

  • Did you know that Reagan and Swayze were buds? Evidently in the land of Photoshop, that happens. (See photo.)
  • Having dinner with my husband.
  • Stopping by the dance studio and seeing Ashley (who had fun gifts for Dax)!
  • Lunch with some of my favorite people, including Zack at Sonny’s and ECase at Boston Market.
  • ZOMG barbecue. I haven’t had it in forever!
  • Fun birthday celebrations.
  • Cards Against Humanity. Oh. My. Goodness. I almost peed myself a thousand times.
  • Purple shades!
  • Fun.
  • Buffalo chicken pizza.
  • Lunch breaks at coffee shops.
  • A whole day with Dayle and Janelle, who also had gifts for Dax! Spoiled boy!
  • Janelle’s “monkey butt” story.
  • Cupcakes.
  • Going to the movies!
  • A lazy Sunday (that was actually pretty productive).
  • Our second to last childbirth class. Eep!
  • Yoga pants.
  • Ice packs.
  • “Buy one get one free” kittens. (Don’t worry, we didn’t get any. But the fact that a deal like that exists!)
  • Going on a mini-date with the hubs.
  • Being offered beer by our server! She couldn’t tell I was pregnant!
  • Happy lunches.
  • Sleeping through the night.
  • Purchasing an exercise ball to double as my “birth ball”. Currently, it serves as something I can lay on to relieve back pain. Ahhhh.
  • Snuggling with Hamlet.
  • Old school Sonic the Hedgehog. (Always.)
  • The fact that my kid is gonna have such a great dad.

Your turn! Make a list of love!

things i love thursday! (june 7, 2012)

YOU GUYS. IT IS THE MONTH BEFORE MY DUE DATE. Like. I’m due to have a baby next month. 

I can’t really wrap my brain around that right now, so let’s just get to this week’s list of love!

THINGS THAT MADE ME SMILE THIS WEEK:

  • Seeing my husband at my doctor’s appointment! (He was supposed to be in a meeting and not able to attend. That was fun!)
  • Staying up way too late watching My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic on Netflix in order to go…
  • DERPY HUNTING! (See photo.)
  • Lunch with Nora. Mostly getting my mind blown by the fact that she is only 3 degrees separated from Marshall Mathers.
  • Yes. That’s Eminem.
  • Seeing Elyse’s chunky little legs!
  • Bursting into tears while driving alone and thinking of my friends holding my baby in a few months. (Those were happy tears so they totally count!)
  • Dinner with the Hookers! They’re so awesome!
  • Getting to shower Heidi and Baby T!
  • Stopping by the park to say goodbye to a family at our church who is moving away. We’ll miss them, but the party was great! (Especially the cotton candy cupcakes! Yum!)
  • Eating out with my husband on “mini-dates”.
  • Being recognized at church on Sunday for a role from which I’m stepping down in order to focus on motherhood.
  • Hearing people compliment my son’s name.
  • Lunch with Lindsey. SO MUCH QUESO.
  • Dinner with the crew at Friday’s.
  • Our childbirth class, and seeing everyone get huger by the week. That’s amusing.
  • Baby Isaac is here! YAY!
  • Spending the night laughing and playing my new favorite card game with the Case family (even though I totally lost).
  • Bribing Levi to beat Dan. (Dollars have power to 9-year-olds, evidently.)
  • Gross lemonade.
  • Getting dinner with one of my favorite high school girls.
  • Iced vanilla lattes. Decaf, of course.
  • Braxton Hicks contractions! They’re weird and scary but they make me smile because they mean my body’s getting ready to do this thing!
  • Bible study, like usual.
  • My son distracting the whole of said bible study by doing the wave on my belly all night.
  • “Stoplies!”
  • Baby Isaiah laughs! So great!
  • Morning snuggles with the hubs.
  • When baby Dax gets the hiccups! (Got them right now!)
  • Life!

What’s on your list this week?

things i love thursday! (may 31, 2012)

The last day of May. I can’t believe it. I also can’t believe I got too busy to do a list last week. Oh well — here we go!

THINGS THAT MADE ME SMILE RECENTLY:

  • How precious is this picture of Romeo? Seriously.
  • Having a date night in, complete with mini deep dish pizzas, ice cream, and Netflix.
  • Watching random documentaries about bizarre people.
  • Spending a day to finally (!!!) put our house together (for the most part).
  • Washing all of Dax’s clothes, only to get gifted two more boxes worth!
  • “Sleeping in” till 8.
  • Relaxation exercises at our childbirth class.
  • Spending a Sunday morning at home with the handsome fellow you see pictured above.
  • Hamlet, too. I guess. 😉
  • Getting to see Jessica while she’s in town!
  • Homemade strawberry pie. Oh. Em. Gee.
  • Finding out I’M ALLOWED TO EAT COOKIE DOUGH ICE CREAM. (Okay this may have seemed like a no-brainer but when you’re pregnant, there are so many foods you have to avoid because they’re dangerous to the baby, I was starting to get a little sad.)
  • Bison burgers and half sours from Ted’s with awesome people!
  • “Later.”
  • Unexpectedly getting to hang out with sweet baby Isaiah! He almost crawled for me (next time, maybe!) and he definitely cuddled me and fell asleep in my arms. (He also snotted and drooled all over my shirt but it was SO WORTH IT!)
  • Getting to shower Ashley and Baby Jack, who will be here so SOON! YAY!
  • Having a FOR REAL conversation with Kylin. That kid is smarter than me, I think.
  • Having Nora come over and help me organize the apartment.
  • Feeling sweet baby Dax move all the time and, of course, getting to hear his heartbeat!
  • Big salads.
  • Finding out about more pregnant friends!
  • Baking cookies. Like, for real though! Not break-and-bakes! REAL COOKIES!
  • Impromptu midweek hangouts.
  • Dark chocolate.
  • My bestie got a new truck! That’s fun! We also get to hang out tonight which is awesome!
  • Body pillows.
  • Sleep.
  • Cuddles.

My life rules! What do you love?

defining “enough”.

There has been a word that has been echoing throughout my life lately. And that word is enough.

I’m slowly but surely plugging through Jon Acuff‘s book Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job & Your Dream Job and I came across a section yesterday that really resonated with me — defining your “enough”. 

In the book, he describes your definition of “enough” as the point of success you have in life where you don’t need anything else to be content. As for Jon, he wrote himself a letter when his blog became successful and turned into a book to remind him of what was “enough” for him. Here’s an excerpt:

But in the midst of this time I want you to remember that a few weeks ago (in March 2009) you sat outside with Jenny on the side of your house in the brown Adirondack chairs with the sun setting and you thought to yourself, “This is enough. I have a beautiful wife, a house to live in, two wonderful children, a job. This is enough. There’s no reason to chase money or material possessions when the book comes out. I have enough.”

Switching gears completely, I know I have been uncharacteristically quiet about it so far, but the Time Magazine cover heard round the world also bears this word.

Am I mom enough? Jeez, I guess not, since I don’t plan on continuing to breastfeed my kid when he’s tall enough to reach the microwave.

This “enough” has been unmistakably evident in my life as of late. Am I working enough? Am I making enough money to afford to be a good mother? Is my apartment safe enough? Does my husband love me and our son enough to never leave us? Am I volunteering enough? Am I praying enough?

As if my own standards for “enough” weren’t already too high, my whole life I’ve tried to live up to other people’s ideas of “enough”: being pretty enough, skinny enough, good enough, successful enough, Christian enough, smart enough, down to earth enough, fun enough, happy enough…

Just enough in general.

With a baby on the way and a seemingly unending laundry list of things to be worried about, I’ve officially given up. There is only so much I can do or be. When is being “enough”… well… enough?

And so, I’ve decided to take a page out of Jon Acuff’s book and define my own enough in a letter to Future Me, with the hope that I’ll refer back to it when I don’t feel enough.

Dear Future Lindsay,

At this moment in time, you’re probably in your cubicle at work, trying hard to focus on the task at hand, but finding yourself distracted by several things: the guilt that comes along with the fact that you’re not at home with your son; the fact that whomever is home with him is probably surrounded by the rest of the things you’re worried about; dirty diapers, dirty dishes, piles of laundry, and a litter box that is screaming to be emptied. You’re more than likely stressed out about the fact that you’re not entirely sure how you’re going to afford to feed your family something healthy this week, either. How many times a week can you have pizza before Congress decides it’s not a vegetable anymore?

Take a deep breath. Relax. Remember that you are doing everything you can. You are doing enough. You are  enough.

You have a husband who loves you and takes care of you and your baby. You have a job; even if that job doesn’t pay much, it does allow for you, your husband, and your son to have health insurance. You are part of a wonderful church community that loves you and cherishes your involvement. You are surrounded by countless friends and family who not only know everything about you, but love you regardless and want the best for you. You live in a safe neighborhood. And even if you don’t know the first thing about decorating, your house has character. Even when it’s messy.

You gave birth to a beautiful baby boy who clings to you in a way that no one else can experience. You are his source of life and sustenance. And even when he grows up to be a teenager and hate you, you’ll still be his Mommy. You’ll still be enough.

Above all of that, you have a God who loves you enough to die for you. He will never forsake you or leave you, even when you’re too tired to put away the laundry or vacuum or load the dishwasher. 

This is enough. You have enough. Remember that.

Love always,

Past Lindsay

P.S. Don’t worry about losing the baby weight. Seriously. Your husband will probably become inconsolable if you go back down to your original bra size anyway. Just embrace it.

P.S.S. Don’t eat the entire strawberry pie in the fridge. Sure it’s delicious but your stomach is going to haaaate you.

P.S.S.S. Has Michelle Obama found your blog and asked you over for dinner yet? Just curious.

What is YOUR enough?