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Jacob Turns One!!

I’m still trying to figure out how this is possible. This has been the fastest year of my life. It feels like I went to sleep with a newborn and woke up with a one year old. Don’t get me wrong, we have had our fair share of long days and nights. While we were in the moment time went by so slow but looking back it went by like the blink of an eye. I guess they say time flies when you’re having fun.

Jacob now has his own little personality and quirks. Here are some facts about him at a year old:

Teeth: he has 6 teeth and more are coming in.

Likes: Smiling. Clapping his hands. Playing “boo”. Splashing in the water. Kissing Mama and Dada. Kissing his bunny. Saying “Dadadada”. His toys that make noises. Being chased after. Sitting outside in his blue chair. Swinging. His bunny.

Dislikes: He hates when anyone leaves the room. Staying still. His changing table.

Favorite foods: Green beans. Carrots. Strawberry yogurt. Grilled cheese. Applesauce. Sweet potatoes. Watermelon.

Words: LOVES to say Dada. Mama. Guuuhh ( we think this means goose). Sign language for the words “milk” and “more”.

Here is Jacob at about a week old:

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Thank you Heather Creed Photography! <3 <3 <3

 Here is Jacob at almost one:

Thank you Brooke Christl Photography! It was really hard for us to choose which pictures to post! They were all so good! 🙂

Happy birthday to my little man! I am so happy to be your mama. I love watching you grow up!

xoxo!

Four Letter Word- #!?$

Fear can completely cripple you, deprive you of happiness, and keep you from going after your hopes and dreams. Not only that, but did you know that fear can make you physically sick?

Each time you feel fear, it triggers something called the “fight-or-flight” stress response in your body. If there is a cumulative buildup of the stress hormone, it can lead to disorders in our automatic nervous system. This can cause IBS, headaches, high blood pressure, etc. I don’t know about you but this makes me afraid of fear! How is that even possible?

The time that I feel the most fearful is at night, right before I fall asleep. Sometimes I can lay there and the thoughts of my deepest fears creep to the surface. It’s not the darkness that causes this fear, it’s the silence of the night. When I start to worry and let the fear come in, that’s when I start praying. I pray that my husband comes home safely after his shift, I pray for my son, I pray for my family members and friends, I pray for peace. If all else fails, I turn on Nick at Night and watch episodes of Full House, Friends and Fresh Prince of Bel Air until I drift off into sleep.

I like to call fear a four letter word because I tend to make situations ten times worse in my mind because of it. I can get myself all in a tizzy worrying about things that are out of my control. What I’ve realized is that most of the time you just have to let go and let God take care of you. Let your faith carry you.

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Happy Monday Y’all!

xoxo,

Lauren

All in a Day’s Work!

It is crazy to me that I spend more time in my little cube at work than I do at home. I’m not going to sugar coat it, my desk is probably one of the messiest in our whole office. I will get cleaned and organized but… A. I can’t locate anything when I do that and B. It gets alllll muddled again in about 2.5 seconds. It’s just the way I work and I do a pretty good job of keeping it all together the majority of the time.

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Since my office is my second home, I have a few essentials that I keep here at the office:

  • Snacks- I try to keep it somewhat healthy because if I don’t have a snack I am 100 times more likely to eat Mike and Ikes out of the vending machine all day.
  • A notebook- I have a notebook so I can write down reminders of what I need to do, phone numbers, doodles, etc.
  • Planner- This is a MUST because I write down all shifts B is working, important meetings and events, etc. I have to have this to keep it alllll together.
  • Thank you cards- I always keep thank you cards around because sending thank yous are what polite southerns do.
  • Coffee- I cannot function without my cup of joe or 3. Enough said.
  • water & water enhancer- got to stay hydrated.
  • Heel inserts- I hate hate hate wearing high heels but these make you feel like you’re walking on cloud 9. They are actually called ” Dream Walk” by Dr. Sholl’s. Buy them.
  • Vitamins- I take my daily multivitamin, however, I also take the vitamin L-Theanine on a regular basis because it is proven to lower stress and blood pressure.
  • Iphone and headphones- No explanation needed.
  • Deodorant- Need this around especially if its been a stressful day.
  • A mustache USB Drive- because why not??
  • My super nerdy glasses- I can’s see far away, so I actually have to wear them most of the time but they make me look extra smart and studious.

Happy Little Friday,Y’all!

It was the Best Day of Our Lives…So Far..

Invitations had already been sent, RSVPs were rolling in, and my vision of our peanut warehouse wedding was set in my mind. THEN BAM, out of nowhere, I get a message that we had to move our wedding venue from the Peanut Warehouse in Conway South Carolina due a structural issue to another location!!!!

 What I didn’t know was that God had a plan for Brian and me to get married somewhere else. 

Like any bride would, I had my freak out moment. Just imagine me, pacing around our house, calling every person I know venting about the situation. After my freak out session for about an hour (or five), I immediately started googling, where in the heck is going to have an opening with only a month in advance?!

Then…out of nowhere ….I find..THE THOMPSON FARM. I picked up the phone right away and somehow they actually had an opening! I was SHOCKED. Something so beautiful could not have an opening on our weekend. I booked the venue right away.  I will say this, If I had known about the Thompson Farm before the peanut warehouse, I would have chosen that spot immediately. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect place to get married to the love of my life.

It was the best day of my life so far and here are the pictures to prove it:

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Special special THANK YOU some great vendors for making this day a day we will NEVER forget!

Thompson Farm / Elegant Occasions / Brooke Christl Photography / Croissants Bakery /

 David Bryant Florist / Little White Dress / Tru Sol Band

XOXOXOXO,

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