Tuesday, April 5, 2016

T-ball has begun!

We are pretty excited because this year Jack is old enough to play t-ball. Rob grew up playing ball so he has been waiting for this day for a really long time. Growing up, I enjoyed watching my youngest sister play baseball and then move on to softball. I couldn't wait to have a little boy that could play.
Jack's team are the Cubs and he has a few friends that are on his team so that has been lots of fun. We had our first practice the beginning of last month and Jack was so excited. We had been practicing some at home. Rob had surprised him with his very own glove and bat and also gave him his own baseball bag which he loves!!

Jack had his first game last night and he had a blast! He loved putting on his uniform. They introduced all the players and then the game began. Each team got to hit twice, and now in t-ball the coach throws 3 pitches and if you can't hit it they bring out the tee for the kids to hit the ball. It was all pretty funny watching all of our kids play. Some were playing in the dirt, some were staring into space, some were kicking the dirt and at times they would all run for the ball.

even sister had a good time!

So excited about this season and the season's to come. I am hoping Jack loves it and will continue to play through the years. Let the busyness of our lives begin!!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Alice turns 2!!

Alice turned TWO on Tuesday March 8th! We had a small family party at our house on Saturday March 5th. Rob's dad, my dad, my sisters, my brother-in-law and niece and nephews came to celebrate. The kids had a great time and it was so easy, I really didn't do any party decorating except a few balloons and it was wonderful. The kids played outside in the jumpy house for a while and then came in to enjoy some chick-fil-a and cupcakes.

As soon as I lit the candle on Alice's cupcake and we started singing Happy Birthday, Alice just stared, she wasn't sure what to think...haha.

I had planned on having her birthday party with her friends at school on her actual birthday, but my kids got the stomach bug over the weekend. Jack had it Thursday night into Friday morning and Alice got it Sunday night. She still wasn't feeling her best on that Tuesday so we postponed her school party until Wednesday March 9th. I am so glad I did bc on that Wednesday my baby girl was feeling so much better. Alice's birthday theme this year was hot air balloons. I got some delicious cupcakes made and some super cute cookies, we also had chips and cheese and that was it. This was one of the easiest less stressful parties I have ever done. It was great and all the kids loved it. When I went to the school to set up for her party, I went to get them from their classroom and she was running down the hall screaming "my party, my party".  She was so excited!!!

I really can't believe my baby girl is two. Time has really flown by with her and I guess that is just because instead of just having one child to focus on, I have two. She is talking all the time now and putting together sentances pretty well. I feel like she has grown up faster than Jack because she is always trying to keep up with what he is doing. Anything he does, she wants to do. She loves her brother so much! She is sweet most of the time but definitely has an attitude! She loves all things girly, like make-up, jewelry, baby dolls but she also loves to get dirty. Baby girl, you have completed our little family. I love watching you and your brother grow and I am so excited about all the adventures with both of you in the years to come!!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

We Moved!

Back in June 2015 we put our house we had been living in for the past seven years up for sale.

We had been wanting to move for a while and just finally made the decision to do it. We needed more space. It was such a pain trying to get the house decluttered and cleaned to be able to show at a moments notice. There were many days/nights we drove around Troy. I mean y'all, there are only so many places you can drive around Troy, it got old real quick. But hey, if it meant someone was going to buy our house then I would drive for hours. In the meantime we had been looking at a few houses that we liked. We finally put in an offer on another house contingent on the sale of our house. It took our house around three months and it finally sold. Those three months seemed like forever!

We had only 3 days to get out of the house...ahhh!! We had a few things packed up already but still had tons to do. We rented a huge U-Haul and got things moved out.

It took Rob half a day just to get everything out of the attic. Not only did we have to get everything out of the house we had to clean the house too. I mean I couldn't leave the house a mess. We got everything packed up and moved out in 3 days. We worked non-stop for 3 days until it was done. Talk about tired, we were worn out!
The kids loved the U-Haul. Jack wanted to drive it and Alice just had to check things out.

We said goodbye to our old house that held so many precious memories. This is the first house we purchased as a married couple, the first house we brought both of our kids home to and the only house that my mom was here to see and enjoy. Lots of memories. It was a little sad and exciting all at the same time.

We are absolutely loving our new house. We have so much more room and we love our new location. It's all been a little bittersweet. It has been so hard going through all of this without my mama here. There have been so many times I watned to pick up the phone to tell her what is going on or to ask her what I should do. She would absolutely love our new house! The new house is still a work in progress. It's hard to get things done with two little ones constantly needing and wanting your attention. We are definitely more settled but still have lots to do. I just have to say I never plan to move again, moving is for the birds.
Here is a little comparison photo. The photo on the left is us in 2008 when we bought our first house, the picture on the left is when we bought our new house in 2015. Just a little bit has changed in those few years!! I am so excited to watch my family grow in our new home for many years to come!! I am blessed!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

My Babies

Jack is now 4 1/2 and Alice is 22 months. Y'all, they are so much fun! Jack is turning into a little boy and wanting to do lots of things by himself without any help. I do love that, but the mama in me is a little sad because my first born is growing up. He talks all the time and is constantly telling us about something or asking questions. He has a great imagination and is so funny. He is super smart and always loves learning. He is so sweet and thoughtful. He remembers everything so if you don't want him to know something don't tell him because he will remember it months from now. He is definitely a mama's boy when it comes to snuggling and bedtime, but is a daddy's boy when it comes to playing and rough housing. He is all boy and so much fun!!

Our Alice girl is growing way too fast. She is talking all the time now. She says everything is "mine" and wants to try and do things herself. She absolutely adores her big brother and wants to do everything and I mean everything he does. She definitely has an attitude and it comes out when she doesn't get her way. Jack was and still is so laid back, i guess that's a boy thing, and Alice is a little feisty, definitely a girl thing. She has the sweetest little voice. She is a mama's and a daddy's girl. That girl loves her daddy. She is starting to try and count, she loves to color. She is definitely turning into a little girl and not so much a baby any more. She loves her baby dolls, she loves putting on pretend make-up, she loves jewelry and loves shoes!! She loves to be rocked at night and is a great sleeper! She is a lot of fun these days.

After we had Alice, our lives got so much crazier. Having two kids definitely rocked our world at first, it took some adjusting...ha! As crazy as our life seems right now and will be in the years to come, I am trying to soak up and savor all of these crazy days. One day my kids will be grown up and not need us as much anymore. I have definitely realized lately how fast these years are passing by. As fun as it is to watch my kids grow, it makes me a little sad. I love the sweetness and innocence of these ages, I don't want my kids to know any bad or meaness in this world. I pray everyday that I can raise my kids to the best I know how and pray they will take that with them as they grow.

Friday, January 8, 2016

A New Year...most difficult post I have ever written

So I haven't posted in a while. Life just got too busy. Let's see I haven't posted since Mother's day of 2014 and here we are about to head in to 2016.

2014 was a good year for us, we had our baby girl Alice in March 2014 and Jack turned 3 in September of 2014.

2015 was one of the most difficult years EVER and in ways I am glad to see it go. In January of 2015 we found out the cancer that my mother had been battling for eight years was getting no better and that she had decided against any more treatment. As hard as that was to hear, her body just couldn't take it any more and she wanted to enjoy what time she had left with those she loved. The weekend of Valentine's Day we had a girls weekend in Monroeville. We had such a great time talking, laughing, watching home videos from our childhood and most of all just being together.

In March of 2015 our Alice girl turned 1. Although mom didn't feel up to coming, we got to talk to her over the phone and my dad was able to come help celebrate.

After Alice's first birthday things were taking a turn for the worst with mom. They decided to call hospice in to make things easier. Me and my sisters went home as much as we could.We are forever grateful for my mom's best friend and our Aunt Ty for always being at mom's side. During this time as my mom's health was deteriorating, my dad's health rapidly went down and he was rushed to the ER in Monroeville and then transported to Birmingham. He is doing much better now. Me and my sisters were going through so much at this time.
In the early morning of April 12, 2015 our mother peacefully passed away. We were all at home. We were able to tell mom multiple times how much we loved her and just be by her side.

My mom is such a part of me. I'm so used to calling her several times a day just to talk and tell each other about our days. If I needed any advice she was my go to person. I feel absolutely LOST without her.  Up until just a couple of days before she passed away, she could still talk to us and tell us she loved us. So much has been going on in our lives that I have just wanted to pick up the phone and tell her about, so many moments she is missing. Although she is not missing them, she is just viewing them from a different place. In lots of ways, you want to ask why, why did this happen to our mother?! Why did this happen to one of the best people I know?! There is no answer. God is the only one who knows why! As much as I miss her and want her here, I am thankful to have had 34 years with her. I think what makes me so incredibly sad is that my babies will not know what a truly AMAZING MaeMae they had. They will know from us talking about her and from pictures but they will not truly get to experience the MaeMae that my mother wanted to be. Life is different now and it always will be. But I rest in the fact we will see her again one day. She is free from her pain and suffering. I am thankful for my sisters, I am thankful for my precious daddy. I am thankful for my husband and children who keep me going every day.

"When you die, that does not mean that you lose to cancer, You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live" ~Stuart Scott~
Our mother was one of those extraordinary people. She had faith and lots of it, she knew where she was going.

It is now on to a new year. As my sister Sara said over on her blog, it will be tough because this will the first full year without our mother. We just have to hold onto our faith and each other and we will make it through.

This year Jack will turn 5 and Alice will turn 2. My where does the time go?! They keep us so busy and are so much fun.
Hopefully I can do better blogging in 2016 to keep friends and family updated!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day, a day late!

Happy Mother's day to my mama! She is the most amazing and incredible mother ever!!! She is not only my mama but she is my very best friend. She has been through a lot in the past seven years and she is one of the strongest people I know. A few words to describe my mama would be kind, loving, strong, faithful, fun, selfless and I could go on and on. My mama always has the best advice and is there for her children whenever we need her. I strive every day to be the kind of mother to my children as she has been to me. Happy Mother's Day Mama!! I love you more that words can even begin to describe. Also, thank you for being an amazing MaeMae, Jack & Alice love you bunches.

This Mother's Day I am so thankful that God has blessed me with two healthy babies. I realize that Mother's Day is a hard day for so many, people longing to be mothers and people who have lost their children.
My entire life I knew I wanted to be a mother, I knew that it was what I was meant to be. After a few years of infertility I was blessed with two precious babies. I pray for those longing to be mothers because I do know what it is like to want something so bad.

The first time I laid eyes on my precious miracle babies I immediately fell in love. I really fell in love with them while they were in my belly but the first time I saw them was indescribable. I was filled with such intense emotions the first time I laid eyes on both my babies. Being a mother is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I feel truly blessed to be Jack and Alice's mommy, to watch them grow together. To see the love they have for each other already absolutely melts my heart. Thank you God for allowing me to be a mother!!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Alice's birth story

Let's see, where do I start?! I went for my 38 week check up on Friday March 7th. I had made a little more progress from my last appointment so we knew she could come at any time. On that Friday I was 38 weeks 2 days pregnant. I went back to work that day and worked all day. That afternoon I was having a pretty good bit of Braxton Hicks contractions but nothing painful. By that evening I knew I was having contractions, not painful yet but very noticeable. Rob and I already had our bags packed but he went ahead and packed our last minute things just in case we were going to be heading to the hospital that night. I really didn't want her to come that night bc I knew if she did, we were going to have to wake Jack up and take him with us to the hospital. I had contractions pretty much all night off and on but we made it until the next day. We woke up Saturday and did our usual. Rob was ready to go to the hospital the minute we woke up, but I told him I didn't think we needed to go yet. I was still having contractions but still nothing painful and they weren't that close together.

We went about our morning. We got our showers and went to Walmart to do a little grocery shopping just in case we would be heading to the hospital. While in Walmart I had a few contractions that made me stop in the middle of the aisle. At that point Rob was getting antsy and ready to go on to the hospital. He asked me what was going to have to happen to make me want to go on to the hospital. I told him that I would just know. We got home and played outside with Jack for a little bit and then I told him we could go on to the hospital and get checked out because I was having more and more contractions. My wonderful friend Holly took Jack home with her to play with Maggie. We did not want him to have to go stay at the hospital all afternoon with us. I am so thankful to have such a wonderful friend. While we were at the hospital I got this picture from Holly. I knew he was having a good time :).

On the way to the hospital my contractions were coming more frequent and getting a little more painful. We walked into the hospital and got signed in. I still wasn't sure if I would be admitted or not. We got to a room and settled around 1:30 that afternoon. The nurse came in to check me and she told us that I would definitely be having a baby that day. We then proceeded to call everyone and let them know what was going on. I was 38 weeks 3 days pregnant. I was the same when I went into labor with Jack, how crazy is that?!

At this point my water had not broken. The nurse called my doctor to let her know what was going on and she said she would be up to the hospital shortly to break my water. If you remember when I was pregnant with Jack, my water broke on it's own. They told me we would probably have a baby by that evening.

Ready to go! Waiting on our daughter!
My sister Anna headed to Troy to pick up Jack and stay at the house with him. My mom then called and said she would head to Troy so that Anna could come to the hospital. Then in the middle of all of this my brother in law Cole headed to Troy with their kiddos so that mom and Anna could be at the hospital…haha. I am so lucky to have such wonderful family.

The picture above was after I had my epidural. I was in some serious pain and I am so thankful for epidurals. The nurse had told me that if we hadn't come to the hospital when we did that I wouldn't have been able to get the epidural. Now that is scary, so thankful we made it in time!! Around 4 that afternoon my doctor came in and broke my water and told me that it wouldn't be long before baby girl made her appearance. I called everyone again to give them an update and to let them know she would be here sooner than expected.

9cm - we are ready!!

Once she broke my water it was only about 30 minutes and baby girl was on her way! I felt a lot of pressure this time around. With Jack I felt nothing. Once I started pushing I only pushed 3 times and baby girl was here!! Everyone was right, your second baby does come fast!

The doc broke my water at 4 and by 4:45 she was here. None of our family made it to the hospital in time. We all figured she wouldn't be here until later that evening.

Alice Christine Mosley was born March 8, 2014 at 4:45 p.m. weighing 6 lbs and was 19in long. We are so incredibly blessed!!

With our girl!

We are both so in love with our precious baby girl!!