Sunday, July 29, 2012

instasunday 6th ed.

Russel Family Weeki Wachee Trip

had to hide my big belly!

she was in heaven!

my sweet pea!

daddy's angel!

dinner with friends
you four could have told me the jacket added on extra pounds!

one of my fav people in the whole world!!!!

sea world with friends

we didn't buy shamu but this beta has doen the job.
meet Sparkle Russel!

2 weeks of summer left, my how it goes by so fast when you are having fun!!!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Whale of a tale

7 months pregnant today!
Bailey was completly soaked at the first stop!

I just love Sea World, we have been taking Bailey since she was around 2 years old. Maybe this is why she is totally obsessed with animals, especially Shamu. During the whale show yesterday, Bailey had a genius idea that we should build a whale tank at home and begin raising animals for Sea World. How cute, right? WRONG! This sweet little cute comment turned into an obsession. She had to call her daddy immediately and tell him of her plan and when he didn't answer, she sent him a text. When he didn't text back, she tried calling him again. Then, for the next couple of hours until daddy called back she was asking me every 5 minutes to check my phone just incase I had missed his answer. Looking back I wished he wouldn’t have called because when he did, he told her, "Yes, baby we will build a dolphin tank". Don't think he realized just how serious she was about this. This convo lasted all the way home and up until she went to sleep last night....then morning came and as she opens her eyes, I about fell down when she said "So, are we building the tank today?" To which Jay replies "I was thinking maybe just getting a gold-fish". Nope, she wouldn't have that! I laugh as I write this post because she just asked me, "Are you researching how many fish we will need to feed our whales". Oh brother! I just love this little crazy girl!!!
Bailey loved seeing these guys and all their great gymnastic moves!

At the baby dolphin nursery

rocking the shades!

Sweet Sweet Pic!

A real life trainer..Bailey was in heaven!

Bailey you are growing so quickly. You are such a big help to mommy and daddy and we love you dearly. As you begin your journey through Kindergarten, here are a few of your favorite things, according to you:
Favoite food: chicken strips
Favoite drink: chocolate milk
Favoite book: I love you, little one
Favoite singer: Taylor Swift
Favoite song: Our Song
Favoite person: Baby R
Favoite place: The Gator Stadium
Favoite animal: Shamu, dolphines and butterflies
Favoite Princess: Tangled & Ariel
Favoite  TV Show: Strawberry Shortcake

Sunday, July 22, 2012

instasunday 5th ed.

Free Fun Friday
Hanging out around the stadium, Bailey loved it!

posing with the gator!

Praying for an awesome footabll season

Daddy, Mommy and Bailey Bowling

She loves her daddy!

getting all crazy!

hanging out at coldstone!

new pic for baby R

Thank you Jesus for blessing me with an amazing family!

Friday, July 20, 2012


Call it nesting or call it crazy or if you are like my husband, call it insane. Yesterday I woke up with this crazy idea to switch the babies room and B's room around, I mean totally around. The babies room, aka our den is a lot bigger than B's room and her toys were in both rooms. I didn't want her to feel as though I was kicking her out of her room for the baby so I sat her down and we talked and she was a go. Before I could get my water poured she was packing her room. After a good 10 hours which included taking apart the crib we just put togther, changing table and bailey's bed and of course a quick trip to hobby lobby for wall decor the girls room were completed.
I have to say, after spending the 1st three months in the bed with morning sickness, I am loving all this new found energy. Here are pics of B's new big girl room.

 Baby R's pics will be ready once we have her name on the wall...that is when we pic out a name Ha! I did find this wall art and was very excited thatthe colors were perfect for her room! I am in love with the soft look!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

instasunday 4th edition

found this pic in a bucket of Bailey's baby clothes, love her!

headed to our 3d ultrasound

L-Baby R 20 weeks   R-Baby R 26 weeks

Friday, July 13, 2012

First Glimpse

Baby R is growing quickly as so am I! I cannot believe 3 months from now I will be holding our 2nd sweet, little girl. Yesterday Jay, Bailey and myself made a 2 hour trip in hopes of getting the perfect 1st glimpse of what Ms.R might look like. This was our first 3D ultra-sound and I was amazed at all the doctors were able to see. Tears ran down my face as it was confirmed she was indeed a healthy baby. Bailey was amazed to see her little sister so active and thought it was so funny that Baby R kept sticking her tounge out.  After LOTS of pictures Ms.R turned her head and WOULD NOT allow her face to be photographed, she was done. She kept kicking the monitor off my stomach and it became pretty apparent that she just may have a bit of an attitude, Lord help us! I am so thankful that I get the chance to be a mom and pray that I always set a good example for my girls.
 Here are pictures from our fantastic afternoon.
look at those lips! hurry up october
About to see Baby R,we were so excited!

She's the big sister and that is a job she is very proud of!

Baby R Update:

Length of Pregnancy: 6 months, 2 weeks
Expected delivery date: October 12th
Weight Gained: 20 pounds
Cravings: Everything salty and sour
Her heart rate today: 150
Her Weight: 2 pounds 2 oz. She is in the 62%
26 weeks!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

instasunday 3rd edition

25 weeks
4th of July with my two favorite people

on a hot summer day this is where you have to be!

praying she always wants me to be part of her parties

love our family

hanging with my family

Saturday, July 7, 2012

God is not thirsty...

If you cannot tell by my post, I just LOVE my little girl. She is an amazing ball of energy that I just can't get enough of. Here lately the things that come out of her mouth, leave me smiling all day and what she said today I just had to share.
Driving home from my moms today it began to rain, Bailey is in backseat singing at the top of her lungs and then I hear nothing. I look in my mirror and she's looking in the sky. What is it, I asked her. She said "nothing, I just don't thinks God has been thirsty, he keeps spilling his drink everywhere"!.
I had to laugh, yes baby I said that's God pouring the rain on us..out of his big ol' glass!

Monday, July 2, 2012


An attitude is a favorable or unfavorable evaluation of something. Attitudes are generally positive or negative views of a person, place, thing, or event.

A week ago I received some news concerning my job, I was being moved from 1st grade to Kindergarten. To say I was taken back would be an understatement, do not get me wrong I love Kindergarten but in the past year I became exceptionaly close to my 1st grade team.  I sat up on the balcony of our hotel and just began to pray for some sort of reasoning to what was happening. Jay who I consider my calm in the storm, quickly reminded me that change is not always bad and how important my attitude would be during this process. While still trying to justify the way I felt I was quickly reminded of the many nights I prayed at the beginning of my teaching career to find a job as a Kindergarten teacher, I had so badly wanted it. I thought to how many times I came so close to my "dream", yet something always came up. I realized that our time and God's time is not always the same and how it really was up to me on how this change would work out. I decided right then and there that I would only allow myself to be positive and as it would turn out, once I allowed my self to be excited the joy of moving to Kindergarten began to get stronger with each passing day. I am so thrilled to be teaching Kindergarten and working with a new group of amazing women, I look forward to building bonds with these ladies. Between my 6 years in Pre-K and my year in first I figure Kindergarten will just bridge the gap in my elementary education!
So here's to Change and a Positive Attitude!!!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

instasunday 2nd edition

Wonderful week for sure!
packing up for a week of fun
headed out to dinner
1st family vaca with my brother

hit the gap outlet!

rocking it out over at downtown disney
got baby r's room set up

bought some new shoes from my fav lil' boutique

finshed the week off with Jay's family celebrating my niece's 2nd birthday!

loving this stage in our life, looking forward to the rest of our summer and the many trips we have planned. As much as we are on the go I would not be surprised if my kids grew up to be truck drivers!!