Hey-o. Long time no talk. Still throwing around the idea of going more public and it has totally just made me not feel like blogging for some reason. And I’m trying to work on Jon’s album of Jackson for Father’s Day. I’m not sure how, but when I uploaded all 15,000 photos off my camera (my DSLR, not my phone), a month of photos was deleted. I go through and save my photos to months on my computer, and looking back, I never remember seeing those photos back when I was saving them. I had a few glitches when I was uploading photos last time because of how massive the photo dump was (and my camera takes super high res photos so a lot of space) and I am also positive something went wrong with uploading those photos. Totally bummed because it was from a beautiful day in Piedmont Park with Jackson and Jon and I LOVED those photos! I’m not sure what else went missing, but I really wish I had those photos. I’m bummed that somehow I seem to have deleted such important photos recently (those photos plus ALL of my personal photos from my wedding day- so we have none of us girls getting ready except what was uploaded on FB, which changes the resolution for printing).

Anyway, I’ve been in Georgia all week. I’m totally itching to go to the gym, but I haven’t yet. I don’t have anybody to watch Jackson during the day here. I was planning on going at noon on Monday (Jackson’s nap time), but my dad ended up going to work and now he works all week. I could go in the evenings, but my mom watched Jackson while I worked over the weekend and will be watching him some this coming weekend too, so I hate asking her to keep him all evening every day so I can go work out. I think I might try to go tonight, but I’m really just out of the habit of evening gym sessions. I want to get my workouts done in the mornings! This also is a little taste of what’s to come when I move back here. My mom is AMAZING and SUPER helpful with Jackson, but it’s hard to ask for favors for things that I want to do when my mom already helps so much with things that I need for Jackson. She is always willing to keep him when I work, but then I feel guilty asking her to watch him so that I can go out and have fun or so that I can work out. Ultimately, Jackson is mine and Jon’s responsibility, and even though she want to help out, I never want her to feel taken advantage of. In the evenings after work (this is looking back to when I was living here and how I know it’ll be come September), it’d be so nice if I could just get help with Jackson so that I can work on schoolwork sometimes. If I get home with Jackson around 4 or 5 and take care of him until bedtime at 7, then I still have lunches to pack, sippy cups to clean, a bunch of stuff to put away that toddlers drag out, and then I typically eat something and need to shower and have an hour of me time… I have a feeling I’ll be packing weekends full of schoolwork, which sucks because that’s when I’ll see Jon. It’s only 9 months of craziness, and then I’ll have a master’s degree and be DONE with school FOREVER (I hope). We can get through it, but it’s going to be a challenge on my end. I feel like I supported Jon taking the job in Charleston, but it will really make life a lot harder for me… But he loves his job and is doing well at it, and he pays our bills and pays for my vacations right now, so it’s worth it. It gave me a chance to spend 6 months at home with Jackson…

This weekend, we had a 31st birthday dinner for Laura. Just Gina and I went, but it was so nice out so we sat outside. The weather in Atlanta is SO NICE after being in Charleston. It seriously feels so cool outside now. It’s a little less humid in Atlanta right now than it usually is, but I’m just so shocked at how cool it feels here compared to Charleston. I took Jackson to the park at 3pm yesterday and we were in the sun for about 45 minutes and that would never happen at 3pm in Charleston.

I met Kassie’s baby, Eleanor. I’m totally over baby fever! It was nice to hang out and have Eleanor nap on me, but man, no thanks! Kass has been texting about her lack of sleep and life with a newborn and I am so glad I have a toddler! I can handle toddler fussiness and craziness with no problem, but the sleepless nights? Nope. Can’t handle all that milk making and big boobs and looking like a hot mess express. Life with a toddler is like heaven compared to that newborn life.

Speaking of toddlers, mine is up now, so I’m going to go get us some lunch so we can head over to Kassie’s to see Eleanor again!



I’m about to go clean the bathrooms today so I don’t have much time… I wonder why I pay somebody to watch my kid? Maybe I should watch my own kid and pay somebody to clean my house. Now there’s an idea!

I’ve been super busy lately so haven’t written a thing about Iceland, but I think I may postpone it to go to a fully public blog. I know this is a fully public blog, but something with more of a theme. Not even a theme, but eh? I don’t know. But I’m not even in my 20s anymore, haha. But this is why I’ve been putting it off. And because I know I will be SO busy come fall, that I have no idea HOW I will find time to write anything for fun.

We had a busy Father’s Day weekend. We worked out together on Saturday morning, as is our new usual. We ran to Publix and hung out during nap time. Jackson and I went out to pick blueberries in the afternoon with Lisa and Nora. It was so hot out! And I have SO many bug bites now! Jackson just wanted to play with sticks and didn’t really pick many blueberries.

We woke up on Father’s Day and had our breakfast. Jon and I typically alternate gym sessions on Sunday mornings since they don’t have childcare, but we decided to head out to the beach early. We planned on spending the morning there, but it poured about 15 minutes after getting there. It was totally random because the skies were clear except ONE massive rain cloud! So we headed back home shortly after getting there and Jackson totally passed out way early in the car!

I decided to see if he’d just nap early since we wanted to go to the aquarium after nap time, so I put him in his crib when we got home! I had to wake him up at 1 (after 3 hours and 15 minutes- a SUPER long nap for him!) and then we headed out to the aquarium.

Guys, Jackson is the CRAZIEST kid. I know he’s young and we’re in a stage where he is just really starting to understand directions, but he doesn’t understand anything complex yet. But he is ALL over the place. Other kids are so calm compared to him and he just runs and screams everywhere. I’m probably worrying needlessly, but I’m already worried he is going to be that kid in daycare in the fall that causes tons of problems! He is so much more calm in an environment he knows, but he just gets SUPER excited in new places or if we go outside. I just don’t get how he has 100x the energy of other kids his age! I don’t mind it when I’m alone with him and we’re outdoors, but when we’re with other people or out in public, it definitely makes it difficult.

Anyway, the aquarium is decent here. Not huge and kind of expensive, but it was okay. I didn’t feel like there was a ton to do there so we didn’t stay super long, but it was still nice to get out!

We hung out at the house last night. I was feeling super dizzy all afternoon for some reason so I ended up not running any errands like I planned. Figured I shouldn’t drive while everything was spinning around me.

I was SO tired last night! I fell asleep on the couch during the second episode of Iron Chef (am I the only one obsessed with cooking competition shows?) so I went up to bed.

Jon had a late morning (for him- so he left at 8am compared to 6:45am) so he hung out this morning with Jackson. I took Jackson to Ali’s around 9 and headed to the gym. I wanted to go to the beach but it’s cloudy now. So I think I’ll start on the bathrooms and then head out to get some groceries. We won’t be here much longer (headed to Atlanta on Thursday or Friday), but I need my cottage cheese! Whole Foods is the only one that sells the kind I like and I eat it every day (Good Culture) so I’m going out there to get some.

Anyway, off to be productive!

Home from Iceland

Hey guys! Back in the swing of things!

I got back from Iceland on Tuesday night last week. It was an AMAZING trip! I landed in Atlanta around 4:30pm (delayed flight) and had to head back to Charleston that night. It was a long drive since I had sand embedded in my eye (and had a TERRIBLE experience at an Icelandic urgent care!) and could barely see. Wednesday morning, Jon’s sister was here since Jon had to go out of town for work. So I hung out with her and Jackson and she left around nap time.

I spent all afternoon (literally, it was terrible) at the eye doctor in the waiting room. I spent all evening packing and making food and preparing to go back to Atlanta to work.

Thursday morning, I dropped Jackson off at daycare and headed back to Atlanta to work all weekend. I didn’t get called in on Thursday evening, so I actually had dinner with Kassie and Billy. Unfortunately, my AC in my car went out, so I had to drop my car off at the shop (love it when I have to pay $1200 to fix my AC, RIGHT after spending $1300 on a 150,000 mile check… AND we spent almost $2000 on Jon’s car this month too- please remind me why we never put money in savings, ugh!).

I worked Friday and Saturday from 7a-7p. Sunday I worked from 7a-3p and then headed right back to Charleston after getting off work.

Gina came in town on Sunday night about an hour after I got home.

We spent Monday with Jackson! Went downtown to Charleston and hung out at the parks and walked around. Jackson was somewhat well-behaved. He was SUPER excited to be downtown and playing outside! The weather was fantastic for a day downtown, which was surprising for the middle of June!

Tuesday we had daycare for Jackson, so Gina and I went and had breakfast at Tricera downtown (because Breizh Pan Crepes was closed, OF COURSE, on Tuesday, when I finally made it downtown to try them) and walked around for a bit. Then we went to Sullivan’s Island and spent too long at the beach. It was cloudy and cooler, so it was a great beach day! We came home and showered after and then went for sushi. Ali texted me while we were there and said Jackson had a rough day, so we decided to go get him after eating.

I was super exhausted on Tuesday night. I think the crazy schedule after my long trip to Iceland got to me! So we hung out and watched Netflix.

Wednesday morning I ran to Costco and the chiropractor. Gina left before we ran errands! Jackson took a solid afternoon nap and woke up early, which worked out since we had a pediatrician appointment at 2:40.

Jackson SCREAMED his head off at the appointment yesterday! It was just a routine 15 month appointment and they found out he still has an ear infection. Ugh. So I’m trying to look into natural preventative remedies so this can be our last round of antibiotics.

I finally made it back to the gym this morning! WOOHOO! I actually had lost all motivation. You know how it goes when you’re out of the gym for awhile! So I took it sort of easy there and didn’t push it too much. I just felt tired and my legs were so tight.

Jackson is napping now but should be up in a sec! I think we’re going to go get markers so we can color on the porch this afternoon! I need to clean up the house and go to Target and just get things done, but I don’t want to!

I’m babysitting for my babysitter this Saturday night and then Sunday I may head back to Atlanta to see MY NEW NIECE (not really my niece, but I consider her to be my niece) and to give Jon a break. He’s been pretty busy with working such long hours and having Jackson!

Off to relax for a few before Jackson wakes up! Maybe I’ll make a trip update at some point!