Trimming the Tree

The Saturday after Thanksgiving, after family headed back home to Indiana, we put up our tree.  Peyton was so excited to help.  She was digging into the box of ornaments faster than Forest and I could keep up with her.  She tried to help with the lights too – you’ll see a picture below – and it was the cutest thing seeing how proud she was of her handiwork.  My favorite part of our tree is the personal ornaments – vacations or homemade ones and ones that show our growing family.




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Mommy Letters | To two year old Peyton


This isn’t so much a letter as it is a list of things I love about you and don’t want to forget about at this age.  You are a very special girl and I love you very much!

  • You love reading books, walking, the blue slides at the park, Super Why on PBS, blueberries, bike rides, singing EIEIO, riding in the stroller, and ice cream.

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Progress Report | Peyton’s Big Girl Room

We moved Peyton out of the nursery at the end of March.  She’s now in what was the guest room but is now her big girl room!  It’s bigger than the nursery – more room for her toys and playing! – and it’s farther away from our room – which makes no difference, really, because I think our walls are made of paper.

I was completely against the idea of moving Peyton at first.  We decorated that room for her and I didn’t want to take it away from her.  But the idea of having a baby in a bigger room didn’t make sense.  So I agreed it would be best to move her.  I was nervous she wouldn’t transition well (I was dreading multiple middle of the night wake ups) but she didn’t have a single problem.

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Thoughts on Thursday | 04.06.2017

Indie had a 6-week post-surgery check-up at the vet on Friday and the doctor gave us the go-ahead on physical therapy – short 10-15 minute walks that gradually increase in length as the week progresses.  Her walks started the next day and so did my shin splints.  Ouch.  They were better today during her walk after dinner, thank goodness, but shin splints are no joke!

We had a guest speaker at church on Sunday, Daniel Fusco.  He actually grew up in the Old Bridge, NJ area and is a 3x church planter currently living outside of Portland, OR.  He mentioned his book, Honestly: Getting Real about Jesus and Our Messy Lives, and I’m very interested in reading it.

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March & Me | 2017


loving.  That I’m the obvious winner in our March Madness brackets even though the tournament isn’t over yet.

needing. Filling for a big cushion I’m making in Peyton’s room for a reading corner.

wanting. To get Peyton’s room all decorated and to get all the newborn clothes washed and in the nursery dresser.

writing. Important April dates in my planner.

reading. 2 Samuel as part of reading through the Bible in one year.

watching. Criminal Minds.

listening. I finished listening to the S-Town podcast last week.

wishing. For the rain to stay away!

feeling. A lot of baby kicks and rolls!

craving. A sonic milkshake.

cooking. Fried rice is on the menu for dinner tonight.

eating. A Reese’s peanut butter egg.

drinking. Water.

smelling. Spring rain.

working on. Backing up our pictures.

wearing. leggings, tee, and sweater.


Forest and I have another March Madness bet!

Peyton is moved into her new room!  She transitioned really well (in regards to sleeping in there) and I have a post on the way for an update on the decorating!

I joined the world of fantasy baseball, and the season started Sunday!


  1. Get all of our family pictures backed up online.
  2. Stay up to date with my 2017 photo project.
  3. Keep kitchen island clear of clutter.

Until next time — Cindy

Thoughts on Thursday | 03.30.2017

Saturday is April!  And although the saying is “April showers bring May flowers”, Mother Nature got a head start on the April showers.  Yesterday was sunny, though, and we took full advantage of being outside!

A grandpa at Tuesday’s story time at the library has the cutest grandson, he’s about 2 months younger than Peyton, and he knows all of his letters.  I was curious how he learned them all but was too shy to ask.  He must have been reading my mind, however, because he mentioned to me that he watches the tv show on PBS called Super Why!  I set our DVR to record a few episodes.  Peyton doesn’t get a lot of tv/screen time (even though she asks to watch a ‘mov’, aka movie, all the time) but there are some days that we do so we’ll try this show!

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Mommy Letters | To Peyton

Dear Peyton,

You are growing into such a big girl!  And there are so many things about this time, this age, that I don’t want to forget.  I want to remember how smart and brave you are.  I want to remember how funny and loud you are.  I want to remember how you want Mama and Dada to comfort you when you’re hurt and that you love giving kisses, hugs and taking family selfies.

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