Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Nashville, TN

Trav's Spring Break has finally arrived! Trav's mom came down for a couple days, but first she stopped in Nashville where we drove to meet her. We went to a lot of different bars/ to listen to the live music.

Okay, so I have to take credit for this, not Trav, even though I just wrote how he feels.

And we did a little bit of sight seeing.

The Batman building.

Lookie! Candy galore!

The next morning, we got up, thinking it was an hour earlier than what it actually was (the hotel room didn't change their clock). We ended up getting breakfast at what we thought was an hour before closed and it was actually closing time. Oh well.

We decided to visit the Grand Ole' Opry hotel. 

The hotel was BEAUTIFUL!! Nothing like I've ever seen before in the United States.

I loved the boat going around the hotel.

We then took a visit through the Grand Ole' Opry. This was the best part of our visit (at least, I think so).

Where the stars make their grand entrance
Where stars check in and find out what fitting room they need to go to
Star mail

There is a whole list of people who are members of the Grand Ole' Opry

Studio A; where they used to film old shows - live

Some of the fitting rooms
In the Green Room
Flood line of May 2000

If you ever go to Nashville, make sure to see the Grand Ole' Opry. There is just something magical about that place.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Our Future Kiddos

The other day at church, we learned that our church is growing, and that we will be opening a new site in our city to be able to reach others. It was an amazing sight to see so many gather at an alter and pray together, for something to help others and something a vision that we need God to guide us.

Last night as we were laying in bed, Travis and I talked about all the opportunities that we want our kids to take part of because we want them to know that life is not just about them, but about helping others and being a friend to who needs it:

*Adopt a Solider. We can get care packages for a solider and write letters of thanks and encouragement for serving our country.
*Have a pen-pal from a different country. That way they can make a friend from across the world. This way, hopefully, they can inspire each other.
*Give. All family members will put all of our lose change in a jar throughout the year, or whatever we can find, and as a family we can bless a person in need (and not tell that person that it's us) around Christmas time.
*Do Random acts of kindness. I saw this idea on Pinterest, and it's a great way to get involved and show others that you may see/may not see on a daily basis that you care about them and to give them thanks for all that they do.
*Volunteer at a Soup Kitchen/wherever we feel as though we'll being called to. That way we can help the homeless/whoever may need our help.
*Make a double batch of cookies. When making cookies/goodies, make a double batch, that way we can give a batch to someone who might be having a rough week/to someone who we've been thinking about/etc.

I know I can't change the world, but maybe if we can raise kids that are willing to teach their kids to do the same, maybe, just maybe, we can make the world a better place.

Monday, March 18, 2013

You Can Tell You're a [Crazy] Pet Parent When...

*There are toys scattered all over your home. You pick up them up and put the toys away, but somehow the trail of toys manages to begin once again.

*One of your main roles is to be the referee; to make sure all the babies are playing nice with each other and not too rough.

*You spend more money on your babies, than you do on yourself.

*You usually don't have to set an alarm clock, since you will be getting up every single morning before the alarm even goes off (even on your days off) thanks to one particular baby. 

*When you're taking a nap and don't want to move a certain way since your baby is so comfortable.

*If you even get a spot on the couch, you consider yourself lucky.

*You celebrate your babies birthday.

*You have to find a sitter for them when you leave, because you can't bare the thought of them being alone. You also have to find time knowing when you're gone, what time you will be home to let them out to go potty, etc.

*You look forward to coming home every day to see your babies faces and getting daily kisses.

*All of the babies have multiple nicknames.

*You give your babies their own voice and make up what they are thinking/saying.

*You have more pics of your babies than anything else. Probably all of your friends are annoyed, but you don't even notice.

*You dress your babies up and although you may be torturing them [ha, okay, maybe that's only me].

*You can't get away from them... even when you're using the bathroom. They're always waiting.

*You have some sort of bed for them in just about every room. Or they just use yours.

*You take pictures of your baby by weird things.

*You have to accommodate all their needs. (For us, it was not being able to live an apartment, getting a house, and having to put up an over $1,000 fence), but they sure enjoy it.

*You give your babies middle names. You only use them when they're in trouble.

Tatum Jack
Trigger Gamble
Jax Antoine
Payson Charlie

*You can't get over how cute they are; and brag that they take after mommy/daddy.

*Sometimes you go through all your babies names, until you finally reach the right one.

*You pray for the other babies who don't have it so lucky where their owners don't care about them, nor are they taken care of, and those who are homeless.

*They are your children, no matter what. You will always have a special place for them in your heart.

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