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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Hello old friend

Oh my word. It feels so foreign to be coming to Blogger to type a blog post considering I basically went radio silent. I don't really have an explanation why I haven't blogged in a while except to say I'm really enjoying life. Not that I didn't enjoy life when I was avidly publishing blog posts, but I don't really have the urge to write and I don't want to write meaningless words just to get a post up. Ford has been out of preschool and I've thoroughly enjoyed having him around more often (yes I may be a minority of parent feeling this way but I do and I'm owning it... who knows how long before he drives me nuts!). We've been sleeping in, taking it easy, spending so many days at the pool, playing with daddy, going out to eat as a family, living in our media room, and just soaking in the time as a family of 4. A lot has been happening on the adoption front but we have not been matched yet. I want to write about what's been happening and how God has been stretching me to gain His full trust but I just can't seem to find the right words. I know they will come. I also feel like our baby is close. If you could continue to pray for our birth mom and our sweet baby, we would greatly appreciate that. It's a funny season of life, waiting for our baby. It's not at all like waiting for a pregnancy to end and for the birth of biological babies. There is so much unknown which is scary and exciting. Will we have a baby by the end of the summer? Will we have a baby at Christmas? God knows and I am not letting anxiety or worry or timing steal my joy.

If you follow me on Instagram, you'd know that Ernie gave us quite the scare 2 weeks ago. He contracted a severe (and possibly fatal) bacterial infection that kept him in the hospital for 5 days. Luckily we caught it early and he is young enough (5.5) that he beat it. Lots of IVs, antibiotics, medications, and sweet little visits with Ernie. I opened up on Instgram that the past few years I haven't been the biggest fan of Ernie (he is stubborn, disobedient, and obsessed with me) but this was such a humbling experience where God showed me how much He loves me, despite my disobedience. I am loving having him around more than ever, our family did not seem complete without him those 5 days!

I highly recommend Austin Veterinary Emergency and Specialist for any pet emergency you may have. We realized he was very sick on a Sunday (Father's Day) and our normal vet wasn't open. They are a 24/7 hospital and have such kind and attentive doctor's and staff. 

Homeward bound!

Jenna's Asian Kitchen in Austin... so stinking good!

So bare with me while I figure out my goal for this little space. I have lots of ideas and thoughts in my head but I can't seem to get them written down. I plan on writing about our week at the lake with my sister and her kiddos (so fun!), our adoption, new recipes I've been trying, updates on the kiddos (Lucy is 14 months whoa!) and more. Right now I am binge watching Orange Is The New Black and planning a day date for me and Jon this weekend. I hope y'all have a fun and relaxing 4th of July weekend!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Memorial Day at the Lake

Sigh, why can't all weekends be 3 days long. Think about how much happier and more productive we'd be during the 4 week days if we had 3 days of rest to look forward to? We had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend spent at my parents lakehouse on Lake LBJ in Kingsland, TX. They actually rent it out throughout the year and here is the link to the rental site if you are interested in a beachy getaway. I'm sure you can tell from pictures (if you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat... @ruthiehart1 on both) that the place is an absolute Oasis. A few rainstorms didn't stop us from having one heck of a weekend. My little family slept surprisingly really well in a 10 by 10 room together and we ate, drank, swam, boated, played games, and relaxed for 3 days. If you know Ford then you'd know he is a super safe kid so we've been hyping up swimming at the lake and driving papa's boat. I basically had to push him into the water because he was nervous and he ended up having the time of his life swimming, collecting shells, making mudpies and having fun with his cousin Embry. I think we have a fish on our hands this summer (a super safe one though). I forced him on a wave runner ride with me (don't judge, I knew he wasn't going to go on it willingly and he cried the whole time despite me staying idle and never putting on the gas). He did absolutely LOVE sitting on my dad's lap and driving the boat, it was too cute. We are going back in a week and a half to stay for 6 days and we are all really looking forward to the R&R! We did a huge shrimp boil one night... shrimp, crab legs, sausage, potatoes, corn, asparagus... to die for! Another hit of the weekend was drinking summer beer... and thus being in bed by 10pm ha. Now some pictures for ya friends.

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