Sunday, July 17, 2016

Take time with the ones you love...


                 

I have zero pictures to document the story I am getting ready to tell you...all I have is the memories I will forever treasure and the joy in my heart.

I few weeks ago my grandma was preparing for a trip to see my aunt and her family in Atlanta, everything was arranged and my momma was to take her to the airport. As it turned out a good friend of my mom's passed away so I stepped up and said the kiddos and I would take grandma. I felt like the most amazing thing of the day was going to be that I got two kids and myself dressed, fed, and out of the house before 7 am. But man oh man was I wrong, the conversation and time I got to have with my grandma will always be a great memory for me! One thing she said to me that day stuck out more than any other. 
As most of you know my papa passed away in October, when he passed they had been married for 67 years. Their whirlwind romance and love for one another was always present. Something I always admired about their marriage. What she said that day was that what she missed the most was Saturday night dates. She said you know we went out almost every Saturday night from the time our kids were little on. I didn't think much of it at the time but as I drove home that day with two sleeping kids in the back seat I thought how strange for that to be what she misses most...the longer I thought about it the more I understood. Knowing what you would do every weekend and the person you would be going with, no question no doubts. Knowing the person you would ride in the car with on the way to dinner, always knowing who's hand you would hold across the table, and never having to wonder if you would have someone to share that meal with. I thought about my relationship with the hubs how I have been his date for nearly 15 years now and I can't imagine it any other way. Take that feeling for 67 years and quickly I knew why my grandma missed dates with my papa the most.
With this in mind last night I took my grandma on a date. A date that brought me so so much joy one I will never forget and pray I will get to do more frequently. At first I thought oh this will be great for my grandma but by the end of the night I knew that it had meant more to me than I could ever know. The conversation the laughs, the lessons and the love we shared will forever be engrained in me. I can't really explain how thankful I am that I still have my grandma and that she is healthy enough to spend time with her entire family because she is a beautiful soul we all can learn from.

If you still have your grandparents or parents or really anyone special in your life that no longer has a forever date or even if they do take the time to take them on a date and just enjoy the moment. 

I love you grandma thank you for all you have taught me and continue to. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Baby T #2 has arrived!!!



Well our little family grew by ten fingers and ten toes on Wednesday afternoon! We are absolutely over the moon in love. I not going to write a whole lot today but I wanted all of you to see what we've been up to the past few days! We hopefully will get to head home tomorrow! Oh and big sister Charlot can't keep her eyes off, she is in love!

Ok drum roll please....
The Thorntons are pleased to introduce:
Conrad Wyatt Thornton
Born at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday June, 8th
 

























Thursday, June 2, 2016

39 weeks prego...


As I lay in bed tonight knowing that I a completely and totally 39 weeks pregnant I will say I am more than a little nervous about this new adventure we are nearing. I am so totally excited to meet this little one but nervous all at the same time. 
One I never dreamed I would have a child some day and I am so thankful that the good Lord decided that was in my plan because the past 5 years with Charlot have been amazing. So as a person who didn't think she could have kiddos one kid is hard enough to fathom let alone two. I mean I see the crib all set up, the clothes are folded, the car seat is ready to go in, it's all there I am the one who is struggling I guess. 
Two we waited quite a long time before we decided to start this adventure again then it took a while to get here. So I think I just can't seem to believe that God sees me as good enough to do this over again. I know it sounds crazy but I'm sure every mom out there has thought am I really qualified to be raising this little person and preparing it for the big world ahead? Please tell me others have wondered about this! 
Third and probably the thing I am most nervous about is...is my heart really big enough for another one? I can't imagine loving someone else like I love Charlot. How in the world will my heart let more in? How will I still love Charlot just as much? Will I love this baby and raise it the way I am with her? Oh it is so hard I never want either of my children to doubt that they were wanted, prayed for, welcomed and loved. 

Why yes this is a little deeper than my typical blogs I just needed off my heart and head tonight. I haven't yet decided if I will actually post this or not...so if you see it I thought others could be helped. Or maybe I was hoping other momma's out there would reassure me.

Finally this is my 39 week (Charlot) verses 39 week (Baby T #2) wowszer!!! I am not a fan of belly pics for me frankly but I am very glad that I have these to remember. 

Baby T #2 you are soon to meet us! Trust me you sister and momma are slightly crazy but daddy helps keep things grounded. See ya soon!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Happy Birthday Hubs....


Happy Birthday HUBS!!! I know you love seeing yourself on the blog! You see I didn't put a picture of you alone on here! And I know you love this picture because it has gab in it. Who cares if makes you look balder than you already are. Ok you really are losing hair at a rapid rate but it's probably because you live with all these women. Maybe the new baby will be a boy and he can help add some balance to your life and hair line! HA! 

Anyway happy birthday! I sure am glad that I get to make this crazy journey with you, there have been ups and downs and tears and joys but through it all you have been there to make me smile and laugh oh man do we laugh a lot. I will say laughing with you (or at you) is one of my favorite things in the whole wide world. 

Thank you for being an amazing husband, father, provider, and friend. I couldn't ask for any better! I sure hope you enjoyed your day off with the girls, I wish I could have been there but less than three weeks and baby time I need to get some work done.

These pictures show just how much she loves and adores you she will never forget this day and all the days you spend with her!

Hubs Gabby, Charlot and I love you very much and are so glad that God chose us to be a family!!! 

Happy Happy Happy Birthday!


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Jam Jar Vinaigrette


Well hello blog here we are meeting again. I have missed you as I think you have missed me! I say you have missed me because you sent me an e-mail yesterday informing me that I had been slacking and that I needed to get my $#!* together and start blogging again. Oh so it wasn't you that sent me the sweet e-mail...it truly was my co-worker who just loves to prod me to get my well you know together. Regardless of who sent the message I read you loud and clear! Also Facebook let me know this morning that my followers of Married with Pigs missed me. So here I am! I pray I am here to stay! Let us hope.

Many things have occurred since my last post nearly two months ago. First and foremost my belly has taken off and is growing like no tomorrow. We are approximately three weeks from baby! YIKES! We have finished planting at my job so work is slowing down for a brief period I just have to get things together for my leave. I have eaten a lot! I am especially loving salads right now hence the recipe I will share today! Some other highlights include...

I ran/walked/waddled a 5k a few weeks ago at just shy of 8 months prego with my family it was a ball. I will say I was SORE the following day. 

I will just say my grandma is BEAUTIFUL
Obviously her father's child

First verse the last day
This occurred...She finished Pre-School. And as she likes to tell me regularly that she is now a kindergartner. No you aren't kid not until I drop you off in August! Some of these pics are from her Pre-School graduation/program. 

Your not completely caught up but hey I get there! Now on to the food! Do you ever find yourself just throwing jars of jam/jelly away because there really isn't enough for a whole family breakfast or you end up throwing it out because you didn't use it quick enough well do I have a solution for you! A few weeks ago on a Sunday night I had some really nice berries in our fridge plus some fresh veggies and chicken that needed used. But I didn't have any dressing that I really liked, I was not going to the store either! Thus this was born!

Jam Jar Vinaigrette

Jam/Jelly of your choosing (I used mixed berry) you need just a couple of tablespoons
Couple squirts of Dijon Mustard
Apple Cider Vinegar (I used a couple of cap fulls)
Salt and Pepper to taste
EVOO

Using your Jam/Jelly Jar add in mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper. Put the lid back on and shake. Now stream in a few TBSP of EVOO put the lid back on and shake again. Check the consistency if its to thick add more vinegar or EVOO. Also taste as you make it to adjust your ingredients. If you need more sweetness just add a little honey! And viola! You have dressing and you have successfully cleaned out a jar in the fridge!