i love her.
i love here.
i love this.
being a mommy
when big j gets up with little j at 5 o'clock on saturday mornings so i can sleep in
that my daughter has slept 8 hours on 3 different occasions, not consecutively but that's still progress!
that my mom seems to always know when i'm having a bad day, and calls to "check on" me without me having to call her first.
that the honeymoon period of my marriage is over, but i am more in love with my husband today than i was the day i married him
the way my dad knows how fix e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g
when i let mr. butler out of his crate in the morning, he stretches out as wide as he can and then jumps up and hugs my leg
the smell of lemon zest
the inside jokes i share with my brother
a good tube of mascara
taking pretty pictures and making pretty papers
the way my daddy says "you're so pretty, i love you so much" to my daughter
a good book
my mother's hands
they are always soft as butter and cool to the touch
mismatched antique silverware
dancing around with jolie to motown music when she's having a meltdown
old christian, gospel, & camp hymns/songs
a long nap
the smell of jolie's laundry
the feeling i get when we pass over the causeway to the island
hearing jolie and her daddy 'talk' to each other
repeating 'i love jolie' over and over again and having her coo back at me each time
telling jolie that she's smart, pretty, kind, loving, generous, patient, respectful, humble, grateful, all the words of traits that i want to instill in her as she grows.
the feeling of coming home i get when i walk through the door of the house in ssi
the dual feeling of coming home i get when i walk through the door of our home every day
pinning things on pinterest
when tiki-belle puts her paws up on the side of the bed and looks over the mattress with a hopeful look on her face asking to be let up on the bed (works every time)
lunch dates with my grandmother
when i cook something that actually tastes good
driving through emerson and seeing my uncle riding down the road on his lawn mower
planning all the little and big things i/we want to do to the house
singing along with adele and
k̶n̶o̶w̶i̶n̶g̶thinking i sound exactly like her.
researching my family history
looking up words in a thesaurus
play dates for mommy
when all the laundry is finished and put away (until j gets home)
that our neighbor/friend who watches jolie during the day loves her like a surrogate granddaughter
the face jolie makes when she wakes up and stretches
watching and laughing at 'how i met your mother'
$1 sweet teas from McDonald's
pronouncing McDonald's "Macdonalds" and driving Jason crazy in the process
the way jolie's hair sticks up after her bath, nap, playtime, nursing, etc... and we nearly have to slick it down with spit to get it to stay down
when jolie pokes her bottom lip out right before she starts whimpering. it's not a real cry, it's more of a 'feel sorry for me' look that is just so pitiful and funny at the same time
myrtle street beach access
the fact that i lost all of my baby weight +some within 4 weeks of giving birth, that was 50 pounds people (i'm sure i'll gain a good bit back when i stop nursing!)
when jason brings home fresh flowers
decorating on a shoestring budget and it turning out like i envisioned
whimsically designed fabric patterns
eclectic farmhouse style
when jason wears a bow tie
when jason wears wranglers and a pearl snap
when jason wears.... well, you get it (he makes anything look good)
mixing metals in my decor (gold, silver, pewter)
being unexpectedly, but pleasantly surprised by life
sunday dinners after church
the way sweet pea gets excited when i go down to feed her
sitting by the campfire on a crisp, cool evening as the sun goes down and comes back up (with a good night of sleep in between)
the sounds of birds, and crickets, and squirrels running through the trees
vintage tea cups and saucers
(as in funnel cake, fried oreos, corndogs, etc... not impartial, equal food) ps. i got to look up fair in the thesaurus. winning.
claw foot tubs and farmhouse sinks
my husband's laugh
jolie's funny faces
i guess i can wrap it up here, although i could probably write a list a day on the things i love.
i hope everyone had a very happy heart day!
ps- i love my daughter.... can you tell?