Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life.

Best part about dad’s business trips are the presents.
Dinner parties are a riot.
Babes on a schedule are a dreamboat.
I’m an adult, but I have homework.
My friends are freaking amazefest. #building
Good coffee and patio weather make for a beautiful afternoon.
London friends have all the fun.

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Bless This Pep Talk

When you can’t say it any better yourself:

Gratitude While You Wait.
Pep Talk: Waiting to hear important news can be very stressful. So it’s a good time to remember how fortunate you are. You have a strong support system of people who love you. You have the guts to try new things and be yourself. You have the strength to support and encourage others while pursuing your own dreams. You’re adaptable enough to bounce back from anything. Whatever the outcome, you’re going to be fine. Always have been, always will be.

Today remind yourself: Gratitude while I wait.

Four Month Anniversary


Age: 4 months
Weight: 14 (ish) lbs

Milestones: There were tons this month. Teething started a few weeks ago, and the past two weeks have seen the most noticeable changes since he was born. We found our big smile and giggle. Hard to beat the sound of a babe laughing. Hello, feet! He likes to sit up on his own perched against something. Holding that heavy melon up. Putting weight on his chunky legs. Close to mastering the roll over.
Best Moment: Finally having him meet more of his family and friends.
Worst Moment: Schlepping him internationally and putting up with jet lag. Our sleep schedule is an absolute mess.
Eating: Milkshakes. I made it 4 months exclusive and it’s time to bring in the reserves. Formula! I like to think of it as a daily multivitamin he gets before bed.
Notables: The family seems to think he slipped out a “mama.” We all heard it and I wasn’t too fussed until I saw everyone else’s reaction. Still think, too soon.

He’s now an international traveler.

Attended his first Georgia game.

Learned how to fall asleep anywhere.

Carted around Target.

Got a touch of an itty bitty tan.

Side sleeper.





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Giggling Twinkie from Nichole Mrasek on Vimeo.

On My Mind

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Family is everything.
Why is everyone so angry with Tiger?
I want the neon Armani Exchange watch.
Glad Pinot Grigio is back in my life.
I’ve bought too much UGA and Sweetwater merchandise. Exit through the gift shop.
I’m OK with my redneck tan lines. They’re becoming.
Speaking of, Duck Dynasty – yes mam!
Thank you On Demand for letting me catch up on all my SNL episodes.
Local news and The Today Show – glorious.
I’ve been on time to things.
Secretly want the UK to get What Would Ryan Lochte Do?

Team America

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Jet lag lingers. Double that time with a babe.

Ryder’s first plane ride. First international flight. He didn’t cry once. I still think I’m crazy for doing it. Sat in my lap the whole 10 hours.

Sharing our joy with everyone for the first time is emotional. Their faces are priceless. Glad I’m able to finally show off our fantastic man. He certainly isn’t getting any smaller. Wish dad was here to celebrate.

Thank you spring weather! Going outside without layering up is amazing. My translucent skin can use all the UV it can get. Ryder’s melon is another story.

There have been a million first new experiences. He’s become much more animated and vocal. Ryder is also completely off a schedule, which I’m paying for at night.

The Georgia Spring Game almost was worth the trip alone. It made me miss college for the first time. Papa was thrilled to take Rye to his first Georgia game. Ryder loved the marching band.

It’s truly been an outstanding first week home. I am thankful for the family and friends who have gone out of their way to say a simple hello.


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