Monday, June 6, 2016


Today is such a big day.
Today my little sister turns thirty years old.
Today my little sister celebrates her first anniversary.
Today my little sister moves to Philly.
Today is such a big day.
You see, I've known this person her entire life. The farthest we've ever lived from each other has been about 7 hours. Now we will be over 12.


It's crazy, exciting, scary, thrilling all at the same time.

We love you Aunt B and Uncle Dave. We are so excited for your adventure and have a room waiting for you in the game day B&B anytime.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

It's been a busy year. Our sweet baby Isla has turned one. We had a wonderful party for her here at our house.
She loved cake. Not such a fan of it on her hands.
Since Isla's birth I've started selling my invitation designs. I have designed for friends and family for years and finally decided to sell my designs online.
I love having the opportunity to be involved in the special events of peoples lives. Birthdays, weddings, babies, surprise parties. It's always a joy to create the invitation that will bring people together.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Isla's Birth Story (pronounced 'eye-lah')

I want to get down the details of Isla's birth before everything gets fuzzy.

The first thing I think of is how nothing is ever how you plan it. I knew my second labor could never be predicted but I surely never ever thought it would go down like this!

On Friday May 9th we woke up as usual and Greer and I headed out to Muffin's with Mom at her school. I was so glad we were able to go spend that time together. She had made me the sweetest presents and she was so excited that we would be leaving school together instead of her staying while I went home to work. We went to a park with several other moms and classmates. The kids ran around and I got to visit with the moms, all who had given birth to their second or third children within the last year.

I had been uncomfortable for quite awhile and it was no secret I was ready to have this baby. A few weeks prior I had spent part of a Sunday in bed with pretty intense contractions. I was having Braxton Hix contractions all the time. Sometimes they were even painful, but I was assured they were not working contractions. On Friday I was having some painful contractions in my lower abdomen every now and then but I just assumed they would go away like the last time.

We stayed at the park until about 11:15. Everyone else was going to lunch but I had a smoothie while we were at the park. I was getting tired so I just wanted to get Greer home for a nap so I could lie down.

After we got home the contractions became more frequent. I was having trouble handling Greer with all her toddler requests and questions and trying to make her lunch etc. I called Adam who was working over at his mom's house and asked if he could come home just in case I needed him. I started timing the contractions at about 12:15. If I laid on the couch the contractions were about 7 minutes apart and if I got up it threw them off and they became sporadic. Adam asked if he should take the rest of the afternoon off and I said yes - they were definitely painful. I had a couple other signs of imminent labor so I called our Midwife and let her know. I was fine in between contractions, talking normally, so neither the midwife nor I had thoughts that she needed to come over even though she was about an hour away.

After Adam got Greer down he started timing the contractions for me and suggested we sit down and watch a tv show, relax, and eat some lunch. At this point I was still hoping the contractions would stay regular and that this was the real thing. Adam got out some labor information and it clearly said that 7 minutes apart was the First Stage of Labor. My contractions weren't even lasting a whole minute and they were still very low in my abdomen and back and weren't all over my belly.

When I laid down on the couch to watch a show with Adam a contraction came and my water broke. It was 1:41. My water breaking definitely had the feeling of a balloon being popped inside but it was followed by a crazy painful contraction. I got a towel and went to the bathroom and Adam called the midwife who said she was on her way.

Back in the bathroom the contractions moved swiftly to 3-5 minutes apart (so Adam says) and they were extremely painful. Adam squeezed my hips and let me sit on his legs like we did during Greer's labor. It hurt SO so so bad and it felt like they were coming right on top of each other.

I spent a lot of time running to the potty and on my last trip I suddenly screamed to Adam that it felt like the baby's head was about to come out. I tried to feel if it was but I didn't feel anything there. Adam got on the phone with the midwife immediately and I basically tried not to push. I could hear what she was saying on the phone. She was asking Adam what he saw. Sure enough he replied that he could see her HEAD!

I started freaking my shit at that point.

Adam was so calm and he basically told me that this was happening and that the midwife had no chance of making it. She talked to him the entire time and I just remember him saying "okay now I see four inches of head". Then I had another contraction and I remember "okay now I see an ear". They were telling me to not push and to try to blow out a candle so that the baby could come out slowly. I'm literally laid out over the toilet at this point, no joke. He told her he could see the baby's face! Then he realized she had no where to go when she came out so they wanted me to shift to the end of the toilet. Somehow I got over to the edge of it - yes it was insanity. I remember him saying there was a shoulder out and I was shocked because I knew I had not torn at all and so I pushed and she basically came right out. There had been a lot of yelling and I was totally freaking out but Adam stayed calm the whole time. So there I am sitting on the toilet holding my baby and the midwife told us to just get her to breathe so we rubbed her and she started crying right away and turned pink. I just sat there in complete awe of what had just happened. I really felt we were okay though. I had panicked at what was happening but I really trusted that we were both really okay.

After a few minutes we all got up and got in the bed. At that point my Doula Katie walked in and saw the THREE of us sitting in bed and she was totally shocked. She had come to support me through labor! No one could have predicted that from the time my water broke it was 30 minutes until the baby was born.

I got up in the bed and just tried to stay comfortable until the Midwife got here. I'm a believer in waiting to cut the cord until it stops pulsing but we had to wait what felt like forever so I was really ready for her to take care of all the "after" stuff as soon as she got here. The midwife got everything clamped and ready and Adam cut the cord. Isla's Apgar score was a 9. Everything looked great with me and Isla started nursing not too long afterwards.

Greer had been napping for the entire crazyness. I swear God has his hand in everything. She came in after everyone was here and was super excited to have her sister. She asked if the baby had come out of my bottom and reminded me that I couldn't wear pants when having a baby. She also still wanted to name the baby Fruna. We have never figured out where she got that name from. She seems happy now that we went with Isla instead.

Isla Nicole Long (pronounced 'eye-lah') was named after Merritt Island, Florida. A very special place to both her dad, and now to me. She weighed in at 7lbs 3oz and is 19" long. She's amazing and we're so excited to have two girls.

I do have an OB and I spoke to her yesterday. I did not inform her of my intent to have a home birth throughout my pregnancy. I didn't want to put her in an uncomfortable position. After talking to her about my labor even she agreed that after my water broke we would not have made it to the hospital, we shouldn't have even tried, and that we did the right thing. Of course she was shocked we didn't go straight to the hospital afterwards.

I'm still in shock and feel very grateful that everything worked out for us. I sincerely wish that somehow my Midwife and Doula would have been here but I'm very happy that my husband is a total baller and stepped up and delivered our daughter.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Did I mention we're building a house...?

There is a whole long story that goes along with this building process but right now I just wanted to post some pictures for friends and family that have asked for them. We've been building for a few months now and hope to be done in about ten more weeks.
For now here is a visual of where we are now!
Framing started in July.
My mom's oak table will go in front of those windows. So excited to use the table I grew up eating family dinners around.
Adam's Office upstairs.
The back, my favorite room is definitely going to be the screened in porch!
Front doors and windows going in.
A few counter top choices.
I tried to pick some unique lighting. I was able to score some sale items off the showroom floor. It was definitely strange being on the buying side of a lighting showroom. My first job was at Pioneer Lighting and I would help people pick lights for their new house!
Approval for insulation and drywall.
I'll post more soon. We've learned that building a house is like taking on a part time job. We are staying super busy! Thanks to all our friends and family who are so excited for us!

Thursday, July 18, 2013


We are back from our month away! For about the first 12 days it rained and poured and I was really missing our Florida sunshine! We're getting settled back in and enjoying time with our friends and family here. Greer is back to school and is enjoying "Fairy Tale Week" right now. Getting to wear a different princess dress each day is basically a dream come true.
Greer's Godmother Joanie shared a recipe with me and it is wonderful. I made it for "Meatless Monday" this week and surprisingly it kept me full all night. Adam on the other hand ate his in addition to a hot dog. But we at least gave the whole meatless thing a try. I made this salad again for small group and everyone - even the guys - agreed it was great. Several of the guys had previously had bad Quinoa experiences - too bland - and they really liked this one.
So I definitely wanted to share it!
(Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbook, Celebrating The Promise)

Prep: 15 min
Cook:  15 min
Makes: 4 main-dish servings

1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed & drained
1 cup water
2 roma tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 cup shredded fresh spinach
1/3 cup finely chopped red onion (1 small)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
spinach leaves
2 ripe avocados, halved, seeded, peeled, sliced (can brush slices with additional lemon juice to prevent browning)
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese (1 1/2 oz)

1.  In a saucepan, combine quinoa and water.  Bring to boiling; reduce heat.  Simmer, covered, about 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
2.  Place quinoa in a medium bowl.  Add tomato, shredded spinach, and onion.  Stir to combine.  In a small bowl whisk together lemon juice, oil, and salt.  Add to quinoa mixture; toss to coat.
3.  Place spinach leaves on four salad plates.  Arrange avocado slices on spinach leaves.  Spoon quinoa mixture over avocado slices.  Sprinkle with some of the feta cheese.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Indialantic {part four}

Another great week down here in Melbourne Florida. We're heading home this weekend and trying to soak up as much as we can before we go.
Over the last two weekends we've spent some time with Adam's friends from MCC (Melbourne Central Catholic) where he went to high school. We've spent lots of time in the pool and on the beach. The guys dig a "swimming pool" for Greer, {try to} go surfing, and basically just enjoy hanging out since it doesn't happen all that often anymore! Lisa also blogged about our weekend and has some great pictures.

We've also enjoyed spending time with just our little family. We've been living with Adam's mom for going on 8 months now, and our new house wont be ready until this fall. It's a challenge to be so unsettled, I think I've handled it well. I am really looking forward to being in our own home soon though!
Greer tried a raw oyster at dinner. She will pretty much try anything, as long as she decides to try it.
We've been trying to go down to the beach after dinner each night. A storm was rolling in this particular night, but I had fun with our new camera.
Sand in the britches.
This one is my favorite.
The storm rolling in.
We ate breakfast on 5th avenue, aka Boardwalk, and it was so good. I had the Avocado Eggs Benedict again.
This was growing right outside the restaurant. It amazes me and I think surely someone will eat that.
We'll be back in Alabama next week. See y'all soon!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Banana Ice Cream

I found this really cool recipe for one ingredient ice cream in my search for what to do with leftover bananas. You can use them to make ice cream - who knew!
Slice up your peeled bananas and put them in the freezer. Mine were in for about two days and seemed to do just fine.
I put them in the blender and blended over and over and over until they were creamy and smooth. I think the food processor would have worked better but I wont have that until we are back home.
Also, I took too long to take a picture so it had already started melting a little.
It really has the consistency of soft ice cream. Greer loved it!
I think this is a great idea for using old bananas and also something that's naturally sweet!