Busy Bees.



It seems like we are pretty busy these days. We went to WV for Christmas and were lucky enough to stay for 5 days. It was great getting to see family, but 5 days isn’t that long when you have to squeeze in several visits to people you want to see. It seems like you need 2 weeks! Things are going really great in Pittsburgh. Jeremy and I both love our jobs and the people we work with. I laugh most of the time at work and am very lucky to have found the job that I did. It’s a great little work place. This past Sunday, we went to Jeremy’s boss’s house to watch the Super Bowl. Back home we never did anything like that. Haha mostly because Jeremy doesn’t like watching football. Ollie loves his preschool. He has a few good buddies that he plays with all the time. He’s growing up so fast. He’s such a great kid, even when he has his temper tantrums before bedtime. He’s so caring and in tune with people’s needs. Some of the things he says are beyond his years. He’s going to make a great big brother someday (hopefully in the next two years)!

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So bad at updating…


I think Jeremy and I will fit into the “cool” parents circle one day…especially for dressing our 3 year old up as a Zombie for Halloween. Then again, he was also a cop and a pirate. He had multiple outfits. Ha!

It’s now November and Pittsburgh is starting to grow on me. We have yet to truly take advantage of where we live, but I have a feeling now that things are settling down we will start exploring. I’d love to take Ollie to the zoo and some of the museums nearby. I have a job at a medical office and I really enjoy it. I am kind of proud of myself for packing up and planting roots in a totally new place hours away from anything familiar. I love my co-workers! We spend a good part of the day laughing, so it doesn’t feel like work so much. I’m not exactly sure what I’m doing with photography though. A part of me still wants to pursue it, but then I think of how hard it is to commit to editing when you work full time and have a family. I am still editing a wedding from Sept 21. Ah!  Jeremy and I went away for a few days last week with my brother in law and his lady while Ollie stayed behind with his Gammy and Mimi. It was a nice little cabin in the woods and it had a great big pond in the back. The boys got drunk and decided to clean out the waterlogged paddle boat and take it for a spin. Jeremy and I ended up paddling around the pond for a good hour or more until it was too dark to do it anymore. I’m excited to get into exercising again. Hopefully I’ll start joining Kristen on the weekends for a few yoga classes. That’s it for now =)


Hello, Pittsburgh.

(pictures galore below)

We’ve officially been in Pittsburgh for 13 days. I’m still getting used to calling this place my home instead of Hurricane. Before we moved, I had so much going on that I didn’t really have time to process how much everything was going to change. Jeremy moved in with his brother about a month ago and started his new job in Pittsburgh while I stayed behind with Ollie and painted and packed up our house all while still working full time at my job. We squeezed in a beach trip right before the move as well. Oh, and my brother got married to Luci! However, the wedding was literally a day before I had to move. So I rushed away for a few hours to take pictures then came back home and resumed the daunting task of packing up my life that I built here with Jeremy and Ollie over the last three years in our house, not to mention the 24 years I had lived in West Virginia.

Pittsburgh is neat. I’m not going to sell it short by any means, but I do miss home. We’ve had our parents up to visit already with the exception of my dad who is coming to visit on Sunday. I’m lucky because we live near Jeremy’s brother and his brother’s girlfriend, Kristen. We’ve been having weekly dinners together so that helps with the home sickness. My biggest fear is not knowing where anything is, although I’m working on that! Today, for instance, there were storm warnings around the area and I didn’t even know what county I lived in so I didn’t know if that applied to us or not. I’ve found Ikea, so I’m good =) I found a neat park for Ollie, so he’s good. I didn’t think I’d get so emotional about Ollie having to leave behind his buddies from daycare. But I totally started sobbing tonight while talking about it to my mom and Jeremy. Ollie and Lucie were always together at daycare and they seriously acted like an old married couple. Not to mention Abbie who watched him all day. They were all close to each other. Ugh. Anyway, I’m trying to stay on the positive side of things. Jeremy has a good job, we have health insurance, and there is a lot to explore here. We have a drive-in movie theater literally 8 minutes away from our house. Totally going there! I’ve already been to Jo-Ann fabrics so I’ve got some DIY projects in the works. Now I just need to find a job…

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It’s your birthday!


My little boy is three years old today! So much has changed from his second birthday to this birthday. And so much is going to change from this one to the next as well. We are moving to Pittsburgh! Jeremy got the job! Ollie has made our lives so much brighter just by being in it. I couldn’t ask for happier little boy. He is so compassionate and in tune with people’s emotions. He even knows when our dog, Crosby, is scared because it’s storming. He will pet him and say “It’s okay Sawsbee, storm’s almost over.” Jeremy and I know we are very lucky to have such an amazing little boy. He’s our little compassionate clown =) He loves making people laugh!


Big changes coming up…


I had a feeling with Jeremy graduating from Marshall this month that things were going to change in the next few months. I just didn’t realize how soon and how big those changes would be. It’s not 100% official, but kind of is, that we will be moving to Pittsburgh in the next month or so. Wow?! I’m glad it’s at least within a few hours of where I grew up and where all of my friends and family are. Jeremy’s brother already lives there, so he’ll be our tour guide for the first few weeks. It’s terrifying and exciting all at the same time. If it were just Jeremy and I, I wouldn’t worry about much and just have fun with exploring a new city, etc. But with a child, you have to worry about what kind of care you can find for him. How do you know which daycare is notorious for being bad and which one is known for being the best? Charleston is not a big city by any means, so moving to Pittsburgh is going to be a big change.

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I got into a car accident the week before last and totaled Jeremy’s car. Merry Christmas, right? We have a rental right now and are looking for something that’s all wheel drive. Ollie had a great Christmas. He got so many goodies he doesn’t have time to play with them all. I got emotional today thinking about leaving this place. I grew up here. I’m close to my family. I’m close to Jeremy’s family. It’s going to be hard, but I think it’ll be the best move in the long run. Jeremy will start out making a decent salary. So I guess I have to think positively and enjoy the ride.


Love this song!

Settle down with me
Cover me up
Cuddle me in

Lie down with me
And hold me in your arms

And your heart’s against my chest, your lips pressed to my neck
I’m falling for your eyes, but they don’t know me yet
And with a feeling I’ll forget, I’m in love now

Fall, the happiest time of the year…


Life is crazy busy lately…I don’t know what the deal is, but ever since I started back to work, more and more people have been asking me to take their pictures. I love taking pictures, but after working overtime and being away from Jeremy and Oliver, I kind of want to stay home one weekend and just relax. If the weather permits, I have three sessions this weekend! I enjoy the extra money, so I guess I’m not going to complain any more. Ollie’s been so great lately. He has his moments where he likes to push our patience, but he’s so hilarious. He tried to tell our puppy tonight to blow his nose as he held up a tissue.

I really like working again. I thought it would be hard going back after 2.5 years at home with Oliver, but I think it’s just what I needed. I loved every second being with Oliver, but I like adult interaction. I’m very happy I found a doctor’s office to work at that is only a few miles away from my house. Oliver’s daycare is amazing too. It’s an in-home daycare and Abbie is amazing with the kids. Things are going well!!

Life is good.


Taking a breath…


I have no idea when everything became so fast paced, but I need to sit down for a minute and breathe. It seems like I’m always at work, and when I’m not at work, I’m on my feet doing other things. Cleaning, taking pictures, grocery shopping, playing. I enjoy my job, but it is chaotic. I miss Ollie. A LOT. But I know he is having fun at his school or with Jeremy. He is growing like a weed. My precious little Ollie Bear.