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Smile Moments.

For the past two weeks, Husby has been out of town for a rotation and Levi and I have been vagabonds. We stayed with my parents most of the time and when Husby was home on the weekends, he and I went on two different trips to residency programs and their second-look weekends. We are finally home and settling back into the routine of life, so maybe my blogging won't be so sporadic.

Since I missed out on so many blog posts, I thought I would just condense them and highlight the things that made me smile over the past couple of weeks.

* Being able to go back home and spend a good chunk of time with my parents. I refer to their house as my haven of refreshment.

* Levi had trouble sleeping the last few nights we were away and ended up in my bed in the middle of the night. Each morning he would wake up, crawl over to me, feel for my mouth and then plant the most precious kiss on my lips. Then he'd say, "Hi." What a delightful way to start my day!

* Since we were away from Husby/Daddy through the week, the weekend reunions were extra special! Distance makes the heart grow fonder.


* Going on two little getaways for Husby. And though they were not "just for fun", it was nice to spend some alone time together.

* Rejoicing with my sister-in-law (new nephew!) and a dear Life-Friend as they had their babies. My sweet "Life-Friend", as I refer to her (we've been friends since we were babies), lost her Dad in a car wreck when she was in High School. She had her first, precious little son last week on her Dad's birthday. What an incredible gift from God.

* The electric blanket my parents had on my bed. A-mazing.

* Time with friends.

* The first snow of the season! Levi ran around the house like a wild man screaming, "SNOW! SNOW!" He loved playing in it.


* Watching Levi follow his Glam*Ma & Grandpa around the house and not letting either of them out of his sight. He has got major fans in those two!

* My mom dancing to and singing Michael Jackson's Thriller and Billie Jean.

* Dropping pounds through Weight Watchers and doing it with many friends and my family. Counting points with Mom and Dad and coming up with creatively delicious meals through the week. We saved our points for a nightly treat while watching either our TLC favorites or Masterpiece Theatre.


* Hearing Levi sing the alphabet incessantly and doing it with such gusto! "A-B-C-D-C-B-C, A-B-C-D-C-D-PPPPP!"

* Rearranging my Living Room with new furniture and a totally different look and feel. I'm still surprised every time I walk in!

* Getting dressed up to go to the Petroleum Club with Husby for a semi-formal dinner with a residency program.


* Laughing. A lot.

* Driving around my old town for a couple hours with Mom while Levi napped in the backseat. The place remains the same.

* Looking through my old photos and scrapbooks (post on that coming soon)!

More things than listed made me smile over the past few weeks, but these special memories jump out in my mind. I love recording them because as quickly as life flies by and other things fill our minds, these moments could become easily forgotten.

I hope you all had several smile moments while I was away from the World Wide Web!
I am a modern day homemaker with a passion for family, cooking, celebrating, decorating, travel, and memory making! The Lord has blessed me with the desires of my heart in my husband and our two sons. We recently built our dream home and cultivating a loving and happy haven for my family is where I find so much joy.


  1. Looks like you have had a really nice few days while you've been away from your blog! So many sweet little things. Your life is truly blessed :)

    Cabin Fever in Vermont

    One Word. One Photo. Everyday.

  2. I miss being able to de-camp to my parents' or my in-laws' houses when my husband is away on business. Now that two of my children are at school we have to stay put during term-time. Those pre-school years are so precious. I miss having my babies with me all day!

    You both look lovely in that last photo.

  3. Sounds like you have had a few weeks of utter perfection........

  4. Welcome back! :) It's such a blessing to have such a supportive family!

  5. You have been busy! Let's catch up soon.

  6. Whitney...I want to share a great recipe with you that is points plus friendly and deliciously filling for breakfast.

    Hearty Oatmeal:
    Preheat oven to 350

    In a sprayed pie plate-mix

    1 1/2 c of regular oatmeal (not instant)
    2 Tbsp maple syrup
    2 Tbsp brown sugar
    3 cups of Milk (I use skim)
    1/4 - 1/3 cup total of craisins, raisins, walnuts, almonds, pecans
    Sprinkle cinnamon on top

    Bake 50 minutes
    Divide into 6 equal portions
    4 points per serving

    (The fruit/nuts combo should be around 1/4-1/3 cup total. I use what I have on hand and just double check the points before I pour it long as you don't go over a total of 1/3 you won't exceed 4 points per serving.)


  7. looks like a great few weeks! I'm jealous of your semi-formal residency dinner. We were lucky if I was invited on dinners for my husband's specialty! Good luck in the match process ... we had early match, but now we're back in the game for the regular match waiting to know where we will be for his intern year.

  8. What a fun post! The bit about Levi waking you up with a kiss just about put me in tears...he just sounds like the sweetest little boy and I wish I could meet him! And GO GIRL on the WW thing! So proud of you. I have to share a great website with you... It is a blog with great WW recipes. I'm not doing WW, but a close friend is and she recommended it. I just made the Asian Turkey Meatballs last night and they were amazing!

  9. Wonderful moments to remember. Reasons to smile are what make life so precious and enjoyable. I always try to remember to enjoy every day and to cherish and hold dear the the little moments that make me laugh out loud and smile wide:)

  10. I love your family! You guys are just too cute! Thanks for sharing :)

  11. You guys look amazing in that last picture. Where did you get your outfit??

  12. Whitney-

    Looks like a really great week. I always love staying back at my parents house and sleeping in my old bedroom when my hubs is away too! Too cute that Levi got to enjoy the snow! Sounds like you are doing great with WW- keep it up girl :) the oatmeal recipe from Susan above sounds so good!

    Have a great week

    Laura from

  13. such a sweet post :-)

    Jenn @

  14. so many wonderful reasons to smile today, thank you for sharing!

  15. This made me heart so happy for you!!! And just about all of these things made ME smile too! Especially the one about Weebie giving you kisses when he wakes up in the morning. PRECIOUS!!! :)

  16. What a fun two weeks you had! Love the pictures of Levi, as always, and the picture of you and your hubby all dressed up for dinner! Hope you share pics of your new furniture!!


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