Tuesday, October 18, 2016

50th Day of School!

For YEARS, I've been wanting to celebrate the 50th day of school.  Well, today was the day!! (I just knew Harper and I would need to make a visit to school today to help celebrate).

It was SO good to see my kiddos...gosh, I've missed them!  I just popped in for our "costume parade", but the kids had fun with bubblegum bubble blowing contests, coke floats, and much more! (Check out Little Warrior's blog post to see a lot of the activities we use).

Do you celebrate the 50th Day of School? What activities do you do? How do you celebrate?

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Maternity Leave - Feeling Torn

It's time for a bit of honesty, y'all.  It's my fourth week of maternity leave...which kinda sucks, considering my first week was spent in the hospital!  I just can't believe I'm leaving her in daycare in just another month...it hurts my heart a little.

However, I'm REALLY missing the classroom, and my routine.  Plus, as much as I trust my maternity sub, and I know that she's seriously ROCKING it with my kids...I can't help but miss them.  I mean, they're MY kids.  She's in MY room!  (Am I crazy for feeling like this?)

Everyone keeps telling me to enjoy the time I have at home with Harper, and trust me, I AM!  I wouldn't trade it for anything, BUT, I really am looking forward to getting back in to routine with my classroom kiddos!

Please tell me I'm not alone, and that you've maybe felt the same way?


And just because I can't help it...here's my little love bug (1 1/2 weeks ago, already)!

Monday, October 03, 2016

Harper Rae - Newborn Photos

Andrew calls her "Lady Baby" and I just cannot get over the fact that she's been with us for three weeks already.  It's so weird how our lives seem like she's ALWAYS been with us, but then again, it feels like time is speeding past and that there's no way it's already been three weeks!

She has blessed our lives immensely, and I am so grateful for her!

{Photography by Stacy Jay Photography}

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Introducing Harper Rae Carnes

A week ago, my life was made a million times better!  Introducing Harper Rae Carnes, born Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 at 3:33pm, weighing 8 lb 3 oz and measuring 21 inches long (we think...the doctor measured her differently yesterday):

After being induced Tuesday night, and laboring all day Wednesday (think: broke my water and went through two epidurals), we began pushing on Thursday morning (after waiting an hour and a half for the doctor to arrive).  We pushed for three hours and twenty minutes with pretty much zero progress, before they decided we needed to make sure Harper arrived safely and took us for a c-section.

Even though there were SO many things that went differently than my "plan" and there were so many people who made me really angry with their decisions (doctors, mainly), I wouldn't change anything about it.  Harper is amazing and is SO worth 36 hours of labor and not eating any food for over a day.  Isn't it amazing how you forget all of that the second you see your baby's face?

Now, if time will just slow down so I can soak up all of these newborn baby snuggles!  (Make sure you're following me on snapchat (@emilycarnes) to see all of the cuteness overload).

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Showering Baby Harper!

I am SO lucky that Harper is going to be raised in a community that loves and cares for her.  Andrew and I feel so blessed!

A few weeks ago, our Sunday School class threw a shower for us, and I wanted to share photos with you.  We had so much fun together...it's so obvious they know me well!! Glitter gold stars to guess baby's arrival date? Precious!

Just last weekend, my best friend and her mom threw a BEAUTIFUL baby shower for sweet Harper in their home.  I was overwhelmed with all the love. :)

I feel so blessed to be surrounded by so many amazing people.  Harper is going to truly know the definition of love, and I just am so excited for her to meet her tribe. :)
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