Friday, January 15, 2016

2015: Year of the curve

I've grown up on the baseball field. My brother played ball through college, so needless to say I have seen thousands of baseball games in my life. There is one particular pitch, called a curve ball that starts out one way and then curves and dives downwards to the plate.

This particular pitch is the best one to describe 2015. Without going into details (I would need a novel), it was an interesting year. It was one of a lot of changes, growth, faith, prayers, tears, laughter, challenges and love. It was a year that I'm not sad to see end, though.

A few of our "highlights":

We went to the Braves spring training and Clearwater beach in March! The boys loved it!

Jack absolutely LOVED the snow we had this year (Feb) and is a snow angel making pro! Hank didn't know what to think, but didn't hate it!

Hank was baptized at 10 months! Such a proud moment.

Jack turned THREE and Hank turned ONE. (Not sure how that's even possible!!!)

The boys began MDO, it was Hank's first time, and they loved it.

We rode on Thomas and had a fun time!

The boys dressed up as Firefighters (original costumes were to be the Tiger Family, but it was raining so we switched gears) and had a fun Halloween. Jack and I trick-or-treated by ourselves after the rain stopped and it was such a nice time.

We had a full Thanksgiving and realized we have so much to be thankful for.

Our Christmas was a blessed one and we were thrilled to be with our families.

While I'm looking forward to 2016 (and not sad to see 15 go), I am thankful for the lessons I learned and the team I shared it with. I'm most thankful that I have an amazing, loving, forgiving, miracle working Coach that helped me every time I got up to bat.

 2016, we will bat .1000 with no curve ball in sight!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Hank is oFISHally ONE!

I'm just oh, 7 months late on this post. Sorry Hank!

Hank turned 1 (I'm still in denial that he's not an itty baby anymore) on June 12th! We wanted his first birthday to be a big celebration to celebrate his miraculous year.  We stuck with the fish theme like his brother, but went with the fishing theme! I think his party was very cute!!

My great-grandfather's tackle box!! 

my mom was such a huge help with his decor

cookie treats!

Hank's (DF) smash cake!!!

Big brother trying to show him how to eat his cake! Neither boy was a smasher.

sweet boy 

opening gifts with his Aunt!

Fishing with his buds!

We had a fun time fishing, bouncing, playing and loving on this sweet 1 year old!!  I''m so thankful to be his mom and for the joy he brings to me.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Hammerin' Hank: ONE YEAR

I am truly amazed at how fast these past 365 days went by. I blinked and you're a year old already. Not cool. Not cool!!!

This year has been a roller coaster full of the highest highs and some of the lowest lows. Thankfully, the highs outweigh the lows! We went from not knowing if you were going to even make it 48 hours, to celebrating every.single.milestone with enthusiasm. For that, I am so thankful.

Here's your ONE year stats (I have to keep saying that you're a year to make it sink in...mama is in denial)

Weight: 17.9 pounds (whopping 0.8%)
Size 3 diapers, clothes 12 months tops, 3-6/12 months pants (Earth to clothing manufacturers...get it together people! It shouldn't be that big of a size difference in "sizes".)

Height: 29 inches

You're crawling on hands and knees. (10ish months)

You're pushing the chair/push toy/whatever else around like a champ. You practically run with it now.  You cruise and climb onto the train table/trampoline.

You have 7 teeth.

Your nicknames are: Bitty Bitty, Hanky Panky (probably not the best one!), Hankford (don't even know) and Hammer.

You're saying Dada and talking non-stop but nothing clear yet. Jack is reallllly hoping you say his name (and it sounds like it sometimes).

You're eating like a champ. You love food. Turkey, chicken, fruit (watermelon especially), veggie straws,  guacamole....nothing you don't like yet! You're still nursing and we're trying to introduce a DF toddler formula for extra calories (and when you go to MDO).

You've had several reactions to dairy, so we're on a strict DF diet now. You're going to the Allergist (yay, another specialist) next month to test. Hoping it's just an intolerance that you'll outgrow.

You love going to the church nursery and the teachers all comment how sweet you are and how "easy" you are! I hope you keep this up!

You are LOVED more than you know.

Happy first birthday, sweet boy!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Life has been oh so hectic for the past few months, and I haven't been good about this here blog. I use this as a scrapbook, so I figure I better try to recap as much as I can.

1. SNOW...we finally had a few snow days in February and my boys were so excited! I love a good snow day, so they get it honest I guess.

2. Easter! It was a glorious, family and great food...celebrating our risen Lord...can't beat that!

3. Spring sports is underway and Jack loves watching his nephews play. It won't be long until he plays, and I'm excited.

4. Party fun! We've celebrated two of our friends' birthdays. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Jack attack: 3 years!!

I cannot believe it has been 1,095+ days since I've fallen madly in love with my first born, my Jack.

Three, thus far, has been fun. Challenging. Tiring. We're only a couple weeks into this whole 3 year old thing, but so far it's going well. (Ask me in a few months!)


Weight: 29 pounds even! I think you're in like the 4%, but who cares! You've worked hard for every single pound, so as long as you're growing I'm not concerned.

Height: 3 ft 2ish inches


You're definitely asking that dreaded "why" question and "what's he/she/it doing?".

You know most of your colors (pink is still hard for you, but um...we hardly have any pink in our house. Sorry bud!). You know all of your shapes, and can count to 20+. You know your full name, street and parents names.

You're speaking in complete sentences. We're working on phrasing questions properly, but you've definitely improved (and have the demanding part down perfectly)!

You're hitting baseballs off a "tee" and are quite good! Future Atlanta Brave? Perhaps! We've signed you up for a "start smart" tee ball program and you are excited.

You've finally started expressing that you're hungry! Yay! You're actually eating more foods, but still HAVE to have your morning pop tart and milk. Ugh. One day, you'll go with out it. One day. You have the biggest sweet tooth now (you're my son after all).

You're almost 100% potty trained. We're still working on not going 2 in your underwear, but I'm so glad you're almost there. You've trained yourself and we're so proud!

You're SO helpful. If I need a diaper or my phone or anything, you (99% of the time) are always willing to help. You love to help wash dishes, mow the grass (for all of 4 seconds), laundry, & sweep.

You have one chore....putting the trash bag into the trash can. You love it. You need just a tiny bit of help to put the last edge on, but you've got the shaking it out thing down pat.

-Your imagination has blossomed, exponentially. Some moments you're a dinosaur, others you're flying in your rocketship, you and Hank ride in a train quite often and you're always cooking something yummy for me to eat!

-You're finally becoming more vocal in social settings. You love to wave hi to our neighbors and actually speak to the cookie guy at Publix now! :)

-You do get "Scared" of strangers or random things, but we're working on reassuring you that you're safe. "That man scared me" is a phrase we hear quite often....usually followed by..."he's a nice man". Reassuring yourself works too, I guess!

Phrases that I just love and REALLY need to video:

-"It's okay, Emiwy" (I won't ever admit to you that I secretly think it's cute that you call me Emily sometimes)

-"Look at my face"  (When you want our full attention...guess it's payback from us saying it to you)

-"Are you so happy/proud of me?" (yes, baby, always!)

-"Jesus lives in my heart" (this just melts me....)

-"I love you, Mom". ( grown up already!)


-You're still obsessed with all things trucks, transporters, tractors etc.

-You love to watch Curious George and Daniel Tiger. We do try to limit your exposure and those are the only things you're technically allowed to watch (other than Wheel of Fortune!)!

-You love to ride your tricycle, run the bases, hit baseballs and mow grass.

-You're an awesome big brother. You love to help feed, help with diaper changes (bringing me one etc), give brother a paci/toy etc, and you love to play with him. You're a tad rough and we're working on being gentle.

It's been the happiest three years of my life!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Fishers take on Florida

A few weeks ago we went on our first official family vacation and it was one for the books.

My parents have a timeshare, so they, my brother and his family and us decided to go to Orlando for Spring Break. We're big Braves fans, so we went mainly for spring training games.

The drive...oh my goodness. After receiving advice, we decided to drive through the night to let the boys sleep. Well, the van we rented did not have a/c. We found this out AFTER the van was almost to the house (40+ mins away from rental location). At this point, we decided to let Ben rest (since he had been working) and we'd just exchange it on our way out of town. That meant loading, unloading and reloading two sleepy kids and all of our crap. Lovely. It extended our trip by 2 hours. Not cool.

Road trips with a 9 month old and a potty training tot are an adventure all on their own. We had to stop a few times to nurse Hank (I'm now a pro at nursing in the car) and to let Jack potty/stretch his legs etc. Our 9 hour drive turned into 16+. Needless to say, we were exhausted when we finally arrived to our "Florida house" (as Jack calls it).

We immediately checked out the kid's water park that was below our condo and explored the resort. The next day was filled with swimming and anything that sounded fun.

We went to two Braves games and I'm pretty sure it was hotter than blue blazes. Hank and I spent most of the game in the shade. Thankfully the nice lady in charge let us in a "closed" building that had a/c so I could nurse Hank. I was shocked that the Disney Wild World Of Sports complex didn't have a nursing mom's room, but was just thankful they accommodated me.

One day we went to Clearwater, Florida for the beach. It was an hour and half drive but traffic outside of Tampa and getting to the beach was crazy. Beach days with two kids is more work than I imagined. We ended up only staying about an hour b/c we didn't want to get caught up in rush hour traffic. It was worth it but barely..ha! Jack LOVED it. He could have played on the beach all day long if we let him. Hank wasn't a fan of the cold water, but played in the sand well. Clearwater is gorgeous. I hope to go back to spend more time there soon.

Ben and I felt awful (cough etc) and I knew Hank wasn't his normal self, so we decided to head to the walk in clinic after the beach. Two hours later, we were diagnosed with upper respiratory infections and double ear infection for Hank. The Fisher Four were now all on antibiotics...ugh. The family that takes antibiotics together....right? My mom and brother also were sickly, so it did put a bummer on our trip.

On the way down, on one of our many stops, Jack discovered an airboat. He literally talked about this airboat for an hour and Ben mentioned we might take him on a ride. So....we researched and found an airboat swamp tour and decided to take Jack. My parents kept Hank (he could have gone, but we didn't think he needed to due to his ears), so it was nice just having a special outing with the oldest. The swamp tour was AMAZING. It was probably one of the highlights of our trip. We saw several alligators and the swamp was actually beautiful. Definitely a must do if you're in the area.

To round out our trip, we went to Legoland. We decided to wait to do Disney until the boys were older, but wanted to do something with rides etc. Legoland was PERFECT for Jack's age. There was so much for him to do and there was even a room just for babies to play in (and several nice a/c nursing mom rooms...huge kudos to Legoland for that). My mom went with us and we had an awesome time. It was hot and we stayed longer than I planned, but it was great seeing the excitement on our sons' faces. The figurines etc that were all made out of Legos blew my mind. So neat.

The trip home was rather uneventful. We got stuck in traffic in Atlanta, but Ben navigated us (not using GPS but just a map...scary!) and were able to get around most of it. I was never so happy to be home though. There's just something bout your own bed..

I can't wait to do more family vacations. It's definitely different than vacations sans children, but fun none-the-less.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Hammerin' Hank: 9 months

So yeah, I totally posted a blank post. Sleep deprivation strikes again!

 Weight: roughly 16 pounds (we go 4/13 to his well check)

Height: TBD

Clothing/diaper: 6-9 month shirts, 9 month pjs and 3-6 shorts/pants (narrow behind boy!); size 2 or 3 diapers


- You can finally sit up independently and confidently (8 months)

- You still army crawl but you're working hard on crawling correctly

-You pull up on EVERYTHING. (9.5 months)

-You're learning to go up the stairs in PT. Not ready for this...

-You're clapping and babbling like crazy.

-First word: Dada (naturally...ugh!)

-You're eating just about all the fruits and veggies and chicken/turkey.

-You're slowly eating "table" foods. For some reason your Mama is scared to death to feed you anything. Sorry bud.

-You're most likely allergic to yogurt. You had a reaction after a few bites, but we're not 100% to what. Hopefully it was just a fluke.

-You still nurse on demand. You refused a bottle for the past month or two, but I'm hoping you'll start taking a sippy cup soon.


-You started going to the church nursery, and love it. The ladies say you're the best baby. I agree!!

-You are playing outside more and finally not crying while on the grass.

-You're playing ball with yourself and it's the cutest thing ever. You'll hit the ball, then crawl to get it and hit again and again and again!! Love it.

You're the absolute cutest baby and we love you!!!