Friday, September 20, 2013


 Macy Elizabeth Fedell
8lbs 9 oz
20 1/2 inches long
Born at 6:07 pm on September 17, 2013.

 Big brother Jack feeling how soft his baby sister's cheeks are.

Big brother Colin holding his sister for the first time.

Sleepy little lady with her daddy.

After a hard, quick labor, our little girl made her debut on Tuesday the 17th, 3 days past her due date. She is my biggest baby and has tons of black hair.
We were home within 27 hrs and she is doing just great.
Noise doesn't seem to bother her and she is nursing like a champ.
We are so in love with her.

Monday, September 16, 2013

The new and the old

As you may have noticed, I changed the blog title. Since we no longer reside in Virginia, it didn't seem appropriate to continue with the ol' Virginia Living title.

So, we are embarking on a new adventure here in The Great Lakes State of Michigan and I hope that you continue to follow along, as we navigate a new city, a new school, new job and a new baby.

Speaking of baby...

She is still hanging my belly. I am 3 days past my due date at this point and I am pretty much going insane. Ugh. I feel like I will be pregnant for eternity.

So out with the old and in with the new!

 Next update will be baby. It WILL be.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


My baby started Kindergarten last week.

I didn't even cry.

He was so excited.

I was sick to my stomach.

He can't be old enough to wear a backpack, have his hair combed and wave good bye. He should still spend his mornings snuggled up with me on the couch.

I don't think he realizes that this was the first day of a whole new world for him.

He will always start school now. Alarms will be set, regardless of how tired one may feel. There will be bags to pack and homework to compile. There will be breakfast to eat, hair to comb and teeth to brush.  It is a whole new beginning.

For at least the next 12 years (hopefully more).

Here's to a successful first year of school!

Brother was not happy when he realized that he could not go with his Daddy and his brother to drop Jack off. Colin has done well though. He is o.k with Jack going, as long as we get to pick him up soon!

We found out our house is the bus stop for all the public school kids. Random people in the yard and driveway from 7am to around 9am and than again around 3pm. Not awkward at all.
We quickly found the brackets for our curtains and had those hung up asap.

Backpack on, art project ready and he is off! (And maybe a bit tired of all the pictures mom was taking non-stop)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Last Scenes of Summer

The first week of September is in full swing and the mornings here in Michigan are starting to get cool, hinting of fall to come. So before I jump into the craziness that will be September (hello, new baby, new kindergartner, new blog name/design and loads of other news) I want to cherish the last few outing of the summer before the leaves fall and whisk away the thoughts of summer.

Jack and Colin spending some time at the Children's Museum in Grand Rapids with my mom. Bubbles take a lot of concentration!

The boys taking a time to play some Star Wars LEGOs while the mounds of boxes were unpacked. (Let's be honest, they are still a LOT of boxes to unpack!)

I was granted permission to go 3 hours northwest for a last weekend of travel before baby comes to where all our family lives to celebrate a very special birthday with my whole family.

My grandma turned 80! She has come through quite a lot in the last few years and still looks incredible! It was such a treat to be able to be at the big family party and not be 17hrs away!
Gigi had lots of help opening presents from her great grandchildren.

Jack showed Addy how to play Star Wars LEGO game on his aunt's iPhone while Ryan and Audrey spent some time bouncing and dancing.

Our last family of four picture. I am around 37 weeks here.

We braved the crowds and headed to the Michigan State Fair with my sister's family and her in-laws. It was a pretty small fair, but the boys enjoyed seeing all the farm animals and petting as many as they could. Here they both learned how to milk a cow!

These little piglets were my favorite, although I felt much sympathy for the tired, large momma. The boys laughed and laughed at their silly noises. We also got to see pig racing, which is hilarious and my favorite fair activity to watch.

Summer 2013 was nothing that I expected it to be. Everything did not go as planned and yet, it still all worked out. I still feel like I am recovering from a whirlwind about to head into a hurricane. But, it was a good summer, filled will good memories and leaving us excited for the great, new things ahead.