jenson at volleyball game

Photo Favorites : September 8-14, 2014

This was a rough week for Jenson.  He had a cold – was really congested and had a runny nose.  No surprise, he started sleeping pretty poorly this week (and it currently hasn’t stopped).  He was waking a lot and needed extra snuggles in the night – he’d usually end up in our bed by 3 a.m.

He started imitating sounds all of the time now.  It sounds like he’s saying “yeah” when I ask a question.  I was telling him to say pap-pap (my dad), and he would repeat “bap pap”.  He would repeat the “mwah” sound when I kiss him.  He stands up against things all of the time – he loves being able to play with toys that he couldn’t before.

Photo Favorites: September 8-14, 2014

1. One a walk with his sitter and Braxton (looks like Braxton is crashed out in the front)
2. Napping on our bed…his preferred place (that’s our fault, but we love napping with him)
3. and 4. Playing with me on the couch

stroller, sleeping, play

5. Playing with the doggie door.
6. Napping in our bed (again)
7. Flowers that Lo randomly picked up for me.  There was more variety, but the others died.  I really liked this color combination of the ones that where left.  (it was more coral than pink, unlike the screen shows)
8. A coworker picked one of these up for me when she went to get one.  First of all, if you’ve never had Jeni’s Ice Cream, get it AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, even if you have to drive or fly to Columbus to get it.  The ice cream varieties are so good (and so creative), that I always choose ice cream instead of one of these sandwiches, but these sandwiches are SO good.  Possibly better than the ice cream.  Next time that I want to get Salty Caramel, I need to remember to just get one of these instead.  Queen City Cayenne is my favorite flavor of ice cream, but they no longer sell it by the scoop at the shops (crazy, because it was the first flavor she ever made).  You have to buy it by the pint, and pints are like $10.  To get my spicy ice cream kick, I usually get a scoop of Bangkok Peanut (spicy peanut butter) and something else (often Salty Caramel).

dog door, nap, flowers, and jenis

9. After the drive to my parent’s house. I was excited that it was cool enough to wear my favorite flannel.  I’ve had it since middle school, and it was my friend’s dads (we used to raid his goodwill bags).
10. Jenson giving my mom kisses.
11.  Hanging with gramma
12. My dad got home right when Jenson was getting pretty sleepy.  Someone sat him on Dad’s lap, and he buried his face against him and just stayed like that.  We don’t know if he was asleep or what.

gramma and pappap

13. At my niece’s JV volleyball game.
14. Emma hitting the ball
15. Jenson playing with a ball in between games (love his Carhartt outfit)
16. Snuggling with Uncle Dave

volleyball game

17. Looks like he’s into the game
18. With Lo
19. More ball play
20. Visiting with Emma

volleyball game 2

21. In the background, Lo looks like he’s saying “what does the fox say?”
22. Modeling his new hat from Aunt Christine.  She just “whipped it up” the night before when I told her we were in town (after failing to tell my sisters ahead of time).
23. With Aunt Christine
24. Boof checking out the fox

fox hat 1

25. Jenson returning the favor by checking out Boof
26. Playing with Gannon
27. Having a snack with a curious Boof looking on
28. Sharing.

fox hat

29. Trying a monkey hat on for size (literally, so Christine can see if it’s the right size for the baby who she made it for.
30. And a sweet owl hat
31. My niece took this picture of him.  I love it.
32. She took this one too – I think I need her to teach me, lol!  I tend to go for centered pictures, but these are so much more interesting.

hats and close ups

33. So he has a little temper now and then.  He’ll go from laughing to crying in one second if he doesn’t get his way), and then back to laughing.’
34. With my baby boy.
35. A huge beehive in one of my mom’s trees – it’s really high up, so this picture doesn’t do the size justice, even with the camera zoomed.
36. Cousins trying to teach Jenson how to fist bump.

mom, bees, and fist bumps

37. Jumping fox
38. My niece can point her eyes in different directions – creepy!
39. Very excited about playing with a ball
40. After he threw it (with his left hand…fingers crossed for a lefty)

jumper, emma, ball

41. I woke up to this serious bedhead
42. He’s like “what?”  Is my hair sticking up?
43. Visiting Aunt Jackie.  The outfits that I brought for him all happened to have foxes on them (and I had no idea she was making the hat).
44. High fives!

sleep, aunts

45. Lounging with Uncle Dave again…mesmerized with the ceiling fan
46. Eskimo kisses with Gramma-great
47. Sweet smile for her
48. Wearing a hat that my mom made with our high school name/mascot on it (probably for one of us or for my nieces)

dave, gramma great, gramma

49. Darn sticker again!
50. Temper!
51. Here’s a good one
52. Boof howling for a treat

49 weeks

53. Hulking out
54. Up!
55.  Very excited about something
56. Clapping

photo shoot funnies

feel good friday

Feel Good Friday

Here’s my Friday spiel (which I almost missed): There’s a lot of crap in the world, so let’s talk about things that made us feel good this week…because it’s Friday – and that’s reason enough.  It’s easy enough to focus on the things that aren’t perfect or on drama, but it’s not worth it.  So here are my feel good friday things….

We celebrated our 4th anniversary on Saturday (it was on Sunday) by going to dinner while Lo’s mom stayed with Jenson.  I kept saying it was our 3rd…I guess time flies?  Dinner was great – we went to J.Liu and met friends for a drink afterwards.

Lo’s parents spent the night when his mom heard Jenson wake up (in our room), she swooped in and grabbed him so we could sleep in.  We stayed in bed until 11:30, I think!  That’s not crazy for me, but it’s crazy for Lo.

We spent the day of our anniversary painting our kitchen counters with Giani countertop paint – they turned out SO well!  Later we went to a friend’s house to say goodbye to another friend who was moving.

giani granite countertop paint

Jenson got his first haircut!  I was pretty nervous that it wouldn’t look good, but she did a great job considering he was a little squirmy on my lap.  They took before and after pictures and they are adorable!babies first haircut

We had his 1 year pictures and some family photos done.  It was at the same place that we had maternity photos taken and we replicated a pose with him in it and it looks great!  She just sent a ton of edited pics tonight and they are wonderful.  He wasn’t being very smiley that night, but she got some cute ones.

maternity and 1 year photo

This was my first week of two nights of volleyball and Lo did great with bedtimes.  If we could just get Jenson to stay asleep in his crib the whole night, we’d be set.  The games were fun though, and we stopped for a drink afterwards. (after I checked to make sure he was sleeping okay).

I donated to a fundraiser to buy holiday gifts for kids with pediatric cancer.  It was organized by a friend of a friend whose son had cancer twice before he was 7 – I met her when she was pregnant with him.  Just thinking about someone going through that with their child makes me tear up.

We had dinner with friends a few times, and have more friend plans coming up soon.

There’s probably more for this week…we had a nice week with family, friends, and getting stuff done.

11 months old

Photo Favorites : September 1-7, 2014

This was a rough week for Jenson.  He had a cold – was really congested and had a runny nose.  No surprise, he started sleeping pretty poorly this week (and it currently hasn’t stopped).  He was waking a lot and needed extra snuggles in the night – he’d usually end up in our bed by 3 a.m.

He started imitating sounds all of the time now.  It sounds like he’s saying “yeah” when I ask a question.  I was telling him to say pap-pap (my dad), and he would repeat “bap pap”.  He would repeat the “mwah” sound when I kiss him.  He stands up against things all of the time – he loves being able to play with toys that he couldn’t before.

Photo Favorites: September 1 – 7, 2014

1. Clapping (and feeling a little miserable while sick)
2. – 4. Testing out his new standing legs playing with his music table.  He looks like he’s deejaying.

playing and music

5. Sleeping hard…daddy picked his “outfit”
6. Sleeping hard again…this time in his lunch.
7. Talking with Nana and Pappap on Facetime
8. His hair is SO long!

sleeping, gramma, long hair

9. Trying to get the sticker off…again.
10. – 12. Happy at 48 weeks!

48 weeks

13. This sticker is his enemy
14. Eleven months old!
15. – 16. One of the babies is happy.  And one of them just wants a treat.

11 months

17. It’s Buckeye game day!
18. Playing with his toys from this angle is so fun!
19. Getting some love from Aunt Kelley
20. Checking each other out.

buckeyes and kelley

 

gluten free zucchini bread

Gluten free Zucchini Bread

I ended up with some extra zucchini in my fridge this summer (unfortunately, it wasn’t grown in my volunteer garden), so I decided to make some gluten-free zucchini bread for a Norwex party I was hosting (more on Norwex another time…but it’s awesome – and I’m not paid to say that).  I got a new food processor for my birthday, so this was a great opportunity to shred up some stuff.  The zucchini went through it like butter!

I was just finished up the bread as people started to arrive, so I didn’t let it cool enough before I tried to remove it from the pan.  It fell apart slightly in some places, but it was still SO good.  I didn’t get to take a picture of the full loaf due to the impending party, but I remembered some pictures as I enjoyed it that week.

It’s not a healthy recipe…I’m sure you could make it such by subbing banana or applesauce for some of the oil and sugar, but I didn’t.  Since it makes 2 loaves, I only put chocolate chips in one loaf, in case there was so weirdo who wouldn’t want the chocolate chips.

IMG_4423

Gluten free Zucchini Bread
 
Author:
Recipe type: bread, gluten-free, breakfast
Ingredients
  • 3 cups preferred gluten-free flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum, if not included in flour (optional either way)
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2¼ cups white sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or chocolate chips (pick the chocolate!)
Instructions
  1. Grease two 8 x 4 inch bread pans (or 2 muffin pans). Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Mix flour, xanthan gum (if using), salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.
  3. Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well. Stir in zucchini and nuts or chocolate until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  4. Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. If using muffin pans, check after 25 minutes (I didn't test this to verify the time for these). Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan, and completely cool.

Thankfully it didn’t get eaten all up at the party (I didn’t have it sitting with the rest of the food, so it was mostly overlooked).  I sent some home with a friend and had some for breakfast for a few days.  Yum.

IMG_4422  IMG_4425

buckeye game

Photo Favorites : August 25-31, 2014

The last week of August was a big week for Jenson.  It seemed like he made so many changes during that week.  He found his clapping rhythm and I got an awesome video of him clapping to “I’ve Got to Break Free” by Queen.  After that, he was ALL about clapping – whether he was doing it, or others were clapping for him.  He also started giving high 5’s, though he has to be in the mood to comply.  He started pulling himself up to stuff – the coffee table, couch, whatever.

His interactions with us seem very purposeful now.  He’s doing things to make us laugh or react.  Or he’ll do something and then look at us to see what we do.  He added “nana” to his word count this week, as he’s started to mock words we say.  We thought he was getting his top teeth this week, but it ended up being a cold.

The melt-my-heart moment of the week was when he was playing on the bed while I laid beside him and he’d stop playing with the crinkly book and turn to give me a kiss.  And then go back to playing and turn to give me a kiss, over and over.  Sweetest thing ever.

Photo Favorites: August 25 – 31, 2014

1. – 4. Uncle Patrick and Hailey came to visit.  He was quite taken with Hailey.  He hadn’t seen her for months, and he tends to be drawn to pretty girls (like one of the Yabo’s waitresses).  I love how he’s staring at her in the third picture.

hailey and patrick

5. – 8. Gnawing on some watermelon rind.  I gave him enough that he could get some of the fruit off of it, but not enough he could choke on.  He loved it – chewed on it for 20 minutes or so.

watermelon

9. He sits and plays so well by himself.  He started trying to stand up using all of his toys.
10. I cannot remember why I took off his shirt, but his face cracked me up here.
11. He pulled himself up to the couch and was trying to get to Boof’s toys (or Boof?)
12. Taking in the new view from standing up

standing

13. I made some delicious zucchini bread!  Recipe coming soon (I swear!)
14. Lo worked on the floors all weekend.  He tore up the carpet from the back room so he could extend the laminate wood flooring through the whole downstairs.  In order to make it one continuous stretch, he had to tear up the flooring all the way to the kitchen so he could join the boards.  Plus the back floor was lower than the kitchen, so he had to put down 1/4 inch (ish) plywood down in the back room to make it level.  It was a lot of extra work, but it was worth it.  It also allowed him to fix a seam in the kitchen area that had popped up.
15. Looks awesome!
16. Just a random sleeping shot.  I don’t know why he sleeps with his head bent backwards so far, but he almost always does it (including this moment on the monitor)

flooring, zucchini bread, and sleeping

17. This was when he was clapping to “I’ve Got to Break Free”
18. This pose just cracked me up.
19. Doing some vehicle maintenance
20. Waving goodbye to Boof as he drives away

clapping and car

21. Went to our friends’ house to watch the first Buckeye game of the season
22. He was enthralled with the wall-size projection screen and the life-size players
23. “What was the call?”
24. “Touchdown!”
25. Clapping because everyone else was
26. Racked out after the game

Buckeye game

27. Visiting Lo’s family.  I love this outfit.  He only got to wear it once before it got cold out now. :(
28. Hanging out in the nice weather
29. Posing with his cousin Sadie
30. Getting kisses from Sadie (she’s practicing for her twin brothers who have an eta of January)

sadie

 

31. and 32. When we got to their house, Sadie was walking back from the park with her Papaw and her stroller.  I love these pics.
33. and 34. Jenson getting some love from his Nana.  Love his chunky little legs!

nana and papaw

35. and 36. Snuggle with Peep.  So sleepy
37. With Meem and Peep
38. Sleepy on Nana

grandparents

39. – 42. Jenson is 47 weeks!

47 weeks

Feel Good Friday

feel good fridayHere’s my Friday spiel: There’s a lot of crap in the world, so let’s talk about things that made us feel good this week…because it’s Friday – and that’s reason enough.  It’s easy enough to focus on the things that aren’t perfect or on drama, but it’s not worth it.  So here are my feel good friday things….

The NFL is getting things right by suspending players who feel like it’s ok to beat up on women and children.

We had a great trip home to see my family.  Jenson changed a lot since they saw him in July!

I went to my nieces JV volleyball game and found out that her coach is a friend of mine, and her assistant (volunteer) coach is MY old volleyball coach (who is an amazing coach)(though some would disagree).  She was the winning-est coach in high school varsity for years, so obviously she’s good.  It was great to be able to see my niece play.

Went to church with my mom, so she got to show Jenson off to everyone there.  It’s the same church I grew up in, but it’s a lot cooler now.

Another good volleyball game on Tuesday – actually, a double header.  I thought I was sore when I posted on Wednesday…turns out it got worse! (but it feels good)

My good deeds of the week…

I set my sister up on a date – a girl date.  A friend of mine from volleyball moved to Las Vegas and I put her in contact with my sister.  They got together this week and had a good time.

I’m in the process of trying to introduce two other people.  I just kept having a feeling they’d get along.  We’ll see.

 

motherhood

Hobbies and Motherhood

As I mentioned in another post, I started playing indoor volleyball again.  It’s a lot of fun and it’s a super-competitive league.  I feel like I’m doing well enough – my hitting and blocking is coming along and my defense is spot on (served up another short stack of pancakes last night).  Playing a double header made me realize that I really do need to start actually working out again.  Like consistently..not just twice in one week and then not again for another week.  I am SORE today.  Though I’m not sure that workouts could actually prevent that, as there’s no gym workout that can prep your muscles for serving, blocking, hitting, and diving for 2 hours.

 Unfortunately, Jenson isn’t a good sleeper right now – meaning, he’s only happy sleeping when he’s curled up against me like a spider monkey in our bed.  He wasn’t sleeping well since he had a cold, and then when we were at my parent’s house, he always ended up in the bed with me by 1 or 2 a.m. (tried to keep him in the pack-n-play, but it was a no-go).  Sunday night we got home late after an extra-long drive home (thanks to some crazy traffic jam in the middle of nowhere).  We were both tired (I was actually going to bed before 11:30 p.m.), and we didn’t expect him to sleep well, so I just put him in our bed from the start.  I thought maybe I’d move him later in the night, but we all slept pretty hard.  Monday night he went to bed like normal around 8, and we tried to get him settled around 12:30 when he woke crying.  By 1:30 we gave up and to bed with us he came.  He calms and falls asleep as soon as we pick him up, but if we lay him down (not in our bed) he freaks out and immediately sits up and starts crying hard.

I had a double-header on Tuesday, so Lo had to handle bedtime.  We did what we could to make sure he got to nurse before I left, but when Lo put him to bed later, he wasn’t having it.  He tried for 45 minutes and Jenson just wasn’t settling, so I came home after my game and gave it a shot.  I took the advice of our sitter and tried to keep him laying down because once he sits up, he just keeps crying.  After nursing him and him falling asleep in my arms, I laid him on his side/stomach (how he prefers to sleep) and kept one hand on his side and the other rubbing his back.  He woke and cried and tried to roll a bit, but with some “shhhing” and back rubbing, he soon laid his head down and fell asleep.  I started lightening up my touch so he wouldn’t notice a sudden lack of touch, and eventually took my hands off of him and held my breath.  It seemed to work, so I backed out of the room and went to the bar, lol.  Our volleyball team sponsor is a sports bar just down the road and the team went because we were getting our shirts that night, so I wanted to go for a bit because the manager likes to meet us and say hello.  Jenson woke at some point in the night (around 3?), and I just grabbed him and brought him to bed because I was too tired to try to settle him and assumed he’d end up there anyway (baby steps).

Next week I start another league, so I hope we can get him in the habit of going to sleep easily again.  Lo approved me playing in the second league, and I have a sub that I can use sometimes if bedtimes are still rough and conflict with game times, but I wonder if I didn’t take on too much.  While a lot of the games will be after J’s bedtime, it still cuts into my evening hours when I get things done, hang out with Lo, and relax (ie blog, edit pics).  On the other hand, it’s good for me to get out and do something I enjoy.  Someone asked me the other day what I like doing (it was an odd question in an odd situation, but whatever) and I hesitated with how to answer. Normally I would have said things like travel, read, go out to eat, yoga, play volleyball, drink wine with friends, etc.  My answers have changed since I’ve become a mom because those things aren’t as easy to do anymore (without careful consideration), and I knew that hanging out at home with Lo and Jenson can’t really be considered a “hobby”.  I feel like a lot of people go through a stage of redefining hobbies/interests after having a baby.  My only automatic answer (once I discounted saying “being a mom”) was “play volleyball”.  So I guess since volleyball was one of the first –and only -things that popped into my mind (other than motherhood), it’s probably good that I’m taking time for myself to play.  Plus, my volleyball time is somewhat limited.  If we end up having another baby, I’m out for a year during pregnancy and after I have the baby.  And who knows what life will be like after that point…volleyball may not fit into the equation anymore.  If that’s the case, I think I’ll be fine with that.  I’ve had to miss time here and there for my elbow tendon tear and then pregnancy, and I wasn’t dying without it.  The volleyball world in Columbus has been good to me…it’s provided me with about 75% of my friends in Columbus, kept me in shape, has filled my tshirt drawer, and given me TONS of amazing memories.  So for this next session, I’ll focus on the fun and try to not feel guilty for doing something that I love while Lo holds down the fort at home.

(and by the way, even though I was home tonight, Lo handled bedtime and was able to get him to sleep fairly easily)

46 weeks

Photo Favorites : August 18-24 , 2014

Since he started crawling the week before, he was all over the place this week!  It opened a whole new world to him to be able to play with what he wants, when he wants.  He did a little better sleeping this week and we were hopeful that it would stick (it didn’t).  He says mama, dada, and bff, along with his mouth full of consonants and funny noises.

Photo Favorites: August 18-24, 2014

1. Much easier for him to keep up with Braxton now that he can get around!  This ball tower toy is one of his favorites now that he can reach the top and then crawl after the balls once the come out the bottom.
2. Crawling also makes it easier for him to try to sneak out the doggie door.  :)
3. Our sitter sent us this picture of when he woke up from his nap one day.
4. Playing at his music table.
play

5. Hard napping
6. On the way to dinner with friends at Yabo’s
7. Having eggs…
8. One of his other favorite things is taking all the books off of the shelf.  He doesn’t put them back.

eat sleep play

9. Funny faces after waking from a nap with me.
10. Reading…
11. One of his favorite books “The Dog that I Love Best” (about a shelter dog, like Boof)
12. Kissing the dog puppet on the book.  When I read it to him, after each page I say “woof, woof” and he leans in to give the dog a kiss (or bite its face)

reading

13. Gathering up the balls
14. Playing with the tower
15. Climbing on the stool
16. After dinner with friends at Cinco – our food took forever, but he did so well (with the help of some puffs)

babylegs

17. and 18. Oatmeal can be finger food, right?
19. Loving his breakfast
20. He keeps raising his hand like this and it cracks us up – not sure what he’s telling us.

finger food oatmeal

21. Time for cleanup
22. Wiping his own mouth (or chewing on the washcloth)
23. All clean!
24. Happy after breakfast

meal time clean up

25. This darn sticker again
26. Where did it go?
27. Going for the plugs (babyproofed, of course)
28. Trying to distract him so he forgets about the sticker

week 46 bloopers

29. He won’t find it here (he didn’t)
30. Seems to have forgotten
31. Posing with Boofy
32. Our 46 week old sweetie!

week 46

33. They are totally making the same faces
34. And the same poses
35. and 36. Checking out his bear (which was going to wear his sticker if I couldn’t get him to)

boof and bears

feel good friday

Feel Good Friday

Same thing this week…I almost forgot to post!   I know there were a few things that I meant to remember for this, but can’t.

Here’s my spiel: There’s a lot of crap in the world, so let’s talk about things that made us feel good this week…because it’s Friday – and that’s reason enough.  It’s easy enough to focus on the things that aren’t perfect or on drama, but it’s not worth it.  So here are my feel good friday things….

I finally changed the theme on this blog.  It needed updated for SO long and there still a lot that needs done, but it’s a start.

Got to spend some quality time with our friends this weekend.  Kelley and I were so engrossed in conversation that we didn’t realize the Buckeyes had been behind the entire game until the 4th quarter.

NFL season started!  Even though my fantasy team draft looked pretty good, my team did not do well.  They actually sucked.  But I’m not crazy into it anymore, so it doesn’t ruin my day like it would have 7 years ago.  I just love watching football and try to enjoy it whether my players or my teams (OSU and Steelers) suck (and the Steelers did suck last night).

My first indoor volleyball game of the fall was on Tuesday.  Even though I’m terrible at working out anymore, I wasn’t awful.  My hitting isn’t going to impress anyone but I had 4 or 5 pancakes.  For those who don’t know what a pancake is, it’s when you dive and get your hand between the court and the ball.  If it’s “clean” (which means it hit your hand and not the court), it pops right up.  I’ve always been good at this, but have never had more than 2 or 3 in a game (and even that is a lot).  My teammates finally realize that if I dive for it like that, I’m probably going to get the ball up, so they better be ready to play it.

pancake

A friend took my recommendation to get a rock-n-play (or something similar) for their newborn to sleep in (since he wasn’t sleeping well) and it worked and they are all so much happier.  I’m just glad that it worked because those first few weeks are SO hard and you have no idea what you are doing (when it’s your first).  I always tell everyone who is pregnant that they can ask me ANYTHING and I’ll try to offer support.  I learned a lot from others who had babies before me (especially my SIL), so I’m thrilled to pass on info when asked.

My coworker was happy when I wore my new black pants again.  He actually said that he saw from across the street and was super-excited because I hadn’t worn them for awhile (they were languishing in the laundry).  Pants don’t usually look fab on me, so it made me feel good that these apparently work for me.  (again, he is gay, so it’s not weird or inappropriate for him to comment on how good my pants look)

Fall.  I like fall.  Except that it leads to winter.

Jenson’s cold is gone (he was never miserable, but it sucks to seem him uncomfortable in any way)

I “think” I’ve successfully cut out my before-bed pumping.  Part of that is because he’s been waking between 1130-1 and I usually have to nurse him a bit at that point, but I’m going to try to suffer through it even if/when he doesn’t wake so my body will adjust.

Get to see some family this weekend. <3

never forget 9.11

9.11

Remembering all of those who were affected on this day in 2001, and those who sacrificed for America as a result, in the years following the attacks.

This day is a reminder that while our country feels so safe and isolated from attack compared to other areas of conflict, we are not immune.  Considering the events surrounding ISIS and our country’s imminent involvement, we need to make sure to love our loved ones extra hard, and to be forever grateful to the men and women who serve to protect us, and their families for the sacrifices they make.  Make sure to thank, or buy a cup of coffee or meal if you see someone in uniform out and about this month – this includes police, ems, firefighters, and soldiers – as they are all on the front line when on our soil.