Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Eggs... And the sweetest memories...

I know you must be wondering why in the world this post is titled "eggs." What significance are eggs to memories?

Throughout my childhood, I have been so blessed to have such a close, sweet family. I grew up next door to one set of my grandparents and each Sunday, we drove to Adamsville, AL to be with the others. There are small, quite random things I do, or see, or smell throughout my days or some point in my week that brings the sweetest memories to my mind and warms my heart.

Mitch is a huge breakfast eater, and I usually try to wake up and cook so he has something yummy to wake up to. When I was growing up, either my mom or dad made a huge breakfast, so in a way, I feel like I am carrying over a tradition with my little family. I have to say, my dad was the bacon and egg man. Now, when I cook those two things, I try to get them as close to his as possible. Sometimes I am more successful than others. On the other hand, no matter what I try to mimic of my moms, it turns into an epic fail. I just can't master her cooking!

So, in the midst of cooking breakfast, as I stuck my thumb through the egg, I couldn't help but to laugh and know that my Big Mama was right there with me. You see, when she baked a cake for her church, she would often call and see if I wanted to come help. Bless her heart, she ended up digging more shells out and cleaning up my mess. None the less, she would just smile and say, "you are doing so good, Susie." After the cake was in the oven, she would let me climb on the counter top and I scrambled myself six, yes six, eggs and had a cup of coffee to go with it!

My mom taught me when I was younger than my name was "Susannah." Not Susan, or Sue, but Susannah. I have never really let anyone call me anything otherwise without correcting them. But no one said my name like my PawPaw. He always called me Susie-annah. And that was perfectly fine with me! Now, I have a husband that calls me Sus; I don't correct him either!

This brings me to my sweet Paw, which I may or may not get through the rest of this without streaming tears. Each time Crue climbs into my lap, I see my Paw's sweet face. He would rub his whiskers on my cheek and call me "his little mutnin." Without fail, I would end up making him sing "There's A Hole In The Bottom Of The Sea." I have to admit, I haven't been able to get through it with Crue yet, but I will. Every time I have a temper flare,
I know it ultimately is a little bit of him in me. It's the Bills in me!

I think I get my sweetness from my Gran. While she is the only one of my grand parents still living, I try to learn from her each and every day. I will never be able to create her Sunday meals. But, I know my Gran is the glue to our family. I have learned that no matter how big or how small your family may be, to keep them together, and keep that bond strong. My Gran always tries to find the good in people and the good in the worst citations. She give endlessly and loves completely.

So, my point is this. I hope I can give Crue small, random memories of his own so that no matter what he is doing, I will always be there.

What are your "eggs?"

- Susannah

Friday, June 28, 2013

Susannah Moreland...Mitch's wife; Crue's mom.

So, I know this post will seem completely random since I have not blogged since Crue was four months old. Yes, that was in November! Life happens and changes so quickly and it seems as though I literally do not have time to sit with a computer. I thought I would be able to blog from my iPhone, because hey, that should be quick and easy, right? Not! Or at least not for me.
A lot has happened and changed since my last post. My sweet, precious, handsome baby boy will be a one year old in less than a month. He has five adorable teeth, a head full of blonde hair, and big baby blue eyes that hit straight into this mommy's soul. I am planning his first birthday party, and I am ashamed to admit I still haven't gotten out all of the Thank You's from baby gifts! Behind much?
Mitch is having a great season so far and has been healthy for the most part. He has been on the go as usual and Crue and I try to make a trip home to Birmingham and a trip with daddy once a month. So, basically I am telling you that all three of us live out of our suitcases.
I will be honest when I say I thought being a "stay-at-home" mommy would be a piece of cake and that I would have a ton of time on my hands. Wrong. I am so busy chasing this fast crawler, doing laundry, washing bottles, and trying to spend time with Mitch, that by the end of the day, there is very little "me" time. So for those out there who think I have time to waste away and hit the gym, routine mani and pedi's, and travel the U.S., that's not really my life.
The reason my mind jumped to this blog post today, is for that simple reason. Who exactly am I? I used to be Susannah Higgins, successful contestant in the Miss Alabama program, second grade teacher at Oak Mountain Elementary School, fiance'/wife to Texas Rangers first baseman, Mitch Moreland. I had "my" identity. I hit the gym when I wanted, tanned and enjoyed a pool when I wanted, loved spending time in my classroom, shopped when I wanted, was in pictures instead of behind the camera, and showered in peace and quiet.
This morning, I was well on my way to enjoy a Pure Barre class in Southlake, TX. I got up with Crue, who has been under the weather, made myself a cup of coffee, played in the floor with him, and made Mitch breakfast and coffee in bed. Did I make it to PB? Negative. Was I upset? Absolutely. Did Mitch and I have a little tiff? Yes. Which let to the title of this post.
I was actually upset that I couldn't enjoy PB this morning. I even made the comment that I just "needed me time and need to do something for myself, by myself." When Mitch asked why I was so upset, I said it was because I felt like I was losing my identity. His response was this; "You are my wife, and Crue's mom. Is that not enough?"
After a shower, in peace, with no baby banging on the door trying to just get to his mommy, it all hit me. I don't want the peace and quiet of this shower. I want my sweet boy trying to get to me. I want to have to rush this, because it is ok to just be Crue's mom. I want my husband asking me to do a million things for him before he has to leave to go to the field, because it is ok to just be Mitch's wife.
I realized this morning that I am not losing who Susannah Higgins was. I may never have the body I had while I was competing in Miss Alabama, and I may never hear the laughter coming from my own classroom, and I may be behind the camera unless we have family pictures made.  But there is something that I have gained that I never want to lose; being known as Mitch's wife and Crue's mommy.

I am Susannah Moreland. Mitch's wife. Crue's mommy.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The best four months of my life...

Crue turned four months old and I still can't believe he is here! It seems like yesterday I was still taking pregnancy tests because I just couldn't believe it; like the first six!

We flew to Texas on Sunday so we could see Dr. Joe! He is the absolute best pediatrician in the whole world! He makes me feel so comfortable with everything he does with my sweet boy! The shots were no fun and Crue was really sore later in the afternoon. It broke my heart!

I never thought I could love someone so much! God gave me Mitch and Crue to show me what my mom has always told me. She would often say, "you will know the love for your own one day." What a wise mommy I have!

Crue weighs 17 pounds and is 26 and 3/4 inches long! He is in the 95 percentile for his growth. Mitch and I gave him his first bananas and it was quite entertaining! He is still drinking 5 ounces four times a day and sleeps through the night. Through the night, I mean twelve straight hours! Can I say blessed!! He laughs all of the time and coos the sweetest coos.

Love, that tiny powerful word doesn't describe enough the feeling in my heart!

- Susannah

Monday, November 12, 2012

On this day...

On this day 27 years ago, my mom had a baby boy. Jarod only lived 6 weeks... On this day two years ago, God gave my mom a son-in-law because I said "yes!" On this day one year ago, we were rehearsing our vows with our family and friends! God gave my mom "two" sons. An angel watching over us from above, and my sweet Mitch who takes care of us on Earth! For that, I am so thankful!

Today, I am waiting on my sweet husband to get home so we can celebrate our one year anniversary tomorrow! I made reservations, but I can't reveal them until tomorrow! I can't believe this year has gone by so quickly! It seems like yesterday I was calling my wedding venues and doubling everything!!

This has been a very special year for us! Married AND a baby in the same year!!! While I love our sweet boy more than anything, tomorrow, we are going to celebrate just "us!" But hey, the next two days, we can celebrate Crue! After all, that is when he was conceived! ;)

One year ago today...

- Susannah

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Funny Faces!

The last few days I have had to fight back tears when I look at my sweet baby for long periods of time. He is changing so quickly and learning something new every day!

He is getting such a cute personality and smiles and coos all of the time! I know there will be days when he is older that I will pull these sweet memories out and wonder where time has gone!

Today he started making a face that looks like a little monkey! I would mimic him and he would smile like he knew exactly what I was doing! I wish I would have gotten a picture, but I was too busy watching him, I didn't want to miss it or for him to stop!

I am going to try my best to get a picture of my sweet little monkey face! For now, here are some of the many faces of Crue!

And I love every single one of them!

- Susannah

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Christmas Is NEAR!

This weekend was a weekend filled with Christmas cheer and I loved it! My mom got VIP tickets to Christmas Village this year and I have to say it was so much better than any other year!

Not only did I drag my precious husband along with me, but Mom, Jennifer, and I brought the babies too! Now, for those of you who have never experienced Christmas Village, it is filled with Christmas decorations, soups, dips, children's apparel, clothing for women, more soups and dips, and baby clothes!

I usually go to enjoy all of the dips and to visit my girls' from the Clothes Tree booth. This year on the other hand, I shopped for baby clothes (and of course soups and dips)!!! It was so much more fun than any other year! I am so excited to make my hubby some yummy soup on a cold winter day, maybe even after a hunt, but I am even more excited for our baby's first Christmas!

After I told Mitch there was a second floor, I thought he was going to die! Three hours later, we bought the best thing yet! We had Crue's handprint molded into ours! I can't wait to see how they turn out! Here are the beginning of the precious molds...

After a long day of shopping bliss, sweet boy had a good Sunday's rest!

- Susannah

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Happy First Halloween!

Halloween this yea was the best one yet!!! One, I got to spend it with my HUSBAND, and two, we had the cutest Ninja Turtle ever; our sweet BABY Crue!

Because he is so little, we decided to have everyone at our house! Tuesday, we bought our dining room suit (finally), so it was perfect!

Both family's came and our sweet friends, Shanan and Jesse brought sweet Batman (Sawyer)!

Mitch manned the grill and I took care of the sides! We had steaks, baked potatoes, and salad! I also had the sweet babies' cakes made for their first Halloween!

Life is so sweet after our Halloween treat!

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I married my best friend and precious husband, Mitch, November 13, 2011. Just three short weeks later we were suprised to find out that we would be welcoming our first baby in August! Crue was born on July 25, 2012 and has completely melted our hearts!

We live a very different lifestyle that is based around baseball and traveling. Mitch has been blessed to be a part of the Texas Rangers and is their first baseman. I miss my husband when he is gone, but our time is so precious when he is home! Together we share a love for a cup of coffee in the mornings, good steak dinner, hunting, movies, and first and foremost, Jesus.

Mitch is definitely my better half and keeps me grounded in realizing the more important things in life. He would definitely rather spend his time outdoors. If we ever had to "Live off the Land," we would be okay! I, on the other hand, love to shop! I love all things SWANK and Restoration Hardware!

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