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I found a dress! Already hanging in my closet! And I bought it while I was in college for $11 (or was it $8?)!

Not the best picture of Hubby, but the one that best shows what I look like in the dress.

Colton has decided he likes to hold onto his bottles when he eats. It’s pretty adorable.

Speaking of adorable, Colton managed to somehow sleep through just about the entire first half of the Clemson game. How it was possible, especially since we sat very close to the Georgia Tech band, is beyond me.

He did, however, manage to stay awake for the 25 most exciting seconds in college football – when the Tigers run down the hill!

The hubs surprised me, happily wearing Colton for the lead-up to the game, and throughout the first half. When we registered for the Bjorn, Hubby said he’d wear it, but I thought it would only be for hiking trips. I never would have imagined he would wear it in such a large, public venue!

Colton had a great time with my dad after the game, celebrating a well-deserved Tiger victory. And they both had Clemson hats on!

My brother finally got to meet Colton this weekend! We thought they’d be able to meet sooner, but my brother was unable to get off of work when we were able to come down to South Carolina. But, the nice part about seeing him so much later is that we’ve started to discover how alike Colton and my brother are personality-wise, so it was even more fun to have them together than it would have been if we had managed to get together earlier.

Really, the whole day couldn’t have been more perfect – from our parking spot, our tailgating food, seeing family, a shady spot in the stadium, the wonderfully nice people sitting around us, seeing Colton decked out in his Clemson gear, and a Clemson win – I can’t think of a single thing that would have made the day better.

But back to the wedding! It was held at a beautiful little chapel in a private community on the side of a mountain. The view was gorgeous!

Colton saw the bride process in, and sometime before she was given away, he left to have his diaper changed, never to return. The hubs said he started making unhappy noises while he was changing him, so he was afraid to bring him back in. Plus, Hubby enjoyed having a mini hiking experience with his son.

But the best part for Colton? Sleeping in a giant bed during his very first hotel stay. But, not to worry, he slept in his crib most of the time; when I took this, we had to pack up his bed so we were ready for check-out, but Colton wasn’t ready for his nap to end.


Do you ever watch the Travel Chanel? I don’t usually, but as I was channel suffering Sunday night, I stumbled on a marathon of the show Mark and Olly. Evidently, each season they travel to visit a remote tribe and live and work with them for three months. Last season, they stayed with the Mek, who you may remember for their outfits consisting mainly of penis gourds.

This season, they’ll be living with the Machigenga in South America. It looks like its going to be an interesting three months for Mark and Olly — a former British army officer and a former BBC reporter. When they first emerged from the jungle into the small tribe’s home, everyone was worried because they didn’t come with any women. The men were worried Mark and Olly might steal their wives, and the men were worried they were homosexuals. The best part of the introduction came when the chief told them that if he caught them together he would stick hot chili peppers up their butts.

Its a funny yet interesting show, and I especially appreciate both Mark and Olly’s willingness to live EXACTLY as the native peoples do. Because of that, you really feel like you begin to understand not only what these peoples’ lives are like, but also WHY they live they way they do and believe what they believe.


Merry Christmas from Longbrake Living!

I’ll be gone for about a week, as Hubby and I travel three states away to visit my family. Christmas is really the only time I get down to my parent’s neck of the woods, so I’m really looking forward to having nearly a week to spend with them, and my not-so-little, little brother. See you in a week!

Just a 20-something girl living on the East Coast, trying to figure out life. I'm a wife and mom to two. I'm trying to rediscover my love for long walks, yoga and pilates. But not hiking. I still don't like hills. I was raised at the beach, but I don't like the beach. I like to look at it, but I don't like to swim in it, I'd prefer a pool, thanks. I'm just trying to become the best person I can be -- the woman God wants me to be. That's easier said than done!

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Hubby is my all-time favorite guy. A perfect mix of serious, sarcastic, laid-back, handy and nerdy, he is the perfect complement to me. I love his strong work-ethic and the way he always loves and supports me through everything. Some of Hubby's favorite things include: hiking, Virginia Tech football, woodworking, and his family. When I married him in July 2007, I had no idea what an amazing journey we were headed on, and how I could come to love him so much more each day.

Our oldest, Colton, is three years old. He is equal parts sassy and hysterical. He loves all things train, car, bus, truck, and machine related. He has a penchant for made-up words and loves to be the clown of his pre-school class. Our younger son, Nathan, was born this May. He is pure joy and full of smiles! He is such a blessing and a perfect fit for our family.