Monday, July 23, 2012


It's hard to believe, but Maia turned ONE this weekend! She loves giraffes so we took her to the zoo where she got to feed one. We also had a nice little party for her with some friends. She had so much fun! :-) Here's my little one-year old:

Friday, June 22, 2012

Mama, PhD

The last two months have been pretty amazing and I've got some exciting news to share! I graduated with my PhD last month and just accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of English at a university not far from home. I'm excited about my new job and that I will get to stay close to family. Maia has also had an exciting few months as she continues to grow and learn new things. She will turn one next month! How did that happen?! She's close to walking on her own and has been walking around holding onto the furniture and zooming around pushing her musical walker for awhile now. It was so special having her at my graduation ceremony. She ended up falling asleep but was a good girl throughout. Here she is asleep on my shoulder after the ceremony. Maia & Mama: Almost walking on her own: That little giraffe is her favorite toy! :-) Well, I've got to get some writing done this afternoon before we head off for a little house-hunting this weekend in our new town. Have a great weekend everyone!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

Time for An Update

Sorry it's been so long since I've posted anything! I've had a few people write me asking for an update so I thought I'd share the latest news and a picture of my little sweetheart. :-)

Here's Maia last month when she turned 6 months old:

She's been happy and healthy these last few months and continues to amaze us everyday. I can't believe how fast she's growing and all of the new things she's learning. :-)

The other thing keeping me busy was my dissertation which I finished and successfully defended last month! Yay! I'm so relieved to be graduating with my PhD in May. Hopefully I can find a full time professor position in the next year or two and we can settle our family somewhere finally.

That's my news for now! Have a great week everyone! :-)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Little Pumpkin

These are some pictures from last week that I forgot to post. I love that it's finally fall here! Maia got her own tiny pumpkin -- it's just her size. :-)

My little pumpkin in her cute hat:

Comfy fall outfit:

Black Dress (Ann Taylor Outlet)
Brown Sweater (Steinmart)
Belt (Target)
Black knit tights (Target)
Boots (JCPennys)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Maia the Bee

We had a fun Halloween yesterday sitting on the porch handing out candy until it ran out. Maia was a bumble bee and was very cozy in her little fleece costume. She was intrigued by all of the kids and costumes! :-)

the wings on the back:

I was pleased with myself for getting such a good deal on this costume. It's from the Gap but I got it on Ebay for 99 cents plus shipping!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Mommy & Maia: Weekend Edition

This has been a busy weekend for me but I still got to spend some fun time with my family. Here are some snapshots of me and my girl. She's growing like a weed and I'm constantly pulling out new clothes for her to try. She's definitely outgrown lots of her old clothes in length! In the first picture she's wearing a dress as a tunic top over pants because it's really too short as a dress now but still fits on top. You can't see the pants in the picture but they were a cute pair of white stretch pants with pink trim on the bottom that just happened to match the dark pink in the dress. I love how she's looking right at the camera (at Daddy actually) in this shot.

Here she's wearing an adorable plaid overall outfit one of her grandmas sent her. So cute!!