Avery’s Swimming lessons

Today was Avery’s last session in her swim lessons and it went great! She usually doesn’t like water in her face and is cautious when it comes to water (which we don’t mind at all!). But by the end of the lesson she found confidence in herself knowing that it was ok to get her face wet. And she even went fully under the water once. I asked her before I did it and she said yes! She afterward told us it wasn’t fun but I’m proud of her for not crying or being upset about it. Continue reading

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Joshua David

In the spirit of Father’s Day I thought I would write a blog about Josh. My amazing husband and the best daddy to Avery.

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I first met Josh my freshman year of high school on the bus. And now years later we are married, have Avery, living in Tennessee and happier than ever. As I’ve gotten to know Josh and what makes him the way he is I fall more in love all the time.

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A few years ago when we found out I was pregnant and that we were going to be parents we kinda freaked out because we were so young. We both loved kids, had helped take care of them before and knew we loved each other. Our main goal has always been to put Avery as a priority and pour our hearts into her. I knew Josh would be a great daddy but I didn’t realize how great he would be. After a long day of work he loves playing with Avery in the bath, reading her books and getting her all excited and awake before mommy puts her to bed haha. And every morning if Avery sleeps with us I wake up to her cuddling up to her daddy and it melts my heart! They are smack next to each other yet still take up most of the bed! He can also make Avery laugh more than anyone. They love playing together and if I ever tell them it’s time to do something they don’t want to do they both look at me and say “what??” with their hands up all confused. Sometimes I feel like I have twins with how much they are alike.

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Josh is not only a great daddy, he’s just a great person. He is INCREDIBLY hard working, sweet and has the biggest heart. He is also funny!! He says the most hilarious things off the top of his head. Josh is also selfless, crazy smart, and helps me be a better person. He always knows what to do, what to say, and he challenges me to do better. He believes in me way more than I probably believe in myself. Josh’s arms is hands down my safe place. One hug from him and the way he smells crazy good all the time calms me down in an instant. He’s not the biggest touchy feely guy but he is for me and I love it. Randomly he will tell me he loves me and give me a kiss and my love tank will keep filling up And I love how honest he is. He won’t sweet talk someone if he doesn’t like them but he gives everyone he meets a chance. He makes friends so easily because he’s such an easy person to be around. So many people tell me how blessed I am to have Josh and yet they have no clue how amazing he really is because they aren’t with him 24/7. He is strong but also soft spoken and respectful. I love that he doesn’t yell and that he always talks to Avery so sweetly when she is upset. He really is a gift from God! I have no clue how I got the best daughter AND best husband but I’ll always be grateful!

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And that scratches the surface for how much I love Josh and think so highly of him! I hope everyone has a great Father’s Day and pampers all the husbands and dads out there! They deserve it!

Cooking with kids

While we were visiting Gatlinburg, TN there was the cutest kid apron ever! It said “Sweet Tea Y’all” and since my blog is “My Cup of Sweet Tea” we just had to take a photo with it.

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After taking that picture I was thinking about how much Avery helps me in the kitchen and how much I love it. I think that having Avery help me cook and bake is so important and so much fun. It gives us a chance to do something together that I love doing and it will start to teach her the basics of cooking and baking. I am not a super amazing chef but hopefully she will learn a few things from me. Plus it makes cooking and baking much more enjoyable when I have such a great helper.

The other day I decided to make rice crispy treats and had Avery help me. She decided she wanted to put M&M’s in there and then she decided she needed to get her hands in the M&M jar. IMG_1238

And then she found out that marshmallows are in rice crispy treats and got even more excited!

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She then insisted on stirring the marshmallows and did a great job at being careful with the hot stove.

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And of course she had to sample a few M&M’s to make sure they tasted alright before adding them to our rice crispy treat mix.

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Once the M&M’s were approved we added them to the pot and again she wanted to help stir. (Although this time it was a little too hard for her to mix the sticky batter)

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Once we put the rice crispy treats in the pan Avery decided we didn’t have enough M&M’s so she sprinkled some more on top.

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And Ta Da! Avery was very proud of the dessert she made! She loved them and ate her fair share of them!

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It was fun to take photos of Avery making her dessert and I hope it inspires other moms and dads to cook with their kiddos! Oh and the thing that Avery’s standing on while helping me is the best! It’s called The Learning Tower by little partners. The color we have is dark cherry. It’s amazing when Avery wants to help me cook and I don’t have to worry about her falling over in a chair and it adjusts to whatever height your child is.

Hope you enjoyed my blog!

– Cassy