Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy Birthday to Jesus! It's hard to believe this time last year we were patiently waiting for our precious Prince to make his debut! This first Christmas has been nothing short of amazing between the love that our family showered all over our little family to watching our sweet baby boy partake in his first Christmas!


May your day be filled with love, laughter, and many, MANY blessings! Let's not forget the real meaning of Christmas and thank God for giving us HIS precious Prince on this beautiful CHRISTmas day! xoxo

The truth of the matter is...

All that really matters is family! I'm not one to do anything on a whim...I'm quite the type A personality! However, a 1 1/2 ago my father had minor surgery for a carotid artery. After speaking with a very stressed out mother ( my father is stubborn and not the easiest patient!...I get it honestly!), Daven and I surprised them by making an impromptu trip to GA!

After talking it over with my very understanding and loving husband, Daven, Cooper, and I hopped in the car at 7pm Thursday night and drove our first leg to Tallahassee. Have I mentioned what an amazing and giving husband and in-laws I have?! Not one questioned my decision and opened their arms and home to us last minute!

We got to "Nonni and Pop-Pop's" Friday around 3pm and had a wonderful time. Thanks to my wonderful boys (N & D), I've learned life is too short to not be with the ones you love when they need it the most.

After our impromptu trip we ventured back to Tallahassee to be with Nate's family and celebrate an early Christmas. It was a sporadic and quick, but AMAZING trip :)



Jolly Old St. Nicholas...

"Lean your ear this way, don't you tell a single soul what I'm going to say!"- Actually D wanted St. Nick to stay as far away as possible! Love you lil man and promise not to torture you like this again, but you only celebrate your first year once!

Thursday, December 13, 2012


Well today is 12.12.12 and it must be documented for our little guy since it will be at least a century before we see a day like today again.

To add to it...our day was anything but ordinary because...D decided to brave walking ALL.BY.HIMSELF! He's actually been trying for a few days, but today was the first day he was brave enough to let go without us being right there to catch him! He can even steady himself and stand strong before taking a step!

We are so proud of our little guy and hope you enjoy a brief snippet of his new skills!

Monday, December 10, 2012

For Your Viewing Pleasure!

Just a few videos of our new discoveries!
Sharing is caring! (Yes, gross, but I choose to pick my battles!)
He is so proud of his new accomplishment!

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

We had the pleasure of babysitting little Ella this past Saturday night. Pleasure? I know, not the word most associate with babysitting someone else's little one, but we LOVE Ms. Ella! She is by far the sweetest three year old we've ever met and she LOVES "baby Daven" (yes, that's what she's called him from the day they met!).

To make the night fun, we took the kiddies to Grace Baptist to see the light show! We had a blast and got to experience what two kids was like for a night...it was wonderful!

Nate took a couple videos to document the fun night! The lights were donated by a local Sarasotian. The kind gentleman was there that night. Nate heard many children walk up to him and say, "thank you sir for donating your Christmas lights!" Ah- just melts my heart! The gentleman who donated the lights used to put the show on at his house - being that he is in a wheelchair, his neighbors would help him set the whole shabang up every year - talk about neighborly love! However, either by sheer popularity or just the amount of time and energy it took to set up, he donated everything to Grace Baptist Church and now the public gets to enjoy his beautiful creation!

11 Months!

Height: 29 inches (give or take...)
Head: 18 inches...according to my calculations your head hasn't grown in quite some time! :)
New Skills:
-Trying to feed yourself with spoon and fork
-Took first steps
-Learned how to share with cooper
-Had first swim lessons
-Tried chocolate milk
-Got two more teeth (top)
-Love to dance whenever you hear music
-Started having trouble sleeping thru the night...unless cuddling with mom and dad
-Says "uh ah, uh ah!", baba, Gigi, Nana, Dada, Mama, hot & lots of jibberish!
-Stood all by yourself without hiding on to anything for a matter of seconds
-Love to "talk" on the phone (hold everything to your ear and pretend its a phone)
-Love your sandbox
-Started drinking milk
-Love giving Mommy "kisses"....more like eating my lips but hey, you're trying!
-Starting to understand where your head is when asked
- LOVE cuties (tangerines)...we can't buy them fast enough!
- Love to clap and tap all.the.time!
- Learning how to say your Prayers
Wow, 11 months old! It is so hard to believe that 11 short months ago you made your way into our world and turned it upside down...for the better!  Your first birthday is QUICKLY approaching, and I am trying ever so diligently to get it all organized before the week of....one thing you will learn of your momma...I work best under pressure, which equals lots of last minute preparations! We love you so much and couldn't imagine our lives without your quircky personality! Yes, you definitely give us a run for our money...and precious sleep hours, but you have also shown us how great of a tag team we make in raising you! We love you sweet baby boy and wish you would slow your roll on the growing factor!


Monday, December 3, 2012

Happy Birthday!

Happiest of birthday's to the first man I ever loved...my daddy!
Dad, I wish we could be with you to celebrate your birthday, but we are always there in spirit! Thank you for being an amazing father and grandfather! You are the epitome of what a real man is and should be. Thank you for raising me to be the strong independent (and quite stubborn) woman that I am. Thank you for being my rock when necessary, my push when absolutely needed, and always, my biggest cheerleader. Thank you for always showing us your softer side, reminding us how proud you were/are, and STILL waking all three of your girls, plus wife, up every morning from whereever you are currently working...seriously, there aren't many dad's in this world that have alarms on their phones that say "wake-up daughters". Last, but not least, thank you for being a great grandfather to Daven. Seeing him light-up each time he sees you means so much to me! He loves you with all of his heart and I know he can't wait to go fishing with his "pop-pop"...just no "five little turkey's sitting in a tree" songs please :)

Bells Will Be Ringing...

This has been the year of weddings (six in all!) and next year I expected nothing different! We are beyond excited to announce that my best friend of 14 years is getting married!!! Jennifer and Jon got engaged over the weekend while hiking in Ashville. Jon, being the clever fellow that he is, didn't lead on to the proposal at all and waited until they had reached the top of the mountains before asking for Jen's hand in marriage.
Jennifer and Jon - We are on cloud nine for you two lovebirds! You two make such a perfect and beautiful couple! We wish you the very best as you plan your big day and can't wait to be there to celebrate with y'all!!!

Better Late Than Never!

I've been a little scatterbrained when it comes to the blog lately! Our life has been a little hectic with the holidays, weddings, traveling, upcoming 1st birthday....you name it, it's probably on our list!
However, a few weeks ago, we headed to Tallahasee for a wedding/Nathan meetings. The one BIG plus of not working is Daven and I get to travel with Nathan almost every time he goes to Tallahassee. To say it's nice is an understatement...it's wonderful! Not only do we get to spend quality time almost every month with family, but I get a little break from full-time mom to run, relax, and catch up with my M-I-L and S-I-L's! I must admit, I love my solo runs up and down the Tallahasee hills listening to whatever my heart desires (sorry Raffi...baby beluga just doesn't get the job done!)
While we were in Tallahassee, Gena and Fred took some time off to spend with us! We had a great time catching up, lunching at my favorite place in the world (Hopkins), AND venturing to the Tallahasee Jr. Museum! This was my first as well as Daven's time to the Jr. Museum where we'd heard endless stories from Nate about how cool it was. Well, it did not dissapoint - we had a blast! It was a perfect Veteran's day spent with my in-laws and sweet prince!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Happy Birthday

Happy 4th Birthday to our furry, four-legged child, Cooper! We couldn't imagine life without ...plus despite what critics say, you did a very good job preparing us for Daven!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

May your Thanksgiving be filled with love, blessings, and lots of turkey!


Friday, November 16, 2012

10 Months!

Weight: 20.2 lbs
Height: 28.5 in
Head: 17.5 in
New Skills:
- Dances when asked
- Stands up in crib
- Sits up by self
Scoots...no desire to crawl!
Says Mama, hot, choo choo, tent, da (dog), vroom
- Moo's
- Pulls up on everything
-You had your first cold
- Started swimming lessons...definitely a little fish!
- can hold on to the table and couch and walk around...you only need a pinkie from mommy or daddy to walk around the house!
- loves to draw (and eat) with chalk!

10 months old- wow, you are growing up so fast! You are such a character and we love every minute of your adorable personality! Your are such an amazing lil man an we are so lucky to call you ours!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


"...in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight" -Proverbs 3:5-6
The thunder started rolling in around 8:30am...the rain shortly followed. Was it a coincidence that the weather was very omniscent of yesterday's Presidential election? Personally, as we were driving to cancelled swimming lessons, it felt like God was crying over our lack of trust in him picking the right candidate to lead our Country.

I can't say I'm 100% pleased with his choice in our President, but honestly I do feel a sort of solace as we embark on these next 4 years. You all probably think I'm absolutely crazy...I'm sure even my better half would agree! However, the one thing I kept hearing on repeat yesterday was, "don't worry Nik, I got this!"...and that's exactly what I am going to TRY and do - trust in our Lord...our Creator and master planner for each and every second of our earthly life.
The craziest part...today is B-E-A-U-TIFUL! I honestly think the weather is pure evidence that God is playing the greater role in this whole election process!

On a completely separate note...since the weather was quite dreary yesterday, I decided it was arts and crafts day at the Varn casa. Daven has started to take an interest in his chalk...mainly attempting to eat it...but nonetheless he does drag it across his chalkboard a time or two. Thus, I bought him a color wonder paint set thinking he'd love dipping and coloring! Yeah...he liked dipping alright,  but didn't get the coloring aspect. Next we made edible paint...safe to eat, fun to smoosh between your fingers, and hopefully easier to paint a pretty picture! Hah...he was scared of the paint....the few "pictures" I got were due in large to me dragging his hand across the paper. Thus, the paint is now in the freezer and we will try again when he's a little older.
And proof he's infatuated with his Chalk...coolest.lil.man.I.know!


Monday, November 5, 2012

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday! The time change has thrown lil man for a loop and so our nights have been quite long...and naps quite short! Poor baby was a mess yesterday and this morning, but hopefully he is on the road to recovery as he's been asleep for two hours!
Besides the time change, our weekend was lovely. We took D to his first festival - the annual Chalk Festival in downtown Sarasota. Chalk artist from all over the country come to Sarasota for 6 days to create works of art in honor of the Ringling Circus. Although extremely crowded, it was rather amazing to see the artists at work creating 3D images of Clowns, Elephants, Tigers, etc. pop off of Pineapple Avenue!
We ended our weekend with a beautiful Sunday bridal shower for my dear friend Erika. D was such a trooper and made sure the spotlight didn't leave the beautiful blushing bride (he has a tendency to steal the show...oh the life of a baby!).
On top of it all D learned two new words...maybe three, but we're not sure what he's saying! D can now say:
- Choo Choo
- Tent
...and we think Dog, but it sounds more like "da"

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Our family apparently has a slight obsession with Superman...
Superman "flew" to our neighbors/friends homes to say Happy Halloween before the gaggle of trick-or-treater's showed up. Although Halloween is one of my favorite holidays (love all the cute kids!), ours was a fairly short night since the little guy needed to sleep. After a handful of kids stopped by the house, we quickly allowed the last bunch to take as much candy as they wished and turned off our lights early...like 7:30pm early! Although we didn't get to see all the cute cosutmes roaming the streets last night, we did get to make a handful of kids super happy with the giant handfuls of candy they got to grab! One little boy quickly proclaimed to all the kids on the street "hey guys this house lets you take as much as you want!"...we quickly closed up shop thereafter :)



Saturday, October 27, 2012

Just A Little Thank You...

Dearest Mother ~

Thank you for making every minute of Daven's 1st official roadtrip so memorable. Thank you for all you did for us during the trip and continue to do each and every day. You are an amazing mother and best friend and we are so thankful for you!! I wanted to get you something to commemorate D's first roadtrip and couldn't think of a better way to do so. We love you and hope you enjoy!


P.S. Your copy is in the mail :)



Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Happy Birthday!

This post was supposed to be published two days ago, but picture taking is a lot more difficult these days...especially when lil man is sick :)

Happiest of Birthdays to an amazing Mother, Mother-in-law, and Grandmother! You truly are a very remarkable woman and anyone who has the opportunity to know you is truly blessed! We love you!!

And...a happy belated big 6-0 birthday to Fred- one of the most amazing Fathers, Father-in-laws, and
Grandfathers there is! You have been such a wonderful role model to all of us in both your love for your family and Christ! We love you and wish we could have been there for your big birthday bash!

Happy Anniversary!

Happy 3rd Anniversary my dear husband - the man who stole my heart with his crazy dance moves and canny ability to make me laugh everyday. I love you and can't wait to see what our future holds!

Under the Weather

Our poor little Prince has his first cold. Prior to my departure for Erika's Bachelorette Party, D and I were both starting to feel under the weather. Poor Nate was left home with a somewhat sickly baby and was his superhero! He gave D all the cuddles, warm baths, and constant watch he needed! After checking with the doctor (first time parents, what do you expect?!) and being reassured he didn't need to go to the hospital, we embarked on a long night of tears, back rubs, Prayers, and cuddles....lots of cuddles!

Daven's fever FINALLY broke around 3:30am and we spent most of yesterday in our PJ's doing whatever the little man wanted...the benefits of being sick! He's feeling better, but still fighting sleep, which in turn, led Nate to be MY superhero! Although his beloved Presidential debate was on, we played the ultimate power couple as we tag teamed D's lil booty and made him go to bed. Through the laughs, frustrated "please go to sleeps", and "I'll go in after 15 minutes and lay him back down's", Nate finally swooped up his lil man and cuddled with him until he was fast asleep then quietly slipped out and I took his place. Nights like last night make me realize what a catch I truly have!

Around The World In One Day

While Nathan and D enjoyed a quite boys weekend, I traveled around the World with Erika for her last fling before the ring! We had so much fun eating and drinking our way thru Epcot as we traveled from France all the way to England!

Being with wonderful friends and celebrating such an exciting time in ones life made for a splendid weekend!


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Date Night

Tears, hugs, kisses, happy embraces, sad goodbyes-Sitting at the airport waiting on my husband, I can't help but feel like the movie Love Actually is playing out before my eyes.

I met Nate at Reagan Intl. for our first real date since D was born. While he happily played with Nonni, Meme, and Poppy, Nate and I enjoyed long overdue adult time in DC. We had a wonderful visit and did A LOT of walking! The weather was perfect and I couldn't have asked for a better early anniversary celebration with my amazing husband.

When I was 6 I stood in the groove of the Pillar's at Lincoln's Memorial - not only was I shocked I still fit...I was still amazed at how big the Pillar's were 20 years later!