Love, Pasta and a Tool Belt

We have a new name! Tyler and I decided we wanted something a little more creative for our blog name if we were going to continue blogging. So we thought and thought and tried to think of things that represent us. It’s probably pretty obvious to those of you who know us or who have been reading our blog but I will explain.

Love- well that’s obvious, we’re  married and we love each other. We love food and craft projects (more so me) and decorating our house which is all of the things we are blogging about.

Pasta- this one is for me. If you don’t know me then you don’t know that I LOVE pasta. Give me an Olive Garden Five Cheese Ziti over dessert any day. I live off of pasta. So I am constantly trying to find new pasta recipes and now healthier ones since I am feeding a husband too and not just myself. But don’t worry the recipes will be other things besides just pasta.

A Tool Belt- So Tyler works in construction as a project manager and well we all know he is going to be the one donning the tool belt in all of our home improvement projects. So the tool belt is to represent Tyler.

So the blog is still to Keep up with the Glovers, we just wanted a new name that was more creative and catchy. Let us know what you think of our new name! We will be working to update the site and make it more exciting looking. I am slowly learning to navigate the world that is blogging. We hope you are enjoying the blog as much as we are enjoying writing it.

Happy Monday!

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Down Syndrome- My sister the superstar!

Well yesterday was World Down Syndrome Day and I didn’t get this post done. I was really trying to decide what I would write. My baby sister was born with down syndrome. I say baby sister but she is 18 years old now, 18, oh my gosh. She is way too grown up. I was 8 years old when she was born and I had no idea what it meant when they said she had down syndrome. It didn’t really matter to me I was just excited to have a new baby sister and play mother.

For those of you who don’t know (and I will admit I looked this up to make sure I got the technical details right) down syndrome is when a child is born with 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46. This causes both physical and mental delays. Each child can have a varying degree of different problems associated with down syndrome. My sister was born with a heart defect and had to have open heart surgery at 6 months.

I once did a speech, in college, educating people on down syndrome. I really wish I had kept it because I remember it being pretty interesting. I do remember talking about little idiosyncrasies that children with down syndrome have. My sister is terrified of indoor house plants. She won’t go near them.

My little sister is the joy of our family. She keeps us all together because she’s always begging us to come home and visit. Then we arrive, she says hello and goes off to do a “show” meaning she sings in her room with a microphone, very loudly. She loves to watch TV, something that we have in common. She loves to swim, we are going to the beach next week and I bet you she will be in that water even though it will only be about 72 degrees at the most outside. She has a wonderful group of friends who are a hoot to watch together. She loves spaghetti and french fries. She can easily convince any one of us to buy her a burger and fries just with an adorable look. She is always smiling and happy. She can always tell if I am upset and is always concerned about everyone.

If you’ve never known anyone with down syndrome then you are missing out, they are sweet, kind and loving. Sure they may be different than us, but that is what makes them so wonderful. So remember that next time you see someone with down syndrome who is bagging your groceries or clearing your table and give them the same smile back that I am sure they will be giving you.

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It’s Friday!

What was the one experience that completely changed your life? What happened? How did it change your life?

So who knew that there was an “Inspire me” button to click when you start to post and realize you have nothing to post about? How fun is that. So I liked the inspire me and thought I would post up the story of how Tyler and I met for those of you who don’t know. It explains why our blog has the subtitle “all because Memaw can use Facebook”

I will try to keep this short, sweet and to the point. Tyler and I probably met once before when we were just youngsters. My uncle was the pastor at his church and since my grandparents lived in the same town we visited frequently and attended church with them. We have no pictures or proof but I like to believe we did.

Many years later I took a job as a nanny for a military family in the DC area and my Memaw decided because I lived in the DC area and Tyler did too that well we had to meet. So she took to Facebook to show her social media and matchmaking skills and contacted Tyler’s mom to get his contact info and to give mine to him. Next thing I knew I had a voicemail from a boy named Tyler who said my grandmother had told him to call me. Great pick up line right? Well lucky for him I thought he had a nice voice so I called him back.

We arranged to have our first date at the movies and saw the movie Killers and well the rest is history. 13 months later to the date we were engaged and 2 years and 12 days after meeting we were married. Best decision I ever made and one of the boldest I’ve ever made to step out of my comfort zone and go meet a random guy at the moves.

Memaw is pretty proud of her matchmaking skills so I have extended my apologies to the rest of her 14 grandchildren. Although she might want to stop after her first success, it would be a shame to tarnish that perfect record!

Our first photo together!

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And our most recent, from our snow day!!

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