Well hi there friends!  Welcome to Sippy Cups and Sneakers- my little home in the blogosphere!  I’m Melissa and I’m thrilled that you’re here!

SC&S is a where I share the lessons I’ve learned (and am still learning daily) about being a mom and everything that goes with that job title.  I’ll post about things like:

  • losing the pregnancy weight and getting (and staying!) healthy and fit
  • organizing my life and home
  • how I’m adapting to the role of “mama” and adjusting to the many stages of childhood.

Keep your eyes peeled, because there may even be some posts about a really big building project that’s on the horizon for our little family!

So now that you know about the blog, let me tell you a little bit about myself.

I’m Melissa, a curly-headed thirty-something born and raised in Oklahoma.  Many people think of Oklahoma as dirt roads and horses.  I actually grew up in the ‘burbs and have led a pretty “citified” life up until this point.  That’s all getting ready to change though!

I was about 3 here with my Cabbage Patch named Nora.

I’m the oldest child and only daughter, so my brothers would tell you that I’m super bossy.  My family is very close and they have shaped me into who I am today.  We spent many an hour laughing around the kitchen table, tormenting each other and making up new sports in the backyard.

Don’t you just love those glasses?!

I attended Oklahoma State University (Go Pokes!) and majored in Elementary Education.  My friends and I weren’t your typical partying college kids, but we found ways to have fun.  Most weekends were spent camping out or standing in line for various sporting events and getting the best seats possible.  I made so many memories in the football stadium and basketball arena!

At an OSU basketball game with my roommates- in the front row, of course!

Teaching first and second grades over an 8 year span was my first big adventure.  I’m a tech geek, so I loved introducing my students to new technology and trying to find something that would interest and hook that really hard to reach student.

One of my favorite parts of teaching lower elementary- zoo field trips!

Fun fact, I met my husband Dillon at church when we were in high school.  He was always one of my best friends, but dating was never even a remote possibility.  Why?  Well, because I’m three years older than he is (yes, he calls me his cougar all the time) and had a hard and fast rule that I would never date anyone younger than my brother, who is 2 years younger than me.  Fast-forward 10 years or so and the joke was on me.

Our first picture together as a couple.

We got married in 2012 and he is the biggest blessing in my life!  He is my my loudest cheerleader, my voice of reason, the comic relief, a loving husband and a fantastic father.  I could go on, but I’ll spare you all the mushy gushy.

Such a happy day!

In 2014 I hung up my dry erase markers and teacher voice for my next big adventure- motherhood.  Our Little Miss came into the world in June 2015 and our lives changed forever.  She is sweet, strong-willed and so, so funny.  She has taught me more patience than I ever thought was possible (especially after teaching 30 7 year olds!), but I wouldn’t change it for a thing.  I always thought I wanted to be a stay at home mom when I had kids, but now I know it was the perfect decision for me and our family.

Party of 3!

So that’s a little bit about my life.  I’d love to get to know you!  Make sure to join in the conversation here on the blog and on social media.  You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


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