Tuesday, December 9, 2008

In Addition To Last Night's Post

Thought I was going to be feeling a little better for travel...I threw up three times last night...I have no idea what I packed, hahaha!

And I forgot to mention that BabyBoy got sick from his cous' on Thanksgiving and thought he was getting better too, and yesterday and this morning have been the worst for the poor little guy, worst diapers we have ever seen from him, and just feeling plain ole yucky. :(

We will be praying (and praising Him) all day long :)

Monday, December 8, 2008

On My Back With a Fiesty NCF Bean :)

Hi girls! Thanks for stickin with me :) You guys are truly awesome! And a huge thank you to those who e-mailed and/or called me, I love you guys! So here is the latest and greatest... (I am so sorry to be so lengthy but I will get in trouble by friends and fam if I don't keep em informed)

-Result of fevers=blood work done and white count was slightly elevated so I took an antibiotic (safe for preggers)

-Started feeling a bit better this past week but am still spending the majority of my time on the couch trying to eat anything I can to sustain myself :), it's still tough to eat (wow that is so unlike me!), moaning every now and then, and as a result of "feeling better" I've been throwing up almost everyday for the past week, it could be much worse I cannot complain one little bit. :) My Dad's been sick and my Aunt has a broken foot so Hubby (with God's help) has been our saving grace, he has still been doing everything (except throwing up :)), so he's also been working until 1, 2, and 3am! He needs some rest! (We did have a great friend watch the baby during an appt last week and another great friend watch him for a concert we went to over the weekend-more to come!)

-We are flying to the east coast tomorrow! Yeah, you read it, tomorrow! Oh my goodness! Local east coast friends I am so sorry I haven't gotten to you sooner, I had planned to send out a whole e-mail weeks ago and then well you know what's been going on and I haven't been on my computer or phone, I just booked our tickets less than a week ago. Spread the word that if anyone wants to get together for a game night at the Hartmans on Fri night Dec 12th, we'd love love love to see you!

-I forgot to tell you a funny story about the horrible doctor we saw a week or so ago. When we finally saw the baby on the sonogram I started tearing up and when we were done I was crying and the doctor just stood there looking at me like...ummm...I.don't.know.what.to.do...never seen this before ha! And it was totally different than the tearing up I did last week during an episode of Saved by the Bell, Greys Anatomy (haven't seen it regularly but intriguing), two episodes of Friends, and the Parent Trap, haaa!

-I miss you! I feel bad posting when I haven't been able to read up and comment on you! I hope you had a rockin Thanksgiving! I had a small salad :) haha I hope hope hope to catch up on you soon, tons of things must have happened by now and I have no idea!

-Oh and we have a totally NCF Bean on our hands! We were so blessed to get squeezed into an appointment with a new OB this morning (I had to keep calling and finally a cancellation), we wanted to get in before we left tomorrow and make sure everything was ok. I saw a chiropractor last week, good, but she did a couple things that made we worry that the baby was ok. So we got to see the baby this morning! Huge blessing, huge! We got to hear the heartbeat, which we haven't heard yet (bad doctor). The baby is measuring perfectly, yay! Looks like she (or he) had a big head, oh my, just like Big Guy :) Still only one in there, I was sure it was twins! And the funny part was the doctor was laughing and saying that was the most active baby she has seen at this age, just over 9 weeks, just over 1 in, and that little bean was just a wiggling around. So cute! Just a wigglin! Oh my, we have another fiesty one on our hands :) Miracle. Praise God.

-On Wed-Fri afternoon Hubby and I get to get away! My Mom is going to watch the baby so we can go and celebrate our anniversary from last June! We are going to a little antiquey town in the mountains, getting a preggy massage (at first the woman said they wouldn't do until 12 weeks, but I've been told and by the doc today it's ok, right, peeps, it's ok right, I thought I got one during my first trimester before, I know stay away from the feet :), and a facial, and maybe a body scrub (I was told as long as you stay away from herbals and stay more with botanicals, it's ok, anybody?). We'll have to do the beach another time, this getaway will be closer, less than 2 hour drive and less expensive too :) But very relaxing! Can't wait! There's one old little theater that shows one movie for $.75 and popcorn is $.50, it's really cute.

-Hubby's work Christmas party Sat night, I have no idea what to wear! I haven't felt well enough to get off the couch to go shopping! Oh my goodness! I know! Ahh!

-We'll be on the east coast until the 19th, I'm sure I'll be feeling better by then, so you keep posting and I'll have tons of reading to do! If anything crazy substantial (which is anything I need to know! Anything!) has happened please leave it in the comments, I need to stay informed people! Thank you again and catch up with you soon!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Update

Hi girls, I've missed you! We had our first appt yesterday and praise God that we got to see the baby (only one, I so thought it was twins because of how bad I've been feeling, haa!), the baby's heartbeat, and little bean is measuring right on...

But the doctor was horrible. We told him for about two weeks now I have been pretty much sidelined. I have been resting/sleeping/trying to find something I can eat to sustain myself. I think, oh I can get up and try to do something and then realize, nope nope I can't. And I've had a fever for many days now (it was really the fever part more than the sidelined part :)). He pretty much ignored it.

I didn't think to take my temp until Fri night and it registered between 99.5-99.9, though I'd been feeling pretty bad for about two weeks now. We put a cool cloth on my forehead and called it a night. The next day it stayed around the same and went up to 100.3. I talked to a great friend who recommended cool Epsom salt baths to help lower fever and took some Tylen0l throughout the day too. It was still not lowering and I was still feeling terrible so I called the after hours nurses line. She said as long as you can keep it below 100.4 you and the baby should be ok. If you can't then go to the emergency room. It's been up to 100.8 but hasn't stayed up that high.

The fever has persisted and even though it isn't a high grade fever it hasn't really gone below the 99s (which is pretty high for me). So since the doctor yesterday was horrible and had nothing for me to do or check me out any further we called our old practice back east. They are absolutely amazing and realize and appreciate every single new precious life and don't think of it as oh just another one.

The doctor who was on call was one of our main doctors during our high risk preg with BigGuy and I almost cried that I was going to be able to talk with him. He said it doesn't seem like it's just something pregnancy related. It's not the highest fever but he's slightly concerned that it's been going on for so long now. He said it I should go see the ob or family practice doctor and see if we can find out what else is going on.

So we have an appt at 2:45pm with a nurse practiti0ner, the doctor was all booked up. We are just praying the baby is protected.

My husband is amazing and is currently doing all the dishes, cleaning, cooking for everybody, diapers, feeding and taking care of the baby, working, taking care of me, dropping everything to go out and get something if I think I might able to eat it. We miss my Mom back east, she used to come over when I was on bed rest or after the baby was born and do dishes, vacuum, cook, she was awesome! And all of our amazing friends who helped us like crazy too!

I feel terrible for feeling terrible. It was not like this at all with the BigGuy. I was working 14-15 hour days on my feet, definitely feeling all day sickness but still able to function. Anyway, I'm so sorry I haven't been around reading or commenting, I haven't gotten on the computer except to look up doctors, but Hubby has been looking up most things too (I know sooo unlike me, haa!, see you know I'm not feeling well if I can't even get on the computer).

I really hope I can get back to you all soon, I can't tell you how much we appreciate your prayers, we were so happy to see a baby in there yesterday! I hope I don't lose you by not being around, I look forward to getting back to it very soon! I hope you guys are doing great and I really look forward to catching up with all of you soon! Thanks girls and thank you so much for all of your comments and well wishes I can't begin to tell you how much they lift my spirits!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I Will Not Be Opening The Fridge For A While/MIA

Hi girls! I am so sorry I have been MIA for a while now! I can't wait to catch up on all of your blogs and I hope you are doing great!

I have not been feeling so hot myself, which is why I have not been on my computer except to book Hubby's return flight since last Friday :) This pretty much says it all...

I opened the refrigerator yesterday and walked right to the bathroom and threw up, hahaha! There was nothing rotten, nothing bad, nothing out of the ordinary, except for my crazily enhanced sense of smell and pretty much all food is now repulsive. :)

I had chicken broth again for dinner last night. And am trying to do everything I can to not feel totally nauseous all day and night long :) It is so true, it is definitely not morning sickness, it is morning/all day/and evening sickness :) It has been way worse this time, we're praying that's a good sign! My sense of smell, my tastes are so much more heightened and earlier this time :) I can smell a banana peel from 1/2 mile away and it smells so gross, haha! I can taste the sweet in everything and can't eat a bunch of things because they taste too sweet. It is soo funny! Even cheese! Cheese! Cheddar cheese tastes too sweet, ha!

But I would never even begin to complain about any of it, I told God I would take anything and take it happily and it could be way worse anyway! So I am not complaining just keeping you informed on my MIA status! I have never been more thankful to be so hungry but not able to eat anything except chicken broth for dinner :)

We went to a farm with some Mommies from our new church on Monday and our friend Leslie brought dinner on Tues, left her little guy with her Hubby and stayed after BabyBoy went to bed to watch a movie! I was trying to not feel like I wanted to throw up the whole time but I so needed it, we had a great time, and she was soo sweet to bring dinner and hang out. We watched How T0 L0se A Guy In 10 Days. It was soo cute!!

Hubby is home!! I cannot tell you how excited I am. I slept so terribly while he was away :) I kept the tv on way too late to have some noise around and kept hearing a noise every now and then, my eyes would shoot open, and then I would go through my head in what order I would make my calls, and what I would say, haaa!

I hope you are doing great and thank you again to all of your comments and to those who have been commenting for the first time too, I can't wait to check out your blogs and catch up on what you all have been up to! ETA: I promise not all posts will be about this subject, just a hello and what's up :)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Do You Corner to Corner?

First, I have to thank every single one of you, with tears in my eyes, for all of your sweet sweet comments and congratulations, it is not because of the raging hormones haha! I cannot even begin to tell you how much it means to me/us. I read and tell Hubby about every single one. Please never think that if I have more than 2 comments, that yours goes unnoticed!! It never would, each one is individual and I thank you so much for taking the time to give us a message!

So I mentioned last week that Hubby was going to have to go back to the east coast this week. Well then they thought it would get pushed to next week. Come Tuesday he was on the phone and his boss and others had to have him there for a meeting on Wednesday night! So at about 9pm we booked his ticket for 12:55 am!! He flew out that night! And has to stay until Tues night or even Wed!

I have to say the cool thing is that the project/pr0p0sal they are working on, his company is not even the prime, they are subbing to another company, but all of them had to have Hubby run everything! He's soo good! I'm a proud wife!

Some friends of ours always joked around that when the wife was out of town, the Hubby would sleep corner to corner across the bed!! hahaha! If you're by yourself do you sleep corner to corner? I don't because I stay up sooo late having the background noise from the tv, I hate going to an empty bed when being used to sleeping with someone :) But I realized that I do park smack dab in the middle of the garage! No scooting around the car and contorting my body to try to get me or the baby in! Although you know I would much rather have the Hubs home and have to sneak into my own car! Ahh, I'm a dork, but I'm a dork in love!

So I'm a little sleepy, extremely hungry, and a tad bit lonely at night :) Though even though we're by ourselves, I have God and a former US Marsh@ll watching over our house! He has a full arsenal, 2 german shepherds, and a small pup the loudest of all, ha (our neighbor that is, well God has his own too!)! So we're pretty safe!

I need to get myself more motivated to work on more of my books but I'm soo tired :)

Yesterday we had a friend and her little guy over and we had a great time!! So I was cleaning and vaccuming all morning! I made some whole wheat herb rolls for turkey sandwiches! We had them right when they came out of the oven! I love the smell of fresh baked bread! Then my Dad stopped by in the early evening for a little bit, which was very nice. My cousin, her little one, and BabyBoy and I are going to surprise my Aunt with lunch today! She had to come home from her anniversary vaca with my Uncle bc she fractured her ankle! And then Monday we're going to a farm with some Mommies from our new church! I'm very excited about that!

Oooohh and Wednesday I had to return a couple things to JCrew, Banana, and White and Black, and wanted to look at a store called Lucy, so get this store lineup at this gorgeous outside shopping center...just to name a few...
42 Sai.nt
Ann Tayl0r L0ft
Anthropol0gie
Banana
BCBGMaxAzria
Bebe
Cache
C0ach
Guess
JCrew
Juicy C0uture
Lcky Brnd Jeans
Lucy
White H0use Black Markt
ZGallerie

Sale sections girls sales! Ok, so I don't shop in most of these stores because they're a little expensive, but I did walk into some of them and some CUTE things! And then I quickly walked out so I didn't get attached to anything. You know the more you look at a cute dress or top or anything the more you want it!!

Lucy is a nice active wear store! I love this store because they carry longs!! I soooo dislike when my pants are short, I feel like Michael Jacks0n, except I can't m00nwalk! They carry regular, short, and longs! It is awesome! So if you have trouble being too tall for pants or a cute shortie, check it out! I only have two pairs of pants that I got on sale, they can be a little expensive but they have some cute stuff!

Happy Friday girls! I hope you have a great one! I'll catch on your blogs later tonight! Have a happy, goofy, fun day!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Our Prayer for Beans!! We're...

Yes, you're right!! I'm not going to keep you in suspense!!!

We're PREGNANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


We had a great time with my family and a couple friends for Hubby's B-Day on November 1st. Everybody left and I thought I knew. We were all out of tests and you know prime time test taking time is right when you roll out of bed in the morning. But I thought I knew! So I gave Hubby that lovingly, tilted head, "you wanna go to the store and buy a test look?" He without even blinking said, sure Beautiful. He is sooo sweet!

Most of you know that we had a very high risk pregnancy with BabyBoy (post to come) and then we had a miscarriage the first week of July at about 8 weeks along.

I used to be sooo regular, so regular that we took a pregnancy test for preg 1 and 2 and found out the day Auntie P was supposed to come. After the miscarriage it was a completely different story. It was not so normal anymore, although I guess I can't ever claim to be normal haha!

Despite not knowing when the day was this time...I was already getting a funny metalic taste in my mouth, it wasn't because of something I ate, Hubby didn't have it :), it's one of those myths if you're having a boy! I had it with BabyBoy and I think the second so now there's no mistaking it for me! ;) It must be one of my symptoms. :) And when we were laying down watching tv, I kept feeling my tummy, something was different, I knew the feeling. But I didn't want to get my hopes up.

All of this was going through my mind as Hubby was on his way with the test! It was around 10 or 10:30 pm! I ripped the test open. I started watching the fluid pass through the window where the lines are supposed to appear.

I saw one line thinking oh yes, the stabilizer line, that one shows up first, now I am just staring like I'm winning a staring contest, waiting, hoping, praying that the second line shows up. I glanced up at the key and it was the pregnant line! It showed up before the stabilizer line! It was the darkest line we've ever seen in any test we've taken (the pic doesn't show it justice, haha)! We took three tests both previous pregnancies!

As soon as I saw that line and realized what it read...I started running to get Hubby and tell him to come look and see if my tearing eyes were playing tricks on me. He so sweetly agreed and I cried! And we kept repeating we're pregnant, we're pregnant! And thanking God, and crying, and praying, and thanking God, and thanking God! And taking a couple pics!


Thinking I completely had it all under control, I have totally cried when telling the fam and few friends so far! I would think oh I'm good, not going to cry this time, then right when the words come out of my mouth, I cry! :) haha

It is very early but because of our history, we would so love and appreciate any little prayers you can send little Bean's way! We know that no matter what happened we would want to share it with you because we know how powerful prayers are. We are almost 6 weeks along :) and our first Dr. appointment is November 24. We are optimistic that we will hear great news!

We want to be completely positive about everything because we cannot express how excited we are, but there's also a little feeling that we will continue praying like crazy that little bean is doing as perfect as could be! I almost want to wait before I talk about the size of the baby and more and more details until we hear everything is ok...

Thank you so much for all of your prayers thus far, I know soooo many of you have been praying for us so much and we could never thank you enough for that! You guys have been such a huge blessing! And thank you for your continued prayers for our sweet Bean! I can't wait to give you a great update on November 24th!


God bless friends!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

WW - Disciplining and A Very Cute Barking Spider

Uh oh! BabyBoy touched something he wasn't supposed...

What?! That sweet face? Yes friends, it occasionally happens, hee!

He's a such good little guy and obeys most of the time :) but he just knew he wasn't supposed to touch fill in the blank I cannot remember what it was but this totally made me bust out laughing...I brought him over, gave him a thump on the hand and began our short little talkin' to. Momma said no touch and you touched it so I have to thump you...

Say obey...Obaay...Mommy and Daddy said no touch [fill in the blank]...Say yes Mommy...Yeeess...Mommy...Mommmiieee...I love you Baby!...Luvuv...is how is normally goes!

This time here's want went down:

Me: Look at Mommy (he will focus people don't laugh)

BabyBoy: He's looking around almost staring at something...

Me: Look at Momma, Baby

BB: Still looking straight ahead, looking quite focused at this point

Me: You touched something you weren't supposed to touch...say Obey, Bugster

BB: Still staring

Me: Say obey, Baby

Not a second later...all of a sudden, toot toot tooooooot, looking around like what?.

He is such a boy! I totally started cracking up, turning my head trying not to completely expose my laughter to 1. make him think tooting is funny (which I'm sure he innately does anyway :)) and 2. not let him think that he got out of obeying (I had to be the parent here :)).

I love the hilarious spontaneity of parenting!

Wordful Wednesday is put on by Angie at Seven Clown Circus!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Current Addiction

Mmmm! You know I have many sweet tooth addictions but this is one of the current ones!!

If you've never had this brand, it's super creamy, a little sweet for me, but I can't say no!

And I have bought these twice in the past month and bought an extra one both times! to send as a surprise to a friend that I know likes them too ;) and NEITHER of them made it! I ate them all!:

What's your current addiction?? Or are you trying to be good?! I support that too! I am trying to be good...

Monday, November 10, 2008

A-Mon, More Giveaways, and Cute Coats!

-AccBLOGability Monday! A place where us girls can hold each other accountable in three major areas of our lives: Reading The Bible, Eating Healthy, and Exercising! You can join in on one or all three! I know all of us are encouraged when we hear your stories!

Reading the Bible - Read Matthew pretty much every day except for Fri/Sat, I get a little lazy over the weekends :). It is amazing some of things I forgot in Matt. talking about the power of prayer! I didn't remember that Jesus didn't heal in one town because the people didn't believe! And in another town he healed someone without even being by their side because the man who was talking to Jesus believed he could do it! Amazing! And just reminds me that prayer works! And is sooo powerful! God hears our prayers and wants us to have faith and believe!! Even just of a mustard seed...that teeny tiny seed grows from the smallest little thing into a huuuuge tree!

Eating Healthy - Still making 97% of meals at home and having to be very creative! :) Over the past several weeks I've made a variety of salads. Now I have trouble with salads filling me up, and I usually pair them with, sides like...cheese fries, focaccia pizza, etc., but I've stopped doing that and these have been pretty good at filling me up, at least for a couple hours. :) You can just get a cheap bag of salad, add some fresh spinach, and top it with whatever you like!

Fresh Grilled Salmon Salad with just a little berry dressing (very low in cals!): I forgot to take a pic! But it was really yummy!

Taco Salad

Salad with left over chicken just diced up and a little mix of balsamic vinegar and olive oil! Easy and yummy!

Exercise - We have taken a walk 6/7 days! I so need it and I know it is sooo good for my body!

How did you girls do this week?

-And there are More Giveaways!
Lianna has another awesome giveaway! Vera Bradley girls! Check her out for a great cause!

Southern Accent is having a super cool and super cute giveaway too! She designed these amazing shirts for breast cancer awareness! Check her out!

Glam Life of a House Wife is having a great giveaway too! Check it out!

-Even though it's still in the 70s and 80s here! I love coats! You can always have a great classic trench in your wardrobe! And the pink one is just cute! They say bolds and fuschias are in this fall girls!



Smile!! I hope you have a great day!!!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

A Huge Step Of Faith

I can't believe I had this conversation this morning!

You all know we just moved to a new state a few months ago. We've been in and out of town several times already so it's been a little difficult to plug in! And we soo want to plug in! :) I mean Mr. Caffeinated is playing flag football and I just went to my first Mommy's group and had a great time. We are sooo excited about getting more involved!

Most of you know that I was a high school Orchestra Director/Conductor. I had three orchestras and taught music theory too :) I LOVED it! I loved teaching that age group (for the most part, haaa!), I loved conducting, I LOVED being surrounded by music as I stood on the podium, I loved figuring out what the composer's intent for their piece of music was to teach my kids, I loved making crazy cookey analogies of how we needed to play the piece or a section of music (sweet, angry, upset, like you found your love, or your puppy just got run over [I know it's terrible, but they got the point!! ;)], like you are arguing about what flavor of ice cream you want, or you are crying, or forgiving, like you're grunting, or blowing the little whispies off a dandelion, or the sun is rising, etc.), I loved how excited I could get them to study a new piece of music (and some not so much :)), to explore 20th century composers, etc etc etc.

Ok, there were some things I didn't like, like administrative stuff and overly cocky high schoolers, but I'll focus on the positive :)

So, the new church we've been going to has really fun and great worship, hymns and new songs. It's pretty much a band with 5 or so singers each week, great harmony, great singers, great worship leader, amazing voice, love the drums and the bass guitar. I kept thinking and saying to Hubby every week, I wonder if they've ever thought of having an orchestra every once in a while along with the same worship?!

I played with several church full orchestras back east and LOVED it (and conducted a couple times too :))! It is such an amazing thing to be able to do something you love and worship God at the same time (and get paid for one of them :))!

Today, God said, ok Caffeinated, you can ask him. They ended up having a worship song at the end of the service today which was perfect for me to talk to the Music Pastor. We stayed until they were done playing everybody out of the sanctuary and planned to meet our friends at the nursery.

So Hubby and I went up to the stage right when they were done, introduced ourselves, and I asked my question! Have you guys ever thought about having an orchestra play with you? I could not believe his response! He was so excited and has been wanting one!!! He has led other churches with 30 piece full orchestras and would love to have a strings section or full orchestra to play with them! I told him my background and he also has a Bachelor of Music! He was a percussionist for some of the symphonies and everything! I told him I played with a string quartet too for events, weddings, etc, and he said oh I have a lot of wedding contacts too that would need a quartet! Whoa!

I know it would be a lot of work but I told him I would be interested in organizing the orchestra if he wanted. We could start rehearsing a couple times a month or once a week. He almost sounded like he might want me to play a little with them before the full orch gets set up too! I am sooo nervous! It's a church of 12,000! I know it sounds big but you know once you get involved it feels so small.

So he took my name and number! And is going to e-mail me this week. I am still kind of shaking I am so excited about it. I couldn't believe how excited he was. He's been at this church for 3 years and has been so wanting this and all of a sudden we move here and God says go for it and here we are! It's a long shot at this point but maybe he would even want to hire me for a few hours a week as part of the music ministry!

I was so excited to get my violin out this past week and start practicing again. It has been too long and I really needed to start doing it...for me, Hubby loves it :), and for the baby too! Is there anything you haven't done for a while that you've been wanting to start doing again? Or something you haven't done before that you want to do? It feels really good! Maybe you should take a step of faith and give it a try too :)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Before I Knew It...

...it had been so long since I "cleaned up" my brows, I plucked what could have been a whole additional eye brow!

...every single bowl, plate, spoon, and fork was in the dishwasher or the sink! (sooo unlike me!)

...Hubs is flying out on business again next week!! 6 days!! He just found out! Booo!!

...Hubby, half laughing saying, Weenst can you come get the baby? Our little goofball was gnawing on a glue stick with one hand and had fabric glue in the other...he was being such a good quiet boy playing by himself while I was getting lunch ready!

...I don't have an Et.sy name! I would love your suggestions...all I've come up with so far is FabricCreations...lame! You know somethin' classic, or edgy classic, fun...Thank you thank you in advance girls! ETA: I'm allowed 20 characters! :)

...I found these classic dresses from...

JCrew

Eliza J

Ann Taylor (uh oh it's either not available anymore of I've got the wrong store?! :))
...I was sitting in the Mommies Group leader's driveway waiting to go in for a GNO, with Hubby on the phone making sure I was in the right place and him telling me it'll be great and to have a great time; worried I was the first one there and it would be awkward, nervous I would act like a dork meeting new (super confident) girls; so self conscious, how's my hair, did I wear the right outfit, do I sound like a total goof? But I had a great time and met some great girls with little ones around BabyBoy's age that want to get together!

Happy Saturday girls! I hope you're having a great one!!

Friday, November 7, 2008

He's a Border Collie and a HipHopster

Hubby compared the baby to a border collie today and I think he's right. :) And our little son chose hiph0p over a children's version of the Itsy Bitsy Spider!

We had a lovely morning, a long must needed nap for the big guy...he's teething molars, not bad just needs a little more sleep, cuddles, a little more dependent, wants to be held, and maybe a little fussier, or a lot, all of which I love. I love the cuddles, I love the Momma!s and Mommys! up up up!, I love the times that I have to comfort him, and hold him, I get to kiss his sweet head, brush his soft face with my chin as we snuggle, and feel his little squishy soft nose on my bottom lip when I slowly lean down.

It was a tough day at first but turned into a great one. BabyBoy is in testing phase #178. He's such a good boy, but good boys have to test their boundaries too, right?

To us it was the simple act of obeying to sit down before receiving a snack or drink. It is super cute too, if the big guy wants a snack or drink, he either signs food or drink, or asks for something, a "manana" perhaps, then sits down in anticipation of receiving said snack.

But yesterday and today were a different story. There was crying, there was non-obedience. My first thought was actually is he not wanting to sit for a reason. Is his little bum hurting, does he need some Butt Paste (it is a real brand, I promise, we don't need it often but supposedly the best for their sweet little bums, note to preggies)? But he sat in my lap, his high chair, or on the couch, he just appeared to not want to obey.

In the most loving way possible, Mommy and Daddy must win...lesson #2 :) Lesson #1 is they are God's and we need to pray for wisdom on how to raise them! :) It took a little longer this time but we won and he was his sweet little energetic self again. It is amazing what these smart little creatures from God understand. At such a young little precious age, they are cunning manipulators, sweet and very cute, but cunning.

Now is where the collie comes in. He is such an active, and dare I say smart, they all are! :) little guy who loves to try to figure things out and needs something to do (he is soo like his Daddy :)). Most of the time this does not involve playing with actual toys bought from a store. :) He loves to find anything that we handle, anything electronic, or even a plastic bottle or container. Note to the preggies: It is not necessary to buy lots of "toys", stock up on water bottles, tupperware, and some colorful things and they'll be so happy :)

I've been a little bit of a homebody again this week, I mean, we've gone to some parks and walks, and the store once or twice, but since we're tightening the budget why tempt myself? It's soo tempting! :) So Hubby said, he's just like a Border Collie, he has so much energy and just needs to go to more parks or new fun things that will be new places for him to figure out. I definitely agree! I'm going to try to find some new things for us to do in the coming weeks, now I'm accountable and I'll tell you what I find! :)

And finally, Hubs turned on a cd for the baby while we were cooking dinner. After about 30 seconds, the big guy said dunnnn, walked over to the cd changer, squatted down on his little legs, pressed the button for the radio, hiph0p was on (Gettin' J*ggy W*th It, in particular!), and he started walkin around and dancing, even picked up a bear to dance with too, I had to bust some moves too once I heard it! I have to admit I did listen to my share of hiphop in college, but he was not in utero then, haha!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

I'm Left To Sing To Myself :)

My car radio is broken! We have to order a new fuse so "read about then fix it Hubby" can fix it, love it, cute and saves money!

What's a girl who loves to sing to anything and everything that comes on the radio or cd like I actually have a mic in my hand and sound like a super star on stage ;), even if I have no idea what the words are, to do in the meantime?

Does anyone else have this problem, I will sing a song, for years, with totally wrong lyrics, and then we'll hear it on the radio and I'll ask Hubs and he'll say the correct lyrics right away! And then I say...ohhh yeahhh! hahahaha!!

How about this oldie? I didn't have the cd but thought this was such a fun turn up the radio roll the windows down drive a little faster kind of song (except I would never listen to super loud music in the car or drive fast because of it ;))! Does it bring back any memories for you? I just remember it being such a popular song in high school!



What music do you have on in your car (or cd player) right now? :)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

WW - Are You Lovin It?

We just moved from the east coast to the west! We love the clear and sunny skies! And a view of mountains everywhere! We love the lack of traffic and a bit of a slower pace of life! :) Oh, there's sooo much less traffic here! And it's so easy to just hop on a loop, or an interstate, and get anywhere pretty quick, even if it is miles away! We miss our family and friends back east but are also excited about being close to family out here too :) We don't know exactly where the future years will take us, how many years we'll be here, but we love living life together, and are excited to see what is to come, in God's will :)

Hiking and A real life rainbow!

Do you love where you live? Are you a city chick, a country chick, or a burb chick? I love and am so intrigued learning about our amazing country (and others too :)) and where people live! What do you like, what do you love? Did you just move or are you moving? Do you like your new spot? Where would you move if you could? I look forward to hearing about where you live or want to live!

WW put on by the super cute Angie at Seven Clown Circus!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Have You Ever...

...been in a conversation and felt like you had something in your teeth?? So you act like a total weirdo while talking, trying to smile and guard your mouth at the time? Trying to use your tongue to cover and or wipe the teeth clean that you think might be compromised by chocolate? The whole time thinking they think I'm crazy! Would you say something?

BabyBoy and I met one of our neighbors yesterday on a little walk. I had just stuffed a chocolate chip cookie :) She was sooo nice, we have such amazing neighbors, best we've ever had! :) Then I thought, ok I really need to say something, so I said laughing, I'm sorry I feel like I have chocolate in my teeth! hahaha, she replied also laughing, no you don't, you're good and laughed :)

...had a chipped tooth?! Top right! Look at those cheeks! When he was many months younger and a couple different people were feeding him at different times, they would stop and say...I don't know if he's still chewing on something or if those are just his cheeks!!

...been taking a walk with Hubby, your dogs, or by yourself and kept walking through pockets of a gross swarm of bugs just flying in circles?? Do you nonchalantly jog away or try to run from them and wave your arms incessantly to make sure that you are not going to swallow any...as cars are passing by??

Yesterday we took an awesome, long walk, and kept passing through these pockets of bugs! Gross! I ran, I swatted, and Hubby kept calmly walking with the stroller like there was nothing there! What were the people in the cars thinking? :)

Thank you girls so much for all of your awesome comments yesterday! I can't tell you how much I appreciate them! I'm going to go out and get some more supplies today and get to work! I'm going to do some different designs that I'll show you but if there is a certain color fabric and ribbon you want just leave a comment on the previous post! :) I'm going to take my book over to figure out how much shipping will cost and then I'll get back to you on cost! :)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Whadda Ya Think Girls?

A recipe book!! It's just a regular small binder, covered in fabric, and fancied up with some ribbon and a bow! :)


You only get a far away pic of the inside because it is so not perfect :) I'm going to tweek the way I do the inside next time :) You know I'm kind of a perfectionist!...:)


Do you think people might buy it on Ets.y? A recipe book in different color fabrics and designs, with fun ribbon and bows would make a great gift right? What do you think? Be honest! If you don't think so, just say, NCF you crazy! I will so not be offended, I promise! :)

Fun Sat Involving CROQUET and A-Mon

Edited :)
Fun and successful Saturday and CROQUET!
We had some fam and friends over for Hubs' B-Day on Sat and had a great time! Thanks for your prayers (for the unspoken prayer about it :)) we had so much fun! We had a lot of food, homemade tacos, lots of different dips for chips, peanut butter cups! And we broke out Croquet! You do not have to be old or wear white to play croquet! :) Have you ever played or played recently? Everyone had a blast playing and watching! I don't know if you can see all the smiles in the pics you may be able to click on it to see closer :)

AccBLOGability Monday is a where we can have accountability, encouragement, and talk about how we are doing eating healthy, exercising, and reading the Bible! I am soo encouraged by you guys! When I hear that you are striving to do better or are doing really well, that makes me want to do even better too! You can pick one or two to focus on or all three! Feel free to join in anytime! Or if you just had an idea for everybody or a recipe to share, I know we'd all love it!

Reading the Bible
I've read a few times this week, am reading through Matthew, and trying to pray throughout the day! I am being reminded or soo many great things! And read and pray with the baby everyday :)


Eating Well
Terrible! Ok, not completely terrible but...we had the fam and some friends over for Hubs' B-Day on Sat and I made lots of sweets and I keep eating them! But we have been making all our food at home which is definitely more healthy, ok except one pizza night (pizza night #2 was a more healthy storemade fresh one :)).


Exercise
I am going to do so much better this week! I'm motivated to go walking a lot more and the weather is just getting more and more gorgeous here! We did go for a walk to the grocery store yesterday evening (for frozen soft pretzels :) we had melty cheese and I love pretzels with cheese to dip in :) more carbs I know! :))

How did you guys do?? Any new healthy recipes or ideas or motivational words for everybody? :)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Couple Stalking

So we just moved to a new state and we are so ready to make some real life friends! You know I love you guys too and I wouldn't trade you for anything...but only one of you (that checks our blog:)) is coming over for dinner or games!!

One of our couples from the east coast moved here about a year ago! Yay! A couple months ago they had their little guy's first birthday party with one of their friends.

We drove about 45 minutes, all dressed and ready, with present in hand! I got out with the baby while Hubs went to park, I did a little knock at the door, and then I figured oh they probably can't hear because the party is going on, so I started to turn the door knob and walked in. Yes, yes I did!

Do you see where this is going??!

The Daddy/hubby comes to the door just as I started to open it, in his just chillin out at home clothes! I said, is this where the birthday party is?? He said, ohh...it's...tomorrow. !!!

I have never done this before and could not even claim pregnancy brain...I thought I read on the invite that it was on Saturday!!! Noo!! It was on Sunday! I couldn't believe it!

So we showed up again the next day and were talking with some of the other couples joking around about the incident. So I said, well we're new the area and we're just looking for new friends anywhere, we just knock on a door and say will you be my friend? haa!!!

So back to couple stalking at church. There is no young marrieds group at our new church, don't worry I've already e-mailed somebody about Hubs and I potentially starting one (it's such a great ministry!) :) Say a prayer that it works out, please :) We'll look around before or after church and say oh there's a couple around our age, they look nice...so we thought, maybe we'll meet a couple people when we pick up BabyBoy from the nursery, or we'll see some couples our age sitting around us during the service and we'll just start talking! Well this has not happened yet!

Until today!

We had just picked up BabyBoy and were outside talking with our new friends who just moved here, yay (we met through other friends just before we all moved) ! There was another couple outside with their new baby. They looked nice and open to saying hello, so I asked how old their baby was. He was 2 months, soo cute! They had another boy about 2 years old! Score :) (kids are definitely not a requirement though ;)!) We exchanged a couple cordial laughs and then went on our way.

Then the sprinklers came on in the grass and as our friends were trying to get their little guy not to go in the sprinklers...Hubby took ours right over to them! haha! I looked over and that other couple was waiting for some friends and she was laughing that Hubs had taken BabyBoy to the water. That opened up a second dialogue! So we talked for another couple minutes...and then I did it...I said we should exchange numbers and get together sometime! As Hubby said, I asked out another couple! Ha! Insert Hubby's thoughts here she's gonna do it, she's going for it, ahh she did it!

Have you ever new friend or couple stalked and/or showed up for a party on the wrong day? Come on confess!

Cracked/chipped tooth pics coming! :)

Friday, October 31, 2008

Cracked!

BabyBoy's tooth! A little piece of the bottom is cracked off! Front right top tooth, cracked.

We have no idea how it happened! I mean he is a little speedster, has little regard for what might happen, trots full speed, without warning, he bites it into the carpet (or ceramic tile :)). Ok, the majority of the time he catches himself with his hands, but, there he goes. :)

The other day he slid down the slide at the park for one of his first times not holding our hands. He did such a great job and then right at the landing almost landed it beautifully then fell face first into the sand!! He had a mouth and bottom teeth full of sand, a sand goatee, even some sand around his eyes. Our friends were there to attest, he did not even fuss once, in the slightest bit. He just took some sips of water to wash it down. Well first we wiped the small bucketfull out first :) I felt so bad (but was also laughing on the inside, ok well a little on the outside too!).

Back to the tooth! At church last week, we picked him up, woman said oh he did great I had to pick him up and give him a big hug he's so cute, it didn't hurt that he walked right up to her and said up up up until she picked him up :) ahh cute!

As we were walking out it looked like he had dried blood in his nose! Huh?! Dried blood? A bloody nose? Nobody said anything, it was the oddest thing.

He rarely has bruises, scraps, or cuts, but he definitely bites it into the floor a lot!

He's going to look like a pirate!!! It's not going to fall out for years! We're going to have to teach him to say, arrr maytee!! Noo!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Reasons to Celebrate!!

Today is my Hubby's 29th Birthday!!!

There are soo many things that I love about my incredible husband so in honor of his 29th birthday, here are only 29 of them...

I love...
~how you put your hand on my face and tell me I'm beautiful
~your fun and cookey sense of humor
~how you serve me all the time (with food, getting my contact case and glasses while we chill and watch tv, going to the store anytime I need an ingredient that I forgot about, much more)
~your blend of cute, hot, and sexyness! (and the shape of your face)
~that you are such an awesome athlete (he jokes with everyone that I say he could be pretty much any pro player, especially tennis, baseball, or even basketball...he so could!)
~you are the most amazing Daddy...ever...better than my wildest dream!
~how you make me laugh all the time...even when I don't want to
~how tight you hold me especially when I really need it
~that you tell me you love me more than I can count in a day
~that you go shopping with me or watch a tv show that I want just to spend time with me
~the way you hold, snuggle, look at, and your sweet voice as you talk to our baby
~that you love me for me, all the time, without exception
~how you take care of me like I could have never imagined
~that you are Godly gentlemen of a man (come rain, no hands free, or shine :))
~if something needs to get done you do it right away! (you are so helping me in this area :))
~how much you've taught me about sports, politics, and being a better woman of God
~from the beginning of our relationship to we have taken interest in each other's interests
~that you want to help me fulfill any dreams I have
~that you tell me I don't need to wear makeup (oh silly Hubby!)
~how you always sits behind me on the couch while we're watching tv so I can lean on you and you play with my hair
~how you puts my needs (and our baby's) above his own (it's truly incredible)
~that you are slow to anger and put me in check when I'm not
~how amazing and dedicated you are to any job
~how you are raising a Godly man out of our son
~how you always want to do the right thing by anybody
~you want to provide everything possible for me and BabyBoy
~you look at the positive in everything and are such an encouraging person
~you are such a family man, you would do anything for either of our families, and you put all of us and them above work
~you tell me that you will watch the baby so I can get involved in any and every women's group at our new church, to meet new ladies and make new friends
~you are so sensitive to other peoples wants, while we hang out, or with decisions with what to do together
~when you laugh so hard that you are just cracking up with reserve
~you call me all the time when you're away just to check on me, tell me you love and miss me, and the way you ask can I talk to Big (another nickname for the baby:))
~you remind me that our fertility and the distance between our childrens is all in God's timing
~when you tell me that I need to go shopping or do something for myself

So there were some extras in there, but I could keep going too! Ahh the cheese, what can I say, I love him and I couldn't live without him!

I love you B, more and more everyday! You are an incredible man and I thank you for always being there for me and our baby boy! Happy Birthday Hubby!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Hahaha!!! and I Can't Stop!!

Ok these made me laugh:

~We went to a cute little kids fair over the weekend! They had firefighters and their fire truck for kids to explore and police men and a police car with all its door open and later with its lights on inside the fair. Hubs said he wanted to run as fast as he could...dive through the open doors of the police car...look around...brush himself off...and then walk away like nothing happened! haaaaa! :)

I feel like I don't have a big enough smile in this pic, I'm still tweeking my smile for pictures, ha! If it's too big, my mouth looks crooked and funny, and if it's not big enough, then I don't feel like I look like I'm having fun, but I am!! Am I alone in this? You have so practiced in a mirror haven't you? haa! :)

~Hubs made Bean-Henge and some smiley faces with green beans with the baby on the baby's tray during dinner last night! He's teaching creativity! I was just cracking up as he was making the different faces, one had a goatee, some had funny hair sprigs, one had a mustache (that at first was with a short bean that looked like bad person in Jewish history, so he had to use a longer stash to be more appropriate! :))

Here are the two culprits :)

~Hubs walked into the family room the other day to discover something really heavy or awkward in the middle of the room, we knew it wasn't either of us so...he called it Baby-Henge!

And I can't stop...baking! I love baking but everything is a carb! I do make everything with whole wheat flour (and most of the time cut down on some sugar and butter) but still! It's so yummy! Blueberry pancakes, cookies, more cookies, blueberry scones, frozen blueberries are soo easy and healthy, more blueberry scones (Sunday morning and then Tues morning), bread, and homemade cheese fries!! I can't stop!


I love trays! But this one's leather so I had to put a towel in it to protect from hot or water :) I got Hubs tea, my decaf coffee, and BabyBoy's milk, and headed outside to enjoy the weather on the porch!

Ooh and I made chocolate meringues topped with crushed walnuts yesterday! I'm so excited that I can make really good meringues here since the weather is so dry :) the humidity makes them moosh :) One batch makes about 4 dozen and each one is about 10 calories! A yummy light, fluffy, sweet dessert!


I didn't have a icing bag so I just made my own out of a baggie :) So they're not the prettiest but their yummy!

Happy Wednesday! Ooh I'd so appreciate if you say a little prayer for something I'm hoping works out to be fun on Sat (I'll tell you more tomorrow :))

OE 08! and SS!

Do you want to do an ornament exchange this year?!

As many people who want can enter and then everyone will be paired up at random, exchange addresses with each other, send away, and get a new shiny ornament from a blogging (or real) buddy to put on your tree!!

If you blogging queens are interested, I'll get it set up and started and everyone can start signing up and we can spread the word!! I think it would be really fun!!!

I was thinking or Secret Santa, but I think the ornaments might be a little easier for everyone and cost effective too :) Let me know what you think?

And go check out Nancy's blog, she's doing a really neat Secret Santa for Health!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

It's Not Ours

We think that everything we have is ours. Our home, our car, our clothes, our things, and our money. But most of us forget that it isn't. It isn't ours at all. It's God's. And we are just here to manage and be good stewards of His mo-nay!

Hello!

God has given us everything. No? He determines at a given point in time how much we'll make, whether or not we lose our jobs, and He should determine how we spend our money.

What! :)

Hubs and I have never really been huge spenders, well especially him...I am a woman:), and a bargain hunter, you all know I drive myself crazy trying to find or negotiate the best deal, oh crazy! But even more recently we have been trying to tighten our wallets.

The Bible talks about canceling out or not holding onto any debt for over seven years. Whoa! We all know that this is a tough market to be in, but we are also not supposed to live above our means.

Whoa :)

Part of the reason for our move was to get rid of debt. We worked on one at a time, paying the cars off first. Then because of our move I'm so excited that we were able to pay off my student loans!! So now, the mortgage (lower since we moved) is left...deep breath :)

We try to save money by not having cable, a home phone, eating out toooo much :) How do you save?

We use credit cards but we never carry a balance to the next month. Come on 1-3% cash back :) The cash envelope system is said to be the best because we don't feel as attached to handing over a piece of plastic as when cash leaves our hands, that's a different story. Supposedly one can save 5-10% by just using cash! We almost went to that system but with Hubs new budget, a new system, and a new perspective, I think know we I will stick to it. :)

Believe me, it is not the easiest thing to discuss. Not spending money! That is no fun! I'm not saying none of our conversations were "discussions", but by listening to each other, we keep learning more great things about each other (Amy just wrote about that too, soo true!). I had to let Hubby know that I felt really restricted when I was younger, we didn't have a lot of money, we couldn't buy a lot of things, I had to work to pay for car, college, etc., so I didn't want to feel that again by feeling restricted now! But the budget should really be freeing to feel ok about spending the money you allot for yourself each month and with the renewed idea of it being God's money anyway :)

Right? :)

Our church is doing a new series on finances. It is a pretty awesome but pretty touchy sermon series. We like this church more each week. It is the largest church we've ever been to! But we both have to say that it is the least candy coated (though you know we loved our previous church, shout out friends!). The pastors are wonderfully convicting about a lot great things and practice what they preach :)!

The #1 factor, secret, key, that will help any of us be financially free is giving to God! Sounds weird, how will giving money away, help us financially? The Bible talks about giving back to God our first 10%! That sounds like a lot, but if we take our money into our own hands, who knows if it is really going where it should.

10-10-80. 10% to God. 10% to savings. 80% to live on. And then we can give to other organizations after that if we want to. That's the idea. :)

We have heard sooo many stories of people who have been in a really tough place financially but if they kept giving to God and didn't stop because they thought they didn't have enough money or started giving to God, they were sooo incredibly blessed.

Pretty amazing! Not that that should be our sole motivation :)

Hubs and I have always tried to tithe 10% but have not always been consistent for some reason or another. God has always blessed us and we want to make sure that we give to him what He has given to us!

So it's great to buy the newest and latest clothes, or a little something here or there, but are we giving to God first? Is it necessary to make that purchase? Is it furthering God's kingdom? I totally agree though that we need to spend some for ourselves too, some days you just need a PS Latte, but I think it's a great reminder to think about why we are really on this earth anyway...

Just a thought! :) Whachya think?

If anyone is interested in hearing the sermons on being financially free just let me know and I can e-mail you the link. It's based on a book (and the Bible :)) as well. And it's a pretty good, kick your bootay, and change your perspective series :) Or I know you probably already have it but, if you have a question on how much to allocate to each part of your budget, I can let you know the research Hubs did for ours :)

Monday, October 27, 2008

What's The Weather?! and A-Monday!

The high today is 89 degrees!!! With clear not a cloud in the sunny skies! I will be wearing either a sporty shorts and t-shirt or this outfit, and rockin a pair of flip flops.

What is your weather today?? What are you wearing to work or for your day of work at home? :)


And AccBLOGability Monday!

AccBLOGability Monday is a place where we can chat about how we are doing with eating healthy, exercise, and reading the Bible! How much can encouraging each other as women of God in the following three areas benefit our everyday lives!! I know I do better when I get a little push or some encouragement through accountability! You can pick one or two to focus on or all three! Feel free to join in anytime! Or if you just had an idea for everybody or a recipe to share, I know we'd all love it!

Reading The Bible
I have not done very well this week. I did read a few nights (including the night of the spider incident).

Eating Well
Except for a big bowl of ice cream every night last week and waaayy to much munching (sooo much worse when I'm alone) I've been doing pretty well :) Hubby is back now so I'll be back to my non-munching-eating-to-fulfill-the-lack-of-conversation-self, ha! I have been trying my darndess to drink more water! Months ago I got a spankin new water bottle to motivate myself, but I'm still not drinking as much as I should (The one I had gotten one before this one started tasting like pool water and it was too bulky:) it was time for a new one:))!

Exercise
Oh boy...I haven't really done much of anything...other than carry and chase a 27 lb super sweet running baby. :) I know this might sound a little...dumb...but since I've been hoping waiting on God that I'll have a little bean growing in me, I've been a little hestitant to do heavy exercise...I think we may get another negative this month but we can pray (for God's will...that it is...this time :))!!

How did you do this week? Did you read the whole Bible this week, ha?! Did you exercise like a fiend? Do you have a recipe to share? Do you have advice to kick our bootays and get us in better gear? You can share on your site too, just leave a comment and we'll come on over!

Or What's your weather today??

Oh and you all are soo sweet with your comments from yesterday! Haha, I so did not mean for it to be a look at me look how good I am post!! I just meant it to be fun about food and Hubs return! :) You know I get excited about food. I could soo be a better wife, I could serve more, cook more, dote more, and I really am the lucky one for the man I snagged (well God gave me :))! I mean I did forget to mention that I also had homemade sushi for when he walked in the door too, but that's besides the point! Haaaa! You guys are too sweet anyway!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Food!!! Tradition! And a Sweet Welcome Home!

I survived!!! Thank you so much for all of your well wishes and movie suggestions, I didn't end up getting to the video store this time!!! Don't worry I'll still get 'em! :)

Before the Hubs goes on a business trip, I love to make him favorite treats that he can take for snacks on the plane or for late nights! I also try to make him a big dinner and a big breakfast in the morning before he goes!

Snacks!
He loves these Apple Muffins! Made with whole wheat flour and honey for the sweetner :)

Chocolate chip cookies! Yum!

Appetizer!
So this time I made, what else, sushi for an appetizer! I made tuna rolls this time too! Yummy!!! A lot of you have asked so here is your sushi roll tutorial!!!

Dinner!
The store was out of salmon (on sale :)), out of it!! So I got a stuffed salmon, the price wasn't too bad, and it looked yummy! And I made sweet potato fries. I just cut 'em, threw 'em on a sprayed cookie sheet, tossed 'em in one tablespoon of olive oil, salted 'em, and let 'em cook!! 450 degrees! It was great and they weren't deeply fried but had the little crunch on the outside and soft on the inside (well even moreso if I wouldn't have left them in so long :)...oops :))


Gotta have the sushi with wasabi, soy sauce, and chopsticks!!


Breakfast!
For breakfast fresh pressed coffee, ok it was decaf but it was really yummy :), Godiv@ decaf, soooo yummy! My Mom got some clearanced, gave us some, delicious!


And whole wheat blueberry pancakes, thick sliced whole wheat bread french toast, turkey sausage (last week was turkey bacon), diced potatoes (in the oven! I'm so pumped about doing them in the oven, so much less fuss, and less fat!), and an over easy egg!

Hubby is back now!!! Here are Sweet Crazy Guy and Daddy reunited! SCG was soooo excited to see him! I kept him up late so Hubs could see him when he got home :) There were laughs like crazy, lots of smiles, and some sweet cuddles!


Here's a short video of our super excited goofy 16 mo old for Daddy to be home and another new word - "gorgeous"!!



Happy Weekend!!! Hope you're having a good one! We're watching our friends little guy tonight, church tomorrow, flag football game tomorrow night :) I look forward to hearing what you've been up to! :)

Friday, October 24, 2008

A Herd of 'Em?!

I was reading my Bible the other night when I felt a little tickle on my arm. You so know the feeling and when it doesn't go away you have to do something about it before it drives you crazy! So I went to itch it a little. It was not just any tickle!!! It was a teeny tiny spider!!! Gross, eww, ewww, ewww!!!

Then what do you do? What else but look around like a maniac like there's going to be a whole herd of 'em following!!

Next thought, where did it come from? How did it get there?? Are there more??

Now tens of spiders are going to crawl in and out of my mouth tonight! Oh my gosh have you ever heard that?? Supposedly eight spiders crawl in and out of your mouth while you're sleeping! hahahaha! Don't get paranoid now, I'm sorry!

THEN, I finally settled down and continued to read when a little piece of my hair fell onto my face! I jumped up off the bed so quick and started slapping myself in the face thinking it was another spider!

I realized it was just my hair...and then thought, maybe it wasn't my hair!!! I did eventually fall asleep and got over it, haaa!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Thank you thank you thank you and Tagalicious!

Super sweet Becky from Weeksie50 gave me this award! Thank you so much! I love the friendship award!!


The Questions.

1. Do you have the same friends since childhood? I do have a few friends from childhood that we're still friends with, actually from when we were babies :). I haven't succumbed to facebook yet, but I'm sooo considering it! :)
2. What do you value most about your friends. Honesty is soo important to me :) If someone can tell me I'm crazy or doing something totally ridiculous to my face I consider them a good friend, haa!
3. Are your friends sounding boards. Definitely! I love that I can talk and tell my friends the crazy things going on in my head and they either laugh at me, tell me something I need to hear, or just listen. My best friend (Hubs! :)) definitely gets the majority! :)
4. What is your favorite activity to share with friends. Games or just relaxing! We love to play games and it is such a great way to get to know people better! You just laugh, have fun, and spend such quality time together. I also love when we can just sit and talk while we watch tv (and munch :))! You know you have some great friends when you don't have to go out to do something super adventurous (we love that too :)) you can just have an amazing time just chillin' out and watching some fun shows together :)!

I would love to pass this award to: Drew and Joelle, Amazing Amanda's Adventures, Bits and Pieces of the Browns, Blue-Eyed Bride, All Things in Moddy, and Chapters (oops I miscounted, he)

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Tater Tales was super sweet and gave me this award! She is so witty and hilarious you have to check her out :)

With this award, I am supposed to share six things I support and six things I do not support.
6 Things I Support:
1. McCain/Palin!
2. A strong but sensitive, leader of the house Husband (and Daddy) :)
3. Teachers! Such an amazingly important and so underpaid (don't get me started, ha! :)) job!
4. Fried food! (and sushi!)
5. Shopping!
6. Adoption :) There are too many sweet little faces that need a loving home!

6 Things I Do Not Support:
1. Prejudice (I was chewed out by another student in college for being Jewish, so not cool!)
2. People thinking they are better than other people.
3. Raising taxes. for anyone :) (the more money people have in their pockets, the more they can invest back into and fuel the economy! just my opinion, we don't have debate if you don't feel the same way, he :))
4. People who hold back the truth.
5. The excessive use of high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils in everything!
6. Real plants indoors because I can't keep them alive! (except fresh flowers from the Hubs!) Every flower inside our house is fake, but everyone says they look so real! ha :)

I'd like to pass this award to: The Farmer Files
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Southern Accent tagged me!

Top four wishes:

  • I didn't think every girl was prettier than me (Hubby says I have a enormo problem :))
  • That I wouldn't worry about what other people thought so much (I'm getting better, I am!)
  • We could be completely debt free (just the mortgage is left :)) so we could help anyone who needs help
  • That I would not be indecisive sometimes! or all the time, no just sometimes, see!

  • Four places I want to travel:
  • Italy
  • Back to Scotland (and to Ireland, haven't been before :))
  • Israel to visit my fam! Before BabyBoy is two and we have to pay for another ticket :)
  • Anywhere and everywhere!! We thought is would be so cool to go on a mission trip to different places and then just stay for some extra time to tour around! Help out where people are needing or needing to hear God's great news (which is everywhere) and then see the country:)

    Four careers I want to be involved:
  • Conducting! I was a high school orchestra director/conductor and LOVED it! One day I will get back on the podium!
  • Events :) I contracted for and performed with a string quartet on the east coast and played weddings, events, parties, for anything, and had a great time! (I love Photography too :))
  • A Caregiving and Serving ministry or work with adoption agencies! If someone needed something I would love to be able to give it to them! And I would love to find a home for every single sweet baby or any age child!
  • My own business/boutique (I know others have said it, but I would love it, and I have soo many ideas! :))
  • Four things I would like God to say to me at the gates of Heaven:

  • Well done good and faithful servant.
  • Here is your family! :)
  • I'm proud of you, you did good!
  • Here's a feast with all your friends and family of all your favorite foods and desserts! Get started and don't stop till you're overly full, and you won't gain a pound :)

  • I tag: Vitafamiliae, What A Sweet Life, The Eekhoff's Plain Life, Nina's Blog, and The Pink Potpourri

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    And Becky at Weeksie50 just gave this awesome award! I love it, it is so sweet, and so cute! And I love her blog too! Thank you so much Becky!!


    I would love to pass this award to: Buzzings of A Queen Bee, Sleep Is Negotiable, Footballs and Crowns, Shell In Your Pocket, and Make Mine a Mojito.

    I had to pass the same number of awards as the people who awarded them to me so please don't be upset with me! I feel so bad that I couldn't give one to everybody. I don't want anyone to feel left out! It is so difficult because I love every single one of your blogs and want to give one to every single one of you!! Every. single. one!!

    Giveaways like CRAZY!

    Lianna is having an awesome giveaway for fun and to help with their IVF fund!! Check her out ya'll!!

    Mojito Maven is having a 100th post giveaway! She rocks check her out!

    Faith is also having a super cool giveaway from her own product line!!! You have to go see!

    And Monogram Chick is hosting a super cute giveaway too! Check it out!!

    AND Southern Accent is doing a super sweet give-to giveaway too! Check it out and post a comment!

    Ooh and tell them I sent you :)

    Good luck!!

    Wednesday, October 22, 2008

    Wordful Wednesday - Cheese Fries Might Be Involved!

    To celebrate the fact that we've been making most meals at home...we went out for dinner!! Hahaaaa! I used to not be the biggest Outback fan because Hubs cooks amazing steaks!!, but I love it now!

    I got the steak salad with blue cheese crumbles, pecans (I feel bad for eating them bc they're coated in sugar, but yum!), soo yummy, and cooked perfectly this time! Hubs says that blue cheese makes him throw up in his mouth and actually tastes like throw up, I am so sorry for that image and thought! I got him to take a bite and he tasted some blue cheese and started fake gagging and throwing up!

    Here is Hubs and Crazy Sweet Guy giving his goofball smile!

    If you are not salivating at these cheese fries, something might be wrong!! Ohhh they are soo good!


    Thumbs up peeps! A super yummy and fun meal and soo needed!!

    Gotta have some laughs at dinner!


    WW put on by Seven Clown Circus!! :)

    Tuesday, October 21, 2008

    Mrs. I Can Take You :)

    My Hubby is going to be going out of town for four days! Four days! Oh the loneliness!!

    Yes, I'm a wuss and I don't like when he's not around! And I totally feel for the military families that have to be apart for long periods of time. I admire them and their service :)

    But, my husband has made me into a total softy again! I grew up with a very strong single Mom so I guess some of that had rubbed off :)! When Hubs and I first met I didn't let him open doors for me, I could carry my own books, I could handle it :) ha!

    Very shortly thereafter, I melted! He is such a gentlmen and I love it :) I am now a super softy. Although, if I am by myself I can turn back into Mrs. I Can Take You, ha!

    If I'm by myself, I walk up to that spider, or disgustingly gross ugly bug, and smoooosh (don't worry we haven't had any of those in our house since the bug guy came :))! If Hubs is around and I see a bug, this is me, get it get it get it!!! (I'm talking to Hubs on the phone right now and he said that I had to add that my voice gets very high like a school girl, especially the longer it takes for him to get it, haaa!).

    So, I got me a mag to flip through, In Style. :) I just ordered a few different mag subscriptions last week thanks to your suggestions!! You guys rock! I have been working on the same book for...hahem...months now. I only get through a few pages at night and then I'm so toast! It's a Nixon Kissinger biography which is very interesting but not that page flipper what's going to happen next?! :) And we don't have a DVR! Oh to save money :)

    So my question for you ladies is...after the good shows are over, and I get some other things done around the house :), what movies should I rent? I admit that it has been so long since I've seen a chick flick! I used to cry like a baby tear up like crazy and thought that I was the only one! So I haven't seen a lot of the chick flick classics! What do you think girls??

    Edited to add: I'm thinkin' maybe I should do comedies! I need to stay happy and upbeat, if I watch a sad movie then it makes me sad for too long! If we watch something sad we almost immediately have to watch something funny (and by "we" I mean yes me) even for a split second or Hubby tries to make me laugh (which isn't hard, I mean he's does or says some cookey and I love to laugh :))!

    Monday, October 20, 2008

    Pumpkins, Friends, and the Interceptonator!

    Here are the pics I finally got together for you from last week! :)

    Pumpkin Patch!!! Ok, the pumpkin patch part was cute but the hay ride was soo unfortunately lame. I will stay positive though and not show the pictures I took unless you really want to see them :) Here is the narrative of them...And to your left is an open waste field with dried up gourds and broken wood...and to your right is another open field and in the distance a W-lmart. Just not the same as the one we had on the east coast :) We still had a great time as a fam though! The following pics are so not the best pics of me but I'm letting 'em fly bc well they're the only ones we have :)


    This was the first time I have ever touch an alligator! Don't judge this picture! It was reptile day at the PP! Have you ever heard of that before? Ha!


    I just love this pic :)

    He couldn't go inside the bouncer so we just bounced on the step! He was laughing and giggling and had a grand ole time...on the teeny little step...so sweet :)


    Feeding the animals! :) That goat was so not interested!

    Playing in the parking lot :) Oh I so dislike my profile pics, please ignore, just look at the smiling baby :)!


    Then we had a friends over for dinner. We went to the same church and the same couples Sunday school class back east! They have a little guy just a few months younger than BabyBoy!


    I made Giada's Lasagna Rolls! If you have not made this dish, you have to make it!! It is such a crowd pleaser! Every time we have people over that we either haven't had over before or not for long time, I make these! And I add about a 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of ground beef too! Yummy! I love meat :)!


    And I made homemade whole wheat herb rolls...hmmm...can you smell the scent of fresh baked bread? They actually turned out super yummy (I altered the recipe a little :))...well I let them rise a little longer than I needed to so they were not as round as I would have liked but nonetheless, yummy! If you want the recipe let me know! It's super easy!! You only have to let the dough rise once! You divide the dough shape them on a greased cookie sheet, let them rise for about 30-45 min and then bake for about 25 min! Easy sqeezey!


    Oh my gosh, please excuse the look of unwashed silverware. They really are clean!


    Then we got together with some new awesome friends! I am not joking you, both of these couples have moved here from exactly where we moved from! We met through other friends found out all three of us were moving and voila, fun! They both have little baby boys within three months of Crazy Sweet Guy!

    This is CSG and J (belongs to the couple on the left of the couch). Do they not look totally guilty or what?! Other little J is with his Grandparents (couple in the middle), they are moving here in just a couple weeks! Yeah!!


    And last Sunday night Hubs had his first flag football game of the season! He's playing with the new church that we're going to. He made 6 or 7 catches and at least one interception! Woohoo, that's my man!! I screamed so loud I scared the baby and he cried, poor little guy, he was sitting in my lap with his back to me, we were reading a book, so he couldn't even see it coming :)

    Soo, Hubs' football nickname from back east (go Alpacas!) still stands true...The Interceptonator!

    These were from the game last night :) And yes that is a bag of avocado sushi, I made it again!!

    I love action shots! He's the super cutie on the far right of the pic! He can so smoke anyone he guarding and totally read the QB! A ton of the time the QB will throw to the opposite side of where Hubs is :) He'll stand off a little letting 'em think they can get a completion...but wait...here he comes...oooh interception! Ha! :)

    He is such an all american play any sport guy, plays lots of different sports, and rocks at all of them :) ok I'll stop bragging on my Hubs :)!

    Does anyone else think it is so sexy when your man plays sports?! and it doesn't hurt when they win :)

    AccBLOGability Monday next week, so keep eating well, exercising, and reading your Bible, we'll check in on that next week ladies!


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