Sunday, February 28, 2010

A Snotty Sunday Morning

We didn't make it to church this morning. I was kinda disappointed, especially since I finally went and bought what I consider "church clothes" last Friday. Olivia woke up with a pretty nasty runny nose. Not sure where she got it from, but I didn't want to drop her off in the nursery with it on her second Sunday. I didn't want to be one of those moms.


Instead, I checked out another church we were considering through an online Live video.


I got to watch the entire service while it happened. I know this is not a new thing, but I thought it was pretty neat. It's the first time I've watched something live online. I really enjoyed the message and now want to go visit the church in person. This mornings sermon was about marriage and it really spoke to me. I'm going to make David to listen to it also. The church offers a Sunday & Wednesday night service which is something we are looking for in a church since David cannot attend most Sunday mornings. You wouldn't believe how hard it is to find a church (in our area) that has a Wednesday night & Sunday night service, let alone both. It's a little bigger than we were looking for, but what they offer seems like it's going to work best for our family. The Sunday night services are a continuation of the Sunday morning message, so I think that would also really work for us. Luckily, the Sunday night service is broadcast online also, looks like we'll be going that route tonight. I doubt her runny nose is going to clear up fast enough for us to attend tonight.

Obviously, we're looking for a new church to attend. We were both raised in church and we went off and on throughout our early twenties, but when David started working for Waffle House, we stopped going. Much of the reason we stopped going was due to certain events that occurred and we weren't happy with a couple of the last churches we attended. I started thinking about church again when we found out we were pregnant, but didn't push the issue. Now that's Olivia's here, I told David we needed to make up our minds, either we're in or not. No more going to church here or there. We both decided that we want her (and our future kids) to be raised in church like we were. So the church hunt is on....again.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Funk

Hello! I'm still here.

I've been in a blogging funk this week. I have stuff to talk about, I just haven't been in the mood to post anything.

What's on my mind ....

sleep training = no sleep & no progress

debating on using part of our tax money for a big vacation with just the two of us or for working on the house?

I'm soooooo over winter already!

Seriously thinking I wanna go ahead and have another one soon. That way we'll be out of the crazy baby stage within a couple of years.

I'm thinking about boycotting the Olympics. Sorry, but I'm too tried and I cannot stay up past 10:30pm to watch the figure skating. Why can we not show it at a decent time NBC?

Thinking a trip to Hobby lobby is in store for today.

Now isn't that a riveting post!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Twinkle Toes



The socks came from Target.


Thursday, February 18, 2010

House Tour

The Mabrey House debut

Warning: Picture Overload

Entry way


Living Room


Entertainment Center & Fireplace
(the entertainment center has some paint damage, we plan on refinishing it soon)



One of my favorite rooms...The Sun Room
I cannot wait to get furniture in here so I can sit in here.


The Dining Room


My other favorite room...The Kitchen


I'm sure your wondering why there are books on the rug in the middle of the floor.
Isn't that where you keep your books?
The rug is brand new. It was a Valentine's gift from my sweet Mother-in-law and I was trying to get the ends to flatten out. We have a stainless steel island that we owned in our first house that will be going on top of the rug.

Mud room & 1/2 bath
I have big plans this Spring for this space.
I will posting more about it this Spring.


Laundry
Master Bedroom
This is my least favorite room in the house. It's HUGE and very open which doesn't seem cozy to me for sleeping. Plus, I have no clue what to do with the extra space. I'm trying to convince Dave to build a wall in the middle to make a office. So far he's not too keen on the idea.

The other half of the Master

My other Favorite Room...Olivia's Room
I would have killed to have a room like this when I was little.
It's the perfect room for a little girl.



Look at this child's closet....I had to wait 27 years to get a closet this big!
Yes, it's messy. I'm still trying to go through her clothes and weed out the too small ones.

Plus, she has her own whirlpool tub...spoiled rotten!


So there is majority of the house. We have a guest room and unfinished attic space I'm sure y'all aren't dying to see. I skipped the Master bath because we've decided it's our least favorite room in the house. We're planning on redoing it next year. Obviously we got a lot of painting to do so that is next on our list. I figured there was no point in decorating till we get things painted.

Before we moved in we had new counter tops and ceramic tile put in the kitchen. We also had tile but in all the bathrooms but the master bath. The fireplace was brick and had no mantel, so we had that added. We installed new carpet throughout the entire house and had a privacy fence put up in the backyard for the dogs. So, we got most of the major work taken care of before we moved in.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

On my mind...

I've got a lot running through my mind right now. I could probably make a separate post for each one but I don't have the time or the energy to put that much effort into it and by the time I get to writing about each one, I'm sure I'll forget about what I was going to write about.

This is a long one, so settle in.

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We had a nice valentine's day. Dave did good. He totally surprised me with a appointment for a massage. I'm sure it had nothing to do with the fact I've been complaining for over a year now how I needed one. So, this Friday afternoon I'll be getting rubbed down by a stranger (that's how my mom refers to a massage) and enjoying every moment of it. Thanks Babe!!!


He also didn't forget about his newest little Valentine. He got her a stuffed bear that was really soft. Even though I'm not too keen on starting a collection of stuffed animals, I thought it was really sweet of him to think of her too. He also took us to the big wally world and bought her a princess walker (he knew better than to pick one out on his own). Unfortunately, her legs are still a tad bit too short and she cannot "walk" with it yet. I'm hoping she grows an inch or two soon so she can get to moving.

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We are starting on sleep training again. I think one of the hardest things to get advice for when it comes to new babies is sleeping. I've been searching for a little while now and pretty much everything is said about it. It's the hardest thing I think to figure out what advice to take and what to leave because there is so much contradicting information.

After doing a lot of research, I feel like I've come to this conclusion...if your child is going to learn to sleep all night by themselves, they would have already done it by now which for us is 20 weeks. If they haven't, you have to take things in your own hands. For those of you who have children who magically just started sleeping through the night, be thankful you've been blessed by the sleeping baby gods. Unfortunately, we have not been. Olivia is still getting up two to three times a night.

Once you add in the two months before she came of not getting a full nights rest, that means I've only had a hand full of uninterrupted sleep in the last seven months. I was reading a article in Parents magazine last month on sleep and the author scared the poop out of me when she explained her nightly routine (which sounded just like ours) and then stated her child was two years old. I freaked! I talked to Olivia's doctor and she said to wait till she was six months. I think she just said that because then she would have to tell me to take extreme measures.

I'll save all the details for a later post, but basically, a lot of things David and I are doing are contributing to her no sleeping schedule. Monday night after the third time of waking up, I finally decided something had to change. We're only one the first night, so pray this works this time.

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I so flaked out on the 30 day shred last night.

Earlier in the day, Olivia and I bundled up and went walking at the park. We only walked (well she rode in the stroller) a mile and half, but it was freezing cold, so that means I worked twice as hard.

Well, I started with good intentions with Jillian, but at 7 minutes in, I told David I just couldn't do it. I'm now afraid she's going to show up at my door and kick my butt. I'm pretty sure she makes that threat during the video.

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Several people have asked for pictures of the new house. Well, I'm going to finally post them tomorrow.

I've hesitated with posting pictures because I've started to feel uncomfortable about the house. Now your probably thinking, huh?

Our new house is MUCH bigger than our old house (and any other house we've lived in). I stated once before that we went from 1100 sq. feet to 37oo sq. feet. Word has gotten around in our small world and the Waffle House about how big our house is. The first thing anyone says is "gosh this house is huge." Well, that started making me feel uncomfortable. I was worried that people might start thinking things about us.

I know I'm sounding like a complete moron.

My husband does make good enough for us to live a comfortable lifestyle and to give me the opportunity to stay home full time with Olivia. But, we are not rich by any means. I was afraid that the house was giving off the wrong idea about us. When I say we got the deal of the century, I wasn't lying. We paid for our house what most people pay for a starter home in our area. I started to feel the need to yell out what we payed when anyone would say anything about it. Classy, huh? We took our time, did our research, and got a deal. It helps when you have a background in real estate.

Well, Nicole jumped on me last week when I said I was feeling uncomfortable. She told me she felt the same way about their house when they moved in, but now she's proud of it and I should be too. So, I'm starting to become excited about it again. This is the last this will be talked about.

My first house tour is coming tomorrow, so come back.

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We're some Olympic watching people. Summer or Winter, we love it all. I personally prefer the Summer Olympics, but I do like me some ice skating.

I do not understand the sport of curling. David seems fascinated by it for some reason.

Interesting Mabrey Fact: In our four years of being married, we've moved four different times. Three of those moves have been exactly two weeks before the last three Olympic games. Strange?

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This just melts my heart....



Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The devil reincarnated...

First off, unfortunately, my hair has always fallen out in clumps like that. Y'all can feel sorry for me. Like I said, it only does that when I wear my hair curly. When my hair is straight, it's not so bad....well, I don't have to clean the drain at least.

Moving on...

Last week, David and I started trying to work out again.

The motivation may or may not have come from that bad picture of me and the fact I had a pity party on Thursday morning because I had nothing to wear (but I never had anything to wear when I was skinny either...go figure). Actually, right now I really have nothing to wear because it's winter and all my clothes are summer clothes....it's a never ending cycle.

We decided to do the 30 Day Shred...what idiots we are. We were late to the 30 Day Shred bandwagon since I was pregnant when everyone was going crazy about this thing last summer. I ordered it when everyone was talking about it, but we didn't bother opening it.

We did it once back in the fall, but I didn't really do it full out since I was still uncomfortable about working out after my surgeries.

Anyways...Jillian Michaels is the devil reincarnated...just saying.

Obviously the working out goal isn't doing so hot right now. I thought I would have soooooo much time to workout (and do a million other things) since I'm staying home, but I seem to not have time for anything....including working out.

My new goal is to try to do this workout at least a few times a week. We'll see...

I will say the good thing about working out at home is you can look like a hot mess while doing it...


Black socks, white tennis shoes, shorts...sexy!

No, these are not capri workout pants. They're too short pants. Oh, and don't forget the mismatched socks.

I tried to get David to take a better picture that showed the full effect, but he said "can we please start the workout and quit taking pictures?"

I decided not to push it.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Veggie Tortellini Soup

It's been awhile since I've posted a recipe because let's be honest, it's been awhile since I've cooked. Now that we're moved in and the oven & stove are both fixed, I'm out of excuses to not cook anymore.

I've been eyeing this recipe in a magazine and it seemed perfect for the snowed in night we had Friday. I ran to the Piggly Wiggly (yes, those are real stores) on Friday afternoon to pick up the ingredients. I was afraid David wouldn't be a fan and would think it was too girlie, but luckily he loved it! This is now going to make the recipe rotation list at the Mabrey house.

Veggie Tortellini Soup

What you need:

5 cups chicken broth

1 pkg. (16oz.) frozen California blend Vegetables

1 pkg. (8oz.) dried Cheese tortellini

1 can (14 1/2oz.) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained

Directions:

In a Dutch oven, bring broth to a boil. Stir in vegetables and tortellini. Return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10-12 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomatoes. Cover and cook for 5-6 minutes or until heated through.

Yield: 6 servings

That's it! It's super easy. We had baked potatoes with ours because I was afraid it wouldn't be enough to satisfy David but the soup alone was pretty satisfying for myself.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Snow in the South-Finally

The snow finally made it to the South...


All week, the meteorologist were predicting snow of course we all ignored it since their last prediction was a bust. We were pretty surprised when all the schools had decided to close on Friday by Thursday afternoon. They always seemed to wait till the morning of to cancel when we were in school.

Sorry for the blurriness of the pictures. It was a little hard to take pictures while it was snowing. I didn't realize all the pictures were blurry till I had gotten inside and taken off my galoshes and I wasn't putting them back on to go outside again.

We were kinda happy when the dinner plans for that night had gotten changed. We were in the mood to stay in and had a cozy night with just the three of us. It was a nice change of pace since we had such a busy week.

We decided to start a fire...

I made some yummy soup (recipe to come soon)...

We put on our footie pajama's...

and enjoyed a nice quite night while it snowed...

I believe we ended up with about four inches. It was pretty, but I'm ready for it to be gone and spring to arrive. I can imagine my relatives up in Maryland are pretty ready for it too! Not quite sure I would have made it up there with all the snow they've received this winter.

And no, I didn't take Olivia out in the snow. I was too lazy to dress her up in warm clothes.

Friday, February 12, 2010

A Tea Party

Yesterday, we celebrated Josie's birthday with a mother/daughter tea.

I won't give a play-by-play of our day since she is Nicole's child and I know she's doing a post about it, so I won't steal that from her.

I will share with you that we decided to dress the girls up for tea and each of them were absolutely precious. We got several comments from the little old ladies who were there for tea too.

Two different old ladies asked if Matalie and Olivia were twins...seriously, I know my child is big, but she doesn't look like a one year old. I think those ladies needed to get their bifocals checked. Plus, if I had twins, they so would be dressed in matching outfits. I would be one of those moms.

I tried to take pictures of Olivia in her pretty little tea dress before we left the house...

Of course, she wasn't having any of it.

I swear to you that my child does smile every so often.


Of course, she wasn't having much of the whole tea thing either...

Going out to eat with her is now a pain in the butt. She hates sitting in her car seat and as soon as we get to a restaurant, she wants out of it. If you don't get her out, she screams. We no longer cry, we now scream. But, she cannot sit up on her own yet, so she cannot sit in the restaurant high chairs. We have only taken her out to eat twice since Christmas because its miserable now and I can't even enjoy myself anymore. Any suggestions?

Regardless, a tea party and looking beautiful is tough work for a baby girl...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Grossness, Boutique Clothes, & Book Club

WARNING: You might be grossed out! Scroll down if you don't wanna see something gross.

After I got out of the shower Tuesday night, I killed some time before blow drying my hair. When I returned to the bathroom later to do my hair, I saw this out of the corner of my eye....

At first glance, I thought it was a dead mouse in my shower. Nope, it's just a clump of my hair. This is why I should not wear my hair curly, anytime I do, this is the result....I lose half of it. That's just crazy that it looks like a mouse isn't it? I quickly removed it before David saw it. That is one of his pet peeves, clumps of my hair in the shower and he would have flipped if he saw this.

Now that your grossed out, moving on to cuter things...

Nicole told me about a Boutique "Consignment Sale" the last month that she had heard about through a blog (shocker there, right?). We decided to head up there with our Moms and Josie today. We had these grand dreams of coming home with all this cute boutique clothes for Olivia and Josie. Needless to say, when we saw the prices, our mouths hit the floor.

The clothes were definitely cute, but they were also definitely pricey. If you read Nicole's blog, you know she's confessed she's cheap. Well, I'm cheap too (though not as cheap as her). Especially when it comes to Olivia's clothes, I just don't see the point in paying a lot for something she will wear for only a couple of months at best. I honestly don't usually pay over $5 for any of Ok's clothes and NEVER over $10. Plus, my kid is no stranger to hand me downs.

I will say that 90% of these clothes were brand new with the tags, but still. On average it was about $30 for a dress. The craziest part was that the other moms in there were walking around with HUGE stacks of clothes. They were seriously walking around with 25-30 items in their hands at the checkout line. We were seriously looking at them with our mouths hanging open. They easily had to be shelling out $300-$400 on kids clothes. And we're in a recession right now?

Of course, we didn't walk out empty handed. Olivia got four outfits and a couple of headbands.

This outfit isn't as cute in the picture. I'm not in love with the shirt, but it was something she could wear everyday and the skirt is really what sold me on it.

This one is the cheapest thing we got. I like to buy stuff that can get more than one use. It's 18 months, so I'm hoping she can wear it as a dress this summer and a shirt the next.

Guess who those little feet belong to?

This is one of my favorites. I'm bummed that she cannot wear it till summer 2011, but it was too cute to pass up. When I was little , I had a thing for pink flamingo's and my family has already graced my child with several flamingo outfits.

And my most FAVORITE outfit now in Olivia's closet...

I fell in love with this one and if I only walked out with one thing, this was going to be it. I cannot wait to put her in it this next fall. I also fell in love with a zebra dress that Nicole and I fought over. When I realized it was a 24 months, I let her take it so Josie could wear it now. She has already been threatened that it better be handed over as soon as Josie grows out of it.

So, those are Olivia's boutique clothes. I'm sure y'all are thrilled to no end reading about it.

Sorry, it was the exciting part of my day.

We did last night have our second meeting of the book club.

Our club doubled in size in just one month. We're cool like that.

Unfortunately, two of those attendees were only guest (our moms) and won't be attending every month.

Vicki even had a fire going for us on this cold Georgia night. What a host!

This was my favorite part of book club...

Just kidding.

Okay, I'm not.

We did have a great discussion about the book. It was my most favorite book club meeting yet.
The coolest thing about it was the group was made up of half mom's of young children and half moms of grown children, so it made for interesting perspectives on the topic.

We read Intervention by Terri Blackstone if your wondering.

Our book club members...

And this picture shows me how much a fat fatty I am right now.

Um, where is my skinny pillow? (Another post in itself)

I really need to lay off the chocolate cake (and the cookies) and start working out.

Ugh...no seriously, that's some serious motivation right there.