Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Continues

Monday morning I got a wild hair and decided to go ahead and put up all our Christmas decor. By noon that day, the decor was up and the house was clean. I usually always wait till after January, but for some reason, I was ready to have it up and done with. I think it sums up how I feel about this past year in general.

However, Christmas celebrations are continuing for Olivia and I. Tuesday morning Olivia and I headed out with the rest of my Dad's family to Richmond, Virginia to celebrate with our family up here. It was a long day of traveling for us, but even after hour 11 in the car, the girl wasn't making a peep. I have never been so thankful in my life.

Olivia and I are both being spoiled all week long. Her with having so many people giving her their full attention and I with being able to sit back and have everyone else wait on her hand and foot. Yes, she's a spoiled rotten little girl, but we cannot help ourselves, she's hard to say no to.

Plus, she keeps calling my dad "Grandma." Its hilarious, though he doesn't seem to think so.

My Aunt Jane's house is probably my most favorite after my own. Her home always feels so cozy and warm. It's always felt like a home away from home.

She's one of those lady's who acts like its no big deal when you ask her about a way she did something or decorated. She just kinda throws stuff on the walls and it always looks good. She does stuff all the time that makes me think "hmmm....what a great idea!"

I wish she'd just come and throw stuff up in my house and make it feel as warm and cozy as her own.


Plus, she's an amazing cook.

We all know better than to even think about starting to eat right till after the new year. We're having our official Christmas dinner tonight and the menu is insane. I've been tortured by having to sit here and smell all the deliciousness she's been cooking all day. I will be wearing my stretchy pants tonight.

That's her working away in the kitchen. She would have refused if I tired to snap her photo, so y'all get her back side.

So, that's all I've got. That's what we've been up to these past few days.

I feel like I've hit a writers block after only a week of being back on the blogging bandwagon. Maybe I'll come up with something....

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Silent Night

After two parties and a little over 30 people in and out this past forty eight hours, our house has suddenly become silent this Christmas night.

We had a wonderful Christmas Eve and Day. The only thing I would have changed was the rain. We had a nasty rain all day long.

I love that we live so close to both of our families still at this time in life. We got to spend both Christmas Eve and Christmas morning with my Dad's side and Christmas afternoon with Davids. We always celebrate the weekend before with my Mom's side.

I can say that we have one spoiled rotten little girl. She got way too much. I told everyone that the girl is obsessed with Play-Doh at the moment and we seriously won't have to buy play-doh for the next two years. It's kept her entertained and quiet for the last three hours, so I'm not complaining.


David did have to work all day, but we got to see him when he ran home for two hours. We miss him, but we've gotten use to him not being around on Christmas, so we don't let it ruin our day.

In his own now famous words "it's the life we choose!"

Our Christmas celebrations are hardly from over yet. Tomorrow, I'll be packing for Olivia and I to head up to Richmond to celebrate with our family up there. We'll be leaving David behind and we're my Dad's responsibility for the week! : )

For now, we're enjoying the Polar Express and a quiet house, while waiting up for Daddy to come home. It's already way past her bedtime, but I have a little girl determined to stay up to greet him.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas day filled with family and love! : )

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

We've been so busy these last few days preparing for our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners, that I haven't had much time to sit and write. Plus, we've been trying to fit in a few last minute Christmas activities.

Like refusing to sit with Santa....

(Picture via Frames By Ames)

Yes, I'm such the sweet wife that I totally made David sit with her while I stood behind the photographer and laughed. Believe me, I'll be paid back I'm sure!

I can say I am now officially in the Christmas spirit and excited to begin our celebrations tonight.

I personally love Christmas Eve more than I love actual Christmas day. There is something that always seems so magical about the evening.

Even though she refused to be in the same room as the guy, Olivia has suddenly taken a interest in Santa and is excited about his visit tonight. We've been talking all week about Santa coming to visit and surprisingly, she's somewhat getting it. She's been running around talking about "Santa" all day!

And before stones are thrown, we've being reading a toddler friendly version of the birth of Jesus every night too. We've talked just as much about baby Jesus as we have Santa.

My Aunt made the comment the other day that Christmas has seemed much more fun these past few years having Olivia to celebrate it with. Before Olivia, it had been a good while since we had celebrated Christmas with a small child and I had to agree. So often, adults get too stressed and overwhelmed with the holiday, that there is something about seeing the excitment of a child to remind you what its all about.

Just in case you didn't receive one in the mail from us....

Merry Christmas from the Mabreys!!!

(Cards via Vista Print)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A battle of wills.

Sometimes, I feel sorry for my husband.

His hands are full with Olivia and I.

She may look nothing like me, but her personality is pretty much all mine.

Part of that personality is that we're both stubborn as mules.

Its a battle of wills between her and I on a daily basis.

Majority of the time, I'd like to say I win those battles.

However, the other day, she completely stole one from me.

Olivia was running around with a stinky diaper, so I walked over to our normal changing spot, sat down, and hollered at her to "come here." We went back and forth for five minutes with me telling her to come lay down and her telling me "NO!" I could hear her voice, but couldn't tell where she was. Finally, I started threatening that if I had to get up, she was going to time out.

However, she continued telling me "no!"

I decided it was time to go after her, so I got up and started heading towards her voice, only to find her on the other side of the room already in diaper changing position.

As soon as I walked up she started clapping, smiling, and saying "YAY, YOU DID IT MOMMA, YOU DID IT!!!!"

I couldn't help but to die laughing and needless to say, she didn't make it to time out.

Clearly, the victory was hers.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I'm loving it.

Its been a long time since I've done a post about the things I'm loving at the moment.

In fact, its been so long, I cannot even find the last one to link up to. I searched till Summer of 2010 and gave up.

Post about things other bloggers are loving are actually some of my favorite to read. I love hearing about new products and what others are loving too. So if you have a blog and don't do those post, please start for me.

What I'm loving....

1. Nestle Coffee-mate Warm Cinnamon Sugar Cookie coffee creamer

Y'all this stuff is like heaven in a bottle. Sometimes I make coffee just for this creamer. Unfortunately, its only available for a limited time, so you better run to get some. This is my plea to Nestle to keep this stuff out all year!!!!

2. Apple iphone 4s

So, we're officially converts. I've seriously been debating for months now whether or not to go with the iphone. There was apart of me that wanted to be a rebel and say I'm not a apple devotee....but, we crossed over that line with one foot last summer when David randomly bought an Ipad. I swore I would never like it, but I did. I loved it. So, back in November when our stupid blackberry's bit the dust, we went in still undecided, but walked out with two new iphones. I love this phone like no other. I tried to explain to my dad that I don't know what it is about it, but I feel like my life is complete with it. I do not see myself ever going back now. I'm officially an apple devotee.

3. Shake Heaven by Montell Jordan



Olivia and I having been dancing to this song all season. We may or may not listen to it five or six times in a roll. If this song doesn't get you up and dancing....I have nothing to say to you!

4. Amazon Prime
If you asked me what my favorite store is, I'd honestly answer Amazon. I've been a Amazon devotee for years now. Its become my first place to look for anything. There use to be a saying that if walmart didn't have it, you didn't need it. Well, I feel that way about Amazon. I got a chance to sign up for Amazon Prime a few months ago and I now love Amazon even more now. With Amazon Prime, you get free 2 day shipping on most things they sell. To me its pretty much that instant gratification that you get when going to the store to buy something. Only this way, you don't even pay for the gas.

5. My Cheetah print flats

When fall came around, for some reason, I found myself wanting a pair of cheetah print flats. It was odd because I've never been a cheetah print kinda girl. Why? My freshman year roommate was a huge cheetah print fan and her entire side of the room was decked out in cheetah print. I didn't like her much, so for a long time (about 11 years) cheetah print brought back some bad memories. I'm not typically a very daring person when it comes to fashion. To be honest these are probably the loudest things I own clothes wise. They are strange in the fact they seem to go with everything, or at least, I wear them with everything. I scored mine at a local shop for $13, but I've seen them all over again this year.

So that's what I'm loving at the moment! What about you?

Monday, December 19, 2011

Waiting....

This is David's crazy busy season at work.

No lie, I can probably count on one hand the hours he's been home while she's awake this past week.

In another week, things will be back to normal, but it's hard to see her miss her daddy so much.

Friday night, she decided she would wait up for him on his side of the bed, but just couldn't quite hang on.

Yes, I've stared at it at least a hundred times since then.

It breaks my heart and makes it sing all at the same time.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Hodge Podge....

Whew....things have finally hit a calm spot in our lives after a crazy few weeks.

Which is kinda ironic since its the week before Christmas and a week that we have something going on every single day.

I am trying hard this week to get back into the blogging mode.

I've started to miss it.

I'm also trying to do better about commenting on some of my favorites blogs, I've been a very bad blogger friend these past few months. Please forgive me! : (

I'll warn you now, this post is just a hodge podge of things we've been up to.

I'll start off by telling you all that we are back to a family of three. I know in my last post, I said we were leaning towards keeping them, but I honestly think that was me trying to convince myself of it. Their caseworker was needing an answer from us of whether or not we wanted to move forward and we asked for the weekend to think about it. Over last weekend, we both we're honest to ourselves that we didn't see this as a long term placement and we wanted to serve our purpose as foster parents to them until they found a new permanent home.

The caseworker was very understanding and said she actually had a feeling that we were leaning towards that way and had already been searching for other prospective parents for the past two weeks, and had several interested. As the week went on, they were scheduled to be moved this Monday, but after several medical emergencies within my family, we asked if it was possible for them to be moved on Friday, to relieve a little bit of stress for me. They agreed and we took them on Friday evening to go to their new home.

We did not get a chance to meet the new parents, but we were told they had no other children and the mom was a nurse, so it sounded perfect to fit their needs. It was a very different return from the whole Destiny thing and we walked out happy for them and at peace with it. We feel like we served the purpose that God intended us to in their lives.

It was a crazy last few weeks, but I wouldn't trade it because I feel like I learned a lot about myself....like that I don't really like having that many small kids so close in age. I give much respect to those that do it, but its not for me. I felt like things were in constant chaos around here and I don't do well with chaos. Blame it on my OCD.

I won't lie...I've also enjoyed the peace and quiet around here the last few days. I like the peace and quiet much more than I thought I did.

Also, Olivia does too. Surprisingly, she was happy to see them go. She has only asked once "where the baby go?" but other than that, she's been happy to have our full attention back.

Unfortunately, she came down with some type of cold/virus thing and has been sick since Wednesday. The poor girl has been pitiful the past few days and has been breaking my heart. We've spent lots of time cuddling up and watching Curious George (her current obsession).

We haven't done much "Christmas" stuff these past few weeks since our hands have been full. I haven't really been in the Christmas spirit lately and it was bugging me that we couldn't get out and do the traditions I was so looking forward to starting with Olivia this year. This Christmas seems to be the first one that she somewhat "gets it," but with two others and one being a baby, it just wasn't possible to get out too much. However, I'm quickly getting into the Christmas spirit and have jammed packed our week to fit in as much as we can in the few days we have left.

We started out with getting to attend our first Pope Gingerbread Party. Nicole started this party last year, but Olivia was just too young for it. However, this year she was way into it! I won't go into great detail, because I'm sure Nicole will on her blog. We had a great time and cannot wait to do it again next year. However, all the moms decided that we needed to have our own adult Gingerbread party next year. We are all just a little too OCD and there was a lot of tongue biting when helping the kids decorate! I promise we were good mommy's and let them go to town, even though some of them were mixing icing colors! HA! : )

Besides the gumdrop fence and a little help with the icing, Olivia did pretty much all this herself!

Last Thursday, my Mom kept the kids, while I got to run out and be apart of one of the most important days in this little guy's life...

The Pope's asked Amy and I to be there for Gabe's adoption day and it felt like such an honor! It's been a long (and sometimes rough) eighteen months to make this guy officially a Pope, but I'm so glad our family got to be there every step of the way! It was a short and sweet ceremony, but still had a lasting impact. So happy to have that little man officially ours now!

If your friends with me on facebook, you've already heard....we had a tree accident.

Yes, they are both sporting high heels.

Yes, that is a toy saw in Olivia's hand...whether this was a "calculated" act, it hasn't been determined.

Thankfully, no children or ornaments were broken.

: )

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Tea Party

The other day the kids were quietly playing in the playroom for a little too long, so I popped my head in to make sure they weren't into something they shouldn't have been.

Kinda like painting the playroom carpet red.

However, they were both playing contently by themselves. I glanced over to Olivia and saw her little set up she had going on...

At that moment, my heart rejoiced and sank a little....her little set up with her characters having tea, obviously shows that she's growing up, even in play.

My heart sank because it shows just that....she's growing up.

It seemed like such a "big girl" thing to be doing.

If you look on the side of the doll house, you'll notice that cookie monster was also involved with the tea party. Evidently though, cookie monster was having some bathroom issues during the tea party, because he stayed on the toilet the entire time.

Maybe he finally ate too many cookies?

She sat there for a good forty minutes playing quietly with her little tea party.

That's big for her.

Another sign she's growing up.

(please excuse the bangs in her eyes, I'm growing them out but she refuses to allow me to pull them back, so she just looks like a hot mess all the time)

I know that I say it every stage she reaches, but I'm loving the stage she's in at this moment.

Though I wouldn't mind if she slowed down just a bit.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A New Normal

We're still adjusting to a new normal around here. Several other experienced foster/adoptive parents had advised us to give it at least one month before everything settles, so I've been counting down the days. Heading into week two, things are already getting easier by the day.

We did have a rough weekend....I made several comments on facebook most already read....but things have drastically improved this week. We knew it was only a matter of time before the behavior problems showed up and they reared their heads this weekend.

It has been painfully obvious that the only way A.J. got any attention in his last home was by yelling and crying. He was in a home with several other young children and it seems he was always fighting for attention. After a frustrating couple of days, he's quickly learned that behavior doesn't fly in this house hold. We've been purposely over praising him when he did things in a correct behavior and he quickly picked up on it. As of now, we're just dealing with a normal two year old behavior.

Which, I have to say the hardest part of this is getting use to having two 2 year olds. It is basically like having twins now. I honestly don't understand how those people can survive with quints or sextuplets. It seems like crazy town here on even our best days!

And, I'm totally not use to having a boy yet!!! Believe me, Olivia is pretty wild for a girl, but boys are a whole different breed!

We're starting to settle into a daily routine and that is helping things greatly. I told Dave that I think we're going to be homebodies for the next year or so. We've taken them all three out only twice now, but it is a little too much for me just yet. Plus, I've forgotten how much sleep babies need, so its hard to be out with the Baby's schedule. It's much easier with one kid to just to pick up and go whenever.

Regardless, I love how "filled" our home feels at the moment. I've always wanted a big family and I love having three kids in our home. Ironically, I also always wanted two girls and a boy. They obviously fit that bill.

My days are busy and most of the time, seem to go by faster. The laundry is never ending and I feel like I sweep the floor a hundred times a day, but I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Right now, we are leaning towards making this a permanent placement, but we're not completely decided yet. We've been up to our ears in research on A.J.'s condition, going over his history, and we've had numerous phone calls with his specialists, but still waiting to hear back from the one person who has the answers we're looking for. Its more of that we just completely want to understand what we're looking at with a life with him.

At the end of the day, he's still a little boy who needs a family and someone who is committed to take care of him. He's two and we're his fourth home. It's obvious he has never had what we all think of as a "good parents." His parents never took care of him and that is how he ended up in foster care. Its questionable, regarding things we've been told, of how good of care he was getting in his last home.

I'll do a whole different post on what his condition is. I think we have a pretty good understanding of it now, even without talking to the one specialists.

But, things will not be final till we decide to sign the paperwork. I don't want people to get to heart broken like last time.

So, that's where we stand for now.

Working on a new normal.

Thank you to everyone who has sent encouraging words the past week. I know I haven't been able to respond to everyone, but I really appreciate them all!!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The brood.

Most of you have already gotten a sneak peak on facebook, but I did actually get around to snapping a few pics of our new brood.

Those two on the end are practically twins. They are seriously just the boy/girl version of each other. They are both very rambunctious and can keep up with each other fairly well.

I decided to send OK to school this morning since we're still paying, and poor mister walked around all morning like a lost puppy. I haven't entirely decided what to do about school, if this looks to be a permanent thing, I will most likely pull OK out (we want to homeschool anyway and she was just going to have something to keep her busy). The biggest issue is they are a couple of months apart in age and they would go on different days, so that would be (I personally feel) a little too much for my plate.

This little miss is doing much better today after a rough couple of days. She however does not like to go down to sleep. She'll sleep when you finally get her to sleep, but she does have a set of lungs and will let you know she is not happy about being left out.

Overall, things are still going really well. We have quickly adjusted into being a family of five and Everyone seems to be adjusting really well. A couple of people have asked and Olivia is a little jealous of the baby at times, but that wouldn't be any different even if I had another of our own. It's natural and I try to let her "help" me as much as I can. A.J. is nothing but her buddy and she has no jealously towards him. All three mornings, she asks if he's up as soon as she pops her head up.

I have learned that this is what you get when you are trying to get the attention of two two year olds....

They do nothing but mock me.

They are stinkers.

Thanks for all the encouraging words the past few days. I haven't really responded to many, but I've kinda had my hands full. They are all greatly appreciated! : )

(Oh, and I apologize about all the typos and awful grammar in the last post. I went back and read it later that night and have of it made no sense. However, you know I'm too lazy to go back and fix it all. I was never an English major!)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Three Under Three

I had all intentions of being a better blogger this week after my little break, but then life through us a curve ball on Monday evening and right now, we're in plain survival mode.

We're currently the parents of three children under the age of three.

Yes, it is as crazy as it sounds and you can all take a moment to say "bless your heart!"

I should back up a bit and tell you that after lots and lots of discussion, we decided that we felt like our DFACS journey wasn't quite over yet. We felt like we had learned a lot over the last placement and we knew now the questions to ask before any major decisions were made. We also felt like that even though we knew some people in our family would be hesitant, we decided we wanted to do straight foster for now and if adoption was ever a possibility, we would consider it then. The reality is that even though fostering can be heartbreaking, it is still a job that needs to be done. With the leaving of Destiny, we felt like we could handle sending any kids back, as long as we knew they were going to a safe place.

So, on Monday, we finally felt like it was time to call our caseworker and tell her we were ready to take on placements. We did have a few changes in what we who we would take in our home. To keep Olivia safe, we told them that anyone who they called us for, had to be Two and under. We knew that would throw us into a large pot of foster parents and it would probably be a while before we got any calls. We decided we would just bump up the age as Olivia got older.

Sure enough, not even an hour after talking with our caseworker, she called back saying that another county west of us was looking for an emergency placement that night for a two year boy and a 7 month old girl, would we be interested? We said yes after a little bit of information and then waiting two hours to hear back from the kids caseworker, they asked us if we could come to their office to meet them, so we woke up OK from her nap and headed their way for a little bit of a drive.

I'll be honest in that the first 24 hours were rough. There was only one moment that I thought "what the heck are we doing?" but today we've kinda settled into a somewhat of a routine and things honestly cannot be going any better. I'm even here by myself holding down the fort.

Olivia and A.J. (name changed), are getting along wonderfully. They are right at the same age and keep each other pretty entertained. They have their moments like any two years do, but they are having a blast with each other. A.J> is the first person Olivia asks for when she waked each morning.

The baby is doing okay, but having a rough week due to teething, an injury, and vaccinations. I'm surprised at how fast I have seemed to forget all the baby stuff. She came to us with nothing and that included a schedule, so our biggest hurdle is figuring one out. She however does remind me of a little Olivia in the fact she wants to be "a big kid" so bad. Baby is already trying to follow the big kids around and gets quite frustrated when she cannot keep up. Hopefully, we can figure out the schedule thing over the next few days.

So far, things are going really well. This has been a completely different experience than with Destiny. Even though our house is loud and toy are everywhere, things are going much more smoother this go round. Everyone, including us three, seem to be adjusting really well. In fact, David even said last night that things seemed to be more natural this go round even with it only being a couple of days. I'm sure it all boils down to the age of the kids.

Oh, and they both sleep like champs!!!

I am so not use to having a kid that sleeps like these two! Olivia is of course up at her usual hour both mornings, but its been nice, because I've made sure to sit down with her and have some just us cuddle time while the other two are still sleeping. Olivia is also the official "little mama." She is always right beside me trying to help with the baby and she has no problem bossing A.J. around.

And because I know I'll get those questions, for right now, we are looking at this as a temporary thing. There is already the possibility of adoption opened to us if we want to go forward. However, we've decided to see how the month goes before we rush into any permanent decisions. Also, A.J. does have a medical issue that we are wanting to learn more about before we make a decision. Its not that we are looking for "perfect children," we want to make sure for A.J.'s best interest, we'll be able to provide the care that he needs long term. We've already done a good bit of research on his condition, but we are waiting on an appointment to talk to his specialist to get the full details and to make sure we understand what care he'll need from us in the future if this becomes a permanent placement.

So, if I'm not around much this week, that is my excuse.

We're in survival mode, but we're having a blast.

Plus, my apologizes that I have not gotten around to taken pictures yet. It's on my to do list this afternoon and I'll try to post some soon.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Hello....

Anyone still out there?

I'm assuming not after that little break.....that turned into a couple of weeks.

It's bad when those who read your blog regularly and whom you see in daily life just quit asking if your ever going to blog again.

This is the first time I've opened my computer since then. I'm even more ashamed to admit that I haven't even picked up my camera once since I got a new phone that same week.

I have no excuses, other than I needed a little break.

We've been busy doing a whole bunch of I don't know what.

Just been busy with everyday life like everyone else.

Olivia and I did take a trip to Nashville, to visit my Mom & John. I must say it was probably one of my favorite trips up there to date. Olivia was spoiled rotten by her Grandma and Granddad...oh, and her Uncle Josh. I got to sit back and relax a bit, while others kept her entertained. We spent the long weekend looking at Christmas lights, having Mother/Daughter dates, lots of eating, and just enjoying our time together.

Olivia is a great car rider and did great the whole trip, so I'm excited to start heading their way more often now. However after four nights a sofa bed, I was very ready to get home to my own bed.

And to Dave. I miss him so much when we travel, but it's the life we chose.

Speaking of the life we chose....I've had a lot of questions lately from those in real life and I figured I'd just clear it up on here. I was pretty open during the summer that Waffle House had cut Dave's pay and we were freaking out a little. Okay....I was freaking out a lot. I had never mentioned it on here, but David did go on a couple of other job interviews, one that when pretty far in the interview process. Far as in, they offered him a job. It would have been a total lifestyle change for us, but unfortunately after a going back and forth a few times, they could not pay what we were asking for. They did however set up one last interview to try to come to terms, but Waffle House started seeing the wrong in their ways and readjusted how they were paying and after a couple of long talks with each other, Dave decided to not go for that last meeting and we're still a waffle house family.

Everyone has their price and fortunately, waffle house decided again to meet ours.

I laughed the other day, because back in the summer when I was freaking out, Dave told me at one point to "stop, breathe, and lets wait till the end of the year before we really freaked out" because he felt like by the end of the year, everything would work out. Four months later, he was right. It did.

He always seems to be right about those kind of things.

That's why I love him.

We also celebrated 12 years of togetherness during my blogging sabbatical.

There is just something special about watching your significant other go from being a boy to a man (or a girl to woman). I'm not saying it makes your love any greater than those couples who meet in their adult years, I do think it gives you a totally different appreciation for your spouse.

Its crazy to look back at everything we've been through in the last twelve years. I can't imagine what the next twelve will bring our way. Either way, I'm excited for it.

Olivia has been handful lately. Last night my Mom called, only to be greeted by me in tears and the sound of David and Olivia in the background fighting over dinner. She is officially refusing to eat ANYTHING. Friday she ate two bananas the entire day. She flat out refused everything else, even her usual favorites. It has made me feel like an awful mother.

I've come to terms that God knows I cannot handle another child till Olivia grows and matures a little more. This child takes and requires everything I've got in me most days. She is such a strong spirit as one of my friends always puts it. I love that about her and (most days) wouldn't change it, but it wears a mom out.

I guess I should mention Thanksgiving since it was just a couple of days ago. We had a great one. I did not take one single picture, so there will not be a whole post of our days activities. We had lunch with David's family and then headed out for dinner with my side. The food was exceptionally good this year. I was excited because both recipes I made got great approval and one request for a copy of the recipe. That is success in my book. I love Thanksgiving and the time spent with family. This years was perfect.

Oh, and yes....the "I'm in bed by 10:00pm every night" girls went Black Friday Shopping. We didn't score everything we were out for, but we did get some good stuff and we survived the chaos. And we had a blast and I think remember saying we wanted to do it again. We're becoming straight up rebels in our almost 30 age!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! : )

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

It's a start....

I posted on facebook a couple of weeks ago, that we were having issues with Olivia going back and forth between the big girl bed and the crib. For about a year now, we've had a twin size bed in Olivia's room that we used every night to have story time on. So, we didn't get to really use the WOW factor of having a new bed in there for her and I thought that was part of the problem.

After a couple of weeks, I started noticing a trend and decided that Daddy was the one having issues with her sleeping in the big girl bed, not her.

She's been in the bed ever since.

To give her a little bit of the excitement factor of moving up, I decided to go buy a new comforter set and even let her get a say so on which one. I narrowed it down to two and let her pick. I might have been a little excited when she picked the one that was my first pick.

I went to first look at the comforters without her and fell in love with this one. I was almost tempted to buy it for my own bed, but I knew David wouldn't go for it. To me it easily passes for little girls room without being too kiddy.

Also, I went all pink overload with her nursery since I thought it might be my only chance to paint pink on the walls, so I decided I wanted to go with something with not as much pink. This obviously has no pink, but I figured I could throw a little bit in there somewhere.

As far as the transition to the big girl bed....it's been flawless. She hasn't once yet fallen out and still hasn't figured out that she can get out. She doesn't climb out till I come and get her in the mornings. The crib has been taken down and we haven't had anymore back and forth. We're officially moved up.

I will say that it is bittersweet going in to check on her and seeing her laying in that big bed. I won't lie that it has made me cringe for another "little" baby.


This is obviously just the beginning stages of her "big girl" room. I've promised myself that I would work on our room first some before I completely redo her room again. I already have the paint and a few other odds and ends. Like usual, I don't plan on spending much and using a lot of what I already have.

Of course I've been searching Pinterest for ideas for months now and here are a few ideas I'd love to go with.

I've actually had OK's big girl room in my head for years now. I saw a picture in a magazine before I was pregnant and have loved that room ever since. I haven't been able to find that pic, but a few months ago I came across this one on Pinterest and it was seriously exactly the direction I wanted to go with.

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I love everything about this little girls room. The wall color, the neutrals, the pop of color from all the accents, to even the big letter above the bed. I love it all.

I love this vanity set up. I have a vanity (not as elaborate as this one), but I haven't decided if I want to part with it since it's currently functioning in another part of the house. I even have a gold mirror that similar.

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I don't think I'll go with a dresser (though its a great idea), but there is a little wall space between OK's closet door and a built in bookshelf, that would be perfect to do a little dress up station like this one.

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I still have dreams of OK having a little sister to share her room with one day. I've always loved the look of two twin beds in a room. However until then, I think this bed set up and canopy would be a really cute way to set up OK's twin bed and take up more space in her (I know you don't often hear people say that, especially about kids rooms, but her room is a pretty good size). If she does not get the chance to share her room, I plan on buying her a full size bed in a few years.
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So, it's a start. We've got a long way to go and who knows what the next year might bring our way, to possibly change my plans for her room. Either way, I'm excited.

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Weekend.

We had a pretty low key weekend around here.

Friday night, Olivia headed to her Nana & Papa's to spend the night, while I headed over to Nic's for a much needed girls night. David was working if you didn't already guess.

We have no pictures from our girls night. It was pretty low key for us. A couple of people have asked me what we did....Amy made hairbows, Nicole and I played on Pinterest and spent the whole evening yelling across the table "hey...did you see that pin..." I headed home around 2am and have to be completely honest that I was terrified of being pulled over because ANYONE out driving around at 2am is doing something suspicious, right? It's been years since I've been out driving around at 2am. I was totally surprised to see the bar still hoping and lots of other cars on the road. I'm sure that will be my last 2am for a while.

David got permission to get an extra day off this week since he had to work on both of his off days, so Saturday morning we slept in and spent the morning on the couch watching movies on tv. It's also been two years since we've done that. After being lazy all morning we got up and went on a lunch date to Longhorns. We spent the entire meal talking and not once did one of us have to get up to take a little person out of the restaurant.

It was heavenly.

Oh, the little things that you take for granted when you don't have kids.

Sunday we had a friends birthday party to attend to, but I had spent most of the afternoon battling Olivia to lay down for a nap. By the time I got her down, it was too late to head to the party. We are having a really hard time with naps lately. And please don't say "maybe she's phasing them out?" She just turned two...she needs them, believe me. Her attitude shows it. It's literally a battle every day that leaves me emotionally drained. I hate to admit it, but most of the time I let that couple of hour battle leave me with the mindset that we've had a bad day. When in truth, besides nap, it was pretty good.

I've been hearing horror stories about three...if two is this bad, I cannot imagine.

I love this child, but she is a force to be reckoned with.

We have a busy week ahead of us that ends with another weekend with not much planned. Is it sad that I'm already looking forward to the weekend?

I may start pulling my Christmas stuff down. Yeah, I'm one of those people. According to several of my facebook friends, I'm already behind.

I'm excited about the holiday season this year. Olivia is at such a fun age for it all and we're starting some new family traditions this year. I'm excited!!! : )

Bookclub is at my house tonight, so I need to get off here and start being productive.

Happy Monday! : )

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Our weekend, Halloween, and other randomness

This week is getting away from me. Isn't is crazy how some weeks can seem to drag on and the next seem to fly by??? I was starting to feel a little bad about just now getting to posting on our Halloween, but I had a few post in my reader this morning that were titled Halloween, so those feelings passed.

Our Halloween celebrations actually started on Thursday when I joined Olivia at school to celebrate with her pre-school class. They had a special snack and we got to go with them to trick or treat from classroom to classroom. I should've known that Olivia was going to attach herself to me the moment I walked in the door. Her teachers assured me that she is miss. Independent when I'm not around, but she refused to allow me to put her down. She did however decide it was okay to let go of mommy when she realized she was getting candy from the other teachers. Also, she refused to wear her cut piggy costume. I fought with her a minute, but I knew it was a losing battle. I should've known she wasn't going to go for it.


The rest of our Halloween celebrations continued through the weekend. Friday night we meet up with the Popes at a local church Halleluiah Night. These two had a blast running from game to game and bounce house to bounce house. That whole day, I honestly wasn't too up to going and was honestly hoping it would rain like they said it was going to, but Olivia had a great time, so I'm glad we ended up going. Notice we had a costume change from Thursday to Friday. Thankfully someone gave OK a UGA cheerleader outfit for her birthday, so I didn't have to come up with another last minute idea. She actually loved the outfit and was excited about being a cheerleader, though I know she has no clue what a cheerleader actually is.

Saturday morning, Olivia and I spent the morning laying new pinestraw in our flower beds. After a lazy summer, I've slowly been getting back on track with workout regularly, but spending an entire morning doing yard work can wear you out. I was seriously feeling it on Sunday and even still today....maybe it's a sign I need to up my working out?

That evening, David's parents came down and we had an early dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants, 6th Street Pier. We love the atmosphere of the place and the food is delicious too! I'd highly recommend it for any locals reading. It's the first time we've taken OK to a "nice" restraunt in awhile and surprisingly she did awesome. Yes, it helped we went at 5pm and no one else was there, regardless, it was so nice to sit down and actually enjoy a decent meal. We ended our evening with David and his dad working on one of our cars, while my MIL and I built a fire, ate cookies, and watched Hocus Pocus. That's about as scary as we get at our house.

Sunday morning, Olivia and I met my Dad for breakfast at Cracker Barrel. Unfortunately, Olivia can only have one sit down meal a week. Luckily, we made it through but she refused to leave my Dad's lap.

We spent the rest of the day just hanging out at home. To be honest, I was having a rough day and it was just one of those days I was in a funk all day and nothing could shake it. As soon as David walked in from work, I just started bawling for no good reason. I just feel like all my emotions from the last few months are catching up with me. Sometimes though, I just need one of those days. Plus, since turning two, Olivia's stubbornness has seemed to be extreme and I feel like its a battle of will all day long and I'm just emotionally exhausted at the end of every day. I thought she was into everything and stubborn before...well, two is kicking my booty. I'm honestly dreading three because I've been told over and over again, three is worse than two.

One upside to my Sunday is I finally got the chance to meet this precious girl!!!

She is Amy's cousins daughter and I've been dying to get my hands on her from the moment Amy sent me a text pic of her when she was born. She is seriously the most precious thing in the world and I cannot get over how tiny she is! I don't get baby fever too often with newborns, but she definitely had me smitten. If I knew that I could have gotten away with it without having every member of Amy's family tackle me to the ground, I would have walked out with her in my arms. I was good though and handed her back over to her mommy.

Our actual Halloween was pretty low key. We made it to kids gym that morning and then made a target/starbucks run since they are right by the gym. Olivia however refused to nap that afternoon, so when it came time for us to leave to meet our friends to trick or treat....sister was LOSING it!!! So much so that even David was losing it with her and those that know us IRL, know that's rare. So, we decided to skip the actual trick or treating again this year and hand out candy instead. We had a ton more trick or treaters this year than last year and in less than two hours, we had ran out of candy and had to turn out the lights and hide. I bought over two hundred pieces and then even had to give up my bribe sucker stash I keep for OK. Olivia once again this year loved handing out the candy and kept yelling at the kids to come back. It was pretty cute. I'm hoping I can keep convincing her that it's more fun to hand out candy than receive it. It's nice to not have to worry about us pigging out on candy for the next month. I didn't get any pictures from the evening. Apologizes to the grandparents! : )

I've been keeping it to myself, but I've been having some trouble with my right eye lately. A few months ago, I had a little black spot appear in my vision. Of course I googled it and it's one of those things that is either nothing, or pretty bad. I kinda let it go with all the crazyness of the summer, but that eye has started feeling strained lately and bothering me a lot. I finally admitted to Dave what was going on and finally got the nerve to make an appointment with the eye doctor. If you don't know, I have terrible vision. It's finally started to even out these past few years, but I would be lying if I said that one fear of mine is I eventually lose my eyesight. It's really been that bad at times. Put it this way, at one point and time, I was told that I would probably have to have lasik but still have to wear glasses and contacts. I was upset because I thought it was starting to get worse again. David was a sweet husband and went with me this morning and I was a nervous wreck the entire way. I was completely honest with the doctor with what all was going on the symptoms I've been having. He checked me out and even dilated my eyes, but said that my prescription was actually exactly the same and my eyes looked good.

He said that I did have a "floater" in my eye, but that was completely normal for anyone with bad nearsightedness. He said that he in fact had a few in his vision. He said as far as my eyes went, he had no concerns and said that honestly sometimes our eyes will just feel strained for no reason and then it will just pass. We narrowed it down to the fact that it could be due to stress or the fact that I wear my contacts way too long during the day and its eye fatigue. I finally got around to buying a new pair of glasses after having the same pair for ten years, so hopefully that will help. He said to give it a little more time after I get the glasses and if it wasn't any better, than I should go to my regular doctor to look into other things. So, I left feeling better about it all, but still praying for it to correct itself.

Our calendar is quickly filling up and I'm excited about all the holiday events that are starting these next few weeks! I should hopefully have lots to blog about! : ) I'm SUPER excited about a girls night we're having weekend!!! It's been a long needed night!!! Hopefully things won't get too crazy! ; )

Also, say a prayer for my bestie Nicole's brother this afternoon. He's having some major surgery as I type this and though I have full faith that he's going to make a full recovery, prayers are always needed! Thanks! : )