Monday, February 28, 2011

It's Monday!

Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed I can no longer seem to put together one cohesive post anymore???

I keep trying, but nothing seems to come to my mind lately.

So, your stuck with a little bit of everything today.

We had a crazy busy weekend. Tried to babysit.....but the baby hated me, a little shopping trip, a bridal shower, a birthday party, church, dinner with friends. It was busy.

I've decided that I dislike when you have busy "planned" weekends. If it's a weekend that becomes busy with just last minute stuff, I don't mind, but having to be a certain somewhere at a certain time all weekend is no fun to me.

And yes, even being a stay-at-home mom and having a husband that works every weekend, a weekend is still a weekend.

I bought these shoes at Target on clearance a couple of weeks ago. They are way too big, but she will not take them off her feet.

This child is always giving some crazy faces.

The weather here has been perfect the past few weeks. I've heard several people say they know it will get cold again, but I'm thinking it's here to stay. We've spent as much time as we possibly can outside and it makes my heart happy she loves being outside so much.

We're supposed to get some bad storms tonight and I can say I'm kinda looking forward to it. I love a good storm every once and awhile. Just no tornadoes please!

A few people have asked......there has been nothing new on the adoption stuff. We haven't heard from our caseworker in a couple of weeks now, so we're assuming she got everything she needed for our homestudy to be finished up. It's kinda strange because we know that a few people in our class haven't even had their homestudy done yet, so it seemed kinda weird all our stuff has been pushed through so fast and we haven't heard anything yet. But, I keep telling myself that's it's only been two weeks since we finished our class, so now, we're just waiting....................that's the non fun part. I was talking about this with someone the other day and they compared it to finding out your pregnant and waiting those long nine months. Not to be rude, but I had to correct them. When your pregnant, you at least have a due date.......adoption....NO EARTHLY CLUE.

I took all these with my new "fixed" lens. Can you tell a difference? I feel like I can.

And that's about as professional as it's going to get with me!

Hope your having an awesome Monday!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A PMS(ing) Baby

It has been a rough past few days.

Olivia is in one of those moods...she's constantly whinny, crying, clingy, etc.

Every few weeks or so, she gets in one of these moods and stays in it for about a week. I would honestly feel safe in calling it a early case of PMS. Of course, it seems to coincide with my week of PMS. Help my poor husband!

Thankfully, the only thing that is keeping me from being committed this week is my BFF Alison and her fb messages (and for the record, she is a legit BFF and I'm not just throwing that out there, I've known her...F...O...R...E...V...E...R and we're still buds even after my bad perm experience of 1994), the fact that David looked at me this morning after about an hour of Olivia's PMS(ing) and asked "has it been like this all week?" and the fact that I have a girl date this afternoon with my sister wife Nic (who is now a hair model!!!!).

So, is my baby the only one who does this???

I'm serious, she does this every few weeks and I seriously think about shipping her off to live with someone else, but then she's a little angel the next few weeks afterwards and I decide I'll keep her!

Lord Help Us!!!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

More Proof

As though we need more proof that my hubby and I are complete dorks.....

Last night we got into a lengthy discussion on how long we thought it would have taken to reach his parents house by horse and buggy if we had lived two hundred years ago.

You mean.....we're the only ones who talk about stuff like that???

Oh.

You know it resulted in a google search of MPH a horse travels in one day.

And in case your wondering....

His parents live about 25ish miles away and it currently takes us about 35 minutes by car.

By horse, it all depends....

If it's the whole family in a carriage........it takes all day.

Just him riding bareback.....around 4-6 hours we're figuring.

Either way, we would have only seen them a couple times a year.

Visiting my mom in Nashville....Never!!! (Sorry, Mom)

And that's the kind of stuff the Mabrey's talk about on a Sunday night.

(image via)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Just in case you haven't heard...

I know Nicole and Kim have already posted, but just in case you haven't heard, my sister wive Amy has just launched Mattie Fran Designs.

A couple of weeks ago, Amy walked into our play date with a necklace she made for herself and we were all falling on the floor begging her to make one for us.
Lucky for you all...she decided to make some to sell before making some for us!


They're all gorgeous and so very girlie!


The best part....They're also easy on the wallet!
This girl is selling them for way less than we thought she should be, but that works better for you all!

Even though she hasn't made us one yet, she did honor us with naming each necklace with our little girls names.

This one happens to be my personal favorite...

The Olivia Kate

So you better head over to and snatch yours up soon, because she's already selling out!

Mattie Fran Designs

Saturday, February 19, 2011

It's all good

It was one of those weeks where today, I looked back and thought...not too shabby.

Let's start, with the fact that the weather was pure awesome.
I'm sure it's a safe bet to say we spent more time outside than in this week.
And I can say it's done wonders for this soul.
And this little soul.

She loves playing outside and that makes for a happy mamma.

By the end of the week, the temperature was in the 70's.
I was running around in flip flops and Olivia was running around pantless.

Uh...when did that little girl get so big????

Most of the time, we play out front, but earlier in the week I decided to put the baby gate on the back porch and prop open the back door. By the end of the week she was confident enough to go out and in on her own. She was happy with her new freedom and it made for some peaceful days.

Grandma came back Wednesday night to join us for the rest of the week.

It makes me happy to see that even though she only gets to see her grandma once a month, that she still has that special bond.
She loves her Grandma.

Thursday we went and had a Grandma/daughter/granddaughter day.
We went for lunch and did a little shopping to get baby girl a few warm weather clothes.
My baby is now wearing a 3T in t-shirts!!!! That navy shirt a few pics above is a 3T!
I told y'all I live with baby Shaq.

Thursday night, my mom offered to keep baby girl, so David and I could go out on a date.
A couple of weeks ago, the waffle gave David a gift card to Outback and we decided to go ahead an use it.
It's always nice to go on a completely free date!

We ended our date night with the usual...the bookstore.
I'm pretty sure 9 out of 10 dates for us involve going to a book store at some point and time during the date.
In our pre-child days, we would go a couple times a week usually.
Now for some reason it's just not as relaxing when your wrangling a baby.
So we reserve the bookstore for dates now.
We're dorky like that.

This kid is suddenly obsessed with desk lately.
She turns any little table into a desk and is always got some important stuff on it.

Friday morning, after two unsuccessful attempts, I made us three girls pancakes for breakfast.
And then my mom and I sat around in our pajamas all morning just talking, while Olivia played by herself.
We haven't sat and talked liked that in a while.
I enjoyed it immensely.
We talk on the phone almost every day, but there's something different about sitting in the same room and just the two of us talking with no interruptions.
I'm so thankful for how much our relationship has grown since Olivia came into this world.

After my mom and John headed back up to Nashville, we headed back outside and played until the sun went down.

Friday afternoon, the mail lady came and it was like Christmas!
For me at least.
My lens, lens attachment, and bookclub book all came on the same day.
A bill came too, but I just hand those over to David.

I've only spent a few minutes playing with my new toys.
I can definitely tell a difference with the new lens, but it's going to take some time getting use to it since it's not auto focus and I have to move my feet to zoom.
But I'm excited to finally be expanding my collection.

The rest of the weekend is supposed to be just as gorgeous, so we're planning on spending the rest of it outside and soak up as much as we can...just in case it cold again.

Hoping everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hello/Goobye

Hello.

We've been a little busy these past few days.

We finished our Foster/Adoption classes on Saturday. We're now official. As one other mom in the class put it..."we're Paper Pregnant!"....that's funny. David and I (as of this morning) have finished up every thing little thing that needs to be done on our end and now.....we sit and wait. This morning when David called our caseworker to tell her he finally got his fingerprints done, she ended the conversation with a "I'll talk to you soon." He got all excited, but I'm not putting anything into it. I don't want to get my hopes up yet because I've heard you can wait on that phone call anywhere from two days to two years. Obviously, I hope it's sooner than later.

Late Sunday night, my Mom and John came into town. They ended up getting in a little later than expected and Olivia couldn't hang long enough to see them. She was a little shocked when she woke up to see them here, but she quickly warmed up and had Grandma at her side all morning. They had to head up to North Georgia for a few days, so we went for a Valentine's Day breakfast at the Waffle House and they'll be back down in a day or two to spend some more time with Olivia.

We had a nice Valentine's Day. I was a bad mom and didn't get anything for Olivia because I'm saving my money for when she actually realizes it's a holiday and expects something. I made David a homemade card because I refuse to pay $6.59 for a card I liked at the store. Luckily, he felt the same way (That's why we're made for each other). I also decided to make a special dinner for us to eat over candle light after little bit went to bed. I decided on Pioneer Woman's Linguine with Clam Sauce. It was delicious, David loved it, and my Valentine's dinner was a success. David totally surprised me with buying me a lens for my camera that I've been talking about for the last six months. It won't be here till the end of the week, but I have no problem waiting. I was totally shocked and felt very loved (surprisingly...receiving gifts is not my love language) on Valentine's day.

Today, I tagged along with Nicole to a open house for a homeschool co-op. I've been really interested in the Classical Education style since reading The Well-Trained Mind last summer. We learned about Classical Conversations which is a co-op using the Classical Education in our area. Back before Christmas when Nicole told me she was going to check it out, I did not hesitate in inviting myself to tag along. I've been reading books about it for awhile now, but it was so neat to see it being put in use. I'm totally hooked on it now. Obviously, if we do receive older kids anytime soon, we'll without a doubt enroll them into the program next school year. If not, I'll have to wait till Olivia is four to join in on the fun.

For the last two years, we've been going back and forth on canceling our cable. I realize some people just let out a big GASP! I've said many times, we don't watch very much tv, especially network tv. The only tv we really do watch is on public television, so it was becoming hard to justify spending $70 a month on a ton of channels we don't watch. In the past, we always would say we should cancel it and then would never do it. So, at the beginning of last week we signed up for Netflix, hooked it up through the wii, and then spent the remainder of the week only watching tv through Netflix. At the end of the week, David canceled the cable. It honestly took me a few days before I even realized he canceled it and I'm happy to report, we're surviving just fine. I think we're going to be pretty happy with this decision.

Oh and forget that mess of I didn't get Olivia anything for Valentine's Day. I just remembered that I did buy her a pair of shoes at Target on clearance Sunday....I am a nice Mom after all.

Goodbye.


Friday, February 11, 2011

A Home Study

I mentioned that we had our home study on Wednesday afternoon.

I figured I would explain the process a little more for those who are wanting to adopt and curious about what actually happens at a home study. Hopefully it will help cure some of those pre-home study nerves.

I can say that (in my opinion) our home study couldn't have gone more perfect.

Going into the adoption process, the home study seems to be the thing that brings the most nerves for many people. Us, included. I guess it has something to do with the unknown....What will they be looking for? Or just the fact you know people are coming to judge how you live and decide if your suitable to raise a child.

When we first decided to sign up for adoption, the home study was freaking me out. We've only been in our house for less than a year, it was a vacant fore-closer a while before we moved in, and it's still a work in process (It's livable). I was freaking out about the yard we just haven't had the money to fix yet, the rooms that haven't been painted yet, the chalkboard wall in the playroom that is in the middle of completeness, etc. The list could go on. Nicole told me time and time again to not worry about it, but still, it's easier to not freak when you already know what to expect.

Over the last couple of weeks, my nerves over the home study started to wain and by the time the caseworker knocked on our door, I wasn't nervous at all.

Okay, I lie....I was a little nervous about how Olivia was going to act....she was having one of those days.

I spent Tuesday doing my usual weekly cleaning and I had no expectations for it to remain perfect for the next 24 hours. I will state that I'm pretty good about keeping our house picked up. I straighten pretty much everyday, so our house is rarely messy. I do however only pick up the playroom once or twice a week. I went ahead and picked up the playroom, but by the time the caseworker got there on Wednesday, it was already a mess again and I totally left it that way. So, if your a messy person (and you know if you are or not) I would give my house a good cleaning before hand. If your like me, just stick to your normal cleaning routine.

When the caseworker got here, she immediately walked in and took pictures of our main rooms. Ours only took one picture of each room, it wasn't like she was taking pictures of every detail in our house. We then gave her a quick house tour that basically consisted of her just glancing in each room and us explaining who sleeps where and what we use the room for currently. No closets or dresser drawers were checked.

After the tour, we went and sat on the couch and she proceeded to ask us a bunch of questions about our childhoods (How we were raised? How we viewed our parents? What kind of activities we did, etc?), our families, our relationship with each other, how we meet, our favorite thing about each other, our least favorite, etc. and we talked a little about how we handle our finances (i.e. who is in charge of paying the mortgage each month). She then gave us each a "mental health test" which basically consisted of asking us if any events such as death, rape, robbery, etc. had ever happened to us.

We then talked a little more in depth about why we wanted to adopt, what type of child(ren) we would like to adopt, etc. Several people have asked if she gave us any type of idea how long we might have to wait. She didn't, but she said there was a very big need for families that would adopt sibling groups. In order to keep a sibling group together, sometimes they will keep a group in foster care for several years just to try to keep them together. That's how important it is to DFCS. Even though originally at the orientation, they tried to talk us out of our age group (4& Under), the actual caseworker seemed to have no problem with it. She didn't act as though or give any notion that we would have to wait years. She actually though tried to talk us into taking a larger sibling group! We said a sibling group of up to three. By GA state law, we actually have the room to take up to five more kids (isn't that scary?), but to live comfortably to us, we would only want three until we can finish the upstairs and add more bedrooms (Our house is large in square feet, but we still only have three bedrooms. Hopefully in about five or six years, we'll add two more and a bathroom to the upstairs). She did end our meeting saying that she was really excited we decided to do it and she thought we were going to be great adoptive parents! That was encouraging to hear from someone whose been a caseworker for over 25 years!!!

And that was pretty much it. It was super easy and it lasted for about an hour and 15 minutes. Obviously, I can't say that this is how every home study goes. I'm sure it's different from state to state and I'm sure maybe a little different if going through a private agency. From the way I understand it to be, is that if your going through a private adoption, you have to meet the state's basic requirements as well as the agency's requirements, so those might be a little more in depth. But if your interested in Adoption of Foster care, that's what happens in the home study for the state of Georgia (and I'd feel comfortable saying probably most other states).

Oh.....and Olivia did AWESOME!!!! I was nervous after she had been whiny ALL day, but she went into to the playroom BY HERSELF and played for pretty much the whole time. SHE NEVER DOES THAT!!!!! The only time we really heard a peep out of her was when she walked into the playroom with her pants around her ankles, asking for a diaper change. Overall, I was very happy with her behavior!

And on a completely different note......

This picture completely makes me yearn for Spring and the warm weather!!!


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Today....

We ate these for breakfast...


My kid was dressed like this for a good part of the day...


We spent a good bit of time hanging out in here...


We spent the morning watching some of these....


I tried reading some more of this...


We had a good bit of these faces...

(she got in trouble for playing in the trash can)

and I drank way too many cans of this...

I have been in a bit of a funk this week. I'm just going to go ahead and blame it on the cold weather. Much to our amazement, we woke up to a little bit of snow. It wasn't enough to cancel schools and it was gone by lunch, but still....it was snow. It gave me a good enough excuse to not get out of the house today. It felt like one of those days to just hang out in our pj's (and cowboy boots) all day and that's exactly what we did. We have another busy weekend ahead of us and I will just say we took today to rest up for it. Maybe it will help pull me out of this funk....

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Ramblings....

I feel like I'm all over the place these last few days.

A certain someone under three feet tall, woke up with an attitude and has not gotten off of it all morning. She is being a complete drama queen today and I'm over it. At the gym this morning, she proceeded to literally throw herself on the floor, after I told her she couldn't take home the toy that belonged to the gym. I just walked out of the room and I'm pretty sure gave the childcare worker a few seconds of panic to wonder if I was really going to leave her there. After sixty seconds, I opened the door and told to get it together. She hasn't seemed to be able to get it together since. Which is wonderful since...

Our home study is this afternoon.

Yep, already. Crazy.

Things are moving really fast suddenly and even though I know that doesn't mean we'll have kids by the end of the month, I guess it still is the realization that we could have more children soon. Especially, since we're asking for children that normally people don't want to adopt.

We have our last class this Saturday and we only have one thing left on our list of to do's (fingerprints), then we'll be open to receive children.

Crazy.

In a good way of course.

Like almost everyone else in the country, I'm ready for Spring. Thankfully we don't have snow like everyone else, but it's still cold. I'm just over it. I've also hit that point in the season where I feel like I have nothing to wear. I'm so sick of wearing the same thing everyday. Since it's been so cold, my wardrobe has been limited it feels. I know by August, I'll be complaining of the same thing, but right now, I'm ready for short sleeves and flip flops.

Speaking of which....I have not bought OK a single thing for spring/summer. NOT ONE THING. When everything went on clearance last year, I was too scared to buy anything since her sizes are so crazy. Well, her sizes are still crazy. It looks like for spring/summer, she'll be in a 3t tops, 24 month/2t dresses, and a 18 months in shorts. Now tell me that ain't crazy? Her 2t size t-shirts are already starting to look a little small on her, but her 18 month jeans are falling off her waist and almost too short. I need to get on the ball and buy her something or she seriously won't have anything to wear but cutoffs when it ever does warm up.

Say a little prayer for me this afternoon...one of us might be going home with the caseworker.

Monday, February 7, 2011

My heart

I have nothing really to go with these pictures.
I just love them.
I feel like they perfectly describe us right now.

Her and I are at a good stage right now.
It's hard to believe that just a few months ago, I felt like I was at my wits end with her.
Now, I seriously cannot get enough of her.
I miss her after we put her down for bed at night.
That's saying a lot since I spend all day, everyday with her.

It scares me that her world is about to be turned upside down.
Though I know in the long run it's for the best, it worries me on how the first few months are going to go.
And I would be straight up lying if I didn't say I'm worried about our relationship when other children come into the picture.
I'm sure that I would feel that way regardless of how other children are to come into our family.
I just want her to know she will ALWAYS be my baby and always have my heart.

I love those pursed lips that never seem to leave her face now.
Her crazy hair/baby mullet.
How she says "mmmm....." with every bite she takes.
Her not so sneaky sneakiness.
Her dancing skills that she refuses to let me get on video.
And the fact she says "mama" a thousand times a day.

And now I'm about in tears.

Goodnight.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Ten for Today

1. We turned in our adoption paper work on Wednesday and received an email yesterday afternoon saying we were the first in our class to turn it in.......and that we forgot to fill out some of the addresses for our references....go us! I knew we would screw something up. Ha! Regardless, my mom called me yesterday afternoon to tell me that the caseworker had already called her to get her address (yeah, how embarrassing is it that the one address you leave off is your own Mother's?) and to tell her to expect a letter from them. So it's nice to know that we're already going somewhere. Rumor has it that the first to turn in their paperwork is the first to have their home visit scheduled. The home visit is the last thing to check off the list before you get any calls.

2. The computer is officially fixed and working wonderfully now. A big thanks again to Mr. Pound!!! I feel like I'm finally back in business....whatever that means for me!

3. My friend Laura had a baby boy on Sunday and he is precious! This morning she asked for prayers because she's having complications from her c-section. I've been worrying about her all morning because I've been there and done that already. Those memories rushed back and my heart broke when she wrote that all she wanted to do was spend time with her new son. Please keep her in your prayers that she recovers quickly. I can tell you that there is no worse feeling than being a new mama and not being able to care for your few day old baby.

4. I want to move to Florida.

5. I feel the need to clear up a little misunderstanding about the drug test. The room was a lab type room that you find in most doctor's offices and there was a toilet in the room with no door but a small curtain, and a half wall kind of thing. So, it wasn't like I was in a actual bathroom with the lady standing there. Plus, when I meant she was standing there, she wasn't sitting there watching me, she was just outside the thin curtain. She couldn't see my stuff if that's what your all thinking. And yes, I've asked around and when someone is giving you a drug test, they are actually supposed to be right there with you to make sure you don't tamper with the pee. Not necessarily watching you, but close enough to make sure your not switching the sample. So if they've ever just left you on your own to pee, you got lucky cause they weren't doing their job.

6. Last night I took my new vacuum apart and cleaned it. It's an exciting life I live.

7. It's been one month since I started my new year goals. I'm excited to say that so far, I'm still right on track with all of them. I've been going to the gym 3-5 times a week for the last month and so far have lost five pounds from just exercising. I'm now only four pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight! Now that I've started exercising on a daily basis, I've found it's helping me make better food choices throughout the day. I'm sure that's totally backwards, but it works for me.

8. I am so ready for a vacation.

9. I should really get off the computer and get my butt in gear since I'm supposed to be at Nic's in 45 minutes to go to Target and we're both still in our pajama's.

10. Oh, and if you turn on the bath water, tell your child to put her toys in the tub, and then walk out for two.five seconds to grab the baby shampoo that was in the kitchen because you had to do a impromptu hair wash in the sink after lunch because someone decided the peanut butter you gave her for lunch looked better in her hair than her on sandwich......don't be surprised if this is what you find.

It's the life I chose people....