Thursday, April 28, 2011

So thankful, but heartbroken....

Most might have heard already, but we had a scary night here in Georgia.

I can say that it was honestly the first time in my 28 years here that I've ever actually was scared enough to take cover. Around 10pm, I decided to set up the pack-n-play and move Olivia to my closet just in case. David and I then headed to bed, but stayed up listening to the radio. At 1:00am they made the announcement that a tornado had touched down in our area and we were to take cover, so I decided to wake him and move us both to the closet too. We then waited the next few hours huddled in my closet. Luckily, we were fine and in fact, David and Olivia slept through the entire thing.

The scariest part of the whole night for me was that once I had read on facebook where they were saying the tornado had touched down, I was frantically calling Nicole begging her to be up and take cover. The tornado had hit street over from their house and I know them and knew they were probably all still in bed (which they were). I waited a good ten minutes before I got a response and she finally called to say they were okay and in the closet. I think my heart was about to come out of my chest during that time. I wouldn't let her off the phone until the storm passed and we felt okay to crawl out of our hiding places. Thank God, they were safe and had no damage.

Unfortunately, not everyone in our area was that lucky.


To give you an idea...that building is only about ten minutes from our house and only three from Nicole.

It's crazy to see places that you drive by everyday now completely destroyed.

A few people have lost their lives and a few are still missing. Though we don't know anyone personally, we do know people through association, so it's been hard reading everyone's facebook statuses all day. These people have been in my thoughts and prayers all day. I cannot imagine waking up this morning to everything being gone. As one friend graciously put it on facebook, it's been a day of thanksgiving that we were spared, but your heart breaks for those who weren't so lucky.

And to see what is going on in Alabama....I cannot even begin to imagine.

I'm thankful to report in the last 24 hours, this is the only damage we've had around the Mabrey household...

Nicole and the kids were left without power, so I insisted they come and hang out with us today. It's no fun without power, let alone no power and two small children. Amy had a rough night too with her two, so we are all firm believers when it's going to be a crazy day with the kids...we just let them be crazy together.

Today however has been an absolute gorgeous day.

Thanks for all the calls to check in on us. Thank you for those calling my phone at 1 a.m. to tell us to take cover (even though I didn't answer, I was afraid to wake up OK). Thank you for those who were on facebook all night keeping everyone up to date. I'm happy to report we are safe and damage free. Please pray for those who were not so fortunate.

Here's hoping to a calmer night tonight.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Our Easter Weekend

I can say we had a great Easter weekend.

It started on Friday with Amy hosting an all day Girl's Slumber party at my house for some of our Mommy friends. Amy told us the only rules kids (unless they were breastfeeding or had croup) and to wear some comfy clothes. She brought a ton of delicious food and some chick flicks and we spent the whole day watching movies and talking. was so needed, especially after the week we had with Olivia. We sat around, talked, laughed, and ate lots of food. I could seriously do it every week!

Saturday morning, our church held a community wide Egg hunt at the fair grounds. I was warned that it would be crazy, so I went back and forth on whether to take Olivia or not. On Saturday morning when we woke up, the sky was dark and it was windy. I had told myself I wasn't going to take her since she had been sick, but then I got a call from Amy begging me to bring her some pants. She wore shorts and was freezing! So, I loaded up Olivia and we headed that way.

I can't say she had a fantastic time. She still seemed to be out of it from the croup. We didn't stay but about 30 minutes, long enough for her to take two rounds on the ponies and Amy to paint a flower on her face. She was scared of the ponies in case your wondering. I don't see horseback riding lessons in our near future. Since we didn't stay long, we unfortunately missed the egg hunt. Hopefully next year!

A random side story....I decided that afternoon to go to Publix because most of their buy one get one free deals that week was stuff we use. I still don't have many coupons, but would still save a bundle since it's stuff we use. So once David got home, I drove 30 minutes down the road to our nearest Publix. Shopped for almost an hour, got to the check out and had all my coupons in hand. When it came time to pay, I realized I had forgotten my wallet and had no way to pay. I stood at the front of the store with my buggy FULL of groceries waiting for David and Olivia to show up with my wallet. I wasn't about to put it all back and not get my deals. I had about five managers come up to ask if everything was okay. In true Publix fashion, they even offered to let me sit in the break room until my husband got there. I told them I would take my punishment and stand there and just have everyone stare at me. I won't say it was embarrassing, but I felt like a dork.

Sunday morning, Olivia and I headed off to church while the hubby headed off to the Waffle. I had nursery duty that morning, so I'm sad to say I didn't actually get to hear a Easter service (and we couldn't make it to early service on time). The nursery was CrAzY and we had to call in back up. Olivia normally does fine when I'm in there, but I think since she was sick and so clingy last week, she was clingy while I was in nursery. It was a grand time! ha! : )

After wards, we headed to my Aunt and Uncle's to celebrate Easter with my side of the family. The Easter bunny showed up at their house for Olivia with a huge bubble wand and some bubbles. Between Olivia and all the adults, I'm not sure who liked the bubbles the most since someone always seemed to be playing with them.

Olivia also got her fill of sweets. Between cupcakes and rice crispy treats, she was flying high!

I loved this pic of Olivia and my Meme. I don't have many pics of just the two of them. Olivia and her were having a conversation about something very important. I think it was about how un-lady like it is to go around picking up discarded cupcake wrappers and licking them. Not that any certain little girls were doing that....and note the cupcake in her hair!

After lunch, we headed home to pick up hubby and then headed out to visit Nana and Grandpa. The Easter bunny was feeling extra kind at their house and left her with several neat things such as a sandbox, a wagon, and picnic table (yeah, don't feel bad, that Easter bunny only visits their house!!!). Of course we had to tear into something right away. We decided on the wagon since it was the easiest to fit already put together in SUV. Olivia has been loving it. It's kinda funny because she still plays with her cozy car everyday and is always trying to fit way too much in it. We've been telling her for some time that she needs a mini-van! The wagon seems to be fitting the bill since she can now fit as much as her little heart desires into it. It's currently sitting in our office stuffed with purses and baby dolls.

We ended our Easter with carry out dinner from Applebee's and leftover carrot cake and key lime pie. It's rare that all seven of us Mabrey's are together at one time. We see David's parents a lot, but because of work schedules, don't get to spend much time with his brother and Lisa. It's nice to have dinner every once and awhile with all of us. It was a great way to end a already good day!

Really, it's not you. It's me....

If you haven't noticed....I'm just not into blogging these days.

Days go by that I don't even sit down to look at my google reader or sign into my blogger account. I'll even come clean and admit that I've had some serious thoughts about even shutting down the ol'blog. I'm just not that into it anymore and I've been feeling this way for some time now...but.....then someone will call, text, or throw a message on facebook that will say "update the blog!!!" and I'll start to fill a twinge of guilt. It reminds me of how much family members use it to keep up with us and how I've never actually kept a scrapbook of sorts for Olivia and this is really the only kind of "scrapbook" I have of her, I just don't do anything and it obviously doesn't make me feel too guilty, cause I still haven't been blogging.

So, I have no idea where I'm going with this.

All I can say is be patient with me and hopefully my blogging inspirations will come back.

One good thing about not blogging is that I'm spending lots of time with this sweet girl.

As of Sunday, we have seemed to make a full recovery from that dreaded croup. It was the first day all week that she woke up as her normal crazy self. She's back to running at full force sun up to sun down. I am so happy to have my baby well again. It's hard to watch them sick and not be able to do anything about it. We have had a little bit of a hard time these past few days adjusting, because I'll admit, we totally babied her and let her get away with anything while she was sick. She's good most of the time, but those temper tantrums can flair quickly when she doesn't get her way. No one to blame on that one but ourselves.

In other going on's.....

~I got my hair cut on Friday. It had been a whole eight months since I had it cut last time which is just embarrassing. My only excuse is that I wasn't happy with the girl who cut my hair last time and was on the search for someone new. I decided to go with the girl that has cut Amy's the last few times. I was happy and can see my self going back to her.

~We had an all day girl's slumber party. Read about it here. It was awesome!

~Olivia's vocabulary has exploded all the sudden. My favorite thing she says at the moment..."lemme see!"

~We're going to our first official homeschooling conference next week and I'm getting really excited!!!

~We had a great Easter weekend and I'm going to post pics later today!

~I've finally decided to conquer....

It's one of my all time favorite movies and I own two different copies of the book, but I'm ashamed to say I've never actually read Gone with the Wind. Anytime I say that to others who are Gone with the Wind lovers, they gasp. I decided to go ahead and pay again for a copy, but this time for the kindle. In a week, I've managed to get farther than I ever have before. It's amazing how different the book is from the movie. I've got a long way to go in it, but I think it's safe to say I'm hooked this time.

Be back later with Easter pics!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Not what I had in mind....

When I said Monday I wanted a quiet week, this is not really what I had in mind...

Olivia has come down with the croup. It's nasty folks.

I had to kind of laugh when the doctor handed me the croup handout yesterday morning. The second line in the first paragraph states "because of it's symptoms it can be as scary for parents as well as children." I can verify that statement to be true. I have never been so scared for my child as I was on Monday night.

We did have a quiet Monday...went to the gym, had dinner with the parents,.....and for the majority of the day Olivia was fine. Then suddenly around 5pm, she started with the awful cough that comes along with croup. It wasn't bad, but I was a little concerned, so I called to see when the pediatrician opened the next day. They happened to still be open (but closing in 10 minutes), so I went ahead and made her an appointment for the next day. For the rest of the evening, she seemed fine and even started acting a little better. I even made the comment I might cancel her appointment. However, at 10pm, things got bad real quick.

I'll go ahead and be honest....Monday night was the first time I have ever not followed my instincts as a parent. It was so bad that I was seriously contemplating taking her to the children's hospital ER, but for whatever reason, I didn't. All night I had an awful feeling in the pit of my stomach, but I kept telling myself if we could just make it till her doctor's appointment at 8:30am. I have never prayed as hard as I did on Monday night. Her and I ended up with getting a little less than two hours of sleep. The worst part was seeing her in pain and not being able to do anything for her.

In hindsight, everything worked out for the good and there was no real need for me to take her to the ER. But, I still feel guilty I didn't do what I felt like at the time I should have. I was very thankful when the doctor diagnosed her and put me a little more at ease with what was really going on. If your not familiar, croup is something that literally sounds worse than it is. It sounds like she's having trouble breathing and like she's gasping for air. It's actually the windpipe and voicebox that swollen and making it difficult to breathe, not her lungs like I originally thought. The doctor said her lungs sounded good and clear. Either way, it's sounds scary.

The doctor put her on a steroid for three days, to help with the swelling and after taking her second dose last night before bed, it seemed to finally start working. She seemed much better better before we put her to bed. The steroid also seems to make her wired, because after taking it at 7pm, she was up and running around like a crazy child at 10pm. We had a MUCH better night last night and she actually slept through the night. David is off today, so I'm hoping for her to be in a much better mood.

Thanks for all the prayers yesterday (via facebook)!!! I really appreciated & needed them all!!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Hello, Monday!!! : )

I hate saying it, but this past weekend was one that I was glad to see come to an end.

We had a jam packed weekend.

One of those that we didn't even get to sit down to take a breather. I don't mind having stuff to do on the weekends, but I usually like at least one day of nothing. I've decided to use this whole week to recoup. At least, that's going to be my excuse for not doing anything all week. That and the fact I cannot afford gas to go anywhere!!!

We got up early Saturday morning to head out for the memorial service for David's great-Uncle John (thanks to those who left condolences...they were appreciated :)). It was a hard one. We had to take Olivia with us since all our usual babysitters were busy and I ended up spending most of the service in the lobby. They did one of the nicest slideshows at the end of it and I slipped back into the service with Olivia to watch it. At the very end of the slideshow, Olivia started waving bye to the pictures of Uncle John. I know she didn't really understand what was going on, but it still brought me to (even more) tears. It was sweet moment.

After lunch with the family, we headed back our way to attend the Pope's 1st annual Easter Egg hunt. We got there right when they were finishing the egg hunt, so Olivia didn't get to participate. Luckily, she didn't know what was going on, so there were no tears. I promise to do a egg hunt with her this weekend. The child played her heart out for the rest of the afternoon. She even decided she was going to be like the big kids and get herself up the rock climbing side of the wall on the swing set. I was about to have a heart attack the entire time, but in true Olivia fashion, she refused to go the safer route. The child has no fear! I must say that it was one of the best parties the Pope's have thrown and I'm glad we got the chance to make it. Good Job Nic!!! We were going to try to have dinner with the rest of the group, but Olivia passed out before we got out of the Pope's driveway, so we headed home instead.

Sunday I helped host a bridal shower for this lovely lady. We held it at our house, so that means I spent most of Sunday morning cleaning the house (the best you can with a 1.5 year old) and getting stuff together. I would say it was a success since almost everyone we invited showed up and thankfully, the bride to be racked up on gifts. Her and Jeremy are like David and I when we got married, we had NOTHING, so every gift helps!!! Thanks to all that came!!!! I didn't get a single picture since I was doing hosting duties. I tried to steal some off facebook, but it wouldn't let me. We're in countdown to the wedding now with only a little over a month to go and I'm getting so excited for it!!!

Afterwards, I was spent. I spent the rest of the evening laying on the couch complaining to Kim how much my feet were hurting. Unfortunately, my complaining must have not worked since she, nor the hubby, broke down and rubbed them for me. Oh well...I gave up and was in bed by nine. Evidently, I wasn't the only one who was worn out from the weekend, because Olivia has spent most of the morning sitting in the gilder watching Sesame Street. Crazy!!!

And no, these pictures have nothing to do with our weekend and blurry, but they are too cute to not post.

How do you like David's pushing skills???

So, that was our weekend in a nutshell. Exciting, huh? I'm off to sit around the rest of the afternoon and do nothing.

Happy Monday!!! : )

Friday, April 15, 2011

Just keep swimming, Just keep swimming....

That pretty much has been my mantra for the last week or so.

I didn't mean to go a whole week without blogging, but things have been a little off kilter this last week an half.

I'm sad to say that we had a sudden and unexpected death in the family last week and it's kinda thrown us all off. I know some in real life have commented on the fact that I haven't mentioned anything on here, but this is actually the third death in our family this year. The first two were expected, so they were a little easier to get through and we were prepared for them. This last one though...not so much.

Add on top of that, my turn to host bookclub and helping throw a shower this mind is mush.

The #1 question I get these days, is "have y'all heard anything?" The answer is no. If you have no clue what I'm talking about, refer to my last post. We haven't heard a dang thing from the caseworker for over a week now. I'll be honest and tell you that the waiting is getting to me. It consumes my thoughts and mind almost 24/7 now. I wish now that our caseworker hadn't even said anything to us until she had gotten our homestudy approved. I've almost convinced my self that she didn't even call and I've made it all up. However, I still have all her emails on my phone, so I know she really did call us. We have no time line on how long this part takes and they haven't given us any clue. Since ours is considered "non emergency," they are evidently not in a hurry. In my mind, I know there are several technical reasons that it is better that it's taking a little long, but it's hard to tell my heart to be patient.

We are still super excited about it, we talk about "our kids" everyday, and we still feel like this is it. We're okay with not physically having them in our home right now, but we do wish they would give us a little more information than they have.

Prayers we hear something soon!!! Especially yours, Andrea!!!! ; )

In other news...

On Tuesday, Nicole and I cheated on our usual MOPS group and attended a different MOPS group that had a coupon lady come and speak. You can laugh, but I finally feel like I understand how it all works. This lady dumbed it down to our level and had a very detailed handout. I'm excited to get started in it. She said it takes on average about 12 weeks to really feel like your seeing results. She feeds a family of 13 every night on average of $75 a week!!! That is crazy!!! Don't worry, I promise to not become one of the people on that extreme couponing everyone keeps talking about. With adding three more kids, I've got to find a way to save on food!!!

Olivia went for her 18 month check up this Thursday. She is now weighing in at a whopping 25lbs. I was pretty sure she had gained this go round (she gained nothing last checkup), but it was still a huge sigh of relief when I saw the scale go up past 22lbs. The only concern I had was about her talking, but the doctor says she feels she has no real concern yet. If her speech doesn't grow in the next three months, I can bring her in for a hearing test, but we're pretty sure she hears fine since I can give her directions and she follows them. Thankfully, she only had to get one shot and she good for a couple of years. Overall, she had a great checkup and the doctor was happy with what her.

We've also learned this week that a tutu makes everything better. I slipped this on her the other day and she hasn't taken it off since. She's wearing it as we speak.

And I wonder who she gets this stance from???

No clue!!! : )

Happy Friday!!!!

Friday, April 8, 2011

We've been keeping a secret.....

I've said from the beginning, that we've been conflicted on how much to share about the adoption process and what to keep to ourselves. It's not like finding out your pregnant and telling everyone to expect a baby in nine months. A lot of times, adoption comes with some heartbreak and though we know we could handle it, we wanted to shield our family from that possible heartbreak.

That being said, we've been keeping a secret.......

We got a call from our case worker about two weeks ago and....

They've found kids for us!!!!

We wanted to not tell anyone because it's NOT a done deal yet, but slowly things keep coming up (i.e. awkward conversations) and we've ended up telling a few people Also, we finally got a little more information, so we feel better about telling people now. Plus, if it ends up not working out, we'll still have it documented on the blog along with the rest of our adoption story.

About two weeks ago, our caseworker sent an email saying that she needed a copy of David's new license ASAP!!!! Well, nothing with DFACS is ASAP unless they have kids, so I immediately called David to tell him and he happened to be out, so he stopped by the DFACS office to get a copy to our caseworker. While there she told him that she had indeed found a sibling group for us and that she needed to get our homestudy sent off for approval. A week and a day went by and we didn't hear anything from her. We had called and emailed, but never got any response. Finally on Tuesday, she replied to my email saying that she was working on getting our homestudy approved and to "be patient. this is a process." She told David that she had already called and talked to the children's caseworker and told her about us, now she was just waiting on our homestudy to be approved, so she could "officially" pursue the kids. So, that made us feel better about it because it sounds as though we're not waiting to hear from their caseworker to approve us, we're just waiting on ours. She sent an email yesterday saying that in "the first approval" they were missing two items, but I told her we had sent them in and ten minutes later, she called back saying she had found them. So, that way we know it's at least getting somewhere. How many "levels" does it have to be approved at??? No clue. They have not given us no time line what so ever.

So, the part that I'm sure everyone is dying to know....

It's a sibling group of 3, ages 7, 5, & 3!

Before everyone freaks out, we knew this was a big possibility. We told them we were open to taking three. No one usually will take a sibling group over two, so there is a great demand for families that will take a group over two. I've said before, we've ALWAYS wanted a big family, so this seemed natural to us. It might make everyone else freak, but we're okay with it. We knew that since the demand is so high, that they would most likely call with a sibling group of three.

About the ages....yes, we said that we wanted four and under. Once again, we told them that for a reason. We knew that whatever you tell them...add a few years to it. We knew that if we told them 8 and under, they would call with 12 and older. Thankfully, we have several friends with experience with DFACS, so we knew how it all works. One of my besties Amy has a son who is six and will turn seven at the beginning of next year, so we know generally know what to expect with that age. Yes, obviously this kid will come with some issues since they have lived a rough life already, but it's nothing we feel we cannot deal with. There will be issues with any kid, at any age, that we bring into our home.

The crazy part is that we don't know the sex of the children yet. I've asked a few times, but I'm not sure if it's being ignored since they maybe can't tell us too much until we're officially able to "pursue" them. I think she went ahead and told David the ages, thinking that would be biggest factor for us. We do know that it's either a mix of boy/girl or all boy. We did tell them that we would not take all girls. David said he wanted at least a little more testosterone in the house besides his. I promised him we wouldn't take all girls. I tried to stress to the case worker that we wanted two boys and one girl since it would work better with the room situation.

So, that's where we stand now. Like I said earlier, it's not a done deal yet. We could very well get the children's file and decide it's something that we don't want to pursue or who knows what else could happen and it not go through with it. We figured we would share with everyone since more awkward conversations keep occurring and we've ended up telling people. This way, it's out on the table now. Also, we're in need of prayers that this all works out if it is to be and I'm a firm believer of the more prayer, the better.

In a strange way, I feel that this is it because we're both really at peace with it all and excited. I've mentioned before that we have been approached to do private adoptions. With both of those, after a little thinking about it, things just didn't seem to be right and we could come up with reasons why it wouldn't work out. So far, there's been none of that with this. I told someone the other day that oddly, this feels like it's going to work to me because of how non worried and excited David is about it all. I usually use his reactions as an indicator of things and his reaction has shockingly been okay with it all.

I'll update as we know more. And yep, just like I guessed it would, our family is doubling in size!!! a good way!!!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Are we at that stage already???

This has pretty much been the scene at our house all week...

Something has taken over my sweet child. She literally woke up Monday a different person.

I'm not sure if this is what people refer to as the "terrible two's" or what? Yeah, she's not two yet, but she's always been advanced.

I have wondered if this all is because of the blankie, but we're not backing down on it. See the corners of her mouth??? That's from the constant blankie sucking. Sadly, that's the improved version. We've been almost a week with keeping blankie in the bed during the day and so far, we've only had one melt down about the actual blankie.

If your wondering what she's having a fit over....chap-stick.

Other things this week to cause these fits....

*taking her coat off after coming into the house

*not letting her have water out of an (actual) glass

*telling her we have to quit swinging and go inside since it was dark out and freezing cold

*giving her something more healthier to eat for snack rather than the fruit snacks she wanted, since she had already had a pack earlier

*putting her pajama top on at bedtime

*trying to love on her

*trying to help her with anything she's struggling doing

*looking at her

The list could go on...

So far, we've had luck if we put her on her time out stool when she throws a big fit. That will usually calm her down quick and she will immediately stop crying. I'm sure some people will say to ignore her, but when we do, the fits go on for up to 10-15 minutes. We don't want her to think it's appropriate behavior to throw fits like she has been and because she stops immediately when she's put in time out, we know it's not something she's truly upset about.

I'm praying this stage quickly passes because I want my sweet girl back.

Any suggestions on stuff to use on her mouth? For the last two months, I've been going back and forth using Aquaphor, Neosporin lip balm, Carmex, & A+D all purpose skin-care ointment. It is getting better after a week of no blankie, but I would like something to hurry up the process. It just looks like it hurts! : (

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

100 Things about me (#1-25)

*This post accidentally was posted a couple of weeks ago, but I hadn't actually finished it yet. So, due to request, I finally sat down to finish it. Your welcome, Nic!*

I've been thinking about doing a 100 things about me post for some time now. I've seen them throughout the blog world for a while now, but I always would never do it since I thought it was kinda "look at me!!!" type of thing. Which is ironic since I do have a blog. In all honesty, I LOVE when other bloggers do a similar post. I always feel like I get to know them better. The other week, Andrea from j and A & Co., wrote a post that changed my perspective on it, so I'm going for it.

Here it goes....

1. In my life I've been the only child, the oldest child, and the middle child. Currently, I'm an only and a middle.

2. I LOVE to, REALLY love to read. I can sit here, read all day, and be a happy girl.

3. I'm OCD, but I'm OCD about the weirdest stuff. Like, I cannot take drawers or cabinet doors left half open. I always have my radio pre-sets in a certain order and have had them in the same order in all four cars I've owned in my driving career. I cannot take clocks being on the incorrect time. All the clocks in our house are on the correct time. Which leads to the next one...

4. Being late is my BIGGEST pet peeve!!!! I am usually always ten minutes early to anywhere we go. The reason is because when I was growing up, we were late to church EVERY SINGLE SUNDAY and I always walked into Sunday school late. Being a quiet and shy kid with coke bottle glasses and a bad was traumatizing to have EVERYONE in the class stare at you when you walked in late.

5. When I was in first grade, for career day, all I wanted to be when I grew up was a mommy. They said my parents needed to broaden my horizons.

6. After almost seven years of college off and on, I still don't know what I want to do with my life. I was just happy being a professional student.

7. The Golden Girls is my all time favorite television show.

8. I was a vegetarian for about six months when I was a freshman in high school.

9. I'm deathly scared of snakes. I will start crying if they are way too close to me.

10. I ran track for about eight years. I always ran sprints (i.e. 100yrds, 200yrds.) in track and my second year on the high school track team, I got put into a mile race to sub for someone else and came in first place.

11. I am horrible with money (thankfully, David is not).

12. I love anything that deals with History.

13. I want to live in near a beach in Florida one day.

14. If it wasn't for Chic-fil-A, I would probably still be a vegetarian. Chick-fil-a is also usually the only chicken I eat. If we go out to eat, I will rarely order chicken.

15. When I get really angry, I get shaky and start crying. Which sucks, cause then people think I'm just a baby.

16. My top five movies are Gone with the Wind, Steel Magnolias, Sweet Home Alabama, The Family Stone, and Disney's Beauty & The Beast.

17.I cannot sleep with socks on. They drive me insane.

18. I'm one of the few women who thinks it's a waste for my hubby to buy me flowers.

19. I could eat Mexican and Pizza five times a week.

20. I have always been totally convinced I would only have boys. I had always imagined nothing but ALL boys for David and I. I was in complete shock when they said "it's a girl!"

21. I bite my fingernails. A nasty habit, I know!

22. I usually listen to country music.

23. When I was a baby, I had to wear shoes that were attached to a bar and the shoes were on the wrong side. It was pitiful.

24. I realize that I'm one of the very few people on the planet that doesn't really like ice cream. I'll eat it, but usually it's not my desert of choice.

25. I kissed David (on the cheek) for the first time in 10th grade. A whole two years before we started dating.

To be continued....

Monday, April 4, 2011


My baby girl turned a year and a half on Wednesday.

Please excuse me while I ball up into a corner and cry.

No, seriously.

It hit me the other day when another mother at the park asked how old she was. When the words "she's 18 months" fell out. I almost fell onto the playgrounds rubber turf right there and started crying.

My baby is now closer to being two than she is one.

And that scares me.

Time seems to be flying by. I know completely understand that song "don't blink." It seemed like just a few months ago, we were bringing her home from the hospital and now she's scaling the kitchen cabinets.

I absolutely adore the stage she is at right now, but every so often, I want the skinny, bald baby who never sleeps, cries all the time, and just hates life in general back. At least then I could hold and cuddle her when I wanted to and not on her terms like it is now.

Who am I kidding??? She didn't even cuddle when she was a skinny bald baby. She was the only newborn carried out of the hospital who had to be held facing out on her mama's hip.

Still, she's getting big.

I know I stopped doing monthly posts awhile ago. I'll be quiet honest...I get bored reading them. If I see one posted on any mommy blogs I read, I'll skip it. Sorry, nothing personal, I just got bored reading them. I did however want to do a little post about just a few things we want to remember about her at this stage in her life.

*She is currently in LOVE with the broom and dust pan. You can see here. She plays with it everyday. I even went out and bought her a mini broom and of course, she wants the one mommy uses. So it was a total waste of $6.

*She is becoming such a little mini me. She copies ALL that I do. The other day, she was playing with her little vacuum and she kept sticking her left foot on the side of it and "pushing" her foot down. At first I was like "what the heck is she doing?" when I realized she was trying to turn it on like mommy turns on the big vacuum. My heart melted.

(hairbands on wrists...just like mommy. Except I promise I usually keep it to one or two.)

*She's becoming more and more a daddy's girl everyday (if that's even possible). I love seeing them two together!!! : )

*She is always dancing and bobbing her head. The girl loves some music!

(I had a better video, but this is the only one that survived the Flip Disaster of 2011.)

*She's starting to get into her baby dolls. So far, the $10 target baby is a favorite (sorry, Grandma and Grandpa), but it's still too early to tell if that's going to be "the baby."

*She's suddenly started to walk up and pat everyone on the back or head (if it's in her reach) and then gives you a little smile. It's so sweet. She does it gently, so I'm assuming that's her little way to say "I love you."

*She's finally got the correct timing on saying "hey" and waving to people.

*She still gives some of the best faces.

*The big thing lately is we're trying to wean her a little from the blankie a little. In the past she has taken it EVERYWHERE, but we're trying to get to were we keep it in the bed only (kinda like most do with a paci). You may have noticed that her face is chapped on the corners of her mouth. It's from where she sucks on the blanket all the time and the blanket staying constantly wet. It's gotten to the point I cannot get it to heal, so this is the only way. Plus, she won't be able to take her blankie with her to school in the fall, so I figured we better start working on it now. She'll cry the first few minutes after you get her from her bed, but after that, she's fine. We've even gotten to the point that we can ride in the car without it. Fingers crossed we'll be night time only soon!

Friday, April 1, 2011

A New Home

I'm happy to report that after two days of searching, Bella now has a new home.

She's now living with an older couple and their two dalmatians.

Amy was able to find the couple through a connection at her old job. She meet the guy this afternoon to drop Bella off and said Bella was very happy sitting in the front seat of the old man's truck.

A very big THANK YOU to Amy!!!! I owe you big time girl!!!!