Wednesday, July 27, 2011

You know that moment....

When you glance at them and realize that there is not an ounce of baby left in them....

Its enough to take your breathe away and brings you to tears.

How does the time go by so fast???

I want so badly to bottle her up and keep her this age forever.

Slow down, baby girl.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Too Comfortable...

Last night we had dinner with some new friends and if I learned anything from the evening, it's that we've become way too comfortable with our group of friends.

It's been awhile since we've made new friends. We went through a period around the time we got engaged/first married, that we didn't seem to have many friends. It seemed at that time that couples had already married and started having families or marriage and a family were no where on their radar. But a couple of years, we decided we were ready to start our own family, so we didn't mind dinners with babies crying or toddlers running around, so we fell into our current group of friends and have been there ever since.

David had been mentioning for quiet some time that a co-worker/friend and his wife had been wanting to get together to do something. I said sure and of course, he makes plans for one of the busiest weekends we had all year. I told David there was no way we could fit it in, but I've love to hang out with them any other time. So, Dave ends up inviting them to dinner at our house. We had hung out once before, so this wasn't the first time I had ever meet them and things were completely new, but it had been quiet some time, so it was kinda like starting over and this was the first time they had ever been to our house.

Well.....I managed to make an inappropriate racial comment at dinner (it was one of those things I should have kept my mouth shut, but just keep talking), I poured myself a drink when they came in and didn't think to offer (thankfully, David did), I didn't even think to ask what they liked to drink, so all I had to offer was apple juice, water, and milk, I didn't even make something new for dessert, I just offered left over cupcakes....needless to say, obviously I was on top of my hosting game last night.

As soon as the door shut, my husband looked at me and basically asked "what was up with you tonight?"

In my defense....I had had a semi rough day with Olivia (Mondays are always rough after a crazy weekend). She woke up at usual 7am, but didn't get down for nap till after 3pm...enough said. It is my time of the month and I hadn't been feeling well from that all day (I'm sure that TMI, but I consider it an factor in my off-ness last night). Plus, we had just finished with a crazy busy weekend.

My argument to David was that I think we've reached the point with our friends that we're just way too comfortable and I was not ready to be thrown back into the new friend world.

I'm use to friends and family who come in through the garage door while stepping over toys and sand tables, not the front entry way that's still half painted.

Friends who know where everything in my kitchen is and know to help themselves. Friends who I know what they eat and don't eat, so I don't even have to ask what to serve. I can go to any of my friends house, open the fridge and not think twice about getting something out and of course, them the same at mine.

We have days when we hang out and show up in our pajamas and no one comments or thinks twice about it.

Friends who can walk in my house and see a mirror hanging with the clearance sticker still on it and know I'm not crazy, still just deciding if I like it enough to keep it.

I'm just rusty in the making new friends behavior.

Overall, I don't think I ruined the entire evening. They stayed for a few hours and even said they wanted to have us over for dinner, so maybe I didn't totally ruin the possibility of a long term friendship. Especially since I'm pretty sure David wanted to kill me after they left. I really like the couple and seriously, love the wife!!! She so easy to talk to and so fun, I think my friends would love her too! But, I'm sure I didn't make a good second impression.

Today, I'm so thankful for my "too comfortable" friends. I'm glad to make new friends, but evenings like that make you even more appreciative of those "too comfortable" relationships! : )

I do however need to work on my making new friends skills, since David came home this weekend to tell me a new guy is starting at work and he thinks he and his wife would be fun to hang out with. Here's hoping to a better impression next time! : )

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Weekend & Lots of Pictures.

Sorry, I took a break from blogging last week. Hoping to do better this week! : )

This weekend could pretty much be described as the birthday weekend. By the time the weekend was over, we had been to a birthday party everyday. David was off on Friday and Saturday, so that made our weekend extra special.

Friday night we started the celebrating with David's parents, both celebrated their birthdays this weekend. The last couple of birthdays, we've opted to keep things a little key and just our immediate family. David's Mom and Dad heading down to our house, along with Joey and Lisa, and stopped by to pick up dinner from our favorite bbq place. It was nice that no one had to cook, but yet, we didn't have to wait to eat, and when Olivia was finished, she got to jump down and play, while the rest of the family got to finish eating and enjoy adult conversation without a wiggly toddler. It's now my new favorite birthday tradition. We're pretty sure we're going to start doing this every birthday meal.

I attempted these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough cupcakes, but had a icing mishap last minute and Dave had to run to the store to get me a can of icing, so they didn't turn out to pretty, but they were still delicious. I will definitely be attempting them again, they were worth the two day process. Heads up: they are not the type of dessert you can throw together, step one requires overnight freezing. They are totally worth it though. These are also the first entirely from scratch cake mix I've ever attempted. I've always heard people say that you cannot tell the difference between boxed and scratch, so I've always saved timed and went with the box. Not sure if it this particular recipe or what, but I could definitely tell a difference. The scratch was sooooo much better than the boxed. I also didn't think it took that much more time than making them from a box in my opinion.

Saturday Olivia and I spent most of the day being lazy at home, while David went to cut grass for his Dad's work (he's been doing it all summer for some extra dough). We did however head a couple houses up for a yard sale our neighbors were having. They are the parents of three girls, so we thought we might hit the jack pot with some clothes. Not sure if they were already picked over (since I had to wait for little bit to wake up to go) or if having three girls means clothes are worn out from handing down, but they didn't have too much little girls clothes. Olivia however did find this ride on toy and decided it was going home with her. Everyone had a good laugh when she took the sticker off, handed it to me, and proceeded to push it up the neighbors driveway towards home. I'm pretty sure she would have fought anyone who tired to take it from her.

Saturday evening, we headed out for birthday celebration number two by joining my family at the same bbq place we ate the night before. This time however, we ate there. The food was great, but we had a time with Olivia after waiting an hour to eat and then another hour to actually eat. David had to leave the meal with her long before everyone else was finished. We've come to the point we hate eating out right now. She's got about four restaurants she can eat at and that's about it. We've seriously decided that for now, we're going to have to skip the actual dinners out and meet the family for just cake and ice cream later. It's not that she's bad, she's just way too active to sit still in a restaurant for two hours. Maybe in about five years, we can enjoy dinners out.

After dinner we headed back to the newlyweds house for peach cobbler and peanut butter cupcakes. We were celebrating my Aunt Sylvia's birthday, but also included David and my Uncle George's since we never did anything back in March for theirs.

This is my cousin Kyndall's boyfriend Andy, it's funny because he's been around since before Olivia was even a thought, but Olivia has never been a big fan of Andy. We just spent a week at the beach with them and Olivia wouldn't give him two looks. For some reason on Saturday, she decided he was her new BFF and didn't leave his side all night. Andy was happy she finally came around after almost two years.

We didn't make it to church on Sunday morning due to the fact we had a late night and my little one still wakes up by 7am, even though she didn't make it to bed till 11pm the night before. She was back in bed and having a nap by the time church started. We were heading out to another birthday that afternoon, so I wanted her to get some rest.

Our friends Sheena and Aaron were celebrating their oldest Julian's fourth birthday with a pirate themed pool party. The party was awesome and they did a great job on all the details, but I didn't get any pictures since I spent the whole time keeping an eye on Olivia in the pool. Even though it was a thousand degrees, we had a great time and Olivia played till she couldn't play anymore. She crashed before we even out out of the neighborhood good.

After her second nap for the day, we had dinner and headed out to Wally world to pick up a few things. We had to laugh because earlier in the weekend, David took her to get a new baby carrier and some more baby bottles, but on Sunday evening, she spent all evening playing with the $2 paint roller I had bought. David laughed saying that evidently he had taken her to the wrong department the day before.

Our weekend was a busy one, but a fun one. This week we have another busy week, but are excited because it involves my mom and John coming down for a few days to help me with Olivia.

And....we're hoping we might have some exciting news to share soon!!!! : )

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A bad case of "MINE"

We're having a bad case of the "mine."

Everything in our house currently is hers and it's driving me insane.

I hate saying it, but it didn't start till she went to VBS and since then everything is "MINE." Even when she's the only child around the house, she still says it at least thirty times a day.

Yesterday, we were coloring and she started taking the crayons out of my hands and claiming "mine."

After ten times of explaining that we share and everything is not hers, I finally stooped to saying "I bought it, so it's really mine!"

Yeah, it was my parenting moment of the year.

A few minutes later, her and I were literally going back and forth like children over something else. So much so, Dave even had to step in and say "amber?!?" to get me back to reality and the fact I was arguing with a 22 month old.

Which amazes me and scares me how well she can argue for a 22 month old who doesn't even use complete sentences.

Heaven help us in a few years.

Thursday, July 14, 2011


I mentioned we got a cat.

Meet Miss. Twiggy...

Due to what some believe, I am still an animal lover. I still wanted my children to grow up with some type of animal around the house. In fact, I probably said to David at least once a week that I wanted to get another dog. I would even send him random text pics of random dogs I thought were cute and would beg to have. His response was to wait a little bit and see what happened family wise. After Bella, we had decided that we would go for a puppy next time, but just a few weeks after that, my sisterwife Amy got a new puppy. It has been awhile since I've had a puppy and I forgot just how much work they are. After spending a day with Amy and her new puppy, I told David that I realized I did not want to a puppy anytime soon. So, we dropped the pet talk for a while.

Soon after that, my Mother-in-law mentioned that she would take Olivia to play with her Uncle Joey & Aunt Lisa's cats, anytime Olivia was over and that she loved them. Months earlier, David and I had noticed that Olivia loved watching my Aunt and Uncles cats every time we went over there. I even joked to David back at Christmas that I think we had a cat lover in our normally dog loving family.

He finally came around to agree with me on Father's Day when we got to see her interact with Uncle Joey & Aunt Lisa's cats for the first time. Olivia went a good way. David for the first time agreed that our little girl was more a cat person than a dog. And to be completely honest, right now our lifestyle is more suitable for a cat than a dog.

So, to how she came about....

Sunday afternoon, I was literally walking in the door to my friend Tiffany's babyshower when I got a call from Amy. She was at Petsmart and there was a woman there with a cat rescue group and she had a beautiful cat that Amy thought would be perfect for us. She gave me a quick run down of her story and all I could say is let me call Dave. I gave him a call, ran the story by him, and he said your call. Which means "go for it." So, after the shower, I hauled bootay up to Petsmart to get there before the lady was scheduled to leave. As soon as I walked up and told her who I was, she had a look of relief on her face. She explained that Twiggy had been in foster care for over a year now. They had taken her in when her owners were found to be cat hoarders and did not take her to the vet after being hit by a car. She had a broken leg that went untreated for some time. For a while they did not put her up for adoption due to the fact they wanted to make sure her leg was ok. It healed on it's own and the vet assured them she was not in any pain. She walks with a limp and her front right foot is turned outwards. That and the fact she's an adult cat, she had several odds staked against her to be adopted. Especially since she's always up against cute little kittens.

Amy and I both talked at length with the foster lady about what happened a few months ago and how our biggest concern was our childrens safety. Luckily, she had already been declawed, so we don't have to worry about any scratching of faces or tearing up of furniture. The foster family she's spent the last year with had four children 12 and under (two of which were there and I got to ask questions to), so the lady assured me she was use to being in a loud household and being yanked on all day. She assured me that she felt totally safe with her kids being around Twiggy. I bluntly asked the lady why if she was so wonderful, why she didn't keep her and she explained being a foster home, she can only keep so many, which includes her own cats. She had probably 15 kittens there with her, so I don't even want to know what that number is. I think myself to be a pretty good people reader and I told David I felt this lady was being sincere and really wanted a good home for Twiggy. So, I said we'll take her.

After signing as much paperwork as we did to adopt a child and doing a quick little shopping spree (because we had absolutely nothing for a cat), Twiggy and I headed home.

Olivia flipped when we came in the door. So much so, I wish I had it on video. She started running around screaming "it's a cat!!!!" for a good ten minutes. She was so excited. She even ran up to me and motioned me to bend down, when I did, she planted a big kiss on me. I looked at David and I think we both kinda teared up. It was one of those I'll never forget. We finally calmed her down and distracted her long enough to let Twiggy come out of the carrier on her own.

Twiggy felt at home the moment she stepped out of that carrier. She was running around and snuggling up to us the moment she got here. I told someone the other day that honestly, it feels like she's been apart of our family for years. David and I both agree that out of all the animals we've ever owned, Twiggy has the best personality out of any of them. I know you never know with any animal, but Twiggy has done fantastic with Olivia so far. We've been on top of them all week and it's much easier now since Olivia understands what being gentle and back off means. Olivia has now quickly learned what "be gentle" and "leave her alone" now. She just honestly wasn't at a point she was capable of understanding six months ago. Twiggy has been great with letting her pet her and even plays with her. Honestly, Twiggy is more active and playful than any dog we've had before. So far, it's been perfect. She plays with Olivia during the day and at night, snuggles on the couch with David or I. I honestly have fallen in love quickly with her. I think it's even safe to say the once cat hater (cough, mabrey) has even quickly been reformed.

Here's the best pic I could get of her "special foot." Like two year olds, she doesn't stay still long enough to get a non blurry pic. I know this is mean, but she is hilarious looking when she runs. She does this little windmill looking thing and it's hard to not laugh.

And yes, a lesson has been learned out of all this. Though we have a soft spot for them, we will never again just get any type of animal at the pound. We will for now on only get our pets from a rescue place or breeder. The fact that the foster parent has spent the last year with her and knows how she behaves and interacts with children, has honestly worked out for the best. Just getting them from the pound where no one knows a thing about them, obviously isn't the best idea. Especially when there are kids involved. Oh, and a dog is not totally out of the question in the future. We still want another dog, but want to wait a few more years before we add the responsibility of a puppy.

***I know that a few of my real life friends were having trouble commenting on the blog, so awhile back, I changed the settings to allow anonymous comments just so they could comment. Unfortunately, some readers who have already been blocked, are still leaving unwanted comments, so I decided to change the settings back to where you have to have an account. Sorry to those friends, you'll just have to go back to commenting on facebook again. Some people just have nothing better to do than stalk and judge. All I have to say to those is get a life!!!***

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

It kinda feels like peeing on a stick and seeing a pink line....

We got an email yesterday from our caseworker saying our homestudy had officially been approved and signed off on.

We are pretty excited.

It kinda felt like peeing on the stick and seeing the pink line...but we're at that stage where we're waiting on going to the doctor to confirm it and make it real. Ya know what I'm talking about???

I honestly shed a little tear and was smiles for the rest of the day. Though I remember being all smiles, I don't even think I cried when I found out I was pregnant. Probably because I started puking less than an hour after finding out. Did I ever tell y'all that? It's no lie. Dave can vouch for morning sickness started immediately and then never stopped.

Anyways, it felt like such a big relief.

I haven't posted anything since our first call for siblings, but our case worker eats regularly at one of Dave's stores and at the beginning of June, she told Dave that she had already had three other sibling groups she thought would fit perfect with our family, go to other families since our homestudy was still not approved. Each time, she would push to get our home study signed off, but was put aside by who ever does the official sign off since none were "emergency" placements.

We were getting bummed because I'll be honest, baby fever had hit our household hard.

(and when I say baby, a baby to us could be three feet tall and already potty trained)

It got bad when one day out of no where, my husband informed me he wanted another baby. In our almost thirteen years together, that was the first time he had ever said something to me that felt like a punch in the gut. I quickly snapped back with a smart elelick comment and ran out of the room. I went in the bathroom and bawled. I felt like I failed him.

As archaic as it sounds, I felt like it was my job to bear him children (yes, you have my permission to laugh at me). I was frustrated that after almost 15 months, I still had not gotten pregnant (even though I didn't necessarily want to be). Though I know that none of this is in my hands, I was frustrated that I had did everything everyone told me to,so we could be first on the list to get a child. I made sure we ran around town like crazy the first week of class, to get our backgrounds, physicals, etc. turned in first. I won't lie that I half expected to walk out of there with children and was frustrated that it felt like all these children were slipping through of our hands.

Honestly, I became obsessive about it.

But then we got some disappointing news about David's job. We had to make some readjustments and come up with what my father-in-law always says "a new game plan." A couple of weeks after our run in with our case worker, it became apparent to both of us that things really had worked out for the better and we were in a position at that time where it would have been too much stress to add more kids to our family.

At that time, we quit obsessing over it.

I began once again to live in the now, instead of tomorrow, like I so often find myself doing.

Ironically, just when I was getting comfortable and okay with the idea of Olivia being the only child for a little while longer, we got that email.

The first thoughts that came to my mind was how it felt so similar to finding out I was pregnant with Olivia. Just when I stopped obsessing over it, she happened.

It was a reminder of God's perfect timing.

I'm terrible about wanting things on my timing. To follow my plan. But, aren't we all?

So, where does that leave us???

We're sitting and waiting a little more patiently. This literally means that we can get a call any day now for some baby Mabes.

I'm still hoping for sooner rather than later.


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A little bit of everything.

Olivia and I got back from the beach on Saturday and for whatever reason, it always takes me a few days to get back in the swing of things. I'm working on the post of our beach trip. So, while I'm trying to get back on my feet and back to reality, I figured I'd just be random today...

  • I started back at the gym after taking a two month hiatus. I had been working out periodically at home, but hadn't set foot in the gym since the beginning of May. Can I say that it felt so good to get back and be in the swing of things again. I didn't realize how much I missed spin class. Spin class is my favorite, the one I find myself wanting to go back to, and the one class I don't want to end even after an hour.
  • We got a cat two days ago. I have a whole different post about that one.
  • Olivia was just sitting here watching Sesame Street and they said they were going to "drop it like it's hot." Seriously??? I've been highly disturbed for the last 15 minutes about this.
  • Now that I'm done with my summer vacations, I'm at that point that I'm ready for summer to be over with. I love summer, but every year the moment we get back from the beach, I'm done with it. When I was one the phone with Dave last Thursday, we hadn't even left the beach yet and I told him I was ready for Fall. I can usually take the heat, but we're to that point down here that it's just miserably hot and we have another two months of the miserable heat left! : (
  • I finally got a new laptop, so I'll be honest and tell you I'm hoping it helps with my blogging rut I've been in these past few months. I am one of those people who still cannot bring myself to pay for a Mac even with as wonderful as they are. So, I settled with a cheap Toshiba. So far, it's getting the job done and I can think of a whole lot of other things I could do with the $600 I saved from not getting a Mac. Maybe one day, I'll get brave and go for it.
  • My neighbor always hangs his jeans out to air dry in the sun. Only his jeans. Kinda random to me....
  • Speaking of laundry.....between the three loads of clean laundry waiting on the floor to be folded and my suitcase that has only been halfway un-packed, my closet looks like a bomb went off in it. I'm sitting here thinking that I should really get up and do something with it. My mom would be ashamed. Growing up, we weren't allowed to have dirty laundry on our floors, let alone clean laundry.
  • We bought our tickets two weeks ago for the last Harry Potter on Friday. Yeah, we're those types of dorks. I'm honestly more sad than excited to see it. I really don't want it to end. Can we please get a serious that stars Harry's kids or something???
Okay, now I really need to go work on my laundry pile.

Happy Tuesday!!! : )

Friday, July 8, 2011

My honest thoughts: the kindle

I've heard several conversations lately about that ongoing vs. real books.

After six months of ownership, I though I'd give my honest thoughts on it.

I'm a book person. I love books. In fact, you know how everyone has their "thing" they collect. I realized a couple of years ago, that books were my "thing." My friends will tell you that I can walk around a store for an hour with a $15 shirt in my hand, debating on whether its worth it or not. Then next, walk into a book store, throw down $40 on books in fifteen minutes, and not give it a second thought.

Last year I read an article in Parents magazine that has some statistic about how many books in your home and your childs IQ. I cannot now remember the exact statistic or find the magazine I read it in, but it was something along the lines of for every 100 books in your home, it raises your childs IQ a point or two. We decided to count our books to see where we stacked up and we stopped counting at 500. That didn't include our children's books are the few boxes in the attic of books we never unpacked.

Valentines Day of last year, my Mother-in-law (who is also an avid reader), received a kindle from my father-in-law. For several months, she tried to get me to realize it wonderfulness. I was one of those people who swore the e-readers were the demise of books and I would never own one!!! My argument was that of most...I just love the feeling of a book.

My birthday rolled around and my hubby suggested would I like one? I was still standing strong on my swearing off of the e-readers when Christmas came a few months later and on Christmas eve, I was surprised to open up a new Kindle.

I'm now having to eat my words again because I love it.

I love it for what it is...convenient. It's easy to throw in my purse and go. It's easier to read those big thick novels that seem to be such a daunting task when you look at them in book form....kinda like Gone with the Wind. Plus, let me tell you.....Gone with the Wind is not one you can just throw in your purse. On trips, I love the fact that I no longer have to pack three or four books. I now only take my kindle and if I finish the one I'm reading, I download a new one.

I still love books. In fact, out of the 24 books I've read this year so far. Only six of those were on the kindle. The rest were normal books.

I now realize that the e-reader has it's place, but it will never be able to replace the actual book. I still do and will keep on buying books. Even since I've gotten my kindle, I still usually place an amazon order at least once a month. But, I do still love my kindle and so glad my MIL decided to not listen to me.

If your an avid reader, I think they are totally worth the price.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Well, at least it's not glaring at me anymore.....

Do you remember our painting fiasco from last week?

Yeah, I thought you wouldn't forget that fast. I hadn't.

Well, my mom immediately called after I posted it and offered some suggestions for how to get it up. I happened to have all the different things suggested on hand, so I gave them a go. Unfortunately, none really worked.

I don't have the money to run out and buy a throw rug to lay over it, so the next best thing was re-arranging the furniture to cover it up for awhile.

Of course, it had to be in the most inconvenient spot to cover up. About after an hour, I came up with this...

I haven't decided whether I like it or not yet. I've thought about doing it before, but didn't know what to do with the tv stand. I've re-arranged this room more than any other since moving into our house. It's hard to arrange a room that literally only has four feet of wall in it. I normally would never cover up a window that big, but we had a few more to spare. Plus, we're hardly ever in that part of the back yard and no one can see that part of our house, so I was no longer worried about seeing the back of a tv cabinet through a window.

I think I should throw in the disclaimer that there is a valid reason I have different colored couches. Last summer, I broke the set up and put the loveseat in our master bedroom. Last fall, I wanted to try my hand at dying the couch slipcover a dark brown. I wasn't impressed with it, but wasn't in a hurry to fix it. Last month, we were handed down another loveseat that we put in our bedroom, so the original one came back out to the playroom. Buying new slipcovers is the first thing on my list when I get back from vacation. Oh, and obviously I have a few painting projects that I haven't gotten around to in this room. Don't judge.

I do like the fact, that it in a odd way, the setup makes this room seem a little more separate from the living room. Plus, even though the tv stand is in front of a window, you get a better view of the back yard and there is no longer a glare on the tv.

I'm not totally crazy with the space between the tv stand, kids table, and couches. There is not that much walking room, but it will work for now. Oh, and the fact that the couch had to still be positioned to were it didn't totally cover up the spot.

But, the spot is no longer glaring at me every time I walk by the room. Let's be honest, you know it was driving me insane!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

This one's for him...

By the time this posts, Olivia and I will have been at the beach for five days with my family. Which means, five days that we've been away from Big Dave! *Side note: He's just recently accrued that name and for some reason I say it whenever I'm referring to him.* I'm sure it's safe to say that we're missing him about now. I'm also pretty sure he's missing us too! Every time we go out of town, he always calls to say how lonely he is and he could have never been a lifelong bachelor.

So, I just wanted to take a moment to tell him how awesome we think he is.

You might want to go ahead and might get a little mushy.

Babe, you are awesome.

I know I tell you this all the time, but I don't know how I got so lucky to have you pick me out of all those girls you dated! ; )

Why you love me, I have still yet to figure...but I'll take it.

Your the best daddy a girl could have. I seriously thank God everyday for the father he sent my children. I couldn't have asked for anyone better. Don't know if you've noticed, but your daughter adores you. I never understood when my mom use to say "she thinks her dad hung the moon" but now I do. Olivia thinks you made the world. My favorite part of the day is seeing her face light up when you walk in the door. That's why I don't look at you when you walk in, I'm too busy watching her reaction. You probably thought I was ignoring you, huh? You don't know this, but she's started talking about you all the time now during the day. It's always "daddy...." You have quickly become one of our favorite subjects and it melts my heart.

Thanks for not freaking out when I sent you the pic of our painting mishap. I love that the response I get from you is "it happens."

Thanks for making me laugh with your intellectual jokes. I know we're the only ones that get our humor. I'm so glad that I have found someone to share my intellectual humor with. It's not everyday you meet someone like that! : )

I know I give you a hard time, but your math skills really do impress me. You really are like a tall version of rain man. I honestly really wish I could look at numbers and just figure them out in my head like you do. I'm so glad that your talented in this area because I honestly don't see myself being able to teach math when we homeschool. Our children may have a chance after all.

Thank you for telling me I'm beautiful, even on those days I obviously not.

Thank you for working so hard to give us the life we have. I don't deserve it. I hate that you always have to miss out on holidays and family vacations, but I know you do it for us. Hope your not missing us too much & We'll see you in a few days!!!

We love you!!!

Me & OK

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A new favorite...

You may have noticed my books read list is grown greatly. I've actually already read past the goal I set for myself back in January and it's only half way through the year.

Let's just say, evidently I use to watch a lot more tv than I wanted to admit.

A few weeks ago, I placed my monthly amazon order for June and while searching through the suggested books amazon thinks I might like, I stumbled across this one.

I needed one more item to throw in my cart to get the free shipping, it got great reviews, and at six bucks, I figured it was worth a look.

I must say that I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked it. I've read several parenting books these past few years and after a few, they get pretty repetitive.

The author is definitely an expert in this area considering she is a mother of ten! Now obviously, most of the moms reading this will not be the next Michelle Duggar, but pretty much everything she writes about could easily be applied to a family with one or 20 kids. I was actually kinda surprised because the way the book starts out, the author pretty much writes as though anything over two children is considered a large family.

Here are a few of the chapter titles that gives you an idea of what she writes about...

~Growing a Family: Are we crazy to want another baby?

~Money: Just how broke are we going to be?

~Affordable Vacations: Is a Disney Vacation a Childhood Essential?

~Parenthood and Stress: Will bedtime ever come?

These are just to name a few. She also writes about school success, encouraging sibling friendships, celebrating each child, etc. Some of the tips and tricks she mentions might seem pretty common sense, but I repeatedly found myself stopping and thinking "how often do I actually practice that?"

My absolute favorite thing about the book is that the author really strives to drive her children away from the materialistic world our society is constantly throwing in our faces, and back to a more simple way of life. That being said, she's the type that's not living in a commune, growing her own food, making her own clothes, and not saving her legs (not that there's anything wrong with that if that's what your into). She's big on the fact that her children don't have to be involved in every activity offered or have only name brand clothes and all the newest toys. She has real life practical ways to strive for a more simple life for your children and a great way of explaining why. This is something that David and I really want to strive for and something we've talked about long before Olivia came into the picture.

In less than 200 pages, I think I got more usefulness out of this little book than I've gotten out of the last five I've read. Whether your a mom of one or ten, I think this book is great!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th!!!

Happy Independence Day!!!

I'm so tempted to pull out that little outfit and try to shove her three year old body in it! It was one of my favorites!! : )

We'll be spending our day on the beach, eating hamburgers from the grill, and watching fireworks!!! The only thing missing from our day is Big Dave!

Hope everyone's 4th is filled with fun!!!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Heading to the Beach

This baby girl and I are heading to the beach with my family for the next week.

I scheduled some post because I don't want some of you to get too bored, but I won't actually be around next week! : )

Hope everyone has a great July 4th and we'll see you when we get back!