Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Just a bunch of randomness...

I feel like I don't have much today but I'm trying to keep up my blogging streak, so you're stuck with random things today. Hopefully I'll finish one of the few post in my draft box by tomorrow.

1. We went for our 12 week (during my 11th week) checkup yesterday. We got to hear Baby Mabes #2 heartbeat and it was going strong at about 166. Yes, I know what that could possibly mean as far as gender, but I'm not ready to make a prediction yet. We should know by mid February. Overall, everything looked great. I only gained three pounds over the holidays, which they seemed pleased with, and my bloodpresure was perfect they said. They did make me go ahead and take the glucose test since Olivia was so big (maybe because she was almost ten days past due....cough, cough), so now I'm just hoping to not hear back from them. No news is good news at their office. We also got a clearer picture of when they will take the baby, so we can go ahead and start making some plans. Ironically, we went from my due date falling on one family members birthday, to the baby most likely being born on another members birthday the week before. However, nothing will be set in stone for a few more weeks.

2. I'm currently reading Lincoln based off the recent movie. However, its long and though interesting, can drag out at times. It's one I have to sit down and fully focus on (i.e. I can only read it during nap time). Though I'm certain I'll finish it sometime before the end of the year, last night, I decided to pick up an easier book to read along with it. I bought Alice Hoffman's The Dovekeepers with a gift card from Christmas and only a few chapters in, but already loving it. I've seen it out for awhile now, but haven't found anyone who's read it.....anyone on here read it yet?

3. Speaking of gift cards, I've deemed this gift card week at our house. We got several gift cards to restaurants over Christmas and we only had two nights we would be eating at home, so I decided we'd use a few of our gift cards for dinner this week. Yes, that totally goes against my "eat out less and cook at home more" New Years goal, but since we're not paying for it, it doesn't count in my book.

4. This may come to a shock to some of you, but its almost two weeks into January and I still have yet to buy a planner. After searching high and low for a planner for this year, I finally broke down and bought another Erin Condren life planner. I really liked it last year and felt like I got my monies worth. There were a couple of things I didn't like about last years version, but they changed every thing I didn't like this year and for the better. So, I'm hoping it will work for me another year. Yes, they are pricey, but I used some Christmas money and if you add up all the planners I was buying, it all equals out the same. Last year, I bought that one and only that one. In years past, I'd buy several till I found one I really liked and even then, some years I would never find one I was happy with. I'm now anxiously waiting for it to come in, because that's how dorky I truly am.

5. Right now, every one is Olivia's "best friend." She's been telling me for sometime now that "you my best friend mommy" however, she's branching out to telling that line to anyone she loves. It's funny and cute all at the same time. I always remind her though that I am her #1 best friend. Thankful for now, she's agreeing.

Happy Wednesday!!! : )

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

One sweet word gone.

I mentioned on facebook last Thursday that Olivia has always called herself "Lalivia." I've listened to that sweet word for almost two years now and I've loved it every single time.

I will even admit that I have been guilty on several occasions of asking her what her name was over and over again, just so I could hear her say it.

The other night while on a date, Dave asked me if I noticed she was no longer calling herself "Lalivia" but instead was finally pronouncing it correctly. I looked at him stunned and almost broke into tears right then and there over my Chili's chips and salsa. I had not yet noticed it yet and told him I didn't believe him.

If momma doesn't witness it (or in my case, hear it) with her own eyes, then it hasn't happened yet, right?

By the way, that only applies to the baby/toddler/pre-school/early childhood years....not so much in the pre-teen/teen years. During those years, just assume that it has already happened.


I ignored him and went on about my business when last Thursday night he and Olivia walked into the kitchen where I was cleaning up dinner and he proceeded to say to her "tell mommy what your name is."

As clear as day she said "Olivia." I asked her if she was sure it wasn't "Lalivia" and she quickly corrected me that "No, it was OLIVIA!"

I broke into tears right then and there. It hit me that I would never again hear her call herself that sweet "Lalivia." I'm sure I can blame it on the hormones, but still.

It was just another punch in the gut that she's growing up.

I feel like I've heard so much lately about how much she's grown it seems. Which, even I will admit, she has seemed to almost "mature" a lot over the past couple of months. We are definitely moving far from that toddler stage and moving into that little kid stage.

It was another reminder of how easily we take for granted these little stages or "quirks." A friend asked me if I had it recorded and sadly, I did not. The moment she asked me, I immediately thought "No, I just took for granted that I'd hear it all my life." Sounds silly, yes, but its the truth.

In my momma heart, she will always be my sweet three year old girl calling herself "Lalivia."

So, I say this all as little reminder to myself and to you maybe....record their funny words and crazy talk, take pictures of the crazy stuff they always do. I so often get wrapped up just trying to get through the day, I forget that she will eventually be able to say her name correctly.

Or that she may decide she actually likes to set up the doll house furniture up in the doll house, instead of in a huge circle next to it.

Or that she decides she doesn't need 54 stuffed animals and six pillows on her twin size bed in order to sleep.

These little "quirks" will be gone before I know it. So, I'm going to soak them in and hopefully next time record them!

(That says "Aunt Nic loves Olivia" she tells me)

Oh, and I'm already placing blame on the fact that on our trip to Virginia over the holidays, that she insisted on  watching an Olivia the pig dvd over and over.  She has since been banned from that particular movie.

Monday, January 7, 2013

We will not be traveling west together.

The other night, the hubs and I were settled on the couch watching a PBS documentary about the Donner Party.

Yes, that's how we roll at the Mabrey household.

Just in case you are not familiar with who the Donner Party is.....they were a group of families that traveled west in the 1840's. They got sidetracked and lost on the journey, got stuck in a huge snow storm, and majority of the party members died. The big deal about the whole story was that it later came out that several members ate members who had died, in order to survive.

While watching this documentary, the hubs remarks "I don't see why they are making such a big deal of this.....I mean they were dead and the others were hungry....."

I explained that I thought maybe it was a big deal because they were faced with eating several of their family members and I mean, not only are you going through this already traumatic series of events, but you're given the choice of eating your family members in order to try to survive. Seems kinda a big deal to me.

Then I just had to ask that question....

"Think about it...if I had died before you, would you have eaten me?"

His immediate/not one hint of hesitation response "Of course, I want to survive."

"What about Olivia, would you eat her?"

"Well........mmmmm (pauses a few good seconds), that's a hard one. Probably not."

Well, we can all see where I stand in this family.

If we ever travel west, I will be riding in a different wagon.

I swear he loves me.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

First Day-January 2013

I had all good intentions to start my new year and work on my "more blogging" goal with Nicole's First Day link up, however, I accidentally left my real camera in Nic's car and it had over half my first day pics on it.

I've got pregnancy brain bad, folks. It's amazing I have yet to lose my first kid.

My camera is now back in my hands, so here is our first day of January.

Better late than never, right?

Linking up with Nicole:

Friday, January 4, 2013

My 2013 "To Do" List

Know how I've been whining for a new laptop for sometime now?

Well, a new laptop is not in the cards anytime soon, so after months of debating (seriously, months), I decided to take some Christmas money and order a keyboard for my ipad. It's kinda like I have a imac now!!! Just kidding....far from it. Well, the keyboard came in and so far, it's been working for me. It is taking me some time to get used to and figuring out how to make it work for blogging. So, bare with please if things come across looking kinda funny....especially with pictures. I'm working on making it work.

Oh, and hoping this helps me be a better blogger friend again and actually leave comments on my favorite blogs...I always read blogs on my phone and commenting is nearly impossible from a phone.


I'm a sucker for resolutions. Though, I don't like to call them resolutions. I think I've written it before, but I feel like the moment you slap on the title "Resolution" it is an automatic FAIL slapped across it.

So, I prefer to call them goals.

I'm proud of myself to be able to say that I was pretty successful with my goal from 2012.

With the new year approaching, I started to thinking a few weeks ago about what I want to accomplish this upcoming year.

Being that I'm pregnant, its kinda hard to make the typical "get in shape" work. In fact, that's the only part of being pregnant during the middle of Summer that I'm excited about....we all know from past experience I'll be the size of a house all Summer and I have no need to worry about having abs this Summer. Not that I've had abs in over four summers.

I decided to just make a "to do" list this year.

Some things are kinda of the "be a better person" account, others are just things I want to get done.

*2013 To Do list:*
1. Purge and organize the entire house.
2. Keep up with exercising while pregnant.
3. No more coke.
4. Blog more.
5. Take more date nights.
6. Take more "me time."
7. Strip the wallpaper and repaint master bath.
8. Replace the mauve laminate flooring.
9. Add a couple of shelves to the school closet.
10. Organize recipe binder.
11. Buy more rubbermaid containers for the Christmas stuff.
12. Take more pictures on the real camera.
13. Have a healthy baby.
14. Run the Turkey Trot in November with my Running Partner.
15. Laugh more and cry less.
16. Enjoy a big margarita (or two) on my 31st birthday.
17. Get back to having family fun days.
18. Save more and spend less.
19. Eat out less and cook at home more.
20. Spend more time outside.
21. Update my blog profile picture.
22. Save up for a new hot iron.
23. Listen more and talk less.
24. Start training for my second half marathon in the Fall.

I'm not putting much into having anything done after July. In fact, I'm planning on life just being pure chaos from August till Summer 2014. Please don't tell me it will be nothing but. I'm setting my expectations of crazy pretty high so I don't put too much pressure on myself.

So, do you have resolutions or goals this year?

Thursday, January 3, 2013

It was a good one.

I'm a fan of this time of year (for a week or so at least).

A fresh start, a clean's honestly one of my favorite times of the year.

As I started to reflect over the past year, my honest first response was "so long!" However, when I really started thinking about it, I realized 2012 was much kinder to us than I originally thought.

Actually, it was a good one.

Which is kinda ironic, because for awhile there, we would always joke that odd number years were kinder to us than even numbered ones.

That's not to say it was nothing but fun.  The year did bring a couple of downers with it, but overall, the good outweighed the bad.

For a quick recap.....

The past year brought us:

~a job promotion for David that we had been waiting about four years for.

~we celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary and thirteen years together .

~a trip to Arizona, two trips to the beach, a trip to Disney World, several trips to Nashville and a trip to Virginia to visit family, and our first "alone" trip since before we had kids.

~I ran my first 5k, 8k, 10k, and half marathon.  Altogether, I got six races under my belt but most importantly, I set a goal and actually reached it.

~The opportunity to downsize and live closer to family.  Something we had been wanting for sometime.

~Obviously the greatest thing it brought....after years of whys, tears, and prayers, we found out we were pregnant with baby Mabes #2.

So, 2012 was a good one.  Honestly, it was almost too good.  So much so, it makes me worry what this year will bring.  I try to be a pretty positive person majority of the time, but at times I cannot help but to think that way.

Regardless of my thinking, I'm still excited for what this new year will bring us.

My only real wish for this new year is that it brings us a healthly baby this next July.....and maybe a vacation to the beach in the Fall.