Friday, December 31, 2010

our Christmas 2010

I'm playing with our Christmas present and trying to figure out the cool stuff it does...enjoy!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

time for tea

Maybe I'm a little old-fashioned but I've always wanted a tea pot and today I came across this beautiful blue one that I'm soo excited about. I was a bit disappointed it doesn't whistle but then with a sleeping baby in the house who wants a loud whistle? This might be the best buy since the popcorn air popper I bought a few months ago! I also was very excited about the few cute things I found for Baby H at Adorable Child- all the resale was 50% off and I found a Hanna Anderson top perfect for Valentines, a Gymboree apple outfit and a Baby Lulu outfit also at Marshalls a super cute blue dress for spring/summer. See if I'm not shopping w/someone I have to share my excitement via blog. Happy post-Christmas shopping!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

time to relax

We have loved being back in Knoxville for Christmas, and we have been so excited about alllll the activities surrounding the season! We went to Fantasy of Trees, walk through Bethlehem (first year for that), Nat went to the Nativity Pageant, there was Ben's BFF's b-day party on a Christmas train, a surprise b-day party for my friend in Austria, a Bead for Life party, extended fam Christmas in Gatlinburg at a cabin, dinners with friends, and then my fave candlelight Christmas Eve service(so beautiful every year!). And now that Christmas is over I say it's time to rest! Is it bad that I'm done with the cold weather now and already ready for summer?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

year in review

I don't know where to start with summing up this year. It's been full of surprises for sure! Some were not good but some were really really fabulous! I will say there was a lot of leaning on Jesus, and a lot of Bible verses that helped me through the tough parts and helped me celebrate the great parts.
In the early spring I bought a ring with Jeremiah 29:11 on it, "For I know the plans I have for you,"declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." I've heard that verse sooo many times but this year was the first year it spoke to me. Also, the best advice I received all year was to take each day at a time and sometimes minute by minute if you need to. Then I found this verse over the summer, "Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about things that may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes." (Matt 6:34 MSG) It's so true God gave me the strength for each day as it happened. Then I also loved...Isaiah 40:11 "The Lord takes care of his people like a shepherd. He gathers the people like lambs in his arms. He carries them close to him. He gently leads the mothers of lambs." ...Luke 1:37 "Nothing is impossible for God." ...and Ephesians 3:20-21 "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."
Okay so really fast a recap of the big things that happened this year- we were in Knoxville for spring break when Michael was approached about a job (still with Clayton) in Athens, TN, a week or so later he got the job, and on our anniversary (May 11th) he left for TN. I stayed with the kids until school ended, and attempted to pack up the house. We went a month without seeing Michael, and I have NO idea how military wives go as long as they do- not easy! Then we all moved into my parents house (bless them) until we found a house here in Knoxville. We closed on our new house on a Friday, and we welcomed our newest family member just a few days later (Tuesday)!! We named her Hallie (meaning praise the Lord) and Caroline because she is our Carolina baby. That was the big stuff. The smaller exciting things that happened were a trip to Hawaii for me and M (with Clayton). We stayed at the Hilton Waikaloa Village (I may have spelled that wrong) on the big island and I recommend it! We got to see my aunt Kim and her husband David and my uncle Kurt (he was visiting also) while we were there. Kim and David were great hosts and showed us some great local spots and a few more touristy ones that were off the beaten path. Also, the kids and I went to Hilton Head with my parents at the end of June. That trip was so much fun and brought some much needed relaxation in the midst of all the life changes. And also that the last time I remember sleeping well. :)
As I'm looking back over the year I'm seeing the God sent so many angels in the form of friends and family to help us. I don't even know how to express how thankful I am to each person that helped out. We had friends and family that came to Burlington to pack us up, then friends and family that helped unpack when it all arrived in TN (how did we get so much stuff?), friends that brought gifts, planned baby showers, took the kids to a movie or out to play so I could get some sleep, M's parents (bless them) for helping an enormous amount with house stuff and moving, I could go on and on. So THANK YOU THANK YOU everyone you know who you are!! I have not always been the most patient person this year, so also thanks to those who have had to bear with me and to those who have given me some great advice or kind words. Also sorry to everyone who is trying to have a conversation with me on the phone while I'm distracted and it sounds like I'm running a circus at my house. :) Christmas was my goal line this year.I thought if I can just make it to Christmas I'll have myself pulled back together. Well, I'm not all the way there but things are definately really great right now! I'm so excited to be celebrating Christmas with friends and family again this year right here in Knoxville!! Sometimes back where you started from is right where you belong! Merry Christmas everyone!!!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

3 months


Our sweet pie is three months already!
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Thursday, October 28, 2010

love story

As soon as the weather gets cooler and the leaves start falling I always think about how M and I unknowingly began this life together when we were just 18 (18!). It all really started on senior trip when we both happened to be sitting in the back of the bus (with other friends!). Sooo at one rest stop he happened to get gummi worms and I happened to really really love gummi just about anything. So I sort of maybe ate almost all of them. Then I felt really bad about that and thought I should replace them so there would be no bad feelings between us as we parted ways. So I brought the replacement worms to John Chobanian's post graduation party, handed him the worms, and I thought okay I'll probably never see him again (ha). I actually saw sort of a lot of him that summer as some of us would go to his parents house and go out on the lake. He was one of the few guys I felt so comfortable being myself with... So when school started we would all still hang out together a bit and went to campus Younglife on Wednesdays. My roommate (Cat), M, and I all decided about a month into that we didn't want to be leaders, so we started just hanging out on Wednesdays. I started thinking this guy is really nice and pretty cute...Then I know at some point he invited me to a football game...then ice skating... He drove to Chatt. during fall break to come see me and Cat, (we were babysitting her cousin), and I remember being excited that he liked PB & Js with banana on it (its that little things, right?). Then one sunny, crisp fall day (a lot like today) I was eating in the cafeteria at Morrell and I saw M and some girl walking by outside the window and thought whhhooo is that girl he's with? And I felt hmmm jealous, and I realized I felt more for him than I thought I did. It turns out she was a girl from class that just wanted someone to take her to the mall (yeah right :))- sort of like when he found out I went to breakfast with a guy from English class (we were both hungry after class, end of story). On the Sunday after Thanksgiving we had our very first kiss and it was pretty amazing and that pretty much sealed it- I was super crazy about Michael Hagood. And the rest, as they say (yes I'm this cheesy), is history....

Thursday, October 14, 2010

little precious

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Here's our happy girl! Still working on getting a pic of her smiling- it's so brief!
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

chicken pot pie

I need to post this fast, but really wanted to share this recipe.... or you can search cheddar pot pie on
I had no idea you can make your own cream of chicken- I can make my OWN cream of chicken and not have to use the nasty yellow stuff in the can (although this is very convenient and prob. will do again at some point BUT I have the option now). I used rotisserie chicken so make note you need chicken broth. Also, I used extra carrots and peas and no potatoes. It is so rich and creamy, but a bit high in calories so I'll make it as a special dinner every now and then. Trust me it smells and looks so wonderful. Sorry no time for a pic. Love it! Bon appetit..

Saturday, October 2, 2010

the little little one

Hallie is 9 weeks and has just started smiling a lot in the past week- LOVE it! She loves her sister's panda and a little cow I found in the play room. I think they are easier to focus on b/c they are black and white. Anyway, she will stare at them for a long time and "talk" to them and smile like they are old friends. :)
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nati's b-day present

I promised Natalie that by her birthday we would have her bedroom painted and decorated. Her bedroom came out a Tiffany blue, and my parents present this year was an adorable chandelier. She loves it- I love it! I sort of wish it was my bedroom. :)
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Sunday, August 29, 2010

sunday unwrapped

It always amazes me how God catches my attention and gives me little gifts... I made the mistake of taking sweet Hallie to Walmart today to grocery shop. I actually got to do a majority of the shopping in peace (well sort of peace as I was rushing through crossing my fingers and saying a prayer that she would please please stay sleeping). I was in the midst of the produce when I the roses caught my eye, and I was thinking how they are a lot brighter and prettier than usual. I had the brief thought it would be nice to get some but that is completely impractical, so maybe for my birthday or something another day. So anyway I kept shopping, and she made it until the very end but then was screeeeaming as loud as she could. I never realized screaming babies got so much attention. One sympathetic cashier even opened up a new line just for me so I could get OUT of there, and many well-meaning people gave advice that I didn't exactly appreciate. Thank you random guy that told me I must hold her too much. But then as I was loading the groceries into my car the woman that was unloading groceries in the car one over walked up to me and guess what she handed me. Yep, a rose.

Friday, August 27, 2010

wednesday unwrapped


Mid-week I really just wanted to sleep, but my kids have lots of energy and wanted something to do. So they talked me into going to the library- it's just minutes from our house. Natalie got her OWN library card she was dying to use again so off we went. I forgot how great the park is there! It was soo gorgeous with the sun coming in through the trees on the little creek there. We also ran into some old friends from girl scouts that we got to catch up with. It felt so good to get out and it was our little trip was such a sweet surprise to "unwrap".
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

first day


Hallie is four weeks old today!! These past weeks have gone by sooo fast and have been sooo crazy! Thankfully, my kids are troopers, and have had a great attitude about a new sister, a new house, new school, new bust stop, etc. I am proud of them esp. Natalie who doesn't really like change much (she gets that from me). Benjamin already found a friend in his class that has "the same shoes, pencil box, scissors, and Don't break the Ice game". Natalie has a new friend, Caroline, that she eats with and plays with at recess and a new friend in her class that rides her bus. Having a newborn is as exhausting as I remember, but I forgot how you fall in love with them. Crazy in love!
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Saturday, August 7, 2010

newborn days

Just enjoying life with this new little girl. We marvel all the time at how small she is! My days are a blur of feeding and burping and napping. Huge thanks to our friends and family who have helped so much with dinners and watching/taking Nati and Ben so I can rest!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Hallelujah Hallie's Here!!


Introducing our new daughter
Hallie Caroline
born July 27th,2010 at 5:45 p.m.
8 pounds 13 ounces
20 3/4 inches long
We are so very blessed- praise the Lord!
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

It's the litte things

I love the Lord for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. Psalm 116:1-2

The best buy I've made this year is some animal days of the week underwear for Natalie from Gymboree about a month ago. Yes, you heard me right. I take great comfort in this repetition of animals. In waking up knowing it's Turtle Tuesday again or Seahorse Saturday. It somehow makes the weeks go faster. The bonus is that Natalie loves them and can't wait to wear the next day's animal, so whether she's had a bath or not at least I know she has on clean undies. And yes, my kids do get baths I'm just a bit off my routine not having our own house and me being the size of a house. I thought this summer would be really hard, and though the pregnant part does make it hard, it has been fun in so many ways and like a strange vacation from normal life. Who knew what strange treasures of joy waited for me at my parent's house? Like when my kids jump on my mom's mountain-like clothes piles (which upsets her greatly),and then she chases them around with a spanking hand. I mean it really is a stick with a leather hand. I know I should intervene but the whole situation leaves me literally incapacitated with laughter.
Our theme for this week in the Bible study I'm doing was thanksgiving, and I do have to say praising the Lord really does change everything around. I found myself this week grumbling about how uncomfortable I was/am, and then stopped and thought of what I have and how much I have to be thankful for. Then that day I kept getting phone calls from people who had harder things going on, and found I had even more to be thankful for than I thought. In the book we're reading the author says that the words praise the Lord are the most powerful words in the Bible. I thought of Hallie's name and how it means praise the Lord and how ironic it is that I'm reading about this as she's about to be born. How appropriate as my children are one of the things I praise God the most for.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

summer days

I can't believe how much my kids are growing up! We spent this past weekend with Michael's extended family(aunts, uncles, cousins, grandmother) as we usually do on July 4th. Since I've been married I look forward to the Fourth more than any other holiday. I love those few days of sun and fun, lots of food, catching up with everyone, and fireworks of course. This year I was pleasantly surprised to find my kids suddenly enjoying the lake as much as I usually do. I mean these are the same kids that were too afraid to ride the jet ski with M on Father's Day, so this is quite a change! Benjamin and Natalie were both tubing, and Ben was hitting some pretty rough waves (for his size) and loving every minute. He was hanging on with his little tiny arms like a trooper. :) Ben loved being with the big boys and calling all of them Bro. As in "S'up Bro". Natalie spent the entire Sunday with Madeline(her cousin that is 13), and she was begging to spend this week with her too. They are planning on doing cousin camp at the end of the week.
In other news we found a house and have a contract on it. We're prob. going to close July 23rd. M and I went to the hospital yesterday to pre-register. I very much wanted to stay there and get this baby out! I can't believe how these past few weeks have affected my body. Her weight is reeeaally bearing down on me, and I am having a hard time finding a comfortable position. I have to keep reminding me it's just a few more weeks. sigh

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

the other side

So here we are- on the other side! Natalie and I packed up last Thurs. and jumped in the car for Knoxville. We were both so excited to get there that Natalie didn't even mind that the DVD player didn't work (I um didn't realize part of it wasn't plugged in) and that my ipod wasn't charged. It felt so good to be with our boys again! We spent a few days relaxing and swimming. The kids even went out on the jet ski with M (they've been too afraid the past few years) and loved it. We also had brunch at Fox Den Sunday with my whole family, and that felt so good since I haven't been with all of them since Christmas. So now we're at the beach and it's bliss. The kids have been wave jumping and swimming and on the hunt for gators. God has been giving me this amazing energy, so I'm thankful for that with my two bundles of energy. Then other times I'm feeling very heavy and a bit drained. I can't believe we'll be a party of five in 6 or 7 weeks! Wow! I can't wait to see this little girl! I think the kids don't believe a baby is really ever coming out. :) I told M I feel like I'm going against nature b/c I'm really wanting to "nest" and there is no house to nest in. Our stuff is sort of all sprawled out all over my parents house and the kids are sleeping on an air bed. I'm sure we'll figure out a good living situation in the basement (or hopefully will sell our house!). Anyway, it will happen eventually, and I know that our baby will eventually have a really cute room. For now I guess this is an excuse to relax!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

calm before the storm

In only four days I will be back in Knoxville! M came in this weekend and left this morning taking Ben with him. So here Natalie and I sit sort of wondering what to do with ourselves, and being a bit jealous that the boys are where we want to be. I'm feeling really bad for M two years ago when he was here by himself in a new town with not much to do and not even a TV. I am so very glad we moved here and experienced everything we did, but now I'm so very very glad to be moving home! My friends and fam that have moved away from their "home" can all relate in knowing how hard it is to keep saying good-bye to people you love and just want to hang out with. So I'm so excited that now we get to relax, and be with people we love without having to check our watches and divide time between everyone. It's such a relief! I'm also so excited about the kids getting to grow up around their grandparents (something I didn't have), and for us to have free babysitting again. :) We have A LOT to do and our house still hasn't sold (meaning we can't buy a new one yet), but hey we can take all this a day at a time. I'm just happy our little family can all be together again and start up this new life we have been looking forward to the past few months! Also, Natalie is officially addicted to Mad Libs. I used to LOVE them, and I thought it would be a fun sneaky way to keep her up on reading and knowing what nouns and adjectives are and also to pass time in the car (on the way to Knox. and the beach). I still have to be reminded what adverbs are. Should I admit that? Anyway, she thought it would be lame and now she loves it, and we've done almost a whole book together today. I don't think I can think up any more creative nouns and adjectives and funny sounds. So yes, this is what I'm doing instead of packing up- blogging and doing Mad Libs.

Friday, May 21, 2010

a few recent pics

slow days unwrapped

I'm not myself when hubs is gone I'm just not. I fully admit I would make a terrible military wife, and I have no idea how single parents do it. I feel like life is on hold, and we're all counting the days until we are all in the same state. Well, this also coincides with Natalie's last day of school, so she would be counting that down anyway. Having said all that there are some really beautiful things about these past days. Mom and I went to a farmer's market on Wed. and got some local honey, jam and fruit. The kids loved running through the rows of flowers and smelling all of them. The honey inspired me to make a honey cake (traditional for Rosh Hashanah apparently). So good- esp. yesterday straight out of the oven! The sun has spread a gorgeous light all over the house, and in those moments I'm seriously wishing someone would come see the house b/c they would fall in love with it then and there. Before Wed. we had several days of rain, so I pried Ben out of the house (and TV/computer induced coma) for a picnic in the backyard and to play. I would have taken a pic, but it wouldn't have done the day justice. Ben had his first tee ball game last night, and that was fun. I really know nothing about baseball, but it looked like fun and that he's learning the game a bit. I know M really missed being there, but don't worry there will be lots of other games- next year! Besides that I've been painting and reading. Just finished Sarah's Key and don't recommend it- awful ugh. We've had various parties including horseback riding with the g. scouts (Nat now thinks she has to have a horse- ha!) and a surprise baby shower for me after that (can't believe my kids kept that secret!). We're looking forward to what else we have to unwrap in the days ahead, and praying for peace to get through the next few weeks and not worry about how things are all going to work out with the move and baby.

Monday, April 26, 2010

big news


So I'm taking a break from mad cleaning to update everyone on our big news...we are moving back to TN! Michael got a great job offer in Athens. Everything is happening really fast- he should be moving there next week while we wait for school to end so we can join him in June. Hopefully, this will give us some time to sell the house and find a new one, so we can be a bit settled before our baby comes. It was a little shocking at first, but every day we get more excited! I think it will be great to have help once Hallie is here, and we have really missed our family and friends in TN. Soo, here's to another adventure and coming home!
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Hallie and Henry


One of the best things about this pregnancy is that my BF, Julie, and got to be pregnant for part of the time together! She had her son, Henry, on April 25th so our babies will have to wait a little while to meet. Congrats Julie!!
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

prayer for our children

A Mother's Prayer (hannah's Song) lyrics
My sweet baby on loan from above
no better treasure could I more love
I stand here beside your bed as I pray
I lay my hand on your head and I say:

I stare in wonder at your tiny frame
Just to think God knows you by name
He knows every hair on your head
He knows your thoughts before they are said.

May God grant you peace
in the midst of a storm
May God give you strength even
when you’re forlorn
May you answer the door when
Jesus comes knocking
May wisdom guide when
your mouth is talkin’
May discretion protect you and keep you pure
May you never stumble
or fall for a lure
May your heart remain humble
to the very end
May uprightness and truth
be what you defend
May the world not ensnare
or change who you are
May the light that's within you
shine like the stars
May angels surround you
body, spirit, mind
May favor and peace be yours to find
May rejection and pain
never reach you
May your spirit grow bold
for what you’re called to

May you grow up to serve Him
all of your days
May He lead you and guide you
in all of your ways
May He bless your future with
friendships that last
May you cherish your youth
and not grow up too fast

As you rest in God’s care I will rest too
Knowing that Jesus is watching over you

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

think pink!

Okay so we couldn't stand the wait... coming this August (or maybe late July :) )- it's a girl!

Monday, March 29, 2010

birthday boy!

It's hard to believe but Benjamin turned 5 this past Thursday!! My mom was here to help celebrate and he had fun opening presents and going to Mellow Mushroom for lunch. He couldn't believe people were calling him to wish him happy birthday and sending presents. He got a little to used to it though as the next day he wondered where some more presents were. :) He had a b-day party on Sat. at the bowling alley with just a few friends (the perfect amount I think), and Uncle Nathan came in for that too! If a new baby weren't on the way I think I'd be taking this a bit harder. :) Happy Birthday big guy!

Friday, March 12, 2010

career day

Natalie on career day. She wants to be a vet. :)

Monday, March 8, 2010

love and aloha

So we're back from the Big Island! I'm so glad the tsunami didn't hit as they thought it would, so we could have a fabulous week to relax! We stayed at the Hilton Waikaloa and loved it- it's huge! We spent a few days just relaxing there. They have a great lagoon that is ocean fed and had lots of fish and some sea turtles that we swam with. We took a day to drive around the island and see it all- amazing! We couldn't believe how one side of the island could be hot and desert-like while the other side could be so rainy and cold on the same day. We went to Volcanoes Nat. Park and stopped to take a walk to a waterfall. We spent a day with my Aunt Kim, her husband David, and friend Pam. They took us to some local spots in Kona- had pizza on the beach, walked to see some lava tubes, to the City of Refuge, and the Painted Church. So all and all- a trip we'll never forget!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

how to say I love you

Okay I'm a little late as V-day was two days ago but I was reading a magazine this weekend, and the editor posed this question. Which of these statements is more difficult to get out of your mouth? (A) I love you, honey! or (B) You go watch TV, honey. You've had a tough day. I'll clean the mess in the kitchen (even though it's your turn, and my day wasn't so hot either).
Ha, yeah it's just much easier to SAY I love you and the doing it that's not always so easy. This made me think of my hubs b/c while I've always been a more of candy, presents, snuggles type of love giver M is one of those- what does the 5 love languages call it?...service love giver. It actually took me a few years to realize that when he's washing my car it's like he's saying with each little scrub I love you I love you. But really he's always helping me out in various ways that I don't expect, and I am so grateful for that- esp. lately when I have no energy. So thank you hubs and happy late love day!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


This morning I've spent the last hour catching up on blog reading and loving every minute of it. It's a guilty pleasure as I know there are sooo many other things I probably should be doing with my time. I love hearing about what others are going through and their every days joys and sadnesses. One girl I read about had me cracking up saying she had caught a mouse but only one of its legs were trapped so it was crawling/thumping across her kitchen like a pirate with a wooden leg! Another girl is writing about the process of losing her mother. So I started thinking about how amazing I think it is that the God of all the universe is interested in our stories- in my story. He's interested in our joys, sorrows, what we're laughing about, what we're excited about, what we're nervous about....
Soo...what's going on with us? We had a really great long weekend with Michael's parents here. Michael and I saw Leap Year- it was cute, not a must see it now but cute! Michael saw Avatar with his dad and highly recommends it. I couldn't help but stop and stare at the movie poster for Wolfman. I mean you might think I'm crazy, but I think its fabulous. So much emotion in one photo-gives me chills. Not saying I want to see it. I went shopping with big Andrea (I'm sorry you've inherited this name)and had so much fun. The spring clothes are really cute this year at Old Navy! I will not go into how annoying it is that all the maternity clothes have been moved from our local store to Greensboro, and Benjamin watched an entire movie in the car before we found the store that they were sent to. I'm really excited about what we found for me to wear in Hawaii so all's well that ends well. I'm savoring this little bit of time where my belly is adorable b/c I know what I look like in the 3rd trimester. :) Speaking of Little- I'm 15 weeks and M read to me last night that he/she is the size of an orange. It's moving its limbs and fingers and toes. It's really so strange that I can't feel all this movement, but I will very soon! Sometimes when I'm laying still I think I can feel a poke or flutter but I haven't felt that I know for sure moment yet. It was during this week in my 2nd pregnancy we found out we were having a boy, so its weird to think I'm that far along. We are really going to try and not find out on our appt. March 10th, but I will be so excited to get a good view of this little one. I taught Sunday school last week and the kids were really excited to find out I'm having a baby and they wanted to touch my belly and pray for it. It's so very sweet to be surrounded by these little ones that are so caring for this even smaller one. They get so excited another one of "them" is coming! Anyway, I had a very relaxing time last week glad I got to feel like a normal part of society again- going out to eat, and shop, and M's mom gave me lots of time to rest and cleaned for me. My poor vacuum sucked up two months worth of dirt (I should be embarrassed but it was enough just getting the laundry and dishes done these past months). Thank you Andrea! We also picked up 1,428 boxes of girl scout cookies (I'm the cookie manager this year). We joked that Michael got a girl scout workout loading all those boxes, then unloading them at our house, then loading them into cars when people picked them up. We still have many boxes lined up in our house waiting for a few to pick up, and it's really hard for the kids to ignore the cookies. I took a pic of Natalie with all the boxes but I can't find my camera to post it. Just picture LOTS of cookies! So yes good times and btw we are taking suggestions on boy names if you have a good one!

Saturday, January 30, 2010


It's Michael's birthday but the kids are the ones who got the gift they really wanted- around 6 inches of snow!!

Friday, January 29, 2010

13 weeks

Not the most flattering shot, but here's the beginning of my baby bump. The second trimester officially starts tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


The kids and I found this idea in a magazine and thought it would be fun. We froze heart-shaped ice cubes with food coloring in them and then froze those with plain water in a bundt pan. It didn't last long with these relatively warm winter days, but it was fun!

Friday, January 15, 2010


So yeah, it's been a rough start to the year for me, and as I talk to my friends I realize it's been a rough year already for several of us. I am so thankful for friendship and the encouragement and love it brings. Yesterday, I got a card from a mom I know through church and girl scouts. I don't know her very well, so I was so touched by this card she gave me with a quote she'd written about hope. "Hope encourages the heart to move forward through the trials of today; it shines a light of assurance into the darkest places of uncertainty; it places secure stepping stones upon every river that needs to be crossed." -Roy Lessin
"I will put my hope in God! I will praise Him again- my Savior and my God!" Psalm 42:11

But, lots of sweet with the sour. Benjamin came home and told me Olivia (his little on/off crush/friend) was the door holder at school and when he passed her he said, "Thank you Princess Olivia" and gave a little bow! Then Natalie came in while I watching the news yesterday and Natalie Morales has just switched over to another anchor. So right when my Natalie came in the anchor said, Good morning, Natalie!" and my Natalie said, "Well, good morning to you too!". She looked at me a little shocked and we both started laughing. I told her about Natalie Morales, so she wouldn't think people in the TV could see her. That would be a creepy feeling!