Sunday, December 30, 2007

Our Christmas Day

Well here we are almost a week later and I'm just now writing about our Christmas day together. Life has been busy! We had such a wonderful time together this year. This was the first year ever that we've been at our own home on Christmas day. We absolutely loved every minute of it! Phil and I stayed up late on the Eve getting the gifts wrapped and ready. It was a late night, but thankfully the kids slept in for us the next day, 9:00! Obviously they aren't old enough to get up at 5 a.m. Christmas morning, and for that I am thankful for this year! They ran out and saw all of their gifts. We quickly started unwrapping and they had a blast. The standouts for Gibson were his "Meet the Robinsons" movie and his Spiderman bat and ball. Maya really liked her yellow tutu and her fake baby bottles. While they played with their new loot I made us a yummy french toast and turkey bacon breakfast. We played some more, watched Gib's new movie and then it was nap time. While the kids slept, Phil and I decided to make some Christmas cookies. This was unplanned, so we had to make due with the ingredients on hand and they turned out amazing! We had fun working together in the kitchen while we listened to the new CD he got me (Jimmy Eat World's newest, LOVE it!). Once the kids woke up we dug into the roast I'd had in the crock pot all day. It turned out wonderful and we ate til' we couldn't eat no mo'! Next we took a plate of our yummy cookies back to our neighbors. They were so thankful and we were glad we could spread a little Christmas cheer. When the kids got back I set up their easel in the bedroom so they could enjoy their new paints. Gibson made sure to use the paintbrushes and to not get "yucky", Maya on the other hand painted more of herself than the paper. So needless to say, the night was topped off by a bath! One of our favorite parts of the day was finishing our Jesse Tree with the star on top. We read to the kids about Jesus' birth and sang Happy Birthday, blew out the candle, and enjoyed some cake. I hope they remember that about the day too. After we put the kids to bed and settled in on the couch together, we talked about how fun our day had been. It was full of activity, yet relaxing at the same time. To be home was such a gift this year. At the end of this Christmas season, my heart feels full...and blessed.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Interview with a 2 1/2 year old

I decided it would probably be pretty funny to set up a little interview with Gibson. I wrote a few questions in ahead of time and then just typed the answers as they came out of his cute little mouth.


Hi, what is your name? Gibson.

How old are you? 2!

Do you love mommy? Mmm hmmm.

What is your favorite thing to do? Drive a train.

What is your favorite color? Green, um a green train. I told you a green train! And a red train, and red car that has windows, and then I play with cymbals and drums, and then eat cookies, and then I go out the door.

Hmm, OK. So what is your favorite thing to eat? A pear.

Are you enjoying the Christmas holiday thus far? Yes. I would like a pirate hat in the car. And I love to drive.

Are we going to celebrate Jesus' birthday tomorrow? Yes. Tomorrow!

Are you totally excited? Yes, I'm totally excited to go see him.

So you think we're going to see Jesus tomorrow for his birthday? Yes Mommy. Say OK to me please! (pause in questions as I try to ramble and explain why we won't be actually going to see Jesus for his birthday.)

What did you get me for Christmas? A car for you!

REALLY? And it's called Sally, and my favorite car is Chick.

Oh, you're talking about the movie Cars? Yes, and they crash on the movie. And then Ratatouille just came!

You really love movies, huh? Yes. And I like to bam the tool bench with a hammer, like this. (demonstrates the "bamming")

OK, I'll leave you alone and let you finish watching Sesame Street now. I don't like Sesame Street, just Thomas and Friends, making tracks to great destinations, OK? I don't like Elmo's World, OK?

What do you have against Elmo? I don't like Elmo.

Why not? Cause I just want to play with the barn.

OK, well I love you baby. Mommy, what did you just say to me?

I said I love you baby. Yes Mom.

Well do you love me too? Mmm hmm.

Gee thanks, you sound super excited about that. I like a car and a boat and a tool bench and a book. A library book. Oh no, a monster is coming for me! And he's going to eat me, and I say no no no no no!



And then he ran away waving his arms, so I guess this live interview is over. I hope you enjoyed his rambling, imaginative answers, I know I laugh at them every day. I have so much fun being his Mom!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Snow Fun

We had a pretty good snow here last week and the kids really enjoyed it. Here they are bundled "A Christmas Story" style:


Gibson got very snowy gloves making snow balls. He learned very quickly how to throw those at us!


Maya wasn't too sure what she thought of it. Look at those lashes though! I'm jealous.


And then she did this. So I took her inside! :o)

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Dancing Family

You can go here to see our family doing a little jig!

Friday, December 14, 2007

En Espanol?

Let me preface this by saying that Gibson is hilarious. Lately he has been asking, "What does that word mean?", even when he knows the answer. The other night I was in the bathroom trying to get ready while the kids were acting crazy. They started swinging the door back and forth between the two of them. They were having great fun. I, however, could only think of the time when I had my finger almost completely severed playing that very game as a child. So I said to them, "Hey guys, I want you to stop playing that game. It isn't safe and someone could hurt their finger." Gibson looked at me and said, "Mom, what does playing mean?" I said, "You know what that word means. You tell me." He said, "It means no...in Spanish?" Oh that kid.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Zoo Babies

Last night we headed down to the Cincinnati Zoo for their annual Festival of Lights. We planned to go with our good friends and the details were nicely laid out. We were running a few minutes behind when leaving (not uncommon when you have a family of four to get out the door), and then got on the road only to realized we had forgotten my cell phone. Since I only had our friend's number on my phone, we had to head back. That cost us roughly 15 minutes. Then it was peak rush hour time so we decided to try a back way. Well let's just say we will never, EVER be taking that way again. We got behind a lot of slow people, and apparently it was taking us the long way around. Not to mention, our teething little girl screamed at least 3/4 of the time. It was excruciating and I was nearly in tears. We ended up calling our friends and telling them to eat without us because we didn't even know where we were. We stopped on our own and had a quick dinner and decided to just meet up at the zoo. Thankfully, there were no bumps in the road on that leg of the journey. We got to the zoo, paid our dues, and headed in. It was decorated very nicely for Christmas, lots of lights and music. There was a lovely drizzle falling which made for some awesome hair by the end of the night. Thanks to our layers we didn't get too cold. Unfortunately, I think a lot of the animals were in bed by the time we got there. We did get to see a few polar bears in action and that was really fun. Gibson enjoyed the reindeer, both real and fake, and watching the train go around the zoo. Maya was still cranky while we were there, but we had a few breaks where she enjoyed looking around. Our night was topped off nicely with hot chocolate and some deep fried goodness in the form of a funnel cake.

Here are a few pictures from our night:

Phil and I; Gibson with Rudolph; what Maya thought of our night

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Long December?

Well I wrote previously about how it had been a long November for our family. Well, I must say, December isn't shaping up much better so far. We took the kids to the doctor on Monday for Maya's 15 month check-up and for Gibson's flu shot. Our pediatrician said Maya is doing wonderful and was amazed at her development. Then our poor baby had to get 4 shots. She was not happy, and Gib got his one shot. They really took them like champs. It was dinner time so we took them to our family's favorite place. Soon after getting there Maya's fever started. She always gets a fever with her vaccinations, so I just thought it was starting. We checked it when we got home and it was up to 102.6 so we broke out the Motrin. We put her to bed a few hours later and she was doing fine. Phil and I decided to relax and watch a movie. When we turned off the movie at 11:45 we heard talking...little baby voice talking. Uh-oh. We went back to find Maya awake and burning up. We got her out of bed and still heard talking. What? Gibson was awake and we're pretty sure he'd never been asleep, well, because he told us so. He was wide awake. We checked Maya's temperature and it was at 103.2 and she was still an hour away from another dose. We settled Gib down and he finally went to sleep. We kept Maya up, gave her some more Motrin, and finally got in bed ourselves around 1:30. On Tuesday we had another doctor apppointment for Maya. Over the last few months Maya has developed a chalazion on her eyelid, which is basically as cyst, and we had to go see an eye specialist. We pressed on, even with her fever, in order to get some answers. They told us to do warm compresses as often as possible (which by the way is nearly impossible with a 15 month old), but that it could take up to a year to heal. If it gets any bigger and starts to obstruct her vision they would have to remove it surgically. Please pray with us that it never comes to that! Well, as that day wore on I started not to feel so hot. By the evening I was shaking, shivering, and taken with a fever. Oh, my skin just hurt. Maya still had her fever as well. I went to bed with three blankets on, fully clothed, and was still shaking uncontrollably because I was so cold. My sweet husband cared for me and even headed out for NyQuil at 12:30. I slept fitfully and woke up drenched in sweat once my fever broke. When I woke up yesterday I felt better, but also felt as though I'd been hit by a truck. Thankfully Phil worked from home to help out. So here we are today. Maya is still having fevers off and on, and I woke up twice in the night drenched in sweat from fevers breaking. I heard this whole thing is going around, but it is really getting our family down right now! Of course, while I'm rendered helpless all I can think about is how many things I need to get done. The house is a mess and I have several projects that need to be done sooner than I'd like to think about. We're really hoping and praying this leaves our household soon and skips over Phil and Gibson!!! I haven't posted anything real for a while, and sorry for the novel-long post, but it's what's going on over here in our neck of the woods! We have appreciated everyone's prayers and for all of you precious people who have offered to help. Thank you!

Monday, December 3, 2007

So Good

My husband posted something that says all I want to say right now. So go here and read it!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Open Road

I am leaving bright and early tomorrow morning for a girl's weekend! To say I am excited would be a complete and total understatement. I have really been needing this and I can't wait. Kate and I have no set plans but we'd like to include some Ikea, eating, shopping, maybe catching a movie...because we will be ladies of leisure, oh yes we will. Unfortunately it is only an over night trip, but I'm really excited to wake up whenever I feel like it on Saturday. That is almost as exciting as the shopping. Thanks to my sweet and wonderful husband for being so kind to stay here with our children. I love you baby!

Monday, November 26, 2007

The Last of the Leaves

Over the last week we have officially lost all of the leaves on the trees in our front yard. And I am officially sad. I love when the trees bud, I love them with big green leaves, and I really love them in full color. Then they all fall to the ground and look like a beautiful yellow blanket on our front lawn. Gorgeous. The "sad" part for me comes when the branches are bare and the leaves are brown, crunchy and raked to the street. I just had to get a few pictures this past week before the barren cold sets in. In case you can't tell, I'm not a huge fan of winter. So here the babes are, playing in the last of the leaves.



Sunday, November 18, 2007

LOVE it

I have been visiting this website for awhile now and it's time to share the love. I mean, your teeth just might ache from the sweetness. Their collections for babies and kids are cool, hip, and simply ADORABLE! If I wasn't on a budget I would be buying one of everything.

http://www.myretrobaby.com/

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Bread is baking in my oven...

"The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight."

-M. F. K. Fisher

Thursday, November 15, 2007

A Long November

Oh November, you've thrown us for a loop. We started out the month with a two week long stomach bug where we hardly were able to do a thing. Next we geared up for Phil's surgery. The good thing is Phil is finally on the upswing. He is still in a lot of pain sometimes just because of the stage of healing he is in. But let me tell you, it is a million times better! It feels nice to get out of the house again. Normally it is rare if I don't go somewhere during the day, but the last, well, three weeks I've hardly been out of the house. So, yes, I have been going a little stir crazy. I have to say though, even though Phil wasn't feeling great, we had a lot of good family time. We all got to play together, watch movies together, and once the kids were in bed we had some good talks. He is going back to work today and I'm sad. I'll miss him. I have enough to keep me busy though, the kids now have colds. Runny noses, coughing, etc. It looks like we're in for it again. I'm praying and hoping it passes quickly and without much incidence. Overall, this month I have learned a lot. I have mostly learned about servant hood. I was reminded of how much I love to serve my husband and children, and also how selfish I can be. One minute I could be doing something for them with a glad heart, and the next start thinking about myself and the things I needed to accomplish. It's hard sometimes to lay aside our own agendas, but there is so much joy in helping someone else. Now if I could only remember that ALL of the time!

Next week is Thanksgiving, and I'm ready for it! I'm ready to be with family, eat good food, and reflect on all of the blessings God has given me this year. Then I will see if I can trick Phil into helping me put up all of the Christmas decorations the next day. I like to put them up as soon as Thanksgiving is over so I can revel in it all longer. Phil would like to put them up the week before Christmas. I know, I know, he's crazy!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Friday, November 9, 2007

ROCK ON

Something new has taken over our house...Guitar Hero 3. Phil played the game a few times when visiting a friend's house, and has longed for it since. We kept talking about getting it before his surgery so he would have something fun to do with all of his down time. We considered it until I found out how much it was. Man, it was pricey! So his hopes were dashed. Then, after his surgery, I got a call from his coworkers saying that wanted to chip in to get him something fun. I knew exactly what we should do. They chipped in and raised some money and then I covered the rest after finding an amazing price. Walmart really can pull through on the cheaper prices. You should have seen his face when I walked in and surprised him with it tonight. It could be compared to that of a little boy getting a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. We got right to it. He had played before, so he understandably is kicking my butt. I am loving it though. Don't think I won't be practicing when the kids are napping every day. You will be able to find me rockin' out to some 80's classics from Poison, Kiss, and the like. Oh yes, I am a rock star!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Under Construction or Somethin'

Please bear with me as I get my layout all straightened out. I just put this template up last night, which I absolutely adore. I will get it all worked out at some point. That might not be today, Phil is feeling the most pain today so it looks like it might be a long one. Prayers are appreciated. Thanks!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Hodge Podge

I'm sitting here typing this half asleep...and it is only 3:30 in the afternoon. It has been a long day, well actually a long couple of weeks. We have been incredibly busy and the kids have just been wild. This morning Phil had surgery and we had to leave for the hospital at 5:30. He had a tonsillectomy and uvulectomy. He is sleeping a lot while I push the liquids like a crack dealer. He is doing well, although the doctor said it will be the most painful on day 2 or 3. That is not the best of news for my darling. We won't get out much for the next week or two and I'm sure by the end of it we will all be a little stir crazy. Hopefully he will start to feel better in a few days and we will actually have some good quality family time. We have certainly needed it.
In other news, I have been wanting to do a detailed book review from my Fall reading list but I just haven't been able to muster it up. So I'm going to give a really quick run-down so far. I read "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers and it is just fantastic. I had heard rave reviews and it lived up to, or even surpassed them all. I could hardly put it down (sorry family!). Not only was it a beautiful story, but I really learned a lot and it has challenged me in the way that I love and allow myself to be loved. I also read "Creative Correction" by Lisa Whelchel. It was good. I read it on the side since you could just kind of go chapter by chapter. I think a lot of the ideas are for children a bit older than mine, but they are good things to remember. It had some creative ideas for discipline and shaping your child, and also a few things thrown in there I didn't really agree with. I would say it wasn't earth-shattering for me, but it was still really good. I can see myself pulling it out when we have a discipline issue down the road. I also read two books not on my list. I read "It's All About Him" by Denise Jackson (wife of country singer Alan Jackson). It was a good, quick read. I mean, she's not the next big thing as far as authors go, but it was fun to read all about their story and the way God has transformed their lives, marriage, and family. The last book I read was "Saving Levi" by Lisa Misraje Bentley. It was a story of an orphan baby found in China who was burned severely. They ended up adopting him and she just wanted to tell his story. God orchestrated some amazing things and brought a world of people together. It is really short, I read it in one day in two small sittings, but it was a really neat story.
OK, sorry for the quick rattling off of details. I just wanted to update, but didn't have a lot of time and energy to do so. Thanks for all the prayers people have prayed for my husband and our family today. Please keep it up as we pray for a quick recovery!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Fall Arboretum

Our family absolutely loves going to the arboretum near our home. We have been going there for years and it's even where Phil and I got engaged, so it holds a special place in our hearts. We have also started a tradition of going there for birthday pictures every year with the kids. It is fun to see them in the same places and how much they've grown from the year before. As I've mentioned, I LOVE fall, so I couldn't wait to get there to see it in full color. We couldn't resist taking pictures with this gorgeous maple in the background. The kids mostly just love the wide open space so they can run. It is just a beautiful and serene place, we love it!






















Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Oh Finally

Our little niece, Reagan, is finally here (and she is just gorgeous!). After a VERY long and difficult labor finished off by a c-section, we have a very tired family. We are just so thankful right now that she is here safely. I'm sure I will post pics eventually, but for now I think I'm just going to fall over from pure exhaustion. Please pray for Rachel's recovery and for them as they adjust to their new role as parents. Thank you!

Friday, October 12, 2007

a little fall deliciousness

I just made some delightful oatmeal cookies if I may say so myself. I used the recipe on the lid of Quaker's Old-fashioned Oats but instead of making the full batch (because it yields 4 dozen...it's called portion control people!) I just cut all of the ingredients in half. Also, to make it a little lighter I used a bit less sugar and a light butter substitute instead of the real thing. In addition to the cinnamon and raisins that go in as extras, I added a little bit of nutmeg, cranberries, and walnuts. You can also put in some chopped apples. I guess you could also give it that flavor with some applesauce, too. Alas, I was out of both. But let me tell you, they are soooo tasty! And you don't have to feel too guilty letting your kids have a cookie. I really like them and because they are kind of like a little trail mix cookie, they fill you up and leave you more satisfied so you aren't tempted to eat too many. The kids (and Phil) are going to be so excited when they wake up from their naps and find these waiting. Yum!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

the wait is on

We have some new information regarding our adoption. We recently had it confirmed from our agency that we will have to wait at least five months to send in our application. Ethiopia is getting ready to make it a requirement for your youngest child at home to be at least 18 months, so our agency is going ahead and making sure all entering families come under that. We then know that we will have at least six months to complete the "paper pregnancy" because we cannot submit our dossier to the Ethiopian government until Maya is 2 years old. So that means sometime around August-September of 2008. I have to say I was disappointed with this new development because I would send in our application tomorrow if I could. But, there is also a peace that comes because I know that God has the perfect timeline for this journey. We know we are doing what we're supposed to be doing, and we completely trust that He has everything in order. This definitely requires me to give up my need to want to control everything. But as I've said before, I will do whatever it takes to bring our child home, and if that means a lot of waiting...then I will do a lot of waiting. And I don't want that to sound like a downer, because I want to wait with joy. So I guess that's what I ask. For anyone who reads please pray that we can have joy in the wait. The wait to sell our house, the wait to see where we will move, the wait to start the adoption process. I want to enjoy it all. Enjoy our love and our children, enjoy the last days in this home where we have so many sweet memories, and enjoy praying for that baby who is yet to be born but is already a treasured and loved part of our family.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Fall Please!!!

We went to the pumpkin farm this past weekend and the kids loved it. They had a great time picking out our pumpkins and apples. It was just some good ole' family fun. Even though the cool Autumn temperatures elude us here in Ohio, I still must press on with my love of all things Fall. Although, had I planned ahead of time for picture-taking that day, I certainly would have put them in more Fall-ish outfits that coordinated a little more. Oh well, their cuteness makes up for my craziness. And, after my sister, Brandy, and friend Kate posted cute Fall kid pictures, I thought I'd join in the fun. Uploading pictures with dial-up internet takes fo-eva', but I think it's worth it!



almost as big as her!














playing the "drums"

















hauling our Great Pump-kins

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Darling




The sweet babes looking out the window on a sunny, Autumn day.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

The List



I only picked a few for the Fall. We have a lot going on right now, so I didn't want to take on anything too insurmountable. I can't wait to jump in and get started!


Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Creative Correction: Extraordinary Ideas for Everyday Discipline by Lisa Whelchel

Amy Butler's In Stitches: More Than 25 Simple and Stylish Sewing Projects by Amy Butler

And I also want to find a good international adoption book, but I need to contact a few people for good recommendations.

Happy Fall reading!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Where We Are Is Where We're Supposed To Be

I have had quite a few people ask me recently where we are in our adoption process at this time. Right now we are waiting until our house sells before we send in our application. Our house has been on the market for two weeks and we've only had one showing. A little discouraging, but we knew the market was slow when we listed. Last weekend we attended an AWAA seminar and it was great. We didn't learn a lot of new information, but it is always wonderful to hear other families' personal stories. It just further confirmed our desire to begin this journey. I wanted to go home and send out our application immediately, but I know that just isn't where we're at right now. We are also praying through our options on fundraising. We aren't sure exactly how we'll raise the money, but we're confident that God has blessed us with this calling and He will be faithful to provide. We'll do whatever we have to to bring our baby home.

So there you have it. As soon as we get in our new house we will send in our application, have some sort of fundraiser, and then begin our home study and start chasing those hundreds of papers! Sometimes I have a hard time waiting, mostly because I am so incredibly excited. My heart yearns for this child that God planned to be a part of our family and I just want to hold them in my arms and see their sweet face. But for now, we are right where we're supposed to be...and I'm finding rest in that.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Prayer

Please pray for this sweet family. They are facing something so great, I can't even comprehend it. Their faith in the midst of this trial is truly astounding.
You can find them HERE

Friday, September 21, 2007

One Week

I have been away from the computer for a week now, and it has been even longer since I posted. Not that my life is all that exciting, but I will be going to my old, easy friend "the list" to catch up.

-Last Friday my husband set it all up for me to go out with Kate for my birthday. I am always up for that! We decided calories didn't count for that night, so we had a utterly delicious dinner at Sips followed by a cheap movie. After that we went to Barnes and Noble to share an Oreo brownie and drink some yummy coffee concoctions. Like I said, no calories counted. We talked, talked, and then talked some more. I didn't get home until almost midnight. We were really livin' on the edge. And my sweet friend picked up the tab for the night. Thanks Kate! It was so fun and much needed!
-On Saturday, my actual birthday, I was awakened by Gibson telling me happy birthday and Maya with a big smile on her face. We just relaxed for the day and then our babysitters arrived at 4:30 (thanks Megan and Sarah!!!). Phil and I ran a few kid-free errands and then we were off to P.F. Changs (which I call P. F. Chingy's...with a hard "g", just like Ching-y...the rapper...yes I'm a dork). We had some amazing food and great conversation. It was such a gorgeous evening. We ate outside on the patio in the sunshine and 65 degree breeze. It really felt like Autumn and I loved every minute of it. Next we went to a movie and then to Bravo for dessert. Oh good gracious, did we ever eat dessert. It was FABULOUS. Then we arrived home to sleeping children. It was quiet, peaceful bliss. Thank you my love for a great night!
-On Sunday we went to the first gathering at Apex and then we headed straight home to clean. We had the first showing for our house and we busted our butts getting it perfect. I mean, our house looked great...and then we found out they never even showed up. Discouraging, yes, but they had a good excuse...an emergency appendicitis. I guess we'll let it slide this time.
-I spent the rest of Sunday packing and getting ready. On Monday morning I left to go on a trip with my sister, her two two-year old boys, my mom, my dad, and my two children of course. It was a shopping trip to Franklin, Tennessee. We've been there quite a few times in the last 5 years, so we have all of our favorite places we like to visit. We found some good deals and ate some really good food. The kids did great despite the fact that my sister and I shared a hotel room with all 4 kids. They slept well and we talked into the wee hours like high school girls. It was all in all a great trip eventhough my children decided to poop the entire time. I think between them I probably changed 25 poopy diapers in only 4 days. Seriously.
-Oh, Maya is walking around everywhere. She even learned how to stand up by herself from the ground (instead of pulling up on something). She is already getting so fast!
-I got home last night and I'm utterly exhausted...and sick with a crappy cold. My throat feels like it's slowly closing up. Today we need to do lots of cleaning again, we have a showing. I'm all for it though, the more action we can get on the house the better.

OK, that's all I can muster for now. I'm off to make the kids lunch, put them down for a nap, and then begin my cleaning rampage. Pray for a SOLD house!

---and now I have to throw up a quick "Praise the Lord!!!" for baby Reagan who flipped from a breech position to where she needs to be. We are so thankful. We can't wait to meet our little neice in just a few short weeks!!!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Silly Bear

Here are a few funny things Gibson said today:

-He climbed up on our bed which was neatly made, and since that doesn't happen often, he said, "Wow, look at this. It looks REALLY nice". Like he didn't know it could look like that. Ha!

-He heard Maya wake up from her nap and ran back to see her. When I walked in he was sitting in her rocking chair and said, "Hi Mom. I'm just taking a rest." It must have been hard work running down that hallway.

-He got out of the van tonight and went over and sat in the grass. He never does this, so I asked him what he was doing. He said, "I'm sitting in the grass, Mom, you read me a book please?" No clue where he got that, but it was so cute!

-Ok, I'll admit it. I've been all wrapped up in Big Brother this summer. It comes on at 8 and we usually put the kids to bed shortly thereafter. As it was coming on tonight he said, "Um, I watch Big Brother with you Mommy? Oh look, it's Julie!" So since he seems to be on a first name basis with Julie Chen, I decided it was time for bed.

He makes me laugh every single day. I love you Bear!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

And she's one...


Dear Sweet Maya,


Today you turn one year old. I really can't believe it's here. I look at you and you look too little to be that old. You have brought so much joy to your mama's life this past year. We share a special little girly bond that I hope lasts a lifetime. I think it completely surprised me how much I feel that mother-daughter bond. I love it! I must say girl, you are getting so funny. Making faces and being silly. I love seeing your sense of humor develop, you need it in this family! And then you have your sassy side, and sassy it is! You keep us on our toes with your curiosity and desire to explore. I always pray I will learn how to reign in that spirit of adventure when needed, and also know when to celebrate it as a special part of who God made you to be. I know God has a perfect plan for you life. I just feel so blessed that He gave you to us to be a part of this family. I can't imagine it without you. The other night I went in to check on you and you woke up. I scooped you up and just rocked you and held you. I know these times are fleeting. Soon you'll outgrow my lap. So I just sat in the dark and hugged your warm little jammy self, smelled your sweet hair, and wished and wished the moment could last forever. I know it can't. You'll grow up and leave this house and maybe even have a family of your own someday. But for today, you're just one, and I'm going to enjoy it. We're going to sit and feel the breeze of this beautiful day coming in through the window, I'm going to hug and kiss you a lot, and I'll probably even let you get away with a little more trouble than usual. I hope you have a fun-filled day trying new things. My heart just swells in my chest almost to bursting when I think of the love I have for you. I love you sweet baby girl. Happy Birthday!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

In case you haven't heard...

First, I have to start this out by saying if you weren't at Apex this weekend, you seriously missed out. My sweet and wonderful husband did an amazing job speaking. He's usually behind the microphone with a guitar, so delivering the message tends to make him a little nervous. This week it didn't matter how he felt, because God had something to say. He did such a great job clearly communicating what God is doing in our midst right now and what He truly desires from His church. And...if you didn't already know, you heard this weekend that Phil and I are adopting. This has been brewing in our hearts for a while now. We've prayed about it, talked about it, researched it, and we are now at a place that we know we would be straight up disobedient if we didn't do it. We are so excited to begin the process! We are getting ready to put our house on the market, and once it sells and we are in a new one, we will be sending in our application. We are waiting until we get in our new house just because a home study would start as soon as we're approved, so we wouldn't want to go through that process twice. We know God's timing is perfect in all of this. We plan on going through America World because we are so impressed with their programs and the way the Word is infused in everything they do. We will be going to a seminar next month to hear more from them and also from other families who have used them. Right now we are leaning toward getting our new little family member from Ethiopia. This is something that has been in the forefront of our hearts and minds, so I couldn't really keep blogging without sharing it. God is calling us to step out in faith, and even though it's easy to get overwhelmed and scared, we're ready! We would absolutely love your prayers as our family prepares to begin this exciting new phase of our lives! Here are a few links to some other blogs I read that are using the same organization and adopting from Ethiopia. They might help give you a little more insight into the process.

http://www.blessingsfromethiopia.com/
http://www.thedudafamilyadoption.blogspot.com/
www.youbelong.net/thecavitts
http://www.twomorewaals.blogspot.com/
http://www.scotthimes.com/
www.totsites.com/tot/journeytoafrica/journal

Thursday, August 9, 2007

I'm Baaack!

Ok, so I was gone longer than a week. I just haven't had much chance to blog lately, and every time I come to post I've been drawing a blank. A lot has happened in the last few weeks, so I don't even know where to start. I'm going to take the easy way out and list some random things.

- Phil went to a conference in Texas for a week. God is really using that and has been doing a lot in the midst of our family. You can go here to read about one facet of it all. More details to come...

- Gibson is no longer wanting to stay in bed at night. He gets up and comes to the gate countless times. We've tried a million different things and aren't sure what to do next

- Maya will turn one in exactly three weeks. What?!

- I'm planning a little fall shopping trip with my Mom and sister (And all four kids! Yes, we're crazy)

- Phil had a birthday. We went on a fun date and saw Bourne Ultimatum. It was seriously AWESOME

- I finished reading Night, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and Peace Like a River. I don't think I can explain how thouroughly I enjoyed each one of these books. Loved, loved, loved them!

-My Mom is having surgery in two weeks. Pray!

-I found a fun farmer's market near our house that sets up every Wednesday. I've gotten some great, cheap produce and our family has completely fallen in love with the homemade bread from one of the stands. We missed it this past week and are currently in mourning

Ok, I'm sure there's more, but I will stop boring you with the "list" format. Hopefully I can finally start to keep up with posts!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

So long

Gone for a week!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Yep, he's funny

My husband was rinsing his hair tonight after a hair cut. Gibson was watching closely, as always. When Phil turned off the faucet Gib said, "Oh no, my water broke!". Oh he just had no idea what he just said did he?

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

This post is not for the squeemish

Sweet baby girl is sick. I haven't seen her feel this bad since she had RSV this past winter. This, though, is a whole other animal. She has some major diarrhea. She also vomited in the middle of the night last night. Every Mom out there knows the joy of cleaning a child, stripping off their sheets, bumper, crib skirt, and cleaning the wall, floor, and bag underneath the bed in the wee hours of the morning. Needless to say, we've done lots and lots of laundry around here. We are on day 4 of it and decided it was time for the Dr. today. She will not eat solid foods, refuses pedialyte, and it takes me 30-45 minutes to get her to take 4 ounces, 5 if I'm lucky. I was worried about dehydration since there is a lot coming out and not too much going in. I was having trouble keeping track of her wet diapers, you know, because of the loads of diarrhea within the diaper and all. They said she is borderline right now. She looks a little "dry", but she's not quite to the hospitalization/IV stage yet. They said if it continues or she gets worse to call back. She had a really rough time going to bed tonight and is just all out of sorts. All day long she says, "ma-ma" and "night-night". She just wants to lay on me and waller around (that shows my classy hillbilly vernacular right there). For now the rest of our house is healthy, and I really pray it stays that way since Phil is going to be out of town coming up. If you get a chance, pray for the babe that she will be back to her crazy self very soon!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

RIP little birdies

On Friday our family experienced a little nature crisis. We were out doing some yard work and my husband pulled down a dead limb from one of our trees. He soon noticed a baby bird in the grass. And when I say baby, I mean a very, very new baby. It didn't even have fuzz on it. We soon saw 3 others in the grass. So here we had this little family of birds and had no idea what to do with them. We just couldn't leave them there helpless, especially when there is a new cat roaming the neighborhood. To find out what we should do, I came inside and did what everyone else in the free world does, I googled it. We found out what would give them the best chance was to nail a container into the tree near the branch it came from, line it with paper towels and hope for the momma bird to return. If the momma does not return, you should call a conservationist to have them come get the birds. By Saturday morning we had seen no sign of said mother bird, so we looked up the number and called. They wanted us to take pictures of the babies to send to them. Ok...this project is turning into a little more than I thought. So we took the pictures, emailed them, and waited for a call. We found out they were an invasive species and they would not take them, but they gave us another option. We could give them dog food moistened in water...every 30 minutes...from 8 am to 6 pm. Now this is really getting out of hand! I know Phil felt guilty about displacing the babies, but this is just not a project we can take on right now. This is the point I REALLY started praying for that mommy bird to come feed them, because I just couldn't bear the thought of them starving to death. Finally, on Saturday a bird came and started feeding them. Oh hallelujah! We felt good and we had saved the baby birds! I was feeling very Dora the Explorer until, as you can see from the title of this post, something somewhere went very wrong. I'm not sure what happened, but when I went to check on them this afternoon...well, we'll say it wasn't good. I went out later with Gibson and he kept asking to go see them. Sad. I guess we can rest knowing we did everything we could. But Dora would be muy dissapointed-o (and yes, that is the correct spanish in case you're wondering).

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Going once, going twice...

I am learning lately that getting your house ready to sell is chock full of...um...zero fun. We have a new garage door to install, a new screen door to put on, cutting down a bunch of over grown weeds in the yard, and a lot of other little things that I don't feel like typing out (nor do you care about). Not to mention the extensive cleaning that really needs to happen. Then come all of my fears of trying to sell and buy at the same time and if it will all work out (of course I know it will, God has a plan for it all, and that's what I need to keep remembering!). I am also dreading the actual packing up and moving process. We thought we had a lot of things when we moved in here, when we were newly married and coming from a townhouse. Oh how blissfully naive we were. Now we have lived in this house for 3 1/2 years and have since had two children...so needless to say we have accumulated a whole lotta stuff. What really excites me though is a new house. We are wanting to move to a different part of town where you can get more house for your money, and most of them are older and have so much character. I love dreaming about what it might look like, and I'm really excited about picking out all new paint colors and new ways to decorate. I love to make a house a home and it will be interesting to see where our family ends up. So if anyone is on the lookout for a 3 bedroom 1.5 bath ranch brick house, let me know....please!

Monday, July 2, 2007

On a chip

I have been gone for a week now...away from any computer access what-so-ever. It has actually been restful, but I have been anxious to read email and check blogs. It's nice to be back! I was away from a computer because my husband was gone with his band leading music at a youth camp. Oh how I missed him! This definitely isn't our first week apart, but it really seemed like the longest and the hardest ever. Gibson especially noticed Daddy not being here. We told him Daddy was going on a trip...to which he replied, "Daddy's on a chip? Gibson wants a chip!". I laughed forever about that one, and he continued to say it for the entire week. While my husband was gone I realized how much I truly love that man! He helps me in more ways than I can I can even say. I didn't just notice how much he helps me with the kids, but also how much he is a part of my well-being, my sanity. He makes me feel loved and appreciated. He could still do that over the phone, but the one-on-one conversations and hugs were greatly missed. I kept myself busy by making plans with family or friends pretty much every day. I also read a book recommended by Kate called "There Is No Me Without You". I can 100% agree with her that it is an amazing book. I was telling Phil that after reading it I feel like I just got back from a mission trip. I feel weird going back to my regular suburban life after reading about the suffering and loss that the people of Ethiopia are experiencing. Only a few pages in and I was crying my eyes out at the staggering statistics of the people that are dying of AIDS everyday and the orphans that they leave behind. The enormity of it can be exhausting to think about, but reading the individual stories made it all real. God has really been stretching me and teaching me a lot through this book. Now I'm just praying through what He wants me to do with all of it swirling around in my head. If you are looking for a book to read, go get this one! Now I'm going to get back to being with my husband and the fact that he is back from his chip!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

My big dude

Oh Gibson. He's getting so big! Two days ago he officially went "pee-pee on the potty"! He has sat on it about a hundred times, but he finally went for the first time. There was much singing, clapping, and sticker-giving. We called our family and friends and had him tell them what he had done, just so he would know what a big deal it was (and that we wanted him to keep doing it of course). He was very excited, and I was very excited about the thought of buying less diapers. This really would be great timing considering Maya will be off of formula in two months and those two things would really help out the budget! He is still is not telling us when he needs to go, but hopefully we will continue making progress. Yesterday he got to go to a "big movie" with Daddy. They went to see Shrek 3. He has only seen one other movie in the theater but that was over a year ago and he was pretty litte, so I don't think he even remembers it. Phil said he was in complete awe. Just looking at that big screen was enough to drop his little jaw. He did great and cried when it was over because he "prolly had to go bye-bye". He loved it and only got a little scared once at the Transformers movie preview. He had such a fun boy's day out and even said, "No girls Mommy!". Thanks, thanks a lot. I am so glad he has a Daddy that loves him so much and desires to spend time with him. I know he's glad too! :)

Monday, June 18, 2007

Waiting on patience...

I feel like God is trying to teach me a whole load of patience right now, and I don't know how well I'm doing with it actually. I'd love to say I'm waiting on Him and giving over every question and worry...but I'd be a liar. There are several facets of my life right now that I feel like are hanging in the balance a bit, and some that I just plain wonder where they might lead. In the midst of all this teaching of patience, I have learned my prayer life needs some serious work. So yeah, that's where I am. I'll let you know how it goes...

Thursday, June 14, 2007

A good ol' fashioned confidence booster

This evening I took the kids to Apex with me while I worked with Kate on the conference room design. We stopped by to see Phil on our way out since he was there for band practice. When it was time to leave, I had the distinct pleasure of dragging my son to the van (while toting a massive diaper bag and baby Maya on the other hip) as he cried, "Daddy, Daddy, my Daddy!" over and over. I told him he would see Daddy later and he would be coming home with Mommy. That statement was met with more cries. You gotta love that, I'm feelin' real good right about now.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Busy being busy

I am going to ask ahead of time if you'll please forgive me if this post is choppy and all outta whack but my son is half sitting ON me while he watches his train movie. He is telling me every detail, "Look mommy! Island of Sodor!", "Look mommy! Diesel being nasty!", "Look mommy! Thomas goes fast!". He has been a bit clingy today and whining at the drop of a hat, but I guess that's what happens when you stay up until 11:30 at night just chatting with your own self. Phil and I just kept looking at each other wondering what it the world this little boy was doing and if he might ever go to sleep. Finally, he gave in. He has been really funny lately and just coming up with all sorts of things from his little imagination. He frequently sees and hears monsters, drives his cars and trucks around while making up stories, and tries to share his snacks with his Elmo and Shrek toys. Maya is changing so much. She is so mobile and into everything, crawling and pulling up on anything. She is just fine to crawl down a dark hallway, go back to the laundry room, or just plain explore all by her lonesome. She doesn't even stop to look back, she just keeps on going, even more excited with each turn. I love how independent she is, but it also scares me a bit. She is trying new foods every day. Some of her favorites so far are veggie puffs, macaroni and cheese, watermelon, banana chunks and even a popsicle. She is saying da-da, clapping, waving, shaking her head yes and no and has quite the sense of humor developing. They are finally starting to play together, but the sibling rivalry has already started. They snatch toys back and forth and seem to have no future plans of sharing . Despite the mini tug-of-wars going on are some really sweet moments. I love watching them grow together and change every day. I am truly blessed and they bring me so much joy. Quiet has now descended on my house 2 hours after I originally started this post (there was jammy time, 3 bedtime stories, and a bottle to be had). The babes are peacefully asleep and I am off to watch a show that I love, love love called So You Think You Can Dance?. It makes me dance all night. Watch it!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The beach is that way...

To celebrate my bloggy return, here are a few pictures from our recent trip to Florida!








































Thursday, May 10, 2007

Hit the road, Jack

At 2:45 a.m. tonight (or I guess I should say tomorrow morning) I will be hittin' the road. Vacation is finally here and I can't believe it. I will be loading up my sleepy little jammy-clad children into the packed van and heading over to meet my family in Indiana (first I will be stopping for an iced capp for a little caffeine action). From there we will drive down to Franklin, Tennessee and do some shopping and stay there for the night. Saturday morning we will get up and drive the rest of the way to Destin, Florida. If no one has been to the gulf side of Florida, you are seriously missing out. It is absolute gorgeousness (not a word, I know, but it's so true!). We are all staying in a house together, 7 adults and 4 children. We have a pool there at the house and we are a short distance from the beach. I know a lot of our time will be spent on kid patrol, since we will have three 2 year old boys and an 8 month old girl, but I know the view will be beautiful and relaxing. I can hardly contain myself I'm so excited! The only thing that stands between me and the road now is about 3 loads of laundry and packing, packing, packing! See you when I return!

Friday, May 4, 2007

7 Things

My lovely friend, Diane, has tagged me to do this "7 things about me" meme. I will do my best peoples.


-The peace and serenity I feel when I am at the beach is something I can't explain. The sun, sand, and crashing waves do such good to my soul. (Secret: sometimes I pray God will move us there some day!)

-I have always loved to read but really got out of the habit the past few years. Thanks to my own personal library, Kate, I just finished another book, a 600+ pager. Oh the satisfaction of finishing a book.

-I was a captain of the dance team in high school and dated a football player. I was part of the "popular" crowd and such a party girl. I was a good liar and that was bad news. Boy oh boy did I have a lot to learn about life!

-I have a major mouse phobia. I don't know if i can give justice to the extent of it. I will seriously hyperventilate if I see one, full on panic attack. I hear a random noise in my house and immediately get scared that it could be a mouse. I also have a bit of a hair phobia, not if its attached to something, but if i see it loose on the floor or anywhere else it makes me gag a little.

-I talk in weird voices and accents to my kids and husband all the time. I also have a thing for coming up with nicknames for people/things. Sometimes I wonder if my children or dog even know what their real name is or if Gibson and Maya will leave this house thinking their names are actually "Bear" and "Pooka".

-I was a preschool teacher for several years and I loved it. One of my favorite things was lesson planning. I really miss it sometimes. I know, I'm a weirdo.

-I absolutely love flowers, but I'm so not a gardener. Call me crazy, just not a fan of killing my back and knees picking weeds. I'm a big fan of the potted plant.

So there are some very, very random things about me. Don't hate.

Hair today, gone tomorrow

Recently my husband got his haircut and I absolutely love it. He does not. But trust me, he looks handsome and his hair at this shorter length just might be my favorite. So I was all pumped up to cut my hair too. The last time I had cut my hair was back in September. I know, I know, every six weeks you need a trim, but I just don't make the time for that nonsense. I really liked my last short do' and I received the most compliments I have ever had about my hair. So when I went back yesterday, I went for the same thing. I knew, of course, you can never get the same haircut twice, but I guess I was trying to be hopeful (in retrospect I call it naive). Now, mind you, it's not awful, it just doesn't lay quite like it should. It also cut off any left over highlights I had, so now my hair just looks dark and dowdy in my opinion. My whole goal has been to get back to my natural color and get out of the highlighting trap that you totally get sucked into (because who wants dark roots, right?). I am now completely au natural and here's the thing: I want highlights! I just feel like the cut is screaming for it and without it my new hair just makes me look old. I don't know, Phil thinks I'm crazy but this is serious business! I think I will be doing some highlights this weekend, I just don't think I can go into this warm weather without them. Next on the hair chopping block is Gibson. His hair is coming over his ears and collar and I just can't take it. Even our dog needs a haircut right now, poor shaggy Delia. Maya is nowhere near a haircut because I am still longing for the day when I can put a cute little hair barrette in her hair. I can't wait! We are leaving for Florida in exactly one week and hopefully we will have our hair woes straightened out by then! But then again, when you're on the white sugary beaches and looking out on the clear blue water, who really cares, right? (who am I kidding, I will! I don't want nasty-haired vacation pics!)

Monday, April 23, 2007

Happy Birthday Bear!

Today was Gibson's second birthday! We had lots of fun, he watched cartoons all morning and played with all of his new toys/books/puzzles. Then we met daddy for lunch at Chick-fil-a where he got to play. Oh, and we also got ice cream. Then he got to climb in the outdoor play place at Mcdonald's tonight. It was pretty much his idea of a perfect day. I can't believe it was two years ago today that I was in that hospital room looking out the window at the snow blanketing the colorful flowering trees (we had freaky April weather that year!). From the moment he arrived he has truly been a joy. I knew from the moment I first looked at his sweet little face that he was special. He has such a laid back personality and a great sense of humor. He loves to learn, and his imagination is now in full force (tonight on the way home he said, "Look Mommy, cookie monster!". "Where?", I said. "Up there, in the stars, cookie monster!". It was hilarious. I am so blessed to have the honor of being his Mommy. I thank God every day for the sweet boy sleeping in the crib down the hall.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Thanks Gib

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been eating healthy, exercising, and have lost 23 lbs. so far. I have more I want to lose, but I have been feeling great about my progress so far. But, it is inevitable to have one of those days where you just look in the mirror and you aren't happy with what you see. I had one of those days recently. I was trying on clothes, none of them fit right, and I had myself convinced that I had nothing in my entire closet to wear. I was in front of the mirror looking at yet another horrid outfit when Gibson walked in. He looked at me adoringly and said, "Oooo Mommy, pretty!". He had no idea, but his words were exactly what I needed to hear in that moment. It reminded me how he looks at me for who I am, and not just what I look like. What a challenge from my little 2 year old that I should be doing the same!

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Good Things

Here are some good things going on right now...

- Gibson saying, "look mommy, LOOK!" roughly a hundred times a day...and I still think its adorable

- Maya rolling everywhere she needs to go and pulling herself along, almost crawling!

- my wonderful husband and father-in-law working so hard to finish the flooring in our laundry room and half bath

- seeing all kinds of family all weekend

- Maya saying "da-da". she doesn't know what it means, but it sounds so sweet

- Gibson's pictures went great, I think he is the cutest, funniest little boy on planet earth

- my nephew Ryan getting some good test results yesterday

- my sister and brother-in-law getting an accepted offer on a new house

- design planning with Kate

- Maya is 7 months old and I can't believe it

- Rachel's little baby bump

- losing 21 lbs. since January

Things I'm looking forward to...

- Gibson's 2nd birthday, only 16 days away

- Phil having the entire month of May off work!

- leaving for vacation in just under 5 weeks

- seeing the finished product of the conference room I'm helping design

- paying off some debt, baby!

- getting a minivan...my dream car, haha

And the best thing going on right now is celebrating Jesus' resurrection and the new life we can have through Him! His love and grace have changed me forever.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Time for some pics















playing is hard work!















Gibson saying, "cheese!"















Maya rolling around on the floor















we found him here one day...remote in hand

Monday, March 19, 2007

Baby My-My

Well, my sweet baby Maya has had a rough couple of days. Her second little bottom tooth just poked through, and man they really gave her a hard time. She has cried, moaned, gnawed, basically anything to dull the pain. I felt so awful for her, but at the same time I was having a whole lot of times where my patience was at zero. I consider myself a relatively patient person, but a girl can only take so much. Thankfully, she is doing much better today. I was sitting here today thinking about how eager I was for Gibson to move on to the next thing when he was a little baby. Time for teeth, time to sit up, time to crawl, time to talk, time to walk, etc. I have found myself wanting to hold on to Maya and just slow her down. I have witnessed how fast it goes and how quickly they move on to pushing your hugs away and wanting "down" to go play. In the midst of all of her crying this weekend I kept finding myself just picking her up, closing my eyes, and holding her as close as humanely possible. It's like all the screaming in my ear disappeared, and I just wanted to soak it all up while she still needs me. I know soon enough she'll be on the move, chasing after her big brother. She might even learn to say "Mommy, no" just like him. So eventhough my patience has been tested this weekend, God has reminded me to slow down and enjoy the moments...even the very loud ones.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

So fresh and so clean

I just have to gush about our new washer and dryer. Well, not new, but it is to us! Our old washer and dryer was really, really bad. It barely fit more than a pair of jeans, didn't clean things as well as they should be cleaned, and was from when my husband lived with a bunch of guys (yuck!). I think it was straight out of the 80's. Recently we got a great tip from a friend (thanks Kate!) that a couple that moved from the area were wanting to sell their washer and dryer. I was skeptical, thinking it would probably still be too expensive. We're on a limited buget ya know. We got the information that they were Sears Maytags and were only 4 years old. I got even more skeptical. Then they gave us their price...and it was unbelievably cheap! We worked out the details and my husband picked it up on Tuesday. Let's just say they far exceeded my expectations. They are awesome! They are in perfect condition and they're the extra large capacity ones! I can fit twice the load in as normal. I sound like a giddy little school girl but if you had seen our old ones, you would understand. I know its just laundry, but it is a total blessing from God. I feel so thankful. I have done about 5 loads of laundry in the last 2 days and, trust me, that's a lot for me. I'm sure my excitement will wane and I will be back to dreading it at some point, but for now, I'm a clothes washin' fool ya'll.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

El Cheapo

I just had to write about the amazing deals I found today! My mom, sister, and her twin boys drove over an hour to my house, and then we made another 45 minute trek to the outlet mall. Let me tell ya, it was worth it. I will list my great deals in order. First, at Bath and Body works, I got the antibacterial hand soap 4 for $10, some lotion for .99, and some chapstick for .99. Next, some canvas shoes from Old navy for Gibson for 5 (originally 12.99 I think) and a hat for 2.99 (originally 6). Then we hurried over to Pottery Barn. Jackpot! I got 4 red canvas pillow covers that were normally $20 a piece for 1.48 each! That was awesome, I've been on a pillow quest for quite some time now. I also got a bath mat there that was regularly $26 (who pays that for a bath mat?!) for 4.95. Then we went over to Children's Place where I got a .99 skirt, 1.99 shorts, and 1.99 pair of snow boots for Maya and a .99 pair of winter gloves for next year for Gibson. On top of all of this wonderfulness it was a gorgeous day here, 75 and sunny. Talk about my idea of a beautiful day...warm weather and good deals. Love it!

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Party On

With all of the sickness that has attacked our household (i was the last to fall last night), I realized that I haven't done a post for the party telling you a little bit about myself. So here goes! I am a small town girl at heart. I grew up in Brookville, Indiana, where everybody knows everybody. I grew up in the country where you could ride your bikes on the gravel road, leave your doors unlocked, and play in the woods all day. I matured into a crazy party girl until I finally gave it all over to God. I went off to college at Cedarville University where I met wonderful friends and my fabulous husband, Phil. We got married in February, 2002 and stayed in good ol' Ohio. He started a job as a worship pastor and I was a preschool teacher for several years and then had a nanny job for a year and a half. We welcomed Gibson into our lives in 2005 and Maya in 2006. So needless to say, I'm a busy mommy! I have the amazing privelege of staying home now and trying my best to be a good wife and mom. Of course I fail on a daily basis, but I'm learning new things and laughing along the way. I talk to my mom, sister, or both on the phone for at least an hour every day. I have wonderful friends so I can have playdates, go to lunch, and go shopping on a regular basis. Phil and I love to listen to great music and watch movies. Blockbuster loves us. We are also into some tv shows, like 24 and American Idol. I am currently on a life-long journey to eat healthy and exercise regularly (that, too, is a daily struggle!). I have a great house church that meets every Wednesday. Oh, I also have a very cute and hairy dog named Delia. Some other random things I like are: taking pictures, buying things on clearance, cooking/baking, family trips to the park, Cox Arboretum, Fridays (Phil's day off), looking at realstate, sewing, Apex, interior decorating, and vacation. So there ya go, a very random and disjointed post about myself. I blame the nasty germs swirling around the room!

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

It's Not Delivery, It's...

So tonight I was planning a wonderfully tasty, and healthy dinner: wheat spaghetti, garden combo sauce, and chicken meatballs. I even thought about throwing a salad in there, too. Before I realized it, 6:30 rolled around and I decided it was much too late to begin the process of making meatballs, letting them cook slowly in the sauce, and boil the noodles. And you all know how long that salad would have taken. So, I popped in a Freshchetta frozen pizza. I know, I know, healthy huh? I think this proves my problem with procrastination. I can rationalize until the cows come home, because I was very busy checking email and blogs, right? Hmmm, maybe I should throw in some steamed veggies for good measure.

Vomit and Vinyl

I'm sure when you read the title of my post you were completely compelled to read on. ok, so maybe not. Those two little words have been my life for the last few days. Let me start this out by explaining the vinyl part. When I was pregnant with my first child, I was reading Parents magazine. At the back of the magazine they have the "It worked for me" section. I read one mother explain that when her children are sick she puts down plastic tablecloths everywhere for them to play on, sleep on, watch tv on, etc. I remember as a pregnant/first-time mom-to-be I thought to myself, "how cruel, just put your puking kid on a plastic mat?!". Well people, that's just precisely what I did. When Gibson got sick on Friday I ran myself right over to Big Lots and bought two very colorful tropical fish vinyl tablecloths (not my up of tea, but they were only a 1.25 each). Hey, maybe the tropical fish will bring a sense of tranquility to the situation. But I have to say, the idea is pure GENIUS! No rug-scrubbing or stain-lifting, just wipe it right up. I wish I could say I thought of the wonderful idea myself, but I have to give credit to that mom out there somewhere who had a revelation from the Lord. Since the rest of my family seems to be following suit with the sickness, I think the "splat mats" are here to stay.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Here ya go

Because it is 12:05 a.m. and my household has been plagued with the pukes for the last few days, I have nothing remarkable to say to start out my brand new blog. So sorry to disappoint, but I just cannot conjour up anything coherent in this brain of mine right now. To catch up on my blogging life thus far, you can visit my previous page at www.xanga.com/amberleewing. More fabulously interesting posts to follow....maybe...