Saturday, February 27, 2010

Bear Attack

There was a bear attack on Thursday.
Luckily everyone survived.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

my cup overflows

When I was in college I worked at SpringHill camps. Never in my whole 27 years of existence have I felt more like I was doing what I was put on this earth to do. Never. No, I'm not just being dramatic. For reals. I lived in a tepee with nine other 5th and 6th grade girls. A different group each week. For 12 weeks. We blobbed, swam, kayaked, hiked, zip lined, bmx'd (aww yea), all while teaching them about the love that comes only from my Jesus. It was great. I miss it. A Lot. Alas, working at a camp doesn't pay all the bills. My good friend Sallie Mae came looking. Ugh, she's so nosey.

Anyway... I do have a point. I needed ya'll to know the background knowledge first. So after one week at camp a mother of one of the girls I was with the whole week came up to me with tears in her eyes and said to me " Thank you for loving my daughter this week. I pray one day you can experience the joy of seeing others love your child. " At the time, it was a touching moment that I nervously and awkwardly laughed off because I was extremely uncomfortable with this woman crying to me that I did not know. Weeeirrrrdd.

But now.

I get it.

Seeing others love Lilly is a wonderful feeling. Watching someone else's face light up at her smile is heart warming. I understand what that parent was telling me six years ago. Of course, you love your child. Of course, you cherish and bank every smile and giggle. As a parent I understand now that seeing others love your child as much as you is FULFILLING. My cup overflows. :)

How's that for warm and fuzzy on a cold February night?

i heart shopaholic-wishful wednesday

Wishful Wednesday! You know you want to....

This week's topic is ....
'I wish' .... I could play a character's role in a book and it would be Becky Bloomwood!

"Oh my God, I, Rebecca Bloomwood, have been the victim of a crime. Now it all makes sense. Some criminal's pinched my credit card and forged my signature. Who knows where else they've used it? No wonder my statement's so black with figures! Someone's gone on a spending spree round London with my card--and they thought they would just get away with it." -Confessions of a Shopaholic

Ahhhh..... a woman after my own heart. OBVIOUSLY she'd been wronged. OBVIOUSLY I have too....if only I could get more people to believe me.

These books are amazing. I'd love to be her. No, not because she's thrown herself into a LARGE amount of debt. But because she's kooky, hopeless, hillarious, and it's IMPOSSIBLE not to love her. Oh--and the closet would be fun too.

"FRUGALITY. SIMPLICITY. These are my new watchwords. A new, uncluttered, Zen-like life, in which I spend nothing. SPEND NOTHING. I mean, when you think about it, how much money do we all waste everyday? No wonder I'm in a little bit of debt. And really, it's not my fault. I've merely been succumbing to the Western drag of materialism."

Well said, Becky. Well said.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Over it

You know when you complain and complain about something and you never do anything about it? You whine...wah wah wah but CONTINUE to do the things contributing to the problem? and then. AND THEN you get to the breaking point where you're all like GOSH DERN's time to GET OVER THIS and change? Well......whattya know. I'm there.

I'm TIRED of being FAT and a good 50 pounds over weight. DERN IT {please know I'm thinking of a lot STRONGER word here, but my momma reads this..and she raised me better than to cuss on the internet.}

I'm GOING to lose weight. I'm DONE complaining about it over my 2nd chic-fil-a meal of the week. I'm SOOOOOOO not going to jiggle my belly and sigh while eating Dove chocolates anymore. I've come to face the fact that those people who just lose the weight without doing anything after they give birth are A.) BIG FAT HONKIN LIARS!!! or B.) ..... I can't think of anything else. They are liars with Alli in their purses and celery in their fridges.

"Mah! You can do it!" Thanks Lils. Yes. I. Can.

Monday, February 15, 2010

solids! sorta...

Can you spot the problemo with this "first cereal" concoction?
On Saturday, we decided to embark on a milestone. Baby girl was gonna get solid food for the first time. I got out my darlings "cereal box" and mixed up the glorious recipe for BABY'S FIRST CEREAL: 1 Tbs of cereal mixed with 4-5 ounces of warm formula. Does the above look like cereal to you? I thought to myself "Who am I to question Gerber? This must be right....runny and delicious." So I continued to stir it up while side eyeing this so called cereal. Scott wrangled Lils into the chair and I began to bring the bowl of soup/cereal to him. He looked at me and said: "This can't be right, did you follow the recipe?." In my best {ugh, you're always second guessing me, OF COURSE I followed the directions you nin-com-poop of a man }voice I replied looking at the box again. "YES, I diiii...wait....."

4-5 TABLESPOONS.....not ounces. Crap.

Much. Better.

I UV COURSE took a video and snapped 92 photos. It's what I do. I'm uploading it not because I think EVERYONE SHOULD SEE MY BESTEST BAYBEE....but because if I put it on blogger, I can watch it at school during my prep, lunch, the kids recess, and science test. :)

I apologize for the foul mood Lilly was in prior to her big milestone. Apparently the cute baby high chair was not cushiony enough for her likeness.

Oh, and the best way to knock you and your husband off the "we're totally a cool and stylish fun couple" list? Listen to yourself talking to a baby on video. Works ev'ry time.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Blog high-five!

So this either makes me really cool... or a HUBER (huge and uber)nerd, but I got my first blog award. I'm gonna go ahead and classify myself in the cool category. I'll let you decide on your own. Anyway, Stefani over at Derek and Stefani passed this along to me. Blog high-five!

Awards have rules. Weird, no? It's kinda reminding me of a modern day chain letter. I always passed those along too..I believe I even hand wrote a few of em. Ummm HELLO I was NOT about to NOT have my crush ask me out. Woooooah no-no.

1. Thank and link the person who gave you this award.

2. Pass this award onto 5 blogs that you think are fantastic.

3. Contact blogs and let them know they've won.

4. State seven interesting things about yourself that people may not know.


-I'm a lefty and Scott's a lefty we realllllly hope Lilly is a lefty. Lefties are a lot cooler than righties. fact.

-I'm addicted to caffeine. Bad. I drink several cups of coffee in the morning and have a diet coke almost everyday at lunch. I get headaches if I don't. Not something to be proud of, buttttttt.....Oh and McDonald's has the BEST fountain drinks. Period. My belief is that they have a deal with Coca-cola for a super secret carbonation recipe that no one else has. OH, and their straws are the best. I hate skinny straws.

-I had a hard time adjusting to being a mom. I thought it would come instinctively like everyone said. I don't feel like it did for me. I got a lot of anxiety about it.

-I have lots of weird life goals. For example--I wanna swim with dolphins (stemming from the classic Full House episode), have an etsy website (although I currently make nothing handmade), I want to meet someone famous (pref. carrie), and I'd love to direct a children's musical.

-I love 98% of the tv shows on the CW. Pretty sure most of those shows demographics are the 9-18 age bracket.

-I looked up how to become a cast member on GLEE. They ARE CASTING if you are under 26!!!!!! FYI. :)

-I think my voice sounds the best in the car. I sing there every. time. I don't care if people laugh at me. I crank my music loud.

I nominate:

Kelsey @ Seattle Smith's

Bethany @ So this is love

Allison @ Baby Makes Three

Taylor @ Jimmy Choos and a Baby Too

Neely @ Neely's Nothings

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

snow day

Flash back 17 years. What's the BEST way to wake up as a 10 year old? " Laura....Laura...there is a snow day...stay in bed." Flash forward. What's the BEST way to wake up as a 27 year old? "This is an automated message from the **** School Corporation, due to the current weather conditions, school will be closed on Tuesday, February 9th."

Thank you for the 6 inches of snow! No alarm clock. No daycare. No students. No grading.

and coffee.

The perfect way to spend a Tuesday morning.

Lilly has seen snow before. I've held her in front of the window numerous times during our many dumpings of the white stuff. This was the first time that Lil seemed intrigued by it. She kept leaning towards the window and reaching for it. One of those mommy moments I won't forget.

P.S. another reason to love this day? I get to watch ELLEN!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Can someone vouch for me?

If I don't feed her rice cereal or put her in a exersaucer it means she stays little forever.

That's how it works right?

Cause I'd really like to slow down this whole growing up business.

I could really use about 2 more months of this stage.

4.5 months. 13.5 pounds. 890.6 megawatt smile. bazillion ounces of cute!

My college buddy Jenny did her three month pictures for us. Only I'm a tuuurrible mom and forgot to get them taken at three months. We took them at four months. Whoopsie daisies!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I don't think you can handle this!

Wishful Wednesday! Link up and let's go! C'mon, it's fun.
'I wish I could have stolen


spotlight at the Grammy's!'

Kelly, can you handle this?
Michelle, can you handle this?

Beyonce, can you handle this?

I don't think you can handle this!


No, Beyonce-As a matter of fact, I can't. And just to make sure, I've watched your performance on youtube three times. I've always been a Beyonce' fan. I rocked her Bug-a-Boo song driving down to Gulf Shores for spring break of 98' WHOOO! I stood proud and shook my head with great pride for 'Survivor'. I reeeeaaaalllly tried to learn the BOOTYLICIOUS dance (failed, by the way), and I secretly looooooved the craziness that was her Deja' Vu video. OMGsh. When Lilly was breech, I really tried to turn her by following the expository "How to Turn a Breech Baby" using Sweet Dreams. Remember? Did she shake her hair like a maniac? Yes. Is she probably sore STILL? Prolly. Did I love ever second of it while Scott made fun of her? UH-Yeaaaeeah. She's amazing and a performer. I love her...but not as much as Carrie.

OH, and Taylor? Sorry. I'm sooooooo oooooovvvvverrr you and your "Oh-mi-gosh-eww- guyzzz! Thank ewwww soooooooo muhhtch!" knew you were gonna win. Used to love you. We're breaking up.

Monday, February 1, 2010

late twenties??

Today.... I am twenty-seven.

Seven years ago I was OBSESSED with
<-----this tiny sensation of a show. Oh Nick and Jess, I miss you. I hoped and wished and bought EVERY US Weekly and InTouch that claimed you two were getting back together. Why couldn't you stay together? Wasn't love enough? ::sigh:: Anyway, remember the episode where Jess turned 23? She walks in the door wearing that dern swimsuit coverup that she wore EVERYDAY and opened her Louis Vuitton wallet that matched her bag and she made the observation that she was " 23 which is close to 25 which is MID-TWENTIES!" C'mon, don't you remember that episode??!?!?! You don't? You're weird. Well, I loved that comment. And I am past my MID-TWENTIES and approaching my LATE-TWENTIES. If you round my age it's THIRTY! What the heck, JESS!

I recieved this email from my mom this morning:

Remember that special feeling when Lilly was born? That is exactly how dad and I felt when we first saw you. We love you!

Totally sheds a new light on birthdays for me. It's really amazing that someone could have the same overwhelming love and obsession that I have for Lilly, with me.