Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Nashville, TN **EDITED**

**Edited at the End**

So.... Hubby goes to Nashville, on Sunday. Here's the kicker. I *COULD* go if I wanted to. Classes are over Monday (for two weeks! yay!) and we could technically go down on Tuesday and stay with him until Friday. I'm thinking about it. The only thing is I will be alone ALL day, with two kids, in a place we don't know. It's a 6 hour trip, from here (not too bad). I could use a break. The kids could use a break. Hmmmm.... What to do... What to do.... Anyone live near there? Give me an excuse to come... c'mon. ha ha. Advice. Give me advice!


**just to clarify. I've already looked into things to do. There's the zoo, the art museum, a really cool kids science center, mall...etc. etc. I wouldn't just sit around all day! I would definitely site see and do things!! :) It just kind of saddens me that I wouldn't be doing it with Andy and that I'd be alone. BUT at the same time, I know I could teach Adam some new things about a different place... and test run a car trip. South Carolina is 6 more hours than this, so it would be a nice thing to see how the boys react (since that is in ONE MONTH!!!).**

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

How I Met the Hubby

(Andy- feel free to add to this, if I've missed something ;))

Ok, so one of the sites is hosting a "how I met my husband," post and many of my friends are taking part in it. So, I thought I would go ahead and post Andy and I's story. Why not? :)

So, Andy and I met the day he turned 17. He was dating a friend of mine, and he came with her to a concert my H.S. service group was hosting, for charity. I had heard a lot about him and I had even talked to him on instant messenger, but this was out first meeting. I remember I was running around, running the show, and trying to get things done but stopped long enough to say hello and to be polite. He was sitting on the floor, up against a door, and I decided to sit down next to him. I sat right on his hand (OOPS!). I remember apologizing and feeling terrible.... later to be told HE DID IT ON PURPOSE! The slime ball wanted to touch my BUTT! haha. Some things never change. haha. Anyway.... I didn't talk to him much, at the event, because I was in a hurry and didn't have time to stop.

The next I saw him (again, we talked online some) was at PROM. I was with someone else, and he was of course with my friend. We hung out some, but I really thought he was jerk. haha. He was whiny and really not fun to be around (yes, it's ok, he knows this is how I felt). So, I just blew him off, really. Apparently, he wasn't having a good time and my then friend was treating him really crappy. I didn't know this, and of course took my girlfriend's side, at the time.

Anyway- we talked on and off online and I really just didn't think much about him in any other sense. I was dating various boys (not seriously...just going on dates), and continued to blow Andy off as a jerk.

Until... one day in June when he showed up at my house. Yes, just showed up at my house! He was crying and said that my gf had broken up with him, and that he just needed somewhere to go (and apparently I was a nice person?). So, I let him in and he sat on my couch and cried for an hour. ha ha. I remember telling him it would be ok, and that maybe he was better off... blah blah blah. I touched his hand at one point and I remember him telling me I had "really soft hands." (Such a player, husband!! Such a player!!) And that was the first moment I thought he might actually be a nice guy. haha. So, we talked and talked some more. And we both agreed that we didn't want to date anyone, and that we didn't want a bf/gf. That didn't last too long.

We went to the park a couple of weeks later, the mall the next day, and in the car on the way home from the mall (at a traffic light, in front of a bank, in the downtown of my hometown) he said to me, "I never got that kiss we talked about" (apparently we talked about this kiss online?? I have no idea, I don't remember). And I remember wanting to puke I was so nervous. And then he kisssssedddd me. And I remember seeing the biggest fireworks and being so in love, from that day forward. We went out on a real date the next weekend, and haven't really been apart since. We got married exactly a year and two days after our first date. aw.


And here are some old school photos, for your enjoyment:



Monday, April 28, 2008

Best Shot Monday

One of the best presents I've ever received:


For more Best Shots, head over to Mother May I!

*AND* If you want to see photos from this weekend... look HERE! :)

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Bridal-Bachelorette FUN! :)

So, this weekend was amazing! Everything really seemed to come out beautifully and Amy really seemed to enjoy herself! The Bridal shower was amazing, the food turned out GREAT (thanks daddy!), and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves.

The Evening party was also a hit! I really can't remember the last time I laughed so hard, danced so much, or STAYED OUT so late (4 AM!! ahh!).

I am exhausted, needless to say. Here are some photos of the festivities. (NOTE: there might be a photo or two from the Bachelorette party that you wouldn't want your kiddos to see.... sooooo...)


The party planners: Barbi (friend of ours from HS- and soon to be mommy to #2!), Jenn (Groom's sister and honestly, the mature one of the four of us! hah.), Moi (BFF for life and the bestest person EVER! haha), Andrea (Amy's awesomely fun cousin)


Da Bride :)


Salmon on Matzo

Amazing Cream Cheese flavored phillo cups. SO good. I am currently eating the leftover cream cheese on pretzels. haha.

Pretty carved veggies/fruit

Amy with her women. :)

Amy and Tom (the groom, who so lovingly showed up to move all of the heavy things for us!)

Me and Amy before we went out

Amy's decorated caboose. And I think Andrea's hand.

WARNING starts now :)

"THE" Penis Cake....
(made by.....MY HUBBY!!!!!! yes, laugh. But he is proud of his...oh, never mind.)
Andrea and Amy with the shaft o' love
Jessica and I (I promise I was not drunk...even though this picture suggests otherwise)
Me, Andrea, and Amy
Ahh good girl Amy, you got it down the first try!!! :)

And then........... MY CAMERA DIED! D I E D. BAH!!!

When Amy posts more photos- I will put them up! :)


Thursday, April 24, 2008

Weekly Wrap

I am sitting here on my exercise bike, calming down after running errands, going to school to turn in/buy new books, meeting with my group, doing homework, bathing kids, doing laundry, doing dishes, briefly loving on my hubby, and doing my other cardio workout. I am exhausted. EXHAUSTED. Do I really do this much everyday? Am I really this busy all of the time? Yes. Yes, I am. I know I bring it on myself... but ugh. I need a vacation. YAY for Amy's wedding in ONE MONTH!! Not only am I B E Y O N D happy about seeing my best friend get married, but I am THRILLED to see the beautiful ocean and beach again. I cannot WAIT! I cannot wait to put Ohio behind me and to have the time of my life, for one week!!

Oh yes- this weekend:

1) AMY's SHOWER!! :) and the bachelorette party :) (Oh, the goodies we have in store for you, Miss Amy)

2) A huge project due monday (1/4 of my grade! EEK!)

3) and... I think that's all. I really think that's all have time for!

Oh yes, and here's my son playing with one of Daddy's airsoft guns... Oh yes, much against my likings.... sigh. He aims amazingly well. And he knows not to shoot it at people (or animals!). My son is gunna be a hunnnter. ha ha ha

Anyhoo- happy weekend ALL! :) Pictures will abound on Monday, of this weekend's festivities! :)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Reflection

Every now and then I like to reflect on the things going on around me or in my life. My mom read me an entry from her personal journal, this evening. My mom has never shared anything like that, with me, before and I really thank her for letting me be apart of her personal thoughts. It really made me think. She really blessed me with some insight on situations and how we need to react to them.

Some kids were in a car accident, over the weekend, in my area. It's really impacting the community and many of the young kids I know. The article, about the crash, can be read here.

I guess my moms journal entry, the death of Baby Ethan, this car accident... and other situations in my life are just really making me think. Many people can see these sad events and blame God. I UNDERSTAND wanting to blame God... and I even find myself sad and hurt that God allows these things to happen. However, I take comfort in knowing that he has a reason for ALL of us on Earth- some of us just fulfill our purpose before others. HOW fortunate are those who DO! We are all still here because we have yet to fulfill our purpose- whatever that might be.

I'm not really sure where this is going. I am just so thankful for life. I am so thankful for a healthy family. I am thankful for wonderful friends. I am thankful for knowing God. I am thankful.... just thankful.

Asking why isn't the answer. Act. We need to act and do! We need to love one another and we need to be thankful for each day we have with the ones we love. And I am. I am so thankful.

So- thank you dear friends and family! You are all wonderful people to me and I am so blessed to have you all! :)

Smile- it's a beautiful day!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

BSM: Photoshop fun

Oh how I love my magnolia tree (and spring!!) :). Here's my best shot:



What about you? Do you have something beautiful in the making? Head over to Mother May I, for more best shots!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Weekly Wrap: The real one...not the crazy Jibberish one.

So, as you already saw I had a crazy week- and it made me go crazy, apparently! Here are some photos of what we've been doing:

1) My dad and step-mom came over on Thursday. My dad taught Adam how to make burgers and grill them. (Um..ignore my very messy counters- cooking can cause such things)


2) Grandma Jacqui and Matthew had some fun, too! :) (Look how big my chunky monkey is getting! :))

3) Before bedtime Gma and Bop read Adam a story. Well, I think Adam did most of the "reading," since they read one of his favorite books.


4) Today, Adam and daddy worked on the boys' new picnic table (well, when I say "new" I mean something we got off of Freecycle (last year)) The end colors on the table, will be yellow and green! I'll take photos, when it's done!

5) Adam was VERY proud of the paint on his hands. And I think Sadie wanted in on the action!

Friday, April 18, 2008

OH.MY.GOSH

1) Andy made it home :) We get to keep him for two weeks... Then he's off to Nashville for a week (during his Bday...GRR).

2) Papers are DONE!!! WOOOOO!

3) I am pooped and SO glad this week is over.

4) PAPERS. DONE.

5) I promise I will read everyone's blogs, soon. I love you all! :)

6) Andy bought me some smell good perfume (Clinique Happy). I am glad to switch to a different perfume after 8 years wearing Ralph Lauren.

7) I am delirious.

8) Had to take Adam to the doctor. Severe allergies. My poor boy.

9) PAPERSSSSS.... AH!

10) Can I graduate now? :(

11) Amy's shower is in ONE WEEK!!!!!!!

12) The weather is amazing.

13) Should have seen my way cool green skirt I wore, today. It was so cute.

14) Did I mention I was delirious?

15) Goodnight.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Did you think that you were dreaming?

I said... I don't know.

20 Questions

Because I am avoiding homework (teehee) and because Maggie said she wants to know *MY* answers, I am doing this little survey:


What is your superpower?

I can pee and hold a baby, all at the same time! :)


Who are you most like in life?

Hmm... I would like to think I am an individual who is not like anyone else. I don't aim to be like anyone and I don't strongly have any of my parent's attributes... hmmm... I am just me! :)

Do people ever tell you you look like a celebrity?


Yep! I used to get Drew Barrymore, ALL of the time, when I was 18-20.... then it stopped for awhile... and now the other day, I had someone tell me I look like her again. I guess it's when I laugh (according to andy).


What are your views on weddings?

I love a good wedding!

What was the last book you read?


Great question?? :)

Who is your hero?

Jesus.

What are five songs that would be on the soundtrack of your life?

ohhh man.
1) I So Hate Consequences- Relient K
2) We are One Tonight- Switchfoot
3) Round Here- Counting Crows
4) My Wish- Rascal Flatts
5) Sweetest Goodbye- Maroon 5


Have you ever been burned?


Of course. It's apart of life!


What is your worst habit?


Oh, man. lol Umm... I bite my nails like crazy. I can over analyze thus leading to me making things much harder than they have to be!


What is the best lesson your parents taught you?




Wow. They've taught me so much! Give more than I take- and I don't necessarily mean monetarily or materialistically, but just in life in general.


What are three things that hang on your walls?


Photos. A Needle point that used to hang in Andy's grandparents' house. paintings.



Who do you think will actually WIN the presidency? Will it be the right choice?


I have no idea! The person who wins, is the right choice. I will support anyone who wins, because that's what we are supposed to do! :)

Is your bed made right now?


yes!


Where would you like to wake up in the morning if you could be anywhere?




on a beach. mmmm

Do you do anything creative?

yes, sometimes! :)


What would you like to be doing in five years if there were no limits to who you could be?



DONE WITH SCHOOL!!! IF I am not...someone shoot me! :)


Why Craigslist?



LOVE it! :)


What is really the greatest thing about meeting someone new?



I love meeting new people! I love hearing about people's lives and learning from them!

If you didn’t have to work, would you?


no, I'd be bored!

What are you doing to make less of an impact on the earth ?

hmm... I am bad about this, honestly. We don't use cloth bags...and we still use plastic. We do recycle, though! i should be better about this!


Ok, friends! If you wish to partake-- please do! :)




Monday, April 14, 2008

Best Shot Monday


"I Go Too Daddy?"


Andy got his bag out, for his trip this week and after leaving the room briefly, this is what he found when he came back.

All I remember of their conversation is Adam saying "I go too Daddy?"

Want to see more best shots? Head over to Mother May I!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Oversleepy. So Not Sleeping.

I am overtired. I allow myself to get this way, sometimes and it stinks. Stinks!

So, I got up this morning and trotted (oh yes, I trotted) over to Panera and cranked out 12 pages of nonsense, on communications in starting online businesses. Let me tell you, it was ever so exciting. Really.

I then jogged (oh yes, jogged) home, to help the hubby with the garage. SCARY. SCARY project. We found such an array of goodness, in the garage. We found many tools, many computer parts, cords, paint, wood.... oh wait... it was ALL Andy's! Ok, so it wasn't but it sure seemed like it. We did find a purse here and there and some of the kids' outdoor things. Seriously, I have no idea how this garage got to be so bad. It was a death trap. It was packed to the gills. It was a FIRE HAZARD! So, after an entire day worth of work we threw out two vacuums (non-working), various larger items (old paintings, car parts, broken miscellaneous items, etc. etc.), and probably around 15 LARGE bags of C R A P. It was pure insanity. And now....we have a wonderfully organized and CLEAN garage!!!!! Andy still needs to arrange his tool area, but that should be cake compared to what we encountered today. (I shall take photos later!)

So now I sit here at 12:38 AM waiting to feel sleepy enough to sleep. I could write more papers. I could finish many other small projects. No. No. Instead I sit here and blog while watching SNL (Seriously, is this show really this stupid? It used to be funny, right?!).

I also started thinking about cleaning out my underwear drawer. Yes, you read that right. Law School Hot Mama talked about her need to buy new undergarments. Since reading her post, I realized I too need to partake in this activity. No not for my underwear, but my socks. I have the most pathetic of socks. They are either holy (and not the blessed kind) or they are brightly colored with cartoon looking characters on them. I think it's time I buy normal socks. I'm old enough to have big girl socks, right?

Ok, I think I have rambled enough! :) Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Weekly Wrap

1) Last week of having three classes, at once! I'll then only have ONE! yay! :) I do, however, have three papers all due by next Saturday... ummm...I've not started one...EEK!

2) I was looking at photos, today. The first one is Daddy and Adam, when Adam was 9 months old. The second is of Daddy and Matthew (Matthew is 9 months old). I think Matt is finally starting to not look like Adam. Well, maybe. What do you think?



3) Got to see Baby Sprout (and Bean and mommy, too) today! :) We took them over a dinner, so that mommy could have a break. Hope you enjoy the dinner, my friend! :)

4) Tomorrow, they are having a going home party for Baby Ethan. I so wish we could have taken a trip there, to be apart of the festivities. It is actually open for anyone who wants to come. They are having everyone wear BLUE, to the party. I am going to wear blue tomorrow, anyway.

5) Andy goes out of town again next week. sigh. (and possibly the first TWO weeks in May.... big SIGH).

6) Did I mention yet that both of my boys are NAPPING?!?!?! Oh yes, that's right... I am alone... Just me and my coke zero... well...and the dog and cat.

7) Pay it forward is coming to an end... well, the class is anyway. I am going to continue the project and I urge you do, too! (there is a new post! feel free to comment on your thoughts!)

8) It's raining... but OH SO WARM! It's currently 71 degrees. I am so glad.

9) I am all alone. Did I tell you this, yet?

10) Sadie loves the weather, too. And her new camo shirt, from Target. :)


Happy Weekend, everyone!! :) Tomorrow, we tackle our garage... DOO DOO DOO. If you saw our garage, you would want to wish me luck. Heck, wish me luck anyway! :)

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Theme Thursday: Perfection

What's perfection to you? Do you touch up your photos, to get rid of dirt marks or food covered faces? Or do you just let them be, and call them perfection? Whatever it may be, perfection is today's theme.

This is perfection, to me:

Blue, Spring Skies
(I took this out our sun roof, while Andy was driving)

A Little Boy trying to be a Big Boy


Family time, in the yard, on a beautiful day


So, I tried editing some of my photos, to make them "perfect," and then i realized how perfect they were all by themselves. Thanks for opening my eyes to perfection, Stacy!

As always, visit the Land of K.A. for more Theme Thursday fun!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Just One of Those Days

Today was not bad, necessarily, just... one of those days.

The day started out a little rocky, because we were running severely late for playgroup! We need to leave the house by 9:40 to get to playgroup by 10:00. Well, Adam wasn't even up until 9:15 and Matthew and I were sluggishly moving along. So, needless to say we didn't leave here until 9:50. We were still the first ones to playgroup. haha. Oh well.

Matthew and I had to leave playgroup early, for his 9 month well check, while my MIL came to take Adam for me.

Matthew's appointment went GREAT! He is a short little thing, though, and doesn't weigh a whole lot. He was a whopping 27 inches (10%tile) and 18 lbs (10%tile). His head, however, was 46 centimeters (75%tile). Just to put his size into comparison, at Adam's 9 month well check he was 2 inches taller and almost 3 lbs heavier! It really makes me laugh to see just how different they really are! I was very excited because he stood for the doctor for 5 seconds, all by himself! It won't be long before he's walking, so she says. He also passed his assessment with flying colors and she was very impressed that he talks as much as he does. (My kids are just brilliant... ha ha.)

A little sad news, however. Looks like his little clogged tear duct isn't clearing up, with the things we've been doing, so he's going to have to have it probed. YUCK. Apparently they take a small wire and push the clog through, all while under local anesthesia. The procedure itself doesn't scare me, but I just really dislike the fact that he has to be put under for it.

SO... we then came home to...well... craziness! Our street and all connecting streets were blocked off with large "Road Closed" signs and emergency vehicles everywhere. I didn't see smoke, so there wasn't a fire, but I couldn't see my house so I was VERY nervous. When I was finally able to get as close as possible, I found a fireman and found out that there was a gas leak. I wasn't allowed to go home; they had evacuated all of the homes and businesses in the area, and I wasn't even allowed back in to get my animals. AH! I was assured they would be fine, but I still felt bad leaving them in the house. Soooo Matthew and I went to my mom's and waited until someone called, to let me know we could come home. It was only about three hours, so it wasn't so bad. Pretty scary, at first, but not so bad in the end.... Plus, I got out of doing laundry today (yay!).

The best part of my day. Going to the grocery store. Not only did I get Matthew a cute hat. But just LOOK at what I bought.

I really think they need to think about the way they abbreviate certain items in the stores.

Oh yes, and look at Matt's new hat:


Congrats for making it through this ramble of a post. :) No reward, just a pat on the back for you! I think I need sleep; I am losing it.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

New Pay it Forward

This is a GREAT example of how others are paying it forward. Please check it out! :)

http://payitforward1.blogspot.com/2008/04/what-if.html

9 Months

Oh, Matthew. My dear sweet little lover boy. I can't believe you are 9 months old! Where has this time gone? Have I spent all of your hours thanking God for you? Do I know how blessed I am to have such a gorgeous and healthy little boy? I do. I am SO thankful for you, Matthew. Mommy loves you more than you will ever know. You are bright. You are sweet. Your smile can melt the coldest of ice. Your eyes shine in the dullest of light. Your determination is fierce! Your kisses are worth more than all of the money in the world. When you clap, I can see how proud you are of your accomplishments. You can crawl at race car speed! You are determined to walk.... yet we aren't quite there yet (thank you, Lord!). You can now say "dada," "mama," "Ada," (Adam) "nonono," "ba," and "Nana." You like to roll your ball, and actually catch better than big brother (I don't think Adam is our sports inclined child! haha). And, boy o' boy, you LOVE to eat, but only people food. Who needs that cruddy baby food?? You Matthew are a gift from God. I am so blessed to be your mommy. I am so thankful that God chose me to love you!




Happy 9 Months, Matt!!!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

BShotsM: Spring Edition!

That's right, friends, spring has SPRUNG! We are so thankful for the sunshine, today, and the beautiful blue sky! Here are my BSMs of the weekend.




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Ona different BRIGHT note- Today was Andy's Dad's B-day. We celebrated by going to Buca Di Bepo and stuffing ourselves full of pasta!


Happy Birthday PA, We love you! :)



Saturday, April 5, 2008

Rest in Peace Ethan Powell

Awhile back I had posted about this little man. Diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of two months, he fought and fought. Ethan lost his battle, this morning and went to be with the Lord.

I am so distraught right now. I feel like I know this family and this little boy. I've read their blog everyday, and I've had Ethan on my prayer list for months.

I feel so blessed that the Lord has given me healthy children, thus far. I pray that the Powell family doesn't lose hope, that they cling to their Lord, and that they still keep BELIEVING that prayer DOES WORK!

R.I.P Ethan. Enjoy your new home, without pain and without illness. I can't wait to meet you someday. :)

Friday, April 4, 2008

What We do on Friday Nights

We make brownies

And lick the spoon, when mommy isn't looking

We play with Play-Do

ummm...yea daddy, too! (look at those smiles... one in the same!)

And Matthew eats the dog food.... (ok, not really! I was watching him the whole time and I didn't actually let him eat it.)

But boy o' boy...Don't tell him "no!"



Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.... Oh yea, read the posts below, too.... I've rambled a lot the past couple of days!

Addiction

Hello, my name is Brittany and I am addicted to CSI. My last show was 10 hours ago. I have yet again fallen off of the Hummer (ha ha...get it? They drive around a Hummer...laugh; this is as funny as I get). Think there are support groups for this (the addiction, not the lack of humor I possess.) ?

Maybe I missed my calling in life? No.Wait.I didn't. I can't handle bad smells
or bugs....bugs of any magnitude.... especially spiders. They always seem to encounter bugs, on this show. Bugs and dead people- must go hand in hand?

But...Grissom...Oh Grissom, how I love thy Grissom. Ask Andy, I love Grissom.... Andy loves him too. We talked about it. ha ha. He is one cool nerd. I love nerds. Andy must love nerds too. Wait. What does that mean about me? hm. Tell us, hubby of mine... Do you like nerds? (I know you're reading this....c'mon....leave a comment. Just this once! :))


This is my weekly wrap for the week- well, because I am too lazy to re-type everything I told you about this week. So, if you missed something click on one of the links above.

Seriously- I do love me some CSI.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Little Man Matthew

video

Smelly things and Medical Fun

Smelly Things-

Why is it that everything smells TERRIBLE to me, right now? I mean everything. I just walked around my entire house and every room seems to have a stench. I am sure it's just me, but... ah... it's killing me here. (Nope- not prego... just took a test at the doctor, and it was not positive- Thank the LORD!)

Medical Fun-

Went to the doctor today to find out if my polycystical is back. Well, seems to be it *probably* is. I have to have an ultrasound, next week to make sure, but my doctor said she was almost 100% sure it was indeed back. yay!

What does this mean? WHO knows! Andy and I have some discussing to do. I can have surgery, live on birth control the rest of my life (apparently BC lessens the symptoms), have a hysterectomy, have a baby ("babies cure everything," so says my doctor), or just live with being sick and in serious pain. gah! What to do?

I might also look up "diets" to see what I might be eating that could be making things worse. Ok, so I know that diet plays a roll. But I like my candy :(

On the upside (sorry, Kellan, I am stealing this phrase for just one moment), I was ALONE without children for TWO.WHOLE.HOURS- even if I was having a very uncomfortable exam done, it was almost worth it! ha ha. Thanks, mom. :)

I s'pose I will keep you all updated, as I know more! :) Send happy vibes!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Theme Thursday: Stylin'

What's my photo style?

I LOVE black and white photography. Not only is it classy, but it looks good in my house because of how bright I have my walls.

Here's some shots I've doctored, recently.

These aren't hanging on my walls...They should be though. I need to have time to do more decorating in my house.




Head on over to The Land of K.A. to see more stylin' photos! :)