Friday, December 31, 2010
I went to see a friend of mine in the hospital and meet her new baby boy. I was excited..... and not excited at the same time.
I found out that a friends was expecting yesterday. I was excited..... and not excited at the same time.
I saw some belly pictures of an old friend of mine on Facebook who is documenting her growth. I was excited.... and not excited at the same time.
A friend of mine posted that she was having another girl on her Facebook. I was excited.... and not excited at the same time.
I read a comment on Facebook the other day of a young mom who was jokingly complaining about her kids. I thought it was a little funny..... but not after about 2 seconds of thought.
I saw a lady standing beside a building, obviously pregnant, and smoking a cigarette. I was discussed.... and then I was overcome with anger.
My emotions go back and forth, back and forth. I feel like a wave crashing on the beach and then washing back out again.
I want nothing more that to have my best friend call me and scream the words "I'm pregnant!" into my ear. I want nothing more than to look on Facebook and see her belly album.... to see her positive pregnancy test.... to hear her say "It's a ______!".... to see her husband touch her belly and light up when the baby moves.... to have her call me and ask me all kinds of crazy pregnancy questions..... to have her text me at 2 am because she thinks it's "time".... to see her holding her baby in the hospital..... to see her husband hold his child..... to get to hold their sweet baby and spoil it like they spoil mine........... I have faith that it will happen. God is in control and He is faithful.
I can do nothing. I feel like I can do less than nothing actually. I can't even be a true source of comfort for her, because I am not walking in her shoes. There are times when I can't tell if what I am saying helps or hurts. Like this post.... it may help.... it may hurt. If she tells me to delete it, I will. But maybe she won't. I take for granted how blessed I am to be able to so easily conceive. My fertility is not the first thing I think about when I wake up, and the last thing I think about before I go to sleep. But for my best friend, it is.
She is so much stronger than me. So much that I can't even explain it to you. She humbles me and keeps my faith strong. She has smiled through this entire process, and I know she will continue to. That does not mean she hasn't had tough days. Regardless, she is faithful. She trusts God fully and is leaning on Him.
God is doing amazing things in her life, and her husbands life. I can't wait to see what God has in store for their family.
I pray for them, without ceasing. Won't you pray for them too? Pray for peace, understanding, compassion and patience. Pray that God brings their family home soon. Pray for their hearts to be strong and focused on Him. Just simply pray.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Put that laundry on hold and go play with your kids! Your house may be a disaster from the holidays, but that is just fine! Nothing is more precious than the time you spend with you kids. Happy Wednesday everyone!
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
So, as you may imagine, my brain is in a puddle....
somewhere among the boxes....
I am numb with disbelief.
I am overwhelmed.
I am exhausted.
I am excited.
I am grateful.
I am nervous.
I am joyful.
hoping my brain turns up soon because I miss it.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Dear Office Max,
You have sealed your fate. Never again will I order ANYTHING from you. Ever. When I email you concerning a package that has not yet shipped and you send me this:
We apologize for the inconvenience you have encountered with the delivery of your merchandise. We have contacted the distribution center who is working with the carrier to ensure prompt delivery. Please allow 24-48 business hours to be contacted via phone.
Once again we do apologize. thanks you for the opportunity of servicing your future business and personal supply needs. If we can be of further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.
Thank you for choosing OfficeMax!
I'm not to upset. But then no one contacted me.... so I contacted you again. Then you sent me this:
Hello I show notes in your order that you got a email on 12/14/10 letting you know that we could not locate your package and have been issued credit under the credit memo number
3483917, I also show that the credit has been issued back to you already as well.
Fist off you NEVER contacted me so lets don't lie, okay? Oh and where did the "Dear Amy" go? How about the "we apologize...." junk? Huh? Where did that customer service go? Now here is the issue.... there has not been a credit issued like you are saying. Don't tell me you have, when you haven't. Don't mess with my money. Also, I tracked the 3 separate attempts to ship the package to me. One of them was "delivered to the front door at 5:55pm"... in Panama City Florida. Yeah, that was your bad..... not mine. I checked and re-checked my shipping and billing information. So I suggest you issue my refund so that I can go and spend my money elsewhere. I hope you are ready for the phone call I will be making tomorrow. It's gonna be great!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Just for fun, lets just add up a few factors in my life at this moment, shall we....
We are closing on our new house in 7 days (Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!)
Christmas is in 11 days (WOOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!!!!)
We are moving into our new house in 13 days (DOUBLE Ahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!)
2011 is kicking off in 18 days (SLOW DOWN PLEASE!!!!!!!!!)
January is the biggest month for our family when it comes to birthdays (including mine!!!)
I have 5 months to get all the details of our Disney trip squared away (Triple Ahhhhhhh!)
Not to mention that in the midst of all that life is still happening. Laundry needs to be done, meals have to be fixed, things have to be cleaned, kids need to be cared for, bills have to be paid, somewhere in there I need to sleep and did I mention I have only packed like 6 boxes so far...... So pretty soon I will be on a bit of a hiatus. I won't be gone, just on a bit of a vacation. Well, a vacation minus the relaxation, yummy food, sunny weather.... okay so nothing like a vacation! I am counting on all of you to keep me company through your fantastic posts. I promise that after all this moving business I will get back into leaving you all some warm and fuzzy comment love! Just bare with me through the next couple of weeks! It's gonna be a wild ride!
Monday, December 13, 2010
The people who can't afford to fix their broken windows, broken doors, caved in roofs and cracked walls are cold....
The people who live in their car are cold....
The people who carry all of their belongings around on their back and have no home are cold....
The children who are home alone while their parents are out all night and can't operate the thermostat, find a blanket or a warm pair of pajamas are cold...
The children whose parents haven't gotten them a coat this year, and probably can't or won't, are cold....
Sunday, December 12, 2010
She just stares at it and smiles. She will randomly say things like, "Mommy I love this song because it's my favorite", "Mommy we sing that at church", "Remember Mommy, remember that part?". She loves to sing the chorus of the song and loves for me to point to the words as we sing together. It is beyond precious and melts my heart. My child is not perfect, she frustrates me from time to time, she causes me to worry about silly things, she was born a broken and sinful person.... but moments like this show me that God is working on her heart and all the work Charlie and I are putting into her is worth it. It is worth every single second.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Although this picture doesn't show the lovely utters. It also doesn't show you just how BIG this ornament is! It is one of the biggest on our tree for sure. Lula Mae loves her some animals!
Friday, December 10, 2010
To Everyone Who Wanted The Weather To Change,
See what you did? I hope you're happy.... I sure am not!!!! I was just fine with the hot weather, just fine. Hot weather, although annoying, does not hurt the way cold weather does. I don't want to hear any of you complain about how cold it is this winter. Not one bit! You asked for it!
Dear Office Max,
I ordered it on November 25th.... IT'S DECEMBER 10th!!!!!! Seriously!!!! Ship it already!!!!! Excuse me while I make a mental note never to buy anything from you, no matter how good of a deal it is. Aaaaaannnnnnd done.
Impatiently Waiting For My Amazing Deal
To A Company Who Shall Remain Nameless,
I know what my coverage is. I know it very well actually. I know you are just trying to wiggle your way out of paying it. I love how nice you are on the phone, making it seem like it is the doctor offices fault. Well now I look like a goof because I told them what you said.... and you were wrong, very very wrong..... again. Stop making my look stupid and just pay it. Our last conversation was about as nice as I'm going to get, which should make you shiver. I don't like getting blunt and rude, but when it comes to you paying what you are required to pay..... I find it necessary. The date of service was October 2, 2009. Over a year ago! Lets just get this paid so we can move on with our lives, okay? Mmmmkay great!
Very Annoyed Customer Who Refuses To Pay What YOU Owe
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Before we stay up way past our bedtime, say happy new Year and kiss the one we love though, we must celebrate the birth of a really swell guy. You may know Him.... His name is Jesus!!!!! So, off you go to enjoy this very quickly passing holiday season! Just so you are aware, we set to close on our house in 12 days!!!!!! Ahhhhh!!!! The lady wants to possibly move that up if we can!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHH!!!!! THAT'S PRETTY EXCITING!!!! Sorry for the yelling. Anyhoo, that means we are 18 days away from our move!!!!!! So please excuse me if I am not pouring out the comment love these days. Just know that I am keeping up with all of you and can't wait to get back into the blogging routine *sigh* as soon as we get settled into the new house!!!! It is going to be great!!!!
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Ingredients For Cake
- 1 strawberry cake mix ( I take the help from the store on this one)
- 1 packet of kool-aid lemonade
- 1 can of lemon pie filling (you won't be using the entire can)
Ingredients For Icing (I got this from a friend)
- 1 cup of Crisco (plain or butter flavor)
- 1 cup of butter (2 sticks)
- 1 bag of powdered sugar (not an exact measurement because you will add a little at a time but it is usually about half of a 2 pound bag... so about a pound of it.)
- Vanilla extract (to taste... usually not much at all)
- 1 packet of strawberry lemonade kool-aid (you only need to use a little less than half of it)
Instructions For Icing
- Let butter set out and get to room temperature.
- Cream together the butter and Crisco
- Slowly add in the powdered sugar a little at a time
- After adding a little bit of sugar add in half, or a little less than half, of the strawberry lemonade kool-aid packet
- Add more sugar until it gets to a firm consistency.
- Store in the fridge
Instructions For Cake
- Read the back of your cake mix box. Pre-heat the oven and prep your pans as directed.
- Mix the cake batter as directed. Add the packet of lemonade kool-aid to the batter.
- Pour batter into your pans and bake as directed. I usually under bake from what the package suggests by 2 minutes and test each cake to see if they are done. No one likes an over cooked, dry cake.
- Let cakes cool completely before assembling and icing your cake.
- Once cool, spread a layer of pie filling on one of the cakes. Now stack the other cake on top of that one.
- Ice your cake.
- Cut yourself a slice and enjoy!
It is super easy to make these into cupcakes as well. I like this recipe both ways! Enjoy!
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Okay, it was a family tradition. All year long we fill up our jar with pocket change. Then, we cash it in to buy our Christmas tree. For the past three years Charlie and I have taken Lula Mae to the local Christmas tree farm to pick out a tree. It is so fun! They have some animals, a fire to roast marshmallows over, hot chocolate and a little ornament shop. We pick ornaments out and write the year on the back of them. This year was the first year Lula Mae got to pick her own ornament. All the pretty little ornaments and what did she pick? A cow. Not a cute cartoonish cow, oh no, a big fat realistic cow... with utters. Yep, a big fat cow. That's my girl. She loves animals. Then she helped me pick Jayce's first ornament, a little bell that says "Babies 1st Christmas" with a snowman on top.
So then we went to look at the trees. We always go back to the "clearance" trees. You know, the ones they hide way in the back because they are cheaper. They are smaller and sometimes have a few gaps in the limbs and such, but that is fine with us. Then it happened.... we saw the price.
You are kidding????
That is almost double what we paid last year... and this one is SMALLER!!!!
And this is when our new tradition was born.
From now on we will be visiting the lovely little tree farm, petting the cute animals, roasting marshmallows, sipping the hot chocolate and letting the kids pick an ornament. Then we will drive 2 miles down the road to Food Lion and get a tree for $29.99.
I'm totally okay with that. Traditions sometimes need to be tweaked, but they are still special. I hope you are all starting to enjoy all those little family traditions of your own!
Sunday, December 5, 2010
I tend to photograph terribly... because I make crazy faces...
I also have a habit of making it EXTREMELY obvious that my left ear is noticeably bigger than my right but wearing my hair up ...
If that isn't the case I somehow distort my body and make myself look 4 times wider than I really am....
Or I smile all crazy and show my horribly yellow teeth to the world...
Then, of course, I take pictures like this where you can see up my nose.... because we all know how attractive that is....
A lot of the time I get caught mid sentence and look like a goof.....
Saturday, December 4, 2010
- Still no teeth, but it looks like his bottom ones are about to make their appearance
- He can't crawl yet, but he can roll and scoot anywhere he wants to go. He is going to be crawling before we know it!
- He has no interest in eating food yet. I try cereal and applesauce every now and then but he just could not care less. That's just fine though, he is growing beautifully (16 pounds roughly) and drinks his bottles just fine.
- He loves to laugh and play with his big sister. He is also very in love with his Daddy and playing rough. He is such a boy!
- We can already see that this little man has a BIG temper. When you take something away from him or he doesn't get exactly what he wants.... look out. He needs to have a chat with Lula Mae and see how well that attitude works in this house.
- He is starting to do much, much better in the car! I am not dreading the drive to Orlando quite as much as I was.
- He is quite the talker! He loves to babble and sing which it one of the most amazing sounds ever. I love his sweet baby voice!
- His reflux seems to be very controlled. We are looking forward to being able to wean him from his medicine and enjoy a reflux free baby.
- He is loving "Your Baby Can Read" just like his sister. When his video is on he is so amazed and enthralled. It may just be a few more months before he starts reading, but I am not expecting that.... just saying. Lula Mae was reading her first words at 8 and a half months. We shall see :-)
As exciting as it is to see Jayce grow and change, I hope time slows down a little bit. I am trying so hard to soak in all these sweet moments, but I feel like they are slipping away at lightning speed! Happy 7 months Jayce, you are such a gift from God and I love you so very much!
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
I haven't done a 200 Challenge in forever. I figured at this point I shouldn't try to back track and breakdown each month, but I thought giving you my overall totals would be a good idea.