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I love being a mama! I love it! [May. 14th, 2012|10:19 pm]
Mother's Day was so much fun! Dan surprised me with breakfast in bed and he even made me coffee in the French Press. It was a surprise that he was even awake!

Then after church we went to La Madeleine (one of my favorite restaurants!). It was really crowded but still really enjoyable. The best time to go is on a cold rainy weekday for lunch when the have the fireplace going and there aren't too many people there. It's so cozy.

After lunch we all went back to my mom's house and bounced on the trampoline and then chained every little ride on toy we could find to the back of the tractor and rode around the yard on them like a crazy redneck circus. 3 of my brothers, 25, 18 and 5, my sister in law, Dan, Charlotte and my mother's little dog that is. It was a blast. Then we ordered pizza (I've eaten way too much pizza this weekend) and all told funny stories of my grandparents.

Speaking of my grandparents... um first let say I am currently obsessed with France. Now let me say that I happened to remember that my dad was born in France as my grandfather was in the US Army and stationed there for 3 or 4 years in the 60s. So I talked to my Nana today and asked her what they did over there during those years... Did they drink coffee in little cafes? Did they see fields of lavender and beautiful vineyards? Did they spend much time in Paris? Did they see the Eiffel tower?

No. No they did not.

My grandmother said as soon as they got off the plane in Paris, that it smelled terrible and was dirty and people were chucking dirty wash-water out into the street. She said that as soon as you opened your mouth and the French people realized you were an American that they were mean and charged you double for whatever they were selling. SO. For over 3 years, they lived LESS THAN AN HOUR (dies) outside of Paris and just stayed on the military base in Fontainebleau hanging out with other Americans, probably eating porkin' beans and macaroni and cheese. Oh. And my grandmother mentioned she also had gallbladder surgery while she was there. Oh and also gave birth to my dad (which is significant, granted!).

I would love 3 days in France. 3 hours in France! And my grandmother had 3 years and didn't enjoy it at all. Can we truly be related??

In other news, Charlotte is talking up a storm and she's SO cute.
If I sneeze she says "Byess you, Mama!"
If I'm lighting a candle: "Careful, Mama!"
If she needs to get past me "Scooze me, honey"
If she's eating soup: "Soup! I lub soup! I lub it!"
If she sees any strange looking men "Scare! Papas comin' giss you!"
If I tell her Daddy is at work "Daddy! Workin! Money! Piggy!"
If she wants me to hold her "Hold you baby" and she asks for kisses and "suggles"
And if I ask her who's in charge she says "Daddy! Mommy!" and then I ask "And what is Charlotte's job?" and she says "Uh-baaay" (obey)
And she also exclaims "oh my!" if she's surprised at something and is constantly saying things are "Pity!" (pretty) or "Coot!" (cute)

Such a girl, right?

Oh and if I want to change her clothes or her diaper for that matter, sometimes she will say "No, I keepin' it" or "I leebin!" (leaving) and run away ;)

I'm only on the laptop right now or I would have an arsenal of pictures at my disposal but here is one that Dan's dad sent me the other day:

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Beauty and Truth [Jan. 3rd, 2012|08:06 pm]
There's so much I want to be able to give and teach Charlotte, but I am reminded over and over again that I can give her nothing that I do not have myself. So I want to be more intentional to fill my soul with beauty and truth so I have something to pour out. I want to read/see/listen to things that are beautiful, noble, inspiring. I'd like to help Dan in this too. So over the next week I think I will try to make a list of ideas to enrich...

This picture is lovely to me, showing grace, strength, balance and light:

An inspiring article from a blog that I like to read:
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Baby love [Jan. 5th, 2011|08:25 pm]
I am so exhausted! Baby and I did the 12 o'clock, 3 o'clock, 6 o'clock rock last night :/ And she has taken little snippets of naps today mainly while eating but she just NOW seems to be starting a true nap which I means I should hurry and brush my teeth and jump in bed and sleep too! So why I am munching an apple and typing on LJ I cannot say.

I had a dream last night that a lobster was flying around in the air shooting poisonous arrows at me. So maybe LJ is a better break for my tired brain than sleeping. Regardless, I will be going to sleep in a few minutes. I'm starting to look like a tired 'ole hag that should live in a Gingerbread House and eat little children O_o

Baby is so worth it though :*)

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Hair did [Sep. 24th, 2010|09:42 am]
[Current Mood |contentcontent]

My hairdresser step-mom came over last night and did some highlights in my hair and the color I chose was "Medium Copper Brown" but the highlights came out sort of fire-cracker red ;) At first I was like "WHOA" but it's kind of grown on me and I'm sure it'll eventually fade into something more earthly ;) The red is only demi-permant although the highlights underneath are permanent. She did a great job though and it was a lot of work, I wanted to be able to just love it right away. She texted this morning that if I want her to tone it down that it would be no problem at all.

Baby's room is coming together! It actually looks like a baby room although it needs a few things like curtains and pictures on the wall ;)
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Stats [Jul. 6th, 2010|04:45 pm]
[Current Mood |hothot]

Current Outdoor Temperature: 105 degrees Fahrenheit
Current Location: Public Library
Reason: The AC at home is on strike
Current Condition: Sweat-T
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Vapid swimsuit angst [May. 10th, 2010|11:27 am]
[Current Mood |lazylazy]

I need to be making my grocery list and going to the store but instead I am... looking at swimsuits.

I want to get a new swimsuit that fits my growing belly (among other things) but I'm not a fan of tankinis and a lot of maternity swimsuits are on the drab side and also I'm not quite there yet size wise. So I was thinking of a bikini but mostly when I go swimming I'm in a family type setting and that might be too immodest. And once I get to the beach on husband's family vacation will I be thinking why didn't I buy a bathing suit that covered more?? But then I was thinking, surely no one will think me immodest for being a waddling cabbage on the beach? But what if that is considered extra immodest??

This is one that I like:


but I'm not sure if it will be too exposing.

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Something Beautiful [May. 7th, 2010|02:00 pm]
[Current Mood |thankfulthankful]

Better than a Hallelujah
God loves a lullaby
In a mothers tears in the dead of night
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes.
God loves the drunkards cry,
The soldiers plea not to let him die
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes.

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah.

The woman holding on for life,
The dying man giving up the fight
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes
The tears of shame for what's been done,
The silence when the words won't come
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes.

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah.

Better than a church bell ringing
better than a choir singin' loud
singin' loud
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16 weeks and 5 days [May. 3rd, 2010|08:23 pm]
[Current Mood |fullfull]

I feel fat! Not fat like "wah, I don't feel pretty" fat but fat as in "I feel like my belly is going to explode and it's hard to breathe" fat!

I have not over-eaten in the least. I've been having only 3 meals a day (due to braces) and it seems like my capacity to eat is not so much during those meals. Can my little bambino be taking up so much room already??

I've only gained about .4lbs in the past 2 weeks but I feel like I'm going to POP!
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Invisalign and baby flutters [Apr. 28th, 2010|04:04 pm]
[Current Mood |soresore]

Braces. Take 2.

Today I had my first appointment for Invisalign.

1- Made to brush my teeth with grit to ensure a smooth applicable surface.
2- The Orthodontist barbarically sawed a space between two bottom teeth.
3- "Buttons" or "Attachments" were applied to 9 of my teeth. 5 on the top and 3 on the bottom. Basically these are squarish bumps of clay. In order to do this several painful plastic things were inserted in my mouth while the ortho assistant held a blue laser light to dry said clay.
4- Then excess clay was file, flossed, scraped from wherever in my mouth it was not supposed to be. By this time, there is blood and my mouth is sore.
5- The ortho assistant then inserts my first set of Invisalign trays.
6- &!*&#!@%^#&!!!
7- My life flashes before my eyes and I wonder what on earth I have done. Is this necessary?! Was this my idea?!? Am I insane??
8- The ortho assistant then takes them out.
10- Yes. I am insane.
11- The assistant then couches me on how to inflict this sort of pain on my own self i.e. how to put trays in and take them out.
12- I must push and pull with extraordinary force to accomplish this.
13- The Orthodontist comes in to have a look, "Perfect!"
14- I ask the Orthodontist if anyone has every accidentally yanked their teeth out of their mouth while trying to remove a tray.
15- He says no.
16- I am free to go.

The pressure in my mouth is about a 7 out of 10 on the richter. I hope this gets better soon!

While the trays are not "invisible" mostly because of the lumpy attachments, they are clear and not ugly or visually distracting.

Thankfully no nausea today! Very kind of God as I don't know if I could have withstood nausea and all of that action in my mouth.

Oh! I also felt the baby moving last night! When I got in bed and was lying still I felt a fluttering sensation! It was different than I thought it would be. It really felt like there was an actual butterfly or something in me fluttering it's wings :D So while it didn't feel like a baby exactly it was still fun to feel something is alive inside of you. I can't wait to kiss smooshy little baby cheeks :)
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10 weeks and 3 days [Mar. 18th, 2010|12:13 pm]
I thought I would be happily updating about this pregnancy every few days but with the lack of happy there has been a lack of updating.

I'm feeling better in some ways. I don't feel constantly miserable and depressed as before but more of a roller coaster. I'm happier sometimes and don't feel quite so ill ALL the time but my lows are still very low. I also have a cold :/ So lots of coughing, lots of crying, light nausea and bloating is how this week has been. BUT, the weather has been beautiful and I'm thoroughly enjoying having all the windows open and smelling the fresh outdoors rather than stuffy inside smells. I've been a crazy person with the Lysol and Febreeze. I hate smelling food. Even the moments leading up to eating something that I'm in the mood to eat I don't especially like to smell it. Cold cereal is nice :)

I surprisingly do not miss our cat anymore. I had a bad dream the other night of being attacked by a cat and I feel oddly colder to them somehow now. I certainly grieved the loss of our cat but now I'm just anxious to get rid of every bit of cat hair and looking forward to new carpet.

Once my cold is gone and all of the nausea has dissipated and I'm feeling better I want to concentrate on being more active. Nothing heavy just lots of walking and swimming and in general being more alive.
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