Thursday, July 24, 2008

MEME

What were you doing 10 years ago?
I was in school, majoring in one of the various majors I “went through” at the time. I was BIG TIME active in Church and working as a Nanny.

Favorite Snacks
Dell Dixie Dill Pickle Hamburger Slices
Rocky Road Ice Cream
Brownies
Chips, Salsa and Queso

To Do List
Sign Ella up for Swim lessons in the AM.
Finish Cleaning out the old house.
Completely move in to my new house.
Have a garage sale on Sat.
Get the old house ready for Rental.
Find a new daycare/babysitter.

Jobs I Have Had
Pappasito’s Hostess
Checker/Stocker at Media Play
Waitress
Nanny
Church Secretary
Youth Minister
Graphic Designer
Art/PE Teacher
Face Painter
Muralist

Places I Have Lived
Pasadena, Northshore, Humble, Spring, League City, The Woodlands, Conroe, ALL TEXAS!

Bad Habits
Procrastination
Picking at pimples – (If you’re gonna confess, Rhonda, so am I!)
Eating crap foods too much
Putting on makeup while driving
Talking too much

5 Random Things People May Not Know
1. I met my husband while working a part time stint as a face-painting elf at Christmas Time.
2. I sleep with the same baby pillow, “puffy pillow” that my Memaw made me when I was a baby, even though it smells like maple syrup. (Much to the disgust of my husband.)
3. I once got “revenge” on someone by pouring saline solution all over their retainer. (Not enough to harm, just enough to annoy. I know, I’m dumb.)
4. I have a Life “To Do” list. Some of the items include: Working as a Graphic Designer, Art Teacher, Photographer, Children’s Book Author. Donating my hair to Locks of Love. See the Grand Canyon. Go to Scotland.
5. I won Columbia University's Gold Circle Award for Editoral writing when I was in college. The article was about Crayola's 100th Anniversary in 2003. I also had a column in my college newspaper called "Written in Crayon." This all happened while I was serving as the paper's photographer. One day a reporter didn't get his article in on time, next thing you know, I have my own column. FUN!

CD's I Would Want If Stranded On An Island:
Tori Amos – Little Earthquakes
Billy Joel – all his CDs
Christopher Cross
Bread
Five for Fighting
Phillips Craig and Dean
Stephen Curtis Chapman

What I'd Do If I Were A Billionaire
Pay off my house/Debt
Pay off our grandparents and parent's houses/debt
Pay for as many IVFs as my SIL and Kahla wanted
Fund my sis’ business and build her a KICK BUTT KITCHEN!
Have more kids/adopt, then travel the world and teach them all kinds of cool stuff!
Build my own Art/Photography studio.
Donate to my home church, March of Dimes, Still Birth Research, Start a Campaign to bring down WALMART!

Happiness...

Here are some pictures from my birthday. This is when my SIL and niece, "The Bean" came down from Garland for my surprise party. We spent the next day at the mall, trying to beat the heat!
WOW FACES!

HAPPY CURLY COUSINS!


AIN & AUNT SAM ON THE CAROUSEL!

Apparently...

...loyalty means nothing anymore. And, I'd like to go into this in more detail. But, seeing as I am SUPER UPSET about the situation right now, I might say things I regret.

Please pray for our family, we are in need of daycare and I am a nervous WRECK!

If you know of anyone in the Conroe area who is looking to provide daycare for 2 children (and a 3rd after January) please let me know. I might also be interested in someone coming to the house and being a "nanny" of sorts. So, if you know someone, PLEASE let me know

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Through HER eyes and out HER mouth...

We spend the majority of our child's quiet beginnings wondering what they think about things. Do they like the way that tastes? Do they like cuddling as much as we do? Do they prefer the color blue or red? It seems as of late I am starting that all over again with my Ainslie. She has what you might call a "baby poker face." She isn't quite as expressive as Ella is, and I sometimes wish I could tap into that little head of hers. Its quite apparent that the wheels are turning, (and usually in a direction that leads to trouble for me) but it's a mystery until the dog howls, the channel on the TV mysteriously changes or an electric plug gets licked.

My Ella on the other hand is developing her speech at such a rate, that there isn't much we don't know about what she thinks, how she feels or how she sees her world. It's funny how we spend so much time wishing our babies could talk to us, and then when they do, we spend most of our time telling them to be quiet, or use their inside voice. I guess if I just developed the ability to let everyone know exactly how I feel, I'd be loud about it too.

Back when I was a late teen I worked at a daycare. My favorite and longest stint there was taking care of the 3-turning-4-year-olds. I mainly loved it because that is the age you get the freshest view of the world. "Fresh from God, but old enough to speak," I guess. You never know whats going to come out of their mouths, and I used to love to come home and tell my Mom all about the funny things the kids would say to me. And now that I have a 3-year-old of my own, its even more fun!

About 2 weeks ago, on our way to VBS, we were stopped at a red light at an overpass. "Mommy!Mommy! Look! Teeth," I heard Ella yell from the backseat. Teeth? Where on EARTH could there anything out here that looked like teeth?
Then, I figured it out. Paint roll marks in a pattern on the side of the overpass bridge DO look like teeth, but what adult would think that? (FYI: I wasn't so good as to whip my camera out right then, but I did think about it later and decided I should take a picture to remember it later! It was at a red light, don't worry!)

That same week Ella spent every afternoon walking through the church parking lot at VBS talking about cookie crumbs. It took me about 2 days to realize that she was talking about the gravel that made up the church parking lot. I spent most of my adolescent life walking in and out of that parking lot and my Ella spends 1 second and notices "cookie crumbs."

As much as it saddens me, I know she'll outgrow this phase. Too soon, I imagine. I can only hope she holds on to that wonderful point of view for as long as she can.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Wow!

Will wonders never cease? I amazed at life sometimes.....
Hope your day was blessed. Mine was. :)

Friday, July 18, 2008

Moving Pregnant In the summer...

....totally reeks. I mean it. But, taking a cue from Kahla and Roon, here are the things I am thankful for.

1. Healthy babies -- even if I wish they WEREN'T so mobile at times.
2. New house!
3. Hard working husband.
4. Great Best Friends.
5. Supportive Mom with great decorating sense.
6. Air Conditioning.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Surprise! We're Moving!

Well, after a lot of searching and praying, Brian and I closed on our new house today. I haven't advertised very much about the new house out of fear it would fall through and we'd be stuck here for a while. However, God has blessed us and now if he'll just help us through the move! Tommorow is painting day. I'll post pictures soon!

Yay! Yay! Yay!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Big 3-0!

Well. I turned 30 today. My family and friends surprised me yesterday with a party at my FAVORITE place to eat, CARRABBAS!

Brian tricked me and told me he would take me yesterday AND today. Piggy, I know. But, I was gettin' jived on going twice! Blame it on pregnancy. Anyhoo -- I am happy to say that going once with friends and family is just as good as going twice (especially when your S.I.L. gives you her leftovers!) Hee heee hee. JK.

After a sleepover with Sam and the Bean last night, we headed to Ella's swim lessons today and then to the mall for lunch and a carousel ride. It was a nice, relaxed birthday, even if it was EXTREMELY hot!

My thoughts on being 30:
Having a birthday that ends in an "0" is a lot like attending a funeral. It really makes you think a lot about where you have been in your life, and where you are going. And A WHOLE lot has changed for me since my last "0" birthday. Meeting the love of my life, Marriage, College Graduation, "real" job, my puppy, My 2 babies, my 3rd pregnancy.... it seems like the meatiest part of my life has happened in the last 10 years: the get up and get going part. I can only imagine what the next 10 years will bring. I can only hope to be so blessed.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

God Loves Me!

Ella told me out of nowhere today, "Mommy, God loves you."
Ella Grace, you are proof that He indeed does! :)

Held up.

Just know your being held up in prayer. I know the day is getting closer and God is reminding me more and more to hold you up. I woke up and its 3:45 am and I can't get you off my mind. There is this song, I haven't heard in years, but parts of it are running through my mind while I think of you.

"He gives beauty for ashes, strength for fear,
gladness for mourning, peace for despair."

I woke up overcome with a vision so powerful, I know it was more than a dream, it was the future. I woke up unable to breathe, the vision was so strong, I just laid there in bed, tears streaming down my face, holding my breath, struck by this vision of you.

Jesus was holding you in His arms, but you didn't hold him back. He had his arms wrapped around you and your head was on His shoulder. He was stroking your hair and rubbing your back like a Daddy comforts a hurt child. When he let His arms down I realized He had given you your son back. You were holding him in your arms and your eyes were full of tears. You held him and looked at him like a Mother looks at her child when she sees him for the very first time. And Henry was looking at YOU the same way. :) You caressed his hands and his face with wonder.

I realized that the tears I am crying for you right now are tears of joy. Tears of joy for what will come even as we don't understand where we are right now. Even though you are experiencing the very hardest thing a person can do: give God your child at the beginning of his life; God will give Him back. I know it, I've seen it. I can't wait to see it again!

Praise God!

Friday, July 11, 2008

The poop saga continues....

I was changing Ain's diaper this morning and she had a little rash. My cream was in the other room. So, I cleaned her up and left her sans diaper to help air it out, I suppose. As I went to get the diaper cream, Ella yelled for help on the computer. I got sidetracked and 5 minutes later I came out of the computer room to get the cream. When low and behold I see my 8 month old munchin' down on her own feces. After a lot of screaming and freaking out, a call to my mom and a thorough bath, I realized it would be OK. I remembered that one of my nieces ate her own poop, and she's fine. :) Sorry, no video or film available of this event.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Swim Lessons & VBS

Ella started swim lessons yesterday morning. She also began her week long VBS yesterday afternoon. While this all sounded AWESOME in theory a couple of weeks ago during planning, after two days in I have started to wonder why! :) The heat and hauling 2.5 babies is started to take its toll on me, and it only Tues!

Anyhoo -- some funny little stories from our experience so far.


Ella LOVES swim class! She learned how to blow bubbles in the water, and do the "cheese pizza." (You need to ask her to demo the next time you see her.) I didn't get to see everything up close, but I did overhear her telling her swim teacher Jenn that she couldn't put her face all the way under the water because it was to "sweaty." :) Ha ha ahha .... She did better today. After some coaching from Dad and a little pool side prayer with me before class, she did stick her whole face in the water -- once. Then, she told Jenn that was enough for today. She was too busy. After 10 minutes of class it started thundering and everyone had to get out of the pool. Ella did not take this well and started chanting RAIN RAIN GO AWAY! I guess she was expecting all the kids to join in.


video


Later that afternoon, we headed for VBS. Ella really had fun. There was assembly at the beginning where she sang and danced and saw puppets, then at the end they all came back to assembly to do it again. The first time, I sat with her in the pew at the front of the church. But, the last time, I let her sit by herself with her class. At one point, she decided to stand on the pew to dance. Her teacher told her to get down, so she did, but as soon as her teacher turned away, Ella tried to climb up on the pew again -- in swooped Mommy! I came the aisle and whispered in her ear, "NO MA'AM!" I am hoping this will set some sort of standard for Ella. That she will always think that I can see what she's doing and thinks twice before doing anything wrong. I can only hope. :) She was, of course, the tallest kid in her class, but she was very well behaved other than the pew incident. I think she's having fun. More later!


Ella and her Bucket of Treasures!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Peanut Butter and Jammin'

Ella has been a bit BORED this summer. So, I have taken it upon myself to enroll her in as many cheap or preferably FREE activities I can find! The Market Street in The Woodlands is offering Peanut Butter and Jammin' for kids 3 - 10 every Saturday morning in July. So, we went on our first outing yesterday and she had so much fun. Her favorite part was of course the lovely ladies from SWEET AND SASSY who were doing Princess Make-overs. The girl doing her makeover asked is she wanted to get her hair done. Ella was being a little shy, so then she asked,
"Do want to get your hair done like a Princess and your nails painted?" Oh yes! Ella jumped at the nails painted part! She lost all shyness after that. After working a while on her hair, the girl asked her who her favorite princess was. "Me." Ella said. :) I guess there's nothing wrong with a little self-confidence, right? She can't wait until next Saturday!
Princess Hair Do!

Make Up!


Finished with glitter star and all!


And because she's coming into her own and all, I thought I'd put a cute little pic of Ainslie on here. She sure is learning to smile at the camera! :)

ME:

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I have 2 lovely daughters and 2 handsome sons, who keep me very busy and a husband who keeps me grounded. I received my BA in Graphic Design Communication in 2003. A year and a half later after working in corporate America as a graphic designer and living through my OWN REAL LIFE "OFFICE SPACE" I got certified as art teacher. I have been teaching since the fall of 2004.