Sunday, June 29, 2008

great idea #1

Since I am just bursting with fabulous ideas all the time I figured it was about time I started imparting of my wisdom to everyone else - you're welcome!

OK, I'm totally kidding.

I don't always have good ideas. In fact it is a rare occasion that I do. So since it finally happened I figured I would share my idea in case it never happens again.

Maybe this has already been done a zillion times before and I'm just on the slow boat, but it's a new one for me.

You know how your kids draw all these adorable pictures and you think to yourself "that would be great to keep but what am I going to do with 500 pieces of paper sitting around for the next ten years"? This is an even bigger problem if you have more than one kid.

Never fear, I have your solution...

Take pictures of the pictures. They take up zero space and then you don't have to feel guilty for throwing that adorable piece of artwork away because you have nowhere to put it. Genius I know!!!

Friday, June 27, 2008

family pictures...

On Wednesday night we had our family pictures taken. Preston was LESS than thrilled about it - as was Annie since we had to wake her up when we got there. Brooke did a FABULOUS job and I think they turned out really great! If you want to see them go to Now I just have to decide which ones to get!

Monday, June 23, 2008

people always ask me...

Since I had Halle, people keep asking me if Halle and Annie look alike. I think they look EXACTLY alike...what do you think?

Thursday, June 19, 2008

daily vent take seven...

It doesn't take a whole lot of effort to be considerate. At the same time, I guess it takes even less effort to be inconsiderate. Maybe that's why so many people are so inconsiderate sometimes.

Today I was at the University Mall getting a few shirts. I had already been there for like 3 hours (which when you have my level of patience is saying something) and I was heading out the door to my car. I had Halle in her car seat in the stroller and Annie was walking along beside me.

When I got to the double doors I asked Annie to push it open since there was nobody around. She pushed and pushed but couldn't open it herself. So I told her to push the handicapped button thingy. That didn't work either.

About the time that I told her to push the button some guy comes up and stands behind me (mind you there are like 10 other doors he could go through, but NO he stands right behind me! So I tell Annie to try opening the door again thinking this dude behind me would finally clue in and help me open the door.


So I maneuver the stroller around and push the door open with my bum and hold the door for this dude while he walks out and then do the same thing for the other set of doors.

Now I know there is no law requiring you to help a woman and her 2 children out of two sets of doors...but there should be a rule against being a complete ignoramus and standing behind her and waiting for her to open the door for YOU!

So after that ordeal, I walk down the sidewalk and start to go across the street. I see a car about 75 yards away and decide to cross anyway, because I was already in the road. Well this car, instead of slowing down to let me finish crossing decides instead to SPEED UP and cross in front of me.

Lo and behold, who do I see driving this car...Mr. Inconsiderate Ignoramus!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

one month...

Happy one month baby Halle!!!

I can't believe it has been one month already! In some ways it feels like WAY longet than that. It feels like she has been a part of the family forever - which I suppose, she actually has! I just love her so much and can't belive the Lord gave me another wonderful spirit. When I finally sit down and close out all the things going on around me and take a minute to think, I realize how fortunte I really am.

Friday, June 13, 2008


Somewhere in Africa there is a mother who gave birth to a healthy baby only to watch that baby starve to eventual death. I had to wake up 3 times last night to feed mine.

Another mother endures 9 months of pregnancy and hours of long labor only to deliver a baby who would live for several hours and then pass away because of serious health problems - yet she did it anyway in case God wanted to bless them with a miracle. It took me three weeks to recover from the safe birth of a healthy baby.

One couple wants a baby more than anything and spends their life savings to conceive one, to no avail. Each pregnancy test coming back negative and tens of thousands of dollars spent to find that out, only to try again. I complained every single day of my entire pregnancy.

Another mother endured 3 lung surgeries to remove cancer, each time unsuccessful. The last and longest surgery resulted in news nobody had wanted to hear. This mother has 3 children - the youngest about 2. My child spilled flour on the floor while we were making sugar cookies and I blew a gasket.

One mother wakes up to find that her new baby has passed away during the night for no apparent reason. I wake several times a night to mine crying.

I know all of these people albeit indirectly in some cases. I don't write this to shed light on other people's misfortune or in any way to brag about the fact that for now, I have it pretty good. I only write this to remind myself of the blessings I've been given and to hopefully remember that all I need is a little bit of perspective...

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

out with annie...

Before I had Halle I was depressed because it would no longer be just the 3 of us - which I realize now was just a little crazy because we all love Halle so much. Anyway, my friend Kathryn gave me the great idea to go out and do some of the things that Annie loves to do and make it a day just about her. It was a FABULOUS idea and I really felt better when we got home knowing that we'd done something just for Annie. One of her favorite places is the Dinosaur Museum at Thanksgiving Point, so we took her there and then headed off to Chuck E. Cheese for dinner and games!


Preston hates the bow, but I think it's cute. And, if you're wondering where I got this adorable announcement, it is this fabulous website called :)

Thursday, June 5, 2008

a big thank you...

I just wanted to thank everyone for everything they have done to help us with the baby. Some people helped by bringing lunch or dinner, some people offered to watch Annie, some people sent prayers into heaven on our behalf, some just sent happy thoughts our way. Whatever you did - thank you (and if you did nothing, it's still not too late - TOTALLY KIDDING).

I don't know how people do it without the help of others so thanks to everyone who made it even a little bit easier for us these last couple weeks.


super sister...

I wasn't really sure what to expect with Annie and the new baby - afterall, I have no idea what it's like to have a sibling. Annie has always been really good and really obedient, I just wasn't sure if she would go through some sort of adjustment with the new baby around. Afterall, it has been just the 3 of us for nearly four years.

YAY for Annie because she has been SO FABULOUS! She hasn't had any adjustment and hasn't for one moment been the slightest bit jealous. She is just crazy about her sister. She loves her so much and cannot get enough of her. She is always anxious to help and is always concerned about what Halle is doing. She constantly wants to be around her and she just loves her so much.

I'm hoping that never changes but I hear from people who have siblings that it most definitely will. I'll still keep my fingers crossed...

Annie likes to hold Halle way more than Halle likes to be held...

Sunday, June 1, 2008

daily vent take six...


I could just say "enough said" and those of you who have experienced the HELL that is nursing would know exactly what I'm talking about I'm sure, but I have to vent my frustrations...

When I get to the other side, whether it be somewhere way down deep or way up high, I have a bone to pick with God.

First of all, there is a serious design flaw in these things we call 'bosoms'. If the intent was always to have a baby suck milk out of them, shouldn't He have given women rubber (or steel) nipples???

Second, if women have to be pregnant, shouldn't the men have to do SOMETHING? I mean, we get 9 months of discomfort and pain, not to mention labor and delivery - and then weeks of recovery. Couldn't He at least have given the men the ability to lactate?

Third, He's God, He can do anything! So please tell me why when you sacrifice yourself to nurse your baby, do the 'sisters' head South when you're finished? Why couldn't He have engineered them to head North instead? It's not like the 9 months of pregnancy doesn't already send everything else headed South anyway - at least cut us a break SOMEWHERE!

Finally, I realize there is formula and technically, I don't HAVE to do this. But if that is the case then why in heaven's name did God invent lactation specialists to make everyone feel guilty for not doing it? Pick one God, either lactation specialists or formula!

*Mother of the Year Confession* The one and only reason I am even nursing my child is not for the health benefits, not for the increased brain capacity, certainly not for the satisfaction but SOLELY for the rapid weight loss I am experiencing!!!