Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Then we get Luke saying "I'm free! I'm free!":
And finally there's "Hey baby, check out my high water's and white socks" while Momma apparently sees something more interesting in the distance:
That's it. That's all the family shots we got. We were all dressed up and there is not one frame-able picture in the bunch. And sorry I didn't pause to fix the red eyes. I think the devil look is quite appropriate for how dismal they turned out to be. But, have no fear. There were some really cute ones of me and Luke that I will save for a rainy day when I've gone into a picture-taking famine.
Now on to today. Today was Western Day in Old Town Lewisville! Mom and I took Luke, and we had a great time. Except that the temperature climbed to 95 before we called it quits and headed home. Mom was such a good Nana and sacrificed pictures of her and Luke together to be our photographer for the day. Here are some gems that she captured.
Who doesn't want their head in a wooden cut out?
And for a mere $3 we got to partake in Luke's very first petting zoo! There were goats, calves, pigs, a lama, and some rather, um, *frisky* rabbits. We just turned our backs to give them some privacy.
"You mean I get to touch this thing? Do I have to?"
"Hey, where did everyone go? I'm not Noah, people!"
mmmmmmm.....nothing like chewing on the fingers that I just used to pet farm animals.
Look at all the long horns!
So all in all, it was a good day. I finished out the night by making a bag for one of the baby shower's I'm going to in the up coming weeks, but more about that tomorrow.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
They are supposed to keep spilling to a minimum, and when used correctly are fabulous. Except Luke doesn't use them correctly. He sticks his little hand in there and grabs AS MANY as that chubby fist can accommodate. Which means a million come flying out as he yanks his hand back out. Oiy. There were cheerios everywhere. Everywhere. I felt like Hansel and Gretel, lots in a Target. So yes fellow shoppers, the crunch under your feet is my desperate attempt to keep a scream from reaching your ears.
That said, I am pretty impressed with all that I got done today. I went to Babies R Us, DSW, Half Price Books, Target, and Hobby Lobby. Did you notice the last one? Yes, Hobby Lobby. Be on the lookout for my latest towels/bags/whatever coming soon!
Also, here is a peek a Kendra's bridal shots. I can't wait to see the wedding ones!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Tonight I cooked dinner! With a recipe! And it turned out decent! I made these salmon burgers I saw in Good Housekeeping this month. It was Candance Bergon's personal recipe. Through no fault of my good friend Ms. Bergon (she did share how to make these burgers with just me and the other 2 million people who read GH), I made a couple of boo boos. I didn't want to make 4 burgers for 2 people, so I bought only 1/2 the needed salmon to make a more appropriate amount of food. Except I forgot that I did that by the time I started on the chopping and stirring part and I added the whole amount of everything else. Oops. I also doubled the amount of yogurt for the dressing that went on top of the salmon, but I forgot to double the rest of the ingredients at first. But that was a little easier to fix- I did go back and add more stuff to it. I doubled it cause I thought it would be good on a ham sandwich tomorrow, but now that I've tasted it, I'm thinking not so much. Oh well. I don't know what else I would do with plain yogurt (the main ingredient), except for making smoothies. Hey! Maybe I'll make smoothies tomorrow.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
When we stepped outside it was STILL raining. Not only did that really peeve me due to the fact that I am BEYOND sick of the rain, but it worried me because we were supposed to take all of our wedding party pictures outside. But then again, this is Texas, so just because it's rained for over a week straight doesn't mean it will still be raining in four hours. Luke did really well at the bucks for breakfast- I packed him some yogurt, strawberries, and graham crackers and he stood in a chair to eat while I sipped my coffee. He also chit chatted with the man at the next table. I'm sure he appreciated that, considering he had a lap top and was obviously trying to get work done. Once I wrapped up breakfast, a fun 45 minutes later, we headed back to the room to hang out and wait for Mom and Dad to get there so I could doing wedding stuff childless.
I met up with the other girls at 11:30 and we got ready for pictures, which were at 1:30. I can't wait for Erin (the photographer) to post some of them on her blog. They are going to be AMAZING! It stopped raining and was the perfect temp. outside. Couldn't have asked for more perfect weather. We took some at a train station, some in a parking garage, and one on a neighborhood street. Intrigued? You should be. We finished up by 3, so we had a couple of hours to hang out and relax. What a great way to spend a wedding day! No crazy time crunches, just an easy day ending with a great party!
The actual wedding was beautiful. We had our fair share of hiccups (like the stage catching on fire), but everyone was so calm about them that it didn't seem like a big deal. And what's most important? Nick and Kendra got married! Here is me and my friend:
And here is the cutest guest in the whole church!
I had a hard time getting a whole length picture of him, every time his feet hit the ground he was off. I couldn't get him to be still for the life of me. Here's what he looked like when I tried to get him still:
Hopefully Mom got some better shots on her camera.
Next we had a follow up pediatrician appointment at 10:30 that I was able to move to 9:45. Although he still sounds terrible to the naked ear, she said that his lungs sounded much better than they did before. Whew! Monday we can start weaning the breathing treatments down from 4 a day to eventually none. We hit the road as soon as we left the office, about 10:30. We got all the way to Eastland before stopping for lunch. Where did we stop? None other than Dairy Queen! How can you travel to West Texas and not stop at such a staple? Luke had his first DQ chicken finger meal:
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
So we ran our groceries home and hit up WalMart. The main reason I needed to go there was to replace the humidifier Luke broke yesterday. It didn't occur to me that now since he is bigger his arms reach farther. I walked in from his nap and he had managed to knock it over and completely crack the tank in half. Water was everywhere. AWESOME! But it was time for a new one anyway. That one was from my sister's childhood I believe. She's 22.
Then we went to the pediatrician. Luke was only breathing at a 95% oxygen saturation, which is not good at all. Even after a breathing treatment he was only breathing at 97%. So now we have to do breathing treatments 4 times a day, along with his daily inhalers. Which leads to 4 times a day of this.
But a couple of minutes into the treatment he calms down due to some momma cuddles and Handy Manny. We have recently discovered Handy Manny, and Luke actually watches it! Just so you don't think the day was a whole bust, here is my sweet little man in his cowboy boots while we were out and about today. They don't stay on as well as I thought they would, but they are so darn cute I don't even care.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
And just in case you are wondering, my surgery went well yesterday. I fought the anesthesia (it was my first time be put under, okay?! and at one point I did crack a joke about how I have trouble relaxing and my husband would agree with that. Are you supposed to crack jokes half doped up?) and after they moved the needle down farther on my arm it did the trick. I remember trying to think of different relaxing things, like picturing myself being at home with Luke, and then they told me it was time to get up. I tried to tell them I wasn't asleep yet and that I was getting more relaxed, but then the nurse gently informed me it was over. Hmm. She must have been telling the truth because now I have a hole in my mouth with a silver peg sticking out. But don't worry, you can barely see it when I smile. And luckily I have an awesome family that helped me all day. My dear little grandmother drove me to and from the dr, as well as hung out at the house all day. Dad came over and stayed with Luke from 7:30 in the morning until 9 last night, only leaving briefly to go pick us up some dinner, and Mom came over as soon as school was out and left with Dad at 9. By 4 or so I was feeling much better, but she actually fussed at me for trying to help out around in the kitchen! I am so thankful to have such a supportive family.
And I'm still frustrated about the song. It's rained all day today, so I think I better go lay down and listen to it....think relaxing thoughts.....
*EDIT* I've messed with it for another hour and now all I can get it to do is have that little box in the top left column. If you click on the play arrow next to each song you can listen to the whole thing. I am also loving Mighty to Save! *sigh* okay, really going to listen to the rain now.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Last year this horrible lady on my team told me about an aunt of hers that died in a car wreck and when everyone went over to the house later it was a disaster and the family talked about it for years. Isn't' that TERRIBLE!!!! I am so glad I'm not in that family. But it still crosses my mind at least once when I leave the house.
Anyway, I'm not worried that something will happen tomorrow. I have full confidence I will return tomorrow night with a post that just says "ow". But even if something were to happen, bring it on Lord! How amazing would it be that I wouldn't have to deal with the troubles of this world and could be walking with the Lord in heaven?! Please don't take that the wrong way- I am in no way suicidal. I just long, no, ache for the day when I can see my Savior and be done with the the pain of this fallen world. Plus then I could ask my questions. You know, like, what was really the deal with dinosaurs. And who shot Kennedy. Oh, and probably why the bible isn't in chronological order.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Once SSAL did get up, I tried on the little outfit I bought for him to wear to a wedding next week. I knew it would at least need to be hemmed so I wanted to check out how it was fitting. Just in case I don't get any pictures of him during the wedding:
Holy moly, this has got to be one of my very favorite things I have ever put on him. Probably right after this:
That was his Easter outfit.
Then later this morning I actually took Luke on a walk. It's been at least 4 months since I have put on tennis shoes, if not longer. I am slightly allergic to excises. It has this unwanted side effect of making me sweaty and out of breath, and when I get sweaty I have to shower, and when I shower I have to redo my hair, so when possible I abstain. But....We had fun! It took about 30 minutes (20 minutes longer than I meant to go), and half way through I felt sorry for Daisy Dog and let her ride in the bottom basket of the stroller. Good thing there wasn't anyone in the park walking, or we might have gotten some funny looks.
Finally when we got home, Luke started to do his own laps. He has this thing where he goes around the couch, coffee table, and rocking chair, pushing his red car. I mean, he will do 7-8 laps at a time. I finally got a video of him doing it today, by the time I got my camera he had already done 4 laps.
Edit: video will be in separate posts. Too tired to figure out how to put it here.
Monday, September 7, 2009
-mowed the lawn today (I am so glad that I have been able to duck that responsibility for the last 26 years. Some places took every pound of body weight I had, and that still wasn't enough.)
-fed Luke bratwurst (I made chili dogs tonight for supper and I decided to get off my high horse about feeding him hot dog type foods. Of course he loves it and didn't eat any of his green beans.)
-went to Natalie's swim party (okay, okay, it wasn't the first time that we went to their house, and it wasn't the fist time we went swimming there, and it wasn't our first swim party, but it was Natalie's first birthday, so that counts right?)
-Luke has figured out burping is funny. So now it goes like this: eat eat eat eat *burp!* giggle giggle giggle
-Got Luke fitted for shoes at Stride Rite. Mom says that when I was little she just HAD to get me my shoes there, thinking that if they ever had another little girl she could wear them too. Low and behold, then there was Ashley. Except her foot was so fat that she couldn't fit into anything. Baaahahahahaha. She was a fat baby.
-I watched 4 hours of super morbidly obese people yesterday. TLC had this marathon of documentaries on people who weigh over 800 lbs. I watched it while I was laying on the couch eating powdered donuts. And then I moved the bed while I snacked on cookies. Maybe I'll be the next star of the show.
I didn't have any pictures of these "firsts" (while I did have my camera at the party, it didn't make it out of my bag. Big surprise there. But a friend did snap a couple of pictures of us, so in my typical fashion, the pictures will come a wee bit late.) so I've included some pictures of Luke's first bath.
(this woman is trying to drowned me! Someone help a boy out!)
(holy moly, I survived. It wasn't so bad.)
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Mom let him play with her glasses and *gasp* the remote. I asked her if he watched her while he played with it, and she said yes, that he would hit the buttons and then look at her. I told her he wasn't allowed to play with it at home (our remotes are identical), so he was seeing if he was getting away with it. Sneaky sneaky boy.
While I was pulling pictures off Mom's camera, I came across this one from the middle of the summer.
It's blurry because he was having a rip-roaring good time with a balloon. I thought I might need some documented proof that my child will not be completely deprived in the balloon area. For those of you who don't know me personally, I have an irrationally yet overwhelming fear of balloons. The videos that go along with this picture makes my palms start sweating. You know the movie You've Got Mail? That is one of our very favorite movies. In one part of it, Tom Hanks is leaving the bookstore with a whole bunch of his niece and nephew's belongings, including a balloon on a string. As he shuts the bookstore door the balloon gets caught in it. I have seen that movie over 100 times and my heart STILL beats fast at that part, like maybe, just maybe, this time it will pop. I know. It's just another little quirk that I've let slip out and be known.
Friday, September 4, 2009
On Tuesday (the 1st) I started a reading chart that will take me through the bible in a year. It's something Big Mama said she was doing/starting, and it got me thinking that I hadn't read through the bible in awhile so I figured I could "read" along with her. Only this time I'm not reading straight through, it's in chronological order. I have always wondered what the true time line of the bible was! It started in Genesis (duh.) but after chapter 11 I was directed to jump to Job. This is now the third time in 2 weeks that I have read Job. Do you think God is telling me something about trials that I can over come? Hellooooooo! How very fitting that my world has seemed to crash down around me in the last few months and here I am reading a story about a man who had EVERYTHING stripped, yet God was still in control and he made it out the other side better than imagine. How comforting.
Also, once I finished that and my personal study that I'm working through on baptism, I got to looking at the maps in the back of my bible. Did it not occur to anyone else that the physical location of most things in the bible happen in the same place, the names just changed over time? No? Just me? I spent about 25 minutes just flipping back and forth trying to match up the lands with all the various names. I need all of the borders/cities/countries/whatever from each time period on a clear page so that I can layer them on top of a topography of the land. Then I could really tell what was the same thing, just with a different name. Does that make sense? Kind of like the science books that have the skeleton on the page, but then each bodily system is on a clear page so you can layer them until you have a whole body. I also think my inability to visualize this all comes down to my horrid spatial capacity, which I describe in more detail here. Oh, and when I get to heaven, I will absolutely ask God why He didn't put the bible in chronological order in the first place. It drives me NUTS when things are in order. How does He stand it?
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
As a follow up from the question/statement I posed yesterday, I got in bed about 30 minutes after posting and a response just formed in my head:
"Safety is not the absence of danger, it is the presence of Jesus…
When I first read this statement, I'm not going to lie, it made my brain a little fuzzy and I thought "Oi. Too deep." But the more I soaked in it, the more I realized it was true. Absolutely true. It doesn't need the dot-dot-dot at the end, as if trailing off into the great unknown of profound yet vague statements, but it needs a period. End of sentence. Because there is no greater safety in this world (or any other) than to be in the presence of Jesus. Now that doesn't mean to imply physical safety, if Jesus himself was not immune to pain why should we be any different, but in the presences of my great Father nothing can harm me. My life is safe for here and ever more in the hands of my Creator. So bring on the thieves in the night- my Daddy can totally beat up your daddy."
So any GRCC peeps out there, you just got a sneak peek of what will be in the update on Sunday. God might have wanted it phrased a little more eloquently, there is a good chance I took some creative liberty. Oh, and does this count as my first published article?
Since I am a terrible mother and still have not gotten a photo of Luke's fresh haircut from Monday, I will leave you with one from a couple of weeks ago. We had a play date at our friend's house and this is what he did the entire time we were there.
It does give you a pretty good "before" of his haircut, since I didn't get one of those either. Poor kid had hair in his eyes and sitting on the top of his collar like the beginnings of a mullet.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
After my fun visit I took Luke to get his second hair cut. The guy who cut his hair was either nervous or going through withdrawals. His hands were so shaky! I prefer to think that he was nervous, due to the super cute mom with the adorable little boy. baaaahahahahaha! Just kidding.
Then last night I had Mom come and get Luke after school so that Cody and I could go have dinner at a friend's house. It was fun, but we stayed out waaaaay later than I thought we would. At least today we didn't have anywhere to be! This in turn gave me plenty of time to get 6 loads of laundry done. I think it's the first time I've gotten that much laundry done in one day.
While most of this was fluff, and not too many people will find interesting (except for my mother and sister- I KNOW you two are lurking out there), I do have an interesting question to pose. The secretary at church emailed a few people today posing a statement that she would like to post our response to in the update on Sunday. I'm not sure how to answer! The statement is: Safety is not the absence of danger, it is the presence of Jesus… I'm not sure how to answer! What do you think?