Thursday, July 31, 2008
So, what do you think? Interestingly enough, I think the ones that look most like I do now are my best ones. Which ones do you like?
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
On our way back to Nashville we took a little detour through Murfreesboro to pick up a little gift Chris found for me on Craig's List. We've decorated our kitchen in Coca-Cola (of course), and he found a little Coca-Cola tiffany-style lamp for me which he knew that I had really wanted. I already have the little tiffany-style juke box and telephone, so it goes quite well. Kudos to my thoughtful husband!
For my Monday, I had BIG plans, even if they were just a bit unrealistic. I really wanted to get all of my errands and running around done for the week. I planned to visit Sam's, Walmart, Target, TJ Maxx, Linen-n-Things, Party City, The Dollar Tree, the bank, the Range Rover dealership, and a couple other places. Sounds crazy, I know, and I didn't even get half of that accomplished. I've been a mom for almost a year now, and I still haven't completely figured out that I just can't do as much running around as I used to. There are meals to be prepared and served, naps to be taken, diapers to change, and play time that must be had. I was halted even before I left the house by a very sleepy Willow Grace who settled in for a morning nap. When she finally awoke, I scooped her up and went to pick up Mom who spent the rest of the day with us until Dad came to fetch her back from our house last night. So, even though I didn't get all of my running around done, I had my sweet baby girl and my sweet mom with me. What better shopping buddies are there?
This week I will spend checking and rechecking my lists for Willow Grace's first birthday party. While I run all over town picking up odds and ends for the party; I'll also be looking for just the right present. I just can't seem to decide what to buy for her. I really want to find her a little toy vacuum cleaner that makes realistic noises. She loves watching me vacuum and chases the vacuum cleaner all over the living room. Shopping for a one-year-old is hard. While there is certainly no shortage of fun toys out there, there's so much that is just not age appropriate for her. I really want to get something great for her, but what would that be? I need ideas!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Just fourteen hours ago I was preparing for a Pampered Chef party here at the house. Most of my guests had never been here before, and I was nearly quaking with anticipation and excitement as I took each of my guests in turn and gave them a tour of my nearly completed home. I've been working so hard all week to get each room ready -- cleaning, carefully hanging pictures, placing odds and ends. Finally, this morning, I could think of nothing else to do to prepare, and so while Chris busied himself on the computer and Willow Grace took her morning nap I stretched myself across our sleigh bed with Marley & Me and settled in to read a few chapters. What a delightful book it's turning out to be.
The party was a wild flurry of conversations and activity. I darted up and down the stairs at least a couple dozen times either giving tours or attending to some need of Willow's. I flitted from guest to guest engaging in excited conversation over Pampered Chef products, some detail of my home, the joys of being Willow Grace's mother, the happenings in their lives, workout routines, the two delicious dishes of enchilada casserole and strawberry trifle that had just been made, and fond memories of times we've shared together. On the whole, I would say that the event was quite a success, and I am so glad that I did it.
Not long after my last guest left, I quickly cleaned the dishes, tidied up the house a bit, gathered all the dishes and ingredients I would need to take with me for dinner preparation, prepared Willow's diaper bag, and headed out the door with my sister on our way to another party at my parents' house, this one a celebration for my uncle who has, quite impressively, become debt free! Our husbands had spent the last few hours together and were already there, so we woke Willow from her afternnoon nap and set out.
There I busied myself with dinner preparations. I made and served two pizza casseroles, and (to my delight) everyone gushed over how delicious they were. It's such a easy dish but is so tasty! Finally, after I cleared and cleaned the dishes, spent some time with Dad finalizing some details for the ministry's newletter, and had just a couple bites of the cake, which had multiple pictures of credit cards with the words "Paid in full" triumphantly stamped across each, we loaded up my now empty casserole dishes and our sweet girl and headed back home where I promptly put her to bed and took up my book to enjoy a few more chapters before drifting off to sleep myself.
And now I have snippets of conversations from the last 24 hours playing out in my head, rememberances of events from the novel I'm reading and even other novels I've read, scenes from TV shows and movies I've recently watched, plans for our travel to Crossville for a family reunion, to do lists, and so much else still bouncing around in my head and jostling for my attention.
It's now 4:43, and I really would like to get just a bit more sleep.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
While he was on a business trip, I took this picture to send to Chris so that he could see his two girls.
This is another picture that I sent to Chris while he was travelling. She just looked so peaceful and beautiful, and I didn't want him to miss it.
Isn't this just the cutest? I couldn't resist snatching a shot of this. She is such a daddy's girl!
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Our relationship had never been uneventful. We had broken up once early on but had found that we just couldn't be apart. Just after we started seeing each other I suffered an injury with a bruised sternum from a car wreck. Chris had actually been on the phone with me when the wreck occured; an inexperienced 16 year old driver darted out in front of me leaving me no time to stop. Chris heard my scream, the crash, and then silence; and he thought that he had lost me. He took care of me after the accident, helping in any way he could and making sure that I didn't let my Super Woman mentality take over.
On Easter that year, after visiting his family in Crossville, we took a drive on the Natchez Trace. Uncharacteristically, it was a nearly silent drive. I didn't know what kind of struggle he was going through, but when he whipped into a small parking lot and started babbling about not being able to "keep it in anymore," I thought that he was going to break up with me for good. Instead, he really shocked me by declaring, "I love you!" Pure happiness welled up within me. Not being able to help it, I laughed... a lot. And yes, I was able, after a few minutes, to say those words myself. And then, a few months later, we went headed for the beach. Though I had been around his family on several occasions, this trip really served to endear us to each other even more. The fact that they invited me showed me that they accepted that I was an important part of Chris's life. It was a wonderful trip.
Later we would suffer the loss of family members and friends, struggle with finances, and weather all sorts of other storms together, but on this trip we saw just how much fun we could have together and how well I fit with this family. We were looking at the world not with wide eyed innocence but with hope and faith and the joy that comes from knowing that we had found our "other."
In just a few short weeks, we'll mark the first birthday of our baby girl and then three years of marriage. (More will come on those two topics as they draw nearer.) We're still new at all of this but just as cheesily in love as ever and still living on hope and faith and joy.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
1. WHAT TIME DID YOU GET UP THIS MORNING? 4:15, crying baby
2. DIAMONDS OR PEARLS? Diamonds
3 WHAT WAS THE LAST FILM YOU SAW AT THE CINEMA? Ironman
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TV SHOW(s)? Friends and Gilmore Girls, nothing current
5. WHAT DO YOU USUALLY HAVE FOR BREAKFAST? A bowl of cereal, but I’ve been trying to cook more when Chris is home
6. WHAT IS YOUR MIDDLE NAME? Kay, which is what most people call me, except for family and close friends who call me Kay-Kay (which I love)
7. WHAT FOOD DO YOU DISLIKE? Seafood, nuts, lima beans, hominy, brussel sprouts
8. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CD? It varies by my mood. Right now I have Michael Buble’s Call Me Irresponsible on heavy rotation.
9. WHAT KIND OF CAR DO YOU DRIVE? A white ’96 Range Rover
10. FAVOURITE SANDWICH? I’m simple. I like PB & J or a grilled cheese.
11. WHAT CHARACTERISTIC DO YOU DESPISE? Self-centeredness, haughtiness
12. FAVOURITE ITEM OF CLOTHING? Right now I love sundresses.
13. IF YOU COULD GO ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD ON VACATION WHERE WOULD YOU GO? Hawaii or England
14. WHAT COLOUR IS YOUR BATHROOM? Medium butter yellow
15. FAVORITE BRAND OF CLOTHING? Don’t have one.
16. WHERE WILL YOU RETIRE? I think I’ll always be near Nashville.
17. WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE BIRTHDAY? My 22nd. What an amazing day! (Do you remember that day, Lesley?)
18. FAVOURITE SPORT TO WATCH? Football
19. FURTHEST PLACE YOU ARE SENDING THIS? Probably Hawaii
20. WHO DO YOU LEAST EXPECT TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? Anyone of the male persuasion
21. PERSON YOU EXPECT TO SEND IT BACK FIRST? Eva
22. FAVOURITE SAYING? “Shoot a monkey!”
23. WHEN IS YOUR BIRTHDAY? May 23
24. ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT PERSON? Morning
25. WHAT IS YOUR SHOE SIZE? 9 ½ - 10 (was ½ size smaller before pregnancy)
26. ANY NEW AND EXCITING NEWS YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH US? My house is almost in order! At least that feels like big news for me.
27. WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE LITTLE? A hairdresser or actress
28. HOW ARE YOU TODAY? Pretty well but miss my husband (on a business trip) and miss Willow Grace (w/ my mother-in-law since I’m @ work)
29. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CANDY? I love chocolate – I suppose it might be between Hershey’s bars and Dove dark chocolate.
30. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FLOWER? I love tiger lilies.
31. WHAT IS A DAY ON THE CALENDAR YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO? Willow Grace’s birthday, July 27, which I am also sad about. I can’t believe she will be 1 already!
32. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? Kettle corn popcorn
34. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Grass green, it’s so refreshing.
35. FAVOURITE STARBUCKS DRINK? Tea cider (with Calm tea)
36. HOW IS THE WEATHER RIGHT NOW? 85 and party cloudy, perfect for a dip in the pool with Willow Grace this evening
37. FAVOURITE SOFT DRINK? Cherry Coke
38. FAVOURITE RESTAURANT? Olive Garden or Cheesecake Factory
39. SIBLINGS? One extraordinary brother and one fabulous sister
40. FAVOURITE DAY OF THE YEAR? Christmas Eve – The height of anticipation (Also, Christmas Eve2006 was when I found out that I was pregnant with Willow Grace.)
41. SUMMER OR WINTER? Love both for different reasons
42 HUGS OR KISSES? Both
43 COFFEE OR TEA? Tea
45. CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA? Chocolate
46. DO YOU WANT YOUR FRIENDS TO E-MAIL YOU BACK? Absolutely
47. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? Monday after Chris left for his business trip
48. WHO IS THE FRIEND(s) YOU HAVE HAD THE LONGEST THAT YOU'VE SENT THIS TO? Eh….
49. WHAT DID YOU DO LAST NIGHT? Walked three miles, gave Willow Grace a bath, rocked her to sleep, washed dishes, washed clothes, folded and put away laundry, watched some of season 5 of Friends, talked to Chris on the phone just before drifting off to sleep
50. WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF? I refuse to be ruled by fear!
51 WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON? Articles for the ministry newsletter, a novel, getting into better shape
52. WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ? Currently reading Inkspell and Captivating
53. FAVOURITE DAY OF THE WEEK? Thursday night – because of the anticipation of the weekend
54. DO YOU MAKE FRIENDS EASILY? I suppose so.
55. HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL YOU SEND THIS TO? All of the ones who get it
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
1: wedding on Saturday – Chris’s brother, Johnathan, married his childhood friend, Kara. They’ve known each other since they were babies! Such a sweet friendship! I loved how delightfully in love they seemed to be.
7 or 8: the number of fraudulent charges attempted on our bank account this weekend. Apparently, someone somehow obtained Chris’s card number and tried to use it a bunch of times, but the bank is taking care of it. Whew!
$1000: the approximate total of those charges. That would have made bill paying hard!
15: the number of chores I completed yesterday, some of them multiple times like folding and putting away loads of laundry and washing several sinks of dishes (on my day off). This does not include taking care of the baby (which should never be considered a chore but does take a lot of time).
26+: the number of chores still waiting to be accomplished. I’m sure that I can come up with several more or even break down some of the ones on my list. I will try to take care of a few tonight, but that proves hard after being at work all day.
3: the number of articles I worked on today for the ministry newsletter. I hope we can get this knocked out this week, Mom!
10-15: the number of words Willow Grace can say including: Mama, Dada, dog, Bella, Willow, Nana, Papa, baba (bottle), no, etc…. And new this morning – Ralph! (That’s the name of the elephant we bought her at the zoo!)
10,000: the number of steps I aim to take each day