Saturday, February 28, 2009
We slept the morning away. I went to work for just a couple of hours to get some stuff done, while Stephen slaved away at home doing housework. I worked on a paper that's due tomorrow. We watched a movie that I don't remember anything about. And throughout all of this, I had the hardest time staying awake! I think part of it was one of those things - the more you sit around the more tired you feel. But I feel like this pretty much every day, so I guess it's just one of those fun pregnancy things.
We went to Quizno's tonight for their Million Sub Giveaway. We both dislike Quizno's, but you know I'm a sucker for anything that's free.
I think it's a good thing I've never won the lottery (not too easy for me to win when I don't play) because I think I'd sit in my new favorite spot day after day. I have added a heating pad to my massage pad (which already had a built-in heater, but I'm a sucker for heated objects too), and now I have a stash of Skittles and two books next to the spot on the couch. Try and pry me off of there.
Friday, February 27, 2009
I figured I'll blog today about the specifics of my doctor's visit yesterday because I know a lot of people were anticipating the big 3-D ultrasound (I know I was!) and mostly everyone has been pretty disappointed with the results! The short story is, we didn't get a picture of her face. I'm really not that disappointed because, I mean really, it's only like 7 weeks until we see her anyway!
The technician pointed out so much stuff to us, like they did the last time, which is so cool. We saw her spine, the chambers of her heart (heartbeat was 130), the hair on her head (the tech said she has a lot of hair!), her kidneys, the urine in her bladder (that might be too much information, but to me it was a great sign that her kidneys are working!), we watched the tech measure her arm and leg bones and... I think that was it. The reason we didn't see her face is because her arm was draped over it for the duration of the ultrasound! No matter how much jiggling the technician did (and she did a lot) she was comfy and she wasn't moving that arm for anyone!! She has already flipped into position, so she's upside down, so now I know those are definitely feet in my ribs. I figured they were either feet or elbows because they're sharp! She weighs 4.5 pounds now! The doctor said everything looks great - placenta, fluid, baby, mommy, etc.
We cleaned out a storage unit this morning and when I saw all the children's books I got really excited! But I ended up only taking a handful, including some English Lit books and some math and English workbooks. I hope our kids are as dorky as I, because I loved doing things like that growing up!!
That's all for now!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
How far along? 32 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: more than 10, less than 20!!
Maternity clothes? I have one pair of black maternity pants that I do wear to work. Other than that, I have worn a sweater that mom bought me and a shirt that Leila bought me, because I don't want the clothes to go to waste.
Stretch marks? not that I can see, but then again, I can't see the bottom half of my stomach anymore.
Sleep: Don't get me started. Remember, I gave up complaining for Lent?
Best moment this week: It will be seeing her at today's doctor's appointment!
Food cravings: still nothing
Labor Signs: not exactly
Belly Button in or out? still in for now
Wedding rings on or off? on for now
What I miss: sleeping on my stomach, being able to really run around with the youth group
What I am looking forward to: meeting our baby girl!!
Weekly Wisdom: Stay hydrated! Pillows are a girl's hips' best friend. And heat does wonders for minor aches and pains.
Milestones: Finally in the 8th month stretch!
Tonight we also start childbirth classes. I am nervous that I'm going to fall asleep during them because they don't even start until 7pm. Anyway, that should be an interesting experience. I hope they aren't corny.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
So this year I want to give up something that will be really hard for me to do, and something I want to do anyway. I am giving up complaining. I know that most people give up something more tangible, like cigarettes, and then donate the money they would have spent on their vice to a charity or something. But I have felt for a long time that complaining is something that Christians do way too much of. Hearing someone complain can really grate on my nerves if it's something that can't be changed, or something that is seriously insignificant. But then I feel hypocritical because I know that I am guilty of complaining of the same insignificant little things (hitting three red lights in a row? dealing with the installers at work? okay, don't get me started on that).
A long time ago, I started out on a venture created by a church in Missouri, called A Complaint Free World. It was started out as a 21-day adventure (going by the theory that it takes 21 days to create/break a habit). The average person complains 15-30 times a day. Don't you think that time could be spent saying something uplifting ... or maybe you just don't need to say anything at all! I have a bracelet that I got from this church a long time ago, and I'm supposed to wear it every day, and everytime I complain, I will switch it to the other arm. I did this once before but I was switching the bracelet so much I got tired of it. Shows how much I need to do this!!
A few people are going to have to hold me accountable!!
At work - Renee
On Wednesdays - mom and dad
At CFA - Jenn
At home - Stephen
At church - Cindy
Everywhere else - ME!
I hope this will make me more positive. The church running this has found that it takes people anywhere from 4-10 months to go 21 days without complaining. But once you quit verbalizing your complaints, your negative thoughts tend to fade as well. I really want to do this because I don't think God created us to be these grumpy, whining people that we as humans have turned into.
So no matter how big my belly gets, how little sleep I have, how bad the pain in my hips is, how far behind on time cards the installers get, you won't hear a peep out of me. I hope.
*Update: Right after I clicked out of this blog, Tim walked by my desk and I told him an issue I had yesterday with customer service. That's right, it took me about 30 seconds to have my first complaint of the day. I will try to do better!!*
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I wanna set the world on fire
Until it`s burning bright for You
It`s everything that I desire
Can I be the one You use?
I am small but You, You are big enough
I am weak but You, You are strong enough to
Take my dreams, come and give them wings
Lord with You, there`s nothing I can not do
Nothing I cannot do
I wanna feed the hungry children
And reach across the farthest land
And tell the broken there is healing
And mercy in the Father`s hands
My hands, my feet, my everything
My life, my love, Lord, use me
I wanna set the world on fire
I`m gonna set the world on fire
Set the world on fire
("Set the World on Fire" by Britt Nicole)
Monday, February 23, 2009
We went to Walmart tonight because I wanted to get new lenses put in my glasses frames (I keep hearing that you're not supposed to wear contacts during labor?) and we wanted to get motion lights for the house too. While we were there we picked up a couple of grocery items, and as much as I hate the whole idea behind Walmart, I can definitely see why people shop there. The items we got were so much cheaper than other grocery stores. It would definitely be worthwhile to go there, especially if you bought in bulk or something (rather than drive all the way to Fayetteville for Costco). We didn't get over there until 6:30 or so and it really wasn't busy, which is most people's complaint about it.
Anyway, that's why this post is so boring. Nothing very exciting happened while we were there. But who knows what's in store for tomorrow!!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Last night as we got into bed, I asked Stephen if I should set my alarm. Nahhhh. It's been forever since we slept past 8, much less 9 when we normally get up on Sundays. This morning, as I sleepily rubbed my eyes and asked what time it was, I knew it was bad when he just checked his phone and said, "Oops." It was 9:20 and we should have been leaving the house at 9:30 to get to Sunday school on time! Oh well. We actually still would have only been about 5 minutes late except we had an appliance incident. We replaced our water filter in the fridge yesterday and someone... okay, neither of us... read the instructions. So as we were walking out the door I started filling up my water bottle. But as I pulled the bottle away, the water just kept flowing!! I was sticking anything I could underneath the little faucet but we still had a big puddle to clean up. Turns out you're supposed to pump the air out for two minutes before using it, or things like that might happen. Word to the wise. So we waltzed into Sunday school twenty minutes late, which still isn't too bad considering.
We've eaten lunch and I've finished my paper that was due tonight, so I really don't have an excuse not to nap! Looks like I'll be making use of my massage chair again today...
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Kittens: Inspired By Kittens
I emailed it to a bunch of you, I know. I'd put the video here but I don't have time to do that. In about half an hour we're meeting Stephen's mom and sister for lunch at Zaxby's - YUM!! Then we'll head down to Chamblee for my grandmother's funeral and dinner with our family. Sorry about the lack of wordage in my recent blogs, but it's hard to blog away from home!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
That's all you get for today.
Monday, February 16, 2009
So call him and remind him of that.
(We are leaving for Georgia for Grandma's funeral, which is only about 6 hours, so it shouldn't be too bad.)
Sunday, February 15, 2009
I'm one of those people that when I know that someone dies and is going to heaven, I like to think about what they're doing up there, based on what they liked to do down here. For example, I would imagine Grandma dancing, listening to someone play the piano, or playing cards. For some reason I always think of those three things when I think of her. But the truth is that I believe in heaven people don't care about those things anymore. I believe that your time is spent doing nothing but praising God. And the funny thing is, that's pretty much what Grandma spent the last year doing (really much longer than that). Since last April she had been in and out of the hospital, and whenever she was there, what did her visitors spend their time doing? Reading her scripture and singing hymns, mainly. I think she was just preparing for an eternity of that. I don't think she'll be disappointed with what she finds heaven to be like.
I told people at church today - I'm going to miss her, but I'm not very sad. I know she wouldn't come back here for anything, and I can't say I blame her. I do ask for prayers for our family - with travels, making arrangements and so forth. I always wondered how I would react when my first grandparent died, but it's been made unbelievably easier by the fact that I know she was a Christian, and also that I was able to see her more since last April than we usually get to in a year's time.
I'm so sorry to her children, her husband, her family and friends, including myself and my children, but it's all for selfish reasons. I'll be excited to see her again.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
True, it says it's from Steve, but not my Steve. Steve from work gave me my only Valentine's Day present!! They were delicious, too.
We were lazy today. We slept in until about 7:30 and then decided we just didn't feel like getting up so we read for almost an hour. Then we immediately went to the living room and watched Thunderball, although I did get some magazines read and put away during that, and cleaned up a bit of clutter during the boring parts.
I need to insert a disclaimer here. Stephen, who never bothers to read this blog, just happened to read over my shoulder about our mutual agreement to not give each other presents. This is, in fact, a mutual agreement that we are both completely satisfied with! Let me make it clear that I do not want anything for Valentine's Day, nor do I expect anything. Except Papa John's with lots of extra garlic sauce and a Coke.
Anyway. Stephen took apart his car door this afternoon because the window on the passenger side gets stuck when you roll it down. It can be rolled up with a lot of manpower.
Done and done! He giddily took apart the door and did something to make the window roll up and down like a normal car. He's like a car surgeon. Now I can have my window rolled down anytime I want!
Friday, February 13, 2009
1. I've never written a note - at least not in the new Facebook, and I have no clue if I'm doing this correctly.
2. When I was in the fifth or sixth grade (my memory ain't so hot) I tried out for cheerleading. I had problems with the dance we were supposed to memorize because I kept mixing up my left and my right. Needless to say, I didn't make the team.
3. When I was in college I entered an air guitar contest at our local karaoke bar. I actually made it to the finals but lost to someone who was totally insane - I couldn't compete.
4. I'm pretty confident that I could eat Chick Fil-A every single day. And I'm pretty confident that Jenn would eat it with me every day.
5. My first job when I moved to Charleston, SC after college was working in insurance. I kept being called out by my boss for not wearing shoes around the office. It was a temporary position, and a year later he called me offering me a job at the law firm he worked at, so I guess the shoe thing didn't matter that much.
6. I am completely obsessed with getting mail and email. I wish I could check our snail mail as often as I can check my email. I even love junk mail!
7. I HATE to talk on the phone (just cell phones), but I also hate it when people text me. I'd rather them email me or write a letter.
8. My Wii Fit age varies between 21 and 39. Normally it's 26 though, which is my age, so that makes me feel better.
9. When I was six years old, I thought I was 10. Seriously. I have no clue what made me think this, other than the fact that I was in a K/1 combination in school and thought the first graders were all 12.
10. Even though we don't have kids yet, I have been the Tooth Fairy before. Emma lost a tooth at our house last year and of course expected money. Did I have cash? Noooo. I had to use the money given to me by Renee to exchange for her tooth.
11. The only radio station I listen to anymore is Air 1. If it doesn’t come in clearly, I pop in a CD or just sing to myself. I can’t stand regular radio anymore.
12. In college, my roommate Keely and I would run a mile or two, and then come back past the market on campus and get a pint of Ben and Jerry’s each, and reward ourselves for running by eating the whole pint.
13. Every week, unless one of us is sick or out of town, mom (and dad, now that he’s retired) and I eat lunch together. We switch off cooking for each other, and the recipe must be soup. We’ve been doing it since after mom’s liver transplant in 2007 and I’ve never made the same recipe twice yet.
14. I REALLY miss Boone. After four years of incredible friends, hikes, feet of snow, driving on the Parkway going nowhere, going on waterfall adventures, jumping off dams, doing cartwheels just because, frequenting the local pool hall until “last call”, swiping free hot chocolate from local hotels, looking at the stars from hoods of cars, riding bikes for 10-15 miles in no direction, photography hunts, jamming at Mike’s house, game nights, and so much more I can’t even describe here, I feel so so so lucky that I was able to experience true Boone life. I REALLY miss Boone.
15. If there was a way for me to bike to work, I would do it every day. Although, being pregnant, that might not be the best idea right now.
16. The real reason I complain about working my other job on Saturdays is because it hinders me from going to yard sales.
17. In January 2008, while listing reasons I like my sister more than pretty much any other person, one of my reasons was, “We can’t wait to have babies together.” Now, a year later, we are in the process of having babies together. This is one of the things in my life that makes me completely and utterly ecstatic.
18. I am completely… seriously… completely addicted to triple coupons, rebates, and reading. If any of those things ever left my life I honestly think I would go through withdrawals.
19. I have sent only one secret to Postsecret. It’s truly a secret that no one knows, but if someone found out, they’d probably think it was hilarious. I really want it to get on the website or in one of the books but so far, no luck.
20. Any type of racism, sexism, ageism, or other prejudice drives me crazy. I just can’t believe that we are living in the year 2009 and people still don’t treat each other as equals. I still have hope for the future but I have a very low tolerance for people who treat others as lesser humans. I want to smack people who use the “n” word, I don’t think all people of Hispanic descent are mooching off of Americans, I don't think all Asians look alike, and I don’t think white people are any less violent, stupid, or selfish than any other race or ethnicity.
21. I want to just get in a car and drive. I want to find towns that aren’t on maps, eat at restaurants no one else has heard of, and hike on trails that haven’t been discovered.
22. Every day I pray that I’ll be a better person than the day before.
23. One day, my best friend Sally and I were hanging out when we realized we had new neighbors. So, like any normal girls would do, we filled water balloons and put them in our bras to go welcome them to the neighborhood. I wonder what they thought. I wonder what we really looked like.
24. I don’t like mayonnaise – it makes me queasy – but I love Miracle Whip. ???
25. My baby is due in about 10 weeks and I think about her all the time. I can’t wait to have her. Stephen is going to be the best father, and I just am so excited about starting this new adventure with him. The next few weeks can’t go fast enough for me!!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
That was taken at Jenn's pink party on Tuesday night. One of the few pictures taken, sadly.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
We had a great party at Jenn and Matt's to celebrate her tonight, so thanks for hosting that guys!!
In another topic, not as happy unfortunately, I want to request some massive prayer from everyone. We got home tonight and found out that a friend of ours passed away tonight. He was our preacher's wife's brother, but we were very close to him until about a year ago when we sort of lost touch except for every couple of months. This was definitely sudden and he leaves behind an 11-year old daughter. Please pray for them - I can't even imagine what they're going through. Thank you!
Monday, February 9, 2009
Heartbeat was good - Brianna kept rolling away from the doppler, which she did on the last visit as well. It's very embarrassing when she doesn't behave. Everything else was normal - blood pressure, weight, etc.
My next appointment is in two weeks and it's the long-awaited 3-D ultrasound. I am excited to see the pictures, but not really that excited considering the fact I'll see the real deal just a few weeks after that. I'm more excited about the fact that I'm starting biweekly appointments. Also, I took the initiative to call our hospital today and pre-register with labor and delivery, which means less paperwork when the Big Day arrives!
Tomorrow is another long-awaited day... the day we find out what Baby K. is!! We are having a Gender Reveal party tomorrow night at Jenn's to celebrate, because really, who cares if it's a boy or a girl - it's a baby!! I can't wait to see the latest pictures of Baby K.! And quit calling "it" Baby K! At least after tomorrow I can say "he" or "she".
It's taken me about 3 hours to post this because I stopped halfway through to go to Ladies Group at church (much needed gabfest, junk food fest, and Bible fest). I came home a few minutes ago to find Stephen snuggled into bed already, bless his heart. We are just a wild and crazy couple like that. Anyway, I better go join him so I won't be as sleepy tomorrow as I was today!!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
I won't have time to write about Greenville again today because there is just too much going on! After church, I had to do two more trips of triple couponing (I mean, I just had to!) so I didn't even get home until 2:45. Today I spent $53 and saved $73, but I would have spent even less if I didn't pick up some Mountain Dews for Stephen and some chicken breast that was on sale. I still did pretty well, though. The last time I went through the line, the cashier was talking to me about when I was due, etc. because her daughter-in-law is due in August. As I started piling things into the cart she gave me a look and said, "Are you sure you don't want someone to help you out to your car? This stuff is pretty heavy." I just laughed and said, "Honey, this is my type of exercise! Triple couponing!!" Some people just don't understand. But she was sweet about it at least.
I had biscuits for lunch because in my hurry to unpack the groceries I dropped a can and they exploded, so I didn't really have a choice.
At 3:15 I started writing my paper for my theories class which is due today. I just finished it in a little over an hour and it is awful!! I feel really sorry for my professor, but I still think I can eke out a B at minimum. Now I have 45 minutes until we leave for choir practice and I have got to clean up this house! It's a pig sty!!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
We had a BLAST. I'll post some pictures and more about the trip later!!
Now that everything's separated, I just have to actually put it away. Blaaaaah.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Realistically, everything I buy full price is bought from places like Ross, Marshalls, and TJ Maxx, so it's still marked down from the original price. But thrift shopping and yard saling sure makes a gal
Today, on our girls trip to Greenville, we spent 8 hours - that's right, 8 hours - thrift shopping. All within a 10-mile radius from our hotel. I'm not sure how many places we actually went to, but I do know a few things.
There is no reason to buy a book in a regular store - not even Walmart, where you may think that $3.97 is good for a paperback. It's not. Not unless it is the one single book you're missing from your collection and you just can't wait to find it at a yard sale or off of Bookmooch.
There is no reason to ever. ever. buy your child a onesie that costs $10, $15, or even $86 as I have seen since we've been here. Most Goodwills, yard sales, coalitions, and nonprofit thrift stores will happily sell you these items anywhere from $0.10 to $2.00. And your child will repay you by puking on it and then growing out of it in ten minutes.
That's mainly all I bought today - books and clothes for Brianna - who already owns as many clothes as I do (maybe more). For the sake of time, I won't delve into our shopping experiences anymore tonight. We're on our way to a Hershey's place for dessert and I hate to keep the other girls waiting. I'll have a scoop of ice cream for you.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Mom called yesterday to announce that triple coupons is going on this weekend. Unfortunately (I don't mean that the way it's going to sound), this is the weekend mom, Jenn and I are going on our annual girls trip! In order to make the most of the triple coupons, I woke up bright and early to be at Harris Teeter by 7:30 to start the process (it didn't start until 7, but I mean, seriously, I'm not totally insane.) I ended up only getting in one trip where I usually can pull 3 or 4. But it tooks me and hour and a half just to do that one trip, and since they are going to be at my house in approximately 45 minutes, I needed to get back here and finish packing!
I actually brought a notebook with me this time, to take note of some of the deals I got. I spent $32.50 and saved $38.42, which isn't my best probably, but still really good. These are some of the deals I remembered to write down (which you probably don't care about, but fake it):
Box of Kleenex - Regular price $2.39, Sale price $1.75, My price $0.55
Viva paper towels - Regular price $2.59, My price $0.34
Vanity fair napkins and paper plates - Regular price $2.50 each, My price $1
Scrubbing Bubbles cleaner - Regular price $3.59, My price $1.34
Clorox cleaner - Regular price $3.89, My price $1.64
Formula 409 kitchen cleaner - Regular price $3.49, My price $1.24
Lysol bathroom cleaner - Regular price $3.39, My price $1.89
Crangrape - Regular price $3.39, My price $1.74
Suave body wash - Regular price $1.97, My price $0.47
Dial hand soap - Regular price $1.99, My price $0.94
Sensodyne - Regular price $4.79, My price $2.72
ACT - Regular price $4.99, My price $2.29
Gillette shaving gel - Regular price $3.29, My price $1.64
Kotex tampons - Regular price $3.59, My price $1.34
Lucky Charms - Regular price $3.69, My price $2.04
Betty Crocker blueberry muffin mix - Regular price $2.79, My price $1.59
There were a couple of others I forgot to write down, but since probably no one is still reading this, it doesn't matter. Now I've got to run and put all this stuff away before mom and Jenn get here! We are off to Greenville, SC for a few days!! ROAD TRIP!!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
These are my few pictures from this morning:
I miss those snows.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Over MLK weekend, Stephen's fabulous fam drove up to hang out with us and to help us paint our nursery. These are the pictures from the taping process to the untaping process to the curtains that Leila so graciously provided for us. I don't think the pictures turned out as well as the nursery really looks, so you'll have to come see it for yourself!