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Sunday, February 16, 2014
Over the past few years I have become a fan of Valentine's Day. We try our hardest to show each other every day how much we love each other, but I think Valentine's is just a fun day to make a little extra effort in telling someone how much you love them. Plus, who doesn't like candy, flowers and date nights with your significant other??
Addi had SO much fun this Valentine's. They made cute little boxes at school to put their cards and candy in. She loved pulling out each card and letting me tell her who it was from. She kept saying "I tell my friends happy valentimes today". I asked her if she had fun at her party and she said "I ate doughnuts and they were so yummy!" So cute! Jack's teacher sent me the above picture of him during the day Friday. He's been battling an ear infection, so it made my heart happy that he was all smiles!
Brad really isn't into making elaborate dinner plans, so we just attempted to go to Olive Garden, but we did not want to wait an hour and a half to eat, so instead we went to a new pizza place in town. We still had to wait 45 minutes for our pizza, but at least we were able to sit down at a table, talk and have an appetizer. We went to McDonald's for an ice cream cone and milkshake for dessert. It was a great night!
Saturday, February 8, 2014
In six more months we will be celebrating this precious little boy's 1st birthday - crazy! He's such a happy baby and always seems so content. I think two little teethies are about to come in because everything goes straight to his mouth for him to chew on. It won't be too long, I know!
Weight: I'm guessing somewhere between 18 lbs. We go for his 6 month check up next week, so I will have to update it then
Length: Not sure on this one either
Eating:He drinks four 8oz bottles. He's eating oatmeal mixed with fruit for breakfast, fruit or veggie for lunch and usually a fruit and a veggie for dinner.
Sleeping: After bragging about how great of a sleeper he is to someone last Monday, he began to wake up some in the middle of the night every night last week. He either rolls on his stomach and begins to whimper or his pappy falls out of his mouth. He's also been tee-teeing through his diaper, so I guess i'm going to either have to switch diaper brands or make it a habit of changing him right before I go to bed. He always falls asleep during his last bottle, so i'm sure this is the reason why his diaper overflows. He goes to sleep around 6:30/7:00 and wakes up at 5:45. He usually takes two good naps that last anywhere between 1 and 2 hours. His teacher says he's the best sleeper in their class - ha!
Likes: Eating, sitting up so he can see everything, playing in his jumper, looking in mirrors, his sissy and he LOVES the cat - his eyes follow her wherever she goes.
Dislikes: Being on his tummy, and he really dislikes when you don't feed him fast enough :)
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
I was off work the majority of last week due to the little snowstorm that happened here in Alabama. I needed to go into work to get a few things done since it was month end. Since the daycare was closed, I had no choice but to bring this little munchkin along with me...
Brad's parents watched little man b/c I didn't think I could get anything done at work if I had both of them there with me. She was pretty good (for the most part). She really wanted to help me work. I have two computer screens and she kept saying that one of them was hers and the other one was mine.
After I finished what I had to get done, we went down to Build-A-Bear. This was our first visit and she picked out a yellow pony and named it Sunshine. Her favorite part was giving her pony a bath. She would have stayed there all afternoon if I let her.
And yes, my daughter is wearing a little boy's t-shirt. She's OBSESSED with Jake and the Neverland Pirates ( or "Pilates" as she says).
Thursday, January 30, 2014
It all started Tuesday morning around 9:30 when I looked out my office window and saw the snow coming down heavy.
I sat in the same spot for about 30 minutes at least. It was already 12, so I called the daycare to say I was still going to be a while. They were already making plans for people to spend the night. I finally saw a bulldozer with a load of dirt to allow people to get by. I finally made it to a safe place to pull over. By this time I was about to pee all over myself b/c I drank a bottle of water right before I left work (sorry, TMI). The only cars that were making it over the hill were trucks with 4wd. My brilliant idea was that I will just flag down a truck going that way and see if I can hitch a ride. By that point, I just wanted my babies (and a restroom). I saw a truck and began waving like a crazy person. He was going to the gas station right across from the daycare and said he would drive me there and I could buy him gas (he was a true gentleman let me tell you - ugh). I hopped up in the truck and the next thing he said was "Don't worry, I wont rape you". Ummm, ok. I began questioning my wise idea of riding with a stranger. We get to the gas station after sliding a few places here and there, and it's closed. I ended up writing the guy a $25 check for driving me 2 miles. I didn't really care at the moment b/c I was desperate to make it to the church!
Once inside, I checked in with Addi's teachers to let them know I was there, but I didn't want to disturb her, so I went to Jack's room and stayed put until my father-in-law could reach us in his 4wd. About 1 1/2 hours later he arrived! We all piled in the truck (including some other families that we were dropping off on our way). I'm pretty sure I've never been that scared to be on the road in my life. I tried to not watch and just play on my phone. We finally got to their house and Brad had just left work (4:00). He made it as close as he could to their house and his dad had to go get him and bring him back.
That night, him and his dad had planned on going back to our house to get diapers and baby food for Jack. They left and came right back 5 minutes later b/c they couldn't make it up the hill.
The next day, Brad and I decided to walk the two miles to our house to get what we needed and check on Banjo and Winnie. There is no way anyone could have made it up our hill. Here are some pics Brad took along the way. (BTW, walking 4 miles in the snow is NO fun!)
Brad's phone lens was too blurry, but I'm wearing his dad's coveralls. I actually got hot wearing those things!
This is the entrance to our neighborhood. No one could make it up the hill, so they parked and walked.
After gathering some clothes, diapers and baby food, we started walking back. It was a long walk and I was so happy to be back to their house. We stayed the night there and I loaded Addi and Jack up around 11:30 this morning to drive back home. Winnie finally showed up at the door and she was happy to be back inside...
Addi and her Da went outside in the snow for 1 minute our first night there. She came back in and said "I not like the snow". Haha! Jack was comfy inside under the blanket...
I'm so ready for the snow and ice to go away! I wouldn't be able to survive living in the North!
Thursday, January 23, 2014
This week seems to have gone at a snail's pace and I'm so glad tomorrow is Friday!
Since this picture was taken, she has had about 3 inches cut off her hair and some layers put in. It looks SO much better!
This little girl has had a good week at school. About 4 months ago, she was having a hard time with her school work. Her teachers said that she just wanted to scribble scrabble on her paper instead of sit down and actually pay attention to what they wanted her to do. Of course, in true Mary Beth fashion, I begin to freak out b/c she isn't tracing her letters and writing her name like everyone else. I just wanted her to keep up with her classmates. However, this little girl is as stubborn as they come. She just wasn't interested in her schoolwork, therefore, she wasn't going to do it. Simple as that (just like her daddy). Several months later, something clicked and now she is doing great with her tracing and writing her name...She got all smiley faces this week! She's just trying to teach her mommy not to freak out and she will do things in her own timing.
This may not look like much to anyone else, but to me, it's perfection!
I can't believe Jack will be 6 months old at the end of this month! It blows my mind! He is rolling all over the place. He's SO CLOSE to sitting up on his own. Two little teethies are about to come in as well. Once he gets something in his hand, he automatically puts it in his mouth. I will do his 6 month update next week.
Something monumental happened this week...we cut off our cable. Crazy, I know. It has only been off since Monday and so far so good! We already had Netflix and Amazon Prime subscriptions that we were paying for on top of our cable bill, so we have just been watching those instead. We plan on buying a Roku next week to give us even more options. Doing this is saving us about $100/month and i'm super excited about that! I asked Brad today what else could we do away with to save some more money - ha!
My best friend is coming into town tomorrow and I can't wait to spend some time with her on Saturday! I hope y'all have a great weekend!
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
One of my biggest pet peeves is people who complain about EVERYTHING. I think this bothers me so much is because I used to be this way (I still have my days, trust me). I would whine and gripe about being overweight (mostly to myself). Once I realized that whining about something will do absolutely NOTHING to help your circumstance, I began to do something about it. I put my running shoes on and changed my diet (I also prayed a lot for God to give me self-control and the determination to better myself). I have since lost 61 lbs!
I understand there are things that happen in our lives that we can’t control. Thankfully, God is bigger than all of our problems. I used to hate my job. Like I would dread getting up in the morning and I would think of every excuse under the sun to stay home. I wanted to be a stay at home mom so badly. Once I finally got it in my noggin that I will not be a SAHM anytime soon, I had to learn to deal with the situation I was given. We kind of have to have insurance and bills need to be paid and diapers need to be bought, so I need to work J I began putting it in God’s hands and asked him to change my heart about my job situation. I love seeing how God works in our lives! Once I quit focusing on how much I hated my job and realized that God created me to work not to just pay the bills, but to actually work for a purpose and to give Him the glory in everything I do, I began to actually enjoy my work. We were created to not only love God, but to love others and show them Christ. Work should be our mission field. Every morning before I get out of my car to walk in the office, I pray that the Lord uses me to bring glory to His name and to point others towards Christ.
I pray that whatever you are going through right now, you will just give it to God. I know that is easier said than done sometimes, but I feel like we miss out on the life God meant for us to live when we spend all of our time complaining about what we want to change about it. He has placed you where you are for a reason and He loves you!