Thursday, September 29, 2011


I'm not feeling very orignial these days. Stole this from a blog I follow...

If I were to get pregnant...well, I am!

•If I could have any job in the world…this might seem a little random, but maybe own a nursery (the plant and flower kind). It just seems so peaceful.

•If I had a day to myself...unlimited amounts of sleep.

•If I could get married all over again…There is no question I'd marry the same man over again! I'd probably have eloped though if I knew what a pain the wedding itself was going to be.

•If I could live anywhere in the U.S...Hawaii? I don't care, I like moving around.

•If I were to have more children...I'm currently pregnant with our last (planned, haha) baby. Never say never. ;)

•If I could have any talent in the world...I wish I could sing really well. I also wish I could learn how to use my new sewing machine!

•If you met me in real would probably think I look tired.

•If I went back to school...I'm not sure. Healthcare or counseling, I've got to figure this out one day.

•If money were not an object...I would travel Europe in style.

•If I could meet one celebrity...hmmm, I don't care too much about celebrities. How about George Bush? Haha, or it might be interesting to meet Katie Holmes and Suri to see if they're as crazy as all those tabloids in the grocery aisle claim they are.

•If I could shop at only one store for the rest of my life... Target?

•If I could choose an animal/pet...I need to get my crazy dog under control first, but I'd like another dog one day.

•If I could go on a trip right now...someplace warm and tropical and with an ocean.

•If I had to choose between a house cleaner and personal first thought is house cleaner, but I would probably be ashamed of my messy house and have to clean it before they came, so I'll go with chef.

•If I had the option to get plastic surgery…plastic surgery wouldn't fix it, but I'd change my thumbs. I don't have Meagan Fox's figure but we do have the same thumbs.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Party of Five

Well, it happened! All the parents have been notified, so I am happy to announce that I am pregnant! (I'm not telling everybody until after my next ultrasound, but I figure if you care enough to read my boring blog, you deserve to know, haha.) Sweet baby #3 is due April 30th. It's funny how much different this third pregnancy has been. For one thing, I don't even know where "What to Expect When Your Expecting" is. I'm pretty sure I read it three times through by this time with both Sam and Allie. Not that I'm an expert or anything, it just turns out I actually know what to expect. Second, April doesn't seem that far away. Trust me, I am very excited to meet this one, but nine months (well, 7 now) doesn't seem as long as the last two times. Maybe it's because I finally understand how much work those tiny little babies create. ;)  I was going to say that I haven't bought anything yet, but actually, I did get those two cute shirts for the kids to wear to the hospital. :) In December when we find out the gender, I plan on buying:                                 or:

Haha, and I think this is cute, the day after I found out I was pregnant I started cleaning the living room and pulled out the vacuum (I usually skip vacuuming on the weekends, and Joel was like, "um, is this some sort of nesting?" Apparently he thought I only vacuumed every two weeks or something and I was "going crazy." With two kids and a dog, the weekend is definitely the longest I go. I was proud of him for knowing what the term "nesting" means though. ;)


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Great big internal sigh.

Why is it so hard to break bad habits and so very easy to lose the good ones? Last month when all our guests started arriving, I started to feel busy, which I was, but at times like that it always seems the first thing to go is reading my Bible and spending time in prayer. It makes me a little sad, but that always seems the first thing to go. Not facebook or any of the other non-essestials that I still manage to find time for. Maybe it's because I like to do it a certain way (no children, please) or maybe it's some other reason.
Regardless, that's the way it is. I found this quote last night by Charles Hummel, "We live in constant tension between the urgent and the important. The problem is that the important task rarely must be done today or even this week. Extra hours of prayer or Bible study can wait. But the urgent tasks call for instant action-endless pressure every hour and day." Ahh, so true.
Anyways, yesterday I was wondering why I was feeling so overwhelmed by every little thing. Yes, life is busy and hectic and a little stressful right now, but not so much so that I should be feeling the way I am now.  Not that I should be constantly ready to snap at everybody. Then it hit me, when is the last time I asked God to help me? The last time I spent time in scriptures, or remembered that life is not about what we do, but who we are? I hate to admit that it's been a while. I've been doing a lot of doing, but not a lot of being.  I decided to start immediatley back up, and found a book that I bought months ago meaning to read.

Awesome book (It starts off with the story in Luke 10:38-42, not suprisingly). I've read the author's other "Mary" book and loved it.  Anyways, a few verses from my reading last night that stuck with me:

Ezekial 36:26
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

History and life lessons

This past weekend our family went on an overnight trip to Charleston, SC. What a gorgeous city! The first day we spent at the ocean and the next we went to a museum and got to tour an aircraft carrier and a submarine. It was pretty awesome.  It's about a 3.5 hour drive, so not too bad, but far enough with kids. It was worth it though!
on the deck

seriously, how does something so big and so made of metal float???

We were only on the submarine for ten minutes or so, but the tight, tiny spaces made me feel crazy. To think that people lived on those things for months on ends is pretty amazing.
USS Clamagore
Sam in one of the beds. There were six to a room.

In totally unrelated news, I finished out my third week of helping with the GAP class at church today. It's been an interesting experience. Looking at these ladies, I realize how incredibly different my life would have turned out had I never learned to read, finished school, or even just had a different family life and how difficult that life would be now. "Funny" is definitely  not the right word, but I've also realized (well, actually I've always thought people needed to calm down, but that's a different story) anyways, I've realized the whole breast vs. formula debate is kinda funny because there are 8 week old babies out there with orange soda in their bottles. I thought that was crazy, but apparently it's pretty common. Yikes. Can you imagine? 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


This weekend was one of those beautiful weekends for me that just made me happy to be alive.

 Thursday night I dyed my hair a dark brown then woke up the next morning completely panicked that I made a mistake (even though I've done my hair this color before). I'm such a baby about change! I'm definitely not the adventurous type. It only took me a few hours to change my mind and decide that I do like it. I have really dark eyebrows, so to me it just seems to match better.

Friday night, Joel and I went to the Air Force Ball together.  We really only go because I like to dress up, because honestly the food's not that great and all the formal stuff is kind of boring, but we always have a good time. I've been feeling kind of fat, so I decided to get a new dress this year. It's kind of an expensive way to deal with insecurity, but I do actually love the dress I got (besides the fact that different angles add like ten pounds in pictures). I got this one at JC Penny's for $65 so it wasn't too bad as far as formal wear goes. I was feeling pretty tired (see bags under eyes in above picture;) so we didn't stay for the dancing, but it was still fun.

Saturday was where the real fun was. We went to a friend's lake house, and it was gorgeous. There's nothing sweeter than laying in the sand and watching the kids build a sand castle with their daddy. :) Our friends had a speed boat, so Sam and I went tubing together. He's such a brave little man!! I was so proud of him-we were going fast! Annaleigh was upset because she didn't get to come with us, but I didn't realize how much so until she took off out the sliding door during dinner and started making her way to the dock. It's a little scary how independent kids can be sometimes! We went out again later, and she loved it. She was standing up looking over the railing the whole time. :) By that time the sun was setting and it was just so beautiful. The next morning the first thing she said to me was "I need the boat." Then when we went to church every person she met she asked about the boat. Such a cutie. ♥

Haha, well, it was nice that we had such a great weekend, cause it's only Tuesday and it feels like its already been a long week!

same lake, different day :)

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Well, we're selling our house! It truly is bittersweet. I love our home and all we've done with it, but on the other hand change is always exciting. Joel's brother is moving into town, and they were planning on buying and we were planning on selling sometime in the coming year, so it worked out for all of us.  I'm also really happy for my brother and sister-in-law to get to own their first home! Haha, a little jealous that they don't have horrible wall paper to rip down though;)
We got assigned to a house on base  for October 21st! We got into one of the new houses, and they are just lovely. We'll have four bedrooms and a garage. It's awesome. It will also be my first time living in a two story house! I am wondering how that will be with kids...
 The only thing I'm a little worried about is our dog. Hailey has a really hard time meeting new people. She growls and barks when strangers come towards her...once you get to the stage where you're close enough to pet her, she's fine, but who wants to actually get that close to a growling German Shepherd? I'm starting obedience classes with her next week, and hopefully she learns some manners.
my sweet doggie

I've been working on potty-training Annaleigh, and it's going extremely well. A million times better than when I tried using candy as a bribe before! Haha, the only problem I'm having is that she only wants to wear undies, and any time I put a pull up on her (to go out or nap/bedtime) there is a huge fight. I'd let her go without, but she's definitely not ready for it!
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