Archive for October, 2008

October 26, 2008

7 states in 2 days…

missouri, arkansas, tennessee (just the corner), mississippi, alabama, georgia, and florida


we’re back in tallahassee and i am very much (surprisingly) sane.  the  week was GREAT (pictures to follow once i’m home)…so much fun to hang out with bob and julie and little owen.  the weather was fall perfection and we kept the perfect balance of busy and relaxed.  i am so proud of how my girls handled the car ride(s).  we only had one major melt-down with layne and that was 10:30 last night after being on the road for 12 hours.  i didn’t mind so much because apparently layne’s blood-curdling screams were exactly what harper needed to hear to finally fall asleep in her carseat.  and to think that all this time we’ve been using the white noise of a bedside fan.  i’m encouraged at how both of them did during both trips (the way there and the way back), but i’m still not ready to jump back in the car tomorrow.  we’ll head home on monday and hopefully make it back just in time to get to my soccer game (which i will probably pass out during, due to only one run while on vacation).

pictures soon to come, along with a 200th post celebration!  maybe.  probably not (this is #199).

October 22, 2008

it’s still tuesday…

gotta get my top ten on!  🙂

we’re having a great time in missouri.  i’ll definitely post pictures when i get home, but for now all i can think of to post as far as a top ten goes is: my favorite ten things about today.

10) snuggling with harper as soon as she woke up (we’re sharing a king-sized bed and she’s done GREAT)

9) my dad’s bacon, eggs, and homemade hashbrown breakfast

8) staying in my p.j.’s until THREE O’CLOCK (we didn’t have any plans until this evening)

7) a nap (next to my precious daughter)

6) laynie smiles

5) got to wear my “new” boots (wish is had a picture…they’re a pair that i got a few weeks ago at world thrift for $4)

4) eating FRESH, homegrown chicken, turnips, beans, and apple pie

3) watching my nephew owen kiss harper several times throughout the day

2) amazing COOL weather

1) watching harper sit on a horse for the first time (we visited some friends of my brother/parents who live out in the country and have alot of land, chickens, horses, and cows)

October 17, 2008

yet again

since i’m certain that the quality/quantity of my blog will deteriorate in the next few days, thanks to a road trip to springfield (MO) to visit my brother and his family, i’ve decided yet again to write a random post.  my 200th post is coming very soon, so stay tuned for something (probably not very) exciting!  🙂  i need to come up with a category title for these posts because apparently i like them and write them often…any ideas?

  • i realized the other day, very abruptly, that the sound of crunching acorns reminds me of riding my bike as a kid.  i love it when things like that happen (quick remembrances).
  • today i sorted through two garbage bags of hand-me-downs from my sister (from her daughter to mine).  seriously, natalie’s giving me these clothes is an unbelievable gift.  when she lived in atlanta, nat used to go to thrift stores at least once a week and they were REALLY good REALLY cheap thrift stores.  my kids’ wardrobe is made up of nothing but quality brands (old navy, gap, target, levi’s, osh-kosh, carter’s, etc…) and i haven’t paid a cent for any of it.  honest to goodness, in harper’s whole 2 1/2 years of life, i think i’ve bought clothes for her MAYBE 6 times…all i ever really buy is hair accessories, socks, and shoes (hardly ever).  i get SO excited every time hannah enters a new clothing size because i get to sort through everything and pick out a new wardrobe for harper (and laynie, eventually).  the only drawback is that i can’t ever take all the stuff that’s there because we don’t have the space…i have to sort through and only take what i know she’ll wear alot.
  • i am sooo excited for this trip because i’m STARVED for cool weather.  ideal conditions: jeans & short sleeves during the day with no sweat on my back (or anywhere else); jackets at night; harper’s cheeks pink from the wind (i know that’s a stretch).
  • the Lord worked on me today.  i can honestly and sincerely say right at this moment that i am thankful to live in a small house.  i think i’ve talked a little bit before about what a particular baby layne is…  when i put her down for a nap, i’m in and out at least three times until she falls asleep (putting the binky back in, adjusting her position, etc.).  going up and down the stairs today was not fun.  thus, my thankfullness that at home i only have to walk about 10 steps to her bed from wherever i am in the house.
  • man, just when i think i’m “in shape”, i come visit mom and dad and go for a run.  tallahassee has many hills and they always kick my butt.  i love it.
  • tonight we went and visited my grandma at her assisted living place.  it is SO precious to see how old people respond to seeing “young life”.  when those ladies see harper walk in, their faces absolutely light up.  then they saw laynie and 3 of them had to “run” over to get a closer look.  they were all so enamored and genuinely excited.  on a sad note, my grandma introduced me as her niece and couldn’t remember my name.  😦  she just had her 92nd birthday and is in relatively good health, but it’s sad to see her memory going.
October 14, 2008


the girls and i leave tomorrow for an 11-day trip to my brothers’ in missouri.  i’m not completely crazy: tomorrow we’re driving to my parents’ place in tallahassee, and then on friday all of us will load down the suburban and make the 13-hour trip to springfield.  layne’s gotten alot better in the car and harper always does great, so it shouldn’t be too bad of a drive.  anyway, the fact that i’m leaving for a trip got me thinking about how much i love to travel and that it doesn’t really matter where.  before i had kids i liked it more, but it’s just fun to get away and do something different and see new places.

here’s a list of 10 trips i’ve taken in the past 10 years, in order.  we’ve traveled more than this, but i’m not counting those times because they were to see family or weren’t very far away.

1) baltimore – PBA spring break 1999.  my first mission trip.  we ripped out the inside of a rowhouse for their habitat for humanity chapter and spent a day at meals on wheels.  it was a great time.

2) hawaii – summer ’99.  my dad flew us (the kids) out to meet he and mom in kauai.  they were already there for a convention for his work.  that is still one of the most memorable weeks of my life and hawaii is THE most beautiful place i’ve ever been.  i hope ryan and i can go back sometime and take our kids.

3) london – fall semester senior year 2000.  the most impacting 3 months of my life.  visited 13 countries with some of the best girlfriends i’ll ever have.

4) east coast tour – spring break senior year 2001.  ryan and i randomly decided to drive to new jersey to visit some friends.  i guess we just had nothing better to do and we knew we were only weeks away from “the real world”.  we drove to new jersey with a stop in D.C.  once we were in jersey we went to philadelphia one day and atlantic city one night.  surprisingly enough, i thought the cheese steaks were gross.

5) alaska – honeymoon, august 2002.  holland american cruise through the inside passage.  i had been on the same route once before with my family when i was about 12, but when you’re a pre-teen on a cruise, all you really care about is your tan…so, let’s just say i had a MUCH better time when i was 23.  we saw the salmon run, went mountain-biking, ate our weight in seafood and desserts and everything else, and spent 2 days in vancouver.  i couldn’t have asked for a better honeymoon.

6) arizona – fall 2003.  berean freshman mission trip.  i was flattered and excited when i was asked to chaperone this trip.  we went to a small town in southern arizona.  i honestly can’t remember everything that we did, but i know that i formed some great relationships with the kids (and the adults).  it was a great experience.

7) ireland – spring break 2004.  one of our good friends, matt, was living there for work for a year.  we stayed with him for free and did some day-long trips during the day while he was working.  matt and ryan went surfing twice while i stood on the shore with my jaw on the ground.  when they got out, their fingers didn’t work and their mouths couldn’t form words, but i think that is still probably one of ryan’s favorite memories with matt.  we toured the guinness brewery in dublin…that was pretty cool.

8) san diego – fall 2004.  berean freshman mission trip #2.  again, i’m embarrassed to say that i can’t remember most of what we did.  but, man, san diego was amazing and we saw God do some really cool things in the lives of our kids and some of those we met.

9) grenada – fall 2005.  took this trip just after i found out i was pregnant with harper.  my friends hannah and kevin (who’d just left berean) were living there while kevin was in medical school.  my friend pat and i flew down to spend the week with them over fall break.  we had a great time: hiking to waterfalls, sunset on a sailboat, laying by the pool, snorkeling, etc.  i was such a fun trip and grenada is gorgeous!

10) las vegas – august 2007.  with ryan to celebrate our fifth anniversary.  harper stayed home with nana and we had a great 5 days of walking the strip, exploring all the casinos, eating amazing food, driving to the grand canyon, and just hanging out together.

bonus) the week after college graduation, some girlfriends and i all went on a cruise together in the bahamas.  there were 12 of us all together and it was a great time!

October 13, 2008

what does love mean?

my grandpa e-mailed me this last week.  i’ve gotten the forward probably 4 times, but it is still precious.  even if this stuff is made up, it’s still good writing when you imagine it coming from the mouth of a child. 


what does love mean?


When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore.  So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love..

Rebecca- age 8


When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.  You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.

Billy – age 4


Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.

Karl – age 5


Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.

Chrissy – age 6


Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.

Terri – age 4


Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.

Danny – age 7


Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that.. They look gross when they kiss. 

Emily – age 8


Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.

Bobby – age 7


If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.

Nikka – age 6


Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.

Noelle – age 7


Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.

Tommy – age 6


During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling.  He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.

Cindy – age 8


My mommy loves me more than anybody You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night..’

Clare – age 6


Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.

Elaine-age 5


Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.

Chris – age 7


Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.

Mary Ann – age 4



I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.

Lauren – age 4



Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross.

Mark – age 6


You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.

Jessica – age 8

October 12, 2008

“the dreams that you wish will come true…”

it’s sunday and i want to make this quick…my pillow and the quiet house are screaming at me to take a long nap before the girls wake up.  🙂

on friday afternoon, i called ryan and told him that i’d been thinking i wanted to give harper her first movie night.  he stopped on his way home from work and picked up cinderella.  i was super excited about harper seeing this movie because she’s been in the princess-obsession stage for about a month now and i knew that she would LOVE seeing cinderella on tv (so far we’ve just read books about princesses).  i kept telling her that she needed to be really good because when daddy came home he was going to bring her a super cool surprise.  when ryan walked in, i remided harper that he had a surprise for her and she ran up to him and asked him what it was.  he said, “well, i do have a surprise for you, but first i have one for mommy.”  i looked up and he had some wood floor samples in his armload of stuff (we’re most likely putting wood down in the next few weeks, but that’s another post).  i thought, “oh cool, floor samples, that is a fun surprise.”  (no, seriously, i really was excited…sad as that may be.)  then, ryan handed me a package wrapped in brown paper.  my birthday’s not for another month, so it took me totally off guard and i thought maybe it was like a case of resee’s cups or something.  🙂  i opened it and this is what i saw:

after i opened it, this is what i said: “AAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!”  i haven’t been that excited probably since i found out i was pregnant with layne.  i’ve been wanting a small point & shoot camera for about 2 years now and i’ve made sure that ryan heard about it constantly.  i am constantly in situations where i wish i had a camera with me, but wouldn’t dare take my big “professional” camera (i.e. the beach, the playground, the pool).  ryan has heard many times about failed photo opps because i was camera-less or was at home and didn’t have the time to get down the big backpack, pull out the camera, put on the right lens, blah, blah, blah.  i am SO excited and i love that he gave it to me a month early because there are alot of things coming up that i’ll want to use it for (not to mention the fact that he COMPLETELY caught me off guard).


harper absolutely LOVED the movie, like i knew she would.  it was really cute to watch.  we put her in a highchair in front of the tv to eat her dinner, but she wouldn’t take her eyes off the screen even for a second to look down at her food.  we had to keep reminding her to eat.  🙂  now the only problem is that she wants to watch it again…and again…and again.  i’m a little nervous about the other princess movies because they all have a pretty scary element to them…i think we settle for cinderella’s evil step-mother a few more times before we move on to any beast or octopus or mean witch.

off to take a nap!

October 8, 2008

wordless wednesday.

October 7, 2008

I’ve never…

  • liked lobster.
  • been to illinois, massachusetts, new hampshire, vermont, wisconsin, indiana, louisiana, michigan, north dakota, connecticut, iowa, maine, nebraska, ohio, rhode island, deleware, or mississippi.
  • understood cricket.
  • worn/wanted to wear false eyelashes.
  • met a candy bar i didn’t like.
  • pushed a baby out.  🙂
  • understood why people spend so much on a wedding. (has anyone seen that show “yes to the dress”?)
  • stayed up ALL night.
  • been able to do a split.
  • worn stilletos.  i just don’t feel like i can pull it off.
October 6, 2008


i wrote in my last post that i’ve been wanting to put more of a scheduled feel into my day.  last week i took three days to write down everything i did in 15-minute intervals to help me come up with a schedule that suits my needs/habits/etc.  granted, i have a 12-week-old baby who really isn’t on a solid schedule yet, so that will affect the schedule in different ways on different days, but here is a rough sketch of what i’d like my days to look like:

5:30    wake up; feed/burp/change layne; get dressed

6:00    go running (home by 6:30 so ryan can leave for work) or do yoga

7:00    read/quiet time

7:30    make bed/shower/get dressed (again)

8:00    get harper up/potty/dressed; pick up house; start laundry

8:30    feed/burp/change layne; make breakfast

9:00    unload/load dishwasher; laundry; harper brush teeth

9:30    leave the house for the days’ activity (i.e. errands, storytime, mom’s group, etc…)

12:00  home; feed/change/burp layne; put layne to bed; make lunch

12:30  lunch

1:00    harper potty/books/down for nap

1:30    check e-mail/facebook; write a blog 🙂 ; continue laundry; specific chores (i.e. ironing, bathrooms, receipts, etc…different every day); photo editing and/or design work

3:45    feed/burp/change laynie

4:00    harper up/changed/room time for 30 minutes/snack; put clean clothes away

4:30    harper and mommy time (i.e. play-doh, coloring, bubbles, puzzles, etc…different every day)

5:15    pick up clutter; finish any remaining chores

5:30    ryan home/harper time with daddy while i fix dinner

6:00    dinner

6:30    clear table; dishes; layne’s bath

6:45    harper’s bath; dress/feed layne

7:00    layne in bed

7:15    harper dressed/brush teeth/read books

7:45    night, night harper; dishes/clean kitchen

8:00    time with my best buddy! 🙂

9:30    BED! (this is when i should be in bed, but it hardly ever happens) 

after typing this out there’s no way i’m erasing it, but i have to admit that i feel a little exposed and/or embarrassed…not sure why.  be kind with your comments, people.

ps…i just got a second to catch up on one of the blogs i like to read and, oddly enough, joanne is talking about scheduling right now, too.

October 3, 2008

potpourri: not just in a basket in the bathroom

i’ve had alot on my mind this week, but nothing “big” enough that i thought was post-worthy.  so, i’ve decided to clump it all together in one post (which is still probably not post-worthy, but what the hay).

  • harper is growing up too fast.  i realized the other day that she’ll be 2 and a HALF this month.  what the heck?  you know what comes next, right?  THREE!  oh man, i’m not ready for this growing up stuff.  (although i wouldn’t mind it if i could just skip ahead a little bit with laynie…)  she also is absolutely hilarious.  she makes me laugh out loud at least once a day.  today we were in a thrift store and she was trying to get me to follow her to the toy section.  apparently i wasn’t following fast enough because she turned around and said, “mommy, vamanos!  let’s go!”  yesterday i told her that layne was trying to poop so she went over to layne and proceeded to explain to her how to poop and was saying “push it out, yaynie, you have to puuuuuush.”  🙂
  • i am sick of all the sarah palin hoopla.  there.  i said it.  i don’t dislike her, but (please don’t send me mean comments) i just don’t have a whole lot of respect for a woman who isn’t planning on raising her kids for the next 4 years of their lives.  i appreciate that she’s a Christian and loves her husband and all that, but that’s about it.
  • i realize that we are supposed to take care of our bodies/be in shape because it is the temple of the Holy Spirit, but i realized the other day that i excercise and eat right (ha!) for purely selfish reasons.  how do i change that?  comments appreciated because i don’t see how i can desire to be skinny by any other motives but selfish ones.
  • if i ever die in a car accident, i really don’t want one of those government issued white signs (“drive safely”) with fake flowers all over it at the spot where i died.
  • i’ve been waking up early lately and i actually think i…gulp…like it.  it’s still hard for me to wake up, and i do get tired around…uh…now, but i feel like i just get so much more accomplished and i’m ready to face the day after being up and thinking about tasks/goals/appts/etc for 2 hours before harper is up.  also, our neighborhood is nice when it’s quiet and there’s no one around.
  • i’m still watching the cleaner every week on DVR.  benjamin bratt’s character, william, talks out loud to God all the time (it’s kind of like the show’s narration).  why don’t i do that???
  • on tuesday at my church’s mom’s group, our pastor’s wife took some time to speak to us (thank you, cheryl!).  she talked about alot of things, but mostly time management.  one of the books she read about it says that if you want to make a schedule for your life, you should write down what you do for three days in fifteen minute increments.  today is day 3 for me and i have to say it’s been a fun little experiment.  i don’t think that i’m going to make too strict of a schedule for myself, but it’s been kind of fulfiling each night to look back through the day’s activities.  if you are a s.a.h. mom, you know that sometimes you can feel like you’ve accomplished nothing with your day, so it was nice to look back and see what i got done (sometimes it wasn’t much, but my kids are dressed and fed, right?).