Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Random

Okay, so it's been a LOOOOONG time since I've written. Oops. Not that any of my faithful followers are missing anything huge (hello?? are you out there??) :) This post is going to be random. I've been hit with a lot of thoughts this week and here they are in no particular order! I think the last month of pregnancy is soley used to torture future mothers. I mean, the doctor and all the websites said that if Tommy was born NOW, he'd have a 99.9% chance of living. And I still have 5 weeks left. So please tell me WHY pregnancy is 40 weeks and not 36?!? I have been up about every 1 1/2 hours during the night to go to the bathroom. And if anyone else says, "It's just to get you ready for when Tommy wakes up at night!!!" I think I MIGHT have to scream. Yes, I'm sure the feeling of having to use the bathroom so bad that I am afraid I won't make it in time and then producing a small thimble sized amount of pee is only being done by my body in preperation to get me ready to wake up with my crying baby at night. Sure, that's GOT to be it. Or not. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I have a 6 pound child rolling around in my stomach 24 hours a day and pressing on my lady parts (Oddly enough, as I was typing this, someone asked me how I was and I said tired and what do you think they said?!?! That God was preparing me to be up with my child!! Oh brother.). I am pretty sure we are just now realizing our lives are about to be drastically changed. The other night, after laying on the couch for 2 hours straight--Nick watching football, me reading a book--Nick said, "yeah.......in about a month, we're not gonna be able to do this anymore." And I laughed (half out of amusement, half out of hysterics because I know he's right). But it's true. Everything will be different and I KNOW once he's here, it will only be different in a good way. But right now, it's scary! I'm realizing lately that I am the kind of person that just waits for the bottom to fall out of everything. On one hand, that's not such a horrible thing because when it does, I'm not really disappointed because I'm expecting it. But on the other hand, what the heck?!!? When did I turn into one of those??? But it's true. I've always had this nagging thought in the back of my head that for SOME reason, I wouldn't be able to have kids. I know it was Satan trying to bring me down and it worked. I had myself convinced that it was the truth and I would just have to end up adopting or foster parenting or something like that. Or that if I WAS able to get pregnant, my kid would have a disability or something extremely wrong with it. And now that I'm carrying this baby, I feel like I'm going to get to the end of the pregnancy and someone's gonna pop out of thin air and tell me this was all a joke and I don't get my sweet little Tommy at the end of it!!! Yet again, Satan at work. I'm going to try to work on expecting the best out of situations instead of just waiting for everything to fall apart. I guess also, it's just hard to get the fact in my head that God is trusting me with this sweet little life. Talk about intimidating!! Holy smokes. Have you ever thought about what a TRUE priviledge it is to get to have a child? Amazing and wonderful. I'm also realizing that I am just an old soul at heart. I've always had an idea of this but I think when I was younger, I fought it and WANTED to be outgoing and vivacious and all those things teenagers and young adults are supposed to be. Now that I'm old (almost 27!! which means ALMOST 30!! YIKES!!), I'm coming to terms with the fact that I am just that.......OLD! I like to just be with my family. The older I get, the less I like the cold and the more I enjoy the sun (which is something I NEVER thought would happen). I don't like crowded places and would prefer 2-3 hours of vegging at home over 2-3 hours shopping in a crazy busy mall. I don't see the sense in speeding anymore--my logic (which is TOTALLY true) is that people speed and I go the speed limit and we end up at the same stop light in the end. I have actually caught myself saying that young kids these days don't understand the value of a dollar. What?!? It's happening. I'm turning into my mom!! But the best part is, I see now that turning into my mom is a HUGE blessing and I am okay with that! I hope this random thinking didn't bore anyone to tears but I wanted a place to go back and remember the things I'm thinking and going through before the birth of my first little baby!! Hopefully, the next time I post will be pictures of Tommy!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Nursery



My baby's nursery! I can't wait to put him in it and I am SOOOOOO glad it's done!!!











































Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sono picture!

Well, this is the first look we got at Tommy's face......kinda crazy!! His mouth was open (as I have a feeling it's going to be the majority of his life). Am I a bad mom for thinking he kind of looks like Casper the friendly ghost in this picture? :) Don't get me wrong, it's cute, it's just weird to see it because now that's what I picture him looking like ALL THE TIME!! A black and white version with no actual eyeballs and a wide open mouth! But I know he's going to be the cutest thing EVER when I can actually SEE his little eyes and nose. He was being ornery during the sono yesterday. He kept putting his hands in front of his face, so this is the only semi-decent shot we got of him. And he is going to be a lazy baby. He would not move for ANYTHING! The nurse kept jiggling my belly to try to make him move and he just wasn't having it. He was basically folded up in half at the waist and was perfectly content. They said he is weighing bigger than most babies at this age--2.7 lbs. I didn't think to ask how long he was, but on the sonogram picture it says he's 25 cm and I am hoping that's wrong!! That's only 9 inches and on all the websites, it says he should be around 14 inches by now. Maybe they just couldn't get an accurate measurement since he was all folded up. The tech DID say he had really long legs, so we'll see soon enough I guess.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Shower #1

And so it begins!! The showering of love for Tommy! I had my first shower this weekend and it was CRAZY awesome!! I cannot believe the amount of presents that this kid got. And we're not gonna have to buy him any blankets or lotion for years!! It was really fun and nice to go to an event where I didn't have to do ANYTHING to set up or tear down. Then I got to go home and look at everything again. It was so great! We got a lot of big things--our stroller and car seat, bumbo, boppy (who names these kid items??), high chair.........and Broncos outfits galore. He's gonna be the best dressed kid on game days for Broncos :) Then on Sunday, my mom, sister and cousin came over and helped get the nursery almost completely finished!! It looks so great. I can't wait till it's all the way done. I painted a Bible verse on the wall--1 Samuel 1:27--"I prayed for this child and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him." I put it above his crib and LOVE it!! We got all the furniture in just the right spot and most of his stuff put away. I can't believe he'll be sleeping in the crib soon!! We go today for another sono. They couldn't get a clear shot of his heart during the last one, so we're doing another one. I'm really excited! I hope we get to see his face and get a glimpse of what he's going to look like!! Well that's it for now. Nothing too new. I'll try to post pictures soon of the nursery (if I can figue out how :)!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tommy

Tommy, even though you are not here yet, I feel like I know SO much about you. And that just makes me SO much more excited to meet you!!! Three months seems like way too long until I get to see your face, but I am hoping it will fly by!! These are the things I already know about you:
*spicy food gets you excited!! I don't know if you get happy or ticked, but you start moving around like there's no tomorrow.

*unfortunately, you're a night owl---like your mom USED to be, but doesn't WANT to be anymore because she knows she has a busy baby boy on the way and needs all the sleep she can get :) You usually start getting REALLY active around 9:30pm and when daddy's alarm goes off at 4am, you're still going. We're gonna have to pray for that to change!!!

*You're already ornery. Mom will yell for daddy whenever you're kicking a lot so he can feel it and as SOON as he's within 2 feet of my tummy, you stop moving. Immediately. With as active as you are, daddy's only felt you move twice.

 *You like music!! A LOT!!! We listen to K-Love on the way to work every morning and on the way home every night and you go nuts!! One time, I swear you were kicking in beat with the base. It was AWESOME!!!

*You enjoy when mom sings and talks to you :) I personally think you're dancing to my voice, but dad thinks you're laughing. Whatever. What does he know?? Okay....he might be right. I don't have the best voice, but you still love it!!

 *I think you're starting to hear a lot more (obviously). But just recently, you're kicking when you hear a loud noise--someone yell, the car starting, deep voices. It's kind cool to know that you already respond to stuff like that.

*You are spoiled!! Already! My youth group talks to you all the time and can't wait to meet you. Your grandma's are crazy over you and your aunt Brooke is obsessed beyond reason with wanting to buy you things and make up a special nick name for you. Your dad can't wait to "man you up."

Man, you're going to be smothered with love when you finally arrive! I know there's so much more to learn about you and I can't wait!! It's going to be fun and scary and hard and awesome and CRAZY!!!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

NEVER AGAIN!!

Okay, so I was REALLY excited to go register for baby stuff. We picked a Saturday a few weeks ago when Nick FINALLY didn't have to work and we got all pumped up for the "fun" ahead. We were going to do Babies R Us AND Target, but our plans changed later. So anyways, we got to Babies R Us and went in to do the 20 minute orientation on pointing a scanner and pulling a trigger button (necessary? Definitely not!). Then we got started on registering. Holy baby stuff!! The first aisle was fun, even the second aisle was kind of fun but by the 3rd aisle.........I was SO over it. There is SO much stuff!! Unless you've raised a baby, how the heck are you supposed to know what all you need??? It was just so overwhelming. I was also really hot and REALLY hungry (not a good combination even when I'm NOT pregnant--haha), so I was making things worse than they needed to be. My dear, sweet husband was doing his best to make things fun by just randomly pointing at things and pulling the trigger. He was doing under-the-leg shooting, over-the-shoulder shooting and, well.....if you've ever met a boy, I'm sure you can imagine all the fun we were having :) I REALLY appreciated his effort but it was NOT helping me (although I definitely know I had a bad attitude and it was my own fault). So if you are coming to one of my showers and happen to look at the registry, please keep in mind that our child does not actually NEED 15 teethers and 30 different Denver Broncos outfits. Most of those were only registered for in order to demonstrate Chuck Norris moves with a laser gun. However, I guess there is no harm if Tommy has a teether for every day of the week. So after we got through the THOUSANDS of baby products at Babies R Us, Target was SO out of the question. That would be done at a later date. I was just glad to have the registering at the baby superstore DONE!! However..........yesterday, I get an e-mail letting me know in a very ANNOYINGLY chipper way that "unfotunately, some of the products I registered for were being discontinued and they recommended for my best interest that I find a product to replace it." SERIOUSLY?!?! Wasn't a huge deal until I started looking at the unfortunately discontinued items and it was for 3 of the biggest things that we had spent FOREVER picking out!! They discontinued the stroller, pack n play and baby gate that we wanted. Whatever. Have I mentioned I am SO over it?! :) But no harm done. I found replacements and hoping they don't get discontinued too!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

And so it begins.....

Well, I guess this is the beginning of me questioning if I'm going to be a good mom or not!! I had a feeling this time would come, but hadn't really worried about it yet, which was starting to worry me if that makes sense :) I was like, okay, am I BAD mom for not WORRYING about if I'm gonna be a bad mom?? Oh, the thoughts of an emotional pregnant chick! Anyways, I had a nightmare--okay, more like a worrisome dream--that I had already had Tommy. I couldn't see his face (darn it!!) but I could hear him crying, so I went upstairs to make a bottle. Well I couldn't figure out how much formula to mix with how much water. The baby kept crying and the can didn't have instructions on it and I was in a total panic and kept thinking I was a bad mom because I was going to give my baby watered down formula and then he wouldn't grow.....it was just a crazy dream!! I woke up and was thinking, oh brother, here we go. It all started because I watched my baby cousin on Saturday and she wouldn't eat and was just crying hysterically for like 15 minutes and I tried EVERYTHING before I texted her mom who told me to just feed her through her crying because she was probably hungry. And it worked! She was a good little baby after that and I started thinking how much I have to learn before Tommy is born and how much I have to DO before he's born. I need to get the nursery finished, clean out a few closets and I feel like I need to sterilize my house top to bottom and baby proof everything. I try to remind myself I'll have a few months AFTER he's born to do some stuff too since he'll pretty much just eat, sleep and poop the first 2 months, but it just gets so overwhelming!! How come you have to go to school for years for something to learn a bunch of stuff you don't need to know but when it comes to being a parent, they just throw you out there and tell you to sink or swim?!?! Okay, I'm taking a deep breath now :) Just needed to get all that out there. I know everything will be okay and we'll learn as we go. I just have to remind myself that God will get us through it and even make it fun!!!! Onto a more positive note, I LOVE FALL!! This cool weather is making my day!! I can't wait until all the trees start turning colors and it stays cool and crisp all day, every day!! I want to wear sweaters and cardigans and jeans and boots and scarves......you get the picture :)

Monday, September 20, 2010

It's a ZOO out there!!

Sunday was Nick's company picnic and it was at the zoo. I invited my sister and our niece, Isabelle. We had also invited our niece Mackayla but she was running a fever and according to her mom, was not very pleasant :) The picnic started at 12:30pm and I was really excited.......until we got there. I swear, we've had 70-80 degree weather all week and then BAM!! 500 degrees on Sunday. I think I lost about 10 pounds from sweating (okay, I weighed this morning and I have NOT lost weight-haha---gaining weight with this pregnancy is actually a huge mind struggle for me. It's like you try your whole life to maintain a certain weight and then you've just lost control!!!-but that's a whole other post in itself). So anyways, it was REALLY hot. I expected a meltdown from the niece, mainly because I was getting ready to have one myself, but she did GREAT!! No complaining, no whining and she had a good time. I was SO glad! But let's just say the zoo has totally lost it's appeal. It's not as much fun when you're 26 as it was when you were 10. Interesting, but not fun. Especially when there's no wind or anything. But I am glad I got to spend time with the hubs, sister and niece. They made it enjoyable. I did feel like I was gonna go into labor any time with all the walking we did, but luckily, Tommy stayed inside! Okay, I wasn't really close to labor, but it felt like it at times! As soon as we got home, it was shower and NAP TIME!!! Yay!! I'm starting to LOOOOOVE naps. Although I didn't want to sleep too much because I wanted to spend time with Nick. He left today on a 4 day business trip :( Boo. That makes a looooong, boring and scary 4 days for me. I was just thinking the other day what life would be like if I was single. I'm such a homebody that I don't really like going out, so I can't imagine coming home every day to an empty house. Thank you Jesus for an awesome husband and soon-to-be awesome son!!! Moral of the story---don't go to the zoo between May and September. Wait until the winter!!!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

SCOOOOORE!!!!

So the other day, my friend Mary tells me that her sister in law is having a garage sale and getting rid of a ton of maternity clothes. She asked if I wanted to look at them first and I was like, "Uh, yeah! Duh!" So she comes in a few days later and says, "I brought the clothes and they're back in the break room." So at lunch, I headed back there and holy casserole, there were clothes EVERYWHERE!!! Our break room looked like a used clothing store. But I was stoked because that meant OPTIONS!!! I've been wearing regular shirts (that are getting a little tight and just make me look extra pudgy rather than pregnant) and I have 2 pairs of maternity jeans that I am SO tired of wearing already. Lol, on a side note, Dr. Shah walked into the break room shortly after I did and his eyes got really big and he just stood there for a few seconds. I just laughed and said, "I didn't do it!!" He said, "I did not say a word." And then he turned around and walked out. FUNNY! But anyways, back to the clothes!! I took a bunch home hoping they would fit but not really holding my breath because clothes are really hard for me to find. Well guess what!! Oh glory day!! They fit! I got 6 pairs of maternity pants--3 khaki, 2 jeans and 1 pair of nice black pants--and I got 7 shirts all for $25!!!!! It was such a blessing I almost cried! I love dressing up or at least decent but for the last few weeks, I have totally understood why most pregnant women wear sweats and big t-shirts--because you're not really comfortable in anything else. But these clothes fit great and look great and I am SO excited to wear them! So I just had to share that little bit of good news!

Monday, September 13, 2010

MOVEMENT!!

So I FINALLY felt Tommy move!! I've been praying that God would make me feel him move and that I would KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was Tommy and not gas :) Well I was listening to the heartbeat with the Doppler and BAM! There it was! He kicked pretty hard against the Doppler and I KNEW that was him! And now I've felt the flutters ever since :)

I LOVE IT!!

 It's got to be the coolest feeling in the world to know that there is something alive inside of you and it's moving around!! I am excited for when Nick finally gets to feel it. That'll be so fun!

The nursery is coming along slowly but surely. It's painted tan and we got a dark cherry crib and dresser. Then I got some curtains that are brown fabric with little owls on them with blue and green polka dots in the background and it's so cute! I found this little owl lamp at Cracker Barrel that I just LOVED!!

I never thought my nursery would involve owls, but they're just so stinkin' cute! So I'm going to just decorate the rest of the nursery in brown, blue and green with touches of sports and "man stuff" at Nick's request. Why do I have the feeling my whole house is going to quickly turn into a man cave?? Hopefully I'll learn how to be a boy's mom quickly--catching frogs and learning football and peeing outside. Okay, I'm not going to pee outside, but I just KNOW my son will :) I've caught his father doing it a time or two. Dear God, prepare me for the months ahead where my estrogen will be out ruled by testosterone! Thanks!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

It's a Tommy!!

Well we FINALLY found out that we're having a boy! His name will be Thomas James (Thomas after Nick's dad and James after Nick's middle name). It started out not being my favorite name in the world but it's growing on me. We are going to call him Tommy (because it's cuter). I have to admit (and I feel like a bad mom for saying this), while I was VERY happy to know it's a boy and that his spinal cord and brain are normal, I was slightly disappointed it wasn't a girl.

Stupid, I know, but I just had it in my head it was going to be Tessa, not Tommy.

But that changed when I started shopping for the nursery. I bought some letters that spell out his name and hung them on the wall above his crib. Then I bought some really cute curtains and some football and fishing stuff. Decorating the nursery--making a room with someone specific in mind--has helped me to feel like I'm getting to know this little guy and love him even more. I am SO excited to see his face and his little fingers and toes. And I have become very happy with the idea that we're having a boy (it may have taken a few days, but it grew on me!).

When I hung his name on the wall, it hit me and made me cry a little to think that soon, this room would be completed by the perfect accessory. My little guy Tommy. It makes me tear up now to think about how he's going to grow up in our house and make our lives so complete. Who knows, maybe I'm just over emotional, but the further along I get in this pregnancy, the more real it's becoming to me and the more excited I get!

Now, if I could only feel him kick!! I'm pretty sure I felt it the day of the sono. I had to drink 30 some ounces of water and so my uterus was pretty squished since my bladder was so full. And I SWEAR to you, he was using my bladder as a trampoline. I just kept feeling this little pinging feeling that couldn't have been anything else. I've only felt it a few times since then and I have myself convinced now that it WASN'T the baby, but I don't know. I guess I'll know for sure at SOME point if that's what I'm feeling or not. I can't wait until he gets big enough for Nick to see him moving around. I remember when my friend was pregnant and we would watch her stomach and just see little elbows and knees going from side to side. It has to be one of the most AWESOME things ever and I can't wait to see what it feels like! So I'll update more later and TRY to get pictures of the nursery up when it's further along!

Friday, August 20, 2010

OB update!

Well we went to our OB on Tuesday. I was REALLY hoping we would find out the sex at that time, but she found the heartbeat without having to do a sono (which is ultimately a good thing since it means my bambino is healthy!). While Dr. Lowden was using the doppler on my stomach, we would hear the heartbeat and then hear a loud noise. She said the loud noise was the baby kicking at us!!

That really made this hit home for me. I mean yes, I get that I'm having a baby, but sometimes I forget or I just don't really think about it because I can't see it or feel it yet. But when she said that I was like, "HOLY COW!! There is a CHILD in there and it's moving and alive!!" Crazy.

Then her next statement started World War number 2 :) She said, "The heartbeat is low at around 140." Nick was GOING to ask her if that was TOO low or if it was ok so he said, "And a heartbeat of 140 means......." And she mistook his question and instead of saying whether that was healthy or not, she said, "USUALLY means its a boy!" And there was an instant grin on Nick's face and my eyes started rolling. Now, I'm sure since all OBs do every day is listen to baby heartbeats, they might have an IDEA of what it will be, but there's no ABSOLUTE certainty until you have a sono. And Nick said that of course he knew it could still be a girl, but I could see in his eyes, he'd already named it Tommy, dressed it in camo and signed him up for the football team.

But I must say, the smile on his face was enough to make me almost want a boy :) It was sweet to watch and I know no matter what we have, he's going to be such a proud dad! So we'll find out for sure what we're having on 8/30/10 and trust me, there will be a blog by the next day for sure!! I can't wait to find out and feel like this next week is going to draaaaaaaggg by.

Until the sono, Nick will continue to call the baby Tommy and I will continue to call it Tessa :) I told him if it is a boy, it might come out with a complex because I've been calling this baby Tessa since I found out I was pregnant and if it's really a Tommy, then.........I'm gonna have a hard habit to break! Also ever since I found out I was pregnant, EVERYONE has been giving me a hard time and saying it's twins. Then last night, I had a dream that I adopted twins while I was pregnant with twins!!! AGGGGHHH!!!! Now wouldn't that be scary?!? So who knows, maybe I'll find out I have a Tommy AND a Tessa! But at least after the sono, we can put that myth to rest :) More to come later!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Biscuits=dangerous!!

So just a short little blurp about my exciting trip to Dillons.

Now, I know you're thinking, "What on earth could possibly be exciting about grocery shopping?"

Nothing. There is NOTHING exciting about buying groceries and knowing you just spent money on something that you are going to eat and then eventually just turns into poop. Sorry to be gross, but that's just what it is. Essentially, when we buy groceries, we're buying poop.

 But I digress...it was my turn to bring breakfast to the staff meeting today, so I went grocery shopping a few nights ago. I decided to make these little biscuit muffins (and they turned out REALLY good!!). You just buy a tube of jumbo biscuits. Cut each biscuit in half and put it in a muffin tin, pressing it onto the bottom and sides. Brown some sausage and put a little bit of sausage in each "biscuit cup." Then beat a few eggs (like you would for scrambled eggs) and pour that mixture over the top. Sprinkle cheese on top and cook it for about 12 minutes and VOILA!!! Sausage, egg, biscuit and cheese in a muffin shape!! They were delicious. But I digress. After I got all my groceries, I put them in the back of the Jeep and was driving home when I heard this LOUD POP!!! Sounded like a gunshot, no lie. So I ducked and freaked out a little and then slowly came to my senses, realizing that none of my windows were shattered and I had NOT been shot to my death.

Then I tried to figure out what the noise was. That's when it came to me---my biscuits!! When I got home, there were biscuits all over the back of my Jeep! DANG IT!! I had to go buy more biscuits!! But it was pretty funny and I wish I would've had a video tape of my reaction to that noise, because I bet I looked like an idiot! Grocery shopping made a TINY bit fun :)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Super Summer was....you guessed it!! SUPER!!!

Well as some of you know, I took my youth group and about 12 other kids to Super Summer (a Christian camp in Salina) and it. Was. AWESOME!!! I wish SO bad all of our youth group could have gone, but at least most of them got to go. Let me just put this on the record though---if you're pregnant, do not and I repeat do NOT volunteer to be a sponsor for 14 teenage girls!!! Yes, I said FOURTEEN teenage girls! While it was one of the best experiences in my life, let me just tell you what our room looked like. Imagine a space about 20 feet long and 14 feet wide (a very small rectangle) crammed full with 8 bunk beds and 14 girls, each of whom (including me) brought at least two bags. Now thankfully, I claimed a bottom bunk, so there was no climbing involved, but the bunks were stacked so low on top of eachother that I had to ROLL in and out of bed because if I wasn't completely horizontal, I hit my head every time I moved. So I looked like Chuck Norris doing some kind of special horizontal round-house kick whenever I got in and out of bed.

Then, each of us had brought at least one grocery bag of food and God FORBID any of them get up to throw away the trash from that food. Instead, they used the trashcan as a basketball goal and surprise, surprise, they all suck at basketball :) I kid, I kid. But really.......there were candy wrappers, crushed cookies, water bottles, pop cans, sucker sticks, etc. all over the floor.

Yum.

There's nothing like waking up at 6:00am and rolling off your bed onto a bag of cheez-its laying on top of some spilled soda. That's the other thing--did you note that I said waking up at SIX a.m?!?! Excuse me Jesus, but since when did it become a good idea for Your camps to start so early???? And lights out wasn't until MIDNIGHT! Don't these people know I go to bed at 9pm?? And you had to wait in line to shower and pee! Now, I know it sounds like I'm doing a lot of complaining, but these are the things that make camp memorable and I say them with fondness in my heart :)

 Now let me tell you about how AWESOME it really was!! We had about 75 kids at camp give their life to Christ and 3 of them were ours!!! Praise God! I got to see how awesome my kids were. I gotta tell you, I witnessed some pretty outrageous behavior among other youth group kids and if I wasn't impressed with how well behaved my kids are before, I certainly am now. They are so well mannered and truly seeking God and it just makes my heart so full and thankful. So if you are a parent, friend, sibling, etc reading this and you know someone in my youth group, take the time to appreciate how awesome they are! We had not ONE problem---no fights, no drama, no boy-girl stuff. It was great. And the Towanda Methodist youth group and the Baptist youth group went to super summer together and now they've decided to combine. So we had 12 kids at youth on Sunday! It was so great to see growth and teens who are excited for Jesus!

And I myself grew as a leader and as a person--I was convicted of a few things and am doing my best to change them. Rush of Fools was the praise and worship team and they were such a breath of fresh air! Praise and worship always gets me so happy and excited and of course, it makes me a cry. There's this one song called Hosanna and there's a line in there that says, "I see a generation, rising up to take it's place with selfless faith." Oh MAN, did that hit me hard!! Yes, this generation is harsher and cruder and louder and more advanced in knowledge of certain things that they maybe shouldn't know about yet at that age, but there are SOME kids who are CRAVING Jesus Christ and I got to see that and it just made me think how much more support and love they need. And I'm excited to get to be there for them. So although camp had it's hard ships, it was SO worth it and SO awesome and hopefully I will be going back next summer!!

On a side note, my baby is the size of an avocado this week :) Oh how fast they grow up!! It seems like just yesterday it was the size of a poppy seed!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Alein sighting!!!

We went for our second OB appointment yesterday. Now, I'm not gonna lie. Before we went, I prayed that the baby was perfectly healthy, but that they wouldn't be able to find the heartbeat with the doppler, so they would have to do a sonogram. I just REALLLLY wanted to see this baby and get one of those cute, cheesy sonogram pictures that everyone likes to show off. So I prayed!

After we checked in, we had to wait about 45 minutes to be seen, which is fine because I work for a doctor, so I TOTALLY understand how people get behind (especially specialists). My husband, however, does not have that understanding. He had gotten to the appointment early (which in my lifetime experience has NEVER paid off. I ALWAYS try to get there on time, never early), so he was there for over an hour before we finally got to see the doctor. Poor guy--AND I made him sit with purse while I went to the bathroom 3 times before they finally called my name. He hates purse sitting.

We got back in the room and they did the usual--pee test, blood pressure, etc. Then we met Dr. Lowden (last time we saw the PA) and I really like Dr. Lowden a lot. She's not real chatty, but she's very nice. Then she looked for the heartbeat for like, 20 minutes. I was totally relaxed because hey, I knew this was my prayer being answered. Finally, she gave up and said, "Let me go fire up the sono machine."

YESSSS!!!!!!!

So they take us back to the sono room where the nurse comes in to prep the machine and she says, "So they're doing this intravaginally, right?" I was like, "Uhhhh........the doctor didn't say." So she prepares the wand (which looks interestingly enough like male anatomy) by putting a rubber protector on it (which looks interestingly like a condom) and Nick just starts laughing. Awesome. I'm sitting there with no pants on, getting ready to get invaded and my husband is laughing. But it all stopped when we got to see our sweet baby's heartbeat. We both got a little teary eyed and it was just SO amazing!! There is a HUMAN LIFE inside of me!!! And it looks JUST like an alien!! But it's the cutest little alien baby I've ever seen. And it was a relief to know that everything is great. So we'll keep you updated!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Back from vacation. Boo.

Well, we FINALLY got our vacation :) It was so nice just to get away from here for awhile--from work, bills, KANSAS! We went to Table Rock last Tuesday and had a great time. Nick finally mastered the wakeboard and I finally mastered finding my way to the campground bathroom in the middle of the night (that was fun, let me tell ya!!). It rained a lot, but was mostly just drizzly, so nothing got too wet. Our tent stayed dry--thank you Jesus--but it made the days much cooler, which I thought was a gift from God :) I DESPISE being hot, so I loved the rainy days. The boat made me nauseous, but it was fun to get to see Nick skiing and wakeboarding and doing all the man things he loves to do. I got to enjoy afternoons in the air conditioned camper napping and reading my book. Now THAT'S my idea of vacation!! It was hard to come back, but it hasn't been too bad yet. I'll be 12 weeks tomorrow!! The time seems to be going pretty quickly so far. I've had a lot to keep me busy. We're taking the kids in the youth group to Worlds/Oceans of fun this weekend and I'm very excited!! I'm just going to Oceans of fun since I can't ride the rides (and don't really enjoy them anyways) but I think the kids are getting dual passes so they can go back and forth. I just can't wait to sit in the sun all day and swim in the lazy river.........ahhhhhh, I can feel the cool water now!! Then we'll have Super Summer in August, which I am SOO stoked for!! The praise and worship leaders for the week is Rush of Fools! Can't wait to spend time with all the kids and kind of get to feel like a kid myself for awhile. I really miss going to camps and just spending a week in God's presence. It's going to be awesome and totally renewing!!

 And Stacia, thanks for blog stalking me--I blog stalk you right back :) I'm glad to know SOMEBODY is reading!! :)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Worst. Night. EVER!!!

Okay, so let me tell you about the night I had last night. It's probably not going to sound NEAR as dramatic and awful as it felt, but I still feel the need to vent about how annoyed I am today.

So I had a really hard time falling asleep last night. I couldn't get comfortable and I was just really restless. So I FINALLY fell asleep around 11pm (not horrible, but I went to bed at 9:30pm, so it felt like it took FOREVER to get to sleep). Then, at 1:00am, I woke up because I heard some loud noises. Well, it took me a few seconds to realize that the loud noises I heard was every electrical appliance in our household shutting off! Our electricity went out. Lovely. So I wake my husband up to save me from all the monsters I'm sure are getting ready to come out of my closet since my house is now pitch black. Yes, I'm still afraid of the dark. How am I going to convince my children NOT to be afraid of the dark??? Tell them to talk to their father :) So anyways, we get our flashlights and our guns (yes, we're rednecks) and went outside to check the breaker box. Well we saw that none of our other neighbors had electricity either, so we went back inside and went to bed.

Why did we not call the outage in to the electric company? I don't know. Good question.

So I'm laying in bed, sweating......miserably hot (no air conditioning and no fans), tossing and turning and cussing out the electrical wires in my head. I do this for about 1 1/2 hours before I FINALLY fall asleep. And then an hour later, Nick's alarm went off!! I was SO excited (note the sarcasm in this). So he saw that the electricity was still off and decided to call it in to the electric company who told us that it had JUST been called in at 3:45am. We were then kicking ourselves for not calling it in at 1:00am when we first noticed it. But oh well. Can't undo what's already been done. So he tells me he's going to the gas station to get ice and my response was to roll over and try to go back to sleep. Which I succeeded in doing until he called me 45 minutes later to tell me he'd changed his mind about getting ice and was just gonna go to work. My thought was, "I'm ASLEEP!!! I don't give a s*** if you're getting ice right now unless you plan to come home and pour it all over my body so I'm not dehydrated from sweating all night!!!" By this time, I'm pretty sure I've lost 20 pounds of body fluid and I had to pee so bad my stomach hurt, but I was too afraid to go to the bathroom by myself. So I finally talked myself into getting up and going, using the light from my 1912 flashlight that has a beam about 1/2 an inch wide.

After I used the bathroom, I was washing my hands and for some reason started thinking about that Bloody Mary myth where if you say her name 3 times while you're in a dark room looking at the mirror, she'll appear in the mirror. Anyone remember this? Well I hadn't though of it since like, 3rd grade, but apparently being in a completely dark house in the middle of the country can bring up fun memories like that. So I RAN to the bedroom and locked the door and hid under the sheet since it would protect me from anything and everything that could happen. I tossed and turned and sweated again for another hour and then got to sleep.

About 30 minutes later, I woke up due to more loud noises, but it was a good thing!! Our electricity came back on. I almost cried, I was so happy! So I went back to sleep until my alarm went off and I got out of bed. My right leg had a really itchy spot, so I looked down and saw the icing on the cake. Another wonderful thing had happened during the night. Apparently, at some point, a spider bit me and then I rolled over and crushed it, so it's body was stuck to my leg and all of it's legs were stuck to my bed!! Now isn't that a treat?!? Gag me. I'm so glad I go on vacation next week. I'm about to go INSANNNNNEEEE!!!!!!! I need sleep, I need an antibiotic ointment and I need a pool. And a virgin margarita.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

1st OB appt

Well I forgot to fill everyone in on the first baby appointment!! Nothing too exciting (other than them confirming I have a life inside of me!!). We didn't get to hear the heartbeat or anything and I was really disappointed about that, but she said we'll get to hear it at the next visit. Our doctor is Dr. Dawne Lowden, but we saw Amanda Twist, the PA. We REALLY liked Amanda and hopefully we'll like Dr. Lowden (we see her next time). But as long as one of them gets that baby safely outside of my body, it doesn't really matter if I like them or not.

Nick got to see his first pap smear!! He was VEEEERY excited (note the sarcasm in that statement). Let's just say we had a long question and answer session (and a little bit of laughing) after the doctor left the room. If only everyone could have seen his face when the PA brought the speculum in.......it. was. AWESOME. He looked at me with a confused look like, "Should I be protecting you from that???" mixed with a little bit of, "This is the funniest thing I've ever witnessed!" My response to him was, "If you think this is weird, wait until you see a baby coming out of there!!" Overall, it was a very interesting day :)

The due date is January 26th. FOREVER away! Everyone says the time will fly, but I'm not so sure about that. I'm trying to set short term goals, like countdowns to vacation or holidays. There seems to be at least one big thing a month going on, so that should help the time to pass. In July, I have vacation. In August, I have vacation. September is our anniversary, October is Halloween (which I LOOVE), November is Thanksgiving, December is CHRISTmas (which I LOOOOVE even more than Halloween:) and then THE BABY!!!!!!! So just pray that things go quickly for me. We all know how impatient and horrible I am at waiting. It's just not my thing (guess I don't really have a choice in this!). I'm thinking I'm gonna have to become one of those coupon clippin, sale findin, stay at home and never do anything fun kinda people. I'm having a little buyer's remorse. I LOVE my Jeep, but I haven't had a car payment for almost 2 years, so it's going to be REALLY hard to hand over that money every month. Last night, we were driving to Towanda and I told Nick, "What the heck did we just do?!?! We're having a kid and that's going to eat up every spare dollar we have ever had! Why did we just buy a Jeep?!?!" He reminded me that due to the fact that my car died on the side of the road, we didn't really have any options OTHER than to get a new car. He calmed me down and reminded me that we'll just have to be more "frugal." I hate the word frugal. Who wants to be frugal?? I guess I do :( But that's ok. I have an awesome Jeep that I KNOW will get me places safely! So look out coupons, here I come!!!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Mom cars and nausea

Well, I officially have my first mom car :) We traded in the Dodge Neon for a Jeep Liberty, which I LOOOVE! To make a long story short, we'd been debating whether to keep the Neon or buy a new car and the Neon made the decision for us. It crapped out on me with the same problem it had about 6 months ago. It kept blowing a spark plug, which in turn made a horrible noise that made me think I was getting ready to be blown up while I was driving 70mph down the interstate!! SCAARY!! So anyways, it happened again and we decided to fix it good enough to get it to a dealership and trade it in. After NUMEROUS days of car shopping and me bumming rides off my gracious boss, we finally found a car we love! I'm excited!! It's my first mom car, my first SUV and it's gonna be so great.

And while things are going good in the car department, they seem to be getting better in the nausea department too! I still get occasional waves of "holy crap I'm getting ready to vomit and this is NOT the time or place to do that!!!", but it's only about once a day, whereas before it was about ALL DAY EVERY DAY!! So that's a definite blessing!! Everyone keeps telling me the second trimester is better and I'll have more energy and I'm hoping they're right! I REALLY want to enjoy being pregnant and so far..........well, I enjoy knowing I have a life inside me, but the whole side effects of pregnancy thing has been a lot to handle. But it'll be worth it once that little baby is in my arms!! For those who don't know (if there's anyone even reading this--haha), if we have a boy, we're naming it Thomas James (Thomas after Nick's dad--James after Nick's middle name) and if it's a girl, it's Tessa Grace. I'm REALLY surprised we actually picked names this far ahead of time because we're both such procrastinators and put things off to the very last second, but I really want to start thinking of this baby as a person and not always call the baby an "it." So that's it for now. Nothing else too exciting going on. Just the normal stuff....but it's FRIDAY!! Thank you Jesus. Only 5 more working days until Nick and I get NINE DAYS OFF WORK!!!!! We're going on a family vacay to Table Rock. SO EXCITED!!!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Just another day

So, last night right before I left work, I started thinking about this dip that my mother-in-law introduced me to. Basically it's a bar of cream cheese and then you pour this charred pineapple and jabanero jelly over it and dip crackers in it. Sounds weird, but it's DELICIOUS. So I started thinking about it and started drooling over it, so I texted my mother in law to ask where she gets the jelly. She gets it from Target, but I was closest to a Dillon's, so I decided to check there and see if they had anything similar. They didn't. So I tried to talk myself out of wanting this dip. But it didn't work. Sooooo.........I drove to Target!! I got all the necessities and believe it or not, made the dip in my car so I could eat it on the way home. That's how badly I wanted this dip!! I didn't actually eat a whole lot of it, but I ate enough that my tongue was on fire and my tummy was full. It tasted SOOOOO delicious..........until the next day. Blah......baby Wilhelm does NOT like spicy food and she (I'm calling it a girl until I know for sure. I just can't keep calling it "it.") let me know it. So I took it to work and the girls at work devoured it!! They're like garbage disposals. We all are, actually. It's funny because I work with 7 other females and I swear, sometimes you'd think it was an office full of men. Nobody EVER changes the toilet paper. Someone actually takes the time to unwrap a new roll and set it on top of the toilet paper holder, but it seems like I'M ALWAYS the one changing it!! And there's usually food all over the break room floor and our shirts. Lol....it's actually pretty funny to see. But I wouldn't trade them for the world. We finally have a good crew. Unfortunately, one of my favorites is leaving :( So if you're looking for a job in the medical field, CALL ME!!

But enough about work. I don't want to think about it when I don't have to.

We rented a few movies from Redbox the other day. I LOVE redbox. They have fairly new movies and are SO cheap and I love that you can return it to ANY redbox, not just the one where you got it. So I rented 3 movies and we only ended up watching 1. It was Leap Year and it was okay, but not what I wanted it to be. So anyways, I was telling my friends how great Redbox was and then I went to turn in my other movies......and then they WOULDN'T TAKE IT BACK!!! They kept telling me I had to put the barcode facing a certain way and it already was. I tried like 15 times, but it just wouldn't work. So I finally gave up and went to another Redbox where they FINALLY took my movies back. And that was pretty much the most exciting thing that happened to me today. More later.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Sooooooooo TIRED!!!

Blaaaahhhhh.........I am SO tired!! Who knew a baby the size of a lentil bean could drain every single ounce of energy that you've ever had?!? I certainly wasn't expecting this. I mean, I know pregnant women always say they're tired, but I am TIRED!! :) And I don't know who the idiot was that ever came up with the term "morning sickness." It must have been a man who's never been pregnant, because I am having all day sickness! Never actually thrown up, but I am on a never ending train ride to nausea-ville. One of my besties, Kendra, had a few pregger friends who said real fruit popsicles helped the nausea and I must say, so far it's helped. The strawberry popsicles.......YUM!! I'm trying not to eat anything and everything just because it sounds good. I don't want to gain 50 pounds and then not be able to lose it. That would be horrible. So I'm doing my best to have self constraint........so far, it's not working real well. I get REALLY hungry, then I eat, then I'm nauseous, so I don't eat for a long time..........then I get REALLY hungry, then I eat........are you seeing a pattern here?

 Nick is so cute! I already love him as a father. He's concerned that our first OB appointment isn't until 6/21/10 because he's worried that if we don't like her, that won't be enough time to find another one :) I explained that would still leave us 7 months and that it truly doesn't matter if we like her as long as she's good at what she does.....but he's ready to get that first appointment out of the way! I am too. I want to know as much as I can about this little baby growing inside of me. I'm googling things like crazy. As someone who works in the medical field, I always hate it when parents would come to appoinments and say things like, "Well, I looked it up on the internet and I'm pretty sure my kid has a brain tumor." Blah, blah, blah. But now, I'M ONE OF THEM!!!!!!! Not the brain tumor part, but the internet part. It's just so hard to wait on getting information about this little tiny thing that has already changed our world so drastically!

 In other parts of life, we're counting down the days until we go to Table Rock. Nick has found it's only 20 working days until we leave and he is SOOO excited. Me, I can live without the camping for 4 days, especially with the way I've been frequenting the rest room lately :) But it'll be nice just to get away from home for awhile. That's the first week of July. Then the first week of August, I get to take all of the youth kids to SUPER SUMMER! I am so excited for this because it makes me feel like a teenager (although I definitely do NOT have their energy)!! But it's so fun and nice to see them worshiping God and fellow-shipping together. They've all decided that it would be hilarious to start talking only to my stomach and to call my unborn child Darnell. Why Darnell, I don't know, but they think it's the funniest thing ever! And I gotta admit, it's kinda funny :) I love those kids! Well that's all for now. I'm SURE I'll be sharing all of my pregnancy woes and joys soon.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

It's official!!!!!!! We're expecting!!

Well, after morning sickness, EXTREME tiredness and four pregnancy tests, we have confirmed that I'm pregnant!!!! We're SO excited and I feel so blessed to be able to have a LIFE growing inside of me!! I found out late last Saturday night (more like early Sunday morning!)--May 23 at about 1:00am. Nick wasn't home yet because he had gone to a BBQ and to shoot pool with some friends, so I was home alone. I had a feeling I was pregnant, but didn't want to get too excited about it and then be disappointed later on, so I decided to go buy a pregnancy test so at least if it came back negative, I wouldn't have to wonder about it. So I went to Dillon's and even though I gave myself the whole "If you're not pregnant, it's okay because God does everything in his timing" speech, I was SOOO excited to find out!! And as most of you know, I'm the kind of girl that when I get something in my head, I want to do it and I want to do it NOW!! So I pull into Dillons and go in the store and spend about 20 minutes looking for pregnancy tests. That had me agrivated because I looked in the family planning aisle about 10 times and finally gave up to go find one of the two employees working that late at night. She helped me find them (in the family planning aisle!) and to my surprise, they were locked up!! Who does that? So I had to be escorted to the front to purchase my pregnancy test, then I had to wait while they took it out of it's plastic protective box and THEN I finally got to go home and take the test!! As soon as I took it, two lines showed up. I was pretty sure that meant pregnant, but I checked the box about 10 times to make sure.......and then I started crying!! And praising God.......and crying and praising God.....and crying. Did I mention I cried?? Then I was in shock for about 20 minutes and kept thinking.....Holy cow!! There's a human being inside of me!! Then I thought, "I'm home alone!! Who can I tell about this??" So I called Nick about 3 times and kept asking him when he'd be home. He was confused because I'm not normally that girl that stalks her husband whenever he's not with her, but I was DYING to tell him the news. So he finally said he was on his way home. As soon as he walked in the door I ran upstairs and just held the stick out. He looked at it for a minute, then looked at me, then looked at it again and said, "What does 2 lines mean?" I said, "PREGNANT!!!!" He was in shock too!! But we're SOO excited. We told both of our families the next day. I still just feel so blessed that God has chosen me to be a parent! What a gift!! We're praying for a safe and healthy baby. It's hard because I work at a pediatric neurologist and we see all of the things that can go wrong during and after birth and it's scary! But I know my child is already in God's hands and will come out perfectly made and knitted together by the Lord. I'll keep everyone updated as I go through this pregnancy!!

Friday, April 16, 2010

God is at work!

Well Acquire the Fire was AWESOME!! God worked in so many ways and it felt so good to be a part of it! I love my youth group a little more every day and I want SO badly for them to understand that for as much as I love them, God loves them a million times more! There was a drama that we watched at Acquire the Fire and all of us were moved to tears. Basically, it builds up to a VERY intense moment where a teenager is about to commit suicide and before she can, her friend puts his arms around her and starts singing, "Oh, how He loves us." It was SO moving and awesome and the whole building just started singing, "Oh, how He loves us, oh, how He loves us." And HE DOES!! I thought by teaching the youth group, I would be helping them grow in God (and I hope I am), but at the same time, I'm growing so much and learning so much about myself and my relationship with God. He is awesome and I am in awe of Him. Speaking of which, we have our outreach project this Sunday and if you could pray for us, we would appreciate it! We're going to hand out food to the homeless and the kids are nervous about this because it's out of their comfort zone and mine too! I've done it before, but please pray that the right people come into our path and that we have the words to share with them. I'm excited to see what God does through the kids!! In other areas of life, there's not much going on. Nick has planted grass and has been lovingly tending too it ;) It's his pride and joy right now because it FINALLY started growing! I'm already started garage saling and have found, not one, not two, but THREE awesome deals. I got an old trunk, a dresser and a wooden chest for $10 each!! My house will be fully decorated before too long! I'm going to an auction tomorrow and can't wait to see what they have as long as it doesn't rain, of course. Easter Sunday (and Brooke's birthday) was GREAT!! We got to see some family that came down from Missouri and that was fun as usual! I love being around all the grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins! It makes for a great day. Hope life finds you all doing well!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Oops

Okay, so it's been awhile since I've blogged. Not that anyone's following me or anything, but I was trying to challenge myself to do it at least once a week and I failed! Oh well......Nothing too new going on in life. We are officially "trying" for children :) Not going overboard with it, but just not NOT trying to have kids. I'm a little nervous, but SO excited to see what God has in store for us. Things have been going well with the youth group except for a couple of people at church who seem to think Kendra and I are too incompetent to run a youth group. The majority of the church has been awesome and supportive, but there's always that random few people who feel the need to stir up everything and cause drama. You wouldn't BELIEVE the trouble it started when we asked to paint the youth room. Oh my.....you would think a church full of Christians would have better things to do than criticize their fellow members. But we got some encouraging words from our awesome pastor and we have decided to pray the gossip right out of those people!! Any additional prayers would be appreciated! We're going on a youth trip this weekend to Tulsa, OK to go to Acquire the Fire! I'm SOOO excited for the kids to see this. I think it's going to be awesome for them and I'm praying they all grow closer to God and each other. I can't wait to see how it's going to affect their lives. They're such awesome, wonderful kids.

 I'm excited for Easter! It's also Brooke's birthday (and she won't let us forget it)! She works at Gambino's and on their community chalk board, she has a countdown going. Hmmmm.......wonder where she gets her passion for birthdays and holidays?!?! It couldn't be from her big sister, could it?

Nick and I went ice skating with the youth group last Friday. Let me tell you what an adventure that was! After 10 minutes of skating, we were done! It's hard work and those ice skates are SO uncomfortable. But we had a good time watching the kids and laughing at how funny some people look trying to skate (which is why we got off the ice--I'm sure people were laughing at OUR attempt to skate:). Nick actually did pretty well, but I got so tense because I was scared of falling that I could barely move more than an inch a minute! Kinda like life, huh? We get scared of new things and of getting hurt, so we tense up and end up in the same spot we were stuck at in the first place. Well, I hope this finds you all doing well! The next month is busy, Busy, BUSY, but hopefully I'll find time to blog!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Only ONE dollar!!!!

Brooke and I just got back from Wal-Mart and I had the BEST shopping EVER today!!!!!!!!! They had tons of racks of clothes for one dollar!! I got two dresses. They're not the most gorgeous dresses I've ever seen, but for Heaven't sake, they were only a dollar! I also got a ton of Christmas stuff that was only 25 cents or 10 cents. I'm not going to have to buy ANY decorations next year. We should have enough to do the whole house! We also found racks of baby clothes for $1. Now, as discussed in the last blog, we still have not decided for sure when to have kids, but I still bought a few really cute outfits. For one buck, heck, I'll give it away for a shower gift (if you're reading this and you're pregnant and inviting me to your shower, beware that the gift may have only cost $1 :). Anyways, there was this really cute red hoodie with a football on it that says TOUCHDOWN!! And then there was this really cute sleeper with footballs all over it and then a little girl outfit with hearts and stuff. Super cute stuff!! Kinda made me want a baby more, but I'm sure that'll change whenever the wind blows!! Not much else goin on in our world. I think Nick gave up on hunting, so we actually got to sleep in this morning instead of waking up at 5:00am. Not that I ever STAYED awake, but his alarm always woke me up for awhile. We actually got to go on a date last night!! It was SOOOOOOO nice. We went to Olive Garden for dinner. I ended up getting my dinner for free because they put shrimp in it instead of chicken (GAG ME!!! I hate shrimp). Then we went to see The Lovely Bones......which was TOTALLY dumb. We actually went to see Blind Side, but it was sold out, of course. We always have HORRIBLE luck with movies. Either the ones we want to see aren't available or we just pick the most absolutely WORST movie there is out there. But I had actually kind of wanted to see The Lovely Bones, but it's nothing like the previews. I thought it would be a murder mystery, but she spends most of her time floating around in a world that's not heaven, but not earth. DUMB!!! Don't waste your money. Other than that, it's been the same old stuff! Working our lives away and enjoying eachother and our families when we can. Did I ever mention I have the CUTEST neices ever??? They were so funny at our family dinner. I just love spending time with them, but unfortunately, that doesn't happen very often. Well that's all for now folks. Hope everyone's having a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A bad day for both of us

Man, it seems like Tuesdays are just NEVER good days!!! Nick and I both had bad days today. Work was nuts for both of us and we're just praying it gets easier as the week goes on. So, we're talking about the baby thing........and it's SOOOO confusing! I want a baby, but more so on some days than others. Like today, I am SO glad I can just go home and crash and not have to take care of anyone else or anything else. I like that my time is mine. But on the other hand, I know that'll change and I won't feel that way as soon as I have a baby. Nick is wanting to get a move on it because he'll be 28 in March (GASP!!). I think that number is freaking him out and he keeps saying he's getting old and he doesn't want to be 30 and having his 1st kid. And I say, "What the heck is wrong with being a first time dad at age 30??" We just keep going back and forth and it's like we can't get on the same page. When he's ready, I'm not and when I'm ready, he's not. But that's okay. I think we'll stop "using preventative measures" in March and I guess when God wants me pregnant, I'll get pregnant! That's a good timeline to go with. On a more positive note, I'm loving working with the youth. They're HILARIOUS!! It ALMOST makes me feel like a teenager again.....except when it's 2:00am and we're doing a lock in and they're all going 90 miles and hour and me and Kendra are crashed out on our air mattresses :) Then I feel old. But we went ice skating last Saturday and let me tell you what a work out that is!! It was fun, but scary. Kayleen kept pulling us behind her wheelchair and that was AWESOME!! Got to go 8 miles an hour without having to do anything but hold on!!! Well I'm off for now, but will try to update as much as possible. With work being so crazy, I'm usually drained by the end of the day, but am really hoping to keep this blog going!! God bless you all!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Is it Friday yet??

Well today at work, we started learning our new EMR system (Electronic Medical Records). Let me tell you what it's like to cram 1 month's worth the education into 8 hours.......it's HORRIBLE!!!!!! I certainly remember why I hated school so much. I can't stand just sitting in one spot for an entire day (unless it's in bed and my husband is close by and I can watch TV and play the Wii--then it's okay!). It's going to make things easier in the future, but right now my job has just gotten about 10 times more complicated. Hopefully the transition from paper charts to electronic charts will be easier than anticipated. Keep your fingers crossed for me!! On the other hand, we did get free lunch from Jason's Deli. I had the marinated chicken salad and it was DELICIOUS. Trying to eat healthier. Not going on any big crash diet, but I figure if I make a couple of small changes, they'll add up eventually. But we'll see how that goes! Nothing else new really going on. Brooke has FULLY recovered from her wisdom teeth being removed. Poor girl....had the chipmunk cheeks for a week :) But they are finally going down and she's looking as gorgeous as ever. It was my mom's birthday on Sunday and all of the girls in the family (minus Cara, due to her having just popped out a child) got together for brunch at Granite City. Now let me tell you, the food was excellent, but the company was even better. We had a good time just visiting and enjoying eachother. We hardly ever get to do that and it was nice to be able to catch up with everyone. All of the aunts were telling stories on eachother and it was fun to hear some of the things they did when they were younger. Those Davis girls were quite the wild ones!! I'm gonna have to spice up my life so I have some exciting stories for my future children and neices........any ideas? :)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Close, but no cigar!

Nick ALMOST got a deer today!! Bless his heart. He called me and was so excited because for one, he'd actually SEEN a deer and two, he'd shot at it twice. Unfortunately, he didn't get it. His sight wasn't set right or something like that. But now he's bound and determined to get one before the extended season is over. We went driving yesterday around sunset and saw about 15 deer in our neighbors fields. It's just killing him, because we live right in the middle of all of this wildlife, but nobody will let him hunt on their land so he has to go to all of the public hunting land. They're all very nice when they say no, but......it sucks for him. Everyone keep your fingers crossed that it happens tomorrow! Not much else going on. Getting ready for the youth lock in. Should be fun!! Just hoping it doesn't snow a lot while we're skating, thus making it hard to get home :( I love, love, LOVE the snow, but only if it comes without ice! Makes everything look SOOOO pretty. I'm just hoping we get enough to actually go sledding sometime soon. We have this huge open field that we own that would be perfect for sledding behind the truck, but so far there just hasn't been enough snow. Hope everyone has a great Saturday (if there's even anyone reading this:)!!!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Lazy Days

Well today has been a lazy day so far. For me, not for Nick :) Nick got up at 5:00am to go hunting........he unfortunately didn't get a deer this morning, but is going to try again tomorrow. Hey, at least nobody can ever say he's not persistent!! He's got 10 more days of the extended season, so hopefully he'll get something by then. If you're reading this, toss up a prayer that he gets one and doesn't get discouraged!! I, on the other hand, woke up around 10:00 and played Mario Brothers--which I now am totally addicted to--for an hour, then got ready and went to lunch with an old friend that I hadn't seen in FOREVER!! It felt really good to catch up with her and hopefully we can keep talking! We were talking about as the older you get, the harder it is to keep in touch with people.......or more like the less effort we put into keeping in touch with people. Granted, life gets much busier with a full time job and spouses and children, but I'm going to try to do better about getting together with friends and people I love. Between playing Mario Brothers and seeing my high school friend, I feel almost like a teenager today!! Oh to be 16 again and for my biggest worry to be what I'm going to wear to school on Monday. But then, my life has been EXTREMELY blessed in the past 9 years, so maybe I don't want to be 16 again. It's just so weird to think that my next "BIG" birthday will be 30.....SCAAAAARRRYYY!!!!! Man, that just sounds so old and on the inside I feel like I should still be at least a decade away from 30. But oh well......tis the cycle of life. I've been helping with the youth group and we have a lock in tomorrow. PRAY FOR ME!! They have so much energy I almost can't keep up. And man, they can stay awake SOOO late. Not that I don't remember doing that, but I certainly can't do it anymore :) We're going ice skating and then doing a gift exchange. Oh, we're also practicing for youth Sunday, so anyone who wants to come to that, it's the last Sunday in January and it's going to be AWESOME!! I'm really proud of them. We're doing a drama that's going to rock your socks off!! Hope to see you all there.