Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Holiday Wish List Meme

Mama’s Holiday Wish List Meme

TodaysMama and GameStop are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.

1. What is your holiday wish for your family? To be together and happy!

2. What is your Christmas morning tradition? We have breakfast and open our presents, wearing our new pajamas that we opened on Christmas Eve.

3. If you could ask Santa for one, completely decadent wish for yourself, what would it be? A house!

4. How do you make the holidays special without spending any money? We have family movie/game nights, listen to Christmas music, and drive around to look at Christmas lights.

5. What games did you play with your family growing up? As kids, my brother and I would sit in the hallway and play Hi-Ho Cherry-O, Chutes and Ladders, and Candyland. Nowadays, we play Trivial Pursuit at nearly every family gathering!

6. What holiday tradition have you carried on from your own childhood? We leave Santa presents unwrapped so the kids immediately see them when they wake up.

7. Where would you go for a Christmas-away-from-home trip? I would love to go to Europe for the holidays!

8. Check out GameStop and tell us, what are the three top items on your GameStop Wish List this year? An Xbox Kinect, Playstation Move, and more controllers!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

Guess Who's One....?

Sorry for the old picture...I can't find my camera cord to upload a recent one!!

One month, that is. It's our little ladybug!!! It's hard to believe that she has already been with us for a whole month, then again it is hard to believe she has ONLY been with us a month. It seems like just yesterday we were off to the hospital to have her, but it seems like she has been with us all along. Of course we are still making adjustments, but she fits so naturally into our family. Some of her one-month milestones are:
  • Lifts her head while on her tummy
  • Responds to sound
  • Stares at faces
  • Can track objects
  • She even rolled from her tummy to her back twice! (probably a fluke, I know)
  • Loves being sung to (especially Jewel's version of Twinkle Twinkle)
  • Has a love/hate relationship with her nuk-nuk (pacifier)
We love this girl and look forward to watching her grow!!

Sunday, November 14, 2010


DREAMS by Langston Hughes

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

I love this poem. When I first read this poem in middle school, it made such an impression that I memorized it and to this day have not forgotten it. I think it would serve me well to remember this poem more often and really try to live by it. Dreams come and go, they change, they remain the same. Some are childish, some are unrealistic, some are achievable. When I was younger, I dreamed of being a famous singer...mind you, I am terribly shy and would only sing into my hair brush in the safety of my bedroom. When I was in high school, I dreamed of getting a soccer scholarship and studying to be a doctor. When I was in college, I dreamed of getting out in the least amount of time possible!! When I got married, I dreamed of being a mother. After becoming a mother, I dreamed of placing in a triathlon and becoming a certified personal trainer. While watching Food Network everyday, I dream of going to culinary school and becoming and even more amazing chef. Now, some of these dreams have come true, some haven't...yet, and some never will. But I think it is important to always remember our dreams and keep reaching for them. I look at my children, and I just want them to know that they can do anything, be anything, achieve anything they desire. This poem makes me realize I need to be a better example in this area, and try to realize some of those dreams I put on the back-burner. Now, where is my hair brush???

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Almost Missed a Day...

I said almost. Pretty tired and feeling like crap today. Hopefully tomorrow will be better!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Pet Peeve

I really hate blog giveaways that have 10,000 ways to earn extra entries. What if I don't have a Twitter account? Or if I don't want to comment on another post? Or follow your friend's blog? Or vote for your husband's co-worker's friend's cousin-once-removed's whatever in a contest? Why can't everyone just enter once and take their chances?

By the way, I just won a giveaway where I "earned" 4 such extra entries..... :-P

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Long Day

It has been a very long day. Daniel has tried my patience and brought me to tears...then he turns around and makes me smile. My house is a mess. Every time I thought I would have a few minutes to myself, one of my beautiful, well-behaved children would start crying. I had a cold chocolate chip pancake and chips and queso for dinner. Dr. Pepper helped me hang on to my sanity...if only by a thread. A hot bath and a Nora Roberts book helped restore a little bit more of that sanity. Singing Olivia to sleep made my heart happy. Now, sleep is calling my name with hopes of a better day tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


My husband always tells me, "Patience is a virtue," to which I reply, "It's one that I don't have." It's one that I feel like I have even less of lately. Unfortunately, I am the kind of person who wants what I want when I want it...and that is usually right now. This is especially true when it comes to cleaning the house. Like any good wife, I save some of the work for my hubby. The worst thing he could possibly do when I ask him to do something is say, "In a minute." Why?? Because someone will drop dead if the dishes aren't done right this second? Because the earth will stop spinning on its axis if the trash isn't taken out before the next commercial break? No....because I'm me, and I will have a super mega anxiety attack of sorts if it isn't done when I ask. And because I just know that if it isn't done right this very second, it probably won't get done at all. Reasonable? No. Crazy? Perhaps... I guess it's a good thing he loves me anyway.

I find this post very ironic. Why, you may ask? Because I am also the world's biggest procrastinator. I'm just a walking contradiction...

Monday, November 8, 2010

Dream Home

This posting every day business is exhausting...I have no idea what to write about, so I went to the NaBloPoMo website to check out their prompt for today: What would your dream house look like? Where would it be? Who would live there with you?

I don't necessarily know what my dream house would LOOK like, but I definitely have some requirements. First of all, a HUGE kitchen complete with state-of-the-art appliances, gas stove, double ovens, lots of counter space, plenty of cabinets, a pantry, and a bar/seating area. The next must have on my list is an amazing master suite. A large bedroom with room for a king-size bed (yes, Adam, a king-size bed), a sitting area for reading or whatever, LARGE closets, and plenty of natural light from big windows. The master bath would have to have a large jacuzzi tub, a separate shower, and most importantly, his-and-her sinks! Sorry babe, but you make such a mess when getting ready in the morning! Next, the craft room! Or should we call it my haven...a place where I can go and create without worrying about little hands getting into everything! I would also want a large family room with plenty of seating and large windows, a game/play room for the kids, a theater room, plenty of guest rooms for visiting family, an in-house gym, an outdoor kitchen, a covered patio area, a pool with a hot tub, a tennis court, a sport court, and plenty of land and trees.

Where would it be? I don't know...

Who would live there with me? The hubs, the kiddos, maybe a pet or two...

Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that this is a DREAM house :-P

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Meal Planning

I am going to tell you a secret...we are fast food junkies. And believe me, it is NOT because of the amazing food quality. Let's face it--between being pregnant, chasing after a 2-year old, and trying to keep my house from looking like a tornado passed through it, I rarely had the extra energy to worry about what we would eat for dinner, much less actually cook dinner. It was too easy to just stop on the way home from running errands or have Adam pick something up on the way home from work.

Here's the funny thing--I LOVE to cook. I love looking through cookbooks for ideas, and my TV is eternally tuned to Food Network (well, either that or Lifetime). I think part of the problem (aside from the lack of energy) is my tiny kitchen. Also, I am somewhat of a procrastinator...which leads to nothing being defrosted or not having all the ingredients I need. So, to try and remedy this problem, I have decided to try meal planning.

I have heard that meal planning will help you eat better and spend less. That is reason enough for me!! I came across this show on BYUtv called "The Food Nanny". Her approach to meal planning includes theme nights. She assigns every night a different theme, and you plan your meals accordingly. I like this idea because it gives me some parameters to work within. So, without further adieu, here is my meal plan for the week:

Monday (Comfort Food): Gumbo
Tuesday (Italian): Chicken Piccata
Wednesday (Fish/Meatless/Breakfast): Pancakes
Thursday (Mexican): Tacos
Friday (Pizza): Frozen Pizza (don't judge me!)
Saturday(Grill Night): eating at Mom's
Sunday (Traditions): Buttermilk Herb Chicken

I hope that this will help end the age-old question "What's for dinner?"

On another note: I am in desperate need of some quick, kid-friendly lunch recipes. All Daniel wants to eat is hot dogs, chicken nuggets, and cheese sticks. So, if you have any ideas, please send them my way! Thanks, in advance!!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

LSU, Gumbo, and Random Tidbits

Random Tidbit #1: After last night's lame post, I tried to get some sleep to no avail. I chalked it up to the UTI, but I ended up passing what I believe to be a kidney stone. I'll spare you the details and picture...yes, I took a picture--but only to send to my mom to confirm the identity of this mysterious, jagged, little pebble. Anyway, after getting that out of my system, I felt much better. Unfortunately, I am now having a nagging pain in my right lower back. More kidney stones or all in my head??? I don't know...

Random Tidbit #2: A friend of mine (I won't mention any names--Jimbo) was just talking to me about kidney stones and drinking too much caffeine (which I do). Yes, I think you jinxed me. Yes, I blame you. :-P

Random Tidbit #3: Going to Wal-Mart early on a Saturday morning is a good time to go. I am not stupid brave enough to go to a store with 2 kids by myself yet. Since Adam can only accompany us on the weekend and the kids are already up at the butt-crack of dawn, I thought we would get up and go. Surprisingly and thankfully, it did not start to get crowded until we were checking out.

Random Tidbit #4: I love gumbo. I mean, I REALLY, REALLY LOVE gumbo. But, in all my years, this born and bred southern girl has never actually cooked gumbo. So, since we were grocery shopping this morning, I decided, on a whim, to buy the ingredients and try it out. It wasn't great, but it was pretty good. I will just have to tweak the recipe next time...

Random Tidbit #5: Just call me Doubting Thomas. I admit it...never in a million years did I think LSU would beat Alabama. Don't get me wrong. I am a Tiger fan through and through...come on, my son can spell Tigers before he can spell his own name. But, based on previous gameplay, I just didn't think it would happen. I did, however, actually enjoy watching this game. There were still frustrating points, but there were also some really exciting ones too. In short, GEAUX TIGERS!

Random Tidbit #6: I love cold weather. I am so glad it finally showed up in Louisiana. It always makes me think about the holidays and the smells of the season. <insert shameless plug> My favorite is my Holidays scented candle from Lagniappe Candle Company. The mixture of pine, cinnamon, and cloves always makes me think of curling up on the couch with a chunky sweater, wool socks, a warm blanket, and a steaming mug of hot chocolate...with marshmallows, of course.

Random Tidbit #7: I think I am going to go back for seconds of gumbo....

Friday, November 5, 2010

I Got Nothing...

Tired. Caffeine headache. UTI. I am going to bed with my antibiotics, Tylenol, and cranberry juice. Lame, I know...hopefully tomorrow will be better :-)

Thursday, November 4, 2010


I am thankful for my two beautiful, healthy, happy babies. I am thankful for my wonderful, loving husband. I am also thankful that he is an incredible father. I am thankful for our families who love us and are always there for us, ready to lend a helping hand. I am thankful we have a roof over our heads and food on our table. I am thankful for our amazing friends who are always there to put a smile on our faces, bring us a hot meal, or help us out when we need it. I am thankful for my mom (for more reasons than I can list here)...she is the most amazing person I know. I am thankful for my health. I am thankful for the knowledge that families can be together forever. And I am ever so thankful to my Heavenly Father for bestowing all of these wonderful blessings upon me.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Election Day and Photo Comparison

Today being Election Day, we fulfilled our civic duty and voted. We ventured out in the yucky, rainy weather to cast our votes with both kids in tow. Daniel was excited to go into the voting booths with us. He really enjoyed getting to press the "Cast Your Vote" button. Olivia, trooper that she is, slept through the whole thing.

Now, on to the photo comparison. As I mentioned in an earlier post, when I first saw Olivia all I could think was how much she looked like Daniel. Every day there is a face or expression that just screams Daniel...especially when Olivia got her first bath the o
ther night (will post photos soon). Anyway, I thought I would post Daniel and Olivia's hospital photos for comparison.

Same mouth, same nose, same eyes (even though you can't really tell in this picture), almost identical hair color...I am simply amazed by how much these two look alike! What do you think?

Monday, November 1, 2010


This month is National Blog Posting Month, or NaBloPoMo. The challenge is to post something, anything, every day for one month. Seeing as I have been such a blog slacker lately, I figure this would be a good challenge to take on....so, here we go. At least if I can't think of anything to write I have some pretty cute kids I can post pictures of. Stay tuned...