Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
I hear it goes really fast from here, so be expecting lots of updates!
Disclaimer: I am not pregnant. I don't plan on getting pregnant for a very long time. Please don't start rumors and please don't ask.
By the way, that blog is absolutely HILARIOUS!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
(yes, it really is that bright!)
Merry Christmas everyone!
See, there are few things that I take pride in. However, one of them is the fact that I scored a 30 on my ACT allowing me to attend Lindenwood University on a full ride academic scholarship. The stipulations of this scholarship are that I have to pay a $300 "student family contribution" (a.k.a. we call it that to get free money out of you) and $120 in activity fees. This is what I pay to go to school, and I can handle it. I work enough to pay it off every semester (on top of books and bills). Well, this past semester they upped that $300 to $500. OUCH. I'm afraid of what it's gonna be next semester. I really don't want to have to take out a loan. Pray for me.
On a lighter note, I had a great Thanksgiving weekend filled with family and fun. The food was wonderful on Thanksgiving day and it was so nice to spend the weekend with my family and not have to worry about what "I have to do tomorrow." We stayed up all night on Thursday rocking out on Guitar Hero 3 and Rock Band and went shopping on the day after Thanksgiving, getting our traditional Starbuck's Hot Chocolate at 4:00 in the morning and heading to the mall. I got all of my Christmas shopping done! Woo-hoo!
I also splurged a bit and bought myself a new MP3 player, which I absolutely love:
On Friday we went and saw our hole for the house (see below)! Very exciting! Then we had a really fun evening with some friends and went to see "August Rush" which is quickly becoming one of my favorite movies.
This movie has an absolutely amazing soundtrack which I am currently listening to on my brand new MP3 player. The movie is just beautiful - dialogue, cinematography, music, acting. I loved it!
Afterwards we went to Ariake Japanese Steakhouse which is always a good meal! Sunday I stayed at home and relaxed all day. It was such a great weekend....
Back to reality! But, on the bright side, it's officially the Christmas season!!! I love Christmas! I'll have pictures of our gorgeous tree up soon.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Check it out!
I know the pictures are kind of hard to see, but if you click on them you can see them bigger (the same goes for most of the pictures on my blog - for future reference)
Oh, and here's our *NEW* street sign. We will live on Springfield Dr.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
"I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge -- that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."
For me, it's:
- Rob (and our love)
- Being blessed to get to go through college on a full ride scholarship
- Our house
- A wonderful "new" family
- My puppy!
Have a great day everyone!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
I'm contemplating getting another job. I really need the extra income, but I don't need to stress myself out any more. I just pray for guidance!
I'm so excited for Thanksgiving! I love Thanksgiving because its a time to finally relax and enjoy the gift of family and friends, love and laughter. It also ushers in the holiday season and you can't forget black friday!
Yes, I'm one of the crazy people in the mad rush line at Best Buy at 3:00 in the morning. What can I say? It's a rush! I love a good deal, and I love the out of the ordinary feeling I get staying up all night and standing in the cold drinking Starbuck's hot chocolate. Mmmm...
But it'll all be over soon enough... I know this is kind of a hodge-podge entry, but I'm in kind of a hodge-podge state right now. With more homework on the horizon and a weekend of fun and activities I'm kind of in a limbo.
Now I'm off to look up cookie recipes! I'm going to visit Casey - my future sister-in-law - and baby Isabella tomorrow!
Welcome, Isabella Rose
Monday, November 19, 2007
James was born on July 4, 2005 (firecracker baby!) and weighed only 4 pounds.
Before he even arrived we had all been told he had a congenital heart defect and, we laugh about it now, at one point they thought his organs were switched (i.e. his heart was on the right side instead of the left). Well, we prepared for some time for what we would all be facing in the coming months and years. We were told that he would need surgery to correct the two holes, small valve, and extra arteries running blood to his lungs. We were also told that this surgery would need to occur within days after his birth. Well, James set out to prove us wrong from the very beginning.
Come to find out, his organs weren't switched and he wouldn't end up having his first surgery until he was around 7 months old. We were also told that he would be a "blue" baby when he was born - having a blue tinge to him because of oxygen deprivation. Well, he was born 3 weeks early and came rolling down the hall in his incubator pink as can be and sucking on a pacifier. We followed him to Cardinal Glennon (aka miracle workers) and waited for him to get situated. He was so tiny!
Well, after almost a month in the NICU (which I say everyone should see at some point in their lives, it's a very humbling experience) he finally came home. Then the fun started. He had acid reflux (BAD) and therefore had a hard time gaining weight. So he was on special high-calorie formula which we had to add vegetable oil and a thickening agent to (yuck) as well as several different medications. This was life for the first 7 months.
Then came the first surgery. That was hard! He did great though. And afterward, he was off and running, literally. He started crawling and eating and gaining weight. We were so happy!!! But, unfortunately he needed one more surgery. Once again, he came through that one with grace. We couldn't have been more proud of him!
Post surgery 2 - James and NeNe
Always into mischief
James and Oliver
James and Aunt NeNe
It was like he was given a whole new life! He grew and grew and is now a healthy, happy, two year old boy doing everything two year old boys love to do. And I love him. Purely and simply. We have learned so much from him in his short life and he is so strong! He is currently in love with tractors and trucks and LOVES watching Cars and Curious George on TV. He and Oliver are two peas in a pod and I can't wait to take him swimming in the subdivision pool!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
So, we talked about the lot and the backyard and came up with some really good solutions to our "dilemma" while making the best use of the humongous lot we got for such a great deal. We aren't going to fence everything we can, instead we are going to fence a small part of the backyard - for Oliver, of course and make use of the huge side/back part we have. It's nearly 100 feet from the back corner of our house to the street at one point.
So, I feel really good about our decision now and I'll leave you with some pictures of the lot and the stakes from yesterday's visit!.
If you look really closely, this is a side view of our yard. There are small stakes in the ground on the left half of the picture.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
I am currently in love with platform beds (and this comforter set)
Oh, and dining sets...
This is my favorite!
And I have been eying these shelves for the living room wall for months!
Although I don't think it will fit where our TV will go, a good entertainment center is a must!
Okay, enough drooling for now. I need to get some sleep!
But hey, it's Friday!
We also got our engagement pictures today! Everything evens out in the end, right?
Thursday, November 15, 2007
I'll definitely be posting pics as soon as we do go see it though! But for now I'm going to meander over to my math methods class. Have a great day everyone!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
We have so many ideas and plans for the house, I just pray God provides us with the finances to make it happen. Here it is - an ugly drawing of the outside of our house.
But, on to the fun stuff. The inside. The house has three bedrooms, two baths, and, well, here's the floor plan:
(Which I secretly wish was bigger)
But not with this color cabinets (yuck)
Great Room - In a different display showing the breakfast bar
Kitchen - with breakfast bar and our cabinet color
It has two pieces that can be placed on either side that expand the picture in either direction. We've found some other equally great pieces though too!
We've started a list of things we'd like to do after the house if finished, though I don't know how quickly they'll get done!
- Fence - right away for Oliver!
- Landscaping around the yard (we're a corner lot - see below - so we need some privacy)
- New floors to replace the vinyl (probably wood or mock tile)
- Finish the basement - with a bathroom, laundry room, sewing room, and game area
- Stamped patio in the backyard
The list goes on and on, but that's all I can think of...
I can't wait to post pics of the house being built, but until then, here's a picture of our lot and our sold sign!
And, leaving you with thoughts of glorious summer days...