Friday, November 30, 2007

5 years ago...

…I was nervous about my first date with HB. I am sure I was anyway. Our first date took place December 1, 2002. We went downtown and had a bite to eat at Doc Chey’s. Then went to watch a James Bond movie. We both love James Bond. I even have a Bond girl name. Lovea Bedhead.
It was a nice first date. I remember as we were hugging goodnight–I grabbed his behind. What can I say? It was squeezable.

After that, we were together when we could be.

I can remember where I first told him that I loved him and I know where we were when he told me.

We became engaged New Years Eve of 2003.

We got married May 30, 2004.

We found out we were pregnant with our beautiful daughter July of 2004. Our after the honeymoon baby. :) We were so happy. We wanted a baby together from the beginning.

We had a baby before we celebrated our 1 year anniversary.

So, here it is 2007. Another baby on the way. I wouldn’t change a thing.

Happy First Date Anniversary Tomorrow Honey. I’d still grab your behind if I had it to do over. xoxox

Thursday, November 29, 2007

A Menu In The Making:

I have wanted to share a few things but when I sit down to write–they poof out of memory. So I made a mental note to do it first thing this time. :)

~Saturday while getting the ultrasound. Towards the end the baby was on her tummy sleeping. Her way of saying, “SHOWS OVER”.

~The other night Lil O, who will be 3 in March, got in trouble. I think she kicked me. She said, “I’m sorry mommy”. A few minutes later she did something else to get in trouble. She said, “I’m sorry mommy again”. LOL Being 2+ is so hard.

~Last night while I was trying to find my happy place and go to sleep. I felt a tiny hand on my shoulder. I rubbed it while saying, “My baby”. Then I hear, “I love you mommy”. Awwwwwww, adorable! I really enjoy having her sleep with us. She has been in our bed since she came home from the hospital. I really like the ‘family bed’ concept. We are actually playing with the idea of a bigger bed so when the new baby comes home she can sleep with us as well.

I started yesterday cruising recipes and planning a menu for next week. I think I have it pretty much all written down and I’ll be ready to shop soon. This is what I plan on cooking:

Sunday: Make White Bean and Vegetable Soup for lunch then freeze rest.

Monday: Vegetarian Lentil Burgers, Cole Slaw with Apples and Fries

Tuesday: BBQ Chicken from crock pot, Maple Glazed Yams with Pecan Topping and Green Beans

Wednesday: White Bean and Vegetable Soup with Cheddar Garlic Biscuits

Thursday: Lucky Leftover Night made which extras. :)

Friday: Get together with my sister to make 2 gingerbread house.

We worked on a menu this morning and it looks something like this: BBQ Cocktail Wienies, Pigs N Blankets, Chips & Dip, Crackers & Cheese, Baked Brie Cheese with Roasted Garlic and Haystacks. This is subject to change….lol We can munch on finger food while the kids make their masterpieces.

Saturday: Tamale Pie with Salad

Sunday: Black Bean & Corn Quesadillas

YUMMY!!!!! The last menu worked perfect. I made it just like I had planned and it was nice to have a guideline on the fridge. That way no food gets forgot about and we are making the most of what we have prepared. COOLNESS! :)

I guess I’ll go make a scramble egg sandwich with cheese and mayo. LOL I hope that everyone has a lovely day. :)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

I Love A List!

I just sat down to go over Christmas lists. I have several going on. LOL
~Christmas Presents Bought. (Kids count how many they have wrapped and how many their siblings have wrapped. So I make sure they are equal.)
~Christmas Presents to Buy.
~Holiday Night Meal with my Sister. (We are going to get together before the busy holiday season and the children are going to make Ginger Bread houses. I already bought 2 kits.)
~Christmas Eve afewdaysbeforeactualchristmaseve with my side of the family.
~Christmas Eve Meal Menu withjustthepeoplethatlivehere.

Okay, does all that make sense? LOL

I am about half-way through my pregnancy. Since my cesarean will be a week before my actual due date. Woohoo. I am still fighting the urge to BUY BUY lots of PINK things. I have already had 3 ultrasounds at the doctors office. Plus 1 at a 3D/4D place. The detailed ultrasound at doctors office is Monday, December 3rd. I know we saw HER girly shot on Saturday but part of me says, “Wait until Monday”. LOL Then I will feel fine with buying everything PINK I see. LOL I hear the baby shower planning is under way so I am tickled PINK! Sorry, couldn’t resist! LOL

It is so exciting to think about the birth of our baby. I know I said I would stop after this baby but I could be easily talked into another. I don’t think my husband knows this though, shhh. LOL Knowing our luck it would be a FOURTH girl in the house! 5 girls and 2 boys. How cruel! Wait, I change my mind! That would mean FOUR weddings for us to pay for! LOL That’s one way of looking at it.

Well, I am going to work on my “Lists”. Everyone have a lovely Wednesday!

PS. This was posted on another blog I read. I wanted to share.
From Karyn’s Blog:

Obituary euphemisms:

“Free spirit” - unemployable
“Vivacious” - drunk (female)
“A character” - drunk (male)
“Fun loving” - drank more than worked
“Down to earth” - born working class
“Utterly carefree” – senile

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Yesterday...

As our family.

~ Which included HB, B2, H & O. My Sister, Grandmother and Great Aunt. HB’s Mom. ~

We saw our beautiful baby in a 3D/4D ultrasound.

We saw her sweet face.

Her:

her

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time.

As I sit here, grumpy because my nap was interrupted, watching the leaves blow in the wind. Really craving that peanut butter pie! :)

I just wanted to say I am thankful for so much. I am not only thankful tomorrow but every day.

I have a wonderful husband who adores me. He takes care of me in so many ways. I have 3 great children. Yes, they give me challenges to overcome. But all in all they are great kids and have a great future ahead of them. We have a baby on the way. That is exciting for everyone.

We both have loving families that are there for us. We have great friends to be with. Never a dull moment.

I am thankful for everything I have in my life. I hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow. I know you have lots to be thankful for too. :)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

DUDE!!! He’s why I bought a Dell.

~cleaning out the email folder and wanted to share something my husband sent me~

Dell Dude Now Tequila Dude at Tortilla Flats

Ben Curtis

Ben Curtis has moved on from his Dell Dude days. But can’t you just hear him shout that slogan?Melissa Hom

Next time you’re at Tortilla Flats and you find yourself wondering aloud to your dinner companion, “What ever happened to the guy who did the ‘Dude, you’re getting a Dell’ commercials?” don’t be surprised when Ben Curtis, the man himself, approaches your table and explains the tequila list. While guest-starring on Law & Order and acting in films like the upcoming Proud Iva, Curtis has been a waiter and bartender at the Tex-Mex spot for the past year and a half, and though he dressed up as the Dell Dude for the Halloween party, he’s not about to repeat the slogan for you. He might, however, give you a free shot. “All you have to do,” he says, “is come and have a good time.”

How often do people recognize you as the Dell Dude?
Every day. It’s really difficult, but it’s a humbling experience. There were times when I made boatloads of money as an actor, but here I can be myself.

What’s the most extreme reaction you’ve gotten?
There was a group of women in their early forties, one of whom was bawling. I walk over and they said, “Our friend just passed away. We thought you might be able to cheer [us] up, we know who you are and you’re an incredible human and you’ve been through a lot and you’re an incredible actor. We’re all DEA agents, and we think you should smoke as much pot as you want to. And we love you.”

Do people ask you to repeat the catchphrase?
I’ve had tables of young girls who think they recognize me, and when they ask me, I say “yes” and then they don’t believe me and they start arguing and ask me to do the catchphrase and I’ll laugh and say, “It’s been four years, but I’m glad you’re a fan.”

Do people quote it to you?
They get really drunk, and they’ll start yelling things at me. I either ignore them, or if it’s way out of hand, I go up and say, “I appreciate your support, but my name is Ben.” That usually doesn’t work so I smile and ignore them.

Have you met any girlfriends on the job?
I had one when I first started working there, but now I’m single for the first time in a while. I’ve met a couple people there I’ve gotten to be really good friends with or dated for a while.

You’re also in a band?
My band is Whale, made up of a bunch of former actors. We had residency at Fat Baby. It’s the first band I’ve ever fronted. We have the green light, but we’ve decided to take a little time off to record our EP and package ourselves properly.

Monday, November 19, 2007

The Weekly Plan :)

It has been over a week since I last posted. Shame on me. I have been busy though. A good kind of busy. Not OMGoodness I have to do that busy.

Last Thursday I enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving meal with my son at school then watched their 4th grade program. It was awesome. It was Music around the World themed. There were two men in full Scottish dress and one played the bagpipes. It was really cool. I am glad I was able to be there to see. The kids were so thrilled at their masterpiece. As I was. The program had Mexican, Africa, Russian and Scottish heritage music in it. Kids were dressed to match their heritage.

I hear the Scottish coming:

kilt

My blushing son in his too long kilt~to which he wanted off ASAP! He looked so handsome.

kilt2

That was a nice day indeed.

Over the weekend I went Christmas shopping. I actually enjoyed it. The crowds weren’t out just yet.

Since I have been feeling like my old self again, I have let Chef Denice (CD) go. SOBBING!!! But I am able to cook now for my family. I have made a plan. Seeing her cook and prepare for a week at a time made me think. I can do that and will do that. I sat down, made a plan and went grocery shopping.

It goes something like this:

Sunday: Make homemade zucchini bread for kids to munch on as breakfast or a snack. It is really YUMMY toasted with butter on it.
Clean spinach for weekly use in salads and to saute some. I made a huge salad to be eaten on the next couple of days.
For dinner we had CD’s Tuna casserole I had frozen and a nice salad.

Monday: Cook homemade Sloppy Joe’s and cook up two meatloaves. (One to be eaten later this week and one to freeze for later.) Make slaw.
For dinner we will have Sloppy Joe’s, slaw and assorted roasted potatoes.

Tuesday: Dinner will be Chicken Parmesan, pasta and salad.

Wednesday: Dinner will be meat loaf, mashed potatoes, root casserole and green beans.
~Root Casserole: I cut into cubes a sweet potato, turnip, couple of beets. Add lots of garlic cloves and some feta cheese. Add just enough water to cover bottom of baking dish to steam veggies. Cover and bake until they are tender.~

Thursday: HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

Friday: Dinner will be Collards and Ham Soup that CD had made and I froze last week, twice baked potatoes and some sort of bread to sop up the soup.

Saturday and Sunday: Lucky Leftover days.

Sounds like a plan! See, I can do this. Yippee!

Well, I am off to start cooking for Monday. I hope that everyone has a lovely day and holiday week. :)

Thursday, November 8, 2007

9 Year Old Boys….Hmmm…

Why do 9 year old boys find in funny to pour all the shampoo and conditioner in the shower down the drain!!!!!!! He has done this before and been warned! Last night he did it again! No joke! H was next to shower and we hear her screaming about shampoo! ~shaking head~

So this morning HB realizes that it was all gone..none left. B2 isn’t talking or confessing any crime. But we know! LOL So, he has no computer, TV or game devices until he fesses up about what he did. And even if he does talk today–still none of the above until tomorrow probably.

Anyway…I just got back home from buying shampoo and conditioner for the family. I bought B2 his own 1.00 bottle for now! LOL He has to prove he can handle that before he can use what we use! LOL

I checked out the local news and WOW about the Aqua Dots. Guess it’s about time our kids used their imagination because there will be no toys soon. Wonder how all this will work out with Christmas soon. Me as a parent–what is safe for us to buy for our children? Well, luckily I have about 7 weeks to figure it all out. Is that about right?

I found something funny to share from another magazine I got at the doctors office this week.

Cafe Preggers

First Trimester Menu
Appetizer
Tums Compote
Entree
Fresh Saltines on a bed of Saltines, lightly seasoned with Saltines.
Beverage
Ginger Ale (IV drip available upon request)
Dessert
Ten minutes in a dim room with an ice bag for your head

Second Trimester Menu
Appetizer
Half a roast chicken, extra crispy
Entree*
A succulent leg of lamb smothered in pork chops, served with BBQ ribs and garnished with cheeseburgers (all burnt beyond recognition for our safety)
Beverage
Toll House pie smoothie, prepared with 1/2 pint heavy cream
Dessert
9″x16″ pan of double-fudge brownies

Third Trimester Menu
(Each course followed by 15-minute neck massage and/or bathroom break.)
Appetizer
Three bites of tossed salad
Entree
Two bites of lasagna
Beverage
None-so you’ll have room for dessert
Dessert
A Tic Tac

*Double portions available if you’re expecting twins

(From babytalk magazine by Melissa Balmain)

Well, I am off to find a snack. All this food talk has made me hungry. LOL

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Good Wednesday Morning :)

I am sitting all bundled up in my comfy robe. With the heat up. This weather is making me want snow! I know it is a bit early to be talking about it but I did. SNOW SNOW SNOW SNOW

I have a few things to share.

*At what age can a 13 year old have a MySpace page? What happens if they do it behind their parents back? Well, that happened at our house. I told her that if she had come to us in the BEGINNING then we could have talked about it and taken the right steps. But since she didn’t do that, things are a bit different for her now. I don’t know. Being a 13 year old girl is hard and being a parent is hard as well. ~PS. The page wasn’t made here at home, we have everything blocked. So parents beware–it can happen and you not know it.~

*My husband sent me a link to something other day. All I can say is YUMMY! ~not~

(NewsTarget) The movie Supersize Me has probably had more of an effect than the producers anticipated. Since then, in the fast food industry, there has been a market trend promoting menu items that appear to be healthy. But most of these menu items have ingredients that health conscious consumers would prefer to avoid.

Just click the paragraph above to read the whole article. I deleted it from this page-it was way too long.

*Here’s a link of the VW bus making its journey to California. Some really cool pictures of it.

OldBug.com Road Trip 2007

*I sometimes wonder how much the recycling we do–really makes a difference? I found this article in a Baby & You magazine the doctor’s office gave me yesterday.

What Comes Around…
Don’t think recycling makes a difference? Check out these numbers:

IF… <—————————-> THEN…

we recycle our newspapers every week<~~>500,000 trees will be saved

we recycle just 35 % of our trash<~~>we can eliminate emissions equal to 36 million cars

you throw away a single aluminum can<~~>you waste energy equal to 6 ounces of gasoline

we recycle frequently<~~>we create new jobs: 36 for every 10,000 tons

Well I am going to work on the quilt. I’d share with what I am doing but my sister reads this blog and it is a SURPRISE! :)

Have a lovely Wednesday.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

The scale said………

I weigh 139 pounds! I guessed it right! It is nice to be gaining weight!

Everything is fine. We heard “her” heartbeat again.

We scheduled the ultrasound for December. We will know if she is really a “she” then! LOL I made it for the afternoon so all the kids could be there.

I am making lunch a leftover lunch. Let me heat that up and enjoy my husbands company when he gets here. :)

Monday, November 5, 2007

What do you do when you run out of Zofran?

I didn’t mean too!! I called in the script last week and then was out of town for the wedding. My HB went to get my medicine yesterday and the PHARMACY was closed due to a death. SO NO ZOFRAN!!! The medication that has been making my life bearable! Making me be able to eat!!! And keep it down. Gone. No more.

So, this morning “Alice” is doing the weekly cooking and all I want to do is BARF! I have windows open and the heat on. Then I started having hot flashes and turned the heat down while I stood in front of windows. It was not FUN! I felt awful. Just awful!

My husband saved me by getting my meds at lunch and bringing them home. The damage has already been done though. It takes on average 1 1/2 hours to get in my system. I wasn’t able to enjoy lunch and I know I won’t get to eat dinner as well. I am tempted to over lap another dose…..hmmm….

Anyway…enough whining. I thought there had to be something I could do to take my mind off things. Besides build the worlds tallest Lego tower with lil O. So I worked on the Tinkerbell quilt. I was able to sew all of the top pieces together. I was a woman on a mission. Get the quilt finished and stay out of the bathroom! I DID manage to do both. Here is two pictures of the top piece of this cute quilt.

quilt top

I hope my sister will be happy with her Tinkerbell quilt. Maybe she can wear her Tinkerbell costume and let me take a picture of them together! HA HA :)

Well, I think I am going to take a shower and rest. I hope that everyone has a lovely Monday.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Where’s Peter Pan?

Happy November 1st! This is another day closer to the best day ever! THANKSGIVING!!!!!

I have been busy of course. After my papaw dying, we spent the weekend with family and his funeral. It was sad. All funerals are sad.

Monday we had company all day from California. Those that know me know the story already. Since I am going to post a picture, I’ll explain a bit more. My husband and his family had a local radio station. They do not now due to certain circumstances I will not go into. It’s a tragic event and one that should have been fixed YEARS ago. That on the other hand is another story for another day. Anyway…we’ve had this VW bus in our garage that had been turned into a Mobile Unit right after it was purchased all those years ago. My husband happened to meet someone who introduced him to the “VW Guy” in California. The timing was right and he came to NC for other reasons and stopped by our house. He is going to fix up the VW and get it running then show it off in VW shows. Then my husband and his family can sell the VW. It was exciting for my HB and then sad to know he’s probably never see the VW in person ever again. Like he was losing some of his dad as well. Here is a picture of the VW on the flatbed about to make it’s journey to California.

Bye Bye VW!

Bus

I admit, it was sad to see it on the trailer and be driven away.

I had only a couple trick-or-treaters last night. But the house had NO lights on so that might explain that. Here are a few pictures of my guests from last night.

Lets count the Tinkerbell’s.

ONE. TWO. (My sister and her oldest daughter.)

halloween tinkerbell

THREE. (A cousin joined in.)

halloween tinkerbell 2

FOUR. (Let’s not forget my baby niece.)

halloween tinkerbell 3

How many Tinkerbell’s can fit in one room? HA HA! FOUR so far.

Well, I have to prepare for a wedding I am in on Saturday. I wish everyone a lovely day and weekend. :)

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