Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

We started our Thanksgiving week with our church's annual Evening with the Turkeys-- a wonderful dinner followed by comedy via volunteers from church- hilarious! Ron and I participated in two of the skits. It was a blast preparing for it.
The next day, I had a doctor's appointment (15 weeks) and got a great report! That afternoon the stomach virus, I think, hit hard. I had to cancel class and prayed that Ron and Ava would not be sick especially with Thanksgiving Day and out-of-town guests. Neither got sick. By Wednesday,  I felt so much better and had to hustle to get the house clean and my dishes made (sweet & sour green beans, potato salad, and ambrosia since Brittany nixed it from our Christmas Eve menu;).
Ron's family came into town Thursday morning, and his mom went to my parents' house with us for Thanksgiving dinner. My sister, brother-in-law, nephew, aunt, uncle, and grandpa came too. We had lots of delicious food including a deep-fried turkey from Ron's new cooker. Brittany and I took our kiddos on a walk- the weather was awesome. After lunch the ladies sat around looking at Black Friday ads and talking. (I could kick myself for not getting pictures of my parents or a family pic!)
Britt and I met at 11:30 PM at Target. It was fun, and I finished shopping for Ava. Unfortunately, I didn't get nearly as much accomplished as I did the previous two years, so I'll be probably shopping 'til the last minute this year.
Ron's brother and sister-in-law came over Friday and Saturday night to visit with us, and they all left Sunday morning. The three of us crashed after church Sunday-- while Ron and Ava napped, I finished reading the book that I started the night before. There's nothing like reading a good book on a cold, rainy holiday weekend:)

Aunt Bobbie with her great-niece & great nephew. She's the best!
Sweet Reid
My girl:)
Pretty Brittany with our kiddos
Papaw Little with the babies
Ron & Job were on a mission to cook the turkey;)
I had to include this one because this is usually how it goes... Ava tries to be little mommy.
Well, Britt and I cooperated...
Mammaw & Ava

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fall Scrapbook

 Another long family post... 

My "scrapbook" editions are ways for me to remember our lives during this season. I need to do it more often! Just when I had gotten into a semi-good routine of blogging, the nausea hit and staring at the computer screen only made it worse! Thank goodness that stage is over, and I've spent lots of today procrastinating on all the grading I need to be doing by looking at Pinterest and catching up on blog reading. Oops.

As usual I found myself so busy-- to the point that I had to sit down and reevaluate my life. I tried not to be too hard on myself since the staying at home/working part-time is still really new to me. I guess I expected to automatically adjust to it. Reality is that I have to set boundaries for myself, or I'm more busy/chaotic/annoyed than working full-time and handling a side job! When I dreamed about this stage in my life, it looked like this: start a really deep Bible study, work-out everyday, keep the house perfect, have dinner cooked every night when Ron arrives home, and spend a ton of quality time with Ava. So, when I realized that those things were still sporadic despite cutting back 40 hours/week of work, I needed to change. I am rambling. On to our lives for the past few months...

  • Kayla threw Danny a surprise 30th birthday party. I think he really was surprised especially since she did it in Mississippi instead of Missouri. We had a fun weekend hanging out with them!
  • Ava & I had a mommy/daughter day at the Children's Museum of Memphis. It was great! She loved it. It brought back memories of the day my aunt Bobbie took Brittany and me. I think she liked the mini-Kroger as much as we did:)
  • I began home-school preschool lessons with Ava in September. My goal for her as a 4-year old is to get in the 'groove' of sitting down with me and working on lessons. We have concentrated mostly on phonics, reading aloud, and some handwriting. She's a good student. She has some perfectionist tendencies, so I work with her not being too hard on herself. She also LOVES doing crafts. We include those as well as puzzles and games. 
  • Our "Moms of Preschoolers" life group had a play date at the Tunica Aquatic Center. It's a great and very affordable place for families to hang out. We also met at church for breakfast and playtime a few weeks ago. 
  • We had play dates with at Chick-fil-A with Tuesday and Emma, and one day Justus came over to play on the playground with Ava. We also went over to Mary Abbott & Niki's a few times for some fun!
  • One day, Jamie, Greg, Pastor Jeff, and I went on a day trip to Huntsville, AL, to tour a church. Our church has worked with them on sharing ideas. Jamie and I were asked to go to check out their layout and design-- it was impressive! Too bad I was so nauseated! ;)
  • Ron and I took Ava to the city park after church (complete with milkshakes & perfect weather:). 
  • I had a 31 Gifts Party and got some great items for being a hostess. I love my stuff! It was a fun night with some of my favorite girls.
  • I probably watched more football than ever this season. Ron has gotten more and more into college football the past few years. It's fun. And this is for him, "Roll Tide!" 
  • Four of my high school/college friends had babies within about three weeks' time! I can't wait to see all of them in person. I've loved seeing their pics on Facebook! Welcome to the world, Harper, Noah, Jilly, & Lucas! 
  • Ava and I went to the Homecoming Pep-rally in my hometown where I went to school and worked. It was really fun seeing my former students and co-workers. I miss them! We also got to have lunch with Mimi & Papa. 
  • I went to see Twilight: Breaking Dawn with Meg, Anna, Christie, and Emily. What a fun night!
  • My parents made a joint birthday lunch for Brittany and me. My mom was in the hospital on my birthday:(. They made a huge meal and hung balloons and banners for us:) Sweet! They gave me birthday money, so I ordered a North Face rain coat that I've wanted for a while.
  • My mom has been recovering from being sick and hospitalized (I overheard Ava telling her friend that Mimi was in the hospital because she drinks too much Coke- ha!) so I decorated their house for Christmas one day. Too bad mine still isn't done- ha! Having all my Christmas decor in storage is annoying! 
  • As a small part of teaching Ava the true meaning of Christmas, we participated in Operation Christmas Child. It was really neat when she picked out toys and candy for a child she doesn't know. 
  • My nephew Reid turned ONE! He had an adorable birthday party. Brittany did a great job of decorating and planning. 
  • One time, Niki told me that tucking your child into bed is so funny because it's when they have the urge to share things-- recently, when I was putting Ava to bed she told me that her toothpaste tastes like poison, and then she asked if she's ever had turquoise throw up. Random!
Lots of pictures... Even downloaded some from my phone...

Danny with his nieces, Taylor & Ava
"Baby Ford" is so adorable!
Chili's with the in-laws
little shopper
She loved it! The cash register was her favorite part, except...
dressing up on the "Orpheum" stage... I always tell Ron that I can see her being in theater stuff. She's so expressive and likes to entertain.
"dentist office"
Ava and Kaley
Aquatic Center
Ava with the birthday boy!
On our way to Waffle House for family breakfast
Maria and me
Playing outside, waiting on "Mrs. Jeanine" to arrive.
My tired baby!
"Mommy, take a picture of my hair." :)
Ron had guy night for one of the games, so Ava and I went to Cracker Barrel to window shop and have dinner.
Princess Ava
at the church fall festival
Ava & "Toots"
"I want to do a serious face."
The Little Mermaid (Ava dressing up is a daily occurrence).
Mrs. Cindy's wig
At the Sam's Club holiday taste-testing with Mimi and me
Cinderella (we found this one at a consignment sale for $4)
at Old Navy
sipping hot chocolate & watching Polar Express

Monday, November 7, 2011

1st Trimester Highlights

I found out on September 3 after yard sale shopping with Ava & Brittany and donuts with them plus my parents & Job.

We have been wanting to add to our family for a long time! I was so excited!!!

Due Date:
May 12

Major symptoms: 
Sore chest
Gagging at the mere thought of something gross

Rice Krispies with milk
chocolate milk
Gummy candy
Cheddar cheese

Funny moments:
Checking the weather report so I'd know how to dress Ava and me then realizing it was Chicago's weather, and it was 20 degrees warmer here- pregnant brain!
The look on Ron's face when my doctor suspected twins (it was a glitch it the ultra sound machine). 

Great moments:
Getting a wonderful report from first doctor's appointment
Telling Ava the BIG news! Her first response was, "Thank you, Jesus!" She told me back in July that the baby was taking too long to get here!
Sharing the news with our family & friends.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

And then there were FOUR!

As the first trimester comes to end soon, I'm so excited to say that we are having a new baby! Baby #2 is due on May 12. Yay!!! 

Last night as I was reflecting on all of our fall festivities, I realized that next Halloween we'd have a five year old and a five month old. Wow:)