Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Just In Case You Were Interested...

For those of you interested, I have started a weight loss blog that I will be updating about my weight loss. Please visit me here.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Avery's First Pain

I have never felt so helpless as a parent. I know it's so silly, but my poor baby felt her first real pain today and there was very little I could do about it.

She just couldn't poop. Since we started solid foods, her poop has gotten harder and less frequent, but today, she tried and tried and could get nothing out. She screamed and cried, every time we stood her up, she would try to poop, turning her face bright red, tears coming down her face, and she would shake. I felt so, so bad for her. I looked online about what I could do, so I gave her a warm bath, a tummy massage, moved her legs around and gave her some prune baby food. After a few hours, she finally got something out. It was as hard as a rock. Some time later, she pooped again, then again. Finally, the last time, it was much looser and she didn't cry but one little wimper and I think that was only because her little bottom hurt.

I was almost in tears, every time I stood her up, and watched her in so much pain. I knew it was good to make her poop because the longer she didn't, it would be harder for her to go. So I would make her try, then hold her and get her relaxed to try again. It broke my heart. Poor thing.


It is time. I have put this off long enough. This weekend, I was so upset when I was trying clothes on. I just felt so, wrong. So wrong to be as big as I am. I am not all that big, considering. But I am not comfortable, at all. It's time to lose this weight. Here is my before. Stay tuned for my after.

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First Outside Swim

Avery had her first real swim this weekend. Isn't she adorable?????


The Nikki/Jenna Weekend Of Fun


My friend, Nikki, came into town this weekend (isn't she beautiful??). We had so. much. fun. It was really good to actually hang out with her, in a social setting. It's been so long since we've done anything but have a quick dinner every few years, so we really deserved some time to ourselves.

We had originally planned on going to Austin, but those plans fell through, so we had decided to just come to my apartment and spend a girls' weekend. We went out together on Friday night - I was so glad to see Nikki out as a woman, not just a wife and a mom. Like I said, I think all women need this once in a while.

Saturday, we had kind of decided, kind of needed, to spend the day just relaxing. We went down to my mom and dad's house and just hung out and talked. I like to just talk sometimes.

By Sunday, we still felt like we really hadn't spent all that much time together. Just because you are having a girls' weekend doesn't mean that life just stops, or that you stop being a wife and mother. We still had obligations to attend to,  but we still got some Nikki/Jenna time.

I love you Nikki, you are one of my oldest friends and I am so glad to be a part of your life. You have taught me so much these last few years and I can not wait to go on a big time vacay!!!

I am so glad you came!!!


 




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Friday, May 27, 2011

My, How You've Grown

I don't know why, but I wanted to go through Avery's pictures today to show how much she's grown in six months. First of all, I need a new camera phone. I rarely ever take pictures with our actual camera because I hate uploading them, when I can just send them directly with my phone. July, it's coming. An HD camera, to be exact.

This moment seems so far away now!!!

One Month


Two Month


Three Month


Four Month


Five Month


Six Month



Moving Stuff Around DOES Work!!!

Have you ever NOT been in love with something in your home and then move it, and then, you are in love again?

I got this really awesome shelf from a friend of my family. I have not done a great job of taking before pictures. But, it was a great quality shelf, real wood. It was just red. Just a little bit of Kilz and some black paint, and bam. Totally awesome.

I also did not take a before picture of this area of my kitchen. It was totally ok before, but nothing really special. I had a rod iron shelf that held a bunch of, well, crap. I had a basic dry erase calendar on the wall, and dog dishes on the floor.

But NOW, it's my most favorite place in the whole house. And it's not even done yet!!!

Here is the before of where I had the black and tan blocks as decor. They were too spread out for that big wall. So, they just looked out of place.


I didn't really know what I wanted to put on this shelf, but I had a bunch of dishes and plates that I got for my wedding that were shoved in a cabinet. For an apartment, I really do have alot of cabinet space. But things were getting piled against each other. My mom and I thought, they would be great for display. Now, I have a space for them!

I also received all of these aprons as wedding/engagement gifts. The black one in the middle was from my awesome friend Karen on the night I got engaged. It says, "Mrs. Whitehead.." the first thing with my new name. And now, people can see it! The other two aprons are kid sized, one for Sophia and one for Jordan, the I got as wedding gifts. Jordan never wore his, so now it will be for Sophia and Avery.




I have a million ideas of what I want to do on the top of this shelf, but I haven't decided completely yet. I am so excited, my home is actually becoming something that is not just a bunch of mismatched, space filling, decor and furniture. AWESOMENESS!!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not

As I was blog-hopping again, I came across this blog and thought, cool idea!! So, here I go!!!

These are things I love (or not) RIGHT NOW. Not a list of my all-time favorite things. Just to clarify.

She Loves Me:



Big Girl Bath, Singing and a Bib

So, it's a little misleading - I am not posting pictures of Avery in her big girl bath. I really don't know why, but I feel a little uncomfortable posting them on a public blog. If it was private, I wouldn't have a problem. But I've been getting alot of spam comments lately, and so, I don't know.

Anyway, she is sitting up now pretty good! So in her bath, we have her sitting up (with a firm hand, of course). Last night, we put all of the rubber duckies in with her and she looked like such a big girl, playing with those duckies. I think she is going to be like her sister - Sophia LOVES the bath and will play and play, if you let her. I remember when she had just turned 4, it was hard just to get her to wash her hair. Bath for her is not to get clean and get out, it's to play. Jordan, on the other hand, doesn't bring in his toys - he wants to get clean and get out. Kids are so funny, how different they are.
When she sits up, she just hits the water with her hand and splashes and splashes. When she lays down, she kicks and kicks and laughs. I can not WAIT to get her in that pool this summer....

On the way home, Avery pooped all over her outfit and had pooped all over the outfit that she wore to Ms Pams. She is a little pooping machine! So, I had her in her diaper till bathtime. I went to get some dinner and came home and Jason just put a bib on her. In my head I was thinking, why a bib? Aren't they meant to protest their clothes? But it was pretty adorable. Men are funny, aren't they?

Then, I had Jason take a picture of us right before bed. This is one of my favorite things to do with her, hold her and sing. And I don't want to forget it when she gets older. She just watches me - doesn't take her eyes off me for one second. I love that part of my day.

Well, once again, after everything I had to do last night, I didn't get to exercise. That would be three days in a row that I've not had time. Oh well, at least I am eating good. I try not to think about weight - my clothes are fitting better, so the weight will come off if I just keep on truckin.


Have a great Thursday, everyone!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

How do you get good at decorating?

I definitely think that there are talents that only some of us are really good at. I have my talents.

Decorating was/is not one of them.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Happy 6 Month Birthday, Avery Grace!!

There once was a girl who was very alone.

She met a boy, they fell in love, and got married.

The girl found out she was going to have a baby.

She was very scared.




Monday, May 23, 2011

Weaning and This Weekend

I was really not prepared for how weaning from breastfeeding was going to affect my mood. I guess I didn't really think about the changes in my hormones after I stopped, so this week has taken me a little by surprise.

I stopped nursing altogether about 3 weeks ago. This last week, I have never felt so cranky, volatile, sad, depressed, frustrated, mad, short tempered, tired or upset in my whole life. Never, not even when I was pregnant. I told Jason that I just didn't feel like myself, nor was I acting like myself at all. I mean, I have had my small, temporary moments of frustration, but not for this long.

It's not really anything specific, just things. Something silly that could make me cry. Or Jason not answering his phone could set me off. I mean, just silly, really.

It makes me a little nervous, especially when I hear alot about post-partum depression, so I think I will take a visit to my doctor soon, if things don't get better after about a week. I don't want to just ignore it, but I think now that I have identified it and know that it's just a side effect, I know what to do. Just get some sleep, watch TV and keep it light.

I wanted to write that for those of you who have not experienced weaning yet....I have done some research and this is very, very normal, especially while your body is trying to adjust back to it's regular cycle. The funny thing is, I can't find a single article written on the subject, only online forum after forum of other mother's talking about their experiences. I wish I had a link to add.

ANYWAY....

This weekend was Sophia's Dance Recital!! She was so cute - I couldn't get any shots from the stage, the lighting was just too bright - so here she is!!!





Jordan was playing in his room and we just left Avery in there. She just watched and watched him. Every once in a while, he would grab a hug and a kiss.


We left Avery with the best babysitters in time - Gigi and Pops. This is the picture they sent me during the recital....such a cutie.





What To Do For Dinner? Modified Chicken Pot Pies

During lunch at work, I will go and watch the Food Network. Usually, it's either Paula Dean or Barefoot Contessa. Yesterday, I caught them both. They were both doing pockets, Paula was doing apple strudel pockets and Ina was doing some greek pocket. On my way home I thought....hmmm....I can modify that with what I have, easy.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

What does a Daddy do in our house?

A daddy entertains you.

A daddy makes you laugh.

A daddy loves to play.

A daddy makes you feel better when you are scared.

A daddy makes sure the mommy is happy.

A daddy will always make great popcorn.

A daddy will always forgive you.

A daddy will always do whatever he can do to make you happy.

A daddy will give you great hugs.

A daddy will always be patient.

A daddy will always watch you, over and over, even if its nothing great to watch.

A daddy will always do the dirty work.

A daddy will teach you about Jesus.

A daddy will always watch what you want on TV.

A daddy will always teach you about sports.

A daddy will always help you with your homework.

A daddy will always tickle you.

A daddy will always tell you a beautiful or handsome you are.

A daddy will always be there, to watch your games, practices, or recitals.

A daddy will always walk the dogs.

A daddy will always do the dishes.
A daddy will spend his last $2 on a slushie for you, even if he doesn't get one.

A daddy will always rub your back.

A daddy will always listen.

A daddy will always wish he could spend more time with you.

A daddy will always try to get you to try something today that you didn't try yesterday.

A daddy will never see your faults.

A daddy will always love you. No. Matter. What.

Jordan, Soph, and Avery - you will never know how much your daddy loves being your daddy. Thank you, Jason.....

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Hard Day

We've been seeing alot of this lately...yes, that would be the remote control. I guess she is already wanting to be in control of the TV! 

Friday, May 20, 2011

Flashback Friday

I am going to keep doing this, even though I haven't had too many people participate, because, well, I like it.

What was your favorite television show growing up?

A girl from work, who teases me about my blogging habits (love you girl) wore an awesome shirt today. It reminded me how much I love the Golden Girls!


It's very hard to say this was my absolute favorite because I had alot of favorites growing up. My sisters always teased me because I loved cheesy shows like this as a kid.

It's in my top 5, but they all rotate depending on what mood I am in, so here they are, in no particular order:

1. The Golden Girls
2. Saved By The Bell
3. The Cosby Show
4. Charles In Charge
5. Full House

I want to hear from you!!!


What's Going On?

I am tired today, guys. Not gonna lie. Avery woke me up around 4:00, I put her back to sleep and then woke me up again at 4:30. So I fed her, then I went back to sleep for about, oh, 20 minutes. She went back to sleep for 2 hours. This is her usual routine. Since she goes to bed around 7:30, she wakes up about 4:30 because she is hungry. Makes it hard for me, because that's when my day will start now. Yawn. I bring her in our bed so I can keep an eye on her while I get ready to go to work. She is just so peaceful. I am glad the camera click didn't wake her up!


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Upcoming Blog Challenge

On the news last night, I saw a segment entitled "The Man Repeller." It was about this website which discusses who women REALLY dress up for. Is it for men, their husbands, or other women?

The basic premise is that some of those trendy things women wear, men just do not like or cannot get into. I had this idea, to let Jason dress me one day to see what he would do...today, on Yahoo, I find this and thought, "I like this!" 

Starting Monday, my husband's challenge is to dress me for the whole week, only using items from my closet I already have.

I am scerred. I put this up now, in case anyone else would like to participate in this challenge!! What do you think??

Table and Lamp Before and After

I still haven't quite finished the girls' room, but this was the next project on my list.

What is it with kids and stickers? Jason had let the kids put stickers on everything before I came along, so this cute little nightstand needed some work before I started. All I did was take off the sticker, spray the top with white spray paint to prep it, then took black enamel paint I had leftover from another project and painted the stripes.


The lamp shade was pretty easy also, but I painted those stripes with acryllic.



All in all, it turned out pretty good, I think!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Running

I finally figured out what exercise motivates me to actually get up off the couch....running with my daughter.

For the past few days, I've taken her out in the stroller and just gone through our neighborhood. The only challenge I am having is when I run directly into the sun - I am going to have to fashion some sort of extra shield for that. She loves it too, she just hangs out and is along for the ride.

I am finding myself very grumpy lately and I don't really know why. I guess I am finding myself a little lost with what my next step will be for my life, career, whatever the case might be. Do you ever just get a little frustrated with things? I am sure it will pass shortly.

Really, that's all I have today. Oh yeah, and I am preparing a special post about the woman who is suing Chuck E Cheese. Oy.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Wonderful World of Repurposing

Since I've started reading blogs, I have learned so much about so much. And there are LISTS of things in my head that I want to try, from cooking to sewing to painting, decor to clothes, and on and on. But, I can only do so much at once, so I have to really say, "I can't start that now, but I will keep it in mind." The first thing I had to do was redo the kids rooms. So, I learned this:  


You really can redo old furniture with paint. Instead of spending tons of money on new stuff, you can paint the old stuff for little to nothing. And since you are using old furniture you probably don't care about reuining anyway, if you don't like the paint, you can paint it again.

I honestly can not believe this name!

I came across something that made my skin crawl....

They are shooting a new show in Dallas that will be on the ABC lineup for fall. This show is entitled "Good Christian B*!^&es."

REALLY???!!!

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Monday, May 16, 2011

God's Timing

Well, like I said, we had a great weekend. On Friday evening, Jason and I decided to turn the phones off, move ourselves out on the patio, and spend time with just us, talking. The baby was asleep, so out came the monitor. We sat out and talked for a good three hours, kind of like we used to when we were first dating. It was a beautiful night, I had redone the patio, so why not??

I think this is very important to do in a marriage. Just spend time with one another, and not with your phones in your hands or in front of the television. Like, spend real time. It's amazing what you miss during the day to day about how your partner feels or thinks about stuff. Or what is really going on in their life, even when you live with them every single day!

On Saturday, we went to Gigi and Pops. Jason and I were supposed to go to the movies so we were going to drop Avery off and leave, but we decided, why? They have cable, they have a media room, they have microwave popcorn and sodas. So, we went upstairs, just he and I, and watched Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. We stopped the movie to visit Avery downstairs and she was about ready to pass out. Pops was holding her on the patio and she kept drifting off. We were trying to keep her up a little while longer, because it was only 6:30, but she wasn't having it. Cutie Pie.





Sunday, we both had to work at church. The youth choir was singing that morning, so I just worked in the nursery and didn't do choir. We went grocery shopping, came home, I made some stir fry, and we basically just baked and watched TV. Poor Avery got the scratch from a certain overzealous dog named Molly on her eye. Avery screamed bloody murder, poor thing. I hit Molly, but I felt bad because Molly knew right away what she did, so me hitting her didn't really help. I never hit those dogs, so I felt really badly and spent about 20 minutes hugging on Molly to make it up to her. She didn't mean to, she was barely pawing at Avery and of course, she loves her, she was just wanting attention. This is the life of having a dog, I guess. Things like this happen. I just hated that she got scratched on her eye.

But the BEST part of my weekend was watching these two. Avery loves her Daddy and her Daddy loves her. She is starting to stand up with her legs so when Jason pulls her up, she just laughs and smiles, and appears so proud of herself for doing something new! He will pull her in and kiss her, and she loves it. Have I mentioned how great my husband is lately? Because he is. Fantastic. Wonderful. Supportive. Great Dad. All of it.



Something else happened this weekend too, my sister found out she was pregnant a few weeks ago, but when she went to the doctor last week, things weren't looking good. They lost the heartbeat on Friday. I feel very, very badly for her. That must be such a bad feeling. You can read about her experience here.

Sometimes, God's timing just isn't our timing. And you know what? Sometimes, it really stinks. As much as we want things to work out, they don't. As much as we want something to work out a certain way, it doesn't work out exactly like we'd hope. And sometimes, we will never, ever know the reason why. But, God knows stuff we don't know, so as little comfort as it can sometimes be, we just have to hang in there and keep the faith, and know it's all for a reason.

I love you Brookie. Things will be OK.

Strawberry Mini Tarts

What an interesting and wonderful weekend! I did alot of baking yesterday, for some reason. I made some cinnamon rolls and ended up with tons of cream cheese icing leftover. I didn't want to throw it away, so I started browsing through blogs. I found these treats.....



I didn't have everything she had and I wasn't about to run to the store to get it, either. But I did have strawberries, cream cheese icing, and the ingredients for homemade sugar cookies off the bag of sugar in my pantry. I pretty much think you can use any sugar cookie recipe, so just use your favorite.

So, in her recipe she mentions a mini tart maker from Pampered Chef. I do have alot of gadgets, but I didn't have that, so I improvised! This would be a kids' cup and the top off one of Avery's bottles. And you know what? It worked perfectly! So, I rolled the dough pretty thin (not TOO thin or else it won't make it into the cupcake pan without cracking). I used the cup to make circles in the dough and ever so gently used the top of the bottle to press them in the pan.




This particular recipe made about 20 mini tarts. 



As you can see, the cookie dough did rise a little bit, but it was still enough of a hole to fill it up with the icing. 


In keeping with my improvisation day, the plastic bag you see here is a crock pot liner with a hole cut off the bottom corner. I ran out of sandwich baggies and I don't have the fancy icing bag and tips. Hey, whatever works, right? Pretty much all you need to do is put your desired amount in the cookies and top with a slice of strawberry. The icing does get very warm in your hands, so you might need to put them directly in the fridge to firm the icing before it melts too much. Here is the recipe for the icing:
2 lb. bag of powdered sugar
1 8 oz box of cream cheese (I used fat free cream cheese, every little bit helps!)
1/2 cup of butter ( 1 stick )
1 tbsp vanilla
Mix the ingredients with a mixer until thoroughly mixed. If needed, add milk (just a little) for a smoother consistancy.

And then, enjoy!