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31 Days Of Change

Tomorrow starts the 31 Days of Change Series over at The Nester.

Basically, you pick and topic and write 31 days about it. It's kind of like a "how to."
My topic is 31 Days to Breaking Your Mold.
I am excited and hope I don't miss any days! I see alot of scheduled posts in my future!

LOVE this wreath

I will definitely be trying this. Courtesy of Thrify Decor Chick.  

Have a great weekend everyone!

New House

So, Jason went to go visit the possible new rent house this week - it's older, yes, but the backyard is enormous and it's a house.
I haven't lived in a house in almost 10 years. The last house I lived in was my parents, right before I moved out at 22. Do you know how excited I am to not have to walk up stairs to get home? Or to not have to worry about our downstairs neighbors when the kids get rambunctious? Or to be able to send the kids and dogs to the backyard when the inside gets too crowded? 
What I am really excited about it decorating the outside of the house for Christmas. And to be able to buy patio furniture. And Jason is happy he has a lawn to take care of (I am sure that will wear off soon).
I am also excited to be going back to my home town. There is something strangely appealing about knowing people there. I don't know what it is....
So, we have another busy weekend this weekend with the kiddos. I really would love to go to the State Fair, but I don't see…

Wordless Wednesday


Ugh - I get so aggravated with people sometimes.
I read Yahoo almost every day. I will check to see what is going on, but they have Yahoo contributing writers that are people like you and me. Sometimes the articles they write are helpful, sometimes they are not, sometimes they are just plain ridiculous.
But what aggravates me so much are the people who comment. Especially in this economy. I am just so tired of hearing people complain about money. And unemployment. And how much money they don't have. TO me, if you are on Yahoo, commenting and making fun of the ideas that some of these people used to save money or get debt free, and you are saying you are unemployed and "I'd like to see him to what he said living in my shoes, I've been unemployed for two years..."
Well, my answer to that is that MAYBE you should spend your time NOT on Yahoo, commenting on articles that don't even matter. MAYBE you should be using that time to find a solution to your problem.
I read…

Avery is 10 Months Old....

Oh my goodness - my daughter is 10 months old today! I can't believe how fast this year is flying by...

Avery is a happy, happy, happy little girl. She loves to shake her head no, loves to dance, and loves to be thrown around (thanks to her daddy!)
She is starting to learn to say "uh-oh" and can say "momma" and "dada" and usually use it within the right context!

She stands up all the time and can stand by herself for a pretty long period. She loves to slap her belly when she's naked while standing up. And she goes, "Oh,oh,oh." We say, "ho! ho! ho!" cause she looks like Santa with that big old belly!

She eats anything and everything we give her. There is NOTHING she doesn't like to eat (obviously, the little chunkster!)

She loves to give kisses now. She will even give you a kiss without having to ask for it!

She is just the light of our lives and we can't wait to watch her grow!

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Pretty In Pink

So, I am using the new Blogger interface - we will see how we like it! My phone decided that it wanted to die today. Can't say that I am sad. I tried to use the camera this morning and it didn't want to take any pictures. I thought - I definitely need a new phone. I have been looking for a long time but couldn't make up my mind. Then, this afternoon, I dropped it one too many times and the screen went white and that was it. Ok. Time for a new phone. Off to Walmart I went and ten minutes later, I had a new droid for $1.05. Pretty awesome if I do say so myself!
Avery went to Gigi and Pops this morning, but since my camera phone didn't work, I have no pictures of them together. Boo. But I did take pictures of her today - she really looked like a big girl! I found a pink headband that is so cute and I've never seen it before - it must have been Soph's at one point but it was so cute, I am sad she hasn't been wearing it this whole time! She is wearing her littl…

Updates About ME!!!

I don't have any great pictures to show today, so I thought I would tell you guys what I've been up to.
Well, I think we found a house! I was having a bit of a panic attack that our lease was up at the end of October and we had no place to move, so I posted something on Facebook about needing a place. Within minutes, a friend of our family said, "we have a house! It's the house I grew up in, but if you are interested, let us know." Here is a picture...

So, yes, it's older and yes, it's a little smaller. But it's $500 less than what we are paying now, in the right area, and with no security deposit. Um, yes please! It's got a huge backyard with big trees, which is exactly what we wanted more than anything. But this will give us a great chance to put some money aside, so next year, we can (hopefully) buy. The papers are not signed, but I am hoping it works out!
Avery's birthday is in two months. Yes, on Friday she will be 10 months old and her birt…

Just Stuff

Hmmm...what to write, what to write.
What to write about tonight?
I was a little bit upset tonight - I am totally down with The Sing Off on NBC but got a little upset when I realized I had missed my boy Ashton on Two and a Half Men. But The Sing Off will be awesome this season!
I thought I would post some randonmess...
Here is a picture of Jason and Avery at Jordan's soccer game. Don't let this fool you - Jason is always standing up on the sidelines. But for right now - he was sitting next to Avery.
Avery just sits and plays.....

 Jordan playing...

A good picture of Avery's little ponytail....

I don't usually post pics of Avery in the bath, but this one was WAY too cute not to...

Avery doing what she does best, letting go and standing by herself!!
Have a great Tuesday!!

Avery and Bella Video Blog

So, Avery found the windows.  And lots of other things, including her closet, which houses all of the other toys we've been hiding from her this whole time. Namely, her sisters. Here is some video and pictures I shot as she was looking at the window.

Jordan's Sleepover

This is Jacob. He goes to Jordan's school and they met last year in their class. They were also on the same soccer team for the last two seasons. Jacob's dad and Jason have grown to be friends during the soccer games, so they will text from time to time and we always stood by him at the games. We actually were starting to be friends with everyone on Jordan's soccer team.
For some reason, Jordan's mom decided to move him to a different team this year. We still don't really understand why, but Jordan was pretty sad about it. The new team he is on has played together for a while and he doesn't have any friends on the team yet. So, it's hard when we go to the fields and Jordan is like, "There are the Strikers!" and he wants to go see friends he used to play with.

But, anyway, Jason tries as hard as he can to stay up on the things that are going on in the kids' lives, so it is not always easy for him when things change and he has no control over i…

Avery's Friend

I'd like you to meet someone. This is a doll that rides in our car with us. We don't have a name for her just yet. Maybe I will ask you for some suggestions. Right now, I just call her "friend." When Avery gets in her car seat, and she usually doesn't like being put in there, I will say, "look who it is! It's your friend!" 

So, she will look at me as I show her her "friend"....

Then she will grab her friend, bury her face in her friend, then bite her friend (for good measure).....

Then, we have a happy car traveler!!!
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Avery Pulling Up Video Blog

The (sometimes) Forgotten One

So, the other day, I was laying in the middle of my floor, with both dogs laying around me. I was hugging the pups, kissing on them, giving them loads of attention. I stood up, swooped my daughter in my arms, and lavished her with hugs and kisses and attention.
As I was doing this I thought, who am I missing?
Oh yeah - that manly figure sitting on the couch. When was the last time I hugged and kissed him, lavishing him with all kinds of attention?
Hmm...I had to think hard about that one.
Oh my goodness, it's so easy to forget about that in a marriage, isn't it? Why was I so free with my TLC with dogs and kids but not with my husband?
So, we turned on the Cowboys game and I said, "Would you like a shoulder rub?" I gave him one, without asking for one in return, and I laid in his lap while watching the game.
He thanked me the next day for the attention. I had no idea me skipping over that little detail meant so much, but it did.
We all love our kids so much, but don't fo…

Avery Pics

So, the pacifier has been something that we've used a whole lot lately. Avery has her molars coming in, which makes a grand total of 12 teeth, so she chews on it. I try not to put it in her mouth unless she is fussy and I can tell when it's her teeth when I use it and she just stops crying. If it's not her teeth, and she has her pacifier, she will still be fussy. But, I wanted to take a picture of her new ponytail that has become a daily event now! Cutie patootie!

I really hate this camera phone, it takes such lousy pictures. Maybe if I had my regular camera charged up every once in a while, it would be better.

Avery watching her daddy...

Avery watching the Cowboys game....

Avery laughing at her daddy...

More laughing at her daddy...

I just know at any moment she is going to take off and walk. She can stand for a few seconds by herself now. She can stand on one foot, she can pull up on something without having to hold on (like, a wall or something). My big girl.
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I will never forget

I will never forget that day as long as I live. I can only assume that there are other days throughout history that are burned into other people's minds, the attack on Pearl Harbor, the assassination of JFK. This was a day I can remember almost minute for minute, which is incredible to me, because the only other days I can remember like this would be my wedding day and the birth of my daughter.

I was living with my parents at the time and working as a server in a restaurant. I was also a student at Mountain View. That morning, for some reason, I woke up a little earlier than usual and went to the living room where the television was already on channel 5. I never watched the news at that time so I was getting ready to change the channel when I noticed the images of the World Trade Center. Smoke was billowing out of the tower. At first, I thought I was simply looking at the building on fire, but listening to the newscasters told me it was something else entirely. No on…

Ah, Sesame Street

We really do not ever plop our daughter in the middle of the living room to watch TV. But tonight, nothing we could do was making her happy, so I turned on our Sesame Street DVD. Ah.

Avery's Fits Video Blog (and some pictures, too)