Sunday, March 28, 2010

Easter Egg hunt on this cold, cold day!!!

Today we went to the Ellsworth Park Easter Egg Hunt.

It was so cold out today, I couldn't feel my fingers after five minutes. It was worth it to see the kids having fun.

They had an area for the little kids

An area for the bigger kids

Once they said go everyone was off and running

The best part of living in this neighborhood is the friends he is making

We see the same people everyday. I am really beginning to love where we live. There are pros and cons. Right now I feel the pros out weigh the cons.

Owen got plenty of eggs. He was happy with the result


before we left he had to sit with "the guys" and check out the goods...see who got what


Last night we went out to dinner with Brian's parents to celebrate out anniversary. We always have such a great time when we go out with them. The conversation just flows and we share lots of laughs. We waited for over two hours for a table. By the time we sat down I had sausages as toes. The food is always worth the wait in my opinion. I think I would wait around all day to have the red velvet cheesecake! DELICIOUS!!!!!!

Friday, March 26, 2010

This is going to be a long day!

My day started at 2:00am. I was woken up by Owen and could not fall back asleep. I drifted in and out until waking up for good at 5:30 by Brian's alarm. I was tired from the day before having gotten up at 5am with Brian. I guess I will sleep someday. My plan is to try and get as much sleep tomorrow morning as I can. I don't see it happening but I don't have to get out of bed so I will try.

Well I thought I was being proactive throwing laundry in at 6:30am. I wanted to get a head start so I don't have to spend the weekend doing it. Well little did I know, my boy started hiding things in his pockets. That's right! He decided he would hide crayons in his school pants pocket. Well I do his laundry with mine. I was washing a load of dark's which included my 7 For All Mankind Jeans and a brand new Primp shirt. I didn't think it would be a problem as I do our laundry together all the time. However, I am not good a checking pockets before throwing clothes into the wash. So needless to say, the clothes were washed and put into the dryer. Well I get the clothes out of the dryer and to my surprise EVERYTHING IS GREEN!!!!! My heart dropped into my stomach and I was so mad. Not at Owen because its not his fault. Its not like he knew that would happen and all kids put things in their pockets. I was just so mad because its the one load that had two pair of Brian's work pants, my nice jeans and shirt and a few other things that I am not too worried about. What a wonderful start to the morning.

On the bright side...My anniversary is tomorrow! I am so happy to be celebrating with my love and his parents! We are going to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner. We always have such a great time with them when we get together.

Owen will be starting T-Ball on April 10th. That is Opening day but the T-Ball kids are not playing that day, they just have to be there for Opening day ceremonies. I have to say, I am so excited for this to start. It will be so good for him and guess who his assistant coach is??? Moi! That's right, I will be assisting the coaches with "The Scrapers"! I am so happy to be able to be involved in this with him. I think I will be responsible for keeping all the 5 year olds in line. Meaning I will be making sure they aren't climbing the fences, throwing rocks, running into the field and disrupting other teams games. It should be fun.

We have to get Owen a glove and cleats. Brian wants to get him a bat too but I am thinking we should wait on that. I am not really even sure if he will be all that interested in this to begin with. So we will see about the bat.

This is going to be a great experience for he and I. I cant wait to see him in his little uniform.

So from now until mid to late May I am unavailable on the weekends. The schedule has not come out yet but they will be playing Mon, Fri, Sat and some Sundays. I dont want him to miss any games so we will not be planning on venturing out or should I say up to Bristol during that time. I hope we can bribe people to come down to us. Owen would be so excited to have family and friends see him play, as would I.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Just a number

Is it just me do people judge others based on their age? I feel like I am looked at just a little bit differently because I am younger than most people in my position. I have been married for six years and have a five year old son. I have always been super sensitive about revealing my age to others. I know, people usually jump at the chance to tell others that they are only 28 but in my case I want to curl up in a ball under the table when age is brought up. I am probably crazy and people probably dont give it much thought but when I tell people how old I am they look at me, eyes wide, jaws dropped and say "Oh My God, you are only 28!!!". My red face responds with a quiet "yup, 28". Then come the questions. I should be proud of my age and all I have accomplished but instead I try to avoid the topic at all costs.

Its probably just me though. I have always been self concious when it comes to that. I feel like an outsider most times because I am always younger than everyone else. I know most people really dont care about it. I guess I think that I would feel a little funny about hanging out with an 18 year old and wonder what we would have in common. I feel like that is what others think about when they hear my age. They think, I am 10 years older than her, what could we possibly have in common.

Sometimes I wish I could read minds. I would just love to know what people think.

Well, I guess it doesnt really matter what people think. I am young, a mother, a wife, an aspiring photographer, a horrible cook, a procrastinator, a friend, a daughter, a niece, and an aunt. The list could go on and on. Oh yeah, and I am 28!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Happy Thoughts on a Rainy Day

Happy thought of the day...

March/April showers bring May flowers. Let it rain, let it rain. As long as May is full of warm, sunny days I will be happy!!!

My six year anniversary is on Sunday. Six years!!! I cant believe it.

We have been together since March of 2000. We kind of dated for a bit, were friends for a while then tried dating again, broke up for a bit, got back together and have been together ever since. I remember the exact moment I thought to myself that I could be with him for the rest of my life. I knew I could marry him. I wasnt even with him. We were friends. I went on a date, left the date early and went to his house. He was getting me something to drink while I was sitting on the porch. I just thought, wow, I am so comfortable with him, I think I could see myself marrying him. A few months later we started dating. We were young and immature. He moved away and we took a break. We didnt stay in touch the entire time he was in Texas. I dated other people and so did he. While it was only six months it was plenty of time to be on my own. He called me six months later and the next day decided to move back. I knew for sure that he was the one for me. We just belong together.

We have been together ever since. He is my best friend. We tell eachother everything. No matter what we are there for eachother. I support him in whatever he decides to do as he does me. We are just right for eachother. I have never questioned my decision to get married young. Infact I am happy I didnt wait another minute to commit myself to him for the rest of my life. There is no way I could ever live a minute without him in my life. He has given me the most beautiful boy in the world and have another one on the way. Brian is the best father I have ever met. He shows his boy so much love and affection. He is so affectionate with me as well. Not a day goes by that I ever have to question how he feels about me.

It is not always rainbows and unicorns. Every couple has their problems and troubles but we work through it. It is not always easy but we get through the rough times and it makes us that much stronger. There is nothing that could break us. The bond we have is strong.

I feel so lucky to have been married to Brian for six years. He is my best friend! We thouroughly enjoy spending time together! He is the best father, husband and friend anyone could ask for!

I love you Brian, Happy Anniversary!

Monday, March 22, 2010


This was such a great weekend. The weather was so beautiful. For mid-March our weather was amazing. It was in the 70's and sunny. We were outside all day long on Saturday.

My best friend came down to my house for the day and we took Owen to the park. While we were at the park I remembered that there is a door down the street from my house that I walk/run by all the time and wanted to photograph. It just so happens she is the most photogenic person I know. I asked her if I could take her picture with the door. After we ate dinner we took a walk down to the door and had a little impromptu photoshoot.








It was so much fun. Photography really is my passion!!! I hope to get out and shoot more often!!!

Saturday, March 20, 2010


I am still in disbelief that I am going to have two boys. I am not sure why this pregnancy is taking so long to sink in. I can picture what our life will be like but I still cant believe it. My whole life I have always wanted to be a mom and wife. I guess more than anything else. Well I have already accomplished both. I couldnt be happier with my family. I guess I am just used to the three of us. As I sit here and type our baby boy is moving all around, I can feel him kick and squirm and still, it hasnt hit me. I am not sure what it is going to take to get me to realize that I am going to have two beautiful boys.

I think alot of it has to do with our uncertain future. We dont know where we will be settling down in the next year or two. It really shouldnt matter where we are as long as we are all together. With Brians new job in sales we are unsure of what kind of schedule he will have and if he will be traveling often. If he does travel alot we will want to settle closer to family as I will not want to be alone with two kids all the time. But we dont want him to be gone that much. Been there and done that. Its not fun!

So I guess part of the reason my future is so unclear is the fact that we just dont know where we will be. We will figure it out soon I am sure. For now I will just prepare for the arrival of our new boy!!!!

Here is our little guy again, I cant stop looking at him.


Friday, March 19, 2010

Fridays Make Me Smile

I feel so happy on a sunny Friday. I think that Fridays are my favorite day of the week. I don't know why because we still have to work and go to school but I just love them. Its the end of the work week. Lucky for me my weekend starts at 2pm on a Friday. So we have the rest of the evening to relax and have fun. We can slack on our routine a bit because there is no school tomorrow!! Now that its light out longer we can stay outside a bit longer, we can stay up a bit later and if we want, we can skip shower because its THE WEEKEND!!!! I think that's why I love Fridays. I always have. I have never been very productive on a Friday. Its OK, I don't think anyone is productive on Fridays.

I feel so giddy today. I cant explain it. It could be the weather, the little boy I have kicking inside of me, the fact that its the weekend. It could be any of those things. I just feel so happy today. I am not always this way. In fact last night I was sound asleep at 9pm because my head was pounding and I just wanted the day to be over.

Not today. It could be the 9.5 hours of sleep I got. Who knows!

We are struggling on narrowing down names for our boy. There are so many we are throwing around and none seem to fit. Its hard to pick one that we like. We are leaning towards an Irish name. Brian and Owen are both Irish names and since we are Irish we just thought it would be a good way to go. We have had a few that we really like over the past few months but they get thrown out after saying them too much. We dont want to go trendy with the name and yes, we are definitely testing it out based on how it sounds when we say it with Owen.

Of course I am asking Owens opinion but he has already gotten to choose the middle name. No matter what its going to be Daven. Owen made it up a while back. We asked him what he would name the baby if he could pick and that's what he said. I was confused because I had never heard the name before. I asked him if he meant David and he said no, Daven. I like it for a middle name and he is so happy he got to pick it. Its really special to me to allow him to be such a huge part of the whole naming process.

We have seen our first sign of jealousy. Wednesday after we found out we were on the phone off and on all night. Finally around bed time Owen said "why have you been on the phone all night talking about the baby?". My heart dropped into my stomach. I was on the phone at the time and Brian was ironing so Brian scooped him up and made sure that he knows just how important he is to us and that he will always be important to us. I hurried up my conversation and got off the phone. We didn't want to make too big a deal of it because I think the more attention he got from the comment the more often he would say things like that. But I also made sure he know how much I love him and that we are excited to tell everyone that he is going to be a big brother.

I am sure there will be plenty of jealousy when the baby comes. He has gone six years with us to ourselves. I will make it my mission to include him in everything I do with the baby. It will be such an adjustment for me to have to share my attention. I know the baby will need a lot of it but I will make it a point to slow down and explain everything I do to Owen so he can help. I hope that will help a little. It wont be easy but it can be done.

We will do plenty of Mommy and Owen things and I know Brian has plenty of things planned for his boy!

We look forward to this challenge and know we can do it and do it well.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Our Baby is Beautiful!!!

Happy St. Patricks day to all of those of you who are Irish. We are proudly Irish!!! Owen got to wear green to school today so they didnt have to wear uniforms. Other than that we didnt really celebrate.


We did have our ultrasound today. We have a beautiful, healthy, absolutely perfect baby!!! The doctor told us our baby is very photogenic. Although throughout most of the ultrasound the baby was laying on the belly. So we couldnt get very good face shots.

Here are the little feet

Eventually the baby turned to face the camera and we got some great shots.



Most of you know that we were so set on not finding out what the sex is. We are so excited for the surprise at the end.

Last night I was getting weak. I was second guessing our decision to not find out. Brian stayed strong. He reconvinced me of our decision. Today we were in the elevator going to our appointment and he was getting weak. He wanted to find out the sex so we can all be more connected to the baby. I was staying strong. I told him we didnt need to find out.

Well, get us in the room and we are both questioning our decision to find out. We were back and fourth the whole five minutes we were in there waiting for the tech. Once she came in we still were undecided. She finally asked us if we were finding out the sex. We looked at eachother, nodded and told her we wanted to find out. So we did!!! And we are having a (drum roll please)...


ITS A BOY!!!!!

We are so excited. We couldnt be happier. I love being the mother of a boy. Adding another one to my life just makes it more enjoyable for me. Now I have my three guys. They mean the world to me. Owen is so excited. He wanted it to be a boy from the very beginning. When we told him he was all smiles.

Now we feel like we can all connect to the baby. We know who we are talking to instead of the constant wonder of he or she. We can narrow down a name and call him by name. Owen can call the baby his brother. There are so many positives to finding out. We just couldnt wait!!!

So, this has been a great St. Patty's Day! We are so excited and ready for our new chapter!

Here is a 20 week shot of me

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Rainy Day

So it looks like we have ourselves a little bit of a rainy weekend. I have no problem with this. After last weekend I am happy to sit on the couch, surrounded by a mess and do absolutely nothing in my pajamas.

Thursday night I started to feel a little cold coming on. I am not sure if it is a cold or allergies. I am stuffy, headachey, have a soar throat and cant stop sneezing. There is nothing I can take so I will ride it out. I am trying to rest as much as I can but my guy needs to be constantly entertained so rest will be done at night when its time for bed. I was asleep on the couch last night at 7:30. Luckily Brian came home ate and tended to Owen. Of course between peeing and a stuffy nose I got no sleep. Hence another reason I dont so much mind a lazy rainy day. Hopefully this will go away soon. Today I feel a little bit better but still just as stuffy.

I will welcome this rain because it is a sign of beautiful things to come. Tomorrow we SPRING ahead. The clocks get set ahead an hour. That means more day light. That means running outside at night (with no fear of being mugged or kidnapped), that means warm weather is on its way, that means many more beautiful things are on their way!!! So I will say rain, you may stay as long as you like as long as you promise to bring me the warm sunny weather soon!!!

In baby reltated news...I had my appt on Thursday. I got to hear the heart beat. It was much stronger than last time. I am almost 19 weeks. The last time I heard it I was only 14 weeks so it was faint. This time it was strong, a bit hard to keep track of because we have an active bean. This doesnt surprise me. Have you met baby b's brother. He is the most active human being on the face of this earth. Mothers with active children should be given the gift of being just as active themselves. If I was as active as my boy I wouldnt have to worry about the 13 pounds I have put on so far. 5 months and 13 pounds. You would think I am going for a record or something. Oh well. I am growing this human inside of me and baby b needs insulation!!! The doctor gave me the ok to run. I have to work up to it but I will be running. She told me not to concentrate on my heartrate and to just worry about my breathing. If I cant talk I need to slow down.

I hope everyone enjoys their rainy weekend. For those of you that have nice weather, ENJOY!!!!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I am going to complain for a minute

I am not very pregnant yet. In fact I am 18.5 weeks. So why on earth am I having problems with my hip popping and I feel like I have been hit by a truck. I am sore all over. I get this awful cramp in my foot everytime I walk. I have been walking a 2-3 miles a few times a week to try to get some excersise. I know that could have something to do with me being sore but my hip was popping before that. It was only when I would walk up the stairs but now it is all the time. It isnt too painful yet. I am hoping it doesnt become painful.

I think I will start prenatal yoga soon. It will help joints and allow for more flexibility. I just need to find time or a sitter. I think I can get dvds or something and just do it at home.

Gas when you are pregnant is awful. I have never had such gas pains in my life. Not even with Owen. Granted I am eating tons of fiber which doesnt help but its awful. I sit up and I feel like there are needles shooting up into my stomach. I have a gas dance I do to get things moving. Owen laughs at me when I do it. I look like I am doing the hula dance.

Other than that I feel great. I would much rather a sore hip and back than vomiting everything I eat and wanting to hurl everytime I smell something. My headaches have gotten a little bit better. I believe its all sinus related! I have tons of energy although I run out of it quick. I really do love being pregnant. I will take these aches and pains any day.

This morning Owen was laying next to me and rolled over and started talking to the baby. He said "Good morning, baby. I love you". Then he went and got the frog he got for the baby at christmas time. He told the baby to cuddle with it. It was so cute. We have been telling him to talk to the baby everyday so when he comes out he will recognize his voice (thats right, I said "he" and next sentence could be "she" because I dont know what to call baby).

Monday, March 8, 2010

Spring is coming

I love this time of year. Its still cold but there are signs of spring all over the place. Its staying light out longer, I hear birds chirp in the early morning and Daylight Savings is next weekend.

Owen and I did a little photography project over the past few days. We went outside and took pictures of the early blooming flowers. It only took three days for the flowers to be in full bloom. They get alot of sun all day long. They are beautiful.





This was the first nice weekend we have had in MONTHS!!!! And it was full of activities. We had not a moment to rest the entire weekend.


We woke up, did some laundry, I went for a walk, Brian went for a run, we showered and got ready for the events ahead. It was the perfect way to start a busy weekend (minus the laundry).

We attended a Surprise 60th Birthday party for a good friend of the family, Mike. He and my dad have been friends for 30+ years. Every childhood memory from birth to age 9 include this family. And after the age of 9 every other weekend was spent with the family. They have three kids that we grew up with. When I think about the times we had growing up it puts a smile on my face. We were young, free spirited, imaginative and just plain old kids!!!! I am envious of my childhood. I want Owen to have the same thing. Unfortunately we live in a day and age (and location) where he is not allowed the same freedom I was growing up.

It was really great to see everyone at this party. There are people that I havent seen in 20 years. I remember them all like it was yesterday. My father came up from Florida for the party. He was in his glory. He got to catch up with old friends that he hasnt seen in years. They traded memories, shared stories, and caught up. It was a good time had by all.

Owen spent the night with his cousin Evan. They two of them are thick as thieves. They spent the entire day outside!!! They havent gotten to do that since Fall. It has been so cold out. So when I realized that I sent him in his brand new white sneakers and had a moment of panic that they would be trashed, I was comforted by the fact that my boy was having a good time with his cousin playing out side. My motto, "the dirtier he gets the more fun he has". As long as he had fun that is all that matters. Auntie Ula took them to McDonalds for dinner. That is always a treat!!!!

We picked up the boys after some coffee and munchkins and took them to my niece Victoria's 9th Birthday Party. The weather was again, beautiful so all the kids played outside all day. Evan came with us to the party and gave his mom some QT or should I say CT (cleaning time). The boys got to play with JoJo and all the other kids that where there. They played tag, swung on the swing set, hit the pinata and just had a great time.

There was one thing missing from that day. Though it was beautiful outside, and a celebration of Victoria's birth was going on, many of us were mourning the loss of a beloved family member.

Joe and Angie had to make one of the hardest decisions there is to make in life.
Their beloved dog Sadie was diagnosed with skin cancer. She had growths all over her belly and chest. It was growing so rapidly they had to put her down. This was a hard decision because like their other dog Dash, Sadie has been with them through thick and thin. Through the birth of their two children Photobucket
Getting Married
Buying a house
and many many more memories.

She was the best dog I have ever met. Because of her Owen has no fear of dogs (to a fault). Sadie was the dog that all the kids love. She was ONE OF THE KIDS!!! She took all of Vicky and Joey's toys and chewed them to bits.

If you were ever looking for her at a party all you had to do was check under the kitchen sink or behind a table somewhere. The dog was a fierce guard dog!!!

Angie and Joe...I know how much you are suffering right now. You are not alone. Sadie was loved by all of us. It was a sad, sad day yesterday being at your house with out that precious wrinkly face to say hi to. She will always live on in all of our hearts. I sit here with tears streaming down my face. My heart hurts for you and your family but I feel a sense of peace knowing she is in doggy heaven with Dash.

When we told Owen yesterday on the way to your house he was not sad because he knew that just because she isn't here and in his words "wont fall out of heaven" that she is in doggy heaven and will always be there. I know that kids his age cant fully grasp the permanence of death but what came out of his mouth comforted me because it was so true.

Sadie will be missed and always remembered. The following pictures were taken from Angie's facebook page. She captures Sadie perfectly in every picture!


RIP Sadie Lady! We miss you!!!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Beautiful Walk

I just got back froma 2.5 mile walk outside. Its the first time in months that I have walked/run outside in months. I am so lucky to live right by the water and able to get to there by foot in 5 min (3 if I run). I stopped for a second and took a deep breath. It was beautiful. The sun glistening on the water, the smell of ocean, the seaguls flying, and the cool, crisp air on my skin. It was the perfect way to start the day. I wish I had my camera with me because it was so beautiful!

Thats all...I just had to share my positive thought for the day! I am sure there will be more but I am now ready to start my day with a smile and make it a good one!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Quirks or Confessions???

I am just not good at cooking. I can bake but can not cook. Everything is bland and either over or under cooked. Never tastes right. I have no originality or creativity when it comes to cooking.

If I touch an onion or garlic my hands smell like it for days. I hate it! I will sometimes make Brian cut the onions so that way my hands wont stink.

I am a hand smeller. I hate funky smelling hands. I probably was my hands every hour or two. I know, crazy but if they are not soft and clean smelling I cant stand it. I make Owen was his hands all the time. He now does it on his own.

I guess that makes me a germaphobe. I feel like I can feel them on my hands sometimes. Hence the constant washing. I think I have watched too many Dateline specials.

I am so routined, almost as bad as a baby or toddler. If I get out of my routine I have a hard time functioning. Call me crazy...some people already do!

I am obsessed with time. To a fault really. If I say I will be somewhere at a certain time you can rest easy knowing I will probably be 20-5 min early. If I dont leave my house with 15 minutes of cushion time I am a mess. I will feel rushed and anxious. I am getting better about this as time goes. Brian helps me but its really nuts!

I can see dust bunnies in a corner but cant see piles on shelves. Needless to say, I clean well but am not organized. I am a pile person. When I clean I get all the corners of the floors perfectly but fail to see the pile of mail that should be organize or the stack of books to put away. They are in a neat pile, right?

I am an awful procrastinator! I put everything off until the very last minute. This is so bad and I know it. I am even procrastinating on stopping procrastinating!

I cant sleep unless I am in my own bed. I doesnt matter how comfortable I am I can sleep. I will fall asleep and wake constantly through the night then wake up as soon as its light out.

So there it is, I am CRAZY!!! Isnt everyone???

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

So in honor of Dr. Seuss's Bday we read "Are You My Mother?" before bed. To my surprise Owen grabbed the book and started reading ALL BY HIMSELF!!! He read three quarters of the book alone! I know he can read his site words and most of the book is site words but he knocked it out of the park. We are so proud of our boy!!! He is so smart!

Feeling Shimmy

I know, I reported in a previous post Going to the Doctors that I was feeling the bean. And as you recall, I recanted Follow up to the last post... stating it was just my intestines. I felt like an idiot because I am not a hypochondriac. I guess I was just excited. Well this is really it! I am feeling my baby on a semi-regular basis. Its usually when I am sitting down. Due to the tightness of my pants pushing on my stomach (I refuse to buy maternity yet) I can feel the bean much easier as if I were standing! This is such a great feeling and every time it happens I literally stop what I am doing and smile. Brian cant wait to be able to feel the bean. I am sure Owen will love it too. I am not rushing this pregnancy one bit because I remember with Owen how excited I was to meet him that I just wanted him out and once he was out I wanted him back in so I could feel him again. So this time I will savor every moment that I can have with Shimmy inside of me.

The explanation of the name Shimmy - Since we are not finding out what the sex is I have been trying to think of what to call the baby until we meet. I will not call that baby "it" because we are talking about a human. I think the baby has out grown the nick name "bean" or "seed". So instead of "him" or "she/her" I was saying "Shim". I didn't like the sound of that so I lengthened the name to "Shimmy". It may stick or it may not. If it does then great. If it doesn't then I will find something else.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Finally Made it to the Gym

Yesterday was the first day in 4 or 5 months that I have been to the gym and while I only walked for 45 min it felt amazing! I can not do my normal work out routine due to the little human I am growing inside of me! So I will walk until I get back in shape and maybe kick it up a notch and run. I have to say, my audio book helped get me through the boring walk. I think that hour at the gym is just what I needed to rid myself of the winter time blues/over load in hormones. I came home happy and full of energy. I plan to do it again today. Its going to be hard to get myself to go at 7pm when Brian gets home but I will just think about how great I felt yesterday. That will get my butt out the door.

An hour of walking a day, 4X a week is just what I need to get my butt of the couch and look alive! My butt and thighs will thank me after Baby B is born!
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