nothing new...

Sometimes I wonder if I should bother to post because I feel there is nothing new to report...

but then I think about how one day it wont matter that there isn't much to report. I'll be glad I just wrote something down and have a memory of it. So with that in mind I hope today's post doesn't put you to sleep....

Totally random things:

1. Logan went straight down for a nap yesterday. Haven't seen that in a long, long time. Today he is back to his old tricks of getting up and out of the bed and then running back to the bed to PRETEND he's asleep (like I can't hear his thunderous footsteps)...

2. I have found that Ocean Spray Cranapple juice does wonders for morning sickness, (though it is still not fool-proof) and have been drinking several glasses a day. The other day I bought four containers of it at Target and I had to wonder what the woman checking me out was thinking.

3. Our computer is still on the fritz and we can't make a decision as to what to do about it (replace/repair...?). I get annoyed just sitting here thinking about how this thing is two years old and a complete waste of time and money.

4. Santa dropped off a special gift for Logan this morning and all 150 pounds of it are hanging out in the garage in a very large box. I am so excited to see his face on Christmas morning. (Dad thanks again for coming out here to help, even if it was a wasted effort).

5. Yesterday Logan and I worked out in the yard transplanting flower bulbs. I gave him a little shovel and I had my big shovel and he would point to each over and over saying "Nogan 'coop...Mama 'coop". I was not allowed to use Nogan's coop and he was not allowed to use mine. He mainly used his to destroy things. When he got bored he said to me (for the first time in his life) "Mama, go inside! Go howse!" (This kid lives for the outdoors)

6. Today Katrina and family leave for Virginia. Yall have a safe trip :) Thanksgiving is in two more days. Can't wait.




We are celebrating Thanksgiving today with my family. I love getting an early start (which we do every year since we trade off who gets Thanksgiving day). I'm responsible for bringing a dessert and I chose this one (sans ice cream)...hopefully it tastes as good as it looks.

The weather here is super cold (in the 30's), and I am loving it. We never get cold weather like this at Thanksgiving. In my opinion it should always be cold from Thanksgiving to Christmas, but we don't really get to choose here in Florida now do we? Anyway, it's chilly and I am loving that I finally get to break out a scarf :)

I love this day (well, Thanksgiving) and taking the time to be with family and be thankful for all that we have. I feel a little overwhelmed when I think of how good this life really is...even when it is crazy and hectic and sleep-deprived, it is perfect in its own way. Thank you Lord, for that.

I should also report that Santa is really listening to me...turns out the kiddo has a cold and he needed some good ole Benadryl to get his nose unstuffy and sleep was sure to follow (well, that and I covered his window so no light comes in...at all). He has been much happier after finally getting some real sleep (oh Lord how we needed that nap after a full week of no sleep). And just when I thought things couldn't be any better, Pottery Barn brought these back!!! aahk! So much to be thankful for!



Dear Santa

I've changed my mind. Forget that last post. All I want for Christmas is for my little boy to sleep like he used to -- like he's supposed to -- and to stay in his bed and take naps and not pitch a fit over going to bed. Yes Santa, that's all I ask. This is my last request, I promise.



Dear Santa,

All I want for Christmas is a tree that looks just like this.

...and if you can't get me the whole tree, then please tell Pottery Barn to bring these ornaments back (on clearance...on sale, that would be nice) so I can at least attempt to make my tree look like this (*sniffle)...

...and it wouldn't hurt if these were magic butterfly ornaments and a certain little toddler never wanted to touch them...only bask in their magnificent glory.

Yes, that is all I ask for. Thanks Santa. I know you'll come through for me.


(more) Loganisms

If I didn't keep track of the stuff the kiddo is saying here, I'd forget it in no time....

We found a basketball in the yard over the weekend. I left it by the curb in case whoever lost it wanted to claim it (it is still sitting there). Every time Logan sees it he says, "wow! a puntkin!"

I have been putting up my Christmas decorations with a little bit of "help" from Logan. One of the most interesting things to him (besides the ornaments, which definitely take first place) was the nativity set. It was all he could do not to drive a little car through the nativity set over and over. I explained to Logan about the nativity and that we do not drive cars over the baby Jesus. He now just places his cars AROUND the nativity and drives them in circles while he "meep meeps" and talks to "baby Je-Je."

He is doing better at staying in the bed but "reads" by the nightlight until almost 11:00 most nights (he goes to bed at 9:00). [There is no doubt in my mind that he got this trait from his father]

Yesterday at Publix the cashier asked Logan what his name was. He smiled and said "Baby Wogan!"

There are some things he says however he wants, no matter how many times we correct him. "Go Gators!" is always "Go Gay!"...the bathtub is a "hot tub"...a hair brush is a "hair cut"...and Nemo is "Ne-moy"...(and every fish is a Ne-moy).

He can name almost every train in his Thomas the Tank Engine books (there are probably at least 15 of them). We're at the point where we just turn the pages and he just tells us names. Some of my favorites: "Daddy Hatt" (Sir Topham Hatt); "Hehe" (Henry); and "Bul-rode" (Bulstrode...even I can't pronounce that one).


wish list...

Anyone other than me getting started on Christmas shopping?

I have seen ideas all over the place in the past week or so (ok so by all over the place I mean the internet...I have been too sick to really hit the stores).

I hope you like these ideas I have come up with for you, my lovely blog readers. (And maybe this will light a fire under my husband's butt and he won't wait until Christmas eve to fill my stocking this year, though I doubt it)...

If you like Jack Johnson, check this out. Actually do yourself a favor and get this cd NOW so you can enjoy it while you decorate/wrap/shop.

I lovelovelove this idea from K Studio - a bag personalized with your family portrait. If I already knew what baby #2 was I would be purchasing this bag for myself. (I also love the pillow, but it's more than I could ever pay for a pillow...seriously). Another related idea I love are these.

If you have a kid like mine that wants to hold cars in his hands while he eats, these make for a really good idea (I just wonder if he'd be doing more construction than eating). There is this idea too.

I am a firm believer that you can't have too many children's books. Some of my favorites when I was growing up were the Little Golden Books. We've got a small collection here and I think these little books are just priceless.

And finally...if you want to make someone's life a little easier, I recommend one of these stamps. I just purchased one this morning to use on our Christmas card envelopes.

I have a few more ideas up my sleeve but if I gave those away I would be in trouble :)

Hope you're having a lovely Monday.


doctors and date night

These two things don't normally go together, I know

Yesterday I had an appointment to check up on the baby...things are looking and sounding good. I am going off the Zofran because it isn't stopping me from getting sick and I am starting to get side effects that just make me feel worse. So, here's hoping I make the turn towards feeling more like myself very soon.

We find out the baby's gender at my next appointment on December 10. I am looking forward to it and seeing that little baby up on the screen (I don't care if I hear it's a boy or girl, I just love those few precious minutes with the ultrasound machine!)

After my appointment I went up to the law firm where I worked before I had Logan and visited for a while. It's amazing how many people come and go and have babies in two years...

But the best part of my day was meeting up with my husband for dinner at one of our favorite places, Biscotti's. If you haven't been, please do (*even if it is just for their dessert). We stuffed ourselves in uninterrupted conversation and delicious food by candlelight. I could not have asked for a better evening.

We talked about how date nights are fewer and farther between...and how nice it is to have one...how it will be harder with two kids (even though we have very willing babysitters, we really do love to be at home relaxing on the couch)...and even some talk about things like medical bills and insurance plans (not very romantic conversation, but we don't get to really discuss things lately with me falling asleep at 9:00)...and we talked about our life in general.

We came home to catch up on our shows on the DVR. We cuddled up on the couch and I stayed awake as long as I could ;) Sitting there with him just reminded me how I really did marry the most amazing man...he's not perfect, but he's perfect for me in so many ways. Sometimes I think I need that little reminder.

Sorry to everyone else for the mushy post (blame it on the hormones...). Hope you all have a beautiful weekend.



May we never ever forget what has been done and what is being done for our country through the selfless sacrifice of our brave men and women.

Today we went to the Veteran's Day Parade downtown and needless to say, I was moved to tears several times. The flags waiving, "I'm Proud to be an American" playing, honoring fallen heros and some of Jacksonville's oldest veterans...it was all an honor for me to watch, especially with my child and my friends' children. They are a new generation learning about this great country we live in and it is my hope that I can teach my children to be proud and HONORED to be an American.

The most moving part of all though was as I was trying to make it through the crowds to meet up with everyone - I watched a father with his young son walking in front of me. Suddently the father stopped and pointed to the soldiers marching in place before the parade and I heard him say, "wait son, take this in for a minute. Remember, this is why we are free."

To all of you, especially my brother, who I am thinking about today and missing terribly, Happy Veteran's Day.



and the challenges continue

Everyone talks about the "terrible twos" but I gotta give these kids some credit. There are a lot of challenges to face at this age. Lots of ways to fight independence. I find myself cracking up every day at something Logan tells me or does, but at the same time we face some real challenges as he learns (er...maybe I should say doesn't learn) what he can and can't do.

We have taken a break from potty training. Logan likes the little potty, likes to play with the potty (flush it) and likes to sit on it with clothes. However, he refuses to sit there naked and that kind of defeats the purpose don't ya think? So, we will try it again in a little while.

Now for challenge #2 - this weekend we took apart the crib and turned it into a toddler bed and oh what a joy this lovely transition is. After the millionth time of yelling "boy, get back in your bed!" and "no, you are not sleeping standing up at the train table" and "no, you cannot have 57 cars in the bed" I learned the plan had to transition to: wait until your kid is completely exhausted and ready to pass out and place him in his bed (just kidding...sort of). The truth is there is no railing out there for a toddler bed (we soon learned we had to special order one that went with his bed, which costs us $70) and so in the meantime this poor kid has been rolling off the bed at night and onto the floor (we made a pallet down there but I am not really sure it is helping).

This morning I went into his room and found him snuggled up like a cocoon grinning ear to ear by the nightlight. And yes, he was still asleep. Oh boy.

In the meantime, I will be here, trying not to loose my mind, trying to remember that as little sleep as we're getting now will be considered RESTED in a few months. Woo hoo!



This weekend I took engagement photos for Corey and Matt. I am no professional by any means, I just love to take photos. I don't have Photoshop, I don't like to do a lot of editing. I just like taking the photos and seeing what I can capture. I love to see what comes up on the screen once the pictures have been taken - sometimes you get a dud, sometimes you laugh, sometimes you get something you really love. I was thrilled to discover it was hard for me to choose which of these photos I liked the best (since I can't really share more than one here).

I have to laugh thinking about how many times I had to tell Matt and Corey to "kiss or something"...probably a little weird on both ends :) but I love that you can see their love for each other in the photos...they way they smile and interact...just makes me happy.

Hope you all have a great weekend.



i'M sO eXCiTeD...aNd I jUSt CaN't HiDe iT....(sing it with me now)

oh my goodness...

So, yesterday was a gloomy day on so many levels. I had the worst day I have quite possibly had so far in this pregnancy. Today I am just feeling extremely thankful that yesterday is over and that today is a new day.

I guess you could say my emotions are getting the best of me these days and I find myself tearing up at the slightest thing. This morning we were in Target looking around the store at all the Christmas decorations and Logan said "Cwismas" and I just about had an emotional breakdown right there at isle 14 at the thought of him getting into the spirit this year. Instantly my mind was swimming with thoughts of decorating the Christmas tree and listening to Christmas music and reading the Christmas story and baking cookies and talking about Santa and opening presents and....wait a minute, it is only November 6th. Get a grip woman.

When I woke up this morning the first thing on my mind was that today is the day! Today Mel and Anthony find out the sex of their baby!!! and then I looked at the calendar and realized it was tomorrow...and I was sad.

Last night Ryan read Logan a book I had read him about 57 times that day (one of his favorites) but he used those really great voices only a dad can use and Logan just grinned ear to ear the whole time. I felt the tears welling up. Why cant I read like that???

I saw a commercial from Kraft...something about making grilled cheese for your kids and I was sad. I thought "I should make grilled cheese more often. Logan loves cheese."...

Seriously, are you getting it now?

I know I am a roller coaster of emotions, but it is all a part of being pregnant. I am not usually too emotional but being a mom changes that to an extent and I love it. I love that my heart is softened a little. I love that I am reminded that it is OK to cry a little (even if people do think you are a lunatic).

So today I am going to let myself be excited...excited and emotional for tomorrow's big news, excited that THANKSGIVING is just around the corner (literally, we will start the eating and all the festivities in 16 days) and the fact that I can cry for whatever reason I want (even if it is just because we are out of mustard).


p.s. Admittedly, later today I did put on Christmas music while I did some work. I know, I have issues.



About two weeks ago Logan learned to climb out of his crib. [I am actually surprised he lasted so long.]

On Monday morning he climbed out of bed, opened his door and said to Ryan (in the hallway, ironing his clothes), "Hi Daddy." He then he proceeded on about his way to play with his cars and demand milk (I just stood there in shock). Since when did he turn into an 8 year old?

Yesterday we went to my parent's house and Matt was taking Corey's Jeep to get some food. Logan watched from the glass door and said "oh no, Matt take Cowey cruck. Why Matt not take Matt car?"

Last night as I was falling asleep and Ryan was watching Monday night football, Logan walks in the room with a box of Pop-Tarts (his favorite). Ryan tells him it is too late for eating, in fact it is time to go to bed and brush his teeth. So Ryan picks L up and says "tell Mama good night" and Logan says to me, "good night Pop-part."


So we had a great time last night at the zoo, where we went for Spooktacular. We did the same thing last year and we really enjoyed it. They have hundreds of hand-carved pumpkins and music and decorations and give out lots of goodies for the kids and the adults (among other things, this year we got an italian ice, krispy kreme donuts, chocolate milk and pepsi). Nana & Papa and Corey and Matt came with us (Mimi and Poppy are up in the mountains on vacation, we're hoping they will join us next year). I love to see all the little kids dressed up & so excited.

Logan spent most of the night with a Tootsie Pop in his hand and I dont think he could have been much happier. He danced at the dancing spots and oooh'd at the lights...and best of all, his feet never really had to touch the ground :)

Corey took most of the pictures so I hope to get copies of those later, but here are a few I took at home before Daddy came home.

Hope you all had a great time as well :)

[This is Logan serenading me with a solo...he was feeling something lighthearted and mellow]
[L's hair was a little too long to stand straight up like we wanted, so I decided just to cut it (not to worry, he was pretty much in need of a haircut anyway)].

He thought he was hot stuff. (Mainly because I kept telling him he was)

I am happy to report [my] guitar stayed in one peice and I think L really liked it...he calls it a "gu-tar"