seen + heard

If it wasn't for this kiddo keeping me laughing, I'd probably never move off the couch. OK, that's a lie. He'd never let me just lie around on the couch (even though nothing sounds better right now other than the ability to breathe out my nose again).

This morning L had half a Pop-Tart left and our dog Cadie apparently discovered it left on the table and ate it. I heard him yelling "bad giwl Cadie!!!" -- but when I went into the living room I didn't see him anywhere. Then I saw his legs poking out from under the side table (Cadie's hiding spot when she's scared or in trouble), saying to her "you bad giwl Cadie, no eat Nogan pop-part!!!"...

So we went to get a different snack (I started washing strawberries and he decided he wanted Cheez-Its), so I put them in a small bowl and hand it over to him and he says to me "Tank you mama..." and as he starts to walk away he turns around to me and says "Mama, what you say? Mama, you say you welcome!!!" (We've been working on the manners thing for quite some time and he's pretty big on it)

Yesterday when I started up the car, Britney Spears' song "Womanizer" was on the radio. I was just about to change the station when I realized Logan was singing in the back seat...only instead of singing "Womanizer, Womanizer..." he was saying "MamaDaddyMamaDaddy..."


under the weather

So, when you are sick of being sick with your head about to explode and your nose stuffed up and taking medicines and nasal sprays doesn't help anymore, you get desperate...desperate enough to try the neti pot.

Heard of it? (If not, Google "neti pot," watch the You Tube video and you will see what I mean by desperate). So far, no improvement. I'll keep you posted with the fascinating developments.

P.S. It also sucks to be sick and have your hot water heater break down. Just thought you might like to know.



"No tank yew" -- that is what Logan has been saying to everything lately. (i.e. "Did you do that?" -- "No tank yew.")

His memory is astounding sometimes. I mentioned we were going to a birthday party for Russell at Pump It Up (on Monday). By Thursday he was still asking me "MAMA! Go Pump it Up wif Trina?" every five minutes (he's never been there before. he has no clue what it is...).

One morning while putting on his slippers he said to me "Got deese at Nana and Papa's house!" (He did...several months earlier)

He put a big pile of cars into his Lightning McQueen Easter basket and carried it on his shoulder. When I asked him what he was doing he replied "Dis is Lightning car purse!"

He loves Target...mostly because he knows there are toys there, but if he knows we're going he'll ask me all day "Go Target, mama?" and if he got a (matchbox) car from there he will tell me "got dis at Target" and the two I've purchased from Toys R Us are each known as a "Toy R Us car"

Last night Ryan had to work late. Logan kept checking the door to see if Daddy was home. Finally he asked me "Mama, when Daddy come home?" and I said "in a little while" and he said very seriously "Oh no, Daddy come home NOW!" (He picked this up from me I am sure)

We play this little game:
me: "I love you"
Logan: "I wove you!"
me: "I love you more"
Logan:"I wove YOU more!!!!"

but now on occasion instead of saying "I love you more" he will say to me "I pwoud you, Mama"...and I try not to cry like a baby ;)

Hope you all have a nice weekend. On our agenda this weekend is to paint Logan's new room :)



111 days to go...(give or take)

I came across this article and it kind of made me laugh.

When I was pregnant with Logan we called him Raspberry/Walnut for a period of time...it had something to do with an article like this one. (Although according to this, he was more like the size of a lime when I found out I was pregnant).

(click here for weblink)

How big is baby?

Weeks 3 & 4*: Poppyseed

Week 5: Appleseed (Average size: .13 in)

Week 6: Sweet Pea (Average size: .25 in)

Week 7: Blueberry (Average size: .51 in)

Week 8: Raspberry (Average size: .63 in, .04 oz)

Week 9: Green Olive (Average size: .9 in, .07 oz)

Week 10: Prune (Average size: 1.2 in, .14 oz)

Week 11: Lime (Average size: 1.6 in, .25 oz)

Week 12: Plum (Average size: 2.1 in, .49 oz)

Week 13: Peach (Average size: 2.9 in, .81 oz)

Week 14: Lemon (Average size: 3.4 in, 1.5 oz)

Week 15: Naval Orange (Average size: 4.0 in, 2.5 oz)

Week 16: Avocado (Average size: 4.6 in, 3.5 oz)

Week 17: Onion (Average size: 5.1 in, 5.9 oz)

Week 18: Sweet Potato (Average size: 5.6 in, 6.7 oz)

Week 19: Mango (Average size: 6.0 in, 8.5 oz)

Week 20: Cantaloupe (Average size: 6.5 in, 10.6 oz)

Week 21: Banana (Average size: 10.5 in, 12.7 oz)

Weeks 21-24 (Month 5): Papaya (Average size: 10.5-11.8 in, 12.7-20.8 oz)

Weeks 25-28 (Month 6): Eggplant (Average size: 13.6-14.8 in, 1.5-2.2 lb)

Weeks 29-32 (Month 7): Squash (Average size: 15.2-16.7 in, 2.5-3.8 lb)

Weeks 33-36 (Month 8): Honeydew (Average size: 17.2-18.7 in, 4.2-5.8 lb)

Weeks 37-Delivery (Month 9): Watermelon (Average size: 18.9-20.9 in, 6.2-9.2 lb)

Eggplant? Sometimes I feel like I might already be carrying around a watermelon...

In all seriousness though, I am very thankful to be so near to the end. Just about 12 weeks to go. I can totally handle that.

At this point, baby girl is moving like crazy, doing what I can only imagine to be flips and cartwheels constantly, (makes me happy to think she's having a good time, though in all reality she might actually be miserably squished). The morning sickness is almost completely resolved (I still get occasional queasiness but I promised myself when I stopped actually throwing up I would also be completely grateful -- I truly am). I've had these ridiculous sinus headaches that make me feel like my head is going to explode. I've had them from the start but they seem to be getting worse - I'm not sure if it's the season (the pollen is certainly coating my car out in the driveway) or progression through pregnancy (as I've never had sinus issue before...and if you do, bless your heart. they suck. You forever have my sympathy.)

All complaining aside, I'm looking forward to all there is to do and all that is going on in the next couple of months - and yes, even having a belly that keeps on growing :) Just a few things on the agenda -- my 27th birthday, one last trip to Disney for quite a while, a dinner date to The Tree Steakhouse (one of our favorite places), a shower for my wonderful sister-in-law Melanie, a shower for me (I feel so weird the second time around saying that, but I am very grateful and excited), a (wedding) shower for my sister and seeing her and Matt buy their first house, (hopefully) my brother coming in from Iraq, the birth of my nephew Conner, my sister's wedding...

I have a feeling the coming weeks are going to fly by...


just a quick note...

We got the computer and office set up in its new location, but *(temporarily) have no home phone. We've got someone coming out in the morning to work on it and most likely we'll have to get a phone jack added to the new space. It never ends!!!

Just thought you might like to know we're not avoiding your phone calls...(I tried calling the house last night myself and was worried when no one answered after an hour).

I believe you can still leave messages, we just can't get them.

I hope to post some pictures this weekend of both the cleaned up/wiped out spare bedroom and the new office space. It is feeling really good to get rid of stuff and condense it all down...


after all the headaches and frustration...

what we've been waiting for.

(I think the pictures pretty much say it all, but I want to send a very special THANK YOU to Mimi & Poppy, Nana & Papa, Daddy & Uncle Matt for all your hard work and help on this very special project)

In case you couldn't tell, he loves it. He absolutely loves it.

...and just a quick note to add I may be unable to post in the next couple of days. We're off work today and will be setting up the new office space. (Pictures to come)


what NOT to say or do to a pregnant woman (part II or III, I dont remember)

(all in fun, but most of these situations HAVE happened to me...)

Yes, I appreciate that you noticed I am pregnant. I do not, however, appreciate the wide-eyed glare you gave me when you asked my due date and then replied with "wow, well...good luck!"

Um no, don't mind me...I'm just standing here. Go ahead, cut me off in line. It's not like I'm carrying a child in my belly, holding one on my hip and balancing a purse and box of diapers in the other hand. Really.

My belly? Sure stranger, please rub it...if you want to lose some fingers.

Why yes, I AM buying girl clothes! Obviously I must be having another boy. You are incredibly observant!

No, we don't have a name yet -- and even if we did, I wouldn't tell you, strange person. I've learned people are really quick to comment on baby names, especially when they dont like them (i.e., "really??? That's a dog name!"...) -- and no, we're not talking about SPOT or FIDO.


Last night Logan and Daddy were wrestling...Logan later suggested they "take nap" in the living room and he proceeded to bring out all of the "pidows" and blankets he could find so he and Daddy could "cober up" and go to bed (or "camping out" as Ryan was telling him).

The best part was when he pretended to be asleep when I tried to get pictures...even though he couldn't resist peeking back at me.

(and for your enjoyment and my records, a few more stories...)

I used to battle with Logan over cleaning out his nose. (I am sure all toddlers are pretty much the same way when it comes to this). He would scream bloody murder as I swiped his nose with these little q-tips (the kind made specifically for babies). Usually though, I was not successful...until one day I came up with the idea to let him "help"...now suddenly someone really likes cleaning his nose and wants to clean our noses too. The q-tips may have to be locked up somewhere, he likes them that much.

These days, he is really into colors and numbers. I catch him "counting" all the time. Usually it goes something like "one...two...tree...five" as he moves his fingers up and down. As to colors, his favorite game is to tell me what color certain cars are. He's got blue, green, red and white down no problem, but purple, yellow and orange give him trouble. It started out that I would ask him what color something was so now he asks ME all the time "what cowor mama?" as if he's checking to make sure I still know them.

"Copy miwk" (Coffee milk = chocolate milk) is still a huge hit around here - and he hasn't even noticed that instead of syrup in his white milk I switched to a high-protein soy milk.

He's getting a little bossy (something that worries me). If I'm sitting on the couch and he wants me to come and play, he'll say "Get down mama!"...and the other night when taking a bath he told me "Get out, mama." We're working on this one.

He's very good about saying please and thank you and his new favorite thing to do is put trash in the trash can (although I worry something is going to go in there that shouldn't).

The highlight of his day is when Daddy comes home. Every morning when Ryan leaves he tells me "Daddy went wowk" and when he comes home he screeches "DADDY HOME!!!!"...

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.




Six months...

that's where I stand at this point.

Six months and the morning sickness has ended. Thank you Lord. I can now enjoy the smell of food and eat without fear. I can make Ryan's sandwich again (something he is grateful for I am sure). I have been cooking - and in turn, we're eating out less, saving money. I can breathe a sigh of relief. The fog is lifting - and it is truly a blessing.

I never want to sound ungrateful, but wow, the last few months were incredibly hard. I feel like I have a huge part of myself back and that is amazing.

I notice baby girl moving more and more each day - she's pretty active compared to how Logan was - and it is a true comfort knowing she's there and making her presence known.

I know I still have many months to go, but I find each day I am more anxious to meet her, to see her sweet face and smell that incredible, sweet new baby scent. I am anticipating her arrival and praying that God continues to bless us with her good health. I am writing in her baby book, purchasing little clothes, buying bows...and I am loving every second of it.



It looks like as of Monday I may have a house that is finally getting somewhere. Today we had an electrican come out and tell us some bad news (doesn't look like we'll be getting a ceiling fan in the living room) and some not-so-bad news (Comcast should be able to run the cable we need for the internet). So, on Monday Comcast will be here and so will the drywall guy and I should have a living room and hallway in good working (and looking) order.

I am so ready for the projects to be over but they are just begining.

I found a picture of what I think I'd like to do in Logan's room:

Love the stripes. I have some paint samples, just wondering how I'd like to do it
(Photo from HGTV's Rate My Space) but first I have to finish the desk project (painting it black) and all the other not-so-fun things

In other news, we went to visit little mister Noah Gambino yesterday and he's adorable. Logan wouldn't stop talking about him and it made me wonder if he will be as interested to have a baby sister :) He is being good about certain things like telling me some of his toys are "for baby siser" and sending kisses through my belly to her.

We visited a pre-school yesterday which hopefully will have an opening for Logan this summer. It would/will be so good for him, we know (he cried when we had to leave the two year old room -- he ran straight in and started playing with the other kids). I am praying that it all works out.

This afternoon we are finally enjoying the nice cold weather (very cold for us here in Florida) at the playground with our friends. Logan will be thrilled to get outdoors for a change I am sure...


really good things...

- Finding cute baby things on sale at Target and then getting an additional 30% off. These adorable little slippers cost me a whole $2.44. Seriously.

- Knocking off major things from the to-do list (thanks in part to my parents who came over on Saturday and worked their butts off): Get all that Christmas stuff in the attic -- check. Clean out garage -- check. Get new computer armoire -- check. Set up appointment with electrician -- check. Set up appointment for drywall -- check. Feels so good to get that over with.

- Friends expecting a baby at any moment(!!!)

- This kid (blurry and all):

- Having the day off with your husband tomorrow

- Lasagna for dinner!

...and not even a car that wouldn't start up this morning or one of the dogs throwing up on the floor can mess with me today

Hope you're having a lovely Monday as well!



sing over me

I heard this song this morning and I just wanted to get the words down (a little sad I couldn't get the actual MP3 file to play here, but oh well). This song reminded me of how I want to be - always grateful, always thankful for this life that God has blessed us with. May I never forget what an honor it is to be saved by grace and guarded by His love every day.

When the sun starts to rise & I open my eyes
You are good, so good
In the heat of the day with each stone that I lay
You are good, so good
With every breath I take in
I’ll tell You I’m grateful again

When the moon rises high before each kiss goodnight
You are good
When the road starts to turn around each bend I’ve learned
You are good, so good
And when somebody’s hand holds me up, helps me stand
You are so good

With every breath I take in
I’ll tell You
I’m grateful again
Cause it’s more than enough just to know I am loved
And You are good

So how can I thank You
And what can I bring
What can a poor man lay at the feet of a king?
So I’ll sing You a love song
It’s all that I have
To tell You I‘m grateful
For holding my life in Your hands

When it’s dark and it’s cold and I can’t feel my soul
You are still good
When the world has gone gray and the rain’s here to stay
You are still good

So I’ll sing You a love song
It’s all that I haveTo tell You I‘m grateful
For holding my life in Your hands
You are holding my life in Your hands

p.s. This song and many other really good ones can be found here - on "Sing Over Me." This is a definite purchase for the new baby :)


a proud moment for every mama...

is the day your kid opens the cabinet door, pulls out the trash can, throws away his trash and closes the cabinet back - like he's done this a million times before.

just for fun...

Here are a few of the items I wanted to share that I've come across in the past couple of weeks or so. It's been so much fun just looking for cute things but hard to decide which direction to go.

I think these Storybook Birds are so adorable (click HERE to get a better idea). Too bad we don't know what we're naming baby girl or I probably would have snatched these up immediately (hmmm...maybe that's why Ryan is taking so long to decide...?)

Still trying to figure out what to do about storage and organization for the closet, but I love these

This chandelier is so funky and cute, I was really tempted to get it -- especially since it is only $36!

I love this name print from Sparkability. (You can see the other colors HERE).

When we were first deciding how to do the room arrangements, I was considering something like this for the walls. And if you want something that is non-permanent, check out these wall decals.

Hope you all have a great weekend!



Today Logan came up to me, lifted up the bottom of my shirt, pointed to my belly and said "baby sister in der!" When I asked him "what's in Logan's belly?" he lifted up his shirt and with a smile replied, "Cookies!!!"

I love this age. It is challenging, yes, but I love that I never know what each day will bring, what new words or phrases will come out of his mouth (and inevitably make me laugh), or what kind of day it will be. Many days are seemingly perfect and it still surprises me that there are days with a two year old where I dont have to scold him and he puts up with me so well :) Of course there are also days where we're on each other's nerves and he is frustrated with me and I don't want to change another stinky diaper or tell him yet again NOT to drive over his things with his trike/motorcycle, but each day is special and good in its own way.

I haven't really set a plan, but my hope is that I am a better, more personal blogger in the coming year. I hesitate at times with what I write here, but I try to also remember that this place serves (more than anything) as my own documentation of our [simple] little life. It is a place where I can keep memories and share them, a place for me, a place for Logan, for everything our little life is and isn't - and I love that.

That being said, I look forward to all the changes that lie ahead in the new year and to experiencing and documenting each step of the journey. I hope you've enjoyed reading as much as I have enjoyed sharing...


P.S. Go Gators! ;)


The fun part of cleaning and organizing...

is getting to plan and design a nursery all over again...

Yes, we had gender-neutral bedding I could have used again but this time around I know I am having a girl and it would kill me not to use that to my advantage ;)

So with that being said, here are some of the details I'm working on:

... the dresser/changing table (we're planning to get it with the hutch, I just couldn't find a picture)

... the bedding (sans those sheets...)

...and using these instead (the softest, most wonderful bed sheets in the world, I promise you)

...the lighting (just purchased today and I cannot wait to see it set up in her room...unfortunately it is on backorder until April so I will be waiting a while!!!)
...the crib (looks black in this pic but it is an espresso color)

and I can't wait to get it all put together :)
I have seen so many adorable things it has been hard to choose at times. Maybe later this week I will do a post with some of the fun things I have come across...



{Wanted to get these down before I forgot about them...}

Lately he's really been into hugs and kisses and saying "I wove yew!"...all which of course melts my heart. He used to always say enthousiastically "no!" with a big grin when you asked for a hug or kiss, and even though I knew it was more of a game to him, I love to see him come around and be so affectionate.

He's been climbing into our bed every morning he wakes up before we do (*typically the weekend) and the first thing he says is "Get 'bana!?!" (Banana)

The other day we had to go to Wal-Mart. (Let me preface this by saying that Ryan and I both hate Wal-Mart and we never go there, but it just so happened that it was the closest store at the time and we had to make a quick run). When we pulled into the parking lot Logan whined loudly from the back seat "NO GO WAW-MART!!!!!" (Fortunately for him, he got to stay in the car with Daddy)

After I cleaned his room on Sunday night, he walked into his room and said "WOW, MAMA CWEAN NOGAN WOOM! TANK YOU, MAMA!!!"

The poor kid hasn't been able to play in the backyard for two weeks now because we've been hiding his playset out there. I feel terrible about that...especially because the only excuse I can come up with is "it's too cold" (keep in mind it has not been cold here since the first week in December). So the other day he told me after I let the dogs out, "Mama, Cody Cadie no pay owside...too cold"

He's been eating like there is no tomorrow (very rare for this skinny kid), and I am thankful for that.

After briefly watching some clips of a concert on TV with Ryan the other night, Logan thew his hands up in the air and started dancing. He then ran to his room and grabbed the guitar I had made for his Halloween costume. He's more like his Daddy than we realize (although he can't catch a ball for anything...)


still breathing...and cleaning...

My back is killing me (SO wishing I could bend at the waist right now) and I can't sleep at night (somebody loves to do gymnastics when I am trying to rest), but I am here...grumpy but here ;)

So, sorry for the posting delay. Today I will go ahead and warn you that what you are about to see might frighten you.

With that being said, it's been crazy around here. Non-stop organizing and putting away Christmas stuff gets really old, let me tell you. I finally finished boxing up all the Christmas stuff yesterday (I told you I have a lot) and there are literally about 17 boxes stacked from floor to ceiling in the dining room - not including the greenery and Christmas trees and wedding dress (we'll get to that in a minute).

That being said, welcome to my dining room!!!!:

This year Ryan has been working so much I had put up all the lights outside myself (with the "help" of my little elf assistant, Logan) and I got the pleasure of taking them all down and putting them away this year too since Miami was losing (er, playing) and I wasn't willing to do it in the dark after the game was over. Silly me.

I spent most of Thursday and Friday of last week organizing, cleaning, donating and throwing out STUFF...I am amazed at the piles of stuff we have around here...and I am not a pack rat by any means...it's just that we have an office we used as a giant storage closet and now well it is going to become a bedroom and so something has to go.

So although it probably means nothing to you all, I am showing off my current pride and joy, my very organized and {very full} closet. I am putting my wedding dress up in the attic and now there's a little more room for the other stuff.

(and don't you worry about that back wall, there is more to come...)

...and yes, I cleaned Ryan's closet too *(don't ever let him tell you I have more clothes, it's an obvious lie)

I bought a labeler and have gone nuts labeling everything. I love it though and I know when I am looking for something I will be especially grateful to those of you who gave me cash this year so I could get something no one else would ever consider an exciting gift. *(yes, I know this is a sign that I am getting old).

On Saturday we bought a new computer desk and I am anxious to get it set up. We have to get an electrician to come out and run the cable and wires so that we can set up the computer in the living room/new office, but the problem is we still haven't gotten the motherboard issue taken care of and I'm afraid that's going to be next on the list...then the electrician, then the baby furniture, then the painting and the room switching and the organizing. Again.

Oh yeah and we're supposed to get Logan's playset parts today. Hmmmm.

Last night I spent a couple of hours going through Logan's toys, organizing the baby-ish toys for Baby Girl (that is her official name until she's born, we're still working on it...), and getting items together to donate - the ones that neither of the kiddos is likely to use again (i.e. the ones that just take up space), and "hiding" some items to be taken out later so they are still new and exciting. I wish I had taken a picture of Logan's room when I first started because it has never been so messy, but then again I have a feeling someday it will look like that again. Anyhow, his room is clean and organized for the moment (Daddy had to keep L preoccupied in the bathtub so I could really get things done), and today we're getting started on going through his clothes and packing up the clothes that are too small.

I realize this is the most boring post ever, but as much of my life as it has been taking up lately, I realized it needed to be documented. So I apologize for wasting these precious five minutes you took to read this, but maybe I'll get some sympathy and you'll offer to come over and shred some of these papers for me. No? Awww, come on!!!

Hope you had a nice New Years and a great weekend (...and if you haven't already realized it, if you did something other than organize and clean, it was a good weekend).



{...And thanks to Ryan who bought me (another) new camera for Christmas this year so I could take these pictures without changing out a lens...just one less thing to worry about, thank goodness...and although I did do a lot, he did a lot of helping so I can't take all the credit (I just dont give him much since he doesn't read my blog)...}