Thursday, March 28, 2013
For his birthday, he got a couple of cupcakes from a local bakery called Crumbs. One from me and one from our little princess JOE. Then we went out to dinner at one of his favorite restaurants (Bertucci's). We even got a complimentary dessert there for his birthday.
We had a good time and JOE was extra happy yesterday. No doubt that was on occasion of his birthday.
Wishing him MANY MANY MANY more happy birthdays. He always says "I'd rather be celebrating a birthday than the alternative." I for one am VERY glad he is celebrating a birthday.
Love him LOADS!
This pic is so funny because in the first picture I took, JOE had her pacifier in her mouth. When she noticed I was taking pictures, she quickly spit it out. She is getting more accustomed to the camera :-). She smiled but I couldn't catch it in time. Oh well...at least the celebrant is smiling.
A cake from me (his favorite...peanut butter) and one from JOE (raspberry lemon)
He made a wish and is blowing out his candle!
#1 - Work on my relationship with J. My relationship with J is a work in progress. We are finally starting to hit our strides as far as being a family of 3. We try every day to ensure that we are both OK and we always pray for God's guidance in our marriage. Our 2-year anniversary is April 16th and we plan on going out as a family to enjoy time together.
#2 - Work on my body so I can get healthier. I am grossly failing in this area. I did manage to get in 2-workouts on Sunday and Monday but eating-wise, it has been difficult. I am constantly hungry. I think that's a side effect from pumping. I still need to work on that.
#3 - Work on my spiritual life. I am doing OK in this area. I continue to work in the Children's ministry at my church. J & I also pray together each night and we hope to get back to the couple's ministry when things settle down a bit for us.
Overall, on a scale of 1 - 10 with 10 meaning I am doing AWESOME, I'd say I am a solid 6. There's still room for improvement and I plan on working on that in the coming weeks.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
So here are the projects I plan on undertaking this Spring.
I'll be doing before and after pics to document what I have done.
Do feel free to offer up ideas. I'll consider good ones :-).
Project #1: Set up JOE's nursery. Theme colors are pink, green and chocolate brown. Since I am not brave enough to venture into the world of painting, I will be using wall decals in her room. I figured its a good way to ensure the room grows with her instead of painting again when she gets older.
I have been collecting ideas. I'll be using pink, brown and green polka dots cascading from one wall of her room around her room. Then putting up a window valence and also alphabet decals for her learning experience. I also plan on painting letters (her name) and using ribbons to secure them for her room door.
I'd like to do 3-D pics with some of the cards she received at her shower and also a couple since she's been born. I am still browsing around for ideas on that one.
Here are pics of some ideas.
Project #2: Set up morning room. We currently have a dining room buffet that we inherited from J's grandmother. I plan on putting it to good use. I will use the cabinets to store liquor. I will frame a mirror I currently have to use above the buffet and put some candles/candle holders on top as accents. Similar to this.
Project #3: Family room decor. Right now, its pretty bare so I'd like to tackle that room after the morning room and JOE's nursery. I am still browsing around for ideas.
Project #4: Begin work/collection process for the rain barrel. In an effort to save on our water bill, J & I are planning on doing this. We are going to order it sometime later in the spring. Now that we have a yard, it'll need to be watered and we plan on using the water collected to keep it up.
Monday, March 25, 2013
A few weeks ago, the weather folks forecasted a snow storm. The government including schools and several businesses were shut down in anticipation of the snow. We got NO snow. It rained and rained and not even icy rain, just regular rain!
Yesterday, we were told of another impending snowy forecast. But this time, no doubt due to the criticism from last time, we were told it would be 1...MAYBE 2 inches of snow in the area I live in. As a result the government remained open and most schools remained open. Some instituted a 1-hour delay.
Well, lo and behold, we have 3-inches so far and its still snowing! This is our only significant amount of snow this season and while it looks pretty, I wish they got it right this time so I could have slept in a bit longer this morning. Oh well...here's hoping its a much warmer week.
In other news, here is our little JOE and my very handsome hubby...all ready for Church yesterday. Yes...I am trying different things with her hair. I put in colorful hair clips. It was off before we even made it to the car but at least I tried :-).
Have a fabulous week!
Thursday, March 21, 2013
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I haven't been very good about keeping up with this challenge because we were in the midst of moving and then adjusting to our new home.
This week's challenge is motivating someone. Hmmm...this is a toughy because by nature, I try to avoid situations where that is required. It is something I have been struggling with for some time now but I believe the first step to motivating others is to motivate myself.
I typically motivate myself by reminding myself that no matter how bad the situation might be, it will get better. I tell myself "the darkest hour of the night is an hour to morning." It is a song I used to sing as a child. I also try to count my blessings because when I focus on my blessings, its hard for me to think about the negatives in life.
When it comes to motivating others, I am GROSSLY lacking in that area. I will try to encourage and motivate by giving encouraging and positive words but at the same time, I typically avoid negative people.
I am eager to read more about how others motivate people because I can possibly learn something new.
I'll leave you with a picture of my princess. She is my motivation to get through a stressful work day.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Saturday, March 16, 2013
We are finally starting to settle into our new home. Jordan loves all the space. I was concerned that she would be fussy due to the unfamiliar environment but she is doing great and thriving.
J & I managed to install 5 fans in the house. J did most of the work and I was just his helper. It was a little challenging dealing with a baby, taking pump breaks and also doing the fans but we managed to get it all finished by Tuesday.
Yesterday, JOE and I headed to MA to visit with my folks. It is my first flight alone with JOE and her 3rd flight. She did great until we got on the flight. Then my daughter decided to showcase her developing vocal cords. It was a bit of a challenge and now I know how parents feel when their kids cry the entirety of a flight. I used to always think "make them stop...do something". Well, nothing I did helped JOE. She cried when we got on the plane for a good 10 minutes and then when we landed and were taxiing to the gate. The flight was only 50 minutes. Needless to say, I was glad when we got off the plane.
It was nice to see my family, meet my newest niece and see my brother who is home from deployment.
I feel truly blessed to have such a loving family.
Here are a couple of pics of JOE watching a movie with her aunty.
I hope to start blogging more this week since things are starting to settle down a bit at work. I am so behind on the project MILF challenge :-(
Have a fabulous weekend!
Friday, March 8, 2013
We moved last week and are still putting things away. I will have to do a separate blog about our new place just as soon as I can take some semi-decent pictures.
Head width: 16 inches
She's a happy baby and loves to laugh. With each passing day, I love her more than I did the day before.