Monday, December 31, 2012
So to that I want to do some good in the new year of 2013. I am having 31 days of paying it forward or doing a good deed. I want to spread being nice and doing something just because or for no reason. I am going to try and post each day what I have done though don't hold me to it because remember I do have a baby who is 7 months old and does require a great deal of my time and attention.
To kick it off I started the last day of this year with giving. A friend who happens to be expecting and is due on 1/11/13 (how ironic, right?). Well I surprised her today with two bags of baby items and a box of newborn diapers. Some of the items were left over from when we were expecting Leia and some items were from Landon that could go either way for a baby. I know she appreciates and needed these items. It felt good to give to someone who I know won't say what she needs but that she appreciates what I have done.
Happy New Year and Happy 2013! What is your resolution for the new year? Feel free to give me a comment and you just might get something for that!
Hugs to all!!!
Saturday, December 29, 2012
So the Christmas holiday is over and just need to get on to NYE and New Year's Day. I was thinking today about 1/11/13. I can't believe it has been almost two years. I get sad thinking about it but also trying to do some good to remember Leia this year.
As mentioned earlier in recent posts we had family coming in for Christmas. It was the second time that my hubs mother has seen LB and first time for his Dad. It really made the holiday much more special celebrating with a little one. He had no idea what it was all about but he laughed and made us all happy. We took him to see Santa, we had him open some presents and toted him everywhere. Several meals out but he was always entertaining or amusing us all in one way or another. Love that boy and so happy he is here with us to make us all happy and feel like we have a life again.
My mother-in-law is lovely and spoils LB very much. She can be forward and has no filter. I attempted to give my sister-in-law some clothes that I know I would not be wearing and she told me if I would lose the weight that maybe I could wear them one day. Ugh. Like I really needed to hear that, right? Oh well. I didn't go into any details, but really? So I proceeded to order a calorie high meal just to spite her. I thought, well the New Year is coming but I might as well enjoy a burger and shake since we are out. Sure, I could stand to lose 20 pounds and I know this but I don't need to be reminded of it.
And while we are on the subject, she has some good intentions but telling me that LB needs a bath every day and that I need to reduce the formula intake when he eats solids. Yes, I know this but thanks for letting me know. I also heard about how my hubs was never as big as LB is and she hopes he can lose his weight when he starts walking. Let the baby enjoy life and don't worry about his weight!
All in all it was a good christmas holiday and hopefully we have many more to come in the years ahead.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Well we are in full swing of holiday season. Landon gets to see Santa this week and then my hubs parents fly in this Saturday which means a trip to the airport and probably lunch or dinner out with them.
So had another dispute/argument with family. I just don't get where this person gets their ideas or some of the things said. I have decided it is best if I keep this person out of my life for the time being. It hurts and especially with the holidays approaching it really breaks my heart to know that we are not talking. Life goes on and while I can forgive I am not sure I can forget the things said in recent weeks and months.
LB has been waking during the night for the past week so we decided to give him some cereal last night before his last bottle for bed. This worked great and he slept all the way through the night and almost nine hours. So we just got out his high chair that has been in a box on our third floor. It really was Leia's but of course will be used for LB. We had never got it out of the box when we were expecting Leia. I have diligently checked to make sure it has not been recalled or that anything is wrong with it since it is over two years old.
I am just about done with decorating, shopping is done. Just one or two more boxes need to be mailed out. I hope to get that done tomorrow. Some light baking and meal planning for Christmas Eve and we should be set.
Here are some pictures of what we have decorated so far. A happy holiday to you all and wishing that your time with your families is joyous and peaceful.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
So for the giveaway...tell me the time you think our garbage is picked up. Even though I put it out already they won't get here till sometime this afternoon. The person with closest time gets the prize! Good luck and feel free to share my post, start following me and put this to your Facebook page.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Friday, November 30, 2012
In Southern Living magazine, they interview some celebrity and ask the following questions. Let's pretend I'm a celebrity and you're reading Southern Living.
I will now tell you things about myself you never [knew you] wanted to know.
I NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT... my iPhone, my son and the diaper bag. I must confess I left the diaper bag at home the other day but it was okay.
THE MOST STYLE YOU CAN GET FOR UNDER $25... a scarf. I love my scarfs too!
MY VANITY IS ALWAYS STOCKED WITH...lotions, especially anything that smells like almond. This includes for my nail stuff and hands. I especially like Laura Mercier hand lotion (I guess Jennifer Aniston uses it as well).
BEST SHOPPING ADVICE... don't be scared to shop off-season. I have also found amazon as of recent and it is great! You can find anything on there and it is so much cheaper than in the stores!
I ALWAYS SPLURGE ON... handbags and good quality shoes. I buy most of my clothes used or at consignment shops. They are awesome!
I ALWAYS SAVE ON... t-shirts.
EVERY WOMAN NEEDS... jeans that flatter her butt and comfortable ballet flats or boots.
MY SECRET STYLE SOURCE... undergraduates at my hubs lab. Mostly my husbands students dress pretty cool, but sometimes they wear really cute stuff or accessorize in a unique way that I find inspiring.
MY MUST-HAVE FOR WINTER... my brown boots and North Face black fleece. So I can pretend I still live in upstate NY (NOT)!
You know you want to do this, too. Let me know in the comments if you post your own Southern Living celebrity interview.
Monday, November 26, 2012
So on our trip we got to see many of my friends and family. I also got to see the rest home where my Dad/Mom have volunteered quite a bit and spent many years helping out at. It is the rest home that my uncle started and is now run by my cousin. He took me on a tour and everyone he introduced me to knew my folks. They had many good things to say and mostly they missed seeing them. I also got to see my folks briefly for about 3 hours. It was great to see them with Landon and it made my heart melt when my Dad and Mom both held him. I don't care that they have no memory of this day. I always will.
Of course no trip north would be complete without a speeding ticket. Yes, I got one while Landon was in the back. I am one of those mothers who likes to jam out to a song and then realizes that I am speeding and in this process a cop got me with his laser. He says I was going 79 in a 65. I plead guilty and paid the fine which was only $130.00. If I had gotten a ticket like that here in NC I would have paid more than $400.00. I know this since I worked for an attorney who handled these kind of tickets. The good thing is that it won't hit my insurance since I was out of state. I guess there is a silver lining somewhere in this story.
At the moment my hubs and I are at odds on financial matters. He wants to know every dime I am spending but if he goes and spends something that is a different matter. He picked up a restaurant bill for close to $130.00 this past Friday and he is mad because I bought shoes that were $95.00. All I can say is that my years of being single are catching up to me because I always bought what I wanted. I am not used to being under a microscope for what I spend. It is really bothering me. I call it retail therapy. If we are paying off our credit card bills each month then what does it matter? Ugh. So now I am sleeping on the couch. I'll make the guest bedroom up tomorrow and be in there tomorrow night if we are still at odds.
Well Happy Monday everyone! It is Cyber Monday...I think I'll do some internet shopping....oh wait, I gotta get it approved first. HAHA!
Here are some pics from the past month. Enjoy and hang in there. Much love, Shell
Friday, November 16, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Saturday, October 13, 2012
The perplexing question that is still bothering me and making me sleepless at night and probably anxious is that we decided back in July that we would donate them to another family who was also probably struggling to conceive or grow their family. Since having gone through these issues myself I know first hand the emotional roller coaster one can go through in trying to build a family. When one cannot conceive you feel so helpless, worthless, etc. It is not an easy road to be on and I understand the heartache that others have been through. So when we decided to donate we got this HUGE packet in the mail from the fertility office. I neglected to open it or do anything with it. I just didn't want to deal with it. I felt like I had told them what we wanted to do so that would be the end of it. We would fill out some forms and be done with it. Our mantra now is one and done. (Though in my eyes we have two children but to most of the outside world we have one baby). Not the case. They were asking up for recent physicals and to go to a lab for some testing. What? Why? How? (Back in the summer I was in no state to think about driving an hour away where the office is much less going into another medical office). I mean what is the point of a physical now since the embryos were frozen two years ago? What is really the point now? After several emails and discussions over the phone they have agreed to pay for the labs they need however they are still asking for us to get recent physicals. So for now I sit and wait and continue to think about this issue. I feel in my opinion that these are OUR frozen embryos and that maybe, just maybe we should have some say or be able to decide what is done with them.
Anyone out there in blogging world been through this? I'd love some advice, opinions or views on this issue. In the end what I would REALLY like to do is hand pick five people that I would like the frozen embryos to go to and then be done. I am not sure any of them would take or work but it would be worth a try.
Thanks in advance for any input or comments. Have a good weekend everyone!!!
Friday, October 5, 2012
Friday, May 18, 2012
Sunday, May 13, 2012
I am struggling, I have to admit. I am 39 weeks today and while our appointment this past Friday went well, I must admit it is so HARD to be at this point in my pregnancy. We are beyond the point of when we lost Leia so I am afraid, scared, and terrified of something happening again. I try to keep these thoughts at bay and keep busy. I do breakdown most days, have a good cry and let it all out. I don't want to be crying all the time and sad but it is all there. The memories, the outcome and wondering when the other shoe is going to drop. I so hope that things continue as they have. And thankfully our doctor is back tomorrow from a week off. I know if anything had happened this past week with him away I would have been in good hands with other doctors/staff but I am glad that we have made it to a new week with him back. We wait. My hubs is constantly asking me if I am having anything similar to labor. We read books, read information on-line and just wait. I am doing kick counts two to three times a day. I am also having vivid dreams that I wake up thinking about. I dream that our LO has arrived. I dream I am going into labor. I dream that I hear a baby making some noise. I wake up and check but nothing. So just wondering about others out there who have gone through a second pregnancy and made it through. How did you do it? Going into labor and going back to the same hospital? I'd appreciate any tips or ideas on what helped you get through this very emotional time.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
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Sunday, March 11, 2012
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Green tea that I got my hubs. I got him another kind but he has taken it to work already and loves it.
The best chocolate indulgence on earth, in my opinion. We found this at at xmas and has become a staple in our pantry though I do try to limit myself as much as possible.