Sunday, December 28, 2008
For those who are wondering, the reason I have not posted any pictures of the kitchen is because I have not quite finished it yet. Curtains need to be hung and pictures need to be put up. I still have a few things to go buy, table cloth and center piece. Hopefully that will be finished by the end of the week and I will post pictures of it also.
Christmas was great this year with Aubrey although alittle too busy for my liking. We really didn't stop from Christmas Eve until yesterday afternoon. Poor Aubrey was asking all day Christmas day if she could just go home and play with her new kitchen! Since we got home late I let her stay up that night until 10:30 just so she could play with her new toys. We have decided that from now on either things will be spread out more or we are going to have to pass on some of the holiday festivities. She got alot of great new toys but my favorite is her new Bible that Julia & Ronnie gave her. I wanted something simple that we could read together before she went to bed at night and that is exactly what they gave her! It is called "The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His name" By Sally Lloyd-Jones. We started reading it today and I LOVE it! The story is so simple and just right for her age.
I am going to be selling my camera hopefully soon, I am taking it to Wolf on Tuesday for it's yearly cleaning and maintenance and then I am going to put it up for sell on Ebay. I have found one that I am wanting to upgrade to and I want it before Barrett gets here. So all of my Christmas money is going towards an upgrade. :)
Tomorrow I am staying home all day and working on the potty training again. Aubrey and I have really been talking about it and I really think she can understand more this go around. Tonight we "threw-away" her diapers so when she wakes up in the morning her only choice is the big girl panties. She is normally fine with wearing big girl panties until it is time to go to the bathroom then she pleads with me to put her diaper back on. I of course have not thrown her diapers away so if we seem to be getting no where then we will try again at a later date.
So this blog wasn't really short but I feel like I have caught everyone up. Since tomorrow is potty training then maybe Tuesday I will have time to upload some pictures for everyone!
Just in case anyone was wondering.....I am 31 weeks as of Monday December 29th. That means I am 9 weeks from my due date and 8 weeks from when my Dr. will induce :) Two months away from our little guy being here!
Friday, December 19, 2008
I would post some finished pictures of my kitchen but it really want be finished until after Christmas because of all the decorations I asked for as presents for Christmas. So, after Christmas I will post my finished kitchen!
I will post some pictures later of Aubrey & Ainslee making christmas candy today. I don't think I will be eating any of Aubrey's cookies considering about half way through she decided to lick the top of the sprinkle jar. We had alot of fun, I am really enjoying Christmas with her this year. She understands so much more and she is really having fun! I am afraid I am going to have a disappointed little girl when everyone starts taking all of their decorations out of their yard after Christmas. She LOVES driving through the neighborhood and looking at all the lights!
Pictures will come later when I have time to load them to my computer! I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
To start with my FANTASTIC husband cleaned up my kitchen vacuumed the house and did ALL the laundry (washed, folded, and put up!) for me today. I walked in tonight and I was very surprised and grateful!
Second, Andy met me after work and we went shopping tonight. I am finished with everyone except two people and I know what I am getting them I just need to find it. My in-laws are letting Aubrey spend the night tonight so that we didn't have to hurry home for bed time or have to worry with trying to keep a two year old entertained for a few hours of shopping. Once again.....grateful!
Third, a complete stranger asked a friend of mine if she knew of anyone having a baby boy anytime soon because she had tons of clothes that she wanted to get rid of! I called her today and she already had it together and she took it to my friend this afternoon! I have already gone through it and once again.... grateful!
Thank-you God for meeting me right where I am, even in my little grumbling pit and helping me. Yes, there are still a million things to do and no, I am still not sure how I will accomplish it all. But today I have been reminded that #1 I have a big God who cares for this grumbling pregnant woman. #2 I have a fantastic husband who loves me even in my ill moods! #3 Everything is going to work out, God will provide for our needs for when Barrett gets here just like He has always provided before.
Thank-you to everyone who said alittle prayer for me today :) I am also grateful for all of you!
Monday, December 15, 2008
How in the world did things get so turned upside down!! I have never been a crazy organized person but I normally can keep all the balls in the air that I am juggling. Somewhere, somehow I bit off more than I could chew and I am sinking fast!! This weekend I had some time to get some stuff done and I felt like instead of accomplishing anything I just ran in circles because I had so much that needed to be done. I did get my kitchen cleaned, I even polished my kitchen cabinets but if you were to come by tonight I would be embarrased for you to even go in my kitchen.... how does that happen? How can things get so out of hand so fast? Why is it not easier for me to keep things in order.
So for tonight I am just trying not to cry from being overwhelmed and maybe I will try to figure out a schedule of when everything will get done. 1st on my list, paint my kitchen that was supposed to be my anniversary present! 2nd clean this place up and keep it clean! Maybe I should just start with two things so that when they are finally accomplished I will feel like I am doing good. I think that I will go buy paint tomorrow and get started maybe I can be finished by this weekend so that I will have time to clean.
Sorry for the emotional ranting, maybe next time I will be more joyous but for tonight I think I am going to curl up in my bed and catch up on my tivo and hopefully start my day tomorrow with a new attitude!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
If you can't make out the face don't worry the nurse had to guide me around to begin with. It is sordof like one of those picture calendar things that you have to stare at for a minute before you can make out what you are looking at.
I am having to really get myself in gear these days, only 12 more weeks until I am due and I still have a TON to do! Lots of boy stuff that still needs to be bought. I am planning a serious shopping trip to Babies 'r' us after Christmas.
It won't be long and we will be a family of four!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I am starting with the kitchen, don't ask me why. I don't spend much time in there at all.... I am not a cook, I have tried and I have failed many times. I can make a mean potato soup and a few other things here and there but that is about it. That is one of the reasons God gave me Andy. He is not one of those husbands who expects dinner on the table at 6:00 while he sits on the couch and reads the paper... he is a wonderful helper! Most days he has something thawing out when I get home or even better there are days I come home from work and something is already in the oven :) I love him! Anyway, back to the reason for this post. I have decided that for THIS christmas I am asking for things for my kitchen.
( if you are in my family you will be getting my list soon.) I have been looking on-line and walking around pier1 and I think I have decided on a red kitchen. Not bright red but in the red family. I would like for it to really pop. I am hanging curtains I want a new rug for under my table I even want a new light fixture. And if Andy reads this he may have a heart attack but I want a back splash with new floors to match :) I realize that will not come by Christmas but it will come soon enough. I am hanging pictures up, I want new kitchen towels to match along with rags and oven mitts. I want my Kitchen to be so color coordinated it will make you sick! SOOOO.... this week I will be making my way into lowes and getting those great little cans of paint samples they sell and picking out my red. Maybe before Barrett makes his way into the world I will be finished. I will keep everyone posted!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I just love that precious smile!!
Andy's parents have a neighbor that has the big blow up pumpkins in their front yard. Aubrey absolutely LOVES them! She calls it her pumpkin patch and she loves to go over and look at them. So of course the other day when we went to see Andy's parents I had to take some pictures! She has the BEST time watching those pumpkins.... can you tell by the HUGE smile on her face!
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Our friends Brent & Christy came up with Tucker Mcmillan Stewart the same day that we found out we were having a boy and I love that name! Of course Andy doesn't :) I know I am only 20 weeks pregnant and I still have 20 more to go but I like to know now! I want to get things monogrammed and hang his name on the wall plus I just want him to have a name.
I have a name that I am really in love with that one of my friends came up with today. As soon as Andy gets home from the ball game tonight I will run it by him. Maybe he will agree!
If you have any good names that go with Mcmillan Stewart leave me a comment! We need your help!!!
The three names that I am leaning towards are ...
#1. Carson Mcmillan Stewart
#2. Hudson Mcmillan Stewart
#3. Evan Mcmillan Stewart
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Studies have shown that Autism runs in boys more than girls, which means I will need to be even more careful and study even more about vaccinations this go around. I am praying about what kind of vaccination schedule is safe for my child. I do not believe in not vaccinating at all but I do believe in being cautious, and researching something never hurt anyone. I don't know if I am embarrassed to say this or not but I am thinking about going and picking up Jenny McCarthy's book on autism. If you have not heard her story I recommend you looking her up. Her son began suffering from autism after his MMR shot (which Aubrey still has not had) her Dr. ignored her questions and she took matters into her own hands. She does not say that her son is healed but she does say that he is recovering and has NO signs of autism at this time in his life. I am going to pick her book up this week I will keep everyone updated as I read.
All I ask is that if you have a young child or if you are expecting a child just do your research. Don't just believe what your pediatrician tells you.... in most cases they mean well but when it comes to vaccinations I truly believe it has been so etched in their brain that children HAVE to be vaccinated by a certain age that they are not hearing the screams of thousands of mom's and dad's begging for a different way. This is a paragraph from a website I was reading tonight.... I think I posted this on my last blog about vaccinations but I just can't get over how many shots Dr's are giving children under the age of two!
A 15-member Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices at the CDC decides which vaccines should be on the Childhood Immunization Schedule. It calls for one vaccine, against hepatitis B, to be given on the day of birth; 7 vaccines at two months; 6 more (including booster shots) at four months; and as many as 8 vaccines on the six month well-baby visit. Before a child reaches the age of two he or she will have received 32 vaccinations on this schedule, including four doses each of vaccines for Hemophilus influenzae type b infections, diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis – all of them given during the first 12 months of life. Seven vaccines injected into a 13 lb. two-month old infant are equivalent to 70 doses in a 130 lb. adult.
Why does a child have to have the hepatitis B shot at birth???? I understand if the mother has hepatitis B but for those of us who do not, that is just ridiculous for that precious baby to be born into the world and immediately be stuck with a stupid vaccination! 32 Vaccinations by the age of two.... are you kidding me!!!! I will never forget holding Aubrey down at her 2 month check up and two nurses sticking her like a pin cushion with five shots. Two of the vaccinations were doubled up with something else so she received 7 vaccinations in her little body at 8 weeks old.... if only I knew then what I know now. My little boy will NOT be a part of these pharmaceutical companies making millions off of innocent children who are paying the price.
I am officially on my soapbox and I need to step down before I offend someone. :) There is more to come though so if you don't like it then don't read it :)
Monday, September 29, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
X-ray the Dr. came in a told me that because of where Aubrey's brake is she would not be able to have a shorter cast. The fracture is right below her knee so he said if he puts her in a shorter cast the brake will not have enough support so her leg would not heal. I was very upset because I want her to be able to walk so bad... but the good news was she could have a water-proof cast. She did great, they cut the old cast off which was scary to me but she sat there like a big girl and they put her new water-proof one on. Her leg can now be totally submersed under water, she can take a bath, go swimming, play in the rain, whatever she wants to do! What else is there to do when your baby has a broke leg but she can swim but to GO TO THE BEACH! We are leaving tomorrow and we have probably lost our mind but we are going to have a good time! She obviously can not go to the beach and get sand or salt water in her cast but I don't like sand anyway, we are going to relax and sit at the pool and shop and play! I will post pictures next week!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
She was not feeling so well last night, I thought she felt like she had a fever but it didn't seem serious enough to fight her to take her temperature. She is on Ibuprofen and Tylenol so I was just hoping they would help with the fever plus I figured some of it was just that she was so exhausted and needed rest. So she and her Momma Dee spent all day playing and watching APT television and she seemed much better tonight. We even went for a stroll around the neighborhood which she really enjoyed! Before bedtime I washed her hair in the kitchen sink and gave her a bath with baby wipes and she hated EVERY second of it but I knew it would make her feel so much better to be clean. When I was finished she sat up and smiled real big and said "All clean!" She is so funny and such a joy, I love that little girl to pieces! Hopefully, if I get time I will add some more pictures soon!
She was showered with gifts yesterday which we all know a two year old LOVES! Her sunday school teachers made her cookies, Uncle Jonathan and Aunt Brantley gave her a new cabbage patch doll, Mrs. Vicki gave her a Monkey stuffed animal, Mrs. Jessica gave her a doll house, Amy & Glen gave her a Minnie mouse backpack with colors and flash cards and stickers inside, Momma Dee & Papa gave her a song book with a DVD to go with it, granna and granddaddy gave her some books and a balloon, Mr. Lee & Mrs. Anita gave her a stuffed animal kitty cat with a book to go with it and a magnetic doll with clothes that sticks to it and an alabama cheerleader uniform. So many people have come to see her and love on her and she is loving every second of it! Loren, Jennifer & Ainslee came over and ate supper and the girls rode around in the wagon and ate dinner in the wagon and watched movies on Mommy and daddy's bed. Needless to say she is beginning to like the cast.... or should I say she is really liking all the attention that comes along with the cast! Once the cast comes off I will have to bring her back down from princess land but for now I am just happy she is ok!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Two and a half hours later we are home with a beautiful pink cast all the way up to her thigh with a fractured leg. She is not sure about this thing on her leg and keeps telling me to "take it off!" Hopefully she will get used to it sooner than later. It will probably be a long uncomfortable couple of nights but we will make it through.
I will add some pictures later.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I then read the comments that I had from yesterday's blog and I started setting my kitchen timer. Aubrey and I talked about what it meant when the timer went off and the first couple of times she would get excited and sit on the potty after the 50th 15 minute increment neither one of us were quite as enthusiastic. I do have to say that it did work pretty well but I am not sure that she is understanding the whole concept. I know everyone keeps saying it will click one day but for now I think she just thinks her mom has lost her mind and she better just go along with it. For anyone keeping score we had four successful trips to the potty and four accidents. I think that is a very good day.
On a side note I had the sweetest thing happen today with aubrey that I wanted to share. Every night aubrey and I have the same routine. Bath, kiss daddy good night, then we read Hop on Pop, Marvin K. Mooney, and I love you through and through. Then after that I sing Jesus Loves me, You are my sunshine, and twinkle twinkle. Well, I was playing on the computer this morning and aubrey was playing in her play room when all the sudden I heard aubrey talking to one of her babies then I heard her singing Jesus loves me. I snuck around the corner and saw my precious little girl rocking in her little rocking chair and holding her baby all wrapped up in a blanket singing Jesus Loves me! She looked up at me and said "SSSHHH! The baby is sleeping" I thought that was so sweet.
We will see what tomorrow brings....
Monday, September 1, 2008
This morning I hung her potty chart in the bathroom and put her stickers on the counter and we talked about how we get a sticker on the chart and one for her shirt every time she goes on the potty. She didn't really seem to care but when I pulled the cookie box out AND the juice out she became a little more interested in all this potty stuff.
So, after hours of bribing and sitting on the potty we were successful! We (including Andy) all cheered jumped up and down and gave high fives! Even Aubrey jumped up off of the potty hands straight up in the air and yelled "I DID IT!" Then she politely asked for her sticker, her cookie, and her juice.
We will see what tomorrow brings..... if you do not care to keep up with the potty progress I suggest you skip my blog this week because whether I like it or not this whole potty thing is going to consume my life this week. If we are successful and close to being potty trained by the end of the week then I will be happy. If you just drop by my house this week, most likely you will find clothes piled up, dust on the furniture, and dog hair on the ground. I realized today that there is no time for regular house-hold chores when I am having to asked every 15 minutes if she wants to go to the potty and then we sit there for another 15 minutes for her to finally say "put diaper back on!"
Join me tomorrow night for another update....until then PRAY! (Is it OK to pray for potty training?) Maybe I should call Mamaw and tell her to add us to her prayer list this week.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I wanted to share a few pictures with you tonight, I thought I would give everyone alittle glimpse into our lives. Let me preface these pictures by saying Aubrey is an entertainer. If you put her in front of a crowd she is shy, put her in her living room (her stage) and she will dance and sing all night long! Tonight she asked for some "Jesus music" and well.... this is what followed.
(For those of you who went to the Beth Moore Conference with the Calera Baptist Church ladies, I have to say I do NOT think that Aubrey is going to be one of the "Frozen Chosen!" Look at those little hands in the air!)
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
While I am drawing a blank on blogging I have a blog that I want everyone to visit. I heard about it from my friend Michelle and now I have been diving into this amazing blog every night for the last two nights and it is hard for me to peel myself away to go to bed. If you look at my links of Blogs I read go to the blog Bring The Rain. Now there is only one way to read her blog...start back at the very beginning and work your way to now. You have to catch yourself up with her whole story... do not skip one post of hers. Just plan on sitting down and not getting up for awhile. I have now read up to July and I cannot wait until tomorrow to hopefully be caught up. This lady and her family are AMAZING.... over the last two nights I have sat on my couch and cried my eyes out and 5 minutes later I have been dieing laughing.
Hopefully I will be back to blogging soon but for now enjoy Angie's blog and remember start at the beginning and read it all... have your tissue ready trust me you will need it!
p.s. Next week I am off work all week, I have decided that I will have boot-camp potty training. If I do not have any luck after a week of hard potty training then I am going to put up the potty and try again when I have my christmas break. (Please pray it goes well next week! I really want to get rid of diapers) I really think she is ready, now I just have to convince aubrey that she is ready!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Isn't it amazing how just when I thought things were looking up - just when I could see myself being able to be a stay at home mom in the NEAR future..... life has other plans.... I am beginning to think that where I always thought God had called me to be a Wife and Mother maybe I was wrong. Maybe I wasn't listening....
Maybe today I am just an emotional basketcase.... I am pretty sure that is possible considering the circumstances. But on the other hand, facts are facts, reality is reality, and the reality of all of this is we are down to one car and to get back what belongs to us to begin with will cost us $320.00 and rising each day! Even if we get it back it is totaled and we will literally be selling parts off of it.
I keep quoting Jeremiah 29:11 - I know it by heart .... I know He has a plan .....
Friday, August 1, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
The real reason for this blog was not to inform you of my accident but to complain about how
in-sensitive the world is these days...... my car SLAMMED into someone else's car on HWY.31 in Pelham and do you know that not ONE person stopped to check on us.... cars just kept passing right by....NO one stayed to be a witness to what happend. I had to call 911 no one else called! What has happened to america! Do people only care for themselves these days?!?! How can someone watch this accident happen, pull over into the opposite lane and drive by.... I sure am glad that no one was hurt because who knows how long it would have been for someone to drive by and actually have a heart and call for help! I am just so disappointed with Society.
Andy is going to get some stuff out of the car tomorrow I am going to get him to take some pictures so I can share them will all of my blogging buddies!
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Am I transparent? Am I capable of being transparent? I have a big mouth and I love to talk.... but does my mouth ever really let anyone know who I am? Am I capable of tearing off the masks and allowing others to see ME!
These are all things I am working on, I will get back to everyone on this subject.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
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Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Thank you for your prayers.....