Saturday, November 28, 2009

Happy Holiday News

As it turns out, we have found a way to get me to NJ so that I can do my annual shopping trip with my Daddy. I am all smiles today. DH broke down and bought me a plan ticket.

Bonus: while I am up there, my family and I are going into the city and seeing a play!

Here comes Sata Claus!

Today was a day of decorating in this lil house. We got out all of the decorations. Our plan was to decorate outside first in case it got dark. We dragged all of the icicle lights outside and Bug took the extension ladder off of his work truck. We set up the ladder, I climbed halfway to the tallest peak and it was then that I realized that I am not afraid of heights, but I respect them.

The peaks were way too tall to decorate by hand. It just was not going to happen. I thought maybe it would be easier to climb on the roof and lay on my belly to do it by hand instead of on the ladder. Well, pictures of my father freaking out because he is so afraid of heights that when I would clean the gutters, he would tie me to the chimney. SO, I decided against laying on the roof.

We went to Lowe's and discovered a nifty pole that extended and had clips for the lights. It was perfect. We took it home. After 9 hours, hanging out windows, and having more shingle rocks fall in my eyes than necessary, it was finished. & it looked beautiful! We completed the look with Candy Canes down the driveway and some other lights here and there.

I am so excited for the Holiday season! - ran out of time to do the inside, so that will be tomorrows task

Friday, November 27, 2009

Gobble Gobble!

Our first Turkey day was a success. I cooked it all - Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, corn, candied yam balls, string bean casserole, gravy, mac & cheese, biscuits, pumpkin pie & death by chocolate.

We got up early so that we could start the turkey and watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade like we do every year. We had a few mimosas with pomegranate seeds which is our own little Tradition.

We had our friend Doug over and the three of us had a serious feast. Even Colby got his own plate of stuffing and turkey. The tryptophan must have tuckered him out because he dragged his bed into the dining room and collapsed!

After we ate dinner, we went to our friends home for dessert. We stayed there for a few hours, watched the pathetic excuse for the NY Giants and then came home and crashed.

I look forward to doing this again. It was exhausting but totally worth it. Maybe next year we will even have an addition to the fam!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Captain, My Captain

One of upsides of not being pregnant yet? I can drink when I want to. Captain Morgan is my weakness and it can make any day better in about two shots.

Every year since I was about fifteen, my father takes a day off from work and he and I hit the malls running. It is our special "Daddy/Daughter" time and I cherish it. It is our yearly Christmas shopping trip. We start off early, hit Starbucks for some Peppermint Mocha Lattes and then it is off to the mini malls and then the big mall. We always do lunch at Michael's Deli. We even eat the same wraps for cryin out loud. Top it off for dinner with President Margaritas (tequila is my other weakness) and nachos at Chili's.

Today, we pretty much decided that we can not afford for me to fly up for my shopping trip with Dad. I am heartbroken. For me, the Christmas season does not even start until that trip. Plus, none of the stores I usually shop in are down here. My Dad won't let on, but I know he is hurt.

I am mixing a triple. TRIPLE. Captain & Diet Coke with lime. Captain, my captain, how you can put a smile on my face!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thankful for..

After the weekend we just had, I am happy to say that I am sooo happy that our families get along as well as they do.

I never had a great example of in-laws getting along. As a matter of fact, I had the exact opposite. My mom had an asshat of a brother-in-law (my Dad's brother) and he treats her like crap. My Dad's mom recently told my Dad, in front of my mother, that she always wished she had a daughter. My mom was so hurt by this that it almost made her cry. My mom has been a part of that family for about 35 years. These are just minute examples.

For bug, it was the exact opposite. His Dad's parents and his Mom's parents are great together. They go to each other's family parties and are so chummy when they are all together. They even joke about who arrives first vs. who is late. I love it and I am glad to say that our parents are much closer to option B than option A.

Dinner was at my Mother-in-law's. She is a great cook, so everyone was looking forward to it. My Mom, Dad & sister arrived and it was hugs and kisses all around. It is SO nice to see! Everyone jokes with each other and teases one another. I can't express how happy it made Bug and I to see this.

The only thing that miffed me was that Bug's parents sat at another table in another room with Bug's stepbrother, rather than sitting with my family for dinner. That really got under my skin, as they see them on a semi-daily basis. I did my best to let it go.

Overall, it was a good night.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Weekend with the Familia

This weekend, Bug and I are headed up the coast to see both families. Hopefully, both families will get together for dinner on Saturday. Bug and I always love that.

On the left are Bug's parents, on the right are mine.

We miss them since we moved.

This was taken at our wedding while we were dancing our first dance as a married couple.

Ahh, and look where we are now.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Happy Anniversary!

This week is a week of anniversaries for us.

On the fifteenth, it was two years ago that DH proposed to me.

On the sixteenth, it was one year that we have had our lil puggle - Colby.

On the seventeenth, it was three years since DH asked me to be his girlfriend. (the second time around...eeesh)

Today, the nineteenth, it is our 5 month wedding anniversary.

We had a special little dinner to honor all of our anniversaries. It stinks that Aunt Flow came yesterday, as that would have been a wonderful gift!!

I have given Bug a card and a small gift each month that we have been married. This month, I gave him a card with a pacifier and a bib that says I love my Daddy. He teared up a little and said the quietest and cutest 'thanks' ever. We do not have a little one who needs those things yet, but Bug really appreciated them!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Thankful For...

I have not posted in a few days because I have been in a bit of a rut. I was so excited that there was an opportunity at this job for me. When it fell through, I was kind of heart broken. It would have been the best thing in the world for us. We would have been able to pay off all bills and put so much away into savings.

I was so truly dissappointed and really did not feel like blogging about what I was thankful for.

Then I realized that feeling that way was ungrateful, as there are many other things in life to be grateful for.

So, no job for me still... sigh..

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thankful for..

I am thankful for the every day miracles that I do not really think about anymore.

I am talking about the way a cloud changes shapes about one hundred times before it finally dissolves. I am talking about the way flowers bloom and find ways to multiply. I am talking about how when you think you are having the worst day in the world, a little sign shows for you. Whether it be a flower growing through the concrete or a ray of sunshine off in the distance.

There are everyday miracles that I realize I am overlooking. I am now taking the time to be grateful for them.

Job Possibilities

I have wanted to be a teacher as long as I can remember. Bug helped me realize this dream a few years back. However, due to the state of economy and all the schools cutting back, the opportunity to use my Masters Degree as a teacher seems to be getting slim for this school year.

I have applied to do the retail thang, but at this point, right before the holidays, it would just be a complete nightmare.

I got a phone call from my father who has an opening in his company. It is for an analyst in Charlotte. Okay, it is a 30 minute commute but, the benefits are huge. The job pays 50K..hello??? The most I ever made in a year was 13 K- no exaggeration. They also give me money for gas and towards my cell phone bill. Sounds like a plus. Just waiting to see if I got the job. I am a little excited about it!

It would help us out so much, especially with a baby in our future ::Crosses fingers:: and all.

Plus I am going a tad insane everyday sittin at home, so this would be really good for me.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Thankful for..

I am so thankful for my health. Because of the wanna-be mommy inside of me, I have been reading all about these women who have been struggling during birth and some of the women and babies did not make it. This broke my heart.

It make me really think about how lucky I am to have my health, both physically and mentally. It makes me wonder about how mentally ill the soldiers of Ft. Worth had to be to take the lives of others.

I am just so lucky to not have illnesses ::knocks on wood:: and to be happy and healthy, as is the rest of my family!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Thankful For(s)...

Due to the fact that I neglected my blog for the few days that my family was here, I think I owe about 5 things that I am thankful for. So here goes...

My parents. This was obviously inspired by my mothers visit where she bought me a new pants suit-yay. My parents have always been so good to me. They bend over backwards and sideways to try to make my life easier, even if it means making their life harder. Maybe that is what being a parent is all about.

Write that down..

I am thankful for my faith. I am grateful that when things get tough and I feel as if I have no where else to turn, I realize that I have God. While sitting in church this week, I realized that it would be very selfish to pray for us to get pregnant. There are so many couples out there that have been trying for so long, so I could not ask for that. I did however, ask that when he is ready and he things we are ready, to give us a healthy baby.

I am thankful for love. Even though some argue that it is only a chemical reaction. I believe that love is the root of so many things in life. Friendships, family, marriage, getting pregnant, babies, children, holidays, weekends, pets & so much more. I am thankful that I have so much love in my life and so much love for others.

Today, I am thankful for chocolate. It is a small thing in life that can make such a big difference. When I am having a rough day, chocolate is a big help!

Finally, a biggie, Friends. I am thankful for the few friendships that I still have left after the move. I am also thankful for the many friends we have made since we moved. Friends are very important in life. They are like family that you get to choose and get to choose you. I am so grateful for the few friendships that I have that I feel are "unconditional."

Well, that catches me up to today.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


On to the next person in my family-Colby. Colby is half beagle, half pug which makes him a puggle. He is my love for sure and will always be my first little one! Colby was born on September 5th, six days short of my birthday. We got him on November 16th, when he was eleven weeks old. He was so tiny!

When we first brought him home he was so scared and timid. Within the next day, he warmed up to me and Bug and we have been inseparable ever since.

He has a personality and a half. He sleeps in between Bug and I, underneath the blankets. He has a "baby" that I used to microwave and put in the crate with him that he still drags around. It is the only toy from puppy-hood that he has yet to destroy. Last Christmas, Colby enjoyed unwrapping every one's gifts. If there is more than one person on the couch, he always has to sit in between them. He walks on us like he is still ten lbs. (He is 30 now!) He knows just how to push his Daddy's buttons - Drags around his 49er's blanket till he notices. He also knows just how to push my buttons - goes in and messes up the bed to sleep under the blankets after I have already made it.

He is the most affectionate dog I have known. He wants to be touched at all times and as we speak is curled up ON my feet. Plus, he gives out the most and best kisses ever.

We love our lil man!

And The Award Goes To...

Me! Hehe. I am very excited to announce that I have received my first Blog Award. A wonderful blogger herself, American Tribal, has given me the One Lovely Blog Award.
I am very appreciative and am glad that this blog is now serving both purposes I set out for it to.

1) To give me an outlet on this journey of TTC and motherhood.


2) To give others something to read and have it affect them in any way. Entertainment, answers to questions/problems, etc.

I am pretty pumped and all smiles! On to write the next entry!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Thankful For..

I decided to write about one thing I am thankful for each day until Thanksgiving. I figure we are so blessed and I have so much to be thankful for. So, in addition to all the baby chatter, I will be listing the things I am thankful for.

I am very thankful for our home.

Before DH and I got married we lived in an apartment in NY that was in his parents basement. It was not a full apartment, (went upstairs for use of the kitchen) but it was ours. We loved living there and miss it often. However, it was definitely time for our own place.

DH has wanted to move south since he was about eleven years old and he is a true country boy at heart. When we were thinking about moving, he suggested looking at homes in NC. I gave in to his whim and figured that was all it was, a whim.

After two hardcore days of looking at houses I FELL IN LOVE! It was a foreclosure being sold by the bank in perfect condition. We put in an offer and it was countered. We countered back and they countered again. We put in a final offer and it was accepted. As they were drawing up the paperwork, someone else offered the bank more money and they took their offer over ours without telling us. We were devastated and began looking for other homes on-line from NY.

A month later, our realtor called us and told us that the deal with the buyer who wanted "our house" fell through. We wound up giving them their asking price to assure we would get the house, and here I sit 5 months later. I love our home. It is the perfect size for our beginning family. 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bath, living room, dining room, the perfect kitchen and a huge backyard that backs up to a horse farm. Perfect for lil Colby.

I do not think we could have been more lucky with the whole house situation. I feel that we are very lucky to have our home and could not imagine us anywhere else!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy November

November is such a wonderful month. The leaves begin to change color and the mountains are beautiful. The air is crisp and we can break out the hoodies. Also, Thanksgiving is a wonderful time and marks the begining of the holiday season.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It is a lot like Christmas with all of the family & friends gathered and great food, however, it lacks one thing; the stress that Christmas ensues. Now, Christmas is my favorite holiday, however Thanksgiving is special because you tend to take time to remember everything that you are grateful to have in your life.

I feel blessed for an abundance of reasons. 2009 has been an amazing year for us. We are newlyweds, in a new home, trying to add to our family. I really do not know what could be better. (Other than winning the lottery : P)

Today, I am most thankful for my little family. My husband is the most amazing individual. He works so hard to support us while I am unemployed and he does a great job of it. He is so passionate about everything he takes on. He likes to work hard at our marriage to make it as happy as can be and to make it grow. Humor is huge in our relationship an he is always making me laugh and smile. He knows what I need without me telling him. We just have that unspoken bond and I love my life with him. He is a handsome little devil to boot! He is my little cowboy and I am a better person because I am married to him.
Colby is the bests little puggle anyone can ask for. He is such a little lover and wants constant attention which we are happy to give him. He is finally out of the puppy stage and we are really enjoying him.

I am so lucky to have these two boys in my life and we are *exstatic* to try and add another member to our family.