April 30, 2011


For many years, I worked for our local hospital during high school and college.  I made a lot of great friends and contacts. I really enjoyed working in different areas including the business office and ER.  My mom was employed at the same hospital for almost 30 years.

I was born at that hospital, as was my brother.  Our family has a history there.

Some people in my town don't seem to like the local healthcare options.  That's fine.  But I have never had a problem with any of it, nor has my family.  We've always gotten great healthcare for anything we needed.  When I had my first kiddo, my labor and delivery experience was amazing.  I knew almost all of the nurses and had gone to school with many of them growing up.

I absolutely LOVE my Ob-Gyn. I would not go see anyone else unless for some reason forced to do so.  And by forced, I mean literally someone taking me elsewhere.  And his wife is our Pediatrician, whom we also love dearly.  I know either of them would come running if we ever needed anything.  Who can say that about their doctors?  And yes, I text with my Ob-Gyn.  He's also a friend.

I love my General Practitioner.  Although I don't see him often, he's always wonderful when I do.  I'm thankful I don't see him often.

All 3 of the above Doctor's have offices located in my hometown. For that, I am grateful.  Especially when I am having to go to the Dr.'s office every other week for appointments.  I'm not complaining because it calms my nerves to see the Dr. that often.  As I've said before, I will be nervous with this baby until delivery.

When I go to these every other week appointments, I take them on my lunch break. I get the 1st appointment on the schedule so I'm usually in and out within an hour.  I don't have to take off an entire day to see the Dr.

I am especially grateful for hometown healthcare since gas is OUTRAGEOUS right now.  I wouldn't be able to afford the gas to and from a town 50 miles away every other week.

Don't get me wrong.  I am not judging. I am not saying that some people have not had good experiences here.  All I'm saying is don't gripe to be about how you need a gas fund to get to your appointments.  You CHOSE to drive the extra miles for what you perceive as better healthcare.  Maybe it is. Maybe it isn't.  I'll never know.

I just think people should support their hometown, in any way possible.  And yes, I have family members that don't go to the Dr. here in town.  I'm not writing to hurt anyone's feelings.  I'm just stating my feelings.

There is quality healthcare to be found, right here in your own backyard.  Some people just choose to drive extra for what they think is the 'thing to do.'

Sorry for the rant, I just get tired of hearing complaints of gas prices and days off work for a choice that was made solely by the complainer.

Doesn't make much sense?

April 29, 2011

The Voice

Did anybody watch The Voice on NBC Tuesday night?  Since Parenthood was over last week and I had seen quite a few previews for The Voice, I decided to watch it.  The hubby and I both LOVED it.

I love the competition between Christina and the boys.  I love Blake Shelton and since I've met him I feel like we have a bond (ha!).  I also like the fact that the singers aren't based on looks.

No matter how much people say they don't judge on looks, we all do it.

Mandisa was on American Idol a few years ago.  She's now a very popular Christian artist.  She was on the K-Love morning show this week.  She candidly talked about her experience.  She said that she waited for years to try out for Idol because she was afraid of what Simon would say about her weight.  He did say something and it was a total turning point in her life. She's lost 90 pounds and is doing extremely well.

I can honestly say I will be tuning in to The Voice each week to see how it all plays out!

April 28, 2011

22 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 22 Weeks

Size of baby: Baby is about the length of a spaghetti squash and is almost 1 pound

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 10 lbs.

Gender: It's a GIRL!!!

Movement: I'm feeling a little bit more but still not as much as I would like.  But at least I can tell they are getting a little stronger.

Sleep:  Still the same.  Getting up a few times a night to potty.  I never get enough sleep.  Maybe in 18 years.

What I miss: On days we have nice weather, I really miss my running.  So I listen to my running playlist while I'm working.  Will have to do for now.

Cravings: Still a lot of fruit.  Still Double Bubble.  Still Cherry Icee's. Had a weird want for rotel this week.

Symptoms: Still just still tired all the time. Starting to feel more large and in charge!  Wore a shirt earlier this week that must have been too small because I got lots of comments on how I actually look pregnant. I thought I've looked pregnant for a while. Guess I was wrong?

Best Moment this week: Wish I could say it was that we picked a name but who am I kidding?  That won't happen for a while.  So I'll have to go with watching my sweet 4-year old kissing my big ole belly and always wanting to 'see baby sister.'

I go back in 1 week for another appointment and an ultrasound. I cannot wait to see pictures of a sweet baby girl!

April 27, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Photos courtesy of my sis in law.  Couldn't decide which one I liked more!

April 25, 2011


Excuse my language but Mondays suck.  Plain and simple. And shift work.

Some Mondays make me wish I had never gotten out of bed.  ICK.

I'm just ready for it to be over. Not much else can go wrong on Mondays that hasn't already.

April 24, 2011

Glorious Day - Easter Crucifixion Resurrection

*I am re-posting this article since today is Easter.  Happy Resurrection Day!*

Original Post:
This is yet another of one of my new all-time favorite songs.  Well done Casting Crowns.

Since Easter is coming up soon, I chose the Resurrection version of this video that was posted.  The song is powerful enough but putting these pictures with it, makes it amazing.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  Beware, once you learn the words, you can't STOP singing it.  I sang this for 3 straight days.  COULD NOT get it out of my head.  I'm sure it didn't help that I listened to it about 20 billion times too.


April 22, 2011

Happy Birthday Cousin Hayes!

We have been counting down the days to Easter at our house for more than one reason.  Today is Cousin Hayes' 4th birthday.  He's so excited to finally be the same age as my kiddo!
This sweet little Butterball has grown into ALL boy.  He can name any piece of equipment on command.  It's actually quite remarkable!  He loves most anything with wheels, unless it's too loud.

He and my kiddo really love each other and they fight like brother and sister.  I think they have so much fun together!  They love on Whitt, sometimes too much!

They are two peas in a pod and Nana's Doodles.  Although, I keep them running since I'm the KISS MONSTER!

Happy birthday sweet boy.  We love you!  I'm so glad you told me what to get you for the 5th birthday. I just hope I got the right thing for your 4th!

April 21, 2011

21 Weeks

I'm 21 weeks today!

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 21 Weeks
21 weeks on the 21st. Kind of cool!
Size of baby: Baby is about the length of a carrot
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 10 lbs. ICK.

Gender: It's a GIRL!!!
Movement: Not as much as I would like at this point and I'm kind of wondering if my placenta is up front and 'blocking' it.  My Dr. said to see how it goes over the next 2 weeks and we will do an ultrasound when I come back then.  Heartbeat was strong so that's what matters right now.
Sleep:  Still the same.  Getting up a few times a night to potty.  I never get enough sleep.  Maybe in 18 years.
What I miss: This week I really missed being able to do normal things.  I helped with a big event here in town and could not lift things or help do normal tasks.  If I picked up a chair, I got yelled at.  It's frustrating for someone as independent as me.
Cravings: Lots of fruit - apples, strawberries, grapes, oranges, peaches, just to name a few.  Plus (not at the same time) those Icee/slushy things you can get at a convenience store.  The one I always go to has a broken one so I've had to find another. I have a feeling I will frequent that place the hotter it gets outside.
Symptoms: Still just still tired all the time. Exhausted this week.  Trying to catch up from last week.  And although it took 20 weeks, the inevitable finally happened.  I guess I ate too much junk on Friday and didn't get enough sleep that night.  I got sick early Saturday morning.  I had to be somewhere at 5 am and all the junk the day before didn't like the fact that I only had a few hours of sleep.  So there, all you haters of the non-sick, no more hating.

Best Moment this week: Hearing a rapid and healthy heartbeat yesterday.

I had a Dr. appointment yesterday.  My blood pressure was fantastic, for me.  124/72 is almost low for me when I'm pregnant.  I'm used to 130's/90's.  I've gained 10 pounds which I'm not happy about but I can't stress about either.

I go back in 2 weeks for another appointment and an ultrasound.  The Dr. could see I was nervous about not feeling baby move as much as we think she should be.  I told him I was going to be nervous with this child until delivery.  Having a miscarriage changes the way you think about an entire pregnancy.  I never thought it would, but it has.

And, just for the record, there will be no belly shots from me posted anywhere.  For some people, the look great.  Not me.  So no, will not be posting. If you want to see how I look big and fat and pregnant, come see me.

April 20, 2011


This video has been posted on quite a few blogs as of late so I thought I would join the party.  Especially since this week has some meaning for one of my God-filled 'adopted children.'

There are no words to describe how amazing the words of this song.  Even my favorite musician, Mac Powell of Third Day, tweeted that this song made him cry.

Awesome words.  Enjoy.  And think about it.  And get some tissues.

Blessings come in many forms, though we may not see them at first or understand them.  We must trust HIM.

April 19, 2011

Adopted Children

Do you have some children in your life that aren't your biological children, but they might as well be?

I do.

A few actually.

Some in the same town as me, some not.  I love them all the same.

When any of one my 'children' is hurting or going through a tough time, I hate that I can't be there in person all the time.  So I do the next best things.  I send stuff.  I send cards, flowers, etc.

Just something to let them know their 'Auntie E' is thinking of them.

So to Frances, Presley, Audrey, Sydney and Samantha, you will always be my children, no matter who your 'Mama' is.

And yes, there are others in the world that I treat as my own.  But they are family so they don't count as adopted.  They have no choice. ha!

Then, there are other friends' children that we are close to.  I know I can get on to their kids and vice versa.

And, although I may not get to see all of my adopted children as much as I'd like, I know we will pick up right where we left off when I do see them.

So, I hope no one feels left out. I have lots of love to give.  Some 'adopted' children are just special to me.

Especially today when one of them is hurting.  Only time will continue to heal my sweet Flowers.

Love to you all.

April 18, 2011


I must have grown quite a bit over the last week or so.  Or else I've just been hiding it really well.  I had more than a few people say something to me at church and other places this weekend.

My favorite was a little lady at my church Sunday morning.

"Oh my, (as she rubs my belly) I didn't know you were pregnant.  You are pregnant aren't you?"

Me: "Um yeah, it's a good thing I am or this would be really awkward."

Yeah, still was.  Funny though.

April 14, 2011

20 Weeks - HALFWAY!

I'm 20 weeks today! I can't believe I'm halfway there!

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 20 Weeks
Size of baby: Baby is about the length of a banana
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 8/9 lbs? Will know for sure next week

Gender: It's a GIRL!!!
Movement: Not as much as I would like at this point and I'm kind of wondering if my placenta is up front and 'blocking' it.  We'll see. 
Sleep:  Still the same.  Getting up a few times a night to potty.
What I miss: Besides sleep, I actually miss running. I NEVER thought I would say that.  But I was really into it and I miss it.  There is nothing better than a 4 mile run outside with my praise and worship music blaring.  Ok, and a little Aerosmith and David Cook and Daughtry and yes even Adam Lambert.  Sounds like an American Idol playlist...
Cravings: Can't seem to find the Super Bubble very often but this week there was nothing really out of the ordinary.  I just like to eat.
Symptoms: Still just still tired all the time. Exhausted this week.  Too much going on.
Best Moment this week: Watching kiddo tell baby sister she loves her.  She is sooo sweet but I'm doubting that will last.

We did get to practice Friday night as a mom of 2.  Kiddo and I babysat for my best friend.  He daughter is almost 9 months old and a DOLL.  Such a good and happy baby.  Kiddo played with her for an hour and I just sat and watched!  She was soo helpful.  Makes me really glad we waited so long to have #2.  I don't know how people with 2 small ones survive.

No Dr. appt this week or last.  With all that's going on in my life these past 2 weeks, Dr. said it was ok if we went 3 weeks between appointments.  I go back on Wed. for a check up.  I'm sooo ready to hear that sweet heart beat again.

And no, no name.  I promise to have one before she's born.  But that's all I promise!

April 13, 2011

Grown ups

When will some adults learn to grow up and act their age?


I am 31 years old.  I hope I act like it every day.  Please choose to do the same.  Be the bigger person, always.

Now, just let it go.  Deep breathes.  Deeeeeep breathes.

April 12, 2011


I think my child has mastered the art of stalling.  Not so much procrastination because really, what does a 4 year old have to procrastinate about?

But she's learned (and is still learning) just how far she can push it at bedtime and when I drop her off at school.  She's soooo sweet about it thinking she won't get in trouble, but she's wrong.  I'm tired of being late for work because she wants to 'talk' in her room at school instead of going in the other room with all the other kids.

I just kind of hate to admit my child has mastered something so grown up!

April 9, 2011

Happy Wedding Day JuJu!

Yet another reason I've been so busy lately is that we've all been getting ready for the long-awaited wedding of my friends Jenny and Jay.  We waited a LONG 4 years for him to finally pop the question on her 30th birthday!  And he waited til it was almost over (popped the question right before midnight).

Jenny and I have been friends since high school.  We played many years of softball together and got in trouble together, with our friend KK.  We've had some good times and been through some rough times together.  I'm so glad to have her in my life and call her friend!

We are so happy for JuJu and Jay.  Your day will be perfect!  
We can't wait to spend it with you and your families!
We love you both!

April 7, 2011

19 Weeks

I'm 19 weeks today!

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 19 Weeks
Size of baby: Baby is the size of an heirloom tomato (is that different from a regular one?).
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 8 lbs

Gender: It's a GIRL!!! No name.
Movement: Still mostly just flutters but they are getting more frequent, or at least I feel more frequently. 
Sleep:  Still the same.  Getting up a few times a night to potty.
What I miss: Sleeping on my back or my stomach.  Or sleeping without snoring my hubby will tell you.
Cravings: Super Bubble gum.  I chain chew it.  Still cannot get enough of it. Donations accepted.
Symptoms: Still just still tired all the time.
Best Moment this week: Putting the bedding on the crib.  That's all we've done.  I cleaned it and put it all up.  And put some blankets in the dresser.  All so I could clean out some closet space.

Nothing big happening this week.  Baby #2 had her first plane ride to Orlando and back.  Kiddo #1 has never even done that!  I'll do it all over again in May as well.  Too bad we can't stay and go to Disney for a few days...

April 5, 2011

Slight Hiatus

Please excuse my lack of blogging over the next few weeks.  My life is super hectic and there is no getting around it.

This week and next will be the week's from H E double hockey sticks.

Hopefully, when the next few weeks are over, I will be able to get back into it regularly.

So for my 4 avid readers, stick with me.  I know I will have my weekly baby #2 update.  If anyone cares.

And maybe I will thrown in some randomness I am known for!

April 4, 2011


So, Friday was my kiddo's first time to the dentist.  She's been with me before but wasn't on our dental insurance yet so she just got to watch.

She was pretty excited about being a big girl and seeing our friend (and Dentist) Mr. David.  And yes, we can call him that since we knew him before he was a big-time dentist.  Plus, he's our friend.  His family are our friends.

Kiddo wanted to go first, thankfully.  She actually did really well.  I kept having to tell her to sit still so Pam could get finished. 

When it was my turn next, (after she got all her 'prizes') she wanted to hold my hand like I had held hers.  She's so independent and so not at the same time.  She would stand right beside me and about halfway through, she said,

"Mama be real still so she'll be proud of you!"

Pam and I both laughed!  Pam said she wishes that all her patients were that good and wanted her to be proud.

We had fun and who can say that at the dentist?  The ones with no cavities!!!!!!!!!!!  That's us.

April 3, 2011


So on the way to the dentist Friday, my kiddo asked if armadillos were good or bad.


Out of nowhere too.

I wasn't even sure what to tell her.

I don't really think they are good or bad?

We had a good laugh out of that.

April 2, 2011


Yeah so we haven't picked a name. Not in a rush to do so either.

My mom and bro and I attended a funeral for my Great Uncle Jimmie 'Doc' Thursday.  He was 90 and had lived a good life.

After the burial at a family cemetery, we decided to go see my great-grandparents' graves and some aunts and uncles.  I decided this would be a great time to look for family names.

After we left there, we headed over to see my grandparent's graves in the biggest cemetery I have ever seen.

So yeah, I was perusing cemeteries this week trying to find my kid a name, don't judge.  It was unsuccessful though.  I'd be good if I needed a Rufus or George or Ruby...