Thursday, July 31, 2008
I wrote a whole post about my crafty sewing adventures and took step by step pictures. I discovered the camera issue when I was finished. There's also a really cute picture of "Super Ellie" wearing a piece of left over fabric as a cape. And there's one of her in the big black dress up hat that was my Granny's that I used to wear to play dress up. But alas, I can not share them with you. I am trying to come up with a solution. (Convincing Brandon that we should just get a newer fancier camera is high on the list. I swear I did not break it on purpose.)
I will keep you updated. I'm sure you will all be waiting on the edge of your seat.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
On Thursday we met up with our PlayGroup Pals at a very cool place. It's called Cupcakes, Ya'll and it's a bakery that specializes in cupcakes. The perfect sugary place for a bunch of 1-4 year olds (and their moms of course).
The owner was nice enough to pull out some toys for the kiddos to play with and had coloring sheets for them too. We had plenty of time for them to play and then we had lunch. It was delicious. Then each of the kids got to decorate a cupcake. What a sprinkly mess! But they loved it. They also have other sweet treats like cookies and bars. I had a S'Mores bar and it was SOOOO good.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I swear, it looks like she is smiling.
Our visit went well today. She is still measuring a little big. I'm at 28 weeks and she's measuring at about 30 weeks. Heartrate and everything were good. She weighs 3 lbs and some change.
And no, she still does not have a name. I am very indecisive this time and no one else wants to help. Well, Ellie still likes Sally and Brandon's vote really is for Peanut. Suggestions are welcome.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
This one came from a HILARIOUS (and also thought-provoking, of course) blog that I read daily. Her name is BooMama and she is a riot. I've been reading it pretty much since I started this one a year ago and I really dig it. I just didn't realize exactly how much we have in common until I saw her version of this. There are some answers I didn't even have to change and others I only had to tweak slightly. Check it out if you don't believe me.
What were you doing 10 years ago?
I had just graduated from college and moved/ followed Brandon to GA, much to my parents' dismay. I was working at a daycare center that summer and trying to get a full time teaching position in the local school districts.
pita chips and hummus
diet Coke with lime over ice
a scoop of peanut butter, I’m not even kidding
pretty much any form of cheese
and of course fresh fruits and veggies (just in case the OB is reading)
To Do List
I love a to-do list - mainly to try to keep myself organized. I like to write daily ones and also long-term ones. And I like to WRITE OUT my list because typing the list on the computer is not at all the same, NOT AT ALL. Give me a notepad, scrap of paper, back of an envelope and a hard surface and I'm set. Oh and any writing utensil will do. Except a pencil, cuz I might be tempted to change the list. I’m a fan of the to-do. And I will add the things that are not finished to the next list.
My current long-term list looks like this-
- make Milynda's bday present
-make Faith's bday present
-make cover for E's nap mat
-Brandon's present (not making that one)
-Zoe's bday present (not sure yet)
-E's shot record updated
-and as always, work on the scrapbook
Jobs I Have Had
Babysitter, hostess at restaurant on the beach, ice cream scooper, daycare slave, elementary school teacher, mommy and currently incubator
Places I Have Lived
South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama.
So basically, you know, the Deep South.
So much for the Army sending us to see the world
procrastination, worry, caffeine, eating too much, exercising too little, letting the cleaning chores pile up, impatience, sitting at the computer when I should clearly be working on that to-do list
5 Random Things People May Not Know
-My husband was dating my friend when we started dating. I was 16.
-It took me 3 tries to get my driver's license. Driving a stick-shift minivan was not easy. But it did get a whole bunch of us to prom in style.
-I always thought I wanted a sister, but now I'm kind of glad it was just me and the boys.
-I love to sing, but am acutely aware that it is not something that should be shared with others.
That's why it only happens in the car when I am alone or only with Ellie.
-I used to have a borderline addiction to sticky notes. Being out of the classroom has pretty much cured it, but I still have some around the house just in case.
CDs I would want if stranded on an island
SDT's Churning Burlward, Any of Madonna's stuff from the 80's/early 90's, Soundtrack to Michael, Jimmy Buffet Fruitcakes, and I guess I'll cheat and say I'd have to make one from my list on itunes so I could have all my favorites
What I’d Do if I Were a Billionaire
1) Pay off college, car, boat, the new house and the army
2) Buy a large-ish place on Sullivan's Island so everyone could use it.
3) Buy another place to live in the country with lots of land and quiet.
4) Move to one of these places as soon as the army part of #1 was completed.
5) Put aside a chunk-o-money for the girls' college etc....
6) Try not to live extravagantly.
7) Donate generously.
8) Take my whole family on a trip.
So there you go, more than you needed to know about me.
And if you want - you’re it!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
**Warning-- there is a giant belly in 2 of the following pictures. **
Graduation pic actually close up enough to see Forrest's face :)
The actual Green Beret
The happy couple. Ashby and Forrest
The whole Payne crew.
Belly Alert! This shirt will clearly not fit for much longer. (Or the pants for that matter.)
Monday, July 14, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Thursday we ran errands with the cousins and my aunt and uncle got out SOME of my cousins' Barbies and accessories for Ellie/my mom to play with. Keep in mind there were 3 girls, each 2 years apart so they have A LOT of Barbie stuff. Ellie/ my mom was in heaven. Note in the second picture how all the Barbies are dressed and lined up. (Ellie can not dress Barbies yet)
On Friday we went to the 4th of July parade. The weather was awesome. We had on sweaters when we left the house, but our spot was nice and sunny so it warmed up quickly. That night when we were watching the fireworks it did get kind of chilly. In between the parade and fireworks was the wedding rehearsal and dinner. Both were very nice.
Tyler was great about letting E sit on his shoulders to get a better view.
And so was Carrie. I love the pigtails in this shadowy one. Happy 4th with Granny
Happy 4th with Mommy
Some time in between all the rehearsing, Uncle Ralph got out my cousins' collection of Beanie Babies and Ellie was in stuffed animal heaven.
My uncle Ralph is in a band and they practice in his basement which is where we stayed. So every day (and night) we got a little drum solo.
And the profile is just as cute.
The headband came off as soon as the posed pics were over. It was sticking her. I think this shot is really cute too. She was picking clover flowers and trying to make a chain out of them with my mom. Unfortunately, she picks them so close to the bloom that there is never enough stem to hook them together.
Every so often, she'd come back to the table to get her flowers and dance with them a while. It was almost like she wanted to make sure everyone remembered she was the flower girl. Hilarious!
Posing with the bride, my cousin Jessica.
Last hugs for Baby Josh. What a cutie!
Digging potatoes with Davis. He and Lori picked us up from the airport and we stayed at their house last night. Our plane got in at 7:30 and I didn't want to drive all the way back to AL in the dark. Doing it today was hard enough. I am wiped out. I need a vacation after my vacation. I guess a trip to NC will have to do.
All in all it was a good trip. No major problems (aside from Ellie's tummy trouble on the plane). And to top it all off, we are officially home owners as of today.