Sunday, October 26, 2008

Baby Brody

Emmitt and Bostyn are proud to announce an addition to their family. Brody and Jen will be welcoming a baby into their happy home next year at the end of June! Jen is just over 5 weeks along and learning about all the wonderful pregnancy symptoms one by one as they slowly creep into her life, which, in turn, gives Brody the opportunity to experience them as well, bless his heart. We are all very excited and freaked out of our minds! But this new adventure will certainly be fun.

To celebrate our happy news, we went to our favorite restaurant last night and ate the delicious food at Capital Grille. We decided that we'd wait until we found out we were pregnant before we ate there again. We requested the same waiter who made our engagement night so enjoyable and he was nice enough to take our picture.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

How I Am I So Behind?

Brody and I have been married for over 3 months now and it's been fabulous. He made me quit half of my jobs - haha. I'm kind of teasing, but kind of not. He didn't like how stressed out I was working so much. I didn't realize how my stress levels could affect someone else. But I suppose that's what happens when you get married. You care about someone so much that everything they do can affect you. But anyway, I am grateful that I have more time to relax and be at home. I like the company of our "kids," Bostyn and Emmitt. I enjoy my time to get normal things done (laundry, vacuuming, bills...) and also have time for other things.

This being said, I am still flabbergasted that I feel so behind! My To Do List keeps getting bigger, even though I cross things off every day. One thing I still have not gotten to is Thank You cards from my bridal shower (in June!) and the wedding. It's so weird to me that I can constantly be working on something and still be behind on things, even with all the extra time I have away from working! So this will be a short post (amazingly enough) and I must get to work and be productive!

And I love my husband.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

All About Me

Five things I was doing 10 years ago:

1. Getting ready to turn 20 in a month
2. Nannying in Kansas City for the Reefers
3. Hanging with my friends in the Singles Branch
4. Getting ready to move to Utah
5. Wondering about which direction my life was going to take

Five things on my to do list today:

1. Deposit all my husband's money in my account
2. Go to Stacey's and make baby shower invites
3. Make some returns... and some purchases
4. Talk to the dogs (not really on my list, but I know it'll happen)
5. Teach 5 lessons

Five snacks I enjoy:

1. Right now little candy corn pumpkins
3. Cereal
4. Tortilla with cheese
5. Did I say ice cream?

*Five things I would do if I were a millionaire:

1. Give my husband every little (or big) toy he wants!
2. Get out of debt
3. Build a huge house on some old horse property
4. Buy my dream piano

*Five places I've lived:

1. Las Vegas, NV
2. Liberty, MO
3. Kansas City, MO
4. Delta, UT
5. Las Vegas, NV again

*Five Jobs I've had:

1. TCBY/Baskin Robbins (1st two jobs)
2. Safe Key
3. Nanny
4. Receptionist/Chiropractor's Assistant
5. Piano Teacher

*8 Things I Did Today

1. Wished the alarm wasn't going off - 3:45 comes WAY too early
2. Made 2 sammiches for my hubby's lunch
3. Looked over my list of things to do today
4. Thought about going to the gym later (we'll see...)
5. Checked my e-mail and facebook
6. Gave Brody a kiss goodbye
7. Looked up other blogs
8. Threw leftover food out in the trash

*8 Shows I Love to Watch:

1. Law & Order (mostly the original - I could watch it ALL DAY!)
2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (one more season)
3. Angel
4. The Office
5. Heroes (on Season 2 - trying to catch up!)
6. Scrubs
7. Dog Whisperer
8. Burn Notice

*8 Restaurants I Love:

2. Ricardo's/Via Mercado's (kind of the same catagory)
3. Olive Garden
4. Cheese Cake Factory
5. Claim Jumper
6. Red Robin
7. P.F. Chang's
8. BJ's Restaurant

*8 Things I am Looking Forward to:

1. Getting pregnant (we'll see how I feel after it happens) and having a family with Brody
2. Getting out of debt
3. Going camping Halloween weekend
4. Thanksgiving in Denver with the dogs
5. First Christmas with my new, little family (Brody, Bostyn & Emmitt)
6. Getting my new digital scrapbook software
7. My new nephew, Cooper, being born and spending time with him and his parents in Quincy
8. Getting my house cleaned and organized

*My Wish List

1. I wish I was pregnant
2. I wish I was out of debt
3. I wish my husband's back wasn't all screwed up and he could be pain free
4. I wish I didn't procrastinate so much
5. I wish I had a new wardrobe
6. I wish I had straight teeth
7. I wish I had a brand new car
8. I wish I could sleep all day!

*8 people I tag:

1. Lindsay Driscoll
2. Stacey Clement
3. Audrey Kingham
4. Lara Heiselbetz
5. Heidi Menssen
6. Stacie Tittrington
7. Jenn Lanier (time to update your blog!)
8. Brittany Marshall


I am... happy to be married to my hubby.
I think... but not enough sometimes - haha.
I know... I deserve my husband and he deserves me. :o)
I want... to use my husband's money wisely.
I have... a fantastic husband.
I miss... Lindsay and Andrew.
I fear... Brody's impending back surgery.
I hear... the music from Lara's blog (good songs).
I smell... nothing right now.
I crave... cereal.
I cry... when I'm frustrated.
I search... for more time to get things done!
I wonder... if I'll ever get the house clean - really clean. (I think Brody wonders this too.)
I regret... letting myself get taken advantage of for too many years.
I wish... it would ease into cold weather - I love fall!
I love... Brody. He's my favorite.
I care... about what people think too much.
I always... talk or laugh.
I worry... about things I can't control and don't know if Brody will ever break me of that one.
I am not... wanting to be awake right now.
I remember... when I was ten and the biggest worry in my life was whether or not I was sleeping over at Grandma Little's that upcoming Friday night!
I believe... anyone can get through anything, no matter how hard.
I sing... in the car mostly.
I don't always... make the bed.
I argue... a lot, especially when I don't feel I'm being understood.
I write... in my piano students' notebooks during every lesson.
I win... when I get the bills paid on time!
I listen... to my husband tell me all sorts of information I'll never remember, except when I'm wondering how the heck he can remember things that are ultimately unimportant, but not the conversation we had the other day; then I have to focus and concentrate on what he's still going on and on about - I really do care.
I need... to eat more fruits and veggies.
I forget... a lot of things.
I am happy... period. :o)

Friday, October 10, 2008

My Kids

Here's a picture of the loves of my life. They just adore their dad and if they had to choose between us, he'd win every time. That's okay with me, though. They are good, loyal dogs, which is what they should be. And I know I'll always be ahead of them (just barely) on Brody's list.

Here is Bostyn showing you one of her tricks.
She likes to do this right before we go inside.

A Tornado Has Hit My House and More About the Dogs

As you can tell by my background, I have felt like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. I got caught in a tornado and that Wicked Witch just flew around laughing at me! It picked up my house and shook it until everything got taken out of it's proper place and randomly landed throughout each room.

My house is a disaster.

To get ready for my sister's visit/baby shower/birthday party next month, I had to (finally) gut the spare bedroom so she wouldn't have to sleep on the couch. It has been filled with wedding stuff and wedding presents for quite some time. (I haven't even started Thank You cards - aaahh!) So all the presents got hauled out of the bedroom and into the kitchen. They stayed there for quite a while until I stacked them in the hall so we could actually use the kitchen. We took the duplicate presents back to Target and bought a few more things from our registry that we didn't get for the wedding.

I started cleaning and rearranging the spare bedroom so I can move Brody's desk out where the kitchen table is holding the computer so the kitchen table can go in the garage. (We don't sit at the dinner table - that's why we have TV trays!) Then I'll move my desk from the laundry room to the spare bedroom, and the bookshelf from the master bedroom to the spare bedroom. I also need to clean both bathrooms (deep clean - they are gross) so I can put away all the new towels and rugs and hang the new shower rod and curtain in the guest bathroom - I'm sure Lindsay would love to be able to have her own bathroom and I would love to have a functioning guest bathroom instead of a dog room. Once the bathrooms get cleaned and my desk is moved, I can move the dog kennel into the laundry room along with both dogs' bowls and water dish. When we bring Brody's fridge over, it will take the place of my fridge in the kitchen and my fridge will get moved into the laundry room to become the "Drink and Storage Fridge" and I don't know where we'll put the dog kennel.

So basically, I have a million projects and most of them require another project being done before I can get to the one I really want to work on. So I'm just trying to keep my head about water and get all the regular things done as well as everything else that gets thrown at me on a daily basis, on top of all the projects I have to do. Thankfully, my hubby got working on his "Honey-Do" list this week and I sure am grateful he is such a handy man. He put a light in the living room, backed up the computer and yesterday he tried to put the new curtains up over the sliding glass door. That has been put on hold until we find curtains that are long enough - the ones we bought are too short.

Since Brody thinks this is more of a Dog Blog (maybe I should start one just for them...), I have to mention my two adorable and energetic kids. I substituted on Wednesday and Thursday of this week and got wonderful "Why did you leave us for so long, Mom?" greetings upon my return. Emmitt usually isn't so needy, but I think he's been spoiled having me home during the day whilst Dad is working and he demanded my attention for quite a while. Bostyn is her usual psychotic self; the giddyness of seeing me again just lasted a little longer than normal.

They are getting better at listening and doing what they are supposed to do. Today Emmitt had an appointment at the groomers so we went for a fun ride in the car to drop him off. They were so excited to go for a ride in the car. They love to put their heads out the window and feel the air go up their noses. Haha. Bostyn wasn't happy about being at PetSmart cuz she didn't want to stay and it was Emmitt's first time at that location so he was a little hesitant. But he went in all right and Bostyn then proceeded to get upset that her friend was leaving and she couldn't go with him. As soon as we got home, she searched the house for Emmitt and when she didn't see him, she decided to just be lazy for a while and went to lay down.

My latest goal is to teach them to hold things in their mouth when we want them to. That way they will learn to bring us things and, ultimately, maybe throw things away for us when we don't want to get up. This might take years. Haha. Emmitt doesn't like holding things in his mouth upon command and Bostyn is a little slow when it comes to learning something new. They are both stubborn, just like their parents.

I have now spent entirely too much time updating the blog, but it needed to be done. I only have a few hours to work on the tornado before my hubby comes home to give me his weekly paycheck. I just love him for that. And I'm pretty sure he just loves me for taking it and getting all his bills paid so he doesn't have to. That's just how we roll when it comes to money.