Sunday, December 30, 2007

Hello 2008

Well it's that time again... time to put another year behind us and look ahead to the next. 2007 was definitely not the best year. The year started with me being *miserably* *very* pregnant and sick! We were all awfully sick for New Year's. The highlight of course is our sweet little Veronica joining our family. And watching Valerie grow and learn as well. Both have brought so much happiness. I turned 35 - boo. We went on a mini vacation to Houston; that was a lot of fun. I re-joined the gym and began exercising again. We lost Kita. By September Valerie was done with diapers!!!

Hmmm that's about all I can think of off hand!

I do know that this year has been the hardest for me and Clint. There has been more strain on our marriage during the past year than any other. Quite a few major fights, more than I can count probably. Having a baby changes everything, but having baby #2 changes it even more. I know figuring out how to parent two was part of it. And I admit I am hard on him sometimes and maybe expect too much... Him and the whole moving to Houston business did a lot of damage to our relationship, and that's hard to forget. But, for better or worse, ya know? So let's just hope the worst is behind us and better days lay ahead...

ok... resolution time! (who really sticks to them though...?)

1. lose 5 lbs
2. lose 5 more lbs
3. lose 10 lbs (see a pattern here? lol)
4. eat/cook healthier (see above)
5. declutter and organize my house, room by room
6. HAVE A GARAGE SALE!! and donate the leftovers
7. do more fun things with the kids

and I'm sure the list will grow...

Your turn.... anyone else care to share their goals for 2008??

Thursday, December 27, 2007

I went after Christmas shopping yesterday. I bought myself a new watch. Funny... Clint claimed that there were NO black leather band watches to be found. Anywhere. There were at least 15 in various styles on the shelf at Target yesterday. I think Ihave learned my lesson though. Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays don't mean a thing around here. Just like any other day. Next year I will buy and wrap my own gifts to put under the tree. I was so excited and happy about Christmas this year. I'm really sad that it turned out like it did. I found out Clint showed the (man's) watch to my mom, and she told him to exchange it or find another one. He told her Nah, he'd give it to me anyway and let me do what I wanted with it. So... he really didn't care to take the time or make an effort at all. And I started planning and shopping for him in October. I really don't want the computer ... it was a last minute gift, something he only got because he had to buy something, not because he wanted to give it to me. I have 2 computers already. So...anyway, lesson learned.

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Totally unrelated news.... I got in touch with an ex boyfriend through myspace. Actually, on Valentine's Day 1996(?) or (97?) he asked me to marry him..... obviously that didn't pan out! Turns out he is living in Baton Rouge with his "boyfriend" (yes, you read that right) and they are trying to adopt. Well... that definitely explains a lot!! Another friend and I used to joke about him being gay, but I never ever thought it was true. Just goes to show ya... always go with your gut instinct.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!!

Well, the girls had a great Christmas!!! They got lots and lots of fun stuff. Valerie had a wonderful time at her MeMe's Christmas Eve. She helped hand out gifts. It was the funniest thing... she loved giving everyone their presents! And of course, she had a fantastic time opening everything. 'ooooh I like that!!!' was her catch phrase of the night. Even Veronica was in a HAPPY mood all night long!!

Christmas morning Valerie wasn't as excited about her Santa gifts as I thought she'd be. It took her a while to dig into everything. Her most favorite thing is a Jack in the Box that I got for Veronica!!! Figures... Valerie is not letting Veronica touch any of the toys. All the shrieking is getting ridiculous...

My mom gave me an awesome set of Kitchenaid copper bottom pots, some new sheets, and a candle. And a big surprise... My mom gave me her sterling silver flatware!! It's sooooo pretty. It's gotta be about 35+ years old. Still in the storage chest, still sealed in plastic. Never-ever used! We used 4 place settings for Christmas dinner for the very first time.

That being said...

I really don't know why I'm surprised. Or why it bothers me so much. I just about got what I expected from my family -- nothing.
I know it isn't supposed to matter, but it does. I made sure Clint had a few things from me and a few things from the kids. Nothing extravagant - dress shirts, some CDs, a band t shirt, tools... but they were all things he needed and wanted. He at least had several gifts from me and the girls to open. Clint ordered a watch for me... but.... it's more of a man's watch. It's HUGE. Instead of sending it back or trying to exchange it, he gave it to me anyway. (???) And that was it. I spent most of today fighting tears because it really hurts my feelings that he doesn't try at all. It brought me back to two years ago when I got rubber spatulas. I put a lot of effort, time, and thought into choosing gifts for the kids and Clint. It's Christmas. SO anyway, just before we sat down for Christmas dinner, Clint hands me a piece of paper and says it's from Santa. Apparently, he ordered me a Dell laptop, but it won't be delivered until the end of this week. Now why couldn't he have given me the print out on Christmas Eve when we exchanged gifts? Why wait until after the fact? Why make me think all this time that I was getting nothing (again?) Why make me feel bad on Christmas Day?? I don't know what he was thinking. But it really put a damper on my Christmas spirit.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Just popping in to say Valerie had a great birthday!! Thanks for all the birthday wishes for her. We took her to Chuck E. Cheese then to Jumping Kids. What else could a 3 year old ask for?!?

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And I wanted to wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! I hope everyone has a joy filled holiday.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Valerie is THREE!!!

Happy Third Birthday to my sweet little girl!

Three years ago she came into the world and changed our lives forever!!

It's hard to believe it's been three years already. It seems like yesterday she was a tiny baby. Now she's a little girl. Full of ideas, thoughts, and a big imagination all her own. And oh so silly!! Full of giggles and mischief....
Her hugs and kisses and "I love you momma" warms my heart so much....
It amazes me how much she knows. And how much she remembers!
Today is bittersweet. I'm oh so sad that my baby is growing up... yet oh so proud of her.... so proud of the sweet little girl she has become...

Happy Birthday to my little Princess, Valerie! I love you!!



Sunday, December 16, 2007

We decided to brave the mall crowd today to pick up a few lasts gifts. I asked Val about going to see Santa, and she said "I gonna sit on Santa's lap! I take picture with Santa!" I really didn't think she'd do it. I asked her again as we passed Santa in the mall, and she said "NO" really quick. But then... she wanted to go back. She wanted to watch. So, I kept asking if she wanted to take a picture, and told her she didn't have to.... only if she wanted to. And after a while... she finally squeaked "yeah". Amazingly, she wasn't scared AT ALL! She even smiled!


We have a minor crisis now though... Valerie LOST her beloved bunny rabbit blanket at the mall. We got in the Santa line, and Clint and Veronica disappeared (grrrrrr.) All of my money was in the stroller, so we had to get out of line and wait for him to come back. (How were we supposed to take the picture without Roni I don't know...) Val was holding "Periwinkle" at that point, because I was going to let her hold the bunny for the picture. Finally, Clint came back, and we got in line again.... then I noticed Val wasn't holding her bunny anymore. *sigh* Luckily she has TWO of the things, but she is ridiculously attached to both of them. They are Periwinkle and Other Perwinkle! and she carts those things everywhere! She hasn't quite noticed yet.... I guess we'll tell her Periwinkle stayed at the mall to help Santa or something. At least until I can do some shopping on eBay and get a replacement that doesn't cost an arm and a leg!!!!!!

Friday, December 14, 2007

I keep saying I'm DONE with my shopping, but then I think of someone else or something else to buy!

The Girls' Christmas lists are looking like this (yeah, I know poor Veronica is getting the shaft!! But she really doesn't need or want for much as of yet):

Valerie:
PJs
Monkey Nightgown
Acoustic Guitar
4 wheeler with trailer
Princess barbie dolls
a Ballerina barbie
Toodie from Yo Gabba Gabba
Set of I Spy books
Disney Princess Dress Up Trunk
Easel (but it's for her birthday!)

Veronica:
PJs
Musical play mat
My First Christmas Doll
Kitty Hooded Towel
Jack in the Box

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Today was Veronica's 9 month well baby visit. She weighed 19.7 lbs, measured 28-1/4"! And... she is delayed on her motor skills. Literally she is doing NOTHING that a 9 month old is supposed to do! She's not crawling. Not standing. Not pulling up. Can't get into sitting position on her own. She's not even scooting forward. All she does is slide backwards and turn in circles! She is very very close to crawling though. She gets up on hands and knees for a few seconds, but won't go anywhere. It's not anything to worry about yet... but our ped did say it's something to keep an eye on...

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Happy Third Birthday.... a little early

Today was Valerie's birthday party. It was fantastic!!! Clint and I both said this was one of the best events we've hosted yet. We had a GREAT time, and I'm hoping everyone else did. Even Veronica did surprisingly well. My dad held her for the longest time and she was happy as can be watching the kids jump. Valerie looooved the bounce house I rented. It was a hit with all the kids and kept them occupied all afternoon! Well worth the $100 and I'd rent it again. We had good weather with temps in the 80s and NO rain. Valerie cried when we sang happy birthday to her though. She wouldn't even sit at the table by her cake!! Clint held her while she burried her face and cried. Tonight she told us the candle was scary. Go figure...



Pics to come later.... for now, here's a quick pic of the birthday girl... and of course, the cake! Which I made of course...




Sunday, November 25, 2007

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!! Ours was nice... quiet. We went to my mom's, ate, then came home. Clint was on vacation all week, so we were able to get a few things done around the house.

The kids have been keeping me super busy. So much to do.... never enough time or energy! Every night I just collapse into bed since I am SO tired. I always lay with Valerie until she is asleep, and lately I've fallen asleep with her, sometimes even before her! Val has decide naps are a thing of the past. I don't remember the last time she took a nap. I don't know where she gets all her energy from, but I sure wish I had a fraction of it. Oh, and Val is 100% potty trained! It's SO nice not having to deal with diapers!!! Veronica is still Fussy Veronica. And boy does she have a TEMPER! Lately she has been crying so much and gets mad about every little thing. Ugh.... it stresses me out so much when she's having a bad day. Roni is so close to crawling. She inches around on her belly, but hasn't figured out to get up on her knees yet.

And I'm so sad that Valerie is about to be THREE years old. Three!! Not a baby.... not a toddler.. but now a little girl. *sigh* She is SO excited about her party. She's telling people all the time "my birthday coming up!" At night she talks about who is coming to her party (Lana, mostly!)

And think.... in just a little over 3 months.... Veronica will be ONE! *dies*

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Christmas already!

My parents came to town Friday, and Valerie insisted she go home with them. She did of course and ended up staying Friday night and Saturday night there. Clint and I stayed SUPER busy all weekend so we'd have a few surprises for her when she got home. We put up just about ALL of the Christmas stuff - inside and out!!!!






Clint also put up more lights on the house than we've ever had. Plus, we have the lighted candy canes, a blow up santa, and two lighted reindeer. And the projector spotlight shining on the garage.
AND the biggest surprise of all.... Clint put together the SWINGSET!! Val was so excited. She's running around saying "I love my toy! I love my swingset!" Hugging it and even blowing kisses! "I love my Christmas tree!" And for some reason, she's saying, "It's my first Christmas!!"





And of course, I tried to get a few of Roni by the tree too. She wasn't very cooperative and would NOT smile for anything!!


Saturday, November 17, 2007

You know you have no life.... when you are absolutely tickeled pink that you got to go to Wal-Mart all alone!!!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

bzzzz bzzzz bzzzz

I happen to notice the mail lady delivering our mail this morning, so Val and I walked outside to pick it up. Usually I take our walkway, but for some reason today I decided to cut across the grass. Well, I took about 3 steps and SON OF A BITCH I stepped on a bee!!! It's November! And there were honeybees all over my yard. I haven't been stung by a bee in ages. I had forgotten how much it hurt. I had to pluck the bee to detach him from his stinger then hop to the porch so I could sit and scrape out the stinger. OH it hurt. Burned. Poor Valerie was crying and yelling "stop it momma! stop it!" as she ran inside and shut the door! I ignored my foot and calmed her down so we could go get the mail as normal. But it HURT. Before long, my entire foot was throbbing and bright red. I put some baking soda and an ice pack on it as soon as I could, but my foot is so swollen. I was stung on my second toe, and my foot is red and swollen all the way to my ankle! It doesn't even hurt where I got stung; it's the rest of my foot that aches. I spent all day hobbling around tending to the kids as best as I could. I took some Benadryl tonight, so hopefully that will help. It'd be nice if I could at least put my shoe on tomorrow!!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

bummer.

So, Halliburton has CANCELLED their big Christmas party at the zoo. I'm so bummed. We were really looking forward to it.

Yeah... they sent out invitations, planned, booked everything.... and today an email was sent out that they aren't making enough money, so the party has been cancelled. Talk about POOR planning. You would think somebody would have thought this through!

The party was on the day I originally wanted to have Valerie's b.d. party (Dec. 15.) So, I started planning her b.d. around it. I don't think I will change the date now though. December 8th is probably better and will keep it separate from Christmas. Several people have already told me they can come that day! We'll do something special on her actual birthday anyways, so it doesn't really matter when her party is.

I just sent a request to rent a crayon bounce house for the day. Valerie picked it out all by herself. Invitations will be going out as soon as I have them in hand! I gotta get busy.... it's only a month away.

shhhhh!

My mom bought this for Valerie yesterday:



I can't wait to put it up!!! We even have a baby swing for Veronica, so she can enjoy it too. I want it up before Val's birthday party (December 8th), so we'll probably surprise her with it around Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007






















Happy Halloween!!!

It's been a busy week... kids are on the mend finally with just a little bit of a lingering runny nose / cough.

Monday I took the girls to our playgroup's Halloween activity at the library. The kids all wore their costumes and were so cute. We made a pumpkin bear thingy for the fridge. Then we trick or treated and gave candy to the kids. Valerie LOVED it!! She was so excited. After, my mom and I took her to Mc Donald's then to the mall. Valerie had such a good day, all day! No meltdowns or whining at all.

She's on the kick calling me her mommy puppy. It came from me drying her off after her bath. I had her head covered with a towel, and as I was drying her hair, I kept saying how I had to dry this little puppy off... then I'd say OH silly me, that's Valerie.. not a puppy! And she'd laugh. She "dried" my arms, and asked if I was a momma puppy. Of course I am! She wrapped her little arms around me and said, "I love my momma puppy." I just melted.... my sweet little girl!!

Last night we attempted going to the Krewe of Cleopatra Trick or Treat in the courthouse square. NEVER again! Never!!! I was under the impression it was more of a social thing that you just visited and trick or treated. There was a line... a ridiculously long line of people waiting to walk through. We didn't realize how far from the entrance we were until after we had been standing in it too long to just leave. Valerie was having fun in the line though. She kept saying "hey everybody, do chicken dance!" and dancing. No idea where that came from, LOL! Veronica was FANTASTIC the entire time. She handled the crowd very well and was happy and bouncing around in the stroller!! Amazing!! I guess we were in the line for over an hour. As we got close to the entrance, Val started getting cranky. Literally she got treats from THREE people, and freaked. "NO WAY NO WAY!! GO BACK GO BACK!" she screamed bloody murder. So, after all that waiting... we left. At home she said something about the scary man with a candle on his head... not sure what she saw, but obviously she didn't like it. Even after that, she said she had fun and was thrilled with the little bit of stuff she got.

I really hope tonight goes better. We're just going to a few houses around our neighborhood, then we'll come back home and hand out candy. I want Val to have FUN and not be afraid!!!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

The girls are getting better. They seem to be almost normal during the day, but at night ... congested and sick! And not sleeping! Hopefully they'll be completely well SOON so we can go visit two sweet new babies!!
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JC Pennys has "lost" one of Val's Christmas items... the 4 wheeler. Actually, FEDEX has "lost" it. JCP shows it as shipped, but there is zero tracking info on it. It's like it never left the warehouse... I'm waiting to hear back from customer service on a re-order status.

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I took pictures of the girls in their Halloween costumes last night. Valerie threw a FIT when I put hers on. Screaming take it off... pick it up... she didn't even want to see the darn thing. Finally she told me it was scratchy. It is a bit tight... so I'm guessing the tulle seam in the waist is itchy. So I told her we'd put on a "Lana" shirt under it. (We were given some clothes that were Lana's, so Val is thrilled to wear any of "Lana shirts." In fact, our new bribery tactic is "lana does it" or we sing the "Lana song" and it WORKS!) Problem solved... she was happy as can be once I put on black "Lana" tank under her dress.

I Can't Wait for Halloween!!! Trick or Treating is going to be SO much fun - I hope! I love Halloween. I never got why people think it's "bad" and deny their kids the fun. There is nothing bad about Halloween! It's just a holiday... a fun holiday. I remember being little and I couldn't WAIT to put on my costume and hit the neighborhood. We were always one of the first out and about exactly at 6pm. I hope Val isn't afraid... y'all know how she gets shy sometimes.
Lastly, here are my two little Ladybugs!



Friday, October 26, 2007

Of course, Veronica is sick too now...

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

UGH

Now Valerie is sick!!!!

I just hope Veronica doesn't catch it.

Monday, October 22, 2007

exhausted... and worried...

Clint is home sick today. It is so unlike him to be sick and this is the second or third time in a short while that he has literally been unable to get out of bed. Nausea... constant vomiting... severe headache. The stomach pains he had a few weeks ago could indicate an ulcer, which some of these symptoms fit. Or I'm thinking it's migraines. It's started yesterday. We were getting ready to leave for a friend's birthday lunch, and he didn't feel well. His blood sugar was pushing 300. He ended up puking on the side of the road just after we drove up. I wanted to come home, but he insisted we go to the party, where he continued to visit the bathroom every so often. Today isn't any better and he hasn't gotten out of bed AT ALL today. *sigh* His doc called in an RX for phenergan, which may make him feel better but it's not a solution. What is causing this to happen every so often? Clint has a very high pain tolerance, and for him to be so down and out he has got to be very sick. He hasn't felt completely well for quite some time... I just don't know.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

concerned...

Please keep Preston in your thoughts / prayers! He is back in the hospital being treated for jaundice. It should just be for the night, and I'm sure he will be just fine. I just want him well and back home!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Congratulations Jeff, Angel, and Seth!!

Happy Birthday, Preston!! And welcome to the world. Nanny is so happy that you are finally here!!!!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Christmas is almost done!

I am DONE with Christmas shopping for Valerie and Veronica! I probably will pick up a few more small stocking stuffers, but right now I've spent less than $200. Not bad, considering it's Christmast for both of them AND Valerie's birthday. Last night I was searching online for a few things and found JC Penny had some great prices on toys. And using my magic, I scored a 20% off coupon. I ordered a set of 5 princess barbie type dolls, a double sided easel (birthday), and a ride on 4 wheeler with trailer all for $105!!

Val is also getting a pink acoustic guitar, a cat bath towel set, some PJs, and hopefully I can get my hands on some Yo Gabba Gabba stuff when it hits the stores November 21.

Veronica is getting PJs the same as Val, a musical play mat, and a Jack in the Box. Yeah she is getting short changed, but she is still little to understand and doesn't need a bunch of stuff anyway!

There is one more thing I'm considering that will be for both girls. It will be completely free, but it all depends on if we find the time to clean out the garage!! There are 2-3 boxes that my mom and dad dumped over here that are burried in our garage. What is it? My barbie dream house. It's the two story one that came in 3 big sections. Valerie is getting into pretend play more and more, and to her it would be a brand new doll house. She'd have no idea it was 25 years old! It was in GREAT condition with nothing missing when we packed it up, so it should all be there. I'm hoping we can get it cleaned and put together by Christmas.

NOW... all I have left is to figure out what to get Clint and my parents!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Wow, we just got news that our friend Mike's (Valerie's Godfather) mom passed away. Apparently she had a heart attack ... so shocking. We just saw them Sunday evening while visiting Mike & Christine and their new baby girl in the hospital. She was so happy to see us and the girls. The funeral will be this weekend. I haven't a CLUE what we're going to do with the girls. I HATE to take them with us, but I don't think we have much choice.

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I'm SO annoyed right now. When I made my dental appointment, I gave them my insurance and the dentist's name on my card. She gave me an appointment to see that dentist. Today, I hand the receptionist my insurance card and she tells me that since Dr. Z's name is on my card, that is who I have to see. And he is not in today. Turns out, sometime in between when I made the appointment two weeks ago and now, he switched his days off. What's REALLY stupid is that the office called me yesterday to remind me of my appointment!!!!!!! So I could either reschedule or they could call my insurance and transfer to the other dentist in the office. I said ok, do the transfer since I was there. And I waited. And waited. And waited. An hour later, I'm still sitting in the waiting room. And the receptionist is STILL on hold and has yet to speak to a live person at my insurance!!! SO, I said forget it... and just rescheduled it. I wasted an hour and a half for nothing. My mom and dad came all the way here to watch the kids for nothing. It makes me wonder though, what kind of doctor's office switches days off suddenly like that, with out thinking to notify patients that he will not be there to honor their appointment???????
Clint is in Houston this week. He called last night to say he wasn't feeling well and his stomach hurt. I didn't think much of it, until he called back an hour later wanting the 1-800 24 hour nurse number our insurance offers. I knew he had to be somewhat serious because he has a very high pain tolerance. He said it hurt similar to when he had pancreatitis. The nurse told him to get to the E.R. with in 3 hours to rule that out. So, he somehow found a ride to the hospital and was there most of the night. They didn't find anything wrong - no pancreatitis or hepatitis - thankfully. They gave him pain meds through an IV and told him to follow up with his doctor and maybe see a gastro specialist. It could be some sort of stones in some kind of duct between the stomach and liver. So, he is driving home today... still in a lot of pain... I hope he makes it home OK.

I'm heading to the dentist in a couple hours. JOY. I dread the dentist. I saw the same dentist since I was a child, but when I stopped working I switched to Clint's insurance. MY dentist isn't on his plan, so I'm seeing a NEW dentist today. UGH. The dentist is bad enough -- muchless a NEW dentist... I'd rather go to the GYN over the dentist anyday!!! LOL!!!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Baby Watch!

We're officially on Baby Watch times TWO! Both my godson and Clint's goddaughter are going to be born any day now, if not sooner! We're so excited for Angel and Jeff and Mike and Christine. Hurry up babies... we want to meet y'all!

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Valerie has an imaginary friend (s). Sort of. I think!! She is nuts over Nickelodeon's new show, "Yo Gabba Gabba." She's seen it all of 5 times and is crazy over the characters. There's this blue cat... thing. I'm not sure what it's real name is, but Valerie insists on calling it Periwinkle, as in the blue cat from Blues Clues! And there's another monster thing called Mundo. Well, Valerie has been going around "talking" to these two and pretending to see them. It's so cute to see her going on and on about what Periwinkle is doing or wanting us to hold Mundo for her. Kids have such an amazing imagination! It's a shame that we lose that magic somewhere along the way.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Valerie is about 99% potty trained! yay! She hasn't had an accident in days. She tells me when she needs to go with out any prompting at all. Of course, she still wants candy when she's done. And tells me to jump up and down. lol! She knows when she has on a diaper or pull up that it's "ok" to go in it, but if she's in her big girl undies she knows to use the potty. I'm not quite brave enough to take her out and about (shopping, gym) in undies just yet. I'm sure it will be a while before she is night trained, but no diapers all day long is awesome! I'm so proud of her!!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

People. can. be. so. rude.

that's all.

All Aboard the Potty Train!

So far so good with the potty training. Val has been telling me when she has to 'go.' I can ask and ask and she always says NO or NO WAY, but a few minutes later she will tell me "momma, need use bathroom" or "need tee tee in potty." When she's done, she tells me to jump up and down, and immediately says "yay I get candy!" lol Clint took her to visit his relatives in Golden Meadow yesterday, and amazingly she told him she had to go over there! She had one accident in the past few days because I was busy with Veronica and Clint was outside and no one got to her fast enough. My little girl is growing up.

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I'm taking a day or two break from the diet. I've been wanting something good to eat for the past few days, so I'm going to eat normally this weekend. Back on it Monday.

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I started my Christmas shopping! I found this really cool acoustic guitar for Valerie at Wal-mart. She's always playing guitar with anything she can find that has a string. I got the girls matching PJs too. I have a few small toys already for Veronica. There are few more things I have in mind for the girls, but I'm going to try not to go overboard. They don't need that much stuff.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Four days of Valerie being in undies around the house! Only 3 accidents. She told me today "no more diapers!" If only!! I'm amazed she is doing this good with only a little bit of bribery. lol

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Today was weigh in! No change... no gain, no loss during my second week on South Beach. It's okay though. I only went to the gym twice last week, so that had something to do with it I'm sure. I'm still 6 lbs less than I was, so it's a start. I'm thinking about continuing Phase 1 another week. It's hard to believe I have had zero flour and zero sugar for 14 days. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Veronica has her first tooth! After days of constant whining, fussing, wanting to be held, and driving me nuts.... finally we know the reason why. I can feel the sharp edge of her right bottom front tooth peeking out of her gums. I guess the second one is not far behind. Bring on the fussiness!!

In other BIG news.... Valerie has been in big girl undies around the house for THREE days with only two accidents!!!! It is taking quite a bit of coaxing to get her to use the potty though. She tells me she doesn't like it. Obviously she is "holding it". So, I don't know how to make her go? If she can stay dry for hours, that is definitely a sign she's ready. I bribed her yesterday with the promise of going to the store for a present if she used the potty. Then later it was another trip to get candy. She even told the check out girl, "I pee pee in potty!" LOL!! We've ""called"" Dora, Mickey Mouse, AND Santa to share the good news too. I'm hopefully going to stay consistent - dresses and panties during the day at home. Pull ups when we leave the house. Diaper or pull up at night.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

*very curious*

Ok.. fess up!! WHO was "googling" me this morning?

Or at least leave a hint as to who you are....

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The other side of the world...

Umm. Clint is going to Bangkok for about 12 days next month. Eeegads.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

shots and stuff....

Veronica's 6 month well baby visit was this morning. Thankfully she handled the shots MUCH better than last time. I gave her Motrin a few hours before we left, and Tylenol just before the shots. She weighed 17 lbs 10 oz, and measured 26"!!! I mentioned how sensitive she is, and the Doc said it's most likely a personality thing...

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In other news... Today made one week on South Beach! I lost 5 or 6 lbs!!!! Not bad, considering I hadn't lost anything in 6 months!! It's been pretty easy to stick with too. One more week of Phase I to go....


P.S. I'm wearing some shorts that were way too tight a few months ago. :-)

Monday, September 10, 2007

Mickey Mouse!

It looks like there is a good chance (or better!) that we will be spending Veronica's first birthday in Disney World!!!!!!!

Clint wrote a paper and it was selected to be presented at a drilling conference in Orlando. All he has to to is prepare the manuscript and submit it by December. But he's IN, and of course we can't miss the chance to go.

Uhhhh... just thinking about flying with TWO little ones is already making me nervous!!!!

Friday, September 07, 2007

The Beach!

So it's day 4 on The Beach.... South Beach Diet that is. I haven't had sugar or flour in four days. I know a few people who have had great success with it, so I'm hoping it will do *something* for me. Maybe it will kick start the weight loss. I don't know though.... It's not that much of a change for me. The biggest challenge is breakfast since I usually have wheat toast. No bread for two weeks ... so it's mostly eggs or recipes based on eggs. I don't really like eggs. LOL! The only other big change is no snacking on graham crackers. I had a habit of eating a few crackers here and there during the day. Other than that... it's pretty easy to stick to the diet over all. Most of the foods on the avoid list I never or rarely eat anyway. 10 days of Phase I left to go!!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

A Valerie post

I was up before the girls this morning, so when I heard Val stirring I went to her room. She was awake sitting in the middle of her new full sized bed. "I awake!" she said. "I awake! Don't got no dark! It not dark! Hiiiii sun! *as she waves at the window.* "Hiii!"

How funny is that... my silly little girl.

Happy Birthday...

My "newborn" is 6 months old today. Where does the time go?! It's hard to believe it's been a half year already....

And to think there are still some people who have NEVER come to see her. (And actually there are some people who have yet to see Valerie!!! )

Happy half birthday to my sweet baby girl!!







*** And just for fun, here is VALERIE around the same age. Do the look anything alike?!?


Sunday, September 02, 2007

I don't know... maybe it is stupid to have been mad for not hearing from Clint on my birthday. It just made me feel really sad to not get a happy birthday from him until so late in the day. He says that was the first chance he had to call. And he is having some problems with his diabetes, so he was feeling really bad that day. The florist delivered my flowers -- 1 dozen red roses and a balloon about 6pm. He also gave me a card from the girls and a card from him and a subscription to "Taste of Home" magazine. But I still think he could have said/did something early in the day instead of nothing.

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We spent Friday night and most of Saturday in Morgan City at the Shrimp and Petroleum Festival. Friday my parents kept both girls so we had a few hours out on our own. That was pretty nice, lol! We went to the festival, walked around the craft show, walked around the fair, and sat in the park to listen to a couple bands. I saw a few people I knew. My mom only called three times because Veronica screamed almost the whole time we were gone. *sigh* Saturday afternoon we went back with the intention of letting Valerie enjoy some of the kid stuff. We brought Veronica, who screamed and cried from the second we stepped onto the festival grounds until we put her in the car to leave. Too much noise, people, commotion, and too hot. *sigh* again. (I don't know what to do with her!!) After my mom got back from church, we left Veronica with my parents and took Valerie back. She LOVED it!!! She had the best time just being there and looking around. We're still hearing, "I like fair. Fair fun!" from her.

Tomorrow my mom and dad are coming here to BBQ for Labor Day. My dad is supposed to try and get a full size bed out of storage for Valerie. She hasn't wanted to stay in her bed for a while now, and I'm pretty sure it's because it's too small for her. She can't move and stretch out like she wants too. Her crib does convert to a full size bed, but I want to test it out before we actually buy her a new mattress and box spring. In case it doesn't work, we can easily go back to the toddler bed.

And Clint is leaving for Houston Tuesday... He won't be back until late Saturday night. :-(

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Another year...

35 ... 35 ... 35 ... is just a number....



So they say.



Here it is after 2pm on my birthday. I've gotten tons of happy birthday messages from friends via myspace, emails, yahoo IM... I even got birthday wishes from a few people I haven't had contact with in months. It's nice knowing so many people remembered and thought about me today.. so thanks to all of you!

On the other hand... guess who I have not heard from...

Clint, of course.

No happy birthday. No acknowledgment whatsoever. Nothing. Yes, he remembered as he told me last night he has two gifts on order that haven't come in yet. But honestly, is it so hard to take 10 seconds to type "happy birthday" and click send... Or pick up the phone and say "I just have a minute but I wanted to wish you happy birthday... have a good day!" I don't know why I'm surprised. He did the same thing last year. The year before. And the year before that... And yes, each year I let him know how much it bothered me to be greeted with silence from him. Sure, when he gets home at 6 pm tonight he'll be all "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!" But the day will be almost over. My birthday is over at that point. He never asked what I was doing today. Or if I wanted to do anything or go out to dinner tonight. Nothing. So, I'm really disappointed that again this year I get nothing from him. Two simple words at some point today would have made all the difference in my day. Instead, I'm sitting here mad and feeling forgotten. It's too much for him to be bothered to take 30 seconds and "say" two simple words to me.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

YAY for Valerie!!!

Big news! Valerie used the potty twice! Yesterday I ran across her "Once Upon a Potty" DVD and decided to put it on. Val had watched it a few times when we first got it, and then it was shoved to the bottom of the pile. It's one of those DVDs that automatically repeats, so it was pretty much on all afternoon long. After her bath, I usually let her run around naked for a bit. Last night she was watching the potty DVD, and ran in babbling something about "Pee pee on potty?" I just figured she was commenting on the movie, but I told her to sit on the potty if she needed to go. She ran in the bathroom, and a few minutes later ran back out bouncing all around yelling, "Pee pee in potty!!!" over and over. And sure enough, SHE HAD!!!! All by herself!!!! I couldn't believe it. Of course we made a huge deal over it and fawned all over her.

Today I kept asking her if she wanted to sit on the potty. Her answer was always, "NO momma NO!" This afternoon I put on the Potty DVD again and stripped Valerie down to nothing. I kept asking her if she needed to sit on the potty. And eventually she did a few times. After a while she asked for a diaper, but I managed to coax her into staying on the potty. And she pooped!! In the potty!!! Yay! After that we had a "potty party" and she got her promised party hat, cake, and ice cream. Hey, if it works.....!!

I know we have a long ways to go... but it's a start! Hopefully I can keep working with her on the potty concept and have her trained before her 3rd birthday! *crossing fingers*


**** UPDATE**** Val did it again tonight! All on her own!! She climbed out the bathtub and before I could even wrap her in a towel she says, "I pee pee in potty again!" And she did!!!! Then she jumped around and said, "mommy and daddy happy!" LOL!!! And we had to have yet another potty party...

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Ah... Sisters!!

We had the best time playing with the girls last night. I was rocking Veronica in her room feeding her and talking to her. Valerie dragged Clint in and made him sit on the floor. Then she brought in one of her dolls and made us sing. She likes for us to sing songs that have motions with them. Her favs "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" or "The Hokey Pokey." Val usually tells me to sing and makes Clint move the doll to do the dances too. Just that in itself is pretty funny! Veronica was watching and grinning at her silly sister last night. Valerie started jumping an dancing all over and Veronica started laughing! Not just baby laughs... but big loud belly laughs!! The more Val bounced, the more Roni laughed!! And the more Roni laughed, the more Val bounced!! It was the sweetest thing. I can only imagine what those two are gonna get into when they're older.

crunchy...

Look what I discovered in my living room:Look, momma! Look... big mountain! Big, BIG mountain," she says...

Yes, that is (nearly) an entire box of Special K cereal. Nicely smashed on the rug.

"I like strawberries! I like it, momma!" says Valerie.

Which is obvious, since she ATE all the strawberries and left the cereal.


Wednesday, August 22, 2007

She did it!! Veronica rolled from her back to tummy TWICE all by herself! yay!!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Just dropping off a pic of my latest cake! It was for our good friends Angel and Jeff's baby shower for my godchild to be! White layers, half strawberry, half pineapple, almond buttercream icing. The candy accents are white chocolate mint. The bears are made of fondant. They came out pretty cute, considering it was my first try at fondant figures. It was A LOT of work!! But I got lots of compliments and everyone said it was yummy.


ETA: I forgot to tell the story of Valerie and the bears. I made the bears weeks ago and they have been sitting on my counter. Almost every day, Valerie wanted to see the bears and "talk" to them. She would cry if she couldn't see them. She'd wave at them. "hi bear!!" Blow kisses. Sing "happy birthday bear!" And for some reason, she'd go "awww bear happy!!" I don't know how she comes up with this stuff. I guess now I have to make another bear just for her!






Monday, August 13, 2007

Our Internet was down for 3 days. Aggravating!! The whole city was down, so at least we weren't the only ones.

Veronica has just about slept through the night several times in a row!!! If I wake her and feed her around 10pm, she will sleep through until 5 or 6am. She has also been turning on her aquarium all by herself. I'm not sure if it's accidental or what, but she loves that thing. She's been sleeping with her hand stretched out resting on the button! STILL no rolling or cereal. She may have gotten down a few bites of cereal yesterday, but she spit most of it out.

I don't know where Valerie comes up with the stuff she does. She has such a good memory. Just out of the blue she'll start focusing on something she hasn't seen or done in months. We were driving down the street, and all of a sudden she said, "Momma, watch acorn? Pooooooor Scrat." And repeat x 50. Translation: she wants to watch Ice Age, lol. Same thing with toys that are picked up and out of sight. Or games we played ages ago. She woke up screaming one morning wanting to "watch the dinosaur." ??? We were clueless. FINALLY I figured out it was a Baby Genius DVD with a cartoon dino in the credits. She also has been coming up to me saying "momma, you so silly." LOL!

I've been going to the gym 5 days a week for 3 weeks now. It's been 2 months since I've started exercising. I was going to the Y 3 days a week and now the gym. This weight is just not coming off!! I tried on some old clothes last night and everything is just way too small. Even things I wore right after Valerie are too small. So depressing and frustrating. It just about kills my motivation because it is going to take so long.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

funny

I was going through some old files looking for a song I recorded years ago (it seems to have vanished) and I ran accross some old pictures. Who knew that we'd be where we are now...


One of our very first pics.... taken with the crappy web cam I used to have
(see how straight my hair was... why did it turn into this curly mess!?)




ACK me with bangs!!!

Here they were growing out... and such a pain.



Tuesday, August 07, 2007

AT& T / Bellsouth customer service reps are idiots.

LAST month, there were some "extended area" charges on our bill that were questionable. I emailed about it, and got a prompt response and a list of the phone numbers. A few were local calls - Wallgreens, our pediatrician's office, and a local cell of a friend.

THIS month, bill dated August 2, we again have $14.33 of "extended area" charges. I know there is no way we made that many out of area calls. Maybe a few to my mom... that's about it. So, again, I requested the list of phone numbers.

First reply -- Starting in September, the detailed billing info and numbers will be printed on my bill.

Great!

I ask again for the list of numbers for the current charges.

Second reply -- Local call information for incoming and outgoing calls is only available by suphoena.

Ummm NO, I explain am not looking for that and that I was given the info last month upon request. I am looking for the numbers for the expanded area charges on our August 2 bill.

Third reply -- These numbers won't be available until September.

WTF? I forget what I replied... something nicely requesting the info AGAIN.

Fourth reply -- The numbers for calls made in August will be available for your September bill.

OMG!!! You mean, AT&T isn't psychic??? They can't give me a list of numbers I will call this month -- NOW??

Really, how stupid is that??? Still going round and round with them. Idiots.

Venting my frustrations...

I think one of my biggest pet peeves is being second guessed. Especially when it's a subject that I am fairly knowledgable in. I do not like being talked "down" to. ESPECIALLY when I know what I am doing. It is really annoying to have someone question every move I make. Or to have someone tell me I need to do it "this way", when I know my way is much better. (Am I dealing with a control freak? I think so.) I am trying SO hard to be nice and not give a smart ass answer. The only way to do that is to NOT say anything at all!! I am so tempted to just walk away and say YOU can do it yourself since you seem to know "better."

Thursday, August 02, 2007

A small miracle.... BOTH girls are sleeping and it's *only* 9pm!!!

Veronica is being SO clingy and needy. I'm pretty sure she's teething. But the constant whining and crying is driving me nuts. The only time she's calm / quiet is when she's eating, sleeping, or being held. I'm trying to comfort her... but it's impossible to hold her all the time. I have to put her down and just let her cry at some point. I find myself getting so aggravated with her and I don't want to be! She is just SO sensitive to everything, which is so opposite of our tough girl Valerie. I guess it's going to be payback, as I drove my mom nuts as I was overly sensitive to all kinds of crazy things as a kid.
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We've been going to the gym every morning. Yay! Valerie is doing okay in the daycare. I was a little worried at how she would handle it. She did fine for a few days, cried a few days... But overall she is playing. Veronica, eh..... she does her usual whining and crying the whole time. *sigh* The girl babysitting is awesome. I really hope she sticks around for a while, at least until Val adjusts to going there. I really like going to Body Elite WAY more than the YMCA. I'm hoping (wishing) that since I was in "decent" shape before that it won't take as long to drop this weight. After Valerie, it was over a year before most of my old clothes fit. Some never did. I do know that I was much smaller at this point after Valerie, though. It's really depressing when I try on clothes and see just how much too small they are. I have to lose about 5-6" in my waist for anything to ever fit again. Veronica is almost 5 months old.... and I haven't lost a single pound. With in 8 days after her birth, I was down 20 lbs. And now, I am 5 pounds over that! Yeah... somehow I've gained weight. I know if I stick with it and keep going to the gym, I'll see results. I just keep thinking about how long it's probably going to take..... and that is so discouraging.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Blast from my past....

News is that the baby had the cord wrapped 2 times around her neck. She was full term....
I. Just. Can't. Even. Imagine.....

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In other totally unrelated news....

An old (sort of) boyfriend googled me and "found" me yesterday. I was pleasantly surprised to find an email from him in my inbox. Gosh, it brought back SO many good memories from younger days... I was completely crushed when he moved back home to Florida. I honestly thought at the time that was the end of it... Years later, we were still in touch on a regular basis! He was such a good friend and it meant so much that he kept in touch. I got flowers every Valentine's Day. I even flew to meet him in Orlando for a weekend at Disney World.... I wanted to visit him in Miami, but it just never happened. Time and distance eventually got the best of us and gradually it got longer and longer in between phone calls. Next thing I knew he called to tell me he had gotten married! I had just started dating Clint at that time... I think we exchanged a couple of emails since then, and that was it...

He was one of those special people that only comes along once in a blue moon. Anyway, I gave him our number and he called last night to catch up. He sounds exactly the same as he did so many years ago... It was pretty cool talking to him and hearing about life... his family... wife and kids.... He was one of those people that I've always wondered what happened to. Pretty awesome to know the answer! It made my day.

Monday, July 30, 2007

shocking news...

My mom read in the paper today that one of my long lost friends had baby girl #3 and the baby died at birth. How very very sad... I can't imagine. I am wondering if she was premature or something.... but I have no way of knowing what happened.

It's Cherie... for those of you who remember her....

I have seen her twice since our wedding 4-1/2 years ago. I had all kinds of trouble getting her to do things for our wedding and had to write her a letter snail mail to get her to order her dress!! She vanished after we got married and didn't return phone calls or answer emails. I was back in touch with her while I was PG with Valerie. She made a HUGE deal about us calling her to come to the hospital for her birth. Of course when the time came, she didn't show. In fact, she has N E V E R even seen Valerie. We emailed a few times while I was PG with Veronica. In her last message, she told me she was going to New Orleans (2 hours away) to see another friend's three week old baby. I live 20-30 minutes from her, and she has been "too busy" to come see Valerie who is almost three years old??? But when someone else has a baby, she has time to drive 2 hours to visit at the first chance... and couldn't come see us at all. So.... I didn't respond to her email. That was that.

Still... very sad to hear that happened. No one should ever experience that. I'm going to send her a card tomorrow.

Friday, July 27, 2007

The Story behind THE Dress

Some of you may know/remember this...

My grandma had a dream that I had a baby girl. This was way before I had gotten married. I think we were engaged and planning our wedding. Valerie wasn't even a thought yet! My grandma dreamed I had a baby girl dressed in the prettiest pink lacy dress. For days she went on and on about the dream and described the dress. Well, she died not long after our wedding.

At my baby shower for Valerie, my mom gave me a special box she kept separate from all the other gifts. In it was THE pink dress, which she had sewn as close as she could have as per my grandma's descriptions. A dress more or less, FROM my grandma.

Pictures....
Valerie in THE dress - who was about 6 - close to 7 - months old!


Veronica... and the dress just about fits at 4-1/2 months... (I haven't a clue what happened to the bonnet!)




And of course I can't leave Valerie out! 2-1/2 years old...