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April 30, 2009

Noah got back home from Alabama/Georgia on Friday. It was good to get to see my parents and my sister, even though they only stayed a day. If I have learned anything so far, it's that Noah get spoiled while he is away from us. LOL Not that I don't expect that from his grandparents, but still. He got home Friday and has NOT wanted to sleep. At all. He wants to be held and played with and given constant attention. And now he won't go to sleep unless someone rocks him. Two nights ago, he woke up at a little after midnight and wouldn't go back to sleep until I got up and gave him a bottle and went downstairs to rock him in the rocking chair. I am exhausted. I definately can't keep this up. I guess tonight we are going to have to re-start the Ferber method and break him of these sleeping habits all over again.

Before he left, he had gotten to where he was sleeping fine. In bed between 8:00 and 9:00 (at the latest) waking up for a diaper change once a night. I could put him in bed when he was sleepy and he would lay there and talk or play until he got ready to go to sleep. It was rarely that I had to pick him up and coax him back to sleep. He does have another tooth cutting through that I noticed yesterday, and it feels like he is going to have a few more not too far behind it. And he definately doesn't like the Motrin we have been giving him to help with fever.

He started on solid food last week. So far we know that he likes Pears, Applesauce, and Sweet Potato's. Peaches and Banana's are tolerable, but not his favorites. And the Chicken with Broth baby food is definately a No. He made that VERY clear when I tried to feed it to him. He likes french fries, too. We gave him a few to gnaw on the other day. And pizza crust. Boy was that a mess. My mom had started giving him a little bit of Apple Juice, but I think that him teething and all, it made his mouth blister. I thought it was thrush, but when I stopped giving him juice most of it went away. I'm still monitoring it to make sure, but he seems fine and doesn't act like it hurts.

I am just tired. I feel like I am run completely and totally down. His new-found clinginess has kicked my butt this week. And I'm at fault like a lot of other parrents. When he starts crying endlessly and pitching a fit, I get to the point where I just get him. I have a good deal of patience, but sometimes enough is enough. I know they say you have to just let them cry, but Good Grief! Sometimes I don't think he knows how to stop crying. Anyways, he is wide awake now...has been since 6:30...laying in the bed beside me trying his hardest to get to the computer so he can slobber and chew on the keyboard. Hope everyone has a good day!

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April 20, 2009






I've been meaning to add some new pictures, but Josh and I have been celebrating our Anniversary for the past few days, so I haven't really had a chance. The Big Boy is growing like a weed! I can't believe he will be 6 months old next week. Time flies. And Josh and I have already been married a year...that's one of those things, sometimes it seems like we have been married alot longer (Being parents already adds to that) and sometimes it doesn't feel like it has been very long at all. We met my mom and my sister in Lake City on Friday with Noah and they are keeping him in Alabama/Georgia this week. Josh's mom got him yesterday and took him to have pictures made. I am so excited to see them! And it's been nice to get a break for a few days.
Josh and I mainly spent the weekend relaxing. I told him that was all that I wanted for my anniversary...just the opportunity to relax and spend some time alone (something we never seem to get to do). We went out to eat on Friday night when we got home from Lake City. Saturday we got to sleep late. I don't think we got up until 11:00. It was fabulous! We went to the mall and Josh patiently walked around with my while I looked for a dress to wear Saturday night. Saturday night he took me down to Clearwater Beach, we walked down the beach to watch the Sunset, went out to eat and just sat and talked. After we got finished eating we went and walked down the beach again.

Sunday morning, Josh woke up early and left to go get me a gift. He came back and had bought me a dozen Red Roses and some Orange Carnations (the closest thing to the actual Orange Blossoms that you are supposed to get on your first anniversary...they aren't in bloom right now.) He got me a beautiful picture to hang in our living room, a book on how to Maximize your time (something he knows I desperately need to do), and a notebook with my favorite ink pens. That doesn't sound like much to everyone, but to an aspiring novelist like me, it was the sweetest gesture. He knows that I fill up notebooks right and left and never seem to have enough paper to put all of my ideas down. Then we spent the rest of the day at the pool.
My mom got us the "Anniversary" Willow Tree figurine, 2 journals, and "The Love Dare"...plus she burned me a copy of "Twilight". We had so much fun. And the baby is in Alabama until Friday, so we have the rest of the week just the two of us. I'm planning on getting a ton of writing done this week. Catching up my blog was just phase one. Had to brag about how wonderful my husband is and how great my anniversary was.

The pictures of the baby are from Easter. The 2 with the Enfamil can are my favorite. That's part of what the Easter Bunny brought him. He got some new clothes and a few new toys too, but I think the Enfamil was his favorite. We are waiting on him to start crawling, but nothing yet. He can barrel-roll like you wouldn't believe. Just still learning how to get himself situated to actually crawl. Anyways, got a few new blog ideas, just got to post them. Hope everyone has a great Monday!

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April 13, 2009

A Test of Faith

There are things that test our faith every single day.
This past weekend God tested mine.
Josh's cousin, Marty, was 8 1/2 months pregnant and gave birth to a still born little boy. They think it was a blood clot but they still aren't sure. She and her husband Mike are two of those people that you don't find bad in. They have the strongest faith of any two people I know. And all they wanted was a child.
It doesn't seem fair. It doesn't seem fair at all. I look around at all of the people that have kids out there they don't take care of them. People that don't want children anyway. Teenage girls who know what they are doing and get pregnant and then abort this poor child that hasn't done anything. Then, you have people like Mike and Marty who want more than anything to have their own family and those are the ones that things like this happen to.

It isn't fair. It doesn't make any sense. I have really had to hold onto the fact that things happen for a reason these past few days, because this has been hard for me to swallow. If anything, it has made me cherish my little boy more than I already did. I could not imagine going through something like that. Losing a child is one thing, a miscarriage is another. But losing a baby after you have carried him full term. She had 2 weeks left till his due date. TWO WEEKS. I don't get it. So, for everyone out there in blog world that reads this, I ask that you send up a prayer for Mike and Marty. I can't imagine what they are going through. I can't imagine how hard this is.


RIP Baby Grant Davis Barrett

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April 9, 2009

Yesterday was a good day as far as my writing is concerned. Josh was out of town and I was worried Noah would get fussy when he reailized his daddy wasn't coming home last night, but he wasn't. He was actually very cooperative and in a very good mood. He got hungry or needed changing at all the right moments, usually when I was starting to stumble onto a writer's block or just needed to step away for a minute.
I am aiming to get 2,000 words written a day and yesterday I managed to 3,826 words down. Almost 2 days worth. I was extremely excited. I also got up with my high school English teacher and she is going to help me with the editing and revisions before I submit my manuscript to any agents. Hopefully, this will all work out. I'm probably going to have to pull some long hours at night to get it done, but it will definately be worth it in the end.
I have decided to give myself 5 chances to make it as a writer. I'm not going to be one of those people who writes their entire life and never has anything to show for it. Since I am a stay at home mom right now, and have the time to do it, I am going to write 5 novels. Only 5. If I don't manage to get one of them published by then, then it would be time to find another career. Hopefully, it won't come to that because this is something that I have always wanted to do. We'll see what happens. Maybe if I get lucky, someone will snatch up the first novel that I am writing and then I'll be in. Once you get an agent and publish your first book, it's not as hard to get another published. Everyone keep your fingers crossed.
Anyway. It's only 9:00 am right now. Think I'll go fold some clothes and put on another load. And we have some chocolate chip cookie dough in the fridge...think I'll whip those up while the baby is napping. Hope everyone has a happy Thursday!

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April 8, 2009

Creativity at work...

Well, I didn't dream up a new idea for my book last night, but my creative mind did kick back into gear. I don't remember my dream precisely, but I did make notes on a piece of paper beside the bed when I woke up so I could remember somewhat what it was about. To keep from boring you of all the details, I'll give you the brief context.

My dream consisted of Prom, my friend Racheal's ex-boyfriend Zack, Prom, Harry Potter, Captain Hook, Abstract Oil Painting, My daddy, and Lauren & Heidi from MTV's "The Hills." LOL Don't ask how I managed to come up with that, and the dream itself didn't even make sense. I think my subconsious was just trying to start working again. Strange...

Anywho...Josh's trip to Yankeetown got put off, so he didn't have to leave until this morning and gets to come home tomorrow afternoon. Which makes me happy. And he had yesterday off, and is supposed to get a day off next week for volunteering to go out of town. So it's me and the little man on our own tonight. Shouldn't be bad...he's a good baby. Just going to have to get him to go to sleep. Little hard head has been fighting sleep the past couple of days. It's like he thinks he is going to miss something.

So, on the agenda today: nothing. I'm so excited. Josh won't be home so I don't have to cook. I have intentions of taking a much needed break...and relax. Play with the big man, hopefully get some writing done when he naps, do some research online, get farther into "New Moon", and watch some TV. Plan on taking atleast 1 long, drawn out bubble bath. ::Sigh:: Now if only I can get Noah to cooperate with my plans. I'll keep you posted...Hope everyone has a great Wednesday!

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April 6, 2009

Time Out Monday-April 6

As previously discussed in an earlier blog, I have become fascinated by Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight Saga". So, with the baby in bed by 8:00 pm, I spent my "Time Out" time in a hot bubble bath reading the second installment of Twilight- "New Moon."

As soon as I get done with this blog, I'm going to catch up on reading some of my favorite blogs, then probably watch the NC/Michigan State game with Josh while I brainstorm some more ideas for my pending novel. I'm hoping that an idea will just in whatever way present itself to me. I'm still feeling that there is just a huge block preventing me from coming up with anything creative. I have pondered on a few ideas, but I feel like they are kind of stupid and don't really make sense. We will see where they go...

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I am still here. Trying to come up with something to write. It's insane. I can't get the idea of writing out of my head, but I just can't seem to grasp something fascinating enough to actually sit and put on paper (or the computer considering that's where I do all of my writing) It's really strange to me. I have always had this nagging feeling that one day I would write. Josh has been trying to tell me this for months. Since he met me and really started looking at some of the stuff that I wrote in high school. My mom has told me. My high school English teacher offered to edit my writing for me and help me to get it published. It's just funny that now, with a 5 month old and almost 0 time to really devote to writing, is when this urge, this unwavering passion has stirred up.
And I am still trying to figure out where it came from. I read "The Lucky One" by Nicholas Sparks a few weeks ago. I started on "Love the One your With" by Emily Giffin and got really into it, but then I made the "Twilight" mistake. I think the combination of all of those books just hit a nerve. I am completely fascinated with the Young Adult genre all of a sudden. I look at the success of "Gossip Girl", "Harry Potter", and "Twilight" and wonder if maybe I need to broaden my literary horizon. I think a part of me was dead set and focused on writing something that appealed to adults, but the more I think about, that just doesn't seem like it will work. I'm not even 22 yet. Granted, I am mature beyond my age, but romances about women who are divorced and lookingn for second love or whatever isn't something that I would have any knowledge of writing about.
Again, I turn to Nicholas Sparks as inspiration. And now Stephenie Meyer. More for their ability to write a page turner than anything else. (Granted the stories are fabulous, but I look from the literary perspective.) ::Sigh:: Anyways...those of you that read this, prayers for an idea for a book would really be appreciated. I'm dying for something to put on paper. Seriously. It's turned into a physical desire and need. But I have a huge block that seems to be preventing me from coming up with anything. I'll continue to let everyone know how progress is going.

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The Simple Woman's Daybook-April 6

Outside my window: Cloudy and Windy...but for whatever reason, completely relaxing.
I am thinking: That I am really happy Noah is getting to the point of self-entertainment so I don't have to hold him all the time....also praying that I come up with some inspiration...
I am thankful for: My husband. My son. My sleep time...

From the kitchen:
Hmmm...not sure yet. Josh will be out of town most of the week, so looks like frozen pizza and leftovers. I am wearing: My PJ's...haven't gotten out of them yet. Oops :)

I am reading:
The 2nd book in the "Twilight" Saga "New Moon"...yea I caved.

I am hoping:
That for some reason, Josh ends up not having to go to Yankeetown this week...and that I can come up with an idea for a story.

I am creating:
A Novel...at some point...when I come up with a topic...pray for one for me please :)
I am hearing:
Noah talking to his toys...and rattling them around. Around the house: The bedroom is a disaster-definately need to get it cleaned today. The rest of the house is in pretty good shape thanks to our weekend cleaning.
One of my favorite things: Naps and Dr. Pepper's

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Spending quality time with my little man while Josh is away and hopefully some quality time with my laptop putting some words down...
What's on your mind?

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April 2, 2009

Here it comes again...

It's about that time again. It usually happens to me once every 4 or 5 weeks...sometimes more often than that. I can't help it. I don't really know how to stop it. When it starts up, it seems to be the only thing that occupies my mind. I try to suppress it because I don't really know what else to do. It's been really bad the past couple of days. The feeling has gotten so strong that I am starting to have trouble going to sleep because the thoughts are there...just floating around in my mind with no where to go.
LOL...had you going on something pretty serious didn't I? Actually, all I am talking about is my desire to write. It happens more frequently now than it used to. Especially if I start reading a good book or see a really good movie based on a good book. That's when I really, really get the itch to write. Whether I just write in my journal, jot down some thoughts in a notebook, or (if you guys are lucky) I blog. I watched "Twilight" yesterday. Yea I know I should have finished the book first, but I wanted to make sure that I would really like it before I spent time reading the book. Because I knew that even if I didn't like it, once I start a book I finish it. If not I'm stuck questioning what goes on and what happens at the end. Plus, as an aspiring writer, it's rude not to finish something that someone has put so much of their effort and time into.
Yep. "Twilight" has claimed another. I'm fascinated. Entranced even by the sheer simplicity, the romance, and the suspense of the story. Monsters and Vampires don't usually strike my fancy when it comes to something to read. I love horror movies, but to read about it is something totally different. I guess that's why I went ahead and watched the movie. I guess I thought it would give me a better visual of what Stephenie Meyer was trying to portray in the Cullen family. And, for those of you who haven't seen the movie or read the book, Edward Cullen (and the rest of his family for that matter) in no way visual compare to Vampire's of previous stories and movies. John Carpenter and whoever wrote Dracula gave them the depiction of hideously ugly creatures. Not Stephenie Meyer. They are far from hideous. No wonder teenage girls and adult women alike swoon at the sight and thought of Edward Cullen. It's romantic. He's romantic. Granted, he's a vampire....but romantic none the less. Anyways...that is not really what this blog was supposed to be about.
So, writing. Yea. That's what I want to do. I'm just having a little bit of difficulty finding somewhere to start. I will be fine if I can just find my topic. My story line. That's what I am having a hard time with. I feel like everything I come up with has already been done. And I guess, it probably has. Look at JK Rowling. She did Harry Potter and made millions...but if you sit and read it and know a little bit about Greek Mythology and CS Lewis' books, you will recognize a lot of similarity between them. Danielle Steele....all of her novels are "original" but they have all already been done. I don't know. I'm sure I'll come up with something. The key to writing is to "write what you know." I know alot about a lot of different things...but aside from some personal things that happened in my life years ago, there isn't a whole lot that I would really consider interesting enough to write about.
And when I say write...I mean as in a novel. Not a short story. Not just something to put words on paper. It's always been a goal of mine to write a novel. Hopefully something that is good enough to make it to the big screen one day. (Think Stephen King, Nicholas Sparks, Jodie Piccoult, Stephenie Meyer...) all of those have had there books made into Theatrical Hits. That's what I want. I want to write something that one day people will be able to sit in a movie theatre and watch on the big screen...something that has a meaning to it that in some way touches someones life. Something that can stir in someone the things that some of these authors works have stirred in me.
Now just to come up with that story. LOL. I included a poll on the left column of my blog. I'd like to know what kind of novels everyone that reads this prefers. Just to kind of get an idea of what people really like to read about. The NY Times Best Sellers list isn't much help because it's usually the same authors whose books are there over and over again. They have already proven themselves as outstanding authors so people continue to buy their books. No matter what they are about. I'm that way with Nicholas Sparks. I don't care what he writes about. I buy it and read it. And I always like it. I'd appreciate it if everyone who reads this would vote. Thanks!

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