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June 29, 2009

100 of the Simplest things that make me happy.

A friend of mine on Facebook gave me this great idea for a blog. She wrote a "note" about how there are so many things in life that distract us and overwhelm us, that we sometimes forget how much good there is and overlook the simple things. Her challenge was to sit down and make a list of 100 of the Simplest Things that make you happy. The rules are just that they have to be specific. You can't just list that "Your Children" make you happy, because if you are like every other mother out there, they don't always make you happy. List the specifics.
  1. Noah's goofy, toothy grin.
  2. Noah's giggle.
  3. Seeing the wonder and amazement in Noah's face when he discovers something new.
  4. Falling asleep snuggled up in Josh's arms.
  5. Josh's kisses.
  6. Getting cards (birthday cards, thank you cards, doesn't matter to me what kind.)
  7. The look on a Grooms face when he sees his new bride walking down the aisle.
  8. The smell of cookies baking.
  9. The first cold day of winter.
  10. The way rain sounds on a tin roof.
  11. The sound of the waves crashing on the beach.
  12. Sunsets overlooking the ocean or the mountains.
  13. Feeling Gods presence around me while doing really good Praise and Worship.
  14. Books that are so good and so well written that you feel like a character.
  15. When my house is completely spotless.
  16. Seeing and chatting with old friends.
  17. Pictures and Memories of my grandparents.
  18. When everything gets quiet and all you can hear is nature.
  19. The feeling that comes with success and accomplishment.
  20. Productivity.
  21. Cold Dr. Pepper over crushed ice.
  22. Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream.
  23. Laughing until I cry.
  24. Cold Pillows.
  25. Being told I am beautiful on the inside and out.
  26. When Noah falls asleep on my shoulder.
  27. Flip-Flops.
  28. The smell and all around feel of Christmas.
  29. Songs that stir emotions inside of me.
  30. Laughter thru tears.
  31. Seeing a mother and father completley and totally in love with their children.
  32. Elderly couples who look at one another like they are falling in love for the first time.
  33. Good conversation.
  34. Writing.
  35. Day Planners.
  36. Notebooks.
  37. Beautiful Antique Buildings.
  38. Bookstores.
  39. Starbucks White Mocha Frappacino's.
  40. The feel of sunshine.
  41. Movie Theatre Popcorn with Goobers :)
  42. Chocolate Covered Strawberries
  43. Shopping for other people.
  44. Dancing under the stars.
  45. Meteor Showers
  46. College Football Saturdays.
  47. Good, Homecooked Meals.
  48. Baking.
  49. The innocence of children.
  50. Finishing a crossword puzzle.
  51. Christmas Ornaments.
  52. When you miss your favorite song on the radio and turn it to another station and it comes on.
  53. Window shopping and trying on diamond rings that I will never own.
  54. Puppies.
  55. Getting Flowers.
  56. Homemade Lemonade.
  57. Disney Movies.
  58. Candlelight.
  59. Bubble Baths.
  60. The way Peanut Dust smells in the Fall back home in Alabama.
  61. Good dreams that feel real.
  62. Making Lists.
  63. Knowing my eternity is in heaven with my Father.
  64. The look of genuine happiness on someone's face.
  65. Sugar-top Blueberry Muffins.
  66. Running through the sprinklers.
  67. Fireworks.
  68. Being back at home on the Lake.
  69. Completing Jigsaw puzzles.
  70. Good ol' Alabama Sweet Tea.
  71. Grilling and Barbequing during the summertime.
  72. Willow Tree Figurines.
  73. Taking pictures.
  74. Painting and being crafty.
  75. Waking up to Noah's smiling face every morning.
  76. My husbands Egg Sandwiches.
  77. Breakfast in bed.
  78. Those rare days when I get to sleep late.
  79. Decorating.
  80. Silence (rarely)
  81. Sleep.
  82. Learning new things from the Bible.
  83. When God points out books, scriptures, songs, etc. that pinpoint things I am going through in my life.
  84. New friends.
  85. Good ink pens that don't bleed.
  86. Purses!
  87. The rare moments that I get to go buy new clothes.
  88. Learning to appreciate the little things.
  89. Getting to spend time in Alabama with mine and Josh's family.
  90. Date Nights with my husband.
  91. My favorite TV Shows...
  92. Really good movies (Forrest Gump, Gone with the Wind, Dirty Dancing, and THe Notebook to name a few)
  93. Seeing that people read my blog.
  94. Getting comments on my blog.
  95. Dreaming and Setting Goals.
  96. Planning and Organizing Things.
  97. Birthday's! (Mine or anyone elses)
  98. Hearing Josh say "I Love You"
  99. Watching Josh be a daddy.
  100. Learning to be a mommy.

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Home Makeover Project

Home Makeover Project
This is going to be the biggest, most costly project but definately worth the trouble. When Josh and I got married, all of our furniture was handed down and borrowed. I am on a mission now to have all new furniture by the time we relocate next year. Furniture we want and have purchased ourselves. I've also got an idea of how I am going to decorate our next house and so my decorating needs are listed as well
(Living Room)
  • New Couch and Loveseat
  • New Coffee Table, End Tables and Entertainment Unit
  • New TV (Ours doesn't even work right now)
  • Bookshelf (I have tons of books boxed up and no where to put them)
  • Barstools (we have a bar in the living room, but nowhere to sit!)
  • Blow up and frame 8x10 and 11x14 photos of Noah
  • Fix curtains for window (we have an ENORMOUS 140"x 8' window/sliding glass door and nothing to cover it right now.)
  • Ceiling Fan
  • New pictures to hang on the walls

(Kitchen)

  • Curtains to hang over the window
  • Rugs for the floor
  • New Table and Chairs
  • Photos to hang and decorate with

(Our Bedroom)

  • FURNITURE! (We have none and are sleeping on a mattress on the floor right now)
  • New comforter, sheets, curtains, throw pillows
  • I would really like a big, overstuffed chair for our room
  • New TV
  • Entertainment Stand
  • DESK! (I am dying without my desk to scrapbook and write...)
  • Anything to decorate with (my walls are so bare)

So far this is all that's needed. I know it seems like so much, but I am an organization and decorating guru. Our house is beautiful and our furniture does us very well right now, so this is just an outstanding project that is going to take time to complete. Josh and I just had to move and get furnishings for a house in less than a month and we did the best we could. It's time for us to buy some nice pieces and have things that are going to last and that we want to keep for a while. I'll keep you updated as this project gets underway. It shouldn't be very long before we get to kick it off since Josh is starting his new job in the next few weeks.

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The Simple Woman's Daybook- June 29

Outside my window: Blue Skies and our Beautiful pond glistening under the bright sunshine :)
I am thinking: About the upcoming 4th of July weekend and all of the things that I need to sit down and do.
I am thankful for: A beautiful son. A loving, amazing husband. Good health. Great Family. Indescribable God.
From the kitchen: Steak Pasta for supper. Got the steaks thawing out and pasta is a cinch.
I am reading: "My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Picoult. Kept hearing about it and my neighbor let me borrow her copy. It's good, just not as good as I thought it would be.
I am hoping for: Decent weather for the 4th. Hopefully it won't be 1000 degrees outside.
I am creating: Lots of new lists (which I will probably grace you with shortly) and working on a new blog header.
I am praying: For direction in my life, obedience and patience in other areas. God's will for Josh and I a new church home.
Around the house: Still pretty much spotless, but the week has only just begun...
One of my favorite things: Noah's happy smile and goofy giggle :)
A few plans for the week: Not much on the agenda...spending time with Josh and Noah and Josh's brother. Josh's mom will be down at the end of the week, so we'll see :)

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June 25, 2009

Too much Too fast...

So, I'm having a few bitter sweet emotions right now with Noah. As I posted a couple of days ago, Noah finally started talking..."Daddy." I don't know if that simple word will ever mean the same. :) Then, not even 3 hours after saying Daddy, he sits up on his own for the first time. He laying on the floor, crawling around, and the next thing I know, he's sitting up staring at me. Then (yes, I said then) he crawled over to the bed and climbed up. (We are in the process of shopping for new bedroom furniture, so we just have a mattress on the floor...) And today, after Josh got home from work, we were sitting downstairs and he proceeds to grab the coffee table and pull up. He almost made it but he toppled backwards before he stood up.
I can't believe it's all going so fast. I'm super excited that he's reaching all of these important developemental milestones, but there's a sad feeling lurking around in the back of my mind. I mean, we carry a child for 9 months, anticipating their arrival, then when they get here, they grow up too fast. And the funny thing is, we-as mothers-have the tendancy to say things like "I'll be glad when they get older so they can (fill in the blank)." but when they reach that age, we want them little again.
Anyway. Just some food for thought. I was having a little bit of a mommy moment and I thought I would share with everyone. Keep checking back, because at this rate, next week I'll be writing about Noah getting his driver's license. Haha :)

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June 23, 2009

Daddy :)

We had been waiting on this moment for several weeks now, and it finally came. Noah said his first word today. I don't mean 'dada' or 'baba' either. I mean an actual word. Josh was in the shower after he got home from work and I was playing with Noah. He was sitting up on my knees playing airplane with me and Josh opened the bathroom door and smiled at him. Just as simply as it could be, Noah looked at him and gave him that big toothy grin and said "Daddy!" and clapped his hands.

I literally almost cried. LOL I know I'm a big softie. That was just one of those key moments when you truly realize that this little person is your responsibility and you get to teach him everything. It was surreal. I know that everyone with kids understands what I mean, and for those of you who don't have your own yet, you will. It's just a breathtaking moment. Anyway. I was utterly ecstatic and wanted to share with everyone. :)

Oh yea, Congrats to Kelli & Rob Bates on baby Norah Claire! She arrived yesterday, and I'm sure she is beautiful! Our God is so amazing!

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Photo Updates! :)

He learned how to wiggle his tongue...lol. He sticks it out and waves it around like a snake. Goofy little boy :)
Daddy's Boy all the way The low country boil we fixed for Josh's birthday...way too much food.
The Red Sox cake I made Josh. The inside of it was Red. Not red velvet, just a red cake. The wonder of food coloring :)
Finally got little man down for a decent nap this afternoon and trying my hardest to relax. Blogging is my outlet. Josh has to go back to work to do his last 2 night hours tonight at work, so we are both laying in bed resting while we can.
I have a request for those of you who read this. My grandaddy, PawPaw, isn't doing really well. He has had a lot of heart trouble over the past several years (Bypass, Valve Replacement, Pacemaker...) and his heart is just wearing out. He's back in the hospital right now in Alabama and they are basically telling us that we are just waiting for him to slip away. He has made his peace with God and knows where he is going when he dies. He isn't afraid and seems eager to see my Maw again. I ask that all of you out there would just keep my family in your prayers. It's going to be hard if he does pass away, but he is so weak right now that physically he will probably be better off.
On a happier note, Noah finally started crawling. Not just scooting with his head, but crawling. He hasn't really gone very far because when he started doing it this afternoon he was crying wanting me to give him a bottle, then he napped, so I haven't been able to see how far he can go yet. He is wiggling his tongue now too. Flaps it around like a snake. It's so cute! He is really getting around the kitchen in his walker too. He likes to bump into our heels...and the wall...and the stove...and the dishwasher...lol. He is so much fun. I've never understood how happy a child could make someone until I had my own. There is no greater joy in life than looking at a happy baby and knowing that he is yours. I can honestly say that I have never been happier in my life.

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Me: A-Z

I saw this on a few other blogs and thought it would be fun to do. Here it goes:
A -Age: 21 (22 on July 17)
B -Bed size: Queen
C -Chore you hate: Dusting...yuck!
D- Donuts or Kolache: Krispy Kreme Donuts all day!
E -Essential start your day item: Caffeine!
F -Favorite color: Red
G -Gold or Silver: Silver or White Gold
H -Height: 5'5"
I -Instruments you play: None really. I used to play Piano, and I played Flute in Jr. High
J -Jokes or Rhymes: No real preference I guess...
K -Kids: 1, Noah :)
L -Living arrangements: Me, the hubby, and Noah rent a Townhouse in St. Pete
M -Movie: WAAAY too many favorites to name...Forrest Gump & Gone with the Wind are up there...
N -Nicknames: I don't think I really have any...
O-Overnight hospital stays: Just after having Noah
P -Pet Peeve: Leaving dirty dishes in the sink (We HAVE a dishwasher!) and people who smack their food...MANNERS!!
Q -Quote you like: Each and every experience God gives us, every person he puts in our life, is in perfect preparation for the future that only he can see
R -Right or left handed: Right
S -Siblings: 1 sister
T -Time you wake up: Noah wakes me up between 7:30-7:45 EVERY day of the week
U -Underwear: Colorful & Comfy
V -Vegetable you dislike: Brocoli! YUCK!
W -Ways you run late: We don't run late very often...Josh thinks late is showing up 15 minutes early, so we are usually very much on time.
X -X-rays you've had: Teeth, on my Knee, and I think I had one on my neck one time...
Y -Yummy food you make: Chicken Casserole, Campfire Potatoes, lots and lots of deserts :)
Z -Zodiac sign: Cancer

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June 22, 2009

Just an update...

Since Noah is completley passed out right now after spending a long afternoon at the pool yesterday, I thought I would update my blog while I had some time. Josh got his job. (I can't remember if I posted that he actually got it or just that he was going to interview...) He has to go orientate on the 7th of July, then he will start sometime after that. He's so excited.
Let's see. We had a pretty eventful week last week. Last Saturday I had Josh a birthday party. He had some of his work buddies over, we did a Low-Country boil with the shrimp and sausage and corn...YUM. Honestly, it wasn't as good as the low-country boil we had at our rehersal dinner, but oh well. Although he would never admit it to anyone, I decorated for him. We had the party in our garage, so I bought red, white and blue streamers and hung them everywhere and went all Betty Crocker and made him a Boston Red Sox birthday cake. It was fun. He didn't really tell me a whole lot of anything he wanted, so I took him to the mall and let him get some much needed new clothes. Then I got him "The Reagan Diaries" and the "ACDC Biography" which suited him just fine. Tuesday was his actual birthday, so I made chocolate brownies (his favorite) and homemade lasagna (which I had never made). It turned out to be REALLY good. Then we spent the night watching TV and went to bed early. LOL. I guess that's the life of living with a toddler. Friday night we went over to Brice & Shalena's house for supper. They came over a few times to eat with us and she was insistent on getting to cook us supper. We had steak and potatoes, and Shalena made what should have been cheese biscuits, but turned out to be cheese cornbread. (Haha...just kidding!) It was really good. I love steak dinners. Then, like the big children we are, we played LIFE.
I got the general idea of what my life would have been like if we had twins...not a pretty picture. We had Noah and they had a baby about 6 weeks ago (Baby Neveah...) and at times it was a battle to see who could cry the loudest. But, we did have a lot of fun. Saturday, we got up to go to the car dealership. We are finally about to get a new car (08' X-Terra...YAY!) and went to the pool. Spent part of the day cleaning the house, then for the first time since April, Josh and I went out...alone. He got a gift card to Home Depot for his birthday, so we went and ordered a much needed rug for our living room. Then we went to Walmart and out to eat. Not much, but it's such a relief sometimes to be able to enjoy dinner without having to deal with a high chair and bottles and toys.
Sunday was Father's Day. I had actually been looking as forward to this as Josh. We went and tried out a different church yesterday morning. We went to Calvary Chapel on 19 and enjoyed it a lot. Waiting on God's will to see if it's where we belong, but we really liked it. Since we had never been, I was unsure about leaving Noah in the nursery, so we took him with us and got to sit off to the side in a parents room with couches and toys and monitors so that the kids didn't disturb church. It's not something I would do all the time, but it was nice to keep Noah with us and still get to see what the church was about.
I made Josh a Father's Day gift this year since he got stuff for his birthday. I wrote him a poem from Noah and did a paint handprint and framed it. He liked it...even got a little emotional. And he didn't waste anytime hanging it in the living room. We went to the pool, cooked a cook supper (Pork Loin and Mac & Cheese...yummy!) and spent some time reading while Noah was in bed. Doesn't sound like much, but I love the quiet times we get to spend together. Then it was back to work today, and errands that need to be ran. Ugh. I love the weekends so much better! His little brother is coming on Saturday to spend the week with us. Anyway, then my mom and sister are planning to come down the week of my birthday so mom can get some Granny time and I can get a little bit of a break...meaning, sleep!

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June 5, 2009

I'm at home again today...spending quality time with Noah. Josh has been working alot the past two weeks, and it's about to drive me crazy! I guess I should get used to it, they are dumping Josh's unit (meaning almost everyone is leaving and they are getting tons of new people that aren't trained or qualified yet.) so he is going to be working alot more until everyone gets trained. Not to mention, he has a job interview next Friday at Edward White Hospital as a Monitor Tech. We need the extra income with me not working, and he is super excited to be getting back in a hospital. Honestly though, I'm a little bit...I guess, jealous. LOL. Not that I want to be a monitor tech...ugh. Telemetry wasn't my thing. But, I do miss working. I never thought I would say that, but I do. I LOVE being at home with Noah, but all day everyday, is starting to wear me down. I feel like I do absolutely nothing. I mean, I feel like I get up everyday and do the same thing over and over again. I know that it won't be like this much longer, especially since Noah is almost crawling and will soon be getting into everything, but right now, I'm just blah...

I keep trying to remind myself that I am doing something important. I'm raising our son. He isn't spending all day every day with some stranger we hardly know so they can take care of him and watch all of the new things he learns and discovers, but I'm just worn out. I need something else in my life that gives me some kind of direction and purpose. Something besides diapers, formula, cooking, and cleaning. I miss school. I actually miss papers and homework and studying. I felt stimulated then. Right now, I just feel like I'm wasting away. ::Sigh:: Anyway...now that I have kind of vented a little bit, I guess I will go for now. The bedroom needs straightening up and there is laundry to be done.