31 January 2010

31~365: up up and away

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1.31.2010 @ 10:48pm

Mabry has been full of energy lately. She is so animated and gets excited about the funniest things. I can't even begin to tell you the number of times in a day she jumps in the air yelling, "Hooray! Hooray!" Needless to say her enthusiasm brings a constant smile to our faces.

She has also taken a lot more interest in her toy room since we have been home from Alabama. No longer do I have to take her back there, pick out a few toys and drag them into the living room for her to just ignore. This has been wonderful for numerous reasons. Not least of which would be the ability to get things done without having to hear "Mama!" a million times. The downside is she has gotten so interested in playing she doesn't tell me she has to use the potty until it is too late. We went through three outfits today.

It would appear that Dan has also become very interested in the toy room. This afternoon as I worked on a crocheted baby blanket for a friend, Mabry and Dan played. While Mabry worked on cooking a meal for her baby, Dan built things like a house and the airplane pictured above. I guess the plane was actually a project they worked on together.

Nothing like father-daughter bonding time over Mega Blocks.

birthday greetings from the self obsessed may-mays

Today is my sister-in-law Lindsay's birthday. Now that Mabry is speaking much clearer I thought it would be nice to send her a video message from Mabry wishing her a happy birthday.



While we were all laying in bed being bums this morning (church was cancelled due to weather) I pulled out the laptop and opened up the video recording feature on Quicktime rather than go and find my camera and make the video that way.

Big mistake.

Someone is now obsessed with being able to watch herself on camera. I have probably a dozen videos of her just sitting there looking at herself on the computer screen and laughing. Then when I try and shut down the computer she will start yelling, "Happy Birthday Aunt Lindsay!" in hopes that I will let her keep recording herself.

Here are just a few of the out takes:





Happy Birthday Lindsay! We love you!

Ps. If you scroll down to the next post you can see a video of Mabry playing in the snow yesterday.

30 January 2010

30~365: Frozen Berry

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1.30.2010 @ 1:01 pm

The weathermen got it right for once. Southeastern North Carolina actually saw some snow and ice accumulation. I'm not sure that it was really worth shutting down half the state and causing mad panic amongst the general population. Especially when they started shutting things down on Friday (the storm didn't hit until Saturday) and have already made plans to keep some things closed through Monday. Of course, I am the girl who grew up in Pennsylvania and would still have to go to school in a blizzard. Snow days are for chumps.

Mabry had a blast playing out in the snow with Dan and I this afternoon. Of course by that point it was freezing rain more than it was snow coming down. (You should stop by and do a little ice skating in our front yard if you happen to be in the area.) Poor kid, we should probably invest in some gloves and a hat that actually fit her instead of some of my winter gear from years past.

You can see a larger version of this photo here on my Flickr site. (You can also access the site by clicking on the link at the top of the page.)

I know this isn't the best quality and I hate being called, "Mommy" rather than "Mama"...but Mabry speaks so clearly at the beginning of this that I can't help but love this video of her out in the snow today:


Hope you are all staying warm and cozy!

29 January 2010

29~365: Feeding the Addiction

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1.29.2010 @ 11:41pm

I was FINALLY able to see my friend Amber after months and months of travels tonight! She had been visiting family in Florida, which of course meant at least one stop at Disney World. That was where she found this cute ornament that she picked up for me. More jingle bells to feed my addiction!!

28 January 2010

28~365: Found

Taken with my iPhone using the Shake It app

Yesterday was a really long day. Partially because I had only slept maybe 4 hours and partially because I had to drive 8 1/2 hours with a toddler by myself across four states. The above photo was the only one I took all day yesterday. I blame the sleep deprivation on my sheer laziness. The good news is we made it, we are home and I was able to get 8 whole hours of sleep last night.

Even better was that I found my ring while unpacking last night. I had referred to the unpacking as the "hail mary" that was either going to unearth the ring or be the end of the full fledged search to several people on the phone yesterday. As it was I had undone two suitcases and several bags already. Each item was carefully inspected over every square inch before being put away. Suitcases were checked, double checked and when possible the lining was even removed to check some more.

The last suitcase held the clean clothes. As I unpacked I divided everything into two piles. Mabry's stuff and my stuff. Once I was done I picked up Mabry's pile and brought it into her room and started putting everything away. When I walked out of her room I saw something laying on the floor next to the suitcase where her clothes had just been. Not wanting to believe my eyes I ran over to it and picked it up.

Then I screamed.

Which caused poor Dan to come running from the other end of the house in panic.

I was running towards him at the same time yelling, "MY RING! I FOUND IT!!" Then we did a little happy dance right there in the hall. Yeah!!

When Mom and I had asked Mabry where my rings were on two separate occasions she had marched us back to where this suitcase was. I dismissed it because the suitcase had been zipped shut and as far as I knew she didn't know how to work a zipper. I should have believed her. It would have saved a lot of tears and stress for sure.

I know it sounds weird, but in a way I am glad I lost the ring. I needed the reminder that possessions really aren't as important as we as a society sometimes make them out to be. I also got a reminder on just how incredibly awesome and understanding man I married is.

Well I am sorry that this post is about 13 hours over do at least. I now have a whole house I need to clean about several loads of laundry to finish up and put away. They are calling for some sort of snow/ice storm tonight and I am keeping my fingers crossed. I am hoping that it will create the opportunity for some awesome photos. I am also planning on posting more photos from the circus this weekend too!

Happy Friday everyone!

27 January 2010

27~365: First Awe of the Night

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1.27.2010 @ 7:49pm

26 January 2010

26~365: Missing

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1.26.2010 @ 11:50 pm

Today was a very bad day. I lost my wedding ring and the engagement ring. (Currently kicking myself for having them soldered together.) Before you ask, I am pretty sure the answer will be "Yes, I looked there already at least three times already."

I never take my ring off. Ever. Unless I am crocheting. The way I weave the yarn through my fingers tends to get caught on the solitaire part of the engagement ring. Sometimes I just deal with it and other times it annoys me to the point of near insanity at which point I take the ring off. As soon as I am done crocheting I put it back on. Unless of course I don't or at least that was the case last night.

The last time I remember seeing the ring was when I took it off and set it on the table next to me in my parents' living room. I did what little crocheting I had left to do on a baby blanket for a friend in Washington State and then I watched some TV. It wasn't until this afternoon that I realized the ring was not on my hand. I had reached out to spin it around (as I have a tendency to do when I am talking) and it wasn't there.

My mom and I spent the better part this evening worrying and thinking and tearing apart the house. I even put on a pair of latex gloves and went through the trash piece by piece.

Dan has been amazing about the whole situation. He hasn't gotten mad. He reassured me that he still loved me and it would be ok. He even offered to go replacement ring shopping this weekend if we needed to. Which we won't be for several reasons. The most important one being that if I can't keep track of the rings I had, then I frankly don't deserve to have any at all. I told him I still have the $19 wedding band we used when we first got married before we had been able to afford anything else and I would just wear that.

The truth is all of the understanding only makes me feel worse. If he was the one who lost his ring (and he did---twice in the first six months of our marriage) I would not handle it nicely. There would be a lot of being mad at the irresponsibility of the whole situation. I keep beating myself up; probably even more so since Dan doesn't seem to want to join in with a verbal lashing or two.

I don't even know if I am going to be able to sleep. I feel on the constant verge of almost getting physically ill and then of course there is the crying. Oh the crying.

So if you happen to have stuck with this rambling post up to this point, please say a prayer I find my ring. I need my ring. I love my ring. I love the love and bond between my Hubs and I that my ring represents. I feel very much like a piece of me is missing and the truth is I don't think that I have any words to tell you just how horrible I feel.

25 January 2010

25~365: Conference Call

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1.25.2010 @ 7:56 pm

Mabry has been such a little chatterbox lately. This morning she entertained us by singing for about 15 minutes straight. This evening when my sister called Mabry got excited and wanted to talk to her "Aunt B." It was entertaining to watch her pace around the room talking and using her hands to gesture as she spoke. I'm still learning how to work with low lighting situations indoors. I hate having to use the flash and the more I think about it the more I want to invest in a 50mm lens. I think it would be a huge help. Anyone have any thoughts on this?

Mom and I finally finished painting her house today. Out of all the rooms we did (living room, kitchen, breakfast area, dining room, master bedroom, master bathroom) the bathroom was the WORST. I'd love to say I am never going to paint a bathroom again but I have one waiting for me to be painted when I get home. Awesome.

I'll be home at the end of the week and hopefully my posting will be better.

Hope you are having a good week!

24 January 2010

24~365: Late Night Star

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1.24.2010 @ 11:43pm

I have a confession. Until I started taking these pictures tonight I hadn't touched the camera all day. Thankfully Mom has some pretty interesting things around the house. Including this star hanging up in the bathroom.

It has been a bizarre day to say the least. I went with my parents to try out a new church. It had to have been one of the strangest services I have ever sat through in my life, if you even want to call it a service. The morning just set in motion a kind of oddly vibed day. Thank goodness midnight is so close and the reset button can be pushed.

Also, if you have a chance to watch the movie, Gamer, don't. AWFUL. Weird. Bad. Awful.

23 January 2010

23~365: American Village


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1.23.2010 @ 11:00 AM

Once again I am cutting it very close to the end of the day for posting my 365 photo. 23 days down only 342 more to go. Wow. This has been a much more challenging undertaking than I had originally thought. Mainly because life just seems to have a way of sneaking up on you and getting in the way. However, I love being able to pick up and use my camera every single day. I love learning new things. I love playing around with the editing software on the computer. I love pushing myself to be better. 23 days in and I am already eternally grateful to this project.

The photo is one I actually took while laying across Mabry's lap out the window of my Dad's truck as he drove down the road this morning. Thank goodness his windows were clean because there was no way to roll them down. While I am sure this isn't the best photograph in the world I am pretty proud of the fact that it didn't come out as some weird blur. I had my camera in my hand and I was confident when I snapped this photo.

What you are looking at are some of the buildings that make up American Village. From what my parents told me American Village is much like colonial Williamsburg, only in Alabama and on a much smaller scale. I think it would be fun to come back in the summer time and actually go on the property and check it out.

Hope you are all having a great weekend. I am looking forward to tomorrow as it is a day of rest, or at least I hope it will be!

22 January 2010

22~365: Cupcake!

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1.22.2010 @ 6:59pm

Mabry has discovered the wonderful deliciousness that is the cupcake. In the last week she has put in a request for cupcakes at least four times. Tonight I made fried rice for the family and had to run to the store to pick up a few things. Mabry came with me and picked out American Idol cupcakes (AI due to the little logo decoration pick stuck in the frosting) for dessert.

happy happy joy joy

While in TN we ate at Shane's Rib Shack. Katy took it upon herself to be Mabry's personal entertainment while the rest of us ate. Before long they were both entertaining all of us.




All of this laughter is a good way to segue into some awesome news. After 27+ years I am FINALLY getting a brother!! My sister, Betsy, and her boyfriend, Sven, got engaged last night. We are all so happy and excited for them! I am sure Betsy will post soon about the proposal and share photos of her beautiful ring. In the meantime if you want to leave the newly betrothed some love, click over to Betsy's blog.

a story for your friday

Last night I was really excited. It tends to be the little things that get me really excited anymore. Thursday night TV happens to be one of those little things.

Don't mock.

I had actually been anticipating the premire of the new show, The Deep End, for about a week. The only problem was that I am currently in Alabama. Which means I am also in the central time zone. In other words prime time TV starts at 7pm. Mabry's bedtime is 8pm.

It is hard to do anything when a toddler is using you as a human jungle gym, let alone actually watch a TV show. Or hear yourself think.

Amazing what you give up when you have a child. Nothing is sacred. I'm not just talking about the big things either. Even my purse isn't my own. Long gone are the days when I could carry a handbag with little more than my wallet and cell phone inside. Now I find myself lugging 25 pounds of toddler as well as a 10 pound bag filled with snacks, extra socks, and other little things all meant to entertain and sustain from store to store whenever I go out.

I tell you all of that to tell you this.

Mabry is an early riser. (So if anyone has a spare $30 laying around and wants to purchase me this clock, I'd love you forever. Not even kidding. I'm just saying.) Usually she comes into our room and wakes both Dan and I up.

Now would be a good time to tell you that I am not a morning person. If the night owls of the world had royalty I would be their queen. Hate the morning. Hate it.

Luckily for me, Dan has to get up early for work now. Which means he usually gets up with her and starts the day buying me an extra 45 minutes or so of sleep.

Oh how I love that man.

A few mornings before we left for Alabama Mabry came into our room extra early. Dan and I were both exhausted and just wanted a little more sleep. So Dan took her out to the couch and turned on TV. Surely her beloved PBS would keep her happy for at least 30 more minutes or so until the alarm was scheduled to go off.

Nope.

Mabry kept coming back to our room. Dan got her a bowl of dried cereal. Then a cup of juice. He even put one of her favorite DVR'd movies on for her. Finally out of sheer desperation for a little more shut eye he just came back to our room and shut the door.

Someone isn't quite tall enough to get to the door knob and turn it. (Insert evil laughter here.)

The knocking started out softly and grew louder and louder with each passing second we ignored her. Finally I called out from my warm bundle of covers, "Mabry, we are tired. Please just let us sleep for a few minutes."

"No!"

"Honey, Mama will take you to the library, the park, buy you a pony, anything you want if you just leave us alone."

"No!"

"Mabry, please just go back to the living room. Mama needs her privacy." Note we had been talking a lot about privacy and what that meant because of her just walking into the bathroom when I was using it.

**Silence. Followed quickly by the sound of a thud as a body flung itself full force into the door shaking the whole wall.** "NO PRIVACY!!!"

While I would love to keep Mabry a baby forever, part of me is secretly looking forward to 11 years from now when she is a teenager who loves her sleep and hates the morning.

Payback is a coming sista. Payback is a coming.

I'm just sayin.

*****
I have removed the 365 link. Instead I have added a link to my Flickr photostream. All of my 365 photos are kept in an album located on the right side of the screen.

21 January 2010

a nashvegas kind of weekend

Last weekend Mabry and I went with my parents up to Nashville to visit my Dad's sister and her children and grandchildren. It was a lot of fun and way too short of a visit.


I took tons of photos of all the kids. The task now is to go through everything and organize and edit. Mabry had a blast playing with everyone and has asked about the "kids" several times since we have left. I promised her we would come back soon.

21~365: Sweet Home Alabama

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1.21.2010 @ 12:45 pm

20 January 2010

20~365: Exhausted

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1.20.2010 @ 9:43 pm

My poor Dad has been working non stop lately. He has been going to sleep after midnight and waking up by 4AM just to try and get ahead. He said that on average he has about 250 emails a day (weekends and holidays included) sent to him that he has to respond to on top of all of the other tasks, teams, projects, etc. he is in charge of. I'd say he earned this nap.

19 January 2010

19~365: Tragedy

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1.19.2010 @ 12:29pm

A motel not far from where my parents live burned down yesterday. Four girls, who were best friends, had decided to stay there and do a little shopping before heading down to the Mississippi University for Women to start the new semester. They didn't survive the fire. This story has really stuck with me all day today.

The motel is located on the top of a hill and is completely blocked off right now. There are police, fire fighters and other workers trying to clean up the aftermath and figure out exactly what happened. I was able to stand about an 1/8th of a mile away across a 4 line highway and take a few photos of the work going on.

My heart and prayers go out to the families of those four girls tonight.

18 January 2010

18~365: Kizzy Lu

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1.18.2010 @ 10:05 pm
Editing: PW Woman Edge Burn, PW Seventies

stress, it bears repeating

The following was published last week in the Army Times. Renee had posted it on her blog and I thought it was worth reposting. I know and am friends with many of these women. Some months/years I am one of these women. I keep them all in my prayers every day. Like Renee said, "Stress doesn't even begin to cover it."

HERE'S WHAT STRESS IS


Stress? President Obama suggests Maj. Nidal Hasan cracked under stress. That's a slap in the face to the men and women who have deployed countless times and have yet to pick up a gun and start shooting their own. I don't buy the stress defense.

Want to know what stress is? I will take it from the point of view of an Army wife:

Stress is:

*Knowing your husband leaves in a few weeks and making sure you have all legal documents in order in case he doesn't come back, he's taken POW or you need his signature to proceed with any number of legal, bank or personal dealings while he is deployed.

*Sitting in a gymnasium for a few hours knowing those are the final moments you will spend with him for 12 to 15 months.

*Keeping your chin up and telling him, "Goodbye" and "stay safe" and holding your tears back because he whispered, "Don't cry, babe" in your ear.

*Watching the man you love march out with his unit and wave back at you one last time.

*Not hearing from your husband for a week or two until his unit is finally settled in whatever God-forsaken location they are assigned to.

*Coming home and continuing with your everyday life, work, school, children, family, home, pets, vehicles and any other daily activity by yourself and not having the luxury of being able to talk to your spouse about it.

*Watching the news every day and seeing the politicians back home tie soldiers' hands by bringing political correctness into the battlefield.

*Getting a phone call mid-tour telling you your husband is OK but being medevac'd to Germany.

*Calling your husband's rear detachment and having them give you no further information about where your husband is or how badly he is hurt.

*Quitting the best job you ever had to pack up your stuff and move 18 hours back to the post he's assigned to so you can have a place before he gets there.

*Having to feed, bathe and care for your husband because he cannot use his arms.

*Listening to his guilt for not being able to come back with his unit.

*Knowing another deployment is just another year and a half away.

Repeating this cycle two or three or for more times.

I've yet to see an Army wife "crack" and go on an "act of violence that is inexplicable."

Dai H. Salerno
Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.


we are family


The i heart faces challenge this week was to take a photo of family.

This photo of my daughter, Mabry, sitting on the lap of my college roommate, and Mabry's namesake, along with her daughter, Elayna was too perfect not to submit. Gloria and I have been through a lot together and I very much consider her a part of my family (even if she does drive me crazy sometimes, ha!).

What was really great about this photo is that it had been almost exactly a year since we had seen each other. Being military isn't exactly conducive to visits with friends, especially if you live on opposite sides of the country. Elayna had gone from a little three month old baby swaddled in a blanket to this adorable curly blonde haired girl who could talk and walk and melt you with her smile. As for Mabry, well the last time Gloria had seen her she was just about Elayna's age and now she is jumping and running and talking up a storm. Not to mention she maybe even grew a few inches over this last year, if we are lucky.


To see many more fantastic entries in the We Are Family themed challenge visit i heart faces here.

17 January 2010

17~365: The Amazing Toby

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1.17.2010 @ 3:02 pm
Editing: Coffee Shop Bold Color Pop, Web Rounded Corners

16 January 2010

16~365: Answered Prayer

Taken with my iPhone using the Shake It app camera.

This was not the photo I wanted to use today. The only problem is we are traveling and I had no computer access. Which means I am uploading this from my cell phone and praying it turns out right. Mabry was not happy about having to ride in a car for several hours again after such a long trip only two days before. There was much fussing and crying to be had. Thank goodness she finally passed out. Too bad it was 20 minutes before we reached our destination!

rambles


I feel like I have really been neglecting the blog lately. There was a time when I was a well organized person who not only finished things on time but had things done in advance.


Way in advance. Like the Christmas cards and family photos were done, written, addressed and stamped no later than Halloween. If that statement alone doesn't prove what a Type A person I can be, I don't know what will.


Then Mabry came along. Small things started getting put on the back burner. Then more and more still. We have now reached a point where I feel like I am pretty much drowning in things that should have been done weeks/months ago. Something has got to give. So please bear with me as I try and get things back in order and under control.


All of the photos from this post were taken yesterday at Edgar's Bakery where we enjoyed a very yummy lunch of panini sandwiches and even better desserts of chocolate covered oreos and cupcakes. I took the pictures using my iPhone and then editing also on the iPhone with the Shake It Camera app.

15 January 2010

15~365: Colored Glass

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1.15.2010 @ 11:13 AM

We visited a few antique stores near my Mom's house today. I loved these colored bottles hanging in a dusty corner of one of the stores. The owner was so sweet and let me bring my camera in and take lots of pictures of everything. Her only requirement was that I send all the photos to her to possibly use in her ads and on the store's website.

14 January 2010

14~365: The Pit Stop

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1.14.2010 @ 4:45pm

Today Mabry and I drove 9 hours or so to Alabama to visit my parents. Actually to do slave labor (just kidding---sort of) in the form of painting the entire house. Mabry did great only fussing towards the very end of the drive. Around hour six I stopped at my old work place, Chateau Elan, to take some photos and stretch our legs.

The original plan had been to post a photo of the fountain or the grapes growing in the vineyard. I just couldn't resist those chubby cheeks and little sunglasses. I wonder what she was thinking in that moment.

Stay tuned for more pictures. In the meantime, Grey's Anatomy is on. Must. Go. Watch.

13 January 2010

13~365: Mabry's Shoes

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1.13.2010 @ 10:04 PM

I am so sorry that today's photo is being put up so late. I had planned to take my camera with me earlier when I was out and about and didn't remember that I had forgotten the camera until I was half way into town. Thanks is owed to Tracey who responded to my desperate twitter/facebook plea, with the great idea of using Mabry's shoes.

To quote her, "They will never be this small again."

Too true.

dirty talk

Let's talk potty, shall we?

Cheesing it up 1-12-2010

I have to admit that I am kind of afraid to even mention how potty training is going. Mainly because it has been so good and smooth that I am sure as soon as I hit publish on this post a hex will fall upon the house and everything will go down the drain. Pun intended.

My cousin, Jennifer, left the suggestion last week to get rid of the diapers and not look back. That advice chilled me to my core. It took me a two days to get over the fear of having to clean up accidents left and right and just go for it.

It has been almost a week now and aside from nap time and bedtime Mabry has been wearing only her big girl panties. We have had one accident. ONE. How amazing is that?! I'm sure a lot of it has to do with me asking her if she has to go every 30 minutes or so regardless if we are home or running errands.

Cheesing it up 1-12-2010

The only problem has been her refusal to tell me on her own she has to go. But then, if I am constantly asking does she really need to say anything?

That changed yesterday afternoon.

A few minutes after laying her down for her nap she started screaming for me. So I run into her room and she says, "I poop." Thinking she had dirtied her diaper, I went to change her. The diaper was bone dry. So I sat her on the potty and lo and behold she went. After her nap the diaper was still dry.
Cheesing it up 1-12-2010

As a reward for telling me she had to go I gave her a play camera I had bought that afternoon. Every time I am taking photos she wants to use my camera too. I don't like her touching the camera for two reasons, one it is an extremely expensive piece of equipment and two nothing good comes from her touching the camera.

Case in point:

Mabry took a photo

The girl loves her princess camera. She spent the whole evening walking around yelling "Cheese!" and then taking our picture. I'm pretty sure Dan even tucked the camera in bed with her tonight.

Now to figure out what to do when we travel down to Alabama at the end of the week. Should I put her back in diapers for the trip? Stop every hour or so and see if she will go for me? What would you do?

12 January 2010

nester/dayspring giveaway

The Nester is hosting a giveaway and I really am keeping my fingers crossed I win one of the $50 gift certificates DaySpring is giving away.

DaySpring has a design studio that will allow you to make all kinds of custom signs. You can pick fonts, colors, styles. Really and truly the possibilities are endless.

I created these two signs in the design studio to show you:

The first is one of my favorite quotes:

The second is our monogram. I love monograms, but an "O" is sometimes hard to make fancy. I LOVE the way this one turned out.

If you want a chance to win one of the gift certificates be sure to stop over to the Nester. Don't want to wait? Head on over to DaySpring and place your order.

12~365: My Favorite Face

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1.12.2010 @ 10:58 AM


Today's 365 photo is pulling double duty. i heart faces is celebrating their 1st birthday this week and the challenge they gave was to take a photo of your favorite face. While I have many favorite faces, this one has to be in the top two.

This photo was also a challenge because this morning Mabry woke up with more energy than normal resulting in lots of blurry photos as she shook her head and made silly faces and gestures. I had hoped to take the photo outside, but it is just too cold to venture out there today.

To check out all of the wonderful and inspiring submissions to this week's challenge go here.

Happy Birthday i heart faces !!!

11 January 2010

11~365: Overwhelmed

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1.11.2010 @ 2:41pm

hurricanes game

Last night we went to a Carolina Hurricanes hockey game. It was military appreciation night and the USO of NC gave away some great tickets that were able to take advantage of. All week we had been telling Mabry about the hockey game and getting her really excited. I probably did a little too good of a job with this. Every time we would get in the car she would ask, "Hoppy game?" I would have to explain that we would go to the game after church on Sunday.


Our friends John, Jess, Chris and Shenan all went with us. The Hurricanes won, scoring two of their goals in the last five minutes of the game. I spent a great deal of the time taking photos. 517 photos to be exact. Probably a little too much, but it was good practice and I got some great pictures.

If you go here to the Fanpix site you might just happen upon a photo of a certain little girl all ready for her first "hoppy game." (img 0177)

**I'm sorry that none of these images are edited (unless you count rounding the corners and resizing them for the web), there just isn't time this morning. Forgive me?

10 January 2010

10~365: Fight

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1.10.2010 @ 7:30pm

a little random for your sunday

10 Words You Need To Stop Misspelling: This is just funny. A little crude, but funny. I especially enjoy the comment about the sun under "weather." Dan, the collector of all things random fact, learned this week that it takes something like 8.5 minutes for the sun's rays to reach the earth. He has reminded me several times that this means if the sun explodes we won't know for almost 10 minutes. What difference that 8.5 warning would have made I'll never know.

How To Use An Apostrophe: While we are at it, you might want to check this one out too.

Twenty Ten: Public service announcement time.

Faux Thin Mints: Since I have a serious 10 pounds I need to lose let me just say, Faux Thin Mints? YES. PLEASE.

Fold A Fitted Sheet: If I were to go downstairs right now and take a photo of my linen closet you would notice a whole bunch of lumpy pillowcases stacked on shelves. I think it is an ingenious idea to store the fitted, flat and pillow case of a sheet set inside the second pillowcase. It keeps everything together. It also attempts to hide the fact that I have No. Idea. how to fold a fitted sheet. Which means on laundry day I usually just wind the fitted sheet around my arm a few times and then fold it over into a wad before cramming it into the pillow case. Someone out there knew I needed an instruction video like this. I thank them.

One last thing, I had come across this quote from an article in DC Metro. The author was doing a satirical article on some of the drawbacks to having kids.

You have to teach kids everything. Weirdly, kids don't intuit what napkins are for. And have you ever tried teaching a child to jump? If you can explain that to me without using the words, "and then you jump," I will strongly consider giving you one of my children.

We recently tried to teach Mabry to jump and let me just say it is virtually impossible to leave out the phrase, "and then you jump." Dan swears that it can be done. Only neither one of us can come up with an alternative a 2-year-old would understand.

Ps. The photo for today's 365 is probably going to be up pretty late. We are going to a hockey game up in Raleigh and won't be back until sometime after 9. I plan to put up a photo from the game then.

09 January 2010

9~365: Defeat

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1.9.2010 @8:40 PM

Today was one of those days when anything that could go wrong, did. Even this photo, I don't know why Flickr decided to add in the red lines around the top and bottom of the picture. I am sure I could probably spend the next twenty minutes messing around and fix it. The truth is I am too tired to even care. I am looking forward to the clean start that is tomorrow.

08 January 2010

call me edna

It started with the cape for Mabry. Which turned into the cape for Sheebus. Then Mabry insisted we make a cape for her friend, L. Then today I saw my little cousin, Katy, with a purse around her neck pretending to have a cape. This just could not do and so I set out to make Katy her very own cape. Of course if I make one for Katy I need to make ones for her brother, Micah, and sister, Vail too. If they have them then my other little cousin, Avery Rose, who lives near by should have one too. So this afternoon I turned out four more capes with some of the fabric I had.

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By this point I am thinking about changing my name to Edna 'E' Mode. (You will have needed to see the movie Incredibles to get that reference.)

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Ps. Mabry's current favorite game is to put on the cape and yell, "Fly! Fly! Fly!" while running around the house. I can only imagine what it is going to be like when we go visit Nashville and bring all the cousins their capes in a couple of weeks.


8~365: Love Being a Girl

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1.8.2010 @ 12:11 PM

07 January 2010

7~365: The Major's Grave

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1.7.2010 @ 11:15 am
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