Tuesday, September 29, 2009

She's almost 6 months!

Wow!  I can't even believe that my baby is fixing to be 6 months!! I know she's going to grow fast, quit telling me that! LOL I just want to enjoy her now and not regret anything when she's older. People always say " I can't wait until she does this, or you just wait...." I do want to wait. I don't want her to grow up any faster than she is... I am excited for those times, but in the same sense I'm being patient.

She's so sweet, the last week or so, has been so much fun with her. She's such a happy baby! Speaking of GROWING UP we will be starting her on solids here in a few weeks. I know most people start their babies at 4 months, but again, I don't want to be to eager for her to grow up. And since she's nursing she can technically go a year with out eating solids, so I'd say pump that in as much as possible.
**I need everyone who reads this FAMILY to know that b/c we are starting her on solids does not mean that she can have mashed potatoes! :-) We are going to be making her baby food. I have the time to do it and want to do it. We'll start out with some avacado's and maybe some squash. I'm not sure about the baby cereal yet, we might do it for a little bit, or the oatmeal, and then just move her on. Since she's is older and more skilled, she will not have to get used to the " spoon in mouth " thing very long. She's practically got it figured out just by playing with them all the time. I also am going to be feeding her all organic food, mixed with her baby/mommy milk. So please refrain from giving her anything else for a while so that I can keep track of what she's eating in the case that she has any allergic reactions. Thanks, OH don't worry, I will be sending out an email too when we get the ok to start foods.. HEHE. So anyways that's pretty exciting!
She's been doing SO well with sitting up on her own and being in her tummy and rolling over . All though it makes it hard to change those diapers!!

We took her to the puppy park on Saturday and Sunday. She absolutely LOVES it! Not to mention that my doggies are like different doggies! They love it too! I meant to bring my real camera to take some pics, but I forgot it, and my camera on my phone doesnt do well with " moving " objects! as you can tell from my wiggle worm baby pics.

We started our morning off with church on Sunday. 

She likes the music. She did perfect! She stayed awake quiet and alert for the praise and worship. And got sleepy about 10 minutes in to the sermon so daddy stepped out in to the family room and she was out in like 5 minutes..... she just slept the rest of the time, until the end and was awake and happy baby again. Everyone there just goo goo ga ga'd over her! Of course she loved that too. Makes for a proud mommy and daddy! 

I will be excited to post pics of her eating some food, it will be fun!

Another thing that she has picked up is the sippy cup! She has 2. One of which she prefers over the other. I think it's easier for her to get milk out of. She gets a little peeved when she cant get it out! but she does pretty good with it.

The last 6 months have been so great. They've went by, but I don't feel like as parents either of us have missed a thing. We are so greatful for that!

Marriage <3 <3

Last Saturday we did a marriage seminar at Victory church. We met some new couples ( one that lives close to us!) and spent the day together, learning lots! Lots of things stuck with me. We learned SO much. And I encourage anyone who is married to do something like this a few times a year. I know that we will! Some of the things that really stuck with me, and hit home, I printed them out and scrapped them a little, and will post them on the wall like in our bathroom, or closets or something so that we can be reminded everyday. 

The 10 commandments of marriage....

1. Never bring up mistakes of the past.
Luke 6:37- Stop criticizing others or it will come back on you. Forgive others and you'll be forgiven.

2. Neglect the whole world RATHER than each other.
Mark 8:36- and how do you benefit if you gain the whole world, but lose your soul in the process?

3. Never go to sleep with an unsettled argument.
Eph. 4:26 - don't sin by letting anger gain control over you. Don't let the sun go down while your angry.

4. At least once a day, try to compliment your spouse.
Proverbs 15:4 - Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.

5. Never meet with out an affectionate welcome.
Song of Solomon 1:2 - Kiss me again and again, your love is sweeter than wine.

6. " For richer or poorer"
Proverbs 15:17; 16:7-21 - a bowl of soup with someone you love is better than a steak with someone you hate.

7. f you have a choice between making you, or your spouse look good.... choose your spouse!
Proverbs 3':27 - Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it's in your power to help them.

8. If they are breathing, you mate will eventually offend you... learn to FORGIVE.
Luke 17:3,4 - I'm warning you, if another believer sins, rebuke him; if he repents, forgive him. Even if he wrongs you seven times a eay and each time turns again and asks for forgiveness.... forgive him.

9. Dont use faith, the Bible, or God as a hammer.
John 3:17 - God did not send his son in to the world to condemn it, but to save it.

10. Let love be your guidepost.
1 Cor. 13:4,5 - Love is patient, and kind. Love is not Jealous, boastful, proud, or rude. Love does not demand it's own way. Love is not irritable and it keeps no record of when it's been wronged.

I like these. It's so hard to remember in this fast paced world that we are created and hard-wired for companionship.... Period.  It all boils down to love. Everyone in this world NEEDS to be loved. We have to remember that we didn't get married souly for ourself. We got married so that we could spend our entire life devoted to this other person, only to reap the rewards. It's not about " im going to be married to this person so that I can feel happy, or fulfilled( or the security of being with someone)" If that's your mentality, you might be doomed!

**Communication to a relationship is blood to the body.**

*Be guilty of loving!

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in the evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perservers.  1 corinthians 13:4-6

<3 Kiss me again! Your love is sweeter than wine.  Song of Solomon 1:2 <3

We Learned that anger is the most talked about emotion in the bible. So even back in the day, people were ANGRY! We learned that anger stems from 3 sub-emotions.
1. Hurt ( past )
2. Frustration ( present )
3. Fear ( future)

After I thought about it, I thought of every time that I'd been angry, and sure enough it stemmed from one of these feelings. Anger can be a big problem in relationships. It's the most mis understood emotion as well. It's all about how you handle it, and control it.

Of course, communication is a big one. Communication is not only talking but listening as well. It is as vital to the marriage as blood is to the body. The best times to communicate are The first 4 minutes of your day, last 4 minutes before you leave, first 4 minutes after being home, and of course the last 4 minutes of your day. We think, that's only 16 minutes a day, that's easy.. NOT. By communicating it means, talking with out the tv on, from the other room, no computer, kids ( or talk of kids), no work/work talk. Just focused on each other, and LISTENING  to them. Tell me that's not hard work! We have a book of like 200 questions to ask your partner, and we're going to try to ask them at some of these key points of the day and answer them. They are questions that'd you'd never think to ask each other, but really get you open and talking.

So, to say the least we really took alot from the class. I'm so thankful it just kinda fell in our lap. We really enjoyed it, and can't wait for another oppertunity to do something like it again!


Friday, September 18, 2009

Catching up on life.

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It's been a little longer than usual, I admit. I have been so busy just keeping up with everything! I feel totally over whelmed when things get behind, or stay behind. Mostly house work or errands that I need to run. So I'm feeling pretty caught up now. Almost every piece of laundry is done, sink is empty, house is clean ( with the exception of my floors of course since it's been raining and I have 2 crazy boxers that like to go in and out- I give up it's much easier ) a happy husband and baby ( no more sickness for us).
Things have been great for us- we've been spending quality time together. On Wednesday we went to Norman to get Scott's new tattoo and we decided just to go and make the day of it. So we left early and went to the OKC bombing memorial. We didn't even go inside to the museum just walked around the outside and saw all that stuff and we were just so touched.

This is across the street from the bombing site. It's Jesus with his back turned toward evil. all of these black markers are for the children and 3 unborn children that were lost. On the stone it reads Jesus wept. This was my favorite part here.

 This is the relecting pool It looks just like a pond, but it's only about an inch deep, and the edges don't meet, so all the water just falls  in between them and is extremely peaceful to hear. Across from the relecting pool is chairs for all of the people who were lost they range of different sizes. They are arranged by the floors and have the victims names on them. The bottom half of the chair is glass which holds light, which turn on at night.

This is Daddy and baby. She is giving him a big bear hug, and loves him berrrrrrrry much! She really enjoyed being outside. The weather was great. Maybe 75 with a breeze....

So Scott has been wanting his tattoo, something sentimental of his prized possesion! He decided he loved one of the ultrasound pictures that we had done of Anisten when she was only 19 weeks. And ever since he's wanted to some how make that into a tattoo. Awesome idea. So I'm going to post the original ultra sound pic and then the tattoo which is on his right caff muscle.

I'm totally obsessed with it. One thing  that I loved was that the artist left the umbilical cord on there and it just fades in to his leg. Truly amazing that he has our daughter permanently attached to him.
While he was getting that done, Anisten baby and I decided to go on a quest for some cute pink shorts to wear for the race for the cure. $80 and a mini shopping spree later, still no shorts! But we did find some really cute shoes. 2 pairs. 2 new shirts, and I decided to get some cozy sweats and tee to wear home since she had spit up on me to make me look like I had a case of incontinence!! lol. The joys of motherhood right?!
Ive really been enjoying her lately. She's becoming so independant and responsive. She is learning that when she wants ( OR DOESN'T WANT) something that all she has to do is grunt, stiffen her leg and squeal or simply throw her body in to whatever she wants to get it. It's fun watching her develop all of these skills. She's still pretty lazy and isn't sitting up un assisted or crawling yet. I am ok with this though. She is showing interest and  can do it for a few seconds but will just slump down and lay on her belly. She is scooting though. If I lay her on a blanket and put a toy in front of her out of her range she will scoot to it, or roll until she gets there.
Sunday night we went to Victory church to see my ALL TIME FAVORITE praise and worship leader Kari Jobe. It was a toss up on whether or not to get a sitter for her, or just take her with us. I decided that I know that she likes Kari too so why not take her? She did not make a SINGLE peep the whole time. She fell asleep towards the end but when she was awake for the 1st 2 hours she was watching as if she were studying.

This is us there before she came out. She was so happy. All the people around us just thought she was so pretty and she was just smiling and being friendly with everyone. Makes for one proud mama!

Something happened the other day that just blew my mind, put chills all over my body and threw me in to shock. We watch a show called America's Got Talent. There is a lady on there named Barbara Peddia (I coulde be spelling that wrong) and she sings oprah. I love her and thought she has done well. Well we're sitting watching the show and she is about to perform. Anisten was just fussing or un happy about something and all of a sudden Barbara begins to sing " Ave Maria" which is probably the MOST beautiful song in the entire world. Anisten stops dead in her tracks and is the most attentive and still that I've ever seen her, and has a smile on her face for the entire performance. When she would hit a certain ( higher ) note A would get all excited and chuckle like. I have never in my life been so moved by a performance (and reaction of my child) I literally had tears streaming down my face and goose bumps were covering my body. I replayed the performance on tv, and got the same reaction from both of us the 2nd time. AAAAAmaazing! The girls story alone is so touching she's a throat cancer survivor. She was not only suppose to loose her voice, but not make it through the next year. Incredible. Bone chilling. It's wild to think that God really did instill certain things in us to move others. I have known that A will be musical, but that absolutely confirmed it all. She doesn't just like music, she likes very touching music. She really does onlly have certain music that she likes. Click the link below to see the performance!!
What is very ironic about this, is this song was sang at her baby dedication.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day weekend.

The weekend was great. Went out to dinner with my friend and some of her friends on Friday night. It wasn't anything fancy or anything. We sat outside so I could have brought the baby, but I left her at her grandma Campbell's house! So other than dinner, I really didn't do anything else except sit and chat with Jan for a little while.
Saturday I worked and was only suppose to work until about 11. I had a client that is 17 and back in March she went to treatment for DRUGS. Since the appointment was on my books for so long, I didn't know if she was actually going to come or not. I didn't have a number for her that worked. I was completely surprised when she showed up. It was totally encouraging to see her all sobered up and not only clean, but she had a whole new outlook on life. Her mother also went to treatment for alchohol and they are now living a new life together. What's crazy to me, is these girls are a (ex)wife and daughter to a very known " high-roller/ politician-ish " man in Tulsa. Almost anyone you talk to would know who this man is. So to me, this tells me that money can't buy happiness. It was great to hear them converse with each other and to talk to me about everything so openly. I'm sure after years of supressed and " covered up" feelings it feels great to openely talk about things. So inspiring.
After they left I rushed home, met Haylee here at the house and we headed out to the lake. Scott had to work that night, so he drove down Sunday morning. It's always hard sleeping seperately especially with the baby but we missed each other lots!
We decided later on in the day that we wanted to get on one of the jet ski's (which we do often at the lake) and the first turn out of the " no wake" zone scott makes a quick turn, and flips both of us off the sea doo. I was so mad, that I mad him take me back to the fishing dock and drop me off. GRR. So now I have a super duper sore neck! Thanks babe! lol. We had a godo time though. He went water skiing. He and my brother were the only ones that could get up. I didn't do it, but that stuff look sooo hard. I don't like to bite the water over and over!

Mom kept the baby most of the day. She did so well with her grammie. She took her naps and everything for her. They bought her a little blow up toy to sit in in the lake but the water was so cold that I didn't want to put her in it. Don't think we didn't get use out of this said blow up toy! We put it on the bed after it was blown up and she just had a blast sitting in it. It actually worked out well b/c she could practice sitting up on her own, and if she wobbled over it was like a bumper to keep her from falling! She likes to try and get the big leaf that is covering her. So cute.
On Friday night, we went out to dinner and mama forgot her bows at home so we had to improvise. When desperate times call for desperate measures! LOL. We had a headband and I spotted a few little fresh flowers on one of the tables while we were waiting for ours, and voila!

Good thing we made it happen, b/c she was looking way too cute to not have a flower in her hair!

It was good to see my family, and my brother too (who we never see anymore!) and spend time with them, but we are all so tired.... So hopefully today can be somewhat down time. I have to go in and do some friends hair, and get in a run today but other than that, I think I'll unpack and clean and everything tomorrow!

Friday, September 4, 2009

remembering being fat!

My bestie Melissa is having a baby! She's somewhere between 7 weeks maybe a little further! She posted her ( super ripped might I say) first belly pics of her soon to be growing baby bump! It made me think back to when I started taking pics. and the pic I took the day before I had thebaby. It's so crazy. The 1st ones I took were at 13 weeks preggo. So I was already out of my 1st trimester before I took any pics. And the last pic I took was april 5th, the day before I went in to labor..

It's amazing how our bodies are designed to change and carry this life. I can't believe it, and now it's just so fun to look back at it since it goes so fast, it's hard to remember being that big. It's hard sometimes, especially when I hit about 7 months and NOTHING was fitting me anymore to accept the rapid change. But it seems like my body just changed back even faster than it did when I was pregnant. And now I have an adorable bundle of joy to show for it. I have several friends who are pregnant, or just having babies, and I love to talk to them about all the changes of our bodies, and now our growing babies it's so much fun. Well now that the baby is here there is no time to take pics of me or my belly, I have a bajillion pics of her on my phone! I just uploaded some that I took yesterday of her playing with her big sister Suki!

So after doing this, I've decided that this blogging thing takes up way toooooo much of my time. I am having a hard time getting my pics where i want them and keeping them there... BLAH.

I have more pics to put in but I'm not wasting more of my time today and become more frustrated!

This week was good. My dad came in town from Monday to Thursday. We didn't do anything, and it was great! We went to eat sushi one day for lunch and that was really about it! We cooked for just about every meal at the house(which I usually do anyways) and just hung out around here. The baby was good. If I catch her " teething days " fast enough I can keep her regular with the teething tablets and if it's really bad, the tylenol. but yesterday in the evening was really the worst day of the week as far as her teething went. So it's been good. We had a wonderful day yesterday. Since Scott has been working such long hours and sometimes a lot of days we seem to miss each other in passing since I work when he doesn't. It's hard sometimes, to do our whole night time routine with him gone 5 of 7 nights a week. But it's so worth it to be able to stay home with her and not have to put her in daycare. I love knowing that WE will be her main infuluence in her life. So yesterday I had a short day and was totally pumped to have the rest of the day off with him. We had a quick lunch here at the house, and a nap. He got his fish Bruce a bigger fishtank so we went to get the things that we need to get for it. We're going to get another smaller fish to put in the small tank. I found a hot pink/purple one I like that he's gonna get for me. So we grabbed a starbucks (( MMMMM)) and then went to the pet store. We also went to hobby lobby so I could grab a few things that I need. I am still making bows ( which i'm going to take some pics of and post soon) and to make her race for the cure onsie.

After we got the baby down last night and had a good healthy supper, we decided to call it a night. Good thing since the baby woke up at 1 HUNGRY, and I got up at 5 to run.

I went running over by southcrest/tcc on the creek turnpike. The girls I run with do 5 miles. I just catch them at their halfway mark and do the last half. I did pretty good today had to walk 2 times. Once was just to fix my music and take a quick breather. And the 2nd was when I had Sampson and he decided to try to run after the peeps ( his momma) in front of us.. So we stopped to let them get out of sight! haha. But its amazing running when the sun is coming up, especially since we run in to it. I love it. It's a cloudy raining day now, so I will hopefully just enjoy the day with my little angel ( who is calling for me now) and snuggle and nap. Oh and clean the house of course like every friday ( after Daddy's days off hehehehehe)

Going to see my preggo friend tonite, since baby is going to Grandma's house for a little while after she gets off work!