Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter Weekend

This weekend starts the 'OMG will I ever get a weekend to myself' driving marathon.

This weekend Mason and I are going to my family's for Easter. Austin will be coming down tomorrow on the motorcycle and going home sometime tomorrow or Sunday. I'm gonna let him worry about the dogs as I will be leaving forgetting them here. Mason and I will be home late Sunday night. Maybe...

Next weekend my friend, Jess, and I are photographing a wedding for my bestest friend, Dawn, from high school. Should be fun! Friday night is the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. Saturday is the wedding and reception. Sunday if I can talk her into it we'll be doing her trash the dress and maybe casual family photos. The family photos were her idea... We'll see.

Then the next weekend I am driving down home again for a bachelorette party in Des Moines. Yes, I know, that doesn't make sense. I am driving down to pick up some girls that are going too. They are paying for my gas. It will be a nice girls weekend. Best yet, I will be in control of the driving! We all know how I like control and making my little sister, Cammie, ride in the backseat!!

If I seem insane by the middle of May it may because it is true. Just fair warning! But all this driving does mean I get two child-free weekends in a row! Yay! Maybe that will make up for the two weeks Austin has to be gone. One week in May and one week in June. I did make sure he was going to be around for our anniversary June 24th. Looking back it doesn't really matter if he is here or not though because I usually take off for the Farmer's Merchant's Picnic down home. We have only spent maybe 4 anniversaries together in our eleven years. Who knows though I may talk him into taking vacation and going with us though this year. I'm sure not counting on it though! He is a creature of habit afterall!

Baby Zoey

This is the little sweetheart that I babysit Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays. She is so cute and chunky! I've never seen any baby with teeth like hers...

Those top two middle ones are getting ready to poke through finally! We have had several bad days due to her little teeth and her grandpa... See grandpa thinks she needs held all day but Aunt Lolo doesn't. Wednesdays are horrible, Thursdays are a little better and by Friday she is great.

Mason loves her to death but he is always so very excited to see her go home!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I'm so ready for today to be over with... No I don't want to just start over... I just want it to be over with. I have no desire to relive this day... I doubt it would go any better even if I had to relive this day. Baby Zoey is teething and she is frustrated because she can't crawl yet. I'm under the impression that they don't do tummy time because she is 8 months old and barely rolling over... Trust me she does tummy time here! It mostly ends up being cry time but she is doing it. She is doing better. She now rolls over and will get up on her arms. I'm ready to have the sweet baby Zoey back! Come on Friday I need a vacation!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Yesterday afternoon I sent my husband a text that said 'Can I get you to stop and buy me some velcro on the way home? Otherwise I can go when you get home...'

I heard nothing back from him. Well about the velcro anyways. About 5 he called me and asked what kind of velcro I needed.

I was speechless.

I truly hadn't expected him to stop. Every woman reading this I'm sure can see that I really wanted to run to town by myself but was just giving him the opportunity to make me feel good and allow me a guilt free trip in to town. I don't know why he can't read woman. He obviously can't hear sarcasm either but that is a different story...

He asked me what kind I needed, how much, how wide, and what color. As you can imagine I told him for fabric, non-sticky back, 5 feet, 1/2 to 1 inch, black or white.

He got me 20 feet of white, 1inch, sticky back industrial strength and 20 feet black, 1inch, sticky back industrial strength. Forty dollars worth of velcro that I can't use. It actually says on the back "not recommended for fabrics."

When I told him today that I was gonna have to return it he said "what the hell is wrong with the velcro I got you..." I think he got me this velcro just so that later down the road he can say 'remember that time... with the velcro...'

I'm hoping I'm not alone with the husband that goes out of his to play the dumb husband just so I don't ask him to do anything...

Now I'm off to clean off my dining room table yet again... I really need my own sewing room! I argued that I should get half the garage and I thought he was going to have a heart attack...

Monday, April 18, 2011


I have some very dumb people on my facebook friends list... The unfortunate thing is that they are related to me... I think I need to go back through my list and hide some more people from my wall because I'm super tired of reading them bitch every time I pull up facebook. One bitchy post a day is okay... but seriously every 20 minutes... and then there are the prego friends... I just want to shake them and say 'You're the dumbass that wanted another child so stop complaining that you are sick... it happened the last 3 times too, remember!'

Okay I'm done complaining but I'll leave you with this little nugget... I got a message today asking what kind of camera I use because it takes "awesome" photo. Then asked me if it took photos in black and white too because they "really like those" types and wondered if I can do the "ones where only one thing is in color"... I just cringed and gave them the name of a more local photographer... Never mind that I totally glossed over what kind of camera I use because it would have gone right over their head.

Now I am seriously done complaining...

Until tomorrow, anyways, when I have to weigh-in. (I ran 3.5 miles today and I'm still crabby. Maybe tomorrow will go better.)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I Tried...

I tried running today.

I really did.

I made it as far as the end of the driveway.

You see, yesterday afternoon, I pinched a nerve in my lower back. A nerve that is now causing me a ton of pain. I can't sit for more than 5 minutes, or lay down for that matter... when it isn't a sharp pain while walking, or um... running, it is a dull ache.

My husband stayed home today on account of the manflu. You know the same exact illness I had last week but didn't get to slow down for... but I'm not bitter about it! Because he stayed home today I am going to WalMart alone to get some IcyHot. You can just imagine how old I feel today!

Pray for my husband. He may not survive this bout of manflu if I have to listen to anymore complaining/whining/shortness. His 'good wife' isn't expected to make an appearance until next Friday at he earliest.

Monday, April 11, 2011

A Couple Cuties

These two cuties belong to my brother Darin. Q looks just like Darin did when I first met him in second grade. Exact! Rather scary actually. P is so sweet and tiny. It seems like she should be older than 17 months. She has been walking since she was 7 months so we totally missed the baby-baby phase.

We got started taking photos a little late. The sun had gone down and we were dealing with that after sunset glow but it was quickly diminishing. I just love P's eyes. They are just gorgeous. Truly!

Some Recents...

I am very familiar with this little sign. This little sign tells me it has been a mile. Sometimes I wish this little was a little closer to the house. Mornings like this morning when my healing lungs are tired and I can't quite shake this cough and it's cold to boot... But I know as always everyday it will get easier to reach this sign. I know I just said yesterday that I was gonna give myself a couple of weeks to recuperate but I just couldn't!
I love the scenery behind it. It is so flat and it seems to stretch forever. Totally different than what I grew up with. Shh... don't tell anyone I know but the other day Mason was getting antsy in the car and so I told him we would be turning after we got over the 'hill'... mind you the 'hill' was no more than a little incline. For crying out loud it wasn't even enough to be considered a no passing zone. I had to laugh at myself. Please don't let me become like people from up here and start considering that little bump a hill!

So far this truck is still sitting where we pulled it to. I guess that is a good thing. I just wish my husband had parked it somewhere that saw more sun... Well more sun other than at 6am. Right now it is sitting in the shadow of a building... and we all know how flattering shadows can be... Maybe I can get him to move it later this spring... 

Sunday, April 10, 2011


I'm down 13 lbs since the 15th of March.

I know I should be excited about this but just can't get worked up about it. I don't feel any different. My clothes fit the same. They sure aren't any looser... My bras fit the same so we know it didn't come from there! Maybe one of these days I'll get to see a difference!

I got out to run this morning before Mason and 'the sick one' got up. I think I should have held off on that. I got about three quarters of the way down my one mile stretch of road and thought I was gonna die. I started coughing and just couldn't get my breath. I pushed through it though and made it home. I guess the good thing is that I haven't coughed since then. I'm pretty sure I hacked up my right lung though.

I'm so thankful that my road isn't used much on Sunday mornings. How embarrassing for one of the neighbors to come up on that scene... I think I'll give myself another week or so to recuperate from illness... and dumbness... It did feel great to get back out there though!

I've told my husband that he is gonna have to get me his work schedule so that I know what time he has to leave here so I can get up early and run. There is no way I am putting my 40+ pounder in a stroller. No thank you! He asked why I don't just want to run in the evenings when he gets home and I just told him plain as day... 'Our roads are deserted early in the morning but in the evenings they are super busy with people getting home from work.' He asked 'Well in the mornings wouldn't they be busy with people going to work?' Nope. We basically live in a retirement community so the old guys don't have to be to coffee until 7:30. Needless to say I am more than ready for some really nice seasonal temps.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Wow, getting sick is such a drain on my time... I've spent the last week and a half feeling like crap. Fever, achy, hacking cough, sore throat, stuffed nose, runny nose... oh and not to mention exhausted, beyond exhausted even... It was all I could do just to keep the dishes washed and laundry somewhat done... I know it sure didn't help that Mason was sick right along with me. Mason is generally a very independant little boy but we'll call what he had 'the man flu'... he was whiny and clingy and nothing was ever right. And now that my husband is actually sick with the same thing I have no more sympathy left. I just hope this doesn't have as many tears as Mason's bout with it did!!!