Thursday, January 12, 2012

I was tagged!

I was tagged by Sarah @ Moske Monkey Business to play along in this fun little blog game :)
The Rules
1. You must post the rules.
2. Post 11 fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create 11 new questions for the people you tagged.
4. Tag 12 people (I cheated a little and only tagged a couple people) and link them on your post.
5. Let them know you've tagged them!

Facts About Me
1.  I have been drinking coffee pretty much every morning since the 4th grade.
2. I have been married to my husband, Bill for nearly 9 years!  Our first date was a blind date...see they actually can turn out well.
3. I love to sing (especially Disney songs) but can't carry a tune and I love to dance but have no rhythm!
4. I am a walking allergy, and sometimes randomly break out in hives.
5.  I am originally from a small town in middle Tennessee.  When I was 19 I moved to Martin 3 1/2 hours from my hometown to attend UTM without knowing a single person - I was scared to death at the time but I can say it was the best move I ever made!
6. I have always wished I had dark brown or black hair and when I've dyed it that color it just fades back to dirty blonde.  I'm actually envious of brunettes.
7. Even though with my job I interact with people all day long, I can be rather shy and I get very nervous about meeting new people.
8. I can at times has a "twisted" sense of humor...to know me is to love me???
9. I am TERRIFIED of flying and cry every time I have to get on a plane! I'd love to travel out of the country but the long flights make it less appealing.
10. I hate to cry in front of other people, not only because it is a sign of weakness but I look extremely ugly when cry.
11.  In July, I gave birth to Brody.  I really wasn't sure how I would take to motherhood, but I can honestly say it is amazing and I love being B's mom. 

Questions from Sarah

1. What's your favorite all time movie?
Oh this is a toss up.  I'll try to name one of my favorite movies that isn't on alot of people's lists:  I love Under the Tuscan Sun

2. If i come to your city, what's the one thing that I MUST do?
Why come see me of course!  Casey Jones Village is a neat place if you have never been.

3. What kind of car do you drive?
Red Ford Edge Limited

4. What is your favorite place to shop?
JC Penney

5. Where is the best place that you have ever been?
Isle of Palms, SC

6. Would you ever get plastic surgery?
I am not opposed to it!

7. What's your favorite chain restaurant?
Maybe?  Macaroni Grill but I love to eat so I like lots of places

8. Do you like your job?
I am very lucky to have my job, but as with any position I definitely have my good days and bad days.

9. Do you watch The Bachelor? If so...who do you like/not like?
Nope.

10. Beach or Mountains?
Beach

11. If you could go back...would you do things differently?
In order to prevent myself from becoming a big mush of goo before I go to work I am not going to get into this answer BUT I do know in my mind what I would do.
Tag!
Kristy@Everyday K
Questions from me:
1.      What is the best decision you have ever made?
2.      What is the worst decision you have ever made?
3.      Who is your hero?
4.      If you could live any other place than where you do now where would you live?
5.      Dogs or Cats?
6.      Do you like to watch scary movies?
7.      When you are stressed what do you to relax?
8.      What has been your “best year” so far?
9.      What is your favorite food?
10.  What is your favorite tv show?
11.  Do you have any bad habits?  If so, name one.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Shame on them!

Welcome to my first blog "rant" of 2012. Woo woo! What subject is lucky enough to get me back on my soapbox? Beyonce and Jay Z's delivery. Have you read any of the articles about this? It's so ridiculous. Supposedly, they pretty much transformed the maternity ward, putting up partitions, supposedly making all nursing staff turn over their cell phones, covering up all of the windows, and the covering up the hospitals' security cameras! Now let me say I think the hospital administration AND the "stars" were equally responsible. What was the worst offense? Again, "supposedly" all of the extra security prevented a father from visiting his premature twins in the NICU! If I were that parent I would have shown them some "Crazy Love". I feel so bad for the other mothers that were delivering during this time. And I don't know how they couldn't have felt like they and their soon to be born babies were nothing more than nuisances that needed to be blocked and second class citizens. You might ask if she wanted all of the strict security why not try to deliver away from a hospital or at home? Well she had a planned c-section. A celebrity having a planned c-section (and maybe a tummy tuck to follow?) suprise suprise! Ok before I offend anyone here, I am in no way juding anyone that has had to undergo the surgery. If you and your medical professional feel that it is the best and safest way for your baby to arrive then I think it is the way to go. It is a major surgery and in my opinion I think most celebrities elect to have a c-section and probably a little plastic procedure BUT then in a few months you will see them on the cover of a magazine about how they "lost all of their baby weight"...BULL! Of course I do not have the inside scoop on if this was the case. So please if you have had to have a c-section know that I am not referring to you and I would for sure have one if my doc had advised me to do so. Alright I regress back to the original subject of the rant. Here are a couple of articles about what allegedly occurred:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/10/nyregion/after-birth-by-beyonce-patients-protest-celebrity-security-at-lenox-hill-hospital.html

http://www.hollywood.com/news/The_Daily_Shuffle_Beyoncs_Bodyguards_Create_Hospital_Controversy/13310436

Again all of this is allegedly what happened...
UPDATE: After Bill read my blog he commented, "Well there goes any chance we have of getting free tickets to a Jay Z concert", gotta love him!

Also, as a reminder if you follow my blog you will have to re-follow with my new blog address. The previous address will no longer work. The new address is: http://lifeintheblane.blogspot.com

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Entering the unknown...

I am beginning to embark on a new mission in parenting...transitioning B to food (this is where I would add some dun dun dun sound effects) I have dreaded this phase because there is so much conflicting information and really not any set rules on when and what to start feeding your baby. Of course as with any parenting issue I'm a little careful about soliciting advice because sometimes the parents that feel so strongly on how you should proceed will begin to morph from providing a helpful tip to a full on sermon. But I do like hearing what other people have done with their children, what worked and what didn't, etc so feel free to share your stories. Right now we are doing a little rice cereal in the morning. He is doing ok with it; the jury is still out on if he loves or hates it. I tried the stuff and it's pretty nasty, but I do understand their taste buds are much different than ours. Here is Mr. Man "eating" his rice cereal...

He's got a little of the "crazy" eyes here. Haha

Wish me luck in this new endeavor...I really don't want Brody asking for a bottle when he is 18. On an unrelated note, the actual web address of my blog has changed. If you follow me you will have to change it to the following: http://lifeintheblane.blogspot.com

Monday, January 9, 2012

One week...two great parties!

In the past week I have been able to celebrate with two great friends. The first party was an 80's Prom theme for my friend Kristy's 30th birthday. With the theme, of course we had to also dress accordingly.
Here is our "Before" picture. Yes, I know naturally beautiful, right?
After tons of eye makeup (which I loved doing) and some wonderfully awesome 80's dresses we were transformed into 80's Prom Princesses...
I made this jean jacket to go with my dress. I was impressed with my mad glue gun skills (I consider myself a little craft challenged).
Here are some more pictures from the party. It was a really fun time!




Fast forward one week to a baby shower for Sarah and Baby Sally!

The theme of the shower was shabby chic. They did a wonderful job with the decor. Here is the cute momma in waiting...
She has the "pregnancy glow" which I am a bit jealous of because I never had. I think because my mini human was too busy sucking the life out of me! haha
Here are the "girls" (minus Abigail) at the shower. I can't believe Sally will be here next month!!!

So I had two great parties in one week. That will be hard to top this week.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

My New Obsession

This is my new obsession. Ok you have probably already heard of it and been "pinning" for awhile. I on the other hand am late to the world of Pinterest. I just recently joined and I am hooked! At first I didn’t' fully understand the concept, but after trying one of the recipes I had pinned I can now say I am a full fledged pinterest believer! I try to limit my pins to things that I might actually try or that I could one day achieve. Here are a few of my favorite pins so far...
Crock Pot Roast - It was the best roast ever!

Stuffed shells with spinach and sausage, and parmesan filled tomatoes - need I say more?
I recently recreated this in my closet. It's so great to have all of your necklaces where you can see them and where they won't get tangled!
This "pin" sums up my new little obession!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Flashback Friday

It's Friday!...and time for a Flashback Friday. My trip back in time is just going to take us back to the holidays.  Brody's First Christmas!  To kick off the festivities we traveled to visit some of our out of town families:  
This is B with my dad.  It is still weird seeing my dad hold a baby but he absolutely loves him and Brody was so excited to see him again!



Posing in front of the Christmas tree

He passed out before we even started to open presents so of course I had to take the opportunity for a silly pic.

We also were invited to visit my brother Jeff...

Brody and Uncle Jeff - I'm going to have to keep a close eye on these two!


B will be walking soon enough (well at least with Uncle Jeff's help)

So after visiting with family it seemed like we were off to a "perfect" start to the holiday then Brody started to get a little cough on the Sunday before Christmas. 
To make a long story short poor B got really sick.  He had RSV which developed into bronchiolitis, and then he got an infection.  He was getting antibiotics, steroids, and breathing treatments every 4 hours.  Here he is getting one of his treatments.

Even though he was so sick he still tried to have his happy personality.  I really think he is one tough cookie!  Of course since he was sick that limited what and where we went over Christmas.  For Christmas Eve we stayed home and in our pajamas all day.


It was actually nice to relax and spend time with just the three of us.  Since we were home bound I made an insane amount of desserts from recipes I gathered off of pinterest.  Here is the plate of goodies we left for Santa...
Here he is on Christmas morning: 
Santa, family and friends were very good to Brody for his first Christmas.  This kid racked up in presents!   Here is B with most of his presents:
I'll have to take a picture of his large presents he got. 
Even though the holiday didn't turn out exactly like we planned we still made the best of it.  We were lucky that Brody was able to avoid going to the hospital and we took the time at home to spend quality time as a family. 
Fast forward one week to New Year's Eve:
B was ready to ring in 2012.  Who wouldn't want to kiss this little guy at midnight?

So there you have it my Flashback Friday / Holiday recap!