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Sunday, November 21, 2010


Well, another boring post with no pictures, but feel I have neglected to write something long enough ;).

The house is becoming a little less chaos which is nice. We had new carpet put in on Friday on the stairs and all three bedrooms upstairs. With the fresh paint, new carpet and all the cleaning we have been doing (or cleaning Brandon has been doing I should say, since I HATE to clean!), the house is almost like new!

I have slowly been pulling things out of closets and drawers and getting rid of things or in most cases just trying to find new homes. I have a tendency to find an empty drawer or nook in a closet and just throw things in it. So, you never know what you are going to find!!

My main objective has been to tackle the nursery first so that we can get all things non-baby related out and make room for all the new things we have coming. We are getting there. Problem is I get worn out so quick, so just have to take little steps, but that is ok. We still have plenty of time.

I promise to post some pictures soon. But right now all you will see is piles of junk :)

Monday, November 8, 2010


Chaos defines my house right now. Of course it is driving me nuts, but I know it is all for a good cause, and at least we are on track to getting some things accomplished. Brandon finished painting the 3rd bedroom upstairs yesterday, so now we have finally officially painted every room in our house now - no more painter's white! (unless of course you look in the closets) - only took us 7 years, but oh well ;) Next on the to-do list is new carpet upstairs. That is going to be a chore. We are going to have to clean out all of the rooms so that they can take up the old and put down the new. Hence why the chaos is only going to get worse before it gets better. My hope is that we can accomplish this by Thanksgiving, so that then we can finally start to get everything situated and ready for baby girl!

Sunday, October 24, 2010


It hit me today, and that as of Tuesday, we will only be 15 weeks away from meeting our little girl! Even less if she comes early - yikes!! We are so so excited, but I also panic whenever I think about all the things left to do. But, we made great progress this weekend. We poked around Babies R Us on Friday night to start to narrow down some choices on big ticket items like cribs, strollers, and car seats. And then on Saturday evening after the disappointing Elon loss, we picked up our spirits by registering at Target! Brandon of course had fun with the scan gun, and I had fun looking at all of the choices!! I will admit, it was pretty overwhelming, but I know with the help of friends, and a little research, we will figure it all out. We plan to register at Babies R Us this coming Friday. Today after church we drove to Durham to go to BuyBuy Baby - so much better than Babies R Us!!!! I love that store, and wish they would open one in Greensboro. They opened a small version in Winston-Salem recently, but we decided to make the drive to Durham so we could see the full selection. And it was worth it, because we found our crib!! We had to order it, but went ahead and made the decision and purchased it today. It should be in within 8-10 weeks, or maybe sooner. But we will have it by New Year's at the latest hopefully. So, things are starting to come together :) And all along, I have been LOVING feeling baby girl moving all around inside me - so so awesome!!!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

decisions, decisions, decisions....

Ugh.....I know I have a million more hard decisions ahead of me, but I already don't like having to make them! Brandon and I are struggling with the decision on whether I should get the flu shot or not. Brandon has never had one, and my sister-n-law never had one while she was pregnant and also has never had my niece or nephew get one. You see, Brandon's dad had Guillain-Barre (a rare syndrome but severe paralytic illness). Rex contracted it from the 1976 Swine Flu vaccine. And while studies are unclear, it has usually been suggested that no one from that blood line get a flu vaccine as they are at higher risk for the illness. Brandon's dad was one of the lucky ones that overcame the paralyzing affects, even though he still struggles daily with tingling in his feet. I haven't had a flu vaccine since I met Brandon. However, in talking it over with our doctor, while she realizes it is a hard decision, and one only we can make, she pointed out that the risks involved with contracting the flu while pregnant can be just as bad if not worse. So, Brandon is worried about me and that baby. I feel like we are flipping a coin, and that is not really how I want my first real big decision involving my baby to be. I have been praying for God to give me a sign, so I hope he does, as I have another doctor's appt today at 10:30!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Nursery Fabric!

Mom and I went shopping yesterday and I think we have found our potential nursery!!! I took swatches so that I could see them in the room itself and compare with accessories we can get at stores (sheets, etc). But, I keep falling in love with it the more and more I look at it ;) I originally didn't want to do a lot of pink and make it too girly. I wanted a neutral nursery. But, in essence, we will still have that since the wall color, furniture, and glide rocker are all neutral in green and white. Curtains and bumper pads can be easily changed. I also wanted something that my little girl could grow into, instead of just being for a nursery.

The walls are already painted Mint Ice Cream. We are using existing white furniture and plan to get a white crib. And our glide rocker is a medium tone wood that will be recovered in the green fabric. Then, assuming we can get everything we need, we are planning on using the other three as coordinating fabrics for the curtains, crib skirt and possibly bumper pads or other crib bedding.

I feel so lucky to have a Mom that is so talented and willing to do this for us!! I don't know why, but it feels so good to customize the nursery just how I want it for our little girl, instead of picking out an already customized theme from a store. I like being creative. And I didn't want something with a theme or over the top. I wanted something she can grow into and won't feel all baby baby. I did surprise myself, because I never thought I wanted this much pink, but I LOVE how it works with the yellow and greens.

So exciting!!!! Now we just hope she doesn't pop out as a boy instead! ;) LOL

Friday, September 24, 2010

20th week pics

We had some fun with the camera last night and took some more belly pics :) I decided to wear my pink tank top this time for my little girl! And we took the pics against her "Mint Ice Cream" nursery wall ;)

We are still working on a name. Mommy has one she likes, but is waiting for Daddy to give his input and make sure we have the perfect name for our little princess! It is such a hard decision!!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Half-way there! - 20 weeks!!

Well, we have made it to the half-way point! I am excited and anxious all at the same time. It has started to hit me recently how much there is still left to do and I am feeling overwhelmed. However, I know that all will be ok, and as long as we have the essentials that is all that matters. Brandon and I have been so busy, we haven't had a chance to really stop and talk much. On Saturday night, I pulled him into the bedroom and closed the door. We needed to be away from the TV, the dog, the cat, everything. We layed on the bed for what I thought and hoped was going to be a long nice chat, and then I just started to cry. And I mean, I sobbed. I think I have been holding all my emotions inside, and it wasn't until I had some alone quiet time with my hubby that it all hit me. So, we still had a nice moment, but instead of a lot of talking, it was more him just comforting me. As always, he made me feel better, and we were laughing not too long after. I am also very excited on top of all this anxiety. I started looking online this weekend to get ideas for things to register for or get. I picked out my diaper bag - of course Vera Bradley! - and I think my mom is going to go ahead and order it since it is one of my favorite patterns that is being discontinued (Hope Garden). I am already going to turn our little girl into a Vera girl :) Since I have several things in this pattern already, I figure they will now become hers :)

This past weekend, our little AOII legacy also participated in her first Arthritis Walk (AOII's National Philanthropy is Arthritis Research). I met some other AOII Alumnae at Bur-Mil Park on Saturday where we were able to support a cause important to us all. And it was so neat to see that all 100 Elon AOII collegians joined the event as well! I had to be cute, and make a little sticker so everyone knew about our legacy in my belly. Here is a pic as our little girl and I got ready to leave the house :)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

It's a GIRL!

We had our 19 week ultrasound yesterday and found out we are having a GIRL! I was so excited and nervous going into the ultrasound. I remember just gripping the table and trying to hold perfectly still as the technician put the first images of our precious girl on the screen. She was ALL OVER THE PLACE! A drastic difference from the last ultrasound where they had me get off the table and do jumping jacks to try and get her to move. It may have had something to do with the Coke I had on the way to the appt :). I was in complete awe the whole time. I don't think I said much. Brandon was super excited and every time I looked at him, he was moving closer and closer to the screen. Later someone asked me if I cried. I remember shedding a tear, because I remember it rolling down my cheek, but otherwise, I really was just in awe. The 3-D images captured were absolutely amazing! I am already in love!!! So, both Brandon's and my predictions were wrong. We both thought boy. But, we couldn't be more excited about our precious girl!! And we get to see her again in a couple of weeks. They couldn't get a good picture of her spine because she was moving so much, so they want us to come back. Darn! :) I will remember not to drink a coke for that appt! When the technician left the room, Brandon and I just looked at one another. I am still in shock that I actually have a baby growing inside me and now to find out it is a girl! So exciting ;) I wore a yellow shirt to the appt and brought a pink and blue one with me, so I immediately put on my pink shirt and wore it proud the rest of the day!! Brandon is really going to be outnumbered in our house. With me, two girl pets, and a baby girl on the way.....but I know he is LOVING it! He LOVES his girls :)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

18 weeks

I am 18 weeks today! Overall feeling good. Starting to have some stretching and overall things shifting pain, but not too bad. Still having trouble sleeping, but better get used to that! At least my appetite is back. According to, I now have a bell pepper in my tummy :) Approx. 5 1/2 inches long, and 7 ounces. We go back to the doctor on Monday the 13th for our next ultrasound. Very excited, because hopefully we will find out the sex!! Brandon continues to be amazing. He does most of the stuff around the house, and is also very protective and attentive to me. We are both getting more and more excited everyday. Still haven't felt any movements but hopefully soon!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Finding out!

We have thought and talked about it a lot, and Brandon and I have made the decision to find out the sex of the baby! Now that the decision is made, I am excited, and can't wait for our appointment on September 13th! I just hope Baby Inscore cooperates! I don't think I will be able to stand it if they can't really tell for sure!! My gut is still telling me it is a boy, but when I think about decorating the nursery or buying things, for some reason my thoughts first go to girls. So, who knows!?!

Brandon is planning to paint the nursery today. Mint Ice Cream is our color, and I can't wait to see it on the walls! I know I am going to love it :) He worked last weekend getting the walls all prepped - lots of repair work to do - didn't know we had made so many holes in the walls! But now he is ready to paint :)

This momma to be is heading out with my friend Amanda this afternoon. She is due with her first baby, Colin in 4 short weeks! So, we are going to check out some consignment stores she has been wanting to go to. Just to help fill in any last minute gaps for her. And of course I will start looking for myself, but don't see myself getting much. Still too early for me. I am excited though about thinking about starting to hit some of the church consignment sales this fall - especially after we know what we are having.

In other news, even though it is crazy early, my wonderful friends have already offered to throw me a shower and we have set a date! Main reason for setting the date so early is because we are having it at my neighborhood community center, and that place books up crazy early! We even had to go with our second choice on date, because the first one was already taken. So, Sunday December 5th it is! I feel so blessed to have such wonderful friends that are just as excited about this baby as we are. And I also feel relieved that 4 of them are going to do the shower together. I would HATE for it to all be on one person, and will make it easier for me to just have one big friend shower. So thank you again to Jess, Rachel, Michele & Sarah!

With football season right around the corner, our weekends this fall are filling up quick! I am glad I am starting to feel better, and can actually enjoy getting out of the house more and taking part in the fun. Elon has 5 home games this year, and we can go to all 5! However, we will have to skip tailgating for 2 of them :( But all for good reason. Oct 2nd we are in charge of an event at church in the morning, but hope to make it to the 2nd half of the football game that afternoon. And then one of the Saturdays in November, Brandon is doing "Daddy Boot Camp" class at Women's Hospital in the morning, but we should be able to make kick-off for that game. It is not that I am a huge football fan, but it is just really fun to have a tradition and to do something together as a couple. Brandon and I have already enjoyed our time together, but tend to have different hobbies. So, this is something we can do and enjoy together. He loves the game, and supporting Elon, and I love the social aspect :)

So, I am looking forward to this fall. Getting ready for all things Baby and just soaking in the last months of it just being the two of us. I know it will be a huge change when a little one joins our crew, but I can't wait, and I welcome all the chaos!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Baby Showers

I have a weekend full of baby showers, and I can't wait! I think any baby shower will be more exciting now, as I prepare for a little one of my own too! I plan to soak in as much as I can, and start my wish list for what I will want to put on my registries, etc. But, I do have to gloat for a second, because I am the BOMB on making fun things for these showers. The first one is actually a "Welcome Baby Party" for my friend, Emily. Her precious Charlie was born on July 9th, and we are going to welcome him into the world and spoil him and his mom in style :). Just for something fun, I decided to give a try to some lifesaver pacifiers that someone at work told me how to make. What do you think? They are VERY easy to make. You just take lifesavers and jelly beans and "adhesive" them together with icing - it is best to let them set overnight, and then decorate with ribbon.

The baby shower tomorrow is for my friend, Amanda, who is expecting her first baby boy, Colin next month. I made a diaper cake as my gift and for some fun decoration at the shower. The idea came from a magazine that someone again from work gave me, and I think it turned out great! What do you think? The face just makes it!

I am loving all these crafts!! And getting more excited about getting the upstairs more in order now. Once we get the nursery all settled, Brandon can start to help me get the other bedroom ready for all things scrap booking and crafts!! YEAH!!!

As far as Preggo here goes, I am doing much better. Still feeling a little sick, but getting my appetite back more and more each day. I am just about back to the weight I was when I got pregnant since so far all I had done was lost weight. However, regardless of a little weight lost, the belly is definitely starting to pooch! I am calling myself "in-betweeny" since I am not quite in all things Maternity yet, but having trouble fitting in a lot of my regular clothes. I have worn a couple of maternity shirts that my good friend Michele generously let me borrow, and then luckily most of the stuff in the stores now which I had bought for summer wear anyway was baby doll style. Pants are really the struggle now, so I am just relying on all my elastic waist skirts and wearing lots of dresses too. I can't even begin to describe how exciting all of this is to me! Even though I am still not feeling the best, I am soaking in all of the "funny" feelings I am getting from my body, and loving every moment. It is just so amazing that I have a little person growing inside me, and I can't wait to meet him/her!!!!

Monday, August 2, 2010


So of course this blog is going to turn more into all about baby on board, and I am so excited about that! More later, but to start here are our latest u/s pics :) We are 12 weeks and due on Feb 8th!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Puppy sitting

We recently puppy sat for our friends Jess & Richard while they were in Vegas for another mutual friends' wedding. It was a fun, crazy and interesting week, but overall we had a great time. Here are some shots of Chelsi with her friend, Winston.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Dover Nascar Race & Birthday

Since I have been slack about blogging, I thought I better blog about our trip to Dover, DE in mid-May.....especially since it was almost a month ago! It just sometimes feels redundant, since I usually put most of the same pictures on Facebook, but it is fun to look back and see more of an explanation of them on the blog.

Brandon and I drove up to Dover on Friday evening, May 14th. We stayed with our friends from Elon, Pat & Jennifer. We had a great weekend! On Saturday we just hung around their house in the morning. Jennifer made us an awesome breakfast of blueberry pancakes, and then we all slowly got ready. That afternoon we headed to St. Michael's, Maryland. A small town with really cute shops and a restaurant on the water. We walked up and down the street checking out some of the cute shops, and then finished off the evening by enjoying some crab by the water :)

Of course couldn't resist the fun sign.....I was excited to be able to "pinch" BI's head off ;)

Dinner by the nice!

Sunday was the race! This was only my 2nd Nascar Race. The first was Martinsville, VA several years ago. So, of the two races I have been to, neither are in my home state and home of Nascar, NC! Crazy, huh!? Guess that means I need to go to Charlotte soon :)

Nicole and Alison joined us for the race. They drove down from CT late Sat night. Nicole is our friend, Brian's sister. Brian and Melissa were going to come to the race with us, and after he passed, we still had 2 tickets. We had a great time with them! We headed over to tailgate early. It was cold!

And even though Brian couldn't be with us physically, we knew he was with us in spirit. Nicole brought some of his ashes to the race, and he tailgated with us :) I know everyone around us thought we were weird, but we didn't care. It was funny, emotional and cool all at the same time.

Brian enjoying a cold one...

Brian and Nicole's cousin/uncle (can't remember which) was at the race as well, and so he walked over to join us for a little tailgating before heading inside.

Before we went to our seat, of course Brandon and Pat had to say hello to Danika Patrick!

The Monster of Dover Monster Mile!

And they're off!

Even though I was wearing my red for #9 Kasey Kahne, I am also a fan of #18 Kyle Busch, who just happened to win the race! Just for my birthday :) LOL

It was a lot of fun. A part of me still likes watching the races on TV, because you see more of what is going on, but it is still a fun experience to go to every once and a while. And it makes my hubby so happy! Plus, it was fun to go with friends and see a different track.

On Sunday night we just had a quiet dinner at Pat & Jennifer's. We were all pooped! And then Monday morning, Brandon and I headed back home. Since it was my actual birthday and we were driving through DC, my brother wanted us to stop and see him real quick so that he could give me a birthday hug :)

A good birthday and a good weekend!!

Telling our parents the news....

We are still so early on, but so very excited, that we can't help but share our news with our immediate family. Figure if something goes wrong, we are going to need their support.

On Friday, June 4th, we have Ginny's parents over for dinner. We are standing in the kitchen talking and finishing up fixing dinner. I say, "Before we sit down, we need you two to put your thinking caps on. We need you to tell us what you want to be called......because you are going to be GRANDPARENTS!" I knew they would be excited, but never imagined how much. This will be their first grandchild. Well, I look at my dad and he is already bright red and eyes filled with tears. My mom looks at me and says "Are you serious?!" as she goes to hug me, and then starts jumping, or running in place, or something - she just can't stand still. It was awesome!! And if you know my family, we are big on signs. Mom brought me some of her hydrangea blooms to decorate the table. And she chose to bring the blue blooms from their front yard, as opposed to the pink ones from the backyard :) Only time will tell, but this was my first sign that we just might have a boy.

We told Brandon's parents the following weekend. We had planned to wait and tell them our first night at the beach, but due to a little scare we had early on this pregnancy, we had a last minute doctor's appt Thursday morning (the day we were supposed to be leaving for the family beach trip). So, Brandon called his parents to say, Ginny is pregnant, but there is a problem, and we need to go to the doctor. It wasn't the ideal way to tell them, but of course wanted them to know. They were of course concerned. The beach, although a little stressful, since the doctor visit still left us wondering if this pregnancy was going to survive, was relaxing. And Brandon's parents and he were so supportive and encouraging to me. So, I am glad I had the support of such wonderful family!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mother's Day Weekend

Well, to be honest, I wasn't celebrating this Mother's Day as I would have hoped - as a Mother myself - but I had a WONDERFUL time being with my own mom! And I know my time is soon to come to be a mom myself......just have to keep practice being patient. My brother decided to come to town to surprise my mom. He is so sweet! He surprised me last year for my birthday and then decided to surprise mom this year for Mother's Day. I must admit, I think my surprise was better, because he came all the way from California for my 30th. But, it was still great of him to make the drive from DC and deal with the traffic both coming and going. He arrived Friday evening, but decided to get together with some high school buddies he hadn't seen in a while and wait and surprise mom on Saturday. I wasn't there yet to see it, but got the play by play later. Andrew called and talked to Dad on the phone (who didn't know he was coming either) to throw him off a little - he just wanted to make sure they were home - so he talked for a few minutes and then told Dad he had to go because he was getting ready to go and buy some softballs and head to a game. Then just a few minutes later he pulled in the driveway. Mom was out front working in the yard. Andrew honked the horn and she looked over and still took her a few seconds to realize it was him. She said she was thinking to herself, what neighbor has a black car? Too funny!! Needless to say, I am sure the squeals could be heard from a mile away. If you don't know my mom, she is a squealer :) She gets very excited when she sees her kiddos and isn't afraid to show it - I LOVE LOVE that about her!!! Brandon and I arrived a short while later and the family just enjoyed some quiet time talking on the back porch - such a gorgeous day!!

Then we headed off to check out the new minor league baseball team, the DASH take on the Salem Red Sox. The new stadium was awesome! We went early so we had time to walk around and check everything out and get some food (the food was much better than the Hoppers stadium, I must admit!), and then took our seats. We were on the first base line and really enjoyed the game. The DASH won, including a Grand Slam - it was great! And the best part was seeing the smile on my Mom's face!! She was just so happy to be with her family :)

Brandon and I headed back to Greensboro that night, but Andrew stayed until Sunday afternoon so he could spend more time with Mom and Dad. He even treated them to the Deacon Club for Mother's Day brunch - which they also said was delicious and wonderful!! I enjoyed waking up on Mother's Day cuddling with my canine child, and spending the day with my sweet hubby. We did what every girl loves most - shopping! After church we decided to go and check out some of the sales, and both got a few new things to brighten up our spring/summer wardrobes. I think I like some of things Brandon got for himself better than what I got for me. He is one handsome man!! We pretty much went separate ways when we hit the stores, so it was fun to come home and put on a fashion show for one another. You know, sometimes it is just the little things that make life the most fun and make me feel so lucky to live the life I do :)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Thoughts pre-pregnancy.....

So, I thought I better publish the things I had in draft and couldn't publish until the news was public :) Just some thoughts along the way so far - it has been an emotional process, but so glad we are finally in the pregnant state!!!!

Tuesday, May 4th:
Not going to lie, feeling a little depressed today. But, as usual, Brandon knew just how to cheer me up. By the time he left for work, he had me laughing. I started this morning. And as I thought I would, I allowed myself to cry. Sure, I had been disappointed months before in the years we have been trying, but this one was different. Everything was going great! We finally got my body working like it is supposed to. Medicine was working and doctor was very pleased with results. So, I thought, this is it! And a part of me was hoping for a very early Mother's Day gift and birthday gift this year. But, now I am saying 3rd time is a charm. Brandon said he has good feelings about this next month. And once again, I have to remind myself, that at least I have a least things seem to be working as they should. And most couples still have to wait almost a year to get that exciting news. But, my problem is, I don't have another year. I can't be on these drugs that long. So, 3rd time is a charm, right!?!? And if we have to, doc said we could go 4 months on the meds before going to next step. So, we still have a Plan!

Sat morning, May 29th:
So, I have been feeling funny the past few days, and of course was afraid I was overthinking every feeling my body had, but since I had 3 pregnancy tests in the bathroom cabinets, I thought why not? Well, at 4am, I had to pee, so I thought, ok, going to do it! I took a test. Taking all the wrapping off was so loud!! - I was afraid Brandon would come in and ask what I was doing. Not that I wouldn't tell him, but for some reason wanted this private moment. I guess a part of me felt funny for doing it, because come on now, the results are always negative, and my symptoms aren't that strong. So, pee on the stick (half asleep) and put it down to wait a few minutes. Stare at it constantly. Watch one line come up and wait to see if there will be a second. Wait, wait, wait. Ok, can't be pregnant because you hear people say the line shows right away. Wait, there is something appearing. Yes, it is a second line, but it is really faint. Frustrated, I throw the test in the trash, and go back to bed. I lay awake for a few minutes praying. God, please give me the strength. I know you have plans for me, and I trust you, but please give me the strength to know what to do. Go back to sleep. 6:30 am, alarm goes off. I know, crazy for a Sat morning, but Brandon is taking my car to be serviced and has an 8am appt across town. I love him by the way! He takes care of everything. While I was shopping after work yesterday, he was cutting the grass. As I type this blog, he is out getting my car serviced. Yup, I have a great man! He never complains. Ok, back to the reason for this post. So, I get up and just out of curiosity go pull the test from 4am out of the trash. Yup, still two lines, but one is a lot more faint than the other. Laugh. Brandon gives me confused look as he walks in bathroom. Yup, your wife took another pregnancy test. I know you say it is ok, and it isn't a waste of money to hope for something we really want, but I still think I should have waited until the missed period. I did buy the test that tells you 6 days before, and I am only 2 days before day 28. So, I show him the test. He says, look at the box and see what the faint line means. I read the instructions. ONE LINE MAY BE FAINTER THAN THE OTHER. Wow! Ok, so am I pregnant? Of course I am going to question it. I ask Brandon if I should take another test? He says do you have more? Yup, I have 2 more, because I planned ahead for my insecurity :) I take test #2. Same thing, 1st line right away, 2nd FAINT line appears about a minute or two later. Still confused. Leave both tests on the bathroom counter, and tell Brandon, we are not throwing these away. He says, well you threw the first one away. Yeah, because I thought I wasn't pregnant. Now, not sure. Come downstairs and go to computer to search about this type of test. Still confused. A faint line to some means, you are pregnant, just have low level of pregnancy hormone. Wait a few days. Yeah right! I am going to the store in a little while and buying some other type of tests. Maybe a digital one.

Digital result is PREGNANT!! I sent Brandon a text because he was still getting my car serviced, and he wrote back "SWEET....I LOVE YOU!" I am scared! We might be pregnant, but we still have the miscarriage hurdle to get over, and a long road ahead. But, I can finally smile!! And now to make an appt with doctor for blood pregnancy test to make it official.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Ready for spring.....

We have spent a good portion of this weekend out on our back patio. It has been wonderful! Even got too hot at times that I had to come inside to cool down for a bit. I am loving the warmer weather, but must admit I am a little worried about what this summer is going to hold for us when it is already in the 80's the first week of April! But, I know the nice weather and being outside is just what the doctor ordered. Let's just say it was a hectic end to March, and both the hubby and I needed some down time and fresh air this weekend. We have had a low key Easter. I think the first one that we didn't do a fancy meal, or get together with friends/family. We did however get to see family in Wilkesboro yesterday, so I guess I can't say we went without. And hearing the organ back in working order at church this morning made my heart smile. I had goose bumps a good portion of the service.

Two weekends ago, I had a nice visit with my family in DC. My parents and I rode the train to see my brother and his new apt in Crystal City. The train ride was neat, and now when I hear the sounds of the train in a distance off my back patio, I listen just a little more closely. Below are a couple of pics from our weekend together.



MY WONDERFULLY SWEET PARENTS ;) (National Museum of American History)


Brandon did not have as good of a weekend as I did. He was supposed to have a relaxing weekend at home while I was away, but after a phone call Thurs night from our friend, Brian, he and two friends decided a trip to CT was top priority. And I am so glad they listened to their guts. Joey, Pat and Brandon drove up to Connecticut and had a good visit with Brian Cari. While he was weak and very sleepy, he had his sense of humor, and I am so thankful for that. Later that night, Brian passed away in his sleep. His fight against pancreatic cancer held strong for 9 months since diagnosis. I admire him so much for his positive attitude!!

Last weekend, Brandon and I met up with the rest of the Pi Kappa Phi clan + significant others from Elon in Connecticut to remember and celebrate the life of Brian. The service was beautiful, and the stories we all told to remember all the good times with Brian warmed all our hearts. Of course my heart still aches for Brian's fiance, Melissa and his family, but we all know the we now have a sweet angel looking over us.



So, now I am ready for spring.....ready for some weekend get-aways already planned, and others that will come our way. Ready to sit back and relax and enjoy time with my family and friends. Because life is too short, and we all have to remember to stop and smell the flowers and enjoy those moments and people around us.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

House projects.....

......first on the "to-do" flooring!! Brandon is doing it himself, and is doing an awesome job!! He has completed the office so far, and is getting close to finishing the living room. We decided to go with laminate, due to durability with having a dog, and not wanting to put a huge investment in them. I love it!!

A sample of a rug I found today that I think I like.....

....and it's already Chelsi approved ;)