Monthly Archives: March 2013

2013
03/29

Category:
Adoption Costs

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Thank you!

I am feeling so blessed and overwhelmed today. We sold all 20 fundraising necklaces within 4 days of putting them on Facebook! Can’t even believe how generous all of our friends and family have been. Thank you so much for being a part of this journey with us. I am going to order more necklaces so if you still would like one and hadn’t had a chance to speak with me, please let me know. Again, thank you so much! We are blessed beyond measure. Owen says thanks too, in his “Owen” crazy way.

2013
03/22

Category:
Family

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Our Vegas Trip

Ok so to reiterate from an earlier post, we got this amazing room at the Palms Place on British Airway credit card points plus the airfare. Thank you husband! The room was great and we had a super fun trip. We got to see Jersey Boys which was an amazing show at the Paris hotel. Highly recommend it! We also met up with a couple of Nate’s worker affiliates at Caesars, watched my Sooners get beat in the tournament (boo!), and played several hands of pai gow! Unfortunately my time by the pool was minimal due to wind, but I got plenty of reading done. Owen was well taken care of by my in-laws and parents and we are on a plane home to see our sweet boy. He will be in bed when we get there but I fully plan on giving him a kiss as soon as we get there! Hope you all have a wonderful rest of your weekend.

2013
03/20

Category:
Family

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Las Vegas

Nate, the hubs, is a huge fan of the credit card points. Just some background on Nate, if he can’t brag about how cheap he got something he won’t buy it. Now this applies with everything except vacations. He is like a kid in a candy store when it comes to vacations. He would spend A LOT of money on vacationing if I said yes. Our friends seek him out on vacation help because they know that Nate lives for planning vacations. He likes to always have a vacation on the horizon. We have been to many places since getting married but there is one place that we always go back to and that’s Las Vegas. We used to average about 2-3 times a year prior to having Owen. Nate loves to play poker and I love shows of any sort. (Dance/Concerts/cirque de soleil/comedians/etc).  I used to love 3 card poker and slots too but not so much anymore since we only have one income, one kid, and one “on the way”.  I also love laying by a pool (and reading) and we all know Vegas has amazing pools. So here we are, on a flight to Vegas. I have counted all the trips I can remember and I am up to 10 Vegas trips. Pretty sure Nate is like 15ish. I know, its disturbing to think how much money has been blown. Anyway since we have been saving for our adoption and Nate is all about a Vegas trip I told him that if he could get airfare and hotel paid for via credit card points then we could work it out. We usually go with friends or family but this time we ended up solo. Looking forward to the trip but anxious (more so than normal) about leaving Owen (that’s another post). So I will let you know how the trip goes maybe even post a few blogs by the pool;)!

2013
03/20

Category:
Family

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The Mommy Guilts

I have started to get the mommy guilts lately. I can pinpoint when it started which was right about 18-20 months when I started letting Owen watch T.V. The pediatrician always nicely reminded me when I went into the office that “he shouldn’t watch T.V. until 2 yrs. old.” At some point I gave up and let him watch a few shows. Then I called my church preschool in January about when the fall sign up was. And they just happened to have a spot open in his age classroom right then. This would also ensure that he would have a spot in September. So I took it. I use the excuse in my head that I am in graduate school and have two classes on campus this semester. (Univ of Texas at Arlington, about 45 mins from my house) Which is true, but it still makes me feel bad. I don’t know why I think it’s more OK to put Owen in school at 2 and a half rather than right at 2. So silly. Since my classes are Tues. evening and Thursday morning, I don’t get to put him to bed on Tuesdays or take him to school on Thursdays. Please don’t read this and think that I am judging anyone else for their decisions. I have learned not to judge anyone else’s decisions regarding their children. Life is too complicated to know how WE need to make our own choices let alone how others need to make their choices. Now we are leaving Owen for four days to go on vacation without him. I feel terrible. He has been super clingy lately and I don’t know how he will feel about us being gone. I realize that I am being a bit irrational picking a fight with Nate this morning and crying because we are leaving but hey, I am an irrational person when it comes to my kid. Anyway I decided to write this because only other Mommy’s would know the Mommy Guilt. It’s terrible and no matter how much time we spend with our children will it ever be enough?

2013
03/17

Category:
My Projects

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Gallery Wall- My Weekend Project

Ok I changed my gallery wall and started another one.  I think it looks better this time around.

Gallery walls have been a big question mark for me.  I am such a symmetrical person that it makes me super anxious to think of a wall with a bunch of stuff on it!  Not sure if I have been exposed yet but here is my secret.  I AM A TOTAL CONTROL FREAK.  It’s true, I know you’re all shocked.  So I tackled my fear and came up ok. I am going to be honest and say that I do not LOVE the wall yet.  But I really like aspects of the wall.  What do you guys think?  Any advice?  I painted all the canvases using stencils (except the family pic, of course) and surprisingly I have an urge to connect the gallery wall with the canvas above the doorway.  This particular wall is about 25-30 ft. tall and I would love to paint it too but need to invest in a very tall ladder.  Maybe another weekend…

 
I finally finished the hallway. SO here are the pics.