Saturday, June 30, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Are there any movies that you love that weren't big blockbusters? You know - a movie you stumbled on, and it has turned into one of your favorites?
I watched one of mine tonight. It's "Return to Me" with Minnie Driver and David Duchovny. (and Bonnie Hunt to wrote and directed it) I LOVE this movie!!! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0122459/
Minnie Driver plays Grace, a young girl with a bad heart. She is waiting for a heart transplant. David Duchovny plays Bob, a young husband whose wife dies in a car accident. Her heart ends up being transplanted into Grace. Time passes, and then Grace and Bob meet, fall in love, and then Grace discovers that she has his dead wife's heart.
It's a great movie. It's also a great one to watch with your significant other. Jay actually really likes the movie also. It makes me laugh and cry!
Sorry - just feeling sappy tonight.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
So, Jay researched and bought me this
It just came today. (and this ended up being our anniversary present since my birthday isn't until August!) I started playing around with it a little bit tonight, and I already love it!!!!
Here are the flowers Jay brought to me on Sunday. You can't really see them, but there are cala lilies in the bouquet. Our wedding flowers were cala lilies!! Can you believe that he remembered??
Here's Alex walking around.
Do you see what is in his hand? I am now officially a bad mommy. That is an Infant's Motrin bottle. He has been obsessed with it for the past couple of days. He HAS to have it in his hand and walk around with it. He threw a fit last night when I took it away from him when it was time to go to bed.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
I'd write something to Jay, but he has never read the blog (nor will he ever).
All I can say is that I'm so blessed to be married to my best friend. And not only is he a great husband, but I've watched him turn into an even better dad. He is so amazing with Alex, and Alex adores him about as much as I do.
Happy Anniversary, Honey!! I can't wait to spend at least another 12 years with you!!
Saturday, June 23, 2007
I was really excited to go - for two reasons! This would give me a chance to meet Krystal, her husband, Brayden Boy and Parker G! Plus, our attorney, Cinthya, was going to be there.
So, we packed up the car (including the camera) and headed to the brunch this morning. (which we basically crashed!!)
I was reminded again of how much I love our attorney. We've been home for almost 9 months. The minute we walked in she knew immediately who we were. She was so excited to see him. I wondered if maybe she really didn't know Alex, but just knew it was one of her babies. I had brought some pictures along for her to take back. When I gave them to her she commented on how much Clara will enjoy the pictures!! She did know us - and remembered who Alex's FM was!! I was so impressed.
I also got to meet Autumn and Sophia Autumn had emailed me a while ago, and I'm not sure I ever emailed her back!!! Sorry Autumn - it was really nice to meet you and Sophia. (even if she is a bully!! ;)
Then the next best part!! I got to meet Krystal and her family. Let me just tell you - Brayden Boy and Parker G are even more gorgeous in person!! Parker is such a good little girl. There were many families back in a small room, and she just chilled in her car seat. She has those adorable pudgy legs that you just want to squeeze.
And then there's Brayden. Oh my gosh is he beautiful. Once he warmed up, he was flirting with me and it was so cute.
Remember that camera I packed? Well, after brunch we went out in the main part of the restaurant to take pictures and my batteries died!!! YIKES I did try to take a couple of pictures using my new camera phone. But it was also really hard to get any pictures with two moving boys!!!
Here's the only picture I was sort of able to get with both boys. So what if Alex's head is kind of cut off!!
And Miss Julia - this one is for you!!! I GOT TO HOLD PARKER!! Na Na Na Boo Boo!! ;)
(Jay and I were supposed to go out on a date tonight, but Alex is sick, so we just canceled the babysitter. He's not horrible - just a summer cold and his pre-molars coming in so he's pretty much miserable!)
Friday, June 22, 2007
I haven't watched it in months. This morning was a Guatemala adoption - and I decided to watch it.
Big mistake. I am now:
1. Sitting here bawling like a baby. (they were at the Marriott - it brought back LOTS of memories)
2. Wanting to adopt again.
Yikes - I need to stop watching that show!!!!
Thursday, June 21, 2007
We've been lucky so far, and really haven't had any stupid/rude comments. (we mostly hear from people just how beautiful Alex is - and of course I agree!)
We got our first comment on Father's Day. (or I should say that Jay did)
We went to the local country club after church on Sunday for lunch. (we don't belong, but the restaurant is open to the public) Alex did well, but was ready to get down and walk around. Jay took him so I could finish eating. (yes - I know it was Father's Day - but he was done eating, and I wasn't)
A grandma commented to Jay about how beautiful Alex is. (in fact her actual quote was "Isn't he just about the most perfect gift from God!" as she was watching her OWN GRANDKIDS!) And it's important to note that Jay has blond hair and green eyes.....
She then said, "You must take him to the pool a lot. He sure is tan."
Jay just smiled and said, "Yes, we do take him to the pool a lot." He then walked away.
I know it wasn't rude or ignorant, but it's the first time we've had someone comment on the fact that Alex doesn't look like us. I thought it was pretty funny, and really, Jay didn't lie - we do take him to the pool a lot!!
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Alex doesn't have much hair - but he had out of control hair - and was starting to look like Bozo the clown. So, on Friday, I took him for his first hair cut.
He did great. He didn't cry at all but didn't necessarily love it! I did ok also - I think because I was distracted. It's hard work keeping a 13 month old's fingers out of the scissors.
Because I took him to my salon by myself and I had to hold him, I didn't get any pictures of the actual haircut. I do have some before and after shots. Alex and I celebrated after his hair cut by going to BRU to do some shopping and then to Cheesecake Factory for lunch.
This was before. You can't really see his curls in this picture, but you can see my messy Family Room!
I LOVE this picture. I usually don't take very good pictures of him, but I thought this one was great.
Here we are at Cheesecake Factory. Of course, Alex was flirting with ALL of the waitresses and giving high fives to the waiters.
Sort of a side view - It's still kind of hard to see that the curls are gone.
Here he is just being silly.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
I think we just had a breakthrough!!!
He was sitting on the floor playing with the computer cord. I looked right at him and said, "Alex, No!" He dropped the cord and looked right back at me.
He listened!!!!! YEAH!!!! Needless to say we had a tickel fest on the floor right after that. ;)
See, here I am reading my Piglet book.
I am such a good reader.
Ok mom, leave me alone - can't you see I'm reading here?!?
I told you to leave me alone!! ATTACKCKCKCKK!!!!
Ok - now that I've attacked mommy, I can get back up in my chair.
Really, Mom - didn't you get it before? Leave me alone!!
How about if I look cute and pose for a couple pictures, then will you leave me alone?
Ok - if the answer is no, I'll come get you again!
See how cute I am in my chair?
This is a picture my mom took of my picture. Isn't she weird? (this is mom here - This is a 16X20 and the Bible Verse is "I prayed for this child and the Lord has granted me what I asked of Him, I Samuel 1:27" Now - I have a question. I just realized last night that they airbrushed his birthmark out of the pictures. When I went in for the preview I asked them to not airbrush the birthmark, but I didn't specifically mention it when I ordered the pictures. Part of me wants to call them and complain - or at least bring it to their attention. Should I let it go? They airbrushed it out of ALL of the pictures I purchased)
Daddy bought me this cool play gym thing. It's not big, but it's perfect for me right now. I like to swing. (and yes, I'm getting some more teeth in!)
Here's the whole thing - and yes, they put it on the porch. I still don't really like grass.
Here I am at the pool. I wouldn't look at mommy, so she couldn't get a good picture of me.
I hung out in this thing for about an hour and loved it!
Monday, June 11, 2007
We went swimming last night and he had a great time, was content to just float around in a blow up boat-type thing, and ate like a champ!
This morning he was sitting on my lap. Jay came in from the barn and was talking to the cat. Alex looked at me, did the sign for Dad, and said "daddy - daddy - daddy." How smart is he!! (and no, he still isn't signing or saying mommy!!)
We put Alex to bed tonight without giving him his medicine. (and I wouldn't have remembered if I wasn't reading a blog tonight where they were talking about having to give their cat medicine!) We "woke" Alex up, he took his medicine (sucked it down!) and then went back to sleep!! How wonderful is he!!!!!
When I got home tonight (late - I had to run some errands) he smiled SOOOOO big when he saw me and came "running" to me with his arms outstreched!!
So, I guess I can get over the food throwing and the fact that he broke my cell phone. :)
I also know that I need to put new pictures up. I have some good ones that I need to download. I'll try to do that tomorrow night.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
I think I need to let it go.
Example: He asked for some goldfish. (well, he asked for food, and goldfish was the only thing he didn't shake his head at) I put some goldfish in a little plastic bowl and put it over by his chair. He walked over to the chair, sat down, and then proceeded to take each goldfish out of the bowl and throw them across the room. The whole time he was looking at me with this grin that said, "and what 'ya gonna do about it, mom?"
I, of course, went over - picked up all of the goldfish and brought the bowl over to me. (and he giggled the whole time)
I really don't care if there are goldfish on the floor, and I really don't care if he eats the goldfish off of the floor. But - for some reason - it bugs the crap out of me that he is throwing his food. Jay thinks I need to let it go since it's obvious he's playing me. I agree - and I don't think it's hurting anything - I just keep worrying that he's not learning that it's not ok to throw your food on the floor.
I have to keep reminding myself that he's 13 months old, and I have lots of time to teach him things. :)
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
1. I didn't have any alcohol until my 21st birthday - really!! :)
2. I play the piano, trombone, flute and I sing. I love to make music!! (I was almost a music therapy major)
3. My life long dream is to perform on Broadway. This is one of those - if I had my life to live over type things. I LOVE musicals. (drives Jay nuts!!!!) I've only been to one show actually in New York. (Into the Woods) My favorites right now are Aida (the Walt Disney - Elton John one), Avenue Q (saw it in Vegas at the Winn - LOVE IT!! So hilarious!!), and Once on This Island. I want to see Wicked SO BAD!!!
4. Me, my husband, my brother and my sis-in-law all have advanced degrees. I have my Master's in Library Science, Jay has his Masters in American History, my brother has his MBA, and my sis-in-law is a vet. Between the four of us - that's a lot of school!!!
5. In my first life I was a special education teacher (jr. high and high school), in my second life I was a librarian (at the American Printing House for the Blind and at my current employer), and I now work for a Consulting firm. (and no - I don't believe in reincarnation - that's just how many different careers I've had)
6. We have three horses. Two girls and a pony. They are a lot of fun - but they are mostly Jay's - he does the most with them. (I married into the sickness)
7. I collect Longaberger Baskets. My mother-in-law got me started. (she used to have a business where she made custom liners for the baskets) I'm inventorying my collection (as well as Linda's) Linda has 120. I have close to 50 right now, and I still have the upstairs to go through!!
8. I LOVE football - I mean LOVE LOVE LOVE football. High school, college, pro, arena league - I don't care!! I really like Ohio State Football (and any Ohio State sports). For the pros, I'm a Browns fan at heart - but they have just been terrible lately. I also follow the Colts - because they are close to where I live, and my brother is friends with a couple of the players. (and we get ESPN the Magazine at our house, and it comes in my name!!)
Ok - that's probably more than any of you ever wanted to know about me!!
(and on the Alex front - he has a double ear infection!! I don't know what I'm going to do with this kid - he's been so sick lately!! Hopefully the antibiotics will kick in quickly!)
Monday, June 04, 2007
Does anyone have any suggestions on any organizations that we could support? I know that most want money, but it's so much easier for the kids to bring "things." (for example, we did school supplies for the kids in New Orleans last summer)
I didn't know if any of you were familiar with any organizations that we can check out.
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Here's Alex outside of the zoo. I tried to get his pacifier out of his mouth for the picture, but he kept putting it back in!
This is Alex looking at........
.....this. :) The Louisville zoo had a baby elephant born this year. He is really cute!!
This is an attempt at a self portrait while we were on the train. I didn't get myself very well, but I did a pretty good job with Alex.