Sunday, October 31, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Friday, my whole family came into town for the party! My parents and older brother arrived around dinner time and took us out here. It was nice getting to catch up over a good meal :) My little sister and brother came in late since they had to stay and go to classes. My little sis even got to stay with us!
Saturday dawned cold and rainy for Brynna's party. We woke up early and started getting everything ready. We needed to have everything done and ready by 11 as my BIL and his family would ber here by then. B's party was to start at 1 too so we wanted it ready to go before anyone arrived.
We set up a tent on our back deck so that people could go in and out of the house- we had over 30 people in our 1400 sq ft (read SMALL) home- we had the fire pit going too. We moved furniture to accomodate as many chairs as we could and then realized most people ended up standing and mingling anyway haha!
Brynna received lots of fun toys and clothes. We had a great time watching her eat her smash cake and helping her open up all her presents! She started out interested in opening things, but by the end of the pile she looked a little bored haha!
Everyone stayed for a couple hours and then left. My family stuck around and we played Family Fu.ed on the PS3 then they went back to their hotel.
Sunday, Batman wasn't feeling so hot, so we left him in bed and met my family at Cr.ack.er Barr.el for breakfast. It was SO yummy! Late that afternoon, my family headed home and we got some much needed R&R :)
I can't seem to find my camera to upload all the pics from her party, but if you head over to my SIL blog you can catch a few glimpes there! As soon as I locate it, I will put up all ours too!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
It seems like just yesterday, Batman and I were nervously entering the hospital, anxiously awaiting what the day would bring. Instead it was a year ago.
My sweet girl is no longer this darling snugglebug.
She's officially a moving and grooving toddler. With less and less time for snuggling with mom, but more personality every day.
I'm kind of a bundle of emotions today. On one hand, I'm so in love with my girl more and more each day and I have been waiting to celebrate this milestone with her! I'm excited to see her turn one! I love the stage she is at, discovering new things, moving all over, driving Batman and I to giggly tears with her antics.
But I miss the sweet baby that I used to just sit and watch sleep. I miss snuggling with her for hours at a time, just being content.
These days I'm lucky if I get more than 2 minutes of snuggle time, unless it's right before bed and even then it's maybe 5 minutes.
Why, oh why does time move so quickly? I just want to hold on to these precious moments with her before they are gone!
Batman and I are so blessed to have this little girl in our lives. She is SO loved it's ridiculous!
I'll post her stats and 12 month update sometime tomorrow or this weekend. Her party is Saturday and of course we will have lots of pics from that too ;-)
Happy Birthday baby girl! Mommy loves you SOOOOOOO much!!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Midnight Madness was on Friday and their routine was great (minus a small flub). I was SO proud of them! :) I can't wait to see how the year progresses!
Here's a video of their routine and pic of them whole squad (as a FYI- I did NOT mix the music and wasn't really impressed with it- hopefully the next routine has a better mix- That's what I get for allowing one of the cheer girls's friends do it):
Saturday, October 16, 2010
I'm remembering my sweet baby boy that we never got to know. We held him for only a moment, but he is in our hearts forever. Gabriel Jacob will always be remembered, loved and missed.
And out little bean that we only knew about for a couple days. We remember you too little one. You are in our hearts today and always.
My heart goes out to all the mommies remembering their angel babies. ((HUGS))
Thursday, October 14, 2010
They are a little long, but at least this way she can wear them for a while. Aren't they cute? They were SUPER easy! I just took an old pair of knee socks that I didn't really wear (and only wore like twice), cut off the foot part and zigzagged the bottom so it wouldn't ravel. I think the next pair I make I might add a ruffle. Hmm...
Monday, October 11, 2010
I made her this (for her birthday outfit):
And this (just because I had extra fabric and thought it would be fun):
And then we sent out these invites:
I think we are pretty set for her birthday. All I need to get are a few last minute decorations and the paper products. My MIL volunteered to make the cake (and B's smash cake) which will be in the shape of a crown like this
And of course when the day arrives we will take LOTS of pictures!
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Batman has been home all week and has commandeered the computer most of the day. Needless to say, I have WAY too many blogs to read now.
Our original plan was for him to go back to school and get his teaching certification here. We both have our BA's from here already (mine in history, his in English), but we never got teaching certification (I didn't because, well I have NO desire to teach. I have no patience.). Anyway, they offer a program that allows you to get Idaho certification within 18 months or so while also working towards a MoE. Unfortunately, part of this program includes 16 weeks of student teaching. Which means, basically quitting your job and working in the schools full time. Not getting paid. And paying the university for the credits. Lovely huh?
We knew this was coming and saved for it. However, it still scared the bejesus out of us, going 4 months with no real* income to speak of.
So when Batman quit his job at the hospital in May to go on orders at the base, we thought things would continue as planned and he would just be out of work for 4 months, do his student teaching, find another job and we'd be fine. But life doesn't' really ever go as planned does it?
Batman's orders ended and then were extended for another month which brings us to the present (well a week and a half ago).
We just can't justify him being completely out of work for 4 months with no job prospects after that other than *POSSIBLY* teaching. for pennies. Especially when I SAH and we are trying to pay off debt (using this plan. We are SO close!). We asked ourselves what really made sense (what would DR say), where we were going, and what did we really want to accomplish.
And we decided to hold off on student teaching and certification. Instead of student teaching, Batman was able to convince the school to let him just complete the MoE without certification. And now he's looking for work.
Which should be fun in this economy.
He's got a few prospects. He's applied for a couple of full time positions at the base (which would be our first choice). We are looking at active duty. He's working with his dad here and there as needed. He's going to contract with his old job to do some training of the 2 people they hired to fill his position.
So that's where we are. Heavy decisions being made. Hoping something works out in the near future.
Thankfully we have savings to keep us afloat for a while. Please keep us in your prayers that Batman will get a job soon.
I think I'm a little stressed to say the least.
*besides my very minimal income from cheer and Batman's drill and disability pay
Saturday, October 2, 2010
And then I entered a giveaway she was offering.
And then... I won!!
Woot woot! I never win anything (Doesn't everybody say that? Well, I guess I can't say that anymore, can I?)
And a few weeks later, which happened to be today, we got this in the mail (the dress not the cutest baby in the world)