Let’s try this again…

I was planning on shutting this space down because time is not something we have a lot of. But, the thing is I enjoy it. So I am back…. for today.

We finally made the exodus to suburbia. We were snobs when we bought our former house. There is no doubt about it. At that time we would have never lived outside of the city period. Then we got our first tax bill which had doubled in a year and we learned a very grown up lesson. Living in the city came at a price. Over the next few years we added 2 more kids to our family and our neighborhood became a hot spot for filming. Traffic was ridiculous and we were busting at the seams. We had it and responded with not just moved to the burbs but as far out as we could go. I will be real honest. I wondered if we would like it and if we would fit in. Both of us like city life, its been the way of life for  the last 10 years.

We are 2 months in and I can not believe we thought life was better down the road.

Our house is beautiful with a huge yard for our kids to run around in. There is a symphony of frogs with the glitter of lightening bugs in the evenings. I never hear a horn honk and life is easier, slower. That hustle and bustle I thought I thrived on is of the past. Things are calmer and we are so much happier. It suits us. We fit.

 

This is the road I take every day. Far beats West Paces Ferry any day of the week.

 

 

 

It needs to be said

After reading a post on election day from Beth Anne at Okay, BA. I started really thinking. It was so well written and it’s like she took many of the words right out of my thoughts. I have been quiet with my opinions this election cycle. The screaming and yelling has been intense lately and I quite frankly had been insulted by many of the things I have heard or read.

I am Republican and most likely will never vote for a Democrat. Never say never but after spending some of my post college years working on Capitol Hill  I learned a few things. Namely you will not agree with EVERY stance a party takes. I am sorry but if everyone is honest there are very few people (who have taken the time to truly educate themselves ::sham on the media especially Fox news:: but thats a different topic all together) that are on board with every last stance a party holds. Most of the officials do not even feel that way just down play their differences in opinion.

I am female and I will never be in support of Roe verses Wade being overturned. I got pregnant out of wedlock and I know the importance of a women’s right to choose. It was not the choice for me ever and that is based in my moral code that is a direct result in my faith in God but I know that is not everyone’s faith. I can not dictate what you believe and I can not even imagine the turmoil that would have gone on in my heart if I didn’t get to make the choice to be a Mom.

I have a number of gay friends and I love them deeply and want them to experience all that life has to offer. I want them to be able to be married and I think that one day in our lifetime it will happen nation wide.

But, I do not vote on social policies in National elections. I believe in small government and those policies start at the state not national level. Many Presidents have taken stances on these issues in all directions because they know they can run their mouths without acting. We have separation of powers for a reason and it will take a lot more than one person to get any of that accomplished, things like Acts of Congress and Supreme Court decisions. Trust me watch the Marijuana debate unfold. It’s happening and it is starting at the state level. Slowly states are making it legal for various uses, give it time its going to make the national level soon. But, note that did not start with a President.  It disappoints me greatly to think that our election was focused  on such issues that have no place in the White House.

I vote for a President who will protect my country fiercely. One who will work with all sides to find agreements that work not stomp his feet and dictate what he wants to happen. I  believe in strong fiscal policies and expecting people who work hard and make money to pay their fair share not theirs and everyone else. I believe government assistance is just that assistance for tough times but not a career path. I believe that we have a lot of work to do that things have spun out of control for years and that it is time to reevealute everything. I think that Bush left us with some problems but I also know that some of today’s problems reach back even farther to other administrations.

Lastly, I think the leaders in Washington tend to behave in a manor similar to my three year old. I think they all need to grow up and stop worrying about who is winning each issue and focus on the fact that Democrat or Republican this is the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and we need to start behaving like it.

Pumpkin Patch 2012

We have been going to the pumpkin patch every single year since EJ was born. It is a fun family tradition that I hope we keep for years to come. I love looking back at the pictures as we see our baby boys grow up.

FLASHBACK 2011

FLASHBACK 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This YEAR! My big boys.

Zippy, EJ’s class pet joined us this year. And the bulldog face is Jack’s cheese face. Hysterical.that.kid.

EJ is totally uninterested in standing still for the camera so the lack of pictures of him are due to them all being a blur.

Momma Monday on a Tuesday

The last week has been completely full of pink everything. My mom came to town last Tuesday and we have spent every spare minute making the rounds to all our favorite baby stores. To say we shopped until we dropped would be an understatement. In a little more than a week we have stocked up Miss Leighton on all things pink. I have loved every minute of it. 

DRESSES!!!

 

Just a morning getting lost in Marshall’s

17 weeks & FALL fashion

How far along? 17 weeks

Total weight gain/loss? as my ob put it… STEADY. ::side-eye::

Maternity clothes?  Yep.

Stretch marks? First belly stretch mark EVER on my hip. Proof that I am carrying her so different.

Sleep?  awful. the pregnancy dreams are giving me panic attacks this time, not even kidding. It is horrible.

Best moment last week? getting to walk to the girl side of any baby store and actually buy for myself.

Movement?  Most evenings I feel a little movement. She seems to be less active than both her brothers were. I could really feel Jack at this point.

Food cravings?  Nothing

Gender? GIRL

Labor signs? None thank god

Belly button in/out? In. It has yet to pop in a pregnancy so I am guessing it will stay in this time too.

What I miss: SLEEP good refreshing sleep.

What I am looking forward to: Anatomy scan. I love getting to check in on her.

Milestones: Just keeping my eyes to the magic 24 week viability mark.

Tball 2012

EJ is a member of his very first sports team this Fall. He loves tball and Craig is in hog heaven. This is one of the moments that he has been dreaming about since the minute we heard “It’s a boy”. As you all I know sports, especially team sports, was not really my thing so Mom is learning right there with him the art of ball throwing and the rules of the game.

But, one thing I do know is that I die from the cute of the little baseball uniforms every Saturday afternoon.

How I FINALLY got a new washing machine

Last week was seriously long. The week that would not end full of mess really. We got a bs offer on the house spent the better part of the week tap dancing for a guy who simply could not afford the house and thought he could bully us into a deal. Jack ate a rubber lizard and then passed it a day later. I felt like shit on stick. Craig was crazy busy at work. We are still getting EJ adjusted to that of the preschool world and the list goes on. By Friday night we were exhausted, emotionally and physically.

Saturday brought a high like none other with the discovery of a long awaited pink bundle of joy. EJ’s first T-ball game that he was so great in that he was awarded the game ball. We floated through the day happy and really felt the same way Sunday. A typical Sunday for us includes church and lunch out and then rest time for everyone. Momma’s rest is usually spent doing a lot of laundry to get us ready for the week. This week was no different until I walked into the laundry room which is off our garage to find a nasty little creature waiting  for me in the machine.

Yes, you read that right an opossum was sleeping in my washing machine on top of towels that I was about to run. I never screamed, ran so fast in my life. Craig goes to see if I was seeing things gets hissed at and we then do what anyone does… immediately call our parents who thought it was hysterical. We discover that Atlanta is full of a bunch of jerks and has no animal control for wild animals. We can either hire a private critter person for a couple 100  bucks and wait a day (it was Sunday in the bible belt) or get it out ourselves. Craig gets some of poor unsuspecting friends to come over and they drag the machine to end of drive way dump it over and spray water on the horrid little creature until if finally gives up and runs away.

I can not even tell you the odor that was my washing machine once it was returned to it usual spot. DISGUSTING. Of course I had googled the little creature and was so grossed out to find that these things carried an array of diseases and PARASITES. So I gaged a few times discussed poring bleach in it for the night for a week and ultimately begged my husband to agree to just spending the money to replace it. If it had been just us, I would have cleaned it and taken our chances but considering the 2 almost 3 kiddos whose clothes graced that machine I just couldn’t do it.  Craig is saint and totally agreed and we went straight to Home Depot were got terrible service and ultimately bought the same machine we tried to buy there online for a fraction of price with free delivery.  And today  the heavens parted as I entered laundry nirvana…

Please note the glass top so I never have to worry about what I might find under the lid. And yes, I know everyone loves the front loaders but I do not. I have had some experience with them I specifically asked to NOT get them. These babies hopefully will see us through a lot of laundry.

Brain Dump

I have stop and started writing updates more times than I can count. Sometimes I probably put too much pressure on myself to make words flow and sound amazing. But this is my place and if their are typos and such… really who cares.

I’m almost 16 weeks. Yikes. I can not even wrap my brain around it. It will be d day before I know it. Sometimes I forget I am pregnant which is weird. With EJ once we knew it was all I thought about and Jack made me want to die every day so yeah no way to forget why. I am showing differently this time more wide and less round bump right in the middle. It’s easier to hide. In a lot of clothes I look fat not pregnant. I can’t decide if I like or not. It doesn’t matter eventually it will be obvious.

EJ is loving school, loving. He started and bam grown-up kid. I had to walk him to his classroom today because I had a room parent meeting and you would thought I was killing him. “Mom, I want to do the carpet line (he refuses to call it a carpool line)” “Mom, don’t hold my hand. I know where to go.” Basically told me to go away. Seriously, he’s three.

And the room parent thing. Jesus. I may have over achieved too much this time. I walked into our meeting to an agenda and talks of bringing my family silver pattern to decorate my room’s table for the Mom’s fashion show. Awesome.

I have a bladder/kidney infection again. Manage to catch it in time to avoid spending a week in the hospital on a morphine drip but it hasn’t been fun. Being Mom and being sick sucks because quite frankly no one cares. Needless to say I have been sucking down water and crashing early each and every night.

We got an offer on the house. It was joke, they should feel lucky that even bothered to counter. And then they spent 2 hours pretending to be inspectors and countered again with the same offer. We want to sell but that is rude and ridiculous. When the realtor is saying they are whistling dixie you know your feelings are acceptable. We countered back our original offer told them to take it or leave it. They aren’t our buyers. I was really hopeful they were. We are so ready to close this chapter and start a new one but we do have standards.

Oh and our perfect child that never causes problems is now biting. The tables have turned, EJ got a glowing weekly report and Jack got the pink slip. I suppose it will always be like this. I guess I better hang on.

A BIG day

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Well this happened today. I may or may not have teared up a bit, blame the hormones. Craig and I are just so proud of him. As of today he is no longer in Mother’s Day Out but straight up Preschool, 5 days a week. I am so happy for him. Its time and he is more than ready. But whoa where has the time gone. 

Momma Monday

This last week has been an eventful week in Round 3’s short life. We met with the perinatologist and had the ever scary first trimester scan. Something about hanging out in the High Risk office that makes you very thankful for easy, fairly uneventful pregnancies. We got two good looks at the little jumping bean then another today at my monthly visit. Kiddo likes to move and makes it interesting to get a heartbeat this early in the game. I will never complain though.  This momma is always up for a quick look at the newest member of our herd.

How far along? 13 weeks

Total weight gain/loss? up 3 lbs, lovely. Those are all crackers which keep me from paying homage to the porcelain gods.

Maternity clothes?  Yep. Some of my pants still fit but its just uncomfortable.

Stretch marks? nothing new

Sleep?  decent.

Best moment last week? seeing a healthy baby and getting a gender guess. AND NO I AM NOT TELLING.

Movement?  I have had a moment here or there where I am betting I feel the baby. Nothing consistent its still way to early for that.

Food cravings?  Sweet and Spicy. I know weird.

Gender? Still a mystery

Labor signs? None thank god

Belly button in/out? In. It has yet to pop in a pregnancy so I am guessing it will stay in this time too.

What I miss: not even going to pretend WINE. Goodness I love a glass of good red wine.

What I am looking forward to: Finding out what the baby is.

Milestones: Just keeping my eyes to the magic 24 week viability mark.

New Beginnings

It was time for a new little space in the inter webs for me. A new space that truly mirrors the family we have become. In the last three years I have rediscovered LA. I am a mother but there is so much more to me. Welcome to our new little world.
What better way to usher in A Splendid Day than with another new beginning.

2 new feet are on the way sometime around March 4, 2013.

We are thrilled to be blessed with another child.