Saturday, October 23, 2010


Sorry that I've kind of fallen off the face of the blogging world. Craziness (but the good kind of crazy) has been going down, but we're surviving! I will be back soon :) Here's a quick list of Abby's current vocabulary, I've been meaning to do this for a while!
Abigail Leighs Vocabulary as of October 23rd 2010, 12 months old
  • Mama
  • Dada or "Daaaaa-deeeee"
  • Baaby
  • Ab-nee (Abby)
  • Naa-Nums (food)
  • Naa-Niighs (bed time)
  • Baaaah-byes (going bye bye's in the bye bye car, obviously!)
  • Baba
  • Dah -Dahg (dog)
  • Mooooooooooo (cow)
  • Meme (Meme! My Grandma, thats what we call her :p)
  • Eye
  • Nose
  • Socks
  • Bill-bow (pillow)
  • Wha-sat? (whats that)
  • Jat-ee (Jackie)
  • Sass (Sam..LOL)
  • Ball
  • Peeeeeeese (please)
  • Book
  • Poo-poo
  • Boo-boo (boob. I regret teaching her this. I had my shirt off once & she kept pointing to my chest & saying "wha-sat?" she points to EVERY ONES chest and says BOO-BOO! even her baby dolls)
  • Wall
  • Peeee-teeee (pretty)
  • Fow-ah (flower)
  • HOT (her favorite thing to say)

That's all I can think of right now, but she's doing pretty dang good if I do say so myself :)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Love birds to Boring parents

Trust me when I say that I have tons of pictures & memories to share with Jake, Abby, and I had a very seasonal and festive weekend. Lots of stuff to come.
But, right now..theres something else on my mind that I just can't seem to shake.
Jake and I. I honestly adore him. He is my best friend and he knows me better than anyone. We have had a beautiful, but rough year together. I mean what do you expect? Major changes and road blocks were thrown our way. A surprise baby, moving out on our own, new just one short year, life as we know was rocked to the core.
For some reason, the past few mind is wandering back to the old days. Before I was pregnant. Back when most days I woke up in my own bed, would set my alarm for 5am, get up..and drive to his house to cuddle in bed with him before he had to go to work, and I'd sleep there until I had to get up for college. Back when we'd just hang out at his house..we'd take naps, rent movies, did what ever the hell we felt like. Back when I'd always expect (and receive) a bedtime call around 10pm..and it was always so special to hear his voice. Back when we used to get into spats and I'd cry to my mom for hours until he would finally show up at the door asking to talk. Far, far back when..still in high school, when I had a curfew and we'd try to think of every way possible to stretch that 12pm as far as possible, just to be together a little longer. Back when we went on dinner dates 2-3 times a week, just for fun..and all the fun I had getting dressed up for him. Back when we would just drive..just the two of us, just because we had nothing else to do..and we would laugh, and talk, and sing until we were so lost we had to figure out where the hell we were & how to get back home.
I feel like I don't even know who those people are anymore.
Every morning, I do wake up in my bed..but he's always there, and he's always the one getting up & leaving at the crack of dawn to go to work..and I feel like if an alarm went off at 5am telling me to cuddle with him I'd throw it against the wall. We still hang out I guess you could say..but our savored naps together are history & we can usually never keep our eyes open to finish a movie. Theres no more bedtime phone calls...theres a quick kiss & a flick of the lights. Our spats now make our arguments back then seems so silly..we now argue over parenting issues, money, and who's taking the trash out..compared to oh, why didn't you call me when you said you would? Oh, and they last days..and he never shows up at the door step asking to talk..we finally just give in & scoot a little closer to each other on the couch & laugh it off. Theres definitely no more curfews & dinner dates are a thing of the past.
Looking back on the past is insane how much has changed between us. Not in a bad way by any is just so different. & While Abby is getting older and I feel like I can actually breathe a few minutes out of the day, it gives me enough time to sit back and ponder.
I think this is normal. I think a lot of couples probably go through this, especially when they wern't trying or prepared for a child. But, question is: how do you make both ends meet?
How can we be responsible & good parents, but still be the happy-go-lucky, young, in love couple that we once were? I know its possible..I see families do it every day. Its just getting back to that point.
The point where I can run up and jump on his back & he'd give me a piggy back ride where ever we were headed (granted that I've had a child and gained some weight since then, it may no longer be possible! ha ha) & the point where he'd tell me on a regular basis how hard he'd work to make sure that we'd always be together, and I'd miss him soo much at night that I would spray my pillows with his cologne...
Where the heck did those two sappy love birds go!?
Its like once you have a child, live together, and are basically married. He's always there, I'm always there. It's like we know we're both always going to be we've lost the effort to try.
I could go on & on with this, and I probably will continue it because it just doesn't feel "complete" yet. But right now, I'm done for a bit. My mind doesn't feel like thinking and this is more complicated to word than I had imagined. *Sigh*

Thursday, October 7, 2010

A Fall Survey

I saw this on my friend Devin's looked fun, so I decided to do it too! :)

1. Do you like Starbucks? Are you a fan of their seasonal coffees?
I LOVE Stabucks, and yes..I am a huge fan of their seasonal coffees! Pumpkin spice Latte is delish! Can't wait for their Christmas stuff this year :)

2. How do you decorate and prepare for fall?
Eh, I haven't done TOO much decorating this year..but I'm hoping to get some more stuff up in the next couple of weeks. So far we've hung an autumn wreath on the door, replaced our summer candles with fall scents (harvest apple cinnamon) & got a few mini pumpkins to sit across our entrainment center.

3. What is your favorite fall clothing item and or accessory?
Boots! Leggings, big comfy (but cute) sweaters, and scarves :)

4. What was your favorite Halloween costume as a kid?
Probably when I dressed up as a 50's girl in 4th or 5th grade. It was soo cute, my mom & I worked really hard to make it look like the real thing :)

5. Do you like Halloween/horror movies? Do you have a favorite?
I do love them, but I am a total chicken. My favorites are The Amityville Horror and The Strangers, they both scare me to death, though!

6. What is your favorite fall activity?
Everything! I am soo in love with fall it is ridiculous. My favorite might be going to farms/pumpkin patches. I also really enjoy picking out Halloween costumes, for my daughter and for me! Also love all the fall decor and the first couple days of cooler weather, picking out new jackets & hoodies..sipping hot coffee at night watching all the halloween movies. Speaking of Halloween movies, awaiting the seasonal premiere of Hocus Pocus just MIGHT be another favorite! Ahh I love it all! :)

7. What is your favorite fall recipe?
Home made apple pie :)

8. What TV show are you most excited about this fall?
I was really excited for Dancing with the Stars & Greys Anatomy, but they've already started now. I guess I'm pretty excited for the new season of 16 & Pregnant

9. When do you start Christmas shopping?
Ugh, last year I didn't start until MID-DECEMBER. HUGE mistake. This year I want to start as soon as possible!

10. What do you miss most about summer?
Nothing! I am loving this season :)

12. What movie coming out soon are you most excited about?
I'm not too excited about any movies right now! I guess I'm pretty excited about that new Katherine Heigel movie, where she and the other guy are left custody of their friends baby..but I don't remember what its called

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Can't get enough of it.

I'm sorry..I know I'm getting annoying. But I really just can't get enough of this

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I must have been born in October for a reason. It's because we were meant to be, October and I. We fell in love on October 30th 1990..and its only gotten better since.

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Abby and I took our first mini trip to a farm today. Papa Johns farm that is, just a little place right down the road from our apartment..but, we still had fun.

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We ran through pumpkin patches, looked through fresh produce & said hi to animals in the barn.

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For the sake of the season, we headed out with a bag of red delicious apples, a mini pumpkin that Abby picked out, and a fresh jug of apple cider. Once we got home, your girl right here attempted her first home made apple pie.

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It tasted yummy..but it wasn't too pretty. Okay, it was freaking ugly. Which is why I am not posting a picture :) I got Jackie's approval though, she stopped by on her way home from work for a visit and thought the pie was least it tasted yummy. & Speaking of cooking disasters, I bought GREEN meat from the grocery store tonight, ew! Jake has been begging me to make his favorite dinner for weeks now..ground beef & gravy with noodles. So, I finally gave in and was going to make it...and of course! I open the package and realize its green and sour. Gross. We settled with deer meat as a substitute, but I wasn't exactly satisfied with how it turned out. Jake liked it, but I think he was just being nice :p

In the world of Abby - she is totally excited about her new fish tank she got for her birthday! She comes up to me several times a day, reaches her arms up for me, and says "beesh! beesh!"..because she wants to go look at her new fishy tank! Its soo cute. & So is she :)

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In the world of Abby con. - bedtime is no longer something she's a fan of. The little pistol was up until almost midnight tonight. We fought bedtime for almost 4 hours, it was emotionally draining for all of us. One time, I tried to let her "cry it out" for a few minutes, and she was crying so hard by the time I got in there that she could hardly catch her breath. It totally broke me, and I cried with her. I have NEVER seen her like this before. Finally, I turned out all the lights in the living room & we cuddled on the couch, watching Mickey Mouse. She was restless, and obviously, I tried one last time to lay her back down in her crib, and her eyes closed automatically. *Sigh of relief* Not for me though, for her. I tip toed out of her room and sat on the floor outside her bedroom for almost 10 minutes. Waiting to her a fuss, hoping she'd let herself sleep..all with my head in my hands & feeling so guilty about the whole thing. I know it wasn't "my" fault it was such a rough night, but I still feel so bad. I hope that she doesn't fall asleep and think I didn't want her or love her, I just wanted the poor little exhausted baby to fall asleep. I hope that she's not sick and I hope that she knows how much I love her, and how seeing her so upset tears me apart. I want to go into her room and pick her up, tell her that I'm sorry that tonight didn't go as smoothly as it usually does but I still love her all the same. *Sigh of mommy sadness* Tomorrow will be a better day, and in a lighter note - I sure hope this means we're sleeping in, in the morning!

Right now I'm sleepy..but I don't want to go to bed. I really miss having a TV in our bedroom. When we we're living at his mom's that was my lullaby..the TV. I never have watched too many shows, besides at whole life, I've never been able to sleep without it being on. So, going to lay in bed in a dark and quiet bedroom never sounds appealing until I'm out of this world exhausted. I usually toss and turn for at least a half hour, until I finally settle myself down to sleep. So, tonight..I'm going in to kiss Jake, and making a bed on the couch. The sliding glass door is open , its chilly and I have our warm quilt thrown over me, along with a cup of hot apple cider. My new "harvest apple" candle is flickering in the kitchen..and its unusually cozy in here. I think my heavy eyes & urge to watch TV are calling me now..

Goodnight :)

Monday, October 4, 2010


Seriously, October brings me way too much joy. Pictures like this, put butterflies in my belly:

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Haha, okay - that one just kinda makes me laugh, totally adorable though!

My point is, I LOVE OCTOBER & HALLOWEEN TIME. Its inspiring, its fun, it brings cute clothes, and lots of fun things to do!

& With that said, the weather today fit the October mood perfectly :)

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It was rainy, cold, and windy. Requiring a sweater, long pants, a rain coat, and some new precious boots

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We went to Carter's to spend some of her gift cards, they didn't have much I was totally in love with there (for once!) besides some super cute Halloween jammies, but none in her size :( So I only picked up a couple things (can't help myself, no matter what!) and was heading back to the car when the book store caught my eye...another thing my dorky self can't resist. I originally went in to check out a new book for me, but when I saw the rack of the kids Halloween books..I couldn't resist!

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Classic looking books like this totally melt me anyways, but throw a few pumpkins in there? Oh, I'm no more good. I couldn't help but be a little annoyed when all Abby wanted to do was close the pages and flap the book all around at bedtime tonight. But hey, theres always next year :)

Anyways, I got a quick vanilla cream coffee from Joe's and Abby and I headed to the grocery store, then home to make some dinner

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I made garlic herb chicken with rice and autumn veggies tonight! It was delish! Not too sure where all these cooking skills are coming from, but I'm getting pretty dang good if I do say so myself!

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Oh, if you could have only smelled my kitchen as I was pulling this out of the oven, yum!

In other news, Abby has fallen in love with her new baby doll. It is adorable

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She calls her "Pacie Baby" and likes to give the doll her pacifier. She likes to push her around the apartment and dump her out..and then stick her back in. We love pacie baby :)

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& after bedtime Jake and I snuggled up on the couch, sharing a gallon of ice cream & watched Halloweentown! An old Disney favorite of mine. It got so chilly, I had to go convince the babes to find me some of his thermal hunting socks :) Arn't they cute?...

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In the next weeks ABC starts its 18 days of Halloween countdown (Hocus Pocus comes on, yes!), a trip to the farm this weekend, a Halloween themed camping trip, a trip to Jason's Woods, my birthday, and Halloween...lots of good to come.

Goodnight for now

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Birthday Partying & Bedtime

Despite the stress, despite the zero sleep, despite the mess up with food, despite my wanting to rip Jake's face off for not helping, despite spending all Saturday morning trying to make all the decorations perfect. Despite all of daughter, our family, Jake and I, and our very close friends..had a beautiful day on Saturday.

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All gathered together to celebrate Abigail's big day. It was splendid. It was a beautiful day, we couldn't have asked for better weather, a better time, or better company.

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Baby girl did so good. She is such a lover, and played with every one..and let every one hold her and kiss her. Once it was cake time, she did the same thing she did on her real birthday! No cake for little missy again, didn't like all the attention and just wanted her mama. That's okay! Maybe next year Abs. But..Jake's sister did a beautiful job! We keep on telling her to start a side job!

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I must say, she was most happy once things started to settle down. She had fun running around through the field with Sam and I..and enjoyed laying and sitting around and picking the grass. Friends & family laughed and shared stories, Jake grilled hot dogs & hamburgers, boys were playing football in the field, other boys were playing corn hole on a another field, old family caught up, and every one loved my little girl. We couldn't have asked for a better day!

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And lets just say..I wasn't the only one pooped after our perfectly long weekend ♥

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I was sad that I had to run off to work this morning. I so wanted to stay home and go through all of her new toys with her, and sort through all of her new clothes and pack away some summer ones. After all, it is that time of year again :) Clean out your closet for some warmer things ♥

But (theres always a but) coming home is always so great. Walking through that door to that big toothy grin just finishing up dinner with enough to make me forget any kind of crapiness I was feeling today.

And...I love bedtime. Especially in the fall. Its cool outside, so the baths feel warmer, the candles smell apple-ier, the air is crisp and the sheets are chilly. A cool breeze sweeps through our apartment - making it a perfect night for cuddles and stories in Mommy & Daddy's bed.

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Goodnight Yall!

Saturday, October 2, 2010


So, I've been all about learning how to cook lately. It's fun for me.

However...right now, it's almost 4am..and I am still awake cooking. AHHHHH!!

I have had so many catastrophes in the past hours I am about give up cooking FOREVER.

I accidentally bought this Italian seasoning for the RANCH pasta I'm making..but I'm still going to take a crack at it. And, the pork bbq is some crazy recipe that I got offline, like "Caribbean Pulled Pork" and I'm afraid I put too much seasoning on THAT because every time I open the crock pot it about burns my nose off, and I forgot onions. Ahhh!!

Someone PLEASE remind me while planning my next new recipes!!!!!

Friday, October 1, 2010

October! :)

Happy October all! My favorite month of the year has finally arrived! Like my song? ;)

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Today Jackie and I sipped Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte's to celebrate our favorite season! Yumm...

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Mama & baby have been on the go today! ..since 7am. My baby used to be such my little sleeper iner! The past week or so she's been waking up at 8am or earlier. Yawn! But I'm adjusting. We spent the morning with open windows and a/c off. It was overcast, rainy, and chilly. We had breakfast, played for awhile, did some laundry, and took a shower together. She also used to love showers..not so much anymore. She fussed the whole time until I let her get out! After shower was nap time for baby, and mama! I wanted to finish getting ready while she was sleeping..but I said ehh screw it, it was raining after all...that's always a perfect excuse to take a nap ;)

Anyways..after nap time, we headed out to find some party decorations. We hit up the Dollar Tree at first and got the basics (napkins, table cloths, cups, etc.) all in pink and white! Later we stopped by Party City to pick up the super cute stuff, like center pieces, banners...ya know!

For some reason all that took HOURS. Abby was such a good girl, so we headed home to play for a bit, have some lunch, and take a little baby girl nap.

About an hour later we headed to the grocery store, where we met Dada..where we shopped for the food for the party tomorrow!

FINALLY..we got home, threw the pork bbq in the crock pot..and headed to the mall with Jackie. I needed to find an outfit & I needed to get a sweater and shoes for Abs. After shopping we treated ourselves to some dinner at Chevy's. I got the Grilled Fajita Shrimp Salad...mmmmmmmm, never fails. If I could only find a picture. Trust me, your mouth would be watering.

Now I'm home! Sorry this is so random & squised together but I'm SLEEPY and I don't feel like thinking and organizing words. And..I have pictures from today but I left my camera in the car and I'm too lazy to walk out there to get it. So, currently I'm finishing my Chevy's leftovers, and watching Silence of the Lambs (duh..its October, Scary movie time!) ...and, its 12:30am. AND I still have to make spinach dip and pasta for the morning.

.....GOODBYE. wish me some sleep!

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