Thursday, September 30, 2010

RAW(e): Girly

I've participated in several RAW(e) photo challenges hosted by Sailor and Company. They are fun and it is totally my kind of challenge...no editing! :) Straight out of the camera. So here is my entry for "Girly" This is Mia in her tutu from Mother Goose Collections, that I WON from a giveaway! I adore it! :)

Go visit Sailor & Company and link up! :)  



Wee Bit Wednesday (on a Thursday :)



{one} what is your biggest pet peeve?
I have a few, but my two biggest are TRAFFIC (UGHHHH!!! Just the word makes me angry! ;) and people who say "God d**n". I would honestly hear the f-word over and over again (which I'm not a fan of either although it does slip out sometimes!) then hear someway say "God d**n" (I hate even typing that!)

{two} what is your favorite dessert?
definitely ice cream!

{three} what is the first thing you notice about people?
typically how friendly they are (or not :) I'm a very shy person, so that just tends to be something I notice first.

{four} are you usually late, early or right on time?
I actually used to be able to hold the title (amongst my friends) for ALWAYS on time (or a tad early), but now, since #2 came along, I can't say that :) I TRY not to be late, but that's not always possible!

{five} have you ever fired a gun?
no. I think I'd be shaking and very scared! :)

{six} are you right-handed or left-handed?
right

{seven} which do you prefer: coke or pepsi?
definitely coke, although I don't try to drink any of it because it's so bad for you (only at parties and events will I "splurge" and drink soda.

{eight} do you dance crazy when no one is looking?
sometimes. Just to make the kids laugh :)

{nine} what’s your favorite movie snack?
popcorn. but as far as candy snack goes...anything chocolate :)

{ten} do you scream on roller coasters?
on the rare occasion that I get on them, yes, but I"m not a big roller coaster pereson

Now it's your turn! Click on the button and link up! :)
It's no secret that I love photo challenges. With as many pictures as I take, I have TONS of potential entries :) And like I always say, although I have no photography skills (other then shoot and click! ;) I still like to enter my photos. The Paper Mama is holding a "Hint of Color" photo challenge, so I thought I'd enter this pic of Mia. Click on the button below to look at the other entries and link up! :)


The Paper Mama

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

a sorta fairytale: Snoozing


I came to this blog through a post that the Paper Mama did, and I had to enter! :)



The story behind this picture is just too funny...my husband was leaving the house one day to go out for a bit and of course his shadow (aka Manuel) wanted to go too, but we didn't let him. He got upset and decided he was going to "camp out" in front of the door until daddy got home. We'll sure enough, after about 3 minutes of listening to him throw a fit, I heard nothing. I peeked my head around the corner, and this is what I saw. Too cute! :)

Wordless Wednesday


O-U-T! :)

Tutu and bow (and onesie-not pictured :) courtesy of Mother Goose Collections
*UGH! Not sure why my link isn't working. It's http://www.mothergoosecollections.com/

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Top 2 Tuesday

Taylor, over at The Undomestic Momma does a weekly link up called "Top 2 Tuesday." This weeks Top 2 is your favorite songs. I had to participate...



1) Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts-GREAT song! Love it! Had my husband and I had a "real" wedding (we got married in a court house, one day on a whim :) this would have been "our song". And we actually still call it "our song" because each word speaks so true to our relationship. Look up the lyrics, they are great.

2) Bring the Rain by MercyMe-for those of you that don't listen to Christian music, MercyMe is a Christian group. I NEVER in a million trillion years EVER thought I'd be one of those people that listen to Christian music. NEVER! (in case I haven't made that clear! ;) But to be honest, it all sounds like the standard "pop music" that you listen to every day, they just use different words that tend to lean more towards religion and God. Don't knock it until you try it folks, trust me! :) But back to the song....it's very inspirational and I LOVE it! Look up the lyrics to this song too. (I'd post them, but this post would be way too long, and let's be honest, you probably wouldn't read it! :)

My hubby and I are going to see MercyMe in concert this Saturday night. I am SUPER excited! It's the first Christian concert either of us have ever been to. I have to laugh when I think about my husband there. If you know my husband (which no one who reads this does, because no one I know in real life knows that I blog (but that's for another post :) my husband is VERY much the reformed bad boy-to the fullest extent, prison and all-don't judge! People change! :) It's just funny to think how far he's come in the last few years and how he is now one of "those people" listening to Christian music and going to Christian concerts. Too funny! :)

Enjoy your day!

Monday, September 27, 2010

30 days of Truth

I guess I sort of stink at this "30 Days of Truth" thingy because A) it's been a LONG time since I posted about it and B) I'm skipping 13, 14 and 15. Why you ask? (or perhaps you didn't, but I'm going to tell you anyway ;) 13, 14, and 15 were questions where you would name someone (band, singer, etc.) and write letters to them in regards to certain topics. I blog while I'm working and really don't have time to sit down and write letters to anyone, especially to people/things that would NEVER read them. But on to the next chunk of questions...

Day 16: Someone or something you definitely could live without-I could live without meatloaf! I HATE meatloaf and that's the first thing that popped in to my head when I read that question! :) BARF! BARF! BARF! :)

Day 17: A book you’ve read that changed your views on something-"Notes Left Behind" by Brooke and Keith Desserich. It is a journal of their sweet young daughters battle with an inoperable brain tumor (DIPG). You can't possibly read it and NOT be changed!

Day 18: Your views on gay marriage-to each his/her own, but clearly it's not for me! :)

Day 19: What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics? I am a Christian. I attend a Baptist church, every Sunday. I teach Sunday school to 2 and 3 year olds. We are not the "old fashioned Baptist" as you might envision when you hear Baptist (no offense to anyone that is! :) I just know that personally, growing up Catholic, when I heard Baptist I thought negative things. Now I know that to be judgemental and not correct. My children will be brought up going to church. I hope that raising them with God as the center of their lives will make them good people that make the right decisions (but I also know that you can only instill so much in your children, and eventually they have to make their own decisions and choices). That is what religion is in MY life, and I hope that God plays a part in yours, but I do not judge. As far as politics go, I know VERY little about politics, so I don't talk about them :) (call me an idiot if you'd like :)

Day 20: Your views on drugs and alcohol-I see nothing wrong with alcohol if you don't abuse it. I drink on occasion and enjoy beer and some liquor :) As far as drugs go, I've done my fair share of experimenting for a huge chunk of early 20's (not proud, but the truth). Short of having never touched heroin, I've tried LOTS of other things, some of those things went beyond "trying" and were done on a consistent basis. I can say that drugs ruin lives. I used to laugh when I heard that "marijuana is a gateway drug" but looking back, I can say that it is. For those people that have only smoked weed and never touched another good. Good for you, and I mean that! Had I never tried it, I would have never thought to try the other drugs I did. And I'll say it again, drugs ruin lives!!!! Whether it be street drug abuse or prescription drug abuse, lives can ruined. They almost ruined my marriage (the latter. And no, not because of me) I really could go on and on about drugs as they are a passion of mine (Or should I say the fight against them) but I'll stop there!

Day 21: (scenario) Your best friend is in a car accident and you two got into a fight an hour before. What do you do? UM, duh...go to the hospital and visit them!!!!

Day 22: Something you wish you hadn’t done in your life-see "Day 20". My partying days were fun, don't get me wrong, but I always wonder how much different my life would be had partying not been such a priority in my life from 18-24 years old. I wonder what would have happened had I been involved in church, had a strong belief in God (like I do now), etc. back then, how much different things would be!

Day 23: Something you wish you had done in your life-finished college. I went to a local community college for a few years (hahaha) to get my AA in Mental Health and Human Services, and NEVER finished. I wish I had finished college and transferred to do even more then an AA.

Day 24: Make a playlist to someone, and explain why you chose all the songs-too much thinking right now. I'm going to skip this one. I stink, I know! :)

Day 25: The reason you believe you’re still alive today-no doubt that I am alive today because of my son, Manuel. When I found out I was pregnant with Manuel I was in a hard core partying stage, living a really bad life. The SECOND I found out I was pregnant EVERYTHING stopped! Honestly, had I not gotten pregnant, I don't know that I'd be here today.

Day 26: Have you ever thought about giving up on life? If so, when and why? No. There is NOTHING in this world worth ending your life over. Although things can seem VERY overwhelming at times, and sometimes it might seem like the bad just keeps coming, but eventually there is light!

Day 27: What’s the best thing going for you right now? Of course my children, hubby and family are awesome and wonderful, the best "thing" I have going for me now is my faith in God. Not to get all preachy on anyone, but FOR ME, if I didn't have God and belief that if He brings you to it, He'll bring you through it there is a lot that I couldn't overcome. But thankfully I believe in God, and know that even on my worst day, things will get better! :) Okay, enough "deepness" (yes, that's a word! ;) for one day! :)

Mobile Monday

I was sitting in traffic (as I typically do M-F, 7am-8am and then again 4:30pm-5:30pm! :) and thought the sky looked beautiful. I didn't have my camera with me, so out came the cell phone.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Five Question Friday

This is my first time participating in "Five Question Friday" but I thought I'd give it a shot. So here goes nothing :) (just kidding! I'm acting like I'm about to solve a calculus problem! ;) After reading mine, click on the button and link up! :)



1. If you could speak with a different accent, what would it be (i.e Australian, Scottish)? Definitely an English accent. They just sound "fun" :) But I also LOVE Southern accents too. When I was little I moved to South Carolina for a bit with my family and picked up a Southern accent in no time. I've since lost it, but it was adorable! :)


2. Can you fall asleep anywhere? (i.e floor, couch, deck) Not at all! Typically I can't fall asleep anywhere, other then a bed. If I REALLY have to I may fall asleep on the sofa if I'm EXTRA tired, but typically it has to be a bed.

3. Do you use public restrooms? If so, do you sit on the toilet? I do use public restrooms because some times, you don't have a choice! :) I try to hover as often as possible. I can't say that ALWAYS happens, but I try. At the very least I put down toilet paper or one of those "fancy" ;) seat covers. I seldom have ever found a clean public restroom though. GROSS! :)

4. If you were stuck in an elevator for 24 hours, what celebrity would you most want to be stuck with? If I was stuck in an elevator for 24 seconds, I'd die! I'd be dead so I wouldn't care about celebrities! :) I am SUPER claustrophobic, as in, I can't sit in the back seat of a car if it doesn't have windows (ie. a 2 door vehicle :) If an elevator takes a tad longer then I think it should moving, the doors opening, etc. I get panicky.

5. Where did you & your significant other go on your 1st date? The first couple of times my husband and I went out we would go to the bar (awww, cue romantic music, JUST KIDDING!!!) We were young and dumb, and that's when my hubby drank (he chooses to refrain from alcohol at this stage in his life. No reason, just a choice he makes :) But I digress...we were young, and hung out at the bars often. But for our actual real first "date", I think it was dinner. Oh my gracious, this is SO awful I don't remember. I swear that I have no recollection of life pre-children. NO LIE! :)

That was fun!

HAPPY FRIDAY!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wordless(ish) Wednesday

I hate having to post younger pictures of Manuel (because it makes it seem like I ONLY take pictures of Mia, but that's not the case at all!) When he was little, he let me take his picture ALL THE TIME! Now that he's 4 (and a 1/2 ;), I can't get a decent picture of him to save my life. An oldie but a goodie! :)

"What, you don't wear pearls and a bow with your jersey?" ;)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Shutter Love Tuesdays: Cakes

ShutterLoveTuesdays


I'm not quite sure why I feel compelled to enter so many challenges because my photography skills are lacking (and I basically have NO editing skills! :) but I just love showing off my children. Does that make me a bad person??? I hope not! ;)

I love the story behind this picture, more then the picture itself. January 2010 brought massive amounts of snow to the East Coast. We had a large family party planned for Manuel's birthday, but unfortunately snow ruined it! :( He took it like a champ, and as long as he had his Spongebob cake (which we had pre-ordered) he wasn't going to let any snow ruin his day! :)

Gotta love kids! :)

RAW(e): Smiles and Laughters

Monday, September 20, 2010

i heart faces photo challenge: Smirk


Clearly photo challenges are my way of keeping my mind off of things! :) Go visit i heart faces to see the other "Smirks" :)



Please pray for Mia

As you may (or may not) know, last Thursday my daughter Mia went to Hopkins for some testing. She had a UTI at the beginning of September, and apparently when that happens in a child her age they like to do further testing to rule out bladder reflux. I wasn't "happy" with the idea of her having a VCUG but I figured, rather be safe then sorry. She also needed a kidney u/s which I wasn't at all concerned about because it's non-invasive. The u/s went off without a hitch, and the VCUG, well, I can't say the same for that procedure, but Mia tolerated it as well as you would expect an 8 month old to.

After the testing we met with a Pediatric Urologist who told us that the VCUG was fine (no bladder reflux) and the kidney u/s seemed okay, but one kidney was smaller then the other. He said it very non chalant and care free, so being as though I am NOT a doctor, I put that statement in my memory bank and moved on.

On Friday I receive a voicemail from her Pediatrician (who I love), reiterating the fact that the VCUG was fine, but there were some concerns with her u/s that we needed to discuss, oh yeah, and that she was leaving for the day, so to touch base on Monday. WHAT?!?!?!??! All weekend there was that lingering fear of the "what ifs".

First thing this morning I called her Ped, who immediately apologized for leaving that message. It was one of those instances where the words are coming out, and as they are coming out you are thinking, "SHUT UP! What am I saying?!?!?" but it's too late! :) Yeah! (at least she acknowledged her error). But I digress...she told me that she did have concerns with her u/s and would now like us to meet with a Nephrologist (kidney specialist) to see what is going on...is the kidney not growing? is the kidney not functioning? etc. I know that everything could be a-o-k, and I know, I know, people can live with one kidney but this is my BABY we are talking about! My just-turned-8-months-old baby! I don't want to see her have to go through a DMSA scan and possibly more testing!! UGHHHHHHHH!!!

And I also know that it could ALWAYS be worst, so I should be thankful that this is "all" it is, but still, it's scary! The not knowing!

So if you pray, which I hope you do :) please say a prayer for Mia that this too is NOTHING and we can put it all behind us.

Thank you! :)

The Paper Mama Photo Challenge: Fingerprint

The Paper Mama

Go visit Chelsey and link up to this super fun challenge.

Here is my entry for the week. I never win (wah wah wah :) and never even place in the top 5 OR Honorable Mentions, but that's because my photography skills are lacking (to say the least), but still, I won't pass up an opportunity to post super adorable pictures of my children! :)





 

Mobile Monday

Okay, so last week I started something called "Mobile Monday" (or at least I THINK I started it. I do not want to take credit for this idea if someone else has already done this but I doubt it! :) Basically this is the idea...anytime I read a blog post and someone has posted a picture from their cell phone, there is usually a caption that follows, "Horrible cell pic" (or something along those lines). And yes, typically cell phone pics aren't as great of a quality as camera pics, but they are still cute, and still deserved to be shared. With that thought, came the idea for Mobile Monday. Each Monday I will be posting a pic from my cell phone that I love and NOT posting the caption, "Crappy quality cell phone pics" :) We are going to assume that you all knwo that since it IS from cell phone :)

I would say link up, but we all know I know nothing about blog saviness, and I have no idea how to post a linky thingy (that's the technical term! ;)
My super adorable, glasses wearing, curly headed, picture hating, 4 1/2 year old at Costco! :)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Happy 8 months Mia Grace!

Just hanging out with her big bro :)                 




             Being cute and SUPER "drooly" :)


Apparently I wasn't feeding her fast enough, so she resorted to fake fruit :)






My beautiful Mia Grace, today you are 8 months old! I say this in every post, but seriously, you are growing up WAY too fast! You are still my little baby though, and I THINK we may baby you a tad more then we did with your brother to try and keep you a baby longer! :) You are doing new things each and every day and it's so awesome to watch. What I really love is watching the relationship between you and your brother growing and blossoming every day. I think you two are going to be super close growing up. I know you'll have your battles, but you two are just so cute together!

Okay, now on stats :)
-You weighed 17 lbs 15 oz at your doctors appointment on the 14th (when we found out you had hand, foot and mouth disease, UGHHHHHHHHHH!) You are growing great! :) And again, as far as your height goes, Mommy has NO clue! We'll find out next month, on the 25th, at your 9 month check up. Everyone says you seem really tall!

-You continue to be a rolling machine! You will roll wherever you want to, and even right over top of things (Like the leg of your swing! :) You aren't showing much desire to crawl but you have put your legs straight out, and pushed up on your tippy toes a couple of times. It was really cute! :)

-You are still in size 3 diapers, but I think they are getting a tad snug. Which I really don't get because Huggies size 3 go up to 22 lbs, and you aren't even close to that. Who knows?? :)

-You can still fit in a last few "summer outfits" (3-6 months), but pretty much all of your clothes are 6-9 months. I can't wait for Fall to put you in little sweaters and jeans! :)

-You are really loving your time at Linnie's while Mommy and Daddy are at work. You are starting to notice Jace, Claudia and Sophie more (the other children Linnie watches). They make you laugh, play with you, and FEED YOU THINGS YOU SHOULDN'T EAT! ;)

-You have now had 4 physical therapy sessions and they are going great! Mrs. Cindy is your regular PT now (Mrs. Mary Pat was just doing it until Mrs. Cindy came on for the school year). Mrs. Cindy loves you just as much as Mrs. Mary Pat did :) She thinks you are so sweet, and can't get over how much progress you've already made. You can sit up like a pro, reach out of your "comfort zone" for toys while sitting, and then grab them and pull them back up to you, while you return to a sitting position, and all other sorts of wonderful stuff. I know with this physical therapy you will be crawling in NO time!

-You are sleeping, pretty much consistently, from 8pm"ish" to 4am"ish". You might stir in the middle of the night if you want your "ninny" and can't find it, but Mommy can't complain. You have been not sleeping so well the last few nights but now that we know you had HFMD and had sores in your throat we can understand why (poor baby! :(

-You are mastering your wave and get very excited when people wave to you! :) You love babbling, and have said, "ma-ma-ma", "da-da-da", "ba-ba-ba" and "ga-ga-ga" but your FAVORITE is "da-da-da" and that's pretty much what you say ALL the time. Daddy thinks you are talking to him, and I try to explain that you aren't associating him with that word, but he doesn't believe me. We'll let him think what he wants! ;)

-You are on to Stage 2 fruits and veggies. You eat Oatmeal cereal. And of course continue to drink your formula. We've up'd your formula intake, per Dr. K, and things seem to be going great. You are definitely less cranky. You are eating puffies and Cheerios.

-You are getting good with your sippie cup! :)
I can't wait to watch you continue to grow Mia Grace! You are going to do something amazing in this world one day. I just know it! :)

Friday, September 17, 2010

God's timing is ALWAYS perfect!

I'm sure you've heard those words before, and you might think, "Yep!" but sometimes an event happens and you really just have to stop and say, "THANK YOU GOD!"

Where is this coming from? Well it's because of yesterday...

Mia had an appointment at 8:45am at Johns Hopkins hospital, in the main building, The Nelson Building. Even if you aren't from Maryland, I would be willing to bet that you've heard of Hopkins before (the University and/or the hospital). The hospital is known worldwide and they do AMAZING things, especially in the care of children. But I digress..Mia was there yesterday for her VCUG and kidney ultrasound. As we walked in the building I passed two security guards, who greeted me with a, "Good Morning!" and that was that. No questions, no search, no nothing. I thought, "Hmm, that's odd, anyone could walk in here with a gun or bomb and go crazy!" (Keep in mind, that's how my mind works. I'm the type of person who sits in a movie theater wondering if someone in the theater is going to get up and go crazy and hold us hostage or something. It's a crazy world we live in, and I'm well aware of that! Saddens me sometimes to think that as each day passes the world gets crazier and my children have to grow up in it!) I then proceed to the elevator where a man, who seemed very frantic, is standing next to me. I once again think, "Gosh, I hope he doesn't get on the elevator with me. He's weirding me out!" Thankfully he did not. I get on the elevator and proceed to Pediatric Radiology. The ultrasound was done first, everything went off without a hitch then it was time for the VCUG. If you take a minute to google it, you'll see, it's not the most pleasant experience, especially for a child, but Mia was a trooper and handled it "okay". We then proceeded to meet with the Pediatric Urologist to go over her scans and thank God everything was just fine. We walk to the car, get in, and head home. As I'm pulling out of the parking garage I notice a bunch of cops speeding by, but honestly, think nothing of it, because we are in downtown Baltimore City, in a not very good section, and anything is possible. We get home and I begin to feed Mia lunch. Then my cell phone rings, and my mom is FRANTIC!

"Chris, where are you?"
"I'm home. I'm feeding Mia lunch."
"Thank God! There's been a shooting at Hopkins."
"I'm fine mom. We just walked in the door. Let me go so I can turn on the news."

And sure enough, in the exact building where I was a doctor had been shot. Now please, don't misunderstand this post as me trying to garner attention for myself, because I was no where near where the shooting had taken place. The gunman was on the 8th floor and I was on the bottom floor. But the building I was in was on lockdown, and from witness reports, in total chaos. Clearly, I do not handle "crisis situations" well, and honestly, had I been there when it happened, I probably would have had a heart attack, right then and there! The shooting took place at 11:11am, and when I pulled out my receipt from the parking gargage to deduct it from my checkbook, the receipt read 11:12am. Had ANYTHING along the way not gone exactly as it did yesterday, I would have been in that building when the shooting happened. God knew that I could NOT have handled anything like that, so His timing was perfect!

Unfortunately the tragedy of the situation escalated beyond the doctor being shot (he did survive, THANK GOD). From all accounts the gunman was upset over a situation involving his mother (a patient at Hopkins), so he shot the doctor who gave him the news. The gunman then barricaded himself in his mothers room where ultimately he killed his mother, and then himself. So tragic. So sad. And that is why my mind works the way it does, because there are SO many crazy people in this world. Last night, I hugged my children a little tighter and realized that NOTHING about our days/hours/minutes are guaranteed.

For more information, feel free to read this article about yesterdays events. It was all over the national news, but I'm not sure if you all heard about it or not...

http://wjz.com/local/doctor.shot.hospital.2.1918164.html

Thursday, September 16, 2010

My button-YAY!!!! :)

A HUGE thank you to Lindsay at Linkie Lueville for making my button. I had the picture, but NO clue what to do with it! :)

Grab my button in my sidebar, if you want! :)

Thanks again Lindsay!


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wee Bit Wednesday

Wow, I am on post overload today!!! :) MAYBE that's why I haven't gotten much work done! ;)

I decided to participate in Wee Bit Wednesday for the first time this week. Click on the button below and link up too!



{one} have you ever won a trophy? if yes, for what?
Awards yes, trophies, no

{two} what was your favorite subject in school?
Hmm, probably Creative Writing

{three} what time do you get up in the morning?
during the week-5:30am
the weekends-I'm lucky if my children let me "sleep in" until 7:30! :)

.{four} if you could open your own business, what would it be?
My dream job is to be a drug counselor/child advocate/social worker. So I don't think that's really a business that you can open, per se, but that's my dream job!

{five} if you could spend the evening with one rock star/band, who would it be?
Another toughie...I'll go with Rascal Flatts (not rock, but still a band! :)

{six} what sitcom character reminds you of you?
My husband and I always joke that we are Doug and Carrie from "King of Queens" :)

{seven} what are the 3 most important things to you?
family, my Faith, friends/members of our church

{eight} chips or popcorn?
chips w/dip! :)

{nine} have you ever ordered anything from an infomercial?
Yes, some piece of exercise equipment (I don't recall the name) and I used it for MAYBE a week, then it just sat around and collected dust for years until we sold it! :)
{ten} what is one thing that you are grateful for today?
my job

Testing...

So I've always wondered how to protect my pictures so other people can't steal them from my blog. Clearly they would not be stealing them for the artistic quality, I'm not a photographer, but they would be stealing them because my children are absolutely precious and there are sick, disgusting weirdos out there! I really never realized it would be an issue (call me nieve), until I came across a blog post by Dear Baby Scary! I wouldn't have the slightest idea on where to begin the process of protecting my pics (I'm pretty stupid when it comes to the "high tech" side of blogging (maybe not high tech to you, but to me, YES! :) Then I came across a link on Linkie Lueville explaining how to do it. So here is my test photo, let's see if it works...

YAY!!! It worked! Perhaps I should use a different font color, but the point is, I did it! Thank you Lindsay!

Wordless(ish) Wednesday

My mom and her first granddaughter, Mia
Manuel (actually posing for a pic-VERY rare these days :) and his cousin, Angelina

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A button?

So I'm super excited because people are actually starting to read my blog (Hello followers! :) and that makes me want a button!!! Does anyone out there know of any easy, free button making tutorials? I hate to sound cheap, but really, I have two young children, a "small mortgage" in daycare and preschool :) so free things are ideal!

Any help would be AWESOME!

Wordless(ish) Wednesday will be posted tomorrow. I have super cute pics so I have to pick one (or two) to share for WW! :)

Good night, off to watch Hoarders on DVR! :)

And for good measure...
Mia and her cousin, Spencer. I just love this pic for some reason! :)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Monday Minute

Monday Minute


1 - Who is your favorite childhood superhero? Not really a super hero type gal, but I did love She-ra. Not sure if she's considered a super hero or not, but that's as close as I got! :)

2 - List something you have done for pure shock value-honestly, nothing. Shocking and Christina is not something that would ever be used in the same sentence! :)

3 - What is the most recent thing someone has said/done to you that left you picking your jaw up off of the floor. my husband told me something, that unfortunately I can't say on here, that shocked the heck out of me about a family member. My jaw literally dropped and for the longest time I just couldn't believe it!!!!

4 - Do you have a moment where you gained clarity about your life? As cliche as it sounds, probably when I found out I was pregnant with my son, June 9, 2005. He saved me, there's no doubt about that. I was living a pretty "rock and roll" lifestyle, if you get my drift and that day it was ALL over for me! And I've never looked back, thank God!
5 - What are you doing to achieve your biggest dream? my biggest dream is to raise my children to be good, moral, God serving people. I do my best every day to instill in them these values. I know at some point, when they are MUCH older, I'm going to have to let them go so they can fly on their own. I just hope I'm doing/will do enough so that they soar!

Mobile Monday

Happy Monday to all! :) I have a very cranky little girl on my hands (teething, I think), so I'm tired but I wanted to share an idea I had...

If, by an off chance, I don't have my camera with me, and I need to capture a cute moment, I'll just take the picture with my cell phone. I don't have a super fancy phone because, to be honest, I probably wouldn't know how to work it! :) As long as it can make calls and send texts, which my phone can do, I'm happy! :) So the quality pics taken with my phone aren't top notch, but they are still super cute, and still worthy of sharing, so that's when the idea of "Mobile Monday" was "born" in this brain of mine! :) (disclaimer: if you, or any blog you read already does something similar to this, I had NO clue! I'm not trying to take credit for something that's not mine! So for copyright purposes, if I'm infringing on your idea, I apologize! :)

Without further ado, my first post in "Mobile Monday"...
This picture is very hard to see, so I edited in black and white because that seemed to help a bit. This is Manuel and Mia taking a nap together and I LOVE how she has her little hand resting on him! :) And no, they typically don't nap shirtless :) but it was one of those 90degree + days at the end of August.
*If you click on the pic it makes it a little easier to see. My next Mobile Monday pic will be a tad easier to look at! :) *

30 days of Truth

Now on to days 10, 11 and 12...

Day 10: Someone you need to let go, or wish you didn't know-hmmm, honestly I don't know, and isn't the whole idea behind this to be honest and truthful? So for now I'll say no one, and if someone pops in to my head I'll come back and edit this answer! :)

Day 11: Something people seem to compliment you on the most-OTHER then how incredibly adorable my children are (seriously, I hear it all the time! ;) it would have to be how positive I am. Grant it, I'm not positive 100% of the time BUT for the most part, I try to stay happy and upbeat!

Day 12: Something you never get compliments on-the way I dress! :) I'm not the most fashion savy person in the world. I don't have the money, the time, or the knack for being a fashion icon. Don't get me wrong, I don't dress AWFUL, but I could really use a "What Not To Wear" makeover! :)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

One of my favs...

For the last (almost) 8 months we have tried to get pictures of us, as a family of 4. As crazy as it sounds, its more difficult then you think. I am a picture taking fool! I will take pictures of my children doing anything and everything. My husband thinks I'm a tad overboard with it, but it's just my nature. After reading Notes Left Behind and reading the excerpt where the father mentioned wishing he had taken more pictures, I know I'm doing the right thing. I've already maxed out 4 or 5 memory cards since Mia's been born. So yeah, a tad overboard, but that's okay by me! :) As you can imagine if Mia has 4 or 5 memory cards in 8 months, think about how many Manuel has after 4 1/2 years! :) But back to my point...tons of pics of the kids, tons of pics of my hubby with the kids, but not many of all 4 of us together. When my cousin came in to town this past Saturday, for Spencer's 1st birthday, she was dead set on getting a great family photo of us. (She had a fancy camera and some photography classes under her belt). My sister lives on the water, so it was a perfect back drop for a picture. Although this is a candid shot, it is by far one of my favs! We were cracking up because Mia would NOT stop pulling Manuel's hair! :)

30 days of Truth

So we all know how blogging works...you come across a blog, from another blog, from another blog, etc. So I'm not exactly sure how I came to Prenda Le Stelle, but I LOVE the thing that she is doing, "30 Days of Truth" and I want to participate. I am several days behind, so I'm going to get caught up in one post and then start doing it daily (or at least try to! :)

Here it goes...
Day 01: Something you hate about yourself-I hate how self conscious I am! We all have our flaws, but I am CONSTANTLY worrying about what others think about me. Even as a 29 year old mother, I find myself being extremely self conscious!
Day 02: Something you love about yourself-what a kind heart I have. It sometimes get me in trouble because I can be too kind hearted, but I wouldn't have it any other way!

Day 03: Something you have to forgive yourself for-Manuel being sick and all of his health issues that came earlier in his life. I have NO control over it, but for some reason I carry great guilt about it!

Day 04: Something you have to forgive someone for-I have to forgive my dad for what he puts us through growing up. He's gone now, and I won't get to forgive him this side of Heaven, but one day!

Day 05: Something you hope to do in your life-my dream is to go on an African safari. It's always been a dream vacation, and I hope, ONE DAY, I get to do it!

Day 06: Something you hope you never have to do-bury one of my children or husband. I know it's a morbid thought, so I hate myself for thinking about it, but I know that you have no control over what happens in your life. It's all in God's hands. I don't know that I could ever bury my husband or children. I'm sure I would if I had to, because God gives you strength in time of weakness, but gosh, I pray that NEVER happens! I hope I am long gone before them!!!!

Day 07: Someone who has made your life worth living for-Cliche, I know, but my children! Before Manuel came along I was living a life, less then desirable. He saved me, that's for sure!!!! And Mia has made me a better person 1000 times over! I love them!


Day 08: Someone who made your life hell, or treated you like sh*t-other then random people I've worked with in the past, no one really. I know, you don't believe it, but it's true. Remeber how I said I have a really kind heart, well I guess it's just hard for people to make my life hell or treat me crappy! :)

Day 09: Someone you didn’t want to let go, but just drifted-very recently I had to let go of a friend. We have been friends since high school, and then about 2 years ago she got heavily involved in abusing prescription medication. I tried to be there for her, but when she was unwilling to help herself time and time again, I had to cut ties. I'll be civil when I see her out, but we will NEVER be what we were.

Shutter Love Tuesdays: Bloopers/Outakes

I came across Trendy Treehouse from another blog I follow. She had entered a pic in their weekly contest so I clicked on the link, and when I saw the theme, I HAD to enter this picture. I hope it no way offends anyway (I'm a Christian and a Sunday school teacher! :), but it was too funny not to share...
Honestly, at first, I saw nothing wrong with the picture. My husband, daughter, son and I had a unique opportunity last month to visit a local minor league stadium, meet the players, play on the field, get our faces painted, AND get balloon animals/baseballs/BASEBALL BATS, etc. I posted the pics on Facebook and went on my merry way. Then I got a message from my mom, "Christina, I think you need to consider taking down one of the pics you posted." I went through each pic, carefully examining them, thinking that perhaps there was one where I was making a weird face, or doing something strange, and then I got this pic, and I LOST IT! I could not stop cracking up! Clearly I was just trying to get a good pic of my husband and son standing down on the field, but unfortunately his balloon BASEBALL BAT took away from that! :)


ShutterLoveTuesdays

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wordless(ish) Wednesday

I didn't "pose" Manuel's shoes like this, this is how they were when he kicked them off on Saturday morning. The days of being barefoot are slowly coming to an end, as Fall approaches.

Goodbye summer, I'll miss you, but I will NOT miss the plethora of 100 degree plus days you brought. I don't "do" heat and humidity. And winter, if you are listening, I have news for you too...I do NOT want a repeat of Winter 2009/2010. Two blizzards in a span of a month???? I'll pass on that! Especially with two young ones at home, one of which will still be too little to go outside and play in it! And listen Mr. Winter, if you recall you ruined Manuel's 4th birthday by dumping snow on us, causing us to cancel his party. I have news for you, you BETTER not ruin his 5th birthday and Mia's 1st birthday (both in January)!!! :)

And that my friends is why I LOVE Fall!!!! Fall does nothing but bring pleasantness (not a word, I know! :)

Happiness Is...

This week I'm going to make my "Happiness Is" post NOT about my children or my husband (YAY ME!! :) Visit Carlotta over at Pastor's Girl's Ponderings and read about what makes her happy, her readers happy, AND see some awesome photos while she's in Germany! :)

Happiness Is...

Happiness is...
Celebrating a miracle! This is my nephew Spencer. Spencer is a very lucky little boy because he has THREE older brothers who watch over him from Heaven. Mateo, Ian and Anthony (triplets) were born too soon, and taken from this world in May 2008. Spencer is a miracle because his mommy and daddy could not get pregnant naturally so they took every medical route possible. After losing the triplets in May 2008 Amy and Mike had really lost hope. But as we all know Gods plans tend to vary from ours and on December 23, 2008 our family got our Christmas miracle when we found out that Amy and Mike were pregnant, NATURALLY! Spencer was born on September 2, 2009. This past weekend we celebrated his 1st birthday! :) He's the tiniest little thing, but walking around like a big boy! :)


Happiness is....
Super adorable 1st birthday cake AND a super adorable "smash" cake for the birthday child. Spencer LOVES Bob the Builder so that was the theme for his birthday. I LOVE the hardhat "smash" cake. SO cute!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

What's been going on...

Last week was a bit of a whirlwind. Although I found time to post I'm not really sure how I managed to do that! :) But you find time for the important things in life, right? ;) I was working on VERY little sleep and still working from home during the day, even with a sick kiddo. Us Mommies are resilient, aren't we? :)

But on to my reason for this post...

When Mia was born the ped who evaluated her noticed a "pit" on her ear (that's laymans terms. The technical term is Preauricular Sinus). We actually thought it was cute at first because my husband has the same exact thing on his ear. His NEVER caused him any issues growing up or into adulthood. Do you think that would be the case with Mia? Of course not. I try not to dwell on my childrens medical issues because in the grand scheme of life, they are so mild (and I read stories in "blogland" every day of how much worst it could be, so please understand I know I am blessed beyond measure that it's "only" this) but it's hard. You never want to see your children suffer. Through Manuel's early years of life he had febrile seizures. Prior to being given that "diagnosis" he had to endure spinal taps, CT scans, etc. and it was horrible to watch. He was so young that we couldn't explain to him what was happening which broke my heart! And he didn't just have one or two seizures, no, he's had probably 20. Then it seems that he's grown out of them (KNOCK ON WOOD!) and now he has severe asthma. He spent 5 days in the PICU last year because of his breathing, etc. So needless to say, we were hoping with Mia, things would be a little easier in the medical dept. Back to my point...at the end of June Mia had an unexplained fever. After a late night trip to the ER it was determined that the pit on her ear was infected. It was suggested that at some point we have a kidney ultrasound done because children with these pits run a higher risk of having renal anomalies. We had a follow-up appt with her Ped and she suggested we go see an ENT just to get her opinion on what to do. We saw the Assistant Professor with the Department of Otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins. She suggested we consider surgery to remove the pit because typically once it gets infected it is prone to infections. Being apprehensive about Mia being sedated at such a young age my husband and I decided that we wouldn't choose surgery at this point, but if it were to get infected again then we'd schedule surgery.

Okay, so fast forward to last week...Mia wakes up at 2:30am with a 103.something fever and no other symptoms. I rush her to the ER. Her ear looks fine, she looks fine, but the ER dr wants to rule out a UTI. They have to cath her (UGHHHHHHHHHH! :( and as her urine is coming out, before they even test it, they can tell she has a UTI because her it is so cloudy. We are given antibiotics, paperwork that suggests we get a kidney u/s and VCUG because UTI's in baby girls can be more then JUST a UTI. She has her post ER follow-up this evening with her ped (should have been yesterday but wasn't because of the holiday). I will then find out about scheduling these tests and take it from there. I know that the kidney u/s is non-invasive so that I'm not worried about. I just hate the thought of the VCUG. My poor little girl! :( She's going to have NO clue what is going on, and it's not like I can explain it to her. The thought that I hate the most is that she's going to have to be strapped down or confined in order to do the procedure. I HATE that! I am severely claustrophobic and just the thought of Mia having to go through that breaks my heart. When Manuel was first in the hospital and they had to rule out meningitis for his seizures they had to do a spinal tap. He had just eaten so they couldn't sedate him. My husband had just left to run home to get a change of clothes when they came in to tell me they were doing it. I had to sit there and watch them as three nurses struggled to hold down my son, his face "smushed" in the arm of one of the nurses, him screaming his head and all I could do is sit there and cry. I hope the VCUG for Mia is a lot less traumatic. Some people have suggested they I suggest they sedate her for it. It's worth thinking about, but then again, sedation at such a young age scares me to death. I know the end result will be that it's nothing, and it was JUST a UTI, but everything leading up to the results scares me!!!!! :(

And again, if you are a parent out there reading this who has lost a child, or your child has had cancer, and been through SOOOOO much more, please know that I know this is NOTHING compared to what your children have been through. I should feel blessed that this is ALL it is. But still, it's scary. You never want to see your child suffer on any level.

I'll keep everyone posted on the results. Thank you for your prayers! :)

And for good measure....

Manuel relaxing outside of the bouncy house at his cousins 1st birthday on Saturday


Mia with her Daddy and Poppy!

Photo Challenge: Excitement

I love a good photo challenge and when I saw The Paper Mama's theme for the week, I had to link up...

The Paper Mama


"I'm not sure who you are adorable little girl, but I sure am excited to see you!"-Mia :)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Medicine for the soul

I'm not much of a weekend blogger, typically. And I haven't actually posted since Thursday because things have been CRAZY! (My poor little girl was in the ER. Nothing TOO serious, but I'll do a separate post about that sometime in the next few days because it's pretty complicated). My body and soul are tired from these last few days. I needed a "revival" and boy did I get it when I woke up this morning....BEAUTIFUL weather! The sun is shining, the wind is blowing, the trees are swaying in the wind, and dare I say that it almost feels like Fall out there. It is medicine for my soul, that is for sure!

I let my husband sleep in and I took the kids outside. Manuel rode his bike and scooter. Mia and I just hung out in the grass. I did a little "photo shoot" and her are a FEW of the pics...







Enjoy you long weekend! :) I'll be back soon, in the mean time, if you could pray for my family I'd appreciate it. We are all going through our own mini struggles and could use the extra prayers!