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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Babies on the Brain

I have babies on the brain. I never really understood the term baby fever. Now I get it.

I’m 30 years old. My husband and I have been married for almost 6 years. Is it the right time? I’m just not sure. How do you know?

Jason and I were married on 7/26/03. I initially thought we’d start trying to have a baby pretty soon after we got married. However, my husband wasn’t on board. Because of his never ending schedule of deployments, he wanted to wait until he was done with sea duty to have our first child. While I wasn’t really excited about waiting that long (4+ years) I did understand his feelings. He didn’t want to be an absentee dad. He wanted to be there for the first words, the first steps… all the major milestones. It was important to him.

This is just how my husband felt. I understand that many military couples do have children while experiencing deployments. There is certainly nothing wrong with that. Those couples make it work. My very good friend Holly, like countless other military wives, had her second child while her husband was out to sea. If you are woman who has had a child while her husband was deployed, or experienced deployments with a child – I admire you! My husband and I recognize your hard work and sacrifice, and because we understood the difficulties, we decided to wait.

While on one hand I had my husband saying he wanted to wait, on the other hand I had my family telling me to wait as well. My mother did not want her grandchild born while I was 3000 miles away. She wasn’t able to be as involved in my sister-in-law’s pregnancy as she wanted to be, and she envisioned herself going to doctor’s appointments, keeping the baby on weekends, and showing him or her off to friend and co-workers. I understood that! I envision my mother doing those things as well – especially the weekend. I see myself taking long naps while my child hangs out with his or her grandmother. J

Needless to say, due to the above, the desire to have a child went into hibernation. In fact, after awhile I began to wonder if maybe I just wasn’t mean to have children. Being a social worker doesn’t exactly show the best side of parenting. I’d occasionally bring up the subject with my husband, and we’d set a date to start trying. And then that date would arrive, and we’d push it back some more. The timing just never felt right.

At least for me, I wanted my husband to be vocal about his desire to have children, and he never was. Whenever I would broach the subject, he had a “whatever you decide” attitude. He told me once that since I was the person carrying the child, he felt like it should be my decision to have a baby. He wasn’t ready at this moment – but he felt like once it happened, that feeling would come for him.

That just didn’t sit right for me. I wanted him to be excited. I wanted him to be involved. In so many areas, I feel my husband is extremely mature, even though he is 2 years younger than me. But I just didn’t feel like he was ready to be a dad, and I didn’t want to pick up the slack while he played video games. After a lot of thought, I decided that I’d commit once he broached the subject and told me that it was something he wanted.

So time has passed, and here we are, almost 6 years later. To be honest, I was comfortable with this being a future goal for us as a couple. I had this place in my mind that I wanted to be at when I had a child – geographically, emotionally, and financially. While we’ve achieved the first two, we’re still working on the third. Like I said, the timeline keeps getting pushed off, and I just keep thinking that we have time. Time to save money, time to pay off bills, time to make this or that home improvement – TIME!

A consequence of all this time is that I’ve endured some pretty intrusive comments from people – including my parents, who were the first to tell me to wait. Comments like “I’m never going to get grandchildren from you!” or the absolute winner, given by some obscure relative at my uncle’s funeral: “Gosh, you are so OLD now. I guess you’re just not going to have children, are you?”

A few weeks ago, when we went home for my uncle’s funeral, we were blessed to spend a lot of quality time with the whole family. My cousin, Heather, had her second child, Mari Claire, 5 months ago. Mari Claire is a cutie patootie and is really the best behaved baby I’ve ever been around. She only cries when she’s hungry and wet, and she’s perfectly content to be held and cuddled 24/7. You get where this is going, right?

I decided to do a little experiment. I conspired to get Jason to hold Mari Claire as much as possible that weekend. I expected him to hand her right back, but as the weekend went on, he would sit with her for hours, just playing with her toes and cuddling her close.

The weekend after the funeral, I got those words I wanted to hear: the husband is ready. Mari Claire warmed his cold, scared heart and he wants a baby just like her. (Note to husband: MC is a freak of nature. Babies cry, poop, and spit up. They aren’t so cute then.)

The problem? I wasn’t quite ready to hear those words. I’ve spent years waiting on my husband to be ready, and now that he is? I AM FREAKING OUT.

In some areas of my life I am very impulsive. In others, like trying to conceive, I’m not so much. I am worried: about money, about miscarriage, about birth defects, about the economy – anything and everything. If you could imagine something going wrong during pregnancy or after - it’s running through my mind.

I know my husband and I are better off than some couples. We both have jobs. We make good money. We’re settled, own a home, and we have cars. I’m sure like every other couple, we’d make it work. We’d figure it out. But I can’t help but think about all the what ifs. What if money was tight? What if I lost my job? What if I had a child with special needs? What if I had a miscarriage? Am I ready?

The husband says we need to seize the day. That we could wait until we’re 40 and still not be completely debt free (thank you, student loans!). That we could have trouble getting pregnant and wish we hadn’t waited. That having a child with special needs could be in our future, and we’d still love him or her.

So here I am, wanting to hear some feedback from all of you. Am I crazy? Do all potential parents have these worries? Do you think they are silly or valid? I want to hear from you!

How old were you when you had your first child?
Were you and your baby’s father ready (financially, emotionally, otherwise)?
Do you wish you would have waited? Why or why not?
What is your advice to me?


I really do want to know your thoughts. If you are not comfortable leaving a comment, please email me at andrearhouse at yahoo dot com.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A Note From George

You all have heard much about JC on my blog. You’ve read his posts. You’ve seen his videos. However, some of you may not realize that I actually have two chihuahuas, and George is majorly overdue for some love and attention of his own. He’s taking over my blog today, so please give a warm welcome to George.


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Hola, readers of My Chihuahua Bites! It is I, George! I know you think I don’t exist, but I do, and it is time my voice was heard! I’m so tired of that rat, JC, stealing all of my glory. I’m funny and interesting, too, darn it!


My mom got me 6 years ago from one of those pet stores in the mall. She was scammed big time. They told her that I was on “sale” because they had “lost my papers” but that I was 100% a purebred chihuahua. Luckily for me, my mom is a little naive and gullible, and she fell for it hook, line, and sinker. She got me, a mixed breed something or another with anxiety issues, and I got her, a bossy, high maintenance know it all. I think we’re even.


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I spent 8 months of bliss as an only child before that rat JC entered the picture. Listen, I tried to be his friend. I showed him how to potty outside. I let him use me as a step stool and a warming blanket. I put up with the fact that he’s a complete and total attention hog. But enough is enough, right?


Don’t tell my mom, but sometimes he really gets on my nerves. Like when he growls at me when I try to get beside him to eat dinner. Or when he growls at me when I want to sit besides mom and dad. But don’t be fooled – I’m not a total pushover. I am bigger than him, after all. I always steal his treats, unless my mom notices me running off with two and makes me give one back.


It’s really the least he can do, right?


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Let’s not even discuss these crazy costumes my mom puts us in. It’s bad enough that I have to dress up for Halloween and Christmas, but a few weeks ago she made me dress up just because. Because she thinks it is funny. Isn’t that cruel?


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Don’t tell my mom, but I totally ate food off her plate when she went to the bathroom that night. She deserved it.


See what she does to me? Would you put up with this?


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Although I do think I look good as a blonde, don’t you?


Hasta la vista my friends! Love, George


Just to give you a little taste of George’s personality, I made a little video of him earlier this evening. Warning: I sound like a complete idiot. Also, I’m deeply ashamed of the appearance of my desk chair. I actually have a new one in my garage but it is stiff and uncomfortable so the ugly chair has remained.


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Monday, April 27, 2009

Tuesdays at the Table

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I am so excited about all the participation in the TATT posts the past few weeks! I hope you’ve been taking the time to visit all the other blogs that link up, because we’ve had some incredible recipes posted. Next week I’m going to be doing a “Best of Tuesdays at the Table” post so you may very well see your recipe featured.

If you are a regular visitor, you know how this works. If you aren’t, here’s a little run down on what Tuesdays at the Table is and how you can join in on the fun:

To participate, simply create a food-related post: a recipe, a food tip, a tutorial, a product review - anything food related! Be sure to link back to My Chihuahua Bites! in your post so that your readers know where they can come to join the party.

Once your blog is posted, come back to this post and sign in with Mr. Linky. Please make sure that you are linking to your TATT post and NOT to your blog. I have had people complain that they can’t find your posts when they click on your link, and this is because you link to your blog and not to your post. If someone comes by later in the week and wants to visit you, they have a harder time finding your featured recipe.

Two weeks ago, K from Sprouts and Sparkles linked up with a recipe for Tortellini Alfredo. It sounded absolutely delicious, and I decided to make it for dinner that night. When it was time to cook, I spied a jar of alfredo sauce in my pantry and the recipe just kind of evolved. This was so incredibly yummy – the husband and I couldn’t believe how tasty it was.

Andrea’s “I Don’t Know What To Call This” Tortellini with Alfredo Sauce

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  • One jar alfredo sauce
  • Parmesan cheese
  • One package sausage
  • Tortellini pasta (I used box, but you can use fresh or frozen as well)
  • One can of diced tomatoes, drained well
  • One small can of sliced olives, drained
  • One jar of artichoke hearts, drained

Cook sausage and set aside to drain. Wipe down the same skillet (no need for more than one dirty pan!) and pour in alfredo sauce. I always add cream, parmesan cheese, and spices to my alfredo sauce (or I make my homemade version) to spice it up, but you can skip this step if you like. Let the alfredo simmer while the tortellini cooks. Add in the sausage, diced tomatoes, olives, and artichoke hearts. Once the tortellini is cooked, add the pasta to the sauce and stir well. Top with a generous sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

Serve this with a side salad and garlic bread and you have a tasty meal!

What’s cooking, ladies?


Friend Makin’ Monday

Happy Monday, everyone! How was your weekend? Mine was wonderful. My BFF, Angel, came to visit on Friday evening. On Saturday, the husband and I headed to Columbia, SC for my nephew’s softball game and my niece’s birthday party. On Sunday, I hit up Sam’s Club and did some outlet shopping.

Are you wondering who the winners of the Pay It Forward challenge are? Well, wonder no more! I decided to choose four instead of three, and two are people who are hosting or have already hosted the challenge. If you have already hosted, no need to host again – just wait for your surprise!

The “winners” are:

Girls, please email your address to andrearhouse at yahoo dot com.

Now, on to Friend Makin’ Monday, hosted by Kasey at All That Is Good! This week’s topic is courtesy of Outside My Kitchen Window.

5 Senses Tag

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List four things you like and one things you do not like from each category: smell, touch, sound, taste, & sight.

Smell:

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  1. Coffee. Starbucks is heaven for me.
  2. Freshly bathed babies smell so good! There is just something about that smell of baby powder and lotion.
  3. I love vanilla, coconut, sandalwood, and amber scents.
  4. Freshly cut grass.

** I do not love the scent of rotten broccoli. It is the worst smell imaginable.

Touch

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  1. JC’s fur is so incredibly soft.
  2. Freshly laundered sheets feel so good against freshly shaven legs.
  3. I love the feeling of warm, dry beach sand sifting through your fingers.
  4. I also love to dig my toes into wet beach sand.

** While I love George, his fur is oddly coarse and scratchy.

Sound:

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  1. JC “talking”
  2. My niece and nephew laughing – great, big belly laughs
  3. My husband’s voice after a long deployment
  4. White noise – preferably a fan set to high

**People coughing up phlegm – it makes me vomit. Seriously.

Taste:

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  1. Chocolate chip cookies
  2. Homemade macaroni and cheese
  3. Strawberries
  4. Cheese – pretty much any type.

**Spoiled milk. You should always smell before you drink.

Sight

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  1. Jason’s submarine pulling into port after a deployment. I can’t really describe the feeling of knowing your husband is home safe at last.
  2. Seeing the “Welcome to South Carolina” sign as we drove across the country during our move from WA to SC. I was so glad to be home!
  3. I love the water – the beach in particular, but any body of water is beautiful to me.
  4. Sunny days make me so happy. I love when the sky is blue, the grass is green, and the flowers are blooming!

**As much as I love seeing the sub come home, I hate seeing it leave. A lot of wives would go and watch the boat pull away, but I never could. It was too sad for me.

How about you? I’d love to see your answers, so let me know if you decide to participate.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Thank you! and a tag

Thanks so much to all of you for your prayers for my grandmother. She is home now and is doing much better. It was not a heart attack as we originally assumed but the chest pains were apparently stress related. I'm so glad she's doing better, and I appreciate your thoughts and well wishes!

I was tagged by Jill at Peeptoe Pumps and Pearls for a cute tag.

8 Things I'm Looking Forward To:
  1. Having a baby
  2. Going to Edisto Beach later this month
  3. My best friend, Angel, is coming to visit me tonight.
  4. My niece's birthday party is tomorrow, and I bought her the cutest tutu ever! I can't wait for y'all to see it.
  5. Going to Disney in December
  6. Jason's mom is coming down to visit in a few weeks. I haven't seen her in over a year.
  7. Family vacation to TN in July
  8. Going back to Edisto in August

8 Things I Did Yesterday:

  1. Procrastinated, as always.
  2. Attended a staff meeting
  3. Planned a co-worker's baby shower
  4. Lost my cool with the AC repair man because he was 1.5 hours late to our appointment
  5. Fussed at the husband because he was late and did not call to let me know
  6. Watched Grey's Anatomy and cried
  7. Gave myself a facial
  8. Went to bed before midnight - which is a huge accomplishment for me.

8 Things I Wish I Could Do:

  1. Sew. Hello, mother. I plan to nag you incessantly until you teach me.
  2. Knit. Anyone know how to knit? I plan to nag you as well.
  3. Sing. I can carry a tune, but I want to be able to SANG, if you know what I mean.
  4. Win the lottery. Please, God? I promise to do something amazing with the money.
  5. Travel outside the US. I'd really love to go to Greece or Australia.
  6. Meet by bloggy friends! If I won the lottery, I'd totally be planning some trips. :)
  7. Go back to school and finish my master's degree.
  8. Pay off my debt. (I'm working on this one.)

8 Shows I Watch:

  1. Gossip Girl
  2. Desperate Housewives
  3. Amazing Race
  4. Rock of Love/I Love Money/Tough Love
  5. Dancing with the Stars
  6. American Idol
  7. Grey's Anatomy
  8. Greek

I tag anyone who wants to complete this! Please give me a head's up if you do so I can come and read your answers.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

More prayers, please


My grandmother was taken to the ER this evening because she was having severe chest pains. We are assuming this is a heart attack, although the doctors are still with her and no one will confirm anything yet.

This is my uncle's (who passed away of a major heart attack on 4/10/09) mother.

Please pray, and I will update when I can.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Pay It Forward

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A few weeks ago, my friend Jules at Chic & Pink hosted a Pay It Forward challenge on her blog. The idea behind this challenge is that you will “pay it forward” by sending three homemade gifts to other bloggers. They, in turn, agree to host the challenge on their blogs and “pay it forward” to at least three other bloggers. The cycle continues and the love is spread throughout the blogosphere. The only kicker? You have 365 days to send your package, so beware of procrastinators like myself.

Picture 067 I wasn’t one of the first three people to comment, but Jules sent me a package anyway. Isn’t this the most adorable thing ever? I love the pink and green. I can’t wait to use my goodies. Thank you, Jules!

 

So now I, in turn, am hosting a Pay It Forward challenge on my blog. Here’s how it works: if you would like to participate, comment on this post. I’ll draw three names and will send you something handmade, that you’ve either seen here on this blog or will see here on this blog in the future. Remember, I have 365 days to send it to you, so don’t hold your breath waiting on my package to arrive.

You could get this:

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You just never know. Don’t forget that if you are chosen, you are agreeing to host the challenge on your blog and reciprocate to three other bloggers. Don’t enter if you aren’t willing to do that step. I’ll announce the “winners” next week.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Tuesdays at the Table

Andrea's Tues at the Table Red Gingham copy

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Welcome to Tuesdays at the Table! I hope you'll participate by posting your own food related post and linking up to join the party.

To participate, simply create a food-related post: a recipe, a food tip, a tutorial, a product review - anything food related! Be sure to link back to My Chihuahua Bites! in your post so that your readers know where they can come to join the party.

Once your blog is posted, come back to this post and sign in with Mr. Linky. Please make sure that you are linking to your TATT post and NOT to your blog. I have had people complain that they can’t find your posts when they click on your link, and this is because you link to your blog and not to your post. If someone comes by later in the week and wants to visit you, they have a harder time finding your featured recipe. I will be deleting links that don’t follow this rule.

Please try to visit as many of the blogs that are linked up as possible. We’ve had some good stuff posted the last few weeks!

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A few weeks ago at the supermarket, I stumbled across this great magazine – Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade. Sandra has a show on the Food Network that I’ve caught a few times, and I really like her approach to cooking. She takes supermarket ingredients and creates shortcuts to delicious meals. I picked up the magazine, and I’m so glad I did. I’ve bookmarked about 10 recipes to try, and she has a ton of super cute decor and project ideas I’m going to be tinkering with as well. If you purchase this magazine, you won’t be disappointed!

Today I’m sharing a recipe from the magazine: Cheesy Creole Pasta. This recipe is super easy, super quick, and super inexpensive!

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Cheesy Creole Pasta

  • 1 package Kraft shells and cheese
  • 1 pound smoked sausage
  • 1 cup frozen onion, bell pepper, and red bell pepper seasoning blend
  • 1 can tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning

**A few variations: I used spicy sausage, and had my husband cook it on the grill. When it was done, I just sliced it up and mixed it in the pasta. Also, the frozen seasoning blend can be found with the frozen veggies at your supermarket. I ended up with a onion, celery, and bell pepper mix because that was all my grocery store had. I skipped the Creole seasoning because I didn’t have any and it was fine.**

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. In a large skillet, cook sausage and seasoning blend over medium high heat for 5-7 minutes. Add tomatoes (with juice), stirring to combine. Remove from heat.
  3. Combine pasta, sausage mixture, and Creole seasoning, stirring to combine.

Link up, and share your recipes for this week! What’s cooking, ladies?



Sunday, April 19, 2009

Friend Makin’ Monday

Today I’m hosting Friend Makin’ Monday for Kasey at All That is Good. If you would like to participate, all you need to do is:

  1. Prepare a post on the topic below.
  2. In your post, be sure to link back to My Chihuahua Bites! so that your readers know where to come if they would like to participate.
  3. Return to my blog and enter the link of your FMM post in Mr. Linky’s box below. Be sure you are linking to your FMM post ONLY so that if people come later in the week to visit you, they find your FMM post right away.
  4. Try to visit as many other people who have linked up as possible. That’s the fun of Friend Makin’ Monday!

Who are your top five celebrity crushes? What celebrities make you drool?

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My newest celebrity crush is Chris Pine. Take a look at those eyes, ladies! You may have seen him in Just My Luck or The Princess Diaries 2. He’ll be playing Captain Kirk in the new Star Trek movie. Delicious!

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I went and saw 17 Again on Friday, so I had to place Zac Efron on the list – even though I feel a little bit like a pervert for doing so. How old is he again?

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Of course, Robert Pattison made my list. However, I have to be honest – he only does it for me as Edward. Otherwise I think he looks kind of greasy and unwashed, and that’s just gross. I read an article about him recently where he said he didn’t see the point of washing his hair so he just never did it.

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Benjamin McKenzie rocks my socks off. If you were an OC fan, you know what I’m talking about. I like bad boys, but only clean cut, heart of gold bad boys – you know, the ones that only exist on television and in the movies. He totally fits the bill!

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Did anyone else watch the television show Felicity? If you didn’t, it was all about a college age girl, trying to choose between two smoking hot men. One was the bad boy, and one was the geeky friend with mega-hot boyfriend potential. I should be so lucky. I’d choose them both.

So, ladies, who are your crushes? I want to know! Link up and don’t forget to leave a comment so I know you were here.



Thursday, April 16, 2009

Humbled and amazed…

First of all, I just want to say thank you SO MUCH for your kind words, prayers, and support over the past week. I’m honestly humbled and amazed at the outpouring of support I’ve received from the blog community in the past week. I wasn’t able to respond to emails or post while I was home, but I do have it set up so that my emails come to my cell phone. Every time I saw an email or comment from one of you, it made me smile.

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Meet my Uncle Mark. He’s on the right, standing beside his father (my grandfather) and his son. As most of you know, he passed away on Friday, April 10th, 2009.

My parents had come to Charleston on Thursday evening to stay for the weekend. Around 11:30, we were all getting ready for bed when the phone rang. It was my cousin, and we quickly learned Uncle Mark had a heart attack. My parents immediately packed up and headed back home and we played a giant version of telephone throughout the night, trying to stay informed and keep abreast of what was happening.

My aunt reported that my uncle had went to the bed for the night. She went in to check on him and said that something didn’t seem right. When she got closer to him, she realized he wasn’t breathing. She called the paramedics, who did CPR for over 45 minutes before transporting him to the hospital. He was pronounced dead once he arrived there.

We did have an autopsy so we could understand what had happened. My uncle did indeed have a heart attack and had a 90% blockage in one artery. It’s ironic that this happened when it did – he had recently quit smoking, had lost weight, and had been to the doctor 2 weeks before and received a good report.

I guess I just felt very distant and detached from the time I heard the news until the time Jason and I made our way home from the funeral. I’m not sure why – I guess maybe that is my way of coping? I’ve lost a lot of loved ones, unfortunately, and when it happens I immediately adopt this “I’ve got to be the strong one!” attitude and to me, that means not crying. I’ve really been struggling since we’ve come home.

I feel a tremendous amount of guilt. For three years, when we lived in WA, I didn’t have the option of coming home and visiting family whenever I wanted to. Now I’m back in SC and I only live 3 hours away from the rest of the family. I don’t take the opportunity to visit as much as I should. I wish I had gone home more. I wish I had known my uncle better. I wish I had seen him more.

My Uncle Mark was always a mystery to me. He came from a big family of bossy and talkative women. He was always the one in the corner, sitting with a smirk on his face while he took everything in. I told my mom this weekend that I always got the feeling at family gatherings that he was just sitting and thinking “How in the WORLD am I related to all these loud, bossy women?”

Uncle Mark was a talented woodworker and he made beautiful birdhouses. He was a workaholic and was dedicated to his job. He was proud to be from “the Valley” and be a Southerner. He loved his family and worried about us constantly. He was always thinking about other people.

I can remember once, when my parents were out of town, my Uncle Mark calling me to tell him something about my grandparents. I don’t even remember now what it was, but whatever it was made me cry, and I remember my uncle being so flustered and upset that I was crying. He couldn’t handle crying women. I don’t think he wanted anyone to know he was crier, too.

My aunt spoke at the funeral, and I keep remembering one thing she said. She said “We aren’t a family that has to talk every single day to know we love each other.” I hope that’s true. The last time I saw my uncle was at Christmas lunch, and I can’t remember if I told him I loved him. I hope I did. I hope he knew.

I’ve experienced enough death and loss to know that everything happens for a reason. That reason isn’t always known to us, but I have faith that it exists. That there is a purpose to death and loss. I know I’ve learned a lot about myself in the past couple of days. I hope that someone else has, as well. Maybe someone will decide to change their life, get healthy, and will lessen their own chances of heart disease. Maybe someone will change their bad habits or pick another path for their life. Maybe someone will draw closer to their family members. I don’t know, and I’ll probably never know – but I have hope.

So the moral to this story? Hug your loved ones close. Give your kids a kiss before bed tonight. Pick up the phone and call your mother or your grandparents and tell them you love them. You just never know when you might not get that chance again.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Prayers, please!

Update: They were unable to revive him, and he passed away last night. Thank you for your prayers.

I don’t usually get super personal here on my blog, but I am tonight.

My parents arrived today to visit for the weekend. We were all getting ready for bed when my cousin called. I knew right away something was wrong because people just don’t call with good news late at night.

My uncle has had a heart attack. When I spoke with my cousin, the paramedics had arrived and had been doing CPR for 45 minutes. He’s being transported to the hospital now. There has been no declaration of death – that we know of.

Please pray for my uncle, Mark Lewis. Please pray for my family, in particular my grandparents, who aren’t in the best of health. Someone is on their way right now to let them know what has happened.

Please pray for my mother and father, who left immediately to join the rest of the family at home. Jason and I will be traveling tomorrow as soon as he gets off work.

Please pray for the paramedics, doctors, and hospital staff as they work to heal my uncle. If it is God’s will that my uncle join him in Heaven, pray for understanding and acceptance for us all.

I will update as soon as I can. Thank you in advance.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Chocolate Bunnies and Pastel Eggs

You may have noticed that I haven’t been around to visit your blogs this week. If you’ve left me a comment and I haven’t been to visit your blog this week, I apologize. This week has been crazy! I’ve had work and some other important appointments during the day, and then at night I’ve been trying to finish up some projects and get ready for company this weekend. I’ve decided Monday will be my day to do whatever I want – and that includes coming by your blogs! Again, I apologize for my tardiness. I don’t want anyone thinking I’m being stuck up and just not responding, because it hurts my feelings when other bloggers do that to me. I certainly don’t want to be a hypocrite and do it to you!

***I’m looking for some decorating ideas for the towel rack in my bathroom. How do you display your towels? Do you have “don’t touch” towels or do you actually use your towel rack to hang and dry your towels? I have hooks on the back of my door for the towels we use everyday, but I want the towel rack to be more decorative. Did you jazz up your towels in some way? If so, could you take a picture and email it to me? If you have pictures on your blog, please leave the link in the comments. I would appreciate any ideas!***

I think this is the first time in a long time that I’ve actually had my holiday decorations up a few weeks before the actual day. I’m usually racing around the week before the holiday, trying to get everything gussied up. Then the decor inevitably sticks around for a few weeks AFTER the holiday because a) it just went up three days before and b) I’m lazy.

Not this Easter! This year I’m prepared. It’s also the first year I’ve decorated for Easter. I found some cute stuff and though I’d share with you.

Picture 002 I change out my hurricane glasses to fit the holiday. For Christmas, I added cranberries, and for Valentine’s Day, conversation hearts. This is just the filler for Easter baskets. **If you borrow my idea, don’t light your candles. That’s a fire waiting to happen.**

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Here’s a little bunny I got from Pier One. He’s hiding in my stainless steel utensil holder, and he’s also kicking it in my table centerpiece. I’ve seen some other bloggers do some cute, cute stuff with these moss bunnies. It would make an adorable topiary!

The miniature vases are from Wal-Mart – three for $2. The birds are from Michael’s.

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These cutie patooties are from Pier One. Glittery chicks – you know I was all over that. They’re hanging out on the ledge above my microwave.

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I also purchased the chick’s cousin, Mr. Glittery Bunny, from Pier One. Love it! They remind me of Peeps. I stuck them in one of my apothecary jars.

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Picture 007This salt and pepper shaker set, which came in the nest, is from Target. I think it was about $5.00, if I remember correctly. I stuck a little butterfly in, just because. I have no idea if they would actually hang in nest, but who’s trying to be accurate? Not me.

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The egg cups and eggs, which are actually candles, are also from Target. I got that cute little sign from Target. It says “And they lived happily ever after.”

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I had a fit when I saw these chocolate bunnies popping up in pictures all over blogland. Oh my goodness, they look like the real thing! I found the bunny on the left at Tuesday Morning. It was chipped and they took 10% off because of it. I painted it and you could never tell. The bunnies on the right are from Big Lots, and the one in the middle is from TJ Maxx. Cutest thing ever!

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I have no idea what to call these, but I love them. It looks like they are wrapped in painted tin foil. I walked around TJMaxx with the Mister in my cart for ages, and then had to go back for the Missus. It looks like they are courting, does it not?

I actually purchased these aPicture 019apothecary jars from Sam’s Club a few months ago. They came in a three pack for $30.00. I thought that was a steal! The apothecary jar in the middle holds a bunny and some easter basket grass. The other jars have a little bit of Dollar Store moss, and painted eggs from TJMaxx and Target. The eggs from Target are actually candles.

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The bunny is also from TJMaxx – I got her for a steal because her right foot is broken. Girlfriend needs to practice better posture, doesn’t she?

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I got this bunny from Michael’s, and he’s sitting on a little moss, surrounded by painted eggs from TJ Maxx and Target.

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Remember in Friday’s post, when I said I would be working on an Easter wreath this weekend? Well, here’s the finished project. I hate it. I would have tossed it (total cost: $3.00) but the husband made a special trip to Wal-Mart to get the ribbon for me, so up it went. I think it might get lost in the garage after Easter, though. What a bummer.

Do you decorate for Easter?

Where did you get your decor?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Steals & Deals: the K-Mart Edition

I never, ever shop at K-Mart. I’m not sure why. I don’t think anyone else ever does, because the parking lot is always deserted when I pass by. The husband and I were eating at Texas Roadhouse for dinner a few days ago, which is right across the parking lot from K-Mart. We decided to pop in to check things out while we were there, and I’m so glad we did.

027B194712110001Who knew K-Mart had such cute clothes? I got three maxi dresses, each for $20. I got so many compliments on the purple dress this week when I wore it to work. I paired it with a white tank, since it is a little low cut, and a cardigan. Super cute! I actually purchased the black version of this dress as well. It’s made of cotton and is seriously the most comfy dress ever.

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The husband picked this dress out. I wore it with a black tank and a black cardigan. It’s a polyester blend, so I’m thinking it will hold up through washes and won’t wrinkle. It was also $20.

There were quiet a few other dresses I was lusting after, but I figured three are enough (for now). Check these out!

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Classic pink sheath dress, $29.99

Graphic print yellow dress (perfect for Easter!), $34.99

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Blue halter dress (perfect for the beach!), $34.99

Giraffe print cowl neck dress, $34.99

Of course I couldn’t leave without checking out the shoes!

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I got both for $12.00 each. I also got an adorable pair of pink sandals but I can’t find a picture of them online. Funny story about the silver sandals… I was getting a pedicure on Tuesday, and a woman and her daughter were in the salon at the same time, getting their nails done. We didn’t speak. Later that afternoon I was at Ross and the same woman came up to me and told me she had been following me around because she wanted to know where I got my sandals. She was floored when I told her I got them at K-Mart. :)

Here are a few others that caught my eye… all less than $25.00.

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Are you a K-Mart shopper? If not, what are you waiting for? :-)



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