Saturday, February 26, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Last week I got some business taken care of that needed to be marked off my list like taxes and dental appointments. I'm not completely sure how we are going to use our return, but definitely part of it is allotted toward refreshing our back patio deck. Of course most will go into savings, and the rest will probably be put toward my car. I intend on getting it paid off this year!
Thursday, February 17, 2011
I checked out my rewards that are available with one of my credit cards, and we will be getting our rental car for FREE with them! Basically what we are doing is flying into Buffalo, then renting a car there and taking a roadtrip through the suburbs up to Niagara and checking out the little towns that I've been doing research on for the last 3 years. We decided that since we will already be there, we are going to go ahead and check out Niagara Falls! Nothing detailed, just a stop and look around. We will save the BIG trip for when we move there ;)
We are both very excited! Going there to check it out will be our first "real" action toward moving out of state. I can research on the computer all day long, but there is no commitment there. But actually spending time and money to go look at it? That's for real! We have talked about how we hope we aren't "disappointed" when we get there, but honestly--how could it be worse than where we live now? I mean, they have historic neighborhoods, Victorian houses, mountains, 2 Great Lakes, Niagara Falls, Canada.....need I go on? And they DON'T have tornadoes, or grassfires, or bipolar weather patterns, or dust storms, or one of the highest obesity rates/teen pregnancy rates/uninsured driver rates.
We want pretty scenery, 4 seasons, different culture, and limitless new places to see and experience! We are on our way there. And for all of the naysayers out there...what's the worse that could happen? We don't like it and we move back? Wow! Stop the press! And don't worry--we are aware that they get snow.
In other news, I spent the end of my Valentine's Day with my dear mumsy in the ER. Her docs are still speculating why her left knee is almost immobile. I took her to get an MRI last night, so hopefully it points them in the right direction!
We have all been enjoying our crazy Oklahoma weather--this whole week has been in the 70s! We have been taking our little man to the park down the street and he loves it! He has recently taking a liking to the slides. It is just SO adorable to watch him interact with other children there and play with them.
I got him a big boy toothbrush to replace his little rubber baby one, and we have been working on teaching him how to use it. He is the cutest thing! He looks like such a big boy.
Monday, February 14, 2011
- it was love at first sight when I met him 13 years ago
- how we share memories of things we've done and places we've been
- watching him be a daddy to our little boy
- how he knows everything about old cars and rebuilt his '50 Chevy in only 2 months by himself
- that we both love watching cheesy B movies
- when we get to sneak off on a date night
- we are each other's best friends
- I know I can trust him no matter what
- listening to him play me a song on his guitar
- his blue eyes
- our funny pet names for each other
- how he always pumps the gas for me
- that he is my first love, and my only love!
- that fact that he is here, and mine!
- how he looks like the perfect combination of me and Nick
- watching him grow and learn new things everyday
- when he holds his hands out for me to pick him up
- hearing his laugh
- when he smiles real big just to get me to smile
- that he has always been a good sleeper
- creating traditions that he will grow up remembering
- how God has blessed me with not only a soulmate, but a child too!
- making big life plans and actually seeing them come to pass
- looking back through old scrapbooks and remembering things I had forgotten
- that I am proud to be an old fashioned kind of girl
- how I'm confident in who I am and what I want
- that I am very close to my parents
- the hobbies I love to do result in products that others can enjoy
- closing my eyes and remembering the amazing places I've been to
- looking forward to what adventures are before me
I hope everyone who celebrates Valentine's Day is having a good time with their special someone! My love and I have been together for basically 10 of the 13 years we have known each other, and married for over 8 of those! I am thankful everyday that I found him and kept him despite many naysayers of our young love! Very rarely does a true love story persevere in this day and age where so many see divorce as a solution or convenience. Together we have overcome unmentionable trials, both in our personal life and in our family life. We have truly grown stronger in our many years together, and daily talk of our plans for the future! Now that we have our very own little boy to raise together, we have a new tie that binds us and we couldn't be happier.
To end with, I heard a quote on a commercial that I felt was very applicable; Valentine's Day is not for saying "I love you", but for saying "I love US".
Friday, February 11, 2011
After that, we headed back to my dad's house in Tuttle so that I could help him install the pair of custom valances I had just finished making for him! He recently got a new living room set and he hired me to fashion some fancy window fixin's.
I have greatly enjoyed my week at home--there's no place I'd rather be than with my two boys! I work this weekend, so Brad gets some one-on-one time with his daddy!
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Nick and I remember everyday how blessed we are to have Bradley here with us. We went through so much pain, suffering, waiting, and interventions to get him here but it was worth every dime spent, and every tear shed! With male infertility we are completely out of control, unlike most female problems that can be remedied with pills, injections, or weight loss. We just had to trust God that IVF was our hope, and pray that we were blessed. We are already talking about #2, and--dare I say--I am feeling the twangs of baby fever creeping up again!
Thankfully since we already know what our "problem" is, we won't have to waste years trying to find out! We can get straight down to business, and plan accordingly. If it is in God's plan for Brad to have siblings then we will look forward to being doubly blessed!
In other news...I don't want to prematurely break news but BOTH Nick and I have prospective job opportunities that we are waiting to hear more on. Mine would of course be a moonlighting job in addition to my part-time job now. It would greatly help us with our goal this year of paying off debt and saving up to move! Keep us in your prayers.
Friday, February 4, 2011
I came up with plan B, which involved Brad's baby pool. We all bundled up, I grabbed the camera, and we headed to the nearest hill for some makeshift sledding! Nick tried first...
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
The roads were still pretty slick in spots but I was fueled by adrenaline and determination, so I didn't have any trouble in my little car! I drove to my mom's first to load up on coffee, warmth, and say hello. Then I slid out of the driveway and hit the highway again to go home! Our culdesac was mucho thick with snow, so I pretty much used my momentum to throw myself onto the edge of our driveway and left my car there to come in. Nick dug it out later on and put it back into the garage before dark!
Here are some pics while it was snowing Tuesday morning at work--yes, I took my camera with me.