Saturday, May 31, 2008

Hidden Joys

You know, sometimes you realize when you become a parent that there are hidden joys of parenting that no one has ever told you about. Things that only parents could know or understand... and probably want to keep to themselves because they are such precious little treasures.
Joys are that so deeply hidden, so tightly wrapped up in the secret society of parenthood..

Let me give you an example:
Reese and I came in from the pool today, and I was stripping her down and got her Dora swimpants off (a process I have found is much easier if I just rip each side in half), turned to the sink to find a rubber band or some other equally forgettable task, and turned to the sight of Reese peeing all down her leg and onto the floor mat by the shower.
You see? A joy that only a parent can possibly understand.

A couple weeks ago (and this is approximately the third time this has happened), Niles went in to wake Reese up from her nap and walked in to find a little girl who resembled my sweet angelic daughter, covered head to toe in poop. That's right. poop. She must have realized, which strikes me as odd since she's been doing this for two and a half years, that sometimes sitting uncomfortably in a full diaper could signify a bigger problem, and she sought to rectify that. I mean, who can blame her?!
Oh... the utter joy.

A friend of mine came to the house and we were discussing the particular shirt she was wearing and how she felt it wasn't flattering for her bosoms, when Reese came in and shouted, "Boobs!", lifted up her shirt, and pointed to her own chest.

Thursday, May 22, 2008


I'm sad it's over, but soooo thrilled about this...

team COOK!!!!

Monday, May 19, 2008


Did anyone watch the finale of House?!??!?!


Saturday, May 17, 2008

A little more light-hearted...

The Ever-Present Dilemma in our household:

Shows I HATE:
How It's Made
Good Eats
UFC fighting
Star Trek

Shows Niles LOVES:
How It's Made
Good Eats
UFC Fighting
Star Trek

Need I say more?!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Poster Child for 'Almost'

Normally my posts are pretty light reading, so you'll have to forgive me today. I'm not feeling so easy and light!!

I'm so tired of being the "Almost Got It" girl. I am tired of only hearing God's voice when doors are shutting in my face that I thought I was supposed to open. Lately it seems that I'm often hearing from God only when I'm being disappointed in the things that aren't working out as I expected. This week I heard a resounding "NO" from God about something I was almost certain was supposed to be. And of course, I didn't just hear it from God, I heard it from several sources. It is so hard to hear that you missed the mark, weren't good enough, weren't quite what was needed. I'm not feeling sorry for myself, I'm just frustrated that I keep getting disappointed.

Clearly this means I'm not listening to God in several areas. I am obviously not setting my goals by what I hear God saying, clearly not praying enough about the next step in life, and VERY clearly not being content about where God has us now.

If you know me well, you know I am absolutely the most impatient person on the planet - hence the road rage and unfortunate compulsive tendencies! So, waiting for God's voice is never the easiest thing for me, nor is being content. I'm always wanting to know what is next, what can we do to change where we are , how can we better our situation... Those things are not necessarily always bad, but they can definitely cause me to lose sight of my true purpose and the big picture. It's very likely that God is teaching me to wait on Him. To ask, wait and listen to ONLY Him, instead of trying to force open doors that only end up bringing me disappointment and frustration, as well as feeling pretty sucky about myself!!!

I realize God is not testing me, only teaching me, but it doesn't make it any less difficult. I'm tired of being the 'almost' girl. I could write my story about being that girl.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

You Should Download

1. Tristan Prettyman - "Hello"
2. Duffy - "Rockferry"
3. Lavendar Diamond - "Imagine Our Love"
4. HOLLY CONLAN - "Bird" and "Holly Conlan"

I'm a little bias on the last one, as she is my second cousin. And, yes, I will brag about that as much as possible, because she is AMAZING and soon she will be famous and I will brag even more.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

VEGAS photos

Unfortunately, they are alll from the Palms poolside... We just sucked at taking photos. I know, Jess... SACRILEGE!!
This is in the limo on the way to Planet Hollywood
Lauren and I at the Palms pool
Lauren, Sarah, Casey Messer, one of the contestants and me
The four girls!

In our cabana

The girls with Steve Patterson, one of the finalists who has his own website,, where he interviews celebrities...

Friday, May 09, 2008

Ever thought about this?

So, I'm watching 'Annie' with Reese this morning, and one line in particular jumped out at me.
It's never really struck me as funny in the past, but seems hysterical now...

"Mr. Warbucks LIKES cheeky orphans!'

Is that funny to anyone else?!

I love her!!

i love her!

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

I'm back!

Vegas was a blast. A total and complete blast. Unfortunately, I have no pictures to post as of now, because I cannot find my camera cord to post them!!
In a nutshell, here are the details..
Sunday, 3:45 am
WOKE UP and left for the airport at 4:30 am to check in for my standby flight, scheduled for 6:25 am. Got to Vegas at 8:30 am and met my girls and a fellow Extra finalist, Steve at the airport where we were picked up by a Planet Hollywood limo and taken to the hotel to check in. We got in our bathing suits and headed down to the casino to take a taxi to the Palms hotel, where there was a cabana waiting for us!! We had a whole private area reserved and got everything for free. We also got to go up to the private pool area over the bar (aka Hugh Hef's pool when he's there; interesting fact: there are two large windows at the bottom of the pool that are directly over the bar. hmmm...). After our hangout at the pool, we went back to our hotel and got ready for the nighttime. We ate dinner at KOI. Now, for those of you who know me well, you will understand my trepidation at eating at a purely sushi restaurant!!! I was a little freaked out, but since it was all being paid for, I knew I just had to suck it up and try something new. It was shockingly good. I think what I normally eat and do not enjoy, are the sushi rolls... This time we just had all different kinds of tuna, which was awesome. After Koi, we hung out a bit more down in the casino, and eventually headed over to the Wynn, to go dancing at Tryst, where we ALSO had VIP everything and a private booth!! IT was sooo much fun! Those are the only pictures I have, because they are on the Tryst website. SO, here they are:
We had such a fantastic time, and I'm so glad I got to go.

BUT, I must say... as great as the trip was, as FANTASTIC as the trip was, my first thought when I woke up the next morning was my little girl and Niles, and how ready I was to see them. I'm sure if I would have stayed another night I would have had a great time. But I was so ready to get on that plane and head home for my family. And, what was ALSO great, was that I felt that way!!! I love that feeling of having a family. I love being a mommy and a wife and having that in my life. It was wonderful to know that as much as I enjoy my friends and being adventurous and girls nights... all of it... I have something so great to look forward to when I get home to my family. When I got home and saw Reese in the car and saw how excited she was to see me, my heart leapt!!!

Reese had her first "school concert" last night. It was absolutely precious, and as soon as I find my darn cable cord, I will get those pictures up! The only bummer is that it was SOOOO packed in the sanctuary that I had to sit up in the balcony! So needless to say, my pictures are completely useless. Her class sang, "Praise Him, all you little children". It was AWESOME!!! And Reese had a large cheering section, so when her class came out on stage, someone yelled "Yeah Reese!" and she stopped dead in her tracks on stage and started looking around everywhere. It was great.

Anyways, until I get photos, that's it for now!!!