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Friday, October 30, 2009

Is October really over?

First, let me start off with saying I truly have the sweetest husband in the world! I hated to post anything new because I love having that at the top. To have someone love you like that is such a treasure! I think he got as many responses as the post about Kate's birthday!
Second, I am so sad this month has come and gone! We started the month off with Luke's Birthday! He is the big 2-8 this year. And still such a babyface. We celebrated at my parent's house with a delicious meal, yummy cake, and of course, some football. We haven't had a tv (we have a tv, just no service) since we moved over a year ago, so getting to watch on their new big (translate-HUGE) screen is always a treat. We met Luke's dad and Nina for breakfast before State's Homecoming. Larry cooked up a delicious meal :), and we enjoyed getting to catch up with them. We had a wonderful time in Starkville, as always, and Kate loved the game! She sat through all four quarters in my lap watching everything that was going on. Luke was so proud.
Tailgating with Aunt Kelly and Uncle Bucky Hanging out with the FGMs Mom, quit talking! I am trying to watch the Dawgs!
Well, that is all the pictures I have uploaded on Shutterfly! And what fun is a post without pictures? I will get some more uploaded and share soon!
I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air.- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Thursday, October 29, 2009

And the Winner is...

True Random Number Generator 1 Powered by RANDOM.ORG Yay Audra! This was so fun, and I met some new people. Might have to do another one soon! The prize: No, not that adorable baby! I thought these pansies were perfect for fall/winter. Hope you enjoy (I am sure it will go to precious Caroline!)
OK, I cant get a picture up right now, but I will load one as soon as I can! P.S. I was reprimanded for my lack of blogging lately. So sorry! My computer monitor died, and the laptop goes to law school everyday! P.S.#2 I typed in Max of 11. Dont think I cheated. I dont know why it showed up as 100 when I copied and pasted.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

My 34 Month Ode to My Wife

I think all the nice things that my wife said about me in the previous post warrant a response. Yes, I am actually putting my first post on the blog and it isn't about MSU football, Law School, or Kate...it is even better than that, it is about my wife, the most beautiful, thoughtful, extraordinary woman in the world!
Tough To Argue With That
I'll start with her looks... 1)I can't ignore the hair, it was the first thing I noticed when we met. Not that she needed any distinguishing feature to make her more beautiful but she got it. I'm sure many women would kill for that hair, actually, I would just like some hair period. 2)There is no woman alive that is more beautiful than my wife when she gets dressed up for a night on the town. I love to show her off and it is nice knowing your wife is always going to be the best looking one at the party. 3) Or when she wears pigtails, a t-shirt, and her s*#tkickers(that she has actually done work in, these don't come from Nine West or Macy's)... which is my favorite...or I guess her in a sundress is a favorite, or maybe when she has to wear glasses, or maybe... The type of friend she is to others... 4) She is what I hope to become one day, someone that is so genuinely interested in everyone but herself (man I've got a long way to go). Everyone calls her when they need someone to talk to and the things people tell her truly weigh on her heart. 5) I always knew that I would marry someone who could get along with the guys as good as she did the girls...did I ever find that, most of her best friends are guys and ones that I get along with like we've known each other forever The best nurse in the world... 6) I guess I envy her in this respect. Everyone wants to find their calling and she found it and is dang could at it. She loves babies and makes the parents she works with, good or bad, feel loved and as comfortable as you can when you realize,"Hey, I just brought this thing into the world, now what?" 7) She is the ultimate home help line. She answers everyone's questions about nursing and babies and loves doing it. The dreams we share... 8) We have both always wanted to have a farm as our primary business. Her dream is to have a therapeutic riding facility for special needs children, mine was to have a cattle ranch (sounds a little weak compared to hers). I can assure you that I will do everything I can to make sure she has the opportunity to have her riding facility one day.
Amanda Teaching Me To Love Horses
9) The children we want to have. Oh 4 or 5 little munchkins will do, and we both have a desire to adopt at least one, possibly more. I guess that is what happens when you let a boy that was adopted marry a girl that had foster children in her house most of her childhood get married. The things she does around the house... 10) Our house is decorated for every season and I don't mean a little stuffed turkey for Thanksgiving or a few little Easter eggs for Easter. We have an entire house worth of decorations for every Holiday including Yom Kippur...maybe not that bad but close.
The Department 56 Village Is Nothing Compared To The 5 Christmas Trees
11) The way she keeps our house clean, it's like she enjoys it...this is beyond my comprehension. I think she vacuums 3 or 4 times a week...throw up! 12)The yard work, yep I got a good 'un and a green thumb at that. She is as fired up to get a flower bed looking good as I am, although not always as willing to spend the money. She is the reason we have a huge compost bin beside our house making soil in hopes of improving our terrible red clay. How tough she is... 13) She did a 16 mile day on the Appalachian Trail the 4th day she was there...enough said. No really, I dare some of the guys that read this to try what she did, my money is on her. 14) She fights harder and hits harder than any guy I know, really. Ask any of her guy friends, there are no rules. I don't mean in a trashy bar-fighting way but if anybody ever broke in our house and I wasn't there, Lord have mercy on their soul. How tender she is... 15) I love the many times that I look over at her during a scene in a movie or TV show that isn't really meant to be a tearjerker and say,"Are you crying?"...."Yes, sniff sniff." 16) Her heart for children and injustice is great. From special needs children to baby's with bad home lives, I am lucky to be married to a woman who wants to actually do something about the things she feels. The adventuresome trip taking side... 17) You know you have found your mate when you can't imagine doing anything without them. Not only is she ready to go anywhere when I recommend it, she enjoys my spontaneity and lack of structure (or appears to). 18) It is great not having to wonder, "Is my wife going to enjoy this, or is she going to be able to do that." Whether we're wandering New York or D.C., biking around Bora Bora, or skiing the toughest runs in Colorado (yes, she can ski better than anybody else I know) she looks right at home.
One of our Favorite Destinations
The ways she challenges me... 19) When I'm doing something that I shouldn't or not living up to my full potential she doesn't passively let me self-destruct, she always forces me to get better. For example...I tried to quit the Appalachian Trail on Day 2. She told me that it wasn't an option because she wouldn't pick me up until Easter. I enjoyed almost every minute after that. 20) I always knew I would marry a woman who wouldn't agree with everything I said. Little did I know that I would marry one who would disagree and always be right. She has taken on my love for the Bulldogs and made it even better... 21) She makes sure our tailgates always have a MSU serving piece for even the smallest items. We have the pewter, the platters, the candy dishes, the chips and dip trays, the napkin holders, the drink stirrers...well you get the point 22) When I try to talk myself out of going to the game at the last minute, she always finds a way to talk me into it and show me how disappointed I will be if I skip. She is, once again, always right and we manage to have a blast every time. She also produces good bulldog offspring...Kate sat through all 4 quarters at the last game and was enthralled or at least I'll tell myself that.
The First Gameday Family Pic
Her commitment to financial discipline... 23) What can I say, she took a guy who bought a $50,000 truck right out of college and managed to get us to pay off $70,000 worth of debt in less than 2 years. Who says miracles can't happen? 24) She doesn't make me feel bad that we aren't buying all the extravagant designer brand items that a lot of people we know are purchasing. Not only does this help the bottom line, but it is like Charlie finding the Golden Ticket when she gets something really nice.
Amanda and her Golden Ticket
Her work ethic... 25) She is putting us through law school...not me, it is all her. When many of her friends with children stay home, she works. Not only does she work, she works all night which unless you have done it, don't even pretend to understand. The way she pouts... 26) Whether she is pretending to die from dehydration or saying in her best brat voice, "I WANT ICE CREAM!" it always works. There is no way to turn down that face. The mother she is... 27) I know it is a mother thing, but the way Kate just melts when she sees her mom make me smile every time.
Kate And Her Favorite Person
28) She is such a good mother that it makes things easy on me. After helping raise Kate's Uncle Jake, and having foster babies around the house when they were growing up she is so comfortable with Kate that it just seems natural. No helicopter moms at our house... I would lose my head if it wasn't attached... 29) And she manages to keep it there. I can't remember something if you ask me 5 seconds after you tell me. If I tell her one time, her steel trap of a mind snags whatever I said and consider it done. I never have to worry if something got mailed, picked up, fixed, or if someone got called. She is the most reliable person I have ever met. My own little Paula Deen... 30) Before we got married I was warned about her cooking. I said, "That's okay, I love to cook." I think we might have had one meal that wasn't fantastic since we got married and I believe that meal was my idea. I honestly cook maybe once every two or three weeks now.
One Of The First Meals She Cooked For Us
She's not like any other girl... 31) What other girl majors in Animal and Dairy Science and is the Senator for and President of the Ambassadors for the College of Agriculture? This woman has more useful knowledge in her than any other female I have ever met and legend has it that she regularly showed up the guys in her major...I don't doubt it but it was probably because the guys in her major spent the whole class dreaming about her. 32) On the flip side, she can shed that and be the most elegant, polite, and proper woman at a party. It is awesome to be able to have a wife that fits in at Tavern on the Green in Central Park or at a Rodeo. Entertainer of the Year... 33) She wants to host a party for everything. I guess this is one of the wonderful traits she gets from her Mom. Whether we are having our Crawfish parties, a bonfire, surprise birthday parties, or a family get together she enjoys being the entertainer. I love that my wife makes our home a welcoming place.
The Crawfish Party 2 Weeks After Kate Was Born
And the final thing, number 34... 34) She is my living example of loving everybody exactly how they are. She accepts people exactly as she meets them, the good, the bad, the ugly, and looks past that and sees the person. In fact, look at me...she accepts me despite my bald, sometimes overweight, greedy, prideful, quick to anger, fast to speak, quick to judge, money spending, jobless self and loves me as if I am perfect. As you can see, she is pretty incredible and I am the luckiest guy in the world to have her! If I can only touch half as many lives as I've seen her touch, I will consider my life a race well run.
She's a yellow pair of running shoes, A holey pair of jeans She looks great in cheap sunglasses, She looks great in anything She's I want a piece of chocolate, Take me to a movie She's I can't find a thing to wear, Now and then she's moody She's a Saturn with a sunroof, With her blond hair a-blowing She's a soft place to land, and a good feeling knowing She's a warm conversation, That I wouldn't miss for nothing She's a fighter when she's mad, And she's a lover when she's loving She's a Saturday out on the town, And a church girl on Sunday She's a cross around her neck, And a cuss word 'cause its Monday She's a bubble bath and candles, Baby come and kiss me She's a one glass of wine, And she's feeling kinda tipsy She's the giver I wish I could be, And the stealer of the covers She's a picture in my wallet, and my unborn children's mother She's the hand that I'm holding, When I'm on my knees and praying She's the answer to my prayer, And she's the song that I'm playing She's the voice I love to hear, Someday when I'm ninety She's that wooden rocking chair, I want rocking right beside me Everyday that passes, I only love her more Yeah, she's the one, That I'd lay down my own life for And she's everything I ever wanted And everything I need She's everything to me ~Brad Paisley

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Kiddie Giveaway!!

I have been asked by several people where I get Kate's headbands from. I make most of them myself, and I would love to share the fun! Leave me a comment and I will do the random number thing and get a winner!
Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul. Luther Burbank

Friday, October 9, 2009

34 months ago today...

Then: Now: I married a hot hunk! So today, I will share 34 reasons why I love the
Cutest Boy in the World:
-he brings me ice cream whenever I ask...even if we are both already tucked in for the night. -he is a true nerd. he loves law school and answers questions when they call on him. i told him i would have the squirts for a week if they ever called on me. -he adores kate. -he dances with me at weddings. and in the kitchen. and at the florabama. -he looks good. this morning i almost didn't let him go to class because i was afraid some cute little law student might try to sit next to him. -he is growing out his winter face hair. i love him clean shaven, but especially rugged with a beard. working for town hall prevented this the last two years. -he laughs at me. -he laughs at himself. -we both laugh at kate (and bandit too of course). -he takes provides for our family and makes me feel safe. -he was diligent with our budget before the start of school so i only have to work two days a week. -he promises that in 2.5 years this will be zero days a week. -he gives really thoughtful gifts. -he gives the best hugs. -he lets me throw things when i am mad and doesn't judge or laugh. -he picks up said thrown things after i have thrown a tantrum. -he drives the crap car every day while kate and i ride in the lap of luxury. -he loves my family. even though they are all characters and should be on a reality show. -he acts like my dad. -he can fix and build anything. -he is dedicated to MSU football. we will be good one day he tells me. -he is feeding kate her dinner right now. -and he is using baby signs. -he gave me the most beautiful baby ever. -he shares his struggles with me and lets me pray for him. what an honor. -did i mention he is hot? -he has a heart for social justice. -he has an overactive fairness gland. -he is a romantic and loves taking me on dates. -he loves his snow village and sets it up perfectly every year. -he puts up with me and tells me i am beautiful. -he lets me share my heart with him. -when i call and ask him if i can buy _____ (fill in the blank), he always says yes! -he gets on his knees and prays every morning. -he makes me laugh all the time.
Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband a month before she marries him and what she thinks of him a year afterward, and you will have the truth about him. ~H.L. Mencken, A Book of Burlesques, 1916

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Can she really be 6 months old?

Good morning, Sunshine!Playing with Bandit!
Not so sure about Bully!
Daddy I want to be a cheerleader when I grow up!
1st football game!
Go Dawgs!
Pretty eyes!
Getting ready for the corn maze!
1st time to sit up alone as at the church fish fry! Luke set her up in the grass and she did it all be herself! I was holding her back! Who knows if she could do it before then! My sweet little bundle of joy is 6 MONTHS OLD! I know it is cliche, but I cannot believe I am the Mommy to a 6 month old. This is such a sweet age. She coos and babbles and blows bubbles. She loves bath time and sits up alone while she splashes in the water. She loves her jumpy-thingie, and especially loves it when Daddy makes it a little higher and uses it as a swing. She adores Bandit, and if he is in the room, you can forget her looking at anyone else. She is becoming some what of a Mommy's girl, but she still gives away her biggest smiles to her Daddy! She thinks Uncle Jake is the funniest person she has ever met, and when he is around she laughs and laughs! She is sleeping from about 7 pm to 5 am, and then goes back asleep until 8. We have been having some napping issues (2 45-minute naps), but over the weekend and today she has had a 2-4 hour nap in the afternoon. YAY! I think her teething has had something to do with not being able to sleep well, and her poor little nose is runny! She got my lovely sinus issues, bless her heart. She has two teeth on the bottom and will still chew on anything that gets near her. She LOVES to eat, especially squash and bananas. If I don't feed her fast enough, she gets a little impatient and will let you know about it. I have always fed on demand, and she has been on the same schedule since she was about 3 months old. 5 am (nurse or bottle when I am at work),8 am (nurse with cereal and fruit), 11 am (nurse), 2 pm (nurse), 5 pm (nurse with cereal and veggies), and 7 pm (nurse). She is such a happy baby! Weight: 17 lbs 7 oz (75th%) Height: 27 in (90%) HC: 47 cm(25%)
When the first baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies. And now when every new baby is born its first laugh becomes a fairy.
James Matthew Barrie (Peter Pan)