Weekend Wrap Up

I will be the first to admit I'm not the best when it comes to following directions when washing clothes.  If the tag says dryclean only, I'll put it in the machine.  If it says handwash, I throw it on in the machine.  I wash reds, blues, greens and yellows together.  But I am good at one thing, and that is checking everything I put in to make sure it's really supposed to be there.  I washed a load earlier today, an assorted mixture of Ryder's things and mine and John Michaels.  When I heard the washer complete it's last cycle, I opened the lid, only to find little clear squishy beads covering, and I mean covering, every single article of clothing.  I stood there in horror, my wheels spinning, trying to figure out what I could have done wrong.  I began unloading so that I could find the culprit before JM walked in.  Meanwhile, I'm trying to think of a way this could have been his fault (ha).  When I picked up one of the tshirts, it was as heavy as a brick.  I untwisted it and sure enough, there was a fully loaded diaper, beads squooshing out every which way.  I washed a freaking diaper.  It's bad enough when Ryder's diaper gets just a little too full, and a few beads can be found on his stomach, but not all over the washing machine.  I threw everything in the dryer (except the culprit) and hoped for the best.  Thank you Jesus, not a single thing was ruined.  I have no idea where all the little beads went, and quite frankly I don't care, because all our clothes were good as new.  I have one regret about this whole experience.  Many times if Ryder has a really heavy pee diaper, I'll bring it to JM so he can feel how heavy it is.  I could have really pulled one on him this time!

We had a nice family outing yesterday.  First we hit Chick-Fil-A for breakfast where Ryder tried some big boy strawberrys and he also got a little bite of biscuit!  He's starting to play this lovely new game where I'll feed him his jar babyfood and he spits it out so far it smacks me in the face.  He thinks this is funny for some reason...  I've come to the conclusion that he is ready for more solid food and confirmed this thinking when I looked over to the next booth find what had to have been a 6 month old sucking down hashbrowns.  Once we finished breakfast, we went next door to Walmart to get some baby necessities, including yogurt melts, he loves these!  Next, we went to Bass Pro Shops so JM could use his Father's Day gift card.  I stayed in the car with Ryder since he was sleeping.  I promised JM it wouldn't hurt my feelings too bad if I couldn't join him inside (thank you Ryder).  After that we went to Babies R Us to get another carseat.  We decided to get the same one we have in JM's car, especially when we saw it was on sale $30 off, which would make it $129.  When the sales clerk came over to help us retrieve it, he explained that the floor model was the last one in stock, but that we could still have it.  When he wheeled it up to the cash register, I kindly asked him if it had a box in case it didn't work out and we needed to return it.  He said no.  So I asked if we would be getting a discount since it was the floor model (annoying, I know).  He mumbled something and walked away.  I was prepared to pay the full $129, no problem.  But he came back and smacked a sticker onto it that said $109.  I was ecstatic!  Then, I told the girl ringing us up that I didn't have my 20% off coupon that rewards members get, but asked if she could type it in the computer so that I could use the one they had at the desk, fully expecting her to say no since it was already marked down so much.  She called one of the managers over to help her out, and I don't know what went on after that, but what I do know is we walked out of there with a $70 carseat, worth $159.  SCORE!  On with our day, we went to Target so I could get a new bathing suit and some water shoes for our Texas trip, and JM bought Ryder a little football, which luckily kept him occupied in the cart.  We ended the day with a quick dinner at Margarita's and all hit the sack.  It was a great day and I was so proud of Ryder, he was a perfect angel all day long!  I love him soooooooo much!

However, I must end this great weekend on a sad note.  You know how they say if it's too good to be true, it probably is?  Well, this afternoon JM installed the carseat and we found that a part was broken.  Bummer.


This is typical breakfast, lunch and dinner time at our house.  Feeding Ryder in his highchair, and Peanut at his fingertips waiting on any droplets to fall that he may get to scarf down.

If I can't find Ryder, I know where to look.  This is his new hangout.  Maybe we should let him out more often?  And change his diaper too... yikes.

Ryder is a huge fan of bath time, so we earned major brownie points when we surprised him with his new bath toy.


Three Years of Wedded Bliss and Happy Father's Day

I figured I better update the blog before I head out for Athens, GA tomorrow.  Last night JM said, "I don't want you to leave" and I said "only because you don't want to be alone with Ryder by yourself for 5 nights" and he said "it's half and half" and I said "what do you mean?" He said "half because I'll miss you and half because I don't want to be alone with Ryder for myself for that long."  At least he's honest.

I'm going to Chamber Institute, which is a four year program (this will be my third year).  Each year falls on our wedding anniversary and this year I'll miss spending JM's first Father's Day with him.  This makes me very sad.  So John Michael, since I can't be with you on Father's Day or our three year wedding anniversary, I'll tell you what I love about you and why you make me so happy: 
  1. It is extremely important to you to work as hard as you possibly can to provide for your family.
  2. You are smitten with Ryder.  At least once a day I hear you mutter under your breath "Gosh, I love that baby," and "Is that not the cutest baby you've ever seen?"  Seriously, at least once a day.
  3. When I ask you to get me something from the other room when we're already in bed, 95% of the time you will :)
  4. Every day when you get home from work, you and Ryder go outside to check the tomatoes and watermelon in your garden.
  5. You don't hold a grudge for more than a minute, you can get over things so easily.  I wish I was like that.
  6. You call me 100 times a day.
  7. You iron your own clothes and have never asked me to do it (not sure why).
  8. You watch chick flicks and girly shows with me, sometimes even the ones you hate.  But it's a good thing you love a few of my favorties: Kendra, Desperate Housewives, The Hills, Girls Next Door (old cast).  I won't go on in order to save you from any further humiliation.
  9. You like to cook, you like to read and you are athletic.
  10. Your hair always smells good.
  11. You are really smart and really good at math.
  12. You gave me some really great in-laws.
  13. You help out so much with household chores.
  14. You got me a second wedding band for my "push present."

Of course I could carry on, but I'm getting tired, and you all are probably tired of reading this.  So I'll post some pictures of our journey along the way.

Fall 2005

Summer 2006

October 13, 2006 - Got engaged in New Orleans

June 23, 2007 - Got hitched

June 2007 - Honeymoonin' in Jamaica

July 2008 - One year anniversary trip - back to Jamaica

March 2009 - Three months pregnant in San Francisco - biked across the Golden Gate Bridge

July 2009 - Seaside, FL - We're 2 months away from having a baby!

September 8, 2009 - Our angel is here!
We have had an awesome three years together and have grown alot.  It doesn't surprise me one bit what a wonderful husband and father you are.  I knew from the first time I met you what kind of person you would be and you have exceeded my expectations.  I love you so much and can't wait to grow our family together!

Ryder's got tricks
I've been wanting to get one of these for weeks now because I just knew he'd be able to walk behind one after the way he's been cruising along the couch.  I was right.  He's a scootin' machine.

We got to meet Mac!  He and Shelly came home to visit from their new home in Seattle.  He's a doll!!!

And while we were there, Ryder got to meet Lily the pig.

We had a blast last weekend celebrating Sellers' first bithday.
Sellers with his mommy Marlee, poppy and his daddy Tripp. 

Since it was a pool party, Ryder got to swim like a big boy.

Happy Father's Day to my dad, my father in-law and my step dad!!!!

Grandaddy, Ryder and Daddy

Papa and newborn Ryder

Poppy and his grandsons at Easter (pre-Tucker) 


What's In The Bag?

I've been tagged by Jamie Harris to let my readers know, "What, exactly, is in yo bag?"  Let me just say that although Jamie and I haven't kept in touch very much since college, she is one of the funniest people I know.  We have hilarous memories from college, all starting on the 3rd floor of Sessums.  And while typing this, something has come to mind.  I often think about that freshman year history class we had, the one where our teacher was a pretty huge fan of LowUUUUUUNdes CowUUUUnty.  Don't you remember on test day we would let Meg finish hers, then pass ours down to her to take for us?  The birth of the molly was in that class as well.  Onward and upward...

The bag.

The wallet.  A year or so after I finished college, I went back to visit my ole' stomp-n-ground, Reed's Department Store in Starkville.  Since I put in 3 wonderful years of service, my lovely friends and ex-coworkers, Devin and Candi, hooked me up with the employee discount on the hobo.  I think I deserved it.  After all, I do have a scar to prove my years of duty.  During an extensive vacuum session, I scraped the top of my hand while trying to get really good underneath a wooden table.  The infamous Reed's T-Shirt table to be exact.

The makeup.  Mostly designer Walmart of course.

The electronics.  Ryder's keys and my iPhone (hold your laughter).

Knick Knacks.  Teething Tablets for a teething baby.  Bath and Body Works Hand Sanitizer in the scent of Japanese Cherry Blossom, please and thank you.  A ponytail holder/hider of the molly (for you Jamie).  Weird gum flavor that JM bought, stinks to me, I don't chew it.  G-2 pen for my lists.  Infant Ibuprofin, again for a teething baby.

Paper products.  Receipts from my favorite stores, TJ Maxx, Marshall's and Target.

The financials.  Fifteen bucks and some change.  I'm also the queen of gift cards.  Even have 3 more on the way due to American Express points.

More paper.  Ugh I'm a tree killer.  Jamie, how appropriate for you to tag me since I have a sheet of your faithful Phi-Mu lion in my purse.  I've been using that notepad since we left Sessums.  Bulletin from church Sunday.  Oops, another gift card, to Libby Story.  Movie ticket from SATC.  2010 MSU football schedule.  And why I had Mr. Ted's Million Dollar Man business card in my wallet, I'll never know.

That's about it with my stuff, but now let me see yours, Jill, Sarah, and Tonya.


Is anyone aware of any talent/model agencies in the area?  We have been practicing our pose for a while now and I believe this one could be a winner.  It's probably his best angle.
And after much practice, he has perfected his split!
Psych.  But I cracked up when I looked over to find him doing the splits.  Made his daddy so proud!
The next two weeks are going to be hectic.  Connie is out of town for two whole weeks, oh no!  And I'll be out of town one of those weeks.  I think we've got the childcare situation, uhh, situated.  There are two other friends in the neighborhood that will keep him most of the days, Kayla will keep him the two Mondays she is off and JM's Aunt Cynthia will keep him a day. 
I'll be going to Athens, GA for a business conference.  It's my 3rd year to go (4 year program) and the first year it fell on our one year wedding anniversary, and each year thereafter it will do the same.  In addition, it falls on Father's day each year, so I'll have to miss that too.  It's going to be hard leaving Ryder for that long and I don't even want to think about it right now.

Goodnight to all!


Finger Prick = Smile

To celebrate Ryder's 9 months of life today, we took him for his routine checkup.  No shots were involved this time, but only a small prick of the finger.  I squeezed his right hand (my mom always did this for us when we got shots, it is supposedly takes your mind off the pain), and waited for the scream.  I heard her say something about a bandaid, and next I knew, the procedure (ha) was all over.  I was greeted with the sweetest smile when he turned his little big head around.  Yes I said big.  90th percentile.  The rest of his body was 50th though.  He is 20 lb. 11 oz. and 28 inches tall.  And his blood count was great.
His doctor asked if he was taking two naps a day (yes), taking four 6oz bottles a day (yes), eating stage 3 baby foods three times a day (yes), going to sleep around 7 p.m. and sleeping through the night (yes), saying dada (yes... and mama too I added), crawling and pulling up (yes).  She said he was on the perfect schedule (thank you Baby Wise).  She suggested we ditch the baby tub, which we probably should've done a while back, and to just fill up the tub a shallow amount.  I think we'll try that tonight.  I told her we had concerns that our new carseat was too wobbly and that he didn't feel strapped in tight enough so she suggested I call our local fire department to check it out.  I called the Clin.ton Fire Department and told the lady who I was and she said that yes, we could come by.  She must've mentioned it to the chief, because a few minutes later our fire chief called me and said that I must bring it by if there is even a chance his safety is in question, and today at that!  Gotta love working for the Chamber and getting personal calls from the chief, right?


John Michael and the canoe crew made it back unharmed late Sunday afternoon and he came home to the following:  A vacuumed, swept, mopped and dusted home, clean sheets, washed/dried/folded/put up laundry, an unloaded dishwasher, cooked chicken spaghetti and a cream cheese pound cake, a squeaky clean baby, a fully stocked food cabinet and fridge, 3 huge cans of formula and 2 huge boxes of diapers, and a wife/mommy who was ready to sit back, relax and watch the Daddy/Ryder show.  I had a wonderful long weekend of getting in bed by 8 and catching up on my shows, visiting my new baby nephew Tucker in Starkville and lots of one-on-one time with my lil munchkin, but I must admit, I was relieved when I saw those headlights whip into the driveway.
On Memorial Day, we put Ryder down for his afternoon nap (which is usually about 1-1.5 hours) and blew up the mini pool.  I grabbed my sunglasses, book and a towel, oh... and the monitor, and sat down in the lawn chair to r-e-l-a-x.  Wouldn't you guess what happened the second my rear hit the seat.  So what else to do but have him join us?  Funny Fun Fact:  his hat is size 18 months... he's almost 9.  Does it look like those two straps are connecting anytime soon? 

I have high hopes that the orange schnoz will return to its normal skin tone, sooner rather than later thank you.

Checkin out his new ride.  Also, don't be fooled by what appears to be bottom teeth.  Must be a glare.  JM likes to tell people we're considering dentures as well as a toupee (to coincide with the beef, rice and vegetable 'stash north of the top lip)


I went to see Sex and the City 2 Tuesday night, and it was a hoot!  There were several hilarious one-liners (mostly by Samantha) but the only one I can remember at the moment was when she said "Why don't you tell that to my mustache" when referring to the fact that she wouldn't be able to take her hormone pills (won't tell why for those who haven't seen it).  I wish they would keep making these movies.  I've bought lots of DVD's over time, but only bought two that I've watched over and over - SATC (a few times) and Almost Famous (a few dozen times).  This one will definitely be purchased.


There are a few upcoming events I am excited about:
June 6 - Kristen's birthday and we're possibly taking a class on how to use our camera
June 7? - Shelly is bringing baby Mac to Clinton for 2 weeks
June 8 - Ryder's 9 month checkup
June 10 - My nephew Sellers turns one
June 23 - Our 3 year wedding anniversary