We are taking off to California this afternoon and I'm not gonna lie... I'm nervous :P It should be really interesting to see how Micah handles the airplane experience. I am already preparing myself to not get really embarrassed if he breaks down while we are on the plane. I care way too much about what other people think and I just know that I will be mortified if he is making a lot of unhappy noises. Alas, he is 3.5 months old and there are some things you just can't control. So if you think of it today between 3 and 7, send up a little prayer for us that Micah will be comfortable and chill. I will be absent from blogging for awhile, but I should be back Tuesday at the latest :)
So...... contractor hitting the Cable line = later than normal post :P
It's ok though as I don't have much to say today :) I'll just go with this..... Micah rolled over this weekend!! Woo Hoo, my child is a prodigy!!! Seriously though, he went from belly to back twice and from back to belly once. I've considered bribing him with candy to get him to repeat his feat, however this approach leaves a little to be desired when you are dealing with a baby who is too young to either eat candy or even know what it is :P
Wellllll... Micah hasn't slept through the night since San Antonio, but this week as brought a somewhat pleasant change in his sleeping habits from the pre-San Antonio routine. He is back to waking up in the middle of the night, but he then sleeps later than before. This means that I actually wake up before him the second time! The result of this is that every day this week when Micah has woken up the second time, I have been there before he has gotten fussy and I have been rewarded with HUGE smiles..... it's so great! I love greeting a smiling baby in the morning!
Ok, I'm tired of hearing political commercials. If I am to believe everything that they are saying, there are several races out there where both the candidates are unfit. Where they are both pro-national debt, and anti-puppy. I just can't vote for an anti-puppy candidate... I won't do it.
Forget the smear campaigns, now there is a real life investigation going on that accuses Harris County of purposefully stopping people from registering to vote. Unfortunately, this claim has merit. I have a friend running for office who told me awhile ago that Harris County spends 4 times the amount of money trying to disqualify voters than to register them. It came out yesterday that they have rejected a lot of people for phony reasons claiming they were too young (when they weren't) or they hadn't filled out the form correctly (when they did). Not only that, but they didn't notify them of the rejection until it was too late to re-register. The reason, or so it is believed, is that the people in charge are trying to stop young and minority voters, who are more likely to vote democratic, from voting. This is horrifying and really sad to me. Given, I vote Republican, but this just seems so incredibly un-democratic to stop an American from choosing their own "elected" officials. I just hope this claim has no merit and these rejections really were mistakes. :P
Ok, so at my first MOPS meeting a month ago, one of the women at my table was talking about how she had just finished up her Christmas shopping. "What?!" I asked. She said something about how everyone thought it was weird, but she always tried to finish up way early. I assured her that she was not weird to me and that I too am an early Christmas shopper and that I was impressed and not horrified by her confession. Anyhoo, since that day I have felt behind. I mean, I usually try to finish my shopping before Thanksgiving and I call it good, but here was Devon who was done in September and I have to say... it panicked me a little.
Well, all you need is a catalyst, right? I am now 50% ish done with my shopping! I have my Dad, brother, and Elena taken care of, Nate and Micah are done except a few more stocking items, and Nate's Mom and one of his sisters are taken care of..... it's no September, but it's not too shabby either! I've got my mom, sister in law, Evan, father in law and Nate's other sister left to go...... I've had ideas for my mom, but I can never afford them (stupid one income budget!), and I think I know what we are going to get Amy but I'm not positive yet. Oooooo, I can't WAIT for Christmas! I love the decorations, I love to give inspired gifts, I love the reminder of God's love for us in sending his only son into a corrupt world that would despise and ultimately murder him.... but at Christmas it's all about a baby, and hope :) Random outburst, eh?
I can't believe it, but my little boy is 3 months old today! At the ripe old age of 3 months, Micah is drooling (ALOT), enjoys chewing on just about everything, has started doing crunches, vocalizes all the time, is really close to truly figuring out that his hands are attached and he has control over them :), and loves to watch other babies... particularly older ones that can move around on their own. He is such a joy, even when he turns into his alter ego... Grumpy McFussButt :P We thank God each day for the gift of Micah... he truly is a miracle :)
I got a comment on yesterday's post that made me smile.... I have a confessed blog stalker! I LOVE that :) Being a fan of blog stalking myself, it's fun to have others that admit to it unabashedly. I have actually made friends by blog stalking them. Two girls from my church have fantastic blogs that I followed links to one day and I got hooked. After who knows how long of reading their daily musings, I was seated by them at a wedding and it was like we were old friends... so fun! I am currently blog stalking a friend of a friend with toddler aged twins that make for some very fun entries :) Well, I'm stalking her among a few others ;-)
I went to the So You Think You Can Dance tour for the second time this weekend and I have to say.... loved it!! So much better than last year! You could tell that, this year, everybody liked each other and it made it that much more fun to watch :)
Now.... side note~ What are parents thinking these days??? One of the prominent demographics at the show was pre-teen hoochies. The arena was crawling with 10-12 yr old girls in very grown up clothing and inappropriate makeup. One girl who we estimated at around 11-yrs old (the poor thing didn't have a curve anywhere on her entire body) was in 5 inch platform stilettos and skinny jeans with very mature makeup and accessories. OK, the itty bitty chica is not old enough to have a job, which means her parents BOUGHT her those ridiculous shoes....hello! What were they thinking??? The sexualization of these young girls was horrifying and led Nate and I to the decision that we want to have just boys.... of course we'll have to keep blinders on them to shield them from this new breed of sixth grade girl... anyhoo, exit soapbox :)
......and I watched! Yup, he officially did it the first time on Tuesday night!! We were in San Antonio for Evan's birthday and he just did it... wham, 9 hours!! So you must be thinking... wow, what a great night's sleep for you! NOPE!! I woke up at 1:30 am and watched him sleep... I couldn't fall back asleep, I'm too used to waking up during the night! I watched for three hours before he woke up to eat (my mom joined me for the second half of the watch party) I also checked periodically that he was still breathing :P He has repeated his feat of sleeping prowess every night since with the exception of two... not too shabby :)
I believe that the word has gotten around about the new Cypress premium outlets... I know that I had certainly heard about them :) Well, my mom, Micah and I went last Friday and I found out that there are a few things about the outlets nobody had told me yet...
1) The sign guy for the nearby CVS has a great sense of humor. You know the electronic sign boards out in front of CVS's? Amidst the rotating sale prices, two phrases caught my eye... "Open 24 hours (in a row!)" and "Yes, we DO know where the outlet mall is." Apparently they have been asked before :)
2) The stores are outside, but they are all gathered together with pedestrian only areas between them, thus removing the many chances to get run over that you get at a regular outlet mall, a la San Marcos.
3) The best thing? They have an Ann Taylor Loft outlet!! Sure, they have the Ann Taylor outlet like everyone else, but they are the first place I've EVER seen a Loft outlet. And.... it's huge!! Ah, life is good :)
The Vice Presidential debate was yesterday and frankly, I'm tired. I'm tired of an obviously biased media focusing entirely on Republican flaws and ignoring the possibility that Obama might not be the shining light that they portray him as. I am sick and tired of the fact that after the debate, the only discussion is about if you think Palin did well or not without any mention of the other candidate. Was I the only one who watched it and noticed that Biden was also there?
I have to say though, the main thing that irked me was that the moderator never hit on the main question that I wanted to hear Palin answer. I was holding my breath to hear her ask it, but it never happened. "Governor Palin, what were you thinking when you named your children Track, Trig, Bristol, Willow, and Piper? You have 90 seconds to respond" :)
Any What Not to Wear fans out there?? I caught an episode yesterday wherein Nick was cutting someone's hair and made a joke about how much she owed him for it. This reminded me of something I have wondered from time to time.... how much would it cost for someone not in need of a fashion overhaul to get an Arrojo haircut. Well, lucky for me, his salon posts their rates online :) For Nick to cut your hair, it will set you back a whopping 500 smackaroos!! Now, should you require highlights, that'll add at least 163 bucks to your day. Anybody else wondering where on earth they find multiple peeps willing to pay this much for a hairdo??
P.S.- should your blowdry take more than 10 minutes, you will have to add another 25 bucks... add 15 more if they have to use the flat iron on you... yikes!!
Ok, so I love Christmas, but this post has nothing to do with Christmas :) This post is about the weather. That's right, the universal polite topic of conversation. As Jane Austen wrote it, "If you cannot think of anything appropriate to say, you will please restrict your remarks to the weather."
Anyhoo, it's that time of year in Houston..... it's cool and sunny and GORGEOUS!! Sure, we have a hot summer, but this is the time of year that we begin to realize that people who live in the north are total mental cases. They are preparing for icy, biting winters and we are basking in sunny, 60 degree mornings. Ahhhhhh, feels good!! Micah and I were actually able to take our walk outside today without him sweating off 5 of his 11 pounds :) This had the added bonus of not having to put him in his car seat which, coincidentally, he hates. You know how "all babies LOVE their seats and will fall right to sleep in them"?? Not so much ALL babies :P Anyhoo, we are officially turning the corner into nice weather, and I am pumped!
I am married and living in Texas. I love my husband and our three awesome kiddos. I am a die hard Aggie and a life long sports fan. I love to be creative and crafty and I am a pretty decent photographer.