Sunday, June 29, 2008

Lake Geneva

This weekend was amazing. Words can't even describe the house we stayed in...I'll post pictures later on this week. It was 6800 square feet of "a cottage" on the lake: 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, a casita (with another bed/bath), an apartment over the garage, 6 indoor fireplaces, 2 outdoor ones, a hot tub with waterfall, pool table, ping pong, boat, wave runner....the list goes on and on and on. Rubin's parents are really good friends with the couple who own the house (this is their vacation home, not their everyday house) and they set aside one weekend a year for our entire family to come up and stay. Brayden had a blast and experienced his first boat ride. He wouldn't step foot in the lake, but we turned the temp down in the hot tub and turned it into a kiddie pool - it was perfect!
I am also very blessed to have such wonderful in-laws. I hear so many horror stories, but I must be really lucky! They are great and we had so much fun! There were 12 of us there (Brad had to work) and we all get along really well - it's awesome! We are all already looking forward to next year and planning to stay as long as possible!

Friday, June 27, 2008

I haven't posted in a while, but I don't really have much to say. I started my class this week - it is Monday and Wednesday nights in DeKalb so those days were really long. Yesterday I took Brayden out in the yard to play in the sprinkler and he had a blast. Here are a couple of pictures I took on my phone.

Tomorrow we are heading to Lake Geneva for the weekend. Rubin's parents are friends with a couple who has a gorgeous house on the lake and they have invited the entire family up to stay for the weekend. We are really excited! Since I'm pregnant I'm sure I can't go tubing, but I'll enjoy laying on the boat - I don't think I've been on a boat in 8 years!

Monday, June 23, 2008


Blaine didn't make it. He passed away at 3:00 this morning. My mom and her other 2 sisters are on their way to Florida to be there with my aunt (Blaine's grandma) and cousin. Please keep them all in your prayers - everyone is obviously taking it really hard.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Prayer Request

I just found out that my cousin's 8 year old son was in a bad 4-wheeler accident today. He is in a coma and they don't think he's going to make it. Please pray that he will be okay.

Friday, June 20, 2008


We're pregnant!! We just found out about a week ago that we are going to be having another baby! To answer your questions before you ask them:
- We weren't exactly trying, but we weren't trying to prevent it. We just decided that if it happened, it happened, and we should have learned from the first time around that it was going to happen really fast!
- I haven't been to the doctor yet, but according to I'm due on February 18 (I'm only like 5 weeks)
- I'm feeling fine so far, just a little tired. I was miserably sick with Brayden and am hoping that it doesn't happen this time, but morning sickness usually doesn't kick in until around 6 weeks
- Rubin wants another boy, I kind of want a girl but I'm totally fine either way. I think we both agree that little girls are great, but raising a teenage girl is scary.
- Yes, we have told Brayden, and no, he doesn't get it. When I first told him that I was going to have a baby, he looked at me very seriously and said, "NO, Mommy is not a baby. Mommy is a mommy." When I tried the mommy has a baby in her belly approach, he said, "I'm sorry. Does it hurt?" He has no clue...

We are extremely excited and can't keep secrets so we're completely breaking the 3 month rule with telling people!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Free Willy

I don't know if anyone even reads these things, but I'm going to keep writing anyway. Apparently my son's favorite movie (this month) is Free Willy. It was randomly on tv a few days ago and we ended up watching it. He cried when it ended. Today I made the mistake of mentioning that we should watch it, and then realized that it's not on On Demand. He refused to watch anything else. I had to go to the store anyway, so we headed to Wal-Mart and found it in the $5 movie bin. He watched it twice when we got home. I love the movie, but find it funny that a 10 year old non-animated movie about a foster kid and a whale would be so interesting to a 3 year old. Kids are so weird least mine is anyway!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

So You Think You Can Dance

I am obsessed with American Idol, and though I am always sad when it is over, I love that I get to go straight into So You Think You Can Dance. I have never taken a dance lesson in my life, and I definitely dance like a "white girl", but I absolutely LOVE this show. Here is a video of Brayden imitating one of the dancers - of course we think it's adorable...

Sunday, June 8, 2008


I am going to start eating healthy and trying to work out. I did Weight Watchers last summer and did a great job, but then I took the week off for vacation and that week has turned into almost a year. I can no longer fit in any of my clothes, and of course it is always more depressing to be fat in the summer. You can always hide behind sweats in the winter, but if you want to be comfortable in the summer, you have to wear shorts and tank tops and then everyone can see every roll. Not fun. So tomorrow is the day. I am going to start doing yoga every morning and then walking or working out as many days as possible. It's hard to find time to go to the gym when I'm working full-time and then going to school 2 nights a week. If I work out the other 3 nights then I don't see Brayden the entire week. I don't know how people find the time, but I'm going to do something. As of right now the plan is to throw Brayden in the stroller and go for a walk - that way I'm at least doing something and still getting to spend time with him. Hopefully I can get together with my sister-in-law a couple times a week and we can walk together with the boys. Wish me luck!!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


It's funny that I posted what I did last night, because tonight at small group we talked about parenting and discipline (and would have learned about it at church on Sunday - read my first post for the explanation of why we missed that one). Basically we established that discipline and punishment are not the same thing (I also learned that from Dr. Phil), and that discipline is the process of teaching, correcting, and molding your children into responsible adults. Of course, it is important to be consistent, which is something we struggle with. But the thing that was harder for me to grasp is that we should discipline with the same joy that we praise our children. Both are equal opportunities to shape and teach our children. I get that we discipline our children because we love them and want the best for them, but I definitely don't enjoy it. I wish someone could just give me a handbook of exactly what to say and do in every situation.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Our Little Monster

We have created a monster. I love my son dearly, and one of the cutest things that he does is come cuddle on the couch with us every night. The problem is that he comes downstairs repeatedly when he should be in bed sleeping. The kid has managed to stay up until almost 11 for 2 nights in a row now. Last night the only way to get him to go to sleep was to go lay in bed with him, but then I fell asleep also and woke up at 6am today in a race car bed. How do I get him to stay there without physically laying in bed with him until he falls asleep?

Monday, June 2, 2008

My First Blog

Well I'm starting off my first blog with the saga that was yesterday morning. I got in the shower to get ready for church, and just a few minutes later Rubin was in the bathroom yelling that he needed my help because there was blood everywhere. I jumped out of the shower and found my son covered in blood - it was coming out his nose and his mouth and running down his chest. He was crying, obviously because it hurt, but I think he was equally upset that it was making a mess. I cleaned him up, calmed him down, got dressed, and then we took him to urgent care to make sure his now-crooked nose wasn't broken. He was great for the nurses and doctor, but not so much for the x-rays. Luckily nothing is broken and my 3 year old doesn't need plastic surgery. It just looks crooked because only one side of his nose is swollen, but everyhing is fine. We still have no clue what happened - Rubin was in the bathroom and just heard a thud. By analyzing the blood spatters and getting Brayden's extremely unhelpful version of the story, we decided that he either fell up the stairs in the kitchen or just ran into the wall. Either one is a very likely possibility considering how clumsy the child is.