Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving....

Here's to hoping your pants still fit on Friday!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Dan & Amanda

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Mike (A.K.A. The brother-in-law)

Okay, Dan and I actually adore Mike. Mike is Dan's younger brother and is a pretty funny kid. He is serving a mission for our church in Samoa and well -- we love him for that too! Dan and I (which is really me, forwarding e-mails to Dan and signing both of our names) try to write Mike every week or two because well, we like him. Last week our e-mail consisted of ultrasound and belly pictures and this is what I got back...

"I enjoyed the picture of the baby but I must say my stomach looks about the same as Amanda's right now! haha no im not that fat."

I just hope I remember this when Mike's wife gets pregant... Here's to hoping!

P.S. I'm not mad -- I really did laugh.... Today must have been a good day! :)

Monday, November 17, 2008


I want to snuggle under our big soft comforter, in my freezing cold apartment, with my sweet husband.... but instead -- I'm at work.... loving on a cute little boy!

I am not sure which one is better.

P.S. Yes, that is his sisters leopard Halloween costume. :)

Friday, November 14, 2008

40 - 21 = 19.

This means we are over our 1/2 way point. I should pat myself on the back.... this child bearing thing is hard work.

Here is my belly but, just for the record... I don't think I am as big as I look in the pictures.(Here's hoping, right?)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

It is okay to have this much fun???

UNCC requires EVERYONE in the College of Education to take a special education class. I love this class -- and if I weren't married would probably have a crush on my 60+ year old teacher (but, if you ask Dan he will tell you that I already DO have a crush on him). It doesn't matter, he is just that awesome!

Anyhow, while learning about communication disorders he had us watch this video. (Oh and I just figured out how to post youtube videos to my blog...)

After that, for "FUN" we watched this one! (You have to take yourself there, b/c I try to keep politics out of my blog)

Oh, and just to be slightly educational: Kids with communication disorders are often confused and frustrated because they don't understand why what they are saying isn't clear and doesn't make sense.

Catherine -- We are the same

... Good thing I like you!

You Are Checkers
You are very logical and rational. You are able to understand what is and isn't a factor.
You're able to compartmentalize and focus on the essentials.
You appreciate simplicity. You can see the layers of complexity and beauty in anything.
You are also playful and good natured. You don't take life too seriously!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I'm Mormon

... and I have no problem with gay people. I have not donated any money to Prop. 8 and nobody I know has. I feel like this video just pushes the boundaries of respect a little to far.

Monday, November 10, 2008

My Dirty Little Secret

A lot of people don't know this about me but I love

It isn't one of those things you go around telling people because you either hate it or love it! I think Black Friday is the marketing greatest scheme around but, I also know that there are some very good deals!

This year -- I get to go shopping in Raleigh on Black Friday (and I already have a date) and I am so excited. I wouldn't know where to start if we stayed in Charlotte so, going home is the best option.

Last year Dan and I joined in the glamor of Black Friday to get a Christmas tree. Wal-mart had really spectacular deals on Christmas trees so -- we saw the add in the paper, decided we wanted and we were going to get it. We drove all the way to Brier Creek (b/c they are bigger and we thought they would have a lot more) and waited to get it. We got in, got our Christmas tree and checked out. As we were carrying the Christmas tree to our car I saw printed on the box, $59.95 (or something along those lines) the Christmas tree was not on sale. It was not a black Friday special and though Dan and I laughed at our selves .... and still do I still love Black Friday!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

NC Voters...

(A cynical thought I had last night while watching the news...)

Do you realize that your vote for president didn't really count? I was watching the news last night and I just checked CNN and NC still hasn't reported who "won" the state.

I feel like I have kept my mouth shut for most of this election (besides with Dan, some close friends and my in-laws....) but, if you do go to CNN link I have -- Check out how close a lot of the states were. I know Obama drowned McCain but, looking at it on a state-by-state level and you will notice it was only a matter of one percent in some states that Obama "won" them.

Update on Twins

I found out last night (around 7:30) that the other baby had passed away around 3:00 p.m. At 7:30, the mom still had not delivered the second baby although it had stopped breathing several hours ago.

I don't know how a person deals with a situation like this. I especially don't know how a 17 year old girl deals with a situation like this.

I wish I could say the "worst" was over but, I imagine that there is a point where it has to get worse before it gets better.

Just wanted those of you who have been keeping this family in your thoughts and prayers to know what was going on.

I really appreciate your love and support.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Sad News

One of my bestest has a 17 year old niece who is pregnant. She is due 2 weeks before Dan and I with twins, which makes her almost 22 weeks.

Unfortunately, she went into labor this morning and has already delivered one of the babies. It was only about 10 inches long and only lived a few minutes.

She hasn't delivered the 2nd baby yet but, things aren't looking so good.

If you could keep her in your prayers that would be great. I will keep you posted about the second baby...

Baby Claire

My sister-in-law and her family have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of their (second) sweet baby girl! She finally decided to face this crazy world -- and her older sister yesterday, November 4th around 2:00 p.m. She weighed 7lbs 8oz and was 20 inches long.

The report I got from my mother-in-law was that she had hair like Audrey (the older sister) a prominent nose, big upper lip and a round head.... I don't know if I agree with all of that but, she's cute.

Here are some pictures (because we all love babies...right?)....

Oh... But, the sad thing is Dan and I probably wont actually see baby Claire until July. :(

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Color Me Blue...

Yes, If all my friends jumped of a bridge -- I would follow.

You Are a Blue Crayon
Your world is colored in calm, understated, deep colors.
You are a loyal person, and the truest friend anyone could hope to find.
On the inside, you tend to be emotional and even a bit moody.
However, you know that people depend on you. So you put on a strong front.

Your color wheel opposite is orange. Orange people may be opinionated, but you feel they lack the depth to truly understand what they're saying.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Obama vs. My Drive Home

One more day....

I am SO ready for the election to be over. I got an e-mail today say that Obama was going to visit our school. Yippie....

"UNC Charlotte announced today that its College Democrats student organization will host Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Barrack Obama for an election-eve campaign event on Monday, Nov, 3 at approximately 5:30 p.m.

The event will be held on the Hayes Recreational Fields in front of Duke Centennial Hall and Grigg Hall on the Charlotte Research Institute campus.

ENTRANCE ALERT: Vehicles entering campus on the day of the event, Monday, Nov. 3, should use the U.S. 49 main entrance, the John Kirk Rd. entrance, or the Mallard Creek Rd/Mary Alexander entrance."

There was more but you don't care. My thought.... Really? Today? I think this is just crazy. If I were running for president or any other political office I would not interfere with the traffic patterns of college students who run late for class on a daily basis. I'm just saying, I don't have class on Monday but, we only live a mile or two from the school and I come home from work around 5:30 or 6:00. Here is my thought -- go enjoy a day with your family and your kids. Stay out of my way and please, leave us alone.

(Granted -- my irrational state is not only a reflection of this election... but, its a good excuse.)

Poor Dan has class from 2:00-3:15...

P.S. I would not be any kinder about the subject if it were McCain... Now, if it were Barr --then they may be on to something... (Kidding)