Monday, June 28, 2010

My Child The Beast

Today at church Julia was sharing snacks with her "friend" Koryn (who is almost 20 months old). Koryn had cheerios, Julia had goldfish. Their snack containers were the same, except different colors.

Julia was snacking on Koryns Cheerios when all of a sudden she stood up and darted down the hall with them. Koryn followed after her and was crying about 10 feet into the chase. Julia kept running, Koryn kept crying (and running). Julia showed no mercy -- it took the intervention of me and Koryn's mom to stop the chaos.

I love Julia. I love her dominate, go-get-it personality.... I'm just afraid we will have a lot more days like this.

The great thing is -- Julia loves big kids and every child under five now she points to and signs "baby"....

I wonder how old she thinks she is?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Checking Out....

Do you ever have days (err... or weeks) were you feel like you have checked out of life? I'm in that rut.

I'm not seeking pity, I'm just loathing in my own silly sorrows that sometimes overwhelm me.

Today at church, I wanted to leave because I thought -- "I really don't have any friends here...."

The other day, I thought about how much I didn't want to be pregnant because I am so tired of being fat.

Today, I'm just tired.

Saturday -- I didn't want to leave the house because I don't like riding in a car with no A/C when it is 90 degrees plus outside .... (but, I did).

I feel like I really have checked out of life and there is little that I want to do about it right now....

but there are things that I know.

I know -- I do have friends in Charlotte, I just don't have a best friend in Charlotte.

I know that it is better for me to be a great mom, then a skinny mom (and I KNOW I am a GREAT mom).

I know that for the year(ish) that Dan and I couldn't get pregnant, I would have given anything to have a baby... I remember those days and it makes the 280 days of vomiting and fatigue I endure well worth it.

When we are riding in the car and we pass a lady who is walking, pushing a stroller with a young child in it and a toddler sitting in the basket underneath -- I am grateful for our car (even without air conditioning).

Call it depression, call it just being worn out from taking a summer class, being pregnant, a mother of a "very active" 15 month old and trying to keep a clean house and plan my mother's 50th birthday party and figure out how to get ready for a move.... call it whatever you want...

but lately, I just want to stay inside and sleep......

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


I love when people share recipes (I think that is what they were made for).

Memorial Day weekend we tried a new recipe that was amazing. I'm sharing it.



2/3 cup vegetable oil
3 limes, juiced
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 red onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 (16-ounce) can pineapple rings, drained, cut into 1-inch pieces
6 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 pound large fresh shrimp, peeled and de-veined

Special Equipment: skewers

In a small bowl, whisk oil, lime juice, vinegar, sugar, and crushed red pepper.

In a shallow dish or re-sealable plastic bag, combine bell pepper, onion, pineapple, chicken, and shrimp. Pour lime mixture over chicken mixture; cover dish or seal bag, and place in the refrigerator to for 4 to 6 hours to marinate.

Heat grill to 350 to 400 degrees F.

Using tongs, remove chicken, vegetable pieces, pineapple and shrimp from marinade, discarding the marinade. Onto the skewers, thread 1 piece of chicken; 1 piece of pepper, 1 piece of onion, and 1 piece of pineapple, alternating to fill the skewer. Do the same thing with the shrimp alternating shrimp, pepper, onion, and pineapple to fill the skewer.

Place chicken kabobs on the grill, cover with grill lid, and cook for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked throughout, with no pink center, turning occasionally.

Place shrimp kabobs on the grill, cover with grill lid over and cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until shrimp turn pink, and are cooked throughout, turning once.

Remove skewers from grill and serve immediately.



Monday, June 7, 2010

I've Been Thinking....

Several things have been on my mind lately... which include but are not limited to the following....


*This is not a good picture -- it just makes me smile.




December 14th, 2010

Lilypie Maternity tickers

.... adventually I will share this joyful information with my other "social networks" (facebook) but for now, I am still processing the information.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Dear John

I cried.

Thursday, June 3, 2010


We went camping agian in Atlanta. We just love Stone Mountain! It has been a nice getaway for out family and we look forward to going back a few times this summer. Dan's mom, dad and brother meet up with us and we got to spend a day with them hiking and doing all the festivities that park has to offer. I even made my mother-in-law a birthday cake that made the 4 hour trip in the car. (Basically, I'm awesome). :)

Here are some pictures (because we all know that is the only thing we have time to look at sometimes when we catch up on our blogs).

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Child and Family Development - UNCC

I am currently taking my #2 of 4 SPED classes I need before graduation in December (don't get to excited -- December of 2011.... Other things will happen this December though, I am sure).

We had a test today which means most of my time the last 48 hours has been devoted to note cards and textbooks but, I have realized a lot already. Besides the never-ending knowledge of public laws that I could rattle off to you I realize the difference between Special Education Majors (and the majority of others). SPED students really learn to "value" disabilities. We are taught and reminded that everyone is different and a disability is a difference.

I know that about myself. I have never been intimidated by a disability (not that I can remember). I love the teacher I have now because she reminds us always, "If we think it is amazing to see a typically developing kid take their first step or say their first word, you wait to see the excitement when a child with CP or MR does it."

I also love my degree from a religious stand point. I mean really, we know that these children are choice and promised exaltation.. What a blessing it will be to carry the knowledge I am gaining now throughout my life to be an advocate for children and families.