Sunday, March 30, 2008

"Daddy's got a tail!"

I hesitated to post about this, because it embarrases Abe. But, I can't resist.

Ever since Elle was a newborn, Abe has been very careful not to change in front of Elle. The other night, Elle walked in on Abe while he was changing. She said, "Daddy's got a tail!!" She ran downstairs and told me, "Mommy, Daddy's got a tail!" Ever since that night Elle loves to talk about tails. It sounds something like this, "Marly's got a tail(our dog). Daddy's got a tail. Mommy, I don't have a tail."
It's pretty funny.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Perfect Pushup

I'm sure many of you have seen the commercial on T.V. and thought just one more infommerical you can waste your money on. Well I don't want to sound like some dumb person that swears up and down by something they bought and they know it's the best thing around blah blah blah....but these things work. I can't go into a lot of complicated exercise science details about how the work but they are very good for you. The perfect pushups involve so much more movement, making them that much better for you. I found this about doing regular pushups:

"It takes strength to do them, and it takes endurance to do a lot of them," said Jack LaLanne, 93, the fitness pioneer who astounded television viewers in the 1950s with his fingertip push-ups. "It's a good indication of what kind of physical condition you're in."

The push-up is the ultimate barometer of fitness. It tests the whole body, engaging muscle groups in the arms, chest, abdomen, hips and legs. It requires the body to be taut like a plank with toes and palms on the floor. The act of lifting and lowering one's entire weight is taxing even for the very fit.

"You are just using your own body and your body's weight," said Steven Estes, a physical education professor and dean of the college of professional studies at Missouri Western State University. "If you're going to demonstrate any kind of physical strength and power, that's the easiest, simplest, fastest way to do it."

And for you ladies

Monday, March 24, 2008

Should we find out?

Ok, I am 16 weeks....I think(I might need to check my calendar on that). Look at my new small baby bump!! I know it's barely there, but I'm excited about it. I'm starting to feel like I might actually be pregnant now! Anyways, I know I'll have to schedule our sonogram appointment soon. Abe and I can't decide if we should find out the sex of the baby. We found out with Elle. I'm glad I found out with Elle because we decorated her nursery, bought cute clothes, and received really cute girly gifts. Part of me has always wanted to wait though. The surprise of finding out at delivery seems magical. I think it would be so special to have Abe tell me , "It's a girl" or "It's a boy!" We're doing our nursery in lime green because our house came with custom made curtains. The curtains in the room are already lime green. We can also buy a bag of boy clothes and return them if its a girl. We already have baby girl clothes. Another down side though is we would get a bunch of yellow and green gifts.....even though you don't really get a lot of gifts for your second baby, right? WHAT SHOULD WE DO?!!! SHOULD WE FIND OUT? We can't decide!!!!

Easter Pictures

We had a fun and busy Easter. The Easter Bunny came to visit Elle before church. After church, we went to my mom's annual Easter Egg Hunt. She hides money and rotten chicken in the eggs. Poor Elle opened up an egg that had raw chicken fat in it. My friends Brie and Katie came over with their families too. After my mom's we went to Abe's parents house for dinner and another Easter Egg hunt for Elle. The highlight of the night was playing ring around the rosie with Elle. Poor Elle couldn't get up after she would fall down. We kept doing it just to watch Elle struggle to get herself up. It was pretty funny. Anyways, we had a fun Easter!!

The Cutest Video you will ever see!!

Look at this cute video of Elle and her friends dancing! It's on my friends Brie's blog!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Our trip to DC and VA

Here are some pictures from our trip to Virginia and D.C.
Elle and I flew out to VA. Elle LOVED the ride!! The stewardesses were so sweet to Elle(probably because she was the only baby on a 9:00pm flight). The stewardess carried Elle on her hip up and down the aisles and took her to the pilots cabin, etc. Elle would walk up and down the aisles saying, "See my shoes?" The airplane ride was the highlight of our trip! Every time the man across from us would close his eyes, Elle would say, "Mommy, he went night night." Then he would wake up laughing and Elle would say, "Mommy, he woke up." This went on several times. Anyways, we got off the airplane. When Elle saw Abe, she jumped out of her stroller and ran to him with her arms wide open screaming, "Daddy!! Daddy". It definately caused a scene. It was one of those moments I'll never forget. Elle missed Abe so much!!! It was so sweet to watch her with him. Anyways, we went to his graduation and to Washington D.C. I just LOVED being together as a family again.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Home Sweet Home

Well since October I haven't been home during the week. And since December I haven't been home at all except for a few holidays. I finished/graduated Quartermaster Officer Basic Course on March 13. Kelly arrived the night before at the Newport News airport. Thursday we went to my graduation (boooooooring) and then to a near by mall, there's really not that much to do in and around Petersburg, VA. Before Kelly got up there I kind of surprised her with some maternity Citizens of....Republic jeans, she said she really liked them. We went to D.C. on Friday. We took the commuter train into D.C. and the first stop we made was the Arlington National Cemetary. We made it just in time to see the changing of the guard at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, quite a moving experience. We then walked across the Memorial Bridge to the Mall area and we first stopped to see my good bud Abe. When we were still about a half a mile from the capital building we decided to call it quits. When your standing at the Lincoln Memorial the capital doesn't look that far my estimate was almost dead on I was going to say two miles but according to Wikepedia "From the Capitol steps to the Lincoln Memorial, the Mall runs 1.9 miles (3.0 km)." We then headed to the commuter train and faced the dreaded D.C. traffic but it wasn't so bad with a stop a Famous Daves BBque. We left Saturday morning and got home at about 6:00pm. We drove home through all that bad weahter, and you might have to be a guy to appreciate this but I didn't use my windsheild wipers one time, thanks to a fresh coat of Rain-X, and it was poring down rain. Check back soon for pictures of the trip.

Friday, March 07, 2008

I think I'm stressed!!!!!

I hate Abe being gone!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm normally not a complainer....but I think it's time to complain. I don't know if I can make it another week!!! I'm mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted!! I've been going like crazy since he left and I am thinking about everything else except what I am doing. A couple weeks ago, I was taking Elle to gymnastics and running late. I had to stop at the gas station super fast to put $10 worth of gas in my car. Well, not even thinking, I put diesal gas in my car. I quickly drove off and my car basically broke down on the side of the road. I panicked and called Abe, he didnt answer. So I called my mom panicking because I was in the middle of an intersection struggling to go 5 miles an hour and cars were honking at me. I finally made it to a car place and they told me what to do. I was left without a car for two days. Two hundred dollars later, I finally get my car back.
Last night, a NIGHTMARE happened!!!! Elle has been blowing her nose and putting the toilet paper down our toilet. She'll stand there and do this until the toilet is flooded with TP. She flooded our downstairs toilet three times Wed. night. I put her in timeout, etc. She did it again last night. I tried to plunge it, flush it, etc. It was just acting funny. I just let it sit hoping it would go down on its own. So Elle and I go upstairs to do laundry. We were upstairs for about an hour. When we came back downstairs, the bathroom is FLOODED with sewage!! I mean FLOODED! Water was up to the baseboards and water was GUSHING out of the toilet! It was coming onto our carpet!! I panicked!! I called Abe, he didnt answer, my dad didnt answer, my mom didnt answer. Finally my mom called back, and I broke down on the phone crying. She called a plumber and the earliest they could get there was 9:00 at night(2 hours away!) Meantime nasty dirty smelling sewage is still gushing onto my carpet. All of a sudden my doorbell rang. It was my neighbor Jen. I couldnt even talk I was crying so hard. I just pointed to my toilet and said Look!! She ran and got her husband. He got a dry vacuum cleaner and for hours we sucked sewage out of my bathroom floor. It was absolutely the grossest thing I have ever done in my life!! I am in shock that my neighbors are sooooooo sweet to help clean sewage out of my bathroom. The plumbers finally got to my house, dug a big hole in our front yard and took out our toilet. Abe's parents came over to help too. Hours later and $550 later, they finally got my toilet fixed. I was up till 12:30am cleaning up the huge mess. We're going to have to replace the bathroom floor, the baseboards, and maybe the carpet.

This morning I get up at 5:30 and get ready for work. I backed my car into the garage door!! I thought it was up all the way and it was only up half way. I bent the garage door so it wouldn't move. I was stuck in my garage and had no idea how we were going to get out!! I just broke down crying again!!!! Why?!!! Why am I doing all these STUPID things?!!!! A neighbor saw me trying to fix the garage door and came and helped me put the garage door back on track. Thank goodness for neighbors!! Now I have a scratch on my brandnew car and a dented garage too. Anyways, I cried all the way to work, then fixed my make up, put on a smile, and went to work. Abe will be home in a little over a week. Hopefully, nothing else will happen!!!!

Sunday, March 02, 2008

"Sure de-id"

My grandmother has a big influence on Elle. She watches her three times a week, so naturally, Elle picks up a lot from my grandma. Maw is one of the most nurturing people you will ever meet and she loves Elle more than life itself. With that being said, Maw is really country....and it's rubbing off on Elle. A few months ago, I picked Elle up from Maw's house and Elle said to me, "rocks yonder." What?! Then Maw said, "Oh, she just wants them rocks down yonder." Oh! Thanks Maw! YONDER!! My beautiful precious little girl now uses the word yonder!! Last week I asked Elle if she had fun at Maw's house. She said, "Sure de-id". Agh! The word DID had three syllables in it!! I laughed so hard! Now, whenever you ask her a question, she'll say, "Sure did." My little girl has turned country!!!