August 28, 2008
Last time I saw Ava, she was only three months old! Look how much she has grown.
It is a wonderful book that weaves football, family, leadership and faith all together. You can relive some football moments (like the 2007 Super Bowl) and hear the words Tony prayed before, during and after the game. He also does a wonderful job of quoting scripture and giving it real world application.
Many of the lessons he taught I know I can use as a manager in my job. He talks about showing respect, giving your employees value, allowing family life to a part of not seperate from your office environment, and how to lead by example.
I am not a Colts fan, but I am now a Tony Dungy fan. I recommend this book as a great read for anyone or especially as a gift for your Dad or husband for Christmas. I think everyone can learn from Tony.
August 26, 2008
I hear her first day was awesome, so I hope the extra activities, nice kids and advanced learning outweigh the lack of choice in clothing. This is also Cohen's first school experience. I wonder how long it will take before his body launches into a mid-afternoon nap on his desk.
I can't wait until I can experience new school supplies and back to school clothes with our child. It makes me sad to not have that rush of excitement every year. I need a "Traffic is Going to Suck Again" outfit and some new pens to write my "Sorry I am Late, Traffic Sucked" excuses with.
August 25, 2008
We have the paint chosen for her room and need to pick a weekend for Marcus to paint. We are hoping he'll do the base coat in September and our detailed painting will come in October. So much to do in 17 weeks! I can't wait!
from Baby Center:
Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With her sense of movement well
developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that she's more than 11
inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large
mango), you may be able to see her squirm underneath your clothes. Blood
vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds
that your baby's increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her for entry into
the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog
barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze her when she
hears them outside the womb.
It allows the remaining part (along with your expertly tied bumper) to stay on the bed during a midnight sheet changing emergency. Plus, the zipper is hidden under the fabric so it will not hurt your baby's soft skin.
I ordered 2 bases and 4 total top sheets. Let's hope she doesn't go through more than that in between washes!
As Candice Olsen would say, "How divine!"
Last night we celebrated two brithdays-
Happy 60th Birthday Mom! Tiffany and I treated Mom to dinner at Cheesecake Factory last night. It has to be our first kid free dinner in many many years. It was nice!
After dinner, I stopped by Jessica's house to join Marcus and wish her a happy birthday. Jess' party was equipped with a yummy birthday cake for all to enjoy.
August 23, 2008
We started in the morning this year....you know, because of that 45 days of +100 degree heat thing.
The obstacle course this year was a partner event. Wheelbarrowing was an obstacle.
Mitch defended his 2nd obstacle course victory. This time, with help from Travis.Once again, there was the punt, pass, and kick events.....
Pastor came out to show his support for the burnt orange....I guess the Georgia Bulldog jersey was dirty...
Anna and Natalie showing the Raider spirit.... The family of Aggies
Fun all around!
August 22, 2008
I found a site that sells hospital gowns made of pretty fabrics and ribbons and I think I need one of them. It seems like it will cover things a little better and look much prettier in photos.
I ran this idea by a couple of girlfriends who told me I was crazy- the gown will likely be nasty and I will appreciate handing it over to the hospital staff to wash.
So, I want your thoughts. Is this a complete waste or will I appreciate later when I look back?
When we played the video, the adults were excited- it was the classic 1986 Care Bears cartoon. I don't think the kids found it entertaining enough. The music was cheesy and the characters didn't have much depth. My how times have changed!
Happy 3rd birthday sweet girl!
August 19, 2008
August 17, 2008
24 vanilla wafer cookies
2 packages of cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
Toppings of your choice
Directions: Preheat oven to 375.
1. Line muffin cups with paper or foil liners.
2. Place a vanilla wafer inside the bottom of each liner.
3. Mix together all other ingredients and fill the 24 liners.
4. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
5. Chill for 2-24 hours.
Top with your favorite cheesecake toppings. I made 12 turtle cheesecakes with chocolate chips, caramel sauce and chopped pecans and 12 with cherry pie filling. Both were yummy!
A few months ago I mentioned that I knew 15 pregnant women and after this week, I know a lot less. I do however, know a lot of cute new babies.
Welcome Aiden, Anna, Elizabeth, Ivan and Asher. All of these kiddos were born this past week to my girlfriends. Starting names with vowels was popular this week!
Congrats to all!
August 15, 2008
August 14, 2008
August 11, 2008
So we spent the day registering and buying some starter stuff, including baby. KIDS NEED A LOT OF STUFF! Actually, it was Anna registering the things she had been looking at for 18 months, and me using the scanner gun. Glad I had a role in this process.
So at least the hard part is OVER, and the most expensive stuff is all done. whew!
With all the comedy and 'getting started work' over...
I now have a couple of quiet moments to just really think about what the past four days have brought me. A super cool trip to that is top of the line....news of a healthy baby girl...its that kind of overwhelming that leaves you happily exhausted.
The Hawaii trip is awesome....and for having doing nothing more than what I consider doing my job this year....I know there are people that do their jobs well for decades and never get this kind of recognition....it is truly a blessing, and I see it as that. Heck, I'm willing to suck up 10 hours on a plane to get this. I HATE PLANES. I REALLY DO.
But...it is such a muted joy that I feel compared to the overshadowing news that my baby girl is going to be healthy and here. While I let my mind imagine what that week in October is going to be like, it ends with the same thing...back in Austin, trip over. When I let it wonder about having this daughter...I see, first steps....a girl running to the bed after a bad dream, first day of school, first date (and yes, I will be inviting all my buddies over for gun cleaning night when the boys come to pick up my daughter. I will be like Martin Lawerence in Bad Boys II). I see also being asked to walk her down the aisle.....etc etc.....
While this trip is amazing, blessed thing, I just get overwhelmed with what a new daughter means. As Anna blogged before, I have believed that this would work the first time, it would be one, and it would be a girl. We got that...and healthy....its amazing. I have to be reminded that all this great stuff is such an honor....and while this isnt exactly getting into the Football hall of fame stuff, I am reminded that it is His glory that got us all this. I cannot forget that, or begin to take this for granted, any of it.
Reading back on this, if this is the kind of gush that I be doing with this kid, I have got some trouble ahead of me. The phrase Daddy's girl comes to mind.
August 09, 2008
August 08, 2008
Which shirt should Marcus wear when we get off the plane IN HAWAII? Yes, that is right, we are going TO HAWAII.
This is not just any trip, this is a free all inclusive trip TO HAWAII! Free for both of us. Free golf and spa appointments. Free meals. A free opening dinner concert with Styx! I know, funny!
We didn't even have to purcahse a condo to win the trip!
This afternoon Marcus was chosen to join the Avnet (his company)President's Club. He was awarded this title and trip as the salesman with the most profitable growth in the entire company.
We are awaiting all of the details, but do know that it is in early October, when I am still allowed to travel. More details to come soon!
August 07, 2008
This year I am watching it from Denver with my co-worker Lindsay. We are having banquets make us a feast fit for a queen and enjoying the show.
Heather and I have booked tickets to see the Top 10 when they are in Austin in October. I wonder how young we can look as I am sure we will be the oldest ones there. Maybe we can latch on to a group of teenagers and pretend to be their chaperones!
August 06, 2008
August 05, 2008
Mary Sallee- Mary and I worked together at Keller Williams. She is now living her dream in Switzerland with her handsome boyfriend. She spends her days learning French and exploring the town.
Bring the Rain- I have blogged about this one before.... I don't really know Angie, but I love reading about her relationship with her daughters and her God. She is very inspirational about how to endure struggles and still be faithful to God.
Holly Hilderbrand- Holly works with the children at our church and is a fellow scrapbooker with a room!
Little Patrick Liam- Patrick's Mom Ellen worked with Marcus and then with me many years ago. She is now a fabulous stay-at-home suburban wife and Mom.
Texas Newmans- Mrs. Newman and I worked together as well. She has a cute little boy, a beautiful new home and a brand new baby girl. Her hands are full!
Tiny Greek Goddess- The tiny Greek goddess is Cora who was born in June. Her parents are friends of Marcus and I through church. It'll be fun to watch her grow up and learn from new Mom Melissa.
Have fun scrolling over and checking out these fun blogs!
August 04, 2008
Ladies and Gentleman, we have a bump! I am now halfway through the pregnancy and think I am really showing now. I had a couple of doctors (at my program in Denver) comment on my baby, so I think it is pretty clear. One doctor even offered to name her- he is certain it is a girl. I asked him for a good Southern name and he recommended Abilene Abigail. What a sweet man!
Since the baby is the size of a banana and we had bananas on the break today, I snuck into a meeting room to get a picture and give us all perspective on the baby's size. Just one more week until we know if it is a he or she and get confirmation of a healthy pregnancy and a strong baby growing correctly. We plan to have fun after that appointment and sign up for birthing classes, visit Babies R Us and then purchase the nursery furniture. I can't wait to know more and begin shopping for the baby.
from Baby Center:
Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby's legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the "crown to rump" measurement. After 20 weeks, he's measured from head to toe.)He's swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He's also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you'll see it in his first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).
August 03, 2008
I am spending my 10 work days in Denver at the JW Marriott in the Cherry Creek area. This is one of the nicest areas in Denver- for Austinites, I am staying at a hotel connected to a very large Domain-like shopping center. I am working long days and doing dinner in my room more than at the mall.
I have spent many a nights in hotels and worked with many different staff members that service my meetings. Our banquet captain Bianca is by far the best staff member I have ever encountered.
Bianca recognizes that my staff member and I are "trapped" in the hotel and room service can get old quickly. She has had the kitchen staff make us whatever we want for lunch each day. We had yummy grilled cheese sandwiches and salad and chicken stir fry yesterday complete with rice and an egg roll. Plus, this is a courtesy of the hotel and she will not bill me for it. How amazing is that! So much for keeping my weight gain low!
In addition, the entire staff is friendly, attentive and predicts our needs before we have predicted them. Five star service for sure!
With our lunch each day, we have been given rolls and butter. Look at the amount of butter! Goodness, two rolls do not need two pounds of butter, but just in case, I am prepared!