Sunday, April 6, 2014

18 Months Missing

My mother pointed out that there really wasn't an introduction of my husband... so for those readers who don't actually know me personally (not sure why you're here, but welcome!), here is a synopsis of the last 18 months:

I completed my first half marathon in October 2012... my goal was 3 hours... I did it in 3:15... I'm not disappointed with that...

I got engaged to Mike in December 2012... On my Nani's birthday, December 19th, to be exact... he was sweet and nervous and romantic...

We got married on January 26th, 2013... it was a small wedding with only family and VERY close friends... 

We honeymooned on a 7 day Western Caribbean cruise... it was a great time but it was the longest I had ever been away from Kayden, so I was ready to come home...

We bought a house in June 2013... it was a very stressful, yet exciting endeavor...
(HA! But seriously, I can't find a pic of our actual house right now, so the doll house is what ya get...)
In August, I finally got hired on at an ENT practice I had been secretly stalking for several years... It's close to home and my fellow employees are great!

Fall 2013 was blissfully uneventful... except for Kayden being introduced to roller skating, with which she is now obsessed... Oh, and she started taking Tae Kwon Do...

We had a great Christmas... New Year's Eve was spent apart for the 2nd year in a row due to Mike's job.... Kayden & I had our own mini celebration at the house...

We celebrated our 1st anniversary with a weekend in St. Louis...

We learned we were expecting "The Bean" the week before our anniversary... we waited to share the news until we had a confirmed heartbeat... I'm older so the risks are higher... Kayden is super excited to be a big sister...

The late winter/early spring of 2014 has been fairly quiet... Kayden got her first pair of new skates and is so excited she could burst...

And that brings us up to today... Happy, Mom? ;-)

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15 weeks today...

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Where's The Bean?

So, if you don't already know, Kayden is going to be a big sister. When we told her, she was sweet and inquizative... She asked how I knew there was a baby in my tummy... Then, when it was coming out...

We've been calling the baby "The Bean" for lack of something better... We don't plan to find out what the gender is, so, until a better nickname catches our fancy, "The Bean" it is.... 

In an attempt to make her more independent prior to "The Bean's" arrival, I've been encouraging Kayden do things I know she knows how to do with little or no help: dress herself, put on her shoes and socks, comb her hair, brush her teeth, etc. She would rather have Mommy help her do most of it but she's going to have to learn to do it all sooner or later... May as well be sooner... 

The other day, I was sitting on the couch. I had asked her to get her shoes on so we could leave the house... She plopped down on the floor in front of me asking me to put her shoes on for her... I made the excuse that "The Bean" was in my way & I couldn't bend over to reach her... It worked, shoes were applied, we exited the house on time to get where ever we needed to be....

Tonight, she was sitting at the table eating her dinner while I was straightening up the kitchen.... I bent over from a standing position to pick up something off the floor... Out of the blue, Kayden, clearly hesitant, yet concerned, asks, "Did The Bean come out or something?" 

Huh?!?!

"I thought you couldn't bend to reach the floor..."

I can't get anything past this kid....



Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hiatus

So, is an 18 month hiatus long enough for you?

Stay tuned I'm about to start writing again....

Friday, September 14, 2012

Delusional...

How is it that some people will believe something that is so far off the mark it makes them look crazy?

They can talk themselves into believing something they KNOW is not true just because it makes them feel better about themselves and their messed up logic?

Normally it wouldn't bother me but it's on my heart tonight because it's effecting someone I care about... Someone who has tried so hard to do the right thing and has only been punished for their efforts...

Well, guess what! His heart is breaking because of the mess THEY'VE made...

It's just so easy for them to make him the bad guy when in reality, it's them who have done everything in their power to make him LOOK like the bad guy... He's the GOOD guy here!!! He's done every thing he could to do the right thing.... But nothing is ever good enough for them....

Just so frustrated with them right now!!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Zoo Party

I just ordered the cake for Kayden's birthday party this weekend... she is super excited about her party at the Zoo... according to one of her teachers, when she talks about it, her face lights up and she talks all fast and excited... :-)

I did a big party for her first and a small family party for her second... this year we're doing another big one... I don't think I could handle a big one every year...

We got portraits taken recently:




My little booger is growing up so fast....

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Apricots

My parents keep a stash of dried apricots on their counter... the primary use is dog treats, but my dad and my child eat them, too...

Over the weekend, we had lunch at my folks' house and after we ate, Kayden asked my dad for an apricot...

Kayden: Can I have a apricot, please, Papa?
Grandpa: Only if I can get a kiss....
Kayden: (turning to me) Mommy, can I please have a apricot?

(The whole table bursts out laughing.)

Mommy: Give your grandpa a kiss...
Kayden: (obediently kisses Grandpa) Can I have 2 apricots, now?

(More laughter...)

She is SO stinkin' smart!

(We ARE working on proper English, BTW: "MAY I please..." and "AN apricot..." but we still have some work to do...)

Saturday, September 1, 2012

New Love?

Shortly after I filed for divorce, I requested several friends on Facebook who I had previously removed or denied out of respect for my husband...

With the ones who accepted, I exchanged the typical pleasantries and complements on their children, etc and then they faded into the FB background, only to pop up sporadically with random updates and/or pictures.

One of those friends was Mike... It just so happened that he was in the middle of some legal issues, too, so we vented our legal frustrations to each other and renewed a friendship that had been dormant since we were 14 years old...

As time passed, it was clear that our feelings for each other were starting to deepen past the friendship point. My divorce was not yet final so I made it very clear to him that if at any point before the judge signed the papers my husband had a change of heart and chose to do the things necessary to repair our broken marriage, our friendship would have to end as my priority was to my family first. He was very understanding and incredibly supportive... he chose to stick it out, knowing that the possibility of never speaking to me again was there...

The divorce did go through and he was there to comfort me and help me heal in any way I needed... we talked for hours about our past relationships and things we liked and didn't like... we discussed our mistakes and short-comings and talked about how we would do things differently if we were put in the same position again... we talked about our plans and dreams for the future and about our goals and things we'd like to see happen for our children (he has a daughter as well)...

And it just keeps getting better... He has become my best friend... there are no secrets or hidden feelings... we never argue, but discuss our differences of opinion with open-minded respect... we can agree to disagree and still respect each other when we don't see eye to eye... We are a real team when it comes to anything, from making dinner, to cleaning up after... He'll play with Kayden or read her a book so I can chat with a friend and she just adores him... I think his daughter, Kelsey, is great, and he happily steps back and lets me help with the teenage girly things with her...

It's funny how life plays out sometimes... I never, in a million years, thought I'd be dating my 8th grade boyfriend again... but I am excited and optimistic about what the future has in store for us...