Monday, March 29, 2010
...but this weekend, looked quite a bit different. A sign of things to come?
I was working on a jigsaw puzzle, and right next to me, John working on his...
What? You don't have a motorcycle in the middle of your living room?
Friday, March 26, 2010
They were born a few months early, and were tee-tiny, itty bitty little things. These days, they are the biggest six-year olds I know. STOP GROWING! Please?!
Lori was born first and is a spunky, sassy, sweet, boy-crazy (I know! At age 6!), daredevil extraordinaire.
Lindsay is more shy, but is sweet, sensitive, caring, girly, and a definite Daddy's girl.
I love them as if they were my own! (And if sister Joy doesn't keep her eye on them, there might just be a thievery!)
Tonight we'll celebrate their SIXTH birthday. So amazing how fast time flies. I was going to put pictures up throughout all six years, but you just can't beat baby pictures.
So baby pictures it is:
I hope my baby is as sweet and precious as you two are!
And speaking of my baby, I did break the news to them last night and they didn't seem to believe me when I told them they were going to have a new cousin. This was how the conversation went:
Me: You girls need to stop growing up! We're just going to have to have a new baby in this family.
Them: YAY! We'll be big sisters!
Me: Nooo, not big sisters, but how would you feel about a new cousin?!
Lori: (obviously thinking my sister Christy was the one going to have the new baby) Umm, three kids are a lot to handle.
Me: No silly! I'm going to have a baby!
Them: (dazed and confused and looking at my lack-of-belly) Nuh-uhh.
Hopefully they are okay with not being the babies in the family for much longer. They are going to be the best big cousins ever!
Happy 6th Birthday Lindsay and Lori!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Mock Me Now
If You Can't Beat Them, Join Them
I Have ANOTHER Secret
But, not to worry, I'm clearly not good at keeping secrets so the word is out: We're having a baby!
I feel like I can officially take the training wheels off of this blog. When you read blogs, as I do, you quickly realize that 95% of them are written by mommies. I'm surprised Blogger allowed me to sign up without having that prerequisite. And not that I plan on letting the mommi-ness completely take over the blog, but I'm afraid that somehow or another some mommy stories will creep their way in.
John and I had planned on children, but the plan was to wait a year or so. God had other plans I suppose. And who am I to question God's plan, but, He may have momentarily forgotten who He was dealing with here. Is He sure He wants us to be parents??
Regardless, it's gonna happen. And here are my plans for this pregnancy. Cause so far making plans has worked out so well for me, so why wouldn't these work out??
1. I am going to sail through pregnancy easy as pie. No sickness, no mood swings, and no sleep interference.
2. I am not going to get fat all over. Just a cute little basketball belly and that is all.
3. I am still going to abide by my clothing OCD-ness. No repeating of outfits within the same month.
4. People are still gonna wanna hang out with me. Right? right? hello, is anyone here? right???
(I must really like people mocking me because I continue to give them ammunition. )
Our family and friends know, and now the entire www knows. And here are some of my favorite responses received yet:
(from a friend whose girlfriend is pregnant): "Looks like there's something in the water." - Daniel
"Congratulations! We have a dd for the next 9 months!" - Drew B.
"Booooo. JK. Congrats."
to which I replied: "Boo is right, I just ruined my whole summer!"
and he replied: "Summer? Shit. More like the next 18 years." - from one of my very best friends, Matt. Such loving words.
So, here goes nothing...
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
You know how in the movie "The Truman Show", Truman is on TV 24/7? I think I could be that. Minus the everyone-in-my-world-acting-and-scripting-my-life part. You guys can all still play yourselves! Only, I'm the main character so don't try jumping in front of my camera crew. Well, now that we have that settled...
To prove it to you, I took pictures of nearly everything I did yesterday from my (almost) waking moment, to the very end when I crawled in bed. Warning: This gets a little long. I kept thinking I wasn't taking enough pictures of all of the excitement, until I sat down to put this together and realized just how much I'm making you sit through. But no worries, you're gonna LOVE it.
Here we are at those (almost) waking moments...
Keep in mind that my clock is ten minutes fast, so on top of slapping snooze, I am doing my first math problem of the day in my head. Who says math isn't exciting!
Rise and shine! Time for a shower... (It's okay to look, I am not about to post a nakie picture)
Next up: the hair routine. Including all of these supporting cast mates:
For the next 5 hours, I do a lot of this:
And then, one of the most adventurous parts of the day: LUNCH TIME!
Lunchtime includes either a) making a decision about where to go or b) heading to the fridge and then the break room to heat up lunch. I can see my viewers sitting on the edge of their chairs each day as I make this decision.
Today, I decided on Bojangles. And if you aren't from the south and have no idea what Bojangles is, you are missing out!
Most days I leave my desk for lunch, but my usual lunch buddy dissed me this day so I sulked at my desk. (See, there is the drama that viewers love!)
For the next 3 hours, there is more of this:
But wait! This day was extra special because it was a co-worker's birthday! It was her 40th birthday and we celebrated with cake at the conference table. Now, I realize that a picture of the party would have been nice, but 6 of the 9 members of my department don't know about the blog and I would have been slightly embarrassed to tell them about it and my "day in the life" pictures. I'm such a dork.
So instead, a picture of my napkin and a stand-in fork.
And run back to the train where my afternoon train routine is to read.
Now I understand that this part might be boring for my reality show viewers, so I will promise producers to read aloud each day. I'm sure my fellow train riders won't mind a little story time each afternoon!
And if it's an exercise day, change clothes and begin to stretch.
And finally I'm back out of the house for a brisk 5 minute warm-up walk before my running/walking intervals.
When I get back, red-faced and all, I have some water,
They really weren't that good though, as John clearly demonstrates.
And if all of that wasn't proof enough that my life is one great big ball of excitement, I then snuggle up with my boy Reese and watch some TV.
Until finally, it is time for bed.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Day 2 was exactly the same as Day 1, no change from before, and again I was lucky to be running in shoes again because the glass was still shattered everywhere. Whew!
Day 3 however, 6 days after the first sighting on Saturday March 6th, it was as if they could hear my thoughts when I ran by the first day. A ladder had appeared and the icicle lights were now halfway removed from the house. The homeowner must have just run in for a sandwich or something because they were no where in sight. It was probably very tiresome to remove one strand of lights from the tree and half of the icicle lights from the house. I would have been hungry too!
Days 4 and 5 I noticed the ladder was still leaning up against the house. But Saturday's lunch must have turned into an all day affair because the project was never completed. I thought to myself, "it is very dangerous to leave a ladder leaning up against your house when there are so many kids in this neighborhood!"
But not to worry! They must have thought the same thing about the safety issue, because days 6 and 7 looked like this:
They have managed to lay the ladder down on it's side, but there is still shattered glass all over the sidewalk and half a strand of icicle lights are still dangling.
Seriously people? I really hope there is a good explanation for this. But something tells me that since they didn't even bother to begin to undecorate until March 6th that this is just an example of laziness.
I hope hope hope that I never have neighbors like this. Maybe for the sake of these people's neighbors, next time I'm running by I'll do a little detour and run up the ladder, yank off the remaining lights and then continue on my run. What do ya think??
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
However, my dear sister Joy's birthday was just yesterday. So while it might be odd to post a birthday blog about my friends birthday that was 2 full months ago, a day late won't be so bad.
So, this is Joy:
She is an awesome sister and my #1 blog fan! Lemme tell you a bit about her:
1. She's one of my two older sisters, and was the baby in the family until I came along. So our relationship may have started with her being a tad bit bitter over me coming along...
2. Which I'm sure is the reason she liked to pick on me when I was just a young, innocent, sweet little girl.
3. For example, when I was around 4 years old, she told me I was too skinny to come outside because I would get blown away from the wind,
4. So every time I went out I was holding on to the swing set so I wouldn't fly away! Wow, so she pretty much ruined all of my outside playtime for the entire age of 4!
5. & then, when I got over that, she told me that whenever a bird flew over my head I would get the chicken pox,
6. So then I was outside running and ducking from any possible fowl flyovers!
7. Our neighbors must have thought I was such a strange little girl when I was outside playing.
8. In high school, we used to have to change into gym clothes for gym class.
9. I didn't have any cool gym clothes.
10. But sister Joy across the hall did! She had really cool NEON YELLOW Umbro shorts!
11. I used to "borrow" them often. And so often, that sweet Joy left a note for me in her drawer one day that said something along the lines of "STAY OUT LACEY". How did she know it was me!?
12. Joy is a major germaphobe.
13. Has probably single-handedly kept the anti-bacterial companies in business.
14. She also cannot stand to drink after someone, ESPECIALLY if they used a straw. But, has gotten a little better about that since her kids have come along.
15. She is NOT a morning person.
16. On Christmas morning, my brother and I would always wake up first and fight over who had to be the one to wake up Joy. How could anyone possibly wake up grumpy on Christmas?!
17. Joy could.
18. Gosh, this list isn't turning out very sweet for it to be a birthday post. But she is sweet too...
19. Once, when I was a little girl I was woken up by some growling noises outside my window and wandered in to teenager Joy's room where she was still awake, laying in bed, and chatting on the phone with one of her friends.
20. She just thought I was hearing things, but let me crawl in her bed with her while she stayed on the phone since I was scared.
21. But then she heard the growling too and went and woke up our parents.
22. I wish I could remember the ending to the story to tell you, but I cannot. I think it was a dog? Sorry to keep you hanging, but my memory fails me!
23. She also did my hair for my junior prom.
24. & did a great job!
25. So see, she's sweet too!
26. (I'm sure there's more, but again, the memory...)
27. But most of all, she is just a great sister, sister-in-law, wife, aunt, daughter, mama and friend.
28. & I wish her the very best!
29. Love, Lacey
Thursday, March 4, 2010
I have an unrealistic list of things that I would never do if that was my kid, and since I'm such a fan of the List, I thought I'd put them in list form.
And these aren't meant to offend any current parents. I'm just a naive, clueless, non-parent that I'm sure is in for a rude awakening. So, mock away; I give you permission.
1. This one is the most important: I will NEVER, and I mean NEVER own a mini-van. UNLESS, I have septuplets or something that simply cannot fit in any other vehicle. Mark. my. words.
2. My kids will never sleep in the bed with me. Cats are welcome; children get out!
3. I don't see myself ever getting over my hatred of all things sticky. If my baby just ate a sucker and the majority of it is on their hands, cheeks, lips and nose, I will not welcome a kiss or a hand-hold. Sticky is icky.
4. "You don't know what love is until you lay eyes on your baby." How could I possibly love another human being more than I already love myself?
5. Strollers are too much trouble. Too big, bulky, don't fit down the aisles of my favorite Juniors' departments. (Just kidding on that last one; although I stayed in Juniors for as long as I could, I did finally find my way to the ladies department). After my kid is able to walk really well, they will be walking. Really well.
6. There will be no car-pool line for this Mama. I gotta stay at home and save gas because my non-minivan (a.k.a. SUV) is not so fuel efficient. Those kiddies will be on the big yellow cheese wagon!
7. Birthday parties will just be with the family. Cake, ice cream, singing happy birthday and presents. I was always perfectly happy with this option, why won't my kids be??
8. Showers and bathroom breaks are private time. No kids allowed. This one sounds so obvious when written out that there really shouldn't be any question about it!
9. My facebook profile picture will always at least have me in it. There will never be any confusion when my status says: "I am as drunk as a skunk", and the picture beside it shows a drooling, toothless babyface. Something is just not right about that.
10. And finally, there will never be any "kids music" in my car. They can grow up listening to what I like, no need to tone it down for them. By the age of 4, they will have their head-bob mastered for when I'm listening to rap, their head-banging mastered for when I'm in a rock mood, and their feet will be tapping (but not on the back of my seat!) for when I'm in a country mood.
Don't tell me I shouldn't have kids. It will hurt my feelings! Instead, I'll allow you to place bets in the comment section about which rules I will break first. And, go!