Sunday, June 22, 2008

I love lists.

I love reading lists, especially the lists that my friends create on their blogs. These lists allow me to get to know my pals a little better. Soooo, because I enjoy reading others' lists so much, I thought you might like to read a list of mine.
This is the list of things that make me sooo happy. I mean, fill me up with happiness so much that I can actually feel my heart tightening-happy. You know what I mean. It's like my heart swells up. I know you have your own list of things just like this... and after you read mine, create your own. (It can be a list of anything, I don't discriminate. :)

(Top 7, in no particular order)

1. Pictures -
I could take pictures of the people I love every single day of my life and never ever get tired of it. It sounds cliche, but pictures capture life. The only visible thing that we will have at the end of our lives to remind us of all the fabulous things throughout our years - young love, what our children looked like when they were babies, family, fun vacations, friends, good times - is the pictures we take. My pictures are the most precious possessions I have, and I just keep expanding my collection every day. Happpp-eeeee!

2. (Secretly) watching Ella Rose slam her little feet down on her mattress (in joy, because she's angry, too much energy...whatever) - I had NO idea how much I would love being a mom...but even more than that, I had no idea how often I would laugh at the funny things Ella Rose does. She's hilarious. Those two little feet of her's literally shake the walls of our house when they hit her mattress. Wha?? How in the world? They're tiny!

3. Sitting at the kitchen table in the morning with my coffee - It's quiet, and except for the squeeling and wiggling going on in the floor, all is calm. It's the perfect time to really sit back and appreciate God's goodness. I've been given another day of precious, healthy, wonderful life. I have the most fabulous husband a gal could ask for, healthy still-married parents, a perfect, healthy, cute baby, two sisters who double as my best friends, a warm, cozy home, wonderful galpals...need I go on? I am so blessed. What more could I ask for?

4. Being at church and worshipping with other believers (at Highpoint, of course) - It happened today. I was watching our worship leader worship as he led us and it just struck me. I never get tired of corporate worship. I feel God's love so strongly, it makes my heart leap (and the worship music at HP is awwwwwesome!).

5. Naps - I L-O-V-E naps. I nap whether I'm tired or not. It's more of a hobby, not necessarily something I need. Love hitting the fan switch, turning on the sound spa (to "rain"), crawling in the bed, and pulling the down comforter over my head. Ahhh...makes me wanna take a nap right now (but I won't - it's 9:45 pm, that'd be stupid).

6. Waking up and seeing bright blue sky shining through my windows - It just reminds me how good God is. Plain and simple.

7. Memories - I absolutely love to sit and remember. I keep all kinds of things to help me remember...pictures, cards, notes, random what-not. I just really enjoy walking down memory lane. It's hard for me to get rid of anything that reminds me of anything. I guess I'm just a sucker for sentimental things.

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And just some of the things that make me superficially happy...not expanding heart happy, but really happy nonetheless (also in no particular order)

1. Doug & Carrie Heffernan...of King of Queens, of course! - Oh man! Doug and Carrie are like my best friends during the day. I DVR every episode that comes on TV and watch at least 2 or 3 episodes a day. This show makes me laugh and laugh and laugh! I can't get enough. How did a show this funny ever go off the air? They (Doug and Carrie, that is) make my day a little brighter. (P.S. If anyone has the entire box set and would like to part with it, puh-lease send it my way!)

2. The Food Network - A new interest of mine. Watching the FN makes me feel like I can cook anything, and well, I can't. But it gives me hope...and where are we without hope? Where is my husband without this kind of hope?? ...Sad and hungry.

3. Christmas decorations - The more, the better. Enough said.

4. R & B music - I can't explain it...I don't know where it came from, but I love it. You know...that get down, sultry, romancin' type of R & B. I can't help it...I just can't help it. Turn it on and I'm in heaven.

5. Arts and crafts - Seriously, it's one of the top 3 reasons I became a teacher. Paint, pipe cleaners, sparkly glue, markers, it doesn't matter. Crafts make me happy.

*See? Wasn't that fun? No create your own!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Jonnie's 1st Father's Day (celebrated)

Father's Day this year had a whole new meaning for Jonnie...
At church, Andy talked about the "Father Factor" and what it means to be a godly, loving and wise father to your children... and I have to say that even though Jonnie has only been a father for 5 months, he rates extremely high on the father factor scale. He is a wonderful daddy already and Ella Rose has no idea yet what a wonderful life she will have because her daddy loves her so much.
I've always known that Jonnie was going to be a sweet daddy, but he has exceeded all my expectations. He is so active in Ella Rose's life already - he never acts like she is my job because I am a stay-at-home mom, and doesn't bat an eyelash when I ask him to stay with her so I can go out for a bit (and he changes just as many diapers as I do!). He's always smoochin' her and telling her how much he loves her. She is definitely the apple of his eye. I love a man who loves his baby...and he's cute!








Ella Rose, her daddy, and her granddaddies


3 generations...

Saturday, June 7, 2008

The 5k

Back in 2001, I decided I wanted to run a 5k. I finally did it in 2008. I'm pathetic...
My sisters ran a 5k at the zoo a couple of weekends ago and apparently got hooked on the "runner's high". They decided to rope me into the next one. So on Friday night, we ran (not so much ran as walked & jogged) a 5k that was held downtown.
So we got there and there were tons of people. I felt like I was the only one there who wasn't actually a runner. Everyone was decked out in there expensive running gear - I felt like such an amateur. People were stretching and warming up, and I was just thinking about how out of shape I am, post-baby body. I would have done much better in 2001.
The race started, and ended...and let's just say I wasn't in the winner's circle. It was fun though. We got some good (kid-free) sister bonding time in - 5 whole hours! We haven't had that much alone time since Esten was born in 2003. The Cakes is at a bachelor party with some of his best buds this weekend, so it was good to get out with my gals. (The cookies we got from Miss Cordelia's were even better...)


The drive downtown...Kathleen should be paying attention to the road!


Before...


After...
very tired, but energized that we finished...
(and seriously, it sounds like I'm talking about a half marathon...we're talking about a 5k, people!)
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