Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
Well, this was not a good week. In fact, instead of losing any weight, I gained a pound. So, I have made some new rules for myself.
- Hailey's nap time is not snack time.
- I will no longer be buying snacks "for Rich."
- Do not visit Ange's myspace, because then I will want chocolate.
- Hailey's nap time is not snack time.
- When I was little my Grammy had a plaque hanging in her kitchen that said "Too little to save, too much to dump. That's what makes a housewife plump." Now I know what that means. And that is why I will no longer be allowed to do the dishes after dinner.
- Going out for dinner does not require getting a sundae for dessert.
- Hailey's nap time is not snack time.
- When going to the mall to walk for exercise, do not go to Arby's to get a Jamocha shake. Drinking a shake with 498 calories defeats the purpose of going to the mall to walk.
I think my new rules will help and next week will be a much better week.
20 pounds to go!
Posted by Melanie at 1:49 PM
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Brooke has been nominated by one of her teachers to attend the 2007 National Young Leaders Conference (NYLC) in Washington, D.C. this summer. Marguerite Regan, the Director of Curriculum at the Congressional Youth Leadership Council sent a congratulatory letter. In the letter it stated that Brooke's teacher nominated her because he feels that she has demonstrated "outstanding leadership potential and academic achievement." The letter also stated that the NYLC is the "premier leadership program in the country designed for the nation's best and brightest high school scholars." Brooke will be able to spend 10 days in Washington D.C. where she will have the "opportunity to witness our nation's democracy in action and to interact with many of today's leaders from Congress, the executive branch, the national news media and the diplomatic corps." If you are curious to read any other information about this program you can go here.
Posted by Melanie at 4:05 PM
Monday, March 26, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Seven things I am thankful for (in no particular order):
- I am thankful that I live in the USA. I am free to go where I want to go and do what I want to do. I can say what I want to say and be who I want to be. I am free because people have given their time and their lives to fight for my freedom.
- I am thankful for my home, the nice neighborhood that it is in and the terrific neighbors who surround it.
- I am thankful for my family. My entire family. I love them all!
- I am thankful for my hubby. He is my best friend and we have a lot of laughs together. He lets me know that he appreciates me and he makes me feel special. He makes sure that I know how much he loves me.
- I am thankful that I have not had a full nights sleep for the last 5 1/2 months because it means that there is a precious little treasure sleeping (or not sleeping) in the bedroom next to mine. (Actually I have not had a full nights sleep for over a year due to nausea, a huge belly, and of course the many trips to the bathroom. But it is all worth it. All of it.)
- I am thankful that someone used half of my bottle of conditioner yesterday, that I could not find my brush and that there was not a drop of hot water left for my shower. This means that there is a teenager in the house and I love having her here.
- I am thankful for the way I was raised. I am glad that I have parents who brought me up in a Christian home. They took me to church, they read the Bible to me, and they prayed with me. They taught me right from wrong, they told me "no", and they even spanked me. When I think back on my childhood, my memories are happy. All of them. My parents made sure that I knew I was loved. Unconditionally.
- Yes- I know it is only supposed to be seven! Lastly, I am thankful that this list could go on and on because I have been blessed with so much.
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Saturday, March 24, 2007
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Friday, March 23, 2007
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Thursday, March 22, 2007
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Tuesday, March 20, 2007
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Sunday, March 18, 2007
- We were able to spend some time with both sides of our family (which does not happen often enough).
- Rich's dad had a successful quadruple bypass and is doing well in his recovery. Thank you to everyone for your prayers.
- It was in the 60's on Tuesday and since I have decided that winter is officially over, this was a great thing. Of course, we did get about 6 inches of snow this weekend- but this list is about great things, so I will not discuss that.
- I didn't go to Target! This is great because I always spend too much money there!
- Rich got his paycheck. This happens every week, which is most definitely a great thing.
- We all have our health, and if not for that- nothing else would matter.
Posted by Melanie at 4:26 PM
Saturday, March 17, 2007
For the last few weeks Hailey has become very interested in what we have been eating. She has been watching very closely during mealtimes and has been trying to grab everything within reach. She seemed to really want to start eating. But, the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that you don't start giving food until around 6 months and I tend to obsess with doing what "they" tell you to do. So at Hailey's last doctor's appointment I had discussed this with her doctor. The doctor assured me that Hailey was certainly ready for some baby cereal. Just to be sure I waited a few weeks, called the doctors office and talked to one of the nurses. She reassured me that it was indeed okay to start Hailey on some baby cereal at 5 months, 1 week.
We decided to go ahead and let her try her first taste of baby cereal. So, I got everything ready for her first meal with us at the table. I prepared the cereal, got the camera and camcorder ready and buckled Hailey into her booster seat (which is so much more convenient than a highchair). Does anyone know what I forgot to do?
With the camcorder rolling, I put a little cereal onto the spoon and into Hailey's mouth. All of the cereal came right back out of her mouth, ran down her chin and landed on her shirt. At this point I realized she was not wearing a bib! How many of you knew what I forgotten? Anyways, I rushed off to find a bib and we finished her first meal of "real food". As you can see from the picture below, most of her food ended up on her face, hands, booster seat, and the once forgotten bib. In fact I don't know if any of the food ended up in her tummy. Hailey seemed to really enjoy her food and especially enjoyed playing with her bowl and spoon. For now, I guess that is all that matters.
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Friday, March 16, 2007
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Wednesday, March 14, 2007
We were visiting my parents last week and Aunt Winnie came over for dinner on Sunday. Hailey absolutely loved Aunt Winnie. Aunt Winnie had Hailey laughing and laughing! Just seeing her would bring a squeal of delight from Hailey! When Aunt Winnie was getting ready to leave she handed Hailey back to me. Hailey started to cry and put her arms out to go back to Aunt Winnie! Aunt Winnie certainly has a special way with babies! (by the way, I forgot to get a picture of them together on Sunday- so this picture is actually from Ellie's bridal shower, the day before).
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Sunday, March 11, 2007
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Saturday, March 10, 2007
Some more guests
Some more guests, including the guest of honor at the back of the table
Toni giving Ellie some advice on how her wedding day is her special day
Ellie opening her "lovelies"
Ellie opening presents
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Thursday, March 8, 2007
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Saturday, March 3, 2007
For babies grow up as we've learned to our sorrow.
So, quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep,
For I'm rocking my baby, and babies don't keep.
Posted by Melanie at 4:20 PM
Thursday, March 1, 2007
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