Tuesday, July 31, 2007

May Day Weight Loss Challenge- Weigh-in #11

Weight lost since my last weigh in- +1.5lbs
Weight lost since the start of the challenge- 1.5lbs
Total weight loss since Hailey was born- 34.5 lbs

I gained 1 1/2 pounds last week, but I lost inches. Go figure.

Time to go check in at Tales From The Scales.

21.5 pounds to go

Monday, July 30, 2007

I'm A Bloggin' Princess

This must be the month for awards because I have just received another award. Angel Mama from Pearls of Wisdom has given me the "I'm A Bloggin' Princess" Award.

The rules for this award are:

Pass it on to any 3 people who you think are bloggin' princesses! Tell why you think that person is a bloggin' princess and make sure you let them know!

I hate to break the rules, but all the bloggers I know are Bloggin' Princesses. So, if you read my blog- you win this award!

Fun Monday

This is the first Fun Monday I have ever participated in. This week it is being hosted by Amy at A Family Story. Since I've never done a Fun Monday before I'm not even exactly sure what it is. But, I think that each week there is a different host and the person hosting comes up with an idea of some sort of picture they want everyone to post. This week Amy has asked to see the inside of our refrigerators. And Amy's instructions were "DO.NOT.CLEAN.IT.OUT. We want to see it in all its glory. However empty or full." And, so here it is- the inside of my refrigerator in all its glory!

Yes you do see six different kinds of coffee creamer. Yes you do see three 12 packs of soda. (I don't even drink soda!) And, yes we do like eggs.
I wasn't sure if we were supposed to include our freezers or not, so I decided to be safe and post a picture of my freezer too.

So, there ya have it. Visit Amy at A Family Story to see the inside of more refrigerators!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Career Meme

Laura over at My Quotidian Mysteries tagged me a little while ago to do this career meme.

Here is how to play:
If you had the opportunity to do a 1-year internship in a company or field completely unrelated to your current career or specialty, what would be your top 5 choices?

This is hard for me to do because I am actually living my dream as a stay-at-home-mom. But, if I could not be a stay-at-home-mom these would be my next five choices:

1. To be a teacher in a 3rd grade classroom.
2. To be a child psychologist.
3. To be a restaurant critic, but only if the calories during my testing didn't count.
4. To be a professional organizer.
5. To be a forensic scientist.

And now I have to tag five people to do this meme. So, I'm tagging Becky, ComfyDenim, JennieBoo, La Bellina Mammina, and Michelle.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Thankful Thursday #2

1. I am thankful that I have joined the Thankful Thursday group. I used to participate in the Sunday Seven meme which is where you list seven things you are thankful for each Sunday. But, due to my problems with being a blogaholic I have resolved that I will not be blogging anymore on the weekends. I really like taking the time out each week to reflect and realize how very blessed I am. I am glad that I can reserve the weekends for family time and still be able to take one day a week to post about what I am thankful for.

2. I am thankful that Hailey's 9 month doctors appointment went well. She is healthy, happy and right where she should be developmentally. For those who are curious- at her 9 month appointment (which actually took place at 9 months, 1 week) Hailey weighed 20 pounds and was 28 1/2 inches long. That is right in between the 50th & 75th percentile which her pediatrician says is wonderful.

3. I am thankful for my blogging friends. I love reading about what is going on in my blogging friends lives, knowing that they are reading what I'm writing about, and leaving each other comments or sending emails. It helps me to see other people who have the same issues that I have. Being able to offer and get some advice or support and being happy for each other during the good times is so wonderful.

4. I am thankful that Rich gets up every day and goes to work to provide for us. He makes it possible for me to be a stay-at-home-mom, which has always been my dream.

5. I am thankful for the work that Rich did on my blog to give me my new look.

6. I am thankful for the way that Rich is with Hailey. I love watching her face light up when she sees him and enjoy seeing how Rich plays with her. The other night we went out to eat and I was just sitting back watching Rich be silly with Hailey. Hailey looked up at him and grinned and giggled. I can't really put into words the feeling I had just watching them, except to say it made my heart feel full.

For more Thankful Thursday visit Iris at Sting My Heart.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Don't Be Alarmed

Don't be alarmed! It's still me. I'm trying a new look on my blog, so let me know what you think.

I'm also going to add a signature to my posts. I can't decide which one I like best, so I am leaving it up to you, my faithful readers. Leave me a comment with the number of the one you like the best. And, for those of you who don't like to leave comments, send me an email here to pick your favorite.






Thank you so much to Rich for all of the hard work he did on my blog to give me this new look. I'd been trying for weeks to change it myself and he finally took pity on me and helped me out, doing everything in a couple of hours.

I'm still working on my sidebars (Woo Hoo, I have 2 sidebars!!) so please be patient with me while I make some more changes. If I had your name on my blogroll before and it's not there now, please let me know. Also, if you have me on your blogroll, please notice that my web address has changed.

Updated to add- #6 is the winner! (Feel free to vote if you haven't yet, I can always change the winner)

Wordless Wednesday #15

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

May Day Weight Loss Challenge- Weigh-in #10

I'm "Back In The Saddle Again"

Weight lost since my last weigh in- 3.5lbs
Weight lost since the start of the challenge- 3lbs
Total weight loss since Hailey was born- 36 lbs

The last time I weighed in 2 weeks ago things were not good. I didn't weigh-in last Tuesday because actually things were even worse than the week before and I had gained another 1/2 pound. I didn't want to tell you, so I just didn't post.

Then two things happened last week. First I threatened myself that if I did not start losing weight that I was going to post my actual weight, right here on my blog. I really didn't want that to happen so that helped me to get motivated. But, what really got me motivated is that we decided that we are going to go on vacation in September. I want to be skinny in time for our vacation. So every time I want to snack on something I shouldn't eat I remind myself that I want to be skinny for our vacation. (While you're here, if you have any advice for a good place to go on vacation with an 11 month old, stop by my post here and let me know your idea.)

My goals for this week are to continue walking everyday, keep up the healthy eating, and as always- drink more water.

Time to go check in at Tales from the Scales.

19 pounds to go!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Thank Ya Very Much

KC, my blogging friend over at Mindless Chatter of a Busy Mom, has given me an award. Two awards actually, and here they are:

The reason for these awards are as follows:

For those who answer blog comments, emails and make their visitors feel at home on their blog. For the people who take others people's feelings into consideration before speaking out and who are kind and courteous. Also for all those bloggers who spend so much of their time helping other bloggers design, improve and fix there sites. This award is for those generous bloggers who think of others.

Thank you very much KC!!

And so now I am supposed to pass the awards on to five of my blogging buddies. I hate picking because I don't want anyone to feel left out. But, since I broke the rules the last time I received an award and did not pick anyone, I will follow the rules this time. Here are my choices (in alphabetical order):

1. A Joyful Journey- JeannaG is one of my newest blogging buddies. She is such a sweet lady and has a very welcoming blog.

2. My Quotidian Mysteries- Laura was the first person I ever tagged to do a meme and we have been bloggy best friends every since. She has tried to help me out with the improvement of my blog, but my head is a bit thick, so it's taking some time!

3. My4Kids- Terri has four kids and is in the process of moving her family to Alaska, where her husband has already started working. Even with all of that on her plate, she still manages to check in with me everyday!

4. Pearls of Wisdom- Angel Mama always has a kind word for everyone and is very considerate of everyone's feelings. I am glad I can say she is my friend!

5. Talk to Grams- Grams has a very welcoming blog and a big heart. She is most definitely a generous blogger who thinks of others.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Advice Please

This is a sticky post that will remain at the top of my blog. Please scroll down for newer posts.

Where is a good place to go on vacation with a baby who will be 11 months old at the time? We would prefer somewhere in the US (we do not have passports). Please leave a comment with your suggestions or advice. If you prefer not to leave a comment you can email me here.

Prayer Requests

I posted this prayer request a little while ago and I just heard from Michelle that Arianna has been put on medication. They have already seen an improvement in her health in the short time that she has been taking the medicine. Thank you for keeping Arianna in your prayers!

This week my Uncle Dave's mother died. Although I was not actually related to her I always called her grandma. She was a wonderful women who lived a full life. Please keep her family and friends in your prayers during this difficult time.

Last week my great Aunt Winnie fell and broke her arm. Please pray that she will have a speedy recovery without any complications.

Blogger Reflection Award


Grams over at Talk to Grams has nominated me for the Blogger Reflection Award. I was thrilled when she told me she had chosen me for this award. This is what she wrote about me:

"Melanie is a lovely young Christian woman, who loves and cares for her family deeply. She is a encouragement to me every day. Her Christian values shine through all of her writings. She always has something kind to say on all of her comments to everyone! She loves her little girl with so much love, that you wish all the little girls everywhere had a Mommy like her! She also tries very hard to be a wife that her husband is proud of everyday! She is one sweet lady!! I am glad she is my friend!"

Thank you so much Grams for your kind words!! I too am glad we are friends!

This award was originated by a teenage girl and here are her guidelines: "As for my award, it is called The Blogger Reflection Award. Why? The reason for the title is because this award should make you reflect on five bloggers who have been an encouragement, a source of love, impacted you in some way, and have been a Godly example to you. Five Bloggers who when you reflect on them you get a sense of pride and joy... of knowing them and being blessed by them. This award is for the best-of-the-best so consider who you pick, carefully. This award should not be given to just anyone. If you're going to do the award don't just write a few words and slap it on your blog. Write real thoughts about these bloggers and what they've been to you, and if the bloggers you pick have already been given the award, don't be afraid to give to them again. They deserve it as many times as it's given."

So, that means that Grams thinks I am the best-of-the-best. Wow! Again, thank you Grams!!

Now I know I am supposed to pass it on to five bloggers I think are the best-of-the-best, but I think all of my blogging friends are the best-of-the-best and I can't pick just five. So, I'm breaking the rules and not passing it on, because I just can't choose!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Wordless Wednesday #14

(taken by my dad)

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Brooke in DC

A message from Brooke:

As most people know I was nominated for NYLC (National Young Leaders Conference). I was the only person from my school who went and it was a great honor. I went to Washington D.C. and they had us busy from 7:30 in the morning 'til 11 at night. At the hotel we were assigned to a group that we met with every day. This group was our Leadership Group Meeting (LGM). In our LGM we discussed what qualities a person had to have in order to be a leader. We came up with 2 pages front and back full of qualities. We voted on a president and my new friend Josh from Mississippi won the election. We also held our own press conferences. At the press conferences we had to ask the President (Josh) questions about the war on Iraq, the economics issues, and what would happen if his plan had failed. During the conferences I was the Economist. LGM wasn't all just business though we had fun too. We played games and I even learned that our leader, Anthony, was really good at break dancing and a really good singer!
At the hotel we also had Model Congress (MoCo). MoCo was to prepare us for a session where we were to have Cacauses and Committees. There were 4 committees. The Democrat Criminal Justices Committee, Republican Criminal Justices Committee, Democrat Telecommunications Committee, and the Republican Telecommunications Committee. I was on the Democrat Criminal Justices Committee. The Cacauses A-G were democrat and the Cacauses H-L were republican (democrats had majority because of the congress today). The Cacauses were to come up with amendments for 2 bills, a criminal justice bill and a telecommunications bill. The Committees were to ask the Cacauses questions about the amendments they had come up with. Committees voted on the amendments and turned them into a bill. The next day we had a huge session with all 380 people and voted on the bills to make them laws. Both bills passed and became laws.

We didn't just stay in the hotel though we also went to museums, monuments, memorials, and shopping. Some of the museums that I went to were the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of Natural History, and the Holocaust Museum. I had the most fun at the National Museum of Natural History.

One of the monuments that I went to was the Washington Monument. Some of the memorials I went to were the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, and the WWII Memorial.

The shopping was great and my new friends and I had a lot of fun.

We had some pretty fun nights at the hotel. We had a karaoke night, a talent show, and on our last night in D.C. we had a dance at the Marriott! My friends and I had a lot of fun and even though I didn't know them for that long, I still miss them and I am keeping in touch with them.

Thank you again to everyone who helped to make it possible for me to go on this great trip!



Friday, July 13, 2007

The Story of Us

I met Rich my senior year in high school. We started dating a couple of months after we met and our first "official" date was to my senior prom.

Aren't we cute?

After 5 short years of dating, Rich finally proposed to me in December of 1999. (Actually, Rich waited, very wisely, until I was done with college before he proposed.) Since I wasn't in a big hurry or anything I immediately started planning a July 2000 wedding. Rich wanted to wait until the summer of 2001, but I explained to him that it would be easier for him to remember how many years we had been married if we were married in the year 2000. Finally Rich my mom and I decided that July 15th 2000 would be the wedding date.

We (my mom and I) planned a wonderful outdoor ceremony that would take place in the midst of some very beautiful gardens at the Owego Treadway Inn. We only had 7 months to get everything planned so we were two very busy ladies trying to get everything done. Each Saturday during the months of May, June, and July the weather was spectacular- sunny and beautiful. Then the week of our wedding it started pouring on Tuesday and did not stop. We were sure that it would stop in time for the wedding, but alas it did not. The morning of the wedding several people scurried around to move the ceremony to an outdoor covered patio. Everything turned out perfectly and the ceremony was beautiful even with the rain. And, as the pastor told us that, "A wet knot is harder to untie."

Exchanging rings

Lighting the Unity Candle

The kiss


Our cake

First dance


Later that day the rain stopped, so we
were able to get a few pictures outside.

Me, Rich & Brooke

Us with the ring bearer and flower girl

The wedding party

7 wonderful years later.

Happy 7th Anniversary Hun! I love you!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Thankful Thursday #1

Last week Grams at Talk to Grams tagged me with the Five Things I DIG About Jesus meme. I decided to use this meme for my Thankful Thursday. So, I am writing about five reasons I am thankful for Jesus and why I DIG Him.

1. He died for me so that I can live forever- (John 3:16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

2. When I am concerned about something I know I can turn to Him- (I Peter 5:7) Casting all your care upon him: for he careth for you.

3. No matter what is going on in my life, I can feel at peace- (John 14:27) Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

4. He loves me- (1 John 4:10) Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

5. Jesus loves kids- (Matthew 19:13-14) Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

Now I'm supposed to tag 5 people to list 5 things they DIG about Jesus. But, I'm not going to- instead- if you're reading this- TAG, you're it! Come back and let me know when you've posted your 5 things so I can come read them.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

My Four Favorites Meme

I've been tagged by Grams at Talk to Grams to participate in the My Four Favorites meme.

Four Jobs I've Held

  • Cashier at CVS
  • Director of Kids' Korner at the YWCA
  • Universal Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
  • Stay-at-home-Mom (which is most definitely the best of all the jobs I've ever had!)

Four Movies I Can Watch Over and Over Again

  • Family Man
  • Father of the Bride I
  • Father of the Bride II
  • Christmas Vacation

Four Places I've Lived

  • The town where I lived most of my childhood
  • The town where I went to college
  • The town we lived in after we got married
  • The town I live in now

Four TV Shows I Watch (This is the hardest one for me because I don't watch very much TV)

  • The Office
  • House
  • American Idol
  • The Today Show

Four Places I've Been on Vacation

  • Gatlinburg, TN
  • Bahamas
  • Mexico
  • Orlando, FL

Four Favorite Foods (How will I ever narrow it down to only four???)

  • Pizza (homemade by Rich)
  • Lasagna
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies (Chips Ahoy)
  • Peanut M&M's

Four Websites I Visit

  • Baby Center
  • Discover Card
  • Myspace
  • Lots and lots of blogs

Four People I'm Tagging

Wordless Wednesday #13