Friday, March 6, 2009

It's me...again

Just a brief update. I couldn't help but post about Roz....she is talking so much lately. I think this has to be the best stage of their precious little lives. She has learned so many words in the last couple of weeks and adds to her vocabulary daily. I love hearing what she has to say...about everything. She seems to not shut up but I do love it! And I also love the fact that I am the only one that can understand her...one of the perks of being an at home mom I guess. I think Molly is the only one that understands her better than me...they almost have an 'unspoken' language going on. This morning during breakfast Roz broke out in the ABC song! It is very random and broken but it was the ABC's no doubt...so sweet!

And poor Molly is sick with a stomach bug. Although I do hate it that she feels bad she is the absolute worst patient ever! I can't wait for her to get better we can all get back to life.

And last but not least I am now only counting the hours until I can meet baby Laney! I can't wait to pinch her and kiss her. What a treat this week is going to be...

Until next time (whenever that might be).....

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Is this working?

I don't know why I can't get things together and post on this blog anymore but I just can't. It is becoming more of a burden than fun anymore. I am really in a rut with it and don't know if I am going to be able to keep it up. I don't want to be one of those "once-a-month" posters but that is what it has become so until further notice....

This has been fun.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Roz's Birthday...finally

I vow to not be 2 weeks behind on my blog one day but for now I will tell you about my baby's 2nd birthday...

Roz's birthday (Jan 16) fell on a friday this year and since Ryan had class that night we had her party on Sunday instead. She got to enjoy a whole weekend of celebrating that way and we had lots of fun singing happy birthday to her several times. On friday we opened a gift that my sister Shawna had sent to her and then some cards before we headed out to Chic fil A in the mall and the indoor playground. Both girls had lots of fun and were worn out by the time that we got home. Here is a video of her opening her gift and cards...

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Her party was Sunday night and we had Southwest Chili Soup with Cake & Ice Cream (and strawberries). It was quite a treat. All of the kids had a fun time and got along for the most part which will make any party a success. Here is the video of Roz when we sang happy birthday to her...

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She is such a sweet little thing lately. I love the way that she tries to repeat everything you say. I love how she always has a hug and a kiss for you when you arrive or leave (even if you are just leaving the room). I love her crazy hair and her little tantrams at night when she doesn't want to go to bed. I love how she loves me unconditionally even when I'm not a good mommy to her some days and I love that God chose ME to be her mom...what a special task. I think back to when she was born...she was so small and there were so many questions that we had about her and her growth and developement and God has worked out all of those things. She is just as normal as any other 2 year old. One thing that was never a question thought was how much I loved her and would do anything for her. Having kids really does change everything. I remember when I found out that I was pregnant the second time and being so worried that I wouldn't be able to love her as much as I love Molly. God does amazing things to mother's hearts when their children are born and I instantly had as much love for her as I did for Molly. I hate to sound prejudice but I have to be the luckiest mommy on earth to have these 2 precious girls. Thank you God for allowing me to be a mother...and forgiving me when I mess up constantly.

Until next time....

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

I'm the (super) proud new aunt of a beautiful baby....

GIRL....Can you believe it? I would have bet my life that Shawna would have a boy this time but I guess that is why I don't bet often. Her name is Delaney Grace and she is 8 lbs 5 oz and 19 inches long.

I am so excited for Shawna and her family and so sad that I can't be there...I don't know who is more exhausted by this day, Shawna or me!

I hope to have lots of pictures soon.

Until next time...

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Here goes....

So here is the tale of our racing weekend:

We left Saturday morning for Orlando around 7:10 am. Ryan, Molly, Roz, Artie, Maddi and myself drove our van and then my parents left about an hour later and came in their car. We arrived at the Wide World of Sports complex and as we were walking from the parking lot inside Maddi said that her legs where already tired. She is so funny when it comes to going places or getting out. She would rather just stay home and I think that she was getting a little overwhelmed by how big things where. We picked up the girls race packets and wasn't able to register Maddi because the races where all full. It was a real bummer but in the back of my mind I kinda thought that she would get to run anyway...any she did. I then had to stand in line for a while to get my race packet and pick up all the necessary info for the big race on Sunday. The expo was really nice and I would have liked to look around a little more but by the time that we got all of the necessary things collected it was almost time for the girls to race so we headed to the track. Each of the girls got a t-shirt and race number so we got them all suited up and my mom took Roz onto the track to practice. She was really having a blast until the announcer called for her to line up. I could tell she was starting to get apprehensive and when they said go she took right off, looked around and seen all of the other kids and flopped down on her hiney. I picked her up and tried to coax her down the track but apparently her legs just weren't working. I ended up carrying her across the finish line after the announcer teased her a little and she still got a medal. It was cute. Next was Molly's race.
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Molly did so good!!! She ran her little heart out and "passed several boys" according to her. Maddi had no trouble getting to run and even received a medal at the end too. After they took off I frantically tried to get to the finish line before they did and got all emotional watching Molly pour her heart into running that race. It reminded me just how much I love being her mom!
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Now for me. I have to admit that I didn't get the best nights rest before the race and had to be up at 3 am to get ready and head out for the starting line. I didn't really feel that excited before leaving the hotel and was really hoping that adrenaline would kick in when I got there. It is always weird for me before the start of the race...it seems like everyone is there with a group of friends and I am just milling around by myself. (Hopefully that will all change now...Ryan is getting into running!) So as I was waiting in the LONG lines for the port-a-potties I was listening to all of the other racers talk and I started to get excited. The starting gun was so exciting and I have to admit that I got a little emotional as they let off the fireworks and everyone was cheering right after the National Anthem was sung. It was truly unforgettable.


The first 6 or 7 miles were not exactly fun. There were soooo many people trying to get their pace it was almost impossible to move. If you are closterphobic then you would have really hated this. After mile 7 we moved onto the 3 lane highway and people started spreading out a little better. During this time one of the 'fans' on the side of the road yelled "Good Job Andrea, looking great". I couldn't believe that someone right beside me had the same name! Then a few miles down the road it happened again! This time I knew something was up so I looked down to see my name on my race number. It was so nice to have all of these strangers encouraging you along...and I needed it!


Things went really smoothly until about mile 19. I thought that I would die...literally. I slowed down to a walk for a while and tried to figure out how I was going to tell everyone that I couldn't finish. My feet tingled with every step and the exhaustion was unbearable. My legs almost fell completely off!!! I told myself that I would walk for 5 minutes and then run for 10 until the finish line until I realized that walking was actually harder. So I kept up the pace (somewhat slower) and stopped at all aid stations to get a good drink of water and snack whenever possible. By mile 24 there were so many well-wishers and the adrenaline had definately kicked in. As I rounded the corner to the finish line I spotted my dad and Ryan and once again the emotions ran high. It was totally exhilerating and exhausting at the same time. The feeling of finishing was unmatched by anything else. I felt such accomplishment. As I write about it, I can't help but think that must be what it will be like to make it into heaven. YEAH!!!


The next few hours were spent resting and eating. I am so glad that my family could be there to share this experience with me! I can't wait for the chance to do it again!

Here are a few pics of the big day


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I hope to post on Roz's big birthday soon!

Until next time....

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

26.2 Complete!

I DID IT! I actually finished my first marathon on Sunday. It was totally amazing, exhausting & exciting. The race started at 5:50 am and i finished in 4hours 46 minutes and 54 seconds. I was really pleased with my time but being the perfectionist that I am I already am thinking about my strategy next time in order to improve. Mile 19 almost killed me but I survived. I want to go into more detail but will have to wait until I have more time.


Until next time...

P.S. Molly did fabulous in her race as well! Roz on the other hand sat down on the track....we'll have to work on that. I will post video later!