Wednesday, December 31, 2008
1.) Christmas Vacation (of course!)
2.) Home Alone
3.) Love Actually (some would debate if this is an actual Xmas flick - YES it is!)
4.) A Christmas Story
5.) Miracle on 34th street
That was a tough one to put together, but not near as tough as if you asked me my favorite bands. That is literally impossible. I could break it down by category perhaps, but a daunting task that I'm just not up for!
I am up for one more though - top 5 moments of 2008. It was a heck of a year for me and I could probably make a very full list of memories. Here goes it:
1.) Birth of my baby girl and all the months leading up to it! I love you angel.
2.) Presidential Election and all the crazy politics.
3.) 2008 Olympics, screaming at my TV during any Phelps race.
4.) NYC in May with Dom
5.) 4th of July party at the house w/friends & family
Wow, okay, so as I was typing that I realized the challenge sometimes in narrowing these types of things down. You may read my list and think "really", and I may read it and think "really" - but hey - today - these are my moments. What are your Top 5's?
Cheers everyone, and Happy New Year's Eve!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas, peace and love to you all.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Sorry, couldn't help myself.
But seriously - I am. Team 'old school' has just been formed and it consists of many of my old teammates from Westwood High School vball - go Warriors. Back then, we were bad ass, but now we are older, most of us have kiddos, and are probably not in shape like we used to be. Oh hell no, I'm nowhere near that. But still, it should be so much fun. Volleyball made up some of my best high school memories and I can't wait to see old friends and play again. Our league starts January 15th, pics to follow.
Can you dig it?
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
This weekend at a Christmas party I was talking to a wife of one of Dom's co-workers who has signed herself up for bootcamp and says it's totally worth it. She has 3 kiddos, and manages to wake up at 5:00 a.m. to make the 5:30 workout and I'm very impressed and slightly interested. Before having a child the thought of waking up to workout was like asking me to give up queso or ranch dressing, not going to happen. But now that I have Brooklyn if I get to sleep until 5:00 it's a great night! So I'm contemplating, there is a camp starting in January that meets at the Hill Country Galleria. 4 weeks, 3 days a week at 5:30 seems do-able. I wonder if it's all the buzz though and can help tighten me up a bit. To be continued...
Monday, December 8, 2008
Yeah, so I'm now the proud owner of an official "mom" car. Nope - not a minivan - not a chance in hell, but it's an SUV. We bought a 2009 Saturn Outlook and it's perfect for us. Spacious and safe, and much easier to load the peanut in. My back was going out from bending down in that damn Saab to put her carseat in or take it out. Au revoir Saab, you have been good to me.
Christmas tree is up and it makes my house feel so cozy. It's also another form of entertainment for Brooklyn as she can't get enough of the lights. I'm glad it's the holiday season, despite how depressing some make it sound. This could be a chance for us to take a step back and remember what it's all about. Simplify life just a bit. The other night we popped in Christmas vacation, had a fire in the fireplace, and shared a bottle of champagne. Nothing sets a romantic tone like cousin Eddie screaming "shitters full!". ;) Oh yes, it's definitely the holiday season.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Brooklyn had her first round of 4 shots at one Dr.'s apt and that was horrible. Torture. Necessary, but brutal. Would it be inappropriate to punch the nurse?
We're pretty much down to a set routine now and she's sleeping for 6-7 hours a night now. She wakes up, eats, then goes back down for another 2 or so - we're close! When and if she sleeps 8 hours through I'm buying her a pony. ;)
Thanksgiving is around the corner and we are going to have everyone over to our house this year, first time I'll be hosting instead of my mom or grandma. Hope I can live up to their standards, and if I don't I guess I've got 364 days to improve. Thanksgiving usually marks the start of the Christmas holiday, but those of you that know me and Dom will understand when I say Christmas has already started at our house. He called me last week to let me know that Christmas music is already on the radio and rest assured he was jamming out. We have already argued on when the tree is going up, Dom would have it year round if it would stay alive. Throughout the holiday season I will refer to Dom as Clark or Sparky on my blog as our family is truly starting to reflect that of the Griswold's.
Other news on the Havins front, Richard's team is 10-0 and is on the road to the National Championship - whoohoo! First playoff game is this weekend so please cheer on the Wildcats!
That's the latest and greatest from our casa, I've got a few more weeks left before I go back to work, so until then we'll keep chillin', baby mama style. ;)
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
We have noticed certain times during the day Brooklyn is most talkative, one specifically being bath time. She absolutely loves taking her baths and we usually do that in the evening before she eats once more and goes down for the night (we hope!). Last night she had an entire conversation with Dom, it was adorable. As cheesy parents do we watched it a few times and I had to post it. TGIF everyone!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Another historic moment that occured this past week is Brooklyn's 8 week milestone. Way to go baby girl! She's doing awesome and talks to Dom and I more and more every day. Gettng smiles now and I look forward to every morning I wake up with her. She's my angel.
Not only is she an angel she is also a ladybug - temporarily. I couldn't resist putting her in costume this Halloween even though she has no clue what's going on. The only thing that came out of it are pictures that I will forever have to show her as she gets older. One of them will for sure make it in her high school graduation video collage of embarassing photos.I look forward to making more memories like these, it's all part of history in the making, for Brooklyn we'll call it 'herstory'.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
God bless this little soul.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Saturday night Grandma & Grandma (yet to be named by B) watched Brooklyn for Dom and I and we headed out downtown. First stop was the rooftop at Whole Foods for a suprise party, got to see a lot of folks and picked up a couple coozies compliments of the party. Happy Birthday Aaron, hope you had a good time and I'm glad Texas won or your party probably would have sucked. ;)
We left there and went to Maggie Mae's for Steve's bday and it was there that I got to enjoy a FEW cold CCL's with Quiroz and DeLorme, and it had been a long time coming. Lots of other folks showed up to celebrate with Steve and we had a blast. I ended the night with a TC run, breakfast tacos after a night of drinking never tasted so good. Dom was the designated driver that night which also translates to baby duty so I got some sleep and didn't pay for my night too much on Sunday!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Uncle Richard & Brooklyn
So we made it to Abilene and back this weekend, great time had by all. Brooklyn did fantastic in the car, she is a little road warrior already. She slept the whole way there, and home, didn't cry at all! Even at the football game she was a trooper, all bundled up in her pink polo jumpsuit. Richard won 51-7, it was awesome to see him out on the field again. ACU is now 6-0, 4 regular season games left then playoffs baby!
Friday, October 10, 2008
Notice I'm sporting the Wildcat t-shirt.
It's also Texas vs. OU this weekend, and I'm pretty certain my daughter (at her old age of 4 weeks), is already a Longhorn fan. Her grandpa must have brainwashed her when we weren't looking. Last Friday while my mom was watching her she fell asleep like this:
What can I do about that? So, hook'em horns!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Did you get all that? Makes perfect sense to me. She only likes being on camera for about 20 seconds at a time, you saw what was about to break out there at the end. Yeah so maybe it's just cute to me but I had to share. She's changing so much and making more and more noise every day.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
We had our first big crying session last night. Dom and I tried to watch a movie while I fed her but that movie turned out lasting 3 hours (instead of the 90 minutes it was) because B was just not a happy camper. She cried for a straight 45 minutes which hasn't happened yet. I wasn't too overwhelmed as I realize 45 minutes is nothing, I just didn't know exactly what to do to make it better for her. We concluded that she was a little backed up, one dirty diaper later she calmed down and went right to sleep. Oh to be a kiddo again - eat, sleep, poop, or cry. That's all you have to worry about.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
So - no labor, obviously, but I did have a Dr. apt so they could check all the things they normally do and see if I was dilated. Nothing more than 2 cm which is what I have been at for 2 weeks. Not looking likely to happen over the weekend but you never know. Because I am past my due date though my Dr. did have me go get an ultrasound so they could check on things and I learned during that exam that they look for three things: heartbeat, movement, and practice breaths. The first two she passed easily but the third - nada. They have to do the ultrasound for 3o minutes and if they don't see her try one of these breaths than they send you back downstairs for a stress test. So, 30 minutes later I was back downstairs in my Dr.'s office hooked up to a machine where they monitored her heartbeat and measured contractions. (Which by the way I was having but didn't feel - and it didn't phase Brooklyn at all). I called Dom to let him know what was up and he immediately left and came over, he was more freaked out than I was. I just had a feeling that things were going to be okay, and it turns out they are - but for about half an hour there I didn't know what to think. They send you around without telling you much until they know something, so I just followed instructions - 3 hours later I'm home and we're all good. I guess they'll keep an eye on things but they said she's fine, so I trust them. I did get to see that my baby girl has a full head of hair, and, she weighs between 7 - 8 lbs. That is crazy considering about a month ago they had me do an ultrasound because they thought she was smaller than normal, and at that time she was in the 30th percentile, guess my baby doesn't like being below average already. ;)
So it turned out to be quite the day for me, made it go by fast at least. I had to take a few breaths myself but all is well. Cheers to the weekend!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Let's see - watching the conventions? I know I am and the one thing I will say without getting into the details is that I'm looking forward to what's to come. I have followed both parties so far and have strong opinions on each, but regardless of how we all feel I think we can agree that change is needed and is coming. A few observations from the Republican convention...could McCain's wife get a greener dress? And the cowboy hats - really? REALLY.
On another 'really' note - NKOTB was on the Today show this morning. Don't pretend like you don't know what that stands for, New Kids on the Block baby. Yeah, as soon as I said their name you immediately started singing "the Right Stuff" or "Step by Step" in your head. Or, maybe Hangin tough, I don't know what you preferred but you know you knew all the words. That's okay, I admit it too - I even saw them in concert. About 20 years ago! What the hell are they doing, a come back? Gross.
Okay, off to run errands and do things to keep myself busy. I may pick up some castor oil too, haven't totally ruled that out yet. Stay tuned people.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
ACU Wildcats won this weekend! We streamed the game in at KQ's and were able to watch most of it - Richard did awesome and I'm so proud of him. Kicking ass as always. I so wish that I could be there to watch and support him, I'm hoping to make a few games this season but we'll have to see. They beat Northwestern Missouri who had been ranked 3rd, ACU ranked 8th - and they beat them at Missouri, who hadn't lost at home in 17 games.
No game this weekend so I may get to see him if their coaches let them off, hoping Uncle Rich can meet his niece. Again, we'll see.
So can you tell that there is a pattern of unknowns here all circling around the arrival of our little one. I'm telling you this anticipation sucks!!! Every movement, cramp, cringe, whatever I think 'maybe this is it', knowing in the back of my mind it's not. Those friends of mine that have had babies tell me when it's time - it's TIME, and you know it. So, we'll carry on and wait for her to decide what day she wants to have her "birth"day.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
If only I had pulled the camera out sooner - this was classic! Love it Brian & KQ but as the saying goes, stick to the day jobs. Thanks friends for a great night out!
Monday, August 25, 2008
Aunt Cindy was her mom's sister, and I had met her many times. She meant so much to so many people and it's unbelievable to think that on her way to out Saturday evening she'll never return to anyone. When things like this happen in life we all should take a hard look at what we are spending our time stressing over, trying to make perfect, complaining about, etc... At the end of the day I bet we all have it pretty damn good. Things like this happen in life and there is no rhyme or reason, which is how I can define the word 'faith.' This is the only thing that can somehow make sense of things, but getting through that process is always a tough road to travel. God bless Aunt Cindy, and her grieving family. I am grateful to still have my opportunity to tell those around me that I love and appreciate them - you should all do the same. Life truly is short, so take a moment and love it.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
If I could I'd have it rain all week. It was so nice to be home with my windows open, the rain pouring down...makes me pretend to be all crafty. I wrote some thank you cards and worked on my maternity book.
Yesterday I discovered where all the Lakeway women that don't work go. Any guesses? Target. The place was packed and I fell victim to what Target does best - fills your cart up with things that you don't need. Poor husbands working to make a living and Target capitalizing on their wives boredom. I quickly got out, but only to make it over to a cute boutique called Point of Origin where I bought a wedding gift, some Tyler candles, and some cards. It's dangerous not working - between grazing my pantry and spending money on things I don't need I could get myself into some trouble!
Today I practiced some self discipline. Met Angie for lunch at Ztejas, which she graciously picked up and then I walked Barton Creek Mall and came out with nothing. I think that's largely due to the fact I can't fit my fat ass into anything cute and I'm done with maternity clothes. Saw some cute baby clothes of course but I think until Brooklyn arrives I should probably hold off a bit.
So thanks to you rain for making my week great so far, it was nice to have you - please come back and visit us!
Monday, August 18, 2008
Woke up when Dom left for work, but didn't actually get out of bed until about 10:00 a.m. Ate some cereal and tried to watch the View. Hmm.....5 women around one table all competing to talk just really sounded like noise more than anything interesting. Made the bed, started some laundry, got on the treadmill for half an hour, then Dom was home for lunch. We made lunch, hung out, and he left - I took a bath, read some in my book and got on the computer. I can do this! Oprah starts in an hour, what the heck is there to complain about.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
The crazy part about being done with work is that I have that sense of OMG she's almost here. I'm not sure if any of you mom's out there felt this way (I'm sure you did), but suddenly I have these waves of excitement, and of apprehension. Apprenhension defined with nerves, not regret. Mike D was nice enough today to send me an email from one of his friends that just had a baby, naturally, and said it was the worst pain EVER. Thanks friend. I know the epidural option is available but I am at least going to attempt this natural thing. If I don't make it - so what. So there is anxiety about that but really more than anything it's this feeling of vulnerability knowing you have this little life that you are now responsible for. I know it will all fall into place as it should but 'whew' the unknown can be overwhelming. Dom has been pretty cute, I think the reality has set in for him recently and freaked him out a bit too. Today he ordered her some Jets onesies for football season. When they start to suck mid game I'm sure he'll change her clothes immediately, but it will be cute while it lasts. Daddy's little girl? I'm afraid so.
So, time to close the chapter of work life w/out kiddos. Next time I arrive at that office I will have a whole different set of priorities. Talk about perspective. Farewell Small World Labs, for a few months. I won't miss you.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
So people, I am hitting the wall. My last day at work is this Friday, August 15th and I am counting down. Time is standing still for me this week and I just am trying so hard to not do the downward and to the right glance at the clock on my computer. But it stares at me and haunts me. Maybe I'll just change the settings so that it reads like it's Friday and pack it up and go home. Most of you are probably cussing me at this point because YOU still have to go back to work that next Monday. Alright, I'll be quiet. Mentally I am just drained and I want to think about nothing but my baby girl, Dom, and all of the other things that make me happy. Not client issues, project schedules, emails to answer, etc...I only have a few weeks left of this pregnancy, assuming she goes 40 weeks, and I just want to soak it all in. Since I left my parents house I have never not worked - most people haven't - but I don't know what it's like to just wake up and turn on the TV, workout, eat, meet friends for lunch, run an errand, watch Oprah, etc...I'm totally okay playing the housewife role too, dinner on the table at 6 - sure! Once Brooklyn arrives I doubt those luxuries will exist but I plan on enjoying them for the next two weeks or so. Oh - and blog! I left that off my list. Not sure if I'll have interesting things to talk about every day but I'll try.
Monday, August 4, 2008
A little fun fact for you - Austin has broken the record of most consecutive 100 degree days since 1925. Super.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Speaking of jobs, Dad got an new one - he's now employed as a Supervisor for Embry Construction! First project is in Oklahoma City so he hit the road Monday and won't be back for awhile. Amazingly enough the jeep cherokee that he drove up there made it all the way. Those of you that know the Havins family & luck with cars can understand the victory there. Congrats dad!
Dom and I attended childbirth classes these last two Mondays - I'm ready! I think, I guess, we'll see, I mean as ready as you can be for labor. It's exciting though and I feel as prepared as I can be. I had another dr. visit and we got to see the little munchkin all squished in my belly, she weighs 4 lbs 5 oz (last Wednesday), so she's defnitely getting there. We also got maternity pics taken and they turned out great. Kyla was awesome, anyone looking for a good photographer check her out at http://www.luzdelalmaphoto.com/. I'll post a few pics if I can get a digital copy.
Off to get baby furniture now - the room is almost there. If Babies R Us didn't suck so bad we would have had this all put together awhile ago. I won't bother you all with how bad they suck but just trust me on this - they are the most inefficient, unorganized, SUCKY place in Austin to buy baby furniture. Ciao!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
So, this morning I was leaving my house and asked Dom if he wanted me to take out the trash. (This is the subtle way of reminding him that it's Tuesday and he needs to take out the trash). Hey - I'm pregnant and I'll use that until the day this baby is born. Well, as I opened the garage and moved one of the boxes from Brooklyn's furniture delivery a GIANT centipede stared back at me from our driveway. This thing was prehistoric looking, I've only seen something like this one other time in my life. It had to have been a foot long, and it's legs were a inch long - ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew. Dom, in heroic fashion, came to my rescue and beat the shit out of this thing with a paint can. Must have hit it like 10 times. Sorry to all of you centipede lovers, but another one bites the dust. So since I've lived at my house I have seen two tarantula's, a snake, and now this. All outside but still! Anyone know a good exterminator?
Spaghetti: When pregnant, be aware of your stomach while cooking on the stove. I was making spaghetti last night and while browning the hamburger meat I burned my stomach on the pan. It is so big that I don't even know where I am relative to the stove, and now have a line across my belly. Niiiiice.
And now, to the fun part. This weekend Dom and I took on two projects - staining shelves and painting letters for B's room. For someone that has little artistic ability and can barely color between the lines, they turned out great. To my artsy friends - no comments please!!!