Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Me and Austen - 1991, perhaps.

Friday, October 22, 2010


Just wanted to show off some of my fun photography skills.

Doesn't this face just melt your heart? You'd think I never take her on walks. I'm pretty sure we had already been out for over an hour that day.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

24 Weeks

I can hardly believe it's been 24 weeks! Now I'm on the count DOWN - 16 to go!! Totally amazing.

Here's the latest baby bump photo update. Technically, Baby "Brenleigh" (Brendon/Ashleigh. Like Bragelina... get it?) was as long as an ear of corn last week, but this week is an egg plant... and not only am I not buying egg plant, but I had already bought corn. So corn it is!

And right after this picture was taken, I proceeded to drop the corn on the floor. It smashed. Yuck. And my dog wouldn't eat it, so I had to bend down (a surprisingly difficult task) to clean it up.

In the past several weeks, my tummy has had a little growth spurt I think! I've been hungrier more. Bending over has gotten harder - a good time to practice my chiropractor's advice and kneel down, rather than bend. And in the past week, I've been exhausted! I thought that wasn't supposed to happen again until third trimester... anyone?

Other than that, I am feeling great! I've been walking everyday. And I decided I need to be better about squats and lunges... I have a feeling strength building will come in handy come time for delivery.

And yes, I have actually been referring to the baby as Brenleigh!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Tag I'm It.

From Cait...

1.  What are you looking forward to most about having children?  What's not to look forward to? I love kids! So much fun! I'm not as much a fan of newborns as I am little kids, so I guess I'm most excited for them to get a little older and be able to communicate, have fun, and show off their personality!

2.  What is your favorite bible verse? "Serve whole-heartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not man." -Ephesians 6:7

3.  What is the most romantic thing your husband has done for you?  I'm bad on the spot at thinking of these things. But one thing he does that I love is when he'll randomly call or email me from work and just say, "Hey can I take you to dinner tonight?" I love that.

4.  Where do you see yourself in just 5 years?  Two or three kids and loving being a mom! I plan to take the NCE, get my hours, and become a Licensed Professional Counselor at some point, but I think that's more a 10 year plan!

5.  What is something you would do if you had more time on your hands? More crafts, become licensed, practice counseling, and be a Young Life leader again.

6.  What is the best thing about the town in which you live?  Dallas. :) I love the city and city-life in general. Dallas is so much prettier than Houston, where I grew up. I love the weather - I like warmth. I also love how compact it is - not spread out the way Houston is. (I'm not sure which is more normal - to have suburbs far away or nearby... enlighten me. I just know I hate how the closest suburb from Houston is 40 minutes.) I also love how Dallas was planned. It's on a grid and easy for directionally-impaired people, like me, to find their way around!

7.  What is the last random act of kindness you showed toward someone or someone else showed to you?  Oh gosh, I don't know. Sometimes I think it's even small things like having my neighbor over last night while her husband is out of town.

8.  What is you and your hubby's "typical" date night?  Not sure about typical, but a couple nights ago we went to Russo's New York for pizza and enjoyed pizza and dessert out on the patio, in this beautiful fall weather. We talked for what seemed like forever. It was wonderful.

From Venessa...

1. What is the one thing that you can not live without? So many ways to take this question... so I'll take the more casual approach. When I leave the house, if I don't have my chapstick or my iPhone, I get nervous.

2. What is your favorite childhood story? Any involving my brother. :) He used to like to tell about how I got him in trouble by "double dog daring" him to pee on the carpet in our living room. So he did it. Our babysitter told our parents but left out the part about me daring him too. So he got in big trouble. And only when in the midst of his tears, he said, "But Ashleigh double dog dared me to," did I then get in trouble.

3. What advice would you give to others that you live by?  Serve the Lord and glorify Him in all you do.

4. What is your favorite Christmas song/carol? Hark the Harold Angel Sings, or any pop Christmas music

5. What traditions do you want to pass on to your child(ren)?  Family dinners.

6. Cat or dog lover? I used to love cats. I grew up with them. When I went to college, I realized I'm actually allergic to them. I never had a reaction to them until I came home from college over Christmas, since I had had them my entire life until that point. Anyway, I quickly got over them, especially when we bought a foreclosed house that reeked of cat urine. No thanks. I'll pet them when I see them. But now that we have Sammy, I don't think I can ever go back to cats. Dogs all the way. That said, I prefer cute, fluffy, smart, normal-sized, non-licking dogs! :) Picky, much?

7. What is your favorite thing to do to relax? Curl up on the couch with my dog and read. Or take her for a walk with my hubby.

8. What goal would you like to accomplish that you have yet to do? Short term: Finish our bathroom redo. Finish getting the nursery ready. Long term: Get licensed.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

My New Toy

Look what hubby brought home from work for me yesterday!

Okay here's the story... A couple years ago, when the economy turned and we had just bought our house (great timing!), his work (a non-profit) had to give pay cuts. Bummer. And with the still-not-so-great-and-even-questionable-in-my-opinion economy, the cuts are still in place.

So I think every so often his work likes to send home fun gifts to show how much they appreciate the employees, as a sorry-we-can't-give-you-back-your-pay-but-here's-a-fun-treat type gesture. I'm a gifts girl. I'll take it.

About a month ago he brought home an iPad, which was a fun toy for him. I have an iPhone, and I think he's been jealous. So now he has his equivalent!

Then yesterday he brought home this fancy-schmancy camera! Funny thing... I had been thinking about how I wanted one of these all day... well, really for about a year, but I had come to the conclusion it wasn't happening. But yesterday I decided we needed to make it happen... with the baby, blogging, our cute dog... need I say more? And then he came home with this! I guess trivial prayers do get answered!

I know it's technically work property, but I can't guarantee I'll be willing to part with this one.

Thanks, BlueFish!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Mini Aussies

I saw a miniature Australian Shepherd the other day. Precious. The miniatures range between 17 and 35 lbs. Compare that to a full-size Aussie, like my Sammy, who is 50 lbs. If the miniature is still too big for you, yes you can get a toy Aussie!

With the option of a toy or mini Aussie, I'm not sure why anyone would ever get a small dog of another breed. No offense to any small dog owners out there. I'm just obsessed with the fluffiness (not to mention smarts) of the Aussie. Look how cute!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

A Thankfully Thrifty Baby Shower

On my other blog Thankfully Thrifty (Click the button above), I have an upcoming baby shower event coming up!!! There will be reviews and giveaways, so stay tuned! And be sure to join in the fun on November 1st!

Thanks, Nicole, for creating this fabulous button!!