Friday, February 26, 2010

Langley's Room

Looking into the room from the hallway.

There are no pictures in any of the frames yet! My Papa made this little shelf for me when I was in college and Josh painted it to use in the baby room. I just love it!

Here is her bed with a sweet little verse above it.

All of the blankets on this shelf and on the glider are handmade by several different loved ones. Just so special!

We put her name lettering on this mirror and I'm very pleased with how it turned out!

We took the closet door off and just put a curtain. The closet is already packed!
Please note my husband in the hallway with the vacuum. Also please note the black back pack hanging up. This is Josh's diaper bag...just precious! Mine is packed for the hospital and is much more girly!

That's it for the room! Nothing fancy, but it suits me!
1. Where did I get the bedding? Off of Ebay! It was a 9 piece set for a great price. I made some of my family members vote from ones I liked and this bedding recieved the most votes. I can't make decisions like that on my own.
2. Where did I get the furniture? The bed, book shelf, and glider came from Target (ordered online.) The 2 dressers came from Bates Furniture in Conway.
3. Where did I get the vinyl wall art? The verse came from Ebay and her name was a gift. The mirror her name is on came from Lowes.
4. What color are the walls? Light purple
5. What about the lamp? I finally found a solution to my lamp problem - after about 20 different shopping trips - and 20 is not a huge exxageration! You see, nothing is easy for me. I wanted a touch lamp. There are no attractive touch lamps to be found. So, I bought a lamp and a "touch lamp converter." The Lowe's guy assured me it was the solution. It wasn't. It definitely did not work. After days of lamp shopping, and 3 returns, I bought a dimmer from Lowes and a lamp from Target. I was finally satsified. Good grief.
6. Where are the decorations from? I got several random things from the clearance ailse at Hobby Lobby, some are just things I already had, some were gifts, and I already talked about the vinyls.

Thursday, February 25, 2010


The Mustangs finished the regular season last night, ending at 17-10. We lost the last 4 games, which has left a bitter taste in my mouth, but the record is very, very good. I am very proud of Josh and the team.

Here are some photos from Senior Night.

CJ McCoy, #10, is from Alma. He transferred in this season, but I've really enjoyed getting to know him. He is a great guy and player.

Rodd Briggs, #5, has been with Josh since the beginning. He is from Lewisville, AR and currently lead the NATION in steals this season. Rodd has matured on and off the court so much in the last 4 years. He is graduating in May and we know he will do great things in the future.

Ryan Barnes, #22, has also been with Josh from the beginning. He graduated from Fort Smith Southside, and in his 4 years at CBC has broken every scoring record. He has compiled 2,172 points in his career. He is also graduating in May. I hope his family knows how talented he is.

In many ways these guys are part of my family. My husband spends more time and invests more energy in them on some days than he does with me. I am not complaining, I knew what I was getting into when I married a coach. I just hope these players realize how much we care for them. The Mustangs head to the Regional Tournament March 10.

I also want to mention the Lady Mustangs. They are only losing 1 senior, Amber Garrett. The women's team has won 12 of their last 14 games.

Today's Progress

Well, I'm at 2. I went to the doctor the morning.

I will check into the hospital at 4 am on Monday. She expects to break my water at 8 am. "Then we wait."

I am not super excited about this. I would much rather go into labor naturally, like before Monday. I just don't want to be induced.

But, if Monday is the day, then Monday is the day. I pray that excitement over the birth of our daughter will be far greater than my reservations about induction.

Either way, it's so soon!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

As I Continue to wait...

Monday was pretty productive. I didn't get everything on my list done and I still don't have a lamp! I felt good that day.

Tuesday, I didn't feel very good - which I think is actually good! I ran a few errands, went to a meeting, took a nap, and went to the ball game. I just was more uncomfortable and tired.

We lost last night - we are on a little losing streak (2 or 3 games in a row.) Not a great way to end the regular season and head to regionals. I would be much more dissapointed if I wasn't about to have a baby! My mind is a little to preoccupied to stay pissed when we lose. But, I do get pissed for a minute. I hate to lose, especially at home - gosh I hate it.

Josh left again this morning for Dallas. It's the last game until regionals in a few weeks - I don't plan on being very active today, no extra walking or mexican food. Josh is not a worrier or a panicky person. But if he was in Dallas and I had to go to the hospital - it would send him over the edge. And he would drive as fast as a rental car would go. And he would get a speeding ticket. (He averages 2 speeding tickets a year. Not my favorite thing about him. Ok, moving on....)

I keep thinking of things I want to do or go buy today, but I really am going to take it easy today. My mom will be here this afternoon, so I'm waiting until she gets here to run errands.

And lastly, I just have to say how excited I am that my lifelong friend Erin is having her first baby - a daughter- in May. I wish we lived closer and saw each other more than once a year. Our girls will be friends, they really don't have a choice! Langley and Mackenzie are already so loved - and I am ready to meet both of them!

I might be crying about the last paragraph. Time to eat breakfast. Happy Wednesday!

Monday, February 22, 2010


Day 1 of waiting. I don't count the weekend, I don't know why, I just don't. I haven't had any contractions, but I feel my body preparing - maybe slowly but surely. This past month has definitely been the hardest physically and emotionally. All the other 8 months were CAKE compared to month 9.

Emotionally, I'm crazy. Sometimes I'll walk into her room to put something up and just start crying. Then I'll just sit on the floor and cry. Then Josh will have to come help me up when I'm finished with the episode. It's lovely.

So, what am I going to do today? Because I know you really care, here's my list :-)
1. Work on thank you notes. Mail the ones that I finish.
2. Change the sheets in the master and guest room.
3. Vacuum bedrooms
4. Wax my eyebrows
5. Find a lamp for Langley's room.
Note: I've looked online, at Target, Walmart and TJ Maxx already today. It has been such an ordeal.
6. Grocery store
Will I brave Kroger alone? You know I have a history there.
7. Walk on treadmill

I've already returned some stuff to Target this morning, which was originally on my list. Saturday, my ankles were so swollen I almost freaked out! I havent had much swelling at all, but cankles don't even describe this scene. It happened again Sunday after doing a few errands, so I plan to sit/lay down quite a bit today between crossing things off my list to avoid the major swelling.

Friday, February 19, 2010


Actually...Maternity leave! Which, yes I do realize is NOTHING like a vacation!

As of 5 pm today, I'm on maternity leave! Office is cleaned, Out of Office Assistant is set, Voicemail is not changed because I have no idea how to do it and Jessica is out today, and I've sent several random emails as random thoughts have entered my brain about what should/will/might happen between now and April 19th.

I'd like a few days at home first, but Langley is welcome to come any time! Well, accept Wednesday when her daddy will be in Dallas.

Have a good weekend!!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Playing in the Snow

I took this last week...Cute doesn't even describe it!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentines 2010

38 Weeks Pregnant

Baby Showers

I was blessed with 3 great showers (and another was planned but had to be cancelled because of bad weather!) The first was at CBC. Robin, Christi, and Sancy did such a cute job on the decorations and we got a ton of gift cards from our co-workers! Thank you CBCers!

I didn't get any pictures of my Life Group shower, I was so mad at myself afterward! All the ladies went to McAllisters to eat, open presents and even have a few games. Thank you to Shanda and Stephanie for their planning and effort and all the other ladies for the wonderful gifts!

The 3rd shower was at my Nanny's house. Several family members gathered and it was fun to see everyone. Again, so blessed with many gifts!!

This is me with my Memaw and my Nanny!

With Josh's Maw-Maw and Mother.

Aunt Sharon, Nanny, Me, and Mom.

How cute will Langley be in this?!
Thank you all for your kindness and generosity!!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Yesterday's Appointment

Had my weekly check-up. I am at a 1, so quite a ways to go, but that could be this weekend or in 3 weeks...who knows!! I had gained 1 pound (total of 29 so far...yikes!) and blood pressure was 100/70. Langley's heart beat was "perfect" according to Dr. Martin. I go back next Thursday - hoping for a "2" or more.

We finally have a carseat in the car. Does that mean I'm one step more prepared?!

Being very pregnant, I've gotten used to people staring and asking questions. I mean it's like there are no strangers when you get passed 8 months pregnant. When I walk into a restaraunt or a store, people stare at me like they've seen a ghost. Generally this staring is accompianied by a quick smile or whispers amongst themselves, but sometimes they just stare - hard. Depending on the time of day and where we are at, I normally don't react. I just pretend like I don't see a group of 5 adults turn their entire bodies around to look at me. I did get irritated (ok, mad) one night at our favorite Mexican restaraunt; blame it on low blood sugar and a mild case of social anxiety :-)

But, my favorite question is "Are you ready?" I normally just respond politely, "ready or not," "I think so," "we're excited." But ya'll - really- here is the real answer:

Crap No! I have gone 27.5 years without ever having a child. I am also a realist - I will never be prepared! I don't have a clue what's about to hit me! Josh and I have both been around babies and cared for them, but that has been several years. We like kids, but are not those people that want to hold every baby in sight. Josh has never held a baby that can't hold it's own head up, it "freaks him out." Physically, I am not yet miserable all the time. There are moments - and I do dream of the day I can sleep on my stomach - but not a "I'm so miserable, get this child out of me" feeling yet.

All that being said, we are excited! I have read 5 books, parenting magazines, taken classes, done some online reading, talked to other first-timers, and PRAYED just to be a prepared as I can be. Again, I am not prepared, but I'm not totally in the dark either. We are excited to see her, meet her, touch her, and start on this c-r-a-z-y journey of being a family of 3.
That's the real answer.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

stir crazy blog-slacker

Last week was crazy. It was Homecoming Week at CBC, so work was very busy. I just did not feel like blogging, I only checked facebook like 4 times the whole week.

I ended up spending most of Thursday at home because of some wierd pains and pressure I was having. I put myself to bed that day because I new I would be worthless Friday and Saturday if I didnt. I felt a lot better after my day of rest on Thursday - thank you Lord!

I had 3 showers last week! 1 at school, 1 with my Life Group ladies, and 1 with family in Arkadelphia. I'll post pictures later.

Homecoming went very well. We had a Preview Day on top of the alumni activities and, of course, the ball game. Speaking of ball game...It is a miracle, a real miracle, that I didnt go into labor. Long story short, we were down by 22 at one point and came back and WON by 1. It was the ugliest win I've ever seen. I was exhausted when it was over, I guess I had used all my energy taking deep breaths and trying to remain calm.

Saturday night I went to bed at 8pm, because I new Sunday was a big day. I needed to feel good because Sunday included Life Group, Worship Service, Lunch and baby shower after church with Life Group, drive to Arkadelphia for a family shower, stop in Magnet, and watching the 2nd half of the Super Bowl with a home group from our church...did I mention I'm 37 weeks pregnant?

So, I survived a busy but FUN week - apparently I totally missed the fact that we were getting an Arkansas style blizzard on Monday. I was clueless about the snow, but snow is what we got - 7 inches of it at our house!

I had all ready planned on taking Monday off to run errands and do some baby stuff. But, I was stuck in the house. I'm stuck in the house again today. Josh is stuck too. His game in Dallas has been rescheduled for Thursday. Honestly, I was pretty productive yesterday, but I was hurting. Not contractions, just pain and pressure that I have not previously experienced.
There are still some things we need to do and buy before Langley arrives, but everything we do have is washed and put in it's place. I even packed our bags for the hospital.

Langley is now considered full term as I am 37 weeks. I go to the doctor Thursday morning. Josh will already be on the road, so let's hope I haven't made too much progress! By the way, I am feeling a lot better today. Just the normal heaviness and random aches, not the constant nagging aches and pains I had yesterday. I took a warm bath last night which really helped and I slept well, only having to get up twice between 9 pm and 6:30 am!!

I'll be writing Thank-you notes and watching Couples Retreat, between loads of laundry today.