Weeks 30 and 31

Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 10:53 pm (Fun Times, Get outta town!, Oh Baby!, Parker)


30 Weeks

30 Weeks

31 Weeks

31 Weeks

Things are going great! We traveled to Dallas this weekend and had 2 baby showers. One was from our church friends at Allen Bible and the other was Nixon family and friends in Arlington. Thanks to everyone for making this such a special time for us! We had a blast with all of you!

This week has been crazy busy. James started another job with Grainger (along with UPS) and is loving it! We are also moving into our new place and we’re planning on spending our first night there tomorrow! My mom and I are working hard at getting everything unpacked and ready. She is so wonderful-I truly don’t know what I’d do without her! Her and my sister (who is also fabulous!) worked out there this weekend and cleaned it all up and got it ready for the move while we were in Dallas. This was such a sweet ministry that they performed for us and a fantastic surprise! (The duplex is brand new and hasn’t ever been lived in but it needed vacuuming, mopping, dusting etc.)

So-I know I’ve promised pics soon of nursery and projects and they WILL be coming soon! I’ve just got to get it all done and decorated first.

Does it already look like Parker is dropping? I’m not sure when this normally happens and perhaps it’s just because I’m growing but in my 31 week pic my belly looks lower to me. What do you think?


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Our “Wooden” Anniversary

Friday, October 24, 2008 at 9:25 pm (Fun Times, Get outta town!, Love Sweet Love)

James and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary on the 18th. We spent the afternoon at a corn maze and pumpkin patch in the booming town of Southwest City, Missouri, which is about 45 minutes away. (Please note: Southwest CITY has a population of 917 people. Insert your own witty comment here.) We had a lot of fun just being together in the great outdoors. During our trek through the 7 acre corn maze we ran into my sister and her family. Small world, yes? It was fun to see the nieces and watch them go down the big roller slide (see pics). Anyway, we had a great afternoon and then went here for dinner. And I ate the following for dessert. It is one of the greatest desserts known to man. And. I. ate. almost. an. entire. slice. myself. Shut up. I’m pregnant.

Here are some fun pics of the day. Somehow I missed getting a pic of my oldest niece going down the slide. 😦 Notice the intense look of concentration on James’ face as he goes down the slide. He was seriously trying to get as much speed as possible. And yes, I too went down the slide but it wasn’t bumpy or anything. My sister assured me it was safe enough so-after much consideration I went for it! You might be able to tell from the picture that  I (unlike my hubby) was trying to not go too fast. But that was for Parker’s sake, not mine. We plan on taking him here next year.







We had a really great day and we’ve had a wonderful 5 years! I love you Baby!!!

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Weeks 24 and 25 (and year 29…again)

Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 6:23 pm (Fun Times, Oh Baby!, Parker, She's baaack!)


24 Weeks

24 Weeks

25 Weeks

25 Weeks

I’m feeling like I’ve really grown in the past couple of weeks. Parker is constantly moving and now when I’m laying in bed sometimes I can actually WATCH him moving in my belly. It is an amazing (and rather funny) thing to see!

Texas was fabulous…as it always is but it was nice to come back home to cooler weather (even though it was pretty mild by Texas standards). I did a lot of driving and by the end of the trip I was just about ready to surrender my license! Speaking of which-I have to go get my Arkansas license ASAP so I can vote come November! That’s on my to-do list for tomorrow.

And, not only does today mark week 25 but it is also my 29th birthday! Well, I had a 29th last year so technically I guess that it isn’t correct to tell you that but…”it’s my birthday and I’ll LIE if I want to!” 😀 In all reality, it’s hard to believe I’m 30. Time just flies by the older you get, doesn’t it? I’m going to have to lay down the law with Baby Parker-he is NOT allowed to grow up!!! Good luck with that one, I know.

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Oh. My. Word.

Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 9:41 pm (Fun Times, Purely Random, Uncategorized)

This website is too much fun! Thanks to Sarah for sharing this on her blog! It was a blast! Go here if you want to have some laughs.

Here’s some of us.


and James…

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Stupid Is as Stupid Does

Friday, August 1, 2008 at 10:26 pm (Fun Times, Purely Random)

Came across this site. It’s a good way to waste some time, especially for those who enjoy photoshop. Check it out and be amazing by the stupidity.


I’m bookmarking it onto my Just For Fun list.

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Red House Photography Blog Updated

Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 10:42 pm (Big Business, Fun Times, Get outta town!)

and this blog will be updated soon too! We are settling in after moving to northwest Arkansas! I’ve been so busy so that I haven’t even blogged about that yet but we HAVE moved and I will tell you more in the next day or so! Happy blogging!

Check it out!

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Monday, June 9, 2008 at 12:38 pm (Fun Times, Purely Random)

The inquisition…
1. The rules of the game get posted at the beginning.
2. Each player answers the questions about themselves.
3. At the end of the post, the player tags 5-6 people, posts their names, then leaves a comment in their respective blogs to let them know they’ve been tagged.
4. Let the person who tagged you know that you posted your answers.


1. What were you doing 10 years ago? 

Wow. 10 years ago feels like it was yesterday. I had just finished my freshman year at JBU and was bored out of my mind the summer following it. All my friends were out of town for the summer so I spent a lot of time on the phone. I was working for my mom at Formal Evenings by day and taking kick-boxing by night. It was not my favorite summer. By far.


2. What are 5 things on your to-do list today? 

-blog (check and check)

-go to the library


-start packing

-lay on the couch (I get to put this since I’m pregnant and all!)


3. What are some snacks you enjoy? 

Ugh. Right now nothing sounds good. I haven’t had any real morning sickness but food in general is just not appealing. Normally I would say just about anything sweet. Since food isn’t working for me I’ll suggest that napping counts. It is delicious and good for me!


4. What would you do if you were a billionaire? 

Please! I can’t even imagine how much money that is!!! I would definitely do a lot to help out the orphans in the world. I have such a heart for these little babies and kids and would love to be able to do something huge for them. (Although I think we can all do SOMETHING for them and the greatest of all gifts is adopting them into our families…not to get off subject though.) I would love to be a benefactor to others and give gifts that can change lives. Of course-I’d also travel the world with my family and probably own a few houses here and there but who wouldn’t!


5. What are 3 of your bad habits? 

Only 3? Are you sure? Okay-I am notorious at leaving clothes in the dryer when they are done. I just hate hanging them and folding them. Perhaps this stems from when I was a child and would get in trouble I would have to fold baskets of laundry for punishment. So-I’m blaming this one on my parents. Sorry, mom. Another habit (although not bad but perhaps strange) is my insistence on wearing shoes (flip-flops) around the house. I have a strong intolerance of any dirt or grit on my feet and let’s face it…unless you have new carpet…it’s gross. So-knowing that some other family used this carpet before me, I really don’t want to walk barefooted on it. Now, when we owned our house and put new carpet it I actually enjoyed walking on it. It was clean and fresh! Wood floors are okay too as long as they are super clean and there’s no grit but what are the chances of that? The reason I put this under bad habits is b/c it drives my husband nuts! And lastly. Hmmm…I have the tendency to leave behind tissues from where ever I was last using them. I will clean them up but not always immediately. This is really only a problem when I’m sick or my allergies are acting up. BUT-in my defense I would like to say that this is a better habit than one I saw displayed last night regarding used kleenex. We were at our church small group and we were praying. Well…my eyes slipped open long enough for me to see one of our member using tissues and then putting them BACK INTO the box of clean ones! Talk about GROSS! Oh course…he’s only 2 years old but still! It IS worse than my habit!


6. What are 5 places you have lived?

-Siloam Springs, Arkansas…born and raised

-Dallas, Texas

-Plano, Texas

-Allen, Texas

-to be determined


7. What are 5 jobs you’ve had?


-Camp Counselor

-Interior Designer


-Intern of Event Activities (JBU)


8. What is currently playing on your IPOD? 

The most played is my workout mix but since I’ve been so tired as of late the only workout I’ve been getting is my arms routine. That consists of lifting the remote. Sad, but true.


9. What are the last 5-6 books you’ve read? 

Whew. I read books so fast I can hardly remember them. Let’s see. In the past couple of weeks I’ve read Karen Kingsbury’s Firstborn Series (5 books), Shopaholic, The Boleyn Inheritance, The Constant Princess, and Your Pregnancy Week by Week.


10. Who do you want to tag?







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Moving on Up…

Monday, June 9, 2008 at 11:58 am (Big Business, Fun Times, Get outta town!, Murmurs from the Future, Oh Baby!)

to the northwest side? Doesn’t have quite the same ring as the original but it is true nonetheless! We are moving to Northwest Arkansas!

Here’s what’s going down.

James has been looking for a job (in DFW) for the past 3 months but we just haven’t found anything really worthwhile. NWA has always been tucked away in our minds as somewhere we’d like to live but the timing just never seemed right. Well…at least until now.

With sweet Baby in our lives our desire to live in small town Arkansas by family and friends has grown stronger. The fact that no interesting job prospects have been found in DFW and with housing prices the way they are here (for what we pay in rent for an apartment here we could have a really nice home in NWA) the timing has never seemed better. So, we prayed that God would guide us and not allow us to make a mistake and…this is the decision we’ve come to! My wonderful parents are graciously hosting us when we make our move and until we can find where we will live and James is settled into his job. (He left today to go up and start looking.) 

We will make our move around the end of this month. Our current lease is up July 5th. So-it will be quick which is better for me (go on and rip the band-aid off fast!) because although I am extremely excited about this move it will still be bittersweet leaving Texas behind. James’ family lives an hour from us right now and we have many friends that we will miss. And I have to admit…I will even miss being a Texan. There is some kind of pride that must be secretly injected into a person when they move here and like a virus it grows and gets into your blood. So-I WILL miss being a Texan gal but it will be well worth it to live near my fabulous family!

With all that being said here are a few other notes of interest. We are not sure exactly WHICH town we will settle in but we have hopes that it will be Siloam Springs. Red House Photography will being making the transition with us, of course (with reduced sitting fees announced soon). We would love your prayers as James is looking for a job this week and following. We would love your photography business too! 😀 We are super excited about this new era in our lives and look forward to spending more time with you dear friends in NWA! I’ll be keeping you updated!


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Our Big News…

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 9:27 pm (Beauty, Fun Times, Love Sweet Love, Murmurs from the Future, Oh Baby!)


Coming Early January 2009.

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Home from Holland

Friday, April 11, 2008 at 1:53 pm (Fun Times, Get outta town!, She's baaack!)

Yep. That’s why I have been MIA. Once I recover from some serious jet lag I’ll be back in action.

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