Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Each week I get an update from babycenter that compares our baby's size to a variety of fruits and vegetables!  It is pretty funny!  My sweet friend Jess always refers to Ely Reed based on the fruit/veg of the week!  The comparison makes her growth so real!  
This week Ely Reed is the size of a jicama [HEE-kah-mah]!  A what?  I had never heard of such, but basically it's a white-fleshed root vegetable that is grown underground. It's also called a Mexican potato and has a crunchy, sweet flesh and once peeled, can be eaten raw or cooked. Raw, it is a great addition to salads. It can also be used in stir-fries or boiled and baked like a potato.
Well, I feel like I learned something today!  

Monday, March 29, 2010

i heart netflix!

So, we don't watch much TV, but I am starting to realize that we are addicted to netflix! 
Wayne has always been a big movie fan.  Not so much a go-to-the-movies fan - I could count on my fingers the number of times that we have been to theatre in the eight years we have been together - but he loves renting movies!  We went through a Blockbuster phase right after we got married (we were trying to catch up on 24 seasons), but we soon became annoyed with traveling seven miles to switch out movies.  We did some research, and we found netflix!  For a whopping $15 a month we get two movies at a time and can watch an unlimited number of movies!  It's fantastic! 
So, we watch all sorts of movies!  Honestly, Wayne is "in charge" of our que so we watch tons boy movies (think war movies and cheesy comedies - these are Wayne's favs), but I also get to pick some of my favs (think romantic comedies) and lobby for all of the new releases to join our que!
But I mentioned addiction?  Yes!  I think I did!  I noticed yesterday that the average Sunday includes church, Sunday school, lunch with the fam, a movie, a nap, community group, a second movie, bedtime.  Don't think at least two movies every Sunday is that bad?  I must admit that sometimes in addition watch a netflix movie that Sara has received that we have not watched yet - that's three movies!  Not to mention that having two NEW movies at our house on Sunday takes special planning.  During the week we often watch at least one movie so we have to calculate the mail to ensure our two Sunday movies are guarnteed!  That, my friend, is addiction!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

gobble gobble

Wayn-o killed a turkey!  Yay!  I was honestly starting to wonder what was going on!  Although studying for the PE is taking up tons of Wayne's time, he is still waking up at 4am each morning to turkey hunt!  If he can live on such little sleep you will not hear me complain bc I love turkey (i.e. I love to eat it)!!! 
From what I gather Wayne has Andy to thank for this gobbler!  It was actually Andy's turn to kill, and he had his bow but he could not get in position.  Luckily Wayne had his gun! 

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

tv night

Wayne and I typically do not watch much tv; however, Monday night is the exception to the rule.  For us Monday night typically includes a homemade dinner (and dessert) at his parent's house and our three favorite guys... Chuck, Jack and Horatio!!!  Yes, it's a little silly, but we are addicted!

At 7pm we watch Chuck!  This comedy is about a goofy computer nerd who opens an email which downloads a super secret code into his mind.  As a result he is slowly but surely becoming a spy with the help of a sexy female agent, Sarah.  It's a bit of a love story with a dose of suspense!  And it is so fun!

At 8pm we completely switch gears with 24.  Superman meets Macgyver, this high action suspense keeps you on the edge of your seat as each one hour episode documents an hour in the life of CTU Agent, Jack Bauer, who solves a national crisis each season - in 24 hours!  Its so addicting, but you have to start from the beginning (Season 1)! 

At 9pm we watch CSI Miami.  This 'Who done it?' is the only CSI I have ever enjoyed!  Although it can be a bit cheesy, I love trying to figure it out before Wayne!  And I am pretty good at it! :) 

After a long Monday at work (which is newspaper deadline for me), it is great to just relax and watch our favorite shows.  And it gives me the rest of the week to get lots done!  Ha!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

march madness

it's official!  the brackets are complete & the games have begun...

wayne and i have a tradition of completing brackets and competing for the championship!  of course, wayne actually likes basketball and follows the sport.  i, on the other hand, really care nothing about basketball, but i always love to win!  i pick the teams i like based on their names!  so, villaNOVA is my fav team!  this year our brackets are very different so i can hardly wait to see who wins!

Monday, March 15, 2010

redneck weekend!

Wayne opened turkey season with Caleb in Macon.  From the stories that I am hearing that had a grand time, and Caleb killed a turkey!  Yippee!

Nevertheless, the hogs were the highlight of the weekend!  Really I think they enjoyed playing in the mud and chasing the pigs, but the actual clean up process was a lot of work.  I can only imagine since those hogs weigh so much!  :) 

Sunday, March 14, 2010

baby shower

Miss Ely Reed is not even here yet, and she is already a beauty queen!  ha!  Isn't her cake just perfect?  Her Aunt Amanda did such a great job! 

I heart a shower.  As I grow older it's rare to have so many of my favorite people in one place - my bestie's from college, my crazy family, my wonderful inlaws, my girls I turn to for advice, my fun-loving friends, my inspiring mommy friends, etc.  It's such a blessing to have them all in one place!

And, of course, Miss Ely Reed received lots of beautiful and useful things.  So this mommy has lots of organization and washing in store! :)  I cannot wait!

And a special thanks to the wonderful hostesses: Robin, Anna, Mary Amanda, Hollie, Melissa, Emily, Amanda, Leigha, Mary Katherine and Jamie.  They did such a great job with the food, fun and southern hospitality!  I love you girls!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

7 things

A special thanks to Nikki for tagging me in her latest post.  Bascially, I have to list 7 things that are going on with me right now!  Honestly, life is super busy right now so this should not be a problem! :)

1. April 1 is our official deadline for the nursery!  Yes, that is very soon.  Wayne has been completely moved out of the space for a couple of weeks now, so its time to get on the ball.  The painter is coming early next week.  I also plan to order her bed next week.  And mom is working on the bedding.  So, I am thinking if I can accomplish all of these things next week then I will have a better idea of what else I need.  That's possible, right?

2. Daycare demands lots of attention!  Ha!  Ely Reed is officially enrolled in St. Matthews for August (answered prayer), but the program ends at 1:30pm each day.  So, our little issue is not completely solved.  I am praying that a stay-at-home mom/sitter will be interested in keeping her in the afternoon or that she will get into St. Francis (open registration is next week).

3. My first shower is tomorrow, and I am so excited!  First, I am really excited to have so many of my favorite people in one place.  Second, it makes Ely Reed's arrival feel real - she will be her in 10 weeks!  Its so surreal!

4. I am officially swelling!  Well, at least I think its swelling!  My legs are starting to resemble tree trunks!  This is not good for my already athletic legs.  I have been walking each week, obviously not as much as I should.  Today I have been resting in hopes that will spark a change - we will see!

5. My nesting/organization bug is still in full bloom!  Are you surprised?  I would love to say it is limited to our home, but that would be a lie!  It began with our decor, and it has now moved into our budget, food, future home, etc.  If I just had more energy I could organize the government!  Ha!

6. Wayne is studying for the PE - the professional engineer test!  I am so proud of his studying efforts!  The test is April 16th.  Although its officially turkey season he has prioritized the PE!  Well, he is still hunting but he took his books and is studying in his down time!  Go Wayne! 

7. My favorite black girls (the furry ones that live under my feet) are more needy than EVER!  Neeli is in heat so that does not help, but any time I get close to Nova she is nudging me.  Nova, on the other hand, lives by my side (which I truly love).  This week she got shaved and had to go to the vet for her annual appointment, so its nice that she still wants to snuggle!  And I think Neeli misses hunting with her daddy!  Today I dressed them in their pink Sweet Thing shirts - so fitting!

Now I am going tag Leigha, Candise, Katie P., Katy P., Amber W., Jessica M., Sarah S.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

76 days to go!!!

How Far Along: 29 weeks
Total Weight Gained: 26lbs. - shooting to just gain 1lb a week for the next 10 weeks!
Maternity Clothes:  I heart maternity clothes - they are so comfy!  I just wish they were better quality!
Best Moment of the Week: Hearing the heartbeat today at our appt... tear!
Movement: She is a mover - nonstop!  It makes me a bit nervous that she may be hyper! 
Food Craving: I love pickles, potatoes, sweet tea, red meat, banana popsicles, veggies, fruit!
Food Aversion: Chicken and anything with red sauce
Morning Sickness:  None, but the evening sickness is fun with acid reflux!
Gender: It's a girl!  Ely Reed
Labor Signs: Not that I know of...
Belly Button: Ugh! It's plush with my belly! If it "pops" I am going to cry!
What I Miss: I miss the energy of my 2nd trimester, but I really miss raw tuna!!!
What I am looking forward to: Our first shower is this weekend, and I can hardly wait to have her room complete!
Weekly Wisdom: Ha! You are what you eat! I have been giving into cravings - things that I would never eat if I were not preggers!  So, I guess that explains the weight gain!  
Why I think my husband will be an Awesome Dad: It has been so much fun to watch Wayne warm up to this process.  From his sonogram moment of "we are having a baby" to him feeling her move to him talking to her in my belly... it just makes me smile! He is going to be such a great daddy!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

its been three years...

since my daddy walked me down the aisle...
i married the most fun loving guy in the world...
wayne and i cut our delicious wedding cake...
we toasted to our future...
we danced the night away to dr zarr...

and i realized it was the beginning of happily ever after!!!