Friday, November 21, 2008 come my bridesmaids!!!

So last night as Evan and I are watching The Grinch (yes...we like Christmas a lot) and I get a phone call from an area code I do not recognize. I assume it is a telemarketer, but am surprised to hear the ding go off for a voice mail. So, I check it and it is a Producer from The Style Network asking me to call back ASAP regarding my wedding video that I submitted on the Knot way back when.

I had gotten an e-mail a few months ago from someone from the Style network about using the video for Styles: Most Outrageous Weddings Tv Show, but blew it off. So I called the lady back and she explained that they had been trying to get in touch with me because they really wanted to use some of my footage for the show.

Now, I did have a pretty "different" wedding than most. The part that had caught their attention was My bridesmaids dancing up the aisle to "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." was fun! So after stopping by office depot to buy a connection cord and sitting at Pj's for Internet to try to upload the video in better quality, we finally got it sent off.

I was so excited that My wedding was going to be featured on TV....granted it was for something crazy, but nonetheless it's on TV. I was sad that Evan and I don't get to be in it, because they just want the bridesmaids dancing...but that's cool. I realized I was ok with it, when they told me they would pay me to use it. That's right...I'm getting paid for my crazy idea!

We had to sign over the rights to it, so I am scared that they are going to turn it into a pop up video with things like "White Trash Wedding" or "I can't dance" over my bridesmaids heads. But, it will make for a good laugh either way. Our wedding was perfect for us and I would make those girls dance up the aisle all over again because "Girls do Just wanna Have Fun."

If you're interested in seeing it or you know any of my bridesmaids, or you sat in the inside aisle at my wedding (you might be in it), tune in on the Style Network December 13th at 9 pm (eastern..I think). I will be watching with excitment as my girls shake it down the aisle and I hold a sweet little check in my hands. So, THANKS girls for going with my idea and being good sports about dancing, and I hope you enjoy your moment of fame!!!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

My little sister is married!!

I never got the chance to post about my sister's wedding because it happened right when I started to get sick and I didn't take that many pictures. However, here are a few. My sister looked absolutely gorgeous, like a fairytale princess. The wedding was beautiful and fun! I am very happy for her and can't believe my baby sister is all grown up!

Getting ready before the wedding. I got to do her make-up and she looked sooooo pretty!

Anxiously awaiting. Look how fun and poofy her dress is...Cinderella

Don't know how we are sisters....we are complete opposites in looks, but we have a lot of the same mannerisms.
How did my little sister grow up sooooo fast????
My sweet little Audrey bunny was the flower girl and wore a tiara just like her mama. She was pulled up the aisle in a red wagon and actually did really well with it. She was so cute!


Today my class dressed up like Indians and had a delicious feast. I LOVE Thanksgiving food!!! The kids look adorable and I, well....look like a bag lady. I am wearing an Indian dress that is 3 sizes too big and tightened with a belt which sits under my chest that looks like cantaloupes. Good grief...I am scared to see how big these things are going to get. However my hair is braided real cute and I am actually wearing enough make-up today to look alive (I don't think I've done that in a while).

This week I have been reading the story of the first Thanksgiving to my kids and we have talked about how thankful we are and what we are thankful for. So many times I forget to just stop and tell God "Thank You" for the things I take for granted. HE has provided for me and blessed me in more ways than I even recognize. It's easy to say "thank you" for the BIG things, but what about the little things that we assume are of the norm?

One of the really neat things we did this year was make a thankful tablecloth. Each child in the school was given a leaf and they wrote 1 thing they were thankful for on it. The leaves were all glued onto the tablecloth and it is hanging in the hall. It's so neat to look at all of the leaves and read how good and faithful God is.

I think I might do this with my family this year in some form. It's easy to just fill up on some good eats, watch some football and take a nap, but do we really take the time to meditate on and share what we are thankful for and give God the glory and "Thanks" for it? Granted it's not all about Thanksgiving, we should be that thankful everyday, but it's a good reminder.

So what are YOU thankful for?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

My new friend...Mr. ZOFRAN!

Today is the first day in 2 weeks that I actually feel normal!!! I have had all day everyday nausea and vomiting with this baby. It has been very hard to function and be in a joyful mood as I always thought I would be when I was pregnant. The toilet and trashcan and I have been chums the past 2 weeks although I would like to end that friendship real soon. I tried to just take it like a woman and deal with it, thinking to myself "Every woman goes through this." But I was missing work and just not being the kind of person I would want to be around. God bless Evan!!! He has been the most amazing husband! He is so loving and caring and has taken over cooking and really been there for me and has not made me feel bad for being a slacker lately.

Finally, I could take it NO MORE. I did not want to resort to medicine because it makes me nervous, but I also knew I was not keeping anything down and getting dehydrated which is neither good for me nor baby olive....that's right my baby has moved from raspberry size to green olive size. The doctor gave me a prescription of Zofran. So far it is a miracle drug!!! I have not gotten sick yet today. At about 6:45 am I started to feel it coming on, but I think my body is so used to running to the bathroom at that time and my mind was tricking me out. I suppressed it and I actually came to work with a smile on my face...something I have not had in a while.

I hope this works for the rest of the sickness phase. It is pretty pricey. It comes to about $6 a day for a pill, but at this point, we are willing to sacrifice the money so I can feel better. I hope this stuff keeps on working. Thank God for modern medicine....most of the time!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Raspberry Baby

It's fun to keep up with how the baby is growing each week. I am 8 weeks right now and apparently my baby is the size of a raspberry. This little raspberry is sure doing a number on it's momma. I am having the worst all day nausea and vommiting. 4 times yesterday!!! I am considering calling my doctor to see what I can do for it. It is just hard to function during the day much less teach 17 5 and 6 year olds all day. This too shall pass..RIGHT????? Oh I hope so! I feel like such a whiner, but it is miserable! I know it is all worth it and everyone keeps reminding me that the sickness is just verifying that my hormones are kicking and baby is growing. For that I am grateful! Here is a picture of what the little fetus looks like now: Pretty crazy huh????

Thursday, November 6, 2008

"It Doesn't Get Better Than This"

SOOOOO, geez I have not posted in a while!!! Too busy and too sick. Everyone who reads this already knows I am PREGNANT!!!! Wow, I love saying that, it sounds so cool. I always knew I would be a mom one day, but to actually think that it is here is so cool.

When I read the test, I just dropped to the floor and cried...more like sobbed. I immediately began just thanking God and committing this child to HIM. I took another test later that day as I couldn't believe my eyes. I think as a woman you have this fear ingrained in you that you cannot conceive children. So, I bought the other test and sobbed all over again.

I had tested on October 20th (the day before Evan's birthday) with the hopes of being able to have a great surprise for him. Turns out it worked! It was soooo hard to wait a whole day and night to tell him the news, but how much of a cooler birthday gift can you give? I couldn't sleep that night...obviously! I wanted to tell him in a cool way..I have thought for years how I would reveal it to him when the time came. Well, here is how I did it:

About a year ago Evan said that he heard there was a Relevant book called: Becoming A Dad, that he wanted to read when we got pregnant. I stored that in my mental Rolodex. SO, I bought the book and wrapped it up. One of my favorite songs right now is a Brad Paisley song (yes, I love me some country) called "It Doesn't Get Better Than This" Listen to the words and you will see why I picked it to play.

So it's 4:45 in the morning, Evan is already up and I am tiptoeing around our bedroom. I have hidden the video camera so I can record his reaction. I start playing the song and sit on the bed in perfect position and holler "Love." He walks in the room like "What the heck are you doing awake this early?" I told him I had a little gift for him and to come sit down. I handed him the wrapped book which had a note card on it that said "Happy Birthday to the man who always makes me think, "It Doesn't Get Better Than This"...yes, I am cheesy! SO, he unwraps it and only sees the title of the book, not the other note card I have stuck to the book.

He gets a smile and high fives me and says "Thanks babe, I have wanted this book." Obviously he doesn't get it..."Umm...could you read the card on the top please" I say with an agitated and stunned sound. So, he realizes now there is a card and reads " Are you ready for our lives to get better than this? Because in 8 months you're going to be a Daddy!" With that he tosses the book to the side and tackles me with excitement. It was great!!!!!

It didn't sink in until I went to the doctor and I got to see the little hart beating...CRAZY!! We are sooo excited! I have been pretty nauseous everyday up and down and I am counting down 1st trimester. I am 7 weeks this week and my baby is the size of a blueberry!

Evan is already talking to the baby everyday. I say "It doesn't have ears yet" But he likes to talk to it, and tell it to be good for momma and stop making me sick. He's so sweet and is going to be a GREAT daddy!

Here is to an exciting journey!!!!!!!!!