Saturday, February 27, 2010

Do you feel older?

Well, today is the day...I'm 30. The inevitable question is, "Do you feel older?"

There are the obvious signs I'm older:

1. I have lots of grey hair! Well, most of the time I keep my hair colored so that you don't see the greys, although currently my roots clearly show that I have grey hair. I guess this statement may not really count since I've had some grey hair since college!
2. I also can't eat like I used to in my teens and early 20's without gaining 20 pounds! Clearly that piece of chocolate cake every night for 2 weeks was ok when I was 22, but at 30 - not so good for the hips!
3. I have a child. This statement doesn't clearly say I'm older or younger since people have kids at ALL ages, but for me it's a sign that I'm older.
4. I hardly ever stay up late. If I go to bed past 10 on a week night or 11:00 on a weekend, I'm really surprised at myself. It's normally because I'm really into a book, something I'm looking at on the internet or because I can't sleep. Some of this probably has to do with the fact that I won't be able to sleep in even if I go to sleep late. It's funny how #3 above has a way of affecting your sleep habits! ;)
5. I think the most obvious sign that I'm older would be the phrases I've said recently. You know the ones where you reference your childhood or how many years ago something happened. I'll give you my most recent example:

coworker: do you want to buy some girl scout cookies?
me: sure, how much are they?
coworker: $3.50
me: Wow, 20 years ago when I sold cookies, they were only $1.25.

The sad thing is, that is a completely true statement! It's been 20 years since I've sold girl scout cookies!!! Well, it's not really SAD, it's just that I didn't expect to hear myself say it and it surprised me.

So, to get back to "do you feel older?", not really. Sure, I feel older than 20, and I can't do a lot of the same things I did when I was 20, but I'm ok with that. I feel great and I'm happy. I know I've made a big deal about turning 30, but I feel very accomplished in my life so far and I know things are only going to get better as the years go by!

Hello 30!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Friday Flashback - Past Birthdays

Today is my last Friday Flashback related to my big Birthday. I tried to gather as many previous birthday pictures as I could. Unfortunately, I think a lot of my younger year photos are in my Granny's or Mom's picture albums. I had a few. We'll start with age 2.
I'm interested to compare this photo with Mackenzie's next birthday photo. I hope she has enough hair by then that I can pull her hair back in a clip like mine.

I want to say this is my 3rd birthday, but it could be my 4th. I can't really tell from the picture. My mom would probably know. Clearly I'm having my party at the school with my friends.

This is a picture from my 18th birthday. I shared a birthday party with 2 of my other friends from my youth group. David (center) is a day older than me and Casey (right) is two years younger than us, but his birthday is on the 28th.

This is from my 19th birthday. I know I had a family party, but since I went on an AFC weekend trip to Georgetown the weekend of my birthday, I also had this miniature party. My host family for the weekend was kind enough to buy a birthday cake to celebrate my birthday. Looking back, I'm pretty sure this is my first birthday celebration away from home and my family.
22nd birthday - not really much to say.

23rd birthday - we celebrated this one at my great grandfather's house. The chocolate cake in the background has become a tradition for most of my birthdays. The first year we were married and Granny met us in College Station for my 22nd birthday and brought me my 2 layer chocolate cake with chocolate icing. I had a piece of cake and glass of milk every night while watching the winter olympics! If I had done that these last two weeks, I would have gained 5 pounds! Oh, to be 22 again! ;)

28th birthday - also known as the night we told everyone I was pregnant. I love this picture because of the shear volume of dessert! I of course had the cookie cake - another birthday favorite. Granny also brought the chocolate layered cake and then I think my sister brought the pie or cheesecake (I can't remember). Plus on top of all that, Brandon and I supplied 3 different types of ice cream! If I had known we were going to have so many desserts, we probably wouldn't have bought dinner! ;)

I apparently didn't take any pictures of last year, but I'll be sure to take pictures of tomorrow's big day!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

A little shopping trip

Yesterday I went to Anthropologie on my lunch break and bought a couple of items just for me!

I did see one of the aprons I posted about last week, but then I also saw this one and HAD to buy it!

It has little owls all over it and I think it's really cute.

I also bought this little pie plate. I think I have one glass pie plate at home, but I'm not sure. Now, I feel the need to bake a pie. Maybe that's what I'll do on Sunday - and I'll wear my apron! ;)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


In Mackenzie's bible class we are studying Noah. At the end we sing about God's promise to never flood the earth again and how he sent a rainbow. Our demonstration of rainbows is to use bubbles. The kids absolutely love it! I didn't realize Mackenzie even knew what bubbles were until we went to bible class. She even knew how to say bubbles, so that was something new for me as well.

With this in mind, I decided to give Mackenzie a bubble bath a couple of weeks ago. While the tub is starting to fill up, she's leaning over and looking at the water and bubbles and seems happy.

Did you notice the word "seems"? I thought for sure she would love it and really thought so until I picked her up and put her in the tub! Then I was aware that she was actually scared! She immediately started turning around and reaching for me to pick her up and take her out of the tub.

I didn't take her out. Do you think I'm a mean mom? ;) I started draining the water and left the water running to fill up with fresh water, but I continued to bathe her and wash her hair. She cried the entire time I was doing this. What about now - do you think I'm mean now?

By the time she was clean, most of the bubbles were gone and she actually played happily in the fresh, bubble free water for another 5 or 10 minutes. After her bath, I retired the bubble bath to the cabinet under the sink and we haven't had a bubble bath since!

She did cry a little the next day when I first put her in the tub, but after I reassured her that there were no bubbles in the water, she stopped crying.

It's amazing to me the little things that set her off. They seem so random to me, but I'm sure there's something behind it. I think the bubble thing could be not being able to see the bottom of the tub. That of course, is just my opinion and can't be verified until she's older and we try again. Hopefully I haven't scarred her for life! ;)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Shoe Update

Well, as expected I didn't find all of the shoes I saw online. I did however find these.

The picture doesn't do them justice. I think they are really cute and will go perfect with my "brown" outfits. To be honest, I rarely wear browns. I mainly wear black. Sometimes all black - like I did today - and sometimes black with other colors. I only have one pair of khaki colored pants, so these shoes won't get much wear at first. If I find out that they are the most comfortable shoes in the world, then maybe I'll start buying more brown/khaki colors.

This is the other pair of shoes I found. They are a little more casual than I would normally buy, but then again they are a little more FLAT than I would normally buy! ;)

I kind of had a hard time shopping for shoes this time, since I was looking for something that I'm not sure I really like. Flats are hard for me to get into because in my mind they are casual shoes and we don't have casual days at work. Most of the guys in our office wear ties 3-4 times a week and most of the principals wear suits. I usually feel I need to match that dressiness with dress pants, skirts or dresses. In my mind, dressing up means heels. I'm aware that flats don't have to be casual and that's it's just my craziness convincing me that flats won't work for me. At least I know I'm crazy - it's the first step right - admitting you have a problem?! ;) I will just have to change my opinion on the matter. Wish me luck!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Suprise Package

Look what we received in the mail today!

My Aunt Rhonda made this dress for Mackenzie. She also added the ruffle to the socks. I, of course, had to have Mackenzie try it on.

These aren't the greatest pictures, but for a mini "photo shoot" at 6:00pm when she's hungry and kind of cranky, they are pretty good. Hopefully, I'll get better pictures on Saturday when she wears it to my parents' house.

Thanks Rhonda! We love it and it's the perfect length.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Birthday Wishlist

For my birthday this year, I'm going shopping. Unlike most of my past shopping trips where I shopped for clothing, this year I'm shopping for kitchen stuff! Since discovering PW, I've decided I need more appropriate kitchen paraphernalia. For instance, I need this:

And this:
The two above, I really do NEED and aren't the different colors cool? (do people still use the word "cool" or is my almost 30 year old self clearly stating I'm 30 and don't know the new slang?)

Other items I would like are a couple of 8x8 pans. I have THREE glass 9x13 dishes, but no smaller ones. Some of my recipes are big and it would be nice to split the meal in half and freeze one of them. I like this pan: (8x8)

Along with this deep dish:

I am apparently in love with Le Creuset and want it ALL! Other smaller items I would like are this apron:
or this one:

I have a coupon at anthropologie and I think I'll be buying one of these aprons soon. I also would like these:

I am going shopping in a little while and I might have to just buy one or two items on the list. We shall see. As with the shoes, I'll keep you updated!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Friday Flashback - Recent

This weeks pictures were both easy and hard to choose from. Easy because they are ALL digital, but hard because there are soooo many! I'll try to go in chronological order from the last 5 years.

Our office participated in a contest for the Houston Food Bank called Canstruction. We collected can good or money from our office as well as people we knew and then worked together to build our design. We chose the space shuttle, but didn't win a single award. I remember I drove everyone to the award ceremony and we were all quiet as 5 of the 13 firms one 8 different awards. When we call got in my car and the doors were closed, we all burst out with complaints and frustrations about not winning. Our office hasn't participated since. ;) Not necessarily because we are sore losers, but just because it wasn't quite as fun as say Sandcastle competition in Galveston (which we also never win).
Several years ago, my parents decided to take the Grandkids to the Christmas Parade in Fredericksburg. I was the only sibbling who could go that weekend, so here I am with my mom, and my two nephews. We had a lot of fun looking at all the floats, bands and animals. The next 2 years all of us made it and then unfortunately last year none of us (me and my sibblings) could go. Maybe this year we will all be able to go again.

Me and my big muscle brother. He's my little brother and yet he's probably a foot taller than me. Crazy!

Me and Brandon at his younger brother's wedding.

Me and my sister-in-law, Aubrey. Clearly it's her wedding day! She's married to Brandon's youngest brother - you know the one with the goofy face from last weeks Friday Flashback. Buying that brown dress was not easy. The one I tried on at the store was the last one and it was too small. The store clerk checked and there weren't any left in my size in Houston. My mother-in-law graciously offered to drive 30 minutes to a mall in Austin just to buy this dress. The sad thing is, I love the dress, but it's a little too small now. I guess I need to work on that.

The reason I'm too small for the brown dress...

And finally, my family!

Next week will be the day before my 30th birthday and I have a special Friday Flashback. I'm probably hyping it up way more than I should! ;)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Shoe Envy

In the last month, Mackenzie has added 5 new pairs of shoes to her wardrobe.

I, of course, am jealous! I went window shopping online last night and have decided I need to go shopping on Saturday morning. I'm not going to shop just because Mackenzie got new shoes...I really do need new shoes! Really. I promise.

I'm thinking I would like a pair of flats. Other than flip flops, I have no flats that I can wear in the winter. A couple of summers ago when I was pregnant I bought a pair of flats. But after 6 months of wearing almost nothing but those, I think they are kind of worn out. Plus they are mules/slip-ons, so I won't be wearing them until the weather gets a little warmer.

While looking last night I found these:
Supposedly this is black, but to me it looks brown. I do need brown shoes as well, so it may not matter much. To continue in the "flats" category, I also found these:
I know they have a little wedge, but I promise they were on the "flats" page. I think they are cute and would accomplish my flats need. These also come in red...oooh...that might be fun. ;)

It just occurred to me that I hadn't said why I needed flats. I bought several pairs of pants at the beginning of the year and they are shorter than I normally buy. I don't think they are overly short, but I feel really self conscious when I wear my high heels with them. There. That's why I NEED new shoes.

The next two are actually heels, but they are low heels that I think could work.

For some reason this last shoe looks fancy or very dressy to me and I really like that. I do not recall the brand or how much, so it may very well be "fancy" and out of my budget.

Now for the real challenge - actually finding these shoes at the store so that I can try them on. I almost always just find 1, maybe 2 shoes that I previously looked at online. I'll keep you updated on what I find.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ketchup and Mother Teresa

My title leaves a lot to the imagination, but really, it's just 2 pictures of Mackenzie.

Mackenzie clearly likes ketchup! She dips corndogs and french fries in ketchup. I've even seen her dip a carrot in the ketchup. But mostly she likes to dip her fingers in ketchup. And then apparently sometimes she feels the need to scratch her forehead! ;)

A couple of weeks ago we went to Granny and Papa's house for a visit. Mackenzie pulled the arm rest covers off the chair, so I put one on her head as a hat. Papa said she looked like Mother Teresa and then decided he should wear the other one. Here's a picture of our 2 arm chair saints!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Valentine's Day

Brandon's Mom came for a visit this weekend which allowed Brandon and I to celebrate Valentine's Day just the two of us. We left the house around 11:00am on Saturday morning and our first stop was here:

This was my first time here and I loved it. There were so many activity books, craft projects and learning toys that I really wanted to buy, but Mackenzie is too young for them right now. In the coming years, I see myself shopping there more and more for her. I guess I'm hoping she'll be like me and love that sort of stuff. Growing up, I always wanted to "play" school and loved doing activity books and those sorts of things.

After Mardel's we went here:

We actually got an appetizer AND dessert! I know that sounds silly, but how often do you get both? We don't always get appetizers and we rarely get dessert unless it's Jason's Deli free ice cream!

Our next stops were here:

And here:

Then just for fun we went looking at houses and went to an open house that was out of our price range, but still fun to look at.

We ended our outing with a trip to the grocery store!!!! ;)

While a day of errands might seem a little strange to some of you, it was really nice to be able to make 6 stops in 5 hours, not have to get a child in and out of the car seat 6 times, not have to carry a diaper bag around for 5 hours and not have to worry about sippy cups, snacks and naps for 5 whole hours!!!

Brandon and I have never been one to celebrate Valentine's Day on February14th. I think we went to dinner ONCE on February 14th and after that, always celebrated on another night. I can also say that at least half of our Valentine's Days have involved Arby's and this year was no exception. It's one of my favortie fast food places and I can guarantee that you won't have to wait 1 hour to get a table for dinner or lunch! So, after church, Brandon, Mackenzie and I went to Arby's for lunch followed by a trip to Target. We ALL took a Sunday afternoon nap for about 2 hours - which almost never happens and then spen the rest of the evening watching the Olympics and a movie. I know it wasn't extra romantic or even slightly romantic, but for us it was a GREAT weekend!

Happy belated Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Friday Flashback - Grad School

In the fall of 2002, I started grad school at the University of Houston. Brandon and I moved into an apartment over near Reliant Stadium and lived there for 3 years while I earned my Master of Architecture.

We'll start with the goofiest picture ever! Me and Dustin - Brandon's youngest brother.

Notice how I haven't a clue that he is making this face? We had a digital camera, but I don't recall looking at the photo after we took it. Only after I got home and loaded the pictures onto my camera did I realize what happened. Everytime I look at this picture it makes me laugh. I'll have to post a picture of Dustin's normal face, so you can actually see what he looks like.

I think I might have posted this next picture before, but oh well. The January after we moved to Houston, my parents started having "Family Dinners" once a month. On the 15th of every month we would have dinner at my parents' house. All of us. All 10-12 of us. It didn't matter what day of the week it was, we all gathered, ate dinner and visited with each other. It was really nice to get back in touch with my step sisters and visit with everyone each month.
This particular photo is from October's family dinner. I think it happened to be on a Friday or Saturday and so we all carved pumpkins. It had been forever since I had carved a pumpkin and we all had a lot of fun. The funny thing about the pumpkin is that we took it home and sat it on our patio at our apartment and about a week later we noticed that the face was caved in (you could see our patio from the parking lot). We actually thought someone had kicked it in and I was a little upset about that, until we opened the door and noticed the smell! Of course in the Houston heat, the pumpkin had rotted and smelled awful! Trying to pick it up and throw it away was horrible. That could be why I haven't carved a pumpkin since! ;)

My first summer of grad school (and into my second fall and spring), we had to do a design build project. My class designed a storage unit/scoring desk for a local Baseball Little League here in Houston. This is me and one of my classmates taking a water break while on site working on one of the many, MANY Saturdays I worked. I wore jeans and work boots almost every Saturday for about 9 months! I'll have to dig up a finished photo one day. For now this will do! :)

Me and Granddaddy. He is actually my great grandfather and this was Christmas 2004. He passed away November 2005. I'll have to do another post on him and Grandmother soon.

Yay - Graduation Day. This picture is much better than my A&M Graduation photo! We actually graduated in the Architecture building at UH, so it was a small ceremony and clearly, Brandon was able to get a lot closer for my picture!

Well that covers 2002-2005. Next week won't be that much of a flashback since it's within the last 4-5 years, but it's still a flashback. This week was fairly easy because I had all of the pictures digitally from my cameras. If you don't already know, I LOVE photos. I have really liked doing these Friday Flashbacks and so I'm looking for more pictures! I actually took home a bag full of photos that were my great grandmother's. I'm going to sort through them soon and scan a lot of them in. I can't wait to see what kind of memories it stirs up about the people or events in the pictures. I think that's what I love most about looking at photos.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Mackenzie's Style

A couple of saturdays ago, Mackenzie and I stayed inside all day. When I dressed her, I didn't put her shoes on because I figured she'd go bare foot. Eventually she found one of her dress shoes and started playing with it and trying to put it on. A little later she came to me and she had one shoe on her foot. Granted, it was on the wrong foot, but she had managed to get a shoe on all by herself!

Apparently, she felt she needed shoes on, so I put the shoes on the correct feet. At nap time I removed the shoes, but after she woke up she found another pair of shoes - black velvet with a rhinestone.
Don't you just love how they match her pink ski-type pants? This time she would not let us take the shoes off her feet. While trying to change her into pajamas that night, she had to keep her shoes on. For a while I just let her walk around like this!

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