Friday, November 28, 2008


Well today was my 26th birthday. It was a busy but good day. I got up at 4:30 am and went shopping with my sister, Rebekah. We shopped for about four hours. Then I came home and Derek went and played flag football, a typical Thanksgiving weekend tradition for him. After that we spent the rest of the afternoon at home. That evening Derek and I went out to dinner with our friends, Heidi and Josh. They live far away and we haven't had a lot of chances to hang out with them in the last ... well, year and so we had a great time chatting and eating. Then they came back over to our place to hang out and watch The Office. It really was a great day. I don't feel twenty-six.... I don't even feel like an adult sometimes. But I have accomplished a lot for 26 years. I have completed college, gotten married, have two beautiful daughters and a wonderful husband. Not much else to ask for.... so Happy Birthday to ME!

Thursday, November 27, 2008


We had a good time for Thanksgiving. We took Audrey to see Bolt in the theaters. She had a good time but Derek and I both have colds so we didn't enjoy ourselves as much as we normally would have. Then we went over to my mom's house for food. It was very good. We ate a TON and I got a couple of birthday presents. We watched Journey to the Center of the Earth. I really enjoyed it and will probably rent it again to watch it more closely. Tomorrow is Black Friday and my birthday... I am very excited. Oh yeah... today I am thankful for: Cold medicine, food, my family and days off for Derek.

My seven month old turkey :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving Week - Tuesday Edition

Today I am thankful for sleep. I guess popping those teeth through is what Brianna needed because she has slept through the night the last two nights. I haven't had that in almost a month and I am flying high this morning. I am not really a morning person but waking up at 7:30 to realize that neither one of the girls needed me all night, that's a great way to start the day!!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Thanksgiving Week - Monday Edition

Today I am thankful for the sunshine. We have had a few days of just beautiful weather and I LOVE it. Today I took the girls to the zoo to enjoy what may possibly be one of the last nice days we can go for a couple of months. So I am thankful for the zoo too. Brianna LOVED the aquarium. I put her up to the glass and she just squawked away at the fish swimming by her face. It was very cute. Audrey, of course, loves the zoo. She told the walruses that they needed a bath today. They really did stink.

On a funny note... Audrey has really started making up songs on her own. It's hilarious at times. Like last night at dinner Audrey was singing "Brianna, yum". It was so funny and Derek and I were racking our brains trying to figure out what commercial it came from and then he remembered, it's a Red Robin commercial. "Red Robin, yum" Audrey is SO funny sometimes.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Thanksgiving Week - Sunday

With this week being Thanksgiving week I have really reflected on how thankful I am. I tend to be a worry wort and therefore sometimes focus on the negative in an effort to "be prepared" for anything that may happen. I have decided that I really don't want to live that way anymore and it's really not how GOD wants me to live either. So I am seeing Thanksgiving week as a jumping off point for Operation Thankful. So today I am thankful of course, as always, for my family. I am thankful for a husband who loves me, flaws and all. I am thankful that he works so hard for our family, long hours, sucky commute, so that I can stay home. I am thankful for all that he sacrifices. I am also thankful for our two beautiful daughters. I am thankful that they are healthy. I am thankful that they are relatively easy children. I am thankful that I can be home with them to experience these early years.

Friday, November 21, 2008

We have a tooth!

Brianna has been particularly crabby the last few days and I suspected teething. However, I did the same thing with Audrey, whenever they were uncharacteristically crabby I would assume it was teething from about three months on. Audrey didn't cut her bottom teeth until a week after she hit nine months. So when I saw the whites of Brianna's teeth just under the surface I was surprised but still didn't expect her to actually cut a tooth... well, here she is, seven months old today, and we have a tooth!!! Hopefully the other one will come in soon as it is right there too and bugging her. I will try to get a picture and post it but she doesn't like me anywhere near her mouth right now. Other than that she is about fifteen and a half pounds and twenty-six inches long. She is petite but growing steadily. She army crawls now and is experimenting with crawling on her hands and knees. She LOVES food and don't you dare eat in front of her and she babbles a lot now. She is really smiley and happy still and so so so much fun to be with. Again, I will post some pictures later, she is sleeping now.... ahhhhh... slleeeepppp....

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Focusing on the positive.... or at least trying to

So as Derek as gone to his new job site for the first time today it isn't looking as rosy as we thought yesterday. Although we are still trying to look at the positives. Derek is back with a company that he had toward the beginning of the apprenticeship and was with the longest. However, he was never a big fan of them. But he still has a job. The hours that he is working downtown are not great in conjunction with the ferry schedule so he will get home pretty late - 6:30 if he is lucky. But he can still take the ferry, especially if the weather gets bad. Although he is going to see if he can find someone to carpool with so that he can skip that if possible. But it will still be an option if the weather gets nasty. The last negative is that he is back to working overtime... BOO! So he will be working 9 hours a day M-Th and 8 hours on Friday and Saturday. This really sucks to be quite honest. BUT!! It is the holidays so extra money is always nice, especially since Audrey's birthday is so close to Christmas. The overtime is especially hard coming out of October when Derek only had 3 days off because he worked so much and got home late with overtime as well. However, this job is supposed to end in six weeks so we know it isn't for a LONG time. So if you think of us, pray. Pray that we can be thankful for the job during a time when the economy stinks and many are without jobs. Pray that we will still be able to have adequate time as a family with this new job site and all the overtime. Pray that Derek can find a carpool buddy so that he doesn't have to ride the ferry unless necessary because of the extra commute time. Pray for Derek's energy and stamina during this time of extra overtime since he just did this a few weeks ago. Thanks for praying for us.

Wordless Wednesday

The girls first bath together....

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

New Job Site

So Derek finally got his assignment this morning and he is going to be working in downtown Seattle. We were hoping for a job on the Peninsula but a downtown job is the next best thing. He can ride the ferry and take buses instead of having to drive in nasty weather conditions. Also, if gas prices start to go up again we won't be paying for gas. Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers. Now just pray that he doesn't freeze while waiting for ferry or bus. :)

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Job Saga

For those of you who know we have kind of been in a revolving door about Derek's job site lately. He was working on Snoqualmie Casino until 2 weeks ago when it opened. We prayed, knowing that job was coming to a close, that he would get transferred to a closer job site for the winter. Well, transfer time came and they moved him to Bellevue... BOO! We weren't happy with that at all. We continued to pray and try to have a good attitude because Derek still has a job and it is a good one. So then he was at his job site in Bellevue and they didn't have enough work so they sent him to the apprentice office to get a new assignment. So he went and we will know tomorrow where he will be working. We are disappointed that he wasn't able to stick with the other company that he was working for because they were really good to their employees and they had an awesome Christmas party coming up in December but oh well. We will update tomorrow! Keep your fingers crossed and pray, if you read this before then :)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Monday, November 10, 2008

Halloween Pumpkin

I can't believe that I forgot to show everyone my pumpkin carving I did for Halloween. I don't know how well you can see it from the picture but it is supposed to be Yoda... ENJOY!

Rice anyone?

So Brianna has become quite the food enthusiast as of late. She loves to eat and can't stand it if we eat in front of her and she doesn't have anything to eat. So lately we have been working with her on self-feeding so that she can participate in dinner time with us. She has had Gerber Puffs , which she has been practicing feeding herself and now she has had rice. We were having rice with dinner one night, the white sticky rice, and decided to see what she would do with it if we put some on her high chair tray. The following pictures are what ensued:

It's a little difficult to tell from the pics but she had rice EVERYWHERE! All up and down her arms, all over her face, everywhere. But man did she love it. She is getting so big.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Catching up

Wowza... It has been almost 2 weeks since I posted. I honestly don't know where the time has gone. We have been busy but not with anything super significant. Derek is finally done with over time. YAY!! The bummer is that his new job site is in Bellevue which is not what we were hoping for. At least he is back to a normal work week and we actually get to see him and spend time with him. We had a pretty good Halloween weekend.
Friday night we had a Halloween party with friends. Derek was a fat ballerina and I was a bar wench. We shipped the girls off to grandparents for an overnight, Brianna's first night away. If I hadn't needed a break so badly I would have been more emotional about this. But since Derek only had 3 days off in October and by the 31st he hadn't had one off in 19 days, I wasn't so sad to see them go. I missed them but they both had a good time, especially Audrey. She is starting to get to an age where spending the night at Grandma Nett's (Lynnette's) house is a treat. She talked about it the rest of the weekend.
This week we are just hanging out and trying, as always, to catch up on housework and laundry.... I swear the girls clothes multiply when I go to bed at night. That's all for now. The girls are growing up too fast, as usual. Brianna had a fun time with rice tonight. I will post pictures and tell you all about it tomorrow. For now.... Enjoy: