Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas 2008 Part 3 Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve day was spent being lazy with my 2 boys.  We slept late, finished wrapping gifts, baked cookies, made swedish meatballs and a breakfast casserole, and straightened the house for Santa's arrival.  Ben rode with me to my work to deliver some presents (some had to work ;() and Ben went around and gave out their gifts.  He even sang Jingle Bells for them.  It was cute. Wednesday night we went to Big B and Nana's house.  We ate snacks and watched some Christmas movies.  

Elfie made his final trip for this year.  He perched on the tree branch to make sure Ben was being nice!

Ben and Big B and Ben's new bear bedroom slippers.  He immediately takes his shoes and socks off wherever he goes, but has kept the bears on.

Ben leaving carrots for the reindeer

Ben leaving cookies, and a smile, for Santa

Christmas 2008 Part 2

Saturday, we drove to the big town of Hartwell, GA for Christmas with my mom and stepdad.  

We made a gingerbread house!

Daddy had to help with the icing.  

Scott used to always get the biggest presents...but not anymore.  Here he shows Ben how to unwrap the ginormous package

You should have seen the look on his Ben's face when this Star Wars tent was opened.  

Ben and Sherri examine all the outer space gadgets. 

Christmas 2008 Part 1

Our Christmas week started off  on Friday with a yummy steak dinner at my aunt and uncle's house.  Ben was a hit showing off with all his talking and smarts and gave and received lots of hugs and kisses.  

Ben and cousin Casey!

Casey and her husband, Ryan

Ben and uncle Scott

Ben got a firetruck and a Leap Frog kitchen food magnet set.  

Ben decided that we would use the refrigerator and magnets for a picnic.  He instructed us to sit around the blanket and we had to ask for the food we wanted.  Notice who has all the good food!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Ben's Christmas Program

Ben's preschool class did their Christmas program on Friday.  It was the cutest thing I have ever seen.  Ben was quite the little entertainer and really showed out on stage.  He saw Benji and I as he was walking down the aisle to the stage and yelled "that's my mommy and daddy" and I could tell that he really wanted to show us what he had learned.  

Ben and his class coming out

Singing "Jingle Bells"

Waiting for his next cue

Doing the sleigh ride dance

On their horses on the way to the manger.  

Friday, December 12, 2008

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Merry Christmas!

This is Ben's Christmas picture from school.  Usually I am not a fan of "posed" studio pictures, but I think he looks very handsome here.  Look at those dimples!

We might need to discuss the Christmas story a little more...

Ben is the one in the brown on the left looking at the picture (sorry this is a scanned copy of the picture in the ornament)

Ben's class was dressed up for a picture showing the Christmas story and Mary, Joseph, and the 3 Wise Men.

His teacher, Ms. Love, told Ben that he was Joseph and discussed the Christmas Story and the birth of Jesus.

After getting on his costume, Ben exclaimed "I am a Jedi Knight".

Ben and I have been discussing Christmas each night and he has been excited to talk about Jesus and his birthday. Apparently, we still have a lot of talking to do :)

Sunday, November 30, 2008

What a weekend!

We had a great 4 days of eating, sleeping, shopping, decorating, cleaning, and pretty much doing whatever we have felt like. We are so routine driven around here, so for once it was nice to sleep in and stay up late (just ask Ben).  I dread going back to work tomorrow, but only a few more weeks until I am off again for Christmas. :)
Thanksgiving was spent with the Lineberry's.  My mema came along with my brother and Sherri and Ben had a blast showing them all his stuff at Big B's house.  We had a great lunch and a great nap afterwards.  We came home and decorated the Christmas tree and watched some cartoons. Friday we did a whole lot of nothing, including staying in our pajamas until getting ready to go see Disney on Ice.  I was going to attempt some bargain shopping, but no good deal was worth actually showering early and putting on clothes :) 
We took Ben to Disney World last year, and will not be going back until sometime next year so, we did the next best thing, we took him to see Disney On Ice.  I was pretty convinced it was going to be cheesy, but it was actually pretty good.  The characters were entertaining and the skaters were talented.

Mickey and friends

Nana, Big B, and Ben

Ben eyeing the kid's sword behind us

They performed scenes from The Lion King,

 Little Mermaid, Lilo and Stitch, and Peter Pan.  Peter Pan was Ben's favorite part because of the pirates and the ship.  

Tinkerbell is my favorite!!

Saturday we watched the Tigers eat some chicken from the warmth of our house.  My brother and a family friend took Benji's and my place.  We yelled and screamed in the comforts of home.  I then attempted to take Ben and Benji shopping with me, but that only lasted about 2 hours and 1 yet seemingly long tantrum by Ben.  We hurried home just in time for the Y & R marathon.  
Days off always go by so quickly, but it was fun to spend some time with my 2 favorite boys.  

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

I love Thanksgiving!!! This year sure has flown by and I have a lot to be thankful for!

1. Ben
I always imagined what my child would be like one day and how I would be as a mother. I knew that the idea of being a mother sounded exciting, but I was never totally sure I could handle actually being a mother. That quickly changed when Ben was born and my love grows for him more and more every day. There are some rough days, when he is not listening or refuses to do what he is asked, but I know where he gets his stubborness and hard head from, so I accept and deal with it. He is healthy, very smart, witty, handsome and charming. I am so blessed that God chose me to be his mommy!

2. Benji
I wondered after 5 years of dating whether marriage to each other was going to happen or even was supposed to happen. However, we have just completed our 5th year of marriage and I can say that I truly married my best friend. We are both super head strong and opinionated, but usually about the same things. We have had out trying moments and he can drive me crazy at times (I am sure he will say I do the same to him), yet somehow it feels right and works. So many people I know have had to deal with adultery and are in a not so happy marriage. Marriage is always some compromise, but honesty and communication is a huge part in it and thankfully Benji has taught me a lot about the communication.

3. My immediate and extended family
I have the best mom in the world!!!! I also have a great dad, mema, and in-laws. Without these people, I would not be in the place I am now.

4. My friends, both old and new
In the last few years, I have gained some great new friends, lost some friends, and reconnected with friends from years ago. For all these friends, I am thankful. You have been placed in my life for a specific purpose and I am grateful. As I have gotten older, I am fortunate to have a few very close friends with whom I share everything and who know both the good and bad of me. I enjoy being around my friends, who always make me laugh.

5. Life Lessons
This encompasses so much, but I am thankful that I able to grow and learn each and everyday. What a great country we live in to be able to have so many experiences. They might not seem like much at first, but there is always a meaning behind them.

6. A job
Working with unemployed people makes me realize how thankful I am where I am and that I have a job. Many days, my job is stressful and aggravating, but it is also rewarding when I can help make a difference in someone's life. I enjoy what I do and that is a great thing!

There are many more things that I am thankful for, but I am not going to post them all on here.
For now, I am looking forward to the following this weekend:

1. Being off- my house is a mess and really needs a good cleaning
2. Thanksgiving lunch with my family and Benji's
3. Decorating the Christmas tree, wrapping presents, and reading Christmas books with Ben
4. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade- A family tradition to watch even though now it is more commericals and annoying commentators than anything else.
5. Maybe venturing out for some shopping on Friday. I have not finished my shopping, but I am sure that then is not the time to do it. I do like the excitment of the season, though.
6. Watching the Tigers pull off an exciting win over the Lamecocks. We have tickets and could be watching the game in person. However, I have so much to do and so little time, that we are making some tailgate food, some adult beverages, and watching the game at home.
7. We are also taking Ben to Disney On Ice at the Bilo Center on Friday. I think Ben will enjoy it, but honestly it is more for me. I am a sucker for Disney, bright lights, loud music and overpriced tickets.
Anyway, I hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Sad Day

At one point, not so long ago I could say that I was almost 29 and had all my grandparents living.  Yes, my mom's mom (mema) and step-dad (although he was never a step), my dad's mom and dad and my mom's dad and step-mom.  I was the first grandchild on all 3 sides and had spent a great deal of time as a kid with my grandparents.  I was very lucky to have spent so much time with them and Ben was even luckier to meet all of them (his great grandparents).  Not long after that realization, my grandmother (MEME) died.  She had suffered a major stroke 2 years earlier and never fully recovered.  She died in September 2006.  3 months later her husband (Papa Bill) died.  He had congestive heart failure, but I am sure it was loneliness.  
In May, 2008 my step grandmother died.  She lived in Charleston and we never saw them much, but...
Well,I just returned from the funeral of my Papa Eddie.  He blessed everyone he met for almost 99 years.  Even though he technically was no blood relation, he treated us better than most.  I remember years ago before he had cataracts, he had this little red truck.  He would take me wherever I wanted to go and do whatever I wanted to do, and never complained.  I can remember my brother "fixing" the coffee table with his tools one day.  A few days later, Papa went to move the table and the whole thing fell to the ground because Scott had taken the legs off.  Papa just laughed.  He was never able to have kids of his own but you would never know we were not really his grandkids.  I remember all the times we would go out to dinner and Papa would remind the waitresses (many times) not to fry his chicken fingers too dark and how he always wanted water, straight from the spigot and with no ice, to drink. He was the only person I knew who ate his hamburgers pink (very pink) and only my mom could grill them.  He said that all the fish he ate earlier in life led to his memory and knowledge.    Benji and I would always his laugh because he loved his Members Only jacket and had several colors.  Nobody else we knew still wore them, but Papa always had his on.  He always let the kids ride the lawn mower and whatever he had was yours.  He made my Mema happy and made all of us smile.  He had some great stories and lived through so many changes in this world in his lifetime.  
Papa, we love and miss you!!!

Early 2007

Last Christmas

Papa was still being Ben's horse up until a few months ago!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Funny Stories

One of Ben's many obsessions is with pirates.  The other night we are all eating at a restaurant and Ben was sitting on the end facing the door.  I just happened to look up towards the door and I saw a man coming in with an eye patch.  I chuckled to myself because I knew what was going to happen next.  
Ben:  "Look, mommy a pirate!" as he pointed and stared at the man.
Thank goodness the man did not hear Ben, although he seemed like a nice man and probably would have had a laugh also.  

Ben was riding in the car with Big B and Nana the other day and listening to their conversation.  Big B mentioned that he did not know something had moved and said "Well, I be dog-gone.  
Ben asked "where that puppy go??

I bought a new Christmas CD the other day and decided to play it in the car coming home tonight.  As I was listening to the songs, I quickly realized that apparently I had bought one without words and it was all Symphony/Instrumental.  I said to Benji, in a very low voice, that I was going to have to get another one since there were no words.
Ben, halfway asleep in the back seat, perked up to ask "where's the words?  I do not like songs with no words".
Nothing gets by him!
I swear Ben is the funniest 2 year old I know.  I wonder where he gets his humor from???!!!!

Monday, November 10, 2008

I am stubborn and hard headed and I cannot do it alone...

So, my pride is going by the wayside and I (along with some co-workers) am joining Weight Watchers this week. Hating to admit all the weight I have gained and hating even more the looks in some of the pictures (there are reason why I post few of me on here), I have decided to suck it up and admit that I cannot and have not done it by myself. Sure there are purely vain reasons on why I should drop a few lbs, but I am looking at the miscarriage as a sign. I told my doctor this summer at my routine check up that I wanted to lose 50 pounds. We both agreed that was a good goal so that I could control my blood pressure (which has been on the rise) and my diabetes (trying to control before a full blown diagnosis). Both of these were important to control before I get pregnant again. I may not know what caused the MC, but I am taking it as a sign from the Great One himself and that taking care of me needs to be a priority.
I am mentioning all this because I need to be held accountable. We are all going to the meetings together and will have a little friendly competition. It will be great to see who loses the most. It will be hard with the holidays coming up ( I am craving my momma's Party Mix as I type), but will keep in mind that moderation is the key. We are also going to start walking and I will be using my Wii Fit on a daily basis.
I am tempted to post some Pre Pictures on here just for more fuel, but that is depressing. Most readers see me anyway, so you know how I look.
Wish me luck!!! Amy suggestions, ideas, comments are appreciated!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Some Halloween fun

Since we had celebrated Halloween week with a party on Saturday, Trunk or Treat on Wednesday, and a party and parade on Friday morning, needless to say, we (benji and I), were candied out by Halloween night.  We decided to take advantage of possible the last year when Ben did not ask to go trick or treating and remain low key.  We started out at Publix.  

They had early trick or treating with lots of candy, cookies, and coloring pages.  Employees were dressed up and Ben had a great time getting to walk through the store and pick out his candy. 
 After that, we drove to the westside of town to go see the great grandparents.  First stop was Grandma Sara's house.  She is Benji's grandmother.  She was waiting patiently for Captain Ben to arrive and gave lots of candy, prizes and hugs.  We stayed there for a few minutes, because Ben said that he "needed" a cookie and to rest.  Then we went to Great Grandparents Polly and Eddie, my grandparents.  Here, Uncle Scott and Papa Randy met up with us for Captain Ben's instructions.  More candy, more treats, and lots more hugs.  
We were able to get home by 10 and Ben only managed to eat 1 sucker, 1 cookie, and 1 pack of fruit snacks.  Thank goodness he was worn out and went straight to bed.  The remainder of his candy is hiding and hopefully I can find something constructive to do with it.  

Ben showing the neighbors his pirate face!

Taking a break at Grandma Sara's

Eating some fruit snacks.  His only "candy choice"

Benji playing with the fake alligator from Mema Polly

We had a great Halloween.  Ben was so excited to be a pirate, and it was fun to watch him.  
Now, that it is over...out with the Christmas music ;)

A reminder why I will be ok!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Rough Weekend

I will post pictures from Halloween soon!  We had a great time, and have enough candy to feed all the kids in the neighborhood.  
Today, however, is not a good day.  I had some cramping last night, but blamed it on indigestion and the pot luck lunch we had at work.  Every since I found I was pregnant, I have told Benji and my BFF that something felt "weird", but I did not think it was anything to worry about yet.  I had an appointment with my doctor scheduled for this week and was planning on talking to him about it.  Well, this morning I woke up to bleeding.  Had I not known that I was pregnant, I would have thought my period was starting.  It was light at first so I called my BFF, who is also a nurse, and casually mentioned to her that I would not be able to go to a baby shower today and told her how I was feeling.  After speaking with her, I decided to call the on call doctor and see what I should do.  They told me to go to Labor and Delivery and be checked.  I was admitted to the hospital where things seemed to get worse.  By this time, I was bleeding very bad and cramping worse than ever.  I layed there waiting for the doctor and knew what was happening.  After a test, she confirmed that I was miscarrying.  My options were come home and pass the tissue for several days or since I was already dilated to have a D&C while I was there, in order to rid my body of the tissues.  There was no way I was going to come home and watch the tissues pass, so I decided to go ahead with the procedure.  Dr. K (who I have only see one time) was so supportive and she held my hand and rubbed my back while I cried!  Thank goodness she was on call.  So the D&C was performed and now I am back home.  I just want to hug Ben and be thankful for him, but he will be spending the evening away, just in case!
Thank you all for your thoughts and well wishes before!  I normally do not share personal information like this with the world, but it does feel better to put it in words.  We will be ok, I am sometimes stronger than I ever think, and we will get through this.  

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Almost Halloween

Last night we went to a super fun Halloween party for both little kids and big kids at heart. Ben got to wear his Halloween costume, and even though he kept making his scariest pirate face, he was the cutest pirate I have ever seen. There was a bouncy house (the hit of the party), a scary house (Ben did not like it until the end), plenty of games like bobbing for apples and food. Ben was upset when we had to leave, but we somehow appeased him with some Chick A Lay (as Ben calls it).

Morgan and Captain Ben Sparrow

Morrison (party host and cutest witch ever), Ben, and some other cute little witch all in the bouncy house!

Ben finally getting up the nerve to go in the "spooky" house.

I did not get a lot of pictures, since apparently you can not recharge non-rechargeable batteries, and my camera died. I will be making lots more of Captain Ben this week, and I will post later.

Tonight we made the bags for Ben's class at school. It contains a coloring book, pencil, a spooky straw, stickers, plastic Halloween creature and suckers. I still need to put the play dough and candy in them and then I can close them. I made enough for his class and a few extra just in case we are home on Halloween.

Ben decided that he needed to taste the suckers. According to Ben, we (Benji, Ben, and myself) all needed one, but I quickly learned it was so Ben could have three different flavors.

Ben and I trying out the scary skeleton straw with the Ghost Milk

Even Madison got in on the Halloween Fun!