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Monday, April 27, 2009

Stylin' n Profilin'

In my new car! Well SUV :) So excited! My car was really staring to fall apart, after all it was a 2001 Grand Am and they usually are only good for about 10 yrs before they need some major work done etc. Now I am the proud owner of a 2008 Suzuki XL-7! LOVE it so far, it seats 7, practically brand new, only 7,700 miles on it and was a prior rental and we got a great price on it!

I can't wait til our trip in May to really see how well I love it compared to my Grand Am we drove to Disney in December. We were crowded and cramped and I was SORE after that 12 hour turned 16 hour drive.

Just wanted to share my happiness for the week!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

It's Almost Time To Relay!

Wow time has flown by and it's only 9 days away from the Huntsville Metro Relay For Life! We have done ok raising money for the American Cancer Society (ACS) but could do so much more! I am hopeful we will do decently at the actual Relay since we have things to sell on site.

The theme is "Racing For A Cure" and we are decorating our campsite in the theme. We have a car front and part sides (that look like doors almost) and it's really looking good. The car is deep purple (relay color) with white racing stripes and some purple outlined dice on the "windshield". We are going to add some mirrors on the side and front and headlights and we should be done. I'll be sure to post a pic once it's completed. The team is going to be the Pit Crew, we have matching shirts to go with it as well.

We are still selling raffle tickets for the Nintendo Wii, Tmobile phone, Monaco Passes and SciQuest as well. They are only $2 each, 3 for $5 or 6 for $10. If you aren't interested in raffle tickets, be sure to click the Relay Logo at the top right and make a donation online.

If you are in the Huntsville area, be sure to come out to John Hunt Park on May 1 @ 7pm for the kick off of the Relay! There will be tons of activities, entertainment and more going on plus some great prizes to win!

Thank you to everyone who has donated and helped us towards our goal!

One step forward and then two back....

Well another disappointing month in the ttc adventure....Sigh. I thought this may be the month, the month I would get a positive test. I delayed testing as long as I feel I could...cd 28 came and I couldn't resist. I was feeling tired, a little nauseated anyways so I thought, just maybe I would be pregnant. Nothing but a wasted test, came up neg and AF came the next day. It's getting harder each month, negative tests, thinking about the baby I miscarried in Feb and wondering if and when I'll ever get pregnant.

It was 13 cycles before I got pg in Jan..and now back to another one...at 14 total, since Feb was skipped and march as well. It's hard to know we have been trying to get pg since Jan 08 and here it is almost May 09. Sometimes I wonder if we should continue, I'll be 32 in about 3 weeks and the girls are 4 and 8.5 yrs old.... Perhaps I'll give it to the end of this yr and then if I am not pg that will be it. Maybe I am only supposed to have 2 children, maybe that is the plan. I really don't know, hubby and I went back and forth for awhile about this and finally decided to move forward.

I guess once we get back from Disney at the end of May I will go to my Dr in June and see what she says. I never thought I would be on this track of having to seek help to get pregnant since I had no problems the first two times. I know I am not alone in this journey as there are many who go through this but some days it sure feels like it.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Summer Vacation Planning

It's getting to be that time of year! We have had our Summer vacation pretty much selected since January, we are going back to Walt Disney World. The kids don't know and we haven't decided when we will tell them either. I am thinking a little closer to the day we leave, or maybe the morning of! We are currently 1 month and 1 day away from leaving for our trip.

We are going for 8 days/7 nights to the beautiful Coronado Springs Resort on WDW property. We stayed here during our quick after Christmas trip but didn't get to really enjoy the resort as we were only there for 2.5 days. The resort is nicely themed and has a cool kids pool and playground area. We can't wait for the girls to actually be able to enjoy it this year.

Disney offers a dining plan option you can add to your vacation package, which we did, because it really is a decent savings for the amount of food you get. Honestly $39.99 a day for an adult isn't much to pay considering how much we would pay anyways for food. The plan we opted for includes a table service meal per person per day so we were able to book some character meals, which we didn't get to do in Dec.

We are eating at:

Cinderella's Royal Table (in the castle) for breakfast
1900 Park Fare for breakfast
Ohana Breakfast
Crystal Palace for lunch
Hollywood & Vine for dinner (including Fantasmic! show)

We still have one table service credit to use and may use it for the Maya Grill at our resort. We ate there twice, once for breakfast and once for dinner...breakfast buffet was much better in our opinions. I think I will have hubby call though and see if he can't find another table service at one of the parks.

I am pretty excited to be able to visit all the theme parks not including the water parks this time around. This is my 4th trip and I have never been to Epcot or to the Animal Kingdom! When the girls are older we will probably do the water parks as well, but for now I think we will have enough fun at the resort pool and the theme parks.

I still have a little shopping to do before our trip, buying J some summer clothes, me and hubby need a few more pr of shorts. Luckily H just got a whole wardrobe of summer clothes since I found all of J's old summer clothes. I will buy her a few new things though as well.

We are in the countdown mode now, almost 1 month to the day and can't wait!!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Fishful Thinking & Macy's Gift Card Winner!

We have a winner for the $25 Macy's Gift Card & Fishful Thinking give away!

Congrats goes to silverhartgirl !!

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Weekend Update~Happy Easter

Well the weekend started off with a bang....bang of thunder that is! We had storms roll in on Thursday night which promptly gave me a migraine. I had to take a pain pill to get it to go away, it's so much fun.. NOT. Friday was not to bad until afternoon time and of course right when Jess was getting out of school. Fortunately for our area we just had thunderstorms and some scary hail! It was baseball size hail out here, it was scary. I have never seen hail bigger than a golf ball, and it was soo loud. For awhile I thought the windows in the dining room were gonna get busted!
The only damage we had was to our cars, hubby's car took quite a beating. Has tons of dents on the roof and hood of the car and mine only suffered a few thankfully. After the storms had passed, it was a clear and warm beautiful day.

Saturday was a bit chilly since the cold front moved in, we tried to let the girls ride their bikes outside but it was just to cool and WINDY. So we dyed our Easter eggs instead, the girls had a great time.

Sunday morning we awoke to beautiful blue skies and a warm day! It's the first Easter we have had in awhile that didn't require winter wear. Normally its so cold you don't want to go outside if you don't have to. The girls opened their Easter Baskets and immediately wanted to go out and find eggs. We did that for a couple hours and I took a some pics, but just a couple below are my favorites.



Sunday afternoon we went over to my cousins house and had a bbq and Easter Egg Hunt. Oh there was so much food, ham, grilled chicken, pineapple, casseroles, deviled eggs and of course desserts. We had a great time and the girls were wore out from playing outside. They were both sound asleep shortly after the laid down.

All in all I would say it was a good Easter!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Fishful Thinking & Macy's $25 Gift Card Giveaway!

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Avoidance

I think I am trying to avoid the inevitable, being around people with babies or that are pregnant. I don't think I am doing it on purpose, but it happens and maybe it's subconsciously. I am tired today but I could have went to the lunch meetup we had...but there would be someone there with a newborn. I could have gone to many playdates last week but babies and/or pregnant people were there.

Interestingly enough I had a parents night out at my house this past weekend to benefit Relay For Life and had several little ones plus a pregnant mommy. It wasn't bad, I thought it would bother me, but it didn't. However we were really really busy so there wasn't much time to sit and dwell on it. I found out yesterday a good friend is expecting a baby, due in Dec. I am truly happy for her and told her so by email. She's the only one I think I have told since Feb when I miscarried. That's a good sign right? I hope so but we'll see.

I think hubby and I have decided we'll start trying again seeing as how we haven't been to careful recently. I hope that I am choosing to go forward for the right reasons and not because of the hurt I have from hearing/seeing/reading about others being pregnant. I think that plagues we quite a bit right now. We knew we wanted a third child, we tried for over a year and I feel we are back at square one again. Trying to figure out if we are doing the right thing.....for me though I just fear another miscarriage. I don't know how I would handle it.....

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On the good news side, we only have 1 month, 2 weeks and 2 days til our Family Disney Vacation. I am trying to stay pumped up and think of this when I get down. Like today. I have our dining reservations done, we have the hotel booked and everything is paid for. I do need to buy the girls some summer clothes soon along with hubby and I too. I am excited we get 8 days/7 nights this time around. We'll actually be able to relax too and that will be much needed!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April Showers Bring May Flowers

I hope that we get enough rain this year but really am dreading the storms that come along with it! Over the weekend, I was in Nashville with some friends for a girls weekend out, it was great by the way! However on Saturday we were on our way to Green Hills mall when we heard the tornado sirens going off. We made it to the mall before the storm part hits, thankfully because soon after it started hailing and raining pretty bad. The sky looked pretty nasty and I was a bit paranoid since I had been in a bad tornado as a child. Thankfully nothing came out of the storm where we were at, but some other area's weren't so lucky. The next morning we found out a tornado had touched down about 50 miles west of where we had been. I believe there was damage done of course, but I didn't hear of any major injuries or fatalities.

We have another round of storms coming in tonight and of course the weather stations are keeping us posted about the impending severe weather. Today the weather is beautiful, clear blue skies, sunny and a slight breeze....however the storm system is approaching from the west. No doubt we'll get some thunderstorms and what not tonight and into tomorrow. I just pray they aren't as severe as they are saying it could be.

The lovely weather has made several flowers in the front yard beds bloom, I am excited there some already planted! I am hoping we have had our last freeze and the rest if any will bloom as well. Our flower beds need work though, they are over run with weeds right now, though hubby sprayed weed killer last week, I hope it works soon! We are going to re edge our flower beds with bricks to make it look nicer. Right now we have plastic edging up from the previous owners. It'll be a lot of work but the end result will be nice! Thankfully we have a friend who is giving us all the bricks left over from her remodel. :)

I'll be sure to post before and after photos!

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