Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Birdies are here

Well on my birthday I noticed that the robin in our back yard was looking into the nest. So the next time she wasn't sitting right out there I popped my head out the door and looked in. All three of the baby robins were in there wiggling around.


A few days later I stuck my head out again and found that they had grown a ton:


This morning I stepped out and took a peak and saw that their wings were starting to get feathers:

So far all of the robin's seem to be doing well!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Goose Egg

Sunday night Sammy was walking quickly through the house.. He bent down quickly to pick up a toy, however, the rest of him did not stop quite as quick as he liked. He fell forehead first into the corner of two walls. Look above his right eye:

He however calmed down pretty quickly after it happened. He started laughing and hamming it up for the camera.. I am sure this is just the first of these to come with raising a rough and tumble little boy:-P




Monday, April 14, 2008

My Birthday Celebrations

First I want to thank everyone for an amazing birthday! Friday night Tim took me out to dinner to Downtown 56.

(Downtown 56)

I had the most delicious crab cakes I have ever eaten in my entire life. Tim had a great filet migon and for dessert we had the chocolate fondue. I think I want to get a fondue pot now. We had a really great time at dinner.

We then did some shopping before heading to the quarry to do some camping. Luckily the weather was not as bad as was called for. We had fun enjoying the quarry and the peace and quite.

(The tent after the night)

(The beautiful quarry)

Saturday morning we packed up and relieved our wonderful babysitter. We then enjoyed some good weather.. Tim mowed the lawn, and Sammy and I played on the swing set and the yard.


(where the tent was located during the rain)

We then packed up and headed to Charolettesville to have lunch with my parents, Clare, Chris, and Bradley. We ate some lunch at one of my all time favorite restaurants, Red Robin. My family blessed me with some great gifts!

Sunday we went to church and then went and hung out with Tim's family for the afternoon. All in all a great weekend!

(Tim ran to the car to get some marshmallows.. sporting my pink crocs!!)

Friday, April 11, 2008

Quarter of a Century

Well folks.. today is my 25th birthday! So in order to celebrate on the blog.. I thought I would give you 25 things you always wanted to know about me.. LOL

1. I was nicknamed StringRay in elementary/middle school, Mini Me in high school and Stengels in college
2. I have lived in VA my whole life
3. I have had 7 surgeries (wisdom teeth, 2 kidney stone surgeries, hernia repair, c-section, gallbladder removal, and ERCP to remove gallstones stuck in the common bile duct)
4. I love board games
5. I love the water.. being in it, looking at it, thinking about it.. you get the picture
6. I was on the swim team
7. I danced for a very short period of my life
8. I have texture issues with food, I don't like tomatoes because they can't decide if they want to be crunchy or squishy
9. I like nuts just not in things like cookies, candy bars, or peanut butter
10. I have my parents sense of humor
11. I was annoying little sister. (Sorry Clare)
12. I love camping
13. I was a cheerleader for one season and hated it
14. I was a goalie in field hockey
15. I loved picking potatoes in my grandparents garden
16. I use to hate blueberries (texture issue) but now I love them.. (Yes Dad even in my pancakes)
17. I like to organize
18. I don't like to keep things organized (otherwise I wouldn't get to organize again)
19. I eat all of one type of food on my plate before moving to the next (food must not touch either)
20. I played the flute and piano for a short period of time
21. I love dogs
22. I have ketchup with my grilled cheese sandwiches
23. I have peanut butter with a cut-up apple
24. I am OCD about random things (hard to explain in one line.. hmm maybe a blog post)
25. I love school supply shopping.. however, I have no need to go currently

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

First pair of fitted Shoes

A few weeks ago we took Sammy to get his first pair of fitted shoes. We got them a little bigger than he needed because his feet were smaller than any of the shoes they had in the store. The first day we had them he wasnt a big fan of them.
However now he has gotten the hang of walking with them on.

He is now walking around about 95% of the time at home. When he is away from the house he is not as confident about the walking however he still is usually walking/cruising around then also.

You can check out some other photos here.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Meet Our New Family Member!!!

Okay, now that I have your attention, I will tell you that someone in our household has been doing some serious nesting! She has been busy getting things ready and has a "glow" about her!

Well, since there is only one female in our house, this might have you guys thinking that we are expecting number two! Look below for a picture that explains everything:








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LOL, there she is in the flower box on our deck! There are 3 little robin eggs in her nest. She is a fearless little bird. She stays in her nest when Tipsy goes in and out of the house. She even stays in her nest when Tim or I look out the door.


If I can get a picture of the little birdies once they are hatched I will put them up for you guys to check them out!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Putting Things Into other Things

Sammy has been practicing putting things into other things. He takes his toys and puts them in his toy basket, he puts toys into the tv stand, he puts food into the dogs mouth.. okay you get the point.

The other day I was admiring the flowers on my fireplace (thanks Tim) when something caught my eye.

There was one of Sammy's shape sorting pieces in the fireplace. I looked closer to find there was 2 gears, a shape, a hair tie, a piece of trash, and a baby sock. Apparently Sammy has been busy putting things into the fire place. I guess we will work on that before next winter ;-)


I've been tagged

I've been tagged by my friend Karla. Karla is my best friend other than Tim of course ;-)! She lives down in SC (well atleast for this month)!

The rules are as follows...
1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Seven Random Facts about me:
1. I think the divider plates like these were designed for me
2. I played "real" softball for 10 years of my life
3. I have to clean my ears at least once a day w/ a q-tip (Thanks Dad ;-) hehe)
4. I don't eat meat off the bone
5. I am 9 years younger than my husband
6. I am a die-hard Redskins fan
7. I majored in Computer Science at JMU

1. Clare
2. Cheryl
3. Samantha
4. Katrina
5. Lis
6. Colman Family
7. Jolanthe

Saturday, April 5, 2008

My Sister is Blogging!!

I have been tinkering with some blog designs lately and my sister asked me to get one setup for her. You can check her out at Diapers to Designs. If you like her design and and want to give yours a little face lift let me know. :-)

Hot Showers

I enjoy a nice hot shower... however, lately I noticed that my showers were getting shorter and shorter. One day I was in the midst of the lather, rinse repeat process when FREEZING COLD WATER came pouring out of the shower head! I hurried to finish washing my mop of a head and wondered if I would ever be warm again.

I got out of the shower and thought.. well I am running the dishwasher and washing machine at the same time I am sure that is the problem. However, the next day I was in the same boat again.. wondering why I hadn't mentioned anything to Tim last time.

When I finally defrosted with a nice big cup of hot coffee I told Tim about our little issue. Tim crawled under the house into the crawl space (why our hot water heater is outside in the cold is beyond me). He tested the hot water heater and found two issues, so off to Home Depot we trekked for parts.

Tim drained the lukewarm water out of the hot water heater and pulled out the heating elements:
No that Tim the Tool Man fixed the hot water heater I am back to enjoying the scalding water in the morning!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Plum Lovin'

Author: Janet Evanovich
ISBN: 99780312985363
Pages: 164

One word summary: Humorous

Description from Amazon:
In this tart and hilarious "between-the-numbers" Stephanie Plum novel from bestseller Evanovich (Twelve Sharp), the Jersey bond enforcement agent, who already has two guys in her life (cop Joe Morelli and bounty hunter Ranger), reconnects with Diesel, a third heartthrob. Diesel offers Stephanie a deal: if he lets her find Annie Hart, a relationship coach who's become a big-ticket bond on Stephanie's Most Wanted List after fleeing a charge for a robbery she didn't commit, then Stephanie can do Annie a big favor by playing Cupid for a number of Annie's lovelorn clients, including a shy butcher, a desperate vet, an overworked single mom, a 30-something virgin and the marriage-phobic fellow who just happens to be Stephanie's pregnant sister's boyfriend. Diesel and Stephanie's short but sweet adventure ends on a teasing note that will leave fans hungry for the next juicy Plum-a-thon. (Jan.)
My review: As always this book was really funny. The story line did not have as many twists and turns as a number book in this series.. But it was definately a good fun quick read! I was cracking up as some of the things were happening.. At least Stephanie kept her car through the whole book :-P

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Rekindling the Romance

Author: Dennis & Barbara Rainey
ISBN: 9780785200017
Pages: 152 (for the woman's section)

One word summary: Good

I won this book through a blog activity for the month of February. So I figured I would read it for the Spring Reading Thing 2008.

Description from Barnes and Noble:
Deep within every marriage is a God-given desire for intimacy. By God's design, romance is supposed to be the flame in the fireplace. It includes warmth, security, and, of course, sexual intimacy.
Yet far too many Christian couples feel cheated because their marriage produces about as much spark as a book of wet matches. For them the kids, the long hours at the office, the bills, health issues, and even feelings of guilt leave them drained. Others have neglected to fan the flames of passion for so long that they have lost hope of experiencing romance. Their relationship has become as routine as it is lifeless. Some are so puzzled by the whole affair they have come to the wrong conclusion that God has withheld something good from them. In short, romance in marriage can be a challenge and a mystery.
My review: This book was good, Tim enjoyed his section out of it as well. The only complaint we had with this book is that it tended to be about stereotypical males and females. Since Tim and I are not very stereotypical (ex. I like to watch sports, he watches them because I do, he likes to watch all kinds of movies not just action packed car chase movies, etc.) However, if you took the general ideas from the book you can adapt them to your situation. I would recommend the book to a couple who is trying to make their relationship a priority.