Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas...

Sorry it is so late, but I just wasn't able to tell everyone until now. I hope everyone had as good a Christmas as we did! We were exremely busy, but it was great! For some reason I didn't get many pictures this year, so I don't really have any to post...I guess I just wasn't feeling up to it! Gage racked up on Christmas gifts this year, and I will try to post those pics soon. I can't imagine what the poor child is going to do about getting any attention ;) He's pretty much spoiled rotten already! Thank You to everyone who thought of him and we hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

29 Weeks...

Here I am at the 29 week mark...I have almost made it 3/4 of the way!!!! It seems like it was just yesterday that we found out we were pregnant, but time is starting to slow WAY DOWN!!! Work has been hectic because of the Holidays, so being pregnant is really starting to wear on me. Hopefully when New Years is over things will be a little easier....not that I'm complaining!

MeMe bought Gage's "Coming Home" outfit the other day, and it is absolutely precious! It looks really big in the pic, but it is actually so tiny! I just can't imagine how sweet he will be in it! It is getting so close to time for him to get here and I'm starting to get extremely anxious! I can imagine that these last 10 weeks are going to be really tough, but it will be time for him before we know it! Thanks MeMe!!!

I finally have all the Christmas shopping done...Thank Goodness! Now I'm just waiting Chrismas to get here! This is by far my favorite time of the year! Michael wrapped my gifts and put them under the tree a few days ago, and I have been begging to open "just one"! He just laughs and says no! I just can't wait for Christmas Day!!!! If I don't have time to post between now and then...MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE!!!!!

Monday, December 15, 2008

A Big Day...and a Big Baby!!

Today was a pretty slow, but big day for Michael and I! A year ago today he asked me to marry him! Never did I imagine that our lives would change so much in just one year, but to my suprise...they did! This has been a really big year for us already, and the best has yet to come! We have gotten married, built a new house, moved in, found out we were pregnant, and now we only have a little over 2 months until we add to our family! Today we had our 4D ultrasound, and everything was GREAT! Gage definitly takes after his Daddy and is absolutely precious! I am 28 weeks, and he already weighs 3 1/2 pounds and is 17 inches long! I just can't believe he is already so big! He has the cutest little chubby cheeks you have ever seen, and a pug nose just like me! I just can't wait to see him in real life! The doctor seems to think he will be here mid-Febuary, so keep your fingers crossed for that. She says if he goes full term, he could easily be a 10 pound baby...not fun! She also says I have lots of amniotic fluid, which means I will lose the weight almost immediatly so that sounds great! Maybe I can keep on my same track and only gain a few more pounds. He certainly doesn't look like he's hurting from my slow weight gain...ha!

This is our Engagement Picture...we have both changed a little!

Monday, December 8, 2008

I've been tagged!!!

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Hmmm...not really a huge fan of either, but if I had to choose...Hot Chocolate!

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
When I was really little, Santa just sat the gifts under the tree, but as I got older they were wrapped! I'm sure Gage's gifts will be the same!

3. Colored lights on house/tree or white lights?
White lights for sure!

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
No...I would if I had some though!

5. When do you put your decorations up?
Usually I put the tree up the day after Thanksgiving, but this year I was a little late. Maybe I'll do better next year!

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
7 layer Aunt makes it for every Holiday, and I LOVE IT!!!

7. Favorite holiday memory as a child?
I remember having so many places to go every Christmas and it was so much fun to me! It seemed like the gifts were never ending for everyone! The older I get the harder it is to enjoy all the Hustle and Bustle, but I still love it!

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
What do you mean...I still believe! If you don't believe, you don't recieve!!

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
Yep...I have Christmas Eve every year with my Mom's side of the family! For the last couple of years we have had Christmas at our house, and I love having all the family here!

10. How do you decorate your tree?
Red, Silver, and Turquoise! Just like everything else in my house!

11. Snow! Love it or dread it?
I love it! Nothing better than being snowed in with my hubby!

12. Can you ice skate?
HA! No, I have a hard enough time walking!

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
Every gift is my favorite for a different reason!

14. What is the most important thing about the holidays for you?
I love family time, and I can't ever get enough of it! It is always so much fun visiting with everyone!

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
I'm not a huge dessert fan! Probably Banana Pudding!

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
I love them all!!

17. What tops your Christmas tree?
A huge Red Bow!

18. Which do you prefer-giving or receiving?
I love giving gifts! It always feels so good to give someone something they really wanted!

19. What is your favorite Christmas song?
Away in a Manger by Joe Nichols!

20. Candy Canes-yum or yuck?
Yum...I love 'em!

21. What do you want for Christmas?
I have had a really hard time with my Christmas List this year. It seems like everything that comes to mind is actually for Gage!

22. Do you attend an annual Christmas party?
We have one for work every year. This year we are going to some fancy steak house in Little Rock.

23. Do you dress up on Christmas or wear PJs?
I always dress up! I love having my picture made, so I make sure I'm not too slouchy!

24. Do you own a Santa hat?
Nope...can't say I do!

25. Who do you normally spend Christmas with?
Wow! This could take a while! To make a long story short, we all day Christmas Eve and Christmas Day trying to make all our stops so that all the family is taken care of! It usually takes the entire 2 days!!

I'm tagging Kristi Brown and Sarah Mizell

27 Weeks Preggo!!!

I have finally moved into my 3rd Trimester!!! Yay! Although it has been a really great pregnancy so far, I am so ready for it to be over! I have finally made it below the 100 day mark, and couldn't be more thrilled! Gage will be here so SOON!! I find myself in his nursery atleast once a day...I guess making sure everything is still in place, HA! I just can't wait have a better reason to go in there! I just know he's going to be a doll!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Post #5: Happy Birthday Michael!!!

Last but not least, I want to wish my wonderful husband a Happy Birthday...he turned 31 yesterday! The last two years that we have spent together have been better than I had ever dreamed! He is such a great guy and I know he is going to be an even better father to our children! I can't express enough how much he means to me, and I am looking forward to many more years! I thank God everyday for sending me such a wonderful man to spend my life with!!! I love with all my heart Ang!!!

Here we are at Outback for his birthday dinner!

Here is my 26 week pic! I think I need a new photographer...this one keeps on making me look bigger...ha!

Post #4: My first trip to Deer Camp!

I never thought I would be saying this, but I made my first trip to deer camp last weekend. I was really dreading the trip, but I bit the bullet and did my wifely duty, and actually had a really good time. One day without a shower and my own bed was enough, but it was fun. Michael and I left on Friday and came back on Saturday night, so it wasn't too bad! I really had no intention of actually hunting, but I did that too! We sat there and talked most of the time, and still saw deer. We didn't kill anything though. Here we are on the way and also a small glimpse of the deer. They were really cute!

Post #3: Christmas is just around the corner!

Mom and I decided we would wake up at the crack of dawn on Friday morning to do some Christmas shopping...bad idea! I woke up at 3:00am, and got ready for Mom to pick me up. We got to Wal-Mart at about 4:30, stood in line for what seemed like FOREVER to get a few gifts, and at 6am we were finally leaving. I was really starting to question my own intellegence...ha! We did get some good deals though!!

On Sunday after Thanksgiving Mom and I hosted a Baby Shower for a freind of ours! Paige is due on the same day as my sis-in-law, and she is having a little boy also! With all the little boys on the way, this place is going to be a madhouse! Her shower turned out great, and she got lots of cute things. I went to Tammy's (my sis-in-law) baby shower last weekend, and she also got lots of cute things. I have another shower this weekend for another friend, Crystal...she's also having a boy! Going to all these baby showers makes me so anxious for ours! I just can't wait to see all the sweet little things for our little Angel! We are all so lucky to have such great friends and family!!

After the shower Sunday, my grandmother stayed at my house and helped me decorate our tree. I love having the tree to look at, but I'm not a big fan of putting it up! Nana was really sweet and did most of the work for me! Thank You Nana!! Didn't she do a good job!

Post #2: Thanksgiving Day!!

This is my 25 week pic on Thanksgiving morning! I never realize how big I am getting until I see a picture. I still cannot complain at all about my pregnancy. I have been extremely lucky to have had no problems so far. The heartburn is getting worse by the day, and the sleepless nights aren't much fun, but if that is the worst, I can deal with it! Gage is still a wild child and for some reason I have a feeling that won't change. He gets that from his Daddy...haha!!

For those of you who are married, have divorced parents, or know that the Holidays are always HECTIC!! Michael and I both have divorced parents, so we always have 4 places to go for every Holiday. The hustle and bustle has always been sort of fun to me, but it usually gets Michael in an uproar before we ever leave the house. I am a huge family person, and it is always fun to visit with everyone. This year we managed to go to everywhere we had planned and we even had enough time to stay and visit longer than 20 minutes! Here is a picture of us at his Mom's for Thanksgiving dinner!

Post #1: Happy Birthday Mom!!

It has been so busy around here, and I have been needing to post for a while now. Sorry, I've been a bit of a procrastinator. We have had lots of things going on, and I am so excited to finally get to share them! November 24th was my Mom's birthday, and because it falls on or around Thanksgiving every year, she never gets a birthday party. This year I decided to make things more special for her and give her one! Here she is with her cake!! It meant so much to her that I made her day special. She is an amazing woman, and I can't wait to see her with Gage! He is so lucky to have such a sweet person to call Meme!!

Love you Mom!!!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

New Shoes!

Last Friday a good friend of mine, Slim AKA Lindsey, brought Gage a gift by the salon! They are the cutest little shoes you've ever seen! She was so sweet to think of us, and we are so lucky to have friends like her! Her little boy had a pair of Robeez and he wore them all of the time...I know Gage will too! Thanks Auntie Slim...hehe!!

My new found LOVE!

Never in my life have I ever been known as a "tightwad" as my mother would call it. As a matter of fact, I get myself into trouble quite a bit because I find something I want, and I HAVE TO HAVE IT and I get it! This would be the reason that my unborn son has more clothes than his Mommy or Daddy! I'm not good about thinking about things before I buy them, definitly an impulse buyer, and most of the time I have buyers remorse like you wouldn't believe! You'd think I would learn my lesson. Another thing I AM NOT, is a morning person. I don't go into work until 10 for a reason...because I would have zero clients. I'm typically pretty cranky in the mornings, and not fun to be around. Well, today was my second day to try the Walgreens Game, and I got lots of much needed items for only a little money. But to make it even better, I woke up at 7:30AM so that I could go to the store and get a Sunday paper to get the Walgreens ad and coupons out of it! I couldn't wait to see what the deals of the week would be. I even went to McDonalds and got my sweet little husband a surprise breakfast! Neither of us ever dreamed I would be up in time to get McDonalds breakfast! Anyway, back to Walgreens, these were my deals for the week!

(1) Venus Embrace Razor $3.49
(1) Comet Bathroom Cleaner $.59
(2) Excedrin Gelcaps $.49
(2) Right Guard Mens Deoderant $2.79
(2) Colgate Total Toothpaste $1.98
(1) Walgreens Antacid $2.99
(1) Tylenol Allergy $3.99
(1) Tylenol Sinus $3.99
(1) Tylenol Cold $4.99
I used a $3 RR from last week, several coupons, and recieved $11 in RR today. I spent $20.38 on everything you see! That is a total savings of $43.88!!! If nothing else, our medicine cabinet is stocked...ha!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Spoiled ALREADY!

As you can tell, Gage is already getting spoiled rotten and he isn't even here yet! It seems like someone is always getting him something! I guess I won't complain has really been nice! Yesterday my Mom bought him the sweetest little Teddy Bear that says, "Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, guide and guard me through the night, and wake me with the mornings light". It is the absolute sweetest thing ever! Thanks again Meme! And today, a softball friend of ours brought him the biggest piggy bank I have ever seen, and to make it even better, it has money in it! Thanks so much Kelly and Greg two are so sweet!!! Here I am with both his new gifts!

We had our ultrasound today, and we got a tiny little glimpse of Gage! It wasn't intended to do a 4D today, but by accident, we did! My doctor has just recently got his machine to do the 4D's so, when he hit a wrong button, this is what we saw! Isn't he precious! I think he looks like his Daddy...what do you think?

Sunday, November 16, 2008

24 down...16 to go!

Here I am at 24 weeks! The pregnancy has been going great, and Gage is a WILD CHILD! He has been moving a lot these past few weeks and he is for sure getting bigger! It seems like everyday I wake up bigger and bigger. I have my next doctors appt this Wednesday, so keep us in your prayers. Hopefully everything is still going well! I should get another ultrasound, and I can't wait to see how much different he looks! I sure hope he cooperates! I haven't done anything new in the nursery since the last post, but I am hoping to do a few things this week! The bare walls are starting to drive me nuts!!

I have been hearing, and seeing other bloggers talk about the Walgreens game, so I decided to give it a try this week. I didn't do as well as I had hoped, but not too bad for a first timer. I got everything you see here for about $30 and the cost before all my saving would have been close to $60 dollars. Maybe next time I'll be able to get some better deals!

Monday, November 10, 2008

New Page!

As you can see, I am working on a new page! Please be patient...I can't seem to get it right just yet!! Hopefully it won't look this way for long!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Genesis Salon Grand Opening!!

Last week we finally moved into our new Salon, and we had the Grand Opening today! Genesis Salon has been in business in the same location for almost 10 years. My Mom has done nails there since the first day, and I came to work there about 2 years ago. I just love working with her...that is something not many people can say! If you are from around the Benton/Bryant area, you should come see me! I'm always looking for some new hair to do!! We also have a new massage therapist who they say is really good!

These are the girls I work with!! My Mom, Gaylen, Debbie, and Me! They say the camera adds a few pounds and I sure hope they are right...I'm growing a little faster than I thought!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Aren't we lucky!

I have an Aunt that works at the hospital, and right after we found out we were pregnant she brought us a huge case of diapers and a case of wipes. Since then, she has completely stocked our shelves with more diapers and wipes. We figure we will probably have enough to last us a pretty long time!!! Good news is...if we don't have enough, we can always get more! Thanks for the diapers Jenn!

About a month ago I bought Gage a diaper bag that I have been needing to have his name monogrammed on. Well, I finally did it, and it turned out great! I can't wait to use it. Michael hates it because he says it is way too girly, but I think it is really cute! What do you think?

Last but not least...I was reading another blog earlier and I saw that BABIES R US has a rewards program for frequent shoppers. Well, I happen to be a frequent shopper, so I signed up for REWARDS R US. For every $150 dollars you spend, they give you a $5 gift certificate. $5 doesn't sound like much, but when I entered my past reciept numbers I got $25 dollars back in "free money"! I can't wait until they come in so I can go on another shopping trip!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Deer Season Sadness!

I don't know how the rest of you feel, but I absolutely hate deer season. I dread the thought of it all year long, and when it gets here, I dread it even more. Everytime Michael leaves I cry my eyes out wishing he would just stay home for ONE weekend. God forbid him miss a day of hunting! This morning he left to go to the deerwoods to "set up camp", and of come the tears! He can't hunt this weekend because it is Youth Hunt, so why does he even feel the need to go? Who knows! I would do anything to be one of those women who loves to be home alone, but I'm just NOT! As a matter of fact...I hate it!! My mom keeps telling me that one of these days I will love it when he leaves, but it for the last 3 deer seasons, it has been terrible! I'm just a complete bawlbag!! HA!! I will be so happy when deer season is finally over!!!!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Our dresser came in!! got it! BABIES R US called today to let me know that the dresser/changing table had finally made it! I am absolutely thrilled! I called Michael and insisted that we MUST make a trip to Little Rock to pick it up tonight. Being the wonderful husband that he is, he agreed! We also made another stop by Hobby Lobby to get the little wicker baskets to go on the shelf. I was worried I wouldn't be able to find any that would work, and they fit perfectly! make the night even better, the baskets were on sale for 50% off!!! This is why I LOVE HOBBY LOBBY!!! They always have good deals! We had every intention of coming home and having to assemble the whole thing, but to our surprise, it was already put together! What a good night!! The nursery is coming along really well now, so I'm sure it won't be long and it'll be all ready for Gage to make his appearance! I hope he loves it! Thanks for the dresser MeMe!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Moving right along...

I made my weekly trip to Hobby Lobby yesterday to buy the letters for Gage's wall and had planned on painting them sometime this weekend. Well...I couldn't wait! I wanted so badly to start on them, that I went to Wal-Mart at 9:00 last night to buy the paint! I have a bad problem with patience and when I want something...I WANT IT NOW!! So, I stayed up half the night trying to get them just perfect, and in my opinion, they turned out GREAT! Here they are! Tell me what you think!

Speaking of patience...the dresser still hasn't made its way to me. I'm not too happy about it, but I suppose it doesn't do any good to be mad, so I'm "patiently" waiting. I'm thinking maybe this is God's way of teaching my a lesson in life that I certainly need to work on before my little one gets here...ha!

Monday, October 27, 2008

It's finally here!

It has only been a little over a week, but it seems like an eternity since we ordered Gage's bed and dresser! The bed came in today and we eventually got it put together. The dresser on the other hand, did not. Hopefully it will be in by the end of the week. We had a few minor problems out of the lovely folks at BABIES R US, but we managed to get things worked out. Here are a few pics of Baby Gage's new room! Tell me what you think!

This is MeMe and Pawpaw trying to put the crib together, but some of parts were missing...Imagine that! I had to make another trip to Little Rock to exchange one of the pieces before the crib could be finished!

Daddy trying to finish getting the crib together by himself...I don't think I was much help. I'm not too much of a handy man...ha!

Here I am trying to get the bedding just perfect for my little angel! I wouldn't want him to have to sleep in a messy bed!

This is a close up of the bedding! I just love it!

And this is the finished product! It turned out perfect and I am so happy with it! I can't wait until Gage gets here so I can spend lots more time in his sweet little room! By the way...Thanks Grams for the new crib!

I know this probably looks like a mess now, but I still have work to do. My aunt gave me the rocker, and I am going to paint it and recover the cushions. The little wicker stand has to be painted as well. Eventually I will have it all finished and post new pics!

21 Weeks! I haven't been doing very well on posting new preggo pics, but I am working on it! I am 21 weeks and 3 days now, and feeling better than ever! Gage has been kicking like crazy and I believe he gets the hiccups about 3 time a day...usually in the middle of the night! It is so funny how different things feel from week to week. I'm getting bigger by the minute, so apparently he is too! We still have 3 more weeks until our next ultrasound, but I am interested to see just how much he has grown!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Halfway There!

Yay!!!! This week is my halfway mark of my pregnancy! I have been so blessed throughout the first 20 weeks, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that the next 20 go just as well. I have been feeling Baby Gage moving around quite a bit now, and I have to say, it is the neatest feeling ever. I had been telling Michael for a week or so every time I felt him kicking , and he could never feel anything, but he finally did the other night! I'm not sure, but I think he loved it!!

Mom and I went last Tuesday to register us at BABIES R US, and we had a lot of fun with it! I just never imagined there would be so many things I would need until I got there and started scanning things. I know there are probably lots of things that "Experienced Moms" could tell me that I need or don't need, so if any of you have any suggestions, that would be great! You always hear people saying "you need this" or "you don't need this", but for some reason I can never remember what they are when the time comes. I would LOVE any "new mom" advice I can get!!

Michael's Mom and Grandma went with me on Friday to BABIES R US to order our crib and dresser, and I can't wait to get them! Michael's Mom bought us the crib, and my Mom bought us the dresser. It means so much that our parents are being so much help to us! We are very blessed to have all of them! Gage is going to be so lucky to have such a huge family to love him! I will post pics as soon as we get everything put together...I can't wait!!

Last night we went to our annual Halloween Party that some friends of ours gets together, and it seemed to be bigger than ever. It is always a lot of fun to see all the costumes people put together, and sometimes I am in shock that they would actually wear them in public! I don't have many pictures of the costumes, but I did get a few of the family!

My Mom and I at the party!

Michael and belly is getting bigger by the minute!

This is Michael and I with my Stepbrother Steven, and his girlfriend Sissy! The guys NEVER keep their eyes open for pictures...UGH!!

I forgot to post a 19 week picture (I forgot to take one), but I will try to remember to take one this week and post it at some point. For now, maybe the Halloween pics will work! Talk to you soon!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Gage's New Wardrobe!

Last week I wrote about going shopping for Gage, and I have just gotten around to hanging up all his little clothes! I didn't realize that I had already bought him so many things until I got them all hung up together! I wanted to share a few of the little outfits with our Blogger friends!!

This is a view of his clothes hanging in the closet...needless to say, he won't be going naked!!

This is one of my favorites! He will look just like Daddy in this one!!

If you know Michael, you know this will be perfect for Gage to wear! His Daddy is quite the charmer! ;)

After the ultrasound last Monday, my mom, grandma, and I went shopping for little boy clothes! My grandma found these little shoes for him (among lots of other things) and they are just precious! I can't wait for him to get here to meet his Nana and Papaw...he will love them!!

After lots of thought, I have decided on this bedding for Gage's nursery! I couldn't seem to make up my mind, so I went to BABIES R US to look around, and realized that the bedding was on sale for only $72, so I was SOLD...I couldn't believe it was so cheap! Meme(my mom) and I decided that it will be so cute with baby blue! I hope he enjoys his room as much as we are enjoying getting it decorated! We are going next Friday night to order the bed and changing table and I am so excited! I can't wait to see how things look once we are able to start getting it all together!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

It is my pleasure to introduce to you...


We have finally decided on his name! After lots of thought and the back and forth, "No, I don't like that", or "Yes, I do like that", we made up our minds. We aren't sure whether to call him Drew or Gage, but will decide that soon and let everyone know! Here he is!

Sound asleep on his back!

This is his leg!

This is his sweet little face!

And here, he is upside down kicking like crazy!

I know this isn't near as cute, but this is my 18 week preggo pic!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

It's a BOY!!!

Can you believe it? We had the ultrasound yesterday and everything about him is perfect! I was completely shocked when the nurse told us the news, but I am excited! He was so active (compliments of the Coke and Chocolate Chip Cookie I ate before I went) and was kicking like crazy. I still have only actually felt him kick a few times, but it was obvious that he was yesterday. My Mom and Grandmother and Michael's Mom and Grandmother went with us, and we were all mesmerized!!! I just can't wait to meet him in real life...I just know he'll be precious, just like his Daddy!

I went to the mall today and bought him several new outfits, so he shouldn't ever have to go naked...ha!! I have to admit I went a little crazy.

Blogger won't let me post the pics, but when it does, I will definitely introduce everyone to our little Angel!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Today is the Big Day!!

As many of you may know, we have scheduled an appointment at Babyviews today to find out what we are having! I am so excited about this appt, I can barely sit still today. I woke up about 100 times lastnight, looking at the clock to see if it was time to get up yet!HAHA!! I feel like a kid waiting on Christmas!

I have been feeling the baby kick just a little this week. I'm starting to think the little thing may just be a little lazy. Everyone has been asking me for weeks if I have felt anything yet, and it has just now started! It is really neat though!

I will let everyone know as soon as possible what we find out, but until then, keep us in your prayers!!!

Monday, September 29, 2008

#3 for Today!

It seems like I can't get enough blogging today! Michael just got home and I had him take my 17 week pic, so here it is!!!