Wednesday, February 27, 2013

101 in 1001 Monthly Update

1. Make a wreath for my front door - 10/16/11
2. Go to the Texas State Fair - 10/4/10
3. Eat a meal from a food truck
4. Go to the symphony Take Logan to a pumpkin patch - 10/16/12
5. Go 1 week without watching TV - 1/9/11
6. Finally buy wedding pictures...
7. Hang wedding pictures
8. Go to the ballet with Jed - 11/27/10
9. Tour The Sixth Floor Museum The State Capital - 8/7/12
10. Finish my T-shirt quilt I started 2 3 years ago - 3/23/11
11. Go to the Ft. Worth Zoo - 10/2/10
12. Lose 20 pounds!! - 11/3/10
13. Lose 20 more pounds!!! - 6/22/11
14. Go snorkeling again Go to the driving range - 12/30/11
15. Catch up on 30 Rock - 12/6/10
16. Eat vegetarian for a week Try fish - 12/15/11 (tilapia)
17. Go to a Rangers game - 5/13/11
18. Do a ropes course Take Logan to see Santa - 12/13/12
19. Write in my journal every day for 1 month - 10/15/12
20. Go rock climbing again
21. Go back to school - 3/23/11 :)
22. Take a picture each day for 3 1 month - 12/14/11
23. Ride on a real train - 11/19/11
24. Bear my testimony in church - 3/25/12
25. Get my picture taken by a professional
26. Get our family photo taken by a professional
27. Swim 10 continuous laps Take Logan to the beach [Galveston] - 2/8/13
28. Get a dog another Russian tortoise - 9/26/12
29. Visit NASA - 2/8/13
30. Family prayer and Personal scripture study every day for 1 month - 2/3/11
31. Visit San Antonio during a holiday - 7/4/11
32. Join a choir - 10/10/10
33. Make a sourdough starter - 5/9/11
34. Go white water rafting again Take Logan on his first road trip - 11/19/12
35. Pick up the violin again
36. Take Jed to a rodeo - 1/20/11
37. Buy cowboy boots or hats - 11/6/10
38. Get in the car and drive 2 hours in one direction with the windows down and the radio blasting - 5/25/12
39. Visit all great-grandparents' grave sites (Mom's side) - 6/17/12
40. Go to the Dallas Temple - 2/23/11
41. Take Jed to a jazz bar country concert (Rascal Flatts) - 7/13/12
42. Fly a kite - 3/6/12
43. Go to a haunted house with Jed - 10/25/10
44. Complete Couch to 5K Challenge Ride a mechanical bull - 11/19/11
45. Participate in an organized 5K! - 7/11/11
46. Get my palm read or fortune told
47. Go on another cruise with Jed
48. Help build a Habitat for Humanity house - 12/7/11
49. Make Mom's cinnamon rolls - 10/30/10
50. Make Theresa's cinnamon rolls
51. Go to Schlitterbahn with Jed
52. Buy a homeless person lunch - 3/14/11
53. Have a baby!! - 8/19/12
54. Watch the Zombie Walk - 10/16/10
55. Pay off Jed's car!! - 10/19/10
56. Go fishing with Jed - 5/30/11
57. Be 100% credit card debt-free!!! - 2/6/12
58. Ride a horse - 7/30/11
59. Go to the Dallas Aquarium - 2/10/12
60. Dance to a vinyl record
61. Take a cooking class
62. Get an SLR a video camera - 12/25/11
63. Skydive
64. Visit Gettysburg or Williamsburg
65. Make out in the rain
66. Go to Six Flags with Jed
67. File my own taxes without calling Daddy - 2/22/11
68. Make a hole-in-one
69. Take a hot-air balloon or helicopter ride
70. Change my own oil
71. Go to NYC or San Francisco Lake Powell - (6/10-14/12)
72. Take an art class
73. Jump around in a mosh pit again
74. Go to a circus - 10/14/10
75. Deep clean my bathroom - 2/10/11
76. Visit my sister, Laurel, in California - 4/6/11
77. Ride a motorcycle  Buy a house! - 3/21/12
78. Get a TX driver's license again - 9/29/10
79. Go one week three days without simple carbs - 11/11/11
80. Dance barefoot
81. Get all dressed up and go to a fancy dinner
82. Get on a bike again
83. Buy myself flowers for no reason - 2/12/11
84. Go camping in Texas with Jed - 5/6/11
85. Go camping on a beach
86. Go to the Texas beach Float the river with Jed - 7/3/11
87. Donate blood again
88. Spend a night with the lights off, watching a lightning storm - 11/15/10
89. Go to the Grand Canyon Time Out For Women - 4/13-14/12
90. Have a meaningful conversation with a beggar
91. Paint pottery again
92. Join a bowling or softball league
93. Watch a movie at a drive-in
94. Grow and eat my own vegetables - 12/1/11 (green onions)
95. Sing karaoke again - 11/4/11
96. Take the Riverwalk boat tour - 11/6/10
97. Don't eat out for 1 month 2 weeks
98. Go to the batting cages with Jed - 4/1/11
99. Donate plasma
100. Eat fried green tomatoes - 11/6/10
101. Do 1 correct push-up

Thursday, December 27, 2012

101 in 1001 Monthly Update

1. Make a wreath for my front door - 10/16/11
2. Go to the Texas State Fair - 10/4/10
3. Eat a meal from a food truck
4. Go to the symphony Take Logan to a pumpkin patch - 10/16/12
5. Go 1 week without watching TV - 1/9/11
6. Finally buy wedding pictures...
7. Hang wedding pictures
8. Go to the ballet with Jed - 11/27/10
9. Tour The Sixth Floor Museum The State Capital - 8/7/12
10. Finish my T-shirt quilt I started 2 3 years ago - 3/23/11
11. Go to the Ft. Worth Zoo - 10/2/10
12. Lose 20 pounds!! - 11/3/10
13. Lose 20 more pounds!!! - 6/22/11
14. Go snorkeling again Go to the driving range - 12/30/11
15. Catch up on 30 Rock - 12/6/10
16. Eat vegetarian for a week Try fish - 12/15/11 (tilapia)
17. Go to a Rangers game - 5/13/11
18. Do a ropes course Take Logan to see Santa - 12/13/12
19. Write in my journal every day for 1 month - 10/15/12
20. Go rock climbing again
21. Go back to school - 3/23/11 :)
22. Take a picture each day for 3 1 month - 12/14/11
23. Ride on a real train - 11/19/11
24. Bear my testimony in church - 3/25/12
25. Get my picture taken by a professional
26. Get our family photo taken by a professional
27. Swim 10 continuous laps
28. Get a dog another Russian tortoise - 9/26/12
29. Visit NASA
30. Family prayer and Personal scripture study every day for 1 month - 2/3/11
31. Visit San Antonio during a holiday - 7/4/11
32. Join a choir - 10/10/10
33. Make a sourdough starter - 5/9/11
34. Go white water rafting again Take Logan on his first road trip - 11/19/12
35. Pick up the violin again
36. Take Jed to a rodeo - 1/20/11
37. Buy cowboy boots or hats - 11/6/10
38. Get in the car and drive 2 hours in one direction with the windows down and the radio blasting - 5/25/12
39. Visit all great-grandparents' grave sites (Mom's side) - 6/17/12
40. Go to the Dallas Temple - 2/23/11
41. Take Jed to a jazz bar country concert (Rascal Flatts) - 7/13/12
42. Fly a kite - 3/6/12
43. Go to a haunted house with Jed - 10/25/10
44. Complete Couch to 5K Challenge Ride a mechanical bull - 11/19/11
45. Participate in an organized 5K! - 7/11/11
46. Get my palm read or fortune told
47. Go on another cruise with Jed
48. Help build a Habitat for Humanity house - 12/7/11
49. Make Mom's cinnamon rolls - 10/30/10
50. Make Theresa's cinnamon rolls
51. Go to Schlitterbahn with Jed
52. Buy a homeless person lunch - 3/14/11
53. Have a baby!! - 8/19/12
54. Watch the Zombie Walk - 10/16/10
55. Pay off Jed's car!! - 10/19/10
56. Go fishing with Jed - 5/30/11
57. Be 100% credit card debt-free!!! - 2/6/12
58. Ride a horse - 7/30/11
59. Go to the Dallas Aquarium - 2/10/12
60. Dance to a vinyl record
61. Take a cooking class
62. Get an SLR a video camera - 12/25/11
63. Skydive
64. Visit Gettysburg or Williamsburg
65. Make out in the rain
66. Go to Six Flags with Jed
67. File my own taxes without calling Daddy - 2/22/11
68. Make a hole-in-one
69. Take a hot-air balloon or helicopter ride
70. Change my own oil
71. Go to NYC or San Francisco Lake Powell - (6/10-14/12)
72. Take an art class
73. Jump around in a mosh pit again
74. Go to a circus - 10/14/10
75. Deep clean my bathroom - 2/10/11
76. Visit my sister, Laurel, in California - 4/6/11
77. Ride a motorcycle  Buy a house! - 3/21/12
78. Get a TX driver's license again - 9/29/10
79. Go one week three days without simple carbs - 11/11/11
80. Dance barefoot
81. Get all dressed up and go to a fancy dinner
82. Get on a bike again
83. Buy myself flowers for no reason - 2/12/11
84. Go camping in Texas with Jed - 5/6/11
85. Go camping on a beach
86. Go to the Texas beach Float the river with Jed - 7/3/11
87. Donate blood again
88. Spend a night with the lights off, watching a lightning storm - 11/15/10
89. Go to the Grand Canyon Time Out For Women - 4/13-14/12
90. Have a meaningful conversation with a beggar
91. Paint pottery again
92. Join a bowling or softball league
93. Watch a movie at a drive-in
94. Grow and eat my own vegetables - 12/1/11 (green onions)
95. Sing karaoke again - 11/4/11
96. Take the Riverwalk boat tour - 11/6/10
97. Don't eat out for 1 month 2 weeks
98. Go to the batting cages with Jed - 4/1/11
99. Donate plasma
100. Eat fried green tomatoes - 11/6/10
101. Do 1 correct push-up

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

101 in 1001 Monthly Update

1. Make a wreath for my front door - 10/16/11
2. Go to the Texas State Fair - 10/4/10
3. Eat a meal from a food truck
4. Go to the symphony Take Logan to a pumpkin patch - 10/16/12
5. Go 1 week without watching TV - 1/9/11
6. Finally buy wedding pictures...
7. Hang wedding pictures
8. Go to the ballet with Jed - 11/27/10
9. Tour The Sixth Floor Museum The State Capital - 8/7/12
10. Finish my T-shirt quilt I started 2 3 years ago - 3/23/11
11. Go to the Ft. Worth Zoo - 10/2/10
12. Lose 20 pounds!! - 11/3/10
13. Lose 20 more pounds!!! - 6/22/11
14. Go snorkeling again Go to the driving range - 12/30/11
15. Catch up on 30 Rock - 12/6/10
16. Eat vegetarian for a week Try fish - 12/15/11 (tilapia)
17. Go to a Rangers game - 5/13/11
18. Do a ropes course Take Logan to see Santa
19. Write in my journal every day for 1 month - 10/15/12
20. Go rock climbing again
21. Go back to school - 3/23/11 :)
22. Take a picture each day for 3 1 month - 12/14/11
23. Ride on a real train - 11/19/11
24. Bear my testimony in church - 3/25/12
25. Get my picture taken by a professional
26. Get our family photo taken by a professional
27. Swim 10 continuous laps
28. Get a dog another Russian tortoise - 9/26/12
29. Visit NASA
30. Family prayer and Personal scripture study every day for 1 month - 2/3/11
31. Visit San Antonio during a holiday - 7/4/11
32. Join a choir - 10/10/10
33. Make a sourdough starter - 5/9/11
34. Go white water rafting again Take Logan on his first road trip - 11/19/12
35. Pick up the violin again
36. Take Jed to a rodeo - 1/20/11
37. Buy cowboy boots or hats - 11/6/10
38. Get in the car and drive 2 hours in one direction with the windows down and the radio blasting - 5/25/12
39. Visit all great-grandparents' grave sites (Mom's side) - 6/17/12
40. Go to the Dallas Temple - 2/23/11
41. Take Jed to a jazz bar country concert (Rascal Flatts) - 7/13/12
42. Fly a kite - 3/6/12
43. Go to a haunted house with Jed - 10/25/10
44. Complete Couch to 5K Challenge Ride a mechanical bull - 11/19/11
45. Participate in an organized 5K! - 7/11/11
46. Get my palm read or fortune told
47. Go on another cruise with Jed
48. Help build a Habitat for Humanity house - 12/7/11
49. Make Mom's cinnamon rolls - 10/30/10
50. Make Theresa's cinnamon rolls
51. Go to Schlitterbahn with Jed
52. Buy a homeless person lunch - 3/14/11
53. Have a baby!! - 8/19/12
54. Watch the Zombie Walk - 10/16/10
55. Pay off Jed's car!! - 10/19/10
56. Go fishing with Jed - 5/30/11
57. Be 100% credit card debt-free!!! - 2/6/12
58. Ride a horse - 7/30/11
59. Go to the Dallas Aquarium - 2/10/12
60. Dance to a vinyl record
61. Take a cooking class
62. Get an SLR a video camera - 12/25/11
63. Skydive
64. Visit Gettysburg or Williamsburg
65. Make out in the rain
66. Go to Six Flags with Jed
67. File my own taxes without calling Daddy - 2/22/11
68. Make a hole-in-one
69. Take a hot-air balloon or helicopter ride
70. Change my own oil
71. Go to NYC or San Francisco Lake Powell - (6/10-14/12)
72. Take an art class
73. Jump around in a mosh pit again
74. Go to a circus - 10/14/10
75. Deep clean my bathroom - 2/10/11
76. Visit my sister, Laurel, in California - 4/6/11
77. Ride a motorcycle  Buy a house! - 3/21/12
78. Get a TX driver's license again - 9/29/10
79. Go one week three days without simple carbs - 11/11/11
80. Dance barefoot
81. Get all dressed up and go to a fancy dinner
82. Get on a bike again
83. Buy myself flowers for no reason - 2/12/11
84. Go camping in Texas with Jed - 5/6/11
85. Go camping on a beach
86. Go to the Texas beach Float the river with Jed - 7/3/11
87. Donate blood again
88. Spend a night with the lights off, watching a lightning storm - 11/15/10
89. Go to the Grand Canyon Time Out For Women - 4/13-14/12
90. Have a meaningful conversation with a beggar
91. Paint pottery again
92. Join a bowling or softball league
93. Watch a movie at a drive-in
94. Grow and eat my own vegetables - 12/1/11 (green onions)
95. Sing karaoke again - 11/4/11
96. Take the Riverwalk boat tour - 11/6/10
97. Don't eat out for 1 month 2 weeks
98. Go to the batting cages with Jed - 4/1/11
99. Donate plasma
100. Eat fried green tomatoes - 11/6/10
101. Do 1 correct push-up

Sunday, November 25, 2012

My Week - Plumbing

Jed's family came in to town late last Sunday. A few people took showers that night and I noticed that the water in our master bathroom would bubble when the shower was going, or even after anyone flushed the other toilet. The water would get high, hang out for a bit despite plunging efforts, and eventually drain a little while later. Well the next morning, I took a shower and the shower didn't drain, so by the end of it I was standing in a few inches of water. As soon as I got out, before I got dressed, and before I could make an announcement that there would be no more showers, I heard the shower start in the other bathroom. I come out, make an announcement not to shower unless you feel like you absolutely have to, and go on with breakfast. My mother-in-law came up and asked me if she could shower and I told her that I wished she wouldn't, but Jed told her that the shower in the guest bathroom was fine to use, so she went ahead and took that shower. Lo and behold both toilets started to overflow and we barely had enough extra towels to soak up the backed up water (which smelled horrid, btw).

Jed had called the plumber we have to use for the home warranty to be effective and they couldn't come until the following day (Tues), but we were all leaving to San Antonio and I knew that he would be super sad if everyone went down there and we had to wait an extra day for this plumber to come, so we rescheduled for the following Tuesday (he couldn't come on the weekend or Monday) and we all headed down to San An. While we were in SA, my mom (who happened to be in town because my sister just had a baby) stopped by the house to check on things and the toilets had stopped overflowing and the water had gone back down.

Fast forward to Saturday afternoon when we got home. We knew we couldn't shower and were reluctant about flushing the toilets, but I had a bunch of dishes in the dishwasher, including all of the bottles that we took down south that only got rinsed and not washed. So I took the chance that the kitchen drain was somehow different or met up with the bathroom one past the clog and I did a quick load of dishes. Bad idea. Not only did the water rise in the toilets, but sewer grossness started coming out of both shower drains as well. Foul.

Since we can't shower or use our toilets/dishwasher/washing machine, we decided to get a hotel for last night and tonight. Luckily we just got done with a trip, so our toiletries were still packed, Logan's pack-and-play was easily accessible, etc. So here we are, 5 minutes from our house, at a hotel until Monday. It's not too bad, just feels like an extension to our Thanksgiving trip. And on that note, I am thankful for a home warranty so that we aren't out a ton of money for this plumbing job.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

101 in 1001 Monthly Update

1. Make a wreath for my front door - 10/16/11
2. Go to the Texas State Fair - 10/4/10
3. Eat a meal from a food truck
4. Go to the symphony Take Logan to a pumpkin patch - 10/16/12
5. Go 1 week without watching TV - 1/9/11
6. Finally buy wedding pictures...
7. Hang wedding pictures
8. Go to the ballet with Jed - 11/27/10
9. Tour The Sixth Floor Museum The State Capital - 8/7/12
10. Finish my T-shirt quilt I started 2 3 years ago - 3/23/11
11. Go to the Ft. Worth Zoo - 10/2/10
12. Lose 20 pounds!! - 11/3/10
13. Lose 20 more pounds!!! - 6/22/11
14. Go snorkeling again Go to the driving range - 12/30/11
15. Catch up on 30 Rock - 12/6/10
16. Eat vegetarian for a week Try fish - 12/15/11 (tilapia)
17. Go to a Rangers game - 5/13/11
18. Do a ropes course Take Logan to see Santa
19. Write in my journal every day for 1 month - 10/15/12
20. Go rock climbing again
21. Go back to school - 3/23/11 :)
22. Take a picture each day for 3 1 month - 12/14/11
23. Ride on a real train - 11/19/11
24. Bear my testimony in church - 3/25/12
25. Get my picture taken by a professional
26. Get our family photo taken by a professional
27. Swim 10 continuous laps
28. Get a dog another Russian tortoise - 9/26/12
29. Visit NASA
30. Family prayer and Personal scripture study every day for 1 month - 2/3/11
31. Visit San Antonio during a holiday - 7/4/11
32. Join a choir - 10/10/10
33. Make a sourdough starter - 5/9/11
34. Go white water rafting again
35. Pick up the violin again
36. Take Jed to a rodeo - 1/20/11
37. Buy cowboy boots or hats - 11/6/10
38. Get in the car and drive 2 hours in one direction with the windows down and the radio blasting - 5/25/12
39. Visit all great-grandparents' grave sites (Mom's side) - 6/17/12
40. Go to the Dallas Temple - 2/23/11
41. Take Jed to a jazz bar country concert (Rascal Flatts) - 7/13/12
42. Fly a kite - 3/6/12
43. Go to a haunted house with Jed - 10/25/10
44. Complete Couch to 5K Challenge Ride a mechanical bull - 11/19/11
45. Participate in an organized 5K! - 7/11/11
46. Get my palm read or fortune told
47. Go on another cruise with Jed
48. Help build a Habitat for Humanity house - 12/7/11
49. Make Mom's cinnamon rolls - 10/30/10
50. Make Theresa's cinnamon rolls
51. Go to Schlitterbahn with Jed
52. Buy a homeless person lunch - 3/14/11
53. Have a baby!! - 8/19/12
54. Watch the Zombie Walk - 10/16/10
55. Pay off Jed's car!! - 10/19/10
56. Go fishing with Jed - 5/30/11
57. Be 100% credit card debt-free!!! - 2/6/12
58. Ride a horse - 7/30/11
59. Go to the Dallas Aquarium - 2/10/12
60. Dance to a vinyl record
61. Take a cooking class
62. Get an SLR a video camera - 12/25/11
63. Skydive
64. Visit Gettysburg or Williamsburg
65. Make out in the rain
66. Go to Six Flags with Jed
67. File my own taxes without calling Daddy - 2/22/11
68. Make a hole-in-one
69. Take a hot-air balloon or helicopter ride
70. Change my own oil
71. Go to NYC or San Francisco Lake Powell - (6/10-14/12)
72. Take an art class
73. Jump around in a mosh pit again
74. Go to a circus - 10/14/10
75. Deep clean my bathroom - 2/10/11
76. Visit my sister, Laurel, in California - 4/6/11
77. Ride a motorcycle  Buy a house! - 3/21/12
78. Get a TX driver's license again - 9/29/10
79. Go one week three days without simple carbs - 11/11/11
80. Dance barefoot
81. Get all dressed up and go to a fancy dinner
82. Get on a bike again
83. Buy myself flowers for no reason - 2/12/11
84. Go camping in Texas with Jed - 5/6/11
85. Go camping on a beach
86. Go to the Texas beach Float the river with Jed - 7/3/11
87. Donate blood again
88. Spend a night with the lights off, watching a lightning storm - 11/15/10
89. Go to the Grand Canyon Time Out For Women - 4/13-14/12
90. Have a meaningful conversation with a beggar
91. Paint pottery again
92. Join a bowling or softball league
93. Watch a movie at a drive-in
94. Grow and eat my own vegetables - 12/1/11 (green onions)
95. Sing karaoke again - 11/4/11
96. Take the Riverwalk boat tour - 11/6/10
97. Don't eat out for 1 month 2 weeks
98. Go to the batting cages with Jed - 4/1/11
99. Donate plasma
100. Eat fried green tomatoes - 11/6/10
101. Do 1 correct push-up

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Pumpkin Patch

We took Logan to his first pumpkin patch tonight! It was really fun and we got some good pictures, too.




 Pumpkins are delicious.



Paisley is a good buddy.


 Cowboy Logan

Our little family

Thursday, September 27, 2012

101 in 1001 Monthly Update

1. Make a wreath for my front door - 10/16/11
2. Go to the Texas State Fair - 10/4/10
3. Eat a meal from a food truck
4. Go to the symphony
5. Go 1 week without watching TV - 1/9/11
6. Finally buy wedding pictures...
7. Hang wedding pictures
8. Go to the ballet with Jed - 11/27/10
9. Tour The Sixth Floor Museum The State Capital - 8/7/12
10. Finish my T-shirt quilt I started 2 3 years ago - 3/23/11
11. Go to the Ft. Worth Zoo - 10/2/10
12. Lose 20 pounds!! - 11/3/10
13. Lose 20 more pounds!!! - 6/22/11
14. Go snorkeling again Go to the driving range - 12/30/11
15. Catch up on 30 Rock - 12/6/10
16. Eat vegetarian for a week Try fish - 12/15/11 (tilapia)
17. Go to a Rangers game - 5/13/11
18. Do a ropes course
19. Write in my journal every day for 1 month
20. Go rock climbing again
21. Go back to school - 3/23/11 :)
22. Take a picture each day for 3 1 month - 12/14/11
23. Ride on a real train - 11/19/11
24. Bear my testimony in church - 3/25/12
25. Get my picture taken by a professional
26. Get our family photo taken by a professional
27. Swim 10 continuous laps
28. Get a dog another Russian tortoise - 9/26/12
29. Visit NASA
30. Family prayer and Personal scripture study every day for 1 month - 2/3/11
31. Visit San Antonio during a holiday - 7/4/11
32. Join a choir - 10/10/10
33. Make a sourdough starter - 5/9/11
34. Go white water rafting again
35. Pick up the violin again
36. Take Jed to a rodeo - 1/20/11
37. Buy cowboy boots or hats - 11/6/10
38. Get in the car and drive 2 hours in one direction with the windows down and the radio blasting - 5/25/12
39. Visit all great-grandparents' grave sites (Mom's side) - 6/17/12
40. Go to the Dallas Temple - 2/23/11
41. Take Jed to a jazz bar country concert (Rascal Flatts) - 7/13/12
42. Fly a kite - 3/6/12
43. Go to a haunted house with Jed - 10/25/10
44. Complete Couch to 5K Challenge Ride a mechanical bull - 11/19/11
45. Participate in an organized 5K! - 7/11/11
46. Get my palm read or fortune told
47. Go on another cruise with Jed
48. Help build a Habitat for Humanity house - 12/7/11
49. Make Mom's cinnamon rolls - 10/30/10
50. Make Theresa's cinnamon rolls
51. Go to Schlitterbahn with Jed
52. Buy a homeless person lunch - 3/14/11
53. Have a baby!! - 8/19/12
54. Watch the Zombie Walk - 10/16/10
55. Pay off Jed's car!! - 10/19/10
56. Go fishing with Jed - 5/30/11
57. Be 100% credit card debt-free!!! - 2/6/12
58. Ride a horse - 7/30/11
59. Go to the Dallas Aquarium - 2/10/12
60. Dance to a vinyl record
61. Take a cooking class
62. Get an SLR a video camera - 12/25/11
63. Skydive
64. Visit Gettysburg or Williamsburg
65. Make out in the rain
66. Go to Six Flags with Jed
67. File my own taxes without calling Daddy - 2/22/11
68. Make a hole-in-one
69. Take a hot-air balloon or helicopter ride
70. Change my own oil
71. Go to NYC or San Francisco Lake Powell - (6/10-14/12)
72. Take an art class
73. Jump around in a mosh pit again
74. Go to a circus - 10/14/10
75. Deep clean my bathroom - 2/10/11
76. Visit my sister, Laurel, in California - 4/6/11
77. Ride a motorcycle  Buy a house! - 3/21/12
78. Get a TX driver's license again - 9/29/10
79. Go one week three days without simple carbs - 11/11/11
80. Dance barefoot
81. Get all dressed up and go to a fancy dinner
82. Get on a bike again
83. Buy myself flowers for no reason - 2/12/11
84. Go camping in Texas with Jed - 5/6/11
85. Go camping on a beach
86. Go to the Texas beach Float the river with Jed - 7/3/11
87. Donate blood again
88. Spend a night with the lights off, watching a lightning storm - 11/15/10
89. Go to the Grand Canyon Time Out For Women - 4/13-14/12
90. Have a meaningful conversation with a beggar
91. Paint pottery again
92. Join a bowling or softball league
93. Watch a movie at a drive-in
94. Grow and eat my own vegetables - 12/1/11 (green onions)
95. Sing karaoke again - 11/4/11
96. Take the Riverwalk boat tour - 11/6/10
97. Don't eat out for 1 month 2 weeks
98. Go to the batting cages with Jed - 4/1/11
99. Donate plasma
100. Eat fried green tomatoes - 11/6/10
101. Do 1 correct push-up

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Logan Michael - Photo Dump

Here are a bunch of random pictures of our newest edition. And he's even cuter in real life.


Proud Daddy waiting for his son to arrive.

Love at first sight












 I love this hair!

Our sweet friends got him a birthday cake. Thanks Lackeys!

Logan has been such a joy in our lives. It's only been two weeks and it feels like he's always been a part of our family. I can't wait to see what the future has in store for him!

Monday, August 27, 2012

101 in 1001 Monthly Update

1. Make a wreath for my front door - 10/16/11
2. Go to the Texas State Fair - 10/4/10
3. Eat a meal from a food truck
4. Go to the symphony
5. Go 1 week without watching TV - 1/9/11
6. Finally buy wedding pictures...
7. Hang wedding pictures
8. Go to the ballet with Jed - 11/27/10
9. Tour The Sixth Floor Museum The State Capital - 8/7/12
10. Finish my T-shirt quilt I started 2 3 years ago - 3/23/11
11. Go to the Ft. Worth Zoo - 10/2/10
12. Lose 20 pounds!! - 11/3/10
13. Lose 20 more pounds!!! - 6/22/11
14. Go snorkeling again Go to the driving range - 12/30/11
15. Catch up on 30 Rock - 12/6/10
16. Eat vegetarian for a week Try fish - 12/15/11 (tilapia)
17. Go to a Rangers game - 5/13/11
18. Do a ropes course
19. Write in my journal every day for 1 month
20. Go rock climbing again
21. Go back to school - 3/23/11 :)
22. Take a picture each day for 3 1 month - 12/14/11
23. Ride on a real train - 11/19/11
24. Bear my testimony in church - 3/25/12
25. Get my picture taken by a professional
26. Get our family photo taken by a professional
27. Swim 10 continuous laps
28. Get a dog
29. Visit NASA
30. Family prayer and Personal scripture study every day for 1 month - 2/3/11
31. Visit San Antonio during a holiday - 7/4/11
32. Join a choir - 10/10/10
33. Make a sourdough starter - 5/9/11
34. Go white water rafting again
35. Pick up the violin again
36. Take Jed to a rodeo - 1/20/11
37. Buy cowboy boots or hats - 11/6/10
38. Get in the car and drive 2 hours in one direction with the windows down and the radio blasting - 5/25/12
39. Visit all great-grandparents' grave sites (Mom's side) - 6/17/12
40. Go to the Dallas Temple - 2/23/11
41. Take Jed to a jazz bar country concert (Rascal Flatts) - 7/13/12
42. Fly a kite - 3/6/12
43. Go to a haunted house with Jed - 10/25/10
44. Complete Couch to 5K Challenge Ride a mechanical bull - 11/19/11
45. Participate in an organized 5K! - 7/11/11
46. Get my palm read or fortune told
47. Go on another cruise with Jed
48. Help build a Habitat for Humanity house - 12/7/11
49. Make Mom's cinnamon rolls - 10/30/10
50. Make Theresa's cinnamon rolls
51. Go to Schlitterbahn with Jed
52. Buy a homeless person lunch - 3/14/11
53. Have a baby!! - 8/19/12
54. Watch the Zombie Walk - 10/16/10
55. Pay off Jed's car!! - 10/19/10
56. Go fishing with Jed - 5/30/11
57. Be 100% credit card debt-free!!! - 2/6/12
58. Ride a horse - 7/30/11
59. Go to the Dallas Aquarium - 2/10/12
60. Dance to a vinyl record
61. Take a cooking class
62. Get an SLR a video camera - 12/25/11
63. Skydive
64. Visit Gettysburg or Williamsburg
65. Make out in the rain
66. Go to Six Flags with Jed
67. File my own taxes without calling Daddy - 2/22/11
68. Make a hole-in-one
69. Take a hot-air balloon or helicopter ride
70. Change my own oil
71. Go to NYC or San Francisco Lake Powell - (6/10-14/12)
72. Take an art class
73. Jump around in a mosh pit again
74. Go to a circus - 10/14/10
75. Deep clean my bathroom - 2/10/11
76. Visit my sister, Laurel, in California - 4/6/11
77. Ride a motorcycle  Buy a house! - 3/21/12
78. Get a TX driver's license again - 9/29/10
79. Go one week three days without simple carbs - 11/11/11
80. Dance barefoot
81. Get all dressed up and go to a fancy dinner
82. Get on a bike again
83. Buy myself flowers for no reason - 2/12/11
84. Go camping in Texas with Jed - 5/6/11
85. Go camping on a beach
86. Go to the Texas beach Float the river with Jed - 7/3/11
87. Donate blood again
88. Spend a night with the lights off, watching a lightning storm - 11/15/10
89. Go to the Grand Canyon Time Out For Women - 4/13-14/12
90. Have a meaningful conversation with a beggar
91. Paint pottery again
92. Join a bowling or softball league
93. Watch a movie at a drive-in
94. Grow and eat my own vegetables - 12/1/11 (green onions)
95. Sing karaoke again - 11/4/11
96. Take the Riverwalk boat tour - 11/6/10
97. Don't eat out for 1 month 2 weeks
98. Go to the batting cages with Jed - 4/1/11
99. Donate plasma
100. Eat fried green tomatoes - 11/6/10
101. Do 1 correct push-up

Monday, August 20, 2012

Birth Story

It was 8am on Saturday, August 18th and Jed was getting ready to go help a family from church move. I was laying in bed, still trying to wake up fully. Then it happened. A weird feeling. "Jed, I think my water just broke." "Are you sure?" "Yeah, today's the day."

Thankfully I took the advice of a good friend of mine and put a shower curtain between my sheets and mattress a week earlier. Dodged a bullet there. Back to the day. I stood up and the dam broke as I hobbled to the bathroom. Here we go. This is happening.

I called my mom and asked her if she had any big plans for the week, and how soon she could be here. She didn't believe me either. Why would she? I was three weeks away from my due date and we all assumed that I would go late anyway.

I hung out for a little bit and had some more leaking throughout the day, but the contractions never came. So we decided to go for a walk to help kick-start the suckers. We walked around the mall and bought some bedding for our new bed (and to replace the sheets from the morning). Nothing. I swept the house and we hung some pictures in the nursery. Nothing. I watched Teen Mom and did some exercises. Nothing. I laid down and rested for a while. Nothing. I took a shower and tried nipple stimulation. Nothing.

At this point it was about 8pm (yep, I hung out ALL day long with no progress!) and I knew that if I went in to the hospital without contractions they would induce me. So what does any logical person do in such a situation? Send hubby to the drug store to get castor oil and a chocolate milkshake, mix together, and "Bottoms up!" Then my friend called and put a little bug in my ear: if I show up at the hospital without any progress and I'm getting closer to the 24-hours-no-baby mark, they will more than likely take me down to the dreaded OR. And that was NOT in my birth plan! So we decided to head in to the hospital and pray that they give me time to progress without jumping to a C-section.
{Side note: For the most part, midwives say that you can go 24-48 hours after your water breaks without any complications to the baby, as long as you don't have a fever/infection. It's the repeated checking of progress that introduces bacteria and can cause fever/complications. That's what I was trying to avoid by staying home so long.}

I called the hospital and told the nurse what was going on. She told me that I should have come in to the hospital immediately after my water broke. This is why I didn't call them earlier - even my OB had told me that I could wait about 6 hours before heading in. The nurse was shocked that I hadn't come in yet.

We drove to the hospital and arrived around 9:15pm. I was still not having contractions, or even feeling like I was in labor at all. We got admitted and the nurse told me that I was not dilated or effaced at all. Awesome. She said that they would probably have to give my pitocin to get things going and I told her that I really didn't want to go that route if I could help it. She said that my other option was cervidil, but that was just a thinning agent. Oh well, I was much more willing to try that first.

Cervidil in and violent contractions started literally within three minutes. I'm pretty sure it had nothing to do with the cervidil and everything to do with my castor oil milkshake kicking in. The worst part having to unplug all of the monitors and haul that IV stand with me every time I had to go to the bathroom. Oh, and the other worst part was the contractions that were 45 seconds on/45 seconds off that I'd rate a 9 or 10 out of 10. They came on SO fast and strong!

I spent SEVEN HOURS combating those horrific contractions and breathing and swaying and squatting and listening to music and doing everything that I could think of to ease the pain and get comfortable. The nurse came in, checked me, and I thought that for sure I'd be at a 7+ by then. Nope. I was at a THREE! And only 30% effaced. All that time and energy for nothing! So I called it. Even though I was going for as natural a birth as possible, I was not going to spend hours and hours more in agony to maybe progress a cm or two more, and then get told that I had to get a C-section.

Cue epidural. It wasn't nearly as bad as I thought. But then again I wasn't really paying attention - I was just trying to stay still and focus on the contractions that were still plaguing me. Speaking of not paying attention, I didn't even notice when they put in the catheter. Thank goodness!

After the epidural kicked in, I was able to sleep for a few much-needed hours. When I woke up and the nurse checked me, I was at a 10! The epidural and sleep were just what I needed to relax and let my body do what it needed to do without me tensing and slowing down the process.

I pushed for about an hour and twenty minutes, and I elected to use the mirror, which was so interesting! My OB wasn't able to be there and I got stuck with a doctor that I was not fond of (she pretty much completely disregarded anything I requested, like allowing Jed to cut the cord and putting Logan straight to my chest), but we got a beautiful, healthy baby boy out of the deal, so it all worked out.

Logan was born on August 19, 2012. He weighed 6lb 3oz and was 19" long. He was (and still is) the most beautiful miracle I've ever witnessed. I feel incredibly lucky to call him mine.