Sunday, August 31, 2008

60 things I LOVE...

This is my 60th post, and I think I am too tired to do 101. This just seemed like the thing to do!

1. Adi Maree

2. My hubby

3. Being a mom

4. My mommy

5. My daddy

6. My sisters

7. God

8. The way I feel at church

9. My home

10. The way I feel after I work out

11. Fall

12. The first snow

13. Sunsets

14. Christmas

15. Buying gifts

16. Getting gifts

17. My birthday

18. Teaching

19. Watching a kid that finally "gets it"

20. Sleeping in

21. Shopping

22. Baking

23. Singing

24. Cleaning the house

25. Having a clean house

26. Having Adi fall asleep on my chest

27. Daisies

28. Polka Dots

29. 90.7 Spirit FM

30. Being crafty

31. The smell of a clean baby

32. Flip flops

33. A bargain

34. Going out to eat

35. Bogies

36. Great friends

37. Gold best friends

38. Silver best friends

39. Being in charge

40. Being organized

41. Coming up with a great idea for school

42. SEX

43. Lip gloss ( did it really take this long to think of that?)

44. pedicures

45. Having my hair washed

46. Getting my hair a new color

47. The smell of rain

49. Watching fireworks

50. The Food Network

51. American Idol

52. Crying during a sad movie

53. Laughing at a funny movie

54. Going to the movie theatre

55. Talking to my mom

56. Making plans to do something fun

57. Putting up the Christmas tree

58. Laughing till I cry

59. My family ( I just realized that I should have just said that at the top)

60. playing cards ( even though it is a rare occurrence)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

negative week :(

I have to preface this by reminding you all that the week didn't start really well last week either...

Mon. I called Sears to complain about my photographer. They were very nice, but I hated doing it.
My car also started making a really funny sound. James checked it out, and my bearings were going out and he could fix it, but it would be at least $100. BOO

Tues. I got my wall words in the mail. YAY! I am going to use them as a border in my kitchen. They were not the way I ordered them. Called and Complained again two days in a row. Watch out!
I went to Shelly's. She said that if Adi were to get sick, she had been exposed to strep. That night she had a fever and a rash.
Judy's house burnt. I don't know her but She is in my prayers. I was reminded that my problems weren't really that big.

Wed. I missed school and took Adi to the Dr. She told me that she was fine. It was just a virus and the rash should go away in about a week. She said she was no longer contagious, so she could go back to the sitter.
Again, I was reminded that my little petty problems aren't a big deal. One of my best friends went to the Dr. to have an ultrasound. She went thinking that she was having twins and when they did the ultrasound they couldn't find a heartbeat. I want everyone to be thinking of her and praying for her and Amos.

Although I have had a rough couple of weeks, I need to remind myself how blessed I am. I couldn't ask for more.

Monday, August 25, 2008

I am... a wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend.

I want... to be stronger in my faith.

I have... been so blessed in my life at such a young age.

I wish I could... not be judgemental. That is something that is easier said than done for most people.

I hate... not being able to say NO.

I fear... the dark.

I search... for something to put here.

I regret... not seeing my father-in-law the day that he died.

I love...My husband and daughter with all that I have.

I always cry... ALL THE TIME! You name it. It probably makes me cry.

I am not... hard to read.

I dance... only to slow songs at weddings, unless I have little kids to do the chicken dance with :)

I sing... every chance that I get.

I never... wake up when my alarm goes off.

I rarely... go to bed early, which would explain the above comment.

I cry when I watch... The Notebook

I am not always... as serious as I should be about certain things.

I hate that... I can't see my mom more.

I am confused about... pretty much everything.

I need... to go to bed.

I should... fold a load of laundry and wash bottles, but I'm not feeling it.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Nine Month Pictures!

We went to Ottumwa today to get Adi's 9 month pictures taken. I know that she won't be 9 months till Tuesday, but James is on call next week and we usually get them done on her month birthday. I was not impressed with the lady that took out pics, AGAIN! She didn't take very many pictures, and she wouldn't act goofy to try to get Adi to smile. She just TOLD her to smile. I wanted to remind her that she was only a baby and probably didn't quite understand. Very frustrating. I am grateful that the ones she took turned out well, because there wasn't many to choose from. I will be requesting a different person next time. Is that mean?

Great Appreciation

I just wanted to let everyone know how much it meant to James and I that you thought of us in our time of grief. We had 15 friends that came all the way to Kahoka from Lancaster/Bloomfield to show their respect to our family. You can never know how much that meant. I know that few of you new Cecil well, but you love us! That is a blessing. I also want to thank anyone that gave to the memorial or gave a plant/flowers. Anyone that came could see that Cecil was a loved and respected man. It was a rough couple of days, but it's over now. Thank you all for making it a little easier.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Thank You

As most of you may know, my father-in-law, Cecil Jones died in his home on Tuesday, Aug. 19. He would have celebrated his 62nd birthday on Wednesday, Aug. 27. We found out almost five months ago that he had cancer, and it was terminal. He told the family and he was optimistic. He did one round of chemo and one of radiation. It seemed to all go down hill from there. Afterwards he decided that he would not have anymore treatment, and several weeks later the doctors told him that there just wasn't much more that they could do. As a Christian you are supposed to know to put it in God's hands. It is in times like these that faith is tested. It is hard not to ask why? why him? Why now? And I did ask those questions.

You always know that must be so hard on a family. You just don't ever think that it will touch you so closely. I know that I am not his child, but my husband and I have been together for nine years. I was also his neighbor for about the first 14 years of my life, give or take a few. In that five months we all watched a man that loved to work, garden, cook, sew, and laugh become unable to do even the smallest task. It became hard for him to eat, see, hear, and talk. I say these things only to let everyone know that it IS ok now. He IS in a better place. He DOESN'T hurt anymore. You can say that you are prepared all that you want, but NOTHING can prepare you for when it actually happens.

I was there the day that it happened, but we had left at about 5:30 in the morning. James went in to see him right before we left. I didn't want to go see him because I knew that it would upset me. I had meetings that day and I didn't want to have the image of him so sick, in my head all day. I feel so selfish. That was my last opportunity to see him and I didn't. That has been the hardest thing for me to deal with.

James is doing ok. He said it best when he said that there are things worse than dying and his dad had it. He loved his father very much. I have Cecil to thank for making my husband the way that he is. You couldn't find two people that were more alike. They could do anything from baking a cake to building a house! They both had the same laid back attitude, but watch out when they finally blow. I remember walking in the house on several occasions and Cecil would look up and simply say "hmmm." Then I would walk from the living room to Jim's room and he would look up and also just say "hmmm."I know that probably doesn't mean much to anyone else, but it puts a smile on my face.

I just want to thank everyone for cards, thoughts, prayers, and HUGS. I know that it is very hard to know what to say, but you need to know that you don't have to say anything. Just a look, hug, or sorry to hear is all that I need. It means so much to know that I have friends that mean it when they say, "let me know if you need anything." We really are appreciative. Thank you again for your support. Please keep the Jones family in your prayers.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

For Andrea: Love vs. Hate

I LOVE when Adi falls asleep on my chest
I HATE when she wakes me up in the night

I LOVE to cook
I HATE to clean up afterwards

I LOVE the first day of school
I HATE the end of summer vacation

I LOVE when my husband does something sweet without even knowing it
I HATE when I do something sweet and my husband doesn't even know it :)

I LOVE when the leaves change in the fall
I HATE when the fall leaves... well fall

I LOVE ice cream in the winter
I HATE being cold (go figure)

I LOVE spending all day with my mom
I HATE only seeing her once a week

I LOVE real friends
I HATE people that pretend to be your friend

I LOVE how I feel after I work out
I HATE waking up early to do it

I LOVE watching lighting storms
I HATE when my husband is out in them

I LOVE finding a bargain
I HATE seeing it cheaper somewhere else

I LOVE the hole in Dabney's tree
I HATE... got nothin'

I LOVE blogging
I HATE not having more exciting stuff to blog about!

OK I did it. Whose next?

Standing Tall...or Short ;)

I just wanted to post a few pictures of my baby girl standing up! Her short little legs crack me up. I want to point out that the dishwasher has the mirror effect. She was laughing and blowing raspberries on the baby in the mirror.
The chair is her favorite place to stand. I think that it is just easy for her to climb up to.
I had to put this outfit on her. We got it to take her nine month pictures in, but I had to do a trial photography session. I can't wait to see how the professional ones turn out! Aren't you proud of me? It isn't pink!!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Last Week's Coming to an End

The last week of summer vacation that is. I have mixed emotions about it. I am ready to get started and meet the new kiddos, but I am not excited to lose that freedom that comes with summer. Sure I still get up early, but if Adi and I wanted to stay in our pajamas all day, we could. I think that they would frown on me in my pj's at school. I am ok with school starting Wed. It's the meetings on Mon. and Tues. that I am not looking forward to.

Adi, Erin, and I went to Bloomfield today. Erin got her hair colored, and I got a cut. I like getting my hair cut it makes me feel new and refreshed. I need a Pedicure too, but I can do without.

Tomorrow I am going to work out and time it, so that I know exactly how much time I have to get ready for school when we go in the mornings. Then, I am going to go to lunch with my long lost friend with Bree Shaw. After lunch we are going to go to Kahoka to get ready for our Saturday, garage sale extravaganza! I hope that we have a good turn out. I would really like to get a new camera. Mine is OK, but I have had it since I was a junior in high school. I think that there have been some technological advances since then. I will not get to post till Sunday, so everyone have a great weekend!!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Adi Update

Last week Adi started REALLY crawling. Before, she could get where she needed to go, but it wasn't the real deal. She has gone from crawling to cruising in no time flat. She can pull up on anything and walk along it. Shelly has a plastic tub outside on the porch. She says that Adi pulls up to it and pushes it around. I think that it would be sooo cute if she was walking at 9 months. because she is so little. On the other hand I don't look forward to having to chase her down to do things! I will be happy either way. ;)

Yep! I'm still Kickin'

WOW! It has been an entire week since I have posted a blog. It's actually been a week since I have been on the computer. I have a million things I could talk about, but I will save you the boring five hour post. I'll keep it short and sweet.

A week ago yesterday we had a cheerleading car wash fundraiser. We made over $300. Go girls! I got some sun. Go me!

A week ago today we left for Clarksville, MO to stay at a resort for a couple of nights. We also went to St. Louis and went to Six Flags. We left Adi with grandparents. First night was ok. Second night I cried a little. I was glad to see her Friday. Overall we had a really good time. Go us!

Tara stayed the night with us on Saturday. She went to church with me on Sunday and helped me in my classroom a little.

Monday we had cheerleading practice. Then, I went to Kahoka. Mom had the day off, so we went to Quincy so that I could go to the teacher store. I needed some monkeys! I ended up bringing Emily back home with me to stay the night. Sarah called me on my way home and told me that we couldn't get in our classrooms anymore, so Emily came and helped me put the finishing touches on my room. Thanks Em!

Tuesday I had cheerleading again. Come to find out I could get back in my room in the mornings. Oh well, I'm done with it now! I stayed and put up the MSTA tree by the office. I spent the afternoon pricing clothes for a garage sale. I filled three 25 gallon totes with stuff! Again, Emily was a huge help with Adi. Mom and Nana came up for supper and to get Emily. I stayed up pretty late getting my house back in order. I couldn't go to bed until all of the garage sale stuff was out of my house. Some might say I'm a little OCD.

That brings me to today. Nothing exciting to report. LAZY DAY!!!

Tomorrow Adi and I are going with Erin to Bloomfield to get her hair cut. Then, we are going to go eat Mexican!!! We are going to try and work out with Adi. I think she'll be fine if she has her excisaucer. That could be interesting. Then, tomorrow evening I have practice at the church b/c I am singing Sunday!

That was a lot longer than I anticipated. Sorry, that was SUPER boring, but now you are officially caught up. Go you!

Sunday, August 3, 2008


Adi and James were playing a pretty hilarious game of peek-a-boo, and I was so busy watching that I didn't get the funniest part of it on my camera. When he was all the way covered up she didn't think of him as anything but a piece of furniture. She was crawling all over him and standing up on him. When he popped his head out shewould get the cutest look on her face, like she was saying, "Where did you come from?" She LOVES her mommy, but when her daddy is around I am second banana.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Before I Head Out...

This picture has nothing to do with my blog. I just think it's cute!
I thought I should blog before the weekend, because I usually don't have much success getting one done until Monday. We are off to Kahoka for the night. This is the first time in a while that we haven't stayed the whole weekend. I am going to go get my tattoos recolored tonight. I know that sounds super trashy, but I got them really young. I wouldn't necessarily do it again, but they are a part of me now, and since I have them they might as well look nice.

Tomorrow we are going to come home and get ready to go to Albia to eat at Bogies(sp?)! I am so excited. We are going for my friend Tiff's 27th birthday. I love the steak there and we haven't gone in forever. It will be a nice treat for Tiff. She has had a really rough few weeks.

Sunday, I will actually be home for church =) I haven't gone in 2 weeks. Then, I'll hopefully get to post Sunday evening!