Friday, November 23, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 19, 2007

A Very Happy Birthday!

Saturday was my 28th birthday...and I can honestly say it was one of my best birthdays to date. On Friday night, a few of my closest friends took me out to dinner in Tempe. We ate a FANTASTIC meal, and then sat around and chatted for hours after we were finished. As far as girl's nights go, it just doesn't get any better than that.

Then, on Saturday morning, David made me a wonderful breakfast in bed...eggs, waffles, fruit, veggies, toast, was a feast! After that, he told me that he and Ava had been working for a long time the night before (while I was out with my friends) on my birthday gift. They led me into the kitchen, where a huge bouquet of pink roses was surrounded by "28 Reasons Why We Love You More Each Year".

How sweet is that?!

That afternoon, David took me shopping (I had requested quite a while ago that this be my gift...), and then he took me to a really nice dinner at Monti's. All in all, it was such a wonderful day. I think the best part about it was just the fact that David took the entire day off work! I am really grateful for all of the blessings in my life, and couldn't be happier with what the past 28 years have brought me. are a few of my fave "Reasons..."(some from David, some from Ava...but it looks like Ava helped with the coloring). These were just too cute not to share!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Top 10 Ways You Know You Are Expecting Your SECOND Child...

This pregnancy has been so different from the first time around! I'm sure many of you can relate. Anyhow, here are my Top 10 Ways You Know It's Baby #2...

1. You feel no need to count the number of minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months that you have been pregnant. You just know that a baby is coming...sometime next spring...or around then.

2. Your doctor's visits can usually take place in 6 minutes or less. This is mostly due to the fact that you are a certified professional at peeing in cups of any size.

3. Suddenly, you realize that you have more answers than questions.

4. Your maternity wardrobe takes up more closet space than all of what your husband uses.

5. You know to keep a bottle of TUMS on your nightstand. Just in case.

6. Instead of imagining a picture-perfect bundle of joy miraculously arriving on your doorstep, you are remembering sleepless nights and the smell of spit-up (all caused by a picture-perfect bundle of joy that you earned fair and square through 36 hours of labor).

7. You spend less time decorating the nursery. You may actually spend absolutely no time decorating the nursery. Suddenly, just having a bassinet at your bedside is perfectly sufficient.

8. You stock up on diapers and nursing pads first. Everything else is icing on the cake.

9. You enter Babies 'R Us looking for what might as well be the minivan of strollers....the DOUBLE stroller (ugh).

10. You know just how happy your life can be with one child...and your mind is reeling at the thought of loving another baby as much as you fell in love with your first. Your heart feels like it just might explode with the joy of it all.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Girl's Night Out, Take 2...

Well, this is the second weekend in a row that I have enjoyed a Girl's Night Out at Kona Grill (YUM). Last time around, it was with a few girlfriends, this weekend it was with my sisters/mother-in-law. Can life get any better? As Brian Regan would put it, "I submit that it can not!"

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Yesterday was such a fun day! In the morning, Ava and I went with some friends to Mother Nature's Farm. We saw some farm animals (and Ava kept singing "Ee-I-ee-I-OOHH"...She sure does love "Old MacDonald!), went on a hayride, and then Ava picked out a pumpkin to decorate.
Later that afternoon, we enjoyed spending some family time together because David came home early from work!! (This is a truly rare event!) The swim school closed for business at about 3:00 in the afternoon, so David got to come home and relax for a bit before the night's festivities began. Just before nightfall, we went to the McCook's for some yummy chili and cornbread, and then set out for trick-or-treating! Ava wasn't too happy about things at first, but soon warmed up to the idea of CANDY, CANDY, CANDY!
By the time we got to Grandma and Papa Tait's house, Ava was on a sky-high sugar high. It was pretty funny to see her hysterically laughing and playing with her cousins. On the way home, she was quietly murmuring "Night-night" in the backseat. Even she knew that it was time to go home and crash! :)