Yes, that is catsup all over my little man. This is what happens when Hayden isn't around to tattle on everything Emerson does. I guess that he thinks that it is hair gel or maybe he just needed to find a way to get Daddy to give him a bath tonight :D
Friday, April 21, 2006
Posted by Brandy at 4/21/2006 05:50:00 PM
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
My friend Shirley tagged me a while back and I didn't realize it until today. So here goes:
5 snacks I enjoy:
-mango Italian ice
-bananas slathered with peanut butter
-saltines (sometimes topped with cream cheese)
5 songs to which I know all the lyrics:
-Each and every Bon Jovi song ever made
-One Week (Bare Naked Ladies-I can even sing the incredibly fast parts)
-Inside Out (Eve 6)
-Mr. Brightside (The Killers)
-Lonely No More (Rob Thomas)
5 things I would do if I were a multi-millionaire:
-Cruise around the world on a pricey cruise ship with my whole family (yes Christie, that includes you!)
-Pay off all debts owed by us and our closest family members
-Build a house in Wyoming so that we could see Clayton's family more often and have a place of our own
-Move my parents near us and build them a really nice home that they have always wanted and deserved
-Donate a lot of money to people that have really been down on their luck (this would make me happier than anything else)
5 bad habits:
-sitting on the net a lot
-being a slob
-moving to another task before I am done with the first one
5 things I like doing:
-cooking (though I rarely do it)
-exercising at the gym
-surfing the net
-going out to eat
5 things I would never wear, buy or get new again:
-sexy lingerie (I never wear what I do have-too bad for Clayton, lol)
-maternity pants with the huge belly panel (all of my future pants will be below the belly)
5 favorite toys:
-digital Canon Rebel
-Does my husband's checking account count? lol
Posted by Brandy at 4/19/2006 08:53:00 PM
I have been tagged by Cheri. I am going to tell you 6 random things about me:
1. I have a problem with perfection. I want things to be perfect, and since I cannot seem to do that, I don't do them at all (ie. cleaning, organizing, etc.). It really drives me nutso! I have a cleaning service come out every other week to help keep my place clean and I guess I need to get me a professional organizer too, lol.
2. I must always put my socks on before my pants or shorts. It just doesn't feel right to do it the other way around :P
3. I adore being pregnant and this is why I am a surrogate. Another interesting fact concerning pregnancy is that I never wanted kids. Clayton didn't want them either. We never planned on it happening, but we are glad that it did. When we initially found out, I just knew that Hayden would be a boy. I prayed for both my kids to be boys and I am so glad I have them :)
4. I have a birthmark in my left eye.
5. I am an only child. While I enjoyed being an only as I was growing up, I wish I had a sibling now. That is the main reason that I had a second child.
6. I can run 3 miles in 27 minutes right now and I try to do so 4-5 times a week at the gym. That simply amazes me! As a kid, I was never able to run a mile under 20 minutes, lol. When I was in high school, I ran the 110 meter hurdles because I didn't have the endurance for any of the longer distances.
And now I must pass the torch on to 6 other bloggers:
Here are the rules:
1--If you are tagged, you have to post six things about yourself on your site.
2--Then you should leave a comment on my site to let me know that you have posted.
3--You can then tag at least 6 more people. To tag, just leave them a comment to let them know they are IT!
Posted by Brandy at 4/19/2006 09:52:00 AM
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Monday, April 17, 2006
Here's another quick layout I did using the Winnie's Walls collection. The pics are of my favorite Aunt (Judy) and Hayden in her backyard. She has the prettiest flower garden and goldfish pond. They were out there feeding the fish and had no clue that I was behind them snapping away, lol.
Yee haw ya'll, I just made the design team for an awesome kit club at C&H Scrapbooks. It is a fairly new club that is run by a really sweet gal named Laura. Her kits come loaded with oodles of goodies and she will ship other items from her store along with your kit for free. Check it out :)
Posted by Brandy at 4/17/2006 09:36:00 PM
Sunday, April 16, 2006
This layout was made with the Winnie's Walls collection from SEI. I got it in my customized kit from The Scrapbook Club. Jen does the best job putting together kits especially for you. She has never put together a kit that I wasn't thrilled with :)
Posted by Brandy at 4/16/2006 10:45:00 PM
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Here's Hayden and his little buddies playing at the park this past Tuesday. He has known these 2 since he was 4 months old. Aren't they cute? The one on the left is Jackson and the one on the right Austin.
Posted by Brandy at 4/13/2006 04:35:00 PM
Posted by Brandy at 4/13/2006 04:29:00 PM
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Hayden had his preschool Easter program today. He was so cute sitting in the front row singing songs. All the kids were lined up in front of the sanctuary and the 2's class got to sit in the front. Fortunately, I managed to get a seat directly in front of him. I really didn't know where he would end up because the parents were seated before the kids came in. I got a few pics and will post them tomorrow. I would also have video-taped it, but I accidentally left my battery in the van. Oh well, I will get him on tape next time ;)
After H's performance, we went to a nearby park with a couple of his buddies. I think that I got a few cute pics there too.
Oh, I forgot to mention Hayden's new watch. I found him a Spiderman one and he loves it. He has been asking for one since his Grandma Christie was here a couple of months ago. She had a watch that he really liked and asked for one every day since then.
Posted by Brandy at 4/11/2006 09:26:00 PM
Monday, April 10, 2006
I don't know what is going on. My life is just zooming by right now. I wish I could pull the reins and say "whoa" to slow things down a bit. This week is going to be quite hectic. I have Easter programs, a couple different egg hunts to attend, dinner with friends, pre-school, gym workouts, phone consults, grocery shopping, house cleaning before the maid gets here (lol), a Mom's club meeting, a playdate, and our best buds Jason and Natascha are coming to visit this weekend. Sheesh, I am tired just thinking about how fast this week is going to go. At least it is filled with lots of fun things to do!
An update on the surrogacy front
The IPs (intended parents) that I have been working with are now my former IPs. They have made the decision to adopt and I think that is just wonderful! I am so happy for them and I hope that everything goes smoothly. They deserve this so much. Please say a prayer for them ;)
The cool thing is that my former IM (intended mother) got me hooked up with another couple in Atlanta that she is friends with. This couple has been struggling with infertility for quite a while now and they don't have any children at all. I spoke with the potential IM last week and I am now happy to say that we are going to work together! She was the sweetest gal ever and it was like I had know her forever. I definitely think that I have made another great match and I am so thankful for my former IM leading me to them. We are now in the process of getting my paperwork shifted to the right place. What a hassle! Anyway, we will be working with a clinic out in Denver, CO (yes J-fer, that means I get to visit ya!). The RE (reproductive endocronologist) there is one of the best in the country. I am so excited! I just hope that they approve me to work with this lovely couple. That's always the first obstacle that a surrogate must pass after finding her IPs. This place is kinda rigid, so please keep your fingers and toes crossed for us.
Working with a clinic in Denver will definitely have some advantages for my Mother-in-law. I hope that we can arrange to take the kiddos with me and meet her there. She lives in Wyoming (6 hours from Denver) and we rarely get to see her. This may just work out perfect! Clayton's sister Stephanie lives in Cheyenne (1 hour from Denver), so we would be able to see her too. Yay!!!
Sunday, April 02, 2006
I haven't been meaning to neglect my blog, but life has been rather difficult over the past week. Emerson has been sick since Tuesday and it has sure been a doozy. On Friday, I thought that he was okay. We went to Chic-Fil-A for lunch and he ended up chunking all over the van before I even got there. Ugh. I am sure that the patrons eating lunch there were watching me and laughing while I was cleaning up what I could in the parking lot. His seat was covered, he was covered, and my van smelled so bad I couldn't help but gag everytime I stuck my head in there. Let me tell you, the big car seats aren't very easy to clean. There was throw-up inside all the latches and every nook/cranny the seat had. It took me 30 min. just to get the cloth off of it so I could wash it. Dang, you would think that they would make it easier than that. I am sure that Emerson isn't the first kid to completely dirty up his seat. Grrrrrr....
On top of Emerson's sickness, I have been feeling rather bad lately. After 5 days of constant pain in my legs and butt, I went to the doctor. All I could think was that I was gonna die from a pulmonary embulism from blood clots in my legs. The doc diagnosed the pain as sciatica. I was so happy to hear him say that rather than blood clots! It is so weird. I have a tingly feeling going from my lower rear down to the backs of my thighs. It is really painful and annoying at times. At night when I am in bed, the pain will extend down to the backs of my calves and into my feet. Supposedly, I will be fine in a few weeks. Sciatica is a common problem and it will get better with time.
Clayton and I have joined the Y. We have a brand new facility that totally rocks! We are both so out-of-shape. Hopefully, this will be something we do regularly and we will get back in shape before my high school reunion (if we are freakin' having one). One thing I lack is yoga pants and workout tops. Old Navy has the best pants, but they just clearanced them out. Ugh!!!! I have been searching all over ebay, but no luck thus far. Anyone have recommendations?
Posted by Brandy at 4/02/2006 12:00:00 PM