My Family

My Family

Monday, July 25, 2011

A much needed weekend

So after a very busy (but the most fun I've had in a while) previous weekend, I was looking forward to a relaxing weekend at home. I have recently gotten into bringing coupons and local sale ads to Wal-Mart to do my weekly grocery shopping. Since I started, I have saved an average of $20 a week, and I have become excited to shop and see what deals I will catch.

Anywho... I was getting ready to go shopping when my husband asked if we wanted to go to the river with some friends. You have to understand I am the type of person that when my mind is set on one thing, it takes a bit of convincing to change it. But I am so glad I did! We (Shawn, Jeanne, and I) met a married couple, who we have gotten close to, at the river and went out to a sand dune. It was so much fun. Jeanne loved walking on the sand and playing in the water. Of course she had a little life vest on.

After an hour or two, we headed back and we were all worn out. I'm glad we went out with our friends. I did end up going shopping that afternoon, and saved $19.04. Yay!

The rest of the weekend was relaxing. We just hung around the house getting things done (yard work, gardening, cleaning, etc). I have been working on newborn hats for a friend that does photo shoots. Here is a picture of the hats that I just finished for her:
I have a few more I am still working on for her. When I get busy around the house, it seems like one thing after another keeps preventing me from finishing.

I have really been enjoying watching my baby grow up. Not that I want her to grow up any faster. She has recently started giving BIG hugs. She will come up to me when I'm in the kitchen and wrap herself around my leg, squeeze, then walk away. And if I am on the floor, she will come up to me, through her little arms around my neck and hug me tight. We are a hugging family, so I love this! When trying to feed her this weekend, she threw something on the ground. I told her no, and she batted her little eye lashes at me, trying to make me change my mind. I am doomed!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Where to start...

This blog will be used as an outlet for me. All my life I had plans and goals, and I expected them to happen in a certain order. Of course God didn't have that same course drawn out for me. I come from a small town in south Louisiana. Growing up in a small town, you know just about everyone. I made great friends that stayed my friends all the way through school. By the time I became a Senior, I was itching for more than the small life had to offer. So I headed to Monroe.

I started college in Pre-Pharmacy. Due to the politics of the school, I wasn't on the "in" list, though I was more than qualified. That was the first kink in my plan. So I switched to Toxicology. I made some great friends that I still hold dear. After a fall out with my then fiance', I headed back to the big ole' town of Erath. Another kink. I got a job at an environmental laboratory, where I later met my husband. He was accepted into medical school in Shreveport, so we moved together. No we weren't married, but that was a choice we made. He propsed to me in Jamaica during a vacation I won. I was on top of the world, picking out colors, flowers, buying my wedding dress... That which happened 2 days before I found out I was pregnant. Yet another kink.

But I realized that at 25 years old, with a state job, a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree, I had NOTHING to be ashamed of. To me, this baby growing inside me was the greatest gift God has ever bestowed upon me. And I very well let that be known to any and every one who gave me a side eye when they noticed I was not wearing a wedding band.

My husband and I welcomed our sweet baby girl into our lives 4 months after our wedding day. Ready or not, we were parents. I breastfed my daughter for the first 7 months, and wish I could have gone longer, but an infection and mediciation cut that short. At 6 months, a very good friend introduced me to cloth diapers and baby wearing. My daughter is the light of my life and I thank God every day for the path he has given me. People constantly say "what if" when looking back on their lives. Any change in your life would mean you wouldn't be who or where you are today. There is no way I would change a single thing, moment, decision, etc in my life. My little family is perfect. You can take us as is, or leave. :-)