Saturday, November 29, 2008

An International Thanksgiving

This year we had thanksgiving with some friends of mine from work. We went over to Richard and Roza's house. Richard is from South Africa and Roza is from Russia. Her papa was staying with them, and he only speaks Russian. They wanted to try a traditional Thanksgiving, so we got together to cook it. We were joined by Dave, another co-worker, and Sorin who was from Romania. Dave, Ryan and i were the only Americans there! Rose and i cooked all the food and it all turned out great. She cooked the turkey, a veggie stuffing, pumpkin pie from a real pumkin along with some sauteed veggies. I made the mashed potatoes, gravy, cornmeal rolls, tossed salad and a pumkin pecan cake. The cake was a new recipe and it was sooo good.

The dinner conversation was filled with questions about american consumersism, i.e. crazy black friday shopping, and stories of being raised in a communist society and now living in a democratic society and the pros and cons of both. Not the typical conversation, but very very interesting.

It was nice to be able to share a day of thanks with friends from all over the world. I enjoyed cooking with Roza even if it took us all day! No matter where you are from or how you were raised, there is always something to be thankful for. I am thankful that i still have some left over cake!

Cute Thanksgiving Baby!!!

The yummy Pumpkin Pecan cake

Saturday, November 22, 2008

My Favorite Things

Rain drops on roses and whiskers on kittens are nice and all, but these are a few of my favorite things. In the season of thanks, i am thanks for these.

~Peppermint White Mocha from Starbucks. This could be because i have been caribou-less for 2 years now, but it taste amazing.

But when i can't afford the money or the calories, there is this wonderful substitute.

~ My boots.

I love them. I love the color. I love how soft they are and how comfortable they are to wear. I love that they actually fit my large calves WITH jeans on.I love them.

~Pedicures. The last time i had one was in August for my sister's wedding, but i love them. Even if they are a few times a year splurge, they are still one of my favorite things.

~ Edy's Vanilla Sandwich Ice Cream.
If you have never had it, you should. If you like vanilla ice cream sandwiches and you like the best tasting vanilla ice cream, than this will change your view on ice cream.

~ Going anywhere alone. It doesn't happen very often, but when it does, i enjoy every quiet carseat free moment of it.

~ My church. New Life Providence is a transethnic church. On a regular Sunday you can hear Don Moen, Chris Tomlin and a hymn for worship.They shake it up like that. I like the fact that our pastor teaches from the Word. No gimmicks, no fancy schmancy illustrations, no tip toeing, just what the Bible teaches, plain and simple. He does that with a nice side of humor.

~ My cat, Oscar.
Never have i met a cat like this. He is funny,naughty and domineering. He get into everything, as seen above, thinks he is human, and makes me laugh almost everyday. He is probably the weirdest cat you will ever meet, but definately one of the most unique. I like him.

~ Jack's laugh. By far one of the greatest thing i have ever heard in my life. When Jack laughs, everyone laughs. It is contagious and quirky. It makes even the hardest day a million times better and worth every little frustration. More on that laugh to come.

~ My husband and baby boy. They are the greatest, most important things in my entire life. I love them beyond words. They really are my favorite things...

My Loves, My Favorites.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

I wanna...

go on a date in this outfit...

A walk in the park by afedell

and take Jack on a walk in that outfit...

Mrs. B from She's Star-Crossed found this wonderful site and has the most BEAUTIFUL creations. I would kill to get some of those clothes. Anyway, have lots of fun and create to your hearts content. Right here.

Happy editing!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Script time

It is time for another round of scripts to be written for work. We write 13 episodes 4 times a year. Those 13 scripts are than sent all over the world and translated into whatever language that is needed. Some of the locations just use a part of the scripts, some translate word for word. So, the five scripts that i wrote this week will be translated word for word (well, as close as possible) into French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, German and Khmer(cambodian). It will also be used in part in Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese. It is pretty cool when you sit down to think about it. People all over the world will be able to learn a little more about God's love and attributes of the christian life from the scripts that i am writing this week. It makes it much easier to sit up alone at 1am writing scripts, when i could be getting some sleep. I am REALLY thankful that i can work from home and still be with Jack and still produce. Sometimes i get a bit stressed, but it really is a huge blessing.
Check out our website, If you are from good ol' NCU, you might recognize a few faces. I shot and produced 3 My World's in Minneapolis a year ago. Aaron Smith, Justin Vagle and Dave Skahen had their stories done.

On a cute baby alert side note... Little man can now roll! He can go from belly to back and back to belly. He has done them both consecutively, which, in my book, equals a roll! Luckily for me, he does it on his playmate, and can't seem to get past the four foam posts, so he bounces around between them and doesnt get too far away.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

2ft 2in

We had Jack's 4 month doctor's appointment on Tuesday. He is now 26 inches long and weighs in at a whoopin' 12 lbs 10 oz. He is in the 9oth percentile for his height and has moved up to the 25th percentile for his weight. Ryan likes to say that is he 2 ft 2in tall instead. It has a better ring. The doctor said that our boy is perfect and everything is working perfectly.

Jack has been waking up every 3 hours for the last week after sleeping 6-7 hours straight. The dr recommended that we just let him cry, that he is not hungry, he is just waking up. If i feed him, than it will get him in a habit of night "snacking". So, two nights ago we let him cry. It broke my heart, poor baby. He was just fussy for 5 minutes, than he screamed bloody murder for a full 5 mins and than just passed right out. Last night he woke up, fussed for a few minutes and than went back to sleep. It was so hard the first night to let him cry, but last night it was wonderful to sleep straight till 5am!

Now, for something more fun than crying at night...a cow outfit! My mom picked it up for him at a garage sale and we had to put him in it. With a face like that, you can see how hard it was for me to let him cry!

Monday, November 3, 2008


Jack's idea of yummy

My idea of yummy

We have lots of left over trick or treater candy, so that means lots of tootsie rolls left for me. We have the little one, the long skinny ones and the big fat ones left. It doesn't matter to me, cause i love them all. I don't know what it is about those little chewy chocolates of goodness, but i could literally eat them all day long and make myself quite sick. But it would all be worth it. I need this candy to go away quickly.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Fall Days

It is finally fall here in VA and i am loving the beautiful cool weather. My parents have been in town for the week. We have been able to get out and about and Ryan and i even got a date night!

Here are a few pictures from our recent activities.

Baby finds his toes!

Ready for shopping!

Grandpa changed Jack's diaper... this was the end result!

Baby Turtle!

Hiking with Daddy

My beach babes

My family on the beach