Friday, April 29, 2011

the royal wedding.

I spent my Friday afternoon watching my DVR'd Royal Wedding and reading all the blogs and tweets about the wedding, the hats, and the dress.  I had to share my favorite picture of today's events (just in case you haven't seen it yet) ... the little girl cracks me up.


pineapples for preston

Remember when I bought this last summer?
I wondered then if I would ever be able to dress him in it.
Well, it fits now. Quite a few emotions came flooding back as I was putting it on, but I was so proud to see him in it.
Doesn't he look handsome?

Happy Weekend.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

product of the week: amazon mom

 Today's post is from one of my favorite mommy bloggers, Breann. Not only is she a fantastic mommy, but man can she cook! She does it all... works full-time, mommies, and then prepares full course meals for her and her hubby almost every night.  Ah-maz-ing! Thanks for putting me to shame over here, Breann.
Hey there fellow bloggies! I am Breann from over at Life and Love of a Parrothead. I have known Tiffanie and Gherkin since college and I have the good fortune of living only one mile away from her precious family! (Jealous? I know you are...)

Tiffanie asked me to write the Product of the Week this week and let me tell you - I had a really hard time picking something. Then I received and email about a shipment from Amazon and went "AHA!"
One of my favorite things ever is AMAZON MOM'S! Have you heard of this? It's a really simple program and... wait for it... it's F-R-E-E.  

Oh man, the savings are awesome. I have compared diaper and wipes prices all over (, and Amazon beats them hands down. For example the box of 162 Size 2 diapers I receive once a month is about $30.00. Looking around, that same amount is well over $45.00. Hey with those savings, I can buy a bottle of wine, ok?

Basically you sign up, turn on 1-click shopping, and subscribe to have a certain item mailed to you at a regular interval (1 month, 6 weeks, etc). And if something happens where you need to delay a shipment or hurry it up, you just go in and click a few buttons and move on down the road. You also get an email a few days before that notifies you that you have a shipment coming up and gives you a chance to make any changes.

It doesn't only apply to diapers. Anything baby that is in the Subscribe-and-Save section qualifies. Baby food, detergent, formula... As long as you stayed signed up and keep buying, you are in.

One of the best features is that just be being an Amazon Mom, you get Prime benefits F-R-E-E. So that means all the other useless stuff you order will be free 2-day shipping. It doesn't even have to be a baby item. 

I hope you will head over and see if Amazon Mom's is for you. Just as a side note, don't get Tiffanie and I started on the Amazon App for the iPhone. I mean, this alone is why I may start living on Ramen noodles. Oooh, is that a subscribe and save item???
Thanks for posting, Breann. Check out her blogs (yes, she has two of them ... overachiever!) if you haven't already, see her cute little dude (Logan), and leave her a comment persuading her to share her secret meatloaf recipe with us.  I have yet to try it, but Mr. Gherkin has and he won't shut up about it says it's divine. (Doubt, she'll share this secret family recipe, but hey a girl can try, right?)

Monday, April 25, 2011

easter 2011 recap

Preston's first Easter was fabulous.
a few shots outside our church
He scored some new books from the Easter Bunny.

He had quite a few visitors. Between his grandpa and uncle on Friday, good friends on Saturday, and then his aunt and cousin on Sunday he got some major lovin' this weekend.  

Sweet and adorable first cousins.
Preston and Hunter

Sunday, April 24, 2011

happy easter.

So glad that tomb is empty...
photo: by me, Vatican City Museum, 2009
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 
1 Corinthians 15:20

Friday, April 22, 2011

good friday loving

Happy Good Friday!
So far today ...

We've both worked out (Jillian Micheals kicked my bootie).

My gardenia bushes are in full bloom.  For some reason they really took off this year (and they're big) so our entire back yard smells like gardenia.  
Don't you know that I cut some blooms and brought them inside so my living room and kitchen smells like gardenia too.

Mr. Gherkin assembled Preston's jumperoo.
 Preston is a huge fan already.

Last but definitely not least, we cleaned the gutters!! Look at all that dreaded pollen (and yes, some of it is last year's pollen ... don't judge us ... we just now purchased a ladder).

We're off now to a neighbor's birthday party/Easter egg hunt.
Happy Friday. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

product of the week: moby wrap

Until I get in the swing of balancing motherhood, my career, and blogging I've asked a few super-fun peeps to guest post for me.  First up is one of my favorite bloggers talking about a product that everyone is raving about. 
Hey everyone...I'm Laura over at Cowboy Boots and Baby Booties

I'm a SAHM to 5.... 3 boys and 2 girls ages 14 to 2 months....and counting!  

Sweet Tiffanie asked if I would like to add to her popular "Product of the Week" series  and I jumped at the chance!  I've got baby on the brain just like Tiffanie...we just had our 5th baby on Feb 1st...soooo needless to say my favorite products as of right now are things that make my life super simple.  

Enter the Life Saver...I mean the Moby Wrap. Yes, by first glance this thing could look intimidating, but I'm telling you if your baby loves to be held close and you want to give your arms and back a break.....this is a must.  

I watched a few videos on You Tube on how to tie the Moby on ...tried it about 3 times and viola...It's super easy!  I like how the baby feels in this carrier too...I don't have to keep one hand on him while I'm walking around like most baby carrier/slings I've tried.  He feels super comfy and close to me ...but yet still free to look around...or lay his head on my chest and fall asleep!

I finally tried it out at Walmart w/Wild Thing (if you follow my blog you'd know what I'm talking about)  and Dude Friend.  The baby carrier would have taken up too much room in the shopping cart for groceries. ...and I'm not even close to letting Lily run loose next to me to walk around while I shop.  Imagine a dog in a bird park....she'd never come back or stay put next to me while I get shopping down.  

So I wore my Moby wrap in the car .....and all I had to do when I got to the store was put the baby in it.  He fell asleep as I was walking around and boom....MOMMY ROCKED GETTING A FEW GROCERIES W/O INCIDENT!  Ok that's not entirely true.  Lily wanted to spin the grocery bag carousel around and the little old lady checker told her to stop and Lily screamed!  Thanks lady for ruining my stress free outing!  

As for the Moby?....I'm glad I purchased one...they start at around $39.99 and money well spent!
Thanks Laura!  I enjoy your blog.  You guys should stop by Cowboy Boots and Baby Booties if you haven't already. Laura's chronicles about raising her kiddos will keep you entertained for sure, and her recipes may be the reason I can't shed the last 13 pounds of my baby weight are divine.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Tax Day was yesterday. Sigh. With the hubby being an independent contractor we dread every April. This was the worst one yet (as far as taxes go).  Writing that check yesterday was awfully difficult, but oddly enough I found myself counting my blessings and thinking about the things that are important in my life.  Money just isn't one of those things I find that important anymore. Sure, we paid Uncle Sam, the medical bills are starting to roll in, and our accounts have dwindled but I'm not stressing like I would have before (before Preston was born).  We're alive and healthy. He's alive and healthy. That's all that really matters, right?
Work is great! I'm glad to be back. I do have a few twinges of guilt here and there about not being home with my Sweet P, but those are short lived. A good friend, Elizabeth, reminded me a few weeks ago that it's not necessarily the quantity of time that he'll remember but rather the quality of time. So I constantly remind myself of that when I start to feel sad about not being home with Preston. It also helps me remember to make the most of the few hours of the day I do get to spend at home with him. 
One of my patients said something last week that really made me think more about that quality time.  In asking her how old her son was now she answered "he's half-way out of my house."  (He's nine.) At first I thought she was relieved about that, but she then explained her statement saying that's how she keeps things in perspective as we only get a mere 18 years with our children in our homes before they can make the decision to leave our home and go to college. Then it's their decision on whether or not they come home to sit around the Thanksgiving table with us. That certainly put things in perspective for me. I walked out of the exam room with a lump in my throat.  Luckily for me she was my last patient of the day so I grabbed my bags and hightailed it home.  Before Preston was born 18 years felt like a lifetime.  Now, not so much.

Proverbs 22:6

Monday, April 18, 2011

preston's birth announcement

I just realized I never shared Preston's announcement. I ordered them from my go-to site, Pear Tree Greetings (love, love, love this website).

I kept a theme using the green toile for both his announcements and his thank you cards. I love the way they turned out. 

By the way, after reading about some incidents on Kelly's Korner (where photos of her girls were used by other people), I will be adding more of an obnoxious watermark on my photos of my Sweet P. Sorry, but it has to be done.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

product of the week: walgreen's app

Is an app considered a product? Even if it's free? Well anyhow, I'm so grateful for the Walgreen's app especially since I'm now responsible for picking up five different prescriptions on a monthly basis (all due for refills at different times of the month might I add). Gone are the days of those annoying automated answering systems, pushing button after button, and long hold times. 

With the app you can scan the barcode on the prescription and it will automatically be refilled at the same store (or you can change to another store of your choice).  Just like when calling over the phone the app will give you a date and time to pick up your prescription. Supposedly you can also sign up to receive a text message when the 'script is ready, but I haven't been successful in figuring that out just yet.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

the zoo.

First of all, thanks for the sweet comments, e-mails, texts, prayers, and phone calls on Monday. I'm officially a working mommy.  Monday wasn't so bad.  In fact I didn't even cry. (It probably helped that the nanny was reading him his Baby's First Prayers book before I left ... it was a peaceful feeling) Didn't run home at lunch to see Preston, either, but I may or may not have left the office on two wheels at 4:59 p.m. though.  I came home to a clean house and Preston smiling. Our nanny rocks! 
So anyhow, about the zoo ...
The Mr. took off early to accompany us to the zoo on my last day of maternity leave. Of course this trip was more for me and the Mr. as Preston is still too young to enjoy it and slept most of the time.

the new African exhibit is awesome, and was my favorite.

a chimp cooling off in the shower.

mr. gherkin.

my baby
a baby giraffe.

There's just something about zoos... they bring out the kid in me.
I'm looking forward to the days when Preston gets as excited about the zoo as I do.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

maternity leave.

It's over.  Just when I've got the hang of it, it's over.
I'm so grateful I had the opportunity to stay at home with Preston for a full three months, and I'm thankful (although this post may not seem that way) to head back into my career tomorrow.  We'll see if I feel the same way in a couple of months.

Being a stay at home mommy for three months was hard but most definitely rewarding. Shame on those people who say being a stay at home mom isn't a real job! So I think I can do this (the whole going back to work thing).  I mean there are a ton of you fabulous women out there who went back to work, survived, and have achieved that balance of being a working mommy, right?  Women do this everyday, right?

I will forever remember this time with Preston. Here are some of my favorite memories ...
days of freezing temps that resulted in us hibernating inside snuggling by the fireplace,
our long walks at the park,
sleeping in with my baby until he woke up,
receiving his smile for the first time,
witnessing him roll from belly to back for the first time,
hearing him chuckle for the very first time (on the very last day of my leave)
day-time television,
Clifford, The Big Red Dog (Preston loves all things red),
PraiseBaby DVD collection,
grocery shopping on a weekday (i loathe crowded grocery store shopping)
staring at these big brown eyes everyday ... all day, shopping with 2 day free shipping (addicting),
repeated visits from my family (love you guys),
lunch/walking/play dates with good friends,
living in Nike shorts and t-shirts,
I could keep going and going.

I'm going to miss you tomorrow, Preston.
Maternity leave has come and gone and I sometimes still can't believe that you are here and that I get to be your mommy on this Earth. I praise Him for working through the doctors and surgeons to miraculously mend your broken heart. 

So tomorrow I will put on my big girl panties.  They'll be resistant and uncomfortable to slip on as my heart will be tugged in so many different directions, but I will squeeze them on and head back to my day job tomorrow morning.  I'm sure 5 o'clock won't come soon enough, but it'll get easier with time. Right?
Phillipians 4:13

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

product of the week: Olay eye transforming cream

Buy this! It's affordable, and it helps illuminate those dark circles and de-puff (is that a real word?) the bags under my eyes. Gone are the days of spending too much money for over-priced eye cream. I bought this after reading a review where Amanda Peet raved about it and have been pleasantly surprised. Some days I don't even have to use this stuff  because this Olay cream works so well for me.

Happy shopping.

disclaimer: Olay did not compensate me in any way for this post. However, I will gladly accept more of this stuff should a representative from Olay ever read this :)

Monday, April 4, 2011

three months ...

since the beginning of a great year,
since my first major surgery,
since Preston's first breath.

three months ...
of scars,
of healing,
of breastfeeding.

three months ...
and I'm still learning,
and Preston's still growing,
and my heart still melts like never before.

happy 3 month, Preston!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

sunday thoughts.

Found this written in the Bible I carried as a teenager this morning ...

love your children.
pray for your children.
before they understand,
until they understand,
and then because they understand.

I wrote it in February 1998.
Thirteen years later, I'm loving and praying.