Thursday, July 31, 2008


I am so annoyed and disappointed today. My ovulation kit turned positive today, so I called the doctor to schedule an appointment for Mike to go in and do his thing (which, the place Mike goes isn't affiliated with my doctor's office and they are really snobby). Anyway, Mike is in a mandatory training in Jeff City for crime scene investigators and has a lunch from 11:30-1pm. I called, hoping to get him scheduled between that time. They said the only time they had available was 1:30. That is not going to work...I tried again and said maybe sometime tomorrow afternoon and they said they don't have make appointments for Friday afternoons. Geez! My doctor tried to help us out, but couldn't do anything. I am so annoyed! The part that makes me the most mad is that you know they don't have appointments during that is their lunch break and NO one wants to be a nice human being to help someone out. Man, they are selfish! That place is the only place in town that will get male sperm washed and ready for the IUI. So...needless to say we'll try the regular way this month, without the IUI, to see if that works to have a baby....I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Rain, Rain

Seriously! Stop raining! I only have a few more weeks of my summer break and I want to spend it out in the stop the rain please :)

Memory Lane

I've been on facebook for awhile now and it's always interesting to "find" old friends. It brings back LOTS of great memories and it is fun to see where these friends are now. Lately I've been finding lots of friends from college at Florida International University and wanted to post some pictures from that time. It is pretty funny to see how much has changed in less than 10 years. Wow!
Getting ready to go to Club 609

Jen and Heather visiting me at work...look at all that "flair!" :)

Before our soccer banquet

Game time

Man...we look SO young!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Show me...

There's nothing better than a sunshiny day filled with green grass and soccer. This past weekend was the soccer Show-Me-State Games and we had two friends come into town to hang at our place while the tournament was going on. The Crowders and The Malones hung out with us and made it to the semi finals where they lost 2-1...and boy was it HOT! I think they were kind of glad that they lost and didn't have to play any more games in the hot sun. We had a great time with them in town and were even more excited because Yuri took her 1st steps across our living room floor! Woohoo! :) Hope your weekend went well and the week is starting off on the right foot!


  • Dear Mike,
  • I am SO sorry for being an absolute irate not nice person this past week. Clomid did not fare well for my emotional state and everything you did seemed to make it worse. I apologize for disagreeing with everything you said or did and making your life not very fun this past week. The good news is that hopefully our 4th IUI will work this week and I won't have to go on that again...or until we are ready for another baby! ;) Love you...

  • For your readers who don't know what I am talking about...This was the 1st time I was on Clomid; the fertility drug and seriously, it messed with me big time. I was very hormonal and emotional and agitated with everything! Mike got the worst of it.....oops! Hopefully our 4th IUI will work this week and we'll have some good news. Send good thoughts and prayers our way this week!!! Thanks!!

Saturday, July 26, 2008


Krista and I have been friends for as long as I can remember...I think since Kindergarten. Anyway, we've hardly had a chance to see each other hang out since high school. She came to our wedding and my 25th birthday party, but we've both been so busy living our lives, that time has just passed. I am SO glad that we've finally gotten back in touch with each other and have caught each other up about what has been going on in our lives. Yesterday, we met in Warrenton to catch up, grab some lunch and reminisce. It was awesome! It has felt like no time has passed between us and that is the best kind of friendship...the kind where you feel connected no matter how much time has passed or what's been going on. I love that. Krista and I had a great time yesterday...we were loud and laughing and just enjoying our friendship. She is going to kill me for posting some of our pictures from WAY back in the day...but they are hilarious!! ha! It seems that in every picture, I am always on the right and Krista on the left! :)

All in...

That seemed to be the theme last night of our poker night. "All in" We went back and forth all night trying to out bid, out think, and out maneuver each other. In the end...I was the first one out, of course. Mike ended up giving me some of his chips so I could continue to play. The funniest part of the night was on one flop there was a 9, 2, 3, 4 and a jack. Melanie, Dave, and Mike were still in and they all 3 were all in. They turned their cards over and each person had a 9 and a high card. Dave had an ace, 9; Melanie had a queen, 9; and Mike had a king, 9. It was pretty funny watching the hand play out because they all thought they had it in the bag. I can't wait to play again...and not lose this time! ha! :)

Friday, July 25, 2008

Sketch Artist

Digital Camera Fun
Get your own photo sketch

A work of Art

Modern Art Museum
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Thursday, July 24, 2008

5 things...

5 things I am thankful for today...

  1. Friends who call out of the blue
  2. That I didn't have to decide today if I needed to have my 2nd back surgery
  3. The house is clean
  4. My camera that was broke and shipped to Canon to get fixed, is back...and working! woohoo!
  5. I am almost finished with the 3rd book in the Twilight series

What are you thankful for???

Tech Support?!

Got this from my aunt and thought it was pretty good! :)
Dear Tech Support,
  • Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slow down in overall system performance, particularly in the flower and jewelry applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0.

  • In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as Romance 9.5 and Personal Attention 6.5, and then installed undesirable programs such as NASCAR 6.0, NFL 5.1 and Golf Clubs 4.1.
  • Conversation 8.0 no longer runs, and Housecleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system. Please note that I have tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail. What can I do?

  • Signed, Desperate.


  • First, keep in mind, Boyfriend 5.0 is an Entertainment Package, while Husband 1.0 is an operating system. Please enter command: ithoughtyoulovedme.HTML and try to download Tears 6.2 and do not forget to install the Guilt 3.0 update. If that application works as designed, Husband 1.0 should then automatically run the applications Jewelry 2.0 and Flowers 3.5.

  • However, remember, overuse of the above application can cause Husband 1.0 to default to Grumpy Silence 2.5, Happy Hour 7.0 or Beer 6.1. Please note that Beer 6. 1 is a very bad program that will download the Farting and Snoring Loudly Beta.

  • Whatever you do, DO NOT under any circumstances install M-I-L 1.0 (it runs a virus in the background that will eventually seize control of all your system resources.) In addition, please do not attempt to reinstall the Boyfriend 5.0-program. These are unsupported applications and will crash Husband 1.0.

  • In summary, Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly. You might consider buying additional software to improve memory and performance. We recommend Cooking 3.0 and Hot Lingerie 7.7.

  • Sincerely, Tech Support

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Beginning and End

Beginning of Day: Started by going to the doctor so he could test the nerves in my legs. Not my idea of fun. They started off by shocking me in different spots in the lower legs and feet. It seriously made me think of the part in thebeginning of Ghostbusters where Bill Murray's character was shocking the man with the cards. It made me very jumpy! The next part was the worst though. They have to stick needles in me...5 each leg (3 lower leg muscles, my quad, and hip) and THEN move it around. It was awful. I felt like such a baby because I was crying and seriously couldn't stop. The thing that did make me feel better (besides the test being over) was that they said the biggest criers were big ol' football players. ha! Below is a picture (from yahoo)of the shock test they do's not my foot ;)

End of Day: I met up with some great friends, whom I taught with, to catch up and hear how their summer is going. They are all going to be at different schools next year. :( We met at Heidelberg which has a great happy hour and 1/2 price appetizers. It is SO great to have amazing friends!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Tuesday Thoughts

  • Why does it always have to rain when Mike is supposed to mow the lawn??? Hmmm... It's been thundering and pouring rain all night. It's the kind of low rumble thunder with occasional crackling and every time we have a huge storm our backyard has a river running through it. This of course, gets Jack soaked and muddy....not very fun to clean.

  • Why didn't I think of doing this earlier? I seriously love making these diaper cakes....I have another baby shower to go to in August for a friend and thought I'd make another cake!Don't you just want to eat it up! :)

I have issues...

Seriously...once I get started on a new book, I. can't. put. it. down! argh! I started reading Twilight last night at 11:00 pm after finishing another diaper cake, for another friend. Mike got off work around 1:30 am, and I was still reading. Huge thunderstorms came into town last night (and still going on...more about that later) lightning and crackling thunder continued to make me jump and that fits in nicely with this book, but I kept reading. :) I finally finished reading this 500 page book at 4 am! 4 am people! I seriously have issues! It's early and I'm tired, but I want to start book #2. I'm insane! ha!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Total Jealousy

I'm so jealous of LeeAnn, Heather and Nicole....Look where they went! IKEA!!!

Book Meme

Because I LOVE books...I've decided to do this Book Meme that I found on Busted Babymaker. This is probably really boring for some of you to read through this post...but oh well! ;) Here's how it works:

  1. Look at the list and bold those you have read.
  2. Italicize those you intend to read.
  3. Underline (or mark in a different color) the books you LOVE - mine are in red
  4. Reprint this list in your blog so we can try and track down these people who’ve read 6 and force books upon them ;-)

  1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
  3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
  4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling -
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
  6. The Bible - yeah, right.
  7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
  8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
  9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
  10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
  11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
  12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
  13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
  14. Complete Works of Shakespeare - has anyone read all of them? I've read Midsummer Night's Dream, the Tempest, Romeo and Juliet...
  15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
  16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
  17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
  18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
  19. The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
  20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
  21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
  22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
  23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
  24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy - maybe if I am ever on bedrest I can tackle this one.
  25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
  26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
  27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
  29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
  30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
  31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy -
  32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
  33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
  34. Emma - Jane Austen
  35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
  36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
  37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
  38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
  39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden - I love the movie too.
  40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
  41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
  42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
  43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  44. A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
  45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
  46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
  47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
  48. The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
  49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
  50. Atonement - Ian McEwan -
  51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel -
  52. Dune - Frank Herbert
  53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
  54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
  55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
  56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
  58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
  59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
  60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
  62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov -
  63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
  64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
  65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
  66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
  67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
  68. Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
  69. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
  70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
  71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
  72. Dracula - Bram Stoker -
  73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
  74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
  75. Ulysses - James Joyce -
  76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath -
  77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
  78. Germinal - Emile Zola
  79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
  80. Possession - AS Byatt
  81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
  82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
  83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
  84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
  85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
  86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
  87. Charlotte’s Web - EB White
  88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
  89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  90. The Faraway Tree Collection
  91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad -
  92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
  94. Watership Down - Richard Adams -
  95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
  96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
  97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
  98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
  99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
  100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

STL Pics

Since I didn't make it into St. Louis this past weekend to see my family and celebrate my Grandma's birthday or see my aunt and uncle from Texas, I thought I would post some pics here my mom sent me. :) I love my family!

I made my Grandma a shutterfly book for her birthday...very cute! Look how young we were on the cover! ha! :)

My mom is on the left with 3 of her sisters. This was the first time her mom (my grandma) has been to a Cardinal game! She loved it and even wore her rally cap to help them win!

This is my Aunt Barbara and Uncle Mark from Texas. :)

Kelli and Dad smiling for the camera!

Monday, Monday...

So Mike went back to work today and I'm bored! I ran a couple of errands and I'm getting ready to get a couple of baby gifts for a shower we have coming up in August. I'm really into making these baby diaper cakes lately. Once it is finished, I will have to post some pictures! Maybe I can go into business doing these! Here is one sample that I finished last week (it is for one of Mike's coworker's wife) so...Melanie if you are reading this...STOP! ha! Hope your week is starting off well!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

It's J.T. Time...

ESPY awards are on! So excited! Can't wait to see who wins and Justin Timberlake host. :)

Happy Bday!

Happy Birthday Grandma! We love you!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

ABC's about me...

ABC's about me
  • Accent: sometimes...but not really
  • Breakfast: usually coffee (I know it's not very healthy!) I do like cereal and peanut butter waffles
  • Chores I don’t like: makes me sneeze!
  • Dog or Cat: no cats please! We love Jack boy!
  • Essential Electronics: laptop, camera, phone, and ipod
  • Favorite Cologne: I have no idea...but I like what Mike wears (David Beckham)
  • Gold or Silver: Silver
  • Handbag I wear most often: I switch them up alot because I get bored...but they are all from Target
  • Insomnia: nope.
  • Job title: Teacher
  • Kids: hopefully many!
  • Living arrangements: 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath in Columbia
  • Most admirable trait: friendly and caring
  • Naughtiest childhood behavior: not listening or being a smartmouth!
  • Overnight hospital stays: Way too many to count. At least 10 with surgeries....
  • Phobias: Heights, bugs, storms, and the dark.
  • Quote: It's pretty standard, but I love "Live well, Laugh Often, and Love much"
  • Reason to smile: Knowing that God loves me, hearing Jack snore, having my family and my husband say I love you, and another beautiful day
  • Siblings: 1 brother & 1 sister
  • Time I wake up: During the school year, 5:30 am; in am
  • Unusual talent or skill: I don't have too much that is least I can't think of any right now.
  • Vegetable I refuse to eat: Brussels sprouts.
  • Worst habit: cracking my knuckles...definitely
  • X-Rays: Are you kidding? Want to see them? Way too many....
  • Yummy stuff: chocolate chip cookies and Shakespears' pizza. Not combined.
  • Zoo animal I like most: tigers


I am so excited!!! I talked Mike into rearranging our living room yesterday and it looks so much better! We moved the 9 shelf bookshelf downstairs (I'll get pics once it's finished) and moved the armoire tv stand to the other wall. We switched the couches/chair around and I'm so impressed! The hard part was getting the tv cable drilled through the floor to connect it downstairs...after some maneuvering, we got it hooked up. Our new purchase (from the stimilus check) was the console table. This is on the wall where the tv's not totally done yet with decorations, but you get the idea.

Here is the before...
And here is the after! I love it!

Here is our new console table...that I put together myself! Mike only helped a little :)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Top 5

Top 5 reasons I like today...

  1. Laundry is finished from our trip!
  2. It is a beautiful day outside
  3. Mike, Jack and I have been hanging out all day
  4. Dinner is cooking for tonight...woohoo!
  5. Vantage Point is waiting for us to watch tonight

What do you like about today?

We're home....and busy! :)

Mike and I got home yesterday afternoon after picking Jack up at my parents house. Jack was zonked out the rest of the day! He always has such a good time at their house...lots of spoiling! After unpacking, I went to a birthday party. A.M. was a student I had last year and her and her family invited me since there was 10 other students in my class there too. I had such a great time. B and K did such a great job for their daughter's birthday party. They decorated shirts (party favors) while waiting for the rest of the kids to get there. Then we ate delicious bbq. They did a scavenger hunt around their property looking for clues and then they had to put the words together in a paragraph to make it make sense. They bobbed for apples, had a kickball game, and a silly string tag game! It was a lot of fun! We had cake and ice cream and then watched her open presents. It was a very fun filled 2 and a half hours! :) After I left there, Mike's work buddies started a volleyball team, so we headed over there for a double header. They won the first game and lost the second. It was a great night so we stayed on the patio playing washers and then a couple of games of pool until 1:30 am.... Here are some pics from the birthday party...
A.M.'s mom told me that A. now loves kickball because we played it so much during the last two years. We played it for rewards, at the end of the year, and just as a surprise throughout the years. I am so excited that she has such a great memory from playing with her classmates. Her mom said she has gained so much confidence from playing!

Looking for clues...

Bobbin' for apples

Silly string tag! This was SO much fun!