Blog Birthday Giveaway!

P.S.S I guess I need to clarify that I will be using random.org to pick the winner.

P.S. I've added the "Followers" link at the bottom of the blog.

The crazy interview that started it all...and here we are, two years later! It's time for another birthday giveaway! You don't have to do anything special, just leave a comment. I will pick a winner on Wednesday. What do you win? Something. Literally. I don't know what it is. We've ordered our Something from the Something Store and it will be here soon!!! Go here and check out the Something Tracker and see what you could win! Comment and get 1 entry...become a follower and get 2 entries (if you are already a follower and you comment, you get 2 entries)! Happy Birthday VK Blog!!!

Lily's Third Month

Look at you sitting up!

Lily, your third month has flown by! March rushed in and rushed out. This month has been so much fun because your personality is really starting to show! We celebrated Uncle Ryan's birthday at Stix and Nana No Name's birthday at Sweet Pepper's. Mommy went back to work on the 22nd and missed you incredibly. You got to hang out with Nana No Name all day for 5 days! She loved being here with you. She read to you, sang with you, took you strolling at the mall (this is the first of many shopping trips with her), and loved on you!

Firsts: BIG smiles and excited little laughs; ooos and aahs (you are such a talker); 5th and 6th snow; ear infection in just your left ear; babysitting with Mommy; spend the night with mommy alone while daddy travels; kiss from a boy; trip to Guntersville to see PBC youth on a retreat.

News Headlines: Obama's Health Reform passed; Auburn gets a new basketball coach, Tony Barbee

Favorite Toy: You like the mirror on your floor mat. You don't know that it's you, but you get excited to see the person staring back at you.

Mommy and Daddy's Favorite: When you smile and talk to us! Kissing your big cheeks :)

Milestones: YOU SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT!!! That is the biggest milestone yet. I never thought this day would come but it's so neat to me that God allowed this to happen just a few nights before I went back to work! Oh, how He loves us! You started this on March 18th and have slept anywhere from 8-9 hours every night with the exception of one night. You wake up sometimes, but you aren't hungry and you are able to put yourself back to sleep; you have found your thumb and although I prefer you to take a paci, it is nice in the middle of the night that you can soothe yourself without someone getting out of the bed to give you a paci; you are enjoying tummy time a little more these days, but you still get mad at me after only a few minutes.

Weight/Height: Just guessing since you don't go to the doc again until May...around 12 - 12 1/2 lbs and 22-23 inches long. I think you are done playing catch up from all the weight you lost after you were born.

Like Mommy: I am seeing more and more of me in your face everyday, especially your eyes. It's funny how some people see your daddy and some people see me. I still think you resemble baby Nana No Name too.

Like Daddy: How about UNlike Daddy...you are so cheerful in the morning. You always wake up with a great attitude. (ok, I'll admit that this is also very unlike Mommy)

Best Memory: Carrying on a conversation with you in baby talk. You started to really talk one Sunday. You were sick with an ear infection, so you and Mommy stayed home from church. I was reading to you from Psalms. I forget what verse, but it said, "Shout for joy to the Lord" and that's exactly what you did. I read 2-3 more chapters and you talked the entire time...no exaggeration.

Biggest Challenge: Keeping you well. There were only 2 days in your 3rd month that you didn't have an ear infection. Thankfully, you didn't act like you felt sick.

How We Spend the Day: Everyday is so unpredictable still. Your eating times are typically always 3-4 hours apart, but your sleeping habits are strange. There are days that you cat nap in the morning, and take a 3 hour nap in the afternoon; days that you do the opposite; days that you cat nap all day long; and days that you take a morning nap and an afternoon nap. I just play it by ear everyday. We are getting better at knowing the difference between your hungry cry and your sleepy cry, so that has become very helpful. Thankfully, you go to bed between 9-10 every night and wake up between 6-7 every morning...so we always start and end our days at the same time.

Funniest Moment: The Discovery Channel is showing a series called "Life" and you watched it with us the other night. We were learning about how the seal is prey to the killer whale and the seal must strategically hide itself to keep from being eaten. Before a commercial break, the whales were making their way to the seal and the seal was scrambling to find a safe place to hide. We didn't know what happened to the seal until after the commercials. Your eyes were glued to that TV as if you were anxious to see the results and scared for the seal, not blinking for the entire break. You looked so relieved when you saw that the seal was safe. You also watched Clifford the Big Red Dog with Nana No Name and every time you saw him you said, "ooo ooo ooo" in a deep voice. I guess you've heard Sanibel bark a few times :)

How We Celebrated Your 3rd Month: You stayed in the nursery at church for the first time! You did so good and they only had to page me once (because you were hungry and had just eaten 2 hours before). Then we ate Mexican after church. Grandma Reese is keeping you this week. She got here just in time to rock you to sleep :)

Lily, you are such a wonderful baby. You are content, happy, and you rarely cry unless you are extremely hungry or very tired. It's hardly even a cry, you just get fussy. I know that we are blessed to have such an "easy" baby. Even though your days are a little unpredictable, your cues are easy to read. We are enjoying every minute of your precious life. We love you!

Here are some pictures from your third month:

With Uncle Ryan on his 14th birthday

Mommy and her girls on a lazy Saturday morning

An attempt at a family picture. Daddy had the camera zoomed in too far and you certainly are not happy.

Tummy time turned into a cat nap on the Boppy

You and Mom (this is your great grandmother, Nana No Name's mom. I was her first granddaughter and she wanted me to call her "Mom" because she felt too young to be a grandmother...you are her first great granddaughter and now she is too young to be a great grandmother!)

Enjoying the Spring weather outside with Mommy and Sanibel!

Holding Sanibel's nasty soccer ball. She has a brand new one, but she prefers this one.

Pretty girl in the sun!

Your big sister and that yucky soccer ball. Maybe one day she can teach you how to play...she loves to play soccer!

You and Grandma (this is your great grandmother, Grandma Reese's mom). You are her 6th great grandchild.

Driving the van in the parking lot at the mall!

With Momma 'Nita in Guntersville. She goes to church with TBone and Nana No Name.

Life is good :)

With Nana No Name at Sweet Pepper's for her birthday

Your first kiss! This is the sweet little boy that you and Mommy kept for a couple days while his parents were at work.

Smiling at your sweet Daddy.

The best one yet of your beautiful smile...thanks Petey!

I love this picture because I've never seen this expression before. You look so grown up! I can't tell who you look like.

Since I posted pics of two of your great-grandparents, I realized that I have never posted pics of you and your other great grandparents. This is you and Pop who is married to Mom. You are only a few weeks old here.

You and PaPaw who is married to Grandma. You are 2 days old here.

You and Granny Rosie, TBone's mom. Her husband, Pop Pop, is now with Jesus. He passed away April 18, 2007. You are named after his mother, Lillian. Mommy and Daddy were just discussing yesterday how you would have laughed and smiled so much with Pop Pop.


7 Random Things

I needed something to blog about and I saw this on Rebecca's blog. I know most of you know a lot about me, so I'm going to TRY to tell you 7 things that you may not know.

1. I would absolutely love to see Journey and/or Coldplay in concert.

2. Brent and I are trying to pay down our debt...everything but the house. We are very fortunate that our parents are paying our student loans, so our debt isn't an incredible amount. But, I've taken a major pay cut since I had to take maternity leave this year so things are much tighter than normal. This means that we have to account for everything in our budget, down to gift wrap (no, I don't have a fund in my budget called "gift wrap" but I do have a miscellaneous fund for random purchases). It also means that we have to eat whatever is in the kitchen, which KILLS me because I love to plan menus and cook. It's completely manageable, if we stick strictly to our budget. I'm telling you this so you can hold us accountable and pray for us. Prior to this decision, we bought a new sofa, ottoman, and rug for our living room (no worries, with cash). Now, the accessories don't match and it drives me NUTS! But we don't have money in our budget for new lamps, mirror, paint, etc. So I have to be like Paul and learn to be content in any circumstance.

3. I have had SIX jobs since I graduated from college less than 3 years ago. It all started with our move from Fort Myers back to AL . It's was just a crazy journey for God to get me right where He wanted me. I think I'll stick with the job I have now :)

4. I do not want Lily to go to public school. I'm the product of 12 years of a public school and I turned out fine. But, things have changed since then. I know there are some wonderful Christian teachers in public schools, especially in the South (some of them are my best friends), but if we can afford it, Lily will be going to a private Christian school. Fortunately, if I am still working where I am now when she starts school, she can go to a private school for free! I will seriously consider homeschooling before I make the decision to put her in public school and I do not like the idea of homeschooling (let me clarify, I don't like the idea of homeschooling for my family, it certainly is a great idea for other families). If the Lord wants her in a public school, then that's where she will be. It's really not up to me.

5. No amount of tiredness compares to the sleep deprivation of a mother/father. Anytime prior to Lily that I thought I was tired...wow, I was SO far from being tired! On top of being up at all odd hours of the night, I have always been a very light sleeper and sometimes I don't sleep at all. There are some nights that I am completely restless for 2-3 hours at a time. No exaggeration, ask Brent. I sometimes wake him up when I'm having a fight with the sheets or pillow because I'm so irritated.

6. My only regret in life: not videotaping Lily's birth. Brent took plenty of pics, but no video. Since I had a c-section, I thought I would be too exposed so we didn't bring the video camera in the OR. I absolutely hate that. And I hate being reminded of it, so let's move on...

7. I've never really had a hairdresser until I moved here. I love my hairdresser. Her name is Kari. She is from Seattle, WA, has 3 girls (maybe 2, I can't remember), and has curly hair just like me. I could probably spend less on a haircut, but I really like her and have always loved what she does with my hair...not to mention that I get a scalp massage every time I have an appointment!

So, what are 7 random things about you that NO one knows???


I need a shower!

Let me first say that I love my husband and the situations he gets himself into always end up being a good story, even if it doesn't seem that way at the time.

Just your normal Saturday...being lazy and staying in your PJ's until you just absolutely have to take a shower and get dressed...unless you are called out of the house immediately and have no time to even brush your teeth or put on a bra.

Brent bought a new riding lawn mower yesterday and it is being delivered today. He is so excited about it that he is going to take a ride on it in the back yard as soon as it gets here. I don't blame him-he's waited nearly 3 years for some relief to cutting our huge backyard. He says he's actually looking forward to cutting the grass this year. Brent's agenda for the day was to study his Sunday school lesson, get gas for the mower, and clean out a space in the garage for it. While I was feeding Lily around lunch time, Brent took a shower then began preparing for his SS lesson. I was very ready to get a shower and Lily was being fussy, so I knew Brent would have to watch her while I took a shower. Therefore, I had to wait until Brent was done with the SS lesson to get a shower. It seemed like it took him FOREVER to study his lesson, but in reality I was just that ready to not feel gross anymore. He told me that when he was done, he would take Lily so I could get a shower. Well, he was done with his SS lesson and thought he could run down to the Texaco and get gas real quick before I got in the shower. I didn't mind, I was trying to make a grocery list and put Lily down for a nap. He headed down to the gas station and I finally got Lily quiet and asleep. Not even 5 minutes later I hear my phone ring, but I missed the call because I couldn't find my phone. I didn't recognize the number so I didn't care to call back--whoever it was left a message, so I planned to just check it later. The same number called back less than 30 seconds later. I still didn't answer (I don't answer numbers that I don't recognize), but just as it stopped ringing, it dawned on me that the phone call was probably from Brent...why else would the person call back so quickly? I checked the message and sure enough, it was Brent informing me that he was at the Texaco and had locked his keys and phone in the car. He needed me to come pick him up.

I'm still in my PJs...hair hasn't been touched, teeth haven't been brushed. I have on black PJ pants with very busy hot pink polka dots all over them, one of Brent's blue t-shirts that is sticking out from his oversized hunter green sweatshirt, white socks, and some tennis shoes that I threw on. Oh yeah...no bra. Looking pretty rough and feeling pretty yucky. I wake up a sweet sleeping baby, load her in the car seat, grab my keys and go. Poor Lily was confused and very upset. As I'm driving I see my poor husband walking home and as I get closer, he just stops in his tracks and starts laughing. I'm not. I'm wishing he had let me get a shower BEFORE he went to the gas station...like he said I could. So, I pick him up and drop him off at the Texaco with a key to the car. Where does he go to get his keys??? THE TRUNK! Yes, he locked his cell phone and keys in the trunk of the car. I thought for sure it wasn't his fault and the old car locked the doors on its own (it can do that). I was wrong. He popped the trunk to get the gas can out, laid the keys and phone in the trunk, all the while thinking, "I'll remember to get them out when I put the gas can back in the trunk." Nope, that's not what happened Brent. Instead, you put the gas can back in the trunk and closed it, then thought, "Oh crap, my phone and keys are in there." He called me twice from the gas station (he didn't tell them he was making a long distance call--I still have a Bham area code) and since I didn't answer, he was afraid I wouldn't get the message, so he started home. We only live about 2 miles from the Texaco, so the walk wouldn't have been too bad. The weather is perfect for a walk outside anyway. Thankfully, his sweet UGLY wife came to his rescue. Have I had a shower yet?...nope. I had to blog first.


Heads Up!

The VK Blog Birthday is coming up at the end of this month...coincidentally on Lily's 3 month birthday (March 28). Like last year, we will have a prize from the Something Store for the winner. Gus was our winner last year, winning a wine thermometer which I'm not sure he uses. BUT, the possibilities are endless at the Something Store! You never know what you will get! We are still thinking of what we want you to comment to be entered into the birthday drawing. Last year we asked you to post a knock knock joke; this year we are thinking of something different. So, be on the lookout for The VK Blog Birthday #2!


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