Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Got This E-mail Today and It's Too Funny To Not Share...

Last week was my birthday and I didn't feel very well waking up on that morning.. I went downstairs for breakfast hoping my wife would be pleasant and say, 'Happy Birthday!', and possibly have a small present for me.

As it turned out, she barely said good morning, let alone 'Happy Birthday.'

I thought.... Well, that's marriage for you, but the kids.... They will remember. My kids came bounding down stairs to breakfast and didn't say a word..

So when I left for the office, I felt pretty low and somewhat despondent.

As I walked into my office, my secretary Jane said, 'Good Morning Boss, and by the way Happy Birthday!'

It felt a little better that at least someone had remembered. I worked until one o'clock , when Jane knocked on my door and said, 'You know, It's such a beautiful day outside, and it is your Birthday, what do you say we go out to lunch, just you and me..'
I said, 'Thanks, Jane, that's the greatest thing I've heard all day. Let's go !'

We went to lunch. But we didn't go where we normally would go. She chose instead at a quiet bistro with a private table. We had two martinis each and I enjoyed the meal tremendously.

On the way back to the office, Jane said, 'You know, It's such a beautiful day... We don't need to go straight back to the office, Do We ?'

I responded, 'I guess not. What do you have in mind ?'

She said, 'Let's drop by my apartment, it's just around the corner..'

After arriving at her apartment, Jane turned to me and said,' Boss, if you don't mind, I'm going to step into the bedroom for just a moment. I'll be right back.'

'Ok.' I nervously replied.

She went into the bedroom and, after a couple of minutes, she came out carrying a huge birthday cake ... followed by my wife, my kids, and dozens of my friends and co-workers, all singing 'Happy Birthday'.

And I just sat there....
On the couch.....


Monday, October 25, 2010

And The October Wedding Season Continues..

This weekend my best friend from work, Kellen, got married.  It was a beautiful wedding and one that I had really looked forward to  For the past few months, Kellen and I have talked over wedding details and she's told me about some of her different ideas so I was pretty sure that it was going to be a gorgeous wedding, but I was blown away by how nice it really was.

Kellen is from Southern Illinois and unbeknownst to me, there are many wineries and vineyards that are within an hour or so of her house.  The one where she chose to get married was called the Von Jakob Winery and it bordered the Shawnee National Forest.  It was truly a beautiful scene for a wedding.

Kellen has a great sense of style and I always wonder how she can be dressed so perfectly all the time.  I have never seen her have a day where she looks "rough" (I have days like this pretty much every day).  Her wedding dress and hair were gorgeous and all her attendants looked great too.

Needless to say, Drew and I had a great time at the wedding and we were so excited to be able to take a road trip through the country.  Best wishes to the Laceys.  They are on their honeymoon right now and I'm very jealous, they're in St Lucia!  How awesome!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

KB & Baby - Week 14

Hey Guys,

Just a short post for now :)  I have been sick this week and Drew and I were out of town last weekend so that's why I'm a little behind!  Hopefully I'll catch up soon!

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 14 Weeks

Size of baby: Peanut is the size of a lemon

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 6 lbs (according to my Dr last Thursday)

Maternity Clothes: Not yet...  My shirts are still fine but I'm wearing the maternity bands across the tops of my jeans!  It is nice to be able to still wear them!

Gender: We have no clue!  We'll be finding out the end of November and we're so excited to know!
Movement: none, yet...

Sleep: I finally feel like maybe I'm catching up on my sleep...  Which is fabulous!
What I miss: oh gosh, this sounds bad...  I'd love a glass of wine or a margarita...
Cravings: everything :)

Symptoms: Honestly, besides my cold, I have been feeling really good!
Best Moment this week: Hearing the baby's heartbeat at the Dr, it definitely made it feel more real
Anyway, sorry that this is so short!  I'll try and get more put more together for you this evening or tomorrow.  We had a great weekend and we're looking forward to some the next weeks being fun also!  I can't wait to share everything we've been up to!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Show Us Your Life - Kitchens

Good Morning!  This week's Show Us Your Life topic at Kellys Korner is kitchens so I thought that I would participate! 

I have also started with a picture of our dining room since I was not able to get them up for last week.  We don't really ever use our dining room because our house has an eat in kitchen and we always eat there.  It is nice though, to be able to have the China cabinet for space and the really big window for all the natural light.  This room also has really tall ceilings (I tell everybody 15 feet, but that's just an estimate) that make it a neat edition to the house.  The color is actually the same as it was because the paint looks really nice and we really like the color.  Because of that, and the tall ceilings, I doubt we'll be painting it anytime soon!

Ok, on to the kitchen.  Our kitchen is really open (which I love) and you can even see into the living room from the sink.  We had friends over this week to watch baseball and it was so nice because I was able to be in the kitchen preparing food and still talk and socialize with the guests.

We had to replace all the appliances when we moved because the people that lived here previously took theirs.  We replaced the fridge and stove with Samsung and the dishwasher is Whirlpool.  We are really pleased with the appliances and love the way that they look in the kitchen.

This kitchen also has TONS of cabinets.  My kitchen at my old house was not small, but every cabinet was full to the brim.  There is also lots of counter space which is nice for canisters, appliances, and food prep.

As I mentioned earlier, the kitchen has an eat in area where we eat most of our meals.  We bought this table and chairs when we moved and have really liked them.  The set included a removable leaf and two extra chairs but we keep it down to four because that's what we would mostly use.  There are also sliding doors out to the covered porch and back yard.

Haha!  I'm not sure why I included this picture, but the pantry is probably one of my favorite parts of the house!  We used to have to keep our food in our cabinets and it took up so much room!  This pantry is great even though now I tend to buy lots more food (notice the three jars of spaghetti sauce, LOL)!  Sorry that it is such a mess, its just nice to be able to shut the door and not have to worry about it!

Anyway, thank you guys for checking out our kitchen!  We really love it and love our new house.  I can't wait to see your houses also :)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Shootin Skeet!

For his birthday this year, my dad wanted a Clay Pigeon Thrower (I'm sure there's a technical term for this thing, but I don't know what it is.)  Since he never says anything he wants, Mom immediately made the purchase.

Sunday was the first day that it had been out of the box, even though Dad's birthday is New Years Eve.  OOPS...  Oh well, what better way to blow off some steam than shoot little orange disks.

Dad and Drew had two guns that they were shooting.  A 12 gauge shotgun and a 20 gauge shotgun.  Dad bought the 12 gauge this summer but he has owned the other since he was 12.  My dad does not hunt or anything, so it was interesting that he was actually a really good shot!  I was impressed.  Drew loves to hunt (deer, doves, turkeys, etc) and was also a pretty good shot.

Me, I'm just good at loading the disks.  No shooting guns for me...  This time.  Something tells me that they will have me shooting the next time they get out their toy.

One of the funniest parts of this activity was the horses.  Mom and I were convinced that the horses would be really scared and that they'd probably run to the farthest corner of the pasture.  NOT SO MUCH..  They started coming towards where Dad and Drew were shooting.  I had to run and lock them back around the pond so that they would not come to close.  What a bunch of idiots!

I definitely think that Dad's toy was a success.  He and Drew went through two boxes of shotgun shells and he had the biggest grin on his face when they were  finished.  Something tells me that it won't be another nine months before they play with it again!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Wordless Wednesday... The Benefits of Country Living...

Happy Hump-Day Friends!!  We're on the downhill slide :)

ETA:  Who knew that you could mis-spell something in a post that was supposed to be "wordless"??

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Silly pictures from the wedding...

I was lucky to be born into a big family.  My dad has four brothers and sisters and from those children, there are 7 grandchildren.  It has always made for lots of fun at Christmas, Thanksgiving, and other family functions.  Weddings are no different.

Erin, Jennifer, and I decided during the reception that we wanted to have a photo shoot at the alter.  We took flowers out of the decorations and used them as props.  Please enjoy...  and yes, we know...  we are dorks :)

And finally, Angela's car.  Keil's groomsmen definitely had a good time adding some very tasteful (ummm...) decorations.

Monday, October 4, 2010

My Brother's Wedding

My brother and his fiance, Angela, got married on Saturday at Pennyrile State Park.  The alter looked out over this lake and these woods.  The leaves are just barely beginning to change colors and the scenery for the wedding was beautiful!

My mother.  I think that she was glad to be the mother of the groom this time and not the mother of the bride!  Apparently, its much easier.

The beautiful bride and her dad.

This was the point in the wedding where Keil told Angela that he had forgotten his tux at their house, which happened to be a 30 minute drive from the wedding location.  After driving for an hour at 12:15, he was able to make it back in order to get in time for his 2:00 wedding.  Nothng like a little drama!

Cutting the cake..

The first dance....

I am so excited that my brother has found somebody to make him so happy!  Congrats Keil & Angela, I hope you have a great time in Hawaii!  I am jealous!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Baby & Bridal Showers

Weekend before last I had two showers to attend.  Actually one to attend and one to host. 

The one that I attended was a bridal shower for my brother and his fiance, Angela.  They are getting married tomorrow, October 2.  Our grandmother and aunts hosted the shower which was attended by lots of our extended family and members of the church where we grew up.

Jennifer was there and I was so excited to be able to actually see her two weekends in a row!  This was also where I broke the news to my family that I was expecting...  It was definitely a great surprise!

Angela and Keil, opening presents.

The shower that I hosted was a baby shower for my friend, Brittany, and her baby, Addison Clay.  One of my responsibilities was to make a diaper cake.  Mom and I were scared and definitely had no idea what we were getting in to.  Luckily, there are great websites on the Internet that include awesome step by step directions that say just exactly what to do.  Needless to say, we were very proud of our finished product!

This was the cake table.  Do you see the pumpkin that is surrounded by cupcakes?  It is actually a cake!  Isn't that amazing?  I didn't get a chance to eat cake but everybody that did said it was wonderful!

We were shocked when the RSVP's started coming in for the shower.  There were 54 people who were invited and 45 RSVP'd that they would be there.  There were approximately 50 people there.  It was definitely a little stressful but luckily for Brittany, everybody brought amazing presents.  She was able to almost complete her registry at one shower.  I was so excited for her!

See the green bath tub on the top with the pink bow?  That was my gift!  It was filled with bath accessories and some onesies for Addison :)  I hope that she gets lots of use out of them!