Thursday, December 28, 2006

Christmas ReCap

Whew. Is it over now? We had our (what we hope to be) annual Christmas Eve Open House on Sunday with a great turnout and a busy busy Monday.

Conner was feeling a little sick on Monday, so it wasn't the wrapping paper tearing blizzard I thought it would be, until I got a present from Adam that was a box from J.O. Endris. Woot! A pretty bracelet to match my ring. He still had fun though, and Adam and I had just as much watching him.

WOW!!!

After morning with the family and naps, we headed off to my sisters and then to Adams parents. The view at my sisters house was truly a great display of American excess...

OVERLOAD

It was a great and busy holiday, and as rushed and stressed as we were, I'm never happy it's over. I love this season and getting everyone together.

I had a great holiday with my husband and my two wonderful children and I am so grateful.

Adam and I, Christmas Eve

Plus Conner got a Johnny Cash action figure!

Cash and Conner

(click on any of the pictures for more)



Wednesday, December 27, 2006

3 months

Happy three months Lilli-Bug! Gosh this last month has been busy. You've started smiling and cooing and really starting to form your own little personality. We've had a few challenges when it comes to sleeping and have had to pull out the old ringer and place you in the aquarium swing so we all keep our sanity, but once you fall asleep, generally you're out for 5-6 hours at night. It really is great. Your gorgeous hair is still coming in red, and you're already up to 10lbs 2 oz! Officially doubling your size from when you were born.

It's amazing to see you respond to mine and daddies voices and watch you turn your head to find us. Conner loves you more every day, and still likes to comfort you however he can.

This last weekend we celebrated your first Christmas, and you took it like a champ. True you were pretty much up all night Christmas Eve, but you're so cute, what are you gonna do?

We went to church with Dad and Conner on Christmas Eve morning, and put you in a gigantic puffy dress that your great grandma bought for you. YOu slept through the whole service, just perfect.

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Friday, December 22, 2006

Christmelicious



Reason for the Season

This past weekend, we took Conner to the local firehouse to drop off some toys for the Toys For Tots charity. We tried to explain to Conner we weren't taking these toys to be mean, and that Santa was going to take them to boys and girls all over that weren't going to get as many things as he was. We also talked about sharing and how good he is with Lilli. Whenever she's crying he offers her whatever toy he's playing with to soothe her.

When we got to the firestation he was a little shy at first but eventually started helping the fireman empty out the toys and then said, "Santa give these to everybody". Gah! I was so proud of him.

I think we'll make this a yearly tradition and hopefully build in him the importance of caring for your fellow man, and realizing how truly grateful we are.

Firetruck for

Thursday, December 21, 2006

12 days of 2006

Watch and Enjoy



Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Highlands Clause

Those of you who know what the Highlands is/are (?) You need to listen to this!

Welcome To New Albany, What Problem?

In the 15 months that Adam and I have lived in our new house in the heart of historic downtown New Albany, we have been attempting to work with the neighborhood association and other concerned citizens of New Albany to encourage and motivate the government to enforce policys and ordinances that will curb the garbage and neglect of the housing. Especially rental property.

This has been met with jeers by others in the city that we are "out to get the poor" and we are selfish. Make no mistake this has nothing to do with your income level or your social status. It's about personal responsibility. In this day and age where people are so afraid of stepping on someone else's toes or hurting someones feelings, often times it leaves us spinning our wheels never really able to stand up and say what needs to be said. I have stated in city council meetings several times that, like it or not, I represent the future of New Albany. My income, my work, my ideas, my family will all leave if these challenges are not acknowledged (at least) by the administration. I mean really, what's keeping us here? (our neighbors and thats about it right now)

Over the summer we had two newschannels come and do stories on the dumping problem that's going on (and has been going on) by slumlords and their slumtennants. Because some of us decided to stand up and fight for a clean safe and respectable neighborhood, we were told by people "downtown" that we were an embarassment to the city.

We are often told that the correct people (building commiss, councilpersons, and other city officials) don't know about these problems. As you look at these pictures below, I ask you, how can you miss this?

Please don't misunderstand and think that we are only getting together and complaining. We have had several city forums for people and invited city officials to come together for a meeting of the minds and come up with solutions. The attendance by city officials has been apalling to say the least. Private citizens have even come together and done research on how other cities handle the challenges that we face, yet every time we are told that we don't have enough money, or we just can't do it.

Welcome To New Albany, What Problem?

Again, I ask, how long do you expect us to live among this?

Monday, December 18, 2006

Dedication

Sunday, Lilli was dedicated at church. She wore the same gown that Adam wore when he was dedicated. She was so sweet and good. So was Conner.

I'd type more but right now my head feels like it's going to explode. Sweet.
(click on the picture for more)

Blue eyed sweet girl

Friday, December 15, 2006

First Grins

Hooray! it's finally looking like she has a personality. Adam has been trying to scar her emotionally with a giant stuffed clown, but at least it's making her smile.

Pretty girl!

Smiling at the scary clown

First SMILE!!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

saaaah-weeet

In one hour I will be getting my nasty mom hair whacked. It hasn't been properly tended to since oh... June or so. And let's not even get started on the brows shall we? Yes, getting my hair played with and prettified, no kids, and shapely brows. Does it get better?

WHy yes, yes it does.



Dude, when the dogs kick it, I'm so getting cats again.

Friday, December 8, 2006

Updates

Lilli has been coming to work with me about three days a week since I've been back and most of the time it's been going pretty well. Of course some days she's in rare form and decides she's going to be awake for no less then 22 hours a day and demand that I hold her while pumping, working, being on the phone and typing emails and contracts. Luckily she doesn't seem to bug anyone else but me, hooray for my own office.

That's why I decided to jump on the sling bandwagon. I ordered this gorgeous pink paisley sling from Hotslings yesterday and I can't wait for it to get here. I also must give props to Jenna for being such a supporter of baby-wearing and it rubbing off on me.


Lastly, here is a delightful picture of Lilli and I at work that my boss took. And althoug it doesn't really look like it in the picture, since Ms. Lilli graced us with her presence, I've lost 25 lbs and am down a pants size from when I got pregnant with her back in February. Woot!

Lilli and I at work

Monday, December 4, 2006

Saturday morning, I further scarred my oldest child. Ah yes I seem to have that talent that only mothers have when it comes to emotionally damaging my child. How did I do it this time? By taking him to see Santa again of course.

At least he didn't scream this time. Oh and Lilli? She was THRILLED.

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Friday, December 1, 2006

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Lilli had her 2 month check up this week, and she's already up to 9 lbs and 21 inches long! She's in the 5th percentile for height and weight and the 10th for her head size. HAH!

She got more immunizations and the new wonderful WONDERFUL immunization against the awful rotavirus.

I was able to get her first small smile out of her yesterday by playing peek-a-boo. She's even prettier when she smiles!

Lilli 2 months

Monday, November 27, 2006

Party Gifts

Time for another Holiday Hint and Tip.

Custom Coasters.

These are fun and easy to make! Great for Christmas gifts, or gifts for the host or hostess of your next holiday party!

2 months

Happy 2 month birthday little Lilli-Bug! You have grown so much over the last month. Now you are awake for longer periods of time and love to look around. We just put the Christmas Tree up, and the lights are fantastic! We're going to have to start feeding you steak as you're already eating 6 oz a feeding. I'm getting scared I won't be able to keep up!

You have filled out all over and now have a cute little double chin, chubby cherub cheeks, rolly-polly squishy legs and fingers and toes I love to eat.

You recognize mine and daddies voices, and Conner adores you. He hates to hear you cry and does what he can to comfort you.

We had a rocky start but you are growing by leaps and bounds and I love you so much!

Lilli

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Today as we assembled with family and friends, I started to think about all that I had to be grateful for.

I am grateful that Adam is my husband, and he is home and safe this holiday season. He is such a wonderful husband and a much more incredible father then I could have ever imagined. His patience with me and Lilli at 1 in the morning when she seems to be inconsolable, and when Conner wants nothing else but for him to hold him.

I am grateful for my little Conner Bean. He is just more perfect then we could have hoped for. He is so well behaved and so cute, sometimes I can't believe that we "made him", grateful that he is happy and healthy and loves Lilli. I can't wait for Christmas, and to see how excited he's getting and going to get.

I am grateful for little Lilli-Bug, and even though she arrived a wee bit early, she is growing like a weed, and is a happy baby just like her brother. What a perfect closing addition to our family.

I'm grateful that my family is close and we are all healthy this year. 2006 was rough but we were all together and able to support each other.




Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Practically Perfect In Every Way


Damn right.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Should we go as Tom and Daisy?

French Lick Resort and Casino
Roaring Twenties
New Year's Eve Gala


STUPID WIRELESS

*I had this post written yesterday I swear! My wireless just won't let me upload pictures*

This weekend we went to the Festival of Trees and Lights so I could take pictures for the Christmas cards of the babies. Yeah, that didn't work out so well. Conner scowled the whole time. Adam jr.

Anyway, here is a crappy one of the whole family.

The family

It's a good thing our kids are cute.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Holiday Tip

I need all the help I can get when it comes to artsy-craftsy and decorating stuff. I figure I'm not the only one. So I'll be posting all the tips and tricks I'll pick up over the holidays here for you guys.

First one. Tying the perfect wreath bow. Compliments of Martha Stewart.



Friday, November 17, 2006

Let the games begin

Tomorrow starts the official holiday shopping season for me this year. Garden Ridge is having a wonderful friends and family secret sale, and I'm off to buy a bunch of unneccesary, tacky, expensive Christmas decor that I'll end up making Adam put up.

I'm going to try and take the babies picture our Christmas card, and pull the rest of the Christmas stuff out of the basement.

I pointed out a house with Christmas lights up down the street to Adam the other day, and as long as I'm not the first decorator it's fair game.

We'll also be getting our Christmas tree Thanksgiving week-end. Last year we dicked around and waited until the weekend before Christmas, and I hardly got to enjoy the tree being up and decorated and Christmas-y.

I LOVE IT!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

outrage

this is unbelievable



Here is more on the story.

Festival of Tree and Lights



The Festival of Trees and Lights is a fund raiser for the NICU at Kosairs Hospital, where both Lilli and Conner were after they were born.

Not only will we be supporting an amazing cause but it will be the perfect opportunity for Christmas card pictures. There's a raffle for a BMW, $40,000.00, you can claim a wreath to design and sell.

There is also a place for you to "shop for the NICU" where you can purchase diapers, boppys or just make a donation.

I plan on going and no doubt coming home with a ridiculous amount of stuff.



Wednesday, November 15, 2006

But is there any way that you, you could just sock me out so there's no
way that I'll know I'm at work? Right here? (points to his head) Can I
just come home and think I've been fishing all day or something?


SERIOUSLY!!!!!! Have they figured out a way to do that yet? every minute at this job is worse then ever. it's the biggest load of bullshit.

Oh, HELL NO!

Woman kicked off plane for breast-feeding baby.

Ok, even as a fellow nurser, I agree that sometimes women can take the whole look at me I'm nursing in public thing a bit too far. Why would you want to purposly make some people uncomfortable when there is a way for you to be more discreet?

But this? This woman was doing nothing wrong. She was by the window, no part of her actual boob was showing.
Airline, how about no, this is completely out of line. Kicking her off by refusing a blanket? Do you know how hot it gets underneath those?

Assbags

100 Things *UPDATED*

whew I finally got it finished. It's hard to do these without feeling like you're bragging about yourself, no?

1. My middle name is Michelle
2. I have one sister, Alicia
3. My parents are still together
4. I have one son, Conner Addison, born July 29, 2004
5. I have one daughter, Lillian Eve Stockton, born September 25, 2006
6. Both of my grandpas died this year
7. I named Lilli after my grandpa Fred, his middle name was Stockton.
8. I was with my Granddad Dirk when he took his last breaths in the hospital.
9. He moved out here from CA in October of 2005. Before then I only saw him 4 times my entire life.
10. I miss them both terribly
11. I sell advertising for magazines
12. I make more money then Adam
13. It surprises me
14. Adam really is OK with it
15. That’s a lot of freaking pressure
16. I am a Christian
17. I am a registered Democrat
18. I used to drive a Jetta, it’s been my favorite car, and I regret selling it every day.
19. I am a deacon at my church
20. I am involved in the local politics of my hometown
21. I love shoes
22. A lot
23. A whole lot
24. Like, it’s almost a problem
25. I have 58 pairs of shoes
26. See!?
27. We live in a 130 year old house
28. I think it’s haunted
29. But the ghosts are nice, and don’t visit very often
30. We have a lot of renovation work to do.
31. We have the nursery done.
32. We have two weimaraners
33. Gandee and Gracee
34. Adam and I got married on February 26, 2005
35. We got married in a historic home in downtown Louisville
36. Our friend Bret was the officiant
37. He got “ordained” over the internet
38. It meant more to us then anyone else doing it
39. I’ve met Zig Ziglar
40. I think he’s great
41. I’ve never been to Europe
42. I really want to go to Italy
43. I’m a super fast reader
44. Sometimes it sucks because I spend so much on books and they only entertain me for a few days
45. I like to cross-stitch
46. I made a sampler with Conner’s name
47. I’m working on Lilli’s now
48. We are done having babies
49. I’m kind of sad about that
50. We are thinking about moving. AGAIN.
51. We have moved 6 times since we have been together.
52. Hiring movers is the best $150 I’ve ever spent.
53. I love music, like a lot.
54. I miss going to see local shows
55. Adam doesn’t share my passion for live music
56. Both my babies were in the NICU after they were born
57. I’m a member of public radio
58. I used to work at Victoria’s Secret and Target. I have also worked for a law firm.
59. The job I had in college, paid for most of my schooling.
60. I can tell you more about bras and undies then you ever needed to know
61. I have more undies then any normal person needs
62. I hate the word panties, blech it makes me shudder
63. I would love a job at an ad agency or PR firm
64. I scrapbook and make stationary in my “free time”
65. I’m not ashamed to admit I love diamonds and diamond jewelry
66. If only I could Adam to buy me more.
67. I have been struggling to lose weight for the last 5 years
68. I have three tattoos, on my wrist, ankle and back
69. I want more!!!
70. I used to have my tongue and right nipple pierced.
71. I took out the tongue ring when I was pregnant with Conner and it induced morning sickness
72. I took the nipple ring out like 3 months after I got it.
73. The nickname Ceece, came from my younger cousin who couldn’t say Courtney, and said CeCe instead, it eventually got shortened to Ceece.
74. I don’t talk to my best friends from high-school anymore, and it makes me sad. ( hi steph, sarah, amber)
75. In high school, I played tennis, swam, was in theatre and the color guard with the marching band
76. I loved being pregnant
77. I have a Nikon D50
78. I get sick to my stomach just seeing a commercial for Baileys
79. I passed out in my friend’s yard on 4th of July 2005, the cops came, and had to ask Adam if I was alright.
80. I haven’t had a drink of Jager since.
81. I love button-up shirts
82. My favorite stores are Target, Eddie Bauer, Gap and Babies R Us
83. Adam is in the Army National Guard
84. I love to decorate for fall and Christmas
85. I forgo my hair and manicure budgets in Oct-Dec to buy Christmas decorations
86. I love buying people presents
87. I have a hard time waiting till the right time to give it to them
88. My favorite restaurants are Qdoba, Panera Bread, Morton’s and Fuji
89. I love DMB
90. I have seen them 7 times
91. I did an internship at Walt Disney World in college
92. I hated it then, but am so glad I did it now
93. I am currently reading a biography on Walt Disney
94. He was a crazy dude.
95. I like bluegrass music
96. I take way to many pictures of my babies
97. Cardigans are my favorite article of clothing
98. Dr. Pepper is my carbonated beverage of choice
99. I HATE sweetened tea
100. I eat way to many carbs



Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Wal*Mart, Nazi's and Consumerism. OH MY!

In my small town, one of the many topics that comes up repeatedly is focused around Wal*Mart (and other chains) and how they are killing the small-town mentality and local business'.

This just added fuel to the fire.

I don't really care for Wal*Mart, mostly because of the censorship thing with their music. And isn't it wonderful to be idealistic and swear off big-box stores in favor of smaller boutiques?

I was all about this until I had kids. Especially Lilli, did you know that Meijer and Wal*Mart are the only stores within a 20 mile radius of my house that carry preemie diapers? I couldn't find one mom and pop or boutique store that even carried diapers, let alone preemie diapers. Target doesn't even.

Also, when buying clothes for a 2 year old which will most likely be stained or grown out of in a week, I head to a big box store. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to buy all their stuff from Strassburg and Hanna Andersson, but I can't spend $15/shirt that won't last around here.

I do however buy all my books from my local bookstore (which is quite a few) eat at a local restaurant at least 2-3 times a week, buy flowers from my local florist, buy my hometown newspaper, and Adam bought my birthday present at the local jewelers.

For Christmas, my sister and I get angels from the angle trees, in lieu of presents for some family members. Our budget goes a lot further at Target or Wal*Mart, allowing us to give these kids clothes, presents and just a little bit more then if we were limited to just boutique shopping.





Monday, November 13, 2006

Conner-Bean

For Christmas, my MIL had some pictures taken of Conner. I want to cry every time I look at them. My heart just absolutely swells with pride when I see him, and disbelief. I made that. I didn't screw it up, look how great he is!

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Possibility?

At work, I sell ad space for a magazine. One of my potential advertisers is a company that works with historic and older homes. They have recently brought up the possibility of doing some contract work with them.

I'm incredibly excited about this opportunity. It's not that I hate working, I was just starting to get into doing the whole stay at home mom thing, which, honestly, I never thought I would ever really "want" that, you know? I loved it though. I loved doing the whole domestic housewifey schtick. The grocery shopping, the meal planning and cooking, keeping the house clean-wait OK I still never really mastered that but, ANYWAY.

Right, so it's not like I'll be not working anytime soon, I mean I like shoes way too much, but it's nice to dream right?

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Thanks

Happy Veterans Day.

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Adam's OCS Graduation us2

my handsome cowboy dad

Granddad, dad and Adam. Thank you.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Ring, Ring..

Happy Birthday Grandma.

Whew, am I glad this first week back to work is over. I have never felt more "watched" Hooray for the weekend.

Thursday, November 9, 2006

Lilli-Goat

She's getting so big, she even has a little double-chin (the one thing she got from her mama).

Lilli november 5 004

Why I Support Same-Sex Unions/Gay Marriage

(or why my congressman is spineless and it hurt to vote for him)

I don't like him, but I voted for him. Baron Hill is my congressman, and I was appalled at how little he took a stand on. But I think that was the democrats "tactic" this year. Point out the faults of the others, and whatever you do, DON'T say anything about your political standings.

Baron Hill's commercials all reminded me that he was for our "Hoosier Values" and he doesn't support same-sex unions. Of course not, why would a forward-thinking democrat put his neck out there like that? I hate that term "Hoosier Values", I can garaun-damn-tee that Baron and I feel completely different about our values. I'd like to think that my Hoosier Values include open mindedness, forgiveness, acceptance. You know that whole live and let live thing.

I guess it boils down to my wonder of why everyone has their panties in bunch over people getting married in the first place. Umm look brother, unless it's you Bob down the street is trying to marry then why the hell do you care? Plus there is the whole separation of church and state thing. Last conversation I had with a gay friend, he was mostly concerned about getting the same rights legally when it came to making the same (and in some case stronger and more genuine) commitment to his partner. He didn't say anything about wanting God's or your blessing. So butt out.

Why would you want to keep apart two adults who love each other, who have found a friend, companion, lover in someone they want to spend the rest of their life with?

I'd like to think Britany Spears has done more damage to the "protecting marriage" campaign then my "queer" buddies.

Please don't mistake this anti-gay sentiment as a "Christan value" either. It's extremely far from the truth, while many Christians I know don't condone it, they also realize that A) It's not really their place when it comes to the legal aspect of it, B) If you are going to pull it to a God and sinning level, then every sin is the same in God's eyes, so whether it's ogling Brad Pitt on TV or cussing at the jerk who just cut you off, you're on the same sin level as "the gays" you hate so much.

I guess my point is this. FIND SOMETHING MORE IMPORTANT TO OBJECT TOO, LIKE OUR THOUSANDS OF TROOPS DYING OVERSEAS BECAUSE OF BULLSHIT.

Whatevs, I've gotten all worked up. I'm out.


Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Journey of the belly

journey of a belly

A little bit of retail therapy

FYI ladies, Kate Spade is having an online sample sale November 14-17. Be sure to shop early as the swag sells out early.

Tuesday, November 7, 2006

It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Well kids, it's here. Christmas shopping season has once again been thrust opon us. Whether we like it or not. As Wal*Mart so lovingly reminded me as I made a late night mad dash for diapers recently, there are less then 50 shopping days left before Christmas, or in terms that are more terrifying around the Paris house, a mere 3 paychecks until Christmas. Holy.Crap.

I don't totally hate this though. I love shopping for other people. I love doing the research in finding them the perfect gift. Although, I hate waiting and usually end up giving them their present early, forcing me to wait until the last minute to do my shopping.

While I was perusing the internet today at work looking for Christmas gifts (on my lunch break of course), I began to think about what to get Adam. I am totally stumped. All this man does is construction work, and play with the babies. He does the construction work FOR FUN, it's not even his "real" job. He has more Home Depot gift certificates then he knows what to do with, and his family usually takes care of his new work shirts every year (could we be more lame, right?). I decided to look back at some of the gifts I've gotten him in the past for inspiration, then I remembered the very first Christmas present I gave him. We were in 10th grade, and he still had quite the reputation as the ummm herbal fan (?) and Pink Floyd was making their big comeback in our school, and of course black lights were cool. So I bought him these flourescent black light drip candles for his room. Ha it seems so laughable now, but at the time it was awesome. Or I thought so anyway.

Do you have any funny present stories?

Just Like It Says

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ARE YOU????????

Monday, November 6, 2006

<i>That's</i> what I needed right there.

So yeah remember how I was all excited about wearing my "big girl clothes" to work from here on out. Real glad I did that seeing as how Lilli just puked all down the front of my shirt.

Awesome.

Sunday, November 5, 2006

My babies

Mom and the babies

100 Things

1. My middle name is Michelle
2. I have one sister, Alicia
3. My parents are still together
4. I have one son, Conner Addison, born July 29, 2004
5. I have one daughter, Lillian Eve Stockton, born September 25, 2006
6. Both of my grandpas died this year
7. I named Lilli after my grandpa Fred, his middle name was Stockton.
8. I was with my Granddad Dirk when he took his last breaths in the hospital.
9. He moved out here from CA in October of 2005. Before then I only saw him 4 times my entire life.
10. I miss them both terribly
11. I sell advertising for magazines
12. I make more money then Adam
13. It surprises me
14. Adam really is OK with it
15. That’s a lot of freaking pressure
16. I am a Christian
17. I am a registered Democrat
18. I used to drive a Jetta, it’s been my favorite car, and I regret selling it every day.
19. I am a deacon at my church
20. I am involved in the local politics of my hometown
21. I love shoes
22. A lot
23. A whole lot
24. Like, it’s almost a problem
25. I have 58 pairs of shoes
26. See!?
27. We live in a 130 year old house
28. I think it’s haunted
29. But the ghosts are nice, and don’t visit very often
30. We have a lot of renovation work to do.
31. We have the nursery done.
32. We have two weimaraners
33. Gandee and Gracee
34. Adam and I got married on February 26, 2005
35. We got married in a historic home in downtown Louisville
36. Our friend Bret was the officiant
37. He got “ordained” over the internet
38. It meant more to us then anyone else doing it
39. I’ve met Zig Ziglar
40. I think he’s great
41. I’ve never been to Europe
42. I really want to go to Italy
43. I’m a super fast reader
44. Sometimes it sucks because I spend so much on books and they only entertain me for a few days
45. I like to cross-stitch
46. I made a sampler with Conner’s name
47. I’m working on Lilli’s now
48. We are done having babies
49. I’m kind of sad about that
50. We are thinking about moving. AGAIN.
51. We have moved 6 times since we have been together.
52. Hiring movers is the best $150 I’ve ever spent.
53. I love music, like a lot.
54. I miss going to see local shows
55. Adam doesn’t share my passion for live music
56. Both my babies were in the NICU after they were born
57. I’m a member of public radio
58. I used to work at Victoria’s Secret
59. I can tell you more about bras and undies then you ever needed to know
60. I have more undies then any normal person needs
61. I hate the word panties, blech it makes me shudder
62. I would love a job at an ad agency or PR firm
63. I scrapbook and make stationary in my “free time”
64. I’m not ashamed to admit I love diamonds and diamond jewelry
65. If only I could Adam to buy me more.
66. I have been struggling to lose weight for the last 5 years
67. I have three tattoos, on my wrist, ankle and back
68. I used to have my tongue and right nipple pierced.
69. I took out the tongue ring when I was pregnant with Conner and it induced morning sickness
70. I took the nipple ring out like 3 months after I got it.
71. The nickname Ceece, came from my younger cousin who couldn’t say Courtney, and said CeCe instead, it eventually got shortened to Ceece.


Boo

Shit. I have to go back to work tomorrow. Has it really been 6 weeks already? Is my last baby already a month and a half old? How is that possible?

Uggh. I don't know which is worse, her 6 weeks into NOT being a baby any more or having to go back to work.

The nice thing is my work is super casual so I can continue wearing my sweatpants and t-shirts, but I have made the decision to start wearing my "Professional clothes" to work. Why?

Because I'm bored with my sweatpants and t-shirts, and the NoBloShoeMo, has made me revisit all my shoes, and I forgot how amazingly wonderful my shoe collection is. I mean I'm not pulling a Carrie Bradshaw and wearing Minolo's or anything like that, but my shoes are still fun.

Anyway back to work. Of course, I'll be able to bring Lilli with me a few days a week, so I won't be going cold turkey. Plus, all my clients are planning their budgets for 2007, so hopefully I'll be signing clients like crazy.

Have a great Monday and week, and happy Day 5 of NaBloPoMo.

Shoes Day 2



Saturday, November 4, 2006

30 days of Shoes!

Sweet Lord have mercy, Chris is a gal after my own heart. Have you fools seen her house? Now the goddess has started a spin-off from fussy’s a post a day for a month, but this is focused on SHOES!


I can’t even come close to adequately expressing my joy. I love to show off my shoes. Unfortunately it’s lost on Adam, at work my boss wears running pants and sweatsuits, even my own sister doesn’t appreciate my lovingly assembled shoe collection.

Now, I have somewhere to show them off.



Thursday, November 2, 2006

"Betty Courtney"

I was afraid when I'd posted before about my fued with the stove being over, that I was going to jinx myself but NO! I made another fabulous (if I do say so myself) meal tonight. What a bummer going back to work is going to be, as I'll probably not want to come right home and spend the little bit of free time I have to spend with Conner slaving away in the kitchen. Especially after working with seemingly braindead people all day long. bleah.

Right, so back to the seemingly successful domesticated housewife rouse I have going right now. Made salmon cakes, asparagus with hollandaise (homemade bitches!!!) and pasta. We even had some wine. We're getting so fancy and sophisticated round these here parts. Don't even get me started on our newfound love for sushi!!

Halloween

It's no secret around the Paris house that Halloween and Fall are generally my favorite time of the year. I love decorating, I love the weather, the holidays, the clothes even!


I have finally met my match in my sisters boyfriend Rene'. He loves Halloween just as much if not more then I do. Since they live in an apartment and our house is located downtown and the traffic we get is insane, they came down here and we celebrated together.

Alicia, Adam, Conner, Lilli and I set up camp on the porch handing out candy, and Rene' turned the foyer into a mini hall of terror complete with strobe and black lights, scary costume, blood and scary sounds. I think we got more parents then kids, and we even induced a couple of tears. (Which we did feel bad about. Honest!)

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Conner even picked up on scaring the kids, complete with shrieks and his arms in the air. Even though he was definately more cute then scary.

Scary Conner

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

First one...

So today officially kicks off NaBloPoMo, and I can't get my damn wireless to work with me. I had a fun little post all written out (with pictures) recapping Halloween and I can't get the pictures to work.

arrggghh..

In other news, I have my 2nd clogged duct in a week.

Hooray!

Monday, October 30, 2006

NaBloPoMo Bitchez!!!

I've written about the wonderful Mrs. Kennedy before, remember the awesome booby shirt? Anyway, she is really whipping our slacker asses into shape with NaBloPoMo throughout the month of November. It's basically a way to get us un-motivatedlike folks to post every day and get the ol' creative juices flowing.

Of course most of my blurbs will probably be about the babies and hopefully I'll get some time and nerve to post some more thoughtful posts.

Thanks and I hope you enjoy!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Babies N' Punkins

Conner and Lilli

Conner in 2004 and Lilli in 2006

Saturday, October 28, 2006

We did some awesome pumpkin carving this weekend around the Paris household. Oh, and we put a baby in a pumpkin too.

Good times.

Paris Punkins

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Did you know?

That babies are born with NOT fingernails, but razors at the end of their tiny fingers, which they use to grab your nipple while they are eating.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

More confessions

Umm, I really, really like Fergie (from the BEP) and her new single and I will probably go buy the CD.



One Month

I know these month-by-month open letters to our children are trite, cliche' and overdone, but of course I'm going to do it, because how often does my second baby and first daughter turn one month old? So if you don't want to read it, then click away.

My God, Lilli, you have only been here a short 28 days, but already you're changing so much. Of course every little poopy diaper, and feeding session aren't as "monumental" as Conner's seemed to be, but you are no less amazing, and super and wonderful. You had a rocky start, and that gave mom a rocky start but you were strong and whooped that respirators butt. You pulled your dad and I closer, and made me see, all over again, what a wonderful dad he is and how lucky you are to have him. In case you haven't noticed dad can kind of be a brick wall when it comes to emotions, but you could see the love and a little bit of apprehension in his eyes when we talked about you, and when others asked how you were doing. Conner adores you and likes to give you lovies every chance he gets.

I was scared at first that there wasn't going to be a way for me to love you as much as Conner or that we would think less of Conner, but I had no idea how big my heart would get.

You look just like your daddy. You have his strong chin, and his eyes, and the translucent eyelids that I have stared at so many times. You have Conners sweet button nose, and these gorgeous long fingers and toes.

We love you Ms. Lilli-bug and I can't wait to see you grow and change.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Truce

So. The stove and I made up. I have actually cooked two (2!!!!) things
that turned out great! For me, this is a huge accomplishment.

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls,Caramel Apple Crepes were on the menu when I cooked dinner for my dads
birthday last week.

People actually went for seconds. Since staying home with the baby,
even though I've been doing some work from here, I've also been trying
my hand at the stay-at-home-mom thing. OH.MY.GOD. It is kicking my
ass. Seriously, I don't know how you guys do it full time. I guess you
get into a schedule when you have longer then 6 weeks, but wow. I'm
tired.

Anyway, I've gone through my barely used cookbook, and mapped out some
recipes to try out for the next three weeks. As soon as I'm sure this
isn't just a fluke, your all invited over for dinner. :-)


Monday, October 9, 2006

betch

When I go shoe shopping, this is totally how it happens.



Friday, October 6, 2006

so good to be home.

gosh, it feels so nice to be home and trying to settle into a routine. Conner absolutely loves her.
When he ran into see her for the first time last night, he immediately grabbed her hand and just held it. Then my ovaries exploded.

He keeps petting her and saying how soft she is. He asks about her first thing in the morning.

Here are more pictures to tide you over until I can get some more sleep and write a decent post. (and the lack of sleep is not her fault, i wake up about every hour to make sure she's alright)

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Thursday, October 5, 2006

We're HOME!!!

Lot's of pictures to follow, but for now we are taking the time to enjoy being with our new family.

Thanks to all for your prayers and concerns and well-wishes.

Monday, October 2, 2006

One Week

Wow, one week ago to the hour (as I write this) I was just feeling the first twinges of Lillian as she prepared to make her way to this world. It seems like yesterday, but at the same time weeks ago.

Want an awesome story about the sweetest boy in the world? This morning, I was showing Conner some pics of Lilli, and when we got to the one where she was crying, he was so concerned, he said "lilli cry?" And then ran off and came back with a little soft baby toy and said, "Lilli have it, no cry, lovies". I.LOST.MY.SHIT. of course I started crying like a fool. Damn we are so lucky with him.

She is getting better everyday, all we are waiting on now is for her billi level to come down, and after the two massive poops she had today, that should be the case in the morning. The dr gave us a tentative coming home day of Tuesday, but I've gone through this before, so I won't really believe them until we have her in the carseat.

We got moved to the intermediate care section, which is much quieter and much more lax. I got to hold her several times today for longer then the 10 minutes it takes her to eat. She curls up and fits perfectly on my chest.

Again, I can't thank everyone enough for their calls, comments and emails. Knowing people are out there rooting for us makes things a lot easier. Of course this means a barrage of baby photos for the next few days weeks months however long I feel! :-)

Me and the bebe', (click for more)

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Saturday, September 30, 2006

Sept 29

Today Lilli got to start eating and she's doing great. Her respirations weren't affected at all and she's having no problem keeping the food down. Her billirubin levels (jaundice) are just a little high so they have her on lights, but they think her levels will probably go down now that she's eating and pooping.

Adam and I got to hold her for the first time today and it was great. She's just too sweet and I want to eat her up.

Adam and Conner went to the balloon glow tonight and Conner was so good, he was in the best mood. I was happy they went because we want to make sure that Conner's not feeling left out or neglected.

I'm off ot pump, but here are some more pictures!

lilli yawn

Friday, September 29, 2006

Full Story

Courtney asked me to post this for her:



Ok, so here are the details short of a full on birth story.

I woke up Sunday night around 1:30 with a few questionable tinges. I moved over to my left side and still felt them. Got up to pee around 3:30 and...gush. There went the water. EVERYWHERE.

She was born at 12:26 on Monday September 25, 2006. 5 lbs even and 18 inches long. She came out pink and crying, so I knew that was a good sign.

She was having a bit of a struggle breathing so thats when they decided to take her to Kosairs and put her on a ventilator so she didn't wear her little self out.

As of this evening, Thursday Sept 28th, she's still doing great. They took her off the ventilator last night and now she's just on oxygen. The main thing they are looking at is her resperations per minute. The drs like them to be between 30-60, when we first got there they were around 80-100, now they are saying around 50-60. It's great news. She also had an aterial line in her belly button, so they could get blood samples easily, and they took that out. One step closer to being able to hold her. She's still a little sensitive to touch so we are holding off on that too. They also put her on a billi light as a pre emptive step.

Adam or I haven't been able to hold her yet and I wasn't ready to have her yet. Since this was our last baby this was my last time being pregnant. I wasn't done feeling her move, I wasn't done protecting her, I just wasn't done.

I feel very empty and almost violated. Conner has been amazing and patient with his tired mom and dad and is pretty confused about where the baby went.

He's just enthralled with the breastpump too.

If you can't tell I'm a mess of hormones.

Click on the picture for some more!

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

*UPDATE*

Hey guys, just a quick update as I'm home for a bit to get some sleep, spend time with Conner and pump.

Lilli was born on Monday after my water broke EARLY Monday morning. Labor and Delivery were easy and pretty quick and she came out pink and crying. Her lungs are just a little tiny so it was working her hard to breathe and the drs made the decision to move her to Kosair's. We've been there just over 24 hours and she's been improving every second.

It's very scary to see her on a ventilator but I know she's in the best place. Adam is in love with her and Conner just wants to bring her home and play with her.

I've got a few pics and I'll upload them as soon as I get a chance.

Prayers are appreciated!

Thanks all.

Lillian

Just a quick note. I got a voicemail from Court yesterday letting me know that Lillian was born. She's having a little trouble breathing on her own, but she's doing well. Everything sounds good!

Friday, September 22, 2006

Hey I was in AV!!!

Oh goodness. Weird Al was on Bob and Tom earlier this week to promote his new cd, and we got to hear his new song "White N Nerdy"

If you haven't watched this yet it's just awesome. With appearances by Donnie Osmond and Seth Green, you will be laughing by the end. The only thing that concerns me, I do or did a lot of the stuff he mentions in the video...d'oh.



Thursday, September 21, 2006

It's Here, It's HERE!!!!

Hooray, it's finally here. My favorite time of the year. Cardigan Weather Time! Hot damn, I love me some cardigans.

cardigan

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

for me

Because a little nekid baby butt can cheer up anyone's shit day.

Busted!

Healthy Parenting

I always said I'd never be one of those parents who bought their kids everything, it was a waste of money, I thought.

Ha. that flew right out the window the first time I saw how happy Conner gets. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I run out and buy him everything I see or he see's, it can something as big as a helicopter toy or inflatable spider for the front yard(I'll get to that in a minute) or as small as a new cup with spongebob on it, or even a piece of paper for him to put stickers on. Seriously, that kid grins and it's all over. This is also part of the reason Adam and I choose to work full-time, so we can buy him things that he wants and needs, and we can afford to go to the zoo with him, or take him to the fair to see the "moos", or go camping and rent a boat for him to "drive".

Of course, sometimes this backfires. Case-in-point, since the stores started putting out their Halloween crap while fireworks were still going off for 4th of July, I have been way ready to decorate for fall and Halloween. It's always been my favorite time of year, and with Conner it's even more enjoyable. At one store we visisted, they had a huge section devoted to the big blow up yard displays, and then he saw it. The big black and purple "pidey" with legs that moved and eyes that glowed. He was infatuated. We had to take several trips around the pidey every time we visted the store. I went back 2 weeks ago to buy it and it was gone. I don't know who was going to be more heartbroken, me or Conner. They manager said they "may" get more in, but he just didn't know. Happily they did get more in and I brought one home on Saturday. Conner danced around the box and immitated how the pidey moved when all blown up.

Adam asked Conner if he wanted to set it up in the living room. Then all hell broke loose. Conner flipped shit and did a total 180. My proud purchase and attempt to lure Conner over from the "dadside" had backfired, and I think I just scarred him emotionally now.

Once the thing was out of the box and blown up, we couldn't peel him off our laps. Adam and I each took our turn sitting next to the pidey and even fed it a dog. Nothing. Of course Adam was delighted. Conner also said his first sentence that day. Pidey back in box!!!

Innocent

(more once you click on the pic)

Thursday, September 14, 2006

"I did my best, I did my best!!!"

shit, fuck, damn, bitch. I am having one of those days. The baby's almost here and we dont have the nursery done, the house is freaking filthy, I am at my wits end with the dogs and how dirty they make my house, I have so much shopping to do before the baby gets here, I'm super-stressed about work-GAAAHHH.

I am cranky and hormonal and want to sit down and sob. Just have a good, long, snotty cry.

Normal activities- isn't that how we got here in the first place?

I just had a really weird, really strong Deja vu moment with my moo goo gai pan for lunch. This baby is messing with my mind.

In other baby news, I got the all clear today from the doc to return to "normal activities" (Adam is psyched) he said that as long as I've made it this far he's happy. Lilli's heartbeat is all good and she's measuring right on track. No more checks until my next appt in 2 weeks. So it could be tomorrow, it could be 6 more weeks.

Let's hope for the latter as our nursery STILL is not done.

In other cute baby news Conner now requests "lubies" when he wants to hug and kiss. When I dropped him off at my moms house this morning he gave me extra lubies and gave "lilli" a "kisses" too. Christ on a cracker (thanks erika) this kid rules.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Already got a guilty conscience, might as well have the money too

We've got some major shit floating about at the Paris household including the new baby and some pretty big decisions that will need to be made soon.

Please cross your fingers that everything goes smooth and we decide right.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Immature? Yes

Sometimes I'll walk in on Adam while he is peeing in the bathroom (duh) and I'll start giggling and say in my head "hehe penises are funny", and turn and walk out.

Yes, I am 12 years old.

Last Sunday was Grandparent's Day. Sure it's a made up Hallmark Holiday, but it's still fun to celebrate none the less. Sunday was also the day that my grandparents church dedicated their new pulpit.

When my grandpa passed away in January, he made it clear that he wanted all expressions of sympathy to be donated to his church's building fund. He and my grandma had been going to this small church since they moved her 30+ years ago, and were both very very involved there. The church is in the process of going through some major renovations and having such a small congregation has put some strains of their plans, financially.

They needed a new pulpit to match the rest of the interior of the new sanctuary, but sadly that got pushed to the "hey won't that be nice" list. With the money that was donated by friends and family the church decided to get a pulpit and dedicate it in my grandpa's name.

My grandma spoke a few words during the service and she asked me to speak as well. I read the list I'd made of things I'd never forget about my grandpa. It was hard but nice. So many people were touched by knowing my grandpa and he was an excellent role model.

I miss you grandpa and I still think about you every day, I can hear your sing-song hi to Conner when we would walk in the front door of your house, and I wonder every time how long until I can't hear it anymore. I'm sorry Lilli won't get to meet you in person, but I'm glad Conner did. I'm thankful for all the love and support you always gave.



grandpa's pulpit 008

Monday, September 11, 2006

5



Happy Birthday!

Siigggh, my very first lovah. I've watched you grow from a young jazz singer down in Nawluns, to the television acting hearthrob known as Leo, and finally as the hottie hottness that you are on Broadway.

Happy Birthday Harry!



Thursday, September 7, 2006

33 weeks, baby update

Ok, so I just got back from the drs office with kind of an emergency drs appointment. Nothing bad, I went in because of a little bit o' blood in the urine and was diagnosed with a "raging bladder infection". And if that's not awesome enough, I also asked him to just check and make sure things were still good as I had been feeling "funny" for the last 24 hours. He kind of smiled and said sure (in that dr-ish condescending way).

Well, well well, guess who was dialted 1 cm already? Don't mess with momma's intuition bitches. So he's put me on modified bed rest for the next week, and we'll see what the next appointment shows. (hopefully nothing! We don't have the nursery done yet!!!!!)

Here are some lovely pictures of my fat smirking ass.

Labor Day 33.5 weeks

Labor Day 33.5 weeks

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