Sunday, December 28, 2008
Raheem enjoying the snow, or maybe he's miserable and cold; I really can't tell.
Maddie with all her wrappings.
We took a break from the kid and went and did some sledding. The picture below looks like Casey is cruising at a high rate of speed, when actually it's about walking pace.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Our church had a Christmas breakfast, so we took Maddie to see Santa and Casey to eat pancakes. I'm surprised she didn't cry when I handed her off. She's become so attached to me (I can't decide if it's sweet or annoying) but I think Santa's beard offered a nice distraction for her. If there's anything Maddie loves, it's hair. I'm constantly having to pry my hair out of her hands.
I'd like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas as I probably won't be posting until after the holiday. We're headed to St. Johns once Casey gets off work on Wednesday. He's about to pee his pants in excitement for the possibility of a white Christmas this year.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Below is a picture of Tempe Light Parade. We took the family out for a night on the town. We just strolled around Mill Avenue and enjoyed the wonderful Christmas atmosphere. Casey surprised us with a fun date at Tempe Marketplace. Apparently every night at 7:00 they have snow! Well, soap in the form of falling snow. It was so much fun. We sat and listened to some acoustical concert then went and bought a cookie at Paradise Bakery. I'm pretty sure chocolate chip cookies will be the death of me.
Monday, November 24, 2008
My transcription is going better and I'm not making more than $3 an hour. It just took time to get a bit faster and Maddie has helped a lot by taking naps during the day now. Maybe in a few more months I can take an a little more work and be able to contribute more.
Another thing to be grateful for...Maddie has slept through the night the last two nights! The last 2-3 weeks she has been waking up at least 3 times a night, and it was really wearing on me because I stay up late doing my transcription and I also have to get up early to finish. I think it's because she just had two teeth come through on the bottom. So it was WONDERFUL to get a nice weekend of rest!
We took some family photos for Christmas cards this weekend. Casey's sister did them for us and they look great. Here are a few for your viewing pleasure.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Breakfast in bed from the man of my dreams.
A lovely jog in the cool morning air.
Grocery shopping with the fam.
A good house scrubbin'.
A trip to Carter's Baby Store to find a 60% off sale!
Pancakes for dinner.
Reading Harry Potter to my hubby and enjoying his pure delight in the book.
A corny scarey movie to end the night with my Case asleep in the recliner and Raheem snuggled at my feet.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
1- Where were you when you first found out you were pregnant?
I was work. I took a pregnancy test with me because I wanted to surprise Casey if it was positive.
2- Who was with you?
I was alone. It was such a surreal feeling. I just kept looking at the test, then at my stomach, back at the test.
3- How did you find out that you were pregnant?
A Walmart brand pregnancy test.
4- What was your first reaction to finding out you were pregnant?
It was a peaceful happy feeling.
6- Who was the first person you told?
Casey. I have it videotaped if any care to see it someday. It's probably the cutest video on earth.
7-Did you plan to get pregnant?
Yes we had just started trying. Potent sperm.
8-Was everybody happy for you?
Of course. We framed our 6 week old ultrasound photo, and put them in grandparent's frames and gave them to my parents and Casey's parents to let them know.
9- Did you go out and celebrate?
10- Did you want to find out the sex?
Of course. I was so excited to decorate the room. Funny how that kinda fades once the baby is actually here.
11- What was the sex?
12-Did anyone throw you a baby shower?
Yes my sister Tasha.
13- If yes, who?
Do you not listen? I said Tasha!
14- Did you get any outfits at the baby shower that you just knew you weren't going to put on your baby?
No. Although Casey refused to put her in the U of A onesie my mom got for her. Too bad for him he's not the one dressing her.
15- How much weight did you gain?
Um, I honestly don't remember how much I weighed at the end. I'm gonna venture a guess at 30-40 pounds.
16- Did you lose all of the weight that you gained?
Again, I don't know how much I weighed then and how much I weigh presently. I'm working to fit into my skinny legged jeans, but I think that may require me to actually do some excercise and eating healthy.
17- Did you get a lot of stretch marks?
My stomach is not so pretty. I have them above and below my belly button. Poor stomach will never be the same; I have so much loose skin.
18- What did you crave the most?
Nothing really. I just liked what I liked before and what I like now. ALthough the smell of fried chicken across the street from KFC always smelled delightful. I never went and got any.
19- Did you crave anything crazy?
20- Who or what got on your nerves the most?
Smells! I remember we made some bacon wrapped water chestnuts for a holiday party and we were bringing them home afterwards and Casey kept opening the lid to snack on them; I wanted to punch him. Okay I'm not really that violent but I very much vocalized my disapproval.
21- Were you married at the time?
22- Did you have any complications during your pregnancy?
None at all.
23- Where were you when you went into labor?
In my bed. Once the pain got really strong we packed up and went to the hospital.
24- Did your water break?
The doctor had to break it.
25- Who drove you to the hospital?
Casey. He still apologizes for his carelessness over the speed bumps.
26- Did you go early or late?
One day early. The day after I took off from work. Good timing.
27- Who was in the room with you when you gave birth?
Casey of course and my mom.
28- Was it video taped?
No, although I may consider it in the future. I'm very curious to see what's actually happening to my body.
29- Did you have any drugs for the pain?
Yes. I kinda knew I would, but I tried to go a while without.
30-Did you go Natural or have a c-section?
Natural. The doctor threatened me with a c-section, so I transformed into the little engine that pushed.
31- What was your first reaction after giving birth?
Honestly, my first thought was, wow that's bigger than I thought. Soon following came the motherly thoughts of love.
32- How big was the baby(s)?
7 pounds something ounces. Wow I have a bad memory.
33- Did your Husband cry?
I didn't see him cry. I think he was just smiling the entire time and had a constant look of awe on his face (with the occasional look of astonishment at what they were doing to me down below)
34- What did you name the baby(s)?
Madeline Marie (my middle name)
37- Did the baby(s) have any complications?
She had jaundice the first few days so we had to put lights on her at night and all day and feed her extra formula.
38- How old is your baby today?
5 months and a week or so.
39- When is the next one(s) coming?
After Casey finishes school and we live in a house.
40-If you could, would you do it all over again?
Planning on it, but not looking forward to it.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Yes, it's the day after Halloween, and you are forced to look at our costumes. Doesn't my husband look dignified as a pilgrim? Don't ask what my face is doing; it has a mind of it's own, also known as my brain. Yes we slacked in the baby's costume department, but you try finding a cornucopia(sp?) outfit to fit a 5 month old. Unfortunately Raheem was left out of the festivites this year; poor guy- he sobbed in his kennel all night.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
I am....... lovin' the OJ, please make me feel better
I want........ money, lots and lots of monet (cue the backup dancers)
I have....... serious issues with the fact that the Wayans Brothers is on insteaf of Reba.
I wish........ I had a maid or at least some time/motivation to clean my disgusting house.
I know......... hot dogs are bad for me, but I love them anyways.
I hate........stress it gives me a headache.
I hear...........Raheem's creepy sleeping noises.
I search..........my house for the nail polish remover. My toes look ridiculous and will continue as such until Casey scrapes off my polish or my nails grow out.
I always.........enjoy a sleeping Maddie.
I usually.........don't enjoy small talk.
I am not..........excited to drive to St. Johns, but love when we get there.
I miss...........Sports like the dickens.
I love......... Crisp cold air.
I never..........attempt karate
I rarely........ get ready, poor Casey.
I cry............ too much, tighten up wuss.
I lose...........my keys on a regular basis.
I am confused........about babies. Why can't they be born talking.
I need..............to laugh more
I should.......... be getting ready to go film our stinkin' video for youth conference.
I dream..........of Jim from the Office serving Panda Express.
I tag....... any who found my post as a boredum buster.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
So back to my pity party, with Casey already working full time and going to school, working a part-time job is not much of an option (even though he keeps looking for something to fit his schedule). So we decided that we're going to try and rent out our townhome and move in with the 'rents ('rents=parents, I learned it from YM- remember that magazine??). So we've GOT to find someone to move in before the next month hits or you just may see me turn into a crazy lady. I'll start lugging Maddie around town from trash bin to trash bin collecting tin cans- Crazy Bag Lady Jessie.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Weekend, here I come! Be prepared for complete laziness and gluttony. Oh wait, you're used to that.
Friday, August 15, 2008
I will be taking on some part time work as a transcriptionist, but I must first go to training for a week. I will not be paid from my current job during this time, so after figuring all the math, I've determined our weekly budget for the next 4 weeks is $75/week. Don't worry, I've figured all our monthly bills into the math. I just have to worry about groceries gas, and the unavoidable miscellaneous costs.
Gas is my main concern. My car is $50 to fill up; Casey's about $40. I fill up about once a week, but starting Monday I'll be doing more driving because of the part time work.
Sooooooo, food budget is extremely limited. In my attempts to meet my financial goal, I will be playing the role of Holly Homemaker. Homemade bread, hand rolled tortillas, beans and potatoes will make appearances throughout the next month. I fear the bread most. I've never done it; it always seems so complicated and specific. I hope to succeed.
I'll of course keep you all posted on the outcome of my venture. I know you're on the edge of your seat now, as you read this most gripping blog...
Friday, August 8, 2008
We left the house at 4:30 as soon as I got home from work. We got to the stadium at 6:30: me with a tear stained face, Maddie SCREAMING, and Casey repeating, "I hate this stupid Valley." It was my first experience of letting Maddie cry, and it broke my heart. I was sure I'd never get her to stop, but as soon as I fed her, she was smiling up at me, and I instantly was in a better mood.
We made it before the 3rd quarter started, and, according to Casey, the starters had already played the first half, because it's a pre-season game. So we got to see a lot of the 3rd and 4th string. Eh. Football is football. We left in the middle of the 4th quarter because we did not want to face horrible parking lot traffic. 2 1/2 hours of driving for 1 hour of football. The tickets were a kind gesture, but next time, I think I'll pass.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
After years of searching, I founder a partner who fit my criteria, and we were able to breed a dark-haired, blue-eyed beauty. 10 1/2 weeks have passed and our offspring's eyes have clung to the blue pigment. I pray they stay, and I'm sure I'll soon be smited for such a vain request. Next step: get that baby a tan! Which may prove difficult, as Casey and I shield her from the sun at all costs.
***Disclaimer: I did not marry Casey just because he has blue eyes. He also has athletic genes and nice olive skin.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Casey is so adorable with Madeline. It melts my heart to see them together. She will definitely be "Daddy's little girl", and he will definitely be "crazy-over ptotective Dad". He's already put his foot down about piercing her ears while she's a baby. I've agreed to wait until she asks. I'm not sure if I'll enforce the no makeup until her wedding day though.
Monday, June 23, 2008
The first week was rough, adjusting to my new sleeping schedule. But she now does well and will sleep 4 hours when I lay her down at night before her first wake up. Some of her favorite things are: eating- first and foremost, getting her hair washed and combed, snuggling like a potato bug on daddy's chest, mommy's melodic voice, her swing with accompanying tunes and car rides. Things she does not enjoy are: getting her face washed, her pacifer when she's hungry, loud noises, and formula bottles when mom can't feed her right at the moment.
She's a bundle of all that is good in the world, and we love her stinkin guts. She's a must see for all who need a glimpse of absolute cuteness. Schedule your appointment today!
Monday, May 26, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Please Maddie, don't be late. I need my mobility back, and the full functioning of my fingers, and my stylish ballet flats, and I'd like to leave behind the guilt I feel from drinking a Pepsi or waking to find myself on my back. Early is ok, but please don't be late.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
1. I'm seriously lacking in the motivation department. Where can I get a new shipment of the "goods?"
2. Owning a home isn't as glamorous as it seems. Sure you can paint the walls whatever color you want, but then there's that ever occuring monthly payment attached. Being a kid was so much easier.
3. I can hang in a recreational soccer league.
4. I married a comic genius who can never fail to make me laugh.
5. Bangs aren't a nuisance. Perhaps it's because I've not played sports in a while...
6. Seeing someone you love suffer is harder than I ever imagined.
7. I'm a nagger.
8. When choosing a major; always choose money over enjoyment.
9. Beagles are hyper.
10. I enjoy watching TV every night.
11. I can't manage working full time and keeping a clean house. I believe this links back to my first lesson learned.
12. Pregnant ladies get a lot of attention, sometimes unwanted attention.
13. Jury duty isn't so bad.
14. Using coupons is an art. I've tried my hand a few times at it, but still have yet to learn the secret to making it more simple.
15. It's ok to toot infront of the one you love.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
I'm usually a faithful supporter of Casey's soccer games, but last night he had a late game, it was a little chilly, I had to attend Young Women's until 8:30, and I needed to get the house somewhat cleaned before we leave on our trip Friday. So I decided to just stay in.
He got home a little after 10 (this picture isn't from his game last night), and I first ask him how his ankles are doing. I bought him some new cleats for his birthday, which have been rubbing his heels raw. He turned around to show me his bloody socks, and optimistically said, "I don't think they grew in size; they just opened up again."
I then ask him how he did, and he casually says, "I had one assist and a hat trick." Of course he did! The one time I decide not to go to his game he's the freaking all star of the game. What miserable luck.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Ok, so it's really not that dramatic for me to be 26, and it was a great day. Casey got up early and made me a breakfast sandwich and cut up fruit, and surprised me with a new bike for my present! I was very excited, and will hopefully get much use out of it doing triathalons and cross country bike rides....or cruises around the neighborhood like we did this morning.
After work we ordered some Papa Johns and watched some Wheel of Fortune. I had some friends over later in the evening to eat cake and watch LOST; it was a very enjoyable and relaxing evening. Thanks to all for the phone calls and birthday wishes. Life is good at 26.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I was just tagged by Koe on this. We'll see how it goes.
Here's the rules:
Once you are tagged, link back to the person who tagged you.
Post the rules on your blog.
Post 7 random or weird facts about yourself on your blog.
Tag 7 people and link to them.
Comment on their blog to let them know they have been tagged.
Seven Random or Weird Facts About Me: (Jessie)
1. I wish I were an accountant. I would love to go back to school, but there's a baby in my tummy and we're poor.
2. I rarely wear socks, so my feet/shoes almost always smell bad.
3. I cannot do a real pushup. Girls pushups, no problem.
4. I only shave on Sundays, and that's not every Sunday.
5. I just got rollerblades but can't use them since I'm pregnant and fear a horrible fall. And my husband also bought a skateboard so we can someday have fun trips in the park.
6. I'm horribly sad because Raheem got bit by a big dog at the dog park and now has 4 stitches with a huge drainage tube in his side. It hurt him too much to move last night, and he wet himself on the recliner. When we finally noticed and put him on the patio, he sat in the corner in shame. Big sniff.
7. I have consumed a Capri Sun daily for the past 2 weeks.
I don't tag anyone because I don't have friends yet. I'll have to figure that out soon.