Thursday, October 16, 2008

33 Things

So, I turned 33 a couple of weeks ago. So here is a list of 33 things I am thankful for. I borrowed this idea from a old high school friend (Wade). So thanks Wade.

1. 10 years of marriage with the most thoughtful, loving, understanding man, ever.

2. My beautiful, funny, loving, entertaining daughter. (Really, who could ask for more)

3. Living in San Antonio. It's great to be back in God's country!

4. I blessed with the wonderful parents, who have taught me so much about being the best I can be at whatever I am doing.

5. Great In-laws who love my daughter more than anything and are always willing to babysit, even if it means driving 2 and half hours to do so.

6. Playgroup. Friends for me and friends for Lauren.

7. My brother and sister (and there spouses) who I know have my back no matter what.

8. I am healthy. (most of the time)

9. Running. I love to run and love that I am training for my 2nd and 3rd half marathon!

10. The Office. Possibly the best show ever!

11. My DVR. It allows me to watch whatever, whenever.

12. Good restaurants. I love to eat and right here in SA we have tons of good places.

13. It's almost Basketball season. GO ROCKETS!

14. My running partner, Brittany. She keeps me going around mile 8.

15. My best friend. Becky. There are not enough things to say about her. She gets me and I don't know what I would do without her.

16. My babysitter. She is awesome and Lauren loves her.

17. This past year we went on some fun vacations. Disney World/Spring Training and Cabo. Hope to repeat both next year.

18. Weight Watchers. Thanks to them I have now lost all my baby fat and can fit into the dress I wore for my rehearsal dinner 10 years ago!

19. Freddy's Frozen Custard (why I need weight watchers) Good custard even better burgers and fries.

20. Wii Fit. It so dang fun and finally I can do Yoga.

21. The Ranch. Truly you can feel God's presence. It is beautiful and a place the whole family can be together without being on top of each other.

22. Abby our dog. Still a little needy, but she is smart.

23. My old friends from California. Miss you guys.

24. Facebook. It helps me keep in touch with so many people. I'm hooked!

25. HEB. Thanks to HEB I got to move back to Texas. Not mention, I love to shop there.

26. I learned how to make a TUTU, pretty good for a none crafty girl.

27. My computer. I probably spend to much time on it, but it lets me stay connected.

28. Doug's date nights with Lauren.

29. My date nights with Doug.

30. My car. I love my gas guzzling SUV.

31. Cartoon Channels.......and PBS.

32. My bed. I can't wait to collapse into most nights.

33. My IPOD.

Favorite Lauren Quotes Part 2

1. "I love you babe"
2. "Night, Night Ab's" (This is just cute, because she hears me refer to the dog as Abs instead of Abby)
3. "D" like Daddy" (I like this because each week we learn about a new letter, and this just tells me she is starting to get it)
4. "Wicka Wicka What (fans of the office will get this)"
5. "Five dollar, five dollar, five dollar footlong" (subway commercial)
6. "Thank you mommy" (Finally after months of trying to get her to say thank you, she finally is)
7. "Daddy's a big boy"
8. "There's a lot of toys over there" (Referring to Mimi's and Granddad's house)
9. "I went to the pumpkin patch" (I don't know just hearing a 2 year old say pumpkin, is so cute)
10. "It's mommy's turn" (for fill in the blank)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Playgroup Buddies

When Lauren was about 4 months old we started attending a playgroup. The blessing in this was more for me than her at the time. At this point the babies just laid there drooling on a mound of blankets. But for me this was awesome. I had just moved to San Antonio and knew absolutely no one. So now I had mommy friends and Lauren had other babies to lay and slober with. Now two years later, we both have a great set of friends and have obviously long passed the laying and drooling phase. Lauren has so much fun at our playgroup outings and it incredible to watch a group of babies progress through babyhood, to the toddler stage and now on to the little kid stage. Each have a unique personality and it's fun to watch them interact with each other.

There is Avery, the free spirit independent who is incredibly smart.

Ryan, the sweet, sensitive boy who is going to make a great protector for the girls when they get older.

Caroline, who has become like a sister to Lauren. She has her own opinion about things, but really just loves to play. I predict she will be the class clown! She is too funny!

Iain, the explorer, he loves stepping out on his own discovering new things.

Jenna, another smarty who could hold an adult conversation for as long as I can remember.

And of course Lauren, who is best described as a social butterfly, she loves to play and talk and loves her friends!

We have had playmates come and go and we miss them, but the core remains strong. And me, well, I feel so blessed to know I've got at least 5 strong women that have my back in a pinch and are there just chat and offer the best parenting advice. They reassure me when I don't know what to do. They are willing just to hang when I am bored and need to get out of house. They are there when I need someone to watch my kid. Thanks girls for being my friend and thank kiddos for being Lauren's friend!

We've come a long way baby! This was one of the first meetings of the minds!

And this was last week!