Monday, September 28, 2009

It Starts....

I have officially begun my planning for Avery's 1st birthday party......

I have 12 weeks before the event but am already making lists and making budgets and figuring out what to have there in case of any situation. Have I mentioned the guest list as of now is around 100?! Yeah, I'm aware over 50% will not come due to Christmas being 6 days beforehand as well as those scared of children and that I am inviting people out of state whom I wish could be with us but know they will not travel so far just for cupcakes and games.

I feel like one of those over the top parents that I make fun of....HA!

Wanna see what I have so far? Check this out......
Averys Party Set Up 

Avery's Birthday Outfit

See what I mean?!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

KC Trip. (un-spell check or grammar proofed)

I must say first that I was suprised by how some people took the news that I was leaving Avery with Evan alone for 5 days.....

A- He's her dad, why shouldn't I leave her with him?
B- Last I checked, I still had a life. Since when does having a baby mean I give up all social aspects?
C- I offered to take her with me but was told "NO". I also said I didn't have to go but Evan was very firm that I get out of town for a while and un-wind from all the stress I've been dealing with.

Just saying, some people can come off way offensive about how I parent MY child and although I know they mean no harm, it seriously IRKS me.

It was a rough week for Evan from M-Wed but he even told me he now realizes how under appreciated I am and how he never gets the chance to be the daddy he wants to be with Avery and due to the series of events with me being gone he HAD to be just that and he LOVED it. Since I've been back he's been more hands on and not so ....timid of Avery, not that he was before, Evan is a WONDERFUL daddy but now it's just more...balanced?

 Therese and I head out to KC, MO to stay with her aunt while she finds and apartment. It rained from Fort Worth until we got to Coffeyville, KS. Yeah. The whole time we were in "Craplahoma" it was pouring rain and we were surrounded by semis who didn't quite grasp how to not speed in the bad weather so it was an adventure. We arrived around 9pm and just had cereal before going up the the attic and crashing. FYI- Her aunts house was HUGE and had lots of stairs.

We got up around 6:30 and got ready to head to Shawnee Mission Park for the 5k. There were deer everywhere! Literally around the parking lot, the park and all over the trail we walked/run and they were not timid and apparently they had a deer hunt in May due to how bad the population has gotten but by the looks of it, they failed. Also turns out the website I got for the cancer 5k I thought we were doing wasn't it at all! The 5k we did was for St. Lukes Midwest Ear Institute. Proceeds will benefit the "Ears That Hear" Fund, which provides financial assistance for low income or non-insured patients in need of hearing aids. Wonderful cause and I met a lot of wonderful people who are trying to educate on Hearing loss and deaf education. I did the 5k in 55:08!!! I must say I had my doubts since I have never done anything like that before and now......

I'm Hooked.

I'm starting to train for running and plan on doing a few more 5k's before next spring where Therese and I plan on doing the Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure". My goal is that this time next year I can seriously think about doing the Breast Cancer 3-day as well as partake in andy Marathons dealing with Deaf Education and Hearing Loss.

After the 5k we headed back to Therese's aunts house and got ready for mass. Again, something I have never done before and as it turned out it was the Church's Centinial Celebration and was in her familys opinion the best time for me to check out a catholic church. I thought it was funny that her family was unaware of this and wore bright colors...except me, who along with 80% of the congregation wore WHITE. They kinda stuck out and I joked about getting the memo on wearing white. It was a beautiful church and beautiful mass.

After mass we went to the plaza and ate at Kona Grill. Best SUSHI!!! It was fun just Therese, her mom, aunt and myself, sipping mimosa's (another first) and enjoying the outside dining. It was a neat place and if you're ever in KC I highly recommend it. The plaza is such a cool place.

From there I packed up and Therese and I headed to her friends wedding shower, in the end I had her drop me off at Barnes and Noble since I didn't want to be rude and go to a shower that I didn't know the Bride to be. I LOVED it, I checked out the entire Childrens section and fell in love with some books for Avery. After Therese apologized a million times we headed to St. Joseph, MO and waited on Evans aunt Holly and her kids Anthony and Arianna. They live in Grant City which is 6 miles south of the Iowa border and part of the trip I was going to stay with them since I hadn't seen them in over a year. It was dark when we got back to their place so I couldn't see anything or the area I was in. My GPS was off the entire trip.

Monday & Tuesday-
I did absolutly NOTHING and it was GREAT. Holly and Brent took me to Annadale which was the next town over (Population:54) and we had lunch at the towns only Cafe. This little bitty hole in the wall, mom and pop cafe that I am in love with now. The food was ridiculously wonderful and the atmosphere was so laid back and social. Seemed like everyone knew each other and the whole town had lunch there.

Monday night I joined Holly in her Womens Bible Study which was very refreshing. See, Evans Uncle, Brent, is the Pastor of First Baptist Church of Grant City and the Parsonage that they live in is next to the church so we would walk over and enjoy the wonderful weather and the view (LOTS OF HILLS AND FARMS). I liked the study and it was nice to meet some of the women from town.

Anthony and Arianna have grown up so much! I miss hearing their goofy laughs already. Although one conversation with them Monday has me convinced I need to go on a diet....hooray for Childhood innocense and blunt honesty.

 Brent took me back the hour and forty-five minute drive to meet Therese that evening where I said my goodbyes. Therese had spent time with her mom and aunt and found and signed the lease on an apartment in Mission, KS which is next to Shawnee Mission, KS where we had the 5k. So all in all the trip was a success. We made it back to KS in time for dinner where we parked at the plaza and walked a few blocks to the BIGGEST Panera Bread I have ever been in. Dinner was great and we talked for a long time before realizing we were both sore and tired and more than ready to head back to Tx.

We headed back to her aunts and packed up our stuff and both went to bed by 10pm!

 We got up around 8:30, had breakfast with her uncle charlie and then loaded up the truck and headed back to TX. We were on the road by 9am, and took the more direct route back home. Weather was great until we got to OKC and then the rain started up again. Something about "craplahoma" and the rain just made it not the best parts of the entire trip for us.

We got back to Fort Worth by 5pm.

Top Quotes of the trip:
Therese: "I'm going to pretend that wasn't a turtle I just hit"-Day 1

Therese: "OH! I just saw a turtle, he was on the shoulder so hopefully he'll turn around and stay alive...I can't think of the other alternative."-Day 5 after I asked her where she wanted to stop for lunch...

Brittnye- "DEER! There are the park....and people too!" Therese's Aunt: "You don't get out much, do you?"- Day 2 as we entered Shawnee Mission Park

Holly- "Is it bad that I know all the words to Coconut Pirate thanks to FB stalking you so badly?" Brittnye- "No, I kinda feel warm and fuzzy to have so many stalkers" Arianna-"Grown ups are weird."- Random conversation Day 4.

Arianna- "When do we get to see Avery?" Brittnye-"Soon, I hope!" Anthony-"You mean you can have her here?!" Brittnye- (after a brief moment of confusion)"You mean I can bring her here, yes, I can" Arianna-"After you have her?" Brittnye-"After? I already had her she's 9 months old now" Anthony-(while scratching his head)"Then you're going to have another baby?" Brittnye-"I don't like where this is going?"

All in all it was a great trip and it was much needed. I caught up on sleep and was super active so it went by fast. I missed Avery like crazy too and apparently she missed me as well. I'll get the few (sad face) pictures I took and post them up asap. I probably took 5 pictures the entire trip which is so NOT me.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

This gave me chills.

Click that link. Listen. Enjoy.

Auto Tune the news is a fave of mine thanks to Evans aunt Holly off You Tube and I came across their Auto-Tune of MLK's famous speech and it literally brought chills and tears. I will never view this moment the same ever again.

Avery is everywhere tonight so I will post about my trip to MO. later tonight. 5 days away from my girl was rough but now I am playing catch up with her.

Friday, September 11, 2009

My! My foot is tasty!

You ever find yourself in a situation where you tell someone you're into something or you like something yet you have no real idea what it is or you actually have never tried it or done it before and then suddenly they invite you to do it with them?!

Yeah, totally happening to me Sunday......

What may it be you wonder? Well, I'm doing my first 5k run/walk! Yep. I have done 2 of them in the past. When I say past I mean HS where I volunteered in one (didn't participate) and the other where I did finish but I couldn't feel my legs for 8 hours.

I'm leaving in the morning to KC for a few days with my dear friend Therese....
Therese and her husband, Ross are moving to KC in October (insert sad face here). Ross is going to grad school for Architecture at KU so they are packing up and moving there. The whole trip is mainly to help Therese find a suitable apartment and for me to unwind and just get away from all the stress I've been dealing with lately. Sounds like a plan to me!
Therese has family in KC that we are staying with and her family is really into much so that they signed us both up for a 5k on Sunday to  bring awareness to Pancreatic and Prostate Cancer. I'm all for this cause, actually, any dealing with Cancer but a 5k?! So soon? *gulp*
Therese and I have been going walking and jogging once a week for the past month and I love it! I used to go running back in my before I had a baby days. I take Avery with me in her stroller and she loves it too! So when Therese and I went last week and she kept asking about if I liked doing marathons or charatble walks/ runs I told her I did and that I have even wanted to do the Breast Cancer 3 day last year but found out a month after I signed up that I was pregnant with Avery and stopped training.
So tonight as she called to ask me for the millionth time if I was still going with her to KC she nonchalantly brought up that her aunt signed us up for the 5k on Sunday and to make sure I brought running shoes.

I plan on taking pictures of the outcome. I feel so unprepared and am fearing that I make an utter fool out of myself in front of Therese and her family!! OY! Wish me luck.

I'm also joining her family to their church too. She's Catholic and I have never been to a mass before. I've been to a Greek Orthodox church with an Ex and they didn't speak english yet alone speak the mass, they sung it! If I can survive that I think I'm good to go on sitting in a mass for my first time. I'm actually looking forward to this trip on so many levels because of all the new things I'm about to experience.

I'll update you ladies and gents with pictures and stories when I get back. For now, I'll leave you with some Avery pics. We took her to Eureka Park where Evan and I go walking but this time we let her try out the actual playground for the first time and she looooved the swing....My baby is getting so big!

My New Fave.

First time on a swing and she LOVED it.

Off she goes...


Monday, September 7, 2009

Picture Post.

She was too cute not to photograph this morning before church....
Smiley Girl.
Sometimes I wonder what she's thinking about when she goes deep in thought...

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Never Alone.

The weather here the past few days has been showers on and off and I am loving it. Today, it's beautiful and 89, I think Avery said she wanted to go to the park.. ;P

So yesterday I was in Denton and had to drive back to Fort Worth for a potential job opportunity. I was very anxious and nervous since I have been hearing "NO" more than I'd like to hear the past 3 months. The entire time I was driving in morning traffic I was behind a storm and was catching the rain on and off. I was praying to God and just laying things from my heart to his ears when I turned on the radio and the chorus to Casting Crowns "Praise you in this storm" came blaring on....

I was sure by now,
God, that You would have reached down 
and wiped our tears away,
stepped in and saved the day.
But once again, I say amen
and it's still raining
as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain,
"I'm with you"
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away.

And I'll praise you in this storm
and I will lift my hands
for You are who You are
no matter where I am
and every tear I've cried
You hold in your hand
You never left my side
and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm 

 It caught be off guard when the lyrics sunk in for me and I just started crying. Yep, I've been doing a lot of that lately too but this was different. How silly I am being lately for feeling alone and defeated over this job junk. That one song just changed my attitude over a lot of things I am juggling these days. If that wasn't a sign, I don't know what is.

Then the next song came on.... "Never Alone" by Barlow Girl. This is now a favorite of mine and if I ever got the guts to sing at church I would love to sing this with some of the other talented ladies at church. It literally gives me goosebumps. I just heard it again and told Evan about my commute yesterday and how these 2 songs have made me realize I wasn't doing my job as a christian, I forgot who is in charge and who has never failed me yet.

I waited for you today
But You didn't show
I needed You today
So where did you go?
You told me to call
you said You'd be there
And though I haven't seen You
Are You still there?

I cried out with no reply and
I can't feel You by my side
So I'll hold tight to what I know
You're here and I'm never alone.

And though I can not see You
and I can't explain why.
Such a deep, deep reassurance
You've placed in my life oh
We cannot separate
'Cause You're part of me
and though You're invisible
I'll trust the unseen

I cried out with no reply
And I can't feel You by my side
So I'll hold tight to what I know
You're here and I'm never alone

We cannot separate
You're part of me
and though You're invisible
I'll trust the unseen

I cried out with no reply
and I can't feel You by my side
So I'll hold tight to what I know
You're here and I'm never alone

Just wanted to share this with you. Hope your all having a GREAT 3 day weekend.


Thursday, September 3, 2009

I'm excited about this...

I started a new blog.

Yeah I know, I haven't been doing so well with this one due to my funky mood lately but I promise I will keep up with both and I think you Ladies (and special Gents) will like my new blog!

Check it out.

Some new pics of late....
This is how our Sweet Munchkin greets daddy everyday when he comes in from work, I swear, her and the cats have an internal clock, they know when he comes home....

She can say Da-Da now too which has made Evan beyond happy. Her vocab is now "Mama","Baba","Da-da","uh oh","Hi" and "KiKi" which is what she says when she sees Gus haha.
Good ol' Censor Duck to the rescue..... She loves bath time but is too big for her bath and when we tried the Tub she just slipped every which way to Evans panic hahaha.
Indeed, she is.

Have a great Labor Day weekend!


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