My Favorite Kind of Therapy….

I kind of eluded to the fact that I’ve been a little under the weather recently….  It’s nothing major, just a sinus infection that won’t let go. I think it’s due in part to the fact that the allergies and allergy season here is a little different from what I’m used to in Mississippi. Well, it hit full force today. I’ve been miserable since I went to bed last night. I slept in fits, night sweats from a low grade fever, and absolutely no ability to breathe normally whatsoever. No surprise, I woke up in a foul mood.  It is a beautiful day outside, and I had every intention of spending every possible moment by the pool. Channning had agreed to sorta be in charge of Emma, and I was going to get some “Me” time in. Not happening….. I have spent the majority of the day on the couch with a roll of extra soft toilet paper in my hand, and sneezing about every 5 – 10 minutes.  I am a terrible sight to behold. 

But, the day hasn’t been a total loss. First, Channing and cooked a feast for breakfast together. That’s always interesting because there really isn’t enough room for the two of us to fight over the stove in our little bitty kitchen, however, this is slowly becoming our Saturday morning ritual. I think I like it.  Next, after setting Emma up with some cartoons, I decided that I needed some major shopping therapy. I figured if I was gonna be confined to my couch, I might as well do something productive.  So shop I did! Before we moved, some of our wonderful family members sent us on our way with L.L. Bean gift cards, so that we might try to prepare our wardrobes for a northern winter. I’ve been waiting to do the shopping until more of the fall and winter things were released, and I found that most of them were in the last two weeks.  So to salvage my day, I went online shopping! I think it was definitely the most fun I’ve ever had while sick!  Now, I’m a huge advocate of shopping therapy. There is nothing like a new pair of heels, or a fun colorful handbag to bring a girl out of a funk.  Even though this didn’t cure me, it definitely lifted my spirits to a whole new level. In the span of about an hour, I managed to find things to outfit my very ill-prepared family for our first Ohio winter! I’m so excited, that I’ll probably display everything here next weekend, cuz I can’t wait to show it off! I’ve already made Channing look at the order a couple of times! I think I’m the most excited about the stuff I ordered for Emma. They really do have tons of cute stuff for kids. I told Channing more than once that I could have spent everything on just her! I’m probably gonna do some more shopping closer to fall just cuz I loved everything they had for her! So anyway, I guess I’m plugging L.L. Bean for Kids…. you should go check it out!

1 comment August 23, 2008

Does Absence Make the Heart Grow Fonder?

I sure hope so, because I’ve bee absent from here so long, you might have forgotten about me!

I don’t really have an excuse…. I’ve been kinda sick this last week with a sinus infection, but that’s normal for me. There really hasn’t been much to talk about. Things have been pretty steady around here. We had our first visitors a couple of weekends ago, and it was wonderful! Daddy, C.J., and Ruthie came to visit, and they brought Miss Emma back to us. It was so good to see them, and to just have some people here! Our anniversary was wonderful! Channing really stepped up this year! It was nice to just have some time to ourselves to relax and enjoy the quiet, but we really did miss our girl, but I don’t think she missed us very much!

Channing’s been working alot this week. It’s like they got him through the intro stage and are piling it on. I met a few of coworkers today at lunch for the first time, and they seem like pretty cool guys. All about his age, so I guess that’s a plus. I may get to travel with him soon, but those plans are still in development. But, what I can tell you for sure is that I’m coming home very soon! Miss Emma too, of course. October1 – 9, I’ll be in Mississippi for the State Fair. You know me, you just can not keep me away from the sheep shows! The fair is the first weekend, so I’ll have the entire next week to spend wherever! I’m not making any plans past that Saturday of the show, we’re just gonna play it by ear. Needless to say, I’m super excited!

There’s not much else to say. I’m getting some food ready for a community pool party tonight, which should be interesting. We had dinner with our across the street neighbors last weekend, and had blast! I forgot how much I need adult interaction! Emma has made a new friend on the other side of the street. She’s a little older, so they don’t really play together, just around each other. But, when Emma has play dates, that means I get to talk to another grown up…. Not sure who likes it more, her or me….

Before I go, I have to give a little “Hello” to my friend Emily Kines….  She’s expecting her third baby, and I just wanted to say Congratulations! and I miss y’all!  See you soon!

3 comments August 22, 2008

Just a Few Randoms….

I find myself extremely lost without Miss Emma running around. If you didn’t know, she is in Mississippi, or “sippi” as she says, visiting all her grandparents. Yes, I’m jealous. I really, really wanted to go with her. But, I couldn’t, prior engagements. So, I have a whole week without her, and no clue what to do with myself. Channing summed it up very well the other day after we dropped her off with my mom. The conversation went something like this:

Me: “So, what should we do this week?”

Channing: “What do you want to do?”

Me: “I don’t know, I mean, we have a whole anniversary week to ourselves, I think we should take advantage of it.”

Channing: “Well, what do young married people do?”

Me: “I have no idea….  We need friends…..”

So what did we do when we got home? We finished Season 2 of 24. Exciting, huh?

This begins a new discussion. For Channing’s birthday, his mom sent us all of the seasons of 24 on DVD. The whole famiy has been trying to get us to watch it for over a year now. We’ve done really well to avoid it, because anyone who has seen it only raves about it, and then tells you how ridiculously addictive the show is. None of them were exaggerating. It has become a nightmarish obsession. We watch about two a night, as soon as we get Emma down. It takes forever too, because there really are 24 episodes in each season. I find myself with constant headaches because I hold my breath through every episode, as if my suffocation will get Jack through the hour. It’s exhausting.  However, this really is one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. I’m sure I’m not telling you anything new. We’re apparently the last two people in the world to get hooked.  So, we finished Season 2 Saturday night, and agreed that we were gonna take a break before we started Season 3. We made it one day. We watched two episodes of 3 last night. I think this one is gonna be my favorite. I know, this is sad. We’re a young married couple, and we spend our child free time with Jack Bauer. I tell you, we can not help it!  If you are one of the few still holding out on 24, keep it that way. You’re life will never be the same.

In other news, our third anniversary is on Wednesday. Does that seem weird to anyone else? Has it really been 3 years? Where did they go? Can I slow down the next 3 please?

And to finish…. I’m having company this weekend! My Daddy is bringing my girl back to me, and he may have some help, but that detail isn’t for sure yet. I’m really excited! It’s going to be nice to have people with the same accent around me. Oh yeah, and it’s family! Ha!

I’ll try to think of something more interesting for next time…..

3 comments August 4, 2008

Ask, and You Shall Receive…

I have not been ignoring all the requests for house pictures. I just didn’t take any until yesterday. I had everything all clean at once, so I figured that it was finally time to get you what you demand.  I also have pictures of the very successful birthday party! My fancy, romantic dinner was, for me, perfection. I think Channing was equally impressed, but you’ll have to ask him just to be sure. Ok, so here you go, I hope you enjoy!

Sorry, no descriptions today, but I think they are self explanatory!

4 comments July 31, 2008

Our Outing at the Zoo

I know these are a couple days late, but better late than never.

On Saturday, we took Emma to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Now, when I think of a zoo, all I really have to compare it is Jackson…. Well, let’s just say there is no comparison. This place was awesome. Huge. We only covered half of it. And, to the girl’s credit, she hung in there as long as she could. This visit was much better than the first time we tried a zoo trip. She loved it this time.  Channing and I even really liked it. Let me just give you an example of how awesome this zoo was… Food Court. Yep, a completely enclosed, air conditioned, seven different food choices food court. Right in the middle too, perfect for a rest.

I’ll start our pictures at the beginning; getting ready and on the drive:

Ok, so let’s talk about the carousel.  For me, this was quiet an event. I’m an adult, and I still love the things, so I was extremely excited when she showed some interest. I was actually very nervous that we would get on and she would freak out on me. The exact opposite occurred, and I was thrilled. But, all good things must come to an end. And oh, how I wish I had a picture for you.  You’ll just have to use your imagination for a moment, because this story is too good not to tell. As you can see in the last pictures, my beautiful child was glowing with excitement. I too, was beaming, because she was getting all kinds of “oooos” and “ahhhs” from others. I just wanted to laugh and say “Yes, I know she’s gorgeous; and yes, she’s mine!” Well, that perfect, angelic face disappeared the minute the ride stopped. I gently explained that is was time to get off and go find Daddy so other people could have a turn. She proceeded to begin a tantrum and clung to pole of horse. And I mean she hung on. Before I got her off, she was literally sideways hanging on the pole while I was trying to pry her hands off it, all the while screaming “No Mommy, I want the horsey!”  It was classic. I really wish I had a picture to torment her with when she is a teenager. I couldn’t help but laugh.

All in all, it was a great day. She did so well, and really seemed to enjoy it. I have other pictures, but they are on my phone, and that’s a little past my technological expertise. When Channing teaches me how to get them, I’ll let you know.

In other news, someone has a birthday tomorrow! Channing will be 27! Emma and I have big plans for him, and I hope I have pictures to go along with them. If you get a chance, call and harass him about being almost 30! I would greatly appreciate it, Thank You!

7 comments July 30, 2008

The Funk….

Yes, I know I’ve been absent this week, but it’s not my fault, it’s the funk’s fault.  Those of you closest to me know what I’m talking about, so I feel that I should explain myself for the rest of you.

Last Friday, a mood that I affectionately call “the funk”, decided to move in. He usually only stays temporarily, but this time it was a whole week. Along with “the funk”, he brought a raging case of home sickness. Raging. I know, I’ve only been here three weeks. This wasn’t supposed to happen this soon. I knew it would come, I just had no idea they were planning on visiting this soon. I’m sure it all had to do with Channing’s first business trip. He went to St. Joe, Michigan, to Whirlpool’s headquarters.  Now, Channing traveling was expected, we did this several times with Nissan. But, this was the first time that I had to stay alone. When he used to travel, he never liked for us to stay at home by ourselves. We always went to visit someone for a few days. I couldn’t do that this time. This weekend was the first time that it really set in how far away we are. I couldn’t just pick up and leave. On top of that, I didn’t have any school or work activities to keep me occupied. There was no one to talk to, plan lunch with, or just hang out with. I was alone. Yeah, I had Emma, but there are only so many times you can sing the ABC’s.

The funk has lifted, though. Channing got home late Wednesday night, a full day earlier than expected. I’m in the process of planning something really good for dinner, and we have some fun stuff planned for tomorrow that I will tell you all about next week. And, next Wednesday is Channing’s birthday!  Still planning for that too!

So now you know where I’ve been, and I promise to try to do better next time. I figure the first time was the hardest, and it’s only gonna get better from here!

3 comments July 25, 2008

“Come and Meet, Those Dancing Feet!”

“On the Avenue I’m taking you  to…. 42nd Street!”

Ahhhhhhhhh!

Channing and I just got back from The Palace in Marion’s summer production of 42nd Street! OMG! It was amazing!!!!! There is some fantastic talent in this town! Channing even liked it! He kept laughing at me through the whole thing because I grinned like a school girl, but I don’t care; I loved it! My neighbors are already trying to recruit me for next year’s production, whatever it may be. I must say, I’m very tempted! This all came about right after we got here when my sweet neighbors gave us their tickets for today’s performance and offered to stay with Emma while we went. I honestly didn’t think Channing would go, but he did, and we really had a good time!

Anyway, that’s all I have for now; I just had to tell you about it!

2 comments July 20, 2008

Just a Few Pictures….

I’ve figured out how to upload pictures one at a time, so here’s just a few to get you started:

This is the view from my the top of my patio.

These are the ducks that Emma loves….

This is a duck wanting Emma’s sassy….

Pool….

Emma’s new favorite spot….

And my Channing cooking the first night we were here…

I’m putting something together for the house pictures, so be patient! I’ll have those up soon!

4 comments July 18, 2008

Finally Something Worth Talking About….

Ok, I know it seems like I’ve been absent a few days, but the truth is, I’ve been here, I just have nothing to show for it. I had this great post with all these great pictures for you to finally see. Then, I lost it. Oh yeah, it’s gone. But I don’t feel so bad about it, because all the pictures were messed up. I’m currently trying to arrange a conference call with Nikki so she can walk me through this process and keep me from screwing it up again.

Now, on to the things worth talking about….

We’ve had a few mentionable things happen around here the last couple of days. First, I FINALLY got my new washer/dryer set! Never in my life have I ever been this excited about doing my laundry! Thanks to Whirlpool, Channing got me a new Cabrio set. You should go look them up. The washer sounds like a plane taking off, but not quite that loud. I’m not really sure if they are as impressive as I think they are, or if this is just a side effect of not being able to do my laundry for over a week. It’s amazing how much I’ve come to appreciate this high quality set of appliances! And, I wonder what this says about my maturity level…. I am 23 years old and more excited about my laundry room than I ever was about an all night frat party (I just thought I was excited…).  If you had told me 5 years ago that I could ever get this pumped up about household chores, I probably would have ended all communication with you!

In other news, Emma and I are now the newest members of the Marion Public Library.  They have a wonderful children’s program during the summer that we are going to be involved in. She really seemed to like it this morning, so we’re going to keep it up. Also today, we are now the newest member family of the Marion YMCA. I’m super excited about this too, because each of us will have our own things to be involved in.  I let you know how all this plays out.

Overall, things have been going well. We’re having some Emma issues, but I suppose that’s to be expected. She just doesn’t really understand what all has happened.  I’m sure things will smooth out with her, it will just take time. Channing seems to be enjoying the job, and it’s very obvious that they will keep him very busy. I’ve been doing well, too. I love my neighbors, but I hate the fact that they are all gonna leave November 1 to spend six months in Florida. I just want to scream “Take me with you!!!!” It must be nice to be able to skip winter….

And now, for the last thing on my mind….

I’ve really been missing my girl’s group. For those of you who don’t know, there is a group of 5 amazing women who meet “secretly” without the interference of children (most times) or husbands (they aren’t even allowed in the house).  The relationships that were formed and strengthened in this group, are the kinds that will never be forgotten. The safety and security of this group is something I now believe no woman should ever be without. The bond between strong, Christian women, is something so precious and so vital for each of us, I wonder how I went so long without it. To my girls; I miss each of you terribly. You are each so different, beautiful, and completely amazing. You have each filled a different part of my heart, and though I may not be there physically, I think of you constantly. You’re influences are still very much with me. And to our newest member; I’m sorry I didn’t get the chance to know you better. I hope you’re benefiting from this group as much as I did.

2 comments July 16, 2008

I Did Not Forget!

I have not forgotten about this blog….

My next task was to learn how to upload pictures here, but my camera cable is missing.  So, I shall be thinking of new things to discuss, or I’d be happy to answer questions! Leave me some suggestions!

6 comments July 11, 2008

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