Friday, December 31, 2010

What a Year!

Wow. It is almost 2011. This has been such an exciting year. I would like to make a post about specific exciting things that happened every month, but honestly, everything has all run together. I honestly don't even remember what Art and I did last New Year's Eve. I am sure it involved alcohol. Haha. This New Years, Art is sadly not even home. He has such a ridiculous job schedule. I am sure I will address that in later posts because it has kind of been a huge deal in my life.

Here are a few key things I remember about this year...

In February, we got a puppy named Moses. I hated him. A LOT. I decided that getting a dog while living in an apartment was the worst thing I had ever agreed to do, even though I had begged Art to get me a puppy for months. He is almost a year old now, and I have come around. He is a smart, well-behaved yellow lab, and he tries his best to entertain me while Art is away.

In May, one of my very best friends got married. It was my first wedding to be in, and I am still so happy for her. The dress I wore in the wedding was empire waist, and the way it fell on my body made it look like I had a belly. I remember joking with another one of my good friends that I was pregnant. I thought about how Art would die if that was true. At that point in our lives, he was planning on going back to college to get a more conventional job. He said the only thing that would stop him was if I got pregnant. A few days after that wedding, I found out that I was pregnant. Funny how life works. More funny the plans that God has for us when we don't have any clue.

In June, our lease was up at our first apartment. We spent our first year of marriage in a one bedroom apartment. We didn't think we would need more room in that first year, but we both underestimated that large amount of stuff that comes when you combine two lives into one. We moved to a two bedroom apartment that was on the first floor of a complex. We were thrilled about this first floor business because our last apartment was on the third floor. (Please don't get me started about how frustrating it is to drag a million bags of groceries up all those stairs when Art is at work.) Soon after moving into our new place, I started getting really sick. We found out just a short month and a half later that the place was full of mold, so in August we had to pack up and move again!

In November, we started looking for houses. We have found two great potential neighborhoods to build in, so we are now in the process of figuring that out. It is still mind blowing to me that we are old enough to purchase something as huge as a house.

December was a month that went by so quickly. My birthday is in December, and even though Art wasn't here on the actual day, he still made sure it was very special. He got me a ring I had been wanting forever. He also got me an iPhone, which has been entertaining to say the least. We had our first baby shower. I love showers... At least the ones that are for me. Haha. It's like another birthday, except this time all the gifts were for baby Trae. Then there was Christmas. Let me tell you why this was so special. I mentioned that Art has a very different work schedule. Up until this Christmas, we had never spent a holiday together. NEVER. Well, this year he was lucky enough to be off of work for Christmas. It was wonderful. We went to Oklahoma to be with my family and had a great time. Not to mention, I got this great little computer that I am typing on right now. My last one took a rather unfortunate walk with me in the rain.

Those were just a few of the many, many events that happened in the last year. I hope all of you have a very happy and safe New Year.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Getting Older and Thoughts of How Things Would Be...

I turned 24 this year. My first thought about that is how close it is to 25 and how once you turn 25, you might as well be 30. 30 terrifies me. Growing up in general scares me. I am not one of those ladies who thinks that their thirties will be the prime of their life. To me, the thirties consist of the beginning of wrinkles and the days that you can no longer get away with wearing fun eyeshadow.

I think I may have started feeling old at 22, but now I feel like I am starting to act the part. You know you are getting older when some of your favorite Christmas presents consist of a recipe book, a password keeper, and a fabulous pink spatula. Okay, I did get a new MacBook Pro and an iPhone for Christmas, so I guess I am still a little bit young, but I sure am enjoying all the useful household items.

When I was growing up, I always imagined the day that I would grow up and have kids. I always thought pregnant ladies looked so cute. There was no way that pregnancy could be full of anything but sunshine and rainbows. I had no idea of all the unpleasant things that went along with it.

This pregnancy was a complete surprise for Art and I. I have to say that I am thrilled to be pregnant. I have been so blessed with a healthy pregnancy and a healthy little baby thus far. That being said, when I found out I was pregnant, I had crazy ideas of how things would be. I would not gain over 20 pounds, and I would for sure not get a stretch mark. To you ladies who go through a pregnancy and achieve that, I have to say that you are a freak of nature and I am jealous. I quickly found out that my thoughts were unrealistic. Pregnancy is uncomfortable and full of added weight, stretch marks, and feeling pretty lousy. I still can't wait for this little baby, though. As for if I would do it again, I don't necessarily want to, but I'm sure I will.

I just might do some work in the baby room today... My countdown tells me I only have 4 weeks and 4 days left until January 31st. At the rate I have been getting things done in there, I better get to work.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I guess it's time to start blogging... At least that's what my husband tells me. I need something to call a "hobby." I have been blessed to be (f)unemployed for the last six months. I like to say I am retired, but I guess soon, I will say I am a "stay at home mom." This little blog will be about my little family. I am married to a wonderful man who I met on my very first day of college. We have been married for over a year, which is crazy. I never thought I would be where I am right now.

Our life is about to change... a lot. In about a month, we will have a baby. I can't wait... I think. I looked at our little countdown today and it said there were 33 days left. That is more than overwhelming to me. I am so far from having things ready. I love to plan. I love lists. I love to have things done weeks before hand. However, for some reason, I have nothing done for the baby. I am absolutely so excited for him to be here, but I think I am in a little bit of denial. His room is a disaster. The clothes are not washed or hung up. I have no thoughts of packing a bag before hand. For some reason, none of this worries me, which is weird. I am the worlds best worrier. In any other situation, I would be stressed out of my mind, but I am completely stress-free about the fact that there is nothing done. I'm sure it will all work out... See the lack of stress? It's great. I am completely convinced thatI am going to end up having my baby in the car because I will be in denial that I am in labor. And, hey, if I do, I will have more to write about, right?

So this is life, and I am pretty pleased with it. I hope you enjoy reading.