Monday, January 28, 2008


Well, it's been awhile since we last posted. Things have been going well. Eric has been very busy with the musical at his high school, "Annie Get Your Gun." Last week he had rehearsals every night M-W and then the musical was Thurs-Sat. This week the musical is Thurs-Sunday with 2 on Saturday. So that leaves lots of time for Cara and I to hang out. She is very into reading (sign = read, read!), and coloring (sign = red (she thinks to color means red, but she's learning the individual colors too)). She's such a happy baby. She has 12 teeth now, 3 molor ish teeth (just past the eye teeth) busted through a couple of weeks ago. She is so friendly. She goes to anyone (I know, we haven't really started the stranger danger stuff yet), at church, my friends, random strangers at the library in our toddler class. If someone is holding a book and doesn't have a child in their lap, she will go sit in their lap. That's the only way she likes us to read to her, with her in our laps.

Tonight I start a beginner sewing class at a school in our neighborhood. 2 of my friends from New Ground are going with me, I'm looking forward to it. The Newsome's gave me a new sewing machine for Christmas. The old one I had was from the 70's and you can't get parts for it anymore, so it's only good for straight stitch sewing!! The class is going to be the next 10 Mondays from 7-9.

On another note, Eric and I started Dr. Oz's book You on a Diet on 1/6. It is so easy to stick to, and we are never hungry! I have lost about 8 pounds, and Eric has lost about 10. I've lost almost 2 inches in my waist. We haven't measured Eric yet for inches lost. We are really enjoying it!!

Eric is in the process of building Cara a bookcase for her room. It looks really good so far. I'm going to start painting it this week so he can finish putting it together. We are also starting our compost pile this week, finally have all the parts we needed. We have also started growing some herbs, basil, mint and chives. We are soon going to plant parsley and some others. We are wanting to do a vegetable garden in part of our back yard this spring, but we have yet to get the ground ready, so I don't know if we will or not.

For anyone in driving vicinity of our house, we are having 3 Wellness Workshops over the next 2 weekends at our house. We hope that you come and have fun. Email me if you are interested, and I will email you our flyer. Childcare is provided. All are at our house:
Saturday February 2nd, 4-5 pm
Tuesday February 5th, 6:30-7:30 pm
Sunday February 10th, 4-5 pm
Check back often, we are on the go!! :)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Congratulations Luis & Alexis

Our friends from NewGround (our ABF at Kingsland) just announced that they are pregnant with twins!!!! We are soooo excited for them. We have been faithfully praying for these guys for a couple years (right after we joined New Ground in 07/05) to conceive, and God has heard our (and many of our friends) prayers and blessed this sweet couple. Luis, since I know you read my blog, you are an inspiration as a leader, a husband, and soon to be a father. We could not be more happy for you and Alexis!!!

Friday, January 11, 2008

18 month check up among other things...

I'm sorry, I haven't updated since Christmas Eve!!

We went for Cara's 18 month checkup on Tuesday, here are her stats:
30 pounds! (96%)
33.25 inches (80%)
head is 42%, can't remember!

They said she's doing great. She is certainly getting heavy! She eats fruits, veggies, whole grains, cheese, milk, yogurt, and everything that is good for her. She loves water (wa-wa) and milk. She signs EVERYTHING and tries to say most things. I even asked her to say Kroger today when we were there and she she "Koga." She can say Yaya and Papa (my parents) and on Christmas day, she said Nana to Eric's mom for the first time (she realizes if she says it, it's like banana too). She's still having trouble with Grandad, but she signs it and says "Da-da", so it's coming. She's started even saying Beebee for my sister Bailey, it is too cute! I've taught her to say A, B, C, D, E. She thinks that's it and then usually says "YEAAA!!!!" :) She can't recognize the letters yet, but we're working on that. She got a slide for Christmas, and she waits for me at the top to count "1, 2, 3, WEEEEE." So, she's learning her numbers. She's so funny when she says numbers or letters, she moves her fingers, because she knows there's a sign, but she just doesn't know them yet! That's about the only signs she doesn't know. It was so funny over Christmas, we were at the Newsome's house and she kept signing different things telling me what she wanted. Eric's mom said, "Cara, you are so smart," and Cara signed smart! Can you tell that she's heard that a time or two!!

My best friend, Trayce, had her 2nd little girl on December 6th, Emma Victoria. She is such a beauty, and looks just like her big sis Julianne. There are pics on my flickr account (you have to look before Christmas!).

If you haven't heard, our computer crashed. Luckily, I use Flickr, so I have an archive of all our pictures (which I had also started saving them to CD as well). The only problem is I lost a lot of our little short videos of Cara from Feb 2007-Nov 2007 :(. Drop shots was full, so I didn't upload many. I also lost LOTS of tax return files, so if I do your taxes normally, and I sent you a PDF file last year of your return, PLEASE resend it this year when I do them again!!!

We had a great time over Christmas, and got to see both sides of the family. I even went to Bailey's one day for scrapbooking, while Eric watched Cara. On the 27th, I attempted my first ever turkey, recipe here, and it turned out amazing! We cooked the turkey, green bean casserole, broccoli rice and cheese, rolls, salad, and a fudgey pecan pie. We had Eric's good friend Benny, his wife, Alexis, and their new baby girl Avery Jean over, and everything was delicious. The boys took turns playing guitar hero after Cara went to bed. We spent New Year's Eve with Eric's best friend Ronnie, his wife Amanda, their 2 kiddos Kyler and Gabe, and some other friends from HS. It was a blast, literally. Ronnie is somewhat a pyro, but he wouldn't start popping the fireworks until midnight! So needless to say we were outside until about 2:30 that morning. (Cara was in bed by 7, Ronnie's mom had the monitor and was watching TV). So Cara had a great nights' sleep, not so much for us.

Right before Christmas I reached "Virtual Franchisee" (which is my 2nd promotion) in my Juice Plus business. It has been so great for our family to be able to take this amazing food product, for free! We are making some nice money doing it and it's been so much fun!! If you are interested, let me know and I'll mail you a CD.

Eric and I started Dr. Oz's book "You on a Diet" last Sunday. We have stuck to it really well. We are never hungry for anything else because you are eating a meal or eating a snack all day long. Last night we made these cinnamon apple a la mode (fat free frozen yogurt was the a la mode) for our dessert, and we were blown away. We are looking to see a 2 inch reduction in waist size after the first 14 days. I will let you know. I love the book, it incorporates DAILY activity with proper food selection!

I start a Bible study at our church next Thursday that I am really looking forward too. I love learning, fellowshiping and meeting with other women in our church, that have the same goal as myself: to better their intimacy with Jesus. I can't wait!

Well, I guess that's lengthy enough. I guess this can count as my "Christmas letter," since I don't send one out. God Bless!
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