Saturday, September 11, 2010

Day 9: A Photo You Took

Well, I take a lot of photos, so this was hard.  I’m going to not post any pictures of Jack, because that would be too easy.

Let’s start with a funny one!  I encountered this van in downtown St. Louis a couple years ago.  The van literally has a window unit air conditioner.  It cracks me up to this day!!!

van with air

I took the next two pictures on my honeymoon.  The first is at the ruins at Chichen Itza.  I love this picture for whatever reason.  It was taken with a very basic point and shoot camera, but I love it!

honeymoon 1

This next picture is also from our Honeymoon and is of Ryan on the beach outside our hotel.  I love the beach and the aqua blue water.  And I love him, so it’s a picture full of love!

honeymoon 2

That’s all I am going to add for today!

Friday, September 10, 2010

A photo that makes you angry/sad

When I saw this on the list, I knew that there was only one photo I could post.

jack and grandma

This is newborn Jack with my grandma.  This is the last photo ever taken of my grandma.  She passed away less than a week later.  She was so excited to meet her great grandson. 

I have such mixed emotions about this picture.  On one hand, I am so happy that we have it.  I’m so glad that grandma got to meet Jack and was able to hold him.  She loved babies to much and I know that she loved him from the moment I told her I was pregnant.  On the other hand, it makes me so sad because I miss her so much.  She was such a major part of my life and I still have a hard time believing that she is really gone.  It’s been over a year and I still reach for my phone to call her when something happens. 

When someone you love passes away, its strange how random things will make you think of them, or make you sad.  The thing that caught me completely off guard this year was Cardinals opening day.  My grandma was a die hard Cardinals fan.  She started collected the team sets of baseball cards for my two cousins, Matthew and Jonathan.  Every year, the first game I went to, I would buy her those sets of cards.  This year, I went to opening day and was in the team shop.  I thought, “oh, I’m going to ask if they have the team cards yet so I can pick them up for grandma”.  Yeah, I started crying in the team store. 

I know that grandma is watching over Jack everyday and keeping him safe.  I will always treasure this photo, even if it makes me sad to look at it right now.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Day 7: A Photo that makes you happy

And now I will bore you with lots of photos that make me happy!

I love this first photo because Jack looks so little in it!!DSCN2767

My little Cardinals fan!

HA HA HA HA HA HA!!  I love this!  It was his first attempt at cereal and it’s hilarious!!

This is one of my all time favorite pictures of Jack.  I cannot believe how little he looks in it!  I loved this outfit so much!DSCN1244

Happy baby!

My little used car salesman!

My big boy walking around the yard

I can’t even begin to describe my love of this picture.  Jack and the monkey have basically the same expression!  Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Our family on Mother’s Day
family photo

My two favorite little people…even if they had no interest in having their picture taken together.  I just love this picture because they look like they are the same size!  Poor Ava is 10 months older but now weighs less than Jack!jack and ava

These are my students that I work with.  This was our group photo from this year!  I love them all dearly.  I am so fortunate to work with a great group of kids every year.  I am a mom to 20 great college kids every year and that is awesome!  CAB 2010

This was Jack’s first time meeting Fredbird!  And he made fun of me!  Oh well…he signed a copy of the picture to Jack!  Makes me laugh!

These are three of my favorite people in the world.  I love them dearly!
wedding friends

My love
wedding 1

This was Mother’s Day 2009.  Jack was born about two weeks later.  I am hugely pregnant and I remember how miserable I was!  But, I love this picture of me, my mom, my sister, and my beautiful niece Ava.
mothers day 2009

I love pictures and I take so many of them!  I could go on forever, but I will stop there!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Day 6: 20 of my favorite things

20 of my favorite things. Alright…here we go!

1. My beautiful son, Jack
2. My patient, forgiving husband, Ryan
3. My huge, extended family
4. My amazing friends
5. Crisp, Fall weather
6. My job and my coworkers
7. French fries…yup, I love them!
8. McDonalds Coke…although I have pretty much given it up
9. Baking delicious treats
10. Giving someone a gift that they love
11. A relaxing evening on the couch
12. Clean sheets
13. Glee…it totally makes my list!
14. Watching a great new movie
15. Miniature golf
16. St. Louis Cardinals baseball
17. A new outfit
18. Watching Jack learn something new. It’s absolutely amazing
19. A great night out with friends
20. Vacation! I would love one right now!

I could go on and on…these are the first 20 things that popped into my head, so I’m sure that I have forgotten a million things!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Day 5: Favorite Quote

Favorite Quotes…this was a little harder than the previous four days! I guess that my favorite quote of all time is:

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

When I was Student Body President during college, I had to select a quote to write on a chair that stays in the President’s office. It has been signed by a lot of former Student Body Presidents. This was the quote that I chose for that chair. I feel like it speaks volumes of the impact that individuals can have on the world.

All of my other favorite quotes are either from movies or random things that my friends and I have said. I think I will keep those private!! :)

Monday, September 6, 2010

Day 4: Favorite Book

I will be kind of glad when I get past these “favorite” categories.  I cannot pick just one!  I’m a pretty avid reader, but I will be the first to admit that I don’t read anything too serious.  I’m a major fan of chick lit.  In the course of getting my bachelor’s degree and master’s degree, I had to read plenty of stuff that I didn’t want to, so now I read things that entertain me.  Here are a few of my favorites.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I could probably read this book over and over again.  It’s probably one of the only books that I have read more than once or twice.  Ever since I read it in middle school, it’s been on my bookshelf.

The Little Prince or Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
I absolutely love this book.  This was the first book that I read completely in French and I fell in love with it.  I can’t wait to read it to Jack and have him love it too!

Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson
Such a tear jerker!  I love it!  I couldn’t put it down when I read it.

LA Candy by Lauren Conrad
Yup, I am that girl…I bought this book (and it’s sequel) and read them in just a couple days. 

Anything by Nicholas Sparks.  I’m a sucker for those books!! 

Again, those are just a few of my favorites!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Day 3: Favorite TV Show

“Make It Or Break It”
Yup…again…I’m a 13 year old girl.  I am pretty much on board with any of the ABC Family Shows.  Okay, mainly four of them…this one, Greek, Secret Life of the American Teenager and Pretty Little Liars!!

“How I Met Your Mother”
It’s just hilarious.  Neil Patrick Harris rocks my world!

“Modern Family”
This is my favorite new half hour comedy.  Yup, I have plenty of “favorite” categories.  If you have not watched this show, I highly recommend it. 

“Grey’s Anatomy”
A perpetual favorite.  It was getting a little crazy (I mean the whole Izzy having ghost sex with Denny…come on!), but they totally got me back with the finale last year.  It was just so awesome! 

“The West Wing”
This still qualifies as probably my favorite show of all time.  I still watch the reruns on Bravo.  I have all the seasons on DVD and watch them a lot.  This happens to be one of my favorite scenes ever. 

I have so many other favorite shows that I don’t miss…including: Private Practice, Teen Mom (yup, I am ridiculous), Friends, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and 24.  I am also a reality TV junkie.  I will pretty much watch anything! 

What are your favorite shows?

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Day 2: Favorite Movie

Just like music, I cannot pick just one favorite movie!  I have favorite movie’s for different moods.  Here are a few:

“The American President”
It’s just so funny!  I will watch it anytime, anywhere!  I have probably seen it at least 500 times and can recite most of the movie verbatim!  This is one of my favorite scenes.

“Beauty and the Beast”
Still my favorite Disney movie.  I own it in English and French…because I’m that ridiculous!

Because I am a girl and I love to cry!  I will watch this movie anytime it is on TV…and cry like a baby every time!  I also love Bette Midler!

“Steel Magnolias”
Where to even start with this movie!  It’s a classic!! 

“Center Stage”
This is a classic in my book!  It’s just so good! 

Again, I will watch this anytime it is on TV.  It’s amazing!!

So, yeah, I like some pretty typical girl movies!! 

Friday, September 3, 2010

Day 1: Your Favorite Song

Choosing just one favorite song would be impossible.  Music is such a big part of my life!  So, here are few of my favorites right now.

Tyrone Wells “Seabreeze”
This was Ryan and my first dance song.  It’s a constant favorite of mine!

Sugarland “Joey”
This is a recent favorite.  I just can’t get enough of it!  I love to belt it out in my car!

Glee “Don’t Rain on My Parade”
Okay, really anything from Glee.  I’m obsessed!  Yes, I am like a 12 year old girl.  I don’t miss an episode!  I buy the CD’s on the day they are released (as in I go into work late so that I can be at Target at 8AM to buy them!).  I’m a dork! 

Dave Matthews Band “You and Me”
I love pretty much any and all Dave music.  This is a current favorite!  I had to post the Grammy performance because Dave looked so cute all dressed up for the night!!

I could go on and on!  But, I will stop with those! 

30 Days of Blogging


I'm trying to be a better blogger, so I've decided to challenge myself to do 30 days of blogging.  I read about this on another blog.  They have a list of 30 topics and you write about one each day.  It is supposed to make your job don't have to come up with the topics!  So, here is the list:

Day 1 - your favorite song
Day 2 - your favorite movie
Day 3 - your favorite television program
Day 4 - your favorite book
Day 5 - your favorite quote
Day 6 - 20 of my favorite things
Day 7 - a photo that makes you happy
Day 8 - a photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 9 - a photo you took
Day 10 - a photo taken over 10 years ago of you
Day 11 - a photo of you recently
Day 12 - something you are OCD about
Day 13 - a fictional book
Day 14 - a non-fictional book
Day 15 - your dream house
Day 16 - a song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 - an art piece (drawing, sculpture, painting, etc)
Day 18 - my wedding/future wedding/past wedding
Day 19 - a talent of yours
Day 20 - a hobby of yours
Day 21 - a recipe
Day 22 - a website
Day 23 - a youtube video
Day 24 - where I live
Day 25 - your day, in great detail
Day 26 - your week, in great detail
Day 27 - my worst habit
Day 28 - whats in my handbag/purse
Day 29 - hopes,dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 - a dream for the future

I’m sure that I will miss a day here or there, but I’m going to try to stick to the plan!  Day 1 post will soon follow!