Friday, February 27, 2009

Magnets, Trains, and Pizza

So nothing too thrilling today but Connor and I had a nice day out and about...we met Jake for lunch at Qdoba and it was nice to see him, it was also good for him to get out of the office for a bit. Connor gets so excited to see him. After lunch, Connor and I trekked over to Target where I proceeded to veer of my list because I LOVE Target sooooo much that it is almost dangerous for me to go in there! I did however find the CUTEST track suit for Connor and for both pieces it was under $4.00! You can't beat that! They really do tend to have good clearance sales. When we were done, I stopped at a store in town that a friend of mine, Debi, works at called Imagination Station. (Click on the link and check it out!) It is owned by two ladies that attend our church and it is the most darling store! Connor was just in awe of everything and I don't think he wanted to leave. We went in looking for magnets because these are his new obsession and they keep him busy while mommy cooks. We ended up getting the neatest magnetic puzzle that Debi found for us (Thank you Debi!!!!) Connor LOVES it! It definitely keeps him busy and he has a lot of fun with it.

Tonight we ventured to Pizza King for dinner. It is a pizza place in town that has a train that delivers your drinks to you...I am not a huge fan of the pizza, but Jake loves it so I went for it. Connor was a BIG fan of the train so that was fun...but I couldn't stop thinking the whole time how I had coupons for Papa Murphy's at home and could have gotten two pizza's for the price of that one and it would have tasted better too! But, alas, I shut my mouth, because Jake never gets to do what he wants to that's our Friday...Hope everyone has a great weekend! I'm off to play Mario Kart on the wii with the hubby!

Connor enjoying his new magnet puzzle, he was very serious about it

Deciding what to order at Pizza King

Connor in awe of the train bringing our drinks

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for.........

* My health and my family's health

* The roof over my head and the food in my house

* Unanswered prayers/Answered prayers

* My little boys laughter

* My church and my church family

* The unconditional love of my husband

* My family

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Swinging...his FAVORITE past time.

Monday, February 23, 2009

It started with a leather jacket....

All I remember from the first time seeing my husband was the fact that he had this leather jacket (or shall I say bomber jacket) on with these large aviator sunglasses. He walked through the building I was working at and gave me a small wave and a hello and then he was off. I remember thinking "who the heck was that, and what was with the jacket?" I asked some friends of mine and they told me who he was and what house he was working in. (We were working with children and adults with developmental disabilities at the time) He worked 40 hr weekends at a home whereas I was working as a one on one with a girl that had autism. We were both working a ton of hours, and I was looking to pick up extra hours whenever I could. Well, I got a call early one Saturday morning and they needed me at the house where Jake was working. I got called to work a 12 hr shift with him and needing the overtime, I accepted. I headed over there and thus where the love affair began...not so much...Jake and I think back to those days and laugh because he was one tough cookie. Jake was a very hard worker and didn't take his job lightly (like a lot of people we worked with) He was so good with those residents, they loved him, and he did his best to make sure they were cared for and comfortable. This being one of the reasons I fell for him.
Now the reason I say he is a tough cookie is because he just was so short with me, he didn't really talk too was the old adage "if they are mean to you, they like you" (which is referenced quite hilariously in the movie "He's Just Not That Into You", that is a MUST SEE! GREAT movie!) Anyway, point being, he would pick at me, he teased me and purposely tried to get under my skin...mature, right? He tells me now that he did like me, he just might have went about it the wrong way...but not really b/c I did marry him.
Jake was living in Champaign Illinois at the time and I was living in Charleston. It was about a 45 min drive. I had mentioned to him one night at work that I was going to be in Champaign and he told me that I should stop by he and his roomate's place, well of course I wanted to. I was crushing on him hard despite his childish behavior, and I wanted so badly to hang out with him outside of work. Well, he wrote me up this elaborate map to get to his place and I tucked it in my pocket and we made plans to meet up. I was thrilled. I drove up the next night, and called him when I got there (not before I called my mom freaking out b/c I was so nervous) He told me to meet him at a coffee shop in town and so I did...I remember what he was wearing when he walked in. I remember the look on his face. I remember thinking that there is so much more about him I want to know. I remember thinking, Dear God, please let this be the right move...please don't let me get my heart broken again...that night, February 23 exactly 3 years ago today was my husband and mine's first date. It was the night that fell head over heels for him, not the night I fell in love, but the night I realized I could. Thank you God for putting Jake into my life, thank you for answering that prayer.

Oh and side note....that leather jacket was hid away never to be seen again when I came into the picture...I can't begin to tell you how NOT cute this jacket is....awful, just awful. God love him...

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Saturday Morning Cartoons

So this morning my son wanted nothing to do with me. Come the weekend, I don't exist...which is fine with me because he sees me 24/7 and he doesn't get to see his daddy as much. Well this morning, he was just whiny and wanting to be held, well, not by me apparently! He reached for his daddy and then when Jack's Big Music Show came on (which is his all time favorite show) he would NOT sit anywhere near me on the couch..he nestled himself into a little ball on his daddy's lap. (It really was super cute) I even tried to sit close to Jake and Connor gave me a death stare! HA! So, that's fine...I guess it works for me...I am totally o.k. with being invisible...really, I am. I think I might go catch up on some reading and take a bath...I love Saturdays!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Motions

I don't know about anyone else, but one of my biggest struggles is just going through "the motions." I am going to try to make an effort to not do that so much...this song by Matthew West is one of my favorites by him because I think it is something we can all relate to as Christians. Enjoy!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Valentine's Day Weekend

We had a pretty fun Valentine's Day wasn't the most romantic of Valentine's days...I mean, some people may find "World Of Wheels", not so much. Nevertheless, my parents had asked if we would like to go to the fairgrounds with them on Saturday to the World Of Wheels. It is a car show and we thought Connor might enjoy it. Surprisingly, I ended up having a really nice day. I think Jake and Connor did too! Mom and dad kept Connor all weekend so that was nice. Jake and I had a nice little break...but boy was I ready to see my little man on Monday! They kept Connor on Sunday night as well because I got the opportunity to see my favorite Christian artist, Matthew West. He was there along with another group I like a whole lot, Sanctus Real and a new artist, Jason Gray. The show was amazing and I had such a great time. We had front row seating so I got some nice shots! I, unfortunately had come down with a pretty bad sinus infection the night before so I wasn't feeling the best, but it was all worth it....the concert was amazing. Jake had the day off today for President's day so thanks to him, I got to take a pretty long nap this afternoon (much needed) so that was very nice!!! It was a great end to a wonderful weekend!!! :)
Connor and daddy on Valentine's Day

Connor with grandma and grandpa at World of Wheels

Spongebob, Grandma, and Connor

He wasn't a fan of the Pink Panther...can't say that I blame him

My favorite shot I got of Matthew West

Matt Hammitt, lead singer of Sanctus Real

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Enjoying a warm day in February, very windy...but he didn't seem to mind much.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

I Am Second

This is a website called I Am Second that I stumbled across tonight and I had to share. I found it very inspiring and a very good reminder. It is a movement that shares people's stories about where the significance in their lives lie. Their stories are raw and personal and they are all different. There are t.v. stars, sports figures, musicians, and regular every day people that share their struggles. I enjoyed the videos very much and think this a very cool campaign. I can say with all my heart that there is no doubt that I am most definitely second...and I am so thankful for that.

Here is a clip of Josh Hamilton's story...he is a player for the Texas Rangers. This is just one of the many videos on the site.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

OH I just love that little boy so much!