Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Day 15...I'm thankful for...


We have the best dog. She may be really hyper, have super bad breath and long toenails but she loves us more than anything! I'm so thankful for her and her protection. She barks at anything that walks by our house, especially the poor walking postman and our wonderful UPS guy.

She loves to sleep on our bed or on the sofa in the den. She has a bed in our room that she is forced to sleep in, even though she would rather be under the covers in our bed. She hates dog food but will eat it. She loves people food and has become even more fond of it with David now in the house and eating in a highchair. He is extremely entertained by feeding her. Which is his newest "thing." Training her. He gets a bag of dog treats (small ones) and tells her to "sit" "go" "down" etc. He yells other commands we can't understand yet. This time is also the closest she will ever get to him. He really isn't into letting David "pet" her. I'm sure they will be the best of friends before I can blink again but for now they just play with food!

Dixie, You are the sweetest and best dog. JD and I have adored you from 2 days old when we got our first picture of you. You came home to us at 5 weeks old and have been our Baby Girl ever since. I'm so thankful to have you in my life!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Day 14...I'm thankful for...

My Dad

I have the best Dad! Being his only little girl, I grew up with a special bond with my dad. I was always interested in what he was, electronics, working & fixing things. I learned how to prep a rod for fishing, how to bait a hook and take the fish off the hook. I also learned how to clean the fish we caught. I learned how to work a computer at a young age, I was always figuring out new electronics by practicing and reading manuals for my dad. He taught me hard work and the rewards of that hard work. He taught me how to figure out how to fix things. That is how I learned to use a drill, tools, ect. What wonderful life lessons!

My Dad has worked hard to play hard! He loves the beach and warm weather, and when the weather gets cold, he heads even further south! I share his love of warm weather and the beach. While I don't swim in the ocean, I do love all the fun things about it and so does my Dad. I know that My Dad is going to teach David all of the wonderful things he has taught me! I can't wait to see them fishing on the dock, pulling up Crab Traps to see what they've caught, walking on the beach and picking up shells. I know David loves my Dad as much as his Grandy loves him!

I love my dad so much and I'm so thankful to be his daughter!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Day 13...I'm thankful for...


That's right. I said it.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Day 12...I'm thankful for...

My "Huntsville" Friends

These pictures are in no particular order, but they have images of all of my closest friends in Huntsville. I love these girls!!


I'm going to miss you! I love running into you picking up the kids and I hope Baltimore is ready for you and your family!!

Lots of friends!! Ariel, Amanda, Lauren, & Jamie H.

So glad to call you ladies my friends!

I have to apologize for this picture but it is the only one I can find with Garrett in it!

Garrett, I have loved being friends and I'm so exicted for you, Marshall and Little M about the upcoming arrival of Baby Schreeder! I love that our kids are in the same class at school and that they love to play together. (They have grown so much since this picture! It is crazy!) And my girls...Jamie, Chris and Haylea. I don't think words can describe how I feel about our friendships. My daily phonecalls are to you three, my husband is buddies with your husbands, my baby loves your babies! I would do anything for you three and I hope you know that!
Megann, from our days at the pool to parties around town, I love seeing you each time!

You are such a sweet, genuine girl and I'm so proud to call you my friend!
My Girls!

Jackie, Melanie, Alison & Jana

I love you girls! I'm so glad we've met through various friends. You all have become a wonderful part of my life!

Long time friends.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Day 11...I'm thankful for...


I am big on sleeping. I love sleep. I don't need the TV to lull me into sleep. All I need is a dark room and some quiet and I'm out. Luckily, David feels the same way. I was blessed with a sleeper. He wasn't for the first 6 months of his life but as far back as I can remember (mommy amnesia) He has been a great sleeper. I just put him in the crib and he goes to sleep and sleeps 12 hours. He likes it dark in his room so the blinds have to be closed and the only light is the green dot from the video monitor we have now. He also takes great naps. I have a feeling that they will shorten soon, but the boy will sleep for at least 2 hours if not longer in the afternoons.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Day 10 I'm thankful for...

My In Laws

JD has the best parents and I am so thankful to have them as my Mother & Father In Law.

They love my little family and help us out so very much. They are the best babysitters in Huntsville, Martha is a great cook and always willing to fix a quick meal for us. Don is always willing to fix anything, paint anything or cut something down! We have worked side by side in the yard a lot lately and he is such a hard worker! I truly appreciate all of his help.

I'm also so thankful for their unending love for David. To them, he is the greatest thing on earth and I have to agree. David also loves his Nana & Pop Pop with that same kind of love.

I am so thankful for both Don & Martha and I hope they know it!!

Here is Pop Pop teaching David his favorite sport...Golf!

These two have a future together with golfcarts, golf balls, and tee times!

David LOVES his Nana too! She loves to spoil him rotten! (I don't mind)

They have the best times at Chick Fil A and the park!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

I'm thankful for...forgiveness!

So I have completely let this blog and "lent project" go, but I'm going to backdate these posts and catch up and continue! SO please enjoy! I tell you what, I serve an amazing God. He will forgive ANYTHING and I'm so glad for that. I'm human and make mistakes everyday and I'm thankful that HE forgives. I have been reminded by friends and my Mom that I need to update and continue this and I should start with forgiveness, so here it goes!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Day 6, 7 & 8... I'm thankful for...

Doctors and Modern Medicine
I've been WAY out of commission these past few days. David got sick and I've had to focus all of my attention on him. He started coughing on Monday and by Monday night, he didn't sleep at all from all the coughing. I called the Doctor Tuesday Morning first thing and they couldn't see him until 4pm. So he was miserable all day and was scared to death when we walked in. He knew where he was and wasn't happy about it. After weighing in at 25 lbs, we only had to wait a minute for Dr. Laue to come in and the diagnosis was quick. Croupe with Double Ear infections.
This is our first experience with ear infections and it isn't fun.
We also broke down and got a video monitor. I was against them in our small house, I can hear him all the way across the house, but while he is coughing in the middle of the night, it is nice to be able to roll over and check on him without getting up.
So after a decent nights sleep, still lots of interruptions, we've had a decent day. David still ran a fever today but he seemed to really perk up this afternoon. I'm hoping he will start feeling better tomorrow so we can get out and enjoy the pretty weather.
I hope all of your children are feeling good...please be thankful for that!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Day 5...I'm thankful for...

The Great Outdoors

This weekend was beautiful and David and I took full advantage of it.
We took a long stroll with Chris & Gaines on Saturday Morning and we sat in the yard after and let the boys play. As I looked around my yard I noticed all the crap in the flower beds...weeds, leaves, old mulch, etc. So I decided I would clean out the flowerbeds and prep them for new mulch. And...about 20 black trash bags and 2 days later, our front and back yard look great.

I'm so thankful that God gave us such a beautiful weekend (I even got sunburned!)

I exercised hard raking and bagging and toting and had fun doing it. David even helped me out! I got him a cute rake set from the Hobby Lobby and he loves them! He prefers my rake but I don't let him play with it. Poor JD was inside sick all weekend with some stomach bug so I'm glad we stayed outside all weekend to avoid getting sick.
David also played with the neighbors dog Sisco. He thought she was just the right size.
All in all a beautiful weekend, perfect to be Thankful for the Great Outdoors

First Haircut

Friday afternoon, we took David to get his first and much needed haircut.
He wasn't too excited about the idea.
But then the lady gave him a sucker...

But when she started to touch him, he screamed...

This picture pretty much sums up our haircut experience!

I finally had to put down my camera and hold him down just to finish the cut.

He got a balloon and all was ok.

So, here are some pictures after his bath of new haircut

Such a big boy!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Day 4...I'm Thankful for...

My College Friends
I don't think I could have made it through college without these girls. I have a very special bond with each of them and each bond is very different. These girls have been my rocks for almost 10 years and I don't know what I would do without them. I am so very thankful for each and every one of them and what they have done for me.
I am so thankful for all of the fun times we had, all of the wild experiences, the heartbreaks, the weddings, the weddings to come, the babies, the babies to come...
Samantha- I'm so thankful for our strong friendship, our shared mommyhood, all the phonecalls and visits. You are truly one of my best friends and I thank God for you everyday!
Jeris- I'm so thankful for you and all of our years as friends. I love our shared passion for Flea Market Finds and the fact that people always think we are sisters when we are together.
You truly are one of my best friends and I thank God for you everyday!

Melissa- I am so thankful for you as a longtime friend. I remember meeting you freshman year with the older Decatur girls. You have always been a blast to hang out with and I love all of our shared memories. I'm so excited for you and your upcoming wedding! I know God has such wonderful plans for you and Robert! I'm so thankful that God had plans for us to be friends 10 years ago! You are such a blessing in my life and I thank God for you and your friendship daily!
Jensi- I am so thankful for you and all of our years of friendship. You are a constant in my life that keeps me grounded. I thank God for you and your friendship everyday! I have had some of my most memorable experiences with you over the past 10 years I will never forget our trips and adventures. You are truly a blessing in my life and I thank God for you daily!
Katy Beth- I am so thankful for you as a friend. I love all of our wild past memories but I treasure our new ones. I love your visits to Huntsville, and although only a few hours, I love getting to see you and catch up. I can't wait to see your new house and all the fun memories that will be created there. You are truly an amazing person and I'm so lucky to be able to call you my friend. I thank God everyday for our friendship!

Kate- I'm so thankful for you as a friend. You were always there to talk to in college and have been a wonderful friend for 10 years. I'm so glad to see you and Ben in Nashville. I know you are so happy there and I can't wait to see what God has in store for you! You are truly a blessing in my life and I thank God for our Friendship!
Elisabeth- Although you are far away, I still think of you all the time. (Mostly because I'm jealous you are getting married in Italy this fall!) We shared so many fun memories in college and I am so glad to see you so happy. I know God has wonderful plans for you and your future. I'm so thankful for you!
Lena- Although far, far away, I still love our random talks. You were such a delight in college, always willing to have a fun time and never a let down! I had SO much fun at your wedding in Chicago and can't wait for some Barakat babies to come in the future!! You are truly an amazing person and I love having you as a friend!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Day 3...I'm Thankful for...

I can not begin to explain the love I have for my child.
From the second the nurse told me I was pregnant I was attached to my baby. I had longed for a child and finally after a little struggle and some fertility help, He was conceived.
I started my bond with David specifically the day we found out we were having a boy. As soon as he split his legs on the ultrasound I knew I would call him David. So from then on, he went from being "it" to David. I talked to him for months before meeting him on July 31st, 2009 and couldn't believe my eyes when he was born. He was and still is the most beautiful child I have ever seen.
Watching him grow over the last 19+ months has been the most amazing adventure. From late night feedings to all the firsts we have experienced, I cannot express how thankful I am to have gotten to experience it all as a mom.
It makes my heart melt when he says Momma, and
I just LOVE all of my open mouth tongue kisses he so willingly gives out!
I love that he wants me in the morning and that I get to put him to bed at night.
I love reading books to him, watching him eat and tell Dixie what to do! (Sit Dixie)
I love his dimpled smile, his hugs, his laugh and most of all,
our conversations in the car when he does all the talking and I don't understand a thing.
I am so blessed and thankful to have John David Reed, Jr. in my life. He is what gets me going in the mornings, and puts me to bed early! I can't wait to see what the future holds for my precious child.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Day 2...I'm thankful for...

Tonight I had the best time.
Nothing renews a girls soul like like a Girls Night, Chocolate & Beer.
Special Thanks to Jamie for inviting me to the Lukemia & Lymphoma Society Fundraiser.
They had a chocolate tasting from lots of local restaurants and cake people.
My Favorite had to be Ellen's Creative Cakes which is located next to Stanlieo's on Jordan Lane. Hers was the most like a true chocolate desert. Not too sweet.
Of course I did eat this after shoving an entire Mini Gigi's Cupcake in my mouth in one bite.
That's right, one bite. I'm a pig!
The chocolate covered strawberries were also a delight.
A great mix with the Mexican beer we got downstairs at Casa. We had the best time with Jody and Chris. (Look for us in the next Event Magazine too!)
Also just wanted to claify my 40 days of thankfulness...these are in no order what so ever. I have to keep things interesting if I'm going to do this for 40 days right?
Also, thanks for the comments and encouragement!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

40 Days of Lent

For Lent this year, I am giving up sodas, but that isn't really that hard for me. So I decided to do something that would be challenging. I'm going to blog for 40 day of things/people I am thankful for. Now, that sounds really easy when you first think about it, but if you group people into "family" and don't seperate them, it shortens the list and makes you think a little harder about all the things you are thankful for. So after a terrible day for me, I was in the worst mood and nothing was bringing me out of it until JD and I went to an Ash Wednesday Service and all was better. I felt renewed and ready for a reflective season of Lent. So for

Day 1,

I am thankful for God. I am so grateful that I have such an awesome God. That each day I am forgiven of all my sins and he listens to everything I have to say. He has given me everything I have and created everything around me. I am thankful for my relationship with God too. I am most thankful that God gave me this...

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Cell phone pictures

I had 2 more pictures on my phone from our Vail trip.
Here are Chris and I on the slopes!
JD and I eating lunch outside...

David enjoying his singing turtle.

My "Moobie" Star!

And this was today. I got this shirt and shorts from Target. I did a super cute monogram on the polo and I think it looks adorable. $4.50 for the shorts and $7 for the shirt. Great deal!


On February 23rd, we jumped on a plane and headed to Vail, Co for some much needed time away with friends! We had an awesome time and I even enjoyed skiing. We ate great and drank lots of great beer. Here are pictures from our trip...
We met up with The Penney's in the Atlanta Airport. We were on the same flight from ATL to Vail/Eagle.
We arrived and got to the condo just in time to walk around and get fitted for skis!
JD and I waiting on Ski Boots!
Modeling our Ski helments. They ended up being much needed for several of us!
Chris and I after our first short "run" of the day!
The Girls!
Enjoying a beer after skiing the first day. We were tired and the beer was a great idea!
The second night we were there, we headed to a Ranch and enjoyed a steak dinner, smores, sleigh ride dancing and lots of fun!
We went skiing on Saturday and took pictures at the top of the mountain for fun.
We stopped for a quick lunch and let the boys do one more run before we had to leave the next day.
We had a blast and can't wait to go again soon!