Wednesday, May 28, 2008


For anyone who has been keeping up with the comments on my boob post (and anyone in need of some comment relief): This is what my wedding photographer, Anita, was referring to. It was a classic moment, let me tell you. I give you (drumroll please...): The Bouquet Toss! Infamous! (Nancy, you can thank Anita for censoring this...I have the original, so you better be nice!) ;o)

PS) Let it be a warning to any girl jumping through the air in a strapless dress! ;o)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

100 Things About Me

Okay, I FINALLY got this posted...Now you guys do it, too!

1. I have always loved to write. I actually kept journals from middle school through meeting Andy after college!! I have loved being able to read about how I thought and felt and lived over the years. It can really teach you a lot (and embarrass you!) to see your personal growth from your own prospective!

2. Most of the journals I kept(along with some home videos and yearbooks)were accidentally thrown out when I moved once after college. When I realized it, I wanted to puke!

3. When I was little, I had a blue blanket with that silky lining all around the edges (what the heck is that stuff called anyways??) and I couldn't get to sleep without it. Well, my mom finally made me get rid of the blanket so I started sleeping with my her windbreaker jacket--ha ha ha!--Take that, Mom! (Every once in a while I sneak Andy's soccer shorts into bed with me...Hey, don't judge! ;o)

4. I'm still a little addicted to that silky material--I even ended up buying a wedding dress with an organza overlay (a mere coincidence) that you can see me rubbing between my fingers in all of my wedding pictures--ha ha ha!

5. In high school, I had hair all the way down to the middle of my back--I cut it off all at one time just before leaving for college

6. Before meeting Andy, I dated the same guy (off and on and off again) for about six years (Sharon introduced me to him when we were fifteen). He is still my dear friend (even though we argue like siblings) and he and my husband are crazy about each other.

7. (This is that same ex bf's favorite story about me--he thinks it sums up my personality--don't listen to him!): When I was in kindergarten, I was eating the school's provided "hot lunch" and I noticed that the canned peaches they were serving tasted rrrrRRRReally bad. I turned to my friend, Audrey, smiled sweetly (albeit sneakily) and prodded her to try some. She did. Then she puked all over my lunch. And SOMEHOW someone captured a picture of me offering the peaches, sneaky look and all, and put it in our 1985 yearbook.

8. I am a compulsive spell-checker. I am talking SERIOUS grammar police, here, people. I have to really bite my tongue sometimes to avoid being obnoxious and correcting people (I unleash full blown Grammar Cop on Andy behind closed doors, though--hee hee hee!)

9. I'm a cradle Catholic

10. I went to a private Catholic school from Kindergarten until 8th grade

11. Then I went to a big public high school where I knew almost NO ONE

12. But I still loved it!

13. My 10th high school reunion is this fall and I am so excited to see everyone again!

14. I hate flying....and yes I have flown before. Lots.

15. I went to France my junior year of high school as part of an exchange program

16. I am still friends with one guy I "met" there (met in quotes=complicated--LOL!)--He "gets" me better than almost anyone else in my life. It's strange to think we met 11 years ago in a foreign country!

17. I ran out of my wedding rehearsal in tears--Yup, right down the aisle in hysterics and left everyone just standing there, like "Durrr..."

18. When I was pregnant with Landon, I used to throw up when I saw the (brand new--dang it!) couch in our living room. (Still don't know why).

19. I wound up giving the couch to my grandma.

20. In 2001, I was in a head-on collision with an 18-wheeler. The whole front of my car was completely gone and my cell phone shattered into a million pieces in the console.

21. My dog ran away from the scene of the accident and left me broken-hearted.

22. I found her three months later in the woods.

23. She had gained five pounds (she's a tiny Jack Russell) and we found out later, she had been living on handouts from McDonald's and Arby's (Her own Doggie Super-Size Me project!!)

24. While she was gone, my mom bought me a new Jack Russell, Jackson, who I think is the spawn of Satan. He better be glad he's so cute, that little bugger! He is always getting in trouble! Thorn in my side....

25. I despise coconut

26. But I have always loved pina colada

27. When I was little, my dad used to make us non-alcoholic pina coladas and strawberry daiquiris out of frozen bacardi mix. We never knew Bacardi was known only as an adult drink and I remember getting all kinds of eyebrows raised in my direction when I'd go to school and tell the teachers my dad had made us Bacardi daiquiris the night before!

28. I almost never get sick of pizza--if I get close to swearing it off for a while, I switch brands

29. I hate watching the news--It scares me

30. I never watch horror movies--I used to like some, but they all make me paranoid and anxious, no matter how dumb. I still can't get Pet Cemetery and Poltergeist out of my head...Now that I mention it, I never forget ANY horror movies

31. I almost never eat red meat (occasionally a little bit of steak if manners require it)

32. I don't have tonsils. They've never been removed...they were never there in the first place


34. It irritates me when people don't like movies that I like--lol!

35. I have taken several typing courses, but I still don't use the right fingers to type. I'm the fastest chicken pecker you've ever seen--ha ha ha!

36. Once I start a book (especially if it's good), I cannot put it down until I finish it. Even if I've read it before. I've been caught staying up until 4 am reading something I've read before. I've got problems.

37. I worry entirely too much

38. The only celebrity I've ever met is Pauly Shore (although I was keeping my fingers crossed the whole time John Krasinski was here filming Leatherheads)

39. Everyone always asks me if I'm sick when I don't wear mascara

40. I have never smoked anything in my life

41. I still think Napoleon Dynamite is hilarious

42. I can't eat just one (or two) Krispy Kreme doughnuts--I can't have them in the house because I lose all self control (like yesterday) and try to eat the whole box

43. My honeymoon was A-W-F-U-L!!! We had the worst time imaginable! It started when we realized we were a good 60 years younger than the other people staying at our "resort" in Florida and ended abruptly when I got really sick and we had to come home a week early (just before the cruise we missed!)

44. I hate coffee (oh yes she did!)

45. I still sometimes wear a pair of my old maternity underwear. Sexy, I know.

46. I have worn contacts since I was fourteen

47. I am crazy about hydrangeas

48. Roaches are unacceptable...When I see one, I freak out (freeze in place, dry heave, etc.) It's sad.

49. I had spinal meningitis when I was a toddler

50. I told jokes between pushes while I was having Landon...and it's all on one embarrassing video

51. Sometimes I catch myself counting stairs when I walk up them (???)

52. I hate being embarrassed more than anything in the world...but it's hard to embarrass me.

53. I got my ears pierced in the fourth grade and have never gotten any piercings since then

54. I don't have any tattoos. I feel like I'd be one of those people who would want to wash it off every day in the shower.

55. Laughter is the key to my heart. My closest friends are those I laugh with.

56. I love Monty Python

57. My dad played with the band Ambrosia in the 70's (this would shock you if you'd ever met him--lol!)

58. I make lists about everything

59. I love giving people make-overs and presents :oD

60. If I go to bed knowing I have a busy schedule the next day...or if I'm working on planning a party or something, I obsess about it--The thoughts roll around my head all night and keep me from sleeping

61. I hardly ever go to bed before midnight, even when I'm exhausted

62. I was never claustrophobic until I had to have an MRI done inside of a big truck in my neurologist's parking lot. (Never agree to do a traveling MRI)

63. I was never allergic to anything growing up, but now I am allergic to Sulfa drugs, Keflex (cephalosporins), peanuts and shellfish. It's awful!

64. I love to cook

65. While I was having my epidural before giving birth to Landon (gigantor needle already in my spine), the anesthetist said, "You probably shouldn't be having this"

66. I have control issues and trust issues

67. I have broken my finger, the side of my foot, my tailbone, and several to

68. I can usually tell the moment I meet someone whether or not I can be friends with them

69. I think Conan O'Brien and Joel McHale (from The Soup) are hilarious--Would you believe Andy doesn't get their senses of humor at all? It baffles me.

70. I love fashion

71. I love interior decorating

72. I love photography

73. I love party planning

74. I have a sarcastic, dry sense of humor

75. The older I get, the more I feel like the "odd man out"--I guess that's part of growing up and becoming who I am meant to be...I've also noticed that although it annoys me sometimes, other times, I kind of like being the odd man out...

76. I have the opposite parenting philosophies from what I expected/planned

77. I like Facebook better than MySpace

78. I am good at keeping in touch with people I love over time, but really, really bad about calling people and keeping up with anyone on a day to day basis. The friends I keep are the ones who either understand this about me...or like to e-mail--lol!

79. I'm loud and snarky

80. I've noticed I don't deal very well with most types of change in my life, even if it's a good change--I find a way to get stressed out

81.I hate to be judged b/c I think everything through so well...and I'm pretty passionate about everything I believe in...and I try very hard to be non-judgemental

82. I love reality TV shows like The Hills and Keeping Up With the Kardashians and Rob and Big. I also like the more contest-y reality shows like Project Runway and Top Chef

83. I met my husband in a bar

84. He is the last person in the world I ever saw myself marrying and yet...VOILA! Somehow it just works (even if he doesn't like Conan)

85. My older brother, John, and I made our little brother, Matt, drink pee once when we were kids.

86. Some things I continually buy and then lose: tweezers, mascara, scissors, tape, fingernail clippers, SUNGLASSES!!

87. I love to sing, but I don't sound good doing it. Every once in a while, I can sing pretty well when no one's listening. Can you believe I used to sing on stage--whaaaaaat?

88. When I was little, I used to hide with a cassette player and record my mom yelling at us--We love to pull those priceless tapes out and tease my mom now--ha ha ha! "If you kids want to talk back to someone, you better go do it in front of the mirror because I am not having it, do you hear me?!" (muffled giggle in the foreground)

89. Prank calling is still funny

90. I hate taking medicine. If I do have to take meds, I scrutinize the pamphlet until
I scare myself...and I now I have a kid, making the problem worse

91. I don't really drink soda--but if I did, it would be cream soda--Mmmmm!

92. I can't wait for the day Curtis Stone picks me up at the Whole Foods Market and cooks a fabulous dinner at my house.

93. I have to sleep with a fan on (ha ha, OJ--Thanks for reminding me of this quirk!)
If I travel, I have to tote the ole fan right along with me--Yes, it's that bad--lol!

94. I believe in signs---little pushes, prods, and reminders from God to help us in life

95. I believe everything happens for a reason, but even so, it usually doesn't help me until AFTER a crisis (hindsight is 20/20, right?). I'm still a spazz under pressure

96. I am a label reader. When I'm at the grocery store, I don't buy anything with high fructose corn syrup or dangerous preservatives (like BHT, BHA, or EDTA). I will absolutely not buy anything with sugar substitute in it (another post about why coming soon to a blog near you!!) :oD

97. I hate the sound of people chewing (shiver, shiver!)

98. I have two autoimmune diseases that we know far--(still trying to figure out what's going on). I could probably earn a medical degree with all of the research I've done!

99. The veins on my left hand are shaped like a heart

100. When I went to have my wisdom teeth out a few years ago, I thought it'd be a piece of cake like it was for everyone else. (A chef I worked with at the time had just had his out before me and was back at work the same night of his surgery!!!) I wound up in bed for weeks, looking like the elephant man--two black eyes, bruises all over my face and neck and Loritab...lots and LOTS of Loritab!

***I hope I didn't repeat myself over and over....It took me weeks to even put this list together!!!***
Posted by Jennifer at 8:12 PM

Out of the Mouthes of Babes

Today, while eating lunch out at a restaurant, Landon announced to me (with all the dismay his little three year old voice could muster): "I'm just frusterbated!!!"

Just thought I'd share.

All About the Boob (Mainly For OJ)

I got a funny comment from the Other Jennifer on my "Three Years of Landon" post and I just had to reply to it. First of all, I have no idea how even the illusion of my having boobs appeared in those photos...I am so flattered that you could possibly even detect a hint of "boobage" without a magnifying glass--I think you're either being nice or sarcastic--LOL! Or maybe I just need to hold Landon more often so that I can squish the twins together and make them look like a normal person's chest? I'd also like to take this grand opportunity to add that I think I'm the only person in the world who A.) Got pregnant and gave birth, barely gaining a cup size and then B.) Breastfed the little munchkin a very controversial amount of time before ending up with LESS boobage than she started out with--Whaaaaaat??!! I deserve at least a little consolation prize from the Big Guy for all of that love and dedication (read: leaking and swelling). It's an outrage! My little sister parades around with something like double F's (not joking) and I, at twenty-eight years of age, barely even need to wear a dang bra. HMPH!! Ah well...Can't win 'em all!

I will leave you all (All three of you who have dared to stick with me past the title) with a lovely new Landon story that (very sadly) fits in with this subject:

This weekend, I was taking engagement pictures of my sister and her fiance at a very busy park (note that I said "very busy"--Everyone and their brother hangs out there on the weekends) right in the middle of downtown. (Sharon, back me up here--people everywhere). I was holding my darling, precious, innocent little boy when--POOF!--out of the blue, he pulled my shirt (AND MY BRA!!) right down and exposed my wobbly bits to everyone with in viewing range. Let us hope that none of them had OJ's x-ray vision or a magnifying glass with them that night. *sigh*

Friday, May 23, 2008

Congratulations Anna!!

I am sooooo proud of my step-sister, Anna because not only is she graduating next weekend from the Savanna College of Art and Design, she also totally ROCKED the senior fashion show and had her amazing work viewed by John Galliano!!! For those of you who are not as obsessed with the fashion world as I can sometimes be, this is a HUGE deal!! Anyways, congratulations to my beautiful and talented sister from another mister ;o)....I cannot WAIT to talk you into auditioning for Project Runway! Then when you make it to the final three, remember the drill: We live together. Bring Tim Gunn to "our" (Wink!) house. Got it? Great. Now go and be a huge success like I know you will!
Oh, and can you please tell me where you got those giant socks? I think I'm in love!

Recap of Our Day

First, we got Landon a grilled cheese sandwich (his favorite lunch) from Jason's Deli.

Then we surprised him with a brand new Speed Racer Helmet!!! (He has been waiting for this moment for a looooong time! ;o)

It was HUGE on his head, but he couldn't have been happier!

Later in the afternoon, I took Landon to the little downtown airport where they keep all of the private planes. We usually go to the big international airport and watch the planes take off and land, but this was waaaay better.....

One man opened his plane up for us and let "Speed Racer" climb in to push buttons and "fly" the plane!!

Then Nana and Granddaddy gave him a new Speed Racer t-shirt obstacle course game...

And a cupcake from his favorite bakery--Yum!

Then Landon played with Uncle Brian...

And we ended the day with a chocolate cake and NINE candles! Whew! Mommy is exhausted!!! I don't know how I'm going to fare next week as we get ready for his party for his friends! Wish my crazy tail some luck! (Although you shouldn't--I totally bring it on myself!

Three Years of Landon

Every year on May 22 at 2:04 pm (the time Landon was born), we take a picture of him. Here are the three we have so far! :oD

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Another Step Closer...???

Well, I completed all of the blood tests I was supposed to have done (to check my hormone levels) a couple of weeks ago and finally got the results back yesterday. There's good news and bad news. The good news is that they found out what's wrong with me. The bad news is THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH ME....and when there's something wrong, you have to treat it. BLAH! BUT, treating it could mean that I have a safe and possibly even non-eventful pregnancy, so I should ultimately be thankful, right? What were the results, you ask? ;o) Well, my progesterone levels start off really good--nice and high, but then instead of staying high, they take a nosedive....which could explain why I can get pregnant, but have such a hard time staying pregnant. That's all well and good, but it means I have to start cooperative hormone replacement therapy right away during the post peak phase of my cycle. A compound pharmacist is mailing a prescription to me as we speak for three months of bio-identical progesterone supplements (300 whopping milligrams administered the fun way, if you know what I mean). I'm a little nervous about that, but it's all for the greater good, right? Next, Dr. Collins asked if she could take sole charge over my thyroid issues and told me I needed a higher dose of Synthroid than my other doc originally prescribed. This scares me a little more since my thyroid has been known to fluctuate between hypo and normal. I don't want to take something to speed up my thyroid production and then send myself too far the other direction (especially considering the trouble it can cause with my heart). The drug therapy can cause lots of scary side effects and at this point, I am just wishing all of this would just go away--POOF!-Disappear into oblivion. I want to curl up in a ball in the back of my closet, and forget about big decisions and responsibilities and medications I have been avoiding for years that are now sneaking back to haunt me. It feels so overwhelming right now...especially since it's all pushing me towards being pregnant again (and SOON). I know I can always change my mind at the last minute, but I am so TIRED of running away, you know? I am tired of being afraid, I am so exhausted from planning to have another baby and then chickening out over and over, leaving me where I do not want to be: worried and with only one baby (who is getting older every day and begging me for a sibling) Please say prayers for me and for this entire situation. I can use all I can get right now :o( I can see that little baby that is supposed to be mine, but I have no idea how it's going to get here.....

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

Mother's Day is quickly becoming my favorite holiday. It's a day that reminds me of my own mother and how she has always been there for me. It reminds me of my step-mother and how she has become such a huge part of my life. It reminds me of my grandmother and all she has been through to take care of our whole family, always putting herself last. It reminds me of all of my friends who are mothers...the ones who encourage me every day with their love and strength and devotion. Most of all, I love this day because it reminds me of how far I've come from who I used to much my world has changed since I became a mother. My house has never been so messy. My clothes have never been so stained. I have never been so exhausted in my life...But I have also never laughed so hard or loved so much and I have to admit that what they say is true: It really is all so worth it. I never thought I'd feel this way, but dealing with the tantrums, fearing the worst through every illness, having very little "alone time", always cleaning something or folding something or cooking something....It's all worth it. Today we mothers are celebrated for the love we have for our children...that indescribable, overwhelming, super-human love that comes with the territory. What could be more beautiful than that? Today, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you women out there who share this job with me. May God bless you for every nose you wipe, for every scrape you bandage, for every forehead you kiss goodnight. May He grant you the wisdom and courage to do everything that motherhood might require of you along the way and may you always come through the trials of life saying, "It's all so worth it!" Happy Mother's Day to all of the beautiful women in my life: Mom, Diana, Grandma....Barb, Mommer, Laura, Nancy, Grandma Irene, Kelly, Sharon, Danielle, Andrea.....and of course all of the moms who read my blog. You are all such a huge part of who I am and are helping me to become the mother I so desperately want to be. Have a fantastic day filled with homemade cards and big surprises.

(Check out last year's Mother's Day post here)

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Happy Birthday Sharon!!!!

Why do I love her?...Let me count the ways:



PS) Hey, Sharon, I know you'll want copies of these pictures to put on your mantle...Just let me
know what sizes you need and they'll be on their way

Friday, May 2, 2008


A post I read over at Housewife in Flip-Flops this afternoon inspired me to ask all of you: What celebrity do YOU look like? I am one of those people who seem to automatically assess everyone I meet to see who they look like. I have been approached multiple times by people who thought I looked either like Charlize Theron

or Katie Holmes

I've also been told I look like Kiersten Warren

And most recently (on my blog comments, actually!) Kellie Martin

Andy and I love scanning our pictures into the celebrity look-a-like game on My Space--It's hilarious to see who we look like. How about all of you? Who do you all resemble (at least in the eyes of others?) I'll go ahead and get this started by saying that Andrea kind of reminds me of Audrina Partridge from The Hills!