A God Thing

You know…I was about to change the spacing of the lyrics on my last post…and I realized they formed the shape of the cross.

I love God things. And I’m not messing with that one!

To my knees will I fall…

I Can Only Imagine…

I can only imagine
What it will be like
When I walk
By your side
I can only imagine
What my eyes will see
When your face
Is before me
I can only imagine
I can only imagine
Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of you be still
Will I stand in your presence or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine
I can only imagine
When that day comes
And I find myself
Standing in the Son
I can only imagine
When all I will do
Is forever
Forever worship
You I can only imagine…
-Mercy Me

Not a Good Kind of Grub…

I think it’s safe to say we’re finally onto PHASE TWO of our big backyard project. If you remember, we had some extra slab laid about a month ago. Lord knows how many “phases” there will be of this project…I’m thinking somewhere in the ballpark of 14 or 15!!

We’ve picked out slate that we’re (Seth) going to put on the patio to make it somewhat more presentable and then we can finally move the grill out there and heck maybe I’ll even get a little firepit or something. Really, the sky’s the limit. We have so much LAND.

Note: I am a slighly sarcastic individual.

So after church we begin the backbreaking work of tilling up the soil to attempt to lay some more grass. We found many treasures such as concrete, large nails, clay, big sticks, coke cans (thanks builders of our house, you guys did a stand-up job cleaning up outside!) and…grub worms??

I ran inside to google grub worms (i.e. take a break) and suddenly everything made sense. I KNEW there was no way the dogs could have completely ruined all the grass in our backyard! I mean yes, they are responsible for quite a bit of damage, but this was over the top. And lo and behold, we have a reason for our mudpit. Those darn worms eat up the roots of the grass until it dies. And after further research into “pictures of grum worm damage” I found several replicas of our backyard online. After another trip to Lowe’s, our backyard is now marinating in some highly toxic 24 hour grub worm killer.

Maybe I’ll have some grass one day after all!

Warning. I am about to share some pictures I probably shouldn’t. But now that I can blame the damage on grub worms instead of my poor ability to discipline my dogs, I think it’s semi-acceptable. And really serves as a warning to all of you…be on the lookout for those little rascals!
We took turns with this thingamijigy. I was obviously on break. As I was a lot this afternoon…
See? Told ya it was bad. Just imagine it on a wet day outside…

Seth must’ve gotten bored while I went to Lowe’s. That can be the only thing to explain this bridge of bricks??

Our poor poor backyard.

I also think it’s time for me to retire from yard work…

I cannot believe it’s Sunday night already. I cannot believe we have to go to work in the morning. Blech!

Success and an Overdue Ode

Taxes filed. Taxes paid. I can go to bed tomorrow night!

Is it bad that sleep was my overall motivating factor?

I did tell my doctor the other day that I was generally a bump on a log. He informed me that no, I was an INCUBATOR! That will be my excuse from now on. When Seth asks why I can’t get off the couch, I will simply respond, “Shhh!!! I’m incubating!!!”

I really had to write this because someone is far overdue on their ode. As you may remember, I came up with a fun idea to write weekly odes to friends and family awhile back. As you may also remember, I quit after about 3 weeks because really, it took a lot of energy.

Or I just forgot.

BUT, today I really have to give Garrett a big shout out! He was horrified when he saw the pictures we posted of Tucker’s haircut earlier this week. Being the in-home dog groomer he is, he demanded we come over so he could tame that lion’s mane. And tame he did!

Of course Tucker loved it.

What the heck?! He tried to bite our heads off when the clippers were around and he was practically in heaven when Garrett trimmed him up. Whatever. Kids always like other people better than their own family anyway I guess? :)

He also helped us paint our kitchen back in August. His wife, Kim received an ode and I thought that was sufficient. You know, community property. But I’ve never heard the end of it.

So here we go. An ode to GARRETT. And only Garrett.

(sorry you have to share your picture with Kim)

Garrett Erbele, you’re a master of all trades,

You work all day and never play.

Actually, that’s a lie because you love your Nintendo,

But at least you didn’t drip any paint on my window.

(when you were painting)

Tucker is so happy about his new ‘do,

We appreciate your help and definitely won’t sue.

We will keep you in mind for future endeavors,

As long as you don’t turn us down…ever.

Thanks for your help, just down the road,

I hope you’re happy about your ode!

Taxes our Taxes

Something about preparing a tax return has always been exciting to me. Maybe it was filling in all the blanks (I’m easily entertained by that kinda thing)…maybe it was the feeling of success when I finished…maybe it was that nice check back from the government…

…or maybe it’s just that I’m a nerdy tax accountant.

Could go either way.

Needless to say, I used to get so excited once all the tax documents started filtering through the mail. The first year we were married, I think I had our return filed by February 2nd. The year before that, it was in January.

Last year I was so anxious to finish up and file that I almost missed that small print on page 2 that was on the “You OWE” line.

Suddenly filing a tax return wasn’t quite as fun.

I mean really, who has time for this stuff? I do taxes all day at work…why would I want to do them at home? And maybe if I put it off a few more weeks I’ll brainstorm more deductions! I’ll find social security numbers for the dogs! We’ll come into lots of cash to pay the tax bill!

Sigh.

Fast forward to 2009. Same song, different verse.

I told Seth that nobody is allowed to go to bed on Sunday until this return is completed and filed! It’s been on my to-do list one week too long.

On a more positive note, I was actually able to ENJOY some strawberry ice cream tonight!!!! After having to ditch the turtle ice cream we already had, and having to pawn off my thin mint ice cream after gagging through a few scoops (was it b/c I bought Dreyer’s instead of Blue Bell? Or simply my picky pregnancy taste buds? The world may never know) I think I’ve finally found something that will work. I am all about fruity things right now. Popsicles, fruit yogurt, lemon cake (maybe I’ve made it twice in one week…whatever), OJ, etc etc etc

And on a completely different note, I am being lectured by my husband right now on how much time I spend blogging. He is telling me that in all the time I waste on blogger.com I could’ve already had my book written.

Look, I need time people.

I have one, solid page that is a fantastic start and may or may not be a fictional biography of sorts. It’s not like it has to do with a girl tired of sitting at a computer all day or anything.

If only I could get an advance from a publishing company…and a promise to publish it…and then I could really get started! Right now there are just too many books to read…

Lead Me to the Cross

I love the new version of this song by Chris and Conrad! You might have heard it sung before by Brooke Fraser or Hillsong United but I love this one and the lyrics. It’s so new they don’t even had a video out yet but here’s a taste of what it sounds like. And they’re playing it all the time on KSBJ so listen in!

Savior I come
Quiet my soul remember
Redemptions hill
Where Your blood was spilled
For my ransom
Everything I once held dear
I count it all as lost

Lead me to the cross
Where Your love poured out
Bring me to my knees
Lord I lay me down
Rid me of myself
I belong to You
Lead me, lead me to the cross

You were as I
Tempted and trialed
You are
The word became flesh
Bore my sin and death
Now you’re risen

To your heart
To your heart
Lead me to your heart
Lead me to your heart

11 Weeks Down…29ish to Go…

Here I am at 11 weeks. This is 100% no sucking in, for those of you who questioned the last couple of pictures! We just show it how it is over here. I have a feeling this might be growing in the next few weeks. According to the Anderle scale, I’ve put on a few pounds already…it’s hard to tell…some days I am absolutely starving and other days I couldn’t really care less about food.


The nausea is getting a little better but I still don’t feel quite like myself. I’ve been able to eat a little more variety of foods, but cheese, other dairy products (except yogurt), chocolate, Mexican food, hot things (like temperature hot) kinda gross me out. The cheese thing is very disappointing. I was telling Seth the other day I’d really like some Lunchables but only the cracker and meat part!

Lunchables…one of the great inventions of our time.

The dogs are very excited about the arrival of their new sibling, obviously! Sometimes I wonder if Maggie can sense something because she spends a lot of time with her head on my stomach. Plus, she follows me around the house everywhere. She’ll be a good big sister. Tucker will also be a great toy when our child is old enough to appreciate being pestered. :)

But otherwise, everything else is great! I was even able to run about a mile and a half today which felt really good. I’ve been getting a little more energy the past couple weeks so I hope that only gets better. For awhile at least.

This week starts a 3 week stint of doctor’s appointments. Stupid, I know. I have a check-up this week, just with the doctor. We have our 12 week ultrasound next week, and then a follow-up appointment the week after that. Sheesh! I always said I loved doctors so now I guess my wish is coming true in full force!

Rachel also came to visit for a few days this past weekend. Ah, to be young and on Spring Break. No responsibilities. What a life! I mostly drug her around on errands with me, we got a pedicure, and took her to dinner before she had to head back to College Station. Thanks for visiting us, Rachel!

Ok, that’s all. I had to post twice today because I felt guilty for lack of blogging. Perhaps we’ll do some gardening next weekend and I can take pictures of that.

Lame. We are getting very lame.

Splotchy Sunburn

It’s hard to imagine that just yesterday Tucker was a normal looking dog. Granted, wearing a shopping bag as a necklace might not mean normal to all of you, but this was a result of one of his many daily trips to the pantry.

He’s like a teenage boy.

If ever we can’t find him, his nose is in the pantry. Luckily he never really gets into anything but he must think it’s the absolute best room in the house. He spends more time in there than anywhere else.
While giving Maggie a haircut yesterday we decided we’d try to pull a fast one on Tucker. We’ve tried before but he gets very angry and snaps at us. Usually we put our lives and scar-free faces above the haircut, but the shedding was getting so bad it was worth a shot. We got about 3/4 of the way through before we felt we had to run for our lives.

The result? A dog that looks like his sunburn is peeling off. Who knew he might be a different color underneath??

Note the difference between his head/neck and rest of his body.

It used to all be the same.

Sadly, we may never get to go back and “touch him up”.

At least he doesn’t spend a lot of time in the mirror…

At Least I’m Having a Good Hair Day…

I laughed it off this weekend when Seth told me I just couldn’t seem to take care of nice things.

This was after I spilled a liquid air freshener in my new car, which proceeded to take off some of the finish of one of the storage compartments. This was also on the way to a wedding where I smelled like Glade all night. Talk about things to make your nauseous!!!

But this morning I’m afraid he might be right.

I set my oversized mug of OJ in the not-quite-big-enough cup holder, turned left out of the neighborhood, and well…you know the rest.

Talk about a sticky situation.

And when I look back, I realize this is a common trend in my life. I’ve dumped bottles of nail polish on the carpet, spilled one of those reed diffusers on the dresser (oil and wood do not mix), broken casserole dishes, we’re on our 3rd (or 4th??) coffee decanter, and that just scratches the surface.

Sigh.

Oh Baby Baby…

Well it’s probably about time to add our latest news to the blog…

…we are having a baby!

It’s been so hard to keep this to ourselves (well, and to close friends and family) for the past 6 weeks. And actually, it was kinda nice to have a secret all to ourselves…until I had to start making excuses to get out of bike rides, that Friday night margarita, why I couldn’t eat anything besides graham crackers…

I decided to have a little Q&A session with myself on here so that maybe I can answer several of the things running through all your inquiring minds…

Q: Was this planned?
A: OF COURSE! Do I ever do anything unplanned??? You don’t mess with a girl and her calendar. Actually you don’t mess with God. And through lots of prayer we were comforted that we were making the right decision and couldn’t go by anyone elses timing except His.

Q: Are you going to find out if it’s a boy or girl?
A: OF COURSE! I hate surprises. As un-fun as that sounds. We are both anxious to find out.

Q: Do you have morning sickness?
A: Yes! And I’d really call it “day sickness” instead. I’m slowly starting to branch out with foods but it’s safer to stick with anything bland (who knew toast could be so good??).

Q: Have you had any cravings?
A: There was an instance where I really wanted a queso sandwich (I’m not even sure it exists, but it sounded good! Today that would make me gag). It’s also bad for me to go to the grocery store because I’ve come home with foods I haven’t had in YEARS. Oatmeal cream pies, Jimmy Dean sausage biscuits, cinnamon toast, sour cream & onion Ruffles?? I also really want some Whataburger chicken fingers but I’ve been able to resist so far.

Q: What foods gross you out?
A: Anything minty (yeah, goodbye gum, toothpaste, peppermints, BLECH!), Mexican food, Italian food, Chinese food, sometimes even desserts.

SHOCKER, I know. That has been the most disappointing thing so far – my PLAN was to crave ice cream 24-7 like normal!!!

p.s. this also includes cherry salsa. GAG ME. If you remember, I ordered 4 more jars of this stuff back in January. oops.

Q: Is Seth excited?
A: He is over the moon! He has probably shown outward excitement more than I have. He is anxious to start getting ready for this kid and I just want to lay on the couch.

Q: When is the due date?
A: We’ve been told 2 due dates actually…and I think we’re just going to have to settle on mid-October! Seth’s birthday is the 10th, mine is the 14th, and we’ve been told both the 12th and 14th. So regardless, it will be an eventful birthday month!!

Ok, that’s all the questions I can think of right now. Now for some pictures!

This is me at 6 or 7 weeks (I’ve done a fabulous job of documenting things, haven’t I?) And yes, these are the famous pj pants you might have seen me debut on the blog before. Yes, they’re Halloween, and yes they’re from high school, and yes I still like to wear them!!!

This is the 9.5 week picture. Sporting some springy pants. This was also taken after dinner so the stomach could be deceiving…baby or…pizza? You decide.

This is our baby at 9 weeks. Pretty cute, huh? We were a little concerned because at first it looked like a rabbit but hopefully we’ll have some human-esqe features after all!

This is a shot of the new(er) 4-D ultrasounds they do now. Makes it a little easier to see the shape. Although I am convinced that is a second head in the background. If I knew how to make a pointer on here, I’d show you. But we have been assured it’s only one baby.

Oh, and speaking of the doctor, everything is looking great! We have been blessed and this was actually our 3rd ultrasound (crazy, huh???). The first one was to check for cysts but I got to see a dot…then we had one at 7 wks, 9 wks, and will go back at the beginning of April for the 12 week appointment. So that puts me at 10 weeks today and I am hoping I’ll feel 100% (ok maybe 90%) in the coming weeks. I’m ready for some ice cream…

So here’s hoping we told everyone we needed to tell because I’d hate for grandma to find this out for the first time on the blog.

Kidding.

Please keep us and baby A in your prayers as we prepare for this scary, exciting, and unknown territory in our future!