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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Ross' Are Coming!!!

I am sooo excited that my Mom and Step-Dad Al will be coming to our house tonight to celebrate Thanksgiving!!! They arrived in Orlando last Tuesday to spend time with friends, but now it my turn to steal them away and have some fun at our house. I keep telling Addison "guess who's coming" now that I've said it a hundred times she's fully aware that Grandma Cheryl & Grandpa Al will now be arriving today!!

I'm hoping my Mom and Addi can get reacquainted because ever since Grandma came to stay with her in February she's been a little distant. I think she thinks that when Grandma's around that means John and I are leaving her to deal with the flu with Grandma. ;o( Now that we have a whole week to get this fixed I think they will be BFF's again!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

House Looks Fabo!!

I can't tell you how happy I am with how our house is finally looking! There have been many discussions between John and I how we are beyond mad about buying this house, but now that I've been able to finish the decor' I must say I'm actually feeling alot better with living here. It sounds weird but that's how I work. I told John last night "I love our house" and he responded with a "REALLY"? Its so weird when you get to put some final touches on a house how much you feel better. I'm so excited that my mom and step-dad get to come and see what we've done and then Natalee's coming in January!! While the next thing I would like to do is redo the tile in our kitchen I'm hoping we can do that in the next couple of months. Since our kitchen isn't that big it really shouldn't cost too much. The people who had the house before us didn't have our taste at all. While the tile isn't terrible its just not my taste at all. So, we'll see if we somehow come into some money and then have that be our next project. I would love to redo my bathroom too but seriously that is going to be ALOT of work because I need a new shower and sooo much more. Anyway, I'm always thinking of what can be done next but I think I'll be happy for a while with the great job we've done so far. ;o)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Addi's A Big Girl Now

This is what happens when I start getting bored!!! I decide its time to update something. The something this time happens to be Addison's room. I thought since she's going to be 3 soon it was time to get her into a new bed. Luckily we bought the 4 in 1 bed which turns into a toddler bed so the front came off and we put a little safety rail up and there you have it she now is in a toddler bed. Its actually been going great probably because she can't jump out of it unless we help her. I didn't realize how much this would help with the transition. First, I made John leave her a little room to get in and out on her own but when she came out of her room when she was suppose to be napping I decided it wasn't worth it! Anyway she's been doing great and I think she loves it!!

After that I decided its time to redecorate. I still had pictures up from when she was first born until she turned 1 so those came down and she now has some cute canvas art that helps brighten up her room. We never had any kind of cute curtain hanging up so I went for a valance instead and it brings a lot of character to the room as well!


Since she has a pretty big wall where her changing table use to be I found some stencils that you just stick on the wall and for sure found something that matches our personality. I thought it still needed something so I bought these cute little butterflies to put around it that for sure made it look soo cute.

While at Pier 1 I found this cute lantern to hang above her bed where her Michigan bears use to be located. Since Michigan has been pooping it I decided those could come down and something a little more girly would go up. We moved her initials and added some butterflies.

So, overall I must say I think her room turned out amazing. I'm still hoping to get the bookshelf out of her room and replace it with something a little smaller. I want to hang the million and one
photo albums from the first 2 years on her wall with a cute bookshelf but I have no idea what I'm going to do with the other million photo albums I have in there that include family and so on. I'm happy with it so far so if I find what I'm looking for I'll get it but for right now I'm pretty wiped out with updating her room thus far. I can't tell you how exhausted I was by Wednesday with making decisions and spending lots of money to get her room to be perfect! Any additional changes will have to be seen in person! ;o)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Ohh How I Missed My 2nd Family!! I Love You Lifestyle St. Pete

Awww! Today was such a great day! Addison finally got to go back to her swim lessons and was so excited to see Miss Diane which in return Miss Diane was even more excited to see her little Addi. After swim lessons I decided it was time to return to the gym and get this party started. I must say I now know why I love that place so much and try to spend as much time as possible there. Everyone was so excited to see us and realized that it had been such a long time since we've been there. Its just such a great feeling when the whole staff says hello and tells you how much they've missed seeing you. The daycare at the gym is of course amazing as well. The teachers there were beyond excited to see Addi and more importantly know she was ok. Her friends were there and she even made a new friend which was really cute b/c Addi wanted to hold her hand while we walked out. We even got invited to a birthday party next Saturday for Addison's best friend there named Riley. I'm wondering if she's a little confused that she has an older friend named Riley along with a new baby cousin named Rylee. ;o) Anyway I finally felt great about myself and happy to get out of the house. I even ran on the treadmill which I NEVER do. While it wasn't for very long at least I got up the nerve to try it out for a little bit and then kindly went back to my much shin friendlier elliptical runner. I'm really hoping that this is the beginning to getting our fun and healthy lives back!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Show Me the Money!!!

John probably hates it when we have visitors coming because this is when I get in my "how can we make our house look even cuter" mode. I swear the last time we had someone stay with us it was my sister April and I was determined to do something with the wall that we hang our TV on. I must admit I did a fabulous job and was very happy with what I came up with. Of course after doing that I needed a break from spending money and had to admire my work as much as possible.

Starting Monday I decided it was time for Addison's room to go through a change. We turned her crib into a toddler bed and I'm now updating it by getting rid of all the baby pictures I have around her room and making it look more girly. I was able to move her changing table out and put her table and chairs that were in our living room in. I'm now redecorating the walls and have put up a cute stencil on one wall and then need to find some canvas art for the other. The timing is horrible since we have no money and the credit card that I've been using and we normally try to use for x-mas is just about maxed out. I'm determined though because once I get her room done we need to focus on the huge wall that connects our living room and dining room. We just can't seem to figure out what the heck to put up there. I continue to think I'll find something at Pier One but I strike out every time. Luckily I still have 2 weeks to feel satisfied with how the house looks and then my mom and step-dad will be visiting for Thanksgiving. Seriously, why can't money grow on trees...is it too much to ask for?

Monday, November 9, 2009

Where's the Love???

This last week has been pretty hard on me. Not only did I come down with a really nasty sinus infection that I'm still recovering from, but Addison also got diagnosed with the H1N1 flu. Luckily she pretty much bounced back from getting the flu quite quickly, however now she has a non-stop runny nose and terrible cough. Its so true "when it rains it pours"!! On top of us both being really sick last week John had to "close the books" for October which took 3 days and then Friday he had a late night event at work. This being said I was mostly on my own and had to be a real parent and try to take care of my sick baby before really taking care of myself (which has probably lead to why I'm still not 100%). While I was praying for my mom or dad to surprise me with a visit to help me get the rest that I needed, I knew it wouldn't happen especially since the last time my mom was here she got to battle the flu with Addison all by herself. I guess on the bright side of this situation we aren't travelling or have anybody coming to see us for several weeks so we have a little time to get over whatever has infested our bodies in order to be great hosts for Thanksgiving.
I just feel that life has been pretty much upside down ever since I threw out my back labor day weekend and I'm ready to get back into the swing of things. I want to go back to living at the gym and feeling crazy busy. I know I'll get back there eventually but I'm not a patient person so lets get this thing started already!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

October Michigan Trip


(Ohh Michigan...I sooo don't miss you)

While I had an amazing time visiting my lovely family in Michigan I must say I was ready to come back to some warm weather!! I seriously was trying so hard not to complain about how cold it was because I know it gets even worse in the winter but, honestly when my sister April wouldn't budge on her thermostat (it was at 68) I just knew I would have to suffer from the cold inside as well as outside.

When we arrived last Wednesday it was actually really nice out! I was worried I brought too many warm clothes but then Thursday came around and I knew I made the right decision. We didn't do much Wednesday except love all over Rylee and catch up.

Thursday was much more fun because Rylee had her 1 month checkup and she did awesome. She's already gained 2 pounds in a month so she is doing amazing. She is so strong and I just love how big her eyes get when she's looking at you. Later that night I was able to visit my friend Kari while April and Jason kindly babysat for a couple of hours.



Friday was even more exciting because Arielle came over after her class at Oakland and brought us Starbucks!!! April was able to get out of the house for a couple of hours while I took care of Rylee and then the kids (Arielle, Cameron & Autumn) along with my mom came over where we proceeded to carve pumpkins and eat pizza!!

April, my mom and I went out after we got everything settled and I must say we had a GREAT time. Shockingly April beat us twice in darts and I attempted to break a record punching a punching bag (didn't do too great...it was the heels). The lady that showed me how to do it though really got into it...all I have to say is if someone wants to kick my ass she better be there when it happens.



Saturday was of course time for trick or treating and the kids got dressed up in their costumes, which turned out perfect.



(April & Autumn)

(Me & Cameron)

(Scary Arielle)

(Me & Miss Rylee)

Sunday my mom took me over to my dads after we had Jason's famous french toast which was fabulous and she got her grandkids shot.



(All of Mom's Grandbabies)

It was sad to leave but the timing worked out great because this is when I started to feel sick. I didn't know if it was my allergies or what but none of my allergy pills were clearing this up so I sadly had to assume I was getting some kind of cold. I had a great time just hanging out with my dad, we didn't do too much which turned out to be perfect.
Now that I'm back I'm hoping to go off to the Dr. today because it looks like this cold is getting worse. I seriously hate being sick and John likes to say "you are the worst at being sick", I will say "I agree".

Monday, November 2, 2009

Cutest Ladybug EVER!!!!

We had a great time trick or treating in my sister April's neighborhood this year. Seriously, I haven't seen that many kids since I was younger and went trick or treating. We actually visited quite a few houses considering it was VERY cold. My niece Autumn started off going with us which Addison LOVED and then joined her big sister Arielle to get LOTS more candy, which you can't blame her because Addison's not the fastest runner to get to every house possible.

Addison was so excited and would keep telling my mom she got more snacks everytime we would walk away from the house!!! Its true what everyone says, it gets better every year! While it was really cold it was worth it. This is the 2nd year in a row that my mom has gone trick or treating with us and I love having her by my side! I love spending Halloween in Michigan and having family part of it.