Sunday, November 30, 2008
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 2:51 PM
And take a look at this hair, this poor girl looks like a homeless child, she needs a haircut in the worst way, but I am just afraid of those traditional straight cut bangs, I won't do that to my child, but what else do you do? Just trim them a little so they still go in a Clippie? I guess thats the solution...and do I pay for that, or do I try and do it myself? I could cut her eyes out, that would be bad. I would def be out of the Mom of the Year Running...
Ta-Da, here it is, the 2008 Turner Family Christmas Tree...we are happy to report that Olivia loves to look at the "BaBas" AKA as Balls, but she doesn't touch, at least she doesn't after we remind her several times a day that she isn't allowed to touch...
Outside during the Photo Session...
Someone has had enough of the photo session...
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 2:41 PM
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Brown Furry Boots for Olivia = $5.00
Baby Gap Winter Coat = $7.00
Baby Gap Winter Sweater = $4.50
Khaki Cords = $3.50
And the toys, good gracious, Olivia had a blast playing in the toy area. We were on a mission to find a Pack N Play for The Turner's House, but no luck. We will keep trying, we have until the baby arrives to find one and Grammie Turner is looking too, so we are hopeful.
We spent the morning at the Children's Museum, it was interesting to say the least, not quite what we expected...Olivia had fun in the Ukrops area, carrying around all the fake food, and then she found a Baby Doll that she carried around for the rest of the morning, only a small fit when we tried to pry it from her clutches when we had to leave. She had a good time, but it will be much better in a year or so when she is taller, can reach more exhibits and do more things, she basically just toddled around until it was time for lunch and then we were off to Great Wraps at VCU, she had a blast, was a complete ham the entire time.
I have finished putting up all the Christmas Decorations, the only thing left is to set the Dining Room table with all the Christmas Dinnerware, I love the way it looks when its all set up, but of course we never eat in there.
Tonight Brad and I have our first date night in MONTHS. We are going to the Hockey Game, I have Suite Tickets from work, and YaYa and GaGa are going to watch Olivia. And on our way home we will stop to wish Karl a Happy Birthday at Bailey's, Lindsay is throwing him a little par-tay. Congrats to the happy couple on their exciting news, soon there will be three!!
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 2:24 PM
Thursday, November 27, 2008
More good baby news, I got my Gestational Diabetes results back, normal, which is great, I wasn't thrilled about the possibility of a diabetic diet. My hemoglobin levels were a little low so back on the iron pills for me, I had the same issue with Olivia so nothing to be alarmed over, fairly normal.
Tomorrow my Mom and I are heading out in the morning to do a little shopping. I have spent the last hour going through all the flyer's, and I realize you really can get some great deals, especially for kids, so over the next few years I will likely have to brave the crowds on Black Friday, but not this year, we are just heading to Once Upon a Child and Big Lots, in search of an extra Pack N Play for Grammie and PawPaw Turner's House. Brad and my Dad are going to finish up Olivia's swing set, it should be a nice day, so we are guessing she will spend some QT playing outside.
I can't wait to put all the Christmas Decorations up, the tree is going up tomorrow, I will take some pictures and post them in the next few days. Happy Thanksgiving!!
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 9:11 PM
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Have I mentioned lately that Riley is losing his mind? He barks non-stop, at people walking by, at the exterminator on the deck, at falling leaves, at anything that moves, it really is quite annoying. All of his fur stands up and he growls and barks, its loud, makes Olivia jump and drives me bonkers.
We are heading to Bassett tomorrow for Turkey Day, we are looking forward to some quality time with both sets of parents, as my parents are making the trip with us. Personally I am looking forward to the ride down, in my parents stylish, very grandparent like mini-van. Olivia and I are going to camp out in the back and watch Christmas Movies on the way down.
I have already started decorating for Christmas, I would have done more if I was allowed to carry the boxes from the 3rd floor, but Brad said if I did he would be furious with me since I shouldn't be lifting the heavy stuff by myself....he does realize that I pick up Olivia numerous time a day right? And she isn't a light weight....chunker.
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 4:06 PM
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Now you can see for yourself just how much fun Olivia has in her swing, she is madly in love with it. It was a little chilly that day, so you can see her nose is starting to turn a lovely shade of pink...
Olivia would much rather Brad push her in the swing, I swear, if I wasn't around he would wrap her around the top bar he pushes her so high, I have to admit, I got a little nervous. The poor little one is sick again, actually that is probably a lie, I think the reality of it is, she never really got better, so she has been sick on and off, mostly on for the last 2 weeks, I am going to give her another 2 days before calling Dr. Shook. She is scheduled for her second Flu Shot on December 4th, so I am hoping we can wait to see her, but I have to keep an eye on a possible ear infection...boooo.
My parents arrived today around 12:30pm, it was a nice surprise to see them before Tuesday, which was their original plan, but my Dad got back from Montana earlier than expected so they were able to head out yesterday. Olivia was a little shy at first, but tonight she was all over my Mom, her YaYa, so cute.
Brad and I are both working Monday-Wednesday, we will head to Bassett on Thursday morning, just for the day and then we will both be spending Friday at home with the family, decorating for the Holidays...well, that will be me, Brad will likely be watching Football. We have to rearrange the Family Room to put the tree up, right now Olivia's toy area is taking over the Tree area, so that will require some adjustments, we shall see how that goes.
A Thanksgiving Birthday Shoutout to Courtney...Happy Birthday Girl, can't wait to celebrate with ya!
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 8:59 PM
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Olivia was super congested again this morning and we thought she was getting better...she was also up at 5:50am. Not happy about that. I am still suffering from the sniffs, we are hoping that Brad doesn't come down with it, it usually starts with Olivia, goes through me and then hits him.
I leave for NYC tomorrow late morning and will be back mid-morning on Friday, just a quick trip for work. I might be traveling the whole week of December 8th, not looking forward to being away from the Family that long...we will see what Dr. Davis has to say about the travel.
No big plans for the weekend, maybe a hair raising trip to TJ Maxx if I am lucky.
My parents should be here by Tuesday at the latest, we are sooo excited about their arrival.
Still no name for the little one...we were hoping to have her named before Christmas so we could get her stocking monogrammed, but it isn't looking good.
And I have to say, my fake furry crocs are the greatest...along with my Uggs, if I could only wear them everyday, and not these "crush my feet boots". Urrgg.
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 10:19 AM
Sunday, November 16, 2008
8 TV Shows I love to Watch
1) Lipstick Jungle....can you believe it was cancelled?
3) Grey's Anatomy
4) The Hills
5) Gossip Girl
6) One Tree Hill
8 Favorite Restaurants
1) The Chart House in Alexandria, VA.
2) Don Jose
8) Cafe Luna in Raleigh, NC.
8 Things that Happened Today (its only 10am)
1) Olivia woke up at 5:15am
2) Riley ate Breakfast at 6:42am
3) Olivia, Riley and I watched HairSpray
4) Olivia climbed into her "rocking chair" stood up and yelled "Ta-Da"
5) I lit the yummy fall scented candles
6) I changed out the wallflower air freshners
7) I cut the tags off of Olivia's new shirts from Baby Gap
8) I took matches away from Olivia...Mom of the year over here...
8 Things I look Forward To:
1) Picking Olivia up everyday after work
2) Olivia waking up every single morning
3) Feeling the baby move
4) Seeing Olivia's face on Christmas Morning
5) The 3rd Annual Tacky Sweater Party
6) My parents arriving next week
7) Beth coming to visit when the baby is born
8) Riley going back to being the sluggish dog we know and love
8 Things on my Wishlist:
1) Preppy Keychain
2) Polka Dot Lunch Box
3) A Happy Healthy Baby Girl
4) A Prenatal Massage
5) Two Healthy Children
6) A tropical vacation in the not too distant future
7) To lose this baby weight in two shakes of a lambs tail...and then some
8) Black Crochet Fake Ugg Boots...
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 9:53 AM
If I had to guess, I would say Brad had a nice Birthday...
Olivia is feeling a little better today, she did wake up at 5:15am, but was an ice cube, so Brad brought her into bed and she went right back to sleep until after 7am. I wonder when she will learn to pull her covers over her, now she just curls into a ball and freezes, poor thing.
We are so torn about what to name our little one, we are thinking about making a game time decision when she arrives...very unlike us, well I should have said, very unlike me, but we just can't finalize it, so we may wait until we meet her.
A Birthday Shout-out to Logan Johnson, he had his 3rd Birthday Party yesterday...I can't believe he is already 3.
Olivia is all decked out in her Redskins T-Shirt, ready for the game tonight, too bad she will be sound asleep before they even kick off...she is playing the part well though.
Did you know you could personalize Cabbage Patch Kids? You sure can...www.cabbagepatchkids.com, and for only $3.00 more you can choose their name and they birth date, great idea huh? I am thinking its a perfect 2nd Birthday Present for Olivia...
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 9:37 AM
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Brad took yesterday off, he helped me clean out the Nursery, go through clothes for Goodwill and then we went to Capital One to pick up my laptop and went out to lunch, Red Robin, delicious. And then we went to visit Molly at Bellini, we found a life-size Penguin for Olivia, she loves the movie Happy Feet so we thought it would be perfect for her, we brought it home...she was scared to death, but I am happy to report she is now madly in love with "Penny the Penguin" and tries to carry her around everywhere, its tough since they are the same size.
Last night I was so excited, I had taken a short nap yesterday afternoon while Brad played with Riley outside, so I could stay up past my usual 9pm bedtime to spend some extra time with Brad on the eve of his big day, and what does he do? Fall asleep on the couch. I ended up watching the Pregnant Man special on ABC....can't believe he is pregnant again...but I also can't believe he isn't the first, one of many men who have given birth...to each his own.
Olivia had a rough night, she has been fighting a cold for the last few days and it finally hit her yesterday, she was up from 3am-5am, so when we finally got up at 6:30am Brad took over and brought her downstairs so I could take a quick nap. What a great dad huh, he gets up with her on his Birthday. So needless to say we are not going to The Little Gym this morning, Olivia needs to lay low...
I made Brad breakfast and he opened his presents. We have a fun little day planned...Stoney Point for a little shopping and grocery shopping at Wal-Mart, wish us luck, I try to avoid that place like the plague on the weekends.
Have I mentioned that Riley is a changed dog? Brad is now holding his muzzle shut and he is still finding a way to bark, I can't stop laughing, yet I am annoyed at the same time. He hasn't barked this much in months, almost a year, now that he is off his meds he is a crazy dog. He wants to play non-stop, he runs through the house until he starts to pant, he's so out of breath. He barks and growls at every sound, its nuts. We are hoping when he starts these new meds he will be back to the sluggish, quiet dog we had grown to love. I guess we are finally seeing what all Weimaraner owners see....the crazy, hyper dog.
We were hoping to head down to the Marathon to cheer on our friends, but with how Olivia is feeling, it doesn't look like its going to happen...we wish them all a safe and healthy finish.
Tonight we are heading to Outback with the Harris and Koehler Families for Brad's Birthday Dinner...
And Molly called this morning to tell me that Lipstick Jungle is being cancelled, I am FURIOUS, but its not like I am surprise, the Friday Night time slot is a killer to any show. And where is The Ex List, it hasn't been on the last few weeks, I loved that show. All TV has to offer these days are Crime and Hospital Dramas...I love them, but seriously.
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 10:50 AM
Monday, November 10, 2008
Poor Olivia, she fell twice today, and now has a huge knot/egg/bruise on her forehead, poor thing. I will try and get a picture of it. Olivia learned to say "PaPa" over the weekend, of course he was in on cloud nine...
Dad W is in Montana on the ranch for a few weeks of Male Bonding time and we can't wait for him to come home so he can hurry up and come down here, we miss Mom and Dad W.
We are still without a full name for our little one...any suggestions?
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 8:52 PM
Friday, November 7, 2008
We won't be heading to Charleston next weekend, we changed our plans, its not in the budget these days, even though the flight was free and we were only paying for one night in the hotel, its just not a great idea these days, we are bummed, but we are being responsible parents, we have two kids to think about...
We will be back from Bassett late on Monday. I have Tuesday off, but with everything going on at work, I will likely just work from home.
Dad W/GaGa is off to Montana for his annual hunting trip, and then when he gets back they will be heading down here for the winter months, we can't wait to see them.
Did I mention that I am having a terrible day...2 hours at Verizon today, are you kidding me? Unreal. I need a nap!
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 3:38 PM
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I for one am thrilled that my children will have a speech like this to learn about in their history classes, it gives you hope, makes you smile and makes me realize anything is possible, that's important when you bring children into the world, without that hope, its depressing. Okay, that's enough of me blabbing for the day...
"If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.
It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen, by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different, that their voices could be that difference.
It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled. Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states.
We are, and always will be, the United States of America.
It's the answer that led those who've been told for so long by so many to be cynical and fearful and doubtful about what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.
This is your victory.
And I know you didn't do this just to win an election. And I know you didn't do it for me.
You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead. For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime -- two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century.
Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us.
There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after the children fall asleep and wonder how they'll make the mortgage or pay their doctors' bills or save enough for their child's college education.
There's new energy to harness, new jobs to be created, new schools to build, and threats to meet, alliances to repair.
The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there.
I promise you, we as a people will get there.
There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won't agree with every decision or policy I make as president. And we know the government can't solve every problem.
But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And, above all, I will ask you to join in the work of remaking this nation, the only way it's been done in America for 221 years -- block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.
What began 21 months ago in the depths of winter cannot end on this autumn night.
This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were.
It can't happen without you, without a new spirit of service, a new spirit of sacrifice.
So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other.
Let us remember that, if this financial crisis taught us anything, it's that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers.
In this country, we rise or fall as one nation, as one people. Let's resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long.
Let's remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House, a party founded on the values of self-reliance and individual liberty and national unity.
Those are values that we all share. And while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress.
As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, we are not enemies but friends. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.
And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices. I need your help. And I will be your president, too.
And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces, to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of the world, our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand.
To those -- to those who would tear the world down: We will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security: We support you. And to all those who have wondered if America's beacon still burns as bright: Tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope.
That's the true genius of America: that America can change. Our union can be perfected. What we've already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.
This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that's on my mind tonight's about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She's a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing: Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.
She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn't vote for two reasons -- because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin.
And tonight, I think about all that she's seen throughout her century in America -- the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can't, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can.
At a time when women's voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes we can.
When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs, a new sense of common purpose. Yes we can.
When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes we can.
She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that "We Shall Overcome." Yes we can.
A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination.
And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change.
Yes we can.
America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves -- if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?
This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment.
This is our time, to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope. And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can.
Thank you. God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America.
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 3:53 PM
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I was walking towards the school, and a nice man said "Maam, would you like a sample ballot"
I said "Sure" just about that time I realized he was sporting a McCain/Palin sticker...I said "Thank you" and walked towards the door. Another nice woman stopped me and said "Would you like another sample ballot", this time I was quick to notice...Obama/Biden and Warner stickers proudly displayed on her rain coat "Absolutely", and in the trash the McCain ballot went.
Our house is clearly divided when it comes to politics...and since I was the one to get Olivia dressed this morning, I looked and looked for her Blue outfits, but they were all dirty, she only has about two since she is a girl, so you better believe I didn't even consider putting her in Red...she proudly wore light pink...not to be mistaken for a shade of Red...
Our neighbors starting calling us at 7:15am to give us the warning that the lines were long...probably just when they opened since people were freaked, but it wasn't bad at all.
How sad is it that Obama's Grandmother won't see this day in history, regardless of how it turns out for him, can you imagine the pride she carries with her for how far he has come...
Everyone at works seems to have already voted...we didn't do a mock election at work, not sure how it would turn out...
Brad is heading to VA Beach for the rest of the week for work, so its just Liv, Baby E, Riley and I...speaking of Riley...so he has been off his antihistamine for the last two weeks while he finishes this round of steroids, he has been a crazy dog, back to his puppy days, so hyper, we are guessing its the meds that have been making him so sluggish the last several months...at least he is back to normal :)
We are heading to Bassett this weekend for some QT with the Turner Family...we are getting new tires on the TL....so much cheaper in B-Town than here in Richmond.
Posted by A Boy, His Girls & A Big Dog at 9:41 AM
Saturday, November 1, 2008
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