Wednesday, December 31, 2008

new years eve update

I just stepped in dog crap in bare feet. I am dog sitting for my bro and lance's parents dog is here too. I am not a dog person. I am so grossed out I could just die. 3 minutes 'till new years and I'm standing in the tub washing dog crap off of my feet.

I am insisting on going out next year. Even if it's just to cracker barrel. Ug.

Happy New Year

Original post title I know.

I kind of thought when I got married that my lonely kissless new year eves would be over. But ten o'clock rolled around and lance was snoring on the couch. He's in bed now. I guess it's just me and Dick Clark's rockin' new years as usual.

We bought a baby crib today off of craig's list and a glider that needs to be reupholstered, Lance's parents are here and his mom is going to take the cushions and do it which is great. She knows how to do stuff like that. Me...not so much.

I am looking forward to what this next year will hold. No resolutions...except maybe to survive labor and resolve not to say anything to mean while I'm in that much pain...lol. Yup, that's all I got.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

It's my birthday today. I am going to lunch with my friend Katy and we are getting pedicures :) and hopefully Lance will make it home tonight from work.

I need to grocery shop today too. yeehaw!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

connecting

My life has been so consumed with other things since coming to Nashville I haven't done much to connect to the AG district here...but that is about to change. I renewed my credentials and I am going to be taking a proactive approach to meeting AG pastors in the area and finding out more about the local churches. I don't know what roads it will lead me down but I do know that there is a community of pastors I can connect with here and that is something to look forward to.
The church we attend isn't an AG church but I still have been loving it. There are so many places where God is at work and that's what I want to be a part of for sure.
I emailed a few people from a facebook group of AG pastors tonight if their profile said Nashville on it. We'll see who I meet! I don't know if it was the best way to start the ball rolling but here I go anyways!

It has been a while since I was excited about ministry. I think the changes in my life with marriage and now a baby on the way plus a new city have just pushed it aside but it didn't toss it out and now that I'm feeling so much better (finally!) I am ready to get connected again. It is a nice feeling.
So my latest pregnancy evil. Swollen ankles. Kankles. UG! Any suggestions for relief on this one people? I'm listening!

We cleared a few things out of the now office, later nursery. It is fun to imagine what it will be like to have a fun baby boy room. Realizing of course that it will be used for sleeping and nursing and diaper changing and other mundane baby raising stuff...but at least it will be cute! and hopefully tranquil and inspiring. I'm going to use blues and whites and slight green accents I think. We'll see how it all actually comes together.


Here is a picture of a nursery that I find to be just purely delightful. Not sure if what I do will come close but this is an idea of the direction I want to go...minus painting clouds on the walls. that would be a little over the top :) even for me...

Saturday, December 27, 2008

christmas matchy matchy




Lance and I had a nice christmas. I picked him up from work and we headed home where I had already started cooking. I made a christmas Ham and sweet potatoes and other christmas meal type things. I also made a pie. My first pie ever, it wasn't perfect but it did the job :)
We exchanged gifts and opened presents others had been kind enough to send us too. It was a lot of fun. We watched a christmas movie and ventured out to look at christmas lights before going to bed. It was a very nice holiday.
I think our matchy matchy will be a tradition :) next year there will be three of us to matchy match. fun!

Thursday, December 25, 2008




Christmas eve feels more like christmas eve once I turn on the yule log channel on tv. Christmas music and christmas stories accompany the fake fire. Pretty christmas lights on the tree glowing as I wind down and head to bed. Since I haven't spent christmas with family in several years each year is different. But the yule log is always the same :) I like the consistency.

Our church had a lovely christmas eve service which lance and I were able to attend before I took him to the airport. He has to work in the morning and then he'll be home in the afternoon. It is a very merry christmas. And we found our matchy matchy so look forward to pictures :) I spent a nice dinner with our neighbors too. It has been a laid back and lovely christmas eve.

I hope everyone is having a nice christmas!

wonder how santa is doing tonight? :)

Monday, December 22, 2008

Well I tried to go to sleep once already but I have a little pregnancy insomnia I guess. So here I am. I'll try again after I blog a bit.

It is fun to see everyone's facebook status updates from MN. Everyone's talking about how cold it is and how much snow their is. I admit I miss it. I never minded the weather of MN. I find it strange that everyone in Nashville brags about how warm it is but it was 15 degrees today. Even in Mn that was a cold day. But seeing as how it will probably be in the 60's for christmas I guess they can brag all they want. It is strange for it to get as cold as it has here and there be no snow in sight.

I am slightly overdosed on christmas music. Perfect timing since christmas is only a couple days away and all the radio stations will quit playing it cold turkey.

This baby likes to kick me a lot at night time. Maybe it's because I'm trying to relax and sleep I'm more aware of it then during the day but I think I might have a night owl on my hands. We will get along just fine.

I got my hair cut today which was a nice feeling. My long bushy hair was just a little to wild for even me. Now it's back to it's short tamed version and I like it. After I left the mall I met up with Lance and attempted to get him to help me find some matchy matchy christmas shirts or pajama's or something but somehow we ended up at home depot. Not sure where I went wrong :) Maybe I'll venture out tomorrow to try again. It just seems like a newlywed kind of thing to do for a first christmas. Hopefully I didn't wait to long...there's always the grinch PJ's we saw at Burlington coat factory if I get desperate :)

I had a nice talk with my gram and uncle today. I guess some of my family will be at their house on friday so we are going to try to skype and see eachother web style. That should be nice, and I think Ira and Ash and the kids will be coming that day to visit for an overnight while they journey on the next day to spend some time with Ash's family on a beach somewhere. Fun for them! Fun for me!

I started today getting sick again but it didn't last so I could live with it. Hopefully it was just a fluke and no repeats in the days to come.

Well, I guess I may actually be a little tired now. Somehow laying in bed wide awake makes me even wider awake but spending a little time reading and writing winds me down. Hopefully this time I"ll be able to sleep.

I hope everyone who reads my ramblings has a wonderful christmas. If I end up getting some matchy matchy I'm sure there will be a picture in the future for us to share :)

smiles and jingle bells!

Friday, December 19, 2008

strangely familiar

I started an antibiotic yesterday that made me nauseous and sick. Go figure. It brought back memories. Needless to say I called my doc and got a different antibiotic which so far has been okay. My day was rather ruined from the other though...but I guess I am thankful that at least it was short lived this time around.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

One thing the last few months I have not been able to do because it would make me throw up was sing. I couldn't sing at church, I couldn't sing along with the radio in the car and I couldn't turn music up in my living room to motivate me to clean or dance or anything. I am pretty sure our senior pastor said Hi to me in the lobby during worship several times as I squeaked out a hi and made a mad dash for the ladies room all because i had tried to sing along and I'm sure he wondered why I was running away from him...then again most people knew how sick I was.
Anyhoooo...I can finally sing again. It's nice. Not that I will be doing any solo's or belting it out but it's nice to enjoy music again.

Monday, December 15, 2008

The most wonderful time of the year



Lance and I got dolled up and headed to the Ryman to see Harry Connick Jr.'s christmas concert. I so enjoyed being out on the town with my gorgeous husband. And Harry wasn't so bad himself ;-) He's always been a favorite voice of mine and his christmas albums have accompanied many memories over the years. So it was enjoyable to share this memory with my husband on our first christmas together.

Happy.

Friday, December 12, 2008

a good day

well it only took me 7 months. I finally finished the Thank You notes from the wedding. It is nice to finally feel good enough to do something other than wish I wasn't sick. I do wish I had nicer handwriting but hopefully people will know how thankful we are even if it's in my handwriting. I'll get them in the mail tomorrow. yipee!

no christmas cards this year. next year I will start that tradition. Seems like a good tradition to have when you have pictures of a kid to send out with the cards :) kids and christmas kind of go together.

I had a doc apt today and I have finally gained some weight. I could have told them that! With finally keeping food down the last few weeks and a much increased appetite it was bound to happen :) And I officially look pregnant. It's funny cause when I went to my ultrasound a couple weeks back the lady didn't believe me that I was as far along as I was, the baby measurements proved I was as far along as I said I was but what I looked like said otherwise. Seems like right after that I started showing finally. I am trying not to think about how big I will eventually be.

Anyhooooo...lance and I made cookies this week and I am going to go eat a couple. I promise I normally snack on healthy stuff like grapes but until these cookies are eaten up I can't help myself!


Sunday, December 07, 2008

A year ago today Lance and I started dating. We had been friends and talked about a relationship possibility before then but the actual day we started this journey was today a year ago. It has been a year of contrasts from the happiest times to the sickest of times. We are married and having our first baby together. My how a year can bring so much change. I look forward to what the next year will bring :)

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

well I don't normally cry when my family leaves, I know I'll see them again and we talk all the time but for some reason (I blame hormones and pregnancy) I couldn't help it today when my mom left. I was sad about my dad too but mostly my mom because there is something about having your mom around when you are pregnant that is just nice.
I had a dr. pepper when she left, comfort food if you will. Although, I only drank about half since I haven't had caffeine much since I found out about the baby. It was easy to cut out since I didn't use it much anyhow. Milk is my drink of choice these days :)
Brandi is still here (she's moving here from WA to live very soon...family friend, early twenties, sweet as can be, looking for a change) and will be until thursday, lance comes home tomorrow. Going from a house full of people to little ol' me would have been hard, so having a couple people around here and there is a better transition.

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