Thursday, December 31, 2009

This was not my birth plan.

Almost a year ago, I think most of us fell in love with a little girl named Harper, I saw a button on someone's blog, checked it out and was hooked, I checked her blog everyday for updates and prayed and prayed for Harper. I was so touched by Kelly though that time (still am), her strength, grace and love for the Lord is an inspiration. After Abby was born I went back to read of her time in the NICU with Harper, there were many times, when I was searching at 2 am for stories of other babies and their journeys, I wanted to know if they felt the way I was feeling and how their stories began or ended. Well, we all know how Harper's began and are privilege to see her as she grows up. And now that time as passed and Abby is doing so much better, I wish that I had kept better accounts of our days whether it was in a journal or though my blog of that time in our lives. But to be honest, I couldn't even get my thoughts together enough to write them down. But wanted to share in a nut shell (if that's possible) what happened to me. Hubby and I were packed ready to go to Mississippi for the Alabama/Ole Miss game, we were so excited, Wednesday (the day before we were to leave) I went for a routine checkup (26 weeks) and was scheduled to do the glucose testing, got there had my blood pressure checked and it was high (140/94), they checked it again and got the same. Sent me to the triage area in L&D, did labs, everything fine but I had a "clot" (this won't be the last time I hear the word clot) in my placenta and needed to see a specialist the next day, being selfish and thinking this was all "crazy", I was more upset about missing our trip, so I decided after we go to the doctor's appt., if everything is fine we are going to Mississippi. I called got new flights, we loaded our bags in the car, we were still going to make it. Nope. Went to back to OB office on Friday, labs were "creeping" up, sent me to L&D again, this time for a steriod shot to help mature Abby's lungs, if we were to this a joke. Went to hospital, labs were even higher. Got the shot, went home. I remember getting in the car and just breaking down, this was really happening, this was real. Went back the next day to get the second shot and was feeling hot, I was bright red and didn't feel good, the first time since all this happened and asked them to check me out, I'm so glad, I was having a reaction to the steriod which was a blessing because they decided to keep me over night to watch me and do more labs. Two hours later, the OB specialist came in and told me that I was here til the baby was born, which could be 24 hours or 6 weeks. After he left we were waiting for my 24 hour urine results to come back and when they did, they were off the chart, an L&D nurse with 24 years experience said she had never seen a level that high, I was so scared, scared for me, scared for Abby. They sent the NICU doctor in to speck with me of what to expect with a 27 "weeker". The next morning at 4am I started having contractions, but not knowing that's what it was, I waited an hour to call the nurse, she put me on the monitor, had me drink lots of water and wait for the doctor, who was already on her way to do rounds. She walked in the room and said, I'm not too worried about it, you made it though the night, let's make it though the day, the door didn't even shut and I started bleeding VERY heavy (ruined 2 nurses shoes), my placenta had abrupted, they did an emergency c-section. Abby Virginia was born on 10/ 15/09 at 9:32 am at 27 weeks, weighing 1 lb and 13oz, 13 inches long. The recovery was great, I took motrin a time or two but was focused on Abby. About a week after going home I was having flank/back pain, waited til it was so bad, it was getting hard to breath, went to ER and ct scan results showed that I had not one but two clots in my lungs. I had never been so scared in my life...I remember asking the doctor if I was going to die. My poor husband had a wife in the ICU upstairs and a baby in the ICU downstairs. We made it though it, with support of friends and family, doctors and nurses that were amazing and trusting in the Lord. I still can't believe all this happened, it's just crazy to me. I went for a check up last week and the doctor that delivered Abby came in to say hello and was telling me about all the things that I kept saying to her and it was so funny to hear, she said I kept telling her that this was NOT on my birth plan...he...he. After I delivered I was on high dose of Magnesium and for those that have ever experienced it, it makes you or at least me HOT. She said I kept saying, "I'm a HOT MESS"! Abby's story still to come...

"If pregnancy were a book, they would cut the last 3 chapters out" unk

Happy New Year

Hope everyone has a great New Year's Eve

I just put my new pj's on, husband got a bottle of wine and we're going to hang out with the best thing that happened to us in 2009.

"Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right." ~Oprah Winfrey

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Welcome home Abby

Last Monday I spend all day running around to get medications for Abby that you can't get at the CVS or Walgreens around the corner, met the medical supply nurse at the house to get everything we needed for Abby to come home, which included oxygen, a nedulizer and a monitor. Got all the meds, went over them with her nurse and left the NICU at 11:45 pm and just cried and prayed that this was the last time that I was leaving without her. And the next day at 4 pm, everything that we have been though seemed so far away as we got to take our little girl home.
There are so many levels of emotion that I have felt though this journey, some days I just couldn't get words out though the tears, other days I laughed about it and some days I was scared of what our future held. There were times when I asked myself "why" but then I thought "why not", we are never really sure why things happen the way they do but this is our journey, this is her story. In the beginning hearing stories of other (micro) preemies brought me comfort and I hope that we can bring comfort to others though our experiences.

I think it was Thursday afternoon that Oprah was on the TV and I wasn't really watching but Tim Mcgraw was on and I really like him and Faith, so I was listening to him sing and I heard Oprah ask him what was the best Christmas present he ever got and his response was that his second little girl was born 2 months early and came home from the hospital a few days before Christmas and he said it didn't get much better than that and I'm here to tell you IT DOESN'T!!!!

Hope you all had a VERY Merry Christmas, I got a few really nice things but nothing is better than having Abby home.

This picture was taken in the NICU before we knew if she would be home for Christmas or not and a girlfriend talked me into doing a Christmas card either way, so this was the picture that we used. She was off the oxygen here but had to go home with oxygen (another post).

And this is Christmas Eve, when our family came to met Abby for the first time, no one was able to come into the NICU other than Brad and I and my mom, so it was nice to share her with our family but we have to be very germs, so contact was limited.

Her first Christmas, everyone brought her a first Christmas ornament for her tree, notice there is still nothing on the walls, I do have almost everything and that's on my list to get done very soon and I will share with you.

"Never let go of hope. One day you will see that it has finally come together. What you have always wished for, has finally come to be. You will look back and laugh at what has passed and you will ask yourself... how did I get though all that."

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Daddy's girl...

On Monday we walked in to this blooming little girl...

Her daddy walked right over to her, sound asleep and all. Picked her up and loved on her. Other parents, nurses and even the doctor came over to see what all the fuss was about. We are so in LOVE. I think hubby liked the bow more than I did. He loves showing her off.
I've been told that when you see your husband with your child, you gain a whole new love for them. I've found this more true than I could even imagine. He can't keep his hands off of her and talks on and on about the things we are going to do when she comes home and is able. I can't wait for the day when we can lay a blanket on the living room floor and get down on the floor and play with her and make her smile.
Things are going very well, she is getting bigger and bigger, starting to take the bottle and is in an "open crib". So now we are working on getting the oxygen off, she is getting a course of steriods to help develop her lungs, so keep us in your prayers.

"There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle". ~Albert Einstein

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

One HOT mama

Like many women before me and many to follow one of the first things I did when I found out I was pregnant was google and read everything I could get my hands on and of course, sign up for my weekly updates from "The bump".
And as you know, I now have a 6 week old preemie and find these updates a little... well annoying. It's not your fault "bump" how are you suppose to know that my precious little girl couldn't wait any longer to met me and came early. When I got home from the hospital and finally checked my email, you were there and I was mad. But now I'm seeing the brighter side. Week after week as I read your updates, I'm starting to think that maybe there's a good side to missing the last 3 months, triedness, more weigh gain, pains, hot flashes, etc. Your not making it sound like much fun!
Today I would have been 33 weeks and this is what "The Bump" had to say...

Your Pregnancy: Week 33

You are one hot mama -- literally. A 20 percent metabolic rate increase throughout pregnancy can leave you begging for a cool breeze no matter what the weather is like. Distract yourself with an exercise in blind identification. Try to distinguish between baby's feet, fists, knees, and elbows -- all doing some major pushing and nudging inside of you.

So this Thanksgiving Eve, after visiting with Abby (now 3lb 3oz, by the way) and having to leave because they were getting an admission I went across the street to Target and got myself a fountain Diet Coke and enjoyed some shopping time. So 3 refills later (yes, I really did refill) I had found some good stuff.
A dress for tomorrow

I might not be literally one hot mama but who says I can't look like one.

A new Christmas movie, so funny saw it last year and they JUST released it on DVD this week.

"Think of stretch marks as a pregnancy service stripes" ~ Joyce Armor

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Early Bird

These days I spend a lot of time staring at this little girl...

and dreaming.

At night I go in her room and stare at the empty bed and envision what it's going to be like when my little girl is lying there so peaceful, the afternoons when she'll be in there laughing and playing instead of napping and all the morning/night time kisses that will take place there.

I rock in rocker and dream about the moments that we'll share here, bedtime stories, prayers and sleepless nights.

I can't wait, but I am.

When I first got home from the hospital I thought that her room would be hard for me to go into, a reminder that she's not home with us, but instead it has become a place that I find peace and hope. I look in her closet and pick out her first Church dress, her Valentine's Day outfit, etc. Her stroller reminds me of the many walks that we'll take together.

When I first started planning the nursery and after I found out I was having a girl, I thought I would do something a little different, like a yellow and green color scheme but later changing my mind, thinking that this could be my only girl and I might not ever get the chance to have pink everything my colors became light pink, bright pink and of course green. And I'm glad I did, now knowing that we won't be able to have anymore.

Here is the bedding
(my BFF got this for me and I'm so grateful, I love it)

And anyone that knows me IRL knows that wall decorations are almost impossible for me to decide on, so of course, this is the last thing I have to do in Abby's room. And I need help, what do you think?

And this...
The designer can change the colors to fit my scheme, I love the verse, I think it's a good reminder that he's the creator , he had her birthday planned before she was even conceived.
And the second print, will have our names on it. I'm thinking that I will put these over the changing table and I was thinking I would put this over the crib

I'm going to see if the designer can change the Big letter to something not so curly.
Do you see my bird theme.
My early bird.

" Life is always a rich and steady time when your waiting for something to happen or hatch"
-E.B. White (Charlotte's web)

Edit** Just realized that the links aren't working, if your interested the name of the esty store of the first 2 prints is emrick123
and the decal is also from esty the store name is decal monograms

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Every time I begin a post, I never really know where to start. My feelings, thoughts and emotions are all over the board. They tell you that the NICU is a roller coaster, they aren't lying. Every time you take 3 steps forward, you take 2 steps back. She is back on high flow oxygen, after she was having a difficult time breathing. But other than that she is doing well. She has become so much more alert and is starting to smile and follow us with her eyes, every time she smiles Brad and I start yelling and snapping pictures, the nurses probably think that we are crazy! I like to think she's going to be such a happy baby, a happy little girl. She is now 2lb 7oz and about 16 inches long. She is starting to look like such a big girl and not so much like a preemie anymore. Every time I walk in to the NICU and they have Abby all dressed up, I want everybody around to come see her and how pretty she looks, so I must share with you too.

I could just eat her up!!!

When my girlfriend Jane's five year old was looking at Abby's pictures with her mom she wanted to know why Abby gets to wear a bra and she doesn't...
I have laughed about this for over a week now and shared this with all the nurses, she thought the monitor leads were a bra.

This week I have vowed to myself to get out and go for a walk at least once a day and to do something I enjoy for a least an hour a day, so given my love for crafting, I'm going to start making headbands and sewing again, making things for Abby, it will give me some time to clear my head and time to do something I enjoy. It's hard to find things preppy and monogrammed for such a small baby, so I'm going to make them. So what for my crafts to come!

The moment a child is born,
the mother is also born.
She never existed before.
The woman existed, but the mother, never.
A mother is something absolutely new.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Moving right along...

I've been wanting to write this post but every time I go to to so, something changes and I give up, I think I have about a dozen drafts. So where to start...first thank you for all your prayers and thoughtful words. Second we are doing After I wrote the first post, we had a few setbacks, they tried to take Abby off the ventilator but she wasn't having it and after walking in and seeing how hard my little girl was breathing, I wasn't having it either! They reintubated
( breathing tube inserted) her and told us they would try again in a few days, two days later they told us that her chest xray showed a "cyst", a pocket of fluid in her lung and they were going to "watch it". These are all hard words to hear when you want your little girl to be the one that "flys" though everything. The next day I started having back/flank pain and went to the ER thinking (hoping) that I just pulled a muscle. This pain was aweful, the C-section was nothing, I took motrin twice, but this pain was doing me in....after a CT scan was done, I heard the doctors talking about me outside the room, how the nurse needed to put me on the monitor and I looked at my husband and knew it wasn't good. Diagnois: bilateral pulmonary Embolus, yeah, my OB told me that she had only seen this once before in 11 years and I could tell in her voice that the other mother didn't have the same outcome. I went to the ICU for 3 days and was scared to death. But the morning after I was admitted the NICU nurse and doctor came to see me and brought me a picture of Abby to put up in my room ( but hubby had already taken care of that) and told me that the "cyst" was gone. There is a song that I've grown up singing at church that goes a little like this..."I just want to shout thank you Jesus...."I have sang that song almost everyday, it's funny what comes to you at different moments in life. Here I am lying the in the ICU and my 1 lb. baby girl one floor below me in her own ICU, and we had so much to be thankful for.
I went home 5 days later, with a Rx for high blood pressure medication and a blood thinner called Coumadin, CVS must have thought it was for my 80 year old grandmother...hehe
2 days later Abby was off the ventilator and on nasal cannula and 2 days after that she is breathing on her own and taking the max amount of feeding that she is able to. We went from 3cc every 6 hour to 24cc every 4 hour in a week. She had her first eye exam today and they told us that it was "perfect", which I find crazy, considering one nurse had told us a few weeks ago to be prepared, most premiees fail the first test. She is now 2lbs 3oz.
We still have a long rode ahead of us but as of this hour ...we are VERY good.
Please keep us in your prayers.

And I promise to post more often and share lots of pictures!

On the day that they took Abby off the ventilator, we walked in to see her in this cute gingham dress.
Here she is off the oxygen, I was trying to catch her smile but I kept missing her.

"A new baby is like the beginning of all things, hope, a dream of possibilities."

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Welcome Abby Virgina

Last Monday was the start of something that I thought would never happpen to me, I went for a regular check up with my midwife and my blood pressure was elevated, I thought it was nothing, we were gettting ready to leave and go to Mississippi for a visit and I was trying to get everything done, turns out that it wasn't just "anxiety", something by the way, I've never had. To make a long story short, they drew blood work and sent me to a specialist. And thankfully they didn't take anything lightly. For 3 days my labs became more and more elevated, they gave me the steriod shots to help mature Abby's lungs and I was in the hospital on bedrest until Abby was born, which they told me could be in 24 hours or 6 weeks. At 7 am on Thursday morning, the doctor walked in and told me "No, baby today, labs look better". As soon as she walked out the door I started bleeding and having contractions. Abby was born via c-section at 9:24 am, 12 weeks early, weighing 1lb. 13oz. 13 inches long (original due date 1-13, strange with the numbers huh, oh yeah and our wedding aniversary 1-13). Shortly after her birth, they wisked her away to the NICU and I wasn't abe to see her for 24 hours. My husband, Brad, was able to see her and took lots of pictures for me to see. They had me on medication that left me feeling "out of it", so the first 24 hours were a blur, as I'm sure when I look back I will think that all this is a blur.

Today is day 5 and she is doing great! She is still on the ventilator but on Room air and breathing over the settting, she's tolerating my milk via a tube in her nose. They did an ultrasound of her head and looked for bleeding, and there have been no signs, they did a ultrasound of the heart and everything looked great. We are taking this day by day and know that this is going to be a long rode but we are surrounded by good friends and family and an amazing God, who I know is in control and had her birthday picked out long before she was conceived. Please keep my little girl in your prayers....

"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future". Jeremiah 29:11

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Blind Side

Last year Mr. Tea and I went to the "the Egg bowl" Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State, which also happens to be Senior day in which they introduced Micheal Oher with his Ole Miss family and left me wondering what was his story. Some may call it noisy but I've always liked to hear a person's "story", everyone has one. I'm always asking my patients what they did when they were younger, how long they were married, etc., I'm always left feeling like wow, what a great story. Well, after we got home Mr. Tea googled Micheal Oher and we read he's story and then before the Cotton Bowl last year ESPN did a story on Micheal and his family....and now this!

Micheal's story is truly amazing, Mr. Tea told me that it was coming out in a movie awhile back but I never thought it would make it to the big screen or have such amazing cast, I can't wait to see it. It comes out Nov. 20., and I can't wait, I think I'm going to have to bring a box of tissues with me, You can check out the trailer here.

"I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me"

Philippians 4:13

Thursday, August 27, 2009

It's really hard to get excited about Fall when you live in South Florida but I want it so bad I can taste it... At least 80 degrees would be great.
Here are a few things about Fall that I love.

Decorating for Fall/Halloween

Ole Miss Football and Saturdays in the Grove

And all my cute cooler maternity outfits that are just hanging in my closet.

This is when us Floridians get jealous of you guys up north.

One man's daydreaming is another man's day. ~Grey Livingston

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A girl after my own heart...

So we found out about 2 weeks ago that we were having a little girl! I can't be any happier, for many reasons, but mainly because this whole time I was thinking it was a girl and to find out it was makes me think that I really do have motherly instincts. My first conformation that I might be okay at my new job. But the most important is that she looks VERY healthly.
So that brings on so many decisions...
As far as I can remember I've thought about the day I would find out I was pregnant and the day that I became a mom and all the details in the middle, like names and the nursery. I can't describe how much I love this little girl already! And I know this is just the beginning.
But in the last week I've really started thinking about the nursery. I thought I knew what I wanted which was this...

But then I thought about it and what if this is my only girl, would I regret not sharing with her my love for Pink and Green. I knew I didn't want to do anything in pastels but looked on every website for bright pink and was left wondering what I was going to do...until Saturday, when my girlfriend and I went into the Snappy Turtle's Harvey's Store in Delray Beach and I saw this bib and loved the pattern...

After a couple of attempts to find the artist that had made the bib...I had success. She proceeds to tell me that it is a Lily pattern, I think to myself, of course it is, I would pick it out of a haystack. She has found the fabric and is working with someone to make me a bumper and bed skirt. I just love it! It is exactly what I was looking for, so I really hope that it all works out and as soon as I get permission to put her website on my blog to share I will because she has some really cute stuff. I can't wait to share with you my newest project.

(By the way, does anyone know the name of this pattern?)

A new baby is like the beginning of all things-wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities. Eda J. Le Shan

Friday, August 7, 2009

Stolling right along...

I know it's been awhile and I have to say that I really do miss it! I still read and keep up with everyone but I have had so much running though my head, couldn't pick just one topic to blog about... so I did none...lame huh! But I need some advice.
I went with my mom to the mega baby store Baby Love in Ft. Lauderdale, I was told they were the baby experts and had great advice. I went into the store thinking that I would just get a carrier/infant carseat, use a snap -n -go for the first couple months then go to an umbrella stroller such as this Maclaran.

Boy was I wrong, the salesman convinced me otherwise. The Maclaren's all have two handles, making it hard to maneuver, no place for my drink or a baby's drink and little storage. I was totally againest a travel system but now I'm in travel system love. You think you know what you would do, until you have to do it.

So this is the bad boy I chose...

I didn't get it yet, I needed to make sure that I was making the right decision, so I have spend the morning going over reviews and found it to be very well liked.
So this where you come in, does anyone have any experience with Chicco? Or any suggestions regarding strollers?

"Having a child is the most beautifully irrational act that two people in love can commit" - Bill Cosby

Monday, June 29, 2009

All knocked up...

I know it has been awhile and I believe me, I have missed all of you.
I have signed on many times and had to walk away after only getting though a blog or two to head back to the place that I have come to know very well in the last 5 weeks... the bathroom.
So yes, as of today I'm 12 weeks pregnant and no I wasn't one of those people that wanted to wait before telling, it is actually the first time that sitting in the computer hasn't made me ill.
I need to first say, that we are very excited and nervous all rolled into one. Hearing the heartbeat for the first time, is a sound I will never forget. We had been trying for really only about a month and it happened way faster than we expected. We feel truly blessed for what God has given us. Sometimes it does not even seem real.
Second, I'm sending high props to all the women that have been though this whole pregnancy vomiting thing...WOW...I had no idea. And then there are women that have little ones at home and still have to function. I'm fortunate enough that I only work 3 days a week, so I just stayed in bed the others and we took a 2 week vacation in the worst weeks, which made for a very non-exciting vacation but lots of well needed R&R. My husband has been great, I'm so blessed for him. He's done EVERYTHING he could to make this easier for me.
As for now, I'm starting to feel better and I'm so ready to join society again.
"A grand adventure is about to begin." -- Winnie the Pooh

Thursday, May 28, 2009

I have a good feeling about this...

I feel like it's been forever since I posted...
I guess I have been MIA.
But I have been a very busy girl.
I've been spending a lot of time with my head over a toilet and sleeping when given the opportunity ( which I have been making a lot of time for) and trying to function when the previous two obligations have been met.
But I think I'm getting things under control, I traded my diet coke in for Segrams caffeine free ginger ale and trying to keep my tummy full and it seems to be helping because yesterday I felt better and I can tell today is going to be better too.

Any idea what's going on my my world????

"In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps" Proverbs 16:9

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Oh's ladies night.

For the last couple of months we have been planning a "girl's night" complete with a room with a view. One of my favorite things to do here in South Florida is to lay by the pool at the Delray Marriott, I love their pool. They have a live band playing tropical music and "cabana boys" taking drink orders and it's just so relaxing. So we soaked it all in for 24 hours! We got there at 11am on Friday and walked up to the desk and said we needed to know two things, can we get upgraded and can we check in now, there is nothing like the power of 5 girls "batting" their eyes. And we got both...
"Our room with a view"

We enjoyed a nice dinner out and dancing for some, I wasn't feeling well (maybe too much sun) and headed back early.
And prepared for another day in the sun!

Hope you had a nice weekend!

"A good friend is a connection to life - a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world." ~Lois Wyse

Monday, May 11, 2009

It's 4 am, Mr.T had to get up early and go into work and I can't go back to sleep...
This is not usually a problem for me but I tossed and turned for about an hour and gave up. This is going to make for a long 12 hour shift today!!!
I'm in search for this dress, have any of you seen it in your Gap? It's so cute and looks so comfortable.

I want it in Green of course, I going to seriously do a post on all the dresses in my closet, it looks a little like this black, orange/apricot and green. Black is a must, orange is my new obsession and green has always been "my color". I'm a creature of habit.
I can order the dress online but I'm that girl that always does the surveys that come with the receipt and I can save 20%, but you can't use them online. So I'm waiting.

Hope everyone had a great Mother's day! We went to Church and then to Lunch at Prime Catch, a nice little place on the intercoastal in Boynton Beach, which is one of my mom's favorites. I had has been so hot here!!!
I usually don't go in to NY and company but last week I was walking by and saw that they had lots of dresses and I stopped in and found some cute stuff. I picked up these 2 dresses, it was buy one, get the second half off. They are so soft and cute, so for 45 dollars I could not pass them up.

I can dress them up or dress them down...

"Dresses for breakfasts, and dinners, and balls;
Dresses to sit in, and stand in, and walk in;
Dresses to dance in, and flirt in, and talk in;
Dresses in which to do nothing at all;
Dresses for Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall."
~William Allen Butler, "Nothing to Wear"

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Happy Nurses Day

Happy Nurses Day
to all my fellow nurses.
This isn't really helping my diet, I counted six cakes yesterday but I didn't have a bite of any!

"Nurses are the heartbeat of health care." ~Author Unknown

Friday, May 1, 2009

Yo VIP let's kick it.

I have hit by all time weight high, truth be known I've been here for more than a few months. And I'm finally taking the plunge and joining weight watches, I have my first meeting at 9 am. I've very excited and very ready! So now I'm joining the ranks, I just need to figure out how to put one of those trackers on my side bar, like GRITS. I went to the library and got a few healthy cookbooks to get some ideas from and my fridge is full of water and fresh fruit/vegs.
So in celebration I went to dinner with my mom to Bonefish, my favorite place to eat. We were sitting in the bar area, at a large table in which multiple parties can sit at, well getting to the point. I realized it was Vanilla Ice sitting at the end. I'm trying to tell my mom and I swear she was so loud saying you mean Ice..Ice...Baby? Oh lord. He just looked down the table and smiled. As a kid, I can remember my brother and I having dance offs outside on the trampoline to Ice Ice Baby, he always won, he's always been a better dancer. Good times!
Then I went on a mission for a bathing suit, I guess Spanx isn't making bathing suits anymore so that was out. I opted for this super cute green one at Old Navy that I couldn't find online to share with you...sorry!

I did get the light fixture up and it's growing on me, tonight Mr. Tea comes home from a work trip in Key West (Yeah, I was thinking the same thing) and I'm scared to see what he thinks. I did put it on a timmer that has a remote, so I'm hoping that he is captivated by the gadget. My camera's battery is dead but I promise pictures tomorrow. Hope everyone has a great weekend it's Sunfest here in South Florida and the weather is suppose to be great. This is always such a toss up of what to do, you have Sun Fest here, Jazz fest going on in New Orleans, Memphis in May and the derby. Next year hubby says that we are going to Jazz Fest...I say the derby.

"All right stop collaborate and listen
Ice is back with my brand new invention
Something grabs a hold of me tightly
Flow like a harpoon daily and nightly
Will it ever stop yo I don't know
Turn off the lights and I'll glow
To the extreme I rock a mic like a vandal
Light up a stage and wax a chump like a candle
Dance go rush to the speaker that booms
I'm killing your brain like a poisonous mushroom
Deadly when I play a dope melody
Anything less than the best is a felony
Love it or leave it you better gain weight
You better hit bull's eye the kid don't play
If there was a problem yo I'll solve it
Check out the hook while my DJ revolves it"
~Vanilla Ice

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Let there be light.

Ya'll, I'm crazy! When I first saw this fixture, I loved! I had to have it! Well...I'm now the proud owner and I'm very afraid. I opened the box and this thing is huge, long and the light bulbs are the size of my head. Mr. T is outta town on a work trip (thank God, he would die) and I have a electrician friend coming over to install and ya'll he's going to know that I'm crazy and tell others. Oh he's calling me now...he's here. Gotta go.

"Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light?" ~Maurice Freehill

Friday, April 24, 2009


As much as I want to keep this to myself, I know that just wouldn't be right so let me tell ya'll...
My Monogram Tahoe
is having a great summer giveaway, that you might want to get your hands on, check it out!

Aren't they the cutest things ever...

And then over at Be write there
she's hosting a fabulous giveaway, that I love kill for.

Good luck!
Both end at noon Saturday...

One more thing that I've been wanting to pass along,
While I was exploring the aisles of Target the other day I saw that they had all of Emily Griffin books on sale for $10
They are great reads and perfect for summertime by the pool. When I was done reading them, I'd wished that I hadn't read it so I could read it again....

"Maybe that's what it all comes down to. Love, not as a surge of passion, but as a choice to commit to something, someone, no matter what obstacles or temptations stand in the way. And maybe making that choice, again and again, day in and day out, year after year, says more about love than never having a choice to make at all."

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Heading to the pool today with the latest People and Us, a diet coke (its been 2 days!!!) and SpF 30. There isn't a cloud in the sky, it's already 75 degrees at 10 am. I have my iPod set to Jimmy Buffet and I'm going to let my mind relax. But I was sure wishing I had this bad boy, you'd have to drag me out of the pool, I'd stay til I was a prune or lobster... or both.

H2O: two parts Heart and one part Obsession. ~Author Unknown

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

This little light of mine

I love anything that smells good, especially candles. I believe firmly that burning your favorite candle(s) and wearing your favorite perfume are ingredients to happy life. I can go into little gift shops and smell 100 different candles until I find that right one. It usually is a clean airy scent and I have found a few candles that I'm totally loving right now.
The restoration Hardware Honeydew Quince.
I was first taken to them because they are the same color as my living room but now it's the clean scent that takes the prize.
So I have a few in my Living room/Dining room.

When I was in Mississippi I was in a gift shop around the courthouse and found these great soy candles.

Auuiesse Rioja candle
I'm saving this one for my new bedroom and I can't wait, I think we are about a week away from it being all done.

"When was the last time you spent a quiet moment just doing nothing - just sitting and looking at the sea, or watching the wind blowing the tree limbs, or waves rippling on a pond, a flickering candle or children playing in the park? "
~ Ralph Marston