Tuesday, August 25, 2009

First Day Back

Well Lexie survived her first day as a 1st grader! And she looked so cute. She came home with a huge smile on her face and full of stories about the day's events. I love knowing that has true excitement for school. I just hope that it continues. She was very excited when she learned that Ms. Allen will not be sending any homework home this week. It all truly begins next Monday, though. Let the fun begin!

I had a very productive day! I dropped Lexie off at school and stopped by my parent's house for a quick visit. I returned home, only to clean the entire house and do 4 loads of laundry! The house was clean by 10 and I was down for some relaxation. I learned today that I will be going to see a new Plastic Surgeon on Tuesday, with hopes that we can get my surgery scheduled. I just hope that I like this guy.

My mind isn't working very well today, I guess because it is plagued with a terrible headache. Needless to say, it is difficult for me to write with the pounding in my ears. So, I am off to pick Brady up from daycare. I guess that I will return home and wait for my wonderful husband to get home from a grueling day's work. Then I will cook a wonderful dinner and sit down and relax with Terry and some Big Brother. Tomorrow will entail an adventure with my mom. I am praying for a safe trip!

To close, I am thinking about a dear friend that is going to meet her Prince Charming tonight. I hope that the sparks fly before the front door is opened! I hope that the butterflies swarm in both of your stomachs and the touches are subtle yet exciting! And I will be hear to listen to you go on about the details!!!

Monday, August 24, 2009

It's Hard to Believe!

It is so hard to believe that I am going to take a beautiful little blonde haired, blue eyed girl that calls me 'Mommy" to first grade tomorrow! It seems like just yesterday that it was Wednesday, April 2, 2003 at 4:39pm. Alexandra Faith Gentle was born weighing 5lbs. 13oz. She was so tiny, but she was perfect! Her head was the smallest little round head that I had ever seen. Her eyes were so bright that there was no doubt where she got them!

I am a firm believer that everyone has their purpose for being here, and I immediately knew that being Lexie's mommy was my purpose in life. I had no idea if I would be good at it, but i did know that I was going to give it more effort than anything that I had ever done before! The instant our eyes met, it was love at first sight. She was and will ALWAYS be my "baby girl!"

She loves to sit on my lap before going to bed at night. She often asks me if I think that she will ever get too big to sit there. I always tell her that I will 80 years old and she will be 65 with grandchildren of her own and she will still fit on my lap, and that I will love holding her then as much as I do now! There is no greater love than that of a child and I embrace mine every day of my life. I can be having, what I view at the time as the worst day of my life, and all she has to do is walk into the room and look at me with her bright blue eyes and flash that million dollar smile, and I instantly forget why things were so bad.

So, tomorrow I will dress her in one of her new COOL outfits and braid her hair into long, blonde pigtails. She will put on her backpack that is bigger than she is that is stuffed with all that she will need to become a successful student. Then we will get into our car and I will drive the 7 miles to our local elementary school and drop her off at the door and watch her walk off and quickly become a 1st grader. Brady and I will venture back home where I will sit and watch the clock and wonder at every half hour how she is doing. If I can clear the tears from my eyes, I will attempt to make chocolate chip cookies so that when she walks in the door after school, she will remember that no matter how good or how bad her day was, nothing beats the love of her mommy!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

A Day Out With the Family

I missed yesterday! I think that Saturday was one of the MOST uneventful days that I have had in years! Honestly I can't even remember what I did. So I was determined that today was going to be a little more memorable.

I really wish that I could figure Brady out! He goes for weeks and will sleep so soundly that you have to watch him closely just to be sure that he is still breathing. I love the sounds that a sleep like that produces. Then he has weeks like this one. Weeks when no matter how little or how much he sleeps during the day, he refuses to sleep at night. I don't know that I have been up this much with his during the night since he was 2 weeks old! On top of not sleeping during the night, for some reason he thinks that he needs to get up before 6am! I have told him over and over and over that "Mommy doesn't have to get up early anymore!" I guess that he just doesn't get the concept of sleeping late. I really hope this passes SOON!

So the cries began at 6:14am. I laid there for about a minute and then punched Terry and asked him if he would get up or should I. I knew all along that he would do it if I asked. That's the BAD WIFE in me! So, Brady and Terry were up at 6:16am. Mommy got to sleep until 7:45! We previously decided that we were going to make a trip to the mountains today for our annual "End of Summer" picnic in the park behind the Mast General Store in Valle Crusis. So, we all got ready and set off on our journey, all the while praying that the BIG BLACK cloud in the sky would pass. It never fails, we always get rained on when we plan a picnic. We stop at KFC in Boone on our way up and get our grub. It's not raining yet. Surprisingly enough, we actually enjoyed a rain-free picnic in the park and the kids got to play on the playground. It was very nice. Okay, Mom's ready to go home. Unfortunately, Dad has other things in mind.

For some strange reason, anytime we go to Boone, we ALWAYS have to stop at the Boone Mall. I guess Terry feels like he has to pay homage to the first Belk he ever worked in. I HATE THAT PLACE! So, we are off to Belk of Boone. And...it looks the exact same way it did the last 9 times we visited it. Then I let him convince me to ride around and pick out the CHRISTMAS TREE FARM that we are going to go to this year! You have GOT to be kidding me!!! The entire time we are listening to Christmas tunes and singing along. Anyone who knows my husband will completely understand and laugh uncontrollably at this image! I still can't believe that I have allowed myself to be overtaken by this crowd!

On the way home, we suddenly hear the tune of "Chicken Fried" by Zac Brown Band. I realize after a couple of bars that it is Terry's phone. He answers it and only hearing his end of the conversation I quickly can tell that I should start praying hard and pulling out our life insurance policies as soon as we get home! It was one of Terry's best friends from college, Travis. He was calling to see if my 34 year old, HEALTHY husband that has bad ankles and a fatty liver would like to join him and a few others for a game of FLAG FOOTBALL! And what do I do...I tell him to go play! Have I completely lost my flippin' mind? I am begging for all that is good in this world for my dear husband to return home with no injuries other than those that can be chalked up to being out of shape and that they will VERY QUICKLY pass without any home remedies from ME!

So now, while Terry is having flags pulled out of his shorts by several 30 something men, I am sitting here in my house listening to Michael Buble, drinking a glass wine and hoping that the cries I hear from the playroom are not accompanied by blood! Man this is the life!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Just Another Day!

Today is Friday and it has been just another day. Brady has been at home with me today. He is only going to daycare 2 days a week for now. I did one load of laundry and watched the movie "Awake." Brady napped for 3 1/2 hours, so the house was quiet. I am still trying to figure out exactly how I want to get my blog started. There is so much that I want to talk about but I am not real sure how I should start it.

I sit here and watch my 18 mos old carry around a bag of plain Fritos. He will dump the bag out on the floor and pick every single chip and put them back in the bag. Pretty smart for an 18 month old, if I do say so myself. The problem is, every time the bag is emptied and refilled he seems to crush one small chip with his foot. There are tons of tiny little corn chip crumbs all over the floor, and I really don't have the energy nor the desire to drag out the vacuum to clean it up. We need a dog! It would make my clean regime much easier!

So, I forgot to mention, but yesterday marked exactly 3 years since Terry and I met. And WOW what an eventful 3 years it has been! Terry lived in Charlotte and worked at Belk of Northlake. I worked for Lowe's in Mooresville. Shortly after we met, he was promoted to Store Manager and was transferred to Salisbury. I took a job with Bank of America in Charlotte. Terry moved in with Lexie and I and we quickly became a happy family. We went to Vegas for my birthday in January, 2007 and became engaged. Terry & I got married an April 20th, 2007. We found out that I was pregnant on Father's Day, 2007 and Braeden Gene Little was born on February 15th, 2008. A lot has happened since then, but it will have to be a post for another day. Needless to say, it has been a wonderful 3 years, and I am so excited to see what lies ahead for the next 60 years!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

What am I doing here?

Last night, August 19th, 2009, I saw an amazing movie that inspired me more than anything ever in my life. I was fortunate enough to experience the PERFECT movie, "Julie & Julia." From the beginning of the movie, I felt like it was written for ME! Everything in this movie spoke to me and by the end, I was convinced that it was MY turn to do something. That is WHY I am here.

I have always wanted to write a book, but I am NOT a writer. I have trouble writing an email. It is not unusual for me to send an "important" email to my dear friend, Laura to proof. Well there will be no proofing of this blog. What you read will be the first and ONLY draft. It will show my flaws, not only in my grammar and spelling, but my internal personal flaws. I am taking a leap, but I am being optimistic. I have been faced with a drastic change in my life and I have decided that I am going to run with it and make the most of it. I just hope that I am not making this journey alone. Hopefully by the end of this journey, I will have great nerve and a newly developed skill that will allow me to take a greater leap. Who knows...I may even write that book!

So, welcome to my travels! I hope that you packed lite! We don't have room for a lot of luggage.