Friday, June 27, 2008


I just want to thank everyone who commented on my pregnancy. I am so thankful to have some great friends and blogging friends. Through this experience I have gotten to meet people that I wouldn't have normally met and I am grateful for that. I laughed out loud at how many comments I got on the last post. I NEVER get that many! Maybe I should posts about more news breaking things more often! Just kidding! I am excited about spending the weekend with Pre-4th activities. Have a great one everyone!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The best is yet to come...

Sunday during church the preacher just kept repeating this over and over- The best is yet to come. He had no idea how true that was for me. Since January I have prayed, begged, and pleaded that God would answer my prayers. I got really down on myself and fed up with the whole situation. Then through this blog and friends, I have found wonderful amounts of support. I have had prayers from people and they will never know how grateful I am. So enough of the suspense!! I AM PREGNANT!!!! I have waited two weeks to share the news with everyone and it was killing me!!!

After being late this month (which I NEVER am) I knew something was up. So on day three of waiting I bought three pregnancy tests. I took the first one at home by myself and when the results were immediate I cried. I was the happiest person in the world at that moment. I thanked God and sat in the bathroom floor and wept. Duncan of course was in my lap licking me the entire time (I had a feeling he knew it was good news). Then I took another tests just to make sure. It was positive also. I then called my mom and told her I was coming over to see her. I didn't tell Nick first because I wanted to wait to tell him in person. I had bought three onsies months ago (one for my parents, one for Nick ,and one for his parents). I put my moms in a gift bag and told her I bought something for her. As she opened she began to cry and hugged me. I was so happy that she was happy! This will be their fifth grandchild so they are prepared and ready. That night when I got back from vacation bible school I handed Nick a Wal-mart bag. I said "Look what I got today!" I am sure he was thinking "what has she bought now?" So he opened it and the onsie and pregnancy test were inside. He was so happy and excited!! On the Saturday before Father's Day we brought Nick's dad a "Father's day" gift. Unlike my parents they had no idea we have been trying since January. This being their first grandchild, we wanted it to be a complete surprise. When his dad opened it he was shocked! They both were so happy and have been waiting patiently for this moment for so long. Needless to say we are all so happy and thankful.

I went to the doctor today for my first appointment. They did the usual blood work, exam, and went over medical history. He says I am due around February 17th. I go back July 14th for an ultrasound to confirm the due date.

I just want to add that I am still praying for all the women that are still trying. I pray that they have patience. I know how it feels to want something immediately when you want, but God has his own path for us. Sometimes we just have to listen and be patient! Please continue to keep me and the little one in your prayers for a healthy pregnancy and birth.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

All work and no play...

Nick has been working like CRAZY the last few weeks! They are working in North Carolina (about 1 hour and 45 mins. away) right now. He leaves at 5:30 and gets home at 7:00 every night. Just when I thought we would finally have today together, he has to work!! Being home all day all alone can get very depressing. I have been trying to stay busy with school things for next year, but it doesn't help. On top of that Duncan is gone to the groomers! The groomer takes FOREVER! I dropped him off at 9:00 and it is 1:00 now and no phone call to pick him up. This house is very lonely!!!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Tag, I'm it!

Mimi at Mimi's Memories just tagged me!! So here we go...

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?
Well not much! I was in the 10th grade and Nick had just graduated from High School and was off to college. We wrote each other practically everyday for a looong time! I still have all the letters in a box. SO sweet!

2. My Favorite Snacks
I love crackers with cheese, dried cranberries, 100 calorie packs (my favorite is Sun Chips), and ice cream!

3. Five things on my to-do list today
1. Finish looking math textbooks
2. Pull weeds in the flower beds
3. Water flowers and trees
4. Take a shower and get ready
5. Take a nap! :)

4.Things I would do if I were a billionaire
Wow lets see... First I would pay for my house, my parents, and my sisters. Then I would move us all to the beach somewhere. I would adopt and have loads of kids. I would give to charities for the natural disasters that have occurred lately.

5. Five jobs that I've had
Well...I haven't really had too many jobs. I babysit kids every summer from the age of 13-15. When I was 17 I worked at the YMCA as a sitter. Luckily I did not have to work through college. I have been working as a teacher at an Elem. School for going on four years.

6. Five places I've lived
1. Hartwell, GA -with my parents
2. Dahlonega, GA- NGCSU
3. Hartwell, GA- my house

7.Five random things people wouldn't know about me
1. I HATE the feel of wet things on me (sweat, spit)
2. I use to be the pickiest eater, but now I eat almost everything.
3. I am terrified of ALL insects and spiders (grasshoppers are the worst)
4. I vacuum my house everyday.
5. I have an obsession with certain reality shows.

8.Five cds that I'd have to take on a desert island
This is a hard one!
1. I would have to bring a Christmas CD, b\c I love all the songs
2. Dirty Dancing soundtrack
3, 4, and 5 would be mix cd's of my favorite songs.

9. People I tag are.........

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

I got an AWARD!!

My wonderful sister just gave me a award for my blog!! My very first! Thanks so much!

The award comes with RULES:

1. Chose 5 blogs that you consider deserving of this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contribute to the blogging community.

2. Each award has to have the name of the author and a link to his/her blog.
3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name of and link to the blog that presented her/him with the award.

4. The award winner and one who has given the prize has to show the link of Arte Y Pico blog so everyone will know the origin of this award.

5. Show these rules.

Now the hard part I have to give this award to 5 other bloggers it was very hard because I love all the blogs I stalk well here goes:

My first award goes to my very good friend Amy! She such a sweet girl and is always there for me.

The second award goes to Nikki! She is new to the blogging world, so go by and visit her blog. Nikki is an amazing mother and a hard working student. You inspire me!

My third award goes to Kelly at Kelly's Korner. I don't personally know her, but I LOVE to read her blog. If we lived close I know we would be great f riends.

My fourth award goes to Meg. We went to Elementary through High School together. I love reading her blog. She is so honest and speaks from her heart.

My final award goes to Katie! I don't know her personally, but her blog is so cute. It is filled with pictures of her adorable son! She always takes the time to leave me a comment!

Weekend Update

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I know I sure did!

Friday: I kept Brett, Nikki's son, for a few hours. I summoned Brinsley and Noah to help with entertainment for the afternoon. We had so much fun! We made foam door hangers and Brett made a foam sun visor. This was the perfect project for him because it required no glue or scissors!
He loved sticking them on his face!
And on my face! He took this picture. Didn't he do a good job!
This was a great helper Brinsley!

Saturday: Nick pressured washed the pavement in front of the house and I caught up on some cleaning and laundry. Then we headed to Anderson to meet up with my favorite people. Carrie, Brinsley, and myself watched Sex and the City!! The movie was so good! A little long, but good!

Nick, Johnny, and Noah went to see The Happening. Unfortunately for them their movie was not so good.
After the movie Amy and Michael met up with us and we all headed to Wild Wings. We had so great food and got to sit outside and enjoy the breeze!

Sunday: We went to the 9:00 service and church so we could bet the crowds and Outback. We took Nick mom and dad there for Father's Day. They were really busy, but we got there right before the crowd. My steak and sweet potato was delicious! Then we headed across the street to see Indiana Jones Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The movie was full of nonstop action.
After the movie we headed home and then immediately to my parents. It was great to get to relax and hang out with everyone for a few hours. We had a great Father's Day weekend. My dad is an amazing man that has always been there for me WHENEVER I needed him. Looking back over the years, I should have said thank you more often. He would do anything in the world for me and I will be forever grateful! I love you daddy!

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Well the stimulus check that we finally received last night is already gone. Well at least my half is gone. I bought stuff that for my classroom that I desperately needed. It ended up costing way more than I anticipated, so thank goodness for that check. As I said before I didn't have hardly anything for 5th grade. Well now I do! I am excited to get to use all of my goodies very soon.

Tonight, Wednesday, and Thursday I am helping out with Vacation Bible School at our old church. It will be so nice to get to see everyone!!

Have a great Tuesday!

P.S. Thanks to everyone that has been leaving me comments! I am getting more and more and I LOVE reading them. Keep them coming!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Lots going on...

So much has been going on! So where do I begin?

Nick and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary last Wednesday. We decided this year we would get each other something we needed. I knew exactly what Nick "needed." He had been asking for this since Christmas.

So what is in the bag???

A remote! Not just any ole' remote, but a touch screen remote that does everything we need. With one touch this amazing remote will start the tv, dvd player, and tuner so you are ready to watch a movie. Amazing! You would have thought I bought it for myself! Shh....

Look what I "needed" so desperately! Major bling going on here!! LOVE IT!
Saturday we went to Sullivan's to eat a very yummy and romantic dinner. I think Nick had to roll me out to the car. We worked outside in the 100 degree weather all day so we were starving!

Since I have been on summer break I have been working everyday on stuff for school next year. So far I have a new lesson plan template, newsletter template, discipline plan and letter to send home. I think I am doing well so far. I have been doing a little of this... but with 100 degree weather I think I will have to use self tanner! HA!

Yes I have on a bathing suit!

Look what we got in the mail for Nick's cousins in Belgium! Kitchen towels, Irish coffee glasses, and chocolate. Simone sent us the glasses because she taught Nick how to make Irish coffee while she was visiting. I can't wait to make this!

Also look who stayed the weekend with us! SADIE!! This is Carrie's dog and Duncan's best friend. We had such a good time and it was hard to say good bye!

I made this from Paula Deen!
Brown Sugar Chewies
1/4 cup butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped pecans
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8-inch square pan with vegetable oil cooking spray.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Turn off the heat, add the brown sugar and stir until smooth. Stir in the egg. Stir together the flour and baking powder and stir into the brown sugar mixture. Stir in the vanilla and pecans. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes. When cool, dust the top with a sifting of confectioners' sugar.

Next time I will add chocolate chips, but they were so easy and yummy!!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

My love has grown...

Yes after being with Nick for 12 years and married for almost 3, my love grows every minute I am with him. Tomorrow is our 3 year anniversary and it seems like yesterday I met him, at a very young age, and fell head over heels. If you would have asked me then I probably would have told you I was going to marry him. I guess I girl just knows! In order to not bore you, I will keep this short. I do want to say that Nick has not made me who I am, but has helped and sometimes pushed me along the way. He never once let me settle for anything less than my full potential. When I thought I would be terrified to enter high school he was there to walk me through the doors. When I was learning to drive he, without fear, jumped in the car and showed me the way. When I applied for colleges he helped me with applications and celebrated my acceptance. He helped me move countless number of times. Even today he never ceases to amaze me. I am lucky and truly believe and am grateful for that. He has been a constant in my life and I never want to take that for granted. If you are reading this I LOVE YOU!!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Dog Show/Garage Update

Saturday Duncan was in the P.A.W.S. Dog Show! The dog show raises money for women of domestic abuse and Carrie also helped organize the whole thing. She did an amazing job as usual. This is the fourth year they have had the show and it is always so much fun. I really like it because it is just a fun dog show and all the proceeds go to a good cause. The following pictures are of Duncan on his way to the show. He LOVES riding on the truck with the wind blowing through his hair!

This is Duncan in his costume! The glasses would not stay on, but they still look cute!
That is Amy in the background
What a cool dog!
I LOVE this dog!!!

After the dog show we got a little rest and then headed to Lowes and Sam's. We needed some much needed storage for the garage overhaul. I can finally say, after months of working on this project, we will be finished next weekend! I have some pictures of the storage, but we are not quite finished, so be on the lookout for the finished product.

Everything has a place
We got this b\c it has a lock and we can put toxic materials inside(paint, bug spray) and out of the hand of little ones.

I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing weekend!