When I Knew

April 30, 2012

I heard recently that attitude or personality is what you see when someone gets hit in the head. It’s what comes out of someone in an unfavorable situation. It took me back to Christmas 2007 I went home with Andrew to meet the family when we were just dating ( little did I know he would propose a little over 2 weeks later). He didn’t know he’d be proposing either, but that’s a whole other story!

Back to Christmas 07 we went out to eat at the restaurant Andrew worked at in high school/college and before we got our food Andrew received a big unpleasant surprise. The waitress set a tray of someone’s soup on the ledge behind Andrew and somehow managed to flip it over and splash it ALL OVER ANDREW. It was like a scene out of a movie where he had to wipe the soup out of his eyes. He was drenched in French onion soup of all things. The other patrons in the restaurant waited for his reaction, some people took pictures of the incident with their camera phones and the waitress stood by the table flipping out. Andrew didn’t give the restaurant the show some were probably looking for, rather he calmly asked for napkins and then excused himself to the bathroom to try and wash up as best he could.

That day I knew I could spend the rest of my life with him. He was calm, kind, and he reacted better than most people would in that situation. I was so proud that he was mine in that moment and I could assure the waitress that he wasn’t going to let it ruin his day so she shouldn’t let it ruin her’s either.

It’s this calmness that still makes me proud to be his to this day. We’ve had some less than pleasant days over the last month with fixing our house up, preparing for our little ladies arrival. It’s been very frustrating, but he has handled it with more grace than most. We’ve been installing light fixtures by flashlight at 9PM, he has been painting the outside of our house from the minute he walks in the door from work until the last ounce of light has slipped under the horizon, and he’s been painting coat after coat on the bathroom vanity because his pregnant wife is forbidden. Oh and did I mention this has all been in the midst of a crazy work travel schedule!?!

Calm, that’s what comes out when Andrew gets “hit in the head.” I’m getting there, but not there totally yet. What attitude pops out in you when you’re put in an unfavorable situation?

Make it tonight!

April 24, 2012

I really like Lasagna, but I NEVER make it because it intimidates me and I assume it takes a lot of time to make it.  I made this after church on Sunday for lunch and it was easy and more importantly DELICIOUS!!

Here is what you need:

1 lb lean ground beef (I used turkey)

2 green peppers, chopped (I used only one)

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 jar [26 oz] spaghetti sauce (mine was 24 and it was fine)

1 2/3 cup water

1/4 cup Zesty Italian dressing

12 oven ready lasagna noodles broken into quarters

1 cup shredded mozzarella

How to:

Brown meat and drain.

Stir in peppers, garlic, sauce, water and dressing: bring to a boil.  Add noodles; stir, cover.

Cook on medium-low heat 10 to 15 minutes or until noodles are tender, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat, sprinkle with cheese and wait about 5 minutes for the cheese to melt.

This recipe is from the Kraft Food and Family magazine which I’m currently seriously digging!

My Feel Good List

April 22, 2012

I’m anticipating feeling sad, like really sad once I give birth.  Prayers on this now and over the next few months are appreciated!  I had this idea yesterday to make a feel good list and when I’m having a rough day to do at least 2 of the list items to try to snap me out of my funk.  I was telling my friend about this last night and she thought this was a great idea and is thinking about making one herself.

1.  Play the piano for 10 minutes

2.  Take a bubble bath with candles

3.  Take a walk around the block listening to worship music

4.  Shave my legs with shaving cream

5.  Get my eyebrows waxed

6.  Put hot rollers in my hair

7.  Read one chapter in a book

8.  Read one of my quick joy devos

9.  Paint my toenails

10.  Sit in the sun for 10 minutes with a glass of really cold water

11.  Make my bed

12.  Take a shower and put on lotion

13.  Use the one-minute manicure hand scrub

14.  Write someone a note

15.  Read my favorite blogs for 10 minutes, set a timer!

16.  Spray my bed and curtains with linen spray

17.  Get a 2 minute hug from anyone, or a 5 minute snuggle from AC

18.  Eat ONE piece of dark chocolate (can’t choose this daily)

19.  Light my anthropologie candle

20.  Call a friend and chat

I tried to choose things that make me feel great and take 10 minutes or less.  I hope this inspires you to take 20 minutes out of your day each day to feel good about yourself!!  What would you include on your list?  I’d love to keep adding stuff to give myself more variety.

What’s in a Name?

April 19, 2012

Ellery Wynn Campbell: Cheerful Friend Crooked Mouth.  Unfortunately not a whole lot we could do with the last name!

Ellery, yep it sounds like celery.  We never even thought about this when we decided on the name, but after having people say Ellery celery we decided if that’s the worst thing she’s called in her life she will be just fine!

We of course have had a boy name picked out for the last 2 years, but never really talked about girl names.  I find them MUCH harder to decide on.  A couple years ago a friend told me about her niece Ellery and I remember thinking,”that is the best girl’s name I have ever heard” and I put it in my memory bank.  Of course your baby eats your memory bank as soon as they enter your body and I could not for the life of me remember the name I liked.  We went through a list of names: Katherine (after my grandmother), Genevieve, Vera, Camille (Cam Campbell, can you even imagine?  We would have called her Millie for short), and then there was Bronwynn (we liked this, but I’m into name meanings and it means FAIR BREASTED, poor thing if she looks anything like her mama!).  One night we took a walk and I kept saying Elloise, but I knew that wasn’t it.

Then one day at work it hit me, Ellery!  So a quick google search resulted in the name meaning cheerful, and I was in love.  I texted Andrew the name with the caveat that I loved this name so be nice and let me down easy if you don’t like it.  He responded back that he felt positively about it and we could talk when I got home.  That night after work I came in and asked what he really thought about it, and his response was, “let’s do it.”  I couldn’t believe he made a decision that quickly about something that would be with our daughter for THE REST OF HER LIFE, but he tends to make the big decisions, like who to marry, very quickly.  So it was set Ellery Campbell, Elle for short.

The middle name.  When we tossed middle names around we tended to like one syllable names the best.  Andrew looked something up and found that the most “artistic names” do not repeat syllables so her name is 3, 1, 2.  I might be getting that kind of wrong, but you get the idea, a one syllable name was what we were looking for.  Since we liked Katherine we tossed around Kate, but I didn’t like the sound of Kate with Campbell and her middle name will only be used on the big days in her life, wedding, graduation, etc. I wanted it to sound right.  Had we named her Bronwynn we would have called her Wynn for short, but somehow this didn’t really occur to us.  I was laying in bed one night and the name Wynn hit me, Ellery Wynn, I liked it, but of course had to look up the meaning before bringing it to Andrew.

Friend.  Cheerful Friend.  Loved it, sounds slightly hippie, but hey I’m a little hippie these days so no biggie.  The only person I’ve ever known with the name Wynn was my friend Clif from high school (I’m not sure how he spelled it).  I always really liked his middle name, I never knew what it meant, but now it makes absolute sense, it totally fit who he was.  He was a friend, to everyone, one of the nicest guys in the school.  He was loyal and really cared for people.  During my ups and downs in high school he was really there for me.  I hope that she can be the kind of friend that he was.

So what’s in a name?  Hopefully a lot.  I’d like to think that her name is setting her up to be a cheerful friend.

And the Crooked Mouth thing, well if she chooses to marry and take her husband’s name that’ll take care of that!

Because You’re Curious

April 18, 2012

I’m sure some of you are a little bummed that I don’t post more about my pregnancy or preparing for baby.  I decided before I got pregnant that I would not let this blog become a pregnancy blog and when Ellery arrives my goal is to only post about her about once per week.  I have never been a fan of blogs that start out as a talk about everything kind of blog and turn into an I have a kid blog.  Don’t get me wrong I enjoy the I have a kid blogs of my friends, but most of them started out that way.  We’ll see how I actually do with this goal, I know I’ll be smitten with her and want to share with you how awesome she is, maybe I’ll just start her own blog.

I thought I’d answer some of the questions that I’m guessing some of you have about how miss Ellery came to be, no this is not a birds and the bees talk 🙂  I’ll answer one today and then check back tomorrow for my what’s in a name? post!

Did we plan to get pregnant?  Yep, we sure did.  Some of you know that for the last couple years we’ve been doing FAM for birth control instead of using chemicals.  This leads some people to really question whether or not pregnancies are planned because they think it’s a faulty method. Moving on, I stopped charting in July, didn’t want the pressure of knowing constantly and so this is when we started “trying.”  Sometime in September or October I felt God tell me, “It’s going to be August so just enjoy this year when it’s just you and Andrew and don’t stress out about getting pregnant.”  In my mind I figured that meant that I would be getting pregnant in August of 2012 so I was able to mostly chill out about things.  When we went home for Thanksgiving a few people asked us about when we wanted a family and I told them what I felt God had told me. They echoed what my friend Steph was asking all along and questioned whether or not He meant I would be having a baby in August.  My response was, “well I would have to be pregnant right now and I’m pretty sure I’m not”…little did I know!

We get home from Thanksgiving, I’m late and then realize I’m really late, but I chalk it up to cysts and move on with life.  Thank goodness Stephanie decided to pester me about the whole thing because I finally very reluctantly took a test and it was blatantly positive.  Whoa, a BABY in August, not a pregnancy, alright I have some adjusting to do.

God’s plans are so much smarter than ours.  My big plan was to lose 20 pounds before August so that I wouldn’t feel so big.  Thank goodness that didn’t happen because the weight gain has been hard on me and I’ve only gained like 6 or 7 pounds total.  Had I worked hard to lose that weight I’d be devastated right now.  I still want to lose 20 pounds after she arrives, but according to my nursing friends the weight just “melts off.”  We’ll see about that!

I’m learning to embrace my body.  I’m liking it slightly better these days.  I look pretty much exactly the same from the front and back, but when I turn to the side it’s rather shocking.  I know most women would KILL to be almost 24 weeks and be up only 6ish pounds, remember ladies I was obese according to the charts before I started this whole thing, so I will naturally gain less than people who start out at an ideal weight.  And always remember comparison is the thief of joy!  I tell myself this every time I see a pregnant lady that looks “way cuter than me.”

So that is how little miss Ellery came to be and how God’s plans for her arrival are different than I expected and not totally what I would have planned, I mean seriously to be very pregnant for an entire Texas summer, c’mon 🙂

April 16, 2012

Here is some information about OACV.  Also when I said I couldn’t remember what I wanted to say it was this:  Add a dash of cayenne pepper and a dash of ginger and then only take a tablespoon at a time!

For those of you keeping track I did not have an event in March.  I kind of did and then ended up going with my sister in law instead of my husband so I’m not counting it.  We were supposed to go to America’s Got Talent for our March event, but I realized Andrew didn’t really want to go and after going I realized he would have REALLY hated it! Moving on.

Andrew and I went on a quadruple date with old friends and brand new friends (as in we’d never met them before) on Saturday night.  We went to Peter Pan Mini Golf downtown Austin and then to PTerry’s for dinner.  Mini Golf was fun, and from what we know it’s the only place to play in Austin.  It’s BYOB so you can bring coolers and drink while playing.  Obviously this lady didn’t participate, actually no one in our group brought drinks, but next time I will definitely try to remember to bring something. PTerry’s is probably our favorite fast food restaurant ever and their milkshakes are amazing and are less than $2, that’s my kind of shake!  If you are in the Austin area it is a must have!  Apparently the “special sauce” on the burgers is amazing.  I have yet to try it, but my guess is it’s “fancy sauce” from Stepbrothers.  Fun night with good friends.  Won’t be playing mini golf again until after Ellery arrives, had to bend down 18 times which is getting increasingly more difficult.

Do we love Austin yet?  hmm not quite, but it really does get better every month.  We are meeting more people, making more friends and settling into a new church.  We still have 8 months to go so we’re on track to fall in love with this place by the end of this year!

Help Please!!

April 9, 2012

As I am preparing to venture into the new world of stay at home motherhood we are looking into some money saving opportunities.  This weekend we attempted to print some coupons to buy our supplies for Easter lunch.  Unfortunately the key word to this was attempted.  Our computer will not let us download the stupid coupon printers that all the websites we’ve seen require you to have.  Can anyone offer me any help on this?  Are there any coupon sites that don’t require a coupon printer?  Has anyone else had problems getting the coupon printer and been successful, if so, how do I do this?

Registries

April 7, 2012

Baby registries.  What a gift, really it’s amazing to be able to register for things that you really need.  Best invention ever, myregistry.com.  If you haven’t heard of this, check it out!  It’s not just great for weddings and babies it’s also awesome for Christmas/birthday/wishlists of any kind.  You register for anything you want from any website.  The gift giver can just go to the registry, search the name and then buy the item ANYWHERE and check it off the registry so no one else buys it.  For the registrar it’s great because you can add notes.  For example some of the books I want I am great with getting used copies so I can write that in the notes and someone can get them at a garage sale, ebay or from their own stash if they are done with them.  Also for things like a piggy bank, I can register for one that I think is cute and then in the notes say that I like it, but I’m great with anything in the colors of the room.  I know lots of people who have started using Amazon wishlist which I am told is the same sort of program, but I thought I’d share another option with you.  This might just be how our family does Christmas lists from now on!

Food for Thought

April 2, 2012

Yesterday the sermon at church was supposed to be on what it means to be a Godly woman.  I have no idea what the sermon had to do with women, but it was a great, thought provoking sermon.  She talked about finding contentment, ceasing to compare and basically counting your blessings.

Have you ever thought about why Eve ate the forbidden fruit?  Susie Davis’ take on this is that the Devil basically told Eve she didn’t have everything that she needed.  Isn’t that how we feel sometimes, that God isn’t supplying all our needs and so we look elsewhere to get what we “need”?

I saw this on Pinterest a while ago and while she didn’t use this exact phrase she definitely implied this.

Think about that, how true is this??  For Andrew and I this is absolutely true.  This is partly why I had to fast Facebook for Lent.  I looked at other people’s lives and lusted for what they have.  When I take my eyes off the Lord’s blessings in my life, it derails me and suddenly I’m discontent.  Susie asked the question yesterday, “What wrecks your paradise.”  For me (and I can almost venture to say for Andrew as well) what wrecks our paradise is comparison.

The last point she made that really hit me is what she said about stress. I’m going to get this somewhat wrong, but she basically said stress comes from managing our blessings.  She didn’t want to minimize people’s hurts and hard times, but most of us are stressed because of life’s blessings, even doctors appointments are blessings because we live somewhere that we can go to the doctor.  Taking your car to the mechanic is a blessing because you have a car and access to a mechanic.  This list goes ON AND ON.  Really think about what stresses you out and see if this holds true for you, are you stressed out from managing your blessings?

If you want to read more about this sermon check out Susie Davis’ blog by CLICKING HERE!