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Oct. 17th, 2012

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(Since Dean got a birthday post/letter in 2012 I thought the Mr. deserved one too. )

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACK! I'm not even mad that its 10:30 and we are already home from celebrating. It makes me laugh when I think of how excited we were for a mid week date night and how, these days, "mid week date night" requires about a week of planning in advance and negotiating with our babysitter just how late she can stay out on school night. I know I've been mocking you about this for weeks but I am DYING over the fact that you are 30 years old! How did that happen?! Imagine you could go back to the kid you were when we first met and tell him everything we would go through together in your 20's. Do you think you'd ever believe it? Or better yet, would you still ask me out that night?! I love you more than I could ever put into a paragraph. Honestly my instinct was to make this lighthearted and funny (seriously, you are SO old!) but now that I'm sitting here with a little bit of quiet for the first time all day all I can think about is how loved I hope you feel and how I hope you know just how lucky I think I am to be your wife. You are re-tucking our children into bed right now and I could never do justice in words to the feeling I get when I see you with them. I am so grateful for every one of your 30 years and am so excited to start another decade of your life with you. <3

Oct. 12th, 2012

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Happy Birthday Dean!
I'm sorry that it has been 3 years since I honored you with your very own birthday post, good thing you know how much I love you even with out it. And in case you need reminding, I do! I love you like crazy! You and I know just how complicated all that love has made things the last few years but here I am, still telling the world that you are one of the greatest men I will ever know. Thank you for being my friend for over a decade! For loving me when I haven't been very lovable, for being right next to me for some of the best and worst moments of my life and making me laugh each step of the way. I should also send some love to your mama, who raised you right and treats me like one of her own. (Thank you!) I am about to burst with excitement waiting for that baby of yours to be born. Me and mine would not be the same with out you so I just know that you are going to be one amazing dad. I hope this year treats you well!



Nov. 14th, 2010

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Avery has a baby brother, Grayson Jack. I promise to come back one day and tell you all about him.

Oct. 17th, 2009

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I'm taking a quick break from the festivities for another LJ tradition- Jackson's birthday post! My HUSBAND (it still makes me laugh to say that!) is 27 years old today! I would be pissed if I had to share my birthday with all the Gator hoopla but I don't think Jackson minds one bit. He is having a great day. 26 was a way better year than 25 was for sure but I have to say that I think 27 will the best yet. <3

(Love that man, happy he was born, think he's getting old etc,etc... Haha. )

Oct. 12th, 2009

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This is my annual "Happy Birthday Dean!" post. He is 24 today! I could not ask for a better friend. :)

Jul. 20th, 2009

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I have a lot I want to say but the most important is that I put our wedding invitations in the mail today. SCARY! EXCITING! Haha.

Jun. 7th, 2009

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I'm making an effort to start updating regularly again:

The other night Jackson went out with his buddies and he got drunk for the first time in longer than I can remember. I was kind of mad he did it without me! Haha. The part of me that hates depending on him for things was really annoyed that I had a hard time falling asleep with out him. After I finally fell asleep he then woke me up by being really loud when he got home. I was shocked. And then he got all up in my face with his bar breath! I wont give you the TMI but lets just say he made it up to me.

Friday we joked about going out to dinner in honor of the 2 year anniversary of our memorable break up dinner but decided against it in favor of hanging out at home in our PJ's.

Yesterday I mostly ran around doing chores, getting groceries and spending what seemed like hours in Target. Nothing too thrilling. In the evening Jackson and I went to a wedding. We have been to two others since we started actually planning on our own and each has been a different kind of experience for me. I think I spend most of the night trying to mentally log all the details, all the things I like and of course all the things that I don’t, haha. If I could get away with pulling out a notebook and taking notes I would probably do that! Weird confession alert: I have this massive wedding document verging on 9 pages in word saved on my computer. Little spreadsheets and pictures cut and pasted throughout. It’s a nightmare to navigate! And kind of embarrassing! Haha. Despite my best efforts to be chill about this whole fiasco, the closer the wedding becomes the more Bridezilla I think I am going to become. ;)

Today was pretty relaxed. We laid out by the pool. Avery totally has my water loving genes. She could jump in and out, in and out of the pool a thousand times without getting tired or bored. I had to literally drag her wrinkled butt out of the water to make her eat and go to the potty. Haha. I can’t say that I totally love watching her leap off the edge of the pool like she does but I AM sort of weirdly proud of how fearless she is. Especially after spending so much time teaching other kids to swim last year. We brought some food down to barbecue for dinner and went and got ice cream before heading back inside. It was great.

I just got Av in bed and Jackson is glued to the Magic game on TV. I am about to hop on the treadmill and crank out a couple of miles.

Jackson goes to the cardiologist AND the dentist tomorrow. Lucky boy.

The weekends go by too fast!

Sep. 14th, 2008

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donate your bone marrow!

Helllo!

I know that I have been MIA for a really long time and I promise a huge update one of these days but FIRST I wanted to let you all know about something that all of a sudden is really important to me.

Getting listed on the bone marrow donor registry was one of the first things I put on my new 101 in 1001 goal list. In order to cover the cost of the tissue-typing kit getting registered usually costs about 50 dollars BUT if you decide to join between now and September 22nd it will cost you nothing! The NASCAR Foundation is sponsoring a huge bone marrow donor drive. I know that most of us are not about to get to a track anytime soon so I wanted to show you how you can participate virtually. All you need to do is follow the link I will provide and fill out the required information on the National Marrow Donor Program website. It should take no more than 10-15 minutes to get through the health history questions and contact information. They will send you a kit, you swab your cheek a couple of times and send it back with the hope that one day you will match someone in need.

Keep in mind that registering to be a donor is a real commitment. I have seen one of the ways they get to that all important bone marrow and trust me, it did not look like fun! Despite that, I realize how important it is to donate what I can and how, in the grand scheme of things, how little a few days with sore hips will inconvenience my life. If you do decide to sign up PLEASE understand what you are saying you are willing to do. For someone to be told that there is a potential match out in the world only to find out you aren't actually willing to go through with the donation process would be devastating.

The link below not only will let you start registering free of charge but will give you all the information you need on the registry itself and the process of actually being a bone marrow donor. Feel free to ask me any questions and I will do my best to answer with what I know.

http://www.marrow.org/HELP/Join_the_Donor_Registry/Join_Now_Sponsored/join_now_sponsored.html



Make sure you follow that link, or find the NASCAR Foundation link on bottom right side of the homepage (www.marrow.org) to receive the promotion code. The code that was used when I registered was "NASC262101" so if you still can't get the code to automatically pop up try that. :) On the last page it will have a spot for credit card information but if your total cost is $0 you do NOT need to enter that info, it will let you advance without it. Keep clicking "next" or whatever it says until you get to the final page which will give you your NMDP ID.

If this is not your thing that is ok, I totally get it, but please pass along the information to someone you think would be willing to join. The NMDP could really use mixed race donors and young men are generally the ideal choice but ANYONE who gets put on the registry could potentially be called upon to donate. We hope that Jackson will never need a bone marrow transplant but if he does it is a stranger who volunteers to be on this list that will be the most important part of saving his life. Pass it on!

Jan. 1st, 2007

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I think 2007 is going to be for friend's only.

(New ones always welcome!)

Dec. 22nd, 2006

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Avery fell asleep early.
I just sat down with a bottle of beer and an ice cream sandwich.
Jackson and I are doing laundry.
He's on the phone. He's arguing with someone. Lots of "intense face."
I like seeing him without him seeing me see him. It's like watching him sleep when he's really sleeping. When I was away with Avery over Thanksgiving I missed that. I've gotten used to sleeping next to him every night.
I need to stop questioning my happiness.


:)

I don't know. I'm in a weird mood. Maybe it's the combination of sugar and alcohol.

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