Wednesday, February 4, 2015

She wasn't your typical grandmother, that's a fact.

My grandma Dorothey passed away on January 20th. I love her so very much and cannot believe she is gone. :( Needless to say, 2015 is off to a rough start but I wanted to share the eulogy I wrote for her funeral. I honestly didn't know what to say or what the proper format for a eulogy was so I just spoke from the heart instead. I hope she would have appreciated what I had to say.

She was not your typical grandmother by any means. In every way, grandma Dorothey was her own flavor and that's what made her interesting. Some grandmas teach their grandchildren to bake from scratch or how to sew. Oh, no. Not Dorothey.  She was the type of grandma that would let us stay up super late at her sleepovers while we would watch scary movies or marathons of the Golden Girls.  She taught us how to play cards and how to lose with a gracious spirit. She believed in letting us learn things first-hand instead of just telling us no, so when I asked to try her cigarette as a young girl, she let me. And it taught me exactly what she wanted it to – YUCK! That was gross.  She helped me pull off my first prank calls to a few local stores – I had no idea why I was asking if they sold Prince Albert in a can, but her laugh when the person would groan and hang up is something I’ll never forget!
Myself, my grandma, and my twin sister Ashley

She was fun, she was kooky, and she was the most blunt and honest person I've ever met.  My grandma was a firecracker, that's just who she was. She was also a fighter until the very end - I have never known anyone  so resilient and who fought SO hard. She taught me that you don’t give up just because the deck is stacked against you. You make the best of the hand you’re dealt and just keep moving forward.  She was very sick for most of my life. What would have killed most people over a decade ago - no, she didn't let it get the best of her. Her tenacity was admirable.

 Nobody ever thinks they will spend their entire retirement years in that state, yet she did.  A few months ago she told my mom that someone had asked her if beating cancer had been worth it with the way her health deteriorated afterward.  I'd honestly wondered that myself sometimes. But, you know what she said? She told my mom she could not believe someone asked her that question and when my mom asked what she'd told her in response, her reply was "Of course it was worth it because I got to watch my two granddaughters grow up."

That says a lot about her spirit and her will to live. Despite all the illness, all the heartache and pain, she would have done it all over again because she got to watch my sister and I grow up. I like to think my strong sense of loyalty to my family stem from what she always demonstrated for me in her life. She got to watch her first great-granddaughter arrive and share a birthday with her and two more great grandsons join the family just a few months ago. From the start of Piper's life five years ago, she told me that she felt such a special bond with her, and it's true. Her eyes absolutely lit up anytime Piper was around. She wasn't well enough to babysit her but she always offered anyway.   

So, no, my grandma wasn't your stereotypical grandmother but I wouldn’t have traded her for the world. I loved her deeply and I will miss her with every fiber of my being. I am relieved that she is no longer suffering but I will miss her so much. We all will. Her ornery laugh, seeing her waddle/shuffle through the living room draggin' that darn oxygen cord all around the house with her. I will miss seeing Cotton Blossom come back at Bath and Body Works and grabbing her a bottle because I know she adores and misses that retired scent. I'll miss seeing Nag Champa in an incense shop and stopping to grab her a handful of sticks because it was her favorite.
I will miss so much about her. I love you, grandma, and so much of you will live on in me and my children. 

Until we meet again. 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

20 Questions for Piper on her 5th Birthday!

I asked Piper these same questions last year and am asking them again this year! :) It's fun to see the differences between her answers this year and next. Posting this a month late but I did ask them on her bday!

1. What is your favorite color? 
 --Turquoise Blue
2. What is your favorite toy?  
--"Dirty SeeSee" (That's what she calls her Searhose -- it's so old and worn out that she calls it Dirty SeeSee now, hahahaha)
3. What is your favorite fruit? 
4. What is your favorite tv show? 
5. What is your favorite movie? 
6. What is your favorite thing to wear? 
--Princess and Tinkerbell pajamas. Because they're so fluffy.
7. What is your favorite animal? 
8. What is your favorite song? 
--Let It Go (Frozen)
9. What is your favorite book?  
--The Dora book
10. Who is your best friend?  
11. What is your favorite snack? 
--Crackers. And cookies.
12. What is your favorite drink? 
13. What is your favorite breakfast? 
--Donuts from the donut store.
14. What is your favorite lunch? 
15. What is your favorite dinner?
16. What is your favorite game? 
--Loopin Louie and Candy Land
17. What is your favorite thing to play outside? 
--Hopscotch and riding my bike.
18. What is your favorite holiday?  
19. What do you sleep with at night? 
--Dirty Seesee.
20. What do you want to be when you grow up?
--Like Queen Elsa. When I asked where she wanted to work, she said 'at daddy's work!' :) 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Our baby boy has arrived!

Hey, I may be two months late with the announcement but I've been a little busy! ;)

Shepherd Dean Parr was born at home, in the water, on September 27th at 8:34pm. He weighed 10lbs 2oz and was 21" inches long. I know, right?! I was not expecting a baby that size! Ouch!! LOL.

Here is his birth announcement and a few of his newborn portraits:

We are head over heels in love with our sweet boy! <3 He has been such a chill, happy, EASY baby so far and we love him to pieces. He also loves to sleep which has been reeeeally  nice! :)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Bumpdate : 41 weeks + 1 day

I'm sure this will probably be my last pregnancy update ever .. unless this little guy really decides to throw me for a loop and hang out another week or more. ;) But I am kind of doubting it at this point. Guess we shall see!

·  How far along are you? --41 weeks and 1 day. For a handful more hours, anyway. Almost 41w2d.

·  How I'm feeling:  --I feel fine considering how far along I am :) I'm one of those women that don't mind carrying the baby past their due date because babies are easier to take care of on the inside anyway lol!

·  Total weight gain: --12lbs so far. Not too shabby. 

·  Cool baby facts:  --The pregnancy websites don't have any of the cool facts for 41 weeks! Lol! 

How big is baby?  --"A bit over 20 inches long, your baby has continued to grow and may now weigh almost 8 pounds. As cozy as he is, your baby can't stay inside you forever."

  Sleep: -- About what you would expect for this point in the journey lol :) I wake up a million times a night to use the restroom. I also constantly have to rotate which side I'm laying on because it makes my hips ache SO bad to lay on one side for too long. 

Best moment this week:  --The PRENATAL MASSAGE a friend gifted me! Oh man. I had that done this afternoon and it was *heaven*.

 Movement: --He still moves non-stop, day and night. Quite uncomfortable at this point, I feel like my skin is going to rip half the time! Yuck. 

·  Food cravings: --Nothing specific, really.

·  Food aversions: --Smoked chicken. Mitchell keeps wanting to smoke more chicken lately and I just can't hack that smell right now...

·  Belly button in or out: -- It's pretty well flat at this point. Never got this flat w/ Piper!

·  What I miss:  --I miss being able to walk around without so much PRESSURE going on all the time, it's sooo uncomfortable lol. I never 'dropped' with Piper so this is a new one for me.

·  What I'm looking forward to:  --Meeting our little man, at long last! I could do without the labor and delivery,
·  Randoms:   
--My midwife dropped off the birth pool this past weekend. Oh man! Am I ready for this again!??! Guess I don't have much of a choice in the matter at this point lol!! 

--I got our maternity picture proofs back and I adore them! I need to post those, too.

Here's my last belly picture -- it's not the best but it give you an idea of how HUUUUUUGE my belly as gotten the past few weeks lol. I have my hand underneath to show the full size of it so it does make it seem bigger than it looks in person, I think, but still...wowzers. I mean, just look at it. LOL. Also, my belly button isn't popped out, that little bump is a fold in the fabric. 


--Almost everyone predicted that he would be born by now so he's definitely taking his sweet time! I delivered Piper at 41 weeks exactly so he's officially out-gestated his sister. If I end up delivering tomorrow at 41w2d, I'll have carried my baby to the exact same gestation as my sister! (Which I ALSO need to blog about as well! I have a new little nephew!!!)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Bumpdate -- 38 weeks!

It's been five weeks since the last update, it's time to fix that! :) I wonder how many more updates I'll get in before he's here?! 

·  How far along are you? --38 weeks

·  How I'm feeling:  --I feel pretty good for the most part! Just typical end-of-pregnancy shenanigans going on over here. :)

·  Total weight gain: --I believe the current count is about 11-12lbs so far. I was hoping to keep it under ten but oh well. 

·  Cool baby facts:  --"He has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold his hand for the first time! His organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb."  EEEEEEEEEEK! Hard to believe some women are already holding their babies by now!

How big is baby?  --"Your baby has really plumped up. He weighs about 6.8 pounds and he is over 19 1/2 inches long (about the size of a leek). "

  Sleep: --I am definitely at the point of pregnancy where sleep isn't comfortable and it isn't gonna be until he's out, lol. I hurt all over by the time I wake up in the morning! Not a very restful way to spend the night but it is what it is! :)

Best moment this week:  --The maternity pictures we had done were really great and having my friend do the henna art on my belly was super special, too! I have a wonderful little tribe and so thankful they gifted both of those things to us. I'll share the maternity pictures soon!!

 Movement: --Still unbelievable amounts of movement going on, he's not letting his size slow him down at all! My friend that did the henna on my belly even said he was the wiggliest baby belly she's ever done, lol!

·  Food cravings: --I basically just want sweets, sweets, and more sweets right now. =\ Yikes!!

·  Food aversions: --I don't really have any at this point, thankfully. 

·  Belly button in or out: -- Still in. It has flattened out quite a bit but I doubt it ever does 'pop' out. 

·  What I miss:  --Energy! :P Not getting kicked in the ribs lol.

·  What I'm looking forward to:  --Getting his bedroom 10000000% finished. I need it done, darnit! So close. Nothing like waiting until the last minute.
·  Randoms:   
 --I do have two or three tiny little new stretchmarks that I'm PRAYING don't turn in to *real* ones. They are small, about the size of a pea, and I'm hopeful that's how they stay. They are just little light pink dots right now and I'm hoping they don't spread. That's probably wishful thinking....

--We went bowling w/ my familia on Mitchell's birthday and it was a fun afternoon! I was 37 1/2 weeks here :

 And here was my belly the night my friend did the henna on my belly:

Isn't she talented?! She did that free hand!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Saturday Nine -- 8.16.14

Mine Would Be You

Saturday 9: Mine Would Be You
(recommended by Kathy W)

1) The lyrics mention his respect for "90 proof and Marlboro Red." What was your most recent drink? When was your last cigarette?

--Well, I'm currently enormously pregnant so my last drink was a long time ago, ha! :) I actually almost never drink alcohol anyway so I think the last time I had anything to drink was at my brother in law's wedding last August. I don't smoke but the last cig I had was probably 8 years ago. Gross.

2)  They also reference "singing like crazy fools." What's the last song you sang?
  --Well, I'm the type that sings all the time so as soon as I saw the title of this blog post, I started singing Mine Would Be You, lol. 

  3) Blake Shelton won a Grammy for his performance of this song. Crazy Sam won the award for "most improved bowler" when she was in third grade, and it's now in a closet somewhere. Do you have any trophies? If so, where are they?
--Yeah, I have a bowling trophy or two and quite a few medals from sports over the years. They're either packed away in the attic or I got rid of them, who knows, lol.

4) Blake is currently on tour. The merchandise sold at concerts brings in big money for the artist. Do you have any tour memorabilia (like a poster or t-shirt)?---Negative. This girl is too frugal for $35 tshirts. Lol

5) In addition to The Voice, Shelton is on TV a lot with his Pizza Hut commercials. What chain restaurant is nearest your home? Do you eat there?

--I actually have a whole schlew of them within walking distance of my house. The closest "restaurants" are Wendy's, McDonald's, and Panda Express. Closely followed by Starbucks, Sonic, and Taco Bell.

6) Shelton has a million-seller CD called Cheers! It's Christmas! What's the first Christmas carol to pop into your head this hot summer Saturday?
--David Archuleta, 'Riu Riu Chiu'. I love it and it drives my familia crazy hahahaha.

7) Shelton and Miranda Lambert were married in front of 550 guests. Do you enjoy weddings?
--Um, of course! It's a lot less stressful when nobody is IN the wedding, though and I can just attend and enjoy and relax! Lol!! :)

8) The wedding took place on a big Texas ranch. Have you spent much time on a farm or a ranch?
--Haha, yes. Both of our families are farmers and we're from SWKS so there's been lots of time spent on farms in my lifetime.

9) In 2013 he helped organize a relief benefit concert for victims of the Oklahoma tornados. Tell us about a charity you support.
--St. Jude's is the charity nearest and dearest to my heart and they get the majority of our charitable giving. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Our baby shower!

Last Saturday, we were so blessed to have a baby shower thrown for this sweet baby and it was such a wonderful morning! <3 I cannot even express how much it meant to me to have everyone there celebrating this baby boy with us. It was an absolutely perfect morning and it brought me so much joy!

Piper & I on our way to the shower!

They did the entire theme around his nursery which made everything extra special. "Special Cargo" was the term Courtney coined and it is so fitting! <3 His nursery bedding looks like this, to give you an idea of how extra cute all the decorations were (this is the stock image, not our actual nursery):

Anyhow, here are a few pictures of the adorable decorations before the shower started:

One of the most special things was the fact that my friend, Lauren, hand painted all three of these canvases as part of the shower decor but also to hang in his nursery. How perfect is this??? <3 It means so much and we will have those pictures hanging on the wall for a LOOOOONG time to come! Between these canvases and the vinyl wall decal we had custom made for over his nursery, our decor is totally done! :) Also, pictures don't do these justice at all - she is so talented!!

A few pics of the guests that I was able to snag before the shower began!! :)

I won't bore you with all the gift opening pictures, I'll just share a few, but they all spoiled us absolutely rotten! Everyone was beyond generous and we are now 1000000% set for our baby boy's arrival! We do not need one single more thing that I can possibly think of! We are very fortunate to have so many people who love us and have helped get us started into the wonderful word of having a baby boy!!

Mommy & Piper! <3 
Linda was even so kind as to bring a gift for Miss Piper! How awesome is she?! Piper was so thrilled!

Myself and the hosts! :

It was such a great day and I had such a great time! The only thing that could have made it better is if we didn't live so far away from family and they could have attended also!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

First of the month catch-up!

I'm a little behind on blogging about a few different things but this will be a short..ish catch-up post to hit a few high points and I'll save the other posts for their own entry later this week, hopefully, lol.

--Yesterday was our 7th wedding anniversary! Holy moly! How did that happen already?! We have been through so much in just seven years but I wouldn't choose to live this crazy life with anyone but Mitchell. He is my soul mate and my best friend - I don't know what I'd do without him.

--My midwife appt last week went really well! Starting to get closer and closer to d-day! My next appt is next week and then I believe we move to weekly appointments and they will do the home visit to get a feel for the house and where everything is to prepare for my home birth. Oh gosh! :) :)

--It's August. How the heck is that possible? What a crazy fast summer!!!!

--My friend had her baby on Friday, precious baby Kate Everly!!! She is adorable and I cannot wait to meet her.

--Mitchell had to switch shifts for the month of August and today is only day two and I already hate it lol. There's a reason he's never applied for a position on that shift!

--My baby shower was Saturday and it was AMAZING! I'll post more on that later.

--I finally got Piper's 4 1/2 year portraits back a few weeks ago. It was quite the fiasco, honestly (the original shoot was in April....yeah....) but I finally have them and I adore them. Here are a few of my favorites of my beautiful little girl! I reduced the image size so they hopefully fit on the page! :

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bumpdate : 33 weeks!

Wow, I haven't update for five weeks?! Where does the time go?

·  How far along are you? --33 weeks

·  How I'm feeling:  --I feel pretty good but I'm definitely starting to get a LOT more uncomfortable. I am having pretty significant hip pain and SPD issues (google it ;) lol). I go to the chiro twice a week and it helps a lot but I think in order to not hurt, I'd need it every day, lol! I never, ever had anything like this with Piper, not even at 41 weeks but boyyyyy howdy, this is a different story entirely. I can barely lift my legs high enough to get in to my bed by the end of the day. Crazy!! I hear this is a typical second pregnancy thing...not a fan!

·  Total weight gain: --I haven't stepped on the scale since my last midwife appt but I was officially up to a 6lb weight gain. Ooops, tripled my previous total gain, lol! But I guess that's to be expected during the third tri? 

·  Cool baby facts:  -- " He's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal"

How big is baby?  --"This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds and has passed the 17-inch mark (about the size of a pineapple). "  (Makes me feel better knowing he's about 4lbs and I've only gained 6! Fist pump! Lol!)

  Sleep: --Sleep is becoming more problematic every day, lol! Mostly because of the intense hip pain. Makes it really, really hard to get comfortable when I can only lay on my side. What can ya do?! It's just part of it, I'm afraid!

Best moment this week:  --Just feeling all his crazy and wild movement! I like the constant reminder that he's in there! Also, my baby shower is this weekend and I am so looking forward to it! :)

 Movement: --Tons of movement!

·  Food cravings: --Nothing specific right now. Just depends on the day! 

·  Food aversions: --Mitchell smoked some chicken the other day and it tasted SO GOOD. The lingering smell, however? Totally nauseated me! And now the thought of smoked anything makes me queasy. I'm sure it'll pass but no more smoking meat for a while, for sure. Lol. 

·  Belly button in or out: -- Still in. 

·  What I miss:  --Energy! :P And not being so uncomfortable.

·  What I'm looking forward to:  --I am in a nesting phase HARD CORE right now so I'm desperately trying to get my to-do list knocked out. I want this whole house SPOTLESS (including every closet, nook and cranny). I'm making a lot of progress but it still feels like I have so much to do! I need to finish putting together his room, too! 
·  Randoms:   
 --Still no stretchmarks! I would soooo love to avoid that this time.

 --I wish Mitchell and I could call him by  his name but we can't! Piper will overhear us and totally spill the beans inadvertently, haha.

--I feel like I have officially hit the 'whoa nelly' stage of pregnancy - as in, when people see my belly, they're thinking 'WOW' hahah! It seems SO BIG!
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