Friday, December 31, 2010

Ubiquituous

It' 2011. You know what that means...the ubiquitous New Years Resolution list. (side note: I'm pretty proud of myself for just using the word "ubiquitous." Mommy brain has drastically affected my vocabulary.)

My side note brings me to my FIRST resolution for 2011:

1) Read More :
I love reading and speed reading is my one true talent in life. I am a Super-speedy-fast-while-still-comprehending-could-probably-win-a-contest Reader. I AM prone to exaggeration but not about myself. So it's true....I can read super fast...most likely faster than you.
So that being said:

I need to read more of these two things: Literature and the B-I-B-L-E. Especially the B-I-B-L-E. Reading the bible the past two years has felt like trying to wade through some kind of heavy, murky bog. Hard. I'm determined though.

2) Write More:
On this blog...journaling....poetry....etc.
Also...I have this deep, quiet desire to write a BOOK. I have no earthly idea what I would write. Maybe heaven will give me some inspiration this year.

3) DANCE

I love dancing. I didn't dance growing up but I discovered dance in college. I started taking some classes and FELL IN LOVE. I feel most alive when I dance. I feel loved and free when I dance. I feel beautiful when I dance (even though I'm not very good.) The last dance class I took was a modern class before I got pregnant. Yesterday I was organizing my closet and found my shoes and tights. I almost started crying. Miss. It. I also just miss the spontaneous dancing in the living room, making up my own choreography as I go, kind of dancing. For some reason I haven't done that in too long.

I have this sweet memory from college: My dance professor would let me come to the dance space before class (when the room wasn't being used) and let me have it all to myself. I would just let myself go.

4) Paint/Photography

are you seeing a theme? I have had a creative block and I really want to get those juices flowing again.

5) Grow in love with my husband. Be a better wife.

I want to grow more in love with my husband every year and continue to become the wife of his dreams.

6) Love People/ Get out of my bubble:

I want to be ready with the kind word...to really SEE the people around me. I want to love people I encounter in my every day life but I also want to find a specific outlet that gets me out of my suburban bubble.

7) Exercise/ lose the rest of my baby weight:

My weight loss has stalled. I am 5-7 lbs away from pre-preggo weight. It is stubborn, stubborn weight. I can fit into some of my pre-preggo pants but not most of them. AND the holidays REALLY did not help.
My goal is to do some kind of exercise at least 6 days a week and to eat smaller meals but more often. Since I'm nursing I've got to keep my caloric intake up but hopefully that plan will kick my metabolism into gear.

8) Enjoy my baby girl.

Well, this is an easy one. It is impossible not to enjoy my baby girl...she is just so enjoyable. I do want to not take this season of our lives for granted. I want to drink it all in to the very core of me, imprinting every memory onto my heart, and breathing out "thank you" with every breath.



This New Years was celebrated in a different way.......as parents. Scrambling for and unable to find a babysitter, I resigned myself to staying at home while our more unattached friends partied it up at a karaoke/dance extravaganza.

Our friends Mark and Jessie saved the night. They had us and our other friends William and Beth over. We spent the night talking about push-up bras (the girls), sharing how-we-met stories, deep belly laughing, and sharing our secret-heart hopes for the New Year...or for life in general. We rang in the New Year gathered around the fire, the wives sitting on their husbands laps, with our sweet babies asleep upstairs. We clicked our champagne glasses, smooched our hubbies, and thanked God for 2011.

New Years Eve was officially redeemed.


How did you spend your New Year's ?



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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas!

To: Everyone

May your Christmas be filled with love, wonder, thankfulness, magical-ness, and cookies. Yes, don't forget the cookies.

xoxo,

Kristina, James, and Tooters (aka: Adoration)


Every time I look at you.

Dear Adoration Joy,

You are Six Months old! whoa! You have been on this earth (outside my belly) half a year. I really do hope you like it. I just love being your mommy and your daddy loves being your daddy! We LOVE to love you.

It's been so much fun watching you grow and change. You are our constant source of entertainment. I am pretty sure I've smiled more during these last six months than I have in any other six months of my life. That is because I smile every time I look at you.....and I look at you all day long. Thank you for bringing so many more smiles into my life.

Your very first Christmas is almost here. You won't remember it but I hope you will feel surrounded by love. It is a day about love, celebrating when Love stooped down, became a man, and entered this world as a little baby. I hope that all your Christmas's will be magical, full of wonder, and overflowing with love.

I am proud of you every day.

Love,
Your Mama.

Monday, December 20, 2010

festivities


The last week or so has been just packed full of festivities. yay!
My husband's company had it's Christmas party (we are all good friends which makes all our get together's so much fun.)
We traveled to Georgia for a wedding.
We went to a rock show.
Went to the Christmas service at Queen City Church....where ya'll, they had a CHOIR and did a sufjan stevens version of one the Christmas carols. made my little heart happy.

Do I have pictures of us at any of these events? Nope. Geez, where is my paparazzi to take pictures of my family when I am actually wearing an outfit that doesn't entail yoga pants?

I do have some pictures from the Georgia wedding. The pictures are not mine. But I am in them. score.

My BFF's little sis, Sarah got married. Sarah is gorgeous, is a hairstylist/educator, and has fabulous platinum hair. She also had a super fabulous wedding dress. I unfortunately don't have a pic of her fabulousness, but below is a pic of my BFF Erika and me at the wedding.

Notice how great Erika's make-up looks. (It was done by one of the bride's cosmetology friends.) She is gorgeous without it, of course, but I sure was envying her make-up job.

Notice how I look like I'm not wearing any make-up. I tried. I really did. I FELT like I had put on lots of makeup...you know....trying to glam it up for the wedding . And I look exactly. the. same. #someonepleaseteachmehowtoputonmakeup.


The next pic are me and the hubs cutting a rug. My hubs thinks its his personal responsibility to get the party started. He is good at it too:
The dance floor was empty.
He got on the mic, worked his magic, and got practically everyone on to the dance floor.
Party started.
The rest of the night people thought he was the DJ and the actual DJ referred to James as "wild" James. bwahahaha.

This is a blurry picture and we look super awkward but please notice my hubby's SKINNY tie. I just love skinny ties. As my hub's says, "skinny guys need skinny ties." Skinny guys everywhere, take note.

Okay, that was my super-random, mostly picture-less blog post. Stay-tuned for a 6 month letter to my little patootie and pictures of her cutey-patootie-ness.

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Rude Awakening


I've been a little lazy about blogging lately. My beloved camera is still under the weather and for some reason, not being able to take the kinds of photos I want inhibits my desire to blog....that, and a little bit of writer's block.

So a little bit of an update:
It's been a little out of the routine around the Boothe household. My husband was out of town for about 5 days for work. He's my best friend so I always miss him terribly when he has to go out of town. I kept showing Adoration pictures of him...."look! your Daddy!" She, of course, responded by giggling than trying to eat the pictures.
It wasn't so bad though. One of my bestest girl friends came to visit...ALL THE WAY from Georgia to help ease the pain of not having my hubby around. That's what friends are for, right?


THEN, a day after James had been back, James woke me up from a morning nap to find the building next to us ON FIRE. ( We live in an apartment.) umm...what? I threw some boots on, we grabbed the baby and hightailed it out of there. It was pretty crazy. We had to stay evacuated from our apartment until the fire was put out and we got the "ok" to go back in. No one was hurt and our apartment wasn't harmed, but scary right?
It was a three alarm fire and they had over 60 firefighters working to get that fire out. The wind was blowing in the opposite direction of our apartment so we were extremely lucky. I just feel so bad for all those people who lost all their belongings and don't have a "home" to go home to right now.
I sat with one of the ladies who lived in the building and just listened to her cry. I was at a complete loss of words. All I could do was just put my arm around her and hug her. Adoration was a better comfort, I think, with her disarming smiles and adorableness. There is something about a clueless, happy baby that puts people at ease. They are like puppies in that sense. You can just cuddle them and they help you feel better.

The fire definitely put things in perspective. Looking out the window and watching a building go up in smoke, I did not care about ANY of our stuff. Not that I'm super invested in our "things" but I didn't even THINK about trying to grab anything. I just wanted my husband, my baby, and me out of there. It shook James up a little bit because both me and Adoration were asleep when it happened. What if that had been our building? What if he wasn't there? Those were the thoughts that were running through his head. There are some places the mind just doesn't want to go.

So check your fire alarms, listen to Smokey bear, and thank your local fire fighter. for realz.


This is what we saw outside our porch. James snapped a picture on our way out.
and some videos of the fire:

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

scissor-happy

So I was watching Devil Wears Prada the other day and thinking about how great Anne Hathaway's hair looks in that movie, "Man, I just love her bangs."



Fast forward to a couple of days later. I was "trimming" my side-sweepy bangs and decided I wanted Devil Wears Prada bangs...so I got a little scissor-happy. My husband was like, "what's taking you so long in the bathroom?" Oh, you know, just completely changing my hair style. He has ceased being surprised at my split-second decisions....like coming home to all the furniture completely rearranged.

Here is what I ended up with:


I'm partly asian (half filipino) so I ended up looking more "Japanese school girl" than "Devil Wears Prada, " but I'm pretty happy with the result.

My favorite part: I can throw my hair up into a pony and I still look put-together. Every mama's goal.



Monday, December 6, 2010

The Miracle Baby that stole all our hearts.




Over Thanksgiving, Adoration woke up in the middle of the night with labored breathing. It ended up being a fairly harmless respiratory infection but when she woke up that night, hot and flushed, gasping and coughing for air it so frightened my mommy heart.

I anxiously checked for all the signs that you check to make sure she was breathing alright. (Thank you baby CPR/ first aid training) She seemed okay but sounded HORRIBLE. Her chest sounded like a pug dog interrupted by coughing fits. James and I held her through the night, patting her back through coughing fits and just listening to her breathe.

I remember holding back tears, praying over her little body....and when I wasn't doing that....ALL I could think about was my friend Jessie Mathis and her sweet daughter, Sparrow. Sparrow was born with a congenital heart defect and has already had one open heart surgery (at just a few days old) and this coming up Wed. will be having another one.

That night when I heard Adoration waking up, gasping for air, I felt like I was getting just a glimpse of what my friends go through. It's such a deep, searing heart hurt to look at your child and want them to be perfectly well and healthy. The feeling of a vice squeezing your heart and placing a permanent lump in the back of your throat every time you look at them. You would trade places with them in an instant. But you can't. and you just feel helpless. Like I said, I saw JUST a glimpse of that. I think only a parent and Father God can begin to comprehend that feeling. That ache.

That night I prayed. I prayed for Adoration...but really, I knew she was gonna be okay. Mostly I just prayed for the Mathis's. For grace to get through the day. For Sparrow to live long, healthy, and vibrant days. for Sparrow's heart. for their hearts.

Join me in praying for my amazing, warrior friends.

Read their story HERE.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Blog lovin': The Buzzy Craftery

Ya'll, you MUST check out my friend Ashley's blog.

She is a graphic designer extraordinaire and makes absolutely drool-worthy custom invitations and stationary. She seems to have that rare knack of reading your heart and designing something to match what you couldn't quite envision yourself. She also will design fabulous business cards and logos, helping with the branding of your business.

Check out these wedding invitations she designed:

Not only is she a graphic designer extraordinaire but she also happens to be a renaissance woman of all things crafty. She can make just about anything for you. No, really.

I'm just loving this initial pillow she made as a gift for a 5 year old little girl.


Ashley just launched a Winter 2010 stationary collection along with her Etsy site, which you really must check out.

So go visit the Buzzy Craftery!


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Cue the magical chime sounds.


So...I'm pretty darn excited about Adoration's first Christmas. Having a child just seems to put the magic back into it. She's still a bit little to enjoy the full effect...but oh the coming years of that joyful, childlike anticipation.
I really want her to know that God is a God who gives good gifts to His children. As a parent, I figure, we are the people best suited to deliver that message to her. Now, I know that doesn't mean overindulging her or just giving her whatever she wants, whenever she wants it....
But don't we all have that memory of that ONE thing we just wanted so BAD as a kid? And don't you remember when you actually got it and the world stopped spinning just for you in that moment? That "Christmas Story" Red Rider BB gun moment?

I hope so. Every kid should have that moment.

I so look forward to the day where we can give Adoration that moment.


On a lighter note, James and I were visiting Athens last week. We were walking through downtown and what did I my eyes behold in the window of a store?


Cue magical chime sounds. Yep, Fraggles. There were Fraggles in the store window. I LOVED Fraggle Rock as a kid. Absolutely. loved. it.

I high-tailed it into the store and found Red, my favorite Fraggle. I bounced Red in front of Adoration, who immediately giggled and reached for her. "You love her don't you? Don't you want the Fraggle?" I cooed to Adoration.

Then James walked in.
"Look! Fraggles! See...Adoration loves her!"
He just gave me that "please don't try to convince me that our daughter wants that because really she won't know the difference, YOU are the one who really wants that, we are on a budget and you know it" look.

I sadly put Red back on the shelf. I could read his mind and he was right.
Thanks Dave Ramsey. Thanks a lot.

So maybe for her birthday?



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