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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Spring is in the Air.. Literally

One of my favorite seasons of the year would have to be Spring. From the perfect mid-seventy degree weather, the bright colors in fashion to start off the sunny days, to the beginning of everything in bloom. However, all the blooming is one of the worst downfalls of the season too! Now don't get me wrong, I had been taking my Zyrtec everyday, as well as using my nasal spray and eye drops around the clock, to ensure that I would be covered, but Mother Nature had other things on her agenda this past weekend, which included making her debut on Scot and my allergies.
We woke up the next morning determined not to let Mother Nature and her pollen bring us down. After breakfast, Scot and I decided it was time to introduce the sweet pea to Ryder in the form of a slimy green substance. I actually gave it a try and it wasn't so bad (especially in comparison to that nasty formula he had been drinking since he drank his last breast milk bottle last week) He did GREAT! I think he even enjoyed it. Speaking of Ryder, I just HAD to include the video of him "springing" into action with his Jumparoo that he got for Easter. videoAs the morning progressed, we realized that there were a lot of projects around the house that needed to be done in an effort to "spring clean". I first saw the scrapbook lying on my desk and knew I wanted to tackle a few pages. You have to understand that Scot piles things on my desk in an effort to keep all my piles that I leave around the house, in one place. This in turn leads to one HUGE pile, that day after day gets ignored until the weekend. So after the pens were placed in their holder, receipts filed away, and pictures placed back in their albumns, I was finally able to get to the "fun stuff". These were the final efforts of my first two pages, which I was very pleased with! (Thankyou again Aunt Sandi!!)

After tackling a few other odds and ends around the house that included organizing our attic, seperating all of Ryder's clothes that he has outgrown, and bringing all of my clothes down in exchange for my winter clothes, it was a LONG morning to say the least. We had already gotten a few things on sale for Scot so it was my turn to go shopping for some cute stuff for our cruise. I finally got a Maxi dress, and a few pair of sandals that I was in desperate need of. (Thankyou again Mom & Jeff for my b-day cash to Belks!) Of course Tucker had to sniff the bags to see what I bought when we got home. Speaking of my fur-baby, he had his weekly bath and a trim that he was way overdue for! Ryder helped for a little bit, mainly just grabbing at his fur, until he got bored. Amongst other purchases, say hello to our new digital camera. Our dinosaur of a camera was on it's last leg. We would have kept it longer because it takes great pictures, but when you only have a milisecond to capture a baby smiling, the geezer cam just wasn't cuttin' it haha.

All in all, we had a very busy weekend of cleaning and dusting and organizing and shopping and bathing babies and dogs, and somewhere in the day finding a free minute to bathe ourselves, but the best part of my weekend was waking up Sunday morning and getting excited again to go to our new church home! We were greeted by a lot of nice people again and some who even remembered us from last week, which was a refreshing change, from attending larger churches in the past, where we faded in the crowd of people. Most of all, I am getting excited about how God will use us and how we can grow as a family with him. Well, I hope that you all had a very good weekend, and if you have allergies like me, that they are getting better! Have a good week.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Random Wednesday

First off, I want to thank my parents for coming over last night so that Scot and I could have 3 hours to ourselves to enjoy a romantic evening in honor of our Anniversary! I am definitely spoiled to have such awesome parents just 20 min away!

We had filet mignon at 131 Main for dinner, followed by champagne and a key lime pie slice for dessert..courtesy of Ryder asleep in his crib.

Thought that I would share some pics from Eric & Tori's recent wedding in Hilton Head, SC. I am the second row second from far left in the bridesmaid picture. It had been two years since I had seen my dad, and it was an emotional day for us all I think. It brought tears to my eyes to see him hold his grandson for the first time. I don't talk about him much but I will open up one day on here. For now, I hold the memories of my childhood in a sacred place.

***Edit Note** The book was actually "Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing" as my brother commented to correct me haha

You have to understand how much my brother loves turtles. I think his love for them started when he was reading 'Blubber' by Judy Blume and there was a pet turtle named "dribble". Either that, or his love for fishing at Hidden Lake and catching numerous "Dribbles" of his own and then chasing me with them. This is also how my fear of turtles came about haha. Whatever the case, he HAD to include a turtle as his grooms cake for the rehersal dinner. It was delicious!I thought this was an especially cute picture of my mom and Eric. Hard to believe that both of her children are married now! Growing up with an older had it's many benefits and drawbacks, and as I got older I realized there were many more pluses than minuses. He is one of my best friends and I am so happy that he married a girl like Tori so that I can experience what having a sister is like.
Speaking of families, I also wanted to mention that Tori has started her own blog! Go here I also wanted to mention that my stepdad, Jeff has started his own too! He gives a lot of "wisdom" on his blog and I love reading it. Go here.
Last but not least, I think that our search for our church is OVER! Last Sunday, we attended a new church and were blown away. Scot and I both thanked God on the way home for giving us the tools for a church family. I was so happy when I received a call today from the pastor welcoming us and letting us know that if we had any questions to feel free to call. We will be attending a luncheon in a few weeks and possibly joining a Life Group. To be honest, I want to DIVE right in while I feel the spirit telling me to, but I think Scot is still wading in the shallow end, not quite sure if he's ready. I know that there is a group just right for us and I am willing to be patient for him when he is ready. I'm just happy at how excited we both are to grow together spiritually. Well, I hope that everyone is having a good day/night/week. Love, Laura

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Happy 2nd Anniversary!!

Four Years ago, I met Scot David Gelinas. We started out as friends, neither one of us wanting to get too serious, as we had both been burned and wanted to take things slow. It was hard for me to keep my feelings at bay, as I fell hard for this man, harder than I had ever fallen before.Three years ago, Scot and I began dating more exclusively and more frequently, allowing one another to experience true love for the first time. I knew this man would be mine one day! It wasn't long before we got engaged on October 14, 2006Two years ago today marks our wedding day. As I said my vows, I realized that I would be spending the rest of my life with my soulmate and best friend and I couldn't be happierLast year, we celebrated two things on our First Anniversary. We had recently discovered that we were expecting a baby. What better way to cherish our anniversary and enjoy the coming months of having a baby together.
Now that our second Anniversary has come, I can't wait to see what our life together will bring in the coming years together. I am just blessed with a beautiful family and thank God everyday for bringing Scot into my life. Happy Anniversary Scootie!! I love you.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Anniversary cards and more!

After being away for the past two weekends, it was REALLY nice to spend this weekend at home! Not that we didn't have a fantastic time getting away and vacationing at the beach with our loved ones, but nothing is better than being back home in your own bed. This week wasn't an easy one to be back at work after a long vacation either. Scot and I were both looking forward to a somewhat "veg" weekend where we didn't have major plans to do anything but relax. One of my favorite things to do is getting cards in the mail. I'm not sure why, but I just love them, so you can imagine my delight at finding these Anniversary cards. I really love the one about our upcoming cruise that we take in May-that my mother and father-in-law sent- too cute!

To reminisce about our upcoming wedding anniversary, Scot and I decided to take a stroll around the place that we got married at. We knew that Tucker was way overdue for some excercise, and what better idea than to show Ryder where we got married. The weather was perfect, just like it was 2 years ago that Saturday, not a cloud or raindrop in sight! It's hard to believe so much has happened in our married life together so far, and I am looking forward to all the years to come spent with my sweetie. Of course it wouldn't be a fair post to Ryder if I didn't include his 5 month picture too today. He is achieving milestones each day! These are just a few that we have noticed recently:

  • Ryder has accomplished eating rice cereal from a spoon now-and actually anticipates his next bite from the spoon. I think he even likes the way it tastes!
  • He can roll from back to stomach, but gets stuck and has a hard time getting back over. We are still working on this, but he gets better at it each day.
  • I swear he utters "Um-ma" as if to say Mama.. and he seems to be saying "Hey" now too. We always tell him "I love you" and Scot and I both looked at each other in amazement last night when it sounded like he said it right back to us, or at least the 'I Love' part!
  • He LOVES his new jumparoo that we bought him as an Easter present last weekend. He barely touches the carpet on the lowest setting, but so far he gets the hang of it and it gives Scot and I a break while we cook or do laundry.

Thats all for now, but after a great day, it's time to call it a night. I love you all and hope that you are having a nice weekend!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Vacation

We arrived safely to Holden Beach Thursday night, so after a good nights sleep, we woke up and were ready to show Ryder around. The first stop was to Paradise Cafe for some good food and good company! I had a huge Taco salad and Scot and I shared an order of clam strips. For two people that don't like seafood very much, we cleaned our plate.
Later that night, we went out to eat at Betty's for seafood (well Scot ordered wings and I had chicken strips- but everyone else did!) Of course we had to pose by the shrimp 1st though!We didn't have a long wait, so after taking a few pictures, it was time to eat!
My little shrimp and IThe next morning, after all the eating we did the day before, we decided it was time to take a walk. It was a beautiful sunny day and perfect weather for a stroll.
Once the wind died down enough, and the sun began to set, we decided it would be a good time to introduce Ryder to the sand and surf. He got his first taste at Hilton Head, but didn't get to dig his feet in, so I sat with him while he played.
This is when we discovered that Ryder is a big fan of the chicken dance, just like his daddy ha!
Hoodie LOVE!
Scot and his little Bunny Easter morning
Easter Sunday came, and we dressed for church at the Chapel by the Sea. As tradition had it, we attempted the sunrise service, but somehow managed to sleep in and missed it, so we went to the 8am service instead. Ryder was in a great mood and we were ready to soak in some praise and worship. We had a great time and were sad when he had to head back home, but realized it won't be long before we will be going back.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Holden Beach Holds My Heart

Well it really felt like winter here when we returned from our Hilton Head vacation. Gone were the warm sunny days on the island, and in it's place, we welcomed cold and rain! We ended up having a wonderful time though, and I was really worried for no reason (other than the fact that I was so mad that I wasn't able to take more pictures). I will admit it, I definitely inherited the "taking picture gene" from my mom! I usually always have it with me. Thank goodness our relatives were there as backups to take them for us!

Since I am off work this Friday and Monday in honor of Easter, we are heading to our family beach house at Holden Beach, NC for a LONG weekend to relax. Holden Beach holds a special place in my heart because I have been going there since I was a baby and hope to continue the tradition with Ryder. It will be neat to have all three generations there this year to celebrate Easter together.
I'm hoping to have a relaxing weekend after a LONNNG work week! Hope that you all have a wonderful Easter too and I will be posting pictures from the wedding and the beach this coming weekend. (And you better believe I will be bringing my camera this time!)

Monday, April 6, 2009

Headed For Hilton Head

The week flew by and before we knew it, it was time to head to Hilton Head to attend Eric and Tori's wedding. Thursday night, I could hardly get back to sleep after feeding Ryder as I anticipated the busy weekend. These were some of the thoughts running around in my head at 4:30 in the morning!
  • This would be the first vacation with Ryder, and longest trip in the car with him. I prayed that he would sleep for most of the way, and my prayers were answered.
  • It would be my dad's first time meeting Ryder and I hadn't seen him for the past two years-How would my family react being together again after divorced for 10 years??
  • How would we deal with a crying baby during their ceremony since Scot and I were both in the Wedding Party??
    Luckily, Ryder did awesome on the whole 5 hour ride down! We only stopped to feed and change him once. This was us shortly after arriving in our hotel room, as we sprawled out on the bed to play. We were proud parents that day, but there was no way that we could have managed a trip like this earlier in the year since he was just a newborn and we were still so new at being parents. There was still a lot of stress in anticipation of how the weekend would play out with a 4-month old! Once we got settled in and unpacked, the Pack-N-Play put together, and our clothes hung up, we were able to put on our bathing suits and head to the pool. Since I had gotten a bit too much sun in the tanning bed (trying to get color other than pasty white for the wedding), I decided to hang out with Ryder under the shady umbrella. He seemed to enjoy the warm breeze and the freedom of being barefoot, something that he hasn't had the pleasure of doing much, as it still hasn't been warm enough yet.Before we knew it, it was time to head back to our room and start getting ready for the rehersal. Scot and I headed to my Dad's hotel so that he could meet Ryder and we could spend some time together before we had to be at the Yacht Club. I will include pictures later, but unfortunately I wasn't thinking right and left my camera in the car! I guess that I can't use the "pregnancy brain" excuse anymore. After the rehersal, we headed to Kurama for some hibachi-style Japanese food- YUM! Again, by this point I was too exhausted to think clearly to take pictures, but I did get this cute one of my Aunt Paula and Uncle Steve, and Mom & Jeff above, and the one of Scot and Ryder below, both looking very sleepy after a LONG day! It wasn't long before he had a meltdown and nothing could console him, but fortunately for us, it was after we got to eat.
    Refreshed the next morning, we decided to make it to Forest Beach so that we could get a glimpse of the ocean to clear our heads and relax before the wedding. It was so fun to take Ryder on his first beach trip, so I had to be quirky and attempted to write in the sand, but as you can see didn't come out as clear as I hoped. However, it does read: "1st Beach Trip"We worked up an appetite for burgers afterwards, so we went to Cheeburger Cheeburger for some comfort food. It was nice to indulge and I even treated myself to a Dr Pepper float. I wanted to fill up because I knew that I would be getting hungry later with all the festivities to follow. Good thing Scot and I worked out all week or I would have felt REALLY guilty afterwards. Who am I kidding? We still felt guilty and made a pact not to eat anymore fried foods until our cruise haha! (yea, we'll see how long THAT lasts!)
    We had to eat and run though, as it was time to start getting ready for the wedding. We handed Ryder off to Jeff so that I could join Tori at her parents house and Scot could join my brother to all get ready together.
    God blessed them with a gorgeous day, and I am so happy to FINALLY have a "sister", something that I used to beg my parents for. I will be posting more pictures as I get them, but as mentioned earlier, I was not the best photographer this trip, no thanks to the lack of sleep that I had gotten. We really enjoyed ourselves and are looking forward to the years ahead with many more beach trips in store!