9:14 AM

7 Friends

I this article last night on MSN I didn’t have time to read it, but because of the catchy headline I saved it for today. After reading it, I decided that it made excellent blogging material. I stole this from Mayday's blog- Thanks!

“7 Friends Every Woman Needs”

1. The kooky friendDani...... Ah how I love spending time with Dani (and Ava too!) Not only is she a brand new mom with a beautiful baby girl but we've been friends now for 10 years. I don't think I've ever had a friend that long! I don't know any other girl that can quote Katt Williams like her, ahhhhhhhh, don't you just love laughing?

Friendship isn’t a big thing - it’s a million little things. ~Author Unknown

2. The new friend - Wendy. Ok so technically I haven't ever met the woman in person but she is 110% someone who knows my struggles, understands my hardships and pushes me through. She is such an amazing mom and inspiration to me. Although we'll only be able to meet up once or twice a year it is so worth the wait...

Friends are the most important part of your life. Treasure the tears, treasure the laughter, but most importantly, treasure the memories. ~Dave Brenner

3. The friend you’ll keep for life -Olivia. Yes she's my sister but that does NOT mean that she is automatically my friend. We know a ton of sister's who are not best friends or even good friends. Olivia knows me... she can read my face, she feels my pain, she's inside my head (almost too much!) and the love I feel for her is unconditional. I would trade my life for hers so yeah, we'll be friends for life.

Sometimes in life, you find a special friend. Someone who changes your life just by being a part of it. Someone who makes you laugh until you can’t stop. Someone who makes you believe that there really is good in the world. Someone who convinces you that there really is an unlocked door just waiting for you to open it. This is forever friendship. When you’re down and the world seems dark and empty, your forever friend lifts you up in spirit and makes that dark and empty world suddenly seem bright and full. Your forever friend gets you through the hard times, the sad times and the confused times. If you turn and walk away, your forever friend follows. If you lose your way, your forever friend guides you and cheers you on. Your forever friend holds your hand and tells you that everything is going to be okay. And if you find such a friend, you feel happy and complete because you need not worry. You have a forever friend, and forever has no end. ~Unknown

4. The couple friends - Jessica and Brian. This was a tough one! Regardless if Brian and Jessica started out as our "couple" friends that doesn't mean we only hang out in couples. Jessica is my friend for life regardless of who she is married to but it is nice to have someone to keep my Brian occupied :) We were close from the very day we were introduced. I don't have to pretend to be perfect with Jess because she already knows :)

We look at each other wondering what the other is thinking but we never say a thing. ~Ants Marching

5. The 9 to 5 friend - Ashley. Even though we don't work together anymore she is one of my very best friends. She is one of the only things I miss about my old job... we still keep in touch though. Gotta love that daily dose of email! I miss you girl!

There isn’t much that I can do, but I can share an hour with you, and I can share a joke with you….as on our way we go. ~Maude V. Preston

6. The friend who shows up - Char. Without a doubt. I’ve been burned before, and Char has ALWAYS been there. And the quote below couldn’t be ANYMORE true. Did I mention she is technically my ex's aunt? Yeah. She has dragged me out of the darkest point in my life by herself. She never ever gave up, even when I had. I will be grateful forever.

It is the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter. ~Marlene Dietrich

7. The friend who’s been there - Jennifer. This girl is SO WISE! Anyone would be lucky to have a ten minute conversation with her let alone be her sister-in-law! I am always awed by her eagerness to listen, her ability to access and advise on any situation, her prayers and the way she raises her family is unbelievable. God is first in her life, she is one of the BEST mom's to ever walk the face of the earth. What an inspiration!

The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you’ve had. ~Author Unknown

2:24 PM

Water Logged

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I couldn't wait for my son to take his first bath. During my pregnancy the ONLY thing that gave me any relief was a bath, I sometimes took a few a day. I knew my son would love the water. Ah, how I love being right.

The other night Kaleb woke up screaming at 2 in the morning. That is sooooooooo weird for him. He takes a bottle during the night but he whines to wake me up, he never cries. I thought maybe he was mad that I was giving him water instead of formula (a good way to break the night time bottle routine?) Normally, yes. The water made him mad, formula really pissed him off and by the time I was stripping his clothes off to change his diaper he was irate. I take a deep breath (innnnnnnnnnnn, ouuuuttttttttttt) and ask myself, "what would I do if it was me? The bath."




Problem solved. Yep. That's him-sleeping in the tub at 2 in the morning. (Don't you love the censor, Kaleb doesn't want his boy-parts on the Internet!)


Kaleb has a pen-pal from his Superhand's website. Coincidentally, his name is Caleb and he's from Alabama (just a few miles from where Brian grew up), missing his left hand and there is almost a one year birthday difference from our Kaleb. We are going to let the boys meet up each summer when we go on vacation. His mom, Wendy, and I exchange articles, stories, pictures... EVERYTHING about our boys. She suggested getting Kaleb into swimming lesson's to help make sure he is using his left hand equally and will help maintain the muscle balance in each arm. What an amazing idea!

Kaleb starts his swimming lesson's next month. Just in time for my mom's pool to open across the street. Our own private pool... I should've moved sooner!

Looks like our baby is going to be water logged. I love it!

8:38 AM

The Kitchen River

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


So here is the picture of the new do... it's the best I could get with my cell phone. You get the full effect when my left eye is not covered by the hair. =)

And some Easter Basket pictures finally...


I cannot believe he's going to be 7 months this Saturday! The time flies so fast. Last night Brian was feeding Kaleb dinner when my kitchen sink stopped draining. In my best whiner voice I begged, "Pleasssssssssse come fix this. I don't know why it's stopped up but I'm tryinggggggggg to do my dishes." He tells me to hold on he's feeding a wild animal and he cannot stop mid-feed. Instead of waiting I decide to do it myself. I start disassembling the pipes below. To make a long story short, I found the source of the clog and fixed it. The bad news? I soaked myself and the kitchen floor. I'm laughing at myself when I hear Brian telling Kaleb, "Guess what your crazy mom did? She made a river in the kitchen! That mom is so silly." Kaleb thought it was hilarious and laughed at the good soaking I gave everything in our kitchen.
Olivia comes home tomorrow night! Her flight gets in around 10 pm and then they have the drive from Columbus. I'll just be happy to see her face on Thursday morning :)

9:46 AM

All Systems Go

Friday, April 17, 2009


I am happy to report that Olivia and Amanda are having a blast in Florida. Since they have arrived at Amanda's parent's summer home they have laid out on the beach, taken a nap, and managed to get their rental car upgraded to an Infiniti. Ah, to be young again! Kaleb sure is missing his 'O'... they will have to spend some serious time together when she gets back.

About a week ago I took the big plunge. I cut off like 6 inches on my hair... I really wanted to wait until I was married. However, having a baby changes EVERYTHING including morning routines. I no longer have an hour to straighten or curl hair that was half way down my back. I probably haven't actually done my hair since Christmas. I refused to be one of those frumpy mom's in the Suave commercials. I did it and my new dew got an overwhelmingly wonderful response. Brian claims it's like cheating on me with a girl with sexy short hair.

Kaleb is such a good boy! That picture was taken a few weeks ago during the Red's home opener. He even got a new Red's baseball hat in his Easter basket that we were finally able to give to him last night. I'm determined to get some pictures of the nice weekend and post the one's from our delayed Easter outing. Brian is feeling better and finally got some quality time with his boy last night. I heard Kaleb rustling around in bed about 9 pm and sent Brian in to check on him. Bad idea- next thing I know they are standing in the kitchen giving me the pouty lip claiming neither of them were tired. Mmmm hmmmm. They were fast asleep a half hour later.

I cannot believe how fast this year has gone... I'm still trying to catch up from the winter!

Happy Weekend!

10:22 AM

On His Own Already?

Thursday, April 16, 2009




This is my struggle, each day. He wants to do it himself. Nevermind he gags himself, flings food on my walls, dribbles juice from the 'non-spill' sippy cup onto my floors... he wants to do it himself!

Ah, how they grow.

Olivia and Amanda landed safely in Florida a few minutes ago. Which reminds me I should get back to work so I can take my independent little bugger to Alabama later this year....

9:06 AM

Spring Fever, Literally.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

So many things have happened since my last post. Ah, if I could only FIND the time to blog. I have "officially" started my new position with The Party Platter. Okay, so technically I've been working for it since it started but I have 100% left my old job and I am now the Operations Manager for this quickly-growing catering company. The best parts? Oh yes, parts. I get to make my own schedule without any infractions, dings or worries about being fired. I generally keep the same 7:30-4:00 pm Monday- Friday, which I just love so much. I am literally less than 2 miles from home. Both of Kaleb's baby sitters are less than 2 miles from the shop. I get to see my mother's beautiful face each and everyday and we work oh-so-well together. The best part? I'm the boss. Ah the freedom! The reason I can't FIND the time to blog? I'm so busy in the shop it's tough to tear myself away for twenty minutes. Luckily, I hired my first person yesterday. Yes I hired them! What can I say? I should've done this sooner!

Kaleb had his 6 month appointment. He is a staggering 20 pounds, 2 ounces. He stands a good 27 and 3/4 inches tall and his head remains in the 99th percentile. He had an awesome jump on his height. All of his stats are still above the 85% line. We have a very big boy. He often eats TWO types of baby food at each meal. He is now on a square breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner (and sometimes pre-bedtime snack). He is not (ughhhhhhhhhh) sleeping through the night but that is a problem confessed in a later post. I have created a monster!

He has such a wonderful personality. He loves the ladies. He smiles, giggles and is expanding his vocabulary each day. He loves to stick his tongue out and has a special knack for getting what he wants. For example, I was holding Ava (my good friend, Danielle's little girl, born 2/14/09) when Kaleb spots us from across the blanket in the living room. He rolls onto his belly, lifts himself up and scoots toward us. When he realizes he's not getting where he needs to be he starts using his hand to hold onto the blanket and drag himself to us. Before I realize what is going on he has crawled up my legs and attempts to put Ava's foot in his mouth. Thankfully he still has NO teeth but did manage to pull her sock off and get a few good munches on that! He has the whole army crawl thing down but prefers to pull himself if a blanket is near. He hasn't quite managed anything near a crawl but doesn't often attempt to try. He prefers to stand or sit (which he is doing on his own now). The only issue is when he gets excited he forgets that he's sitting and topples over. He's a brute though and as long as I laugh and say, "you're okay!" he continues on his way...

In other news, Brian and I missed Easter. How horrible! I'm so sad that we missed our son's first Easter. We didn't get to visit family, see him in his outfit, give him his basket or most important go to church. Saturday Brian stayed home from work because he wasn't feeling well. We ended up being up until 4 am coughing, aching and self-medicating. Knowing Kaleb would be up soon I called Olivia home from her friends to wait for him to wake. They snuggled for a few hours and she took him to my mom's as the sun was rising. Nothing worked for us, by 8 am the pain was so bad we called our doctor (on vacation) who called us in a prescription. My dad picked it up and the amazing cough syrup coated our throat's and knocked us out. We spent the next two days locked in our home. We could only see our son by going to the window and watching him play in my parent's yard. I'm so thankful we had them during those long days. I was better and went back to work yesterday. Brian did the same....

At lunch he called me, "Please come home. I'm here. It hurts." I was headed that way anyway so I take him to the new urgent care near our home (our doc was still out of town). They take him right back and ended up doing a chest xray. Long story short, he has walking pneumonia. He already has asthma plus he's a smoker (who claims to have quit Saturday-the last time he touched one). His lungs took a normal cold and it dropped into a serious illness. He had to have a breathing treatment, is using a prevental inhaler for the first time in 10 years, is on antibiotics so strong his skin will blister and rash in the sun and is on a high dose of steroids. I'll keep you updated on his progress. Hopefully if he can kick that nasty habit, he can kick these once a year colds.

So now I'm playing super-mom, super-wife and super-business woman. My trusty helper (Miss Olivia) is leaving for Florida tomorrow morning. The poor thing cried this morning saying good-bye to Kaleb. Even though I promised lost of cell phone pics she had one seriously hard time letting go. One week without her is going to be tough.

Hopefully I can break this nasty non-blogging habit. Wish me luck!

Ericka