Five Question Friday

1. Do you apologize to your kids if you're wrong?
Boogie's not old enough for this to really pertain to us at this point, but I hope that in the future I will be able to do that. Nobody likes being wrong, but I hope I can set an example for my daughter by showing her that it's okay to be flawed, and it's okay to be wrong sometimes.

2. Do you have a class ring, Letterman's jacket, or similarly obscenely priced high school "must have"?
I have a ring and a letter... never got a jacket because they are seriously expensive, but I have a letter for marching band stashed somewhere!

3. If you could be one age for the rest of your life, what age would you choose?
23... I like how I feel now both physically and emotionally. I'm not the weight or size I hope to be but I'm comfortable in my skin, and I'm just at a point in my life where I am extremely happy with who I am and who I'm becoming.

4. What is your favorite (unused) baby name?
We love the name Lillian Naomi for a girl... Lillian was my paternal grandmother's first name, and Naomi was Lillian's mother's middle name. I think it would be a wonderful way to honor them if we have another little girl. For a boy we really like Cooper and Gibson... but I don't have a boy's name that I'm completely in love with. I want something original and special like Boogie's name... but I don't really need to think about that until I'm pregnant with a little boy lol!

5. If you could make your child like something what would it be?
That's a hard one. Immediately I want to say something Jesus related.... but that one I think I want her to like on her own. So, I would have to say something music related. I want her to like listening, playing, singing, doing anything involving music. Without music, my life would be drastically different... sometimes music was the only therapy that got me through the tough times!


Social Media Break

The day has come! LOL! No, but really... J and I are taking a break from Facebook, blogger, and twitter this week. The less distraction the better! I'll be checking email periodically, and my babycenter page (I'm still waiting on the diapers I bought UGH), but other than that I'll be MIA! I have my phone... so I'm sure I'll still be in contact with friends (coughChristaandJanellecough), but other than that I'm gone! We'll be back, I know you'll miss us ;-)


Five Question Friday, A Little Whining, and a Blogging/Social Media Hiatus

First up we have....

1. Dream job... realistic and completely unrealistic.
Realistic? Stay at home mommy... which is amazing! I NEVER though I would have the chance to stay home with our kids, but we are making it happen! Unrealistic? I'd love to be in charge of youth rallies and youth ministry outreaches like Xtreme Summer. Doing the worship would be AMAZING! But... that's very unrealistic. But, perhaps someday when my kids get older I can get involved with the youth group at our church?!?!

2. Do you fart in front of your significant other?
Bahahaha! Of course! Wouldn't it be kind of weird NOT too?

3. What's the furthest you've ever traveled from home? How far and where was it?
Orland, FL. I know... big whoop right? I went with the marching band my sophomore year of high school... we went to Disney World, Universal Studios, Downtown Disney, and Islands of Adventure.

4. How do you celebrate birthdays for your kids? Family only or friends?
We haven't reached Boogie's first birthday yet, but it's slowly creeping up on us! Actually... I should say it's quickly running up on us... Ay yi yi! I think we will be doing immediate family and close friends only. Meaning, a few friends, grandparents, uncles (Boogie only has 2), and godfamily. 

5. Fave thing about fall?
What's NOT to like? I live in Western NC... the most BEAUTIFUL place in the world during this season! The changing leaves are spectacular and it's sweater weather. Woohoo!

And now... a little whining.

I'm getting sick. I haven't had a cold since Boogie was 4ish weeks old? Maybe 5ish weeks? My nose has slowly become stopped up over the course of the day, and now I feel feverish and yucky. Noooooooo! This means that more than likely Boogie will get sick too. So then, not only will I be taking care of a sick child, but also a sick child who has two top teeth slicing through her gums and causing her great pain. Can I say ay yi yi again? Ay yi yi. Good news amongst the bad? J gave me a nook for our anniversary last week, and it's AWESOME. I finally figured out how to get library books from the NC digital library downloaded onto it... so now I'm currently reading Water for Elephants. So far, it's great!

And finally... blogging/social media hiatus.

J and I were talking the other day and we decided to take a week long "vacation" from blogging and social media (aka Facebook and Twitter and for me... babycenter). Do you ever think about how much those sites and others you visit on a DAILY basis take away from your relationships and families? It's astonishing really. While I'm sitting on my phone checking facebook, I could be reading a book to my daughter, or cuddling with my husband having a good conversation. Ugh, it's sick. So... starting Sunday we're taking a break. We'll be back next Saturday.... maybe. And really, with all the crappy changes facebook is making (it's supposed to change again, and it looks like a myspace copy, blech.) I don't know if I even care to stop using it. Anyways. There you go. I'll probably blog once more before until next time... adieu.


If I...

I'm stealing this little blog entry from Boogie's birthday buddy's mommy....

Fill in the blanks:

If I were to get pregnant again... I would be ecstatic! I can't wait to have another squishy itty bitty baby in my arms! I just pray that it doesn't take as long as it did to conceive Boogie!

If I could have any job in the world... I would still be a SAHM. Best. Job. Ever.

•If I had a day to myself... I would clean the house from top to bottom, rearrange the bedrooms the way I really want to, veg out on the couch, take a nap, watch movies... and de-stress. Oh man... that sounds AAAAA-mazing!

If I could get married all over again... I probably would have skipped the big hoo-rah, invited our immediate family and friends and headed to the beach for a more intimate, beautiful setting.

•If I could live anywhere in the US... as long as we stay somewhere near the mountains I'll be happy!

If Boogie would have been a boy she would have been named (or your baby girl a boy) Cooper Frank. Cooper is just a name we like and Frank was my paternal grandfather's name.

•If I could have any talent in the world... I wish I was craftier. I want to sew as well as my momma, quilt as well as my momma, knit, crochet, scrapbook.... I want to be crafty!

•If you met me in real life you would probably say... hmmm... I have no idea! Probably that I'm nuts, or shy, or weird. Who knows!?

•If I could go back to school and get a different degree... honestly, if I knew that Boogie was going to come along when she did I would have postponed school until after we were done having kids. I HATE spreading my time between homework and Boogie. I want a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's in Christian Counseling.-

If money were not an object... we'd buy the home of our dreams, travel more, adopt lots of kiddos, donate $$ to several ministries... and then help our parents pay of debts and live comfortably.

•If I could meet one celebrity ... the only celebrity I would want to meet is Ray Charles... and he died :(

•If I could only shop at one store for the rest of my life ... well I guess that would mean it would have to be somewhere you can get pretty much anything so... Super Target.

•If we get another pet I would want... a pet rock. I think I'm done having pets :(

•If I could go on a trip, RIGHT NOW... we'd go to Fort Walton Beach, FL or to Orlando...

If I had to chose between a house cleaner and a personal chef... I don't have to pick... I already have both. No really! My husband loves to clean AND cook! ;-)

If I had the option of plastic surgery... I wouldn't accept it. Honestly. I want to lose weight on my own, tone my body up on my own. I know that my body will never be super thin, my boobs will never be the same, and that my skin will forever have stretch marks... but it also bears the marks of pregnancy and the months I held my children in my womb, the time I spent holding them in my arms nursing them... and the love I had for them. No way I'm messing those marks up!


Five Question Friday

1. If you had a weekly newspaper column, what would you name it?
That's a toughie... hmmmm... maybe And Baby Makes Three.... real original right? LOL!

2. Who is your mentor/inspiration?
That is an easy one. Janelle Flint! I mean really... she's an amazing mother to five AWESOME kids, she home-schools, she's a child of God, and one of the greatest friends I have ever had... and she's pretty much the BEST godmother known to man. 

3. What is your wake up beverage of choice?
Water.... water... and then more water. I don't drink caffiene anymore, and since I nurse my daughter on demand I always wake up THIRSTY. So I drink lots of water... and then if we have any in the fridge I'll drink juice.

4. Would you wear your mom's clothes?
No, probably not. Our styles are WAY different... and I'm not too fond of jersey knit dresses that graduate to sleep dresses that you can SEE through! BAHAHAH! I'm sorry, I couldn't resist. She actually didn't realize it was see through until I told her...and has since been thrown away. I love you mom! ;-)

5. When you were a kid, did you put posters on your wall? If so, what were they of?
LMBO! Of course! You should have seen my room in high school. Not only did I have posters of everything from Cosmo Girl Guys of the Month, Jimi Hendrix, and other random people, I also had my walls painted in crazy colors... and I wrote all over them. I had an autograph wall... handprints, quotes, designs, drawings... you name it. Ay yi yi!

Been a While...

It's been a while since I posted... I needed a break from blogging, and really I should have taken a break from the internet period. Oh well! Since my last post a lot of things have changed! Last week Boogie really started crawling! She is hysterical... she keeps her left leg bent like you do when you crawl, but she keeps her right leg out so that she can push herself a little further as she crawls. LMBO! In that same day she started pulling up without any help... AND cruising. She likes to walk holding onto the couch. Slow down sweet girl! So, now we have officially baby proofed everything... I think. We bought a gate with a door to go across our living room to block off the desktop and my bookshelf and the kitchen. We moved furniture around, plugged up all the outlets, covered up anything unsafe, and put a gate up to the hallway... and bolted the shelves to the walls. It was a lot to do.. but we finished it all today! Now I feel comfortable leaving Boogie in the living room if I need to cook dinner, run to the bathroom, or do laundry!

This week was also our 4 year wedding anniversary (and sweet Andrew's first birthday! happy birthday little man!). We didn't go out, but I made a yummy (and very unhealthy) dinner... it was fried porkchops, mashed potatoes, baked macaroni and cheese, homemade rolls, and steamed broccoli. We invited my parents over to  help us eat (and to celebrate mom's birthday as well)... and then finished off the night by watching Vampire Diaries and putting Elah to bed. That's my life! I love it!

J has started his new job, he comes home in an awesome mood, he's not extremely tired, and he gets to spend time with our daughter before she goes to bed. He loves it! I'm so excited for him, and I know this is a huge weight off of his shoulders!

We went on "vacation" last weekend to Gatlinburg... our goal was to get every bit of clothing Boogie's going to need this winter and spring/summer. Yes, I buy ahead of time, even if it means she MIGHT not fit in it the entire summer... I still got it for a fraction of the cost I would get it next summer! We got everything she needs, everything J and I needed, and a few extras. I'm still trying to decide whether Boogie really needs a heavy coat this winter or not.. it's not like she's going to be out in the weather much, she can't wear a big coat in her car seat... and I just don't think it's necessary. But there's always that what if... you know? Boogie didn't do as well as we hoped on vacation unfortunately. She HATES riding in the car, I mean HATES. She gets super upset, then falls asleep, and then vomits EVERYWHERE. It was horrible. And she normally does really well in restaraunts... not so much this time. Let's just say it's going to be a long time before we take another trip!

I think that about covers it! Boogie is getting so big, she's constantly learning new things and she continuously surprises me. She does a little better at night, but we still have our rough nights. School is... going. I'm ready to be done. And yea. That's it. So.... bye!


My Hiding Place

You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. (Psalm 32:7-8)

I am desperate for a hiding place right now. I have become a recluse because of things like this, I don't like making friends with other mothers because of things like this... and I want to HIDE because of things like this. I'm vulnerable and broken and the only thing I know to do is to just fall down on my knees and cry to the ONE who can protect me. Words can be incredibly hurtful. This is the second time I've written a post like this in mere weeks and it's all about my parenting choices. I may be a first time mom but I believe I'm a good mom. It's all I've ever wanted to be and all I desire to be. I don't take my parenting choices lightly, I don't just jump and say, "this is what I'm going to do". I seek advice, I seek information, I seek knowledge... I care for my daughter in a way that is right for us and works for us. I'm not clueless. I don't preach. I share my opinions on my blog, I share articles I find that I think are useful, but I never preach nor do I ever shove my opinions down other people's throats. I'm young, but I'm not naive. I don't expect anyone to take my opinions and be done with it... I hope that they take my opinions and continue to seek more information on whatever they're looking for. I'll tell you whatever you want to know about babywearing, breastfeeding, baby led weaning, cloth diapering, whatever.... but I do NOT expect you to take my opinion and make it yours completely. You don't even have to agree with me. That's why it's my opinion, not fact. I can show you facts as well, but you can only take them if you want them.

I'm not even sure where I'm going with this... I just know that I'm hurting and I needed to let it go and writing this is helping me let it go. I find my hiding place in the Lord, I know He can protect me no matter what happens.


Change is in the Air

Change is wonderful. I LOVE CHANGE. Ask J, I love to rearrange our furniture, I love to change up our decor, I like to try new things, explore new places.... change rocks. J made a BIG change today, he got a new job! It pays a little more than his last job, we get affordable health insurance, AND my favorite part.... he will be home for dinner EVERY night! His schedule goes something like this: every work he works from 5:30am-5:30pm and he has a set schedule. He works Monday, works Tuesday, off Wednesday, work Thursday, off Friday, work Saturday, work Sunday, off Monday, off Tuesday, work Wednesday, off Thursday, work Friday, and off for the weekend.... and then you start all over again. He's excited, I'm excited... and Boogie is ALWAYS excited! I guess you can tell when I'm excited in my blog posts because I do THIS! LOL!

The only not so fun part about this new job is that we're having to change up our vacation plans. We originally had planned on taking a week long vacation in Gatlinburg with a day trip to Knoxville... but now that he no longer works doubles on weekends with week breaks in between that just isn't possible. So. New plan. We'll leave on a Sunday night after J gets off, spend Monday morning in Knoxville, Monday evening in Gatlinburg (with a fun dinner at the Melting Pot!), and Tuesday will be spent in Pigeon Forge and driving home. Justin will work Wednesday, be off Thursday, and then work on Friday. That night we'll drive to Asheboro, stay the night, and then wake up on Saturday morning to spend the day at the zoo! Then we'll drive to Concord, stay the night, wake up and spend the day shopping and then drive home. It's definitely more driving, and not what we were hoping for in a vacation, but it will be fun nonetheless!

What else is changing? Boogie took 2 crawling "steps" today... and I missed it. Lamesauce. So hopefully that means she'll be mobile very very soon! She's also on the verge of cutting her second tooth! You know what else all this means? I've had a cranky, tired, non-sleeping baby this week! This whole sleep thing is hard. I'm stuck in the middle of wanting to just co-sleep and enjoy the baby cuddles and lovings I get... and wanting to somehow get her to sleep in her own bed, in her own room. It's a tough decision. I'm not a fan of cry it out methods, I hope to find a method that won't involve so much hysterical tears and crying. The way I see it... no matter what happens, she's not going to be sleeping in my bed forever. Someday she will want her own space... until then, I'm just along for the ride!

Guess what else is changing? THE LEAVES. No, really. It's not a drastic change yet... but a tree in our yard is slightly turning and there were leaves in our yard today! That means FALL is just on the horizon! Hallelujah! I can't wait!

I'm changing in many ways as well... I don't feel much like writing about it though because I'm not exactly sure how to put what is changing in my life into words. But it's good. VERY good! So... anyways, I'm going to leave you with some of Boogie's 8 month pictures. 8 months... hard to believe!

Five Question Friday

1. Shoes in the house - yay or nay?
Ay yi yi... this is a sore subject in the Massey household. I HATE that when you wear shoes around the house that you track dirt, POOP, mud, bacteria, and numerous other gross things alllllll over the floor. I didn't care so much until my daughter started playing and trying to crawl on the floor. She now also tries to EAT the carpet. So dear hubby of mine... what do you think of taking your shoes off at the door NOW? See. Sore subject!

2. What do you call them - flip flops, slippers, thongs, etc?
Flip Flops

3. What song are you almost embarrassed to admit you know all the lyrics too?
Ha! My Humps by the Black Eyed Peas. Yea. 

4. What is the best quality to have in a friend?
Laughter... if you can laugh about anything and everything with that person... then your set! It means that no matter the circumstances, no matter your differences, and no matter what conflict arises... you can find laughter in the moment. 

5. Do you know what you want for Christmas?
As a matter of fact.... I'm getting my Christmas early!!!!! A Babyhawk Mei Tai is on the way and I'll be getting an organic Ergo next week! Woohoo! Hi, my name is Sarah and I am addicted to babywearing.