Tuesday, April 29, 2008


I rushed out of a parent conference and flew here to wait. I signed in and paid and I'm waiting. I brought a book that i don't feel like reading but i guess i will anyway. But first thought i would blog this. I've been quiet on the blog lately because I have been so busy! There are things that i need to share though - but i will wait.

-sent from my touchphone-
Jessica Chapman

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Strawberries in Sunlight 4, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

My Son, Shrek

This is why I'm proud to be the mom of a BOY...

Camden has been on a Shrek kick lately. It does not help that we have Shrek 1, 2 and 3... and so have enough DVDs to go around... one permanetly in the car... one in the house... etc.

Last night, like every night before, Camden got in the tub. He has usually been doing a "jungle book" bit in the tub where he lays back and says "relax like jungle book"... repeating the scene where Baloo is floating in the pond with Mowgli sitting on his belly. In this bubbly reinactment, Camden is obvously playing the part of Baloo. It was funny the first time, and cute each time after that. Just cute.

Well... he is now on his Shrek kick, and has discovered that Shrek takes a mudbath in a few of the movies whereas he can make bubbles with his own butt. Camden thinks this is the coolest thing, and thus has dropped his "relax like jungle book" bit for the "making bubbles like Shrek" bit. Well... (and I know you know what's coming, but humor me...)... last night, as he was doing his Shrek bit... he actually did more than "poot" in the tub... yes, he made me a nice baby-ruth- al'la Caddyshack! Which he then thought was really really funny, and began laughing, saying "Shrek poop in tub, Shrek poop in tub"... I then scooped him up, got him out of the tub, turned on the shower, hosed him down, and all the while we had a ten-minute conversation about the difference between pooT and pooP.

Don't ya just love little boys!?

Still out here.

I'm still out here. Just been busy. Work has really picked up. Can you believe I haven't BEEN at work, and I've been busy WITH work? Makes no sense, but I've been in workshop after workshop. Tomorrow, I teach two classes and then go to yet another workshop. I'm sure my team members are ready for me to return. Students are not exactly "good" for substitute teachers. However, I've gotta get these workshops in! There are many important things to be learned.

On the homefront, we have the painting completed. I don't have photos yet as we're still trying to get things put back up on the walls where we want them. I have a vision for our ledge. -- If you've been reading me for awhile and/or listened to my podcast you know my irritation with this LEDGE in my home. It calls for something to be up there, but it has to be the right thing, or grouping of things! And... I have a vision! I shared the vision with my sister, who then FOUND one of the items that I need to purchase to go up there... it has to do with mermaids... and I'll leave it at that.... I'll post a picture if I ever get to the store to buy the thing and get it placed perfectly. These things take time. I'm trying to rid clutter and stop impulsive purchases. My husband and I are discussing what we want before we "do" anything. So, we are still gathering our vision.

Further, I have to make a public announcement that every ounce of clothing in my house is washed and put away (besides the items we are currently wearing). The "one load a day" as suggested by flylady at flylady.com actually does work! I had to work through a mountain before I got to the one load a day... but once I did that... It's SO EASY!

Tonight for dinner, I made carrotts, squash, mashed potates and chicken. (ALL PRODUCE WAS BOUGHT AT THE FRESH MARKET TODAY). I just love The Fresh Market. I have been completely craving veggies all the time and don't really care for meat. Has anyone else experienced this in their previous pregnancies? I do have to say that this pregnancy has been TOTALLY different. I know it's a girl, because she's a finnicky eater, and craves healthy things. (Other than the Bacon Egg and Cheese McDonalds that she has to have once in awhile...) I'm doing well weight wise, and am very happy that I've only gained "baby": (read- I'm NOT getting fat all over this time!)...

And finally, I leave you with this... WE HAVE DECIDED ON A NAME!

Some of you know it... some of you don't.

I will announce soon.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

The Great Name Debate

I took a little hiatus from blogging for Spring Break. Camden and I spent a few days in Fort Lauderdale visiting my dad and mom. It was so nice. Then we spent a few days at home doing nothing. That was nice, too.

Please keep Joe's Pop in your prayers. We were called to come over last Saturday night, so we drove to Panama City around 11pm and stayed on Sunday. They were getting worried that he may not make it. Luckily, he seems to be recovering and we keep checking up on him each day. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

Spring Break is over and work is back up to speed. This is also my last week with an intern, so I'm going to be more than slammed next week. However, the bright side is that I have seven weeks left of this school year... and that means seven weeks left to work, and then I'll be home for close to half a year! Summer, and then maternity leave!

Speaking of maternity leave... we are getting excited. I have picked out the bedding (with a little help from my mom).. and have completed my registry at Target. We have taken Camden out of the toddler bed/crib and he is now in a twin-bed mattress on the floor-- in training for a 'big bed'. I have to admit that the mattress on the floor is driving me CRAZY... but soon we will add the box-spring, and then the frame. We have this set already upstairs, so we have half a bed upstairs and the other half downstairs, which adds to the craziness, but "they" say this is how you make the change into a 'big' bed. I think he will be fine. I'm going along with it to humor my husband. He was fine sleeping in a 'big' bed at my mom's house for four days... and that was a 'big bed' even to me, as you have to get a running start and jump just to get on it, it's so high and fluffy!

However, we have entered THE GREAT NAME DEBATE. I'm getting a little irritated at this point and this process is BEYOND fun. Here is what has happend so far.

1. I wanted to name the baby something after my dad. We chose Jon Carter, and we'd call him Carter. My dad's first name is Jon, middle name is Leslie. We were sure it was going to be a boy, although I really really wanted a girl. Well, I got my wish and now we're STUCK on the name. I can't name her Leslie because my sister's name is Leslie! We would like to use Leslie as a middle name, and so are trying to find a first name that we like that would go with it.

2. At this point, I could switch gears and focus on naming the baby something after my mom. Good thought. Good idea. (However, some of us know how my mom was named, and although that's funny, she still has a good strong name.)

3. We then started exploring the dreaded name lists.

4. I chose Ellelesa - which I partly made up and partly copied from some other name that I found.

5. No one liked it. My husband hated it.

6. I changed it to Alesa. I then began calling the baby Alesa. I like that name.

7. My husband was not sure about it. My sister declared that she didn't like it.

8. We then toyed with names. My husband likes Carly. I hate it. My husband likes Charlotte. I think that one is ok. I like Caroline. We're both ok with that one.

9. I chose Kennedy and sort of fell in love with it. My husband said it was good. My mom liked it. My sister liked it. Not sure how other people felt about it.... but I was okay with it. Then, my husband text messages me to inform me that Kennedy was a democrat. So that means the name is out of the picture.

10. This morning, I started looking deeper into meanings of names. I looked up Kennedy. It means "ugly head". Yep, it's done. NOT naming her ugly head.

11. My husband and little sister decide THEY are going to take charge of the name. They come up with Ella Elizabeth and think that they've come up with this on their own. I remind them that before we knew Camden was going to be a boy, I had thought of the first name "Ella" because my husband and I sort of fell in love at Lake Ella, not to mention Ella Fitzgerald is amazing, and every older-woman Ella that I've met is just so cool. My husband added Elizabeth. We liked it. Then, Camden turned out to be a boy, and Joe's uncle's wife had a baby a few weeks before Camdenw as born, and they named her................. Elizabeth. So that's out.

12. At this point, she is "Baby Girl [LastName]" I am sick of names and don't want to do this anymore.

So, help. Submit your names.
Here is a list of family names to get you started: Leslie, Kimberly, Mary, Anne, Theresa, Sarah

Thanks for the help, ya'll. Otherwise, I may just name her Ellelesa Ugly Head Elizabeth.