Friday, September 25, 2009

More house pictures...


Our inspection is Monday... We are trying to get as much done next week before we leave for two weeks to go to Europe.

Dining Room right off the front entry hall.
Guest Bathroom.
This is the only room we will need to paint... It's a golf themed baby room that will become Reid's study.
Master Bath - we are hoping to have a glass door installed for the shower.
Master Bedroom. Across the hall there is another room that will be the guest room.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

An Early Birthday Present!

Well, I have some exciting news...

We have a contract on a house here in Dallas!

We should close at the beginning of November, leaving us plenty of time to get settled before Thanksgiving. Who am I kidding. Christmas. HA!
It has three bedrooms and two and a half baths. Just enough room to start (and raise) a little family...
Of all the floor plans we looked at this one was by far the best layout for us. We loved the charm of an older home, but prefered something that had already been remodeled. Reid is gone too much for us to be able to spend time remodeling a house. Yikes!
These are two of my favorite rooms (its the seller's furniture)!

The kitchen overlooks the family room. I love how cozy it feels!
Another plus, the refrigerator is ours! And the cabinet hardware in the kitchen are forks, spoons, and knives -So stinkin' cute!
Off the kitchen and family room is a sunroom that we will use as a breakfast room and probably a den until we have kids. Then it will be the playroom.

Hopefully, I will be able to take better pictures when I go over for the inspection next week!

Monday, September 21, 2009

So you don't worry...

Maybe you aren't worried, but if I don't post a new blog entry soon Reid will start to worry about me. Then, I'll get defensive and self-conscious and really won't have anything to blog about. The truth is, actually, I have a lot I could blog about. I have some posts I am working on, but they are all heavy and serious and I need something light right now. So, since this is my blog I am about to post the most random assortment of "things that I've been thinking lately." Ready for some light hearted random?

1. My first week in Little Rock my dad and I were trying to find a place to eat dinner that was both close to the nursing home and Baskin Robbin's. We passed a place called Enterprise. My dad asked if I had heard good things about that new restaurant because it always had tons of cars out front. "Dad, Enterprise is a car rental company." People, if you hang around long enough you will learn I can't make this kind of stuff up.

2. Dancing with the Stars started tonight and I am so excited. I am rooting for Melissa Joan Hart and Kelly Osbourne, but I'm sure that will change - I really go for whoever is doing the best. That means I will be rooting for someone like Donnie Osmond later this season. I wonder if any of the professional dancers cry during training like the stars do. I mean, wouldn't you cry if you were a rockin' dancer and they paired you with... someone like me? This video reminds me a little of what Reid (also has two left feet) and I looked like in the one dance lesson we agreed to take before our wedding.

3. Why is it that Reid doesn't like me to just call him for no reason when he's at work during the day. I mean, it won't be forever that I have lots of free time?

4. There should be a huge disclaimer tag on jeans that stretch that says: "If you buy these jeans in your usual size they are going to stretch out so much that you could use them as maternity jeans." I'm pretty sure I showed at least three people my unmentionables on Sunday at church because my jeans stretch to almost unwearable in the waist! Lovely.

5. I wish buying a house wasn't such a formality. I mean, fax this, agree on that, leave the refrigerator, close by November 15th, and all that while trying to agree on a price. Pish, Posh. Just sell us your house already.

6. I don't think Tony Romo can have a girlfriend during football season. Period. It makes me sad they blamed it all on Jessica Simpson. Or, maybe Romo just sucks as a quarterback.

7. My brother is dating an older woman. Maybe you saw that I referred to her as a cougar on Facebook. I had the pleasure of meeting her later that week, and while our meeting didn't change their age difference, it made me much more comfortable with it. My family really likes her and are glad my brother has found someone so kind.

8. Have you ever had a Sonic drink? My sister Eleanor and I are convinced there is some kind of narcotic in Sonic drinks that makes them addictive. I've tried 27 times since my junior year of college to give up my daily fix of a "large vanilla diet coke." I always go back. I'm convinced I would have an easier time trying to quit smoking (but I don't smoke so we'll never know).

9. Reid and I went to buy a baby gift at Janie & Jack, a baby clothing store at Northpark, yesterday. The lady thought we were buying clothes for our newborn baby. You would think that maybe that comment would make me want to nix the addiction mentioned in #8, but I have to confess I went to Sonic today.

10. I'm sick of people freaking out about the Swine Flu. Yes, take normal precautions - wash your hands, stay away from the sick, vaccinate, go to the doctor if you feel sick, etc. But, there is no reason to go overboard. I have to remind myself of this verse everyday or I could easily live in fear of the "what ifs" my Dad, brother, sister, and I face with my mom living in a nursing home. She will be getting the vaccine, and though there hasn't been a lot of testing I have to trust that the CDC wouldn't allow her, and thousands of others, to be a guinea pig. Just remember, God knew all the days we were going to be on this earth before we ever took your first breaths (Psalm 139:15-16). He is the Sovereign Maker.

My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Mom and Toby




-- Post From My iPhone

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Saying "Goodnight"

It has become a nightly ritual for my dad to take my mom ice cream before bedtime at the nursing home. Since coming to LR I have joined him in this nightly ritual. It is one that I look forward to and dread at the same time. I look forward to it because it seems to be the time of day when we get my mom to laugh the hardest - big belly laughs that give us that glimse of her peronality. The saddest part, the part that I dread, is leaving to go home without her. Every night I'm reminded that this is where life has brought us. My mom has Alzheimer's. She will continue to decline. Someday we will lose her.











But we have almost every night until then to say, "Goodnight."


-- Post From My iPhone

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Forwarded Email of Random Thoughts

My friend Kirstin sent this to me. I only posted my favorites, and left out the crude wording (which in some cases takes some of the humor away, oh well). Hope you find it as entertaining as I did!

Random thoughts from people 25-35 years old...


-I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

-Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you
realize you're wrong.

-Have you ever been walking down the street and realized that you're
going in the complete opposite direction of where you are supposed to
be going? But instead of just turning a 180 and walking back in the
direction from which you came, you have to first do something like check your watch or phone or make a grand arm gesture and mutter to yourself to ensure that no one in the surrounding area thinks you're crazy by randomly switching directions on the sidewalk.

-That's enough, Nickelback.

-I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

-Is it just me, or are 80% of the people in the "people you may know"
feature on Facebook people that I do know, but I deliberately choose not to be friends with?

-Do you remember when you were a kid, playing Nintendo and it wouldn't
work? You take the cartridge out, blow in it and that would magically
fix the problem. Every kid in America did that, but how did we all
know how to fix the problem? There was no internet or message boards or FAQ's. We just figured it out. Today's kids are soft.

-There is a great need for sarcasm font.


-I think everyone has a movie that they love so much, it actually
becomes stressful to watch it with other people. I'll end up wasting 90 minutes shiftily glancing around to confirm that everyone's laughing at the right parts, then making sure I laugh just a little bit harder (and a millisecond earlier) to prove that I'm still the only one who really, really gets it.

-How the heck are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

-I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than
take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

-The only time I look forward to a red light is when Im trying to
finish a text.


- LOL has gone from meaning, "laugh out loud" to "I have nothing else to say".

- I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

- Answering the same letter three times or more in a row on a Scantron
test is absolutely petrifying.

- Whenever someone says "I'm not book smart, but I'm street smart",
all I hear is "I'm not real smart, but I'm imaginary smart".

- How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod
and smile because you still didn't hear what they said?

- I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars teams up
to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers!

- While driving yesterday I saw a banana peel in the road and
instinctively swerved to avoid it...thanks Mario Kart..

- MapQuest really needs to start their directions on #5. Pretty sure I
know how to get out of my neighborhood.

- Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the
person died.

-Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty,
and you can wear them forever.

-I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

- Bad decisions make good stories

-Whenever I'm Facebook stalking someone and I find out that their
profile is public I feel like a kid on Christmas morning who just got the Teddy Ruxpin that I always wanted. 546 pictures? Don't mind if I do!

-Why is it that during an ice-breaker, when the whole room has to go
around and say their name and where they are from, I get so incredibly nervous? Like I know my name, I know where I'm from, this shouldn't be a problem....

-Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after DVDs? I don't
want to have to restart my collection.

-There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are
going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

-I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me
if I want to save any changes to my ten page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.

- I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not
seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

-I like all of the music in my iTunes, except when it's on shuffle,
then I like about one in every fifteen songs in my iTunes.

-Why is a school zone 20 mph? That seems like the optimal cruising
speed for pedophiles...

- As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers,
but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate cyclists.

-It should probably be called Unplanned Parenthood.

-I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to
answer when they call.

-Even if I knew your social security number, I wouldn't know what do to with it.


-It really pisses me off when I want to read a story on CNN.com and
the link takes me to a video instead of text.

-I wonder if cops ever get pissed off at the fact that everyone they
drive behind obeys the speed limit.

-The other night I ordered takeout, and when I looked in the bag, saw
they had included four sets of plastic silverware. In other words, someone at the restaurant packed my order, took a second to think about it, and then estimated that there must be at least four people eating to require such a large amount of food. Too bad I was eating by myself. There's nothing like being made to feel like a fatty before dinner.

Praise God: Twins are "What's Cooking"

We give thanks to you, O God;
we give thanks, for your name is near.
We recount your wondrous deeds.
Psalm 75:1

Remember this family? Well they have some BIG news to share today! Please join with me in praising God for these sweet blessings! Many congrats to the Mutz family!