Friday, December 25, 2009

And we will call her...

We finally picked at name!! I am so excited! I had wanted a name picked out by December 1st, but that did not happen. Her name is...

Emily Paige and we will call her Paige

Paige is a name we both like and couldn't make it work as a first name. So, she will be like me and so many others on my side of the family who go by their middle name (my grandmom Lois, step brothers Brett and Max, and nephew Wheeler...I am sure there are others). Emily is a name we like and comes from Brad's grandmother, his dad's side. I just learned that her first name was Emily back at the family reunion in March - she went by her middle name too (Aula). She was such an amazing woman and we both loved her so much.

How we arrived at Emily Paige...well, we narrowed it down to Mallory Paige, call her Mallory, or Emily Paige, call her Paige. Last week I thought I am going to look up what these names mean one more time just to see. Well, to my surprise Mallory meant unlucky and unfortunate. Our sweet baby girl is neither of those so that name was out! Then after reassuring ourselves that going by your middle name was ok, we settled on Emily Paige.

Yay! I am so glad that we have a name and that Paige will be here soon!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Week - Part 1

We are spending the week in Huntsville. Brad and I both love Christmas and both love spending it with family and friends. Since we moved, we try to use Christmas as a time to cram as many things in as we can.

Our Christmas tree in Daphne
Our tree doesn't have all the presents under it because we sent a lot of them back with my dad last weekend. But, we had enough to cover the tree skirt and get a good picture. We left Daphne Sunday and had dinner with Brad's family Sunday evening - yummy homemade chicken and noodle soup (courtsey of my mother-in-law). Brad's grandparents were there along with Justin and Christina.
Monday we got to see our optometrist, Jennifer. She has been a life-long friend and it was great to see her. I call her "our" optometrist but I don't really go to see her about eyes. I tag along so we can visit and catch up. She is always so thorough and Brad found out he can have lasik done if he to find the time and money. That evening we had dinner with the Blount's and Ready's (Rebecca's sisters tagged along. They were visiting to help care for Katie Lane as Rebecca went back to work. They are the sweetest sisters!). Here we are at Jason's Deli - I love that place!! This was also my first time to meet Billy and Rebecca's sweet Katie Lane. I was ready to take her with us from the moment I layed eyes on her.

Kevin, Susan, Billy, Brad, me, Rebecca and Katie Lane

Brad, me and Katie Lane - I got to hold her most of the evening!
Tuesday was filled with running errands and eating lunch with my dad and Donna. We got to eat at Rosie's. Brad and I love that place and miss it so much!! That night we had dinner with some more friends. Emily just had Kate in the middle of November so we went to their house to make it easy.
Matt, Kate, Emily, Ben, me and Brad

Jennifer (the best eye doctor ever!), Jonathan, Caroline, me and Brad

All the girls, including the one still in the belly!
Emily, Kate, me, Caroline, and Jennifer
Wednesday we enjoyed brunch with Brad's parents and Justin and Christina. That night we met Andrew and Lisa for dinner at a new restaurant, Cheddars. If you haven't been here you need to go! Their menu has so many choices and it is so affordable! Brad and I ate for under $20 and had leftovers.

Andrew, Lisa, me and Brad

Lisa and me

As I write this I realize we took zero pictures of us with our families! We will be changing that as we see them over the next few days! Today is Christmas Eve. We are going to church then over to Brad's grandparents' to celebrate. It should be fun!

Ben - this one's for you!

Last week my friend Emily was reading the blog with her 2 year old son Ben. He asked his momma where all the pictures were. So, Ben, this is for you - a bunch of random pictures from the past few months!

Dinner with Dustin, Heather and Skyler

We met them in Pensacola one evening in October. Poor Skyler slept through the whole thing.

Me and Emily at the AU/KY game (I don't know why this pictures is smaller)

Me and Brad at the AU/KY game.

Brad and me after the 4d ultrasound. They gave us a bunny with our baby's heartbeat - so neat!!

The Wright's before the AU/AL game - War Eagle!

Friday, December 18, 2009

10 weeks and counting

We have reached the 30 week point in the pregnancy - only 10 weeks go!! I can not believe that our sweet little girl will be here in 10 weeks or less (the "or less" part is starting to sink in). I went to the doctor last week and all looked good. The most exciting part of the appointment was finding out that my doctor was 17 week pregnant. I assume she can still deliver the baby, but I already have it planned where either the doctor delivering her baby can deliver our's or her husband can; all 3 are in the same practice so I figure we are good to go.

I realized I had not updated the blog is so long! There really is just not much going on. Our December has flown by but I am not really sure with what. Brad went to Las Vegas for a pharamacy meeting the first weekend. Then he came home and is just now getting over being sick. Last weekend my dad and stepmom, Donna, came down. We had a great visit and didn't do much of anything (sorry, Dad and Donna!). The weather was just yucky and Brad wasn't feeling super so we just relaxed. We did however venture out and get the dresser for Baby Girl's room.

Yesterday we had our office Christmas lunch. This is always fun to me because we get the afternoon off after lunch. It is great to finish any last shopping I may have or finish wrapping gifts (I have 1 left to wrap!). Today is my last day work for a week and a day. I am so excited to have the time off and am excited about visiting with all of our friends and family in Huntsville.

Finally, I will leave you with this - I am so over the rain! When it rains down here it pours so I feel like it has been pouring for weeks! Just when I thought we were over it I woke up to nasty, nasty rain and then had to drive in it - yuck! Oh well, it looks like it has stopped for the day and they say the weekend is going to be nice.

Friday, December 4, 2009


I am just so excited! Back at the beginning of October Brad took this certification test. He had been studying hard but didn't feel good about it at all because September was probably the busiest month of the year for us.

But, we got the scores yesterday, and HE PASSED!!!!!! We are both just so excited and I am so proud! He is now a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. He doesn't get a raise or anything flashy like that, but he does get to keep his job, which is way more important than a raise and gets to have some initials after his name (BCPS).

I hope our daughter is smart like him and gets his test taking skills!!! Also, Brad, congratulations and I am just so proud of you!!

Monday, November 23, 2009


Pictures from the 4D!!

Sweet Baby!


Yawning, how sweet!

The big foot

The "loser" sign

Sticking her tongue out after her daddy asked her to cooperate.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Quick Note

I am in DC this week at training. It has been fun so far, as much fun as training can be. The best part is getting to see my mom and Bill! They came down for the 4D ultrasound and we came up here together on Sunday. They were great to get me to my hotel and Momma and I were able to meet and have diner last night and do a little bit of shopping. We are meeting again tomorrow night and then Brad is flying in Friday for the weekend. Who knew training could be so fun!

I have 2 prayer requests. 2 of my dear friends are going through some trying times right now. First, I would ask that you pray for our friends, Billy and Rebecca. Billy's momma was diagnosed with lung cancer at the end of September. The Lord had a different plan for her and took her home to be with Jesus last Friday. I can not imagine what they are going through; I can not imagine losing my mom or mother-in-law 2 months from now.

Also, please pray for our friends Matt and Emily. Emily was pregnant and due December 5th. The Lord had other plans for her as well, Kate was born November 16th. Everything looks except that her lung have not fully developed and she is in the NICU. Please pray that her lungs continue to develop and pray for Matt and Emily. I can not imagine what it would be like to have our sweet baby but not be able to hold her and then have to leave the hospital and leave her there.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

4D Ultrasound

Well, our home computer is kind of ka-put right now so no pictures but I still wanted to write. Last Friday we had our 4D ultrasound and it was amazing!! She didn't cooperate fully but she did well enough. It seemed like there was always something in the way of getting a full face picture. First the cord was in the way; this is when she was sitting on her hands as if they were cold. Then she seemed to have one hand always in the way. She went from thinking (hand under chin), to snuggling, to giving us the 'loser' sign (this is where a picture would be great!). At one point in time Brad looked at my belly and told her to cooperate and next thing you know she was sticking her tongue out. Look out world - a little attitude coming our way!

We couldn't really tell who she looked like, but it was fun to just to see her. Right now she has chubby cheeks, she looks like a little squirrel saving some food in her cheeks for winter, and she has big feet.

One of the neat things our doctor's office does is record the heartbeat and gives you a homemade stuffed animal to put it in. We got a sweet little bunny. I took it home and let the dogs listen. Neither really knew what to think. They both wanted to play with the bunny but when they heard the heartbeat they just stopped what they were doing and stared at it.

It was such a neat and special experience. It makes me wish February was right here, right now!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Fall Is

Fall is...


*Crisp, cool air

*Leaves changing


*Pumpkin bread - the smell, the taste

*Ranch Dip


*Fields full of cotton

*Pumpkin pie

Fall is here!!

Friday, October 30, 2009

What do babies need?

Well, as I mentioned earlier, we bought a crib last week. Yea! Now it is time for everything else (car seat, stroller, pack and play, bottles, etc.).

I bought the book, "Baby Bargains" and have really enjoyed reading it, but I would love to hear what real people think. Does anyone have any favorites items they used with their baby (grandbaby, niece, nephew, friend's baby). Also, is there anything you think is a waste of money? Please post something in the comments or shoot me an email if you have any thoughts.

Life in the Fast Lane

I feel like we have been going and going non-stop. Just when I think things are going to slow down they get faster. Let's start with today and work back our way backwards.

Today, Brad and I were in Birmingham. Brad was attending and speaking at a pharmacy meeting. While he worked, I shopped. I had a great time running errands (Sam's, Target), eating at Jason's Deli, and shopping at the Galleria. After Brad was done we came on down to Montgomery and met Brad's parents. We had a yummy dinner at Jim and Nick's - I love their cheesy rolls!

Yesterday I had a doctor's appointment. Nothing much to report. Baby girls' heartbeat was 152 and I was measuring normal (whatever "normal" is). We talked about how much she is moving around. It is so neat! She is definitely a mover. One day last week she was having an all day party. I guess that is better than an all night party. A couple of people asked me if I had seen an elbow pop out or anything like that. To be honest, I hadn't even thought about looking, but since they mentioned I thought I would take a look. Sure enough, I could see my body move while she was moving. It was truly amazing!!

Wednesday Brad got to go to juvinile court. Back in July one of the neighborhood kids thought it would be fun to drive a golf cart around and bash in mailboxes, 36 of them to be exact. This was the 2nd time in a month this had happened to us in a month and needless to say we were not that happy. The boy never apologized so us and some other neighbors filed charges. From what we understood this was not the first offense for this boy and we both felt pressing charges would do him some good. Get this - the boy pleaded not guilty even after he put an apology note in our mailbox (this was back at the beginning of October - a little late for an apology if you don't want charges against you). Anyway, he got a year's probation. The other neighbor's didn't that was long enough, but we just wanted something done so this works for us.

Wednesday I also finished a really big project at work. I volunteered to work on one of the hydropower financial statements. I did this last year and didn't have to work any extra. Not so much this year. This week I worked 8 hours at work Sunday, then 3 more at home, and I stayed until 7 Monday and Tuesday. Last week wasn't quite this bad, but it was working Sunday and staying late 3 nights. I am so glad the statements are done and I can start November off right. I told myself that I would not have to work any extra in October and I was wrong - I don't think I will have to do any extra in November; let's hope I'm right.

Saturday we bought a crib!! We knew what crib we wanted (make/model) but we didn't know what color we wanted. So, we drove to Pensacola and 3 hours later we left with a crib and mattress, along with a dresser on order. We spent 2 and 1/2 hours in the store going back and forth trying to decide between the white and the dark (cherry, java, espresso, whatever). We walked back and forth between these cribs with 2 different beddings and couldn't decide what we wanted. Finally, after a drink break, we decided on white. Now on to bedding...anyone have some favorite places to look?

I guess that is about it for now. I have some pictures I want to post but I don't have them with me. Until next time...hopefully sooner than later!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Good for now

The appointment with Dr. Doback went very well yesterday. Turns out my levels are right on the border between needing the extra medicine and not needing the extra medicine. He told me that my regular doctor just wanted him to take a look since the levels were a little above/below (I am not really sure which way you look at it; I think it depends on what you are testing) the normal levels.

While I was there I had an ultrasound with over 60 pictures taken. The techinician did this and then the doctor came in and measured blood flow around the heart and around the umbilical cord. According to him everything looks good and it looks like our little girl is healthy.

I had some more blood drawn and he said if the it comes back at a certain level (or exceeds that level) then I will start the new medicine. He it could take up to a week or 2 to get the results back and that if I did not hear from him then there were no abnormalities. He also said that if everything came back normal this would be my only appointment but I was welcome to come see them anytime, do not hesitate to call.

While waiting my turn I got to see how compassionate this doctor is. A couple a came into the waiting room with their baby. They asked if they could see Dr. Doback and next thing you know he is out in the waiting room visiting with this family. He greeted the mom with a hug and the dad with a handshake. Then he actually sat down and talked to them about how things were going with their new little one. This poor little baby was on oxygen, had a heart problem that may heal itself but they won't know until January, and a retina problem that is working on healing itself (I learned all of this while sitting in the waiting room). The couple was so grateful for all that Dr. Doback had done and Dr. Doback was truly interested in how they were doing. I knew then, even before meeting the doctor, that was a special office and that they would take care of me and our little baby girl.

With all this being said, I am continuely amazed at how God works and puts these awesome people in our life. If I do have to go back to this doctor's office I know I will be in great hands.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


We have had a lot going on these past couple of days.

Sunday and Monday were filled with functions for my grandfather. Sunday night was the visitation in Huntsville. It was so sweet to see the older people come out to pay their respects. One lady drove from Madison with a fractured foot in the cold rain just to stop in for a few minutes; they played dominos together. My grandfather also was part of a group of retired/former Navy veterans. Several members of the group came and it was special to hear what my grandfather meant to them.

Monday we attended the burial service in Chattanooga. This service was so special. There was an Honor Guard who served as pall bearers, the chaplin who spoke was the Navy chaplin, there was a gun salute, Taps was played, and an American flag was presented to the family. I felt the service was very appropriate for my grandfather and it is a great way to remember him; he would have been proud.

Yesterday was my mother-in-law's, Pam, birthday! Happy belated Birthday!! We wish we could have been there to celebrate with you.

I also found out yesterday that I may have a blood clotting disorder. My dad has the disorder and it is genetic. When we got pregnant we talked to our doctor about this as I could not remember if I had been tested and if so what the results were. So, she had me tested once in the first trimester and again at this last appointment. I don't quite understand it all but my levels came back indicating that I may have the disorder. My doctor has now recommended that I see a specialist. I am going tomorrow for the appointment. I am very eager and anxious to find out what is going on and what I can do the prevent blood clots. This subject is very personal to me because it is a blood clotting disorder that my friend, Rebecca, has. As I find out more I will keep the blog updated.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

And the Winner is...

GIRL!!!! We are having a girl!! It is going to be so much fun! (a boy would have been fun too.) Now we can start the real planning like picking out a name, decorating the nursery, and shopping for clothes; I can't wait! Poor Brad will now be completely, and I mean completely out numbered and probably completely broke - ha!

The over all appointment went really good. The ultrasound technician spent over 30 minutes with us getting lots of neat pictures. I thought I started feeling baby girl move about a week or so ago. The technician confirmed that this morning by showing me where her little feet are - sure enough, right where I have been feeling the movement. Apparently she is an active little one too; she moved throughout the entire session. At one point she had one leg above her head and the other bent up indian-style (I guess half indian-style). We got to see her little hands and feet and at one point she started sucking her thumb. As I am rambling through this, you can tell this is our first child. I feel like I could talk about our baby girl all day long!

Our next appointment is at the end of October and I can hardly wait!

Daddy Noel

For those of you who don't know, Daddy Noel is my grandfather, my dad's dad. Today he got to meet our Lord and Savior. What a true blessing for him! The passing of a loved one is never easy, but it is comforting to know that he is Heaven with Jesus and with my grandmother, Momma Dot. I can just imagine the reunion they had today!

I will always remember him as man of honor. He proudly served our country during World War II in the navy, he was submarine guy. I think it is so neat that he was able to go on one of the Honor Flights from Huntsville to see the World War II Memorial in DC.

Please keep our family in your prayers. Brad and I will be travelling to Huntsville for the visitation and on to Chattanooga for the burial service.

Daddy Noel, we love you and will miss you so much!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Baby Poll

Sorry, I forgot to write about this yesterday. A few of my friends have had gender guessing polls on their blogs so I thought it would be fun. I have been meaning to put this up for weeks and it just hasn't happened. I figure a 3 day poll is better than none.

Just so you know, Brad is voting girl and I am voting boy. We have no real reason for this; I asked Brad what he was going to chose and I chose the opposite.

To help you make a guess here's a recap of the first 18 weeks of the pregnancy:

*No real morning sickness...felt bad a few days. The worst day was actually on into the 2nd trimester.

*I had some headaches and lower back pain, but I think that is normal to all pregnancies and won't really help in the boy/girl predicition.

*Cravings...sweet fruity desserts (strawberry pretzel salad, lemon cake, banana pudding), some chocolate (I have never been the biggest chocolate person, but some fudge sounds really good right now or a reeses peanut butter cup - yum!!!). I could eat Cracker Barrel, Mexican food, BBQ, and toasted sandwiches all the time. Finally, my drink of choice is lemonade and maybe some orange juice.

*The heartrate has been in the 150s to 160s at every appointment.

I checked the Chinese gender charts and we are really on the fence; there was no clear consensus. I guess that is about it. Have fun!

Monday, September 28, 2009

All Work and No Play

Here recently all Brad and I have done is work, work, work, and then some more work. I have worked the past 5 Sundays and in my home stretch of working 11 days straight with overtime on some of these weekdays. Let me just say I am going to be glad when Thursday comes!

Between work we have squeezed in football games and we got to have dinner with my stepbrother, Max. He was down in Orange Beach on business and came and met us for dinner at Mellow Mushroom (yum!). We had a great time visiting with him and catching up on all that was happening in his life.

Me and Max at the 'Shroom

Max, me, and Brad posing in front of the Pizza 'Shroom

A Win is a Win

...or so I thought. A co-worker of mine brought up an interesting topic this past week. She wished that Auburn had "really won". I am thinking, “really won”? What??? She went on to say that because of the way Auburn's defense played against West Virginia, getting interceptions, fumbles and things like that we didn't really win or it wasn't a good win; the points were not scored by the offense.

So, I start to think about this. Is she right? Did Auburn really win? Was it a "good" win?

Well, the score reflected an AU win - 41 to 30. In the end, that is what really matters, who has the most points at the end of the game.

I think when they invented football they said, let’s see how you can earn points. The most obvious way is through your offense. But, you can also earn points while you are on defense or while you are on special teams.

The rule writers said you could intercept the ball and run with it until tackled. They said there could be a fumble and whoever ended up with the ball got the ball and played offense. They said after one team scores or they have to punt, the other team has an opportunity to get the ball and run with it (whether that be for 5 yards or for a touchdown).

To me, a team knows these rules and practices and fine tunes their skills around this. It is what makes a good team a great team. You have to be good on all sides of the ball. You need to be able to run, pass, and block on offense. You need to be able to block, make stops and look for opportunities (and capitalize on those opportunities when they present themselves) on defense. I don’t know what you need to do on special teams but that is Jay Boulware’s job.

The whole conversation took me by surprise. I have only heard one other Auburn win contested and the rationale behind that was stupid (the other team won 3 of the 4 quarters – my thoughts: the final score is what matters).

My co-worker believed that Auburn could have done better for the SEC if they had scored all the points on offense. I have to disagree. If anything we showed that we can do it all; we are in it to win it, doesn’t matter which side of the ball we are on. Now, that does not go without saying, we have a lot to improve on (boy, do we have a lot to improve on). But, I didn’t think we would be 3-0 and right so now so I am pretty proud! War Eagle!!

Brad and me after our WIN against WVU

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Game Day Recap

What a gorgeous day to kick off football season! We could not have asked for better weather. It was nice and sunny all afternoon and there was a wonderful breeze to keep you cool.

Our afternoon was filled with all sorts of fun. First, we were going to get Guthries chicken fingers for lunch. Ever since Brad mentioned it to me early last week I had been wanting them. Low and behold, when we pull into Auburn, it had been replaced by a hotdog joint. Luckily there is a Zaxby’s in the same parking lot so I was able to get my chicken finger filling.

Next came the Tiger Walk. We haven’t been to a Tiger Walk in a really long time and thought it would be fun to do for the first game. We got there in plenty of time and were on the 2nd row behind some kids – perfect view of the players and coaches. As you know, I am not one for watching the game or really knowing what is going on, I pay attention to what people wear. So, here’s my take on the coaches' attire.

Coach Trooper Taylor – very energetic. He was running down through the Tiger Walk jumping and just going crazy. Just a big ball of energy that excited the crowd and he did not lose his momentum during the game. When Terrell Zachery caught that long pass and ran for the touchdown, Taylor was running right there with him. He wore a black suit with a bright blue shirt, bright blue and black striped tie, with a black baseball cap backwards (would he have it any other way?). Coach Curtis Luper – as Brad would say, very GQ. He was in his light brown suit with is orange shirt and don’t worry, he had his orange sunglasses. He was cool as a cucumber and seemed very well put together. Coach Jeff Grimes – he is huge. When I say huge, I just mean tall, but like taller than Brad. I don’t really know what I expected, but I was not expecting that. Same goes for Coach Gus Malzahn. I imagined a short, scrawny guy. He was taller than Brad and looks like he works out with the team. The rest of the coaches were as I expected. It seems like they had a good color scheme going, alternating the orange and blue between the coaches as they proceeded through the Tiger Walk. Another fashion note – I always noticed that Tommy Tuberville’s pants were faded. I often wondered why his wife did not buy him some new pants. This coaching staff all had navy blue pants for the game but they weren’t faded! They maybe next week after a washing, but I was impressed. In fact, I thought they were jogging pants because they retained their color so well. It was only after rewatching the game on TV that I saw they were wearing belts and noticed the chino material.

On to the game…actually, I must say one of the reasons I love AU football…that is running into old friends when you least expect it. Without fail we see someone different each week. It could be on our way to the stadium, just outside the stadium or inside the game. This week we saw my old roommate, Marie, and her family. Marie was the best roommate ever and I wish we lived closer to each other!! We also saw our friend, Andrew's, boss and family. They were sitting 2 rows in front of us. Too bad they don't have season tickets this year; they were fun to sit by.

Back to the game - we sit on row 61. That means a big long trek up the stairs. This year, I have been practicing, but not really by choice. The bathrooms at work are out on my floor for renovations. They are also out on the 2 floors below me (we are the top floor). That means I have to go to the 5th floor to go to the bathroom. I told myself I needed to take the stairs to be prepared for football season and it has paid off! I made it to the top without too much huffing and puffing. Once we got up there we found out that the couple that sits next to us is pregnant too! It was neat to think that our kids will be at AU at the same time.

The game itself was exciting and kept my attention pretty much the entire time. It was so nice to see the team score. They looked like they were really enjoying themselves out there too. I hope next week is just as exciting and has the same outcome! (sorry Billy and Rebecca!)

War Eagle!

Brad and me before the game. I insisted we take a picture of baby's first game but we didn't want to take the camera with us. So, here we are before we headed to campus.

Coach Chizik getting excited at the Tiger Walk.

15 Week Appointment

Nothing too much to report. We got there to learn that our doctor had 4 in labor and that she was delivering one of those right then. So, we waited our turn and towards the end of the appointment she was called away again to deliver another baby. We had bascially finished everything up so it was not a big deal. I am glad she is willing to leave the patients in the office to go take care of the delivering mommas!

Back to the actual appointment - she said everything looked great and that the heartrate was 154. We go back October 1st and find out if we are having a girl or boy. I can't wait!!!!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Pregnancy Brain

I have heard this term for awhile, about how your brain turns to mush when you get pregnant. Some even say it stays mush after the baby comes. Well, I have definitely had my "pregnant moments" here recently.

The first happened a few weeks ago. I was driving to work on my normal route and made a complete wrong turn. That wrong turn just so happened to be a one way street and I was the one going the wrong way! Luckily, there were no other cars and I was able to back out (the street was too narrow to turn around) on to the busy 3 lane street. The Lord was definitely with me during this pregnancy moment.

The second happened yesterday morning. I made Brad coffee like I normally do, or so I thought. Poor thing, when Brad went to pour his coffee there was no coffee, just hot water. Yes, that is right, I forgot to add the coffee!

Has anyone else had an experience like this? Y'all all know I do crazy things all the time - refer to my April shower story - but both of these things seemed way out there, even for me.

Sunday, August 30, 2009


Shopping this weekend was semi-successful. I went out Saturday afternoon all ready to find the perfect outfit. I just knew NY & Company would have what I needed. That is until I remembered they don't have petites. I tried on one of the jackets and it swallowed me whole. So, on to Ann Taylor Loft to see if they had any suit jackets. No such luck there - way too casual. I did find this dress and it may work with my old jacket. What do you think? I tried on the on the old jacket last night and it will do for the little time I need it. The one thing I am not sure about is if the material of the dress will go with the jacket. I asked the girl at the store and she seemed to think it looked ok.

Later, Brad and I went to Khols and JC Penny's. Penny's has petites so if this does not work I can always go back there. Khols had some really cute stuff, just not appropriate for an interview.

I have another skirt that may go with the jacket I already have. So, if I find a cute/appropriate top they may work as well.

Any thoughts?

Thursday, August 27, 2009


I have an interview coming up here in the next week or so and I need something to wear! So, what color suit would you recommend? I have decided I want to go either the skirt or pants route - no dress - even though dresses are my best friends these days. Should I do a classic black suit, charcoal gray, or khaki/tan?
Then, what color top should I pair with this suit? Since the interview will be in September I can go more with the fall colors but I don't want to be too dark. Do I go with a solid top or a printed top? Any ideas???
Do you have any suggestions where I could find suit attire? Ann Taylor Loft is a one of my favorites but I think it may be too casual. Then there is regular Ann Taylor but I don't want to spend the money on something I may not wear again (let's hope I get back to my old size after baby comes). I think my best bet may be NY and Company, maybe Kohls and maybe Penny's. Where else could I go? I am open to anything and must do my shopping this weekend (I heard through the grapevine that the interviews could be as early as next week).
Thanks for your thoughts!

Family Time

Last weekend Brad and I met my mom and Bill in Gulf Shores. We had a great time visiting, relaxing on the beach, and eating yummy food and we could not have asked for better weather. One funny thing - Brad and I did not get in the water the entire time we were there. That is the ocean and the pool. We were both lazy and sat in our beach chairs all day long; it was wonderful!

At Sea-N-Suds, one of our favorites

(Other favorites we visited were Doc's Seafood Shack and Tacky Jacks 2)

Monday we came back to our house and finished out our time together. Momma is always so good to take pictures of the dogs. I thought it would be fun to include a few of those...

Our little ham, Madi, posing on the back porch

Ellie sitting with me on the porch

Family picture before work Tuesday

Random pregnancy question - did anyone else ever have people ask you if you were wearing a maternity shirt? Take the one above as an example. I have had this top for over a year now and haven't been pregnant during that year, but that day at work someone asked me if it was a maternity top. Part of me is thinking, "Do I need to be in a maternity top? Am I that big?", and the other part of me knows this lady is just excited for me and probably wants me to be in a maternity top. This was not the first day this was asked about my clothes. Who knew that half of my closet looked like maternity clothes!

First Trimester Update

I have now entered my 2nd trimester - wahoo! It is actually kind of hard to believe. I feel like it was just yesterday that we were finding out our little one was on the way.

Here are few highlights of the first trimester -

* The first appointment was amazing. I never realized you could see and hear the heartbeat of such a small being. I don't know how someone could have an abortion after seeing that.

* Thankfully, I did not get sick once. My mom was never sick with me so I figure we have it in the genes.

* My only complaints are headaches and lower back pain. If that is all I have, I am doing great!

* I have gained a little weight. It came on sooner than I expected, but the doctor said I looked good and I did not need to worry. Sounds good to me! I am still exercising a couple of times a week so maybe it will even itself out.

* I went through the tired phase and am pretty much out of it I think.

* Little things annoy me. This is actually kind of funny. Stuff that didn't annoy me too bad before really get to me now, especially at work.

* Brad has been wonderful to take care of me. When I was exhausted he did everything around the house. Cooking, cleaning, you name it he did it. He is going to be a wonderful daddy!!

Our next appointment is a week from tomorrow and at the appointment after that we get to find out the sex of the baby - how exciting! I hope the 2nd trimester goes as well as the first!

A couple of days after we found out we were pregnant

14 Weeks

Monday, August 17, 2009

Another Year Older

Happy Birthday Brad!!! This is actually coming a day late - sorry! Brad is another year older and is one year closer to the big 3-0.

To celebrate, we had dinner Saturday night at the Origingal Oyster House on the Causeway. Then last night Jamie and Ella came over for pizza and dessert. Normally we would have cake but this year Brad would not tell me anything in particular he wanted. So, I made a variety of desserts for him to choose from. They included double doozie cookies, peanut butter kisses, lemonade pie, and peach cobbler. YUMMY!!!! I don't know who enjoyed it more.

Brad wouldn't let me take any pictures - that little stinker! I may have to surprise him tonight and get some post birthday pics.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Smell of Victory

We hope that is what we will be smelling this football season! It is hard to believe that football season is just around the corner and we are so excited. Since graduating almost 6 years ago we have made it a priority to have season tickets and this year is no different. In fact, this year we got 5 tickets instead of our normal 2. 3 of the tickets are in our normal Tigers Unlimited seats and the other 2 are faculty tickets (we have no clue where they are yet - upper deck I would assume).

With all that being said, we have 2 to 3 extra tickets that we would like to sell. Brad's family has first dibs, but if anyone else is interested or know someone who may be just let me know. We would like to sell them at face value and we should know the location of the faculty tickets before the season begins (the Tigers Unlimited seats are not changing - they are in the end zone 2 rows from the top).

Here's the schedule:

September 5th: LA Tech
September 12th: MS State
September 19th: West Virginia
September 26th: Ball State
October 17th: Kentucky
October 31st: Ole Miss
November 7th: Furman
November 27th: Alabama **

**I am 99.9% sure someone in the Wright family will be using these**

War Eagle!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A Message in the Sand

A Year in Review

This post may be a little long, sorry. Brad and I just celebrated our one year moving anniversary! It is hard to believe we have been living in Mobile/Daphne for a year. I thought it would be fun to do a short list of the things we like down here, the things we miss about Huntsville, and some pictures to go along with it.

Things we miss about Huntsville...

1) Friends and Family - I knew I would miss our friends and family but I didn't realize I would miss them this much.

2) Some of the restaurants - i.e. Steak Out, Chili's, Carrabba's. There is a Chili's, Carrabba's, etc. in Mobile, but that is 45 minutes from our house. Brad and I used to love Chili's takeout or Steak Out delivery.

3) Our church, Willowbrook - we have visited a bunch of churches but have not been able to find "the one". Willowbrook and our Sunday School class will always hold a special place in our hearts.

4) My job - you don't know how good you have it until you leave it. I truly believe my old office was the best place to work. I thoroughly enjoyed the job and loved the people even more.

5) The grocery store being 5 minutes away - I know this sounds really silly, but Publix used to be 5 minutes from our house and very easy to get to on our way home from work. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to get to any grocery store and they are somewhat easy to get to on the way home. Publix was also a one-stop shop. None of the grocery stores down here carry everything I like to buy (i.e. O'Charlie's Low Fat Honey Mustard or Velveeta 2% or Low Fat Martha White muffins, just to name a few).

Things we like about Mobile/Daphne

1) We love being close to the beach!! We are beach bums through and through and have tried to take advantage of being so close.

2) The food - we love seafood and it can't get any better than down here. Whether you are in Mobile, on the Causeway, in Daphne or in Orange Beach, it is all good. We keep saying we are going to go to one of the fish markets and try something new but we haven't done it yet.

3) The weather - while it gets a little hot during July and August, it's nothing a dip in the pool won't fix. Spring and Fall are great too...not too warm, not too cool, just right.

4) Brad's job - Brad is really enjoying his job. I am so thankful that he likes it! The job is definitely keeping him busy, but I think he likes being busy.

5) Visitors - I love having visitors! We have had friends and family come for the weekend, stop by on their way home from the beach, or we meet them at the beach. I love it!!!

2836 Willowick Trail - Leaving Huntsville

The one picture of our apartment

Football season with friends

Off to NYC

Getting our sweet Madi Sue

Our first season of Mardi Gras

A visit from the Wright's

Visiting with my dad and family

A fun visit with the Eckley's

Getting some sun with the Reed's

Celebrating of 5 year anniversary

At the beach with the McNabb's

Enjoying a sunset in Key West

I can't believe it has been a year - time flies when you're having fun!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Back from the Keys

Well, we are back from vacation and back to the real world. Here are a few highlights from the trip...

**The food was awesome and I don't think there was ever a time either of us were hungry. A typical day started with a yummy breakfast. Our favorite place was Blue Heaven; we could have eaten here every morning and gotten something different or gotten pineapple pancakes every day (they were awesome!!). During the day we would snack or eat an appetizer for lunch and we would do the same at dinner (maybe a couple of appetizers instead of just one). We were never hungry enough for a full meal - so sad because I am sure there were great items on the dinner menus. One thing I would like to point out is that most of the dining is outside in Key West. They try to make it bearable by having lots of fans and umbrellas but that didn't always help the heat index of 104 with 75% humidity. Brad and I decided that this must be what it feels like to be out and about in Mobile.

Breakfast at Blue Heaven, the first time.

On top of the La Concha Hotel, the tallest building in Key West (6 stories high)

**Because of the heat and humidity water activities are a must. One day we took a snorkel/kayak trip out the reef. It was very relaxing and so much fun seeing all the pretty fish. Kayaking was really neat too. Brad and I were in the kayak together and would have made a kick-butt race team but this was a tour around an island and together we were just too powerful for the guide - so Brad did most of the paddling, or should I say all of the paddling - ha! We spent another day on a private island just relaxing. Our beach chairs were under one of the straw umbrellas. We just need a corona and we could have made a commercial.

A view of the beach at Sunset Key as we leave on the ferry

**Sunsets in Key West are beautiful!! Every evening there is a Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square. There are street performers (like the crazy cat man) to watch and lots of vendors get snacks and souviners from while you are watching the sun set. We actually never made it to the real celebration because the balcony from our room over looked the street perfomers. Our room was the perfect place for a sunset. Well, really second best. The best place to watch the sun set was on a boat. One evening we took one of the sunset cruises and it was magically to watch the sunset into the ocean - just beautiful!




**Driving Highway 1 - we flew into Miami and drove down Highway 1 to Key West. I thought it was going to be a bad drive filled with terrible bridges and it was nothing like that. The longest bridge was 7 miles. That is actually shorter than the bridge we drive every day to work. Also, these bridges were not like the big archy kind (I think of the TN River Bridge). They are flat and straight and there isn't too much too them. I thought we would be able to see a lot of water also but there were too mangrove trees between the road and the water. I am glad I can mark driving to the beginning and end of Highway 1 off my list of things to do.

The beginning and end of Highway 1

**Flying to and from Huntsville - if you are from Huntsville I am sure you have experienced this, but I feel like you always see someone you know at the Huntsville airport. Leaving Huntsville was no different for us. We ran into one of my former coworkers, John Hughes, before our 5 am flight. It was too early to be thinking about a camera so I didn't get a picture. We also almost ran into Brett, Elizabeth, Wheeler and Everett on our way back. Our flight was delayed in Atlanta so we missed them as they were headed to DC to see Momma and Bill.

I guess that wraps our trip. We had a great time in Key West and I would recommend it to anyone. Now it is time to get back to the real world...vacation was fun while it lasted!