Friday, September 29, 2006

It's been a while but I'm back!

I am seriously enjoying my stay at home with my two children. Wow!!! I have two children and two years ago I had none. Anyway, my daughter is a serious entertainer. She loves performing for an audience and so far I have enjoyed being her audience. She loves her little brother and spends half the day kissing and tickling him. I don't think he really enjoys the tickling though. I am so blessed to have two beautiful and healthy children. My baby boy has gained 1 pound and 4 ounces in his two weeks of life outside the womb so now he weighs a whopping 9 lbs, 8 oz. It's all good though!

Now to talk about my time at home. First of all, I have discovered that all the court shows (Judge Judy, Judge Alex, Divorce Court, etc.) are pretty much spinoffs of Jerry Springer. Crazy people talking about their crazy lives so millions of people can be entertained. How embarrassing! If anyone wants to sue me, please take me to a regular court. I have no desire to end up on TV looking like an idiot.

I've also decided that I won't complain about things I can not change. It's a waste of time and will only serve to make me more miserable. So, why bother? I know this paragraph may be confusing but I don't think I should go into any more details.

Lastly, I have discovered that my husband is even better than I thought before. I mean he has put up with my crap for the last 10 years (4 dating, 6 married) and accepted my faults along with my good attributes. But during these past two weeks he has made sure that I had everything I needed. He has cooked, cleaned, and helped care for the kids. And, he still has to put in long hours at work coming home tired and frustrated. I have to do something special for this man!!!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

He's Finally Here!

On Friday, September 15th at 8:02 am, my beautiful baby boy came into the world. We were finally released from the hospital today and I was so happy to see the sunshine and trees again. I'm extremely happy to be home, especially since I missed my daughter sooo much during those 48 hours. Anyway, God has blessed us with a healthy son and we fell instantly in love with him. That's all for now, I'm tired.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Whitney's Coming Back!

I am so happy that Whitney Houston is finally making efforts to get herself back on track. The article on Black America Web was very uplifting for me. We all know how beautiful and extremely talented she once was. I just hope all the drug abuse hasn't permanently damaged her vocal cords. It has been so sad to see her go through so much drama in her life! I hope Bobbi Christina doesn't come out too badly scarred but I do wonder where the social workers are. It seems like someone should have intervened for that child...or maybe they checked everything out and I shouldn't believe everything the media reports.

Check out the article here: Black America Web

My Little Bible Scholar

My baby has learned her first Bible verse. Well, it's not exactly as it's written in the Bible. In her little sabbath school lesson, they make it easier for her age group. So, the real verse is found in 1 Thessalonians 5:15 and it says, "See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men." In her book, it just says "Be kind to each other." She said it all by herself during our family worship last night. That was so exciting! It took a few tries for her to get it all out. She would get to the word 'to' in the middle and go 3,4,5, because she got confused and thought about the number 2. Anyway, she eventually said it right and we applauded her. I know this is probably not as exciting for most of you but it was the highlight of our night.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Living Abroad

Okay, so my husband is in a career advancement program with his job that may/may not result in a permanent move abroad. It will likely include a temporary move abroad though. I'm actually excited about the possibility but still a little anxious. When he finished grad school, there was a possibility of moving to China for a while but he was NOT interested. He was like "we can go visit but I have no interest in moving there." My thinking was that we were young, childless, and adventurous and the timing was perfect. This would suit us just fine. Now, he is extremely excited about moving but this time we have two children...small children at that. This is what makes me a little nervous. The three main possibilities according to a recent email from his boss are...Maracaibo, Venezuela; Lagos, Nigeria; and Bangkok, Thailand. Of the three, I actually would prefer Bangkok.

Why? Well, I decided to do a little research about these places (since I have very little actual work to do).
  1. Maracaibo, Venezuela - highly industrialized modern city in Venezuela. The pics are very cool, kinda like NYC but supposedly not as fast-paced. They have great education, healthcare, and nightclubs but don't have all the traffic, crime, and pollution. Sounds great, huh? Well, the bad thing to note is that there is a high level of kidnapping. Okay, so now I would have to be a paranoid, always-looking-out, scared-of-everyone-around-me mama everytime I would venture out with my babies. And, we know Bush and Hugo Chavez (Ven's pres) don't get along so would I be in peril as an American living there? Maybe I can disguise myself as a South American and just keep my mouth closed all the time.
  2. Lagos, Nigeria - way too much political unrest. The positive is that you can live it up because it's not a very expensive place to live. But, the locals don't care too much for the oil people who are over there stealing their natural resources (without leaving much of the profit) so there are flare-ups from time to time.
  3. Bangkok, Thailand - the best of the three. This city is also pretty highly industrialized with not too much crime going on. The only really bad thing I can think of is the expose on Primetime or 20/20 or whatever that showed those little bitty girls prostituting themselves for all the white American businessmen. Not a big deal for me because I know my baby wouldn't be out there talking about "the yum yum".

In our discussions about this, we feel the best thing is for him to go first and scout out the place to see if it's okay for the family to join. I think the experience would be wonderful for our children, although they're so young I don't know if they would even remember it. Maybe the oldest will. What if he goes and says it's too unsafe? Then, I'll be a single mom with two very young children......interesting situation.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Good Reads

Back in the day, I used to love to read. I could sit down with a good book for hours and hours. But then, I ran out of time for my favorite pasttime and I stopped for a long while. I then decided to start reading more material that would actually enhance my life, such as spiritual or educational books. My husband even started me to reading books to become more financially savvy so we can achieve our goal of early retirement. Anyway, here's two good reads that I have indulged in lately.

The first is a book called "Ten Commandments: Twice Removed" and it's written by Danny Shelton and Shelley Quinn. My husband recommended this book to me and he doesn't really like to read so that says a lot. It talks about how the ten commandments have been removed from our government and most of our churches (that's the twice removed part). I haven't finished the book yet but it's interesting so far. They answer questions like: Did the Ten Commandments exist before Mt Sinai? Were they nailed to the cross? How do we de-mystify Paul's writings about the Law? Does man have authority to change God's law?

My other interesting read is Black Enterprise magazine. My husband has loved this magazine for years but had discontinued his subscription when we moved from Florida. He recently subscribed again and I just decided to pick the last one up, mainly because there was a picture of Tyra and Iman on the front which made me curious to read. Anyway, the part that caught my eye was a section in the magazine devoted to the financial situations of real families. They feature 2-3 families (I think) in each magazine and breakdown their specific financial situations, determining their net worth, debt, and habits that have led to high debt or high net worth. Anyway, I thought this article was really interesting. Our society tends to focus way too much on depreciable assets like cars and trendy items like clothing, shoes, etc. We should focus more on leaving a better financial legacy for our children teaching them first to return a faithful tithe and offering to God (not a part of the BE article of course, this is my own personal belief). We should also teach about acquiring appreciable assets like real estate or investments that help increase personal net worth. And, we definitely need to wipe out the debt we so easily incur. One family said they have weekly family business meetings that even their 17 month old has to attend. In these meetings, they review their debt, budget, and long/short term goals. I love that idea!!! My parents didn't really teach me about financial responsibility so I had to learn the hard way and I don't want that for my own children. We are definitely going to adopt this practice in our family.

I guess that's enough for now. Just thought I would share this with whoever decides to read my thoughts.

By the way, went to the doctor again today and I'm still at 2 cm. No baby yet! Oh well, I guess I'll have to wait a little longer to see my baby boy.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Still waiting!!!

My baby boy has still not made his appearance. I've decided to change my perspective though. Instead of being disappointed, I am now trusting that God is just finetuning this little creation. And, I get to enjoy a few more nights of uninterrupted sleep...well, with less interruptions that it will be with a newborn. I haven't been having any leg cramps lately and it seems that my back hasn't been hurting as much either.

My mother-in-law arrived safely yesterday so I didn't even have to wake up my daughter this morning to get her ready and off to daycare. That's a pretty good start to my week. I'm sure my daughter will enjoy sleeping in a little later than usual too. And, she gets to enjoy her grandma for a whole month and 5 days. Yay!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

8 cm to go...

Went to the doctor yesterday and found out that I have dilated 2 cm. I hope that's not TMI but if you've ever been pregnant you will understand my excitement. I can not wait to give birth!!! I mean, I'm not excited about the pain or anything but I would love to have my normal body back...well, as normal as it will be post-delivery. And, I can't wait to see my bouncing baby boy. Keep me in your prayers.

Bag Borrow or Steal

Okay, so some of you may have already heard of this website before but I'm obviously not in the loop on such things so I just found out about it today. There is actually a company set up for a person to "rent" a designer purse. There's also jewelry for rent too. My initial thought was that our society is way too materialistic. I mean, if I can't afford to buy an expensive designer purse, should I really be spending my hard-earned money to rent one??? Surely, there is some bill that needs to be paid or groceries to buy.
After perusing the site for a bit, I did however find a good reason to rent. There is a section dedicated to weddings so for that special day perhaps it may be okay to rent a purse or some of the other accessory items shown. Or, maybe you've planned a special trip or class reunion and want to have the right look. They have a plethora of designers listed on the site, from Coach to Hermes. It's a very interesting and ingenious business plan. If only I had thought of it first. Hey, maybe I should propose a Houston franchise......something to think about.
My coworker said she saw something about this company on E! the other night. The company is called
Bag Borrow or Steal (click on the name to check it out). Now why am I doing free promo for them????

Friday, September 01, 2006

Awww, man!!!

I have exactly two weeks until my due date. I was supposed to go to the doctor today but, wouldn't you know it, he had to perform an emergency surgery so his appointments have been cancelled for the rest of the day. So now I can't go until Wednesday. I was very excited to go today because I just knew he would tell me I had dilated about 6 cm and needed to go straight to the hospital and deliver my baby. I am so disappointed!!! And, the funny thing is that last night my husband said I bet your appointment will be cancelled tomorrow. Maybe he jinxed me! I only wanted to make it past Aug 31st since that was the date for my baby shower at work. I secretly hoped I would have him on that day so he wouldn't have any problems once it's time to start school. I guess that really shouldn't matter though as long as he is born healthy and strong. On another note, I am very tired today. Why? Because I woke up 3 times last night, either to use the bathroom or because I got leg cramps. Why am I getting leg cramps? Because I didn't drink enough water and I knew that before I went to bed so I guess that's just my bad, huh.

Totally unrelated issue -- Someone really needs to tell Ms. Aretha Franklin, the "Queen of Soul" that she needs to hire a personal stylist. Nobody wants to see her twins laying on top of her stomach barely being held in by her dress. She is too old and heavy for that nonsense. Surely she can afford to get someone, anyone to help her out in that area. I just refuse to believe that she really honestly thinks that's sexy. I decided to post an older pic of her where she looks pretty and happy and youthful and a whole lot more modest. I almost posted the bad pic but she has been embarrassed enough by her own horrible decisions. Why should I add to it? Don't get me wrong I have a whole lotta love for her, but come on Ms Franklin. Give us all a break!