Monday, November 1, 2010

Trick or Treat

Saturday night we went Trick or Treating... and the kids had a blast! They thought the whole concept was fantastic. Sterling got a little annoyed at not being able to actually eat the candy right away, so we gave him a little here and there.

As you can tell, Stella was so excited she had to be silly!

And Sterling just wanted to hit things with his "devil stick".

We all enjoyed this halloween quite a bit!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Check it!!!

Andy passed the South Carolina State Bar, and is officially an Attorney, or at least will be after being sworn in next month...
I am one proud wifey right now!

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Fair

We have gone to the fair every year since we moved here... and it has become a tradition we love. The first year, we spent a lot of time being shocked at all the food they were selling. Things like fried pepsi, fried candy bars, fried oreos... seriously??? Two years ago we even brought ourselves to pay the $4.00 to taste the fried pepsi... and it was kind of a let down... but I'm glad to have that story to tell. This year they were selling donut hamburgers, using two donuts instead of a bun. Andy offered to buy me one, and you would think that in my pregnant state one might sound good, but it didn't. Anyway, I took this picture just as we got out of our car in the parking lot, just to kind of warm up the camera. Then it flashed "change battery pack" and shut off. No way!

So we spent the rest of the time enjoying ourselves "in the moment" rather than worrying about what things might look like through the lens, but also "missed" a few fun memories that I wish we could have captured. Luckily Andy had the iphone to snap some super important things... and I will add those pics when he gets home:).
We spent a good amount of time with the animals. Stella is obsessed with feeding them. She would very faithfully walk around the petting zoo, picking up animal food that had been dropped by others, and fed as many goats and sheep as would take her food. She may have even fed the donkey... I can't remember, but I do know she was very into it. Didn't even have time to talk she was so focused. (And that is really saying something with her). Sterling tried to put some of the food pellets in the goats nose, but couldn't grasp the concept that he had to simply hold his hand flat in order to feed the animals. He wanted to shove it in their mouths for them. They didn't appreciate him too much. But he still had a good time. Then we looked at horses. Sterling really liked the horses. Maybe "cowboy" wouldn't have been a bad name for him after all.
The kids also both really enjoyed climbing on the tractors. And we enjoyed looking at some of the photography, and cake decorating, and quilts etc. But before we left, we had to let the kids go on a ride. We decided we were going to wait until they asked to go on one to ever do it, and sure enough... this was the year. Stella noticed the rides first thing. Before we even entered the fair parking lot she was asking if she could go on the big pink thing that was up in the sky... so we did it. I was nervous at first, thinking they would chicken out and want to get off like they did last year with riding ponies, and that they may just stand up and try to hop off, surely mangling their little bodies in the process... but after strapping them in as tightly as I could, and warning them to hold on tight... the little trucks they were riding in began to "drive" in circles, and their faces lit up. They laughed and squealed, making sure we knew how awesome their lungs worked, and made the $4.00 we spent on tickets for one measley little kiddie ride seem somehow worth it. They had an absolute blast - and our night at the fair was complete!

Friday, October 15, 2010

By now this time around I have
- felt the baby move
- gone through at least ten rolls of toilet paper to blow my nose (thanks hormonal allergies)
- craved salsa, candy, and deli sandwiches
- not thrown up once
- had a severe aversion to avocados or guacamole and olives... even writing the words makes my stomach churn
- decided what I think the baby is (a girl)... but we'll have to see.
- thought how crazy I am for having another one already... my two seem to be plenty, but I guess it's too late now:)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Third times the charm

This pregnancy has been heaven when compared to my other two. (knock on wood) I have still been needing Zofran and Reglan for nausea... however, with them I am able to completely manage it. I have not actually thrown up once this whole time! And 98% of the time I feel great. It is pretty awesome. I have not felt the need to stuff myself with pizza and rolls either - also due to the lack of nausea. This equals less weight gained which is a major plus. I do however crave sweets and salsa... but not together:) Anyway, more on the pregnancy to come, including belly pics. I am 4 months, and still don't appear that pregnant, mostly just really full, but I guess that is ok. To make up for no belly pics now, I will leave you with these two cuties...

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Joy School

Stella started joy school today. She was nervous, and it shows in these pictures. She was acting so silly cause she wasn't sure what else to do. She kept asking Andy and I if we "wanted to come to school with her, cause she can't go alone, and it will be really fun". Once we got there, she cried and kept saying how she didn't feel good. I had to stay with her for 20 mins, and then I snuck out using the excuse that I had to go drive Sterling around in the car so he would go to sleep. I'm still hoping I don't get a call that she is bawling her eyes out and needs me to come get her. Poor thing is like her dad on this, and so I'm glad we are starting out now. Then maybe Kindergarten will go a little more smoothly. Hopefully she will relax a little as time passes, and will realize how much fun she is having!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Up and Running again!

And we're up and running again.... I was having trouble uploading pictures due to my over-usage of storage... but it is all figured out now, and I will be back blogging in no time:) Until then, this is a pic I took while recently picking apples. That post to come soon!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Tractor

The Building in our apartments that was burnt down has finally been torn down. This could not be better for our little family. Now every time we drive home, Stella can be calm and quiet, and no longer needs us to hold her because she is scared of the "broken house". And Sterling is thoroughly enjoying watching the tractor do it's thing. He walks around the house all day - pointing to the front door, begging to see the tractor. So we have spent a good amount of time watching from our front door, and Sterling is in little boy heaven.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


I know I need to update... until I find time... this will have to do.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

he has been schooled

This was Andy walking into his last class of his Law School career. He is done with all classes, and all finals. Now the only thing that stands between him and graduation is a week long trip for us and his parents in Myrtle Beach. Not too shabby! Congrats Babe! Can't believe you are really done! You did me proud!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

All this from that...

The cause of the fire has been determined. A cigarette butt was tossed into the pine straw (for those not from around here... old dried pine needles used in landscaping here) and caught the side of the building on fire, and once the fire hit the attic, it went crazy spreading to every inch of the building. Nice. Dear smoker... glad you got your fix. Next time, think about where you toss your leftovers. Thanks.

Saturday, April 24, 2010


Here are some pics I took earlier this morning of the pieces left behind. So far it appears the fire may have been started by a gas grill on an apartments back porch. No official word has been said though. At about 1:00 this afternoon, some of the residents of some of these apartments were allowed to start bringing things out that could be saved. (pretty much everything that wasn't burned to ashes is flooded from the fire hoses, or completely smoke damaged) So far, we only know of one dog that died in the fire. That is a miracle!

The fire at our apartments...

Here are some pics of the fire at our apartments tonight. We are so grateful we weren't really affected. Shaken up, definately, Stella is pretty scared. But other than that we just smell like we have been camping, and have a really good excuse to buy some fire ladders for the windows. So far it appears everyone is accounted for. Some pets were trapped in the homes, which breaks my heart, but I am so grateful they think all people made it out in time.

These first two Andy took about 20 minutes after we went outside, So the firemen had already been working on it for a while...

The firemen are still out there on the extended ladders spraying the building... now 5 hours later... and they have set up camp with a big tent and truck of food and blankets, etc, so they will most likely be here all night. I am grateful for this because knowing they are out there will help me actually get some sleep tonight.

These pics are from news websites:)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

My awesome hubby

Just wanted to post about how awesome Andy is...

He took the MPRE a few weeks ago (the national portion of the bar) and scored super high - way higher then was needed to become licensed in any state!!! I am proud...

He only has a few classes left, and then its time for finals, and then the BAR exam...

Good job Babe!!! Love you!

Monday, April 5, 2010


We had a really good Easter weekend around here. We enjoyed our time searching for Easter eggs, listening to conference, eating symbolic foods, and celebrating Jesus Christ. Our weekend started off with an Easter egg hunt for the kiddos. I was taking some family pictures and newborn pictures for my good friend Shalene and her cute family. They had a lot of family in from out of town, so family pictures were in order. And, lucky for our kiddos, so was an Easter egg hunt. Stella was picky about which basket she got to carry around, and really wanted the light blue one you see her with in the pictures. She was able to find a ton of Easter eggs, thanks to Dad. Sterling wanted nothing to do with walking around looking for eggs - he simply wanted to sit exactly where he was and play with the two eggs Dad found for him right off the start. We had a good time!

Then came Sunday - when I, not even thinking about whether or not the Easter bunny had come, slept in while Andy got out of Bed with Stella. I walked out to find Andy with a pile of candy on the counter, quickly arranging a basket full of goody's for miss Stella Mae. Later she told me that Dad put my "thing" (hot glue gun) on her basket to fix it. The beads had come off of part of her basket and he fixed it for her - then filled her up. (Good thing she is too young to realize that if daddy did the basket, then the Easter bunny didn't - that was a nice save on Andy's part... this is the reason this year will go down in history as the year daddy saved Easter!) I quickly grabbed Sterling's basket and Andy filled his up too. Just in time for some "mouths full of candy" pictures.

After conference, we went to the Rozmus's and shared with them Andy's Easter meal that he only gets once a year. ( I had Lamb for the first time when I was pregnant with Stella... made me barf and now it just doesn't taste pleasant at all.) He went all out, making leg of lamb with mint jelly, carrots potatoes, cauliflower, and onions, rolls, greek olives, grape juice, and cookies for desert.

We really enjoyed our family time, and celebrating our Brother Jesus Christ and his resurrection. Easter was great!