Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Things That Have Happened This Week

1. I accidentally bought decaf coffee and noticed it as I was putting the groceries away. I kicked a cabinet.

2. Ellie woke up from 1am to 2am the other night. She was having the time of her life. Kicking, laughing, squealing, playing with my hair, discovering different fabrics in her room.... it was really a big party and I could not figure out why she needed to have some girl talk with mom at 1am. However, she repaid me by sleeping till 8am. She is forgiven :)

3. Sunday night I cooked jambalaya with sausage and cornbread. Monday night I cooked Pioneer Woman's chicken spaghetti. Tonight I cooked pork chops with broccoli cheese rice, salad and bread. Tomorrow I'm thinking I'll make a pop tart and a Diet Coke. 

3. Since our nieces and nephew were in town last weekend, Grant purchased a few kid-friendly snacks to have in our pantry in case the littles got the munchies. The problem is, now there is a bag of goldfish crackers in my home. I will eat all of them and buy another bag the next time I go to the store. I TOTALLY FORGOT HOW MUCH I LOVE GOLDFISH AND I AM SO GLAD I HAVE A KID NOW. Even though she probably will not be able to eat them for quite some time, I will eat them on her behalf. 

4. I realized today that I do at least one load of laundry every day and at least one load of dishes everyday. With me and Grant both home all day and add Ellie into the mix.... we are using a lot of dishes and wearing a lot of clothes. And Ellie wears about 4 outfits a day, so.....

5. Some kids in my neighborhood were sitting on a corner selling lemonade for 50 cents. I'm a sucker for lemonade stands, so I pulled over and started digging for change in my car. I found enough (it involved a lot of pennies) and the kids were so excited. The little boy walked to my car window, ever so slowly, carrying the cup with two hands, trying not to spill. He got to my window and said "I may have poured you too much!". Poor darling. It was filled to the brim. TO THE BRIM. I had to take 3 sips with my head out the window. They were so proud. And also, THAT WAS A VERY SPECIAL CONCOCTION OF LEMONADE. #Tart 

6. I'm pretty sure the above paragraph marks the first time in the history of the Jen the Newlywed blog that I've used a hashtag.

7. I went to BabiesRUs and got $180 worth of diapers and wipes for $14.74 with coupons and gift cards. I felt like there should be a parade in my honor as I drove home from the store. 

8. I watched Downton Abbey. You guys... I just.... I can't... I just... why? I couldn't stop thinking about it. I had to get up and watch bloopers from the show Friends on YouTube so that I could get happy. It is just all kinds of horrid. 

9. We lowered Ellie's crib mattress. It's not necessary quite yet but I was changing the sheets again and I just felt like doing it now rather than later. And after it was all done and everything was put back together, I teared up a little. Don't judge me. 

10. I did an arm workout and a butt workout and let's just say I won't be doing that again anytime soon.  The soreness abounds. 

Alrighty, my friends, I'm going to go read a magazine in bed now because that sounds like heaven after a long day like today :)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sleveless Shirts are my Nemesis

So, I lost 8 lbs.

And then I just stopped. 

What is it about cold weather that makes you detest salads and want warm, hot, carby foods? Or maybe I'm like that year round?

Who am I kidding? I KNOW I'm like that year round.

I've got a few more pounds to go before I get back to my pre-pregnancy weight... and then about 5 more after that to get to where I want to be. However, all this winter weather and big comfy sweaters and pants isn't really giving me a sense of urgency. However, I know when summer hits and I want to swear skirts and sundresses and shirts that show my upper arms, then I will be wishing I had been a little more disciplined. I HATE showing my arms. Hate, hate, hate.

I'm actually about to go out to lunch. I looked at the menu of the restaurant we are going to and I see they have lots of yummy salads to choose from. I also saw that there is chicken fried steak there and it's going to be very difficult to pass on that. MASHED POTATOES, Y'ALL. 

Meanwhile, Ellie is still napping and we are supposed to leave very soon for lunch. I still need to feed her and get her dressed. I constantly teeter on the edge of being late or being on time with a cranky child who woke up too soon from her nap. Ugh. She is OUT like a light so I hate to wake her but I've already pushed the time once and hate to ask again. 

In other news, I've discovered some wrinkles around my eyes and I just don't know if I'm ready for all that. Any eye creams you would recommend?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Ellie's Dedication

This weekend, our families joined us for a Sunday afternoon service where we dedicated our Ellie girl. This is different than how most people do things with newborns such as an infant baptism. This isn't symbolizing Ellie's joining of the church. We do not believe that this little ceremony will bring her eternal salvation. All this is is a commitment by me and Grant that we will do all we can to raise our daughter in the ways of the Lord, to teach her about Jesus. 

Our church has so many babies that they knock out several in one day. Our pastor read aloud Ellie's full name, the meaning of her name, and a verse we chose for her. 

I had to fix her outfit :) 

Ellie Paige means Giver of Light, Servant of the Lord.

The verse we chose for her is:

"Yahweh your God is among you, a warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with gladness. He will bring you quietness with His love. He will delight in you with shouts of joy." - Zephaniah 3:17

At the end of the service, each family came to the front of the chapel. The men kneeled while the wives stood behind them. Then Pastor Gregg and the congregation prayed over our family. It was such a sweet service!

Our little family of three!

After the service, our families joined us for a little celebratory dinner. We changed Ellie into her after party outfit :)

Please know that I am well aware that this headband is SO VERY OVER THE TOP but it made me laugh so hard. Oh my goodness. 

This face. She is such a ham. 

Sweet darling baby girl.... we love you so much.

We are so thankful to our families for coming in from near and far to join us for this special, special occasion. We can't wait to see what kind of little jewel this sweet girl grows up to be!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

6 Months

This little girl is 6 months old today....

A few facts about Ellie Paige at 6 months:

Her pacifier
Puppy dog (she thinks he's HILARIOUS)
watching mama cook
watching mama dance
Daddy (LOVES. HIM.)
Talking to herself
Singing in the car
Green Beans
Bath time
Rocking in the rocking chair with mama
Sleeping on her belly

Being Cold

Rolls over both ways
Can sit up if I'm sitting behind her
Sleeps through the night
Sits up in a stroller
Sits in a high chair to eat
Has started to eat puffs!
Grabs toys and transfers them from hand to hand
Hears Grant's voice when he walks in the door, kicks and smiles

13 lbs, 9 oz (8% for weight)
25 inches long (35% for height)

Happy Half Birthday, Baby Girl! We love you love you LOVE you!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Red Carpet Recap: Golden Globes 2013


I am a big, big fan of the Golden Globe Awards, for a variety of reasons. Let's explore some of them:
1. It honors both TV and movies. And I love TV and movies.
2. They all sit around at tables and eat and drink and talk amongst themselves so it's not so stuffy.
3. They all seem to be enjoying themselves.
4. It's usually a very fun award show

And tonight? TONIGHT DID NOT DISAPPOINT. In one of the best decisions anyone in television has made in a very long time, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey were chosen to host. Oh my good gracious alive.  HILARITY. Their opening statements. The additional nominees in various categories for the fictitious film "Dog President". Also, the presenting duo of Kristin Wiig and Will Ferrell was more than I could possibly handle. "Judi Dench... where did SHE come from?!?" I laughed and laughed.

Well, let's get to it, shall we? 

Angelina Jolie did a similar leg pose at an award show last year. Is this going to become a thing? Cause  I don't think these lovely ladies know how silly this looks. SILLY I TELL YOU. 

Amy Adams is and always will be adorable. This dress is beautiful. It's not my favorite color for her but  still.... she looks very elegant. 


Emily Blunt! She always looks lovely. The stomach side cut-outs seemed to be a trend on the red carpet tonight. I don't love that trend. But she looks beautiful and she is married to Jim Halpert so we're good here. 

This dress underwhelms me. 

This is Alex Dunphy and I like her head piece. But the dress looks like something in Ellie's closet. Seriously. 


Hayden wore her hair down tonight which is a nice change for her. She looks grown up! This dress is just divine and her necklace was absolutely to die for. She looks very proud of her purse here.

Okay, y'all. A leg slit is supposed to be flirty and a hint of sexuality but my mercy this is going a little far. The entire leg does not need to be shown. 

Hello, my name is Helena, and I have a mouth bag. 

 She always, always, always chooses wisely on the Red Carpet. I've yet to see her make a bad decision. I'm a tiny tiny bit jealous of her. 

I love Jennifer Garner and I love her in this color and she has had 3 babies and she is darling.

When she won tonight she said "what does this say? It says "I Beat Meryl!". She did, in fact, beat Meryl Streep, which is something to be proud of. However, I'd also like to point out that I do believe (based on her identical inflection of the phrase) that she was quoting Bette Midler in the movie "The First Wives Club." I think people missed that though and it just sounded like she was gloating. She'll regret it. 

Beautiful dress. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. 


She does this thing with her lips A LOT lately. Just smile. You have a pretty smile. Also, this dress is a brave choice. 

I find this dress to be quite impressive. She looks very lovely.

Now this is just fun. If I were a movie star, I would choose something like this every once in awhile, because I could. If you have opportunities and places to wear dresses like this, why wouldn't you? 

I feel like there is just a whole lot of chest going on. 

It doesn't wow me. However, she would look good in jeans from Old Navy and a sweatshirt. Oh, wait, that's what I'm wearing right now. 

This maternity dress on Kristen Bell is quite possibly my favorite thing I've ever seen a pregnant woman wear on any red carpet ever. STUNNING. I wish you could see the whole dress here but I couldn't find a picture. It is just amazing. 

This is not a good cut. It's boxy. 

You forgot your cami! You forgot it!

Oh, look! It's Lady Mary Crawley! She DID come all the way to America. And what a lovely gown she has chosen for the occasion. She's really done something jolly with her hair.

I'm Lucy Liu! Welcome to my garden party!

Um.... hi? When did you come back? Are you gonna hold it together from now on? Can we just calm down? 

Skinny skinny skinny. I like her hair this length.

She is such a pretty lady.

Not my favorite. I'm not even entirely sure why she was there?

Olivia Pope is wearing a beautiful dress but I wish she had worn her hair up. 

"That's what's happening around the country, here's what's going on in your neck of the PLAID JACKET"

Y'all. If you could see this close up, you would see that it is a hot mess and the flowers are 3D and actually pop off the dress like a pop-up Hallmark card. WHAT. WHY. 

Pretty, pretty color!

T-Swift came with a mission to look like a grown-up girl bombshell that is totally over her most recent boyfriend and they are never ever getting back together. Jen the Newlywed would like to tell Taylor to stop dating 18 year old boys. They are not who you are looking for. Promise. 

There ya have it, folks. After looking at all these lovely dresses and beautiful people with their toned arms and long and lean figures, I'm absolutely, without a doubt going to give some serious consideration to thinking about doing some crunches someday in 2013.