Saturday, April 30, 2011

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary to my husband. I can't believe it's been 6 years. I love you more than you will possibly know and I love the life that we have created and built together. We've come a long way since the time we moved to Atlanta and you would come home from work to find me still in my pajamas, crying, and drinking on the back porch. For those of you that don't know, I was miserable the first several months once we moved to Atlanta because I knew no one here and hated it. To put it nicely, I was a complete mess. So, thank you for sticking it out. Thank you for being the type of husband you are to me and the type of daddy you are to our precious babies. I thank God every day for bringing you into my life. You (and Ella and Finley) are the best things that ever happened to me. I love you always. Now, aren't you glad I FINALLY said "yes" after you asked me out about 1000 times in grad school?

Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal Wedding

Did everyone get up at 4:00 Friday morning to watch the wedding? I have to admit that I got up early to watch it. Not 4:00 early, but I think my alarm went off at 4:45. And then I woke Ella up at 5:30 so she could watch it with me (terrible I know), but I want her to be able to say she remembers watching it with her mom when she was little. However, I have feeling she's going to remember the horses more than the wedding itself. She loved them and wouldn't stop talking about them the whole time. And, every time we saw Kate, she said, "Look, mommy, there's Mary". As in Mary and Joseph. How cute is that? I think she thinks anyone wearing a veil over their head is Mary.

What did everyone think of the wedding? I thought it was beautiful and thought Kate looked amazing. I also realized that I want to go to a British wedding at some point in my life just so I can wear a fun, fancy hat. I would be a nervous wreck if I knew over 2 billion people were watching me, but both of them looked relaxed. I remember what I was like on my wedding (which was 6 years ago today) and I don't think I looked as calm as they did.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Confession

Ok, I have to admit that I did not lift one finger for the landscaping. My amazing and hard working husband gets all the credit for the yard. He worked his fingers to the bone last weekend getting everything planted, spread, and mulched and it looks great. So, thank you honey for all your hard work and effort and making our home beautiful. I love it!! And I love that you enjoy doing all that stuff!! I love you.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Weekend

What a fabulous Easter weekend! It was so much fun and there's lots to tell so buckle up.

Friday day and night were busy around here. I landscaped the whole back yard. I carried and spread 7 yards of mulch and spread pine straw all over the place. I finally got the plants in the ground and into their specific pots. I even planted lots of herbs and vegetables in our garden box. My green thumb is coming along.

Saturday we all went to our church's annual Easter Egg hunt. There were so many people and tons of kids there. Luckily, it's very well organized and and broken up into several different groups, according to age. We went with the 1-2 year old group. The eggs were spread out all over the soccer field and all the families and kids lined up on the outside before the start. Before we even made our way down to the field, Ella spied all of the 2,000 eggs and thought they were all laid out just for her. We turned our backs for a second and she was making a mad dash onto the soccer field, all by herself. Thanks to the help of our friend Mike, we were able to grab her in time before she was able to do any damage. She was not a happy camper, but we were able to calm her down. We made Ella carb load the night before and go to bed early so she was full of energy and well rested for the hunt. She's a pretty smart girl. She would pick up an egg, shake it, and if it made a noise (meaning there was a treat/candy inside), she would would put it in her basket. No noise, no basket, and back down onto the ground it went. She had a great time and got lots of eggs. She also loved the jump-a-thon. So much so that she even went down backwards on her back. After the church festivities, we went and had lunch with "Dylan Chee-cock" and his parents. Ella was pretty worn out by all the festivities, and took a long nap for us once we got home. Finley did great on Saturday and loved being in her stroller. She was a good girl for us during lunch too. While the girls slept on Saturday, I finished up with the landscaping and filled in our annoying backyard water fountain with dirt and planted a Japanese Maple tree, surrounded by some green plants.

Sunday morning we went to the 8:15 service at church and it was packed. We got there kind of early and didn't think it was too crowded, but it filled up super fast. After church, we headed home and got ready for our orphan friends to come over. We had the Spencers, Knowles, and McWhorters over for Easter lunch/dinner and it was such a good time. We dubbed ourselves the orphans because none of us have family that live in town. The kids all slept while we ate and then once they woke up, we had an egg hunt in the back yard and then we broke out the water table. The weather was amazing and the day could not have been any better. I loved having all these kids over here playing and spending time with our friends. It was a perfect day. I took over 200 pictures this weekend (having a digital SLR turns me into the paparazzi), but here are just a quick few.

Ella and Bobby. Yes, I blurred out Ella again. We can't get her to keep her clothes on.


Miss Natalie. So cute!!


Finley and Speight. True love at a young age.


I love this picture. How cute are all these babies?!


Ella and her Easter basket.


David and his girls.


Our friends, the Knowles. Please notice the boots on baby Speight. Hilarious.

Ella's game face.


Going down the jumpy slide. (What are these things called anyways? Space jumps?)


Ella and the Easter Bunny. Thankfully, Ella thinks more fondly of him than Santa.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Happy Girls


We've been spending lots and lots and lots of time outside lately. The weather here has been perfect the past few weeks and we're trying to enjoy as much of it as we can before Atlanta turns to Africa hot over the summer. Southerners know the kind of heat I'm talking about. The kind of heat and humidity where you work up a sweat just walking out to your car. The kind of heat that makes swimming pools feel like bath tubs. The kind of heat that a certain mom can only take a few minutes of, but does not phase her toddler. Anyways, my rambling point is that I'm trying to spend as much time as possible outside with my girls before it gets almost unbearable due to the heat. For any parents that don't have a water table, I highly suggest one for your small kids. We got Ella one for her 2nd birthday last year and she's LA-HUVS it!!. It's hilarious and keeps her entertained for a long long time. (And it also doubles as a water bowl when you forget to give your dogs water). She gets really excited and loves to fill it with water, sit in it, and play with the toy boats and pour water out and onto anything, especially Otto. But, she cannot play with it with any clothes on. She must remove every stitch of clothing because if anything gets wet, she freaks out and has a minor meltdown. So, as a first step, she gets naked. Here is a picture of her with her favorite toy. Note: if it looks a little fuzzy, I'm still unsure of the rule that states what age it becomes inappropriate to publish pictures of my naked children. So, I erred on the side of caution and blurred out some parts. (If anyone knows that rule, please let me know)! Also, I want Ella to still speak to me when she's 16 and looks back on this. I love you sweet girl!


For the latest Finley news, she has learned how to "wave". I absolutely love this video and it never gets old. I love this baby!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Well is All Dried Up

This is a disclaimer that if breastfeeding makes you queasy, stop reading right now. I just had to quit breastfeeding Finley and bummed does not even begin to describe how I feel about it. Before I had Ella, if someone had told me I would breastfeed my baby for a year, I would have thought they were nuts. I knew nothing about it and found it to be a little strange. Then I had Ella and my thoughts about it completely changed. Maybe because it was so easy with her and other than dealing with the initial tough few weeks, it was a piece of cake. And my supply with ginormous. I mean, literally our freezer was full of nothing but frozen breast milk.

So, along came Finley and I thought sister 2 would be just like sister 1. They were both big babies at birth, look like twins, and it was easy with Ella, so I thought round 2 of breastfeeding was going to be just as easy right? Well, not so much. Since the beginning with Finley, I noticed I didn't make as much as I did with Ella. I tried not to think too much about it since I had always heard that what you pump is not a good indicator of how much your baby eats. I don't understand that, but I read it on the internet so it must be true right? I talked to our pediatrician about it, went on all sorts of supplements that make you smell like maple syrup, drank endless amount of water, let Finley nurse as long as she wanted, and did everything I could to increase my supply. Nothing seemed to make a long-term difference.

So, I've thrown in the towel. I'm sad and disappointed about it. But, luckily Finley devours her bottle and the transition to formula has been seamless. And as long as she's happy, healthy, and growing, I'm happy. On the plus side though, I can now have more than 1 beer or 1 glass of wine.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Coupons

I love to save money and I love a good deal. I don't think I'm unique in that. Occasionally, we buy the Sunday paper just for the coupons. I look through all the pages and cut the ones I think we will need and then cut some just because they sound like a good deal. $3 off a box of Claritin--who could resist? Save 50 cents when you buy 18 yogurts? I'm all over it. Ok, so I don't go that far, but when I do cut coupons, I try to already have my list in hand so I don't wind with a cart full of Claritin and enough yogurt to feed an army.

So, the other night, my mom, who was in town this week, David and I watched "Extreme Couponing" on TLC. Y'all, it is the most amazing and fascinating show ever. There are people who literally spend 20 hours a week cutting coupons and organizing shopping lists to maximize savings at the grocery store. This one couple spent 5 hours at the grocery store just shopping and then another 1 hour checking out. They paid $6 for over $600 worth of food. They even called friends to come and help them check out because certain promotions and coupons applied to only 1 shopper. But, the most amazing part is where they store it. These people have food stashed and stored in every nook, cranny, and drawer. One couple stored cereal in their closet. They probably had 20 boxes of Captain Crunch in their closet and then another lady stored at least 12 bottles of BBQ sauce in her daughter's drawer underneath her bed. These people have more food stored away than grocery stores have stocked on the shelves. It is fascinating! So I highly recommend this show for anyone who is up for some mindless and mind blowing TV.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Girls' Trip









Part of our spring break trip included a girls' trip for me with all of my college friends. So, I guess I kind of had a spring break too. It was so much fun!! We drove down to Gulfport on Friday andstayed the weekend at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Obviously, this was a kid free trip and it was perfect. We did absolutely nothing but lay by the pool, drink, eat and gamble. After dinner on Friday night, we all managed to sit at the same blackjack table. You can imagine how fun that was! Afterwards, a few of us made it to the bar/club upstairs. We aren't really the "clubbing" type, but it's always fun and funny to watch what goes on. Some of the patrons there were hilarious and the music was so random. I mean, who doesn't love a mixed rendition of Usher and Shania Twain together right? Saturday, we were out at the pool by 10:00 and stayed out there all day long. We went to dinner at the Beau Rivage on Saturday night and it was so good. We gambled some more and made it back to the room at a pretty reasonable hour. We headed home on Sunday. It was a quick trip, but it was so fun.

This group of friends is very special to me. We were super close in college and did everything together. And, aside from bachelorette parties here and there, it's been 9 years since our last trip as a group. I feel old just typing that. So, this was long overdue. And we are already talking about our next trip and promised that it won't be as long next time around. While we don't see each other as much as we'd like, when we are together, we just pick back up where we left off the last time and always laugh so hard. I love these girls and I'm very thankful for them!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Camp Yes

Last week, the Metzner family took a little road trip to Jackson for Spring Break 2011. The last spring break I think I went on was when I was in college and things aren't quite the same. But this is way more fun, just in a different way. After packing for what seemed like days, we headed to Jackson for the week to our girls' favorite destination--Camp Yes. The magical land where the word "no" all of a sudden becomes a 4 letter word and where the world of a certain little almost 3 year old is perfect. And Finley's too, but she's just too young to appreciate/manipulate it yet. Camp Yes is where both sets of grandparents live and the word "no" is forbidden. Ella loves it and totally eats it up. Here's a brief overview of some of the daily activities that go on at this happy place:

1. Ice cream 4 times a day? Absolutely.
2. Going out on the boat and fishing any time Ella wants? Bring it.
3. Going to bed late? More please.
4. Stalling so much that it takes her grandmothers 45
minutes to read an ABC book? Totally acceptable.
5. Candy and gummy bears any time of day? Why not.
6. Playing with the Ipad, ipod, and computer all times of day? Sure
7. Riding in DeeDee's car with "no top"? Affirmative
8. Getting away with anything and everything? Yes.

I could go on and on and on, but I'm running out of synonyms for "yes". Just imagine anything a 3 year old wanting to do and being able to do it. Spoiled doesn't even being to describe it. As Ella told her teacher, Miss Lindsay, when she asked what she was doing for spring break, she replied "I go to Jackson, I get spoiled". At least she comes by it honestly. So, needless to say, our parents have got the whole grandparent thing down. But in all honesty, we are blessed to have them as our parents and in-laws and Ella and Finley will be better girls because of them. So, thank you for loving them in all the ways that you do. Just remember that I will call each of you the very second that Ella starts acting out when I tell her no. Lord help me when Finley figures out how to work the system too. Here are some pictures from the past week. And coming up next, a recap of my girl's weekend in Gulfport.


Grandpa after babysitting. Too much action for him.
On the boat.
Ella and Gammy "holding the bridge up". Finley and Grandpa.
Ella in Granddad's Office. I think we have another hospital CEO in our future.
Finley in the bath!In DeeDee's "car with no top".
Finley and Charlie.


Saturday, April 2, 2011

President's Club

Thanks to the efforts of my hard-working husband, David and I are going on an all expense paid trip to Aruba. And kid free. We are so excited and just found out earlier this week that he (we) qualified to go. I'm so proud of him and cannot wait to lay in the sun with cold beverages in hand. In 2009, we went on the same type of trip out to California and it was great because we did absolutely nothing productive. No working (except for a few phone calls for David), no changing diapers, no cutting food into impossibly small pieces so an awesome 1 year old doesn't choke on it, etc. We would wake up, go work out, eat breakfast, get a massage, take a nap, shop, lay by the pool, day drink, and then night drink. It was so much fun. We're expecting more of the same for this trip as well. We've never been to Aruba and the only other time I've been to the Caribbean is when we went on our honeymoon to Antigua. So, if anyone has ever been to Aruba, let me know what it's like and what you suggest doing there for fun. Although if it falls out of the category of laying on the beach, we probably won't take your advice. Just kidding. Here's a link to our hotel:

http://www.aruba.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp

Now, I'm going to have to try and get in swim suit shape. This is not as easy as it used to be after having 2 babies. Not that it's ever easy, but I feel like having 2 kids kind of lets me off the hook a little. Notice I said "try" because I just discovered how well animal crackers and frosting (yes, the store bought kind) go together. Has anyone ever tried it? It might be better than peanut butter and jelly or peanut butter and chocolate. And given my love affair with all things involving frosting, I don't see myself giving this up anytime soon. But, I just might have to make the sacrifice. In my attempts to get ready to squeeze into a bathing a suit, I'm going to have to start doing this for my workout. This workout is dubbed "The Lion". Enough said.



Every time I watch this, I get scared and inspired at the same time. Actually, I've done a modified version of this for my workouts a few times. The day after wasn't very fun. I was in pain--like, hurts to walk, hurts to stay still, can't get in bed, can't get out of bed pain. But, I must admit, I like feeling like that because I feel like I actually got a good work out. The thought of doing all those pull ups is beyond comprehension for me, so I just substitute lat pulls instead. Enjoy!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Dylan Chee-Cock Amen and Cuteness All Around

Ella's prayers usually consist of a prayer she learned at preschoolthat goes like "My ears can hear, my eyes can see, my nose can smell, my mouth can taste, my fingers feel, thank you God, Amen". So sweet. And as an extra P.S., she throws in at the end, "And Dylan Chee-Cock, Amen". Always, without fail, every single time we pray. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and bedtime. It's so funny and we look forward to watching her do it every time. So who is this mysterious "Dylan Chee-cock"?. He's the son of some of our dear friends, Mike and Alison Chiock here in Atlanta and he's adorable. He's about 2 months younger than Ella. Since I'm now the expert at all things computer related, here's a video I took of her praying and a picture of Ella and Dylan at Baskin Robbins. Get ready for the cuteness.


It's hard to get a good picture of 2 almost 3 year olds (especially when ice cream is involved), but you get the idea.


In other cute news, I think someone is ready for her first Braves game! The picture is a little fuzzy. Sorry.



Also, did anyone ever read "Sweet Valley High" books growing up? I was obsessed with Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield when I was in my fun pre-teen years. So I was super excited when I read this: