Monday, May 30, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
So now me, the bump, the swollen piggies, and the dog are watching Modern Family waiting on the hubs to come home, trying to decided if I want to petition for eating dinner out or if I'll regain some strength and energy and attempt to fix us dinner. Hmm, what to do? I actually had a pretty great Monday, the new job is still pretty great, and I managed to kick it in heels all day without feeling too much pain! I hope everyone else had a good Monday, too! They don't come around often, but I'm darn glad when they do! Love ya, Layne
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Welcome to Five Question Friday! Let's get this party started!
Rules for Five Question Friday: Copy and paste the following questions to your blog post, answer them, then watch for the linky to appear on Friday morning and LINK UP! Oh, andhaving fun is a MUST!
Questions for Friday, May 19th: (Special thanks to @joleneslavik, @ThisDaddys_Blog,@deannajw, Christine, and Sandy for their question suggestions! I would love to link YOU in a future 5QF, so just c'mon over to my community to offer up your best question suggestions, or just watch for my Twitter shout out for questions and @5crookedhalos me using hashtag #5QF!)
1. Do you and your spouse go to bed at the same time?
2. A question for the ladies...What kind of facial hair do you like on your man?
3. What's the worst vacation you've ever taken?
4. What's the first-ever blog you followed?
5. Do you enjoy amusement parks?
1. Do you and your spouse go to bed at the same time?
That would be a heck no. I get woozy when the clock hits 10pm, normally get in bed around 10:30. Although lately, I think due to pregnancy, my Restless Legs Syndrome has been horrible and keeping me up until 2 and 3 am!! Nothing worse than RLS. Chad is usually up until midnight, in fact most nights he's on the couch the majority of the night because he'll fall asleep watching Sports Center.
2. A question for the ladies...What kind of facial hair do you like on your man?
I love facial hair in general. Alas, my lover doesn't grow facial hair well. He does have some nice chest hair, though ;)
3. What's the worst vacation you've ever taken?
I have no idea. I remember getting really sick on the way to a Disney World trip as a child. And I had a really bad experience horseback riding in the Mexican jungle on our honey moon (can you say 300 mosquito bites??) but I don't think I've ever had a horrible vacation, really.
4. What's the first-ever blog you followed?
A girlfriend of mine when we lived in Florence had a ton of friends who blogged and she got me started blog reading, I have no idea what blog it was...
5. Do you enjoy amusement parks?
Yes! I love rides, and carnival/park food, and pretty much everything except waiting in lines, but I can normally tolerate that better than the average gal...I think I was 3 when I went on my first upside down roller coaster with my Daddy and older brother, Clayton. Is that right, mom? You'd remember better than me! I bunji'd when I was 10- that, too was with my Dadddy.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
SO! In an attempt at finder greater stimultation and more fabulous women (or men) to follow and be entertained by, I would love for you to email me or post with your favorite blogs! I love mommy blogs, family blogs, Christian blogs, giveaway blogs, not so much coupon blogs, but overall I'm not very picky!
Also, since I'm asking y'all I'll share with you some of my favorites!
www.kellywels.com ---Great for cloth diaper users!
http://itsuscoryandemily.blogspot.com --- Book reviews, and rediculously funny accounts of newlyweds enjoying life
www.thetypeahousewife.com ---Love her recipes, and features!
www.exploitsofamilitarymama.com ---Not your ordinary mommy blog- witty and honest!
http://mommainflipflops2.blogspot.com ---Great giveaways and product reviews!
www.thepioneerwoman.com ---What doesn't she do? I am in awe!
Sorry for the less-than-aesthetic lay out, my Blogger has disappeared with my fancy post editing tools... I'm a mess!
Love ya, Layne
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Maybe This Time- Lea Michele and Kristin Chenowith
Bust Your Windows- Amber Riley
Endless Love- Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison
Take a Bow- Lea Michele
No Air- Lea Michele and Cory Monteith
Rose's Turn- Chris Colfer
Touch-a, Touch Me- Matthew Morrison and Jayma Mays
Don't Rain on My Parade- Lea Michele
Take Me or Leave Me- Lea Michele and Amber Riley
I Feel Pretty/Unpretty- Lea Michele and Diana Aragon
Go Your Own Way- Lea Michele
Songbird- Naya Rivera
Rolling in the Deep- Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff
My Man- Lea Michele
Another love I have is for food. I love love love food. I love cooking it, eating it, learning about it, watching cooking shows and competitions. Lets do this again... Hello, my name is Layne. (Hi Layne) I am a foodie, and I've been a foodie pretty much as long as I can remember. It's a long standing joke in my family that from being toted around with my parents on business trips I got used to room service and staying with my grandparents one weekend asked for an assorted fruit plate for breakfast. I was not a snob, I just didn't know that my request was unusual. I was also introduced to the luxuries of Brie and Duck Pate in Elementary School. Before I was pregnant I was a vegetarian for the most part. No meat other than from the ocean. It was one of the healthiest, fittest, best feeling I've ever been. When I found out I was expecting I stayed on the vegetarian course until about 12-14 weeks, and at that point I let my cravings from the growing baby be an excuse to dive into a big fat cheeseburger from Salty Nut Cafe in Columbia, SC. I told myself it would be more work than I was prepared for to try and get enough protein for the baby and me through nuts and beans and faux-meat- but really I think it was a temporary fatty moment on my part and I decided that I'd put meat back on the menu while I was pregnant. I still have not had any chicken in about 8 months. I just can't do it. I know too much, I've seen too much. It just ain't happening.
Last night I went to a Relief Society (women's church group) event with some ladies from church and we had Oriental Cooking lessons. During the eating of our learned recipe I had a great discussion with some women about what you eat reflecting how you feel. One of the sisters told me that she had suffered a lot during her life from health problems and a few years back began eating raw. For those of you who don't know much about the raw food movement- and I only know a little- it doesn't mean baby carrots and broccoli spears- it means unprocessed foods. She eats only raw dairy products that she gets directly from a local farm here near North Augusta. Raw milk, cheese, butter, etc. Her veggies she buys locally and if necessary organically, and her meat, if she eats it, is more than just "free range"(which is a term a lot of farms use too loosley). I know I'm pregnant, but I was embarrassed by the difference in amounts of food on her plate versus mine. She ate like a bird. She explained that through trying different eating habbits and finding what made her physically feel the best she has really learned to be in tune with her body and know what it needs. How awesome is that!? I haven't had any major illnesses, but I have some of the worst allergies of anyone you'll meet. If you have allergies you know they are the worst ever and can lead to pretty much any sickness, so over my lifetime I have been sick (not seriously) a fair amount. I catch things easier, I get migraines, I suffered with chronic tonsilitis until I was 23 and finally had my tonsils removed, worst of all is for years I suffered from vomitting due to excessive post nasal drip- YUCK. As I'm listening to this lady explain how much better she feels and her increased quality of life simply from adjusting her diet and being observant of what she put in her body- it made me think. I can't cure my allergies, I can't speed up my metabolism, but what I can do is be observant and pay attention to my body. I know that when I wasn't eating meat I was the healthiest I had been in several years. Not because meat is unhealthy but because it made me lean toward healthier meal choices and obviously significantly increased my fruit and veggie intake. So, I've been thinking maybe I shouldn't be lazy and use this pregnancy as an excuse, and maybe I should go back to veggies and seafood only. It wouldn't take much effort or change as far as cooking and meal preparation- it would just take me letting go of my new fondness for pork chops cooked on the grill...so delicious. I'm going to take another night or two and sleep on the decision, but I'm feeling empowered and a little "amped" up-so I think I'm leaning toward going for it and kicking the meat! It helps that there are so many yummy meat substitutes out there. I'm going to Earth Fare grocery shopping tongiht for inspiration. If any of you have some good vegetarian recipes please post them or email them to me! Like I said, I love everything about food inlcuding learning new tricks and recipes. Wish me luck! Love, Layne
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I'm not sleeping. I have way too much on my mind to even think about thinking about sleeping. Does that make sense? No? Well, I told you I'm not sleeping. I'm not getting too upset about the lack of sleep yet (although I'll probably crack soon) right now I'm thinking of it as practice for when Noah is here and I have to get up and feed her every few hours.
I start my new job on Monday. I don't even remember if I have told y'all that I have a new job, but I do- and I'm very excited about it. However, also seriously nervous about it too. After being with State Farm for over three years it's time for me to part ways with the company and start something new. Chad's agency opens it's doors June 1st which is SO soon! He and I decided that for the sake of our marriage and general happiness that I would not be one of his employees. For any of you who know us well, you can probably understand how we arrived at such a decision. We both have extremely strong personalities and, of course, Chad would be the boss. Can you imagine the first time I sassed at him in front of one of his other employees- Lawdy! Not gonna work. I am however doing as much as possible to help him get ready for opening day, and will continue to help train his staff and do pretty much anything he needs as long as I can. While we're not crazy about working together- we're not dumb enough to realize that I'll be a big asset whenever he needs me due to my experience and history with the company....That being said- my new job is as a leasing consultant for an awesome apartment complex in Augusta, GA! I dabbled in leasing for a few months in Columbia and loved it- my only issue was that the property was open on Sundays and that got in the way of my strong belief to observe the Sabbath. My new property is only open Mon-Sat so this works perfectly! I love the job description (sales and customer service) and the ladies I'll be working with seem amazing!
Back to my not sleeping. As excited as I am about a new job that I'm sure I'll love doing, and be good at, I can't help but think about the fact that a short 6 weeks after I deliver Noah, I'll be having to leave her somewhere with someone and go back to work. We've known since we found out I was expecting that the situation we're in would require me to be a working mom for a while. It's not realistic for me to stay home during the first year-or even few years if that is the case while Chad open's a brand new business. I know what I have to do, and I know it's ultimately for the survival and greater good of my family (including Noah) but I can't help fearing how utterly gut-wrenching and heart breaking it will be for me. I lay in bed trying to doze off with visions of me sitting at my new desk in hysterics sobbing over my baby being somewhere with someone else. I try to snap myself out of it, obviously I tell myself there is no other option so I can freak out or I can suck it up, but I have doubt anyway. It's in my mind and in my heart. I don't want to fail my family, I don't want to fail my daughter, and I don't want to fail my new employer by being a total wreck either. I'm typing this thinking it's silly that I'm worrying about this before it happens, but this is typical Layne, I'm a planner I want to be prepared and have a plan, and that means even planning for non-existent, yet-to-happen emotional breakdowns. I worry my child will be a stranger to me, I'll leave her at 7 am and get back to her after 6pm and will that be enough time to get to know her, love her, be with her? I have no idea. I guess that will have to be determined later. Ugh! I just want to snap out of this funk! I have a feeling this will never go away now that I'm going to be a parent.
My sweet husband, I'm sure has thought about all of this, but it's my burden to bear for the time being. He has his own Mountains, and he hasn't really been sleeping either. I wish we had the opportunity to both chug some Nyquil and say "Peace out, world" for 8-24 hrs, it would do us a world of good! He is in serious boss-man mode. He is kicking butt, taking names, and busting heads. He is so awesome, words can not describe how proud of him I am. I am so lucky to have someone working so hard to provide for me and our family. I know a lot of people out there don't have that in their lives and the security I feel from knowing what a good, responsible, brilliant man I married is priceless.
So here is what I know:
-I know my situation and I know what has to be done.
-I know that I am strong. I have never felt stronger in my entire life, and even though I'm terrified I have an amazing husband, supportive family, and loving God standing behind me.
-At some point in the near future Chad and I have to figure out our childcare options- we are a little over 3 months away from Noah being here and we can't put it off much longer.
-My hubby is a business owner and State Farm agent, and in 14 days will have an open office with his name on the front!
-I'm happy. I'm not sleeping, I'm a huge worry-wart and minor complainer. But I am genuinely happy.
I love the scripture verse I put at the top of this post, it's my mantra right now. I'm facing a mountain, but I have no doubt I can move it. I'm the luckiest girl in the world, and my Heavenly Father loves me- with him I can do anything. Love ya, Layne
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Since last night, and this morning, and today all I can think about is little Noah- the play list this week is all songs featuring the word "Baby". Hope you enjoy! Love y'all, Layne
Tune-In Thursday Play List- OH BABY!
1. Baby Love- Diana Ross and the Supremes
2. Always Be My Baby- Mariah Carey (dedicated to Austin)
3. There Goes my Baby- The Drifters
4. Baby Beluga- Raffi (childhood staple in my house growing up)
5. Sweet Baby James- James Taylor (saw him sing this live- unbelievable)
6. Baby I Love Your Way- Peter Frampton
7. You're Having My Baby- Paul Anka (for all you Gilmore Girl fans who know that Paul Anka is her dog's name)
8. Don't Worry Baby- Beach Boys (my all-time fave BB song)
9. Baby Baby- Amy Grant (first CD I ever owned)
10. Give It to Me, Baby- Rick James (may he RIP)
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
I truly love blogging. I've been blogging since February of this year, and it has just been such a joy! I love getting inspiration from other bloggers out there, and implementing the things I've seen into my home! I'm sure you can relate :)
So since I'm visiting over here, I thought it would only be fitting to bring my best! Today, I'm going to show you my dining room table turned from beastly to beautiful!
As you can see, my dining room table was the cream of the crop in 1978 (like my calendar falling off the wall? That's how we roll). It was given to us by our old neighbors, and they gave me all matching 8 chairs! The table was a huge blessing because at the time we had a 4 person table with one of the chairs only bearing three legs, and we had our youth group coming over once to twice a week so we needed something desperately!
But it's 2011. It had burn marks from a hot casserole dish burning through the tablecloth, scratches, cheerios, cup rings...it had definitely seen better days.
So after vigorous sanding, Kilz oil based primer, latex satin black paint on the table and Rustoleum's semi-gloss spray paint on the chairs, and a few coats of Minwax Polycrylic gloss, it was as good as new!
Please excuse the missing chair, she was painted later and was having the 3 day cure I did on the table and chairs.
I love it now! I've been contemplating bringing in different dining room chairs to spice it up a bit, but that costs money and a deep hunt on craigslist. So I'm okay with my extremely low cost renovation to my dining room table for now!
Thanks for having me, and please come over to I Heart My Glue Gun to see the guest posts happening all week!
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
|homemade breakfast sandwiches|
|the new Sookie book!|
Sunday, May 8, 2011
|we have awesome counter space!|
|view from garage door|
|will eventually have barstools|
|Morris says he's the best decoration...|
|view of den looking into kitchen|
|view from the breakfast area|
Friday, May 6, 2011
Yes. Some were horrible, some were good, I fought with all of them at some point, and now Chad and MoMo are my permanent ones. Worst roomate ever, you ask? Despite all of my begging and pleading for my friend Mary to room with me in the dorm Freshman year of college at the University of South Carolina, she said no- lets branch out- meet new people, and so we both did the "at random" roomate assignment. Mine was a girl named Dianna (not her real name) and she was from TX and she was obnoxious as all get out. The straw that broke our relationship was that she would come home at night get stark naked and eat Sour Cream and Onion Chips in her bed- in the dark- in the middle of the night while I was trying to sleep. She smacked so loud, and I couldn't eat Sour Cream and Onion chips for years after that. Mary ended up with a marching band member who played the drums, she was nice enough, although I don't remember her name, BUT she was constantly making drum noises no matter what else was going on. We could be watching TV and she would be laying on her bunk "dat da da dun dat da da". Needless to say we transferred dorms and shacked up together right before first semester ended. I was very pleased to tell her "I told you so!"
2. How many names do you/your children have? (i.e. Prince Charming William Phillip Arthur Louis John Jacob Jingleheimer-Schmidt)
The hubster, future baby, and I all have three names. BUT our dog, who we call MoMo for short, has a doozie. His official name is Morris James Witherpoon Sanders Stalvey, Prince of Persia, King of Arabia, a dog and a gentleman. He's not a pure breed, he's a mutt, but we felt like he deserved the same respect any pure-blooded dog would get. ;)
3. Did you watch the Royal Wedding?
Nope, although I did stalk the entire wedding party through multiple media outlets after the fact to judge their fashion and accessories.
4. What is the messiest room in your house?
That's a toughy, probably our bedroom. My husband doesn't believe in making the bed and he's still in it when I leave for work- ipso facto- it doesn't get made.
5. What is your ideal mothers day?
My ideal Mother's day will be next year when I have Noah girl to hug and love on!
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Tune-In Thursday Play List:
1. The Waker- Widespread Panic (Brandi suggested in honor of Baby Noah since mommies day is coming up- also a great song to get you going in the morning!)
2. Unpretty/I'm So Pretty- gLee cast mash-up
3. January Wedding- The Avett Brothers
4. Cheated Hearts- Yeah Yeah Yeahs
5. Louisianna Saturday Night- Benji Davis Project
6. Loving You- Paolo Nutini (for Caitrin, the ultimate lover of "baby-making" music)
7. Allison Road- Gin Blossoms (for Dustin who is man pretty and loves the Gin Blossoms)
8. Whisper- Ying Yang Twins (this song is filthy and dedicated to Aviv)
9. Let the River Run- Carly Simon (perfect when sung at the top of your lungs and dedicated to Goose)
10. Your Eyes- Peter Gabriel (for Jenn, because who doesn't love air bongos and the triangle in a song)
11. Oh- Dave Matthews Band (this is the husband's and my song, he's the DBFL president, it was also our first dance)
12. Mud on the Tires- Brad Paisley (for honorary DBFL's Wes and Matt)
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Coincidence or not this morning I spent a few minutes looking up information on Satan for my mother. She is Episcopalian, while I am a Latter-Day Saint (Mormon) and we share a great deal of the same religious beliefs but we also differ in a lot of them as well. She is doing a Bible study and they discussed the topic of Satan and she expressed interest to me in our views and beliefs on the topic. So this morning I went to the church website and looked up "Satan" and "Devil" and sent her some scripture and talks from General Authorities that sum up some the way the Church feels about the Adversary. This has pretty much saved my day for me, or at the least stopped me from having a total breakdown. I've been able to recognize that no matter how stressed or upset I feel right now, that those feelings are Satan trying to distract me from the amazing things I should be focusing on. I should be always elated at the blessings from Heavenly Father and be able to think of them and look to Him when the going gets rough. It's a simple thing but counting my blessings one by one is a really quick way to snap out of feeling down or sorry for myself. Writing like this to y'all is already helping me feel better. I am also so lucky to have a husband by my side who is with me through all of this to not only support me but understand when I slip up and let the stresses of every day life take a toll on my attitude and emotions.
So today, when I get spare seconds here and there, I am focusing on persevering, enduring, and staying positive. I've got a lot of Bible verses and famous quotes that are helping me today. So if you're having one of "those" days whether you're religious or not, Mormon or Espicopalian, male or female I hope these help you like they're helping me! Love ya, Layne
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
There is nothing I like better than a good book, I don't limit myself to one genre, I read everything. Once a year, at the beginning of Summer, I read my favorite book of all time, Pride and Prejudice. I have a thing for English literature, I love Austen, the Bronte sisters, and Forster. I am also a huge fan of Irishman, James Joyce. Six months ago I picked up a copy of Much Ado About Nothing, and found myself seriously enjoying Shakespeare's humor as I became more familiar with his writing and adept at reading it. So, there is a huge place in my heart for classics, but I'm not a book snob. I've also read the Twilight Series- 5 or 6 times over. The entire Vampire Diaries series (noticing a theme?) and a ton more fiction, sci-fi, drama, and non-fiction pieces of literature. I am ALWAYS in the mood for a recommendation. So please take the time to comment and tell me your favorite book, or a new one you've read that you would suggest to a fellow bibliophile. Here are a few favorites of mine and a few that I'm hoping to read soon! Love ya, Layne
Lovely Layne's Good Reads:
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (if you go into it knowing it is a downer you will appreciate the writing more)
Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie (perfect beach book-guilty reading)
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man- James Joyce
Close Range by Annie Proulx (this woman has a twisted sense of humor and irony)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk (his stuff is a little too vulgar for me these days, but I used to love him and this was my favorite book of his)
Redeeming Love and Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers (awesome feel-good, faith building books)
Lovely Layne's Need to Read List:
Poison Wood Bible- my mom's favorite
Grapes of Wrath- don't judge, I know I need to read it but I don't really want to read it.
Pioneer Woman's book
Monday, May 2, 2011
I'm a month or two away from the time for baby showers and gifts yet, but we're over half-way through the pregnancy so we registered for little Noah at a couple of places. Right now I keep my eyes open to new products and developments of things that our family and daughter will need, but there is SO much stuff out there. I recently posed a question on facebook to mommies about their opinions on swaddlers and sleep sacs. I'm ridiculously clautrophobic so it is hard for me to imagine that it would be safe or enjoyable for a baby to be bundled up so tightly. However, I spent several years nannying and I've seen from experience how being swaddled can calm a fussy infant. I guess my qualms come from the sleep sacs, and putting an older than newborn baby in a crib unable to move its arms and legs to help itself if it get smothered by a blanket or mattress. My inquiry got a lot of response, and some really good answers. I was referred to a site and program called Happiest Baby on the Block for one, which is founded by a doctor who advocates swaddling, but more importantly I noticed that every mom's opinion varried based on what they found was right for their child. What I've realized is that I can plan and debate on products and programs, and game plans all I want, but when Noah gets here she will let me know if something isn't working or if something is. It is just so difficult to wait and not over-think it. I want more than anything to be able to sit back and relax and enjoy this pregnancy and all that it entails, I guess my brain and personality is just not going to let it go down that way ;)
I've been super snooty in the past at over protective and overly-anything moms. I would smirk when a mother or grandmother would have a cow because a baby didn't have socks on its feet or 3 blankets wrapped around it. I think it's funny when parents get squirmish or even upset when a dog licks a child, and I've felt like telling people to take chill pill when their baby or toddler was exploring new things, gadgets, and toys that they kept rippng out of their hands making the baby want it even more. Now, I'm freaking out over sleep sacs, wondering if I'm going to turn into the mother that I've silently judged for so long. This having a kid thing is exhausting and I'm not even to the hard part yet. Sheesh. Mother's day is this coming weekend and I have to say I know now more than ever how much of a shout out moms everywhere deserve. If not this one day a year- year round!! I love my momma and grandmother, and all that they have done for me, and one love to the new mommies and veteran mommies out in the world doing their best to be what their children need! I have tremendous respect and admiration for all of you! Love, Layne