Sunday, December 28, 2008

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Where had the time gone?

I don't think I've even looked at my blog since I wrote the last post. I don't know why either. There has been lots of fun stuff to talk about and I just forgot. Go figure. I think I'll blame it on being a mom. Sometimes, like today, I think to myself what have I done and I can't really think of anything, but I know my day was busy.... so, here's a recap of the last little while:
-Caleb's parents moved into town and the whole Roe/Mansfield clan spent Thanksgiving together.
-We cut our Christmas tree down in the woods and Cole rode on Daddy's back the whole time.
-I had finals at BSU and got an A in my class-- I actually got an invitation into the Alpha Kappa Something-- the Sorority for the highest GPAs at BSU. Cool, huh? I'll just leave that for someone else... but it was a cool letter to get!
-I decided to apply to CWI because I'm trying to get an AA in Elementary Education and just so happens that's one of their "majors". So, I think I'll pay less than half the price and get educated over in Nampa!
-I went to get a trim and left with a really cute a-line hair cut that falls at about my chin. Who knew when I woke up that morning I would even get my hair cut! I love it! However, with all the moisture in the air, I've got a bit of a Texas big hair thing going on! ;)
-We had a great Christmas on Christmas Eve-- Caleb worked the real day. However, it was just as fun spending time together as a family and showing Cole what Christmas morning is like! He didn't get the whole opening the packages thing! He does like his new toys!
-Snow, Snow, and more Snow! We're getting dumped upon... well, I don't know if we're actually getting snow right now, but it snowed all day today- like 4 inches. Or maybe more! I don't actually know, because Cole is sick and so I've been stuck inside for 2 days. 2days people. I think I might go crazy. The poor kid had a cough and a fever and a runny nose. I'm not sure if he's getting a new tooth or just plain sick. But, either way, he's a sad little boy and so we're not going into the crappy weather to make him feel worse. So, I'm the mommy who gets to stay home while daddy goes to work. And by home, i really mean home. I've got cabin fever... and I've still got all day tomorrow. there's only so much laundry to do.
Alright, well there's the update. I'll get the camera and upload pictures tomorrow so you can see how much our little kiddo (who turns 11 months tomorrow!) had grown and see my new cute hair!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Quick Trip

This weekend My mom, Cole, and myself went to Salt Lake City to visit with my grandma and great aunt who were in Salt Lake City for a week doing genealogy stuff. Turns out on my mom's side, I'm related to one of the captains who sailed over here and settled Jamestown! And, my grandpa on the Mansfield side has tracked us back to the Mayflower. So, I'm pretty much an American through and through!
Anyways, we had a great time in Salt Lake... I hadn't ever been the Temple Square and so we went over and checked it out-- it's a little creepy. I didn't want to stay for too long. We also went to the capitol building. So, I thought I would include a few pictures of that. It's a pretty impressive building. I wish we had buildings that were made to be beautiful and not just utilitarian.

Monday, November 10, 2008

It's the holiday la la

I'm really excited about the holidays this year. Not because of presents or tasty food (cause chances are I won't have a lot of either!) but because we get to be around our families this year. We have relationship with all of our family now (that seemed like it might never happen) and we have this beautiful, drooling, snot nosed munchkin.
So much has changed in my heart over the last year-- it's been hard! I want to make things about me all the time, but the fact is, life just isn't about me. Yes, I am in life and I am a valuable person, yet, now that I have a little one, I realize that there is so much more to life that hanging out with friends and having time for myself. I not only want to grow Cole into a mature adult, but I want to help those who are in need. I find myself being stretched to the limits on what I think I can handle and what I trust God with-- yet isn't that God-- he takes us just to where we feel we can't do it anymore and then gives us a break. Then the next time, He stretches more! I want to be a loving person in all situations and not be judger (in the Myer's brigs personality test, that's what I am)-- life is not all black and white. I want to be a person who loves like Jesus--someone who loves people through their faults and issues. I know this stuff seems elementary, but for me, the person who always sees right vs. wrong and why can't people just do what's right, this has been huge.
So, what does all of this have to do with Christmas? Well, I have had a hard time loving some of my family with out reservation. Having Hannah with us for almost a month stretched me, and I grew. I know God used that time for good- both with her and with us. And, I know the holidays can been a time of loving family and being in fellowship with each other. Even though I don't agree with everyone's choices (and really, who does!) I can love them. I want to love them. It's far more important that always being "right".
So, here's to Thanksgiving, to Christmas, and to family.
Now, I better go.... Cole's runny nose it probably all over his face. EWWW

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Elections, Birthdays, 10 pounds, and haircuts

Well, I feel like I should say something about Obama being our next president. I think things are going to look like they're getting better, but overall our nation is going to get worse-- like taxes are going to go up, moral issues are going to be challenged, and as I'm thinking about it- Cole might be almost 9 when Obama leaves the presidency. A lot could change, and I could be surprised and maybe he could be the best thing for our Nation- maybe God is taking us to our knees only to draw us closer to Him. I have to remember that God is still in control and I don't have to give into fear or the what ifs of this disapointing election result.

Last night we had Hannah's birthday celebration at our house. I made ribs, potatoes, and grean beans. YUM! I boiled the ribs first and then broiled them. I have to say, this is the way to get juicy, yummy ribs. I highly reccomend it. I even ate mine with out bbq sauce (can't have sugar or vinegar... pretty much can't have any sauces) and it was wonderful. Those that stayed late played games and hung out and it was really great to be with family!

10 pounds. That's how much I've lost doing this cleanse. I feel great, and don't have a tummy anymore (well, I do, but it's not sticking out very much!). Enough said.

I got a hair cut yesterday. I decided that I needed something new and different-- I had let me hair grow and grow and it was getting longish. So, I got about 4 1/2 inches cut off, a few layers, and now I feel cute again! Amazing what a little change and 15 minutes can do! Next week I'm going to get highlights and then I'll post a picture for everyone. \

The End

Friday, October 31, 2008

Fall Days

We had a fun day today. We've been going to baby story hour at the library on Fridays for about a month now and today, being Halloween, they had all the kids dress up. So, Cole got to wear the skunk costume Uncle Nate bought for him! Isn't he too cute!

It's hard to believe Cole is already 9 months old.

This fall had been really beautiful and Caleb took Cole into our street this week and got a few cute pictures. The tree in our yard has never been so red before!

Auntie Hannah and Cole got to be really close while she and her friend, Trist, stayed with us. I think this is one of the only ones we got while she was with us (for almost a month!)

So, that's about it. I don't really have a lot going on... I'm still doing the cleanse and it's going well. I'm learning what I can and can't eat... and have decided that life is kind of boring without good food. That's ok though, cause I'm feeling great.
Bye for now.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

so far so good.

Hey... so, I'm into this new eating thing for a week now and things are going good. I think I have a pretty good grasp of what I can eat and what I can't... meaning I'm figuring out the whole meal planning thing. It's been a really hard first week, but I made it... I'm even feeling like I've lost some weight. So, that's a plus!
That's all for now.

Monday, October 20, 2008

New Diet

So, I'm doing this new diet... well, it's not a weight loss diet, it's a getting my system all set up and back on line. I have candida and I'm sarving the little buggers out, so I'm not eating and wheat, rice, starch, sugar, fruit (except berries, grapefruit, and lemons), or dairy (except plain yogurt). So, that leaves veggies, meat, tofu, and that's about it. I'm having a hard week. I started on Thurday and will being doing this lovely diet until I'm all clean and clear and under control. And, hopefully it allows me to get back into my normal jeans! Here's hoping.

Lets see.. oh, Caleb's little sis and her friend have been staying with us for a little over 2 weeks now and it's been a lot of fun. Hannah and Trist are the best house guests we've ever had-- they do the dishes and sweep and such, not to mention, they're always available to hang out. Caleb's been working a lot lately, so it's been kind of nice to have someone around.

We've been enjoying the lovely weather we've been having this week-- Cole and I have been going on walks, and we even get Caleb to go to Harrison Blvd with us and walk around Saturday night. It was a lot of fun! I think Caleb didn't enjoy it as much as I did though, cause we went to Red Lobster for all you can eat shrimp and he ate. Need I say more?

Alright, well, that's enough for now. I'll try to be better about posting this week. Maybe I'll do it more than once!

Oh, and just for kicks, here are some pictures!

Friday, October 10, 2008


Well, we've had some crazy weather today. Let's just say I want to snuggle up with a toasty fire and drink hot cocoa!


Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I keep thinking I will tomorrow... and well, here are a few new pictures! We have a little boy who is growing heaps and learning new stuff everyday. So, I thought you might like to see what he's been doing.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Life and Love

Hi. I don't have a heap to talk about, but I wanted to say hey! Oh, guess what? Caleb got me a lap top! he's working a day of over time so we can afford it... so now I'm a real student, a real blogger... however I haven't taken it anywhere because I don't have a bag... that's next on the to buy list! I am at work right now, so I can't put any picture on my blog.. so sorry. :(
Um lets see... oh, pray for our insurance birth situation. I've been resubmitting it for 5 months now and they still won't pay for the birth-- even though they told me in the first place last August that they would. So, I'm appealing it. I'm using Pre Paid Legal to write me a nice letter and then i'm getting all my facts together on why having my baby at the birthing center is a better place-- ie less $, no complications or meds, and an environment I felt safe in. Anyways, I'm doing lots of research and have written a pretty good letter myself (I think!). So, it's all got to be put together by the end of the week and then I'm sending it in. Pray that they would see our side of it, and that they were the ones to misinform us.
ok, that's about it.
Bye for now.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Art class

Tonight I spent the whole of my art class actually doing art! It was so much fun. We did little kid art, so it wasn't anything too special, but it was really fun. We cut out a picture from colored paper. I would scan it, but I think my scanner would rip off the paper and I need it for my portfolio for the end of class. The portfolio is worth 75% of my grade... so sorry, no pics.
Hope you are having fun at whatever you are doing!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Where have I been?

Sorry it's been so long. I have been processing stuff from my last post and haven't really felt like there was much to talk about.

I do have some stuff to talk about now! We went on a trip to Philadelphia, PA for a wedding this last weekend and had a great time! I was also my birthday weekend- where I turned 24. I can't believe I'm almost half way through my 20's. Time flies. We had a blast in the city of brotherly love. Got to go to the most amazing art museum that I've been to in America. (you know the place- where Rocky climbed the steps during his training!) and also got to see the Liberty Bell and Independance Hall as well as Christ Church (it's one of the oldest churches in America. They've held service there for over 300 years!). There were so many other things to see and do, but we only had 2 days in the city. So, we crammed about 3 days worth of site seeing and have called it a great trip.

Oh, and the wedding was beautiful- it was set in this country estate with wonderful landscape and trees. It was so pretty. I'm so thankful that we were able to make it. Samantha, the bride, is one of Caleb's childhood friends, and I know she was blessed that we were there.

On a side note, I am going to be working out extra hard the next few weeks. I got asked if I was pregnant again-- at the wedding, by the bride's grandpa! Nice, huh? I don't think I look pregnant, but maybe other people think I do. I'm totally sick of this extra 15 pounds, and this was a really hard thing to hear. So, I'm going off of sugary things again and plan on working out a couple times a week. Wish me luck and don't ever tell someone congratulations for being pregnant when you aren't sure and they don't look like they're 8 months along!

The End
Pictures to follow sometime soon.

Friday, September 5, 2008

I'm in Process

I did it again-- I got really frustrated and upset about something I could do nothing about. Why am I getting so mad? Why am I not living out of who I know I am- that is a confident, courageous, lovable, and MELLOW woman. I seem to have forgotten who I am somewhere along the last few months. I am so ready to blame everyone else and even blame my emotions for how I'm feeling. Yet, I don't sit down and think about my part in it-- or even if I don't have a part-- I don't sit down and calm down. Who cares if someone almost hit me last week. They didn't. Who cares if I drove to Caldwell yesterday to buy something and the person wasn't home due to issues I didn't know about. In the whole scheme of things, these little trivial things don't matter. As my mom use to tell me "don't make mountains out of mole hills". I don't want to be stuck here being that person anymore. I want to relax and be ok with other's crap, knowing who I am and being able to pray for them, rather than get so angry with them.
Do you ever feel like you know what to do and don't do it? It's so hard to be who God made me to be. Please pray for me as I continue on in my process.

Monday, August 25, 2008

No good, Very bad day

Do you ever have days where you're going along and every few hours it seems like you might loose it and cry right in front of anyone who is around? Today was one of those days for me. I had a frustrating morning where I had to redo some work I thought I had gotten done perfect-- and now just redo it, but I felt like I was an idiot for not getting it right in the first place, I forgot to pay a credit card, so I had to make a call and get that ironed out, then I had to get my mom out of a pinch where she left her laptop at the grocery store (surprisingly someone turned it into lost and found!), then I was almost deliberately hit in the parking lot of Albertson's... if I hadn't noticed that the moron was trying to pass my on the right while I was turning right I would have been hit- then when I followed him into the store (I was heading into Albertson's and figured I should at least ask him why he would try to hit a woman with a baby) he said I was the problem and should drive better. So, then it just turned into a he said she said type of conversation, so I walked around Albertson's with a blind rage (my momma bear instincts came out for sure) and almost broke down crying in the shampoo isle.
Now I'm home. I'm not going anywhere or doing anything. I'm ready for bed and it's only 5pm. Cole's crying in his crib, cause we never made it home for his afternoon nap & I'm starting to think it's a lost cause. I just want to move onto tomorrow.
Sliver Lining- I got paid double for the redo job this morning, so that's wonderful!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

New Moves

Hi. I just thought you would like to see Cole's crawling.. I think it's pretty cute!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Working girl

Hi! So, this week has been a very big week for us. We are getting carpet today in our sunroom. Then all we have to do is get the final coat of paint on the trim around the doors and paint the French doors from the kitchen into the sunroom. Oh, and at some point we're getting a shelving unit built, but we have to wait for that (you know, everything was just a little more and we ran out of moola!) So, tonight Caleb and I are going to watch a movie sitting on carpet in our new room! We're really excited! Soon we'll have a BBQ and movie night and invite everyone over. However, seeing as most of you who read this don't live in town, well, it'll be either very small or a different group of people! :)
I've also been working this week. It cracks me up that what I use to consider a long day now is a break! Sitting at a desk answering phones and talking with adults is a huge break from a 6 month old! I've worked 2 days this week and 1 day last week. I'm just filling in at my last job and don't plan on being here after today... so don't go thinking I've gotten myself a professional job or anything. I am going to be nannying starting the first week of September on Tues and Thurs. I'm really excited about it!
Oh, I have to say my hubby finally hung up a mirror in our room last night. I bought the mirror 2 years ago at a garage sale and asked him to help me hang it up and well, it got put in the garage and forgotten by him and sometimes by me. I would think about it every so often and hope that someday it would come and live in the house. And, yesterday caleb cleaned out the garage and found the mirror and I got it cleaned up and he actually hung it last night at 10pm! it is beautiful and amazing and I didn't even have to bug him- he just did it! So, yea.
The End

Monday, August 18, 2008

Charlie dies

I have been watching lost and I am so sad. Last night I watched the episode that Charlie dies in. This is why I shouldn't watch tv. These people have become friends to me and then when the writer kills them off, I am so sad. What's the deal!?
I also wanted to tell you that I am still an old woman, because I cannot live without my back brace. Ok, that's it. Cole is sleeping and I need to be working. Have a great day all!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

This is on the Queen Mary ShipCole and Caleb during dinner

We've got a 6th month old!

I just thought this was funny!

The boys went into Avalon with out me! I had almost a whole day off!!!

Friday night at Camp

Cole was sleeping, so all we see is his feet!

Meeting great grandpa Rampenthal!

Meeting Great Grandma MacKay

At the Getty Museum


I got this bug hanging thing on vacation! Isn't it cute!

These have nothing to do with vacation, but I thought you might like to see them anyways!

This is one of my pots in the front. It filled out nicely! I love it!

We got tile in the back room!!

this one is for Shelley. I took this picture when we went camping in early July and just forgot to post it. She said she missed the mountains and trees and I think these trees are really cool looking. So, I hope you can enjoy it! Love ya girl!