Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Proud Daddy's Girl

This afternoon me, my Mom, and Dad attended a funeral for a wonderful and inspirational man. He was the father of a childhood friend of mine that I have so many fond memories of. Funerals always seem to put life in perspective but this one was much different for me. I can't seem to explain why it was different but it just was. I left loving my Dad more than ever and making a promise to myself never to take him or our close relationship for granted. I also couldn't help to think of our Little Lottie about to enter the world and how much impact Josh will have on her. Dad's are irreplaceable. They are our providers who spoil their girls too much, they provide you the truth if you want it or not, they set the standard high for your future partner in life, they see more in you than you do yourselves, they keep your family together when life gives you more than you can handle, they are the definition of what a real man is, they are our protectors, they teach you self respect and never to settle for anything but the best, and so much more. I understand a lot of people are not blessed with the opportunity to have their Dad as a constant in their life or have lost their Dad too early but if you are one of the blessed I challenge you also not to take that for granted. As I saw today in the truest form; Dads are truly irreplaceable.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas Came Late For Chloe

This evening Josh and I made a trip to Babies R' Us to pick up so necessities for our Lottie who will be arriving in less than 6 weeks! We have several items left to get but we are definitely in the home stretch of baby goods. I feel like we need a new house to fit everything in it. Who knew babies needed so much stuff.

Of course our Chloe Lane believes this was all for her. She is over the moon.

Had to Share

My Dad bought my Mom the cutest bike I have ever seen for Christmas!!! If you know my Mom then you know that no other bike would fit her better. Seriously... how cute is this???



Stay At Home Mom

I am officially a stay at home Mom. Well, not officially until February but I am determine to become a successful, organized, happy, and did a mention skinny full time Mom. I am starting my quest now so I  can have plenty of time to pull this off. For most people this wouldn't be hard but for me it will be one of my biggest challenges yet. Currently my husband pays the bills, grocery shops, drops the dry cleaning off, cleans the house, takes care of the puppies, and everything in between. This is all about to stop! It is up to me now. I think with practice and patience I can do this, after all it is something I have always wanted to be. I used to be embarrassed when my peers would go around the room and discuss their big career dreams and I knew in my heart I wanted to be a full time Mom. So here is my chance to become the best Mom, wife, family member, friend, Christian, and public servant I can be.

My friend Stephanie recently entered the world as a stay at home Mommy so I am taking her lead on some organizing tips. She is a bit type A when it comes to this stuff so I trust her judgement. Here are some recent purchases I made after her suggestions.

A weekly menu. Ok, get your laughs out now. I am going to TRY to start cooking. I really think sitting down with Josh every Sunday evening and planning our meals will help this process become not so overwhelming. I will get the menu together and go shopping Monday.

Next, a large family calendar that will hang in the laundry room. This is to keep us organized so Josh and I will always know what is going on each others lives. My plan is that this will help alleviate the "oh yeah, I forgot to tell you that I have a softball game tonight when I have already planned to go to book club." I have a feeling communication is going to be key when there is a baby around.

So here we go! Any tips, advice, complaints, and easy recipes are more than welcome. I will all keep you posted of my journey to become a "real woman".

Thursday, December 23, 2010

My Fat Girl Sanctuary

If you are looking for me in the evenings you can usually find me soaking in the bath like a beached whale. When the water begins to cool I just drain and fill it right back up.

Last nights bath was especially wonderful thanks to my chocolate shake from Braums, a great candle from Steph, and the tunes of Coldplay.

Awwwhhhhhh.......

Monday, December 20, 2010

Mornings With Chloe

Every morning I eat cereal Miss Chloe knows she gets to lick the cereal bowl clean in bed. She begins to wag her tail as soon as she sees the cereal box come out of the pantry. She is my little kitty cat that loves her milk.

Don't bother me

Oh, this hits the spot

Milk does a body good

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Cookie Exchange

Last week I hosted a Christmas cookie exchange. It was so great to see all of the girls and get some tasty cookies out of the deal. Thank you for coming!









Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Buzz Off.... I Am Trying To Read

While my older and somewhat inappropriate sister is in her room doing "activities" I do not feel comfortable sharing I have been busy reading parenting books. My favorite book so far has been And Baby Makes Four: A Trimester-by-Trimester Guide to a Baby-Friendly Dog. This books explains to the reader that the dog (moi) comes first THEN the baby. Why am I the only one in the house who realizes we have a baby coming in 59 days? Although, I am not trilled with this new person invading my personal space I realize we are too late in the process to do anything about it so I will work hard to be the best dog I can be. I am working hard to minimize my snoring, less gas, better hygiene, control slobber when excited, only 6 beers a day, no cigars in the house, and less of a potty mouth. No promises.

Make Love Not War,
Harold Eugene


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Mom, I Love My Room

Hello my love lumps.. . It is Chloe Lane here. If you haven't heard my Mom and Dad finally gave me my own room. I have only been asking for it for 63 years (dog years... the only years that count). When my parents leave for work I spend all day in there trying on clothes, talking to boys on the phone, drinking martinis, exercise videos, and doing some other activities I do not feel comfortable sharing at this time.
Peace out bitches,
Chlo my Low




Monday, December 6, 2010

Chloe and Harold's Request

So.... Chloe Lane and Harold Eugene have been bugging me like crazy to let them write on my blog. After many hours of arguing I decided to let them write on here occasional. I hope my very few readers do not mind. So this serves as warning: I am not responsible for what they say. Keep posted on upcoming blogs from the pups.

Chloe Lane Vaughn White

Harold Eugene White

Tis The Season

Here a few pictures of Josh's Christmas masterpiece. I LOVE Christmas lights. I will take pictures soon of my parents house. Their house looks like winter wonderland. They are so competitive, they had to show us up. He he.






Baby Shower

This past Saturday was my baby shower and it couldn't have been better. I am so beyond blessed to have the friends I have to put so much effort in just for me and baby Charlotte. I was shocked with the amount of friends and family who gave up their Saturday for me. We got so many wonderful items for the baby. Again, thank you to my wonderful girlfriends who hosted the shower for me and my Mom for having everyone to the house.











Friday, December 3, 2010

Attention: The Woman Code Has Been Broken

I have a fat bone to pick with all of my lady friends and family who have been pregnant. I am not sure why fellow women leave out the real truth of pregnancy. I was never warned about the real “joys” of pregnancy. I am not sure if I have known these beforehand would have helped or made it worse but at least I was somewhat aware what was about to occur. The following are just my current struggles :


- I lay in bed trying to sleep and I spit up in my mouth like a newborn baby. A bottle of tums now sits next to my alarm clock.

- There are already stretch marks appearing on my unrecognizable body. I look like I just visited a plastic surgeon and got marked up with that dreaded purple marker.

- My face, hands, and feet look like I am allergic to Charlotte. Everything is swollen. No more wedding ring and no more double narrow feet.

- I have always had a soft spot for Africa but I never thought I would be able to relate to the women, i.e. national geographic boobies.

- Gas. I poot and burp without any warning and apologizes for that matter.

- I grunt when I stand up, bend down, roll over.

- My breathing resembles a 60 year obese man.

Again, these are just some of my current struggles. I am truly not meaning to be negative but being honest with what comes along with pregnancy. After all of that negativity I must end on a positive note: I am 29 weeks today and absolutely LOVE feeling Lottie kick and see her moving around in my belly. That is something you will never hear me complain about!

10 More Days

As of December 17th at 5:00 p.m. I will be a free lady. My last day of work has been moved up for numerous reasons but mostly due to what is the "right thing" to do for the amazing school I work at. It is too long and boring to go into but my boss and I concluded this morning it was the best thing to do was call it quits when our Christmas break begins.

I have to say, I feel GREAT about it. It is getting harder and harder for me to get up early in the morning each day with a 10 plus working day ahead of me. Working that many hours was never easy for me but recently it has become near impossible with my lack of sleep.

So if you need me starting December 18th please do not call or email before 10:00 a.m. and if I am too busy napping, shopping, cleaning, snuggling with the dogs, mani and pedis with my Mom, or anything else that nonworking people do I will talk to you.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thanksgiving Break


When I leave work today I will not have to return for 9 days! KIPP closes the school down for a full week. I am so ready for this break. I have big plans to get my hair done, mani and pedi, decorating for Christmas, dentist apoitment, dinner with two of my best friends who live too far away, and of course celebrating Thanksgiving with my family! I have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving and you better bet I will be celebrating those blessings as well.

I hope everyone has a blessed and happy holiday!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Say Cheese

My dear friend Stephanie recently had newborn pictures taken of her precious and perfect little girls. This got me so excited for Charlotte's! Too early? I think not. I loved the photographer Stephanie used so I already have mine (our) name on her newborn shoots in February. So I had to ask myself, what is the first thing you need for pictures???? Ummmm.... a new outfit! Geez.

Look at this adorable pettiskirt I purchased this morning. Enough already

http://www.poshtots.com/apparel/apparel/costumes-tutus/newborn-pink-pettiskirt/17/2272/1079/22168/poshproductdetail.aspx

Friday, November 12, 2010

Mother Knows Best

With Charlotte’s arrival quickly approaching it is causing my Mom to begin reflecting on her own motherly skills. My Mom asked me the other day what life lessons she taught me that I will be able to carry on to our sweet and innocent Charlotte Lillian.


A few immediately came to mind:

- The easiest way to remember how to spell words is to associate it with a body part. For example, Apple: Anus-penis-penis-lips- elbow. The racier the body parts the better. Mom said it helps with memorization.

- As we all know too well I do not have the best eating habits. To attempt to address this issue Mom would say, “If you do not eat better your baby is going to have arms coming out of its head and it will be your fault.” I heard this from elementary school to present. Please Charlotte prove her wrong!

- Good hygiene was always a priority for Mom. She developed a cleaning system known to many as the “Ha cha cha cha.” This was to clean and dry the puff. She even gave demonstrations to my all of my friends. Just ask and you shall receive.

- At a young age, well before my legal drinking age, Mom told me that if you ever drink too much and the room is spinning to lie on your back and put one foot on the ground. I was too scared to ask how she knew this trick of the trade but I did find out it later it did work pretty well.

- Germs are always an area concern around the Vaughn household. If she ever caught me or Nick putting money in our mouth she would calmly tell us that money was in somebody’s butt before it was in our mouth. Needless to say, we never put money to our mouth again.

With all kidding aside I know I will be wonderful Mother because my Mom was. Even though her techniques were not out of a Martha Stewart book they worked because it came from her.

I know for a fact Charlotte will learn the following because I learned it from my Mom:

- Caring. I went to volunteer at homeless shelters, an AID’s clinic, a safe haven for abused children, the Special Olympics, and countless other worthy causes. She took me before I could talk all the way through high school. I have many memories from these outings that I cannot wait to repeat with my daughter.

- Self Respect. In high school I worked at Bennigans as a hostess. It was an awful job but I tried to make the best of it. One day Mom came in to eat there and asked why I was polishing all of the brass in the restaurant. I told her it was my punishment because I was chewing gum. Well… Mom was not going to have that. She made me tell my boss right there I was quitting and why. We left together and had a great girl’s day. To us, there is nothing worse than a girl who cannot stand up for herself or beliefs.

- Winning isn’t everything. I am not what you call a stellar athlete. Never was and never will be. I have tried them all: dance, swimming, soccer, basketball, track, volleyball, cheer, you get the point. I sucked at all of them but Mom never allowed that to be an excuse not to try. When we lived in Wyoming she entered me in the Wyoming State Games. This was a HUGE deal for Wyoming. It was when athletes (not wanna be athletes) gathered once a year and competed against each other. I was entered in track. As my race was about to begin I noticed I was the only wearing old reeboxs and not track cleats but still no worries for me. The gun sounded and we were off! Or should I say the other girls were off. Within seconds of the race I knew I stood no chance so I stopped running, looked for my Mom in the stands, found her, gave her a big wave, and finished the race minutes after the other girls. I knew she would be so proud of me for participating and I was right. I pissed the other Moms and athletes off but I did what I was taught to do. Try.

I could honestly go on and on about memories and life lessons my Mom taught me and continues to teach me every day. If I am half the Mom my Mom is to me I will consider it a success.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Progress

The nursery seems to be moving along minus mirrors, shelves, and frames on the walls. I really love it and think it fits our personality well. I truly cannot grasp that in several months Miss Charlotte will see her first room. I wish it was tomorrow....

Here are some new pictures:






Friday, November 5, 2010

Oh Chloe....

Our sweet, not so attractive Chloe Lane Vaughn White is having the best months of her life right now. She truly believes that everything Charlotte receives is for her including her very own room. She asks her Dad all the time to leave the ladder out so she can get in her bed easier. Chloe loves her new clothes, room, hats, and toys. She said she has been waiting for this day all of her life but thought she would have to marry rich to achieve this status in life. Little does she know in about 3 months this will all be taken away by Charlotte Lillian. God be with us all!
Does this make my butt look big? I hope so!

Move over Blossom. Chloe has arrived


This is perfect for my beauty sleep
Back off Mom. This is mine.