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.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Hit Me When I Am Down

I will be the first to admit I haven’t loved all the “interesting” changes that have been occurring to my body since becoming pregnant. I look at myself in the mirror and wonder who stole my old body and wonder if they will ever give it back to me. Within the past week or so I began to try to accept my new body. I think it has helped that my stomach has gotten bigger and I come across more of a pregnant woman than an oddly shaped woman repeating the freshman fifteen (or twenty) for the third time in their life. Well…. my new attitude went right down the tubes this morning when two new enemies joined the fight against my self esteem.


I warn you the picture you are about to see is not pretty. Scroll down with caution.


Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Anniversary to Us!

Happy two year Anniversary to the White’s! I never doubted I married the right person two years ago but today I know more than ever Josh is meant for me. I love Josh for many reasons but some of the big ones are:

- He somehow can take my type-A, stressed out personality and make me relaxed and be happy in an instant.
     * Nobody else can do this.
- It doesn’t bother him I am the furthest thing from domestic.
      * We haven’t had a home cooked meal in nearly a year… Or longer.
- He is protective. Nobody messes with me or our family.
     * Just try it and you will see ;)
- He pampers and spoils me on a daily basis
     * Just last night he got out of bed and made me a soft pretzel, then some cheese-its, and then some kitkats for dessert. I mean who does this?
- He never tries to change who I am
     *  Not that it would work but he is happy with me being me
- Most importantly at this time in our lives he is going to be the best Dad
    * I have NEVER seen a man so excited to have a baby. Josh already loves Charlotte so much and I cannot wait to see them together. She is so blessed to have him as her Dad.

And truth be told, it doesn't hurt that this Man is mine to look at forever. Hands off ladies :)




Tonight we are going to our favorite restaurant Mahogany to celebrate.

Below are some of my favorite times with the mister and I know many more are to follow.


Hawaii



Honeymoon in Mexico

Our amazing wedding

Spending time with the pups

Kickball

Lake Austin

Park City, Utah