Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Things I Do For A Friend

Today, my sweet dear friend Lisa asked me to do something I don't normally do- JAZZERCISE! Let's just say Lisa & I used to be friends!
I met up w/ her against my body screaming "NO NO NO". It was a 50 minute class. I felt so silly & uncool trying to keep up w/ these ladies who obviously have been there before. I was sweating more than I do when I run & ready to quit way before the 50 minute class was up.
This involved dance moves, jumps, lunges, & other moves that my mind is trying to repress at this very moment. Anyone who knows me, knows my coordination & knows I should have stayed home. Well, one of you should have called me today around 3:30!
Lisa being the athlete that she is signed up for 3 months!  I left thinking "What a waste of my time!  It's a beautiful day, I could have been running."  I'm sure I was good entertainment for the instructor & the lady who was behind me.  I looked awful as I tried to do these moves.  A few times the instructor said "don't think about it so hard" & I'm sure she was looking directly at me!  Now, as I sit & blog about my experience I am so sore I can't move to the couch to watch tv w/ Danny.  I tried to call Lisa to officially end our friendship, but she didn't answer.  I left a voice mail!!  She did email me moments ago to tell me she didn't answer b/c she is too sore to get off the couch.  I had to smile!  
Will I go back?  Hmmm.... that's yet to be determined.  Being sore lets me know I did something good, right?  

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Run Mommy Run

I've recently started running again. One thing I'm discovering is that I like to run more in theory than in reality. It's a love/hate relationship w/ a lot more hate than anything else. I do truly love to run when I'm doing it. I also hate to run while I'm doing it! I love how it makes me feel right after a run. I love the soreness it brings to my body. It lets me know I'm doing something good. What I hate is the way I struggle to breath while I run.... no seriously! Sometimes, I actually have to think about breathing. This may come to a big surprise to all, but I'm NOT athletic in any sense of the word. The fact that I have run a 5K & a mini is amazing to me. I want to be a runner, I want to run, I want to be athletic, I want to be healthy!
I know people who run w/ no ipod or music of any sorts. My friend Sarah told me that it's the only quite she gets in her day. She's a mother to 2 young girls, so I know where she's coming from. I also hear other people say they enjoy the sounds of the world around them. As of now, I've only ran w/ my MP3 player. Danny & I have been looking at an ipod touch for me, so I doubt I'll be running to the sounds of nature any time soon.
Sunday when I ran after evening services it was cold. The air hurt my lungs. My legs ached, I didn't dress warm enough, & I was hungry. With all that said, it was one of the most wonderful times w/ Jesus. I let my music just play whatever song comes up. I have a wide variety of music on there, from Johnny Cash, The Beatles, Hank JR, George Strait, Elvis, & Nickleback. On this particular run, it was all beautiful Christian music. It was a great time of worship as I ran. I am looking for more to add to my song list. If anyone has any songs they'd like to suggest, please leave them in the comment section.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

World's Largest Halloween Party

We've had a real busy weekend. On Friday, we went to Sake Blue to celebrate Papaw's birthday. It's a new Japanese Restaurant here in the 'ville. My family & I love the hibachi grill & sushi (some more than others). It was a little different than what we were used to, but yummy none the less.
On Saturday, we ventured out to the zoo for the World's Largest Halloween Party. It was so packed. The weather was great! It was just a little cool, to remind you it is fall, but warm enough to walk around w/ a sweatshirt.
Davis didn't know what to think of all the costumes at first. He kept telling me it was 'pretend'. I think he was looking for reassurance his self. GJ & Grandpa joined us & we had a really good time.
Sunday at church we had a wonderful guest preacher. He has preached at our church previously. I left this Sunday feeling fed & loved it! He's a professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
For the past few days Davis has been complaining of mild stomach pain. I had given him some Children's Gas-X on Saturday & that seemed to do the trick. On Sunday he complained a bit, so I didn't give it more thought. On Monday evening he started complaining once again. I kept encouraging him to go potty. He finally did, but once he was done he started complaining once again of stomach pain. I gave him some 'Little Tummies' children's laxative to see if that was the problem.
Davis & I left to go bowl at our church league & Danny went off to play basketball.
While we were bowling, Davis just wasn't acting 'right'. He was fussy & complaining of stomach pains. When it was time to go, he wouldn't walk out. I had to carry him to the car & into the house once we arrived.
We went straight to his room, so I could take his temp & evaluate the situation. Davis hit the floor & starting crying in pain. He wouldn't move & screamed when I touch his ears to take his temp. I called our pediatrician's after hours line & was advised to bring him in.
I'm sure most of you know that Danny lost his cell phone a week ago Sunday. I was unable to get in touch w/ him to let him know what was going on. So, I left a post-it on the counter & headed out the door w/ my little guy. He was in so much pain he wouldn't stop crying. He cried all the way to Pediatric Acute Care on Poplar Level Rd. We were seen rather quickly, which was a relief.
However, our visit w/ the Doctor went even quicker. He looked in his ears & said he had an ear infection. He walked over to start writing a rx, when I asked about the stomach pain. He touched his belly & said it was a side effect of the ear infection.
Now, I'm no Doctor, but I walked out of there very concerned & just not feeling this was right. So, I called Jill (our pediatrician) on her cell. I was her Nanny for a couple years. She didn't think it made any sense either, but gave me some great advice. She told me to give him a suppository & see if he has a bm. If so, his stomach pain should go away, if not call her office today.
So far, he has not complained of any stomach pain. We seem to be able to keep the fever under control. His little ears do hurt, but w/ Tylenol & Motrin we're keeping the pain at bay.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Annual Trip To Huber's

A few weeks ago the Barnes & the Holloway families took their annual trip to Huber's Pumpkin patch. This has been a real trip for us the past few years. It's so much fun to see how the boys have grown each year. It's a fun way to mark them growing up.
For example, last year Davis rode this little train ride (little carts pulled by a tractor, painted like a cow), he called it the cow train. It takes the kids on a little ride around behind the barns & inflatables. Davis was able to ride it b/c you have to be old enough to ride alone. This year Spencer was also able to join the fun & ride along.
We've tweaked our visits each year. The first year we went into the restaurant to eat. It was good food, but stressful b/c we had 2 small children (Spencer was 3 months old & Davis was 16 months old). The following year we decided to eat at the grill outside. We had hot dogs & chips. It was pricey & not very good. Plus Davis doesn't eat hot dogs. This year we stopped at KFC & brought our own picnic. That seemed to work out well for everyone. I think we'll do that again next year.
We had a really good time & the boys picked out some really nice pumpkins. Davis, of course, wanted the biggest one he could find.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


OK, I just realized I never posted about Davis' 1st day of school. We had a wonderful day planned to make sure his 1st day was special.  
We started our morning w/ a trip to McD's.  We thought it would be a treat to have breakfast out for his first day.  However, all Davis could do was rush us through breakfast b/c he didn't want to miss school.  It was cute!
We pulled into school & he walked right in.  He was a bit nervous, but we had prepared him for this day for the past few months.  He never cried.... I can't say the same about myself!
He only went for 1 hour that first day.  We picked him up  & took him to waterfront park downtown & had lunch at Tumbleweed on the river.
Just as a side note- he still loves school & even Mommy is starting to like it! HAHA

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Davis Earns His Keep

Finally, Davis is earning his keep around here! You see, normally when Danny cuts our grass, Davis follows him around w/ his little lawn mower. Today, Davis insisted on using Daddy's 'mawn mower' all by himself.
It was really a cute site. I was busy in the house, but had to sneak out for a couple pictures!
It's been awhile since I blogged. The good news is I found I have more readers than I thought! People have asked where I've been or if I've quit blogging. To tell you the truth.... my mind is constantly thinking "oh, I should add this to my blog", but then time gets away from me & I forget.
Davis is really growing up. He's officially 3 1/2 & will gladly tell anyone who asks him his age! For some reason, he wants to be 4 so badly he can't stand it.
He started school & soccer in September. He loves loves loves school.
It's so cute & he's really learning so much. He knows the Pledge & the Pledge to the Christian flag. He thinks we need to say it every morning at home, too! So, we've started doing that at home. We have a mini American flag, but are on the look for a Christian flag. If anyone knows where I can find one, please let me know.
Danny & I really would appreciate everyones prayers right now & we're searching for the Lord's direction in our lives. We're daily seeking his will & guidance right now.
I'll post more pics & stories later.