Monthly Archives: April 2013

Library cards…check!

We are proud to introduce the newest member of the public library:

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One of our first orders of business as new residents of our city was to visit the local library and sign up for our library cards. Bridget had so much fun wandering the aisles, playing with the train set, and spinning the toys on the wall. Her first book of choice was Lost in Place from the Veggie Tales … an interesting selection indeed.

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Here’s to many story times at the library!

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A simple question…8 years later

Someday you’ll be looking back on your life at the memories,
This is gonna be one of those nights
– Tim McGraw

April 23 is a day to celebrate. It’s the birthday of my college roommate, Kim, and friend, Carrie, from the Berg. It’s also the birthday and day of death of one of the greatest writers of all-time, William Shakespeare. But April 23, 2005 was an extra-special day and one to still celebrate eight years later.

Brian and I were in our third week of dating, having already gone bowling, seen a movie, and enjoyed dinner at Tiffin’s finest Chinese restaurant. We had just returned to my college house after a get together at the home of Brian’s wrestling teammate. It was then that he asked me to be his girlfriend, and I said yes.

I knew on that night that we shared something special. I did not, however, know that it would lead to this beautiful life and friendship we have built together. I am forever grateful to the 12-pack of Natural Light that gave Brian the [liquid] courage to ask me a seemingly simple, yet life-changing question.

If we still drank Natural Light, we’d be toasting to many more years together.

Happy dating anniversary, Brian! I love you so very, very much.

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Missing Miss Denise

Picture it: December 2011.

I was four months pregnant and Brian and I had begun researching daycare options for our “bean.” Two words describe our initial finding: sticker shock. We had no idea how expensive day care is, and unfortunately had no other options to consider at the time. So we visited a few centers and joined the waiting lists.

A few months later, I was invited to a get together for moms in our neighborhood. Not knowing many moms at the time, I was hesitant to attend, but decided to anyway. That night, I met a woman named Denise, and she overheard me telling others about our daycare plans (or lack there of, more accurately). She messaged me on Facebook later that week to ask if I was interested in having her watch our daughter as she was just reopening her home daycare after a hiatus to raise her own children. Some people may say it was meant to be, and I couldn’t agree more; a little thing called fate.

After 12 weeks home with Bridget, it was time for me to go back to work and Bridget to begin her days at Miss Denise’s. Being a working mom is tough, for many reasons that millions of women know well. I am no mathematician (as my family and friends can attest to), but it doesn’t require a calculator or Excel formula to figure out that in a typical week, I spend a small fraction of the time with Bridget that I spend at work. It’s a harsh truth. Thank God for weekends!

Because of this, I am forever grateful for Denise. From the first day we brought Bridget to her home, she loved and cared for her like she was one of her own. And the feeling was mutual. It was obvious that Bridget enjoyed her time with Denise and her family. Bridget is a stubborn little one and there were periods when she cried and cried and cried. Denise never gave up on her but instead would smile and say, “We’re just along for Bridget’s ride…we better buckle up.”

She answered my calls at least once a day to check in, when she would rattle off her last nap and feeding. She was the first to notice some of Bridget’s teeth, or when a cold may be coming on. She would frequently send me pictures throughout the day like the ones below.

If we couldn’t be home with Bridget, Denise was the next best thing.

When we moved last month, we had every intention of keeping Bridget with Denise, even though the commute would not be ideal. Unfortunately, not ideal also meant more time in the car and less time with our Bridget bear. Like I said, there aren’t enough hours in the working day to spend as many as we wish with her, so even an hour counts. We decided to move her to a daycare closer to home, and she starts on Monday. Friday was Bridget’s last day with Denise.

I know that kids are resilient, and that the daycare we’ve chosen is excellent, but I still feel sad. Bridget will be too young to remember, so we will make a conscious effort to stay in touch with Denise for Bridget to know the woman who took such great care for her during her first year of life.

Wish us luck during this adjustment period. I haven’t felt these kind of nerves since my first day of school!

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11 questions

These last few weeks have been incredibly busy at work, which has left me bone dry of creative juices for my blog. Fortunately, my near and dear friend and fellow blogger, Whitney, shared a post today called 11 questions, which inspired me to write my own. Thanks, Whit!

These are 11 random questions that were fun to answer. Join in the fun and link your post or answers in the comments section.

1. In baseball each player gets a “walk up song” that plays on his way up to the plate. What song would you pick?

Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ is a certain crowd pleaser. I have so many fond memories of singing along to this song with friends and family at weddings, parties, Michigan football games, or on a road trip with my husband rocking the air guitar.

2. What’s the best thing that happened to you last weekend?

Can I answer this question twice?

#1: We were shopping at Kohls last weekend and Bridget insisted on walking instead of sitting in the stroller. We weren’t prepared for this because truthfully, we haven’t been in public much since she started walking. So, we had to ad-hoc buy a pair of shoes. Since she hadn’t yet walked in shoes, when we put them on and set her down, she was stumbling around like a drunk person. It was the cutest, funniest scene I’ve ever witnessed. (Don’t worry—she was laughing along with us so we’re not horrible parents.) Now that she’s got the hang of it, she’s sporting the pink Converse-style shoes all around town.

#2: The company I work for recently moved into a brand new, state-of-the-art office building and hosted an Open House for friends and family this past Sunday. It was fun to show my workplace to Brian, Bridget, and my mom, and enjoy the afternoon with them and my co-workers with their families.

3. If you could have a starring role in any film already made, which movie would you pick?

Easy peasy. Rose Dawson played by Kate Winslet in Titanic. Firstly, because Titanic is the best movie in the history of movies. I would know, after all, since I saw it in theaters seven times (yes, that’s approximately 24 hours or one day of my life). Not only is her character and the story line amazing, but she gets to wear old-fashioned fancy dresses and hats.

4. What actor/actress would you have play you in a movie of your life?

A few people have told me I look like Audrey Hepburn. I am ashamed to say that I have never seen one of her films, but according to Wikipedia, she’s the third greatest female screen legend in American cinema, so she seems like a solid choice.

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5. What is your favorite quote?

“It’s the little things in life that mean the most.” – Zac Brown Band

6. What was your first concert?

Technically, it was Tim McGraw at the Medina County Fair in the mid 90s. My cousin, Erin, and I watched through the gaps in the bleachers outside the stadium. But, my first legal attendance at a concert was for Kenny Chesney at Blossom Music Center. Years later and he’s still got it.

7. What Internet website do you visit the most?

Honestly, a website I use for work called Salesforce. Personally, probably Facebook. Although I will admit, 40 days without it was refreshing.

8. Which of Snow White’s 7 dwarfs describes you the best and why?

Happy, I hope. However, allergy season is quickly approaching, so Sneezy may be more accurate.

9. If you were on death row, what would your last meal be?

General Tsos chicken, French fries, guacamole with chips, and every dessert in my mother-in-law’s repertoire, with a large fountain Pepsi.

10. What is the background of your computer?

This picture taken last fall of me with my B’s…makes me smile every morning when I turn on my computer.

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And the eleventh question is… to you! Answer one of the ten above!