Thursday, June 30, 2011

It’s Been A Year Friend

Yes, I’m talking to you Angela! Since your last post, Dallas has grown hair, started walking and talking, been turned around in her car seat, turned one, been on numerous road trips, and announced she’s getting a little brother (who is more than half way here, by the way) Where is my friend who would complain that I went more than a week without a new post? Hmmm…? Get your hubby to design your new layout so you’ll be motivated :) That, or just pick up tomorrow like nothing ever happened :) That’s all, thanks.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Less than 78 Days

I didn’t even realize that we hit the “Less than 100 days” mark! I have really started to “feel pregnant with twins” in the last three or four weeks. I’m so grateful Devin has been home these past few weeks because I’m absolutely exhausted by the time he gets home. It doesn’t matter if I’ve run errands in the morning, taken a nap, been to the zoo or the pool, done housework, played with Collin or just laid on the couch all day.

Despite being so exhausted by 5:00 or 6:00, but the time it’s actually time for bed, I’m wide awake and can’t sleep. The babies aren’t happy with me laying on my left or my right. One is always moving. And I just can’t seem to get comfortable at all, even with a pillow under my head, on my left, my right, and between my legs. Yes, I realize how ridiculous that sounds, but it’s the only way I can actually sleep, even if it is at 2 AM. A few nights I’ve just had to lay on the couch and toss and turn, eventually when I wake up to use the bathroom – the first time – I’ll make it back into the bed. At first I thought it was because I was taking a nap in the afternoon, so I stopped doing that. Lets just say, I’ll be taking naps again because it doesn’t seem to matter.

Answers to common questions:

  • Made it to the third trimester on Devin’s birthday :)
  • Almost 29 Weeks – the new week starts on Fridays
  • Approximately 9 weeks left – assuming they don’t make me go the full time.
  • I have amazing friends that are throwing me another shower next month.
  • I passed my glucose test several weeks ago, that was a relief. Apparently multiples pregnancies that’s not a common thing.
  • I’m no longer allowed to travel. (Well, by the time I hit 30 weeks anyway)
  • As of my last ultrasound – Lana is head up on the right, Justin is head down on the left. Lana has always been on the right or the bottom, Justin has always been on the left or the top.
  • Her name is Lana Paige, his name is Justin Maddox. We like the names, it’s that simple. We didn’t pick them because they were family names, or we had a family member or friend that passed away, or because they were Biblical (obviously) or they meant something very profound. We just liked them. Period. It’s that simple.  But yes, we liked Maddox because we are Braves fans. But we changed the spelling :)
  • I guess a C-Section/Induction can’t be scheduled more than a week before a due date (Which is September 9th) so I’ll most likely end up going into labor myself.
  • If I have a C-Section will depend on how the babies are positioned at the time they decide to come, how brave I’m feeling, and a variety of other “medical” things.
  • My doctor will do what she can to stop contractions before 37 weeks.
  • I haven’t had any contractions.
  • Every time I have an ultrasound they say everything looks good.
  • Both babies are the same size – within one ounce of each other
  • I do plan to nurse both of them.
  • Not sure if they will be sleeping upstairs in the beginning just yet.
  • The nursery is not done – it’s painted and has cribs and a dresser.
  • We’ve bought some girl clothes – yes some of the girl clothes are pink, but not “frilly girly pastely pink” – it’s not our style. If you decided to get that for us, don’t be surprised if it doesn’t get worn, or gets exchanged. Just being honest.
  • The only things we need as of right now if they were to come today, are a second car seat and newborn diapers. Although we still “need” to do/get a good chuck of stuff
  • Yes, we are done having children. Promise.

And finally rundown of the pictures I’ve actually taken this time around…

16 Weeks


18 Weeks


20 Weeks – Officially Half Way


25 Weeks


28 Weeks


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Eh, Not Sure I’m Feelin’ It

I’ve been playing around with some new backgrounds and headers. And last night this is what I ended up with. I’m just not sure I’m sold on it. Although, I like where it’s going, I don’t think it’s quite there yet. So, be prepared for possible frequent changes :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust

My latest venture of designing invitations and announcements brought a friend to ask for a Tinkerbell inspired birthday invite. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the way this one has turned out. It’s definitely my favorite girl one so far.

THE Tinkerbell

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Cute Video(s) Fri--- er--Saturday

First I thought he was just cute because he was eating milk and cereal with a spoon, and doing pretty well.

Then he spilled a little and make me laugh…

But then he finished everything!

Monday, June 6, 2011

A Chain of Events


From Proverbs 31 (KJV)

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.  She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.


Do you ever read a passage and feel completely crappy about yourself? For the past 6 months or so Proverbs 31 has been placed in front of me is some form or another. Proverbs 31, the infamous virtuous woman passage. It’s not one that I like to read to fee good about myself, that’s for sure. Here’s why.

  • My husband treats me better than I could ever imagine, but I don’t feel like I do the same for him. On one hand I say how thankful and appreciative I am for the hard work he does so that I can stay home, but on the other hand I complain and stress out about him having to travel for work and al the “extra stuff” that comes with his career and job.
  • I don’t think I could sew more than a button back on a shirt or a pair or pants. Maybe a blanket or pillow if I tried. But I don’t make my family’s clothes or the like things around the house.
  • I’m definitely not up before the crack of 7:00, never mind before dawn. And prepare breakfast or lunch for my husband who does actually get up early everyday, that’s a good one.
  • I don’t have my own garden or do anything to bring extra money into our household - Mary Kay, Premier, I don’t babysit or make bows or jewelry, and we’ve covered the fact that I don’t sew. I could kill a fake plant for crying out loud.
  • I wouldn’t say that I have “homemaking skills” – I don’t sew or really cook, and it’s a daily struggle to keep my house organized clean. Most of the time I settle for “livable.”
  • I surely don’t have the kindest words to say all the time
  • I see people begging for money and all I can say (most of the time) is “Go find a job!”

Every time I think about it, I feel like a complete failure. I had always thought of myself as very independent. I didn’t need help from anyone, I did the best at my jobs, never really had a boyfriend growing up. Since I had Collin and quit work, I feel very vulnerable. If something were to happen to Devin, I’d be in trouble. Actually, my mom would be in trouble because I’d have to go live with her again. Me and three kids :) (Love you Mommy!!) Anyway, the not working and bringing in money thing has probably been my biggest internal struggle. I’ve always had a monetarily paying job, sometimes two. I’ve been trying to figure out for a year now what I could do to help money wise with our family. When we got married I switched what I could to off brands. I actually can’t tell a difference in most of the Target (Up&UP) or Publix brand from the name brands. More than a year ago I got to where I would only buy clothes if I had a “Spend $XX save whatever %” from my favorite stores, and Babies ‘R’ Us only got business from me if I had a 20% of coupon and then I might consider looking at the 70% clearance rack while I was there.

About a year ago, before the whole “extreme couponing” fad hit, I began talking with a friend who works at Publix about coupons and she tried to explain it to me. I was fascinated with how much money she would save, but never really got the hang of it or really understood how she could save so much money – and actually have the name brands! I began using the sites she used. About 8 months ago, I bought a Sunday paper and decided to see if I could do what she was doing. I even tried printing coupons. But I just couldn’t seem to do it. I thought it was too much work and just got frustrated with it. The more I thought about it, the more I thought, about my contribution, or what I felt was a lack thereof. So I decided that I would give it another try. Really give it another try. It’s still a lot of work, but I find that I am oddly proud of myself when I make a list, have my coupons, and know when I go into Publix (practically the only place I grocery shop now) that I’m getting X-Y-and-Z… and that’s it. I have really been doing pretty well. I don’t save 80% or 90% of my bill, I’m lucky if I save 40%-50%, 50% being REALLY exciting for me. But here’s what I did that truly meant saving. At the bottom of my receipt there is that line which reads “Your Savings at Publix” with the dollar amount underneath. I actually transfer that amount into our savings account—when I remember. I figure it’s the least I can do to put away some money.

I don’t think I’ll ever get to the point where I need 100 bottles of mustard, 58 bottles of laundry detergent or 45 bottles of pain reliever. And I won’t have a bill totaling anywhere near $300-$400-or$1000 and only spending .01-$5. But I will have fresh fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator and several packages of meat, chicken, and fish in the freezer.

So all that brings me to my next topic in this marathon of a post. Even though Devin will ask me how much I saved and tell me “good job” and he’s proud of me, I still don’t feel like I’m doing enough. Last year I co-hosted a double baby shower for some friends. Do you have ANY idea how difficult it is to find a baby shower invitation for a double shower? I’ll let you know, it’s frustrating and difficult to say the least. So, I turned to my major, which I never got a job for. Advertising. I opened Photoshop for the first time, probably since college, and went to work. Again, I was oddly proud of myself for my creation and the shower was, in my humble and completely unbiased opinion, one of the best I’ve ever been to :) From there I made Collin’s first birthday invitations and thank you cards, a birthday invitation or a friend, and two more baby shower invitations. I even changed the one for Collin for another friends son. Some because I offered in passing to do them, others because I was a part of the shower, and sometimes because my friends knew I liked to do it and was willing to do it for them. Each time I completed one I felt good and wanted to keep going. I designed a few blogs along the way as well. My creations aren’t anything spectacular by any means, but like I said, I get oddly proud of myself when I’m done with a masterpiece.

This past weekend a friend who I had done a couple shower invites for before asked about one for her daughters first birthday. She asked how I did it. When I told her I used Photoshop and made them from nothing, she said “oh.” I hadn’t done one in a while so I jumped at the chance and offered to do it for her. I managed to wiggle around the licensing dilemma because they wanted Mickey Mouse and created, what I think, is a very Disney Worthy invitation and thank you card. Each time I design an invitation people tell me I should do it on the side and start charging. I just never felt right about doing something I love, for people I love, and charging them for it. I mean, I’m not a professional graphic artist by any stretch of the imagination. But Proverbs 31 came back to me again this weekend in some reading and I thought, “I’m gonna do it.”

What does anyone do today who wants to get their name out there? I created a Facebook page! DUH! I even have a whopping 15 people who like “Erin’s Epiphanies” Does the name sound familiar? :)  Design by: Erin's Epiphanies When I figure it out, I’m going to add the “like” button to the sidebar—one day anyway. We’ll see if anything actually comes of my little epiphany. For now, I’ll continue to shop the sale ads and use what coupons I have. Maybe little by little I won’t feel so crappy about not being the Proverbs 31 woman.