Our Family

Our Family

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Check, Check, Check

It's been a while since my last update and there is much to report:

1) I started back to work 3 weeks ago. Tomorrow the kids will come so for the last few weeks I've just been moving, unpacking, arranging, rearranging, and planning! Last Wednesday I got to meet my new group of students and parents. Any hesitation I was having about teaching preschool is now gone. I'm very excited, although, I'm not going to lie...I am a tad bit nervous about tomorrow.

2) We finally decided on a name for our sweet baby...if you're my friend on Facebook you probably already know...KARALINE ADELE. It was a tough choice and we had narrowed it down to Karaline and Katherine. I've always wanted my name to be in a song, Joey and I both loved the name Karaline, and she and I will have the same initials...KAO. :) We decided to spell her name differently because of the initials and I don't want her to be called "Carol. No offense to any Carols out there, but I just would rather a different nickname. Adele was Joey's mom's middle name. We'd chosen to use Adele early on.

I must admit, though, she is already a little vain...We've played her Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" many, many times and each time she hears it she goes wild! The other night we were at dinner at Sam's and her boyfriend Matt began playing the guitar for her. She enjoyed that too. Maybe she'll have a musical talent...I know I sure don't!

3) Lately, I've been really stressing on all of the "to-do's" that I had yet to do. I have realized that I am a complete procrastinator until the very last minute. Anyhow, I was able to get much of it accomplished last week thanks to Sam and my Aunt LuAnn and Uncle PeeWee.

Sam went with me to register on Saturday. We started out at Target and were there for about an hour. It was way less stressful than the first time I went. Then, my Aunt LuAnn called. She is making our bedding and came down to go fabric shopping. We went to Joann's and got all of the fabric and such for less than $50! I love the pattern we're using, too!

These are the fabrics we're using-

Sorry these pictures are so large...I'm still learning :)
The striped fabric will be used most. The pink polka-dot and solid brown will accent the stripes. The brown damask will be the window valance and maybe on the glider...we'll see!

While Aunt LuAnn and Uncle PeeWee were here, they took the bed that was in our guest room which will now be Karaline's nursery. While I was sad to see it go (because sometimes I have to sleep in there when Joey's snoring is out of control), I think I'll now be able to concentrate on clearing the rest of the room out.

After my aunt and uncle left, Sam and I headed to Brandon and finalized the registry at Babies R Us. Once we left there we came back to Lakeland, went to Kohl's and used our free $10 to spend, went to dinner at GrillSmith (YUM!), and then watched Eat, Pray, Love. The movie was good but a little too long for my liking. I think if I would have read the book, I would have enjoyed it more. Maybe if I ever start reading again, I'll try that one.

4) Tomorrow, Joey and I are going to meet the lady who may keep Karaline. She is Sam's Gram's neighbor. I've spoken with her on the phone several times and I pray that she is a good fit for us. I've definitely felt comfortable when talking with her and it's such a comfort knowing that Gram is right next door! She only keeps 4 kids at a time and is very affordable. Plus, she's right on my way to work!

Please pray for us over these next few weeks. Please pray for the upcoming school year, the finishing touches and decisions we still have yet to do, and most importantly our growing family.

Monday, August 2, 2010


Tonight while Joey and I were settled on the couch watching The Bachelorette, our little one started kicking rather hard. I told Joey to watch and we could see her kicks on the outside of my stomach. It is truly the craziest thing so far! We love her sooooo much already...it's frightening!

On another note, today was moving day at school. I am switching from first grade to PreK. I always considered myself a "first grade teacher," but when my school announced that they were opening a preschool, I couldn't get it off my mind. After lots of prayer, I decided to apply and now will be teaching it. Thankfully, Joey has Mondays off from work so he was able to come and move me from my old room to my new one. I am also very thankful for the group of cheerleaders who so graciously put all of my new furniture together!

I can't believe summertime is coming to a close. I am sad to see it go. Sadly, I have not done any of the "to-dos" on my list, but it will get done eventually. I've discovered that I would be totally content with being able to stay at home and receive a paycheck. I am excited to get back into a routine and meet my new little ones.