Monday, November 30, 2009

The Blind Side

Lantz and I don't go to the movies very often. Maybe once a year. It seems crazy to say that, because I remember a time in my life when I would go to the movies every weekend- sometimes twice a weekend. But.... it is just so expensive- it's $9.50 a person.... $21 for both of us. We'd normally rather wait until it comes out on DVD and rent it from Redbox for $1, but this past weekend was an exception. We saw the preview for The Blind Side and knew that we really wanted to see it, so we went to a matinee which was still $7 a person mind you.

Anyways- it was a great movie! I cannot say enough positive things about this movie..... it was so stinking good! And it was a true story which made it even better- I'm a real sucker for true stories. It had some amazing spiritual implications that really inspired Lantz and I into some deep conversations. As much as I want to tell you about this movie, I think it's best you just watch the preview on your own so you'll be convinced that you need to see it.

My prayer after watching this movie is that when presented with opportunities I will see the good that God wants me to do, and that I will have the courage to do it.

"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison, and you came to visit me...... I tell you the truth, whatever you did for the least of these, you did for me.'" ~ Matthew 25: 34-36, 45

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." ~ James 1:27

"Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it..... And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." ~ Hebrews 13: 2, 16

Thursday, November 26, 2009

15 Weeks

Happy Thanksgiving my sweet little baby! Keep on growing- I know my belly will after I'm done eating today! Hope you enjoy all the good eats too!


Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope that everyone has a great Thanksgiving today and that you get to spend it with people that you care about! Unfortunately we won't get to spend this holiday with family, but we'll be spending it with some great friends of ours here in Vegas. On this day I am especially thankful for:

Jesus. Who gave up everything for me so that I can be in Heaven one day. Without Him I am nothing. He is my joy, my hope, and my reason for all things.

Lantz. The love of my life, my best friend, my partner in all things, my encourager.

Our baby. Our sweet little one who continues to grow and whom God continues to knit together. We can't wait to meet you.

Our family. We have the most incredible family ever. We truly are blessed to have an extended family who we love and adore. We are so thankful for the Christian love that binds us together and the love that overflows from HIM into our lives.

Our friends. Both near and far. Thank you for touching our lives and loving us.

I hope that everyone has a great Thanksgiving and that you get to eat lots of turkey- or if you're like me- lots of ham. (I've never been much of a turkey girl!)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Not much...

Not much going on here.... except that I'm super excited I only have a 3 day week! Yes! I forgot to mention that Friday night when we played Putt-Putt with the middle school kids in the youth group- I won!!!! I never, ever, ever have beaten Lantz at Putt-Putt, but I did this past weekend! Yeah me! My score was a 53 for 18 holes- not bad if I do say so myself.

I pretty much slept all weekend long I felt like- even though I did do some stuff. I went to the YMCA and walked 3 & 1/2 miles on the treadmill- so that was good. Also, Sunday night we had an M&M night. M&M is Movie & Ministry with the youth group. One of the students hosts it at their house, and they pick a movie to show and create an in depth Bible study around the movie (and we eat M&Ms). It was so much fun! We watched Napolean Dynamite- which I had never seen before- it was so stupid- but so funny. I know what you're thinking- "What spiritual messages are in that movie?" But there were so many! The student that hosted it did an outstanding job of providing relevant conversation and connecting the Bible, real life, and the movie all together. It was neat.

Tomorrow we are having a Thanksgiving Celebration in the Teacher's Lounge, and we're each supposed to bring a dish to share. I'm going to bring deviled eggs... yummy! So yeah... I've got to head down stairs and get on top of that now. Hope you had a great Monday!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Belly Band

Today after going to the YMCA and walking 3 & 1/2 miles my sweet husband surprised me with a package that came in the mail for me. He knows the frustration I've been dealing with as far as my clothes fitting, and he ordered me two Belly Bands! I have a white one and a black one, and this will allow me to wear some of my pre-pregnancy clothing a little longer! How great! Don't I just have the sweetest husband ever?

Friday, November 20, 2009

Doctor Yesterday

Yesterday's doctor's appointment went great. We didn't get a sonogram, but got to hear the heart beat and all is well. The doctor said that everything looked and sounded great! She did however want me to go to get the flu shot and the N1H1 shot.... so that's what I got to do this afternoon. And let me tell you that that stinking swine flue shot hurt like crazy... it still feels like my arm is on fire. Hopefully it'll keep baby and me safe and healthy though. Continue to pray for us.

This morning for school the Reading Department had to host the monthly breakfast. It went over great! I made 2 pans of a yummy breakfast casserole that got some awesome reviews from my fellow co-workers. Yeah!

Tonight we have a Middle School Night out with Hamburgers and Putt- Putt, so that should be fun. I think I'm going to get Lantz to take me to Panera Bread instead though for some potato soup in a bread bowl- that just sounds better to me than a hamburger tonight. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

14 Weeks

Today I'm officially 14 weeks along in my pregnancy.... and my bump is definitely growing. It's crazy. I didn't think I'd already be showing this much- but of course right now I just look like I over ate at Thanksgiving rather than I'm pregnant- but we all know the truth. I guess that means I'm going to be huge at 8 months- if I already am showing this much.

I feel good about 14. It was my basketball number all through high school, so I'm kinda partial to it. Today we also have a doctor's appointment after school. Please keep us in your prayers. We are prayerful that everything is going the way it is supposed to and that our little one is safe and healthy.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


I am sad that I have not been so on top of my Survivor watching this season. I really do love the competition in this game and the exotic locations. We've just been so busy on Thursday nights that we really haven't had the chance. Well, last week we sat down and decided that we'd play catch up on the episodes through the online video viewing. Best idea ever. All tv shows should be online for those of us who do not have tivo, or dvr, or whatever it's called. So, last night we got all caught up- which mean this Thursday (if nothing comes up) we can actually sit and watch it at its normally programed time.

So... who am I into this season you ask? My favorite players are Russell and Natalie. I know that Russell seems like a jerk, but he is a really good player and makes the show way more entertaining. Besides, who in the world finds 2 hidden immunity idols without any clues? And I'm pretty sure based on previews for this week that he finds another one. Natalie just seems like a sweetheart. She reminds me of Kellie Pickler- so I like that. I am rooting for one of those two to win. I know that the old Foa Foa tribe is down in numbers, but I think the four left will be able to pull out a scheme to keep themselves around longer.

Monday, November 16, 2009


Lately I've been really tired.

Lately I've not wanted to go to work. I mean, I love my job- but I'm kinda over it. There are other things I'd rather do. I love my kids and the people I work with, but I'm not motivated to do anything lately.

Lately... as in this morning I was queesy. I wouldn't call it full blown morning sickness, but I was nauseous from like 6:30 to 10:00 today. It's the only day that I've felt sick, so I'll take it- hopefully not anymore though.

Lately Cooper has been stupid. I think he knows that I am pregnant and that things are going to change for him, but he's not sure how- so he's acting out. He's been getting into the trash, or ripping things up that are laying on the counter. So not like Cooper. He is like the best, most well-behaved dog ever- but lately he's been in a funk. I totally think he knows, and he doesn't know what to do about it- so he's acting out in whatever way he knows how at this point. Stupid dog. I hope he knocks it off... I'm tired of cleaning up after him when I get home.

Lately I've been thinking about a nursery. I've got no ideas. None. Zilch. Whether it's a boy or girl- I've got nothing. I've tried looking online for ideas and dreaming up stuff in my head, but there is nothing that I can think of that will be perfect. Agh. Hopefully I'll figure that out before the little one comes in May.

Lately I haven't felt much like cooking.

Lately I've been thinking about different places I'd like to travel. Probably not a likely thing to happen since we just got back from Europe and we're having a baby soon.

Lately I've really been missing our family. Sometimes I truly HATE living so far away, and wish I could just "drop by" to say hi to them or give them a hug and let them know how crazy I am about all of them. I don't like feeling like we're on an island out here- and I wish we could be close so they could share this whole pregnancy thing with us more. I wish I could snuggle on the couch with them and have funny conversations, I wish I could eat with them, I wish I could shop with them, I wish I could just 'be' with them. If yall are reading- "I love you, and I wish we were closer. I think about you all the time and imagine hugs and laughs. I pray for your safety, health, happiness, and spiritual growth. Again... yall will never know how much I love and miss you and wish I could be with you."

Saturday, November 14, 2009

BOB Stroller

So, Lantz and I think we want to get a BOB stroller for our baby. We are not sure, but we think that's something we'd like. The problem with that is that they are like $350. Well, that's way too much money for us. But, we had a great idea. We are members at REI, and twice a year they do a huge garage sale on items which have been brought back to the store- alot of which is mostly still new looking. We went to one a few weeks ago and were too late, and the only BOB stroller that was there was taken. It went for $160. Well, today there was another garage sale at a different location. Lantz got up there 3 hours before the store opened to wait in line. He was one of the first 100 people to get to go into the sale section. There were 3 BOB strollers there, and some woman got all 3!!! Can you stand it! Lantz was like, "Can I have one of those... I don't care which one." She said no, because she needed all 3. Whatever. You know she is just going to resale them on Craig's list or Ebay for double what she paid. Lantz said they were all like only $100. Doesn't that stink? Mean lady.

So yeah. We were bummed, cause when Lantz saw that there were 3 we were sure we'd get at least one of them. But no. Oh well. Maybe it's a sign that we don't really need one. Lantz said he's going to camp out at the next REI garage sale so he can be first in line in case there is another stroller. We'll see. The next sale probably won't be until right before we have the baby, and we may have decided against it by that point in time.

Story of the day. Mean lady.... nobody has a use for 3 strollers.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

13 Weeks

Above is my 13 week small "belly bump." (Side note- I love this shirt- it is actually all flowy, but I tightened it up on the side for the picture. My sister gave this shirt to me this summer when she was living out here and working for Ed Hardy. She got me this one, because there were not skulls all over it, and it was bright and cheerful. She also picked this one because it flowed out, and she said she got it so that when I got pregnant I could still wear it. So... technically it's my first "pregnancy" top- the first one bought with the intentionality of being worn with a bigger tummy. Thanks Heather!)

Our precious little one will be getting their vocal cords this week, and their intestines which have been growing in the umbilical cord will now start to make their way into the body. So cool. Oh- we're up to the size of a peach- about 3 inches.


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Day Off

Today I enjoyed a great day off! Thank you to all our armed forces- past and present!

I didn't do much today. I slept in, and then walked about 2 and 1/2 miles on the treadmill at the YMCA. I went to Ross and bought a few cute maternity pieces and some cute clothes that weren't labeled "maternity," but I think will stand the test of time through this pregnancy. I took a nap, and then watched 2 episodes of Survivor online. I have only watched the first episode on TV, and now I've watched 4 online. I'm trying to get caught back up to where I can start watching again with the TV.

I also went with Lantz to Kohl's- they were having a big sale- so he could buy these house slippers that he wanted that he saw the other day. Then we went to church this evening.

It's about to get cold on Friday. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. I don't really like the cold, but I'm not a huge fan of this limbo weather we've been having- freezing in the morning and at night and then hot in the day-- to challenging to decide what to wear for the day.

So... not much going on around here..... I'll hopefully have 13 week pictures up tomorrow for you!

Monday, November 9, 2009

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

First of all I'll start off with an apology. I didn't mean to not blog all weekend long. It just happened. I know you've been in suspense of what has been going on over here in Las Vegas with the Howards. Lantz and I went to a marriage conference Friday night and all day Saturday- so that pretty much ate up the weekend. It was good to be together and focus on our marriage, but if I'm being honest, it was a terrible conference. The structure and information just really wasn't all that great. Oh- my sister signed up for a Spring Break Campaign- which I think is great! Oh... and some not so great news is that I'm up to 7 pounds of weight gain. Yuck- but hopefully my baby is nice and healthy and getting all the nutrients he/she needs!

Anyways, remember Lantz and I traded books? I asked him to read Redeeming Love and he asked me to read A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. Although I finished Lantz's book Friday, I'm afraid it'll take Lantz a little longer to get through my book. So... A Million Miles in a Thousand Years was written by Donald Miller- the same guy that wrote Blue Like Jazz (you may have read it because it's pretty popular- I didn't read it- so I can't compare the two). Even though it's not a book I would have picked up to read myself- I have to admit it was a pretty good book and I could see how people would really enjoy it... actually I enjoyed it.

It is kind of a personal book about Donald Miller and how he felt kinda "stuck" in life. Some people came to him to make a movie about his book Blue Like Jazz, but they wanted to change some stuff to make it a better "story." Well- this book goes on to describe how Donald Miller learns what makes a good story and how he learns to actually live a better story with his own life. It draws some spiritual implications throughout the book, but I wouldn't really call it religious. It's also a pretty quick read once you get past the first 4 chapters.

This book will probably inspire you to DO something. It encourages you to live a better story with your life and to not take the day for granted. Lantz loved this book so much that he read it twice. He also recommended it to a Senior in our youth group who also loved it and read it twice. Because of this book this Senior who hasn't really worked out much ever- decided that he was going to start running. He started out just walking,then walking & jogging, now running. Then he decided he was going to do a 5K, but instead of doing a 5K he decided he wanted to do a 10K.. and I think he's now training for a half marathon in January. Yesterday he ran 3.3 miles to our house, did ab ripper X from P90X, and then rode Lantz's bike back to his house, and this morning, Lantz and him met for an intense work out at a park. Isn't that great? This book inspired him to do something in his life that he wasn't doing before. (No- the book is not about working out- it's just what this young man felt inspired to do after reading it.)

So- believe it or not- I'm glad that Lantz recommended this book to me. Although it's more of a "self-help" book- it reads as a narrative which was able to hold my attention. I laughed and I cried in it, and I like books that evoke emotion in me. Read it- you may be inspired to do more with your life!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

12 Weeks Today

Here I am at 12 weeks. I can't believe I'm almost through my first trimester! Crazy how time flies.

The next one may be better, cause the shirt above kinda poofs out on its own. The next one is more realistic.


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

11 & 1/2 Week Ultrasound

Father God, I praise your name for our precious little one. Thank you so much for the peace and reassurance that you provided in today's ultrasound. I'm so thankful for the amazing little baby that you are continuing to form in my womb. What an amazing blessing to see our little one wiggling around today and to see their sweet profile, arms, hands, feet, legs, and their sweet little nose. Thank you for the assurance of a strong solid heart beat. I pray that you continue to watch over our little one and strengthen them that they may be a healthy baby in May. Father continue to provide Lantz and I peace that you are taking care of our small one and taking time to know everything about them. I praise your name again for allowing us to experience this incredible creation journey. You truly are breath-taking and it's awesome to know you and your power in new ways. Amen.


Monday, November 2, 2009


I don't feel I've had any over the top pregnancy cravings. I mean I've had a few cravings here and there, but nothing consistent. Here are a few of the things that I have craved so far in my 11 weeks:

fried pickles
loaded french fries (onion, cheese, bacon, ranch)
chicken spaghetti
chinese food

See, nothing all that crazy. And everything was really random- a few I had a couple of times, but none more than twice. Kinda random I know. What were some of your weird cravings?

Anyways, tomorrow we have another doctor's appointment. Please keep our little one in your prayers.