Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Hey Guys!  I need a favor.  I lost ALL of my old phone numbers.  After begging and pleading with Drew about getting a new PHONE he finally caved gave my what I wanted (do I sound like a total brat or what?!?!)  Let me explain....  after weeks of not having a fully functioning phone (first I lost all use of the left side of my screen, then the right, finally the whole screen wouldn't work except for maybe a freak 15 seconds A DAY where I could actually call 1 person [so I really had to make that one call count]) I got a new one today and it has all the bells and whistles. It's a white i phone 4! I'm really excited!

I'm rambling... sorry!

So what's the favor you ask?  Well, I need you all to shoot me a text so I can re-add you to my contact list.  Make sure to tell me your name so I'm not left wondering who you are. Happy Wednesday ~ I'm off to give baths and do billing with Drew.

Saturday, August 27, 2011


Things are changing around here again:
  • I started my new job on Thursday and I love my teaching partner Lindsay.  She's so easy to get along with and she's super smart which I am totally thrilled about - maybe I'll learn a boat load of things from her???
  • Drew has officially resigned from his teaching position.  He's been working hard on growing his business and we've been shopping around for health insurance.  Health Insurance has been by far the scariest thing for me through this whole transition.  Now I just need to make sure my kids Pediatrician accepts our change.  If they don't I'm not going to be too happy.
  • The kiddos start school on the 7th.  I'm so excited for them - they'll be in a peaceful learning environment and they have some amazing teachers.
  • This afternoon we're headed to my 10th high school reunion - GO LANCERS!  I'm really nervous, but happy it's at the round barn winery.  If all else fails I'll just drink a glass of wine and loosen up a bit!  Wish me luck!
  • My cousin Amy is in labor as I write this and I'm so excited that Ariyah will have a little sis sis (as we like to call Finn) of her own and I'm happy for Amy that she doesn't have to be 9 months pregnant anymore.  Mama's out there, you know what I mean.
photo from the birthday party
...more photos to come.

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Finn's 1st Photo Shoot - Photo Overload!!!

This is Finn's photo shoot from her first birthday.  Rachel Snyder (Ashley Jewell's sister) came over minutes before the party started to take these adorable pics of my beautiful baby girl.  These are just a few, enjoy!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Big Twin - Mancelona

First I want to start this post by saying that Ashley Jewell took all of these photos.  They are amazing! She is a nurse (and should be a photographer too).

August 1st we drove up North to Mancelona Michigan for our annual trip with the Jewell's.  This is our 4th summer getting together for a week and our 3rd going to the Snyder cabin.  We were surrounded by good friends, good food, good laughs, and a great new game: celebrity. 

 A daddy and his girl.

 Ashley printed this photo and gave it to us for Finn's birthday.
 Jennie and I got our hot little hands on the fridge.  We thought it would be cool to change things up a bit with our names - even using different symbols for the letters - plus we added our ages.  It reads: Bicah 1, Finn 1, Teaguee 2, Bex 29 (that's me), Ash 26, Jenie 25, Matoots (Matt) 28, Drew 26, and Dave 26.
 Here's the celebrity bucket.  If you ever want to learn how to play?  Just ask and we'll show you.

 I love this picture of Micah and Jennie on the way to/from Mackinac Island.

 Our sweet friends Dave and Ashley.  Thanks for having us again.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Happy Birthday Baby Girl!

Brand Spankin' New
 One Month Old
Two Months Old
 Three Months Old - Whoa look at that belly!  I've always had some hearty milk!
 Four Months Old
 Five Months Old - And finally getting really cute - she looks like her and not a baby baby.
 Six Months Old and only has eyes for daddy.
 Seven Months Old in a Rockford Cafe
 Eight Months Old eating a chocolate Milano cookie - this love she shares with her Aunt Jennie - CHOCOLATE!
 Nine Months Old
   Ten Months Old           Eleven Months Old
Her Year Old Picture to Come! Happy Birthday my sweet baby.  I love you more than words....

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I almost forgot!

Drew and I paid off our last debt on Friday.  We've been following Dave Ramsey for a while now reading his book The Total Money Makeover and we listen to his daily radio broadcast from 3-6 (catching as much as we can but certainly don't listen for 3 hours each day).  When Drew initially told me we were going to be "gazelle intense" on paying off my our loans, Dave Ramsey became a curse word.  I hated the idea and I hated Dave Ramsey. I didn't want to change our lifestyle.  And I certainly did not want to go on a budget (also putting money away for retirement and kids college funds).  What's the fun in that?  Let me tell you... straight up sucks!  Drew had to practically drag me through the first half of it kicking and screaming.  We had to live like no one else (poor all the time) so we can live like no one else (have a nice big fat retirement nest egg when our kiddos are grown and gone).  We definitely celebrated each little victory with dinner out and we've been planning a debt free weekend in Chicago sans the kiddos for a while now. (Which by the way I'm reaaaalllllyyy looking forward to!!!)  Also, we sleep peacefully at night knowing we are doing what's best for our family financially.  Sure we've had to sacrifice and we still do, but now we just get to start checking things off our wish list since WE"RE DEBT FREEEEEEEEEEEE (instert Mel Gibson from Braveheart screaming Freedom)!!!!!!!!  Our next challenge?  Save 3-6 months of living expenses, go on a nice vacay and pay off the house!  My opinion of Dave has now changed, I think he should be the next president - heck, I'd vote for him!  Happy Thursday Everyone!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

last year... body was looking just like this at 40 weeks.  Sister did not want to come out and I was feeling D.O.N.E.  Go here to read what happened.

By the way, I just started sleeping through the night because a week and a half ago I stopped nursing Finn.  I didn't want to, but she really only wanted it in the middle of the night and I just couldn't do it anymore.  I miss it.  However, after more than 3 years of sharing my body I can proudly say that my body finally belongs to me again.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

photo dump 3 - madison wi

On Friday in Madison (before the wedding) we decided to head to the zoo because we needed to find something for the kids to do and it was free - bonus!!!  Before we got there I snapped a quick photo of the capital building - so pretty.

We climbed into this enormous tree house/fort.  I was so cool and had a few big slides.  It was soooo hot, but Teague and I had a blast.  Oh to be a kid again!

 Of course they had a badger there - since we were in badger country.

Happy Weekend Everyone!
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