Archive for November, 2009


Posted: 11/24/2009 in family

is it every women’s nature to want to make a trip FUN!

it’s not a long trip.























just a quick trip to go see lizzie’s grandpa (eric’s dad) in the hospital 2 hours away.

he just had open heart surgery yesterday.

a quadruple bypass.

kinda a big deal.

he’s going to miss thanksgiving. ūüė¶

i bet he’s sick of thanksgiving and christmas movies by the time this is all over.

i’m thinking in the shower about what i need to bring with us.


leaving at 1.

will be home probably by dark.

no big deal.

but i get to thinking.

i should pack snacks!

goody bags for everyone!

and then activities.

we’ll get bored.

wish we could find the ipod. where is that thing!?!

we’ll just have to bring cd’s.

wish the dvd player worked.

ok, stop!


it’s a two hour car trip one way.

it’s during nap time.

she’ll sleep half the time or more.

who’s gonna get bored?!

everyone is going to be sleeping but ME!

seriously, when do guys stay awake in the car??!!!

who needs music, ME!

who needs food, ME!

so who cares about being the worlds funnest mom who packs the coolest things for road trips. i’m packing stuff for myself (which lizzie will eat from) and callin’ it good… or pure laziness. not sure which.


“monkey show”

Posted: 11/22/2009 in lizzie faith

oh my girl is so funny to me!!!!

i can’t help but giggle when she says, “mommy! monkey show??!!!” or “doppers”.

know what show she means???

she’s had some serious “quality” time with daddy the last few weeks during mom’s first-tri-bloat miserable-ness where she lays in bed from 7:30pm on. ūüėõ



Posted: 11/19/2009 in baby bean #2

i was going to wait til 10 weeks to post ne thing but i decided while eric was down here for 2 min and i was still awake, i would snag him for a recent picture!

this is day-belly for week 4 1/2 and evening belly at 9 weeks.

my sister heath sent this to me.

how awesome is this! (notice, great for ulcers. i’m thinking banana pudding. YUM! but in reality in their natural organic form is ideal and will give you the best results!!)



After Reading this, you will NEVER look at a banana in the same way again! ‚Ä®‚Ä®Bananas Contain three natural sugars –¬†¬†sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber, a¬†banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.¬†Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy¬†for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is¬†the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes. But energy isn’t the only way a¬†banana can help us keep fit. ¬†It can also help overcome or prevent¬†a substantial number of illnesses and ¬†conditions, making it a must¬†to add to our daily diet. ‚Ä®

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after  eating a banana.           This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a  type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you  relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel better.


PMS: Forget the pills — eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which ¬†can affect your mood. ‚Ä®

High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia. 

Blood Pressure: This¬†unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt,¬†making it the perfect way to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US¬†Food ¬†and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry¬†¬†to ¬†make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk¬†of blood pressure and stroke.


Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex  England ) school were helped through their exams  this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist  learning by making pupils more alert. 

Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.         

Hangovers: One¬†of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to ¬†make a banana¬†milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with¬†the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood ¬†sugar levels,¬†¬†while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system… ‚Ä®

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief. 

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness


Mosquito bites: Before  reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin.  Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.


Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the  nervous system. 

Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at  5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs.  The  report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood  sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady. 

Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft  texture and smoothness.  It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.


Temperature control: Many other cultures see ¬†bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can¬†lower both the physical ¬†and emotional temperature of expectant¬†mothers. In Thailand , ¬†for example, pregnant women eat bananas to¬†ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature. ‚Ä®

Seasonal Affective Disorder         (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the  natural mood enhancer tryptophan. 

Smoking: Bananas can  also  help people trying to give up smoking.  The B6 and B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal. 

Stress: Potassium is a¬†vital mineral which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the¬†brain and regulates your body’s water balance. ¬†When we are¬†stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium¬†levels. ¬†These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium¬†banana snack. ‚Ä®

Strokes: According to¬†research in ‘The New ¬†England Journal of Medicine,’ eating bananas¬†as part of a ¬†regular diet can cut the risk of death from strokes¬†¬†by as much as 40%! ‚Ä®‚Ä®So, a banana really is a natural remedy for¬†many ills. ¬†When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the¬†protein, twice the carbohydrates, three times the phosphorus, five times¬†the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals.¬†It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods¬†¬†around.. ¬†So maybe its time to change that well-known ¬†phrase¬†¬†so that we say, ‘A banana a day keeps the doctor away!’


Footnote: If your¬†roses are covered with Aphids, drape banana skins over the branches,¬†¬†I’ts amazing, but in a day or less, they are GONE! ‚Ä®I’ve tried it,¬†and I couldn’t believe it, no more aphids, as long as I save my banana¬†¬†¬†skins for the rose bushes!

black friday

Posted: 11/18/2009 in life

i’ve always gone through the ads on thanksgiving and picked out a few things that i would like for christmas gifts.

this year.

totally different!


check out the ads!!!!!

click on any of the store logos and you will see a complete list of store names on the left hand side. have fun! be sure and click the “camera” underneath the item to get a look at that item in the ad!

oh i have quite the list! eek! i think we’ll need to get a babysitter and divide up! either that or enlist some fellow shoppers and do some team working!

so excited!!! eek!



Posted: 11/18/2009 in baby bean #2, health

a friend showed me this!

are you drinking enough water? quiz

this is so cool! the questions they ask are good! i don’t agree that soda can be figured into your daily liquid. i think you need to drink MORE water if you drink soda or coffee. ūüôā but that’s my only beef.

way cool!
thanks, kristi! for sharing this!