Chronicling The Comerfords

Friday, June 3, 2011

Amelia's News

Remember the below post about the surprise date night?  Well, what I did not mention at the time was that it was a celebration.  What were we celebrating?   Get ready!

With Amelia we were going to start trying to get pregnant in February and ended up pregnant two months early in December.  So when baby #2 took a little longer, it was a little frustrating.  But now I am 7 weeks pregnant and sick so it all works out in the end.  I will tell you one thing.  It's a lot harder to be sick when you have a little one in the house.  Round 2 is a whole new ballgame! Amelia pulls up my shirt and says "Mommy belly hurt?".  She is such a sweet girl (with lots of sweet energy!)

Please pray for us as we embark on this new journey.  I will keep you updated!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Amsterdam Cafe Date Night

Thursday morning Ben came into the bathroom while I was in the shower and said "Hey Babe" and I rolled my eyes.  "Hey Babe" is usually followed by a statement that aggravates me "Does Amelia need to eat?" "Are you almost done?"  "Why don't you make some coffee?" "I will not be home until late" etc, etc....  Honestly, none of these require eye rolling but it is what I do.  Babe and Mama are two words I waited many years to hear and they are now two words that send me over the edge a few times a week.

Thursday morning "Hey Babe" was followed by "How would you like to go on a date with me tonight?"  I almost fell out of the shower.  "HECK YES I would like to go on a date with you tonight!"  I was told to be ready at 6 and he would surprise me.  He could have taken me to the Waffle House for all I care. Just the idea of him planning it all was enough for me.

At 6:00 the surprise got even better!  We went to Amsterdam Cafe where I had my favorite Crabcake Avocado sandwich and Goat Cheese Risotto.  They also made these fresh blueberry lemonades that were incredible.  We had a perfect dinner on the patio.


Funny story is that my Mother in Law and I tried to go to Amsterdam for lunch but there was an insane wait and we had to go somewhere else.  Funny how things like that work out!

I leave at noon to go get the little girl.  It has been a relaxing week, but I miss that little stinker!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

When Faith Becomes Frustration

As I mentioned, we are on a job hunt.  Most days we are very excited about the opportunities.  It is exciting to think about where God will use you next.  Will we be in the same town?  Will we be in the same state?  What will we think if we have to move?  Ben has by far been more faithful than I have during this little test in our lives.  He carries on like a job is in the future and I walk around like a worry wart.  I have him praying for me, so it is all fine! :)  He has gotten closer to God and I have beat my head against the wall.  I am slowly coming around and really there have been way more good days than bad days.  He was pretty unhappy in his current situation (great people involved but not so great of a job for Ben) and now he has that light back in his face.  There is no doubt that he is in a better place.

Searching for a job is a roller coaster of highs and lows.  Sometimes you think you have it figured out (and get excited even though you try not to) and in a split second it slips away.  It is on those days that it is hard to remember that our Master and Creator still has a plan for us.

I emailed a friend very, very frustrated with myself.  Feeling like I have completely failed this faith test.  I have been frustrated and bitter and a whole host of other emotions.  Just when I think I've got it together and am feeling good about something we get bad news and I'm back to square one.  To add to the frustration, I walk around the house with a man who is closer to God than he has been in a while.  That alone will drive you nutty.  I've always wanted a strong Christian man to lead our house, well, that I have!  It's funny how trials can pull one person one way and another in the other way.  I am SO thankful that Jesus provided me with a sweet, wonderful, encouraging husband.  And when I roll my eyes and refuse to listen to Ben, Jesus speaks through my always loyal and loving girlfriends.  Husbands are great, but I really have no idea what I would do without my girlfriends.

I hope my friend does not mind me sharing her email response because every single one of you need to hear it.  Life is rocky and sometimes we feel a little lost or disappointed in ourselves but you can not fail God.  Jesus is alive and living today through the people who love us.

You have not failed anything and certainly not at your Faith. I know I might not have all the details, but I can say with certainty, that is a lie the enemy is telling you. You can’t fail God, because God doesn’t expect us to win or even succeed without Him. You might see actions or thoughts as failure, but God sees them as a learning opportunities, and opportunities to show you His Grace, Mercy and unending Love. You can’t fail God. His plan for you cannot be thwarted by anything you do, think or feel. God already won it all for you, there is no failing in Christ!! You are having growing pains and that is ok, good even!! Someday, you will be able to impart wisdom and Grace on another person at some time in your life. It is okay to feel scared, God can handle your fear. It is okay to ask questions, God isn’t afraid of them. It is okay to feel sorry for yourself sometimes, God will use that to expose your wounds that need healing through Him.



I LOVE YOU!!!!! I ADORE YOU!!!!! I ADMIRE YOU!!!!!


You are a Princess Warrior. You are the Bride of Christ. God delights in YOU!!! Believe it and OWN IT!!!


My prayer is that every one of you has a friend that who loves you and speaks the words of Jesus to you.  I also pray that you are that person to your friends.  I pray that I am that person to my friends.

As I type this "Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing" by David Nevue is playing.  It is a wonderful instrumental version.  Check it out.  Hopefully this blog will be a blessing to you.  And hopefully and selfishly, the Lord will show us our next blessing and step sooner than later.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

February is For... Wait it is MAY!

Where in the world have I been?  When I logged in there was a blog that was still in limbo called "February is for Birthdays".  So, I've been a little busy.  Let's play catch up real quick...  Seriously, I am pulling out my momAgenda because February seems like ages ago.

In February I celebrated my 32nd year and Mom celebrated her 51st.  My birthday was pretty low key which was nice. But wait, it rained ALL DAY LONG and I felt like a drenched rat all day.  It did include a great lunch, shopping trip and a fun, fun dinner.  After birthday weekend Handsome Hubby cashed in his Christmas present and went to Denver to stay with a college friend.  February was also filled with Charity Ball meetings (we will talk more about that in March)
With Faris at my birthday dinner 
 And the Amazing Isa Meeks
 Happy Birthday Peanut Butter Pie
 With my name on it!
 Proof that the guys were there, they are just not as cute in pictures :)
I really do have some of the best friends a girl could ask for!!
In March we got stressed and dressed.  The beginning of March we attended a Chamber of Commerce black tie event.  I love that our little town has such wonderful events throughout the year.  One the 19th I chaired a Charity Ball.  I'm not going to say it was a completely terrible experience because I learned a lot about myself during planning the event.  I learned that I should never again chair a big event.  1. I do not delegate well because I feel bossy 2.  I get stressed out over the littlest things 3. You have to make a lot of decisions and every single one of them is going to make someone mad.  I really, truly think I stress less about raising my child and that is something I worry about every day.  It was a beautiful Ball and we raised over $30,000 for local charities.  I am very, very proud of the work my committee and organization did, but I think I am still recovering! ha Seriously, I could not have worked with a better group of girls and I met a lot of people that I would have never known otherwise.  It was an experience and I'm glad I was a part of it.

 And in all of this madness we kept a child alive! :)
 2011 Chamber of Commerce Dinner

 2011 JSL Charity Ball with The Connors
Me, The Mad Hatter and Alice at our Wonderland

After Charity Ball, I saw my shadow and went back into hiding for the rest of March.  I came back out in April.

April started off with a trip to visit some of my oldest, dearest and best friends.  We all got together to celebrate the upcoming arrival of our friend Sarah's little girl. Well, back up... My dates are running together and I did not log this event in my momAgenda.  At some point between Charity Ball and Sarah's shower Ben parted ways with his job.  This was a very good thing, but has added a little stress to our life.  Good stress I suppose, faith growing stress, but stress none the less.  And frustrations and a few arguments but a lot of love and a ton of support.  God had a plan and we are excited (an anxious) to see what it is!  So, seeing the girls the first of April was just what the doctor ordered.  There is nothing like getting around some good friends to put everything into perspective. 
We also went to a super fun Oyster Roast.  I do not like oysters but I LOVE a party with a theme!  I loved it so much we took a taxi home!

Mom and Sonny also came and spent a weekend with us in May.  We had such a fun time and ended the weekend with a trip to Callaway Gardens.




 Doesn't it look like my baby is talking to Jesus in the chapel?!


The came Easter week!  Monday Jamie came over and we all dyed our eggs.  She was by far the most artistic (which is one of the many reasons we keep her in our family).  Amelia thought it was "interesting" I guess would be an appropriate word.  She was super confused when the dye stained her hands and she could not get it off. 




 Daddy dyed Easter Eggs too but for once he was our photographer instead of me!

On Saturday we went to our church Easter Egg Hunt.  It was the first time in I don't know when that I have been to a big egg hunt.  It was divided up by age groups and there were games and hotdogs and all kinds of stuff.  Mom and Sonny and Nana and Pa joined us for the afternoon.  Amelia was kind of whatever about the eggs then she realized they had candy in them.  At that point she got serious!





 I love our little family!
 And this precious hunny bunny!

Easter Eve us four Easter Bunnies had a blast.  The guys supervised (aka had cocktails) while the Mama bunnies went to work.
 Happy Easter Amelia
 This is what Grandpa and Paw-Paw Easter Bunny brought!
Paw-Paw did a fantastic job on Amelia's toy box.  We will treasure it for years and years.  Who knows what that silly bunny will come up with next year.

 The Easter Bunny left his Bunny trail
"What's that?" She said
 Happy Easter!

I hosted Easter Lunch again this year but this year I served it on Grandma's china! 
It was very pretty and she was proud. 

Me and my Handsome Husband

 
The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Katherine was the 29th.  I was going to go but my schedule just got too, too busy. It was really neat though.  It aired around 4:30 or 5am here.  There were Royal Wedding Brunches in circles all over town.  Everyone needs to live a little bit of the fairytale wedding!

We are a few weeks into May, but I will save that for another entry since this little catch-up has gotten a little long.  So far May includes a dramatic toddler and an emotional Mama with the end of the first year of school.  We made it! :)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Being a Mama is so SUPER Sexy

Yesterday I did not have the energy to wash my hair because we had a party from about 2:45am to 4:45am. At some point during feeding Amelia breakfast or getting her down from the table or changing her clothes I got honey in my bangs (or the front of my hair, whatever that part is called). I was so “whatever” by that point that I just ran my fingers through it and considered it hairspray. I will say about 10:30 I went to the bathroom and thought “You know, my hair looks pretty good today in spite of everything… maybe I am on to something here…” When I got home at 1:00 and looked at myself in the mirror I thought “maybe you should have had another cup of coffee…” I also realized that I could probably braid my leg hairs if I tried hard enough and I still had a little sleep in an eye. We changed clothes and took off to the park. I figured we would just look like we had been playing outside so it was ok. I felt like crap until I showered last night.
This morning I decided that I was going to fix myself up and have a great day (even though we had another late night party last night. I have no idea what is going on there). I got tons of compliments on a hot pink shirt 2 weeks ago so I put it on. I paired it with an awesome pair of black pants that have black velvet paisley type flowers on them that I found at a consignment shop last week. My hair worked, I even put on mascara! While trying to get out the door, Amelia decided to rub her face (nose) across my awesome pants. I now have a great shirt that is wrinkled because my child forgot the Good Lord gave her feet to walk on and I have a huge snot rocket stain across one of my fabulous velvet paisley flowers.

Awesome, huh? At least I tried today. That counts for something right? And, do I get extra points for being all natural and enviromentally friendly with my honey bangs? 

I love that girl and her snot way more than my awesome outfit so I guess it is ok.

Love!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

17 Months

How many times must one person say how much they hate doing laundry before it just goes away?  I know my husband gets sick of me complaining, but he wear SO many clothes (work clothes, farm clothes, around the house clothes).  And he is a tall guy so they are big clothes and they fill up the machine faster.  It's just more than I can handle at this moment, so I decided to blog instead.  Take that laundry room!

Nana and I met after work for a little downtown browsing then we went to get ice cream.  I love ice cream just as much as the next person but it is so cold outside.  I needed a hot chocolate to wash it down.  By the time we got home Amelia was asleep so I put her in the bed and turned on the bath water.  Don't knock it until you try it. It was after 3pm and I couldn't break my chill so a bath was a perfect solution.  The bad part is that it all of my motivation obviously got tossed out with the bath water.

So, since I am being so unproductive I will put a little entry in for Amelia at 17 months.  You can never feel bad about writing memories of your babies!

We went to Amelia's 15 month check up (at 17 months) on Tuesday.  We found out that she is doing really well and is ahead of the curve verbally.  Apparently she should be saying between 5 to maybe 10 words and she probably says 40 or more!  Here is the run down:

*26 lbs (slimming down) and 35 1/4 inches tall.
*She talking ALL THE TIME! She has learned "yes ma'am" "Please (or in Amelia speak, peas" and "Thank you"
*She is getting kind of sassy and bossy telling you things to do like "Sing ON" (turn the radio on), "Off!", She also tried to put her feet on the dinner table for a while and we told her "no".  Now when we put our feet on the coffee table she will come across the room telling us "no, no!" and trying to move our feet.  And there is no doubt when she is hungry.  She will say "hunggy, hunggy".  If she does not get a response from you fairly quickly she will yell "EAT!!!"  I personally think that one is hilarious so I wait around on it a lot of times.
*She loves her preschool and in the mornings after I dress her she will start say "school!"
*She knows most animal sounds (cow, sheep, horse, dog, cat, chicken)
*She knows the verses of Wheels on the Bus.  You say "wheels on the bus go" and she'll say "round and round"
*She knows her eyes, ears, hair, chin, nose and mouth"
*She loves baths and brushing her teeth (good hygiene is a must around here! :) )
*She does not like getting dressed
*She has so much fun making faces at herself in the mirror saying "Amelia!"
*She has  terrible temper which makes us eat at home quite a bit.  Taking something from her that she is not supposed to have or telling her no, causes A LOT of noise from a little person
*She sleeps from about 8pm to 8am with a nap around 1:30 that lasts almost 2 hours.  She still hates to go to sleep. We put her down around 7:30 and she screams for about 30 mins.
*She loves to push toys like trucks and tractors.  But she also loves her baby. 

01/25/2011

She is such a fun little girl!  She is a lot of work and keeps us on our toes, but it is worth it.

Friday, January 21, 2011

The Help-er

Speaking of Help.  Have you read The Help?  It is a great read!  Speaking of reads, I am now the proud owner of a Kindle.  I was a Santa gift.  I love it and I am on the search for a cute case for it.  Kindle Owners, have you noticed the Nooks have much better cases?  I wonder if they are interchangeable?  Like I said, I love the Kindle, just not quite sure I am ready to give up books.  They are like little trophies of accomplishments sitting around the house. 

Like I said in my other post, I am trying to do things on Amelia's level or bring her up to mine.  Lucky for me, our kitchen island is huge.  She will sit up there for 30 mins or an hour while I fix dinner.  Here she is on Thursday night "helping" make the dill sauce for the cucumber chicken.


Isn't she getting big?  So sad...

Bath Time Besties

One of Amelia's most favorite parts of the day is bath time.  About 5 or 5:30 she will start asking for "ba" pointing to the bathroom.  Usually I am getting dinner ready so I have to distract her.  I really should not be surprised as I live in the bathtub (especially during the winter).  It is definitely more cost effective to take 3 baths a day rather than running the heat at 73. That is my excuse anyway. There have even been days when we get a bath around 3:30 or so, just to play.  Amelia and I are water babies for sure!

A few weeks ago Amelia took her first bath with friends.


Ryals (on our far left) is in Amelia's class at school and Eliza Faris was the big sister in the middle. Ryals and Eliza Faris' parents moved to town recently and we are so glad the did! Bonus points.. they are right down the street!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Winter Boos

I will say this almost every single day until it warms up, "I can not stand winter!"  I know it has it's purpose and it is nice for a cool down every now and then but a whole season is absurd.  I wouldn't say that I totally get the winter blues, but I do moan and groan and boo-hoo an awful lot.  Which makes us do things like sit on our couch New Years Eve, decline offers to go to dinner with friends, run out of food because I don't want to go outside to the grocery store, etc...  Serious note to friends, "I love you all.  I am sorry that we are so reclusive these days, but we really look forward to seeing you all after Easter!"

The worse part is that I think I have made my daughter feel the same way.  When it is warm, we put the baby gate up on the back porch and leave the kitchen door open.  She is free to go in and out while I am in the kitchen getting dinner (or heck even breakfast ready).  Now she just stands at the glass door saying "outside, outside".  I feel your pain baby girl!  When Mama and Amelia are grumps it makes for a bad living situation for Daddy.  Spring time come soon!

There are little things I have done in the past to make winter go by a little quicker... plan our summer vacation, shop for Easter dresses online, get pregnant, go to the beach. 

This winter I am trying something new.  I have a friend who is an interior decorator coming over today to fix our living room.  I figure if you have to been inside, let's at least have something nice to look at. The man of the house finally admitted last night that our living room looks like a college apartment with all your parent's hand-me-down furniture.  Well, a lot of our furniture is from our parents and the rest is from college apartments so I guess we are really not that mis-represented!  I do not have a large budget (truthfully, I really don't have a budget at all), but I'm hoping she can make a few little changes with some pillows and curtains that will tie everything together.   It's the fine line of knowing it is a rental so we don't want to spend a lot of money, but we plan to be here a while so let's make the place look lived in. I will let you know how it turns out.

Other than that we have been up to much of nothing.  Amelia is getting so, so big! She can sing the entire Wheels on the Bus song.  You say "The wheels on the bus go" and she'll say "Round and round" doing the motions.  She knows the whole thing which impresses the heck out of me because I just learned the song.  Her vocabulary is very extensive, but she is clumsy as can be. Hopefully her smarts will make up for her lack of coordination.  Of course, we think she is the funniest person on the planet.  We were eating dinner the other night and she tooted out loud.  Because we are not grown-ups we have to try really hard not to laugh (come on, you all know a good toot is hilarious).  So... she toots, we keep on eating and she says "xcuse you" as if apologizing for herself and kept right on eating.  She did not miss a beat and we almost spit our food across the table. 

My only compliant or frustration about this stage is the clingyness.  I know it will pass soon enough and I will wish with everything I have that she was begging me to pick her up, but sometimes I really do have to get something done.  We are working on letting her "help" with things and bringing what we do down to her level (folding clothes on the floor) or bringing her up to what we are doing.  She loves to sit on the island while I prepare dinner and I love her being there.

Off to clean this place up before our decorator comes.  Wish me luck!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Christmas 2010 Collection

As I say every single year, the end of the year gets the best of me.  Work is busy, holidays are nuts and I am exhausted.  So, now that I have enjoyed my winter blogging break, it is time to come out of hibernation and catch you up...

Hear is the short-ish story of Comerford Christmas 2010

Following the Christmas tradition Me, Amelia and Aunt Jamie bundled up to start the Christmas season off right, the Christmas Parade!  Daddy had to walk in the parade again this year so we met some girl friends and enjoyed our night.  Amelia was amazed by all the sounds and lights.  I don't think she blinked once!


 Amelia wore the same outfit she wore last year, just a few sizes bigger.  "I LOVE THE PARADE!"

 These were her warm undergarments! Ha!

Our first Christmas party was so much fun! We spent the afternoon with friends at the Country Club making reindeer food and an ornament
 Making Reindeer Food

 Santa was also there but Amelia was not a fan

 It was better with Mama

We also got Christmas presents from Houston! 

Amelia had her first candy cane this year and would not put it down.  She finished the whole thing! 

In fear that the little girl would pull every piece of greenery off our tree, we borrowed Grandpa and Grandpa's artificial tree.  It is a beautiful tree, but I was a little sad not having a real tree for the first time.  It sure was nice not having to water or vacuum though!

 And of course, the pink tree made her appearance again this year

 Amelia and I made cornflake wreaths one night. She wanted to eat the corn flakes without the marshmallows on them.  Silly girl! Maybe the green threw her off

Christmas party #2 had a Santa as well.  Our friends make a wonderful Thai lunch and open their beautiful home to all of their friends.  Amelia loved Claire's Thai meatballs but did not like Santa at all

My most favorite event of the Christmas Season!!  The Meadows came to spend the night with us in December.  I miss a lot of people from home but these sit on the top of my list.  I wish there was a way to decrease the distance between our houses.  Perhaps we could get the guys to go in together and buy a helicopter?
While they were here we went to a town nearby that has a free carousel during the holidays.  We thought the girls would love it, but really, we all did!  It was all lit up and decorated and played Christmas music.  I will say it was the fastest carousel I have ever been on in my life!
 Daddies and their Girls

 Heather, Sherman and Sadie

 Ummm.. why didn't our picture turn out as cute as theirs?

 "Yay!", said Amelia.  She loved the horsie

 Such a fun night!


So we learned the trick! Apparently you have to pay the Phipps premium (and stuff her mouth with a Chick-Fil-A nugget) to get Amelia to smile with Santa. Whatever it takes.  It worked!


On Christmas Eve we headed to Snellville.  Mom and Amelia played outside a lot of the afternoon.  Amelia rode her tricycle for the first time.

That night we put out the reindeer food we made

 Christmas morning was a lot of fun!  Amelia was helping us open our presents in between playing with her own

 She also used them as chairs! HA!  Daddy got a smoker he'd been wanting and we also got those black bar stools you see in the picture. We have enjoyed both of them this past month.  Grandma and Grandpa always get you just what you need. They are fantastic Santa's!

 After a busy morning, Amelia slept all the way home.

The Comerford Christmas was a whole different ball game!  Nana and Pa cooked a wonderful lunch.  Then with 4 children on Christmas day, there was paper and boxes flying all over the living room. It is amazing how completely different our two Christmases are and we wouldn't change either one of them!

We got home and were resting on the couch when we heard Amelia up to something in the kitchen
She got herself a piece of tissue paper (aka changing pad), smoothed it out, got her baby, then got a diaper and started changing her.  She has done this a few times since Christmas, but that night was the first.  She is a funny girl.

Then, all of a sudden it started to snow and we had our White Christmas!

Amelia watched from inside so she didn't mess up her new "hat" Daddy bought her for Christmas

The day after Christmas, it had already started melting pretty quickly.  It doesn't matter though, we still had a White Christmas and it was beautiful!

Our church made these lawn signs to tell of the birth of Christ.  They caught a lot of eyes, as you can imagine. One friend actually called me and said "I was just driving by your house and almost wrecked!  Then I read the bottom of the sign." I loved them and can't wait to see them go up again next year! 


I hope your Christmas held as many blessing as ours!
Merry Christmas!  Love, The Comerfords