Saturday, February 26, 2011

Jonah's Stocking!

Remember in December when I announced to the world that I would be needle-pointing Jonah a stocking? Maybe I should have actually researched what exactly is entailed in needle-pointing before I wrote that! Ha, well I certainly learned the hard way that needle-pointing a stocking takes FOREVER! I started it Christmas Eve (secretly thinking I'd be able to stay up all night and finish it!) and just finished the detailing tonight. Now obviously I'm just a beginner but I am really happy with how it turned out.

I picked the nativity scene because it's what I need to be reminded of when I see Jonah's name on a Christmas decoration. I think it's perfect and I am excited to fill it every year with written good deeds from me and my family members and then read them out loud to Jonah at the cemetery Christmas morning.



I don't have a sewing machine so I'll have to wait till I visit home this summer to back and finish it.

Now I'm off to begin Ransom's...

Friday, February 25, 2011

Pulled Over by the Devil

No, seriously.

On Monday I was out delivering dental work cases for the first time by myself and for the first time in my life, I was pulled over. I always assumed that when this day came I would just fake-cry myself out of the ticket, but wouldn't you know it, I couldn't muster a single tear. Why? Because I really didn't feel guilty for making an "inappropriate right turn" (turning into the left lane instead of the right). I was just mad. Doesn't EVERYONE do that!? Well whatever, I told the cop it was my first day of work and that my GPS was showing I needed to turn left right away (mostly true). He said he'd let me off with a formal warning if I promised to not do that anymore. Which is weird, because I thought the devil never made favorable deals...

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

No More!

No more days will pass with this blog being ignored! If you haven't heard, I finally got a job! It's at a dental prosthetic lab here in Tucson and I am in training as a customer service specialist/administrative associate/staff event coordinator. It's full-time job which is good except that it's been like 1 1/2 years since I've had a full-time job and I have totally forgotten how to balance my life with one. Hence the lack of blogging. But no more!

So, in order to play catch-up I will just squeeze a few events into one post.

#1. The Phoenix Suns V. OK Thunder (formally seattle sonics) game. So much fun! We went with our friends Andrew and Janie and sat all the way in the top. I was expecting to only be able to see the game from the screens because we were so far back, but we were pleasantly surprised at how well we could actually see. Obviously Ransom and I were cheering for the Thunder since we Seattle-tons have no team to root for anymore. At first I was afraid to cheer for the opposing team, but soon it got fun to be obnoxious and even more fun when we actually won!




The final score!


#2 Valentine's Day!

Valentine's this year was refreshingly fun. Ransom and I (and really I mean just me)have a hard time communicating what we want for special occasions so sometimes Valentine's Day can be a struggle. But this year Ransom decided to make me dinner the night before as a bit of a cooking break for me since we had already decided we wanted to go out to eat on the actual day. He made this really yummy apple burgers. Basically it's grated granny smith apples and finely chopped celery mushed into the ground chicken burgers and then served on a bun with cranberry sauce and thin apple slices.


On actual Valentine's Day, I drove home from work, changed really quick, and Ransom drove us to the melting pot. We had planned for weeks to do just the cheese and chocolate because it's actually affordable and happens to be our favorite part. We drove the like 35 minutes to the pot and when we were pulling in I mentioned how the olive garden sounded really good to me. Ransom got super excited at that idea and we ended up driving all the way back towards home :). But seeing as the Olive Garden doesn't take reservations, the hostess told us it would be a 1 1/2 wait! It was already 7 and we were starving. But no worries, we strolled right over to the bar, took a seat at an empty table, and were fed in 20 minutes! Goes to show that being over 21 has its advantages ;)

#3 Ransom's family came to visit over the weekend.

We spent lots of time exploring Tucson and walking around and I of course never thought to take pictures! I'm so sad! But, I did get this adorable video of Ransom's little big sister dancing with his Dad. Way cute!


There, I think I'm caught up! Starting today I am taking claim back on my life and you can expect another post soon! :)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Babies

I know that all grieving parents are different, so if you know someone who's going through it don't assume that they're like me without asking. But I have come to realize that I appreciate SO much when people let me hold their babies (and even more so if people ask ME if I would like to hold theirs). Especially little boys. Sometimes they upset me, like when I'm not expecting to see one and they look really new and have blond hair, but for the most part I just can't get enough. Holding those innocent children just lifts me up so much and reminds me that usually babies are okay and do come home from the hospital. I know that seems like such an obvious statement, but for me all I know is pregnancy, giving birth, falling in love and leaving a huge piece of myself at a cemetery. Holding babies reminds me that more than likely, the next time I get pregnant, I'll get to bring a baby home.

When we first moved to Tucson, I didn't know a soul. As if that's not already hard enough, I was also only 5 weeks past burying Jonah. To say the least, it was rough. But once I put myself out there and talked to other women and invited people over, I started to make SUCH good friends! One of which is Val. I love Val for who she is SO much but I also scored a bonus in that friendship because of her little guy, Sam. Sam is only about 3 weeks older than Jonah would be. Holding and playing with him when I hang out with Val has been SO nice for me. Of course he reminds me of all the things Jonah would be doing at each stage, but more than anything I just love when he smiles at me and recognizes my face. And one time after I babysat him, I even heard him cry when I left! :) So sweet! But for the next 6 months Val has moved to Alaska and on top of missing one of my best friends here, I am also really missing holding a baby.



Come back to me Val and Sam! :)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Ransom's Birthday Party

So Ransom's birthday was last Wednesday the 26th and I totally forgot to post the pictures from his birthday party! (and by party, I mean the two of us eating good food and opening presents!)



I didn't wanna burn the apartment down, so instead of actually putting 27 candles on the cake, I just made the shape of that HUGE number ;)


My very amateur attempt at apple pie cake:


Look at this loot! I got Ransom Phoenix suns vs Oklahoma City Thunder ("Zombie Seattle Sonics") tickets for tonight and we're pumped for that! Also, Ransom got lots of spending money, a few cool books, our picture book of Jonah, truffles, and lots of nice cards! Good Birthday!