Thursday, August 14

Thursday Thirteen

So this is my first Thursday Thirteen. Not sure I can come up with 13 great things in my life to talk about...but I will try.

1. Being a SAHM is the job I have wanted my whole life. I loved playing with my baby dolls and just couldn't wait to have a real one of my own. I didn't even care what the sex was. I just wanted one. Here I am several years later thinking..."WHAT THE HELL WAS I THINKING?" Ha-Just kidding. I love it. Best job with the most amazing rewards. I have to admit the pay sucks. There are no holidays, no sick leave, no vacation. I get paid in kisses and hugs. I hear so many people say they couldn't do it. Some days I feel like I can't do it. I often wonder if I'm doing a half decent job. Will my children grow up and wish they would have been in daycare, haha? At any rate, I love my job. I work hard at it. I just can't wait for school to start. :-P

2. My husband is one of the greatest men I've ever known. You will not meet a more dedicated person. When he does something in life he does it with 110%, never anything less. While he still isn't perfect (who really is) I couldn't imagine spending my life with anyone else. Not many men would work 2 jobs everyday, go to school (getting A's), get down on the floor with his kids, change diapers (we have 2 in diapers), do dishes, put away laundry, vacuum, read bed time stories, and take the trash out. Yes, I'm spoiled, hehe.

3. I have the most amazing friends ever. Seriously! I don't think I could make it through my life without them. One of my closest friends and one of the most important rocks in my life I've never even met. Which has probably been a good idea for the environment, mankind, and our bank accounts. Soon, my friends, that will all be changing. The Ponstinky I've grown to love is coming to visit me. HOLLA! I cannot wait. Poor Rich. He has no idea. Then there is Jessica. Her and I have been friends since the 4th grade. Who'd-a-thought an insult would lead to us being such great friends 18 years later?! When we are together we are laughing our asses off. Now we are both mommies together. I love it! I can't forget my Amanda. We have made some of my favorite memories together. We have soooooooooo many inside jokes. Best time hands down was our road trip from IL to MD. I wish we would have had a camera, or did we? It was all such a blur. Our dumb asses drove 13 hours straight and we didn't even start until 6pm. WTF were we thinking?! Then I have all my Fort Meade biatches! I absolutely LOOOOOVE them. We had some of the best times together. Then I had to go and get knocked up. Now that I'm moving those days are over, but I hope to keep in close touch with all of them. Who knows, maybe some day we will end up in the same town again. If Angie doesn't keep in touch I will be forced to come back here and beat her up. I will miss going to the gym and the late night talks with Valerie. Love you girls!

4. Food and I have a love/hate relationship that I feel I should acknowledge . I love love love to eat, then I hate myself after. When I met Rich I was 110lbs, now several years and pounds later I need to diet. I'm not that upset about my weight it's the flabby stomach and the sad boobs. I need to get a reduction, lift, and tuck but can't until I'm done nursing Josslyn. I was doing soooo well this time last year. Valerie and I went to the gym a lot. I was eating better. I was losing weight. Then I got pregnant. I'm back to my prepregnancy weight but I want to lose 20 more pounds. When we get to Florida I'm going to walk daily and do some work out videos. Anything to get rid of this back fat...the other white meat!

5. My name is Amanda and I have a serious obsession with shopping. I looooooooooooove shopping. Mainly for my children. My kids always have more clothes than they need and more toys than you can imagine. If I see something is on sale I almost always have to buy it. If I don't it was with great restraint that I didn't. I cannot settle for anything less than name brand. I think it's because growing up we did not get name brand stuff. My mom would always say, "I'm not paying $60.00 so you can wear a triangle patch on your ass!" Then she buy Justyn some Gymboree or Gap clothes, LOL. I love Macy's and I'm positive I could live in there. Anytime I get upset I have to do retail therapy. Retail therapy is the BEST therapy ever. Aside from Ben and Jerrys.

6. It's no secret that I am not a religious person. I've had my issues with "God" in the past. I put "God" in quotes because I personally don't know if I believe. I have a hard time believing in something so great when babies die for no reason. When the 9-11 tradgedies happened. Then there are days when something amazing happens and I wonder if that was "in the works" for me. For instance, we lost Gracie. It was one of the most horrific moments of my life. How could I lose a child I wanted so badly. I believe 100% that had Gracie been a normal, healthy, baby girl that we would have been done having babies. Therefore, Jacob and Josslyn would not be here. I could not even fathom my life without either. So was it meant to be for her to go so I could have my Jakey and Josslyn? All these questions is why I am not sure if I believe in "God" and I'm ok with that.

7. Ben and Jerry's Half Baked is amazing, and that is ALL I need to say about that!

8. Only 8 days until we move. OMG I can't believe it. YAY! We have been waiting for this for so long. I can't wait to see my IL's and show off the baby. Then it's off to close on our house. HOLLA!

9. I also love high thread count sheets. I remember when we bought our first set of high TC sheets Rich thought I was effin crazy. He told me that it didn't matter, it was just a ploy to get your money. Now he haaaaaaaaaas to sleep on high TC sheets or he bitches, LOL. He's so high maintanence, LOL. If you don't have high TC sheets, I highly recommend them. Flippin' amazing.

10. I adore breastfeeding. I think every mother should try it. Yes this coming from the chick who was so against it with Justyn. If you would have told me then that 3 years later I would breastfeed I would have told you to get real. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I love that I don't have to wash bottles. I love that I get so much sleep at night. I love that I can spend the money I'm NOT spending on formula on cute dresses, outfits, and bows. I love that I'm giving and gave the best to my child. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

11. My cameras! I am all about taking pictures of my children. It's borderline obsessive. I love capturing every moment in their lives. I have a Canon Rebel XTi that I couldn't live without, even though my husband thinks it was a waste of money. Has he seen how many pictures I take? I also have a little Sony Cybershot for those days we are out and I don't want to lug the beast around. Then my newest edition, our Sony HD Digital video cam. Now I can really capture the goofiness and share it with everyone I know, lol. I'm hoping for Christmas to get some new lenses for my Rebel. Oh Saaaaaaaaanta!

12. Just one word for you....BRAS!

13. My dad. Grandma. Linda.