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Ben and I met in 1996, began dating in 1999 and married in 2001. Now 20 years and 2 children later, we have returned to where our life together began. Ben works for the Federal Reserve and I have the privilege of staying home with our two precious boys.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Tri-State Tour

Wow, Spring Break has been a blur! We left last Friday on what we like to call the Tri-State Tour, which includes North Alabama(close to Tennessee), North Georgia, and South Alabama(ON the Florida line). Ben and I used to try to make this trip to see family twice a year, but has dropped to once a year for the past few years. Even though we drove through North Alabama, I guess this time we should have called it the duo-state tour because we didn't stop to visit my family there since they met us in Georgia. Needless to say, we are exhausted! While we were in Georgia, Ben's sisters threw TWO baby showers for us! They are such a blessing and his family was so generous to us! Then we drove to South Alabama to visit my Dad and he took us on what felt like a shopping spree at Babies 'R' Us. I can't get over how amazing everyone has been to us and how people want to take their limited funds during this difficult economic time to do something special for us. We drove back to Texas with the car loaded to the roof! We spent today unloading and looking through all of baby Ethan's exciting new things.
Yep, you heard it ...the name will remain. Ben is in love with it and in his opinion it was good enough 7 years ago when we came up with it and NO ONE had the name, so it's good enough now even though it's one of the most popular boy names and we even have friends with a toddler named Ethan. Precisely the reasons I wanted to explore other names. Don't get me wrong, I do really like his name, you just want to think of your child as being the only one with a unique name...which it was 7 years ago!
For those that do not know, Ben and I have had a little bit of an issue finding bedding for the nursery. I love that he has been very involved since the very beginning of the pregnancy, but we both have our own ideas about bedding. We finally found a website, Polkatotdesigns.com that has super cute fabrics for custom bedding. Magically, they are located in Mobile, Alabama, which we drive right through on our way back home. So...we made an appointment with my superhero, Deb, and she helped create something that Ben and I are both excited about, I can't wait until it's done! It's not too frilly for Ben, nor too simple for me, and has just enough compromise for both of us. Now, anyone up for painting???

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Consignment Heaven!

I had the best time Saturday night! Leigh Ann and I went to the First Time Moms consignment sale at the Convention Center in Plano and it was SO MUCH FUN! It was an all out shopping spree! It was the first time that I had ever been to a large consignment sale and I am hooked. I can't wait for the next one! After we came home, we took everything out so that we could take it all in and the formal living room was where it all ended up. Now I get to come home and look at it every day. And, of course, Alex loves our new play area! Not that we will need these items anytime soon, but our current debate is where the permanent playroom will be. Ben is quite satisfied with getting rid of the foofey furniture and turning the living room into the playroom but I haven't been convinced of that yet.