Saturday, November 18, 2006

Sucked in...

I have to admit, I have been sucked in to the Razorback excitement. I did something today I am pretty sure I have never done in my life...I listened to an entire football game on the radio! Arkansas vs. Mississippi State. Way to go Hogs, you pulled it out. It was a bit of a nail biter at the beginning, but you are officially champions. I'm sure I will be positioned in front of the t.v. for the game against LSU next Friday, wearing my one and only Razorback t-shirt. I'm proud to be a fan...don't blow it though!

In similar news, the football team with the hick mascot (see previous post) is going to the state championship! We went to every single home game and froze our tails off at most. We are very sad that we won't be able to go to the BIG game in Little Rock next Friday night! Go Mounties!!!! Beat Southside!!!!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Calling all Stay At Home Moms: Posh Spice and Sporty Spice

Before a baby: Posh Spice

After a baby: Sporty Spice

Let me begin by saying that I was a fairly fashionable person once in my life. I knew name brands and quite a few designers (thanks to my sister who was employed by Neiman Marcus). I was a teacher for 7 years before little Miss Nora arrived and never owned a jumper or piece of wooden jewelry. And I was very proud of that. I had a hard time dressing "casual" on Fridays. I would usually pair my "nice" jeans with some rockin' boots or heels and a stylish top. Rarely did my running shoes make an appearance at school...and I liked it that way. I wore shoes that most teachers would have toppled over in. Oh sure, there was the occasional discomfort, but it was worth it. I loved it when I would be reading aloud to my little students, who were gathered around my feet, and one of the girls would sigh and say, "Mrs. Henderson, I LOVE your shoes! I hope that I can wear shoes like that when I am old." (I usually let the "old" comment pass because she had just complimented my footwear). Even when I was pregnant, I would wear my heels. Sure, I would get home and my ankles would be the size of my head, but it was for a good

Now, I have an 8 month old. I guess most of you know where this is going...downhill. I LIVE in my running shoes. (In the summer, it was my pair if I had on something black and brown for the brown get the point.) Also, my wardrobe is different. I gaze longingly at the slacks and dynamite skirts and think, "Would that be logical to wear to Mommy and Me? Probably not since there is a good chance that green beans, applesauce, or both might end up on them." So, what do I pull out instead? One of three things-jeans, velour jumpsuit-I have 3, or comfy black pants. It is so sad! I was putting on my jeans and t-shirt today when I looked in the mirror and thought, "I have got to step it up!". I do try, honestly! But there is only so much I can do. It is not practical for me to wear my "former life" clothes. When I go shopping now I don't head straight for the skirts and cute tweed pants, I go to the shirts...even now, it hurts me to type this.

My one saving grace is Tuesday nights. On Tuesday nights I get to pretend that I am "posh" again. I leave my world of mommy and become professional again, if only for 2 1/2 hours. I have not gone to class a single Tuesday night in heels lower than 2 inches, and I love it! (Granted, I have to limp to my car after class because my feet are not conditioned like they used to be.)

But, I get home, go check on Nora, and realize that a lifetime in running shoes and sweats is worth it, because I have traded all the fashion in the world for the most precious little girl. So, my "professional" clothes will be pushed to the back of the closet for a few years while I enjoy getting down on the floor and playing or taking her for a ride in the stroller. (Let's just hope when I do need them again, I'll at least have one item that would be considered stylish.)

How many of the rest of you have felt like this?

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Halloween activities

We have had a wonderful past few days introducing Nora to all of her "first" Halloween experiences. Of course, she won't remember them, but hopefully Matthew and I will. Below is a little photo journal of our fun.

First visit to the pumpkin patch...she is so excited she doesn't know what to do with her hands

Our family at the pumpkin patch

Our Fall Festival at Church Sunday night. Matthew helped Nora play all of the games and ride on the pony. She wasn't crazy about the game where she had to throw the ball in the bucket. She started crying immediately afterwards.

Matthew and Nora climbing the big slide for her first ever inflatable slide ride
At the top, ready to go! My camera did a crazy thing on me as I was getting ready to capture them going down and didn't take the picture. But, she did laugh the entire way down!

Matthew and I attempted to dress up "50's style" to match our poodle.

And, finally, Nora and her friend, John David the octopus, Trick or Treating last night. It was SO COLD! Nora had to wear a hat under her poodle cap and gloves. They had fun on John David's daddy's golf cart going to all the houses and looking cute.

I hope everyone had a very Happy Halloween!!!!

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