10/31/07 - Baby pictures...finally

I know they are nearly two weeks old, but without internet at home, it's difficult to get stuff like this posted. Here are the pictures from our last visit. and sorry about the formatting.




This is a very distorted view of the baby's face. You can somewhat makeout the eye sockets and a mouth. You might have to use your imagination. This picture was taken right after she got done yawning for us.




If I recall correctly, I believe this is a picture of her arm (possibly a leg).




I know for sure that this is a good shot of the baby's arm and it's little hand. During the ultrasound she was waving at us.




This is obviously a good shot of her profile and a little bitty hand in the background.




Another profile, just not quite as defined.




The two white lines next to the plus (+) in the middle is the solid proof that it's a baby girl.




Another somewhat blurry porfile picture.




A good shot of the baby's legs.




Here you can see the baby's belly, her face and once again the eyes.

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10/22/07 - Old School, movies, and big houses

So this past week, I've had a desire to listen to some older music. Older for me of course is early 90's to late 90's. Right now, I'm jamming to LFO's second cd and have had it on repeat since last Friday morning. I've also pulled out some Vanilla Ice, MC Hammer and 2gether. I might be listening to 2gether this afternoon...what a great group.

Yesterday, the wife and I had planned to have a big movie marathon where we just vegged out on the couch all day and watched movies. Well, we didn't get started until about 6 in the afternoon so we only had time for two movies. The first of the movies we rented was Vacancy. I was surprised that Cristi seemed more interested in this movie than I was considering it would be considered a horry/suspense thriller. In all honesty, I wish would have rented something else because the movie sucked. There were so many things that I just wanted to throw something at the screen. I would have rather both the main characters died in the movie, but would have been partially satisfied if one died...I won't ruin it outright, but I was very upset. The other movie, that we were both pleasantly surprised with was The Hard Easy. We saw a preview on a previous DVD and thought it looked good. Plus, it had Nick Lachey (who I am a fan of) and Angel (whatever his real name is) who Cristi is a fan of. The story line is really nice and there are some real funny parts in it. The ending was better than most any movie I have seen in the last several years, so I highly recommend the movie even though most people have never heard of it.

This past weekend was the Fall Tour of Homes "hosted" by the Home Builders Association of Arkansas or something like that. Saturday afternoon, Cristi and I went out and took a look at a few of them. The one that really stood out was located at One Deauville Circle off of Chenal. It was listed for $998,000 at 6298 square feet. If you click on that link, you can take a virtual tour where it shows some of the really neat things about the house. Of course, you really have to see it to believe it. The other homes were very impressive, but compared to this million dollar house, they just didn't measure up.

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10/15/07 - Boxcar Children, fried foods and "Everything"

If anyone is familiar with the children's series The Boxcar Children, you will be interested to know that the Children's Theatre at the Arkansas Arts Center is putting on a performance of the first book. I'm pretty sure that Cristi and I will be making it to one of the shows considering that it is because of the Boxcar Children that I enjoy reading so much. I believe I had read some 75 of the books before I both "outgrew" the books and about the same time, the original author was no longer writing the books. I could tell a pretty big difference between the writing styles and I actually didn't enjoy them much anymore after that.

This past weekend, Cristi and I made it to the fair. It was a pretty day and since we went earlier, around 4:00, we didn't have to fight much of the crowds. We both go only for the food. We have no desire to ride on the roller coasters, thrill rides and hanted houses. This year, I was determined to sample all the fried treats the fair offered. To start, I had a foot long corn dog, very tasty. I followed that with a Fried Twinkie which was not very good. During the same time period, Cristi had gotten a Polish Sausage and a caramel apple. We had also split a lemonade. After my friend foods and sampling Cristi's, plus the large amount of sugar from the drink, I wasn't feeling my best. Next up for me, however, was the Fried Coke. I don't know if it was the amount of friend food on my stomach already, but the little balls of fried dough just wasn't cutting it. I actually threw out about half of the serving because I was afraid it was going to come back up. After that, Cristi got an order of cheese fries which she was also not able to finish and on the way out we got another lemonade (which they put in WAY too much suagr and made it undrinkable). When it was all said and done, we had spent about $60 on food that I would consider sub par and had risked catching any number of diseases simply by being in the vicinity of some of the other patrons. I can't wait until next year however when I'm sure to try the Hot Beef Sundae, Top Sirloin sandwich and I'm sure I'll get some Fried Oreos.

This past weekend was the birthday of a friend at work. We decided to celebrate by all going out to lunch (although he had to stay at home with his sick kids). We headed over to CheeBurger-CheeBurger where I got the Semi-Serious burger. Normally that is no big deal, but if you have ever been to this particular eating establishment, you are aware of the seemingly endless number of toppings to choose from. I was feeling very adventurous and decided to get it "fully involved" with the exception of Peanut Butter and chipotle sauce. You can see on this page some of the things to choose from. Not shown on this list that I know I got on mine included Mandarin Oranges, pineapple, sunflower seeds and asian crunchy noodles. Surprisingly, I was very pleased with the final result and will more than likely order the same thing again (minus the Jalepeno pepeprs). My stomach hasn't gotten mad at me yet, although if it does, I doubt there will be a round 2. I had intended on taking a picture, but didn't have my camera with me (camera phones just wouldn't have done it justice)

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10/4/07 - Words that are used too much, the house and more heartbeats

Over the last couple of months, I've noticed a strange trend in word usage. It might just be that I'm more aware of it than normal, or word usage is contagious. Currently the word of the moment is "So". When someone is talking, and they complete a story (myself included), if the story turns out to not really have a "closing" the speaker will follow with a "so..." and then a fairly awkward pause in conversation. Now that I've said something, you will probably either catch yourself or realize how big of an idiot I am.

A while back, the first trend I noticed was the use of "Like I said" or "again". It seemed like anytime someone was telling a speaking, at the end of a stretch of dialogue, the speaker would summarize the story by saying the above words and basically repeating the same information.

There was another one that I can't remember before the "so" epidemic that is sweeping the nation. If I think of it, I'll update this, but I doubt it's going to happen.

We are moved into the new house (wow, it's been that long since I updated) and are almost unpacked completely. The nursery is currently filled with stuff to go in our garage sale (Aunt Bev and Natalie, when are we having that?). The "workout room" has not been completed as I need a desk for the computer and TV and the office still has a few things that need to find their permanent home. I'm still trying to decide if I want to paint the office and I think I might have talked myself into it this morning. Cristi mentioned that I had done a really good job decorating (I basically took all my computer and Raiders stuff and hung it on the wall) and I really felt like the beige colored walls weren't doing it for me like they did at the old house. I'll have to see if I can maybe get some help this weekend to move a few things and get it all painted, we'll see how that goes.

We had another checkup Tuesday and we got to hear the baby's heartbeat again. The doctor said it was at 150 which is a healthy rate. I think she said that 120-160 is normal, so we are closer to the higher end. Of course, depending on who you ask, that means we are having a boy or a girl. We won't find that out until our next appointment on the 23rd of this month.

So far we have gone very well with no cable (or tv at all) and no internet. I've gone over to my parent's a few times to check email and a few other things, but other than that, I haven't really missed TV. Now that the baseball playoffs have started, I'd kind of like to watch some of the games, but honestly, I've got more important things I can be doing. I've started reading more and have read through about a novel a week (and that's only reading on the weekends).

We got a chance to go to the Razorback game last weekend and had a blast. Cristi had never seen a game in Fayetteville so it was a cool experience for her. I really wish McFadden and Jones could have played more (they only played a little more than a quarter and a half) but it was good to see the Hogs dominate a game like they did. I expect this weekend should be no different as we play UT Chatanooga at home.

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