April 28, 2010

"for we walk by faith and not by sight..."

For some of us, though, we don't walk by faith at all. In fact, we JUMP!

Some of the best decisions I have ever made in my life were the ones where I didn't have all the answers. The stars didn't align, my ducks weren't in a row, and no, I did not receive a message from God himself, speaking ever-so-clearly that yes, indeed, my sweet Cassandra, this is the right decision.

Nope. Never happened.

When Husband and I went to Jamaica last year, we rode ATVs through the jungle and were told that our adventure would end at the ocean...where we would jump off cliffs...if we wanted to, of course. I hadn't cliff-jumped in ages, so I was apprehensive (to say the least). While I hesitated, Husband wasted no time. I learned a lot about him that day. The man could swan dive??

The man could swan dive off a cliff?! Who was this person?!

After about 15 minutes of internal deliberation, I told myself: "Cassandra, you only live once. You're in Jamaica. You will NEVER have this opportunity again. Do it, you ninny!"

So, I jumped.

Was my heart racing? Yes. Was it clumsy? You betcha. Was it amazing and one of my favorite memories of all time? Absolutely.

So it is with my latest endeavor. Folks, I have taken a full-time job. Can you believe it? If you've been following my blog for a while, you know that I've been looking for a Big Girl Job for nearly two years now. As soon as I quit looking, I received an email for an interview. Of course I did. It seems that's how everything works, doesn't it? Quit knocking for crying out loud, and you shall receive. Ha!

I don't want to go into detail about the job here. If you want details, I'll be happy to email you about it. Let's just say it's pretty much the perfect job with the perfect pay for the perfect organization.

I am scared out of my mind and worried and apprehensive and have a million unanswered questions. How will I manage this? When will I get the laundry done? What am I going to wear? What am I going to do in about 7 months?

This is definitely a jump of faith, but I am excited. I don't have all the answers. The stars have definitely not aligned, nor have I received a God Memo that everything is going to be okay.

Such was the case when I married my wonderful husband and such was the case when we decided to get off birth control. Both those decisions saw me leaping into unchartered territory, blind-folded and trembling, Yet, so far, so wonderful.

I start tomorrow.

April 21, 2010

these are a few of my favorite things!

I've got a doozy-of-a-post headed your way soon, but for now, I would like to share with you a few of my favorite things.

I love blogs because Tyly shares her food finds, Our Henry Home shares her clothing finds, Lori shares her frog-let finds, and others share other great things that I must buy immediately. Well, except the frog-lets. Like I said, I love blogs.

And here's what I love lately.

I've totally stopped shaving with gel. I am all about the cream, baby. I recently picked this up at Target when I had ran out of...

Both are fabulous. I will never be a shave-with-gel girl again. The cream just makes your legs super soft and I seem to have to shave a lot less often. Yay!

On the food front, I adore Pepperidge Farm Cinnamon Mini Bagels. Slap on a tablespoon (or more) of cream cheese on these toasted babies and I am in Heaven!

I am also in love with a new kind of boxed macaroni I recently tried. Can you tell I'm pregnant? Carbs, carbs, carbs. Not healthy, but oh-so-delicious and comforting. I practically ate the whole box of Kraft Deluxe Four Cheese Macaroni. I couldn't find a great picture, so a link it is. This stuff is yummy. Oh my goodness, it's good.

Additionally, I recently attended an Arbonne party. My pals and I went in on a huge purchase together and we were able to get tons of beauty loot at a lower price than had we bought it all individually. One of those products I purchased was the RElease Deep Pore Cleansing Masque. It is bliss in a bottle. I am in love with how it smells and makes my skin feel. Ahhhhh, Arbonne. I love thee. Too bad I can't afford thee on a regular basis.

So, yes. Those are some of my favorite things. Now onto find Pretzel M&Ms...

April 18, 2010

a glimpse into the future?

Don't forget to read the post below this one. It's riveting, I tell ya.

I found some baby pictures of my precious Husband and me. I seriously think we could pass for brother and sister now, but even more so when we were babies! Crazy!

Husband. He was blond!

Hubby at 16 months.

He's a brunette now!

Husband's pre-school graduation photo. I mean, seriously.

Yours truly at 6 months old. I loved that bear.

One-year-old Cass.

today's mission...

Is to buy new bras.

I have been wearing my most comfortable sports bra for the last week or two - yes, it's been washed in-between, of course - and even THAT has gotten too small. Under cleavage? Not cute.

So today's mission is to buy a bra that actually fits. Last night, I tried on the largest Victoria's Secret bra I own (36C) and it was suffocating me. When did this happen!?!?

I thought surely it was the 36 that needed to go up in size...but no, the cups were definitely too small, as well.

My cups runneth over.

A friend suggested I just go buy some nursing bras. I just can't get myself to do that at 8 weeks pregnant. Any recommendations on favorite, COMFORTABLE bras? I'm in the market, so do tell!

P.S. I'm not really a fan of spending $50 for a bra, either.

April 16, 2010

so...i'm pregnant.

And there's just not too much going on besides that.

I am sorry for my lack of posting. It's just that with the dawn of this new revelation, there's really not much else I can think about.

I don't want this blog to become a pregnancy/baby blog. I really don't. But if you've ever been pregnant, you know that, truly, it is all you can think about. At least for your first kid, no?

So, here I am. Trying to come up with something ELSE to write about and there's just nothing coming to mind. Uhhh.....



I think I'm just going to give in on this one and tell you about what I've been experiencing this past month or so. I will try very hard to come up with something new and exciting, non-pregnancy-related for next time. If you're already bored, I understand. I won't hate you for clicking away.

We found out on March 26th, however, I already sort of knew the day before that. My cycles are like clockwork, so when I was even ONE DAY late, I already knew. I fought off the urge to take the pregnancy test that day because I didn't want to be disappointed. It was the longest day of my life. When my period hadn't arrived by the next day, I took the test and was NOT surprised at all when I saw two pink lines. I just knew.

What's funny, is that Kelly called me out of nowhere a few weeks before I took the test and told me she had a dream that I was pregnant. The fact that she felt prompted to call and tell me about it was a green light to me. I think I knew then that I was pregnant; I really do believe in visions, y'all.

Aaron was at work so I had to keep the secret to myself all day. Of course you know I couldn't do that, so I called Kelly. Someone other than me had to know!! Aaron got home from work and I had an elaborate way of telling him I was pregnant. I debated on whether or not to post about that, but I think I'll keep that one to myself :)

He is so, so happy! He even said he wished the baby was here already. HAHA! Not me! I need every minute of these nine months to prepare.

So, what has being pregnant done to me so far?
  • On the up side, my boobs are enormous. On the down side, they hurt like hell.
  • I have never been so tired in my life. All I want to do is sleep! I can sleep ten hours and still feel exhausted! I go to bed before 10pm. Me!!! Of all people. This is so not normal.
  • In the very beginning, I had zero appetite and lost a few pounds.
  • That has changed. Dramatically.
  • The sight of vegetables and raw or cooked meat seriously makes me gag. I just can't do it, which is unfortunate, because those foods are so good for you! I can eat oranges, though. So...I guess that's better than nothing. Everything else I've been eating is, I'll be honest, crap. I am hoping my aversions go away soon because I really don't like the idea of having Cheez-Its for dinner...although it is kind of funny.
  • Not having my coffee and occasional coke is KILLING ME.
  • I have been nauseous every day, but not vomiting. However, my friend Sue suggested that I buy Sea Bands. I bought them two days ago and so far, NO NAUSEA! They're incredible. I look like an 80s Flash Dancer, but whatever works, right?
What I like most about the last couple of weeks is that there has been no freaking out. I thought I would be super tense and anxious...and I'm not. I consider this such a blessing because the last type of pregnant woman I wanted to be was one of those crazy ones. I really have adopted an attitude of "chill" and I really hope and pray that continues even when this baby is born. I've always really respected moms and dads who have a more laid-back attitude when it comes to pregnancy and babies. After all, having babies is NOT a new thing. It really rubs me the wrong way when moms and dads get all bent out of shape and over-zealous about every, little thing. I really did think I would be that way. I am thankful that I'm not (so far).

So, yeah. That's what's going down in my neck of the woods. The End.

April 12, 2010

crafty cards with a twist.

So, since I haven't done anything crafty in a while, I thought I would post about some cards I made for someone of whom I am very close.

Note: I actually HAVE done several crafty things lately, I just haven't posted about them. Why that matters, I'm not sure.

I went to Hobby Lobby and bought some cards and envelopes, as well as some rubber stamps that were most fitting for my objective. I am new to whole rubber-stamping-card-thing, so I had no idea what I was doing. But I figured I'd give it a shot, anyhow.

This person is having a baby, so I went with gender-neutral color of all time: green. As for ink, I decided on black, since it shows up the best. Right?

Here's the front of the card. I thought that "Lil' One" stamp was just oh-so-cute.

And here's a shot a bit more up close and personal:

As for the inside of the card, I labored and labored trying to come up with how to do it most effectively, efficiently, and economically. That's a lot of "e's."

I decided to just print out their announcement on white paper with black ink and attach a fabric brad to the top for added cuteness. Here's the end result. Let me know what you think:

Say what? Need to read it again?

Still haven't processed? How about one more time?

Yes, folks, that "close" friend of mine is me!! Baby Webb is on his/her way!

Husband and I are beyond thrilled. Overwhelmed, but thrilled. I'm only 7 weeks along, so it's very new, but very exciting!

P.S. This has been the HARDEST, most DIFFICULT secret to keep in my whole, entire life! Notice I haven't been posting much?!!? It's because all I wanted to blog about was this news! YAY, babies!

April 6, 2010

gets me every time!

I looooooooooove this PSA! Here's a warm fuzzy for your Tuesday evening. Enjoy!

April 2, 2010

oh boy.

Writing a novel is a lot harder than I thought it would be. I gave it a go this afternoon after work. I really didn't want to because I am so tired from staying up late last night waiting to hear from my Mom about my Dad's surgery - whole other post, I know, but I don't want to blog about that.

Anyway, I started writing the novel and it's...terrible. But I'm going to keep with it! I didn't hit my 1,667 word quota today because after about 600 words, my eyes glazed over and I needed to take a nap. Tomorrow, however, is hopeful because I don't have to work nor do I have any major nagging tasks that demand my attention. I'll try to play catch-up then.

For now, it's time for bed. And I do plan on sleeping until I wake up...no matter how late that is.

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