Friday, June 26, 2009

Techie Nerds

Yes, that is what we have become. Austin and I built our own computer this week. How freakin wicked is that?

Our laptop was becoming a dinosaur (4 years old). We were in desperate need of something with more memory and storage space. At first we thought about getting the new HP Touchscreen or an iMac and we started saving up. But over time we discussed how cool it would be to have a comp that was also our TV all in one. We researched the idea further and found that it was very possible with the new flatscreen TVs because they have PC inputs or HDMI inputs (all new techie lingo I have become familiar with). Austin started talking with a guy at work who has experience with building comps and gave him some tips on the process.

We ordered most of the parts from Tiger Direct and everything shipped out so quickly. We followed a guide on the internet very closely and voila! we have a brand new comp that works great with oodles of memory. The best part is that the resolution is awesome on our new LG LCD flatpanel.

Asher and I look up Disney clips on YouTube and watch them like movies. Well, he mostly just listens. I think he likes the Jungle Book songs the best. "I wanna be a man, man cub..." Before I had a baby I thought I would dread listening to and watching cartoons but it's funny how nicely nistalgic it is. Life was so good as a child. Actually, it still is. I built my own comp!!

P.S. I highly recommend the Adobe Premiere Elements for video editing. Now I can post videos from my camera instead of my phone. Yay!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Dad Day!

Asher would like to give a shout out to Daddy, Papa and Granddad.

Happy Father's Day!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Zen Swing

This is the Fisher Price swing from the Zen Collection. Asher just loves it. It was a gift from his Nana Jo and it has been a great blessing for Mommy. Not only is it functional as a swing and a bouncer seat, it can be rotated to swing side to side or back and forth. Also, it is aesthetically pleasing and goes well in the house. You know I love that!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Rolling Over Now

Aww. My little baby is growing up. He did this three times in a row yesterday.

Happy Four Years!

When I first met Austin he was home six days off his mission. He had spent the last two years in Tijuana, Mexico. He still seemed a bit shell shocked and he spoke with a Spanish accent. At our first encounter he shook my hand very business-like and simply smiled. His smile is what struck me first and I wondered when I would see him again.

Just a few days later he sat next to me at Rosie's Cantina in Huntsville. He was a great story teller and I laughed at almost everything he had to say. I found him to be charming and it felt good to be with him. I guess he thought the same about me because we spent the remainder of that summer together.

I sat next to him in his '91 Chevy S-10 and we would share an orange cream slush from Sonic. When he first kissed me it was simple and sweet. He said that he wanted to keep the kisses simple because he didn't want to start any dangerous fires. . . that didn't last long. ;-)

I am not sure exactly when he fell for me so hard but it happened quickly and he proposed that winter and we got hitched June 3, 2005. Then, we drove the old Chevy truck cross country to finish school in Idaho and start our life together.

The past four years have been excellent and Austin has turned out to be one lucky catch. He is an amazing husband. I appreciate so many of the things he has done for me. By encouraging me to finish school and pursue my own interests he has helped me to grow up and become more secure in my own skin. He tells others only positive things about us and he makes sure to tell me everyday that I'm beautiful.

After helping me to create a wonderful bundle of joy he is becoming a great father. I can't wait to see them together playing sports and telling silly stories.

I am so blessed to have Austin as my eternal companion and I look forward to sharing my love with him forever.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Go Lookouts!

Chattanooga has a Double A division baseball team called the Lookouts. They play at the AT&T field downtown. This last weekend we had a chance to check them out. It was Asher's first time to attend a baseball game. He pretty much slept through the whole thing. Guess he's not that into baseball. . .

Take me out to the ball game!

I absolutely looove this sling. It is called a sleep wrap and you can find them at, my coworkers at MailSouth bought it for me and it is great. I take Asher in it everywhere we go: Walmart, the dog park, restaurants, downtown, here on the bus. It's so awesome because I am completely hands free and Asher settles in and enjoys being next to my chest.

The Storyteller

Since the first day we brought him home Asher has loved to talk and tell stories, just like his dad. It makes us laugh and we think he is just the cutest. Gigi thinks it means he is a genius. haha. No pressure, though.

This last one is from when he was just 4 weeks old. . . and I know that's not a gas smile.