Monday, June 28, 2010

Advice I wish I got at week 5

Tuesday- June 22nd- 8 weeks

So I was poking around in the "first trimester" forum this evening and came across this fantastic post (as I barely got my dinner down and am slowly sipping my ginger ale- meanwhile my eyelids are propped open with toothpicks at 7pm) It's too funny to not pass on!

Advice I wish I got at week 5

For all the ladies that haven't reached week 6 yet I have some advice. Go out and do fun stuff. I've read that 2/3 of women get morning sickness and I pray that you are all in the 1/3 that is spared but not me. I'm in hell and I never saw it coming. I know it's for a good cause and I know it will pass but here is my point. Up until week 6 the fatigue and sore boobs are nothing and you should enjoy this blissful time. So go out to dinner and eat all your favorite foods especially greasy salty stuff. Have sex with DH! Spend time with friends and family.

I am starving and everything I eat makes me sick. I'm down to fruit, chicken broth, toast and rice chex. I've tried everything that everyone suggests and so far only ginger gum and papaya enzyme have helped a little bit. I just tell myself that high hormone levels mean healthy baby and it won't last forever. But at this point I'd confess to a crime I didn't commit to make it

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Telling our parents!

First I want to tell Jason's parent's - I had a grand surprise idea to tell you guys too...but then Jason just told next baby I'll get you guys AND Jason all at once so he can't ruin the surprise for you! Hehe! I love surprises and think that this is one of those things that is FUN to share in that manner!

So picking up from my story the day before (Friday, June 4th) parent's had decided that Saturday night we would all get together for a BBQ at their house for Collin & Vanessa's birthdays.

For the longest time I'd told myself, "If it works out, I want to tell my parent's for father's day." Well I didn't quite make it to father's day!

I went to Sam's Saturday morning (June 5th) and bought an "infant" life jacket and then wrapped it in a huge big box. (My parent's have a boat.) I had my cards for Collin & Vanessa so I just set them on top of the box. When I got to my parent's house, everyone thought I'd gotten them a big birthday present.

We swam.
We ate.
We sat around.
We ate dessert.
and then FINALLY opened presents.

Collin & Vanessa opened their cards, meanwhile I held on to the box. After they opened the last card I stood up and handed the big box to my dad and said, "This is for father's day, but I think you'd like to have it sooner than later."

He opened it up, pulled the life jacket out and just stared at it. He didn't get it right away, and Vanessa was asking all sorts of questions, "Is it one of those life jackets you wear just around your neck like you already have? Why is it so small? What is it, dad?"

My mom got it right away, but thankfully let the suspense play out a bit longer. Finally dad said, "Well, Cherie, what is it?" I told him to read the tag out loud..."Infant 15-30 does this mean what I think it means?"


Thankfully Vanessa grabbed my camera at that point and took a bunch of pictures - she and Collin even changed the "Happy Birthday" letters on their cake to spell "baby" instead!

Friday, June 25, 2010

How I found out!

I don't want to forget how this day went for me-

Friday, June 4, 2010
Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Thursday night at RFKC I had an inkling that I was pregnant- I came to camp expecting that it was going to be that time of the month (ugh)- all the signs were there except it never came. Plus I had just felt "off" all week in my photography duties. I kept telling myself, "Come on, Andrea, this is your 6th year at this, get your game on!"

Friday morning I drove to town to submit the last of my photos for printing- it was about 8:45 when I arrived at Walmart. I immediately went and picked up a box of "2 Clearblue Digital" pregnancy tests. Thankfully at that point I really needed to use the restroom, so I check out and went straight there!

I did my thing and less than a minute later the word "Pregnant" came on to the screen.


I could hardly believe it!! And then there I was all alone in Walmart in Tahlequah, OK. Everyone I wanted to tell was at Camp Egan- down in a valley with NO cell phone reception!

I got to the back of the store to submit my photos. As soon as I was done with that, I had the gal at the photo counter take my picture with the positive pregnancy test- I am just glowing in that photo!!!

Then I walked around the store some more, a nervous excited wreck. I finally got the courage to call my friend, Brenda Horan- she wanted to know what Jason's reaction was and then my mom's- and I had to tell her I couldn't tell either of them just yet.

I picked up my pictures and headed back to Camp Egan.

THEN I held my secret in ALL day long. Jason was having a rough rough morning with his campers acting up and I knew it wasn't the right time to tell him yet.

We finally got home around 7pm that night and went out to look at the garden (which had tripled in size while we were gone for 5 days!) and came inside. Jason asked me if I could make tacos for dinner and I said sure, but I needed to show him something first. We sat at the kitchen table and I pulled out the two positive pregnancy tests...his first reaction...we'll I hear it's a pretty "male" reaction to such news. He got this pained expression on his face and said, "You're.......pregnant?" At which point I burst into tears and said, "You're not excited?" To which he said, "No, it's not that, I was still just thinking about the yummy tacos you're about to make." Which made me burst out laughing instead. (I broke a cardinal rule - feed your hubby BEFORE you tell him big news- I just was so excited that I forgot to fill his tummy first!)

(And for the record I had randomly asked Jason several weeks prior how he wanted to find out we were having a baby- not knowing it would be so soon- surprise or just me telling him? He said just me telling that's what I did!)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

February 2011


I've been on a little blog hiatus since I found on the brain...and until now I've done my best to keep it under wraps!

The breaking point was that I wanted to tell my Granny in person- but I wasn't going to see her until July 4th weekend in Texas...but Granny and Papa decided to come to Tulsa today with my Aunt & Uncle! So I got my wish, but didn't have to keep a secret for a WHOLE other week!!

We are SO excited!
I am so nauseous all the time...
and I've been super tired...

Here's today's stats:
I am 8 weeks, 1 day pregnant
Our due date is February 2, 2011
Our baby is the size of an olive this week

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Growing Green

Finnigan has watched our garden grow from

This (May 25th)
(the whole garden)



(bell peppers)


to THIS! (June 14th)

(the squash are HUGE and taking over the garden- along with the cantelope, cucumbers and zucchini)

(yellow summer squash)

(buttercup squash)

(butternut squash)

A seasoned gardener told me last week- this is the BEST his garden has ever done so early on in the summer- I guess we picked a great year to be "firstimers" at this gardening thing!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Dirt under my fingernails!

I spent about 4 hours yesterday working on my front flower beds- pulling tons of grass out of them, putting down wet newspaper and then topping it all off with fresh mulch!

(a couple of weeks ago- you see all that sneaky grass in my flowerbed!?)

Since this is just a rent house, we've not really wanted to put much money into the landscape so I've focused on planting perennials from my next door neighbor and my mom.

The house came with two gorgeous hydrangeas!! And they're BLUE- one of my all time favorite flowers!

Several perennials from my mom & neighbor are - pink & purple cone flowers, African daisies, bee balm and day lilies.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Lester H. Davis

Today Jason and I will attend the funeral of a GREAT man of God
A sweet friend
Grandfather to an entire church

Les Davis

"How's Old Beetlebaum?"
"Is he taking good care of you sweetheart!?"
"Are you working hard or hardly working?"
"Hey Stinky!"
"Are you being an ornery old codger?"

Les passed away last week while we were all at RFKC- someone piped right up and said, "I hope St. Peter is ready for the strongest handshake ever!" So true- Les would just about crush your fingers, even at 86 years old!

We loved Les, and are so sad for the Davis family, but are rejoicing that he is in heaven today!

Lester H. Davis, 86, of Tulsa went to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 03, 2010. Les was born on August 18, 1923, near Bluejacket, Oklahoma the youngest of the ten children of Horten and Nora Davis. Les is survived by his wife Mary having shared 63 years of togetherness. He is followed in life by two sons, Tim and his wife Emily of Houston; and Greg and his wife Donna of Tulsa. He was a beloved granddad to six granddaughters and four grandsons-in-law; and 2 great-grandsons and 1 great-granddaughter. Les is a World War II Army Air Corps Veteran, graduate of University of Tulsa and retired from a long career as an engineer with Sun Oil Company. As a committed Christian man Les served the Lord in ministry as a deacon, teacher, choir member, and willing servant throughout his life. Les impacted the lives of hundreds with his caring, compassionate words of encouragement. In short, he was a true Christian at all times and in every relationship. Memorial donations are encouraged in lieu of flowers, to Royal Family Kids Camp, c/o Christian Chapel, 7807 E. 76th St., Tulsa, OK 74133. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m., on Sunday at Moore’s Southlawn Funeral Home. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, June 7, 2010, at Christian Chapel, followed by interment at Memorial Park Cemetery. Moore’s Southlawn 663-2233 share memories at This obituary was published in the Tulsa World on 6/5/2010.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Washing Day

We're back from camp!! My washer and dryer are getting a crazy hard work out today!
I think I'm on load 9 or 10 right now...and at least 3 left.

(Most of it is bedding- Jason brought home ALL the sheets & blankets from his cabin- his co-counselor had a death in the family, so it's probably better they all came to me instead of Jake's wife)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

A Fav T-town Original!

*I haven't been to their newest Tulsa store yet, but I hear it's like a QT theme park!

Before the days of eating healthy and organic grocery shopping we adored QuikTrip and all it's tasty glory.

I may not frequent their gas station eatery, but I still want to give them props for the business that they do!

59 cent cheap drink summer (peach tea used to be our standard)
dollar taquitos
89 cent cappuccino sugary goodness
instant milkshakes
a "welcome" and "come again" to every single customer- at every single location
and spotless bathrooms (important to a lady, you know!)

What more could one ask for?

When I babysat a few years back, the kids would beg me to take them to QuikTrip for lunch- and gladly I did! I wasn't their mom and babysitters are supposed to let you do things your parents don't! hehe!

QT- you have my gasoline dollars, whether I eat your junk food or not!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Continuing on in my week of favorites- another of mine is Pampered Chef!
I am offering a "catalog" show right now with a cute mama of 4 that I met via blogging about 2 years ago!

Here's the link if you're interested in placing a Pampered Chef order this week:
Click on "shop online" in the upper left hand corner
Host Name: Andrea Sooter

And then you're in!
(If you're nearby me, it's much cheaper to have your items shipped to me vs. your own house- so that's an option too)

Happy shopping! Here are a few of my absolute favorite Pampered Chef items:

I have 2 of these- my Grandma Ross always says "You can never have too many brownie spatulas!" So true, so true!

This is THE way to peel/slice/core apples for pie...especially if you're making multiple apple pies! An added plus is that your husband will be intrigued with it and offer to help you make your pie! Even if he's like mine and doesn't like apple pie!

I've had a couple of these apple slicer type things- the PC one is by far the best! It's so sturdy!

This is just plain fun to have!!

Admission: I have FIVE of these! Stoneware is the WAY to bake bread!

The mini baker- we LOVE to make personal sized pizzas in ours... I have 4 so we can make pizzas with family & friends!

Another thing that PC makes that is top notch! (Well all their stuff is top notch!)

This is an egg separator...but I use my regularly to dunk my eggs into boiling water to make hard boiled eggs- it keeps them from dropping so fast to the bottom of the pot & cracking!

the end

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


My sister, Vanessa, & her hubby, Collin, both turn 23 this week!

(June 1st)

(June 8th)

Happy Birthday to the little lovebirds!!
(In love with each other and the Boston Red Sox!!)