Monday, April 27, 2009

From the archives

I'm going through, catching up, and I stumbled upon something I forgot to post.

When Michael and I were out and about when he was here, we spotted a weave! Weave spot alert!

Not sure what went down at the National Air & Space Museum, but my guess is some middle schooler had a bad day on the field trip!

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I had to put the pic with my man in it, of course!

Ain't he cute all fleece'd up?

Weekend at Bernie's DC Monu-tour

Keep your eyes on the baby!







Is that not the funniest thing, ever?


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Courtney & the Rolands came to visit! It was a blast.  We lounged at my place and watched as Baby Ro (a.k.a. "Bro") and Brokaw met.  That was a big fat 10 on the cute-o-meter.  We did the DC monu-tour on a Sunday afternoon. It went by way too fast, but it sure was fun!!

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I'm pretty sure the conversation went a little something like this:

"You cry when you're hungry?"

"You poop and your mommy cleans it up?"

"You have way too many toys?"

"People faint because of your sheer cuteness?"

Yeah, we can be friends, we have a lot in common!

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Brokaw- High five!

Yeah, dawg.

This was Brokaw's first time meeting a baby and he did really well!

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I love baby Roland! He's so cute and cuddly and he thinks everything is funny, which I think is great.

He is one easy going baby, what a trooper!

And yes, that is a sunburn on my arm, I am accepting congratulations... nothing like that first sunburn of the season! :)


Yep, that was lame. Sorry!

How have 2 weeks passed since I last blogged? Seriously, no wonder I'm starting to feel guilty!  I am just so busy, and I rarely feel enlightened enough to share anything anyone will find useful or amusing, even.  Maybe this blog thing has run it's course? I don't know. (that wasn't a threat)

Maybe the two jobs/not sleeping/stressing out over my future/money/the wedding has totally zapped my capacity for extracurricular creativity?

I am still reading blogs, that's for sure! I've found some good ones lately - I need to do a link post one of these days, that would be fun!

See, how I always have all of these brilliant blog ideas? But they just never make it onto the actual blog.  Can I have a personal assistant, please?  Someone I can dictate my pure blog brilliance to, and they can actually go online and type it up? That would be grand.

Oh, look, my 5 minutes of break time is up. Maybe more in a couple of weeks? Sorry!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Oh how the years go by!

Today my sweet Brokaw puggle puppy is 3 YEARS OLD! How did this happen???

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Brokaw puppy, summer 2006

IMG_4044 Mr. Puggles today.

Brokaw is 3 years old... 21 in dog years... he's sleeping right now... I'm not sure - maybe he's banking sleep for his big 21st bday party out on the town???

I sure do love my best buddy.


Monday, April 13, 2009

See? Now Typepad is being stupid and won't let me get into that last post to add to it.

Boo! That's Doc down there with is new trim. Woof! He's so cute!

Sometimes I wonder if my blog is just not meant to be updated.  Because I feel like whenever I do have the time to update, the interwebs get mad at me and make it impossible to load the webpage, or upload photos or whatever.

I have a small window of opportunity here, so here goes...

I forgot my lunch today! And it stinks because I had the perfect lunch - pizza and salad and homemade chocolate chip cookies! And they were all bagged up and ready to go.  Totally left it in my fridge.  I realized it when I was on the road to work, but it was too late.  And it super stinks because my co-workers are going live at the White House this morning, which means I'm the only one in the Bureau, so I can't leave to go down to ABP for anything. Waaaa.  Thanks for listening.

But, when I do get home from work I will devour some southern cookin' goodness:

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Chicken 'n dumplin's y'all!  Paula would be proud! Oh wait, there isn't any butter in there, she'd probably be mad.

Whatever,all I know is when I woke up and opened the door to the outside of my bedroom it was smellin' niiiiice!

Shout out to Michael for the idea.  Honey - wish you were here to enjoy them with me!!

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Brokaw was so excited because he could smell 'em cooking, he was running laps around the kitchen island!

Here we have him taking the kitchen rug on a tour of the apartment.  He does that when he's really excited, I don't get it.

Now for my weekend in reverse...

Sunday was EASTER!  Don't you just love that day!  The reminder that my Lord and Savior rose from the dead and defeated death just never gets old to me.  I love the Passion and the whole weekend.  Each year.  Each year, it's so cool how different parts of the story seem to hit me. This year, I was thinking about how I identify so much with Christ in his despair before he was taken to trial, etc.  You know the whold "Father take this cup from me if you can, but if you can't your will be done" business.  Totally paraphrasing there, obviously.  The DTDB translation of the Bible, if you will.   For some reason, this year, that just totally hit me - reminded me that Jesus knows what it is like to plead with the Father.  Like we do.  He gets us!  Sunday, Pastor Mark preached about Lazarus being raised from the dead.  My god is a BIG GOD.  He's done some amazing things!!! And there's nothing like a little reminer that he raised a 4 day old dead dude from the dead, and that he ROSE FROM THE DEAD HIMSELF to put my little "Lord, how am I going to pay for this wedding and what's my future going to look like, exactly" pleading into perspective.  He's got this.

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After church on Sunday, I was able to enjoy lunch (pizza and salad and cookies: yummy, yummy, yummy) with Ginger, Victor & Brand New Baby Caleb!

Nothing like a 2 week old baby falling asleep in your arms.

Is there anything softer? Anything that smells better than a newborn baby? (with a clean diaper - actually I don't even think their poo stinks yet but I may not be right about that)

It was really nice! What a blessing. I love Caleb's pose here, haha.

Saturday I was super, duper, fuper, looper productive in the wedding department!!!
Things are really starting to come together!  I decided on a bridesmaid dress (I secretly want one)!  Got my girls cute flip flops and accessories (I want those too). Did a practice run on our invitation!  Got Mike a HOT khaki colored linen suit (H&M has amazing prices).  Got a lead on a cake (shout out Pastor Rick).  My mom & my sister are rocking with the plans for the Bridal Shower... looking forward to that!  So, yeah... things are starting to fall into place and I'm actually having fun with it!  I can't wait to get paid again, though! Haha.

Gretchen introduced me to this fabulous mall in or around Baltimore (not really sure) where they have outlet stores mixed in with regular stores and I LOVED IT.  Definitely going back there when I have money to spend again!!  We were noticing some rather unfortunate 80s comebacks, though:

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Confession:  Monday, I accidentally wore my wedding ring.  I got it out of the jewelry box to put it with Mike's in the "wedding stuff" area of my closet.  I put it on my finger to transport it across the room... and then I realized when I got to work, I still had it on.

Oops!  Ain't it purdy, though?

I am so behind in my iLife.

I'm sorry for those of you who have been patiently waiting for my blog about my Michael's visit. 

I feel bad for not posting anything yet, but Mike did, and his recap is quite nice, check it out!

I am so behind on blogging, Facebook, email, and communication in general.  I am swamped!!  

Trust me, we had a FABULOUS time - don't we always?  Truthfully, this trip was AMAZING!!  I can so picture us doing life together after this visit, and I know it's going to be GRAND.  We have a blast, just doing the regular stuff together.  I can't wait to get him up here!!!!  I'm telling you, if the boy would have traveled with his birth certificate on him, you very well may be reading a blog written by the newest Mrs. Ritter right now.

This is actually the ONE picture we took together when he was here.

I just didn't bust out the camera much.
I thought about it, but didn't do it.

Oh well.  Maybe next time.

I'll see him again in 55 days.  I'll MARRY HIM in 150 DAYS.  And we're 78 days into President Obama's first 100 days.  Don't know why I threw that last one in there, just couldn't help myself.  It doesn't really have anything to do with me and Michael, but whatevs, it just kind of came out.

It is definitely starting to feel more like we are actually getting married!  I picked up his WEDDING RING!  Today, he got our HONEYMOON plane tickets.  Florida, beach, peace, togetherness... here we come!!  In just 152 days... but who's counting, right?

In Other News... guess who's turning 3 this month????
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All together now....


Brokaw was seriously the. cutest. puppy. ever.

Now, I better run and get the book he's chewing away from him. (Maybe he'll settle down after age 3?)

I'm off to work, peace out, y'all!