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Sunday, June 29, 2014

The day I will never forget...

I CANNOT believe our 2 year anniversary is today!  I had put so much thought into our wedding day.  I wanted it to be a blessing to others, and ultimately I wanted it to reflect Christ since that's the end goal in marriage.  I truly enjoyed every second of it.  I could probably go on & on about our wedding day, but I am going to post a ton of pictures instead and let them tell the story! :)

Gosh, I love James Jordan Wood.  Best decision of my life.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

James the Gentle Giant 6.24.14

I'm a few days late, but James is 4 months old.  It seems like I just had him yesterday, but then again it seems like he has been a part of our family for a while now.    

We just got back from his 4 month appointment and he's still in the 80th percentile for height (26 inches), and he went from 60th to 80th percentile in weight (16 pounds 14 ounces), and his head got way bigger!  It went from the 30th percentile to the 75th.  

I am somewhat convinced he will be tall like Jordan, yet he seems pretty sensitive.  His little lip quivers a lot when he's scared or doesn't like something.  Not that I remember being a baby, but my mom and dad told me I was such a cry baby!  There's home videos of me crying because I wanted my mom & I vividly remember crying when my brother & sister would wrestle playfully with my dad.  I thought they were hurting each other.  I also remember my dad making me play softball when I was 5ish, and I cried like a baby for a loooong time because I was scared.  My dad could not handle cry babies/whimps, but I'm thankful he pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me a little more tough.  Hopefully James will grow out of it too--having 5 Wood uncles will toughen him up a little, I'm sure!  

Dear sweet James,

I know I have said this a million time, but we love you so much and our love keeps growing for you each day.  It's hard to fathom because we love you a ton already!  You started laughing, finally!! I have been waiting for it to come.  You are still sleeping a lot & eating a ton! 

Mommy & Daddy

Here are some pics & a video from this past month:

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Who is Dr. Denmark?

I recently ordered this book titled Dr. Denmark said it!  written by Madia L. Bowman.  Dr. Denmark was a pediatrician for over 75 years  and lived until she was 114.  She just passed away not too long ago.  You know the neat thing about her practice?  She began charging $4 for an appointment and only went up to $10 (this was in the 2000's), so you know she wasn't doing it for the money.  She received a lot of rewards and accomplished a lot, but one of the main things was that she created the  immunization for whooping cough, which has saved thousands of lives.  I was reading her book to learn about the schedule she recommends, but I came across something that I found very encouraging.  Chapter 10 talks about the mother's presence and/or being a stay-at-home mom.  She talks about the "attitude" of mothers (the author wrote this book on behalf of Dr. Denmark's ideas and principles, so she quotes Dr. Denmark a lot throughout the book). Dr. Denmark said:

A woman who would rather be doing something else will have a difficult time being a good mother.  Subconsciously, she'll resent her children because they prevent her from being a lawyer or a doctor or having a big career.  I knew a great tennis player who put her baby in day care.  If she felt tied down at home when she wanted to be on the court, do you think she would be good to her child? "You children are depriving me of my game today."  That the attitude many children are living under.

I think this section caught me off guard because I wasn't expecting it.  By no means, do I think you need to be a stay-at-home mom, I have actually considered working part time and even teaching full time once my children are in school.  I just want to make sure I have the right attitude while being home.  I don't want James to ever feel like he got in the way of my career.  Are there days that I will  have a bad attitude?  Of course, I'm not perfect.  I had those days even when I was working.  This is just a good reminder to check your attitude.  As Charles Swindoll says, "Life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% of how I react to it."  


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Help! I'm tacoed out!!

What do I do while James takes his morning nap?  I food prep!  And what am I making?  Jordan's favorite, either enchiladas or burritos and I freeze them for dinner and lunches.  If we aren't having enchiladas, we are usually eating some sort of Mexican dish.  Occasionally I will ask Jordan what he wants for dinner, and his response is alway "tacos".  To say I'm getting tired of tacos is an understatement or any Mexican dish in general!   I have definitely perfected my tacos.  If anyone has any yummy, YET simple dinner recipes they would like to share, I'm all for it!!  I try Pinterest recipes every once in a while, but sometimes they get a little time consuming, and running around the grocery store for 1,000 ingredients isn't ideal with a baby in your cart!

I am also perfecting my salsa recipe.  Here it is if you are interested:

3 cans of Hunt's Diced Tomatoes (16 ounces)-I usually get "no salt added"
1/2 bunch of fresh cilantro
1/2 white onion
2 limes (or I get lime juice, cheaper & laster longer)
10 slices of jalapeno peppers (I use the jar kind-cheaper & last longer)  
2 cloves of garlic
Salsa packet (but I sometimes I don't include this because it has too much sodium, and just do a dash of garlic salt)

Sometimes I do without garlic if I don't have it.  This recipe is pretty good!  The first time I made salsa, one of Jordan's brother's said it tasted like "Oniony ketchup", so I have came a long way :)

I made up another recipe that several people have asked me about.  It's really simple.  Here it is:

1 can of corn (low sodium)
1/2 white onion
1/4 bunch of cilantro

It's kind of like a salsa but with no tomatoes!

Please post any recipes you would like to share, so I don't go crazy with Jordan's taco obsession.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

One of my favorite baby items...

I am seriously in love with my video baby monitor.  I know they can be somewhat pricey, but for a first time mom they are awesome!!  I am constantly carrying it around with me and checking on James.  I know what those mom's with severl kids are thinking, 'yeah, she's definitely a rookie, you don't even remember your baby is in the crib by the time you have your third.'  But for now, I love it!  And it helps that I didn't have to pay for mine, I received it as a Christmas gift.  It was a gift for Jordan and me, which he wasn't too happy about.  He didn't realize that's what I put on our Christmas wish list and so he asked me, "Since we got baby gifts for Christmas, can I put the shoes I've been wanting on our baby registry?"  Oops!  I won't do that anymore!  

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

{Life in the South} 6.11.14

Even after living here for 2 years, I am still asked, "How do you like living in Milledgeville, Georgia?" or "I bet this is a lot different than Los Angeles."  Life in Milledgeville is totally different than life in LA.  However, I was not born and raised in LA.  I was raised in a smaller town than Milledgeville, if you can believe it.  Yep, the town I grew up in was only 6,000 people, Hughson, California.  When I would tell people I was from Hughson, they would say "Houston, Texas?"  And then I would have to give this long explanation of where Hughson was located.  Despite the fact that I was born and raised in a small town, there are still several differences between where I grew up and the South (or maybe it's just Milledgeville).  Some of them are pretty humorous too.  

Here are a few:

1.  The most obvious one is that we don't say "ya'll" in California, we say "you guys".  I still haven't found it natural to say "ya'll" yet.  I sound pretty awkward when I do.

2. Another thing that is quite funny, is in California I would say, "Let's have a BBQ" which meant let's have people over to grill.  In the South, BBQ is a type of meat.  If you say, "We are having a BBQ," people think you are inviting them over for a type of meat.  I still catch myself asking Jordan, "Want to have a bar-b-que?"

3. In the South, you have thunderstorms a lot through out the summer.  In California, (at least where I grew up) it hardly rains and when it does, it's a cold rain!!  So, everytime it is overcast here, I want to put on warm clothes.  One time someone asked me, "Why are you wearing pants and a long sleeve shirt?" during the summer, and I thought in my head, "uhhhh because it's raining, DUH!!"  But after she said that I thought to myself, "This isn't California--thunderstorms and rains are hot which means you don't have to wear warm clothes."  But my mind has been trained for 24 years to put on warm clothes when it rains, so I still find myself putting pants & a jacket on when it's overcast & dreary.  It's hard to break a habit!

4.  In Los Angeles, I'm not even kidding when I say there was a physic on every corner.  I even remember seeing them in neighborhoods.  In the South, there are churches on every corner.  I think I prefer churches :)

5. Where I grew up we would say, "I'm going to mow the lawn".  In the South (or maybe it's just in Milledgeville) they say "I'm going to cut the grass."  Honestly, the first time I heard that I imagined someone cutting the grass with scissors.  Funny how the mind works.

6. Has anyone heard of "sleeting?" I remember the first time I heard that word, and I thought to myself, "what the heck is sleeting?"  Then someone said, "It's icey rain".  I have never heard of that word nor have I seen it until I moved here.  In California it either rains or hails, there's no sleet.  

7.  Oh and get this!  Jordan's aunt kept saying how she was wanting a new "commode" the other day, and finally I asked her "What is a commode?"  I guess people around here refer to a toilet as a "commode".   Toilets aren't something I talk about a lot, maybe that's why I have never heard of it.    

8.  Have you heard of "Black Eyed Peas"?  I thought that was just a band until I moved here. Yeah, it's actually a type of food that is pretty common around here.  

9.  I knew sweet tea was pretty common in the South, but I didn't realize that it tasted like sugary water.  I want to say sometimes, "Can I have some tea with this sugar water please?"  But I understand how people get hooked on it, who doesn't like sugar?

10.  A few things I observed, in California, there's a McDonald's in almost every town (no matter the size).  Here it seems like there is a Waffle House in every town.  In California, it's called Carl's Jr.  Here it's called Hardees.  In LA, it was kind of trendy to not wear make up and leave your hair messy, that's not the case here.  

These are a only a few that were on the top of my head, I know there are a lot more.  Living here has been quite the adventure and I feel like I'm learning something new all the time.  

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

{Thankful} for People's Generosity..

James is 3.5 months and I had to buy my first package of diapers yesterday!  I had a diaper shower (hosted by my church) and received soooo many diapers--I couldn't believe they lasted me this long.  I still haven't had to purchase any wipes yet.  It overwhelms me with how generous people have been to us.  I only had to pay $50 for his $350 stroller and $50 for my pump.    I had 4 baby showers, and I cannot even express in words how thankful I am for each one.  I had one in California and 3 in Georgia, and the cool thing was they were all different.  The one in California was a lot of gift cards and money since people knew I would have to ship the gifts back.   I had a diaper shower where I received a lot of diapers and wipes, another shower (hosted by Jordan's sisters) was a lot of clothes, and the other shower (hosted by a someone in our youth group) was a lot of little necessities, such as blankets, spoons, sippy cups, etc.  I am seriously so thankful.  I can't say it enough!  

Here are a few videos & photos from the past couple weeks...
 DON'T be fooled by these pictures..James was crying like a baby!