Friday, October 22, 2010

New Blog!

Although I haven't finished copy/pasting posts from my xanga, I am ready for this new blog to take over for awhile. I plan on updating it weekly at first and then eventually, daily.

The first post at the new blog is about my mother's birthing and baby experiences. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Remember when I used to blog?

Like...ALL the time? Every day? geeeeez.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Wedding Update!

Just for kicks I thought I would post an update on our wedding! The chosen date is still May 13, 2011 (Friday the 13th- my fave). The color combos have changed at least 12 times, but it is official now. We are having a rainbow wedding! That way we don't have to pick just 2 or 3 colors. I am super excited for this because after looking at pictures of other rainbow weddings, I determined it is impossible to not have fun at a rainbow wedding. Since all I hope for my wedding is that it is fun (magical, really), I thought that worked out nicely.
Each member of the wedding party was assigned a color based on mainly what they chose for themselves (except the MOH & Bman HAVE to wear red :) and Eric and I will be in white with rainbow accents (1/2 of my skirt, his tie). My good friend Jennifer (who we lived with in Ft. Worth) will be making all the bridesmaids dresses, my dress, and matching vests for the guys. It will be awesome.
My good friend Liz has 3 acres about an hour away on the river that we are looking at in October. We are 90% sure that is where the ceremony and the reception will take place. We will probably rent a tent, but have talked about how we wouldn't mind if it rained- we just hope it doesn't pour!
My brother Dave is in charge of music (kind of). He will be playing in our wedding band, along with Jamie Barnett, Alex Riegelman (excellent musician O.M.G), Evan Spreen, and really any other of our talented friends who jump up on the stage and want to play a song. We have a DJ for when the band needs a break, and we have BBQ (cheapest option) catering in the works.

Overall I am pretty proud of how this is coming together. We have a little over 8 months to go until the big day, and I am no longer freaking out that it won't happen because I am not doing anything to plan it (first few months I was in complete denial that it would happen at all because I saw nothing making it happen). Once the rainbow theme set in, it has been super easy to figure everything else out. Also, at work the other day there was a huge wedding reception, and Eric and I went around finding ideas that they did that we will shamelessly steal, so that worked out too!

I have lots of non-pro-but-maybe-thinking-about-trying-to-go-pro photographers who will be milling around all that day taking pictures, so that saves me 1000's on photography for the wedding, and gives them weddingness to put in their portfolio.

I am trying to think if there is anything else we have planned (that isn't a surprise) that I would love to share with you... I think that is it for now, though. Ah! Two words. Shoes. Optional.

Wedding party isn't allowed to wear shoes unless they ABSOLUTELY despise being barefoot, but I think we will have no problem.

I am almost so excited I can't stand it- but not quite. I think that will kick in around January, when the save-the-dates go out. Holy cow! Or in March! When the actual invites go out! ahhhhHHHHhh or now! Just thinking about it all!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Best Article I Read Today:::::

So I read various articles and studies every single day. I would say a good 65-70% of my online time is devoted to it. In an effort to slowly get back into blogging (even though I want a new blog- I just haven't thought of a good name yet) I have decided to post the most interesting/informative/helpful/generally awesome study/article/etc that I come across on that given day.

Today I will share an article that helped me personally come to terms with some things that maybe I have felt ashamed about before. I immediately wanted to send it to everyone on facebook. I decided against this for now because I don't think many of the people on my facebook would take it seriously or even try to read the whole thing. I may be underestimating them, but just to be on the safe side (I don't feel like having to defend myself today) I thought I would just share with you guys :o)

It Starts in the Womb: Helping Parents Understand Infant Sexuality

There it is. It might take anywhere from 15-20 minutes for you to read it, and I would highly recommend reading the entire thing.

Friday, July 2, 2010

What I Am Doing Lately....

I am in the process of making a newrevampedsuperawesome blog, but until then, just read this and I'll disappear for awhile again :)

Lately, instead of writing, I have been reading. A lot. Reading so many things that past-me would have thought my head might explode from all the reading. Unlike past-me, however, I am actually SUPER interested in everything I have been reading about lately! Here is a rundown of how my thoughts went in the last few months...

I know I love babies and children and have been that way since I was a child myself.

I know I want the best for babies and children.

When I was pregnant I was researching different methods of labor and I quickly opted out of a scary hospital birth. Then I started learning.

Maybe I will be a sonogram technician?

Nix that- too many men come in for ball scans. Can you imagine scanning balls all day? Puke. And how would I feel if a low-risk mother came in for a sonogram every week, for no medical reason? Puke.

Maybe I will become a midwife?

Nope- Too much responsibility and schooling. Maybe later in life though, after some experience.

If only there was something I could do that all it would require is for me to study and learn on my own, but not take up every minute of my day (have to look to the future- I want kids and I want to be able to give them plenty of attention) still be able to help people (mainly women. Mainly pregnant women), and help me feel like I am part of something. Like a movement. So, I am now studying to become a Doula. This way, I do feel like I am a part of something. A movement towards better birthing practices in the United States. As long as I still live in this country, I have to strive to make it better, and helping educate women on something that the United States doesn't educate us on is how I am going to do it.

There are not many doula classes around here! I did find one starting in October in Austin though, and right now that is where I am aiming to go. In the meantime though, I have books to read, and blogs to learn from, so I will go back into my quiet corner.

Thank you Marcy and Cristina for all that you write about and teach me. There are lots of other blogs that I have been reading non-stop, but they are mainly through you two. I have been reading your blogs since I was 16 years old. That's 6 years! You two have had quite the impression on me. So for realz guys- thanks :o)

....back in the quiet corner for now...

*Lacey Jane*

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Thursday, April 8, 2010