September 29, 2010


Our baby girl is one year old!  I just can't believe it.  All of my life I hear every parent talk about how fast time flies by but you really can't grasp HOW fast until you go through it yourself!  This has been the best year of our lives by far.  Thank-you little miss for being the light of of lives!

Mommy made her a special cake!

Daddy blew out her candle and everyone sang.

She wasn't a big fan of the icing on her hands so after trying to eat like a dog I held it up for her.

Cake face!!


September 22, 2010


It is FINALLY cooling off a little here in Virginia.  The leaves are starting to change colors and you can just smell fall in the air.  I love it!!

These nice days make it extra hard to be stuck in an office for the majority of daylight hours and make me miss my baby girl even more!  Today Claire, Grandma and Eric went to Gran's house for a visit.  Gran's house is beyond beautiful every fall.  Grandma just emailed me this picture, too precious for words!!  I could just eat her up!


September 08, 2010

Reunions and Moutains

This past weekend was Labor Day weekend.  So, in other words, a 3 day weekend!! Having that one extra day off can make such a difference.  Unfortunately, Shawn did not have an extra day off. :(  He still had to work all day Saturday and Monday.

The weather was beyond beautiful all 3 days.  We were able to cut the a/c off and open all the windows in the house.  It was so nice to air out from the horrendous heat and humidity we've had.

On Sunday we all went to the Lam family reunion.  It was so nice to see some of the older members of my family.  I have to admit that whenever I hug one of Grandpa's brothers I still close my eyes and pretend it's really him giving the hug.  I'm sure he was there with us that day as I feel he is most of the time.  They all hug and smell very similar.  That deep down, sawdust mixed with gas and sweat (and who knows what else!) smell was intoxicating to me as a child.  It was the smell of my Grandpa, a man who seemed invincible to all of us.  Bigger than life itself.  I mean, how many people can pull this off??  They just don't make 'em like this anymore.

On Monday a small group of us went up on the Skyline Drive to celebrate Gran's upcoming birthday this week.  I love to go up there, it's always so beautiful. On this particular trip everything was down right breathtaking!  Everything was so clear with hardly a cloud in the sky so we could see for miles.  After eating lunch I sat under a big tree with everyone while holding a sleeping Claire.  THAT is the definition of a relaxing afternoon.  I could have gone to sleep at any point.  Small apples were growing all over the place and we even saw a buck!  Since it was a holiday weekend there were more people than usual so I think that scared away most of the animals.  Claire was brave enough to venture out and walk in the grass!  She hates the way it feels but eventually got over it.  I can't wait to go back once the leaves start changing colors!

September 02, 2010

From Flab to Fab


As I said in the first post we are working on loosing weight and getting fit.  It seems to be the constant struggle of many people and someone is always trying something new.  We've heard alot of good things about the P90X work-out program so we finally bought it!  It's a more intense program so we're easing ourselves into it.  They have several different plans you can do with the DVD's.  We're both going with the Lean program now then going to the main plan.  The lean program is more focused to loosing weight instead of just toning muscle.  Exactly what we need!  We're also doing a work-out every other day instead of every single day.  You can't just go from couch potato to that overnight!! :)

So far I've done 2 work-outs and I really like them.  My whole body feels like I've worked out when I'm done and it really gets you sweating.

We've taken some before pictures and need to take measurements.  However, I don't plan on posting those here, lol!!  At least not right now, maybe when we have some "after" pics!

After a little less than a week of eating better and working out I already feel so much better!

Claire sits in her highchair or pack-n-play and watches me while I do the work-outs.  The first time she kept laughing at me, you know you look ridiculous when your 11 month old can't stop laughing at you!! ROFL!