February 26, 2009

I'm So Excited

We have a baby!! I was too excited to even find out anything other than she was born at 3:43pm. More to come.


-- Post From My iPhone

Here She Comes


I am on high alert! Brittany was induced at 7:30 this morning. She is progressing pretty slowly, but Addison is on the way! We are going to King's Daughter's as soon as I get off work. I'm so excited to see her as a real person.

I wish Tyler was here. It kinda feels like everyone is sprinting forward and we are going in reverse. Things will get back to normal, at least somewhat, when her gets back. He passed his final PT test today, so he is one step closing to coming home. As of right now, he will be released on April 2. He plans to spend all day on his birthday, April 3, in bed. He said he doesn't even want to go to dinner!

I'll keep everyone updated on Addison!!

February 21, 2009

Have a Cuppa Tea

Kim held a bridal tea for Katelyn at The Tea Room in Proctorville. I had never been there before and it was really nice. The food was yummy, too. I had a chicken salad crossant, cream of broccoli soup, a piece of lemon bread and bread pudding.

It was just immediate family. Those in attendance were Granny, Berta, Lisa, SueSue, Kim, Katie, and me.


Katie got a George Forman Grill, a Longaberger cookie sheet, a pretty picture frame and a boatload of Pampered Chef utensils.

It was a fun day. This evening we are going to Ming's for Papaw's birthday dinner. I'll post details of the rest of the day later.

-- Post From My iPhone

February 19, 2009

Live in Washington, D.C.

On the last full day of our trip, February 15, Tyler and I slept in. We got up around 11:00am and hit the road. We drove to the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. This place was nuts! I saw a sign that said Auto Show, so I think that is why it was even crazier than I expected. we couldn't find a place to park, so we ended up getting back on the highway and heading to D.C.

Washington, D.C. is a large, busy city. It isn't that easy to navigate, either. I think the fact that it was President's Day weekend didn't help to crowd situation. As we drove past the Washington Monument we realized there was no place to park in D.C. We started to drive around looking for the highway and I happened upon a sign that said "Monument Parking." I patiently followed the road until someone pulled out.

We went to the Lincoln Memorial, first. It was very crowded as you can see from the picture. The whole monument area is beautiful.

As we walked around the monument are holding hands we came upon a little pond. We saw a duck couple, male and female, swimming all alone. I had to snap a picture because I thought it was so sweet.

For whatever reason, Tyler didn't want to walk all the way over to the Washington Monument. He said he wanted to see it and he had, so after this picture, we walked back to the car. We also saw the Vietnam Memorial and the World War II Memorial.

I should mention somewhere, that Tyler gives the worst directions in history! I learned this driving in the D.C. Metropolitan Area. Not fun. He waits until you get right at a turn or exit and says, "You need to turn." He says this while I am 4 lanes across traffic! I was a nervous mess the whole time. I would have been nervous anyway, since 3 lanes is the most I had ever driven before, but this was too much! I told him I will never drive with him navigating ever again!

I started an online album for our pictures. I will update this as frequently as I can with pictures of our lives. The address is: http://picasaweb.google.com/OurEllisArmy.

Also, I've decided to title the blog posts after both song titles and album titles. I don't think anyone but me really cares about that anyway, but FYI.

February 15, 2009

Stay Tuned

Today was a busy day.  I will post the details either tomorrow (I'll probably have time in the airport), or when I get home.  Stay tuned.

February 14, 2009

My Valentine

Today Tyler and I went to the mall in Towson.  It was probably the biggest mall I have ever been in.  Tyler had an appointment at the Apple Store to get his iPhone checked out.  He cracked the screen on his bed and needed a new one.  The Apple Store is like my Mecca (except those people need hair stylists because I didn't see one person with good hair!).

While walking around the mall, we saw a Coach store.  He told me he would buy me a purse.  Here's the one i picked:
When I told the girl which one I wanted she got a slip out and asked for my name.  When I told her she said, "Are you serious?"  I figured it was her name, but she said, "That's the name of the bag!"  It was meant to be.  They are shipping it to our house for free.  I will have it in 3-5 business days.

Tonight we are going to a place called Mamma Lucia's for dinner.  We may go see Friday the 13th after that.  I mean it's Valetine's Day so maybe we'll see Jason cut out a heart, LOL.  I'm just kidding.  The older I get, the more these slasher movies freak me out.  Used to be I drug Tyler to them, now the last two I've seen literally made me scream and everything.  Who knows why I'm more freaked now?!

February 13, 2009

Good Morning Baltimore

It has been a long day already and it's only 7:30pm! Here's a rundown of my day:

I arrived at Tri-State Airport at 5:00am. All the TVs were blasting images of the plane crash in Buffalo, NY. I thought this was totally ridiculous. Bad planning Tri-State! My plane left at 5:30am. I has my whole row to myself...Awesome! It was super dark so I stretched out and listened to my iPhone (couldn't sleep, though).

Once in Charlotte, I walked to the next gate (clear across the terminal of course). I listened to my iPhone and played a game until boarding. I fell asleep before this plane even took off. I woke up as the plane was approaching Baltimore. The flight attendant announced that the flight would be rough until we landed, and boy was it. Like clockwork, as soon as she finished the announcement we flew into dense white clouds.

Once we landed their was a bit of a wait for another plane to leave our gate. We were 15 minutes early if you can believe that. As we waited to disembark I stood looking toward the front even though for whatever reason we used the middle door. As I stood there this man stood up 4 rows in front of me:





That, my friends is Cal Ripken! I was shocked! I guess first class is good because I hadn't even heard a rumble he was on the plane! My hands were shaking I was SO excited! I'm not a big sports fan, buy I know this guy is a legend. He has the most consecutive starts of any player in the history of Baseball! Anyways, I sneaked my phone just over the top of the seat to snap this.

Off the plane I called Tyler. Cal passed me at lightning speed and headed into the men's room which I dutifully reported to my husband. The guy in front of me, a big black dude in a tracksuit with UnderArmor luggage (struck me as he could have been someone famous, too, but I couldn't place his face), turned around and joked, "You can't follow him in there."

We left the airport and I drove straight to the base (Tyler isn't allowed to drive while on leave), to get our taxes done. This took three hours! Here's a pic I snapped from the back of the tax building:





This is the officers neighborhood and it overlooks Chesapeake Bay.

Tyler and I went from there to his favorite chinesse place Peony Garden. It was right at 5:00pm when we checked in here at the Hilton. It seems to be REALLY nice. I pretty much immediately took a nap and just woke back up. We are gonna grab dinner and go see "Friday the 13th". Stay tuned for the next edition... Same Cal time, same Cal channel ; )
-- Post From My iPhone

February 11, 2009

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

This afternoon has been nuts!  

When I got home from work it was sprinkling.  I dropped my stuff and went straight to let Lucky out of his cage.  I walked straight back to the door and it was like a different world.  The wind was blowing crazy (60 mph according to the weather) and it was pouring the rain.  It looked like news footage of a hurricane!  Literally about 3 minutes in, the power went out.  I was not happy!  Fifteen minutes later, the sun started to come out and the rain stopped.  The power remained off.  I saw the guy across the street taking pictures and wondered what he was doing.  I sat in the floor with Lucky and saw this:


I had 2 pairs of pants I needed to hem (I'm a midget, so I've become a pro at hemming), so I lit some candles and started pinning.  I donned my best British accent and said, "I'm darning my knickers by candle light."  I felt all Jane Austen.

Mom, dad and I decided to go to Subway for dinner.  On the way out we saw a tree down at Fatima (right behind our house).  There were lights shining on the tree, so we thought the power company was out to inspect.  When we got home, it was still dark, but I could see the outline of the tree against the night sky.  It was still totally intact!  We decided to walk down to check it out.  We we investigating the tree totally uprooted and laying on the power line when the Virgin Mary lit up...the power was back!!!  I got a shower in time to watch Lost!  I should note that Trevor and I texted back and forth through the evening.  Their power was out due to a transformer blowing and still is as far as I know.