Monday, January 31, 2011

"Beiber Fever"and a Birthday






































We had a fun week and weekend here at the Stone house! The weather was BEAUTIFUL so Jackson and I took full advantage and went the park A LOT. Here is a pic of Jackson hanging from the Monkey Bars.

Sidney Kate came over to play one night. We taught her how to get on Facebook and how to "hoop."



It was also Renzi's birthday so Jackson and I made his favorite cookies. "Nicker-a-noodle," as Jackson calls them. Renzi and I went out with some friends on Saturday night to celebrate the big 33. We rented a limo and basically pretended like we were younger than we really are. It was awesome.


And lastly, I have discovered, that Jackson has Beiber Fever. Enjoy the video.



LAS




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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A letter to my 18 year old self.














































Dear Young Self,

I know you are going to listen to everything I say, because I am the coolest and when you are my age you will want to be just like me. Promise.

Your life will change more in the next 10 years than it probably ever will in your entire life. You will go off to college, move away from Oklahoma and everything you have ever known, marry the love of your life, and have those kiddos you have been dreaming of your whole life. You will have your heart broken, experience unbearable sadness, the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, you will be filled with happiness and will have unbelievable thankfulness for the moments.

I know you are thinking of going out of state for college. Actually, your heart is set on it. But don't. Think Crimson and Cream. By choosing this college, you will help shape the person you are going to be and will give you experiences beyond your wildest dreams. It will also be good to be around your family at this time. They need you.

Enjoy living in the Kappa house. Never again will you live with your closest friends all in one place. Go on long drives and road trips. Stay up late and laugh till you have a six pack. Continue your high school friendships too. Remember when Mrs. Ruby told you all in 6th grade that you guys wouldn't be friends when you got to Junior High? Ha! Proved her wrong didn't yall? :)
You will also meet some of your best friends well after college. Be open to new friendships. Some will be the best friendships you will ever have. I say all this because you are going to need these friends when the unthinkable happens when you are 30. Cherish these friendships.

Don't eat Taco Bueno every day. The bean burritos are not, in fact, fat free. Don't go tanning in a tanning bed. Use wrinkle cream now. Oh, and Vodka is always a bad idea.

Be present. Life passes you by so much faster than you could ever imagine. Be present in the moments. Each one. You never know if it will be your last time with someone.

Oh...and about that guy. He will swoop in and take your breath away. He will make you laugh harder than you have ever laughed. He will be there for you and challenge you in ways you never knew were possible. Trust him. He loves you more than you could have every imagine being loved. And he will give you the most beautiful babies that were ever born.

Most of all, young self, have fun. Life is short. Enjoy the ride.
Love,
Old Self.

Friday, January 14, 2011

I Carry Your Heart





I woke up this morning with this poem on my mind. It was read at our wedding by my sweet, beautiful, precious cousin Christie and I have always loved this poem. So, I thought I would share it with all of you! I also found these pictures while looking through my computer last night, some from when Jackson was just a wee babe, some of Isaiah, and some of my love!

I Carry Your Heart
By E.E. Cummings

i carry your heart with me, i carry it in
my heart.
i am never without it, anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling.
i fear no fate for you are my fate, my sweet.
i want no world for beautiful you are my world, my true.
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide,
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart.

i carry your heart, i carry it in my heart.

Have a fabulous Friday my friends!
LAS


Monday, January 10, 2011

Cade Davis and Nathan Hair




Jackson's hair has been getting really long for a while. Actually, his hair is always a little long. He has been getting hair cuts since he was 9 months old, and it seems like we always are back in the barber chair at least once every six weeks.




Usually I just have the barber trim up his hair cause I like it a little on the long side. I like to push his hair behind his ear and his hair to the side when he snuggles with me. But let's face it, he's almost three and a half years old. There is not a whole lot of snuggling going on with me anymore. He's "too cool" for that!

So, this past Thursday, Jackson came home from school telling me that his friend Nathan had "new hair." It was spiky and had gel in it. He wanted hair like Nathan and like Cade Davis on the OU Basketball team. Spiky with gel in it Mom!

Saturday we took him to get his hair cut. Here is the before and the after. And yes, I do realize that he is STILL in his Thunder jersey. The kid will not take it off. I actually was able to wash it once this past week. But that's it.





Thursday, January 6, 2011

How we did...



So, I bet you are wondering how we ended up on the whole "cleanse" thing huh?

Well. I have three words for you. It is OVER!

Shout it from the rooftops! The cleanse is over!

We ended our cleanse last night with a lovely dinner out on the town. I tried to be aware that I needed to watch it and not go nuts. But my poor, dear husband literally "went to town" on his meal and came home with a tummy ache. Poor guy. :)

What did I learn from the cleanse? Well, probably, that it wasn't the smartest thing we have ever done. That I am, in fact, addicted to caffeine. And that food (or lack thereof) defiantly affects my mood, attitude, etc. Oh and I also learned that my dear friend Emily Sue is right. Cleanses are stupid. She pleaded with me to eat something after she read my blogpost. Dietiticians know best people. Seriously. They really do.

I am proud of us for doing this and it also made me realize that we for sure need more fruits and veggies in our daily diet. Now, if you will excuse me, I have a pizza party to get to. And I couldn't be more excited!!!! About the pizza. ;)

I leave you today with pictures of my babe and his new (late!) present from Santa. You see, all Jackson asked for, for Christmas was a Thunder jersey, but poor Santa couldn't find any, ANYWHERE in his size. So, instead, Santa sent a note to Jackson with some money telling him to have his mom take him to the Thunder Store and buy a jersey after Christmas. We did just that on Tuesday after his nap. And he hasn't taken it off since. Precious boy!

Thunder up!
LAS


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

3 Day Cleanse


Ok. Forget the blogging for 30 days idea. I clearly am already behind on this idea, so I will just go back to blogging to whatever is going on with us.

So...here is what is going on with us....

Renzi and I are on Day 2 of a 3 Day Cleanse.

And I am starving. Seriously STARVING.

After a month of eating and drinking everything in sight, I decided we needed to jump start our healthy eating and do a cleanse. Not the Master Cleanse, but a modified one. I went to Bethenny Frankel's website (www.bethenny.com) and she had a lovely 3 day cleanse on her website and I decided this was a WONDERFUL idea. 3 days! I can do that! That's nothing! Right!!???

WRONG.

You see, this little cleanse we are doing consists of this concoction pictured above mixed with water. 64 oz of water. No alcohol, no caffeine, no dairy, no carbs. You can however, eat fruits and vegetables if you are really hungry. Or drink vegetable broth.

Last night, I literally felt like I was withering away. So I went to bed early with a massive headache. The headache I am sure is from the massive amounts of caffeine that I normally drink during the day did not get consumed yesterday.

I woke up actually feeling much better than I did yesterday. So, I did the smartest thing. Which was go to my little bootcamp workout class. I seriously almost didn't make it through.

My poor sweet husband, who usually goes along with most anything I say, agreed to do this with me. I just got off the phone with him and we are both at our breaking points. Last night while Jackson was eating dinner (mac n cheese, celery, blueberries and pears), Renzi and I were literally watching him take every bite. I thought at one point both of us were going to steal his plate from him and scarf it down.

So hungry! Need red meat! Need milk! Everytime I drive past a restaurant all I can think of is exactly what I would order at each restaurant. I just want to drive to Ted's and put a straw in some queso. Or go to Taco Bueno and order 97 bean burritos.

But, we shall press on. Neither one of us are good at quitting anything. Maybe because we are both so stubborn.

Stay tuned to find out if we make it to the 3rd day of our "cleanse."

Seriously still starving,
Lee Anne

P.S. I would like to give a shout out to Taylor, who I work with. She did the Master Cleanse for 10 days and has done it before. She didn't break down. She is a machine. When I sent her a message last night to let her know that I was still hungry she said she was eating Chick-Fil-A. Thanks Taylor. :)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

16 Random Things About Me

Ok...I am going to 'try' to do this whole 30 days of blogging that I have been seeing on a lot of people's blogs....so here goes with Day 1....without further adieu I present to you...16 RANDOM facts about me. Really and truly. These are RANDOM.

1. My first name is Lee and my middle name is Anne. I was named after my paternal grandfather (Buddy Lee Young and my dad Gary Lee Young...and after my maternal grandmother Anne T. Jones). We named our second son Isaiah Lee.

2. I am allergic to Mastesol. What is this you ask? It is the glue that the doctors use when you have a C-Section to help close up your incision. How did I find this out? When I had my first baby and didn't get to leave the hospital for 6 days AFTER I had Jackson. I woke up on the second day to a blistering, weeping rash and the nurses kept running in and out of my hospital room saying things like, "hmm, never seen this before." and "don't worry, Lee Anne, we are googling it on our computers trying to figure out what exactly is wrong with you."

3. I have crazy funny things happen to me every day. Today, for example, we were at Whole Foods in Tulsa. In the time span that we were there (one hour), I forgot my wallet in the car AFTER we had been through the check out line; slipped on something wet on the floor and fell flat on my bootay, Jackson was playing with my credit card and somehow slipped it through a glass case of food and my credit card was swimming in something called, "Cabbage Crunch." The employees of Whole Foods had to literally fish it out with some tongs; I took Jackson to the bathroom and he yelled out loud for all to hear while he was going potty, "Mommy, you don't have a penis, do you?"; and then while I was looking for Jackson's Chocolate Milk in the back of the car and was sifting through all of the bags with my bootay in the air for all to see, I slipped on something in the back of the car and fell out. Yes, I fell OUT of my car.

4. I met King Abdullah of Jordan this year with my family. We were in Amman, Jordan this summer and he came right over to Jackson, stooped down to him and shook his hand. They had a nice chat.

5. I am still amazingly close friends to each of my bridesmaids. It's been almost five years since I got married. I think this is important because I know that there are lots of seasons of life that you go through and sometimes friends come in and out of your life, but these girls and I are still close!

6. I laugh when I get nervous or scared. Seriously start busting out laughing. At totally inappropriate times.

7. I could eat cookie cake every day of my life. And I prefer it cold. Weird. When I was pregnant with Jackson and Isaiah I seriously wanted to eat this and only this. Renzi got me a cookie cake for Valentine's Day and for the next two days I would take a sliver here and a sliver there and before I knew it the cookie cake was gone. That's when I realized that Renzi had had only one slice of the cake. I had eaten the ENTIRE thing myself.

8. I enjoy using the aspirator and getting boogers out of my kids noses. I know it's totally gross, but when they are babies and you get a good booger out and you know they can breathe better, there is no better feeling. I am a weirdo.

9. I am a book-a-holic. And I only want to read actual books. Have a hard time even thinking about getting a "nook" or "Ibooks." I love the turning of the page, hearing the pop of the book spine and the satisfying feeling when you shut a book when you have finished it. Heaven!

10. I eat in my sleep in the middle of the night. Like, bowls of cereal, cookies and milk, peanut butter and milk. I also talk in my sleep. I wake my husband up 5 out of 7 nights a week yelling at him about something. Usually that someone is in the room with us or that there are bugs in our bed. He really enjoys that.

11. I ran a half marathon 3 months ago. Yes, that's a big deal, but....before I decided to run a half marathon I had never run more than one mile at a time. I hated running. Like, with a passion. I always said I was more of a sprinter, since I was the only white girl who ran the 100 meter dash in my brief stint on the track team in Junior High and High School. I say this because if I can run, ANYONE can run. So, get out there and run! :)

12. Addie Wilkerson Burke and I have been best friends since Kindergarten. She came up to me on that first day of school when I was holding my mom's hand and said to my mom, "Don't worry. I've done this before (She was in her second time in kindergarten, go Addie!). She will be fine." And just like that...we have been best friends ever since. I talk to her 97 times a day about nothing and everything. It's awesome.

13. My son Jackson is married. Seriously. He got married to Cali-Kae Peters outside of her house about 6 months ago. Sealed it with a kiss and everything. They announced the marriage to the parents immediately following the ceremony. Thank goodness I like Cali's parents. They are only one of our best couple friends. It's important you get along with your in-laws people!

14. My husband wrote me a note after he saw my picture when I was 19 and he was 21. It said, "I think you are cute. Would you like to meet sometime?" The note had a box for No, a box for Yes and a box for Maybe. At the bottom it said to email him. This was 1999. I quickly went out and got an email address because all I had at the time was our land line in the dorms at OU. Oh and my pager. Can't forget about the pager. Wonder what he would have said if I had emailed him back and said, "Page me."

15. 945 Chautauqua. Best house ever. Best friends ever! We used to drive around in my car all of the time in college. Where were we going? Who knows? What were we doing? Who knows? But we always had a diet dr. pepper with gummy worms in it.

16. I am crazy, wonderfully blessed and am looking forward to 2011. 2010 was so hard but I am hopeful for the future. Happy with the life I have and the family and friends that surround me. Happy with my hubby and my babes. Happy with my memories and for the memories we will continue to make.