Gotta Love Family

3 Dec

After all the Turkey, the green beans, I must say I was one stuffed bird.
However, while lamenting on all the food I had, I must tell you, I was feeling overwhelmingly blessed.

I can’t tell you the last time I was able to get together with my whole family. First off, it was a complete surprise to my grandmother. My mother in law kept insisting the importance of family, and encouraged me to go visit my grandmother and family. I’m so glad that she did.
In fact, my thanksgiving break consisted of:

  • My Family meeting Christian for the first time
  • Endless nights of Phase 10 because we love that game :) (Cousin Alicia became a pro)
  • Dark Family Rooms and Scary Movies, because that’s what we love 
  • Joint sleeping with family laying everywhere (floors, couches, and spare bedrooms to be specific)
  • Great Food (obviously)
  • Celebrating Christian’s First Thanksgiving 
  • Shopping (why not?)
  • Sweets (more than you could ever imagine)
  • Deep Discussions, Special talks, even laughter :)
  • Pictures (you know I love to take them!)
  • Most importantly, so much to be thankful for.

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After all, we have so much to be thankful for. I’m thankful that I was able to spend time with family, although I did miss my husband, but I was having way too much fun to actually sit down and think about it. In fact, I was thinking how great it was for us to be together in one accord. My cousins and I laughed at the fact that some things will never change, but we appreciated each and everyone for who they are and realize how important family is. Today, marks a year since my Aunt Artie left us. It was hard not having her there this Thanksgiving, but I think everyone there felt a strong sense of her presence in the room. We have so much to be thankful for, let’s remember to thank God for EVERYTHING, even the small things, and to appreciate family despite their imperfections or faults. 
In fact, God made them that way for a reason.

Until Next Time, Much Love,

Mrs. SPJ

 

 

Motherhood

12 Nov

What can I say?

Clearly it keeps me busy because I don’t hardly post like I use to and Baby boy is almost 5 months old!
I will tell you though, it has been 5 of the most incredible moments of my life. 

When I first became a mother, I thought, “I can do this!”
but once he was here, there was a small part of me that screamed out, “I DON’T THINK I CAN DO THIS!”
However with time comes learned lessons, and I love being his mom!

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He’s the happiest most smiling baby I’ve ever known.
(AND NO I’M NOT SAYING THAT BECAUSE I’M HIS MOM, It’s the truth.)

Yes I still get up in the middle of the night, get thrown up on, and change smelly diapers as well as listening to him when he breathes, but he’s my little man. So please forgive me as I am adjusting to this period. I plan to share with you all of the wonders of motherhood in months to come. I’m still on this journey of being MrsSPJ with my new, most challenging yet rewarding job called Motherhood.

Until Next Time, 

MrsSpj

5.21.13

21 Jun

The day my life forever changed.

On May 20th, I went to my Doctor’s appointment so that they could check to see if I had any progress on going into labor. At almost 41 weeks, they decided that I should go to the hospital and possibly be ready to give birth. At about 2 p.m I arrived to the hospital, bags packed and all, and after many routine checks and being probed, they admitted me due to low amniotic fluid. It was during that time, I was told that It looked like I may be having a 7 lb baby (although the nurse gave me the side eye when I told her that was what the doctor said.)

I wasn’t showing any signs of labor (no dilation and barely any effacement) so they decided to induce my labor. After I was stuck about 8 times because they couldn’t find my veins to being so swollen, the process began. The contractions started coming on but I pulled through. It was nice to have my mother and husband both there to support me through this whole process. It was in the very late evening, my mom convinced me to get an epidural. After all of the contractions and hours had passed, there were still no signs. They gave me oxygen because I was having trouble breathing through the whole process which was the Best part to me! I felt so free! As time passed, they noticed that during some contractions, the baby’s heart rate would drop but they kept a close eye on the baby. My doctor came in and she was really concerned that I still hadn’t shown any signs of giving birth. She brought up the infamous “C” word, but said she still wanted to see what my body could do and she wasn’t ready to give up on a natural birth just yet.

Well during the waiting period, My husband had the bright idea to run home and take a shower and pick up some things. I didn’t think it was a good idea, but he insisted. The way things were going, I didn’t know what to expect, so I wanted him close by. Well shortly after he left, they came in, and said we are taking the baby via C section. My mom called him, and he rushed back to the hospital. It appeared after 23 hours, Baby Jones wasn’t dropping, wasn’t showing any progress, and it was hurting him more the longer I was in labor.

So my husband arrived (he got there super fast) and bolted into the room. The nurses were scared when they saw him running because they didn’t know WHAT was going on. I think he just wanted to make sure he was there and didn’t miss anything.

After all was said and done, at 5:28 p.m., my handsome Christian was born weighing 9 lbs and 1 oz!

Shortly after he was born...

Shortly after he was born…

When they said how much he weighed, I thought I would pass out! No wonder I was having such a hard time delivering. I was literally “all baby”!

Today, I celebrate my son. He is momma’s little man and perfect for me in every single way. I can’t believe he is already 1 month old!

One Month Today!

One Month Today!

 

It has been so wonderful to see how God has blessed my family, and to watch him change and grow each and every day. I love seeing myself and his father in his personality, features, etc. I can’t wait to watch him grow and to see all that God has in store for him. Here’s to you little man!

Until Next Time, Much Love,

MRS. SPJ

P.S.- I know I haven’t posted as I normally do, but you can still keep up with me via Instagram and Twitter.

Due…..

17 May

Today is the day Baby Jones was due to enter the world….That’s right! I’m 40 weeks!
However, there is no baby…. He’s kicking, flipping, and moving all around, he just has not made his entrance into the world.

I know it’s been awhile Friends… I was hoping that I could keep you up to date with what is going on in my life, but the reality is,
with pregnancy and working full time, it’s simply tough. I found myself coming home to not writing in a blog, but a nice comfy couch screaming for me to put my feet up (and that’s what I did).
I’ve been a trooper throughout this whole pregnancy though. I’ve dealt with things like:

Sciatica (something I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy if I had one)
Carpal Tunnel (IN BOTH HANDS) OUCH!
Inability to eat Fish (it makes me feel super sick)
Nausea (really bad for the first 3 months and sometimes randomly)
Urinary Infections (Helloooo Cranberry Juice!)

Let’s not add the fact that simple things and people would get on my nerves and it wasn’t even their fault. (I was simply just pregnant :0 )

One thing I think I’ve done well is managed to be a pretty put together preggo lady. It took me awhile to get the hang of it, but once I did, you couldn’t tell me anything! If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ve seen some of these!

Check out some of my favorite pregnant style moments:

25 weeks and rockin red!

 

Best Friend V and I at my 1st Shower

 

Easter 2013

Easter 2013

 

35 weeks

 

Baby Shower

I’ve made an effort to keep myself still stylish and still feeling beautiful. I’m not exactly sure how I did it, but I think I made up in my mind that just because I was pregnant, that didn’t mean I had to let myself go, and not put forth any effort. I would wobble down to Target, Motherhood Maternity, and Destination Maternity, and find the cutest clothes. I also found some super comfy flats and sneakers (I wore with everything).I would style my hair cute, put on some eye shadow and lip gloss and finish it off with a smile :)
In the end, I think it is what has helped me embrace this journey  and handle it like a rockstar (of course with swollen feet and everything :)

So today, I am celebrating making it to 40 weeks, but also knowing that the baby could come at anytime. I couldn’t tell you exactly how I feel right now since my emotions are all over the place.. What I can tell you, is that it has been an interesting journey, and I can’t wait to introduce everyone to our baby boy :)

Until Next Time, Much Love,

Mrs. SPJ :)

Goodbye 2012….

31 Dec

Well Friends, we made it through another year!

I know, many of you are thinking, okay you’ve been gone quite often on your blog these days.. I’ve gotta tell you so much has happened in 2012….

I started the year of celebrating my birthday in TN.
This year then was filled with me showing so many makeup tips and tricks that I’ve picked up along the way…
You got to continuously see me on my quest to be closer to God
Let’s not forget my journey to grow my haircut out and have longer healthier hair…(Thanks Hairfinity)
There is also that constant struggle with weight… W.O.W. (Don’t Beat yourself up about it) 
There was lots of love, even a loss (R.I.P. Aunt Artie)
S
o many great times, so many great memories….
However, I have been so preoccupied I haven’t shared everything…

Many of my FB friends were shocked when my husband and I posted this on facebook,

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That’s Right! My husband and I found out we were expecting our first child in September of this year! It took us forever to let anyone know because I couldn’t get into the doctor’s office right away! We ended up letting our friends in on the little secret at our “Friendsgiving” when we brought out this awesome cake made by Delores of Dee’s Delightful Desserts!

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Delores makes the BEST Cakes and she is such a pleasure to work with! She’s affordable and really puts love and hard work into her cakes. I’m so grateful that I met her through a good friend, and if you are in Little Rock, and looking for a place to get incredible cakes, Delores is the one you want!! You can find her on facebook under Dee’s Delightful Desserts!

So after finally announcing it to everyone, I’ve just been taking the time to get my rest and take it easy with Baby Jones, or shall I say Lil Man Jones (yep, we are having a boy)

My hubby is taking extra good care of me and we are still finding ways to have fun! We recently had our Ugly Christmas Sweater Party which was a hit!!!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA So I’m 5 months and so excited for what the new year may bring! I want to thank you for reading my blog, being a friend, and being interested enough to follow me through my blog. I know I’ve slacked, and there is no excuse, but working full time and being preggers, is not easy. (HOW DO WOMEN MAKE IT LOOK SO EASY???)

As this year comes to a close, I’m going to put my feet up, and cuddle next to my soul mate until I fall off into Lala land.

May this new year bring you happiness, blessings, and all that God has to offer…

Goodbye 2012….

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Until Next Time, Much Love,

Mrs. SPJ :)

 

 

 

Artie…..

4 Dec

Yesterday was a very sad day….

I received a phone call that my Aunt passed away.
It’s weird, ya know being that I just saw her this past August…
I immediately felt bad for my mom (she was suppose to be visiting her sister within a few days),
and then I just felt bad for the loss of our family.
This is the first death in our family that has hit us so close.
I’m so far away from so many members of my family, it’s at this time I just wish I was closer and could be around
the people that mean so much to me.

Anywho, My aunt lost her battle with lung cancer.
The way cancer has taken so many of those I love and just so many in general saddens me..
In a perfect world, we would find a cure for cancer, and it wouldn’t destroy so many people and families.
But until then, we can just hope and pray that a day comes where the “big c” won’t be such a threat.

For now, all we can do is pray for peace in this world.
Pray that those of our loved ones who are battling cancer, can beat it, and if they can’t that the journey
and the road will be easy.

I look forward to spending time with my family next week,
I just wish it were on different circumstances….

Until Next Time,

Mrs. SPJ :)

R.I.P. Aunt Artie..

 

James Henry

26 Nov


Handsome Boy isn’t he?

Today I went with my husband to this beautiful baby boy’s funeral. He was only 2 days shy of being 8 months.
You see,  earlier on, James parents noticed he had a cough that wouldn’t go away but they couldn’t figure out what was wrong.
They visited doctor after doctor, and tried to find a solution.
It seemed just like yesterday that James’ wonderful parents, David and Kristy came to our house for dinner.
They were filled with excitement for the arrival of their little one! They already have a beautiful 3 year old daughter, and were looking forward to James’ arrival and then he was born March 19.
I had the lovely chance to officially meet James a month ago at the Susan G. Komen Race.

He had these beautiful indescribable eyes, and he was a very laid back but happy baby. He had the cutest little smile and I enjoyed the time we shared.
When my husband and I found out that they finally knew what was wrong, we prayed for the family. Apparently James had Severe combined immunodeficiency better known as “SCID” . SCID has also been deemed “the bubble boy disease” since those with it are very vulnerable to infectious diseases. In 1976, a movie called, “The Boy In the Plastic Bubble” was released based on the life of a young child who lived with SCID.

Poor lil James had SCID, and in the end it took his life. So why am I sharing this with you?

Because the parents said today that if you know of someone with a newborn to have their child tested for SCID. It is very rare, only 1 in 100,000 children typically have it, but why not just find out? The parents gave us ribbons to wear in James honor, and they are passionate about not only sharing their faith, but getting the word out….

I am so sorry for their loss, and I’m so sorry that we won’t get to see James grow up to his full potential, but what I can do is pass the message along, and encourage others to find out about SCIDS and what they can do to help.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made to the SCID Angels 4 Life Foundation. Their mission is to increase awareness, benefit research, and provide parent and family education for those affected by SCID.

So today’s post goes out to James Henry. That his legacy will live on and people will get their newborns tested for scids and that other children will have a chance. The Virus took over so fast, poor James wasn’t able to fight it off, but with his life, he will touch many others, and hopefully others will get the word out.

I can’t imagine what the parents are going through, but I know that God has a plan and has them wrapped in his loving arms while he holds lil James in his presence…

Until Next Time, Much Love, Mrs. SPJ :)

 

Rest in Peace James,
Mar. 19, 2012- Nov. 21-2012

 

Quick & Easy Yummy Dip!

31 Oct

Okay, so today is suppose to be a W.O.W post, but I had to come tell you about this tasty dip I made for work!

At work, we have been having potlucks once a month for staff meetings, and typically I bring my dirty rice, but was unable to do so, because someone else decided to do rice this time…

So what do you do when you want to make something tasty, you don’t want to spend too much time doing it, and you want everyone to be pleased?

YOU MAKE PEPPERONI DIP!!

It’s simple!

What you need:
1 pound of pepperoni sausage, diced (I just buy 2 packages!)
2 cans of cream of mushroom soup
2 packages of cream cheese, softened

Directions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
This next part can seem like a task at first, but it gets easier, take a dish and mix the diced pepperoni, cream of mushroom soup, and cream cheese all together.

(This makes quite an interesting looking mixture!)

Some bake it in the over for 15 minutes, I choose to bake it a little longer, around 20 minutes, and wait for it to get lightly browned.

In the meantime while you are waiting for this amazing mixture to come together, cut up some bagels in small pieces and put them aside.

After 20 minutes, you will have a delicious dip, (I’ve been told it taste like pizza) ,   and for an added touch you can even heat the bagels up if you like!

Here is what my finishing product looked like:


I know the ingredients together might sound insane, but they make a delicious combo!I swore I wouldn’t like it, until my cousin made it and I was in love! So I honestly have her to thank for this delicious recipe!!

Try it and tell me what you think at your next party!

Until Next Time, Much Love, Mrs. SPJ :)

Finding the Time…

24 Oct

Hey Friends!

I’m telling you the last few weeks I’ve been missing Zumba here and there and I miss it! Work has been crazy hectic, and it’s almost as if I don’t even have time to stop and breathe! I am however committing to take the time to take care of my priorities, but realizing that making time and finding time for me is a priority I need to set as well. I have talked about making time as well for my blog, but today I’m talking more specifically about working out. So I loveeeeee Zumba so much, but the truth is, sometimes I just can’t get there but there are a few things I can do:

1. Walk in the neighborhood
2. Hit the treadmill at the gym
3. DVDs/Tapes (They are out there)
4. Eat Healthy (I should be doing this anyways)
5. Circuit Training

Bottom line is, I can make time! You should too!

But I’m looking for more advice and tips… Do you have any out there you’d like to share? Please do!!I need motivation and more tips! Ill be waiting to hear from you :)

Until Next Time, Much Love,

Mrs. SPJ :)

 

Foodie Friday Blogtober Fun!

19 Oct

Whew! That’s a mouthful isn’t it?!?!?

Today is the last day of the Amazing Blogtober Fest I have been participating in all week! I apologize to my readers who were looking for my post yesterday! It was a big day for me at work, and it required working extra long hours then having a birthday party to go to. Needless to say, I left my house at 7:20 yesterday morning, and didn’t return until 10 p.m. (CAN WE SAY EXHAUSTED?)

Anywho, enough about that, I can say, that I’m not quite the baker or cook, but I do enjoy food. So While I may not be any of those things, I’m a pinner!lOL! I love food and am always on pinterest looking for great recipes~ Eventually, I will take a chance at trying to make all of them, and I’ve made some, so I’ll share with you some of my favorite FALL recipes! Just click on the links below for the full recipe:

From Let’s Dish Recipes

Creamy Chicken Soup- This recipe is AMAZING! I’ve actually attempted to make this! Nothing like a good hot bowl of soup to put you in the mood! I made a huge pot and my husband and I enjoyed it (we even had some leftovers!)

From jennsfoodjourney.blogspot.com

Sweet Balsamic Grilled Chicken- So this isn’t a “fall recipe” , but I love it so much I thought I should share! I love chicken! I can eat it no matter what the season is, and this is such a delicious combination, I thought, why not add it to the list?

As far as a recipe I would like to try, I love Cupcakes more than you will ever know, and can’t wait to try this fantastic recipe: Apple Cupcakes with Cinnamon

I love ANYTHING with Cinnamon, and I thought, what a nice spin on the traditional cupcake and a way to make it healthy! This is something I’m looking forward to trying pretty soon, but if you beat me to it, please let me know how it is!!

So do you have any FALL Recipes? Or really good recipes? I’d love to read all about them, and maybe one day convince myself to get in the kitchen and try it!

Please Share any recipes you have! Follow me on pinterest, to see where my hopes and desires are in the kitchen! (LOL) I have enjoyed being a part of the blogtober fest! I’m actually going to miss it but glad I’ve found so many other great blogs to read! In the meantime, have an AWESOME weekend!

I plan to volunteer at the Susan G. Race for the Cure!

Until Next Time, Much love,

MRS SPJ :)

 

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