Thursday, June 26, 2008

Baby Boy!

Jackson and I are going to have a son! Excited doesn't even come close to how we feel. Seeing our little son on the screen today was the most awesome thing I've ever seen. It was such a miracle. He looked so perfect and it made everything seem more "real". I'm sure it's only a matter of time before I feel him moving around because he sure was active!

Everything looked great. His heart looked perfect and strong, his spine looked right, his brain was looking good (from what we could tell). He had all two legs and two arms and cute little hands and feet. Give Him praise! Our friend Cherie who does vascular ultrasounds gave us a freebie so we could find out if it was a boy or girl. I'll have my "official" ultrasound in about a month where they will tell me more about our little boy's health and development.

As far as a pregnancy update, I'm feeling great almost all the time. I have my energy back and I'm just now starting to have a real bump. I'm still fitting into all my clothes and I've only gained 1.5 pounds. I know thats about the change. This little boy is about to start putting some meat on his bones!

The ultrasound pictures uploaded to our computers almost completely black so they aren't any fun to post :( I was so bummed. Here's one of me right before the ultrasound!



Get ready for tons of posting about nursery themes, bedding, clothes etc! Baby boy here we come!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Whole Story!

This is Jackson with the "whole" story.. Mallory is absolutely right. So much so that I am willing to break my own rule about blogging, and "post" my first ever response to a blog. Yes, I strongly dislike Whole Foods (WF)! I do not even know where to begin. Let's just make a list:
1. Grocery shopping does not bring me joy, so I prefer for it to go quickly. However, it seems WF wants grocery shopping to be an all day affair. I do not think that it is that uncommon for the majority of American households (even Charlottesvillians) to have soft drinks in them. Well, WF feels quite differently. So, the Andrews have to go to another grocery store to get other groceries in addition to the "essentials" from WF. WF is further away from us too and gas isn't exactly cheap.

2. Harris Teeter has the VIC card, Kroger has the PLUS card, while WF makes you buy stupid bags so that you can save a whopping 5 cents per grocery trip. I don't think I have to belabor this one.

3. Is organic really better? No, it's just more expensive. Mallory brought back some organic ketchup one time which was by far the worst thing I have ever tasted. Even she will agree. I just do not understand why anyone would want to pay more for something that doesn't take any different or taste like butt. My family didn't eat organic and Mallory didn't eat organic (at least until high school so I am told). Either way, the doctor says we are both healthy and have turned out just fine.

4. Could WF at least try to make its grocery store a pleasurable experience? Both times I have been in WF I have to push around a rusty, squeeky, nasty cart where I leave being thankful I am up to date on my tetnus shot. Also, is it really that hard to put some flour, eggs, and sugar in an oven and serve cookies to your customers? Answer - NO it isn't. My peeps over at Harris Teeter do every day!

5. And most recently (and most importantly) WF has now driven me to blog...and blog about them, instead of something worth blogging about like motorcycles, guns, or ninjas.

Look, I can respect those who get ripped off by this little organic oasis, it just isn't for me. Like I said before, I do not get joy from grocery trips, but if I have to go I better at least get a cookie! My wife has done an amazing job of managing to have to shop at two grocery stores on our budget. All I ask, is that if I have to go to one of them, please let me go to Harris Teeter - heck, I even will go to Harris Teeter by myself. I know Mallory does not enjoy trips to look at guns, skateboards, or dirt bikes, so I respect that and build my schedule around her not having to go. I have just asked for the same respect.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Whole Hatred



Greetings Bloggers!

I really need to step up my blogging efforts and I intend to do so. Until then, humor me and let me tell you about my husband's deep seeded hatred for Whole Foods. As you can imagine, I was surprised when I discovered he loathed Whole Foods. I had fallen in love with it and was earnestly trying to help our family eat healthy and more organic foods. I thought he would be pleased with my efforts. I thought he would love the organic honey ham, the succulent free-range chicken breasts, and the cage-free eggs I was buying. NO! Jackson has come out and told me of his hatred for the Whole Foods! He won't even step foot into the store. He has been in twice with me, but now he refuses to go in and says he hates it inside.

One time we were at Chili's having dinner (very un-whole foods) and I asked if we could stop by Whole Foods on the way home. Jackson looked at me with disgust, "I can't believe you tricked me into going to WHOLE FOODS!" I was so confused, it is a grocery store for crying out loud. He agreed to let me go but he went into Staples instead.

His hatred for Whole Foods is so intense that it makes me wonder if he had a traumatic experience with organic foods as a youngster. You would think that he had been abused by organic loving granolas or something.

Lindsey, what do you make of this? Have you studied any sort of aversions to natural foods in your counseling classes yet?

Oh well, I did find the Whole Foods Blog today! Feast your eyes on the goodness of all things Whole Foods!

blog.wholefoodsmarket.com

Friday, June 6, 2008

15 Week Belly Shot



After a couple requests, here is my 15 week belly shot! It probably doesn't look that much bigger than the 13 weeks, but I am starting to feel things getting a little bit tighter. Most of pants are pretty low rise, so I don't feel that much different in those. The stuff I have that comes up to my waist is starting to feeling a little snug. Also, tight shirts look kind of unflattering right now so I've been trying to wear stuff that fits a little looser. When I am wearing a loose shirt you can't see anything. But from what I've heard/seen/observed most people are showing pretty significantly by 18-20 weeks, so in the next few weeks I should blow up. I still haven't done any maternity shopping yet, but I'm thinking I'll probably get a couple more loose shirts in the next few weeks.

That's more than you ever wanted to know about my growing belly.

Liz--I hope this picture will suffice, if you need more "evidence"...I can try to arrange a photo session.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Hosanna

I'm in love with this song right now. I know most of you have heard it many times before, but I just love what it says. I found a pretty good video of Hillsong singing it. I like the version with Christy Nockels singing it best, but I couldn't find a good video of her singing it. If you don't have it, it is worth downloading.



I see the king of glory
Coming down the clouds with fire
The whole earth shakes, the whole earth shakes
I see his love and mercy
Washing over all our sin
The people sing, the people sing

Hosanna, Hosanna
Hosanna in the highest

I see a generation
Rising up to take the place
With selfless faith, with selfless faith
I see a new revival
Stirring as we pray and seek
We're on our knees, we're on our knees

Heal my heart and make it clean
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like you have loved me
Break my heart for what breaks yours
Everything I am for your kingdom's cause
As I walk from earth into eternity

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Combo Buyer Beware: Wendy's Scam!


Shame on you, Wendy's






Ladies and Gentlemen:

I have an announcement. Wendy's is scamming their customers into supersizing their combo meals! Beware next time you go through the drive. Just listen to what those little con artists did to me!

I was at the Wendy's in Virginia Beach on Mill Dam Road and I was ordering my #6 combo (spicy chicken sandwich).

Me: "Hi, I"d like a #6 please with a diet coke"

Wendy's Woman: "Medium or Large"

Me (confused): "Um, medium I guess"

Wendy's Woman: "$6.49 please drive around"


I thought to myself, $6.49 sounds like a lot for a normal combo meal. Then I began to ponder how strange it was that she asked me for only a medium or large. I then get the window and look at my receipt and I had been charged an extra .50 cents for a SUPERSIZE! I was horrified and angered. I did NOT want to SUPERSIZE my meal! I wanted the regular drink and regular fry (who needs to supersize those meals, honestly). The way she asked me "medium or large" was a total scam. They scam their customers into ordering an upgrade because they offer it like they have no choice.

I was thoroughly enraged at the dishonesty and trickery. I was about to go inside and ask to speak to a manager but I was on my way to a meeting and didn't have time. So, what did I do? I called the Wendy's hotline number on my cup and told them of my experience. The kind customer care representative assured me that the Wendy's woman should have offered me "regular, medium or large" and they would report this incident to the corporate office. I was pleased but skeptical that my call had actually done anything. Oh well, at least I called. I'm a big believer that you can't complain about things if you don't take any steps to rectify the situation, be it as insignificant as a Wendy's scam. I told the customer care rep, "I don't care about the .50 cents, I care about the principle of the matter that the customers are being tricked into buying upgrades".

I know you are all savvy people and I just wanted to warn you next time you are in the drive-thru and someone asks "medium or large" you can reply "REGULAR...I'm not falling for your cheap trickery!!".

This concludes my announcement.