Happy Halloween

Tonight after work Pete and I went to my sisters.  She lives on a good street in a good neighborhood and it is fun to give out candy at her house.  This is our 3rd year, so I guess it’s tradition.  Tonight we painted up her belly.  Doesn’t it look cute.  LOL  She was a bit cold outside once the sun went down, but got lots of compliments.  The orange stained my fingers, but thankfully not her belly!  My Dad was there working, Laura is finishing a 2nd story on her house so there will be plenty of room for Princess, so since my Dad was there and we were all together we thought we would order some Chinese food.  We ordered from Pete’s favorite place called Chopstixxs.  Yummy!  We just got home and I made up the little picture above.  Had to show off my pumpkin!

Ryeah Saturday

Pete and I had the very best day with Ryleah on Saturday! Here is a little Video of her singing and flipping and laughing with Pete!  She is truely the best kid ever!  She is sweet and oh so very funny!  I love her so much.  More then I ever thought was possible!  I treasure the time we spend together!

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the day!

Rolling on the Ball

Cheese Pete and Ryleah

PRETTY GIRLWhat a Great Smile

Nice Night

Tonight after work I stopped by our favorite Pizza place and got a pizza for dinner.  Laura came over to get her back adjusted and to have dinner with Pete and I.  It was a good visit.  A little short, but good.  While we were talking and eating I asked Pete if he wanted to go to Best Buy.  I knew that he would want to go, Best Buy is his very favorite store.  I got two CD’s while we were there.  The new Backstreet Boys CD and the new Britney Spears CDs came out today.  Pete got a few CDs too.  He was such a nice boy and let me play my CDs on the way home.  LOL  We also were looking at this camera.  We are hoping to buy t for each other as a wedding gift.  But that really depends on money.  We have been talking about wedding favors.  I want to give something really good to the people who are planning on cruising with us.  Some mints and a little thing of wedding bubbles is not thanks enough, I mean these people are coming all the way to the Bahamas for our wedding.  We have desided on Beach Towels.  We are going to have them embroidered.  I’ll be posting the design under the wedding planning page .  Let me know what you think of it.

Weekend Get-A-Way

I just got off the phone and I got a Bed & Breakfast all booked for Pete and I this weekend!  I am really excited.  We are going to to to Rehoboth Beach, DE.  My family used to own a summer home here when I was growing up and I hold fond memories of the time we spent here. We would spend all summer at the beach with my Mom and my Dad would drive to stay on the weekends.  It was wonderful.  This weekend is going to be a little getaway before I start the new job.  Pete took off on Friday so we can have a nice time.  We got the best room in the B&B with a King Size Bed.  I will take tons of pictures.  We plan on doing some shopping at the outlets and hitting Sonic on the way home of course.  Laura and Brandon are going to be at Ocean City staying at our condo so I think on Saturday they are going to meet us for lunch at our favorite local pizza place in Rehoboth.  It will be a great weekend.  We are going to start some Christmas Shopping this weekend too!   

This means I need to tackle the mound of laundry that needs to be washed so we have some warm clothes to wear! 

Disney Again?

Since announcing my engagement and wedding plans I have got the “Why Disney?” question a few times and the “Disney Again?” more then once.  I know some people haven’t had the chance to travel,  at least travel as much as I have.  I have been to other countries, tons of states lots of different vacation spots, but there is that one that I always long to head back to.  Walt Disney World.  Why you ask? 

It’s the Little Things!

Well everyone knows that I love all things Disney, especially the Mecca of all things Disney, Walt Disney World.  At least once a week I get the old “Disney Again?” “Don’t you want to go somewhere else?” “Don’t you want to vacation other places?” “Why Disney?” “What makes Disney World so great?” Well in four words “It’s the little Things!”  I usually take at least 2 vacations a year, if not more.  I try to make one of them Walt Disney World.  It is hard to understand if you have never been to that shiny happy place in central Florida.  Sure there is the fact that it is an Amusement Park, but the “Amusement Park” part doesn’t make up one tenth of what makes Disney World magical. For me it is the Disney experience (wouldn’t you agree Michele?). When I go to stay at a hotel I usually don’t use the wake up call, especially if there is an alarm clock in the room, but at Disney you get a wake up call from the Big Cheese himself.  How can you not opt for that.  When you go to breakfast you don’t get just waffles, you get waffles in the shape of Mickey Mouse.  When you are at a non-Disney Amusement park and the line wait is 60 minutes to ride one of the major attractions you stand in line for 60 minutes with nothing to look at but the sweaty unhappy person in front of you.  Now think of this, you are waiting in Line for the Tower of Terror in Disney Studios.  The wait is 60 minutes.  You start out waiting in a zig zaggy path through the grounds of the Hollywood Hotel, you go past over-grown gardens, waterless fountains, statues that have eyes that follow you, you hardly notice that 20 minutes have past, now you are entering the Hotel, it is old and creepy, the lobby is covered in dust and it has that “old” smell, you go into a room and watch a short episode of the Twilight Zone and you don’t even know you are traveling to another line queue.  The doors of the room open (another 20 minutes gone) and you are in the basement of the hotel, you see the boilers and the cement and you are heading to an elevator, a service elevator.  After 20 minutes of exploring this area you are on the ride. So it isn’t like you stood in line an hour for a 2 minute ride.  It was an experience, not a line!  How about the music that is in the background no matter what area of the park you are in.  You don’t notice that the music fits the theme of where you are or that is changes with each new land you go into.  I could sit on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom for hours and watch.  Watch what?  Every thing, nothing.  Have you ever been to an Amusement Park that didn’t have as much as a gum wrapper on the ground, a park that has topiaries and manicured lawns and lakes and rivers all in one place.  How about a park that doesn’t have a thing that needs to be painted, it is brand new all the time.  Well if you have been to Walt Disney World you have!  You can go into Epcot and visit far off lands, travel around the world in a day.  As you go to each country everyone who works in that country is a native of it.  They speak the language, they have the stereotypical “look” they will share their home country with you.  It is also very cool that when you go into Germany you will run into Snow White, France has Belle and the Beast, Morocco…Yup Aladdin and Jasmine, you may even get lucky and see Mulan in China.  You can eat in tons of countries.  You can try natove foods with out traveling to the ends of the earth.  Did you know that under the Magic Kingdom is a whole town of tunnels and buildings?  The reason…Walt didn’t want the guest in Future World to see the Cast Members who work in Adventure Land on their way to their stations in their Adventure Land Clothes.  Walt didn’t want the experience of the future to be off even a little bit!  In Animal Kingdom there are continents that most of us have not had a chance to visit.  There are more animals then you can imagine.  There are two broadway worthy live shows.  You can see 100’s of carvings on the trunk of the Tree of life.  You can even stop to listen to a steal drum band and end up dancing with a photographer who works there. 

It is also the Joy and happiness.  When you are in the 47 square miles that make up Walt Disney World you are happy (tired, but happy).  Everyone around you is happy.  The other guests are smiling the children are ecstatic, the cast members (park workers) are helpful, happy and courteous.  It is an amazing place that fills you with joy.  A place like no other!

Weddings and marrying the love of my life is something else that fills me with Joy.  I think getting married on a tropical island surrounded by my closest friends, and then visiting the Happiest place on earth is pure magic.  I think spending my honeymoon, together time with the most wonderful guy ever, in a place that invokes such joy and happiness is a privilege.  It is a privilege I am so happy to have. 

So when people ask me why?, the only real answer is why not?  Most of the time the people asking have never experienced all there is experience in the Happiest Place on Earth, most of the time it is people who have no life experience and have spent their entire life in one place (I have met people who have never left the state of MD!).  I am not the closed minded one in the conversation.  I have seen alot of America and a few out of the country locations as well and no other place has the joy and happiness that you can find in those 47 square miles in central Florida.  No other place cares so much about “The Little Things”.  You don’t get the questions from people who have been to Disney World, never, those people know why you are going back! 

These are just some of the Little Things that make it so special. There are 100’s more! Do you have any to add????




If your baby was born in week 27 of pregnancy, he or she would have a 90 percent chance of surviving. He or she would also look similar to a baby born at 40 weeks, albeit a lot smaller and thinner. This period of pregnancy from 27 weeks onward is known as within the period of fetal viability.

Keep in mind, though, that there is still a lot of development that will occur during the next 13 weeks. Also, a premature baby born during this week of pregnancy will be in for a long hospital stay. A baby born this premature will probably not be able to breathe on his or her own, cannot maintain a consistent body temperature, and cannot protect him or herself against infections.

When you’re 27 weeks pregnant, your baby measures about 9.6 inches crown to rump, and weighs a little more than 2 pounds.

When you are 27 weeks pregnant, your baby’s brain embarks on a period of rapid growth. The forebrain grows to cover the rest of the brain, resulting in some important brain development.

During week 27 of pregnancy, your baby’s muscle coordination will allow him or her to start thumb sucking. This activity calms the baby and strengthens cheek and jaw muscles for nursing.

Other fetal development that is occurring when you are 27 weeks pregnant includes the following:

  • The network of nerves to the ear is completed
  • The baby takes some breaths, and although breathing in water, not air, it is good practice for the lungs
  • Eyelids begin to open, and the retinas begin to form
  • Your baby may be able to recognize your voice and your partner’s voice.

Change of Heart

We have had a great morning with Ryleah.  She is truly the best 2 year old in the world.  Ryleah has always been not to fond of Pete until today!  She loved him.  We all played ball for like an hour and then when the rain died down we headed to Cookies for breakfast!  Ryleah enjoyed talking to all the people in there and totally charmed them all.  She was cracking Pete up the whole time we were there.  She was “hiding” a crayon in her hand and getting him to pick which hand it was in.  It wasn’t hard since about half an inch of crayon was hanging out of each side of the little fist!  SOoo funny!  When we got home from breakfast she let Pete get her out of the car seat and carry her in the house.  She ran right for the office to play with the ball again.  Pete even got a hug!  Then she wanted to watch “Cinderelli”.  We all laid down on the sofa and watched the whole movie.  Pete fell asleep and Ryleah wanted some peanut butter so she and I got up.  I put the roast on and I got her some peanut butter (off a spoon none the less) and some Juice.  Then we laid back down and finished up the movie.  It is one of my favorites!  It is Ryleah’s absolute favorite!  Once the movie was over I took her up for a nap.  I have been doing some Honeymoon planning and I think I worked a few awesome things out!  I am soo excited!  It has been such a fun morning.  I love that Ryleah has come around and now is liking my sweet boy!  Nikki and I think that she was scared of him cause he kinda reminded her of her Dad but then he would get close and find out that Pete isn’t Jason.  They don’t look alike, but they are both big guys with glasses.  Whatever the reason it’s great that it’s over!  LOL