Thursday, March 04, 2010


We put Joshua next to Iris and he grabbed her hand without any prompting from us. It was the sweetest thing. Hopefully Joshua will be a sensitive boy - we know he's definitely a flirt with the ladies at church.
Joshua looks like the supersized version of little Iris
He just was so intrigued by her. He just kept looking at her. I can't wait to see them play together as they get older.

Monday, February 08, 2010

The longest roadtrip, 36" of Snow and Sister time

My little sister had her little girl, Iris May, January 28th. She was just perfect. Unfortunately little Iris had to come home with a Billy Blanket to help her jaundice.I forgot how little and light 7lbs is. She's just like a little baby doll. Kelly is doing such a good job.

My dad, step mom Brenda, Joshua and I loaded into their minivan at 8pm on Friday night and drove 14HOURS through a snow storm to go and meet Iris and help Kelly any way we could. For the most part - Joshua slept through the night and he did really well. Unfortunately, I cannot sleep in cars so after we go there I was exhausted!!!!! And my child was very well rested. The trip is supposed to take 10 hours but since Snowmegedon - as they were calling it. The most snow Pittsburgh had gotten in 10 years - and yep we decided to drive in it.When we got there - my sister Christi (who lives in LA) had flown in for the birth of Iris was still there and we got to spend an extended visit since no flights were leaving PA until Tuesday.I don't get to talk to Christi much since she works way too much to live in LA and when she's not working - she's at the beach or doing fun stuff like being on a Food Network Cupcake It was nice to really get to talk to her and spend some quality time with her.
Everyone was OVERWHELMED at how big Joshua had gotten in 2 months. He got many nicknames from this trip... one being "Moose." He's getting so big and will be 5 months in two days - I can't believe it. He's been a little fussy this trip but he's out of his element and not on his schedule - I hope that we can get back on it soon when we get home.Here's some quality sister time and time with "Oba" -which is the name Christi is being called instead of Aunt Christi.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Getting Big....

I am sorry it's been so long - but I've been a little busy. Joshua is getting so big and he keeps me busy not to mention I'm trying to work odds and ends here and there. Oh yeah, and I am fighting a falsified claim on my unemployment ruling - which said I quit last job - in which I was let go. So, needless to say I am shoulder deep in paperwork and trying to fight for my appeal.

Here's some pictures of Joshua being a big boy and sitting up in the chair all by himself.There's no doubt about it....he's a red head

Friday, January 22, 2010

Umbrellas given during the storms of life

A year ago today, my life changed in a way I had not imagined. It began some of the hardest days of my life. I was 5 weeks pregnant and lost my job at a place I adored and felt like I spent time with family each day. Prior to losing my job, I had met with my pastor about my uncertainity at my job since I was being met with about my performance - which before that I felt like I was doing well and it was reinforced by my direct supervisor. Anyways.....My pastor gave me a book "A Tale of Three Kings: A studying in brokenness" by Gene Edwards. I now understand why he gave it to me and I wish I would have read it a year ago. I didn't get around to it due to school, trying to find a job, finding a HORRIBLE job and surviving it. This book is an easy read! I truly appreciated what it taught me and how I was given an umbrella for the storms now and to come. I recommend this book to anyone who really wants to grow in the Lord. The back cover describes this book as a study in brokenness, submission and authority.
I hope you will check it out!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Joshua's New Swing

This is Joshua's new swing. It is bringing him hours of naps and me hours of silence in order to get things done around the house. This little swing is the most wonderful thing that has happened to me. Before Joshua had a small travel swing. It did not go very fast and it didn't go high. His sitter, during school, insisted that he loved her swing - but he didn't care for the swing at home so we finally came to the conclusion that our swing just wasn't doing it for him.

It's an automatic difference. He loves it. I am kind of jealous. I want a swing this nice. Can you imagine what a sing like this for adults would be like...first of all it would be probably the size of my Anyways, this swing is making everyone in the Schindler household very happy. Thank you Grandma Brenda for buying it for us.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

College T's

I was long do you keep your old college T-shirts. I have TONS of old college T-shirts from all my time participating in campus activities, sorority functions and even the free T-shirt given by vendors and such. They are OLD. I graduated in 2000 - 10 years ago. And I know how silly I look sporting a shirt with 1996 Mizzou Homecoming, but they are just so darn comfortable.

I do have many that have small holes in them and at one point I was going to make a quilt out of all of them so I could still have the memories but not be able to weart them to the gym. Now I have to admit - I don't wear these shirts out of the house much, they are usually my night shirts. Michael is really lobbying hard for me to get rid of them. I know I should but how do I replenish my T-shirts. I will be getting rid of 80% of my T-shirts when I get rid of all my college shirts. I know that there are grown-up options for gym wear and lounging around the house - but I don't have the money to completely replenish my causual wear to plain T-shirs and printed T's from Old Navy, etc.

So what's a girl to do? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this and whether or not you are still holding on to your college memories through your old T-shirts?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Our new talent

He's Calling Grandma

I know that one day he will actually say this to me and call Nina, Grammy, or Grandma. They can't wait for this to happen....

Christmas Baby or Chippendale

So my mom gave me this bib. I put Joshua in them and didn't realize he kind of looks like Chris Farley as a Chippendale....LOL.