Monday, October 22, 2012

Yamboree, Family, and Friends...Oh My!

Well, we had an exciting weekend.  That was mainly because of announcing the coming of our little one!  I detailed that more fully in this blog post. :)

Thursday night, I went with Casey and the kids to Gilmer.  We ate at La Finca then headed to the Yamboree so the kids could ride the rides.  They had so much fun!
The kids at La Finca. :)
Riding the motorcycles.
Riding the bus.
Riding the boats.
Riding the carousel.
Again, riding the carousel.

Saturday was one of my coworkers 40th birthday.  Her loving sister sent her these flowers on Friday.  I just had to take a picture. :)

Friday, Nick & I went out with his family (brother, sister-in-law, nephew, aunt, uncle, and parents) to tell them about coming Baby Robertson. :)

Saturday, Nick & I went out with a group of our good friends to tell them about coming Baby Robertson. :)

Sunday evening, we went to the Mayben's house for my first try of goose.  Honestly, it was good. :)  Keyton then got a hold of my phone and wanted to take pictures.  We were having a dance party to "Price Tag", and Kenlie was singing. 
Keyton's photography skills.
Take a picture with
Kenlie performing. :)
Bailey got into the garage sale box. Ha!


Monday, October 8, 2012:

I can officially say, "I am pregnant!"  Nick & I will be welcoming little baby Robertson sometime in mid-June 2013.  I am so excited, and so is Nick.  I can't wait to tell our families and friends.  I know they'll all be very excited as well.  How I told Nick...

Yesterday, Sunday October 7th, I thought I was pregnant.  So, I took a pregnancy test.  It flashed positive, and I couldn't wait to tell Nick!  I went into the kitchen, and put some cinnamon rolls in the oven to start for breakfast.  Nick comes into the kitchen and exclaimed, "You made cinnamon rolls!"  I said, "Yes, we also have a bun in this oven!"  And pointed at my stomach...  Just kidding.  I had planned to do that, but I was impatient and ran into the bedroom to wake him up to tell him. :)

We've tossed around name ideas... Girl: Lillian Ruth, Darcy Anne, Boy: Brayden Dale, Parker Rex.  But we haven't settled on any that are for sure yes if it's a girl or boy.  Nick said he doesn't want to get hooked on one name for now.  We'll have one picked when we find out the gender though, I'm sure.

I'm not really having much of the pregnancy symptoms yet.  I am more tired than usual, but I'm trying to keep up and about, so I don't become a bump on a log.  Because of the fact that I'm not experiencing many symptoms, I wanted to have blood work done asap.  I knew that I could have my blood work done anywhere, so I called our family doctor, Blair MacBeath, and he got me into the lab today so I would know for sure.  He called me this afternoon and said, "It's positive!  Congratulations DeAnna!  Nick's the father, right?"  Such a jokester.  :)

I want to tell our parents, siblings, and our closest friends soon.  But I want to let everyone else know through our Christmas cards.  I don't know if Nick can wait that long though, and honestly, I don't know if I can either. :)  I've been busting at the seams to tell someone.  I did get to tell HR at work today, so someone there knows of my condition.  Our Sunday school teacher's wife, Friday, asked me before Sunday school if I was pregnant because I was glowing.  I just said, "I don't know.  We'll have to see."  I didn't want to say yes because we haven't even told our families yet.

I am planning on writing three pregnancy blogs, one for each trimester, plus this one and maybe one for my showers.  I'll post them at the end of each trimester, that way I'm not one of those annoying people who only talk about their pregnancy.  I want to document this, but not overwhelm any of my friends who want to keep up with me through the blog.  I plan on posting pics, writing things that are going on with me and my body (nothing graphic, I promise), and tell stories of how Nick is handling the pregnancy (he's super excited right now).

Funny story: I'm the one who knows where everything is in our house.  Nick asked me this evening after dinner, "What are we going to do if you get 'pregnant brain' and start forgetting where things are?  I'm going to be in so much trouble." :)

That's all for now, but I'll update the next time something relevant is up.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012:

Just a quick funny storry...

We were discussing what we wanted to do for dinner tonight before church, and Nick said, "Are you craving Taco Casa?  Do we need to head to Longivew?"  :)  He wants me to crave that because he's always craving it.  But, no, I'm not having any cravings yet.  We ate at Subway instead. Ha!

Friday, October 12, 2012:

Tonight, we told my parents, sister and Nick's parents about our coming little one.  Nick & I talked about it, and we decided our favorite way to tell them, was through what will be the nursery. 

Nick's grandmother gave Nick & I a glider and ottoman a few years ago.  It's been sitting at my in laws' house since then.  Awful, I know.  But between being in college and moving three times, we never remembered to get it.  Everytime we were at their house, we would say, "Oh, we need to take that home with us."  But we never did.  So, yesterday evening, Nick & I went to his parents' house to pick up the chair and ottoman.  We didn't want to tell them yet about the little one, but we needed to get everything set up to tell them all the next day.  So, we just told them that I had found a blog on Pinterest showing how to redo a glider, and I was wanting that to be my next craft project.  They bought it, and we went took the items home.  We set them in the middle of the floor of the purple bedroom (aka the nursery).  We also got a small side table and lamp to sit next to the chair.  We put a bottle and pacifier on the table, and I made a sign to put on the chair that said, "Coming Soon...  We're due in June!"

My parents arrived first.  They and my sister were coming for dinner, and my sister was spending the weekend with us.  As soon as they got there, we did all the greetings, and then I said, "Hey!  Y'all come see what we did to the glider Nick's Memaw gave us."  They walked into the room, and my Mom literally squealed with delight!  Dad & Mom were ecstatic, gave us hugs, and said they were super excited.

My sister showed up about 30 minutes later.  I told her the same about the glider.  She walked in and said, "Seriously?!  No way!  Congratulations!"  She's excited to get to spoil her future niece/nephew rotten.

Nick's parents came over after dinner.  We were all heading to go eat ice cream at Diddy's.  They came in, and we were all visiting.  I waited until Nick was in the living room again to deliver the glider comment a third time.  When Melanie & Joe first saw it, you could tell they were a little confused.  After all, we had just picked the glider up the day before.  It looked exactly the same except for the sign.  We watched them read the sign, and simultaneously, their jaws dropped.  Melanie exclaimed, "Seriously?!"  They're very excited too.  Extra note: Melanie told us today (Sunday, October 14) that every time she woke up through the night, she was thinking about our little one. :)  Back to the story.

Everyone was very excited, and we talked about the baby non-stop pretty much.  My Mom was giddy with excitement.  Melanie was excited too, but she doesn't really get giddy. :)  After dessert at Diddy's, both sets of parents headed in their opposite directions.  My Sister went back home with us.  We (Sister and I) stayed up late to talk about names, nursery ideas, and fabric for baby bedding.  This baby is already so loved!

Thursday, October 18, 2012:
Today was my first doctor's appointment... and by doctor's appointment, I mean lots of questions from the nurse and never actually seeing the doctor.  The doctor visit will be next time.

It wasn't too exciting, lots of questions about my background, familial background, and giving me a goody bag full of fun stuff (books, calcium chews, diaper samples, etc.).  Nick didn't go with me to this appointment, but I was told to bring him to the next one.  I think I'll be getting an ultrasound that day.  Yay!  I'll be right at 9 weeks for my next appointment.  I'm so excited!

Friday, October 19 - Sunday October 21, 2012:
This weekend, we told lots of friends and families AND made it "facebook official". :)  So much for telling everyone through Christmas cards.

We went out to eat with Nick's brother, sister-in-law, aunt, uncle, and parents.  Nick was running about an hour behind (he was working in Texarkana), so he told me to NOT make ANY announcements until he was there.  I kept my word.  As soon as he got there, the waitress brought him some food, and he asked me, "Did you get enough to eat?"  I said, "Yep, sure did."  Then he said, "Did you eat enough for two?"  I said, "I think so!"  And...dead silence.  NO ONE caught it.  :)  Nick & I just looked at each other... what now?!  Melanie was having a fit and trying not to laugh because no one understood the meaning of it.  Aunt Patsy started asking me questions about the family reunion t-shirt I'm designing.  I was answering questions and mentioned about making a family tree with all the cousins, and Nick said, "Speaking of cousins, Owen is going to have one."  THAT got everyone's attention!  There was much congratualtions and hugs going around.  And I think Owen is excited for a cousin.  Tovah sent me this picture later that evening. :)

Nick & I called lots of friends and family members to tell them.  We got lots of squeals and excitement.  My favorite was probably from one of my longest running best friends, Hannah Ruth.  She's up in Wyoming, so we don't get to see her too often, but we try to stay in touch.  I called her twice, and she wasn't answering.  She finally sent me a text, and this is the conversation that ensued...

The phone immediately started ringing.  The conversation started with, "Tell me everything."  Han is so excited and can't wait to meet the little one.  We'll definitely have to take a family vacation to see them once the little one arrives! :)

We also met with the Maybens, Finks, Borums, and Jernigans for dinner.  As soon as everyone was there, seated, and our drink orders placed with the waitress, I made the announcement.  Cheering, smiles, congrats, and hugs followed.  Casey said she almost cried. :)  They are all so excited.  Casey told Kenlie and Keyton on Sunday about the baby, Kenlie teared up and said, "Really?  Can I hold it?  Is she having it today?"  Casey had to explain the baby would have to grow in DeAnna's tummy the way Keyton had to grow in Mommy's tummy.  Keyton said, "Nana's having a baby?  Can I play with it?"  I love those kids.  Casey said she wishes she would have waited and told them when I could have seen their reactions. 

Speaking of kids' reactions.  Our old neighbors (who now live in Texarkana) found out through our facebook post this weekend.  Chesley told their daughter, Kate, and Kate's reply was, "Yea, I wish I were still there neighbors so I could babysit. Tell them I want to see them soon and I want to know what it is."  These kids have been the biggest blessings with their responses.  Out of the mouths of babes. :)

We told our Sunday school teachers at Sunday school.  We have a bulletin board in our class, and members have been bringing pictures of their family to put on the board.  Nick & I took the below photo with a camera and tripod Sunday morning.  I printed the photo out, and handed it to Friday when we walked in the door.  I said, "This is our family picture for the board."  There was a pause, then a SQUEAL!  PJ ran over to see what the hoopla was about.  He looked at the photo, then ran downstairs to the sanctuary (where the first service was letting out) and proceeded to show everyone he could the photo.  Needless to say, the church found out very quickly.  When we got home from church, we put the same photo on facebook, and it went crazy!  I felt so loved by the reaction we got from everyone.  I know people are excited, and we are too!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Star Wars, NEEDTOBREATHE, and Sister...Oh MY!

This past weekend was a lot of fun!

My sister came to spend the weekend with us.  Nick & I got NEEDTOBREATHE tickets for her birthday and the concert was Saturday.  So, she decided to make a weekend of it. :)

Friday night, my parents also came down and we had dinner and visited lots.  Nick smoked leg quarters and sausage, and I made the sides.  Nick's parents came over after we finished eating and brough along Cubby so my family could meet him. :)  He was super cute, and Satchel was jealous.  Ha!  Then the seven of us went to eat dessert at Diddy's in Mt. Pleasant.  My parents and Nick's parents headed to their homes and Sister went back to the house with us.  We stayed up late talking and visiting some more. :)
This was actually taken Thursday night, but you see the way Satch is acting.
Saturday, Sister and I had a Star Wars marathon.  I'm ashamed to say that up until this weekend, I've never seen Star Wars.  I know, I'm an awful person.  Whatever.  I tried once, but I made the mistake of starting with Episode I.  My sister said the new ones are awful, and the original ones are the only ones worth watching.  She said the new ones were only good for background information.  SO, with that being said, we watched Episodes IV and V on Saturday.  Then we got ready and headed to Longview.  We ate at Cheddar's then headed to the Belcher Center for an AWESOME NEEDTOBREATHE concert.  This is my third, Sister's fourth, and Nick's second NEEDTOBREATHE concert.  There were pluses and minuses for this one.  The other two concerts I've been too were at The House of Blues in Dallas.  The feel there is completely different.  However, Bear seemed to be more in his element at this one.  He spoke more freely about God and what He's done in their lives.  So, it was still a great concert, but just different from the other ones I've been too.  They did do "Girl Named Tennessee" which is probably my favorite song from The Outsiders album.  I was giddy with excitement when it started. :)
NEEDTOBREATHE!  Sister took more pictures, but hasn't posted any of them...
Sunday, we all went to church, then Sister, Nick & I had lunch with Joe & Melanie.  Then Sister and I watched Episode VI.  So completes my first experience with Star Wars.  It was good... not as good as LOTR, but still very good.  Nick had to work all day (office work).  Once Sister left, I put in LOTR: Return of the King and took a nap.  Then Nick & I ate dinner and made an early night of it.  Good weekend, and excited for this upcoming weekend.  Should be hanging out with lots of family and friends. :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Football, Cleaning, and Columbus...Oh My!

I've been rather boring this weekend.

Nick & I went to dinner with the Mayben's before the football game Friday night.  Casey told me a story of something Kenlie asked her.  Kenlie was wanting to know who all her aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, etc. were.  After Casey went through all the family members, Kenlie asked, "Well, what is DeAnna?  I want her to be something."  I thought that was so cute!  Love that kid.  She also asked, "Is DeAnna my 'Nana?'"  Keyton calls me "Nana" because "DeAnna" won't quite work for him yet.  Casey had to tell her I'm just a friend, not an aunt or a "Nana," but I thought it was just too precious. :)  Anyways, back to the evening.  We ate dinner then went to the football game.  It got SUPER cold while we were there (okay only 65 but it was windy and we weren't dressed for cold).  We all thought the cold front wasn't supposed to come through until midnight, but we were wrong.  We ended up leaving after half time because none of us could handle the chills any longer.  We all headed over to the Fink's house to watch the kids play and just visit for a while in the warmth. :)  Kelley & David skipped the football game because the Rangers were playing. and David was NOT going to miss that.  But we were able to hang out with the Finks, Maybens, and Jernigans for about an hour before we all headed home.
Kenlie and I at the football game.
Saturday morning, Nick & I met the Mayben's and the entire Goldsmith clan (minus Aaron Daniel) at the Hot Link Joint for breakfast.  We got to visit with Kat & Cole a lot.  We played with Kenlie and Keyton, and talked with everyone we knew there.  Always nice to go there for breakfast.

After we left the Hot Link Joint, Nick & I went to look at some of the jobs he's bidding and currently working on, then we went home and tackled our out of control garage situation.  I want to have a garage sale in two weeks, but our stuff was EVERYWHERE!  So, we worked for the better part of the afternoon, now my car fits in the garage, and most of our things are well organized.  That makes me happy. :)  We went and ate dinner with Joe & Melanie at Pete's.  We split a pizza and squealer appetizer.  It was delicious!  Then we all headed home.
See!  It fits!
Sunday, we went to church, went and ate lunch at Two Senioritas, then headed home.  Nick had to work on billing and bids for his business, and I needed to take a NAP!  :)  It was glorious.  I put in The Killers but only watched about 30 minutes of it before I was out like a light.  Nick woke me up, I made dinner then cleaned house.  My sister is coming over this weekend, and I needed to work on getting clean linens on the bed and the guest bathroom usable. :)  OH, and Nick's business website is up and running!  Check out when you get a chance!

Monday was Columbus Day, and the bank was closed so I was off.  I went to a funeral for my great Uncle Carl.  I don't really remember much of Uncle Carl, but I do know his daughters and granddaughters and love them very much!  So I headed to Clarksville for the visitation and graveside service.  About 40 of the Patriot Guard were also there for the processional out to the graveside which was very neat.  Uncle Carl was in the navy during WWII.  It was a beautiful ceremony, and I know Carl Roberts, Jr., Master Electrician, will be missed.  A fun memory pertaining to Uncle Carl.  His daughters, Carlene and Sheila, threw me a graduation party at Carlene's lake house for some of my good friends when I graduated high school.  Carlene and Sheila both refer to their father a lot during conversation, and most times it's something like this, "Carl Roberts taught me how to ski when I was little."  Or, "Carl Roberts showed me how to park this boat." Or, "Carl Roberts always used to tell this story..."  One of my friends, Danielle, asked me, "DeAnna, am I supposed to know who Carl Roberts is?  Is he famous or something?"  I laughed and said, "No, that's my great uncle, their dad."  :)  They loved their father, and you could most definitely tell.

I'll be cleaning house this week, then my Sister is coming to spend the weekend with us.  We're going to the NEEDTOBREATHE concert in Longview on Saturday.  I'm super duper excited!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Football, Pups, and Parties... OH MY!

So, to start, I have a fun job and was able to design a pair of boots for the "Awareness is the First Step" event that Mount Pleasant had today.  I decorated the boots on Friday.  I should have taken before and after photos, but I didn't.  They were originally red.  I bought them at a thrift store in Mt. Pleasant, and I bought all the craft supplies at Wal-Mart.  It was a super fun project, but we didn't win.  No biggie though, it was still fun. :)

Our theme was "Kick Down Cancer!  Schedule your mammogram today!"

Friday night, we attended the football game.  We lost, but we had fun all the same.  Nick & I ate with the Mayben's before the game at Cactus (best fajitas in town).  A lady that sits behind us in the stands each week gave Keyton a glowing bouncy ball (not the best idea for a very active two-year-old boy in metal stands), but he had a blast playing with it, and we only had to go on one rescue mission beneath the bleachers. :)
Hard to get a photo of this little one. :)
Make it glow Keyton! 
Saturday, Nick & I headed to Longview to give Melanie her Mother's Day present (finally).  After many orders, cancelled orders, and reorders, we finally got Melanie's Kendall Wright jersey in.  We all decided to get together for lunch to give Melanie her gift.  She was excited and didn't know what the heck was going on. :)  She thought we were all just getting together to admire the newest addition to the Robertson clan, a very cute, chocolate, brindle Dachsund named Cubby.  I was voting for the name Bear, but Melanie felt he was too tiny to be a bear, so she decided on a bear cub, hence Cubby.  He's super sweet and cuddly, and all of 4 pounds.  Let's hope he can hold his weight in our family. :)
Melanie opening her gift.
Yay!  Go Kendall!
Let's go Titans!
Nick snuggling with Cubby.  Satchel went NUTS sniffing Nick's shirt when we got home.
Owen checking out Cubby's kennel.
Saturday evening, Nick & I headed out with Mitchell & Casey to the winery for dinner then to the celebrate Lindsey's birthday.  We had a blast, as always!  It was raining and we sat on the covered porch.  It was so nice (and even slightly chilly).
Mitchell & Casey (sorry for the darkness).
Husband and I at the winery.
The birthday girl!  She was holding a very sleepy Trey. :)
Sunday, I took a GLORIOUS nap (haven't done that in a while) while Nick worked.  Then, I made chili and cornbread, and we watched the return of Once Upon a Time.  YAY!!  I've missed that show.  Nick also hung my chandelier on the back porch which I was so excited about.  Background on this chandelier...  I had received an ABC Distributing catalog back two months ago.  I saw this wine bottle chandelier and thought it would be cool on our back porch since we have wine bottle tiki torches.  So, I ordered the chandelier.  Well, it needs 16 wine bottles to fill it up.  Now, neither of us are big wine drinkers, but we do like to go out to the winery with friends.  We were out there a few weeks ago, and I asked our waitress for any empty wine bottles they might have in the back.  I didn't know if she'd actually give them to me, but she (and our table and the surrounding tables) provided me with 16 all in one night.  I was excited and we finally got it hung last night.  It looks great and will provide ample lighting on our back porch at dark now. :)
We ate on the back porch tonight. :)
Close up.
I couldn't remember if I've posted pics of the wine bottle tiki torches...
Another tiki.