Monday, November 24, 2008


This post comes with a huge *sigh*... seriously, I finally get it all caught up, turn around and BAM! There's another mountain! To be fair, Ryan usually has his work out clothes, his work clothes, then regular clothes all in the same day- multiply that by five... anyhow you see my dilema... putting away laundry is the most annoying household chore for me. Give me dishes, cleaning the bathrooms, dusting, vacuuming but do not ask me to fold clothes and put them in drawers. Don't ask me why- it doesn't make sense. What's your worst household chore to do- the one you avoid at all costs?

Another question...
My daughter has the CUTEST clothes EVER- seriously, it's so fun to pick out her outfit every day- is it morally wrong that my daughter has cuter clothes than me? She's going to need a bigger closet than me! why do they make kids clothes so dang cute?! ESPECIALLY girl clothes! Regardless, between her and my husband, our washing machine is getting a LOT of use- I guess I should get used to it- it'll only grow with each member of the family we keep adding-*sigh*

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Me encanta Mexico!

HOLA! Today I was reminicing and came across pictures from me and Ryan's anniversary trip to Cancun. I thought I would post and take a trip down memory lane...

This is a crab we saw on the beach- he kept running then burying himself in the sand- it was hilarious!

This is us at Chichen Itza- it was amazing!!! We wanted to hike to the top of the pyramid but a week before some drunk idiot went to the top and fell off- thanks a lot mister, that was the whole purpose we went to Chichen Itza! We still had fun- a lot of ancient Mayan ruins to see in Cancun! Oh, this is the last picture taken of my Christian Dior sunglass Ryan got for me- I loved those sunglasses, they are forever lost at sea in the Carribean ocean...

This is us at sunrise on the beach- the water is warm all the time and we went for an early morning dip while all the partiers were sleeping off their hangovers. Cancun and Cozumel has some of the best reefs in the world! Ahh, I love it there!

On our way to Chichen Itza we stopped at a rainforest park, it was amazing! We hiked down into this wide open hole filled with water, a tree grew above and the roots of the tree came down into this cavity. At the bottom, the roots touch a pool of warm water, and you could go swimming in between the roots. It was awesome!!

So... we stayed at a beautiful resort, and when I booked it, they said there was a mini fridge in the room- awesome! Well, they lied, so Ryan and I improvised!

Needless to say, it was an amazing anniversary trip! As I wonder what we will do for our fifth anniversary (with the economy and me not working, probably Del Taco and a Net flix) I know that whatever we do, it will be the best anniversary ever- because I married the best guy in the world for me. It doesn't matter where we are or what we do, we always have a great time because we are together. I am super lucky!Love you babe! Thanks for taking a walk with me down memory lane...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Sleeping Beauty...

Hailyn just slept from 9 pm until 5:20 am straight through. I'm so excited- let's keep this up baby girl! (Now if I can figure out a way to slow time down- she's growing up so fast!)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Dune Diva!

This last weekend, Ryan and I headed out (with our lil' bit) to Dumont Sand Dunes to hang with Ry's fam and friends. We rode four wheelers, had a campfire, ate an awesome dinner, and enjoyed a fireworks show- IT WAS A BLAST!!! We had SOOOOO much fun- we want to buy a four wheeler now (sadly, that will have to wait a bit:() Me being the dork I am, only took a few pics. Here is Hailyn chillin' at the dunes- she absolutely LOVED it- she was so good- she only cried when we had to leave (I was crying too:)

Here's a pic of one of the four wheelers I rode (on the left)

It was SO much fun! We had such an awesome time- thanks guys for such a wonderful weekend! Love ya!

1 month update!

Ok, so Ryan and I just took Hailyn to the pediatrician and here are some stats:
Birth info:
weight: 8lbs, 4oz
height: 20 and 1/2 inches

1 month:
weight: 10lbs, 2oz
height: 22 and 1/4 inches

She is in the 90 percentile for weight and 95 percentile for height- our baby girl is growing! Doc said she is perfect and all is well!

Ok, here are some updated photos of sweet little Hailyn!

Here she is on Halloween- she was a kitty cat! Meow!

Here she is in a sweet little tutu! She's so cute! Future ballerina!

She ate a little too much- here was the result! Gotta love that face!

She's so big now!

100 random facts about me...

Ok, I just saw Ashley's blog and thought it was fun- so I am going to TRY to do a list of at least 100 random tidbits about me...
1. I usually order the same thing at a restaurant- I am a creature of habit and when I find something good, I'm scared to venture away
2. To contradict myself with the above statement, I love traveling! I want to travel everywhere, all over the world- my hubby says it exhausts him
3. I always secretly wanted twins- crazy right? I was always scared of being pregnant and going through labor and delivery (and go figure, all those things were SUPER difficult- not one part was smooth sailing) and I thought, twins, easy, I can get two birds with one stone- after having just one, I don't think I want twins anymore:)
4. Ryan and I went to high school (and junior high) together yet didn't date
5. I was a big student council nerd- class secretary two years, student body secretary senior year
6. I miss making the paint signs for assemblies and dances
7. I can make a balloon arch
8. I am a certified montessori teacher- 3-6
9. I want to open my own montessori school
10. I was homecoming lady freshman year
11. After being crowned homecoming lady, vowed I would never let myself get nominated for another royalty court
12. I ran track in high school- ran being a loose term
13. I participated in the 100, 200meter and long jump events
14. I sucked at all three events
15. I once bruised my schilles tendon sliding down the baister in my old house. I was holding a cup in between my teeth, I heard a joke on the tv upstairs in my parents' room, I laughed, the cup fell between my knees, I plummited down to the tile below
16. I never could dance the same after no. 15
17. I can't ever shut my brain off- I have come up with a million inventions, business ideas
18. I am a chronic insomiac- I have been since I was sixteen
19. The reason- stress, my mom's death was the trigger
20. Insomnia and a baby- fun for all! When I do get to sleep she usually wakes me up five minutes later- ha ha- it's working out :P
21. I had to go to a specialist while I was pregnant with Hailyn- she turned out perfect:)
22. I was in labor 32+ hours with her
23. I pushed for three of those hours- no drugs- no strength
24. I get the need to wiggle my fingers and toes- a nervous twitch perhaps?
25. I am writing a book-I have ideas for literally 15 more (my brain never shuts off)
26. I looooove ice cream
27. I like to bake- cooking- not so much!
28. I love to shop for tops- not pants (It makes for a dramatic effect- quite the fashion statement- haha)
29. I have to draw a chart to explain my family- it went over really well on dates:)
30. I LOVE dressing Hailyn up- she has the CUTEST little outfits and awesome bows to go along- it's way fun
31. To go with that, I love dressing her more than me (see the dillema I face in no. 28)
32. I make a mean batch of chocolate chip cookies, and homemade cupcakes, and homemade brownies- it's amazing my hubby is as trim as he is:)
33. My mom taught me that you don't know how to cook until you can make white sauce (I think I remember?-egads- I can't cook)
34. I am a sucker for reality tv- I love Top chef, Top Design, Project rumway ect.
35. After watching such shows,I then believe I can do what they do- I can be a chef, I can be a designer- actually, I can't
36. I read really fast, like really fast
37. I have number dyslexia, tell me your phone number, I'll switch two numbers every time
38. My mother-in-law painted my toes for me when I was preggers and could not reach my toes- they never looked so beautiful:)
39. My nails grow super fast- so does my hair- even before pregnancy
40. I love sleeping on my stomach- am glad to do it again
41. I have never been on a cruise- I hope to change that soon
42. I once brought a stray cat in for show in tell in the forth grade- it belonged to another kid in my class- I cried
43, To go among with 42, I rarely, cry- it's just a thing!
44. My hubby is better at interior design than I am
45. The only boy I've ever said I love you to is Ryan:)
46. I took 24 credits, worked 50 hours a week and did my montessori training in a year so I could finish all my schooling at once- I was worried about getting pregnant and not being able to finish
47. I'm glad I finshed (see above) because I was so sick with Hailyn I had to stop working mid-pregnancy
48. I was once sick 21 times in a day with her
49. I absolutely love dancing
50. I'd love to have a piano one day again (Hailyn's got paino playin' fingers!)
51. My car always has ten+ bottles of water in it- that drives ryan nuts!
52. I truly despise mean people, greedy people and fake people
53. I tend to call a spade a spade- it's gotten me in trouble a few times- ryan calls it the no-filter from brain to mouth (I'm working on it!)
54. On the same note, I truly NEVER EVER mean to offend anyone! I've learned to say only what I mean- and to try to do so nicely:)
55. I put ketchup on my scrambled eggs
56. I will NEVER paint a room with Ryan again- he can do it himself- he's better at it anyway:)
57. Ryan also makes the best pancakes and scrambled eggs ever- I will never make either for him- EVER
58. I've never lost an election I've run in- weird huh?
59. I love rockclimbing
60. I love shooting
61. Ryan got me a gun for my 21st birthday- it rocks! He also got a matching gun for himself:)
62. I love four wheeling at the dunes- new hobby for me:) My new favorite!
63. I love camping, hiking- nothing beats a campfire
64. I love theatre
65. I have seen the Phantom of the Opera Show here four times- blue man group four times, I have seen Danny Gans twice, Gordie Brown once, Avenue Q once, Spamalot once, the producers once (with David Hasselhof-ha ha)mystere once and Lance Burton twice- I'm sure I'm missing a few- yes I am a junkie
66. Target is one of my favorite places ever
67. I love old school madonna- not so much the new stuff
68. On that note- I also love Thriller and Beat it from Michael Jackson- I know I know!
69. I can ROCK the electric slide
70. I minored in Spanish at UNLV
71. I majored in English- BA!!!
72. I am three credits away from minoring in education- sigh whatev
73. I have taken the class for those three credits three times- and have dropped it everytime- I hate grammar! In my defense, it was advanced grammar and a 600 level class- ick! Still hate it- gerunds and what not... ick!
74. It's ironic that I could pass the Spanish advanced grammar but not the English- strange...
75. On that note- on our anniversary trip to Cancun, I spoke Spanish most of the time with the locals- it was awesome!
76. On the same trip, I, like an idiot, wore my Christian Dior $300 sunglasses into the ocean- a tide came, you can guess the rest- I cried for an hour- a rare time I cried- yes, I was stupid and learned a lesson
77. I got a new pair of Christian Dior sunglasses for christmas that year- not the same but cute nonetheless- still hanging on to them
78. I am now a Christian Dior sunglasses whore- can't enjoy them now- these will last me a long time though
79. I am a coach handbag whore too- I have three of them- it will stay that way a loooong time!
80. I couldn't relax on my honeymoon (Hawaii) ryan has since taught me to relax
81. I also cry more being married to Ryan (not cause he causes it- let me be clear- he's just taught me it's ok to let go and express myself)
82. I truly married the perfect man for me! He's my gift from heaven- I had to work to earn him!
83. I took a latin class- ick!
84. I unintentianlly dropped a whole dress size before I got married
85. Rain is awesome- it puts me in a better mood!
86. I am happy cuddling at home with my honey
87. I am also happy outside playing
88. my daughter dresses cuter than I do
89. I hate doing 'administrative work'- calling to dispute a credit card charge, dealing with paperwork- ugh!
90. I used to be crafty and now I'm not- explain that to me?
91. I had pierced ears, ryan bought me diamond studs, I put them in, my ears closed up
92. I never re-pierced my ears
93. Jane Austen is my favorite author!
94. I still kiss the roofof my cieling when I drive my car through a yellow light- it drives ryan nuts!
95. Fish freak me out
96. So do birds
97. and snakes
98. Ryan once came home with a pet snake- he found the snake a new, loving home
99. I can't wait to get back to my original pre-pregnancy size- well, lets go back a few years, my wedding size:)
100. I dyed my hair dark- and I love it!
I now challenge all of you to include 100 random facts about you- it was kind of hard! Now get to it!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

A moment of gratitude...

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thought I would write a little about what I'm thankful for, even though it is a few weeks early. First, all I can say about my life so far is WOW! I am SOOO blessed to have THE most amazing people in my life. Ryan and I have been overwhlemed with the amount of love and support reached out to us in the past few months. My pregnancy was not exactly smooth sailing, neither was the labor and delivery. The recovery has been horrible. As some of you know, I got really sick two weeks after Hailyn's birth and ended up in the ER, and I was very weak for a while. We have been the reciepients of SUCH love, from people bringing us dinner, to cleaning our house, coming over to watch Hailyn while I rested, helping me grocery shop, running random errands, calls to check on us... we are so blessed to have such extraordinary people in our lives! I just hope that we can be there for all of you whenever you need it and we hope you all know how much you mean to us! We feel so blessed to have such a strong support group here and we hope you all know hoe grateful we are and how much we love you!!

A look back!

Ok, so I'm going through the million pics on my camera (ok, 500+) and decided I need to share some of our fondest memories from the year past on my blog, so it's a blogging expedition in reverse! I will casually start unloading all my pics, my life in reverse. Get ready for a falsh back extravaganza!
Only yesterday, I was massivley pregnant and enjoying the company of some of my closest friends and family at an AWESOME baby shower- here are a few pics from that day...(ok, so it was a few months ago) here's a look back

Here I am opening a few gifts...

Here are the letters I made for Hailyn's room, mathcing the awesome quilt Amanda made for her (the picture wouldn't download of the quilt... grrrr)

Here's a sweet outfit- Hailyn recieved the nicest gifts!

These are just a few pics, I'm having issues downloading my pictures right now- I love computers! Anyhow, I'll post more pics on flickr when I get a chance. Thank you to everyone who made Hailyn's shower to wonderful! We were overwhelmed with the generosity and love outpoured towards us! Thank you again to everyone!

Where in the world is Mikey?

Since I've just recently joined the blogging world, I was looking through the 500+ pictures still saved on my camera (yes, I am that lame) and realized I have many fantastic memories saved on my camera, but what good are my pics if I can't preserve them and share them with our families and friends? Here are some precious pictures of our dogs...
Some of you may know that three years ago, we got our sweet little dog Bailey. I was never much of a dog person, but Bailey quickly changed my mind. She is smart, obedient, doesn't shed, and is the greatest dog ever! We love her!

Well, weloved Bailey so much, we thought to ourselves, "Bailey needs a friend, she's lonely" (we should've just had a baby! Babies are WAAAAAAY more fun, and so far, less trouble)
Anyhow, that led us to Mikey, one of the biggest mistakes Ryan and I have ever made. Mikey is a purebred English Bulldog, and was the cutest little tyke we ever laid eyes on, the moment we saw him, true love- he was so stinkin' cute! So, we ponied up WAY too much dough (there goes my five year anniversary trip to Europe!) and we purchased this lil' guy- he was six weeks old (awwww...)
Yes, we taught him to ride a skateboard- he was pretty good- no Tyson, but he was on his way

Well, the honeymoon quickly ended...
He ate all of our furniture! Seriously, our beautiful area rug, chewed and peed on, he ate three out of six of our dining room chairs, and he chewed our dvd wooden armoire holder. We had to put down wood floors because he destroyed our carpet, we re-did our backyard, he chewed through the fence and ripped out the grass. Supposedly, English Bulldogs are supposed to be really good with kids, he would torture our sweet little Bailey to death! Bailey would be laying on her bed oh so sweetly, he'd come over and bite her on the face, the ears. He would try to eat Bailey's food. We did EVERYTHING we could, and we finally found a family to just take him off our hands. They tried to give him back! They now found a family to take him off thier hands... he could be on his fifth home by now. I do feel a little guilt, him getting passed around that way, but I truly feel worse that he cause THOUSANDS of dollars worth of damage to our lives. Oh, to think what we could do with that money... A new four wheeler perhaps? Europe for our anniversary? Add to Hailyn's collge fund. A few lessons I learned from this experience: the best things in life truly are free (Bailey:) and the second lesson is- looks truly can be decieving- Mikey was a wolf in sheep skin- the devil incognito! The only comfort I get is knowing that one, my house is in better order (although I do desperatly need new furniture now- really badly!) and Mikey is no longer torturing our lives. We still have Bailey and love her- and Bailey certainly loves Hailyn- a much better companion for her than Mikey was. Sigh. Regrets. Does anyone else have any?

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

ABC's-easy as 123

A- Attached or Single? Very attached to my sweetie Ryan:)
B- Best Friend? Diamonds of course! Diamonds are a girl's best friend!!! :) Ok, Ryan
C- Cake or Pie? Mmm.. tough. Love choc. cake- love chocolate satin pie from marie callenders
D- Day of Choice?Sundays. Again tough- probably sunday because I spend the whole day with Ryan
E- Essential Item? Currently, my boppy- I know such a mom answer
F- Favorite Color? Sage green or like a gray blue
G- Gummy Bears or Gummy Worms? mmm... I could go without either- gimme chocolate!
H- Hometown? Viva Las Vegas
I- Favorite Indulgence?ice cream!
J- January or July?July- my b-day:) warm weather (ok scorching weather) things seem slower paced in July
K- Kids? YES! Our newest addition Hailyn!! Lovin' her to BITS! Also we have a furry child, our awesome dog Bailey who we love dearly!
L- Life isn't complete without? Ryan, Hailyn, Bailey,rock climbing, good books...
M- Movie favorite? TOUGH! I love A&E version of Pride and Predjudice, Just Friends, too many to chose from!
N- Number of Brothers and Sisters? LOTS!!! Love you guys!
O- Oranges or Apples? Apples- gala preferably
P- Phobias or Fears? Fish freak me out. On our honeymoon Ryan convinced me to go snorkeling, "it's Hawaii after all!" and a school of fish swam between my legs- I did survive though. Ok, I recently developed a fear of the dark in college- weird I know
Q- Quote? "To the world you may be one person, but to one person, you may be the world" It was our wedding quote and I LOVE it!
R- Reason to Smile? When I see Hailyn smile:)
S- Season of Choice? spring- everything is reborn in the spring, it's like a fresh start. The start of the year should be in spring, not depressing January in the midst of winter!
U- Unknown Fact About Me? Hmm... I think I'm pretty open!Ok, I LOOOOOOVE to bake- cooking? not so much
V- Vegetable? Potatoes, corn, asparagus
W- Worst Habit? grinding my teeth when I sleep- I guess I do that?
X- X-ray or ultrasound? I've had both- but I love ultrasounds cuz I got to see my little baby:)
Y- Your Favorite Food? Steak! Love my outback!
Z- Zodiac Sign? Cancer

Monday, November 3, 2008

What's in a name?

I saw this on Cheryl's blog and thought it was awesome, so I'm doing it too! (I'll post more pics later- I have a TON of catching up to do here!)
What's in a name?


MY GANGSTA NAME: (first 3 letters of real name plus -izzle.): Lacizzle

MY DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color and favorite animal): Blue Dog

MY SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name and street you live on/or neighborhood if it's a number): Dawn High Steed (ok that's TERRIBLE!)

MY STAR WARS NAME: (first 3 letters of last name, first 2 letters of first name): Tidla

MY SUPERHERO/CRIMINAL NAME: (Your 2nd favorite color, and favorite drink): Green water (eww!)

MY IRAQI NAME: (2nd letter of first name, 3rd letter of last name, 1st letter of last name, 2nd letter of moms maidenname, 3rd letter of dads name, 1st letter of a siblings first name, and last letter of moms first name): Adtdajn (what?)

MY WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (parents' middle names): Nan Dean?

MY GOTH NAME: (black, and the name of one of your pets). Black Bailey (ha ha)

MY GHETTO GIRL NAME: (first 3 letters of your first name and add -iqua): Lac'iqua

Birth of a blog...and a BABY!

Well, we would like to announce the birth of our blog... along with the birth of our baby!!! A lot of firsts for us this year! Well, I finally got down to the nitty gritty and decided to creat our family blog because I am horrible with updating people with pics and the happenings going on in our lives- so we decided to join the blogging world to better update people and keep in touch. We had a bit of exciting news this last month... the birth of our first child! Our little girl, Hailyn Brenlee Tidwell entered the world on Thursday Oct. 9, 2008 at 2:59am weighing in at 8lbs 4oz. and measuring 20 and 1/2 inches long. Here are the three of us right after the birth (ignore what I look like- I was at the hospital in labor for 32 hours with 3 hours of pushing- I was a little out of it:)

Isn't that sweet? Doesn't Hailyn look oh so happy to get a kiss from her daddy?

Here she is all ready to go home from the hospital... finally!

My sweet daughter on her second day home... tell us what you really think sweetheart!

Her first bath

I have loads more pics (yes, I have turned into that sort of mom!) I will definately post more later- and add other cool stuff- a HUGE thank you to Amber for all your help getting this going! You rock!