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6. Work out 3x per week:  I was doing this till I stubbed my toe.  Hit is smack on the pantry door frame.  It’s still swollen, thank goodness it is no longer bruised.  I even bought new running shoes!

10. Volunteer once every 3 months: well, I have not been good about this one at all.  However, I am scheduled to give blood, am growing out my hair for locks of love, have donated plenty to goodwill, and recently gave to the lots of food to The Storehouse.  Yea, I know.  Not the same as volunteering….

11. New Recipe once a month:hum, made 2 different chicken dishes: cranberry chicken, peach mango ginger chicken, Italian sausage, peppers and onions on sub, fresh homemade guacamole

19. Date Night:went to Z’Tejas with a group of friends.  All of us sans kiddos!  This was my first foray w/a HS sitter.

37. Blood Donation: Scheduled for Tuesday, Sept 1st

44. Book Reading: Finished New Moon, now onto Eclipse

51/52. Clean out Fridge and Pantry: Went thru both and tossed anything outdated.  I then proceeded to organize and clean things up a bit

62. Update MP3 Player Songs:  many thanks to Jeff.  I got a handful more alternative songs added.  I just love to run to that type of music….

102. Netflix: watched Adventureland (blah) & some of Speed Racer (Connor and Jeff liked).  We also saw GI Joe at the theater!


Shocker, I am blogging again so soon.  I figured that I had a few things to blog about, so might as well.

Let’s start with Brooke.  The lil bugger got her first cold.  Bummer, but oddly enough I found that if I rub her down w/baby vapor rub…..she sleeps thru the night!  The last couple of nights, she has gone the entire night with not a peep until 5:30ish.  Then she’ll have a bottle and go BACK to sleep until 6:30ish.  I prolly spoke too soon and jinxed the whole thing now.  She is eating puffs very well, so I plan on adding new finger foods in the coming weeks.  Think cheerios, soft carrots, avocado, tiny bits of meat.  We’re still working on the sippy cup, she can drink from it with help.  She still doesn’t quite get the hold and lift it yourself part just yet.  Same goes for the bottle.  Brooke has advanced to sitting by herself for short periods of time, woo-hoo!

Connor is gearing up for the fall sports season.  As we mentioned in earlier posts, he’ll be taking gymnastic classes on Wednesday mornings, Karate classes on Thursday mornings, and playing on a 3-4 yr old soccer team.  Our soccer team is all set.  It’s a 3 on 3 league w/no goalie.  Connor is the tallest kid on the team by close to a foot!  We have games on Saturday mornings and practices on Thursday evenings.  Our colors are maroon and yellow.  We purchased our soccer ball, shin guards, and shoes & are very excited to play!  We’re currently deciding on a team name.  For Karate, we still need to purchase a black uniform.  Once we get more involved, he’ll begin going to competitions to obtain his belts!

The kids went to Arrowhead Ranch.  It was perftoect for Connor!  We got to feed goats & chicken, pet a donkey & rabbits, and ride a horse!  He was such a big boy and did all of these things by himself!  I am so proud of him!  We had individual & family pictures taken by Naomi of Pitter Patter Photos, so stay tuned for those!  In Oct, we’ll have a family photo session w/Randy Tinney and I cannot wait.  Also coming up are the Day Out With Thomas Train Ride (Oct) and the North Pole Flyer Train Ride (Dec).

I am finally enjoying my time as stay at home mommy.  How things change!  I never knew I would want to be the person I am right now.  I am in the BEST place in life!  Thank you, Jeff!  Your support has been instrumental in me finding my place and happiness!  Now, I do have a part time gig working as a Project Manager for RDI.  I also took on another job as a sales rep for Xanboo.  The guy that owns RDI also owns this company and asked me to use my resources internally to try to get Dell to pick up the Xanboo service product.  Funny how things work out.  On a personal note, I totally bruised my pinky toe and had to take some time off running.  I am really looking forward to getting back in the groove, I even bought new shoes!  I had my first judicial experience as I was called as a jury.  The whole thing was a huge ordeal. I got lost, no parking, running late, get there, tons of people waiting around, lots of commotion…who do I talk to?  Finally find out that my case was DISMISSED!  Pfft!  I played Keno with my Mom’s group, what a BLAST!  I even won a round & came home with a really comfy fleece blanket.  I had some high school friends come in for a visit with their families.  Man, was that fun!  I saw Wicked with the girls.  Excellent play!  I totally want to read the book now!  I’ve gotten rather good at winging things to eat.  I’ve made a couple new meals that I was pretty proud of.  I am just starting to like cooking and baking.  Now if only I could enjoy cleaning as well….

Jeff is riding most days and really loving it.  He’s riding some Big Enchilada Road Bike Race on Nov 14th.  He’s still contemplating the Tour de Tucson the following weekend.  The boat is awesome and we’re looking forward to take it out as many times as we can before it gets cooler.

Jeff and I are really looking forward to our cruise in a couple weeks.  We’re all also really excited to meet our new nephew & cousin, Colt.  Mommy’s already planning Halloween costumes and Connor’s 4th birthday!

We look forward to having Nainie come out for a visit & heading out to Tucson for Thanksgiving.  Head over to our personal home page and check out the newest pics that Jeff uploaded!

Just gonna talk about the things I’ve accomplished bc I am feeling positive today.  🙂

11. New Recipe per month – totally just winged it this month and came out with a great chicken and craisin sauce! Yummy!

17. Update Driver’s License Restrictions – this is now a gimme since I have to renew my license this year.  So sad, I LOVED, LOVED my photo on this last one.

18. Professional Family Photo – Randy Tinney will again be taking our photos this year.  I think it will be sometime in October since we like outdoor pics and it’s WAY too hot for that right now.  Plus, we got a bonus!  Since joining a mother’s group, an event was a FREE kids’ portrait with Pitter Patter Photos at the end of August!

19. Date Night – hum, anniversary dinner in June.  We went out to dinner in Tucson in July sans kiddos.  This Friday, we’re headed to Houston to pick up our boat!  Whole day to ourselves! Update: nothing planned for August as our babysitters fell thru for both things we had scheduled.  BOO!  😦

20. Register Connor for a sport – Karate, Soccer, Gymnastics!

34. Mani/Pedi – checks for June, July and am planning on hitting up the salon next week for August!

37. Blood Donation – scheduled for 9/01 at the RR Blood Donor Center for 1:30pm.  I have been slacking on donation.  Need to start doing it every couple of months.

43. Cloth Bags – rocking it!

44. Read – there are WAY too many that I’ve read.  I cannot even remember.  Now reading New Moon as I just finished Twilight.  I think before Twilight was Angels and Demons.

56. Update Resume – per Lee Hecht Harrison recommendations, added a couple things

60. Ride a train – Oct we will ride Thomas the Train and in Dec riding North Pole Flyer

61. Travel Outside the US – going on Caribbean Cruise, although I don’t really want to include this as I meant something more “Dramatic”

63. New MP3 Headphones – purchased!

79. Go on Cruise – already bought and paid for, scheduled for 9/14 thru 9/19!

92. Kisses to Everyone – man, this is my fave one! 

102. Netflix Movies – Bedtime Stories, Flushed Away, Bolt, Coraline….I think there are more, but I just cannot recall.  We’ve also seen Transformers 2 and GI Joe at the theaters!

103. Canopy Tour – planning one for Mill’s B-Day in November!

114. Office Furniture – we each have new desks (matching, how cute), and we both have nice chairs…

119. Photo Books – currently working on them

Well, there has been allot going on in the Cox household.

As most of you know, I was let go from my place of employment back in May.  It took me about 9 weeks to get a job.  I am currently employed for a company who supplies products to Dell, RDI Technology.  I work remotely as they are located in New York w/manufacturing facilities in China.  I am self employed and work as a Program Manager Consultant to them.  The job has been AWESOME!  It’s a part time gig w/excellent compensation.  I am so fortunate to be getting the best of both worlds, Mommy and employee!  This is the happiest I’ve been in at least 4 years!  Funny thing is since becoming employed, I have had 2 more interviews!  However, thus far nothing has come from them and honestly, I am not sure I can give up the sweet deal I have now.  I never knew this would be something I wanted, how funny that such a horrible thing like getting laid off can just open you up to a whole new world! 

I have really gotten back into running.  I even joined a group, Pfun Runners.  I do my best to run 2x per week with intentions to move to 3x.  I am currently running at a pretty decent pace, clocking in about 9:40ish minute miles.  I run one race a month and already have them all scheduled thru the end of the year.  I am currently a team captain for Renee’s Rack Pack and we are running Race for the Cure – JOIN or DONATE to our team!  I’d also like to start road biking bc Jeff is totally loving it.  We shall see….. I’ve lost about 8lbs, but still have 10lbs to go.  Sigh…..  Another thing I have gotten back into, reading!  OMG!  I read SO MUCH!  Fortunately, I only do it at night when everyone is asleep.  I mostly read chick lit, but am now reading the Twilight Series (on the 2nd book).  I am also gonna expand my horizons and pick up some stuff like The Kite Runner, The Lovely Bones, and The Time Traveler’s Wife.

The last couple of months have been planning things to do with the kids.  If you know me, I am a totally crazy planner!  CRAZY!  I joined 2 Mother’s Group and made one really nice friend.  I have started planning for one group as an asst organizer and have been giving ideas left and right to the other one.  They also have some wonderful things scheduled to do, including things for Mommy!  I am going to my first Mommy only playdate next week, Keno! Being a mommy has been more fulfilling than I originally gave it credit for.  I agree with Renee (Team S), the stress of ensuring they are learning is tremendous!  Because of my planning, networking, & research skills, I am thinking about starting a kids’ blog with things to do around town.  I am kinda lazy, though….. I also have some good ideas for Renee.  Team S, we need to sit down and chat without the kids.  Seriously, I have a plan I want to lay out with you.  🙂

We visited Tucson in July as I helped host a baby shower for my sister-in-law, Megan.  The shower turned out great & we had a wonderful relaxing time visiting the family and introducing Brooke to everyone.  We look forward to going back over during Thanksgiving and hoping the entire family will be there!  We haven’t seen Katie in years!

I am working on a couple parties & events to round out the year, Amanda’s 30th B-Day Event, Loo’s Baby Shower, Race for the Cure, Connor’s 4th B-Day, and our Annual White Elephant Party.  I also plan Girls Night Out once a month.

I am looking forward to seeing Wicked w/the ladies in a couple weeks and going on our (no kids) Caribbean Cruise in Sept!  We also have a family photo session coming up with the wonderful awesomeness that is Randy Tinney& kids’ portrait with Pitter Patter!

Oh!  We sold our boat and got ourselves a new bigger, better one!  We went from a 2005 blue & white Supra Launch to a black & red 2008 MasterCraft X Star.  Jeff is addicted to riding and has now gotten into road biking w/his new baby – a road bike.

Now, if only I can get more motivated and get on fixing up the home a bit more, getting stuff to good will, selling some maternity and baby stuff , and doing some volunteering (well, I am growing out my hair for locks of love & I need to schedule a time to donate some blood).

Seriously, I am deliriously happy!  My cheeks hurt from smiling!  After years of not feeling like this, WHOA!

Our big boy is going to be 4 in 3 months!  He’s come a long way and we are so proud of him!

We’ve done our own measurements and from what we can tell, Connor weighs about 40lbs and is 40.5 in (3 ft 4.5 in).  Based on this, we’re estimating him to be 75% for height and 90% for weight.  The kid is dense!  He speaks very clearly in complete sentences, although we’re working on manners.  He can recite and name the entire alphabet.  He knows most sounds and can spell his first name.  He knows his numbers up to 20.  We like to play games and he has gotten very good at Candyland, Old Maid, Go Fish, and Crazy Eights.

Connor will be taking gymnastics, karate, and soccer this fall.  We will also be taking a ride on Thomas the Train (Oct) & the North Pole Flyer (Dec) where Santa Claus will visit!  We will also be visiting Arrowhead Ranch and Crowe’s Nest Farms in the coming weeks.  We are all very excited!  He is very interested in receiving mail, so I got him his own magazine.  It’s from Highlights and is targetted for 3-6 yr olds, called HI-FIVE.

Connor eats most anything, but his favorites are gold fish, sandwiches, little weenies, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, and freebirds burritos.  He has an obsession with drinking: flavored water, milk, chocolate milk, sprite, juice…..the list would go on and on.

Nap times are non existent, but he does sleep about 11 hours each night.  Typically, he’s out for the count about 8ish & wakes about 7:30ish. 

To everyone’s detriment, he loves to help.  He enjoys baking with me, sweeping, & sorting laundry, and helping dad with the lawn and things in the garage.  He tries very hard to be sweet and gentle with Brooke, girl will learn to be tough. He still loves big trucks: fire trucks, loaders, haulers, garbage trucks, 18 wheelers, dump trucks.  If it rolls, he likes it! 

With my recent time off, we’ve gotten the chance to do allot of fun things.  We’ve been to the fountain water parks at Brushy Creek, hung out at indoor playscapes Jungle Java & Hoppin Hippo, storytimes, Dinosaur Park, see Dora the Explorer Live, Boggy Creek Farm, and to Terra Toys where we got to hand paint a cargo train!  He has special time with Daddy about twice a month where he and the boys hang out on the lake in our boat.  He is an excellent swimmer (with vest).  Next summer, swim w/no vest!

I cannot believe Brooke is already 6 months old!

We had our 6 month appt and let’s start with measurements, shall we?  Brooke weighs 17lbs 13 oz which put her firmly in the 80% bracket.  She is a mere 25 inches, which places her in the 27% bracket.  As most of you have seen, she is currently a bit of a roly poly.  I feel pretty confident that she will outgrow this stage.  Connor was exactly the same.  He was short and fat most of infancy as well.  Looking at him now, one would not have guessed it.  Hence, I am not very worried (well, I am gonna tell myself that anyway).

Brooke has 2 bottom teeth.  They came in side by side.  I believe there is currently one more trying to pop thru.  She loves to chew on anything she can get her hands on, heck she even chews on her fingers!  The lil one loves to eat.  Currently, she has Stage  2 solids at breakfast & dinner.  We will soon be starting solids at lunch, too.  We’re currently taking 4 – 7oz bottles and working on using a sippy cup w/water.  Dr suggested we start placing puffs on her bumbo or high chair try to promote pincer grasp & self feeding.  We tried that out today & yea, she has some work to do.

Physically, we’ve got one strong girl.  She prefers standing or sitting more than being on her back or tummy.  She actually HATES lying on her tummy, but can sit by herself for short periods of time.  Her favorite things to play with are the excersuacers & the gymini.  She enjoys sitting in her bumbo and her bouncer watching and interacting with everyone.  Some favorite things to do are:  play patty cake, listen to nursery rhymes, chew on everything, drool, blow raspberries, play girls gone wild the infant edition when wearing dresses, and touch faces.

Brooke is a big talker (no shocker there, just like her Mom).  She practices her “talking” by screaming in different pitches & laughing.  She does not like to be left out and  loves being part of the family.  She immediately recognizes when she’s left out and voices her displeasure over this loudly & frequently until you place her where the action is.

Those that play hard, apparently sleep hard as well.  Brooke takes 2 naps.   One morning nap for about an hour and one afternoon nap for about 2 hours.  She typically goes down for the night about 7ish and awakes about 6ish with one (ok maybe 2) trips for pacifier replacements.  If she wakes earlier than 6, we can typically give her a bottle and then she will go right back to sleep until then.  I think getting her to her own crib has been key. We (ok, I) did not get Connor to his own room until 6 months or so.  Brooke has been sleeping in her own crib since about 4 months.

We are one lucky, blessed, and happy family!

101 in 1001 – Ongoing

6. Workout 3x per week
7. Keep weight below 130lbs
8. Use Teeth Whitening Trays
10. Volunteer 1x per quarter (3/11)
11. Prepare 1 new recipe a month (15/33)
18. Professional Family Photo once per yr (2/3)
19. Date night every other month (12/18)
32. Keep my sites updated (Facebook, Wordpress, and personal)
33. Family Vacations once per yr (1/3)
34. Monthly Pedicures and Manicures
37. Donate Blood once per quarter (3/11)
38. Spring and Fall Cleanings (3/6)
39. Donate items from those cleanings to Goodwill (3/6)
40. Use all my gift cards
43. Use cloth bags for shopping every chance I get
44. Read one book every other month (31/20)
46. Decorate Home for the Holidays/Seasons
51. Clean out fridge twice a year (3/6)
52. Clean out pantry twice a year (3/6)
53. Take photos at important events
54. Learn and keep tabs on personal and home finances
55. Monthly work performance plan updates (5/33)
56. Update resume yearly or with every job change (2/3)
64. Say a one positive thing for every one negative
92. Give Jeff and kids kisses EVERY day
94. Adhere to my anti-aging cream ritual
99. Wear something OTHER than jeans once a week (144/143)

No Longer Interested:
2. Attend said Church 2x per month (2/66)
47. Event Planner courses or readings
83. Spend at least once a every OTHER week on boat during warm weather (May-Sept)

101 in 1001 – One Time Event

High Motivation:
12. Landscape Front Yard
13. Landscape Back Yard
16. Remove Spider Veins
17. Update Driver’s License restrictions
26. PGMP Certification
30. Green Belt Certification
31. Repair Acura Leather
35. Participate in an Adventure Race
36. Start kids' College Fund
41. Update my phone and address excel spreadsheet
45. Appraise and insure Rings and earrings
48. Clean out jewelry box
61. Travel outside the US
62. Update MP3 player songs
66. Buy a safe
68. Sift thru mementos to either keep, sale, or donate
71. Try Snowboarding
77. Write will
81. Own a Louis Vuitton Purse
86. Actually catch some air wakeboarding
87. Bunny Hop Switch on wakeboard
88. Give Microdermabrasion a try
90. Beat 5k PR - 28:15 Completed: 7/03/10 28:09
91. Beat 5 Miler PR - 47:13
95. Get back to VEGAS!
98. Come up w/new Morning Shift Plan

Low Motivation:
9. Start Side Business (House Flipping, Event Planner, Book, Vending, Duplex/Apt)
15. Take a Spanish Language Course
27. Resize and Wear Aggie Ring
28. Attend an Aggie Bonfire
29. Attend an Austin Midnight Yell Practice
65. Organize my body & mind by buying & using a treadmill
72. Be an extra in a movie or TV show
80. Wii & Wii Fit
84. Play in Poker tourney that doesn’t include friends nor family
85. Poker moratorium for 3 mths
96. Get someone else to start a list
101. Visit Holly’s place when baby comes

101 in 1001 – Completed

1. Register for a Church Completed: 6/06/08
3. Laser hair removal Completed: 2/24/10
4. Baby #2 Completed: 2/09/09
5. Run a 10k Completed: 4/26/08
14. Take a Creative Arts Class (writing, painting, photography) Completed: 2/12/10 at Painting with a Twist
20. Register Connor for a sport when he’s able Completed: 8/12/09
21. Promotion or Job Change to do so Completed: 5/14/10
23. Find and hire a housekeeper completed: 2/8/08
24. Potty & Bed train Connor
25. Wean Connor from pacifier complete 6/1/09
42. Buy and use a PDA Completed: 6/16/08
49. Crown Molding in dining, living, and master bedroom Completed: 4/2010
50. Built in shoe storage in master closet Completed: Dec 09 as Jeff built them for me!
57. Visit a historical site Completed: 9/5/08
58. Visit a museum Completed: 9/6/08
59. Visit a zoo completed:12/24/07
60. Ride a train Completed: 10/11/09 Riding Thomas the Train & 12/20/09 riding the North Pole Flyer
63. New MP3 headphones Complete: July 09
67. Obtain concealed handgun license completed: 1/27/08
69. New pots and pans completed: 2/28/08
70. Frame Family photo completed: 11/08
73. Pay off one of our vehicles Completed: January '09
74. See a Play Completed: Disney Live 12/19/08, Dora Live 7/22/09, Wicked 8/25/09
75. Vote in the next presidential and local elections completed 10/08
76. Become CPR and First Aid Certified Completed: 4/12/08
78. Ride the Zilker Zephyr Completed: 5/28/08
79. Go on a cruise Completed: 9/14 thru 9/19
89. Get a Facial Completed: 6/4/10
93. Have 2nd Baby’s room finished BEFORE she is born Completed: 2/3/09
97. Get a massage Completed: 6/4/10
100. Visit my brother’s new condo Completed: 3/22/08

Supplemental List

102. Watch 1 Netflix Movie a week (53/143)
103. a canopy tour Completed: 11/14/09 for Amanda's 30th
104. Join the Capital City A&M Club Completed: 4/13/08
105. Attend 2 A&M Club events a year (0/6)
106. Have Jeff hang curtains
107. New bedding for Master Bedroom completed: 1/11/09
108. Kitchen Organization System
109. Be a mentor to someone
110. Do a family year end blog every yr end (1/3)
111. APICS Classes
112. Migrate Connor to new room Completed: 8/21/08
113. Update Workout to a Guest room Completed: 1/14/09
114. Office Furniture: desks, chairs, bookcases Complete: 8/09
115. Visit a Chiropractor
116. Get Moles checked out Completed: 4/29/08
117. ITIL Certification
118. Attend a circus, rodeo, or fair Completed: 8/24/08 circus
119. Create photo books once a year for great-grandparents and grandparents (2/3)
120. Update and organize personal cookbook
121. Fall &/or Holiday Festivals (0/2)
122. Renaissance Faire

The Bucket List

Things I want to do before I die
1. Ride the tallest Roller Coaster, Kingda Ka, in Jackson, NJ at Six Flags Great Adventure
2. Visit Redwood National Park to view the oldest and tallest trees in the world
3. Camp Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming to see the tallest geyser eruptions
4. Florida Everglades
5. Smithsonsian Museum in Washington, DC
6. Grand Canyon
7. Pyramids of Giza - Egypt
8. Paris, France and all it's relevant sites
9. Great Wall of China
10. Taj Mahal, India
11. Petra, Jordan
12. Greece & Italy and all their relevant sites
13. Chicchen Itza, Mexico Completed: 9/16/09
14. Statue of Liberty, Hoover Dam, Mount Rushmore, Niegra Falls, Empire State Bldg
15. Britain/England and all it's relevant sites

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