Monday, November 30, 2009

What would I ever do without him?

Ok. So if you have ever read one of my blogs before, you know how much I adore my husband. Well, over the past couple of months, he and I have been able to spend lots of quality time together (plane flight to Russia, week in Russia, plane flight home from Russia, and then a nice long four day weekend). And we managed to spend most of that time together without feeling the need to kill each other (well there was that one incident in the airport, when we had like a 7 hour layover, I was kind of keyed up, and Jace wanted to read his book…hum…other than that though I think we did ok). I know that our days of hanging out together, alone, are numbered. So in honor of this, I'm going to do a blog post just for him. We shall see if he ever reads it (he doesn't really check my blog that often).

I'm not entirely sure what in the world he is doing with me. He's so much smarter, nicer, and funnier than I could ever pretend to be. He really is a great guy! I know sometimes I may not treat him that way (well I forget about his greatness…you know…hehe).

I love spending time with him. He's a lot of fun! And he knows me better than anyone else in the world. He knows what makes me mad (untucking the sheets from the bottom of the bed), what freaks me out (bunnies, birds, and any other scary disease carrying monsters), and he knows what makes me happy (award shows and Christmas tree snack cakes).

I'm not going to consider myself some sort of marriage expert, but I think I've got it pretty good. I mean, we understand that we are not always going to enjoy the same things (I like Grey's Anatomy, he likes Football), and we are ok with that. We also understand that you need to find things you can do together (like train for a half-marathon, or go mountain bike riding). He just really gets me….you know.

Now on to the real reason I'm singing this guy's praises…

Over the Thanksgiving holidays, we decided to stay at our house. This is probably a first. Usually on long weekends and holidays, we are traveling, either to see my parents, or on a trip somewhere. I think this is the first time we have ever spent four consecutive days, with no work, at our own house. Amazing what you can get done in that time. I always wondered how people managed to get so much done around their houses…now I know…you have to actually stay around your house to do them.

This weekend, with my wonderful husband's help, we managed to clean out several rooms in our house. Below is a picture of the new playroom/office. When I was growing up, I had a HUGE bedroom with plenty of space for all my toys (and I shared a room with my younger sister for a while, and the room was plenty big enough for both of us!). The room in our house we have decided to use as our little man's bedroom is rather small. I don't see how he will ever be able to fit all the toys I plan to buy him in just that one room. Because his room is so small, we are going to allow him to take over the formal dining room as well (or any other room in the house he wishes to take over…it's really all his…whatever he wants, right?).

We also cleaned out his bedroom. I will provide more pictures of this later…we are supposed to go pick up the bed later this week. I managed to find time to steam clean his carpets, clean his closet, and wash his clothes, so much fun! Below is a little sneak peak of what we are doing with his room. I wanted the theme to be orange and brown (yes, I’m aware that’s not really a theme, but I don’t care…he’s not a baby, so I don’t want to do a baby theme for him). I found this adorable pillow at Kohl’s last week, and ended up buying the entire comforter set that goes with it. The comforter set is something about Jungle something, but it’s really just a striped comforter with cute accessories….and I like the little brown and orange lion (Note: We are not doing his room in a jungle theme…I just liked this pillow…we are doing brown and orange).

Jace hung some new shelves in my laundry room (if you remember, when my cleaning lady came for the first time, the washing machine walked across the room, taking down one of my shelves…this new setup is so much better than what we used to have!!) I now have room to store all sorts of stuff in there…freeing up closet space for toddler stuff.

We straightened up the guest room (so if someone wants to come visit us, they have a place to sleep). I steam cleaned the rug in the living room, moved all my office stuff to the new office/playroom, and cleaned out a junk drawer in the kitchen (I'm counting this as one of my accomplishments, because we've been in that house for 3 years and I don't think I've ever cleaned out that drawer). Jace even hung a new peg board in the garage and setup a new shelf in there too. Oh, we are well on our way to being about as ready as two people can be to get that little boy! So fun!

So now you see why I'm so happy that Jace picked me. He's been a huge help this weekend and well for the last 6 years too. Such a nice guy. He's a wonderful husband and I think he's going to be a great dad too! I'm so blessed!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Do you ever have deep conversations with your husband?

In my last post, I gave you an example of an e-mail string between me and Jace about running a half marathon. If you have not read that post, check it out!

Today, we had another interesting conversation that had me laughing out loud at work.

So, I'm a huge fan of the Twilight books by Stephanie Meyer. I finished all four books in about a two week time frame. I have since downloaded all 4 books onto my iPod and listen to them all the time. I've finished each book about 10 times. I'm kind of obsessed. I don't really care if you judge me, I spend over two hours in my car each day, I desperately need something to entertain me (and for those who know me…you already know how I feel about Ilyana Kadushin).

The second movie in the Twilight series came out today, New Moon. I was originally supposed to go during my lunch break with two of my coworkers, but they had to back out on me…stupid work projects and work stuff…can't take off two and a half hours in the middle of a work day.

I should say, before you read our conversation below, Jace watched Twilight with me. After watching the movie, I even convinced him to listen to the first book. He hated it. Every minute of it. He makes fun of Edward and Bella. This does not make me happy because I'm Team Edward all the way. After he finished Twilight, he went online and read a summary of the other three books to see how they end. No fun at all.

So here is our conversation today explaining how bad I want to see this movie TODAY…

Emily @ 11:19AM: They are all backing out on me!!! I can't go see this movie by myself! Oh what am I supposed to do!?

Emily @ 11:28AM: Jace….I have to go see this movie today…I just have to. Please please go with me. If you don't, then I'm going by myself. What time do you get off? I want to buy tickets now.

Jace @ 1:09PM (after only reading my first e-mail): I'll take you tonight. Just buy the tickets.

Jace @ 1:09PM (after reading the second e-mail): HAHA just made it to this e-mail.

Emily @ 1:17PM: You didn't answer my question.

Jace @ 1:18PM: Yes I did read the e-mail below.

Jace @ 1:19PM: Get some tickets for Clearview. You can swing by the house and let the dogs out then come meet me at work and we will go see the movie.

Emily @ 1:27PM: No…what time do you get off? Did you answer that one?

Jace @ 1:29PM: 4:30ish

Emily @ 1:30PM: They have one at 5:10 that's not sold out…if we can't make that one, then we have to wait until 10pm.

Jace @ 1:30PM: Ok

Emily @ 1:30PM: And we have to get there early to get good seats…so if you don't get off until 4:30…I guess we will have to do the one at 10.

Jace @ 1:30PM: Go for it.

Jace @ 1:30PM: Ok that works.

Emily @ 1:32PM: I don't understand. What works? Ok to what? Give me a time!!! 5 or 10!! You are killing me!


Emily @ 1:34: Don't get mad…please. Thanks for taking me to see New Moon….you are the greatest husband EVER!

Ok…you may not think this little conversation is that funny…reading back over it now, I think maybe it's not that funny. But at the time, I was cracking up!

We will be attending the 10 o'clock showing tonight at Clearview! HORAY!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Can you please write something on your blog?

Yes. It has been a while since I updated the blog. Not for lack of writing interesting things…I have pages of interesting things that have happened over the past couple of weeks, I just can't put any of that stuff online right now. Oh, but don't worry, one day you will get to read all about our travels and that beautiful little boy.

For now, I'll just give you an update on what life is like at the Raney residence…

On October 31, Jace and I finished our first half marathon. It was great. The weather was perfect, the race course was beautiful and we had loads of fun. We finished in 2:25:15! Ok, so that's not a great pace, but I'm happy we finished.

About 6 hours after finishing the race, we were in the New Orleans airport getting ready to board our flight to Russia! Enough on that topic…(can you tell how difficult it is for me NOT to talk about Russia!?).

We were supposed to do an adventure race the day we got back, but the third member of our team came down with the flu. I can't say I'm all that upset about not doing that race. The fact that we had not slept in about 24 hours (sleeping on airplanes is near impossible) and the sitting in cramped seats on the airplane would have made running that race quite miserable. Maybe next year we can get together and do an adventure race.

So what's next on the racing agenda? Ole Man River. This is another half-marathon in the New Orleans area on December 20.

Jace is doing his best to get out of this one…but I'm not going to let him. See e-mail conversation below…

Jace: Would you like to do this?

"Saturday, December 19th – Gift Distribution
Let's enjoy Christmas with the kids and their
families at Children's Hospital of New Orleans.
Valero Volunteers and families are needed to visit
Children's Hospital of New Orleans on Saturday,
December 19th for distribution of gifts to children
unable to go home for the Christmas Holidays.
This is very heartwarming event for these children
and their families. Employees interested in
attending this visit should plan to meet in the
Lobby at Children Hospital for 9:30 AM. This event
normally ends around noon."

Emily: I think it would be fun. This is the Saturday before the half…so we wouldn't be doing a long run that day.

Jace: You are still running the half on the 20th?

Emily: "We" are planning to run the half on the 20th. J

Jace: I'm supposed to run that thing too?

Emily: Yes, yes you are. You've already done one…this should be cake!

Jace: I told Damon I would never run another one J

Emily: Why? Why would you do that? Why would you never run another one? Was it that bad? I thought it was loads of fun! I can't wait to do it again!

Jace: Ok. I'll run it with you, but man that is just not that fun. 2.5 hours of running. That's insane. I will bring my iPod this time.

Emily: I told you to bring your iPod last time!

So the plan is to run another half marathon on December 20th. This half-marathon actually falls into the training plan for a full marathon in February. I might run this, depending on when we travel again. I'm thinking doing long runs in Russia is going to be near impossible.