Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Office Move part 2

+ The building is oh-so-clean and pretty!

- My cube is the middle of a cube farm that looks so boring.

+ Sonic-like ice chips in the ice maker

- $1.25 for a 20 oz. Dr. Pepper!!! I used to get a 12 ounce can for 50 cents downtown. This is more than a 50% markup!

+ Gorgeous view of trees, lagoons, and other foliage instead of parking garages and dumpsters.

- Snake was found in my building earlier this week – eek!! - still a construction zone.

+ Get to see more coworkers every day since we are all on one campus.

- My fake hand can’t go on the outside of my cube since everything has to look uniform. To read more about my fake hand click here!

+ Mother’s room has a sink

- Can’t run next door to the bagel shop if I don’t have time for breakfast at home in the morning.

Blue Ridge Relay results

Adam had a blast at The Blue Ridge Relay 2 weeks ago. The team ran a total of 211 miles at a 7:35 average pace. They came in 3rd place for a coed team! Adam said the scenery was beautiful but it was hard to breathe because of the altitude. Adam and some of the others made short videos of some of the trip. They are entertaining and aren't long so if you care to watch, here they are. You can also find any of our videos on YouTube by looking at the user names TheAshleyBeam and TheAdamBeam. I know that "The" makes us sound pretentious, but our names-as-is were taken.

My fake hand

Have you ever played the game True Lies? The premise is that you tell a group of people 2 truths about yourself and one lie. The group has to guess which of the 3 things is the lie. I’m sure that if I played this game I would fool everyone – even those who know me best - with the truth “I keep a fake hand in my cubical at work.”

You see, a fake hand is completely out of character for me. I don’t really like practical jokes or fake body parts. I am mostly a go-by-the-books and follow-the-rules kind of girl. My dad and hubby will attest to this. So this is how it got started:

A few months after I was hired at my employer (4 years ago), a guy in the cubical across from me left the company. I was then told that when someone leaves, you pillage through their cube to see if they have anything good you can keep. You have to do this quickly before the facilities group comes and reclaims the stuff. A good whiteboard is usually the first thing taken along with fresh whiteboard markers. Another favorite is a stapler or 3-hole punch. Like scavengers a few of us went into the cube and began to pillage. We opened empty drawers and cubby holes. We found a couple of pens and notepads left behind. When I opened one of the drawers I found a fake hand. At first I was put off.

“What?...what is this doing here?”

I closed the drawer and moved on to another drawer. Then I laughed at the crazy thing.

“Why would anyone have this at work? How weird? I think I’ll keep it!”

You can’t throw something like that away. The first couple of weeks I kept it in a drawer in my office not sure what to do with it. Then I decided to proudly put it in a corner of my cubical so that it looks like someone’s hand is reaching up out of my cube. I mostly decided this because I knew I would never try to scare anyone with it – that’s just not me. However, in its location it did surprise people. People often thought there was someone in my cube. They would step into my cube and see me sitting at my desk and say,


Stepping back and looking at the hand from outside my cube.

Then stepping back into my cube.

“Oh…I thought that…”


“You have a fake hand in your cube.”

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Berenstain Bears

Did you know that in the Berenstain Bear book "Too Much Birthday", the bear cubs play Spin the Bottle at Little Sister's 6th birthday party?!?!

This is another crazy discovery Adam and I made when reading to Caroline.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Office Move

Well, I’m moving again! This time it’s my office that’s moving – not my home. My employer built a campus just outside of the city. I’m excited about the move. It will mean free parking, a free workout facility, a nice new office building, and a slightly faster drive to pick up Caroline. The downsides include being far away from restaurants for lunch and my cubicle will no longer be by the window.

My office is about packed up and I’m savoring the Chick-Fila 2 blocks away. My move day is Wednesday, September 16th. I get a delayed start! I guess it’s kind of like a Snow Day for teachers. I’ve always wanted a Snow Day. It should be utter chaos for few days, but I’m learning to love utter chaos since that is what life has become. Caroline is slowly un-tightening this tightwad!

Funniest thing so far is that Accounting is using these cardboard boxes called The Miracle Box to move a lot of their important files. The real miracle is if you are able to get the box put together! It’s so complicated. More tales to come of The Office Move!

PS Did I mention that the campus isn’t complete yet? So this ought to be interesting =)

Caroline Laughs

Monday, September 14, 2009

4 months old

I would like to take this opportunity to say that "Yes, I will have a post about Caroline every month. And yes, it will include an enormous amount of boring details like her current diaper size." Because 1) I am tickled to death with her!!!, 2) I'm thinking the info might help me if there is a kiddo number two, and 3) She is so cool!

This 4th month of Caroline's life has been the month of talking. Remember how last month, I said that she didn't talk much? Things are totally different now. She has so much to say. She "ooooos" and "ahhhhs" and makes sounds that are not type-able. She will even cough and make agitated noises to get your attention. I love it when she sneezes and then sighs!

Along with her new vocal techniques is singing. I guess this makes sense since Adam and I never stop singing to her all day long. Twice, she has sung herself to sleep - once in the car for a nap and once at the beach in her pack 'n play! It is so precious!

So here are the facts:
She has doubled her weight! Last month I predicted she would be 13 pounds at 4 months. Well, she never ceases to amaze. Our Caroline weighed in today at 14 pounds 6 ounces (74%)! She is also 25.5 inches tall (95%) and her head is 41.9 cm (88%).

Caroline is almost strictly in 3-6 month clothes now and she has blown out of size 1 diapers (literally). We have moved up to size 2s. She eats between 5-6 ounces 6 times a day!

Caroline is sitting up great in her Bumbo seat and she is even beginning to bear weight on her legs. She loves standing. She has also sucks her thumb a lot! She finds it easily now and much prefers it to the paci.

Here are this month's firsts:
1) Finds and sucks thumb easily (she found it once or twice before, but now it is easy for her)
2) Wakes up happy
3) Laughs out loud (She did this for Aunt Amber's boyfriend Bobby. Caroline is a sucker for a man with a beard! Videos will be posted soon!)
4) Tries the Excersaucer

5) Soothes herself to sleep at naps and bedtime
6) Sings herself to sleep
7) Stands assisted
8) First cold

Caroline has battled her first cold this month. She still isn't completely over it. She had a mild virus for 24 hours back in August - a slight fever (100.2) with a viral rash. However, this past week she has had a stuffy nose, cough, fever (100.5), sneezing and the rash again. I asked the doctor today if the rash was a red-head thing. Doc said it is just more noticeable because Caroline is a red head with super fair skin. Hopefully, we will be done with this cold in a day or two.

We also took a trip to the beach for Labor Day. This was Caroline's 2nd trip to the beach. The major difference this trip was that she opened her eyes! Before it was far too bright and windy. Of course she was only 8 weeks old and now she is double that! On this trip, Caroline got to be with all of her first cousins at once. It was really cool (and loud) having 4 babies together. More about this in a subsequent vacation post.

Here are some other fun pics from this month.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Blue Ridge Relay

Well, I'm all alone this weekend. Adam is getting ready to meet his next running challenge. At 9am Friday morning, he and a team of 11 others will be running a total of 208 miles from Virginia to Asheville, NC.

I haven't blogged about Adam's running in quite a while so let me update you.

Since the NY Marathon, Adam has begun running with a new group of people. They run fast - really fast and have challenged Adam a lot leading to his fabulous half marathon race in February. A few months ago, the group decided to run this relay race this weekend. They have been training really hard. Each member of the team will run 3 legs of the race for a total of 36 legs making 208 miles. Adam is the 9th runner so he will run legs 9, 21, and 32. The race is very difficult since it is in the mountains.

I hate that I can't be there. I would love to follow his team around and cheer them on. I'm going to miss greeting Adam at the finish of each of his mini - races. Caroline and I were hoping to go, but decided not to early this week. Back to back weekend trips are a little more difficult now and Caroline has a small cold =(

I'm so proud of Adam. Some days he gets up with Caroline in the middle of the night - 3 or 4 am. He then leaves to go run at 5 am, works a full day and comes home finally at 7pm with enough energy to give Caroline a bath and put her to bed! Now that's a real man =)

I love you Babe! Run your heart out!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

New Posts

Please enjoy the 5 new posts below. Still to come: MiniVacay, Office Move, and more!


One of the coolest gifts I got after having Caroline was a book called "How to Photograph Your Baby". It gives really cool tips on exactly that. Adam's cousin Karen gave us this book. I made my first attempt for 3 month pictures. I figured we will see what happens. Overall, I am very pleased and I learned a lot! Caroline was great to let me dress her in lots of outfits and Mom was a big help too!

And because she is Caroline, here are a few of her cutting up =)

Honey, put your shirt back down!

Sweetie, quit hiking your dress up!

The Massengales/Calloways visit

A few weeks ago, Adam's cousins came all the way from Kentucky to meet our Caroline. We had a great time together and Adam and I are so thankful for the long treck they made to come see our babe!

Caroline had big smiles to give out. Here is one she gave to cousin Jamie:

Jill is Jamie's little one. Jill is 2 years old. She was so sweet with Caroline even wanting to hold her. However, Caroline was quite heavy for this little girl. At one point, Jill tried to scoot out from underneath Caroline -haha!

4 generations. Caroline - Adam - Adam's mom - Adam's grandma - Aunt Debbie - Jamie - Jill. Side note: Adam and Jamie are 8 days apart in age and we all got married in the same year - 2005.

Adam and Jamie with their little ones:

And we have made contact!

We tried and tried, but there was no stopping it.....

Caroline's a thumb sucker

My Husband is Annoying

Adam sent me this link to a great website It is a funny blog. Almost everyday she writes a tribute to her hubby.

Since I have written so many wonderful posts about my hubby, I would like to take this opportunity to blog about one of his flaws =)

Adam is 26 years old and still doesn't know how to open cereal. Adam is always the one to open the cereal at our house because he thinks there isn't anymore left in the current cereal box. I say "thinks" because I can usually get a full bowl of cereal with what he says is "empty". This is another flaw that I won't go into right now. (Oh and do you think that "empty" box of cereal made it to the trash can? Of course not. Another flaw.)

Adam usually does ok on the cereal box itself. Sure the tabs are sometimes broken, but that's not a big deal. The problem is when he gets to the bag. Everyone knows you are supposed to gently pull apart the plastic starting in the center and then pulling across one side. The purpose is so that you have a nice pour spout for your cereal to sprinkle gently into your bowl.

Well, Adam destroys the bag. It often looks like he has ripped through it with his teeth probably growling while doing so. The result: Cereal all over the counter and the floor. Thus we are wasting cereal when Adam refuses to finish a bag and when it's violently thrown all over the counter because of a wide open, torn bag.

Babe, thanks for pointing me to this website! I am thoroughly enjoying myself.

What a Face!

I'm destined to be a bad mother if I have to learn to say "No" to this face...