Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 Highlights

Wow, what an unforgettable year 2016 has been.

To be honest, it started off pretty miserably. The transition from zero to one child was unexpectedly difficult. Now I feel like I'm over the hump and could easily have more kids, but zero to one...WHOA. What a ride it has been.

This year has definitely been a year of growth and change. It's hard to articulate, but overall I feel...
- Less patient
- More confident
- Less worrisome
- More generous

The thing that stands out to me the most this year is the amount of support I've gotten from my family. I've always been close to my parents, but I have relied on them more than ever before and they have really been my rock. I'm pretty sure they kept me from jumping off a cliff on numerous occasions. :)

Another thing that stands out is how sick I have been this year! I'm usually never sick, but I've been through two major stomach viruses and other minor illnesses this year. Cam has not been sick at all, which makes me think I gave him all of my immunity when he was born!

Despite being sick (again!) for these final two weeks of the year, I'm ending 2016 on a high note.

When I look back at certain moments this year, I can definitely say it's been one of the happiest times of my life, mostly thanks to this young man, God's gift to the world:

"The message is simple: When you come to one of the many moments in life when you must give an account of yourself, provide a ledger of what you have been, and done, and meant to the world, do not, I pray, discount that you filled [my] days with a sated joy, a joy unknown to me in all my prior years, a joy that does not hunger for more and more, but rests, satisfied. In this time, right now, that is an enormous thing.” 
                          - When Breath Becomes Air

2016 Highlights
  • Every moment with Cam.
  • Every moment with our dogs / pet therapy at the Ronald McDonald House with Pippa
  • A weekend at my parents house in January. It snowed that weekend and I had a lot of extra help with a newborn!
  • Regular days spent at home doing routine stuff around our house.
  • My sister's wedding
  • The Stand 
  • Basement renovation!!!
  • More involvement with my church and my Sunday School class
  • Annapolis, Wrightsville Beach, Las Vegas, Bermuda, and Palm Beach
  • Blueberry picking out in the country. It was sunny and hot, and overall just a perfect summer day.
  • Being pampered at the Umstead spa
  • Fun nights out with friends
  • Discovering Fixer-Upper this December for the first time!! Now I stream the HGTV show and I just finished reading the Magnolia Story. It has been life-changing, haha!
  • Celebrating our fourth wedding anniversary, surviving our 8th year together, and adjusting to our first year as parents. Brian still has the best (and most unexpected) humor of anyone I know, but you have to catch him at just the right moment. Those moments make me the happiest. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The "Why?" Chromosome

Have I ever shared with you my theory on male and female chromosomes?

Here it is:

Men have the X and the Y chromosomes because they're the ones that often do stupid things that leave us shaking our heads and wondering "WHY????"

Females have the XX chromosomes because we always have to repeat ourselves.

(I should be a high school biology teacher. I feel I've missed my calling.)

Anyhow, my relationship with Brian regularly reinforces this theory and I have a recent example.

As background to this story, when Brian and I got married, I was banking at BB&T and he used Wells Fargo. He made the sacrifice and switched his accounts over to BB&T. Four years later, he still never misses an opportunity to tell me how much he dislikes the Best Bank in Town.

So we were at dinner a couple weeks ago and Brian was looking down at his phone, very frustrated with something. I heard a combination of mumbled words, cursing, and "BB&T sucks."

Here's what happened next....

K: "What's wrong?"
B: "BB&T has the dumbest security questions ever. I can't login because I can't remember the friggin' answer."
K: "What's the question?"
B: "What's your favorite color?"

(brief silence, Kelly thinking)

K: "Well, what is your favorite color?"

(Brian exasperated, highly annoyed)

B: "I don't know Kelly. Blue, I guess."
K: "Did you try blue?"
B: "It's not blue!"
K: "You just said your favorite color was blue."
B: "I didn't answer it with blue."
K: "Well what's your second favorite color? Maybe try green."
B: "It's not a color! I used a code word."

(Kelly amused, suppressing laughter)

K: "A code word?"
B: "A code word. It's recommended that you use a code word. You just use the same word for every question and that way you don't have to remember your answers."
K: "I've never heard of doing that. I always remember my answers."

(Brian silence)

K: "What's your code word?"
B: "Oh my god."
K: "You don't remember it?"
B: "If I did, I wouldn't be locked out of the account right now."

(angry silence)

K: "I just don't understand why you didn't answer the question with blue."

(more angry silence)

B: "Okay can we talk about something else. Obviously BB&T sucks and now I'm going to have to reset everything."

(approximately 2-3 minutes of silence)

K: "I still just don't understand why you didn't answer the question with blue."