June 30, 2009

Happy Birthday and Other Thoughts

Evy Kate says, "Happy Birthday, Daddy!"

And I say, Happy Birthday, Kurt! My sweet husband is 29 today! Unfortunately, he is on call and has to be at the hospital all night tonight, so that's a huge bummer. But last night he opened his gifts, which was fun!

Here's what he got:
-A dress shirt from Express (weird, I know..but they fit him great!)
-2 casual shirts from American Eagle
-Sargent York on DVD (one of his favorite movies starring Gary Cooper)
-Gift certificate to Everyday Gourmet
-A print of a panorama shot of the football stadium at Ole Miss, his alma mater. Seriously, I am showing my true love here...if I had my way, I wouldn't have Ole Miss artwork in the house. I just have my reasons...haha! But he had pointed it out the last time we were at the mall and I couldn't help myself. I'm such a sucker when I know someone really likes something. So we'll eventually get it framed, and it will probably end up in the basement of our next house, where a lot of his art will go. Basements are often finished out in Missouri for an extra bonus/family room, so it's not like it'll be in some dark, grimy place :o) Or it can go in his office eventually.

Since Kurt has to work today, Evy and I picked up a piece of cookie cake at the mall and took it to him at the hospital. He came out to meet us at the car, and it was so good to see him mid-day! It had been kind of a rough day in the ICU, so I'm really glad that this is his last day of it--ever! Can you believe it?! As of tomorrow, he is a senior resident. Wow! I'm so, so proud of him. I am not belittling anyone who reads this blog, but just a note to those who have husbands in medicine or residency---you especially feel my joy about being in 4th year, right?! My dad called me today and said "Just think what will be happening a year from now!" We are so excited to move and begin the next chapter of life.

Speaking of that phrase, if I hear Jon and Kate say "new chapter" one more time I am going to SCREAM. Last night's episode was nothing more than TLC grasping at straws to keep this show going. The whole episode was just showing clips of PREVIOUS shows. Do we really need to look back at the last 10 years of the Gosselin's lives and be reminded YET AGAIN that they are a family in crisis? Seriously. I am just so sad, frustrated, and disappointed all at the same time. One thing I did pick up on: there are no Scripture index cards in the new house like there were before they moved. Very telling.

The Bachelorette. I have officially lost respect for Jillian. Um, it's quite clear why she is still single: she can't judge someone's character to save her life! Wes, or as BooMama calls him, "Snakey McCreeperson" (love it), is such a player. Everyone sees it but her. And as much as I love Jake, he is kind of a walking Hallmark card. He kind of sounds like he's reading from a teleprompter sometimes. But I still think he's too classy for Jillian. I'm not sure I even care who she ends up with anymore. That's all.

Tiffany just did a recent post about this, but when we were in Dallas visiting with my aunt and her family, she talked with me and my mom about our laundry detergents and some other things health-wise. She is a breast cancer survivor (3 years in recession so far!), and she was telling us about what her cancer team has been advising her to do to stay clear of cancer. Now, I will be the first one to say that I am a bit jaded about the huge GREEN movement, simply because it has turned into such a political agenda. I do believe in being good stewards of the earth and doing our part, but I'll be really honest, there are bigger moral issues at stake in my opinion. But I want to say that I've been thinking a lot about these things and I have become more aware of why it's important to be natural in some aspects. I don't want to be ignorant and let pride get in the way of doing what's best for me and my family. All that to say, here are the two main things she suggested:

Using natural laundry detergent, such as Mrs. Meyers Clean Day.

She uses the Basil scent, and it smelled great! Her cancer counselor said that over time, the chemicals in laundry detergent can seep into our skin. Obviously, there is still research being done, but I'm okay with spending a little extra just to be on the safe side. After we finish out our huge thing of Tide, we'll probably switch to Mrs. Meyers. I had heard of her products before, but seeing them being put to use was interesting and educational for me.

Eating organic meat.

Since breast cancer is an estrogen-based cancer, and animals can be given estrogen to boost growth and production, this can be a problem for those prone to estrogen-based cancers. My aunt suggested just to do organic meat and dairy if possible. Everything else is simply if you feel better about organic. There IS a price difference, but eventually I think it will be worth the investment for us.

I know that many people have been "natural" and "organic" for a long time, and awhile back I offended some people when I vented about environmental issues. Again, I do respect our earth and think we should be wise stewards. I just get frustrated because there are certain issues that I believe are of greater value, like protecting human lives. But I am willing to say that I am rethinking some things, and I hope that reflects my desire to always learn and admit when I am adjusting my thinking about certain things. :o)

Of course I have to end with pictures of my cutie pie. Recently I've snapped some shots of when I put her on the floor to change her after naptime. She's always in the cutest little mood!

I snapped this just a minute ago: napping in our crib!

Have a great day :o)


Jennifer Lancaster said...

Kelly and I watched Sgt. York a couple weeks ago. Such a good movie! I had never seen it. Thought I'd tell you, I found a detergent at Costco, (their store brand) that says it has no phospates, dyes, optical brighteners or bleaches. Also, all the chemicals used are plant-based, are safe for septic systems and nothing was tested on animals. And the price is good :) I think I might give it a try when we run out of Gain. I know ya'll have a Sam's card, but thought maybe they'd have something similar? Happy birthday to Kurt :)

Sarah Denley said...

Organic milk TASTES so much better, too! I def. agree with you that there are bigger issues, but the being environmentally concious is important too! I've said it many times, but Peyton is a GREEN FREAK! Anyway, we do cloth diapers, recycle and compost, and I make my own laundry detergent. The make your own detergent is really good for you and it's way cheaper than tide or anything from the store and it's really easy! You've been so helpful with ALL the baby tips let me know if I can help you in any way in this new challenge!

Carrie said...

Jillian = dumb... ugh.

I'm not at all into the green thing. I respect people who are, I just haven't gotten into it myself. We'll have to talk about this at our next lunch :o)

Sarah Denley said...

Also, I meant to tell you I cannot imagine how excited you'll be next year! When Peyton graduated from Pharmacy School it was one of the proudest moments of my life (prob. second only to AP's birth); I am so much more proud of that diploma than I am my own...and that was only six years as opposed to what, like 12 ?!? You will not know what to do with yourself.

Happiness Is... said...

Your daughter is so cute!

Courtney said...

Cute pictures. I agree with the Jon and Kate, they have lost sight of what is important in life. I think religion was the first to go.

Brittany and Charlie said...

I am so with you on the Bachelorette comment. She is setting herself up to be dissapointed if she chooses some of these guys. I don't care for her much. Should be interesting to see this play out.

JanMary said...

As the wife of a doctor I can understand what it is like. The system is different here in UK?Ireland but I am sure the feelings we have about it are very similar.

We are not "out the other side" as my dh is a consultant now, but I would hate to have to go through the exam anguish, the uncertainty, anti-social hours, shifts, rotas, relocating etc all over again!

My dh? - he would not want to be doing anything else in the world, so it has all been worth it.

Mrs. Dirnberger said...

Its my husbands bday today as well...AND he is turning 29! Crazy right?

Mark and Emily said...

Hey Ashley, about organic, we eat lots of it! (My husband being in the Chiropractic field) Just eating the dairy and meat will really make you feel great. I didn't believe it at first and my brother-in-law's family eats all organic and I used to make fun:0. Also you should try the Seventh Generation (at Target) dishwashing deter. It's amazing and natural and I recently learned I was not supposed to wash my Pampered Chef pots and pans in the dishwasher and have been for 2 years now. Oops, the consultant said she couldn't even tell they had been in there, IT's FOR SURE THE SOAP. :) Keep me posted, about it!

winstead family said...

i wonder if the amount of milk cole consumes is contributing to his extraordinary height/weight at such a young age. i wonder if organic milk would be better for us all...

does that have anything to do with anything? i don't know. i'm not very green conscious...but would maybe like to be?

julia said...

We do hormone-free dairy and I'm selective about meat. I also make my own laundry detergent - SO CHEAP. We just started cloth diapering (disposeables have been a nightmare for us...ugh). I'm all about being more conservative and concious. I am SO NOT GREEN. I hate that phrase. I prefer a more sassy color, like Teal.

Andrea said...

Hey Ashley,

Evy is sooo cute! I know you are so excited to be in the final year of Kurt's residency. CONGRATS!

I have been doing organic milk for along time now. I have found the best price is at Brookshires for the gallon size. I try to get as much organic meat as possible. It is tough though. I wish we would get a Whole Foods here. That would make it so much easier! I am going to look into that detergent. Do you know if it can be used on HE type washers?

Katelyn said...

I'm glad to see Evy Kate napping in her crib.

I think it's great you bought that shirt at Express. My second weekend job is there and I'm always in support of buying anything there!

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