Back to France (but probably last time for a while) :)

I just got back from a wonderful girls' trip to France. My mom, sister, and I had so much fun in Paris and the Loire Valley where the chateaus are. Paris is beautiful this time of year because everything is just starting to bloom. While we were there, we did a lot of sight-seeing, giggling, and shopping. Shopping included looking for...

MATERNITY clothes because we're expecting! I'm 3 months along and Lord willing, we will be bringing home a little bundle sometime near our 6th wedding anniversary in October!

  • staci
    AHHHH!!! Ok, not even kidding, yesterday I was thinking "I wonder when Bill and Julie are going to have a baby." Jenn and Mark were at church and my brain started strolling down memory lane and I thought I wonder who's going to be the next to have kids, and you immediately popped into my mind! I remember how long you've been married and I wondered if you'd be next. What coincidental timing! CONGRATS! Hope your first trimester has been manageable and as yucky-free as possible!
    by staci at 04/05/10 8:27AM
  • sarahphim
    Oh, how exciting! Congratulations!
    by sarahphim at 04/05/10 8:57AM
  • denisemccaskill
    Awww!! Yay! I am so excited for you guys!!!! :) Congrats!!
    by denisemccaskill at 04/05/10 11:25AM
  • jess
    We have to talk again SOON!!! Like maybe tonight. SO very excited and love you lots!!
    by jess at 04/05/10 1:39PM
  • krazykrizn
    Congrats:)
    by krazykrizn at 04/05/10 3:00PM
  • ambre
    Yay!!! Congratulations! You two will be GREAT parents!!!
    by ambre at 04/05/10 5:36PM
  • audge
    Congrats Julie! Ya'll will make the best parents :)
    by audge at 04/05/10 6:08PM
  • little_momma
    Congratulations! Your life will never be the same! :)
    by little_momma at 04/08/10 8:01AM
  • megan
    Congrats! I hope you're feeling well. This is such a fun time.
    by megan at 06/04/10 7:26AM
  • auamy
    Congrats!
    by auamy at 06/24/10 11:13AM

We need your advice…

Bill and I are celebrating our 5 year anniversary with a vacation in Europe this fall!!! Since high school, I have loved reading and watching movies on the early 1800’s and we are actually going to go see some of those places! We are going to Paris, London, Bath, and this house (Chatsworth) near Bakewell in the UK. For you Jane Austin fans, this is “Pemberly” from Pride & Prejudice movies. I want to wear a bonnet the while I’m over there but Bill says he won’t be seen with me.

I’ll bore you with the details later, but for now, we need your help. Bill and I would like to go to a play in London but we aren’t sure which to go see. Your options are …
-Les Miserables (sp?)
-Phantom of the Opera
-Wicked
-Other
I don’t think we’ve ever been to play unless you count high school and we don’t really know what they’re about. So, please make a case for your play below… Bill says choose wisely. :)
  • lp
    I like all of those plays for different reasons. Les Mis because of he part of histor it covers in the french revolution, which I studied a lot in school. Wicked is just fun! Phantom is a play everyone has to see. I took Matt to see it as an introduction to musicals so that he would enjoy going to them and it worked! Whatever you see it will be amazing! See if there is a play on over there that you can't see here.
    by lp at 07/15/09 7:42AM
  • staci
    I have seen Wicked and Phantom. For your first time and seeing it in London, go for Phantom. You will not forget it. It was the first show I'd ever seen live and I was mesmerized.
    by staci at 07/15/09 9:52AM
  • staci
    That sounds like an absolutely wonderful vacation. I so want to go to Pemberley!
    by staci at 07/15/09 9:53AM
  • sillyrabbit
    I don't know anything about plays. But if you want so advice on some places to see in Paris, let me know. I can tell of some of the places I went while I was there in May.
    by sillyrabbit at 07/15/09 11:14AM
  • linz_foster
    Go for the bonnet...and post a picture. :) I have only seen Wicked of the ones you listed, but my parents saw Phantom. I liked Wicked ok, but didn't really think it was amazing like everyone said. I would choose Phantom. Have a great vacation!
    by linz_foster at 07/15/09 1:23PM
  • megan
    I would see Phantom! I saw it over there with my family when I was 16 in Her Majesty's Theatre and it was a great experience!
    by megan at 07/16/09 8:54PM
  • tnerbydoom
    Wow! What an exciting anniversary. I hope y'all have a great time.
    by tnerbydoom at 07/16/09 9:47PM
  • nickomundo
    Wow. What an awesome trip that'll be. I think I'd say Les Mis. I think there's a better chance of Bill liking that one, but Phantom's awesome, too.
    by nickomundo at 07/19/09 7:54PM
  • ambre
    I LOVE Wicked!!!
    by ambre at 07/23/09 4:10PM
  • auamy
    Of the choices I've only seen Wicked, but like the comments above say - it's pretty impressive.
    by auamy at 08/05/09 12:55PM
  • megan
    Just wait, Julie, just wait. Better yet, I could just take a video of myself combing my hair after a shower...
    by megan at 08/06/09 5:53PM
  • loislane
    Phantom for sure! My favorite cast was the original London cast with Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman! Les Mis a close second though. Enjoy your vacation and don that bonnet girl!
    by loislane at 08/11/09 9:11AM
  • anna
    Here would be my order:
    Phantom of the Opera
    Wicked
    Les Miserables.
    I saw Les Miz on Broadway and it was good, but definitely not a Favorite. I have been dying to see Phantom so I would definitely recommend it. It's a classic!
    by anna at 08/18/09 10:59AM
  • 23_bravo_7
    FC t-shirts, you know they still sell them. I buy one just about everytime I visit the bookstore.
    by 23_bravo_7 at 08/23/09 2:06PM
  • 23_bravo_7
    My wife saw P of the O in London in 95 with a girlfriend. She enjoyed it. I went to the Imperial War Museum instead. Being a history nut, if I ever return to Europe I want to see the Normandy Battlefield. Other than that I have no love for France.
    by 23_bravo_7 at 08/23/09 2:13PM
  • jess
    I 'll be sad when they wear out too! Such good memories. :) Have you guys decided which musical to see yet??
    by jess at 08/23/09 2:16PM
  • jess
    Yay!! How cool - can't wait to hear how it is! What days are you going to be over there?
    by jess at 09/05/09 9:42PM
  • janjan
    Hey girl! Are yall back? Can't wait to hear about your trip! I answered Jess' questions on my blog if you want to check it out...Thanks for thinking of us! We are super excited!!
    by janjan at 10/05/09 3:56PM
  • ambre
    I'm so excited :) You'll have to go back to Europe and stop by and visit!
    by ambre at 11/06/09 8:34AM
  • janjan
    Not this year...I cant even go to Birmingham to see my family...Im to stay put till the boys are born. =)
    by janjan at 11/06/09 8:50PM

In honor of [Jessica's|jess] new cat...

DOG DIARY

8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 PM - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
1:00 PM - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 PM - Ran back and forth in the hall! My favorite thing!
5:00 PM - Milk bones! My favorite thing!
7:00 PM - Got to play tug! My favorite thing!
8:00 PM - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 PM - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

CAT DIARY

Day 983 of my captivity.

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength. The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape.

In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at
their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a 'good little hunter' I am. They continue to pick me up and handle me, an obvious attempt to
subvert me.

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I
was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event.
However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of 'allergies.' I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one
of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow -- but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and
snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released -- and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.

Tonight I will again lay on their heads while they sleep and
hope to smother them.



Jessica - I'm sure you're cat is wonderful... but I thought this was so funny. :)
  • staci
    Cats get such a bad rap.
    by staci at 04/21/09 1:37PM
  • acurtis
    LOL!!! And I even love cats...especially Sebastian! I think I like this so much b/c although trying to be funny, it sneaks in the facts that cats are SO much smarter than dogs ;)
    by acurtis at 04/21/09 4:33PM
  • jess
    Lol. Amen, Staci! :) And thanks for showing Sebastian some love Rosie! :)
    by jess at 04/21/09 5:46PM
  • lol_smile456
    haha..
    by lol_smile456 at 04/22/09 4:19PM
  • nickomundo
    Hah! That's great!
    by nickomundo at 05/14/09 6:45PM
  • krazykrizn
    Thanks for the prayers! I haven't felt very well for a while now--stress probably does make it worse!! I've been on a new med called Neurontin. It helps with the fibromyalgia A LOT! It numbs your nerve endings at night so you're not in pain and don't wake up every 30 minutes. It does make you tired though, and a little woozy--so you have to have like 9 hours of sleep (at least for me and my small frame). Have a good day!
    by krazykrizn at 05/15/09 9:08AM
  • lp
    We both loved Italy too. We had been before although not together. I have a special place in my heart for Paris since I studied there for my internship while in school. Hope that y'all make it over there! It's amazing!
    by lp at 05/27/09 2:12PM
  • prissypants
    c'mon to shreveport!!!! we placed an offer on a home today... *bites nails*... if all goes well we'll have plenty of room for hurricane evacuees! ;o)
    by prissypants at 06/03/09 10:20PM
  • prissypants
    and haha..im not a cat person so i really enjoy this little kitty monologue..
    by prissypants at 06/03/09 10:22PM

Bill works for American Idol

I’ve decided that Bill has a secret job on the side… he looks for American Idol talent. Are these coincidences?

1. Jasmine Murray – from Starkville - Home of Mississippi State… Bill’s alma mater
2. Alexis Grace – from Memphis - Bill is too
3. Lil Rounds – from Memphis - Bill is too
4. Kris Allen – from Conway - Bill has visited here several times
5. Michael Sarver – from Jasper - This is right up the road from us
6. Megan Joy – Her name is the same as my sister’s… this is probably stretching it
7. Anoop - This is what got me wondering… Bill showed me a you tube video about a year ago of Anoop singing in the UNC acapella group

So there are some interesting coincidences with 6 of the contestants.
  • acurtis
    =) Very strange coincidences, indeed...
    by acurtis at 03/13/09 6:38AM
  • lol_smile456
    haha!!! weeeird!
    by lol_smile456 at 03/15/09 4:48PM
  • linz_foster
    Hi! I'm due mid-May, so coming up very soon! How are you guys??
    by linz_foster at 04/01/09 1:03AM
  • jess
    Thanks!! :) And that is the sweetest story - I love it!
    by jess at 04/01/09 11:53PM
  • jess
    Tim and Lisa do still live there, but they are fine! Lisa and the kids were home and saw the tornado coming too. They lost a tree and their trampoline, but the house is fine. Pretty crazy though!
    by jess at 04/13/09 3:31PM

I haven’t had a real update in a while. So, I thought I would…

Megan (my sis) is living with us while she does her dietetic internship/grad school. The internship finishes up in May and then she gets married in June. We’ve had so much fun together! I’m also helping with wedding plans. I had forgotten how much time that takes.

Wesley (my bro) got an internship this semester in Houston. So, he’s only an hour away. I love having him so close!

Bill is working really hard. It’s still really busy at work. Even with all of that going on, he’s super sweet and always patient with me.

I recently got an additional job at work. I’m still a cost engineer but it’s part-time now and the rest of the time I’m a capital budget coordinator. I really like it! It’s busy but fun.

BTW, next time you go to the doctor, ask them to check your vitamin d level!!!
  • lol_smile456
    exactly 3 months since your last one. haha.
    by lol_smile456 at 03/05/09 11:27PM
  • krazykrizn
    mine's always low!
    by krazykrizn at 03/06/09 6:51PM
  • billiam
    America's Vitamin D is low. Obama has made it a top priority right after "printing money".
    by billiam at 03/06/09 8:57PM
  • krazykrizn
    I've taken Vit D on a few occassions...prescription strength, where I take it once a week. I've never noticed feeling tons better...I am supposed to get my blood drawn again though and see if it stayed up, it usually doesn't! haha Glad you're feeling better!
    by krazykrizn at 03/11/09 6:40PM