Sunday, March 29, 2009

Emily Post Would Be So Proud

Last night we had a wonderful family dinner, consisting of a TX size portion of steak and potatoes. As we were finishing up, the Hubby thought it was the perfect time to teach Cookie how to let the hostess know that she is "full."

Do you know what the sign is? Well, please allow my family to demonstrate...

Just simply lift your shirt to belly level and slap it while chanting, my belly is full!

I can only hope she doesn't do this on her first date. To make matters better, the Hubby also thought he would go ahead and teach Cookie how to compliment the chef...

Yep, a burp with love! I am sure Emily Post would be so proud. I can only hope that one day we will not end up like the Klumps family...

I hope that you all had a safe and happy weekend. Needless to say we spent the rest of our weekend working on our table manners.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Creating the Perfect Picture

KC is holding down the fort with Cookie this week while I am away. At the end of a long business day he always spoils me with the precious gift of pictures. This is my favorite of the week.

The creation of the perfect poise...

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Can You Guess What is Wrong With the Picture?

Take a look at the picture below. Now, look very hard. Can you tell what is wrong with the picture? To the naked eye, one may think that it is just another cute picture of Cookie in her high chair...

Tired of guessing?

Okay, now brace yourself for the truth!

Yesterday while I was working on the computer, Cookie crawled up into her high chair and buckled herself in! So, if you have any baby proofing tips for a high chair please send them our way!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

True of False...

...a couple falls in love, couple gets married and couple is now or divorcing. Husband and wife start slinging mud in divorce court and now the wife is demanding that $43 million is not enough to live on and that $53,000 a week in support WILL NOT cut it.

What do you think, is this story True or False? What would you do if you made $53,000 per week. Oh, just imagine all the diapers one could buy.

Click here for the rest of the story...$53,000 per week True of False

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Praying to the Porcelain God

With Cookie #2 I have been doing my praying to the porcelain god! In other words, I have been spending a better part of this pregnancy in the bathroom [head down in the toilet] with good ol' 24/7 ALL DAY morning sickness.

Originally, my doctor prescribed me Phenergan. He warned me that it might make me a little sleepy but should do the trick. Let's just say, the word little was the understatement of the year. After a week of taking it, I found myself to be a sleepy (could barely life my head), Rookie Mom with ongoing morning sickness.

Not a good combination!

The Dr. had mentioned that there was an alternative medication called Zofran. Zofran was originally designed to control nausea in chemotherapy patients and that it is very expensive and many insurers won't cover it.

In a moment of desperation I called the Dr. and stated, "I do not care if the Zofran is $1,000 per pill, I need it! Pleeeeeaaaaassseeee!" He wrote my prescription and we were off to the pharmacy.

I was mentally prepared for my total to be the cost of a small country, but much to my surprise...

...the generic version was $17.99 for 30! Now that is the deal of the day.

For all Mother's to be, if you are experiencing morning sickness I encourage you to go for the good stuff! Ask for Zofran! It is a lifesaver.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

That's It! I am Joining the PGA!

I guess Cookie has had enough of rainy days and sitting in the house with her (apparently not entertaining enough) parents. Her bag is packed...

Her swing has been perfected...

And the only advice that her dear sweet Rookie Mom can give her is, "Cookie, it really isn't necessary to taste the golf balls before each putt."

It's a work in progress, but we wish her well!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Remembering the Lawson Family

Funeral services are set for the five members of the Lawson family killed in a New Mexico car accident last week.

Visitation for all five members of the Lawson family will be held today from 4-8 p.m. at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home at 1700 Normal Park Drive in Huntsville.

Funeral services for Julia Lawson will be held Friday at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church at 1323 16th Street in Huntsville. Services will begin with a rosary at 1 p.m., followed by a funeral mass at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Brooke Cemetery.

Funeral services for Troy, Kristy, Cameron and Kara Beth Lawson will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at University Heights Baptist Church at 2400 Sycamore Avenue. Interment will follow at Pine Valley Cemetery.

To leave condolences, visit

DONATION INFORMATION: Remembering Troy Lawson and His Family

The HHS Class of 1996 has created a account at Heartfield Florist if you would like to donate to the flower arrangement that the class is assembling to remember Troy and his family. Donations will be taken until NOON today (3/12/09). All donations can be made by contacting Heartfield:

Heartfield Florist
c/o Lawson Family - Class of 1996

Donations can also be made in Troy's Honor to the Huntsville Volunteer Fire Department:

Huntsville Volunteer Fire Department
PO Box 1
Huntsville, TX 77340

*makes checks payable to Huntsville Volunteer Fire Dept

If you should have additional information regarding funds that have been setup in the Lawson family name please contact me at and I will add them to this post.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

3/11/09 To Do List: Fight Hunger With Compassion

Have a few minutes to spare today? Why not Fight Hunger with Compassion. Wednesday March 11, 2009 is GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS DAY MARCH.

Here is the 411...

Compassion International is partnering with radio stations, media, churches and bloggers to spread the word about the Global Food Crisis and raise funds that will make a real difference to those impacted by it.

Overshadowed by recent political and financial economic news, the UN World Food Programme calls the current global food crisis “a phenomenon, a silent tsunami,” that is affecting millions of families in every nation on every continent. This global food crisis is more rapid, urgent and devastating than any other in the history of our planet.

The cost of food staples have roughly doubled in many countries where Compassion serves. Some of the original factors that turned this trend into a world calamity recently include unstable oil prices, increased meat consumption in countries like India and China, droughts in major crop-producing countries, and increased production of biofuels.

- Visit to learn more about the Global Food Crisis and donate to Compassion's Global Food Crisis Fund.
- Add a Global Food Crisis widget to their blog sidebar or posts:

- Provides food vouchers to children and families needing immediate relief.
- Provides seeds and agricultural tools so that families can grow their own food as well as earn extra income.
- Provides supplemental nutrition services at Compassion-assisted centers around the world.

- Official Global Food Crisis Day page:
- Compassion International's blog has several excellent posts on the Global Food Crisis:

In less time that it takes to order a grande,triple shot,non-fat vanilla latte you can feed a child. So, this Wednesday donate your morning coffee expense and in return you are on your way to making a difference!

Click on the picture below and you will be on your way to making a great donation!

Another Priceless Moment

Jonas Brothers Tickets........................Let's just say more than the Face Value of the Tickets

The Perfect Rocker Outfit...................$40

JoBro T-Shirt........................................$35

Overpriced Hamburger & Fries..........$25

Watching our Little Rue rock out to the JoBros along with 60,000 other screaming tweens.....


Saturday, March 7, 2009

Jonas or Bust

Tomorrow my sister, my niece and I will enter a stadium filled with thousands of screaming Jonas brother loving tweens.

Of course it is only fitting that today we needed to shop for the perfect concert outfit and get the glow sticks ready. Who knows I might get a wild hair and shoe polish Jonas or Bust on the back of my minivan.

Should be interesting. Hopefully, we will not need to use our S.O.S signal.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Truth Be Told

I have not been a very good blogger over the last couple of weeks. Why? We have been on a "Big Sister" announcement tour. Yep, Cookie is going to be a Big Sister and we are all so thrilled to introduced Cookie #2...

The Hubby asked me if I was going to change the name of the blog now that we will have two little bambino's. I simply replied, "Oh, no I will just be a Rookie Mom with Two kiddos!"

I had no idea what I was doing with the first one and I definitely have NO idea what is in store for having two little ones!

Wish us luck! I am sure that this experience is going to create a lot of stories for this Rookie Mom to post. Over the last twelve weeks I have jotted down a few goods one to share such as, "Excuse Me While I Get My Head Out of the Toilet," the trials and tribulations of good old fashion ALL DAY morning sickness.

Fasten your seatbelt Rookie Mom readers, it is going to be a crazy pregnancy!

Have a safe and happy weekend!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

How About $250 Worth of Swag

Lookie, Lookie Rookie Mom 101 readers! The opportunity to win $250 worth of birth announcements, baby shower invites or anything else related to your little one on behalf of Invitation Consultants is here. Invitation Consultants is your online destination for all your event, announcement and stationary needs.

Entry is simple- post a comment on Invitation Consultant’s Fab* blog explaining just how you will use the $250 from now until March 13, 2009 and you are automatically entered to win!

To make a comment and enter to win, please visit the Fab* blog by clicking here.

Best of Luck!