Go Johnny!  

Saturday, February 28, 2009

John received his 5 year certificate and his watch from Best Buy yesterday! We still have no word as to what is going on with the restructure, but he did receive the most amazing letter of recognition in his e-mail the other day. Back in October when he was interacting with a customer he had discovered some business needs this customer had and set him up with a Best Buy for Businesses program. Now that this customer's business is growing they have placed some major orders with the company which will end up saving his store from being under budget for the year, and the customer went as far to say "because of John's remarkable level of service in the store and the level of service he received from the business department out of the store he will never buy from anywhere else!" He just secured all of the managers in his store their bonuses that they were in jeopardy of losing! This letter of praise was written by the Best Buy Business Account Manager and was sent to every store manager in Texas and to every District Staff Member! It is always a good thing to have this kind of recognition pointing out you specifically to every store in Texas when there is a restructure in the works. Hopefully with this kind of recognition and his tenure that he has secured himself a job this next year. Either way I am super proud of my man and all of his hard work he does day in and day out! We love you Johnny!!

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3 Month Birthday  

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

February 2009: 3 months old

My baby is 3 months old today! To celebrate she woke up EXTRA early this morning!! It wasn't really her fault though. The apartment upstairs happens to have really weak floors above her nursery that are super loud and creaky and the neighbors are exceptionally heavy footed when they walk. Really I wouldn't have been able to sleep through that ruckus either. I have marked this occasion by packing up her newborn sized clothes because they stopped fitting her at the end of January. For some reason that is a really hard thing to do. Not because I will miss those particular clothes, but because I know she will never be that small again. I can remember how those impossibly small clothes seemed to swallow her whole the first weeks we were home from the hospital, and now they ride half way up her arms and legs. They remind me of being super preggo and holding them up to my large belly trying to imagine what baby Dunson was going to look like. This whole watching your babies grow thing gets easier sometime right?

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Pettiskirt Fun  

Saturday, February 21, 2009

February 2009: 2 months old

I took these this morning because she was so happy playing in the ruffles of her new pettiskirt and discovering her feet!

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Month 2 Discoveries  

Thursday, February 19, 2009

February 2009: 2 months old

In month 2 we have had some exciting new developments in Bailey's world.
She has discovered her hands, and they are both sneaky and mesmerizing!
She can hold her head up during tummy time, even though it's tricky!
Her vision has improved so now we like to look at pictures and bat at toys!

And even though she refuses to sleep in her crib at the moment, she does find the mobile and the toys very amusing for a little bit... she expresses how pleased she is by kicking frantically.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

1. High heels or boots? heels if I have to choose, but in reality it would be board shoes or flippies
2. What time did you get up this morning? once at 4:00 and then again at 8:30-- Thanks, B!
4. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? oh jeez... umm probably The Dark Knight, We ended up seeing that one like three different times in the theater
5. What is your favorite TV show? House, SVU and now The Worst Week Ever tops the list
6. What do you usually have for breakfast? 5 grain Cheerios with oat clusters, topped with sliced Banana and Blue Berries with Light Vanilla Soy Milk mmmmm yummy!
7. What is your middle name? Shaundel
8. What food do you dislike? Onions and Beans are still not my thing, but my cousins will all be pleased to know that I did learn to like eggs ;o)
9. What is your favorite song at the moment? I really don't get to listen to a lot of things other than soundscapes and classical which is what plays in Bailey's room. Favorite band is Incubus, I can never get tired of them.
10. Favorite sandwich? California Turkey: turkey w/ Swiss, sprouts, avocado, mayo and bacon. And pretty much most of the sammies at whole foods
11. What characteristic do you despise? when people act fake... why some have a hard time being true and genuine will always remain a mystery to me.
12. Clothing? I think the show what not to wear would have a field day with me... all I ever wear at the moment are t-shirts and jeans
13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation? Italy. food, art, romance and scenery sounds like a perfect vaca to me!
14. Are you an organized person? hmmmm kinda. I am very thoughtful and strategic about how I organize things, but sometimes I have issues keeping up with it. I guess it would depend on the day. I am very good about not keeping stuff I don't use, def not a pack-rat.
15. Where would you like to retire to? I can't technically retire from anything since you never stop being a mom and I don't actually get paid for it, but I would like to move to a place near the ocean someday.
16. What was your most recent memorable birthday? A couple years ago one of my best friends, Jen and I, did a combo birthday celebration and invited a bunch of friends out to get some drinks. It was most memorable because A. it was a lot of fun and B. it was right before she had to go off and move to Colorado... I miss my Jen!
17. What are you going to do when you finish this? Join John and his best friend Trent in a game of poker
18. Furthest place you are sending this? Honestly I don't know who all reads this blog, out of the people that comment me, Utah... possibly California
19. Person you expect to send it back first? I got this off of Sally's blog so maybe Jennifer, or Johnna, or even Ashley
20.When is your birthday? June 23rd
21. Morning person or a night person? Night, but fortunately when Bailey wakes up she's all smiles so it makes it easier to drag my butt out of bed
22. What is your shoe size? 8
23. Pets? Mr. Kitty the ferocious
24. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? John, Bailey and I will be going to Austin for Annie's first birthday
25. What did you want to be when you were little? an artist
27. What is your favorite flower? orchids
28. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to? John's vacation which starts the weekend of Annie's birthday, also our one year anniversary on April 25th, Easter
29. What was the last thing you ate? orange chicken
31. Do you wish on stars? I haven't in a looong time
32. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? bronze, since I can't be in real life
33. How is the weather right now? 65 and sunny
34. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Dad, yesterday
35. Favorite soft drink? dp, specifically from Sonic with the good ice and good cups
36. Favorite restaurant? Fuji's (sushi and hibachi) and Blue Goose (Mexican)
37. Hair color? blond, used to be white lol, but it's darkened quite a bit over the years
38. What was your favorite toy as a child? Maple town animals or sea wees
39. Summer or winter? Fall, owning a car with no ac for the last 9 years in Texas makes temperature a big deal
40. Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate all the way!
41. Coffee or tea? BOTH, but ice tea if I have to choose!
42. Do you want your friends to do this also? Yep!!
43. When was the last time you cried? a couple of weeks ago when I was doing laundry and I stood up and hit my head on the corner of the water heater... made me bleed
44. What is under your bed? Maybe a sock or my cat, I don't know, shouldn't be anything but who knows
45. What did you do last night? Made John a Valentine's Dinner, it was a day late cuz he closed on Valentine's and didn't get home til midnight
47. Salty or sweet? Both, but I def have a sweet tooth
48. How many keys on your key ring? LOL I just have one key (the house key) and it's not even on a ring. I am lame.
49. How many years at your current job? almost 3 months, still a newbie
50. Favorite day of the week? the two days John has off so I can get out of the house!
51. Positive or negative? Positive if we are talking outlook on life
52. How many people will you send this to? whoever reads the blog
53. How many will respond? IDK
54. Do you like finding out all this stuff about your friends? LOVE IT!

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Monday, February 16, 2009

As we all know our nation is going through some trying times with the economy. I have seen it's effects on the people closest to me already and now it's come face to face with our small family. Every year Best Buy does a restructure where they "fine tune" it's operating model in order to stay ahead of the competition. Sometimes they add positions, sometimes they eliminate positions and other times they merge positions thus eliminating positions still. In my experience with these restructures my position with the company has been eliminated 3 different times, but fortunately they always had a place for me which is how I am able to stay optimistic about the future. A major restructure is in the works, and we are sure their will be some major changes and cutbacks. We don't know exactly what is going to happen, but whatIS confirmed is that the store John works at is moving down a revenue band. In his current store structure their are two Sales Manager positions (which is what he does) and with the new band their will only be room for one. Now he and the other Sales Manager will be undergoing an assessment so the GM can determine who stays in their role. This is not a pleasant thing for either party since both John and his co-worker, who I guess is now his competition, have families they support. We ask for prayers, that no matter what the turn out is, that their will be a position available for John because he truly loves his job and takes much pride in this career. We think we will know something within the next week or two, but for now we are in a stressful situation.

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Photo Shoot Pt 3  

Thursday, February 12, 2009

February 2009: 2 months

This next series is the Baby in a Tutu Collection.

getting ready

By this point she seemed over it,
but she still rocked the tutu like a champ

this one cracks me up every time I see it

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Photo Shoot pt. 2  

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

February 2009: 2 months old

This next series were done by request of my Mom. When Skylar was a baby Candi and Kobi had given her a framed pic of him posed like this and she adored it. So much that she needed one just like it when Bella came around, and we knew it was only a matter of time before she started asking for the Bailey version. Candi and I are pretty certain Bella and Skylar's were done when they were at least a month or two older, but she says we are wrong. Bailey tried, but she still struggles holding that head up while on her tummy. Seems like tricky business for a baby. This is the best of what I like to refer to as the Wobble-Head Collection.

She didn't last for long in this pose, but she was a good sport about it. We will probably try this one again next month. In the large version of these pics you can see how blue her eyes are in real life.

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2 month Photo Shoot  

Sunday, February 8, 2009

February 2009: 2 months old

We love our Aunt Candi. She came over today with her fancy SLR camera and took a bunch of awesome photos of Bailey. I'll post a few of my top favorites of each series over the next few days. These are the winners out of the Basket Collection.

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Time for Spring!  

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

February 2009: 2 months old

It has been a fun and productive week here at the Dunson household! As a Christmas present to each of the store managers, the GM granted two paid days off to be taken any time in January or February. He was especially nice to schedule John's days off and the comp days all in a row so that he ended up getting not only the weekend of the Super Bowl off, but an actual 6 days stretch of time away from work! That was the best gift he could have given to a new family for sure! We had originally planned to drive down to Austin to visit the family, but it didn't work out for my Dad and Uncle's agendas. Sorry cousins! We really want to come visit you guys so we are still trying to work on it. I HAVE to see Molly while she is in town it's been way too long, so don't let her leave yet! But even though we didn't get a chance to leave Dallas, we still had a really good time relaxing hanging out at home.
We had a few warm breezy days here in Dallas so spring fever hit me hard! Ever since we have lived in this apartment I have either been huge and pregnant, recovering from a c section (takes 6 weeks!), and handling a newborn while my husband has been working long crazy holiday hours in retail mayhem. Needless to say the condition of the house is less than perfect. I have usually managed to keep it picked up, but certain things have remained untouched or out of control. But now I am healed and I had a helper for a week so we cleaned this place from top to bottom. It is sparkly and fresh and every room in the house carries my favorite scent (fresh laundry). All spots in the carpet have been scrubbed, all dishes are done, no dust or smudges or clutter anywhere, every single thing that can be washed has been washed including John's car. We have even finished the nursery and Bailey's bathroom decor... well almost, just a couple small project left, but I'd say it's about 85-90% done. So with our victory of conquering the house we invited the family over for a Super Bowl/ Dinner party and had a lot of fun.
Also with dreams of spring came the overwhelming desire to shop for cute spring baby clothes. Little girls are dangerous to have because they are so much fun to shop for! All of the sweet spring dresses and skirts were too much for me to handle... I may have gone overboard. Ebay can be an addictive place for a stay at home mom, but I did get a steal on all of her cute clothes. What can I say, besides Baby Gap and Gymboree really know what they are doing. She is so spoiled already. She has better, more stylish clothes than either John or I have and her room is the most tricked out room in the house. I can't help it, when you love somebody so much you just want to give them the world. Bailey's follow-up two month appointment was today. She weighed in at 10 pounds 11 ounces. Go Bailey! The doctor is no longer concerned about her ability to gain weight, and I can stop supplementing her LOL. I knew he wouldn't know the difference and that it was just her being sick that last time. This week has also been a lot smoother as far as the colic problems I was experiencing with her previously. She is still crankier in the later half of the day, but not a screaming crying mess so my sanity has returned (I think it checked out for a minute). I have been successful in keeping her awake for longer periods of time. I have not, however, been successful at the crib attempts. We did get the batteries for her mattress, the boom box with soft music and still no luck. I don't know if I need to be more hardcore about it, but I really hate hearing her scream so yeah... that's where we are at with that whole mess. When we finally get her in that crib peacefully we will celebrate.

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