Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Who doesn't love pink trees?

Because we're living at my parents right now, our Christmas decorations are going to be sparse. Pretty much all of them ended up in storage but I made sure not to pack Ruby's pink tree. She got it as a present last year and I've been waiting all year to put it up.
Yesterday, the Rubster and I took a trip to Ikea to get all the trimmings. On a side note, every store should be more like Ikea. They have parking reserved for mothers with strollers, a family bathroom with complimentary diapers and a diaper genie, and bottle warmers in the restaurant. It doesn't matter that the parking spots were all full and my cloth diaper wasn't going in the genie and I've never used a bottle warmer, but all are really good ideas that make me want to go back. Or it could have been the huge cinnamon roll that we got for a dollar and ate all the way home that makes me want to go back!
The tree turned out perfect and Ruby loves it! Next year we'll put it in Ruby's room just for her, but this year its the perfect accessory for our compact basement home.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Q & A

Question of the day, everyday: Where does she get that red hair from?


Korey's cousins Olivia and Betsey.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Shutterfly Cards

Its that time again! Time to send out Christmas cards from our family to yours. (If you're sending one to us, don't forget we moved!) This year, thanks to a friend, I'll be getting my photo cards for free from Shutterfly. They are giving free cards to bloggers. Yay!!

We recently had our family pictures taken by our friend Justin and I can't wait to get them back. I've gone back and forth on which approach to take to the Christmas card this year. My absolute favorite Christmas cards to receive are those of screaming children in Santa's lap. They are hilarious!! I know it sounds cruel, but how great is it when you open an envelope thinking you're about to see a sweet, well-groomed, perfectly placed family and instead you see a hysterical toddler trying to get out of Santa's lap as fast as he can. A few years ago, we got one of my nephew Luke and it was perfect. I kept it on the fridge all year. I think I've decided to go with a family photo card this year (maybe this one). However, I still stroll Ruby past Santa at the mall and tell her he's scary. We'll see if it works in a few days when we go see him.

If you still need to make holiday cards or gifts, go to Shutterfly. You can make cards, gifts, invitations and more. I've done all with Shutterfly and have always been pleased.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

No nap needed

 Yesterday Ruby took a 4 hour nap so today we decided she didn't need one. So we took her to ride the Macy's Pink Pig. Yay! Its an Atlanta tradition that I've done every year for the past 28 Christmases so we couldn't let her miss out. Unfortunately it's not half as cool as it used to be. In fact, its corny and a rip-off. But that doesn't stop us. Mom didn't get a ticket to ride so that she could take pictures but they made her stand behind the wall because as the guy working said, "its dangerous". Must have been lots of casualties last year due to out of control pink pigs. So the pics aren't great, but Ruby loved it and we can mark it off the list of must-do activities until next year.

When we got home Ruby found a new favorite toy-a box. Yes, she has a ton of expensive and educational toys, but the box out-ranked them this evening.
After her bath she came back for more time in the box and to play with Piper. Yes, those are boys pajamas. And yes, I knew that when I bought them. But I couldn't resist the reindeer feet. They made me think of my sister who wore footie pjs until she was 13. Ok, maybe 12. And at least if the next Mobbs is a boy, he already has Christmas pjs.
On a developmental milestone sidenote, Ruby can now say Da-Da and Uh-oh. And I'm trying not to be offended that Uh-oh came before Ma-Ma.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Pennsylvania in Pictures

A few weeks ago, Ruby and I went to Pennsylvania with my parents to visit my dad's Uncle and extended family. They live in the middle of Amish country and it was beautiful!! I've never seen so much green land in all my life. We don't get to see my dad's family much and many of them Ruby and I met for the first time. Besides seeing the family, the reason we went was to take part in the annual Cardina Clambake. There was tons of food, family and football. (And my Falcons defeated their Browns!!!)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Playing dress-up

This month at Bunco we had 80s night. And even though we're a bunch of 30ish year old women, we went all out and had so much fun! I will never be too old to dress up! I love these girls and can't wait for Bunco each month so we can get together, eat, laugh and have way too much fun!
And yes, I'm proud to say that I won the "best 80's outfit" prize for my totally rad, Color Me Bad/Claire Huxtable, color block jumpsuit.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Only my sister...

Tonight I get a phone call from my sister, aka  Aunt Ray Ray. And it went something like this:

RayRay: Murry, have you ever read More magazine?
Me: No, never heard of it. What is it?
RayRay: Its really good. It's a mag for women 40 and up.
Me: Ummm...awesome. You must have been really bored.
RayRay: No, really. Its good!! I feel wiser now. You should read it. I've been looking for that perfect women's magazine that does it for me, and this is it.
Me: (laughing)ok, Rach, I'll check it out. (maybe) I do want to be wise and cool like you.
RayRay: I'm cool because I wore a side pony to work today.

Only Rachel. But we love her. And she is cool. She also got a call from a major women's clothing store today and was asked to represent the Atlanta market by inviting 50 women to a private party/clothing line release in December. So watch your mailboxes, you might get an invite. And on top of that she takes pictures of my baby with a fancy-schmancy camera. This was at 6 months and little stinker wouldn't smile for anything that day.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Safety Measures

Ruby Jaq has new skillz. Pulling up. I found her Friday standing up in her crib. Scared me to death. And now she'll pull up on anything she can get her cute little hands on. Which also means that she's begun to hit her head. I try to catch her, but I'm not always fast enough. So in order to prevent minor scrapes and bumps on the head, she will now be wearing this at all times.
Hoot! Hoot!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I draw the line

I am probably one of the biggest breast feeding advocates you'll meet. Besides loving your baby unconditionally, I think its one of the best things you can do for your baby. Not only is it the most natural thing ever, breast feeding offers ongoing benefits to baby and mom long after weaning. The protection and benefits that I have the opportunity to provide my baby with make breastfeeding a no brainer decision for me. I could go on and on, but I'll spare you unless you ask me, then I'll go on and on just for you. However, today I was perusing the web while Ruby J sleeps and I found this write-up (mom, click on the underlined link). Really? Are people crazy? Don't worry, if you come for dinner, you won't find my DNA in the latest fall desserts I've whipped up.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Quick Update

I've somehow let almost another month go by without a blog update. But that definitely doesn't mean that we're not having lots of fun in the Mobb's family. The last few months have been full of changes for us. After quitting my full time job at the hospital, I took on a job I never thought I'd have. I'm a clinical instructor for the first year nursing students at North Georgia College and State University. I doubt any of my former nursing school professors read the blog but if they do they're probably laughing out loud and saying prayers for the former nurses of America. Despite making decent grades, my friends(you know who you are!) and I were not stellar students. We usually sat in the back of the class after being late to class and then disrupted class. I still have my notebooks from nursing school that are full of doodles and passed notes that prove that we had too much fun in class. But with all that said, we enjoyed ourselves, made it through and now love being nurses. I work Wednesdays and Fridays and so far have only been in the lab teaching things like bed baths. Next week I take my groups to the hospital for their first official days as student nurses. Yay! Its going to be a learning experience for me too because I'm going back to the adult world after bring in pediatrics for the last 6 years.  I'm excited and nervous and I'm sure there will be funny stories to share later on. I'm also in the middle of orientation for a PRN position as a Nurse Practitioner with CVS Minute Clinic. I'll mainly work at CVS on weekends when Korey is home, but I'm excited about it to.

Korey also started his new football season with the Lanier High School Longhorns. This is the first year for Lanier to be open so Korey has put in lots and lots of hours to help start up a new football program. He also transitioned from history teacher/defensive ends coach to PE teacher/department head/assistant head coach. Ruby and I try to make every game and she loves it! She really likes all the people and attention more than the football but she still loves supporting her daddy!

In the middle of all the job changes we put our house on the market, sold it in 9 days and moved. We had been talking about selling our house for a long time because we weren't in a great neighborhood and this summer we finally decided to put it on the market and see what happened. It sold!! We have temporarily moved in with my parents until we can find a place to go. Its crazy with all of us in one house but also a huge help to have my parents around to help with Ruby during football season. Its also special that my parents can see all the little milestones that Ruby conquers each day and special for Ruby to get to spend so much time with them. Its also nice that we can take our time finding the perfect house for our little family.

 And last, our little baby is getting so big! She's 8 months old tomorrow and doing so much more every day. I just uploaded the picture above and couldn't help sharing it. Ruby loves her cousins!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I'm back!

I realized today that I haven't posted anything in over a month. Yikes! Life's been crazy and even though I have a bunch to blog about, I just haven't done it.

The main reason I decided to jump back in is because I got a shout-out on my friend Melissa's blog today. And what if someone new linked over here and there was nothing new and fun? I can't have that. Kind of narcissistic, but its the honest truth. Melissa just had her second baby drug-free (and almost in a car which I think is awesome!) and now is becoming a doula. She lives in Birmingham so I'm not sure how smart a long-distance doula would be for Mobbs baby #2, but I'm up for anything.

And no, baby #2 is not in the oven. Or the mixing bowl. So don't get all excited yet.

But I am a huge believer in natural childbirth so I love Melissa's post. She rocks.

Coming soon: Updates on the new jobs, the move(going on now as seen above), the mover(aka Ruby Jaq), and football season. Hook 'em Horns!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Late night snack

 This was last Thursday night after Ruby and I flew home from the beach. Ruby kept wanting to try my peach so we put some in a blender for her. Despite the crazy faces, she kept wanting more. So far she'll eat anything I give her except rice cereal. But that stuff is disgusting! Sweet potatos and peaches are much tastier!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Happy Birthday America!!

This past weekend we celebrated the 4th at the lake with some work and play. Last year Korey and I announced that I was pregnant on the 4th and its so hard to believe all that's happened in the last year. Sadly this is the first year that I didn't attend the Peachtree Road Race in 11 years. Last year I didn't run because I was preggers and felt like crap, but I drove Korey and his brother down and was at the finish line. If you know me, you know I love everything about the Peachtree. Everything!! I love the uncertainty of getting a number, the wait to start with a ritual port-a-potty visit, the huge patriotic crowd, the donuts from Pubic at mile 1, the priest with holy water, the bumperstickers and paraphernalia, seeing Max Cleland on cardiac hill, the sign at mile 5 that my cousin puked behind the first year we "ran" it, the finish to get the coveted tshirt, and the hairiest man alive that we see every year on Marta. But this year things were not aligned for me to be there. It was on a Sunday so it broke up our whole weekend and we would have had to drop Ruby off at 5 am to get there. And one very important factor was that since the last time I actually ran, I've been pregnant, been on bedrest, gained 40 lbs, had a baby, and lost 40 lbs. Not exactly a candidate to win a race(or finish really). So I gave up my #. But next year I'll be back with the best patriotic get-up you've ever seen!

It was a great weekend at the lake, despite my child not sleeping more than a 3 hour stretch all weekend. In fact it was usually more like 30 min to 90 min. Awesome! We are in between insurance coverage because of my job change and I didn't have her reflux meds filled. I really didn't think it would be so horrible but obviously she needs the meds. Note to self has been made-never, ever, go without Ruby's medication!! Ever!! On a side note, I attended the funeral of one of my patients on Friday. It was horrible and something that I can't imagine ever going through. I also had two other patients pass away last week. This isn't a normal week, but it helps me put into perspective that it's no big deal that Ruby doesn't sleep. She's happy, she's beautiful and she's healthy-that's really all that matters. So if you have a baby-kiss them and thank the Lord for their health!

Happiness is a 10 Pounder and a cute little 15 pounder!

Piper LOVES the lake!

Ruby and her Grandma Jenny at the 4th Cookout

 Daddy Don and Kelly giving Ruby cantaloupe-she loved it!

Needless to say, Ruby Jaq didn't make it until the fireworks

Monday, June 21, 2010

Your baby is spoiled if:

This is how you cooked dinner tonight. RJ in the bjorn chewing on a cold teether while I cut radishes with the other hand. Not an easy job. Oh, and I'm cooking at my parents house because our air was out for the third time this summer. We need a new AC unit, but I'm pulling for a new house.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Good News

First: I quit my job. Sure did. Full time worker and full time mommy is for the birds! So as of this Friday, I have no job. Not necessarily a good thing for the bank account, but a really good thing for me and Ruby-duby. If you talk to Ko, you can reasssure him that I'm on the look-out for a part-time job. He acts like he's worried I won't find one(or maybe worried that I don't want to find one). But I will, I promise.

On a serious note, this week will be bittersweet. I love my job. I'm not quitting because I don't like what I do. The patients that I work with are very special to me. They are very special kids with very special needs. I'm going to miss them and their families immensely! The good news is that my boss is going to keep me on her payroll so that I can fill in when needed so I'm not gone for good.

Second bit of good news: I got a new camera!!! What, what!!! I got a digital SLR and can't wait to learn how to use it. I'm not looking to become your next wedding/kid photographer extraordinaire, I just want to take good pics of my little one (and those to come). Here's the first shot after the battery charged, there will be many more!
Is she cute or what? Too bad she's not cute AND a good sleeper. And because of that I'm headed to bed at 9:00. Night!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Chattanooga Weekend

Since I've gone back to work, updating the blog hasn't been priority. I spend all of my time at home playing with our sweet little girl. She's getting so big and doing so much now! She'll be 4 months old next week and has become so interactive lately! She's cooing, playing with toys, laughing and even rolling over!

This weekend we went to Chattanooga for Korey's cousin Ben's wedding. While we were there we made rounds introducing Ruby to Korey's extended family. It was so special for her to meet her two great-grandmothers, great aunts and uncles and cousins. She also got to meet Kate and Carson Royal and can't wait to meet baby Royal in a few weeks!
"Ruby Red Card" in her rehearsal dinner dress. Her Daddy calls her that in hopes that one day she'll be a fierce soccer player.
Meeting her Mam-ma for the first time. To our surprise, she laid on Mam-ma's chest and just smiled and talked to her. So sweet!

Next we went to Korey's Uncle Mickey and Aunt Candice's house. They just adopted Anna from China and we hadnt' met her yet. Anna and Olivia loved baby Ruby!

Then we went to visit with Granny.

After a good nap, we went to the wedding. All Mam-ma wanted to do was hold Ruby.

Nana gave Zoe and Ruby these dresses for Christmas and they finally grew into them. When you're little it's ok to show up to a wedding in the same dress as someone else.

Kay and her boys

I love this picture! It was an attempt to get all 7 great grandchildren in a picture with Mam-ma. This is about as good as it gets.They-re all there-you just have to look really close. (L-R) Chase, Ruby, Cooper, Luke, Tyler, Cian and Zoe.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Back to work

This is what I'll miss sooooo much tomorrow, but also what will help me get through the day.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


I finally got the pictures from my mom's camera from our trip to California. We went during Korey's spring break to stay in Newport Beach, CA for the week. Most people thought we were crazy for taking a 7 week old across country but she was a trooper. Obviously at 7 weeks old she didn't really care where we where as long as she was being held and fed. But she got to do so many things that lots of people never get to do in a lifetime. Everything we did, we referred to it as "Ruby's first..." So here are a few of her firsts.

Her first trip to the airport in her first trip in a limo, followed by her first flight in first class.

She met our friend Yana for the first time
She visited Laguna Beach for the first time and ate lunch at Hotel Laguna with our friends, the Bees, then went shopping and had amazing gelato, and had dinner at Mozambique. Yum!!
The next day she took a morning nap with her daddy (not a first!)

The next day Ruby celebrated her first Easter. She went to her first outdoor Easter Service at the Orange County Fair Grounds. She got to wear her Easter dress that her Nana bought her for the first time and then went to the Bees house for a wonderful Easter lunch. That afternoon she also got to experience her first earthquake!!
The next day Ruby went to Balboa Island for lunch at Wilma's and then did a little shopping and walking around town. She met Mary Cheatham and Alina for the first time. All the street names were gems/stones so we got some ideas for baby #2. Opal or Onyx?

The next day Ruby rode to Burbank for the first time. She would have gone on her first studio tour at Warner Bros., but no one under 8 years old permitted. I guess they thought she would run around and throw stuff. She stayed behind with Bibby while we took the tour. We got to see the Central Perk set from Friends and I got to sit on the couch. Pretty cool! (Picture=not so cool so will not be posted!)
That night, Ruby went to her first baseball game to watch the Angels play. She pretty much slept through the whole game but was able to set her first Guiness World Record with the rest of the fans. Record: Largest group of people wearing a fleece blanket, aka Snuggie. It was awesome. Words and pictures do no justice!
We spent our last full day at Huntington Beach. For breakfast, Ruby ate for the first time at Ruby's Diner on the end of the pier. Later that afternoon she got to sport her yellow polka-dot bikini for the first time and go to the beach. She also got to see her Daddy and Daddy Don in wet suits and attempt to surf. If she was deveopmentally ready, she would have laughed really hard for the first time. Instead she just chilled.
Overall, it was an awesome week. Ruby won't remember a thing, but we'll always tell her how blessed she was to get to go. And warning, don't take a baby on vacation with the grandparents and spend time with friends for a week. You'll come home with a baby that expects to be held 24 hours a day!!