Friday, March 20, 2009

I Love A Party!

Ultimate Blog Party 2009
Welcome to my blog! Thanks for stopping by.

What better day to start the Ultimate Blog Party than the first day of spring? I love this time of year.

At a typical "girly" get-together, I would offer you a cup of coffee and some scones or muffins. You can kick off your shoes and pull up a chair. I want you to make yourself right at home here.

I suppose, as your hostess, I should introduce myself.
My name is Corie. I'm a 30 year old Christian, wife, stay at home mom, daughter, friend, book lover (and Book happens to be my last name), ice cream eater, and blogger.

I have an amazing family. My husband and I have been together for 12 years now, married for almost 4 of them. We met in college and dated for 8 years before we tied the knot. He's simply awesome. He recently switched jobs to become a High School teacher. And, he does personal training on the side... for a lil extra income since he fully supports me staying home with our daughter.

Last June, we welcomed our first child into the world. A perfect little girl, Chloe. She is 9 months old and an absolute joy to be around (most of the time). She is the reason I decided to quit my job and stay home. It is the hardest job I've ever had, but the most rewarding. I wouldn't change it for anything (on most days!). I love watching her learn and experience life every day. Right now, she is pulling herself up on EVERYTHING, learning to clap and wave hi, and babbling away. Did I say how much fun I am having being a mom?

As for me, I am just trying to do the best I can in life. I'm striving daily for a closer relationship with God. I'm trying to adjust to mommyhood and staying home. I did not expect to still be adjusting after 9 months, but I am. I am working on being a better wife and serving my husband in the ways God intended. I'm ready to be done breastfeeding so I can have some caffiene! Oh, and I'm still trying to unpack. We moved into our first house in October and my office is still filled with boxes. I don't think I will be getting any of that done this week. I'll be too busy meeting you! (smiles)

I'm so excited for this week of bloggin' fun. I hope to meet lots of new bloggin' friends. If you stop by, I hope you'll leave me a comment. I can't wait to stop by your party too!

*Oh, the prizes I would choose...
It was too hard to pick my top three, so I picked my top 6.
USC 11 — See Kai Run baby/toddler shoes provided by Traveling with Baby and See Kai Run
58 – Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer
USC 73 — Go baby OutMat provided by Go Baby
89 — $100 gift card to HomeGoods provided by HG Openhouse
16 — $20 gift certificate to Ladybug Limited
USC 58 — Handmade Retro Apron of your choice provided by Kati @ Country Girl, City Life and BoojiBoo!!

Or, any of the Target gift cards. Who couldn't use those?! :)

55 comments:

Angie said...

Hi! This is my first blog party. I just wanted to say Hi! I too am a SAHM. I love it. I have 3 boys, and my oldest is 4. So they keep me busy. Nice to meet you.

Christine said...

Hi Corie! Such a sweet little girlie you have there! We have two and I absolutely LOVELOVELOVE being mama to two little girls! I've enjoyed browsing around your blog! Congrats on the weight loss! I particularly appreciated your comment on structured flexibility! Sounds like me! Happy Spring!

Sarah @ this Beautiful Mess said...

Man! I so shoulda joined the party.

I love the picture of Chloe, man she's cute!

Loves to you today!

Christine said...

Hi there! This is such a great idea, I'm finding so many great blogs and moms! It's my first time to this party and it's nice to meet you. You're little girl is adorable! I have two boys, and they are teens now, so cuteness is gone from my house. LOL! Thanks for inviting me into your little part of the blogosphere and the coffee hit the spot!

Amy said...

Happy Spring. I am here from the blog party. I also stay at home with my little girl. Thanks for the drinks and snacks.

MommyAmy said...

Love this whole blog party thing!

Your daughter is adorable! I have twin girls and I think having little girls to dress up is SO much fun!

About Natalie said...

Hi Corie! I'm the free music girl. =) I'm responding to your comment - there's no email address to contact you at. You're the last and fifth person to receive a CD! So, Mercy Me isn't on BMG and Third Day has one album listed, but it's a premium title so I can't get it for free. Did you have another artist/album you like? You can email me; my email address is on my profile.

Love your blog party, btw. What a fun idea!

Bluestocking said...

Hello! So with a last name like book, do you like to read? If so, I'm raffling off 9 books.

Party

Lisa said...

So nice to meet you! You were my last random click before heading to bed! It is always refreshing to meet another stay at home mom!

God's blessing on you tonight, and on your precious family!

AJU5's Mom said...

I think this party is going to be fun! Hopefully we can all find some great new friends (and keep our old friends :))

Amanda said...

Just wanted to stop by for the party and say hi...you have a beautiful family!

Amber said...

Cute girl, that Chloe is! We had a baby girl in August. They grow oh so fast! Our first is already 2 and 2/3. I admit I'm still adjusting, too!

Nightowl Mama said...

your daughter is beautiful. luv the title of your blog too funny that is your last name very cool. First time blog partier here. hope to see you around.

Jennifer Suarez said...

Your daughter is so cute!! I stopped in via the party!

Party on

Jean said...

Thanks for stopping by! Any girl who loves ice cream is a friend of mine. :)

jodifur said...

I'm party hopping! Hope to see you at my party!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

What a sweet little girl! Happy blog party week. Nice to me you. Hope you stop by my party too.

Corrie at "Cents"able Momma said...

Hi Corie!

It's unusual to meet another girl-Corie :-). Your daughter is adorable. When I was reading your post, you sounded exactly like me. It took me some time to adjust to being at home all day...I think the first child was a harder transition than adding the second.

BTW...I usually just grocery shop at Meijer myself, because I can't drag my kids all over town. Then, I'll run to CVS, Walgreens, or Rite Aid, too - depending on the deals and if my 5 year old is in school :-).

Corrie

Storm said...

Hi. I'm blog hopping via the Ultimate Blog Party. Have a blessed day.

Connie said...

Thanks for the nice welcome! You daughter is so adorable. Hope you'll come visit my post and a giveaway that I'm having too. Enjoy and party on!

Tara said...

So nice to meet you!! thanks for dropping by the "beach" to visit... Love your blog and i'll be back for another visit. Hope to see you around again! ♥

Person(also known as Mommy) said...

Your daughter is a dolly!

Our oldest is 5 and I'm pregnant with our third and I'm constantly adjusting! That's motherhood for ya :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog-I hope to see you again soon.

jen@odbt said...

I might have to give this blog party a whirl. Thanks for visiting. Your baby girl is adorable and love her name. Glad to "meet" you too.

Lilypad Mom said...

I didn't realize this was going on again. I took almost a month break from blogging, now I need to get caught up!

Tiaras & Tantrums said...

hello - nice to meet you - I am party hopping

Samantha said...

You have a precious little girl.. if my last boy had been a girl, I would have named him Chloe Rose! Love that name.

I am a Christian, sahm/homeschool mom too. You're right, it has it's moments, but it is so worth it.

Nice to meet you. I added you to the blogs I follow! God bless!

Ang said...

Well it's my first blog party too..:) I too am a SAHM and love it. I quit my job 18 years ago when our first child was born and have been home ever since. Sure I have babysat thru the years for extra dollars or subbed at the kids schools, but we have been so blessed that I have got to stay home. I didn't say we were 'debt free'..ha everything comes with a price, but it's a price we are willing to pay. I was just talking to another girl about the whole working/SAHM mom thing..I have never once condemned a woman for working but I sure have had to defend my staying at home..I wouldn't trade it for nothing in the world. I think I have told you before..I too have a precious 'Chloe'..and she's the apple of my eye!! You all are doing an awesome job and I enjoy your blog so much!!!
Ang

Tracy Berta-daughter to the King, wife, mother, speaker, writer said...

Hello, Corie!

I am so glad to meet you! I am also a Christian, wife, and stay at home mom...but with 5 kids. I remember when my oldest was as tiny as your precious little girl.

I would love if you were able to stop by my place....

Blessings!

JamericanSpice said...

Nice to meet you!

Talk about a party!

I'm quite intrigued and am learning how to get around!

Just stopping by from 5minutes for moms blog party!

Louise said...

You know I love your blog and I will keep following ;)
Hugs my dear!!!
Love your pics!!

Summer said...

Hello and Happy Monday! Your family looks beautiful...God has indeed blessed you with abundant love!

So...about Twilight..hehe...OMGoodness..you will not be able to stop until you've finished the last book...seriously!! And, the movie followed the book pretty well, in my opinion...of course, I would have watched a 20-hour movie and been even happier..haha.

Well, I look forward to reading more of your blog...you seem like a kind and caring woman of God and I wish you all the best. Glad to be your bloggy "friend"..hehe...

Alexis Jacobs said...

Hey chica! I am on vacation and unable to host my own party this week, but I love stopping by to "crash" yours. I hope you post about some cool blogs you found from party hopping!

Kiss that baby girl for me. :-)

Summer said...

By the way....I have a little surprise for you on my blog... :)

Tracy said...

i'm a new-bee to the party scene, but have LOVED meeting so many awesome christian mommies out here!! it's so refreshing and rewarding...so good to meet you! oh, and i have to say...i would gladly eat a dessert after EVERY meal too! come check out my blog when you get a chance ;) take care, tracy

Allison said...

I'm stopping by from the UBP. I enjoyed your post! I'll be back to learn more about you! I'm always looking for other blogs written by Christian moms. You have a sweet little one! Have a great day!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

You daughter is adorable. Thanks for stopping by my blog. It is nice to meet you. Happy blog party week.

Comfort Joy Designs said...

Hello! Poppin’ in from The Ultimate Blog Party…all the way from Queensland, Australia! G’Day! I hope you have time to visit my party soon.

Ta!

I want to invite you to the Mommie Daze Virtual Baby Shower that I am hosting May 15 to June 8. This is an international even and there are prizes! Stop by my blog for all the details.

Maria@Conversations with Moms said...

Loving the party so far. You understand how to motivate, a.k.a coffee and scones. Love them.

Shelly said...

Hi! I saw you on the Blog party list. I also love books; how neat that you have it as a last name! Your little girl is a cutie pie!

Have a great week!

www.atticgirl.blogspot.com

Future Mama said...

Corie, you have such a beautiful daughter! I'm sooo jealous! I hope my kids are as cute someday :) My husband is thinking of being a high school teacher, I'll have to read more and chat with you sometime about how he likes that!

By the way I'm just stoppin’ by from the UBP ’09 Block party! Nice party goin’ on up in here! Haha, I’m not a mom yet on 5mins4mom but I’m thinking about becoming one soon! I’m having a party at my place too if you get a chance to stop by! I hope I can pick your brain sometime! :)

Melinda said...

what a cutie pie your daughter is! hope you can stop by my party, my kids are all over the place :)

janetfaye said...

Stopping by to say hello from the UBP!

ModMomMuse said...

Corie, adjusting takes a lifetime. You'll get into a rhythm, and then the kids will change so much that their needs will, too, and you have to develop a whole new swing. With each of these phases, God wants to do a Good Work in you, so just be open and let Him massage you into the new clay form He has planned for you to be. My older is just 6, now, but with #3 on the way I know that I've only just begun my own personal growth. There's NOTHING like parenthood to stretch a woman!

Swing by & discover the two faces of my Christian mommin' journey!! Happy UBP09!

Angi said...

I think you'll spend the rest of your life adjusting to motherhood. Each age is different and offers it's own challenges! Takes lots and lots of prayer!
Hope you're enjoying the party!

Amanda from Faith, Food and Family said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm enjoying the party. So nice to meet you! You have a beautiful family!
God bless,
Amanda

Baba said...

Hi Corie! So nice to meet you and your family! Your daughter is adorable. I am party hopping and participating too so stop in for a visit.

Super Fun Mama said...

Hi, I'm party hopping blogs in UBP. I am really enjoying it. I have a toddler learning site at www.superfunmama.blogspot.com; It is very nice to meet you and your blog. Have a magical day.

Amber, That's Me! said...

Stopping by for the party!
Inviting you to my photo challenge next week!

http://everythingexceptthegrill.blogspot.com/2009/03/my-life-in-pictures-new-photo-challenge.html

Maxine said...

Nice reading about your family, Corie. I have been enjoying visiting some younger women and reading of their lives. I am here from the blog party, a first for me. I'm particating with my business blog. Come over and visit andperhaps leave a comment (I just found out that my settings were messed up and I just fixed it so that you can.)If you look around our blog and site, you'll see that children are a priority.

StacieinAtlanta said...

Hey Corie-

You have a beautiful family!

I am just stopping in from The Ultimate Blog Party to say hello. Come by my place to enter to win a LeapFrog Tag Reading System and some books by pledging to read to your child everyday. You can also enter to win a pair of Girl's Crocs - Size 8/9. :)

Stacie
The Divine Miss Mommy
http://www.thedivinemissmommy.com
http://www.twitter.com/stacieinatlanta

Munchkins and Music said...

Hello! Hope you are having fun with the parties! I think that is great you quit your job to stay home with your daughter. I stay at home with my kids too, and though it can be hard sometimes, it's awesome to be with them every day. Have a great day!

ForestGreen said...

Enjoyed getting to know your cute little family.. I just love this idea of UBP.. thanks for inviting me over! :)

carma said...

stopping by for a last minute visit from UBP!
carma :-)

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