Sunday, May 30, 2010

Just helping out...

Olivia overheard that her Aunt Nic was in search of more toliet paper rolls for her wall art.

She figured she would help out the cause.

Thankfully it was her Grandma's toilet paper she wasted and not mine. I want to get started on my toilet paper wall art, but I'm not going to go about Olivia's way to get the tp rolls.

Thanks Grandma for a few minutes of entertainment!


Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Beginning of a Friendship

You could say that it was not love at first sight for these two.

In fact, they have just started looking at each other without cutting their eyes. True story.

One of the first shopping trips we took together after Olivia was born, we put Matalie in the backseat with Olivia and Olivia refused to look at her. She purposely would turn her head to look out the window. And of course, there has also been many of the I'm going to cry because your holding her and not me moments from both of them.

We were seriously starting to wonder if they were going to hate each other growing up. We've been telling them for months now that they were going to have to start getting along. They've seem to finally be listening to us. I'm sure the fact that we've on several occasion stuck them in the same pack n' play to play together to play, has had nothing to do with that.

Saturday night, we watched Matalie so Scott could take Amy out for a date. The girls were so cute together. At dinner, they sat across the table from each other and talked as they stuffed their faces with puffs. Afterwards, they burned off those puffs by crawling all over the house. Normally, they are too busy being ran over by the bigger kids, so they got a chance to go at their own speed and play follow the leader.


Just in the last month, they've really started taking to each other. It helps that Olivia is crawling and can stand up. I guess Matalie finally thinks Olivia is old enough to hang out with. Of course, we still have moments when one is hitting the other, but tonight, they played together with no problems. I love watching them interact with each other. They are so funny to watch.

I can't wait to watch these two grow up the next few years. Both of their big personalities are starting to come out and it will be interesting to see how they play together two years from now. Hopefully we're over the eye cutting and on to the beginning of a new friendship.


Friday, May 28, 2010

Crazy Talk

I've been starting that crazy talk again.

I've been talking about cutting my hair. Short. Really short.

I'm not talking about full blown mom haircut, though I have some friends who it looks so cute on, but a short bob.

Not sure if it's the start on a new season or what, but I'm in the mood for some change and what easier to do it than with a new haircut.

I've pretty much had the same haircut off and on for the last 15 or so years and I'm wanting a change. Something drastic. Something that people notice. No lie, most people don't even notice anymore when I've gotten a haircut.

I've gotten a few "yes, go for it" and a couple of "don't even think about it." So, I'm torn.

It doesn't help when the two, who you consult for every major decision in life (i.e. your best friends), give you two different opinions. One says "go for it." The other "um, no."

Last night while laying in bed reading, I thought it was a good time to bring it up to Dave. I asked what he thought and his response "I think short hair makes you look thinner."

Um, okay....

I'm still pondering on how to take that one. Especially since I've only had short hair maybe twice in all our years together. It's a bit shocking when you learn your husband has only found you thin twice in the last eleven years.

I'm assuming that means he is okay with it. He even started talking crazy talk about getting it highlighted and such. I"m not quite sure I'm ready for that yet. It seems like such a big commitment. One step at a time.

I'll be honest, the part holding me back the most, is that I won't be able to any longer rely on the good old ponytail. Nor will I be able to just let it go natural anymore, I'll actually have to fix it everyday. So basically, I'm saying laziness is what it holding me back.

Here are a few popular bloggers with the style I'm leaning towards....

Kelly

Lindsey

Katie

I'm going to give myself a week to think about it some more. Of course, I'll let you know what comes of it.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Too Fast

My baby is going to be eight months next week.

Things seem to be moving so fast now.

The first few months of continuos crying and sleepless nights seemed to drag on, but now the days seem to moving at lighting speed.

I barely remember her being this little.

It's amazing that it only takes seven months, three weeks, and four days to get to this.

I now know what people mean when they say "don't blink."

I've already started making plans for her first birthday.

I can't believe we're only four months away.

Slow down my Olivia Kate, your growing way too fast.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Swagger Wagon

So, remember my post the other day about wanting a minivan?

If you don't, you can read that here.

While trying to clean out my Google Reader that had reached over a hundred on Saturday night, I came across this video on Harrington House. I died when I saw it. I had to share it with David and he too found it hilarious. If you have two minutes to spare and your a parent or need a good laugh, please watch this.


Toyota Sienna - Swagger Wagon - Watch more Funny Videos

Hilarious!!!

I so want one even more now!


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Some Saturday Night Blogging

Can someone tell me where this week has gone? Actually, what happened to the whole month of May?

I had grand plans of blogging, but the week has somehow slipped away from me. On Tuesday I was complaining that this had been a slow week, but then it seemed like I woke up and it was Saturday.

Our big event this week was our Anniversary. Four years ago Thursday, we ran away with our family to the beach for the weekend and got married. I was planning on writing a sweet post for him, but I honestly just didn't get around to it. Sorry honey. Unfortunately, we didn't get to spend it together. As usual, he had to work and then had some coaching clinic meeting afterwards, so he didn't get home till almost 8pm. We went out Friday night to celebrate our day with a much needed date night. He did surprise me with a sweet card...



Did you catch it?



Oh my, I was laughing so hard I couldn't even tell him what was so funny. His response was "I know it's a black couple, but the saying was sweet." Not that it mattered, but I didn't even notice that part of the card. When I could finally quit laughing long enough to point out what was wrong with the card, his response "it was in the wife section, someone should really check those things to make sure their in the right section." The saying on the card was very sweet, and I must say that it is a card I will never forget.

We went out last night to a local restaurant we've been wanting to try for awhile now. The grandparents came down to keep Olivia and we headed out for dinner at the 6th Street Pier. It's a local owned seafood restaurant and we've been hearing from several others that it was delicious. We hadn't tried it yet because we're slowly trying to introduce Olivia to eating in public again. She still can only sit still for 2.5 seconds, so eating out is not fun. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was great, and it didn't hurt that the prices weren't bad. We will definitely be adding it our list of favorites. After dinner, we headed to our favorite spot, the book store. After walking around for about twenty minutes, we both admitted we were tired and ready to go home. We were home and in bed by 10pm. What a way to celebrate an anniversary! We're officially old folks.

This afternoon we attended JK Pope's very first dance recital. Since she's Nicole's kid, I won't steal her post, but it was so cute!!! Amazingly, Olivia sat through the whole thing. We were in the second row, so she was able to see. She was tired which I'm sure helped a bit, but she sat and watched the whole thing. We meet Nicole and Josie later that night to see the older girls dance recital, but since it was close to her bedtime, we had to leave early. I'm convinced she's going to be our ballerina.

More proof...Friday morning during her morning nap, I turned on Regis and Kelly. She woke up sometime during the middle of it and I sat her down to make her a bottle. When I came back, this is what I found...


They had someone from Dancing with the Stars performing on the show. She was as still as that child can be the entire time they were dancing. As soon as they finished, she was off again and paying no attention to the tv. See, told you she is going to be a ballerina!

And some pictures just for you Dad...



Tuesday, May 18, 2010

An Update on the dad back from the dead...

In case you missed the first part of the story, you can find it here.

My father-in-law did travel down to Florida this past weekend and safely made it home on Saturday night. Unfortunately, the dad back from the dead story doesn't have a wonderful happy ending.

When the social worker called last week and said that Dad's memory had returned, she didn't state that it only sticks around for about 15 minutes. Yes, when he had the stroke, a tad bit came back but it is only the bit where he thinks he is 48 years old and his son is 14. Which is kinda confusing because when he was 48 years old, my father-in-law was not 14. Who knows?

My father-in-law went in and introduced himself and the conversation went something like this "really, I have a son named Wayne, he's 14." Then every 15 minutes later, that conversation started over again. So, sadly it's not going to turn out like we all hoped it would.

Honestly, when I heard how the meeting went, my heart broke for my father-in-law and my husband. There are a lot of unanswered questions that evidently will and did go to grave.

On the plus side, we learned that he is need of nothing and is being very well taken care of in a very nice nursing home. He actually has been looked after all these years by some lady named Carol, but she evidently passed away a few months ago and they had to find a new contact person in case there is any emergency, which explains why they went looking for the children.

David's dad did decide to be the contact person for any future emergencies. I think David still wants to go down there once just so he can see one time, the grandfather he never knew. Sadly, there is no a chance for any type of relationship.

I got several questions of why would his mother do that? I honestly don't have an answer. I was fortunate to never meet the lady, but all I've ever been told by everyone is that she was the meanest person to ever live. I never meet her, but obviously from this turn of events, that may not be far from the truth.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

In Case you Needed to know....

A crib can hold around 160 lbs.

Yesterday morning, I was trying to get OK down for a nap. She didn't take any good naps the day before and we were going to have a busy afternoon, so I desperately needed her to take a good nap.

Well, even though she was rubbing her eyes like crazy and being whinny, she refused to lay down. I put her in her crib and after almost twenty minutes of crying, I went in to check on her. I could tell she was tired, but it looked like she was going to keep fighting it. Then that thought crossed my mind..."I wish I could crawl in there and cuddle with her for a minute." I contemplated in my head for a minute (what's the worst that could happen? we have to buy a new crib?), grabbed the child sized chair in her room, and threw my leg over the rail.

Guess what? The thing miraculously didn't cave in on us.

Of course, my grand plans of cuddling with her were quickly thrown out the door. After about 2.5 seconds, she was instead crawling all over me trying to throw herself out of the crib. So, after enduring a few minutes of hair pulling and getting my face stepped on, I gave up and got out. The funniest part, she did not seem at all thrown off by the fact that I was laying in her crib. She acted like it was an everyday thing. Which, I can assure you it's not.

Surprisingly, it was pretty comfy. I might just keep crawling in there with her so I have an excuse to take a nap everyday. I'm wondering now if I'm the only adult to crawl into the crib with their child?



Saturday, May 15, 2010

Congratulations are in Order!

This morning, this beautiful lady will be graduating from college...

Congrats Auntie Aubry!

We love you so much and we are so proud of you!!!! You've stuck by your dream and now it's coming true! You are going to be an awesome teacher and your going to touch the lives of so many. We're excited to see this new chapter in your life begin and cannot wait to see where life takes you next! Now it's time to party! ; )


Friday, May 14, 2010

A story to make you say "Wow!"

In the last few days, we've had some interesting developments in my husband's family.

I'll begin at the beginning.

My father-in-law's parents divorced when he was nine. Sadly, it was one of those situations that dad just picked up and left. For the next twelve years, no one heard from him. Shortly after my husband was born, he suddenly showed up out of nowhere. It's never been said what happened, but he stayed around for about three weeks and then disappeared again. He wasn't heard from or seen again. Sometime in the years following my husbands birth, my father-in-law received a call from his mother saying that his father had an aneurysm, dies, and had already been buried. Obviously, since no one ever had a relationship with him, no questions were really asked and life went on. For the last twenty eight years, this is the story that has been known.

On Tuesday, my father-in-law received a call from a hospital in Florida saying that his father was in the hospital and they were looking for his next of kin. His response "um, he's dead, he's been dead for over twenty years." The first thought was the lady had the man confused with his older brother, since he shared the same name of his father. The social worker informed him that no, the man she had in the hospital was a Sr. and he wasn't dead but in fact had been living in a nursing home for over 20 years.

Obviously it's a shock when you find out someone you thought had been dead for almost thirty years is in fact alive, but that's not even the crazy part of the story.

Why did it take over twenty eight years to find his family?

We found out that he did in fact have a aneurysm almost thirty years ago that caused him to lose his memory. He was fine and alive, but he didn't know who he was. He's been living in a VA nursing home ever since. Last weekend, he had a stroke. When he I guess you say woke up from the stroke, his memory had returned. The social worker said he believes he is the age he was when the aneurysm occurred and he didn't realize he's missed almost the last thirty years of his life. When he regained his memory, he remembered his children's names, his ex-wife's name, and even the name of the woman he was dating at the time. They said they called her, but she has evidently moved on in her life. They then looked to get in contact with the children or ex-wife. For some crazy reason, Wayne was the only one they could find contact information for.

He got to talk to him for a short time on the phone. Obviously, he remembered all five of his children, but he didn't even know he had grandchildren or even great-grandchildren. This man has missed the last thirty years of his life.

Wayne had decided to travel down to Florida this weekend to see the dad he thought was dead. What will come of this, who knows? It's one of those situations I'm sure will be a wait and see. Needless to say, we're all still in shock about grandpa coming back from the dead.

Crazy, huh?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Eating My Words...

In my younger days, I always swore that I would never be one of those moms....

One of those moms who drove a minivan.

Unfortunately, I made this very public and I'm now eating my words.

About a month ago, David informed me that he refuses to buy me a bigger SUV because of the gas. He told me I had to go with a van or give up a kid. So, I'm going with the van.

The sad part is I want one now. We never seem to have enough room whenever we go anywhere with anyone else and we always have to take two cars or have more people than seat belts. Now every time I see one driving down the road, I find myself checking it out.

I'm becoming that person I swore I would never be.


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Baby Gear

I know most mom bloggers do posts on stuff they love in the baby department. I love reading them, but I have never really talked much about baby gear on here too much. This morning when I clicked onto the internet, this article on yahoo.com caught my eye and I thought it was one to share.

Baby Gear: The only five items you need

It's a short article if you would like to read the whole thing, but essentially, the author gives her list of the only five things you need to raise a baby from the beginning.

On that list...

1. A carseat

2.A crib

3. Stroller

4. A bouncy seat

5. Baby bottles

I have to say, I totally agree with this list and only wish I had read it before I had OK. If anyone has shopped for a baby or baby shower lately, you would agree that the aisles for babies are overwhelming. I don't even wanna talk about the entire store for babies. When we found out we were pregnant, I was bombarded with advice on what I needed and wouldn't be able to live without. The reality, we didn't need 90% of that stuff you supposedly cannot live without and we're still breathing.

Don't get me wrong, I am extremely grateful for all the baby gear we received. I just hate that so many people spent money on stuff that OK never used or never cared for. Don't worry though, I've put it all up for the next one that comes along.

The only thing that I would add to this list would be a pack n' play. I honestly wasn't too sure how much we would use it besides on trips, but we use ours all the time. I like it to sit OK in it to play when I need her to stay in one place longer than a millisecond. I even pull ours out on our front porch for her to play in (instead of the concrete) and get some outside time in. Plus, it's come in handy for those few nights that she needed to be a little closer to mommy and daddy at night. I've even thought about getting a second one to keep in the car since she has never been one of those kids whom you can lay on a bed to sleep when your visiting a house without a crib. We use ours that much.

I know there are certain things that some babies cannot live without, like a swing or a carrier, but before you buy anything, ask around to see if a friend has one you can borrow to try out before you go out and spend big bucks for it. For example, a swing. We bought a small travel swing before OK arrived and she absolutely hated it. She refused to sit in it and would scream bloody murder if you left her in it. My friend Sheena has one of the deluxe swings that someone had passed down to her. She let me take it home with us to try out. OK ended up loving that one and we were able to find one used for the same price we had spent on the travel swing. It was a lesson well learned.

Another thing....buy used!!! Around our area, there are a ton of consignment sales and children's consignment stores to choose from. Babies grow up way too fast and something that you used everyday for a straight month, baby probably won't give a second look to it in another month or two. OK received a very nice exersaucer from her Nana and Grandpa for Christmas when she was three months old, it's now only May and she hasn't sat in the thing in over a month. She wants nothing to do with it now. Obviously, its been put up for the next baby, but still the point of the story is that they go through things fast. Following a piece of Duggar advice "buy used and save the difference."

The thing lately that many people have asked me about lately is toys. I cannot tell you how many times I've heard "we need to buy Olivia some toys for here" in the last few weeks. For right now, we are not wasting our money on toys. We honestly don't plan to start buying her many toys till this Christmas. Right now, she has a tub full of age appropriate toys and those are proving to be plenty for her. She is currently in that stage that everything but her toys are interesting to her. Her favorite "toys" to play with right now are safe kitchen utensils. I give her plates, bowls, cups, and measuring tools and she'll play for awhile. The other night we went to have dinner at David's grandparents. Since it's been a little while since there has been a baby in the family, there wasn't much for OK to play with and without thinking, I walked out without throwing anything in her bag to play with. So, what did I do? I sat her in the floor, took out anything that would make a mess, gave her the diaper bag and she spent the next hour entertained by pulling stuff out of the bag. Seriously, it was that simple. I have started buying her toys, but I've been spending my money on things she'll use for a few years. The other weekend, I bought a tricycle for $5. I know she'll get much more use out of this than the baby toys.

So, there are my thoughts on baby gear. Hope this helps someone that is is just as overwhelmed as I am when looking at the stuff.

Sweet Potatoes & Turkey


Why does it seem like baby food sticks to everything?


Friday, May 7, 2010

Nic's New Tail

This is probably only funny to me, but I'm sharing anyway, because I was trying to come up with a sweet Mother's Day post and it looks like that ain't happening. Instead, you can read about just how special my friends and I really are.

A text between Nicole and I from earlier today...

Nic: Andrew just tried to get me to buy a pair of jeans for $120. I almost had a heart attack.

Me: WTF? U know how many cute clothes u can get at target for that? maybe David should go back to being a unit.

Nic: Ha! They looked good, but not that good.

Me: Were they low riders? Do we need to get u a thong to show off?

Nic: I prefer the term whale tail.

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

That is seriously the funniest thing to come out of Nic's mouth. I was in the floor laughing.

Nic, for now on, you'll always be my whale tail.

Love it!


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Happiest Mommy on this Block!

It only took 7 months, but I think it is now safe to say that we are now officially sleeping through the night!!!!!

For the past eight nights in a row, OK has slept through the night!!!

This has made for a much happier baby and mommy. It's amazing what a little sleep has done for our relationship. Seriously, I thought this day would never come.

For others who might ask, there was no magic way or anything special that worked. I tried EVERYTHING in the help books and nothing worked. Other moms who had already gone through the same thing told me that she would do it when she was ready and that's exactly what she did. I finally stopped pushing the issue and she did it on her own.

Thanks OK for the best Mother's Day gift a mommy could ask for!

I don't want to push my luck, but you think we can now start working on sleeping in a little later?

Well, a mommy can dream can't she?

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Crazy Busy

Just call me slacker...we have gone non-stop for the last 72 hours and guess what????

I

Didn't

Take

One

Single

Picture.

Oh right, there are some incriminating pictures, you might have seen here.

Our crazy weekend started off with craft night at Nic's house. It was completely thrown together at the last minute when we realized we were all going to be husbandless for the evening. Amy had a rough week, so they called and said bring the wine. I found a great deal on a bottle and all that needs to be said is that we ended up finishing it off. For the record, the three little girls were all asleep before we started "crafting" and we all had our husbands come pick us up. I attempted to sew my first dress and yes, I sewed it with no armholes. My mom made me feel better and told me she has done a ton of stupid sewing mistakes like that. Thanks mom! We have decided that now on craft night will be a more low key affair. We definitely had a blast and it is going to be a regular on our monthly schedules.

Later that Friday night, my sister Liz and brother-in-law Mike came into town for the weekend. After going to bed at two in the morning, I dragged my sister Liz out of bed at 6am to go yardsaling at a couple of big neighborhoods. We picked up our crew and headed out in the misting rain. We all got some pretty good deals on a few things, but were kinda disappointed that many people decided not to have their yard sale since it was raining. Luckily the rain cleared up before that night and the guys and girls separated ways for a girls night/guys night. The guys headed to their usual, Dave and Busters, while us girls headed out for some shopping and Mexican food. The weather was perfect and we had a great time walking around a outdoor mall downtown. I was good and did not buy a thing. Your welcome honey!

This morning, the guys headed out to play golf, while Liz and I took it easy and recovered from our two late nights in a row. Olivia was in a good mood all day and just wanted to play by herself, so I actually had a easy day with her for once (it's been awhile). Later this evening, we headed out to our friends the Castellanos's for the first cookout of the season. I love cookouts and just hanging out with our friends. I'm a summer girl and nothing says summer like a good cookout. There was ton of yummy food and I think I ate my weight in hashbrown casserole. We stayed a little past Olivia's bedtime and she was passed out as soon we got in the car. Fingers crossed that she'll sleep late.

Speaking of...if we can get through the next two nights, I think it will be safe to say that we are FINALLY sleeping through the night!!!! Monday night will be a week of sleeping through the night. I seriously felt like this day would never come. She had gotten into the routine of waking up at 5:30 am, eating, and going back to bed. Which I'm sure can be considered sleeping through the night, but it was still a little too early for me. Last Tuesday I woke up and realized she had slept till 6:30. She has done it ever since. Hallelujah!!! Also this morning, I noticed that she has two more teeth coming through! The child now has four teeth on top, and four on bottom. Crazy!!! At the rate she's going, I wouldn't be surprised if she has all of them by her first birthday.

Liz and Mike were originally going to head back on Monday morning, but Nashville is under water if you haven't heard. My mom called earlier and their garage already had ankle deep water in it and the rain was still coming down. The interstates to home are under water, so they may have to hang out with us a little longer, but not that we mind. We've enjoyed having them here and Olivia has loved playing with them. They got to meet her when she was only six weeks old, so this is the first time she's got to spend time with them and she loves them! We're hoping to make it up there soon to see them again.

So, that's our crazy busy weekend. Sadly, I need Monday to come so I can get some rest.