Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The week of the plague or Thanksgiving 2012


We're back from the dead...literally.

When I last posted, we were heading into Thanksgiving week and looking forward to it, and then our house came down with the plague....think Spanish influenza kinda thing.  The only thing I was thankful for last week was the fact it wasn't worse....i.e. that three letter word that starts with a F and ends with a U.  We had some nasty colds.  The kinda colds that I seriously now looking back think we maybe should've gone to the doctor for.  Oh well, we survived.

By Saturday evening, I was whining to David that I felt like I had been sick forever, and then it hit me that I actually had only been sick since Thanksgiving night.  However, Olivia had been sick since the Saturday before, so her pain was my pain, right?  It could've been the fact that between her and I being sick, I hadn't had a full nights sleep in over a week by then.  I can promise you, I am not a pretty person when I have not had my sleep.  Which is why I'm still trying to figure out what I did to be punished with a child WHO DOES NOT SLEEP!!!!  However, that is a whole different post in itself.

Thankfully, we all seem to be back on the mend.  I felt better enough to head back to the gym this morning, so I guess that's saying something.

Our Thanksgiving was pretty standard for us.  Olivia and I headed up to eat lunch with David's side of the family and then we meet up with David and headed out for dinner with mine.  

I love the decorations and hype that surround Christmas, however, Thanksgiving is probably honestly my favorite.  Why???

 because I love food!!!

That casserole front and center would be my contribution....Paula Deen's corn casserole.  It's super easy and sooooo good.  It only has one stick of butter, promise!

 And here's the proof that I ate way too much....

Obviously, I need to learn how to suck it in and to not wear stripes on Thanksgiving.  We have already voted and decided that pictures need to take place "prior" to the Thanksgiving meal next year.

And Thanksgiving 2012 will also be known as " the Thanksgiving that Jeremy wore a tablecloth" ....

Jeremy wore a shirt that a few members of the family felt reminded them of a tablecloth and he got slack for it all night. 
Yes, that is one reason I am so thankful for my family....they can take a joke and have fun with it.  Those are the things that make memories, folks!

Being the good blogger that I am lately, all pictures were stolen from my cousin KP's facebook page.  I now just rely on her as my backup photographer. 

Oh, and the last picture was on facebook, so its fair game in this family!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!! 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thats what she said.

I know that title isn't very original, but its the only one I could think of today. 

Can I tell you how much I am loving the age that Olivia is at right now??? 

Three fits her well. 

She is so much fun and the stuff that comes out of her mouth at times is hilarious (to us at least).  The funny part is that nine times out of ten, she's not trying to be funny....which makes it even funnier.

I started a few months ago jotting down in my phone some of the funnier things that have came out of her mouth recently and the list is getting long, so I thought I'd share a few.

Me: (getting leftover pizza out of the fridge) "you want it heated up or cold?"
Olivia: "I want it freezing!"

Olivia: "Mommy, I need some money.
Me: "me too.  Sorry, I don't have any."
Olivia: "Daddy, do you have money?"
David: "A little bit."
Quiet for a minute
Olivia: "Daddy, can I have a little bit of money?"

Me: "I'm going to sell that ipad."
Olivia: "Good. Then I can get some money and will count it."

Me: "Livi, why are you so skinny?"
Olivia: "cause I don't wear clothes."

Just finished talking about Thanksgiving and the Pilgrims
Me: "Do you remember who we just talked about that came over on ships?"
Olivia: "Yeah, the pirates."

Some of her usual sayings:
"That's a wonderful idea!"
"Oh, dear!"

The best yet....

Monday, November 12, 2012

The post were I tell you about something big that happened and I didn't share till weeks later...

How do you like that title? 

So, I for real this time have an legit excuse for why I haven't been around (blog world and real life) these past few weeks.

We moved.

A couple of weeks ago, we packed up our house and moved about forty minutes up the road. 

We didn't tell anyone but a few people because we honestly weren't 100 % sure until literally a week before moving day, that we were actually moving.  Since it seems as though anytime I say something is going to happen, it doesn't, we decided to wait to say until we knew for sure....which felt like the day we actually moved in and now it's become that awkward moment in conversation when it comes up. "Oh, by the way....we moved!!!"

The past few weeks we've been busy painting the new house and packing up the old.  Then we actually moved and I've spent the past week or so trying to unpack the boxes that seem to be overtaking us.

After a couple of weeks of praying and weighing the pros and cons, we strongly feel that where we are now is where our family needs to be and decided to go ahead with the move.

We are now much closer to where Dave works, we're less than ten minutes from a Starbucks and Target (I promise I've only been to Target once so far....Starbucks however, not the case), and best yet, we moved one door down from my in-laws!!!

Yes, I love them so much that I moved just one house down from theirs and yes, that was the biggest factor in the deciding to not pass up this opportunity. 

After almost two weeks of being moved in, I can say that we're loving it and so happy we went ahead with it.  David is home earlier since he's shaved off an hours drive time each way. We're saving gas not only with work, but also in the family car, since we usually drove up this way 2-4 times a week to visit the parents.  Its so nice to make a less than five minute walk when we leave their house, instead of the close to 40 minute drive we were use to making. 

The house needs a few minor updates and we're fortunate enough to have a landlord that has giving us the green light to do whatever I want with it.  He already let me pick out the paint color and new carpet.  We won't be doing anything extreme obviously, but David has agreed to update the 90's vinyl floor in the kitchen and in tearing down the 80's wallpaper in the master bath after Christmas  (the landlord is not replacing them because nothing is wrong with them besides the fact they are 90's decor, but since I'm sorta kinda into home decorating, my husband has agreed to keep me happy under a certain price).  I'm not sure what was worse in the 80's/90's, the clothes or the house decor.  All I can say is that we loved some mauve and flowers back in the day!!!

And because I know people will ask, our old house is still for sale.

I figured I might need to explain since if I start posting pictures again soon, it's pretty obvious we're not in our old place.

So, that's where I've been lately...moving.  That's a legit excuse, right?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

I ditched a race, tried to burn down the house again, and almost became a cat snatcher...

  • I pretty much stayed off of social media all day yesterday...however, it looks like I needed to take today off too.  People on both sides of it kill me.....that's all I have to say about that.
  • You all know how I like to literally try to burn the house down (remember the candle and coffee beans from pinterest? I cannot find the post to link up in case you forgot but I'm pretty sure you all are now chuckling at the thought)...I woke up this morning and walked through the living room to realize a candle I lit yesterday at lunch was still burning!!!  I cannot be trusted with fire.
  • I know I'm usually the one trying to hurry up the Christmas season, but this year, I feel like its coming at me full force.  Our November schedule is insanely filled.  I had a little freak out yesterday when it hit me that NEXT weekend, we're heading to Nashville already to celebrate Thanksgiving! Not sure I'm ready for all this.  However, I am ready for the food....I'm always ready for the food.
  • I had to skip my first race this weekend.  It was for the best schedule wise, but it still sucked and I'm still kinda dwelling on it.  That being said, I signed up for this one and this one this morning to make up for it.  Now I'm just looking for some motivation to get out there.  The cold and rainy weather hasn't been doing much for my running lately.
  • We have been getting crafty all week at our house.  Olivia now everyday ask for a craft to do.  Olivia obviously falls into the "artsy" person category and kid would seriously do crafts all day long if you'd let her.  I'm thinking she might have a career as a hairdresser in her future because girl is OBSESSED with cutting stuff.  I even upgraded her from the plastic kid scissors to a metal kid pair and it was like giving a sixteen year old a brand new car.  Thankfully only construction paper has been cut to shreds.  If anyone is looking for Christmas gift ideas....ART SUPPLIES!!!! I'm going broke over here over construction paper.
  •  I have recently became obsessed with Chapsticks Candy Cane flavored chapstick.  I'm sure its just regular peppermint with a pretty new label and title, but I may or may not have started buying one or two tubes each time I see them at the store and I haven't even finished the first tube I bought a couple of weeks ago.  I may not stock my pantry ever, but by golly, I have a years supply of chapstick!
  •  Can I tell you how much I love Duck Dynasty!?!?  It's the only show right now that we never miss each week and we seriously are throwing out Uncle Sid quotes all the time at each other.  I wish I had a Uncle Sid in my family.  
  • Last week while I was out running, I ran down a side street that I normally don't run on.  I saw a cat that looked just like our missing Twiggy.  I stopped running immediately and asked the cat twenty times "Twiggy, is that you?" Obviously, the cat did not respond.  After it finally stopped a second for me to get a good look, I saw she didn't have the distinct Twiggy feature with the out-turned paw, so I went on my way.  I'm pretty sure a few of the neighbors were thinking I was a cat snatcher.
  •  You know how I proclaimed I was not a Tori Spelling fan last Spring? Well, come to find out, we're actually kindred spirits now Tori and I.  Did you hear that the same thing that happened to me, happened to Tori also??? How crazy is that???  I have now heard of it happening to two other people (the other is an acquaintance I know)!  Not saying all this to scare others, but I just cannot get over how crazy it is.

Monday, November 5, 2012

A good kid.

A few months ago, I came across this pin on pinterest.

I repined it and honestly it hadn't crossed my mind since.

One of my biggest things as a parent is raising a child who isn't selfish.  It's my one thing I do not budge on (that and her behavior in public). 

I want her to be strong, a leader, to stand up for herself, and to go after what she wants, but I also want her to think of others.

I've spent years around kids now and honestly, it's one of those things that I find myself steaming when I see kids constantly being selfish.  When you see kids who constantly are doing that "here you play with the crappy toy, while I play with this brand new one." or "I'll use these twenty crayons, while you can only use these five."  That kind of stuff makes my hair curl and I have to bite my tongue.

Yes, a lot of that is just naturally being a kid.  Yes, we're all selfish.  I'm selfish every single day.  However, I feel strongly that parents are the key to derail a lot of that natural selfishness.  I feel like these days I see a lot of parents doing the exact opposite of that to be honest.  The problem with that is those selfish kids turn out to be selfish adults.

The night that we went to the trunk or treat at her school, my heart swelled with pride as I watched her.

Each car we walked up to, kids were sticking their hands in and grabbing hands full of candy.  I watched as my little girl at each car would walk up, take just one piece of candy to stick in her bag and say a big "Thank you." At almost each stop they would tell her she could have more, but she kindly said "no thank you" or "that's all I need."

As we walked around, that quote popped into my head.  I often get so wrapped up in making sure she's doing the right thing, that I often don't realize that its already sinking in.  At only three, she was already thinking about the other kids who were also there to get candy. 

I know some might think I'm putting way too much into this, I mean, it is just Halloween candy and kids are excited, but I feel like those little actions are the things that speak the most. Though I agree its important to teach kids to tithe and give to charity, I think it starts with the everyday things that mean the most to them....like their toys or even Halloween candy and that night, I don't think I have ever been prouder.

Friday, November 2, 2012

First Day~November 2012


 photo by Olivia : )

Linking up with Nicole:

Thursday, November 1, 2012

"I like this trick or treating!"

We survived Halloween 2012!

I will be the first to admit that since becoming a SAHM, there are very few days each year that I am gone from the house and going all day long.  Yesterday happened to be one of those rare days and I am worn slap out.  We left the house at 8:30am and did not walk back in the house till 10pm.  Why yes, it will take me three days to recover....

I've gotten some ridicule over the past few years because we would never take Olivia out to participate in "Halloween" activities.  In our defense, we both don't really get into Halloween.  No specific religious reasons and yes, we both celebrated it growing up, we just aren't that into it....now throw up some Christmas light and have some Kenny & Dolly Christmas music playing and I'm there!!! So, for the past few years, we opted to stay home and let her help give out candy instead of the traditional trick or treating. 

However, I knew those days were over because the girl has been practicing her "trick or treat" line for weeks now.

We started out Halloween 2012 at school trick or treating to the other classrooms.
Super cute idea!!!

Last year, at every school party David and I attended, Olivia would lose it and act a tad bit insane.  It got to the point that David and I didn't even attend a couple of them because it was that bad.  Last year at Halloween, she cried and had to be carried throughout the halls.....this year, girl was out in front and the first one to get candy at each stop...crazy the difference a year can make!

We attempted a picture when we got back to class, however, this was the best we could come up with.

After cupcakes and treats galore,  we got to listen to the Great Pumpkin share a story on how pumpkins grow.

And attempt at a class picture.

 After school we headed straight out to work on a project we've got going on.  Our afternoon consisted of a bag of popcorn for lunch and a 20 minute car nap.  I'm honestly surprised the kid and mom survived the rest of the night with no meltdowns whatsoever

We decided this year to trick or treat in my in-laws neighborhood.  They live in a smaller neighborhood and we know the majority of people that live in it.  Plus, their neighbor has a daughter who is nine and always so good with Olivia.  She walked around the neighborhood with Olivia before heading to a bigger neighborhood for a little extra candy.  It helps to trick or treat where people know you because they give you extra special treats and the good stuff. 

I noticed last night as Dave and I were raiding to eat checking to make sure all the candy was safe, that kids these days get much better candy than we got as kids.  There was not one single candy corn, off brand candy, or even tootsie roll in her bag.  Nothing but the good name brand stuff and a ton of chocolate!!! We may or may not have had a ten minute conversation about "kids these days...." Thank goodness someone needs to help her eat it all!!! : )

We ended our night with a quick stop to see Grandpa and my Meme so they could see her in all her princess glory.  On the way over she was sitting in the back seat saying "I'm tired!" That is seriously the first time those words have ever fell out of that child's mouth!!!  I looked at Dave and said "I think Halloween has been a success!"